From President Kirsty Stark:
Our guest speaker for meeting 990 was Dr Simon Cameron, author of the book “Lonesome Pine: The Bloody Ridge,” an account of one of the most famous assaults of the Gallipoli Campaign.
We’ve all been taught about the Gallipoli landing in April 2015, but the actual landing pales into insignificance when compared to the subsequence ‘Battle of Lone Pine.’ Simon gave us a brief but fascinating insight into some of the history of those four days of hand to hand combat in August 1915, including the objective of the attack, the Victoria Cross winners and their actions, and the outcomes.
He encouraged us to look past the heroic tales we often hear and remember the horrific conditions these men were put through. Diving on Turkish grenades and smothering them with a sand bag was an every-day event.
Retaliating with homemade ‘jam tin bombs’ was as almost as dangerous for the thrower as the intended recipient. I learnt more about Gallipoli in those 15 minutes than I knew from school, and it was great to hear both the overall situation and the individual stories of some of the men involved, so thank you, Simon.
Some of us purchased Simon’s book, which is available at the Australian War Memorial online shop, at the following link: https://www.awm.gov.au/shop/item/9781922132307/
Our weekly challenge for this week is to read (at least part of) a good book.
At our Club Assembly last Tuesday, we split into two groups to discuss future projects for the club.
One group spoke about:
- The 2017 Reel Event, including opportunities for sponsorship
- Our plans for a networking function for local business owners
The other group spoke about:
- Our plan to fund 1000 meals at the Hutt Street Centre to celebrate our 1000th meeting next year.
- Disbursement of funds from our upcoming markets to the Hutt Street Centre and Eastern Adelaide
- Domestic Violence Service.
The weekly challenge this week is to think of two local businesses that we can approach for sponsorship, or to attend our business networking function. I’ll be following up on this one, so get in early!