September is
Basic Education and
Literacy Month
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Greg Fitzgerald
September 8
Ross Whitehead
September 15
Elaine Barnard-Brown
September 21
Terry O'Day
September 29
Spouse Birthdays
Elaine Barnard-Brown
September 21
Elaine Barnard-Brown
Ray Barnard-Brown
September 26
Ray. Barnard-Brown
Elaine Barnard-Brown
September 26
Join Date
Lyn Lewis
September 2, 2004
17 years
John Barnes
September 10, 1998
23 years
Michael Anderson
September 14, 2017
4 years
Maggie McGeever
September 24, 2020
1 year
Terry O'Day
September 24, 2019
2 years
This Meeting's Responsibilities
Ziegerink, Harry
Booth, Christopher
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Thursdays at 6:30 PM
The Valley Golf Club
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Arrive 6:00 pm

Meeting Starts 6:30 pm

Ends 8:00 pm

If you cannot attend the meeting, then please send your apologies to

John or Julie Barnes

only by email:, or phone on 0407 800 852, before the MIDDAY on the Wednesday preceding the meeting.

Catering for meals is expensive if you do not apologise your meal has been paid for and all your fellow members suffer the loss.

President's Message
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Dear Rotary members and friends,

Hello to any other friends of Rotary who are interested in what we do. Presently we are working on local and international projects for those who are so much less fortunate than we are.

Just imagine no clean water for your family or cooking in a home filled with smoke. How good is that for a growing family? No one should be living with these conditions, yet in third world counties this is what it is like in 2021. Well, we at Rotary are presently working on looking at solutions to improve this.
Yes, we are still locked up but Rotary is working on local and overseas projects to improve peoples lives. Our directors are working very hard, with the club, to go forward and take on the Stove and combined Oceania environmental Project. We thank Terrell and Greg especially, for the great work they are putting in on our behalf. Another great Rotary project on the way, keep up the good work.
         Reach out to help a friend in need
         You can help them to see light at the
         End of the tunnel.
         The journey is the reward.
Your Pres… Harry (p.s its good to be back and I am feeling much better.)
Happenings at the last meeting
Once again our Zoom meeting was attacked by the Technology Gremlins. We’ve had Zoom meetings now “forever” but, no matter how many times you set up a meeting, Murphy’s Law will always catch you out. Anyway, this week it meant that we had a smaller number of attendees than usual but still enough for an interesting discussion. The meeting commenced with a touch of chaos which was reminiscent of an Abbott and Costello skit.
Take it away Greg
After the usual preliminaries, Chris handed the meeting to Greg who gave us an introduction to a video that covers the Rotary’s commitment to habitat and the environment. This has been topical because of Greg’s approach to our Board regarding joining with the Dromana Association and Peninsular Mountain Park Committee in an application to the State government to take on the management of Pat’s Paddocks, which is around 100 acres of grazing land next to the Hillview Reserve. This management committee would be put in place instead of the Shire as it would be more agile in beginning the rehabilitation of the Paddocks in accordance with a master plan which was created some time earlier. This plan envisions various paths (walking, cycling and BMX) as well as facilities such as a music bowl, BBQs and a club house all of which adds up to a large community project which seems to dovetail with Rotary’s thinking.
Greg also spoke on the Bay Trail Project. It seems that the best contribution we can make to the Project, and the 100th anniversary, is to site some picnic tables on the Safety Beach foreshore. Dromana Foreshore committee have rejected anymore “furniture” on their part of the foreshore but the Safety Beach area is in need. It was suggested that we approach the Dromana Men’s Shed to see if they would make the tables for us or provide us with their blueprints. We could do the installations.
Rotary and the Environment
The video had been distributed to some of the club members but it was replayed to the meeting. It was entitled as “District 8910 and the Environment”
The new area of focus was introduced as having a bearing on all the other areas that Rotary focuses on.
As an example of how Rotary can assist in both helping communities and the environment, a project which was conducted in Timor Leste was spoken about.
As the club does not currently have a directorate specific to the environment Greg saw the responsibilities being shared by Community and International.
While this subject is in the future Greg spoke of the immediate work that is required up at Hillview Reserve. There have been thousands of trees planted already but more are ready to go and it is only waiting on the lockdown to be raised and work can proceed on continuing to improve the parkland and bush before the “traffic” increases. The mix of trees and undergrowth needs to be improved to try and draw the environment back to its natural best.
Our Stoves Project
Greg is currently getting a prototype of the stove built for testing. He says we will have to do more research on the cooking methods with Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea. The stoves from America are designed to cook on a hotplate (torteas) whereas the people in New Guinea tend to boil large pots. There is more thinking and talking to the locals needed before a viable solution can be rolled out. There is a Rotary club in Dili, which is under the auspices of Darwin, which would provide a handy connection.
The Future looks Exciting
Chris thanked Greg for his thoughts and presentation and pointed out that future does look interesting and exciting for our club. We may be restricted at the moment but this gives us the opportunity to plan.
Bob announced that we already have a student application for international exchange in 2023. It will be interesting to see what effect the global shutdowns have on the future of this program.
The meeting ended smoothly in marked contrast to the start.

Current Projects

In the current state of the world our normal fund raising activities  are on hold. But that does not stop you from supporting our Rotary projects.


Polio is nearly eliminated from the world.( we older guys grew up with it all around us)

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Our Australian Rotary Health always always looking for help with an emphasis on Mental Health in this coronavirus time

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On the lighter side ....