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.

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.
If God sends us on stoney paths, he provides strong shoes.  By Carrie ten Boom

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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