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.
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.
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.
By Ruth Carlos Martinez, Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), Water & Sanitation
"Good Sanitation and Cleanliness in schools are of prime importance" Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, 2014
Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the survival and development of children. For children, water and sanitation-related diseases are one of the leading causes of death. This apply to Pantikian Elementary School, wherein school children suffer from diarrhea and was noted as one of the leading causes of morbidity.
Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization in January, calling on leaders in the coming year to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.
Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.
Mandi Wendt, District 9800 Communications Chair and member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne was recently in Chicago attending the meeting of the Rotary International Communications Committee. Selected to be a member of this team, alongside Evan Burrell from the Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales , Mandi is amongst a group of young, enthusiastic and talented Rotarians working together to promote Rotary and its message.
Rotary International Foundation Trustees's March Message
By Paul Netzel, RI FOundation Char 2017-18
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.
Rotary International celebrated its centenary on February 23rd, 2005. In recognition of this important milestone, the Rotary Club of Balwyn established a scholarship for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island students to study at an approved tertiary institution (TAFE, University or other approved institution) for a period of up to four years duration.
By Jean Noel Melotte, Chulangkorn University Bangkok
As I approach the last few weeks of my study session with the Rotary Peace Program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok I realize that it’s hard to capture all the knowledge and experiences within a few hundred words.
This year’s showcasing of Rotary at the International Women’s Day Breakfast at Crown Palladium saw 1,000 plus guests including Year 12 school students from 20 public and private Melbourne and rural schools, excited to hear the personal debate and discussion from Panellists Andy Penn, Husna Pasha, Deborah Glass, Adam Fennessy and Emma Welsh. They provided a diverse and lively discussion from industry, Government, media and finance perspectives.
So, I am now 25% of the way through my placement and my chapter here in Bangkok. Time truly is flying by.
I would like to say I am settled into my new living routine but the reality is, I still get lost on a weekly basis and there is a con-stant sense of confusion that comes with living in a country whose primary language isn’t English. However, this makes my day to day life interesting and I am enjoying the challenge of it all. I catch public transport to work every day, which includes taking a very crowded sky train. So crowded in fact, that I have felt people’s phones vibrating in their pockets and interestingly enough salami appears to be a popular breakfast choice.