John Mason as Chair welcomed visitors Sue Loeliger (who was later inducted as a member), and Lt Samantha from the Salvation Army who was the guest speaker. Kevin Davidson led the invocation and Larry Green proposed the loyal toast.
The International toast was to President Zoran Peric and the Rotary Club of Bijeljina in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Rotary District 1910. The club was chartered on 2003 and has 28 members. Their club meetings are held on Thursday evenings (8pm) in Hotel Drina. Grant again presented a concise, interesting and informative summary of the history and geography of Bosnia and Herzegovina.The country borders Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, with a coast on the Adriatic Sea. After years of civil war, an agreement was reached in the 1990s (the Dayton Agreement) which resulted in a single state composed of 2 parts, the Serb Republic, Srpska and the Croat-Bosuiak to form the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
President Geoff then informed us that:
- Tony Nathan has resigned from the club
- The Bentleigh Festival will be held next Sunday (24 Nov) and asked for volunteers to staff the market as it will be open till 3pm.
- The Market Strategy meeting will be held on Thursday 21 Nov at 6pm in Cilantro.
- The “District Presidents” meeting will be held on Friday 22 Nov and Helen Nodrum will attend in Presidents Geoff’s place
- A sausage sizzle at Bunnings in Moorabbin has been allocated to the club on 18 Jan 2020.
Sue Loeliger was then inducted into the Club; her classification being Aged Care. Welcome Sue and congratulations from all members! Secretary Neville Kruss then reminded members that next week, 27 Nov, is the AGM. Linda O’brien, and Alan Kempton who filled in a casual vacancy, both retire. Nominations have been received from Peter O’Brien, Tony Grusd and Alan Kempton to fill the 2 positions. An election will therefore be held.
Lt (soon to be Captain) Samantha from the Salvation Army Bentleigh Corps outlined that the Salvation Army started in 1865 in London by former Methodist William Booth. (refer to the Bulletin article last week for more information). In Australia, the mission of Salvation Army is to build a healthy community and work for justice. Over the past 2 years, Salvation Army in Australia has undergone organisational changes. There is now a single territory (based in Melbourne), instead of the former Eastern and Southern Regions. There are 2 centres in Melbourne (one in Moonee Ponds and one in Bentleigh). There is no criteria for those going to Salvation Army seeking support.
In Bentleigh, Salvation Army provides…
- A free community meal on Tuesday evenings,
- A “market day” on Thursday mornings where there is free breakfast and fruit and vegetables for all attending,
- A Companion Club fortnightly, with a guest speaker and afternoon tea,
- Donations of food and vouchers for food for the needy.
- Christmas cheer with toys for children and hampers for those seeking assistance.
Salvation Army also provides support for those who experience grief and loss and this support is based on the beatitudes of the Bible.
Lt Samantha then responded to questions by various members.
Jo Impey, Director of Community Service, presented a cheque for $3,000.00 to Samantha. Alan Kempton then asked for volunteers for the Sunday Market for Sunday as the market will be open until 3pm because of the Bentleigh Festival. Jo impey asked for donations for the charity stall for MS on Sunday 1 Dec.
Ian Ballantine advised that there was a “glitch” when he sent out the Bulletin on Tuesday. If any member did not receive the Bulletin and wishes to read it, it will be available on the link to the website. Tony Ryan acted as sergeant in Tim’s absence and managed to extract sufficient from members with his usual horde racing carry on.
notes by Margaret M