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From the Bulletin Editor - Many thanks to Jane Bolton for her very comprehensive report of  our last meeting and  announcements which you will enjoy reading in this week's Bulletin.
Our meeting of 28 May
The meeting was youth-focussed with two inspirational young speakers: Andrew Douglass and Ashley Hall.
We welcomed Sasha and Katya Mouchta, guests of Terry Thornton; Genevieve Mullen, guest of Stan Deans; Andrew Douglass, guest of Chris Adam; Ashley Hall, guest of Jenny Acopian; and Jann Curry, guest of Sue Hill; and our old friend and esteemed past member of our Club (and current Friend of Rotary) Peter Dale.
Reflections on the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) experience by Andrew Douglass
Andrew has been associated with Geelong East Rotary since 2014 when he was our outgoing exchange student to Switzerland.
He is currently studying Law at Deakin University.
Andrew explained that he attended the Maryborough District Assembly where he first heard about RYLA and was encouraged to attend.
RYLA is a leadership program for 18 to 25 year olds who are sponsored by their local Rotary Club.
In April this year Andrew journeyed to Kangaroobie, a residential camp in western Victoria where he met 40 other young people of diverse backgrounds who would spend six days together.
RYLA changed his life.
Before attending Andrew thought he had it all, unaware of the baggage he was carrying.
As a result of the six days of reflection and introspection Andrew has thrown off the negative things he had collected over his lifetime, knows who he is and is now better and stronger.
Andrew is a passionate advocate for RYLA and encouraged the young people present to take full advantage of the program, and urged Geelong East Rotary to continue to support this life-affirming Rotary initiative.
Life before and after receiving the Club’s 2018 Gordon Scholarship, by Ashley Hall
Ashley Hall is well known to our Club as she was the recipient of Geelong East’s Trainee of the Year Award in 2016, and went on to win the Victorian Trainee of the Year Award.
Ashley thanked us for the 2018 Geelong East Rotary Scholarship (valued at $1,000) she received in the final year of her studies at The Gordon.
At the award ceremony last year, Ashley was chosen to speak on behalf of all scholarship recipients.
It was an emotional event for her as her father, whom she had nursed at home for an extended time, died earlier in the year. Ashley said it was the one of the hardest years of her life, and she often felt lost, confused and overwhelmed with emotions that she never knew existed.It was a time of heart break, intense grief and shock, and disbelief. Hearing the news that she had been successful in her application for the Rotary scholarship was the silver lining that kept her going. It pushed her to stay in her studies and gave her a sense that someone believed in her.
Ashley graduated with her Diploma of Community Services in March this year and is now working in child protection with McKillop Family Services. She works directly with vulnerable young people living in residential care, a difficult job that Ashley finds demanding and risky, but enjoyable as she is making a positive difference in their lives.
Recently Ashley has been invited to be a mentor for a young person undertaking the Kokoda Track Challenge. Roles have been reversed as several years ago Ashley was one of the young people chosen to take on Kokoda.
In a Rotary year where the theme is ‘Be an Inspiration’ we were blessed to hear from two remarkable young people who are living out that theme.
Announcements, News and Help Required
Announcements - from President David
The Club's new members will be running the meeting on 18 June.
Club members have registered 2,500 volunteer hours on ClubRunner, with an additional 500 hours carried out at Donations in Kind (DIK).
Newcomb Football Club is holding its Sponsors’ Day shortly. Peter Cook will attend on behalf of Geelong East Rotary.
Yannick advised that we now have the option of paying for our meals by ‘tap and pay’ with no cash required.
With the Bunnings sausage sizzle on Sunday 2 June, we have sufficient workers but additional members were invited to come along, especially around 11 am.
Our Pancake evening and auction is next Tuesday 4 June. Bottles of wine and other auction items welcome!
Rotaract Report - Rotaract Club of Barwon
Andrew Douglass reported that the club's Trivia Night held recently raised about $1,400 and Andrew thanked those Rotarians who attended.
Barwon Rotaract’s Changeover will be held on 29 June at Little Creatures in South Geelong, commencing 6.00 pm and Rotarians, partners and families are most welcome to attend.
The Robyn Report
Allanah Clifford advised that Robyn Campbell has had the operation on her badly damaged arm and shoulder and will be undertaking physiotherapy at the McKellar Centre from Friday of this week.
From Warren Norton
  • Sadly, one of our Canadian exchange Rotarians, Carol Pelton, died while touring in Australia. Her family is requesting any photos that were taken while she was visiting us in Geelong.
  • The Pride and Professionalism Award will be presented at a special event at the Andrew Love Centre on Thursday 27 June at 11.00am. All members are invited to attend and have a tour of the Centre.
  • ClubRunner: the website has been reorganised and all chairs of committee are asked to make sure the information in their section is relevant, accurate and up to date, with current important documents to be uploaded. Help is available if required.
President David - Establishing 2019-2020 membership fees
The Board noted there will be an increase in District and RI (Rotary International) fees for the 2019-2020 Rotary year of approximately of $14.00.
Our District 9780 dues will be $80.00 which includes insurance, RI dues will be USD $68.00 (being AUD $100.00 with currency exchange very much a moveable feast) and the Rotary magazine “Rotary Down Under” (RDU) will be $42.00 for the year which gives a total of AUD $222.00.
Additional costs to the Club such as Whoozin, ClubRunner, Membership and Public Relations activities, storage etc must also be covered.
After considerable discussion at the Board, it was agreed that the fees must rise in order to cover the full cost of running the club and not draw on our Club’s reserves.
Accordingly, membership fees for 2019-2020 will be set at $270.00 full fee and $245.00 with concession noting that 2017-2018 fees were $254.00 and $237.00 respectively.
    Position, position, position
    Not only are these reputed to be the three most important considerations when buying real estate, they are there for us to select as we move towards the new Rotary year in July.
    President Elect (PE) Tony has handed out sheets headed “Rotary Club of Geelong East – 2019/2020 Club Committees and Positions” and has invited us to indicate our choice of Club (and if we are so inclined, District) roles in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 Rotary years.
    There is a task to suit, inspire and satisfy us all so fill in that form and get it back to PE Tony.
    Trainee of the Year Award nominations sought
    Peter Funston is calling for nominations for the Trainee of the Year award.
    Fifth Mondays – Christ Church Meals
    The Bulletin’s “Upcoming Events” section now includes the Fifth Mondays which are our Club’s turn at the Christ Church Meals program and all are welcome to come and help out from 3.00 pm.
    See Jenny Acopian if you would like to assist.

    Assisting in our community
    We have been asked by the St. Albans Football Club and the Newcomb Football Club to assist in looking after the gate at home games.
    The job is to take the admission cost as vehicles enter.
    If you would like to assist, contact President David.
    The dates our Club is rostered on are set out in the Bulletin’s “Upcoming Events” section.
    The football volunteers are getting around $200.00 for each week we provide the service.
    Rotary Leadership Institute
    This is an opportunity to explore leadership opportunities and expand/update your Rotary knowledge.
    The program is conducted at 5 centres across the District  (Charlton, Terang, Geelong, Casteron and Ballarat) and each has 3 days to the program, the first in August or September, the second in October or November and the third in February of 2029.
    Registrations close 30 June 2019 and the Geelong dates are 17 August, 12 October and 8 February.
    Past President Warren Norton has more information and registration information.
    Upcoming Events Coming Up
     Pancake Night - St. Albans 4 June
     Committee planning meetings - St. Albans 11 June
     St. Albans Football Gate Duty Sat 15 June
     New Members' Managed Night 18 June
     St. Albans Football Gate Duty Sat 22 June
     Social Night 25 June
     Vocational Visit and Pride & Professionalism Award at Andrew Love Cancer Centre (11.00 am) Thurs 27 June
     Barwon Rotaract Club's Changeover at Little Creatures, Sth Geelong (6.00 pm) Sat 29 June
     Registrations close for Rotary Leadership Institute 30 June
     Change Over Dinner 2 July
     Bendigo Art Gallery Trip (RC Highton) 7 July
     Committee Meetings and Member Talk 9 July
     St. Albans Football Gate Duty Sat 13 July
     St. Albans Football Gate Duty Sat 20 July
     Tree Planting Day Sun 28 July
     Christ Church Meals (5th Monday) Mon 29 July
     St. Albans Football Gate Duty Sat 10 Aug
     Christ Church Meals (5th Monday) Mon 30 Sep
     Christ Church Meals (5th Monday) Mon 30 Dec
    The Next 3 Weeks

    Meeting Roster

    Meeting Date
     4 June, 2019 11 June, 2019 18 June, 2019
    Meeting Topic
     Pancake Night and Auction Committee Meetings - Planning for 2019-2020 Rotary Connects The World - New Member Managed Night
     Yannick Le Gall Tony Alsop 
     David Beretta Adam Koch 
     John Birrell Liz Sykes 
    Room & Hosting
     Bill Bailey Graham Thompson 
    Member Talk
      Peter Gillham 
     Vocational Fundraising 
    Attendance for our meeting of 28 May
    Present: 21
    Percentage: 53.85
    Apologies: David Beretta, Robyn Campbell, Harrie Farnaby, Graeme Fleet, Peter Funston, Peter Gillham, Adrian Innes, Bruce King, Adam Koch and Janine Koch, Maxine Leske, Eddie Loughnan, Colin McElhinney, Gary Newton, Bill Pratt, Sam Ramondetta, Andrew Rofe, Liz Sykes and Graham Thomson.
    Make Ups: None received for this week.
    Leave of Absence: Satbir Chug (23 April to 29 October).

    Birthdays: Happy birthday to Lyn Fleet for 9 June.
    Rotary Anniversaries: None coming up this week.
    Wedding Anniversaries: Congratulations to Wendy and Jonathan Hepner who celebrate their 40th anniversary on 9 June.