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Former Rotary Scholar educates, supports new mothers with HIV    

Aadila Sabat is on a personal mission to help achieve one of the United Nations Millenium Development Goals.  “We can all do something to heed the call to action from the United Nations to eliminate by 2015 all new HIV infections among children and keeping their mothers alive,” says the former Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar from South Africa. “Because the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child is preventable.”

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Rotarians to Participate in Gallipoli Centenary Commemorations in 2015    

The Centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 2015 will be an important moment in the history of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. It was the events of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915 that ultimately helped shape our nations. The Rotary Club of Balwyn plans to have around 130 Rotarians, partners and friends on site to commemorate this historic event.

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Rotary International Convention in Lisbon    

By Bronwen Scarffe on behalf of the Organising Committee

It is now time for all Rotarians and their friends to consider including the Rotary International Convention in their travel plans for 2013 and we would love to know if you would like to join the official District 9800 team who will be attending:

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Rotaract Club of Dili - Letter from Augusto Colo    

Our main Project is to Provide English Course for the Students of Basic School, Junior & Senior High School and also for Alfonut. And two other project are Sanitation & reforestation. Apart from that Rotaract of Club Dili helping out the goverment for realizing the event that usually happens every year in Timor-Leste like Dili Marathon, First Lady Cup, Fishing and Diving Competition and Tour de Timor.

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Why Y Generation - Engagement vs Attendance    

The conclusion of Membership Month provides the opportunity to try to address the vexing question of why Rotary’s focus on attendance seems to have become perceived by many Rotarians as a real impediment to recruiting and retaining members.

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Letters to the Editor    

I read with considerable interest the recent article by Murray Verso on why people join Rotary. I have met Murray many times and find him to be enthusiastic, proactive and an engaging speaker. If I may, I would like to challenge the thinking on the relevance on one point as to why people join Rotary, that being prestige, and the connotations of business leaders etc that was further detailed under that heading.

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Dr. Mark Ellis awarded a Certificate of Appreciation    

You may recall a few weeks ago publishing an article on the Rotary Club of Glenferrie Sumba project.

Well Dr Mark Ellis has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Indonesian Government for this project.

Attached are some photos of the presentation a week or so ago.

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Rotary Media Centre    

The Rotary Media Center is our online resource for public service announcements, videos, and more.

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DG's Message - 25th August 2012    

As I make my official visits to clubs I try to relate what I have to say back to the District Strategic plan, which in turn is consistent with the Rotary International Strategic plan.

There are 3 key elements to the Strategic plan:

•    Support and Strengthen clubs
•    Focus and increase humanitarian service
•    Enhance public image and awareness

In coming months I’ll have a lot more to say about all of the elements of the strategic plan, but during membership month I’d like to build on what I have been writing about over the past few weeks and concentrate on how clubs can be supported and strengthened to put them into great shape for the future.

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Whats Your Goal For Membership Month?    

August is Rotary Membership and Extension Month. What will you do?

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Indian newlyweds get cash not to have children    

India's population jumped to 1.21 billion in 2011 from 1.02 billion in 2001, according to provisional census figures released last month. Only China - with 1.34 billion - has more people, but India is set to surpass its Asian rival and neighbour by 2030.

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Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution    

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

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New Members    

The Rotary Club of St Kilda is pleased to announce it’s newest member, Dr Helen Topliss, who was inducted at last weeks meeting on 14th August.  For this aand all other new members,

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Business Tips: How to boost your Work / Life Balance    

Explore your options

If your current work arrangements just aren’t working for you, then be bold and think outside the square. Don’t get stuck in the old, outdated rut of thinking ‘this is just the way things are — there’s nothing I can do’.

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Workplace giving makes donating even easier    

Australian Rotary Health, Australia’s largest non-government funding body for mental illness research, has recently launched a new workplace giving program.

Workplace giving allows employees and employers to connect more easily with charities that have deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. Simple, cost effective and tax efficient, workplace giving runs through the payroll system and allows an employee to nominate the amount they would like to donate each pay. This amount is then deducted from the employee’s wage and sent straight to the nominated charity.

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Speakers Bank Update - David Smyth - Rotary Club of Brighton    

The Australian First Fleet Voyage was the eighteenth century version of landing men on the moon. Probably the most comprehensive observer’s account is found in the journal of the Ship’s Surgeon of the Lady Penrhyn, a transport ship for female convicts.

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Phyllis Diller    

Phyllis Diller, the woman who once described herself as the ‘Elizabeth Taylor of The Twilight Zone’ and could deliver 12 punch lines in a minute, has died aged 95. She was famed for her outlandish wardrobe, gregarious laugh and self-deprecating humour.

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Seeking New Horizons with the Rotary Foundation    

In 2012‐13 our District enters into the last year of the changes to the way the Foundation operates which has been called the pilot program of Future Vision. Over the last 2 years, 100 Rotary Districts around the world have been fine tuning the proposed changes before they become the new terms and conditions of the Rotary Foundation from 1st July 2013 for all the 530 Rotary Districts in the world.

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July Attendance Statistics    

District Attendance Officer Peter Lamping has provided last months' stats.

How does your club rate?

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Rotary E-Club of Melbourne    

Past District Governor Ann White was recently intereviewed on the Rotary and Community Services Show on 3WBC 94.1FM on 10th August, 2012 about the newly launched e-club website.  District 9800 is chartering an e-club in 2012 to provide an opportunity for people to participate in Rotary who may not be able to make weekly face to face meetings.

For more information and to listen to the podcast of the program

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Rotary Club of Brighton Beach Website Launched    

The Rotary Club of Brigton Beach has freshly updated their website with news and events from their community.

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Rotary e-Club of Melbourne is here!    

The new Rotary e-Club of Melbourne is now online at www.rotaryeclubofmelbourne.org.au – why don’t you take a look now and see what an e-club looks like.

This e-club is just like a traditional Rotary club except that the members don’t meet face to face each week – instead they visit the website every week at a time that suits them. While they are there, they read up on the topic of the week and respond with their comments, they check the projects they are working on and contribute their updates or volunteer to work on a new project, and they can log into the clubhouse and correspond with other members in the chat room.

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Membership & Marketing Seminar    

Learn how the Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook incereased membership with 19 new members in one year without losing one member in the process.

Yet another great day for District 9800, with 100 Rotarians coming together to hear about and share ideas on increasing Membership, and further promoting Rotary through various marketing strategies.

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