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The Philippines Group Vocational Exchange team visits Bendigo    

By Lindsay Jolley, Rotary Club of Bendigo South 

The District 9800 incoming Philippines Group Vocational Exchange (GVE) team started their Bendigo visit with a guided tour of the recently opened new Bendigo Hospital, the largest regional hospital development in Victoria.



As a father, imagine if your only choice was to give your wife or children contaminated water or watch them slowly die in the next few days of dehydration.

We take clean water for granted every day. In the midst of devastation and disasters, there are few gifts more valuable than the gift of clean safe water.

Aquabox is essentially a lifesaving water tank with water filters and water treatment tablets that can convert up to 2,000 litres of polluted water, making it safe and pleasant to drink. The boxes are also filled with emergency aid to reduce the suffering during the aftermath of a disaster. This local initiative is powered by the voluntary members of the Rotary Club of Eltham, Victoria, Australia


Water Solutions by Disaster Aid Australia    

If you attended either of our recent Rotary Showcases in Bendigo or in the Atrium at Federation Square, you may have met the team from Disaster Aid Australia demonstrating their clean water solutions. Disaster Aid evolved as a project of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills here in Victoria.


Rotary Community Recycling    

By District Governor Nominee Bronwyn Stephens, District 9800 Community Services Chair

Rotary Clubs have so many projects that Recycle goods.  Now we have a way to let the public know how to get their goods to some of those projects.

The Donations-in-Kind Shed 50 in the old wood stores in Somerville Road is a favourite hangout for some of us Rotarians and others.  It is my preferred place to be every Tuesday.  Most times you will find me in the book aisle sorting and readying them for offshore or community projects.

Topics: community recycling programs


What Can Rotarians Do to Help Alleviate Modern Slavery?     

Firstly, Create Awareness in Rotarian circles and within the wider public, of the plight of millions who are physically and mentally held in servitude as slaves for commercial gain.

One of the world’s biggest challenges is the extent of poverty and inequality across the globe and certainly within many developing and 3rd world countries. The common belief is that the cycle of poverty can be alleviated / broken through Education. It would be highly desirable that every child has the opportunity of some education, to be able to read and write, to solve problems, have skills, trade skills, understand health and hygiene, have ethics and become self sufficient with skills for employment so as to contribute in the local community. Education for children can assist to lead a family out of poverty and provide hope and opportunity. Through education the cycle of poverty, the need for migration and the vulnerability to human trafficking and slavery can also be broken.


Chairs and Desks for Fiji    

By Peter Malden, Rotary Club of Boronia, District 9810

If any school furniture donors wonder where the furniture goes, this is a great example. A total of 45 desks and chairs were delivered in two boat loads to Dreketi Village for Laucala Primary School.

The project, to sort and deliver to the landing at Vuni Vasa on Taveuni Island, Fiji, was coordinated by Claude Prevost of Fiji Pearl fame. The Rotary Club of Boronia in Melbourne is a sister club to the Rotary Club of Taveuni Island and they  work very closely together on many projects.

Topics: community recycling programs


Used Bed Linen Recycling Project    

By Chris Herrmann For Rotary Club of Mill Point, W.A.

The purpose of the project was to recycle used Linen from Rio Tinto in the Pilbara to overseas charities through Rotary International Donations-In-Kind, Melbourne.

Sixty-two pallet cartons were transported free of charge by LinFox, from Perth to Melbourne over December 2016 and January 2017. The material was laundered and much of it was in an as-new condition.  DIK have been coordinating with Linfox to hold the cartons as required pending space in the DIK store.

Topics: linen recycling program,  donations in kind


Rotary Australia launches new TV Advertising    

For 100 years, millions of Rotary volunteers have been working together to do good in the world and to recognise this, Rotary in Australia are launching a number of TV Ads across TV networks in Australia highlighting the range of projects that Rotarians undertake.

4 Ads have now been produced and feature various animations of Local and International Projects.


Potable Water and Sanitation Facilitate Education    


By Past President Benjie Liboro, Rotary Club of Ortigas Center

Who would have thought that  giving  clean water will also facilitate education ?

Sitio Malasa, situated  in the foothills of Zambales mountains, is populated by the indigeneous Aeta community that live in the province of Tarlac, Philippines, 150 kilometers north of Metropolitan Manila. It is a depressed community, of Aetas displaced by the cataclysmic Mt. Pinatubo eruption of 1991, and lowland homesteaders. 


March Area of Focus is Water and Sanitation    

District Governor Neville John

Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.

Topics: water & sanitation,  end trachoma in australia by 2021


February Area of Focus is Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution    

There is now just on six weeks to go before over 700 people come together in Shepparton for the District 9800 Conference. An enormous amount of planning time has been invested in this event so that attendees experience the amazing opportunities that the Rotary organisation provides those who want to help others, and to showcase what Rotarians are doing locally and abroad to make the world a better place.


Networker 2016-17 Edition 15 - Showcasing Rotary    

The countless times I have heard ‘why doesn’t Rotary promote itself better?’ Well, here is your chance to support something you’ve asked for by putting on your Rotary blouse, shirt, cap or whatever, and coming along for a while on Saturday 25 February between 9 am and 5 pm, to help us showcase Rotary and what it does. If you can be there between 11am and 12.30 pm the Choir of Hard Knocks and mob photo will be happening.


Alternative Membership    

By David Shave - Yarra Bend Rotary

During its last visioning exercise, some two years ago, in the report to the board, Yarra Bend Rotary recognised the need to review the range of membership categories it offered, to assist in the effort to increase membership.

Photo: Associate Inductee Liz Rodriguez introduced by Yarra Bend's David Shave


Bendigo Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year    

Congratulations to Citizen of the Year Garth Keech and Young Citizen of the Year Khayshie Tilak Ramesh, the top citizens for 2017.


2017 Conference Update    

By Kevin Love, Conference Chairman 

This is a short note to let you know of some exciting new developments for the Rotary District 9800 Conference “Connecting Communities - Serving Humanity,” in Shepparton, in March.


Rotary Youth Exchange gave me hope for peace     

By Kate Roff, a former Rotary Youth Exchange student

Being lost in the middle of the bustling, hazy, city of Bangkok, Thailand, is not ideal for a 17-year-old Australian girl. But, it was a moment that changed my life.

Topics: rotary youth exchange


What does it feel like to be in an iron lung?    

From Rotary Weekly

Rotarian Roger Frank built his own iron lung replica to teach a new generation about polio

Dispatched to Ghana with a fellow British Rotarian to scout club service opportunities, Roger Frank hadn’t planned their visit to coincide with National Immunization Days, but the pair – Frank and Dr. Carl Hallam – jumped, unhesitating, into the thick of inoculations. During a four-day stretch in October 2015, nearly 2,000 children in the area were protected from poliomyelitis. The effort galvanized Frank, who brainstormed for a way to do even more at home: How could he promote polio eradication when few of his countrymen gave much thought to the scourge?


News Flash!    

As chairman and founder of the Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN), Ross Butterworth accepted the 2017 City of Melton Community Project of the Year Community Achievement Award. What a great achievement and recognition for Ross and the WERN team of volunteers! Congratulations must go to everyone involved in this fantastic community project. Rotary Caroline Springs members, friends and family attended the City of Melton Ceremony and joined in the celebrations.

WERN accepts donations of good condition household items such as: 

Bedding: Doonas & Covers, Pillows & Covers, Linen i.e. Sheets, Towels & Blankets.

Kitchen Items: Kettles, Toasters, Crockery, Glasses, Cutlery, Pots & Pans etc

Furniture: Beds all sizes, Clean mattresses. Tallboys, Dressing Tables, Bookcases, Dining Tables and Chairs, TV's

White Goods: Fridges, Freezers, Washing Machines, Dryers

Also: Fans & Heaters.

Topics: linen recycling program,  donations in kind


Peace Fellow Update    

By Lucienne Heyworth (Uppsala Class 2015-17)

A short update from a very thankful Peace Fellow

Topics: rotary peace fellows


Do you know someone who wants to change the world?    

Rotary is now accepting applications for the world competitive Rotary Peace Fellwships program. The application deadline for submissions through local Rotary clubs in District 9800 is to the District Chair, Rob Helme, by May 15, 2017.


Rotary announces $35 million to support a polio-free world    

From Rotary Weekly

EVANSTON, Ill. (17 January 2017) — Rotary today announced $35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, bringing the humanitarian service organization’s contribution to $140 million since January 2016.


Responsible Business Award    

Stonechase Films in association with Seven Women are excited to announce the release of the new short documentary Seven Women Nepal: The Birth of a Social Enterprise.


Showcasing Rotary - 25th February, 2017    

By Adrian Nelson, Director of Public Image & Communications, Rotary District 9800

This month, Rotary turns 112 and our District has decided to get out and celebrate. On Saturday 25th February, we are holding our special Rotary Showcase in the Atrium of Federation Square.

Following last month’s Australia Day celebration around Lake Weeroona in Bendigo, where we had 25 marquees showcasing a variety of community, international and regional Rotary projects and programs, our special day in Melbourne will highlight even more how we do good in the world.


Rotary Backs Trachoma Drive    

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

Rotary’s 2017-18 International President, Australia’s Ian Riseley, wants a trachoma-free Australia by 2021, Rotary’s 100th year in Australia.

Topics: ian riseley president of rotary international,  end trachoma in australia by 2021


A reflection on World of Difference    

By District Governor Nominee Bronwyn Stephens

There is so much to share in a personal reflection of my “passion project”. Since just stumbling into someone else’s idea…and here I acknowledge and congratulate wholeheartedly former Rotary Melbourne South member, Lena Condos, who introduced humanitarian travel to developing countries to Rotary, and the sustainable assistance that can be achieved. She inspired me.


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