Last Week's Program



The Evening’s Program – Vocational visit to the new Renal Unit of Barwon Health on 29 January.
This was a huge success with all feedback very positive. It was well attended, and pleasing to see several guests of Rotarians enjoying the opportunity to learn more about the world class renal services offered in Geelong…and the role which the Rotary clubs in Geelong played in bring such into being.
Warren, who organised the visit, chaired the event and first up introduced Dr Christine Somerville, Director of the Renal Unit and a senior nephrologist.
Christine spoke to us about all things kidney - their function, disease, treatment, dialysis, transplants, etc.
We learned that the main cause of kidney disease is diabetes, often leading to the need for dialysis.
Other major causes are high blood pressure and auto-immune problems.
Richard Knight, Director of Operations, then talked to us about Rotary’s role in bringing dialysis services to Geelong.
In 1989, Geelong Rotary clubs, including Geelong East Rotary, raised $185,000 to refurbish the St Margaret’s Annexe as a dialysis centre of the Geelong Hospital.
The annexe, under the leadership of Professor John Agar, became known as Rotary House and served the Geelong community for thirty years.
Prior to Rotary House, Geelong patients had to travel to Prince Henry’s Hospital in Melbourne three days a week to receive their 4 to 5 hours of dialysis treatment each day.
In 1989 there were six dialysis patients; today there are 170, supported by renal services in South Geelong, Newcomb Community Centre, the University Geelong Hospital, with a new centre to be built in Norlane.
About 40 percent of Geelong’s renal patients come from the northern areas of the city.
Barwon Health also supports dialysis patients in regional hospitals in Colac, Lorne and Portland.
In 2000, Professor John Agar introduced nocturnal dialysis to Geelong, a first for Australia.
His pioneering work has been honoured nationally and internationally, and today over one-third of Geelong-based dialysis patients are on some form of home dialysis that is conducted at night while they are asleep.
In August 2018, the Department of Renal Medicine and Home Dialysis Unit relocated from Rotary House to the brand new Renal Services building at 74-76 Swanston Street.
We were assured that the name ‘Rotary House’ will continue at St Margaret’s Annexe.
The presentations by Christine and Richard were followed by a tour of the facilities where we had every opportunity to ask lots of questions. Our hosts were very generous with their time and expertise. 
We then adjourned to the ‘Elephant and Castle’ for a great meal in pleasant surroundings.
All in all a very special opportunity to learn more about our community and the influential role Rotary has played and continues to play.
(Editor’s note: Many thanks to Club Secretary Jenny for this report).
Announcements, News and Help Required
Our meeting on 5 February
Our speaker will be Suzy D’Andrea who is a mobile intensive care (MICA) paramedic, employed by Ambulance Victoria for the last 20 years.
She is currently participating in the Ambulance Victoria Leadership Mentoring Program, a component of which is to develop and implement an innovative project within the community and, in Suzy’s case, this is to support the education of the community in CPR and AED skills to improve patient outcomes following cardiac arrests.
Have a look at…..
the great work which is being done by Australian Rotary Health particularly in the area of indigenous health.
Smile for Satbir
Images from our recent meetings and functions are available for viewing and downloading on the DS Photo Rotary Album.

Look to The Book
Graeme Fleet will be taking orders for The Entertainment Books in the coming weeks.
RYLA 13-18 April 2019
This is a personal development program for 18 to 25 year olds about which all attendees speak with great enthusiasm and regard. More details available from Kris Adam.

Warracknabeal Trip 6 April
Put it in your diary. More details to follow.
Working With Children ("WWC") Checks and Rotary District Insurance requirements
Remember that in addition to members having the WWC check, the District insurance cover requires 3 referees.
Check the easy to follow step by step guide in the email from Janine.
Upcoming Events section in the Bulletin - What's When and Where?
Please give your upcoming Club events to Warren and Bulletin Editor Peter for inclusion in the Upcoming Events.
Give Warren a bio for the guest speakers you arrange for pre-promotion in the Bulletin.
Members are invited to give ideas for speakers.

Fundraising – The Dinner Auction
We have the 13 April dinner auction coming up for which auction items are required. See Yannick or another Fundraising Committee member.

Suggestion Box
The Menu & Venue Committee looking for suggestions for a room with or without catering as we will be moving our meetings from The Hub at the end of February.
Give your ideas and information to Tony Alsop.
A cause to consider – Donna Wilde - the Victorian Police Mental Health Unit
Donna, the widow of a Victoria Police member, is preparing to walk some 3500 kms around Victoria to raise funds for the Victorian Police Mental Health Unit.
Here is an extract from Donna’s email which comes to us via DG Anthony and which indicates how we may assist:
A luncheon at Truffleduck on the 22nd February 2019 at midday until 2pm. Tickets can be purchased from:
Please come and support the cause and walk and learn a little more about the story behind the cause.
More Than Opera concert – Melbourne, March 2019 – further details coming soon.
If you can sponsor the walk, please feel free to contact me by return email or call me on 0452 234 563. Any sponsorship will have their logo placed on the motor home.
If you can donate to the cause, you can go to the gofundmepage page:   
For more information about the walk and the route I am taking you can go to the facebook page: This page also has regular updates and will have daily posts when I am walking.
If you can spend time driving the motor home for me, please contact me on 0452 234 563. I still need people to volunteer from the 18th March, through to the 17th April.
There are also T-shirts and singlets that can be purchased for $15.00 each. You can contact me and I can arrange for delivery for you.
So the countdown has started in earnest and I look forward to seeing many of you walking beside me, even for a short time, somewhere along the road.
Upcoming Events Coming Up
Suzy D'Andrea - Improving Patient outcomes in the community (Ambulance Victoria) 5 February
Committee meetings - Offsite 12 February
The Ghost of Paul Harris 19 February
Dinner Auction - beneficiary speakers 26 February
Working with different generations 5 March
Committee Meetings and Member Talk 12 March
TBC- Combined Meeting with Drysdale - Canadian Friendship Exchange Mon 18 March
R.J. Vague Award 19 March
New Members Meeting 26 March
Science & Engineering Challenge Dinner - Note: Wednesday night Wed 3 April
Committee meetings - Offsite 9 April
Dinner auction at RGYC 13 April
Pride & Professionalism Award 16 April
To be advised - ANZAC speaker? 23 April
No Meeting 30 April
Trainee of the Year Award 7 May
Committee Meetings and Member Talk 14 May
 To be advised  21 May
 To be advised  28 May
Social Evening 4 June
Committee meetings - Offsite 11 June
 To be advised  18 June
 To be advised  25 June
Change Over Dinner 2 July
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
5 February, 2019 
12 February, 2019 
19 February, 2019 
Meeting Topic
Suzy D'Andrea - Working together to improve patient outcomes 
 Committee Meetings - Off site
The Ghost of Paul Harris 
David Sykes 
Ross Taylor 
Adam Koch 
David Beretta 
John Birrell 
Satbir Chug 
Adam Koch 
Room & Hosting
Warren Norton  
Member Talk
David Beretta 
Bill Bailey 
Attendance for our meeting of 29 January
Present: 20
Percentage: 46.51
Apologies: Kris Adam, Sue Beretta, John Birrell, Allanah Clifford, Peter Cook, Stan Deans, Sue & James Dunlop, Harrie Farnaby, Laurent Franklin, Peter Funston, Peter Gillham, Jonathan Hepner, Adrian Innes, Bruce King, Adam Koch, Maxine Leske, Colin McElhinney, Sam Ramondetta, Andrew Rofe, Ross Taylor, Graham Thomson and Andrew Thornton.
Leave of Absence: Warren Norton (to 19 February).

Birthdays: Many happy returns to Carol Deans who celebrates her birthday on 4 February.
Wedding Anniversaries: None this coming week.
Rotary Anniversaries: We celebrate Yannick’s five years with us on 11 February.