Bulletin #9
Tuesday 23 Aug 2022
Next Meeting
Tuesday30  August 2022
Visit to Wagga Mens Shed

Members Duties
30th August - D Conkey
Fellowship and Furniture
30th Aug R Baguley

Guest Speaker
Wagga Mens Shed Visit
Rotary Information
30 Aug - David Byfield
6 Sept - Doug Conkey
13 Sept - Doug Conkey
20 Sept - Ken Cook
27 Sept - Pat Ingram

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30th Aug D.Sutton    
6th Sep D.Sutton    
13th Sep J.Egan       
20th Sep J. Egan       
27th Sep J. Egan       
4th Oct P. Murray    
11th Oct P. Murray    
18th Oct P. Murray    
25th Oct
1st Nov M. Knight   
8th Nov M. Knight   
15th Nov P. Wilesmith
 Sergeant at Arms 
30/8/22 David Foster

Meeting Tech Setup
23, 30 Aug - John Smith
6, 13, 20 Sept - Doug Sutton

Saturday Markets
10th September 
OIC James Ross
David Benn
Geoff Breust
Gerry Gerlach  (d.conkey)
Greg Conkey
John Ferguson
David Foster
Frank Fuller
Tim Hutchings
Chris Kelly
Craig Bromley (w.paton)
Rob Pearson
Jonty Shuter (N Schirmer)
Signs: John Flynn
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August 8
Frank Fuller
August 9
Malcolm Robertson
August 14
Doug Conkey
August 17
John Flynn
August 31
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Di Hutchings
August 10
John Ferguson
August 25
Pat Ingram
August 28
David Foster
August 30
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President's Report 23.08.22
Hi all,
Thirty attendees today, a busy agenda and a very emotional presentation by Megan Gaffney, representing the Vilomah Committee as our guest speaker.
Thank you once again to all those rostered for meeting duties for coming early and organising the set up and clearing down after the meeting.
Next week will be a vocational visit to the Men's Shed. There will be  BBQ put on by the shed members, which will cost each of us $10 per head. Nineteen members have already indicated they will attend. Secretary Peter will send out a further memo before the end of the week. Please respond ASAP so that we can have final numbers by the Friday.
Neil Pinto has sent out an email seeking interest from all members with respect to restarting the Meal Wheel Deal initiative. Three members and partners would be rostered together to take turns at hosting one another for meals. There will be an obligation on each couple meet their commitment hosting a meal.
Please respond to Neil's email whether it be nay or yay, so that he knows all have received the email.
All members who have received Youth Declaration forms from James Hamilton, please complete them and return them to James as soon as possible.
Good luck to our intrepid cricketers, Benn, Flynn and Gray who are venturing into the tropics to compete in a week long Rotary veterans cricket event.
Take it easy gents, take a measured approach both with the cricket and evening celebrations.
President Phil
Our Meeting 23rd August 2022

Today's meeting

Geoff Breust is looking for a replacement at the Gears and Beers. He has sent this email to everyone in the club. Please read it and if you can help, reply to him.
" I have a family event on the long weekend in October which means I am now unavailable for Gears and Beers.
For some years I've managed the entry gates and now need to find a replacement to take over this task
I have revised the Entry Gate Procedures and the Emergency Evacuation Plan for this event and more than happy to brief my replacement in detail about the task. 
Please consider taking on this necessary role and contact me by return.
Many thanks and kind regards,
Geoff "






Our Guests today were Megan Gaffney, guest speaker, and Robert Lang guest of David Benn.


Apologies & Make Ups

Apologies today. Peter Clucas, Doug Conkey, Greg Conkey, ken Cook, John Ferguson, Peter Green, James Hamilton, Pat Ingram, John Ireland, Chris Kelly, John Mason, Neil Schemer, Doug Sutton and Darren Wallace



Our Guest Speaker today was Megan Gaffney.
Along with her friend Rebekah Post, she established Vilomah, a community to support grieving parents who have lost children, from miscarriage, still birth and cot death.
The aim of the community is to provide support and counselling for those parents who don't have their children for long enough or at all.
Many people in the community suffer this sort of loss...many more than we realise as one in four pregnancies fail. The excited anticipation becomes an empty void.
The aim of Vilomah is that no family experiences pregnancy and infant loss alone.
They offer support so that parents can grieve together as they all share the same experience and have an understanding of what each is going through. Vilomah makes counselling available, and connects services such as photography and clay momentos, and more  practical helps such as assistance with funeral arrangements and memorial services.
It costs around $3000 per family supported, which comes from fundraising and services donations across the business community.
It is a wonderful thing they are doing. Each member of the Club has either suffered from loss, or knows someone close to them who has, and everyone was touched by the sincerity and strength of this young woman.
We also had a visit from a South Australian videographer, who was working for the promotion of Beyond Blue. Robert Lang was a professional photographer who has since taken up video making and is enjoying the change and the challenge. He is travelling extensively in the area to bring the message of Beyond Blue to the wider community. He was the "hurried" guest of David Benn.


Sergeants Session

David Hodge collected quite  a few dollars from his experience with a psychic who could read the AFL ladder, even culminating in the final result and by how much! Col Duff was the last man standing, a strong supporter of Richmond!. The bone (pointing) psychic was revealed...but mark my words,  not one raced to the bookies!!


Rotary Information

PP John Gray outlined the role of Rotary in the current war on the Ukraine.
The Rotary Foundation has raised and distributed more than $15m in humanitarian aide, providing essentials such as shelter, food, clothing, medicine and water. there are some 62 Rotary Clubs in the Ukraine. with about 1100 members (about the same size as the old D9700) These clubs, which would average about 20 members, have travelled to border areas, and helped refugees settle in, and further evacuated families from the war zones.One club has collected medical supplies donated by Italy, and distributed them within Kyiv and Sumy, cities under bombardment. Kyiv clubs have provided hot meals and hygiene products for young mothers.
Across the borders, Poland has taken 3,000000 displaced persons, and Rotary across the nation has kicked in resources, providing toys for displaced unaccompanied children, and accomodation and jobs for some families. Germany has taken part in finding housing, along with an E club based in New York, and Hungary mobilised its Rotarians to get provisions transported to needed sites. Moldova and Romania organised shelter for refugees, and the Czech Republic and Slovakia partnered with railway companies to transport 2300 refugees.
Be proud you are a Rotarian!!


Members Draw

The Wine was won by Phil McIntosh

Secretary Report
Secretary Report for meeting held 16th August 2022.
Many thanks to James Hamilton for his work on Club Risk Assessments, Working with Children
checks and protocols and Insurance Certificates of Currency have been received
S Heriot is checking our inventory of Uniforms - please contact him if you need an upgrade.
Neil Pinto is looking at a Rotary Meal Wheel - please contact him if you would like to participate.
Phil McIntosh reminded us to save the 1-2 of October 2022 for the Gears and Beers Weekend.
 G&B committee meeting  will be weekly wednesdays from this week.
Due to flooding we are reverting back to the Victory Memeorial Gardens for the event.
Doug Conkey is looking for volunteers to help with legacy week 23/8 - 3/9/2022 .
Diary Dates
             Miss Wagga Ball 27 august 2022 RSL CLUB 6.30pm $100 ticket purchase online at eventbrite
             District Conference      21-23 October 2022  Joyes Hall CSU - Details on District Website
             RYLA applications close 31 Oct 2022
Wollundry Bulletin Editors: 
Doug Sutton, Michael Knight, John Egan, David Pyke, Peter Wilesmith and Paul Murray