An invitation is extended for the District 1520 conference and ANZAC DAY on the 24th and 25th April 2018. The One day Conference is at Amiens – home of the new French President Macron. Accommodation has been reserved at a hotel near Amiens Railway station in the town center. Amiens is about one hour by train from Paris.
‘Adopt a Scientist’ is a campaign initiative of Lift The Lid (the fundraising brand representing Australian Rotary Health) Lift The Lid/ARH aims to raise $20 million in Australia over the next three years to fund mental health research, increasing ARH funding of research grants fivefold. ‘Adopt A Scientist’ will be the ongoing public facing campaign until at least 2020. The campaign launched in October 2017 (Mental Health Month)
Seven teenagers, their parents, representatives from sponsoring clubs, Rotexers and the Youth Exchange Committee came together for the final event in the preparation for the 2018 exchange year.
Excited, anxious with perhaps a few second thoughts the parents sat and waited for the program to start while the youth exchange students gathered together and chatted as old friends do. They have already formed a close bond and that will only strengthen as they support each other through the joys and tribulations of being a student in a country where they don’t speak the language and where they will live with three or four different families.
What do you do when you travel to a country just to meet up with a friend, but end up meeting families just barely surviving in an environment which is commonly described as a shanty town, perpetually in drought, where their homes are made of whatever they can find locally. A place where family domestic violence is rife, where children with disabilities have very little support and when girls and women are violated there is no-one who wants to listen.
At the International Assembly for then District Governors Elect in San Diego in January this year (2017), our District 9800 Governor Peter Frueh took the initiative to invite the upcoming District Governor of District 3232 in Chennai India, Radhakrishnan Srinivasan to visit Melbourne along with his fellow District Rotarians for a Friendship Exchange.
The group, 5000 Poppies, has put a call out for Australians to help knit or crochet over 60,000 poppies to commemorate the end of the First World War.
“This project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance to our servicemen and women, their families, and their communities, and is closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018,”
Sarah Tuberty, right, and her mother during a visit to Boston last year.
By Sarah Tuberty, president of the Rotaract Club of Sargent College Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
I awoke early on a Saturday morning to the sound of my mother’s voice. “Good morning Sarah, I signed us up for a Rotary service project. You should put on old clothes. We are painting a map on the Alamo Elementary School playground. Quick, we need to leave in 15 minutes”
The Rotary Club of Canterbury together with great participation and assistance from the Rotary Clubs of Camberwell, Balwyn and Balwyn North held a FORaMEAL food packaging event with 95 attendees. Camberwell Rotary alone contributed 15 members, and the youngest member of Canterbury, Sarah Prossor, brought along a group of six Rover Scouts.
We are proud to announce a very special online edition of the District 9800 Foundation Newsletter which provides a lot of information on Rotary's Giving Tree: a tree which grows thanks to contributions from clubs and individuals in and out of Rotary and produces a bountiful crop of projects which continue to do good in the world.
When Kay’s son Josh was injured in a snowboarding accident in June 2000, doctors said that he would never walk again. What has transpired since, through sheer persistence, determination and incredible passion from his “warrior mom” is that Josh is not only able to walk again, but continues to inspire others to pursue activity based rehabilitation for people who face similar debilitating lives.
8th November, 2017
Rotary has organised the pre-release showing of the Kenneth Branagh movie "Murder on the Orient Express" with a star studded cast on November 8th to enable clubs to hold a special fundraising event.
There are two opportunities to attend in Melbourne – cost $20 per head with $10 going to End Polio Now.
Peter Greaney – Australia, Rotary Peace Fellow – Chulalongkorn University - Class 23
As I look back over my policing career of 32 years I can say that I have been given many wonderful opportunities. In my policing role, I have travelled all over Australia and overseas. The highlight being a trip to Israel to attend a Counter-Terrorism Conference. I have worked in a variety of policing fields including general patrol duties, crime investigation, intelligence, counter-terrorism and training.
Peter Greaney, Nov 2017
It has now been two months since I returned from the Rotary Peace Fellowship at the Peace Centre at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Almost daily I reflect on my three months in Thailand, which included an eight day field trip to Cambodia. I am often asked what was it like over there, what did I do, and what did I learn? I am back in the South West of Victoria managing a large Police Division which covers five Local Government Areas. I am living in Warrnambool with my wife Wendy, who I must acknowledge for her support and understanding whilst I was away for three months.
The Rotary Foundation funds up to 100 Peace Fellowships worldwide each year; 50 for candidates undertaking Master’s courses at 5 approved Universities (Uppsala in Sweden, Bradford in the UK, International Christian University in Japan, Duke University and University of North Carolina in the US, and the University of Queensland in Australia). As well as 50 for candidates undertaking the three month professional development certificate at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
Brian Ahmed, PDG Ian Knight OAM Rotary Club of Werribee Rotary Foundation Royce and Jean Abbey Scholarship Committee
Christopher Ochaya from Uganda, was the recipient of the Rotary Foundation “Royce and Jean Abbey Agricultural Vocational Scholarship”. We had the pleasure of meeting him on the 04th February 2017 when we picked him up from the airport to begin his 3 months Scholarship program in Victoria and NSW. Chris runs a model farm (Tamarind) in Uganda teaching locals to grow food. This skill was lost to the community through years of war.
The Rotary Club of Essendon gathered for a dinner meeting at Rotary’s “Donation's In Kind” (DIK) shed. We were joined by DG Peter Frueh, DGE Bronwyn Stephens, DIK’s Bob Glinderman, Rotarians from Keilor East, Flemington & West Footscray & members of CWA including the State President & Treasurer & CWA Chair of International who all travelled many miles to attend the dinner.
By Jessica Howard, The Moorabool News
Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh President Phil McBean with 4 year old Nevaeh.
The future is bright for young Moorabool children as a popular literacy program is funded for a further two years.
The Let’s Read program was introduced to the region in 2006 and is a national initiative that promotes reading wirth children from birth to 5 years.
The program is delivered and funded by the Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh and Moorabool Shire Council.
Community Connects was the title and premise for a forum run by the Rotary Club of Flemington recently. Based on the Rotary Connects model promoted by James Pullar from RC Melbourne, this forum invited residents and community groups to come together and identify issues and possible projects. Held at Kensington Town Hall on a sunny Sunday afternoon, attendees heard from Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Mr Sisay Dinku; Past President of the Rotary Club of Flemington, former GSE Team member and current District Community Service Chair Del King; Nelson Alexander Flemington Owner Paul Harrison, the Good Karma Effect founder Amy Churchouse and Coburg Good Karma Network chair Nerina Papanastasiou and Kensington musician Tim Solly.
Members from the Rotary Club of North Balwyn have been busy at Donations in Kind filling a container with a range of educational materials, hospital equipment and other goods.
The container destined for The Solomon Islands which the locals call “The Happy Isles” was packed at Donations In Kind last Thursday.