Geet's Banter
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Good Evening, Fellow Rotarians,
As my time as president draws to a close, I can't help but marvel at how swiftly this year has passed by. They say time flies when you're having fun, and leading this club has certainly been an immensely rewarding experience.
Tonight, I feel a profound sense of gratitude and humility as I reflect on all that our club has accomplished over the past year. None of this would have been possible without the incredible team that surrounded and supported me every step of the way. I am truly blessed to have had such dedicated individuals guiding, encouraging, and standing by my side. To each and every member of our club, thank you for your unwavering commitment and for sharing your time and passion with me. It has been an exhilarating journey, and I am beyond grateful to have shared it with all of you.
As I pass the torch to President Kelly, I have no doubt that she will lead with grace, determination, and a contagious enthusiasm that will propel our club to even greater heights. Kelly, embrace the love and support that surrounds you, and revel in every moment of this incredible journey. I eagerly anticipate President Kelly's address to the club next Tuesday evening and have full confidence in the bright future that lies ahead for us.
Wishing each of you a fantastic week ahead.
Remember to spread the joy of Rotary with the same abandon as dancing when no one is watching.
With heartfelt gratitude and warmest regards,
Geets xx
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  • notify if NOT attending by 12 noon on the MONDAY before the meeting
  • and notify if bringing guests or visitor
  • notify at any time about future absences and holidays.
Thank You!

Meeting - 18 June 2024

President Sangeeta's Introduction

President Sangeeta welcomed members to probably her last formal meeting in the small room, which was where her first meeting was.
Sangeeta advised the members that Tom Watson would no longer be attending dinner meetings due to declining health. Members are encouraged to visit Tom at the Glades.  Thank you to John Ritchie for bringing Tom to meetings.
Anna St Clair was presented with her Dinner badge.

Chairperson's (Carol Cain) Introduction. 

Tonight was Carol's first time as Chairperson, and she did a great job. To start, Carol welcomed Guest Speaker Samantha-Jade Potter from Extended Families.
Guest Speaker: Samantha-Jade Potter - Extended families.
Samantha spoke first about her previous professional life, which revolved around music, performing vocally all around the world. During her world travels she was introduced to Patch Adams.  This changed the course of her life and she commenced singing to people in palliative care and then developed further until she became involved with Extended Families Australia.
Extended Families are a community group that believes in the importance of joy and inclusion for all. Living with a disability can be challenging – it can feel isolating, as though life is happening around you, without you. The group support children, young adults aged 0-40, and their families in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula to cultivate friendships and forge meaningful connections within the community. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, there is always room to grow, learn, and connect. The group is looking for volunteers as they currently have 350 families on their waiting list.
In addition to her connection with Extended Families Samantha-Jane is an Independent candidate for Officer, Cardinia.
Committee Reports

Vocational - Gayle Barrot

As mentioned in last week's Sparkle, next Tuesday 26th June there will a presentation to 2 MacLeod Murphy recipients -  Benjie McAllister and Jacob Barrot.  They will be attending along with their families.

Deb Ball - Toni-Anne Griffin & Lyn Beckwith

The Deb Ball - June 15th - was a huge success with $945 being taken on the night for the raffle.  Lyn advised that the event raised just short of $17,000, which was acknowledged as outstanding by the meeting. 
Here is a link to some photos from the evening:

The Changeover - Sunday 23rd June

On Sunday 23rd June, Emerald Rotary inducted our new President - Kelly McAllister - to lead the club and board throughout the year. This event took place at Marybrook Manor.
The Club celebrated a successful rotary year that included a $50k donation to cancer research at the Monash Children's Hospital from the Kids Fun Run with Puffing Billy fundraiser, a successful All American event, the inaugural EarlyAct Club where primary school pupils at Emerald Primary School became the youngest additions to our local Rotary family, support of Polio eradication internationally and many local projects to support our wonderful community in the hills.
As a proud and happy Rotary group, we would like to say a very big thank you to (now Past President) Sangeeta Bajaj for leading the club this past year.
A couple of pics from the day. If you have any more photos, please send them through to Kris Ash.

Meeting close was delivered by President Sangeeta.
Club Notices
New EVA Newsletter CLICK HERE
Other Items
The new Emerald Village Association Newsletter is out with an article, as usual penned by PP PHF Shalini Penny - click HERE to view.
Extended Families:
For more information on Extended Families, please read the flyer below.
Upcoming Events
Club Changeover - Cowboy Theme - Venue TBC
Jun. 23, 2024
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker - Nicole Lane - Echo Program
Jun. 25, 2024
McLeod Murphy Presentation and President Kelly
Jun. 25, 2024
Train of Lights Sausage Sizzles - Gembrook Station
Jun. 27, 2024 – Jul. 21, 2024
District Changeover
Jun. 29, 2024
Guest Speaker - Peter Moore on DIY
Jul. 09, 2024
View entire list
Jun 25, 2024
Echo programs - St Marks
Jul 09, 2024
DIY and it's pitfalls
View entire list

Vision Statement

Thriving and resilient local
and global communities

Mission Statement

Working together to create positive change

in the well-being of our community and beyond

Rotary Invocation

For good food, good fellowship and the opportunity for service through Rotary we give thanks

Rotary Toast

To Australia and the people of Australia (toast) To Rotary International (toast)

4 Way Test

Of the things we think say and do

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?



Chocolate Winner
Linda Cullel
Duty Roster
McInerney, Tina
Cain, Carol
Jones, Paula
Ritchie, John
Guest Minder
Shaw, John
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ian Ash
June 14
Kerith Cummins
June 14
John Shaw
June 20
Adam Willems-Jones
June 22
Russ Nielsen
June 25
Spouse Birthdays
Ian Ash
June 14
Ali Bowyer
June 18
John Shaw
June 20
Adam Willems-Jones
June 22
Brian Radford
June 25
Join Date
John Shaw
June 10, 1997
27 years
Kerith Cummins
June 14, 2022
2 years
Sid Umesh
June 17, 2023
1 year
Catherine Elfick
June 20, 2002
22 years
Tina McInerney
June 20, 2003
21 years
Ken Miller
June 21, 2005
19 years
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Community Notices


We are regularly asked to share information on other Rotary Club or community group events.  Rather than list all of them in Sparkle, please check out them out HERE

Emerald Village Community

Emerald Village Community update can be found HERE
PP PHF Shalini Penny adds a regular paragraph about Rotary in this newsletter.

Rotary Club of Emerald & District Committees

ABN: 82 067 243 051 Registration No: A0020847W              Chartered 28 March 1980

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