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Rebuilding Samoa following 2009 Earthquake    

On September 29th 2009 a large earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean. Three to eight minutes later a tsunami hit the shores of Samoa and, without warning, the lives of the Samoan people were changed forever.

On September 29th 2009 a large earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean. Three to eight minutes later a tsunami hit the shores of Samoa and, without warning, the lives of the Samoan people were changed forever.

Topics: international service,  samoa,  disaster response


Pakistan Relief Through Disaster Aid Australia    

According to the United Nations, 6 million survivors urgently require aid in the form of shelter, food and clean water. This catastrophic flooding is bigger than Haiti, the China earthquake and the Burma cyclones. Reports reveal that up to 14 million or 8 per cent of the population have been disrupted or affected.

Topics: pakistan,  international service,  disaster aid australia


Village Women and Children project    

The Rotary Club of Kew’s soap-makers’ training program, established in 2005, is a successful grass-roots micro-economic initiative. It has provided village women with the ability to feed and clothe their children (in a country where infant mortality and malnutrition are amongst the highest in the world), and has also bolstered their self esteem and dignity.

Topics: international service,  east timor,  rotary club of kew,  soap


Adopt a Village Program    

The prevention of mortality, and a reduction in morbidity and social and economic loss caused by malaria through a progressive improvement and strengthening of local and national capabilities in malaria control.

Topics: rawcs,  malaria,  ram,  international


Business Tips: How to boost your Work / Life Balance    

Lose your work guilt — your time is your time

Unless part of your job is to be on call, turn off your work mobile or laptop at the end of the work day. Walk away and don’t feel guilty about it. An important part of achieving work/life balance is being clear about separating your ‘work’ and ‘home’ time.


Give Your Rotary Experience Leverage    

By Richard Groom, Rotary Club of Hawthorn, Vic

Reproduced from Rotary Down Under, September 2012.

Have you ever thought of building on your Rotary membership by joining a Rotary fellowship? These fellowships cover a wide range of pursuits.


Welcome New Member - Khanh Nguyen    

Khanh Nguyen, (Legal Services) was welcomed to the Rotary Club of Brimbank Central.

The photo is of Khanh Nguyen and his wife Phung with President Lou Gionfriddo.


Make a World of Difference in Cambodia    

Education is the way of the future in developing countries, but in Cambodia there are some major problems.

Children have to walk up to 10 kms each way to get to school—in over 30°C heat…..So "World of Difference"  provides bicycles….$50 each for a sturdy, new bike that will stand the test of time.


D9800 Welcomes Youth Exchange Inbound Students    

Thanks to the following Host Clubs and Clusters listed below for their generous and willing contribution to the Rotary Youth Exchange program during 2012-2013, this years inbound team are now in Australia.

The Rotary Clubs of Melbourne, Canterbury, Gisborne, Brighton Beach, Brighton, Glen Eira, Camberwell, Bendigo South, Essendon, Bendigo, Bendigo Strathdale, Yarra Cluster (Kew, Kew on Yarra, Hawthorn, and Glenferrie), Castlemaine, Port Phillip Cluster (Altona, Wyndham, Altona City and Hoppers Crossing), Flemington, Williamstown, Footscray, Laverton Point Cook and Richmond.


Engage tomorrow's leaders today!    

For many Rotarians the expectation that each month will be designated as special months of Rotary activity seems as old as Rotary itself. It turns out to be a relatively recent state of affairs having been introduced at the start of the 1983 Rotary year when William E Skelton was RI President. The monthly focus was consistent with the theme for that year of “Share Rotary – Serve People”. Given that we have just come out of Membership Month it is noteworthy that 714 new clubs were chartered that year; the most ever in Rotary.

This month as we know is New Generations Month but New Generations is a very recent 5th Avenue of Service.  The concept of Avenues service grew from an early realisation (in 1926) that there needed to be a way to simply describe Rotary’s objectives. A concept was developed that Rotary was like a 3 lane highway (Club Service, Vocational Service and Community Service). In 1928 the International Convention decided that International Service was also a fundamental aspect of Rotary. It is not recorded why highway lanes became Avenues, but with the inclusion of International Service, came the lasting designation of Avenues of Service.


Speakers Bank Update: Mobilising for Change in a Ugandan Village: Anna Trembath    

The Ligingi Community Learning Centre (LCLC) is the organisational hub at the heart of the journey of Ligingi village (eastern Uganda). Founded in early 2011, it is managed by the LCLC Local Management Committee and supported by an international team of volunteers based in the city of Melbourne, Australia.


Making Clever Happen    

The Rotaract clubs in the district have developed a professional development speaker series, providing a series of lectures and workshops targeted at young professionals in the CBD. The series launches on 21 September 2012.


PhD Scholars find break-through in health research    

Australian Rotary Health has provided almost $28 million worth of funds to medical research as a result of its kind supporters. This is achieved through a range of scholarships and research grants including PhD Scholarships.


Business Tips: How to boost your Work / Life Balance    

Assess your work style

Do you complete the simpler jobs first thing in the day and leave the tougher tasks to the late afternoon when you’re lagging and less effective?

Are you so tied-up with telephone calls and emails that your priority tasks get interrupted?


Life is for Living - Insights from Archie Crow    

By Jill Weeks

Some time before I joined Rotary Club of Hawthorn, I was writing a book about people's experiences of retirement, and I was referred to the Rev. Arch Crow.  Sadly, Arch passed on 25th Aug, 2012. (

Below are a few insights into his remarkable life.  Arch really stressed the significance of his visit to Iona, which helped make his mind up to go into the Ministry.


Donations in Kind Newsletter    

Rotary Donations In Kind is a major recycling operation, run by volunteers, that gives suitable goods to people in need.

Due to a very generous grant from the Rotary Club Balwyn, and a grant from an anonymous donor, DIK now has a van and a new forklift that can operate inside a container. While costs are carefully controlled, assets like the van add additional costs. $50,000 annually is needed to continue to operate.

The van has created a need for casual drivers to assist with pickups. Typically half a day when they are available, please contact Laurie if you can help.


Letters to Clarice - Brett Ratton    

Dear Clarice,

How stupid of Carlton to now pay Brett $500K or whatever his one year payout will be and let him go to another Club.

I cannot believe his contract was coach or nothing & hence why would you not keep him on the payroll for any number of rolls for $500K.

I can only say they have money to burn and do not need sponsorship nor paid up members.


A Sapphire for Bill Lowcock    

Bill Lowcock joined the Rotary Club of Melbourne South in 1987 and has quietly demonstrated Service above Self by serving on many Committees, and being an integral part of the South Melbourne Community Chest as President for many years.  Bill has also served the Community as part of the Bendigo Bank in Dingley


Rotary's Got Talent    

Let’s start the Albury Conference fun now! An exciting new ‘Rotary’s Got Talent’ competition, to be part of the Dinner Dance, will give every Club a chance to show off their talents.

Singing, juggling, comedy, mime, a skit, breakdancing - the possibilities are endless. Acts can be solo or in a group.


September is Rotary New Generations Month    

What better way to celebrate the start of this special month than by reporting on a brand new program for a younger generation than we would typically focus on in Rotary.

August 24 saw the launch of a wonderful new program in District 9800 called EarlyAct® at Baden Powell College, Tarneit.

Think of EarlyAct as Interact for Primary school kids and you are close to the mark.

This first for D9800 and first in Victoria owes its outcome to two visionaries in our District.


Event: Paint in the Park Day    

November 11th. Glen Eira Artists Society and Rotary Club of Caulfield

Register and include a short Artist’s Statement and Resumé

Briefing at 10.00 am at the Rotunda, Caulfield Park

Art Works from the day will be selected for Exhibition Dec 4-16, 2012
Glen Eira Gallery Annexe


Event: Yarra Walk - Going round the Bend    

Sunday, 14 October 2012 10.00am-midday, followed by a BBQ lunch!

Come for a walk with the Rotary Club of Richmond along a beautiful section of the Yarra River, led by Riverkeeper Ian Penrose. Learn about the Yarra River & parkland, their history & the wonderful life they support. Stay for a BBQ lunch.

BYO drinks, utensils etc. COST for the day: $10 PP. Kids 5 yrs & under free.


Welcome New Member - Eileen Toohill    

Eileen Toohill was inducted as a member of North Balwyn Rotary Club on 30 August.

Our photo shows Eileen with Murray Verso, District Director Membership


Event:Annual Paul Harris Fellows Breakfast    

Chief Commissioner Ken D. Lay APM, Victoria Police - “Contemporary Issues in Policing”

Wednesday, 14th November 7.15 for 7.30 till 9.00am

The RACV Club $60.00 (incl. GST)


Speakers Bank Update: The documentary: Gallipoli From Above    

Hugh Dolan, an intelligence officer in the Australian military, has minutely re-examined the assault itself, giving us a day-by-day account of the build up to the landing that shows a very different side to the Gallipoli story. Using a host of previously unpublished material and research, he has produced a riveting work of narrative history that sheds a fresh light on the original Anzacs.'


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