The Battle Of Beersheba, 31 Oct 1917: "At a mile distant their thousand hooves were stuttering thunder, coming at a rate that frightened every Turkish defender. "The Australian Light Horse were an awe-inspiring sight, galloping through the red haze of the desert, knee to knee and horse to horse, the dying sun glinting on their bayonet points.” These were the words of trooper Ion Idriss who rode in Australia's great cavalry charge at Beersheba, 100 years ago.
The Rotary Club of Essendon gathered for a dinner meeting at Rotary’s “Donation's In Kind” (DIK) shed. We were joined by DG Peter Frueh, DGE Bronwyn Stephens, DIK’s Bob Glinderman, Rotarians from Keilor East, Flemington & West Footscray & members of CWA including the State President & Treasurer & CWA Chair of International who all travelled many miles to attend last night’s dinner.
It is not every day however that you can dine & sip champagne in such a huge shed surrounded by wheelchairs, hospital beds, computers, desks & thousands of boxes but there were fancy lights & of course candles & “sparkle"!
Together we were privileged to hear a fantastic talk given by RCE member Peter Baker, about the great Battle of Beersheba. "The 'mad Australians' was a common description. They were brave, they were heroes, they turned the tide of history & made history. We remember 100 years later the 32 Australians who died at this Battle & remember that Australians are always there to help each other & help others in need.
Thank you also to Bob Glinderman, of Rotary Club of Melbourne & Manager of DIK. Bob did a tour of the old shed & talked about DIK’s vision for the future. This project needs money & volunteers to develop even further. It is a brilliant project & proudly RCE can say they have played a huge part in the making of this history & continue to be heavily involved. Want to help, please let us know. This project is a wonderful example of Rotary’s motto Service above Self but at the same time all the volunteers enjoy so much fellowship & have a lot of fun.
We were also very fortunate to hear an inspiring talk from Wendy Earwicker, CWA Chair of International, about some of CWA’s long history starting in 1922 to some of their great work today. We all talked about how important partnerships are & let’s all work together when eve-ry single one of us, no matter if we are a member of Rotary, CWA or a volunteer at DIK, are striving to Make a Difference in the world.
And let us take a moment to think about the significance of that year 1917, not only were our brave Anzacs at war but…..
Rotarian Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed of The Rotary Foundation in 1917 was born. Thanks to his vision and staunch advocacy, and the extraordi-nary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, that fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitari-an foundations. In 2017 we remember our history & work together for the future.