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Last Week's Program
Our meeting of 7 July was our first ever Zoom Changeover with our chair Kris Adam in the chair and our friends from the Rotary Club of Wylde Green coming on board to celebrate the investiture of Yannick (a much loved past member of Wylde Green) as our new president.
We were joined by Irene, the president of the East Geelong Probus Club and Honorary Members of our Club, Val Loughnan Lyn Fleet and District Governor Phil Beasley and Judy.
Rotarian Ellen proposed a wonderful and eloquent toast to Rotary International to which DG Phil responded and then followed the conferring of Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions on Past Presidents Warren Norton and Peter Gillham with Andrew Thornton and Ross Taylor both receiving their first ruby.
Our esteemed fellow Club member and PDG, Eddie Loughnan has been recognised for his exemplary work in Rotary service by receiving the Service Above Self Award which is the highest award of Rotary International.
Past President Jenny Acopian received the Avenues of Service Award for her exceptional work in all five avenues of Rotary service and Jenny was also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for her efforts in the area of the peace scholar program over many years.
Our “Bill Pratt Encouragement Award” which recognises the contribution and commitment to our Club and to the principles of Rotary of a newer member was bestowed on Gary Newton who has been a highly engaged and active member of our Club bringing innovation and exciting new ideas to Rotary service at Geelong East.
President Tony reflected on the year past with special note of the celebration of our fiftieth anniversary and the completion of our landmark (literally!) Barwon River Safety Mark community service project under the stewardship of Keith Dawson.
Gary Newton and Warren Norton have been instrumental in getting our message across through activity in the Facebook “space” and through great website management.
Tony expressed thanks to those members who have taken or continued in District positions and we joined Tony in showing our appreciation for the work of our 2019-2020 Board.
Our new president Yannick was introduced with a lovely presentation from Carolyn of the Wylde Green Rotary Club in the UK and DG Phil inducted Yannick for her year of “Rotray Opens Opportunities”.
We heard from RI President Holger Knaack who enjoins us to create new club models and to rethink what it means to be in Rotary.
We must embrace change and use the benefits of technology particularly in the area of instant communication to join with other Rotarians and groups across the globe to promote peace, understanding, goodwill and better health.
Keeping current members engaged whilst adding new members who are “the right fit” will ensure a vibrant and productive club.
Whilst fundraising opportunities are limited at present, we can focus on service and address issues such as mental health and homelessness and encourage and promote opportunities for young people to prosper and grow.
Announcements, News and Help Required

Tree Day Weekend

Its 2 August 2020 – Peter Funston is the coordinator and more details will follow.

De Dues Are Due

Dues we set for 2020-2021 – no increase on last year. $270.00 with a concessional rate of $245.00.

Maybe the Workers of the World could unite and round up their payment to $300.00 with the extra $30.00 for The Rotary Foundation?

The Fighting Fund - It's Fundermental
Following on from the Club Assembly in late June, all members voted in favour of setting up a 'Fighting Fund', providing members the opportunity to voluntarily donate to a fundraising fund where 100% of proceeds will be allocated to the four service committees (Youth, Vocation, International & Community) and Foundation to support their projects in the wider community.
We have suggested a voluntary donation of $10 per zoom meeting is applied, however members are welcome to contribute more or less than this figure.     
For ease of reconciliation for the club accounts, can I please request from all members that they contribute to the fighting fund on a monthly or quarterly basis, as reconciling $10 transactions for 50+ members on a weekly basis may kill off your favourite treasurer!
How to donate:
1. EFT:
BSB: 633 000 Account No: 146 425 996
Please include your name in the subject line & "RFF" so I can track payments.
2. Cheque:
Feel free to drop off a cheque to my letterbox (165 McKillop St Geelong, 3220).  
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out via email ( or call me on 0414 272 260.
Adam Koch
Upcoming Events Coming Up
Our Club meetings and District events are happening via video conferencing during the COVID-19 restrictions.
See "The Next Three Weeks" for....the next 3 weeks.
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 21 JulyShahnaz Rind - Rty Indigenous Health Scholarship       
Tues 28 JulyNoel Howard - "RAM"       
Sun 2 AugTree Planting at Eumerala Scout Camp 1415 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea.       
Tues 4 AugWolf Marx - Good Food for a Good Life       
Mon 10 AugCommittee Meeting Week       
Tues 18 AugBruce McEwen - Operation Cleft       
We thank Satbir for his excellent work in maintaining our attendance records across the last Rotary year.

Birthdays – Happy birthday to Val Macvean for 27 July.
Rotary Anniversaries – David Sykes clocked up 18 years on 9 July, Peter Gillham’s 35 came up on 20 July and Bill Pratt has a magnificent 54 years of Rotary service on 21 July. Well done Bill!