President's Message

Mitch Brown
member photo
Félagsmenn eitt og eitt,
A great roll up for the Project Shed Christmas party last Saturday. Larry and the Project Shed volunteers put on a great spread which was enjoyed by all. Special thanks to Master Chef Angus Miller – he‘s missed his true calling!
The Club Christmas Party is this Wednesday – I you haven‘t booked by now you‘d better get in quick. [Sorry, if you haven't booked, you need to call - see the article below... Ed.]
Beverages this Thursday at the Benowa Tavern on Thursday starting at 4.30 pm.
The next informal meeting at the surf club will be on 4 January 2023.
As this is my last message for 2022, thank you for your efforts over the last 6 months – it has been a busy but very productive time.  Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2023 to you and your loved ones.
Mitch Brown
Christmas Breakfast this Wednesday
Our "Social Convenor" Graeme Isaacson has wrangled a very special deal with the Marina Mirage Resort for our Christmas Breakfast.    
When:Wednesday, 14th December 2022, 06:50 am
Where: Sunset Bar & Grill,
Ground Floor Marina Mirage
74 Seaworld Drive,
Main Beach Australia 4215
Free parking on site, enter from the north bound side of Seaworld Drive
Welcome ‘Fruity Fusion’ cocktail on arrival
Three choices as per booking site
Barrista coffee served at tables
Cost: Just $30.00 per person
Bookings have now closed. We have had one cancellation, so if you'd like to attend, please let Graeme know by phone or text. However, if you don't want to partake of breakfast, you are still most welcome to attend and buy a cuppa just as you would on a normal visit.
Great Christmas party at the project shed
Great Christmas party last Saturday at the project shed. Is 10:30 am too early for a beer or a glass of wine? Of course not - just once a year! Check out the Photo Album - see right-hand side - for photos of just some of the people who were there. Thank you to the organisers who started doing the running around since Thursday, and to our chef, Angus Miller and all the helpers on the day.
Big donation from Rotary Club of Sooke, CA
Most of you would remember the Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Seattle and Vancouver Island visiting us in late 2019? One of their members, John Topolniski (centre in photo, in blue t-shirt) from the Rotary Club of Sooke, British Columbia, was part of that group. John is still following our club regularly. A few short months ago, we put out a call for help in financing the shipping costs of our wheelchairs, as we have the goods to despatch, but find it increasingly hard t find a partner at the receiving end with finances to pay for the container.
John, who with his group visited our wheelchair shed, arranged for his club to donate CA$ 500.00 for this very purpose. Well, what can we say, other than A BIG THANK YOU!
Snippets of last week’s meeting 071222
Last week we held our AGM. Fred Hamblen was at the door, Angus Miller was Chairman. We had apologies from Gerald East, Paul Seymour and Nick Cole.
President Mitch Brown opened the meeting with his now customary acknowledgment of country, including the valuable information on “how do you wish an indigenous person a Merry Christmas”? You say “Merry Christmas!”… 😊 He welcomed our former member Evan Mita who signalled a strong interest to re-join the club. Welcome back, Evan!
Mitch urged us to update our personal details on ClubRunner (you’ll need to login to do that – contact Franz if you need assistance). He also provided a summary of the weekend’s fundraising effort at Bunnings – great effort, with record takings. And another one coming up on the 18th December.
Secretary Trent Belling conducted the AGM – the minutes of which will be posted to ClubRunner soon. In a nutshell: The President’s, directors and committee chair’s positions were hotly contested, with all positions having at least one nomination, which were elected unopposed. But we are looking for a President Elect for 2024-25.
Following the AGM, various directors brought us up to date. Here are some of the most important points:
Wheelchair Trust Chairman Larry Murray advised that we now have sufficient materials to make a further 120 wheelchairs, with 286 finished ones in stock, ready to ship as soon as we have the finances to pay for a container. Shipment is expected in March 2023. Larry also foreshadowed a potential new project: to manufacture racing bikes for disabled people. In essence, it is a tricycle type construction.
Mario Fairlie advised that the Christmas cakes are ready for distribution (they were handed out to our regular associate members on Saturday at the shed Christmas party), and he will also take a load of them to St John’s Crisis Centre for their Christmas Day luncheon. Some refurbished children’s bikes which came in from Palen Creek Correctional Centre (see last week’s bulletin), will also be taken there.
Treasurer Charles Thomasson advised that the project shed lease renewal is well under control. The concrete slab is to be put down on the weekend. After that, the only thing left to do is the certification of the Mezzanine floor. Charles also has some of the new T-Shirts left over - $50.00 each (of which the embroidery is $12.00)
Fundraising Director Ross Augustine advised detailed figures from the weekend’s Bunnings Sausage Sizzle. A net of $2,018 was earned, and Geoff Croad advised that we now have at least one, possibly two qualified builders to go with the X-Ray Unit over to Vanuatu. They will pay for the fares themselves.
Duty Roster
Duty Roster - note: subject to change - please check every week.  Note: Fellowship duty also is expected to be at the Project Shed on the Saturday following the meeting
DateDoorChairmanFellowship/Project Shed (following Saturday)
14/12/2022N/A (Christmas Breakfast)N/A (Christmas Breakfast)Peter Morgan (Saturday, 18th December at the shed)
21/12/2022No meeting  
28/12/2022No meeting  
04/01/2023N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Paul O'Neill (Saturday, 7th January at the shed)
11/01/2023Mark TwyfordTash PriceAdam Sheppard
18/01/2023N/A (Social Meeting)N/A (Social Meeting)Paul Smith (Saturday, 21st January at the shed)
25/01/2023Paul SeymourAshleigh SymesCharles Thomasson
Inspirations - well, sort of... 141222
People think they don't understand math. But it's all about how you explain it to them. If you ask a drunkard what number is larger - 2/3rd or 3/5th, he won't be able to tell you. But if you rephrase the question: What is better: 2 bottles for 3 people or 3 bottles for 5 people, he will tell you immediately "2 bottles for 3 people, of course". Israel Gelfand, Soviet-American Mathematician.
“Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer.... Who'd have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? ”  Bill Watterson, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
Christmas is in my heart twelve months a year and thanks to credit cards, it’s on my Visa card statement twelve months a year also.
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