Graeme's Message, 18 December 2014

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

This will be the final Bulletin for 2014 and as we celebrate Christmas and the New Year we will also have break from our regular meetings. An informal meeting is planned for January 15th at the Yarraville Club and I have invited other clubs from our cluster to join us. Details will be emailed when arrangements are finalised.

December is the Family of Rotary of month, and therefore it is opportune to let you know of an important function that will occur early in the New Year celebrating part of the Rotary family. Our immediate Past President Ejanul Haque has taken on the role of Chair of the District Foundation Alumni Association and we will host a dinner for that group. At the same time we will also celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Rotary International.

The dinner will be held at Croatia House on Saturday February 21st. The speaker will be Belinda Grieve from the Rotary eClub and a Foundation Alumni member. A group of club members has met with Ejanul to plan the evening. Please place this date in your diaries.

Christmas means different things to each of us. For some there is the religious observance and for all there are family occasions. Many of us eat too much and spend more money than we had planned. Families take holidays and friends get together. It is a wonderful time of the year even if the lead up is often frenetic.

This week at our meeting Rev Dr Avril Hannah-Jones, the Uniting Church Minister at Williamstown has been invited to be our speaker, discussing aspects regarding the history of the observance of Christmas.

In the last six months I have appreciated the support from you all and feel confident that it will continue as we have many events in the first half of 2015.

However you celebrate the Festive Season, Joy and I extend our best wishes to you all for Christmas and the incoming year.