Graeme's message, 30 October 2013

Dear Rotarians and Friends

Although Rotary Fellowship month is not until June we enjoyed fellowship on Saturday at our place in Fryerstown. Many people have never heard of Fryerstown, situated in the Central Goldfields, not far from Castlemaine.

During the gold rush it was a hive of activity with a population of up to 20000 and reputed to have about 20 pubs.

One of the central figures in Fryerstown at that time was George Hogg, the great grandfather of our member Bill. George who hailed from the lowlands of Scotland was a carpenter and wheelwright. When he died in 1889 the local paper reported the death of “a respected resident of Fryerstown”.

It was wonderful that Bill made the trip with his nephew Allan and his wife Lyn. Interestingly Bill had never been to Fryerstown before and Allan showed him the various sites of significance to the family including the graves of his ancestors.

Whilst we enjoy fellowship on a weekly basis we are often in a hurry to get back to other commitments and the opportunity to relax over a BBQ was most enjoyable. The other great opportunity for Fellowship is the District Conference and already there are quite a number of club members who have indicated that they will be going to Hobart. I am sure Phil Caruso would be happy to add your name to the list.

November is Foundation Month and we welcome PDG John Wigley to our meeting this week to discuss Foundation issues. Foundation is the “engine room” of Rotary by providing financial support to club projects locally and internationally. Our club commits to Foundation annually with a specific allocation to “End Polio Now” and it is important that we continue to contribute to enable our club to apply for grants.

A reminder that there is no regular meeting next Thursday as we are joining with other clubs in the Gateway Cluster in a meeting at St Bernards college. I hope you will support this initiative.