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
Aug 05, 2021
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This Meeting's Responsibilities
Ziegerink, Harry
Anderson, Pete
Fitzgerald, Greg
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Anderson, Pete
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Welcome to our Club!
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
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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 on 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 one and all. 
Hope you are all well.  Great to see club members are working towards the plan laid out for the year.  I was pleased to see our Directors explaining and taking it forward. As I explained membership is most important to our club.
Thanks to Greg for showing the video about the cooking stoves for the third world countries.  What a great Rotary International program; this will go a long way to save lives and other health complications.
If every club gives a donation, what a way to go forward.  So little can mean so much. Let’s talk about it at the upcoming board meeting.
I wish all members well for the coming week.  Especially those not at the meeting for one reason or another.
You can use the links towards the end of this Bulletin if you wish to contribute to our Rotary projects.
Take care,
your President Harry.
PS. I will have to do something about the noise at the back of the room. If there are going to be other functions in the same room on our night. I will approach management to see what can be done
Happenings at the last meeting ..
Greg spoke impassionately about the use of open fires in South America. He was referring to a presentation from Forest Resener of StoveTeam International which is a non-profit organisation started by a Rotarian.  Cooking on open fires consumes a lot of wood, increases pollution that affects the heath of those in the household.  With open fires, there is also a risk of burns, particularly after children fall.  
The project involved building inexpensive stoves in the local area. Through donations, the StoveTeam have provided over 78,000 stoves. The stoves are shown below.
They have now developed a second generation stove that is built from bricks and provides an even safer solution; it has a flume to exhaust smoke, as a cool exterior to reduce the risk of burns and still provides a large cooking surface. More information is available at: or through the website:
Greg suggested that this was an excellent international project that could be of assistance to our nearest neighbours perhaps Timor Leste.  He indicated that we should modify their idea. Tyrell recommended that we seek support from other clubs in the District.
Club matters.
Mark recommended that we do not use abbreviations without first using the unabbreviated title. Each digression may result in a fine!
Mark suggested that over time we should provide a little information about each member in the bulletin.  Mark said that he would be the first to provide a brief statement to the editors.  We hope to include it in the Club Bulletin next week.
President Harry, said that Paul Mee, from Rosebud-Rye Rotary Club, is the District Governor Elect.  There is going to be a conference or convention that will use some home hosting.  Watch this space.
Harry attended the first cluster meeting that proved to be a successful exchange of ideas.
Harry indicated that we should look for some members to have food handling accreditation. Charles Ross is going to assist here.
Secretary Chris said there was little to say; there were no emails or postal mail.  
The District Governor’s visit is scheduled for the 30th September.
If anybody needs a new badge, they should contact Chris. 
Rob has asked that we look at other ways to raise funds.  The market may not be always available to us.  He considers that small scale fund raising can be very successful.  Small actions combine to produce big results.
Mike Anderson has been working on the Strategic plan.  This is seen as a means to increase membership.  The strategic plan is based around 6 key areas.  More on this subject later.
Mike Smith spoke about sending copy to the local paper.  It was suggested that taking out an add can increase the likelihood of the copy being published.
Tony spoke about the market and said that we had more than 30 stall holders.  Tony is looking at varying our agreement to run additional markets in the summer period.  This may be with the support of other clubs
Treasurer, Rick asked for all members to pay their dues please.
The lucky lotto winner was John Barnes. 
Wellbeing of our members

Ray’s arm has healed from a spiral break.  He still has an issue with short term memory which may been a result of the anaesthetic. 
We wish Ray a speed recovery
Ailsa is going OK and would like to attend the meeting next week.  Can anybody give her a ride?
We wish Mike Anderson’s wife a speedy recovery for an operation this week.
Member jottings
In this section we will post photographs and a short statement on the recent activities of members.  If you have a photo or a short quip, send it to the editors for a future Bulletin.
This weeks photo is from Rick at Merrijig Ski Club.  Some people just want to be cold ...

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


On the Lighter side ...
Medical experts in Melbourne today were asked if it is time to ease the COVID  lockdowns. 
Allergists were in favour of scratching it, but Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. 
Gastroenterologists had a sort of a gut feeling about it, but Neurologists thought the government had a lot of nerve. 
Obstetricians felt certain everyone was labouring under a misconception, while Ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted. 
Many Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while Paediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!" 
Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while Radiologists could see right through it. 
Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and Pharmacists claimed it would be a bitter pill to swallow. 
Dentists couldn't get their teeth into it. Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter." 
Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but Urologists were pissed off by the whole idea. 
Anaesthetists thought the whole idea was a gas, and Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.
In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the bums in politics....