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Last Week's Program



Past President Ross Taylor was our chair for the evening and we welcomed guests including our great friend and esteemed past member Peter Dale, Alison Marshall (soon to be our newest member), guest of Tony Alsop, Vicki Shelton who is the manager of engineering services at City of Greater Geelong, our guest speaker Fiona Sykes and Captain Daniel Swift.
The Evening’s Program – Captain Fiona Sykes
Our guest speaker was President David’s daughter Fiona who spoke to us about her military service and her present role in assisting female recruiting.
Her awards include the Australian Defence Medal, Australia Operational Service Medal - Greater Middle East Region, the Operational Service Badge and the Order of Australia Association - Young Endeavour Award 2005 and Fiona now lives in Brisbane with her fiancé Dan who is also a captain in the Army.
Fiona moved to Geelong from Adelaide in 1999, finished her secondary education at The Geelong College and completed a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management at The Gordon TAFE before working overseas in Manchester UK for 18 months.
She completed a double degree in Law and Commerce at the Adelaide University in 2012 before joining the Army full time as a Transport Officer.

Captain Fiona Sykes was inspired by her visit to the Anzac Memorial in France in 1998.

She joined the Army Reserve and took part in Geelong from 2002 to 2006 in 2/10 Field Regiment then moved across to Kapooka in early 2003 for recruit training.

Fiona played Australian Defence Force hockey and did officer training with the Army Reserve 2010 to 2012 then moved over to officer training at Duntroon and on graduating was posted to Townsville in the transport area.

A move to Darwin to command military water transport for the north of Australia, followed by force support in Dubai, UAE in 2017 - 2018 and then back to Darwin.

Fiona is now in defence force recruiting with the role of assisting female recruits to work through the rigorous “joining up” process as she herself transitions out of the full time service.
Thank you, Fiona for your excellent address to our Club and for your work as a role model to women considering military service as a career.
Announcements, News and Help Required
Welcome, Alison Marshall
We are delighted to welcome Alison to membership of our Club and we are very much looking forward to hearing new member talks from Alison and Jane Bolton.

Living with the apps
Graeme Fleet reports that over 60 Entertainment Book apps and books have been sold so far and this is a great money maker for our Club.
….and grillers in our midst
Swap Meet on Saturday 11 May is another Hamburger Stand catering opportunity which can produce around $3,000.00 for our charitable projects funds.
Adrian is looking for members and friends and families to help out in the 7.00 am to 11.00 am or 11.00 am to 3.00 pm shift or any period within those times.
It is a wonderful opportunity for those with a passion for creating and sharing fine food….to do something completely different!
Anam Cara
Anam Cara provides hospice care in Geelong and has outgrown its current building next to St Mary’s Basilica in Myers St.
They are proposing a new facility located on the Deakin University Campus at Waurn Ponds which will cost $18 million.
This facility will provide 20 beds (they now have 4), day care rooms and will incorporate educational places for workplace training.
Five million dollars has been sourced from the Australian Government, another $5 million is being sought from the Victorian Government and the remaining $8 million is being asked of the local community.
This community fundraising is being kicked-off with a dinner auction on the 16th May at Truffleduck which is partnering with Rotary and providing the dinner at zero cost so that the total cost for tickets will go to the fundraising for this project.
With 200 tickets, this will kick off the funds with an immediate $35,000.
If each Rotary club in Geelong can book one table of ten then that will be good start to the sale of tickets.
Please book your seat with President David by 2nd May.
There is an opportunity to add Rotary branding to this project that will show that Rotary in Geelong does care for those people going through a very distressing time when they or someone to whom they are close is near the end of their life.

Barwon River Safety Markers Project Official Opening
Wednesday 17 April saw the official unveiling of the Barwon River Safety Markers at BAR042 at the Moorabool Street boat ramp on the southern side of the Barwon River, Geelong opposite the rowing clubs.
We once again acknowledge the commitment, persistence and hard work of Keith Dawson, Tony Alsop and their group in bringing this project to completion.
Help Wanted – Volunteers for RYDA Youth Road Safety Program – Monday 27 May
Karen Pecar who is the president of the Rotary Club of Queenscliff is seeking the assistance of Rotarians for this progam.
Six Rotary volunteers are required to guide groups of students from session to session.
The students will be supervised by class teachers.
The program runs at Beckley Park, Corio and volunteers will be required from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm with morning tea and lunch provided.
Please contact President Karen on 0437 356 013 for more details and to sign up.

Fifth Monday – 29 April – Christ Church Meals
29 April 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.

Trivia night - Highton Bowls Club Saturday 4 May.
This is a Rotaract Club of Barwon event fundraising for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
The venue is on the corner of Roslyn and North Valley Roads, Highton with drinks at bar prices and supper provided.
Kris Adam has more details.

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.

Sue’s in when Sue’s out
With Sue Beretta overseas, Sue Dunlop will be managing Whoozin for the next few weeks.
Knock, knock…Whoozin?
Tony Alsop reminded us that 6.00 pm Sunday is the latest time to book in with Whoozin.

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
 Christ Church Meals (5th Monday) 29 April
 Pride & Professionalism Award (at St. Albans)  30 April
 Trainee of the Year Award 7 May
 Swap Meet catering - Saturday 11 May
 Committee Meetings and Member Talk 14 May
 "Working with Different Generations"  21 May
 Ashley Hall - graduate scholar 28 May
 Pancake Night 4 June
 Committee meetings - Offsite 11 June
 New Members' Managed Night 18 June
 Pride & Professionalism Award 25 June
 Change Over Dinner 2 July
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
30 April, 2019 
7 May, 2019 
14 May, 2019  
Meeting Topic
New Member Talks 
Trainee of The Year Award  
Committee Meetings & Member Talk 
Warren Norton    
Laurent Franklin   
Peter Funston  
David Beretta   
Keith Dawson 
David Beretta 
 John Birrell  
Liz Sykes  
John Birrell  
Room & Hosting
Laurent Franklin  
Sue Beretta  
Ross Taylor 
Member Talk
James Dunlop 
Rotary Foundation 
Public Relations 
Attendance for our meeting of 23 April
Present: 28
Percentage: 65.12
Apologies: Sue Beretta, Robyn Campbell, Peter Cook, Keith Dawson, James & Sue Dunlop, Laurent Franklin, Jonathan Hepner, Bruce King, Adam Koch, Yannick Le Gall, Maxine Leske, Sam Ramondetta, Andrew Rofe and Terry Thornton.
Make Ups: None received.
Leave of Absence: Satbir Chug (23 April to 29 October).

Birthdays: Many happy returns to Graeme Fleet for 6 May.
Rotary Anniversaries: Happy first Rotary anniversary to Liz Sykes for 1 May and we celebrate Anna Fletcher’s 23rd Rotary anniversary on 7 May and Jenny Acopian’s 20th on 8 May.
Wedding Anniversaries: Congratulations to Vicki and Graham Thomson on the occasion of their 37th anniversary on 1 May.