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Ambassadorial Scholars are Transitioning to Global Grant Scholars    

District Governors Weekly Message:

When The Rotary Foundation rewrote its objectives after the Second World War, the first of its three objectives was "the promotion of Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study". And so was born the idea that for more than sixty years has been a hallmark of The Rotary Foundation - Ambassadorial Scholarships. When Paul Harris passed away in 1947 money poured in from all over the world in response to a request for Rotarians to donate $10 in his honour to The Foundation. In the first year after Paul Harris died, 18 Rotary Foundation Fellowships were granted for study for one year at a university abroad. These were the precursors to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

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Camp Getaway - Kitchen Replacement Program underway    

Over last weekend, a dedicated band of Rotary volunteers commenced the preparation for the concrete floor for the storage shed which is the first stage of the kitchen replacement project at Camp Getaway. (see photo)

Topics: camp getaway

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Event: City2Sea: 700 volunteers needed!    

Rotary District 9800 has again been asked again to source and manage the 700 volunteers for this great event.

Contact Sandi Fulcher, City2Sea Event Coordinator ‘asap’ if you would like to be a part of this great event.

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Event: Rotary Club of Glen Eira 25th Anniversary    

Saturday 10th November 2012 Kooyong Tennis Centre, Glenferrie Road, Kooyong $85 per person

Pre-Dinner Drinks at 6pm for 6.30pm  3 course buffet

Lots of fun, music and entertainment, together with old memories, and a reunion with past members, and members from our friendship club in Japan, the Rotary of Ogaki-West.

For more information, call Geoff Asher 9571-3833 or John Strong 9836-9165 Visit our website rotarygleneira.org.au

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Developments in Timor Leste    

Six Brighton RC Club Members recently went to Timor Leste to construct a children’s playground. Going to Timor Leste, I was pretty ignorant about the country. Now that I’m back, I’m still ignorant, but I’ve been doing some research.

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Rotary Centres for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution – Peace through Service in action    

The Rotary Foundation as we know it today was born out of war and conflict. The Foundation operated as an entity with its own Trustees from 1928 but it was World War II that cemented the potential of The Foundation as an instrument for peacemaking.

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For the purpose of doing good in the world    

For a man best known as the father of The Rotary Foundation, Arch C. Klumph was modest about his role in its creation.

In 1928, he listed three accomplishments that gave him "more satisfaction than any other contributions to Rotary" and launching the Foundation wasn't among them.

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Media spotlights Rotary's leadership in polio eradication    

From the time I came aboard as general secretary of Rotary International in July 2011, one of my top priorities has been to help ensure that Rotary receives the credit it deserves for its leadership role in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as we move ever closer to a polio-free world.

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Future Vision Explained    

The Future Vision Pilot Program offers clubs and Districts more control over fund allocation and provides greater flexibility in decision making. It allow clubs and Districts to respond more quickly to urgent needs, both globally and locally, while providing great efficiencies and impact on the programs and projects undertaken by clubs and Districts supported by The Rotary Foundation.

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Youth Leaders' Chance to Effect Change     

People under age 25 represent 43 per cent of the global population. Yet they rarely have an opportunity to influence national or global policies.

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How to get sworn at - and not mind    

Anne Mitchell is a charity worker who doesn’t mind being shouted and sworn at. For the past 15 years she’s made a weekly visit to the Flinders Street Station steps. She gets to know the homeless youngsters there so that she can help them.

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The Rotary Foundation - a Foundation for Hope    

Most Rotarians know something of the story of how The Rotary Foundation came into being. Sadly its architect, Arch Klumph who was RI president in 1916-17 is less well known, although his name is enshrined in The Arch Klumph Society, which recognises those who donate more than $250,000 to The Rotary Foundation. 

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Hat Day Wrap-up     

It feels like Hat Day has been the consumption of our conversations at Australian Rotary Health for the past few months. This has been in planning our own events in Sydney and Melbourne while also speaking with a great number of Rotary Clubs and Districts hosting their own events in various places around Australia. We continue to receive Hat Day donations; thank you for your involvement and generosity.

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Award to Rotarian Nik Tsardakis     

Rotarian Nik Tsardakis has been recognised for his outstanding contributions as a member of the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing and also in the wider community with the presentation of an electorate of Lalor Above and Beyond Award.   Nik was one of a number of residents in the electorate of Lalor to receive his award from Prime Minister and Federal Member for Lalor, the Hon Julia Gillard MP at the Italian Social Club on 25 October 2012.

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Concert of the Stars    

The doyen of Masters of Ceremonies, Tony Charlton, selected and introduced a stellar cast of performers to entertain a sell-out crowd at Genazzano College.  Once again Tony and his friends gave up their time to entertain us, and to support those who are facing personal hardship or difficult life circumstances.

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Lowest Early Bird Registration Fee For 7 Years!!    

Easy To Travel To Albury? Well, yes, it is.  Plane, train or car. Or you could join the energetic Rotarians riding to the conference by bicycle! 

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Stop Press Beds, Beds And More Beds!     

Despite all of the planning for the collection of the beds from St Vincent’s Hospital, we have been advised that the delivery has been delayed due to the boat being a little slower that advised. It must be one of those slow boats from China! (sorry).

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Letters to Clarice    

Hi Clarice, There has been a move to have surnames removed from publications recently.  Ross Butterworth is a friend of mine but I would be surprised if 50% knew who you were talking about without a surname. Some time ago we received a note from Jim I think from South West Pacific. Who the hell is Jim. Not one person in our club knew.

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RI Currency Exchange Rates    

Just a quick note to advise that there are no changes to the exchange rates for November. The rates will be:

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Sooty And Bill At Alexandra    

Sooty and Bill accompanied John and Judy Turner to the Rotary Club of Alexandra on Wednesday 24th October where John was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Alexandra.  John and Judy have a small property just outside Alexandra and John has been a regular attendee at Rotary over the past 30 years or so.

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Saving Sight in Sumba     

In September this year the Glenferrie Rotary Club's team departed for Sumba for ten days where they carried out 97 sight saving operations as well as eye testing and the provision of glasses for 741 local people. 

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The Rotary Foundation Explained    

Arch Klumph proposed the establishment of The Rotary Foundation in 1917. In 1918 TRF received its first donation of US26.50 being the surplus from the 1918 convention. The net assets of the Foundation as at June 30th 2011 were US$852 million.

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Future Vision Vocational Training Team To Timor Leste    

It gives me pleasure to report our Rotary Foundation Vocational Training Team (VTT) September visit, to the Baucau Hospital, Timor Leste;  was extremely successful. This team was lead by Professor Jeremy Oats, Rotary Club of Melbourne. Team members were Professor Susan McDonald, Rotary Club of North Balwyn, Doctor Fiona Cullinane and Doctor Ingrid Bucens. 

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Welcome New Members    

David Asher has been inducted to the Rotary Club of Camberwell Club Secretary Richard Gray has ensured he will receive “Networker”.

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Event: Grand Camcare Concert - Rotary Club of Hawthorn    

The Grand Camcare Concert will be held on 28th October this year at Gennazano. It promises to be an outstanding concert once again. Tony Charlton has arranged a talented and diverse group of musicians and entertainers for the event.

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