RI President Ian H.S. Riseley will host six presidential peacebuilding conferences in 2018 to explore the connection between peace and Rotary’s five other areas of focus plus environmental sustainability. By focusing on the areas where Rotary does its most significant work, the series seeks to:
For a list of all 6 Conferences go to: https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/office-president/presidential-conferences
SYDNEY - 17th March 2018 - Earlybird special ends 13 December 2017
By Ruth Carlos Martinez, Rotary Club of Melbourne, RAWCS Chair, Water and Sanitation
In the last years, Rotary clubs in District 9800 completed significant life saving clean water infrastructures in remote needy areas in the Philippines; from the indigenous villages of the Aetas of Zambales, to Lubang Group of Islands- Mindoro (West Philippine Sea), provinces of Quezon, Masbate and Sorsogon, through to southern Surigao.
On a balmy summer evening of Saturday 3rd February, 2018 Rotarians from Rotary clubs ranging from the city to the country came to the historic Wharf, beside the majestic Murray River in Echuca to have super to support the continuing work of funding towards the completion and use of ROCAN cancer wellness centre.
District Conference Chair Di Gillies and her team from the Rotary Club of Balwyn were beaming as she announced that registrations for the District Conference in Warrnambool had closed with a record full house.
With an exciting and inspiring range of presenters, attendees will experience an inspiriing, educational and enjoyable conference with a vast range of activities to round out the experience.
News from Australian Rotary Health
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more people than ever have been forced out of their homes as a result of conflict or war.
It is this harsh truth that inspired PhD candidate Rebecca Blackmore to focus her research on refugee mental health, particularly in the perinatal period.
Rebecca and her team at Monash University are working on a mental health screening program in the antenatal clinic at Dandenong Hospital, Monash Health, with plans to expand the program to other pregnancy services.
Congratulations to the following District 9800 Rotarians who have been recognised In the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards: Susie Cole of the Rotary Club of Prahran was recognised under the category of Leadership for her pivotal role in community support, diversity and homelessness.
Highly Commended under the category of Service were Leon Scott and Graeme Lock from the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk.
We have seen 4 District Governors come and 3 go, so it has been a long haul. Monies raised were about $202,000 and expenditure was about $204,000. The Corporate sector have been most generous. A full list of donors will be drawn up shortly.
This kitchen was built by about 14 regular volunteers, with only a small amount of paid labour. Most of the volunteers had very little building experience to start with. It is a credit to all that a first class building was constructed, one which we can be justly proud of. Site safety was always paramount and the volunteers were very aware of the requirements, and over the 3.5 years there were only very few scratches and grazes. There was no requirement for any hospital or ambulance attention.
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Donations in Kind was a hive of activity with Bob Glindeman and Laurie Fisher all smiling and cheerful as they greeted the many visitors to the new Shed 39 on February 24th, 2018. District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne, District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Mark and several of the District Leadership Team provided commentary and information.
On a balmy summer evening of Saturday 3rd February 2018, Rotarians from Rotary clubs ranging from the city to the country came to the historic Wharf, beside the majestic Murray River in Echuca to have super to support the continuing work of funding towards the completion and use of ROCAN cancer wellness centre.
It is intended that Australian Rotary Health will provide stipend and incidental support for a postgraduate student who is undertaking full time research in the areas below.
Applicants must be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or New Zealand citizen, and not be under bond to any foreign government in order to be eligible. Evidence of citizenship (citizenship certificate, birth certificate, and passport) or residential status must accompany this application.
All PhD Scholarship Applications closing date is Friday 23rd Feburary 2018
By David Dippie, Rotary Club of Keilor
Rotarians believe that everyone in need deserves our help, but we can’t help everyone. Our priority should be to use our resources to achieve the best results, particularly for overseas projects. Other organizations share our objectives and if the mix is right, more can be achieved by working together than separately. For most overseas projects focusing our support in one area for an extended time will produce the best results.
100 fellowships for fully funded university training in peace and conflict resolution, are now available
Through application of their training, study, networking, and practice Rotary
Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution.
Many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, peace education, media, international organisations like the United Nations and World Bank, and grass roots organisations working in communities.
Rotary International is committed to this program. Since 2002 more than 1,100 graduates have been trained.
Applications for the 2019-20 Rotary Peace Fellowship program are now being accepted. The deadline for applicants to submit applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. Review district endorsement instructions.
This year the World of Difference tour provided us with the opportunity to visit and work in many remote villages throughout Cambodia where you don’t get to visit on your standard Cambodian holiday. At these villages, we saw how Rotary is making a World of Difference in health, clean water, hygiene, education and sustainable development
By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
Rotary Central Melbourne’s newest member Dr Lynne Webber has a job the public knows little about. Her role in the State Department of Health and Human Services is to research and find ways to reduce the use of chemical and physical restraints on people who have multiple disabilities.
There are about 2000 such people in Victoria, aged from 6 to 65.
This article is an extract of a speech given at a White Ribbon Day function in Hamilton'. Superintendent Peter Greaney, Division 2, Western Region, Warrnambool
Between June and September this year I travelled to Bangkok and attended the Peace Studies Centre at the Chulalongkorn University on a Rotary International Peace and Conflict studies fellowship. There I studied with 23 fellows representing 19 countries. The fellows included a medical doctor, psychologists, university professors, aid workers, and lawyers, NGO and United Nations employees and a police Inspector from Kenya. Often the subject of domestic violence was discussed and I learnt about the hardships women face across the world.
It is estimated that 300 playground each year in Victoria are replaced, with the old ones going to scrap. Many are in good condition. Playgrounds in Sri Lanka are rare. SLIDE TO SRI LANKA is a joint District Approved Project between our District 9800 and the Rotary District of Sri Lanka, District 3220.
The task isn't difficult! A playground from Greater Geelong Council has already been shipped and reassembled for community use at theSputnik School in Kurunegala!
By Bronwyn Stevens, District Governor Elect, Rotary Club of Melbourne South
This “win win” is so unusual I am following it up after our meeting at Donations in Kind last night. It is a great opportunity to connect with their schools with the gift of a beautiful and very special offering, all the while supporting our Donations in Kind store.
By Rick McCarthy OAM, Director, Honour our Fallen
Honour Our Fallen is a newly raised not-for-profit organisation (registration pending) formed to honour and preserve the memory of those deceased military personnel, buried in Australia, who served our Nation in all conflicts and theatres since the Boer War.
Amanda Wendt, Director of Public Image and Communications for District 9800 and member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, recently received a very special invitation from incoming Rotary International President-Elect Barry Rassin to deliver a keynote on ‘Understanding the Generations, Activating our Younger Members’ in San Diego at the 2018 International Assembly.
By Bronwyn Stevens, Rotary District Governor Elect, 2017-18.
Transferring from an international US flight to one that carried us home to Melbourne involved a bus ride across the tarmac in Los Angeles. Some of you will have experienced this. At night, in the dark, with the tarmac lights glowing red, green, yellow, blue and white it was quite beautiful. The bus was darkened.We were huddled together, quiet, and I was standing sharing a handhold pole with several others including a little child. Occasionally soft touches would flutter across the back of my hand. There was no embarrassment or ill ease. The fingers moved on to more exploring. Our bus sped on. A Qantas plane took off quite close by and astonished, I gasped. It was surreal and utterly beautiful, evoking a longing for home. The child’s voice in the stillness “daddy will this bus fly us home?”
By Past District Governor Dennis Shore - February 2018
At year end the number of cases due the Wild Polio Virus in 2017 was 22, a little higher than had been reported at the time of publication. That was a significant improvement from the 37 cases in all of 2016 and importantly there were no new cases from Nigeria. 14 of the 22 infections were in Afghanistan and 8 in Pakistan.