Welcome to meeting No.4 of the eClub of Latitude 38.

Member comments on last week's meeting (No.3)
One of our Canberra members, PDG Ian Sayers, responded on 27 April 2015 as follows:

I started to look at Meeting 3 whilst in Wycheproof on Anzac Day afternoon but decided working on an iPhone wasn’t the easiest.  How fascinating was the talk by Professor Andrew Wheeler?  Totally absorbing.

I saw a few faces I recognised amongst the participants in the Anzac Day march features in the Anzac film.  It’s interesting that those rather beautiful words, attributed to Kemal Atatürk, and inscribed on the memorial at Gallipoli, and also on his memorial here in Canberra, are now being questioned.  In this morning’s paper some academic somewhere throws doubt on the origin and certainly doesn’t believe it was Kemal Atatürk.  I have so much respect for Atatürk, both as a military leader, but also as the father of modern Turkey, that I’ll continue to attribute it to him. In the short item on the Grameen Bank, and microcredit, one of the notes suggested the government was trying to take it over.  I did a tiny bit of research and found this isn’t so.  The founder Dr Muhammad Yunus was forced to resign by the government because of his age, but it seems to be still going strong. Great meeting content.

Thanks for your comments Ian.
...and our President, Kerrie Schmidt commented on 1 May as follows:

Hi everyone,


I hope you’ve all had a good week and that those that travelled for ANZAC Day services did so safely.


I’ve just watched and read the material for meeting 3. I failed science at school (either because I fainted, was too silly to work out chemical ratios or was just disinterested in physics) but managed to understand a bit about the grain of sand. Who would have thought a tiny grain could have such a journey and tell us so much. The ANZAC clip I found very moving – teary eyes, goose bumps. I also enjoyed the microcredit story from the concept founder and have had the pleasure of hearing Mahammad Yunus speak at the Rotary Convention in Bangkok. He really has made a difference to so many and gives our club a great opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others who are not as fortunate as we are. To those new to Rotary the ABC’s of Rotary is a handy document to keep. If you have any questions about it, Rotary generally or want in engage with your fellow members please do so.


In closing could I congratulate Russ Voss on his recent marriage – he and Panida are currently on their honeymoon. Could I also offer our best wishes to David Crouch as he sets off overseas for a couple of months. Have a safe trip David and please drop us a line every now and again (perhaps a photo or 2 as well).


Have a good week everyone.





This week's meeting material
(Contributions to future meetings are welcome)
This week in District 9820 a membership Seminar is being held at Trafalgar in the old Council Chambers on Saturday 2 May. President Kerrie is organising this event. So we will have some focus on membership this week at our meeting.
In addition, the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training sessions commence in Sale on this Sunday 3 May. If you don't know much about RLI go to this website: https://vimeo.com/116091126
This week we have a number of activities for you to participate in.
  • Check out the RLI website (see above)
  • ABCs of Rotary is still in the reading section together with the March 2015 report from Rotarians Against Malaria helpfully supplied by PDG Ian Sayers.
  • Two videos to watch. Both on membership related matters.
  • Two inspirational videos: one on problem solving and another health and fitness.
3 May is the National day of Poland. You might like to look at Rotary in Poland at http://www.microsofttranslator.com/BV.aspx?ref=IE8Activity&a=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotary.org.pl%2F
We hope you will contribute to our meetings as you become more familiar about how the club operates.
Brian Norris
Website Manager 
Something for Members to read
  • ABCs of Rotary (this was here last week but it is a pretty long document)
  • Rotarians Against Malaria - March 2015 Report. See link above left.
Two Videos to watch

Plus our regular weekly inspirational and educational features...

Possible items on our agenda for the futur

  • Partnership with Disaster Aid Australia
  • Development of a Crowdfunding scheme
  • Microcredit project
  • Kits for kids
Anyone interested in taking any of these projects on?
This officially ends meeting No.4

If you have an interesting topic, or project to share please contact me at briannorris1@bigpond.com
Thank you for joining us, we appreciate your feedback, hope you will return soon and invite a guest.