Message from our Club President (Oct 18th)

Hi Everyone,

Our club is really kicking some goals now and ‘making a difference’ in our community.

Following the success of the High Tea, we ran our first Bunnings BBQ last Friday and made just over $500 ‘after’ expenses. This is a fabulous result for a first effort. Huge thanks to those members (and past members) who helped on the day and congratulations to Kathy for this new initiative. The next BBQ will be Friday 10 November 2017.

Following this, on Sunday our club carried out the car parking for the Sakura Cherry Blossom Picnic Day at Banksia Park in Bulleen. This was a popular community event and our club was delighted to be part of it and help with the parking, which was much needed. We also received gold coin donations to use on a community project. A big thank you to all those involved on the day.

Some members of our club attended the Manningham Mayoral Ball last Friday night, which was a glittering occasion and a very successful event. Mayor Michelle was on form and even sang a few Abba songs on stage with the band. There was a live auction, silent auctions and a raffle and the amount raised for Headspace in Manningham on the night was a stunning $43,600 with more pledges coming in towards the end of the evening. Big congratulations to Mayor Michelle Kleinert for a very successful and fun event.

The Rotary Clubs of Cheltenham and Mordialloc ran a Birthing Kit Packing Day which members of our club attended. They had expected 40 helpers but ended up with 57. The packing was expected to go for three hours but after only one hour the group had packed 1,000 kits and we were all done! Hygiene was important during the packing and everyone involved was very satisfied with the result and felt that they were ‘making a difference’ for women in Vietnam, India, Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea.

Last week we heard from DGE Shia Smart who told us about Satellite clubs, a new type of Rotary Club which can be a small group of only eight people, attached to our club, who have a special interest or cause. This week at our meeting we will hear about warning signs of a heart attack which is useful information for everyone.

Yours in Rotary “Making a Difference”.

Janis McFarland
Club President

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