Wednesday 1 July 2020 
Meeting Number 2029
All Rotary Meetings at Rice Village have been suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 virus. No good news recently! SOON WE HOPE?
Join us on ZOOM each week on Wednesday at 7 pm. ID = 820 1189 0824. No password required.
SURVEY   All members will receive an email from Secretary Peter this week. It contains a Member Satisfaction Survey which we ask you to complete and return for the Board to evaluate / plan for the new Rotary year. You may complete and return it online to President John or print it and return to President John by mail or to his letterbox. He will also collect it if you wish! Names are optional. Please give it your best effort.
Ray's Raffle. Great to see how many tickets have been sold so far! LAST CHANCE THIS WEEK! Cost of a ticket - $10. If you wish to buy a ticket forward your money to the GWP Bendigo Bank Account: BSB 633 000 Account number 1088 10045 (or contact Ken). Proceeds will go to Club funds. Drawn at Changeover - Wednesday 8 July. Good luck!
Wednesday 8 July 2020.  This will be another virtual meeting, starting at 7 pm. You will be able to join from 6.45 pm. More details next week. Partners, friends and past members very welcome to join us.
What a tremendous use of modern technology last week when we were able to join Madu in Calcutta, India, when she made a traditional Indian Rice Pudding. The fellowship was enjoyed by everyone. We hope that the exercise might be repeated in the future when Madu takes us through the production of a traditional Indian Chicken curry! (Davis's idea!)
Thank you Lesley for your organization of the night with Madu and also for sending out the photos to everyone.
Trish, Jan, and Lesley all cooked the rice pudding. From their comments (and David's) it tasted great.
Ken - sale of raffle tickets have gone well so far. Last week for people to purchase them. To be drawn at Changeover next week.
David - both David and Trish are spending the week away. Let's hope they have a safe and enjoyable time.
Pam - her daughter took her up to Melbourne last Sunday for surgery at Royal Women's Hospital but was told she was not required for another week. Good luck with everything this time!
Perko - has plenty of firewood available for anyone who needs it. Please contact him if you are interested or know of anyone who might benefit from his generosity.
Darren Deren - someone remarked that he was now working for Barwon Timber? Good luck Darren!
Joe's Quote - Most of us will never do great things but we can do small things in a great way.
Sunday 5 July - Debbie Vernon 
Wednesday 8 July - Joan Clark
We wish you  a very happy birthday!
Weddings   None in July
 Date joined Rotary   
 Joe Cordone - 40 years - July 1 1980
 Graeme Saddington - 29 years - July 1 1991
 Jordan Bryson - 4 years - July 1 2016
Well done and best wishes to you all!
ANY NEWS? Happy to include any photos or items of interest in the Bulletin each week. Any good jokes?
Last Sunday and Monday I (Lesley) ‘attended’ the General Sessions of the International Convention.
Unfortunately I wasn’t in the balmy convention centre in Honolulu but rather in my study in the middle of the night, wrapped in my blanket.
As at all RI Conventions the speakers were highly credentialed people eg Antonio Guterres, Sec-General UN; Christopher Elias, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Rebecca Martin, US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; Mark Danial Maloney, RI President and his successors.
But what did I learn.
  • Rotary was influential in establishing the UN 75 years ago and continues to work in partnership with them on many causes.
  • Rotary Foundation has distributed US$14 million for COVID related projects. Former RI President Ravi Ravindran was able to secure a huge Global Grant to upgrade a research facility for COVID response in Sri Lanka in 48 hours!
  • Polio infrastructure in many countries is now being used in COVID response eg laboratory health workers, contact tracing, communication and data collection
  • Rotary Foundation has received US$336 million this year – the goal was US$400 million.
  • To grow Rotary we must adopt more flexible meeting models. A couple of examples – 2 US clubs making environmental projects their focus, a British coffee club which meets fortnightly on a Sunday morning. Both examples are attracting younger members.
  • Incoming RI President Holger Knaack – growing Rotary means: engaging current members, service above self, making and keeping friends through fellowship, diversity and embracing Rotaract.
  • President Nominee 21-22 is Shekkar Mehta from Calcutta, India.
  • Fantastic entertainment was provided by Australian pop opera group Aria and Jake Shimabukuro an Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso.
RI Conventions are much better in person. However, to remind us that Rotary is an international and far reaching service organisation it was (still is possible) good to attend the virtual RI Convention.
Next Wednesday 1 July at 7 pm.   ID = 820 1189 0824  No Password required 
Theme: Do you have some different headgear - beanie, fancy, unusual, unique, quirky? Let's have a fun night! Last meeting before Changeover!
Come and join us! Past members, friends and family are most welcome! Animals TOO?
All glory comes from daring to begin

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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