Club Information
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
DistrictSiteIcon District Site
VenueMap Venue Map
Last Week's Program


Past President Tony Alsop was our chair the evening and President David Sykes welcomed all including Friend of Rotary Heather.
Thanks to Alannah, John and Adrian for the Showgrounds Christmas function and    a special thank you to Santa Dawson.

Our guest speaker was our own Peter Cook.

Peter would have ignored the infantile "Where's Dudley Moore?" interjections (had anyone the wit to make such) and we learned The Black Country lingo.

Peter's father was a saddlemaker by trade but had the foresight to see that the horse-less carriage was the way of the future and borrowed to buy a truck.
He convinced the family that a caravan holiday at a picturesque watering hole would be smashin' - the watering hole was in fact the pub.
At this point, members might have interjected with "Paradise!" and references to "shoebox in middle of road"...but no..

Peter could well have become a publican as a matter of geographical convenience but the birth of Peter's sister saw the family move in with grandma.

Peter's dad moved into logistics and transport across the country and on to the continent as the years went by.
Peter went on to grow the business with his father and Peter was literally, at one stage, a kid in a sweet shop.

Then onto replica cars for kit construction  and fox hunting (where's that saddle?) and into Rotary through an invitation to a local Club fundraising event and to meet Yannick.

With Yannick keen to return to be near her mother and with Peter confident that Australia needed another immigrant from a non-English speaking background, Peter moved Down Under.
After living in Sydney for 18 months and with the move to Melbourne, Peter got into workplace training with AGB and into our Club by happy accident.
Peter handed out a sheet with some frequently heard Brummy words and their English translations.
For a year's free subscription to The Bulletin, translate these phrases commonly heard around the better parts of Walsall:
"Arr, Mar Wammal Bin Tatting"
"Arm Tekkin Mar Jed Oss Ova Cut"
And then there's the arts....had Lennon and McCartney been Brommy rather than Mersey, we would have had "Summat" and had The Big O bin Yam Yam, weeda ad the magnificent classic...... "Blartin".

Announcements, News and Help Required


The Shower of Power
We' ll get to see the Homeless Shower Truck at our Club meeting on 23 January.
Our Club's Youth Service Committee chair Kris Adam has explained that our aim is to raise the funds to purchase a Shower Truck through One Voice to aid the homeless in the Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula.

The new Shower Truck ordered for Adelaide will be present for inspection and more information about the project will be provided by the Director of One Voice, Josh Wilkins.


They also serve...

The Cottage By The Sea breakfast barbeque was done by David and Liz Sykes and past member Geoff Coward and we thank them for attending to this on behalf of our Club this year when other members were occupied at the Showgrounds.

The Fifth Monday

29 Monday is our 5th Monday at Christ Church Meals. If you haven't had a go at this and would like to, please see Jenny Acopian.

Ballarat South Raffle

We will have sold 300 books by the final day before Robert and Ron Carroll return butts, books and money and we will make around $5,000.00.

Once again, many thanks to Robert and the Dunlops and to all those who sold tickets.



The annual report from Interplast has just been released, and it is a staggering report of the breadth of activity that has followed on from that initial Rotary initiative in 1983. 

A further 853 patients were operated on, from Mongolia in the north to Tonga in the south. This brings the number of patients who have been directly helped by Interplast to very close to 30,000.

 But more importantly the training opportunities that have followed on have led to whole populations of developing communities receiving raised levels of medical and surgical management. Not only surgery, anaesthesia and nursing, but physiotherapists and burns management teams have all contributed significantly to  the lives of these communities

 And Rotary is at the forefront still, with many volunteers, let alone a contribution of 18% of the funding required to run Interplast Inc. (nearly $3,000,000 pa).

 And DFAT are as always, very supportive (23% of funding) which is an index of what hard nosed (and financially challenged) bureaucrats think of the worth of Interplast.

 So worth a good read. And great to show the breadth and depth of what Rotary Can achieve.

See the full report

The link is

John Oswald

Chairman Interplast Committee Rotary District 9780


Annual Calendar
25 - 28 January
Cadel Evan bike ride - volunteers needed
18 Feb
Ironman - volunteers needed
Anniversaries and Birthdays
Birthdays: Happy birthday, Warren for 29 January
Wedding Anniversaries: None this coming week
Club Anniversaries: None this coming week.
Attendance for the meeting of 16 January
Apologies: Sue and James Dunlop,  Laurent Franklin, Angela and Bryan Humphrey, Sharon Meek, Andrew Rofe and Sam Ramondetta.
Leave of Absence: None.
Present: 35
Percentage: 80.95
Make Ups: None received.
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
Meeting Topic
One Voice - Shower Truck
Kathy Ryan - Peace Corp & Humphrey recognition
Laurent Franklin - Member Talk
Chris Adam
Warren Norton
Adrian Innes
Adrian Innes
Tony Alsop
Sue Hill
Bill Bailey
Jonathan Hepner
Terry Thornton
Sue Beretta
John Birrell
Keith Dawson
Room & Hosting
Warren Norton
Graeme Fleet
Graham Thomson
Photo Albums
2017-08 Bulletin