eBulletin Volume 33 - Issue 38 - 21 June 2019
President - Steve Wylie 0420204211
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 - 17 June 2019
At our meeting on 17 June, President Steve provided a summary of the points raised at the Brainstorming evening held earlier in the month. He also reminded members about the Camberwell Rotary Club Art show being held at Swinburne University commencing 29 June through to 7 July.
We were then very fortunate to have a brief presentation by Eliza Li, picture above. Eliza spoke about the fantastic volunteering work being done by students undertaking medical and related ancillary courses at Monash University. The volunteer group call HalaltoHealth visit the Philippines to provide hands-on assistance at medical facilities and to the local health officers. They also endeavor to suggest better strategies to assist with the health issues in the country.
Eliza and her HalahtoHealth colleagues have also been volunteers at FORaMEAL events.
On a light note two of our members, John McCaskill and Bill Granger, by chance sat next to each other at the meeting  only to instantly comment on each others excellent choice of jumper.
Last Week's Speaker - Dana Leviskis

The guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Canterbury on Monday 17 June 2019 was Dana Levickis who is the Honary Lithuanian Consul General.

Dana began by giving some of her personal history.  She was born in Germany as her parents escaped from Lithuania under the threats of being either shot or sent to Siberia. Her parents had thoughts of one day returning to Lithuania but the lowering of the Iron Curtain prevented this.  In 1972 Dana and her husband were also advised not to visit Lithuania as there was a strong possibility that they would be held there until their parents returned.

Dana continued to give some interesting information about the culture, geography, economics and political situation  in current day Lithuania, becoming independent in 1990.

Lithuania is the geographical centre of Europe, it is about the area of Tasmania with approximately 3 million people living there. Dana Indicated that there are three and a half million expats.

A number of well known people in show business and politics have links with Lithuania such as Pink, The Three Stooges, Al Jolson and Boris Johnson.

The people of Lithuania are well educated with teachers requiring a Masters Degree and 40% of adults aged between 25-35 having degree.  Many of the young people get their education and then leave the country to work in places like Ireland or England.

According to Dana, Lithuania has the fastest growing economy in Europe. The government supports new businesses by having a 0% tax for the first 10 years - government expenditure  is financed through personal income tax. 

There are 3 branches of government. Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. The Presidential term is for 5 Years with a limit of 2 terms. Voting is not compulsory and is  ‘first past the post’ along as 50% of voters vote. If less than 50% vote then the 2 highest scoring candidates  run again.

The Lithuanian people joined in the singing of the National Anthem unison around the world. They also participated in the ‘Baltic Way’ which was a peaceful political demonstration in 1989 when approximately 2 million people joined hands forming a 600 km human chain through the Baltic countries demonstrating their unity in efforts towards  freedom. 

Dana spoke of some of the possible tourist sites in Lithuania. She mentioned the many beautiful churches in particular St Anne’s, the Hill of Crosses where there are about 100,000 crosses and the Hill of Witches where tree stumps have been whittled  into the images of different creatures and characters. This has added significance in that the felling of trees is illegal  making the stumps and trees that fell naturally highly sought after. Some of the UNESCO sites are as old as the 9th millennium BC.

We thanked Dana for giving us these insights into Lithuania and perhaps tempted some of us to make a visit there to see for ourselves. 

Change-over Monday 24 June 2019
The  Rotary Club of Canterbury Changeover Dinner is happening very soon. The details are:
  • 24 June 2019
  • 6.30pm
  • BASScare Community Centre
  • 2 Rochester Road, Canterbury
  • The cost is $60.00 per person
  • The Theme: A Touch of Africa
  • Dress: Semi-formal, theme related
Included in the cost is
  • a three course meal
  • welcome sparkling wine
  • a selection of red and white wine on the tables
  • coffee and tea
  • a convivial gathering and friendly banter
 Bookings for this event have now closed.
If you have any queries, contact Lili-Ann on 0438489032, or
Next Speaker 1 July - Emmanuel (Emma) Sserwanga
Our speaker on 1 July is Emmanuel (Emma) Sserwanga, aka Coopy Bly  – together with his Australian wife Anne-Marie Reddan who are the founders of Yimba Uganda.
Emma was born in Uganda and met Anne-Marie when she visited Uganda. Together they set-up Yimba Uganda which operates a number of programs to assist the community and youth in Uganda.
Camberwell Grammar Rotary Interact Club Movie Night
Camberwell Grammar Rotary Interact Club is holding a fund raising movie night. The details are: 
SPIDERMAN: FAR FROM HOME  @ Lido Cinemas Glenferrie Rd Hawthorn.
6pm  on 4 July 2019.
$20 per ticket -  all proceeds go to the Club's charities. No ads, just straight to the movie.
Come along with your friends and enjoy. Book
Boroondara Cares Chance Scholarship Breakfast
Strathcona Girl Grammar FORaMEAL Event 27 June 2019
FORaMEAL Event Details:
Strathcona Girls Grammar School
30 Yarra Street
Date:                 Thursday 27 June 2019
Set-up:              11.30 - 12.30
Packing time:  1.00 - 3.00 pm
Students are raising $4000 to host the event.
Katherine Borgula (Swinburne) is assisting students with fundraising.
Multicultural Harmony Dinner June 2019
Canterbury Rotary Lunch Group - Week Commencing 21 June 2019
Wed 26 JunShort Black761 Burke Rd Camberwell
Wed 10 JulHarp Hotel636 High St Kew East
Wed 24 JulBox Hill RSL26 Nelson Rd Box Hill
Thur 8 AugTrinitas955 Burke Rd Camberwell
The Canterbury Rotary Club lunch usually meets bi-weeky 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.
Significant Dates - Week Commencing 21 June 2019
June 27FORaMEAL Packing Event Strathcona Girls Grammar School -  1.15 pm Tay Greggan CampusVal Cunniffe
Mon 24 Jun2019 Changeover DinnerLilli-Ann Kriegler
Helpful Links
Below are a number of links to websites that may be useful references.
Upcoming Events
Club Dinner Meeting - Richard Earle
Canterbury Centre
Jul 22, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Canterbury RC Board Meeting
Canterbury Centre
Jul 22, 2019
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Canterbury Rotary Lunch Group - 24 July 2019
Box Hill RSL
Jul 24, 2019
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Club Dinner Meeting - Leigh Woodgate
Canterbury Centre
Jul 29, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting Bernie Farquher
BASScare Centre
Aug 05, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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