Weekly Meeting Minutes
The Meeting of 15th May 2018
The Meeting was opened at 7pm by President Kerry Jones
Visitors: Ray and Kathleen O’Meara, Tony Benson, Adele from Philippines, Heather, Linda Knight, Gemma Chambeyron, Carol Lewin.
Visiting Rotarians: PDG Eric Kimani from Kenya and Margaret both from Nairobi
The Toast to Australia was proposed by President Kerry Jones
Attendance numbers: 24
Apologies: Steve Crosling, Alicia Hall and Beau Matthews, Clive Hall, Emerald Leyden, Pat Millar, Martin Sadle.
Correspondence: As detailed to the club Members.
Treasurer: Finances as usual
PP Linda Gidlund: The Interact Club of Diamond Valley will be chartered at 2pm at the college on Friday. Please let President Kerry know if you will be attending.
Greg Adams informed the club about the availability of redundant Melbourne trams going for $2000 to 10,000 and the possibility of locating one in the playground near the Netball Courts. There would be additional cost for asbestos removal and the laying of a concrete foundation.
PDG and Foundation Chairman for Africa, Eric from Nairobi spoke briefly about Rotary in Africa, and his club’s involvement with Tenderfoot as well. He mentioned that there are 120 Global Grants happening at the moment. He is passionate about Rotary and has been a member for 29 years.
Chairperson: David Palermo Speaker: Tony Benson
David introduced Tony Benson and gave a brief summary of his CV. Tony has been an Olympian runner, a lecturer of athletics, on the international Olympic Committee, and in 1967 began coaching. He has been the Head coach of the Philippine Track and Field Team and brought them from the bottom to the top of the ladder.
He and his wife would have liked to start a coaching program in Nairobi but due to various factors and also to chance, the program was started in Davao in the Philippines. Tony’s wife who has since passed away, wanted to make sure that helping disadvantaged children was not a cold charity but ensured valuable outcomes. There are plenty of good role models in the Philippines.
The Catholic Woman’s League has been the go between the Athletes and the schools, hence Adele’s visit to our club.
The program runs on $7-8000 a year and that covers coaches pay for thirty children, pays for a Jeepney for transport and also t-shirts and runners, etc.
If they could have a wish list it would encompass more pay for the coaches, a better track, and a jeepney and/or driver to transport the children to the tracks.
Chair David Palermo stated that a donation of $10 would be made to Rotarians against Malaria, for mosquito repellent bed nets in Papua New Guinea.
The Raffle raised $ 52 and the Bottle of wine was won by: Bev Baker
The Foundation Silver Pot raised $11.30
Club Assembly and Board Meeting Next week, please send items for the agendas through to the secretary.
The Meeting closed at 8pm with the toast to Rotary International.
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