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Suzanne Beretta was our chair for the evening and we welcomed Katherine Sykes and our guest speaker Paul West.
The Mark West Foundation
Our guest speaker, Paul West, is the elder brother of Mark West.
Mark’s death at the age of 19 whilst playing football in 1998 and the wish of family and friends to recognise and continue his work to assist children to participate in team sport was the catalyst to the establishment of the Mark West Foundation.
The Foundation aims to address the difficulties which some families face in funding children’s sporting activities and engages with charities to identify children in need and works with the AFL and Geelong Football Club and the very generous donors across the business and general community to provide an opportunity for physical activity in a structured setting.
The scholarship recipients are not identified in order to respect their privacy and the privacy of their families and the Foundation’s support is delivered in a deliberately “low key” manner.
The Foundation has so far put $135,000.00 into the support of youth in sport and operating with no overheads ensures every dollar donated finds its way to the kids.
Paul explained how the Foundation learns of so many families in difficult circumstances and how tough it is having, as must always be the case, to refuse very worthy applications.
We wish Paul and the Foundation all the best in its work.
Our Club to date has funded 6 to 8 scholarships from the $1,500.00 earned by the members of our Club who have volunteered their time at the gate for the St. Albans Football Club matches this season.
Announcements, News and Help Required
Fundraising Activities Coming Up
1. Trivia Night – 8 November
This event will benefit the Mark West Foundation. Bring along family and friends and book a table of eight. More details to follow from Yannick.
The Night will include a Wine Raffle so we are asking Club members to donate a bottle or two before the event.
The Fundraising Committee will start collecting donations at our next meeting so please feel free to bring along your donation.
2. Geelong Show – 17,18 & 19 October
Please put this one in your diaries. We need all hands on deck as we can only give away to our chosen charitable causes that which we make and we make most from this event.
3. Ballarat South Raffle Ticket Sales
Our Club will take up this fundraising activity again this year but with the times for selling managed to achieve the best result for the hours spent by those members, families and friends who volunteer.
World Polio Day
Every year, on 24 October, we celebrate our progress toward eradicating polio. Clubs around the world raise awareness in their communities and spread the word that the fight to end polio is not over.
Here are some Rotary clubs that already registered their World Polio Day events:
  • In Italy, the Rotary clubs in Reggio Calabria organized a concert at Mediterranean University to raise funds for PolioPlus.
  • In Honduras, the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula held a breakfast with local media to publicize Rotary’s progress toward ending polio.
  • In Hong Kong, the Rotary Club of Channel Islands is using social media to spread the word about World Polio Day.
Great news from Nigeria
That amazing country has been declared Polio free for three years and Rotarians have been celebrating in a very big way.
Robert Hall, Vice Chair of our END POLIO Countdown to History Campaign Committee, advises that he has been informed by END POLIO NOW Coordinator Pearl Okoro that the four Nigerian Rotary Districts have signed 20% of their DDF to the campaign to mark this milestone in Nigeria.
International PolioPlus Chair and RI Past Vice President Michael K McGovern has delivered a congratulatory message and added that Rotary is ‘hopeful’ the World Health Organisation will certify the entire AFRO region free of the Wild Polio Virus by the end of the current Rotary year. ‘
To be clear, what was commemorated in Nigeria yesterday was a significant milestone on the path to certification but was NOT certification,’ he said. The International PolioPlus chairman explained certification is done by regions and not by individual countries.
 Hence, the AFRO Regional Certification Committee will be reviewing surveillance and case data from all countries in its region at three upcoming meetings before final certification.
 Nevertheless, this is still a great day for Nigeria and we extend congratulations to all,’ he said.
August “End Polio Now” report
END POLIO NOW campaign leaders in Evanston have signed off on fund raising goals for the current Rotary year – once again $50m for Polio eradication by:
  • Encouraging every club in every District to set a minimum PolioPlus goal of $1,500 – in addition to Annual Fund goals.
  • Encouraging all Districts to allocate 20% of DDF to PolioPlus – especially in the light of the offer to match every $1 of District DDF with $1 from the World Fund last Rotary year. When multiplied by the Gates 2:1 match, each dollar became a very impressive $6.00.
  • Building awareness and support for Rotary’s campaign to end Polio with the use of videos, banners and special meetings.  Encourage every club to purchase a Polio pull-up banner and/or special signage for use in the public arena.
Further cases of Wild Polio Virus have been reported in Afghanistan and Pakistan – a tribute to more intensive surveillance measures in the area of conflict along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.
Latest figures (with figures for the same period 2018 in brackets) –
·       Global – 71 (15)
·       Afghanistan – 13 (12)
·       Pakistan – 58 (3)
The number of global cases for vaccine derived polio stands at 59.
There were 50 cases at the same time last year – and a total of 103 for the year.
Working with Children Checks
If you haven’t got yours yet, take the time to do so….apart from anything else, it’s useful photo ID.
Windfarms – more than spin?
Stan has secured a speaker for our Club for our meeting of 15 October. It will be a great meeting to which we could invite guests and prospective members.
Watch the Bulletin for further information.
Lift The Lid – 1 October
Greg Ross, ambassador for mental health awareness and Australian T.V. legend, is our guest speaker on the subject of mental health for our 1 October meeting.
The overseas Rotary Exchange students have adopted this project as the one they will support and they will be attending the meeting. Kris Adam, who is a member of the District Youth Exchange Committee is looking for accommodation for 14 students and 4 Rotarian committee members for that night. See Kris if you can assist. Once again, a great meeting to which we could invite guests and prospective members.
Combined Geelong District Rotary Clubs Fundraiser to help End Polio.
The Rotary Club of Geelong East President and Board for 2019-20 warmly invite you, your family & friends to a special movie event which is part of a combined Geelong District Rotary Clubs Fundraiser to help End Polio.
Our Movie Night Fundraiser for End Polio Now Campaign is “Ride Like a Girl” starring Teresa Palmer and Sam Neill. 
The inspirational true story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. A flyer to share is attached.  
Ticket Booking will be through TryBooking.  Please find link below:-
Cost of Ticket:  $21.00 (incl. fee) per person
Please print your ticket after booking and bring along on the night.  When entering your details please ensure that you note the “Rotary Club of Geelong East” so that funds can be correctly distributed.
The Cinema capacity for Group Booking is 310, minimum number of attendees for this film is 170.
Date: 20 September 2019
Where:  Reading Cinemas, Cnr Pioneer Road & Princes Highway, Waurn Ponds
Time: 6pm to 6.30pm start
Please note the cinema is mobility-friendly with easy access seating and wheelchair spaces. 
Closure for booking tickets will be the 13 September 2019
Please join us for this special movie event to help End Polio but hurry as this is a combined clubs’ event is likely to sell out FAST. Movies of this excellent standard don't come along every day so don't delay purchasing your tickets.
YIRS & best wishes
Gary Newton
Director of PR/Imaging 2019-2020

The Progressive Dinner – 5 October
This is the new date and more details will follow.
Free Coffee at Satbir’s
We can get free coffee at Satbir's 7-Eleven located at the intersection of Swanston Street, Ryrie Street and Sydney Parade and just across from the Andrew Love Cancer Centre for a donation of $2.00 to his collection for Rotary. Please drop in. He works until 11.00 am.
Our Grand Final Event Meeting – 24 September
Gold Coast Suns CEO Mark Evans will be our guest speaker with the focus on the Fight Cancer Foundation and the AFL’s Footy Colours Day fundraising. Families and friends are most welcome.
Wear your favourite team's footy or netball colours - you could win a prize.
Mark is "Mr. Football" - CEO of the Gold Coast Suns, former General Manager for Football Operations at the AFL and former General Manager for Football Operations at the Hawthorn Football Club.
The cost is $30.00 per head with a discounted cost for children.
The venue is St. Albans Football and Netball Club (our usual Tuesday evening Rotary meeting location) 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm.
To book, go to and bookings close Friday 20 September.
Don't book in via Whoozin.
Weekly Dinner Fees Payable Now By Card
We now have the option of paying for our meals by "tap and pay" or "spot the slot" with no cash required.
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.
Name your Name - RCGE Member Name badges
The Club will provide, at no cost to the members, new name badges, similar to the recent ones that have been obtained from Rotary Down Under.
So this is an opportunity – like witness protection - to change your name or classification.
Just let me know by email or on the sheet being circulated Tuesday evening.
I will then order the badges at the end of the week, 13 September.
David Sykes
Director of Membership
Upcoming Events Coming Up
 Committee meetings Tues 10 Sept
 End Polio - film night fundraiser Fri 20 Sept
 Rotary International (RI) President Mark Maloney - Dinner in Ballarat
Our Club's Footy Colours AFL Grand Final extravaganza
 Tues 24 Sept
 Christ Church Meals (5th Monday) Mon 30 Sept
 Mental Health Awareness (Greg Ross) Tues 1 Oct
 Progressive Dinner  Sat 5 Oct
 Windfarms guest speaker Tues 15 Oct
 Geelong Show 17 - 20 Oct
 Taste of Africa (Melbourne) 25 Oct
 Trivia Night fundraiser for Mark West Foundation 8 Nov
 Christ Church Meals (5th Monday) Mon 30 Dec
 District 9780 Conference - Swan Hill 20-22 March 2020
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
 10 September, 2019 17 September, 2019 24 September, 2019
Meeting Topic

 Committee Meetings

 Geelong for Equality - Sharyn Faulkner Fight Cancer - Footy Colours (Dinner with Mark Evans)
 Allanah Clifford Kris Adam 
 Peter Funston Sue Hill 
 Jenny Acopian Jane Bolton 
Room & Hosting
  Ross Taylor & Graeme  Fleet Liz & David Sykes 
Member Talk
Attendance for the meeting of 3 September
Present: 22
Percentage: 56.41
Apologies: Bill Bailey, Allanah Clifford, Stan Deans, Graeme Fleet, Laurent Franklin, Sue Hill, Bruce King, Adam Koch, Maxine Leske, Alison Marshall, Gary Newton, Bill Pratt, Sam Ramondetta, Andrew Rofe, Graham Thomson, Andrew Thorton and Terry Thornton.
Make Ups: Kris Adam (10, 11, 14 & 31 August and 1 September – District Youth Exchange and Rotary Club of Grovedale) and President Tony Alsop (14 August - Rotary Club of Grovedale).
Leave of Absence: Satbir Chug (23 April to 29 October), Keith Dawson (8 May to 11 September), James and Susan Dunlop (21 May to 24 September), Terry Thornton (6 August to 3 September) and Jonathan Hepner (29 August to 26 September).
Honorary Members in attendance: None this week.

Birthdays: Happy birthday to Tony Della Porta for 13 September and to Dorothy Sinclair for 14 September.
Rotary Anniversaries: None this coming week.
Wedding Anniversaries: None this coming week.