Rotary Club of Melville 
Welcome to this months Newsletter

As the Christmas season approaches there have been a number of events of note.

Early November saw a group of Rotarians and partners attend the final Melbourne Cup event at Peter & Dixie’s house. It was a great night with plenty of food, lots of laughter and a few difficult questions that were answered by the ‘Smarties’.  After the meal there was some high integrity racing ( cough cough) but unfortunately some track interference resulted in disqualification of some.

The final race was a very tight affair with Greg Walkington, Mike Beech-Jones and Janice Pounder taking out the major places.

A fabulous meeting on the 7th November saw Superintendent Peter Hatch of the TRG attend to provide a background as to the operational requirements of the TRG. Obviously, there were limitations as to the information provided however the video presentations along with the outline of the type of work involved for this group of dedicated Police showed how in times of extreme urgency this Specialist Branch of the Police Force are the ones we want there to protect us.

Such was the calibre of the presentation that much of our one hour meeting was consumed to hear the presentation. It was certainly an absorbing presentation.

Unfortunately, with the larger turnout, the lunches at this meeting were an issue. I do try to send out a memo every Thursday asking to be advised who will be attending the meeting for lunch.I need to advise the yacht club of the numbers on the next day (Friday). If you elect not to respond to the email asking if you want lunch then please do not eat what is provided. A number of people missed out on the lunch including the guest speaker which reflected poorly on our club. 

This are well underway for the upcoming presentation and unveiling of the plaque for the ‘Planting Trees for the Queen’s Jubilee’ to be held at Point Walter Reserve on Saturday 26th November, 2022.

All Melville Rotarians along with Federal and State Dignitaries and the Presidents of our zone Rotary Clubs are invited to attend this event. We would like a big turnout to this event so please come along to the presentation and then after to the morning tea at Bicton Baths.

December will see the Christmas Dinner held at Gioia on the River at Claisebrook Inlet. Please let PP Leigh Smith know of your intention to attend or otherwise. This will be a BYO event so you can have your favourite tipple for the night without any corkage charge !

This is a top rated restaurant and Leigh has managed to secure the restaurant for our event only.

Important meeting events upcoming are :

  • 5th December Christmas dinner at Gioia on the River
  • 19th December 2022   - Annual General Meeting with nominations for the 2023 – 2024 Rotary year .  This will be our last meeting for 2022 so there will be light refreshments at the bar after the meeting.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Planting Trees for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Invitation to unveiling ceremony and morning tea Saturday 26th November.
The Rotary Club of Melville (RCM) successfully applied for a $20,000 grant in the electorate of Tangney to establish 1,500 Banksia seedlings in Point Walter Reserve, Bicton.  The project is supported the City of Melville, the Bicton Environmental Action Group and local schools. It is funded through the Australian Government Dept of Climate Change, Energy, Environment, and Water. Every federal electorate in Australia received $100,000 to allocate to projects for planting trees to celebrate the Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th Jubilee. 
On Saturday 26th November 2022, RCM will host a ceremony to unveil a sign to commemorate planting 1,500 Banksia seedlings, this event must be held in 2022 to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. The seedlings will be planted at the optimum time in May/June 2023 to give them the best chance of survival. 
The unveiling ceremony will commence at 9:45 am adjacent to 2 Blackwall Reach Pde, Bicton.
Following the unveiling of the sign, at 11:00am morning tea will be provided by the Rotary Club of Melville at the Bicton Baths, Blackwall Reach Pde, Bicton. 
RCM invites interested community members to attend the unveiling ceremony and morning tea, please contact Ian Williams, Community Director to book, places are limited, book early. Bookings close on Tuesday 22nd November 2022.
Flood Relief Thankyou
Peter Smith and Phil Draber receiving a thank you from the Gippsland Community for the clubs donation to the flood relief.
Thailand Borderless Friendship
Borderless Friendship Western Australia works to enhance the lives of hill tribe children in Northern Thailand. We enable children/young people to continue at school. The opportunity for education will benefit them and their whole community.  We know that keeping at-risk hill tribe children at school helps eliminate child labour and the sale of children into drug running and child sex slavery. When faced with starvation, education becomes an extravagance.
Leigh Smith is currently in Thailand where he is doing research for the club visit in early 2023.
Prior to going to the village Leigh and friends purchased some goods to take up for the children.
That’s  a ‘ROTARIAN AT WORK’. Well done to all three gentlemen !
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