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The Rotary Club of Geelong East Inc.
Service Above Self
Tuesday at 6:00 pm for 6:30pm start
Eastern Hub
285a McKillop Street
East Geelong, Victoria  3219
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Last Week's Program



Past President Warren was our chair and we had the pleasure of the company of AG Group 10 Judy Beasley and Past President Tony Stewart and Rotaractors and guests and partners and friends.

We had our Changeover with Past President David 2009-2010 being restored to power upon the retirement of President Bryan consequent on the return to Queensland of Bryan and Angela to be close to their family.

President David spoke of his plans for the forthcoming year to carry forward the vision which Past President Bryan set out for the Club in July last year.

Bryan and Angela received special recognition of their broad and substantial service in, to and through Rotary, details of which appear later in this Bulletin.

Rotary Club of Torquay
Rotary Club of Torquay are presenting their annual Torquay Motor Show at the Torquay Foreshore on Sunday 11 February with more information and entry forms available from or phone 0423 620 009.

Christ Church Meals Project

Club Secretary Jenny Acopian reported that 9 volunteers from our Club served over 100 meals on our 5th Monday.

Judy from Head Office
AG Judy congratulated our Club on its service and fellowship activities and spoke of the work that other clubs are doing in the Geelong area.

Our Award Recipient from Newcomb Secondary College
Kris Adam on behalf of the Club introduced Miriam Ramsey who was the dux of Newcomb Secondary College in 2017 and Miriam will go on to study at Deakin University to become a teacher of the Indonesian language.

Our Guest Speaker - Kathy Ryan

Kathy Ryan from the Rotary Club of Corio Bay spoke to us about her life of peace.

February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month in Rotary.

Kathy was inspired by the words of JFK at high school in the U.S. and studied social work and trained for 3 months in Seattle before she went to serve with the Peace Corps in Korea.

This was 1968-1969 and the work was tuberculosis and epilepsy finding through taking samples for tuberculosis testing and checking for symptoms of epilepsy.

Kathy had a particular interest in Buddhism and lived with Korean families.

As Kathy says, "Every avenue of Rotary is a path to peace".

Kathy spent time again in South Korea at the 2016 Rotary Convention and found it a very different country almost 50 years after her Peace Corps service.

The Korean War has been adjourned rather than ended and Kathy has a photo of herself in the room which is halfway in the north and the south.

The Korean service in the Peace Corps taught her to appreciate the universality of humanity.

Bryan and Angela Humphrey
This was a special occasion to recognise the contributions of our great friends Bryan and Angela.
President David Sykes told us that Bryan was inducted into the Rotary Club of Bowen in 1994 and in 1995, Bryan joined the Rotary Club of Karana Downs where he took the directorships of the Vocational, Community, International and Youth Service Committees and was the chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee, Publicity Officer and Bulletin Editor.
Bryan served as President at Karana Downs 1999-2000 and received a Paul Harris Fellow recognition in 2001.
He served as Club Secretary in 2003 and 2008.
In District 9600, Bryan was Assistant Governor for Youth during which time he received the Distinguished Rotary Service Award.
He served on the Ambassadorial Scholars Sub Committee and became District Coordinator Ambassadorial Scholars and was counsellor for Peace Scholars at the University of Queensland as well as a member of the District Governor's selection panel.
In 2001-2002 he led a Group Study Exchange Team to New Jersey, District 7640.
Bryan joined our Club on 20 April 2008 proposed by Andrew Thornton with the classification of “Education Research” and was twice the chair of our International Service Committee.
He was a member of the New Generations Committee, a Club Training officer and volunteered at DIK (Donations in Kind).
Bryan was elected to the office of president of our Club and served in that role to 31 December.
With Angela, Bryan hosted 7 exchange students over his time in Rotary, including one with our Club.
A defining feature of Bryan’s international service is his involvement in Australian Volunteers International, as Learning and Development Cluster Mentor with oversight for the Cambodian Organisation for Children and Development, Cambodian Volunteers for Communities, Cambodian Women's Crisis Centre and Lotus Outreach.
Bryan has been supported by our Club which applied for and obtained a District Grant to enable the construction of a series of water wells in an area under his supervision and which will radically change living conditions and the health of villages and their children in particular which in turn facilitates consistent school attendance and progress out of poverty.
This was followed up by a successful application for a Global Grant with the water well project, now nearing sign-off.
A feature of this project was Bryan’s promotion through the District with visits to most District 9780 clubs and securing support for funds.
Angela and Bryan are well travelled Rotarians, having attended Rotary Clubs in South Africa, Germany, Sweden, Cambodia, New Zealand, the USA and Singapore.
President David bestowed upon Bryan this Club's recognition of a 3rd and 4th sapphire for excellence of work done through the Cambodian water well project and a 5th sapphire for his leadership of our Club as president to end of December.
Angela has served her local and international communities firstly as President Elect at the Rotary Club of Karana Downs in Queensland and then with our Club since 20 April 2008 with the classification “Secondary Education Services.
Angela was secretary of our Club in 2011-12012 (with Ross being President) and has been a leader in the Days for Girls and the Christ Church meals programs as well as organising the Hamburger Stall Geelong Show rosters and being a regular and committed member of the team ("always there and last to leave") and, in particular, through the work she has done in recording the operating procedures for the Hamburger Stall.
Angela and Bryan have hosted 7 exchange students and Angela has been instrumental in the promotion and execution of the Cambodian water well project and the administrative work entailed in the District and Global Grants processes.
In recognition of her work, Angela was awarded a 2nd sapphire through Bryan's Foundation points to add to her Paul Harris Fellow 1st sapphire which she received for the work done in risk management at the Hamburger Stall.
Announcements, News and Help Required


Social Rotary Cricket Match -Warrnambool (Dennington turf wicket)
Friday March 16th 2018, 11am – 4 pm
District 9800 is holding their annual Conference in Warrnambool on the weekend 16-18 March 2018.
All Rotarians and partners, friends and family of Rotarians are invited to play, umpire or watch this cricket match.
Players are needed for the District 9780 team and others are needed to assist in the logistics of the day (morning tea and lunch, umpiring and encouragement for the fools in flannel).
The game will be a 35 over a side match with everyone batting and bowling. Batters must retire at 35 and bowlers will cease bowling if they have captured 3 wickets. All abilities are catered for and respected.
Equipment will be provided and there will be a small fee to cover other costs.
Please contact Michael Boyd (0429009004) to indicate your willingness to participate in this enjoyable day.

Rotary’s strategic plan provides the framework for our future, ensuring that we continue to be known as a respected, dynamic organization that advances communities worldwide.

The strategic plan evolves with the aspirations of Rotarians. It is shaped by regular input from members through surveys, focus groups, committees, and meetings, so it can continue to help us achieve our goals.

In June, Rotary’s Board of Directors and Trustees approved a new vision statement for the organization:

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

The new vision statement helps us set a future course so that Rotary can thrive in the years ahead. It reflects the impact Rotary aspires to have on the world and our members.

To get an unbiased perspective while we developed the vision statement, we worked with Grant Thornton, a consulting agency that specializes in planning and change management.

To help us in shaping the vision, Grant Thornton facilitated surveys, focus groups, and interviews with Rotarians, Rotaractors, Foundation partners, Rotary alumni, Rotarian Action Groups, and others. “It was critical that the vision be crafted from diverse feedback so that it could be understood and adopted by all,” says Stephanie A. Urchick, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

“We cannot thank our survey and focus groups enough. Your honest feedback was invaluable not only in capturing the true spirit, shared values, and priorities that make up the distinct character of Rotarians, but also in providing a rich foundation for the next phase of our work: building the strategic plan and priorities needed to bring our vision to life,” she said.

Rotary is developing a plan for implementing the new strategic plan this year.

Annual Calendar
18 Feb
Ironman - volunteers needed
Anniversaries and Birthdays
Birthdays: Happy birthday, Carol Deans on 4 February.
Wedding Anniversaries: None coming up this week.
Club Anniversaries: None coming up this week.
Attendance for the meeting of 30 January
Apologies: Bill Bailey, Robyn Campbell, Allanah Clifford, Peter Cook, Stan Deans, Susan and James Dunlop, Harrie Farnaby, Jonathan Hepner,  Bruce King, Yannick Le Gall, Janine Koch, Sharon Meek, Andrew Rofe and Graham Thomson.
Leave of Absence: 
Present: 28
Percentage: 65.12
Make Ups: None received as at 6 February for the meeting of 30 January.
Reporting Make Ups in the Bulletin
The Bulletin Editor thanks Satbir for his patience. After Satbir's repeated pointers, The Bulletin Editor has now discovered the "Make Ups" tab in the Attendance section of Club Runner (hiding as it was in full view) and members can have confidence (?) that the Bulletin Editor will now report make ups in a timely fashion.
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
Meeting Topic
Laurent Franklin - Member Talk
Committee Meeteings
The Ghan Adventure
Adrian Innes
Andrew Thornton
Jonathan Hepner
Sue Hill
Chris Adam
Keith Dawson
John Birrell
onathan Hepner
Bill Bailey
Keith Dawson
David Beretta
Terry Thornton
Room & Hosting
Graham Thomson
Ross Taylor
Andrew Thornton
Photo Albums
2017-08 Bulletin