Around District  9800

As we come to the time of year when festivities abound, there have been several highly successful events over the past week in our District including the International Men’s Day Virtual ‘Happy As Larry’ Lunch jointly hosted by Rotary Brighton North and Rotary Melbourne. Well-known comedian and actor Shane Jacobson entertained the audience, along with Rotary District 9810’s “Toilet Warrior”, Rotarian Mark Balla. My congratulations go to both clubs and in particular, Presidents Peter Killey and Marion MacLeod on not only delivering a fantastic event, but also the very important messages on men’s health.

Also held this past week was Rotary Central Melbourne’s 28th Annual Paul Harris Breakfast, which was combined with District 9800’s Business Leaders Breakfast at which Ian Wishart, CEO, Fred Hollows Foundation, spoke on eliminating Trachoma. This event was very well attended and highlighted the powerful results that Rotarians are able to achieve when working together to eliminate disease. We are so capable of making a difference!

District 9800’s Annual General Meeting was held last Monday with Past District Governor Grant Hocking providing a wonderful report on his year’s activities despite COVID-19. The meeting went extremely well with a strong attendance and I congratulate PDG Grant on his amazing year. 

Last week Sunday we had another fantastic and uplifting Rotary in Harmony event focused on Celtic music. Incredibly talented musicians, including our own Sue Foley with her band Bhan Tre, along with Damien Leith and Maria Forde, provided wonderful entertainment. Our final Rotary in Harmony event for the year will be held on Sunday 13th December and will feature Christmas carols.

On Saturday, 5th December we have our final Morning Tea with the DG for 2020. We have some great surprises lined up, so do book.

RI President Holger Knaack has this week advised of an important update regarding Rotary Youth Exchange. At the November Board meeting the difficult, but necessary decision was taken to suspend both short-term and long-term Rotary Youth Exchange through 30 June 2021. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board continues to significantly limit or suspend all Rotary activities that require travel or in-person meetings. Whilst disappointing, many districts around the world are creating virtual exchanges. If you would like to know more about creating your own, or participating in, virtual exchanges, you can join a webinar on 22 January 2021

Have a great week everyone—Rotary is a powerhouse for making a difference!

Rotary District 9800 Governor Philip Archer

As a Rotarian, the chances are you will either put your hand up to run a project or be part of a project management team. Whether it’s a major project or organising a BBQ, success means you need skills and abilities that include being a tactical problem solver and getting on well with people.  Putting together projects can be fun and, when successful, extremely satisfying.

The following tips may help when planning larger, more complex projects:

The Rotary Club of Essendon and Caroline Chisholm Society have had a long-term and successful partnership since 2007. Over those years Rotary Essendon has assisted the Society to provide support to mothers and families in need with food and warm clothing, access to safe and stable accommodation and other support services. This support has helped those families to live in a safe and nurturing environment. Rotary Essendon has sourced and provided many valuable items over this time, such as a car, computers, clothing and other necessities.

Established in 1969, the Caroline Chisholm Society is a non-denominational charitable organisation that provides a range of programs for families in need, including counselling, housing, material aid and in-home family support. Caroline Chisholm, the Society’s namesake, was a 19th-century English humanitarian, well known for her support of immigrant female and family welfare in Australia.

By Henry Drury

Noel Lucas was 15 years of age when he joined the Rochester Swimming Pool Building Committee, signalling the start of his long commitment to community service.

Working as a skilled metalworker in the century-old family farm machinery business, Blacksmith & Coachbuilders was only part of Noel’s day. He was also president of the local Young Farmers Club until he reached the compulsory retirement age of 25, after which he was invited to become a foundation member of the Rochester Lions Club.

However, it was Lion’s great loss and Rotary’s great gain that in 1969, the Rotary Club of Rochester inducted Noel to join his charter member father-in-law.

By Jaqui O’Donohoe

Vas has been living in Werribee since 2009 and feels very connected to his community. He has volunteered with various organisations such as the Smith Family, delivering gifts to children at Christmas, and through Red Cross, visiting and connecting with residents at aged care facilities.

With 13-year old twins, one of whom has Down syndrome, Vas has been particularly impressed with the services provided to his family by Gateways, a not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of support services for both children and adults with disabilities.

By Rotary Club of Caulfield

There is a 50-meter-long black wall on the corner of Murrumbeena Road and Railway Parade, Murrumbeena. Currently, it is littered with graffiti. But, the members of Rotary Caulfield in collaboration with well-known Artist and Author, Anthony Breslin, are about to change that and provide an inspiring visual gift to the community.

The plan is to cover the wall with over 75 panels that will showcase the original paintings and words from Anthony Breslin’s children’s book, Brezania, and feature the story of “Big Frog” along with a vast array of other crazy characters from the book.

The name "Murrumbeena" derives from the Aboriginal word "mirambeena", affectionately interpreted as meaning "land of frogs". The suburb officially adopted by the name when the railway station opened in 1879.

By Henry Drury

“What’s a Passport Club?”  This is a question that many Rotarians would most likely ask and it was certainly a challenge your correspondent faced when asked to write about the Melbourne Passport Club for Networker.

The Club’s story began in 2018 when ardent Rotarian Jenny Foster was encouraged by friends in Rotary, as well as past and present District Governors to activate a new style of Rotary club that would have a world-wide membership and measure club health by participation rather than attendance.

By Helena Wimpole

Whilst in its early days, having been established in April this year, the Rotary Fellowship of Gin already has more than 600 members worldwide dedicated to promoting gin as an opportunity for fellowship.

All varieties of gin start life as a neutral spirit, which can be made from grain, wheat, barley or even rice, grapes, corn or beetroot.  From the base distillation of the spirit the vital ingredient that provides its flavor is the juniper berry. Other spices are added to create a unique taste and style.

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