President Glenda’s Notes -12th April 2018
Friday, 13 Apr 2018
Greetings fellow Rotarians,
Thank you Rotarian Harry Galea for a very interesting and informative evening of Rotarian behind the badge. It was one of those nights when we all learnt a little more about the world around us and a tiny piece of Rotarian Harry's heritage.
This weekend a small group of us headed down South to attend District Conference, the theme was "Aspire to Inspire" and the weekend certainly did that.
On Friday night Rotarian Les Baxter and Barbara joined me as we listened to the Choir of High Hopes, we certainly enjoyed their enthusiasm.
We then listened to Mike Brady who wrote the sing Up there Gazaly and One day in September and of course he had us all singing along. It was great to here him talk about his life and what he has acheived which I must admit I did not know much about. Mike was also recently named Victorian Australian of the Year.
On the Saturday Secretary Krista Preece, Rotarian Les and Barbara Baxter, Rotarian Jacquline Kelder, Geoff and myself listened to Kathleen Wisbey talk about her experience a few years ago at the Nationally Youth Science Forum and the doors it has opened for her.
Our next speakers were Don and Patricia Edgar and they spoke to us about "Reinventing Middle Age" this was a great session and hilarious. Sixty is the new fifty.Google them to find out more.
Our next session was a skit from the Rotary Youth Exchange and once again we were entertained with plenty of laughs. Our Bjork did a great job as she interviewed DG Tony Coleman. We then heard Kaye Green who is a former Youth Exchange. This was a truly amazing story, Kaye went to Japan in the 1972 as an exchange and could not speak a dot of Japanese. Kaye held the audience in awe. If you would like to read more about her once again google her. Kaye is also a wonderful artist who takes alot of her inspirations from living in Japan, she also has a website tigertrack.com.au.
Our next guest speaker was Paul Pritchard, now this guy is truly amazing and has lead an amazing and challenging life. Paul climbed the "Totem Pole" and had a terrible accident when a large rock hit him on the head. This left him with a brain injury, but it did not stop him from trying to climb "Totem Pole" again 16 years later, once again if you would like to know more google his name.
In the later part of afternoon we all went off on different adventures, Secretary Krista and Rotarian Jacquilyne visited Government House, while the rest of us sailed the Derwent on "The Windward Bound".
Saturday evening we attended the Conference dinner known as "Dinner with the Stars", where we dined and danced the night away.
Sunday went far too quickly as we orgainised and said goodbye to Bjork and the other exchange students as the headed off around Australia for 3 weeks.
On closing I got to understand the meaning of "Aspire" to hope to acheive something, and to "Inspire " to make someone feel that they can do anything.
Thank you for taking the time to read my report.
Board members there is a Board meeting Thursday night, please come prepared with your reports.
Yours In Rotary
President Glenda Iles