Posted by Karin Soster on Apr 20, 2022
Jo Impey was our chairperson for today’s club meeting at Cilantro.  Ron Brownlees conducted invocation and Grant Perry performed the international club toast.  Jo introduced our two guest speakers, Tilde Verhoeven and Monique Andjelic who attended this year’s NYSF – National Youth Science Forum, and parents – Robyn Logan and Nick Andjelic.
There were no zoom members for today’s meeting. (Sue Lolieger came on later). International Club Toast – with Grant Perry
Today’s club toast was to President Danelle de Coteau-Campbell from the Rotary Club of Southwest Tobago in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The club chartered on 16 June 2004 and has 20 members.  The club is in District 7030 that has 73 clubs and over 2,200 members in 17 countries and territories and where 3 separate languages are spoken.  There are 47 Rotaract clubs and 71 Interact clubs.  The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago consists of two major islands – Trinidad and Tobago, and over 30 minor islands.  Port of Spain is the capital, and San Fernando is the largest city, with the Republic having a total population of 1.4 million. Human settlement began 3,500 – 1,000 BC – however, Christopher Columbus first sighted the island on 14 August 1498.  Dutch colonies were established 1628 – 1693,  but did not survive.  After the Seven Year war, Tobago came under British control in 1763, but not for long when the French took over in 1781.  Control of Tobago see-sawed between Britain and France over the next few years until France surrendered Tobago to Britain in 1814 under the Treaty of Paris.  It became a Crown colony in 1877, and in 1887, the British Parliament created the union of Trinidad and Tobago.  It became self-governing in 1956, and obtained independence from the British Empire in 1962.  On 31 August 1976  - it became a Republic.  The club’s projects include a Diabetes project promoting awareness of the disease, and a School Supplies project providing school supplies to students in need.  
President Helen Announcements
    Helen reminded everyone of the Art Auction at the Bentleigh Club on Saturday 7/5.
    A board meeting was held on Tuesday night 19/4 and motions were passed to provide $2,000 to South Caulfield Community House to develop a nature strip garden and develop a program  for building sustainable gardens, and $3,500 to FareShare to purchase a weeding and sowing machine.
    Helen is seeking ways to create a club connection to the Danny Frawley Centre, and will invite someone from the centre to visit and speak to our club
    The Market Committee is working on a job description for a market administrator and what it will entail – early days at the moment
    Launch Housing – we will ask for a representative from Launch Housing to visit and speak to the club about what is happening at the house in Frankston
Club Changeover – Margaret Mason
Margaret announced this year’s club changeover will held on Saturday June 18 in the rooms at St Kilda Football Club.  Further details will be advised.
Bentleigh Market on Sunday 17 April 2022  - Tim Lynch
Tim was Market Leader on Sunday, and wished to recognize Terry Kane who turned up for market duty on Sunday on crutches after an unfortunate fall the day before – she is an absolute trouper.
Former Member – Zilla Roth
Jo mentions Zilla has been in hospital these past couple of weeks and is due to move to rehabilitation very soon.  She is not up to seeing anyone, but is fine to receive calls.  The club passes on best wishes to Zilla for a speedy recovery.
ANZAC Day – poem – John Mason
John recited the well known verse from the poem – For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon to commemorate upcoming ANZAC Day and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our nation – lest we forget.
Guest Speakers – NYSF Attendees – Tilde Verhoeven and Monique Andjelic
Jo invited our two guest speakers Tilde Verhoeven (Mentone Secondary College) and Monique Andjelic  (McKinnon Secondary College) to speak about their experience at this year’s National Youth Science Forum which, for this year and due to Covid, was held online via zoom meetings over a two week period.   The forum included a variety of seminars with guest speakers from different fields of science with presentations to illustrate the broad range of careers and opportunities available for anyone pursuing a career in science.   NYSF commenced in 1984 and provides an opportunity of like-minded Year 11 students from all over Australia to connect and explore what is available for further pursuits in study with the understanding that pathways are not fixed and directions can change whilst studying and working within the field. There were presentations from different universities promoting their areas of focus, and highly qualified professionals – Professor Peter Doherty from the Doherty Medical Institute gave an address.  In addition, at this year’s forum, the students were challenged to come up with ideas utilizing science that could be presented to the government for consideration.  Following consultation and workshops amongst themselves, the students prepared and sent a group application to the Minister for the Environment with a collation of ideas for consideration.  Tilde and Monique both commented how the forum broadened their outlook on the wide range of careers available and for what is possible in fields that in the past have been traditionally male dominated areas.  Tilde and Monique are keen to change this direction. Tilde is looking for a career in healthcare and Monique is seeking a career in bio-medicine, adding her interest in science was heightened from her desire to understand more since her twin sister had a brain tumour, and more recently suffered a stroke.  Monique wants to use her knowledge to help make a positive difference to other people’s lives. She is passionate about helping others, and saw an opportunity to resurrect the Interact club at McKinnon S.C. with food drives and running sausage sizzles that helped raise funds of $4,000 for donating to charitable organisations.  Both Tilde and Monique thanked the club for sponsoring their attendance to this year’s forum and expressed their appreciation adding the forum provided them the opportunity to make connections with other students with similar interests and provided an avenue for continued ongoing contact in the future – for which they are very grateful.  Tilde and Monique finished by answering questions from club members with very thoughtful and articulate responses – they were an absolute credit to themselves, their parents and as representatives from their schools, and a joy to listen to.  
Presentation – Sossi
On a sad note, we report this was Sossi’s last day at Holmesglen as she commences a new fulltime position and change in direction next week.  President Helen presented Sossi with a BMC T-Shirt, a book about Rotary, a voucher and a card signed by club members.  Sossi responded, thanking the club and adding how much she enjoyed her time at Holmesglen and working and getting to know the club members, but says she will not miss the early 4.30am wakeup calls.
Next week’s rosters were announced, following which, the meeting was closed.
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