Graeme's message, 13 November 2014

Dear Rotarians and friends

During the last week it has been a pleasure to join with other members of our club at the Cluster Event and the African Australian awards night.

Last Wednesday 13 of our members joined other Rotarians from our Cluster in a most enjoyable evening at St. Bernards College . The event was hosted by the RC of East Keilor and largely driven by their President Gerard Mahoney with support form AG’s Austen Burleigh and Lesley McCarthy. Gerard has provided a report and this is included in the Bulletin. The idea of such a meeting seems to be vindicated by the atmosphere of the evening and the standard of the presentations particularly that of Jonathon Kohlieb (Rotary World Peace Fellow)

The following comment was received by email from one of our members:

It was heart warming to hear of Rotary's commitment to world peace through their Peace Fellowship Program and to hear Jonathon share his story and commitment to creating a more peaceful planet. I am sure this was a common view by others who attended. The intention is to hold a similar meeting within twelve months and hopefully get greater involvement of non-Rotarians.

The African Australian Awards Night was held at Parliament House on Friday. It was a great evening including music and dance and a number of speeches!

Jama Farah arranged a group from our club to attend and we were delighted to hear the announcement that he was the recipient of the African Australian Businessman of the year award. A wonderful achievement and it was obvious that this was a popular decision. To add to Jama’s success he also won the Ducere Foundation Scholarship. 

This Foundation “has the conscience of a not-for-profit organisation, and the mindset of a global enterprise” and provides Business and Management courses and facilitates a variety of initiatives aimed at inspiring leadership, building tolerance and equality and strengthening academic results. As sponsors of the evening the RC of Footscray was presented with a certificate of appreciation.

On Tuesday November 11th we once again reflect on the cessation of the hostilities of the Great War in 1918 and remember the words of Lawrence Binyon:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.