eBulletin Volume 34 - Issue 24 - 13 December 2019
President - Lili-Ann Kriegler 0438489032
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Canterbury, VIC  3126
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Last Week's Meeting - 9 December 2019
Members and friends gathered as a large group last Monday evening to hear a very informative presentation by Aris Petratos  regarding bee pollination. See the summary of Aris's presentation later in the Bulletin.
There were a few thanks announced at the meeting:
President Lili-Ann Kriegler read a thank you letter received from a Camberwell HS student whose education and school experience had benefited from assistance provided by the Club to the school. It is great to hear that the Club's relatively small assistance was so well appreciated.
The final sale of bee friendly plants was held last Sunday at the Camberwell Sunday market. The day was a success helped by a band including Club member Janet Hay playing at the market to encourage market visitors to buy up big on the plants. Thank you to all the members and friends who have assisted with the preparation and sale of the plants over the past weeks.
Michael Chong thanked Jenni Nankervis and the BusyFeet assistants for another great year. Michael also announced that the Busyfeet open day held a couple of weeks ago was very well supported and enjoyed by all the BusyFeet students.
On the 5 December, Anthony  Balocca  and Anne Josefsberg attended the RYLA Dinner. It was Ant's first time at this function, and they both had wonderful company at their table. Seated with them was Jess Wheeler, the in-coming Chair for RYLA 2020. They were surrounded by some of the participants and really enjoyed their conversations. 
Anne advised she observed two things - the range of the individuals participating in the program has been massively diversified and there has been a significant refinement of the goals set in the RYLA program. Thanks to Gateway Rotaract who hosted the program and were very professional in the manner they undertook the task. 
Above is a photo of members of the Club's walking group who regularly gather early in the morning to stretch their legs and are often accompanied by their dogs. This photo was taken recently when they were getting into the xmas spirit (or should that be spirits!).
Last Week's Speaker - Aris Petratos
We had another energetic and enthusiastic meeting last Monday with around 50 members and guests challenging our catering capacity with a jampacked program to complete our Clubroom events for 2019.
Our guest speaker was Aris Petratos, President of the Victorian Apiarist Association and member of our Rotarians for Bees Committee. Aris has recently returned from the world beekeeping conference called Apimondia, which was held in Canada. He spoke about the very latest developments and challenges confronting bees and other pollinators and the importance of their survival.
His fascinating talk started with a challenge. Everyone in the room regularly tasted and enjoyed honey on a very regular basis but very few could actually answer the question about what is honey and what is in it? The Apimondia conference focused on major industry subjects including beekeeping economy, bee biology, bee health, pollination and bee flora, beekeeping technology and quality, apitherapy and beekeeping for rural development.
Aris explained the full ramifications of the verroa mite , the devastation and hive collapse it has caused in Europe and USA and the fact that Australia is fortunately the only nation currently free of the mite. (despite two incursions which have fortunately been identified and destroyed). It was alarming to learn about the impact on our lifestyle, the eco chain and our economy which would occur if the verroa mite devastated recreational and commercial beekeeping in Australia. One in every three mouthfuls of food we eat is dependent on bees and pollinator and the impact would multiply through meat as animals also rely on pollination for their pasture and food supply. The loss to the Australian economy has been estimated at $9 Billion if that occurred.
It is estimated that verroa infestation would result in the possible loss of 95% of recreational beehives and 50% of commercial hives. Hawaii for instance, armed with the full knowledge and experience of the verroa devastation in the US, could still not prevent it from their islands and it has taken four years for the industry to recover. On a positive note, New Zealand has recovered successfully and now has more hives than before Verroa.
Victoria now has 10000 registered beekeepers, almost 95% are recreational and the rest commercial. The fear is that most would give up their interest in beekeeping if verroa destroyed their hives.
Aris talked about other challenges facing the industry and some of the steps being taken to combat them. He talked about contamination and adulteration of honey with syrups which could lower the pricing structure and value of honey making it unviable for producers. He also talked about the impact of some chemicals and sprays and the experimenting taking place to promote safe practice. Also the impact of bushfires in NSW and Queensland on industries like almonds, walnuts and avocados , all of which rely 100% on pollination. Moving hives constantly can lead to colony collapse and a lot of positive work is being done with beehives being located on crop plantations.
Six years ago, Australia was the sixth biggest producer of honey in the world but is now 18th due to loss of habitat and other reasons.
This talk was at times alarming but fascinating and the audience was captivated by this excellent presentation. The questions during and after Aris’s talk were constant and showed the great interest and concern about this subject. Our Club is doing everything we can through Rotarians for Bees to educate beekeepers , promote training and best practice, research projects, planned vocational exchange visits and supporting the industry with the key education messages about pollination and the plants to attract bees and pollinators.
Thanks to our many Club members who have already shown such great support and assistance. Thanks also to Aris for his excellent presentation and explanation of the many complex issues.
Maling Road Kriskrindl 6 December 2019


The 2019 Maling Road Kriskrindl was a great event. The weather gods smiled on the event providing perfect conditions for the big crowd and all the children's rides, hands-on reptile activities, the children's farm and the entertainers on the stage.
A big thank you to the volunteers from the Club who worked with the Mailing Road Traders Association to make this a terrific community event.
Yarra Bend Rotary Club Final Meeting
On Wednesday evening the Yarra Bend Rotary Club held its xmas function and the final meeting the Club.
For a number of reasons the Club has decided to hand back its Rotary Charter and a large number of current and former members, friends and family and members from other Clubs, including from the Canterbury Rotary Club,  joined together to celebrate the fantastic work of the Yarra Bend Club both locally and internationally  over 33 years.
There were a few presentations, some speeches and reminiscing, some very funny games (one was to build the highest possible tower with spaghetti and marsh mellows) and a lot of good fun to honor the achievements of the Club.
Congratulations to every person who has had a hand in making the Yarra Bend Rotary Club such as successful organisation.
Canterbury RC 2019  Xmas Celebrations
The Club's xmas party is being held on Monday 16 December at President Lili-Ann Kriegler's  home - 19 Salisbury Street Balwyn.
The party will be catered and the cost will be $45 per person (reduced from the previously advised fee of $60). It is BYO drinks.
The preferred option for making payment is by clicking on the following Try Booking link   Payment can also be made at a Club meeting. Please note that for catering purposes bookings must be made (and paid for) by Thursday12 December.
Also please remember the small gift for the children which will be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society. The attached details below explain the activities of the St Vincent de Paul society.
Looking  forward  to members, partners, past members and friends coming along to celebrate what has been a fantastic rotary year.
St Vincent de Paul
Canterbury Rotary Lunch Group - Xmas Break
The Canterbury Rotary Club lunch usually meets bi-weekly for a meal and some fun.
David Zrna has done a great job arranging the lunch bookings and keeping the attendees in line throughout the year. The group will be meeting again in early February so keep you eye out for the details in the Bulletin.
Significant Dates - Week Commencing 15 December 2019
Mon 16 DecCanterbury RC Xmas SocialKarin Simpson
Mon 20 JanBarefoot BowlsKarin Simpson
Sun 23 FebGuess Who's Coming to LunchKarin Simpson
27-29 MarDistrict Conference in BendigoSteve Wylie
Helpful Links
Below are a number of links to websites that may be useful references.
Upcoming Events
Social - Picnic in Riversdale Park
Riversdale Park
Jan 20, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting - Club Governance
Canterbury Centre
Feb 03, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting - Howard Hutchins
Canterbury Centre
Feb 10, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting - Betty Kitchener
Canterbury Centre
Feb 17, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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