Angus' Message, 10 December 2015

Dear Rotarian and Friends

December is Rotary Disease Prevention and Treatment Month.

Last Saturday I took a packed lunch and headed off to the Oasis Camp in Mt Everlyn to pick up our RYLA student Alexandra. It is camp for students and is surrounded by beautiful bush. I volunteered to add 3 more Ryla students to my improvised bus, as they were heading back to Bendigo and needed a lift to Southern Cross Station. The RYLA opportunity we give our nominated student offers them a wonderful experience to enhance their leadership potential and can create new friendships that could last a life time.

This is a very special month in the Rotary Calendar being Disease Prevention and Treatment Month.

I do like to avoid them like the Plague but competent doctors are truly a gift to the world. They do keep many of us alive, repair broken bones and worn out hips, fix blocked up arteries and help us diminish cancer threats as well as many, many other life debilitating diseases such as diabetes and kidney failure. We are very fortunate to have two great specialist doctors as members of the club who have contributed to the club in so many ways.

Of course, the recent Western Health Research Dinner comes to mind as well as our guest speakers such as Peter Gallager who informed us what to do on Health matters: Something so simple as telephoning triple 0!!

The other groups who tend to be out of sight out of mind are the research scientists and staff who have created the drugs that make it possible for doctors to do what they do. So they are the people we should be acknowledging during this month.

Christmas is fast approaching and we have only two more meetings. This Thursday we will have the company of a special guest who is our guest speaker. So please, come to our lunch time meeting to hear the Christmas message he will deliver.

The following Thursday, Secretary Kathy is going to give us a great night. The raffle will be drawn and our guest speaker will be one not to be missed. It will be a great evening to invite your friends, family and any potential new members. You won’t be disappointed! For catering purposes, please advise Kathy personally.

Remember the hand that gives, gathers most.