Club Meeting July 4, 2018 American Independence Day


This day of July 4th was not only AMEREICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY but Peter L’ Birthday. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER. MAY YOU COMING YEAR FILLED WITH ONLY GOOD NEWS, GOOD FUN and PROSPERITY. Have a great holiday in Shanghai, safe return. Terry was our charming Chairperson. She invited Kevin to give us Invocation and Charles A to present us with the Loyal Toast. Charles being an expatriate from the USA on that particular day he gave us a Toast to Australia. Terry welcomed Margaret Lucas and Martin Uttbridge and Kevin who has returned from the States. Grant took us to Nancy, France. Nancy began as a small fortified town named Nanciacuma (Nancy) and was built by Gerard, Duke of the Duchy of Lorraine around 1050. It is a riverfront town in the north eastern French region of Grand Est and is known for its late baroque and art nouveau landmarks. It is the Capital of the department of Meurthe-et-Moselle. The Duchy of Lorraine was founded in 959 AD. Originally called Upper Lorraine, it by France in 1766. In 1871 26% of Lorraine and 63% of Alsace was annexed to Germany but returned in 1919. The remaining area was called Meurthe-et-Moselle. Nancy is on the left bank of the river Meurthe which is 10 km upstream from the confluence with the river Moselle. Lorraine shares borders with Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany. On the 1st January 2016 Lorraine ceased to be an administrative region and became part of the Grand Est Region. Grant asked us to be upstanding to toast President Evelynne Larret and the members of the Rotary Club of Nancy, French Republic. The club is in District 1790, number 10919 and was chartered 15th July 1929. There are 44 members and meet on Mondays 12.30 pm in a beautiful building called la Brasserie Excelsior. Thank you Grant for yet again “taking” us to an interesting part of the world. In this cosy atmosphere at the International Buckingham which has been our temporary home during the school holidays,

Pres Ian announced that it was his great pleasure to perform his first duty as president of our club. He called Martin Utteridge to the front of the meeting in order to induct Martin into the Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central. Martin was welcomed into the club with a standing ovation and when asked if he would like to respond, all he could say was “I’m Speechless”. Pres Ian advised us that we were going to join some other clubs is in the area and not necessarily only in the District to begin a Rotary session on Southern FM 88.3 radio. He felt it was a great opportunity to not only promote Rotary but also the Market. The idea to “Cross District” will occur for the next Conference which will happen in Melbourne in February. Cross District will also in Youth Exchange. He then handed over to Peter L who is the coordinator for our speaker program Peter has already filled meetings until late October /November. The question to us was raised as to what subjects and who we would like to hear and that we should write our requests so that Peter can fulfil as many as possible. “Members-behind-the badge” will be another returned idea, giving us a chance to get to be better acquainted. Peter G advised us that Interactors at McKinnon Secondary College are holding their major fundraising event 18th August and suggested that they may like us to volunteer to help. Pres. Ian then invited Charles A to give us a very brief account of 4th July. On July 4th 1776, the members of the Continental Congress vote to pass the Declaration of Independence from England. Most notable signature is John Handcock’s. John, wanting to make sure that near sighted King George lll saw it, signed his name much larger than the rest of the signatories. Thank you Charles for sharing. Inimitable Sergeant Tim began with a “DRRR” joke and went on to happily fine everyone in the club for whatever sport’s allegiances and for Peter O’B being now a feather duster. His charity of choice will be ably provided. Pres. Ian closed the meeting reminding us to BE THE INSPIRATION

Zilla (Bulletin Reporter)



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