President Elect Report Wed 2nd Nov.
Hi All, with President Lyn away she asked me to fill in this weeks news.
Bunyip/Garfield Joint Rotary Meeting Wednesday 2nd Nov.
We had a great night at with Bunyip/Garfield Rotary Club at their meeting. Pakenham Rotary Club was well represented.
The meeting began with a progress report about the preparation of our combined Pakenham Car Show to be held on Sun 13th. A roster was also passed around for all the jobs to be filled. (This has been also been emailed to members) Please make an effort to give your support with this on the day.
After our delicious meal Jennie Haughton gave an interesting presentation about her passions and work she has been doing.
Jeannie is a well known Playwright, Producer, Freelance Writer, Facilitator and is also involved with OFF THE LEASH THEATRE Inc is an exciting independent Gippsland theatre company based in Warragul.
Jeannie also spoke passionately about the history of Gippsland and its indigenous people and explorers. She particularly spoke about Angus McMillan, who was an important figure around the time of European exploration and settling of Gippsland.
McMillan's legacy is prominent in Gippsland, with the Federal Division of McMillan named after him in 1948, as well as school houses and buildings around Gippsland.
With more research Jeannie wrote
"I started by bringing together the stories of Gippsland and how McMillan was involved and fairly quickly became obvious from all the reading I was doing he was a very self-serving greedy man, he looked after himself and was very ambitious," Jeannie said.
“A lot of history is very distressing and this history is dark and tragic but it's about illuminating that story to give people access.”
Historians have now linked Angus McMillan with various massacres of indigenous people throughout Gippsland.
On a brighter note, the first SHOPPING TOUR is on this Saturday (Nov 5th). Caz has done an outstanding job making this project a success. Ventura Bus Lines have donated their bus and David is doing the driving. Many local traders have supported the day by offering special deals to the participants of the Shopping Tour. Well done Caz!!!
Finally, I know how time poor we all are, particularly at this time of year. But please make some time available to support our Trailer Raffle.
All the best to all. Greg Peck.