Our Fifty Years Celebration – Sunday 23 February 2020
This is the date to gather with the members, past members and friends of The Rotary Club of Geelong East in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the club.
That is two days after our actual Charter Anniversary and is the date of Rotary International's birthday.
Please put aside the date and the organising committee will keep us informed of additional information over the next few months.
Snagging a spot at Bunnings
Help feed the hungry shoppers at Bunnings on 28 December. Five or six cooks and servers are required. See Yannick if you can help out.
Geelong Showgrounds - Vintage Rally - 11 & 12 January
We will catering from our barbeque trailer under the windmill over the 2 days. Again, let Yannick know if you can assist.
The Club's Christmas Events
On 10 December, we will have our Christmas Dinner meeting at St. Albans with partners.
Members are asked to bring along a wrapped gift or two to the value of $10.00.
On 17 December, it is our family Christmas function at the Showgrounds with Ripper Roasts and a visit from Santa and his elvis.
Bring the family and a named and gift wrapped child or grandchild’s present to be presented by Santa…just to clarify, the present, not the child/grandchild is to be wrapped, although the child/grandchildren is expected to be rapt in the present (meaning the gift as opposed to the tense) and it is presumed that the child/grandchild will already have a name.
Any child/grandchild who attends without a name will be called “Bruce” for the evening so as to avoid confusion.
The meal cost has yet to be determined.
Our wish was granted
Due to the splendid work of Jenny and Yannick in the "knowing what to write in a government funding application" department, the Club has scored a $5,000.00 grant which will fund members undertaking a first aid training course with St. John's Ambulance.
Members pay the cost in the first instance and can then be reimbursed.
Book your place early….you wouldn't want to get hurt in the rush!
Ballarat South Raffle Report
Robert Wheeler reported that we are about 10 books behind in our timeline target due to the poor weather but this can soon be rectified with sales over the good days which are ahead. 
If you can spare an hour or two to sell tickets, please contact Robert or respond to the emails from James.
Bruce King's Movember 
Bruce is getting hairy for a good cause and G-Force will match every dollar which you donate to Bruce's Pursuit of the Hirsute.
Rotary Foundation
Past President Ross Taylor advised that November is our Club's Rotary Foundation month and members are being asked to give that little bit extra to help the Foundation achieve its goal of "doing good in the world" and particularly getting to the end of End Polio so this terrible disease can be part of history rather than a present and future peril across the developing world.