eBulletin Volume 35 - Issue 21- 20 November 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 - 16 November 2020
The Club meeting highlight was the presentation of a Paul Harris award to Brendan Birthistle.
Brendan has been a long time friend of Club member Doug Hawley and has been on a number of Philippines Eye and Ear missions. He has also provided significant financial assistance to the Club and the Cataract Foundation in the Philippines which is very much appreciated. Congratulations to Brendan on the award.
Anne Josefsberg advised that the Club has received a very warm thank you from Kew High School for its financial assistance towards a scholarship for year 11 and 12 students.
Ed Brown has asked for volunteers to help load a container with beds at the Austin Hospital on Tuesday 1st of December. Anyone able to help please contact Ed on 0412116858.
There will not be the usual Monday Club meeting next week. Instead members and friends are encouraged to join the Your Garden - Our Future webinar on Thursday 26 November at 7 pm. Please see the flier and details below on how to register.
Last Week's Speaker - Paul Hamer

Our speaker this week was Paul Hamer, a first time member of the Victorian Parliament from 2018 in the seat of Box Hill.

In his opening welcome, President Tony advised Paul that the President of the RC of Box Hill was extremely keen for him to join that Club!

Paul gave us a brief history of his career, commencing with an engineering  degree at the University of Melbourne, growing up in North Balwyn and then a developing career in transport as an employee, consultant and now in government.

He put forward his nomination for the seat  May 2018, as he felt that the Labor Party was more in line with his life philosophy.  Paul felt that he could make a contribution to better transport outcomes for Victoria within parliament than he was achieving at the time as an engineer, and that he could give insights more nuanced  in the field than those with lifetime political careers.

Surprised to be the successful candidate and then local member, Paul found the new roles, such as setting up his office (as he had anticipated going back to his previous job) and all the rules that go with that ( his staff are employed by the parliament, not he personally), quite daunting.

Paul has found the approaches from constituents for information and assistance to his office, especially during COVID-19, a good opportunity to get to know his electorate, as it was not something he would have thought was  a large part of the job description prior to him entering politics.

Paul then managed to  provide insight fun answers to wide-ranging questions from Club Members, as well as attending to young children in the background ( a true multi-tasker). He noted how pleased he was to be a state member and spend  more time with his family than Federal politicians.

Thank you Paul for your fresh and clear contribution about your journey into and within politics. We wish you a rewarding life assisting the governance of our community and look forward to continuing our relationship.



Your Garden - Our Future Event Thursday 26 November at 7 pm
On Thursday 26 November at 7 pm the Rotarians for Bees are holding a major event.
Last year around the same time the R4B's held a fantastic event, with great speakers, a sumptuous meal, greats raffles and the list goes on.
This year some of these elements will be missing due to the restrictions around numbers being able to gather in a venue.
But the event, which will be held as a Zoom webinar, will still have a great vibe with the topic being Your Garden - Our Future.
The speakers are Costa Georgiadis, the host of Gardening Australia and Fiona Chambers, the CEO of the Wheen Bee Foundation and they will be discussing how to create a pollinator friendly habitat for your balcony, urban garden or rural environment.
Registration for the event can be made at this TryBooking link; 
You will need, prior to the event, to have installed/uploaded the Zoom app on you computer, table or mobile to view the webinar.
Admission to the webinar is free. However, please consider making a donation by clicking on the Admission with Donation ticket option. The suggested donation amount has been set at $15 and you may choose to make one donation of $15 or multiple donations of $15 by inserting 1, 2, 3 etc in the number of tickets box.
All donations received, which would be gratefully appreciated, will be used towards the Rotarians for Bees' contribution to the Victorian Schools Gardening Project.
There also will be a raffle drawn on the night of the event. Every individual who registers will have one ticket in the raffle. A donation of $15 will entitle the person who registers to have an additional ticket and each further donation of $15 will entitle the person to one extra raffle ticket for each $15 donation.
The raffle prizes include one nights accommodation at the Beechworth Honey Hive apartment, Beechworth Honey sampler hampers valued at $100 containing a selection of honey and other products, Seasol hamper packs valued at $100 and Beechworth Honey sampler packs of ten honeys valued at $30.
Looking forward to you joining the webinar event on 26 November.



Annual Paul Harris and Business Breakfast
 Cabrini Health Foundation Appeal
Due to COVID-19 in Melbourne, there is an urgent need at Cabrini Health to refurbish the rooms from four bed wards into single bed wards, each with an en-suite.
Cabrini Foundation would like to invite Rotary members to support the refurbishment of Cabrini Malvern Hospital. This urgent refurbishment would allow Cabrini Health to reconfigure and improve the existing patient rooms to ensure only single beds plus en-suites are available.
Current and future patients of Cabrini Health will greatly benefit from their safe and secure environment alongside the very best doctors and staff.
All donations are welcome and will be very much appreciated.  For any donations over $25,000, Cabrini would like to offer naming rights in the room and their support will be acknowledged on our honour board in the
Malvern Hospital foyer.
Please refer to the attached flier on the link below for further detail.
Rebecca Staples
Corporate Partnership Manager
Cabrini Health
Rotary Give Every Child a Future
RYLA Online
Helpful Links
Below are a number of links to websites that may be useful references.
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting - Afric Aus Care - Selba Gondoza Luka
Canterbury Centre
Feb 01, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries (if your birthday is not recorded it is because the Club does not have it on our system)
Member Birthdays
John Braine
January 24
John Pocock
January 26
Join Date
George Dolezal
January 29, 2018
3 years
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