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Weekly Message - 17th October
After missing three weeks I was getting withdrawal symptoms. I thank Peter for taking the meeting on the 26th. Everyone is now back on board with the exception of the Hogans who are still in Europe and Ralf in Nepal visiting family.
This week we had our nominee for RYLA, Liam Rudevics from Berowra, who is in his third year of a Medical Science degree at Macquarie University. His presentation was very impressive and he is a most worthwhile candidate.
Jonas continues to enjoy his exchange year and is off on safari very shortly. Many thanks to Arthur Godfrey for organising Hat Day at Hornsby station, and to all those who helped on that occasion.
The Tottenham students arrive next month and placements for work experience are still being sought. With all the travellers returning, quite a lot of currency has been repatriated. One lot was 23,000 x US 1c coins, taken to the US by Adam Bruce. After the board meeting next Tuesday I will have a more detailed update for everyone.
The merger of the two clubs is now imminent and we will be calling for nominations for next year’s board in November.
An industry night at the local Men’s Shed is proposed shortly, following contact with their committee. The meeting for Monday 17th will feature Jonas Schumack, who will talk about his home country, Germany. This is a special partners’ night, and we would like attendance numbers by Sunday night if possible, in case we need to move the meeting to a larger room.
Yours in Rotary
Guest Speaker 12th September
Simon and Wendy Bryan reported on a recent Caravan Trip as our guest speaker. First part of the trip was Sydney to Broken Hill via Dubbo and Wilcannia then on to the Clare Valley in South Australia, via Mildura.
While cycling round Dubgo Zoo they heard an adult Hippo and a young one conversing with some very loud noises.
There is a prominent Rotary sign board in Cobar outside the visitor centre.
Stayed at Wilcannia for two nights and visited White Cliffs (opal mining town).
The Darling river was running quite high and strong through Wilcannia.
The weather in Broken hill was a bit wet but still plenty to see and do, Art Galleries, Mining Museums and the Miners Memorial. They were preparing for the Broken Heel Festival which they do once a year to celebrate the movie 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'. Out at Silverton they have the famous Mad Max Museum. On a lookout near Broken Hill are the famous Statues in the Desert, well worth a visit at sundown.
Then on down to Mildura, stopping on the way at Wentworth where two rivers, the Darling and the Murray meet. Hoped to get into Mungo National Park but was too wet.
On to the Clare Valley which has some really lovely scenery with the Canola fields and wheat fields making a yello and green patchwork. Winery visits are obligatory and they visited Taylors Wines and went to Annie’s Lane.
On the way back home through Mildura they were able to visit Mungo National Park and the 'Walls of China'.
They saw plenty of wildlife, especially Emu's as the climate had been quite wet to allow a good breeding season. Wagga was the last stop on the way home, the caravan park was very near the Murrumbidgee River which was also running very high.