This article is an extract of a speech given at a White Ribbon Day function in Hamilton'. Superintendent Peter Greaney, Division 2, Western Region, Warrnambool
Between June and September this year I travelled to Bangkok and attended the Peace Studies Centre at the Chulalongkorn University on a Rotary International Peace and Conflict studies fellowship. There I studied with 23 fellows representing 19 countries. The fellows included a medical doctor, psychologists, university professors, aid workers, and lawyers, NGO and United Nations employees and a police Inspector from Kenya. Often the subject of domestic violence was discussed and I learnt about the hardships women face across the world.
It is estimated that 300 playground each year in Victoria are replaced, with the old ones going to scrap. Many are in good condition. Playgrounds in Sri Lanka are rare. SLIDE TO SRI LANKA is a joint District Approved Project between our District 9800 and the Rotary District of Sri Lanka, District 3220.
The task isn't difficult! A playground from Greater Geelong Council has already been shipped and reassembled for community use at theSputnik School in Kurunegala!
By Bronwyn Stevens, District Governor Elect, Rotary Club of Melbourne South
This “win win” is so unusual I am following it up after our meeting at Donations in Kind last night. It is a great opportunity to connect with their schools with the gift of a beautiful and very special offering, all the while supporting our Donations in Kind store.
By Rick McCarthy OAM, Director, Honour our Fallen
Honour Our Fallen is a newly raised not-for-profit organisation (registration pending) formed to honour and preserve the memory of those deceased military personnel, buried in Australia, who served our Nation in all conflicts and theatres since the Boer War.
Amanda Wendt, Director of Public Image and Communications for District 9800 and member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, recently received a very special invitation from incoming Rotary International President-Elect Barry Rassin to deliver a keynote on ‘Understanding the Generations, Activating our Younger Members’ in San Diego at the 2018 International Assembly.
By Bronwyn Stevens, Rotary District Governor Elect, 2017-18.
Transferring from an international US flight to one that carried us home to Melbourne involved a bus ride across the tarmac in Los Angeles. Some of you will have experienced this. At night, in the dark, with the tarmac lights glowing red, green, yellow, blue and white it was quite beautiful. The bus was darkened.We were huddled together, quiet, and I was standing sharing a handhold pole with several others including a little child. Occasionally soft touches would flutter across the back of my hand. There was no embarrassment or ill ease. The fingers moved on to more exploring. Our bus sped on. A Qantas plane took off quite close by and astonished, I gasped. It was surreal and utterly beautiful, evoking a longing for home. The child’s voice in the stillness “daddy will this bus fly us home?”
By Past District Governor Dennis Shore - February 2018
At year end the number of cases due the Wild Polio Virus in 2017 was 22, a little higher than had been reported at the time of publication. That was a significant improvement from the 37 cases in all of 2016 and importantly there were no new cases from Nigeria. 14 of the 22 infections were in Afghanistan and 8 in Pakistan.
Bob Slater, Kew Rotary, 'Life After Stroke' Coordinator
Each year 12,000 to 15,000 Victorians have a stroke, with a growing number of working age and many still students. Every Victorian will at some time in their life have someone close to them experience a stroke, and it only then that the lasting impact is realised.
By Barbara Rafter, Rotary Club of Brimbank Central
The Interact Club of St Albans Secondary College held their first Presidential Change Over function in September 2017. At this lunchtime function, Jane Watters, Rotary District 9800 Metropolitan Interact Representative presented Interact Charter President Tony Micallef with a 2016/17 District 9800 Citation.
by Athena Vass, Rotrary Club of Brimbank Central
The Rotary Club of Brimbank Central is committed to serving the community locally and internationally.
Developing young people to do the same, and become leaders in the community, is our vision. The young people of today are the future Rotarians supporting the Brimbank Community to flourish.
Ashley Eadon, a LaTrobe University Bachelor of Laws student from Woodend was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk to attend the United Nations Youth Delegation in Thailand. Ashley was selected as the Macedon Ranges Young Citizen of the year in 2017 and is following in her father’s footsteps in volunteering and humanitarian work. She has commenced a blog about her adventures which Rotary Club of Eaglehawk have shared with us
By Peter Frueh, District Governor 2017-2018
As we return from our holiday break, with family and friends, we restart the next step of our Rotary journey.
Hopefully we are refreshed and are ready to make our own Rotary resolutions for 2018? Maybe to offer to help an existing project or start a new one? Maybe to seek out an interesting speaker? To look for a community organisation to partner with? To bring along a friend who might be wondering what all this Rotary stuff is about? Make a note to yourself and follow up when you can.
By Bronwyn Stephens, District Governor Elect - January 2018
We understand connections, opportunities and fun are what Rotary offers. Please may I share this seemingly little but very important vignette of Mark and I experiencing it while travelling to International Assembly for DG leadership development? We had a few days on our hands and thought to visit a Rotary club. Rotary San Francisco - the second club chartered in the world who had a service evening instead of a meeting evening. So we took the leap and registered to attend.
A ‘One off’ Event
Rotary Albert Park invites all Rotary Clubs in Victoria to this unique event to join us at an evening of fun and excitement (never before experienced) to raise funds and celebrate 100 years of The Rotary Foundation.
The Melbourne Star have agreed to light up the wheel in Rotary colours for the night of 22nd April 2018. This will be a promotion of Rotary on that evening…visible from all around Melbourne and the environs. The Melbourne Star will be dedicated to Rotary only and the audience is Rotary club members, their families and friends.
Steven Aqulina, Rotary Club of Southbank
In the spirit of our RI Theme this year: ”Rotary Making a Difference”, I wish to share with you some exciting news about a new global fellowship that is in the process of being charted with Rotary International and how you can be part of this opportunity for a more diverse and inclusive Rotary.
Our Rotary clubs across the world comprise of committed, passionate people of all sorts of backgrounds, cultures, faiths, political beliefs, personalities and vocations with the common motivation of doing good in the world through service above self. Amongst us are the LGBTIQ+ Rotarians and Rotaractors (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and other sexualities) who are a part of this diverse and rich tapestry of our membership.
Julie Mason, Past District Governor (VTT Cambodia 2016/2017)
As I sit here a wonderful group of Australian educators are on their way to Cambodia to work with teachers from remote village schools in Kampong Speu and Siem Reap. This trip is the second such adventure that is fully funded through a Rotary Foundation Global Grant although previous trips have been funded privately and supported by a District Grant. The idea of this initiative really occurred as a result of people being involved in a World of Difference Humanitarian Tour. That experience enabled us all to see the immediate need for children to have the opportunity to increase literacy skills in both their language and the English language. It was obvious that, with the limited training that teachers have, help and support is needed to increase the development of the skills needed for children particularly in remote village schools to be able to have opportunities for future meaningful work that stop the poverty cycle.
Rotary has so many good health projects that I don’t know where to begin. We all know about Polio and how it is nearly eradicated, and how RI President Ian Riseley is encouraging the End Trachoma 2020 Project. Your club may be supporting a clean water and sanitation, Rotarians Against Malaria, a research grant or scholarship through Australian Rotary Health, or a maternal and child health project.
It is very easy to become engrossed in health programmes, but we still need to keep an eye on the big picture: as each new generation of teenagers emerges, programmes to prevent AIDS, and to immunise the new babies, need to be refreshed and continued. Infectious diseases still afflict much of the world.
So it was with some pleasure that I read this encouraging article in the New York Times. The world is slowly gaining on the common infectious diseases that we in Australia rarely think about.
Dr. Gordon Cheyne, Rotary Club of Hawthorn.
Bronwyn Stephens, District Governor Elect
Jason Ball and I have been Rotary mates since Jason joined RC Prahran two years ago.
As 2017 Victorian Young Australian of the Year he is impressive, but once I got to know Jason's back story I was even more impressed. He is an ambassador for Beyond Blue because he spends countless days in schools telling his story of being welcomed as a gay footballer in a generally homophobic environment.
As I journeyed with him I promised to stand beside him in the Pride March. That was before the plebiscite and marriage equality. The Pride March represents inclusiveness for all aspects of our community. I believe it is right that Rotarians walk with families, the police, and other organisations. We will wear rainbows and a heart over our heart as we are honoured to be led by Jason.
By Malcolm Baird, International Chair, Rotary Club of Brighton North
What started as a visit by a member of the Rotary Club of Brighton North to the Fiji highlands has helped to further stimulate the local Ba Women’s Community Forum sewing centre and the introduction of Days For Girls sustainable feminine hygiene products and awareness to schoolgirls in the highland region.
On Wednesday December 13th 2017, the Rotary Club of Brighton in conjunction with Hampton RSL, joined forces in the Christmas spirit, to host the 2017 Bayside Family Christmas Event for socioeconomically disadvantaged clients of BayCISS and Family Life.
The next Swimland Great Australia Day Swim is being held on Friday, January 26 2018. Presented by The Rotary Club of Brighton, the opportunity to enter the open water events or junior dash for this iconic Aussie event and FUNdraise for some worthy causes. All proceeds from the Swimland Great Australia Day Swim will be used by Rotary to support charities and community organisations providing support to disadvantaged children and youths. These include: Swim Vietnam and BayCISS
By Martin Taurins, Chair of the Rotarian Action Group for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness (RAGMSA) and member of the Rotary Club of Gisborne, Victoria, Australia
Posted on the Rotary Service Connections Blog
When my son Jacob, a budding musician, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at age 20, my wife Diana and I didn’t know anything about the disease.