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No. 42577 - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - A002977L

Weekly bulletin of the Rotary Club of Bendigo Inc. - Chartered 30th July 1925 - District 9800


The Rotary Club of Bendigo held it’s Annual General Meeting before Tuesday’s regular meeting.

With President Brian looking after wife Bev after her recent operation it was up to immediate Past President Wayne Smith to preside over the AGM and present the financial report for the year ended 30th June, 2012.

All was looking good for a record meeting until someone noticed the report reported a net deficit for the year and PP Wayne had to explain that some of the distributions from previous years had not been paid out until this year. There was some discourse that this should have been better explained within the report and I’ll hand pass that one back to the board deal with. We welcomed Terry Dalwood from RC of Bendigo South who has taken over the mantle of Christmas Cake sales coordinator and I have included the options and contacts within the Fossicker.



Libby Hughes addressed the meeting to thank members for their support of the weekends Swap Meet rosters. Libby put a lot of work into getting the roster staffed and I think on behalf of the club she is to be congratulated on her persistence and commitment in not only getting names into the roster but also manning the staffing tent and allocating people to their appropriate roles over the weekend. Well done Libby. Please note that the volunteer passes, see pic, that Libby supplied to members need to be handed back to Libby at your earliest convenience.

Most of you will have received requests from PP Wayne about this weekends parking duties at the RV Leisurefest out at the Epsom Jockey Club. This TREASURER Wayne Smith


BOARD MEMBERS: Vocational Service - John Krakowiak President Elect - Tom Seddon New Generations - Phil West Club Service - Garry Gunnell Rotary Foundation - Hugh Wheeler Community Service - Libby Hughes International Service - Valerie Barker Editor: Noel Hobley - Distribution: The Terrace Correspondence: PO Box 131, Bendigo, 3552

is the last of these major efforts for the silly season that this time of year has become but a big final effort is required from everyone to get us over the line. At the time of going to ‘press’ Wayne was till missing 3 more for the Friday, 3 for the Saturday and 5 for the Sunday roster.

Joy Bruce and Val Barker presented a letter and postcard from last year’s exchange student Anna Isotalo of Finland. Anna had spotted the post card in a shop and recognised her house in the background so couldn’t miss the opportunity to share it with us. They are included.

Ian Monotti gave us some notice of changes afoot with Government legislation that will impact on our club structure. Something about us ending up with two secretaries and not needing an auditor, under the legislation. Ian commented that it was probably a good idea for us to continue the practice of appointing an auditor and a public officer, no matter what the legislation says, and he will give further explanation once everything becomes final. GUEST SPEAKER

This week’s guest speaker was Jeff Rigby, CEO of Coliban Water.

There was some attempt to hi-jack Jeff’s attendance at the meeting by the combatants in next week’s great debate, about recycled water, but Jeff was avoiding any kind of comment on the issues, less he be quoted. I think you can see PP Jack Gallagher trying to garner favour in the picture at right.

Colerain, educated in Ballarat and with an engineering degree from Ballarat University he started his working life with the Ballarat Water Board.

Jeff was the MD of the Grampians-Wimmera-Mallee Water during the replacement of the open channels system with the Wimmera Mallee pipeline that reshaped the lives of many people in the region with a reliable water source for the first time in their history.

On his horizon in the short term is next week’s public forum to present/discuss the proposed Coliban water pricing plan for the next 5 years. Good luck with that one Jeff. Interestingly Jeff was a GSE team member 20 years ago from District 9780, which covers most of western Victoria and some of SA.

The five member team included a primary school teacher, an undertaker, a dentist, a water engineer (Jeff) and a fifth member that I failed to right down. They were hosted by District 6740 which covers some Having evaded the debate issues Jeff went on to tell us of Kentucky and Ohio in the USA. a bit about himself, born and bred country boy from ROSTER

Chairman Sergeant at Arms Corporals Cashiers Regalia Reception Grace Four Way Test

NOVEMBER 27 N/A N. Whitfield B. Figg B. Doherty G. Gunnell B. Gray J. Mahoney A. Glazebrook K. Gilchrist J. Gallagher J. Flood

DECEMBER 4 TBA N. Whitfield N. Hobley A. Hampton D. Ionescu N. Kilby B. Penna R. Rogers M. Hughes L. Hughes M. Horne

DECEMBER 11 TBA I. Coates N. Kilby W. Smith B. McMahon G. McLeod B. Penna R. McDonald F. Lean B. Penna J. Krakowiak

A Notice for Chairman - To assist the President and as a courtesy to guest speakers, when the president calls for visiting Rotarians and guests to be introduced, the Chairman for the day is asked, please, to stand and introduce the guest speaker by name with the comment that he/she will be more formally introduced later in the meeting. Members are reminded that if for any reason you are unable to fulfil the duty for which you are rostered it is your responsibility to arrange a replacement


Jeff spoke very warmly of his experience on the exchange and still has contact with friends he made on the trip. They covered 15 city and town stopovers, billeted into the local Rotary communities and Jeff remembers that Australia’s Andrew Gaze was big news as a college basketballer, throughout Kentucky.

Jeff still had a couple of the banners he received during his trip and he present one to our club after his presentation. NEXT WEEK

Next week we will hold the ‘Great Debate’ where the teams of Glenn Reilly, Jack Gallagher and Wayne ‘Professor’ Smith against Ted Rankins, Val Barker and Peter Reading will debate the topic ‘Bendigo should be drinking recycled water’. This is an evening meeting and partners and guests are most welcome. See ya’ll there. To finish of the meeting PP Wayne organised the drawing of the raffle and the winning ticket Orange F51 was being held aloft by Arthur Glazebrook. Thanks, Editor Noel


November 27 to December 3 Charlie Martin Nov. 27, Tom Dobeli Nov. 28, Ian Shelton Dec. 1 Nil




CHRISTMAS CAKES Christmas Cakes and Puddings are on the agenda again and orders are being taken by the RC of Bendigo South. • Large puddings and cakes weight 900 gms. • Mini Cakes and Puddings weigh 350 gms. • Baked and stored in tins to remain fresh. • Packaged in attrative boxes. • Manufactured in Tasmania.

Until next week,


Dear Rotary Friends, I am sending this on to you in your capacity as Club Director International Service on behalf of Bronwyn Stephens of the Rotary Club of Melbourne South. Bronwyn is the District Chair of the World of Difference Program and spends considerable time in Cambodia organising and leading humanitarian tours to support the children and families in villages and in orphanages. The attachments herewith explain an opportunity for your club to donate something very practical in the spirit of Christmas giving. Bronwyn would be very pleased to hear from you should you wish to discuss matters related to this idea. I hope that you are enjoying your role as a key person in raising the profile of International Service in your club. Very best wishes, Julie Mason Rotary District 9800 Director International Service

LARGE $14.00 each. MINI $7.00 each. Please place your order by contacting: Terry Dalwood, Phone 5442 6212 or 0400 476 204, email or Garry Pinner phone 5443 7188, fax 5441 4121. Please note we prefer payment at time of delivery. Postal address is Rotary Club of Bendigo South Inc. PO Box 346, Bendigo 3552.

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Make a World of difference this Christmas

A project of the Rotary Club of Melbourne South, and endorsed by District 9800 RAWCS listed project 1-2012-13

Make a Rotary project your humanitarian choice for Christmas giving this year. Gift cards outlining the gift will come with a little angel Christmas tree decoration, a handmade project of Future Light Orphanage.


Water well $150

$10 Donation is spent in Cambodia to purchase your gift. No administration expenses Tools for agriculture $30

Pig $60

Bicycle $50

School uniform for a child


Seeds for crops $20

Basic medicines $30

Water pump Water filter $190 $60

Gifts that keep on giving for Christmas

Order form Options to send: Email details to Fax this form to 03 9596 0471 A project of the Rotary Club of Melbourne South,

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School backpack


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Seeds for crops


Tools for agriculture


Fish for aquaculture


Basic medications


Bicycle for a school child




Water filter


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Please complete details below and gift cards with complimentary angels (handmade by women that Future Light Orphanage supports) will be posted to you within 3 working days. Please post a cheque or deposit payment electronically to Rotary Club of Melbourne South Trading as World of Difference BSB 633000 Account number 146927611. Name: Address: Phone: Would you like RAWCS to issue a receipt for tax purposes?



Hello from Anna in Finland Seinajoki - Wednesday 19/09 Hello!! I wanted to address this letter to the whole club, so I sent it this Bendigo Club where you gather. Hopefully it will eventually find its way to your meetings.

So on Monday I finally got to meet the club that sent me over there. They had a lunch meeting, and it was their 30th anniversary. In Finland 50 is often the magical age with everything, and before that there’s no big celebration, so the meeting was just half an hour longer than a usual one. Instead of guest speaker, the funding members of the club were telling the story of the club, I had a speech about my year, and almost the whole Rotary Club of IImajoki (neighbour town) mad a visit and brought five red roses. The visiting club also sang the birthday song (you hear that song often here, since it seems to suit every situation, since our birthday song just says: “Lot’s of congratulations”...).

Oh, and there was cake, good reason to join the meeting! (PS. Alida, Joy and Val, some of the kilos really are gone already!). we’ll be a host family for Kaitlyn But after that long introduction from KooWeerup. let’s get to the point: I gave your This is in many ways very much of banner there, which they thought a Rotary week, since today we’ll to be beautifully detailed, and I also hear some brainwash speeches received their banner to be sent to to join Rotex (the just returned you guys over there. Good excuse exchange students). to send you also a letter full of It’s been really nice here in Finland, greetings and nonsense. great to be with old friends, and Soon I’ll take again some old because of my changes make many stuff to the Oppshops, one of the new ones, but I also miss Australia most concrete ways to notice often. So don’t forget about me, you’ve changed during that year is ‘cause I’ll be back!! (As soon as probably growing out of your old possible) things. I’ve got to know pretty well the both Aussie exchange-students Be well, catch you later! in our school, and in two weeks Miss you - Anna Isotalo. XXXXX

I found this post-card of my home town where you can see our house (I think I’ve at some point shown it already to someone...) Anyway I circled the window of my room, since circling the whole house would’ve been messy. It’s spring in the card, ‘cause the snow has melted from the road and the yards of the houses, but there’s still some left on the hill they sit in. So greetings!!



Please find attached some information about the Mandala Foundation’s upcoming Vocations in Aid (ViA) conference, which may be of interest to some of your members and youth networks who are involved or are interested in working or volunteering The evening was very successful – socially and on international aid and development projects. financially – and our National Project of Cord Blood The conference will be held in Melbourne on Friday 7th Stem Cell Research will benefit immensely. December, 2012. The theme for this year’s conference Thank you sincerely, Rotarians. is ‘Pathways in Humanitarian Aid and International President Gwen Rankins, for all members. Development’, and it is suitable for prospective aid workers and volunteers of all ages and vocational backgrounds, from school and tertiary students to professionals and retirees. Returned aid workers and volunteers will share their experiences of working COMMUNITY and building a career in the aid sector, from shortCAROLS term field deployments right through to managerial As many Rotarians as possible will be needed for and headquarter-based roles. Representatives from rd this big event on Sunday 23 December. a range of organisations will also talk about their recruitment processes and policies for supporting A roster is about to be prepared. staff and volunteers across the cycle of deployment, and Mandala Foundation psychologists will offer If you are NOT able to assist you please advise insight into effective psychosocial support strategies John Flood, Ron Rogers or Barry Penna as soon to support more psychologically resilient, prepared as possible or e-mail John Flood on jaflood@ and responsible aid workers and volunteers. It would be much appreciated if you would consider sharing information about the conference with members at your next meeting, or include it on your CHRISTMAS club’s website/newsletter. Alternatively, please feel PARTY free to forward this email and the attached flyer to Our annual club Christmas Party will be your members and affiliated community networks. celebrated with an evening meeting on Tuesday, More information about the conference is available December 18. at: The Bendigo Inner Wheel ladies would love to give our Rotarians a hug and a big vote of thanks for supporting our fundraiser at the Bendigo Stadium last Tuesday night. 


This will be held at the Bendigo Club with predinner drinks on the new balcony overlooking the bowling green. Details will be included in the Fossicker at a later date.


Kind Regards, Alanna Myers Communications Officer Mandala Foundation Inc.


of the things we think, say or do...


2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all conerned?


The Mandala Foundation is proud to present:

Vocations in Aid Pathways in Humanitarian Aid & International Development

Friday 7th December, 2012 - Melbourne One-day conference and exhibition

Have a love of travel and want to make a difference? Want to use your skills and interests to assist and exchange with others? Interested in developing a global career? ... then international aid work may be for you. Come along to ViA to find out how.

; Discover potential pathways in international aid in your vocational area ; Hear vocational stories from experienced aid workers, volunteers and local staff ; Find out about competencies that are valuable in international aid work as well as recruitment, application and selection processes ; Interact with and ask questions of experienced aid workers and volunteers through peer learning and mentoring sessions Date: Time: Venue:

Photo: Engineers Without Borders Australia

Enquiries: Cost:

Friday 7th December, 2012 8:45am – 5:15pm William Angliss Institute Building A, Level 5 555 La Trobe Street, Melbourne (+61 3) 9005 0808 or Concession: $55.00 (inc. GST) Standard: $71.50 (inc. GST)

More information: ; Gain tips and resources for preparing and remaining resilient on overseas assignments including psychological, health, cultural and security issues ; Meet a range of agencies that recruit humanitarian aid and development workers for overseas projects ; Learn about university and TAFE courses that support vocational pathways in aid

Thursday 6th December, 2012 Pre-conference workshops:

2.00 – 6.00pm

Sector network meeting with Melbourne Development Circle:

6.00pm onwards



Strengthening humanitarian action through the psychosocial support of staff, projects and management systems




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