President’s Message 2 Dec 19

Breaking News –It’s official Ken Norman is a mind reader! OR ……….APOLOGIES – It’s not true but -Apologies are the usual term for one to advise a host of their inability to accept an invitation or to attend a regular function.Unfortunately, we don’t see enough of them lately.

RCH has a more relaxed approach to attendance percentages in an effort to accommodate members busy schedules –family, work and unexpected poor health etc. However, this relaxed accommodation does not remove the common courtesy of advising inability to attend –this is particularly relevant on the Monday evenings at the Old England where there is an arrangement for finalisation of meal numbers by 10.00AM on that Monday.

Some members actually ‘book in’ for this dinner –however these are the exception and appreciated –But the very real challenge for Ken is that members are not bothering to advise their inability. A simple phone SMS/call or email should not be too much to ask, or am I missing something?

Those who attended last Monday evening were provided with a very detailed presentation on Gynaecological Surgery, in this instance related to a forthcoming visit to Myanmar by a surgical team whom we have sponsored via a Foundation Grant of $2,500.00. (see separate report)

The stage play ‘A Christmas Carol’ performed by younger players of the Heidelberg Theatre Company will entertain a number of members at a Fellowship Event on Friday evening 6thDecember at 7.00PM. This performance will be preceded by light supper at a nearby venue in Rosanna commencing from 5.30 PM-ish. Plenty of parking is available at the Rosanna Station. If you have not booked in and would like to join us, or need more information please contact Tony Bowlen.

By the time you read this a few of us will have attended the playground removal at Fell Reserve Greensborough, organised by Ivanhoe, a great combined Rotary team effort.Don’t forget to diarise Monday 16thDecember at the Old England for a Cocktail evening on the Gallery Terrace–finger food and fun!See you next month.Noël