31 May 2017

Bulletin 31st May

Mal Walden will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Richmond this week talking about his career, his book "The Newsman" and the challenges facing the television industry.

Book tickets by clicking here via TryBooking

Update from Rotary Youth Exchange student Genevieve Cox



Dear Richmond Rotary,

This month so far has been absolutely amazing, from the First until the eighteenth I had my Eurotour, which was organised by Rotary.

Starting off in Dresden, I visited: Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Venice, Pisa, Rome, Innsbruck, Bamberg (Schloss'es Linderhof and Neuschwanstein) and ended in Berlin. 

My favourite cities definitely had to be Budapest, Vienna and Venice. When visiting Venice we were actually staying in Lido de Helsolo, right on the beach. The picture I have included for this month shows all 106 of us exchange students who were on the trip (three rotary districts) in the Piazza San Marco in Venice, I am sitting down towards the left with the other Australians. 

Since coming home I've been studying extra German (atop of my usual weekly work) to help me prepare for a test I have to complete for my Rotary District next month. Time will be a little bit cramped for me as during a short school break I am going with my host family to the Netherlands and also have a Rotary camp beforehand.

Hope all is going well back in Australia,

Gen. 

Remaining Board Positions and Chairs

 Are you keen to get involved in projects that will support your local community and abroad whilst building some a new skill set.  Whilst we have built a very strong and talented team there are still some positions available for the 2017/18 Rotary year.

If you or anyone you know would be suitable for the below positions send me a reply email:

On To Conference Chair: Organising our club trip to the District 9800 conference in Warnambool
Bulletin Editor: Producing this fine publication
First Year Board Member: Attending 10 monthly board meetings and voting on projects and topics supported by the club executive

Let me know if you would like more information about these roles

Upcoming meetings in June

  • 4th   (Sunday) Flower arranging demonstration   
  • 5th Mal Walden  Melbourne television
  • 12th Queens Birthday Weekend (No Meeting)
  • 19th Janet Etty-Leal Mindfulness
  • 25th District Changeover lunch
  • 26th Changeover

All meetings are held at the Amora hotel on a Monday night from 6:30pm for a 7pm start. If any of these topics are of interest to you please come and join us. Guests are most welcome. The price is $30 for a two course meal and with free car parking

 


23 May 2017

Bulletin 23rd May

The Rotary club of Richmond welcomed two fabulously talented new members last week. Below are their profiles. We look forward to seeing the difference they make in our community through Rotary.

Lois Peeler. AM   Lois currently is the Principal of Worawa Aboriginal College for Girls, in Healesville, is the Senior Victorian of the Year for 2017, is the Chair of the Department of Justice and Regulation , Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (Eastern) and of the Eastern Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.  She is involved in the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Forum and the Marrung Aboriginal Education Action Plan 

As Principal of Worawa, a school established by her sister Hyllus Maris,   Lois is responsible for giving young Aboriginal women the chance to be part of mainstream Australia without ever losing their own proud culture, history & identity.

Born in the Goulburn Valley, Lois was the first Aboriginal person to work in television, appearing on Channel 9 in the 60s. She toured Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War as a member of the famous Sapphires, a singing group formed with her sisters.

She has lived in Europe & the USA with her American husband and 2 daughters, & on returning to Australia worked in tourism, heading Aboriginal Tourism Australia for more than a decade. For this work she was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003.
 
Evonne Grosso.  Evonne brings her wide experience in Corporate Affairs where she has worked in fields as diverse as funds management, superannuation, insurance, resources, engineering, education, not-for-profit, Software, PR and Advertising. 

Her professional endeavours are driven by shaping an organisation's perception of how it interacts & communicates in the wider community. 

She describes herself as a social justice warrior at heart.  She was born in far North Queensland, is married to Tony, an accountant, & has two teenage sons.  She has volunteered her time to many community based organisations & has been a board member of One in Five, PBS FM & HSBC superannuation Trustee board.  
For the last 5 years she has been helping The Grimwade Centre for Culture Materials Conservation at Melbourne University & the Warmun Art Centre, East

Kimberley build a sustainable partnership. At the centre of this collaboration is the concept of two way learning for both indigenous & non indigenous Australians.  

Introduced by Janice Peeler who noted “Richmond Rotary are delighted to have two new members who, despite different backgrounds and life experiences, share a passion for justice, equality and education

It was very fitting that they were inducted into our club on the same occasion”.

Presidents Message

What an evening the Richmond Rotary just had. The Ainger Awards night was a spectacular night, with ten young finalists speaking to us on topics of their choice. They might be young, but their knowledge and poise at speaking to us on their chosen topic would make most public speakers blush with embarrassment. Take note leaders of the world, these speakers are coming to take your jobs. The way they spoke and the topics they spoke about would make a huge difference to the world if they did have the positions of power they will likely have in the future.

If this is the youth of today, I look forward to a better future under their control because, at the moment, I worry about the decisions being made by the leaders of today. It is nights like this that gives me faith in our youth and the great work that Rotary does locally and internationally to make the world a better place.

Do not forget to invite all your friends and associates to our meeting on the 5th June as we have Mal Walden as our guest speaker. It would be great to have a big crowd for such a high profile speaker.

Mark Dwyer

President
Richmond Rotary 2016-17

Richmond Rotary & Bridge Road Florist

Flower Arranging Presentation

Enjoy the fun of floral arranging and decorating.

Richmond’s iconic Bridge Road Florists, Jill Mc Intyre, and her senior designer Elsbeth, will be demonstrating the creation of various classic and exotic displays. Last year was a sell out and “one of the best events I have been to” according to attendees.

Amora, 489 Bridge Road Richmond.
Sunday 4th June 2017, 2.00pm,
$50 includes substantial finger food with drinks at bar prices.

Booking: By 23rd May Trybooking.com

https://www.trybooking.com/PTLZ

OR RSVP by 23rd May to Janice Peeler (jgarland@tpg.com.au), or John Benger (jbenger@bigpond.net.au). Gift voucher available from these contacts.

National Reconciliation Day was the basis of a sports/ entertainment day at Worawa Aboriginal College and a number from RCR volunteered to assist. Our Exchange Student Philippine was appointed apprentice BBQ chef. One of the highlights of the day was the multi-cultural aspect with social and sporting events involving a diverse range of nationalities and cultures.

Upcoming Meetings

May 29th   Social Night

June

  • 4th (Sunday) Flower arranging demonstration   
  • 5th Mal Walden  Melbourne television
  • 12th Queens Birthday Weekend (No Meeting)
  • 19th Janet Etty-Leal Mindfulness
  • 25th District Changeover lunch
  • 26th Changeover

All meetings are held at the Amora hotel on a Monday night from 6:30pm for a 7pm start. If any of these topics are of interest to you please come and join us. Guests are most welcome. The price is $30 for a two course meal and with free car parking. 


13 May 2017

Bulletin 13th May

Ainger public speaking awards

This week I was lucky enough to attend one of the heats of the prestigious Ern Ainger public speaking awards at Melbourne Girls College. It was one of four nights of heats where over 90 students from schools around Melbourne competed for a spot in the final on the 22nd of May.

Run for over 20 years this fantastic competition is the leading high school student public speaking competition in Australia. It has provided thousands of students with the opportunity develop the very important life skill of speaking persuasively to an audience. Finals are to be held at the Amora hotel on Monday 22nd May and tickets can be pre-purchased here.

It is sure to be a great night as always.

Call for Chairs and Board Position nominations for 2017/18

The Rotary Club of Richmond is currently recruiting its board and project chair positions for the next Rotary year. The following members are currently nominated for the key positions within the club however all club members are welcome to put themselves forward for the coming year or to be mentored into the role the year after.

President: Chris Kemp
Foundation: Sue Bolton
Youth Services: Maria Makris
International: - Trevor Pang
Secretary: Jo Cowling
Treasurer: Judy Nettleton
Vocational: Tim Baker
Program: Jenny List
Fundraising: Janice Peeler 
Social Media: Kristen Widdop
Membership: Adam Sherwell

We currently have vacancies for the position of President elect and Bulletin editor, as well as first and second year board positions. If you can think of anyone that may be interested in taking on more responsibility please let us know.

Happy Mothers Day

The Rotary club of Richmond would like to wish all of the mothers associated with the club a very happy mothers day. We hope your families spoilt you today.

Upcoming Speakers

May

  • 15th Matt English Grasping Social Media
  • 22nd NHP Ainger public speaking award finals night    
  • 29th Social Night

June

  • 4th (Sunday) Flower arranging demonstration   
  • 5th Mal Walden Melbourne television
  • 12th Queens Birthday Weekend (No Meeting)
  • 19th Janet Etty-Leal Mindfulness
  • 26th Changeover

All meetings are held at the Amora hotel on a Monday night from 6:30pm for a 7pm start. If any of these topics are of interest to you please come and join us. Guests are most welcome. The price is $35 for a two course meal and with free car parking.


 


7 May 2017

Local Youth Recognised

Last Monday we had the opportunity to recognise some fantastic young leaders in our community.

Awards for community service and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) were presented to two deserving winners from Melbourne Girls College that had dedicated much of their last year to volunteering with St Johns Ambulance and encouraging girls to get involved in science through engaging experiments like programming dancing robots.

Then our scholarship students that took part in both RYPEN and RYLA camps this year talked of the positive effect these camps had made on their lives. It was an inspiring evening that recognised some of the great opportunities we are able to provide young people in our community each year.

Help Required

RC Richmond and RC Melbourne Park need club members support  at the NHP Ainger Public Speaking Award Heats at Melbourne Girls’ College next week. We need people to help  set up  for the heats and help with hosting the students and  their guests. Also, we need some help  at the end of the night to restore the room for school classes next day.
 
Details are as follows  :  
  • Monday  8  May, Tuesday 9  May, Wednesday 10 May, and Thursday 11 May  at the Lyceum, Melbourne Girls’ College.   
  • Please be there at 7.00 pm for a 7.30pm start. 
  • Finish will be around 10.00pm  
  • We can guarantee  an informative and entertaining evening listening to our  young student speakers 
  • Please contact Ben Hosking if you can assist by email to  : bhosking@bigpond.net.au  or call on 94992280 or m 0437232880   

Get Wines Direct - Club Wine Night
Reminder tomorrow's meeting will be held at Get Wines Direct. 
161 Burnley St, Richmond at 6:30pm
Cost $35 per head
Cost includes food and free wine tasting.
Lots of awesome wines to try and buy with great offers available.
Special thanks to Adam and Janice for their efforts organising this great event. Let's hope that this event can grow over the years into a successful fundraiser for the club.

Future Speakers

May
  • 15th Matt English Grasping Social Media
  • 22nd NHP Ainger public speaking award finals night
  • 29th Social Night
June
  • 4th (Sunday) Flower arranging demonstration
  • 5th Mal Walden Melbourne television
  • 12th Queens Birthday Weekend (No Meeting)
  • 19th Janet Etty-Leal Mindfulness
  • 26th Changeover
All meetings are held at the Amora hotel on a Monday night from 6:30pm for a 7pm start. If any of these topics are of interest to you please come and join us. Guests are most welcome. The price is $35 for a two course meal and with free car parking.

 


18 April 2017

Bulletin 18th April

Happy Easter

On behalf of the Rotary club of Richmond I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter break spending time with family and love ones. 

President's Message

I have not written in the last couple of weeks and I am sorry for not doing so. Richmond Rotary has had a couple of big weeks with members of our club going to the 9800 District Conference. What an enlightening experience, with some exceptional speakers that had us laughing, crying and making us think about what we can do to make the world we live in a better place for everyone. It would be great if we could get more people to the next year’s conference in Warrnambool.

Last Monday we had a meeting that included all the Cluster clubs, so we had 78 people to a meeting run by Melbourne Park Rotary and the topic was the Rotary Foundation with some guest speakers that had done projects that were funded through the Rotary Foundation.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals ( AFP ) recognised The Rotary Foundation at the end of 2016 with its annual Outstanding Foundation Award.

Just goes to show that everything we do in Rotary is at the highest standard, including our Foundation.
We do not have a meeting over the Easter weekend, so I hope to see you at our next meeting on the 24th April. I know it is just before Anzac Day and some of you will be taking a long weekend, if so have a great time, but I look forward to seeing the people that are not taking Monday off.
 
Mark Dwyer
President
Richmond Rotary 2016-17

New Project Ideas

As we approach the new Rotary year I encourage you all to think of project ideas for the 2017/18 Rotary year. With over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide there has never been a better time to use your Monday nights to make a difference for those less fortunate in our community or abroad. Bring along your idea to our Monday night meetings and we will do everything that we can to support it.

Future Speakers

April
24th    SOCIAL NIGHT     
        
      May        
8th    Wine Tasting Night    Get Wines Direct 
15th   Matt English    Grasping Social Media
22nd   Ainger Public Speaking Awards        
29th    SOCIAL NIGHT

At the Amora Hotel on Monday night 6:30pm arrival for a 7pm start

 


9 April 2017

Bulletin 9th April

Nigel Hugh Peck AM

The Rotary Club of Richmond is saddened by the passing of Nigel Peck AM.

Nigel joined the Rotary Club of Richmond in 1979 and awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in 1996/97 for outstanding service to Rotary. Nigel was a well-liked and respected club member and a generous contributor to both the club and Rotary projects. In particular, his support of the Ainger Public Speaking Award for over 25 years is a lasting legacy.

Our condolences to Patricia and the Peck family.  

Genevieve Cox Rotary Youth Exchange Update

This month in Germany had been pretty relaxed. I have become accustomed to the lifestyle and way of things here now, but am still struggling with the language. My highlight for the month has to be visiting Würzberg to visit my sisters old host family. We visited a Bavarian Beer festival, which was very entertaining to see the people dancing on the tables and speaking in the Bavarian dialect. Below is a picture of me on the night.



CAFÉ INTERNATIONALE 2017

A night celebrating and honouring the past 60 years of culture and friendship at International House as we dive into the late 50s, and move forward with each act.

13th May, 6.30PM
International House
241 Royal Parade
Parkville
 
Tickets available online at:
https://chook.as/ih/cafe-internationale-2017
For further enquiries contact Karolina Judd:
Phone: 0438 664 334
Email: karolinaj@student.unimelb.edu.au

Tomorrow's Meeting - Rotary Foundation Celebration Dinner - Heritage Cluster

Future Meeitings
      
April 
17th   Easter Monday      No Meeting
24th  Social Meeting


2 April 2017

Bulletin 2nd April

Shepparton District Conference

Over the weekend a group from the Rotary Club of Richmond attended the District 9800 conference in Shepparton. A range of community and business leaders gave presentations on how they help their local communities and the wider world by joining together, engaging in ideas and taking action to connect communities and lead change.

We all returned with great ideas to put into action over the coming year and inspired by the work that Rotarians have done across the world. The 2018 conference will be in Warrnambool and is bound to be a lot of fun.

Mayor Inducted as Honorary Member

President Mark Dwyer had the honour of inducting The Mayor of the City of Yarra, Councillor Amanda Stone, as an Honorary Member of our club.

Councillor Stone acknowledged work of Rotary in the community and especially in the youth area and mentioned the Leadership Award (RYLA), Enrichment Award (RYPEN), the RYAP program for disadvantaged youth and the Mock Job Interviews.  She was very knowledgeable regarding the RCR involvement in all these programs.



Councillor Stone praised Rotary in mentioning how she had spent time in India and had seen the Rotary logo on many projects assisting the needy in that country.

RICHMOND BANNER SYMBOL DEFINITIONS

After presenting our Rotary Exchange student Philipine with our club banner and Mark attempted to explain the symbols within it John Benger thought it would be a good idea to get in touch with Trevor Pang to find out the truth. The banner was designed by Robert Bruinewould and the images have the following meanings:

PRINTED CIRCUIT – Green & Gold Represents technology, manufacturing and humanity’s scientific endeavors on which Richmond was founded.
ABORIGINAL ART – Black, White and Red This acknowledges that Aborigines are the traditional owners of our land. It represents the culture, the arts, and spirituality of indigenous Australians and the acceptance that we are ALL new Australians.
NUMBERS – Gold and Black Represents business, wealth and accountability.
LEAVES – Green, Black and Red These represent Australia’s unique environment. It symbolises life and growth. 

Tomorrow's Meeting - Adam Sherwell

At tomorrow's Adam will take us all through the highlights of this years district conference

Future Meeitings
      
April 
10th    Cluster meeting    The Rotary Foundation
17th   Easter Monday      No Meeting
24th  Social Meeting

 

26 March 2017

Bulletin 26th March

Rotary Foundation Cluster Meeting

Coming up on Monday 10th April we are having a huge meeting with five other clubs in our cluster to highlight some of the fabulous achievements of the Rotary Foundation over the last 100 years. Luckily for us the meeting will be held on a Monday night at the Amora as per usual, however it will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Melbourne Park so please make sure you RSVP early to help them coordinate numbers for catering on behalf of five clubs.

Then on Thursday it will be off to Shepparton for those attending the District 9800 Rotary Conference.

The Rotary Club of Melbourne Park have teamed up with Comedy for a Cause to bring you a fabulous night of fun and friendship!

This major club fundraiser will be held on Saturday 27th May at Melbourne Bowling Club, Windsor. Money raised will help the Rotary club of Melbourne Park to continue to make a difference through our passion projects, RYLA sponsorships, birthing kits and much more!

They are expecting 200 people to this event so interested clubs are encouraged to book early. This is an incredibly accessible event at only $35 a ticket!

Tickets can be purchased online at www.comedyforacause.net/rcmp

Barry Roberts is again selling Entertainment Books as a fund raiser for the Rotary Club of Richmond . The 2017 /18 books will shortly be available and can be used immediately up to June 1 2018. You will also notice that [ for the first time in my memory] the cost per book has increased to $70. This still represents remarkable value and the Rotary Club benefits to the sum of $14 per book sold.

The rule of thumb remains that if you dine out just twice using the Entertainment Book you will save more than the cost of the book so please order your books now and commence saving as soon as possible.

If you would like one let Barry know via email to bandsroberts@optusnet.com.au and he will sort you out.

Tomorrow's Meeting 

Magda Malowinski from Driving Force has lost her voice so her talk has been rescheduled for July 3rd. Instead tomorrows meeting will be a social night.

Future Speakers

Thurs 30th    District 2800 Conference    Shepparton - April 1
        
April        
3rd    Adam Sherwood    Talk about District Conference
10th Foundation Cluster Meeting
17th Easter Monday - No Meeting

 


19 March 2017

 

Bulletin 19th Feb

Moomba fun and mock job interviews

This week saw a number of our members head to Melbourne Girls college to volunteer for the mock job interview program for another year. Club stalwart Tim Baker did a great job coordinating both interviewers and students helping the younger generation practice some very important life skills. The feedback received has been great so congratulations to all involved.

This last weekend our French Rotary exchange student Philipine had a great time checking out the sites and sounds of Moomba.

Conference update

For those heading to the District 9800 conference in Shepparton Adam has booked us into the fabulous Big Valley Motor Inn. Our club dinner on the Friday night will be at the Parklake Hotel restaurant. Good times await.

Tomorrow's Meeting

20th March   Chris Banks    Zoo Conservation

Future Speakers
       
27th March   Magda Malinowska    The Driving Force
Thurs 30th March   District 2800 Conference    Shepparton - April 1
        
April        
3rd    Adam Sherwood    Talk about District Conference

12 March 2017

Bulletin 12th March

President's message

We are all getting a bit of a break from Rotary, as our next meeting is two weeks away because of the public holiday on 13th March.

Before our next meeting on the 20th March, we have organised a visit to Worowa Girls’ College on Sunday 19th March. Could you please contact Janice Peeler to let her know that you wish to come. She will let you know what time to be there and what we might do for lunch after the visit. It would be great to have as many Richmond Rotarians there to see the work that we have funded.

Hope to see you all at Worowa on the 19th and then at our next meeting on the 20th March.

Have a good little break and see you soon.
 
Mark Dwyer
President
Richmond Rotary 2016-17

Worawa Reminder

The club is planning to visit Worawa girls college in Healesville on Sunday 19th March to meet with some of the students & to experience the Dreaming Trail which Rotary Club of Richmond helped sponsor.

We will be joined at 11am by one of the schools directors Lois Peeler, so it will be a great opportunity for club members to get to know one of our clubs key projects even better. After the school visit members are planning a lunch in the Yarra Valley.

Please notify Janice Peeler if you plan to come.
   0419568604 or email. janice.peeler@icloud.com

Rotary club of Rochester have invited us to their:

PIE AND PORT NIGHT
 

Saturday 6th May 2017
at
6:30pm for 7:00pm
 
$30 per person
 
RSVP Monday 24th April (for catering purposes, thank you)

Send me an email if you would like a copy of their invitation

Tomorrow's Meeting 

No Meeting: Break for the Labor day long weekend

March 
20th    Chris Banks    Zoo Conservation      
27th    Magda Malinowska    The Driving Force
Thurs 30th    District 2800 Conference    Shepparton - April 1
        
April        
3rd    Adam Sherwood    Talk about District Conference

 


5 March 2017

President Elect Training in Ballarat. From Left, Dan from Collingwood, Chris from Richmond, Jacinta from Melbourne Park,Joy from Fitzroy, Norman from Carlton and Anne AG of Heritage cluster

Bulletin 5th March

Presidents Message

I am sorry, very sorry, I forgot to do a message for last week’s bulletin, can you please forgive me. That is how I started last week’s message, but you did not get it because the bulletin editor did not put my message in the bulletin.

So please forgive both of us for not getting the President’s message in the last two bulletins.

Richmond Rotary just had a couple of bigger meetings and you have missed some great guest speakers. Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hearing from Prof. Clive May on all the research he is involved with at The Florey Institute.

What amazing things he was doing to improve our health, heart and kidneys, you missed an amazing speaker.

At our last meeting, we had two speakers telling us what they are doing with the assistance of a ARH Scholarship. That is an Australian Rotary Health 
Scholarship, the largest single Rotary project in Australia.

Rotary in Australia is doing research in helping people with mental health issues over the next three years through the ARH Scholarships.

Just goes to show that Rotary helps our community in all aspects, locally and Internationally. We all should be very proud of the work done by our Rotary.

Mark Dwyer

President

Richmond Rotary 2016-17

Last Week’s Meeting.

Australian Rotary Health is one of Rotary’s outstanding projects and it funds many PhD researchers. They complete their doctoral thesis funded by ARH.   Plus ARH  fund other medical scholarships.
 
Funding a PhD costs roughly $100.000 over three and a half years and with one third from a Rotary Club, one third from ARH and one third from the institution where the research is being undertaken.
Two scholarships have been funded via RCR.
John and Faye Brown, of Motto, have been supporters of ARF in providing one PhD scholarship and multiple scholarships for indigenous nurses.
 
Pictured is Dr Peter Russell of ARH presenting John with a certificate of appreciation for their contribution.  This scholarship was awarded to Michelle Benstead (pictured) on research into adolescent mental problems.
 
Stephen Ngo is our second PhD researcher and his scholarship was funded byPearl Day lunches organised by our Past President, Rob Mactier, in memory of his wife who passed away from cancer.  Also by a generous donation from our member Dr Dawn Giltinan. Stephen is researching at Monash Uni and researching the early intervention in the development of myeloid leukaemia cancer cells.  
 
Part of being a Rotarian is to raise funds for worthy causes and in many cases the causes are remote.  A highlight of the evening was to be able to hear firsthand from recipients of funding how the funds are benefiting them and in the longer term society.

My Rotary

For those members that haven't logged in to My Rotary I encourage you to click on this link to do so. There are a number of resources there to check in and update our club details and projects. Please update your profiles and let me know if you have any issues logging in.

Future Speakers

       
March        
6th    Alan Mead    Airborne Contamination Control
13th    LABOUR DAY HOL.    
20th    Chris Banks    Zoo Conservation
        
27th    Magda Malinowska    The Driving Force
Thurs 30th    District 2800 Conference    Shepparton - April 1
        
April        
3rd    Adam Sherwood    Talk about District Conference

 


26 February 2017

Rotary Youth exchange student update

Here at Richmond Rotary Bulletin HQ we were very excited to receive an update from our Rotary Youth Exchange student Genevieve Cox. Below is a summary of how she has settled into life in Germany.

My first six weeks have been hectic to say in the least. I am so grateful to be in Germany and to have the opportunities that I do. 
Familiarising myself with school and every day life here has been strange. I'm still not used to the weather though, it's starting to get a little bit warmer though. Here in Aschaffenburg we just reach over 0°degrees during the day.  

There are little things here though that I find very foreign. As a society Germany is far more respectful than Australia; public places are more cleaner, people are more respectful and quiet. 

I've found that in Rotary meetings it is very important for me to use the correct language, if I want to ask someone how their day has been I have to ask "Wie geht es Ihnen?" rather than the far more causal "Wie geht ist dir?" 
little things like this can be the line of offensive and polite. 

I have explored my local area a little bit and have visited a small local castle in Mespelbrunn. The snow has melted by now, but the lakes are still frozen solid there. 

I am very exited for this next year to come, and I am so proud to be able to call myself an overseas representative of Richmond Rotary.

Thank you. 
Gen.

Last Week’s Speaker.

Prof Clive May from the Florey Institute gave us a fascinating presentation on the medical research being done at The Florey, an iconic organisation, and one of the top ten institutes in the world.

He outlined exciting new trials for a drug which, if given early enough, can reduce the damage to the heart muscle during a heart attack. He stressed that early intervention is critical in the management of heart attacks.

In another area he outlined how experiments in sheep have led to the development of a technique to determining the oxygen levels of the kidney in septic shock, which is critical in ICU management. A great step forward.

He is also involved in the development of STENTRODES, a clever technique using a stent with tiny embedded electrodes, which can be threaded via the vascular system up into the brain, thus requiring no invasive surgery. These can be situated to stimulate specific areas of the brain, and have huge potential in the treatment of diseases like Parkinson's and possibly for stimulation of artificial limbs in amputees.  The future is exciting, and this technique bypasses the problem connected with brain implants.

A brilliant talk, and one of the key comments was that Clive said his career was stimulated by a passionate teacher, and our chair, Janice Peeler, noted that many science students of the future would be influenced by Clive's own passion and ability.

Rotary Showcase.
Promoting Rotary to Rotarians is preaching to the converted and it is vital we promote to a wider audience.
The current District 9800 team initiated a showcase and it was in Bendigo and in the Atrium at Federation Square.

In addition to various Rotary projects being on display the Choir of Hard Knocks performed.

The evaluation team thought it a success.  The cost of having the display space varies related to what is on and the likely crowds and one thought is next year a higher profile time will be justified to create even greater awareness of the work of Rotary.

Congratulations to the 9800 team on this project. 

 

Future Speakers

27th    SOCIAL NIGHT    Australian Rotary Health PhD Researchers 
        
March
6th    Alan Mead    Airborne Contamination Control
13th    LABOUR DAY HOL.    
20th    Chris Banks    Zoo Conservation
        
27th    Magda Malinowska    The Driving Force
Thurs 30th    District 2800 Conference    Shepparton - April 1
        
April
3rd    Adam Sherwood    Talk about District Conference


19 February 2017

Bunnings BBQ Success

Alison and Neal were successful in obtaining rights to the Bunnings Hawthorn Sausage Sizzle facility for Sunday 12th Feb.  Together with sausage chefs Nia, Jo, Mark, James, Judy and Janice they raised over $1700 dollars for Rotary Club of Richmond projects this year.

I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the fundraising work of Neil and Alison in this edition of the Bulletin. The countless hours they have contributed to their community through weekend sausage sizzles, Motto fashion pop up stalls and spruiking our trivia night to local traders are a large part of success of this club.  

Also a special mention to Bunnings and if you think of $1700 X 100 days(Sat and Sun) PA X ?? stores that is a significant contribution to various community organisations.

Some reminders from Janice

4th Friday Lunch
The informal lunches being held at Romulus & Remus on the fourth Friday of the month recommence on Friday 24th February at 12.30pm.  Please let Janice Peeler know if you plan to attend

Worawa visit
The club is planning to visit Worawa girls college in Healesville on Sunday 19th March to meet with some of the students & to experience the Dreaming Trail which Rotary Club of Richmond helped sponsor.
There is also a possibility that we could extend the day by visiting Blue Lotus Farm, the exquisite gardens at Yarra Junction.  This is an opportunity to see the acres of lakes filled with Lotus & Waterlillies in flower.
Please notify Janice Peeler if you plan to come.
   0419568604 or email. janice.peeler@icloud.com

New Bali Hospitality Project

At last week's board meeting it was agreed to support a new project sponsoring a student from an underprivileged area of Bali to receive a full scholarship to the prestigious Mediterranean Bali Hotel and Cruise Line training centre in Bangli.

The hope is at the end of the course the student will have learnt sufficient English and hospitality skills to pursue a life changing career working on an international cruise ship. We will keep you updated as the student progresses. In the mean time you can watch a video of some of the training here.  

Tomorrow's Meeting - Professor Clive May

For tomorrow's joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Canterbury we will have a special presentation from Professor Clive May; Head of the Preclinical Critical Care Unit at the Florey Institute. He will give an overview of recent exciting findings in a number of research areas of the institute, including the bionic spine. 

Future Speakers

27th    SOCIAL NIGHT    Australian Rotary Health PhD Researchers 
        
March        
6th    Alan Mead    Airborne Contamination Control
13th    LABOUR DAY HOL.    
20th    Chris Banks    Zoo Conservation
        
27th    Magda Malinowska    The Driving Force
Thurs 30th    District 2800 Conference    Shepparton - April 1
        
April        
3rd    Adam Sherwood    Talk about District Conference

 


12 February 2017

There is a lot happening this month at the Rotary Club of Richmond. Below is a summary of some of the exciting things that we have going on. Hopefully you find something that you would like to get involved in.

Market Rotary and RCR.  Last Week’s Speaker

Last week Russell Pearson, from Crimson Fox Marketing, spoke to us on “branding” and specifically on branding a Rotary Club.

Russell recommended ideas.rotary.org  for a list of Rotary projects and this Rotary Foundation Video to make you very proud of what the Rotary Foundation has done.  Highly recommended.

Russell used the analogy that different flavours of ice cream appealed to different people and in making Rotary appealing we needed to address the needs of an individual and not the general needs of society.

He advised on the use electronic marketing and quoted some incredible statistics regarding electronic media and specifically Facebook.

1.39 billion are on Face Book which is near 40% of the world’s population. In Australia 14 million.

In Australia 73% or the under 49 age group, 63% of 50 -64 and 56% of over 65’s are on FB.   

For those that haven't liked the Rotary club of Richmond Facebook page you an do so here.

Special Meetings

20th Feb is a joint meeting with the RC of Canterbury and a good turn up would be appreciated.

27th Feb. The RCR fund two PhD research students and they are addressing us on their research. It would be good for the club to have a good turn up but also it will show our appreciation of these researchers. The mayor of the City of Yarra and the District Governor will be in attendance. The scholarships are prestigious, and allow them to follow their passion, but it provides only the basics in allowances and a good attendance will be a great encouragement to them. So please attend if you can and bring family and friends as it will be a great show case for RCR.

Another Rotary event this month is The Melbourne Rotary Showcase staged in the Atrium at Federation Square on SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY from 9am to 5pm

It will have the Choir of Hard Knocks performing from 11am and they will lead into our Rotarian Roundup at 12 noon.

Wear your Rotary badge, cap, t-shirt, apron, pin or hat and show Melbourne how active Rotarians are “Doing Good in the World”

Presidents Message


I have just had an email from Tim Baker, asking me to help with the Mock Job interviews that Richmond Rotary run at Melbourne Girls’ College each year. It started me thinking about all the programmes that Richmond Rotary does under the heading of YOUTH.

So here goes in no particular order and sorry for all the acronyms:-

RYAP – Rotary Youth Arts Program

Next Step Program

Ern Ainger Public Speaking Award

Slade Literacy Award

Mock Job Interviews at Melbourne Girls’ College

The following are done by Richmond Rotary through programmes organised by ROTARY:-

Incoming International Youth Exchange Student – Philipine from France

Outgoing International Youth Exchange Student – Gen to Germany

MUNA – Model United Nations Assembly

RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Award

RYPEN – Rotary Youth program of Enrichment

The Science Experience

Richmond Rotary sponsored the new Interact Rotary Club at Melbourne Girls’ College

Richmond Rotary has in the past years got students to qualify and go the NYSF- Nation Youth Science Forum

What an amazing list of programmes that Richmond Rotary does for Youth in Our Community. You just do not know the amount programmes we do until you list them and we do them every year.

I am so proud to be a part of the AMAZING Richmond Rotary and so should every member, friend and business that is connected to Richmond Rotary.

Do not forget to get in contact with Allison re the Bunnings B.B.Q. on Sunday 12th February.

Mark Dwyer

President

Richmond Rotary 2016-17

Upcoming Speakers

February
13th Veronica O'brien  Pres. Vic. State Rose Garden
20th     Joint Meeting Canterbury    Prof. Clive May Florey Institute
27th     SOCIAL NIGHT    PhD Researchers speak briefly
March
6th Alan Mead    Airborne Contamination Control
13th LABOUR DAY HOL.
20th Chris Banks    Zoo Conservation
27th Magda Malinowska    The Driving Force
Thurs 30th District 2800 Conference    Shepparton - April 1
April
3rd     Adam Sherwood    Talk about District Conference



5 February 2017

Rotary Exchange Student from France, Phillipine celebrating her birthday at our last meeting

Welcome to the first Bulletin for the Rotary Club of Richmond since the handover as editor from club stalwart John Benger. I would like to begin this edition by acknowledging the hundreds of volunteer hours that he has contributed to producing this publication to such a high standard over the past few years. I'm sure if anyone would like to give thanks by purchasing him a glass of red over the coming meetings it would be gratefully accepted.... the first is my shout.

 

Presidents Message

What a fantastic meeting we had last Monday. Not only did we celebrate Philipine’s 18th birthday, but Sue Bolton was about to celebrate her 70th the next day. So, cake and bubbles was the extra special treat on the night and everyone was having such a great time chatting, that no one noticed that the clock had clicked past 8.45pm before I officially closed the meeting.

Shows that you do not have to have a guest speaker at a meeting to have a great time. The noise in the room was amazing, to hear such a buzz of conversation and people having a great time was beautiful.

Look forward to seeing everyone at our next amazing meeting.

Do not forget to get in contact with Allison re the Bunnings B.B.Q. on Sunday 12th February.

Mark Dwyer
President
Richmond Rotary 2016-17

Upcoming Meetings

If you would like to come along to any of the below meetings you are most welcome. Just send an email to Nia via secretary@rotaryrichmond.org.au by the Sunday before the meeting so that catering can be organised.

Date Topic Comment
February
6 Business Branding Russell Pearson
13 Vic State Rose Garden Veronica O’Brien - President
20 Joint meeting Canterbury Professor Clive May - Bionics 
27 PhD Researchers 2 PhD researchers sponsored by RCR
March
13 NO MEETING Labor Day
30 District Conference Mar 30 – April 1  
April
17 NO MEETING Easter Monday
25 NO MEETING ANZAC Day
June
12 NO MEETING Queen’s Birthday
26 Change Over Night  

Positions for the 2017/18 Rotary year

As it is already February I invite all members and friends of the Rotary Club of Richmond to think about the role they would like to play next year. Board nominations and project ideas both new and continuing will be gratefully accepted to chris.m.kemp20@gmail.com as we begin to plan the next Rotary year. 

 


30 January 2017

Meetings - Red items not a Monday Meetings

Not to be missed Feb 20th Joint meeting with Canterbury. Prof Clive May of Florey Institute talking on research related to the exciting area of bionics and specifically the bionic spine.

Date Topic Comment
January
30 Social Night  
February
6 Business Branding Russell Pearson
13 Vic State Rose Garden Veronica O’Brien - President
20 Joint meeting Canterbury  
27 PhD Researchers 2 PhD researchers sponsored by RCR
March
13 NO MEETING Labor Day
30 District Conference Mar 30 – April 1  
April
17 NO MEETING Easter Monday
25 NO MEETING ANZAC Day
June
12 NO MEETING Queen’s Birthday
26 Change Over Night  

Change to Bulletin Editor

In handing over editing of the bulletin I was tempted to along the tabloid path and head it Bulletin Editor Quits or Bulletin Editor Sacked or Editor in Sex Scandal. However the boring truth in that it is good to have a change of roles and after some years it is time for a change of editor.

Chris Kemp has agreed to take over chris.m.kemp20@gmail.com Please send him articles.

One of the advantages of doing the bulletin is you become aware of all the projects club, District and Rotary are doing. It is impressive and from small local projects to world impacting projects. Rotary is impressive.

Thank you to all that have contributed in my time as editor.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY BREAKFAST - WEDNESDAY 8TH MARCH 2017
THE PALLADIUM, CROWN MELBOURNE
Women Leaders - What does it take?
MC – Tom Gleisner
Keynote Speaker – Kitty Chiller, 2016 Olympics Chef de Mission

Early Bird Tickets now available at rotaryiwdbreakfast.org.au

Diary Note Open Garden

Due to conflicting issues the date planned April opening has been changed to Spring. More later.

 

Rotary Youth Exchange gave me hope for peace
By Kate Roff, a former Rotary Youth Exchange student

Being lost in the middle of the bustling, hazy, city of Bangkok, Thailand, is not ideal for a 17-year-old Australian girl. But, it was a moment that changed my life.

I was on Rotary Youth Exchange and despite excellent instructions from my caring host-family; I had no idea how the intricate bus system worked, and hadn’t mastered the language yet to ask. After boarding the wrong bus for the third time, a young student calmly stood up, took me by the arm and walked me miles down the road to the right stop. She spoke little English, but waited patiently until my bus arrived and told the driver my destination. It must have added a full hour to her day, and she wanted nothing in return – just to help a stranger.

A bustling, hazy, street scene in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Joe Powers


I was shocked. I had never encountered such kindness. That was one of many moments I was humbled by the generosity of the Thai people during my exchange year, and something that I hold up as proof of genuine compassion in the world. Peace News provides alternative news stories from conflict zones.
Today, I am the founding editor of Peace News – a new media platform that provides alternative news stories from conflict zones. While mainstream war reporting focuses on violence, explosions, and hatred, we focus on telling stories of peace-builders. Wars need to be covered, but we aim to provide balance to the reporting – in every conflict zone there are people taking risks for peace, and we want to show that side as well.

In my line of work I see, and hear about, horrific violence, and it’s often difficult to keep faith in humanity. I believe it’s a growing fear for many people today, and sensationalist media representations of how ‘bad the world is becoming’ don’t help. We often need reminding that there are still great people out there, that there are inspiring examples of tolerance and empathy still going on.

My year as an exchange student showed me that there is good reason to have hope, and provided me with a platform to direct my career. Through the endless examples of kindness from a host country, and also exposure to many cultures through other exchange students, I saw enormous capacity for a global community. Rotary taught me to appreciate and respect diversity – a hot topic today with global immigration debates.

I have no idea who that student was who stopped to direct a confused foreigner all those years ago, but her act reminds me daily of what one moment of empathy can do. She taught me to have a little trust in the world we are so often trying furiously to change – and to always travel with a bus map.

 

President’s Message

As everyone in our club knows that the 26th January is a very important date. We in Australia have a public holiday on that day to celebrate something very special on that date.

Yes, it is Philippine’s birthday. Not only is it her birthday, it is her 18th Birthday.

I would like as many members to be at our next Monday meeting on the 30th to congratulate Philippine and help celebrate her 18th birthday. We do not have many 18th birthday’s in our club, which makes this a special event.

One of the ways the Rotary Club of Richmond communicate is via our bulletin. For a number of years John Benger has been the editor and on behalf of the club I would like to acknowledge John’s excellent work. Including converting the bulletin to an electronic edition plus changing the distribution concept to it going to a wide range of people in the Richmond community.

Many thanks to John on behalf of RCR members. Our new editor will be Chris Kemp and I am sure he will receive your support with articles and news.

Mark Dwyer - President 2106 -2017

 

Meetings Every Monday 6.30 for 7.00
Amora Hotel
649 Bridge Road Richmond Vic 3121
www.rotaryrichmond.org.au

 


23 January 2017

Meetings - Red items not a Monday Meetings

Not to be missed February 20th
Joint meeting with Canterbury - Prof Clive May of the Florey Institute talking on research related to the exciting area of bionics and specifically the bionic spine.

Date Topic Comment
January
23 Fairshare Marcus Godhinho CEO
30 Social Night  
February
6 Business Branding Russell Pearson
13 Vic State Rose Garden Veronica O’Brien - President
20 Joint meeting Canterbury  
27 PhD Researchers 2 PhD researchers sponsored by RCR
March
13 NO MEETING Labor Day
30 District Conference Mar 30 – April 1  
April
8 -9 CLASSIC GARDEN OPEN WEEKEND  
17 NO MEETING Easter Monday
25 NO MEETING ANZAC Day
June
12 NO MEETING Queen’s Birthday
26 Change Over Night  

Start of Year BBQ.

Great kick off to 2017 at Janice Peeler’s and thanks to Janice and all helpers and contributors. Dot Brown, Judy Nettleton, Sally O'Sullivan, Jenny List, Janice Kesterton, Jo Cowling, Dawn Giltinan, John Benger and the BBQ cook, Adam Sherwell (pictured).

I’m not sure if she fell or was pushed but Alison had a lot of fun with Dot’s grandkids in the pool.

Great topic Monday and Fairshare is the organisation that started in a small way “rescuing” unused food and now have a major business in feeding the needy.

Diary Note - 8 and 9 th April - Fund Raiser Open Garden

More to come but many helpers needed and please lock out dates in your diary. 23 January 2017

Pre-Christmas our BBQ chefs were busy again

Allison, Neal and Philippine as “sausage masters” helping out and spreading the word about Rotary.

How many sausages is that you have sold team?

A note for “the old timers”

Barry Roberts and Michael Cowling caught up with 25 year ex-member David Altson. David had an office was in Swan Street and he supplied special tyres and associated equipment for mining and heavy machinery. He and his wife Delphine, who was active in our ladies group, moved to their farm at Fish Creek after he retired and he resigned from the Club due to failing health. Sadly Delphine passed away a few months ago. David said he would love to re-establish some of his old friendships. His phone number is 0400 829 479.

We produce a weekly newsletter and if you send your address to jbenger@bigpond.net.au we will add you to our mailing list. This list is not a source for personally chasing funds and is an information sheet.

 

Meetings Every Monday 6.30 for 7.00
Amora Hotel
649 Bridge Road Richmond Vic 3121
www.rotaryrichmond.org.au

 

President’s Message

Happy New Year to everyone and I hope you have had, or are having a great break, but we are back to the usual meeting this Monday.

I had the great pleasure to see our outgoing exchange student, Gen Cox, off at the airport last Saturday. She was excited, apprehensive, nervous but was looking forward to all the new experiences that are ahead of her. She stated that she will keep us informed on how things are going by sending reports to John Benger.

We started the year with an informal get together with a lot of members meeting at Janice Peeler’s place for some food and conversation. Everyone looked like they were having a great time and I wish to thank Janice for allowing us to use her place for the usual start to the New Year.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our first formal meeting on Monday.

Mark Dwyer
President
Richmond Rotary 2016-17

 

Photos: Trevor Pang


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