As I mentioned last week during our lunch meeting, Anar, Ryan and myself attended the Rotary International Convention-2014, Sydney from June 1-4 and that was the best Rotary event we have ever attended. It was great to share our experiences and to be a part of the showing of the flags and rotary pins from many countries. We also attended Bob Aitken’s, Editor for 30 years, Rotary Down Under, farewell dinner on 5th June along with George Kerry (Jnr). We met many Rotarians from more than 100 countries at the convention and since coming back from Sydney, were fortunate to meet some of them in Melbourne and hosted them at our place. On Sunday (8th June) we spent the day with a Japanese Rotarian, the next day we spent the whole day with a Rotarian family from Romania. On both days we took them to different places in Melbourne and then to our home for lunch, followed by a trip to the well known Hanging Rock, the memorial cross atop Mount Macedon and then to airport or to their hotel. On Friday (13th June) evening I went to the air port to receive four Rotarians from India and they stayed with us for three days. We met with them at Sydney convention as well. On Saturday (14th June) I took them to Great Ocean Road, on Sunday to Hanging Rock, the memorial cross at Mount Macedon and then the waterfall in Trentham. On Monday we dropped them in the city. It was really great to get together and host so many Rotarians from different countries and to share many rotary ideas/projects. Hopefully, we can do some projects together in coming years.
We really enjoyed last week’s presentation by our exchange student Marlene Kohrs. I would like to congratulate her for her excellent presentation and for taking us through, in few minutes, her one-year journey in Australia. We have all witnessed her progress over the year and are proud of her achievements. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Footscray, I wish her good luck for her future endeavors. I am sure she will be a true ambassador and will make her parents, community and all Rotarians proud. Thank you Emanuel for sharing a few of your humorous memories with us and for always being supportive and helping the students in their journey.
I would like to thank the visiting Rotarian and host parent Chris Drenen (President, Rotary Club of Flemington) and Irena Lobaza for coming to our last week’s meeting and supporting Marlene. It was an honor to welcome Inspector Mark Zervaas from Victoria Police to out club who came to give a certificate of appreciation for our club's participation in helping family in need of assistance.
Last week on 11th June, I visited the Rotary Club of West Footscray and presented the Bangladesh Toilet block Project to its members during their lunch meeting. It was one of my best visits to a Rotary club. All members were very engaged during the meeting and shared different things including jokes, weekly activities etc. I was the guest speaker on that day and I shared and briefed the success of the Bangladesh Toilet Block Project during the last four years and thanked them for their commitment, help and support for this great cause. Under the Cluster project a total three toilet blocks were built this year, which will help over 1000 primary school children and local residents in health and sanitation. I would like to thank the cluster clubs for working together on this project throughout past four years.
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