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Last Week's Program



Past President Ross Taylor was our chair for the evening’s meeting.
We welcomed Chris Beretta as our guest.
Members met in their service and other committees.
Announcements, News and Help Required
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.
The venue is The Range at Curlewis Golf Club at 12.00 pm and tickets are $50.00 per head.
Bookings close on 14 February.
District Conference
President Tony encouraged members to attend the District Conference to be held in Swan Hill on 20-22 March 2020. Some have already registered.
Iowa Friendship Visit
Rotary District 9780 Rotary Friendship Exchange is in the planning with Rotary District 5970 Iowa USA for an Outbound team to visit Iowa from 21st September to 4th October 2020 and expressions of interest are sought from Rotarians.
As a member of the team your main financial commitment is to cover the costs of your travel to and from District 5970 plus spending money for extras during the exchange. There may be costs for entries to museums, attractions, transport and meals.
Going on a Rotary Friendship Exchange is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit other countries and learn about their culture, life and spend time with Rotarians as part of their family. It is an amazing experience and one that you will never forget.
Expression of interest need to be submitted by the 30th April 2020. A team of 10 Rotarian couples or singles is requested. If you would like more info please contact Pres Tony asap.
Our Terry Thornton has recently experienced a Rotary Friendship Exchange and can fill you in on what to expect.
Committee Report
PP Graham Thomson reported that our Club has a nominee to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (“RYLA”) coming up.
This is a residential program which provides leadership training and personal development opportunities and has been a flagship project of our District for decades.
Our Club is also connecting with our local primary schools to sponsor their attendance at the Tall Ships Regatta in March.
Our Club Runner
Our Club Runner home page is up to date, informative and a great public relations vehicle for our Club.
Check out the great stories  including a report on the support we provide to the Newcomb Power Football Club.
Service directors are encouraged to provide information on projects to Warren, David Sykes or Kris Adam so they can be put up on Club Runner.
Our Celebration of the Centenary of Rotary – 18 February
We will recognise the centenary of Rotary on 18 February by revisiting the Leland Childs December 1945 interview with Paul Harris.
This will be a partners’ night and will be a memorable evening….one way or another.
Program – Suggestions for Speakers invited
Kris Adam advised that we have vacancies for the remainder of the Rotary year. Please pass on your ideas to Kris.
Public Relations Committee
Committee chair Gary Newton has car bumper stickers for sale at $5.00 for a sheet of three and orders are being taken for the new Club shirt design priced at $45.00. Select your size.
Photos Required
Robyn Campbell would like members to provide any photographs of Club activities over the years to feature on the Club’s 50th anniversary place mats.
Pancake Night – 3 March
There will also be an auction so members are asked to contribute items for sale to assist our fundraising efforts.
Promote your crafts and hobbies by offering them as auction items.
Our returning Rotary Exchange student will be there to tell us of her adventures so it will be a great meeting to which you may wish to bring young people who might be interested in the Youth Exchange program.
Committee Meetings
We have off-site committee meetings on 10 March.
National Youth Science Forum and be seen in green
Our 17 March meeting will feature our National Youth Science Forum attendee and we will get green in recognition of St. Patrick.
Rotary District Grants
Club Secretary Jenny reminded us that they are there for the asking (provided the ask is accompanied by the necessary papery bits).
Our Club has achieved some excellent results in our local community with the assistance of these grants.
The deadline is 1 April.
Bangers at Bunnings – 12 April
The hungry hordes at Waurn Ponds will be scrambling over the parked cars to get their teeth into a Rotary sausage.
Let Yannick know if you can help out.
Trivia Nights – 17 July and 6 November
Mark your diaries now and start memorizing the least important facts.
These are great fun(d) and you learn stuff too.
Our Bushfire Region Support Trip – November
The best support we can give those in the towns so severely impacted by the bushfires is to visit them and spend.
More details to follow.
St. Albans Football Club – home game gate
There are 9 matches to be played at St. Albans in the coming season and two people are required to mind the gate and collect the entrance fee.
Please put your name on the sheet going around if you can assist.
Club Walk About
Whether you use it as a make up to maintain your attendance level or just as a way of keeping in touch with other Rotarians and what they and their clubs are up to, getting out and about at other club meetings is the thing.
Yannick is on the trail so join up with her to learn about Rotary goings-on around about.
Our meeting of 11 February – Rotary Activity Groups
Sometimes known as fellowships or action groups, these are associations of Rotarians who share a common interest.
We will hear from some of our members who are involved.
Our meeting of 11 February – Our Open Forum
This is an opportunity to ask a question about Rotary, our Club, our District…anything you don’t know and didn’t know you didn’t know until someone else who didn’t know wanted to know.
No meeting - 25 February
There is no meeting on 25 February because we will be all Rotary-ed out from the 50th anniversary the Sunday before.
Upcoming Events Coming Up
 Paul Harris  Tues 18 Feb
 Celebration of Rotary International and our Club's 50th anniversary celebration Sunday 23 Feb
 Pancake Night and Auction 3 March
 Off site Committee Meetings 10 March
 Our National Youth Science Forum delegate (Maddie) and St. Patrick's Day in The Green 17 March
 District 9780 Conference - Swan Hill 20-22 March 
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
 11 February 18 February 25 February
Meeting Topic
 Rotary Activity Groups and Open Forum Paul Harris and Leland Childs No meeting
   Ross Taylor 
 David Sykes Sue Hill 
  Adam Koch Jane Bolton 
Room & Hosting
 Harrie Farnaby & Jonathan Hepner David Beretta & Michael Carroll 
Member Talk
Attendance for the meeting of 4 February
Present: 29
Percentage: 67.44
Apologies: Bill Bailey, Allanah Clifford, Harrie Farnaby, Adrian Innes, Bruce King, Maxine Leske, Alison Marshall, Gary Newton, Warren Norton, Bill Pratt, Andrew Rofe, David Sykes, Liz Sykes and Terry Thornton.
Honorary Members in attendance: None.
Make Ups: Satbir Chug - 4 February - EClub One.
Leave of Absence: Keith Dawson (5 February to 11 March).

Birthdays: Happy birthday to Alan Backwell on 18 February.
Wedding Anniversaries: Gary Newton and Annie celebrate 33 years on 14 February.
Rotary Anniversaries: None this coming week.