President's Message
Ian Ross
member photo

While I would like to get a Bulletin out each week, it's not always possible. In this case it's been four weeks since the last one, so we have a lot of catching up to do. In the first of those weeks we went to La Vigna for our annual wine tasting and fund raising night; and for the next is was to Jana Vodesil-Baruffi's Metamorphosis Gallery in Willetton for a Melbourne Cup Night organised and run by Jana and Kevin "The Bookie" Baruffi (pictured below in the fetching Blue hat ED) during which $580 was raised for Australian Rotary Health (ARH) Mental Health Research. The race also pictured below may not have "stopped the nation" but it was a lot of fun and Kevin and Jana rightly deserve our sincere thanks for everything they did to make it such a successful night. To view all the other images from the night Click here.

We were back at the Club on 9 November and hosted Emily Fisher (pictured at right) who recently returned from Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) in Belgium. Along with our other visitors: John Yeo the Chairperson of the Board of Willetton Senior High School; and Liz Fowler and Jill and Wayne Dawkins (pictured below) from the Rotary Club of Welshpool, we were delighted to hear how she fared, enjoyed and benefited from her exchange.

At our last meeting on Monday 16 November our visitors included Jana Vodesil-Baruffi, Kieran English's son, Winston, and our guest speakers Steve McKenzie (responsible for Communications and Engagement) and the bearded Simon Timpano (Project Manager Zone 1) (both pictured below) who came along to give us an overview of Metronet and provide some insights into the engineering challenges associated with the incorporating the Thornlie to Cockburn link into the network. They created plenty of interest and questions and left us better informed about the enormity of the undertaking. To download their presentation Click here.   

On the 23 November we'll be holding our Annual General Meeting, elections for the 2021-2022 Club Board and our monthly committee meetings, all at Jack Caddy's Market City Tavern. To view the DUTY ROSTER for that night and beyond Click here

We recently learnt that our District Governor Elect (DGE), Kay Phipps, has had to withdraw from the role and that the District Governor Nominee (DGN), Pat Schraven, has agreed to replace her. We were very sorry to hear Kay's news but also congratulate Pat for her willingness to fill the vacancy one year ahead of time. This reminded me of the commitment so many Rotarians show at all levels of the world wide organisation. At Club level so many of our members do great things, but on this occasion I'd especially like to thank Kevin Baruffi for all he is doing to make our meetings and activities so varied, interesting and worthwhile.    

For our Club Jokers' Jokes delivered in style by Stuart Diggins and Greg Vines  Click here.

As gracious as ever, Emily Fisher gave us an insight into what could fairly be described as a very different Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) in Belgium (or anywhere else for that matter ED). Due to COVID-19 she was in lock down for around five (5) months starting in March 2020 until everything started freeing up about halfway through June but still with a lot of rules and restrictions. Eventually she was free to attend school and to travel almost everywhere in Belgium and then onto France for time at the beach, in Cologne, Paris, Maastricht, Amiens and lastly to Alsace with her Rotary Club. To view the images of her year, her host families, her friends and the many exciting destinations she was (eventually) able to visit Click here. 
Leigh Thorp had intended to toast Emily's Host, the Rotary Club Of Roeulx   but made a U Turn when he discovered Greg Hamilton had previously done that. So instead while remaining in Belgium, he proposed a toast to the Rotary Club of Brussels International. The Club is in Rotary International District 2150 and was founded to fulfil the need for an international and English speaking club in the heart of Europe. It was chartered on 10 November 2017, and so and is celebrating it’s third anniversary. It has twenty nine (29) members (including six (6) Paul Harris Fellows) led by President of Johan Vanden Eynde and meet every first and third Tuesday night at the Hotel Amigo near the Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in the world. It has two major projects: Johan Cruyff Foundation – building a football field as a means to give youth in Molenbeek a safe playing environment and where themes such as respect for each other and team building are central; and the Beautiful After Breast Cancer Foundation – a global, multi-disciplinary organisation devoted to the reconstruction of a patient’s life following a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Ann Edgar has spent quite some time in Canada so it was only natural that she would toast a Canadian Club. The Rotary Club Of Toronto in Rotary International District 7070 was chartered over 100 years ago on 1 March 1913. With one hundred and forty seven (147) members (representing more than one hundred (100) professions) the Club is one of the largest in Canada and during its lifetime has organised five (5) Rotary International Conventions. The Club is led by President John Fortney and meets for lunch each Friday at Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W., Toronto. The Club's committees and Charitable Foundation work to make an impact on homelessness, hunger, social injustice, gender inequality, access to education, environmental sustainability and the challenges of recent immigrants and the poor. Funding priority is directed to the fields of health, education, youth and welfare, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area but also internationally. 
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