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Open Hand Children’s Home    

By Rosemary G. Kinyua, Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook

It’s official, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! The Open Hand Children’s Home in Kitengela, Kenya is now tightly secured!


Youth Services - Developing Leaders for the Next Generation    

By District Governor Neville John,

Rotary has a special responsibility towards youth, and a number of initiatives must be directed to the youth of today because they become the citizens of tomorrow”. – RI President - Sir Angus Mitchell

In 1948 while preparing for his year as RI President, prominent Melbourne Rotarian, Sir Angus Mitchell had the foresight to see the importance of investing in the next generation. Rotary District 9800 Youth Service Committees offer clubs a wide range of opportunities to nominate students to participate in various programs. Leadership is a pivotal aspect of Rotary and we offer a number of very effective programs to help young people develop their leadership skills, show them how to serve their communities, build friendships, and increase their world understanding. It’s worth iterating the programs offered and their purpose:

Topics: rotary youth exchange


Rochester Rotary Pie and Port Night    

Saturday 6th May, 2017 6:30pm for 7:00pm at the Old Court House Moore Street, Rochester

Cost: $30 per person

RSVP Monday 24th April

Please enclose payment with your snail mail reply Secretary Heather Watson (Pie & Port), 80 Pascoe Street, Rochester 3561 or ph: 0439 842 177 or email:

or use electronic banking   BSB 633 108 Account 1321 85521 and please label Pie & Port


Sumba Eyes in Your Hand    

Dinner Dance in support of the Sumba Eye Program with entertainment by the Backbeat Prophets Blues Band

Friday 5 May 2017 at 7:00pm

Cost: $70.00 (Drinks at Bar Prices)

MCC Kew, 397 Barkers Road, Kew (Melways Ref: 71 A9)

Enquiries: Trevor Mackey 0408 285 382 or

RSVP: 01 May 2017  Please advise dietary requirements

Full booking arrangements on 

The Sumba Eye Program is totally voluntary with no administration fees. Its aim, in true Rotary fashion, is to set up an eye care system in Sumba. All proceeds of the Dinner and Auction event will be used to further the amazing work being conducted by dedicated teams of surgeons, optometrists and nurses to provide eye surgery to the impoverished people in this isolated part of Indonesia.

Learn more

Download the Dinner Flyer

Book online via Trybooking


Time To Draw the Line    

Great news! Friends of Baguia (supported by Hawthorn Rotary) is hosting a special one-time screening of the film Time To Draw the Line, Tuesday May 2nd, 7pm at Palace Cinemas Como. This film is about the campaign for a fair go for East Timor and that nation's desire to sttle its long running boundary dispute with Australia.

Friends of Baguia president Derarca O'Mahony will be introducing the film, which includes footage of our projects. It is a great film to update yourself on this issue.

To reserve your tickets, please visit the Demand Film Event Page

Topics: rotary club of hawthorn,  friends of baguia,  australia east timor sea border


Maternal and Child Health    

District Governors Message - April 2017

For more than 100 years, Rotarians have joined together from all continents, cultures, and industries to take action in our communities and around the world. With a commitment to achieving lasting change, we work together to empower youth, enhance health, promote peace, and most important, advance the community. While Rotarians can serve in countless ways, Rotary has focused its efforts in six areas, which reflect some of the most critical and widespread humanitarian needs. The area of focus for the month of April is Maternal and Child Health.


The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration – 31 May 2017    

By District Governor Neville John

Last edition I highlighted The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration and advised that brochures and bequest forms have been emailed to all Club Presidents. If you can come along you should, because the celebration of 100 years of ‘doing good in the world’ comes once in a lifetime. It is an opportunity to bring your non-Rotary friends and corporate networks, to see and hear about the work of Rotary. We will also adding a ‘Donate’ button to the dinner website so that those who are unable to attend, can donate. You can now also nominate your club so that you are seated together.



2017 Global MS Dinner     

Wednesday May 10, 2017 7.00 pm for 7.30pm start
Fredricks 980 Mt Alexander Rd Essendon
$50pp Includes 2 course Dinner

"Wear something red"

Guest speakers and entertainment.

RSVP by May 6, 2017



Rotary Cub of Brighton Beach - Farewell Dinner and 22nd Anniversary     

After 22 years the Rotary Club of Brighton Beach is closing and they are combining a Farewell dinner with their 22nd anniversary celebrations.

When: Tuesday 23 May 2017
Where: Milanos Hotel Brighton Beach
Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm
RSVP: 14 May 2017
Contact: Keiran Cromie 0419 252 814;
Cost: $30 per head

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Tank is gone – no ‘furphy’    

by JOHN LEWIS, Shepparton News AUGUST 11, 2016

Shepparton blacksmith John Furphy might not be so amused to know that the humble water cart he designed in the 1880s is now so valuable it has become a target for thieves.

Mr Furphy was, by all accounts, a God-fearing man of strong morals.

It was his idea to place the rhyme Good, better, best — never let it rest — till your good is better — and your better best on the plate at the end of the tank.


How to spend less time managing club data    

How to spend less time managing club data

By Chelsea Mertz, communications specialist, Rotary Service Connections

Does your club manage members and officer updates online? Did your district buy a club management system for the clubs in your district, such as DACdb, but your club uses a different vendor, like ClubRunner?


Collaboration in Maternal and Newborn Health    


Every day about 800 women worldwide die from complications related to pregnancy and child birth. This equals 1.5 times the number of passengers fitting into an Airbus A380 or 2.5 times the number of passengers in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. 99 percent of these maternal deaths occur in developing countries and most of them are preventable.


Donations in Kind Open Day    

When communicating just what Donations in Kind at West Footscray can provide presents such a problem  – how do we address the challenge? Why not throw open the doors and invite everyone along to see.  Add scones and cream, tasty Somaliland nibbles and the essential sausage sizzle and see what happens.

That’s just what we did on Saturday 8th April to celebrate the shipping of the 500th Container from the store and also mark the centenary of the Rotary Foundation.

Topics: donations in kind


Camberwell Rotary Shop is now the Good Reads Good Deeds Rotary Shop    

By David Owen, Hawthorn Rotary

The Camberwell Rotary shop has changed its name. It is still at 654 Burke Road at the back facing the car park side.It is now the "Good Reads Good Deeds Rotary Shop".

This Boroondara multi-club enterprise was set up by DIK Inc clubs and Riverside cluster clubs.  Its aim is to support the Donations in Kind store, which recycles equipment and goods and sends useful items overseas and to disadvantaged communities in Australia. It also  supports Rotary Fair Trade enterprises in East Timor, Nepal and Laos, and Camcare, a not-for-profit, community based organization, which assists people from Boroondara and neighbouring areas who are facing personal hardship or difficult life circumstances. 

Topics: donations in kind,  rotary opportunity shops,  end trachoma in australia by 2021


EndTrachoma by 2020 - Rotary Australia's Multi-District Project    

Clubs around Australia support many worthwhile charities and projects. But EndTrachoma by 2020 is something particularly special for Rotary Australia.

Our Australian Centenary project needs your support on the ground to mobilise Rotarians and communicate the value of our project to clubs and communities.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international,  community service


Rotary Flemington Celebrates its 30th Anniversary    

The Rotary Club of Flemington welcomes past, present and future members of the Club, their family and friends to come and celebrate the Club’s 30th Birthday.

Where: The Boathouse, 7 the Boulevard, Moonee Ponds

When: Wednesday 19th April 2017

Time: 6.30pm for a 7pm dinner

Cost: $50 per person for a 2 course meal!  - drinks at bar prices

RSVP: 10th April 2017


International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians    

Mike McFarlane, President of the Australian Section, International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.

Fellowship is a word very frequently used in Rotary circles but how many new, and even long-term experienced members are aware of the many “Rotary Fellowships” available?

Perhaps another one of Rotary’s best-kept secrets!

Rotary Fellowships are very friendly, independent, social groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to extend your Rotary friends around the world.

One such example is the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians, or as it is more commonly known “IFFR”, which has been facilitating Rotary aviation friendships all around the world for some 52 years.


Rotarians impacting the lives of Mothers and Children in Nigeria and Pakistan     

By Melissa Willis, Executive Director for Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development (RFPD)

The Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development (RFPD) serves as a resource for clubs and districts around the world in the area of maternal and child health. The most challenging aspect of RFPD’s work is the simple fact that this isn’t an issue that can be resolved in merely five or ten years. It’s an ongoing effort with limitless opportunities to impact women and girls worldwide.


Waging a lyrical war against FGM (female genital mutilation)    

By Renata Van der Zee for Aljizeera.

Rapper Sister Fa has helped end the practise in her home village, but her sights are set on the whole of Senegal.

She doesn't remember how old she was when it happened. Was she four years old, or maybe five? She just can't recall. But 33-year-old Fatou Mandiang Diatta does remember the iron grip of the women who held her down, the blood that spattered her feet, and the terrible pain between her legs.


A family matter: saving Papua New Guinea’s mothers    

A doctor in Papua New Guinea finds that involving men in family planning is the key to reducing maternal mortality.

Report courtesy of Aljazeera’s Women Make Change series.


Birth for Humankind    

3 years ago, Olivia Mei Swan returned to Melbourne with the idea of establishing an organisation to assist young pregnant women.  Through her research, she learnt about DOULAs (A doula (doo-lah) is a trained support companion for women and their families during pregnancy, labour and the weeks following birth.)

This concept appealed strongly to her so after much research and training, and with the assistance of 2 philanthropists, Olivia established Birth for Humankind.  This is a charitable organisation which supports young pregnant women lacking family support.  She gained the backing of staff at the Royal Women’s Hospital as well as several community organisations working with disadvantaged women in the inner Melbourne area.

Topics: rotary youth exchange


Open Day at Donations-in-Kind to Celebrate 500 containers this century    

An Invitation to a very special event, help us celebrate shipping the 500th container this century

We are opening the Store on a Saturday to give the people who can’t attend during the week the opportunity to see our Districts largest hands-on project and to get a full understanding of the volume and type of goods that are available for their Club Projects.  Our focus is on giving working people and country Clubs the opportunity to visit, but everyone is welcome.


Topics: donations in kind


District Conference 2017 – Connecting Communities – Serving Humanity    

Summary by District Governor Neville John       

The conference theme ‘Connecting Communities – Serving Humanity’ focused on social cohesion, inclusion and community resilience. We know why these things are so fundamentally important to the wellbeing of our society, and we know that generations of Australians have worked hard over many years to build a reputation for being inclusive, welcoming people who give others a fair go and are generous in helping those less fortunate.

Topics: rotary youth exchange


SecondBite Harvest for Hunger - Volunteer Opportunity    

By Amanda Bailey, SecondBite

APRIL 3, 2017

We would love to invite and make you aware of a great volunteer opportunity we have coming up and helping us to recruit some volunteers for a day of picking apples.

Overall I need to secure 75 SecondBite volunteers for the day’s picking. We are of course are sending this to all our corporate partners and some individuals who have been wanting a volunteer experience.


Choking clean water    

By Diana Schoberg

Source: Rotary International

Blooms of poisonous blue-green algae threaten the western basin of Lake Erie, the source of drinking water for millions of people. Rotarians are joining the fight.

For 56 hours in August 2014, nearly a half-million people living along the shores of the largest freshwater lake system in the world could not drink the water out of their taps. They couldn’t use it to brush their teeth or wash their dishes. Restaurants shut their doors. Hospitals canceled elective surgeries. Stores ran out of bottled water, and the Ohio National Guard stepped in to help.


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