Graeme's Message, 29 January 2015

Dear Rotarians and friends,

Across the nation there were many celebrations of Australia Day including the official ceremony at which the Prime Minister announced the “Australian of the Year”, spectacular fireworks’ displays and small community celebrations.

Our club was represented at the Maribyrnong City council festivities held at Coulson Gardens on the banks of the Maribyrnong. Our stand was adjacent to the Lions Club and State Emergency Services. There were a large number of people participating in the Citizenship Ceremony conducted by the Mayor, Cr Nam Quach. Entertainment was provided by various groups including the Footscray City Band and a quiz for kids conducted by radio and TV personality John Blackman.

Our Club displayed banners and membership promotional material funded by our district Membership Grant. Information about the Bike Shed project was displayed and created quite a bit of interest and prompted discussion about the possibility of sharing resources and manpower with two other groups doing similar work, in Yarraville and Williamstown. There were a number of enquiries about membership so it was a worthwhile exercise for the club members involved. Contacts were made with a two community organisations willing to provide speakers for our weekly meetings. Thanks to Bob Newman, Kevin Field , Anna Fitzgerald, Jo Attard and Angus Scott-Walker along with Geoff Kaandorp and Daniel Pilbeam from the Bike shed for their support on the day. 

Our stand proved very popular with young children as we provided jelly beans and helium inflated balloons, several of which headed off into the atmosphere. 

It is important for our club to be visible at functions such as this and fitting that we had this opportunity in Rotary Awareness month. On Saturday 17th May our Community Service Director Jama Farah, has organised our involvement in another community function, “Emerge in the West”.

Thanks to Bob Newman for standing in for me last Thursday, as I enjoyed time with family visiting from Brisbane.