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Farewell Dinner for our French Exchange Student – Tom Deshayes

May 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm



COST – $22.00

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2016 – 2017 Bulletin Extracts:

 Tom arrived in early August 2016 and settled in quickly at the home of Brian & Maria McCarthy.

Our inbound exchange student Tom Deshayes, arrived safely Wednesday evening at Melbourne

airport. He has taken a day or two to settle in.

Thursday he slept in and spent some time in the afternoon with Maria and looking around Lilydale and Lilydale Lake.

Friday we met with Rosina Fotia, Principal Lilydale Heights Secondary College.

He will start school on Monday in Year 11. They are very keen to support Tom and were very warm in their welcome. He has selected the subjects he will study this semester, and he has some uniform.On Monday the school will orientate him and get him set up to access the school network.

Saturday he was introduced to Maria’s Council work with a breakfast at Sky High Restaurant, to recognise the volunteer youth mentors, coordinated by youth services at Yarra Ranges Council, pity it was very foggy and cold meaning there was no view.

We then drove to Healesville for a Citizen ship ceremony at 10.30am.

Lunch at the Yarra Valley Chocolatier & Ice Creamery.

Saturday night he went the movies with another exchange student (from a non – Rotary program) at Reading Cinemas.

Today we picked up a bike from Hans Witlox, so he can ride to and from school. He is looking forward to it. 


In October, Tom celebrated his 17th birthday with his Aussie Rotary family and friends in traditional Aussie style
of a family BBQ of lamb chops, sausages, salad and desert. 
A special treat for Tom was an ice-cream birthday cake, something he hasn’t experienced before.

Thanks to the Rotarians who joined us with my parents and parents mother and uncle.

Tom invited several of his school friends, Claire Brown and Kaylor, Francesco and Camille.

Tom received a parcel from home, containing letter and pictures from family and friends, he was very happy to receive his present.


Summer months:        Tom Deyshayes our exchange student has had a great summer in Australia.
He has gone to Warrnambool, PortFairy & Port Campbell with Mindi & Brad and surfed with Mindi’s nephew & had guidance from her brother, so that is one tick off his bucket list.
He purchased a surfboard, which is the second and probably the most important item off his list.
He is currently in Bermagui with a family who’s son stayed with Tom’s family in France for a year.
He was eager to meet up with them before he went home. Another tick off the bucket list.


March 2017 :    Tom Deshayes starts his Bike Ride to Conference on Sunday 26th of March, we wish him well.
Tom is riding a bike Hans Witlox supplied, the bike has been serviced and Hans supplied Tom’s riding gear.    A big thank you to Hans for his generosity.
After the District Conference Tom will leave on his Exchange Student safari to central Australia,  he is so busy and looking forward to a fabulous adventure.


May 30, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


L’AUBURGE French Cafe
LILYDALE, 3140 Australia
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Contact the Rotary Club of Lilydale

Postal Address:    P.O. Box 127, Lilydale, Victoria  3140

Telephone:     0423 558 833

E-Mail Address:   [email protected]

Web Page:          www.rotarylilydale.org.au





Meeting Details

The Rotary Club of Lilydale currently meets bi-weekly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. We meet at York on Lilydale, start arriving from 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm start.

Enter the Function room via Carpark. In the foyer look out for RCL sandwich board.
Register @ RCL check-in desk inside the Function room.

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