Meeting February 8th 2017 Griefline Awareness and new member


Ian was our most efficient chairperson last week. We had many guest Rotarians all coming to support our Guest Speaker, Rotarian Dennis Tarrant (RC Melbourne South), Rotarian Bronwyn Stephens (RC Melbourne South), Rotarian Virginia Turner (RC Brighton North) representative of RAWKS and RAMS, PP Faye Kirkwood and Rotarian Ian Kirkwood (RC Caulfield), Pres. John Lord (RC Caulfield) and Rotarian Merv Ritter, (Honouree member RCBMC and member RC Caulfield). Ian also welcomed Frank Amato, Photographer) friend of Geoff Gartly, and for the last as a guest Helen Nodrum. Ian also welcomed Kevin back after a long vacation on the Gold Coast.  Gabrielle gave us our invocation and Tony the Loyal Toast. Virginia informed us that there will be a Malaria Awareness day to be held at the Mulgrave Country Club. More information will be published in the bulletin. On behalf of Pres. Greg who was unable to be there this morning due to ill health, Past Pres. Richard stood in to conduct the Induction of Helen Nodrum. Karin pinned her Rotary badge and in response to Richard she told us she was looking forward to a long and beautiful relationship with our club and Rotary. Our Guest Speaker, Dennis Tarrant, is CEO of the Murrumbeena branch of the Bendigo Bank. Origins of the bank began in Bendigo and joined with the Bank of Adelaide and has unity branches with local and community sponsors. The first Charter is to get people back to banking where it  should be and then to give back to the sponsors and then…… $1.5 million has been put back into the community and charities such as support for sport, kindergartens and schools and importantly Grief Line. Glen Eira Council did not have the necessary dollars to re-establish Grief Line that had fallen upon hard times. Dennis was asked to a branch dinner where the motivation was so great that he stayed. Grief line is the only telephonic line existing and now underpins all major lifelines plus Beyond Blue. Grief Line is so entrenched in getting people right that there are now 200 volunteers who have had 14 weeks intensive training. Grief Line is not state based and as in so many other charities funds are cut. Grief Line need $400-500 to survive. Dennis came to our club to promote Awareness. He informed us that the suicide rate is double the road toll, that there are 3000 suicides yearly and 250 suicide attempts or just contemplating the deed! So, it is important for people to talk of the pressure and of their isolation, their depression and anxiety. Emergency services take contact details which are fed back to support groups so then Grief Line deals with loss from Pet Loss to suicide grief including grief from children who can receive support in a comfortable space with a room for counselling. As it is an anonymous call centre there are no statistics but receiving postcodes is optional and not often given. The Bank sponsored the Richard Chamberlain Great Bike Ride that departs from Canberra to Melbourne. Every rider completed the ride. $40,000 of the money raised came to Grief Line with 6 radio interviews and the riders were met at the MCG by Chanel 7. All very good publicity. Networking is important and there were more calls received after the Bourke St massacre than the Bushfire disaster.  In closing Dennis stated the importance of Awareness of Grief Line. Stand-in Sergeant was out gracious Tony Ryan. Tony’s use of vocabulary is amazing to listen to so the fines given are secondary to how he explains them. We were reminded of the excursion to the Edithvale Wetlands on Tuesday 14th February and the 22nd February will be an evening meeting. Ian thanked Dennis and his supportive Rotarians from RC Caulfield who use the Bendigo Branch Board room for their weekly meetings, Rotarians from RC Melbourne South and RC Brighton North. Thank you Frank Amato for attending. We hope you enjoyed the meeting and will come again. Congratulations Helen our newest member on your induction. Have a good week ahead especially the birthday members with ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY .ZILLA (Bulletin Reporter)



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