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Last Week's Program
Our Meeting of 20 October
(Many thanks to Club Secretary Jenny for this report)
World Polio Day
The focus of the meeting was celebration of World Polio Day, with PP Graham Thomson, our Rotary Foundation Director, chairing proceedings.
Graham’s PowerPoint presentation covered Rotary’s world-wide fight to end polio, commencing in 1988 up to the present day. The good news is:
  • the number of people contracting polio each year has dropped by 99 percent since 1988

  • Africa is now polio free, and

  • Type 2 and Type 3 wild polio are now certified eradicated.

The bad news is that recently there has been a spike in polio cases, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic that stopped vaccination and training programs. Afghanistan and Pakistan are experiencing a re-emergence of polio cases, where there are resistant pockets of unvaccinated children particularly in remote areas.
What is Rotary continuing to do?
  • Educating communities in prevention

  • Co-ordinating outbreak responses

  • Investigating cases

  • Training health workers

  • Tracing contacts of polio cases

  • Providing vaccine carriers and personal prevention equipment (PPE)

  • Vaccinating 400 million children in 40 countries every year (except 2020).

The partnership with the Gates Foundation continues that matches Rotary donations at a ratio of 2 to 1, thereby tripling our donation to the PolioPlus campaign.
Graham ended his most informative presentation by urging members to make a special donation to our World Polio Day.
Announcements, News and Help Required
Stan Deans Foundation
Sue Dunlop briefed us on plans to establish a foundation in honour of Stan Deans as a means of funding a Stan Deans Agricultural Scholarship to be offered across District 9780. Geelong East Rotary is working with representatives of Stan’s other Rotary clubs, Warracknabeal and Beaufort, and Stan’s family. The planning group is meeting fortnightly and is looking for ideas to honour Stan’s philosophy of life and his commitment to the agricultural sector.
Rotary face masks: These are now available. Contact is President Yannick.
R100: Groups 9 and 10 have embraced the idea of a combined celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Australia. Meetings are being held to determine details, such as the route that will commence in Lara.
Bluebird Foundation District Grant 2020: Jenny Acopian thanked those Rotarians who delivered arts packages to young people participating in Propeller Online, a program funded by Geelong East Rotary and a successful District grant. Packages were delivered to Winchelsea, Ocean Grove, Fyansford, Armstrong Creek, Clifton Springs and places in between.
Kathryn Sykes is celebrating her first 12 months as a Rotarian.
Sue Dunlop is recovering well from a fall as a result of slipping on rocks at Skene’s Creek and finding herself in Apollo Bay Hospital.
Forthcoming meetings:
27 Oct – Membership and PR reports. Special General Meeting to adopt the new Standard Rotary Club Constitution and Rules and the new Bylaws for Victorian incorporated associations legislation compliance.
3 Nov – Melbourne Cup Night, details TBA
17 Nov – Annual General Meeting (AGM). Nomination forms for 2021-2022 office bearers are now available.
24 Nov – Awards Night
Annual General Meeting – Positions for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year
If you share our passion to shape Rotary initiatives that best serve the community through volunteering and thrive in a caring & fun club culture then come and join us as we start to shape the team of Board Directors & Committee Chairs for 2021-2022!
You’ll be supported by the wider RCGE 2020-2021 talented, experienced and fun colleagues from within and across other Rotary clubs.  
Available Roles:
Club Secretary
Club Administration
Community Chair
Bulletin Editor
Program Director
Please submit your interest in any of the above roles to President Yannick via email (
Applications close on the night of our Annual General Meeting which is 17 November.   


Getting to know our fellow Rotarians

Here’s…..Graham Thomson
Roles in Rotary: Foundation Director, Youth Committee Chair, Vice President, President. District rep for Shine On & for Vocational Training Team subcommittee, former member of Rotaract and RYLA
Rotary Fellowships and Action Groups: Cruising and International Yachting Fellowships; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene action group
Food:    Fish      
Old Movie: Cain Mutiny
Recent Movie:  
Book:    Cruel Sea           
Author: Nicholas Monsarrat       
Season: Autumn            
Colour: Blue     
Animal: Dolphin            
Sporting Team:  Geelong AFL
Hobbies: Sailing, bush walking, reading 
First Car:            Fiat 500 (station wagon version, bought for $500)
Things I love doing outside of work and Rotary: Reading, catching up with family
Something you may not know about me: I did a 12 day voyage, as a crew member, on the Endeavour replica from Adelaide to Albany
What superpower would I like to have and why? Writing – in order to write a novel
If I could be an animal for a day it would be and why? Blue whale, so I could travel the oceans
If I didn’t live in Australia I would like to live in – Canada, west coast as a fantastic area.
Upcoming Events Coming Up
Our Club meetings and District events are happening via video conferencing during the COVID-19 restrictions.
See The Next Three Weeks section of the Bulletin and Club Runner for the updated calendar of upcoming events and meetings.
The date of our return to meeting at St. Albans Football Club awaits confirmation and the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions etc.
The Next 3 Weeks...or so
Tues 27 Oct
Committee Presentations and vote to adopt
new standard Club Constitution and updated 
By-Laws for Victorian incorporation
legislation compliance.
Tues 3 Nov Melbourne Cup
Fri 6 Nov Trivia Night
Week of Tues 10 NovCommittee Meetings
We thank Satbir for his excellent work in maintaining our attendance records to the highest standard.
You don't need a mirror to check your make ups....just go to the "Attendance" tab in Club Runner then "Meetings and then "Makeups"......and if you end up with "Hiccups" only have yourself to blame!
Birthdays: Many happy returns to Tony Alsop for 26 October and to Tony's wife Christine on 29 October and to Gary Newton on 2 November.
Wedding Anniversaries: None coming up this week.
Rotary Anniversaries: Best wishes to Satbir Chug for his 14th anniversary on 31 October and to Past President Tony Della Porta in Sydney Town who has 32 years of Rotary service on 1 November.