Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Dalkeith - Issue No.: 345 Issue Date: 10 Jan, 2019

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Meeting Notes 18th December 2017 - Rev. Peter Smith

President Craig James welcomed Rotarians and guests to the Rotary Club of Dalkeith, “the home of Rotary District 9455”. He welcomed our own Rev Peter Smith as this week's speaker and will deliver the Christmas blessing.  Peter is the Rector of St Lawrence’s Anglican Church in Dalkeith.

President Craig also gave a special welcome to ADG Michelle Alexander who provides Dalkeith with special support at district level and will attend the Dalkeith Board meeting this evening.

President Craig requested John Thornton to lead members to sing the anthem.  John, who had heard great things of the performance the week before in his absence, sounded the key of F, and led of the singing with gusto.  The rendition was agreed as the best yet by consensus with John saying something about 9 out of 10.  The bar has been raised!

Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  

Peter Smith introduced his guests, Alan and Carol Jones, Larry Podmore, Song Ng, Matt Davis, Steve McKay and Tim Lewis.

Apologies and LOA: There were 11 apologies and 2 LOA; There should be 43 present.

Question of the Week: 

The question for this week was read by Tom Langley:

Question: What do IQ, EQ, and CQ measure?

Answer: Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, and Communications Intelligence.

Answered by: John Murdoch.

Family and Friends Announcements:

Neil Wilkie announced he had attended the graduation of the year 6 group at Dalkeith Primary.  President Craig thanked Neil for his excellent work maintaining the Dalkeith Rotary connection to Dalkeith Primary School.

Birthdays and Anniversaries: David Smith announced the birthdays and anniversaries as follows:

Mon 18 Dec – Tony Chien’s Birthday

Mon 18 Dec – Jackie Ritchie’s Birthday

Mon, 25 Dec – Bruce Jeanes' Birthday

Thu, 28 Dec – Russell Hawkins' Birthday

Mon, 1 Jan – Kim Smith's Birthday

Mon, 18 Dec – John Lindquist and Mary-Jo will be celebrating 7 years of Marriage.

Wed, 20 Dec – Ivor and Judy Roberts will be celebrating 37 years of Marriage.

Fri, 22 Dec – Tom and Kristen Kendall will be celebrating 39 years of Marriage.

Mon, 1 Jan – Tony and Robyn Chien will be celebrating 38 years of Marriage.

Sun, 7 Jan – Lindsay and Helen Dry will be celebrating 41 years of Marriage.

Thu, 21 Dec – Brian English will have served our Rotary club for 12 years.

Mon, 1 Jan - John MacKinnon will have served our Rotary club for 30 years.

Mon, 1 Jan - Stewart Brash will have served our Rotary club for 25 years.

Club Announcements:

Members Attendance:  Ken Ilett announced 68% attendance – 38 members present and 7 guests.

Committee Reports and Announcements:

Charitable Trust: (Russell Hawkins): Russell announced no report, but a letter will be sent to all members in the new year seeking donations to the Charitable trust. President Craig suggested Bequest forms.

Club Secretary’s Report (Trevor Gorey):  Trevor summarised the Board meeting the previous week. In particular the Board decided to take no action on the All Abilities Play Space; A Club Runner web-site trial will take place; the Anniversary Dinner will be held at the Nedlands Rugby Club on Monday 23rd April 2018; There is an opportunity for the club to establish a market at the Showgrounds and a feasibility study is planned; and in future the club dinner attendance award wine will be supplied by the club.

Club Treasurer’s Report (Anthony McGrath): 

District Conference 2018 Report: Anthony urged members to book for next year’s District conference.  Members were reminded of the Early Bird prize, which is still current, and urged to book soon. Anthony will send all members an e-mail.

The website to book is

Club Service: (John Bolto/John Murdoch):    John advised members of changed dates for the family BBQ, which will now be 22nd January, not the 15th. The fellowship meeting on the 8th will be a pizza night.

Community Service: (David Miller/Steve Halbert): David reported to members that his committee is developing a plan for the club to plant 1,000 trees in a venture with Greening Australia in Mosman Park on Saturday 26th May. David announced the club Golf day would be at the NGC on Friday 23rd March; the wine tasting is being organised for Friday 11th May.

Vocational Service: (Peter Marfleet/Kevin Jackson): Kevin Jackson announced two OUTSTANDING visits:

Wed 14th March 6pm … A private viewing of the Corsine Collection of treasures from Florence at the Art Gallery of WA which will include a private tour and talk by the gallery director, Dr Stefano Carboni.  It will be followed by drinks and nibbles in the Foundation Boardroom. The cost of this event will be $60 head including complementary parking.

Sunday 15th April 2pm … John Curtin Art Gallery … A guided viewing of the Carrolup Collection and a sumptuous afternoon tea (complimentary) with Curator Chris Malcolm. There will also be a visit to the Aboriginal Studies building to look at the spectacular mosaic floor.

Both visits are rare opportunities and members should book early to avoid disappointment (numbers are limited) by emailing Kevin at

Foundation and International Service: (Ken Ilett/Gary Dienhoff): Ken reminded members of the International Dinner on 26th February in Northbridge, and he will send a board around next year, but asked members to diarise this special event.

Guest Speaker Rev. Peter Smith

Public Relations: (Peter Robertson/Albert Deda): Peter Robertson advised members that some “Post” publicity for the very good results of the “Cans for Christmas” collection had been already achieved by another club.  He will have shopping bags for all next year.

Membership: (David Ellis/David Smith): David Ellis advised members that no member concerns about lack of engagement had been expressed, and he hoped this was a sign of furious engagement by all members.  He encouraged members to wish friends merry Christmas and invite them to join Rotary, all in the same breath, over Christmas.

Youth: (Kim Smith/Leon Lorenzen):  Kim reported his committee had recommended (and the Board has approved) the support of two RYLA candidates, Jeb David (BSc) and Ashley Dunn (BE), both 21 years of age. Ashley has previously been a NYSF attendee.

Announcements and President’s Report:President Craig reminded members that very attractive Cricket Sweep tickets remain available. Members need not be concerned that the games were already being played, because the winner is not determined until the last ball of the last test. Currently an unloved ticket is winning.

President Craig expressed excitement about the possibility of a Show Ground Market and described the need for the club to grow revenue to meet the needs of the many worthy causes that come before us.

Sergeant: Sergeant Peter Panek and Corporals Graham Sansom and John Martin.

There was celebration of birthdays, anniversaries, the wine table, departure tax, arrivals tax, and club service celebration.  Everybody celebrated the Ashes win.

Guest Speaker: Peter Robertson introduced Rev Peter Smith as Rector of the local Dalkeith Parish.

Peter briefly described himself as married to Shelley with four children and being a keen cyclist.  He described his personal interests outside of his love of Christ as cycling and chatting over a coffee.

The principal message of Christmas that Peter described was that God took human form as Jesus Christ so that people might recognise God.

When Peter described the world’s most dangerous idea to be that Jesus is the son of God and died on a cross to save the rest of us, your scribe for a brief moment thought that there was going to be miraculous alignment of the church and Karl Marx (of the “Opiate of the People” fame). 

But alas, alignment was not to be.  According to Peter the idea of Christ as redeemer is dangerous because it is liberating. It sets us free from fate and chaos.

At this point your scribe began to dream of a chaos-free Christmas, but that level of liberation was beyond imagining!  A little more love and a little less cynicism might help of course.

Peter wished all members a happy and safe Christmas.

President Craig thanked Peter for giving members the benefit of his Christmas message.

Future Events: President Craig noted the following future events.

Pizza night fellowship on Monday January 8th 2018 at NGC.

Family Barbeque on Monday January 22nd 2018 at NGC.

International Dinner 26th February 2018.

Boat-Tie-Up 18th March 2018.

District Conference … 6-8 April 2018.

Golf Day … Friday 23rd March 2018

Anniversary Dinner … Nedlands Rugby club on Monday 23rd April 2018; 

Wine tasting … CYC Friday 11th May 2018

Greening Australia … 1,000 trees in Mosman Park on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Close: President Craig thanked Peter again for his address.He thanked the NGC staff Denise and Emma, Cupid Caterers Mandy and Sandy, for an outstanding effort to feed twice the number usually catered for. He acknowledged Sponsors Lizzie Bee Florists, Stirling Partners (Club Auditors), Paragon Consultants (Charitable Trust Auditors) and PSZ Accounting (Charitable Trust software).

He called on members to recognise RI President Ian Riseley’s Presidential theme for the year, Rotary Making a Difference.

Members were asked to acknowledge the Flag.

Author: Tom Kendall

Published: 19 December, 2017


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