Susie Morgan chaired the meeting in President Richard’s absence overseas and opened the meeting at 7.00 a.m.
 
 
Visitors:
Beverley Leahy, Terry Cornick and his colleague and friend, Peter Regan
 
Apologies:
Veronica Hopley, Margaret Conway, Lynne Shori, Richard Schroder, Robert Jones, Tracy Rushmer
 
Vale Stuart Reeves:
 
Susie asked George to share some memories of Past President Stuart Reeves, who has passed away at the weekend after a long illness.
 
Stuart had joined Manly Rotary in July 2003 and had been club President for several years, as well as having a keen interest in the youth portfolio.
 
His love of country music transformed the entertainment at the club’s Christmas functions, with other musical members of the Reeves family also performing.
 
Stuart was a builder by trade. His wife died young and Past President Ken Hopley, who taught all three boys over the years, speaks with admiration of what a fine job had done in bring up Matthew, Tim and Brett on his own.
 
There was a minute’s silence in memory of Past President Edward John Stuart Reeves.
 
Other news:
 
Annual District Conference and Assembly.
 
Terrence Joseph briefly explained for newer members about annual District  Conferences and District Assemblies.
 
The next District Conference for D9685 will be held at Penrith on 11 March 2017. The conferences have consistently been of value to Rotarians, with excellent speakers and subjects discussed.
 
District Assembly focuses on varies portfolios for club directors, the District Governor’s plans and goals for the year ahead, as well a program referred to as PETS – meaning President-Elect Training Sessions.
 
 
Guest Speaker, Terry Cornick, Mr Perfect:
 
 
Terry Cornick spoke about his battle with depression and how it has led him to learn strategies to deal with the issues when he “felt cloudy.”
 
He and his colleagues now have incorporated “Mr Perfect” as a mental health support group for men encountering similar issues. Mr Perfect has a website, blog, Facebook, Instagram and a newsletter and conducts monthly barbecues on the last Sunday of every month at a central Sydney location.
 
We have all been affected, directly and indirectly, by depression. The Club commends Terry for the good work he does in facilitating discussion about mental health.
 
Lynne Shori - Report
 
Lynne  reports that leaders from the three Rambutso villages receiving toilets met last week and want to contribute by providing iron roofing for the toilets. As only important buildings such as schools have iron roofing, Lynne regards this from a project perspective as being “gold.” The villages thus regard the toilets as valuable infrastructure and are claiming ownership of the project.
 
Lynne will report further at next week’s meeting.
 
 
Susie closed the meeting at 7.55 a.m, and the group gathered at Fusion for fellowship.
Stories
 
Rotary District 9685 hopes that you can join them at Panthers, Penrith on 11 March 2017 for a wonderful day of fellowship, great guest speakers and project showcase. Stay into the evening for the Cocktail Function and Entertainment with Normie Rowe.
 
Date: Saturday, 11 March 2017 (all day)
Location: Penrith Panthers Convention Centre, 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith
Cost: from $100
Register online: https://conference2017d9685.wordpress.com/registration/