Thursday, 31 October 2013

29th October meeting

Hi Roger,  Could you please insert our new Roster into our Blog in an eye catching way in the hope that our members might read it. Many thanks, Alf

Roger’s chairmanship was to be truly superb (from an unbiased source)

International Toast
Unfortunately no one at the meeting could name Australia’s oldest Club, so Darrly set us straight and proposed a toast to RC Melbourne chartered 1921

Welcome to Bernie Strong
& Frances Cahill - speaker

Trifecta team

Genta, Bruce, Ron, John & Pauline, James, Pam

Presidents Report
We will be meeting next Tuesday 5th November at Meridan State College for a Vocational Visit.  We will have a hot brekky there with fruit juice etc
If you could let me know for sure if you will be attending this will help Fergus with catering.
I will send a mud map and let you know where to park.
Since it is Melbourne Cup day there will be a prize for best hat and funniest hat.
Alan to bring “horsey things”

Despite Roger’s best efforts, Deborah announced his 60th birthday on the 31st
(that’s right - Halloween)  To much carbon dioxide emission for candles.

School bursary presentations coming up - need presenters

Golf Day to be 9th or 16th March 2014 - need a committee

19th November Tranquility Garden handover
Food from Beach Bakery, Hospital to supply urn

Grants available for ANZAC commemorations - any thoughts?

Helen introduced Frances Cahill.  Frances has a 30 year public service background with indigenous housing, and she sings.  She now specializes in personal development and is organizing the Create Connect Youth Arts Conference.

Frances’ first question was “Do you have a “mouse” in the family?”  If the answer is yes, then the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy may be the answer.  It’s all about confidence creation, social literacy, feeling comfortable when public speaking, articulate adults & kids, & punchy presentations.

Ask Aunt Em is a wordsmithing service - for business communication and writing skills coaching.

Six steps for public speaking

Identify the audience
Identify the message
Image/personal profile
Voice production and physicality
Speech presentation

The Club is invited to sponsor a student at the Create Connect Youth Arts Conference.
Cost is $295  It’s from Dec16th-20th Dec at Mountain Creek SHS - Four day conference and a fifth day performance, for 13-18 years olds.

Noel gave us a “gee-up” for the trifecta sales - money next week please (not tickets!) and a slap over the wrists to the naughty people selling their personal tickets

Merv presented us the Certificate of Appreciation from the local Ambulance Committee - Merv has been involved since 2005

No Sergeant this week, but plenty of cross fines emptied our pockets.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

22nd October

Chair Neil

International Toast
RC Capitol Hill, Washington DC, meet at University Station - 10th anniversary this year


Mark Pennington RC in Illinos
Amy Doran fron Sunshine Coast Youth Partnership
Christine Welfare (Speaker) from White Lady Funerals




Noel, Gerry & Jan, James for next three months, Pam

Presidents Report

President Deborah presented Amy with a cheque for $500 being from the Raw Sounds BBQ.  Not to be outdone,  Amy presented Deborah with a Certificate of Appreciation for the Club

Deb presented the bursary at Meridan and our logo seemed to get stuck in their projector for award after award - good trick if we can repeat it.

Energex & heritage grants coming up.

District 9600 AGM on 10th Nov - Deb needs company.


Christine gave a fascinating account of her time in the funeral industry, starting with a “calling” during her NZ Rotary Exchange as a 17 yo in Year 10, where she was introduced to a Funeral Director.  Attempts to start work in the industry met with “Females not welcome, too young & not part of the family”.

After a decade climbing the corporate McDonalds chain, she met a lady whose dad was a Funeral Director and knew an embalmer (although there was little need for embalming in Australia, and probably not in NZ either after they discover refrigeration) To cut a long story  short she eventually got work as an attendant, then a conductor.  17 years later she runs White Lady Funerals at Warana.

A couple of brushes with the criminal underworld enlivened her story.  One involved the funeral of Neddy Smith’s mum complete with a heavy police presence.


Judy spoke of our “weekend away” in Jan - 19 booked so far but room for more.  Remember to take sheets, towels etc

Lauren has distributed the pink trifecta tickets for us to sell, Noel’s away & Alan is doing the roster

Helen sent Pauline a 70th birthday card.  Pauline will “expect more respect” on her return.

Darryl spoke of grand daughter Lilly’s close shave - these Laings will stop at nothing to get in the paper.  Darryl will ring round for passport/licence numbers for our cruise ship visit.  More space is available.

Not as usual, Sergeant Bruce made us pay up for our misdeeds.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

8th October

Chair Lauren

International Toast

Noosatel in Switzerland - Ralph Unpronounceable is President


Sonita - RYPEN leader
Lauren - RYPEN student, to give address
Julianna’s daughters Jessica & Stephanie
Jan from RC Darwin Sunrise


Pauline & John

Presidents Report

Board meeting next Monday

Trifecta coming up - Staple party next Tuesday

Tranquility Garden opening not expected on 22nd Oct - need more time

Time to think about Golf Day


Julianna introduced Lauren who spoke about her RYPEN experience at Coolum.  Lauren is 14 yo, attends Year 9 at Pacific Lutheran College and is an accomplished Irish Dancer.  She thought is was “the best camp ever” and learnt some important new skills including teamwork. Activities included rafting and the flying Fox.  Sonita thanked us for the sponsorship.  She attended as a student two years ago & has now returned as a leader.


Mark presented PP Roger with a folder of his year’s Reels.

Noel had a list going round to sell trifecta tickets.

Alan sent round the list for RYDA next week & the USC BBQ on the 16th.
7:30 start, 150 meals - suggest car pooling as 3-4 parks only

Darryl donated some shelving for the shed
Reminder for Sea Princess visit on 22 Nov - some spaces left

Pam thanked all who booked in to the combined Rotary/Inner Wheel dinner on the 17th

Remember  NO MEETING TUES 15th

As usual, Sergeant Gerry made us pay up for our misdeeds.

Congratulations Genta & Maiko