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Image may contain: textThe President Elect of Rotary International, Australian Ian Riseley has announced his Rotary theme for 2017-18. The theme will be, "Rotary: making a difference". Let's join together this year and do just that.
Members and friends of Rotary enjoyed a night by (and in) the pool at Terry and Thea's home last Thursday. A big "Thank you" to Terry and Thea for making their home available for this event.
Over 70 people gathered at the town hall on New Year's Eve to "Rock the Foundation". Everyone enjoyed dance music classics from the 50's to 70's whilst raising over $1000 for Rotary's own charity, the Rotary Foundation. Our thanks must go to Meryl James for handling most of the organization, to Parkview Bakery for supplying most of the food at cost price, to members of Seriously Sixties for playing at no, or reduced cost, to Thea, Priceline and Meryl for raffle prizes, to Havilah for supplying cutlery and to Rotarians Esther and Karen for serving tables, to Peter (and Bronwyn) for managing the door, to Derrick, Martin and Karen for Cooking, to Esther and Karen for managing the kitchen, and Derrick, Karen, Esther, Rodney (and Sue), Martin, Garry, Shane (and Jackie), Thea and Terry, Meryl and Geoff for assistance in setting up and/or cleaning up on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks also to those who attended and organized groups for tables. With another 30 people, we would have raised an extra $1000, so there is talk that we might do this event again next year and aim for 100.
On Thursday, December 22nd, Rick Seirer shared with us his experiences of swimming the English Channel in September - a fascinating, inspiring story. The swim was not on Rick's "Bucket List", but he was inspired to give it a go after encountering one of Australia's most decorated Channel swimmers - who became his trainer. Training included swimming in water below 10 degrees for an extended period of time, and swimming long distances to prepare his body for the gruelling experience. Rick explained that swimming across the channel was not something you did in a straight line - because of the significant currents in the channel, swimmers have to swim in a large loop to ensure they end up in the right spot on the other side. The swim is quite costly because swimmers have to hire a support boat and no less than two pilots who negotiate a pathway between the dozens of huge ships that sail the channel. Some swimmers take up to twenty four hours to complete the swim, but Rick completed his in just under twelve.
INK 16_EIGHT INTERNATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF A ROTARIAN
As an international organization, Rotary offers each member unique opportunities and responsibilities. Although each Rotarian has first responsibility to uphold the obligations of citizenship of his or her own country, membership in Rotary enables Rotarians to take a somewhat different view of international affairs. In the early 1950s a Rotary philosophy was adopted to describe how a Rotarian may think on a global basis. Here is what it said:
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A Global Minded Rotarian…
• looks beyond national patriotism and considers himself as sharing responsibility for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace;
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A Global Minded Rotarian…
• resists any tendency to act in terms of national or racial superiority;
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A Global Minded Rotarian…
• seeks and develops common grounds for agreement with peoples of other lands;
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A Global Minded Rotarian…
• defends the rule of law and order to preserve the liberty of the individual so that he may enjoy freedom of thought, speech and assembly, and freedom from persecution, aggression, want and fear;
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A Global Minded Rotarian…
• supports action directed toward improving standards of living for all peoples, realizing that poverty anywhere endangers prosperity everywhere;
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A Global Minded Rotarian…
• upholds the principles of justice for mankind;
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A Global Minded Rotarian…
• strives always to promote peace between nations and prepares to make personal sacrifices for that ideal;
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A Global Minded Rotarian…
• urges and practices a spirit of understanding of every other man's beliefs as a step toward international goodwill, recognizing that there are certain basic moral and spiritual standards which will ensure a richer, fuller life."
 
We trust all our current members, past members and friends have enjoyed the Christmas Season and that you will all enjoy a 2017 of peace and fulfillment. There will be no Bulletin for the next few weeks until after our meeting on January 12th which will be a barbeque at Terry and Thea's place.
 
 
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