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Out on a Limb    

Members of the Rotary Club of Caulfield enjoying a visit to Out On A Limb to help package the most scrumptious fudge imaginable.


The work goes on behind the scenes    

Here are some Hawthorn Rotarians beavering away at Auburn Bowls Club, stuffing envelopes with information on what awaits you in Albury next March.


Membership/Attendance Figures    

View the stats from August.


Rotary D9800 Albury Conference    

See You In Albury! Albury Entertainment Centre - 14 – 16 March 2013

Reminder: The Low Early Bird Registration Fee is the lowest in 7 years and cannot be extended beyond the Closing Date. **Register by the 12 December to take advantage of the low fee.**


Vocational Service Month    

In a Rotary context, October is “Vocational Service Month”, a time for Rotarians to focus on their vocation and its importance to their local community and society at large.

Topics: vocational service


Rotary International and the Foundation Annual Report 2010-2011    

Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. Learn more about who we are and the volunteer work we do to help make the world a better place.

Generous gifts by our supporters and effective stewardship of these contributions bolster Rotary’s ability to make a positive impact in thousands of communities every year. Read more about the work of Rotary worldwide

Topics: rotary foundation


Event: Group Study Exchange Farewell D9800 - D1080    

Join us to Farewell our GSE team as they embark to the Cambridge-Norwich area in  UK
The Gamekeepers Secret Inn 1555 Melton Hwy, Rockbank.

30th September,  12:30 for 1pm Cost: $25 ~ Nibbles/Finger food Drinks at Bar prices

RSVP: The Shepheards 9369 8358 by 24th September

View GSE Team Profiles



If volunteers were a nation, they would be at least the ninth most populous country in the world.

It would be a world without at least 140 million people, the global economy would lose around 400 billion dollars, our GDP would diminish by 3-7% and millions third sector employees would lose their jobs.

From Rotary Regional Public Image Blog - promoting the good work Rotary does in the community and internationally.


Friday 12th October is Hat Day in Mental Health Month    

Hat Day is Australian Rotary Health’s action and awareness day for mental health research in Australia. While 4 million Australians will suffer a mental illness this year, Hat Day is aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental health and stopping Australians from keeping mental illness ‘under their hats'. All proceeds will go towards Australian Rotary Health’s mental health research projects aimed at finding treatments and cures for depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.


August Attendance Statistics    

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

How does your club rate?


Vocational Month - Rotary Code of Conduct    

The transition from a month celebrating Rotary's newest Avenue of Service to a month celebrating one of the original Avenues of Service is not the leap it might seem. Many programs that fall within the Vocational Service portfolio (the Second Avenue of Service) are directed to youth.

These programs include:

- Computers 4 Kids

- Literacy programs

- Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

- Students, Ethics and Leadership (SEAL)

There are many other mainstays of traditional Rotary Vocational programs that continue or in some cases could be reprised by Clubs. Included amongst these are: Career Insight programs, School Literacy programs, Student Mentoring, Mock Interviews, Spelling Bees, Résumé Writing, Interview Workshops, Reading programs, The Four-Way Test Debate/ Essay contests and so on.

The reference to the Four-Way test is a reminder that Vocational Service is very much about harnessing a member's vocational talents to promoting the highest ethical standards, not only in business


Foundation Grants Explained    

On Monday 24th September, 2012, there was a well-attended Rotary Foundation Seminar at Graduate House.

Over eighty Rotarians enjoyed an informative and interactive evening on recent changes to Rotary Foundation Grants. Past District Governor John Davis and his team clearly described the processes foe securing District Grants for local and international projects, and for Global Grants.


City2Sea: A Family Fun-Run    

Article from The Age:

SO MUCH for the loneliness of the long-distance runner.  The Sunday Age City2Sea in November will be full of runners doing the event as part of a family team.

Last year there were 120 families who did the 14-kilometre event. This year, so far, 67 have signed up - from just a father or mother running with a child right up to the whole family.


Project Kitchen Garden    

By Kerry Kornhauser

Nganambala, Northern Territory

This was an extraordinary cultural, touristic and beneficial experience which touched the lives of the eight who attended. It also positively affected the whole Nganambala community…. by installing a “kitchen garden”.  Environmentally sound, educationally useful, nutritionally important and sustainable and expandable into the future.


216,000 People can't be wrong    

By David Sutherland, Rotary Club of Glenferrie

The Boroondara Market, which is open from 8am –1pm on the 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month has now been operating very successfully at Patterson Reserve in Auburn Road  for ten years – an excellent project which is very well organised by the Glenferrie Rotary Club in partnership with the Boroondara Foundation.


Rotarian Action Group Expands Maternal Health Project in Nigeria    

By Vanessa N. Glavinskas, Rotary International News

In Nigeria, one out of every 18 women dies as a result of childbirth. The country has the second-highest maternal
mortality rate in the world.

That’s why the Rotarian Action Group for Population Growth and Sustainable Development targeted the northern Nigerian states of Kaduna and Kano with a pilot program aimed at reducing maternal mortality by preventing and treating obstetric fistula, a serious birth injury. From 2005 until 2010, the project, partly supported by a grant from The Rotary Foundation, reduced maternal death by 60% in participating hospitals, reached 1 million women of childbearing age, and repaired obstetric fistulas for 1,500 Nigerian women.


Welcome New Members    

The Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing celebrated their 33rd Anniversay last Wednesday evening and at that celebration inducted a very special new member, Louise Bugeja. Louise is classified legally blind with only 3% vision in one eye. She is also disabled in other ways but has an outstanding background of serving those less fortunate than herself.


The Group Study Exchange Experience, 46 Years On    

Members of the Brighton North Rotary Club were privileged to have recently as their guests at their meeting the team leader and three members of the first Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from District 9800 (then D280) that travelled to Canada for ten weeks in 1966.

The guest speaker for the meeting was team leader John Nathan, a former member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne for 35 years, who arranged for three of his team to also attend to share their experiences with the audience.

Topics: gse,  rotary foundation


Event: Adam Ramanauskas - Football, Cancer and Getting on with Life    

At 19, Adam Ramanauskas was the youngest member of Essendon Football Club's 2000 premiership side.  He played 134 games over 10 years, retiring at the end of 2008 after three successful comebacks from cancer treatment and a major knee injury.  Adam has a strong alliance with Cancer Council and is an ambassador for the Call To Arms campaign.

Adam will be speaking at the Rotary Club of Albert Park on Wednesday 26th September, 2012.  Bookings Essential. Come and hear his story.


Squadron Leader Hugh Dolan - Gallipoli from Above - Rotary Club of St Kilda    

Tuesday 14th August, 2012 6.30pm Melbourne Wine Room Cafe
125 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

When Australian troops stormed ashore in the pre-dawn darkness of April 25th 1915, it was the culmination of one of the most complex and daunting operations in the history of warfare – the seaborne assault of a heavily fortified shore, defended by a well-prepared and forewarned enemy. Hear documentary presenter, Hugh Dolan speak about the subject matter in the documentary and his best selling book ’36 Days’.


Event: Rotary Club of Brighton Charity Golf Day    

Monday 24 September 2012
Huntingdale Golf Club

A teaching professional will be there to offer golfing tips. Enjoy a great game of golf and then a sit down Gourmet BBQ meal to finish off the day. Excellent prizes are available for winners. We invite you to join us again this year.

Topics: golf


A Booklet on Homelessness    

A charity providing one-on-one services to young homeless people in Melbourne is in need of some publishing, graphic design and printing expertise.

Anne Mitchell, manager of Steps Outreach Service, has drafted a booklet of about 20 A4 pages for Years 9-10students on social justice themes. This draft explains the extent and nature of youth homelessness, especially the shocking circumstances that often compel a teenager to leave home and try to live on the streets.


Rotary - It's amazing - Bookings now open for Conference 2013    

This week I would like to highlight 2 events that are significant to Rotary and our Rotary District.

Firstly I’m delighted that this week our booking office has opened to register for the Rotary District Conference to be held in Albury from March 14-16, 2013.

If you have not had a chance to look at the conference website ( I know that you will find that it is a veritable treasure trove of information. You may register and reserve your accommodation online. There is even a handy YouTube link to show you how easy it is to register and reserve accommodation in the unlikely event that you are finding some difficulties with the process. Shortly every Rotarian will receive the registration brochure by snail mail if you prefer the off-line option to register.


The second matter of significance is that Friday 21 September was “International Day of Peace”. In this Rotary year of Peace through Service, this day serves to reinforce what Rotary and Rotarians try to achieve on a daily basis.

Peace Day, as it often known was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 and first celebrated in 1982. September 21 was declared as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace in 2002. From inception, each year millions of people all over the world participate in scheduled events ranging from private gatherings to public concerts and major forums.


Donations in Kind Makes a Difference    

Receiving an education should not be an accident of birth; it should be a right for everyone.  It’s understandable that it is one of Rotary’s "Six Areas of Focus" and it’s a principle that everyone in our community will support.

Currently 18% of population; 677,000,000 people are illiterate and 75,000,000 children don’t go to school. 

If the problem was uniform it would be easy to fix, but as we know this is not the case.


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