From President Mina Ward:
This week is set to be a busy one, with lots of Rotary events to get involved with. It all kicked off on Sunday with the board catching up with District Governor (DG) Dick Wilson and his wife, kindly hosted by them at their house in Summertown. To follow up from this, Dick and Liz attended our Tuesday meeting to meet the rest of the club. Dick is a member of the RC of Stirling and has been in Rotary since 1974. He is a key member of a couple of Rotary Clubs and District committees including Group Study Exchange, Polio Plus, Medic Alert, Australian Rotary Heath and The Rotary Foundation.
Dick was born in Naracoorte, raised in Renmark, educated in Adelaide and graduated in medicine in 1996. He married Liz in 1968 and they lived overseas until 1972, working and travelling in the UK, Canada and Europe. In 1973 Dick started his lifelong career in rural general practice. He has a special interest in minor surgery, mental health and aviation and underwater medicine. In his spare time he currently sits on the SA board of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia! Oh and he and Liz have established a 17 acre Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley and live on the property!!
In his opening comments to the club, Dick emphasised what a pleasure it was to be at such a vibrant club as Magill Sunrise. He gave thanks to the members of the club who sit on District committees (Mina: Youth Exchange and Youth Leadership, Ian Carman: Preserve Plant Earth, Lindsay: Internet) as well as recognising the continuing efforts of all members of the club. Dick firmly believes that the clubs of Rotary, are Rotary, and is committed to supporting all Rotarians at a grass root level. In combination with, Assistant Governor Don Will, this Rotary year is set to be a good one.
Using our talents, expertise and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to ‘Be Gifts to the World’ this Rotary year. International president, K.R. ‘Ravi’ Ravindran, has emphasised that now is the time to make real change: ‘You have one year to build monuments that will endure forever, not carved in granite or marble, but in the lives and hearts of generations. This is out time. It will not come again. Let us grasp it’.
As a club, Dick, congratulated us on our support of the Rotary Foundation as well as Youth programs. He urges us to be more forth coming with asking people about becoming members of Rotary: ‘People often aren’t even asked to become members, so just ask.’ It was also highlighted the importance of scatter meetings, where once in a while, members go to other Rotary Club’s meetings instead of their usual meeting to gain a diversity of Rotary experiences. In addition to this experience, is the District Conference, this year being held at Renmark from 28th April till 1st May (Mark Thompson will be heading up the organising of this adventure this year, so please let him know if you plan on attending the conference……yes we need to start planning this now as things get booked out!!- I urge you to attend).
All in all, Dick is excited about working together with our club to make 2015-16 a fantastic year. A big thanks to Dick, Liz and Don for coming along to our meeting this week.
It was also lovely to see some familiar faces at the meeting on Tuesday: Shirley and Kevin Roberts, Susan Gascoine and Bob Hobbs. A great turn out for a great meeting!
John Kennedy was an apology this week after recovering from a tumble he had in late July, after stopping an elderly lady having a nasty fall. After having some tests, John has been given the all clear, but advised to rest up until he is feeling 100%. We send lots of get well wishes to John and hope to see him at the club soon.
Eastwood’s Business Breakfast
On Wednesday Club Members and Friends made up a table of 10 for Eastwood Club’s Business Breakfast at the Festival Theatre Restaurant. Federal Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson (Member for the Riviera of Melbourne – Frankston) was guest speaker. Entertaining and informative are 2 words that spring to mind when describing Bruce’s address. We were also pleased to catch up with Sandy Sumsion, former club stalwart, now based in Roxby Downs. Our presence also meant that $100 from our Club will go to Polio Plus.