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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
International Women’s Day Breakfast Planning Under Way
Inspiring speakers, vigorous debate and great food make up the packages as Rotary clubs across Australasia plan for International Women’s Day breakfasts in 2017.
Rotary International’s stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. The month of February brings Rotary’s focus on Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution.
JOIN US AT OUR 2017 ROTARY SHOWCASES:
See and experience first hand the amazing work done by Rotary, including:
By Past District Governor Dennis Shore
The monthly cycle of Rotary themes continues and February is World Understanding Month in the Rotary Calendar and the relevant Area of Focus is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
Peacemaking becoming an early core objective of Rotary.
Delegates at the 1914 Convention adopted a resolution calling for a peace conference and called upon all clubs to be advocates for peace. Sadly those actions failed to prevent the outbreak of World War I. Nevertheless Rotary had defined peacemaking as being at the core of its values.
By Brian Rusch, Executive Director, Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation
Most people begin every new year with a sense of hope and and excitement. With recent events throughout the world, I think that many of us also enter this new year with a sense of trepidation. For me personally, I am channeling any disquiet I might feel into a renewed focus on our mission at the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation - that is to inspire new generations of change makers to make this world a more peaceful place through the life, actions and words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. As we move forward to challenges this new year brings, I am reminded of some of the wisdom that the Archbishop has shared that I turn to when I am in need of some inspiration.
From RI District 9800 Foundation Newsletter
The Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP) has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.
The award honours organisations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs
By Ryan Hyland, Rotary Interational
Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley made the case on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.
Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
What if together we wage peace?
What if we started thinking about Rotary as more than a collection of service clubs and started thinking of ourselves as a global peacebuilding force?
Just imagine, Rotarians building a world beyond war. Learn more about our organization and how you can join us as ‘We Wage Peace’.
Vocational Service should be seen as a part of every avenue of service and also as a potential marketing tool for membership development and enhancement of public image. Enhancing public image and awareness leads to more members and then to more service projects, contributing to an even better public image. When we talk to people about engaging in Rotary projects, it is most often their skills and experience that they have to offer. Vocational Service is basic to our organisation.
When we join Rotary, we identify with our vocational experience, which requires that each club knows about the diverse experience it has available for project work. What do you know about the vocations of your club members or others in your community that could help with projects?