Rotary District 9800 Governor 1986-87, John King of the Rotary Club of Brighton has been recognized in the Queen's Birthday Honours list with the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the community of the people of Victoria.
Two members of the Rotary Club of Brighton North (Gerry Lambourne and Phil Wheatley) have also been recognized for their service to the community.
Getting off a plane in one of the busiest airports in America to be greeted by Rotarians in Fluoro vests was very unusual. This Rotary World Convention we were arriving at was to be Rotary on steroids throughout. Over 130 countries were represented, with over 40,000 Rotarians attending, and so many of them from African and Indian nations.
Welcome to the new Rotary year. Having attended many Club Changeovers, Anne and I can feel the strong sense of community within clubs and their many supporters. Celebrations have varied widely in approach, reflecting the different history, style and approaches of each club, as well as the outgoing and incoming President’s personal style. One changeover was on a boat, one onstage at a theatre, several at wineries, at function venues or normal venues. It didn’t matter where we were, there was a strong sense of shared purpose as we celebrated a year of Rotary Serving Humanity and looked forward to Rotary: Making a Difference in 2017-18.
Lesley McCarthy, Rotary Club of Flemington (Incoming Networker Editor)
Rotary’s mantra of People of Action Sharing Ideas, Joining Leaders and Taking Action was fully demonstrated in the recent International project by the Rotary Club of Flemington.
Supported by a District Matching Grant, reinforced by the amazing people at Donations in Kind and their stock, and involving people from across many places and from many organisations, this project involved purchasing, filling and shipping a container to an impoverished girls orphanage in a remote area of Sri Lanka.
By Neville John, District Governor
When Rotary International President John F. Germ developed the 2016-2017 theme – Rotary Serving Humanity, he provided us with the opportunity to strengthen our clubs, focus on humanitarian work and showcase what we do in our communities and the wider world to help make them a better place. As John was quoted to say, “the only difference between a small opportunity and a great one is what you do with it”.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation at its 2017 conference in San Francisco.
The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.
Rotary Club of Flemington
It is with great pleasure and delight I inform you that the container arrived to Sputnik last night and we have now opened it and started unloading the stuff. It took exactly 31 days to arrive at Sputnik from the harbour. Now I understand why not many people engage in these kind of welfare activities.
By Ryan Hyland and Teresa Schmedding
With polio on the brink of eradication, nations from around the world and key donors pledged more than $1 billion on Monday to energize the global fight to end the paralyzing disease.
Bill Gates, co-chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and RI President John Germ share the recent news about their partnership in the fight to eradicate polio.
The historic pledges of new funds at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, will go toward drastically shrinking the $1.5 billion gap in the funding that the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative say is needed to reduce polio cases to zero worldwide. Just five cases have been reported this year, the lowest number in history.
By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
Ian Riseley, Rotary International President for 2017-18, issued a call at the Atlanta Convention on June 14 for Rotary to join the campaign to save the planet from environmental destruction. He did not mention global warming and CO2 emissions but was clearly referring to them.
“It is past time for Rotary to recognise the need for sustainability in everything we do, for the good of Rotary and for the survival of our planet,” he told his 20,000-strong audience in his closing address.
Thailand's "Mr. Condom," Mechai Viravaidya, retells the country's bold plan to raise its standard of living, starting in the 1970s. First step: population control. And that means a lot of frank, funny — and very effective — talk about condoms.
Actor and philanthropist Ashton Kutcher took the stage at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to address a major human rights issue: human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
Many more photos have now been added to the District Website with photos from the night.
Rotary Community Park in Echuca was once again the setting for the 54th Steam Rally Echuca Moama.
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The Rotary tradition of giving back exceeded all expectations at ‘The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration Dinner’, hosted by Rotary International District 9800 and managed by Southbank Rotary. Held at the unique and spectacular Peninsula at Docklands on Wednesday 31st May, 380 Rotarians and friends enjoyed an evening of world-class entertainment, including inspiring guest speakers, exquisite food and wines and lively auctions. With the goal of achieving $1million in donations and bequests to the Foundation at this event, a staggering $5 million was raised.
With the goal of achieving $1million in donations and bequests to the Foundation at this event, a staggering $5 million was raised.
In 2015, the Rotary Club of Melbourne decided to commemorate the contribution of its 9th President, Thomas Baker, to the fields of medicine/science/technology and philanthropy. The inaugural address was made in July 2016 by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO.
On 7 June, the 2017 Oration will be presented by the distinguished Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO, Chancellor of RMIT University. His inspiring topic will be “Our Digital Lives in the 2020’s”.
Saturday May 6th saw a number of Rotarians, partners and friends descend on the Rotary Club of Rochester to help them celebrate 2017 Pie and Port night. Held in the historic Rochester Courthouse Clubrooms with the ambiance of a cosy well-maintained open fire, some 52 people celebrated this event.
MUNA Report from Glenferrie Rotary Club
Glenferrie RC sponsored four students from two schools to attend the Model United Nation Assembly (MUNA) at Camp Getaway on the weekend of May 26 – 28, 2017.
MUNA simulates the workings of the UN Assembly by having teams of two senior students from each of a number of schools represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world political and social concern. Resolutions are determined in advance on topics including: World Security, Environmental matters, the Middle East, Human Rights, Trade and Commerce, Health and Education, and the United Nations.
For most Rotarians, the face of Rotary belongs to our fellow club members. It’s the weekly meeting, fundraisers, projects and social activities where we catch up and have fun. Yet despite the diversity within our own clubs, sometimes we have other interests that maybe aren’t shared by our fellow club members, or perhaps only a few.
On Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017 Brighton Beach Rotary, which was Chartered 22 years ago by Brighton and Brighton North, had its farewell dinner. The evening was a great success with their achievements over that period highlighted by a number of speakers including DG Neville John, PDG John King, PDG Iven Mackay, and President Linn Maskell. 120 people from a number of clubs, the majority or Charter members, and most Past Presidents were in attendance.
District Assembly was once again held at Tabcorp Park in Melton, and everything went smoothly, thanks to the organisational skills of Melton Rotary Club.
The succession line of District Governors was clearly seen as PDG Julie Mason introduced DG Neville John, then DG Elect Peter Frueh and DG Nominee Bronwyn Stephens, while DG Designate Grant Hocking loomed in the background.
The proverb “Birds of a feather flock together" has been around in the English language since the mid-1500s. When applied to people, this phrase means that people who share similar interests tend to spend time with each other. Members of Rotary are like-minded people working together doing what we can with the time we have, to help others. Along the way we build friendships, some life-long.
Margot and her grandson have quietly arrived at Donations in Kind every Tuesday and Thursday to volunteer for as long as I can remember….6 years now. I knew that they are from East Timor and I knew that she goes back for several months each year to care for family. She returns really thin and tired. Her grandson is in his late 20’s and is severely autistic.