Julie Mason, Past District Governor (VTT Cambodia 2016/2017)
As I sit here a wonderful group of Australian educators are on their way to Cambodia to work with teachers from remote village schools in Kampong Speu and Siem Reap. This trip is the second such adventure that is fully funded through a Rotary Foundation Global Grant although previous trips have been funded privately and supported by a District Grant. The idea of this initiative really occurred as a result of people being involved in a World of Difference Humanitarian Tour. That experience enabled us all to see the immediate need for children to have the opportunity to increase literacy skills in both their language and the English language. It was obvious that, with the limited training that teachers have, help and support is needed to increase the development of the skills needed for children particularly in remote village schools to be able to have opportunities for future meaningful work that stop the poverty cycle.
Rotary has so many good health projects that I don’t know where to begin. We all know about Polio and how it is nearly eradicated, and how RI President Ian Riseley is encouraging the End Trachoma 2020 Project. Your club may be supporting a clean water and sanitation, Rotarians Against Malaria, a research grant or scholarship through Australian Rotary Health, or a maternal and child health project.
It is very easy to become engrossed in health programmes, but we still need to keep an eye on the big picture: as each new generation of teenagers emerges, programmes to prevent AIDS, and to immunise the new babies, need to be refreshed and continued. Infectious diseases still afflict much of the world.
So it was with some pleasure that I read this encouraging article in the New York Times. The world is slowly gaining on the common infectious diseases that we in Australia rarely think about.
Dr. Gordon Cheyne, Rotary Club of Hawthorn.
Bronwyn Stephens, District Governor Elect
Jason Ball and I have been Rotary mates since Jason joined RC Prahran two years ago.
As 2017 Victorian Young Australian of the Year he is impressive, but once I got to know Jason's back story I was even more impressed. He is an ambassador for Beyond Blue because he spends countless days in schools telling his story of being welcomed as a gay footballer in a generally homophobic environment.
As I journeyed with him I promised to stand beside him in the Pride March. That was before the plebiscite and marriage equality. The Pride March represents inclusiveness for all aspects of our community. I believe it is right that Rotarians walk with families, the police, and other organisations. We will wear rainbows and a heart over our heart as we are honoured to be led by Jason.
By Malcolm Baird, International Chair, Rotary Club of Brighton North
What started as a visit by a member of the Rotary Club of Brighton North to the Fiji highlands has helped to further stimulate the local Ba Women’s Community Forum sewing centre and the introduction of Days For Girls sustainable feminine hygiene products and awareness to schoolgirls in the highland region.
On Wednesday December 13th 2017, the Rotary Club of Brighton in conjunction with Hampton RSL, joined forces in the Christmas spirit, to host the 2017 Bayside Family Christmas Event for socioeconomically disadvantaged clients of BayCISS and Family Life.
The next Swimland Great Australia Day Swim is being held on Friday, January 26 2018. Presented by The Rotary Club of Brighton, the opportunity to enter the open water events or junior dash for this iconic Aussie event and FUNdraise for some worthy causes. All proceeds from the Swimland Great Australia Day Swim will be used by Rotary to support charities and community organisations providing support to disadvantaged children and youths. These include: Swim Vietnam and BayCISS
By Martin Taurins, Chair of the Rotarian Action Group for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness (RAGMSA) and member of the Rotary Club of Gisborne, Victoria, Australia
Posted on the Rotary Service Connections Blog
When my son Jacob, a budding musician, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at age 20, my wife Diana and I didn’t know anything about the disease.
By Tony Thomas, Networker Correspondent
Getting a primary school toilet built in the remote Kalinga Province of northern Luzon is one thing; arriving on the spot is another.
The toilet block consisting of three-cubicle toilets with handwashing stations is at Pantikian Elementary School in mountainous Kalinga Province. At a total budget of A$ 4,600, this sanitation project was funded by the Rotary Club of Hawthorn.
Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary International President 2017-18
January 2018: In Rotary, our diversity is our strength. This idea dates back to the earliest years of our organization, when the classification system was first proposed. The idea behind it was simple: that a club with members who had a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities would be capable of better service than one without.
By Past District Governor, Dennis Shore
There is always a first time for everything. So it was for the inaugural convening of the Rotary Council on Resolutions, which will now meet online each year in the future. A separate Council on Legislation will continue to meet in person every three years, with the authority to amend Rotary constitutional documents.
Dennis reports on the recent Council of Resolutions, how views of our district differ and can work with views of other districts across the world and how the relationship between the online and annual 3 year council is set to continue to develop and improve in the years to come.
The hands of a clock, as they mark the end of each day, continue to sweep without slowing. So too does the work of Rotary continue on as we mark the end of each Rotary year.
As we say farewell to the milestone year behind us, we know that we marked its end not by pausing in our work — but by redoubling it.
One hundred years have passed since our Rotary Foundation was established. In 1917, Rotary, barely a dozen years from its founding, was still small, but growing rapidly.
By Max Fraser, President, Rotary Club of Melton Valley
Past President Brian Dobson, Harness Racing Victoria and the Rotary Club of Melton Valley organized our first charity race night at Tabcorp Park on February 3rd 2011 and proceeds of $34,080 was donated to the Queensland Flood Appeal.
By Colin Muir Past District Governor 2009-2010
Truganina P-9 College has benefited from a District Foundation matching Grant through the Rotary Club of Werribee.
Truganina College is situated in a very high growth area in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne with a very high proportion of young families with school age children, with over 400 students in the Prep to Grade 3 section, and a new junior playground was desperately needed.
The Rotary Club of North Balwyn joined the call to help and held a special meeting at DiK recently.
Donations in Kind or DIK colloquially, consists of many parts of which the most visible has been Shed 40 at Somerville Road; however to avoid an inevitable rent increase DIK is in the throes of moving in to Shed 39 which attracts cheaper rent due to its restricted southerly access to large vehicles. The move has incurred many man hours to relocate the pallet racking, put down new floor lines, build new offices and amenities and then relocate the stock, whilst also continuing the picking up of donated goods and stuffing of containers.
The celebrations for the National Youth Science Forum’s (NYSF) 35th year in 2018 are well underway with many events planned to mark the occasion!
The festivities started at our Canberra Year 12 Program launch at The Australian National University (ANU) in November with a cake cutting and a heartfelt speech by an alumnus who attended our very first session in 1984, Professor Tim Senden, now the Director of the Research School of Physics and Engineering at the Australian National University (ANU).
Jessica Roberts RYLA Director 2017, December 2017
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (or RYLA) for 2017 has finished up, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Thanks to the generous sponsorships of Rotary Clubs in District 9800, we were able to offer the RYLA experience to 49 people aged 18 to 25, and would love to tell you more about it! The first rule of RYLA? You do not talk about RYLA! The second rule? Well… you get the picture.
Peter Frueh District Governor 2017-2018
As the 2017 year comes towards an end, out thoughts go toward family, a work break or holiday and what we have achieved in 2017 and can look forward to in 2018. Anne and I have completed our club visits and are amazed at the range of projects we have seen, the spirit and friendliness of the Rotarians and partners we have met in our District. It is a privilege to be amongst so many positive people who are "Making a Difference".
By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne.
About 275 guests from 31 Rotary Clubs filled the 17th Floor RACV dining room on November 21st, 2017 for the Annual Paul Harris breakfast.
It was the 25th annual event and raised more than $11,000 net for the Rotary Foundation.
Leon Llewi, Rotary Club of Keilor
The Holloway Community Hub opened on November 17th after almost 2 years of planning, construction, labour and goodwill by the members of the Rotary Club of Keilor.
Rotary’s involvement with Holloway Aged Care goes back many years and we were pleased to add that the good relationship continues and that with an arrangement recently put in place our working together should continue well into the future.
Welcome Friends, to the Eighth Edition of the D9800 Youth Exchange publication “Letters from Abroad”. I know it’s publication at this time of the year is always eagerly awaited. D9800 outbound Youth Exchange students tell their stories of their year on exchange, enabling our many followers to become “armchair participants” in our 2017 Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students’ many and varied experiences during their year abroad.
An invitation is extended for the District 1520 conference and ANZAC DAY on the 24th and 25th April 2018. The One day Conference is at Amiens – home of the new French President Macron. Accommodation has been reserved at a hotel near Amiens Railway station in the town center. Amiens is about one hour by train from Paris.
‘Adopt a Scientist’ is a campaign initiative of Lift The Lid (the fundraising brand representing Australian Rotary Health) Lift The Lid/ARH aims to raise $20 million in Australia over the next three years to fund mental health research, increasing ARH funding of research grants fivefold. ‘Adopt A Scientist’ will be the ongoing public facing campaign until at least 2020. The campaign launched in October 2017 (Mental Health Month)
Seven teenagers, their parents, representatives from sponsoring clubs, Rotexers and the Youth Exchange Committee came together for the final event in the preparation for the 2018 exchange year.
Excited, anxious with perhaps a few second thoughts the parents sat and waited for the program to start while the youth exchange students gathered together and chatted as old friends do. They have already formed a close bond and that will only strengthen as they support each other through the joys and tribulations of being a student in a country where they don’t speak the language and where they will live with three or four different families.
What do you do when you travel to a country just to meet up with a friend, but end up meeting families just barely surviving in an environment which is commonly described as a shanty town, perpetually in drought, where their homes are made of whatever they can find locally. A place where family domestic violence is rife, where children with disabilities have very little support and when girls and women are violated there is no-one who wants to listen.
At the International Assembly for then District Governors Elect in San Diego in January this year (2017), our District 9800 Governor Peter Frueh took the initiative to invite the upcoming District Governor of District 3232 in Chennai India, Radhakrishnan Srinivasan to visit Melbourne along with his fellow District Rotarians for a Friendship Exchange.