Minutes Fri 16 March : Chris Boddingtonn

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Apologies
John Bilboe, Janice Gray (celebrating Rhys’s birthday with family in Vietnam), Peter Hill (at the ski lodge), Isla & Michael (still enjoying NZ but home by now), Stephen Swan (on the road again), John Pearman (we’re sending our love to Marion who is doing really well), Rob Edwards, Bernie, Paul, Wyn & finally Ian Wilson, who is on the mend.

You can tell who actually was at the meeting (the whole dozen of us) by the photos on the website (except for the photographer & occasional minute taker which is a lovely advantage for that role). So it was a great catch up meeting.

We appointed Peter Rixon to be Sarg & lead the Toast to Australia.
Edith brought birthday cards for Isla & one for Rhys ( Elaine Hart dropped that one to the Gray household for Rhys’s return).
We had a lively update on HARS at Albion Park Airfield & the Swing into Wings Dinner.  Tony McAdam is very excited about the dinner with its links this year to Qantas. Both David  & Stephen Swan are most impressed with the HARS crew of volunteers & the characters they find out there quietly working away on the air fleet.
Elaine DeVries responded to a question about the Lego Show last weekend at Kembla Grange Race Course which was very successful with 6,000 people attending.  Kembla Grange is available for all types of events said Elaine including Christmas parties, weddings & even wakes. Now there’s a thought.

Nice photo on the website of the Clean Up Australia crew at Mount Kembla with a heap of car tyres swelling their rubbish pile. Thank you Rowan, Theresa, Elaine Hart & visiting DG Elect Di North. President Brian almost helped but was stumped by directions & even missed the coffee after.  Chris & Bill weren’t available on Saturday but contributed by photographing the rubbish  on the wrong side of the fence along Cliff Rd & emailing it to Wollongong Parks & Gardens with a ‘please explain what we’re going to do to clean up this mess’. We understand the OH&S issues but some long term solution is needed.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wed 21 March  Board Meeting.
Wed 28 March End Trachoma Meeting @ Fraternity Club $35 for a two course meal. Pay Treasurer Elaine DeVries this week if you are planning to attend.
Sat 30 June       District Changeover 12 noon @ St George Motor Boat Club ( can you let Peter Rixon know if you are planning to join Collette & himself at this function).

Brian won the Raffle & won a bottle of wine  (Ongoing thanks to member Mark Hampton from West End Cellars who has been cheerfully providing wine for all our Rotary events from Breakfast to Race Meetings & Dinners. Do drop in for recommendations for the best wine for any functions you are organising. Thanks Mark).

We finished the meeting with one ‘gallant soul’ suggesting maybe not singing the National Anthem but it seems to be ingrained in the members & we sang it with enthusiasm anyway.

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