This week we welcomed 12 members of the Rotary Club of Epping to join our Monday night meeting and to enjoy shared fellowship and to listen to our most entertaining and engaging speaker Kenneth Howard. As a former antiques dealer, Kenneth was well placed to run the session as an ‘Antiques Roadshow’ where members from both clubs brought along treasure, they wanted appraised and evaluated. Unfortunately, there were no million dollar finds in this trove, but lots of fun ensued in the process of learning what does and doesn’t constitute a rare and valuable find. The week ahead is yet another busy one for the Club with many of our avenues of service in action. On Friday, the Community Services team will continue the work they started the previous Friday to repair the roof on a container at Michele Rocheta’s - Goods Rescued and Rehomed. On Saturday afternoon, our potential new Club members will undertake their Rotary 101 training with the Membership team in order to ensure they know a little more about the structure and function of Rotary at the international, national and local level. The Club’s annual Trivia Night organised by Andrew and Max from the Fundraising Committee will take place on Saturday night and this year is raising funds for the much deserving, Grace’s Place at Doonside – the new facility being commissioned for the Homicide Victims Support Group - many of whom will be in attendance on Saturday night. Early the next morning and throughout the entire day on Sunday we’ll be assisting the P&C at West Pennant Hills Public School in providing Community Service to run the BBQ at their Family Fun Fair. And that’s the buzz for the week. Stay tuned for more updates next week where I’ll report back on how this week panned out. Janelle
Night Report Call to Order Sgt David opened the combined meeting with the Rotary Club of Epping. Acknowledgement of Country - Ros Savio Rotary Toast - Jim Simpson
Welcome by President Janelle welcomed:
President Bruce Jacob from the Rotary Club of Epping and members of their Club: Trevor McAlister, Heather Pinto, Peter Garrard, John Goddard, Anne Robinson, Craig Gallagher, Alister Maclean, Ian Bittner, Deretta Andrews, Monica Saville, and John Fenessy.
Club, visitors Vince Delpopolo and Lucy-Jade Folkard, plus our partners – Anne, Jill, Glenda, Joy, Gwen, Margaret, Dianne, Julianne, Rashna, and Lola.
Our guest speaker Kenneth Buxton an antiques and collectables dealer
President’s Report Refer President’s Janelle’s report in the bulletin. Also, the main message we want to express tonight is about collaboration and how lovely it is to host events like this with other Clubs where we share fellowship and good times and learn a little bit more about each other and our Clubs. We believe there’s great value in these events and I hope that we can do these on a regular basis throughout our term as Presidents. President Bruce (Epping) welcomed the opportunity for collaboration between our clubs and apologised the absence of some club members, who like a lot of people are currently travelling. Director’s Reports (our club)
Community Service: Col reminded us of the
BBQ at WPHs Primary School this Sunday, and
Volunteers are required again for this Friday to complete the work at Michelle’s
Fund Raising: John reminded us of our:
Trivia Night this Saturday night, and
Mini Garage Sale Saturday 1 October
Has a committee meeting at his place this Thursday night, and
The opportunity to visit West Timor with him later this year
Membership: Carol is seeking mentors to assist with new members
A social dinner at Pennant Hills Golf Club on Friday 5 September, fully subscribed.
The Mudgee weekend away in early September, and
Fellowship dinners are being planned for September
Trivia Night Max (coordinating with Andrew) provided an update:
Whilst we need to verify the numbers, we potentially have a full house for this Saturday night, being thirty tables with about 240 attendees
They are doing their best to group various club members, family, friends and colleagues together, if not on the same table on adjoining tables and likened it to organising a wedding. Table allocations will be available at the door
Of the thirty tables, twenty-four are from Rotary, Probus and Lions clubs, plus three for Graces Place with only three tables reserved for people not affiliated with one of these organisations.
We are working on eight to a table, council replaced the tables with shorter tables, and we can’t comfortably accommodate ten. We currently have 26 with eight, 2 with seven, 2 with nine and 1 with four, so keen to find another four.
Unfortunately, we can experience late cancellations and looking for people to be on standby to assist with any shortfalls
If possible, please use the upper carpark and leave the lower carpark for our visitors
We are setting up between 5.00 and 6.00/6.30pm and would welcome assistance. Time permitting limited pizzas may be made available to these volunteers
Please arrive after 6.30 for a 7.00pm start
Whilst two squares will be available, please bring your cash ($20.00pp plus the raffle)
Enjoy the night
Director’s Reports (Epping)
President Bruce, they have an activity this Saturday night at Wiseman’s Ferry and apologised for not being able to support our Trivia Night
Both our clubs have 38 members and would welcome the opportunity for combined activities etc.
Membership: John has a “now and then” night at their next meeting, invited members to provide their baby photos along with a recent photo. The objective of the night is to match the photos, should be fun.
They also have three potential new members
Youth: Anne, very active with the local schools, including school debates, STEM in January and RYLA
Community: Bruce supporting local aged care facilities which include “Rivercat” excursions, including support from local school students
Community: Monica advised about sixty years ago their club built the local Girl Guides Hall at Epping. The group folded last year, and they are looking for new opportunities to utilise the hall.
Guest Speaker Kenneth Buxton, an antiques and collectables dealer who provided us with a comprehensive overview of his business, in terms of what is popular/in demand and what isn’t, for example coins are in and stamps are out. He also provided some assessments of the “retail” value of the various items that members provided, resulting in some disappointments and also some pleasant surprises. George our speaker host introduced, assisted (barrel girl material) and thanked our guest speaker.
Sergeant at Arm’s
Heads & Tails won by Vince, our visitor, and
Raffle won by Deretta, from Epping Club
Closing remarks by President Janelle
Thanked everyone for attending - it’s been a wonderful night as we all learnt a lot more about antiques and old wares.
To Bruce and all the members from Epping -thank you for sharing the night with us – it’s been brilliant and very happy to have you back again.
To our visitors – Vince and Lucy not long to go now and hope the Rotary 101 training next Saturday afternoon is informative for you.
As we heard next week is a big and busy one for the Club so I thank you all in anticipation for your energy and efforts to committing to these activities – it is what makes us the Club we are.
And finally, because that week is so big, there won’t be a formal meeting next Monday night – rather a social meeting only by zoom for those who chose to link in.
So, take care and stay safe and have a good week ahead. Janelle Janelle closed the meeting at 9.00pm
Night Reporter: Max Monday 15 August at Springfield’s House
After Quasimodo’s death, the bishop of the Cathedral of Notre Dame sent word through the streets of Paris that a new bell ringer was needed. The bishop decided that he would conduct the interviews personally and went up into the belfry to begin the screening process. After observing several applicants demonstrate their skills, he had decided to call it a day – when an armless man approached him and announced that he was there to apply for the bell ringer’s job. The bishop was incredulous. “You have no arms!” "No matter," said the man, “Observe!” And he began striking the bells with his face, producing a beautiful melody on the carillon. The bishop listened in astonishment, convinced he had finally found a suitable replacement for Quasimodo. But suddenly, rushing forward to strike a bell, the armless man tripped and plunged headlong out of the belfry window to his death in the street below. The stunned bishop rushed to his side. When he reached the street, a crowd had gathered around the fallen figure, drawn by the beautiful music they had heard only moments before. As they silently parted to let the bishop through, one of them asked, “Bishop, who was this man?” “I don’t know his name,” the bishop sadly replied, “but his face rings a bell.” The following day, despite the sadness that weighed heavily on his heart due to the unfortunate death of the armless campanologist, the bishop continued his interviews for the bell ringer of Notre Dame. The first man to approach him said, “Your Excellency, I am the brother of the poor armless wretch that fell to his death from this very belfry yesterday. I pray that you honor his life by allowing me to replace him in this duty.” The bishop agreed to give the man an audition, and, as the armless man’s brother stooped to pick up a mallet to strike the first bell, he groaned, clutched at his chest and died on the spot. Two monks, hearing the bishop’s cries of grief at this second tragedy, rushed up the stairs to his side. “What has happened? Who is this man?” the first monk asked breathlessly. “I don’t know his name," sighed the distraught bishop, "but he’s a dead ringer for his brother.”
When we get really old one day ... contributed by Neville
GET OUT OF THE CAR!!!! contributed by Cawas
This is a true account recorded in the Police Log of Sarasota, Florida.
An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her voice, "I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!" The four men didn't wait for a second invitation. They got out and ran like mad.
The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver's seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried, and then it dawned on her why. For the same reason she did not understand why there was a football, a Frisbee and two 12 packs in the front seat.
A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake. The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn't stop laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a carjacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed.
Moral of the story? If you're going to have a Senior Moment, make it memorable.
The Club alternates meetings: Generally, one "Face to Face" one Monday and a Zoom meeting the next Monday. Face to Face Meet at The Vicar Arrive 6:30pm, Start 7:00pm, End 9:00pm 271 New Line Rd Dural NSW 2128 Australia Zoom Arrive 7:15pm Start 7:30pm End 8:30pm