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Author's Name: Alison Abbott
Date: Sun 23 Feb 2020

Meeting Notes Thursday February 20th 2020

Scribe Notes Thursday 20 February 2020

President John B welcomed everyone especially sponsors of International Men’s Day “Larry’s Lunch”, Managers Siobhan & Con from Allison Monkhouse as well as other sponsors.  Other guests were Kathryn Bramwell, Norm Brasch from Brighton Bayside Men’s Shed & wife Jan, Peter Revill from Doherty Institute – Hep B Virus Research & wife Maryanne Newton.   Apologies received from Julie Avery & Kieran Cromie, owners of Brighton Travel World, Ciaran Kayes 13Cabs and Simon Blangiardo. 

President John asked Meg & Peter K to come to microphone.  John said it was a privilege and an honor to advise the Club had awarded them both Paul Harris Fellows.   He said Meg & Peter exemplify the humanitarian ideals of Rotary in the work they have undertaken over the years.

Peter K: Thanked the Club very surprised saying now he can’t bale out as President next year! Some special Rotary moments for him were cooking breakfast at Westall Primary School, the Bay Street Heritage Signage Project & the Bayside Business Excellence Awards.  Peter has worked tirelessly on many of the community and other avenues of service within the Club.

Meg :  Said how grateful and appreciative of the recognition of work & receiving the PHF award & Peter had said it all.   Meg was also very happy to see a table of friends & family who attended the evening.

Meg mentioned Anette Pepper RC Richmond who is organizing sea container to go to Somaliland.  The DIK stores are sending out joint letter to hospitals in Melbourne requesting donations of surplus hospital equipment to send.    

Malcolm B: looking for donations couple bottles of wine.

Geoff B: Reminded members of District Conference Bendigo Club dinner will be on Friday 27th March.

Neil G : Treasurer reminded 8 people still not paid their subs.

Phil M: Handed out reminder cards to let people know dates of Garden DesignFest.  Metro gardens 14-15 Nov, Rural 21-22 Nov 2020.  Volunteers will be required.

FOW Rosalie:  Wanted to know if Rotary had a footprint in China?  The first Rotary Club was chartered in Shanghai in 1919.  By 1947 there were 32 clubs but political changes resulted in closure of all clubs on mainland China by 1953.  From 1982 there have been clubs set up however it appears there are only approx. 1,000 Rotarians in China.  One Chartered Club District 3450 includes Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia and another area.

Meg: Advised RCBN along with Melbourne Rotary are hosting WIR Breakfast on Thursday 5 March, which is the 9th year this function has been held on International Women’s Day.  1,000 men, women & students (funded by Rotary) attended last year.   As  it will be the 10th year it could break a World Record.

Meg also advised following inaugural International Men’s Day “Larrys Lunch’, a date of Thursday 19 November 2020 has been set please put in diary.   The first function raised over $12,000.  Without sponsors Allison Monkhouse & 13Cabs & helpers Kathryn Bramwell, Peter K, Lin M, and many others it wouldn’t happen so a great team effort.   The funds were distributed to Brighton Bayside Men’s Shed, (Norm advised they assist the Golf Club fixing things, fix toys from next door Toy Library, buy better quality equipment & get proper training on how to operate it. The Club has gone from a dozen to 66 members in the last year).   Youth Suicide Awareness (Gerry mentioned the cost to community with tragedy of over 400 suicides per year.  Money will continue to fund over 130 Adolescent, Health & Welfare recipients of the scholarships awarded since 1996 totally over $500,000.  We have 3 students, 2 police and 1 teacher in the next intake.  Robbie Mitchell Scholarship is another avenue of YSA which RCBN has implemented).  Peter Revill from Doherty Institute was delighted be able to share the message of Hep B Virus research and greatly appreciated the donation which will assist in further research.    Hep B liver cancer is the fifth most common cancer.  He also mentioned the warmth & friendliness of RCBN & would like to keep in touch by bringing PhD student Laura to a meeting.  He also discussed a little of the Corona virus and mentioned the Doherty Institute are working on a vaccine.



Pres John thanked everyone for attending a very happy & successful night.  See everyone next week.   

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