Wednesday 18 November 2020 

Meeting # 2047  

(as arranged by Directors)


Thankyou to our members for the support they showed DG Phil and Judy on Wednesday night, when they "visited" from Swan Hill (only 4 members missing in action).

Phil, did what a DG has to do to promote everything Rotary. In a nutshell he is all about the health of the clubs and their members in these difficult times. Something that I keep pushing. 

Phil was put on the back foot right from square one. Graeme and Val showed us all how to dress for the DG's visit. I’m sure Phil said that was worth a bottle of red, payable to the President who will pass it on/not!

DG Phil’s Focus for this Year

  • Develop a relationship with another Club in the District, outside of our designated group; 
  • Invite the sister Club to join a meeting by Zoom - Arrange a weekend visit;
  • Mutually support each other through functions, activities and joint projects. 
  • Financially support the Rotary Foundation through Club and personal giving. Current levels of contributions are severely impacting future District Grant and Scholarship funding. 
  • Focus on Member Welfare and Friendship—helping ourselves (each other) before we focus on others; 
  • Next focus is Our Communities—reach out to find what’s needed; 
  • Take the opportunity to reset your Club goals—involve all members; 
  • Remember the “Big R” of Rotary by partnering with other clubs—locally and across the District. Together we can do more. 

I’d have to say from the feedback I had Judy stole the show (sorry Phil) with her presentation. I have listed some information below. I have had some very positive feedback from members.

Nice way to start the day in Swan Hill for DG Philip and Judy before heading to Kerang.
Must be following the sunshine 🌞
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For  the Centenary of Rotary in Australia, DG Philip and partner Judy have chosen to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation as a project for the Rotary Clubs of District 9780 to support.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is dedicated to lifting the literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities, so all children across Australia have the same choices and opportunities.

Reading and writing are the basic skills everyone needs to help them learn and provide opportunities for their future. Literacy and basic education is one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has a mantra of “Reading Opens Doors” and their vision statement is “Equity of Opportunity”. This ties in really well with the new RI theme of “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.

The ILF’s programs focus on ensuring access to quality resources including books in home languages, publishing community stories and empowering families to share reading and lead their own literacy future.

We as Rotarians, by supporting the ILF in their important work, can open up opportunities to our First Nation People living in remote areas. Our support will help provide books and literacy programs to over 400 remote Indigenous communities across Australia, where they are needed most.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, now in their 10th year, have already gifted over 440,000 books to hundreds of schools, healthcare centres, and service organisations that use the books in all different ways.  They hope to donate another 100,000 books during 2020.

With your help we can make a real difference and open opportunities to many young Indigenous children.

Just Google Indigenous Literacy Foundation and visit their website. The site gives you  a lot of information on the programs they do.

Click here to watch a video about the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (1) Voices of the Future - YouTube

If you want to make a donation speak to Lesley, Ken or David, as we will direct it through the club - not directly to the Foundation .

Just imagine if all of our Rotary Clubs in District 9780 worked together and contributed $500 or more each. That would lead to a substantial donation to this important Foundation.




Just a reminder that the Club Administration Committee will meet at Hey Porter, Porter Avenue, Highton at 12pm for lunch this Wednesday. It will be great to have a get together meeting.

I have booked a table, if you cannot attend please call or message me ASAP as numbers in the café are limited. My number is 0419 341 112.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Jan Gillett


Phil and Deb, have headed to Swan Hill, with caravan in tow.

Ken and Sue have also been away, with their motor home group.

Paul is in the Yarra Valley catching up with friends.

Mick and Denise are in Bendigo visiting his brother, who is not as well as he was.

Trish is home from hospital again. If you want an update feel free to contact me. To those who have rung, we thank you.


Sunday 1 November - Lindsay Dixon
Monday 16 November - Ninetta Cordone
We wish you both a very happy birthday!
Lyn and Peter Codd - 45 years - 22 November
Lindy and Don Lester - 39 years - 25 November 
Denise and Mick Sheean - 47 years - 30 November
Congratulations to you all!
Lindsay Dixon - 26 years - 1 November
Don Lester - 39 years - 1 November
Ashwin Marfatia - 29 years - 1 November
Greg Cooke - 10 years - 10 November
Paul Desbrowe-Annear - 24 years - 13 November
Well done everyone!
If God sends us on stoney paths, he provides strong shoes.  By Carrie ten Boom
Wednesday 18 November
Committee Meetings (organized by Directors)
Wednesday 25 November
Annual General Meeting
Guest speaker - Rotary Foundation - Michelle Van Liessum
Wednesday 2 December
Board Meeting
Wednesday 9 December
Club Christmas Social Function
The Rotary Foundation was established over 100 years ago and has spent more than $4 billion on life changing, sustainable projects, changing lives both close to home and around the world.
Grovedale Waurn Ponds Rotary Club has been a very strong supporter of the Foundation since the Club started,
In recent years members have been extremely generous in their donations, both personally and including the Centurion fund. This has been $2 per member from the Dinner Meeting charges when we have met physically.
Members have not been contributing to Foundation due to COVID-19 restrictions. 
It has been suggested that members might consider donating $10 per month or the total amount of $100 at once. Such donations would be optional and should be directed to the Club through our Bank Account. Please contact Ken if you need any assistance.
It would be terrific if we can continue our contribution to all the worthy projects funded by the Rotary Foundation.
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