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Our meeting of 14 April 2020
Not only can PP David control the internet from his laundry…the room, not the soiled clothing…but also he can take detailed notes and for this we are Internally Grateful!
Call to Order. Past President(s) David Sykes welcomed all to meeting number 2463, and was chair for the evening’s Zoom meeting.
We welcomed Alan Hoyle as a guest for the last time, and we were pleased to have many members managing the technology.
Special welcome to the new Zoomies at their first meeting; Jane Bolton, Peter Funston, Ellen Verrier, Jonathon Hepner and Bruce King.
In all we had 25 participants join from their Covid-19 free homes, plus apologies from a number RCGE members.
Induction of Alan Hoyle. This week Alan Hoyle was inducted by President Tony Alsop into Rotary and the RCGE, and also gave his job talk, or his own version of “This is your life”, or “According to Hoyle”
Back to the Future Foursome. If you are feel you would benefit from some techno assistance, here we are! Tony, David, Gary and Kris may be able to assist with 2020 technology, like how to Zoom into a meeting. Or the 2020 AFL Grand final result on Sports Bet. Give us a hoy.
Sergeants galore. Tonight we were honoured to have two Sergeants with the late Keith joining towards the end of the meeting to support the ever ready Graham Thomson. All virtual fines are to be paid at Satbir’s 7-Eleven Geelong, corner Ryrie and Swanston. Satbir has offered a free cup of coffee for a sizable donation to the Rotary tin at the counter. PP David can report that he has paid his dues to support RCGE fundraising.
Zooming in with other Clubs. Please invite yourself as you see opportunities. Stay in contact with other Clubs.
Stay in Contact. Zooming is fun, but phone calls may be easier, please stay in contact with those who are on the sick list or cannot join us at our virtual meetings.
Learnings and Trainer Wheels. A note from the Chair David. Thanks for your patience and participation. We are all learning how to Zoom and to run meetings, and occasionally the technology (or the ability of the Chair!) goes a bit pear shaped. So a call to arms to train Chairs in the techno stuff and how to stuff. Rotary volunteers are welcome – you, you and you. Get in early.
According to Hoyle
I am the eldest of 3 siblings, son of Marjorie and Bill. Marjorie and Bill independently migrate to Australia in the early 50’s and in about 1952 they meet in Footscray, marry and move back “HOME” to Manchester, England and where I am born in 1954. Two years later they’re off to Canada for 9yrs where we live in both Toronto and Vancouver. In 1965 the Hoyle family now of four migrate to Australia, locate in Footscray.
I attended Footscray Primary School completing grades 5 and 6, and following the family move to Hoppers Crossing, Werribee, attended Werribee High School completing HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate).
Married to Debbie, we met and married young in 1975 which means we are now in our 44th year of marriage. We have a daughter Nicole, 37 yrs of age who attended Lara Primary School and Geelong College. Nicole graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology followed by a Bachelor of Laws and now practices as a Commercial and Property lawyer at Coulter Roache.
We built and moved into our first home in Lara in late 1977. We were to live in Lara for the next 20 yrs where I spent 3 years on school council of Lara Primary School and as Treasurer of the Lara Football and Sporting Club. As a family we move from Lara in 1997 to Newtown, and in 2017 we decide to downsize, sell our home and build our new home in Bond Street Newtown.
On the work front, after leaving secondary school at the end of 1973 I started my working life with the State Savings Bank of Victoria, later State Bank, but after only 18mths I make a move to Manufacturing. This doesn’t last and I move to finance and payroll which leads me in the late 70’s to the Oil Industry to APC (Altona Petrochemical Company) for 9yrs.  In late 1986, I made the career change to Human Resources after a great deal of reflection during a 4 month holiday in Europe backpacking around Europe including Debbie and I ‘surviving’ a 6 wk Contiki tour!
It’s 1987 and as a mature age student I commence a Diploma of Business (major HR) with Deakin in Burwood, followed by in 1995 a Grad Diploma in Human Resources and Industrial Relations at RMIT. 1995 also begins a 20 yr career in the Finance Industry, with companies such as AXA, ANZ, NAB and JP Morgan Chase Manhattan.
Much of my career has involved organisational change and transformation type projects especially in Technology, Operations and business support functions. And it has enabled me to travel to parts of the world and across Australia and New Zealand including the opportunity to work in Hong Kong for 6+ mths …. I feel very privileged.
In 2014, a career decision and a move to career coaching with Directioneering. Career coaching in this context is largely but not exclusively the coaching of individuals in their job search from Senior Executives in large Corporates like Telstra, ANZ, NAB, to junior roles in small, mid and large size organisations and across many industries.
Sport is an integral part of my life and if it is not watching it is participating in some way. I and we enjoy travel and in the last 6 years we have travelled to Europe, Canada, West Coast US, Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Japan and across Australia. In 2019 I had my battle with being diagnosed with Lung Cancer which has led me to decide to retire in 2020.
Our meeting of 21 April 2020
Purple House
We heard from Sarah Brown the fabulous Purple House story, a service which provides dialysis to the indigenous people of central Australia through onsite clinics and a mobile facility.
Local artists provide part of the funding from the sale of their works and also bush medicine is sold and the project provides education for young people in good kidney health.
Rotary's association with the project goes back 13 years when the Rotary Club of Woden in the ACT obtained a Rotary Global Grant and partnered with a Rotary club in South Korea.
President Tony, in a follow up email, thanked all those who were able to attend the meeting in the Zoom Room (there were 32 members in all) and attached information on a District wide call out for how we can help Purple House and the great work they are doing.
That information appears below and is from Di Crawford, Assistant Governor Group 9 District 9780, Rotary Club of Lara:
Good evening all,
After speaking with DG Rosanne she is keen to continue collecting items for Purple House up to 30 June 2020.  If your Club members are interested in donating such items, I am happy to arrange pick up and make arrangements to deliver to DG Rosanne.
Thank you for your ongoing support of this Project.
Purple House - DG's Project
You are invited to contribute to a project to support Purple House, an organisation that provides dialysis services to remote indigenous people in Central Australia.  
Please provide to your Assistant Governor any of the following items that we will pass on to Purple House CEO Sarah Brown for delivery to clients in remote communities 
  • Soaps, shampoos, conditioner, body lotion and toiletries including combs, brushes, toothpaste and tooth-brushes (no sanitary items as they are sourced elsewhere).
  • Special recognition will be given to the Club that provides the top contribution.
Think about volunteering to assist Purple House if you are travelling in central Australia, eg to assist in building a new Purple House in Coober Pedy, or as a nurse on the Purple Bus or one of the Purple Houses.  
Alan Hoyle has provided the link below to the ABC Radio National “Conversations” program entitled “Bringing life-saving dialysis to the bush” where you can hear more of the wonderful work of the Purple House, Sarah Brown and her team
Announcements, News and Help Required
Watch'a Doin'?
Keeping occupied in isolation – The Dunlops (Sue and James) reporting:
Returned from the Antarctica and South America early March just before the flight restrictions and border closures.
Margaret came down from Canberra as soon as ANU went on line.  For her the workload hasn't reduced and exams & essays are still happening on schedule. 
Margaret has brought her access to Stan (the streaming service that is, not the Wonder of Warracknabeal!), and Disney so if the weather deteriorates we can see if there is anything we want to watch!
On the home front:
James has regrouted the shower and is now setting up the garage for his wood working projects. In the evenings working on mastering Google sketchup to design future creations.
Sue has been gardening & setting up the vegies for the winter that we were meant to be away for!  Clearing, pruning, digging & planting.
Sue has been working with the Geelong Art Society which is setting up an online exhibition and will be asking members to exhibit work created while in isolation.  Also about to start two on-line art courses learning about water colours and the fundamentals of drawing. Hopefully both Margaret and Sue can complete their studies together.
Nominations for Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) recognitions
The closing date for nominations for Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) recognitions for both non-members and members is 1st May, 2020. Nominations need to be with President Tony by this date. It will not be necessary to use a Club nomination form. An A4 sheet of white paper with the following details will be all that will be required:
  1. name of Nominee & Date of Induction to the Club;

  2. details of Leadership/Initiatives in at least one of the following Avenues of Service &/or other areas: Club; Community, International Youth, Vocational; District; non-Rotary community organisations; executive roles within the club (Pres., Sec.,Treasurer); and

  3. ongoing financial support.

The nomination should detail leadership/initiatives over the past 3 years and include at least 3 dot points.
Three nominations have been received to date.
Donations to The Rotary Foundation
You can make your donation via EFTPOS to the Club's account directly.
The Club’s account is at Bendigo Bank and the details are below if you would like to make a donation.
NAME:  Rotary Club of Geelong East
BSB:  633 000
Account number:146 425 996
Remember to include in the reference or “sender” section, your surname and initial and “TRF”.
Rotary Foundation Committee chair Ross Taylor advises that we have to Friday 22 May, 2020, to make a donation so the Club can prepare the documentation to forward the total amount the Foundation and enable receipts to be issued in due course.
Program – Speakers Wanted
Kris Adam is on the look out for guest speakers. Please pass on names and topics to Kris.
Future President Required
Please consider taking the role in the year after next. You will be well supported and mentored as we probably have more Rotary experience and wisdom in our midst than most clubs in our District.
Don’t worry! Everything will be fine…d.
Those who assumed that the Office of the Sergeant would be shut down during the Shut Down will be displeased to hear that he/she continues to seek out and call to account the misdeeds of the members.
So bring along to the Zoom Room your jar, cup or piggy bank and let’s see and hear the coins clunk and clink as we cop the fine fines and we’ll have our Club’s own budget stimulus to hand over to Treasurer Adam when we next meet together.
Raffle? How so with social distance?
Yannick on behalf of the Fundraising Committee is exploring the RaffleTix model which provides a platform for the online sale of tickets.
Samaritan House support
Peter Cook from Community will circulate an email to members seeking expressions of interest in undertaking some light gardening work at the premises.
Club Secretary Jenny reports that Deakin University building and architecture students have a project involving the design and construction of single person living units to be located at the Samaritan House premises.
Our District Grant
Jenny also reports that our Rotary District Grant funds will be used to support disadvantaged youth and others through art therapy at the Bluebird Foundation.
Sign Language
Don’t just curse if you come across one of our Barwon River Safety Marker signs which has been damaged.
Take a photo and send it to Keith Dawson who will get the right people on to repair/reinstatement.
Zoom Meetings – all are welcome
Invite friends to our online meetings.
They can experience Rotary friendship and see Rotary service at no cost and without obligation from the comfort of their home.
Send them the email with the link and password but don’t forget to introduce them when the meeting opens.
Across the interweb and from an appropriate social distance, PDG Eddie Loughnan bring us the following Joint Statement:
“Woven through the fabric of virtually every community on earth, service clubs of Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International are working safely and diligently to maintain connections with each other and our neighbors so that we can cope with and overcome the effects of COVID-19. We are leveraging the strength of our combined networks of 3.2 million members to provide comfort and hope to those feeling the effects of isolation and fear. And we are focusing our collective skills, resources and ideas to support frontline health workers and first responders as they battle this disease and save lives. 
In these times of uncertainty, your local service clubs remain committed to meeting the challenge of finding innovative ways to take action together to help communities around the globe heal and thrive – and become more united than ever.
The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. As people of action, this is our time to connect with each other to offer immediate help to people in need.” – Mark Daniel Maloney, Rotary International President, 2019-2020
The scale and magnitude of this global pandemic requires our world's citizenry to heed the advice and cautions of the experts.  The work and plans of our collective members and volunteers must not cease!   Our immediate response after the crisis will be necessary to support local Governments respond to the many social and economic challenges that will ensue in its aftermath." – Adrian Elcock, Optimist International President, 2019-2020.
Great challenges test us, but they also bring us together. Lions are finding new ways to safely serve. Our Lions Clubs International Foundation has granted over one million dollars to help communities facing extreme rates of COVID-19, and additional grant requests are being received daily.  Our communities depend on service clubs, and we will be there, supporting and strengthening them just as we always have together.” – Dr. Jung-Yul Choi, Lions Clubs International President, 2019-2020.
During these difficult times, we’re seeing everyday heroism across the globe. I encourage us all to recognize the health and safety professionals who are putting their own health at risk for the greater good. To the educators, grocery workers, delivery drivers and the countless professionals who can’t stay home, the Kiwanis family thanks you. We all play an important role in keeping our friends and neighbors safe. Please follow the advice of the World Health Organization, your local health agencies and the instructions given by your Government. Please, stay safe.” – Daniel Vigneron, Kiwanis International President, 2019-2020.
World Immunisation Week
As scientists work to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus, we can do our part to keep our communities healthy by helping Rotary spread the word about the importance of vaccinations during World Immunization Week, 24-30 April.

Immunizations save millions of lives every year and are widely recognized as one of our most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases continue to put children’s health at risk around the world. 

Rotary knows firsthand that #VaccinesWork. Since 1985, we’ve contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children from polio. When children receive the polio vaccine, their pinkie fingers are marked with purple ink so health workers will know which children received the vaccine. Today, only two countries continue to report cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

Take action in three easy ways: 
  1. Raise awareness of vaccination and polio eradication efforts by painting your nails — or pinkie — purple, or customize our new End Polio Now artwork with your signature and words of support. Post your pictures on social media using the hashtags #EndPolio and #VaccinesWork. 

  2. Download Rotary’s World Immunization Week Toolkit to get graphics and sample social media posts. 

  3. Donate to Rotary’s PolioPlus Fund. Your contribution will be tripled, thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Upcoming Events Coming Up
Our Club meetings have been cancelled until further notice and District events have been cancelled or postponed.
Updates will be supplied as the situation becomes clearer.
The Next 3 Weeks
Meeting Roster
Meetings have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Members will be advised when meetings are to resume.
We had 31 members at our Zoom meeting on 21 April.
That’s 68.89% which is up from 53.33% on 14 April and 47.73% for our 7 April meeting.
Congratulations…we are fattening the curve!
We’ll all have to get bigger computer screens to handle all these extra heads.
Satbir did an EClub One makeup on 28 March for our 10 March meeting.
Thanks, Satbir, for continuing to keep our attendance records in such great shape.

Birthdays: Happy upcoming birthday to Graeme Fleet on 6 May.
Wedding Anniversaries: Graham and Vicki Thomson celebrate 38 years on 1 May.
Rotary Anniversaries: Liz Sykes has her 2nd Rotary anniversary on 1 May.