...there can be no sense of community'
-Anthony J D’Angelo
International Women's Day Dinner
Last week was a busy one in our local community and it was great to be out and about taking part in some local events.
On Wednesday, I was pleased to be able to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Doreen Combined Probus Club and act as their Returning Officer. The Doreen Combined Probus Club was started as an initiative of Diamond Creek Rotary in 2011, so it was nice to be able to support them by attending.
The outgoing President David Bradshaw thanked all of his committee and spoke about some of the successes that the club had experienced throughout his two years as President. Incoming President Ernie Muscat was warmly welcomed. The Guest Speaker was Bev Brock who spoke about her life – a truly inspiring and motivating speaker.
A couple of their members are former Rotarians (one from Merimbula and one from New Zealand) who expressed an interest in coming along to one of our meetings – they would be most welcome and we look forward to seeing them at Platters one evening.
On Thursday evening, it was very pleasing to have Diamond Creek Rotary well represented at the Nillumbik International Women’s Day Dinner. Gemma Chambeyron, Lynne Lloyd, Linda Gidlund, Stephany Hutt, Bev Baker, Pat Millar and I attended.
It was a very interesting evening with a diverse panel of speakers, including:
• Janice Crosswhite OAM, founding President of Australian Womensport and Recreation
• Susan Hawthorne, award winning novelist, poet and publisher
• Aunty Pam Pedersen, NAIDOC Ambassador and National Sportsperson of the Year
• Rhiannon Tracey, former Young Australian of the Year recipient and motivational speaker
• Colleen Woolley OAM JP, former Victorian Police Officer and author of ‘Arresting Women’
We were also entertained by several talented young women who performed throughout the night and we all took home a CD of their music.
There was also the opportunity to have an informal chat with the Mayor of Nillumbik, Cr. Peter Clarke, who spoke knowledgeably about Diamond Creek Rotary – our participation in ‘The Dream’ and our request for additional funding for the Town Fair.
Being out in the community, meeting other people and participating in local events, can only help to give us an added perspective and insight. This in turn, can only make us better Rotarians.