Posted on Sep 11, 2018
President Peter Hynes welcomed Dan to the podium to tell us about his recent trip “home” to Slovenia.

Dan then educated us on Slovenia.

Slovenia is situated between Austria, Hungry, Italy and Croatia.
Only 146 Km north south and 248 Km east west.
Speeds car travel are in the vicinity of 145 KPH or even higher 50Kph in built up areas.
Population of 2 Million with another half million outside Slovenia.
Home to the oldest grape vine at 400 years old. (Ed: ”I want to drink that wine!” ).
The ability to Ski and Swim on the same day (in May).
Only 46 Kms of coast line.
Had a 10 day war at the end of the iron curtain era in about 1992.
The euro is the countries currency.
Beautiful in every way. Trees, Valleys, Rivers, Bridges, Villages, Lakes, Churches and of course
people.
Bled Lake and Soca River also beautiful.
The churches have many parishioners and they are the centre of community life.
Farming is Cattle and cropping. Animals are in sheds and mostly not seen out and about Castles, lots of castles.
Check this one Predjama Castle it has a large cave system or this list of Castles in Slovenia Lipica Stud Farm is very impressive Click here.
A country of Villages and forests and Valleys and Food and Wine and Beer and Relatives and Friends and Family and if Dan was allowed he may have talked all night about his Slovenia.
Thanks Dan
Dan Furlan – Slovenia Peter Kavenagh 2018-09-10 14:00:00Z 2
Posted on Aug 28, 2018
Pres. Peter Hynes got the meeting rolling by welcoming Nash back to Bayside.
Nash then proceeded to give us an update on what he has been up to since leaving Australia a number of years ago.
He has started a Sports Management Company called Kyros Sports which seems to be doing well.
It is the largest in Zimbabwe.
It helps many Students with the last project looking after 64 Students on an excursion to South Africa and UK.
At a Grass roots level they are responsible for about 4000 kids and about 24 coaches.
Nash is the national manager for the U18 rugby team.
Nyasha Muchochomi Peter Kavenagh 2018-08-27 14:00:00Z 1
Posted on Aug 14, 2018
President Peter Hynes welcomed Tom to present to us, all about his International Youth Science Forum.
Tom was one of 500 students from around the world.
He presented a number of Highlights of his trip.
  1. Getting to meet Mark Miodownik. He is a British Materials Scientist, Engineer, Broadcaster and Writer at University College London. Click his name. Tom noted the use of plastics and added the comment working with it not wasting it.
  2. Scientific Communication and Batteries – The lastest technology surrounding it.
  3. Meeting Astro Physics Professor Ken Brown who talked about the Luna Rover, particularly how it was designed and how it was meant to work to do the experiments.
  4. The National Space Research Centre where they did a master class on Space physics and Gravity. Also comets and how they might be the basis of life on earth.
  5. The exercise to build a “rocket”. Tom’s group’s rocket was one of the best staying up over 6 seconds. Tom did explain the time and materials were limited.
Toms concluding remarks were “I still like material science”
Questions covered Comets, life, the rocket, the other students and the rover.
Lots of interesting chatter followed.
President Peter thanked Tom for his presentation.
Tom Broadman Returns from IYSF Peter Kavenagh 2018-08-13 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 31, 2018
Jan gave us a brief history of the Barwon Health Volunteer programs and how they were divided up. 
Categories like Respite, Hand and Foot Massage and more.
Jan then told us of an approach from the East Geelong Football Club who like Rotary wanted to give back to the community.
As a result of this initiative the Backyard Blitz concept was born.
It is based on simple and practical support for those people who ae under palliative card and have had a need identified.
A need could be as simple as pruning the roses but it could be clearing an overgrown backyard.
A number of teams are needed.
Teams can be as small as one or up to a lot (The number has not been identified).
$12,000 has already been donated by some philanthropic groups for the purchase of utensils.
This includes gardening tools and power tools and also a complete trailer that is fit for purpose.
Although the declared objective would be the actual work there could be considerably more benefits. 
Comfort in a time of need or an “ear” that is listening.
A number of questions followed and then Peter H thanked Jan for her presentation.
Jan Walsh - Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator to Barwon Health. Peter Kavenagh 2018-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2018
SAA Simon — Simon welcomed everyone and offered a vote of thanks to Zoe Waters for the access to the Andrew Love venue. And offered the Invocation
Chairman Judy — She then introduced our Students
Tom — Current NYSF student Tom gave an update on the upcoming trip to London for the International Youth Science Forum (IYSF). He is really looking forward to it and He hopes to meet material scientist, Mark Miodownik. He will tell us all about it when he returns.
Alex — next gave us an update on his application which is that he is waiting on an invite to an interview which we believe will be in August.
Anthony — He took to the lectern with a few slides to give us a day by day description on this recent trip to Canberra for Rotary Adventures in Citizenship (RAIC)
  • Sunday. He got to be the “Mace” man in a mock demo of parliament.
  • Monday. Learnt about the role of the press and the lockup on budget week. Meet the president of the Senate and House of Reps. Saw the high court and had a debate on the Vietnam War
  • Tuesday. Discussions with Senator Claire Moore and learnt how the Senate works.
  • Wednesday. Had his picture taken with Senator Pauline Hanson and noted it was the 30th anniversary of the opening of Parliament house, saw the National Library, the war museum and Duntroon College.
  • Thursday. They had to prepare a 90 second speech. (SEE example below) He got to see the institute of sport and met his local Member of Parliament, Honorable Richard Marles and saw question time in the House of Representatives.
  • Friday. Saw the USA embassy and went to the Foreign Affairs Department and met the Honorable Julie Bishop.
  • Saturday with a heavy heart he returned home but carried some amazing memories and a great education on politics.
Claire — She talked on the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She talked about an awesome week of team building activities. She said the other people with her were also an extraordinary group of people. She didn’t want to elaborate on the activities as she was advised to maintain the “Mystery” of the event but certainly wanted to reinforce the fact that RYLA was an incredible week and that she has transformed from a very quiet person to a confident person.
She confided with us that had she known what was involved she would not have gone but having gone she would do it again. She loved it.
President Peter — He thanked all the presenters noting the wonderful programs we have in Rotary.
Our Youth Peter Kavenagh 2018-07-09 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 26, 2018
Pres. Peter K.
Peter opened the meeting with a reference to the year being a Year of “Making A Difference”.
He welcomed the Guests: PDG Christopher Sims and Christine, AG Judy Beasley, PHF Jan McGowan, PHF Bev Burch, NYSF student Tom Broadman and Mum Coralie Nash, RIAC student Anthony Zanghi and his Dad, Ben. Peter K also welcomed past members and current members. Peter Hynes introduced his guests.
Judy toasted to RI as Assistant Governor and Past DG Christopher Sims responded to that toast.
Judy also presented to the club citations from Rotary International (See Below)
Peter K then Presented the Annual Report which can be viewed at this location. CLICK HERE  (It can take a while to download).
Presidential Changeover Peter Kavenagh 2018-06-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 12, 2018
Zoe explained that the Andrew Love Centre provides a service for patients attending for their cancer treatments.
There is a large waiting area catering for people waiting for consultations, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and/or ancillary services.
The hospital now has an area known as the Supportive Care Centre which is designed to provide a range of programs to assist the patient to recover and come to terms with their illness. Some of these are:
Support groups for patients and carers
Education sessions
Art therapy
Hand and foot massage
Private spaces to talk with clinicians or volunteers
Network opportunities for patients to meet patients similar to themselves especially at the kitchen and dining space.
Look Good Feel Good program which introduces patients to wigs, makeup and specialist clothing.
Plans stated to have a portable electronic call system so the patient can relax or be involved anywhere in the centre without missing their call to consultation or treatment.
Zoe Waters — Andrew Love Supportive Care Centre Peter Kavenagh 2018-06-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 29, 2018
President Peter Kavemagh: Welcomed Kim Lim who is the mother of Emily and Alex Kinross-Smith who both attended NYSF under the sponsorship of rotary
Kim spoke while demonstrating her techniques on Gordon — an Irish Wolf Hound pup (4 months) who was presented with a limp by her owner Anne McGregor.
Editor:— It seems that Kim had not ever seen this pup prior.

First Kim checked the dog’s gait by observing the dog walking back & forth.
Then she gently moved each limb and each part of each limb to check which joints moved freely and which did not.
Kim checked the flexing and rotation of the neck diagnosing muscles and joints.
Kim checked the health and soundness of the chest structure and the muscles surrounding.
Kim checked the flexing of the ankles and toes of each leg.
Because this was a LARGE pup (Irish Wolfhounds grow to 50Kg plus), diagnosis of joint problems is difficult with x-rays because of the large growth plates each side of a joint.
Kim isolated the troublesome or painful joint in one shoulder and proceeded to massage the joint.
She also treated the joint with a red-light torch used to reduce inflammation.
After treatment, Anne McGregor said that the extension of the left foreleg was farther than she had seen in the previous three weeks.
Kim said that she offered a consulting service to Vets in Geelong who administered conventional treatments.
And she referred the patients’ owners back to their referring Vet if she felt conventional treatment was required.
She said that about 24 people in Australia are able to provide biomechanical and complementary services for veterinary purposes.
Their work is most valued in the rehabilitation therapies used after accidents and/or surgeries where instructions are provided to the owners to administer or complement the treatment.
Peter Kavenagh thanks Dr Kim and wished her well in her career
 
Kim Lim — Biomechanical Veterinary Treatment Peter Kavenagh 2018-05-28 14:00:00Z 0
HappyBirthday Peter Kavenagh 2018-05-20 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2018
Geelong has a great Community Spirit with numerous volunteers associated with Barwon Health.
The Transport service provides travel assistance to outpatient clinics for those patients that do not have the means or family support to get to the hospital and to return to home.
Often patients require daily trips to the hospital — especially those attending Oncology clinics.
Many of the patients donate $4 for their trip.
60% of the patient trips are for Oncology, 20% for Renal Dialysis and 20% for the remainder.
Drivers provide support to patients in crisis and share the celebrations for good outcomes of the treatment.
Four vehicles operate 364 days per year, ferry 1600 patients per year and average 54,000Km/year each.
There are 80 volunteers drivers that participate in the driver roster; the median age of drivers is 60-65 years, 80% of them are male and most drivers participate for about ten years.
The cost of vehicle consumables and maintenance is $10,460 per vehicle per year.
Replacement vehicles are supplied from the retired Barwon Health fleet.
The ongoing costs of the service has already reduced the number of vehicles from five to four; now the fourth vehicle is financially at risk.
The vehicle sponsored by Rotary (our Club and other Clubs in the Geelong Bellarine area has done 30,000 patient trips since 2015.
Hospital staff can book trips with a phone App.
Zoe Waters - Barwon Health Patient Transport Service Peter Kavenagh 2018-05-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2018
Emma spoke at the Club about her fundraising and planning to build a school for children from a slum area of Katmandu.
Emma had taken time-off from journalism in 2014 to work a volunteer.
This school had been started in 2002 and was run by a team of local volunteer teachers and was the subject of an article submitted at that time. Emma returned in 2015 after the destructive earthquake that wrecked the school and caused serious damage to Kathmandu.
Over the next three years she raised money in Australia and internationally to rebuild the school and re-establish the service it provided.
With the assistance of Crowd Funding, NGOs and fundraising through events in Australia the school reopened in May 2017.
Her fundraising of over thirty thousand Australian dollars was completed in November 2017.
The school provide free lessons and lunch for children 4 to 8 years-old to start them on the path of literacy and numeracy so they can attend a government school later.
Emma McDonald - Nepal Peter Kavenagh 2018-04-09 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 27, 2018
Previously worked for Barwon Health and the Geelong Port Authority.
  • Awarded Order of Australia in 2017. (Emphasis by editor)
  • An active member of Zonta International for 35 years.
  • Ran a successful public relations company for thirty years.
  • Founder of Laughter Clubs Victoria Inc.
  • Founder of Geelong Region Cancerians.
  • Spoke of the importance of FUN as expressed in laughter.
  • Our first successful communication with someone is a smile, the precursor of laughter
  • Laughter raises serotonin and endorphin levels within us. (The happy hormones)
  • Demonstrated some exercises to induce the endorphins by leading laughter in a group..
  • Explained how it is useful for cancer survivors to involve themselves with this activity.
  • Mentioned that she is in demand in the corporate sector to encourage group-think and team building.
  • Phillipa responded to a number of questions from the meeting.
     
PHILLIPA CHALLIS — Live Life Loving Peter Kavenagh 2018-03-26 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2018

Geelong Rainbow Inc. is an umbrella group for groups in the LGBTIQ community
Group formed in January 2017; much of 2017 taken up with the marriage equality debate and plebiscite.
Thank you RC Bayside for your assistance at the BBQueer at the Geelong Queer Festival recently
Funds from the BBQ will be used for a Safe Spaces project where businesses (principally) will be encouraged to provide a safe space in times of crisis — similar concept to the Safe Schools project.
Geelong Rainbow Inc. and its associated groups provide counselling, meet-up groups and social opportunities for those who openly recognise their sexuality AND for those who are struggling to recognise their sexuality, gender and communication with their families and the community.
They also provide support groups for the families of those associated with the LGBTIQ community.
Andrew accepted a cheque from RC Bayside; proceeds from the BBQueer and a small donation.
Geelong Rainbow Inc. - Andrew Coon Peter Kavenagh 2018-03-12 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 13, 2018

Tom Boardman

Tom recently returned from NYSF at Canberra and spoke of the highlights.
  • One of 200 students interested in STEM
  • Many exciting activities, exciting students with unusual hobbies, energetic supervisors and enlightening lecturers and tutors.
  • Welcoming lecture from Dr Brian Schmidt — Nobel Laureate for detecting Dark Matter.
  • Visited RAIJIN — Canberra’s Super Computer.
  • Lots of entertainments and fun
  • Confirmed his goal to study Engineering
  • Made many friends that he will cherish.

Johanna Fischer

Johanna is an Exchange Student from Germany and attends St Ignatius College at Drysdale.
She recently attended the District Mini-Safari and spoke of the contrasts between Germany and Australia.
  • On arrival the SIZE of Australia is difficult to appreciate. The many countries of Western Europe occupy a total space of about 60% of Australia.
  • Contrasting weather between countries; no freezing temperatures or snow here and 25 degrees plus in Germany is a heat wave.
  • Missing good Bread & Cheese. And Vegemite is NOT like Nutella!
  • Difficult to understand the jargon and slang despite a good knowledge of English. (e.g. Tea meaning Dinner)
  • School is different; no uniforms in Germany.
  • Strong emphasis on pastoral care in school here with continual encouragement to be a leader.
  • The mini safari was during the recent very hot weather and much emphasis was placed on water based activities; swimming, canoeing, boating.
  • Visited Warrnambool, Mt Gambier, Cape Bridgewater, Port Campbell, The Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
  • Many of the International students on the trip have agreed to attend a reunion later this year in Denmark (after they return).

Anthony Zanghi

Anthony was introduced and he expressed his desire to attend Rotary Adventures in Citizenship.
This is a trip to Canberra in May to observe the mechanisms of Parliamentary Government and meet some of the politicians involved.

Claire O’Callaghan

Claire was introduced by her sponsor Peter Hynes and he told of her opportunity to attend RYLA — Rotary Youth Leadership Award — in April this year.
Claire is a second-year Apprentice Joiner at TENON.
Our Youth Programs Update Peter Kavenagh 2018-02-12 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 05, 2017
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Emma will leave for Germany in January and her presentation planned for her host Club and School was delivered with aid of photos and English and German commentary on screen.
She spoke of Australia, Geelong, her family and friends and the RC of Bayside Geelong.
Her presentation was well received and members contributed hints to improve it.
President Peter Kavenagh officially presented Emma with her Youth Exchange Blazer.
We wish her a very happy exchange
Emma Zanghi - Exchange Student Peter Kavenagh 2017-12-04 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 28, 2017
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Combined meeting with The Rotary Club of East Geelong

Tonights meeting was held at the Hub in east Geelong and was a combined meeting. Both the East Geelong President Brian Humphry and also Peter Kavenagh chaired the meeting
Lots of togetherness was the order of the night.
 
The presentation tonight was from Mark whose reputation is recognized around the world
 
He spoke on the latest developments in sex selection in relation to Chickens. 
Differentiating between males and females pre-hatch, by adding a biological marker to the sex chromosome, is a new gene technology set to impact the poultry industry.
 
Mark spoke about how this latest inovation will provide the ability to identify the sex of the little chicks long before they hatch. 
This step alone could offer massive efficiencies in the chicken industry. ie the ability to detect and remove male chicks pre-hatch.
Mark went on to explain how the sex selection works and also how gene makers are used and how the knowledge of Gene editing can possibly have enormous ramifications in the control of animal pests.
 
He believes we have had our Industrial Revolution, Our Electronic Revolution and that it is now time to have our Biological Revolution. 
With what he presented this all seems possible
 
 
 
Science and Offspring of Chickens Peter Kavenagh 2017-11-27 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 14, 2017

Vanda Iwanowski and Rosy Harris

Vanda founded Delta Dogs in Geelong to provide Therapy Dogs for people who are ill, aged, troubled or non-communicative.
It has been operating elsewhere in Australia for twenty years.
Delta Dogs has spread from Geelong westwards to Hamilton & Warrnambool and eastwards to Wyndham.
It is a voluntary organisation that uses volunteers and their pets to visit people in one type of care or another.
 
Delta Dogs Peter Kavenagh 2017-11-13 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 31, 2017
Humans in Geelong – Jacqui Bennet
Peter welcomed Jacqui back to update us on the activities on “Humans in Geelong”.
Since Jacqui last spoke there has been a very successful Humans in Geelong expo which was held in October with approximately 1,500 people attending.
There were 44 exhibitors and a large number of keynote speakers representing a wide range of community interests indicated by the large number of attendees.
The feedback after the expo was very positive and there will be one held again next year.
They currently have over 7000 followers on face book and post about 2 stories per week on the website. https://humansingeelong.com
The number of questions from the audience indicated the interest in “Humans In Geelong” and I am sure the Expo will be larger next year.
Peter thanked Jacqui once again for her talk.
Jacqui Bennett — Humans in Geelong Peter Kavenagh 2017-10-30 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2017
SYLVIA GRAY is Convenor of Hero Town — a volunteer organisation and President of the Rotary Club of Geelong Central.
Hero Town is an active and training organisation that aspires to create Everyday Heroes; people who do not stand by but step up to help to offer physical help and mental health first aid.
  • What makes a hero
  • How can we train heroes
  • How do we build self-awareness and insight?
  • How do we prepare for heroic adventures?
  • How do we build the right mid sets for action?
  • How do we overcome the bystander effect?
  • How can mindfulness help us to be more present and aware of opportunities for action?
Presently it is focussing on MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID for
  • Youth (including Suicide Prevention) and
  • Suicide Prevention
Hero Town believes that crises can be allayed by the early intervention by people who recognise the early signs of problems.
Signs include loneliness, risky behaviour and inappropriate use of alcohol and drugs.
Hero Town — Sylvia Gray Peter Kavenagh 2017-10-23 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 17, 2017
 
Greek food is the food of the Mediterranean.
Ruled by the Persians and the Turks during the previous millennium, the Greeks have developed a cuisine that that reflects their geography and their history.
The food is all about olives — as olive oil and contemporary food uses the olive flavour and the flavours of fish, meat and vegetables endemic to the area.
On the coast fish, squid and shellfish are the highlights.
Inland it is goat, lamb and aubergine.
Our Greek restaurant is a pleasant venue; room inside and out for up to 80 diners.
The décor screams GREECE — shiny royal blue tiles and polished concrete.
The artwork reminds us of the blue and white villas on the Mediterranean.
The menu has a selection of Greek foods available as either an entrée or a full course.
Strangely the number of options is matched by a host of normal Australian café items served with chips.
Mav's Greek Restaurant Peter Kavenagh 2017-10-16 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 26, 2017
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After an earlier meeting with the Board DG Ray congratulated the Club for its involvement in projects within and outside Rotary.
RI Governor Ian Risley has directed that Rotary involve itself in sustainable projects; if every Rotarian in the world plants a tree this year 1.2m trees will be started. D9780 has 1,745 members and can plant that many — or more — trees to fulfil the goal.
Rotary has three major programs to foster international understanding:
  • Rotary Youth Exchange. Our district has sponsored approximately 20 students per year for 50 years — 1,000 students have seen Australia and taken home their new views and experiences.
  • Vocational Training Teams. One or two teams of about six to ten have been hosted here each year
  • Rotary Peace Scholarships. Each year students are supported at a University to study Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. Presently we have a Rwandan student studying in Queensland. She will be at District Conference in April.
The success of a Club is no longer being measured by Attendance but with the Club’s engagement with the community. It is hoped that when this can be quantified each Club and District will be able to attract sponsors to assist.
 
District Conference in April at Mt Gambier will feature James Morrison musician extrordinaire.
 

Deidre Herbert — End Trachoma 2020

 
It is usual for DG’s partner to champion a project. Deidre Herbert’s project is End Trachoma 2020.
The WHO has a global goal to eliminate trachoma by 2020, and recommends all affected countries adopt a simple and effective strategy known as the SAFE strategy.
This incorporates: Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness and Environment improvement. Australia is the only developed country to still have this problem which exists among the indigenous community.
The RC Melbourne has directed a large budget for personnel and transport to treat this problem.
District 9780 Governor - Ray Herbert Peter Kavenagh 2017-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 26, 2017
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Father is visiting Australia having established contact with David Butler at St Bernard’s Parish in Belmont.
Together they have contrived a scheme suitable for a Rotary International project to provide a water supply to the village of Nabbunga in Uganda.
The proposed project is to use solar pumps to pump water through a 50mm pipe from a reliable well to Nabbunga which is on a hilltop.
This means pumping the water over 4 km laterally and upwards to a height of 330 metres.
Some of the pipes will be underground and most will be above the rocky ground that surrounds the village.
From Nabbunga water can later be provided by gravity feed for up to five other villages also.
Fr Nestus Peter Kavenagh 2017-09-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 12, 2017
Pres. Peter K introduced Daryll for his Behind the Badge.
My father Neil and mother Joyce (Oliver) both had ancestors from South Australia.
They were married in 1954 while Neil was a trainee Methodist minister.
I was born in 1956 while Neil was posted to Swifts Creek in the High Country of Victoria and afterwards we shifted to serial postings in Penquin (Tas), Preston and Meethakara (WA).
I began primary school there and later we moved on to Pakenham, Eaglehawk and Geelong. While at Pakenham I started piano lessons to improve my finger movements and in Eaglehawk I almost completed my secondary education.
The last two months of my education there was by correspondence at home while recuperating from a car accident.
While in Eaglehawk I worked in a butcher shop after school.
 
PP Daryll Webb — Behind the Badge Peter Kavenagh 2017-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 29, 2017
Andrew is the scion of Greek immigrant parents who arrived in Australia after WW2.
His father owned fish & chip shops and expanded into wholesale fresh fish supplies and scallop fishing.
Andrew was elected to the Geelong City Council in 2008 and to the State Parliament in 2010 and 2014.
He became involved in politics when the government planned to increase the fish business’ registration fees by over one thousand percent.
He is the member for SOUTH BARWON and is currently Government Whip in the Lower governing House.
Andrew spoke of his work day as a politician.
When Parliament is Sitting the day has a set sequence of activities according to a timetable agreed beforehand but sometimes subject to change.
Andrew Katos MP Peter Kavenagh 2017-08-28 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 22, 2017
Andrew Boyd. Andrew arrived in Australia as a child migrant in 1954.
He was apprenticed at Pilkington’s as a machinist and went on to work at International Harvester and Ford.
The newly arrived Boyd family lived at the Norlane Hostel for six months and were then allocated a Housing Commission home — a dream outcome for a Scottish shipyard worker like Andrew’s father.
Andrew spoke to his collection of model ships.
Each is pond-worthy and can be controlled by radio control.
All are battery-electric except one which has a working model steam engine.
Twice annually he gathers with other enthusiast model ship builders at Lake Goldsmith in Western Victoria. Here he allows children to sail his models.
Andrew exhibited about ten models to the Club and he explained the history of each model, the construction techniques employed and the history of the vessels on which they were modelled
Andrew Boyd and Model Ships Peter Kavenagh 2017-08-21 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 08, 2017
Michelle Cummins

I am 38 years old, a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter and a scientist. And I have Brain Cancer.
 
I have a Grade 2 Tumour that is growing about one millimetre (diameter) per year. A faster-growing Grade 4 Tumour limits life expectancy to about 18 months.
 
This was diagnosed in 2010 after my first seizure and detected in the Motor Sensory area of the right front area of my skull.
 
I suffer a range of physical and emotional responses; the seizures persist albeit less serious due to the cocktail of drugs I ingest each day.
 
My diagnosis coincided with my first pregnancy and our child CHELSEA is now five years old.
 
About 1600 persons are diagnosed with Brain Cancer in Australia each year and about 1200 persons die each year — many of them children.
 
I am actively involved with the Peace of Mind Foundation which aims to raise awareness of Brain Cancer in the Community and support the patients and carers affected by this disease in various ways:
  • A Support Group that meets monthly and provides a caring social opportunity for patients and carers
  • Small financial grants up to $500 to assist families and patients
  • Household help e.g. gardening and working bees
  • Separate Annual Retreats for Women and Men attracting patients and carers from all Australia.
It is not the primary role of PoMF to raise monies for research but it does need donations and volunteers to assist.
 
I hope that research will enable me to see Chelsea grow to be a teenager and that the Peace of Mind Foundation continues to raise awareness in the community and to help me and my family.
 
Michelle Cummins — Peace of Mind Foundation Peter Kavenagh 2017-08-07 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2017
There are three topics I wish to cover tonight:
  1. Changes in Volunteerism.
  2. Responses to the volunteerism changes within Rotary Clubs.
  3. The Pillars of Rotary.
CHANGES IN VOLUNTEERISM
In a recent United Nations State of the World Volunteering Report:
  • There has been an increase in Digital Volunteering (online) where (potential) volunteers are able to locate opportunities that interest them, donate funds and approach organisations to volunteer per se.
  • There has been a rise in the number of people seeking opportunities that require volunteers with specific skills that match their own skills.
  • There has been an increase in workplace-base volunteering. This enhances team-building and professional development within the group at the workplace.
  • Cause-based volunteerism has attracted more interested people. Persons responding to this call for volunteers are less likely to be attracted-by or become interested-in the organisation than the activity targeting the Cause.
  • Some people become Episodic Volunteers; they dip-in and dip-out of activities or discussions. They are not interested in regular attendance as represented by the classic Rotary model for a Club.
  • In summary: Rotary has to offer more meaningful and more flexible roles to volunteers
Membership — PDG Jesse Harman Peter Kavenagh 2017-08-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2017
Thanks are due to Jo White and her Membership (aka Fun) Committee who organised tonight’s Club Social Night Italian dinner at Brunenzo’s Pizza Restaurant. Well Italian Food is much the same as Australian food these days — but who is looking?
It was exciting to be accompanied by a prospective member Janet who was welcomed warmly by our group.
Social Night Meeting at Brunenzo’s Peter Kavenagh 2017-07-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2017
The speakers came in tandem they were Dr Karen White who elaborated on
  • Strive 2 Strive is an exercise program to encourage cancer survivors to ‘get back into life’.
  • The provided venue is free, private and comfortable to clients.
  • It is a 12-week program two days per week.
  • One day each week is exercise under individually-guided supervision and the appearance of a guest speaker.
  • The second day each week is a social meeting at a coffee shop preceded by a a long walk together.
  • Recently Program #25 started with 17 persons.
  • There have been 300+ graduates, 2/3 of whom CONTINUE TO EXERCISE.
  • Donations to Thrive 2 Thrive are now tax deductible.
  • Seed money for the program was provided by GMHBA. Other Corporates have made donations in cash or in-kind.
  • Cost of the program is about $7,000 per 12 weeks.
 
The next speaker was  Angela McDonald. She is a cancer survivor and joined the program in 2012 as a participant and afterwards as an officeholder.
  • Angela recognised that the program relieved the ‘weak and tired’ feelings’ after therapy.
  • That the exercise program matches the ability and intent profiles of the patient/client.
  • This leads to a heightened confidence-to-cope for each client.
  • An enhanced social interaction and fulfilment for each client is developed by sharing his/her story with others who have shared his/her journey.
  • Angela now walks and RUNS regularly to maintain her exercise regime.
 
 
 
Strive 2 Thrive Peter Kavenagh 2017-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 23, 2017
The Site Visit to Tenon Joinery was hosted by Robin Hunt, Peter Hynes and Rhys Hunt.
Peter gave the guided tour with relevant input from Robin and Rhys at each station.
Peter explained that TENON is a Commercial Joinery:
It manufactures and installs built-in fixtures to commercial buildings such as schools, universities, offices and hospitals.
Materials
Peter showed the Club Members the three basic substrates that are used to manufacture joinery; chipboard, MDF (medium density fibreboard) and ply.
These are purchased as large panels or boards and cut to the necessary shapes in the factory.
Each of these may be used raw or skinned with laminate or veneer.
There are subsets of each including moisture-resistant, chemical resistant and fire-resistant.
Ross Dow made the point the size-for-size PLY has more extension strength than STEEL.

 
Visit to TENON Joinery & Club’s 20th Birthday Peter Kavenagh 2017-05-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 09, 2017
Chairman David F: Introduced Club Past President, Assistant Governor (1917-18) Judy Beasley.
After retiring in 2016 Phil & Judy Beasley have taken time to remember their fruitful life and enjoy their state sponsored superannuation.
Since 2006 they have travelled extensively to the Northern Territory, Thailand, western and middle Europe, Alaska and western Canada.
Judy (neeꜚ Baker b. 1956) met Phil in the early seventies at the Geelong Young Farmers Club and they were married in 1978.
Prior she had worked as a Primary Teacher for the Education Department at Balliang in a one-teacher school.
Her secondary education at Geelong West Technical School and Bell Park High School had progressed her to the Geelong Teachers College and Balliang was her first appointment.
Behind the Badge — Judy Beasley Peter Kavenagh 2017-05-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 09, 2017
For this meeting the Club members visited the Freshwater Creek CFA Station.
HOSTS: Third Lieutenant Craig Muller acted as Chairman. Chairman Les Grossman, First Lieutenant Matt Trickey, Sarah Trickey, Donald Grimmer, Malcolm Iver and Tim Smith.
Guest Speaker — 3rdLieut. Craig Muller
Craig introduced us to the many types of fire extinguishers available.
They are classified according to the types of fires for which each is effective.
Fires are classed as Class-A to Class-F and the appropriate extinguisher is named using the same nomenclature e.g. ABE extinguishers are suitable for three types of fires — Classes A, B & E.
Craig distributed copies of the chart linking each type of fire to each type of extinguisher — water, foam dry chemical (2types) and carbon dioxide.
The CFA raises funds by performing Fire Equipment Maintenance for local businesses every six months.
The fees raised are added to their account reserved for replacing their firetruck in the future.
We adjourned to the yard outside and different fires were lit to demonstrate each type of extinguisher.
Fire at night is always spectacular and we were not disappointed. Lots of action for the Club as the fires were extinguished by Craig and Tim.
The most common type of extinguisher is ABE as it is appropriate for most type of fires.
We were then served a delicious supper by the CFA.
Over Supper the members of the Brigade answered questions from the Club members.
Pres Daryll: Thanked the CFA for the educative session with the extinguishers.
Freshwater Creek CFA Site Visit Peter Kavenagh 2017-05-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 02, 2017
Jacqui was born in Geelong and teaches at Highton Primary School. Jacqui reluctantly joined Facebook about 12 months ago after pressure from her children.
She found there was a whole new world of people out there.
“Humans in Geelong” was set up to allow good news stories to be published on the internet.
Word soon spread and stories focussed on people taking action with aims to inspire.
They consist of a small group of people who receive and post stories on to their website and facebook page.
They have a following of over 5,000 people and have posted over 100 stories to date.
They have had an official launching and are holding an event later in the year to publicise their Facebook page and what they do.
They also have a volunteer photographer and by October 2017 would like to have published 150 stories and have 10,000 followers.
To fund the site and the forthcoming event they will seek community grants from Bendigo Bank and City of Greater Geelong.
They are currently looking for team members, especially writers.
The interest in the subject was demonstrated by the number of questions from the audience.
Chairman Judy thanked Jacqui for her interesting talk and presented her with a gift of appreciation for her presentation
Humans in Geelong - Jacqui Bennett Peter Kavenagh 2017-05-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 18, 2017

Guest Speaker Magret Stowers, Researcher from Queenscliffe Historical Museum

Margret is a retired nurse working as a voluntary researcher at the Queenscliff Historical Museum.
She researched the WWI wartime life of Queenscliff nurse Violet Duddy who joined the AIF and later returned to Queenscliff. Magaret showed many photographs that illustrated Violet’s life.
Violet Duddy is now memorialised in Queenscliff Cemetery after it was discovered that her ashes had been buried or scattered without any headstone.
This was remedied by Margret, the Victorian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and the Geelong Cemeteries Trust in 2015.
World War One Nurses — ‘A Sense of Duty’ Peter Kavenagh 2017-04-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 11, 2017
Chair: Telsa Stubna introduced two Guests from SAS
• Danny Keating — Chair of the Management Committee
• Melinda Hopper — Community Development Co-ordinator.

Danny Keating

• SAS Geelong stated January 2017 after much preparation following a public meeting in October 2015.
• Alliance with Hope Bereavement Services and SAS Melbourne (Jesuit Social Services)
• Initial support and funding from Freemasons Lodge Geelong.
• Mission to support the bereaved.
• Free counselling available two days per week — Counsellor Annie Norish.
• Intent to expand into other regions eventually.
• Mental Health facilities not coping with clients requiring care to prevent suicide.

Melinda Hopper

• There are 3,000 + suicides in Australia each year plus hidden suicides in the statistics for single vehicle road deaths and the elderly dying alone.
• Suicide is the leading cause of death in the 15-44 age group and for males 80 years and over.
• Counsellors from Barwon Health and SAS refer clients to complementary services — many operated by Barwon Health.
• SAS has a resource library.
• SAS support for the bereaved is also Suicide Prevention because there is an elevates suicide rate among the bereaved without any intervention.
• Decisions to suicide are not usually made on the “worst-coping” days; the decision is made in advance as a rational decision and the act postponed until another “worst” day occurs.
• The catalyst to act is often the perfect storm — the last straw.
• Counsellors and GPs are often not trained to assess the risks nor counsel grief.
• Gold Coast Health has a comprehensive approach to prevent and handle suicide.
 
President Daryll thanked our guest and presented them with a cheque
SAS — Support After Suicide Geelong Peter Kavenagh 2017-04-10 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 21, 2017
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President Daryll introduced the Guest Speaker Mr Bill Furnish, Public Affairs Office of the US Consulate in Melbourne.
Chuck it in the Bin
Did you know that “Chuck it in the bin” is an Australian expression?
Our guest revealed this while explaining the Australian-isation of his children after three years in Melbourne; they have mastered this and other expressions like “No Worries” during their residence in Melbourne.
In a relaxed, informative and witty talk Mr Furnish spoke of his career at various diplomatic posts prior to arriving in Melbourne.
His wife is also in the State Department Foreign Service and it is a priority to align their careers and also take into account the welfare of their children.
The posting in Melbourne was selected to allow for good education opportunities for their children.
His prior appointments included Korea, Vietnam and Columbia.
His most recent appointment before Melbourne — without family — was in Afghanistan and his next appointment will be in Pakistan.
Bill Furnish - US Consulate Office Peter Kavenagh 2017-03-20 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2017
Tonight was set aside as a working bee for finalising "Days for Girls' product.
All members were enthusiastic in their effort
Thanks to Telsa for her continuing effort at keeping this project organised
Days for girls - Working bee Peter Kavenagh 2017-03-13 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Chairman Jo White introduced Member Peter Hynes for Behind the Badge
• Born & raised in Colac — third generation pharmacist
• Educated at St Joseph’s school Colac, St Patrick’s College Ballarat and South Australian Institute of Technology.
• Irish heritage on both sides of the family — HYNES and DARCY
• Started TENON Joinery in 2009
Benind the Badge - Peter Hynes Peter Kavenagh 2017-03-06 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 28, 2017
Chairman Judy Beasley introduced Sue Swan to talk about Geelong Mums.
Geelong Mums started in 2014 modelling its service on that of St Kilda Mums.
Another offshoot is Eureka Mums in Ballarat.
It was initiated by Kate Kent. Its role is to collect essential materials for babies and toddlers from individual donors and to prepare the items in packs that are then distributed by social service agencies in Geelong and in the region to disadvantaged families.
In 2014 they provided goods to 370 families. In 2015 — 900 families. And in 2016 —3000 families.
This exponential growth is continuing in 2017. There are now 450 volunteers associated with the service including those that check nursery items for safety and some who repair items before they are shipped out.
Donations received are used to purchase new items especially baby cots & mattresses that are difficult to source because many older versions are deemed unsafe.
Items collected for use and reuse include:
Nursery Equipment and Clothes
Child clothing up to 16 years.
Books and Toys especially for babies and toddlers.
It is the goal of Geelong Mums to provide new or as-new items to help uplift the recipients who do not see many high quality goods.
Sue fielded questions from Simon and others.
Judy B. Thanked Sue for her presentation.
Geelong Mums - Sue Swan Peter Kavenagh 2017-02-27 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 18, 2017
This week Pres. Daryll Webb, John Spiteri and John Virgona presented a commercial can opener to the Christ Church Meals Program.
(L-R: John Virgona, Jan McGowan, Julie Herd, Pres. Daryll Webb, John Spiteri)
And now for something completely different Peter Kavenagh 2017-02-17 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 14, 2017
On February 14 the Club visited the Geelong East Cemetery for and instructive walk throughout the grounds.
We were led by a costumed actor portraying Captain Foster Fyans, the first representative of legal government in Geelong. Another group of participants was led by James Harrison. Both characters had contributed greatly to the history of Geelong during the 19th Century when the settlement was established (Fyans) and growing to be very wealthy due to the production of Gold in Ballarat and wool in the hinterland (Harrison).
These two actors led a group of confident and competent actors who portrayed various characters from Geelong’s past. We learnt of the origins of many of the social and architectural structures in Geelong and the stories of the people who created them.
Each actor was able to portray his/her story in the first person communicating the joys and tragedies of life in the city.
There is a tour scheduled for 11am Saturday February 25 and each Club member can highly recommend the two-hour tour to you.
When you take the tour you will be in a group that brings the number of attendees during the last fourteen months to 1,000. Congratulations to the Geelong Cemeteries Trust.
The trust was originally established in the 1870s and now cares for eighteen cemeteries extending from Lara to Queenscliff and to Colac.
The trustees and its staff are responsible for the operation and perpetual maintenance of the memorials for all the people buried and the operation of a Crematorium at Armstrong Creek.
To wet your appetite for the tour on February 25 — did you know that: - Read on
 
Cemetary - Fyans, Hitchcock and Harrison Peter Kavenagh 2017-02-13 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2017
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Emily attended the Rotary National Youth Science Forum at Canberra’s Australian National University during January.
Students were housed at ANU’s Burgmann College and from there attended functions, lectures and forums throughout the University and at other Scientific Institutions in the region.
The 196 students were each assigned a buddy to lookout-for and each was assigned to a floor group that reflected the location of their accommodation.
Each floor group was assigned a supervisor chosen from students from previous years.
The supervisor was known as a staff-y.
Emily was pleased that there were a large number of girls present; there were six in her floor group compared to two in the physics class at Oberon.
Emily’s favourite ‘awesome’ moment was to meet Professor Brian Schmidt who was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 2011 for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae (and shared with Saul Perlmutter and Adam G. Riess.)
This has sparked her interest to study physics and astrophysics in the future at either Monash University or Swinburne University.
NYSF - Emily Kinross-Smith Peter Kavenagh 2017-02-06 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 24, 2017
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Encompass started 31 years ago as Geelong Employability.
It’s role then was to provide employment for physically and/or intellectually disabled persons.
A strategic review of its activities recognised that there was a serious gap in the availability of training-for-employment for the post-High School person to complement the excellent services in Geelong provided for the school-age child with a disability.
It operates without Government funding but with great support from the Give where you Live Appeals and all the other organisations dealing with disabled people in Geelong.
To facilitate the training and employment of their clients the organisation runs many businesses including:
  • Two Opportunity Shops — providing retail training and experience and free goods to the needy
  • A second hand furniture store — experience and training for the staff in retail skills and restoration skills
  • Recycling business — dissembling bulk white goods for resale
  • Catering service — an important client base is the clients of the NDIS.
  • Farming operation — growing and selling fruit and vegetables
  • A training service for skills — some students can attract a government subsidy but many are receiving training in simple life skills that we take for granted among the able population.
  • An employment service
The skills-training has been expanded to Bannockburn Werribee and Melton.
ENCOMPASS - Jan Daniels Peter Kavenagh 2017-01-23 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 17, 2017
SAR Simon introduced our member Jo White for her Behind the Badge talk.
 
Jo was born in 1946 at Andover on Avon in the UK to Doris and Arthur.
 
Arthur had been a police superintendent before the war and in the period 1939-45 served with the Red Berets (aka the Paras) in North Africa,
France, Italy and Germany.
 
Her mother had cared for her own wheelchair-bound mother in the years of the blitz.
 
Before marrying Doris had been ‘in service’ in a stately home.
 
When 13 years old, Jo and her family became ten-pound-poms and emigrated to Australia and they took up a house in Little River.
 
She attended Norlane High School for a short while but then started a job in Coles Variety Store in Melbourne (Nothing over 2/6) — the site is now occupied by David Jones Menswear in Bourke St.
Behind the Badge - Jo White Peter Kavenagh 2017-01-16 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jan 10, 2017
The first meeting for 2017 was a dinner meeting on January 10 at the Fyansford Hotel.
 
It was the first ‘anniversary’ of the wedding party held there when Bayside RC had a murder-mystery night.
You will recall that the bride was bumped off and the groom was left wondering.
 
Thank you to those who donated items for the Auction and thank you to Simon Empson for acting as auctioneer.
The Auction raised Ninety Dollars.
First Meeting for 2017 Peter Kavenagh 2017-01-09 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
On Monday January 2, 2017 members attended the Christ Church Meals Program to serve meals to those in need.
It was lovely to see ex-Rtn Trish Slack there to help.
Christ Church Meals Program Peter Kavenagh 2017-01-01 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Dec 16, 2016
On December 16 Bayside held its Christmas Breakup at the NEW home of the Minister for Fun Jo White.
 
Thank you to Jo and David for a very pleasant evening.
 
Thanks also to Judy Beasley who assisted with the organisation.
The White House Peter Kavenagh 2016-12-15 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Dec 09, 2016
On Friday December 9 Club Members gathered for our major work and fund-raising event — catering for the COGG Outdoor Staff Christmas Celebration.
 
Congratulations John Virgona and John Spiteri for a faultlessly-run event for the benefit of COGG and Bayside RC.
 
Thank you to all who helped at this event.
 
A special thank you to the Friends of Rotary who helped also; spouses, friends and relations of members and a few retired Rotarians including Charles Spiteri and Frank Ianuzzi.
COGG Outdoor Staff Christmas Celebration Peter Kavenagh 2016-12-08 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 22, 2016
There are about 46 million slaves in the world, more than at any other time in human history. The slaves work for little or no recompense and have their lives controlled at every hour.

78% of them (36 million) are enslaved to situations involving labour and 22% (10 million) are indentured to the sex trade and sex trafficking.
 
26% of them (12 million) are children: They are enslaved to both labour and the sex trades.
 
The Rotary Action Group Against Slavery was represented by Rtn. Malcolm Baird (RC Brighton) at the RC of East Geelong’s meeting this week and he spoke carefully and thoughtfully to raise awareness of this world-wide evil.
 
One organisation that is fighting this evil is the Walk Free Foundation sponsored by Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forest a mining magnate from West Australia. It publishes the Global Slavery Index each year that quantifies this problem and maintains awareness to the decision-makers of the country.  
Rotary Action Group Against Slavery Peter Kavenagh 2016-11-21 13:00:00Z 0

The Working Bee

Club members took places to assemble about 25 kits for Days for Girls and apply fasteners to a similar number of fabric substrates for use at the next working bee.
See DaysforGirls.org and the previous Bollard for important information about this program.
Days for Girls Peter Kavenagh 2016-11-21 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 15, 2016
A Celebration and Education Evening at Belmont Library about Days for Girls

Jo White (Minister for Fun)

To break the formality Jo organised a fun game of pass the chocolates dependent on a witty essay on erecting the BBQ gazebo. Congratulations Jo — very entertaining.

Jane Myers and Telsa Stubna

Explained the organisation of Days for Girls in Geelong; there is a Chapter that supports a number of teams.
These teams manufacture and prepare kits for distribution internationally. Most teams meet once or twice monthly for a working bee; some participants contribute by working at home and bringing-back their work at the next team meeting.

Guest Speakers — Diane Looker and Pam Timmins — Geelong Chapter Directors

The AIM of Days for Girls is to provide sanitary kits for girls so that they are not absent from school.
Each kit has eight cotton trifold liners and shields, a washcloth, two panties, some soap, two zip lock bags, an instruction slip and a sponge bag to hold all. When in use they last for about three years — or longer.
The instruction slip has two parts; and explanation of menstruation and instructions for the care and use of the kit.
 
Days for Girls Peter Kavenagh 2016-11-14 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 01, 2016
All Australia welcomes the celebration of the Melbourne Cup.
Traditionally it’s held on a hot spring day at a venue bedecked by thousands of fragrant roses and populated by beautifully dressed people attracting others with their short skirts and pheromones.
They share their joy with lots of bubbly drinks, lots of laughs, a few bets — all with a few horses in the background.
 
This year the weather was not so kind.
The crowd gathered in the carpark at The Hill known as Bellbrae or Burchy’s Paddock for a post-cup picnic in wild and windy weather that mad the Fashions on the Field clothing somewhat inadequate for the night.
 
To keep everybody warm the host had organised a bonfire: a four-metre-high pile of five pallets, seven pianos and a collection of industrial and agricultural refuse.
Melbourne Cup Celebration on ‘The Hill’ Peter Kavenagh 2016-10-31 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 25, 2016

District Governor - Stephen Lamont

Congratulated were given to Jo and Steve thanked Rotarians for the novel dress code.
Thanked AG Ross who helps him to look after a band of Clubs including Bayside.
Commended Club on the number of projects managed by RC Bayside Geelong including Peter Kavenagh with SHELTERBOX and Phil Quick with District Youth Exchange Committee.
Rotary is important for friendships and fun. These lead to productivity, good management and collaboration.
Collaboration between Club Members, Clubs and Districts is important to create the critical mass for larger projects and attracts a multiplier effect for funds allocated to those projects through Direct and Foundation funding from District and International levels.
Gaye Lamont’s DG-partner project is to solicit donations from Clubs for the Indigenous Nursing Scholarships Fund managed by Australian Rotary Health. Funds raised will be directed to a student from this Rotary District.
The Conference will be limited to Friday Night and Saturday. The Theme on Saturday Night is JAMES BOND. The prizes for best-dressed include an expensive model Aston Martin. (That’s a SCALE model — it is an electric powered model that is pedal-car sized).
On Sunday Rotarians are invited to a hands-on activity preparing baby and child packs with GEELONG MUMS. This is a giant business run on FACE BOOK that passes on the gifts to at least five Social Service organisations for distribution to less fortunate Mums and Dads.
Speakers include an awardee of the Indigenous Nursing Scholarship Laura Alsop who is now studying Medicine and the father of Heath Ledger on the wise use of medicines. He is the Patron of Script Wise which is an education campaign to prevent accidental injury or death involving prescribed medicines.
Rotarians are asked to offer their home as a billet for visiting Rotarians as happened in 2016.
DG Stephen offered to attend and assist at one of our activities if schedules can be matched.
Bond: 'The name's Bond. James Bond.'
Fire Captain: 'Yeah, and I'm Dick Tracy and you're still under arrest.'
Visit from District Governor — Stephen and Gaye Lamont Peter Kavenagh 2016-10-24 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 18, 2016
Pres Daryll welcomed us to his workplace and introduced the Store Manager Joseph Dalziel.

Joseph Dalziel

National Tiles is a leading Retailer in Victoria, NSW and SA.

TYPES of TILES

Ceramic — traditional fired clay that is then painted and fired again. Because the tiles are cut before glazing their size can vary by 1% on each edge.
Porcelain — traditional fired clay with a digitally printed patted printed before a second firing. Edges are trimmed after firing for uniform size.
Uncoated Porcelain — the colour is impregnated throughout the original fired tile.
Polished Porcelain— 2 mm colour coat that is fired on the polished and sealed.
Natural Stone — Travertine sedimentary stone which is sliced to tile-size and the imperfections ‘bogged’ with matching grout.
Timber-look — digitally printed tiles printed with a woodgrain on plank-shaped tiles.
You can have any colour — as long as it is grey!

TRADE SHOP

Joseph showed us the essential tiling tools; notched trowel, grout press, spacers and levelling systems.
JOSEPH generously answered the questions of the Rotarians and Guests.
Someone asked the Diana Fisher question: Does it come in other colours?
 
Workplace Visit to National Tiles courtesy of President Daryll Peter Kavenagh 2016-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 11, 2016
The Chairman — Russell Sarah — introduced Magistrate Michael Coghlan; one of three magistrates serving the Magistrates Court of Geelong. He has served this role for fourteen years. Russell says he is the guest is gifted with clear thinking and wisdom in his role at the Court.
There is a tendency for the media to complain about sentences as too light whenever convictions are reported.
The sentences handed down by magistrates are determined by the maximum sentences proscribed by the Sentencing Act, the Governing Principles and Sentencing Guidelines reviewed regularly by the Government and the expectations of the Prosecution and Defence representatives in the Court.
In Victoria there is an IMMEDIATE Right of Appeal which if exercised by the Defence often leads to defendants being released on bail.
Sometimes certain convictions are subject to Mandatory Minimum Sentences
Many trials are held up or postponed due to the delays with forensic reports relevant to the trial although some issues such as sexual and domestic violence have priority at the back-office stage (including forensics) which leads to further postponement of other crimes in reaching the Court.
His Honour Mr Coghlan generously answered questions from the Rotary members.
His Honour’s presence and instructive speech was thanked by Pres. Daryll.
Michael Coghlan - Magistrate Peter Kavenagh 2016-10-10 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 04, 2016
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Max, a retired Magistrate and Coroner for the State of Victoria spent much of his time dealing with all sorts of people and issues.
This experience gained developing skills to determine relevance, research authorities and weigh and fairly assess evidence which has served him well as an investigative writer of historical fiction.
A Different Earth is an epic tale based on a true story of a resilient pioneering woman Jane Dunstan who successfully applied for a “free passage” from Cornwall to South Australia with her husband and seven children.
The book which is extremely well written brings to life with very vivid descriptions the trials and tribulations of life in the new country and all the hardships suffered on the goldfields to establish a home and raise a family.
Max answered a number of questions from the audience before David thanked him for his very interesting and enlightening presentation.
The book is available online at:
www.booktopia.com.au
www.bookdepository.com
www.qbd.com.au
www.alibris.co.uk
www.cornwalleditions.co.uk
www.wordery.com
Mr Max Beck - A Different Earth Peter Kavenagh 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Sep 20, 2016
John has worked for many years in Africa as an Anglican Missionary.
He is about to return to Tanzania for three months to work on a project with the Police Force in Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania is not a wealthy country and there is much corruption extending into the Public Service and Police.
In the community there is a form of corruption that invokes witchcraft:
The witchcraft is not the corruption— rather the corruption is accusing people of witchcraft.
There is sufficient belief in the community despite the law which provokes the population to believe any accusations and to banish or punish (even with limb-amputation or death) any of those accused.
Witchfinders line their pockets by attributing blame on any convenient neighbour for the misfortune of the person who pays him; people use witchfinders to gain power in the community by eliminating others from whom they perceive a threat.
They are much in demand at times of elections.
This means the population is always gripped by fear — fear of being accused and the ensuing consequence.
John is returning to train policemen how to handle the situations as they arise.
The crux of the response is not to denounce witchcraft as unscientific but rather keep asking the question “How do you know?” until each person is forced to conclude that he doesn’t know.
Hopefully that in the future people will be willing to make affidavits that permit people involved in the corruption to be charged in court.
John responded to a few questions from members on the details of his talk.
JOHN ROWSE — Community Gripped by Fear Peter Kavenagh 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Sep 13, 2016
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Simon comes from a naval family with many members serving in blue.
He was born in Malta while his father was posted there on HMS Forth.
Many years later he served on HMS Defiance — a ship renamed from HMS Forth.
Simon served in the British Navy 1973-1982 and emigrated to Australia and transferred to the Australian Navy to serve 1982-85.
In the UK his rank was Sr. Petty Officer and worked as a Weapons Officer using his technology and computer skills to launch missiles and hide from the population in Scotland.
In Australia he had similar roles and used his electronic skills to survey the seabed around Australia and New Zealand.
No doubt his maps are still being used by our Collins submarines when they go to sea!
Simon has lived mostly in the Geelong region in Australia and transferred to civilian employment to IT, IT Security and IT Risk Management roles at various companies in Australia — mainly financial institutions and banks.
He spent many years in Scouts as a Leader while his children were involved in the movement.
Later he joined Rotary in Bendigo before transferring to our Bayside RC of Geelong.
Simon Empson - Behind the Badge Peter Kavenagh 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Aug 30, 2016
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Samaritan House is the only dedicated shelter for homeless men in Geelong.
A successful model has been developed that provides an evening meal, shower facilities and a bed for the night.
The House thrives on mostly donated food and provides an address for job seekers as well as assistance in seeking a job.
The House has two houses.
One is the original 4-bed house that is used for clients starting work and sleeping overnight without supervision.
The main house has nine beds and is the activity hub for the work done for clients.
It is a goal of Samaritan House to find permanent housing for about two-thirds of the regular clients.
This is best achieved if employment can be found also.
The House works closely with service organisations, church groups, social welfare referees, DHS, the Department of Corrections and Centrelink.
The clients often have alcohol and drug issues. Some have acquired brain injury and mental health issues.
House rules prohibit the use of alcohol and drugs on site and smoking is permitted only outside the building.
A group of 70 volunteers principally from Church groups rotate through each week to cook, maintain the House and supervise the clients at night.
A generous benefactor is the Bisinella Family that has contributed to renovation work at the houses.
Samaritan House - Josephine Barnes Peter Kavenagh 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Aug 16, 2016
PP Telsa Stubna gave us a small re-introduction to CPR with the assistance of Ambulance Victoria teaching aid of printed pillows.
Summary
  • Always call triple zero (000) in an emergency — use hands-free.
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) combines mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and cardiac compressions to deliver oxygen and artificial circulation to an unresponsive person until medical help arrives.
  • Cardiac or chest compressions are the priority in CPR. If you don’t want to do mouth-to-mouth, chest compressions alone may still be life-saving.
  • CPR is a life-saving skill that everyone should learn.
  • This printed information is not a substitute for proper CPR training by an accredited trainer.
The basic steps are:
D – Dangers?
R – Response?
S – Send for help
A – Open airway
B – Normal breathing
C – Start CPR
D – Attach defibrillator (AED).
 
There is a lot more information so click
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - CPR Peter Kavenagh 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Aug 16, 2016
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President Daryll invited PE Peter Kavenagh to speak about ShelterBox.
ShelterBox Australia ‘sells’ about 1000 boxes per year for about $1m and schedules them for distribution either directly from its own organisation or (mostly) through International NGOs and charities involved in International Aid works.
About 30% of the boxes are purchased by Australian Rotary Clubs or its members.
Over sixteen years ShelterBox Australia has allocated $14m worth of boxes.
The program is now recognised worldwide and is supported by Rotary International.
Each green box has survival equipment for up to ten persons; shelter in the form of tents or tarpaulins, cooking equipment and blankets or sleeping equipment.
Every shipment of one hundred kits contains one red box containing equipment for a primary school.
There is a constant need for the boxes for Syrian displaced persons in Syria and the country’s neighbours.
Three hundred were sent to Sri Lanka.
Ongoing wars in Cameroon and Nigeria create demand in Africa.
Early this year our Club purchased another kit — Number 14721. It has not yet been deployed.
ShelterBox Peter Kavenagh 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Aug 09, 2016
At this meeting we abandoned the exquisite cuisine and wine cellar of the Queens Park Golf Club and embarked on a temporary menu of Bollinger and cannabinols to attend Absolutely Fabulous — The Movie.
Afterwards we retired to Grill’d for hamburgers.
Writer and co-star Jennifer Saunders squeezes her 30-minute format into 90 minutes providing us with an extended look at her selfish and unaware Edina and Joanna Lumley’s brain-addled Patsy.
It is 24 years since the TV show was made — the same time the Korean War was extended from three years to accommodate MASH.
Ms Saunders said that she wrote the movie in response to a bet; it’s almost impossible to win those bets — the house always wins.
To add anymore here would just be a spoiler but it is noted that everyone enjoyed the movie
Absolutely Fabulous — The Movie Peter Kavenagh 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Aug 02, 2016
His grand-parents arrived from Salina (a small island near Sicily) in 1906.
Emigration was stimulated by the poverty induced by the vineyards being affected by Phylloxera in 1896-7.
His grandfather Giovanni opened a fruit shop at the T&G building in Geelong.
Giovanni’s brother opened the ABC Café in Moorabool Street which survived until the mid-1950s.
John’s father opened the Delphic Café and a sweet shop after his employment at the ABC Cafe ceased when it closed.
John worked in the sweet shop as a youth selling chocolates for the people enroute to the Cinema on Saturday nights.
John has four siblings and four surviving children.
He was educated at St Joseph’s College and The Gordon completing an electrical engineering diploma.
He began his working life with SEC in 1963 and worked for them and Alcoa until 1998.
Afterwards he entered a motel-ownership partnership for two years.
Then sweet retirement.
In 2001 he was invited by Trish Slack to join Rotary Bayside and has served as Secretary and President.
John Virgona — BEHIND THE BADGE Peter Kavenagh 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jul 19, 2016
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Phil introduced our speaker for the evening Cameron Pike from Youth without Borders and more particularly to talk about the recent weeklong Spark Engineering Camp.
The camp was held over a week with the participants staying at Queens College near Melbourne University. Some of the programs that Youth without Borders hold are international. The mobile Library it runs is in Indonesia.
Another one is in Papua New Guinea.
The students on the camp were from marginal groups like Migrants or low income or out reach and students from non-traditional backgrounds.
There were 50 students this year but they hope to have up to 100 next year.
The camp had many and varied activites that were centered around and educational theme.
Every minutes of the 6 days and 5 nights was filled with entertaining and challenging and educational events.
They had group team building events presentations by the University staff and representatives from business.
They did basic engineering type exercises – Civil and economic and environmental.
This exercise was around earthquakes.
All to build an understanding of this field and to encourage enthusiasm and passion around the subject.
They did Mechanical and Aerospace issues and Mechatronics and Computer Science and Chemical Engineering eg OOBLECK experiment (green gooey Stuff)
Other fields covered in this week were commerce and management and entrepreneurship. Site visits to the Synchrotron and RMIT and the Cave at Monash university. Also “Wet” labs at Melbourne University.
Speakers covered “Mentor in a Minute but most particular there were PhD students with 3 Minute PhD (explaining their thesis in 3 minutes)
Cameron is of the opinion that there was a very real effect on the outlook of these students.
He also thanked the Rotary Club of Bayside Geelong for their generous support in making this event happen.
Youth Without Borders - Cameron Pike Peter Kavenagh 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jul 17, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Bayside Geelong offer our condolences to the victims in Nice France and to their friends and families who are suffering loss at this time.
We also extend our concerns to all the French people who are also feeling this loss.
This is just an Awful Awful event and we wish it had never happened.
In every event like this we all lose.
I am reminded of this quote from John Donne
"No man is an island"
and further into that quote
"any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”
We are thinking of you at this time.
Condolances for the Victims in Nice France Peter Kavenagh 2016-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jul 05, 2016
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Bryan is working up a proposal for an International Water Project in Cambodia to attract firstly a District grant and then a Global Grant from Rotary International.
This is in partnership with the RC of Phnom Penh.
The seed donation sought is $24k from various Rotary Clubs in Australia which will be multiplied at each level of the Grant process.
This seed funding will be comprised of donations of $1k to $2k from each Club.
Cambodia has been a traumatised society; first from the Vietnam War, then the Pol Pot regime and then the Vietnamese invasion.
The goal is to develop clean wells and rainwater storage combined with the education programs directed to the Community to use and maintain the system.
The process will be handled by CAPOD, an International Catholic-based NGO experienced with such programs in the area.
This arrangement will also secure the funds against wastage and corruption.
It is envisaged that such a program will improved hygiene, health and school attendance in the community.
Bryan Humphrey - International Water Project in Cambodia Peter Kavenagh 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jun 21, 2016
DG JANE COX — Toast to Rotary
DG Jane requested that we reflect on the good work done by Rotary International.
It’s “Gift to the World” has addressed the problems of literacy, Hunger and polio.
PDG CHRIS SIMS — Response to Toast.
The strength of Rotary is that it is always based locally and an organisation of ordinary people doing extraordinary things and that its impact is multiplied by the number of members.
(RYES) LENA TETAUD — Rotary Youth Exchange Student from RC Marmande RD1690 — RC Bayside Geelong’s Incoming RYES Lena has been with us for twelve months and is returning to France on June 28.
Lena gave a short presentation showing photographs of her at AFL football, on visits and trips with other RYE students and her 18th Birthday at Eureka Tower.
She was seen to be indulging in all the dangerous sports near water.
He parents visited during the time and we saw photos of her family too.
Change Over 2016 Peter Kavenagh 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jun 14, 2016

JO WHITE — Barwon Health Volunteer Patient Transport

Our Jo began driving as a volunteer twelve months after her treatment ceased.
She had noticed the need for drivers while being treated and was invited to attend the service.
Each Thursday she drives a group to Hydrotherapy at Grace McKellar and services Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsular.
It brings great joy to both her and the patients. A new car with Rotary Logo is about to be purchased.

CAMERON PIKE — Youth Without Borders.

Pres. Judy presented a cheque to Cameron on behalf of the Club.

Cameron explained that Youth Without Borders is an international Not-For-Profit organisation supported worldwide by numerous philanthropic organisations including ROTARY INTERNATIONAL and partnerships with many industrial and manufacturing companies.

In Australia YWB is focused in introducing the concept of Tertiary Education as a possibility for advancement to disadvantaged secondary school students including those from rural, indigenous and refugee backgrounds.

In July this year they will hold their second annual SPARK ENGINEERING CAMP — a week of education and experimentation to inspire the invited children to work as a team and be interested in an outcome — and to predict that outcome — for a procedure that they have devised to solve a problem. WEB ADDRESS www.youthwithoutborders.com.au

EMILY KINROSS SMITH — RC Bayside Geelong Candidate for NYSF in 2017.

Emily attends Oberon HS and does all the science subjects.

She is interested in Science and looking forward to proceed past the District Selection Process in July and attend National Youth Science Forum in January at ANU Canberra.

She is a successful athlete especially in Cross-Country Running and enjoys her attendance at Venturer Scouts.

She is interested in music (playing) and photography. We wish her well at the Selections.

ALEX KINROSS SMITH

Alex was our NYSF candidate at ANU two years ago.

Today he is studying Electronic Communication and Computer Engineering at RMIT.

All strength to Rotary for helping start this journey.

Four Speakers Peter Kavenagh 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jun 07, 2016
Ancestors migrated from Ireland 1842
Great Grandfather a goldminer in WA in 1897
Grand Father established a farm at Noorat in 1900
Father had farm in Gunnedah in NSW and then moved to Purrumbete 1943
Peter born in 1950 and was schooled in Camperdown and Ballarat SPC. Ero Ero Ero Rum
Has 2 sisters and a brother
After school dabbled as a farmer and a computer nerd studying at the Computer Power Business College and the Gordon
Married Alaine in 1975; he could not be rejected by the in-laws because he met them at the Altar.
Peter and Alaine have 2 children; Mark is a Psychologist and Luke works as a Data Scientist in New York/San Francisco
Peter spent 15 years in the IT department at CSIRO, 3 years at the Laboratory Animals Facility and the last two years as a Training Officer
He is now on long service leave and planning to travel — especially by TRAINS.
Peter Kavenagh — Behind the Badge Peter Kavenagh 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 31, 2016
The Staff of the CFA Station were introduced by Chairman Les Grossman;
Captain-elect Matthew Gargett,
First Lieutenant-elect Matthew Trickey
Secretary and First Lieutenant Sheree Seiffert.
Lt. Gargett welcomed the RC Bayside visitors and spoke of the operations of the Freshwater Creek CFA.
He thanked RC Bayside Geelong for previous donations.
From our donations purchases of individual kit bags for PPE were made two years ago and last year our donation was used to purchase a new Quick-Fill pump.
  • Their primary area of operations is West of Ghazeepore Rd and South of Mt. Duneed Road
  • They attend fires in other areas to support nearby brigades.
  • The have two Tankers; one owned by CFA and one by the station. It is intended to replace the latter in 2020.
  • Each Tanker holds 3,000 litres of water — filled at all times ready to Turn Out.
  • The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is provided by CFA as is much of the equipment in the CFA-owned truck. Supplementary equipment is purchased by the Brigade.
  • They have at least three modes of communication: Pagers by Telstra, UHF radio channel for local communication and UHF radio to CFA headquarters or incident-control centre(s).
  • Sometimes they are joined by other brigades to form a five-unit Strike Team to attend to an incident.
  • The Tankers can be refilled in three to five minutes from a lake or dam using a Quick-Fill pump or from a hydrant — of which there are few in their primary area.
  • They are required to raise funds to pay for the brigade’s own resources including the second Tanker.
  • Currently they are raising $5,000 to $6,000 to erect a hose drying pole at the rear of the station. They are about half-way in this endeavour.
  • It will be a concrete ex-Powercor pole 16-17m high fitted with an electric pulley system. This will enable the brigade to dry and drain 30metre hoses quickly so they can repack them ready to Turn Out.
  • Membership has decreased recently to 12 operational members. It is their goal to attract more members next Financial Year.
  • A recent membership drive in the Grovedale area (albeit outside their primary area) did not yield any results.
  • However a Deakin University student has grasped the challenge and is now their Communications Officer. It his hopeful he will attend Officer Training and graduate successfully.
  • The brigade answers 30 to 40 call per year. They Turn Out for every local road accident, grass and scrub fires and some false alarms. Large fires like at Lorne last Christmas season consumed many resources over many days but counted only as one call.
  • When interstate Fire teams require support the CFA promises the requested number of Strike Teams from a determined number of Regions. Then the members volunteer to join the Strike Teams on the interstate trip either singly or as a brigade — at very short notice.
  • The staff then showed RC members over one of the Tankers (Freshwater Creek – 1) explaining the role of each equipment piece.
Freshwater Creek’s CFA Brigade Headquarters Peter Kavenagh 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 24, 2016

Maureen O'Keefe

After a delicious dinner of Rice, Vegetable curry and Dahl we were treated with an eloquent and informative address from Maureen O’Keeffe — Support Services Manager (and acting co-manager) of Diversitat.

Diversitat is a non-profit organisation promoting harmony, cultural diversity and social diversity in our society.

It was founded by The Geelong Ethnic Communities Council during the 1950’s to cater for post-war immigrants to Australia.

It operates 11 sites in Geelong and Colac with outreach services to Ballarat.

Lately much of its resources have been directed to Asylum Seekers and Refugees resident in the area.

There are about 60 million displaced persons and refugees in the world of which about 250 find their way to Geelong each year — and half of those are under 25 years old.
 

Diversitat Peter Kavenagh 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 17, 2016

Lena

Lena gave a presentation and showed excellent photographs of her Australian Safari trip with Rotary Exchange Students from two districts: Adelaide, Cooper Pedy, Uluru, Mount Isa, East Coast and down to the Gold Coast and then down to Melbourne.
She was impressed with the Anzac Dawn Service in a small outback town — a type of commemoration she had never seen before.

Yayoi

Yayoi spoke of her life since leaving Australia.
She graduated from University as a Licensed Chinese Teacher then returned to study and graduated as a Dental Hygienist.
After working in private practice she took up a position with an Aged Care network.
She has travelled to Europe, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, US and Canada.
The Club Members were pleased to reunite with Yayoi and pleased to see the new Rotary-woman from Japan.
Lena and Yayoi Peter Kavenagh 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 03, 2016
Days for Girls – Packing of Kits
Chairman for the night, Tesla Stubna, organised everyone into work stations and there was a hive of activity for the next hour with material being traced and cut, press studs applied, stringing of bags and packing of the kits.
Telsa announced at the end of the evening that we had packed a total 50 kits, which will now be sent off for shipping to Africa.
Job Well Done Everyone
Days for Girls - Activity for the night Peter Kavenagh 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 26, 2016
On Tuesday 26th April approx. twenty members and friends of our Club enjoyed a visit to the new Geelong Library in Johnston Park Lt. Malop Street end.
We gathered on the ground floor of library at 7:00 p.m. and then were taken on a one hour guided tour of all the levels except the top level which being used for a wedding reception.
The spectacular Dome’s levels, named in respect of the Wadawurrung people, the original custodians of the land on which the Centre is built, flow into one another and into the outside world via architectural voids and towering glazed walls.
Each of the five public floors plays an extremely important and unique role and purpose in the overall delivery of world-class library and information services.The levels are known as:

Ground Floor & Mezzanine:

Main Entrance, news lounge, technology, exhibitions and café.

Level 1:

Dedicated children’s & youth floor.

Level 2:

Large print and audiobooks, magazines, multimedia, non-fiction, meeting and discussion rooms.

Level 3:

Heritage reading room, regional archives, local & family history & history reference collection.

Level 4:

Staff Administration. Headquarters of the GRLC.

Level 5:

Major Events

Geelong Library Visit Peter Kavenagh 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 18, 2016
There were three speakers for the meeting introduced by RD9780 Bowelscan Committee Chairman PP Graeme Hawkins.

Ms Kimberley Rice

Kimberley is a member of the District Bowelscan Committee and a theatre nurse working in the colorectal surgery area. Kimberley is committed to the campaign because she lost her father to the disease.
Her advice to “Take the Test” is featured on the Bowelscan 2016 television advertisements that will be shown throughout Regional Victoria on WIN TV.
Kimberley showed photos of the surgeons at work and demonstrated a clever machine that cut (sections) bowel portions and stitches up the remaining tissue as well as playing the proposed TV advertisements.

Mr David Wardell

Colorectal and General Surgeon attending Barwon Health, St John of God and (soon) Epworth Geelong Hospitals.
He showed videos and still photos of a colonoscopy procedure and the removal of polyps known to be the precursors of cancer.
He also showed videos of a cancer tumour being removed from the bowel using keyhole surgery.

Ms Jenny Naughtin

Jenny is a survivor of rectal cancer but leads a difficult life with a colostomy apparatus for the rest of her life.
Her plight is especially poignant as she lost her brother Pat Naughtin to bowel cancer three years ago.
Pat campaigned tirelessly on behalf of the Bowelscan Committee for a year or so after he had been given a terminal diagnosis.
She spoke knowingly of the need for everyone to Take the Test.
Bowelscan Committee Chairman Graeme informed the meeting participants that 2016 is a new era for RD9780 Bowelscan campaign.
This year Rotary will be selling a new-style and more accurate immunological test.
It is more expensive — $15 c.f. $10 previously — but the improved accuracy means that the advice is for most people to use the test every two years c.f. one year previously.
Bowelscan Test Kits will be available from all pharmacies during May and Graeme exhorted all members of all Rotary Clubs to Take the Test AND Get Someone Else to Take the Test.
The Test saves lives every year.
Joint Meeting with Geelong West and others Peter Kavenagh 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 05, 2016
Pres Judy introduced Daryll Webb as the chairman for the evening who in turn introduced Colin Peebles Corporate Manager of the Geelong Food Relief Bank.
Colin previously worked in the areas of Supermarket and Management fields and this has prepared him well in his role as Corporate Manager of the Geelong Food Relief Bank a position the he has held for approx. 1 year.
The GFRB feed approx. 35,000 people per year in Geelong and surrounding areas. 650 tonnes of food was supplied over the last 12 months, from the two sites situated at Freedman Street North Geelong and the Little Smythe Street location in the old Katos building near Deakin University on the waterfront.
The GFRB is a non-profit organisation which receives support from ALDI, Routleys, McCain’s in Ballarat and Polar in Colac.
It does not receive any Government funding at stage but is working on it.
How can we as a Rotary Club assist??? Pass the message on about the Foodbank to other Rotary Clubs and organisations.
Daryll thanked Colin for his presentation and presented him with a memento of his visit to our Club.
Further information can be found at www.geelongfoodrelief.org
Colin Peebles - Food Bank Peter Kavenagh 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 29, 2016
Pres Judy welcomed Jo White as Chairperson to begin the Nights entertainment. We were firstly separated into groups of four.
Simon asked some tricky General Knowledge questions and I must ask whether it was “fair to all concerned” as the winning score was four out of twenty, with Lena belatedly declaring that she had scored 5.
It was then declared a dead heat with both Dan and Lena scoring the chocolates.
We were then asked to form a circle with the first person choosing a travel destination with the letter “A”, the next person in line had to repeat the destination the first person had chosen and then choose a destination with the let “B” and so on. We made it to R for Russia.
After the exhaustion of the previous challenge we had to adjourn for a glass refill and some dessert.
Then for the final game the old pin the tail on the Donkey oops Easter Bunny, one from each team.
David Fisher man of hidden talents placed it perfectly to win the game.
The winning team was team 2 comprising John Spiteri, Judy Beasley, Dan Furlan and Deb Furlan.
Our reward more Easter Maltesers chocolates of course – as if we hadn’t eaten enough over the Easter weekend.
Oh well the diet will have to commence next week.
Thank you to Jo and her committee for organising a wonderful night of fun.
Fun Night Peter Kavenagh 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 22, 2016
Joe had an early start 4:30 a.m. to catch his flight at Tullamarine to his destination of Munich via Bangkok and Frankfurt. The luggage however did not turn up at Frankfurt so missed the connecting flight but received help at the airport and was able to catch the next flight.
Some of Joe’s memories about his exchange year were:
Dachau concentration camp with the human ovens and gas showers.
First day at school one of the students drove a tractor to school.
Youth Exchange friends are the best friends you can have as they are going through the same issues.
Rotary Europe Tour was a 3 week tour which covered many European countries.
Attended a 2 week camp which was run by Rotex’s (Ex Exchange Students)
Joe’s Rotary Club in Germany did not offer him much support, however his 2nd Host family looked after him really well and practically took the place of his Rotary Club.
Gibraltar was covered in monkeys. Was bitten by one who was looking for food.
Had 3 host families in total.
He managed to accumulate many Bags which filled the Volkswagen Transporter during his first move.
First Host Family vegetarian came as a shock. Grabbed a snitzel on the way home to survive.
Joe presented a Club Banner from his host Club to Pres. Judy.
Joe’s presentation was accompanied with a well put together PowerPoint presentation.
Joe Returns from Exchange in Germany Peter Kavenagh 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 08, 2016
Interplast is one of Australia’s and New Zealand best kept secrets.
Interplast sends teams of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to provide life-changing surgery and medical training in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.
Interplast does this in partnership with local organisations, including hospitals, universities and local NGOs. Our mission is to ‘repair bodies and rebuild lives’ and we do this through providing surgical services to those who could not otherwise afford or access these, and by building the capacity of local medical systems through our training and mentoring programs.
Interplast is a fully accredited NGO with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), registered by the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission and is a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct.
Interplast has been repairing lives in the Asia Pacific for 33 years. Aim is to leave a legacy of skills behind as the team departs, so the local people can benefit from the knowledge gained and perform the surgery themselves.
Some medical people are brought to Australia to be trained with some of the training being performed in Geelong.
David Fisher thanked Amanda for updating us on Interplast’s work and her presentation which included a powerpoint display.
Amanda Haugh - Interplast Peter Kavenagh 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2016
RC of Bayside Geelong put forward 2 applicants with Lachlan being successful as was his brother Alex a few years ago.
Lachlan attended the NYSF in Canberra with 180 other students from predominately Australia, with some attendee also from Fiji, NZ and South Africa.
Some of the facilities visited in Canberra were the Lockheed Martin, NASA Deep probe network, Australian Academy of Science and the Australia War Memorial.
All major Australian Universities were also present and mounted cases as to why the students should choose their University for Tertiary Studies.
Lachlan’s brother Alex attended NYSF in Perth but the content was similar.
Lachlan was so enthused with NYSF that he will speak at school assemble and in classrooms about NYSF and encourage other students to apply in the following years.
Phil thanked Lachlan for his talk and help at recent Club BBQ’s.
Phil wished Lachlan all the best for Year 12 studies and hoped that NYSF has played some role in his future choice of career.
Lachlan Baensch Peter Kavenagh 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2016
Don is the treasurer of the school and is on a mission to obtain Rotary Club’s help on funding and providing volunteer resources for a project which will improve the yard for the 227 autistic children that attend the  school.
Tonight in the 4th Rotary Club that Don has visited today.
Grovedale Rotary Club sponsored the building of a pool some years ago and Geelong Central RC provided financial and volunteer resources recently in improving the fencing so it is more “friendly and sensory” to the autistic children.
Can Bayside RC help??
It will be discussed at Board Meeting as the minimum cost could be $4000.00.
Thank you Don for your enthusiastic and interesting presentation.
Don Shields Peter Kavenagh 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 16, 2016
Many hands made light work with the majority of Club members in attendance.
We all rolled up our sleeves to repack the trailer and clean up our storage shed.
It will make ongoing repacking of our trailer a much easier task.
Our evening then continued at Town and Country Pizza and Pasta at Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre with good food and fellowship.
It was nice to meet Lena’s mum and brother who also joined us for dinner.
President Judy thanked all in attendance but especially our French visitors. Judy then closed the meeting with the quote “Be a Gift to the World”
BBQ Trailer Working Bee at Robin Hunts Peter Kavenagh 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 09, 2016

Days for Girls

After a few announcements this meeting was dedicated to helping Telsa and her group to do a sorting and assembling the kits that were the end result of many hours work but her group.
I encourage you to visit this site for a full understand ing of this project and the good it is doing.
 
 
Production line of Days for Girls Peter Kavenagh 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 19, 2016
A lovely evening was had by all, when Baysiders, partners and friends travelled to Rotarian Brian Burch’s home in Bellbrae last Tuesday.
A scrumptious BBQ was enjoyed by all which was followed by yummy desserts supplied by the ladies of the club.
There was little interest in playing cricket after the meal, so we moved onto the Blind Auction, where a number of people had brought along wrapped gifts from Christmas.
Lively bidding ensued with auctioneer Brian struggling to control the bidding frenzy.
A healthy $200+ was raised from the auction. Thank you to all who so generously donated items and to those who bravely bought items, sight unseen.
The funds raised will go towards the club’s annual donation to the Freshwater Creek Fire Brigade.
We also welcomed a prospective past member, Judy. It was great to meet you and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Many thanks to Brian for hosting the evening and to John V. And John S. for organising the BBQ.
Social Gathering Peter Kavenagh 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jan 12, 2016
It was great to see everyone last Tuesday evening at the Great Western Hotel, for our first get together for 2016.
Everyone enjoyed a tasty meal and there was plenty of socialising.
During the night FUN Committee Chair, Jo White, got everyone working on a motto for our District Conference polo shirts.
There were some very interesting ideas.
Thanks to Jo for organising the evening.
Great Western Hotel to start the year Peter Kavenagh 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Dec 15, 2015
What a wonderful finish to 2015 we had on the night of December 15th at the Fyansford Hotel.
An intriguing Murder Mystery was staged in the form of a Wedding Reception, with the poor bride being murdered via a poisoned drink.
Luckily P.I. Camilla C. Lueless from the Clueless Detective Agency, was on hand to sift through all the facts and clues to eventually deduce the murderer as being none other than Finnigan Smalley, so called friend and business associate of the Bridegroom Lord Fenton Smythe-Williams.
It was great to see that all the guests dressed up to the occasion and acted out their parts brilliantly!!!!
A BIG thankyou to Jo and her FUN committee of Simon, Murray and Judy for organising the night.
Well done everyone!!!!!!
 
Upper Piddlington will never be the same!!!!
Murder Mystery - At the Wedding Reception Peter Kavenagh 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Dec 11, 2015
The City of Greater Geelong Workers Christmas Party was held on Friday December 11th at the Arena.
A BIG thankyou to John Virgona, John Spiteri and Brian Burch for organising and coordinating the catering event and well done to all members, partners, family and friends who came along to help out on the day and night.
It was a great team effort. Congratulations everyone!!!!
City of Greater Geelong Workers Christmas Party Peter Kavenagh 2015-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Dec 01, 2015
We all assembled in Telsa’s kitchen and sampled the dips, chocolate sauces and the very tasty chicken.
How easy to make delicious dips from a plain yoghurt base using the flavours supplied.
At the end of the presentation we had the opportunity to purchase some of the spices that were used in tonight’s demonstration.
Thank you Emma and Telsa. It was an interesting night that also raised approx. $150.00 for the Rotary Foundation.
 
Emma Roulston Spice Night Peter Kavenagh 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 24, 2015
We all assembled in the park opposite the Geelong Yacht Club where Jo and David White were waiting for us.
Each group was given an identical set of Photos and sent on our way towards the Eastern Beach children’s pool.
We then had to walk back towards the merry go round near Cunningham Pier.
The task was to identify where each photo was taken and note what was missing from each photo. Items missing included Parking Signs, roofs of buildings and for 1 group the Ferris wheel. (Only if you looked from the wrong angle said David)
The winners were Murray’s Group. Sorry I cannot recall all members of the group, but congratulations to all of you. (Editor Dan Furlan)
The evening was then completed with a meal at the Wharf Shed.
A fun social evening with a lovely walk along the waterfront and the catching up with all members and guests over the meal.
SPOT the Difference Evening Peter Kavenagh 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 10, 2015
Murray retired from his position as a Marine Scientist some years ago but then established a marine consulting business.
In mid 2014 this took Murray to the West Coast of Canada where he worked on assessing of red salmon wild stock fisheries to determine eligibility for seafood sustainability certification (also known as eco labelling).
Murray show us very many photos of his experience with each photo having its own story.
While in Canada Murray also supported a family friend whose son has hearing issues and was attending a clinic in Canada.
Murray took the opportunity to also:
Ski the whistler resort in Canada.
Cycled around Vancouver on their many bike paths.
Found a racoon in someone’s front yard.
Went Kayaking in Vancouver.
Visited Mexico and views the Mayan ruins at the Yucatán Peninsula.
Dr. Murray MacDonald - Seafood Sustainability Peter Kavenagh 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 03, 2015
All attendees celebrated the spirit of the Rippleside Cup and took part in horse races across the park.
Despite the failing light both the horses and jockeys were keen to show their talents and run their race.
There were many surprises among the winners with a female jockey (Jo White) having struggled with her mount early in the race finally regaining control in the home straight to win the coveted prize.
Other winners were Murray McDonald who showed great form as a galloper in his first appearance at this course.
A great time was had by all with the Cup Sweep prizes going to the following:
 
1st Judy Beasley      
2nd Simon Empson
3rd Lena Titaud
Lucky Last John Vergona 
 
A Melbourne Cup Trivia Quiz was also held. This was a good test for members after a long day at the races.
   

Birthday

At the end of the race program the Club joined our Exchange student Lena Tetaud with a birthday cake to help celebrate her 18th Birthday. The Club presented Lena with a beautiful bracelet and card as a memento of the occasion.  
Melbourne (Rippleside) Cup Peter Kavenagh 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 20, 2015
Ebony is a year 10 student at Sacred Heart College in Newtown and resides in East Geelong with her parents.
On the 27th Sept Ebony departed with 19 other girls for Fiji on a cultural netball trip with St.Mary’s Sporting Club Netball team. Destination was not a major city but a village of 100 people in the Fijian Highlands.
Accommodation was huts with 10 girls per hut. Toilet and shower facilities were interesting.
Had to wear sulu’s which covered legs. Village grew crops fro own use.
Did lose two netball games. The Fijian Girls were very athletic.
They could jump really high and it was difficult to get the ball over them. The Fijian girls also played barefoot.

Had no power in huts, so no electronic devices.

Purpose of Exchange was:

Increase intercultural understanding through immersion in a Fijian community.
Increased understanding of the world beyond school/local community and development issues.
Contribution to another community through skill-sharing, intercultural engagement and educational resources.
Increased ability to engage responsibly in community activity through immersion in a Fijian community, support of classroom activities in the local primary school and participation in netball fixtures.
Increased awareness of ones rights and responsibilities as a global citizen.
Increased interpersonal capacity, self-awareness and critical thinking skills through challenging experiences in a remote environment.
A lengthy question and answer session followed with members asking many questions which were well answered by Ebony.
A Cultural Netball Trip to Fiji Peter Kavenagh 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 13, 2015
President Judy welcomed all in attendance and thanked our host Peter Hynes for inviting all to his home to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Peter organised catering and we were all treated to some amazing food with many choices for main course.
This was followed by dessert and then birthday cake and coffee.
All of us had a wonderful social evening.
From all of us in attendance thank you Peter for your hospitality and allowing us all to share in your birthday celebration.
 
Happy Birthday Peter Hynes Peter Kavenagh 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 06, 2015

A Mini Fundraiser for Hat Day.

A Rotary initiative to raise funds for mental health research.
We all wore our Hats with Jo White’s design being declared the winner after votes were tallied. We all paid $1 for the privilege of voting.
All present brought goods to place in the Stall and we all then bought those goods at prices marked.
Any items unsold were then auctioned by an enthusiastic auctioneer Peter Hynes.
At least $100 was raised on the night for mental health research in what was a different but very enjoyable night.
Hats Night Peter Kavenagh 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh
Rachel is a Geelong girl who was educated at St John’s Lutheran Primary School, Clonard College and is now studying 2nd Year Medicine at Monash University.  Rachel first visited the Kais Orphanage on a school trip (World Challenge) in 2010.
She has returned as a volunteer whenever able as she believes she is able to make a difference to the lives of the orphan kids.
Kais Village is located in the rural Cambodian town of Treng Trayoeung, in the province of Kampong Speu. It is about 86km out of Phnom Penh, about a two and a half hour journey from the capital. 
History of the orphanage and my involvement “Returning home after working with the UN in Somalia, Soung Santepheap (Sunny) was shocked again by the conditions he found in his home village in Kompong Thom Province in Cambodia.
Joined in 2002 by Karen Butler, KaisKids full time program director, initially Kais Kids provided support to needy families and orphanages in Kompong Thom, Kep and Mondolkiri.
Seeking a permanent home in which to provide comprehensive care, the Kais Village Community was founded in an old farmhouse that was refurbished for 20 children and staff. Situated in Treng Trayoeung village on 7 hectares of land, today the thriving community houses over 40 children and comprises a school, a nursery for our youngest children, accommodation for the older children, a large kitchen & dining room and a medical centre.”
It is now a registered charity in the UK with a board of trustees.
Kais Village - Community Rachel Van Zetten Peter Kavenagh 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh
Christine introduced Felicity Kenyon the coordinator from Big Brothers Big Sisters program who provide mentoring services to young people. BBBS is a program of the Barwon Child, Youth and family care program.

What is the BBBS program ??

BBBS community based mentoring provides young people in need of additional support and friendship, with a caring adult mentor and positive role model. The program is based on the simplicity and power of friendship.

Who needs a BBBG ??

BBBS of Geelong is designed to be of greatest assistance to young people who are in need of additional adult support and may be disengaged from education or training. The young people are aged 12-18 years and live in the Geelong area.

What is a BBBS ??

A BBBS is a volunteer mentor, positive role model and supportive friend. A mentor is someone a young person can trust, talk to, learn from and help build their skills to participate and connect to the community.

How much time will it take ??

Mentors commit to spending quality time with a young person for only an hour a week for a minimum of 12 months.

How do I get Involved ??

To find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters call 1300 4 MENTOR or contact at Barwon Youth on 52 214466. Also you can click on link: http://www.bcyf.org.au/what-we-do/youth-services/big-brothers-big-sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters program Peter Kavenagh 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Due to the above cancellation the Farewell luncheon for the St John’s Choir Group from Zimbabwe on the 30th August became our official meeting for the week.
The farewell Luncheon was held at the Riverview BIG 4 caravan Park with pizza’s courtesy of Frank Iannuzzi’s “The Mobile Pizzaria” (Past Bayside Member and PHF).
Desserts were supplied by Bayside Members with more than enough choice for all.
The Choir sang 3 songs as a thank-you for Bayside’s support of their tour. It must have sounded impressive as the crowds came running from all areas of the caravan park.
Nicole Smilevski and Mark Furlan did a wonderful job of coordinating the Australian end and not to forget all Nash’s work at the Zimbabwe end to make it all happen.
Pres Judy thanked the group for the visit and cultural exchange. We will miss you all but may catch up again sometime.
Have a safe journey home to Harare.
Farewell to St John's Group from Zimbabwe Peter Kavenagh 2015-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
It was an early start to the evening with Bayside Rotary members arriving at 4:30 p.m. to setup the kitchen/dining room and then get the salads and desserts organised.
Other members got the BBQ’s firing both in the kitchen and the outdoor BBQ area.
At 6:00 p.m. St John’s Tour Group began arriving and in no time the 30 students and teachers were fed with 15 hungry Rotarians following not far behind.
Pres Judy welcomed the Tour Group and wished them well for their stay in Geelong.
We then enjoyed Pavlova as our dessert.
The school captain thanked Bayside for the dinner provided. The group then made its way to the Ten Pin Bowling Centre in Reynolds Road Belmont where all had a wonderful time.
Welcome to St John's Tour Group from Zimbabwe Peter Kavenagh 2015-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Pres Judy then introduced our chairman for the evening Peter Kavenagh.
Peter stated that he is very committed to Youth Exchange which he believes is an awesome program. 
Worldwide 5,000 – 6,000 kids are experiencing Youth Exchange. What a great way it is to develop worldwide contacts from many countries and develop better relations between countries.
Peter then introduced Exchange Student Lena Tetaud and asked what can we learn from Lena ??
Lena lives in the city of Marmande with a population of approx. 17,000.
Marmande is located 35 km north-west of Agen, on the southern railway from Bordeaux to Sète A noted producer of tomatoes, a festival dedicated to tomatoes is held annually in July. It is also a wine producing area but not very renowned.
Gararock music festival is held every year and about 80,000 people attend.
Lena then showed a Powerpoint display of her mother’s house and her father’s house.
Lena’s hobbies are mostly music, she plays the saxophone and piano.
Lena’s sports are rowing, surfing and snow sking.
Lena attends a local regional school with 3,000 students and studies economics, science and music.
The Prime Minister is Manuel Valls and the President is Francois Hollande.
France has a population of 65 Million.
That concluded Lena’s presentation with many questions being asked by members present.
Lena then finished up with a recital of the French National Anthem with her saxophone. Well
done Lena !!!!!
Lena Tetaud - Our French Exchange Student Peter Kavenagh 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Aug 04, 2015
Pres Judy then introduced DG Jane Cox.
DG Jane stated that our club does much more than just BBQ’s. We have an outbound and an inbound student this year as well supporting the other Youth projects of NYSF, RYPEN and RYLA.
We also have a major involvement in the Days for Girls Project.
Last Year Kaniva and Nhill Rotary Clubs handed their charter back, they were unable to continue due to lack of numbers. Always remember that membership retention is as important as new members.
DG Jane then presented Centurion Certificates to all from Bayside that had qualified prior to June 30th 2015.
DG Jane’s Rotary District Conference 9780 dates are March 18th – 20th 2016. The conference will be held on the waterfront.
Pres Judy then introduced Jo White, who got us organised with our fun footy games.
District Governor Jane Cox Peter Kavenagh 2015-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2015
On Wednesday 29 July Lena arrived at Tullamarine after a harrowing journey over 48 Hours. She was welcomed by Telsa, Mark and Peter.
Her flight from Toulouse was delayed and consequently she missed her connection in London.  After rebooking her on another flight the next day British Airways provided her with a Hotel room.  It was a new experience to be in London and an anxious wait for the next day and to again arrive at Heathrow to board her flight half way around the world.  The flight was via Singapore arrovomg at Sydney.  At Sydney she had to make her way to the Domestic terminal and board another flight to Melbourne. 
Now because Sydney was not her original plan of course her luggage did not arrive with her.  Another obstacle!  Fortunately a quick visit to Luggage services at Tulla. She was assured that it would be delived to her new home that same day.   True to their word it was delivered by courier that evening.   
She has settled in now and with a number of initial administrative things done she is now looking forward to starting school at Oberon.
Also attending her first Rotary Meeting on Tuesday where all the club members are looking forward to meeting her.
Lena Tetaud - Our French Exchange Student has arrived Peter Kavenagh 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
As it was our committee’s night we formed into our committee groups for the rest of the evening for some planning and discussion for the 2015-16 year ahead.
Youth Services – Phil Quick
Lachlan Baensch was successful in his interview process and will attend NYSF
Inbound exchange student from France Lena Tetaud arrives Tuesday 28th July and hopefully will attend next week’s meeting.
Community & Vocational – Daryll Webb
Letter received from St Mary’s Football and Netball Club asking for support for a netball team that will be visiting Fiji on a Cultural Exchange.
Robert Van Zetten and daughter Rachel have requested support for a Cambodian Orphanage project that they are involved in.
A workplace visit to the new premises of FW Tile Town in Torquay Road Grovedale to be organised in the near future.
What’s new in your workplace to be continued into the new Rotary year with each member being invited to speak.
Membership, PR and Fun – Jo White
Some interesting facts from the recent Club Survey. Most members happy with the way the club is functioning.
DG Jan Cox’s visit on 4th August will be a footy theme night.
The club is open to accepting new members please contact us if you are interested. 0418882022
Committees Night Peter Kavenagh 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Well what a wonderful night was had by all who attended the French inspired theme night held at Simon and Sarah Empson’s home last Tuesday night. It was a taste of what’s to come when we welcome our French Exchange student Lena.
Although numbers were down, it didn’t deter those who were there to dress in French costume and kick up their heels and enjoy the delicious French champagne and red wine on offer.
Thanks to everyone who brought along the wine and the scrumptious array of French inspired food – we nibbled on bikkies and cheese as an appetiser which was followed by French onion soup (from the kitchen of master chef John S.) served with Jo’s crunchy baguettes.
For second course we tasted delicious quiches and salads (provided by Peter K., Murray and Judy) and to top it off we were treated to Telsa’s gateau cake and profiteroles. During the evening Director of Membership, PR & FUN, Jo, presented us with a questionnaire to fill out and Foundation Director David presented Murray with his Centurion mug and club annual report. After tea Telsa formed the group into 2 teams to play some informal fun games such as the French maids’ race, building French landmarks and translating French into English.
Many thanks to Telsa for organising and coordinating the evening. We look forward to the next theme night. Who would like to take a turn at hosting????
French Inspired Theme Night Peter Kavenagh 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2015
Peter Hynes introduced Snr Sergeant Tony Francis who has served in the police force for 27 Years. 18 months ago he started on the ICE journey of trying to minimize it in the Geelong area.
The Govt cannot fix the problem on its own, neither can the Health system, nor can the Police. It needs to be a joint effort of the three mentioned plus the community all working together.
ICE is a behavioral changer, usually leads to violence. It makes you feel like superman. 6% of Australians use drugs the highest in the world.
A hit on ICE is cheaper then alcohol which is taxed heavily. 1/10 gram sells for $50 to $60. It will give you 12 Hours of good time.
Let our town reach its full potential and prevent this ugly drug’s devastation. Our town’s ICE FIGHT. There’s no place for ICE.
www.icefight.com.au
Many questions were asked of Tony and ICE. We all learned more than we previously knew about ICE.
Chairman Peter thanked Tony for his informative presentation and presented him with a memento of his visit to our Club.
Peter Hynes then handed back to Pres Judy.
ICE- Snr Sergeant Tony Francis Peter Kavenagh 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2015
We have been “Lighting up Rotary” and now moving to “Be a gift to the World”.
DGE Jane Cox proposed the toast to Rotary International and reminded us that the main object of Rotary is Service to the World.
PDG Chris Sims responded to the toast on behalf of Rotary International and reminded us that some in the world are not as fortunate as us and quoted us Past RI President John Kinne’s theme “The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands”.
Rotarian Jane Myers spoke about an international project in Ballamataan Nepal that she was a part of. Midwifery skills were taught to local medical staff. Six Rotary Clubs involved, Bayside Geelong plus 2 more from Victoria, two from New Zealand and one from Nepal.
Jane and her group then presented at a break out session at the RI Conference in Sydney in 2014. Jane has kept in touch with the group in Ball and looks like another trip will happen in the near future.
PP Jo White than presented a power point display of the “Year that Was”. It was a timely reminder of what we achieved over the year and of course the fun we all had participating in very worthy causes. “Rotary is fun while serving the community was very apparent” in the “Year that Was”.
Celebration Dinner Peter Kavenagh 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 16, 2015
The members of the Fire Brigade gave an interesting insight into the history and the workings of the two truck fire Station.
The station is run entirely by volunteers and like all service clubs they are also struggling to attract new members.
New members must attend training and reach a level of certification prior to being able to ride on the fire trucks and attend emergencies.
The presentation was followed by a tour of the station, with many Rotarians eagerly going back to their childhood and gleefully climbing all over the Fire Engine. No one was backward in getting their photo taken on the engine either.
Freshwater Creek Fire Brigade Peter Kavenagh 2015-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 09, 2015
The was no formal meeting this week instead members were all booked into give blood.  This author was excused at the last minute with flu but others who could did donate some of their blood.  Rumour has it that there was no 'blue" blood amongst them.
Blood Bank Peter Kavenagh 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2015
Daryl presented to us a view of his workplace which is at National Tiles
.
He gave us many pictures of his colleagues and presented an overall view of this place, including history and culture.
Talking about the importance of the workplace including the social impace.
He had many photos to which he talked about.
Thank you Daryll
 
 
Changes in the Workplace - Daryll Webb Peter Kavenagh 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2015
Need to up update CPR training regularly.
We watched video where someone collapsed and as person who found them had no CPR
training and panicked and did most things incorrectly the person could not be revived even
with the arrival of the ambulance.
Take two of the above video where the person on the scene had some knowledge and didn’t
panic, gave basic CPR and with the arrival of the Ambulance the person life was saved.
Remember any CPR is better than no CPR.
 
CPR Night Peter Kavenagh 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 12, 2015

Phil was born and bred in Lara 7th of 8 children. He is married to Karen with 2 kids Ben & Jenna. Jenna is also a member of Bayside Rotary Club and an ex exchange student.

Phil is a Qualified Plumber who now works as a Project Manager for D&E Air conditioning, currently working on VCCC the new cancer hospital in Parkville.

Joined Rotary in 2010 after Bayside had sponsored Jenna on Youth Exchange Spent 6 months in Antarctica as a maintenance plumber

He is the Incoming Chairman of 9780 Youth Exchange Committee.

Phil spoke about the current project he is working on which is the new cancer hospital in Parkville known as the VCCC (Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre).

It is a 1 billion dollar state of the art Hospital, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. D&E Air conditioning (My Employer) have a 100 million contract to install the air conditioning and ventilation to the facility.

It is a 20 floor building, 14 floors above ground and 6 under. 4 floors underground parking, the 1 floor back of house offices maintenance etc. 1 floor radiography bunkers and offices, ground floor reception retail. 1st floor accommodation for relatives of patients, levels 2-6 clinical floors, wards, theaters, etc. level 7 plant room. Due for completion later this year, open for patients June 2016.

Phil was able to show us a video of the site being built.

Click here to see the videos

Phil Quick - Workplace story Peter Kavenagh 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 21, 2015

Fundraising

Require Volunteers for 2 BBQ next Weekend 1st and 2nd May.

Friday 1st May is the Vines Road Community Market (Under Cover) Hours 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. All facilities provided by community centre. We are just required to supply the meat and onions.

Saturday 2nd May is the Torquay Safeway BBQ 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Volunteers required.

Community

Saturday 2nd May is the Torquay Safeway BBQ 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Volunteers required.

Membership and PR and Fun

A pop up Rotary Banner will be purchased so we can use at all our events leading to greater community awareness of our club.

Blood bank 5:15 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. 9th June is reserved for Bayside RC. Need to make your own booking.

Committees Peter Kavenagh 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 14, 2015

Lauren and Cassie aborted their holiday and hope of work in the UK, to follow a calling at Sienreap Village, 60 Kilometers from Phnom Phen, where their search for a coffee hit led them to starting a cafe, sourcing local coffee beans and providing work. Their profits help to educate local girls.

Hearts to Harmony is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) based in Siem Reap,Cambodia. Their aim is to enhance the lives of individuals in pursuit of studying and creating a healthy and safe environment for them.

They provide education scholarships from primary schooling through to university studies.

Their outreach program consists of regular health workshops, assistance with dental care, and monthly food packages to all our families in rural Siem Reap.

See Also:www.heartstoharmony.org

Lauren and Cassie Gravett Peter Kavenagh 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 07, 2015

No meeting this week but instead a “Cricket Team of 12”gathered at the Lara Sports Club for a social night and some fine food.

The chef was no other than the Incoming President of Lara Rotary Club Chris Kinley.

Thank you Chris for the great meals.

Meeting With Jo Peter Kavenagh 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 31, 2015

President Judy introduced Chairman Peter Kavenagh who in turn introduced Dr Mark Kavenagh
from Australian Volunteers International. (AVI)

Mark was educated at Belmont High School, Melbourne Uni (Major in Psychology) Monash
Uni (Post Grad) then back to Melbourne University for a Doctrate in Psychology (Education).

Currently Mark works as the Child Protection Advisor within AVI.
Involved in over 25 countries in world from Africa to South East Asian Region.

It can be a 6 mth – 2 Year Placement. Voluntary Involvement, however airfares and Visa costs as well as living expenses and accommodation allowance is provided. 24 Hour Health and Emergency Support is also provided.

AVI is closely associated with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

As an AVI volunteer you will require:

  • Qualifications or relevant experience within your area of expertise
  • A desire to help develop the capabilities and skills of others.
  • Respect for different cultures
  • A willingness to listen, and learn from other people.
  • The ability to adapt to changing situations.
  • Resourcefulness resilience, flexibility and a sense of humour.

If you apply be prepared to go through an extensive interview process. As a volunteer you will contribute to positive change.

For further information see the website: www.australianvolunteers.com
Mark’s presentation concluded with many questions being asked. This showed the level of interest by members and guests.

Australian Volunteers International (AVI) Peter Kavenagh 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 24, 2015

DISTRICT 9780 CONFERENCE – MARYBOROUGH Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd March 2015

Last weekend 4 Bayside Geelong Rotarians and their partners took up the invitation to “Take the Journey to light Up Our World” when they attended the 2015 District 9780 Conference which was held at Maryborough and was hosted by the Rotary Club of Maryborough.

Throughout the weekend we were challenged to not only take the physical journey to Maryborough, but to also take the inner journey, to prepare ourselves to light up the four aspects of our Rotary “World”.

Committees and Conference Report Peter Kavenagh 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 19, 2015

Mr. Paul Kearns Principle Urologist at Barwon Health and surgeon.

Paul gave an interesting talk with PowerPoint Display on the Men’s Health Topic of prostate cancer.

All men 50 and over should at least have the PSA Blood test and the at least once every 3 years.

Just because you may have a higher reading does not mean you have prostate cancer.

Higher reading could be as a result of an infection.

Men should go to the Doctor immediately they have any worrying symptoms “down there” as most of the time it is not cancer. If it is cancer then the earliest that cancer detected the better chance of it being treated and cured.

Compined Meeting with Corio Bay Rotary Club - Paul Kearns Peter Kavenagh 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 10, 2015

Chairman Phil Quick introduced Alex Kinross-Smith our student who we sponsored to attend the NYSF in Canberra in 2nd week of January 2015.

Alex felt it was a great preparation for VCE and University.

The highlights of his experience were

The Opening Ceremony,

"Curiosity is one of the best traits of humans."

He studied fossils and had Scientists speak about them.

Also He had dinner with these same scientists and had the opportunity to speak with them one on one over dinner. It opened eyes to wider career choices within science such as Engineers, Archaeologists and IT Scientists.

Companies such as CSIRO were represented. This most impress me - a CSIRO employee!

Some of these sessions were in the Canberra Science dome which was a wonderful setting for the young mind.

President Judy also mentioned that was one in a long line of Students that Bayside has sponsored to attend the NYSF.

Alex Kinross-Smith Peter Kavenagh 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 03, 2015

No guest speaker this week but a hands on exercise for “Days for Girls”. Telsa made us form a production line and began assembling fully completed “Kits”. I believe about 20 kits were completed in the 20 minutes.

Days for Girls Activity Night Peter Kavenagh 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Feb 24, 2015

This delightful gathering began with a warm welcome from Telsa, always the perfect hostess. A lovely selection of entrees was provided with lots of happy chat and a “punch” or two.

We continued on to the Furlan’s, only “500” metres down the road. Burchie wanted to know who did the measuring! The Furlan family welcomed us to their beautiful home. They had prepared a lovely main meal for us, Steak Diane, Sri Lankan Chicken curry and accoutrements.

After dinner Mark and Nicole told us about the plans to bring a group of 30 youngsters, (the HME Zimbabwe Choir) to Victoria for a “musical” tour. Club members were able to offer lots of advice on handling the tour.

Our final stop was at the Kavenagh's. We were welcomed by a large clan of cats. President Judy cut the cake in honour of Rotary International’s 110th birthday. A lovely selection of desserts were on offer to members.

Some Rotarians were seen raiding the snake bowl and contorting their faces for some while after. A wonderful evening of fellowship and fun for all. Many thanks to our hosts and hostesses.

Progressive Dinner Peter Kavenagh 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Feb 17, 2015

President Judy asked us to consider our Action Plan.

Fill in parts of the form during our committee meeting and in particular our committee’s goals.

We then gathered in our committees and discussed our future plans for this Rotary year.

REPORTS:

Phil Quick YOUTH.

Working on hosting a Inbound Exchange Student to be shared with another Rotary Club.

NYSF, RYLA and RYPEN all being investigated.

Daryll Webb Community & Vocational.

Easter Egg hunt on 5th April at Bellarine Estate Winery.

Barwon Health require helpers. If able to volunteer then please advise Daryll ASAP.

David Fisher ROTARY FOUNDATION.

Goals for the year are as per our Club’s Rotary Handbook Page 12.

Some fundraising is being planned to support goals.

Simon Empson Membership and Fundraising.

Goals as per the handbook are sound.

Committees Peter Kavenagh 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Feb 10, 2015

Ken who spoke of his experiences over a 1 month Rotary Trip to Kenya

Ken a member of the RC of Vernon British Columbia in Canada is a photojournalist, married with 2 children and some grandchildren who now lives an énviable nomadic’ life of 6 months of the year in Canada and 6 months in Australia.

Due to his academic, and physical background, Ken was invited to go on a month long Rotary Trip to Kenya to act as the videographer, photojournalist and computer technician; a trip which was to check on past Rotary projects and to set up some computer labs and libraries in schools and also look into future projects.

Ken taught us that JAMBO was Swahili for Hello.

First project was to load operating systems on lab computers. If the computers do not work then they are broken down and recycled. Even the plastics are used to make fence posts. Nothing is wasted.

Ken then visited a University and noted many of the books in the library were donated by Rotary.

A visit to OI Pejeta which is a non-profit wildlife conservancy in Kenya supporting endangered species, tourism and community outreach. Then on to a boarding school where only some of the kids had mattresses on their beds. By the time Ken left he had ensured that all beds had mattresses.

Rotarian Ken Beall - RC Vernon British Columbia – My Rotary in Kenya Experience. Peter Kavenagh 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Feb 03, 2015

Phil is a local resident who has 6 children and 14 grandchildren. He has 46 years of experience as a Primary and Secondary school teacher. Phil is a member of Lions and started the “Men’s Shed” in Leopold.

Phil is big on making every day count and has paddled the Murray River each year for 10 years, participated in marathons, Lorne Pier to Pub and in 2012 aged in his early 70’s walked the Kokoda track.

Phil went with Australian Kokoda Tours a company run by an ex student of his Michael O’Malley.

Phil spoke of the experience in preparation for the walk, participation and the ultimate achievement of completing the walk. Phil also told us that the Geelong police through their community programs had taken some youths who were at risk on the Kokoda walk with great success in changing their lives. He reminded us that the Police were always looking for funding for these programs and any donations would be welcome.

Further information for anyone interested can be obtained from the website
www.australiankokodatours.com.au

Phil Hayden – My Kokoda experience Peter Kavenagh 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jan 27, 2015

President Judy spoke about the successful combined meeting with Torquay Rotary Club.

Thanks to John Spiteri for all the work he has done on the car raffle.

Thanks to Telsa for her work on the “Days for Girls”. The packs will be soon sent overseas.

The Club’s proposed Vision and Mission statements were displayed on the overhead display.

President Judy and the board have put in a lot of work with the Visioning and Mission statements.  Also there were a template of Club Prioities for the meeting to examine and digest.  

More to follow

Committees again set their priorities  for the remainder of the Rotary Calendar year.

A highlight will be the arrival of the Zimbabew youth concert tour in August

The tour is called the Hakuna Matata Experience - More to follow

Ride the Ballarine on Sunday 19th April is becoming exciting.

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What a great night Bayside Geelong and Torquay RC's had last Tuesday night, for their Annual Get together at Brian Burch’s property at Bellbrae. Thank you Brian for your hospitality.

The weather was perfect, for a change, and the evening was well supported by both clubs. The friendly cricket match was quite entertaining, with Torquay, narrow winners by 2 runs.

The pizzas made by a friend of Bayside RC, Frank Iannuzzi, were enjoyed by all. Pizzas were followed by lots of delicious desserts prepared by both clubs. A big thank you to those people who brought the desserts from both clubs.

It would have been great to have had a few more auction items, but the ones brought along netted over $200, which was a good effort. Thank you to all who donated items.

The total funds raised on the night was $500, coming from the night fee, Auction and coin toss at the bottle. This was a great result and will be most beneficial to the Freshwater Creek Fire Brigade, to purchase much needed equipment.  Many thanks to members of both Clubs for supporting the evening and we look forward to our next get together in 2016, when Torquay Rotary Club will be the hosts.

Yours in Rotary Service

Judy Beasley
President RC Bayside Geelong

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HAWAIIAN NIGHT

A very enjoyable evening was had by all who attended, on the 16th December 2014, when we held our Hawaiian Night, as our last meeting for 2014.

Everyone looked very colourful with their hawaiian shirts, dresses and leis. The most colourful shirt award would have to go Darryl!!!! Well done. Many thanks must go to Phil and Karen Quick for opening their home to us and thank you to all, for the delicious meats, salads and desserts we indulged in.

It was also wonderful to see Jo and David call by and join in with us. You are so positive Jo, and we are all thinking of you and wish you well.

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Dec 12, 2014

Well done to everyone who was able to attend and help out at the COGG Workers and Families Christmas Party. Food preparation and serving of the food all worked like clockwork, thanks to the hard working volunteers and the excellent organisation by John V. and Brian B.  It is a big effort for a small club, and once again, the Bayside Team pulled together and did it well. We have had some very positive feedback from the COGG saying they were very pleased with the assortment, quality of food and serving. So well done everybody!!!!!

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ROMAC has been in operation for over 25 years. Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to run this Rotary program that encompasses all the Districts of Australia and New Zealand. Assisted by many eminent Australian and New Zealand surgeons who generously donate their time free for the treatment of our patients, this humanitarian program has provided over 350 children from more than 20 developing countries with urgent medical treatment that has given them new hope.
Lesley reminded us of the important work done by ROMAC provided some updated facts on the work they are involved with. The patients are in the age range from 0 to 15 years and have medical issues which in some cases have caused them to be shunned by families. ROMAC is totally funded by Rotary and in 2013 funded treatment of 47 new patients.
The support is provided by ROMAC with funding, the medical staff who are on a pro bono basis, and also volunteer host families and drivers transporting patients while in Australia.
The treatment provided by this important Rotary funded program is not only life saving and changing but also restores dignity to many patients.
Simon thanked Lesley for her presentation which was well received judging by the many questions from the audience.
For further information please refer to the website. http://www.romac.org.au

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Peter Kavenagh introduced our outbound Exchange Student Joe Kelly.
Joe presented his power point presentation on Australia. It was a very comprehensive info
session on Australia, full of statistical information.
All in attendance learned something about Australia and certainly the Rotary Clubs in
Germany will also.
Do you know that 90% of Australian iron ore is exported ??? The Nullarbour Golf course is
1495 Kilometres in length ????
Joe hopes to learn a new language while he is away and to discover the real Germany and
not the tourist version.
Joe departs for Germany on 16th January 2015. We wish him all the best for his youth
exchange adventure.

Joe Kelly getting ready for Youth Exchange in Germany Peter Kavenagh 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 11, 2014

This evening was a working bee for Days for Girls project.

Telsa had us all organised with jobs ranging from cutting out material, tracing shapes and sewing.

It was a very successful night with a lot of work being done.

Thank you to all who attended including our guests who came well prepared. Some photos below showing the activity and even some of the men discovering some hidden talents.

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Thanks again go to Brian Burch for allowing us to enjoy the surrounds of his beautiful garden while at the same time enjoying the warmth of the bonfire in what turned out to be a lovely relaxing evening with members and guests enjoying some self catered salads and desserts.

Many members and guests got in to the spirit of the evening with a variety of hats worn to mark the occasion.

A special thanks go Brian Burch for preparing and lighting the fire, John Virgona for his words of advice and Daryll Webb for his supervision.

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DG Geoff was our keynote speaker and delivered a presentation on “27 Steps to Rotary Enlightenment”
DG Geoff and Meryl also educationally entertained us with a song "I am, You are, We are Rotarians". It was an excellent rendition and enjoyed by all.
Meryl James then spoke of the Rotary Aquabox as her Rotary project to support for the year her husband Geoff is District Governor. President Judy thanked Meryl and on behalf of the Club presented her with a cheque for Aquabox for $1,000.

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President Judy Beasley opened the meeting, introduced herself and welcomed everyone to the Ken Wilks Spirit of the Heart Awards 2014.  This day is also a celebration for Light Up Rotary Day.

On the tables you will find some brochures and information outlining some of the wonderful work that Rotarians do. The RC Bayside Geelong is one of 34,000 clubs around the world, with over 1 million Rotarians working together whilst having fun, to make the world a better, safer and healthier place. Rotary International’s Major project has been the Eradication of Polio from the World. Through our hard work and diligence, we are now only a few years away from eradicating polio for good – we are so close

Chairman of Community and Vocational Committee Daryll Webb to introduce our first speaker Dr John Oswald OAM who spoke to us about the work of Interplast.  Dr Oswald provided a presentation of the wonderful work he and the volunteers had achieved via Interplast over the last 30 + Years. (Click Link)

The award recipient was then announced

Augustino Moedu was a very proud and humble recipient of the award and said it gave him recognition for all the struggles he had, firstly in the refugee camps and then establishing himself again when he arrived in Geelong. Now working at Diversitat he is a dedicated employee and worthy ambassador of the Karen Community

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The Transport Accident Commission(TAC) have been supporting RC of Bayside Geelong as the proud sponsor of this award for some years and Hamish Heard said that the TAC was very proud to be able to support this award as their contribution to the worthy recipients.

President Judy on behalf of RC of Bayside Geelong extended sincere thanks to TAC for their sponsorship and continued support for years to come.

Ken Wilks Spirit of the Heart Awards 2014. Peter Kavenagh 2014-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
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You are travelling on plane from Hong Kong to Tel Aviv on El Al airlines. Aboard the plane there are Jewish people going home.
It is just before Passover when they will clean out their houses. In the hotels the whole building is cleaned including the kitchen and all the food is cleaned out and restocked.
For us there is apprehension. We are going to a new land. Our flight has been delayed and we hope that we can have enough sleep to catch with our tour group in Tel Aviv.
When we land what do we see? We see a land of contrasts. From the beach such as that at Joppa or the Jordan River, the sea of Galilee, the wilderness region which is now been able to produce food such as the sweetest tomatoes, or the Dead Sea.

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Margaret said that the Breast Screen clinic is there to promote awareness and the screening of potential breast cancer patients.
Cancer is caused by abnormal cell growth of which the most common is breast cancer.
It cannot be prevented but if caught in early stages it can be controlled and in many cases cured. It begins in the ducts and nodules of the breast.
Statistics show that 1 in every 8 Australian women will get breast cancer. 75% of women are over 50.
Early detection is best. Any changes in the breasts need to be diagnosed and investigated.
Ways of protecting against having breast cancer is to maintain a healthy weight, regular exercise and limit alcohol consumption.

Margaret Lannen (Health Promotions Officer for Breast Screen for the region) Peter Kavenagh 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
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It was our privilege tonight to hear from our own member Murray MacDonald who shared with us his interesting life journey since retiring in late 2012. This journey has taken Murray to several countries around the world and involved both work and pleasure.

This was the first part and installment of his retirement.  Covering work in Perth and Canada so for him retirement looks like more work.

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Sep 09, 2014

We connected by skype with our new gen friend Taona Nyasha Muchochomi in Zimbabwe. It has been some time since Nash returned to Zimbabwe. He is currently working in sports management as well as doing some volunteer work in the local community. Nash is pleased with the results of the Shungu art show held on 5th September in Geelong. The proceeds from the sale of artworks will be donated to charities in Zimbabwe.

We were all very pleased to talk again with Nash however despite repeated attempts By our resident IT experts the Skype connection was poor quality and we had to discontinue our conversation. Nash is hoping to return to Geelong in about two years to continue his career in Australia.

Presentation Alex Kinross-Smith - National Youth Science Forum student

Alex told us that he is studying science subjects at Oberon High School and is also studying Mandarin on Saturday mornings. He is interested in science as he likes to know how and why things work. Alex said that the forum will give him the opportunity to mix with other like minded people and provide a broader outlook which will help with his career ideas.

We congratulate Alex on his selection and look forward to hearing from him when he returns from the Forum.

Skype Connection – Taona Nyasha Muchochomi New Gen Friend - Zimbabwe Peter Kavenagh 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Presentation by Tony McManus Chairman Headspace (Barwon)
headspace Barwon provides health services tailored to young people aged 12 to 25, offering support with: General Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drugs, Sexual Health and Employment support.
Headspace Barwon provides young people with access to GP’s, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Counsellors, Occupational Therapists, Youth Workers, and Education and employment specialists.

Due to increased demand for services and insufficient government funding the headspace Barwon Fund has been established to assist Headspace Barwon to deliver youth friendly support and services to young people in the local Barwon region.

Tony’s presentation was very informative and provided a valuable insight into the services provided in the community by Headspace and the need for additional funding.

President Judy thanked Tony for his presentation and gave him a cheque for $1,000 from Rotary Club of Bayside Geelong for the Headspace Barwon Fund.

Tony McManus Chairman - Headspace (Barwon) Peter Kavenagh 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Aug 26, 2014

Rotary Banner Quiz

Telsa organised a quiz based on the many banners the Club had received over the years. There were many different styles and types of banners which created plenty of discussion amongst members. The winner of the quiz was our newest member Jenna Quick. Congratulations Jenna.

Thank you to Telsa for sewing all the banners and running the quiz.

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Warren provided a very succinct presentation regarding the new Rotary “Club Visioning Process”. By the number of questions it was very thought provoking and something for further discussion at Club level.

Below is an extract from the website which explains the process.

Extract from Website

The visioning process is designed to help a Rotary club create its own vision and to discover for itself the steps necessary to achieve that vision. The result is unique to each club because this is not a vision decided by the Rotary District or by Rotary International. The result is a vision designed and endorsed by the club’s own members.

Warren Norton – “Club Visioning Process” Peter Kavenagh 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Aug 12, 2014

Carol presented us with the background of the “Days for Girls” project and her involvement with a number of other  volunteers aiming to fulfil the goals of “Days for Girls”

Carol gave us a demonstration of making the kits and explained how we could either be involved as an independent group, or as part of an existing group of ladies supporting the project .

Days for Girls was founded in 2008, when Executive Director Celeste Mergens prepared to travel back to Kenya to continue working with orphanages and communities in the wake of great political and economic upset. One night she awoke with a burning question: “Have you asked what the girls are doing for feminine hygiene?” When she asked the assistant director of the orphanage she was working with,  the answer was shocking: “Nothing. They wait in their rooms.” 

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Anam Cara House assists people of all ages for respite care, short term care and end of life care.

It was established by Diane Wright when she saw that people preferred a home life environment to spend their last days.

However this was not possible in some homes due to expert care required and there is no respite for the carer. So due to the assistance of Father Dillon, Anam Cara House was established in the St Mary’s Parish House Geelong. Now five years later, Anam Cara House continues to providing broad-based, non-denominational care in a home environment.

The management consists of a board of 9 with Lloyd Gosling as chair. It has a small group of paid staff and approximately 80 volunteers who undergo special training in palliative care. 

The house not only caters for residents which are known as guests but also provides a place of respite for the families caring for a loved one.

We at the Rotary Club of Bayside Geelong also concur and as a result President Judy presented a cheque for $500 as a contribution towards  the marvellous work of Anam Cara.

Guest Speakers – Ralph Menchise and Tessa Davies from Anam Cara House Peter Kavenagh 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
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Dan Charles spoke to us about the three week long venture called Run to Better Days 2014. This is a three week program based in Melbourne which aims to generate action towards the fight to end global poverty.

Over the three week period their team of young athletes will speak to schools, universities and community organisations about we, as members of an affluent society can do about the problem of extreme poverty. The “Run” aspect of the event involved a team of runners , running in a relay format, the entire 264 kilometres around Port Phillip Bay – in one day.

The Run To Better Days aims to :-

1. Raise $20,000 for both “The Malaria Foundation (AMF) and “Medecins Sans Frontieres “
Doctors Without Borders (DWB).

2. Challenge young people throughout Australia to consider that we as a developed nation
can and should do more for the world’s poorest people.

www.runtobetterdays.com

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<p>Sarah introduced us to Salamanca Primary School last year and gave us a brief introduction to the school again telling us where it was; the island of Negros which is a boat trip from Cebu one of the main cities in the Philippines. </p> <p>Sarah then pointed out that since then the principal had “passed away” from Hepatitis D.  Because her <em>field is virology she was able to reassure the community of the safety of continuing to keep the school</em> open as it was not a readily contagious disease.  She had some photos of the new school principal.</p> <p>Sarah had a photo of her along with our box of books and supplies that was sent last year and conveyed the absolute delight that staff expressed with its arrival.  Although delivering a volley ball without a volleyball net was an oversight. </p> <p>                      </p>

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Our guest speaker Jonathon Clarke from the Geelong Food Bank gave an interesting presentation on the work of the Geelong Food Bank outlining the increase in demand on their ever stretched resources to satisfy their client needs. The Food Bank is currently supplying food to a number of welfare agencies as well as schools for those in need. The demand is forever increasing with their biggest issues being funding and warehouse space for the food received for distribution.

Jonathon moved to Geelong from Melbourne over 4 years ago, and was involved in public awareness campaigns and marketing.

Did you know that 85,000 meals are provided each day in Melbourne, for those that are homeless and hungry. Unlike Melbourne, the situation in Geelong is underground and is not visible unless you have a discerning eye.

With these qualifications Jonathon is more than qualified to take on the Geelong Food Bank. The Food Bank began through providing breakfast meals for school students. Jonathon  set up a breakfast program at Whittington Primary School. Now the program provides a 2 course meal for breakfast, fruit for morning tea, a 3 course meal for lunch and the students are then given vouchers so they can be given food to take home for tea. Apart from the breakfast program at schools Jonathon also provides food at the Outpost and sometimes cooks there as well. The Outpost is now at the Geelong Bus Terminal. People are seated on café style seating and many are outside waiting for meals. Unfortunately, there are no cooking facilities there so the food has to be cooked elsewhere and then brought in and reheated.

Geelong Food Bank – Helping Many People in Geelong Who Are Doing It Tough Peter Kavenagh 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Telsa welcomed Sharon who is a former member of our club to talk about her personal experience with GLBT.

Sharon began her talk by introducing us to her family- good healthy boys all growing up within the family all doing things that children do.  Play, study, talk, sport and more.  Her main point and a chilling point was that our government will not let one of her children marry the person of their choice.  It was emotional.

Sharon went on to talk about one of her son’s “coming out” and letting her know the anguish that he had experienced and the realisation that if he chooses a partner who is of the same sex then he would not be able to marry that person.  There cannot be a marriage or a public recognition of that event.  Why? Because it is illegal to marry a person who is deemed to be of the same sex.

Sharon’s point was to highlight that one’s sexuality was not a choice, that it is something that is innate in a person

Sharon encouraged us all to approach our local Member for Parliament to express our support for equality in marriage.  She believes if enough people do that then it will influence or hasten the right of a person to select and marry the person of their choosing.

She also believes this is a basic Humanitarian Right.

 

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Bayside Geelong Rotary Club’s recent Changeover dinner was fairly jumping with special awards!  Well done to all members for throwing your weight behind the many programs you’ve partaken of this year and thank you to DG Ken McInerney for the awards.

• 2013-14 PRESIDENTIAL CITATION for actively working to Engage Rotary, Change Lives

The club needed to participate in 3 categories of projects with at least 3 activities in each, by the end of March. We qualified with distinction by having 4 or more activities in each.

• 2013-14 ROTARY CLUB CENTRAL AWARD

For setting strategic goals to Engage Rotary, Change Lives this year and in years to come. Goals needed to be placed on Club Central; explained, costed and manpower hours calculated. At least 15 were needed by the end of May and as we are a small club and do many activities and projects with 100% member assistance, it wasn’t an arduous task.

• SPECIAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD:

I wish to acknowledge the work done by all of our members, and I’ve attempted to make reference to that each week. But there’s one lady whose enthusiasm, commitment and devotion to all things Rotary, has really shone this year:

• She’s a delivery person for Bowelscan

• She has been on the Board for the Careers Expo for many years

• She’s involved with ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ – giving a helping hand and a morale

boost to cancer sufferers

• Through Nutrimetics she’s involved with the E3 group – Enlighten, Empower, Educate, very similar ideals to Rotary’s

• We all know how she loves to organise activities and fun times within Rotary, and she’s just done that with the very successful ladies membership drive last weekend

• She’s a PP, PHF and Five Avenues of Service Citation recipient

Jo said to me once “Other than family and work, Rotary’s my other love”.

She makes me feel very humble.

Telsa Stubna

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Club Assembly

President  Telsa  acknowledged  Dan’s  frequent  updates on the RI convention and encouragement for members of the club to attend (Thanks Dan) The Bayside Rotary Club  had  a  great  attendance  with  President  Telsa,  PE  Judy,  PP’s  Chris  and Dan plus Peter K and Jane attending. 

Everyone agreed it was an inspiring experience and come back very enthusiastic to move forward in the next Rotary year.    
“What  an  inspiring  time  I  had  at  the  Sydney  Convention.  The  Friendship  Hall  was   bursting with Rotary related exhibits, some of which I thought would be great for Bayside RC to consider.

I really enjoyed helping pack food parcels for the Indigenous communities they were going too and the overseas communities. Dozens of young people  whom  were  also  helping  just  wanted  to  ‘roll  their  sleeves’  and  get  the  job  done- truly inspiring. I did inquire about the possibility of our club being involved in a similar project. 

Some of the National costumes were awesome and I particularly found the information and the project goals of some organisations such as stop hunger now and days for girls particularly interesting and once again something Bayside RC could discuss  and  be  involved  in”

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Polio was the highlight at this year's Rotary convention in Sydney, Australia.

First there was the record-breaking climb across the  that raised enough money to protect 240,000 kids from polio. On 30 May, two days before the official opening of the convention, 340 participants ascended the bridge, eclipsing the record previously held by Oprah Winfrey for most climbers on the bridge. Waving 278 flags, they also broke the Guinness World Record for most flags flown on a bridge.

Then it was announced that the , Rotary's public awareness campaign for polio eradication, set a  for largest photo awareness campaign. More than 100,000 people from 170 countries have uploaded their photos, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, Archie Panjabi, Jackie Chan, and many more.

But the biggest news was the $101 million pledged to polio eradication. opened the convention on 1 June with a commitment from his government of $100 million to the PolioPlus campaign. Two days later, , executive vice chair of Chrome Group, announced a $1 million gift to The Rotary Foundation to help end polio.

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It all started with the first plenary session

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Then the Premier of New South Wales said a few words of encouragement.  It was good to know that he thought enough of Rotary to provide free transport to all participants during the convention.

The Prime Minister then welcomed us and in recoginition of the contribution that Rotary has done for the eradication of Polio and to help complete the task he promised $100 Million Dollars.  This was an amazing surprise and humbling to think that Rotary committed to this project and are very close to achieving this goal.

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Chairman David introduced our guest Speaker for tonight Rachel Gleeson from the Australian Red Cross.

“This year is the Australian Red Cross century celebrations (1914-2014) and Rachel whom works within the area of community engagement informed us of the interesting history that this wonderful organisation is celebrating.

International Red Cross has been around for 150 years and was originally founded by a Swiss Banker in 1859.

The target of this organisation is to focus on the most vulnerable in our society and throughout the years although the organisations has new ways to help people it has the same motto of ‘people helping people’.

Starting with the horrors of war those many years ago the Australian Red Cross Branch started around World War 1 and in 1920 we saw the first Blood Transfusion service commence.

The three recognisable symbols that we see all around the world- the red cross, the red crescent and the red diamond unites and mobilizes the power of Humanity. Today such as the blood service we see the Australian Red Cross still involved in patient transport,

Telecross (a phone call a day to make sure your OK), and a leader in International Aid throughout the Asia Pacific area.

The Humanitarian is the quarterly magazine of the Australian Red Cross.

Rachel reminded us of the gift of giving blood and shared that 1 in 3 people will need a transfusion of a blood product- with the majority being due to Cancer followed by trauma.”

Thank you Rachel

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 13, 2014

President Telsa introduced our potential candidate for International outbound Youth Exchange Joe Kelly

Joe introduced himself to club members with a wonderful smile and welcoming manner – living in Highton and attending Belmont High School. Joe also works at a local café in the mornings and plays football with Sth Barwon. Supported by his Dad and sister Joe hopes to go to Switzerland if he is successful and on the weekend travelled to Halls Gap with Phil, Jo and Carlos for the selection weekend at district level.

President Telsa asked Carlos our inbound student from Germany to share his experience of Safari.

'Rock to Reef 2014’ started at in Bordertown with a Western Theme night which was great fun, next day the bus made its way to Coober Pedy where the group stayed underground and visited mine shafts. From here the bus travelled to the Centre where the group climbed Uluru and for Carlos a highlight. Next they travelled to Kings Canyon and then across to the Great Barrier Reef where they snorkelled and saw amazing fish and corals. Great Keppel Island was very relaxing with great food and beautiful scenery. The Gold Coast brought lots of fun at the famous Movie World and the beach was gorgeous. In Sydney the highlight was the meal at the revolving tower restaurant. From here they travelled back to Melbourne- 3 weeks of the best experience so far on his exchange!

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 06, 2014

“Richard Dove is the Multicultural Liaison Officer of Melbourne West for the Victorian Police and has been in the Police force for over 24 years.

Richard started his presentation with presentation of the many Banners that he had received whilst on the GSE trip in 2007 and this was kindly received by Pres Telsa and the club.

Richard shared stories of many kind people he met whilst away and how these great experiences introduced him to many cultural  practices that were held in high regard in Russia and Siberia which included the customary warm welcoming of guests with Vodka- this ice breaker seemed to be universal all around the country as was the custom of having ‘Sauna’s’.

This bitterly cold climate did not reflect the warmth of the many individuals and Rotarians that shared parts of their professional and family life with him. This experience left Richard with a great respect and understanding of the life and culture in the cities that they stayed. 

Richard now in his work is the first contact to large migrant groups, refugees, asylum seekers and other minority groups whom find themselves in Australia and his work is to smooth the transition of these peoples in many different ways that the Victorian Police Force would be involved. 

Since GSE Richard has worked on some great projects including “Us Karen” which is a book that was launched and has been very successful. Richard’s work continues with this community but he also has been able to focus on his love of writing and was a winner in a Poetry competition and went to the South of France on a writer’s tour. Richard recited his winning poem to us all and we all agreed it was a fabulous poem.” 

Chairman Jo Thanked Richard for such an entertaining presentation.

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The RC of Bayside enjoyed a vocational night with a visit to Belmont Library.  We all met at 7 pm and had a warm welcome from Anne Stewart whom hosted our visit and started with a wonderful information session. 

Anne started with the website that is available for all to access and informed us that at Belmont Library there were over 104 thousand members and around 1000 people come thru the Library doors on a daily basis. 

Free Wi- fi access to members is extremely popular as are the many other services using the net.

Anne explained to us the Geelong Library Systems ‘Reading the Future” goals from now to 2017. These include a focus on Literacy and by making the Library inclusive(longer opening hours- outside of business hours), Transforming the way the Library works by increasing skill and bridging technology from the past to the future (including the new Library complex in Geelong City). 

Many of the services are so popular including the Book Club kits, Home Library services, E- Membership, Internet searches for Library items from home computer/devices- with sms to notify when book ready, Collection highlights, In-Library activities and the Family History collection is very popular for researching family trees and history. 

The E – Membership allows huge access and download ability to e-books, audio books, magazines and newspapers like the Geelong Advertiser every Day!

We ended our visit with a comprehensive tour of the Belmont Library with lots of Questions answered by Anne.  Daryll thanked Anne and the club than went out for a Social Dinner.

A Visit to Belmont Library - Anne Stewart Peter Kavenagh 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 22, 2014

A meeting with a Difference

Rotary Club of Bayside Geelong go South of the Boarder!

President Telsa welcomed all attending members and guests Karen Quick, Pam Spiteri and Diane Webb.

A great night was held by all at the Taco Bill in Corio street Geelong as meals were prepared members socialised and spent time enjoying the fiesta surroundings. Jo presented Simon and John Spiteri with "choice" for their birthdays! 

A discussion was had on the Christ church community meals roster which will need more commitment from members whilst many will be away attending the Sydney Convention on the 2nd of June. 

A wonderful evening was had by all -full of friendship-fellowship and fun.

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South of the Border Peter Kavenagh 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 15, 2014

Telsa spoke of the many presentations at conference in Bordertown.

 The Hieu Van Le Story.

Mr Hieu Van Le  (AO) Lieutenant Governor of South Australia and Chairman of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC)was inspirational.

Hieu Van Le arrived in Australia in 1977 as one of the “boat people” from Vietnam

Another Story
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Polio "Just this close"

 

Click more for more details

 

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 08, 2014
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"Aquabox is a project of RC Eltham. About 240 distributed each year to disaster zones in Australia and overseas. Each has sufficient supplies of activated carbon filters and chlorine sterilising tablets to prepare about 1100 litres of potable water. The 80 litre contents are purified in about 90 minutes.

 

The boxes are back-filled with other supplies useful in an emergency: tools, rope, a blanket, mosquito net, crockery and cutlery.

There are two variants; the family-box has emergency supplies and the clinical box has extra water clarifying supplies. 

RC Eltham is now investigating the possibility of shipping Aquaboxes prior to disasters to various sites; this would allow for cheaper freight."

Aquabox - Rotary Club of Eltham - Peter Roden Peter Kavenagh 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 01, 2014

Margaret spent one year in Bregenz Austria and described the rural area that she lived. Her host family introduced her to the many foods of which potatoes and Bread were large components. Margaret described the food as “Fantastic” 

Every day she would leave home at 6.30 to start her school day at 8am. 

Some of the many highlights were the chance to go skiing in the Austrian Alps, a visit to Vienna on ANZAC day, ‘Euro’ tour with other students and visiting the famous Disney Castle. 

Margaret shared that having had this experience has now opened up many opportunities for her including the potential to study overseas. 

At the moment even whilst studying her IB program at Kardinia International School she has found the travels have benefited her studies. 

Margaret Dunlop - Rotary Exchange Student Peter Kavenagh 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 18, 2014

The F Troop - Friendship, Fellowship, Fun and Membership - Jo White

- A flyer will come out to members this week for next meetings program.  This is also a great opportunity to invite any potential members, friends and partners.

- Simon is doing some research into the Barramundi Fish Farm for a potential visit.

Fundraising - John Spiteri

- Please check for your availability for upcoming BBQ’s

Youth - New Generation - Peter Hynes

- Promotion of all our Youth Programs will be organised through out the Geelong Secondary School system.

Vocational - Daryll Webb

- A visit is being confirmed to Belmont Library on the 29th of April but will be confirmed in the coming weeks. 

 

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 11, 2014

President Telsa welcomed our guest tonight AG Tony Stewart (RC of Highton) whom spent some time discussing using the Avenue of Service goal tool to assist with identifying the club’s goals for the upcoming Rotary year.

This tool ensures that a balanced service effort by addressing at least one goal for each avenue of service.

AG Tony felt that this gave all members the opportunity to contribute and was happy to answer many of the questions that arose from this discussion.

President Telsa used the website visuals to show us all how this information would be entered and be reflected in our clubs profile.

AG Tony also discussed Literacy month which is March and the partnership between RI and other organisations to the “Dolly Parton Imagination Library”-which organises a sponsorship program that allows access to books to children whom are in circumstances where normally this would not happen.

AG Tony also discussed membership in Rotary and the many changes that this may bring in the future to keep many programs alive. Wonderful examples of this are the Christchurch Meals Program (under PP John Spiteri), RC of Ocean Grove’s Battery Program and the mentoring program which RC of Belmont and the Chamber of Commerce. All of these are fine examples of joining forces.

President Telsa thanked AG Tony and as a club we reviewed the past, current and future goals using the Avenue of Service tool summary. Much discussion was had as members all contributed to this vital planning and evaluating.

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Chairman John Virgona introduced our guest Adelle Chenoweth to present her recent trip to South Africa.

Adelle spoke passionately about her time with the children whom were so welcoming and appreciative of the help from 20 Health Science students from Deakin University. 

Involvement included assisting with structuring lessons and offering suggestions in subjects such as sport. Adelle discussed the children’s diet which seemed to lack vegies and fruits but was very high in carbohydrates thus lacking basic nutritional requirements.

It seemed there was much that could be done with the children but it is always dependent of resources and teacher training. Adelle shared how rewarding it was to be able to provide guidance to the teachers and also help in the class room. Adelle thanked RC of Bayside Geelong for the financial donation.

Adelle and many others were able to “buy a plot of land” in Africa for $14.00 to assist the local population- for contribution and further information please go to

http://www.friendsofchintsa.org/buy-a-metre.html

Chairman John Thanked Adelle for her informative presentation.

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From all reports the night organised by our F Troop to acknowledge and celebrate Brian Burch’s incredible contribution to Rotary spanning decades was a fabulous night. It was hosted at by Jo and David White’s.

President Telsa presented Brian with a certificate of Appreciation and Recognition for his hard work, reliability and dedication to our Rotary club and Rotary International.

 A “snap shot” of President Telsa’s Presentation speech.

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‘Salamanca Elementary School in the Philippines.
Sarah discussed her connection to this isolated village where her mother lived before moving to Australia some 30 years ago.

Over this time Sara’s mother and the family have always supported family and others in the village with regular care packages! Sarah became interested in the small school and was shocked that many children do not go on to complete high school education in this area and many do not attend regularly the primary school campus.

Sara’s goal is to ensure that the children attending receive a ‘quality’ education starting with resources. With the help our club Sara was able to deliver a gift of sporting equipment and some stationary supplies when she visited.

The children and the teachers were overwhelmed with these donations badminton sets, volley balls, football etc.

Sarah passed on the thanks from the school and how much they appreciated the help.

The next project Sara is concentrating on will be books to ensure all the children have exposure to as much resource as possible and will pass on any details in the future.

A beautiful story and a wonderful school judging by the below picures

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Sarah Edwards - Elementary School, Salamanca, Toboso, Negros Occidental, The Philippine,s Peter Kavenagh 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Feb 18, 2014

Community

 

-Working on confirming dates for our proposed Library visit-still to be confirmed but aiming for late April.

-A food back request has been received and we will invite all involved to come to a meeting to talk with us.

 

 

Shine on Awards on May 4th will be held at Kilmore and at this stage Daryll will be going with Michael but any interest in coming please see Daryll.

 

 

Fund Raising

-Discussion in respect to new home for the BBQ trailer- (Thankyou Robin), freezer, stock and potential working bee in the next few weeks. A shed will be purchased and discussion on access.

-Looking at buying a Marque which we will brand with Rotary- for wet weather events.

- Potential Car boot sale.

 

 

Foundation

-The donation to The Highlands Foundation is going very well – thank you all for your contribution.

-Research is being done into “Aquabox”.(Rotary club of Eltham)

-Sophie will be reporting to the club soon.

 

Youth

Carlos’s 5 minutes

-Went Rock Climbing and will keep doing this- lot of fun!

 

-Swimming most weeks

-There are now 5 other German exchange students at school and he is really enjoying his German Language class as they get a big chance to help out other students.

 

Friendship/Fellowship- F Troop

 

 

 

-Thank you to Robin and too all this week for the preparations for the Float for "Pako Fiesta" this weekend. Jenna has made up a wonderful sign Post to put on the Float and we will all meet at the car park in front of “ Furniture for You” on Pakington street this Saturday morning at 8 am

- Plan for other F Troop events are being confirmed and members will be notified.

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Feb 11, 2014

President Telsa acknowledged the wonderful work Jo and Simon had been doing at organising meetings and planning for the Pako festa Float.

Peter Kavenagh updated us on Shelter Box- showing a couple of recent videos on the big screen and we were able to track prior Shelter box donations to see where in the world they went.

Murray MacDonald gave an impromptu talk about his trip to the USA/Canada and was very impressed by an educational initiative to assist students with learning difficulties, saying it could be a project we assist with if it comes to Australia.

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Feb 11, 2014

 

Sam Dunne and Jane Myers updated members on the project in which Bayside Rotary Club had generously donated monies towards.

 

Over 100 Health professionals trained in three regions of Mongolia and at this time the project continues under the supervision of in country Project Manager Andy Mayer with three hospitals now offering formalized Childbirth Education to pregnant women attending the hospital.

This vital work “Saves Lives, Saves Money and ensures women are exposed to critical education to impact on Mother/baby mortality and morbidity with in this third world health care system.

MATERNAL HEALTH TRAINING PROJECT MONGOLIA. Peter Kavenagh 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Marilyn introduced our guest tonight Mr Martin Stow whom is a MS Ambassador, Rotarian with Geelong Central Breakfast Club and a MS patient. Martin spent many years working as a “Bobbie” (Policeman) in England before coming to Australia but over the last few years has been busy with Presentations and his own on line Training Business.

MS- Australia

“Accept it, deal with it and get on with it”

Martin Stow - MS Ambassador Peter Kavenagh 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jan 21, 2014
<p>Once again our committees were hard at work planning and implementing actions for this Rotary year</p> <h3>Foundation </h3> <p>Adele is currently in Africa doing her volunteering and will report to the club soon.  Centurion and water project are underconsideration.</p> <h3> New Generations</h3> <p>Looking at National Youth Science Forum, RAKE and continuing with Youth Exchange.  </p> <h3>Fundraising</h3> <p>A really busy BBQ schedule and a few other "irons in the fire"</p> <h3>Membership</h3> <p>A Pako Festa Float is being organised a Bollard walk and a Progressive Dinner all for Fun Friendship and Fellowship.</p> <p></p> <p> </p>
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A very successful social evening was had by all at Irish Murphy's

 A number of huddles and conversations were had not only in catching up on what each person had done over the Christmas break but also planning for the coming Rotary year.

Congratulations to Holly Vanderpol for being the Dux of Geelong High School

Congratulations also to Jo White for her nomination for AG for District Membership

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Hello friends, relations, partners, ex-members & Paul Harris Fellows,

By now you may know that Bayside Rotary had another very successful fundraising event in catering for CoGG's Xmas party on Friday night.

The lead-up and preparation involved is no mean feat and the club wishes to once again express it's thanks for your selfless generosity in helping either on the night, and/or on the Thursday night at Oberon High School.

It really does help to ease the pressure of what would otherwise be a very tiring job.

We love having you along to help out and to enjoy your company, as we all work to raise funds to help the less fortunate.

May you all have a merry Xmas with friends and families, happy knowing that you've put 'service above self'' once again.

Kind regards, on behalf of Bayside Geelong Rotary Club,

President Telsa Stubna

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 26, 2013

A great night was held by all members attending the Rotary Club of Geelong East’s celebration of The Rotary Foundation Month with featured speaker Rotary Peace Scholar Inspector Charles Allen is a Police Service Area Manager of Greater Dandenong.

His responsibilities include the management of 218 serving police within his area, and overseeing of the social and cultural challenges of the most multicultural area in Victoria with its 156 different ethnic and religious groups. Inspector Allen spoke on the subject of Peace and Conflict resolution within the Greater Dandenong area and shared experiences arising from him having being awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship. This Fellowship gave Inspector Allen exposure to both advanced theory and practical experience in urban, national and international peace issues and conflict resolution. Inspector Allen is very passionate about his job and is a worthy recipient of the Rotary Peace Fellowship. He also demonstrated how he has used this knowledge and experience in his current role as well as kept in touch with Peace Fellowship Alumni to continue to exchange ideas.

It was great to share the evening with our new friend Henry Fitzell, ex Williamstown Rotary Club, who attended our meeting the week before.

-Geelong East generously allowed us to sell tickets for Adele Chenoweth's African cause and we raised $114. Keep your fingers crossed for the 1st December draw.

Peace Scholar - Inspector Charles Allen Peter Kavenagh 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 19, 2013

Again the committees have been hard at work.  we are again considering the Christmas Family Appeal for a large family and all members are requested to contribute

Western Heights College have requested support with a Literacy Award.

An entry in Pako fest this year sounds exciting with an international flavour.

Christmas at the Boat Shed - Dinner and Dance something to look forward to.

 The club has a new exchange student and Carlos was welcomed to the club.

Lots of fundraising in the run up to Christmas.

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 12, 2013

Thank you to Brian for offering his home to be able  to attend to the BBQ trailer and to Jo for organising the Pizza

The Trailer received a massive clean up by a couple of men with their Gerni with by far a much larger group of men giving directions. 

Anyway the result was a clean trailer and some male bonding. After which pizza was enjoyed by all members. 

 

Trailer Night Peter Kavenagh 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 05, 2013
It was a great night and a very big thank you to Brian Burch for all the work he did in getting the area ready for us all.

The F Troop (love the new name and will have to send to DG Ken). You are great and love you all to bits, thanks for the salads and all the support!!

Would also like to say thank you to John Virgona for being there early to start the BBQ, we do appreciate you John!

I mentioned to John before everyone arrived that we couldn’t have done it without them and his comment was, “well we are all part of the club”……

What a great attitude, that is why, we, Bayside, is so fantastic. How fortunate are we to be part of this wonderful team of people.

Guyfaux Night at Brian Burch's Peter Kavenagh 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 29, 2013

Genevieve Stout author of the ‘The Living Years And Me’ series of books is passionate about the importance of documenting family information after the death of a dear friend.

The benefits of documenting information eases the burden of coping with loss and opens up lines of communication and cherished information.  It is in place for future generations to reflect on also.

The Living Years was written to make it easy for people to document information about themselves with prompts throughout the book and often it is the simple information about a person that is neglected but also important to gain the full picture of that person.

www.thelivingyearsjournal.com

Genevieve handed out a few questions for us to answer- what is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?- with many members sharing their answers. Genevieve brought her books for everyone to see and you are able to contact her via the web or 0400 647 771.

Genevieve Stout - The Living Years Peter Kavenagh 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 28, 2013

Dan announced that one Rotary Exchange Student Igor Lorget from Slovenia, who was hosted by the Club 2002-3, had last week been killed in an air crash. His ultralight craft had hit power lines while on a photographic assignment.

He is remembered for his fruitful Australian exchange and his sense of humour.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time. 

Sad News - Igor Lorget Peter Kavenagh 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 22, 2013

 This week's guest speaker was Don who is the Rotary District 9780  Insurance Officer and Risk Management Officer.  He gave us some words of advice on:-

Risk Management (RM)

WHAT

Systematic process to assess, reduce, avoid and/or take account of risk of potential damage, injury or death associated with an activity.

WHY

Besides Health & Safety of all those involved RM protects the reputation of the Club and its attraction for new members. It protects Club Directors from litigation.

WHEN

Always — RM must be ongoing and vital and be constantly reviewed to improve the process.

WHO

Project Organiser(s) and checked by a third person.

HOW

Rotary National Insurance Committee has template forms which may be used as-is if suitable or modified to a particular use.

WHERE

On the Web: Rotary 9780 / Club Support / Insurance.
ON THE WEB

Is a summary of the prepaid insurances provided by District and notes a variety of Inclusions, limitations and exclusions. There are templates for a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) which should be prepared for EVERY event. ALL THE ANSWERS for ALL THE QUERIES are on the RD 9780 Web Site. 

Don Shields, RD9780 Insurance Officer and Risk Management Officer Peter Kavenagh 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 01, 2013

President Telsa with a kit from Ambulance Australia introduced the CPR Refresher course and with the help of a printed pillow case (of lungs and heart ect.) A CD assisted members to renew this vital skill as it went through the needed response and techniques.

President Telsa introduced our guest speaker Stephan Yewdall from Geelong West RC and shared with us his Rotary journey. What an amazing history and now a
candidate for Geelong Mayor. All members enjoyed Stephan’s eloquent talk. 

CPR Refresher and Steven Yewell - Mayoral Candidate Peter Kavenagh 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
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After months of preparation by the Vocational Service team of Daryll, Christine, Phil together with co-opted members Marilyn, Judy and Murray, the day had finally arrived. Seven nominees had been interviewed and had been invited to attend an afternoon tea to celebrate their nomination. The day of the Ken Wilks Spirit of the Heart Award had finally come.

There is a buzz of excitement and expectation as the nominees enter the auditorium with their invited guests. There are also representatives from the employee groups Encompass Community Services and St Laurence Community Services.

Daryll goes to every nominee and their guests and gives them all a warm welcome.

There is a video camera in place from Rotary Media to capture all the action operated by ADG Tony Stewart.

MC Philip Quick opens the proceedings with the Rotary Club of Bayside invocation. He then introduces President Telsa who welcomes everyone to the function as well as special guests ADG Tony Stewart, PDG Chris Sims, Peter Jurisic from St Laurence Community Services and Michele Butcher, Cara White and John Crawford from Encompass Community Services. President Telsa also acknowleged the generous sponsorship by the T.A.C.

Daryll gives an outline of the Ken Wilks Spirit of the Heart Award and begins with a quote from Anna Healey the guest speaker at the Southern Region Shine On Awards 2010. “Disability is the community’s inability to understand the capability of the individual.” He then spoke about the Award and the person it was named after none other than our very own Ken Wilks.

Daryll introduced the panel and a citation was read out for each of the nominees. Each nominee was asked to come forward and receive their certificate and have their photo taken with Ken Wilks.

A delicious afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes, fruit and cheese platter together with tea and coffee followed.

Then it was time to announce the recipient of the Ken Wilks Spirit of the Heart Award but not before some words from last years recipient Kerryn McGlinchy. Kerryn told everyone that since the award she had found extra confidence in her job and the workplace atmosphere had been changed as a result.

The winner is Michael Chan nominated by St Laurence Community Services.

Michael was so overjoyed he was lost for words but thanked everyone for this opportunity just to be recognised.

Peter Jurisic was asked to come forward and accept the Perpetual Trophy on behalf of St Laurence Community Services.

Michael was asked to draw the raffle and three overjoyed winners were found.

Daryll presented some gifts to Phil as MC and to the presenters and thanked all the panel.

President Telsa closed the proceedings with closing remarks.


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Jo explained the activities for the night having the teams made up from the four tables –The Whittens, The Richards, The Abletts and The Colemans – each team selected a captain for the table and Umpires Judy and Murray and official Scorer Simon were introduced as the first quarter round of games began.

The team colour game saw the winner John S using science and lung capacity and scored the first quarter win for the Whittens.

The second quarter of Handball tested the skills of all and challenged the umpire’s decision making.

Half time break and a quick hydration check moved us into the third quarter of "celebrity heads" 

Scores were totalled as we moved into the final quarter of theme songs with some amazing renditions of football songs.

The tally on the scoreboard proved the Whittens the winners and the team of John S, David, Chris and Jane were presented with consumable medals.

Brian was also declared the winner of Barefoot Bowls and was given his long awaited trophy

Jo thanked her amazing team and shared the fun of organising the nights events and President Telsa also thanked the fun committee for such an entertaining night

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Community

Jo White - A letter was received from South Geelong Primary School regarding the presentation of the 2 ipads purchased by Bayside Rotary. Daryl advised Telsa will present the ipads this Friday afternoon.  An application form has been sent to the Ballarat South Rotary Club requesting 30 books relating to their annual raffle.

Foundation

David Fisher - has contacted Adele regarding assistance to her fund raising venture. We will provide assistance on 12 October but at this time waiting confirmation from Adele, e.g. What facilities can Mitre 10 provide and what assistance Adele requires from Bayside Rotary.

Fundraising

John Spiteri - reminded everyone of the upcoming BBQ dates. Please refer the previous Bollard.  Relay for Life.  We will require assistance. Planning required for food and rosters. Spread over two days and one night shift. Assistance required for the Christ Church BBQ on 26 September. Have not yet heard back from ChristChurch.

New Gen

Peter Kavenagh - Youth Exchange – A student from overseas means being hosted by a family. Host families do not need to be part of the club. A decision does not need to be made until February/March 2014. RYLA will be held in October .Thank you card received from Shungu Inc.-Nash hoping to bring musicians to Geelong. Details on Shungu website.

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Jenna Quick explained that the format of the meeting was going to be a little different tonight and started with a healthy fines session.

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Who is wearing Jeans and sneakers together tonight??????????

Who is a non – FACEBOOK user ???????

Chairman Jenna Quick then introduced our speakers Ron Cockell and AG Tony Stewart from

“ROTARY RADIO” 

Ron said it was around 2 years ago since he was at Bayside Rotary Club introducing the concept of Rotary on Community Radio. Ron said it had come a long way since then and the program now runs once a month where he is joined by Tony and Cathy Ryan the First Tuesday of the Month.

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Chairman Chris introduced our Guest speaker Lisa Kingman from Timehelp

Lisa Kingman is the founder of Timehelp and has over 20 years experience helping businesses and community organisations develop strong and beneficial relationships. Lisa lives in Geelong with her two children and founded Timehelp in the Geelong region 10 years ago when she saw the need for volunteers in schools. Lisa is no stranger to Rotary having grown up in a Rotary Family.
Timehelp is Australia’s premier intergenerational volunteer program in schools. The mission is to connect two generations; young people and retirees for education, well-being and community benefits. Now in three states- Victoria, NSW and WA all funded by donation(different sources) and was started originally in Geelong from Alcoa funding. Lisa asked Isobel Bowls a current volunteer to talk about her experience as a volunteer with Timehelp. Isobel shared how fulfilling this was for her and how much she gained from the initial volunteer preparation and now the continual opportunity to work with children in many different ways

Learn about the impact this volunteering program has made- http://www.timehelp.com.au/about/impact/
For more information on volunteering-
http://www.timehelp.com.au/volunteer/express-interest/

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“Great night of fun, 25 of us all together for dinner and catch up. Mark invited an exchange student here from Switzerland plus another Gen Y --

They had a lot of fun plus Jenna joined us as well. Brian told me he won at the end of the evening and where was his trophy??? I will organize something Brian. Be careful what you wish for.:)!

Bev Burch joined the New Gen team for the night- GREAT FUN

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Welcome to members,

Welcome to New Gen Friends of Rotary Mark Furlan and Jenna Quick and Holly Vanderpol.

Welcome back to Phil Quick whom President Telsa re inducted back into the club after being away in Queensland last year, Phil was presented with Dinner badge. Holly was also presented with her dinner badge.

Dan Furlan was asked to introduce his son Mark whom was to be inducted as a New Gen Friend of Rotary tonight-

“Dan said that Marks introduction to Rotary started young as even as a young child he often came to meetings due to family circumstances at the time and grew up with the concept of what Rotary was all about.  

In 2009 Mark was nominated for International Youth Exchange and in 2010 spent a year in Canada. Since this time Mark has continued his involvement in some shape or form” President Telsa inducted Mark into our New Gen Friends of Rotary.

Committee night followed
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“ Jo acknowledged Nyasha for the inspiration and delight he has been to the Bayside Rotary Club and how all the members are sorry too see him go and when we orgnanised the gathering tonight we were not sure if it would be a celebration or a farewell and although the later it now seems only for a short while as Nyasha sorts out things to be able to return. Nyasha was than presented with a gift that was a little hard to break into ........an Akubra hat wrapped in the Aussie Flag (a big Thankyou to Jo for sourcing and obtaining this for Nyasha)This was presented by Jo to Nyasha and it fitted a treat and looked very handsome.

Nyasha then spoke of his time here, the enjoyment he has had and the friends he has made, plus Baysiders that seem to be a lot younger than what they are (Thanks Nyasha). Nyasha than spoke of the contact he has already made with the Rotary club of Harare (capital of Zimbabwe) to introduce some Youth programs to them and perhaps becoming a sister club with Bayside Rotary Club of Geelong. Although sorry to be leaving and having his studies interrupted their is more hope to his return in a few months.

It was a great night of Friendship and Fellowship and was enjoyed by everyone attending.”

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Nyasha's deportation fight - Background Peter Kavenagh 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jul 16, 2013

Foundations Report-David Fisher

Vocational Report-Daryl

New Generations-Peter Hynes

Membership/Fellowship - Jo White

Fundraising –John Spiteri

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jul 09, 2013
Chairman Jo White introduced Greg Puls, our 2009 KWSOTH award winner and his father Rod. He spoke about a cycling event around the Bay; “Bikes for Bibles”, which raises money through sponsors.
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Adele is seeking support for her January 2014 trip to Africa. Twenty five students from Deakin University are travelling to the CHINTSA community in RSA to spend two weeks helping with Health Education — through games, sport and instruction depending on the age group of children being instructed.

Chintsa Community in RSA - Adele Chenoweth Peter Kavenagh 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jun 25, 2013

Changeover Night and was celebrated with a dinner at Queens Park Golf Club

Address of the Incoming President 2013-14 — Telsa Stubna

Ladies and Gentlemen, I ask you to picture yourself as someone who dislikes cleaning and tries to avoid it at all costs, but then suddenly undertakes a frenzy of activity over the weekend –

·         Washing windows in the middle of winter, even if they didn’t need it

·         Vacuuming frantically to justify the need to rush to the stocktaking sales to buy a new vacuum

·         Chopping a pile of kindling large enough to sustain yourself through winter

Anything to procrastinate in writing this speech!  And then I thought ‘I’m among friends here, many of whom have stood here and made a similar speech, and in the words of PDG Jessie Harman I agreed that;

”Rotary will survive…..despite me!!”

Scenario number 2: Now picture yourself as someone who can’t afford carpet on their floors, who doesn’t in fact have a house to clean, a water supply even for drinking and washing, let alone a pile of wood to chop. Who may not own pen and paper to write upon, or even know how to read or write. These are the people I want to help, and they’re not all overseas.

Incoming World President Ron Burton has said when Rotarians get involved, when they really get engaged in what they’re doing, then lives are changed. He joined Rotary because someone thought to ask him.

Ron has said the new Grants Model makes it an exciting time to be a Rotarian, it takes all that is wonderful about Rotary and raises it to a new level, by encouraging bigger and more sustainable projects, while also providing increasingly flexible local projects which address the needs of the community.

Paul Harris Fellowships — Christine, Jo White and David Fisher announced the candidates proposed and to be accepted as Paul Harris Fellows at Rotary International. They are:

·         Bev Burch — Bev has attended numerous working and fundraising events as a Friend of Rotary for many years, as well as partaking in many other volunteering roles within the community

·         Jan McGowan — For her unstinting support of the Christ Church Meals Program; “always working and always there”

This is the major award bestowed by Rotary International and the Club expressed its delight on the new Fellows. This year it has been bestowed gratefully on two persons from outside the membership. Congratulations to both.

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“Thailand Heartbreak” As a state coordinator for Nutrimetics, Jo and hundreds of staff travelled to Thailand as part of their E3 Nutrimetics fundraising group. She showed ‘before and after’ photos of the recent Tsunami damage and explained about the loss of jobs and change in lifestyle of local people.

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jun 11, 2013

Committee members broke into groups to discuss goals for the new Rotary year.

Membership: should include ‘Friends’ and ex-members regularly in activities.

Community: Kalkee thrilled with Literacy Trolley, as are South Geelong P.S..  Awaiting their 2 laptops for use by children with Learning Difficulties.

Foundation: Discussion of aims.

New Gen: Student Alex Bensch from Geelong College has been interviewed for NYSF, forms completed, interview in Ararat in July; if successful he goes to Canberra for the forum.

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Posted by Simon Empson on Jun 09, 2013
At  recent meeting our Chairman for the night  Jo White introduced ex-Bayside member and friend Gavin Fitzgerald who came tonight to tell us about the community service he’s involved in through his workplace. 

Gavin said it was good to be back and to see a few old faces from his club days with Bayside.
  Gavin has been with CFA for 10 years and was a volunteer for many years as well. He recognises what they do well at CFA: the roll out of trucks and fire fighting, but questions how well they engage with the community they serve. 

It is a case of understanding the underlying dynamics of your community getting good involvement  with them  will reduce the bad involvement with your community at the actual fire scene - seems a smart move, well done Gavin
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Successful community involvement by the CFA (Gavin Fitzgerald) Simon Empson 2013-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 28, 2013
Chairman John Virgona introduced Consulting Pathologist Martin Kirsch, saying he is associated with the Macular Degeneration Foundation and in his spare time he enjoys sailing and cycling around Geelong. This week is MD Awareness Week.
Martin explained the central part of the eyes retina is responsible for fine detail – reading,people’s faces, driving. There’s a group of degenerative diseases that cause painless but progressive loss of central vision; dry MD is a build-up of drusen (metabolic waste) not noticed except by an Optometrist.
Macular Degeneration Foundation - Consulting Pathologist Martin Kirsch Peter Kavenagh 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 23, 2013

We would love to have you as a Rotary member

Looking for members Peter Kavenagh 2013-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 21, 2013

Chairman Brian Burch introduced Oncologist Dr Karen White and Angela McDonald, a cancer survivor. He briefly explained the program ‘Strive to Thrive’, an exercise program initiated by Dr Karen White to help rehabilitate patients after the devastating effects of cancer treatment. Brian also fondly remembered his wife Helen’s recent battle with cancer.  

Karen began by explaining that the worst part of the struggle following cancer treatment is when the doctor recommends an exercise program. Patients may not have the skills or knowledge to proceed and need lots of emotional support. Her program has been running for 2 years now; sessions run twice weekly and include an information session with guest speakers on healthy choices of food and lifestyle.

 

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 14, 2013

Social Night

Bayside’s Social night at Belmont Bowling Lanes followed by pizza at Tony’s was a huge success; eveyone enjoyed themselves and let their imagine run wild with the pink theme. Many strikes were achieved throughout the evening, as well as a few less elegant postures caused by slippery surfaces.

 

Bowling and Tony's Pizzas Peter Kavenagh 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on May 07, 2013

His keen interest in helping others led to his position as CEO Do Care, a NFP Home and Community Care group with 33 years history in Geelong and now located in High St, Belmont.

Rod addressed the following: Healthy but aging population at risk of isolation

·         Significant progress in medical science so people living longer

·         Social isolation leads to premature death, Do Care seeks to fill the gap

·         300 clients in Geelong , aged over 65 but independent & in own homes

·         Do Care provides planned activities, bus trips, home assistance

·         300 trained volunteers who get just as much satisfaction as their clients

·         1 on 1 visitation program, often weekly, plus planned activity groups

·         2013 5pp of working age/person over 65; 2050 will escalate to 2.7 pp w.age/>65

·         Slow economic growth rates, fewer people paying tax

·         Predict by 2050 almost 5million Australians will have dementia

Hoping to implement new Home Share program where older folk own their home but share with young person, who in turn shares a few hours of time each day. Will be linked to Deakin’s Medical Course to suggest applicants. Also hope to partner with Waurtherong to develop HCC Program. Shortage of affordable housing in Geelong, 2 major Tertiary Institutes so perfect place to trial the program.

 

Do Care - Rod Nockle Peter Kavenagh 2013-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 30, 2013

This meeting was devoted to the organizing of the Torquay Bar B Que.

The meeting addressed a lot of issues surrounding all aspects of the event.

Issues of revenue and roster and availability resources etc. were addressed.

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Chairman Dan Furlan: Introduced Jane and Samantha as health professionals who have set up a Maternal Health Training Program for Mongolian women, many of whom are nomadic with no anti-natal education & consequently a high mortality rate at birth. Mongolia has a pop.of 2.8m, 33% below the poverty line and temp’s get to -35o. The ladies have lived and worked in Asia, Mongolia, Northern Territory and locally, and have formed a team of 5 health professionals from Australia and New Zealand, including a Doctor, Obstetrician, nurses and midwives. They will travel to Mongolia to present their pilot program to 50 health professionals in a 5 day training venture, which will then be passed on to many more women.
Maternal Health Training Program for Mongolian Women Peter Kavenagh 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Apr 16, 2013

New Generations: NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) in Canberra is looking for next year’s candidates.  Kaye asked members to consider sponsoring an inbound student for the 2nd 6 months, and also asked about sponsoring an outbound student.

Foundation: Unused $500 RAM commitment was transferred to Anton Van Doornik’s DIK PNG project.

Proposed Central Australia field trip to repair a Health Clinic and plant new gardens: approx. 10 members showed interest in the trip, depending on details.

 

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Robin Hunt welcomed Ainsley to the rostrum and noted that of course she needed no introduction to members.
ImageAinsley’s eyes shone with happy memories as she showed a musical slide show of her year in Germany and surrounds, Host families and close friends, summer music festival, large cities visited, hiking and tandem biking, cooking Aussie food, snow-boarding holidays, castles, Euro trip, Oktoberfest and a fast Porsch car ride (which was very safe). She wore her Exchange jacket which was so heavy with metal it’s a wonder she passed through customs.
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David Fisher introduced Dr Amanda Watson, a Mobile Communication Research Consultant who’s been in PNG since ’04, setting up the PNG Childbirth Emergency Phone for use in remote areas. This important work is funded by Oz Aid and Milne Bay Provincial Health Authority. Her Assistant is local PNG man Gaius Sabumei, who has an Arts Degree, works in the health sector, is a keen footballer and is visiting Deakin Uni as a Speaker.
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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 26, 2013

Michael Palmer, Rotary Youth Exchange

Chairman Kaye introduced Michael Palmer, Bayside’s Rotary Youth Exchange 2001, who travelled to Sweden for the year.

Holly Vanderpol, National Youth Science Forum

Judy introduced Holly Vanderpol, Bayside’s NYSF candidate who went to Canberra in January this year 

Damien Martucci, Rotary Youth Leadership  Award

Damien Martucci, our soon-to-be graduate from RYLA introduced himself to our club 

 

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 19, 2013
Committees: Following group discussions, Pres.Peter led a continued Club Assembly
discussion re existing projects and member’s ideas for the future. It was agreed by most that
KWSOTH, Careers and Christchurch are our major projects. Other points will be raised at the
Board meeting next fortnight.
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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 12, 2013

Chairperson: Dan Furlan welcomed Anton Van Doornik once again to our club. Anton is a PP from Geelong Rotary, manages the DIK Program, is an active/driving participant in the Sariri Village schedule, PNG and is a retired teacher. He showed an excellent slide show and answered many questions.

Anton started the Sariri Village Pilot Program 4 years ago when cyclone damage and subsequent flooding of the river caused villages to be washed away and the loss of 9 lives. 7 tribes in the area then moved 2km inland, away from the river. A local man, Elijah Sarigari was given the Joyce & Jean Abbey Scholarship to study at Creswick for 3 months learning farm management, how to cut and store timber, and how to build garden beds with drainage channels. He returned to PNG to pass on his knowledge and work with volunteer groups from Rotary as well as his own villagers. Rotary bought a moveable saw mill for $30,000 (with a matching grant), which is transported to the felled tree and re-assembled around it. It cuts timber to 5”x6” and also cuts weatherboards.

Sariri Village Pilot Program - Anton Van Doornik Peter Kavenagh 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Mar 05, 2013
Chairperson: President Peter began a discussion about club targets and what we as a club wish to do as projects. Should we have 3 aims or just spread our money thinly over everything? We don’t have objectives to follow. Each table was asked to list several objectives, then Judy recorded these for future reference. Jane suggested we should support a project that reflects the RI theme, namely Peace Through Service. We will continue the Club Assembly next week.
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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Feb 26, 2013
Chairperson: Ross Dow introduced guest speakers; Bill Rebula PCFA trained Ambassador for Prostate Support Groups, Bruce Kinnersley Founding Member of Support Groups, and Roger Northam member for the area.
Roger began with a PowerPoint slide show stressing the importance of awareness, because prostate cancer can be cured if found in time. He discussed signs, symptoms, a range of medical tests and treatments, saying there may be no obvious symptoms and so medical checks are vital on a regular basis. 20,000 new cases are diagnosed annually,
with 3,300 deaths - more than for breast cancer. Risk factors include gender, age, family history, lifestyle, ethnicity (higher in black African males as they absorb less Vitamin D from sunlight), rural living, specific groups (Vietnam Veterans have higher incidence than other demographic groups).
Prostate Support Groups - Bill Rebula Peter Kavenagh 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Feb 19, 2013
FOUNDATION –  ‘adopt a village project. ‘  ‘Childbirth Emergency Phone network’ in PNG.
FUNDRAISING – JThe Club has 2 BBQs in March – Bunnings Torquay on Monday 11th March. Blokes Day Out on Sunday 24th March at Eastern Beach.
NEW GENERATIONS –  RYLA, RYPEN or RAIC programs,
Committee Night Peter Kavenagh 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Feb 12, 2013
Chairperson: President Peter introduced Jenny who is the Well-Being Contact at Carranballac P-9 School at Point Cook. Jenny asked us to imagine a (typical) classroom of 30 students, 2 with severe behavioural disorders, 3 with significant learning difficulties, 2 with severe depression, 2 with Autistic Syndrome Disorder, 1 with Asperger’s, 2 totally disengaged and who cannot form relationships with their peers. Teachers must provide a range of differentiated learning tasks to suit all styles and abilities, while trying to maintain discipline and a positive, happy learning environment. There is continual assistance provided by the school team of Principal class, welfare, speech pathologist, support staff and regional office psychologists, as well as regular and on-going meetings with class teachers. Parents can be very anxious if they suspect a learning difficulty with their child and therefore also need support, especially if given a diagnosis of intellectual disability. Funding cuts and strict guidelines are enforced but a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach is needed, along with improved funding, for students to achieve to their full potential.
Well Being at school Peter Kavenagh 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Feb 05, 2013
It was interesting to gaze around the room and notice the intense interest and pleasure on member’s faces as they listened to David speak; there were quite a number of us with an attachment to the area south of Colac and adjacent to the Otways. The Heytesbury Settlement Scheme was introduced in the 1960’s by the Bolte Government; the forest area being cleared in order to expand the dairy industry. Initially 2 pilot farms were cleared and sewn to pasture, then more settlers took up land in the 60’s, the Kraft factory was built at Simpson and the PO was established in’ 62. Simpson grew with shops, schools, churches, commercial factories and other services for the 400 established farms. Applicants were worldwide and it was like winning the lottery to be granted a plot of land to be able to establish oneself as a farmer.
The Heytesbury Settlement Scheme - David Fisher Peter Kavenagh 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jan 29, 2013
Our group met at Rippleside and Western Beach for a Bollard walk by the Bay; a ‘walk trial’ with an emphasis on artist Jan Mitchell’s story. We were instructed to brush up on Geelong’s history and Jan’s life’s work. After a leisurely stroll and collection of trivia, as well as deciphering info from the bollards along the way, members and partners enjoyed socialising over a delicious seafood meal, a glass of wine and a coffee. Hostess with the mostest Jo, then ‘corrected’ our ‘walk trial’ answers and handed out giant bars of chocolate as prizes. It was interesting to see how people thought outside the square, in their frantic endeavours to find all the items we had to collect. There should be some interesting fines next week Spitz, not the least being Peter Kavenagh for complaining that no-one turned up at Queen’s Park for the meeting!!
Well done Jo and assistant Ross for a fun night.
The Outing - A bollard experience Peter Kavenagh 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jan 22, 2013
Chairman Brian Burch introduced Libby Mitchell, mother of Phoebe whom we sponsored for her WDSSC trip to Italy representing Australia. Libby thanked us for our monetary support and showed a PowerPoint of photos from the Loana venue. Previous games have been held in England, South Africa, Ireland, Portugal and Thailand and will be in Mexico next year, with 21 countries represented. Libby described Loana as a beautiful setting, a riviera-like town with perfect weather. They stayed in Athletes Village, all teams were in uniform and as captain, Phoebe led the Oz team and proudly carried the flag for the opening ceremony. The team had 3 days pre-training, then 3 days swimming, 1 day rest, 3 days swimming. Supporting family members stayed close by and all ate together, becoming a close group of friends. The Oz team won many medals including 5 gold female relays, 18 silver, 15 bronze and clocked up 5 world records. Phoebe’s achievements were 11 gold, 2 silver and 4 WR. The team members endured up to 14 heats or 14 finals in a day and were understandably often exhausted. Australia won the championship and Italian speaking male team captain Patrick was able to please the locals with his final speech. Since her return to Oz, Phoebe has been awarded the Lee Troop Award for sporting excellence through the Barwon Sports Academy.
Libby Mitchell - Down’s Syndrome Swimming Victoria Peter Kavenagh 2013-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jan 15, 2013
SAA John Spiteri opened the meeting with the invocation and toast to the flag, then welcomed President Peter to the Lectern. Peter spoke about the tremendous night of interaction with Torquay Rotary Club and the local fire brigade, held last week at Freshwater Creek Hall. He particularly thanked Jo and Chris for their organisation of activities and trivia, and Brian and the group for their catering/BBQ efforts. The 2 clubs jointly presented a cheque for $2000 to the Fire Brigade; money raised over the last 2 years. Peter then raved about what an exciting year it’s promising to be for Kaye and him in their profession, he was excited about the tennis, meeting exchange student Ainsley at the airport, what a great place Australia is and how well behaved the endless queues were at the tennis…..he had a captive audience to chat to for hours about the benefits of Rotary! (What a great evangelist). He then shouted us all a glass of bubbly and we toasted Australia, Rotary International and then Kaye and Peter, when Judy announced it was their 40th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations Kaye and Peter from all club members.
Peter Kearney - A Vision Peter Kavenagh 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jan 08, 2013
In lieu of the annual cricket match and BBQ with Torquay Rotary Club, it was decided to change the format to a social evening/games night. A fun evening of Trivia questions, toss the coin and other social activities was enjoyed by all who attended. Bayside cooked the BBQ and provided an interesting array of salads, followed by Torquay’s yummy desserts. Unfortunately the numbers were down with only 12 Bayside members able to attend, but with 20 members from Torquay and 6 Fire Brigade members from Freshwater Creek, a night of friendship and frivolity ensued. A cheque for $2000 was presented to the Fire Brigade from Bayside Rotary; a very welcome addition to funds especially during the peak fire danger period we are presently experiencing.
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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Dec 11, 2012

Peter welcomed Members and thanked everyone for their outstanding team work at the CoGG Christmas break-up. We did a great job for a small club and received many compliments.

 

 Daryll - Community Service : Geelong Advertiser’s ‘Adopt a family’ 5 boxes were packed with gifts and food supplies for our family of 5. Daryll thanked members for their generosity and assured us that one more local family will have a happy Christmas Day.  $50 cheques and letters were sent to Geelong, Newcomb, Belmont, Grovedale and Oberon
High Schools for a literacy award for their Graduation Ceremonies.  South Geelong PS have requested I-Pads for use by Autistic children: we may purchase 2.
David - Rotary Foundation: RAWCS stickers were sold to attach to member badges. Nothing further re RAM or Shelterbox. $50/head was to be paid tonight for our Christmas party at Beckley Park.

Murray:Fellowship and Fundraising: thanked John V and Brian for the enormous amount of effort in planning, purchasing and preparing for the CoGG function. Also to Jo for organising cooking of meat & salad prep at her home and to Telsa for arranging facilities for further prep at Oberon High. John reported a profit of $7,076.10 which was a fantastic result. 

Peter Kavenagh: Shelter Box committee is aware of 150,000 homeless, so please discuss with
family members and consider giving to charity this Christmas instead of gifts.

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Dec 04, 2012
Nicole spoke with passion about the eating disorder anorexia and how it develops into bulimia. She took us through the feelings of rejection she’d felt at 18, how she became extreme in her choices of foods, checking labels and total healthiness. She then began exercising excessively and dropping weight and when people noticed it gave her feelings of power and a sense of achievement. Bulimia developed next and she found herself binging and purging, which she described as an ‘out of body’ experience. There were 2 parts: herself and Ed (eating disorder).  The 1st step to helping herself was to admit her problem to a special friend and her family. She then began Cognitive Therapy Behaviour with a psychologist and learned to love herself as she was, to make good choices. Looking back she can see the mistakes she made and the reasons for her problem, but meeting her husband gave her strength and helped her to disempower the disorder. Nicole’s recovery spanned 2 ½ years and she feels she lost her adolescent years. She has now started an Eating Disorder Recovery Group called ‘Just the way you are’, in order to pass on her wealth of experience and knowledge to other sufferers.
www.justthewayyouare.org

Jo thanked Nicole for taking us on her life journey so far and presented her with a token gift.
The Importance of a Healthy View of Body Image - Nicole Riddle Peter Kavenagh 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 27, 2012

David Fisher, Who began the proceedings by introducing us to a rotation of brief member speeches beginning with escalating letters of the alphabet. “As of today at 10am I was faced with the prospect of no speaker…..” He then passed the microphone to the next person who began with the letter B…..Along the way we were not only enlightened about our member’s activities and new cars, but were highly amused by those who didn’t know the alphabet. Well done at short notice David!

Although we are a small club, we really do have quality membership.

David Fisher and everyone's speeches Peter Kavenagh 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 20, 2012
Chris spoke about Polio Eradication, a global initiative of The Rotary Foundation (TRF).   When Paul Harris died in 1947 there was an inpouring of donations to TRF that enabled the international network to be developed and strengthened. At its peak the disease would paralyse or kill over half a million worldwide every year. it was decided by TRF that we must eradicate the disease by immunising every child until the virus has gone. Annual giving and the Centurion program (individual donations of $A100.00 per annum) are two ways Rotariansand Clubs can donate to this worthy cause.

 

Polio Eradication - Chris Simms Peter Kavenagh 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 13, 2012

Community

Community Literacy Troller to be delivered to South Geelong PS and more

Membership

Remember to prepare ‘RAVE’ speeches. Spitz is working on guest invitation cards, groups 9&10 are working to produce a quality Rotary promotional brochure.

New Generations

Will try for Exchange Student share with another club

Foundation

RAM (Rotary Against Malaria): Board agreed to sponsor a village to purchase mosquito nets at cost of $1000-$1500.

Vocational

Jo is to place at article and photo re KWSOTH Awards in the Geelong Advertiser.

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Nov 06, 2012
6th Nov. was a social night at Wine Justice in Belmont, opposite Aldi in High St. It was an interesting spot with a wall of wines on display and the 1st glass of bubbles/wine was free. Peter Hynes and bar assistants then ran around coercing us into buying more of the liquid refreshments to keep the owner happy. All members were asked to BYO plate of supper to share and we had a delicious variety of savoury and sweet foods. John S has volunteered as chief sandwich maker in future; they were fresh, delicious and a delight to the senses. There were prizes for best dressed male and female, trackside. Jo organised a couple of activities to keep us on our toes and all proceeds from the night went to Shelterbox.
Well done guys!
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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 30, 2012
Jo White informed us of her plans for Mexican dancing at our Hat Night, organised to raise awareness and funds for Rotary Health. At the 11th hour the dancers had to cancel so Jo had the unenviable task of arranging different entertainment. (I had expected that she would ‘lead the show’ with a few dance steps, but no!) We began by disintegrating and devouring a piñata, poor little fellow. Jo then presented a fascinating slide show of MUSA, a life size underwater gallery in the Bay of Mexico, featuring 400 steel and cement sculptures of people, buildings and cars, bolted to the sea floor and forming an artificial marine reef. With Jo’s usual passion, we were treated to ‘close ups’ of the individual models beautiful faces. The purpose of the reef is 2-fold in that it is a tourist attraction for divers, and it helps protect the fragile coral. Fish can safely swim within the structures and coral is regrowing as anticipated. Look it up online for more detail!
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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 16, 2012

Tony spoke on Raising profile of Rotary in the Community

Rotary Radio broadcasting a session on World Polio Day

Committees

Fundraising - Auskick report and others

Community - Library Trolley nearing completion

Membership - Stickers and Rotary Activity on Raving about Rotary

Vocational - Interview for Ken Wilk's award and more

 

AG Tony Stewart and Committees Peter Kavenagh 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Oct 09, 2012
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Camilo Olives
Joan educated us as to the finer points of olive oil production and we tasted Camilo oil having first warmed it slightly in our palm. We then tasted cheaper brands which were incomparable.

  • Olive oil doesn’t improve with age; keep away from light, heat and oxygen
  • Pure is best, refined oil has little nutritional benefit or anti-oxidants left after processing
  • Buy green rather than clear glass bottles, or foil-lined casks
  • Balanced oils- blending of various types, is an art
  • Look for year of harvest of olives; buy freshest
  • Australian Industry is new, so 95% is extra virgin olive oil
  • Camilo Oils have won numerous awards
  • Cellar Door Sales 10-2pm Wed-Fri
  • Several outlets in Geelong including Harvey’s at Highton- oils, pastes, olives, dukka

Find out more at www.camilo.com.au

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Brian Burch introduced Libby, mother of 21 year old Phoebe who has Down’s Syndrome and was a nominee in our Ken Wilks Awards 2 years ago.
Libby said she spoke on behalf of Down’s Syndrome Swimming Victoria. Dr Langdon Down 1st described a set of symptoms resulting from a mistake in the pairing of chromosomes at conception. These include minor intellectual disabilities, language difficulties, reduced muscle tone/strength, shorter stature, Mongolian facial features, delayed cognitive development and commonly hearing &/or sight loss. Libby has always given Phoebe rich stimulation so that she can develop to her best ability and she has supported Phoebe in her passion for competitive swimming. Phoebe is now a highly successful member of the DSSV team and has represented Australia several times in championship challenges.
Libby Mitchell - Down’s Syndrome Swimming Victoria Peter Kavenagh 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Simone Stevens – National Insurance Disability Scheme Peter Kavenagh 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Sep 18, 2012
Sally lives in Victoria, has 3 wonderful children and her career has included teaching, coaching, counselling, training, writing and public speaking. She is a dynamic and inspiring speaker and her topic was “Create your blockbuster Life”.
Sally Leary Peter Kavenagh 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Sep 11, 2012
Foundation (David):
Community (Daryl):
Membership (John S for Chris):
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Chairperson, John Virgona, introduced our very own Kaye to give us an up date on their travels to Europe

Holly Vanderpol - National Youth Science Forum candidate

Gladie-  Former French Exchange Student

3 Little Birds Market
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1st Guest Speaker: Chris spoke on “What in the world is Rotary”?

2nd speaker: PP Brian spoke on “What the Rotary journey means to me”.

3rd speaker: David Fisher Again on “What the Rotary journey means to me”.

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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Aug 14, 2012
The follwing committiees assembled and discussed
New  Generations
Community Service
Membership:
Fundraising:

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Elaine became involved in weightlifting 9 years ago when she wanted to do something more in her life after she retired as well as going to Yoga one night a week. Her philosophy on life is “it is never too late or you are never too old” to do things in life – the hardest thing is to make a start. 
Janette Anderson - Update
Elaine Janes Peter Kavenagh 2012-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jul 24, 2012
President Elect Telsa asked Members to assemble in their Committees to discuss their programs for this year, and to present back to Members what projects will be undertaken during the year.
Daryll Webb – Community Service:
Christine Sims Membership
David Fisher - Rotary Foundation
Judy Beasley For Kay Kearney - New Generations:
Jo White – Vocational Service
Murray McDonald – Fundraising and Fellowship


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Kristine Fitzgerald. - Author
President Elect Telsa Stubna then called on Jo White as Chairman for the night to introduce the Guest Speaker – Kristine Fitzgerald. Kristine started her career as a maths/science teacher in Wagga Wagga and in 2007 came to Geelong and is now working in the Diabetes Department for Barwon Health at the Geelong Hospital.

Approximately 3 years ago, Kristine realised her life was very busy, and found a need to write a book on how and why we are always in a rush.
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Posted by Peter Kavenagh on Jul 10, 2012
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Acting President Christine Sims then invited the Chairperson for the evening - Judy, to introduce the Guest Speaker Nyasha and his team - Rudo Mahachi, Tariro Jokomo, and Munashe Jokomo who are all students at Deakin University and are working with Nyasha on the problem that they are going to speak about tonight – “Young People helping Young People”.
“Young People helping Young People” Peter Kavenagh 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
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