President Kevin asked Don Ward Sergeant to brief on the Camp Get Away weekend with the 20th Man Fund children and then introduce our guests Web Manager Steve Los, Guest Speaker Jon Grima, and friends of Jon – Simon Zdrasovski and Dakin Thexton.
Jon is seen here with President Kevin, Chairman John Allcock and Sergeant Don Ward.
Don recounted how previous to the weekend he and Mick the Boat had cooked Lasagne for 7 hours and Raimonda had made a massive amount of Bolognese sauce. Mick and Richard had done all the shopping and the food was transported by Richard and Doug.
Six Rotarians had prepared and served the food on the three days except for the final day, Sunday, when the Kids had cooked the BBQ.
The Kids had also done all the cleaning up and washing and drying the dishes after each meal.
President Kevin and PP Russell came up on the Saturday and Andrew and David sacrificed their beds and went home.
President Kevin and Captain Chaos seen here at the serving table Sunday.
PP Russell who attended for the first time said it was an ‘eye opening’ experience and made special mention of the effort put in by Don as Master Chef (Cookie) the kitchen leader. There were 72 children from the age of 6 to 16 and four Leaders including Jim Markovski. Russell commented on the politeness of all the kids and how well they responded to organisation. This is largely due to Jim and his close relationship with them all.
The Saturday night dinner could have been chaotic if we had used the Chicken Carcases brought up by Captain Chaos in lieu of Chicken Casseroles. However with some true Rotarian spirit Leon from the Rotary Club of Bendigo arranged for us to collect 30 cooked and cut chickens from IGA Eaglehawk. Thus disaster was averted.
A highlight of the Weekend was the Talent Quest for the Kids on Saturday night. They all entered into it enthusiastically some with much more talent than others. The judges gave first prize to the girls’ dancing troupe.
President Kevin said the weekend cost the Club approx. $1500 that was well spent.