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DG's Message - 25th August 2012    

As I make my official visits to clubs I try to relate what I have to say back to the District Strategic plan, which in turn is consistent with the Rotary International Strategic plan.

There are 3 key elements to the Strategic plan:

•    Support and Strengthen clubs
•    Focus and increase humanitarian service
•    Enhance public image and awareness

In coming months I’ll have a lot more to say about all of the elements of the strategic plan, but during membership month I’d like to build on what I have been writing about over the past few weeks and concentrate on how clubs can be supported and strengthened to put them into great shape for the future.

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Whats Your Goal For Membership Month?    

August is Rotary Membership and Extension Month. What will you do?

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Indian newlyweds get cash not to have children    

India's population jumped to 1.21 billion in 2011 from 1.02 billion in 2001, according to provisional census figures released last month. Only China - with 1.34 billion - has more people, but India is set to surpass its Asian rival and neighbour by 2030.

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Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution    

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

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New Members    

The Rotary Club of St Kilda is pleased to announce it’s newest member, Dr Helen Topliss, who was inducted at last weeks meeting on 14th August.  For this aand all other new members,

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Business Tips: How to boost your Work / Life Balance    

Explore your options

If your current work arrangements just aren’t working for you, then be bold and think outside the square. Don’t get stuck in the old, outdated rut of thinking ‘this is just the way things are — there’s nothing I can do’.

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Workplace giving makes donating even easier    

Australian Rotary Health, Australia’s largest non-government funding body for mental illness research, has recently launched a new workplace giving program.

Workplace giving allows employees and employers to connect more easily with charities that have deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. Simple, cost effective and tax efficient, workplace giving runs through the payroll system and allows an employee to nominate the amount they would like to donate each pay. This amount is then deducted from the employee’s wage and sent straight to the nominated charity.

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Speakers Bank Update - David Smyth - Rotary Club of Brighton    

The Australian First Fleet Voyage was the eighteenth century version of landing men on the moon. Probably the most comprehensive observer’s account is found in the journal of the Ship’s Surgeon of the Lady Penrhyn, a transport ship for female convicts.

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Phyllis Diller    

Phyllis Diller, the woman who once described herself as the ‘Elizabeth Taylor of The Twilight Zone’ and could deliver 12 punch lines in a minute, has died aged 95. She was famed for her outlandish wardrobe, gregarious laugh and self-deprecating humour.

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Seeking New Horizons with the Rotary Foundation    

In 2012‐13 our District enters into the last year of the changes to the way the Foundation operates which has been called the pilot program of Future Vision. Over the last 2 years, 100 Rotary Districts around the world have been fine tuning the proposed changes before they become the new terms and conditions of the Rotary Foundation from 1st July 2013 for all the 530 Rotary Districts in the world.

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July Attendance Statistics    

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

How does your club rate?

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Rotary E-Club of Melbourne    

Past District Governor Ann White was recently intereviewed on the Rotary and Community Services Show on 3WBC 94.1FM on 10th August, 2012 about the newly launched e-club website.  District 9800 is chartering an e-club in 2012 to provide an opportunity for people to participate in Rotary who may not be able to make weekly face to face meetings.

For more information and to listen to the podcast of the program

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Rotary Club of Brighton Beach Website Launched    

The Rotary Club of Brigton Beach has freshly updated their website with news and events from their community.

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Rotary e-Club of Melbourne is here!    

The new Rotary e-Club of Melbourne is now online at www.rotaryeclubofmelbourne.org.au – why don’t you take a look now and see what an e-club looks like.

This e-club is just like a traditional Rotary club except that the members don’t meet face to face each week – instead they visit the website every week at a time that suits them. While they are there, they read up on the topic of the week and respond with their comments, they check the projects they are working on and contribute their updates or volunteer to work on a new project, and they can log into the clubhouse and correspond with other members in the chat room.

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Membership & Marketing Seminar    

Learn how the Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook incereased membership with 19 new members in one year without losing one member in the process.

Yet another great day for District 9800, with 100 Rotarians coming together to hear about and share ideas on increasing Membership, and further promoting Rotary through various marketing strategies.

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Safe Water?    

It was rare good news. On March 6, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared that the world had halved the proportion of the world's population drinking unsafe water.

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VIC Police put on Show and Tell    

It was an event far outside the experience of our Central Melbourne-Sunrise RC members. With District Governor Keith Ryall and guests, the 24 of us were at the Victoria Police Air Wing hangar at Essendon Airport, soon after dark, on Friday May 18.

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Membership is Dead?    

Are younger members joining your association and then leaving after a year or two? Or not joining at all? Are you struggling to get people to your events? Are you battling to recruit quality volunteers? Is your board full of men aged over 50? Are competitive organisations forming around you?

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Welcome New Members    

The Rotary Club of Melton Valley inducted two new members on the 2nd of August, Stephen Hobbs and Bernice Parker.

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Elvis Lives!    

Spotted at Hawthorn Rotary Club last week: or is it impersonator and raconteur Geoff Kennedy?

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Business Succession Planning    

“Caught in the middle - a female perspective sought”.  Family businesses make up approximately 70 per cent of all businesses in Australia and a considerable number will change hands over the next decade as baby boomers retire.

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Rotary Foundation Seminar    

On the 24th September the District Foundation Committee have arranged a Foundation seminar with an emphasis on how you may use Foundation funds to support your club humanitarian projects both locally and overseas.

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DG's Message August 17    

As I make my official visits to clubs the one key objective that I see listed for all clubs is membership. This is not just lip service because on Saturday 11 August more than 100 Rotarians representing the majority of clubs attended the excellent Membership and Marketing Seminar, which was held in the splendid facilities of Trinity Grammar School in Kew. The strong attendance we saw from our regional clubs confirmed to me that clubs were proactively searching for answers.

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