A fitting way to complete Cameron Horder's year of Presidency was to be a part of this wonderful presentation of $393,777.71 to Australian Rotary Health. Past District Governor Greg Ross extended Australian Rotary Health's gratitude at being the recipient of this wonderful bequest, which will be used to continue research into bowel cancer. Our David Whiting was humbled by the presentation of a Saphire Paul Harris awarded to him for his efforts in orchestrating this bequest. Congratulations to all.
8th Annual Car & Vintage Bike Show - Sunday 4 May 2014
The problematic weather forecast of the lead up days represented a risk, and so it proved on Sunday 4 May when our 6am set up crew was greeted with an 8C temperature and showers. From then on the weather variously improved and deteriorated, leaving us with our first ever weather impacted Car & Vintage Bike Show. While the weather resulted in a significant reduction in car and bike entries and in overall attendance numbers, the intrepid enthusiasts came along, with car entries topping 100 and a steady flow of keen spectators.
Despite the significantly lower numbers, our new layout proved successful due to the great support from our Dealer sponsors, the new vehicles that some of them displayed, and a number of the entrant cars that were placed on the area facing Old Calder Hwy.
Notwithstanding the weather, almost all entrants stayed the distance and the attendance at the award presentation was probably our best ever. We know how much the car enthusiasts appreciate the wide ranging and number of prize categories that we offer – a factor largely responsible for the turnout on a day that was far from ideal.
In keeping with the past we had great assistance, with outstanding membership support on the day, great assistance from a wide range of family, friends, the Gateway Rotaract Club, SES etc. Our Car & Vintage Bike Show is a massive effort and we thank everyone who contributed their time and labour. We particularly thank all of our sponsors. Without their support we could not run this event – they are invaluable.
The weather resulted in us having a significant amount of perishable food at the end of the day and this was delivered and donated to Corpus Christi Greenvale.
Regrettably, the weather, with its impact on attendance, and the increasing fixed costs involved in running the event, left us seriously impacted on the financial front in comparison to earlier years. On the positive side, our ability to put on an outstanding event in trying weather has enhanced our reputation in the Car enthusiasts community. The “congratulations” received from many entrants and attendees was most appreciated – but not quite as much as their assurances that they “will be back next year".
Follow this link to view photos from the Keilor Rotary Club Car Show
Rotary Donations In Kind is one of Rotary’s largest and most successful projects. Each week it ships a container of quality recycled goods that organisations no longer require. This year’s target of 5,000 school desks and 2,000 chairs for Timor Leste is an example of two items for one country. The Rotary Club of Keilor receives excellent support from schools and Tullamarine Primary School's donation of over 100 desk and 200 chairs is a wonderful contribution. We now need to raise $3,000 to cover the transport cost. For more information www.rotarykeilor.org.au or contact David Dippie 0408 174773
Volunteers are “HOT” While their bodies may not be as buff as they used to be, the commitment is still as strong. While others were complaining about the 43 degree heat, this fine body of men from RC Keilor, Melbourne, Port Melbourne, West Footscray and Wyndham were loading a container for Timor Leste, the first one to be shipped in 2014. It’s full of new beds that will equip a new tourist facility on Atauro Island near Dili and supplement some orphanages bed needs in Timor Leste. Our target is year is to ship is to ship 52 container units, this makes 31..
Congratulations to our Charter member Jack Batchelor, awarded his Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow and his son Owen Batchelor, awarded a Paul Harris Fellow, for their continued contribution to the club through their printing business Aberdeen Press (now closed) over many many years. It was an effort to get these two Rotarians together at the same time, but some clever organising by several members made this event happen