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Last Week's Program



President Elect Yannick was our chair for the evening’s meeting.
We welcomed Alan Hoyle and Ellen Verrier as our guests and we were pleased to have our members Jane Bolton and Bill Pratt back with us after their travels.


Our Meeting of 21 January
(Club Secretary Jenny Acopian’s excellent report of our guest speaker was missed from last week’s Bulletin).
Our guest speaker was Scott Smith from the Newcomb Power Football Club (NPFC)
Yannick Le Gall introduced Scott who runs the junior program at the Newcomb Power Football Club (NPFC), and presented him with three cheques:
  • $3,000 as part of the 2019–2020 District Grant of $6,000 awarded to Geelong East for the NPFC junior football program. Some of the expenditure will go towards the purchase of junior footballs that feature the Rotary logo and the Geelong East Rotary Club name. In addition, NPFC’s juniors will wear shirts that bear the Rotary logo. Great PR! Well done Peter Cook for this initiative.

  • $1,500 in recognition of the work undertaken by NPFC members during the Geelong Show.

  • $200 for the work NPFC did for the 28 December 2019 Bunnings sausage sizzle at Leopold.

Scott spoke passionately about the success of the junior program that in 2019 reached over 1,100 young boys and girls across the 3219 postcode. His primary aim is to give local children something constructive to do and ‘keep them off the streets’.
Scott explained that in 2011 the club was dying so he set about reviving it through reaching out to juniors. In 2012 they had 20 juniors playing football, in 2013 he started the schools program and now they have 1,000 juniors involved and are firmly established in five primary schools and four pre-schools, with plans to work with development schools in 2020. Scott runs free football clinics and in 2019, Geelong Rotary cooked 900 sausages for the children who attended the superclinic at the Newcomb Power ground in Coppards Road, Newcomb. Scott has a 13-year development plan that is now in its eighth year - and going very well.
Thanks to a Federal Government grant NPFC has a junior-specific facility, with plans to expand it by adding a gymnasium for the use of junior players.
Our partnership with NPFC was enhanced when John Birrell asked Scott and his mates to help out at the Geelong Show, then Bunnings and more recently at the Vintage Machinery Fair.May our partnership continue and grow stronger.
In answer to questions, we learned:
  • the NPFC’s dues of $100pa are the cheapest in Geelong in order to ensure that disadvantaged children can access the program. However there are still some families who cannot find the funds and it breaks Scott’s heart.

  • NPFC is supported by the Mark West Foundation, a charity also supported by Geelong East Rotary, that provides ‘scholarships’ to enable boys and girls to play football.

  • Girls’ football teams in Geelong have increased from 53 to 1,000 in the last few years.

  • Scott plans to introduce a netball junior program.

Keith Dawson did a masterful job as Sergeant, starting the session with an Australia Day quiz.
Alison Marshall and her friends won the Best Decorated Australian Table and Graeme Fleet the best dressed with his gum-leaf decorated Akubra hat.
Our meeting of 28 January
Our guest speaker was unavailable so we heard from Yannick, Gary and Jane about the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) program.
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 and we are encouraged to book early.
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.
Bangers at Bunnings
Our next opportunity to feed the masses at Bunnings will be 12 April at the Waurn Ponds store. Details will be provided.
Kerang Rotary Club Inc Art Show 2020 
From Jenny Kelly, Art Show Coordinator 2020 Rotary Club of Kerang Inc.
Following continued success of the Art Show event over the past seventeen years with strong entries and attendances, our Club is once again organising this event which will run on Good Friday 10th April to Easter Sunday 12th April 2020.
Entries of an extremely high standard are received from all parts of Victoria as well as interstate representation. We are again hopeful of similar participation ensuring that this event continues to grow in reputation. It is well worth a visit to Kerang to witness our wonderful display and we would love to see you and make you feel welcome with traditional Rotary hospitality.
I am writing to you to ask your support for our Rotary Club in this endeavour.  I hope you can find time and space within your organization to promote our Art Show to your members & artists. In order to help you do this we have attached an entry form. Simply print and submit by post or email. Payment can be made by posting a cheque or online. Please feel free to photocopy or email the entry form and identification tags as required. I have included a promotional flyer for our event, which I hope you may be able to suitably display.
To facilitate your members and artists participation in the Art Show there are a number of delivery &
collection depots around the state that they may find useful.
With total prizes available of $5,800.00 our Rotary Club believes that many of your members & artists may well be interested and take the opportunity to participate by showcasing their art work and hopefully achieving recognition and sales.
Easter in Kerang and in Gannawarra Shire offers many events and activities including Quilt Show, Kerang Regional parkrun, Horse Races, Markets, Tractor Pull, Tennis, Bowls, Skate Parks, Pools, Forests, Lakes & Waterways & much more. 
Entries close on Friday 27th March 2020.
Our Club Secretary Jenny Acopian has further information and entry forms.
Our Man at HQ
We congratulate Past President David Sykes on his appointment to the position of Assistant Governor (AG) for the Group 10 clubs in District 9780 for the 2020-2021 Rotary year.
Be The DG in ‘23
On the subject of District jobs, nominations for the position of District Governor (DG) for the Rotary year 2022-2023 close on 15 February. All Past Presidents of Clubs are eligible. See President Tony for more information.
Our Club Runner
Our Club Runner home page is up to date, informative and a great public relations vehicle for our 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.
Ignore the Bulletin
Don’t believe what you read in the Bulletin…at last some bits…such as last week when it said there won’t be a meeting on 4 February.
There will be a Club meeting on Tuesday 4 February with on-site Committee meetings at St. Albans.
Our Celebration of the Centenary of Rotary – 18 February
Past President Ross Taylor reported that our Club contributed over $1,200.00 to Polio Plus in the special appeal for contributions in the latter part of last year.
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.
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.
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
 District 9780 Conference - Swan Hill 20-22 March 
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
 4 February 11 February 18 February
Meeting Topic
 Committee meetings at St. Albans  Paul Harris
Room & Hosting
Member Talk
Attendance for the meeting of 28 January
Present: 26
Percentage: 61.90
Apologies: Kris Adam, Sue Beretta, Satbir Chug, Allanah Clifford, James and Sue Dunlop, Laurent Franklin, Bruce King, Adam Koch, Janine Koch, Maxine Leske, Colin McElhinney, Warren Norton, Sam Ramondetta, Andrew Rofe and Terry Thornton.
Honorary Members in attendance: None.
Make Ups: Jenny Acopian -12 December – Australian Rotary Health indigenous scholars dinner and 14 December – Bluebird Foundation event for donors and supporters.
Leave of Absence: Stan Deans (1 November to 31 January).

Birthdays: Happy birthday to Jane Bolton for 6 February and Carol Deans for 4 February.
Wedding Anniversaries: None this coming week.
Rotary Anniversaries: Judy Innes celebrates 4 years on 2 February and Yannick celebrates 6 years with us on 11 February.