Bulletin No 22/15-16 (4 December 2015)

Hi reader,

I was in showing Gerardas around the Blue Mountains with a stop off at Jenolan Caves and unfortunately missed the meeting this week. So this weeks Bulletin is made up from reports emailed to me by our Directors (plus a bit of stuff I added in).

See you all at the Award Night on Monday - Ed

Market Roster

5/12/2015 Paul TVicki CJohn KClive B
12/12/15 Vic G Greg CPeter O
19/12/2015 Yvonne R David RTony H


Caught up with Chris Whitlock at the Market last week

I was having a coffee and enjoying the atmosphere listening to Barrenjoey High School Band performance at the Market last Saturday and who should I see there but Chris Whitlock, (sporting the ever popular Ned Kelly beard) with his lovely wife Sonia.

Chris was one of the original ForChefs at the Market and had literally just returned to Canberra after four years away. We had a great chat about his years working in Honolulu making chocolate with a multi award winning 'bean-to-bar' chocolate company.

When he started there four years ago he had no idea what chocolate was about. Chris did everything from picking the cacao to making the finished chocolate bars and by the time he left he was running training classes in chocolate and truffle making.

I found his story of making chocolate fascinating and I suggested he should visit to the club next year and give us a talk about his bean-to-bar experiences.

Anyway, welcome back Chris.


Weekly Reports

Community Service: John

John reminded members and asked for volunteers to assist with Fraser Primary School sausage sizzle for 3.30 pm on Thursday. Liz, Bernie, Bill W, Greg, Dennis and Rob have stepped up for the event.

John also advised that Community had donated $500.00 to each of the Batlow Rotary Club to sponsor a school participation in the First Lego League (a programme to encourage young people to take an interest in science and technology) and the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Rural Health. The latter was a 'top up' to the donation of five CRFM recipe books and two $50.00 vouchers from the CRFM for a trivia fundraiser run by employees of the Fed Dept of Agriculture.

Club Service: Vicki

• MONDAY 7 DECEMBER - Awards/Scholarships Night at Versatile. $55 per ticket. Janine will provide more info soon. NB NO MEETING on Tuesday 8 December due to Monday's Awards night.

• SATURDAY 12 DECEMBER - CRFM volunteers: 6 helpers from 6.00-11.30am. Working in pairs to count customers arriving at the market via the usual 3 entrance avenues. Clive will be there from 5.30AM to coordinate. Please contact Clive asap to confirm your availability.

• SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER - Rotary Christmas Party at Allwood Historical cottage at 5pm. Vicki will send out details and RSVP will be needed by 4 December.

• TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER - Speaker: James Coffey's presentation (Youth Exchange to Germany).

• SATURDAY 19 DECEMBER - Stallholder's Christmas Party to be held from midday in the German Shepherd Club. Volunteers needed to help set up.

CRFM: Clive

Clive report:

• Another well attended market last Sat exceeding seasonally expected performance metrics.

• Outdoor food cluster still getting established – early public interest trends are most pleasing.

• Thanks to Dennis, Bill P and Chris for help setting up for the school band in the trees last Sat.

• Stallholder Xmas party from 12.15 PM on Sat 19 Dec:
- Volunteer help need to purchase/distribute refreshments.
- Max club attendance please to thank our stallholder.

• One more volunteer needed to join Pres Graeme, Suzanne, Cynthia, Clive and Gerudas and James Coffey to conduct the bi-annual CRFM census from 6-11.30 AM on Sat 12 Dec.

• There will be a ForChefs cooking demonstration nest Sat, 5 Dec – rostered club members to help set up from 7.30AM please.


Sorry, I believe there was a speaker but I received no report on that. I trust it was excellent and should any further information be forthcoming I'll add it to next weeks Bulletin.


Important Links

2015-16 Board of Directors (to be a link to content on our site)
Club Management Plan (to be a link to 'members only' content)
Strategic Plan (to be a link to 'members only' content)
Funding Guidelines (to be a link to 'members only' content)

• Archive of Rotary Club of Hall Bulletins

• The latest CRFM Stallholder Newsletter

• Don't forget to update your details on the MyRotary website to be eligible for the Rotary rewards program.


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