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Cross Egypt Challenge    

The members of the Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan - District 2451 – Egypt are happy to renew their invitation to you and the members of your prestigious and respectful club to learn more about, and share our Rotary organized initiative, "Cross Egypt Challenge" that aims to promote tourism to Egypt and to prove that Egypt is still safe for tourism.


Club Recognitions 2017-18    

The purpose of District Recognitions is to acknowledge and encourage “excellence” in a variety of key areas.

They are designed to give Clubs and their members pride in their achievements and to set the benchmark in what Clubs can do to make a difference within our community.

Congaratulations this year for receiving awards go to the following clubs: Brighton, Port Melbourne, Central Melbourne, Bacchus Marsh, Woodend, Bendigo Sandhurst, Melbourne South and North Balwyn


District Changeover Photos    

For a full colection of photos from the recent District Changeover, view our online gallery:


What a Difference can make when you Be the Inspiration    

Peter Frueh, District Governor 2017-2018

As we move to the changing of the guard during this club changeover period, it is worth reflecting on what we achieved during 2017-18 as individual Rotarians, as members of a club and for those involved at District or beyond the club. I hope your 2017-18 year has been as interesting, rewarding and at times challenging as has Anne and mine with our roles.


June is International Fellowships    

June is International Fellowships month across the Rotary world. Perhaps this is because in late May and June the World Conventions are held and this allows 30,000 or more committed Rotarians and partners to get together, with many diverse interests.


Justin Art House Museum    

The Justin Art House Museum is an initiative of Charles and Leah Justin, who are passionate collectors of contemporary art. Through their house museum they hope to share both their collection and their passion for art with the public.

JAHM is designed as a 3 level building at 3 Lumley Court Prahran.

It comprises a dedicated gallery space at first floor level and residence at second floor level, designed specifically to display art.


Keilor Car and Bike Show    

Despite the dire long range weather forecasts the event enjoyed a beautiful sunny and warm day.

Volunteers from the Gateway Rotaract Club and the Keilor cricket club turned up at 6.00am to assist club members with putting up the fencing and setting up the food marquee.

The first cars started arriving just after 7-00am with a fantastic array of cars and bikes, from as far afield as Frankston and Berwick attending the show.


DGN Grant Hocking Receives National Recognition    

At a recent Stroke Foundation event our very own District Governor Nominee Grant Hocking (Woodend Rotary) received the President Award for 2018. Many readers may know that Grant is employed as a Clinical Manager at Ambulance Victoria and has had an interest in the prevention and management of Stroke for over a decade.


Ainger Public Speaking Awards    

By Ben Hosking, Chair, Ainger Public Speaking Award

The Ainger Public Speaking Awards is a joint project between the Rotary Club of Richmond and the Rotary Club of Melbourne Park. It was originally a project of the Rotary Club of Richmond and the Ainger family in memory of past member Ern Ainger.

The award gives high school students the opportunity to speak on any topic for four minutes. The competition focuses on preparation, personality, projection and individuality rather than the topic itself.


Rotary wins Best Nonprofit Act for its Polio eradication work    

Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues. The campaign is an initiative of PeaceJam Foundation and is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Rigoberta Menchú Tum, with the ambitious goal of inspiring a billion acts of peace by 2020.


Sustainable Communities Cambodia    

By Barry Hickman, Rotary Club of Brighton

Global Grant - Varin District Global Grant - Varin District

We met with the commune committee at the end of April to discuss the running of the fish farm and how the proceeds from the sale of fish will be used to both pay down the community loan and be invested in the community for the benefit of the community.


Melbourne Star sparkles in Rotary Colours    

The lights of Melbourne sparkled and glowed in a rainbow of brilliant colours as the Melbourne Star slowly turned 120 metres above the ground. Rotarians, family and friends gazed from their pods at the sights below, as the wheel, decked out for the occasion in Rotary blue and yellow traversed the sky.


May is Youth Service Month across the Rotary world.    

By Peter Frueh, District Governor 2017-2018

It is a time to reflect on the many great Rotary programs to support youth. Some of these are run across the world such as Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment. Others across Australia, such as Model United Nations Assembly, National Youth Science Forum.


2018 Keilor Rotary Car & Vintage Bike Show    

Sunday 6th May, 2018, Historic Keilor Hotel, Cnr. Old Calder Hwy & Arabin St, Keilor

The program is directed at preventing alcohol and risk related trauma in serious dangerous driving offenders, and is run in conjunction with the Sunshine Magistrate’s Court, Victoria Police and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Trauma Service.  Each program involves 30 young serious road offenders in a confronting three part counselling and face to face experience regime (including with victims and families of serious motor vehicle accidents) before returning to Court, prior to sentencing, to present their individual program experiences and its impacts on them.  Evidence of the success of the program is that just 9% of its participants are seen in Court again after one year.


Rotary Club of Melton and Melton Valley plants trees at Wedge Park Primary School    

The Rotary Clubs of Melton and Melton Valley joined together for a tree planting effort on 21st April, 2018

Wedge Park Primary School in Melton was the beneficiary when fifty trees were planted to help meet Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s target of one tree for every Rotarian.


2018 Shine On Awards    

“I’m going to be the best self I can be” is the attitude of the candidates we celebrated at the Shine On awards on Sunday 20th June, 2018. It is fitting that every nominee is a winner and is honoured with a beautiful framed certificate which states their qualities and community endeavours.

Clubs nominate people in their community that, despite disability, demonstrate resilience.   LAAARF (Laughability) Choir Master Leon Scott described this as “character muscle” and he reminded us quite rightly that Rotarians are so fortunate to be associated with people who teach us “lessons of empowerment” when they have overcome adversity through living with disability with quiet resilience and not accepting that they are restricted…but just “GOWI”. Get On With It!  


Networker Conference Wrap Up Edition    

This edition of Networker has some great stories from the recent District Conference in Warrnambool. Thanks to the over 700 who attended and participated in some way as delegates, partners, speakers, volunteers, etc. We aimed to have a fun conference which had interesting and diverse speakers, Rotary ideas, some local tours and events as well as plenty of social interaction. The feedback has been very positive on these aspects and will help planning the Multi District Conference in Feb 2019. Anne and I would like to thank the many volunteers and participants who made it such a good event.


Working bee transforms Talbot grounds    

Twenty-two members and partners of Rotary Central Melbourne made a big difference to Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre’s outdoor areas on Saturday April 14, 2018. Royal Talbot is a campus of Austin Health. Unkempt, unloved courtyard gardens were transformed during the morning.  We put in about 60 person-hours of labor, creating neat and eye-soothing vistas of paths, garden-beds and grounds.


Bob Fels Recognised with an Outstanding Service Award    

Bob Fels has won Rotary’s “Outstanding Service Award” for outstanding service to  D9800, The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International. The citation says Bob played a pioneering role in making the Peace & Conflict Resolution program a signature program for District 9800. The program has had an unmatched success rate throughout the Rotary world with at least one candidate accepted into the program every year since its inception. He was also an international member of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee from 2007-13.

Bob, a Melbourne Rotary stalwart, in June 2014 was conferred with a Citation for Meritorious Service by the Rotary Foundation and in May 2017, was elevated to Paul Harris Ruby. Keep on keeping on Bob!


Tree Hugging Experience    

Rotary International President Ian Riseley on March 14, 2018 dedicated a tree at Rotary Park in the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens.  He was the 28th RI President to be commemorated in the Rotary Park after Paul Harris planted the first tree in 1936. This is a Brush Box tree and still thriving.


Melbourne hosts stellar visit by Rotary International President Ian Riseley - OAM    

In March 2018, Rotary Club of Melbourne hosted a packed 3 day program for RI President Ian Riseley, showcasing Rotary’s profile.  Ian’s schedule:

  • Interviewed by Jon Faine on ABC Radio;
  • Entertained by the Governor of Victoria at Government House;
  • Commemorated a special tree at Rotary Park;
  • Provided the Angus Mitchell Oration at Rotary Club of Melbourne special meeting;
  • Presented the District 9800 Recognition of Outstanding Service Award to RC Melbourne’s Bob Fels.


Rotary Foundation Cluster Dinner    

Hosted by Rotary Club of Essendon

WHEN Tues 10 April 2018 6:30pm for 7pm start

WHERE Waterloo Cup Hotel, 252 Maribyrnong Rd, Moonee Ponds

COST $45 pp 3 Course meal, Drinks at bar prices


RSVP Monday 26 March

For further information: Roger Leask 0412 706 566 or Jane Carbone 0417329 005

Lien holds a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Melbourne and Master of Optometry from the University of NSW. She has experience working in low-income settings internationally as well as throughout Australia. In 2013 she was awarded the inaugural D9800 Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation to study a Master of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has since worked at Indigenous Eye Health , and now manages 2 delightful tots as well as our Project EndTrachoma by 2020


Foundation Trustee Chair’s March Message    

Questions, questions, questions. Two topics I am frequently asked about during my visits with Rotarians around the world relate to Rotary's website and our Foundation's grants. Quite likely you have had these questions and more, about things such as donor contributions, point transfers, club and district reports, club invoices, and club officer changes, to name a few. If you don't know where to find the answer, Rotary's Support Centre is the place to start.


Container arrives at the Belola School in East Timor    

The Rotary Club of Keilor are celebrating the delivery of their latest container to East Timor; to the Belola School Site in Balibo, East Timor. This container was filled with goods from Donations in Kind


Pride of our Footscray    

The Rotary Club of Footscray recently heard from the Pride of our Footscray, community bar and event venue lo-cated in Hopkins St. Footscray just opposite the Footscray Market. The idea came about from a conversation with friends and Matthew O’Keefe (who had worked for over 16 years at CUB.) decided to take on the challenge. The planning and co-ordination took over 12 months to bring to life before the Grand Opening day


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