Club Activities
President Ted has made a slight ajustment to the Zoom sign-in with the waiting room closed and a password inserted.
ZOOM  Password     'rotary'
Bulletin Week 31 2020-2021
Craig Hancock
Health and Wellbeing Officer-Bendigo RSL
Robin Pearson
COGB Library Services
Stephen Iser
The story of Hume & Iser
Club Forum
Meeting Location
P/W rotary
Maurice Woodburn
Barb Mitchell
Stan Hendy
Doug Lougoon
President Report 
President Report  Jan 20
G’day Rotarians
I know Jim will cover it in detail but interesting talk from Ian Burdett from U3A that gave us all something to think about if you need to develop other interests and keep the brain ticking over.
This week has been an extremely busy one for the Markets committee involving  discussions with the CoGB  and considerations about holding a market at Easter at the racecourse. As I write this on Thursday morning its looking promising  that it will go ahead. There will be a lot of work in planning and then getting registrations in place before allocating sites. While the market committee will look after that, we will need as many members and helpers as possible on deck at Easter if we proceed.   
Rotary Events to put in the Diary
  • 28 Feb  Rotary Leadership presents a wonderful opportunity for experienced Rotarians, new members and indeed people interested in finding out more about Rotary to take some time to experience the history, current and new initiatives related to this great organisation we call Rotary. This four-part program is now available online. Part 1 & 2: Growing and strengthening Clubs through developing a Plan for the future of your Club. Looking at Rotary Leadership through examining the styles and characteristics of great leaders. Becoming a confident Club President or another club leader through understanding the roles and responsibilities and characteristics of effective and happy teams. Part 3: Focussing and Increasing Humanitarian Service whilst learning more about The Avenues of Service and The Rotary Foundation.        Part 4: Enhancing Public Image and Awareness of Rotary and Sharing and promoting what we do.
The next Rotary Leadership Institute will be conducted on the following dates:
Part 1 and 2 on Sunday the 28th of February at 11am and will run for one and a half hours.
Part 3 on Sunday the 14th of March at 11am for one hour
Part 4 on Sunday the 21st of March at 11am for one and a half hours
To register you need to email Jane Pennington
by Friday the 19th of February. There is a limit of 25 people for each program.
  • 9 March  International Womens Day. On the 10th  our breakfast meeting can include a video of an event sponsored by Rotary titled “A Brave New World”. Heres a link to the speakers.
  • 14 March  Inspire & Empower Vocational Service is the essence of Rotary and the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world - a world that has dramatically changed over the past 12 months. As we enter 2021, a year that will no doubt be dominated by the COVID 19 vaccine roll out and economic recovery, participation in Vocational Service activities has never been more important for Rotarians. Join Zoom to hear and learn about an array of documented successful Vocational Service projects that you and your Club can implement to assist communities including young people, the unemployed and those in need of support to move forward by inspiring and empowering them through mentoring opportunities, training and skill development programs.
Rotary Peace Fellowships. See information further down in the Bulletin. If anyone has a candidate let me know and we will follow it up.
Board Decisions 9 Feb.
  • Agreed to start to close down the Timor Leste Knitting Project after 14 years. Very difficult and sad decision but the Club can be proud the achievements. Main reasons for decision, the availability of clothes in Maubisse has improved since the program began, it had grown so successful there is now an oversupply of knitted goods compared to the demand, but the key reason is we found it impossible to replace Patti Cotton. Patti along with Carol and Nancy, wish to retire, and who can blame them after what has been perhaps the Clubs most enduing and successful International project.  We will recognize their efforts in the future.
  • Agreed to fund the George Water Uni Scholarship for a Pharmacy student from Maubisse in addition to our other scholarships.
  •  Decided to donate to the Bone Marrow Donation Institute Rotary House in memory of PDG Gordon McKern
  • Agreed to find up to 6 students from our three Secondary schools to this years RYPEN.
  • Endorsed the nomination of Judy Miatke to become President Elect in 2021/22
Our thoughts are with ADG Graeme and we hope thinks go well for him over the next few weeks.
In fact everyone, have a great week
  cheers Ted.
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Teds comment
Gee we were being ripped off by the looks of it 20 years ago.
Meetings February 24th and March 3rd
The venue for the meetings of February 24th and March 3rd will be the Central Deborah Motel, 177-183 High Street. There is limited parking in High Street and the Motel car park is not available. Members can park in Violet Street or the Pizza Hut car park. Alternatively for those not wanting to cross High Street there is plenty of parking in Creek Street North behind the mine. There will be a choice of a cooked or continental breakfast. Orders will be taken at the next meeting.
Guest Speaker
The guest speaker for the meeting was Ian Burdett, the President of the Bendigo University of the Third Age Committee. U3A is an International movement which aims to provide educational opportunities mainly for retired people. The movement originated in France and is based on the premise that retired people have much to offer and stresses the importance of social connection at this stage of life. There are no formal education connections, thus assignments and exams are not a requirement of any course. Learning keeps the mind active in the same way that exercise keeps the body healthy.
Ian outlined the characteristics of the four ages of life and provided a detailed analysis of the important considerations of the third age. The four ages are sometimes described as childhood, youth, adulthood and old age. Ian pointed out that retirement is often the time of life when people, free of the rigours of regular work, grow to full maturity. With life expectancy increasing there are more people in this group and thus more demand for the provision of ways to keep them meaningfully engaged.
Bendigo U3A has seven hundred members who pay an annual membership fee of $65. There is a range of courses and opportunities to socialise on offer including Art, Leisure and Languages. Enrolments  are taken each year in January and there is an annual Open Day which provides an opportunity for promotion. Courses are conducted predominantly at St. Mark's Anglican Church in Kangaroo Flat as well as a number of other venues depending on the activity. Ian and his committee are conscious of the need to portray a spirit of inclusion for both facilitators and participants.
Members found Ian's presentation and his use of software very engaging. There is a heightened awareness of the U3A movement and the service provided for the Bendigo community. This is only made possible through the dedication of a core group of leaders who take responsibility for governance and administration. We are most grateful to Ian for being our guest and for the extensive honorary work which he undertakes as the President of U3A Bendigo.
I need to reprise last week's letter from John Cannon, part of his email did not download
I am one of 9 children. For 1 year only we all went to school. Imagine the cut lunches! Can you find me in the photograph.
I went to Marist Bros school.
Look what my wife bought me for my birthday.
Feb 17, 2021
Health and Wellbeing Officer-Bendigo RSL
Feb 24, 2021
CoGB Library Services
Mar 03, 2021
The Story of Hume and Iser
Mar 10, 2021
Mar 17, 2021
Bendigo Education Plan
Mar 24, 2021
Wood 4 Good
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From District Governor Phillip Archer
District Governor-elect Dale Hoy, who is currently at International Assembly (albeit online), has asked me to advise you of the new Rotary International theme for 2021/22, which is “Serve to Change Lives”. This theme gives Dale and his team a great platform to work with in promoting Rotary in our District.

Dave was bragging to his boss one day, “You know, I know everyone there is to know.

Just name someone, anyone, and I know them.”

Tired of his boasting, his boss calls his bluff, “Okay Dave, how about Tom Cruise?”

“No dramas boss, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it.”

So Dave and his boss fly to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise’s door.

Tom Cruise shouts, “Dave! What’s happening? Great to see you! Come on in for a beer!”


Although impressed, Dave’s boss is still sceptical.

After they leave Cruise’s house, he tells Dave that he thinks him knowing Cruise was just lucky.

“No, no, just name anyone else,” Dave says.

“The US President,” his boss quickly retorts.

“Yup,” Dave says, “Old buddies. Let’s fly to Washington.”


And off they go.


At the White House, the President spots Dave on the tour and motions him and his boss over, saying, “Dave, what a surprise, I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come on in and let’s have a beer first and catch up.”

Well, the boss is very shaken by now but still not totally convinced.

After they leave the White House grounds he expresses his doubts to Dave, who again implores him to name anyone else.

“The Pope!” his boss replies.

“Sure!” says Dave. “I’ve known the Pope for years.”


So off they fly to Rome.

Dave and his boss are assembled with the masses at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square when Dave says, “This will never work. I can’t catch the Pope’s eye among all these people.

Tell you what, I know all the guards, so let me just go upstairs and I’ll come out on the balcony with the Pope.”

He disappears into the crowd, headed towards the Vatican.

Sure enough, half an hour later, Dave emerges with the Pope on the balcony.

By the time Dave returns, he finds that his boss has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics.

Making his way to his boss’ side, Dave asks him, “What happened?”

His boss looks up and says, “It was the final straw… you and the Pope came out on to the balcony and the man next to me said, ‘Who is that on the balcony with Dave?'”


Club meetings
Tues 12.45
for 1 pm
Thurs 6 for 6.30 pm
Stirling Room, Foundry
Wed 6.15 for
6.30 pm
Cal Gully 
6 for 6.30 pm
2nd Monday
6 for 6.30pm each Month Uniting Church Foyer Neale St
No Clubs are meeting except via Zoom