By Jessica Howard, The Moorabool News
Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh President Phil McBean with 4 year old Nevaeh.
The future is bright for young Moorabool children as a popular literacy program is funded for a further two years.
The Let’s Read program was introduced to the region in 2006 and is a national initiative that promotes reading wirth children from birth to 5 years.
The program is delivered and funded by the Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh and Moorabool Shire Council.
Community Connects was the title and premise for a forum run by the Rotary Club of Flemington recently. Based on the Rotary Connects model promoted by James Pullar from RC Melbourne, this forum invited residents and community groups to come together and identify issues and possible projects. Held at Kensington Town Hall on a sunny Sunday afternoon, attendees heard from Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Mr Sisay Dinku; Past President of the Rotary Club of Flemington, former GSE Team member and current District Community Service Chair Del King; Nelson Alexander Flemington Owner Paul Harrison, the Good Karma Effect founder Amy Churchouse and Coburg Good Karma Network chair Nerina Papanastasiou and Kensington musician Tim Solly.
Members from the Rotary Club of North Balwyn have been busy at Donations in Kind filling a container with a range of educational materials, hospital equipment and other goods.
The container destined for The Solomon Islands which the locals call “The Happy Isles” was packed at Donations In Kind last Thursday.
Following the success of two AFL clubs who were considered to be ‘in the wilderness’ and came to succeed in the last two seasons – Lessons to take note in your Rotary club.
The Rotary club of Camberwell is blessed to have so many long serving members still making a valuable contribution to our club and the community.
Gerry Lavender (PHF) recently celebrated 32 years active membership & Ian Feder (PHF 3 sapphires) celebrated 35 years in Rotary with the last 15 years @ Camberwell.
In November Peter Matthews (PP, PHF 3 Sapphires) will celebrate 35 years & John Phillips (PP, PHF) will celebrate 33 years @ Camberwell after transferring from RC Auckland.
By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
Rotary clubs from Melbourne to Canberra backed the 703km walk by the Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle last month.
His epic 40-day walk to Canberra via the Snowy’s, which began on September 8, raised national political and community awareness about the homeless. It culminated in a meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull and Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle AC, who describes Brendan as ‘an urban saint’.
Emma D'Agostino, Bendigo Advertiser
"Many hands make light work," or so the saying goes. Those leading the Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst's East Timor Project had no idea when it started, almost 10 years ago, of how much it would grow.
Members of the Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst’s East Timor Project know its new home as ‘the ranch’. To the uninitiated, it looks just like any of the other steel sheds on the grounds of the Mechanic’s Institute Hall in California Gully. But behind the roller door is a work and storage space bursting with colour.
Melbourne based RMIT students are getting support from Brighton Rotarians' industry professionals to explore their career options. On Tuesday, 31st October we saw a big jump in Rotary Club of Brighton Mentors signing-up to invest into the workforce of the future, by Mentoring students at RMIT. This new project initiative wasn’t just involving Rotarians, but is something that has partners interested as well. These new mentors are keen to take action, sharing their expertise and experiences with RMIT student mentees.
Date: Saturday 28 October, 2017
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am
Presentation by On to Convention Chair, Kevin Beagle (RC Port Melb) a Toronto local who has attended many International Conventions. He will give insights into making the most of your trip, local highlights and the many options available for extended travel
Come and find out how you can join other Rotarians from around the world in Toronto Canada for the RI Convention
The District Vocational Service team is involved with Swinburne University in a win-win collaboration. We approached Swinburne University where final year students are given the option to tackle real business problems as a final year subject. And we had such a problem - finding a low cost sustainable information management system to support our Skillsbank project.
Are you curious about what RI President Ian Riseley means when he talks about reporting volunteer hours and service project contributions in Rotary Club Central? Reporting service projects and volunteer service hours is one of the two required activities for achieving the Rotary Citation..
RI President Ian has put out a Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet to help you better understand what it means and why it is important.
Posted by Club and District Support Co-ordinator Barbara Mifsud on Facebook
Rotarians from Central Melbourne tree planting in Benalla. "Our aim was to plant 60 trees on behalf of the club. It wasn’t too long before we stopped counting the holes we dug because we reckon we dug close to 350 holes and contributed to the planting of over a thousand trees.
For more updates from Rotary Club Hawthorn, Brighton, Central Melbourne, Keilor East, Daylesford, Yarra Bene & Melton,
Members and friends of the Rotary Club of Williamstown were saddened to learn of the passing of our long serving member, Claude Bury, on 29th September. Claude joined the club in 2002 but prior to that he had been a member of the Rotary Club of Laverton from 1990 until 2002.
By Max Holland, Rotary Club of Canterbury
Each week Canterbury Rotary Club members and friends who are cyclists set out for a day’s ride on the off-road cycle paths of Melbourne. They catch trains to the agreed starting point and then ride for about 40km to a venue for lunch.
Brighton Rotary’s Sustainable Community Cambodia Committee have managed to raise $52,750 USD and nearly doubled this to $99,000 USD - $125,000 AUD - with a Rotary Foundation International Global Grant for an exciting humanitarian project.
The funds will be invested in the Preh Nohr community, North of Siem Reip - over a 4-year period - to create a sustainable future for the 4,000 villagers who live across three villages.
By Ian Riseley, Rotary International President
I'd like to talk to you about the power of partnerships. While we are motivated to do good in our local and global communities and have the resources to do so, joining forces with like-minded organizations helps strengthen Rotary’s presence around the world. The greatest impact can be achieved by working together.
October Presidential Message - Ian Riseley - Rotary International President.
Some years ago in the Melbourne, Australia, museum where my daughter used to work, an iron lung was on display. For most people my age who remembered the terrifying Polio epidemics of the 1950s, that iron lung was a testament to how far vaccination had brought us: to the point where that once-critical piece of medical equipment had literally become a museum piece.
What made Gates Foundation polio eradication director drop his country doctor dream to become an international polio crusader
By Jay Wenger with Steve Almond
At the Rotary International Convention in June, Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation renewed their long-standing support for ending Polio in dramatic fashion: Rotary committed to raising $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation.
Ron Devereaux, a well respected member of the Rotary Club of Bendigo South reflects on his 50 years of Service to Rotary.
Article from the Huffington Post, Associate Editor, Libby-Jane Charleston
Rotary Prahran Homework Club is a treasured local initiative providing assistance for kids who are having a hard time with their school work. For children whose parents are unable to help with the homework load due to a lack of English language skills or issues ranging from domestic violence to drug abuse, the Rotary Club of Prahran has a great solution.
By Mark Huddleston, Membership and Pubic Relations Chair, District 9520
It’s not like we need any reminding, but if Rotary’s membership in Australia continues to decline at the current rate, we’ll be in serious strife within 5 years. We are being buffeted by a perfect storm of ageing and declining membership, questionable relevance and a platform that venerates meetings over service. As it stands, I feel our chances of turning things around are slim, but not impossible.
But the chances of turning things around AND keeping everyone happy are somewhere between Buckley’s and none. When faced with a choice between comfort and progress, too many Rotarians are choosing comfort. And for those who refuse to choose, comfort (and therefore, inaction) wins by default. How many times, not just in our Rotary journeys, have we really wanted to be bold and give something a try, but we’ve either not been prepared to speak up, or we’ve been beaten into submission by proponents of the status quo?