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Historic Courthouse hosts Melt the Ice Forum    

Members of the Rotary Club of Rochester recently stepped up to the bench to accept the role of hosting a community forum titled "Melt the Ice / Drugs of any sort in the Community."


2017 Annual Paul Harris Society Lunch    

The Annual Paul Harris lunch was held at Graduate House in Carlton on November 2nd with a large group in attendance.   Past District Governors Gordon McKern and Dennis Shore lead the proceedings ably supported by Roger Thornton


An online community is uniting knitters for a great cause.    

The group, 5000 Poppies, has put a call out for Australians to help knit or crochet over 60,000 poppies to commemorate the end of the First World War.

“This project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance to our servicemen and women, their families, and their communities, and is closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018,” 


The power of volun-telling    

Sarah Tuberty, right, and her mother during a visit to Boston last year.

By Sarah Tuberty, president of the Rotaract Club of Sargent College Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I awoke early on a Saturday morning to the sound of my mother’s voice. “Good morning Sarah, I signed us up for a Rotary service project. You should put on old clothes. We are painting a map on the Alamo Elementary School playground. Quick, we need to leave in 15 minutes”


Artober in Daylesford    

The Daylesford Art Show run by the Rotary Club of Daylesford last month drew a record 270 entries with 50 paintings sold during the show.  As a part ARTOBER, it is a celebration of the arts in the Hepburn Shire.


FORaMEAL Conference Trial Success    

The Rotary Club of Canterbury together with great participation and assistance from the Rotary Clubs of Camberwell,  Balwyn and Balwyn North held a FORaMEAL food packaging event with 95 attendees. Camberwell Rotary alone contributed 15 members, and the youngest member of Canterbury, Sarah Prossor, brought along a group of six Rover Scouts.


District Foundation Newsletter - Your Foundations' Giving Tree    

We are proud to announce a very special online edition of the District 9800 Foundation Newsletter which provides a lot of information on Rotary's Giving Tree: a tree which grows thanks to contributions from clubs and individuals in and out of Rotary and produces a bountiful crop of projects which continue to do good in the world. 


Southbank Rotarian and Mom Kay Ledson walking across America for Spinal Cord Injury – 7 Million steps to raise awareness for Activity Based Recovery    

When Kay’s son Josh was injured in a snowboarding accident in June 2000, doctors said that he would never walk again.  What has transpired since, through sheer persistence, determination and incredible passion from his “warrior mom” is that Josh is not only able to walk again, but continues to inspire others to pursue activity based rehabilitation for people who face similar debilitating lives.


Murder on the Orient Express    

8th November, 2017

Rotary has organised the pre-release showing of the Kenneth Branagh movie "Murder on the Orient Express" with a star studded cast on November 8th to enable clubs to hold a special fundraising event.

There are two opportunities to attend in Melbourne – cost $20 per head with $10 going to End Polio Now.


A Great Bendigo Yarn    

One of the greatest – but little known – Bendigo yarns of recent times took a new twist on Thursday, October 26th, when the Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst formally opened the new base for its East Timor Knitting Project.


Policing for Peace    

Peter Greaney – Australia, Rotary Peace Fellow – Chulalongkorn University - Class 23

As I look back over my policing career of 32 years I can say that I have been given many wonderful opportunities.   In my policing role, I have travelled all over Australia and overseas.  The highlight being a trip to Israel to attend a Counter-Terrorism Conference.   I have worked in a variety of policing fields including general patrol duties, crime investigation, intelligence, counter-terrorism and training.


Class 23 - Rotary Peace Fellows    

Learn about this years' class at the Rotary Peace Centre at Chulalongkorn Univeristy, Thailand


Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Fellowship – A Reflection    

Peter Greaney, Nov 2017

It has now been two months since I returned from the Rotary Peace Fellowship at the Peace Centre at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Almost daily I reflect on my three months in Thailand, which included an eight day field trip to Cambodia. I am often asked what was it like over there, what did I do, and what did I learn? I am back in the South West of Victoria managing a large Police Division which covers five Local Government Areas. I am living in Warrnambool with my wife Wendy, who I must acknowledge for her support and understanding whilst I was away for three months.


Peace Fellowships 2017    

The Rotary Foundation funds up to 100 Peace Fellowships worldwide each year; 50 for candidates undertaking Master’s courses at 5 approved Universities (Uppsala in Sweden, Bradford in the UK, International Christian University in Japan, Duke University and University of North Carolina in the US, and the University of Queensland in Australia). As well as 50 for candidates undertaking the three month professional development certificate at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.


Royce and Jean Abbey Agricultural Vocational Scholarship    

Brian Ahmed, PDG Ian Knight OAM Rotary Club of Werribee Rotary Foundation Royce and Jean Abbey Scholarship Committee 

Christopher Ochaya from Uganda, was the recipient of the Rotary Foundation “Royce and Jean Abbey Agricultural Vocational Scholarship”. We had the pleasure of meeting him on the 04th February 2017 when we picked him up from the airport to begin his 3 months Scholarship program in Victoria and NSW. Chris runs a model farm (Tamarind) in Uganda teaching locals to grow food. This skill was lost to the community through years of war. 


Remembering the Battle of Beersheba at DIK    

The Rotary Club of Essendon gathered for a dinner meeting at Rotary’s “Donation's In Kind” (DIK) shed. We were joined by DG Peter Frueh, DGE Bronwyn Stephens, DIK’s Bob Glinderman, Rotarians from Keilor East, Flemington & West Footscray & members of CWA including the State President & Treasurer & CWA Chair of International who all travelled many miles to attend the dinner. 


Bacchus Marsh Rotary Ramping up Reading    

By Jessica Howard, The Moorabool News 

Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh President Phil McBean with 4 year old Nevaeh. 

The future is bright for young Moorabool children as a popular literacy program is funded for a further two years. 

The Let’s Read program was introduced to the region in 2006 and is a national initiative that promotes reading wirth children from birth to 5 years. 

The program is delivered and funded by the Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh and Moorabool Shire Council. 


Rotary Flemington Connecting with Community    

Community Connects was the title and premise for a forum run by the Rotary Club of Flemington recently. Based on the Rotary Connects model promoted by James Pullar from RC Melbourne, this forum invited residents and community groups to come together and identify issues and possible projects. Held at Kensington Town Hall on a sunny Sunday afternoon, attendees heard from Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Mr Sisay Dinku; Past President of the Rotary Club of Flemington, former GSE Team member and current District Community Service Chair Del King; Nelson Alexander Flemington Owner Paul Harrison, the Good Karma Effect founder Amy Churchouse and Coburg Good Karma Network chair Nerina Papanastasiou and Kensington musician Tim Solly.


North Balwyn’s Container to the Solomon Islands packed and ready    

Members from the Rotary Club of North Balwyn have been busy at Donations in Kind filling a container with a range of educational materials, hospital equipment and other goods.

The container destined for The Solomon Islands which the locals call “The Happy Isles” was packed at Donations In Kind last Thursday.


VALE Jack Campbell - Rotary Club of Caulfield    

Jack Campbell, Past President and long standing Secretary of the Rotary Cub of Caulfield died on September 24th.

This tribute was presented at his funeral by colleague John Lord.


A little interlude embracing my passion for AFL football and the culture of teams.    

Following the success of two AFL clubs who were considered to be ‘in the wilderness’ and came to succeed in the last two seasons – Lessons to take note in your Rotary club.


4 Times 30+ for Rotary Club of Camberwell    

The Rotary club of Camberwell is blessed to have so many long serving members still making a valuable contribution to our club and the community.

Gerry Lavender (PHF) recently celebrated 32 years active membership & Ian Feder (PHF 3 sapphires) celebrated 35 years in Rotary with the last 15 years @ Camberwell.

In November Peter Matthews (PP, PHF 3 Sapphires) will celebrate 35 years & John Phillips (PP, PHF) will celebrate 33 years @ Camberwell after transferring from RC Auckland.


Rotary backs Epic Melbourne-Canberra Walk    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

Rotary clubs from Melbourne to Canberra backed the 703km walk by the Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle last month.

His epic 40-day walk to Canberra via the Snowy’s, which began on September 8, raised national political and community awareness about the homeless. It culminated in a meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull and Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle AC, who describes Brendan as ‘an urban saint’.


Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst's East Timor Knitting Project has a new home - 'the ranch'    

Emma D'Agostino, Bendigo Advertiser

"Many hands make light work," or so the saying goes. Those leading the Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst's East Timor Project had no idea when it started, almost 10 years ago, of how much it would grow. 

Members of the Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst’s East Timor Project know its new home as ‘the ranch’. To the uninitiated, it looks just like any of the other steel sheds on the grounds of the Mechanic’s Institute Hall in California Gully. But behind the roller door is a work and storage space bursting with colour. 


More Brighton Rotarians become RMIT Mentors...    

Melbourne based RMIT students are getting support from Brighton Rotarians' industry professionals to explore their career options. On Tuesday, 31st October we saw a big jump in Rotary Club of Brighton Mentors signing-up to invest into the workforce of the future, by Mentoring students at RMIT.  This new project initiative wasn’t just involving Rotarians, but is something that has partners interested as well. These new mentors are keen to take action, sharing their expertise and experiences with RMIT student mentees.


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