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2017 and Beyond    

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". 


25th Paul Harris Breakfast packed out    

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.


Keilor commits to the Community Hub for Holloway Aged Care    

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.


Youth Exchange - Letters from Abroad    

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.


District 1520 Conference Amiens and Anzac Day, April 2018    

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. 


Australian Rotary Health - Adopt a Scientist    

‘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) 


2018 Rotary Youth Exchange Blazer Presentation    

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. 


From Essendon to Peru—more than just distance    

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.


Special Friendship Exchange Visit A Success    

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.


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. 


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