President's Report 11th May


President’s Report Fri May 11th.


Hi to All Rotarians and Partners.

This week there is not much new news to pass on. The cold weather has started a bit too early as I was supposed to be participating at our Golf Day now. Ken had the foresight and made the right decision to post pone our Golf Day to May 25th.  Hopefully the Antarctic blast will have moved on by then and the weather improves.   

At our last meeting John Antonie gave an informative insight into his past. With limited time available he was only able to give us a snap shot of the entire diverse and interesting path he has had to get to where he is now.  John also reinforced to us all the reason we are all in Rotary, where we all strive, “to make a difference” in our community and beyond.


Our esteemed Secretary missed the Joker so the odds are improving all the time.



Grant talked with enthusiasm about Rotary’s Institute training sessions being held at the moment and recommended that everyone should, if at all possible, attend future sessions.

Ian informed us that he has plenty of the Bowel Cancer Kits and has them in some local Pharmacist.  Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers, along with lung, breast and prostate cancer. It is very common and affects 1 in 19 males, and 1 in 28 females. It is mostly seen in persons aged 40 years and over, and after 50 years the incidence increases sharply. Get in touch with Ian, and get your kit now.

Ian informed me that our community dance was a success again, but numbers were down a little.


Reading our 9820 District New Letter, the lead story is about The Gippsland Rotary Centenary House. There will be 13 extra rooms built in its stage three expansion, following the announcement of $900,00 in federal funding. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement at the house recently describing the facility as "the house that love built".

Another article of interest was the celebratory launch of the Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong. This was formed with the amalgamation of the Rotary clubs of Dandenong (the third oldest club in District 9820 ) and the Rotary Club of Dandenong South East. The Dandenong Club is one of a very few that had Paul Harris at the first meeting to discuss forming a Rotary Club.

You can read more about all this and much more by going to our Districts web page.


Our next meeting we will have DGE Janne Speirs and PDG Charlie Speirs attending. (Not in official capacity, but just to became acquainted with our members and partners.)  Our guest speakers are Linda Austen & Paul Arnold from Millhaven Lodge. This makes it a special meeting so please invites your Partners and friends to attend.


I am looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting.

Yours in Rotary,