The members of the Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan - District 2451 – Egypt are happy to renew their invitation to you and the members of your prestigious and respectful club to learn more about, and share our Rotary organized initiative, "Cross Egypt Challenge" that aims to promote tourism to Egypt and to prove that Egypt is still safe for tourism.
Peter Frueh, District Governor 2017-2018
As we move to the changing of the guard during this club changeover period, it is worth reflecting on what we achieved during 2017-18 as individual Rotarians, as members of a club and for those involved at District or beyond the club. I hope your 2017-18 year has been as interesting, rewarding and at times challenging as has Anne and mine with our roles.
We have seen first hand the amazing projects our clubs undertake within our communities here and abroad. It is true that every project starts with one person, is forged by a club and made sustainable by ongoing commitment of others. While we all feel, “what can I alone do?” faced with such major community needs, when we work together we can achieve a lot. Each person we help is thankful for our efforts. We all need hope and the hand of friendship we offer others is crucial to their future.
Rotary International offers many opportunities and I encourage you to seek these, within the club and outside also. There are Rotarian Action Groups which are formed by those committed to a specific area of interest, for example elimination of Malaria or the new one on Family Safety, started by our own Melbourne Rotary club.
Whatever passion you have there is a way to follow it in Rotary and if there isn’t, talk to your friends and start a movement! Rotary International is the original incubator of social enterprises, many of which start within Rotary but grow to have their own structure.
There is so much to look forward to as we look to 2018-19 and beyond. Please support your club leaders as they move to make necessary changes to make Rotary more welcoming, diverse and inclusive. Your District Support team are available to provide advice and link you up with suitable resources and partners.
As we conclude this Rotary year at the Toronto Rotary International Convention, in the company of many thousands of Rotary enthusiasts, Anne and I wish you the best for the future in “Making a Difference” and hope you will “Be the Inspiration”.
The Justin Art House Museum is an initiative of Charles and Leah Justin, who are passionate collectors of contemporary art. Through their house museum they hope to share both their collection and their passion for art with the public.
JAHM is designed as a 3 level building at 3 Lumley Court Prahran.
It comprises a dedicated gallery space at first floor level and residence at second floor level, designed specifically to display art.
Despite the dire long range weather forecasts the event enjoyed a beautiful sunny and warm day.
Volunteers from the Gateway Rotaract Club and the Keilor cricket club turned up at 6.00am to assist club members with putting up the fencing and setting up the food marquee.
The first cars started arriving just after 7-00am with a fantastic array of cars and bikes, from as far afield as Frankston and Berwick attending the show.
At a recent Stroke Foundation event our very own District Governor Nominee Grant Hocking (Woodend Rotary) received the President Award for 2018. Many readers may know that Grant is employed as a Clinical Manager at Ambulance Victoria and has had an interest in the prevention and management of Stroke for over a decade.
By Ben Hosking, Chair, Ainger Public Speaking Award
The Ainger Public Speaking Awards is a joint project between the Rotary Club of Richmond and the Rotary Club of Melbourne Park. It was originally a project of the Rotary Club of Richmond and the Ainger family in memory of past member Ern Ainger.
The award gives high school students the opportunity to speak on any topic for four minutes. The competition focuses on preparation, personality, projection and individuality rather than the topic itself.
Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues. The campaign is an initiative of PeaceJam Foundation and is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Rigoberta Menchú Tum, with the ambitious goal of inspiring a billion acts of peace by 2020.
By Barry Hickman, Rotary Club of Brighton
Global Grant - Varin District Global Grant - Varin District
We met with the commune committee at the end of April to discuss the running of the fish farm and how the proceeds from the sale of fish will be used to both pay down the community loan and be invested in the community for the benefit of the community.
The lights of Melbourne sparkled and glowed in a rainbow of brilliant colours as the Melbourne Star slowly turned 120 metres above the ground. Rotarians, family and friends gazed from their pods at the sights below, as the wheel, decked out for the occasion in Rotary blue and yellow traversed the sky.
By Peter Frueh, District Governor 2017-2018
It is a time to reflect on the many great Rotary programs to support youth. Some of these are run across the world such as Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment. Others across Australia, such as Model United Nations Assembly, National Youth Science Forum.
Sunday 6th May, 2018, Historic Keilor Hotel, Cnr. Old Calder Hwy & Arabin St, Keilor
The program is directed at preventing alcohol and risk related trauma in serious dangerous driving offenders, and is run in conjunction with the Sunshine Magistrate’s Court, Victoria Police and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Trauma Service. Each program involves 30 young serious road offenders in a confronting three part counselling and face to face experience regime (including with victims and families of serious motor vehicle accidents) before returning to Court, prior to sentencing, to present their individual program experiences and its impacts on them. Evidence of the success of the program is that just 9% of its participants are seen in Court again after one year.
The Rotary Clubs of Melton and Melton Valley joined together for a tree planting effort on 21st April, 2018
Wedge Park Primary School in Melton was the beneficiary when fifty trees were planted to help meet Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s target of one tree for every Rotarian.
“I’m going to be the best self I can be” is the attitude of the candidates we celebrated at the Shine On awards on Sunday 20th June, 2018. It is fitting that every nominee is a winner and is honoured with a beautiful framed certificate which states their qualities and community endeavours.
Clubs nominate people in their community that, despite disability, demonstrate resilience. LAAARF (Laughability) Choir Master Leon Scott described this as “character muscle” and he reminded us quite rightly that Rotarians are so fortunate to be associated with people who teach us “lessons of empowerment” when they have overcome adversity through living with disability with quiet resilience and not accepting that they are restricted…but just “GOWI”. Get On With It!
This edition of Networker has some great stories from the recent District Conference in Warrnambool. Thanks to the over 700 who attended and participated in some way as delegates, partners, speakers, volunteers, etc. We aimed to have a fun conference which had interesting and diverse speakers, Rotary ideas, some local tours and events as well as plenty of social interaction. The feedback has been very positive on these aspects and will help planning the Multi District Conference in Feb 2019. Anne and I would like to thank the many volunteers and participants who made it such a good event.
Twenty-two members and partners of Rotary Central Melbourne made a big difference to Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre’s outdoor areas on Saturday April 14, 2018. Royal Talbot is a campus of Austin Health. Unkempt, unloved courtyard gardens were transformed during the morning. We put in about 60 person-hours of labor, creating neat and eye-soothing vistas of paths, garden-beds and grounds.
Bob Fels has won Rotary’s “Outstanding Service Award” for outstanding service to D9800, The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International. The citation says Bob played a pioneering role in making the Peace & Conflict Resolution program a signature program for District 9800. The program has had an unmatched success rate throughout the Rotary world with at least one candidate accepted into the program every year since its inception. He was also an international member of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee from 2007-13.
Bob, a Melbourne Rotary stalwart, in June 2014 was conferred with a Citation for Meritorious Service by the Rotary Foundation and in May 2017, was elevated to Paul Harris Ruby. Keep on keeping on Bob!
Rotary International President Ian Riseley on March 14, 2018 dedicated a tree at Rotary Park in the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens. He was the 28th RI President to be commemorated in the Rotary Park after Paul Harris planted the first tree in 1936. This is a Brush Box tree and still thriving.
In March 2018, Rotary Club of Melbourne hosted a packed 3 day program for RI President Ian Riseley, showcasing Rotary’s profile. Ian’s schedule:
Hosted by Rotary Club of Essendon
WHEN Tues 10 April 2018 6:30pm for 7pm start
WHERE Waterloo Cup Hotel, 252 Maribyrnong Rd, Moonee Ponds
COST $45 pp 3 Course meal, Drinks at bar prices
RSVP Monday 26 March
For further information: Roger Leask 0412 706 566 or Jane Carbone 0417329 005
Lien holds a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Melbourne and Master of Optometry from the University of NSW. She has experience working in low-income settings internationally as well as throughout Australia. In 2013 she was awarded the inaugural D9800 Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation to study a Master of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has since worked at Indigenous Eye Health , and now manages 2 delightful tots as well as our Project EndTrachoma by 2020
Questions, questions, questions. Two topics I am frequently asked about during my visits with Rotarians around the world relate to Rotary's website and our Foundation's grants. Quite likely you have had these questions and more, about things such as donor contributions, point transfers, club and district reports, club invoices, and club officer changes, to name a few. If you don't know where to find the answer, Rotary's Support Centre is the place to start.
The Rotary Club of Keilor are celebrating the delivery of their latest container to East Timor; to the Belola School Site in Balibo, East Timor. This container was filled with goods from Donations in Kind
The Rotary Club of Footscray recently heard from the Pride of our Footscray, community bar and event venue lo-cated in Hopkins St. Footscray just opposite the Footscray Market. The idea came about from a conversation with friends and Matthew O’Keefe (who had worked for over 16 years at CUB.) decided to take on the challenge. The planning and co-ordination took over 12 months to bring to life before the Grand Opening day
Our aim is to support Rotary club and community fitness activities and in the process, raise funding for new medical research, scholarships, health education and awareness. Please join us and be one of the first to get involved.
The worst that can happen is you’ll get fitter, make new friends and help to improve the lives of thousands as you exercise.