24 March 2021

Don't forget; This Wednesday is a joint meeting with RC Templestowe at Vibrante Restaurant Templestowe.

President's Remarks
Wednesday was St Patrick’s Day and we celebrated in style some members wore Green to mark the day, some wore a variation of green but we all had a great time. There was the usual raffle (we raised around $200 with the funds going to a community Health Program in the local area.
Kevin O’Donnell provided some tunes on his flute and was fantastic to hear.
Guest Speaker
It was with great pleasure we welcomed Dr Jim Poulter as our guest speaker last meeting.
Apart from being an expert on the local Aboriginal tribes and customs in the Manningham Municipality;  Jim is a champion Pole Vaulter, track and field athlete and author. While serving on Manningham Council Jim was responsible for starting Doncare.
However, Jim was with us to speak about his and his families experiences with the local Kulin tribe in the Yarra River catchment. 
Charles Newman was the first settler to arrive in the district in 1837 and he established a run along Mullum-Mullum Creek. Newman had joined the Indian Army in 1801 and achieved the rank of Major before coming to Tasmania in 1834 with his Indian wife and four children. He was the epitome of the British Raj. Jim’s Great uncle John Chivers and family arrived in Melbourne in 1840 and sought work with Major Newman. Grand Uncles Tom’s job was felling trees and clearing land for the Major at 25 pounds a year.
More particularly Jim has sought to raise awareness of how ‘Songlines’, the traditional Aboriginal travel routes, are still with us today as meandering major roads. Songlines are the oral road maps sung by Aborigines while going from one place to another. The longest known songline is from Ayers Rock to Cairns. Songlines in our area are Manningham, Thompsons Road and Doncaster Road.
In traditional tribal life in Australia, every tribe had a permanent water source as the centre of its tribal territory. Their very identity as a people was centred on the river system of their land. Manningham is therefore an extremely lucky municipality. The Yarra River forms our northern boundary and much of traditional tribal life was centred along and adjacent to the river.
Jim has continued to explore traditional Aboriginal land management, for which he has coined the term ‘Permaculture Farming’.
 This Coming week we will joining the Rotary Club of. Templestowe to help celebrate there 44th Birthday I urge all Doncaster Club members to attend as the RCD was the Charter Club for the RCT.
Hope you all have a grate week and look forward to seeing you all.

Barry Halpern, President

Come and enjoy please ….
 A Rotary Doncaster function on behalf of our Cluster .
Where… Stone house Café Restaurant .. can hold up to 100 people under current Covid rules.
                 321 Ringwood Warrandyte Road  ( Cnr Tills road ) plenty of parking )
When … Friday April 30th
Time …  7.30 pm onwards
Theme … Australiana
Entertainment… Aussie games and an Acoustic duo.
Cost… $60 pp  plus drinks at bar prices…  any profits made will go to Kevin Heinze Grow Doncaster 
Payment.. Tony Murray at RCD will send you the TRY BOOKING DETAILS very shortly…. Please distribute this info amongst your members
Remember 100 people only so first in 1st served 
Mar 24, 2021
Rotary International Youth Exchange to Germany
Mar 31, 2021
The linking of founding Rotary Club member Bruce Parker OAM and the Club's, 'Books for Nepal project
Apr 07, 2021
Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Victoria Parliament
Apr 14, 2021
Challenge to Lead
Apr 21, 2021
Chinese Anzacs
Apr 28, 2021 7:00 PM
Shine On Recognition
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We’re also thinking of our long-term absent Members whom we don’t see often enough.
I’m sure all of us know an absent or ex Member who would love to have a call from any one of us as Members of the Rotary Club of Doncaster.
If you do know anyone who is unwell, or is going through challenging times, or even if you’re up against it yourself, contact our Welfare Officer, PP Frank Evans on 9337 8493, or email frank.evans1@bigpond.com.
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