Meeting November 30 2016 AGM and New members


Our meeting last week was our Annual General Meeting with John as Chairman.
However, before the AGM  formalities got underway, President Greg had the very pleasant duty of inducting two new members into our club – Robert Layfield and Gabrielle Evans.   Robert is a financial adviser working for Prosper Advisory Financial Services, Bentleigh and Gabrielle is a Youth worker working for Family Life in the Bayside and Kingston areas.  The club very warmly welcomes Robert and Gabrielle into the club and hope this is the beginning of a long and happy association with Rotary.  Gabrielle’s partner Dan was also in attendance to witness this happy event.   Happy Birthday wishes were offered to Geoff Gartly on celebrating his 50th birthday – with a quick rendition of Happy Birthday sung to him at the meeting.   Best wishes were extended to Richard on his forthcoming wedding to Cathy on Saturday 3rd December (and marvelous Melbourne turned on a most beautiful and perfect day for this glorious event).

Greg made the following announcements:
A thank you letter was received from Marie Kick, principal of Southmoor Primary School for the club donation in support of the school’s STEM education project.
A Certification of Appreciation was received from the Holland Foundation for the club’s support and generosity.
An invitation was received to attend a memorial service to celebrate the life and work of Fred Hyde’s at St Michael’s Uniting Church, 120 Collins St, Melbourne on 7th December – RSVP 30/11.  Greg will scan and email the invitation to club members in case anyone wishes to attend.
A reminder the club Christmas BBQ will be held at Greg’s home on Sunday 4th December.  Catering is already organized and members only need to bring what they wish to drink.

Other announcements:
Tim Moran was sporting a very well defined moustache in support of the annual Movember Appeal.  He reminded club members of the appeal and the assistance funds provide for men’s support and health issues within the local area..  Members wishing to donate can contact Tim at Monash City Council.
Jo commented not only has Robert become a Rotarian at today’s club meeting but has already demonstrated his willingness to support community issues – Robert and his employer Prosper Advisory Financial Services have offered pro bono support to Madeleine Buckner and her organization Little Dreamers Australia – following her wonderful  and moving presentation to the club on Wednesday 9th November.  Thank you Robert for your response and very kind offer by your employer.

Tony was our sergeant today and found an excuse to fine everyone in attendance  – regardless of whether the fine was fair or not which he commented fairness is not something he is necessarily guided by and is not one of his concerns!.   Well not today anyway!. Karin Soster


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