Thanks to all menbers of the
Fiji Geelong Friendship Club and welcome to our
annual meeting. I am recovering from the extremely busy five weeks I had
recently in Fiji Islands. A part of my trip was to attend the Annual
Conference which was in fact not allowed because of the Emergency Regulations
of the Interim Government and partly attending the funeral of Balebale Seniloli the husband
of my niece in Nadi and going to Labasa for two
weeks to see family, help with a Rotary project and a solar panel investigation
with a young man from Melbourne. After I returned I had to go to Hobart to
attend the funeral of Rev Aminiasi Qalo who was my school mate. He came from Komo Lau.
Every Tuesday Joe Cordones
office became a place for an enjoyable bowl of kava. Our routine in Geelong has been to meet about fortnightly in the homes
of some of our members, so we say a thank you to Selai
and Ken, Sione and Kesa,
Rev Tevita and Tine, Lai and Nicole, and Wendy for
giving their homes for Friday meetings. We missed Joe Cordone
for a few months when he went to Italy to visit his good mother. This year
has been good year for a few babies, including the youngest daughter for Lai
and Nicole, grand-children for Ken and Selai,
Christines daughter Nanise, named after Siteris mother who died in the Sigatoka
fire tragedy. The newest baby is Kitione, son of Vili and Lutu, Sailosis daughter. David and Ema
Wetherell held two afternoon tea parties to
fund-raise for the Methodist Church in Fiji. Vinaka
Fiji news comes to us via Tepolas
SBS program on Saturdays from 3 p.m. Wendy collects stories from the internet
and also writes the Babasiga blog
which gets about 300 hits per day. Fiji Day this year is on October 10th this
year at Moorabin and is mainly a rugby tournament
followed by an Island Night.
Alan Wise who is in hospital this week told me
the Fiji boats no longer come to Geelong to collect
wheat. Sometimes I get calls from people who have been referred on to the
Fiji Geelong network such as a student researching
Fiji, new migrants who do not know anyone, a lone Fijian in a nearby town.
Also there are sometimes requests to assist with immigration matters such as
referrals and letters to the Australian Embassy.
We received two grants from the Victorian
Multicultural Commission, for $500 and $600 and we thank Wendy as Project
Officer for making submissions for grant to pay for running our organization.
The financial report prepared by our out-going Treasurer, Ken Osterfield explains the use of our money during the past
Wendy and I represented our group at Diversitat meetings and other occasions with
representatives from the many migrant groups in Geelong
wish to refer to my last years report please click on the image here
all the club members, various friends and organisations
very much for their generous support and participation in the activities of
our club for the past year.