Well done Rotarians
I am very proud of our collective achievements over this Rotary year. Participation brings many rewards, and I think many of us enjoyed the year, from spending time with our Rotary friends to working in the service of others.
I have just finished compiling our Annual Report, and even with COVID getting in the way, we did a significant number of activities and made a difference to our community. 

Overall, the year went close to expectations, although I had hoped it might have fitted more with the theme set in my 2020-21 President's Plan.
I was hoping that we would see the year out with a bang, but after low numbers booked for our last meeting forced our caterer to cancel, it was more of a whimper. Nevertheless, it is good to have the pressure taken off to get people to meetings. Now it does not matter.

So a big thank you to all the Rotarians who helped make a difference in our community this year. Let's hope for bigger things to come next year!
Warm clothing needed in the Dandenongs
Posted by Sam McCurdy
As a result of the major damage caused by the recent storm in the Dandenongs, many people are still without power and heat.  Although emergency services and the ADF are working around the clock to assist those affected, AUSNET have advised that it could be a further three weeks before power is restored, due to the major damage to the electricity supply network.
There are people asking for thermals of all sizes…babies, toddlers and up to adults, as they are really feeling the cold without electrical power for heating.  It would be terrific if we could organise an emergency warm clothing drive with a drop off in Berwick. possibly at my house.  We could then deliver the warm clothing to the relief centres to provide immediate relief.
Although the roads to the hardest hit areas are closed to the public, there are drivers going to the Kalorama Hub daily.  We could liaise with the Rotary Club of Emerald to have the clothes delivered to where they are most needed.
Let me know if you can assist in any way by providing warm clothing in any size.
Sam McCurdy
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF)
Extracted from Facebook and posted by Sam McCurdy
GERF has so far raised $130,000 in donations to assist those impacted by the recent flood and storm event. We would like to send a big thank you to all of the generous individuals, families, small and large businesses that have contributed so far. Your contributions are gratefully received and every little bit counts!
A huge thank you to Rotary District 9820 for their generous donation of $15,000! Rotary’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’ is what they live by, getting out there and making things happen. In doing so they strive to bring positive change to people’s lives.
The fund has so far distributed $100,500 to eligible residents across Gippsland, and with the full extent of the emergency still unfolding, we’d like to encourage other individuals and Gippsland businesses to throw their support behind GERF, to ensure we are able to meet the emergency financial needs of those affected.
The road to recovery for those impacted by the floods will be long and your contribution will be invaluable in helping to ease that burden.
Cash donations are gratefully accepted, please give generously
Handover of the editorial baton
Posted by Graham Johnstone
Graham Johnstone will take over the editorial role for Spoke 'n' Word in the 2021-2022 Rotary year. 
Graham has had several years experience as editor of Spoke 'n' Word using Word, but admits that using ClubRunner will present a new challenge.
President David Button and Sam McCurdy will continue to support Graham until he becomes familiar with the idiosyncrasies of the ClubRunner platform.  
Welcome on board Graham, we look forward to reading many interesting articles in the bulletin in the weeks to come.
Thought for the day!
Extracted from Facebook and posted by Sam McCurdy
Issue  49
23rd June 2021
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