Chairman for the day Neil Salvano proposed the toast to Rotary International and the meeting got underway.
- Ian Hovey; Des Benjamin; John Cinnamon, Petaluma Sunrise Club and Sue Makovfin; Rana Ebrahimi; Suvam Ganguli; Michael Lapina Jnr; Briana Lapina; Alex Lapina; Connie Overton.
- Club lunch to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Sunday, 7 May at the RACV club, $75 per person, dress smart casual, bookings by 1 May. Contact Tom Callander 0418 332 019. [More details in separate Bulletin item]
- Wine and Spirit Auction, Saturday 20th May 8 pm at Victoria Tower, Southbank. A fund raiser for our Schools in Laos project. Contact Peter Duras 0413 599 121. [More details in separate Bulletin item]
New Member induction:
President Justine welcomed Rana Ebrahimi into the club.
- Kevin Love then gave an update and a big thank you to the club for the support in running the district conference.
The surprise of the morning was then the presentation of a sapphire Paul Harris award to Ian Hovey for his great work with our conference, and preceding district conferences over many years. District Governor Neville John also presented Ian with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Kevin showed a video of the conference closing finale by the mass choir conducted by Michael Lapina.
- President Justine also thanked the club, each and every member, for the great work over the course of the conference and in all preceding two years.
- A reminder to all, that if you don't want to keep your conference T-shirt or your conference shoulder bag, please bring to next meeting and Frank O’Brien will recycle through ‘DIK’ [ Donations in Kind].
Guest Speaker Presentation:
Michael Kilgariff, Australian Logistics Council.
"Australia’s National Freight Supply Chain Strategy"
Michael is CEO and Managing Director of the Australian Logistics Council. He holds a degree in Economics from the Australian National University and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses. Michael has a diverse background and leadership experience in industry, industry associations and government, at the national and state/territory level.
Michael’s father was a Rotarian and he noted that his sister was the first female Rotarian in Australia when she joined rotary at Alice Springs club.
The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has committed the Australian Government to developing a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy in the 2016 Annual Infrastructure Statement to Parliament. In that speech he also committed the Government to building the inland rail from Melbourne to Brisbane.
Unlocking the agricultural and mining potential of Australia’s inland is a perennial commercial theme. One of the modern solutions is the long-touted inland railway between Melbourne and Brisbane. A project of this size could be equivalent to the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme that generated so much economic growth for Australia in the mid-20th Century.