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

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

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
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.
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.
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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