Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bayside Geelong!

Postal Address: 64 Brompton Ave, Curlewis Vic. 3222 
Bayside Geelong

Having Fun While Making a Difference

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:15 PM
Naval Association
90 Skene Street,
Newtown, VIC 3220
Rotary Club of Bayside Geelong Inc [50412] 1st Tuesday Board RSL 2nd & 4th Tuesday 7 for 7.15pm Naval Ass. 90-92 Skene St Newtown http://www.rotarybaysidegeelong.org/


We just had to have a celebration cake to say well done for his Nomination for Volunteer Of The Year.

Wonderful to be recognise for all the time and effort he spends with the Amber Community counselling and supporting people affected by road trauma and address the attitudes and behaviours of road users through education.

Fabulous Ian, all the best from your Rotary family for November 15th where the achievers for this award will be announced.

Was the topic of our Speaker presentation and we heard from health professional Cassie McColl.

Cassie graduated from Deakin Uni has a Bachelor of Nursing with Post Graduate studies in Mental Health. She has worked In an Acute
Inpatient unit for 6years also on a Community Psychiatric health team which included Children and adolescent mental health and was also the Senior Psychiatric nurse at Barwon Prison. What an amazing resume for someone so young.
Cassie was introduced by President Ian and throughout her presentation the passion for what she does shines through.
Cassie spoke about the different areas of Mental Health that is mostly caused from a chemical imbalance in the brain, causing issues like
• Anxiety disorder
• Depression
• Bipolar,
• Schizophrenia,
• Eating disorders,
• Disruptive behaviour
• Dissocial disorders.
What a great District Governor visit on Tuesday night.
As you all saw Ian is a very friendly man who cares very much about clubs big and small. He also was impressed with how friendly and welcoming we all were to himself and wife Sherril. Thank you, AG Chris, for making the time to spend the night with us also.
We welcome you all back whenever you have the time.
Well, I think we managed to spring a few surprises on the night.
Congratulations firstly to Brian Burch on receiving a letter from Rotary International President Gordon McInally in recognition of over 40 years of service to Rotary. Well-deserved Brian, with many more to come.
Secondly congratulations to Judy Eyles on receiving her Sapphire Paul Harris Pin. You are a tireless worker who just gets it done, thank you Judy.
Lastly but by no means least, Jo White. Not sure where to start. Jo, not sure if ever slowing down is in your blood, your energy and enthusiasm is never ending. What you do for our club, its members and especially me is above and beyond. I thank you very much. Your work over a long time certainly makes you a most worthy recipient of The Royce Abbey Award. Congratulations and well-done Jo.
How nice was it to welcome Cath Murphy into Bayside.
Cath is a lovely, caring, and friendly person who will enhance Bayside Geelong in all our projects.
Cath is very passionate about the environment and will be a great help to Aileen, I’m sure.
It was great that her partner Colin was able to make it to Cath’s induction.
Welcome to Bayside Cath.

Donate For Life in Kerang

I was on a zoom meeting with our DG last Sunday afternoon and he mentioned that I was going to speak at the Kerang Rotary Club this coming week.

Opps, I had forgotten to put it in my diary. Then had a call from Sid at Kerang. Shirley and I headed off Thursday morning following Mrs Google through parts of Victoria I never knew existed, but she got us there. It was a combined meeting of Kerang Lions and Rotary Clubs.
We meet a lot of very friendly people, and we were treated like the King and Queen for the night. The Donatelife talk went quite well and we signed 2 new donors and checked 8 more.
We were invited around to a lovely lady Irene’s home on Friday morning to see her craft work and her beautiful garden.
Shirley is apparently going to attempt to knit a Scarf out of second-hand Teabag strings, and I left with a jar of homemade Quandong Jam.
Thankyou Kerang for a great time.

Ian's Whereabouts with Organ Donation and Road Trauma

I have been asked to let the club know what I have been up to as far as some speaking engagements I have been doing and some coming up in the next few months.

On Monday the 11th Oct. I went to Melton to speak at a road trauma seminar for Amber Community where there were 8 offenders, then this Thursday morning I was asked to accompany Luke Elliot to give a presentation to Corrections Victoria on behalf of Amber Community to help the case workers there understand what we do so then they can follow up after their clients complete our seminars.
Then that night we did another seminar with Luke as the facilitator and I was the lived experience speaker, at Eastern Hub in East Geelong. There were 9 participant’s that night.
I was able to have my daughter-in-law sit in as an observer as she wanted to see what I did. She is also a police officer, so it was great to get her feedback after the seminar. I will also be going to Laverton this coming Monday night for another seminar.
I think after that I may have a little break until, in November I’ve been asked to speak at Parliament House in Melbourne to a few hundred people at a Remembrance Service for people from all Emergency Services, Politicians and many people who have lost loved ones through road trauma. Quite nervous about this one.
DAYS FOR GIRLS: one of Bayside’s long-standing programs.
Over ten years or so, RCBG has produced 1552 kits for distribution to underprivileged communities around the globe.
At a value of $20/kit that would equal $31,040 going out into the world.
What is the value of a better education due to being able to attend school while menstruating, to help defuse the stigma and shame the girls often feel, to improve their health education and to develop their own sewing enterprises.
What an interesting presentation we had on Tuesday evening from Natalia Proshchenko.

Natalia is from Ukraine and has many family members living near the front line of the war with Russia.
We heard about Natalia’s Ukraine. It is the second largest country in Europe after Russia.
It’s favourite holiday pastime is painting eggs, and Natalia said that is where the tradition of egg painting started.
She shared with us the beauty of pre-war Ukraine and a few photos after.
Ukraine had the first University in Eastern Europe, with 47% of woman and 36% holding university degrees.
Also- Read how a Rotary club provided modular housing to a Ukrainian family that lost their home.
click here

Someone asked this question once and this is how Jack Matrow, Ellinwood Rotary Club of  Ellinwood , Kansas responded
The time was February 10, 1997 but you will have to click on Read more to find out.
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