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Bulletin October 12th 2020

This week’ meeting: Kitty O’Connor and Gabe Hau

Dr Catherine (Kitty) O’Connor is a Doctor of Law having completed her degree at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and after practicing in the UK for a number years, Kitty retired from active case work in 2002 when she moved to Australia. An avid Sydney Swans supporter, she currently works as inhouse Counsel at Healthcare Australia. The mother to three Great Danes, Kitty originally joined Rotary in 2009 as part of the Honiara Rotary Club in the Solomon Islands where she was living and returned to her beloved Albert Park in 2011 and left the Rotary fold only to sign up again in mid-2016. President of the Laverton Point Cook Rotary Club for two years from 2018, Kitty took on the role of District 9800 Polio Chair in 2019. Now a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne South, a two time Cancer survivor and a member of the Paul Harris Society, Kitty supports her most passionate causes as a speaker for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, fundraiser for Fight Cancer Foundation, staunch advocate or Equality and Diversity and of course Polio. Kitty will be talking about Polio, its history, connection with Rotary and the Walk With Us Campaign that encourages people from all walks of life – Rotarians and not, to walk for those who can’t. Gabe Hau, B Econ, M App Fin, JD, CPA, is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Southbank and a Past Assistant Governor of Rotary International District 9800. He has over 17 years’ experience in Rotary and has held various positions at club and district level. He is currently a member of the Rotary e-Club of Melbourne. Gabe is an accountant and a lawyer and has worked in professional firms and corporates both in Australia and overseas. He also volunteered in various legal clinics providing free legal services to senior citizens and homeless persons for a number of years.



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Club celebrations:
Partner Birthdays: Lorel Webb 14th October
Induction Anniversaries: Annette Pepper 16th October 2017

I hope you all had a wonderful week. It has been a very cold and wet week and I am still wearing my winter clothes. Melbourne certainly has four seasons in a week. An enjoyable evening last Monday night’s meeting with our fellow Rotarian Maria Makris. Her “Behind the Badge” gave us an insight about her family history, Greek Culture, childhood, family, teaching career and Rotary. We were all in awe of Maria’s life and cultural experience and we can see why she brings in a breadth and depth of experience to Richmond Rotary Club. Thank you, Maria, for your presentation I was so relieved you didn’t ask us to say too many words in Greek, the pronunciation is challenging. I would like to see many Richmond Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to attend this Monday night’s Zoom meeting. Dr Kitty O’Connor will be our Guest Speaker to talk about “Polio Day ” and how polio is almost eradicated. Please remember World Polio Day is on Saturday October 24th also, Gabe Hau our District Representative for 9800 will be talking about “Peace Building.” Graeme Hope our Assistant District Governor (Heritage Cluster) will be visiting us on Zoom as well. I am looking forward to meeting Graeme on the night. Please remember on Monday October 19th Richmond Rotary Meeting will be a Social Night theme “Hat and Face Mask Night”. The purpose is Lift the Lid on Mental Illness. We are hoping to raise money for this worthy cause. Please register online to secretary@rotaryrichmond.org.au donation to ARH $10.00 Have a safe week and hope to see you all on Zoom this Monday evening at 7pm. Anna Walpole

Quote of the Week Fellowship is wonderful; it illuminates life’s pathway, spreads good cheer, and is worth a high price

Paul Harris Founder of Rotary International

Last week’s meeting was such fun. Maria invites us to her house via Zoom and requested that we follow Greek tradition by partaking of chocolates and liqueurs.
I thought it would be fun to let you know what members came up with to honour Maria’s request. The following are the responses I received:
President Anna - I ate a Darrell Lea Chocolate-Raspberry & Liquorice and my Liqueur was Frangelico.
Barry and Sue Roberts -I was drinking a dinner aperitif, Domecq La Ina Very Dry Fino Sherry . Sue was on mineral water, her usual on AF Monday’s. We enjoyed some Haigs chocolate straws.
Mark Miller - Chocolate: Sylvia's home-made rocky road. Everyone who tries it says it's the best rocky road they have ever had. I agree.
Liqueur: I don't drink alcohol at all. Probably my favourite drink, which I have only occasionally, is sour cherry juice -- the kind they make in central Europe.
Mark Dwyer - Mine was Bailey’s and an Easter Egg.
Ben Hosking - I had a small glass of cinzano and a Kit Kat bar
Jenny List - My choice was a liqueur called Amaretto di Saronno from Italy, and the chocolates were Darrell Lea Dark Chocolate Ginger. The liqueur is almond flavoured and used to be a favourite – not that I drink them anymore. I used some Tia Maria in some chocbit cookies recently when the recipe called for Bailey’s Irish Cream. Mine was thrown out ages ago, as the creamy liqueurs don’t keep long.
Judy Nettleton - I cheated and had red wine in a liquor glass. I was going to have Baileys but could not bring myself to have it. My chocolate was chopped up Cherry Ripe - my favourite
Trevor Pang - CHOCOLATE: Scalia Matcha White Chocolate Strawberries (Organic)
LIQUEUR: Galway Pipe Grand Tawny
Annette Pepper - Limoncello and Lindt dark chocolate. Not the perfect pairing, but never mind!
Sue Bolton – Mozart’s Chocolate Lacquer and dark chocolate covered raspberries
I noticed that Secretary Jo had a bottle of Frangelico in her zoom

Congratulations to President Anna. She has undertaken the role of President in exceedingly difficult circumstances. The Zoom meetings have kept members engaged and keep them zooming every Monday. Social meetings have ben full of fun, and guest speakers have been first class. Members really look forward to the weekly catch up. Well done President Anna.



Message from Joan Kennedy. Thanks for the email Jo, I am well and hope Rotarian are well I often think of them it would be nice to see each other soon . I am working and going home and nothing changes like a lot of people I am fed up soon it must end and get back to normal life Give my regards to the members Take care Joan



Chris, Mel and Mila celebrate Mila’s first birthday


UNEXPECTED BENEFITS

The original aim of Bright Future Community Centre was to help educate the local poor children, but there have been unexpected benefits extending way beyond the local community. Rita Shah lives next door to Bright Future Community Centre and by default, she was the custodian of the key. Her daughter, Mahalaxmi, was one of our early students, who later took on the responsibility of running the homework sessions. Mina Bayalkoti appeared later. Her two daughters attended BFCC and did well at school with support from one of our sponsors. Mina and Rita both continued their education while working and raising children. Mina has passed Year 12 Education Course and Rita has studied at Year 10 level. The Village Development Committee is required by government regulation to have a low caste woman in their group and they chose Mina. It was a great honour. Rita volunteers with the local child vaccination program. She spent two years in Dubai to raise money to cover a debt, so Rita is also an enterprising woman.



In 2012 we established a small sewing school with the aim to give women another employment opportunity other than the back-breaking labour on the building sites. Rita and Mina were two of the early students who became friends and went on to set up their own small sewing business. When Celeste Mergens, the founder of Days for Girls, came to Nepal in 2015, we paid for Mina to attend the DFG workshop and other classes. Both women eventually qualified as ambassadors for women’s health and learnt how to make the DFGs’ kits. Suddenly their small sewing business was very busy making kits and both women were teaching classes. Mina flew with us to Kangel – her first flight and her first time out of Kathmandu! She ran the DFGs’ classes at the school and returned home with renewed confidence. Through their sewing school and teaching about DFGs these two women have extended the influence of Bright Future Community Centre to the countryside and helped thousands of girls.

Mahalaxmi is now married and living in Australia. Husband, Arun and her parents outside her home in 2019. Her education and work in BFCC helped her settle into her life in Australia



The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors




2020 - 2021 Reflection


“We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."


Future Events

October – Community/Vocational
5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
12th Monday
18th Monday Social Night
26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector
November Foundation
2nd Monday No meeting, Cup Eve
9th Monday Alistair Davison – Remembrance Day
16th Monday Social Night
18th Wednesday Board meeting
23rd Monday Mark Dwyer – Foundation
27th Friday Club visit – Castlemaine
28th Saturday Castlemaine
29th Sunday Castlemaine
30th Monday No meeting in lieu
December -Disease Prevention and Treatment
5th Saturday Richmond Market (TBC)
7th Monday Christmas Party
14th Monday No meeting
21st Monday No meeting
28th Monday No meeting

The Networker, edition 10 2020-2021 is now avasilable.

Meeting Information


Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

Zoom for October



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Bulletin October 5th 2020

This week’ meeting: Maria Makris, the Rotarian Behind the Badge, your preparation for my talk on Monday Evening.



IIn my culture, to welcome someone into one’s home, it is an honour. It is especially important to follow the tradition even when it is a virtual welcome of you into my home, where I will be meeting you with ‘the charisma’ a treat. Could you please do this honour for me by coming ready for my presentation with a choice of liqueur to drink and your favourite chocolates to eat? I have my treat ready which is a cherry liqueur and an assortment of Lindt chocolates. When you arrive at my home, I will welcome you by saying: Kalos Erthate, meaning ‘welcome’. You will reply by saying: Kalos sas Vrikame! Meaning ‘it is good to meet you’!

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Club celebrations:
Wedding Anniversaries: Beryl and Warren Golding 5th October 1957


Did you remember to change your clocks?



Hello Everyone, I was so delighted to see the local playground being finally used by young children after so many weeks. So often I had gone past it and it was not used during my one hour daily walk. Great news to hear Victorian Primary School Students will return to school face to face on October 12th I shouted out with glee when I heard the news. Fingers crossed our Premier Dan Andrews may further ease our restrictions and may the Roadmap be different very soon. Jodie Rowlands Director IT L’Oreal provided an engaging presentation about the company and how the staff had to adapt to COVID. Interesting to hear how Jodie had discussed the importance of staff Wellbeing to ensure they were well looked after during the pandemic. I have organised two guest speakers for Monday October 12th: I am looking forward to having Dr Kitty O’Connor speak to us about “Polio Day” and how polio is almost eradicated. Also, Gabe Hau our District Representative for 9800 will be talking about “Peace Building.” I hope to see many members attend the Zoom meeting that night and to hear these speakers. They were very engaging at the 9800 District Governor’s Breakfast few weeks ago. Also our Assistant District Governor (Heritage Cluster) Graeme Hope will be joining us on our Zoom meeting on October 12th. I am looking forward to meeting Graeme on Zoom that evening too. Enjoy your week, the weather is getting a lot warmer which is putting a big smile on our faces. Take care. Anna Walpole President

Quote for the Week Hard choices, easy life, Easy choices, hard life. Jerzy Gregory

Hi Sue
My nephew Chris Pang is still going to the office for L'Oreal! (In Hollywood)
Best regards
Trevor.



NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2020 Overcoming challenges in a difficult time I have been chatting with Netra about the difficulties faced by our families in Nepal. Sometimes you have to be grateful for the small steps forward. We are lucky here in Australia, because the government is doing something to help us, although many think more could be done. Suroj is an inspiration to everyone. This year Suroj has started his own business, raising goats on his parent’s farm. It is a small enterprise but an amazing achievement
In 2015 during the time of the major earthquakes in Nepal, Netra sent me some photos of Suroj lying in a bed in a public hospital. I took one look and prayed for a miracle. We raised money and helped pay for some expenses and Suroj returned to the village wearing a urine bag. He struggled to complete Year 9, in a year interrupted by medical visits and illness. Suroj was part of the Chris Howell project and used the money from the chickens and his goat to cover his medical expenses. He returned to school, repeated Year 9 and in 2020 he completed Year 12. Now he has started his own small goat farm. I am wondering if we could help him set up a small, commercial venture.
In 2015 during the time of the major earthquakes in Nepal, Netra sent me some photos of Suroj lying in a bed in a public hospital. I took one look and prayed for a miracle. We raised money and helped pay for some expenses and Suroj returned to the village wearing a urine bag. He struggled to complete Year 9, in a year interrupted by medical visits and illness. Suroj was part of the Chris Howell project and used the money from the chickens and his goat to cover his medical expenses. He returned to school, repeated Year 9 and in 2020 he completed Year 12. Now he has started his own small goat farm. I am wondering if we could help him set up a small, commercial venture. The Rotary Club of Yarra Bend and various private donors helped fund the building of a toilet block in Kangel. We were horrified to discover on a later visit that the building was filthy and not being used. Since then it has been repaired and Netra informed me the Village Development Committee has organized to set up a group consisting of the Headmaster, a teacher and a student, in each of the schools to ensure the cleanliness of the toilets is maintained. This is a real step forward. Many projects start off full of hope, but after a few years they have fallen into ruin because the local people do not have the ability or desire to maintain the project. The VDC has shown an interest in our other projects and I am hoping they will establish some sort of management committee. (Isabel Armer)

Somaliland: How a lack of aid helped establish a fragile peace

By Phillip Adams on Late Night Live Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991, but there has never been any international recognition of the region as a nation state. In the decade that followed Somaliland managed to negotiate peace among the clans while neighbouring Somalia descended into violence and chaos. Sarah Phillips argues that the lack of aid and international intervention meant that Somaliland was given a rare opportunity to work out their own way to a fragile but enduring peace.

Young girls wrapped in the Somaliland flag celebrating the anniversary of their selfdeclared independence
MUSTAFA SAEED/AFP via Getty Images
(Annette Pepper)




World Polio Day October 24th

The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors



2020 - 2021 Reflection


“We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."

Future Events

October – Community/Vocational
5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
12th Monday
18th Monday Social Night
26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector
November Foundation
2nd Monday No meeting, Cup Eve
9th Monday Alistair Davison – Remembrance Day
16th Monday Social Night
18th Wednesday Board meeting
23rd Monday Mark Dwyer – Foundation
27th Friday Club visit – Castlemaine
28th Saturday Castlemaine
29th Sunday Castlemaine
30th Monday No meeting in lieu
December -Disease Prevention and Treatment
5th Saturday Richmond Market (TBC)
7th Monday Christmas Party
14th Monday No meeting
21st Monday No meeting
28th Monday No meeting

The Networker, edition 10 2020-2021 is now avasilable.

Meeting Information


Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

Zoom for September



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Bulletin September 21st 2020

This week’ meeting: Social Night Shae your thoughts on your latest novel, film, TV show, podcast or hobby.

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Club celebrations:
Partner Birthdays: Kevin Bolton 27th September

President Anna reports….
Richmond Rotary Club celebrated its Meeting No 2500 what an achievement. A special thank you to Ben Hosking for his presentation sharing his journey and reflection of Richmond Rotary Club over the years. Ben has kindly included his written speech in this week’s Bulletin. Our guest speaker Colleen Peterson gave an inspirational talk about urban development and how COVID has impacted their workplace. School Holidays have commenced and there will be a lot of children enjoying some free time and not doing any Home Learning. Monday night is a
Social Night
please share, your latest novel, film, TV show, podcast recommendation or hobby that evening.
Enjoy your week.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Good friends are like stars, you don’t always see them but you know they are always there.

By Christy Evans

Meeting 2500 -attendees via Zoom (Zoom photos from Jo Cowling)

Somebody got lucky!!! I thought cats had 9 lives!
Hello fellow board members,
Apologies i was absent for the meeting this evening, at the time Chloe, one of our dogs was running a mile after being hit by two different cars! After much help from neighbours almost 2 hours later and causing much traffic chaos we managed to bring her home. Thankfully she was given the all clear from the vet.
Here she is snoozing away after a good dose of valium and panadol... please excuse the lack of doona cover we haven't made the bed yet, just relieved she is ok! Hope the meeting went well, I look forward to catching up with you all on Monday.
Cheers,
James




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On-Line Rotary Zone Conference. Sat 19th and Sun 20 Sept 11.30 – 1PM

Over 900 participants joined in the Zoom Conference and from around the world as well as our Australia, NZ and Pacific Island Zone. There is little doubt on-line content will be part of our future. RI President Knaack opened the Conference from Germany. His message was Corona has accelerated the changes Rotary need to make but they were growing in necessity before the virus. He raised the issue of clubs based around end user needs and not around the existing club structure so there could even be wider based clubs targeted at specific issues e.g. ecological issues.



Ian Risley spoke on Foundation and how many universities in the USA have huge endowment funds and maybe we consider Foundation as the “charity of choice” for Rotarians.

Stuart Heale from NZ also noted the need for change and outlined some innovative thoughts. Like people join Rotary, and not a club, and can participate in various ways e.g. if enjoying meetings then attend them or maybe just be an on-line member. He emphasised the need to decrease the bureaucracy at all levels.

NZ then featured with video presentations of some of the major NZ Rotary projects. We then had a presentation on Rotaract followed by Sarah Brown from the NT who were, pre the virus, to host the physical conference. There are still things to learn in presenting, e.g. too many “talking heads and old men” presenting, but an exciting first in what will no doubt become a Rotary standard. Tomorrow, Sunday, sees our first female RI President addressing us plus speakers on Foundation, polio and Australian projects.
Thanks to John Benger



Rotary Zone 8 Virtual Conference 2020

Today I attended the first Rotary Zone 8 Conference from my home in Doncaster East and what a opportunity it was! This conference was well attended by over 1000 plus Rotarians from Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Islands.
It was the first time that it was held as a virtual conference for over two days, yesterday and today. I attended the conference today Sunday the 20th of September. I felt very inspired and was very touched to meet our first female Rotary International President for 2022-23. Her talk focused on building a Modern Rotary by doing things differently. Her message was that “for us to live in a society we want, we have to help build it” and so she led the discussions and presentations that followed by helping us to understand that we are members of a large organisation and we have been afforded a privilege to transform society through our service.
Maria Makris, Youth Services Director




World Polio Day October 24th


Hello Sue,
This may be interesting for the Bulletin.
Cheers
Barry (Roberts)
Subject: FW: COVID
VID - 19
From John's Hopkins Hospital - great explanation! August 4, 2020 This seems like a very good piece of info well worth a read This virus is not a living organism. It is a protein molecule (RNA or DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular (eyes), nasal (nose) or buccal mucosa (mouth), changes their genetic code (mutates) and converts into aggressor and multiplier cells. * Since the virus is not a living organism, but is a protein molecule, it cannot be killed. It has to decay on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies. * The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat and that is the reason why soap or detergent is the best weapon.
The foam CUTS THE FAT (that is why you have to scrub for 20 seconds or more, to create lots of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down. * HEAT melts fat; this is why it is necessary to use water above 77 degrees for hand washing, laundry and cleaning surfaces. In addition, hot water makes more foam, making it more effective. * Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ALL FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus. * Any solution with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the inside. * Oxygenated water increases the effectiveness of soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein. However, because you have to use it in its pure form, it can damage your skin.
* NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC WILL WORK because the virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
* The virus molecules remain very stable at colder temperatures, including air conditioning in houses and cars. They also need moisture and darkness to stay stable. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade the virus faster.
* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain the virus breaks down the protein. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
*NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is only 40% alcohol, and you need a minimum of 65%.
* LISTERINE is 65% alcohol.
* The more confined the space, the higher the concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
* You have to wash your hands before and after touching any commonly used surfaces such as : mucosa (mouth area) , food, locks, knobs, switches, remotes, cell phones, watches, computers, desks etc. and don’t forget when you use the bathroom.
* You have to MOISTURIZE YOUR HANDS due to frequent washing. Dry hands have cracks and the molecules can hide in the micro cracks The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there. PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS (AND ENEMIES !)
Fr. (Dr.) Mervyn Carapiet

The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors



2020 - 2021 Reflection


“We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."

Future Events

September – Education and Literacy
7th Monday Maria Makris – Grandson’s journey to school and eduction
14th Monday Colleen Petersen – Urban Development
21st Monday Social night
28th Monday Jade Rowlands - Director IT L’Oreal
October – Community/Vocational
5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
12th Monday
18th Monday Social Night
26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector
November Foundation
2nd Monday No meeting, Cup Eve
9th Monday Alistair Davison – Remembrance Day
16th Monday Social Night
18th Wednesday Board meeting
23rd Monday Mark Dwyer – Foundation
27th Friday Club visit – Castlemaine
28th Saturday Castlemaine
29th Sunday Castlemaine
30th Monday No meeting in lieu
December -Disease Prevention and Treatment
5th Saturday Richmond Market (TBC)
7th Monday Christmas Party
14th Monday No meeting
21st Monday No meeting
28th Monday No meeting

The Networker, edition 10 2020-2021 is now avasilable.
Something else to ponder during lockdown.. Why do peanuts float in ordinary coca cola and sink in a diet coca cola? Go ahead and try it.
I used to eat a lot of natural foods, until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
Can you cry under water?
How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
Why do you have to "put your two cents in"... but it’s only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny/cent going?
Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?
What disease did cured ham actually have?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we decided that it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up about every two hours? If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV?
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground? Why do doctors leave the room while you change?
They're going to see you naked anyway. Why is “bra" singular and "panties" plural?
Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?
If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
Why did you just try singing the two songs above?
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
HOW DID THE MAN WHO MADE THE FIRST CLOCK KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS?
Thanks to Ben Hosking

Meeting Information


Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

Zoom for September



Contact Us

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Bulletin September 14th 2020

Colleen Petersen – Urban Development

Colleen is one of Victoria’s leading town planning experts, recognised for her leadership in promoting a more liveable future. With more than 25 years’ experience in all facets of planning, Colleen is well versed in issues of population growth, the pressures associated with increasing residential densities, commercial and industrial land use planning, and social and economic impact analysis. Colleen is sought after for her opinions and ideas on social justice, planning and its role in delivering better outcomes, the impact of planning decisions on the built form as well as the equitable access to housing for all.

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Congratulations Tim

Do you remember when John Wrigley was District Governor 205-2006and held the District Conference in Geelong? The theme of the conference was ”Embrace the Rhythm of Life” and we were introduced to outstanding young man worth suburb and powerful voice.

His name was Tim McCallum a former Belmont High student who had gained a place at WAPA - the Western Australian Performing Arts Academy. Three days before the course started Tim out surfing was dumped breaking his neck. He was left paralysed from the chest down with only partial use of his arms. It seemed there was no realistic prospect of him ever being able to sing again. But Derek Bond, a lecturer from the Academy visited Tim in hospital every second day and encouraged him to continue music studies and to try to use his voice again. "Anyone who sings knows the support you have to get from the diaphragm and if you haven't got all those muscles working there for you then you have to work in another way," says Bond. At first it was a struggle, but gradually and remarkably the power in Tim McCallum's voice returned.
Tim stunned us with his voice and we have keenly watched his progress ever since. This included a nation stopping performance on The Voice on Channel 9 in 2015, where he performed Nessun Dorma watched enthusiastically by his assistance dog Roxy.
Tim has been touring much of Australia performing and speaking about his incredible journey, the barriers and challenges he has had to face and overcome to now be one of Australia’s most sought-after entertainers. Recently Tim has appeared at the Sydney Opera House, Crown Palladium, The Queensland’s Children’s Telethon, and at the Nation’s Capital, Parliament House, for esteemed events and functions. But more importantly, these have been opportunities for Tim to represent the disability community and showcase the talents of those who strive through adversity. His advocacy work is his equal passion to performing, and it’s his attitude to spread a positive message about disability that have recently earned the following honours and performances at National Ambassador of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, National Disability Awards Guest Artist and International Day for People With A Disability Ambassador. Tim has truly become the voice of Australian’s living with a disability and his music touches the souls of all those he performs to.

Tim McCallum received Youth Category Shine On Award Trophy in 2000 and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Tim now a resident of Queensland will sing the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final national anthem at the Gabba on October 24th

PS Tim got a mention on the Coodabeen Champions yesterday. One of the champions, Ian Cover was a great MC at Murray Verso’s conference in Hobart 2014-2015.

Club celebrations:
Induction Anniversaries: Anna Walpole 11th September 2017

President Anna reports
Hello everyone,
Another week has gone by and it is wonderful to see the early morning sun at 6:30 am. To be woken by the birds tweeting early in the morning and the weather getting a lot warmer. The days are getting longer and daylight saving will soon begin. I cannot wait to have the extra daylight in the evening.

I was in awe with Trevor Pang’s presentation “Behind the Badge” last Monday Rotary meeting. Trevor talked about his family history in China, his childhood memories growing up in St Kilda, his Education, Career, his lovely wife Maureen, his three children, grandchildren, and his life achievement’s as a Richmond Rotarian. Trevor is such an incredible and humble person who has an effervescent personality and he is a true passionate Rotarian. Trevor has been a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition on a number occasions for his contribution to Rotary. Also I will be announcing Monday night’s Meeting Number 2500 for Richmond Rotary Club. Ben Hosking will provide a short presentation on this special celebration. Have a good week everyone.


Quote for the week
“The Two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
Leo Tolstoy



Hi Sue
Perhaps for the Bulletin?
Last Friday, son-in-law Tony Boynes brought Ely 2.9 kg into the world in an emergency delivery in a SUV at the ECU driveway at Shepparton Hospital. At 37 weeks both mother & Eli are doing well.
Welcome Eli!
Regards
Trevor.

Ben Hosking




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    District 9800 Rotary Leadership Institute

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a grassroots education and learning development program conducted in many Rotary Districts around the world. Although RLI is not an officially endorsed Rotary International program, it continues to gain support and provide a valuable experience that helps Rotarians understand the wider world of Rotary.

In District 9800, RLI is a District Managed Program that provides participants with a high quality experience, that engages and involves them in the education and learning process.

RLI t will enlighten and help you understand how the world of Rotary works, and equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to take on future responsibilities within Rotary. It is a great learning experience!
There is a changed format this year and is now online via Zoom. The Rotary Leadership Institute is a program aimed at all Rotarians both experienced and new and will provide them with a wealth of information. The inaugural online Institute is as follows:

  • Part 1 and 2 on Sunday 20 September at 11am to 12:30 pm
  • Part 3 on Sunday 27 September at 11am to 12:30pm
  • Part 4 on Sunday 4 October at 11am to 12pm

There will be a limit of 25 people with a ‘first in best dressed’ registration procedure. It is planned to run further sessions later on in the year. To register for this Institute please email me ( Jane.Pennington@bigpond.com) the name, email address and postal address of the participant or have them contact me direct with these details.
Additionally, Julie is offering to run New Member Seminars via zoom which take approximately an hour. These are run on an ‘as needs’ basis so please contact Julie (Julie.Mason@education.vic.gov.au ) if you would like her to run a Seminar for members of your Club.

News from JMB
hi Sue, Kevin,
so nice to read your friendly @mail!

i am in france:
after my french covid19 lockdown mid march to mid may, I could come back down under on 22 June… then quarantine at marriott CBD till 7 July, freedom on the 8, then VIC lockdown on 9! When curfew and firmer lockdown rules were decided mid July, I thought that no-lockdown summer in italy was may be better then lockdown winter at carlton?
I had then to apply to border police to get permit to leave australia: got it within 2 weeks then left melbourne to milan via qatar on august 8. I enjoyed then 2 weeks near adriatic sea with peggy, federico and italian friends.
beaches (senigalia 30km south of rimini) were well organised against covid19: access with mask, long resting seats and umbrellas at proper distances, etc. Last week of august we went to visit my 2 boys in loire valley with peggy (not federico due to athletic training resuming prior to september championships (pole vault!).
Last week I went to my hometown Le Creusot, as home maintenance major works are to begin this coming monday (anyway I would have left melbourne for that, but I got italian vacations as a bonus!) works by trades would continue through october, DIY JMB works would proceed along… I currently plan to come back down under, covid19 permit, 1st fortnight of december. yes i am enjoying the TV broadcast of tour! looking at it while designing my DIY JMB works! I enjoy meeting with brother, cousins, of course… …although I am aiming to not dine too much in order to lose 6Kg due to covid19 diet!!! sorry to not have connected on RCR zoom, not convenient timing. as per your advise, look afer yourselves and each other, stay covid19 exempt and use this time to rest and address any remaining health issue! rotarian cheers
j eanmarc berthier












83! Happy Birthday Edna.






Ben’s been a bit naughty this week



The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors



2020 - 2021 Reflection


“We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."

Future Events

September – Education and Literacy
7th Monday Maria Makris – Grandson’s journey to school and eduction
14th Monday Colleen Petersen – Urban Development
21st Monday Social night
28th Monday Jade Rowlands - Director IT L’Oreal
October – Community/Vocational
5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
12th Monday
18th Monday Social Night
26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector
November Foundation
2nd Monday No meeting, Cup Eve
9th Monday Alistair Davison – Remembrance Day
16th Monday Social Night
18th Wednesday Board meeting
23rd Monday Mark Dwyer – Foundation
27th Friday Club visit – Castlemaine
28th Saturday Castlemaine
29th Sunday Castlemaine
30th Monday No meeting in lieu
December -Disease Prevention and Treatment
5th Saturday Richmond Market (TBC)
7th Monday Christmas Party
14th Monday No meeting
21st Monday No meeting
28th Monday No meeting


The Networker, edition 11 2020-2021 is now available

Join us for World Polio Day 2020 -- Visit Endpolio.org

24 October is World Polio Day!





World Polio Day is a time for Rotarians and Rotaractors across the globe to raise awareness about our work to eradicate polio for good. If we stay committed to making progress, polio will be the second human disease ever to be eradicated.
In our fight to end polio, we’ve used our collective strength to defeat this devastating disease in almost every part of the world. This year, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus – showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances. Wild poliovirus still paralyzes children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and as long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.
Let’s Take Action
A polio-free world is possible, but we can achieve it only by taking action together. With the challenges to vaccination programs posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more crucial that Rotary continues to build awareness and raise funds for polio eradication.
Join the effort to vaccinate children and end polio by organizing a World Polio Day event for your community. In 2019, Rotary members held more than 5,900 events in 136 countries. This year, online events and activities will allow us to expand our reach even more and inspire others to join us. Not sure how to take action for World Polio Day? From virtual event ideas to social media posts and photos, the World Polio Day Toolkit can help you start planning and promoting your activities now.

Download the World Polio Day Toolkit

Meeting Information


Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

Zoom for September



Contact Us

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rotarychurch.com.au
yarralibraries.vic.gov.au

Bulletin September 7th 2020

This week’s speaker: Trevor Pang- The Rotarian Behind the Badge

Nia Holdenson invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom September 7th 6.30 for 7.00pm
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President Anna says
Hello everyone, Spring has arrived!
Hopefully we will hear some good news from our Premier Daniel Andrews, and that the Government restrictions may ease so that we are not in isolation for much longer. We have had an extraordinary year and I am sure you must all be looking forward to the New Year already, I know I am. Some good news is that Phillip Archer has announced Graeme Hope as our new Assistant Governor of the Heritage Cluster. Graeme is a member of the Camberwell Rotary Club. We all look forward to meeting Graeme very soon. Kirsty Sheppard gave an informative talk about FareShare at last Monday night’s Rotary meeting. Kirsty talked about the organisation how it provides nutritious meals for those people who are doing it tough and how COVID has impacted on their service. I recorded some notes that may interest members who were not able to attend the Zoom meeting:

  • 70% of meals go to Foodbank Victoria and distributed to hundreds of agencies.
  • Agencies include soup vans, crisis centres, woman’s refuges, food banks and school meal programs.
  • FareShare delivers to Father Bob Maguire Foundation, Salvation Army, RSLs, Sacred Heart Mission, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and some smaller agencies.
Did you know…?
  • 1 tonne of food is thrown out every minute
  • An average household throws out 20% of food purchased
  • Approximately 40% of all food grown in Australia is wasted
  • Food waste that ends up in landfill and generates methane gas FareShare has certainly made a difference in peoples lives and to support those in need, a great organisation.






We now look forward to our fellow Richmond Rotarian, Trevor Pang, who will give his talk “Behind the Badge” on Monday evening. Also our thoughts and prayers go out to our fellow Rotarian Maria Makris and family as her mother sadly passed away. Thank you, Maria, for organising the Zoom Funeral service too.
Best Wishes,
Anna Walpole
Quote for the week:

“We humans are magnificent beyond our understanding. It is our birthright, our gift and our responsibility to grow and blossom into ever fuller expression of our magnificence, intuition loves to help us along the way.”
Maura McCarley Torkildson

Graeme Hope AG Heritage Cluster
Rotary Club of Camberwell since December 2003 (16 years)

  • Served on most Club committees
  • Chair of Camberwell Art Show - 4 Years
  • Established / Chair Hawthorn Makers Market Committee – 6 years
  • Camberwell Rotary manages the Hawthorn Makers Market on behalf of the City of Boroondara. Location is the heritage Hawthorn Arts Centre.
  • Chair- Rotary Foundation
  • Club President 2013/14
  • Visited Vietnam / Club support Children in Kon Tum Province
  • PHF, Paul Harris Society Member Profession
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Senior Adviser- Private Wealth Management Family
  • Married to Sue, three adult children , six wonderful grandchildren Interests -outside Family, Career and Rotary – Golf, Tennis, Football, beach and travelling


Club celebrations:
No celebrations this week, but I must apologise to Maureen and Trevor as I missed their wedding anniversary on the 3rd September and called Mark and Kirsty’s 6 months ahead.


News from Past Pres Chris Kemp; PHF I spoke with Chris Kemp this week and it was so lovely to hear from him. Chris and Mel are living on the Barwon Coast and enjoying their 11month old daughter Milla and all that she brings to their lives. Chris is working at Little Creatures Brewery in Geelong and Mel has just returned to work as the Kindergarten Coordinator for the Barwon Region with the Dept of Education. Chris mentioned that past RCR member Goldit is now working for Serco and the Dept of Health in their call centre and is currently in an acting Team Leader role. Goldit is very busy in this role and is looking to continue his education. Chris's parents are living at Port Arlington and really enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle and of course their gorgeous granddaughter Chris enjoys hearing about the Club through the weekly Bulletin, thank you Sue.(Jo Cowling)

Rotary of the Future?


3000 participated in a Rotary Zoom meeting and all saw Rotary very professionally presented. Following the meeting all attendees received an email promotion, and request for support, for one of the RC Melbourne Centenary Projects presented at the meeting. The RC Melbourne attracted Prof Brett Sutton as their guest speaker. Prof Sutton is the Chief Medical Officer for Victoria. He spoke on the Corona 19 virus and answered question. But the interesting aspect was the meeting. RCM advertised the meeting. They have similar speakers scheduled. The meeting was formally opened and then a short video on the international work of Rotary. A toast to Rotary and Australia then a lead in few minutes on using breathing to get through tough times. Prof. Sutton then spoke. Followed by a very professional short video on one of RC Melbourne projects Give Every Child a Future related to the aim of 100,000 vaccines against killer diseases in our region. It was an excellent mix of Rotary promotion based around a significant keynote speaker. 3000 parts pants. Marion Macleod. President RC Melbourne came over as a very vibrant and enthusiastic Rotarian. (John Benger)



NEWS FROM NEPAL

I have been chatting with Netra during the week. There are some cases of covid19 in the vicinity of his home, but no one we know has been affected. Netra is still monitoring the situation with our families and providing help with food parcels. This help has been extended to one old woman who is living alone and survives by cleaning the local cowshed. We gave her a small bag of rice. The woman who used to clean Netra’s house for a small wage was another recipient of a food package. She is a single mother with two small children. Several other families have been helped.



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These are lovely slippers for young children and they can be tied on for a firm fit. The sole on the small sizes means they do not slip. The special knit on the larger ones reduces slip on timber floors. Sales of goods for the knitters have been very poor this year, because without the market stall on freezing Sunday mornings, few people are buying our knits.
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The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors



2020 - 2021 Reflection


“We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."

Future Events

September – Education and Literacy
7th Monday Maria Makris – Grandson’s journey to school and eduction
14th Monday Colleen Petersen – Urban Development
21st Monday Social night
28th Monday Jade Rowlands - Director IT L’Oreal
October – Community/Vocational
5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
12th Monday
18th Monday Social Night
26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector
November Foundation
2nd Monday No meeting, Cup Eve
9th Monday Alistair Davison – Remembrance Day
16th Monday Social Night
18th Wednesday Board meeting
23rd Monday Mark Dwyer – Foundation
27th Friday Club visit – Castlemaine
28th Saturday Castlemaine
29th Sunday Castlemaine
30th Monday No meeting in lieu
December -Disease Prevention and Treatment
5th Saturday Richmond Market (TBC)
7th Monday Christmas Party
14th Monday No meeting
21st Monday No meeting
28th Monday No meeting

The Networker, edition 10 2020-2021 is now avasilable. Did you see the great article about our friends at the RC of Rochester.? Edition 9 highlighted our cluster comapnion Colingwood.
The latest “Rotary Downunder”fetured a wonderful tribute to Sie Clme Renouf. Past5 RI World President whoi gifted to Rotary and the World the Rnd Polio campaign.




A Glimpse Into Tomorrow's World



(Ben Hosking)

Meeting Information


Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

Zoom for September



Contact Us

Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au
rotarychurch.com.au
yarralibraries.vic.gov.au

Bulletin August 31st 2020

This week’s speaker: Kirsty Shepherd - Fareshare and impact of Covid

Nia Holdenson invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting August 21st 6.30 for 7.00pm
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Meeting ID: 822 5052 7722
Passcode: 065465








The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority. After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio. Not detecting any wild poliovirus in Africa is in stark contrast to the situation in 1996, when 75,000 children there were paralyzed by the disease. That year, at a meeting of the Organization of African Unity in Cameroon, African heads of state committed to eradicating the disease from the continent. To bolster the effort, also in 1996, Rotary, its GPEI partners, and South African President Nelson Mandela launched the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign. Using soccer matches and celebrity endorsements, the campaign raised awareness of polio and helped more than 30 African countries to hold their first National Immunization Days. Mandela’s call to action helped mobilize leaders across the continent to increase their efforts to reach every child with polio vaccine. Since 1996, countless Rotary members from across Africa and around the world have raised funds, immunized children, and promoted vaccinations, enabling the GPEI to respond to and stop polio outbreaks. More than 9 billion doses of oral polio vaccine have been provided throughout the region, preventing an estimated 1.8 million cases of paralysis. Each year, about 2 million volunteers help vaccinate 220 million children against polio multiple times in the African region. Rotary members have contributed nearly $890 million toward polio eradication efforts in the African region. The funds have allowed Rotary to issue PolioPlus grants to fund polio surveillance, transportation, awareness campaigns, and National Immunization Days.

Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus committee, noted Rotarians’ tremendous contributions to polio eradication efforts in Africa: “From raising funds and immunizing children, to providing ‘polio plusses,’ such as soap and health kits, Rotary members have shown resilience and steadfast dedication to our top priority of ending polio.” Rotary members have helped build extensive polio infrastructure that has been used to respond to COVID-19 and, in 2014, the Ebola crisis, as well as to protect communities from yellow fever and bird flu.

Challenges still ahead

The GPEI’s challenge now is to eradicate wild poliovirus in the two countries where the disease has never been stopped: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Additionally, routine immunization in Africa must also be strengthened to keep the wild poliovirus from returning and to protect children against circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, which is rare but continues to infect people in parts of the African region. To eradicate polio, multiple high-quality immunization campaigns must continue to be given priority. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s necessary to keep children vaccinated against polio while also protecting health workers from COVID-19 and making sure they don’t contribute to its transmission. Global health officials and experts say that sustained fundraising and advocacy are still crucial, not only to protect gains in Africa, but to reach the ultimate goal of a world without polio. Rotary members still have a critical role to play in keeping the African region free of wild poliovirus and eliminating the virus in the two countries where polio remains endemic.
A s RI President Knaack said, “This is a big step in our journey to a polio-free world, but the fight is not over yet. We still need the support of our Rotary members, donors, and heroic effort of health care workers to finish the job.”

You may like to distribute below link to members and note the credit for initiating this campaign has been given to Rotary. The campaign was initially the Rotary's Polio Plus project and then became the GPEP Global Polio Eradication Program) involving the WHO, Gates Foundation and many countries. Plus the continuing involvement and financially support from Rotary. The contribution of Rotary has been in excess of $1.5billion and more than that as the Rotary network is used in the distribution and administering on the vaccine. To bring this into perspective polio crippled around 50% of the number that have died in the current pandemic but that was every year. Regards John (Benger) Africa declared free of wild polio in 'momentous milestone' https://www.sbs.com.au/news/africa-declared-free-of-wild-polio-in-mome



Club celebrations:
Partner Birthdays: Maureen Pang 1st September, Kirsty Shepherd 6th September
Anniversaries: Mark Dwyer and Kirsty 6th September 1991
Induction Anniversaries: Aivars Lode 1st September 1984, Tim Baker 1st September 1992



The club send s condolences to Maria Makris on the death of her much-loved mother. We also extend our sympathy to Chris and their family and hope our thoughts help them through this difficult tome

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The club also sends condolences to Linda Brown AP at Melbourne Girls’ College on the death of her husband.



Vale Kieran Moore

It is with great sadness that the Club learnt of the death of former member Kieran Moore. Kieran was a member of the club for more than 25years. He was inducted on1st April 1981 and resigned due to ill health on30th June 2010. Kieran’s dad, Norman, was also a member at Richmond and was DG 1983-1983 and held the D9800 conference in Albury.
During his time at Richmond, Kieran served on a number of committees. These included Program, Fundraising and Fellowship, and Bulletin. He served on several occasions as very droll Sergeant at Arms. Kieran is best remembered for the countless hours he devoted to auditing the club’s books in time for the AGM Kieran was awarded a PHF in2004-2005. Kieran is survived by his wife Brenda, and we send our deepest sympathy to her.
Kieran is also survived by his mother Mora. She is 97 and living in Kew Gardens Aged Care. In an email from Kieran last year he mentioned that his mother’s health had improved there and that she would outlive him. Kieran told me on several occasions that on his visits to his mum they would read the Bulletin together. Deepest sympathy to Mora from us all.
Rest in Peace Kieran



How did you go in the storm?

We lost power at 5.45 pm and did not get it back until 9.00am next day. This made or a very interesting evening. No power, no heating, can’t visit anyone and not able to leave the house after 8.00pm because of the curfew, Sill modern technology is available. We listened to the mighty bombers on Kev’s phone, we listened to podcasts on his tablet and I read my kindle -new that you can read in the dark. Early to bed at 10.00. Sally O’Sullivan has been boiling her water! Who’d ever would have thought.



President Anna says….
Spring is almost here and I am sure you must be all counting down for when the Government restrictions ease. I know I am.

What a lovely celebration we all had at last Monday night’s meeting. Richmond Rotary Club was chartered on August 24th 1964 and so we go to celebrate its 56 years. Congratulations to my fellow Richmond Rotarians and Friends of Richmond Rotary, you have all contributed your service to the club over the years and are all valued members – thank you. Our District Governor Phillip Archer was meant to attend our meeting to celebrate our Club’s Birthday but unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute. Hopefully Phillip will attend to one of our Zoom meetings soon. Our Richmond Rotarian Mark Millar was our “Behind the Badge” speaker for the evening. Mark gave us insight about his childhood, family, career, personal interests and Rotary experience. Thank you Mark, we certainly enjoyed your presentation. This coming Monday we welcome Kirsty Sheppard to give a talk about “FARESHARE” and how COVID has impacted on their service. Finally, I highly recommend the masks that Richmond Rotary Club are currently selling. I can reassure you that the masks are comfortable and well made. Also Trevor Pang will give his “Behind the Badge” talk on Monday September 7th. Have a wonderful week and my quote this week is…

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
by Napoleon Hill



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Mum and Me, by Maria Makris

To my wonderful Rotary Club of Richmond and friends, thank you for the beautiful flower arrangement sent to my home, the card, and the many messages of condolences. As a wise Rotarian wrote in his message to me that together with sorrow, we should find solace in celebrating a life long lived. Here is the story of my mum and me. My mother Pashalia or Lina for short, gave birth to me when she was 25 years old in the City of Thessaloniki in Greece. The photo here is of the two us visiting the Maternal Child Centre in 1958 in Thessaloniki. Mum found her calling to be a wonderful mum to me and to my two siblings, also to be an amazing grandmother to her seven grandchildren and a proud great grandmother to her three great grandchildren. She was a giving lady and enjoyed showering everyone with beautiful and meaningful gifts. Some of her gifts was her time, her cooking and love she gave to all of us. She lived through the war as an orphan and taught herself to be a good housewife and she created a family home that was always full of people, food, wine, music, laughter, and celebrations. She had the biggest heart and shared the little means that she had with everyone in need. She always enquired about everyone’s health and activities and blessed them. She was a deeply religious woman and took comfort that her life was a blessing and enjoyed going on outings with her special friend Marika after she become widowed 35 years ago. My father died of bowel cancer and left her with three children to wed and as we were adults, we were able to give her comfort that we can make our family plans with little worries to her.
She lived a long life with many challenges, being orphaned, war, poverty, illiteracy, a house maid, migration, factory worker, a young widow and enduring her chronic illnesses. She endured with grace all that she was challenged with, but she did not want to go before she was ready. Pashalia’s life journey was also exciting from the moment she met her beloved husband my dad Vasilios, who dotted on her all but a short lived lifetime. She was loved by her family, friends, relatives and all my school friends loved to spend time at my home because my mother always welcomed them with such love and made sure they were fed well while we studied together throughout the day. She made friends very easily and was invited to join many events with their families. It is so sad to farewell my mum, but I take comfort that her infectious smile and her joy of giving has shaped me into the person that I am today. She was so proud of me and told everyone that her daughter was a teacher. May she Rest in Peace.
My mother Pashalia Mitzias was born on the 13th of March 1933 in a rural village of Skra, Greece. She died peacefully on the 25th of August at her nursing Brimlea Aged Care, Murrumbeena, Melbourne. As the lockdown restrictions only allow for ten mourners, her funeral service is at St Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church at Malvern East, on Tuesday 1st of September at 10.00am and her burial is at 11.30am at Cheltenham Memorial Park. I have arranged a live streaming of both services, here is the link - https://vimeo.com/event/254533
Mum and I, looking at photos and reminiscing, was taken on New Year’s Day, this year.



From Ben Hosking
Hi Jo
I have been doing weekly online exercise classes with The Physio Co . I have found them to be excellent to get my body moving without being too taxing . They run for 30 minutes through Zoom and Kathy Soo a physiotherapist is an excellent instructor . I have been involved with The Physio Co as a consultant /advisor for many years . Tristan White the CEO and Founder has spoken at the RC of Richmond on several occasions The Physio Co are currently offering a free trial class . It could be of interest to our senior members – over 55 . It is also open to wives , partners and friends . See the details below with a video from Kathy .
https://www.thephysioco.com.au/free-trial-online-exercise-class-for-seniors/ And the link to sign up for our paid exercise classes: https://www.thephysioco.com.au/online-exercise-classes
If you get stuck or have any questions whatsoever, please call me on 0402 574 792.


Jessica Donsen - Creator of Energy & Inspiration





The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


2020 - 2021 Reflection


“We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."

Future Events

September – Education and Literacy
7th Monday Maria Makris – Grandson’s journey to school and eduction
14th Monday Colleen Petersen – Urban Development
21st Monday Social night
28th Monday Jade Rowlands - Director IT L’Oreal
October – Community/Vocational
5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
12th Monday
18th Monday Social Night
26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector
November Foundation
2nd Monday No meeting, Cup Eve
9th Monday Alistair Davison – Remembrance Day
16th Monday Social Night
18th Wednesday Board meeting
23rd Monday Mark Dwyer – Foundation
27th Friday Club visit – Castlemaine
28th Saturday Castlemaine
29th Sunday Castlemaine
30th Monday No meeting in lieu
December -Disease Prevention and Treatment
5th Saturday Richmond Market (TBC)
7th Monday Christmas Party
14th Monday No meeting
21st Monday No meeting
28th Monday No meeting

The Networker, edition 5 2020-2021 is now avasilable


Meeting Information


Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

Zoom for August



Contact Us

Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au
rotarychurch.com.au
yarralibraries.vic.gov.au

Bulletin August 24th 2020

This week’s speaker: Mark Miller, the Rotarian Behind the Badge


Nia Holdenson invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Rotary Club Richmond Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82250527722?pwd=aS9xUEtWT01URWszN3pxa3FDeEp0QT09
Meeting ID: 822 5052 7722
Passcode: 065465

Club celebrations:

Rotary Club of Richmond, chartered August 24th, 1964

Birthdays: Mark Miller 27th August



President Anna says...
Dear Richmond Rotarians and Friends of Rotary I hope you are all well and I am sure you are like me cannot wait once social restrictions are over and enjoy the freedom of shopping, long walks and socialising with family and friends. Spring is nearly here so that should put a smile on our faces. Last Monday night was a social meeting night and I would like to thank those members and Rotary Club of Melbourne Park guest Lucian Green who attended and shared their favourite wine or beer and cheese pairing. It was a relaxed social evening and I’m sure it was enjoyed by all. This Monday night Rotary meeting our very own Richmond Rotarian Mark Millar will give his talk “Behind the Badge” which we are looking forward to his presentation so please members come and join us on Zoom. Lastly, our Assistant Governor Vijay Susarla has resigned due to health reasons. We will wait from our District Governor Phillip Archer to announce our new Assistant Governor for our Heritage Cluster very soon. Richmond Rotary Club would like to thank Vijay for his contribution and wish him all the very best for the future.
Enjoy your week.
Anna Walpole

Quote of the Week. "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." -Virginia Woolf




Holger Knaack
RI President, 2020-21

Greetings, fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors!
I am so honored to serve as your president this year. We have important work ahead of us at Rotary, and we are going to have a lot of fun as we do it. Last year, we launched our five-year Action Plan to build a stronger future for Rotary. We are working to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The last several months have shown that we — as Rotarians and Rotaractors — can realize these goals as we forge a new path for the future. Without question, COVID-19 has posed new and previously unimaginable challenges for Rotary. But within every challenge is perhaps an even greater opportunity. And while I could not have known what lay ahead when I selected my theme for the year, Rotary Opens Opportunities has even greater relevance as we begin our new Rotary year. I am incredibly inspired by how our members have adapted and responded to COVID-19. This global pandemic has made it difficult for many of our clubs to operate as usual, but we persevered, and over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed connecting with my fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors in a new way: by visiting hundreds of clubs from my home. It’s been fun to attend so many meetings virtually. If you haven’t already, I encourage your club to try an online meeting or add an online component, like hosting a guest speaker from a Rotary or Rotaract club located in a different part of the world. As we build a stronger future for our organization, it’s good that we are reaching out to new people and introducing them to Rotary. It’s important that our clubs reflect the communities we serve. More diverse voices in our clubs and in our leadership will help Rotary stay in touch with a changing world.
So let’s find every opportunity to show we value each and every member. Let’s seize this moment to build on what we’ve learned, to embrace our new reality, to welcome new faces, and to find additional ways to shine. This is how we will have a continuing impact on the world. And if you need assistance along the way, Rotary offers many resources that can help you reach your goals. Rotary means different things in different parts of the world, but we are all united by our core values and by The Four-Way Test. Rotary may change, but our values remain constant.
I look forward to hearing about how you’re finding new opportunities to engage and make an impact in your club and community. Rotary Opens Opportunities, both for the people we serve and for ourselves.



Rotary Foundation (Part 5).

The RCR has always considered an annual contribution to the Foundation as key part of our operation. Thus, in addition to our local projects, we are contributing to the global role of Rotary. In addition, the club have a number of members of The Paul Harris Society involving a commitment of $US1000 PA donation to the Foundation. RCR have also been successful in obtaining grants from the Foundation to support projects. Some are: -

  • $US30,000 was obtained to completely rewire the electrical system in a clinic in Timor Leste. Pre this the effectiveness of the clinic was severely compromised by total, or partial, electrical failures on a daily basis (see note below).
  • A recent grant to support the sending of a container to Somaliland via DIK.
  • A further project in Timor Leste was the development of a children’s story book to aid reading development.
  • In the past we received a grant to support the purchase of a tractor that doubled the rice production is a Bangladesh village.
There are many others and maybe it is a future role of anyone interested in history to do write ups on the major projects undertaken by RCR. Such projects include our current Foundation Chair, Mark Dwyer, and a team going to a remote island in the Solomon’s and building a laboratory and housing for nurses involved in Malaria treatment and research. Note. The Foundation has introduced requirements that any project must prove its viability and sustainability. A classic example of the need for this is in the TL electrical project. We were asked to fund a generator to overcome the electrical outage issues. This was a joint project with Beaumaris RC and an engineer in their club did not like the sound of the data being supplied so flew there, at his own cost, to check it out. Very fortunate as it turned out the supply of electricity was fine and it was the internal wiring that was faulting. When the wiring was replaced the problems disappeared. As stated before, The Foundation is one of the major philanthropic organisations in the world and make sure you Zoom in to hear Mark talk about Foundation scheduled for 23 November. (John Benger)

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Chaughada Education and Training Project, Nepal

Dear Ben,
We recently received the RAWCS Report for the Chaughada Education and Training Project, Nepal, which was reviewed by the RCR Board last night. We have not heard from you for some time and the Board has requested that I make contact with you for an update on the current status of this Project. The Board on receipt of your report will be able to review this and approve the project moving forward, which will be dependant on the decision of the Board at its next meeting to be held on 16 September 2020. Our International Chair for 2020-21 is Rotarian Isabel Armer who is also involved in a RCR Project in Nepal - Bright Futures. I hope you are well and that the project is able to function during these very difficult Covid times, I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards Jo Cowling,



Hi Jo
Good to hear from you and hope all is well in these challenging times. Yes it has been a while...I assumed that all meetings/dinners were cancelled due to restrictions over the past months...otherwise would have loved to come along to give an update. The project is doing well..we upgraded some classrooms earlier in the year. All schools are currently closed due to the pandemic and have been so for the past 4 or so months. We have therefore been giving students in the village worksheets to do from home...as students don’t have access to internet or laptops.... so remote learning as we know it here is not possible. We are hoping that schools will resume in September...in early August the government allowed schools to start enrolments and take admissions with hope that schools would resume late August. However there has been a spike in corona cases in the past few weeks so this has been pushed back. The closure of the school has given us the opportunity to attend to school repairs..maintenance and extensive planting of fruit crops and plants to improve the school grounds. This has been undertaken by some of the teachers and the older students. We were also able to do a social distanced graduation for our grade sixers. Fortunately there are no reported corona cases in the immediate area surrounding our school. I am in contact with staff and teachers nearly on a daily basis. Last November we had a group of year 12 students who opted to give schoolies a miss and preferred to head over to Nepal and volunteer at the school for a week. The students had just completed their exams ...they attended Glenaeon Rudolph Steiner School in Sydney. It was an amazing week culminating with a street concert in the village attended by parents and villagers. The week was such a success that Glenaeon has slotted it in as a yearly trip for their year 12 graduates. Unfortunately it will not proceed this year... hope to be back on track next year.
Yes I have met Isabel and aware of her project....great to see that she has joined Richmond once Yarra Bend folded. Please keep me informed as to when you are able to restart meetings as would love to join you.
Cheers
Ben


Can you remember?

Can you remember when you last: -
  • Used an ATM.
  • Touched someone other than family, e.g. shook hands or a hug.
  • Filled the car with petrol.
  • Drove any distance.
  • Had so much to do and did not have the time to do it all.
  • Had a meal or coffee other than at home.
  • It seems it was like” the good old days”.








    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors

    2020 - 2021 Reflection


    “We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."

    Future Events

    August - Membership & Club Development
    3rd Monday Amora - Andrew Cochrane
    10th Monday Clare Walpole – Fonterra HQ’s Richmond
    17th Monday Social night
    24th Monday Mark Miller -The Rotarian Behind the Badge
    31st Monday Amora Social Night
    September – Education and Literacy
    7th Monday Maria Makris – Grandson’s journey to school and eduction
    14th Monday Colleen Petersen – Urban Development
    21st Monday Social night
    28th Monday Jade Rowlands - Director IT L’Oreal
    October – Community/Vocational
    5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
    12th Monday
    18th Monday Social Night
    26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector
    November Foundation
    2nd Monday No meeting, Cup Eve
    9th Monday Alistair Davison – Remembrance Day
    16th Monday Social Night
    18th Wednesday Board meeting
    23rd Monday Mark Dwyer – Foundation
    27th Friday Club visit – Castlemaine
    28th Saturday Castlemaine
    29th Sunday Castlemaine
    30th Monday No meeting in lieu
    December -Disease Prevention and Treatment
    5th Saturday Richmond Market (TBC)
    7th Monday Christmas Party
    14th Monday No meeting
    21st Monday No meeting
    28th Monday No meeting

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    Meeting Information


    Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

    Zoom for July



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    rotarychurch.com.au
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Bulletin August 17th 2020

Nia Holdenson invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Rotary Club Richmond Meeting

Time: August 17th , 2020 -06:30 -7.00pm
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Club celebrations:
Rotary Club of Richmond 1964
Birthdays: Judy Nettleton 23rd August
Induction Anniversaries: Warren Golding 20th August 1999, Jenny List 22nd August 2011, Dwan Giltinan August 22nd, 2014
Wedding Anniversaries: Aivars And Nellya Lode 20th August 1960

President Anna says... Thank you for the positive feedback I received having Claire Walpole as our Guest Speaker last Monday evening. It was an interesting and informative talk that she gave to explain her role as Food Technologist and exactly what entails. On Monday at our next Rotary Meeting will be a Social Night. Everyone can talk about their favourite wine and cheese pairings. I am looking forward to hearing some funny stories, we certainly need a good laugh and this will be a worthwhile “Wellbeing” event for us all.


My Quote for the week was “Stay Safe, exercise and eat well”.


Take care
Anna Walpole

Lunch is not currently an option, so a Zoom catch up keeps everyone connected Current and past Rotarians

The new normal…! Last Friday I had a zoom catch-up with friends of 40 years at 11.15. Kevin attended a virtual funeral at 2.00


Rotary Foundation Donation Recognition (Part 3).

After the $US 9000 PHF level (or a three-ruby level) the recognition is a diamond badge.
One diamond $US 10K to $US25K.
Two diamonds $US 25K to $50K
Three $US 50K to $US100K
Four $US100K to $US 250K.

The next level is the Arch Klump Society (AKS). Arch Klump was the founder of the Foundation and after $US250K you become a member of the Arch Klump Society. This again has levels with six levels ranging for $US250.000 to $US 10 million. The main countries with AKS members are USA 509. Taiwan 111. India 106. Korea 95. Australia has 20 members. Most RI Board Members are members of the AKS. Many ASK members also have their partner as an AKS member.

Bequest Society. Recognition also exists for bequest above $US10,000.

Specific Donations. here are provisions to nominate specific areas for major donations.

An attraction of the Foundation is not just the work they do but it is the accountability and stewardship of the money. This is very attractive to all and especially wealthy people with philanthropic objectives.

Like other NFP’s Rotary has developed the recognition plan covered in the last few editions of the bulletin.
Next week more on the Foundation.

NEWS FROM NEPAL

Covid 19 is causing an added layer of hardship in a country which is struggling to recover from the earthquake damage and recent floods and landslides. There is an additional impact of loss of income from tourism and exports of clothing. Many families also depend on money from family members working overseas and in most cases this has ceased. In Nepal by Aug 14 there were 24,957 active cases, 16,837 recoveries and 95 deaths. The latest daily totals on Aug 13 were 525 new cases and 4 new deaths.

Despite all this extra hardship people are finding ways to survive. One of our families has set up a stall selling vegetables from the steps outside the hotel in Kopan.

Mina and Rita continue to teach sewing. Netra has arranged his house so they enter via the back gate and the family uses the main gate. A man, who has links to Classrooms in the Clouds, the project run by a British charity, is learning to sew Days for Girls’ kits. According to Rita he is very keen to learn.

Two girls from the countryside near Kangel are also learning, and Laxmi Lama from BFCC is the fourth student.

Not everyone is in a position to find work. Netra has been asked by a family faced with an awful dilemma. Their father, whose kidneys have failed, is on dialysis and knows he will die, but his family has to pay around $350 a month because they want him to live. I have said I will try and raise some money, but it is outside the boundaries of our project. There is a happy note for the end of the Newsletter. It is Netra’s daughter’s third birthday today. She is a very happy young lady

Isabel Armer

Bright Future Projects

Hawthorn FC select a design by Worawa Graduate.

For the indiginious recognition round the Hawthorn FC have selected a design by Justine Ronberg for their jumper. For a previous season the umpires had a Worawa designed outfit.


Justine was one of the guests at Janice Peeler’s when the Principal asked if Janice would host a formal dinner as part of the Pathway to Womanhood program. An event that the girls had not experienced.

Janice doing some repairs in the kitchen and note the two formally dressed waiters (Dawn Giltinan and John Benger).







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The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors

2020 - 2021 Reflection


“We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."

Future Events

August - Membership & Club Development
3rd Monday Amora - Andrew Cochrane
10th Monday Clare Walpole – Fonterra HQ’s Richmond
17th Monday Social night
24th Monday Mark Miller -The Rotarian Behind the Badge
31st Monday Amora Social Night
September – Education and Literacy
7th Monday Maria Makris – Grandson’s journey to school and eduction
14th Monday Colleen Petersen – Urban Development
21st Monday Social night
28th Monday Jade Rowlands - Director IT L’Oreal
October – Community/Vocational
5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
12th Monday
18th Monday Social Night
26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector
November Foundation
2nd Monday No meeting, Cup Eve
9th Monday Alistair Davison – Remembrance Day
16th Monday Social Night
18th Wednesday Board meeting
23rd Monday Mark Dwyer – Foundation
27th Friday Club visit – Castlemaine
28th Saturday Castlemaine
29th Sunday Castlemaine
30th Monday No meeting in lieu
December -Disease Prevention and Treatment
5th Saturday Richmond Market (TBC)
7th Monday Christmas Party
14th Monday No meeting
21st Monday No meeting
28th Monday No meeting

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Meeting Information


Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

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rotarychurch.com.au
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Bulletin August 10th 2020

This week: Clare Walpole – Fonterra Headquarters, Richmond Australia is the source of Fonterra's largest milk pool outside of New Zealand and home to some of the country's favourite dairy brands. These include Western Star, Perfect Italiano, Bega, Mainland and Australian Dairies.

Nia Holdenson invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Rotary Club Richmond Meeting
Time: August 10th, 2020 -06:30 -7.00pm
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STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS

Women in Rotary.

In recent editions we pointed out how around 2022 would be the first time a female would have the general prerequisites of being elected as Rotary International President. It has just been announced that Jennifer Jones has been nominated to be the RIP in 2022-2023. Formal ratification will be 1st October. Jennifer is a Canadian Rotarian. Jones is President of a major media company plus has many civic roles and awards. Board of Governors of Uni. of Windsor. YMCA roles and Peace Prize Awardee. Queen’s Jubilee Recipient. She has a Doctorate of Laws. Jones has a distinguished history in Rotary being a VP, Director, Co-Chair of End polio as well as being both her and her husband being members of the Arch Klump Society, Paul Harris Society and the Bequest Society. A major milestone in the 115-year history of Rotary. Jones has outlined how she would like to make inclusiveness of all as one of her goals.
Thanks John Benger



President’s Report Our Richmond Rotarian Dr Andrew Cochrane made his appearance on our rotary meeting last Monday on Zoom. Thank you, Andrew, for attending and providing us an informative talk about Mulak Timor Leste project. Claire Walpole will be our guest speaker this coming Monday 10th August. Claire is currently a Cheese, Spreads and Milk Beverage Technologist at Fonterra Australia based in Richmond. She has spent the last six years working in the food and dairy industry within Australia at companies including Nestle and Peters Ice Cream. She will be sharing her experiences with New Product Development including cheese to ice cream. A Social night on Monday 17th August. It will be a Wine and Cheese night. Everyone can talk about their favourite wine and cheese. This will be a night to chat and tell funny jokes or stories we certainly all need a laugh.

Quote of the Week:

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
By Eleanor Roosevelt

Australian Rotary Health Research.

Last week we said how two sponsored researchers had received their doctorates. This is an updated photo of Dr Stephen Ngo who did manage to get in a formal graduation prior to the close down”.


Youth Exchange

Constanze with fellow exchange students Alisha, Maelle, Maeva and Constanze. The girls are staying with Constanze and her family whilst visiting Vienna. Constanze sends her best wishes as we go into Stage 4.


Hi Sue,
Here is a letter from Netra It is a universal statement and well written and obviously could be applied to any poor country. Isabel

Empower Children for a Brighter Future

When you sponsor a poor child, you do not help a needy child – you empower a child who has been robbed of rights and opportunities so many of us take for granted. Child sponsorship charities such as that of BFCC are grateful souls who truly rely on your contributions. Through your contributions you have the ability to create engaged, self-reliant, world conscious citizens of the future. Sponsor a poor child so that together we can save vulnerable children who are conflict victims. Sponsor a child in need by giving as little or as much as you possibly can. Sponsor a child and you will receive up-to-date status on the progress you are helping us make. These are children who are poor, abandoned, or conflict victims. Due to the severe poverty experienced by families in Nepal, children are unable to afford access to basic or higher education. Particularly, girls are at a greater disadvantage due gender discrimination, which is still a great challenge in Nepal. You can help create equality for children of Nepal. You have the opportunity to make a difference today. When you sponsor a child in Nepal you are giving to those most urgently in need. These include poor children, conflict victim children, and disadvantaged community children from poverty stricken areas of Nepal. You give hope when you sponsor children in Nepal for it provides them with education – the key to their thriving.

What will the sponsors Received

Communicating with your sponsored child keeps you up-to-date with their progress and that of their whole community. We facilitate communication between you and your sponsored child in the best possible way we can. In order to be efficient and manage the communication between sponsors and children effectively, we have Two Intake periods before starting a sponsorship- April Intake and October Intake . As we are a non-donor funded organization, we have limited staff for our projects. We strive to do our best within our limitations. You may send your sponsorship donation any time of the year. Full sponsors will receive:

  • A photo of their sponsored child.
  • An electronic copy of their sponsored child’s progress report twice a year.
  • Electronic copies of any letters, cards and other correspondence from their sponsored child, should they wish to receive this.
  • BFCC’s Annual Report and Newsletter.

Cost Yearly

Full education sponsorship costs $50 AUD to $150 per year for government school $250 to $500 private school includes admission fees; examination fees; monthly tuition fees, $ 50 two sets of uniform (shirt, pant, sweater, tie, belt, shoes, bag etc)$ 100 stationery and books, You can also choose to donate any amount for our child sponsorship scheme.

BFCC regularly:
  • Visit the sponsored children, their school and their parents to monitor the child’s progress;
  • Collect school reports to provide to the sponsor;
  • Collect letters, cards and other correspondence from the child to provide to the sponsor should they wish to receive this;
  • Conduct community awareness activities to help parents create a congenial study environment at home;
  • Support Children’s Clubs to help children explore and expand their creative talents.

Sponsor option

  • BFCC oversees the full education sponsorship just for all per year of many of the most disadvantaged / destitute children, abandoned, conflict victims, and the children from the extremely poor backgrounds or lower castes.
  • Children most in need of sponsorship are identified in conjunction with Head Teachers; Village councils local government) / Ward Chairpersons and a Community representatives / stakeholders. Sponsors can either allow BFCC to select a child most urgently in need of sponsorship or choose a child to sponsor from one of the following groups most in need of sponsorship – Orphanage Children, Conflict Victim Children and Disadvantaged Community Children from Very Poor Backgrounds including countryside and rural part of Kathmandu. BFCC currently works with two place in Kathmandu In solukhumbu helping provide destitute children with the care and devotion they need. BFCC wants to ensure that all children attend school, and are able to receive a full education, despite their extremely disadvantaged circumstances.
  • Disadvantaged Children from Very Poor Backgrounds Due to grinding poverty, many families from very poor communities or lower castes simply cannot afford to send their children to school. Girls in particular in Nepal are often deprived of a full education due to gender discrimination.

Why sponsor a child in Nepal

Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with an estimated 30% of Nepalis living below the poverty line – some 82% of people live on less than US$2 per day. Sadly this means that many children miss out on receiving a full education, and remain stuck in the cycle of poverty, with little or no opportunities for career development. Sponsorship through BFCC provides children with the invaluable opportunity to enter or remain in education, and realize their full potential. We have sponsored 80 children education already and over 20 children waiting to be sponsored on our database. We only choose children to be sponsored if they are poor, abandoned, conflict victim, girl. So sponsor a child now and help us create an educated Nepal and lead for prosperous Nepal from skilled Nepali.



Hi Sue,
Here is an example of how difficult it can be for Netra because he is so close to the people in Kopan and Kangel. He is seen as the man with the money and the ability to help in all sorts of situations, so he is often placed under pressure, which he passes on to me.
Namaste Isabel Yesterday I visited one men from Kangel. His both kidneys are not working. Twice a week he has to Dialysis. Still costs for poor people. Per week his cost is Aud. $70 so monthly cost $350. His brother look after him. His Name is Ramkumar Basnet. According to village person he was very helpful person. Thank you. Other are well. I am going to morning walk now. Thank you.
Your Netra

The Cowlings have a visitor - Smoozie is their son Charlie's one eyed cat who is holidaying with them during Covid lockdown!,

2020 - 2021 Reflection


“We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."



The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors







Future Events

August - Membership & Club Development
3rd Monday Amora - Andrew Cochrane
10th Monday Clare Walpole – Fonterra HQ’s Richmond
17th Monday Social night
24th Monday Mark Miller -The Rotarian Behind the Badge
31st Monday Amora Social Night
September – Education and Literacy
7th Monday Maria Makris – Grandson’s journey to school and eduction
14th Monday Colleen Petersen – Urban Development
21st Monday Social night
28th Monday Jade Rowlands - Director IT L’Oreal
October – Community/Vocational
5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
12th Monday
18th Monday Social Night
26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector
November Foundation
2nd Monday No meeting, Cup Eve
9th Monday Alistair Davison – Remembrance Day
16th Monday Social Night
18th Wednesday Board meeting
23rd Monday Mark Dwyer – Foundation
27th Friday Club visit – Castlemaine
28th Saturday Castlemaine
29th Sunday Castlemaine
30th Monday No meeting in lieu
December -Disease Prevention and Treatment
5th Saturday Richmond Market (TBC)
7th Monday Christmas Party
14th Monday No meeting
21st Monday No meeting
28th Monday No meeting

The Networker, edition 5 2020-2021 is now avasilable

Meeting Information


Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

Zoom for July



Contact Us

Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au
rotarychurch.com.au
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Bulletin August 03rd 2020

This week: Rotarian Andrew Cochrane AM

Andrew, a Richmond Rotarian. is an experienced cardiothoracic surgeon who has worked in Melbourne, Brisbane and the UK. He worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 13 years where he met with John Benger, Janice Peeler. Dawn Giltinan and Janice Kesterson through their work with ROMAC. He has worked at Monash Medical Centre and at Epworth HealthCare for over 10 years. Andrew has had extensive involvement with overseas charitable surgical teams in the Pacific and in East Timor and has received the Order of Australia (AM) for that work. His work at Maluk has proved Richmond with an important international project

Nia Holdenson invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Rotary Club Richmond Meeting
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2020 - 2021 Reflection


“We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."

Club Celebrations:
Birthdays: Adan Sherwell 9th August
Anniversaries: Helen & Neale Jackson 1st August, 1969, Jo & Micjael Cowling 5th August 1978

Get well greetings to Judy Nettleton who is home after another bout in hospital. We ae all thinking of you Judy and send our best wishes.



Australian Rotary Health Research.





RCR has funded two scholars and in 2020 both recipients have received their doctorates. The scholarships are for up to 3.5 years and for up to $130.000 each. Funding is 1/3 by ARH, 1/3 by the university and 1/3 by a Rotary Club. This involved an incredible $75.000 committed by RCR. In addition to club funds they were generously supported by John and Faye Brown of Motto, our club member Dr Dawn Giltinan and a PP of RCR, Rob Mactier. Rob donated funds plus ran an annual Pearl Day Lunch in memory of his late wife who died of cancer. Dr Michelle Benstead research was into the effectiveness of an early intervention program with children identified as having potential emotional and depressive disorders. The study involved a wide range of screening of children and families including markers such as cortisol, hormone and DHEA levels. Michelle is now lecturing and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and is involved in several research projects. Dr Stephen Ngo undertook research into Acute Myeloid Leukemia and specifically into the area of recurrence related to AML. He is currently a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Australian Centre for Blood Decease and continuing on from his PhD research where he is identifying novel causes of disease relapse in AML. His initial plans were to take up a Post-Doctoral position in the UK but these have been delayed due to the travel restrictions, however he hopes to be able to take up an appointment over there early next year. Graduation. Sadly, neither Michelle nor Stephen had the bells and whistles graduation ceremony, but they are proud recipients of their doctorates. Thank you. Both Michelle and Stephen pass on their appreciation and thanks to ARH and especially to RCR who made their studies possible.



President’s Report

Unfortunately it is getting more and more likely that we will be continuing our Richmond Rotary meetings via Zoom for a while longer. Social restrictions have been challenging and wearing a Face Mask is a new way of life for all of us to now get used to. Our thoughts this week are very much with those working on the front line, especially our Health Care professionals, as they deal with this pandemic. Life is certainly different and won’t be the same for a long time. It was lovely to have Brooke O’Callaghan, former Richmond Rotarian and now Friends of Rotary, as our Guest Speaker last week giving us an insight how Melbourne Girls College have adjusted to Remote Learning. This Monday, we have Andrew Cochrane presenting his talk on Timor- Leste, I am very much looking forward to his presentation. Claire Walpole will be our guest speaker next week (Monday 10th August). Claire is currently a Cheese, Spreads and Milk Beverage Technologist at Fonterra Australia based in Richmond. She has spent the last six years working in the food and dairy industry within Australia at companies including Nestle and Peters Ice Cream. She will be sharing her experiences with New Product Development including cheese to ice cream. Lovely to hear Judy Nettleton is home from hospital and doing well. We all look forward to seeing Judy back to our Rotary meetings on Zoom soon. Please take care and enjoy your week. Remember to smile at someone even though they cannot see you behind your mask.
Anna Walpole

This was written the night before masks became compulsory.


We ‘re strangers to each other’s places, Now we’ll miss each other’s faces, Tomorrow we’ll be forced to ask Just who lies behind the mask? Is it Jack or is it Jill? Maybe Chris; perhaps it’s Lil. People will be hard to place When all you see is half a face. Kevin Bolton (Ed. Sorry I forgot to include this last week)



If you – or someone you know – are passionate are enthusiastic about leading community philanthropy, the Foundation seeks applications from skilled people with strong local networks and enthusiasm for good governance.
Director role
The Foundation has a vacancy at our upcoming October Annual General Meeting, and the Board has identified the need for a member with grant making and philanthropic sector experience. Board members are asked to contribute around ten hours per month to their role and act in an honorary capacity. More detail is found in the documents below:

  • Director Position Description
  • Word version of the pro-forma skills and attributes attachment
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Last meeting: Brook O’Callaghan spoke of the impact of COBID 19 on teaching and learning at Melbourne Girls’ College. This government school has 155 staff, 1400 students including 520 VCE students and 67 international students. MGC’s first response to COVID was to cancel Parent/Teacher interviews , all camps, excursions and assemblies and introduced 1.5 metre physical distancing between staff. With the introduction of on-lone learning for all students, staff were on as steep learning tech curve. Protocols had to be met, classes had to be provided for all students and their well being taken into consideration. Three core themes emerged: anxiety, precarity and gratitude. Brooke’s talk provided much food for thought and certainly outlined the difficulties that both staff and students feel at this stressful time. Once again we loved being joined by Janice Peeler’s cat.

Melbourne listeners are deeply saddened by the passing of, Ralph Knight who has been contributing to 3CR both on air and off for decades. While he started our lending his considerable technical expertise, constructing transmitters and studio building, he became involved presenting on a number of programs including Swing ‘n’ Sway and his own long-running program, Steam Radio.

How does your week fly?
Now that we are in the second lockdown and form tonight a state of emergency it has been the radio that has made the weeks fly past. We mostly listen to Radio Melbourne and Classic, 3CR, Inner Northern FFM and many programmes from BBC 3and 4. Saturday, I start the week with the Goodabeen Champions 10-12. This is followed by 3CR Swing and Sway 2-3, Steam Radio 3-4 and Jazz on a Saturday4-5.30 Monday a Zoom Rotary meeting. Tuesday Jazz on Inner North 1-3, Thursday That’s Jazz 11 -1.00. By the time one fits in the Bulletin, exercise and shopping we are back to Saturday. Listening to the radio means that you can do chores at the same time. Therefor I mention Ralph Knight’s passing from Steam Radio and Swing and Sway as his death makes a big hole in my week’s listening.

If you're a senior, you will love this hilarious Pandemic poem from New Zealand.

“I'm normally a social girl I love to meet my mates But lately with the virus here We can't go out the gates. You see, we are the 'oldies' now We need to stay inside If they haven't seen us for a while They'll think we've upped and died. They'll never know the things we did Before we got this old There wasn't any Facebook So not everything was told. We may seem sweet old ladies Who would never be uncouth But we grew up in the 60s - If you only knew the truth! There was sex and drugs and rock 'n roll The pill and miniskirts We smoked, we drank, we partied And were quite outrageous flirts. Then we settled down, got married And turned into someone's mum, Somebody's wife, then nana, Who on earth did we become? We didn't mind the change of pace Because our lives were full But to bury us before we're dead Is like a red rag to a bull! So here you find me stuck inside For 4 weeks, maybe more I finally found myself again Then I had to close the door! It didnt really bother me I'd while away the hour I'd bake for all the family But I've got no bloody flour! Now Netflix is just wonderful I like a gutsy thriller I'm swooning over Idris Or some random sexy killer. At least I've got a stash of booze For when I'm being idle There's wine and whiskey, even gin If I'm feeling suicidal! So let's all drink to lockdown To recovery and health And hope this bloody virus Doesn't decimate our wealth. We'll all get through the crisis And be back to join our mates Just hoping I'm not far too wide To fit through the flaming gates!” Author - Jan Beaumont, Auckland NZ

https://www.facebook.com/janbeamont/

From Jennie Purdie Smith now living in Adelaide




The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors




Future Events

August - Membership & Club Development
3rd Monday Amora - Andrew Cochrane
10th Monday Clare Walpole – Fonterra HQ’s Richmond
17th Monday Social night
24th Monday Mark Miller -The Rotarian Behind the Badge
31st Monday Amora Social Night
September – Education and Literacy
7th Monday Maria Makris – Grandson’s journey to school and eduction
14th Monday Colleen Petersen – Urban Development
21st Monday Social night
28th Monday Jade Rowlands - Director IT L’Oreal
October – Community/Vocational
5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
12th Monday
18th Monday Social Night
26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector
November Foundation
2nd Monday No meeting, Cup Eve
9th Monday Alistair Davison – Remembrance Day
16th Monday Social Night
18th Wednesday Board meeting
23rd Monday Mark Dwyer – Foundation
27th Friday Club visit – Castlemaine
28th Saturday Castlemaine
29th Sunday Castlemaine
30th Monday No meeting in lieu
December -Disease Prevention and Treatment
5th Saturday Richmond Market (TBC)
7th Monday Christmas Party
14th Monday No meeting
21st Monday No meeting
28th Monday No meeting

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Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

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Bulletin July 27th 2020

This week: Brooke O’Callaghan - Impact on students and staff at Melbourne Girls College

Nia Holdenson invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Rotary Club Richmond Meeting
Time: Jul 20, 2020 06:30 -7.00pm
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2020 - 2021 Reflection


“We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."


From President Anna
Hello Everyone,
We had a Rotary social night last Monday evening going back in time and reminiscing our Nursery Rhymes, Fairy-tale stories and some of the famous Children’s movies from when we were once young children. Our Rotary Zoom meetings will be continuing for a while until the social restrictions ease. We will have to wait for instructions from the Victorian Government and unfortunately, we cannot predict when we may be able to come together in person. Tonight’s guest speaker will be (FoRR) Brooke O’Callaghan. We are looking forward to her presentation on how Secondary Teachers and Students are dealing with COVID, and how it is impacting on the student’s learning. This will certainly be an interesting evening that I am personally looking forward too.

Take care and see you all on Zoom.



Get well greetings to Assistant District Governor Vijay Susalla. We wish him a speedy recovery form his illness and hope to see him back son.is Whilst Vjay is on sick leave Kate Strain from the Rotary Club of Brighton North will look after his cluster. Kate is a Past President and former Assistant Governor. She has served on the boards of Violence Free families, Foot y Nuts (support for indigenous children in remote areas) and Women In Rotary

News from Worawa

Unfortunately, due to the latest restrictions all students have returned to their home communities. The challenges are great due to lack of services and internet on many remote communities The College was able to provide laptops to a number of students and community schools and organisations provided learning space and internet access for our students. The allocation of Worawa staff to work with particular students was found to be a rewarding experience as they interacted with the students and families on a daily basis.

Australian Rotary Health – Our success stories

Hi John,
I hope you and everyone at Rotary Richmond are keeping safe and well during these turbulent times. Apologies for the late reply, I have been pretty flat out with work these past couple of weeks. I am currently a Post-Doctoral researcher at the ACBD, continuing on my research from my PhD where we are identifying novel causes of disease relapse in AML. My initial plans to take up a Post-Doctoral position in the UK have been delayed due to the travel restrictions, however I hope to be over there continuing my research in AML by early next year. Stay safe everyone! Steven

Youth mental health PhD scholarship recipient Michelle Benstead, recently graduated from Deakin University (COVID-style…no gowns, floppy hats, bells or whistles). As part of her research she developed and trialled “BEST-Foundations: A family-focused, attachment-based intervention treating children with emotional disorders”. Findings revealed that BEST-Foundations showed promise in alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety, and was evaluated positively by families that participated.
Over the past 18 months, Michelle has been working as a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. She teaches undergraduate and post-graduate students, and is involved in several research projects relating to parenting, child and adolescent mental health, and family-school partnerships. She hopes to secure a passionate team, to seek out further funding opportunities to ensure BEST-Foundations reaches even more children and families in need.”
Warm regards,
Michelle
Dr. Michelle Benstead
Lecturer
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health
Deakin University



From our dear friends Johannes and Jutta Misselhorn
Dear Trevor
In June 2017.
Many , many moons ago, our neighbour *) , Robyn Whiteley, from 10 Brady St, had friends with her from Maryland. *) Australian spelling They came to a Richmond Rotary Meeting, but forgot to present the Sunrise - Banner. Now, Robyn is decluttering "at 10 ,Brady Lodge" and found the well preserved Banner from the USA.
Is the Richmond Rotary Club still collecting these items?

Johannes and Jutta and their h Winnebago, their home away from home



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.



Message from Philippine to Jo
“Good to hear that you are all well! It is a very difficult moment for everyone but we definitely need to keep safe until this disease is over 🙂 Beautiful photos of your grandchildren Jack as grown so much and he is walking now 👏👏 Here in France everyone in my family is okay. I'm working a lot but I'll take a week of in August to go in the south of France with all my family for a little break 🙂 lots of love to you and Michael and I hope everyone in the rotary is OK”


Update from Somaliland

Dear Annette,
Thank you for your message and although the world is now controlled by 'Cruel Corona’, it is always good to hear from a friend because that brings the good news that the friend in OK.. I fully understand about the lockdown and hope that this ill wind will pass. We are slowly easing things here. The universities and colleges have re-opened and flights resumed. Total cases diagnosed in Somaliland is around 850 and known deaths remain at 29. I am sure this is a gross under-estimation as we do know families who have lost near and dear ones who they just kept at home for fear of quarantine for the entire household which would have been the best thing to do but many don't. Also understand about the supplies. We will wait for when life returns to normal.
Hope fully, good students will be sponsored and whatever number is supported would be appreciated as many families are struggling with paying university fees.
Stay well and stay blessed, dear friend.
Edna
As seen on Facebook today The Edna Adan University Hospital staff and patients are very grateful to the Ministry of Health of Somaliland for the generous donation of 10 Oxygen cylinders to support our operating theatres, NICU and ICU.

We are so proud of our front-line medical people. Maureen & I are noticing tinges of stress/fear/despondency with our Courtenay & Tony who are daily at the cold face! Yet they are still willingly there every day. Trevor


We are committed to taking care of our guests and staff. We'll be ready (COVID Ready) when you are! We have recently received our COVID Ready badge - The COVID Ready Badge identifies our business as a COVID Ready business and represents that we are currently operating inline with the NCCC COVIDsafe guidelines and other relevant state based guidelines. Some of the changes that you will see around the hotel are listed below, but not limited to. Stay safe and we hope to see you again soon! Tim Bilston General Manager





Last meeting:

The zoom meeting was very entertaining and brought out the competitiveness in members as they endeavoured to remember fairy tales and nursery rhymes from their youth. Jenny List was the star of the night. We also had two very attentive dogs in attendance: Daisy Belle Pepper, and zsa zsa Gabor.-Davison
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without a glass of wine,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
....Then You Are Probably ...The family dog!!



The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors




Future Events

July – Rotary New Officers begin Year of Service
27th Monday Zoom– Brooke O’Callaghan - Impact on students and staff at Melbourne Girls College
August - Membership & Club Development
3rd Monday Amora - Andrew Cochrane
10th Monday Clare Walpole – Fonterra HQ’s Richmond
17th Monday Social night
24th Monday Mark Miller -The Rotarian Behind the Badge
31st Monday Amora Social Night
September – Education and Literacy
7th Monday Maria Makris – Grandson’s journey to school and eduction
14th Monday Colleen Petersen – Urban Development
21st Monday Social night
28th Monday Jade Rowlands - Director IT L’Oreal
October – Community/Vocational
5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
12th Monday
18th Monday Social Night
26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector
November Foundation
2nd Monday No meeting, Cup Eve
9th Monday Alistair Davison – Remembrance Day
16th Monday Social Night
18th Wednesday Board meeting
23rd Monday Mark Dwyer – Foundation
27th Friday Club visit – Castlemaine
28th Saturday Castlemaine
29th Sunday Castlemaine
30th Monday No meeting in lieu
December -Disease Prevention and Treatment
5th Saturday Richmond Market (TBC)
7th Monday Christmas Party
14th Monday No meeting
21st Monday No meeting
28th Monday No meeting

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Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

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rotarychurch.com.au
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Bulletin July 20th 2020

This week: Social Night

Nia Holdenson invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Rotary Club Richmond Meeting
Time: Jul 20, 2020 06:30 P
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2020 -2021 Reflection


“We give thanks for the opportunities that are provided through Rotary that enable us to give service above self. I propose a toast to Rotary and Australia."


Club Celebrations:
Birthdays: Maria Makris 24th July
Partner Brthdays: Elissa Marriott 25th July

Ben and B ritt – Please explain!



Last Meeting:


Our fellow Rotarian Barry Roberts presented a moving speech to honour the passing of our Honorary Rotarian Chew Chan. Barry read a number of emails from our fellow Rotarians describing Chew as a kind, quiet and respected Rotarian who enjoyed taking photos at any social and formal Rotary events. Chew’s daughter Susanna Richardson sent an email which I have included into this bulletin. Also Susanna linked a Video Slideshow celebrating her father’s life. Unfortunately the sound system was not working properly hopefully we will view the Video Slide show very soon at our next Rotary Zoom Meetings.


Hi Anna & Jo,

I have finished making an Online Tribute to my Dad's memory. It is something my family and I would like very much to share with his family and friends who would like to have him in their thoughts and celebrate his life, especially over a distance as we are unable to gather in person to do so. I have dedicated a page to his time with the Richmond Rotary Club, and I will happily post any photos that get submitted to commemorate this.

Please share these links with all his fellow Rotarians and friends for us. Lastly, thank you for the many years of camaraderie and friendship that the Richmond Rotary Club has provided my Dad and our family for almost 30 years.

Online Tribute
https://inmemoryofchewchan.wordpress.com/
Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/In-Memory-of-Chew-Chan-105571771231747
Video Slideshow Celebrating Chew's Life
https://youtu.be/-l7k4x2trM0

Other news for this week is that our Assistant District Governor Vijay Susarla is on sick leave and will not return back to Rotary duties until late September. We wish Vijay a speedy recovery and we will look forward to your return soon. Also, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Committee Chairs who presented their projects, it was much appreciated. This gave our guest for the night, Lucian Green from Melbourne Park Rotary Club (Satellite Club), an insight to our wonderful projects.

Please take care and stay safe. I leave you with a quote of the week:

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.
- Maya Angelou

At our last meeting, Trevor Pang notified the club that our friends at Motto are manufacturing marks for sale. More news next week.



From: RDU Supplies



What is Paul Harris Recognition?
Part 2

Let’s recap on the Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is one of the leading charities in the world for both money and effectiveness. In the USA the charities are rated based on their effectiveness plus the amount that actually gets to the cause as against going it administration. The Foundation is one of only three or four charities that have constantly received four stars, which is the highest rating, over many years. It is an attractive way donor, including wealthy donors, can most effectively get money to global causes especially in the area of health, peace and education. Last week we covered how a donation by you, or by the club in recognition of your service, of $US1000 is recognised by making you a Paul Harris Fellow (Paul Harris the founder of Rotary). The RCR gives annually to the Foundation and this earns us PHF credits. It is the practice of the club to give the outgoing President the privilege of presenting PFH recognitions to special contributors in their year. A PHF is part of the Foundation donor recognition concept. Most NFP (Not For Profit) organisations have donor recognition programs. For example, the National Gallery, Melbourne Symphony, etc and most have various names related to the level of donation. The Rotary Foundation has a similar program. After an initial PHF a sapphire is added for each further $US1000 until $U7000. Then the badge has a ruby added for each $US1000 to $US9000. It becomes a diamond at $10.000. More next week John Benger




Future Events

July – Rotary New Officers begin Year of Service
27th Monday Zoom– Brooke O’Callaghan - Impact on students and staff at Melbourne Girls College
August - Membership & Club Development
3rd Monday Amora - Andrew Cochrane
10th Monday Clare Walpole – Fonterra HQ’s Richmond
17th Monday Social night
24th Monday Mark Miller -The Rotarian Behind the Badge
31st Monday Amora Social Night
September – Education and Literacy
7th Monday Maria Makris – Grandson’s journey to school and eduction
14th Monday Colleen Petersen – Urban Development
21st Monday Social night
28th Monday Jade Rowlands - Director IT L’Oreal
October – Community/Vocational
5th Monday Claire Davison -Public Image, Strategy for RCR
12th Monday
18th Monday Social Night
26th Monday Melanie Gardiner- National Community Engagement Manager – Disability Sector



Meeting Information


Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121



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Bulletin July 6th 2020

This week’s speaker: President Anna Walpole- Vision 2020-2021

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RI President- Holger Knaack's theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.

Our New World President Holger Knaack Holger

Holger Knaack will become Germany’s first ever President of Rotary International when he takes up office in July 2020. Dave King caught up with him during the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg.
By Dave King
Published Date: June 4, 2019
It was five ‘o clock on a sun-kissed May afternoon in the pretty Schleswig-Holstein town of Ratzeburg, 40 minutes’ drive north-east of Hamburg. Holger Knaack was tending the tidy garden of his home in this picture postcard town which rests on an island surrounded by four lakes; Küchensee, Stadtsee, Domsee and the larger Ratzeburg lake. “I was in the garden, just looking around, not doing anything special,” recalled Holger. “I wasn’t expecting anyone to call.” But the phone did ring with news which was going to change his and wife Susanne’s life forever. News that Holger, a former baker who once began his working life at the crack of dawn each day, had been elected President of Rotary International for 2020-21.

I was speechless and breathless. It was so unexpected. I was not prepared for that call.”

“It was a total surprise because the announcement was not due until the following day. The call was from Mike McGovern, chairman of the nominating committee. He said ‘I have the honour to tell you that the committee has selected you as the President for 2020/21’. “It took some moments before I was able to answer Mike. I was speechless and breathless. It was so unexpected. I was not prepared for that call.” The vacancy to lead one of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation had only arisen when Sushil Kumar Gupta, from the Delhi Midwest Rotary, had been forced to step down as President-Elect for 2020/21 earlier this year through ill-health. Sushil would have been India’s fourth Rotary International President, and for Germany’s first ever head of the movement, it was a slight bittersweet moment. Holger wrote to Sushil admitting that there were “dark clouds in his feelings towards accepting the President’s nomination”. But Sushil replied by insisting his fellow Rotarian should not worry, enjoy the moment, and wished him all the best. “That makes it easier for me because I have Sushil’s support,” added Holger.

As President, I plan to highlight the best Rotary has to offer where people of all backgrounds can see themselves reflected in our service and impact.”

Holger has been a member of Rotary for 27 years, belonging to Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln Rotary. He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business, and is now runs the real estate company, Knaack KG. He has been married to wife Susanne for 43 years, and though the couple have no children, they have been heavily involved with the Rotary Youth Exchange programme, receiving 43 students at their home in that time. There is little doubt that becoming Rotary President is a life-changing moment for Holger and Susanne. He is both a proud German and a European, and suddenly pencilled-in plans, including a few Rotary trips, have been scuppered. Two clear themes are emerging. One is a desire to pursue the agenda begun by RI President Barry Rassin to create more Rotaract clubs to broaden the diversity of Rotary’s membership. The other is to encourage more young people, and women, to join the organisation to take up leadership roles. During Holger’s presidency, six women will serve on the Board of Directors. When asked to predict when Rotary International will see its first female President, the German performed a neat, diplomatic side-step. “That is a great question, and is one I have been asking myself,” answered Holger. “Bringing more women into Rotary is one of our core values, that is very simple, and we should honour those values. The Rotary Board has set us a high goal to increase the number of women in Rotary and in leadership positions to 30% by June 2023. But if we want to achieve something, then we have to set ourselves high goals. “What I would say is that it is the duty of the nominating committee to choose the best. I don’t know who is going to go for President the year after me or who will be on the nominating committee.

Bringing more women into Rotary is one of our core values, that is very simple, and we should honour those values.”

He added: “I am honoured to have the confidence and support of Rotary’s 1.2 million members. “As President, I plan to highlight the best Rotary has to offer where people of all backgrounds can see themselves reflected in our service and impact. “I am excited, of course, to be Rotary President. Without my wife Susanne, nothing would work, and you could not do this job. But we are both looking forward to the moment, and we are full of energy for the task ahead.”



Thank you to everyone involved in staging this year’s District 9800 Changeover. More than 220 people were able to zoom into this annual event, held online for the first time. VIP visitors to this innovative format included incoming RI President Holger Knaack from Germany, Jennifer Jones from Canada Past RI Director nominee Thank you and Congratulations to DG Grant Hockingand melissa on your outstanding year of inspired leadxership Best Wishes to Phillip Arc her and Tricia for the year ahead

Last Meeting:

Netra Banet of the Bright Futures Project In the words of PP Adam “What a cracker of a zoom meeting!” Nestra arrived right on time from his home in Nepal. He lives above the Community Centre where children and adults can meet daily to help assist and improve the standards of their Nepali education. From its small beginnings as a Library and Resource Centre located outside Kathmandu in 2003, the Rotary Club of Yarra Bend has helped the Bright Future Community Centre (BFCC) expand to encompass a wide variety of activities. Our link with Rotary means all funds which we raise are used in the project. There are no administration costs. All our volunteers pay their own costs.

  • We are a resource centre for the community
  • We assist families with the education of their children (75 students now attend school aided by the centre)
  • In 2015 the older students set up night classes for young children, which they run with minimum supervision by us.
  • The Dreamland Computer School was started in 2005. With its self-contained solar power, it is able to provide free computer education resources for BFCC students
  • A new laptop lab. in BFCC provides free education for local women and teaches computer skills to our students
  • The Bright Future Health Centre was opened in 2009. It is now run by the local Red Cross providing a teaching facility for visiting doctors and helping with health education.
  • There is a gym attached to the Health Centre and several women attend regularly.
  • A sewing school was opened in 2011 helping local women to gain skills to assist in generating a small income.
  • We have expanded into the Solukhumbu to help the village of Kangel
  • The sewing school has expanded to include work with Days for Girls.
  • Education is very important and should be the right of every child, which is why the programs at Bright Future Community Centre are so valuable. Those tourists who say their visit to BFCC is not important should realize they will have some impact, however small, on the lives of the children. Volunteers help develop language skills and broaden education beyond the classroom. Many have skills such as photography or music and a simple lesson can be a real inspiration for the children. Nestra, via Zoom, was able to introduce us to people working on the activities provided by the Community Centre. The children were delight and talked to about themselves - some were cheeky some were shy. So lovely to see Rotary at work. In his home we were introduced to his wife mother and daughter. All those on zoom were delighted with thi first hand look at a project now undertaken by Richmond and with the guidance of Isabel Armer

    KNITTED GOODS FROM NEPAL

    Three sisters knit some wonderful woollen products, which we sell here and send the money back to them. They raise enough money to pay school fees and help their families. It also means they do not have to work on a building site. $10 each

    Worawa Welcomes Students Back Ater Lockdown

    Girls making a smooth transition back into boarding in the Worawa bubble

    Annette Pepper’s new companion

    Introducing Daisy Belle Pepper. Flew from Sydney to Melbourne Wednesday, a real little trooper! Daisy is a Schnoodle. Has slept all night in her crate so far.

    Daisy Belle Pepper - first visit to Richmond Market. The weigh in after flying Sydney to Melbourne on Wednesday. A real little trooper

    Celebrating 9 months of Mila

    As we have a very female executive the attached may be of interest for the bulletin? John Benger

    Women in Rotary. A woman as RI President?

    It is not just a gender issue and it involves RI eligibility criteria and practices. These apply to any male or female aspiring to the role. The candidates need to have been a club president, a DG, a director representing a Zone (Australia and regional countries are Zone 8). A nominee will normally also have served in a significant RI international role e.g. Trustee of the Foundation or Treasurer. Zone Directors alternate between countries in their zone so if an Australian is the current zone director it could be a few years before the next Australian holds the role. Similarly, the RI Presidency is unofficially shared around geographical arears. Spreading the zone director and presidency positions around means that even the most competent person may have to wait some years before it is the turn of their area to fill the presidential role. Then the candidate has to compete with highly qualified alternates. For example, Australian Ian Riseley, was RIP in 2017-2018 so it is unlikely a representative from Australia would become RIP for maybe ten years. Even though RI Director Nominee (2021-2022) Jessie Harman would be eligible in 2022-2023. Whilst some countries see the need for a female president as a high priority, and feel it should be fast-tracked, others do not see this urgency. Further, while the pre requisites impact both a males and females, it is a disadvantage for females at it was not until 1995 we had our first female DG's and only in 2008 did the first women serve in key international role. Thus, it means not a lot of women are eligible at this stage. The best chance of a female RIP is a probably a female from the USA. Based on the size of contributions (60% of Rotary), the RIP comes from the USA around each second or third year. There are now a number of women from the USA who are eligible. Maybe countries seeing an accelerated need for a female in the role may influence the voting?

    Note. There is nothing stopping anyone going from Rotarian to Club President to DG to Zone Director to RIP in a few years and the above just highlights the difficulties, and probabilities, rather than the possibilities.

    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors

    Future Events

    July – Rotary New Officers begin Year of Service
    6th Monday Zoom President Anna Walpole
    13th Monday Amora – Stewart Gibson Lendlease
    20th Monday Zoom – Social night- Celebrity Heads Board meeting
    27th Monday Amora – Brooke O’Callaghan
    August - Membership & Club Development
    3rd Monday Amora - Andrew Cochrane

    The Networker has a new editor, Jeanette Leigh from the Rotary Club of North Balwyn. She takes over from Lesley McCarthy.
    Contents for July include:
    1. Feature story—Easy Rider 2. Celebrating members 3. Club service tool kit 4. International fellowship clubs & the competition. Take a look.




    Meeting Information


    Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121



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    Bulletin June 29th 2020

    This week’s speaker: Netra Banet of the Bright Future Project will be zooming in from Nepal.

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    Changeover 2020 - 2021

    It was great fun to see everyone again, but we kept our social distance as best as possible.

    It was lovely to see some f our old friends form the staff and they too kept their distance The changeover was zoomed to those who could not be there. We were joined by the DG Grant Hocking and Melissa, DGE Phillip Archer and DG Nominee Dale Hoy. Adam’s daughter, Bree, zoomed in from London and daughter Tegan from Newcastle NSW. Anna’s son Nathan zoomed in from Mt. Isa and Anna’s friend Jenny Wall and many club members also watched the proceedings.

    Our new AG for the Heritage Cluster, Vijay Susarla, started the evening with a toast to Rotary. He quoted our founder Paul Harris at the 1940 RI Convention in Havana Cuba: "Rotary stands; though the tempest rage about - Rotary still stands. Why and how? Because it is grounded not on fear, rivalry, and suspicion, but on the eternal and indestructible rocks of friendliness, tolerance, and usefulness". (I was very moved by this as it summed up Rotary perfectly) Jo Cowling then called on us to toast our partners, relatives and friends who provide so much support to Richmond Rotary and Jenny List send the reflection.

    President Adam commenced the formal part of the evening by Presenting his annual report
    “As Rotarians may we build the connections that allow talented, thoughtful and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary Service.”
    This has been an interesting year for us all, with natural disasters in the first half of the year and then COVID‐19 stopping our normal meetings at the end of March. This caused us as a club to make some pretty hard decisions going forward with our programs, fundraising and functions that were planned in the second half of the year. Unfortunately, this resulted in the cessation of all meetings, fundraising and programs for the Club. I would like to thank all that were involved in making these hard decisions and acting very quickly to inform all involved as I know it was not easy to do this. Last year we had a committee of members come together to re‐evaluate how we structure our future club meetings going forward. From this they presented their findings and suggested changes which we implemented for this year. This new format for the club meetings prompted us to form a large speaker committee under Barry Roberts to organise relevant and quality speakers with the aim of having one high calibre keynote speaker or program once every month. I would like to congratulate Barry and his committee for all the amazing speakers they organised through the year.
    We had a new fundraising opportunity for the club with the start of the “Rotary on Church Market” which Melinda and her team started to work on the year before. A lot of planning and valuable relationships were formed with the Richmond Library and Yarra local council giving our club huge support and encouragement. We only had the opportunity to hold two of these monthly markets before we had to shut down but straight away, we saw the huge potential with many bookings for sites come through. This will become our major fund raiser for the club for many years to come and I would like to congratulate Melinda and her very large team for all the hard work that went into bringing this fundraising opportunity to fruition. I would also like to thank Faye & John Browne of Motto Fashions for their continued generous support with the supply of clothing for our “Motto Fashions Clothing Market” which continues to be a major source of fundraising for the Club’s projects. Maria was terribly busy with our Youth programs, especially the NYSF program with a record six students being accepted. I would like to acknowledge Maria for her doggedness in finding the funding for all these students as we did not allow for so many in our budget. Unfortunately, some of these students were affected by the bush fires which caused health issues from the smoke and they had to be evacuated from the area. Our Club enjoyed having Constanze Schuen from Vienna Austria join our club as our exchange student. This was made possible by the generous support from both Altona and Melbourne Rotary clubs covering the costs involved. Constanze was a much‐loved exchange student by all the members and she made sure she came to most of our meetings. We were deeply sorry to see Constanze head back home before her time due to the COVID‐19 crisis.
    Early this year we had our intrepid traveller Annette Pepper head over to Hargeisa in Somaliland on a recognisance mission working with the staff at Edna’s hospital. Annette was inspired by the Peace Conference and Edna’s presentation during the District 9800 conference last year. The focus was to understand their needs which would be sustainable and targeted to their urgent requirements. From that visit Annette put together a list of items from DIK that was needed and set about fundraising for the shipping costs for this container, which she was ultimately successful in achieving. Moving forward Annette is now concentrating on gaining support for the training of some midwives which runs over a four-year period. This year we welcomed three new members to our Richmond Rotary family, Claire Davison, Isabel Armer & Mark Miller. Claire has been a huge help with the Rotary on Church Market by building a dedicated website with online booking facilities for the stall holders. Claire will also take on the role of looking after our club web site for next year. We were very lucky to have Isabel transfer over to our Club as an existing Rotarian, as a result we also inherited her wonderful “Brighter Futures Project” in Nepal which started off as a Library and has now grown into many different projects helping the local community. Mark Miller is our latest new member who also transferred over to Richmond as an existing Rotarian, we welcome Mark and look forward to his company and support in the new year. Unfortunately, some of our major programs had to be cancelled this year because of COVID‐19, for example the Ainger Peck Public Speaking awards, Slade Literary Awards & the Mock Job Interview. But one major program, the “Next Step Program” somehow survived and has adapted to the situation providing opportunities for the local youth. We were also able to hold the “Inspiring Women Event” which again was a huge success supported by one of our major supporters Lendlease who we hope to continue our relationship with for many years. I would also like to thank all our major supporters, Amora Hotel Riverwalk, and their amazing staff for all they have done for our Club this year. Homer Bassig for updating and hosting our Club web site. City of Yarra for their huge support with Next Step and the Market. Inner North Community Foundation, Bendigo Bank and Melbourne Girls’ College. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our Bulletin Editor Sue Bolton, who under very trying situation with her fading eyesight entertained and kept us informed throughout the year. Lastly, I would like to thank Sally O’Sullivan and all our wonderful Friends of Richmond Rotary for all your support you have given to the Club this year. In closing I would like to acknowledge my board and directors Nia, Judy, Past President Jo, Mark, Maria, President Elect Anna, Jenny, Sue, and James, who were so supportive and helpful to me. It was an eventful year and I am grateful for their support, guidance and help throughout the year.



    It is always a pleasure for the President to finish the year with thanks and awards. Congratulations to the following:

    Claire Davison - PRESIDENT’S NEW MEMBER AWARD In recognition of outstanding Rotary Service as a first-year member especially in the fields of Marketing & Local Rotary Projects
    Annette Pepper - Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of her support of the Edna Hospital in Somaliland not only by traveling to Somaliland and working for 4 weeks in the hospital but on her return organising much needed medical equipment to be sent there. As well she has organised some midwifery scholarships.

    Melinda Dunkley PHF for her amazing work as Fundraisng chair and the development of the Richmond Rotary Market. Unfortunately Melinda wa awy on hilodays and was unable to attend. Due to the COVID restrictions the club had been unable to celebrate two significant club member events.
    40 year Membershop - Ben Hosking. Ben and Kris are isilating at Point Lonsdale and so his certificate was presented via Zoom as was the aletter recevded fro the Wolrd President Mark Maloney

    30 year Membership – Trevor Pang

    President Adam then called PE Anna Walpole to the stand. Anna ws then sworn in as our new President for 2020-2021. Anna commmenced her presidency with the following. Thank you, Adam it is an honour, to be inducted as the new President for Richmond Rotary 2020-2021. I sincerely like to appreciate for your time and our quiet conversation we had over the last few months in preparation for my role as President. Adam your advice will be valued and I am determined to fulfill my role as President and do my very best to be “A Servant Leader” to Richmond Rotary Club. I would like to thank the committee chairs for their hard work and service and commitment to Richmond Rotary. I was in awe that each member on the board displayed strong admiration and determination to achieve our club projects. I would like to take the opportunity to thank my fellow club Rotarians and Friends of Rotary who are so devoted and committed to their service in Rotary. As mentioned previously and I would like to clarify my role As a Servant Leader My role is service above self. For me being committed, displaying integrity, honesty, accepting the core values of Rotary and being in partnership with my fellow Rotarians. Having clarity what are the goals and purpose for our club that needs to achieve?

    The Vision for this new Rotary year 2020-2021 is “Rotary opens Opportunities”

    Bulletin June 22nd 2020

    Changeover 2020 - 2021

    Farewell to Adam Sherwell whose Presidency has been marked by unprecedented circumstances: drought, bushfires, and of course the pandemic. At the same time Adam underwent painful hip surgery, fitted in an overseas trip to settle his daughter Bree into her new life, and managed a very demanding business. Through all of this, Adam remained cheerful and optimistic and was able to keep the Club on an even keel. He had to deal with staggering disappointments: the curtailing of Youth Exchange and NYSF. and the shutdown of all club activities. However, much has been achieved and he leaves the role of President on a high note.
    Congratulations Adam on making the most of an exceedingly difficult and taxing year.

    Congratulations to our new President Anna Walpole 2020-2021 and the new theme, “Rotary Opens Opportunities.” Anna has taken on this role under the difficulties caused by COVID-19. Much of her preparation has been via Zoom and not the usual get-togethers that cement relationships and provide back-up and networking that eases one into the role. Anna has coped superbly and made meticulous preparations for her Presidency. She is eager to begin and we look forward to a year of new challenges.




    Sally O’Sullivan, President of the Friends of Richmond Rotary (FORR) will be collecting non-perishable grocery items for the Salvation Army for distribution to the needy in Richmond. Dry goods, goods for school lunch boxes, tins tune etc., instant and canned soups and meals are all good. You can either drop them off at Mark Dwyer's house (60 Cutter Street Richmond) by Monday late afternoon or take to Amora to be collected at Changeover. Sally reported form last month’s drop off: “the Salvation Army today were very grateful for the food as so many people were in need I want to thank all the friends of r Rotary and Rotarian and my friends for their generosity My car was full up only room for me Thank you very much Love Sally”



    Club Celebrations:
    Birthdays:

    Barry Roberts 22nd June



    John Benger on Facebook promoting Rylands of Kew
    Check out our latest film star. Rylands commented “John is one of our beloved and long-standing residents here at Rylands of Kew, we caught up to chat about his experience and how life has changed for the better since moving to the Rylands village.” See Facebook and Rylands of Kew for the full production.




    From DG Grant Hocking
    A wonderful event held yesterday to recognise 3 very deserving and worthy recipients of special Rotary Awards. PDG Ian Knight received the Service Above Self award which is the highest honour in Rotary. Mark Stephens received a Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. Bob Fels received the inaugural D9800 Bob Fels Peace award. We were joined by incoming Zone Director Jessie Harman, Many past DGs and current DGEN and Rotarians from across the district. Congratulations Ian, Mark, and Bob.



    When people think or hear the words Polio Eradication, most people will automatically think Bill Gates, thankfully though, Rotarians are not most people. We will think of the indomitable spirit and passion that came with Sir Clem Renouf and his championing the cause to end Polio in the world. Today, not just as Rotarians, or Australians but as part of a much larger global picture, we farewell this amazing individual and commiserate his passing. Sir Clem became District Governor in 1965-66 and went on to serve as President of Rotary International in 1978-79.
    Vale Sir Clem, your passion for inspiration and want to do better in the world will not subside with the passing of time but be passed through the generations of Rotarians to come.



    Vale Dr Christopher Baker
    11/04/1957 - 12/06/2020 I write with sadness on behalf of the board of the Inner North Community Foundation to advise that Dr Christopher Baker, chair of the Inner North Community Foundation passed away in the company of family and close friends following a short illness on Friday 12 June 2020. The Board has issued the following statement: Directors, staff, and volunteers of the Inner North Community Foundation are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Christopher Baker, who died on June 12, 2020. Christopher was actively involved with the Foundation since 2014, first as Director then as Chair since 2016. A long-term resident of Brunswick, Christopher was passionate about the role of philanthropy in creating prosperous, connected, and cohesive communities, particularly for his community in Melbourne’s inner north. His life exemplified the values of integrity, generosity, and a commitment to social justice. His contributions to philanthropy and the community of the inner north leave a significant legacy and we mourn this loss and send our condolences to Christopher’s family and friends.
    Ben Rodgers
    Executive Officer


    Jo and I caught up with Les Frampton for coffee last week. Less has been given a clean bill of health following his major op last year. Very Pleasing news.



    Dear Adam,
    Thank you so much for your generous donation from the Rotary Club of Richmond. Please find a receipt attached. Your donation is very much appreciated, particularly during these difficult times. Thank you for helping us to help people in need.
    Stay well,
    Rachel Rachel Telgenkamp,
    Administration Support Officer

    Hi Adam
    I would just like to add my thanks to you and the members and friends of Richmond Rotary for your very generous donation to FareShare. We really do appreciate your support as we endeavour to provide nutritious meals to an increasing number of people in need. Thank you.
    Kirsty Sheppard , Volunteer Coordinator


    Last Meetings:

    June1st saw a super Zoom meeting with Isabel Armer. She had a fascinating tale to tell. She certainly has packed a lot into her life and visited many wondrous places. Isabel was kind enough to send me her presentation, so I have included it as another attachment this week. As you know Isabel continues to take great interest in Nepal and COVID-19 has stymied her travel plans for this year. However, she continues her work for Nepal at the Rotary Op Shop and the Camberwell Market. Please contact Isabel if you are interested in taking part in the Bright Futures Project.

    On June 15th we zoomed with Tim Bilson, Managing Director of Amora. This was another fascinating talk and made us all eager to get back to take in all the new renovations.

    Tim provided the following summary:

    Covid 19 & Amora
    General
    • Victoria closed the Restaurants / Conferences on Monday 16th March
    • We went take away only from then & have only re-opened 1st June 2020
    • Many Accommodation bookings cancelled. Refunded most
    • All conferences cancelled Refunded most
    • Revenue plunged by 95%
    • Occupancy went from 75% to 3% its now growing current 7%
    • F & B revenue went from approx. $215K per month to approx. $10K per month
    • F & B revenue is now approx. $30K per month
    • Skeleton staff 1 HK, 1 F & B, 1 F/O 1 Chef. The rest of the staff are on the projects to make up the $750 per week
    • The recovery / build up will be very slow with Intra state travel, then Interstate travel & then International travel
    • The transpacific (Australia New Zealand) hold some hope
    • Flights will open up slowly country by country Hi Adam I would just like to add my thanks to you and the members and friends of Richmond Rotary for your very generous donation to FareShare. We really do appreciate your support as we endeavour to provide nutritious meals to an increasing number of people in need. Thank you. Kirsty Sheppard , Volunteer Coordinator
    • China largest inbound market in Australia. Then NZ, UK, USA. China Problems
    • Assistance from Government
      • Payroll tax refund of $92K (Vic state Govt)
      • ATO $50K refund
      • Liquor Licence fee refund
      • Food registration, Accommodation registration, Footpath permits all refunded City of Yarra
      • Most suppliers / Contractors have reduced fees. Not all
    • Office Tenants that qualified for Job keeper requested a reduction which we have agreed to
    • Currently replacing the second lift ($500K for the two lifts)
    • Ground floor refurbishment $5M Completed just in time for the bushfires that softened leisure demand & then Covid19
    • New menus have been developed
    • Restaurant & room service hours reviewed/ reduced
    • Take away options & take away signage
    • We could do some conferenced for the Pharmacy Guild (training Pharmacists to do Flu shots)
    • Accom rooms changed so that we can sanitise (removed mini bar & all paper products)
    • Facebook Promotion to watch AFL (Successful)
    • Winter package promotion Revinate / Facebook
    • Gym closed re-opens on the 22nd June
    • Re-start Yield meetings in July
    • Jobs done (Job keeper)
      • All conference rooms repainted
      • All Accommodation rooms spring Cleaned / carpet shampooed
      • All accommodation rooms being painted including entrance door. ½ way through
      • Most staff are happy to do it, the Millennials complain
      • Future (Car Park painting)
      • o Looking for a contract or volunteering
    • Staffing
      • Before Job Keeper was announced we made 5 Full time staff redundant
      • We stood down all staff except the core management team (4 days)
      • All staff that did not qualify for Job keeper have been stood down & no longer rostered
      • All International students have not been accommodated with Job keeper or any money (Missed by the Government)
      • With Job Keeper we have kept the staff that qualify & are working them approximately 3 – 4 days per week to reach $750.00 per week or $1,500 per fortnight. This is a rostering skill for the department managers
    • Summary
      • Fortunate that our owners do not have any bank debt & are financially Secure
      • Prefer their businesses to make a profit of course
      • Thailand Hotels closed
      • Amora Auckland closing. We are ceasing the lease in July 2020
      • Wellington earthquake paid out & Sold the building
      • Sydney accommodating international returned travellers 350 rooms
      • Job keeper is a game changer as payroll is our largest cost
    • Break even ASAP maybe August / September 2020
    • Occupancy & Conferencing will be a slow build up
    • Continual restructure to meet the guests needs & operational needs
    • AHA / TAA is our industry body. Worked closely with Government to come up with the procedures & the policies
    • Enormous amount of procedures
    • Training course that has been set up done by all staff
    • Temperature of all staff taken at the start of the shift
    • Opening Procedures & Closing Procedures
    • No Breakfast Buffet, No conference lunch buffet
    • P/C Salt & pepper
    • Must have a mean to have alcohol
    • No ordering at the bar
    • 4 Square Mtrs
    • Other / Questions
      • Will Job keeper be kept going for some industries past September 2020
      • When will the economy improve?
      • What will be the deficit?
      • Shares are very volatile
      • When will there be a vaccine developed (CSL)?
      • How quickly can the vaccine be rolled out?
      • Australian response was world class
      • Sky news journalists criticising the Government for preparing for the worst Bolt Etc
      • Will there be more Covid type virus’s?
      • Bill Gates predicted this.


    Lendlease Initiative

    A "Remember when" campaign, which seeks to create a montage of memories - not only for our residents across the country, but also within our community. Please have a look at the attached flyer, your fellow members may which to contribute to this fun and engaging interaction. Submissions by July 3rd

    Future Events

    June – Rotary Fellowships Month
    26th Friday 2020 World Virtual Convention ends
    29th Monday Zoom with Guest speaker in Nepal
    July – Rotary New Officers begin Year of Service
    6th Monday Zoom President Anna Walpole
    13th Monday Amora – Stewart Gibson Lendlease
    20th Monday Zoom – Social night- Celebrity Heads Board meeting
    27th Monday Amora – Brooke O’Callaghan
    August - Membership & Club Development
    3rd Monday Amora - Andrew Cochrane


    South Pacific & Philippines Office



    SAVE THE DATE

    Rotary’s Centenary is a time of celebration! It Is a time to reflect on our past and take pride in all that has been achieved. It is a time we play our part in the history of Rotary. Our centenary is also the time to lay the foundations for our future, as we still have much to do. The key project in our centenary year will focus on stopping the one in 16 children who die in 9 Pacific nations before the age of five. We invite you to join Rotarians across Australia on 10th July for virtual fellowship, as well as meet our R100 Centenary Ambassadors, Governor

    Governor General and Mrs Hurley, as they launch our national centenary campaign. By joining us, you will witness the “Passing the Baton” ceremony. The baton that will carry the symbols of our centenary and will travel far and wide across Rotary clubs and Districts. Please pass this invitation on to as many Rotary clubs as possible so that they too can join this event. We ask too for your support in helping us raise funds for our R100 Centenary project, "Rotary Give Every Child a Future"; saving young lives in Pacific nations.

    Please expect registration details on how you can join within the next week. We look forward to you joining in and making your mark on history!

    Kind regards,
    Garry Browne
    Hugh Bucknall
    Chair - National Centenary of Rotary Committee
    Founder - Centenary of Rotary Campaign

    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors

    Meeting Information


    Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121



    Contact Us

    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au



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    Bulletin June 1st 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: Zoom Meeting 6.20 log in for 6.30

    Please see body of email for your invitation to join.

    Club Celebrations:
    Birthdays: Anna Walpole 10th June, Simon Marriott 19th June, Tony Webb 19th June
    Partner Birthdays: Chris Makris 2nd June, Kris Hosking 11th June,
    Induction Anniversaries: Chew Chan 1st June 1992, Judy Nettleton 1st June 1995 Happy Birthday to our exchange student Constanze. Her birthday was on May 25th. Sorry I missed it last week.

    Condolences

    The Club passes on its dee pest sympathy to Kirsty, Mark, Stephanie and Bryn on the death of Kirsty’s mum, Alison. Mark informed the club last week. “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Kirsty’s mother (Alison) died last Friday morning. Alison was at Lynden Aged care which is one of the places that got a Covid 19 patient as was in lock down and therefore Kirsty was not able to be with her when she died. Alison has been tested and did not have the virus. The good news is that after June 1 we can have 50 people to her funeral and that will allow for all her grandchildren to attend and some very close friends.” The Age obituary mentioned that Alison was passionate about social justice, education and family. Her values live on in her descendants. This is very much evident in the roles that both Kirsty and Mark play in the community Alisson was the sister of the late Allan Macvean. Allan a former Richmond Rotarian introduced Mark to the club –such an asset for us. The family has somewhat been cheered that Alison’s funeral will be held after the lifting of some of the COVID restriction and as such all the family will be able to attend. To Kirsty and family we are all thinking of you in this sad time and send our sincerest condolences.

    Changeover 2020-2021

    With restrictions easing it is now planned that RC Richmond will have a sit-down changeover at Amora with up to 50 guests on Monday 22nd June Please note that social distancing will occur, there will be a set menu with no choice, with no menus to handle, no shared platters of vegetables and only four to a table to ensure distance. There will be no bottles of wine on the table and drinks accessed from the bar (at an acceptable distance). Amora staff have undergone training to ensure safety of their patrons during the return to work. We have already had a number of Rotarians and their family and friends commit to attending so please let me know as soon as possible if you plan to come. As always, I need to give numbers to Amora not only quickly, but accurately. Understandably, there will be no provision for late apologies (without paying in full) or late acceptances. Please consider joining Adam, and his partner Dawn, to welcome Anna to her new Presidency for the new Rotary year.

    Hi Sue,
    Annette and I popped into the Amora yesterday once again warmly welcomed. This is one of the refurbished rooms - I thought you might like to put in next Bulletin. The hotel is looking great. It was Constanze’s birthday on 25 May. What a beautiful autumn day as we head to the beginning of winter
    Love Jo xxx

    Next Step Grant Funding

    Dear Sue,
    On Tuesday night I participated in a 2 hour training Zoom session provided by the City of Yarra on Grant Writing. We covered:
    • Develop the Why for your project.
    • Develop our Project Plan & Budget
    • Collate our key information
    • Check funding/grant guidelines and eligibility
    • Does our project align with objectives of funder
    • Look for resources - SmartyGrants

    Rotarian Tim Baker has done a huge amount of work in this space on behalf of our Club and for The Next Step Project ensuring a successful grant program for the project. Tim has provided a template for seeking funding. This training session was another opportunity to network, learn about processes and connect with the opportunities provided by the City of Yarra. It provided a framework for seeking funding and it helped me build my experience. The round of Grant Funding will commence soon. If any members would like to participate in the process and learn new skills I would welcome their support. Cheers
    Jo

    Donations in Kind News …

    In the last couple of weeks, we were able to despatch three containers to Somaliland and this has given us some breathing space in the store. We will now look to get a revamped schedule for the containers we had to abort when we closed in March as well as get organised those school furniture collections we had to put on hold as well. We will resume operations on Tuesday June 2nd and while clearly we will be a little restricted in what we are able to do and still manage the appropriate social distancing, space in lunch rooms etc but all are doable with a little care and organisation. So there will be plenty to do at the store. We are about to send out the requests for your 2020/2021 rental contributions and any donations clubs are able to make to our costs would be appreciated as the end of the Rotary year arrives. Bob and Laurie (District Bulletin May 2020)

    Last Meeting:

    This was a social meeting held over zoom. Lots of fun and we had several visitors. Sue Roberts and Kris Hosking took part and an informal visit from our DG Grant Hocking and Melissa.. 4 Janice Peeler’s cat steals the limelight at every meeting. Janice wrote, “Paolo loves attending RR ZOOM meetings although couldn’t stomach the talk about carnivores. He is not camera shy and has a large collection of photos. “


    Award Presentation Ceremony

    You are invited to come and join this very special Award Presentation Ceremony. Jessie Harman, the RI Incoming Zone 8 Director, will present Awards to three of our outstanding Rotarians.

    Service Above Self Award

    Prestigious award for Rotarians who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents.

    Certificate for Meritorious Service

    Honours members who have been actively involved in service related to The Rotary Foundation. The Inaugural Bob Fels District 9800 Peace Award A new District Award honouring a Rotarian who has demonstrated their ongoing commitment to Peace. Date: Saturday 6 June 2020
    Time: 5pm
    Via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82992036908
    Please have a drink ready to toast Rotary International and the three Awardees.
    We look forward to seeing you online on that occasion.

    THE 2020 DISTRICT 9800 ROTARY FOUNDATION GRANTS MANAGEMENT SEMINAR

    This year’s Grants Seminar will be held online with a choice of two optional dates. Each session will run for 90 minutes.

    For your club to qualify for a Rotary Foundation Grant in the 2020-2021 Rotary year, at least one club member must have attended one of the two sessions.

    Sunday June 14 3.00pm
    or
    Thursday June 18 7.30pm

    Who should attend?

    This seminar will be useful for Club Presidents, Foundation Chairs, Avenues of Service Chairs, or any member interested in developing a District or Global Grant funded by the Rotary Foundation. A club can register as many participants as desired.

    What you will learn:

    • How to qualify your club for a Foundation Grant.
    • How grants enable your club to benefit from ongoing donations to the Annual Fund
    • District Grants: What are they? How to apply?
    • Global Grants: How to build a successful Global Grant
    • The importance of grant stewardship.
    • How to use the resources of the District Foundation Grants committee.

    Please register via Trybooking link:

    https://www.trybooking.com/BJUGP

    For more information email:

    foundationstewardship@rotarydistrict9800.org.au

    NB: Zoom details will be sent to all registered participants




    Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.

    Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.

    Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney and his team have also been busy organising the RI Virtual Convention programming. The dates and times shown below detail how it will be broadcast at a few set times each day. Additionally, if you miss the live broadcasts, they will be readily available on the convention website, providing some flexibility for you and your event attendees to participate at your own convenience. The Virtual Convention is free to all attendees, however, there will be a sign in process in order to access the programming. Detailed Instructions for this process will be provided before the event. Look for additional messages in the coming weeks and check the convention website regularly. Saturday 20 June 8:00 – 9:15 Chicago Time (UTC-5) – Together We Connect –General Session 1 23:00-00:15 Sydney, Melbourne, Australia Sunday 21 June 8:00 – 9:15 Chicago Time (UTC-5) – Together We Learn –General Session 2 23:00-00:15 Sydney, Melbourne, Australia Monday 22 June – Friday 26 June – Featured Breakouts at 8:00, 12:00 and 18:00 Chicago time. https://www.riconvention.org/en/honolulu/breakout-sessions-schedule These Live Sessions will be recorded and made available for On Demand viewing Monday, 22 June Using Virtual Tools to Engage Members // Engaging Rotary Alumni // Greening Rotary Events: Be Plastic-free, Offset Carbon, and More! Tuesday, 23 June Grow Rotary Through New Club Types // President-Nominee Session // How to Start and Manage RAGM Microfinance Wednesday, 24 June Adopt-a-River Initiative: A Rotary & UNEP Partnership Model // Rotaract Elevated, Now What? // Disruptive Innovation in Rotary Clubs Thursday, 25 June How to Submit a Great Global Grant Application // President-Elect Session // Digital Trends of 2021: Using Tech to Engage Millennials Friday, 26 June Engage Young Families with Service and Alternative Meetings // The Rotary Brand // Personal Growth Opportunities: Rotary’s Alliance with Toastmasters


    Convert Chicago time to your city.

    https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200622T130000&p1=64.




    Frank J. Devlyn
    Rotary International President 2000-2001
    Rotary Foundation Chairman 2005-2006
    "Create Awareness...
    ...Take ACTION"

    Our condolences to the family and loved ones of Past Rotary President Frank Devlyn upon his passing. Frank was an impactful leader in Rotary whose warm greetings, inspirational words, and dedication to service left a lasting impression on those who met him. Frank’s presence will be missed, and his spirit lives on in all who believe in his commitment to others.



    June – Rotary Fellowships Month
    6th Saturday District Awards
    8th Monday No meeting Queen’s Birthday holiday
    16th Tuesday Changeover Board Meeting
    22nd Monday Changeover at Amora


    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


    Contact Us

    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au
    rotarychurch.com.au
    yarralibraries.vic.gov.au

    Bulletin May 25th 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: Zoom Meeting 6.20 log in for 6.30

    Please see body of email for your invitation to join.

    Club Celebrations:
    Birthdays: Jo Cowling 28th May
    Partner Birthdays: Sylvia Grobtuch 26th May

    Changeover 2020-2021

    With restrictions easing it is now planned that RC Richmond will have a sit-down changeover at Amora with up to 50 guests on Monday 22nd June Please note that social distancing will occur, there will be a set menu with no choice, with no menus to handle, no shared platters of vegetables and only four to a table to ensure distance. There will be no bottles of wine on the table and drinks accessed from the bar (at an acceptable distance). Amora staff have undergone training to ensure safety of their patrons during the return to work. We have already had a number of Rotarians and their family and friends commit to attending so please let me know as soon as possible if you plan to come. As always, I need to give numbers to Amora not only quickly, but accurately. Understandably, there will be no provision for late apologies (without paying in full) or late acceptances. Please consider joining Adam, and his partner Dawn, to welcome Anna to her new Presidency for the new Rotary year.

    News from Nepal

    Classrooms In The Clouds is committed to improving educational outcomes in rural Nepal by building high quality classrooms, sponsoring teachers and addressing gender inequalities

    As the global Covid -19 pandemic continues, Classrooms In The Clouds would like to keep friends and supporters up to date with the situation in Nepal. So what are the latest developments? An update from CITC's Educational Development Manager, Samden Sherpa

    The Impact of the Spread of Covid -19 Since 24th March, Nepal has been on a strict nationwide lockdown. As of 19th May, there have been 375 confirmed cases and 2 recorded deaths due to Covid -19, however, such figures remain unreliable due to the low number of tests conducted(less than 30,000). The socioeconomic impact of the lockdown measures is having drastic effects on the people of Nepal. It is predicted that 700,000 Nepalese labourers working abroad will be adversely affected, largely resulting in a huge drop in remittance, which accounts for 55% of Nepal’s foreign dollar flow. While 87% of Nepalese migrant labourers rely on the economy of Middle Eastern countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Qatar and Kuwait, most of them will be returned home due to their own economic downfall. Kuwait has already sent 7,500 Nepalese migrants back home. A study commissioned by The United Nations Development Programme suggests that 3 out of 5 Nepalese workers have lost their jobs. Another study by the Institute for Integrated Development Studies reveals that Nepal has witnessed a fall of 95% in average monthly revenue - barely sustainable for even 2 months if the lockdown is extended further.

    The work of Classrooms In The Clouds The impact of Covid 19 has inevitably affected the work of CITC and the schools it supports - with all schools being closed since the 24th of March. Teaching and learning activities across the country have been suspended along with provisions for the admission of students for the new academic year, keeping circa. a million children away from any form of school learning. In spite of the difficult situation there is still some progress being achieved in CITC’s activities:

    Construction News The construction project at Shree Kanku Secondary School had been halted due to the restrictions, however a team of 5 labourers have now been allowed back on site, subject to strict social distancing measures. Materials including cement, CGI sheets and the metal truss have been delivered with permission from the local government. Plastering work has begun as well as the crafting of furniture for the classrooms and soon the roof will be installed. The project will see 6 high quality classrooms built to earthquake resistant standards and to the latest government building codes, along with gender specific toilets and clean, safe water for the children to freely access.

    CITCNepal Teachers and School Support CITC has been in communication with Rural Municipality Chairs, Ward Chairs and School Principals as well as CITC’s team of Educational Support Workers and Sponsored Teachers in regards to supporting children to continue with their education during this difficult time. Most municipalities are passively waiting for provisions from the Ministry of Education for any further action but a few are involved in discussions on how to enable remote learning opportunities. The Department of Education has developed materials that can be accessed online but less than 15% of the CITCNepal supported school children have access to internet due to their remote mountainous locations. A degree of educational media content is currently being transmitted via TV and radio, however in the Solukhumbu region less than 30% of households have TVs and only 60% have radios. CITC is committed to supporting children’s education in rural Nepal and is looking at innovative ways to provide remote learning, including the development and distribution of child-centred home learning packs and creating links with parents (via phone call where possible). The possibility of developing media content is also being explored; however output arrangements will need to be carefully considered so that content can be accessed. CITC’s sponsored teachers are also currently engaged in online learning platforms to enhance their own professional development, strengthening their skills and knowledge.

    All of the CITCNepal team continue to send their thoughts, prayers and best wishes to our wonderful friends, supporters and their families.

    Hi Everyone, I think this newsletter from Classrooms in the Clouds describes the situation in the Kangel area where we work better than I can. The British press does report about Nepal more than Australia does. The number of covid19 cases has increased since the article was written Netra wanted to help in Kangel by paying for the electricity which has just been connected to some of the houses there, but we think it is unsustainable so that will not go ahead. Of course our food packages in Kopan probably fall into the same category. There has been a case of covid19 near Kopan and the area has gone into lock down. Nobody is allowed outside. Our families do have a supply of rice and dhal for a few weeks thanks to all the food package donations. Classrooms in the Clouds is building schools in the Kangel area and I made contact with them. We have done a few Days for Girls' presentations in their schools. I wish there was something we could do, but our hands are tied because of the distance and the lack of knowledge about the virus. Schools are closed but I am collecting donations so we are ready when they open. Universities and colleges are closed and their fees are not due until June/July. Netra has made food package donations to our university families out of general funds.
    I hope you are all well
    Isabel Armer
    Bright Future Projects

    Scotch College Public Speaking Contest.

    Scotch College contacted me a few weeks ago about providing an adjudicator for their online public contest also involving three other schools. Delyse Weisz one of the Ainger Peck adjudication panel members volunteered her services. I was delighted we could assist them as Scotch College has been a strong supporter of our Award over a long period of time. For your information here is Delyse’s report on the contest. Note after the success of this contest I am talking to Delyse about the possibility of doing a similar one with other schools Ben Hosking

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    I was privileged to adjudicate ONLINE on Friday 15 May 2020. Emmie-Clare Leckie and I spoke a few times before the event. Four schools participated. Scotch College, Camberwell Grammar School, Melbourne Girls Grammar and Lauriston. There were four speakers for each category. (prepared and impromptu) selected via each school internal competition. I prepared a short powerpoint presentation to go to school with guidelines. The Zoom meeting invitations went out and at 3.30 audience members filled the waiting room. At 3.35 all the teacher representatives, speakers and I as adjudicator were admitted for a quick meet and chat. The online security was tight with people having to register and teachers admitting the guests. At 3.45 the host (school captain from Scotch and M.C welcomed everyone. They were so confident and accomplished. Speeches were delivered in in alphabetical order. Everyone was muted except for speaker who was introduced and then ‘spotlighted’ This process was managed by Scotch. The decision makers (the school captains from each school), were agreed on the topic, “Will life really be different after Covid 19?”, and this had been sent out to the speakers. This was only given to the speakers on the 8 May – so a quick turnaround. And boy! Were they astounding!!!! I was sent a sample criteria they use for their House competition but any suggestions Rion Ahl, Scotch’s Public Speaking Captain (and Prepared Speech speaker) sent through this information.

    Information for adjudicator:

    Each school will compete with one impromptu speaker and one prepared speaker. Separately, they will be marked with different individual rubrics (which you have kindly agreed to help develop). There will be a best speaker from each part of the day (prepared and impromptu). The second part of the awards will be the school which gets the highest aggregated score (sum of prepared and impromptu) which the adjudicator will decide and announce. The impromptu topic was “Every block of stone has a statue inside it” (Michelangelo) The standard was so high and the speakers content and delivery powerful, insightful and thoroughly engaging. Eye contact was hard to judge with only two speakers using the camera techniques... I didn’t mark them down on that though😊 Thanks you so much for offering me the opportunity take part in such a fabulous unique online event. Great to see our youth showing initiative and taking on challenges to think laterally so they can continue their passions, To reiterate- The standard was exceptionally high and the speakers’ content, delivery and ability to engage in a unique online experience was inspiring to say the least. I do hope that this is the beginning of many such events, as many of these ‘live experiences’ seem to be limited and shied away from. The M.C was to say the least extraordinary in how he introduced the speakers and filled the ‘silences in between’ I was so overwhelmed that I actually made a ridiculous error of announcing 1st place FIRST! Shall we say a Covid moment… I I was so in awe and amazed at the students, I didn’t heed my own advice of taking a moment. I applaud the tremendous effort made by Emmie- clare, her colleagues and other staff and above all the amazing young men who enthusiastically drove this event. I received this from Emmy- Clare! Thank you for adjudicating the competition last Friday. It was no easy task! I thought your assessments were very fair and well justified. It actually didn’t occur to me in the moment that there was any problem with going with 1st place FIRST. Your feedback to the speakers was very helpful. We had our Year 12 Public Speaking competition on Monday and it was great to see Rion reining it all in a little. He does have a tendency to let his passion slide into forcefulness. Yes, Darren (the M.C) did an incredible job. You’ll be interested to know that he won the Year 12 Public Speaking competition on Monday (Rion came second).
    Hope this is what you wanted Ben!
    Many thanks
    Stay well and inspiring!
    THANKS heaps. My work has slowed down and only online so I am a bit of a drifter. This was much needed and relished.
    Warm Regards Delyse Weisz

    Goodbye and Good luck

    It was with great disappointment that the Board accepted the resignation of Les Frampton. Like many Les’ business has suffered due to Covbid-19 and he is moving to Queensland. Les has been a valued and loved club member. We will miss his good humour and elegant dress as well as his ability to jump in and be part of whatever club activity is going. I am especially thankful for all the photos he supplied me with from club meetings since Chew’s illness. Les served the club as President in 2013-2014 and again 2014-2015 when he was forced to retire due to ill health. We hope les is able to visit us on any trips to Melbourne and hope he returns to Richmond if his work prospects changes.

    District Assembly via Zoom

    What an incredible turnout today for the District Assembly, with over 320 people attending already, and hearing from our DGE Philip Archer. Great job by everyone who has pulled this together!

    Last Meeting: I was an apology for our last zoom meeting. Instead I had an epidural with nerve block injection at Cabrini Brighton. This gives me another chance to say how lucky are we to have such a wonderful medical service and be cared for by magnificent health care workers. We are truly the lucky country. My treatment and care was first class. Everyone – receptionists, radiographers, nurses, doctors and orderlies were amazing – kind, caring, professional. The procedure caused some discomfort and a fair bit of control as I threw up in the CT scanner whilst staying as still as possible! It was all over very quickly and after 3 hours in the ward I was home. I went to bed that night and had a panic attack due to the incredible sweats I was experiencing. Oh no not the virus! Read the material supplied y the hospital again and one of the side effects was facial flushes. Not the virus! Other side effects were a headache you could murder and insomnia. I listened to an episode of Dad’s Army (BBC 3), 60 minutes of Classic FM, reorganised a house I had seen on Escape to the Country, figures out how to get Zoom on my laptop – no mean feat, Another 60 minutes of Classic FM and the Moring Show on BBC 3. Insomnia would not go away! Tuesday Jo and I planned to meet at our local shops, buy a takeaway coffee and walk thought Ardrie Park. Out of the question. However, all of this is nothing and I can only salute all our health care workers for their unstinting care of the community. Thank you.

    AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY

    Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.

    Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.

    Together, we’ll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19. Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.

    We have never needed Rotary — and we have never needed each other — more than we do now. We hope to see you online, because Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World.

    June – Rotary Fellowships Month
    6th Saturday District Awards
    8th Monday No meeting Queen’s Birthday holiday
    16th Tuesday Changeover Board Meeting
    22nd Monday Changeover at Amora

    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


    Contact Us

    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au
    rotarychurch.com.au
    yarralibraries.vic.gov.au

    Bulletin May 18th 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: Zoom Meeting 6.20 log in for 6.30

    Please see body of email for your invitation to join.

    Guest Speakers: John Wysham

    Conquering the full gamut of addictions, from food and booze to sex, gambling, drugs and even sugar, Laban Ditchburn now defines the word transformation. Meat and lots of it, is just one of his controversial mantras. His is a pure carnivorous diet and his journey is one that continues to inspire those ready to change their lives. A child badly affected by divorce and a legacy of family dysfunction, Laban sought validation and escapism in all the wrong places. Through self-discovery and a ton of hard work, he is now physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally in charge of his own destiny. An exemplar and a revolutionary, Laban shifts the relationship we have with food, our gut and our mind. His is a terrific yarn, told by a great storyteller and humourist. He revels in sharing, unabashed, what he’s learned about how to conquer the demons you don’t know you have, and how to be unstoppable in getting to where you want to be. Founder of Carnivore Consulting, Laban is flying high. He’s in the relationship of his dreams and is extraordinarily, mind-blowingly, fit. These days he gets his fix from the madness of ultra-marathon's, powerlifting, dryfasting and the demolition of a carnivore BBQ.


    Be Your Own Super-Hero

    In 1992 Judith Herman likened the effects of childhood abuse on survivors as having the similar effects that explosions have on victims of war - the premise being that the effect on the brain is virtually the same. Given the prevalence of this, it’s likely that you can think of someone in your life who has experienced abandonment of some type (divorce, adoption, drug and alcohol abuse etc) and or verbal, physical or emotional abuse of some degree in their childhood. Studies prove the links between childhood trauma and adverse outcomes for adults. The evidence is there to see, in a direct association with depression, anxiety, antisocial behaviour, substance abuse, eating disorders, suicidal behaviour, post-traumatic stress disorder and more. The impact on lives can be catastrophic. Getting a grip of such things is not easy. What if a carnivore and fasting lifestyle could play a vital part? Spend time with Laban Ditchburn, a man who knows the power and the harm of emotional pain and of turning his life around as a passionate carnivore. Laban has taken this controversial diet, mixed it with absolute confidence and determination to generate the life of his dreams. Learn how he identified and beat his psychological nemesis and became a revolutionary in the field of mental and physical wellbeing. Laban’s story is one of co-dependence, borne of unseen childhood pain, from circumstances not of his choosing. His outcomes, however, are definitely of his choosing. Join him to take the first steps in choosing the future you’ve only ever dreamed about.

    Kris is celebrating Mother’s Day isolated at Point Lonsdale. Simon is in Ivanhoe and Tim in Darwin. They arranged a nice hamper from the Lonsdale Golf Club for her as a surprise. Posted by Ben Hosking on Facebook


    Dear Sue
    Today I enjoyed a Richmond with Annette Pepper, we decided to stroll up to Amora and have a take away coffee, lovely to see Michelle. We then sat in one of the Rotundas overlooking the Yarra River allowing us to maintain social distancing. On our way out of Amora we bumped into MGC Maintenance Manager Glen Holland. So we did enjoy a lovely social walk! Cheers Jo


    Coodabeen Champions
    Much o my surprise listening to The Coodabeens Saturday morning Don Kinsey was mentioned. Don Kinsey, our inaugural adjudicator for the Ainger Peck award, was one of the great voices of 3DB in the 40's, 50's and 60 he was also well known Victorian historic motor sport announcer and station manager at Channel Seven. With his time at 3DB Don became the voice of The Royal Children's Hospital's Good Friday Appeal. He was very fondly remembered by The Coodabeens and they recalled many of his voiceovers especially that for Robur tea. The Coodabeen Champions are an Australian comedy team of the past 40 years. Their radio programs currently broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ,10.00 am - 12.00 pm on 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Victoria and ABC Tasmania. A sacred time for me!


    PP Chris Kemp posted on Facebook how proud he is of his partner Mel.· Mel has written an ebook 📚!! I’m probably a little biased but I think it’s brilliant. It will help a lot of kids transition back to school during COVID-19. Parents and teacher friends I highly recommend you grab yourselves a copy as it is a great read. 4 It shows a lot of her determination to support teachers and students returning to school that she released it on our very first Mother’s Day together when she could have been kicking back enjoying the hospitality of Mila and I. Thanks for being an amazing mum Mel and well done on becoming an author. I certainly intend to buy the pre-school book as my 4 year old great neice has been having nightmares about the virus.

    After an extended period at home it was my goal to create a picture book to help explain the unique circumstances they have just been through. Back to School after COVID-19 is designed for educators and parents to talk through the changes that have occurred, the roles we all still have to play to stay safe and share the excitement of getting back to school and learning with their friends. I hope you enjoy it and find it a useful resource. BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER COVID-19

    Book now available for purchase. 50% of proceeds going to an Australian educational charity (just finishing the paperwork). As kids around the world head back to kindergarten and primary school after an extended period at home it was my goal to create a picture book to help explain the unique circumstances they have just been through. Back to School after COVID-19 is designed for educators and parents to talk through the changes that have occurred, the roles we all still have to play to stay safe and share the excitement of getting back to school and learning with their friends. I hope you enjoy it and find it a useful resource.

    Was so lovely being able to watch Mila and her Grandparents this week after so many weeks apart. Also a bonus that now our professional photographer can visit 😉 @ivan.r.kemp thank you for the beautiful photos! @chris.m.kemp

    Good News

    Premier Dan Andrews announced today that dining areas in clubs and hotels will be able to serve up to 10 customers in one sitting from June 1st. This will increase to 50 by June 22nd. Maybe we will be back at the Amora sooner than expected.

    Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.

    Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.

    Together, we’ll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19. Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.

    We have never needed Rotary — and we have never needed each other — more than we do now. We hope to see you online, because Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World.


    Last Meeting

    John Whsham was introduced by chair Barry Roberrts who filled us in on John’s long assication with Richmond Rotary-child and adult. John’s talk wa amusing, indightful and thoiught provoking as he talked of Real Estate trends in Richmond from 1972 until the present day. From starting out as a Swan St office boy and rent collector in1972 to operating his own estate agencies for over 35 years; John has been privileged to have a real estate career which has created a large following of happy human beings including thousands of home buyers and home sellers. John has absolutely loved every minute of it. And he’s not done yet. Along the way, he has been appointed to market and sell a large percentage of the substantial homes on Richmond Hill and elsewhere in 3121. Many of them more than once. He has also acted for a diverse range of corporate entities including the National, CBA and Westpac Banks, McDonalds Family Restaurants as well as institutions including Epworth Hospital, Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the Salvation Army. The Victorian Attorney General’s Department and the Department of Treasury and Finance have also retained John to act in the sale of crown property. John is a long-time resident of Richmond and East Melbourne, and he owned and operated his own Richmond estate agency; Wysham Partners; for 25 years.

    In 2005 he moved his career to Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs where he helped develop and train a team of 50+ across a multi-office network. When John sold out of that venture, he returned to his roots and joined forces with the very successful and highly regarded team at Biggin & Scott Richmond as senior consultant.

    His first sale was a small Victorian worker’s cottage that sold for $11,000 and today would sell for well ove a million. At the time Richmond was an industrial suburb housing huge fatoires and buinesses. Most of the 70 plus club menbers were ‘captians of inducrty’’ and usually millionaires in ther own right. As many of these inductries needed to expand the businesses moved out and the gentrification of the suburb began, This was exacerbated by the baby boomers from the nearby leafy greeen sububs setting theiir offspring up in this area that was close to city work, schools etc. Other chnges were in the real estate business. No longer was a lsiting done in a day on a handshke. These days it takes between 10-30 days. Marketing is often done with multiple companies and digitally globally.

    John went onot to praise his father Doug and the support and the mentoring that was passed onto him. This was another vrry interesting zoom meeting. President Adam welcomed several nw attendees . Former members Bob Lazer and Merv Ericson, visitng Rotarian Gabrielle Bucholz from Germany, Vijay Susarla (AG Elect-Heritage cluster) and Jules a friend of John’s

    Hi Sue / Nia
    It was a good meeting. It was particularly great seeing PDG Judy at the meeting. Just for your info., I was President when Judy was my DG, and Judy has initiated a great Boxing Day Tsunami (2004) relief project in India - this was something Judy and team worked very hard making it as a $160K + matching grant from TRF = $240K (approx.). Good old days!!! Kind regards Vijay Susarla


    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors



    May – Youth Service Month
    2nd Saturday Rochester Pie and Port Night
    25th Monday Ainger-Peck Awards night
    June – Rotary Fellowships Month
    8th Monday No meeting Queen’s Birthday holiday


    District Assembly

    Sunday 24th May by ZOOM 10am to 1pm

    Please register your attendance by Tuesday 19th May or earlier if possible, via the following TryBooking link: https://www.trybooking.com/BJPCZ

    Contact Us

    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au
    rotarychurch.com.au
    yarralibraries.vic.gov.au

    Bulletin May 11th 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: Zoom Meeting 6.20 log in for 6.30

    Please see body of email for your invitation to join.

    Guest Speakers: John Wysham

    Real Estate development in Richmond John is a former member and followed his father, Doug, into the club. Between them they ran the well-known Richmond real estate agency Wysham Partners. John was inducted into the club in 1984 and became President in1994-1995. He was awarded Paul Harris Fellow in 1997. John relocated in 2003 and we all hope he returns to us at Richmond.

    Club Celebrations:

    Induction Anniversaries: Lois Peeler 15th May 2017

    Dear Sue,
    I have attached some photos of my family. Tonight we had a cozy night in during this isolation period. Together we enjoyed Veal Osso Buco seasoned with fennel & saffron accompanied by potato gnocchi from Amore Hotel Bridge Road. Two meals including a bottled of wine for only $50 - an offer we couldn't refuse! Pick-up was easy and even tempted us to take home some sticky date pudding with vanilla ice cream for only $10 a serve. What a treat! Highly recommend Richmond Rotarians to support Amora Hotel during this time. It was nice to see some of the familiar faces at reception and I was left in awe of the completed renovations.
    Kind Regards
    Anna Walpole
    Order online at Amora.



    From Jo Cowling.
    On Wednesday I represented RCR at the City of Yarra Volunteer Network Meeting on a Zoom meeting facilitated by Elly Murrell City of Yarra Community Projects Manager. 18 participants representing volunteer groups within City of Yarra. Provided an opportunity to update during the period of Covid 19 and impact on needs, volunteering and participation. I was able to provide some insight into our Club programs, impact on members and how we are managing. Great opportunity to promote Rotary in the City of Yarra and the importance of networks and local connections. I also provided an update on the Next Step Project. Other Elly outlined New Training and Skill Learning Development resources (City of Yarra) upcoming National Volunteer Week City of Yarra planned celebrations will be moved to International Volunteer Week early December. There is a City of Yarra Volunteer E Newsletter we can submit items to - Elly. Zoom morning tea for volunteers was suggested as a connection possibility. A brief overview of this network meeting.

    Bulletin May 4th 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: Zoom Meeting 6.20log in for 6.30

    Please see body of email for your invitation to join.

    Guest Speakers: AUSTRALIAN ROTARY CENTENNIAL

    Three Visionary Projects ~ Rotary Club of Melbourne
    INTERNATIONAL ~ Chris Wang "Rotary Gives Every Child A Future"

    Focusing on vaccination for children in underdeveloped countries with emphasis in Pacific Island nations. Chris is well known to many at Richmond as he was our Assistant Governor 2008-20010 involving the club in several exciting projects around drought affected families especially in the Rochester area.

    NATIONAL ~ Jim Orchard "End Trachoma"

    Although largely eradicated in Australia, pockets of trachoma still exist in remote Aboriginal Communities. "Three years ago, the Rotary Club of Melbourne, resolved to make the goal of “Ending Trachoma by 2020” a centenary project. It has done this in two ways: by developing a prototype mobile face washing station to be used by indigenous children in remote communities, and secondly, by supporting the National End Trachoma 2020 project. Jim has been responsible for transporting water plants to remote areas.

    COMMUNITY ~ Dorothy Gilmore "Safe Families"

    A Presentation Program to identify family violence including the impact on children & elder abuse.
    For more information see attachment Rotary Safe Families flyer.

    Zoom Meeting Program
    6.20 Open for guests and speakers
    6.30 Welcome by President Adam
    6.35 Chris Wong. (International)
    6.46 Jim Orchard (National)
    6.58 Dorothy Gilmour
    7.08 President Adam asks for questions from any speaker by a raising of the hand.
    7.30 Meeting is Closed.


    Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.

    Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.

    Together, we’ll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19. Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.

    We have never needed Rotary — and we have never needed each other — more than we do now. We hope to see you online, because Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World.




    Dear Nia and the Rotary Club of Richmond,
    The confronting sight of bare supermarket shelves a few weeks back was a new experience for me. It drove home the daily reality faced by so many in our community who struggle to access nutritious food.
    COVID-19 has compounded this misery pushing millions of Australians into hardship. Right now, FareShare is doing everything humanly possible to answer desperate pleas for our free, nutritious meals. From cancer patients in regional areas to senior citizens who’ve lost their support networks and international students completely stranded by the pandemic, people urgently need our cooked meals.
    Please support FareShare at this critical time. While much of the country shuts down, we are scaling up - but we need your help. Every dollar you donate will help feed someone doing it tough
    We have moved fast to respond to the crisis. As lockdown measures force community meal services and volunteer organisations to close, women in refuges, isolated, elderly people, and rooming house tenants require meals to heat up in their rooms. We are an essential service and people are counting on us for nutritious meals. People who have never needed help before are now desperate for food.
    Our chefs have been nothing short of heroic. They are at the forefront of this crisis. Their passion and commitment to keep cooking have been inspiring. Please get behind them with your donation and together we will get through this pandemic.


    Dear Members,
    Last week I received a plea from Fareshare for funds. As we had no Project Plans in place I did not share with members (except Jo, who also received the email). However, their situation has been playing on my mind so I emailed Kirsty Dwyer for more information. As you will all remember, both Marcus Godinho and Kirsty have spoken to the club as Guest Speaker (Marcus twice) about their work with Fareshare, a Richmond based organisation.
    I received a response from Alice Osmond.
    Every week we have been saving $35 by not having the Amora meal. I thought some of us might like to donate only the cost of ONE meal to Fareshare? Alice said in a previous email that one donation of $35 would feed many people. I did donate (and so did Jo) see Donation attachment. You have an option to make a comment, and I added 'Member of Rotary Club Richmond' to this so that they could see where the funds come from.
    In any case, whatever you do is a personal matter, not a club matter. You have a choice of donation amounts: $30, $50, $100 etc. I leave it up to you, with no follow-up.
    Regards, Nia






    Ben Hosking - Reflections of Forty Years of Rotary
    It all started in May 1980 when I was inducted into the Rotary Club of Richmond by the President John Slessor with my mentor being Brian List. The club met at the Richmond Football Club in Punt Road. I was then the Company Secretary / Accountant of the Hutchinson Group Australia an English owned book publishing distribution company. The club had around 70 members consisting of business and other leaders from the Richmond area including Ern Ainger, Graham and Ray Leggo, Norm Moore, Les Harrison, Norm Gipton, Doug Whysham, Roy Woods, Norm Neale, Keith Doehry, Stan Waterford, Joe Morrison, Tom Wilding, Brian List, John Slessar, David Alston, Miles Morphett and Ken Chandler. In joining the club it was a wonderful introduction for me into the Richmond community with its local projects and activities .The club met on Mondays at 12.30pm for 1.00 pm with a strict finish at 2.00 pm. During the 80's the club was very busy with fund raising activities and projects. On fund raising some of these activities were the Hole in One Competition at the Burnley Golf Course, the Annual Jumble sale at the Richmond Town Hall highlighted by Ern Ainger's colourful auctions of furniture and other items including one year by mistake the Council's piano . I was on the second hand book stall which always had early arrivals scouting for valuable rare books which they could resell. Dinner auctions at the Richmond Town Hall were also highly successful on one occasion raising $16,000.Traditional fund raisers such as Rotary Christmas puddings sales and raffles were also popular .Several successful business breakfasts with prominent speakers were also a feature in that era. On the social side wine and cheese nights and home hosted dinners were popular for fellowship and fund raising .PP Barry Roberts was also very innovative in his year as President selling Instant Bingo tickets around the Richmond community .We also ran a very successful Sportsman's Night in the early 1980's featuring Ex footballer and media personality Lou Richards, Jockey Roy Higgins and former England Test Cricketer Frank Tyson. Another activity which was well attended was a Retirement Seminar featuring the prominent psychologist Dr Francis Mc Nab. Another highlight event was a "Salute to Rotary" Concert at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl compered by television personality Brian Naylor.
    Some of the projects included giving financial and administration support to local community facilities: Abinger Street Crèche, Cooke Court Children Centre and Milparinka a disability support organisation in Richmond .PP Warren Golding and PP Barry Roberts also instigated funding of $ 32,000 towards the Bethesda Head Injury Day Patient Accommodation at Thornbury. In 1985-6 the club funded a 24 seater bus for the North Richmond Family Care Centre costing $20,500. Other projects were Slumber Kits for overseas counties, Mock job interviews, local school scholarships and a provision of a Heart Test Treadmill for Bethesda Hospital. PP Warren Golding in his year recommended our support for The Polio Plus project. Note in this era the club had more members in the corporate sector and also business owners who had the capacity to help to support and finance these projects.
    Other highlights were the two District Rotary Conferences we hosted. The first was in Albury in 1983 when Norman Moore was District Governor and Barry Woods was Club President. PP. Geoff Clarke organised the club and its members brilliantly and we run a great conference. Note there were 1015 registrations and 73 Richmond Rotarians and their partners attended. The second was in 2005 in Hobart when Judy Nettleton was District Governor and Simon Marriott was Club President .PP Barry Roberts was in charge this time and superbly organised the club and members in running an excellent conferences. Both conferences were great experiences to be involved in and Kris and I gained a lot from them.
    The project I have enjoyed the most is the Ainger Peck Public Speaking Award in which I have been involved since its inception in 1989 -90. It had small beginnings with only students from two Richmond schools - Valcluse College and Richmond Girls ‘Secondary College competing. Over the last 30 years it has grown to embrace secondary schools across the Melbourne metropolitan area. In recent years we had around 90 students competing in the NHP sponsored heats vying to gain a place in the ten student final. The competition is highly regarded in the school commodity as it offers students the opportunity to develop their speaking and presentation skills. Over the years I have had outstanding support from the late Don Kinsey AM and his wife Margot who were the adjudicators for over 20 years and more recently from Stephen Yolland and Jemma Richards- Munoz who succeeded them. .PP John Griffiths was also invaluable support as the administrator for over 20 years. We also have had strong support and sponsorship from the Ainger family and the late Nigel Peck AM his family and NHP.
    In recent years we have had an strong partnership with the Rotary Club of Melbourne Park who now jointly support this project. Another project which I enjoyed was the Shell sponsored Live Wire Program which sponsored young budding entrepreneurs. In this program in 2004 I mentored a young Physiotherapist Tristan White who had a vision to set up his own home visit practice. This was a rewarding experience helping him with his business plans and cash flow projections. Tristan went on to make the final and establishing a very successful business The Physio Co which specialises in servicing the aged care industry .His business has regularly been awarded one of Australia's best places to work . He is also an author publishing "Culture is Everything” based on his experiences and practices in his business. I am still associated with Tristan as a friend and business consultant and advisor Other involvements I have enjoyed over the years is serving on the Club Board , Program Chair on several occasions and my role as a Financial Advisor to the Rotary Next Step Trust working closely with Tim Baker and his Board of Trustees .This is a project of which the club can be proud and is now continuing under PP. Jo Cowling's leadership .The Mock Job Interviews at Melbourne Girls' College instigated and administered by Tim Baker was also good to be involved in. I have been honoured to be awarded a PHF in 1992-93 and sapphires in 2006-7 and 2012-13. I was especially proud to be nominated for the Royce Abbey Award which was indeed an honour as I personally knew Royce and his achievements in Rotary International including President. It has indeed been a privilege and honour to be a member of The Rotary Club of Richmond over the past 40' years. It has given me the opportunity to be involved in community projects as well growing my personal skills and also importantly making friendships and serving with likeminded people. I have been well supported and encouraged by my wife Kris who also has enjoyed her involvement with the club.







    Last Meeting:

    Last Monday we had a fabulous Zoom meeting. The guest speaker was Dr Anthony Coxton, and his topic was Health tips for dealing with Social Isolation. He outlined several health tips for coping with social isolation. He stressed that isolation will affect different people in differing ways. Some are less capable: physical surroundings, ailments, not computer literate, work problems. Parents are struggling with school age children and home schooling and their own working from home situations. Financial issues. However, it is nice to see many family groups walking around together.

    Tip 1 Maintain regular routines

    • Set schedule
    • Don’t blur lines between work and play
    • No-one can multi task effectively

    Tip 2 Get the ergonomics right

    • Sitting
      • Feet on ground
      • Hips higher than knees
      • Elbows at 110degrees
      • Eyes looking directly at screen
      • Keyboard separate form screen
    • Standing
      • Better for your health

    Tip 1 Maintain regular routines

    • Set schedule
    • Don’t blur lines between work and play
    • No-one can multi task effectively

    Tip 3 Take regular breaks

    People tend to move less when home; get out of chair every 30 minutes, actie sitting use the Straighten Up app.

    Tip4 Breathe fresh air

    • Get out amongst nature
    • ‘Earth ’yourself
    • Relax your shoulders and breath through your diaphragm

    Tip 5 Get your spine sorted

    Chiropractors are essential services

    Tip 6 Take advantage of position

    • Try something new
    • Find something to be grateful for every day


    From the General Manager
    An update from the Amora,
    We hope that you are all doing well & your families are healthy in this unprecedented time. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has certainly slowed the Victorian, Australian & World economies; we are fortunate to live in a country that has dealt with this crisis so well. We are taking every precaution to ensure that the hotel, it's staff and guests are protected at all times, with regular disinfecting of all areas of the hotel. We are open to guests for accommodation.
    Our Food & Beverage areas are shut down with the exception of takeaway from our Restaurant & Bar. We have a variety of food, coffer, beer and wine available for takeaway. The Richmond locals are taking advantage of our great coffee and takeaway meals. We have a dinner special which is dinner for two with a bottle of wine for only $50. This deal along with all the takeaway menu can be viewed & ordered online. order takeaway online We are hoping for a relaxation of the emergency measures soon so that we can re-open our Restaurant & Bar, in the meantime, we are keeping the staff busy with several maintenance projects thanks to the Government's JobKeeper program. All accommodation rooms are being deep cleaned and the carpet and upholstery steam cleaned.
    All accommodation rooms will be painted in the next 6 weeks. All conference rooms have been spring cleaned & painted as well. We have one brand new guest lift & the second guest lift is currently being replaced. This will be completed in early June 2020. The Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne will be spotlessly clean and ready for our guests as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted.
    It may take some time for Melbourne to return to normal. The Rugby Union, Rugby League & the AFL are all working on getting their seasons back on track. The World Cup Cricket is scheduled for November. Please stay well and safe.
    We look forward to seeing you on the other side of the Coronavirus.
    Regards Tim Bilston

    We can’t wait Tim to be back meeting at Amora.




    Fitzroy Rotary Autumn raffle

    Fitzroy Rotary has just released it’s Autumn raffle with three fantastic prizes. The main prize is a Liebherr Barrique WKb 1712 60 Bottle Capacity Free Standing Wine Cellar valued at $1,990.00 along with a $250.00 First choice liquor voucher. 2nd prize is a $350.00 First choice liquor voucher and 3rd prize is a $250.00 JB Hi-Fi Gift card.

    We are looking for your support in this (amazing) raffle to help the team at Fitzroy Rotary continue their valuable work in the local community, Australia and the Tiwi Islands.

    To purchase your tickets online

    https://www.raffletix.com.au/fitzroyrotaryraffle

    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


    Contact Us

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    Bulletin April 27th 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: Zoom Meeting 6.20log in for 6.30

    Guest Speaker: Dr Anthony Coxton, Health tips for dealing with Social Isolation.

    For most of his practice career, Anthony has been involved with health politics and media. He has made several appearances on all commercial television stations talking on a variety of topics from school bags to trampolines and generally about ways to care for your spine and general wellbeing.

    Club Celebrations:
    Induction Anniversaries:
    Sue Bolton, 28thApril 1997
    Ben Hosking 5th May 1980 Congratulations Ben on 40years of wonderful service to the Club, Rotary International and the Community.

    Ben was inducted into the club by President John Slessor. He was awarded a PHF in 1992-1993, followed by a sapphire in 2007-2007 and a second sapphire in 2012-2013. At a recent club meeting Tristram White the CEO of the Physio Co a million dollar corporation related how Ben in 2004, when he was 24 and trying to start The Physio Co, met Ben via the Rotary International / Shell Livewire program. In the 16 years since, Ben has been a mentor and friend who's helped TPC grow to more than the 100 person team it's become. And we have a long way to go yet!

    However, Ben will be long remembered for the success of the Ainger, now Ainger Peck public speaking award.

    The Ainger Peck Award is now in its 31st year c with record entries in the all school Heats along with strong student participation in the Melbourne Girls’ College internal heats. As a result the Award gives over 100 students the opportunity to develop their spoken communication skills and receive positive feedback from the experienced adjudication panel. The Award has certainly expanded from its origin as a competition for two Richmond secondary schools to now encompass schools from all over the Melbourne Metropolitan area. Ben was ably supported originally by the PP John Griffith and the adjudicators Don and Margot Kinsey.

    Now in its 31st year the program continues to be supported by so many. Testament to the high regard in which Ben is held. Ben is a man of service. He is a tour guide for the MGC and the National Sports Museum. Many an overseas visitor has been treated to these tours though the GSE and Youth Exchange. He also volunteers at major golf tournaments. Ben is a cricket tragic, golf tragic and sadly a footy tragic being a mad Magpies supporter.

    Ben is a man of all seasons. He keeps us amused with his wondrous emails, pithy jokes and amazing videos. At all times he has had wonderful support of his wife Kris. We congratulate Ben on such an impressive record.


    Trophy presentation to MGC

    Ainger Peck evening

    Margot & Don KInsey with Simon Marriot
    Tiiachi with Sally
    Certificate of Appreciation from Cricket Victoria in recognition of 50 years’ service to cricket in Victoria. A wonderful innings at Melbourne University Cricket Club

    At last week’s zoom meeting it was minted that ormer member and PP Merv had been taken to hospital. I asked for more details and this came back.

    Hi Sue
    Merv is well ~ I briefly saw him just now when I dropped off some dinner for Kay/Merv. Below is Merv's reply to our lunch group.
    Keep well Trevor

    Just a quick note to advise I was discharged from hospital today and am now at home; very tired but relieved I have got through the medical episode. After almost 4 days of seemingly never ending medical tests, on why I collapsed and lost consciousness last Sunday, I have finally been diagnosed as epileptic; probably not surprising as my father was epileptic from this teens to his death.I still need to have an MRI and EEG and also the insertion of something called a Loop Recorder. I have already been placed on some serious medication which my cardiologist assures me my body will adjust to! Many thanks for your concern and also for the inspirationally encouraging words of John Benger; i.e a person like Merv, or any of us, with no real status or position. (Kept me going when I was at my lowest.)
    Regards, Merv.


    Last week during the zoom meeting someone mentioned that the highlight of their Rotary career was attending the D9800 Confernce 1984 in Albury.The DG was club member Norman Moore. After the Buletin went out I recived the fololwing from past member Kieran Moore (Notm’s son) and referred to his mother and Norm’s wife Mora. Serndipity!

    Hi Sue
    In reply to your request, I thought that I would let you know that Mora has been in Kew Gardens 22 Gellibrand St Kew since July last year Her health seems to have even improved ( at 97) She is going to outlive me ( there goes the inheritance) (I have had some radiation on top of the Chemo and it is a little better) Regards to Judy who Sally tells me is not too well Judith Leggo ( Graeme) is also there Mora’s House -12 Jaserfold st North Balwyn – Fletchers -was put on the internet last week – a snap at 1.8
    Regards Kieran

    Former member and PP Michael Cowling with Kieran Moore

    Fitzroy Rotary Autumn raffle

    Fitzroy Rotary has just released it’s Autumn raffle with three fantastic prizes. The main prize is a Liebherr Barrique WKb 1712 60 Bottle Capacity Free Standing Wine Cellar valued at $1,990.00 along with a $250.00 First choice liquor voucher. 2nd prize is a $350.00 First choice liquor voucher and 3rd prize is a $250.00 JB Hi-Fi Gift card.

    We are looking for your support in this (amazing) raffle to help the team at Fitzroy Rotary continue their valuable work in the local community, Australia and the Tiwi Islands.

    To purchase your tickets online

    https://www.raffletix.com.au/fitzroyrotaryraffle

    Last Meeting:

    Anna Lewenhagen is the RCR youth Manager for the Clubs Next Step Project. This is a program that has been designed to support students from Collingwood College and Fitzroy High schools on their journey to employment and or further study. Anna joined the program in November last year; she has a Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies. During these most challenging times we have been warmed by Anna’s enthusiasm and commitment to the Club’s Next Step Project and in particular to the students. Isolating at home has been very challenging for the participants, but they have been in regular contact with Anna and seem more determined than ever to make a success of this project. Anna has coped admirably with the video conferencing and realizes that some are putting great effort into staying focused. A small high rise flat with 7 occupants makes for lots of difficulties. Congratulations Ann for making a difference.


    Community and Vocational Report

    Committee
    Chair: Jo Cowling
    Nia Holdenson, Ben Hosking, Mark Miller, Judy Nettleton and Melinda Dunkley.
    Trustees: Judy Nettleton, Tim Baker & Trevor Pang
    Administration Support for the Next Step Trust – Dot Brown (FoRR)

    Next Step – Youth Manager/Facilitator

    Anna Lewenhagen and I meet regularly for catch up’s and to provide Anna with support and a connection to the Rotary Club. Anna will present to the Club on Monday 20 April as the Club’s Guest Speaker. Tim Baker maintains a connection with Anna too. Anna presented to the Club at our meeting providing an overview of the current status of the Next Step Project and the impact it is having on the participants. The Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School teachers have identified students who will most benefit from the guidance of the RCR Youth Manager. 37 students are currently participating in this year’s program. A request has been made by Collingwood College to increase the number of participants; this will be considered in view of the time Anna is able to provide.

    Anna continues to engage with current participants from Fitzroy High School but has been restricted in her access to the students through the school’s communication system.

    Anna has been able to maintain her contact with students via phone, email and online.

    Anna provided us with some insight into the challenges for some students who have difficulty accessing a computer, living in cramped conditions and some students with English as a second language, despite this Anna has worked very hard to maintain the connections using different ways to stay in touch. Through the school holidays she maintained as much contact as requested and on return to school has resumed her normal contact with students. Anna informed us that a number of students who have part-time jobs are still employed which is a great outcome. (Mc Donald’s, Supermarkets and KFC) The RCR will explore the option of introducing an online Mock Job experience for the students to the project as students are currently unable to complete the work experience component. The Committee in consultation with Anna will explore this as we run a Mock Job Project at Melbourne Girls College and we can use this model and modify with Anna to suit the students currently in the Next Step Project. Anna has also maintained her Network contacts and this provides an opportunity to discuss the challenges facing employment. Anna also mentioned that students are considering staying in the education system to improve their future opportunities – this is a positive move.

    Next Step Fundraising Event and Promotion – Ongoing

    The Celebration of Inspiring Women event was held on Wed 26 Feb at the Melbourne Girls College Gillard Centre. This event showcased the RCR Next Step Project which receives funding from the Bendigo Bank Clifton Hills, Yarra City Council and the Inner North Community Foundation.
    The event was well supported by about 80 attendees.
    Karen Money; MGC Principal opened the event.
    This was a free event supported by Lendlease.
    Ongoing:
    The RCR is currently having a pull up banner made to acknowledge our grant funders and supporters. This banner will be displayed at Club Meetings and all Rotary events.
    The Club’s Weekly Bulletin continues to acknowledges the support provided by the Bendigo Bank Clifton Hill.
    RCR – Rotary on Church Market commenced on the 15 February, this is be a monthly market supported by Yarra City Council and Yarra Libraries and provides an opportunity to raise our profile in the local community and to acknowledge our Grant Funders and other supporters. We remain connected to Yarra Libraries during this period. POSTPONED until further notice Ongoing
    We will continue to explore any opportunity to acknowledge our Grant Funders, Sponsors and Supporters in the Lendlease News Letter and the Yarra Library Newsletter.

    Mock Job Interviews (Nia Holdenson)

    Planning will commence in 2020 (no funding required – MGC and volunteer support) – Postponed for MGC however we will explore an online version for the Next Step Project

    Community Network Groups

  • City of Yarra Volunteer Network Group
  • Inner North Community Foundation Grants Network
  • I continue to represent the Club via ZOOM at both of the Network Groups. Last week I attended the Inner North Community Foundation Meeting, this provides our Club with a profile in the Community and showcasing the Next Step Project through the various community networks.
    We remain connected and committed.


    National Youth Science Forum

    Maria Makris has been in contact with 3 students from MGC to thank the club for the sponsorship of this program . Two students who were sent to Brisbane completed the whole program but the student sent to Canberra was sent home 4 days early due to the danger of the bushfires. However the students were glowing in their appreciation and would love to present at some time to the club The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 10-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields. At the NYSF Year 12 Program run in January each year, participants will:

  • visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities,
  • go on site tours,
  • listen to lectures,
  • take part in workshops,
  • go to social events, and
  • participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills. The NYSF is run by youth for youth, with a certain number of participants being selected each year to come back and participate in our Student Staff Leadership Program (SSLP) in preparation to help run the program the year after they first attended.


    Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the four police officers killed last week. Deepest sympathy to PE Anna Walpole and her son Nathan who counted Josh Preseny as his best friend, Nathan and Josh competed together in cross country events. Unfortunately Nathan is isolated in Mt. Isa as the Queensland border is closed. A big virtual hug to Nathan and Anna from us all.


    Join us next Saturday for the COVID-19 #RotaryResponds Telethon. Tap the "Get Reminder" button to be notified when we're live!



    World Immunization Week: Rotary's focus on Disease Prevention and Treatment

    Now more than ever, we recognize the importance of effective vaccines to protect against disease. As scientists work to develop one to protect all of us from the new coronavirus, we recognize how far we have come this World Immunization Week. This 24-30 April, encourage everyone to immunize their children and themselves against preventable diseases.
    The Rotary Foundation has a long history of funding disease prevention and treatment projects that focus on health issues that impact vulnerable communities, like our polio eradication efforts. Successes in these areas have helped us address other global health challenges, including the spread of the coronavirus. Learn how our work fighting polio is supporting the COVID-19 response in communities worldwide.
    It’s important that we continue funding these projects when our help is needed most. Although this pandemic affects all of us, Rotarians like you continue to take action even in a time of crisis. If you are able to make a donation during World Immunization Week, give to our PolioPlus Fund to support polio eradication efforts and more, or give to our Disaster Response Fund to support our work addressing this pandemic and other emergencies. You’ll be helping to empower Rotarians so that we can keep Doing Good in the World now and in the years to come.
    We hope you and your family are staying safe in this time of uncertainty.

    Sincerely,
    The Rotary Foundation

    DONATE


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  • Bulletin April 20th 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: Monday's Zoom will commence at 6.30 (as a trial) so that all working members can participate.

    Guest Speaker, Anna Lewenhagen, Next Step Program

    Club Celebrations:
    Birthdays: Ashak, Eiman 24th April
    Partner Birthdays: Andrea Michaelides, 22nd April, Sue Roberts 23rd April From PP Chris’ Facebook post

    “Celebrating Mila being half a year old tonight. Half a year of love, laughter and lots of learning. It’s a weird time right now, we had a zoom meeting with our mother’s group this morning and Chris (@scotchclub) and I celebrated by opening a nice bottle of wine tonight. Hopefully the cute baby photos make you smile and you are all keeping well! Lots of love (from a safe distance) to all our friends and family!!”

    Proud of Mel O'Neill’s article in the Geelong Advertiser this morning. She’s been doing some great work from home resourcing teachers and parents for their return to school today

    From John Benger I’m getting bored but obeying the rules. Rylands allow us to have dinners of two people and if I visit they leave the door open and I go in. We sit each end of the table. Rylands provide room service. Only one person pours the wine. I do it a couple of times a week.

    Before stage 3 restrictions


    I am still working thankfully, busier than ever. I am hoping to get a bit of gardening done on weekends. Neighbours all getting together for Saturday drinks and of course social distancing rules apply. Take care and regards
    Melinda


    Hi All
    I’m starting to worry that my career as a landscape designer might not take off Everything I read explains how to design a garden for a square or rectangular plot of land. My area isn’t like that; it’s totally irregular with curved edges. Then the gardening gurus explain about vistas - getting a focal point to look up to. My area actually slopes south towards the side fence It’s all very disheartening but I won’t be deterred. This morning I was out in the drizzle with my measuring tape putting measurements on paper as the paper got wet and the ink ran. I had intended to follow the next suggestion and make a note of areas of sun and shade, but there wasn’t any sun This project is really on my mind and i wake most mornings with brilliant ideas, but somehow they don’t look so fabulous when I try to sketch them With the design on hold, I’ve been attending to plant selection. At the current time, as you might have guessed, I’m really very fond of Salvias. All the design books recommended choosing a colour scheme. That’s easier said than done and would certainly entail serious omissions I’ve also read that there’s a need to incorporate some paving so the garden can be properly maintained, and I don’t think I’m really up to paving and in the current climate it wouldn’t be easy getting help The one positive about this area is that the soil is excellent. But that might have its drawbacks, as the plants might need regular pruning, and of course others will need to be shaped into balls or cylinders or even hedged to highlight the garden structure. (What structure you may be asking) About thirty years ago a friend gave John and I a sundial and I’ve never really found a suitable place for it During another early morning brainwave, I thought it would make a lovely feature as a centrepiece in my new garden bed. Then I realised how silly it would be to put it in a spot where no one could read the time. Back to reality The Burnley salvia stock are looking good especially the delicate S.nipponica ‘Crug Cream’ and S bullulata I’ve found a few polystyrenecontainers which will house them until we return Trusting you are all well and keeping to the guidelines
    Janice


    From Jennie Purdie Smith
    1. Half of us are going to come out of this as amazing cooks. The other half with a drinking problem.
    2. I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on the Wheel of Fortune, now I turn it like I’m cracking a safe.
    3. I need to practice social distancing with the refrigerator.
    4. I still couldn’t decide where to go for Easter – the living room or the bedroom.
    5. Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they still fit. Pyjamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
    6. I don’t think anyone expected when we changed the clocks, we’d go from Oz autumn time to the Twilight Zone.
    7. This morning I saw my neighbour talking to her cat again. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. When I got back into the house I told my dog and we both laughed.
    8. My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.
    9. I’m so excited when it’s time to take out the rubbish, gosh what should I wear?
    10. I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to ‘Puerto Backgardena’ as I’m getting really tired of ‘Los Livingroom’.
    11. Classified ad: ‘Single woman with toilet paper seeks man with hand sanitiser for good clean fun’.
    12. Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under……!!

    Serendipity

    In an Easter phone call from my nephew in Perth I mentioned how much difficulty I was having reading is Facebook posts and his emails. He responded immediately, ‘Hold ctrl and use the middle control on your mouse and you zoom in straight away”. Changed my life.


    Isabel Armer’s news from Nepal
    I have attached some news from Netra. The photo shows Mrs S collecting from Netra's home. I think a few families will be struggling, but we can use money which would have been used to pay school fees. I am trying to distribute some food one by one so not make any crowd anywhere. I call mrs Shrestha. She collect some rice, oil, soap, beaten rice, jeera, Masala, Dal, salt and sugar total cost is $70 each family so makes happy for them. Now 10 family start. Photos are not good sunny problem. Will send more photos thank you so much for your help. Your Netra The Shrestha family has the two children with cerebral palsy and they were first on my list of who should be helped. They have no income, because the mother cannot sell vegetables. I am selling a few things through Gumtree. I have been banned from Facebook Marketplace because I broke some of their rules which I did not understand. It's under review.


    Fitzroy Rotary Autumn raffle

    Fitzroy Rotary has just released it’s Autumn raffle with three fantastic prizes. The main prize is a Liebherr Barrique WKb 1712 60 Bottle Capacity Free Standing Wine Cellar valued at $1,990.00 along with a $250.00 First choice liquor voucher. 2nd prize is a $350.00 First choice liquor voucher and 3rd prize is a $250.00 JB Hi-Fi Gift card.

    We are looking for your support in this (amazing) raffle to help the team at Fitzroy Rotary continue their valuable work in the local community, Australia and the Tiwi Islands.

    To purchase your tickets online

    https://www.raffletix.com.au/fitzroyrotaryraffle

    Farewell Constanze

    Reply from Constanze

    Thank you very much!
    I am very sad that I have to go back to Austria, but it probably is for the best. I have really enjoyed living in Australia for 8-9 months and I am very thankful for everything you and Rotary has done for me. I will keep in touch and I am sure that I will be back very soon. Constanze

    Dear Constanze,
    We are glad to hear that you are safely back home in Vienna and hope the 14 days of quarantine passes quickly for you. We are sure you are looking forward to being re-united with family and friends after many months “Down Under “ . We hope you have the chance to come back to Melbourne when the virus concerns have abated. However we are certain that you will visit again in the future even if not under the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Sue and I look forward to meeting you again, in the not too distant future, either in Melbourne or in your beautiful home town. We love visiting Vienna but as things are today that may not be possible for us in the future. Overseas travel is becoming more difficult for we oldies. Constanze we wish you success at school and University and always remember the life lessons you have learned from your time with Richmond Rotary. We wish you also good health and much happiness.
    Sue and Barry Roberts


    I am so pleased and relieved Constanze you are back at home in Austria. Sorry we couldn't say good bye in person. We look forward in your return to Australia 10 in the near future and hopefully my a family and I can take you to Sovereign Hill. Thank you for all your participation in Richmond Rotary and please keep in touch and importantly please stay safe.
    Kind Regards Anna Walpole and family.


    For Constanze. Very disappointing your exchange was cancelled. Especially as the first few months are harder as you are breaking in new conditions. Very sad you missed the Australian Tour with the other exchange students. Best wishes and I trust somehow we will see you again. We are trialling a 5PM Melbourne time Zoom catch up and that is 8AM your time so maybe when we get going we can invite you to a meeting? It is very unfair to say the intelligence of both our countries went up when you went home!!! LOL.
    John Benger


    Hi Constanze
    Hope all is well as you prepare to go home to Austria . I imagine you have mixed feelings leaving Melbourne before you have finished your Rotary Exchange year . In particular It was disappointing you missed out on the Australian Safari with your fellow exchange students I can understand your Dad wanting you to come home in these challenging health circumstances . We enjoyed meeting you and hopefully you had some good experiences with both our club and your host families . Hopefully you will come back to Melbourne one day and we will meet again. Safe travel and best wishes for the future Kind regards Ben Hosking
    Sorry Ben I could not find the photos of Caonsatnze at the MCG


    Hi Constanze
    Great having you as part of our family. So sad that you are leaving so soon however happy that you will be back with family & friends in Austria. I know you will hold us in your heart as we will, & that we will meet again very soon. Keep safe, stay positive & remain healthy – we will miss you, please keep in touch.
    Lots of love & luck
    Trevor, Maureen & Family


    Fantastic news Jo
    Now she just has to remain cooped up for the next couple of weeks! Not much fun anywhere. Pity that it had to end so early for her. She was enjoying a great exchange Graeme Bird D9800 Country Coordinator – Austria


    ‘Travelling opens a window to the world.’ Xhosa
    Farewell Constanze from Melbourne!
    Dear Constanze,
    It was such a great pleasure getting to know you at our Rotary meetings since your arrival in Melbourne. I was incredibly happy for you to attend Melbourne Girls’ College by the Yarra River in Richmond. A wonderful school. You made the most of your opportunities in Australia and you embraced the culture and our lifestyle. I hope this is a short farewell until we meet again. Stay safe and I hope your dreams come true, but dream big!
    I am enclosing some photos and I wonder if you can guess where I was in 2018?
    With my warmest wishes,
    Maria Makris, Youth Services Director


    Reflections from our first Zoom meeting Monday, 6th April.
    Dear fellow Rotarians,
    I would like to thank Jo Cowling and her team for ensuring the safe return of our Youth Exchange Students to their families during this unprecedented historical event with the global impact of Covid-19. Our fellow Rotarian Jo Cowling kept us informed throughout the process and because of her high level of competence and professionalism she was able to negotiate through a maze of challenges internally and externally to return Constanze Schuen to Vienna and bring Jade Frame back from Brazil. On behalf of our club we thank you Jo Cowling for your exemplary leadership and we also acknowledge the support of your team. Maria Makris, Youth Services Director.



    Social isolation is nothing compared to the sacrifices so many made in times of war.

    Lest We Forget




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    Bulletin March 30th 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: CANCELLED

    Club Celebrations:
    Birthdays: Lois Peeler 31st March
    Induction Anniversaries:

    Trevor Pang 1st April 1990

    On April Fools’ Day 1990 Trevor Pang was inducted into the Rotary Club of Richmond. With hindsight who knows who enjoyed the greater joke. Trevor was nominated by our longest serving charter member Geoff Clarke. (You may recall that Geoff died in February 2019 at 100 years of age and retained his interest in Trevor and the club until his death.) Trevor’s contribution to the club has been inestimable. He has brought fun and laughter, business acumen, a sense of fairness and above all ‘service above self’. Some indication of this is indicated in the Paul Harris awards: 2001-2002, 2994-2005(sapphire), 2009-2010(2nd sapphire) 2010-2011(ruby), 2012-2013 (2nd ruby). In 1998-1999 my first year as Bulletin editor Trevor designed the Bulletin cover as psychedelic dream as he figured I was from the hippie generation that made love, not war. In those years around Easter the Club conducted epic horse-rides for hundreds of riders. We will never forget Trevor’s bar, set up each night to provide drinks and snacks after a hard day’s work. 2001-2002 saw Trevor take on his biggest responsibility – to be District Secretary for the year Judy Nettleton was the District Governor. This culminated in a fabulous district conference in Hobart.

    He served as President in 2008-2009 and introduced the hug to all – the embrace of Richmond fellowship. The theme that year was ‘Make Dreams Real’ and Trevor did that in spades. He launched the club logo ‘Connecting the Community’. In conjunction with FORR Trevor launched OXYgen to encourage our X and Y gens to provide community service after the Black Saturday fires. Trevor organised our first Lunar Dinner.

    After the death of President Michael O’Sullivan Trevor stepped into the breach and once again took on the Presidency.

    2014-2015 was the year to Light up Rotary Trevor certainly knows how to light up Rotary! Throughout his tome with us Trevor has always had the support of his wonderful wife Maureen. They have been an incredible pair.

    Dinner at Government House 2010

    Trevor has been a tireless worker for Rotary: fun, diligent, friendly ,kind and sometimes naughty. Everyone loves Trevor

    Hi Trevor
    I would like to congratulate you on your outstanding service to the Rotary Club of Richmond over the past 30 years You have played many roles for both the club and the district over this period. In particular, your year as Club President was outstanding, as was your role as District Secretary in Judy Nettleton’s year as District Governor. Your other roles that stand out include International Chair and in particular your pivotal role in getting our Youth Exchange program up and running again. You have also been our go to person to chair important meetings and functions which you have carried out in a light hearted and friendly manner. The list goes on including the Motto involvement and the benefits it has brought to the club. From a personal note you have given great assistance to me with the Ainger Peck Award producing the final program and banners over many years You have indeed been fortunate in having wonderful support from Maureen who also is an integral part of our club. In particular she was an outstanding Chair of the Friends of the Rotary Club of Richmond for several years. Overall you have been an outstanding Rotarian but above all a good bloke who it has been a privilege to serve with .
    Kind regards
    Ben Hosking

    I can’t find any but any mention of TP probably includes what he has facilitated via his Motto link and this is a photo of John and Faye.
    Regards John

    Farewell to Constanze

    Another consequence of the corona virus is the cutting short of our exchange students’ stays. Constanze has been a delight and we will miss her. We wish her an uneventful return to Austria and hopes that she will stay in touch with us

    On Thursday I said my good bye to Constanze. Constanze wanted to say goodbye to you all and thank you for everything. She is hoping to return to Australia later in the year to say a real goodbye. Constanze will fly home in Tuesday on a flight which has been arranged by the Austrian Government. This flight will have many Austrians who are stranded in Australia and this is a huge relief to Constanze’s family and also to us. I would like to acknowledge Constanze’s host family who have been incredibly supportive and engaged in all communications - thank you Michael, Bec and Imi.
    Bon Voyage Constanze xxxx (Jo Cowling)


    Dear Jo, thank you for your message. Who would have thought that the world will turn upside down in such a short period of time? I know that Constanze is ok. I am in regular contact with her and Michael. However, I also know that she 6 is a bit worried about the uncertainty being created by this unprecedented situation. And since we are all navigating unchartered territory we will have to evaluate the situation day by day and take appropriate decisions. My son and I have been in lockdown for a week now. We can only leave the house to buy groceries and walk the dog (which somehow sadly has become the highlight of the day). Schools, most shops, restaurants, etc. are all closed. When outside we must only be alone or with another member of the same household and we have to maintain a distance of at least one metre to other people we may meet. Police and nowadays the military is enforcing these rules very vigorously. These are measures which have not been in seen since at least WWII. They will last at least for another 3 weeks, although general consensus is that measures will be prolongated into late spring, maybe the summer. So it will get tougher before it gets better. But the government is desperately trying to avoid a situation like it develops in Italy which is an absolute catastrophe with no end in sight. First indications are that it may be working, but the price in terms of economic and social costs and human lives will still be high. It will be a different country to which Constanze will return. I expect your government to have to take similar measures. In addition there is the constant worry that anyone close to you catches the desease (which thankfully is cured without any problems in over 90% of cases) and the question whether the system will then have enough intensive care capacity if needed. So we will have to monitor closely what strain that will put on Constanze and her guest family in the medium term and find an appropriate solution if and when needed, in particular if Constanze or any member of her guest family fell ill. For the moment I still think that it is the best and safest option for her to stay in Melbourne. In fact currently it would probably not even be possible for her to come back as most airlines have stopped services and travel restrictions are in place. In any case I hope that you and your family stay healthy and safe. I really appreciate your support in this extraordinary situation. Please stay in touch. Kind regards, Hartwig


    Good afternoon
    I have just received a call from Constanze’s father. The Austrian embassy has arranged a flight out of Sydney on Monday with a priority for minors. Constanze is booked on the flight to Austria but they have not yet confirmed a time. I believe she will be booked on a flight to Sydney however this is also not yet confirmed. This is a huge relief however her Tuesday flight will be kept for a back up just in case. I will confirm Sydney ASAP and hopefully we can get her there. Her host family have been amazing and very supportive. Constanze now has her bags packed ready to go. This is such a difficult time but I think we will all be so relieved once she is on her way home.
    Jo

    Jade is home from Brazil

    Hello fellow Richmond Rotarians, I have had a busy few days organising some shopping and with my daughters we were able to clean out our house from top to toe. I have been doing some gardening and collecting our delicious figs from the fig tree. Today I made some eggplant pickles cannot wait to eat them in winter. Also I made some fresh ricotta and spinach cannoli. I just felt like cooking today it was a good way to keep my mind occupied. Late this afternoon, I went into my garage and I decided to select a variety of books to read whilst on lock down. Tomorrow I will go to work and wonder how many of my primary school students will attend school?. I am very concern for my dear Year 2 students ( 7 years old) I am sure they a very worried. I promised them on Monday that we will do lots of singing using my Hand Puppets. Singing is the best remedy! I have been playing my CD's listening to the 70's, 80's and 90's music what a great way to keep our family occupied. Stay safe! Kind Regards Anna


    thanks Sue for this live news from down under rotarian friends. from burgundy, france, my le creusot birth town. i am confined to my brother’s home, meaning staying at home, going out only if needed and with a committing form that may be checked by patrols (200A$ fine if commitment is not met or fake…) this is not as bad as it is for my sister in law: while at dijon 90km away at their eldest son’s home while attending teeth treatment, dentist was infected so she and all at son’s home are in a 14antine mode which exclude going out for any other reason than medical! i am supposed to fly back down under this coming thursday 26… should cathay pacific flights still exist (they still are today), should I can join paris airport in time, should HK stopover be OK, etc. then, i’ll commit at Tullamarine for 2 weeks self isolation, aussie way after french one! of course you may guess that i couldn’t meet my trip biz objectives as the form system has no “tick” for the meeting i needed! all is by phone or mail… which i could have done from carlton. with regard to federico and parents in italy, they are ok in a very infected area… no school, no sport, no girls… poor boy! as @mails are not spreading covir19, safe kisses from france cheers jeanmarc berthier


    Somaliland shipment on hold Dear Annette and Jo,
    I am sure that you are both well aware of the many issues and obligations surrounding the community requirements associated with COVID19. We at DIK have the same obligations to the community and particularly to our many volunteers. As a consequence we regret to advise that the DIK Store will close from next Tuesday after we complete several containers that we have a shipping booking for. 9 This means that we will not be able to complete your planned container until the situation has hopefully returned to some normality and the current restrictions are eased. Any goods that you have delivered to the store or specifically earmarked for your container will still be there when we are able to get back to “ normal” operations. We are sorry that this will y disrupt your project plans but we know that you will understand why we have to do this.
    Stay safe.
    Cheers
    Bob

    Dear Edna,
    Unfortunately more bad news. The Rotary Donations in Kind Warehouse has closed down for now due to the Covid-19 situation. We have no idea how long it will take before it re opens. We had packed 1 pallet of medical supplies and were awaiting advice from the Shipping Agent prior to packing the container. We also had a fundraising Chinese Banquet organised for 105 people to raise money for training a Midwife at your University in this, the year of the Nurse and Midwife. The Dinner also was cancelled. All restaurants, cafes and bars are closed. Only takeaway food available. I read about Dr Hamlin's passing. What a wonderful woman she was and a great legacy she left for women in Ethiopia. I know you had so much respect and love for her as a friend and colleague and would be feeling sad. I have been in touch with Shainaz who is on lock down in India. I will contact you whenever this situation resolves. Stay safe Edna,
    Kind regards,
    Annette


    Dear Annette,
    In these days of 'only bad news', I am happy to know that at least, you are well. We just do not know when and how things will return to normal but pray that this 'ill wind' will pass without too much heartbreak for us all. First cases have been diagnosed in neighbouring Somalia and do not know what life holds for us. Catherine Hamlin was my hero, inspiration and my 'big' sister who would treat difficult cases for us. Please take good care of yourself and pass on our best wishes to the other Rotarians. Stay blessed and stay well my friends. Edna 10

    For Grandparents

    Innovative approaches in the time of the virus.Birthday celbrations for Nick Cowling and Jack electronically. Pip joined in the fun. Jo has told me she hides one of Pip’s toys everyday and in facetime Pip looks through Grandy;s house until she spots it. Telphone conferencing? Another friend’s daughter has moved to Cnada. Mother and grandmother both have copies of the same book and read it during facetimeto Cody aged 14 months.

    VALE Yvonne Moon

    It is with great sadness that the President and members of the Rotary Club of Williamstown mourn the passing of long serving fellow Rotarian Yvonne Moon OAM - past president, Paul Harris Fellow, community worker, national honour awardee and founder of ROCAN (Rotarians against ovarian cancer). Yvonne will be missed greatly.

    RoCan (Ovarian Cancer Research)

    Founded by Yvonne Moon OAM, RoCan began 19 years ago when her friend passed away with ovarian cancer. Back then there was very little known about this disease, labelled the Silent Killer, women did not and still do not have an early detection test for ovarian cancer. Yvonne decided enough was enough and set up the charity to fund research efforts towards the disease. So in memory of those that have passed, and to support those who are currently suffering, supporters of RoCan Rare taking to the roads, riding from Campbelltown in Sydney to Williamstown in western Melbourne to raise funds for ovarian cancer The aim of the program is to raise awareness and funds for research to help find an early detection screening test for all women.

  • RoCan is raising funds to build a new planned Cancer Wellness Centre for Men and Women diagnosed with all forms of cancer
  • Supported by many Rotary Clubs and the Annual Bike Ride to Conference
  • To date, the impact RoCan has had has been immense with the charity raising over one million dollars. Yvonne details "I am mindful of where the funds we raise go to, I meet with all organisations to discuss so that I am satisfied the funds raised are used wisely and not put into a pool of funds." Examples of the funds in use include the purchase a block of land where Yvonne is planning to build a Cancer Wellness Centre in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne.
  • The Cancer Wellness Centre will accommodate up to 8 families, whilst their loved ones are receiving treatment. It is envisaged that patients will mainly come from Regional areas. The facility is also scheduled to provide services such as yoga, relaxation, legal and financial advice, music health and nutrition. Funds raised during the "Ride for Life" event are expected to go towards the new centre, which is expected to complete in 2021.
  • This year more than 1,800 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and over 900 will die from this disease

  • It is the most lethal of all women’s cancers.
  • One woman dies every 10 hours from Ovarian Cancer
  • Community Action on Covid-19

    If you are open for business, we bet it won’t be business as usual. But your community needs your help. The Inner North Community Covid-19 Fund is doing something about it – and so can you! The fund set up by the Inner North Community Foundation enables you to do something to support your community through these tough times.

    Giving will soften the impacts of Covid-19 already hitting many in our community. Your donation will enable:

  • Emergency relief vouchers for families to buy essentials from local traders.
  • Rapid Response grants for charities to respond in flexible and creative ways.
  • Pathways to Employment projects that support people in our community impacted by Covid-19.
  • We're exploring other ways to fund projects designed to lift our spirits and show what we can do together. The people in need are our neighbours and we can help them. Let’s all act NOW and do something about the impacts of Covid-19. f you're not in a position to make financial contribution please consider:

  • Forward this email with your networks
  • Share on social media via Facebook and Twitter
  • Pick up the phone and let people know
  • Thanks for being with us, and each other.
    Ben Rodgers
    Executive Officer, Inner North Community Foundation
    Phone (03) 8689 1967
    Mobile 0415 731 134
    Email brodgers@innernorthfoundation.org.au 192 High Street, Northcote VIC 3070
    ABN 59 127 058 682
    www.innernorthfoundation.org.au

    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


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    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121



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    Bulletin March 23rd 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: CANCELLED

    Dear Members and Friends,
    As a measure to limit the spread of COVID-19 please be advised that Rotary meetings for the next 4 weeks will be cancelled. As always, I will be in touch to keep you up to date with RC Richmond situation. I have emailed Amora and reluctantly let them know. Our thoughts are with them as they face the inevitable downturn in their business. We were expecting several guests (listed below) whose email addresses I do not have. Jo, could you please let John, Caroline and Dino know of the cancellation? I understand that Anna has already sent an apology? Our speaker, John Wysham is also included in this message. Obviously, there will be no Board Meeting either. How we address this is yet to be determined, but as the COVID-19 situation unfolds we will know more of what is possible. Please all stay safe and look after each other, as I know you will be doing.

    Regards,
    Nia


    I attach a photo of Scarlett on her fifth birthday last Sunday, 15th March. A bit of sunshine to lighten our mood.
    Nia


    Secretary Nia wrote

    Dear Members,
    Like most of you (I guess) you are restricting your activities and staying close to home. Can you share with each other what you are doing? Ian and I are spending time in the sun, reading and relaxing. I started a big cleaning binge (following Jo's lead) but that didn't last very long. We are planning to take the caravan to Cobram next week to get some bush fresh air, all going to plan. I am going to download lots of books onto my ipad and immerse myself in reading. We are boring, but others might have some great ideas as to what they are doing?? It is good to stay in touch with each other, strengthening the rotary bond. Many members responded and I have included then all


    I was forced into staying at home anyway after the operation on my femur so i am making the most of this time stuck at home to work on my web site and have delegated all my manual work to a young guy i use. Also watching the share market and wondering if i am ever going to retire.
    Adam

    Great idea Nia, I am coming out of 14 days isolation and my cleaning frenzy!!! I did not develop any symptoms so that is great news. Tomorrow I can go for a walk - I will enjoy that and more appreciate the simple things in life. Best wishes to all and yes let’s keep in touch
    Warm regards
    Jo


    Myplace is soooo clean and tidy you could eat off the floor!! But now what?

    Thank goodness the shop I use most is OK for product Rylands retirement village have been draconian. Justified as it older age group. Daily temperature checks, no tradesmen without authority, visitors OK in room but must not visit common areas, no visitors in restaurant but there is the full A La Carte menu for room service. But all clear for residents to use gym and pool.
    Regards John

    Short Story of the day

    It was a quiet Monday morning in September 2053, when Darryl awoke with a need to go to the bathroom. To Darryl this wasn’t just any ordinary day, this was the day he would open the last package of toilet paper his parents bought in 2020
    I'm limiting my office time atm (the events industry is in total lockdown). Been gardening and cleaning the swimming pool which nobody uses or looks at. The last person was YE Student Giulia who stayed with us when she was 16, she's now in her 20's! See last week's Bulletin. So come over for dip! Trevor


    My swimming lessons were cancelled yesterday which was very disappointing as I was just really getting into them. However, maintaining physical fitness is still a priority, as attested by the attached photo. I am now lifting weights to stay strong. You will note my ability to multi-task. Nia


    Kris and I came down to Point Lonsdale yesterday to hide away for a period We have suspended our gym membership at Ivanhoe Aquatic Centre for eight weeks . One of our sons Simon is back from Vietnam and staying at home in Ivanhoe. His business has plants in both Saigon and in Thomastown. Our other son Tim lives and works in Darwin and is working from his apartment servicing his clients Kris went shopping this morning and found most things she required at new shopping complex at Wellington near Ocean Grove . We will keep busy with gardening , walks reading and tv watching.( also some wine drinking like Nia and John and others) Best wishes to everyone and keep safe ! Cheers
    Ben


    I am at home and am organizing for a new carpet in my house. Like everyone i am having a bit of a tidy around the house. the new carpet made that necessary. Someone has donated 5 boxes of things for the market, just when I thought I had everything under control. Some larger items are going on Facebook Marketplace. That keeps me busy because people want to know all sorts of things. The gym is closed so might have to find some friends who want to play golf. My flight to Nepal has been cancelled so i might get a full refund. Plenty to do, so am enjoying the 'rest' We could use our pensioner free train ticket to go to Bendigo or Geelong. I usually forget to use mine and it is a fun way to travel with friends. Have to wait until all this is over.
    Isabel

    Sue and I have practically empty diaries and that is completely unheard of for decades. What a shame that virtually all theatres are closed. Of course we do still have [ so far ] the usual doctors and dentists appointments to add a bit of spice to life. My Friday golfing group is still meeting but I wonder how long that will continue. Sue’s Friday water painting Group has gone into hibernation. We are trying to show our support for a couple of our favourite restaurants where there is good separation. Only 3 members of our Monthly LUNGE [ not a spelling error ] Group , consisting of 15 has-been Richmond Rotarians turned up on Tuesday . Shame John , Trevor , Ben et al . At least Michael had a good excuse!

    The Monash Men’s Shed where I volunteer is still functioning but no regular Wednesday lunches or Health Talks. That reduces my work load . I’ve also decided I now have time to have some golf lessons so that will break the day up a bit. Then there is cleaning up my study , sorting old photos , finally making a start on the Family Tree and doing last year’s tax returns. I can probably spin that lot out for at least 6 months.

    Our upcoming planned overseas trips will definitely not happen , and we are not so keen on baby sitting at this time. An observation for you , the Railway Car Park opposite us is now only half full during the day and the rate of use is falling day by day. I wonder what our society will look like when this period is behind us ? We wish you all good health and many Blessings

    Sue and Barry

    Currently it is business as usual for me, 2 offices I work at are spacious and have the mandatory 1.5m social distancing and strict hygiene rules. As from next week staff at both offices will be able to work from home, thankfully neither will need to lay off staff.

    With all the craziness I am looking forward to working and having some extra downtime at home. My university student daughter, Annie, has had her shifts reduced at the Old England Hotel and no doubt will close for a period of time, it also appears she will be unable to go on teaching rounds next term which unfortunately will extend her degree by 6 months. I have suggested she go down to the local Woolies to see if she can get a job packing shelves! I hope to give the house and garden and good clean and the plan is to start painting the inside of our house, with Annie's help, so plenty to do.

    Take care
    Melinda


    I have been busy cancelling travel and foraging for food! A few brisk brief walks to supermarkets with mixed results.\ Was visiting my sister and family in Tasmania for Easter but didn't fancy 2 weeks in isolation so cancelled.
    Cancelling London and beyond for April. The Passion Play in Oberammagau - will have to wait another 10 years! Maybe. So will the puffins in Wales, The Chelsea Flower Show, The Florence Nightingale commemorative service at Westminster Abbey, Brighton Festival, Armenia, Malta and Turkey.
    My son has gone back to Hong Kong just missing the cut off period and didn't get to Melbourne prior to leaving unfortunately.
    Things could be worse folks!My young French friends are in touch with their friends and family. They require written documentation on a special form if they go to the Supermarket, Doctor, Pharmacy or for a short walk. The walk must be done solo. Police are checking these forms. Fines are issued if the rules are not followed.
    I guess I should sort the old photos too - no excuse now!
    Kind regards to all, Annette


    Hi All,
    It has been so long since I have seen you all it is really nice to read your updates.
    I've been a slacker in attending meetings in part due to moving to St Kilda East where I am still unable to barely move with the balance of the contents of my previous house squeezed into one bedroom within a shared unit. The chaos has built slowly as I have pulled things out to go to work each day with no room to properly put them away. Can you imagine then when Roxanne comes to stay, as she did last night with our pug and frenchie cross, just how we managed to fit us all in? It was quite funny.
    The office is still open so we are still all at work although colleagues were overdosing on hand sanitizer and a friend even wore a face mask and gloves as she attended to a client which was quite amusing.
    I am hoping to do a lot of reading and organising and will go up to stay with Roxanne in Kilsyth if it becomes the apocalypse. Hope to see you all soon happy and healthy.
    Kind Regards, Jmaes


    It’s been chaotic out there in supermarket world, last Sunday I was down to my toilet roll and it should last two weeks, so I went hunting 10 supermarkets later I found a 6 pack which will last me a long time. What’ve I have witnessed is absolutely abhorrent the way people have attacked the shelves, the extras like honey, toothpaste tinned food and the list goes on, also watched women fighting women. Anyway I’ve been calling on clients and suppliers keeping my head above water and also working from home attempting to generating an income, you see I’m a commission based sales agent, so no orders no payment it’s been tough, a lot of my product comes out of Asia and China. I see this going on for at least another six months. Today I took a huge gamble and went to Brisbane for the day up early and just got home, at 6.00am the Virgin Lounge just 6 people in it normally it would be 100++, got on my flight, 50% full, with two spare seats besides me, called on customers on my return flight 46 people on a 180 seat aircraft, the flight after mine was cancelled. I spoke to my son from Germany last night and they have just gone into lock down, closed schools for three weeks, events are cancelled, but no panic food buying as yet. I have decided to get out and do my walks and just be mindful of my social responsibility about being around people distance wise and support my local coffee shops. Looking forward to my weekend, the weathers looking good weather wise
    Ciao, Les


    Dear Rotarians
    At this challenging time and the ever–evolving restrictions, I thought you might enjoy having a look at a Video of Worawa Aboriginal College. We thank the Richmond Rotary Club for the support to our unique College and hope that the vimeo gives a sense of what, with your help, we have been doing at Worawa which is located in the beautiful Yarra Valley. Open the hyperlink at https://vimeo.com/398672273 and use the password WAC1.

    Enjoy
    Dr Lois Peeler AM
    Executive Director
    Victorian Senior Australian of the Year 2017

    A Blast from the Past

    Trawling through my files I found this photo from 16/6/15 showing us after a visit to Worawa, enjoying afternoon tea at Coombe in the Yarra Valley. N ia

    Jo’s first day of freedom after 2 weeks inisolation!

    Do not forget Constance. The Youth Exchange Safari has been canceeled. So very disappointing for our visitors

    The Melbourne Girls ‘College Interact Club


    Hi everyone!

    The Interact Club is working with Donations in Kind to collect stationery which will be given to overseas students who do not have access to these supplies. This will help those trying to get an education, both locally and overseas!
    If you have any stationary that is in a working condition please email any of these four students or come to 106 on Wednesday Lunchtime to drop off the stationery:
    - Sabriah (PET0021@mgc.vic.edu.au)
    - Rachel (CHI0028@mgc.vic.edu.au)
    -Tiffany (LI-0100@mgc.vic.edu.au)
    -Ruby (RPF0001@mgc.vic.edu.au)
    Thank you in advance!

    At this stage, Libraries are closed to the public. Official wording is: As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, our priority is to maintain a high standard of service to our customers without compromising the safety of our staff and community. All Yarra Libraries branches will be closing to the public as of advertised close of business Tuesday 17 March, 2020 until further notice. All Yarra Leisure Services will also be closing. At this stage we have been advised to cancel all events that have been booked until May. So at this stage, the April market would have to be cancelled also. The situation is fluid, and we are getting updates regularly which are changing situations. I think I speak for us all that we hope this passes quickly, but in the absence of any other advice this is how we are having to proceed at this point in time. Will be in touch, but main thing for now is please stay safe and well.
    Kylie Carlson (she/her)
    Senior Coordinator Library Services and Partnerships
    Yarra Libraries


    Thanks Nia – we’re in uncharted waters, and good that people are being sensible about responding to emerging events. While I was excited to tell you about the Foundation’s plans, our plans are shifting as well as everyone’s elses. We will be in touch in the time ahead as things become clearer. People will continue to do what Rotary is always been so good at – come together and think about making sure everyone in the community is safe, healthy and living with dignity. The tools to meet might change, and how we interact will be on hold, but we will need to be in touch even more in the time ahead. It just might be online! Thank you for all that you do, and speak soon no doubt,
    Ben Rodgers
    Executive Officer, Inner North Community Foundation

    Statement of support from the Inner North Community Foundation to local charities

    There are many in the region that are responding directly to the emerging events. We don’t know how long disruption will happen for, and what the full extent of issues will be.
    We do know that vulnerable people in our community will be impacted more than others.
    Local charities in particular will be key to responding. Across the North, community groups will live up to their mission and vision and will continue to give people hope, dignity and encouragement to connect to their better selves. The Foundation is committed to standing with local charities, and bringing all assets to bear. The Foundation is open and responsive to:

  • Being flexible for funded activities – we recognise it might be difficult to achieve some of the outputs or outcomes in existing grants during the outbreak, so please have a conversation with us if you are affected in this way;
  • Discussing dates – we don’t want to add pressure, so if you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please get in touch with us so that we can agree a more realistic time for you to get things to us wherever possible;
  • Financial flexibility – we know you may need to use your funding to help cover sickness, purchase equipment, or deliver services differently, and we will be reasonable if you need to move money between budget headings to ensure your work can continue; and
  • Listening to you – we are here if you want to talk to us about the situation you’re facing, or how you’d like to support others in our community.
  • We also recognise that there may be further shocks to the system caused by covid-19 that may impact on your other income streams, or require a more urgent response from funders. In terms of the Foundation, our plan is that:

  • Operations will continue uninterrupted: effective Friday, March 20, we have shifted the Foundation’s operations to remote work. We have done this in order to support social distancing. For now, we have also cancelled all events through at least June 2020. In spite of this, and with thanks to the talented IT team at our founder and key supporter IntoWork, we are able to continue to support our grantee partners in their work.
  • We will continue to give to charities. While our finances are undoubtedly under pressure, we are committed to giving money to charities in 2020-2021. Obviously, specific plans for the use of those resources may evolve in view of covid-19 and the implications for our partners.
  • We are engaging in collective efforts: We are staying closely connected to emerging efforts to support and to explore ways that philanthropic activity can more efficiently and quickly direct resources to the vulnerable people.
  • The events will unfold over the coming days and weeks. How we provide dignity and support to each other will be critical. It is as critical that the values that our community is known for – respect for diversity, creativity for overcoming adversity, and the collective response for the greater good – are reaffirmed and promoted.
    Thank you for being with us, and each other.
    Staff and Board of the Inner North Community Foundation







    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


    Future Events

    February – Peace and Prevention/Resolution Month
    26th Wednesday Celebrate Inspiring Women – MGC
    March – Water and Sanitation Month
    9th Monday No meeting Labour Day holiday
    25th Wednesday Preconference tour
    26th Thursday Pre-conference tour
    27th Friday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    29th Saturday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    30th Sunday End D9800 Conference
    April – Maternal and Child Health Month
    18th Saturday Trivia Night MGC
    May – Youth Service Month
    2nd Saturday Rochester Pie and Port Night
    25th Monday Ainger-Peck Awards night
    June – Rotary Fellowships Month
    8th Monday No meeting Queen’s Birthday holiday

    Meeting Information


    Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121



    Contact Us

    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au



    Like us on Facebook



    Bulletin March 16th 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: CANCELLED, not a rat but a virus

    LUNAR NEW YEAR DEGUSTATION

    Celebrate the Year of the Rat

    Due to the virus pandemic and community concerns the Rotary Club of Richmond Board of Directors have decided to postpone the dinner scheduled for next Monday, 16th March. The event will be rescheduled to another date which will be advised.



    Due to Coronavirus concerns the Fundraising Committee has decided to cancel next market planned for Saturday 21 March


    In response to concerns that have been raised in regard to COVID19 the Rotary Club of Richmond wish to advise our members and friends that at this point in time we still plan to hold our regular Monday evening meetings. This is because our number of attendees is within the 15-22 range, not the higher numbers that can cause concern. However, as a caution we will be looking at going directly to the allocated room at Amora, rather than meeting at the bar/foyer area.

    From DG 9800 Grant Hocking.

    As expected and anticipated the PM just stated--to contain and slow the rate of transmission of the Corona virus in Australia---- ban and cancel all organised and non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more from Monday. This means the D9800 Conference in Bendigo is cancelled. This is extremely disappointing considering all the effort that has been put into the planning and organising. I am so proud of the committee members for all the months and years of planning and organising for a wonderful experience we had developed. This is unprecedented and unfortunate that it has happened this year. The committee is meeting on Sunday and the District Board on Monday. We will discuss the ramifications of this disappointing decision and will let everyone know about the response as soon as possible. It is also disappointing for the 600 registrants and presenters who have prepared and planned to attend and ENJOY this wonderful annual event. Ultimately the health and well-being of Rotarians, their families and community are the main focus. Some will not agree with the decision and I accept there are other opinions. I am very sorry if you're disappointed and I very much wanted to share this conference with you. Thank you for your support. Please stay healthy and I look forward to seeing you around the District. Our sympathy to Trevor and his team, Melinda and the Fundraising team and to DG Grant Hocking and his conference team in these disappointing but necessary cancellations. Our hearts go out to all those who will suffer financially. We only have to worry about catching this virus; some people’s livelihoods have been utterly disrupted.


    Club Celebrations:
    Induction Anniversaries: Andrew Michaelides 22/03/2004


    Get well cheerio to President Adam

    He has had a bone graft and nail taken out of his femur which is giving him a lot of pain. The surgeon has told Adam no manual work and no driving for 4 weeks.


    News from Judy

    A new record for the BBQ team!

    150 halal sausages in two hours is a PB for the RCR BBQ. The City of Yarra undertakes various surveys. One clever method is to go out into the areas being surveyed to do on site reviews. Sometimes they commission the RCR BBQ to run a free sausage sizzle to encourage participants. This one was done at school finish time to capture the input from the “mums”.

    The latest survey was surveyed the local residents related to the long term development plans in the Atherton Road area. A high percentage of Muslims residents resulted in the new record of halal sausages cooked in a two hour period. Well done to the team and especially to Melinda Dunkley for the organisation. Also a special note of appreciate to Mark Dwyer who transports the BBQ, ensures all the sundries are clean and ready to use plus has the expertise and strength to erect the marquis. John Benger


    Community BBQ - Wednesday 4 March 2020

    Dik Working Bee March 12th


    Malcolm Baird from Rotary N Brighton, Gaynor McFarlane, (friend) Myself and Bob Glyndemann. A long and rewarding day packing a palette for Sonaliland. "Team Edna”



    News forom Isabel Armer

    hi everyone,
    a bit of an update of news in Nepal. I doubt if i will be visiting nepal this April. Mahalaxmi and her new husband are in Australia. Netra thinks they are in Sydney. Isabel’s newsletter is attached.



    MGC at the International Women’s' Day Breakfast


    The Melbourne Girls ‘College Interact Club

    Hi everyone!
    The Interact Club is working with Donations in Kind to collect stationery which will be given to overseas students who do not have access to these supplies. This will help those trying to get an education, both locally and overseas!
    If you have any stationary that is in a working condition please email any of these four students or come to 106 on Wednesday Lunchtime to drop off the stationery:
    - Sabriah (PET0021@mgc.vic.edu.au)
    - Rachel (CHI0028@mgc.vic.edu.au)
    - Tiffany (LI-0100@mgc.vic.edu.au)
    - Ruby (RPF0001@mgc.vic.edu.au)

    Thank you in advance!

    Dear Sue and Richmond Rotary,

    I hope you're all well and that this year’s NYSFers had an amazing time (even though the smoke in Canberra became a bit of an issue). I thought that I'd let you know how I finished up with school and uni offers. I was pleased with my results as they just got me into the advanced science degree at ANU and also science at Melbourne, hopefully this time next year I'll be up in Canberra! I owe many thanks to RR as ANU highly considers extracurricular activities. As for the rest of this year, I'm currently just working but my gap year's not quite going to plan... I was hoping to get to Europe around July and catch up with some friends I met in London (we're all still in touch!), but with Corona I'm not sure it's still going to be possible. Hopefully you haven't been too badly affected and stay safe everyone.



    Kind regards,
    Molly


    Youth Exchange 2012-2013 Giulia Apicelo from Brazil

    As seen on Facebook March 4

    I managed to combine in life everything I love to do: Management, dance and teaching. Who said work needs to be a burden? Who said the weekend has to be the best part? We deify a lot of "working with purpose". have bad days, has the boring part, has the financial part (or do you think I wouldn't be making much more following the classic path? ), has the wear of the body and emotional wear with championships, videos, classes... Don't look away and say: her life is very good. Look at you and ask yourself: what do I have to give up to work with what I love?

    The Rotary Club of Richmond’s

    Pre-Conference Tour 2020 - Melbourne to Bendigo

    25-27 March 2020

    Day 1

    • Depart Melbourne at 10 am - enroute to Bright
    • 12.30 lunch at Benalla Gallery Café
    • 1.45 pm depart Benalla
    • 3.15 pm arrive Bright
    • Tour of town (walking or driving)
    • Overnight Accommodation Bright overlooking the Ovens River – Riverbank Park Motel $120 per room
    • 7.00pm BBQ Dinner – self-cater (weather permitting)
    Attendees for TOUR
    • Constanze and Jo
    • Jenny and Annette
    • Sue and Kevin
    • Les
    • Joan

    Day 2

  • 9am Breakfast at Riverdeck Café
  • 10am Depart Bright via Beechworth to Rutherglen
  • 12.30 pm Lunch at Jones Winery – Rutherglen
  • We are real people with real vineyards making real wines and serving real food in our restaurant.

    We are lucky to own one of the most beautiful little cellar doors and restaurants in Victoria, dating back to the 1860s. I'm Mandy Jones, a 5th generation winemaker, a modernist in my approach to handcrafting wines from grapes grown by my brother, Arthur. Our wines have power and brightness of fruit that could only be made from our very own patch of Rutherglen dirt.

  • Depart Rutherglen at 1.45pm
  • 2pm arrive Corowa – visit to All Saints Winery – visit to the cellar door 315 All Saints Rd, Wahgunyah
  • All Saints Estate Winery is a family owned wine company based in Wahgunyah, Victoria, Australia. All Saints was built in 1864 by Scotsmen, George Sutherland Smith and John Banks. The castle building was based on one of the Queen's castles

  • Depart Corowa (All Saints) at 3pm
  • Arrive Cobram at 4pm
  • Overnight accommodation Cobram (pool) - Colonial Motor Inn $130 per night
  • 7.15pm Dinner – Jacks Restaurant Cobram
  • Day 3

  • 9am Breakfast – Orchard Café Cobram
  • 10am Depart Cobram
  • Enroute to Bendigo via Murray Valley Highway (2hrs 15 mins)
  • 1pm Arrive Bendigo
  • Light Lunch – to be advised
  • Accommodation at the Quality Hotel Lakeside (see below)
  • 3-4pm Conference Registration
  • 7pm Conference Opening and Club Dinner at the Quality Hotel Restaurant
  • Day 4

  • Conference
  • Conference Dinner
  • Day 5

  • Conference Concludes at Lunchtime
  • Own way home!





  • The corona virus situation remains fluid:

    Dear Fellow Rotarian,

    The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

    We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

    Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

    As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations- one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.

    We know that clubs and districts are seizing the opportunity to become leaders in their communities and are making better use of technology in this time of need. For example, a Rotary e-club in Italy held a live online session about COVID-19 awareness, a Taiwan club worked with companies and a pharmacy association to donate 1,600 bottles of hand sanitizer to the city of Ji-Long, and Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka helped upgrade software and hardware for the health promotion bureau to assist its social messaging

    We cannot know quite yet what path this virus will take. We know we can play a role to help “flatten the curve,” reducing the number of cases in the short term to allow our 10 health systems to address this issue. If the collective global effort helps bring the situation under control, then we hope to re-embrace our core values at the 2020 Rotary Convention in Honolulu. Our time together will have greater meaning and purpose than ever.

    Please know that we are taking a close, continuing look at our plans for the convention in June to make sure all attendees’ safety will be protected. We are following the lead of the world’s most trusted sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for their guidance. We want you to be able to make decisions about what is best for you and your families in terms of attending this year’s event.

    In the meantime, this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that Rotary Connects the World in innovative ways. We should be closely following the advice of the WHO and local health authorities. Again, this includes canceling Rotary club events and meetings in the short term to reduce unnecessary interactions that could cause infections. We can put a greater emphasis on the work we do in our communities by helping our less fortunate neighbors cope with the effects of isolation and fear, or by supporting our health authorities to address this situation.

    We are dealing with this situation in real time. Please visit the rotary.org COVID-19 response page for ongoing updates.

    This is an unprecedented challenge for nearly all of us. But it is also an opportunity for Rotarians to find new, meaningful ways to lead individuals and communities to connect and do good in the world.

    We have never been prouder to be part of an organization that does so much to protect and strengthen our communities, at home and across the globe.


    Kindest regards,

    Mark Daniel Maloney
    2019-2020, President, Rotary International

    Holger Knaack
    2020-21, President, Rotary International



    Future Events

    March – Water and Sanitation Month
    9th Monday No meeting Labour Day holiday
    25th Wednesday Preconference tour
    26th Thursday Pre-conference tour
    27th Friday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    29th Saturday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    30th Sunday End D9800 Conference
    April – Maternal and Child Health Month
    18th Saturday Trivia Night MGC
    May – Youth Service Month
    2nd Saturday Rochester Pie and Port Night
    25th Monday Ainger-Peck Awards night
    June – Rotary Fellowships Month
    8th Monday No meeting Queen’s Birthday holiday

    Meeting Information


    Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121



    Contact Us

    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au



    Like us on Facebook



    Bulletin March 2nd 2020

    Tonight's Meeting

    Sally O’Sullivan, President of the Friendsof Richmond Rotary (FORR) will be collecting non-perishable grocery items for the Salvation Army for distribution to the needy in Richmond


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



    We will also be hearing from committee chairs with updates on their projects and progress.

    • Maria - Youth Services
    • John - Maluk
    • Constanze - Youth Exchange
    • Jo - Vocational
    • Ben - Ainger/Peck
    • Nia - Mock Job Interviews
    • Sally - FoRR update


    ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND & RICHMOND RETIREMENT LIVING

    A CELEBRATION OF INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

    What a triumph this was for the club. Visiting Rotarian John from Bentleigh East commented on the fabulous mix of attendees: age, sex, and ethnicity. PP Jo Cowling is to be congratulated on her remarkable organisation. She never leaves anything to chance, and always dots the is and crosses the ts. Well done Jo. The evening got underway with the MCG College Captains Lucy, Veronique and Ophelia dealing with the housekeeping


    Karen Money (MGC Principal) to welcomed guest

    Facilitator Stewart Gibson outlined the part Lendlease and Richmond had played in this event

    Jo Cowling and Anna Lewenhagen - Rotary Next Step Program:
    Jo provided a brief overview of the Next Step Project ,whilst acknowledging the grant funders - Yarra City Council, Bendigo Bank Clifton Hill Branch and Inner North Community Foundation


    Anna Lewenhagens the RCR Next Step Project Youth Manage

    Our amazing and inspiring guest speakers


    Mia Timpano

    Colleen Peterson

    President Adam thanks the Guest Speakers and presents gifts. He also thanked the Melbourne Girls College and school Principal Karen Money, The Amora Hotel General Manager Tim Bilston and Lendlease for their sponsorship of the event and in particular Emily Worthington who is the Lendlease Community Engagement Manager who has worked with the RCR Committee to bring the event to fruition.

    Youth Exchange

    Constanze ‘eat your heart out”
    Guest speaker, at the Inspiring Women event, Colleen Peterson, showing off her Youth Exchange blazer to Constanze



    Visit to the RC Glenferrie to celebrate Youth Exchange and Youth Programs. Three generations of Youth Exchange Grandmother, mother Marita (host Mum to Constanze) and her daughter Bianca Shepherd. Grandmother’s exchange was to the Philippines, Marita went to Japan and Bianca has recently returned from Austria. They were greeted by RC Glenferrie Youth Chair Theresa


    Constanze and Maëlle at the Cuckoo







    CHINESE LUNAR DEGUSTATION

    CHOI’s
    Monday 16 March 2020
    Crab Meat Puff

    Freshly made pastry stuffed with fresh crab meat, subtle amount of Coriander, Spring onion, ginger, bean shoots and mushrooms. Deep fried, served with a bed of seaweed salad and dressed with sesame sauce

    Fresh Prawn

    Fresh prawn meat wrapped with blue cheese and parmesan cheese in soya bean sheet. Deep fried to brown and drizzled with house-made thousand island dressing

    Lamb Pocket

    Spicy minced lamb and sautéed onion filling served in a hot steamed bun

    Peking Duck

    Crispy, tender duck pieces wrapped in a steamed pancake and served with spring onion, cucumber, pickles and house-made plum sauce

    Grilled Salmon

    Tender fresh Salmon fillet grilled to its perfection, drizzled with a special sauce serve with a: Bowl of steamed rice

    Fillet Steak

    Aromatic pan-fried diced fillet steak paired with tasty black peppercorn sauce, accompanied with a: Bowl of Singapore Noodles

    Banana Fritter

    Our famous Lightly battered banana fritter comes with a generous size of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with golden syrup or

    Fried Ice cream

    Vanilla Ice cream crumbed with lots of peanuts, slightly fried, covered with delicious caramel sauce and Oreo crumbs

  • Chinese Tea



  • The Rotary Club of Richmond’s

    Pre-Conference Tour 2020 - Melbourne to Bendigo

    25-27 March 2020

    Day 1

    • Depart Melbourne at 10 am - enroute to Bright
    • 12.30 lunch at Benalla Gallery Café
    • 1.45 pm depart Benalla
    • 3.15 pm arrive Bright
    • Tour of town (walking or driving)
    • Overnight Accommodation Bright overlooking the Ovens River – Riverbank Park Motel $120 per room
    • 7.00pm BBQ Dinner – self-cater (weather permitting)
    Attendees for TOUR
    • Constanze and Jo
    • Jenny and Annette
    • Sue and Kevin
    • Les
    • Joan

    Day 2

  • 9am Breakfast at Wild Time Cafe
  • 10am Depart Bright enroute to Milawa
  • 11am arrive Milawa visit to Browns Brothers cellar door, Cheese Factory and Mustard Shop
  • 12 md depart Milawa enroute to Rutherglen
  • 12.30 pm Lunch at Jones Winery – Rutherglen
  • We are real people with real vineyards making real wines and serving real food in our restaurant.

    We are lucky to own one of the most beautiful little cellar doors and restaurants in Victoria, dating back to the 1860s. I'm Mandy Jones, a 5th generation winemaker, a modernist in my approach to handcrafting wines from grapes grown by my brother, Arthur. Our wines have power and brightness of fruit that could only be made from our very own patch of Rutherglen dirt.

  • Depart Rutherglen at 1.45pm
  • 2pm arrive Corowa – visit to All Saints Winery – visit to the cellar door 315 All Saints Rd, Wahgunyah
  • All Saints Estate Winery is a family owned wine company based in Wahgunyah, Victoria, Australia. All Saints was built in 1864 by Scotsmen, George Sutherland Smith and John Banks. The castle building was based on one of the Queen's castles

  • Depart Corowa (All Saints) at 3pm
  • Arrive Cobram at 4pm
  • Overnight accommodation Cobram (pool) - Colonial Motor Inn $130 per night
  • 7.15pm Dinner – Jacks Restaurant Cobram
  • Day 3

  • 9am Breakfast – Orchard Café Cobram
  • 10am Depart Cobram
  • Enroute to Bendigo via Murray Valley Highway (2hrs 15 mins)
  • 1pm Arrive Bendigo
  • Light Lunch – to be advised
  • Accommodation at the Quality Hotel Lakeside (see below)
  • 3-4pm Conference Registration
  • 7pm Conference Opening and Club Dinner at the Quality Hotel Restaurant
  • Day 4

  • Conference
  • Conference Dinner
  • Day 5

  • Conference Concludes at Lunchtime
  • Own way home!






  • The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


    Future Events

    February – Peace and Prevention/Resolution Month
    26th Wednesday Celebrate Inspiring Women – MGC
    March – Water and Sanitation Month
    9th Monday No meeting Labour Day holiday
    25th Wednesday Preconference tour
    26th Thursday Pre-conference tour
    27th Friday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    29th Saturday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    30th Sunday End D9800 Conference
    April – Maternal and Child Health Month
    18th Saturday Trivia Night MGC
    May – Youth Service Month
    2nd Saturday Rochester Pie and Port Night
    25th Monday Ainger-Peck Awards night
    June – Rotary Fellowships Month
    8th Monday No meeting Queen’s Birthday holiday

    Meeting Information


    Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121



    Contact Us

    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au



    Like us on Facebook



    Bulletin February 24th 2020

    ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND & RICHMOND RETIREMENT LIVING INVITE YOU TO

    A CELEBRATION OF INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

    Wednesday 26th February 2020 | 6pm - 8pm The Gillard Centre | Melbourne Girls’ College Yarra Boulevard, Richmond

    JOIN US FOR DRINKS & CANAPES

    Come along and enjoy a special evening where you’ll hear from incredible women who are committed to transforming our community & leading by example.

    SPECIAL PRESENTING GUESTS
    Mia Timpano Assistant Editor of Frankie Magazine, broadcaster at Triple R FM and all round creative content producer.
    Colleen Peterson Urban Planner and CEO of Ratio Consulting, a change maker in the social and economic impacts of urbanism.

    ENJOY DELICIOUS GRAZING PLATES & DRINKS BY MERCHANT RD.


    This is a free event with all donated proceeds going to Rotary Club of Richmond’s Next Step Program Supporting youth in their transition from school to employment in the nurturing of their skills, talents and confidence.

    SECURE YOUR FREE TICKET TODAY | Visit trybooking.com/BHGWW






    Working Bee DIK 12th March 10.00am

    Annette Pepper advises that there will be a Working Bee on Thursday 12th March at DIK to pack consumables in preparation for Somaliland shipment (to be arranged).

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

    Sally O’Sullivan from the Friends of Richmond Rotary will be collecting non-perishable food items to take to the Richmond Salvos for distribution on March 2nd.

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

    Next market will be in Saturday 21st March We have received interest from over 10 potential stall holders for our next and upcoming Markets.

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

    Bit Coin

    After John Benger’s talk on the use of Bit Coin by governments, to get around sanctions and to avoid tractability, it was interesting to see in the media this week that North Korea has major involvement in the crypto currency area. By using Bit Coin, or one of the alternates, there is no money trail that can link a seller to the breaking of a sanction nor link the buyer to the payment. To do the transaction via a bank would be difficult as there is a tractability of the source of the money. The bank facilitating any deal would be contravening sanctions and liable to prosecution.

    Last week’s speaker: Isobel Armer

    Isobel gave a fascinatong talk on Nepal, half the size of Vctoria bu has a population of 29 million! Her projects there are varied and widespread her knowledge is extensive and any one planniung a trip there would do well to get her advice.

    Induction of new member- Mark Miller

    President Adam Sherwell welcomed our newesat member to the C lub last Monday. Mark( as was Isobel) formerly members of the now disbanded club Yarra Bend. Mark has been a Rotarian for 16years and will be a wlcome addition to the Vocational committee.

    Youth Exchange

    Nelufa Hamid , the mother of outward bound exchange student Jade to Brazil visited us to give an update of Jade’s progress. Jade seems to have settled in very well and is making great progress with the language.

    On Saturday, Kevin and Sue accompanied Constanze and another Youth Exchange student Maëlle to the Cuckoo restaurant in the Dandenongs. Maëlle is from Lucerne in Switzerland. So both girls giggled at the size of Mt. Dandenong ! Bavaria is midway between Austria and Switzerland so the girls found enough of their favourites – schnitzels, goulashes, dumplings sausage, sauerkraut and strudels to make them quite nostalgic for their native lands. They were especially taken with the continental cakes and managed to try all of them It was a lovely afternoon. The weather was perfect, the scenery sensational and the girls were such good company. Quite the best Youth Exchange ambassadors.

    Maëlle was thrilled to learn that we had spent much time in Switzerland. She was thrilled that we had visited Lucerne a couple of times and spoke of how moving we had found the Lion Monument The Lion Monument in Lucerne is a giant dying lion carved out of a wall of sandstone rock above a pond at the east end of the medieval town. It was designed as a memorial for the mercenary soldiers (the Swiss Guards) from central Switzerland who lost their lives while serving the French king Louis XVI during the French Revolution. It moves you to tears.

    President Elect Training Seminar (PETS)

    President Elect Anna Walpole spent the weekend at Creswick with the future District personnel and club presidents in preparation for her year as President, More next week.







    CHINESE LUNAR DEGUSTATION

    CHOI’s
    Monday 16 March 2020
    Crab Meat Puff

    Freshly made pastry stuffed with fresh crab meat, subtle amount of Coriander, Spring onion, ginger, bean shoots and mushrooms. Deep fried, served with a bed of seaweed salad and dressed with sesame sauce

    Fresh Prawn

    Fresh prawn meat wrapped with blue cheese and parmesan cheese in soya bean sheet. Deep fried to brown and drizzled with house-made thousand island dressing

    Lamb Pocket

    Spicy minced lamb and sautéed onion filling served in a hot steamed bun

    Peking Duck

    Crispy, tender duck pieces wrapped in a steamed pancake and served with spring onion, cucumber, pickles and house-made plum sauce

    Grilled Salmon

    Tender fresh Salmon fillet grilled to its perfection, drizzled with a special sauce serve with a: Bowl of steamed rice

    Fillet Steak

    Aromatic pan-fried diced fillet steak paired with tasty black peppercorn sauce, accompanied with a: Bowl of Singapore Noodles

    Banana Fritter

    Our famous Lightly battered banana fritter comes with a generous size of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with golden syrup or

    Fried Ice cream

    Vanilla Ice cream crumbed with lots of peanuts, slightly fried, covered with delicious caramel sauce and Oreo crumbs

  • Chinese Tea



  • The Rotary Club of Richmond’s

    Pre-Conference Tour 2020 - Melbourne to Bendigo

    25-27 March 2020

    Day 1

    • Depart Melbourne at 10 am - enroute to Bright
    • 12.30 lunch at Benalla Gallery Café
    • 1.45 pm depart Benalla
    • 3.15 pm arrive Bright
    • Tour of town (walking or driving)
    • Overnight Accommodation Bright overlooking the Ovens River – Riverbank Park Motel $120 per room
    • 7.00pm BBQ Dinner – self-cater (weather permitting)
    Attendees for TOUR
    • Constanze and Jo
    • Jenny and Annette
    • Sue and Kevin
    • Les
    • Joan

    Day 2

  • 9am Breakfast at Wild Time Cafe
  • 10am Depart Bright enroute to Milawa
  • 11am arrive Milawa visit to Browns Brothers cellar door, Cheese Factory and Mustard Shop
  • 12 md depart Milawa enroute to Rutherglen
  • 12.30 pm Lunch at Jones Winery – Rutherglen
  • We are real people with real vineyards making real wines and serving real food in our restaurant.

    We are lucky to own one of the most beautiful little cellar doors and restaurants in Victoria, dating back to the 1860s. I'm Mandy Jones, a 5th generation winemaker, a modernist in my approach to handcrafting wines from grapes grown by my brother, Arthur. Our wines have power and brightness of fruit that could only be made from our very own patch of Rutherglen dirt.

  • Depart Rutherglen at 1.45pm
  • 2pm arrive Corowa – visit to All Saints Winery – visit to the cellar door 315 All Saints Rd, Wahgunyah
  • All Saints Estate Winery is a family owned wine company based in Wahgunyah, Victoria, Australia. All Saints was built in 1864 by Scotsmen, George Sutherland Smith and John Banks. The castle building was based on one of the Queen's castles

  • Depart Corowa (All Saints) at 3pm
  • Arrive Cobram at 4pm
  • Overnight accommodation Cobram (pool) - Colonial Motor Inn $130 per night
  • 7.15pm Dinner – Jacks Restaurant Cobram
  • Day 3

  • 9am Breakfast – Orchard Café Cobram
  • 10am Depart Cobram
  • Enroute to Bendigo via Murray Valley Highway (2hrs 15 mins)
  • 1pm Arrive Bendigo
  • Light Lunch – to be advised
  • Accommodation at the Quality Hotel Lakeside (see below)
  • 3-4pm Conference Registration
  • 7pm Conference Opening and Club Dinner at the Quality Hotel Restaurant
  • Day 4

  • Conference
  • Conference Dinner
  • Day 5

  • Conference Concludes at Lunchtime
  • Own way home!



  • From PDG Bronwyn Stephens World of Difference” is a District Managed program which was started by Rotary Melbourne South back in 2009. Since then over 20 humanitarian trips, over 10 district and global grants have achieved safe water, agriculture, health, education and economic opportunities that Cambodian people desperately requested. We monitor and build on these trip after trip. Attached are two versions (word and pdf) of an article I would be so grateful if you would promote to Rotary Club of Richmond. It could be inserted in the Club Bulletin readily and I hope it would be of interest to your members. Our committee members and passionate team would be most grateful for the opportunity also to visit your Club to speak further about the upcoming trips, the project they envelop and what possibly the research and future project development is being explored at this moment. If a speaker opportunity is available our Chair Rob Hines would love to hear from your speaker Chair. His email address is rob.hines@live.com.au.


    Bronwyn Stephens District 9800 project “World of Difference





    SKILLS TRANSFER TOUR

    Local teachers in two remote communities have identified that without professional development they struggle to maintain enthusiasm and contemporary knowledge. We will gently assist in classroom mentoring, dental hygiene lessons, hand and toilet hygiene and safe water assessments. Contact tour leader Bronwyn Stephens 0410 324 537 or bronstephens@gmail.com

    WORKING TOGETHER (HANDS ON) TOUR

    Rotary Chadstone East Malvern is leading a World of Difference to the village of La’ak about 3 hours out of Siem Reap. The tour will involve focused project work in one village with a mix of intense hands on work and relaxation back in Siem Reap. Project activities in La’ak will be selected from the four-year village transformation plan managed by Build Your Future Today (Cambodian NGO led by Cambodians). You will be immersed in village life in very remote Cambodia where the standard of facilities is so low that we need to stay in the nearest regional centre.

    Contact tour leader Paul Rake 0409 937 080 or paul.rake@bigpond.com

    HUMANITARIAN AND CULTURAL IMMERSION TOUR

    Rotary Hawthorn will explore several volunteering opportunities as well as historical and cultural unique aspects of Cambodia for 14 days. Participants will journey from Phnom Penh to Kampong Speu then fly to Siem Reap where Kulen Phnom an ancient wonder of the world in Angor Wat awaits. Contrasts from day to day on this trip range from volunteering in remote schools, developing safe water programs, building toilets and exploring a possible global grant orthopaedic medical facility. Places are very limited on this tour

    Contact tour leader Katrina Flinn 0417 475 415 or katrinaflinn@gmail.com

    As with all World of Difference trips every dollar is used in Cambodia direct to fund project endeavours. This Rotary District 9800 Managed Project news can be found at www.org.au or https://www.facebook.com/WODHT




    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


    Future Events

    February – Peace and Prevention/Resolution Month
    26th Wednesday Celebrate Inspiring Women – MGC
    March – Water and Sanitation Month
    2nd Monday
    9th Monday No meeting Labour Day holiday
    25th Wednesday Preconference tour
    26th Thursday Pre-conference tour
    27th Friday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    29th Saturday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    30th Sunday End D9800 Conference
    April – Maternal and Child Health Month
    18th Saturday Trivia Night MGC
    May – Youth Service Month
    2nd Saturday Rochester Pie and Port Night
    25th Monday Ainger-Peck Awards night
    June – Rotary Fellowships Month
    8th Monday No meeting Queen’s Birthday holiday

    Meeting Information


    Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121



    Contact Us

    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au



    Like us on Facebook



    Bulletin February 17th 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: Isobel Amer

    Isobel, our newest member, will give us a glmpse of the Rotarian behind the badge, her projects in Nepal, trekking in Nepal and life as a storeholder at the Camberwell market.

    Club Celebrations:
    Partner Birthdays: Beryl Golding 22nd February
    Anniversaries: Mark Dwyer & Kirsty Shepherd 23/02/1991 Induction Anniversaries: Simon Marriott 1st March 1994

    HAPPY 115th BIRTHDAY ROTARY
    23 rd FEBRUARY

    Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world. “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves. “

    Annette Pepper speaks at Rotary Club of Brighton North

    This club meets at the Brighton Yacht Club, a delightful setting. Annette was invited to present the Somaliland Project to the Club, and she did a wonderful job. Jo and Melinda were also made very welcome. Annette was once again offered wonderful support for this project from those in attendance. Congratulations Annette

    Last week’s speaker:

    After John Benger’s talk on the use of Bit Coin by governments, to get around sanctions and to avoid tractability, it was interesting to see in the media this week that North Korea has major involvement in the crypto currency area. By using Bit Coin, or one of the alternates, there is no money trail that can link a seller to the breaking of a sanction nor link the buyer to the payment. To do the transaction via a bank would be difficult as there is a tractability of the source of the money. The bank facilitating any deal would be contravening sanctions and liable to prosecution.





    Our first monthly market - a great community partnership between Richmond Rotary and Yarra Libraries Message from Yarra Libraries Kylie Carlson Thank you so much for a wonderful day. We are just going to build and strengthen each month. So proud of what we are achieving together- community ❤ ky

    Congratulations to Melinda and her team for a well organised and successful day.

    ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND & RICHMOND RETIREMENT LIVING INVITE YOU TO

    A CELEBRATION OF INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

    Wednesday 26th February 2020 | 6pm - 8pm The Gillard Centre | Melbourne Girls’ College Yarra Boulevard, Richmond

    JOIN US FOR DRINKS & CANAPES

    Come along and enjoy a special evening where you’ll hear from incredible women who are committed to transforming our community & leading by example.

    SPECIAL PRESENTING GUESTS
    Mia Timpano Assistant Editor of Frankie Magazine, broadcaster at Triple R FM and all round creative content producer.
    Colleen Peterson Urban Planner and CEO of Ratio Consulting, a change maker in the social and economic impacts of urbanism.

    ENJOY DELICIOUS GRAZING PLATES & DRINKS BY MERCHANT RD.


    This is a free event with all donated proceeds going to Rotary Club of Richmond’s Next Step Program Supporting youth in their transition from school to employment in the nurturing of their skills, talents and confidence.

    SECURE YOUR FREE TICKET TODAY | Visit trybooking.com/BHGWW*


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    CHINESE LUNAR DEGUSTATION

    CHOI’s
    Monday 16 March 2020
    Crab Meat Puff

    Freshly made pastry stuffed with fresh crab meat, subtle amount of Coriander, Spring onion, ginger, bean shoots and mushrooms. Deep fried, served with a bed of seaweed salad and dressed with sesame sauce

    Fresh Prawn

    Fresh prawn meat wrapped with blue cheese and parmesan cheese in soya bean sheet. Deep fried to brown and drizzled with house-made thousand island dressing

    Lamb Pocket

    Spicy minced lamb and sautéed onion filling served in a hot steamed bun

    Peking Duck

    Crispy, tender duck pieces wrapped in a steamed pancake and served with spring onion, cucumber, pickles and house-made plum sauce

    Grilled Salmon

    Tender fresh Salmon fillet grilled to its perfection, drizzled with a special sauce serve with a: Bowl of steamed rice

    Fillet Steak

    Aromatic pan-fried diced fillet steak paired with tasty black peppercorn sauce, accompanied with a: Bowl of Singapore Noodles

    Banana Fritter

    Our famous Lightly battered banana fritter comes with a generous size of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with golden syrup or

    Fried Ice cream

    Vanilla Ice cream crumbed with lots of peanuts, slightly fried, covered with delicious caramel sauce and Oreo crumbs

  • Chinese Tea
  • The Rotary Club of Richmond’s

    Pre-Conference Tour 2020 - Melbourne to Bendigo

    25-27 March 2020

    Day 1

    • Depart Melbourne at 10 am - enroute to Bright
    • 12.30 lunch at Benalla Gallery Café
    • 1.45 pm depart Benalla
    • 3.15 pm arrive Bright
    • Tour of town (walking or driving)
    • Overnight Accommodation Bright overlooking the Ovens River – Riverbank Park Motel $120 per room
    • 7.00pm BBQ Dinner – self-cater (weather permitting)
    Attendees for TOUR
    • Constanze and Jo
    • Jenny and Annette
    • Sue and Kevin
    • Les
    • Joan

    Day 2

  • 9am Breakfast at Wild Time Cafe
  • 10am Depart Bright enroute to Milawa
  • 11am arrive Milawa visit to Browns Brothers cellar door, Cheese Factory and Mustard Shop
  • 12 md depart Milawa enroute to Rutherglen
  • 12.30 pm Lunch at Jones Winery – Rutherglen
  • We are real people with real vineyards making real wines and serving real food in our restaurant.

    We are lucky to own one of the most beautiful little cellar doors and restaurants in Victoria, dating back to the 1860s. I'm Mandy Jones, a 5th generation winemaker, a modernist in my approach to handcrafting wines from grapes grown by my brother, Arthur. Our wines have power and brightness of fruit that could only be made from our very own patch of Rutherglen dirt.

  • Depart Rutherglen at 1.45pm
  • 2pm arrive Corowa – visit to All Saints Winery – visit to the cellar door 315 All Saints Rd, Wahgunyah
  • All Saints Estate Winery is a family owned wine company based in Wahgunyah, Victoria, Australia. All Saints was built in 1864 by Scotsmen, George Sutherland Smith and John Banks. The castle building was based on one of the Queen's castles

  • Depart Corowa (All Saints) at 3pm
  • Arrive Cobram at 4pm
  • Overnight accommodation Cobram (pool) - Colonial Motor Inn $130 per night
  • 7.15pm Dinner – Jacks Restaurant Cobram
  • Day 3

  • 9am Breakfast – Orchard Café Cobram
  • 10am Depart Cobram
  • Enroute to Bendigo via Murray Valley Highway (2hrs 15 mins)
  • 1pm Arrive Bendigo
  • Light Lunch – to be advised
  • Accommodation at the Quality Hotel Lakeside (see below)
  • 3-4pm Conference Registration
  • 7pm Conference Opening and Club Dinner at the Quality Hotel Restaurant
  • Day 4

  • Conference
  • Conference Dinner
  • Day 5

  • Conference Concludes at Lunchtime
  • Own way home!
  • Please note we have booked our accommodation in Bendigo. If you would like to join us please advise Sue or Jo by Friday 21 February.

    D9800 Conference Speakers

    Professor Mary Galea AM, BAppSc (Physio), BA, PhD, is a physiotherapist and neuroscientist whose research program includes both laboratory-based and clinical projects with the overall theme of control of voluntary movement by the brain, and factors that promote recovery following nervous system damage. Tony Walker, CEO Ambulance Victoria
    Tim Cope, Adventurer, Author, & Filmmaker
    Andrew Crisp, Emergency Management Commissioner,
    Emergency Management Victoria
    Ro Allen, Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality
    Gihan Perera, Futurist
    Zoe Daniel, ABC Washington Bureau Chief
    Michelle Scott Tucker, Author & Motivator


    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


    Future Events

    February – Peace and Prevention/Resolution Month
    10th Monday John Benger, Crypto Currency
    15th Saturday 1st Richmond Rotary market
    23rd Sunday Rotary’s birthday
    26th Wednesday Celebrate Inspiring Women – MGC
    March – Water and Sanitation Month
    2nd Monday
    9th Monday No meeting Labour Day holiday
    25th Wednesday Preconference tour
    26th Thursday Pre-conference tour
    27th Friday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    29th Saturday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    30th Sunday End D9800 Conference
    April – Maternal and Child Health Month
    18th Saturday Trivia Night MGC
    May – Youth Service Month
    2nd Saturday Rochester Pie and Port Night
    25th Monday Ainger-Peck Awards night
    June – Rotary Fellowships Month
    8th Monday No meeting Queen’s Birthday holiday

    I visited Judy today and she is recovering well from her recent health hiccup, she continues to enjoy phone calls and cards from members and friends. Judy would like to thank you to all members and friends for their kind wishes and she sent a thank you card to the Club to say "Thank You". Continue to keep in touch with Judy and she hopes that it may not be too long before she can visit us at a Club Meeting.
    Jo Cowling

    Meeting Information


    Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121



    Contact Us

    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au



    Like us on Facebook



    Bulletin February 10th 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: John Benger, Crypto currencies. John may be a dyslexic, but he sure is a wiz with numbers. Come and hear this topic demystified.

    Pasta Night at Anna’s

    Great food, fine wine, wonderful company, comfy surroundings and sparkling conversation all lead to a fun filled night. Thank you Anna

    There is always a raffle! President Adam thanks Anna for her hospitality

    Official opening of the new Amora




    ROTARY CLUB OF RICHMOND & RICHMOND RETIREMENT LIVING INVITE YOU TO

    A CELEBRATION OF INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

    Wednesday 26th February 2020 | 6pm - 8pm The Gillard Centre | Melbourne Girls’ College Yarra Boulevard, Richmond

    JOIN US FOR DRINKS & CANAPES

    Come along and enjoy a special evening where you’ll hear from incredible women who are committed to transforming our community & leading by example.

    SPECIAL PRESENTING GUESTS
    Mia Timpano Assistant Editor of Frankie Magazine, broadcaster at Triple R FM and all round creative content producer.
    Colleen Peterson Urban Planner and CEO of Ratio Consulting, a change maker in the social and economic impacts of urbanism.

    ENJOY DELICIOUS GRAZING PLATES & DRINKS BY MERCHANT RD.


    This is a free event with all donated proceeds going to Rotary Club of Richmond’s Next Step Program Supporting youth in their transition from school to employment in the nurturing of their skills, talents and confidence.

    SECURE YOUR FREE TICKET TODAY | Visit trybooking.com/BHGWW*


    the information contained in this advertisement was correct as of February 2020, but is subject to change. Individual Retirement Living Apartment features may vary and are subject to availability. Images are for illustration purposes and are indicative only. Whilst Lendlease endeavours to ensure that the information in this advertisement is correct, no warranty, express or implied is given to its accuracy. Prospective purchasers must make and only rely on their own assessment and seek their own professional advice in all respects.

    New Member Isobel Amer

    The club was indeed lucky to welcome Isobel to our club last week. Isobel is an inspiration to us all. Her charity work for Nepal is amazing. Her energy is extraordinary. She attends the Campbell Market every Sunday to raise funds for her projects Welocme Isobel




    Rotary 9800 District Conference Registrations for the 2020 District 9800 Conference are now open!!
    27-29 March 2020

    Conference Location

    Ulumbarra Theatre
    10 Gaol Road, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

    Tickets are priced as follows – Early-bird Price available until 30/11/19
    (The price of conference includes both the Conference Dinner & the Welcome Event)
    Rotarians and Partners = $300
    First Time Attendees = $250

    From the Conference organisers -- We've got some amazing entertainment, guest speakers and activities planned for the weekend We've drawn inspiration from the 19/20 motto Rotary Connects the World, and can't wait to share the weekend with you. As you will see there are some options within your booking - you can book for the Conference and then separately for the Foundation Breakfast and the Sunday lunch. If you initially book the Conference you can go back later and add in the breakfast and / or the lunch.

    From Sue and Jo – Onto Conference Chairs 2019-2020
    Sue and I have investigated accommodation for the conference and have made a booking at the Quality Lakehouse Hotel overlooking the lake and a short drive to the conference centre.

    Tour commencing on Wednesday 25 and arriving in Bendigo on the 27 March – see next pages

    Quality Lakeside Hotel Restaurant - Club dinner on the Friday night 27 March

    Come along and enjoy an inspiring conference with loads of fun and fellowship

    Jo: jocowling@optusnet.com.au
    Sue: sbolton@globaldial.com

    The Rotary Club of Richmond’s

    Pre-Conference Tour 2020 - Melbourne to Bendigo

    25-27 March 2020

    Day 1

    • Depart Melbourne at 10 am - enroute to Bright
    • 12.30 lunch at Benalla Gallery Café
    • 1.45 pm depart Benalla
    • 3.15 pm arrive Bright
    • Tour of town (walking or driving)
    • Overnight Accommodation Bright overlooking the Ovens River – Riverbank Park Motel $120 per room
    • 7.00pm BBQ Dinner – self-cater (weather permitting)
    Attendees for TOUR
    • Constanze and Jo
    • Jenny and Annette
    • Sue and Kevin
    • Les
    • Joan

    Day 2

  • 9am Breakfast at Wild Time Cafe
  • 10am Depart Bright enroute to Milawa
  • 11am arrive Milawa visit to Browns Brothers cellar door, Cheese Factory and Mustard Shop
  • 12 md depart Milawa enroute to Rutherglen
  • 12.30 pm Lunch at Jones Winery – Rutherglen
  • We are real people with real vineyards making real wines and serving real food in our restaurant.

    We are lucky to own one of the most beautiful little cellar doors and restaurants in Victoria, dating back to the 1860s. I'm Mandy Jones, a 5th generation winemaker, a modernist in my approach to handcrafting wines from grapes grown by my brother, Arthur. Our wines have power and brightness of fruit that could only be made from our very own patch of Rutherglen dirt.

  • Depart Rutherglen at 1.45pm
  • 2pm arrive Corowa – visit to All Saints Winery – visit to the cellar door 315 All Saints Rd, Wahgunyah
  • All Saints Estate Winery is a family owned wine company based in Wahgunyah, Victoria, Australia. All Saints was built in 1864 by Scotsmen, George Sutherland Smith and John Banks. The castle building was based on one of the Queen's castles

  • Depart Corowa (All Saints) at 3pm
  • Arrive Cobram at 4pm
  • Overnight accommodation Cobram (pool) - Colonial Motor Inn $130 per night
  • 7.15pm Dinner – Jacks Restaurant Cobram
  • Day 3

  • 9am Breakfast – Orchard Café Cobram
  • 10am Depart Cobram
  • Enroute to Bendigo via Murray Valley Highway (2hrs 15 mins)
  • 1pm Arrive Bendigo
  • Light Lunch – to be advised
  • Accommodation at the Quality Hotel Lakeside (see below)
  • 3-4pm Conference Registration
  • 7pm Conference Opening and Club Dinner at the Quality Hotel Restaurant
  • Day 4

  • Conference
  • Conference Dinner
  • Day 5

  • Conference Concludes at Lunchtime
  • Own way home!
  • Please note we have booked our accommodation in Bendigo. If you would like to join us please advise Sue or Jo by Friday 21 February.

    Last week Kev and I spent a glorious week at Tidal River on Wilson’s Promontory. One of the highlights was a Wilson Prom cruise run by the Pennicott family. Do you remember when Rob Pennicott was the face of Rotary and presented at Denis Shore’s D9800 conference in Albury 2013? Robert Pennicott and his family have always been passionate about giving back to the communities in which they work and live since they started Bruny Island Cruises in 1999. The business employs and trains local staff, and purchases goods and services from local suppliers wherever possible. Sustainability is at the heart of the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys’ business with the range of experiences developed designed to raise awareness of environmental issues and provide financial support for conservation. Robert started the Tasmania Coast Conservation Fund in 2007/2008 under the umbrella of Wildcare. It was established to contribute towards the protection, conservation and management of marine and coastal reserves, marine mammals and seabirds. The fund is ongoing and supports projects dealing with one or more of the following themes:
  • coastal reserve and marine reserve management
  • marine mammal and seabird conservation
  • community awareness of and participation in coastal and marine conservation
  • A key project supported under the Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund was eradicating cats from Tasman Island which were killing over 50,000 seabirds annually. In 2011, Robert established the Pennicott Foundation which provided a broader remit of support to include environmental, community and global initiatives. The first project under the Foundation was Follow the Yellow Boat Road which saw Robert and two others circumnavigate Australia in a 5.4 metre inflatable dinghy, raising $300,000 for conservation and to assist Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio from the world. Since then the Foundation has financially supported numerous coastal conservation projects, community and educational programs. “I am very proud of what the Foundation has achieved to date. Every cent donated to the Foundation goes towards outcomes that make a real difference. My hope is that the Foundation can grow and deliver greater benefits to the community and environment each year,” Robert Pennicott. 10 . The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors

    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


    Future Events

    February – Peace and Prevention/Resolution Month
    10th Monday John Benger, Crypto Currency
    15th Saturday 1st Richmond Rotary market
    23rd Sunday Rotary’s birthday
    26th Wednesday Celebrate Inspiring Women – MGC
    March – Water and Sanitation Month
    2nd Monday
    9th Monday No meeting Labour Day holiday
    25th Wednesday Preconference tour
    26th Thursday Pre-conference tour
    27th Friday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    29th Saturday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    30th Sunday End D9800 Conference

    Meeting Information


    Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121



    Contact Us

    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au



    Like us on Facebook



    February 3rd 2020

    Tonight’s Meeting: Constanze Schuen – Youth Exchange Constanze will give her half year report to the Club and visitors from the Rotary Clubs of Melbourne and Altona.

    VALE John Griffith 15/05/1929- 24/01/2020 John joined the Club in June 1988 and became Club president 1994-1995. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in1994-1995, and PHF with sapphire in 2012-2013. John was a regular attendee at both the D9800 conferences and club tours. This photo was taken on the way to the 2008 D9800 Conference at Shepparton. It was here that John seriously damaged his hip replacement and had to be sent to hospital. Since then I have always been terrified of falling on either of my titanium knees! John was Principal of Richmond Girls’ Secondary College and was tickled pink when we were joined at Richmond Rotary by Maria Makris a colleague from those days. He was a talented musician and was a church organist for many years and sometimes surprised us at meetings by belting out Happy Birthday etc. I have always admired John for the courage he showed when his health failed. One by one he admitted himself to care homes as a respite patient. He then chose which residence he felt he would be happy in and duly took up full time residence
    Long-time friend Ben Hosking wrote:
    ‘John Griffith was the Secretary of the Ainger Public Speaking Award for 22 years and was a member of the inaugural Committee which was set up in 1990. Other members were Frank Bartlett (Chair) Ben Hosking, John Wysham and Colin Looker. John was involved in setting up and forwarding all correspondence to schools which included the entry forms and the briefing notes which he helped develop together with Don Kinsey . He was very computer literate and excelled in compiling and growing school contacts and forwarding his well worded invitations to schools. His background as an educator and school principal was invaluable in the early stages of establishing the Ainger Award as a worthwhile and credible competition for schools to be involved in . John attended the heats at NHP supporting Don Kinsey and myself in the administration of the nights. He also instigated the printed certificates for all participants to acknowledge their entry which became a unique feature of the Ainger Award. His program for the final was also very professionally compiled featuring the profiles of the ten finalists When he retired in 2011 the Ainger Award had developed from its origin as a competition for two Richmond schools: Richmond Girls’ Secondary College and Vaucluse College to one that invited students from a wide range of government , catholic and independent schools across the Melbourne metropolitan area . John Griffith’s work and commitment over a long period was acknowledged when he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his service at the Ainger Award Final . John Griffith was indeed a gentleman and a scholar and made a wonderful contribution to the Ainger Award and to the Rotary Club of Richmond. He will be missed.”




    RIP JOHN



    Australia Day Honours Congratulations to D9800 Past District Governor (2015-2016) Julie Mason on becoming an OAM Julie’s award was for significant service to the community, and to education

    Club Celebrations
    Anniversaries: Simon & Elissa Marriott 8th February 2003
    Dear Nia and Sue, I have had success in contacting Chew Chan through Susanna. Chew rang me this morning and he is doing quite well although on dialysis treatment each night and awaiting a kidney transplant. Chew was in good spirits and looks forward to returning to the Club once his health improves. Due to his illness he is not able to drive for 6 months which is also impacting his life. I sent our very best wishes from the members and we all look forward to his return. Kind regards Jo PS. Nia will send Chew’s new address out to members


    Cheerios to:
  • Judy Nettleton making good progress and loves to get emails, texts and cards, but is still not up to receiving many visitors
  • Jo Cowling who spent Australia Day weekend with a very painful knee and was unable to walk.
  • Kevin – first the bad news we have to do an emergency appendectomy , (on Australia Day) the good news this probably saved your life as the CT scan picked up a pulmonary aneurism that left untreated would have killed you!


  • Best wished to all our ‘sickies’.

    Daddy’s choice of outfit today. Another toothless Collingwood supporter joins the magpie army From PP Chris as seen on Facebook

    Hi Sue
    Maybe some of this would be good for the next Bulletin - highlighting the importance of work experience which is part of the Rotary Next Step Program Cheers. Jo I just thought I would share with you this article that was published in the age on Thursday. I thought it was really relevant and highlights the importance of work experience at Collingwood College. Anna Lewenhagen-Allvin Rotary Next Step Program VCE high-flyer Malaz gets her chance to make a noise
    By Michael Fowler ‘The Age”
    December 12, 2019
    Please see the above article sent by Anna as an additional attachment.

    "Save the Date" for the Rotary Club of Richmond's "Celebrate Inspiring Women" event - 26th Feb 2020 6-8 pm. The event will support and promote the RCR's Next Step Project - Supporting young students on their pathway to employment. Venue - Melbourne Girls College Julia Gillard Room with more details to follow.

    Rotary and the United Nations

    From the early 1940’s a number of nations and Rotary were involved in planning for an international body post WW11. In 1945 Rotary representatives served on the body that drew up the United Nations Charter. Rotary have representatives on a number of UN committees but it is not a members of the UN. Only countries can be members. Each year the UN holds a Rotary Day. Partly related to the early involvement of Rotary plus in celebration of the shared vision for world peace and global undertakings. 2020 makes the 75 anniversary of the formation of the UN and special recognition of Rotary will be made by the UN and the work of the UN will feature prominently in such events as the International Conferences.

    “RICHMOND ROTARY ON CHURCH MARKET” - PROJECT LAUNCH THIS WEEK The Rotary Club of Richmond in partnership with the City of Yarra and Richmond Library. The fundraising committee has been working over many months to establish an ongoing fundraiser for the Club. With the support of the City of Yarra and in particular the Richmond Library we are pl3eased to advise our members and friends of Rotary that our first market will commence on Saturday the 15 February. The market will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm in the theaterette of the Richmond Library. Motto Fashions has also come on board with new stock for the market. There will be entry points to the Market (Library) off Charlotte and Church Streets, Richmond The market will be located indoors at the Richmond Library on Church Street Richmond, near the corner of Swan Street. New member Claire Davison committee member has been assisting us with the launch of the market on social media platforms and we are indeed grateful for Claire’s expertise. Stall holders will book through a designated market website which is being established by Claire and we will be able to control stall holder types to ensure we don’t have too many of the same stalls. Staff from the Richmond Library Kylie Carlson and Natasha Koch have provided much needed logistic support to us. The market will encourage sustainability and recycling and markets will be selected to best reflect this. The Club hope to have approximately 20 stall holders and will include the Motto Pop Up shop. The Market will take us a little time to build but we are confident that we will be able to achieve this and in return provide the Club with an ongoing fundraising activity. We will have a Richmond Rotary Stall where members can donate items for sale, this will include a Rotary information stand. Money raised from the Rotary stall will support the Clubs Fundraising. Other areas of the Market will include the Richmond Rotary BBQ “sausage sizzle” situated near the Charlotte Street entrance and a “Devonshire Tea” – there is a great kitchenette and a foyer for attendees to sit and enjoy a cuppa. The Board has approved new promotional materials with Market Pull-up Banners, Flyers and other signage. Jellis Craig local real estate agents will supply a Billboard for advertising of the market, the City of Yarra will provide us with a suitable site. The City of Yarra and Yarra Libraries has supported us in finding a suitable location for the market, compliance, graphics, promotion and supply of equipment. Claire and I will attend an OHS induction this week. The Library will promote the Markey through their data base, relevant websites and other social media platforms. Volunteering – Yes, we need your help. Melinda Dunkley will draw up a market roster for distribution and we will encourage our members to participate and bring along family and friends. The roster model will encourage us to think outside of our membership and FORR and ask our friends and family to assist us when they are available, We expect that with the management of the BBQ, Devonshire Tea and Motto Pop Up we will need about 8 volunteers for each market, The fundraising committee members will be available for most markets. We will be provided with parking permits for our volunteers. This is a very exciting opportunity for our Club and we need the support of many to ensure the success of this fundraising initiative. Please get behind us and help us to make this an ongoing and sustainable activity for the Rotary Club of Richmond. The new promotional flyer has been included in this addition of the Bulletin is we are happy for you to make copies and distribute in the community. From the RCR Fundraisings Committee – Melinda Dunkley Chair, Claire Davison, Jo Cowling, Joan Kennedy and Les Frampton

    To be the Bulletin editor it is best not to have a thin skin or become complacent! Mistakes are often pointed out! thanks Sue, a mistake in your bulletin…? it is not the year of the rat…

    Last Meeting:

    Our newest member Clare Davison on her talk “the Rotarian Behind the Badge” outlined her long time association with Rotary and why she was so pleased to join Richmond. Clare’s career has meant that she has had many work opportunities in many parts of the world. She is now grounded as she bringing up her late sister’s two daughters. She has had along involvement in the IT industry and now teaches uni students. I am sure her IT skills will be well used by the club.

    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


    Future Events

    20th Monday Welcome to Rotary 2020
    27th Monday No meeting Public Holiday
    February – Peace and Prevention/Resolution Month
    1st Saturday Pasta Night – Anna Walpole’s place
    3rd Monday Interclub visit with RC of Melbourne Constanze delivers her half year report
    15th Saturday 1st Richmond Rotary market
    23rd Sunday Rotary’s birthday
    26th Wednesday Celebrate Inspiring Women – MGC
    March – Water and Sanitation Month
    2nd Monday
    9th Monday No meeting Labour Day holiday
    25th Wednesday Preconference tour
    26th Thursday Pre-conference tour
    27th Friday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    29th Saturday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    30th Sunday End D9800 Conference

    Meeting Information


    Monday 6.30 for 7.00 pm

    Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, 3121



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    Website: www.rotaryrichmond.org.au



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    January 20th 2020

    Bushfires devastate Australia

    2020 has got off to a pretty glum start. Most of us aren’t feeling refreshed after the holiday period with the underlying anxiety about the fires. The effect on so many has been profound – loss of lives, loss of homes, loss of businesses, loss of infrastructure , the loss of favourite holiday destinations and the untold suffering of our wildlife, our livestock, birds and fishes, Almost everyone knows of family and friends whose lives have been severely impacted by weeks of out of control bushfires. What can Rotary do to help? Here is a message from DG Grant Hacking. Over the last week District 9800 has established a Bushfire Response Committee which has met every day to coordinate our District response to the bushfires. The committee is chaired by Sue Foley (RC South Melbourne), with Marion Macleod (Melbourne), PDG Jim Studebaker (North Balwyn) and Rhys Maggs (Essendon North) supported by DGE Philip Archer and myself. We have been moved by the outpouring of support Rotarians and our community has shown to what will be a long and complex bushfire season. In the last few days I have also spoken directly with Governors in both the Gippsland and Hume areas of Victoria and we will be working together in our response. We will be coordinating our efforts (financial and logistical) with these Districts to ensure that all communities are supported. As well as this the 21 Governors across Australia are in constant communication and coordinating the National relief efforts. The aim is to ensure we coordinate and maximise our response to those communities in need as base it on the identified needs from those communities.
    Immediate response
    Emergency and Disaster response agencies in Victoria do a marvellous job in the immediate care and safety of the affected communities. Relief and Recovery centres are set up with support from Government, Red Cross, and many others. Support is provided in the form of food, accommodation, counselling services and funding for necessities. I know you join me in sending our sincere thanks to the firefighters, charities and volunteers who are tirelessly working to assist in our country’s recovery. I am proud that we have many Rotarians volunteering for front line agencies and responding to requests for support from agencies working in the relief centres and elsewhere including animal welfare. Generous offers are being received from many Rotarians, and there have been many individuals and clubs working in many areas to provide materials and food to affected agencies and communities. This includes the provision of 500,000 P2 facemasks which are being distributed through RC Melbourne and DIK. Experience tells us that donation of money is more effective and provides more flexibility as in can be used to meet targeted and specific requests for support. District 9800 is providing two separate ways for Rotary Clubs, Rotarians and members of the public to provide donations to our Bushfire Recovery efforts. The first fund will provide Rotary Clubs and individuals not seeking a tax deduction and allow us more flexibility to take immediate action. Account: Rotary International District 9800 - Australian Bushfire Appeal
    BSB: 633000
    Account Number: 171227895
    The second fund through Bendigo Banks Community Enterprise Foundation allows tax deductibility to individual donors or businesses who require this option. Bendigo Bank has waived their administration fees.

    For tax deductible donations please use this link:

    https://www.communityenterprisefoundation.com.au/make-a-donation/rotaryd9800bushfireappeal

    Carlton United Breweries are also making a substantial cash donation and conducting a program to raise funds through pubs around Australia. A huge thanks to our partners at Bendigo Bank and CUB. In the coming weeks and months we will be doing all we can to coordinate an effective and coordinated response to the Rotary Districts and communities affected by the bushfires. The ongoing support of Rotarians will be invaluable over the coming months and as always it is valued and appreciated. If you need to discuss anything related to the bushfire efforts please contact D9800 Bushfire Response Committee chair Sue Foley Sue.Foley@bendigoadelaide.com.au or myself. Thank you again for all you are doing to support the bushfire affected communities.

    Regards
    Grant Hocking ASM (Melissa)

    Our Christmas Party

     
    The welcoming committee!

    Our brilliant MC, Trevor, working under difficulty and making the whole night enjoyable for everyone.



    Jenny List surveying the magic!
    The venue was certainly a change from the Amora! When she arrived at 4.30pm the room was a shambles with people drinking and eating, tables all over the place and food on the floor. However it all came together wonderfully.


    Wonderful music from the Salvation Army musos,Santa’s helpers certainly had fun with all the gear provided by Trevor. Juddie thought his beard was great, and the helpers did an excellent job collecting the gifts under Sally’s guidance. Trevor bought the beard with Juddie in mind as he thought he would look like a Kevin Bolton clone!
    Sue presented with a Paul Harris Fellow. Thank you President Adam. It was a lovely surprise and I felt quite churlish on the night that I did not make a little speech of thanks. Blame it on the shock and not bad manners.
    President Adam thanks everyone and presents Rotarian Warren Golding with a cheque for the Salvation Army. It was very nice that the First Prize winner of the Raffle, Michelle Benstead, decided to donate that huge hamper to the Salvation Army for distribution, and the other two winners did the same. We will have helped to bring some extra happiness to a few families, and with all the toys, to a larger number of families.

    Club Celebrations

    Birthdays: Sue Bolton 31st January
    Partner Birthdays: Helen Jackson 31st January
    Anniversaries: Maria &Chris Makris 21 /01/1990, Kris & Ben Hosking 31/01/1978




    Hi Jo, I hope you are having a relaxing Christmas eve!
    I just wanted to thank you so much for your support this year and for welcoming me into the program. It has been a great experience that I am looking forward to getting back into in the New Year!
    I received a call from a student on the weekend who had an interview on the weekend which was very exciting!
    Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year!

    Warm regards,
    Anna Lewenhagen-Allvin
    Rotary Next Step Program

    Youth Exchange

    Jo is with Constanze’s Dad Hartwig on Boxing Day. They were on their way to a shopping spree at Chadstone. Hartwig flew out to spend Christmas with his daughter and her host family Marita, Brett and Luke Shepherd and their extended family. Marita and Brett’s daughter Bianca has been on a Rotary exchange to Vienna and returns to her family on the 12 January. Constanze will move to her new host family (MGC family) in late January. Michael and I will host Constanze for a couple of weeks in mid-January. Constanze is enjoying her exchange experience very much. In March she will attend the District Conference and then join the multi district youth exchange students for the Safari outback adventure.

    Constanze’s host parents Marita and Brett

    Bushfires disrupt National Youth Science Forum

    It is with great sadness that the National Youth Science Forum announces the cancellation of Session C of the 2020 NYSF Year 12 Program. This cancellation is unavoidable due to the impact of the current Australian Bushfires; NYSF must protect participant and volunteer safety above all else. This difficult decision has involved close consultation with our host university in Canberra, the Australian National University (ANU). 8 Canberra is still experiencing hazardous air quality with smoke from the Australian Bushfire Crisis continuing to be a health risk. A significant number of bushfires surrounding Canberra are still burning, and as such the potential for smoke and the threat of a fire reaching Canberra during the program cannot be ruled out. We are deeply saddened to cancel the program, however safety and wellbeing of our NYSF participants, volunteers, providers and staff always comes first. We would like to thank participants, parents and volunteers for their ongoing support and understanding during this difficult time. We would also like to thank our Partner Organisations for their tremendous support, understanding and assistance over this difficult period.

    RYLA Dinner 5th December 2019

    Our Rotary Club of Richmond awarded Thirumagal Arunachlan-Elathendral with the Rotary Youth Leadership Award for the 2019 – 2020 because of her work as a committed individual to bring about change in all levels of government and non-government organizations. RYLA is a week-long residential program conducted annually and is aimed at encouraging and developing leadership, personal development and social skills for such aspiring individuals as Thirumagal. Thirumagal is a Sustainability Activist and an Engineering Student. Thirumagal aspires to be working on projects that improve the sustainability of our world, evolving our current systems so they have zero negative impact on Earth and Society. She has been very involved in her secondary school at the local level, state and national level in a variety of organizations to achieve her goals. Thirumagal has been a speaker both in Australia and internationally where in January 2016 she travelled with the Principal Karen Money to Abu Dhabi to present the Melbourne Girls’ College (MGC) Implementation Strategies for the Prize they won for the Innovation and Implementation of Renewable Energies Technologies from the government of UAE. Thirumagal was a student at MGC from 2012 to 2017. She was the College Captain in 2017. Maria Makris our Youth Services Chair was her past Social World teacher in 2012, together with her spouse Chris Makris a FORR attended the RYLA dinner at the Oasis Camp at Mt Evelyn to support her. In Thirumagal’s own words she wrote, ‘whilst on the day I was feeling very conscious as I was blown away that you took the time out for me out of your life. I felt very valued and appreciated, it’s giving me the driving force to do better and give more contributions to society.’ She thanked the Club for our sponsorship. I like to point out that this is why our club is so close to our amazing youth and is working well with them to build their leadership potential and in return to serve humanity. We are very proud as a club to be so closely connecting with our youth because together we become stronger and are able to be of service to our people in the world. We are looking forward to Thirumagal’s presentation in the near future.

    "Save the Date" for the Rotary Club of Richmond's "Celebrate Inspiring Women" event - 26th Feb 2020 6-8 pm. The event will support and promote the RCR's Next Step Project - Supporting young students on their pathway to employment. Venue - Melbourne Girls College Julia Gillard Room with more details to follow.

    The Rotary Club of Richmond Pasta Night



    6.30 for 7.00pm
    Saturday 1 February 2020



    Enjoy Anna Walpole’s delicious pasta and warm hospitality
    32 Gellibrand Crescent, Reservoir
    Cost $40.00 per head
    Includes antipasto, pasta and dessert
    BYO Drinks



    RSVP: melindadunkley@gmail.com

    23 January 2020

    Welcome from the General Manager

    Happy Christmas to all.
    We hope that you get some well-deserved time off with your loved
    ones to celebrate the festive season.
    Wow what a year!
    Our long awaited refurbishment is 95% complete. We look forward to showing you the 'new' Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne in 2020. Our new Restaurant (The Reserve Dining Room) & Bar have been received well. Our new Summer menu is proving to be very popular with our guests as well as the Richmond & Hawthorn locals. The new Reception area & Lobby areas are a huge improvement & look great.
    The new purpose built Events Pavilion has just opened & we have hosted several large events. The hotels courtyards are ready & open with some small touch ups to follow. Have a very happy Christmas & New Year. We look forward to seeing you soon.
    Kind Regards
    Tim Bilston
    General Manager

    The Rotary Club of Richmond thanks our Community Partners and Sponsors


    Future Events

    20th Monday Welcome to Rotary 2020
    27th Monday No meeting Public Holiday
    February – Peace and Prevention/Resolution Month
    1st Saturday Pasta Night – Anna Walpole’s place
    3rd Monday Interclub visit with RC of Melbourne Constanze delivers her half year report
    15th Saturday 1st Richmond Rotary market
    23rd Sunday Rotary’s birthday
    26th Wednesday Celebrate Inspiring Women – MGC
    March – Water and Sanitation Month
    2nd Monday
    9th Monday No meeting Labour Day holiday
    25th Wednesday Preconference tour
    26th Thursday Pre-conference tour
    27th Friday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    29th Saturday D9800 Conference Bendigo
    30th Sunday End D9800 Conference





    Happy Chinese New Year
    The year of the Rat