By Tyra Malmstrom, 2016-17 Rotary Exchange student hosted by the Rotary Club of Footscray
Just over a year ago, I entered the airport in Melbourne to begin my own great adventure. I was very nervous and scared but also filled with enthusiasm and excitement, curious about what was waiting down under for me to embrace. Though thinking back now, I believe my experience already began when I filled out my application, arranged a visa and walked through that gate in Stockholm.
Lisa Lowcock, Rotary Club of Essendon
On Sunday August 6th, 2017, RI President Ian Riseley and Juliet attended a special Royce Abbey event at International House. The event was to present the latest Royce Abbey award and the surprised recipient was David Abbey, son of Royce and Jean.
By Mark Stephens, Foundation Grants Chair
2016-2017 was another outstanding year in District 9800 for The Rotary Foundation. In this centennial year, contributions to our Foundation has been a record amount. Clubs were also engaged and sought many grants to support their international and local projects. Here are a few of the Projects supported by Foundation
By Helena Toscas, President Gateway Rotaract 2017-2018
On the 15th of July 2017, Rotaractors from District 9800 came together for a working bee at the Donations in Kind warehouse in West Footscray. Members from Gateway Rotaract, Melbourne City Rotaract, and the provisional Stonnington Rotaract Club came along to roll up their sleeves. We were grateful to be joined by a bunch of fellow Rotarians including District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Assistant Governor Caroline Ord.
By David Dippie, Rotary Club of Keilor
A man commenting on Women’s issues; is there quicksand in a minefield?
Everyone deserves to have the same opportunities. Ladies you are different and some of you are very special. The ads say “Women have periods, get over it”. It appears that the biggest problem Australian Women have is choosing the most suitable products from the wide range at the chemist and supermarkets.
World of Difference (WOD) is pleased to confirm three exciting tours to Cambodia and Laos. If you or anyone you know is looking to get involved at an International level in something exciting and different then one of World of Difference’s humanitarian adventure tours to Asia could be the perfect offering.
The Rotary world was shocked on July 14th after hearing that Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori had died following complications from surgery.
District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens spoke of her sadness and disbelief having shared some of Sam’s journey at the Atlanta Convention. Bronwyn reported her impressions of Sam positively,
that he speaks gently and quietly, but that his message is challenging and professionally designed. For Australia and New Zealand his presidency will provide an especially powerful link to the world but mediated by the perspective of someone with great experience of the developing African Rotarianism.
By Matt Pollard, Foundation Director, Yarra Bend Rotary
The depth of vocational and life experience represented in an average Rotary Club means that our Clubs are well equipped to offer advice, guidance and wise counsel to others in our community.
At Yarra Bend Rotary, we have aimed to utilise this wealth of experience by offering mentoring to young business entrepreneurs in our local area. We also mentored the board members of two Community Houses and our fledgling Rotaract Club at Swinburne.
By Brownwyn Stephens, District Governor Elect
In a year 12 fog, with 2 school bags in tow, Sileap left some of her precious year 12 school books opposite the train station at the bus stop in Martin Street a few weeks ago.
Discover what came next as the schoolbooks are returned and the opportunity of Donations in Kind is shared.
By Bob Edgar, International Service Director, Rotary Club of Bendigo
The Rotary Club of Bendigo was fortunate in being able to sponsor Norma Tauiliili from Women in Business Development Inc. (WIBDI), Samoa for a three-month training program in organic agriculture. Funding for the program was provided by The Royce and Jean Abbey Scholarship component of the Rotary Foundation.
The visit complements the association that the Club has had with the Samoan community over the past 30 years.
By Australian Rotary Health: Update on the work of PHD Scholarship Awardee Ali Kodsi.
In today’s society it’s easy to underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep, particularly with life’s perpetuating demands. However, getting too much or not enough sleep can not only lead to serious health problems, but can also impact mood, learning, productivity, and your ability to maintain good relationships.
By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
Dorothy Gilmour of Melbourne Rotary Club recently attended a club meeting with a difference – St Petersburg RC on a moored boat on the River Neva in a snowstorm. She thought she was just a guest but was then asked to speak for 40 minutes about her club’s projects, via a translator. Luckily she had done her homework on Melbourne RC projects while earlier visiting clubs in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Women in Rotary in Helsinki, Finland.
By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
Justine Murphy, 2016-17 President of Rotary Central Melbourne, has testified her pride in Rotary by getting the Rotary emblems tattooed on her wrist. The tattoo, in yellow and blue, is about 4cm round, and features the Rotary Wheel in the form of a stylised flower signifying the growth she has experienced through Rotary. The flower incorporates a blue 'stone' representing the Paul Harris recognitions she has received from her Club and District.
New Rotary DCoordinator Tim Moore,
Welcome to a new Rotary year, a time to reflect on the great initiatives of last year while setting the bar higher for this year. It is a real privilege to take over from the great work of Past Rotary Coordinator PDG Malcolm Lindquist. On behalf of the districts of Zone 8 I would like to thank Malcolm for his help, leadership and efforts over the last 3 years to strengthen our clubs and grow our membership. Well done Malcolm.
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Regional Membership Officer Update
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John F Germ's Message
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Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation
One of the many compelling reasons for people to join Rotary is the ongoing focus on personal development and training, so RLI was a valuable way for Rotary Prahran to both fast track the understanding of what Rotary is and does as well as foster leadership in newer members.
Many people make Donations in Kind work - From the donors, people who collect the goods, the people who sort the goods, potential project supporter and the Clubs that support the Store should all have ownership of the projects we are supporting.
And to make sure we all know what Difference Rotary Donations in Kind makes, they need your help in sharing your achievements.
Past District Governor Graeme Allison passed away last week. Maria Kouppas and Roger Leask from RC Essendon had attended a Changeover at RC Drysdale and were able to catch up with Graeme as he was presented with a Royce Abbey Award,. Graeme was taken to hospital after the Changeover at which he was presented with a second sapphire; and passed away later that night.
Clarice has worn out her fingers!
Over 10 years of dedicated efforts in editing the District Networker has ended with the retirement of Gordon Cheyne from the role this week.
Gordon took on the role of Networker editor in July 2007 and has edited fortnightly editions ever since with outstanding success in publicising, promoting and sharing the good news of Rotarians in District 9800.
Last year, Peter Greaney was selected to attend the Professional Certificate course at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand in June, 2017. Peter has an outstanding record of achievement with the Victoria Police force in local conflict prevention/resolution, most recently with regional community involvement in ethnic/religious/cultural differences. Peter was recently appointed Western Region Division Two Superintendent with Victoria Police, after serving with great distinction in the Bendigo region. Peter is keen to inform us of his progress and the experiences he has as he participates in this inspirational and program.
Rotary District 9800 Governor 1986-87, John King of the Rotary Club of Brighton has been recognized in the Queen's Birthday Honours list with the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the community of the people of Victoria.
Two members of the Rotary Club of Brighton North (Gerry Lambourne and Phil Wheatley) have also been recognized for their service to the community.
Getting off a plane in one of the busiest airports in America to be greeted by Rotarians in Fluoro vests was very unusual. This Rotary World Convention we were arriving at was to be Rotary on steroids throughout. Over 130 countries were represented, with over 40,000 Rotarians attending, and so many of them from African and Indian nations.
Welcome to the new Rotary year. Having attended many Club Changeovers, Anne and I can feel the strong sense of community within clubs and their many supporters. Celebrations have varied widely in approach, reflecting the different history, style and approaches of each club, as well as the outgoing and incoming President’s personal style. One changeover was on a boat, one onstage at a theatre, several at wineries, at function venues or normal venues. It didn’t matter where we were, there was a strong sense of shared purpose as we celebrated a year of Rotary Serving Humanity and looked forward to Rotary: Making a Difference in 2017-18.
Lesley McCarthy, Rotary Club of Flemington (Incoming Networker Editor)
Rotary’s mantra of People of Action Sharing Ideas, Joining Leaders and Taking Action was fully demonstrated in the recent International project by the Rotary Club of Flemington.
Supported by a District Matching Grant, reinforced by the amazing people at Donations in Kind and their stock, and involving people from across many places and from many organisations, this project involved purchasing, filling and shipping a container to an impoverished girls orphanage in a remote area of Sri Lanka.