Club Meeting July 31 2019 Clemence Welcome


Paul was our mischievous Chairperson for our meeting last week and in true Paul manner had Peter L and Zilla mix up our timing to present Invocation and the Loyal, Royal Toast. He was pleased with the confused outcome which was to cause all present to laugh and enhance informality. Grant took us to Spain! The Kingdom of Spain is mostly located on the Iberian Peninsula. It’s territory also includes the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, the African enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla and Penon de Velez de la Gomera. Spain borders with Portugal, France, Andorra, Gibraltar and is close to Morocco. The capital is Madrid. Madrid has an area of 506,000 square km. and a population of 47,000,000. Grant always gives us the ancient population history and today this was no exception! Modern humans arrived about 35k YA, hominids had lived there about 1.2M YA. The Greeks arrived on the NE in the 9th C BC and named it Iberia after the river Iber (Ebro). The Phoenicians settled in the South in 9th C BC. The Carthaginians arrived in Iberia, fighting the Greeks in 6th C BC. Celtic Tribes inhabited the inner and the North –West. The Roman Invasion was in the 6th C BC and the conquest was complete by 19 BC and renamed Hispania. Hispania in the year 409 had all but collapsed, with parts under the control of the Germanic tribes of Vandals, Suebi, Alans and Visigoths. By 410 Visigoths controlled most of the peninsula. In the years 711-718 nearly all of the Iberian Peninsula was conquered by the Moorish Muslim armies from North Africa expanding the Umayyad Caliphate, called Al-Andalus. Al-Andalus reached its maximum size in 770. The Christian forces reconquested in 780-1492. Spain was invaded by Napoleon l in 1807 and thereby creating the first Spanish Republic. In 1814 French forces were expelled and the Monarchy restored. The Spanish Civil War raged from 1936 -1939 leading to a dictatorship under Francisco Franco who died in 1975. The restoration of democracy in constitutional monarchy came in 1978.  Gijon is located on the Bay of Biscay in the North of Spain, 400km North of Madrid. It was founded as the Roman town Cimavilla in 5th century BC and is the oldest part of the city. In the 14 century the town was totally destroyed and a port was built in the 16th century.  Key industries are coal, iron, steel petroleum refining and fishing. The population is 272,000. Grant asked us to be upstanding to Toast President Francisco Javier Arguelles Rendueles and the members of the Rotary Club of Gijon, Kingdom of Spain. The club was chartered on 14th February 1927 and has 27 members and belongs to District 2201. The club meets at Parador de Gijon at Monday 9.00 pm. Thank you Grant for all your history details and your amazing presentation. As usual the breakfast offered was very appetizing and Tony and Sossi greeted us with wonderful coffee that was most welcome on this 4-degree day. Pres Geoff welcomed us and a special welcome to Clemence our new Exchange Student from France. As our Guest Speaker woke up ill we moved on to have a “mini- forum” and have the committee chairs share their progress thus far. Before we began we wish Paul, Tim L and Linda A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND A HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS AND FUN YEAR AHEAD. We wish Linda and Peter a happy trip to Singapore where Linda will celebrate her 70th birthday before travelling on to India. We also wish Clemence A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What an adventure! An 18th birthday the first week in Australia! We wish her a very successful and wonderful adventure Down Under!  An Enormous thank you too Margaret M for filling in for the Bulletin Report last week due to Zilla being unwell. A fill in will be needed for the next 2 weeks as well as the sunshine (hopefully) is beckoning in Noosa. Thank you to the brave person in advance!  Jo, Chair of Community, informed us that there were new members on this committee and she was leased that they were people with history of the club. She hoped that a project would come to be an event to help raise funds towards MS. This of course would have to come before the board to ratify the project. She would like to have multi-cluster support to help the transition of Indigenous year 7 students coming from the country to spend a year in Melbourne to encourage further schooling. There is limited opportunity for education in the Outback and with accommodation provided in Melbourne it gives children under supervision this chance. The project is called MITS, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. It’s a project to support MITS Alumni Boarding House, located in Richmond and with other supporters the Richmond Football club lends a huge hand. Linda O’B, Chair of International spoke about alternate funding such as organizing a stall at the market, international dinners such as a Filipino night with Terry Kane who organizes wonderful functions. She spoke of the Strategic plan and to keep in mind RAM and ROMAC. Linda further added that the committee had on the “back-burner” projects in Fiji for example to help with Renovating or repairing the very poor Teachers’ quarters in Savu Savu. The teachers “live-in” at the schools and the quality of their quarters are so bad that teachers do not stay. Hence the children suffer and do not have the education needed. The committee is looking at our local tradies to perhaps participate in repair. Another major project that bears looking at is in Nepal which could involve the locals instead of just handing out cheques. This gives ownership and hands-on to locals. Helen, Chair of Youth put a motion forward to the club that the Board approves the total cost of funding $5,000 for the exchange year. This was passed. She also welcomed Clemence on behalf of the Youth Committee and will introduce her to 2 young Interactors from McKinnon. She mentioned there had been a lot of discussion to provide Outcomes and partners to work with other clubs and also to work as a cluster.  Helen also talked of the Monash Recovery Centre that involves 12-17 year olds who suffer from Tier 3 Mental Health issues. These adolescents often fall into a hole and forgotten. The money given is used for outdoor activities and in the past the outcomes have been hugely successful.  She talked of a “Pilot” Project that would involve schools who could advertise the club and market in their news-letters. The committee were considering 3 school over 3 months of September, November and December. Helen continued by informing us that she had been invited to the Melbourne Business Award. The executive want to form and look at a program for children, naming South Caulfield College where the pilot program would be driven by the students with business people to help. There is a vacuum for students who are not University material but need further education. Alan, Market Chair, informed us that the various points of the market need looking at and to have everyone satisfied. He suggested that the was room to streamline so that the whole responsibility did not fall on one person. He felt we should employ some one for analysis to make the market to go forward and suggested the need to set out a strategy. He talked of the queue of cars that are appearing early in the morning and that a “survey” of stall holders and “foot” traffic would be useful. Treasurer Ron thanked the members who had already paid their dues. He thanked Margaret for organizing the birthday cards. We had a birthday cake for Clemence whose 18th birthday was on the following day 1st August. How brave to come to a foreign country without family and celebrate her birthday. Peter L, Judith Sophie and Max stood in and took her to the Sofitel Melbourne for a fantastic three curse dinner which they enjoyed enormously. Thank you Peter. Congratulations Julie on your appointment of CEO of Kingston. Good Luck with your new position and hope you enjoy it. Sergeant Tim as usual rambled on about fines, his we believe and happily paid up on his stories about us. Chairperson Paul, closed the meeting and we should be reminded that ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD

Zilla (Bulletin Reporter)


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