President Richards Last Regular Meeting

President Richard began the meeting by grinning and announcing that this was his last regular meeting.  He said he had learned a great deal and thanked all the members for their support.
Our normal meeting room on the second floor was not available today so we were assigned to the Hampden on the first floor.   The room is a bit small for our numbers and does not allow for everyone to view a projection screen easily.  Nevertheless we progressed with the last meeting of the year.

Members Choice  John Ireland
John came to the meeting well prepared with loads of facts and questions on Rotary.  He went through a number of questions  of which the following is a small sample:

1.    In what year was Rotary founded?
2.    In what city was Rotary founded?
3.    Who was the founder of Rotary?
4.    What was the first city in Australia to have a Rotary club?
5.    What was Paul Harris's occupation?

The members flew through the first 4 questions but slowed up to a standstill at the fifth, with some members mumbling, others grinning and others querying John as to whether he knew the answer.  Of course he did.  Paul Harris was a lawyer and John Ireland is a lawyer.

Secretary Phil Burgess announces the Board Meeting and Budget approval.
Secretary Phil Burgess informed members that the board meeting on Monday night had completed a number of major items, which included matters for the changeover, publication of the changeover booklet, next years budget and Projects that were approved by the board.  
Phil noted that other speakers would be making the specific details of the approvals later in the meeting.

Michael Knight announces two Projects Approved by the Board
Michael Knight addressed the members and announced two projects that were approved by the board.  The projects and amounts were as follows:
1.    Australian Rotary Health    $5,000
2.    St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal   $5,000

Both projects were approved by the members.

Horse Ball Fundraiser for Ethan  July 22 at the RSL
Adrian Whiting brought in a video of Horseball and explained how active and exciting it is.  His son Ethan has been chosen to represent Australia and they are going to France to participate in the competition.
There is a fundraiser coming up on July 22 at the RSL and Adrian hopes to get a couple tables together to help support the team.  They have a good evening planned with trivia and auction and other activities.  Get the family together. You're going to really enjoy it!     And you'll be helping a mate.

Apologies, Guests and Makeups
Guests - Steve Mathews
Apologies -  Doug Sutton, John Mason, Doug Conkey, Ken Sergeant, Craig Bromley, and Bob Willis (LOA)
Makeups.-Phil McIntosh, John Mason, Michael Knight, David Byfield, Pat Ingram, John Gray, David Pyke
We had 33 members attend today.

David Pyke Presents the Budget
David Pyke, club Treasurer presented the budget to the board on Monday evening and it was approved.  Copies of the budget were not available, nevertheless no one was querying the specifics.  
The budget does allow a $50 reduction in fees due to a surplus.

Darren Wallace talks about RYLA
Darren gave members an overview of the long established and very successful Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  
The program is international and most districts conduct them since  it is such a worthwhile program.  It is essentially a week long training and learning program that gives participants experiences that will benefit them their entire lives.  
Past Rylarians as they are called, speak extremely highly of the program.  Attendees must be sponsored by a Rotary club and the cost of the week ($950) can be covered by a business or a Rotary club.  
Darren is hopeful our club can organise a candidate for RYLA this year.

Members Draw
Paul Murray  won the bottle of wine!

Here are a couple archive photos of Past Presidents
Above is 25 years ago and below is 19 years ago.