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Last Week's Program
Operation Cleft
Bruce McEwen from the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central told us of the wonderful work being done by his club in Bangladesh in the surgical repair of cleft palates.
For the surprising low amount of $350.00 AUD, this life changing surgery delivers patients social and educational opportunities, relief from stigma and prejudice and general improvement in health and welfare.
We can all become Smile Donors for less than $1.00 per day ( and transform for the better the lives of children in one of the poorest nations.
Announcements, News and Help Required
Vale Stan Deans
The Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our esteemed member, beloved friend and great mate Stan Deans.
The funeral service for Stan will be held on Thursday at 11.00 am.
Those wishing to be an online guest at Stan’s service please visit.
Our chair for our Zoom meeting last week was The Immutable Gary Newton.
President Yannick welcomed our guest speakers Rotarians Bruce McEwen and David Routledge from the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central.
November 24 – Back at St. Albans (COVID-10 Permitting)
Over at Oxford Uni, the immunologists and the virologists and all the other ologists are burning their bunsens to get the vac on track so we can be all COVID-free and mingly in time for 24 November.
It will be a night of awards and recognitions.
In the meantime, stay safe and keep practising the Pandemic Two Step in the supermarket aisles.
Keep in (tech) Touch
Remember President Yannick’s message from last week…. 
In these unprecedented times, it is important that we keep in touch and continue to look after ourselves. This isolation thing is tough, for some more than others. Whether adjusting to loneliness being on your own or you're balancing virtual work at home you need to make sure you're putting your mental well being ahead of anything else.   
As Rotarians we all have a responsibility to check in on each other and open up the lines of communication. There are many ways to keep in touch:
  • All our contact details are available in ClubRunner for any of our members to use;

  • The new Thursday Zoom Cafe Chat line will be open for anyone who feels like a quick catch up over a cup of tea or coffee. Zoom invitations will appear in your Inbox.

  • And if Zoom isn't your thing, our Welfare Officer, Allanah, is more than open to a chat over the phone. 

Staying connected has never been so important as is our well being! 
YIRS & Stay Safe
Editor’s Endogrime Solved!
Your Bulletin Editor (BE) is pleased to announce that the intermittent fault with his laptop’s “N” key has been rectified and readers can rest comfortable in the knowledge that all misspelt words henceforth are the direct result of the BE’s inattetion.
Plans for the Celebration of the Centenary of Rotary
Kris Adam reported the baton relay event is planned to take place in the November- February period (pandemic permitting) and members are invited to advise Kris of the names of individuals and/or organisations who have received assistance from our Club over our 5 decades of service and who could be approached to support the event.
Ballarat South Raffle
Last year (and indeed for many years past), our Club received wonderful support and assistance for our ticket sales from the Geelong West Dan Murphy’s store.
Last week, a presentation was made by Past Presidents (PP) Graham Thomson and Robert Wheeler of a certificate of appreciation to the store manager, Mr Anthony Rotella.
As you will see in the photo of the presentation (if not here then on Club Runner), the Covid-19 restrictions of face masks & social distancing were observed, thus the smiles are missing.
As you may be aware PP Robert has arranged for our Club to undertake the selling of Ballarat South Raffle tickets at the Dan Murphy’s store for many years.  The Dan Murphy stores have also donated gift vouchers for some of our Club’s own raffles over recent years.
The staff at the store have on many occasions provided ticket sellers the use of tea room and in some inclement weather allow our Club to sell within the store.
Anthony advised that the certificate will be proudly displayed in the store and has advised that when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted the facility for selling tickets will be available to our Club.
….and going forward
Sue and James Dunlop need to know from us some idea on the numbers of books that we think we might be able to sell to provide feedback to the Ballarat South RC.
The Rotary Club of Ballarat South is committed to conducting the annual raffle in years to come and we may also have the opportunity to conduct the raffle this year.
Over the past few years this has been a significant fundraiser for our Club as we get 75% of the ticket sale price..
This year they have asked us how many books of tickets we might be able to sell.
Sue and James are aware that many Rotarians purchase books for themselves or their families and friends.
Sue and James ask each of us to advise how many books we feel we could sell (including purchasing for ourselves) this year.
Feedback please to Sue and James!

Shine On Awards

Graham Thomson advises that the nomination forms are now available.

Other Club’s Bulletins
Club Secretary Jenny has advised that the Rotary Clubs of Lara and Colac West have started sending their weekly bulletins to our Club and are available from Jenny.
Getting to know our members of the Rotary Club of Geelong East
Whilst we can’t meet face to face as a Club, we can keep connected through the Bulletin and social media.
Members are invited to send the Bulletin Editor some information about themselves which they would like to share.
Here’s The Man in The Zoom….
Name:                         Gary Newton
Roles in Rotary:        Director Public Relations
Rotary Fellowships and Action Groups:
Polio Survivors Rotary Action Group (their mission is to broaden and deepen Rotarians and Rotaractors awareness of disabilities resulting from polio and enable them to improve the lives of polio survivors).
I recently applied to become a Rotary Polio Ambassador to support and promote projects of all sizes at the local club, district, and international level that will improve access to quality health services for people with disabilities; strengthen rehabilitation services and include access to assistive products.
(PS RAG FUN FACTS: 360 Rotarians representing 191 Rotary Districts in 46 Countries -
Of the members that responded, 66% of our membership are polio survivors)
Food:               Smoked Salmon, Pizza
Old Movie:       To Kill A Mocking Bird
Recent Movie:         Man On Fire – Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning
Book:               Splendid Solution – Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio
Author:            Jefferey Kluger
Season:           Most definitely Summer
Colour:            Navy Blue
Animal:            Dog – Boxer (Asha)
Sporting Team:        The MIGHTY Geelong Cats (yes I’m a fanatic)
Hobbies: Computers, BBQ’ing, Fishing, Watching Aussies Rules football and my grandkids play sports
First Car: Brand new 1970 Datsun 1600 (bright orange) which I wrote off the 1st yr.
Things I love doing outside of work and Rotary: Catching up with family & friends, learning about new things, speaking with and meeting new people.
Something you may not know about me: I got married to my first wife Bev (dec.) at the Officers Mess, RAAF Base, Laverton. I married my 2nd wife Annie on a Houseboat on Lake Eildon in 1987.
What superpower would I like to have and why? The power to change people’s minds in a positive way because sadly you can’t vaccinate against ‘stupid’.
If I could be an animal for a day it would be and why?  A Great White Shark – because I’ve noticed that the Karma Bus misses sometimes.
If I didn’t live in Australia I would like to live in – Canada, for it’s amazing beauty and it’s people.
Upcoming Events Coming Up
Our Club meetings and District events are happening via video conferencing during the COVID-19 restrictions.
See 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
DateActivityCoursesVenueChair SergeantRoom (Hosting)CashierMeeting
Tues 18 AugBruce McEwen - Operation Cleft  Peter Cook    
Tues 25 AugDiscover Donations in Kind (DIK)  Janine    
Mon 31 AugChristchurch Meals Project (4.30 pm - 6.30 pm) TBC       
Tues 1 SepEllen Verriers - Member's Talk  Tony Alsop    
We thank Satbir for his excellent work in maintaining our attendance records across the last Rotary year.
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: Best wishes to Vicki Thomson who celebrates her birthday on 30 August.
Wedding Anniversaries: None coming up in the coming week.
Rotary Anniversaries: None coming up in the coming week.