Graeme's message, 2 October 2014

The Rotary theme for October is Vocational Service and at our meeting this week we will award the Evan Phillips scholarship to Billy Papadopoulos an apprentice in the automotive industry.

Evan Phillips was a President of the club in 1985-86 and had been club secretary for 13 years when he died suddenly in 2010. It was resolved by the club Board of the time to commemorate his service to Rotary and the community. Fred Maddern has been instrumental in developing this scholarship in association with Skilling Australia. I am very pleased that a number of Evan’s family will join us for the evening.

We congratulate Billy on being the inaugural recipient of the scholarship and wish him well. 

The Gateway Cluster club presidents met last Monday and planned the joint Membership meeting for November 5th. This will be an opportunity for members to bring friends and prospective members to learn something of Rotary. I encourage all members to attend and bring someone along. There will be opportunities for promotion of Rotary plus an informative speaker. In keeping with the Spring Racing Carnival the speaker will be, Bernard Saundry CEO of Racing Victoria.

District has been active in developing learning opportunities for new and old Rotarians. Bronwen Scarfe, District Director of Learning and Development. spoke at the Cluster meeting highlighting the various training courses. These include New Members Seminar, Future Club Leaders Seminar and Leading Beyond the Club Seminar and it was pleasing that three of our new members registered for the recent New Member Seminar. In addition there is the Rotary Leadership Institute Course, a comprehensive introduction to the workings of Rotary. (details on the D9800 website). All these programs are aimed at developing informed Rotarians who will be more effective in their service, extending networks between clubs developing innovation. Having attended the RLI Course I certainly feel more confident about the workings of Rotary.

Attending Cluster meetings gives an insight into the diversity of activity amongst our neighbouring clubs. For example the Keilor club has had a program of collecting physical aids for recycling to needy people. It has been very successful and they are now needing volunteers to collect equipment as explained later in the Bulletin.

Congratulations to Hawthorn and commiserations to Swan’s supporters, particularly John Granger.