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Beacon Vol 27 No 62

This week: In addition to our annual visit by the District Governor and his wife we inducted our newest Member
Dianne Whittall, seen here with DG Ross Butterworth, Asst DG Peter Harris and President Kevin.

President Kevin welcomed the Leader of the largest Rotary District in the country and his wife Annette, Peter Harris, Honorary Member Elaine Bird, Dianne Whitall, and Partners Helen Keating, Vicki Grouios, and Marlene Magor.
DG Ross lead off saying that one thing that we don’t do well in Rotary is to share our stories and went on to tell of his epiphany.
Having joined Rotary Club of Melton Valley,(with only 12 members) in 1994 . He was given the Directorship of International Service. With little knowledge and experience he attended the District Assembly and , “the light came on” when he found eye operations in India at the cost of $20 each were being funded with a total sum of $32,000 through the connections of the local Rotary club , the in-country Host Club and Rotary Foundations matching grants.
This was followed by Past President Ron Coleman telling his story of joining the Club 25 yrs ago and being immediately involved in fellowship that included post meeting Fire-side Chats. These often went into the small hours of the morning.
He has also been comparing the Big Bay Swim for 25 years and has made many friends outside the Club through swimmers and sponsors. The Battle of the Bands was one project that he initiated at the Williamstown Tech Campus with many young performers one of whom became the Rock Star Dan Sultan. He was gratified that many members of the Club attended his father’s funeral last month.

Past President Faye gave a briefing about next week’s Pink Breakfast and said that around 80 attendees had already paid. She needs assistance to set up on the evening of 28th Oct and around 6-8 members to act as waiters on the 29th. Mick Trezise is collecting names of volunteers. Are there any members of our club would be interested in making cakes, slices, biscuits etc as we are having a cake stall at the breakfast.
If anyone has any ideas on the silent auction please also contact Faye or David.

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