Club News
31 October, 2020
    Something wicked this way comes...
                                      William Shakespeare

Dr Stephan Lammerink

Our guest speaker last week was Dr Stefan Lammerink, an expert on infectious diseases who spoke on the topic of "Spanish, Polio and COVID.  What next?"
Dr Lammerink explained the differences between viruses and bacteria and why viruses are so much more difficult to treat, especially when a new, or novel, virus emerges.  Although COVID-19 has much in common with SARS, there is much we do not know except that it is highly infectious with relatively high rate of transmission. 
A fully proven vaccination, with some level of demonstrated safety and efficacy, is still many months away.  Little is also yet known about either the long term effects of the disease or the level of immunity granted by exposure to a vaccine or even exposure to the disease itself.
In the meantime, what we DO know is that the usual good hygiene practices (wearing a mask, washing hands regularly and maintaining social distancing) are effective in limiting the spread. Dr Fauci of the US Centre for Diseases Control has even said that wearing a mask is likely to continue to be more effective than vaccination.

Bickles Bonfire Night, Next Monday from 6:00pm

The big one is only a week away!  
Have you confirmed your attendance to Liz Wilson (Liz on 0400 117 537) and to discuss what salad or dessert you will bring to share?
Chairs and tables will be provided but BYOG/soft drinks AND your own glasses.
The cost of dinner and a raffle ticket is a modest $10.00

Sculpture for Interiors and Gardens

We need your help to ensure this year's event is bigger and better than ever; as a community service, for the benefit of the sculptors we are supporting AND, not incidentally, as a major fundraiser in a difficult 2020!
Help is needed to set up the house, the gardens and the Shelterbox tent, to help serve food and wine to guests during the VIP preview and reception, to staff the event throughout the hours of opening and to help dismantle everything afterwards. Typically, there will be one person on every day, for a 6 hour shift to act as COVID Marshall, to get visitor contact information (a COVID requirement) and to handle money and sales. Other volunteers are required to invigilate for either a 3 hour shift (2 people) or a 6 hour shift (1 person).
Please check your diaries and then go HERE to offer your support.  (You may volunteer for as many shifts as your wish, of course!)

Committee Meetings on Monday

A reminder to Directors and members that Monday is Committee night.  Be prepared to to review progress towards achieving your goals and to make a contribution to the planning process.

Something to make you feel better about having survived far!


And a final thought about 2020...

Upcoming Events
Club Meeting
Stirling Hotel
Nov 02, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bonfire Night (Bickles Road)
Bickles Road
Nov 09, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sculpture for Interiors and Gardens
Stangate House
Nov 13, 2020 5:00 PM –
Nov 22, 2020 3:30 PM
Club Meeting (Community Grants)
Stirling Hotel
Nov 16, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Club Meeting (Community Grants)
Stirling Hotel
Nov 23, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Annual General Meeting (Simon Jones)
Stirling Hotel
Nov 30, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Polio Ute Relay
Dec 05, 2020 – Dec 08, 2020
Christmas Pageant (Static Display Only)
Stirling Oval
Dec 06, 2020
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Club Meeting (Committees)
Stirling Hotel
Dec 07, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Club Christmas Meeting
Dec 14, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Dec 21, 2020
Board Meeting
Stirling Hotel
Dec 21, 2020
8:15 PM – 9:30 PM
No Meeting tonight (Christmas)
Dec 28, 2020
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mark Ramsey
November 2
Ken Patterson
November 4
Robert Hill
November 18
Andrew Cass
December 10
Spouse Birthdays
Madeline Ditter
December 1
Jill Edmonds
December 22
Nick Ditter
Madeline Ditter
November 1
Join Date
Colin Fraser
November 1, 1980
40 years
Grant Andrew
November 1, 1989
31 years
John Goslett
November 1, 1983
37 years
Robert Hill
December 7, 2009
11 years
Ron Malcolm
December 9, 2009
11 years
Lisa Medlen
December 18, 2017
3 years

The Four Way Test
Of all the things we think, say and do
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Please support the Friends of Rotary the way they support us!