Why did you join the Rotary Club of Lilydale?
Like most Rotarians I joined to help make a difference and improve the lives of disadvantaged people in the local community, Australia and the broader World. And knowing that 100 per cent of funds and donations we raise go towards various projects.
What is the best part about being a Rotarian?
Apart from, or in addition to the above is that we are part of a worldwide organization with over one million members all working together with one aim, to improve people’s lives. Locally we do this with funding for a number of Community projects including providing a hoist for the Sailability program at Lilydale Lake and a Shelter for staff at the Yarra View Nursery. In addition to this we run a monthly Craft and Produce Market at Bellbird Park on the first Sunday of the month, this not only provides us with a significant part of our funding, but it acts as our face in the Community.
Another important aspect is the fellowship we enjoy with both members and friends you make when you become a Rotarian
What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I have been a member of a number of Car Clubs for over 50 years and still remain active in two clubs, again I have made lifetime friendships with my involvement and interest in car clubs.
I love cooking but recent events have affected having friends and family over for meals. More recently I have joined the Yarra Valley Photographic Society, again I have had a long interest in photography, and I intend to rekindle my interest in it.
What is something people don’t know about you?
I don’t have any secrets really, at least none that I’m prepared to publish! But the one slightly unusual thing is my lifelong affection for cats rather than dogs. Dogs are OK, but Cats are better in my opinion.
Which 6 dinner guests, dead or alive, would you invite to a dinner party?
Suddamm Hussain, Donald Trump, Josef Stalin, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Robin Williams. The Narcissist Vs the Empathetic.
What is your favourite book?
Having never got past the Table of Contents in War and Peace I can’t say that is my favourite. In fact, I’m not sure I have a favourite Book but two authors that I enjoy are Lee Child and Michael Connelly both write good yarns that allow me a means of escape when reading.
What is your favourite holiday spot in Australia?
Over the years my wife and I have been regular visitors to Bryon Bay, we enjoy the relaxed nature and beauty of that part of Northern NSW. However, it is falling victim to its success and aspects of its original appeal are being lost.
What is your favourite food?
Rather than the food it is cooking for family and friends that is important to me, with good company anything (well almost) will taste great.