eBulletin Volume 35 - Issue 12- 18 September 2020
President - Tony Laycock 0432769837
Club Information
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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 - 14 September 2020
Lili-Ann and John McCaskill gave us an insight into the Rotary 4 Bees activities and the emphasis on education. The current projects are:
  • Colour Your World which is about bee friendly gardens in the home garden, and
  • Garden boxes
We will hear more about R4B's and the District 9800 Environmental Sustainability Committee at our next meeting.
Ted Waghorne advised that bushfire appeal and District Bushfire  Relief Committee funds have been used to contribute to the  purchase  of a milling machine to harvest fallen trees and to use the wood for fence posts and palings. The machine will be shared by farmers on an as-needs basis.
Please remember that at the commencement of next week's meeting on 21 September there will be a Special Meeting to vote on the revised Constitution and Bylaws of the Club notice of which was distributed to members by email on 12 August 2020. The Special Meeting should be  completed in less than ten minutes. Your early zooming in to the meeting at 6.30 pm would be appreciated as there needs to be a third of the members present to constitute a quorum. 
Last Week's Speaker - Dr Sarah Garner
COVID 19 Research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Last week we had the privilege of a talk by Dr Sarah Garner and Casey Ah-Cann from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI).
Casey gave us an overview of the Institute. Located in Melbourne, WEHI is the top-ranked Australian medical research institute, and 19th amongst not-for-profit/non-governmental organisations worldwide.  WEHI has around 900 researchers and 100 of those have pivoted their programs/skills to be involved in COVID-19 research.
Sarah is extremely well-qualified with an Infectious Diseases Physician and Medical Microbiologist and also holds a Bachelor of Medical Science. Working at both the front line with COVID hospital patients, and on the research at WEHI, Sarah gave us a skilfully pitched talk covering how the COVID-19 virus acts and the main research areas at WEHI.
WEHI has COVID-19 projects in:
  • Rapid Diagnostic tools,   
  • Clinical drug trials to prevent COVID-19 in high risk health workers, 
  • Screening of chemicals to act against the virus,
  • Assessing antiviral medicines against the virus and developing biologic medicines to combat the virus.
You can find more information on these project at this website  link.
Many thanks to Sarah and Casey for their very informative presentation.
Next Week's Speakers - Fabienne Nichola and John McCaskill
We are being joined next week by Fabiene Nichola and John McCaskill who are co-chairs of District 9800 Environment Sustainability Committee.
The Committee have a number of projects in full- swing and will discuss these projects with us and the role of the Committee.
Thank You for FORaMEAL Packs from Bacchus Marsh RC
Dear Val & Tony,
I would like to thank you both and your club members for reaching out to offer us your FORaMEAL food packs.
The three hundred packs you offered to us were immediately delivered to both our Neighbours Place and Soul Food organisations here in Bacchus Marsh.
Neighbours Place does an amazing job here in Bacchus Marsh, offering emergency food hampers and operate as our Local Food Bank. The Facility is open 3 days a week and by appointment if required.  The volunteers work tirelessly to ensure those in need have the essentials.
Soul Food offers a lunch once a week which not only guarantees a hot 3 course meal but also offers fellowship to those struggling with the isolation that has come with Covid 19 restrictions. Soul Food continued throughout the lockdown but could only offer a takeaway service, however I am delighted that they are now back in full swing.
The Food Parcel packs were so very well received by the recipients. In these challenging times, the arrival of such a Pack was as welcome as it was unexpected and brought a smile to many faces. These food parks make such a difference to those in our community who are struggling with the current health and financial hardships Victoria are facing at present. I commend you and may you and your club continue the great work you do.
Once again, many thanks and I hope to see you at Rotary functions in the future, so I may thank you in person.
Yours sincerely,
Donna Martin
Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh
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Helpful Links
Below are a number of links to websites that may be useful references.
Birthdays & Anniversaries (if your birthday is not recorded it is because the Club does not have it on our system)
Member Birthdays
Bob Lambert
November 5
Edda Williams
November 5
Pat Poynton
November 30
Join Date
David Shave
November 1, 1998
22 years
John Pocock
November 1, 1997
23 years
Kyle Wightman
November 1, 1993
27 years
Camela Dimasi
November 14, 2016
4 years
Austin King
November 19, 2018
2 years
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Visit our website for more details of the treatment and services offered.
1/109 Union Rd, Surrey Hills VIC, 3127. We are located just south of the Surrey Hills railway station, with parking available in Peppercorn Lane, Union Road or Windsor Crescent.
To book an appointment, email us at or telephone 9899 0399
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