Bridge Hotel
Bridge Hotel
Bridge Hotel
07:00 for 07:30
07:00 for 07:30
Jockey Club
07:00 for 07:30
Graeme Lynas
Doug Lougoon
George Waters
Stan Hendy
Glenn Maloney
Nick Christian
Ray Carrington
Set up
Bruce Fraser
Philip Harris
Maurice Woodburn
Set up
Liz Commadeur
John Harkin
John Pacher
President's Message
       Christmas 2017 Message
George is on holidays, “off the air”, having a break from Rotary, until January 10th.
2017 seems an ephemeral very distant memory.
December 20th, we heard from a very generous little band of only sixteen volunteers at “Gianna” who certainly punch above their weight.  Jim is following up with a view to board paper February.
I welcomed in 2018 watching the Melbourne fireworks from a night picnic almost under the Bolte Bridge.
Madam [Emily the grand daughter was all aglow, running around with wrists, over-shoulder sash, “halo” and waist glow rings.]
Thank goodness Rudolph’s nose finally glowed, after an hour and a half of lively assistance at the Christmas Concert.
Thanks to our guys who turned up to help Peter and the HINDSIGHT team, including, packing away all those floor mats.
Conor Cunningham’s Bendigo Theatre Company promise us even more entertainment presenting Beauty and The Beast this month at Golden Square.
Board Positions 2018/2019
Horizons Committee will find a resolution to this challenge.
[I’ve booked our flights {QF points} to skedaddle off overseas early in 2018/19 Rotary Year.]
Adrian is following up supporting Ashley Eadon, in Thailand, and Mark is monitoring Dr Nick’s progress as he prepares to leave for Europe.
Meantime Graeme Lynas is checking passport and tickets to visit Maubisse with Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee Team, including Liz Bannon, President RC Kangaroo Flat.
Peter Elliott has probably crossed Sumatra off his bucket list as he recovers from a tropical nasty.
Our markets team will be beavering away in the background, with Chris Rankin on board, taking bookings for AUS Day and Easter.
Bernadette watches a very entertaining podcast by an Australian couple living in the UK, entitled “Fruity Knitting”:
It has a massive world-wide following.
My thoughts wander to publicising the good work of Patti’s Team.
See you Wednesday the tenth at The Bridge for an “informal” brekky at usual time.
George.     6th Jan 2018
If this morning’s enthusiastic energetic enjoyable informal “meeting” is any barometer, we’re about to have one superlative year !!!
A special welcome to Sally Fraser, Linda Barrow, and Neville Sharp.
  • Australia Day Committee meeting TBA
  • Volunteering on Australia Day is special:
    • Fifteen thousand or more contented folk all out for a leisurely fun day around our iconic Weeroona Lake
    • Don’t miss the antics of the novice MC on that stage.
  • Markets Committee Mondays January 15th and 22nd 5 PM at Evelyn’s home, please.
  • George emailing board members to “nail” Chris Rankin’s contribution as our new “IT arm”.
  • Adrian had a positive report from Ashley Eadon in Thailand.
  • Jim Rolfe has promised to follow up Gianna’s presentation in December.
  • Once Pastor Dave Fagg returns from leave Glenn Reilly will deliver the ‘fridge we bought for Dave’s Peoples’ Pantry project at Long Gully.
  • Dr Nick Manuelpillai, mentored by Mark Weragoda is off to Europe to suss out Care Villages, commencing in Holland.
  • Graeme Lynas standing by for his Orders, embarking January 25th for Maubisse.
  • Guest speaker next week is our Paul Kirkpatrick, taking us all to Samoa. [We’ll be welcoming four surprise guests].
We can only ask Tony if he has Kava on tap.
  • George’s been meeting with Rod Flavell [Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee] moving on dentistry in Maubisse.
  • January 31st Jim has us out at the Bgo Jockey Club
    • That’ll be a hike for G on his bike.
  • March: George and Bernadette will celebrate St Patrick’s Day at D9800 District Conference, in Warrnambool.
  • Cathie’s rounding up replies re social function in June:
    • It’s our thirtieth birthday !!
    • And,
      • The Car Rally February 25th:
      • Family and friends all welcome
      • 9.30 am to 1 pm for BYO lunch.
So, ever onwards !!!
RCoBS blasts into twenty eighteen.
Christmas Pantomime
Which one is Meaghan
The crowds arriving
What did he say?
First Meeting 2018
Upcoming Events
Australia Day 2018
Jan 26, 2018
4 F's evening
Feb 22, 2018
Car rally
Feb 25, 2018
Jan 17, 2018
Upgrading of Auala Village Samoa
Jan 24, 2018
Jan 31, 2018
Bendigo Racecourse
Feb 14, 2018
Elmore Field Days
Feb 21, 2018
Managing Editor-Bendigo Weekly
Feb 28, 2018
View entire list
Club Activities
D9800 conference March 16-18, 2018
The conference is in Warrnambool, a beautiful coastal town situated on the Prince’s Highway  south east of Melbourne and dating from the gold rush days of the 1850’s. It is a fabulous location and we hope you’ve had a look at the website to gain some idea of what’s in store;
We look forward to keeping you informed and to seeing you there.
Industry Visit Bendigo Jockey Club
Wednesday January 31st 2018
7.00am for 7.30am Start
Our meeting of Wednesday January 31st 2018 will be an Industry Visit
to the Bendigo Jockey Club (Bendigo Racecourse). The address is
Strathdale/White Hills Road, Ascot. We will meet over breakfast and
our visit will include an overview of the Racing Industry in Bendigo by
Margot Falconer, the President of the Bendigo Jockey Club, and a tour
of points of interest including the opportunity to watch track work.
We will gather in Silks Restaurant, which is part of the newer stand to
the right of the old stand as you enter through the wrought iron gates.
This meeting will be at our regular meeting time.
Breakfast will be a continental style with cereal, toast, condiments,
orange juice, tea and brewed coffee at a cost of $22. Members are
asked to note that this is a worksite and are requested to exercise
caution on arrival. There will be a number of horses on their way to
track-work in the vicinity of the wrought iron gates. We are grateful to
Jenny Rawiller, Function and Events Manager, for all her work in
arranging this visit for us.
 Jim Rolfe

Kevin Reade has organized this year’s

Rotary Weekend Away

at Barham Caravan Park.

12 booked so far 

Friday 27th Saturday 28th

Sunday 29th April 2018.

Caravan sites and

onsite cabins available.

Bookings 54532553 and say

you are with RCOBS for the booking.

This is always a great weekend.



From Cathie Miller.....
The Fellowship committee is considering the options for the 30th birthday this year and would like your feedback.
Which of the following options would you like to see happen?
1. No celebration
2. A celebration costing around $50 a head
3. A celebration costing around $100 a head
4. A combined 30th birthday with the Changeover in mid June 
Please email your response to Cathie......Cathie Miller <>
Keep Feb 25th free for a fun and frolicking car rally
Family and friends all welcome
It will commence at 9.30 am and finish at 1 pm for BYO lunch.
More details next month
Australia Day is our next activity.
We will be completing the roster by 24th January
Those NOT able to attend please email me (
New to 2018 for the BBQ's 


• How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.

• Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

• A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.


Nymphomaniac Convention

A man boarded an aircraft at London's Heathrow Airport for New York, and taking his seat as he settled in, he noticed a very

beautiful woman boarding the plane. He realised she was heading straight toward his seat and bingo - she took the seat right beside him.

"Hello", he blurted out, "Business trip or vacation?"

She turned, smiled enchantingly and said, "Business. I'm going to the annual nymphomaniac convention in the United States ......."

He swallowed hard. Here was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen sitting next to him, and she was going to a meeting for nymphomaniacs!

Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, "What's your business role at this convention?"

"Lecturer," she responded," I use my experience to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality.."

"Really", he smiled, "what myths are those?"

"Well," she explained, "one popular myth is that African-American men are the most well endowed when, in fact, it's the Native American

Indian who is most likely to possess that trait.

Another popular myth is that French men are the best lovers, when actually it is the men of Greek descent..

We have also found that the best potential lovers in all categories are the Irish."

Suddenly the woman became uncomfortable and blushed. "I'm sorry," she said. "I really shouldn't be discussing this with you, I don't even

know your name!"

"Tonto," the man said. "Tonto Papadopoulos, but my friends call me Paddy."

Club meetings
Next Gen.
Tues 12.45
for 1 pm
Thurs 6 for 6.30 pm
Stirling Room, Foundry
Tues 6.15 for
6.45 pm
Latrobe Uni 
Nancy Long Dining Hall
6.30 pm
The Shamrock Hotel
Wed 6.15 for
6.30 pm
Cal Gully 
Mon 6 for
6.30 pm