Graeme's Message, 2 July 2015

Dear Rotarians and friends,

The end of the Rotary year officially occurs at midnight 30th June and as a result there are club and District changeovers occurring all over the globe.

Some clubs have already had their changeovers and District celebrated the transition to a new DG last Saturday at Ultima Receptions in Keilor when Murray Verso handed over to Julie Mason. There was good representation of our club including PDG Lawrence and Margaret Atley. Many Rotarians from the District took the opportunity to catch up with Margaret and Lawrence. As well Joy and I enjoyed the Flemington changeover and welcomed Hugh Stewart as the new President.

Murray reviewed the year’s activities and Julie gave us an insight into her aspirations for the year ahead as we aim to be “A gift to the world”. She is particularly keen to focus on membership and supporting polio eradication.

District awards/recognitions were announced during the evening and I am delighted to report that our Club was the recipient of two awards: Club Bulletin Recognition, and Vance Hilton Community Service Recognition.

Congratulations to Diane McGrath, as it is her work that is being recognised. Each week she produces an excellent Bulletin full of club, district and RI news that inform our members and friends. Our AG Austen Burleigh has, on a number of occasions, sent emails of praise for her work.

It is appropriate that District has recognised the Bike Shed. On numerous occasions, I have highlighted the work of Rodney Johnstone and Joanna Attard in establishing this community service and this recognition is for their work along with that of the volunteer mechanics.

Our changeover will occur on July 9th and I understand a large crowd is attending. This will be our club’s celebration of the year’s activities and recognise members with awards for their service and importantly the opportunity to show support for Angus Scott-Walker as he receives the chain of office as President.

Alfonso departed Tuesday morning and there was quite a crowd of club members present at Tullamarine to bid him farewell. What a wonderful year he has enjoyed.