COG 2/10/17

Issue 2766
Monday 2nd October 2017

Meets on Mondays
12.30pm for 1.00pm
Venue: Vasko Restaurant

Tony Bowlen
0425 736 578

Club Correspondence:
P.O. Box 300 Heidelberg VIC

District Governor
Bernie Bott
Rotary Club
Yarrawonga Mulwala

Rotary International
Ian Riseley Rotary Club of Sandringham

The official bulletin of the Rotary Club of Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
ABN 91 870 845 490

Editor: Bruce Nichols (pro tem)
Assistant Editor: Laurie Rose
Reporters: Every Member
Photographers: Bruce, Rodger

Submission deadline is each


A Word from the President

As we often repeat, the best speakers often come from our own midst and last week was no exception as one of our newest members Noel Sturgeon gave his “Rotarian Behind the Badge” address. Not only did we learn a lot about the man and his story, but he also entertained us with anecdotes and humor. It is a wonderful tradition which we should not only continue for our new members, but also for our older members who can share and update their own stories.


We have been approached by Metro Trains to run BBQs at stations in October, during the disruption to services caused by the upgrades between Heidelberg and Rosanna. They suggested Clifton Hill and Victoria Park which would have been better suited to local Clubs. Instead we are looking at Macleod Station on Friday 13 October between 4.00 and 7.00pm. We have given a tentative ok, so we shall be looking for helpers. Please let Kent know if you can help.


For those who weren’t there last week, a reminder that we are not meeting at Vaskos  this week, but at the RSL on Bell, which is in Bell St, opposite the Repat. Back to Vaskos next week and a reminder about Hat Day the week after


President Tony


Club Calendar

October is Vocational Service Month


02 October

TOPIC: Round The World Cyclist

SPEAKER:Jeremy Scott

CHAIR:Wayne Dunstan

Venue: RSL on Bell

09 October

Event: Hat Day

Lift the Lid on Mental Illness

SPEAKER:Greg Ross (Video)

CHAIR:Giuseppe Amoroso

16 October

TOPIC: DVT after Air Travel


CHAIR:Max Chester OAM


Thought of the Week

“All the world is queer save thee and me, and even thou art a little queer”

Robert Owen


09 October: Hat Day – Lift The Lid on Mental Illness

24 October: Safe Plate Day

30 October: Fellowship Event

TIME:      6.00 - 7.30 PM

VENUE:  Barklys Hotel, Burgundy Street, Heidelberg

 08 November: Oaks Eve Calcutta

Venue yet to be decided



Gordon: Brussells

Richard and Lorna: Townsville

David and Jan: Sri Lanka, Canada and Alaska










Guest Speaker

Noel Sturgeon

Guest Speaker Noel Sturgeon


Lift the lid on Mental Health


MONDAY, 9 October 2017

Help make a great success of Hat day and raise as much money as possible for charity.

Be one of the winners for the following:

  • 1st  Prize for the most outrageous hat
  • 2nd Prize for the biggest Hat
  • 3rd Prize for the most colourful

Prizes will be surprises.

Hat free heads will be fined $5.00

Judges will be Giuseppe Amoroso and Wayne Dunstan, and no correspondence will be entered into.



Riley Trew wins the raffle

The Sergeant at work

smoke sergeant

Sergeant Smokey officiating at the Fines session

GUEST  SPEAKER  - Noel Sturgeon -Rotarian Behind The Badge

 Noel provided us with a most interesting and at times very amusing presentation of the man behind the badge.

Rather  than a chronology of his life based on consecutive dates and facts, Noel gave us a synopsis of his life as seen through a number of principles, attributes and experiences.

Noel recounted what can only be described as an extraordinary life full of various and numerous people, events and learnings - all of which impacted on him and he on them.

Noel was born on Christmas Day, just after the war, in West Wyalong. He left school early and scored a good local job. He progressed  and in 1969 joined a merchant bank and at the same time slipped into a tailor made suit which he proceeded to get soaking wet on the first day of work.

Noel spoke of his life in the following terms - guiding principles and attributes;

  • He was always conscious of presentation - his parents dressed impeccably and he has always followed likewise.
  • Mentors were always important to him - 6th grade primary teacher, bank managers and people who  had succeeded in business or life generally from whom he could learn and/or impart knowledge. All mentors have had an influence - good or bad.
  • Participation and Leadership - Noel was and still is an avid participant - from cubs to scouts to Presbyterian fellowship (within  one year he became social director) to State Manager of the Bank of South Australia. Additionally he joined various associations, founded Wankers International and ultimately joined Rotary Clubs.
  • Intuition - a vital attribute which has helped all along and specifically at Apex.
  • Humour - a necessary attribute in  Business and for  personal development.
  • Strength - Noel spoke of two strengths,  event management in organising two Black Tie functions of 400 and 500 respectively and people management and socialising.
  • Sport - member of cricket club.
  • Achievements -apart from those identified above  Noel launched a bank in South Australia, is a Past Member of the Australian   Society of  Corporate Treasurers, Past Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Past  Senior member of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia(CEDA).He has owned half a dozen "muscle" cars. He established, and ran successfully for 12 years, his own Corporate Advisory business. Apart from being a member of the Heidelberg Rotary Club, Noel has been involved with Rotary for some time and  has developed a long term relationship with Rotarians from Usa in Japan and spends one week   each year in Japan ,in addition  to regular email correspondence.

Noel is now retired and devotes his time, apart from his Rotary involvement, to his family, Asian Art and Garden Design.

Noel will be a great member and valuable resource of the Rotary Club of Heidelberg.

Giuseppe Amoroso