The Meeting of Tuesday 20th February 2018
Reports: President Kerry asked for assistance with communicating with the Men’s Shed about a plaque to acknowledge Rotary’s contribution and Phil Chambeyron volunteered. Kerry reminded the club about the Shire of Nillumbik’s celebration of International Women’s day and asked if any other members would like to attend.
Secretary: Eileen Gatt. Correspondence Bank statements and R.I. Dues. Eileen called for reports for Club Assembly and Board Meeting Next Week
Youth Services: Linda Gidlund. Advised that up to six young students will attend RYPEN.
Linda’s report from the Rotaract meeting will be printed in the Bulletin
John Gatt advised the club that he had been asked by one of the schools if the Leadership program was continuing, John asked all Board Members present to raise their hands if they approved the continuation of the Leadership program in the schools but increasing the amount given by 10%. Five members were present which equals a quorum, and they voted positive. They were Arthur Lewin, Kerry Jones, Eileen Gatt, John Gatt, Emerald Leyden.
Diamond Valley College “Love Bites” report: The teacher Justin from DVC thanked Rotary our contribution to the teacher training for this program. The students were assessed by the Police prior and after the program and the outcome was very positive.
High Resolves Project Report: Presented by the year 10 students from DVC. The students have identified an unused section of land in the school that they want to clean up and turn into a new outdoor classroom and community BBQ area. They have requested assistance from Rotary if possible. A summary of the project was presented in brief form by the students. Rotarian Phil Chambeyron will liaise with the students to see how he could advise and help them.
Community Services: Arthur Lewin. Received thanks from the Uniting Church for Rotary’s contribution to the Christmas Lunch which hosted 148 guests.
Steve Crosling reminded members more volunteers are needed for the BBQ at Eltham Lower Park on the 1st April, Easter Sunday.
John Chenhall from the Diamond Creek RSL introduced Rhys Thomas as the new President of the RSL in Diamond Creek. He outlined the long history of Diamond Creek RSL and called for assistance with their Anzac Day Ceremony. The Ceremony has grown from 500 people attending to 3000 each year.
Our Guest speaker for the evening was our very own Steve Crosling who outlined the way in which Shelterbox is adapting to suit varying needs by requesting feedback from disaster affected communities.
New items have been added to the box such as: Lumin aid is a light capable of floating and a water purifying station to provide pure drinking water.
ShelterKit is a new product offering equipment to repair existing buildings rather than have people move into a tent. It is valued at $250 and the Shelterbox at $1000
Chair Roger Knight presented Steve with a certificate which stated that a donation of $10 would be made in his name to Rotarians against Malaria, for mosquito repellent bed nets in Papua New Guinea.
Rotary Diamond Creek voted to buy another ShelterBox
The Nitty Gritty
Visitors: From Diamond Valley College:- David and Ruby Moore, Justin Matten, Mel Bolton, Students Brodie Angarello and Ryan Neil. From the RSL, John Chenhall, Rhys Thomas and Peter Grouwter.
Visiting Rotarians: Nil
Guest Speaker: Steve Crosling
Apologies: Greg Adams, Rob Lloyd, David Palermo, Greg Paull and Martin Sadle
The Raffle raised $49 and the Bottle of wine was won by: Arthur Lewin
The weekly door prize was won by: Stephanie Hutt
The Fines and Happy Bucks raised $ 41.20
The Foundation Silver Pot raised $ 6.20