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President Barry welcomed guest speaker Dr Peter Symons, a member of the veterinary panel for today’s race meeting at Ascot; prospective member Cecil Aaron: and Rotarian Roger Painter from Canada.  We were joined by a large number of Associate Members for the occasion, which was held for the second year in a row at Wireless Hill.  The crowd of 32 members and guests enjoyed the home catering of Lorri Brazier and Liz Palmer.
Peter is well credentialed to be speaking to a Rotary Club on Melbourne Cup day.  He’s a former RYE (South Africa), son of Rotarian George Symons PHF (owner of a Cup runner in 1986), and a member of the veterinary panel at WA Racing and Wagering.
George’s horse finished the race and retired to stud, not that there was much of a call for his services as he came second last!  It cost George $10,000 to start the horse, nowadays it costs $50,000.
The Melbourne Cup is a handicap race, and one of the few races where every horse is set to win.  Because of that, no-one knows who is going to win.  Winning takes a lot of luck on the day.  Who would have though Kiwi would win the 1983 Melbourne Cup.  It was used to rounding up sheep on a station in New Zealand.
Peter also waxed philosophically about the current controversy about managing horses after their “useful” life, serving the needs of humans of people who bet, is over because they don’t win races any more, if they ever did.  His view as a veterinarian, and from a horse industry family, is that when they have come to the end of their life, well after they would have died in the wild, their death should be swift and painless, and without stress.
Peter’s tip for the day turned out to be as accurate as the one he gave last year.  For the record, he thinks you should consider the jockey, and this year he fancies whatever horse Damian Lane from WA, is riding.
According the 7News this morning: History awaits star Bunbury raised jockey Damian Lane when he returns to riding on Melbourne Cup day after a suspension. With wins in the Golden Slipper, Caulfield Cup and Saturday's Cox Plate already in his keeping during 2019, Lane can create ‘grand slam’ history at Flemington on November 5 when he rides Japanese Caulfield Cup winner Mer De Glace in the $8 million Melbourne Cup.
Well he didn’t win.  Please come back next year Peter and see if you get it right!
Bruce James mourned the end of an era – Applecross Primary School has declined the offer of a careers presentation to the graduating class by Club members during fourth term, after many years.
Chris Whelan reported on a successful Perth Makers’ Market with over $2600 banked from parking donations alone.
Kenn Williams reminded members that JacFest ’19 was less than three weeks away, before paying tribute to retiring stalwart John Hosking whose work to make JacFest a success is legendary.  John is a past president of two Rotary Clubs (the other one was Kenwick), and has been a Rotarian for 45 years.  Helen Jones and Ian Fairnie are taking over the role Jan and John have played at JacFest, while Chris and Hamish Turner will take over their role with the annual Rotary Art Show at Garden City.
President Barry has plenty of reasons to show his happiness, his birthday, Margaret’s birthday AND his Rotary Anniversary (16 years).  Mal Taylor (23 years) and John Henderson (35 years) also celebrated Rotary Anniversaries today.  Diana Dunbar is celebrating a birthday on Friday.
Tim Inglis was happy he won the wine (John Kelly was the tosser), Chris Whelan was happy Kenn Williams wasn’t arrested on Sunday, which was not for his atrocious display of reversing a trailer, although Hamish Turner thought it should have been.  Chris and Kenn reminded Hamish he didn’t win the fishing competition, again!  Sue and Max Cunnington very happy their son won the young achiever award for his service to live sheep and cattle exports, and Cecil Aaron was pleased to learn he will be inducted into membership on 19 November.


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