...Make them count!'
- Mark Hewer
Last Tuesday afternoon was a special one and an experience to remember. Bev, Linda, Rob,
Warwick and I had the pleasure of attending afternoon tea at Government House in Melbourne.
This was truly a privilege and probably a once in a lifetime opportunity.
On arrival we waited until the gates were opened at 2.30pm and then we proceeded to the car park – right outside the front door! We were shown into the most magnificent reception hall where we were offered delicious sandwiches and cakes and were able to mingle with the other 850 Rotarians from clubs across Victoria, who were in attendance.
At 3.30pm the official party arrived which consisted of Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, her husband, Mr Anthony Howard QC, the President of Rotary International, Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet.
The Governor spoke about the contribution that Rotary makes and she acknowledged some of Ian’s priorities in his role as Rotary International President. Ian responded by thanking her for hosting this function.
At the conclusion of the speeches, the guests were able to wander around Government House, viewing the various rooms and taking in the splendour. It certainly is an amazing building with palatial rooms and remarkable furniture and stunning paintings of past Governors. I was quite astonished by the dining room which has a table that seats 50 people! Just the place to hold my next dinner party!
One of the highlights of the afternoon was that Bev was able to present Ian Riseley with the photobook that she made commemorating our ‘Night to Remember’ that we had held for him last July.
It was truly a special occasion and I feel fortunate that I had this opportunity.