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Carolyn Blackman - Gardening Presenter
Sep 15, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Julian Mather 2nd Best Job in the World
Oct 06, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Visit by Rotary International President (zoom)
Coffe for Front Line Staff
Coffee for Front Line Medical Staff
This is a work in progress. We aim to support doctors, nurses and health care staff during this time of crisis, offering a $5 coffee to say thank you for the sacrifices you are all making to help keep the rest of us safe. The year of 2020 will never be forgotten. P.P Mary Engert has been in contact with RMH, Western Health with the offer of a donation of $250.00 from our club for coffees to say thank-you to the Doctors, Nurses and Medical Staff.
We have attached a brochure advertising our club to be posted on the coffee shop wall. The coffee shop will also generate $5.00 vouchers with our Rotary Logo that the hospitals will distribute to the Medical staff.
It is also the intention to advertise this in the District Bulletin to other Rotary Clubs
With a central contact number for donations on behalf of Rotary we target
1. Western Health – Mary have organised a main contact and monies donated by any Rotary club will be registered so that she will be able to keep a record to advise this in the District Bulletin and to update this on the Coffee shop wall.
2. RMH - are also printing our vouchers.
3. David Bourke is trying to contact Keilor Hotel, Ferguson Plarres and Bendigo Bank to see if they can help with donations,
4. Ted Haydon has been helping with the graphics for posters.
Past French Exchange Student Victorie
Past French Exchange Student
Victoire de Maillard, our Exchange student from Toulouse, France was our Zoom visitor at our last meeting . Victoire arrived at Melbourne Airport, on 19 Sept 2009 Jeanette and Michael were her first host family. Kevin & Meredith came back to the Lynch’s for morning tea. Red Wine and fabulous Normandie Camembert cheese.
She went to Lowther Hall. A school uniform was a new experience. Her next host families were Mary & Joe, Kevin & Meredith, Kirwans’s and the Steele family. A fabulous time on Safari with the other exchange students.
It was a well attended meeting . As well as Victoire we had another past exchange student Linea lidfors from Sweden Linea is a medical Student in the Polish City of Gdansk . It was great to see her again While seeing all of us on zoom she recalled some of her experience while living with us in Australia
On 11 July 2010 we farewelled Victoire as she flew home to France.

The following is her recollection (from Victoire)
Here is what happened in my life since I left Australia in July 2010 :
From September 2010 to June 2015 I completed a Bachelor in Law (which requires 3 years of study) and then an Master in Law (which requires 2 years of study) in the following cities :
- September 2010 to June 2012 : 1st and 2ndyear of Law at University of Toulouse
- September 2012 to June 2013 : 3rd year of Law at University College Dublin, Ireland thanks to the « Erasmus » European program
- September 2013 to June 2014 : 4th year of Law at University of Bordeaux
- September 2014 to June 2015 : 5th year of Law at University of Toulouse
In September 2015 I started preparing the competitive examination to enter The French National School for the Judiciary (in French : École nationale de la magistrature or ENM). It is a French post-graduate school located in Bordeaux, where French judges and public prosecutors are trained. The aim of the training provided by the ENM is to form a corps of judges and public prosecutors who are suitable for all posts on the bench as well as in the public prosecution service.
I entered the school in January 2018 and followed the training for 2 years and a half. Last week (end of May 2020), i was finally appointed as a civil law Judge in the Court of Boulogne-Sur-Mer (in the north of France, near England ! ) for the next 3 years.
In September 2020 I will move in with my boyfriend Martin, with whom I have been living a long distance relationship for the last 2 years (because he is from Lille, north of France, and I was in the south). We are very happy about this new life project. Afterwards, I would love to work as an investigation judge or as a juvenile judge.
France has around 8,000 judges and prosecutors, which is far below the average for European countries. The number of professional judges per 100,000 inhabitants is 10.7 in France while the European average is 20.92.
The number of prosecutors per 100,000 inhabitants is 2.9 in France while the European average is 11.8.As a result of the above, the French Judiciary is not in good shape, and judges and prosecutors have to work very hard to keep it afloat, which can be tough since it’s also an intellectually and emotionally very demanding job and, of course, we cannot mess with people’s lives.
Despite the problem of understaffing, I love my job because it is very human, it makes me feel useful, and feel like people I see every day in Court help me become a better person. By the way, I have an anecdote to tell you about : when was still in Australia, I applied to universities in France in order to start studying on my return to France since I had already finished high school there. At the time, all I wanted was to become an international lawyer, or a diplomat. One day as I was at school in Lowther Hall, I received an email from my mum, saying that my application had been rejected by the university I had been wanting to go to. I was so sad that I went straight to my locker in order to get my stuff and leave the school (which I was not allowed to do … naughty naughty.). A teacher caught up with me, kept me from leaving the school and called Sylvia Kirwan whom I was staying with at the time. Sylvia came to pick me up, I got into her car, being very upset, I put on my seat belt right away to leave the school as soon as possible, but Sylvia told me to unfasten it and she asked me to tell her what was wrong before she started the car. After I had told her, she looked at me peacefully and said : « Do not take this as a failure. It only means that you are expected elsewhere, somewhere where you will accomplish great things, but you don’t know it yet. » I have always kept her words in my mind since then, and those words have helped me never give up throughout my long studies. 10 years later, I am not an international lawyer nor a diplomat, but I always feel fulfilled when I am working, so I guess Sylvia was right : I am probably in the right place !
I will never thank you all enough for all the things you did for me. My experience in Australia has certainly helped shape the woman I have become. I promise I will not wait 10 more years and will keep you updated on my life !
Love to all,
Here are some of the many photos during her stay
Keilor Rotarians out for a Coffee

We love our Centreway Shopping Centre It has nice coffee shops It is a meeting point for Local Rotarians and potential Rotarians
On Thursday it happened to be the meeting point for Three of our own Rotarians
June is Fellowship Month
JUNE IS ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH There are countless Fellowship Groups . The following are 3 interesting examples
Australian Golfing Fellowship d The AGFR was born when Australian Rotarians who had been attending golf tournaments around the world organised by the International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (IGFR) decided that an Australian version of the Fellowship should be commenced. Australian Rotarians had been attending IGFR Tournaments since 1967, . Email:
Fellowship of Motorbiking Rotarians IFMR is one of the largest and most active fellowships. It is open to all Rotarians motorcycle enthusiast. Still a lot of Rotarian motorcyclists are not yet members of our fellowship, some even do not know about its existence.They are missing a lot. IFMR means friendship, riding adventures, petrol talks and a lot of fun. Help by disseminating this information throughout the entire Rotaryworld Email:
Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians The Fellowship is organized in Fleets in different geographic areas around the world. Members are encouraged to join IYFR through a fleet local to their location (members can belong to more than one fleet). Each fleet in the Fellowship sets its own dues structure and often charges a different membership fee Email: -
Every Rotarian Every Year
This is a special request for members to donate to the Rotary Foundation before 30 June.
During this Pandemic the weekly cost of attending Rotary has decreased. We haved saved on petrol and buying a meal at the Hotel
Is it possible to transfer this saving to the worthy charity of the Rotary Foundation Understandably Foundation giving this year is well down on previous years. Consequently , we won’t be able to fund as many grants in 2022-23 as we have done in recent years. Hence it would be much appreciated if you could do as much as possible to encourage members to donate to the Foundation before the end of this Rotary year.
Most Australians give to at least three charities each year. We are asking all Rotarians to consider making regular contributions to our charity as part of their regular giving. Contributions to TRF are tax deductible.
There are several ways you can support the Rotary Foundation:
▪ Every Rotarian Every Year – Donate any amount per year
▪ Centurion Program - $100 per year or $25 per quarter
To make an online donation, simply click on this link:
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