25 April 2015
Welcome to meeting No.3 of the eClub of Latitude 38.
One of our members, Ian Sayers of Canberra, responded on 20 April 2015, to our meeting material last week in the following words:

About an hour ago I returned from a shift selling RSL Anzac Day badges and decided to spend some time going through the suggested material.  I was particularly keen on Nigel March’s Work Life Balance talk. Our President Kerrie Schmidt knows the story well, but many years ago I was working six days a week, running a sporting organisation, and studying for a Master’s degree.  I paid for it, at age 44, with a major heart attack.  Pity I hadn’t heard about Nigel Marsh and his ideas then.  As someone who has been a Rotarian for many years it was also worthwhile looking at the other suggested material – well worth the revision.


I also watched the truckie exhorting us to go to Anzac services. Bit of “coals to Newcastle”, but worth watching.  I guess that’s my “cause” for the week.  Visit an Anzac service.  Mine will be in Wycheproof where my father grew up.  The local RSL and Lions clubs have planted an avenue of trees  in memory of those who died in WW1.   We, the Wycheproof Sayers lost one – Walter Sayers – my father’s uncle, my great-uncle.  He died in the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge on 4 Oct 1917.  An indication of the level of Australian casualties that morning is that on my mother’s side they too lost someone.  Different battalion but he, Victor Leigh, also died that morning.  So two, at the time unconnected, families grieved.  There would have been many more, as one in six Australians was hit before they left the “start line”.

Last week at the District Assembly of District 9820 in eastern Victoria we spoke to representatives of Disaster Aid Australia and the suggestion was made that our club could form a partnership with them with a view to supporting their various programs. This would require the approval of members of course so more of this later.
This leads to fundraising and recently Brian Norris heard about crowdfunding, an internet method of raising funds. He doesn't know much about it apart from what he has read on a website at  http://www.crowdfunding.com/ Would anyone like to take this on? 
This week we have a number of activities for you to participate in.
  • Check out the Disaster Aid Australia site and the crowdfunding sites (see above)
  • Two videos to watch. One on microcredit which is a possible project for our club.
  • Two inspirational videos: one on a grain of sand and another to commemorate Anzac Day.
23 April is St George's which is the National day of England. You might like to look at Rotary in the British Isles (http://www.rotarygbi.org/). 
We hope you will contribute to our meetings as you become more familiar about how the club operates.
Brian Norris
Interim Website Manager 
Something for New Members to read
Two Videos to watch

Plus our regular weekly inspirational and educational features...

This officially ends meeting No.3

If you have an interesting topic, or project to share please contact me at briannorris1@bigpond.com
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