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Sharraine Ballao our newest member

Bulletin Vol ume 20 I ssue21 6t h Decem ber 2011 RI President Kalyan Benerjee Rotary Club of Vapi Governor David Anderson Rotary Club of Yea AG Pat Miller Rotary Club of Diamond Creek Club Officers President Vice President President Elect Secretary & Attendance Treasurer & Public Officer

Alan Jones PP Clyde Hulme Steve Crosling Eileen Gatt Greg Adams

Directors and Standing Committees Club Administration PE Steve Crosling Membership John Egan Public Relations PP Bev Baker, Service Projects PP Alan White Rotary Foundation PP Linda Gidlund

Who ya gunna call ! President Alan Jones Secretary Eileen Gatt Treasurer Greg Adams

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Editor: Greg Adams Art Director: Greg Adams Advertising : Greg Adams Bottle washer : Greg as well Editorial: send to

Caution: The Bulletin contains no calories, vitamins, minerals or proteins. In fact, it is devoid of nutritional value. Nevertheless, it is a supplement much sought after and regularly devoured by the Rotarians of Diamond Creek. Note: The views and opinions expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Club or its members

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:  FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;  SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;  THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;  FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

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the program/up and coming calendar and who’s doin what 6 December 2011 Tuesday

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Club Meeting Hellen Karie—Vanuatu Prevention of blindness

and reports from RYLA attendees

Attend Brian B, Chair Cpt Peter H, Beans Greg, Door man Xray Steve , Art Work Big Bus John, Prize BB Tina

13 December 2011 Tuesday

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Club Meeting Maxwell Gratton—Football Federation Victoria

Attend Sir John, Chair Lady in Waiting Eileen, Beans Greg, Door man RYLA Linda, Art Work First Mate Jacqui, Prize Traveling Grandpa Phill.

20 December 2011 Tuesday

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Christmas Party Partners welcome

Life events Dec 9 Ern Wardell—birthday Dec 12 Rod Mackenzie joined Rotary and this Club 17 years ago Dec 12 Rob and Lyn Lloyd anniversary Dec 20 Eileen Gatt joined Rotary 5years ago

Dec 20 Brian Bowen joined Rotary


years ago

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from the president keeping up with the joneses! ““We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for  the future. “ ‐   Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 ‐ 1945)    So often we talk about the future, whether it is the future of Rotary, the future of our local community, the future of Australia or the world. The best way for us to ensure that the future is in good hands is the development of our youth. It is not just the New Generations area of Service that does this, but we work with youth across all of our areas of Service. This week there will be a group presentation from five young people who attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). Having attended the meeting / dinner at   and meeting so many remarkable RYLA young people, expect to hear a moving account of their week. They all come from different backgrounds and have diverse goals, but the common thread is that they have all gained enormously from RYLA and now have the chance to work on their aims. When I see young people of this calibre, I have no doubt that the future is in good hands. We will hear from Hellen Karie from Vanuatu. Hellen works in the Prevention of Blindness Program. Another of our participants, Steve Ferraro is studying counselling and works with people with disabilities to help them find employment. His spare time is mostly consumed with volunteer work both with his church and with disadvantaged youth. These are just two of the participants who will not only benefit personally from RYLA but I can imagine that they will be able to take the skills they developed here and use them to benefit others. However it is not just RYLA where we have been working recently to assist young people. As you would be aware, last week we had the Grand Opening of the Rotary Ramp House at the Diamond Valley Special Development School for their Riding for the Disabled Program. This program is so much more than just teaching children with disabilities how to ride a horse! The Riding for the Disabled Program at the Diamond

past presidents Brian Bowen 1978-1979 Heidelberg North Bob Eycken 1983-1984 Alperton UK John McCrohan 1992-1993 Ron Gordon 1993-1994 Chris Doupe 1994-1995 Cliff Wearne 1995-1996

Valley Special Development School promotes self-esteem, tolerance, trust and confidence. Students develop their communication, basic motor skills, body awareness and physical capacity. They learn to develop complex movement patterns and develop their strength, flexibility and endurance. This will certainly help them in their future development. Peter Hodge has been working hard in the background to organise the Youth Exchange Program for next year. Our Youth Exchange Student, Beatriz from Brazil, will be arriving in January so again, we will be giving a young person the chance to grow and mature and experience life in another country. I know that Peter is still looking for host families so please give it some thought. You will gain far more that you need to give! Nothing can be more worthwhile than to be able to nurture young people and see their progress and development. The Rotary Club of Diamond Creek can indeed be proud of the work that we do to ensure that our youth have opportunities to prosper and grow.

Ern Wardell 1996-1997 Rod Mackenzie 1997-1998 Steve Sampson 1998-1999 Robin Chapple 1999-2000 Peter Marriage 2000-2001 Rob Lloyd 2001-2002 Bev Baker 2002-2003 Joe Di Natale 2003-2004 Geoff Swan 2004-2005 John Gatt 2005-2006 John Arthur 2006-2007 Linda Gidlund 2007-2008 Alan White 2008-2009 Pat Millar 2009-2010 Clyde Hulme 2010-2011

Alan Jones

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and what happened last week ? Rob Lloyd introduced President Alan Jones. President Alan opened the meeting. Rob Lloyd led grace and Arthur Lewin acknowledged the toast. John Egan welcomed Sharraine Ballao, her daughter Mareesa and her parents Gloria and Michael Patane. Make-ups were noted - Alan White, Tina Elmer and Pat Millar attended the Diamond Creek Community BBQ run by Liz Buijs from the Living & Learning Nillumbik Shire to talk about community projects etc. Alan White, Alan Jones, Ern Wardell, CLiff Wearne and Pat Millar attended the meeting for the "Mens Shed". Ern reported on the meeting. Rob Lloyd spent 4 days at Institute in Queensland and gave a report to the club. He is especially pleased that information that we have has been requested by other Clubs, in particular the folder for Assistant Governors. A Rotarian from New Zealand wished for a copy of "Change for the Better" Induction of Sharraine: John Egan escorted Sharraine to the podium. John said in his introduction that Sharraine had rang him inquiring about a Rotary Club and John said Diamond Creek. Sharraine has assisted on quite a few functions as a volunteer. Sharraine was inducted and welcomed wholeheartedly into the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek. Bev was presented with her new dinner badge and new category as "Disability Employment Services"

opening was shown. The Rotary Club of Heidelberg sponsored and supplied the ramp and the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek sponsored and supplied the shed. President Alan thanked Dennis Kerr and Rob spoke of the parents and volunteer workers who are wrapped in the opening of the building and the ramp. President Alan mentioned Breatice - the exchange student from Brazil - and the offers are coming in to accommodate her. Please contact Peter Hodge to let him know if you are interested in looking after her. President Alan made a visit to the Diamond Creek Primary School to look at shade sails for the school and they have a wish that they be ready for start of the New School Year. The day was very hot and it was decided that the sails were needed. There will be a request made to the supplier to put a Rotary Wheel on the sails. The Combined Churches Christmas Carols BBQ will be located at Coventry Oval on Sunday 18th December at 6.00pm. We will be doing the BBQ, candles and parking. Bev Spoke about Conference regarding registration and which events members were going to attend - there is a discount on the registrations until the end of December. Linda did a quick report on RYLA and will elaborate more next week when the Rylarians do their group presentation to the members. Raffle was $71.00, Fines were $24.00 Cheers Pat.

President Alan spoke about the Riding for the Disabled Rotary Ramp House opening and congratulated Greg A and his team for what they did. Without the work of the Town Fair this would not be possible. A video of the

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The ‘Rotary Ramp House’ was ‘officially opened at the Diamond Valley Special Development School.

and what happened last week ?

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Under the spotlight Rotarian Sharraine Ballao What’s one thing most people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m a Funeral Director.

What’s the smartest thing you’ve been told? Don’t make someone a priority who only makes you

an option.

How would someone you love describe you? Beautiful and slightly funny, nothing too special but

the most important person in my life, only person who I can tell everything to and love – Mareesa Ballao

What’s the oldest item in your wardrobe that you still wear? A pair of platform boots from 12

years ago.

What do you look or feel really good in? A smile. What’s one simple thing you’re really good at?

Touch typing.

What do you least like to do? Run. What’s the one talent you wish you had? Swimming. One thing you refuse to eat? Tofu. Who would you like to invite to a dinner party ?

Celine Dion.

I’m glad I .... Had my daughter Mareesa….. What was your best break in life?

When my parents adopted me!

What was your happiest birthday party? th

My 30 Birthday.

Best holiday destination (or place you wish to visit)............ Greece/Turkey 2007 Who’s your most memorable character? Jacob from Twilight. Currently, you are reading what ? The True Blood series. If you were an animal what would you be ? Penguin. Are you a dog or a cat person? Mother to a 16yo cat named Missy.

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Advance Australia Fair Australians all let us rejoice, For we are young and free; We've golden soil and wealth for toil, Our home is girt by sea; Our land abounds in Nature's gifts Of beauty rich and rare; In history's page, let every stage Advance Australia fair! In joyful strains then let us sing, "Advance Australia fair!"

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