August 2021 is

Membership and Extension Month

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mark Long
August 3
Spouse Birthdays
Val Hosking
August 8
Jenny Dart
August 23
Harry Ziegerink
August 21
Join Date
Ian McIntosh
August 17, 2017
4 years
Last Meeting
Guests: Nil.
Apologies: Peter Anderson, Ellis Brenton, Ailsa Hemphill, Lyn Lewis, Roger McMillan
This Meeting's Responsibilities
Ziegerink, Harry
Long, Mark
Fitzgerald, Greg
Meeting Setup
Barnes, John
Davis, Adrian
McIntosh, Ian
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Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
The Valley Golf Club
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Visitors are most welcome to join us.  The meeting room is available from 6:00 pm for the meeting to start at 6:30.  We usually end our meetings at 8:00 pm. 

Could members who cannot attend the meeting, please send an apology to John or Julie Barnes email:, or phone 
0407 800 852, before MIDDAY on the Wednesday preceding the meeting to avoid additional expense to the club.

President's Message
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Hi dear Rotary members and friends.
We had a very short meeting this week due to current circumstances.  At the moment, it looks like we will be going back to zoom meetings. It’s impossible at present to really plan and confirm anything but we are all in the same boat.
It was nice to see Ailsa and Damian at the meeting. We wish you both the best and hope to see you again soon.
We had to cancel our guest speaker, Simon Brooks for the night.  He intends to come another night.  But we did the pleasure of our incoming District Governor Elect (for 2022-23) Paul Mees and his wife and Adele. Thank you, Paul, for taking on this position in Rotary and for keeping this well-oiled Rotary wheel turning for the betterment of the world, and in particular the Mornington Peninsula. Just look back and be proud of what Rotary worldwide has achieved.
I assured Paul that our club and members will do our best to support him in his governorship year and are proud of what team work can do.  Thank you for coming to our club.
I encourage Directors and others to submit decisions and discussion points to the Bulletin editors to keep us all informed.
In closing, to our members and families, take care keep healthy.
Your president 
Happenings at the last meeting...
The guest speaker when you are not having a guest speaker.

At the last meeting, Paul and Adelle Mee were visitors. Paul is the District Governor Elect.  Paul and Adelle have been Rotarians for a number of years in various states, while Paul was working for a well-known bank.
Paul spoke about the District Conference which will be held on the Mornington Peninsula in February 2023 when Paul is the District Governor.  Paul is gathering thoughts of others on the possibility of home hosting for delegates.  Paul considers the cost of accommodation is often a disincentive for some people and home hosting will reduce these costs.  Chris asked how much we can charge for each bedroom!!!  
The next District Conference is in Traralgon.
Paul put his hand up for the DG position because he wanted to support the District as Rotary has been very good to him.  Paul believes the integrity of Rotary is an outstanding attribute.  Paul has had 8 Rotary exchange students over the period; a truly outstanding contribution.
Club matters
Secretary Chris mentioned that Lynda Humphries (the District Governor in 2023/24) is promoting membership.  She is organising a zoom meeting to discuss options and ideas with club membership officers.  Watch out Mark.

Chris stated that there is a challenge to cross Egypt on a motorcycle.
Greg mentioned that preparations for the Halloween function are developing.  See Greg for more details.
Michael Smith mentioned that there were 1000 hits on the Market Facebook in 1 week.
Others wishing to contribute to the bulletin should send their material to the editors.  Any contribution is welcomed.  Often a written contribution rather than an oral one at the meeting will assist the editors to note the more important elements.
Well being of our members
Ailsa’s broken arm is mending, but what a contraption she has on it.  We wish her a steady recovery.

Ray is going home for a day to see how Ray and Elaine would be able to manage.  Ray has had several falls and we hope his condition stabilises.

Tyrell’s medical condition, I am told, is improving by the use of medical cannibals. 
Consider the lockdown to be like a lifeboat; it is better to be in a lifeboat than in the ocean and it is likely to take you to a better place.

Strategic Planning
The club is undertaking a strategic planning process.  Michael Anderson has produced a draft Strategic Plan using a reflection of Achievements and successes, Disappointments and concerns and Learning and reflections. They also used a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) to establish 5 key objectives:
1.         Develop concise strategic plans
2.         Budget to meet objectives
3.         Develop a fundraising plan
4.         Grow membership
5.         Election of office bearers
From these objectives, 7 actions were defined.  These are:
1.         To develop a fundraising and communication plan
2.         to develop additional fundraising ideas
3.         To establish a Dromana Rotary Club “Milestone” project
4.         To increase the value from the Dromana Rotary Club Monthly market
5.         To increase sales from the Dromana Rotary Club Monthly annual raffle
6.         To increase the number BBQ’s (Bunnings etc)
7.         To increase donations from philanthropic trusts and others
With the Strategic Plan, it should make it easier for all members to become involved and for our actions coordinated.  See Mike Anderson for more details
The Club Communications Strategy has been produced by Mike Smith. He has presented the strategy as a flow chart which is reproduced below.  Members are encouraged to provide comments to Mike.  
From our International President
In an email from the International President, Shekhar Mehta recommended four main actions for all of us.
Commit to diversity and equity: Discover what your club can do to make Rotary a more inclusive and forward-looking organisation.
Each One, Bring One: Commit to bringing one friend, neighbour, or colleague into Rotary. Use these resources to share the gift of membership with others.
Serve to Change Lives: Share our passion for doing good by hosting a Rotary Day of Service in your community.
Be a brand ambassador: Download resources from the Brand Center to help you promote your club’s members as people of action.
For more information see an email from Secretary Chris.

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

click HERE to see more.

And if you would like to help click on the Donate link above!


On the Lighter side ...
What if it’s just Nature?  by Julie Sheldon

What if it’s just Nature
Taking back control
Questioning the actions
Of every living soul

What if it’s just Nature
Asking us to stop
To think about our planet
And treasure what we’ve got

What if it’s just Nature
Slowing us right down
Time to look around us
And see what can be found

What if it’s just Nature
Asking us to think
What is it that we really need?
Love, health and food and drink

What if it’s just Nature
Giving us the time
To be more understanding,
Generous and kind

What if it’s just Nature
Asking us to care
To think about each other
And sometimes just be there

What if it’s just Nature
Sending us this pain
Time to re-evaluate
Before we’re all insane

What if it’s just Nature
Setting us a test
To try to save our planet
Let’s do our very best!