PH 73A2373 OH On Friday 30 May 2014 prior to the Rotary International Convention over 100 Rotarians and partners, all members of RVFR or their guests undertook a dinner cruise aboard Captain Cook Cruise's John Cadman. As well as having a wonderful meal we also enjoyed the spectacular Sydney Vivid Lights Display. Sydney's buildings including the Opera House and Harbour bridge and Pylons were illuminated in startling changing colours.

Above is a picture of the Opera House in one of its many transformations with a yacht coming into view, taken by our own member Peter Hamilton.

A Visitors Thanks on Sydney and Beyond

G’day all,

Well the great adventure is over and the jet lag is now diminishing.
We got back safely to the UK, only to be greeted by a garden that was two feet high in grass and weeds. The English summer had come early and following our ‘Wettest Winter Ever’ things just grew and grew while we were away.
Eillen and I just want to put on record our greatest thanks to all that participated in the Sydney experience and afterwards on the RVFR Tagalong Muster - both Aussies and those from further afield. It was an experience never to forget, made more memorable by the efforts of the Aussie Brigade to ensure that we had a good time - whether we wanted to or not!
Of course, John and Heather Spath deserve special mention for all their efforts in making the Tagalong go so smoothly, but, on a personal level both to David and Kesley Court and Lis and Brian Chapman for being our personal ‘guides’, giving service above and beyond the call of duty!
For those who are interested, I have some photos taken at the Sydney ‘Yellow bag packing’ day and also at the Paella night., I will make these available via my Dropbox, please feel to to copy these out if you need them. Here is the link... click here
So, once again, many thanks to all concerned. 
If you are in UK, you are always welcome at our house - and also on a ICFR caravan / camper van rally. Just shout!
Looking forward to the ‘reunion’ in Atlanta 2017.
Best wishes,
Stewart & Eileen

Stewart Gilbert

Rotary Club of Hereford Wye Valley

Rotary RPIC Zone 18a (Southern England) 2012-2015
Rotary International Alumni Committee 2014-2015
PDG Rotary District 1100


Rotary International Convention 2014

Our experience at the Rotary International World Convention was wonderful, right from the opening ceremony where our Prime Minister Tony Abbottbspole of the great work undertakem by Rotary.

He then went on to confirm his government's pledge to donate $100 million to Rotary's Polio Plus Campaign (over four years) to help eradicate polio, The Opening Ceremony then concluded with an outstanding performance by "Human' Nature" with their Motown sound, an Australian group that make their home Las Vegas.

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The Convention concluded on Wednesdaywith the great sound of the "Ten Tenors" and the beautiful voice of Marina Prior. In between we were motivated by a great variety of speakers with the wonderful work they were undertaking. The guest speakers were all very interesting and spoke enthusiastically on their subject and therefore made Rotarians very proud of their organisation. The administration was all very organised getting people in and out of the auditorium.

The Hall of Friendship with it's many stalls and stage where lots of artists performed throughout the day allowing visitors to sit down for a while and relax. During the afternoon there were numerous breakout sessions that one could attend and gain further knowledge on a different Rotary aspect.

There were frequent buses throughout the day which transported us from the caravan park at Lane Cove to Homebush and return.

Our location at Lane Cove  Caravan Park was sensational. Close to town, on the railway line and set on the border of the National Park. Our organisers the Spaths, Rubins and Meyers did a great jobin setting up the park, including erecting  alarge marque for happy hour(s), meeting and meals. In fact on the Tuesday night the 160 odd Rotarians and Partners staying there entertained about 30 overseas Rotarians and partners to a paella dinner. A great fellowship and friendship night enjoyed by all.

See another Account of Convention and Tag-A-Long-Muster

2013 National Muster Report 14-21 October

The Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park on the Gold Coast was checked and selected 12 months ago and final arrangements settled in earnest in June.

Although numbers were down on prior years, the muster was a great success socially and fellowship wise and we even had a breakeven financial result.

The program included a welcome function with entertainment; a cruise  around the canal estates and the Broadwater and lunch;  a film night starring James Bond with Pizza, ice-creams and popcorn to give a real cinema feeling to the Marque; breakfast at Jupiters Casino – yes some played and won;  Rotary Club of Mermaid Beach hosted lunch with guest speakers from the Queensland Police Service on road awareness for caravanners, eClub NextGen on the Royal Flying Doctor project at Mount Isa and Paradise Motorhomes presentation on Caravanning Safety; a tag-along to Mount Tamborine; the AGM, election and officer handover; Twin Towns dinner and Delltones show; and the Beach Party with dancing on Sunday night. Of course an early morning walk started most days and happy hour and BBQ ended each day on a high note.

Participants were given 2 ½ days free time for options and some went deep sea fishing – yes they caught fish and helped to feed them; some went to the RM Williams Spirit of the Horse show; some went to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary; some played golf; and some went  whale watching- plenty of whales close to the vessel; and some even went shopping. All voted each activity a winner.

Photos of the week are contained in the "Photo Gallery" and show what a great time was had by all.

Bill Vanderstaay

Boss Drover

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Next year’s AGM is being held at Pambula Beach on the NSW South Coast 13-20 October 2014, arranged by the Victorian Zone with Boss Drover Bill Zeldenryk and the Drover's Dog Laurie Hudgson. 



RVFR 20 YEAR HISTORY by Bob Blanch

The Twentieth Anniversary of RVFR (Aust) was celebrated in Sydney on 3 June 2013.

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