THIS WEEK’S MEETING
Maleny Hotel at 6:30pm for 7:00pm. Special General Meeting plus Lionel Tilley as Guest Speaker on "Bowel Scan Project" and "Job Talk".
Please tender meal apologies to Karen Binstead by noon Tuesday.
24 Aug 31 Aug 7th Sep
Duty Officer Lloyd L Mike G Brian D
Registration Andy S Jim A Debra L
ADO & Scribe Keith R Sherryl G Lionel T
Fellowship Tony L Malcolm B Greg S ?
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
Tony Holmes Brian King Dick Andrew Roly Neiper
Greg Stevens Brian Doyle Dave Edmonds Charlotte Golding
LAST WEEK’S MEETING
Meeting was opened by President Greg with a big congrats to Sergeant Rick for gaining sponsors to the Rotary website.
Chris B reminded members of the passing of Ray Burgess & Vietnam Veterans Day at RSL tomorrow.
President Greg advised that Splendour in the Grass returns to be in the vicinity of $5000.00 per club.
Angela G asked for interest in the up & coming Relay for Life but interest appeared limited regarding the entry of a team for the relay.
Brian K reminded members of the upcoming partner’s night on the 31/8/11 with the DG.
Sergeant’s session was held and all innocent parties were dutifully fined and guilty parties were awaiting the outcome of their court cases.
Jim A gave two talks for the price of one, now there’s some cost cutting measures for you. Firstly, on Rotary Youth Exchange, where Jim outlined the benefits, costs, responsibilities and pleasures of hosting an overseas student. Jim then took us for a journey, be it briefly, through the macadamia industry in Australia. I’m sure we all learned plenty and a big thanks to Jim for sharing some of the history of this industry with us.
Next week our special guest speaker will be our very own Lionel Tilley talking about bowel scan. Look forward to seeing you all there.
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
31st Aug Meeting with Partners invited at Pomodora's - hopefully with the DG in attendance.
7th Sep To be announced
BIRTHDAYS FOR AUGUST
20th Jocelyn Brooker 24th Dick Andrew 28th Lionel Tilley
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR AUGUST
29th Angela and Mike
ROTARY AND THE VIETNAM WAR
Many thanks to Chris Brooker who writes:
This week saw two military related milestones...one absolutely huge and another not so big but significant in it’s own way.
August 15th was VJ or VP Day...Victory over Japan or Victory in the Pacific...basically the end to WW11 for Australia. Unfortunately it passed without a whimper in the press or elsewhere.
August 18th was Vietnam Veterans Day which was named as such by the Australian Government on the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. This battle was a decisive turning point in the Viet Nam operation.
Now as to Rotary’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The (I believe) combined Rotary Clubs of the Gold Coast and the GC City Council made available to every serviceman who was wounded in the conflict a free family two week holiday at the Gold Coast. This holiday was taken by every serviceman who was entitled to it. Not a lot is known of this gesture but to my mind it is a real Rotary moment that should be enshrined in history for all to remember.
At that stage, the moratorium marches were in full flight and the Government of the day was under intense pressure to withdraw the troops and a lot of the returning diggers were advised not to wear their uniforms and/or ribbons in the street. The ordinary serviceman was definitely not supported by the majority of the general public and in the middle of this, Rotary and the GC Council held out the hand of friendship and support.
Like I said, definitely a Rotary moment to be cherished.
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