Let me begin this week’s message by apologising to you all for not being able to attend this week’s meeting and AGM as I need to attend ‘RMIT Teaching and Research Award 2013’ ceremony. I would like to thank vice president PDG John Davis for agreeing to be acting president this week. Associate Professor Alex Cockram, CEO, Western Health Foundation will be our guest speaker and I was very much looking forward to welcoming her to our club; I sincerely apologise to her for not being able to do so. Nevertheless, I did speak to her earlier in the week and informed her that we look forward to continuing to work with Western Health in the years ahead.
It was my pleasure to welcome last week’s speaker, Tracey Reid, Wesley Mission. She gave a passionate talk about Wesley Mission and its different services to the community for more than 200 years. Wesley provides 50 different services from more than 100 sites across Victoria to support people who for a variety of reasons are disadvantaged and vulnerable. Their aim is to improve their life outcomes. Wesley, Footscray offers assistance to young people, single adults, couples and families in crisis living in the City of Maribyrnong. It also has an Emergency Relief program to assist people with material aid, no interest loans, support, referral, and advocacy within and between communities, agencies and institutions’. I saw the following inspiring quotes/words in the Wesley website and would like to share it with you all:
HOPE is the promise of a better future for every person in a fairer world.
COMPASSION is seeking to understand the experience of others, standing alongside and being moved to respond.
JUSTICE is the right of all people to be treated with respect and fairness in an equitable society.
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” John Wesley
On 21st November, Fred and myself represented our club at a Citizenship Ceremony at the City of Maribyrnong. George Kerry (Jnr) could not come this time as he had another meeting. After welcoming the guests and new Australians, Mayor Cr Grant Miles gave the certificates to our new citizens. Nearly 70 new members joined our great Australian family and pledged their loyalty to Australia and its people. I gave speech during the ceremony and welcomed the new citizens by handing out the trees and Australian flags. I talked to few new citizens after the ceremony and they shared their journey and experience. It was good to talk to them and share my own journey as well.
A reminder that our club’s Christmas Dinner Party will be held on 5th December. Please bring forth your different ideas to make it a grand success. Please pass on your ideas to our program chair Bob Newman.
Please enjoy your week, stay connected and work hard and let's together reshape our society, our world better.