04 June 2018

Tonight's meeting: Di Gillies, Interplast

Interplast ...Repairing Bodies...Rebuilding Lives in the Asia Pacific Region


Above, a typical welcoming group with a banner that tells it all.

Di Gillies has an outstanding record of community participation. She is the current Rotarian Coordinator for Interplast. In 1983, a joint project between then District Rotary District 980 and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Interplast Australia, was established to provide voluntary medical teams to carry out plastic and reconstructive surgery in developing countries. Since 1983, Rotarians have raised significant funds to support Interplast in repairing bodies and rebuilding lives. Over 70 Rotarians have accompanied teams as observers and have returned to act as ambassadors of Interplast by spreading the word.

Continuing to this day volunteer surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals work in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific. They are plastic surgery focussed, but aim to restore functionality to patients rather than provide cosmetic surgery and by so doing they have changed lives by performing reconstructive surgery to repair acquired or congenital conditions. Common issues which they encounter are serious deformities involving cleft palates and burn contractions being the aftermath of serious burns, where the tissue heals but in a way that deforms limbs.

The volunteer teams (last year there were 58 excursions) provide the medical work but more; promote a mentor/training aspect too for local health workers. Funding from various sources including Rotary, Government and corporate donations is utilised to provide equipment, travel and accommodation costs. There is no shortage of medical workers willing to provide free service and typically one team heads off every week.

A visit is planned some months in advance and locals have identified patients for treatment but still on that first day there are long queues of people awaiting evaluation for treatment.

The scope of Interplast is highlighted by the following statistics. It has worked in 25 countries and implemented over 600 surgical and allied health medical program activities across the Asia Pacific region performing over 21,000 lifechanging operations.

Last week's meeting:

"Catherine Spencer was the guest speaker from the Salvation Army

There is a big increase in violence against women Plus a lot of homelessness if you have a car you live in you are not homeless

Catherine told us of the joy the toy's we gave at Christmas that parents could wrap up a Present to give to their child.

The food that we give is such great quality and how much the people appreciate it.

The Friends of Richmond Rotary gave Catherine a cheque for 500 dollar's to help families in distress

There are a lot of problems in Richmond we hope to help out where we can.

Thanks to all the Rotarian's and Friends of Rotary for their generosity.

The food as usual was of great quality and will help a lot of people who are on the street

And in need of help the club is very generous.

Thank you all for your support of this project." Sally O'Sullivan chair FORR

Club Celebrations

Anna Walpole 10th June, Kris Hosking 11th June

Naomi Cass - such a wonderful support of Rotary Youth Arts Program. Paul Harris Fellow 2013

Message from Naomi Cass: On my departure from CCP

"It has been my pleasure to work with the artists, the CCP team and the board to create the significant organisation that it is today. During my 14 years as Director, CCP has established itself as a leading organisation in the development and advocacy for lens-based arts in Australia.

CCP's reputation for supporting early, mid-career and international artists, and advancing curatorial practice and public engagement with a broad interpretation of photography and video has been exemplary.

Through enhancing genuine collaboration between artists and the broader community, we have created an organisation which makes an important contribution to cultural debate, and that's something I'm particularly proud of.

CCP's embrace of the democracy of photography from elite practice through to community engagement is renowned and our impact can also be seen in the education sector through our youth programs.

During my time as Director, one of my biggest achievements has been to rehouse CCP in its acclaimed premises in Fitzroy designed by Sean Godsell Architects, which has served to host exhibitions and audiences to great effect.

I have also witnessed many CCP team members progress through the organisation to take positions in major arts and educational organisations across the country.

I acknowledge Creative Victoria and the Australia Council as well as sponsors and donors who have provided not just critical financial support but valuable encouragement for CCP.

I leave CCP in a strong position-with an excellent team and an active Board-to forge ahead with an exciting period of growth and development.

Thank you
Naomi"

District Changeover

Sunday 3rd June saw DG Peter Frueh hand over the chains of office to the 2018 - 2019 District Governor, Bronwyn Stephens. Peter and Anne leave for the World Conference on the 7th so the ceremony was a little earlier than. Bronwyn won't officially take over until July 1st .

The afternoon commenced with a choir singing in the garden, bathed in sunshine. The MC Ian Salek got proceedings underway. PDG Julie Mason was called upon to propose the toast to Rotary International. "This organisation founded by a humble man who saw a need to in his local community, gathered a diverse group of like-minded people and made a difference in that local community. They built a toilet! Now our organisation has responded to significant events worldwide for 113 years. We are actually part of a movement that works for peace, will end Polio, provides a means to a better life in cities and remote villages in every continent.

Mothers and babies survive childbirth, children learn to read and write, families receive lifesaving medical supplies, small businesses are supported to provide dignity and income to families and still we build toilets.

Right here and now we are surrounded by people who like Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, have taken ideas and turned them into actions, initiated projects that have life changing impact on people we will never meet.

Our district, Rotary District 9800, one of 535 international districts, and highly respected as a Peace Builder District. It is the home of the first Rotary Club in Australia, the Rotary Club of Melbourne.

So we know that Rotary International is a collective of all Rotary clubs with a membership over 1.2 million women and men.

We are so fortunate to have Rotarians committed to provide the 21st century leadership in Rotary that is needed in our fast paced world. It is interesting to note that in 1910 Paul Harris said.... 'This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to written again and again.'

Indeed in 1935 Paul Harris said, 'The foundation upon which Rotary is built is friendship; on no less foundation could it have stood.'

We are all beater people through the opportunity to serve in Rotary."

Changeover is the opportunity to thank many people.

DG Peter summed up his year and outlined many highlights, but at the same time faced many challenges. He thanked Anne and his family for their help and forbearance in what was a very busy and demanding year. He then thanked his support team, his club, the District officers and PDGs as mentors.

He made 3 prestigious awards:

PDG Denis Shore - Citation for Meritorious Service to Foundation

PDG Ian Knight - PolioPlus Pioneer as DG in 1987-1988 raised over $670,000 to get the Polio campaign underway.

Kerry Kornhauser was presented with Royce Abbey Champion of Change for her work promoting Women in Rotary.

The District Recognitions were then presented to clubs demonstrating excellence, innovation, best practice and inspiration (More on this next Bulletin.)

DGE Bronwyn Stephens was sworn in and her team introduced. Bronwyn spoke of her vision and inspiration. This had special impact as it was backed with video and photos that delivered a very powerful message.

All in all it was a very happy and uplifting day. Congratulations to Peter and Anne for a great Rotary year and we wish much success to Bronwyn and Mark in the coming year as DG and 'first' man.

You are invited to the gala event of the Rotary Year

President Chris Kemp will handover to President Elect

Jo Cowling

The theme for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year

"Be the Inspiration"

Monday 25th June

Amora Hotel Riverwalk, 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond 6:30 for 7:00pm

Complimentary on-site parking, drinks on arrival. Two course meal with table wines.

$50pp

Additional drinks at bar prices

Dress: After 5pm

RSVP by June 18
(please advise any dietary requirements)

jocowling@optusnet.com.au

Future Events

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
18th Monday James Nicholas - Mystery of Fairyland
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

Meeting Information
Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121

Contact Us
P.O. Box 138, Richmond, 3121
Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au

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28 May 2018

Tonight's meeting: Catherine Spence Salvation Army

Tonight, President Sally O'Sullivan from FoRR will be collecting nonperishable, "healthy" food items for donation to and distribution by the Salvation Army. These could include canned and packaged items e.g. tinned fish, baked beans, instant noodles, Up and Go breakfast drink, etc. Bring your purchases to our meeting tonight. Catherine Spence from the Salvation Army will be our guest speaker and hopefully we can send her back with wonderful supplies.

          

District Assembly

Maria Makris, Nia Holdenson, Joan Kennedy and Barry Roberts represented the club at the District Assembly held on May 20th.

Ainger Public Speaking Award.

Congratulations to Ben Hosking and his hard working team on another brilliant evening.

Hi Jo

Thanks Jo for your kind words. It was a team effort by the Ainger Committee and everyone played their part. In particular RCMP President Jacinta Walker did an outstanding job as Chair for the night. She engaged well with both the audience and the student finalists. As you were aware she was reluctant to do it however she showed her true colours in taking up the challenge. We are also fortunate to have a dedicated adjudication panel ably lead by Stephen Yolland. Of course however the stars of the night were our ten finalists. It was a strong field with a outstanding presentation from our winner Harrison Huber a 14 year old in year 9 at Mentone Grammar School. It now back to back year 9 winners as last year's trophy winner was Marietta Stents in year 9 at Genazzano FCJ College - Youth is certainly on the march ! Don Kinsey's legacy was on show last night and he would have enjoyed it. Margot had a great night and was delighted to be part of the Ainger Award Final again.

Kind regards
Ben

This year's contestants were evenly matched and kept us thoroughly entertained.

1st prize was awarded to Harrison Gruber from Mentone Grammar School for his very funny thoughts 'Parents on Facebook". Harrison was also the youngest contestant, so we expect to see him back on future occasions. Gemma Taylor from Melbourne Girl's College was placed second with a very moving speech concerning her dead brother - no second chances. Third place getter Samuel Roach from St. Kevin's College was deprecating re his value as a super hero. Conor Barnes from Westbourne Grammar has us all speculating as to the value of selling off Queensland.

This year many of the speeches took a light-hearted look at life and made the evening especially entertaining.

It was lovely to see Patricia Peck representing NHP and John Ainger representing the Ainger family. In the audience was Margo Kinsey who had been an adjudicator for many years, Valerie Claire (formerly of NHP who had hosted the heats at NHP over many years, and our special district representatives DGE Bronwyn Stephens and Mark, DGN Grant Hocking and Melissa and AG Anne King.

The turnout by parents, teachers Rotarians and guests made for a very satisfying evening.

James Hamilton has loaded photos from this evening on the website. However, I was unable to copy any for this.

Worawa Aboriginal College host local and linked schools at an annual sports day. Rock and roll music, face painting and fun are part of the day which is based on keen competition for wide range of sporting trophies.

 

 

 

 

50 kg, yes 50 kg, of sausages plus veggie burgers were cooked by John Benger and served by Janice Peeler and Dawn Giltinan.

 

Worawa girls have been asked to design the uniform the umpires will wear on the AFL Indigenous round and shown here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sue Bolton will arrange collection and delivery of stamps brought to meetings.

Fitzroy Rotary has secured one of Australia's best comedians in Dave O'Neill as our guest speaker at our annual footy lunch on Saturday June 2nd.

Details:
Community Rooms at Brunswick Street Oval in Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy
11.30 am for 12.00 noon sit down with lunch concluding at 2.00 pm
Dress code is casual
2 Course meal and entertainment cost is $40
Cheques made out to Rotary Club of Fitzroy and sent to PO Box 1135, North
Fitzroy 3068

Internet deposit:
Bendigo Bank
BSB 633-000
Acc No 110009255
Acc Rotary Club of Fitzroy Tag Lunch

Let me know your plans including any guests you might have coming along.
Peter Hille, M 0407 177 457, E phille@iprimus.com.au

Club Celebrations

Today is our hardworking Secretary Jo Cowling's birthday.

As we have not had a normal club meeting since the 7th May I have backdated all celebrations.

Birthdays: John Griffith 11th May, Andrew Michaelides 22nd May, Jo Cowling 28th May.

Partner Birthdays: Chris Makris 2nd June.

Induction Anniversaries: Yvonne Grosso & Lois Peeler 15th May 2017, Neale Jackson 19th May 1986, John Griffith 1st June 1988, Chew Chan 1st June 1992, Judy Nettleton 1st June 1995.

 

 

More news of Janice

Hi Jo,

Janice is very well except for periods of confusion (normally starts late afternoon and into the evening). Her grandson has moved in to look after her place in Kew and Janice has now permanently relocated to Sorrento although her family havenít exactly explained her new 'residence' arrangement. I just remind her and reinforce the idea that living in Sorrento means we get to see more of the family which is true in fact and Janice agrees.

I have also noticed that the surroundings here seem to improve her quality of life. I make sure Janice gets out every day for a little exercise and socialisation, even if it's just for a cup of coffee in a quaint little cafe.

Please extend an invite to any of her fellow Rotarians who wish to visit her at Sorrento as everyone is most welcome anytime.

Kind regards,
Fran.

Future Events

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
4th Monday Interplast
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
18th Monday James Nicholas - Mystery of Fairyland
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

Meeting Information
Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121

Contact Us
P.O. Box 138, Richmond, 3121
Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au

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21 May 2018

Tonight's meeting: RCR Ainger Public Speaking Award.

The ten finalists have been chosen, over 120 guests are expected, the adjudicators and officials are ready, the hard working committee is confident that tonight's event will an outstanding showcase of young people's abilities, and the audience will be treated to a night of exceptional entertainment. All made possible by the generosity of the Ainger family and the late Nigel Peck OAM., and continued by his wife, Patricia.

We look forward to seeing you at this exhilarating evening.

Municipal of Yarra Aboriginal Memorial

In the Atherton Gardens, Fitzroy, volunteers planted trees which are part of a garden area dedicated as an aboriginal memorial. The City paid RCR to provide a BBQ for the workers. Helpers Janice Peeler and John Benger worked with organiser Mark Dwyer on the day.

 

Our compliments to Mark for all he does without fuss with these BBQ's. He arrives with everything necessary and follows up with taking items home to clean.

It results in a significant contribution to our funds. Much appreciated Mark.

 

 

The formal opening is on Saturday May 26th and again we have been asked to supply a BBQ. Please see Mark or Janice if you can help.

Worawa Aboringinal College provides a holistic education and boarding expereice for young Aboringinal women in the middle years of schooling (years 7-12) who come from Aboringinal communities in urban regional and remote Australia. Worawa College is having their annual Reconciliation Sports Day next Tuesday May 22nd and schools from Melbourne and Healesville take part in events such as Football and Netball.

It is a fun day, and an opportunity to visit the school and meet some of the students, to see their Art Gallery and Dreaming Trail. There is also the opportunity to serve sausages to hundreds of hungry young women.

Dawn Giltinan, John Benger and I will be going as we have done for some years, and we still have room for another person in the car.

Debutante Dreaming 2018

Worawa Remembers 69 Years On... Worawa celebrates and honours the participants of the first Aboriginal Debutante Ball held in 1949.

When: Saturday, 8 September 2018

Time: 6.30pm to 11.00pm

Where: Pullman on the Park,
192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne

Dress: Formal Black and White Ball

Ticketing: $125 per person or a table of 10 for $1,250
Drinks at bar prices.

For information contact Nicki on 03 5962 4344 or email admin@worawa.vic.edu.au.

Friends of Richmond Rotary

On Monday28th May, President Sally O'Sullivan from FoRR will be collecting non-perishable, "healthy" food items for donation to and distribution by the Salvation Army. These could include canned and packaged items e.g. tinned fish, baked beans, instant noodles, Up and Go breakfast drink, etc.

It is such fun shopping for these items and made a big difference to the lives of many who are not doing so well in Richmond.

So get out and shop. shop, shop and bring your purchases to the next meeting May 28th. Catherine Spence from the Salvation Army will be our guest speaker that night, and hopefully we can send her back with a huge number of supplies

Future Events

May - Youth Services Month

22nd Tuesday Sports day - Worawa
26th Saturday BBQ - Atherton Gardens
28th Monday Catherine Spence, Salvation Army

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
4th Monday Interplast
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
18th Monday James Nicholas - Mystery of Fairyland
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

Meeting Information
Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121

Contact Us
P.O. Box 138, Richmond, 3121
Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au

Like us on Facebook

 


14 May 2018

Tonight's meeting: Due to an administrative error there will be no meeting tonight.

One week to the Rotary Club of Richmond Ainger Public Speaking Competition!

A successful week of heats has been held Melbourne Girls' College and the 10 finalists have been selected. The heats are generously sponsored by NHP, owned by the late Rotarian Nigel Peck O.A.M. and continued by his wife, Patricia.

Now is our time to support this 'jewel in Richmond's crown' by booking at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ainger-award-final-2018-tickets-44206870941

 

District Changeover

District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne will hand the reigns of office over to District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Mark at "The International" in Brighton on Saturday 3rd June.

Bookings need to be through www.trybooking.com/367423. The booking form allows you to mention that you would like to be seated with the Rotary Club of Richmond. There will be a table of Richmond Rotarians. Jo, Sue and Jenny have already booked.


The Club changeover will be at the Amora Hotel on Monday June 25th. President Chris will hand the reigns over to PE Jo and her new team for 2018-2019. Make sure you have the date saved for this special night.

 

SHELTERBOX NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

ShelterBox has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of our humanitarian efforts in areas of extreme conflict. ShelterBox is honored to receive this nomination, which is a great acknowledgment that ShelterBox provides much more than material aid – we provide the foundation for recovery and the stability needed for peace, one family at a time.

As one of Rotary International's longest established partnerships, this nomination is an example of supporting Rotary's Area of Focus on promoting peace. In his recommendation letter in support of the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination, Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, provided a testimonial for ShelterBox, saying, "ShelterBox is our preferred source of emergency relief of its kind, and we greatly value our partnership. Rotary and ShelterBox have worked together for more than 15 years, providing emergency shelter after disasters in all parts of the world."

The goal of ShelterBox is to keep families and communities together in crisis situations, providing emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to people forcibly displaced from their homes. In 2017 alone, ShelterBox provided aid to families affected by conflict in Syria, Iraq, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

While many think of ShelterBox after natural disasters, our longest response has been in Syria, since 2012, providing critically needed shelter and emergency supplies in what is described as the worst humanitarian crisis of our generation.

Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator

For the 10th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings, the Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that "only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness. (Thanks to John Benger for both the above)

Student Leadership Conference – Nia Holdenson

On Wednesday 9th May RC Richmond hosted a Student Leadership Conference at Melbourne Girls' College for student leaders from a range of local schools. Those schools attending included Richmond HS, Collingwood College, Mentone Girls' SC, Eltham HS, MGC, MGC Interact group.

Students were inspired by Guest Speakers Georgia Retallick (Y-House) and Mandi Wendt (RC Melbourne) before settling down to planning how they could initiate their own 'passion' projects. Their projects centred on Cancer Resource, Feminism, Environmental Issues, Youth Leadership and eradication of Palm Oil. There was a buzz in the air and much discussion and debate with older students mentoring the younger leaders attending. Time passed all too quickly and at 5.30 we reluctantly closed the working groups and posed for a group photo as a reminder of an exciting and fruitful event.

Thanks to our Guest Speakers, Jo Cowling, Bronwyn Stephens, Maria Makris, Brooke O'Callaghan and Ella McDonald for all their help.

Future Events

May - Youth Services Month

17th Thursday Board Meeting
20th Sunday District Assembly, Tabcorp Park
21st Monday Ainger Public Speaking Award
25th Friday Model United Nations Assembly
26th Saturday MUNA, Camp Getaway
27th Sunday MUNA, Camp Getaway
28th Monday Catherine Spence, Salvation Army

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
4th Monday Interplast
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
18th Monday James Nicholas - Mystery of Fairyland
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto


7 May 2018

Tonight's meeting: Anne Holland- Defibrillator Education

A defibrillator is a machine that administers a controlled electric shock to the chest or heart to correct a critically irregular heartbeat that cannot drive the circulation.

When Brighton resident Anne Holland's husband Paul died of cardiac arrest in 2008, Anne and their five children were devastated - especially since his death could have been prevented with the use of an automated external defibrillator.

It was then that Anne looked around and realised how frighteningly scarce defibrillators are in the community, despite 33,000 Australians dying of cardiac arrest each year. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, that's more than the number of deaths caused by road accidents, fires, breast cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer combined.

"They are out there, but there are too few of them," Anne says of external defibrillators. "The other major problems are that people don't know what they are, where to find them, that it's time-critical that they use them, or what to do with them."

Turning her pain into action, Anne, an experienced nurse, became an author, speaker, first-aid trainer and then founded non-profit Urban Lifesavers last year. "I'm doing this firstly in memory of my husband, and secondly as a critical-care nurse," she says.

Urban Lifesavers has two main goals: firstly, to educate the community about defibrillators. For example, that a cardiac arrest victim's chances of survival go from less than five per cent to about 80 per cent if a defibrillator is used within the first five minutes, and that they can't be used incorrectly because the machine will only administer a shock if a fatal heart rhythm is detected.

Secondly, to see defibrillators included in first-aid kits in businesses and public places. It's now compulsory to conduct defibrillator training as part of first-aid courses but this is pointless if the public doesn't have access to the machines.

"We want them to be as common as fire extinguisher".

The Rotary Club of Richmond Ainger Public Speaking Competition is coming soon!

This week heats are being held at Melbourne Girls' College tonight, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please contact Ben Hosking if you can help out at any of the heats.

The award night will be held at the Amora Hotel on Monday May 21st. Booking s must be made through: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ainger-award-final-2018-tickets44206870941

The Rotary Foundation

The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is OUR charity and is use like a bank. We put money in and then take it out as grants for approved projects.

Make a contribution to the Foundation now by bringing back your money boxes filled with $2.00 coins.

****Treasurer Judy would like all boxes returned regardless by mid-May so that the donations to Foundation can be included in our audited end of year reports. ****

Yarra River Blitz

Reed beds provide a natural and effective litter trap, however if they are not cleaned out on a regular basis they become litter hotspots. In April 2018, The Yarra Riverkeeper Association partnered with Ocean Crusaders and Cleanwater Group for a week long intensive clean-up of reed beds in the lower Yarra. In a world first, a massive vacuum system was mounted on a seven ft barge vessel. The vacuum system provided the perfect means to remove light weight, polystyrene beads that would have otherwise been nearly impossible to remove due to their small size. Between the 16th and 20th of April over 5,000 kg of litter, particularly polystyrene were removed from the Yarra River. Additionally, 79 Obikes were removed; over five thousand plastic bottles collected and hundreds of syringes were carefully pulled out of the Yarra. The week culminated in the Yarra River Blitz Paddle Against Plastic, a community event that invited attendees to remove litter from their kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. The event attracted over 200 attendees, including the film crew from War on Waste. Collectively, the community removed 477 kg of litter from around Herring Island while enjoying a splendid Melbourne autumn day on the river. Who says litter removal needs to be a chore?!

           

Hundreds of balls were removed from the river and the 'Salter' vessel loaded with litter during the Yarra River Blitz.

Thanks to President Chris, Adam Sherwell and Janice Peeler for keeping the workers fuelled with a Rotary BBQ.

Changeovers

Each year on 1st July, Rotary begins a new year with a new set of officials. The functions that accompany these are the highlights of the year.

At the District changeover the new District Governor is inducted and the outgoing DG thanks those who have served throughout that time. This year the District Changeover is a little earlier to enable some of these officials to attend the World Conference

Join District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne, District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Mark for this year's District Changeover at "The International" in Brighton.

Bookings need to be through www.trybooking.com/367423. The booking form allows you to mention that you would like to be seated with the Rotary Club of Richmond.

Sue will ask for interest on Monday night.

This year's world Conference is in Toronto form June 10th - 14th, where RI World President Ian Risely of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria Australia will hand over to Samuel F. Owari from the Rotary Club of Kampala. For those of us not fortunate to be in Toronto for the first time there will be live streaming of all sessions. See accompanying attachment.

The Club changeover will be at the Amora Hotel on Monday June 25th. President Chris will hand the reigns over to PE Jo and her new team for 2018 - 2019.This event welcomes the new and thanks the old. Make sure you have the date saved for this special night.

1st Malaria World Congress -1-5 July 2018

Please see email from Trevor Pang and the attached brochure.

Further to our conversation last night, I attach the conference flyer. It's estimated that +1,000 international delegates will attend. Rotary (RAWCS + RAM) have been donated an Exhibition Stand & Rotary is a sponsor.

It's a great opportunity to view current trends & perhaps lead our Club to a new International Project.

Meanwhile I've lobbied the convenors to look favourably at a reduced registration fee for Richmond!!!!!

More details can be viewed via the link below:

www.malariaworldcongress.org

Future Events

May - Youth Services Month

14th Monday
17th Thursday Board Meeting
20th Sunday District Assembly, Tabcorp Park
21st Monday Ainger Public Speaking Award
25th Friday Model United Nations Assembly
26th Saturday MUNA, Camp Getaway
27th Sunday MUNA, Camp Getaway
28th Monday Catherine Spence, Salvation Army

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
4th Monday Interplast
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
18th Monday James Nicholas – Mystery of Fairyland
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

Meeting Information
Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121

Contact Us
P.O. Box 138, Richmond, 3121
Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au

Like us on Facebook

 


30 April 2018

Tonight's meeting: Visit to Donations in Kind (DIK) warehouse

DIK is one of the most outstanding Rotary projects and recycles goods to needy countries. This includes anything from surplus items of school equipment to XRay machines. All goods are donated and labour is volunteers. Last year the 500th container was shipped.

DIK have just moved to a larger warehouse and added new racking. This was essential as in the prior location goods were poorly stored, resulting in inefficiencies and waste.

The new racking cost is a major issue for DIK and this donation will add a complete set of racks.

The 2017 - 2018 Project Plans include a $500 donation to DIK. The cost of sponsoring a complete racking set is $1500. Dr Janice Peeler and Dr Dawn Giltinan have agreed to donate an additional $500 each making $1500. A permanent display will indicate the racking set is funded via the RCR.

Some recent statistics about DIK''S work and value

West Footscray Shipping Activity Results 2014 -15 Results 2000 - 01/07/2015
Running Cost $72,000 is fully funded by Rotary Clubs
Hours Worked Hours 11,000
Value - $330,000
Hours 102,342
Value - $3.830,000
Freight cost $252,000
Container shipped 76 * 20" container units to 15 countries 455 containers shipped to 23 countries
Value of goods shipped $5,460,000 $43,500,000
Total Value of Overseas Aid $6,114,000 $50,030,000

Are you ready for the Aingers?

The Ainger Public Speaking award will be held at the Amora Hotel on Monday May 21st. Booking s must be made through: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ainger-award-final-2018-tickets44206870941

This year is the 29th award, and has become a highlight of Richmond Rotary's year, with an excellent reputation throughout the Melbourne school community. 90 students will participate in heats to be held at Melbourne Girls' College in the week 7th -10th May. From the heats 10 contestants will be chosen to take part in the final on the 21st.

The students present admirable speeches, and this night is not to be missed. Book now at the above link.

Tasmania - the place to be?

Recently several club members spent time in Tassie.

Jo & Michael Cowling spent a leisurely two weeks touring the Apple Isle. On the other hand, Jean Marc Berthier spent time at the Targa Car Rally.

Targa Tasmania is a world class international motorsport event about to enter its 27th Event. This is a tarmac rally that travels over 2000kms with almost 40 competitive stages on closed roads for the true motoring enthusiast, catering for up to 300 selected cars approved by invitation.

And, most energetically of all, The Marriott family spent Easter in Derby where they spent time on the Blue Derby Mountain Bike trails that encompass some of the most stunning landscapes in the state.

Maybe New Zealand?

This reminds me of a recent visitor to the, club Ray Toms. Ray was from Lake Taupo in New Zealand. Ray presented President Chris with a book of photographs he had taken around Lake Taupo. He mentioned that there had been 5 struggling clubs in the Lake Taupo area. They had eventually amalgamated into a strong club that now runs a 6 day bike ride around Lake Taupo and raises over $100,000.

What an idea! Brings back memories of our 5 day Horse Rides.

Mock Job Interviews' Success Story.

Received from a parent at MGC

"Wanted to share a great news with you. ... ...got selected as a volunteer Assistant Vet Nurse at RSPCA in Burwood!! She will be starting from 21st April. She will be going every Saturday afternoon. It's her dream job - to be around animals!

She is also very excited to do her work experience at Lost Dogs Home in December!

Thanks for giving her the opportunity in mock job interview. She got to learn a lot from it!"

District 9800 Foundation Goals 2017-2018

Highlighted red goals already achieved. How are we doing?

  • To achieve a club contribution equivalent to A$150 for every club member.
  • To promote and encourage personal giving through membership of the Centurion Club with a yearly contribution of at least A$100. Target membership is 600 members.
  • To promote and encourage Rotarians for whom Centurion membership is challenging to be sustaining members of the Every Rotarian Every Year program (EREY).
  • To achieve 135 Paul Harris Society members.
  • To achieve a minimum contribution of at least A$1500 to PolioPlus from every club to finish the job we started.
  • Every Club to include a Foundation speaker in their annual Club program, particularly in November, the month when Rotary highlights the work of
  • The Rotary Foundation (TRF).
  • Every Club to support the Annual Giving program, by contribution of a cheque or pledge at the Warrnambool Conference.
  • Every Club to send a representative to at least one Foundation Seminar during the year, (District Assembly Foundation session, District Foundation
  • Seminar or a specific District Humanitarian Grants Seminar). NB: This is a mandatory requirement for Clubs wishing to apply for a grant from (TRF).
  • To sponsor a Post Graduate Global Grant Scholar and at least one Rotary World Peace Fellow.
  • Encourage Paul Harris Fellows and Foundation Benefactors to support the annual Central Melbourne Foundation Breakfast and Goldfields Cluster's
  • Foundation Dinner in November 2017.
  • To promote and encourage Rotarians to become Benefactors or Bequest Society members.
  • Encourage and assist all clubs to complete their Foundation Goals at MyRotary on www.rotary.org

****Now is the time to start bringing back your money boxes filled with $2.00 coins. Treasurer Judy would like all boxes returned regardless by mid-May so that the donations to Foundation can be included in our audited end of year reports. ****

Jottings from the Board

From the Board meeting held Thursday 26th April at the Amora Hotel

-Judy Nettleton warned of the potential danger of SCAM emails particularly related to funds transfers - if in doubt check first. She reported a scam email last week - which was very personal and could have easily been actioned, if she hadn't checked with Chris Kemp.

- All our accounts are now with Bank of Bendigo
An Eftpos machine has been provided used for last Pop Up Shop and Club Meetings.

-Complimentary Guests
Amora provides the Guest Speaker as a complimentary Students will continue to be paid for however all other guests will pay for dinner/meals

-KIVA loans
This has been very well received by Guest Speakers and PE Jo Cowling would like this to continue in 2018-2019

-Trevor Pang received a request from D9800 Youth Exchange re sponsorship of an incoming YE Student from Austria to in arrive July 2018.
The concern of the Board was the commitment of members to host a YE Student, it was agreed that Jo Cowling will approach the Melbourne Girls College Principle Karen Money to seek support from the school for 3- 4 Host Families. If this is possible we would approve the YE Student for 2018-2019 A request will also be made to Members for hosting the student.

-D9800 Water Bottles for MGC
70 Water Bottles are available for students to be distributed to a Student Leadership Conference at MGC on May 9th.

-Interact
Nia Holdenson and Maria Makris are supporting Genevieve in the development of the Interact Club at MGC and potentially with Richmond High School.

-It was with regret that the Board acknowledged Kristen Widdop's recent resignation (for personal reasons) and hope that she may return to the Club in the future.

District Changeover

Join District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne, District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Mark for this year's District Changeover at "The International" in Brighton.

Entertainment by the "Barking Dogs" with Sue Foley.

Dress to impress but don't feel you need to be uncomfortable, AND bring your dancing shoes.

Bookings need to be through www.trybooking.com/367423. The booking form allows you to mention that you would like to be seated with the Rotary Club of Richmond.

Club Celebrations
Induction Anniversaries: Ben Hosking 1st May 1980

Future Events

April – Maternal & Child Health Month

30th Monday Meeting at DIK 6.00pm

May - Youth Services Month

7th Monday Anne Holland- Defibrillator Education
14th Monday
21st Monday Ainger Public Speaking Award
17th Thursday Board Meeting
20th Sunday District Assembly, Tabcorp Park
25th Friday Model United Nations Assembly
26th Saturday MUNA, Camp Getaway
27th Sunday MUNA, Camp Getaway
28th Monday Catherine Spence, Salvation Army

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
4th Monday Interplast
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
18th Monday James Nicholas – Mystery of Fairyland
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

Meeting Information
Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121

Contact Us
P.O. Box 138, Richmond, 3121
Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au

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23 April 2018

Tonight's meeting: Gareth Ward, President Richmond RSL

Richmond RSL is a small traditional Sub Branch which opened in 1920. They have an approximate membership of 40. In preparation for Anzac Day Gareth will be our guest speaker tonight.

 

 

Club Celebrations

Birthdays: Ross Telfer 29th April
Partner Birthdays: Sue Roberts 23rd April (apologies incorrect date last week)
Induction Anniversaries: Sue Bolton 28th April 1997
Welcome Home Secretary Jo

 

Message from Joan & Geoff Clarke

"I would like to express my gratitude to Barry Roberts and the Rotarians who visited last Wednesday afternoon, and presented me with a framed history of my time spent with Richmond Rotary club from 1964-1988. Also for the gift of roses, wine and chocolates. (Geoff remains an honorary member)
I miss Rotary and have many happy memories of those early days.

It was great to share with Barry and the others some of these memories..

Please express my gratitude to those friends who travelled to Narre Warren North to share their afternoon with me. It was much appreciated. I shall look forward to the photos in the Bulletin.

Thank you Sue for sending me the weekly news of Richmond Rotary.

I remain, ours truly,

Geoff Clarke.

 

News from Janice

Hi Sue

Mum is now requiring full-time supervision and care. She cannot be left unattended.

Mum can no longer think of anything that is not immediately in front of her and gets extremely confused if she is confronted with anything more than a few minutes ahead of her. Her independent will won't allow her to just follow our lead and trust that we have everything under control for her. She also lacks understanding of days and times now.

Mum does not ask about anyone including Cath and me when we are not on the phone or in front of her. She has not asked about Rotary. I appreciate that all her Rotarian friends respect and look after her well whilst she is at the meetings and miss her presence. It is the anticipation and confusion before and after that is our concern.

A few weeks ago on a Wednesday evening, mum told Fran she was late for Rotary and wouldn't accept that it wasn't Monday and Rotary was not on. After calling many people who also wouldn't confirm what she had in her head, she walked to the neighbours whilst Fran was in the loo and asked the neighbour to drive her to Rotary. Fran ended up driving her to the Amora as the only way mum would believe that Rotary wasn't on. It is this stress and anxiety we are trying to minimise. She has had a few other worrying incidents like this that confirm that if we did not have Fran full-time, mum would have to go into residential care which would be awful for her whilst she is still active.

We are finding mum's state of mind much better at Sorrento and Fran is happy there with mum. It is unlikely that mum will continue to live at Kew much at all now. Many of mum's friends have been visiting her in Sorrento and you are all most welcome to come and stay.

Please make all arrangements through Fran and feel free to contact myself or Cath anytime.

We are very grateful for your support and friendship.

Annie

 

Last week's speaker Ann Baker gave an exceptional discourse on the New Galleries at the Shrine. She brilliantly brought the galleries to light and told fascinating stories for each of them. The Galleries of Remembrance are set in a cathedral-like underground chamber beneath the Shrine, with permanent and special exhibition spaces integrated between the memorial's original red brick foundation columns. The vaulted ceiling and handlaid columns create avenues and intimate display spaces, no two of which are the same. Over 800 objects, photographs, uniforms and works of art illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from the 1850s to the present day.

Although I had seen the Nottingham Lace Panel on numerous occasions when at the Victorian Jazz Club meetings held at the RAAF Club in South Yarra, Ann gave it new meaning explaining the meaning of every symbol.

Everyone was captivated by Ann's talk and wanted to rush off and immediately visit these new galleries and their exhibits.

 

District Changeover

Join District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne, District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Mark for this year's District Changeover at "The International" in Brighton.

Entertainment by the "Barking Dogs" with Sue Foley.

Dress to impress but don't feel you need to be uncomfortable, AND bring your dancing shoes.

BOOK AT www.trybooking.com/367423

 

Future Events

April – Maternal & Child Health Month

25th Wednesday Anzac Day
26th Thursday Board meeting
27th Friday Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
28th Saturday RYPEN
29th Sunday RYPEN
30th Monday Meeting at DIK 6.00pm

May - Youth Services Month

7th Monday Anne Holland- Defibrillator Education
14th Monday 100 most influential people (MGC)
21st Monday Ainger Public Speaking Award
17th Thursday Board Meeting
20th Sunday District Assembly, Tabcorp Park
25th Friday Model United Nations Assembly
26th Saturday MUNA, Camp Getaway
27th Sunday MUNA, Camp Getaway
28th Monday Catherine Spence, Salvation Army

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
4th Monday Interplast
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
18th Monday James Nicholas – Mystery of Fairyland
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

 


16 April 2018

Tonight's meeting: Ann Baker, New Galleries at the Shrine.

How lucky are we to have such a talented and knowledgeable speaker in Ann Baker? Ann is a volunteer for the National Trust and her talks on the Melbourne Cemetery, Government House and the Shrine of Remembrance have been exceptional.

We are in for a treat tonight with husband Tim as projectionist; Ann explores the new galleries at the Shrine

 

100 most influential

President Chris explained at last week's meeting the rationale behind this function. It is hoped that NGOs and community leaders will be able to meet and plan for needed improvements in the delivery of much needed services to the community. The function will be held at Melbourne Girls' College on May 14th, and club members will be asked to assist on the night with catering etc. President Chris will keep us posted on progress and requirements.

President Chris then went onto present certificates of membership to Joan Kennedy and Melinda Dunkley.

 

Club Celebrations

Birthdays: Mark Dwyer 19th April
Partner Birthdays: Andréa Michaelides 22nd April, Sue Roberts 22nd
Bon Voyage to Annette Pepper and Chew Chan.

 

Rotary Foundation Celebration: 22 April 2018

 

District Changeover

Join District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne, District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Mark for this year's District Changeover at "The International" in Brighton.

Entertainment by the "Barking Dogs" with Sue Foley.

Dress to impress but don't feel you need to be uncomfortable, AND bring your dancing shoes.

BOOK AT www.trybooking.com/367423

 

 

Future Events

April – Maternal & Child Health Month

22nd Sunday Star Carnivale
23rd Monday Gareth Ward, President Richmond RSL
25th Wednesday Anzac Day
27th Friday Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
28th Saturday RYPEN
29th Sunday RYPEN
30th Monday Meeting at DIK 6.00pm

May - Youth Services Month

7th Monday Anne Holland- Defibrillator Educartaion
10th Sunday District Assembly, Tabcorp Park
14th Monday 100 most influential people (MGC)
17th Thursday Board Meeting
21st Monday Ainger Public Speaking Award
25th Friday Model United Nations Assembly
26th Saturday MUNA, Camp Getaway
27th Sunday MUNA, Camp Getaway
28th Monday Catherine Spence, Salvation Army

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
4th Monday Interplast
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
18th Monday James Nicholas – Mystery of Fairyland
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

 


9 April 2018

Tonight's meeting: We will meet in the restaurant at Amora.

 

Welcome to our new members

Due to illness President Chris deputed Vice President Jo to induct Joan Kennedy and Melinda Dunkley into our club on March 26th

 

 

Caching up with charter and honorary member Geoff Clarke (Trevor Pang)

On Wednesday 28 March 2018 a group of 6 Richmond & Melbourne Rotarians visited Charter Member GEOFF CLARKE & JOAN at Bupa Aged Care Berwick.
We spent our allocated time over afternoon Coffee/Tea & Hot Cross Buns & reminisced with our Rotary adventures, the changing face of Richmond & many personal memories over more than 50 years.

Geoff & Joan are beacons of lives being well-lived & deeply treasure the lasting friendships they have made through our Club.

Both Geoff & Joan are in good health although Geoff is restricted mostly to a wheelchair however his mind is still sharp (quickly calculating the maximum loadibility of "White Crow" tomato sauce on a pallet) with the ever-present twinkle in his eyes!

The Rotary Club of Richmond presented Geoff with a Certificate of Appreciation for his service to our Club, his dinner badge confirming his current membership & a bouquet of roses for Joan.


Geoff will celebrate his 100th Birthday on the 24 August; the same date our Club was chartered in1964.

Bravo - Geoff & Joan!

Thank you to Barry Roberts for organising this get-together.

Geoff &Joan









L-R: With John Wysham,
Warren Golding, Chris
Wang Barry Roberts,
Aivars Lode, Trevor Pang

 

FORR

Hi Sue, The Salvation Army were thrilled with all the food. It was the best food, full of nutrition. The people on the street were very happy ROTARY SUPPLYSTHE BEST QUALITY ,I WANT TO THANK EVERY ONE FOR THERE GENEROUISTY.THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP Love Sally, can't thank you enough

 

District Changeover

Please join District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne, District Governor Elect Bronwyn Stephens and Mark as we whoop it up at "The International" in Brighton.

This year the District Changeover is celebrating our District and all we have achieved together – Rotarians and Clubs, with assistance and support from the District Leadership Team.

There will be fun, special projects and Rotarians honoured.

Entertainment by our own sensational "Barking Dogs" with Sue Foley.

Dress to impress but don't feel you need to be uncomfortable, AND bring your dancing shoes.

In true Rotary style, there will be funding opportunities for two projects of $1,000 each. Submit a short, informal project plan, register a table of 10 before May 18th. Be ready to claim the prize and announce the project to all our District Rotary friends. Maybe you will gain support from other Clubs and possibly receive a Foundation District Grant☺

BOOK AT www.trybooking.com/367423

 

RIPR Merv

PP& PDG Merv Ericson with Jo Cowling, Judy Nettleton and Sue Bolton at Government House to welcome World RI President Ian Risely. The Governor, Linda Dessau, invited representatives from all Victorian clubs to meet with the World President at afternoon tea held on March 13th.

Merv was a ripper President at Richmond 2000-2001, then transferred to Monash where he was President again, a ripper District Governor for D9810in 2014-2015, and now a ripper Rotary International President's Representative (RIPR) currently in the Philippines.

 

Club Celebrations

Birthdays: Dawn Giltinan 28th March, Lois Peeler 31st March

Induction Anniversaries: Trevor Pang 1st April, 2000, Maria Makris 7th April 2014

The club wishes a happy holiday to our hard working secretary, Jo, and Michael, currently touring Tasmania.

 

Rotary Foundation Celebration: 22 April 2018

 

D9800 Conference Warrnambool

Congratulations to DG Peter Frueh and Anne, along with the organising committee for a fabulous, friendly, inspiring and educational experience, where 'the Power to Make a Difference' was the key.

Warrnambool was a lovely choice for the conference. The facilities were first class and the surrounding scenery sensational.

8 Richmond attendees also enjoyed an excellent pre-conference tour. We enjoyed a delightful lunch at The Swing Bridge Café, Lorne where we were joined by past member Sandy Day. More fun was had that night at the Brew House in Apollo Bay followed by breakfast at Chris' Beacon Point Restaurant where the views were magnificent. We got some exercise climbing the Otway Fly, followed by sightseeing at the Bay of Martyrs.

We arrived in Warrnambool and our accommodation at the Quest Apartments could not have been better as it was right beside the conference centre. That night we were treated to an exceptional dinner at the Pickled Pig, walking distance from our digs.

Friday started with a magnificent breakfast at the Pavilion Café overlooking the bay and the ocean. Barry headed to Golf, and Jo, Judy and President Chris shopped for our club dinner that night.

Later that afternoon many of went to Meet the Maremmas ( the dogs that saved the penguins on Middle Island and made famous in the film 'Oddball'.

The Welcome function was held at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. The highlight was the firing of the 1880 cannon. Then it was back to the apartment where President Chris had prepared a sensational Club Dinner. President Chris really surprised us with his professional catering. We were treated to perfectly cooked lamb and beef, roast potatoes and two salads. A delicious chocolate cake and berries provided by Maureen Pang was the icing.

It was lovely way to spend an evening and to welcome those who had driven from town that afternoon. President Chris asked everyone to speak for 90 seconds about themselves and this was a very interesting and instructive session, enjoyed by all.

The conference began in earnest at 9.00am on Saturday. We were welcomed by the MC Amanda Drury after she was 'dragged' on stage by the Little Nippers Life savers.

This year the 'In Memoria' was especially poignant as we remembered those called to higher duty John Nairn, Nigel Peck and John Birch.

All the speakers were outstanding. Who would ever have thought that estuaries were so interesting as told to us by John Sherwood. The RIPR PDG Brian Hall form Louisiana was most entertaining and made me wish I could speak as well as him. When Sheree Maris regaled us with her underwater photography in Port Phillip Bay and the sexual antics of many of the creatures she photographed the RIPR was delighted to be part of her jokes.

Our own Michelle Benstead was delightful. Everyone loved the local singer Cooper Lowland, and Michael Crossland's life seemed to be unbelievable.

A pleasant St. Patrick's eve was spent at the Gala Dinner. President Chris and PP Mark added a touch of green by squashing a VB can into their jacked pockets!
Sunday sessions continued with the same high quality speakers including Chris Herman who took a senior gap year and changed his life. Amanda Wendt PP Melbourne Park pointed out the similarities between the Baby Boomers and Millennials and how they are a perfect fit for Rotary.

Time for the changeover. Next year's conference group took to the stage and DGE Bronwyn Stephens urged us to attend the multi district conference in Melbourne in 2019.

Farewells said and a great conference was over.

Some lucky Richmond attendees then travelled onto Port Fairy for a short post conference tour.

 

Motto Pop-up Shop

Our 21st Motto Pop-up shop was held on Saturday 7th March. Once again it was a tremendous success. $2700 was made from the sale of fashion items and our tea and coffee stall made $49. And the volunteers had an enjoyable day. Chew Chan even brought his Tai Chi team to shop and we even had visitors from NSW and Tasmania. The power of social media!

Thanks once again to Fay and John Browne of Motto for their wonderful sponsorship. What a wonderful gift to Richmond Rotary.

Thanks to Melbourne Girls' College for providing the venue and for Andrew Michaelides for providing the storage space

Thanks also to Jo and Maureen for their organizing skills in pulling the shop together



Future Events

April – Maternal & Child Health Month

10th Tuesday End Trachoma 2020
13th Friday Tamil Feast
16th Monday Ann Baker, New Galleries at the Shrine
19th Thursday Board Meeting
22nd Sunday Star Carnivale
23rd Monday Gareth Ward, President Richmond RSL
25th Wednesday Anzac Day
27th Friday Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
28th Saturday RYPEN
29th Sunday RYPEN
30th Monday Meeting at DIK 6.00pm

May - Youth Services Month

7th Monday Anne Holland- Defibrillator Educartaion
10th Sunday District Assembly, Tabcorp Park
14th Monday 100 most influential people (MGC)
17th Thursday Board Meeting
21st Monday Ainger Public Speaking Award
25th Friday Model United Nations Assembly
26th Saturday MUNA, Camp Getaway
27th Sunday MUNA, Camp Getaway
28th Monday Catherine Spence, Salvation Army

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
4th Monday Interplast
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

 


5 March 2018

Tonight's meeting: Michelle Benstead & Stephen Ngo Australian Rotary Health Scholarship recipients

 

Don't forget FORR

Tonight FoRR will be collecting non-perishable, "healthy" food items for donation to and distribution by the Salvation Army. These could include canned and packaged items e.g. tin fish, baked beans, instant noodles, Up and Go breakfast drink, etc

AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH

Supported by Rotarians Australian wide, Australian Rotary Health was soon in a position to sponsor health research in areas that did not readily attract funding. Today Australian Rotary Health is Australia's largest non-government funding body of mental illness research and provides funding for research in much health related areas as well as scholarships to support aspiring students in areas such as indigenous health.

ARH was founded by Ian Scott, a member of the Rotary Club of Mornington, Victoria. In 1981, Scott was so moved by the impact of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) on families that he resolved to set up a fund to support research on this and other family health problems. This resulted in the establishment of the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund (later called ARH) with Royce Abbey as the inaugural chair of the board. The Fund offered its first research grants in 1985. The Fund initially supported research on sudden infant death syndrome, including a project which showed that prone sleeping position of the infant was a major risk factor. An information campaign following this research led to a rapid fall in the deaths from SIDS in Australia. Subsequently, the Fund supported a number of areas of research, including environmental health problems of the aged, adolescent health and family health. From 2000, it began to specialise in support for mental illness research in recognition of the adverse effects that mental illness had on the health and wellbeing of children, youth and adults in Australia.[3] ARH is currently the largest non-government funder of research in this area in Australia. In 2009, the name was changed from the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund to Australian Rotary Health because the organisation had broadened its scope to include community mental health awareness and education activities, in addition to support for research.

Rotary Foundation Celebration: 22 April 2018

 

Combined Cluster Foundation Event hosted by RC Essendon

Lien Trinh
Manager of End Trachoma 2020

Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness globally. Australia remains the world's last developed country where it still persists. Blindness from recurrent trachoma infections is irreversible. But trachoma is an entirely preventable disease, and infections can be treated quickly and effectively.

PDG Dr. Murray Verso.

Murray is a retired medical practitioner. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Williamstown since 1981. He was Governor of Rotary International District 9800. He is now a Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and is also a member of the End Trachoma Core Team.

David Abbey

Son of Royce and Jean Abbey, David will speak about the Royce and Jean Vocational Scholarship and the Royce Abbey Award. 2018 marks 30 years since Rotary Club of Essendon member, PP Royce Abbey, was Rotary International World President.

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
BOOK: https://www.trybooking.com/TXPB
RSVP: Monday 26 March
For further information:
Roger Leask 0412 706 566 or Jane Carbone 0417329 005

 

Last Week's Meeting:

Our guest speaker Ludovic Grosjean, highlighted the need to keep our oceans clean, as plastic pollution threatens to overwhelm. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish. The throwaway society has gone global, and the Plastic Vortex, the swirling mass of garbage bobbing in the north Pacific Ocean is already twice the size of Texas. Doctors are warning that plastic toxins, now finding the way into our bodies, will have serious impact on human health. Already birds and fish are dying from this pollution when they see plastic as food.

One solution Ludovic proposes, is to use drones to gather refuse from the sea. He is now experimenting with drones so that they have the capacity to do this: by extending the battery life, the manner and weight of collection, and the ability to work on all conditions.

President Chris commented that question time for Ludovic had been the longest ever. He is certainly 'making a difference'.

It was a fascinating session and over all too soon.

 

Richmond will be there. President Chris, Jo, Sue, Jenny Judy, Barry & Sue, Annette, Nia, Maria, Anna, Mark, Trevor & Maureen

 





It's the best way there is to celebrate a year of successful service, and renew our energies for the year to come." 2017- 18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia

Future Events

March – Water & Sanitation Month

7th Wednesday Women in Rotary breakfast7.00am City of Yarra BBQ 5.30pm
12th Monday Labour Day holiday
16th Friday District Conference Warrnambool
17th Saturday District Conference Warrnambool
18th Sunday District Conference Warrnambool
23rd Friday Multi District President Elect Training
24th Saturday MDPETS
25th` Sunday MDPETS – Ballarat
19th Monday No meeting – post conference
22nd Thursday Mock Job Interviews MGC
26th Monday MGC Students

April – Maternal & Child Health Month

2nd Monday No meeting Easter Monday
7th Saturday Motto Popup shop
9th Monday James Nicholas – Mystery of Fairyland
10th Tuesday End Trachoma 2020
16th Monday Social Meeting
19th Thursday Board Meeting
22nd Sunday Star Carniv-ale
23rd Monday Hugh Dolan – Gallipoli from Above
25th Wednesday Anzac Day
27th Friday Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
28th Saturday RYPEN
29th Sunday RYPEN
30th Monday 100 most influential people

May - Youth Services Month

10th Sunday District Assembly, Tabcorp Park
17th Thursday Board Meeting
25th Friday Model United Nations Assembly
26th Saturday MUNA, Camp Getaway
27th Sunday MUNA, Camp Getaway

June – Rotary Fellowship Month

3rd Sunday District Governor Changeover
11th Monday Queen's Birthday holiday
21st Thursday Joint Board Meeting
23rd Saturday Start World Conference Toronto
25th Monday Club Changeover
27th Wednesday End World Conference Toronto

 


26 February 2018

Tonight's meeting: Ludovic Grosjean, President Melbourne City Rotaract, Ocean X

Ludovic is Principal Consultant at OceanX Group, with 11 years of Ocean expertise over a large pipeline of worldwide projects. He is passionate about technologies, and designs innovative solutions to protect our Oceans. Worldwide Unmanned Vehicle expert for Robotics in the water environment, he brings sharp expertise to the Transport, Maritime, Telecommunication, Defence, Fisheries and Oil & Gas Industries working in pair with Industry leaders, Universities, Victorian Government bodies & startups.

With a large portfolio of Ocean Projects (including ROVs, AUVs, USVs, Gliders, Drones, underwater instrumentation & sensors) he brings his Consulting expertise through OceanX Groupfor IoT, AI and VR technologies applied to Unmanned Platforms.








Rotaract

Rotaract is a global organisation that empowers students and young professionals to create positive change in their local communities and around the world. Rotaract provides unique opportunities that assist its members in becoming the business and professional leaders of tomorrow. Sponsored by Rotary International, Rotaract Clubs across Australia are part of a worldwide organisation of 210,000 individuals in 9,100 clubs covering 170 countries.

More information: Page 85, District 9800 Information Directory

Pearl Day Lunch
Congratulations to PP Rob Mactier and his daughters, Lucy, Annabelle and Clemmie, for another wonderful day at Allandale. This was the 10th anniversary of Pearl Day held in memory of Rob's wife Kate, who died too soon of cancer. Kate loved pearls and we wear pearls in her honour. All proceeds go to Australian Rotary Health where Pearl Day funds have funded a research scholar. The weather forecast was dire but the day was perfect. Guests enjoyed the picture perfect setting, a sumptuous buffet and plentiful drinks. All in all, a delightful day.

Jo, Jenny, Joan, Annette, Sue and Kevin thank the Mactiers for their generous hospitality.







We have two PhD students and they are both speaking at the club on 5th March. I noticed Michelle is also speaking at the 9800 Conference and the Rotary Club of Richmond gets a mention as her sponsor.

Michelle Benstead

Michelle is currently completing her PhD at Deakin University School of Psychology. She was awarded a Youth Mental Health PhD Scholarship through Australian Rotary Health/Motto Fashions/Rotary Club of Richmond. Michelle's research interests centre on child and adolescent mental health, parenting, and family functioning. Michelle has presented her research both locally and internationally. She is currently writing up papers associated with her research, and has co-authored papers.(Thanks John Benger)










 

Club Celebrations

Partner Birthdays: Beryl Golding 27th February

Anniversaries: Evonne & Tony Grosso 26th February

Induction Anniversaries: Simon Marriott 1st March 1994

 

 

 

Rotary Foundation Celebration: 22 April 2018

Last Week's Meeting:

Blooper!

Of course Judy Newgreen just popped by

Einman Ashak and her friends alerted us tome of the problems facing South Sudan and their determination to help with aid for education and health. 3 very inspiring people. The Club looks forward to helping them in their quest. Janice Peeler, Dawn Giltinan and John Benger offered to take them out to DIK (Donations in Kind) last Saturday. We look forward to their report.

 

 

 

 

Rotary World Conference Toronto

It's the best way there is to celebrate a year of successful service, and renew our energies for the year to come." 2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

Future Events

March - Water & Sanitation Month

5th   Monday        ARH recipients
7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast 7.00am
                                  City of Yarra BBQ 5.30pm
12th Monday        Labour Day holiday
16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool
19th Monday       Social meeting - Conference report
22nd Thursday     Mock Job Interviews MGC
26th Monday        MGC Students


April - Maternal & Child Health Month

2nd   Monday        No meeting Easter Monday
9th   Monday        James Nicholas - Mystery of Fairyland
16th Monday        Social Meeting
22nd Sunday         Star Carnivale
23rd Monday        Hugh Dolan - Gallipoli from Above
25th Wednesday  Anzac Day
30th Monday       100 most influential people

Meeting Information Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121
Contact Us
P.O. Box 138, Richmond, 3121
Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au

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19 February 2018

Tonight's meeting: Eiman Ashak - Experiences at the RYLA camp

Eiman has been a regular visitor to the Club and recently attended the RYLA camp at Mt. Evelyn. Tonight she will share with us her experiences there.

MOTTO Fashions

Motto has been a wonderful supporter of the Club and its projects. Recently they promoted Rotary on their website.

Motto - Proudly Supporting the Community

At Motto, our ethos is all about family, and caring for those around us, our community. With this outlook in mind the brand's owners Faye, John & Lauren Browne are also passionate about giving back to the Australian community as a whole, from company profit donations to large charity groups like the National Breast Cancer Foundation & Rotary Victoria, and through to auction item prizes and gift vouchers donated to local schools and fundraisers. Most of Motto's donation commitments are run though Rotary, because of their strong affiliation with a multitude of charitable groups. Rotary ensures that 100% of the donation goes directly to the charity in need.

It's through the close relationship with Rotary that we are able to offer support to Australians, from providing university sponsorships to young adults, to donating funds/supplies to hospitals/health care facilities in rural and indigenous communities.

Motto also donates 100% of their seconds and samples to Rotary who sell them to raise money for their charities.

Below is a small snapshot of our donations and how we are impacting our local community.

This is just a small example of how Motto gives back, and they are committed to supporting the Australian Community, with a particular interest in women's services. A big THANK YOU to our customers who make giving back a possibility for Motto.

MOTTO FASHION NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations Laura Alsop from Deakin University!

Thank you Motto from all of us at the Rotary Club of Richmond

Trevor Pang has sent an update on another scholarship holder -Samara Rae





She got married you all know and she is expecting a baby in the next month or so (I think she has only just finished work on Weipa- as she has had a baby shower last weekend.)





Rotary District 9800 Discussion Group

    This is a Facebook group.
  • Mark Stephens posted a video of Amanda Wendt (Past President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne Park) presenting to the incoming District Governors 2018-2019 at San Diego. This was a thought provoking session outlining how Rotary was in the perfect position to attract millennials to our organisation and be mentored by the baby boomers before they have all retired!
  • Marjorie Gerlinger alerted us to the death of John Meehan. John was a long time member of Melbourne Central and a tireless worker on District. He was a wonderful support to the Police Mentoring Program. VALE
  • PDG Murray Verso posted The End Trachoma Facebook Live information sessions will commence on Monday 19th February and be held every evening at 5.00 pm for the following week. Each session lasts only 10 minutes and will be available for later viewing on the EndTrachoma 2020 Facebook page and website.
  • Meet our project directors, Rob McGuirk, Kerry Kornhauser OAM and Dr. Murray Verso. They are Rotarians, who have generously dedicated their time, resources and experiences to EndTrachoma by 2020. They are passionate about supporting our own Australians. They are passionate about building healthy communities. And they are passionate about uniting Rotary in Australia.

    **Star Carnivale**

    Rotary Foundation Celebration: 22 April 2018

    Having reached the centenary of our extraordinary Rotary Foundation we want to mark this occasion in Melbourne by organising an evening of fun and celebration on the large Ferris Wheel the Melbourne Star at Docklands. 'Star Carnivale' will commence at 5.30 pm on 22 April and we ask for your support for this unique event.

    Seats on the Melbourne Star are $35 per person and if a club buys a whole 'pod', $400 will be donated to our Foundation in that club's name. A pod holds 20 people. Hampers are available, should attendees wish to pre order online. Drinks are at $6 per glass for wine, beer and cider and $3 for soft drinks on the night. The 'light' takes around 35 minutes and the event will start from 5.30 pm. (Hampers and drinks can be taken on board the 'flight').

    The Star will be lit up in Rotary colours for the evening and we will add to the event by having International Speaker Astro Physicist Rachel Livermore update us on the 'Galaxy' - we are planning on having music and a few Star Wars characters for photo opportunities. These are provided at no extra cost.

    We are also hoping to attract media attention for our Rotary Foundation.

    Click on the invitation for full details. Further details are also available on www.rotaryalbertparkevents.org.au. Bookings can be made on the website.

    This event will not be a success without your kind support and we ask that you make a special effort to encourage your club members to be there. Let's show Melbourne our (Rotary) colours and show the wonderful work carried out by our organisation.

    Please give me a call on 0418 390 334 or email me on info@rotaryalbertparkevents.org.au should you have any questions.

    Loryn Clark
    Rotary Albert Park





    Club Celebrations
    Anniversaries: Mark Dwyer & Kirsty, 23rd February




    Rob Mactier & Family
    invite you to
    Saturday 24th February 2018 at 12:30pm
    Pearl Day
    to be held
    at
    'Allendale'
    120 Allendale Road
    Elphinstone, Victoria,
    3448 RSVP Saturday 17th February 2018
    T: 03 5473 3214
    M: 0412 471 023

    E: robmactier@bigpond.com
    Donation
    $75/Head

    Australian Rotary Health

    Last Week's Meeting:

              

                                                                    Chair Jo Cowling                                President Chris
                                                                                                                         The smiles say it all!!!





    Another great speaker Dr Anthony Cuson
    emphasized that for a longer and more
    satisfying life exercise, posture and diet
    should not be neglected.










    Judy Newgreen IPP of Chadstone -East Malvern popped
    by to encourage all to attend the Women In Rotary
    Breakfast






     

    Future Events

    February - Peace & Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month

    23rd  Friday          Rotary's birthday
    25th  Saturday     Pearl Day luncheon, Allendale, Elphinstone
    26th Monday      Ludvic Grosjean, President Melbourne Rotaract, Ocean X

    March - Water & Sanitation Month

    5th   Monday        ARH recipients
    7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast
    12th Monday        Labour Day holiday
    16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
    17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
    18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool
    19th Monday       Social meeting - Conference report
    26th Monday        MGC Students

    "It's the best way there is to celebrate a year of successful service, and renew our energies for the year to come." 2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia"

    Meeting Information Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm
    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121
    Contact Us
    P.O. Box 138, Richmond, 3121
    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au

    Like us on Facebook


    12 February 2018

    What a week it will be!!

    Shrove Tuesday 13th February

    Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. The name Shrove comes from the old middle English word 'Shriven' meaning to go to confession to say sorry for the wrong things you've done. Lent always starts on a Wednesday, so people went to confessions on the day before. This became known as Shriven Tuesday and then Shrove Tuesday.

    The other name for this day, Pancake Day, comes from the old English custom of using up all the fattening ingredients in the house before Lent, so that people were ready to fast during Lent. The fattening ingredients that most people had in their houses in those days were eggs and milk.


    Valentine's Day 14th February

    Originating as a Western Christian Valentine's Day is now recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world. The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver's heart", as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy.

     

    Lunar New Year Friday 16th February

    The 2018 Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 16.

    The celebrations are tipped to last for over two weeks -

    The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound, involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers and watching traditional lion dances.

    Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year's Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year's Day.

    Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with 'lucky money' and positive wishes on New Year's Day. 2018 will be the Year of the Dog.

    Oh what a week it was!!!

     

     

    Last week's chair was new member, Annette Pepper


     

     

    President Chris celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles' win at the Super Bowl


    Anna Walpole presented President Chris with a banner from the Rotary Club of Narita, Japan. Anna had the club on her recent visit to Japan.

     

    Club Banners

    A long held tradition amongst Rotary Clubs has been the exchange of club banners. The designs are expected to be distinctive, appropriate and express the community of which the Club is apart.

    Richmond's banner features the following:

    PRINTED CIRCUIT – Green & Gold
    Represents technology, manufacturing & humanity's scientific endeavours on which Richmond's industries were founded.

    ABORIGINAL ART – Black, White & Red
    This acknowledges that Aborigines are the traditional owners of our land. It represents the culture, the arts, and spirituality of indigenous Australians & the acceptance that we are ALL new Australians.

    NUMBERS – Gold & Black
    Represents business, wealth & accountability.

    GUM LEAVES – Green, Black & Red
    Represent Australia's unique environment. It symbolizes life & growth.

     

    Last week's speaker, Georgie Retallick was an inspiration to us all. Her dedication in helping younger people not suited to be housed in aged care facilities is extraordinary. Her perseverance over her 8 year journey has been truly inspiring. We look forward to the day her Y care house is completed


    Club Celebrations Inductions:

    James Hamilton, Brooke Sandilands 15-02-2016

    ShelterBox

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides temporary shelter and lifesaving supplies to displaced families.

    Each ShelterBox typically contains a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, water purification kit, blankets, tools, and other necessities to help a family survive after a disaster.[1] The contents of a ShelterBox are tailored to the nature and location of the disaster.

    ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide. ShelterBox was founded in 2000 in the town of Helston, Cornwall, UK. ShelterBox has tracking systems to monitor weather systems around the globe and anticipate the likely scale of hurricanes and cyclones. In addition, an earthquake alert system gives immediate notice of any seismic activity that could result in a humanitarian disaster. ShelterBox works with international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide who also relay information when they become aware of an urgent need for shelter.

    ShelterBox aims to get the first shipment of boxes dispatched to a disaster area within 2–3 days where a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) meets it.

    helterBox tries to get to the disaster as quickly as possible and aims to be one of the first organizations on the ground.

    Rotary International

    Rotary International renewed their three-year Project Partner agreement with ShelterBox in 2016 which increases their joint capacity to help families around the world displaced by disaster.

    The agreement formalizes the sixteen-year bond between the two organizations and cements the place of Rotarians around the world at the heart of ShelterBox activities. ShelterBox was the first officially recognized 'Project Partner' of Rotary International and remains the only Project Partner focused on disaster relief.

    Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland raise around £1.5 million each year for the charity and some Rotarians are ShelterBox Response Team members who go out to disaster areas and provide hands-on help during times of need. These disasters can be anything from dealing with the aftermath of tsunamis to helping refugees from war-torn countries who have fled conflict.

    It has since become one of the world's leading humanitarian aid charities providing emergency shelter and supplies to over 107,000 families worldwide following disaster.

    Rob Mactier & Family
    invite you to
    Saturday 24th February 2018 at 12:30pm
    Pearl Day
    to be held
    at
    'Allendale'
    120 Allendale Road
    Elphinstone, Victoria,
    3448 RSVP Saturday 17th February 2018
    T: 03 5473 3214
    M: 0412 471 023

    E: robmactier@bigpond.com
    Donation
    $75/Head

    Australian Rotary Health

     

    Future Events

    February - Peace & Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month

    15th Thursday      Board meeting
    23rd  Friday          Rotary's birthday
    25th  Saturday     Pearl Day luncheon, Allendale, Elphinstone

    March - Water & Sanitation Month

    5th   Monday        ARH recipients
    7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast
    12th Monday        Labour Day holiday
    16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
    17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
    18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool

     

    "It's the best way there is to celebrate a year of successful service, and renew our energies for the year to come." 2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia"


    6 February 2018

    Tonight's Meeting: Georgia Retallick ‚Äď Victorian Young Achiever 2015

    At age 18, Georgia Retallick started The Y-House Foundation in 2010 after seeing a TV interview with a young girl named Angela Barker. At 16 Angela was the victim of a violent attack from an ex-boyfriend that left her with an acquired brain injury. Due to a lack of care and rehabilitation options Angela was forced to live in aged care.

    The most concerning idea of young people being in nursing homes is the rate of deterioration that they face in such an unstimulating environment. After initial research it became clear to Georgia that there was a gap in the system. It appeared that young people suffering from traumatic brain and spinal injuries as well as early-onset degenerative diseases were not only unsupported in their rehabilitation and recovery, but forced to live in aged care facilities and nursing homes due to a lack of age appropriate care options.

    There are a number of fantastic organisations offering supported accommodation and care to young people in these situations. However, without facilities to deal with the initial stages of care and rehabilitation after injury or diagnosis these opportunities aren't able to be utilised further down the track. When it was noted that there was insufficient government funding in this area and not only a lack of options but also support, Georgia decided to start her own organisation.

    The Y-House Foundation is committed to providing accommodation, care and rehabilitation options for young people with serious brain and spinal injuries and degenerative diseases. Our focus is on providing appropriate and stimulating environments for these young people to live and recover in.

    Club Celebrations

    Anniversaries
    Anniversaries: Simon & Elissa Marriott, 8th February
    Best wishes to John Griffith who has pneumonia.
    Everyone sends their best wishes John, and get well soon.

     

    Do you know anyone who could be a Peace Scholar?

    100 fellowships for fully funded university training in peace and conflict resolution are now available

    Through application of their training, study, networking, and practice Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution.

    Many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, peace education, media, international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank, and grass roots organisations working in communities.

    Rotary International is committed to this program. Since 2002 more than 1,100 graduates have been trained.

    THE ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIP INCLUDES:

    • Tuition and fees
    • Room and board
    • Round-trip transportation
    • Internship/field study expenses
    • Bursary for living expenses

    TWO YEAR MASTERS DEGREE

    Up to two years of fully funded graduate study at an internationally recognised program in England (University of Bradford), Japan (International Christian University), Sweden (Uppsala University), or United States (Duke and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

    THREE MONTH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE

    Designed for mid-career professionals already working in the field of peace and conflict resolution. This fully funded course at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok offers a mix of theory and practical skills in both a classroom environment and in the field.

    ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION CRITERIA

    Applicants for Rotary Peace Fellowships must have the following:

    • A strong commitment to peacebuilding demonstrated through professional and academic achievements
    • Excellent leadership skills
    • Proficiency in English
    • For the master's program, a bachelor's degree or equivalent, plus three years of full-time relevant work experience
    • For the certificate program, a strong academic background, plus five years of full-time relevant work experience

    HOW TO APPLY

    Rotary Peace Fellows are selected through a competitive worldwide process.
    REVIEW: The entire application online at www.rotary.org/en/peace-fellowships

    SPEAK TO: A Rotarian that you know
    CONTACTS: Rob Helme at rhelme@bigpond.net.au or 0402 299 492
    Charles Allen (Peace Fellow alumni 2010) at Illoura.peace@gmail.com or 0457 504 495
    Bob Fels at robertmfels@gmail.com or (03) 5989 2455
    DISTRICT 9800
    District 9800 has recruited and mentored more successful Rotary Peace Fellow applicants than any other district, worldwide. On-line applications for study require District endorsement and close on 15th May 2018.

     

    Rob Mactier & Family
    invite you to
    Saturday 24th February 2018 at 12:30pm
    Pearl Day
    to be held
    at
    'Allendale'
    120 Allendale Road
    Elphinstone, Victoria,
    3448 RSVP Saturday 17th February 2018
    T: 03 5473 3214
    M: 0412 471 023

    E: robmactier@bigpond.com
    Donation
    $75/Head

    Australian Rotary Health

     

    News from Charter member Geoff Clarke

    Geoff was a charter member when the Club began in 1964and has remained a member ever since. He was President 1968-1969

    Geoff will celebrate his 100th birthday in August. As you would expect he no longer attends meetings but I post him the Bulletin every week.

    I only received this mail last week but I thought I would pass it onto you.

    Geoff writes, "Dear Rotarian Sue, Thank you for your kindness during the year. Unless you send the weekly news it is my only touch with the Rotary Club or Rotary in general. My efforts to write are tedious. The wrath of Parkinson's! I find it very interesting to follow the doings of the Club and members and it is very satisfying to hear how you continue to progress. I have asked Joan to say a few words as my efforts are running out."

    Joan writes, "Thank you for keeping in touch with Geoff – it means a great deal to him.
    He often chats about the happy times with the Richmond Rotary Club, and the close friendships he made with other Rotarians. Sadly many have passed away, but there are still a few he remembers in the club. Geoff is unable to move around very well, but takes an active interest in keeping up with your news and activities. We wish the club and its members a very happy and active New Year. From Rotarian Geoff Clarke and Rotarianne Joan Clarke."

    The Club will always be indebted to Geoff as he brought along to us, Trevor Pang.

     

    Exchange Student Genevieve Cox Returns to Club

    Genevieve made a surprise visit to the Club last week. Here she shows off her blazer that was worn on all official functions whilst an exchange student.

    Gen spoke briefly about her time away and will return to give us a more thorough presentation.

    Meanwhile Gen will be resurrecting Interact at Melbourne Girls' College. We wish her well in this as we have a great relationship with MGC and an Interact club will be the icing on the cake. Her experiences as an Exchange Student will be inspirational to her fellow students.

    Welcome Home Genevieve

    Future Events

    February - Peace & Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month

    5th   Monday       Georgie Retallick - Youth in Aged Care
    11th  Sunday       Early bird discount for Women in Rotary breakfast ends
    15th Thursday      Board meeting
    23rd  Friday          Rotary's birthday
    25th  Saturday     Pearl Day luncheon, Allendale, Elphinstone

    March - Water & Sanitation Month

    7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast
    16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
    17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
    18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool

    Breaking News

    There are 3 Vacancies for the D9800 exchange to Scotland, 11th - 25th August 2018, commencing and finishing at Edinburgh. See attachment.

    Barbara Woodberry's son Martin asked for information regarding the photo I used last week. I took it on our pre-conference tour to the Canberra conference in 2007. We were having a lovely boat trip near Paynesville. Here is the unedited version.


     

    29 January 2018

    Tonight's Meeting: Nick Peardon - Tree Incarnation

    Nick's idea is to turn timber that would normally be turned into mulch, or firewood, into beautiful pieces of furniture. As an arborist (tree surgeon), Nick was used to reducing gigantic trees down to stumps.

    However one thing he could never get used to was the constant waste of perfectly good timber as a by-product. "So many home owners become attached to the trees on their property and it's heart breaking for them when we have to remover them," Nick said. "By turning these trees into furniture, we're giving the owners a way to keep these trees in the household".

     

    Congratulations to Chris Wang from the Rotary Club of Melbourne on receiving an Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours List for services to the community through a range of organisations. Chris is well known to Richmond as he was our Assistant Governor in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.Once again congratulations Chris.

    (A little bit of skiting as a former pupil of mine at Elwood High School, Michelle Garnaut, was also named as an (AO) for distinguished service to Australia-China relations as a restaurateur and entrepreneur, to the promotion of Australian food, film and design, as a supporter of literary and cultural programs, and as a role model.)

     

    Congratulations to Giulia Apicelo

    Our exchange student from Brazil in 2012.

    She has graduated from university as a Bachelor of Business Management. Well done Giulia we are proud of you.

     

    Welcome Home Genevieve Cox

    Genevieve has returned from a year's exchange in Germany. Gen will be at the club soon to tell us of her adventures.

     

    Vale Barbara Woodberry

    It is with sadness that we learnt of the passing of Barbara Woodberry on the 22 December 2017. Barbara was a member at Richmond from 2006- 2011 and many will recall her dedication to disadvantaged children in East Timor through her key role in our project with Boroondara Kindergarten and the KindyBox & Timor Kindergarten Projects.

    Kindy Boxes comprised 4 different resource kits made available to Kindy teachers: A. consumables folders, pens, chalk etc., B. wooden resources such as dominoes, attribute shapes etc., C. Fine motor coordination - stencils etc., D. resources for teaching handwritin., as well as supplying children's books translated into Tetum.

    Barbara then went onto to develop a teacher training program and spoke to the participants on a daily basis through Skype.

    Barbara's humanitarian work was acknowledged by our Club with a Royce Abbey Award (2007-2008) that Royce presented in person. Barbara was also presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition (2011-2012). Her legacy will live-on via her commitment to the future of East Timor through education.

     

    ClubAre you ready for Christmas In July?
    Stock up and support the Rotary Foundation

    1kg Traditional Steam Pudding $16.50
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    Rob Mactier & Family
    invite you to
    Saturday 24th February 2018 at 12:30pm
    Pearl Day
    to be held
    at
    'Allendale'
    120 Allendale Road
    Elphinstone, Victoria,
    3448 RSVP Saturday 17th February 2018
    T: 03 5473 3214
    M: 0412 471 023

    E: robmactier@bigpond.com
    Donation
    $75/Head

    Australian Rotary Health

    Club Celebrations

    Birthdays
    Sue Bolton 31st

    Partner Birthdays
    Helen Jackson 29th

    Anniversaries
    Ben & Kris Hosking 31st

     

    Birthday wishes to Philippine (exchange for France 2016-2017) who turned 19 on the 26th.

    Best wishes to Janice Peeler who has a hamstring injury. Hope you are back with us soon.

    Future Events

    January - Vocational Service Month
    29th  Monday       Nick Peardon - Tree Incarnation

    February - Peace & Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month

    5th   Monday       Georgie Retallick - Youth in Aged Care
    15th Thursday      Board meeting
    23rd  Friday          Rotary's birthday
    25th  Saturday     Pearl Day luncheon, Allendale, Elphinstone

    March - Water & Sanitation Month

    7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast
    16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
    17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
    18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool


    22 January 2018

    VALE - JOHN NAIRN (1928-2018)

     John was well known and loved throughout District 9800 but it is as a club man and a generous, genial, gracious and kindly friend that we remember him best.

    After attending meetings with his wife Judy, (President 1998-1999) she inducted John into the club at our Christmas breakup on 22nd December 1998. Until then John had gallantly been chairing the Ladies Group, later the Partners, and eventually the Friends of Richmond Rotary.

    John threw himself into club affairs and agreed to be On to Conference chair for the 2003 D9800 conference in Bendigo. I was President and Des Hosking was the DG. John organised an outstanding pre- conference tour which was inventive as Bendigo is only 2 hours from Melbourne. For this reason I was eternally grateful. It was a very busy Rotary time for John as Judy was Assistant Governor 2001-2003 for the Hobson's Bay cluster. John never missed a cluster club meeting and showed genuine enthusiasm, never forgetting names and significant details about all he met. This continued throughout the year (2004-2005) when Judy was D9800 District Governor. John visited all 74 clubs with Judy and all the other occasions required of a DG and was a marvel at setting everyone at ease during these important visits.

    Judy described her life with John as a forty year adventure.

    In 2004 just before Judy and John were to leave for San Diego for District Governors' training it became clear that Rotary International was not keeping up with modern mores. They required that only married couples be accommodated at San Diego. A quiet wedding took place and it was not long before the club became aware of this. Not to miss out, the club planned, with a great deal of secrecy, a "wedding reception". This took place at the lovely home of David & Traude Bibby at Kyneton. The "ceremony" was conducted by the "Rev" Doug Wysham and the ladies prepared a wonderful wedding breakfast. John revelled in the occasion and as always lots of wine, song and stories made for a beautiful day.

    John was an eager conference attender. His hospitality at all D9800 conferences was legendary as many a drink and a nibble took place in John and Judy's rooms. My first experience of this was at the Canberra Conference in 2001. John and I had a passion for martinis!

    John also organised a post conference tour following the Perth Conference in 2010. He was so proud that we were visiting the state of his birth.

    The pre and post conference tours organised by the club gave us a chance to spend more time with John. I never tired of his fascinating stories. Douglas Mawson, as a lecturer at the University of S.A., his part in the rebuilding of Darwin after Cyclone Tracey, his 4 year visit to Tanzania, chief engineer for the ACT, his underground visit in the Sydney Harbour Bridge, his explanation as to why it was more difficult to tunnel under the Yarra than the English Channel. His knowledge was prodigious and his interests more so. Every activity was attacked with gusto.

    Some of us were lucky enough to travel through some of the outback with John. He was always enlightening about the engineering marvels that we came upon: the Old Ghan track, the copper mines at Moonta, the first stage of the Black Arrow rocket at William Creek, the huge trestle bridge outside of Coward Springs.

    He was lovely to be with. It did not matter where or when, John was always impeccably dressed whether it be for dinner at Government House, or an outback picnic. John's devotion to Rotary was highlighted by the fact that he travelled the not insignificant journey from his farm at Romsey to Richmond on a weekly basis. As Sergeant, the meetings he ran were always well organised and productive. His fine collecting was based on good humour, unfailing politeness and fun.

    John was made a Paul Harris Fellow in 2005 and this was followed with a sapphire in 2013. John's passing will be mourned by all who knew him. The members and friends of Richmond Rotary express their deepest sympathy to his wife Judy.

    ********************

    John's funeral was a fitting tribute to such a fine man. The chapel was filled to overflowing. Rotary was very well represented with many Richmond Rotarians and friends present, as were an impressive number of Past District Governors and district representatives.

    It was very clear that this was in honour of a life well lived and continued "Service above Self". RIP John

    Past President Merv Ericson will be a RIPPER RIPPR

    (Sally O'Sullivan, Barry Roberts, Sue Roberts, Michael O'Sullivan, Trevor Pang, Merv & Kay, John Benger, Sue Bolton, Maureen Pang) At an informal lunch last Tuesday, Richmond Past President Merv Ericson (2000-2001) announced that he had been selected by Rotary International as the ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE (RIPPR) at a District Conference in the Philippines in April 2018.

    Merv (Kay) is now a member of the Rotary Club of Monash & he served as the D9810 District Governor 2013-2014. Merv admitted it was only due to his Richmond Presidency that he qualified to serve as District Governor. Currently he is the President Nominee at R C Monash.

    Merv mentioned that during his time at Richmond, he developed his Rotary ideals & commitment to community which put him in good stead on his successful Rotary journey. He is grateful for everyone at Richmond & is still a fond follower of our Projects. We wished Merv & Kay all the very best wishes in his international duties as the RIPPR. Trevor Pang

     

    Motto Pop Up Shop Saturday December 16th was once again a huge success. Hundreds of items of clothing were sold and a profit of over $3000 was achieved. The efforts and support of so many assists the Rotary Club of Richmond to fund their wonderful projects and therefore benefiting those less fortunate in both the local and international community.

     

    THE RICHMOND ROTARY CHRISTMAS PARTY

    What a fabulous way to finish the year. First we were welcomed by MC Trevor Pang and President Chris.

    Sally O'Sullivan and her helpers collected the donated presents for distribution by Richmond Salvos to needy children.

    Then there were CAROLS supported by the Salvation Army Brass Band and Rotarian Warren Golding

    The Club presented Warren and the band members with a cheque towards the work of the Salvation Army.

    And everyone had lots of fun.

     

    ClubAre you ready for Christmas In July?
    Stock up and support the Rotary Foundation
    Traditional Rum & Brandy Fruit Cake $16.50
    1kg Traditional Steam Pudding $16.50
    Traditional Baked Puddings $7.00

     

    Rob Mactier & Family
    invite you to
    Saturday 24th February 2018 at 12:30pm
    Pearl Day
    to be held
    at
    'Allendale'
    120 Allendale Road
    Elphinstone, Victoria,
    3448 RSVP Saturday 17th February 2018
    T: 03 5473 3214
    M: 0412 471 023
    E: robmactier@bigpond.com
    Donation
    $75/Head
    Australian Rotary Health

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    Club Celebrations

    Birthdays
    Aivars Lode 18th January, Kristen Widdop 18th January
    Wedding Anniversaries
    Andrea & Andrew Michaelides, 7th January
    Maria & Chris Makris, 21st January
    Stephen & Kristen Widdop, 22nd January

    Future Events

    January - Vocational Service Month
    22nd  Monday      Club remembers John Nairn
    29th  Monday       Nick Peardon - Tree Incarnation

    February - Peace & Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month

    5th   Monday       Georgie Retallick - Youth in Aged Care
    15th Thursday      Board meeting
    23rd  Friday          Rotary's birthday
    25th  Saturday     Pearl Day luncheon, Allendale, Elphinstone

    March - Water & Sanitation Month

    7th   Wednesday   Women in Rotary breakfast
    16th Friday           District Conference Warrnambool
    17th Saturday       District Conference Warrnambool
    18th Sunday         District Conference Warrnambool


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