· Treasurer (Greg Adams) - All accounts are current and in the black. Some transactions still pending for Shakespeare in the Park.
· Town Fair (Steve Crosling) – Town Fair meeting held at McDonald’s Monday 5th February – minutes to be circulated. Theme for 2018 Town Fair – “Spring Fair”. Next meeting – Monday 5th March.
· Rotaract (Linda Gidlund) – attended the meeting on behalf of Rotary Club of Diamond Creek. They will require assistance with upcoming functions.
· Shakespeare in the Park (Kerry Jones) – the first weekend “The Dream" production held at Eltham were deemed to be very successful. Thank you to all club members who assisted at the 3 events.
· BBQ trailer (Arthur Lewin) – Sunday 1st April at Eltham Lower Park (miniature railway) – volunteers needed.
· District Board of Management (PDG Rob Lloyd) – Amongst agenda items the suitability of the present camp site for RYPEN was discussed and it was agreed that a more modern and tidier camp site should be identified and booked for future RYPEN sessions. Several suggestions were promoted for investigation.
President Kerry called upon Chairman Rob Lloyd to introduce the guest speakers for the evening – PDG Peter Gilbert who spoke about Rotary Foundation and in particular the benefits of last will and testament bequests to Rotary Foundation and followed by Michael Manoussakis. Michael was the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek sponsored student to the 2015 National Youth Science Forum and he spoke about the impact this forum has had on his life and educational opportunities as well as furthering his university career.
Michael was presented with a Rotarians Against Malaria donation certificate.
Prospective member Garry donated a 2018 Australia Open (tennis) towel used during the men’s final for auction. The successful bidder was Steve Crosling and the funds will go to the Tender Foot School in Kenya.
The Nitty Gritty:
Attendance: 19 Rotarians
Guests: PDG Peter Gilbert (RC Preston), Prospective member Garry and guest speaker Michael Manoussakis.
Apologies – 2 - recorded
The weekly door prize – won by Alicia Hall
Fines / Happy Bucks - $28
Foundation Silver Pot – $11.51
Raffle – $44 raised – won by Alicia Hall
Meeting closed at 8.10 pm with the toast to the Rotary Club of Preston and Rotary International.