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Aug 13, 2015
Gerry Ryan
A Parnters Night: A debate night the Club is sponsoring 2 Male Captains (1 from each school)
Oct 01, 2015
DG Jane Cox
Official District Governor's Visit - A Partners night
 
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Greetings Rotarians,
 
Last week we had our second “serve yourself meal.” I hope you enjoyed your meal this way.
 
Nigeria is thrilled to report no new cases of Polio for 12 months. This is really wonderful news. Only Afghanistan and Pakistan to go. Well done everyone.
 
My apologies that I did forget to mention the first Group 7 meeting at Ararat on Wednesday 29th.
 
With this cold weather I hope you are looking after yourself and loved ones. It is distressing when people we know succumb to winter’s ills.
 
Last Friday we held the first Guess Who's Coming to Supper. Eight Rotarians and spouses gathered with Terry and I around the log fire. Supper was wonderful with some great home-cooked cakes and lots of nibbles. We may or may not have solved the world's problems but everyone enjoyed the evening. The next will be in early August as we will not be here for the 4th Friday. Look for your invitation this week and be prepared for a convivial evening together.
 
A quote about Be(ing) a Gift to the World
A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”
Seneca, Moral Essays, Volume III: de Beneficiis
 
Keep Safe,
President Thea
 

 

Frances Clarke

At last weeks meeting we had the pleasure of having Frances Clarke from Goldfields Employment and Learning Centre come to our meeting to speak to us on the changes at the Centre. Frances explained how the cafe was lost due to the unsustainable losses it was making and thatthe Green Army finished because they did not receive the funding to keep it going, even though they were so successful with the program. There was no money for the "host" which GELC was for the program. But with the funding rules, they did not qualify to run it again. Now the only places it is being run are too far for the members of our community.
 
Adult and youth literacy were discussed including the impact poor literacy has on job applications and the success or failure of applicants. Amongst the effects this has on the community is the need for some applicants to have their driving licence, which is hindered by their literacy levels, a vicious circle. The members asked loads of questions and answers were readily given.
 
Frances  ended by saying, "It takes a village to raise a child"
 

 
The duty fell on PDG Geoff James to toast an International Club.
The Rotary Club of Cairo-Egpyt, (Not to be confused with the one in Illinois) is in RI District 2451. The District has 79 clubs with approx. 2000 members. It was chartered on the 11th March 1929 on a Paddle Steamer, and meetings are still held on a boat. What a fabulous place for a meeting. Imagine spending a meeting gazing out at the Nile River amongst 78 of your closest Rotarian friends.
 

 
Val Nicholson, member of the Rotary Club of Stawell passed away suddenly on the 22nd of July 2015. Val's sister was with her when this happened. Members of Stawell Rotary are all in shock at the sad news as are the Members of Rotary Club of Maryborough. Condolences have been sent on behalf of the club to Val's family.
 

 
 
The "Pyrenees Magic" Bike Ride is on again this year and we invite members and friends to register for this great day out. Click the logo to go to the registrration site. More details can be obtained from the event co-ordinator, Peter Haywood.
 

 
 
 

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