Weekly Meeting Minutes
The Meeting of 5th June 2018
The Meeting was opened at 7pm by President Kerry Jones
Visitors: Ray and Kathleen O’Meara, Steve Bell, Joy Belle and her son Isaac and Kellie Miller and her husband, Mark, David and George, Moira Clare,
Visiting Rotarians: Maria Rigoni from the Rotary Club of Doncaster
The Toast to Australia was proposed by President Kerry Jones
Attendance numbers: 27
Apologies: Phil Chambeyron, Steve Crosling, Linda Gidlund, Arthur Lewin, Emerald Leyden, Pat Millar, Martin Sadle.
New member Ray O'Meara was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek. He was presented with a Rotary pin, his dinner badge and a folder of information about Rotary. His wife, Kath was welcomed and presented with a badge also.
Reports: Correspondence as tabled
President Kerry called for Annual Reports from Office Bearers. Reported that the Disabled toilets at the Men’s sheds were officially opened today by the Mayor .
PDG Rob Lloyd mentioned that the Interact Club of Diamond Valley College will organizing their posters for the lolly jar account fund raiser this Thursday
PDG John Gatt mentioned that everything is going well with the Town Fair preparations.
Greg Paull requested that everyone get a working with Children check so that they can help at the Town Fair.
PDG Rob Lloyd mentioned that the Rotary Club of Epping has had District Intervention to keep it going.
President Kerry requested that Club members book for the Club Changeover.
Chairperson: John Gatt Speaker Steve Bell
Steve first climbed Mt Everest in 1993 and at that time only 530 people had summitted it. This year in two weeks of climbing, 700 people climbed it. Some people are paying excessive amounts of money for a guide and assistance to the top, something like 130,000 English pounds. Twenty-Five years ago, Steve Bell led the first UK trip to the cost of UK 20,000 half of which went to the Nepalese Government for permission.
The air pressure is such that at base camp if one steps out of a helicopter from having been at sead level without acclimatising, within twelve hours it is possible to be dead, if you stay at that altitude. It takes two months or more to get to the top in order to acclimatise. The oldest person to climb the mountain is Ramon Blanco at 60 and then the youngest is a thirteen-year-old. The most enjoyable climb Steve has had was Mt Kilimanjaro in 1987.
Chair John Gatt 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 $31 and the Bottle of wine was won by: Laurie Clapton
The Foundation Silver Pot raised $ 6.45
Coming Events: Next week the speaker will be Elva Reynolds on “Days for Girls”
The Meeting closed at 8.07 pm with the toast to Rotary International.
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