Angus' Message, 6 August 2015

Hello Rotarians & Friends

Well August is already here and in our Rotary calendar it is membership and extension month.

As you are aware, at this Thursday’s evening meeting it is a Club forum occasion and we want you all to come loaded with ideas and enthusiasm on how we can create additional quality members, raise more capital, look at new projects as well as continuing to support our established and functional ones.

With regards to new members, never stop asking and inviting who you believe would make a great Rotarian. The more active members we have means the joy of achieving is not left to too few members. I have been advised that Victoria University will become a corporate member. This is great news!

With the passing of Eugene, I thought it would be nice to find a replacement GP so I invited my GP to come to one of our meetings. He said he was very honoured to be asked. We will just have to wait and see what eventuates.

This week I got a call from Jean McNish thanking me for our Club’s invitation to the changeover dinner; she had a great evening and we were honoured that she could make it.

Bill Hogg continues to improve. George Kerry visited him last Sunday and he is being transferred to Ardmillian House in Moonee Ponds.

Talking about milestones, our own Bob Jane turned 90 on 1st August. Congratulations Bob, we hope you had a great lunch on Sunday at the RACV Club.

As for myself I did not make it to the Rotaract Cocktail Party on Saturday as I had already committed to attending the finals of the German Australia Opera Grant held at Deakin Edge at Federation Square. This annual event gives young aspiring opera singers the opportunity of spending a scholarship year in Wiesbaden, Germany, perfecting their operatic skills. It is a very privileged event to attend and the singers were magnificent.

At last week’s meeting, we welcomed Frederik Christensen to his first meeting and had the pleasure of our District Assistant Governor, Colin Styles attend. Frederik is a true blue doggie supporter and the way the doggies are playing at present. it might mean he’ll get to see them play in a grand final. Colin, who has just come back from a road trip, alerted us to the plight of our outback farmers in Queensland who are still waiting for decent rains with virtually no feed on their properties. They are losing their breeding stock and eventually their livelihood. It’s just heartbreaking, so it would be good if Rotary could show them we care. Maybe even send them some toys for their children. Our guest speaker was none other than Rick Massese who gave us a very interesting talk on his journey up until now.

On another note, I received a letter from John Davis this week tendering his resignation. He wants to still keep in touch with the Club he has so loyally and tirelessly supported and has offered to support any fundraising activities. It will be my recommendation to my board next Monday evening, that we make him an honorary member, which he rightfully deserves.

Look forward to seeing you all this Thursday evening.

Best wishes from,