By Greg Ross, Rotary Club of North Balwyn, Australian Rotary Health
Having been the celebrant at over a thousand funerals, which involves meeting and talking with the families prior to the service, I have seen a lot of family grief. Nothing is more shattering than the suicide death of a daughter or son.
The occasion I remember most was the totally unexpected action taken by a young man, well off, outgoing, with the world in front of him.
The Rotary Club of Canterbury supplies nutritious foods to people in need. These people are those in a crisis situation arising from natural disasters like droughts, floods, earthquakes, typhoons and fires. The products are classified as Fortified Blended Foods (FBF) by the United Nations World Food Program
As we approach the 10th anniversary of Rotary’s partnership with the Balibo House Trust, (BHT) it is timely to recall the many achievements of the Balibo Community in the Bobonaro District of Timor Leste.
BHT was established by the Victorian State Government in 2001, to commemorate the lives of the ‘Balibo 5’, the 5 young journalists killed by Indonesian troops during the invasion of Timor Leste in 1975.
By Tony Wells, Rotary Club of North Balwyn
The North Balwyn Community Men’s Shed, an initiative of Rotary Club of North Balwyn, has been officially and jointly opened by the Member for Kooyong in the Federal Parliament, Josh Frydenberg and the Mayor of the City of Boroondara, Councillor Phillip Healey.
The Rotary Foundation & 20th Century Fox have negotiated that cinemas will give access to Rotary fundraiser group bookings on Wednesday, November 8, the day before the film is officially released to the public
By Leon Llewi, Rotary Keilor
Fellowship is the cement that binds together all the activities of Rotary. Without such fellowship, our motto of "Service above Self" would not be achievable. Rotary Fellowship happens at many levels . It starts at the Club . When I attend my Rotary Club of Keilor on a Tuesday night, I look forward to meeting my many friends.
The Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Breakfast on September 19th, 2017 brought together top police, four Rotary Districts, a dozen Rotary clubs and mentors reaching back to the program’s start ten years ago. Ninety attendees at the RACV venue celebrated a decade of one of Victoria’s landmark Rotary programs.
District 9800 has again performed strongly in the National Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) debate in Canberra. Twenty six teams competed in this year’s event and our team of Lilian Gonzales, Lachlan Phan & Catherine Zhou achieved second place and were unlucky not to win.
By Peggy Gusah
Looking back on my time doing MUNA in 2013 I have nothing but fond memories. I loved the experience of in debating at Camp Getaway in Axedale representing Germany. I remember making an accusation to the delegation of the US that they were “sacrificing the rights of children on the altar of material gain” or something equally as dramatic. Classic semantic choices of an 18-year-old.
In December 2013 the following message was received to start on a great Rotary journey:
“Congratulations! Your global grant application for funding to provide Looc Clean Water and Sanitation Renewable Energy Distribution System for barangays of Kanluran, Guitna and Bonbon in Philippines, submitted by RC Melbourne and RC Lubang Island, has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$97,000.”
Peter Frueh District Governor D9800, was an enthusiastic participant in Ping-Pong-A-Thon in Oct 2016, in the Riversdale Rovers team (from Riversdale Golf Club). He and the team raised just over $10,500, (the event raised $350,000 nationally) for projects aimed at tackling Modern Slavery and sexual exploitation in the South East Asia region. It is anticipated in October 2017 Ping-Pong-A-Thon (www.pingpongathon.com) that approx 100 communities across Australia will host an event, aiming to collectively raise $500,000 for human trafficking prevention initiatives. Taking place in and by schools, sporting clubs, workplaces, in community halls, churches and pubs, the 24-hour table tennis event will engage Australians as advocates/fundraisers on behalf of those young people vulnerable to or being exploited in forms of modern slavery. Participants commit to play table tennis for a minimum of three hours and invite their family and friends to sponsor their efforts.
By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
Lorraine (Lorry) Rowe thought she had retired from retail management six years ago, having set up and run two very successful Op Shops at Nambour on the Sunshine Coast.
But being a Rotarian with the passion to help others, she put out an offer to her own Werribee RC to look at an op shop venture perhaps at a later date.
Twenty-six exhibitors engaged students from 7 schools and adults with their interactive displays and messages.
Members of the Lions Club of Rochester and The Rochester Agricultural and Pastoral Association cooked the sausages for the free sausage sizzle. Sandwiches, tea and coffee were distributed to the exhibitors during the day. This gesture was very well received.
Eighteen months in the planning, this initiative of the Gateway Cluster clubs lead by Brimbank Central PP David Bennett attracted a strong audience including DGE Bronwyn Stephens and Mark, DGEN Grant Hocking and representatives from Gateway Rotaract, Brimbank Council, Djerriwah Health and Womens West Network.
By Julie Sloan, Rotary Club of Bendigo
The AusNep Foundation Inc. and the Rotary Club of Bendigo was proudly supported by the Nepal Consulate Office in Melbourne, to hold a welcome session in the City of Greater Bendigo for the Ambassador of Nepal to Australia, Her Excellency Mrs Lucky Sherpa, and the Hon. Consul General of Nepal to Victoria, Mr. Chandron Yonzon and accompanying delegation.
When Doug Killeen, Norman Mollica and Maurice Mollica each joined Rotary over 45 years ago women were not even permitted to be Rotarians. They would never have imagined how far Rotary would change to this day when recently each was at the Rotary Club of Essendon to celebrate their daughters and niece being inducted as President and Vice President!
The Monash Medal is awarded annually by the Rotary Club of Melbourne to an outstanding Australian who has made a significant contribution to the Australian community (and beyond). The criteria are Leadership, Integrity and Service - values high on General Sir John Monash's agenda and key values of Rotary.
The 2017 winner is Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC, who is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. He has written forty books including The Tyranny of Distance and the bestselling A Short History of the World.
By, Peter Greaney, Rotary Peace Scholar
We have now completed 8 weeks of the twelve week program and I must say the time has moved quickly. For the past two weeks we have been studying 'Conflict Transformation and Building Sustainable Peace'.
By Tyra Malmstrom, 2016-17 Rotary Exchange student hosted by the Rotary Club of Footscray
Just over a year ago, I entered the airport in Melbourne to begin my own great adventure. I was very nervous and scared but also filled with enthusiasm and excitement, curious about what was waiting down under for me to embrace. Though thinking back now, I believe my experience already began when I filled out my application, arranged a visa and walked through that gate in Stockholm.
By Mark Stephens, Foundation Grants Chair
2016-2017 was another outstanding year in District 9800 for The Rotary Foundation. In this centennial year, contributions to our Foundation has been a record amount. Clubs were also engaged and sought many grants to support their international and local projects. Here are a few of the Projects supported by Foundation
Lisa Lowcock, Rotary Club of Essendon
On Sunday August 6th, 2017, RI President Ian Riseley and Juliet attended a special Royce Abbey event at International House. The event was to present the latest Royce Abbey award and the surprised recipient was David Abbey, son of Royce and Jean.