Date: Sept 6 bulletin vol 71 issue 11
D G Visit

DG Don Ripper visits...

Last week we entertained our District Governor Don Ripper and his wife Jude. He stayed with the Renowden’s on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and was shown around the Peninsula on Wednesday which included vision of our projects we are planning or have completed. Maree and John enjoyed many hours of Rotary and other chat with Don about local, district and international trends.
Our meeting with the Board at 5pm enabled a re-iteration of the work done by our Mornington Club and the stability and viability we seem to be exhibiting...despite our smaller numbers.
Peter Jay fooled everyone with his “Fact or Fiction” segment ...despite his best effort to travel to all extremities (NWES) of our continent.
Our well attended Club Meeting was throw out a little by the later than expected meals delivery but nevertheless we were able to hear what DG Don had to tell us.
Don focussed on the ‘big-picture’ aspects and concerns of Rotary International with continuing emphasis on declining number...the fourth DG that has presented this concern. Last year, for example, Australia lost around a net 1000 Rotarians from our membership. Our district however held its membership around 1400—similar to recent years - yes our clubs have lost members but have also signed new members.
World wide the decline is more  dramatic, particularly with an average age of over 71 years.
Don emphasised the pride we should have in our major global successes such as polio eradication. From around 360,000 cases world wide in the 1990s, only 9 cases worldwide have been reported so far this year. Bill Gates has praised Rotary’s role in 
This eradication program and has pledged to provide another $1.3 billion to complete the project with Rotary’s support. Bill Gates said; ‘We will beat this and then we will take on Malaria’.
Dg Don accepted that Rotary is not for everyone but noted that our strength is in our diversity and mixture of members from all, walks of life with a wide range of skills, experiences, and knowledge.
Our focus remains to find members who wish to make a difference within our club, within the community and within the environment.
It remains vital that we continue to be better known for our work within our communities.
Nearby Make Ups
Can be made at...
Monday: RC Mt Martha-Benito's  1196 Nepean Hwy Mt Eliza
Tuesday: RC Mt Eliza- Toorak College, Old Mornington Road Mt Eliza
Thursday: RC Dromana, Old Shire Offices Point Nepean Road Dromana
Meeting Responsibilities
Cash Desk and Welcome
Morell, Stephen
Jay, PJ
Rotary Grace & Toast
Paterson, Libby
Kilborn, Ross
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Service Above Self
We meet Wednesdays at 6:15 PM
Tanti Ave
Mornington, VIC  3931
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
John A. Renowden
September 19