Tuesday 30th July 6:15 pm for 6:45 start
Green Acres Golf Club
51 Elm Grove, Kew East, VIC
The topic of Mike’s speech is Epic Journeys – Cross-continental Expeditions in Australia and the USA.
The Burke and Wills and Lewis and Clark expeditions were amazing feats of stamina and courage. Mike’s talk outlines the rationale for each expedition and reviews their parallels and contrasts while highlighting some of the incredible events which occurred during these treks.
Mike is from Wollongong. He came to Melbourne to undertake an MSc at Monash University at age 20.
After a few short years in Melbourne, Mike had a wife (Carol), 4 kids and a mortgage. He had a long career in the IT industry based mainly in Melbourne but with re-locations to Sydney, Perth and Boyne Island in Central Queensland.
In retirement Mike and Carol play lots of golf and try to get overseas regularly much to the chagrin of their financial advisor. They have finally finished organizing their 9000 family photographs (Now for the videos!),
Mike is on the committee of the Burke and Wills Historical Society. In 2015 he spent 3 weeks following the Burke and Wills track from Melbourne to The Gulf.
In the last few years he has undertaken volunteer assignments helping with IT projects in Bandung, Indonesia, Quezon City in Manila and Kavieng in PNG.
- Alister Boyd – Farming Drought Relief
Tue 27th Aug
Alistair Boyd, Grains Manager at Victorian Farmers Federation, will talk about the difficulties facing today's farmers and specifically drought relief.
- Social Night – Join us for Dinner
Tue 20th Aug
Our meeting on 20th of August will be mostly social. Fred Gibbs will provide a brief update on the Box Hill Mini Steam Railway Children with a Disability Day. This is a unique association between the Rotary Club of Balwyn, The Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway (BHMSR) and the Bendigo Community Banks of Canterbury, Ashburton, Surrey Hills and Balwyn.
- Paul Guest OAM QC
Tue 6th Aug
Hon Paul Guest OAM, is an Australian rower, a family law barrister and Queen's Counsel who spent ten years as a judge on the bench of the Family Court of Australia. As a rower, he was a six-time Australian national champion, raced in nine King's Cup eights for Victoria over a 15-year period, and competed at three Olympic Games. As a Family Court justice, Guest's pivotal ruling in the "Re Patrick" case dealt with the complex area of known sperm donor's rights under the Family Law Act. Guest is a collector and benefactor of contemporary art whose personal collection has been lent for display to a number of prominent Australian galleries. Paul's speech will be in two parts:
- It’s pretty hard to win a Gold Medal - Personal overview of international rowing in the 1960’s
- Living through the Taj Mahal terrorist attack - Mumbai Terrorist attack