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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
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Last Week's Program


Past President Kris Adam was our chair for the evening and we welcomed guests, visitors and partners as well as Honorary Members Dorothy Sinclair and Lynn Fleet.

Josh Wilkins from One Voice was our guest speaker.

Josh came to realise the particular needs of the homeless through a chance meeting in the Fitzroy Gardens.

Josh went for 6 months on to the streets and found out about the difficulties which confront the homeless in the basics of personal care

Restoring personal dignity is the first step in getting people back on the path.

The mobile shower project has developed  through converted buses to the current shower truck model which don't require a truck licence to rive.

The shower service facility provides an opportunity to connect with people and assist them into housing and employment.

San Patrignano provided a model for the Life Restoration project "Elevate" in the Macedon Ranges.

Josh told us of the ways we can assist including through hands on involvement.

Josh showed us a short video about the service and we inspected the truck.

Aldi is a big supporter which funds Josh's salary and there are public donations and philanthropic trusts who help out plus in kind donations of goods via the red bins.

Security of funding for the project will come through social enterprises over time.

There are 3 employees and around 60 volunteers and we were very impressed by the level of personal commitment which Josh has to improving the lives of the homeless.

Announcements, News and Help Required


Hamburger Stand Results
John Birrell reported sales of $5,600 and around $4,000.00 profit for the 3 days of Hamburger Stand at the Geelong Show Grounds on 19, 20 & 21 January.
Thanks again to the efforts of John and Adrian and the members, partners and friends who helped out, we have boosted the charitable account.
More Grilling on the Way

Sue Beretta advised that we have been offered another Bunnings barbeque opportunity as well as Queens Birthday.
Ballarat South Raffle Results

Robert Wheeler reported we have raised around $4,800.00 from ticket sales which we can apply to our charitable projects.

President David reminded us that committees need to put in a budget for their selected projects as well as a "wish list".

The Brummy Quiz Answers:
1. Yes, my dog is collecting scrap metal.
2. I am taking my dead horse to the canal.
.....and thank you to the anonymous contributor for..."Gillham, Am Yow Kaylied or Gewin Saft?...."Summat" wossant Lennon McCartney, it war Arrison!
2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration
Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin has laid out his vision for the future of the organization, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin announced his presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, at Rotary's International Assembly.

Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.

To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”

Rassin asked the incoming district governors to “inspire the club presidents, and the Rotarians in your districts, to want to change. To want to do more. To want to reach their own potential. It’s your job to motivate them — and help them find their own way forward.”

Progress on polio

Rassin noted that one source of inspiration has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. He described the incredible progress made over the past three decades. In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralyzed by the wild poliovirus; just 20 cases were reported in 2017 as of 27 December. “We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication,” he said, “a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last.”

He emphasized that even when that last case of polio is recorded, the work won’t be finished. “Polio won’t be over, until the certifying commission says it’s over—when not one poliovirus has been found, in a river, in a sewer, or in a paralyzed child, for at least three years,” he said. “Until then, we have to keep doing everything we’re doing now.” He urged continued dedication to immunization and disease surveillance programs.

 Sustaining the environment

Rotary has focused heavily on sustainability in its humanitarian work in recent years. Now, Rassin said, Rotarians must acknowledge some hard realities about pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change. He noted that 80 percent of his own country is within one meter of sea level. With sea levels projected to rise two meters by 2100, he said, “my country is going to be gone in 50 years, along with most of the islands in the Caribbean and coastal cities and low-lying areas all over the world.”

Rassin urged leaders to look at all of Rotary’s service as part of a larger global system. He said that this means the incoming district governors must be an inspiration not only to clubs, but also to their communities. “We want the good we do to last. We want to make the world a better place. Not just here, not just for us, but everywhere, for everyone, for generations.”


From President David - Service Committees and Budgets

Prior to the beginning of the Rotary year, each committee was asked to put forward their project list and budget amounts.

Some amounts may have varied, so rather than be prescriptive, the budgets were expressed just as a lump sum.

It was then left to the committees to plan the projects within this allocation, taking into account the annual commitments and any new projects to be undertaken.

 In addition, additional funds could be sourced by the committees for new projects, but each new proposal to be put to the Board.

Approval would be subject to the financial resources of the Club and future commitments, as well as the success of the fundraising activities.

We are now firming up on all the individual budget lines and, in addition, as per past practices, the Committees will report their progress and future plans against a standard reporting process.

Service Committee chairs will provide to Sam confirmation of details of their committees planned projects and expenditure, against the proposed standard reporting table and Sam will present this detail at the Board meeting 30 January.



Annual Calendar
18 Feb
Ironman - volunteers needed
Anniversaries and Birthdays
Birthdays: Happy birthday, Warren for 29 January and Carol Deans on 4 February.
Wedding Anniversaries: None coming up this week.
Club Anniversaries: On 2 February, we celebrate the anniversary of election to honorary member Lyn Fleet and Judy Innes.
Attendance for the meeting of 23 January
Apologies: Stan Deans, Sue and James Dunlop,  Jonathan Hepner, Angela and Bryan Humphrey, Janine Koch, Sharon Meek, Andrew Rofe and Sam Ramondetta and Graham Thomson.
Leave of Absence: None.
Present: 32
Percentage: 69.77
Make Ups: None recorded for this meeting.
Make Ups recorded for the 16 January meeting: James & Sue Dunlop for attendance at a Youth Exchange event on 16 January.
The Next 3 Weeks

Meeting Roster

Meeting Date
Meeting Topic
Kathy Ryan - Peace Corp & Humphrey recognition
Laurent Franklin - Member Talk
Committee Meeteings
Warren Norton
Adrian Innes
Andrew Thornton
Tony Alsop
Sue Hill
Chris Adam
Sue Hill
Terry Thornton
Jonathan Hepner
John Birrell
Keith Dawson
David Beretta
Room & Hosting
Graeme Fleet
Graham Thomson
Ross Taylor

Photo Albums
2017-08 Bulletin