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11th DECEMBER

  • NEXT MEETING - GUEST SPEAKER

  • CHRISTMAS HAMPER APPEAL

  • CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BREAKFAST

  • MULTI-DISTRICT CONFERENCE & PEACE FORUM

  • MEETING REPORT - 4th DECEMBER

  • GALLERY

NEXT MEETING - GUEST SPEAKER

Warren Sparrow -  Angel Flight

"Transporting rural Australians to medical appointments in major cities"

Angel Flight, launched as an Australian charity in April 2003, is the initiative of Bill Bristow AM a successful businessman, experienced pilot and very proud winner of the Australian of the Year Award – Queensland 2005.

Angle Flight coordinates non-emergency flights to help country people trying to deal with the triple trouble of bad health, poor finances and daunting distance. All flights are free and may involve patients travelling to medical facilities anywhere in Australia. Angel Flight pilots do not carry aeromedical staff or medical equipment so do not act as an alternative to the Royal Flying Doctor Service or Air Ambulance in that capacity. With its current resources Angel Flight can coordinate up to twenty flights per day, and complementary ground transport from and to airports.

Warren is a retired Air Traffic Controller who has been volunteering with Angel Flight for 10 years, driving patients and families between airports and their appointment. Warren and has completed over 300 missions. He also volunteers as driver for a local Doncaster community health group.

He loves the time spent with his wife, and his married daughter/son in law/and two grandsons.

Hobbies / pastimes include Ocean Cruising, Family Tree research, dining out and a good Shiraz.

CHRISTMAS HAMPER APPEAL

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BREAKFAST

Our Rotary Central Melbourne Christmas Holiday Breakfast to celebrate the end of the 2018 year will occur on Tuesday 18th December 7:30-8:45am.

This is a breakfast to bring partners, family and guests to help us go into a Christmas and New Year break.  School students at half price and pre-schoolers can sneak in for free!!!!!!

RSVP no later than Thursday 13th December to Gerard Hogan at gmhogan@icloud.com or mobile 0408 511060.

It will be a hot breakfast with some added Christmas delights along with some entertainment, gifts, lucky prize winners and if we’re lucky, a very special guest.

It is the day we give the hampers to refugee families through Lentara Asylum Seeker Project and the homeless and youth through Steps Outreach Service.  Please bring your filled hampers to the breakfast for distribution.

VICTORIAN MULTI-DISTRICT CONFERENCE & PEACE FORUM

 
MEETING REPORT - 4th DECEMBER

President Neville Taylor opened the meeting by welcoming members and visitors and congratulating Past President Frank O'Brien and members for achieving a District Certificate of Appreciation for donations to Rotary Foundation during the past year.

Chair Keith Kendall proposed a toast to Rotary International.

President Neville then invited the following visiting Rotarians to introduce themselves:

  • Lucie Kamiti RC Nairobi Industrial Area, Kenya
  • George Mills  RC Armidale NSW
  • Phil Mortimer RC North Brighton

 

Paul Fraser told the true story that he had never attended an AFL game, notwithstanding his surname being famous in AFL circles.

 

Announcements

  • Frank O'Brien thanked members who helped with the successful Paul Harris Breakfast last week; 225 attended and funds raised are approximately $9,000.

  • Peter Duras stated that "We are ‘Club of Choice’" with two Bunnings stores and are offered additional sizzles, sometimes at short notice. Peter thanked the members who will be helping with the sizzles between now and Christmas. A few vacancies remain and a note will circulate shortly with details.

  • Neville John advised he attended an LGBTI workshop run by District, expanding the inclusiveness of Rotary. More on that via our Community Team in due course.     

  • Doug Robertson advised members the early bird booking time for the Multi-District Conference has been extended by a week.

  • Herb Greenwood advised "Opera on Yarra" will be held on March 2nd 2019.

  • Alison Chan reminded member to contribute to the Christmas Hamper Appeal. Orders for the pre-bagged spice kits close this week.

 

President's Announcements

  • Next week’s meeting will include a visit from the Melbourne Sunrise Probus Club executive.

  • Membership Team has been working on revitalization of Rotary in Docklands. From this source we expect to induct 5 into Rotary over the next few weeks.

  • Only 2 weeks to our Annual Christmas Meeting. Family and friends are very welcome. Special catering requires all attending to advise numbers to Gerard Hogan asap. 

  • International Team Leader Rob Hines and Elias Lebbos are currently in Laos to attend the opening of the new classrooms at Ban Heuthan, near Luang Prabang.

 

Roger Thornton and Phil Mortimer conducted the formal drawing of the raffle in front of all members.

 

Guest Speaker - Trang Du of Two Square Pegs 

Two Square Pegs is a social enterprise harnessing the sharing economy in order to build successful, innovative small businesses and create jobs. They work primarily with youth and partner youth entrepreneur programs conducted by the likes of Melbourne Polytechnic, Young Entrepreneurs of the North and Distance Education Centres in Victoria. 

After a 3-month part time study of business topics candidates are matched to mentors for an ongoing program to develop their business ambitions.  Two Square Pegs provides support throughout the mentoring period of the first 12 months. 

Alvis, a mentee, told us of cultural, isolation and business issues he faced as a 17-year-old immigrant and how his chosen mentor Alex has assisted him to gain income and become self-reliant.  He has now worked for 4 years.  He continues to have a weekly meeting with Alex but they now mentor each other with their respective skills.

Trang said they could do with more support and perhaps our member could help:

  • as mentors,

  • sponsoring a young entrepreneurial mentee or and older [over 50 years] person who will need to develop skills to keep themselves in income in the later stages of life - $500 for one person

  • connect with Two Square Pegs and spread the word.  

Chair Keith allowed time for questions and thanked Trang for her presentation.

 

Vice President Kevin Love oversaw the drawing of the raffle then closed the meeting by thanking the visiting Rotarians and encouraging all to find ways to inspire others.

GALLERY

Meeting 4th December

President Neville Taylor

Chair Keith Kendall

President Lucie Kamiti, RC Nairobi Industrial Area

Roger Thornton & Phil Mortimer RC North Brighton

Guest Speaker Trang Du

Mentee Alvis

Meeting Responsibilities

Chair
CAVELL, Warwick
 
Greeter
HINRICHS, John
 
Reporter
CLIFT, Nick
 
Photographer
THORNTON, Roger
 
Door
Pastidio, Lady
 
Bulletin Editor
WILLIAMS, Rohan
 
Social Media
LIM, Daniel
 

Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
Dec 12, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 
Bunnings BBQ
Bunnings
Dec 14, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 
Christmas Breakfast
Dec 18, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
 

Speakers

Dec 11, 2018
Angel Flight – transporting rural Australians to medical appointments in major cities
Dec 18, 2018
Dec 25, 2018
No regular weekly meeting
Jan 01, 2019
No regular weekly meeting
Jan 08, 2019 7:30 AM
RACV Bistro
Jan 15, 2019
Team Rubicon – Australian Veterans making a difference
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