The year 2020 will go down in history as a strange year that has presented many obstacles to the residents of Bendigo with many members of the community severely affected. Some members of the Rotary Club of Bendigo have been affected in varying degrees, not the least the ability to gather together for club functions and fellowship.
For many Club members the weekly lunch meeting at the Bendigo Club in Strathdale is an integral part of their social calendar, catching up with friends and colleagues and the withdrawal of this option has been a demonstrative loss to them with both emotional and physical symptoms.
The Club has maintained weekly meetings in front of their computer screens over the Zoom platform and as much as this maintained some aspects of the social catchup, it was not applicable to all members and it never replaces the physical aspect of greeting each other face to face.
So it was with great fanfare that the Rotary Club of Bendigo finally got together, in one physical place, for the Annual Christmas function.
President Graeme Clarke welcomed over 70 members, partners and guests to the event at the Mandurang Winery on Sunday, December 13 and t