The Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Breakfast on September 19th, 2017 brought together top police, four Rotary Districts, a dozen Rotary clubs and mentors reaching back to the program’s start ten years ago. Ninety attendees at the RACV venue celebrated a decade of one of Victoria’s landmark Rotary programs.
District 9800 has again performed strongly in the National Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) debate in Canberra. Twenty six teams competed in this year’s event and our team of Lilian Gonzales, Lachlan Phan & Catherine Zhou achieved second place and were unlucky not to win.
By Peggy Gusah
Looking back on my time doing MUNA in 2013 I have nothing but fond memories. I loved the experience of in debating at Camp Getaway in Axedale representing Germany. I remember making an accusation to the delegation of the US that they were “sacrificing the rights of children on the altar of material gain” or something equally as dramatic. Classic semantic choices of an 18-year-old.
In December 2013 the following message was received to start on a great Rotary journey:
“Congratulations! Your global grant application for funding to provide Looc Clean Water and Sanitation Renewable Energy Distribution System for barangays of Kanluran, Guitna and Bonbon in Philippines, submitted by RC Melbourne and RC Lubang Island, has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$97,000.”
Peter Frueh District Governor D9800, was an enthusiastic participant in Ping-Pong-A-Thon in Oct 2016, in the Riversdale Rovers team (from Riversdale Golf Club). He and the team raised just over $10,500, (the event raised $350,000 nationally) for projects aimed at tackling Modern Slavery and sexual exploitation in the South East Asia region. It is anticipated in October 2017 Ping-Pong-A-Thon (www.pingpongathon.com) that approx 100 communities across Australia will host an event, aiming to collectively raise $500,000 for human trafficking prevention initiatives. Taking place in and by schools, sporting clubs, workplaces, in community halls, churches and pubs, the 24-hour table tennis event will engage Australians as advocates/fundraisers on behalf of those young people vulnerable to or being exploited in forms of modern slavery. Participants commit to play table tennis for a minimum of three hours and invite their family and friends to sponsor their efforts.
By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
Lorraine (Lorry) Rowe thought she had retired from retail management six years ago, having set up and run two very successful Op Shops at Nambour on the Sunshine Coast.
But being a Rotarian with the passion to help others, she put out an offer to her own Werribee RC to look at an op shop venture perhaps at a later date.
Twenty-six exhibitors engaged students from 7 schools and adults with their interactive displays and messages.
Members of the Lions Club of Rochester and The Rochester Agricultural and Pastoral Association cooked the sausages for the free sausage sizzle. Sandwiches, tea and coffee were distributed to the exhibitors during the day. This gesture was very well received.
Eighteen months in the planning, this initiative of the Gateway Cluster clubs lead by Brimbank Central PP David Bennett attracted a strong audience including DGE Bronwyn Stephens and Mark, DGEN Grant Hocking and representatives from Gateway Rotaract, Brimbank Council, Djerriwah Health and Womens West Network.
By Julie Sloan, Rotary Club of Bendigo
The AusNep Foundation Inc. and the Rotary Club of Bendigo was proudly supported by the Nepal Consulate Office in Melbourne, to hold a welcome session in the City of Greater Bendigo for the Ambassador of Nepal to Australia, Her Excellency Mrs Lucky Sherpa, and the Hon. Consul General of Nepal to Victoria, Mr. Chandron Yonzon and accompanying delegation.
When Doug Killeen, Norman Mollica and Maurice Mollica each joined Rotary over 45 years ago women were not even permitted to be Rotarians. They would never have imagined how far Rotary would change to this day when recently each was at the Rotary Club of Essendon to celebrate their daughters and niece being inducted as President and Vice President!
The Monash Medal is awarded annually by the Rotary Club of Melbourne to an outstanding Australian who has made a significant contribution to the Australian community (and beyond). The criteria are Leadership, Integrity and Service - values high on General Sir John Monash's agenda and key values of Rotary.
The 2017 winner is Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC, who is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. He has written forty books including The Tyranny of Distance and the bestselling A Short History of the World.
By, Peter Greaney, Rotary Peace Scholar
We have now completed 8 weeks of the twelve week program and I must say the time has moved quickly. For the past two weeks we have been studying 'Conflict Transformation and Building Sustainable Peace'.
By Tyra Malmstrom, 2016-17 Rotary Exchange student hosted by the Rotary Club of Footscray
Just over a year ago, I entered the airport in Melbourne to begin my own great adventure. I was very nervous and scared but also filled with enthusiasm and excitement, curious about what was waiting down under for me to embrace. Though thinking back now, I believe my experience already began when I filled out my application, arranged a visa and walked through that gate in Stockholm.
By Mark Stephens, Foundation Grants Chair
2016-2017 was another outstanding year in District 9800 for The Rotary Foundation. In this centennial year, contributions to our Foundation has been a record amount. Clubs were also engaged and sought many grants to support their international and local projects. Here are a few of the Projects supported by Foundation
Lisa Lowcock, Rotary Club of Essendon
On Sunday August 6th, 2017, RI President Ian Riseley and Juliet attended a special Royce Abbey event at International House. The event was to present the latest Royce Abbey award and the surprised recipient was David Abbey, son of Royce and Jean.
By Helena Toscas, President Gateway Rotaract 2017-2018
On the 15th of July 2017, Rotaractors from District 9800 came together for a working bee at the Donations in Kind warehouse in West Footscray. Members from Gateway Rotaract, Melbourne City Rotaract, and the provisional Stonnington Rotaract Club came along to roll up their sleeves. We were grateful to be joined by a bunch of fellow Rotarians including District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Assistant Governor Caroline Ord.
By David Dippie, Rotary Club of Keilor
A man commenting on Women’s issues; is there quicksand in a minefield?
Everyone deserves to have the same opportunities. Ladies you are different and some of you are very special. The ads say “Women have periods, get over it”. It appears that the biggest problem Australian Women have is choosing the most suitable products from the wide range at the chemist and supermarkets.
World of Difference (WOD) is pleased to confirm three exciting tours to Cambodia and Laos. If you or anyone you know is looking to get involved at an International level in something exciting and different then one of World of Difference’s humanitarian adventure tours to Asia could be the perfect offering.
The Rotary world was shocked on July 14th after hearing that Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori had died following complications from surgery.
District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens spoke of her sadness and disbelief having shared some of Sam’s journey at the Atlanta Convention. Bronwyn reported her impressions of Sam positively,
that he speaks gently and quietly, but that his message is challenging and professionally designed. For Australia and New Zealand his presidency will provide an especially powerful link to the world but mediated by the perspective of someone with great experience of the developing African Rotarianism.
By Matt Pollard, Foundation Director, Yarra Bend Rotary
The depth of vocational and life experience represented in an average Rotary Club means that our Clubs are well equipped to offer advice, guidance and wise counsel to others in our community.
At Yarra Bend Rotary, we have aimed to utilise this wealth of experience by offering mentoring to young business entrepreneurs in our local area. We also mentored the board members of two Community Houses and our fledgling Rotaract Club at Swinburne.
By Brownwyn Stephens, District Governor Elect
In a year 12 fog, with 2 school bags in tow, Sileap left some of her precious year 12 school books opposite the train station at the bus stop in Martin Street a few weeks ago.
Discover what came next as the schoolbooks are returned and the opportunity of Donations in Kind is shared.