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Weekly Message - 11 December
Thank you, to all, who helped out on the Ride-A-Day BBQ in the mall this past weekend. It looks like we had a proffit of a bit over $700.
There have been many comments about doing more BBQs in the mall, to assist with PR and Membership. I look forward to seeing how many perspective members surfaced from last Saturday's event.
Unfortunately, last week, we received a letter of resignation from Ricardo. I have enjoyed his fellowship, and hopefully we will see him in the future, as he intends on returning in 2019 or 2020. Ricardo said the following: "If I’m not acting, due lack of time, there is no purpose to be a ghost member." I respect his position on this, as Rotary International moved from "attendance" to "engagement" as a requirement of membership.
Tonight is the AGM. We don't have a full set of leaders yet, but are pretty close. We still need a Secretary and one more Director, to have a Board.
This is our last regular meeting of this calendar year, as next week is our annual Bobbin Head BBQ. Our first meeting in the new year will be 15 January 2018.
Christmas Tree sales are this wekend. Please ensure you have let Arthur know your availability to assist.
Please note: Tonight's meeting has been moved to the Black & White Room, rather than The Shamrock.
Yours in Rotary, Bobby
Children's Medical Research Institute Visit
Children’s Medical Research Institute Visit – 30th October 2017
We enjoyed a visit to the Children’s Medical Research Institute Centre in Westmead last night. We had 24 in attendance and were provided with refreshments before and after our tour, which were very nice especially the homemade biscuits made by Mrs Phelps District Governer’s Barry’s wife, Barry was Governor during my year 2001-2002. We especially thank Chris Robison for his efforts in getting us there.
The Institute was an idea of Sir Lorimer Dods and Dr John Fulton. We heard about the work and saw some wonderful Mas-Spectromter machines, which if anyone knows NCIS they feature heavily in analyzing information. We were given insight in the research by Hilda Pickett and Scott Bryan both specialist researchers in their field. Also names like Roger Reddel, Patrick Tam and Phil Robson were mentioned. We learnt about Pro-Can, Telomere’s, genome, cell biology and various cancer results.
I will not go further but suggest that you have a look at their web site www.cmri.org.au regarding their research. They are raising awareness and money via donations and hopefully more through Government donations via various events. If you would like to make a donation this is possible via their website. I also noticed that the Gerringong Quilt & Craft Show held on 11 Nov this year donated to this charity and of course we always remember Jeans for Genes Day.
Once again thank you to Chris and members attending.