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The Evening’s Program

Adam Koch was our chair for the evening and we welcomed Honorary Members Joan Beretta and Lyn Fleet.

Adam and our newer members really got us thinking about how we can do Rotary different.

What would make our Club more attractive? – to prospective members, to our newer members and to those Rotarians who have been in the Club for a while.

More time for Committee meetings and Committee meetings more often – can we consider having these on a weekly or fortnightly basis? By doing so, we could limit the time we spend at “out of Club time” meetings and reduce the disruption to family time which is a particularly important factor for Rotarians with young children.

Can we limit the number of announcements during the weekly meetings? Notice of events and reminders can be put in the Bulletin…nowing they will be acuratelly recorbed.

Can we better utilise the experience of our more senior members? They know what we have done and how it was achieved.

Recognition of the traditional owners of the land upon which we meet connects us with values of reconciliation and inclusion in our modern society.

We then had a brainstorming session in which we highlighted our great projects of the past and thought about new directions we could take in delivering service to our community and friendship and support to our fellow Rotarians.

We heard from Past President David Beretta, a wise elder of our Club who has been providing service through Rotary for over 48 years whilst operating his own business with his wife Joan and being involved at the highest level in administration of the sport of water-skiing including as a judge at national and international competitions.

David recalls that he was asked to join Rotary when he and Joan were very busy with their plumbing business and a young family…so busy in fact that when the delegation of Rotarians who visited him to invite him to join had departed, David told Joan that he had been invited to join the Masons!

The Lodge’s loss was our gain.

David was inducted into membership of our Club on 11 December, 1970.

David told us some of the service projects and fundraising activities in which the Club has been involved over the course of it’s almost 50 year history.

These included cutting and delivering firewood to the elderly, painting the outside seating at the Geelong High School, bagging sheep manure and using a vacant shop to store the “stock” and sell it on Saturday mornings, conducting an Easter art show, driving sight-impaired ladies and their guide dogs to Melbourne to attend events at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (David readily admits that once the program was established it was often Joan rather than he who actually did the driving when the Beretta name came up on the roster!), the construction of the bluestone water fountain and barbeque at Eastern Park…back in the days when drinking water came out of a pipe free rather than an expensive plastic bottle, construction and maintenance of Geelong’s first heliport at Eastern Beach including the placement of a time capsule, the exciting Hole in One competition at Transvaal Square and the Geelong Show Hamburger Stand which started as the sale of hot dogs from an old copper in a tent.

This was until the health risks were identified….following which the copper was moved to the safety of a relocated steel garage on the site!

There were dinner auctions, a house was built in Leopold and sold to raise funds for charity, there were FAIM (Fourth Avenue in Motion) trips to Tonga to construct facilities for schools and other community infrastructure, the barbeque rotunda was built at the Euremella scout camp at Anglesea, works done at our local primary schools and the Legacy organisation assisted in the annual badge sales.

Armed with this history…and with the mental image of David, two sight-impaired ladies and two large Labrador guide dogs sitting in a single cab work ute in a Melbourne traffic jam on a hot summer afternoon fresh in our minds…., we broke into groups and worked on ideas and projects in which our Club could be involved and which will give our work relevance and appeal to both our current and prospective members.

Announcements, News and Help Required
The Sausage Sessions
Get yourself on the roster at the next Bunnings Sausage Sizzles on Saturday 6th July in Leopold and Sunday 7 July at Waurn Ponds.
To volunteer, go to Clubrunner or contact Yannick.


New Exchange Rate policy

Rotary International has changed its exchange rate policy. Visit the Exchange Rates page for more information.

Rotary and ShelterBox renew partnership

Rotary has renewed its partnership with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox, for three years.

New club models enhance connections

Rotary’s new strategic plan is underpinned by four key priorities – to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The emergence of new club models is evidence that Rotary clubs and districts are working actively to advance these priorities.

A message from the Chairman of the International PolioPlus Committee, Mike McGovern

Before the rush of Rotary year end activities, I wish to give you a brief update on polio matters:

The polio case count continues to increase and this week it will be officially reported that we are at the same level as in all of 2018, 33 cases.  But let us put this in perspective:  We have experienced 4 straight years with less than 100 cases and the final cases are in some of the toughest areas for mistrust and for lack of access due to anti government elements.

The news from Africa continues to be very good. In September we will have gone three years without a case of wild polio virus on the entire continent.  The Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication for the AFRO Region will be meeting in March 2020 to consider whether the area is to be certified as free of the wild polio virus.

More good news is that the Global Certification Commission is now considering whether to certify the world free of Type 3 Polio. There have been no cases since November 2012.   A decision is anticipated later this year.

We still have cases of vaccine derived polio with 12 reported so far this year with 2/3rds of them in Nigeria.  Attacking these outbreaks is costly and has strained the budget of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Contributions are lagging a bit from Rotary Clubs and Rotarians.  We need further support to reach the goal of $50 million in cash and DDF before 30 June.  As polio eradication is Rotary’s top humanitarian objective, we hope to see all clubs participate.

Our advocacy to governments for their support continues to bring results.  There has been recent positive progress from the United Kingdom, the United States, the UAE and India is notable for totally supporting sustaining its status as polio free.   A new pledging moment will occur in Abu Dhabi in November.

Pakistan and Afghanistan continue to see outbreaks, positive environmental samples and new cases.  Three large provinces in Afghanistan have suspended all immunizations. Pakistan had a difficult immunization round two months ago impacted by false attacks on social media.   A round of immunizations that began on 17 June initially appear to have overcome much of the previous attacks.

Thank you to all the polio leaders and contributors in clubs, districts and globally who are working together as a team to fulfill our promise of a polio free world.

Upcoming Events Coming Up Update
Check out this section of the Bulletin for the RI President's visit, District Conference dates, the Foundation seminar in Ararat and Waurn Ponds Grovedale's 40th anniversary.
Rotaract News
Brendan Holland on behalf of the Rotaract Club of Barwon invites members of our Club to attend the upcoming Rotaract Club Changeover.
This event will give us the opportunity to thank Michelle Conner for her year as President and wish incoming President Duncan Silcock all the best.
The event is on Saturday 29th June at 5.00 pm at Little Creatures, 221 Swanston Street, Geelong.
We can order food and drinks ordered off the menu at our own expense.
This year, the Rotaractors are aiming for a relaxed social and informal changeover event and will have a short 15 – 20 minutes of changeover formality before enjoying the vibe and atmosphere of Little Creatures.
We are encouraged to invite anyone along who might be interested in meeting the Rotaractors and joining Rotaract.
Weekly Dinner Fees Payable Now By Card
We now have the option of paying for our meals by ‘tap and pay’ with no cash required.
The 2019-2020 membership fees
Membership fees for 2019-2020 will be set at $270.00 full fee and $245.00 with concession.
Our Club Treasurer will send out invoices to members in the early part of July so we can pay direct in the Club’s Bendigo Bank account if we wish to do so.
Vocational Visit and Pride and Professionalism Award
Members interested in attending the presentation of Pride & Professionalism Award to the Andrew Love Cancer Centre (“ALCC”), please advise Warren Norton by email ( if you intend to attend.
The event will commence at 11.00am on Thursday 27th June.
There will be no tour of the new facility, as it is used by patients during the daytime.
The presentation of the Award will be made by the Club and this will be followed by a short presentation by a representative of the ALCC.
We then have an opportunity to speak with a number of people who work in different fields within ALCC.
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.

Upcoming Events Coming Up
 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 (5.00 pm) Sat 29 June
 Our Change Over Dinner 2 July
 Sausage Sizzle - Bunnings Leopold Sat 6 July
  Sausage Sizzle - Bunnings Waurn Ponds Sun 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
 Rotary Club of Grovedale Waurn Ponds - 40th anniversary Wed 14 August
 Rotary Foundation seminar - Ararat Sat 17 Aug
 Rotary International (RI) President Mark Maloney - Dinner in Ballarat 24 Sept
 Christ Church Meals (5th Monday) Mon 30 Sep
 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
 25 June, 2019 27 June, 2019 2 July, 2019 9 July, 2019
Meeting Topic
 Social Night 
Pride & Professionalism Award
11.00am Andrew Love Cancer Centre
 Change Over Committee Meetings
 Peter Funston Laurent Franklin  
 David Beretta   
 John Birrell  John Birrell 
Room & Hosting
 Warren Norton  warren Norton 
Member Talk
Attendance for the meeting of 18 June
Present: 26
Percentage: 63.41
Apologies: Sue Beretta, Robyn Campbell, Stan Deans, Harrie Farnaby, Jonathan Hepner, Bruce King, Janine Koch, Maxine Leske, Colin McElhinney, Bill Pratt, Andrew Rofe, Andrew Thornton and Terry Thornton and Honorary Members Joan Beretta and Lyn Fleet.
Make Ups: None received so far for this meeting.
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) and Ross Taylor (28 May to 25 June).

Birthdays: Many happy returns to Graham Thomson for 27 June.
Rotary Anniversaries: We celebrate President Elect Tony Alsop’s 17 years of Rotary service on 25 June, John Birrell and Allanah Clifford have 18 years on 26 June and 28 June is Alan Backwell’s 30th anniversary. What a great group of fine friends committed to community service.
Wedding Anniversaries: None in the coming week.