eBulletin Volume 34 - Issue 5 - 2 August 2019
President - Lili-Ann Kriegler 0438489032
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 Speaker - Leigh Woodgate

On Monday, we had a remarkable speaker and story from Leigh Woodgate.

Leigh, having won three Jumps Races in the Vic circuit, won the Snowy Mountain Cup at Mansfield and the Cattleman’s Cup - feats still not eclipsed by another woman- suffered dreadful injuries from other horses trampling her following a fall during a race. Just the thought if it sent shivers down our spines.

During Leigh’s talk, the Australian Story television program about Leigh’s journey from the fall, 25 years ago, played on screen. You can review it with the audio included, including Tom Burlinson’s heartfelt introduction, by visiting her website: It took the production team six months to make the show, one day a week at time. Leigh had no idea how they would portray her in the episode, but it is amazingly good television AND TRUE!

After spending 17 days in a coma, told by multiple medical specialists she would never speak clearly, never walk, never work, never live independently, never run a farm, never ride horses - she has proved them all wrong. Many of them didn’t want her to be right.  Years of neurophysio, doctor’s visits, botox injections for spam, denovo treatments, endless poking and regular gymwork are all daily components of Leigh’s life.

Leigh fights every day to give people hope through her “7 steps to overcoming everything” (the steps are detailed in the video) and her goal is to become a professional speaker by sharing her methods.

One of the amazing parts of Leigh’s journey story is that she yearned to feel pan again, as “it lets you know you’re alive” and the absence of pain was a feeling of reduced quality in living. Dropping a brick on her foot until she did get some sensation seems counter-intuitive, but Leigh’s story is one that breaks the mould and breaks your heart. Leigh told us she couldn’t cry for two years after the accident, she was in a cold panic that her limited life was unchangeable. Her much loved grandmother’s death brought out the tears and allowed her to go on, knowing that bitterness and pity were not for her. Her mother encouraged and supported her, but Leigh has achieved much more than anyone anticipated

Leigh is practicing with Rotary her speaking audiences, as she strives to find a new career in public life. If anyone has any contacts to assist, please contact Leigh on 0457 590 043. Leigh is an awesome embodiment of the four-way Rotary test. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful gift to us if the Rotary Club of Canterbury could play some small part in putting Leigh on track to her new career goal?


Next Week's Speaker - Bernie Farquhar
Bernie Farquhar is the President of the Rotary Club of Mitchell River. Over the past three years Bernie has devoted most of his time as an adult support person at Youth Insearch. Youth Insearch was founded in 1985 and is a program devoted to rebuilding young lives.

He was born in bred in Bairnsdale, is a second generation plumber and now owns a company called Powerhouse Shop.

He joined Rotary in the late ʻ90s . It was through Rotary that he got involved in Youth Insearch. Youth Insearch is a peer-to-peer group that uses young adolescence to help other young adolescence get through some pretty tough times. They run five camps per year through a camp at Rawson. They now have 50 to 60 participants and thatʼs only in the space of three years. The Youth Insearch program is renowned for its high success rate with helping people aged between 14 and 20 years of age.
Bernie and his Club have also worked with the Canterbury RC on the drought relief project and he will discuss the impact of the drought on the Bairnsdale community and the assistance that the project has provided. 
Glenallen Trip to Canberra
Below is a report of the Glenallen School trip to Canberra:
Students from Glenallan School have recently undertaken an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. A wonderful time was had by all in Canberra. Accommodation at Scouts ACT Camp Cottermouth in a bush setting proved to be fabulous, catering for all the needs of our students. We were looked after wonderfully well by Janine, Paul and Dave. Throughout the week students were fully occupied seeing the key sites. Students participated in educational programs at Parliament House, followed by a tour, and the Electoral office where they experienced obtaining, completing and posting a ballot paper followed by the tallying of preferential votes to obtain a clear result. The Australian Mint provided insight in to the development of coins in Australia and the Australian War Memorial gave a greater understanding of the experiences of the ANZACS in WW1 and WW11. Students also attended the last post ceremony at the War Memorial where a particularly moving ceremony commemorated the 75th anniversary of D Day. Student representatives, Shilpi and Madi, laid a wreath on behalf of Glenallen School. This ceremony was live streamed and can be viewed at
The visit to Duntroon gave us an opportunity to witness an interesting display of precision marching. A trip up to Mt Ainslie look out gave us a wonderful view of Canberra and the visit to he the National Capital Exhibition explained the history of the development of Canberra as  the capital of Australia where the interactive map showed the layout of the city. Questacon was a clear favourite where only the tip of the ice berg of science could be explored. Much to think about, ponder and revisit. Although chilly we were extremely lucky with the weather on camp, beautiful clear blue sunny days made for an unforgettable experience. In addition to PACER funding, thanks goes to all the staff who helped fundraise for the trip, Canterbury Rotary who made a generous donation and of course to the staff who made the trip possible by giving their time to accompany the students on this amazing adventure.
DIK Assistance in August
DIK needs help please  -  DIK have a container  scheduled for departure  for the Solomons  in  August. 

Packing of the Solomons Container with some beds is on Tuesday 15 August for sailing on August 24.

So DIK are looking for some extra hands on  Thursday 15 August.
Please contact DIK on 0428550574 if you can assist.
Maling Road Moto Classico
Amir Salehi is co-ordinating the Club's involvement with the Auto Classico which is being held this year on Sunday 18 August in Maling Road Canterbury. This is a great local event which the club has supported for a number of years. Would any  member or friend who is able to assist with a couple of hours on this day please contact Amir on
Boroondara Cares Chance Scholarship Breakfast
Restoring Hope Golf Day
Restoring Hope is a Melbourne based charity that helps young people who have been sexually abused.  They are holding a fund raising golf day at the RACV Golf Club in Healsville on the 10 November.  
The mission at Restoring Hope is to distribute Crisis Care Packs and Comfort Care Packs to young people who have been abused.  Typically a child would receive these items at a police station or trauma hospital.  The Packs provide new clothes (necessary for when the police remove clothing for forensic testing), toiletries, a blanket, a colouring book, pencils and a “Hope” teddy bear. The aim is to use this simple act to bring some comfort and a sense of normality to a life that has been turned upside down, and restore a sense of dignity and hope at a time when it is needed most. The details about the golf day and how to book are at the Restoring Hope  website at:
Canterbury Rotary Lunch Group - Week Commencing 4 August 2019
Thur 8 AugTrinitas955 Burke Rd Camberwell
Wed 21 AugJazz Ria228 Whitehorse Rd Balwyn
The Canterbury Rotary Club lunch usually meets bi-weeky for a meal and some fun.
Nora Ley  is temporarily looking after the reservations for the lunch group. Please contact Nora at   to advise that you will be coming to a lunch.
Significant Dates - Week Commencing 4 August 2019
Tue 27 AugFORaMEAL event with Camberwell Grammar SchoolVal Cunniffe
Tues 24 SeptBoorondara Youth Services FORaMEAL Event -  Hawthorn Town HallVal Cunniffe
4 - 16 Oct23rd Eye and Ear  Screening Mission to the PhilippinesDoug Hawley
Sun 17 NovAlpha 1 Walk at Albert Park (TBC)Jenni Nankervis
Helpful Links
Below are a number of links to websites that may be useful references.
Upcoming Events
Club meeting - Thorold Merrett
Canterbury Centre
Sep 02, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Canterbury Rotary Lunch Group - 4 Sept 2019
Elgin Inn Hotel
Sep 04, 2019
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Club Meeting and Q & A Visit
Canterbury Centre
Sep 09, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Dinner Meeting - Bryan Wood
Canterbury Centre
Sep 16, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Board Meeting
Canterbury Centre
Sep 16, 2019
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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Surrey Hills Physiotherapy Centre
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
         George Pesnikas
         Mobile 0424 657 700
         Highly recommended by Val and Patrick Cunniffe