Mark was king for the day - Chair, Presenter, and spruiker for The Rotary Foundation.  He welcomed Ken (RC Morwell), about to be member, Ana and Rachael's daughter Meg.
Past Governor Alan took us to the South Pacific with our International Toast to the Rotary Club of Lautoka, Fiji.
President Bernie covered a number of announcements:
  • More volunteers needed for RYDA on Wednesday 15 August - volunteer here please
  • There is a plant out at the Care Garden if you can help
  • Drought relief appeal by Rotary in conjunction with Channel 9 - see the opportunity to donate here
  • Last week's Vocational Visit to the Chamber of Commerce
  • The Movie Night fundraiser being held on 23 August (the theatre has been made available free of charge)
  • Membership month - article here
  • Reminder about filling those Centurion Poles for The Rotary Foundation
  • BBQ on 22 August - volunteers being called: volunteer here
Mark then presented on the Fish Farming Project which will see he and Darryl in Bohol, Philippines in September to oversee construction at the Shepherds Arms Children’s Home (SACH).  There are more details about the project here.  He also announced that the project has been approved by Rotary Australia World Community Service and tax deductible funds may now be donated - details here.
Apart from updating us on the project, today's meeting was a chance to work by filling satchels with personal items for each of the orphanage's children.  Each child was allocated a member who wrote a note and added it to each satchel.  Mark and Darry have promised to provide reports from Bohol for inclusion in a future edition of The Reel.
Genta promoted raffle tickets for the forthcoming Japanese Festival (next Sunday 12 August).
Chris advised of his promotion to 'lecturer' at the last RYDA day filling in for the normal presented who was absent.
Sergeant Merv looked puzzled as one of our members took issue with his findings.
Jim Lombard sent his apologies as he will be working in Bali for the next month.  Travel well Jim.