Rotaract News February

Posted by Jessalyn Lim on Feb 16, 2024
The Australian Rotaract Games (ARG) is a large gathering where Rotaract clubs from all across Australia come together to engage in friendly competition, socialise and connect over our shared passion for volunteering and professional development.
This February the ARG was held at the Gold Coast and hosted by Rotaract District 9640 and Rotaract Australia. Participants enjoyed a bar night, bowling, the many tourist attractions available at the Gold Coast, and of course, the games.
It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with Rotaract clubs and members from outside one’s district and state, and provided a space to share ideas, cultures, and our love for Rotaract.
Whitehorse Rotaract, alongside Monash Rotaract formed the aptly named team ‘The Stallions’ and banded together against clubs from all over Australia. Unfortunately we didn’t take home first place, but had a great time trying to, and meeting new Rotaractors while doing so.
Please click on Read more for more pics
Rotaract News February Jessalyn Lim 2024-02-15 13:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

Keeping Safe On Line

Posted by Trish Carr
Cyber-crime is now a matter of when rather than if, if you haven’t been affected by the Optus or Medicare breach then perhaps you have received fake text messages, been hacked on Facebook or something else. I’m sure each one of us will know someone who has been hacked or scammed if not. Each year it is estimated that over $29 billion is lost in cyber-crime.
How to avoid it can be confusing and frightening for us all but there are some easy ways to reduce our risk and the risk to our clubs. There is now a free online training tool available that clubs can use to assist in minimising the risks which you can share with all of your members. Designed specifically for non-technical small business employees, Cyber Wardens is a free and easy-to-use online program for small business employees to identify and manage their risks against cybercrime but can also be used by community groups you just need an ABN to get started and create a login.
Keeping Safe On Line Trish Carr 2024-02-15 13:00:00Z 0 Community,Vocation

9810 Conference Update

The District Conference will be held in Warrnambool, March 22-24, 2024 web page here.
If you are intending to come and haven't already registered, please do so NOW! Register here. Places are limited for the Saturday evening function (included with full registration).
Even though you may have told your club's On To Conference Chair that you are attending, for most clubs they will still be expecting you to do your own registration. Please check.
 
This will be the last Conference for District 9810 and will be including segments where we will be reflecting on the achievements of our clubs over the years.
 
 
The web page for the Conference is being constantly updated with the program and speakers. Check it out now.
Our speaker list includes:
Bernadette McSherry - served as a Commissioner with the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System
Tom Boyd - ex AFL footballer sharing his experiences with mental health
Ian Riseley - past DG 9810, Rotary International President, Chair Trustees The Rotary Foundation
Greg Ross - Director Australian Rotary Health
Professor Arnold Dix - world famous mine rescuer
 
Included on the Conference web page is a link to an accommodation booking portal. This will make it very easy to organise your accommodation.
 
See you in Warrnambool!
9810 Conference Update Ian Ballantine 2024-02-14 13:00:00Z 0 Conference,Mental Health

District Changeover Dinner 2024

Just a quick Save the Date for the Joint District (9810 and 9820) Changeover dinner this coming June.
DGE Colin Byron has advised me that it will be held on Saturday, 29th June at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Pakenham.
 
More details to follow. It goes without saying that Clubs are discouraged from holding their own Changeover functions on this evening.
District Changeover Dinner 2024 Ian Ballantine 2024-02-14 13:00:00Z 0 Changeover,Fellowship

Regionalisation Update February

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Feb 15, 2024
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The Regionalisation Pilot for our Zone 8 is really progressing.
 
Community Groups
All clubs were asked, before Christmas, to indicate their preferences for their Community Group. Remember, under the Pilot, our Zone will comprise Community Groups, each containing somewhere of the order of 15 Clubs.
These groups are being finalised now, although I'm sure, over time there will be further changes.
 
In early March, representatives from each club will join others from the same Community Group via Zoom to discuss, it is expected, a number of issues. We expect there may be early discussions about possible collaboration between clubs and the process of appointing the Community Leader.
By late March it is expected that nominations for the role of Community leader will be called for and appointments to follow soon after. Training for these people will be conducted in April/May. Community Groups will then be functioning as at July 1st.
For more info about Community Leader role, click here.
 
Specialist Roles
Under the Pilot, a database will be established of Rotarians who will contribute their expertise in specific areas to assist Clubs. Specifically.....

The Rotary Specialist role is a new way you can use your skills to help clubs reach their goals and make a difference.
Each Rotary Specialist will be an expert in a particular field who will provide guidance to clubs across the Zone, either in person or virtually, in their specific area of expertise.
When clubs ask for help, Specialists will support them by providing expert advice, and directing them to useful resources and other experts as required.
Clubs will be able to easily find and request assistance from Specialists through a searchable database.
There may be numerous specialists in the same subject area to cover the geography of Zone 8.

If you have the required skills and knowledge to provide expert advice to clubs in your area of expertise, you can be a Rotary Specialist! You may be:

  • Someone who has been in Rotary anywhere from a few months to a few decades

  • Someone who has held multiple leadership positions in Rotary, or none at all

  • Someone who has relevant formal qualifications such as a diploma or university degree, or has simply gained expertise through practical experience – either within or outside Rotary

If you’re an expert in a field relevant to clubs, great with people and passionate about Rotary, you should consider applying here.

A copy of the recent webinar which explained these roles can be viewed here.

The other role that is available is that of Regional Council Portfolio Committee Member. Please click on Read More for the rest of this story.

 
 
 
Keep up to date with all things related to Regionalisation here.
 
 
 
Regionalisation Update February Ian Ballantine 2024-02-14 13:00:00Z 0 Regionalisation,Rotary International

Mental Health Forum

Let’s talk about Elephants…

A one-day mental health and wellbeing symposium.
A contemporary and practical understanding of current-day mental health conditions and navigating through recognition, understanding, and support of those around us. A one-day mental health and wellbeing symposium; Leaders looking after self and others.
As a joint project between 9820 an d 9810 this symposium will be held on Monday, June 3, 2024 at the Frankston Arts Centre.
 
Special guest:
Rotary International President, Gordon McInally will talk about his personal story and how Rotary is working to support mental health outcomes.
 
Book here. $85 pp
Mental Health Forum Ian Ballantine 2024-02-11 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

DG partner Project update February

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Helen's efforts to raise additional funds for the End Polio Now project continue to grow with some additional contributions coming in from some clubs.
The total at present stands at $26,860.
Once again the Clubs of our District have been very generous in their support of End Polio, maintaining their original commitments as well as finding these extra amounts in support of Helen's project.
A reminder to save the date of April 11, 2024 for the major Polio fundraising evening held by the Rotary Club of Springvale City - always a successful and fun evening. Keep an eye on their Facebook page here.
A reminder that if you would like to make a personal, tax deductible donation, please go here. Your donation will be credited against you, as a Rotarian and your Club. Just make sure that the email address you use, matches the address in MyRotary.
Donations from non-Rotarians are, of course, also welcome and can also be made through this portal.
If you are representing a club, please make the contribution by the normal channels but flag it as DG Project and drop DG Ian or Helen an email. Banking details for Clubs can be found here.
 
Thank you.
DG partner Project update February Ian Ballantine 2024-02-09 13:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary Foundation

Special Luncheon with RIP Gordon McInally

Here is your chance to have lunch with Rotary International President Gordon McInally, and his wife Heather - in Victoria!!!!!
District Governor 9820, Linda Humphries has invited Gordon and Heather to call in on us here in Victoria, after his attendance at Rotary International Convention in Singapore.
 
The special lunch will be held at the RACV Club, Cape Schanck on Sunday, June 2, 2024.
Cost is $145 per head which will include a sumptuous 3 course meal and a welcome drink.
 
Book NOW - click here to book.
 
 
 
Special Luncheon with RIP Gordon McInally Ian Ballantine 2024-02-09 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation,Rotary International

Rotary Area of Focus - Peace

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One of The Rotary Foundation's areas of Focus is Peace. Or, more specifically Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention.
"Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas."
 
The contributions to The Rotary Foundation made by clubs and individually from members support all seven areas of focus including this important one.
 
Rotary’s Four Roles in Promoting Peace 
Rotary and its members are:
  • Practitioners: Our work fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, improving the health of mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies directly builds the optimal conditions for peaceful societies.
  • Educators: Our Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,700 peace fellows to become effective catalysts for peace through careers in government, education, and international organizations. 
  • Mediators: Our members have negotiated humanitarian ceasefires in areas of conflict to allow polio vaccinators to reach children who are at risk. 
  • Advocates: Our members have an integral role as respected, impartial participants during peace processes and in post-conflict reconstruction. We focus on creating communities and convening groups that are connected, inclusive, and resilient.
 
Rotary Area of Focus - Peace Ian Ballantine 2024-02-09 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

World Water Summit Mark Balla

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Member of Box Hill Central Mark Balla will be a keynote speaker at the forthcoming World Water Summit in Singapore on May 24, 2024.
 
Mark has made it his passion to provide toilets in the developing world. The work of Mark and the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central is legendary and Mark is very deserving to be called as a Keynote speaker at this summit. Why not attend as an addition to your attendance at RICON?
 
Between Mark and his Club, Operation Toilets was established in 2015. Link to Operation Toilets here.
 
Mark was recently interviewed on the ABC radio - click here.
 
For more info click on Read More
World Water Summit Mark Balla Ian Ballantine 2024-02-07 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation,Rotary International

Honours for Loc

Congratulations to Loc Lam, Rotary Club of Springvale City, recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia  (OAM) in the recent Australia Day Honours.
Loc was specifically recognised for his "service to the Vietnamese community of Victoria".
In addition, of course Loc has been a wonderful Rotarian serving as club President and being a strong supporter of many initiatives within the Club of Springvale City along with his generous support of End Polio.
 
The complete citation can be found here.
 
Congratulations once again Loc.
 
Honours for Loc Ian Ballantine 2024-01-31 13:00:00Z 0 Community,End Polio,Rotary Foundation

Australia Day Event

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A number of clubs held events to recognise Australia Day. My congratulations and I trust they were successful.
I had the pleasure of attending the breakfast hosted by the RC of Wandin.
Guest speakers were two locals, Liz Kitchen a food scientist with Frontera, originally from the USA and Phillip Johnson, the winner of the Best in Show at Chelsea in 2013.
 
Both gave excellent presentations and certainly great choices of speakers for Australia day. Liz included in her presentation and acknowledgement of country. She went on to describe her journey of settling in Australia and her passion for food.
Philip gave a great presentation on the work that went in to winning the best in show at Chelsea in 2013 and the establishment of the The Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda. See here for more.
 
Thank you President Alan and the members of the Rotary Club of Wandin for your warm hospitality.
 
Click on Read More for more pics
Australia Day Event Ian Ballantine 2024-01-25 13:00:00Z 0 Community

Wandin Car Show

I attended the Wandin Rotary Custom Car & Bike Show on December 20th and what a show it was.
The evening was perfect and so well supported! Surely, owners must come from far and wide to display their treasures at this event.
This was the first one for this summer. The next happening Wednesday evening next week, the 21st February. Then the last for the year on March 20th. Get details from here.
 
A few more images - click on the Read More
 
The Rotary Club of Emerald and District are holding their All American Car Show on this Sunday, Feb 18. I know the club is facing some challenges following the storm we had this week but I'm sure they will be overcome. Good luck! Click on the graphic for more info.
Wandin Car Show Ian Ballantine 2023-12-19 13:00:00Z 0 Community

Rotaract News December-January

Posted by Jessalyn Lim on Dec 20, 2023
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Whitehorse Rotaract participated in a Clean Up Australia event hosted by Box Hill Central Rotary Club on November 19, removing rubbish from Springfield Park in Box Hill.
On November 29th, Whitehorse Rotaract hosted their annual Christmas card making night. Along with members of Monash Rotaract and the Whitehorse community, they wrote and decorated heartfelt cards that will be given to around 150 local elderly residents.
Whitehorse and Monash Rotaract donated over $700 to the Wishing Tree appeal, hosted by Kmart Doncaster, specifically picking out items in the store to donate. For 36 years, Kmart Wishing Tree has partnered with the Salvation Army with the aim to spread joy to those experiencing hardship in the Christmas season. Donated goods are distributed to those grappling with the cost of living.
 
Rotaract News December-January Jessalyn Lim 2023-12-19 13:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

DG partner Project update December- January

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Dec 20, 2023
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Now that my Club visits are completed, it's wonderful to reflect on the generosity of clubs in the way they have contributed additional funds to End Polio under the incentive of Helen's partner project.
I know that some clubs are planning on additional contributions in the year.
We're planning some fundraising efforts for the new year as well.
A reminder to save the date of April 11, 2024 for the major Polio fundraising evening held by the Rotary Club of Springvale city - always a successful and fun evening.
A reminder that if you would like to make a personal, tax deductible donation, please go here. Your donation will be credited against you, as a Rotarian and your Club. Just make sure that the email address you use, matches the address in MyRotary.
Donations from non-Rotarians are, of course, also welcome and can also be made through this portal.
If you are representing a club, please make the contribution by the normal channels but flag it as DG Project and drop DG Ian or Helen an email. Banking details for Clubs can be found here.
As of mid December, her project has received from Rotary members, Rotary Clubs and some non Rotarians a total of AUS$21,860.
Thank you.
DG partner Project update December- January Ian Ballantine 2023-12-19 13:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary Foundation

Regionalisation Update December

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Dec 18, 2023
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Community Groups-
The results of submissions by clubs have been collated and have now been distributed back to Districts for finalisation.
DG Linda, DGE Colin, DGN Peter and myself will confer and hopefully have the groups finalised by the end of January.
It is presumed that some time shortly after that, we will be calling for expressions of interest in filling the roles of Community Leaders.
 
I would like to thank clubs and their members for showing their interest in this process and completing the Community Group survey.
 
Keep up to date with all things related to Regionalisation here.
 
 
 
Regionalisation Update December Ian Ballantine 2023-12-17 13:00:00Z 0 Regionalisation,Rotary International

DGE off to USA

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Dec 10, 2023
On December 27th DGE Colin Byron and his wife Leanne will head off the US to attend International Assembly in Orlando Florida, commencing on January 7th.
They plan on spending a week or so touring around southern Florida before heading up to Orlando.
Let's hope the weather in Florida has improved by then.
We had the pleasure of wishing Colin and Leanne well at the annual College of Governor's lunch on the 10th of this month.
Unfortunately, Leanne couldn't attend due to Covid. We hope she has now made a full recovery and we wish them both an enjoyable trip.
DGE off to USA Ian Ballantine 2023-12-09 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Nunawading Christmas Party Dec 6

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Dec 06, 2023
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Helen and I attended the Christmas breakup meeting of the Nunawading Club on the 6th December.
Now, I know that most , if not all clubs, have held the same sort of Christmas event. So what makes Nunawading so special?
The entertainment! The Spangles came out of retirement, in a somewhat revised form, to provide the entertainment on the evening - and they didn't disappoint!
Congratulations to Ian Evans and the members of Nunawading on a great evening.
 
Click on Read More for more pics.
Nunawading Christmas Party Dec 6 Ian Ballantine 2023-12-05 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship

Interact Conference 2023

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Nov 27, 2023
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Held at Camberwell Boys Grammar School, a number of Interact Clubs from Districts 9810, 9800 and 9820 attended the event.
Guest speakers included our own PDG Dr Daryl Moran and DRR Jess Lym. DGE Colin Byron also attended.
All in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the event and look forward to returning next year.
 
Please take Read More link to see more photos.
Interact Conference 2023 Ian Ballantine 2023-11-26 13:00:00Z 0 Interact

Puffing Billy Fun Run 2023

Posted by Shalini Penny on Nov 26, 2023
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Emerald & District Rotary‘s 2023 Kids Fun Run with Puffing Billy
The Kids Fun Run is one of Emerald Rotary’s signature events. Since it was launched in 2002 it has been all about Kids raising funds for kids and each year the funds raised have been donated to a Children’s charity, which over the years has ranged from the Starlight Foundation, Monash Health, End Polio program, William Angliss Hospital, Cerebral Palsy Education Centre, Insight Education Centre for the Blind and over the last three years the Monash Children’s Hospital Cancer Centre.  In this time the Club has raised $721,250.
 
Click on Read more for rest of story and more pics. Album of pics here.
 
 
Puffing Billy Fun Run 2023 Shalini Penny 2023-11-25 13:00:00Z 0 Community

Polio Plus Society

Posted by David Grieve on Nov 23, 2023
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What is the Polio Plus Society?
The PolioPlus Society (PPS) is a fundraising and recognition program that specifically supports PolioPlus.
PPS encourages Rotary members and others to pledge at least US$100 per year (approx. $160AUD) to the PolioPlus Fund until polio is eradicated from the face of the earth.
Rotary members and their friends who join the Society will be honored with a distinctive lapel pin and a certificate, which will be presented at a special ceremony.
 
Your contributions will count toward Paul Harris Fellow recognition and Major Donor status and will be matched 2-to-1 by the Gates Foundation
 
Download form here.
 
Thank you for your support.
Polio Plus Society David Grieve 2023-11-22 13:00:00Z 0

Box Hill Burwood Op Shop celebration

Posted by Trish Carr on Nov 19, 2023
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November 19th saw us celebrate an incredible achievement, through our Op shop we have raised $1 million dollars to fund local and international projects over the last 21 years.
The lunch held at Box Hill Golf Club was an excellent opportunity for us to come together to celebrate an incredible achievement that has made and continues to make an enormous difference in our community.
A thank you must go to our volunteers, whose time and effort to support our club and our causes has assisted in achieving this incredible goal.  Your contributions have made a significant impact, and we are grateful for your dedication and hard work.
 
Click on Read More for the rest of the story and more pics.
Box Hill Burwood Op Shop celebration Trish Carr 2023-11-18 13:00:00Z 0 Community

Club growing Bank Balance?

Posted by Paul Taranto on Nov 19, 2023
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This is an article submitted by Paul Taranto, President Elect Rotary Club of Mordialloc to Rotary Downunder
 
What to do with a growing Bank Balance?
Does your Club have a large and growing bank balance? Is your Club looking for ways on how your funds can be put to good use? This was the predicament for the Rotary of Mordialloc recently. Although a small Club (17 members) it is very active in both the fund raising and project support and development areas. Faced with a growing bank balance the current Club President Jennifer Pudney put the proposal to the Board that every Club member be asked to identify a Rotary Program or registered charity to which the Club would donate $1000.
Club growing Bank Balance? Paul Taranto 2023-11-18 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Royce Abbey Award Night

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Nov 17, 2023
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I had the pleasure of attending the Royce Abbey Award night, hosted by District 9800 at the Essendon Members facility at Windy Hill.
The Royce Abbey Award is presented to Rotarians in acknowledgement of their enthusiasm and commitment.
Royce Abbey was a member of the RC of Essendon in District 9800 and RI President in 1988-89.
For more information, please refer here.
This was the 500 award to be made and joint awardees on the evening were PDGs and good mates, Dennis Shore and Murray Verso. Well deserved!
 
Please take Read More link to see more pics.
Royce Abbey Award Night Ian Ballantine 2023-11-16 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation,Rotary International

Primary Schools Speech Contest Final

Posted by Ian Goldsmith on Nov 15, 2023
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Our Club (Mannigham City), played host to the District final of the Primary School Speech Competition on Wednesday night and what a superb night it was with 14 contestants representing 6 Rotary Clubs fighting out the final.
Our District Governor Ian Ballantine, District Governor Elect for D9815 Colin Byron, Assistant Governor Olive Aumann, District Youth Service Chair Malcolm Chiverton, our new Manningham Mayor Cr Carli Lange, former Mayor Cr Deirdre Diamante and Cr Anna Chen all attending and to a person they were astounded at the quality of the presentations from the students.
A brilliant night and our thanks go to Manningham City members and event organisers Trevor Dawson and Brian Tyedin, Timekeepers Dan Hession and Rod Simkiss, Photographer Anthony Callinan and the judging team from Toastmasters International.
Click on Read More for more pics.
Primary Schools Speech Contest Final Ian Goldsmith 2023-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 Youth

DG partner Project update November

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Nov 15, 2023
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Nunawading, Moorabbin, Box Hill Burwood, Emerald (at the Primary Schools Speech Competition) Monash additional, Chelsea
 
 
 
A reminder that if you would like to make a personal, tax deductible donation, please go here. Your donation will be credited against you, as a Rotarian and your Club. Just make sure that the email address you use, matches the address in MyRotary.
Donations from non-Rotarians are, of course, also welcome and can also be made through this portal.
If you are representing a club, please make the contribution by the normal channels but flag it as DG Project and drop DG Ian or Helen an email. Banking details for Clubs can be found here.
As of mid October, her project has received from Rotary members, Rotary Clubs and some non Rotarians a total of AUS$21,760.
Thank you.
DG partner Project update November Ian Ballantine 2023-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary Foundation

Polio Plus Update November 23

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Nov 15, 2023
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Afghanistan and Pakistan remain the only 2 countries in which polio (Wild Polio Virus 1) remains endemic.
The case count for this year now stands at 10 (Afghanistan, 6 and Pakistan 4).
Whilst it is disappointing that the case number is slowly growing as the year progresses, it is to be expected and just further underlines the need to continue the vaccination programs in these countries.
Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially vulnerable countries with weak public health and immunization services and travel or trade links to endemic countries.
 
Success in eradicating polio will mean that no more children will have to experience the devastating effects of the disease. Failure to eradicate polio could cause poliovirus to reappear around the world with an estimated 150,000-200,000 new cases expected every year within 10 years.
For the latest updates on polio eradication, click here.
For a great article about where we are and where we've come from in regards to Polio eradication, click here
Polio Plus Update November 23 Ian Ballantine 2023-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 End Polio

Timor Leste Project Launch

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Nov 14, 2023
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District Foundation Chair PDG David Alexander and I attended the Australian launch of the program to providing training on domestic violence in East Timor at the city campus of the Latrobe Universuty. In attendance was Dr Kirsty Sword Gusmao.
The project was funded by a Global Grant initiated by the Rotary Club of Manningham (now the club of Manningham City.
The project was a collaborative partnership between Latrobe University, the World Health Organisation and the former Rotary Club of Manningham to develop a curriculum to address Domestic Violence in Timor Leste.
Timor Leste Project Launch Ian Ballantine 2023-11-13 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Regionalisation Update November

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Nov 14, 2023
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Inaugural Regional Council Election Results
Clubs throughout Zone 8 have had their say, and the results of the first Zone 8 Regional Council election are now in. Click on Read More to see results.
Clubs have also now submitted preferences for Community Grouping. Hopefully we'll see the results soon. Election of Community Group leaders will, we expect take place in the new year.
The October webinar update is available on line here.
 
Keep up to date with all things related to Regionalisation here.
 
 
 
Regionalisation Update November Ian Ballantine 2023-11-13 13:00:00Z 0 Regionalisation,Rotary International

A word about The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Nov 14, 2023
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November is Rotary Foundation month so here is a little reminder of what the The Rotary Foundation is and what it achieves.
The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions.
Mission:
The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
A word about The Rotary Foundation Ian Ballantine 2023-11-13 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Rotary Beyond the Club

Posted by Carol Lawton on Nov 13, 2023
Are you a new member of Rotary? Do you want to learn more about Rotary?
 
Once again PDG Carol Lawton along with Barrie Vickers and Bronwen Lamond will be running a session aimed at providing newer members to Rotary some education about Rotary Beyond the Club.
On:      Sunday 3rd December, 9.30am for a 10.00 am start, concludes at 3.00pm
At:       Club Kilsyth, 1-15 Canterbury Rd, Bayswater North
 
Registration form available here.
 
Please return via email to clawton@melbpc.org.au by Friday 24th November in order that all arrangements, especially catering, can be finalised.

If you have any queries, either email as above or phone 0411 249 280 -  Carol Lawton
Rotary Beyond the Club Carol Lawton 2023-11-12 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Rotaract News November

Posted by Jessalyn Lim on Nov 08, 2023
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On October 15, Whitehorse Rotaract joined the Rotary Club of Nunawading at the Whitehorse Spring Festival to help run their stand, with the aim of promoting what Rotary does as an organisation as well as advertising the Whitehorse Farmers Market. They spent time talking to the festival go-ers and making very cute little personal badges for the kids.
 
Some Whitehorse Rotaractors attended a trivia night hosted by Melbourne East Disability Advocacy (MEDA) on October 27. Additionally, they recently donated to MEDA with funds raised from their efforts at every Whitehorse Farmers Market, as these funds enable Whitehorse Rotaract to give back to fantastic organisations within the City of Whitehorse.
 
Whitehorse Rotaract will be hosting their annual Christmas Card Making at the end of November, as well as a social movie night.
 
On October 30, Monash Rotaract had a club social in Glen Waverley; they had a great night of Korean dinner, Strike bowling and ice-cream.
 
Members of both Monash and Whitehorse competed in the Ping-Pong-a-Thon hosted by the Rotary Club of Waverley. This event raises funds to fight against Modern Day Slavery.
Their event has raised an incredible $13,174; you can donate more via https://pingpongathon.com/t/rotaryclubofwaverley.
Rotaract News November Jessalyn Lim 2023-11-07 13:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

RYLA Oceania’s RYLA Awards

Posted by Jessalyn Lim on Nov 08, 2023
RYLA Oceania hosted their inaugural RYLA Awards on 15 October 2023.
 
We received 12 nominations, and won 2 of them.
 
Please follow Read More link fore all the details.
RYLA Oceania’s RYLA Awards Jessalyn Lim 2023-11-07 13:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

Inspire Rotary

Posted by Trish Carr on Nov 05, 2023
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As a Rotary district heavily impact by lockdowns RYLA has been a breath of fresh air for the younger members of our community but there are many who could use that burst of inspiration and so It made me think – wouldn’t it be amazing if we could run a RYLA for Rotarians. Not only would it refresh their own leadership skills, it would encourage better teamwork and communication in clubs, connect them to a new generation but more importantly would give them a taste of RYLA and an understanding about how important the program is in supporting the leaders of tomorrow. It was a win, win situation as they would say.
Inspire Rotary Trish Carr 2023-11-04 13:00:00Z 1 Fellowship,Youth

Care Packs for Maroondah Mental Health Unit

Posted by Barb LAWRENCE on Nov 03, 2023
Rotary Lilydale has collaborated with Maroondah Hospital Mental Health Unit to supply care packs to all people admitted to the unit. These packs contain personal care items as well as things to keep the hands busy and brain stimulated. Over 1500 packs will be gifted each year. Items for the pack will be purchased, received as donations or recycled through Rotary DIK (Donations in Kind) Warehouse. Donations of item or funds will be gratefully accepted. Alternatively - raffle tickets can be purchased to support the project.
Care Packs for Maroondah Mental Health Unit Barb LAWRENCE 2023-11-02 13:00:00Z 0 Community

Stroke Advice

Posted by Gus Rozycki on Nov 01, 2023
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On Wednesday 1st November, the Rotary Club of Belgrave received a talk from Toni Arfaras a StrokeSafe volunteer speaker trained in public speaking, and experienced in delivering life-saving messages about stroke. Toni has had a stroke herself. Toni presented the common information about stroke and its prevention, and also draw on her own personal experiences providing a very powerful discussion.
The Australian Stroke Foundation (www.strokefoundation.org.au) is keen to reach out to Rotary and spread awareness about stroke.
Stroke Advice Gus Rozycki 2023-10-31 13:00:00Z 0 Community

Interact Conference

Posted by Daryl Moran on Oct 31, 2023
Multi-District Interact Conference will be taking place at Camberwell Grammar School (Boys), on Monday 27th November.
All District club Youth Chairs, along with Interact Clubs are invited to this event which will involve clubs from 9800, 9810, 9820 and hopefully, 9830 (Tasmania).
For more information, please contact District Youth Chair, Dr Daryl Moran. Start time 8.45am.
Interact Conference Daryl Moran 2023-10-30 13:00:00Z 0 Rotaract,Youth

RC Waverley PinPong-a-thon

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Oct 29, 2023
The Rotary Club of Waverley held it's inaugural Ping-pong-a-thon in October and raised a staggering $!3,500!
The event was held at the Mt Waverley Uniting Church and was a great great day.
The RC of Waverley is the first Rotary Club to "pong the world" but won't be the last!
There were people plying ping pong and people sizzling sausages, and eating them.
Congratulations go to Steve Lowe, the driving force behind the event and all the members who attended.
RC Waverley PinPong-a-thon Ian Ballantine 2023-10-28 13:00:00Z 0 Community,International

Zone 8 Conference

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Oct 29, 2023
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Rotary Zone 8 held its virtual Conference over the weekend of October 28 and 29.
Many members from Districts 9810 and 9820 attended.
Speakers included: Rotary International President, Gordon McInally, RI President Elect Stephanie Urchick, RI Past President and TRF Trustee, Jennifer Jones, Zone 8 Director, Ghim Bok Chew.
A number of topics were covered including membership, club models, polio eradication and of course, the Regionalisation pilot.
Take link to get some screen shots.
Zone 8 Conference Ian Ballantine 2023-10-28 13:00:00Z 0 Zone 8

OCH Safety Breakfast

Posted by David Whiting on Oct 28, 2023
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More than 80 members of the local community attended the Community Safety Breakfast held at South Oakleigh Bowling Club on Saturday 28th October.
This was a partnership event with the City of Monash & Victoria Police. All present were provided with a complimentary egg & bacon roll or vegetarian alternative breakfast. Thanks to all members who managed the catering on the day.
David Whiting welcomed all present on behalf of President Lesley Zuccaro. He also acknowledged & thanked the South Oakleigh Bowling Club for making their community building, available the event.
 
OCH Safety Breakfast David Whiting 2023-10-27 13:00:00Z 0 Community

Whitehorse Business Group Awards

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Oct 27, 2023
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Both the Rotary Clubs of Nunawading and Box Hill Central were well represented at the Whitehorse Business Group - Excellence in Business Awards special event held in the newly opened "The Round" in the Whitehorse Council precinct in Nunawading. Both clubs had tables at the event and each sponsored several of the awards. Along with members of each club were Assistant Governors Olive Aumann, from BHC and one of the judges, and Shia Smart, and DGE Colin Byron.
A bonus was to enjoy the MC fopr the evening,  ‎Anthony Lehmann (Lemo) who plays Jim on the ABC comedy, Utopia.
It was my pleasure to attend and my congratulations to both clubs for supporting the awards and gaining Rotary this exposure. Read on for reports from both clubs and some pics.
Whitehorse Business Group Awards Ian Ballantine 2023-10-26 13:00:00Z 0 Community,Membership,Vocation

RC Emerald Speech Contest

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Oct 24, 2023
I had the pleasure of attending the final of the Primary School Speech Contest organised by the Rotary Club of Emerald and District.
My congratulations to Sangeeta and the members of the Club for sponsoring the contest and holding such a successful evening. It was a great showcase for the club and Rotary.
It happened to be on World Polio day and so how fitting was it that could accept a cheque from the Club for the DG Partner's project, the End Polio Now campaign. It was a great opportunity to tell the audience which included many parents about Rotary and the End Polio campaign.
Click on Read More to read the article published in the "Star Mail"
RC Emerald Speech Contest Ian Ballantine 2023-10-23 13:00:00Z 0 Youth

Monash Golf Day

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Oct 23, 2023
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The Combined Rotary Clubs of Monash helf their Annual Mayor of Monash Golf day on October 23rd.
The weather was perfect and the event very well attended.
Funds raised on the day went to support the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in Glen Waverley.
My special congratulations to President Barry Muldoon of the Rotary Club of Waverley for such a successful day.
Click on Read More for more pics of the dinner.
Monash Golf Day Ian Ballantine 2023-10-22 13:00:00Z 0 Community

Royce Abbey Awards

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Oct 16, 2023
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I have received a request from Rotarian Roger Leask, Royce Abbey Award Committee in District 9810 to extend an invitation to members of District 9810 to attend their 500th Royce Abbey Award evening on the 17th November.
Venue will be The Windy Hill Venue, Cnr. Napier & Brewster Sts. Essendon, VIC - 3040
Guest Speaker - PDG Murray Verso, End Polio Now Coordinator - Zone 8 (2022-2025).
More details of the award here www.royceabbey.com
Or book here trybooking.com
Royce Abbey Awards Ian Ballantine 2023-10-15 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Rotaract News October

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Last month, 14 Rotaractors from Monash and Whitehorse participated in STEPtember. The funds raised from this challenge support a wide range of initiatives, helping people with cerebral palsy to live their best lives. You can donate to our fundraiser at: https://www.steptember.org.au/fundraisers/RotaractDistrict9810. We're only $75 away from meeting our goal of raising $1000, so we'd appreciate your donation!

District 9810/9820 held an interdistrict minigolf social on 7 October. While there was fantastic turnout from Monash Rotaract, unfortunately, it was poorly attended by the other clubs. We're planning to host a holiday picnic celebration in December.

Whitehorse Rotaract hosted their Post-Apocalyptic Murder Mystery Night as a social event on Friday the 13th of October. They raised $330 for FORaMEAL. FORaMEAL, a project of the Rotary Club of Canterbury, is an initiative to help provide emergency relief meals for those impacted by natural disasters.

Finally, RYLA Oceania held the RYLA Awards Ceremony on 15 October. District 9810/9820 won two of the District Program Awards: Best Community Engagement and Greatest Improvement or Innovation. Congratulations to all involved!
Rotaract News October Jessalyn Lim 2023-10-14 13:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

Regionalisation Update October

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Regional Council candidates.

On 3 October the Regionalisation Pilot announced the candidates for the first Regional Council in Zone 8 - that is Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. 

 

 Roles on the Regional Council 

  • Chair

  • Chair-Elect

  • Portfolio Lead: Major Fundraising and Grants

  • Portfolio Lead: Learning and Development

  • Portfolio Lead: Membership

  • Portfolio Lead: Public Image and Partnerships

  • Portfolio Lead: Service Projects and Programs

  • Rotaract Nominee (only Rotaract clubs are eligible to vote for this role)

The full list of candidates and their promotional statements here

Voting for the Regional Council 

Presidents on behalf of their clubs will vote for candidates via a preferential voting system. More information can be found here about voting

More information on the Regional Council can be found here. 

A reminder of the Regionalisation Website, Creating Tomorrow here.
Regionalisation Update October Ian Ballantine 2023-10-14 13:00:00Z 0 Regionalisation,Rotary International

Eastsider News

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I have received a link to the Eastsider News, October issue from RC Forest Hill member, Glenys Grant.
Link here.
There are a number of articles and advertisements concerning Rotary in the Eastern Suburbs.....
P13 Mont Albert Market Advert. -Patt G
P13 Vic Police, Neighbourhood Watch and Rotary working towards a Safer Community - GGrant
P14 Whitehorse Art Show Advert- Simon W
P14. Rotary Youth Leadership  Awards (RYLA) - GGrant
P15 Christmas at Blackburn Station Art and Craft Market - Advert -John Mc Phee
P16 Model United Nations Assembly ( MUNA) prizes for local students - GGrant P13 Mont Albert Market Advert. -Patt G
P13 Vic Police, Neighbourhood Watch and Rotary working towards a Safer Community - GGrant
P14 Whitehorse Art Show Advert- Simon W
P14. Rotary Youth Leadership  Awards (RYLA) - GGrant
P15 Christmas at Blackburn Station Art and Craft Market - Advert -John Mc Phee
P16 Model United Nations Assembly ( MUNA) prizes for local students - GGrant
 
Well done Glenys for helping Rotary gain this exposure.
Eastsider News Ian Ballantine 2023-10-14 13:00:00Z 0 Community

Polio Plus Update

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As we know only 2 countries remain endemic with wild polio in 2023 - namely Afghanistan and Pakistan.
It appears that so far this year there have been a total of seven cases reported (6 and one respectively).
Rotary remains a key player in the mission to eradicate polio and I congratulate the Clubs of District 9810 for recognising the month of October as End Polio month and arranging events accordingly.
 
Success in eradicating polio will mean that no more children will have to experience the devastating effects of the disease. Failure to eradicate polio could cause poliovirus to reappear around the world with an estimated 150,000-200,000 new cases expected every year within 10 years.
For a great article about where we are and where we've come from in regards to Polio eradication, click here
Polio Plus Update Ian Ballantine 2023-10-14 13:00:00Z 0 End Polio

Healesville Dog Day Out

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Helen and I had the pleasure of attending the Rotary Club of Healesville's Dog Day Out on Sunday, October 15. Also in attendance was PDG and Assistant Governor, Shia Smart and Duncan with their wire haired Dachshund, Sherlock.
Helen and I had our own dog, Billy the cavoodle and his friend who was with us following a sleepover, Alfie.
This has been a major event for the Club over the years but has been on hold due to COVID.
My congratulations to Vinay and all the members of the Healesville Rotary Club. What a great opportunity to showcase your Club.
Click on read more to see plenty of pics.
 
Healesville Dog Day Out Ian Ballantine 2023-10-14 13:00:00Z 0 Community,Fellowship,Membership

DG partner Project update October

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Helen's project continues to receive great support from the Clubs in our District. As I am completing my visits I am so encouraged by the commitment and and support Rotarians show for the End Polio Now initiative.
So since my last update we've received contributions from the following Clubs:
The Rotary Clubs of Glen Waverley incl Wheelers Hill, Rowville-Lysterfield, Noble Park - Dingley (thanks to Val Glenn and her team), Monash, Knox (further contribution) and Doncaster. Just a reminder that club contributions to Helen's project are till included as part of a Club's total annual contribution.
It's worth mentioning that many clubs are making two contributions to the End Polio Fund at the same time, reflecting the fact that their contribution via the Partner Project is additional to their original commitment.
A reminder that if you would like to make a personal, tax deductible donation, please go here. Your donation will be credited against you, as a Rotarian and your Club. Just make sure that the email address you use, matches the address in MyRotary.
Donations from non-Rotarians are, of course, also welcome and can also be made through this portal.
If you are representing a club, please make the contribution by the normal channels but flag it as DG Project and drop DG Ian or Helen an email. Banking details for Clubs can be found here.
As of mid October, her project has received from Rotary members, Rotary Clubs and some non Rotarians a total of AUS$19,260.
Thank you.
DG partner Project update October Ian Ballantine 2023-10-14 13:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary Foundation

Polio Plus Society

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The Polio Plus Society, is a fundraising and recognition program specifically to support the worldwide effort to eradicate polio.  Members pledge to donate at least US$100 ($160AUD) annually to the PolioPlus Fund until polio is eliminated from the world.
Rotarians are encouraged to be part of this initiative.
Please read on....
Polio Plus Society David Grieve 2023-10-12 13:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary Foundation

Shelterbags

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I hear of so many great projects being undertaken by all our Clubs as I do my visits.
On my recent visit to the Mt Waverley Club I learnt about the Shelterbags project addressing the needs of the homeless in our communities. Shelterbags* provide our Homeless people with some dignity, plus warmth and shelter from the rain, wind and cold.
You can support this RAWCS endorsed project either as an individual or Club.
My thanks to Ann Grant from the RC of Mt Waverley for supplying this information.
Download flyer here.
Shelterbags Ian Ballantine 2023-10-12 13:00:00Z 0 Community

2023 Zone 8 Virtual Conference

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2023 Zone 8 Conference will be held on-line this year and all Rotarians are invited to attend.
Past District Governors Leanne Jaggs from the Rotary Club of Manukau Sunrise and Karen Purdue from the Rotary Club of Invercargill Sunrise, New Zealand will co-chair the virtual event, themed ‘Moments that Matter’.
 
Along with bringing Rotarians, Rotaractors and the wider community together, this virtual event will create an environment to share ideas and learn from our members about the matters that are important to them.
 
Our global keynote speakers will share examples of tangible steps, you can take back to your club to increase our Ability to Adapt.
Cost will $25 per Rotarian or Rotaractor.
All details and link to booking here.
2023 Zone 8 Virtual Conference Ian Ballantine 2023-10-11 13:00:00Z 0 Conference,Fellowship

International – Foundation Professional Development Seminar

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The International – Foundation Professional Development Seminar was held at the Melbourne Baseball Club, Surrey Road Box Hill on Monday 18 September, 2023. The seminar focused on ‘Sustainability’ to ensure that the benefits of District and Global Grants projects are achieved long after the Rotary funding has ended. Sustainability addresses 6 inter-linked issues:
  • Start with the community
  • Encourage local ownership
  • Provide training
  • Buy local
  • Find local funding
  • Measure your success
Take link to read more and get links to downloads.
International – Foundation Professional Development Seminar David Alexander 2023-10-11 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Surplus PPE finds a home

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As you may recall I sent out a plea on behalf of Glenn Tippett of the Boronia Club to find a worthwhile home for some surplus PPE that was headed to landfill.
A number of clubs responded indicating they would investigate different options and my thanks to all those clubs who responded.
A big big thank you goes to the Moorabbin Club and its President, Anita Bayros who, through her contacts at the Australian Animal Protection Society in Keysborough, was able to find a worthwhile recipient.
Thanks Anita and the Moorabbin RC.
 
Surplus PPE finds a home Ian Ballantine 2023-10-10 13:00:00Z 0 Community
Pakistan’s female vaccinators Ian Ballantine 2023-10-09 13:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary Foundation,Rotary International

DG partner Project update September

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As I go about my Club visits, I am delighted to report that the support for Helen's partner project of End Polio Now has been fantastic and a real credit to the commitment of our members in this District to support the End Polio initiative.
As I stress to Clubs, any contributions to the Fund in the name of her project have to be over and above what the Club was already committing. The idea behind the partner project was to raise funds specifically for that project.
So since my last update we've received contributions from the following Clubs:
The Rotary Clubs of Beaumaris, Boronia, Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale, Warrandyte Donvale, Waverley, Maroondah, Hampton, Monash and Surry Hills, and Manningham City. Just a reminder that club contributions to Helen's project are till included as part of a Club's total annual contribution.
A reminder that if you would like to make a personal, tax deductible donation, please go here. Your donation will be credited against you, as a Rotarian and your Club. Just make sure that the email address you use, matches the address in MyRotary.
Donations from non-Rotarians are, of course, also welcome and can also be made through this portal.
If you are representing a club, please make the contribution by the normal channels but flag it as DG Project and drop DG Ian or Helen an email. Banking details for Clubs can be found here.
As of mid September, her project has received from Rotary members, Rotary Clubs and some non Rotarians a total of AUS$15,260.
Thank you.
DG partner Project update September Ian Ballantine 2023-09-15 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary Foundation

October is End Polio Month

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.....and 24th October is WORLD POLIO DAY
 
A letter was circulated to all members this week by David Grieve bringing us up to date with contributions by clubs to the End Polio Now campaign so far this year.
In addition, David encourages clubs to raise awareness of the End Polio campaign during the month of October and even host a fund raising event.
 
Here is a link to the End Polio Resource Centre where there are videos, materials, banners, posters, and in particular, materials focusing on World Polio day.
 
For those of you who missed David's letter, take the link here to Read More.
October is End Polio Month Ian Ballantine 2023-09-15 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary Foundation

Rotaract News September

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Rotaract is stepping for September!

STEPtember is a fun and inclusive virtual challenge that encourages people to move their way to 10,000 steps a day - whenever, wherever, and however they like - from 1-30 September.

Every 20 hours, an Australian child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Taking on the challenge and fundraising for life-changing research, treatment, services and assistive technologies, supports people with cerebral palsy to live their best life.
Rotaract News September Jessalyn Lim 2023-09-14 14:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

Regionalisation Update September

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During August the Steering Group and Pilot Establishment Team leads hosted a series of webinars to share information about the Regional Council elections and Rotary Community groups.
I know of many Rotarians from District 9810 attended one of these.
If you missed out, you can still watch one by following this link. The powerpoint presentation is also available here.
For further updates on Regionalisation, take the Read More link.
 
A reminder of the Regionalisation Website, Creating Tomorrow here.
Regionalisation Update September Ian Ballantine 2023-09-14 14:00:00Z 0 Regionalisation,Rotary International

Singapore Convention

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The Rotary convention is where friendship and learning come together to inspire you. In Singapore you’ll connect with people of action from around the globe at Rotary’s biggest event of the year.
The 2024 Rotary International Convention, will be be held 25-29 May in Singapore.
Here are a couple of stories to help inspire you to register.
Shape-shifting Singapore - here - By Wen Huang
Singapore – a land of surprises - here. By Jennifer Scott, Chair of the 2024 International Convention Committee
 
Register now here
Singapore Convention Ian Ballantine 2023-09-13 14:00:00Z 0

2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference

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Welcome to the ROTARY AT COP28
Volunteering Opportunities for young Rotarians!
COP28 is the 28th Conference of the Parties, a crucial global climate summit that will take place in the United Arab Emirates from 30th November to 12th December 2023. This summit gathers representatives from nearly 200 countries to address pressing climate-related challenges and foster international collaboration for a sustainable future. 
Rotary International is proud to actively participate in COP28, contributing its expertise and commitment to environmental stewardship and community welfare. We are looking to engage a small group of young Rotarians and Rotaractors from around the world at COP28.
2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference Ian Ballantine 2023-09-13 14:00:00Z 0 Rotaract,Rotary International
International & Foundation Committees – Professional Development Seminar Ian Ballantine 2023-09-11 14:00:00Z 0 International,Rotary Foundation

Rotary Brand Centre

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This is a message to any Rotarian in any capacity who has anything responsibilities regarding the publicity and promotion of their club or any of its activities. Use the Rotary Brand Centre!
Not only is this a great resource but by frequently visiting it, you will keep all your materials current.
The Brand Centre is more than just a collection of graphics and other materials. In it you will also find lots of ideas to help you promote your club and its projects. They will help you tell your club’s stories of service and impact continue to be updated and enhanced.
 
Rotary Brand Centre Ian Ballantine 2023-09-11 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Get your event in Highlights

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Just a reminder to all members, but especially Presidents, committee chairs and event organisers to get your event into the District Event Newsletter, Highlights, edited by Michael Ellinger.
This will also ensure it gets included in the District Event Calendar on the website, link here.
To publish your event and/or function please send it to Michael in either a word document or PDF file format at highlights9810@gmail.com
Current and past editions can be found here.
Get your event in Highlights Ian Ballantine 2023-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

New Member Retention

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I have been really encouraged by the efforts and successes of many of our Clubs in securing new members into Rotary.
I know it's a challenging task and requires an effort on so many fronts.
 
In this post, I've put down a few thoughts I have about the major issues facing us in regards to member retention, and what we can do to alleviate them.
I welcome any feedback.
New Member Retention Ian Ballantine 2023-09-03 14:00:00Z 0 Membership

5 minutes of your time to help a Club receive $20,000

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Here’s a chance for District 9810 Rotarians to help one of our Clubs win a grant of $20,000 to help further develop a fantastic community project.
Mark Smith of the Rotary Club of Boronia has developed the “Knox Rocks” music program for a group of young people from the local area.
Westfield are running a “Local Heroes” program where they are awarding grants to further foster successful community projects.
Mark is one of the three finalists, thus already guaranteeing a grant of $5,000.
5 minutes of your time to help a Club receive $20,000 Ian Ballantine 2023-08-27 14:00:00Z 0 Youth

RC Nunawading Hosts Community Safety Event

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Rotary Nunawading was invited by the Whitehorse Business Group to co-host a Community Safety Breakfast in support of Neighbourhood Watch Whitehorse, on 25 August 2023, held at the Canterbury International Hotel Forest Hill.
 
The guest speakers were senior Sergeant Ronald Sinclair and Senior Constable Brendan Gogarty, Whitehorse Crime Prevention Officer both from Box Hill Police Station were introduced by Kay Evans, President Neighbourhood Watch Whitehorse.
The Club promoted the event to cluster clubs ranging from Mont Albert - Surrey Hills [MASH] to Maroondah and to Whitehorse Rotaract.
 
RC Nunawading Hosts Community Safety Event Ian Evans 2023-08-24 14:00:00Z 0 Club Project,Community,Membership
RC Springvale City 20th Anniversary Ian Ballantine 2023-08-19 14:00:00Z 0 Community,Fellowship,Membership

Model United Nations 2023

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Aug 15, 2023
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This year's Model United Nations is happening this Saturday and an invitation is extended to all Rotarians and friends to attend.
This is, once again, being held as a joint event between Districts 9810 and 9820.
Teams of two students (years 10 - 12) from across Rotary Districts 9810 & 9820 represent a country, research that country's views, and debate just as they would at the United Nations.
My congratulations and appreciation goes out to all Clubs who have sponsored a team.
All details regarding time and venue can be found here.
Model United Nations 2023 Ian Ballantine 2023-08-14 14:00:00Z 0 Youth

Regionalisation Update

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Aug 15, 2023
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The pilot is really gathering some momentum now.
As stated, the Pilot’s main goal is to find ways to more effectively and efficiently support you and your club to increase impact, grow membership, and adapt to changing volunteer needs and expectations.
For all updates and useful links, go to the dedicated website here.
News this month concerns the election of the Regional Council and the structure and operation of Community Groups.
 
Regionalisation Update Ian Ballantine 2023-08-14 14:00:00Z 0 Regionalisation,Rotary International

Rotary Alumni News

Posted by Kehela Vandenberg on Aug 15, 2023
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You are invited to attend the upcoming 2023 Engaging Rotary Alumni Zoom Workshop  on 31st August.
Learn how to effectively assist your Club to re-connect, build relationships and engage with Rotary's Alumni and the benefits for Rotary and Alumni.
Lookout for details on the Events Calendar or on the flyer...
 
Rotary Alumni News Kehela Vandenberg 2023-08-14 14:00:00Z 0 Alumni

Get District events in your calendar

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Aug 13, 2023
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Get all District 9810 events automatically added to your calendar.
From the Calendar page here you can subscribe to the District's event calendar.
This will result in the District's calendar being added to your existing calendar subscriptions, thus ensuring that as an event is added (or modified) to the District's calendar, it will appear on your phone, tablet etc.
Calendars supported are Outlook, Google and Apple.
Take the link, Subscribe to Calendar, from the Calendar Page here.
Get District events in your calendar Ian Ballantine 2023-08-12 14:00:00Z 0 Website

Rotary Borehole Project in Kenya

Posted by Wilma Best on Aug 12, 2023
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Establishing a Rotary Borehole Project in Meru County, Kenya East Africa
The Borehole will be Powered by Solar Energy and located at Kithima, Maili Saba. This site is equatorial but considered semi-arid.  However but the area is known for the availability of aquifers.  In Meru County, the Rotary Club of Meru recently oversaw the construction of a borehole in the vicinity (Pictured).
 
Rotary Borehole Project in Kenya Wilma Best 2023-08-11 14:00:00Z 0 Club Project,Rotary Foundation,Rotary International

My Rotary has a new look

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Aug 10, 2023
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My Rotary has a new, more friendly look about it. Give it a try.
The link to My Rotary is here.
Don't have a My Rotary account? Click here for instructions on how to set it up.
Your account with MyRotary is different to any account you might have with your own Club or the District site.
For those not familiar with My Rotary, it is the on-line portal for members of Rotary to access various resources, tools, and information related to their membership and participation in Rotary activities.
Some of the common features you might find on a "My Rotary" portal include:
My Rotary has a new look Ian Ballantine 2023-08-09 14:00:00Z 0 Membership,Rotary International

Rotaract news

Posted by Jessalyn Lim on Aug 07, 2023
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Rotaract news this month comes from the Presidents of our Rotaract Clubs of Whitehorse and Monash.
In this article, we hear from each club about their priorities and goals for the coming year.
 
Rotaract news Jessalyn Lim 2023-08-06 14:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

Making an Impact on Literacy in Guatemala

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Aug 05, 2023
Gaby Moreno and Rotary President Jennifer Jones on Making an Impact on Literacy in Guatemala. "We want to put an end to illiteracy and create positive change.” Grammy award-winning artist Gaby Moreno ( @officialgabymoreno ) shares her passion for a brighter future for children in Guatemala with #Rotary President Jennifer Jones.
Making an Impact on Literacy in Guatemala Ian Ballantine 2023-08-04 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation,Rotary International

DG partner Project update

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Aug 05, 2023
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DG Ian's partner project is supporting End Polio Now.
So far Helen has attracted a number of donations from many individuals from within and outside the Rotary family.
In addition, four clubs within the District have so far made donations. They are the Rotary Clubs of Box Hill Central, Cheltenham, Knox and Bentleigh Moorabbin Central.
A number of others have made a commitment, to be realised towards the end of the Rotary year.
If you would like to make a personal, tax deductible donation, please go here.
Your donation will be credited against you, as a Rotarian and your Club.
If you are representing a club, please make the contribution by the normal channels but flag it as DG Project and drop DG Ian or Helen an email. Or, even better, give it to them in person if you have the opportunity.
Thank you.
DG partner Project update Ian Ballantine 2023-08-04 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary Foundation

TECHCOM - Club Survey

Posted by Gus Rozycki on Aug 04, 2023
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District Technology Committee offers clubs a free club questionnaire service.
This survey focuses on your day-to-day experiences in our Rotary club.
Members input is valuable and will be used by club leaders all of us to make the club even better.
The template has no right or wrong answers; it simply ask for your honest opinions.
 
If you would like your own club questionnaire that tally's the answers in to excel,
please contact Peter Dalwood: admin@9810rotary.org.au 
 
TECHCOM - Club Survey Gus Rozycki 2023-08-03 14:00:00Z 0 Alumni,Membership

End Polio District Incentive

Posted by David Alexander on Aug 01, 2023
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An important update to the District's incentive scheme to Clubs regarding contributions to End Polio;
D9810 will again match the first 10 Club contributions to PolioPlus of US$1,000 with US$1,000 District Designated Funds (DDF). TRF will provide a 50% match to DDF.
So:
A Club donation of USD$1,000 matched by our District with US1,000 DDF attracts a further USD$500 (50%) from The Rotary Foundation. 
So for the first 10 Clubs contributing to Polio, your initial contribution of USD$1,000 becomes USD $2,500, which receives the Gates Foundation 2:1 match of an additional USD$5,000, giving a total contribution of USD$7,500 to End Polio Now.
End Polio District Incentive David Alexander 2023-07-31 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary Foundation

Kenya Borehole Project

Posted by Shia Smart on Jul 28, 2023
Clubs are invited to join an International Project to provide a Borehole
The project is a partnership arrangement between the Rotary Clubs of Bayswater and Healesville and the project overseen by the Rotary Club of Meru D9212 Kenya
The partners are seeking funding support for the Borehole Project sited at Kithima/Maili Saba in Meru County Kenya.  The object is to provide a reliable source of water for farming and domestic purposes.  The borehole will be Solar Powered and the water to grow crops to feed farm animals and provide vegetable and fruit crops for 250 needy school children. 
Contacts: PP Barrie Vickers Bayswater  m: 0407 544555
and/or PP Wilma Best Healesville m: 0476 289583
 
For a more detailed story, click here.
Kenya Borehole Project Shia Smart 2023-07-27 14:00:00Z 0 Club Project,International

RC Hampton Tonga Project

Posted by Peter Read on Jul 28, 2023
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Rotary International Project – Screening the Hearing of Year 1 and 2 Primary School Students in Tonga
 On 17th January 2023, after a frustrating 3 years of planning and preparation which had been delayed by a pandemic and natural disaster, Rotary Club of Hampton (RCH) in partnership with the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa (RCN) we were informed by The Rotary Foundation that our application for Global Grant for the project had been approved.
RC Hampton Tonga Project Peter Read 2023-07-27 14:00:00Z 0 International,Rotary Foundation

Rotarians Against Malaria call for support

Posted by Murray Wilson on Jul 19, 2023
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With Polio Eradication so close to being achieved, Rotarians around the world are fighting the next big health battle, Malaria.  For many years Rotary has been funding research and activities, in association with the World Health Organisation, aimed to prevent and eliminate malaria throughout the world.
RAM
Rotarians Against Malaria call for support Murray Wilson 2023-07-18 14:00:00Z 0 RAM

Foundation Giving - Great Result

Posted by David Alexander on Jul 16, 2023
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Congratulation D9810 Clubs and Rotarians. A great result for ‘giving’ to The Rotary Foundation in 2022-23.
The Rotary Foundation relies on the contribution of funds from many sources. The main ones are from Clubs and individual Rotarians.
I'd like to congratulate and thank the Clubs and Rotarians of District 9810 for their continuing generous support of The Rotary Foundation during 2022-23.
Make sure you read this article to the end....
Foundation Giving - Great Result David Alexander 2023-07-15 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Has Your Club Cashed in their Gold Nuggets?

Posted by Keels Vandenberg on Jul 16, 2023
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Every Club has at their fingertips a pool of individuals (aka the ‘gold nuggets’) who could act as guest speakers, consultants, collaborators, volunteers, project partners, Rotary advocates, participants of future Rotary opportunities, sponsors or donors and even potentially future members. These individuals are Rotary’s alumni; past participants or recipients of Rotary’s Youth and Foundation programs and scholarships.
Has Your Club Cashed in their Gold Nuggets? Keels Vandenberg 2023-07-15 14:00:00Z 0 Alumni,Membership

Rotary Cricket turns 30

Posted by Richard Groom on Jul 14, 2023
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It was at a meeting in the old Long Room at the MCG in May 1993 during the Rotary International convention of that year that the International Fellowship of Cricket Loving Rotarians was founded.
Past RI president Rajendra K Saboo from India and past RI director Geoffrey Pike from England were responsible for the Long Room meeting taking place.
Rotary Cricket turns 30 Richard Groom 2023-07-13 14:00:00Z 0 Fellowship

Emerald & District Rotary ‘s Marathon BBQ

Posted by Shalini Penny on Jul 13, 2023
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Rotary is no stranger to the weekend BBQ outside their local butcher or Bunnings; however, the Rotary Club of Emerald & District has taken this fundraiser to new heights by a collaborative initiative with Puffing Billy Railway for the spectacular event “The Train of Lights.”
When Puffing Billy Railway approached Emerald Rotary with the proposition of running a BBQ on each night of the "Train of Lights" extravaganza, the Club eagerly presented the idea to its members.
Emerald & District Rotary ‘s Marathon BBQ Shalini Penny 2023-07-12 14:00:00Z 0 BBQ,Community
Message from Rotaract District Representative Jessalyn Lim 2023-07-11 14:00:00Z 2 Rotaract,Youth

9810 Conference 24

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Jul 12, 2023
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The District Conference will be held in Warrnambool, March 22-24, 2024 web page here.
Please go to this page to register and utilise the accommodation booking portal. As time goes on we will be adding more information about sporting and social events to be run in conjunction with the Conference and information on speakers.
The theme for the Conference is mental health, in line with International President Gordon McInally's request to treat this issue with some priority in his year. Refer his video here.
Registrations will open 9am Monday, July 24.
9810 Conference 24 Ian Ballantine 2023-07-11 14:00:00Z 0 Conference,Mental Health

Gala's Healthy Gift Maroondah RC

Posted by Darrin Scott on Jul 11, 2023
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Maroondah Hospital and the Rotary Club of Maroondah celebrated raising $27,000 for the hospital's gender-sensitive care in inpatient settings on Tuesday 23 May, after a successful gala night hosted by the Rotary Club.
More than 200 Guests enjoyed the night with professionals from Eastern Health, auctions, raffles and entertainment of live music.
Gala's Healthy Gift Maroondah RC Darrin Scott 2023-07-10 14:00:00Z 0 Club Project,Community,Mental Health

Gordon McInally Address

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Jul 10, 2023
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International President, Gordon McInally has prepared an address to all members, as published in his newsletter on the 10th July.
It goes for just over 2 minutes and he talks specifically about mental health. As many of you know, this is a deeply personal issue for Gordon.
I strongly recommend you watch it. The link to the video is here.
Gordon McInally Address Ian Ballantine 2023-07-09 14:00:00Z 0 Mental Health,Rotary Foundation,Rotary International

The Highlands Foundation RC Beaumaris

Posted by Denise Grocke on Jul 08, 2023
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Beaumaris Rotary Supports The Highlands Foundation
 
A chance meeting between the founder of The Highlands Foundation (HF), Kylie Stanley, and Beaumaris Rotarian PP Heather Chisholm led to Beaumaris Rotary making a commitment to support maternal and child health in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
The Highlands Foundation RC Beaumaris Denise Grocke 2023-07-07 14:00:00Z 0 Club Project,International

Rotary Manningham City

Posted by John Bennie on Jul 08, 2023
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An exciting new era begins!......Rotary Manningham City.
Throughout the course of the last Rotary year, the Rotary Clubs of Manningham (RCM) and Templestowe (RCT) embarked upon and followed a detailed, deliberate, considered, and engaging process of assessment of the merger of both Clubs.
Rotary Manningham City John Bennie 2023-07-07 14:00:00Z 0 Membership

Are you a new member?

Posted by Carol Lawton on Jul 08, 2023
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Have you joined Rotary in the last  6 months? Would you like to discover more about Rotary beyond your Club?
Then we have a great opportunity for you to do just that:
“Rotary Beyond the Club”
Are you a new member? Carol Lawton 2023-07-07 14:00:00Z 0 Membership
Regionalisation Pilot Update Ian Ballantine 2023-07-05 14:00:00Z 0 Regionalisation,Rotary International

District Changeover July 1 2023

Posted by Ian Ballantine on Jul 01, 2023
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The District Changeover was held on July 1, 2023 at Southern Golf Club.
Special guests included Past Rotary International President Ian Riseley and PDG Juliet.
Follow link to photos........
District Changeover July 1 2023 Ian Ballantine 2023-06-30 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover

Nunawading Changeover

Posted by Ian Evans on Jun 30, 2023
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At the Club's recent changeover, there were a number of awards.
 
1.Club member Bob Williams receiving the Deakin Community Award from Michael Sukkar MP.
2. DG Ian Ballantine about to pin on PHF 4 Sapphire to Gabby Knaepple
3. Gabby Knaepple respond after DG Ian had pinned on the PHF 4 Sapphire, me, and Ian Armstrong, who read the citation.
Please follow link to see the pics.
Nunawading Changeover Ian Evans 2023-06-29 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover,Fellowship,Membership

ROMAC - Lucilia’s Story

On 17th February 2018, Lucilia Soares arrived from Timor Leste, with her half-sister Santina, for treatment for a nasal phasogele carcinoma (throat tumour) at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC).
Lucilia had just turned 9 and had been receiving chemotherapy at the Dili General Hospital but now needed radiotherapy to stop the spread of the tumour.
 
On arrival, Lucilia and Santina, were welcomed by home hosts Robyn and Ken Dusting, D9810 ROMAC Chair Graeme Chester and ROMAC Timorese interpreter, Yulitta Owen. Things then quickly swung into action with Lucilia’s preadmission appointment at RCH on 19th February involving her supervising Oncologist, Dr Michael Sullivan (RCH), RCH Oncology Nurse Jayne Harrison, PMCC Dr Greg Wheeler and RCH Dr Julie Cayrol.
 
Follow-up medical checks and scans found that Lucilia required dental work (4 extractions and 2 caps), a chest infection requiring hospitalisation, and a neck brace fitted as the tumour had infiltrated and weakened two of her neck vertebrae. Finally, on 13th March, Lucilia commenced her radiotherapy at PMCC for 6 weeks, Mon-Fri. Interspersed, she had weekly appointments with Dr Sullivan, Dr Wheeler and Dr Michael Johnson, her RCH Orthopaedic specialist. 
 
Outside of her hospital visits, Lucilia continued to thrive under the love and care of Robyn and Ken and had many interesting experiences with their family and friends, their church (where she joined the choir), the beach, a farm, the Ballarat Wildlife Park, the Aquarium and the Melbourne Zoo. Robyn also included her into an ESL class she gives for refugees and Lucilia proved to be a quick learner. Also, as the Dustings had some previously arranged family commitments which took them out of Melbourne, she spent time with other host families Yulitta and Tref Owen, Margaret and John Mason (RC of Bentleigh Moorabbin) and Dianne and Bill Sides (RC of Clayton). To say the least, Lucilia was well cared for by her extended D9810 ROMAC family.
 
In late March, it became evident that Santina had family matters that were worrying her so ROMAC arranged for her to return to Dili and Lucilia’s mother, Carlota (now medically fit to travel), to come to Melbourne. Lucilia’s treatment continued and all was going well until 17th April when the expected side effects of the radiotherapy kicked in with extreme soreness of the throat and significant burns to the skin on her neck. She was hospitalised for treatment and released 4 days later after one last radiotherapy session. After subsequent scans, Dr Sullivan determined that she was disease free and, when her radiation burns healed, she would be cleared to return home.
 
On 7th May, Lucilia had her final medical appointments at RCH and was given clearance to return home. She will, however, have two more chemotherapy treatments in Dili and, to ensure that her vertebrae heal properly, her Orthopaedic specialist, Dr Johnson, requires her to wear her neck brace until December when she will return to RCH for scans to determine if the vertebrae have healed, or if surgery to fuse them is required. Continued on Page 5 ROMAC - Lucilia’s Story 5 Continued from Page 4 On 13th May, Lucilia and Carlota flew home. After 12 weeks with us, Lucilia returned home disease free and with a good prognosis for the ultimate repair of her neck vertebrae. She is an intelligent young girl and through ROMAC’s help she now has the prospect of a long and bright future. During the 2018/19 Rotary year, the D9810 ROMAC Team hosted three patients from Timor Leste (Patricio, Joana and Lucilia) for a total of 25 weeks. All returned home happy and well, due in no small way to the 24/7 commitment of our wonderful ROMAC volunteers and the dedicated medical staff of our Melbourne hospitals. 
ROMAC - Lucilia’s Story Paul Mee 2018-06-02 14:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Posted on Apr 06, 2016
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

Posted on Apr 06, 2016
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Posted on Apr 06, 2016
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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Saving lives in Ghana

Posted on Apr 06, 2016
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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