With President Gerard attending the Combined meeting of Geelong Rotary Presidents it was my pleasure to fill the chair for him at Mondays meeting
Numbers were light on the ground with only 18 Rotarians attending the meeting together with 3 guests and 2 visitors. It was great to see Leslie and Robert Shedden again while Johnny Parrello’s guest was Richard Mierzejewski.
With a little spare time in the first half of the evening’s program, Simone Lewis who came along to support Senior Sergeant Tony Francis and is the Team Leader Youth Services at the Surf Coast Shire stepped up to the microphone and explained her role and the Shire’s involvement in a range of drug and alcohol related issues.
After our meal, SS Tony Francis then gave those present an insight into the effects the drug ICE has on individuals, families and the community generally. Because of the relative high standard of living in Australia, ICE users are prepared to pay up to 10 times the going price in USA which makes Australia an attractive market for organised crime gangs.
ICE is a feel good drug which results in the users suffering from paranoia and tendency to go on binges for days at a time. It also gives the users a sense of invincibility and makes them extremely aggressive. ICE users feature prominently in assaults, burglaries and domestic violence. Further information on this insidious drug can be found at the Australian Drug Foundation website. See link below.
Please be sure to check the details for upcoming meetings as there are now Chairman Invocation & Greeters allocated for each meeting, and you could be one of them! If you are unable to fulfill your task please advise Jill Evans
Our Vocational Service Director, Trevor Pickles, is looking for those RETIRED members who have an interesting hobby, what he calls your 'Retiree Vocation'.
It could be anything - Underwater Basket Weaving, Duct Tape Art, Handcuff Collecting or even Javelin Catching (see attached pic), doesn't matter.
Talk to Trev so he can book you in!
A presentation of say 1/2 hour would be ideal.
"HOW DO YOU INVITE SOMEONE TO JOIN ROTARY? JUST ASK"
Rotary Voices, Posted on July 11, 2014 by Rotary International
By Bill Wittich, past president of the Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise, Elk Grove, California, USA
Those who know me call me the Starbucks Guy! That is because I spend way too much time and money in my local Starbucks. But the truth is Starbucks is my best location for attracting new Rotary members.
Let me give you an example of a recent Sunday. My wife, Ann, and I are both Rotarians and we enjoy our tall Skinny Mochas. So sitting there we watched a young woman arrive with her computer and she was dressed for business. Both of us asked the question, "Is she a possibility for Rotary?"
Bill Wittich with a cup
of his favorite brew.
Well, she looked like a Rotarian. You know what that means. She was a young business woman and seemed friendly at that. I asked my wife which of us should talk to her about Rotary and she said that she found the last one, so it was my turn.
I simply approached her and asked "why are you not a Rotarian?" She smiled and said that she had heard of Rotary but really did not know exactly what they did or were. I gave her a copy of our club flyer and invited her to be our guest for breakfast at the country club next week. I asked her for her e-mail address and told her she would be receiving our club newsletter later that day.
Basically, we were starting to build a slow, but friendly, relationship with her and simply invited her to breakfast. The next Wednesday morning, guess who showed up at our Rotary club meeting?
All we did was to be aware of who was enjoying our morning Starbucks with us and we just offered them an opportunity to network with the movers and shakers in our town. At the meeting, she heard about all those service projects that our club is doing, and her eyes lit up. Well the following week, we had a new excited Rotarian who told us that prior to our visit at Starbucks, she had never understood what Rotary was or did.
Once you have registered you will automatically be set up with a fundraising page.
To help us in reaching our fundraising target, everyone who reaches $25 will receive a limited edition A Walk in the Park 2014 t-shirt. If you are fundraising together as a family or group then the equivalent of $25 per member needs to be reached in order for all members to receive a limited edition A Walk in the Park 2014 t-shirt.
Have you ever wondered just how a Rotarian like yourself evolves into a District Governor?
Well our recently retired Assistant Governor Tony Stewart, who is also a member of the District 9780 Public Relations Committee, has introduced a new medium with which it is hoped to continue to spread the Rotary message following on from the achievements of Rotary Radio.
In the very first Podcast for "Rotary Conversations" Tony has recorded a frank interview with District Governor Nominee Stephen Lamont. You will need a spare 15 minutes to listen to the interview however I am sure you will find very enlightening, inspiring and an opportunity to know more about our DG for 2016-17.
CLICK HERE to listen to the interview (Please Note:- you may need to view this bulletin in your web browser to see the link below)
Not all of us were able to make the trek to District Changeover in June, however I am sure that members of our Club would prefer not to have to wait until DG Geoff's Club visit on 6th October to get to know more about him and his vision for District 9780.
........well thanks to District Media Guru Tony Stewart and modern technology you can hear DG Geoff James acceptance speech by CLICK HERE or follow the link below (Please Note:- you may need to view this bulletin in your web browser to see the link below)
If you cannot meet one of your assigned duties, Please contact Jill Evans to advise.
The duty team should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m. Besides the below duties, the assigned team is responsible for Room Setup, Greeting Members and Guests, and Room Tidy at the end of our meeting - see checklist in storeroom or click here .
See Events for details
Mon 4 Aug
Chad Faulkes - What Makes us Healthy
Mon 11 Aug
Fireside Chat Night please RSVP via Clubunner
Mon 18 Aug
Johnathon Clark - Geelong Foodbank
Mon 25 Aug
Please note: The assigned Chairperson for the evening is responsible for writing a short review on the topic presented by the guest speaker of the night and for emailing the review to the Bulletin editor by noon of the following Wednesday
Our meetings have catered dinners, so if you are unable to attend a meeting, or if your partner is unable to attend a designated Partner's Night, YOU MUST ADVISE us of your absence.
There are two ways to do this:
1. filling out in advance the "Apology Book" that is available at each meeting,
2. telephone 03-5222-2022. an answering service operates our of hours
Apologies must be made no later than 9.00AM , on the Monday of the meeting (unless other arrangements were addressed in the Bulletin).
NOTE an answering machine operates at all times
If no apology is recorded by that time, the absentee member willl be sent an invoice to pay the Club the dinner fee ($25) for your non-attendance, and/or that of your partner if it is an official Partner's Night.
REMEMBER on "Partners Nights" it is assumed that you partner IS attending unless you apologise for them!
Also note, if you are bringing a guest or partner (to a non-partner night), you need to notify us of the extra number of persons who are attending.
Rotary Radio is on 94.7 the Pulse the first Tuesday of every month at 12-1.00 pm.
If you are having trouble getting to a radio to listen to Rotary Radio on a Tuesday, then you can subscribe to this program as a Podcast for free. You can then listen to the programs any time you wish. You can also listen to individual episodes? If so then simply Click Here and play the session you choose.
This program is supported by the District Public Relations grant for all clubs in District 9780 to promote their projects. Live streaming means that this can be listened to globally via your computer. Click below to listen live....
The program is intended to provide a platform for the Rotary clubs to present to the community the activities of Rotary. All clubs will be invited to to provide speakers and media releases for upcoming events. Interviews can be conducted by telephone right across the district at NO charge to your club.
Our new District Governor Geoff James & his wife Meryl, are members of the Rotary Club of Maryborough. To read about their background and learn a little more about them, click on GET TO KNOW YOUR DISTRICT GOVERNOR in the section below
Here are some links where you can find all of the Latest news from District 9780
District 9780 is now on facebook to view the facebook page "Click" the icon