eBulletin Volume 35 - Issue 37 - 14 May 2021
President - Tony Laycock 0432769837
Club Information
Welcome to our Club
Service Above Self
We meet Mondays at 6:00 PM
Canterbury Centre
2 Rochester Road
Canterbury, VIC  3126
0418 444 274
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Last Week's Meeting - 10 May 2021
A number of matters in the interest of rotary were raised at the meeting:
  • Bob advised that the dismantling of the children's playground has been deferred for several months
  • Edda is calling for volunteers to assist with the tree planting project which is being undertaken on 18, 19 and 20 May. Please contact Edda if you are able to assist.
  • Cathie highlight the upcoming online District assembly on Saturday 22 May and encouraged members to register. Please refer to the flier below
  • Rose asked members to bring along pinchapoo items, and in particular toothbrushes to be donated as part of the project to provide assistance to patients who arrive in emergency in hospitals without basic essentials
  • Doug is looking for volunteers to assist with two FORaMEAL packing events on 4 and 5 June in Bendigo and Echuca. Please contact Doug if you can assist.
Last Week's Speaker - Kate Rhodes

Kate Rhodes, from ACCRU Melbourne came to share with us her take on managing our financial futures - and dear reader, I declare potential conflict of interest in my opinions as Kate is my financial adviser. My daughter’s brother-in-law, Richard Addison is a partner of the firm.

To begin, Kate briefly outlined the breadth of professional services offered to help people prepare themselves for retirement.

Kate then proceeded to ask us key questions she hoped we had answers for with the end of the financial year rushing towards us, beginning with  the rider that we need to know our superfund is valued and investments audited at 30 June each year.

Question 1: Have I taken advantage of the taxation benefits offered during the past year?

Examples included maximising super contributions ($25,000 max, up to $27,500 next year); completed the work test to allow concessional contributions for those 65-70 years (next year to be 67+ or maybe the budget will change this, Kate proffered. It did).

Question 2: What have we learned this year?

Kate suggested volatility in shares has abounded, but on Monday the ASX reached a record high. Why? Perhaps because vaccines have been released earlier than we expected in Feb 2020 and hopes have lifted, but Kate feels volatility will continue. Potential for US domestic taxation to increase, which may be a barrier to growth there. The rise in the value of crypto-currency has occurred without being underpinning sound business principles - be careful. Kate explained that ACCRU currently favours domestic shared over international stocks, and advised amateur traders to avoid trying to “time the market” on shares, as this can be disappointing.Always retain a diversified portfolio.

 Question 3: When did I reassess my asset allocation?

We need to balance risk and reward, and our appetite changes. Kate cautioned us to keep enough cash on hand so we never need to sell shares at the bottom of a market run to meet immediate needs. Being in only the safest investments (e.g. the Big4 - banks - and BHP) can limit access to opportunities. Regular revues are essential to maximise benefits and grow assets.

Question 4: Should I get my family involved?

It is Kate’s experience that children who are well aware of their parent’s situation are better equipped to manage both their own and  when needed, their parents’ finances. Her advice is “the earlier the better!” A family group asset can also assist in effective tax strategies.

How about that? Very glad Kate is helping me prepare to retire!.

Thank you Kate, and colleague Kate Harris, for sharing your expertise with us in such a lively and palatable manner. Who said finance is dull?


 Cheers  Gilly

Next Week's Speaker - Antony Giblin
Antony Giblin has been an MS Ambassador for four years, and was diagnosed with MS when he was 30 years old, around 20 years ago.  At the time he was living in Japan, where MS is very uncommon ... so the whole experience of being diagnosed was lengthy, confusing, and explained to him in a foreign language!
Since being diagnosed, he has not let MS get on top of him. He has married, had two (naughty) girls, worked in four countries in developing Asia, travelled to Timbuktu, and developed a career in travel management.
He now works at Asialink, connecting Australian businesses with opportunities in Asia.
In addition to being an MS Ambassador, he helps out as a MS Peer Support volunteer, enjoys keeping fit, and (trys to find the time to) pursue a diverse range of interests.
Antony is looking forward very much to sharing with the Canterbury Rotarians his perspectives on living with MS.
Canterbury Rotary Lunch Group - Week  Commencing 16 May 2021
Wed 19 MayHarp Hotel636 High Street East Kew
Wed 2 JunLady Dan101 Bridge Rd Hawthorn
Wed 16 JunBox Hill RSLNelson Rd Box Hill
Wed 30 JunHookingHigh St Kew East
The Canterbury Rotary Club lunch usually meets bi-weekly for a meal and some fun.
David Zrna looks after the reservations for the lunch group. Please contact David at  or on 0467033092 to advise that you will be coming to a lunch.
District Assembly - 22 May 2021
Please see the flier below for the District 9800 Virtual District Assembly being held on Saturday 22 May.
It is a great opportunity to see the District leadership team and also find out about projects and activities and for current and incoming Board members to heard about and discuss matters related to their Board role.
Registration details are included in the flier.
Kew HS Chaplaincy Fund Raising Dinner
Foodbank Victoria Fundraising
Club member Gilly Swinnerton is supporting Foodbank Victoria through fundraising associated with Run Melbourne 2021 where Gilly is participating.
Gilly would love you to get on board as she is seeking emotional support from the Club and  would be very appreciative of financial support by clicking  here 
Rotary Foundation Donation
Moonee Valley RC Art Show
We are excited that the Moonee Valley Art Show is happening for 2021.
We hope that you can join us on the weekend of the 14th to 16th of May 2021 at North Park Mansion in Woodlands Street, Strathmore, for the Art and lovely surrounds. Details on the attached flyer.
Our Gala Night; the first opportunity to view and purchase the wonderful Art is from 7 pm on Friday 14th May 2021. Enjoy the ambiance of North Park, while enjoying a scrumptious super and live music of the “ Night Moves”, drinks will be available at bar prices.
All proceeds from the Art Show go to supporting Rotary Community Projects.
For enquires please contact me and we look forward to seeing you at the Moonee Valley Art Show.
Take care
Kelly Abfalter
Moonee Valley Art Show Chair
Rotary Club of Essendon
M: 0413 027 156
Helpful Links
Below are a number of links to websites that may be useful references.
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting - Horse Riding Holiday Terry and Kyle
Canterbury Centre
Jul 04, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting - Graham Dawson
Canterbury Centre
Jul 12, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting - Forum
Canterbury Centre
Jul 19, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting - Peter Allen
Canterbury Centre
Aug 02, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting - Dorothy Gilmour
Canterbury Centre
Aug 09, 2021
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Birthdays & Anniversaries (if your birthday is not recorded it is because the Club does not have it on our system)
Join Date
Edda Williams
June 1, 2015
6 years
Rosemary Waghorne
June 8, 2010
11 years
Anne Josefsberg
June 19, 2002
19 years
Cathie Macmillan
June 19, 2002
19 years
Neil Williams
June 26, 2000
21 years
Ed Brown
June 30, 2001
20 years
Ross Merolli
June 30, 2002
19 years
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