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Weekly Message - 26th September
As I pointed out on Monday, the induction of a new member is one of the joys of Rotary.
Our newest member, Sadia, is the owner and chef of Sadia’s, a specialist catering business with cuisine from the royal kitchens in India. We welcome her to our Rotary Club.
Our guest speaker on Monday was Jasmin Chen, a student at PLC, who will represent our club at the Summer Science Forum in Canberra in January. On her return we will arrange for her to come and talk to the club about her experiences.
Great news – we now have the approval of the new club name ‘Rotary Club of Hornsby District’ by Rotary International and we should be operating under the new name in the next couple of weeks. Many thanks to Bobby, Simon and Bill for their help on this transition.
I will be in Perth next week and the meeting will be conducted by Peter McIntyre.
Yours in Rotary Geoff
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.