There is more to Rotary than “just” service..

Many of our readers across the globe, will be away that we had planned a weekend away for club members.  Here’s a short cover of the very full 48 hours from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

Graham Kane writes:

Exhange students and a kooka DSC_0030.JPGThe weekend of October 19 – 21 saw members and friends enjoy a relaxed weekend away in the Yarra Valley. We stayed near Healesville at Sanctuary House Resort which provided good accommodation and fine inexpensive meals. A private area to enjoy our convivial ‘Happy Hours’ was negotiated with management who permitted us to refresh an enclosed beer garden which had been “mothballed’ over winter. Forty-five minutes of frantic cleaning by Janis, Andrew and Graham worked wonders! On arrival some Members barbecued steaks for dinner, others bought take-away or dined out.                                                                                              

On a rainy Saturday morning we visited historic Mont De Lancey, built in the 1880`s. Our Yester Years Guided Tour inspected the original brick homestead with re-built detached slab timber kitchen and deep well. Other out-buildings included a blacksmith’s workshop, machinery shed and the original weatherboard St. Mary`s Anglican church re-located here from a nearby township. A delicious light lunch was served in Monty’s Tearooms.  Many nostalgic artifacts were on display there, and in the adjacent museum gallery. Pre-dinner we were entertained to much acclaim by resident Muso, Andrew McFarland, on guitar. Well done once again, Andrew!  We then participated in a tasty two-course meal in the adjacent restaurant. Sam, the owner, donated a bottle of red wine for us to raffle.

Sunday morning dawned in bright sunshine so most Members chose to spend a fascinating hour or two exploring the seven acres of Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen. The formal display was ablaze with colour dominated by a massive arched  wisteria arbor in full bloom. Breathtaking.
Following an enjoyable lunch at Mandala Winery we wended our way home content to have had a pleasant weekend with all who participated.