Wednesday 19 February 2020
Meeting Number 2012 
Thank you Lesley for your report on last week's meeting. It sounds as though it was a very educational experience and hopefully one enjoyed by everyone.
On Wednesday members, partners and friends will have the opportunity to hear first hand Emily and Lachlan Carlyle's experiences of their time teaching in the Northern Territory. Please book in and notify numbers of guests attending with you.
RYLA 2020. The next Camp is on from April 4 - 9 this year at Kangaroobie. If you know of any 18 - 25 year olds who might be interested in learning more about themselves and leadership skills the Club is willing to sponsor them. Jordan would love to hear of anyone interested.
Earth Day is on April 22 this year. Are we interested in doing something to celebrate the 50th Anniversary? Could we plant trees - schools, Armstrong Creek, Anam Cara Waurn Ponds, Foundation 61? With another Club(s)?
Any comments or ideas welcome.
The date for the Science and Engineering Challenge for this year is Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April at Deakin Waurn Ponds. In the past we have sponsored this terrific program and provided volunteers to assist with its running. Can we help again?
Don't forget the District Conference in Swan Hill from Friday 20 March to Sunday 22 March. Please talk about it with your partners and organize your accommodation and registration ASAP if you intend going!
Club Program
Emily / Lachlan Carlyle - Teaching in NT
Feb 19, 2020 6:00 PM
Business Meeting / Board Meeting
Feb 26, 2020 6:00 PM
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The past cannot be changed but the future is still in your power.

Bunnings BBQ Dates

Thursday 13 February
Thursday 12 March
Saturday 4 April
Thursday 9 April
Thursday 14 May
Thursday 11 June

Please contact Gary Clark if you can help - we need volunteers to help

David Uren
We were privileged to have a friend of Don’s – David Uren as our guest speaker on Wednesday 12th February.
David is a journalist and author.  Commencing as a copy boy, his journalism career led him to time as the editor of the Business Review Weekly, and leading The Australian’s economic coverage in Canberra, and time in the press gallery.
Some interesting aspects to his job:
  • His time in the Press Gallery allowed him to develop personal relationships with politicians and reserve bank people.
  • At time of dual citizenship row, David read 120 maiden speeches to identify politicians whose parents were born overseas.
  • Budget lockup is very intense. He was required to read 1 core document of about 300 pages in 90 minutes and then write articles.
  • David wrote a book about how the government handled the global financial crisis - Shitstorm: Inside Labor’s Darkest Days. It was launched by Kevin Rudd 2 days before he was deposed.
And David offered some interesting opinions:
  • Australians are cynical about Canberra, politicians and the political process. However, after his time in Canberra he is still a firm believer in the integrity of our political system.
  • All politicians enter with purpose. They are hardworking and make significant personal sacrifices. It is a thankless task being in opposition.
  • Josh Frydenberg has the makings of being a good Treasurer and Steven Kennedy, Secretary to the Treasury, is excellent.
  • State and Federal debt will only be reduced, if growth in the economy is sufficient. At the moment, interest rates are too low. It is better to increase debt through infrastructure spending.
  • Changes in technology have reduced the numbers of journalists however they still have an important role in accountability.
Google David Uren to read more of his articles.
Lesley Goode

DG Rosanne Kava

Greetings Rotarians
Welcome to Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution month.  As you may be aware The Rotary Foundation's mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace, was proclaimed more than 100 years ago, in 1917.
Rotary's goal of worldwide peace and tolerance has resulted in Rotary conducting global forums, hosting international peace symposiums, advancing peace through its 60-year collaboration with the UN, as well as grassroots initiatives such as the Rotarian Action Group for Peace.
But Rotary's most significant effort to wage peace is the Rotary Peace Centers program, established in 2002. Each year, the program trains some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals, preparing them to promote national and international cooperation and to resolve conflict. They include graduates of a two-year master's degree program and a three-month professional certificate program at Rotary's partner universities.
Today, more than 900 peace fellows are applying their expertise in various fields. They're settling border conflicts in West Africa, developing aid programs at the World Bank, drafting legislation to protect exploited children in Brazil, providing security for U.S. diplomats, and many other career paths devoted to peace.
So what can you do?
Think about supporting a Peace Scholar nomination; or getting your Club involved in a project that promotes peace; or learning more about the Rotarian Action Group for Peace or the Rotary Peace Centres.  You could also attend District Conference in Swan Hill as we will have a couple of amazing speakers on this subject.
This is to be held in Swan Hill from Friday 20 March to Sunday 22 March. There is an exciting program - visits to the Swan Hill Folk Museum and the light show, conference learning sessions, Saturday night dinner at Lake Boga and final discussions on the Sunday. It would be great to have some representation from Grovedale Waurn Ponds. Please give it some thought!  Click to register.
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