Wednesday 23 September 2020 

Meeting # 2040 


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On Thursday night there was an informal meeting with 9 of the Presidents from the Geelong region in attendance. It was a good light hearted and honest meeting.
I have circulated the information on the proposed Baton Run (no date set yet). I have committed our club to do this, only 8km a walk in the park so to speak.
Other positives that I saw were the growing willingness for Clubs to work together on projects, and the very honest discussions between us.
It would be fair to say that most clubs are experiencing problems brought about by the lack of face to face meetings, and our current restrictions. The 2 clubs (Drysdale and Ocean Grove) that are doing well just happen to have a community all to themselves. That said we just have to remain positive, and try to entertain ourselves.
Our Committees met on Wednesday night, they are continuing their good work. If you cannot make it please give the Directors your apology.
We have reintroduced Fireside Chats. The first one with Gary, Jordan and Frank will take place in the next few weeks. Just one thing I will say to those involved and have replied-- Either tends to infer you have a choice of TWO. I gave you 3 dates!! Jan you got it right.
The member profiles that I have been sending around have been well received. But only 7/26 members have put Pen to Paper or is it Finger to Key Board?
Sad news.
Jan reported last Monday night that Bob Bridges (a friend from Cornwall and a previous visitor to our Club) passed away on Sunday 6 September from cancer.
Our thoughts and sympathy are with his wife Toops and his family at this time. A bereavement card from the Club will be sent as will a $50 donation to the Rotary Foundation. 
Thank you Lesley and Pam for organizing this on behalf of all our members.
That we are alive today is proof positive that God has something for us to do today.

Bunnings BBQ Dates

Saturday 4 April
Thursday 9 April
Thursday 14 May
Thursday 11 June

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

Everyone has been saddened by the devastating bushfires that have engulfed so much of Victoria and New South Wales, There have been so many stories of brave efforts by volunteers and residents to control these infernos, which have claimed the lives of many people and destroyed homes and businesses.
If you are looking to donate to help those suffering, it is important to make sure that your donation is well directed. Details of Funds which are assisting those affected are:
1. Rotary District 9820 Disaster Relief Fund. The fund has already committed $10K to the East Gippsland Fire Aid Committee, and will continue to donate funds to where they are most effective. BSB 633000 Account 137927174. Please email Janne Speirs when you donate:
2. East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee. This is an account of the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale with the funds controlled by the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee. BSB 633000. Account 165960451. Please send an email to: when you donate.
3. Rotary Australia World Community Service National Fire Appeal. Project 68-2019-20. This appeal will enable the collection of donations to assist Rotary Clubs to support people affected by the bushfires, and is the only option for individuals and organizations who would like tax deductibility on their donation. Go to to donate. 
4. Wildlife Victoria. The best way to help wildlife is to make a donation to their bushfire appeal which will be distributed to fire affected wildlife shelters over the coming weeks and months. Go to to donate.
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. You need to book before 13 March!
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