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Why do we come to Rotary meetings? I'm sure our members have a variety of reasons, but the majority would be motivated by three major things:
1. To learn something new, or to share their knowledge with others;
2. For the fellowship and fun that we always enjoy; and
3. To 'give back', or be involved with our various service projects.
At last Monday's meeting we covered all three areas. We learnt about one of the most common hereditary disorders in the world, that usually goes undiagnosed: Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. Our own member, Jenni Nankervis, was our guest speaker for the night and she combined her talk with her Member Behind the Badge presentation. These are always great times when we get to know our fellow members in greater depth. Jenni spoke confidently and was able to put the complex topic of this medical disorder into simple terms that we could all understand.
PP John McCaskill, as our minor speaker, told us about the unique service opportunity of hosting young business people from Mississippi when the GSE team arrives next March. Our Club has long been associated with this outstanding program that really does change the lives of the participants. I encourage you to become involved with this next group of inbounds if you can.
The new meeting format this year allows for more time for fellowship over dinner and we have a short segment for games and entertainment. We almost killed poor Trevor when the other tables ganged up on him to burst his balloon. Wild laughter ensued as Graham and Lili-Ann chased each other up and down to determine the final winner of a fine bottle of Chilean wine that had been donated by the Chilean Consul-General. We are all very much looking forward to Val Cunniffe's return in October, when she resumes her role of MC and entertainment coordinator for our meetings.
We received notification that Jimmy Fan, our National Youth Science Forum candidate for 2015 has been successful. Sue Clifford will organise for Jimmy to come to one of our Club meetings to introduce himself and hear from Kate Oliver, our successful candidate from 2014. This is another life changing Rotary event when young people travel to Canberra for an intensive Science program at the Australian National University and CSIRO next January.
Bill Granger has an awesome line-up of guest speakers for us, as you would have seen from the back of the table menus last Monday. I encourage you to take these menu cards home to share the information with your partners and friends. These people are always welcome to join us as often as they like, for a beautiful meal and to learn what these interesting speakers have to say.
Remember to keep collecting 5 cent pieces for the platypus on your table at our next meeting at the Bass Centre on 1st September. We will celebrate the induction of Brett Riley as a Rotarian and member of our Club under our new sponsorship project. Come to this meeting and learn about Speech Pathology in Cambodia from Chrissy Heine.
Don't forget to join our Club's morning walking group for a special stroll along the Heidelberg School Art Trail at 11am this Sunday 24th August. Dogs are welcome. If you can't walk for an hour, you are also encouraged to join in the lunchtime barbecue at midday. Lunch will be held at the car park beside the Eaglemont Tennis Club.
A reminder that our next Club meeting has moved from Monday to Tuesday night for our partners' night at the Rivoli Cinemas in Camberwell. The idea is that everyone picks one of the movies that starts between 6 and 7 pm, then we all meet over the road at the Cafe Paradiso for dinner after the show. There are some great movie choices at the moment and the dinner menu looks tempting. I hope to see you there.