Posted by Karin Soster
Julie Reid chaired today’s club meeting at Cilantro.  D.G. Ian Ballantine performed Invocation and Peter O’Brien performed the Loyal Toast.   Guests included Henrietta Foley, BMC RYLA participant and our guest speaker for today, and her supporters – parents Cree and Peter Foley, grandmother Kathy, Matthew (Rotaract Club of Whitehorse), friend Maria and Eva from Holmesglen.  An army of members joined the meeting via Zoom – PP Glenda Stahel, Tony Ryan, Charles Rener, Neville Kruss, Helen Parker; and from D9810 District RYLA Committee- Trish Carr and Les Marton.
Rotary Club T Shirts – will be distributed at next week’s club meeting.
District Conference 2024 – Registrations are moving along.
Next Board Meeting – Monday 14 August in meeting room above Cilantro.   A.G. Les Marton will attend the next board meeting.
Club Member Survey – a survey will be distributed to all club members seeking feedback on all matters Rotary and the club.  An opportunity for club members to
Big Serve Tennis Tournament -  Sunday 29th October 2023.  Our club will run a BBQ on the day form 11am – 2pm.  Ron will seek volunteers to help out on the day.
RSL Dinner – Thursday 27/7,  A reminder to club members.
GUEST SPEAKER – Henrietta Foley – BMC RYLA 2023 Participant
Henrietta provided an account of her time at this year’s RYLA event and what it meant to her.  She expressed her gratitude to the club for supporting her application to attend RYLA, adding it was one of her best experiences that provided personal growth and development.  She found everyone to be supportive and inspiring, and she has come away with more confidence and new skills in public speaking – a personal challenge she wished to achieve.  Since returning from RYLA, she spoke at a Toastmaster event and was able put some of her recent learnings into practice.  Henrietta is currently studying in Year 12, and attending classes in Engineering at TAFE.  She plans to study Sports at TAFE next year.    
ROTARACTOR – Matthew from the Rotaract Club of Whitehorse, spoke of opportunities for young people who had attended RYLA or participated in an Interact Club, to continue their connection with Rotary by joining Rotaract.  Matthew joined Rotaract 18 months ago and finds it a perfect avenue for meeting other like minded people who wish to continue with volunteering in a professional and friendly atmosphere whilst at the same time developing their personal skills.  He enjoys training new Rotaractors, adding the benefits of being a member goes beyond volunteerism.  
Birthdays this week – Julie Reid and Sam Langridge
Rotary Anniversaries – Tim – 32 years, Grant – 26 years, and Marg – 5 years.
MEETING CLOSED with the Rotary Theme – Create Hope in the World..