Posted by Margaret Mason on Mar 02, 2022
The meeting was held at Cilantro. Grant Perry proposed the toast to President Srdjan Radonjic and members of the Rotary Club of Nis Centar in Serbia.Serbia is a land locked country in the Balkan peninsula. Serbia has an area of 77.5 km2 and a population of 8.7 million. Nis Centar is the third largest city in the country  and has a population of 250000 people.
Grant pesented a very interesting history of the Balkan Peninsula of which Serbia is part. The history dates back to paleolithic times through to the Romans, Byzantine and Ottoman empires and up to the more recent conflicts in the 1990s till 2006 when Serbia became a country in its own right. The Rotary club of Nis Centar’s primary project is the New Year gift packages to disadvantaged families. It also recently donated a steriliser to the local children’s hospital. The club meets on Wednesday evenings at 8pm.
President Helen then spoke on RCBMC members’ participation in the Storm Recovery Festival in held in Monbulk. She also encouraged members to be involved in the “Lift the Lid” walk for mental health on 30 March, to support the Danny Frawley centre. Helen also reminded members about the combined meeting with Bayside Inner Wheel on 5 April.
Linda then spoke of the District conference on 25 and 26 March and especially encouraged members to book for the club dinner on 25 March even if they do not intend to attend the conference.  The meeting this week was about membership. Jo Impey, chair of membership, spoke about the action plan put together by the members of the committee. Sue, Glenda and Larry, members of the committee, then discussed further the strategies regarding recruitment. Larry also distributed a worksheet to enable members to identify prospective members.