eBulletin Volume 34 - Issue 37 - 15 May 2020
President - Lili-Ann Kriegler 0438489032
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Canterbury, VIC  3126
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Last Week's Meeting 18 May 2020
Rob Simpson jumped into the chairperson's role for this meeting and in his no-nonsense style ensured, for the main part, there were no sounds of dogs barking, TV shows or family discussions in the  background during the online Zoom meeting. Rather than none of these things actually happening, I think Rob was controlling the mute button.
Many issues were raised during the meeting:
  • The online District Assembly is on this Sunday 24 May
  • All options are being looked at for how to stage this year's change-over night
  • David Shave thanked the Club for the kind wishes for his partner Nola during her recent time of  ill-health
  • Rose Stewart has also been unwell but advised that she is on the road back to good health.
President Lili-Ann showed two very entertaining waggle dance videos and referred to some great distribution numbers as a result of "boosting" the posts on Facebook.
World Bee Day is 20 May and the Club has organised to have a zoom meeting to see the compilation of the  waggle dance videos.
Last Week's Speaker Wally Ballout
Our speaker Wally Ballout is a community ambassador for the NBN and gave a very cheery and thorough presentation about the NBN.
Some of the matters discussed by Wally included:
  • NBN are the wholesalers with separate organisations like Optus and Telstra being the service providers.
  • The target was to complete the roll-out by the end of 2020 but with the Covid -19 restrictions it is expected the completion date will be in the early new year
  • Be careful of scammers - make sure you sight an NBN security badge if a NBN technician calls at  your home.
  • On the technology side of things there are seven different cabling options, eg fiber to the node etc. So bear this in mind when speaking with friends, as they deliver different experiences. The choice of connection is made by the provider, not the householder.
  • When looking to sign up for the NBN, look at your usage requirements to help determine which plan is best for you.
  • How do you tell if the computer or landline is running slowly? Wally recommends doing a speed test on the input- using "speed test by Ookla". The peak content is between 7pm and 11 pm at night, and a nominated speed range of 12-25 Mbps  can drop to ~15. When interviewing a provider, ask "What is your evening peak speed" so you know what will be the minimum rate for access at this time.There are four tiers of speed available, 1-12 Mbps is free, but Wally thinks this is unacceptably slow. 12-25 is suitable for working from home and downloading movies in a 1-2 person household, 25-50 for families with game playing used and >50 for business.
  • Some new technology is going to be available next year so all customers should be able to achieve higher download speeds.
  • If  your system is constantly dropping out,  report a fault and get a ticket number from your  ISP, as this should not happen.
The members were very appreciative of Wally's straight forward style of presenting and of course the subject matter was one that everyone has an interest in.
Thanks Wally
Next Week's Speaker -  Cheryl Lacey
Our speaker next week  is Cheryl Lacey, a past VP of the Rotary Club of Melbourne.
At the end of last year, Cheryl's book 'Marching Schools Forward - A Discussion on the Future of Australian Education' was published by Connor Court and launched by Prof. Geoffrey Blainey AC.
During 2019, Cheryl had the pleasure of addressing a number of Rotary clubs  in the area of education. Now that her latest book has been published, there is a great deal more that can be shared and discussed.
Cathie Macmillan's Walk for Pancreatic Cancer
Cathie Macmillan has asked us to consider donating to the Avner Foundation.
I am walking 150 kms in May for Avner Foundation who raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and, more importantly, funds for pancreatic cancer research. I am walking in memory of my friend Wendy and especially this year I am walking for my cousin who is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. So far I have walked over 100 kms in May. I am pleased to be able to walk for those who cannot walk.
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