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“Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....”Dr Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
In the olden days people died through starvation, a lack of cleanliness and medical knowledge. Now we have plenty of food, we wash our hands with soap, go to the doctor when ill and use all sorts of technology to diagnose and treat conditions that effect our quality of life. However in the western world our desire to live longer and better, has created life threatening conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, Diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease.
So, is there really a role for Rotary in disease prevention and treatment and will we as Rotarians live long and healthy lives to enable us to take on such a role?
There is a great range of stories, from pirates to pop-up fashion. We reprint an article from The Local News about Daylesford’s French exchange student Cassandra Esquerré and we celebrate some recent big events for clubs, including Woodend’s Halloween Festival, Yarra Bend’s Emergency Service Awards, and the Chadstone Craft Market.
The Rotary Foundation can be seen as the most magnificent means to an end. Such foresight was shown at the 1917 Rotary convention, by the outgoing Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph when he proposed to set up an endowment for the purpose of “doing good in the world”, with money that was unspent.
I guess there is no disputing the obvious link between literacy and economic and community development. This is often seen in a most profound and life changing way in developing countries, and I must say that my experience in Cambodia changed my life. I found it interesting though, to hear about a project initiated by the Rotary Club of Footscray in February 2013 in partnership with The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation. The receipt of a Foundation District Grant facilitated this project and the good work continues.
As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Indonesian invasion of Portuguese Timor, it is timely to reflect on the story of the small community of Balibo’, close to the Indonesian border. Balibo’s story is closely linked to Australia as it was there on 16th October 1975, that Indonesian troops killed 5 Australian war-journalists, the ‘Balibo 5’. The young men had taken the precaution of painting Australian flags on the façade of the house but this proved futile as the troops had specific orders to kill them. For the next 25 years Timor endured a bitter and at times brutal military occupation. In 1999, Indonesia withdrew, but in the process the nation’s infrastructure was destroyed, thousands of people were killed and many more displaced. In Balibo, 11 young men were killed and the town set on fire.
There is a Chinese Proverb that says: Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
In this year of being A Gift to the World we have a second District Vocational Training Team that will provide training in early literacy to over 160 teachers who work in remote village schools around Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in January 2016.
My profession as an educator for over forty years enables me to say with absolute certainty that if we do not teach our children to read by seven years of age, they are at risk of underachieving for life. A big statement but none the less true!
In the Rotary world August is Membership Month but I say that every day is membership day! Now why would I say that? Well, I love all that Rotary stands for, has done, and can do and I know that once others know what I know they will want to join our Rotary movement.
And so a new Rotary Year begins, a new theme, a time to reflect on achievements, maintain successful programs and projects, and embrace new ideas. After a wonderful District Changeover Dinner on the 27th of June Murray Verso handed over the Chains of Office to me and there is no great weight of dreaded responsibility, rather a sense of excitement and optimism as we continue to serve our local and world community in the name of Rotary. Murray and all Past District Governors have contributed time, energy, inspiration and quite amazing outcomes that define our Rotary District 9800. It is a delight to have so many mentors to call upon as I embrace the role as your District Governor.