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Presidents Report

Well  what a kerfuffle we had at our meeting last Monday night.  After clearing up a misunderstanding in our program we found that our speaker had acquired a medical condition that precluded her from attending our meeting.  Oh well -   c'est la vie.  
On behalf of the Club I was pleased to present Darrel Brewin a $1,500 cheque for the Relay for Life event management team.
 An excellent impromptu fine session was conducted by one of our retired sergeants President Elect Jill Evans.  What a great job she did at almost no notice.  Remember all fine monies will be fused for the acquisition of Aquabox water purification kits.  Later on in the evening two of our members enlightened us all about their past lives and what keeps them entertained in retirement.  This process will continue throughout the rest of the Rotary year so we can all find out a little bit about each other.  I should also congratulate one of our new members for publicising ROMAC activity Gaynor Schols featured on SBS news at 6.30pm last Thursday 23Oct2014.

The article is about a 17 yo teen from Papua New Guinea who has come back to Australia for a further operation on his skull. ROMAC (Gaynor is on the board) has sponsored this young man for 2 previous operations. We should all be very proud of the work that Gaynor is doing with ROMAC. If you missed the SBS story and would like to view it then just CLICK HERE.

Well that's all from me for now and remember when life throws you a curve ball make the most of the opportunity and take a different course in life

See you Monday Night

President Gerard Mc Namara


Who am I?


There is many a yarn to be told from each and every one of us, and we had the pleasure of a few from Graeme Kennedy and our President Gerard McNamara.

Graeme indulged us first. He was born in Seddon in Melbourne, and as a young man, whilst working as an Accountant in the Public Service, expressed a vague interest in the Army Reserve.  He spurned their offer when advised that it would involve too much of his spare time. They didn't forget him though and later rang him with an offer he couldn't refuse:
" Cheap Piss, Heaps of Sheilas and we will make you an Officer"

Now didn't this tick all the boxes for a young Aussie bloke? - so he became an esteemed Officer in the Australian Army Reserve (and we have felt all the safer for it!).

Graeme went on to become a partner in Deloitte's and a member of the Williamstown Rotary Club. His other great love, apart from Sandy, are the Williamstown Football Club and the mighty Bulldogs.

Gerard was born up the road from Graeme in Kingsville, and is a Bulldogs supporter.  He too entered the Public Service and found himself in Canberra with Ernst & Young.

He and Katherine were charter members of the Jerrabomberra Rotary Club in 1998.  Whilst there they undertook the refurbishment of a school in Tonga, a RAWCS project in Vanuatu, Rotarians Against Malaria and participated in the Rotary Friendship Exchange (which is like one continuous make-up around the world).

He retired to Torquay in 2011 where his brother lives,  and was surprised to meet Mike Reed again who had visited Jerrabomberra on a business trip. His hobby  as an Amatuer Travel Planner has given them both marvellous holidays, and he volunteers with St Vincents de Paul, Geelong No Interest Loan Scheme, Gardening, is an eclectic reader and of course Rotary.

An attentive reader will have noted the inherited defect of both men - this mad passion for the Footscray football team, but otherwise they appear to be men of good judgement and character.

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2014-15 Summer BBQ Season

A successful BBQ weekend has been held at Eumeralla for the annual bike event and a big thank you to all Rotarians who contributed to making this a very successful fundraising weekend.
For those who missed out on the hard work and camaraderie Rudi has snapped some great pics which have captured all of the atmosphere. Thanks Rudi! 
By now you will have all received your 2013-15 BBQ Roster via email.
Please check the dates that you are rostered on for and note them in your diary.
If for any reason you are unable to fulfil your BBQ Duty it is your responsibility to find a replacement or perform a swap with someone.
To download the BBQ Roster CLICK HERE

The BBQ Roster Trading Place

The following Rotarians need to swap a date??

The following Rotarians are in a bit of a pickle haha (excuse the pun) they are committed to a BBQ date and now find that their busy social life has them double booked!
If you can help out with a swap please give them a call to arrange then please advise me (click here editor) to remove from this notice board.
    ROTARIAN            PHONE           DATE/EVENT                         
    Trevor Pickles             52619411           Sun 16th Nov Cowrie Market

Next Week - Dress up in your finest .........It's Melbourne Cup Eve!!!!!



Bring your partners, neighbours, friends & family.......there will be
  • "Fashions in the Den"
  • Sweeps for the Punters Investors
  • Competitions & prizes to be won
  • Much fun and frivolity
See you all there Next Monday 3rd November


Presidential message

In October 1914, Jonas Salk was born – a man who would change world history by inventing the first effective vaccine against polio. When the vaccine was introduced in the United States in the 1950s, polls indicated that polio was one of the nation's two greatest fears, second only to the fear of atomic war. And with good reason: In the 1952 U.S. polio epidemic, 58,000 cases were reported, with 3,145 deaths and 21,269 instances of permanent, disabling paralysis. Globally, polio paralyzed or killed up to half a million people every year.

Soon after the Salk vaccine was created, Albert Sabin developed an oral version, allowing tremendous numbers of children to be immunized quickly, safely, and inexpensively. In 1985, Rotary's PolioPlus program was born, with a simple goal: to immunize every child under age five against this crippling disease. Thanks in large part to the initial success of PolioPlus, in 1988 the 166 member states of the World Health Assembly unanimously set the goal of global polio eradication.

At the time, the idea was breathtakingly ambitious, and many called it impossible. Today, we are closer to this goal than ever before, with only a few hundred cases of polio reported per year, and just three remaining endemic countries. We are on track to achieve full eradication by 2018 – if we can keep up the momentum that has brought us this far.

And this month, we will mark World Polio Day on 24 October, and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dr. Salk's birth.

I ask you all to Light Up Rotary this month by doing whatever you can to shine a spotlight on our efforts to eradicate polio. Call your government officials and let them know that polio eradication matters to you. Go to for inspiring stories about Rotary's work, and share them on social media. And make the best investment you'll ever make, by donating to polio eradication right on the website and earning a two-to-one match on your contribution from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

When we eradicate polio – and we will – we'll have brought the world into a better future, and Rotary into a better future as well. We will have proved ourselves, as an organization, capable of great things. And we will have given our children and grandchildren a gift that will endure forever: a polio-free world.


President 2014-15


All the steps I have taken since polio

By Linda L. Christianson, polio survivor

I was stricken with polio at the age of 7 months. From 1948 to 1953 the disease crippled 250,000 children a year. There was no vaccine to protect me from the virus at the time. My young parents took me to St. Mary’s Hospital, in Rochester, Minnesota, on 1 October, 1948.

That would become my home for the next 14 months. Fortunately, my three-year-old sister did not become affected by the virus. In many families several children would be stricken. The vaccine became available to children and adults in 1953. After many years of corrective surgery to help with my mobility, I was finally without brace and crutch-free as a sophomore in high school. For the next 20 years, I would complete my professional training, fall in love, become a wife and be blessed to mother three wonderful children.

Now, many years later, I am happy to say that I have successfully accomplished far more than I ever dreamed back then. Those childhood days are simply a memory. Post-polio syndrome has caused me to slow down somewhat, and the use of a brace, crutches, and cane are back to help with my mobility. But I have been blessed with a wonderful family to care for.

I will be visiting classrooms in Minnesota, where I live, on World Polio Day 24 October, and speaking to a Rotary Club in Farmington on 30 October. I love to share my story, because if it reaches just one person to motivate them to make a difference, it is wonderful.

When I visit classrooms to talk to children, I take all the braces I wore as a child. They range in size and have metal and leather braces attached to the shoes. They are all very worn, as I received a new pair of shoes every year. The braces would be adjusted to my changing needs and to fit the shoes. I explain how the braces were made, what different materials were available, and how we were able to pick designs to decorate the braces – like spiderman or a princess. The children are always very interested in the braces.

In the United States, polio may be a memory. But in other parts of the world — like Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan where transmission of the virus has never been halted — it is very much more. And until we rid the world of polio, it remains a threat to children everywhere. Will you help us?

About the Author: Linda Christianson grew up on a family farm in the Midwest. Contracting polio as an infant, she learned how to live with the disease and carve out a productive life. Her Memoir, "All The Steps I Have Taken," was published by Inspiring Voices in August 2012. She lives in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, with her husband, Nolan. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Email her at


How social rejection might affect physical pain


In an experiment published in the 2006 issue of the journal Pain, Eisenberger used 75 subjects to explore perceptions of physical pain in the context of social situations.

First, researchers identified each person’s unique pain threshold by transmitting varying levels of heat to the forearm. Participants rated pain levels until they reached “very unpleasant.” This provided a baseline for personal pain thresholds under normal conditions.

Participants then participated in a ball-tossing game with three characters on a computer screen. One character represented the participant, and researchers told participants that the other two characters were played by real people, though a computer actually controlled everything. The participant was either socially included (the ball was tossed to their character) or excluded (the ball was never tossed to their character). In the final 30 seconds of the game, a new heat stimulus was applied and subjects again rated the level of pain they felt.

Unsurprisingly, the non-included group reported 67% more social distress on average. More surprisingly, the same people who reported great social distress from the game also reported higher pain ratings at the end of the game—showing a link between social and physical pain.

Weekly Assigned Duties:

 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 .





Duty Team






See Events for details

Mon 27 Oct Jill Evans Maggie Isom Chris Sims Joel Farran - Zeally Bay Sourdough
Mon 3 Oct Chris Sims David Mitchell Peter Bollen Rotary Foundation & Melbourne Cup
Sat 8th/Sun 9th Relay for Life          Banyul-Warri Fields       Merrijig Dve Torquay
Mon 10th No Meeting Due To Relay for Life at Weekend

lease 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




Notifying someone about changes to your meeting attendance is your responsibility!
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 or your partner’s absence.  This also applies if you are attending the meeting but not dining.
There are two ways to do this, either record the information in advance in the "Apology Book" that is available at each meeting or telephone 03-5222-2022.  An answering service operates out of hours.
  • All apologies must be made no later than 9.00AM on the Monday of the meeting (unless other arrangements were addressed in the Bulletin). 
  • If no apology is recorded by that time, the absentee member will be issued with an invoice to pay the Club the dinner fee of $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!
Remember if you are bringing guests or your partner (to a non-partner night) you need to notify us of the extra number of persons who will be attending.
Absence on travel is not an excuse.  It must be recorded beforehand in the “Apology Book”.    
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)
Meet District Governor Geoff James
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      Image
  • To go to the District 9780 Website Click Here
  • Get to know your District Governor Geoff James Click Here
  • To read District Governor Geoff James Reflections Newsletter Click Here
To Read Rotary Down Under SEPTEMBER e-Newsletter Click Here