ROTARY and MISSING PERSONS TRAGEDIES
|Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Aug 25, 2016||
Victoria Police have created a Rotary supported interactive public website to help solve the tragedies of missing persons.
Photo: Roger and Stuart at the VicPol Mentoring Program graduation.
Nationally, more than 35,000 people go missing each year, and though most are soon re-located, more than 1600 remain on the missing-person list.
Links on the VicPol site take inquirers to more details about missing individuals, support services, Crime Stoppers and advice. The site also meshes with Facebook and Twitter.
The initiative arose from Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey of the homicide squad during his mentorship by Rotary Central Melbourne’s Roger Thornton under the multi-district Police Leadership Program.
|Posted||on Jul 28, 2016||
Organiser Kevin Love reminds members a significant early bird discount applies for registrations prior to 30th November.
Register via the conference web site - if any difficulties with categories please contact Marjorie or Kevin.
Accommodation. Our club has rooms on hold at Shepparton;
Rooms range from $145 - $165 per night – Queen, King and Twin.
Nights on hold are Thursday, Friday, Saturday; [30/31st March, 1 April] - can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Deposit will be called for in December.
INTERNATIONAL PROJECT - NON.
|Posted||on Jul 27, 2016||
YES, I WANT TO HELP NON.
. Pledges to help NON – an amazing $4,075.
. Funds received to date - $2,475.
Just $1600 to go to fulfil our objective.
Your donation will be appreciated, Bank details are:
BSB 033 000
Account # 791085
Add 'NON'and your surname please.
EXCHANGE STUDENT - CONTINUING FRIENDSHIP
|Posted||on Jul 20, 2016||
Several members will recall Renata Alvarenga Brandão, an inbound exchange student from Brazil in 2005.
Past member George Robinson and his wife Jennifer had the pleasure of attending Renata's wedding recently. George and Jennifer were Renata’s host parents for a few months and they bonded as an exchange family in the true Rotary spirit. Renata’s family in Brazil has a very strong Rotary connection with several members of her family being Rotarians. Renata and her family stayed in touch with George and Jennifer since Renata’s exchange year which led to a visit to Brazil in 2006/07. Both families maintained contact and other members of Renata’s family have been to visit George and Jennifer since. [Photo Jennifer and George closest to camera at Renata's wedding]
HOUSE OF DREAMS
|Posted||on Jul 20, 2016||
The House of Dreams ['HOD'] is a non profit project founded by Ken Pitsapheng in 2012 in Luang Parbang, Northern Laos.
'HOD' provides a home away from home for rural children so they can receive better education in the city, not available in their home villages through insufficient resources. In addition to homing the children HOD also provides English studies twice daily tutored by volunteer teachers visiting Luang Parbang.
Our 'school building' teams visiting Laos over the past few years have touched 'HOD' in Luang Parbang through our connection with school building project organiser Somnuek Bounsa of Luang Parbang and Rod Fraser of Ivanhoe Vic, both of whom assist Ken to run the House of Dreams.
For USD1,000 HOD can provide 12 months accommodation, food, learning materials, school/university fees, school uniform and shoes for one of their young residents. They can take up to eight residents who live very much like a family unit. [Photo: Outside House of Dreams, Laung Parbang March '16]
COMMUNITY SERVICES TEAM BONANZA
|Posted||on Jul 13, 2016||
'The Power of 10' in action, as Rotary does so well - with help from facebook.
Members know the organisation 'Youth Projects' is a prime beneficiary of our Community Team, led by Peter Duras. 'Youth Projects' works with the disadvantaged, homeless and young people needing help in Melbourne city.
The recent request for blankets, sleeping bags, scarfs and other cold weather clothing brought an excellent response from our members but, unknown to Peter, our facebook posting of this project was picked up by Daniel Rigoni of Woodend club.
With support from Past President Grant Hocking and his wife Melissa, Daniel set about mobilising their club members to help our project - and that’s not all - they also mobilised nearby clubs in the Bendigo region with the result two full to overflowing utes were required to transport the clothing, sleeping bags and blankets to Melbourne. Surprise Peter!
Daniel, Grant and Melissa outside Youth Projects Building in Hosier Lane.
Two utes overflowing with cold weather supplies donated by sister clubs being unpacked at the DIK store.
From left Daniel Rigoni, Peter, Grant Hocking, Sue and Melissa Hocking.
CAN YOU SPARE A ROOM - SHORT TERM?
|Posted by Tony THOMAS Networker Correspondent||on Jul 13, 2016||
Dedicated Rotarian Bruno Cellier, of RC Valenciennes, France (60 members) is seeking up to six months board for his daughter Sophie 19, who started an economics degree at Melbourne University this month. She won a scholarship paying 20% of her fees.
She was too late to get a place at a university college but will move there after December. Bruno will pay commercial board to any host family meanwhile. Sophie is seeking a room for three months or longer. She is keen to get out of a local backpacker hotel.
Sophie, a non-smoker non-drinker and with good English, will major in finance and management and then look for a job in the movie industry.
Bruno employs 60 people in his business making prosthetic limbs and devices. He does charity work by mentoring and sharing R&D with small prosthetic makers. His Rotary club donates to an institution for badly-burnt children in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to help healing and then therapy for their re-education. This is a boon for under-privileged Bolivians who travel from afar for concessional treatment.
Sophie was attracted by Melbourne Uni’s cinema school. Her hobbies are drama, theatre, reading and drawing.
Contact: email@example.com, 0435 9291 72: Her mother Pascale is at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophie [left] with mother Pascale and Tony.
CONFERENCE - ACCOMMODATION
|Posted||on Jul 12, 2016||
ACCOMMODATION AT SHEPPARTON
Our club has pre-booked accommodation for the conference at
65 Wyndham St, Shepparton, 3630
The conference is a ‘long way off yet’ but sometimes it is useful to get the housekeeping matters squared away nice and early
Rooms on hold range from $145 - $165 per night – Queen, King and Twin rooms
Nights on hold are Thursday, Friday, Saturday; [30/31st March, 1 April].
If you would like to reserve a room please contact David Jones,
Please specify type of room preferred.
Deposit will be called for in December.
"YES, I WANT TO HELP NON"
|Posted||on Jul 12, 2016||
Roy Garrett brought members up to date with the current position of helping Non, a 13 year old Laotian school boy, receive essential surgery for his life threatening and debilitating medical condition meningoencephilocele.
Briefly, CAT scans have been completed and interpreted in Melbourne and Phnom Penh, confirming the initial diagnosis and suitability for surgery. Non and a parent are now obtaining passports for travel to Cambodia as the surgery is not available in Laos.
The RC of Phnom Penh has overseen 80 successful cases of the surgery required by local surgeons trained by French Doctors. Our visit to that club in April has prepared the ground work for Non’s case to proceed.
Having met again with Non and his father recently Roy was able to impart his passion to help Non at Tuesday’s meeting.
A request for donations to assist Non resulted in a fabulous and immediate response of $4,075 committed by members at Tuesday's meeting.
Roy’s reaction to this fantastic response by members is; “Doesn’t that sort of say what Rotary is all about? What a club!"
Members wishing to donate by direct credit please deposit to the club’s bank account:
All donations will be held separately for Non’s treatment, the extent of which cannot be determined until surgery is undertaken. Any surplus will ultimately be placed in the clubs general funds.
|Posted||on Jun 23, 2016||
CENTRAL MELBOURNE CHANGEOVER, 1st JULY. INVITATION
|Posted||on Jun 23, 2016||
WORKING BEE SATURDAY 18th JUNE
|Posted||on Jun 16, 2016||
DONATIONS in KIND
SATURDAY 18TH JUNE.
9.00am to 1.00pm [but leave earlier if you need].
Rear Shed 40,
400 Somerville Road, West Footscray.
|MEMBERSHIP STRATEGY PRESENTATION 7th JUNE 2016||Posted by Doug ROBERTSON||on Jun 10, 2016||
Strategy for Membership Growth:
DG Elect Neville John introduced the presentation noting that Club members through the Club Visioning exercise had expressed a desire to grow the Club back to around 60 members from the current number of 45. He and Warwick Cavill had taken the opportunity to review the recruiting and retention activity that both Neville and Richard Stone had been undertaking. As a result a Membership Plan had been produced.
Warwick then presented the Plan highlighting the process and the strategy:
The focus is now on the “how are we going to move to where we want/need to be”. He pointed out that there is a need for wider participation by all members to achieve growth in membership numbers. People working in the CBD will be targeted and Warwick noted we are significantly under- represented in a number of vocations including retailing, medicine, council officers, education and so on. There is a need for much greater diversity in our membership.
The approach is to systemise the three stages of membership:
A few key points which Warwick made are as follows:
In concluding, Warwick asked that each member think of 3 guests that they could invite to meetings or functions over the next 12 months, preferably aligning the visit with an appropriate speaker.
As a second action, he asked for anyone who would be able to take on a task to speak with him.
MEETING REPORT 24th MAY 2016
|Posted by Anne KING||on May 28, 2016||
Chair of the day Rob Hines opened the meeting with a toast to Rotary International.
There was one visitor to the club this morning – soon to be inducted Sarah Overton
President Elect Justine announced her goals for 2016/17 to be:
*A happy, productive club
*A proven, systematic process in place for attracting and recruiting members
*A new member mentoring program in place, with new members active and engaged
*A successful and well attended District Conference (March 2017)
*A sustainable fundraising program in place
*An ongoing commitment to humanitarian service at district level
The club’s Focus Plan developed during this rotary year (strategy on a page) was displayed and then project managers / directors spoke about individual components of the plan.
Various matters were discussed and the full set of slides are on the web-site.
Justine also handed out a document to members asking them to indicate what area / project they were interested in being involved with for the year. Members who haven’t completed the document can find it on the web-site.
NEXT MEETING 31st MAY 2016
|Posted||on May 27, 2016||
GUEST SPEAKER: JASON BOSLAND
"SUPPRESSION ORDERS AND MEDIA FRUSTRATION"
The Open Courts Act 2013 (Vic) (‘OC Act’) came into force on 1 December 2013. It was introduced to ‘strengthen and promote open justice’ in Victoria following ongoing concerns that the use of suppression orders by the courts in that state was placing the fundamental principle of open justice into jeopardy. The media, in particular, claimed that too many suppression orders were being made in Victoria compared to other jurisdictions in Australia and that many were imprecise and overly broad in scope and often contained insufficient limitations as to their duration.
But is the Open Courts Act achieving its aims in reducing the number of suppression orders made in the Victorian courts? Has it resulted in improvements in their drafting? This presentation will share the findings of an empirical study of all suppression orders made by the Victorian courts under the new Act in the two years following its commencement.
Jason Bosland is Deputy Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School, where he teaches communications and intellectual property law. He holds degrees from the University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics. His primary research interests lie in media law, including defamation and privacy, open justice and the media, contempt of court and freedom of speech.
MEETING REPORT TUESDAY 10th MAY 2016
|Posted by Paul FRASER||on May 10, 2016||
Visitors: Sarah Overton (membership application to come), Ian Bloomfield, both guests of Neville John
Chairperson: Peter Duras
Tony Thomas provided an update on his health indicating that the chemotherapy has been going well and that he is living a totally normal life.
President Elect Justine Murphy encouraged member participation in two coming events:
Frank O’Brien noted two working bees coming up:
Roy Garret presented the club with a plaque received in recognition and appreciation from the Laotian Governor of the district where the club has facilitated the building of two classrooms at Ban Boum Aor school.
Kevin Walklate highlighted that few members had so far registered for ‘Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner’ on Saturday 21 May 2016.
President George noted that Tony Thomas is being interviewed by the ABC regarding Nauru and fertilizers. Apparently it was too difficult for the ABC to gain access and they had read Tony’s book, which includes a story about Nauru.
President George outlined the Board’s consideration of our club name and branding. Having found that many different and confusing names have been ascribed to our club, the Board is proposing a renaming supported by rebranding that:
George explained the process involved in changing the name, details of which will be forwarded to members soon for consideration.
The proposed name is “Rotary Central Melbourne”.
Discussion supported the need for change from the long name that leads to confusions such as the club being named as Sunshine or members having to explain “Sunrise”. Concern was raised that in Rotary tradition “Central” means lunch meeting and “Sunrise” means breakfast meeting. In response to this concern it was highlighted that the change was needed to make sense to non-Rotarians.
Guest Speaker – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gregory Phillips.
"The Australian Challenge in Health Education for Indigenous people"
Greg, acknowledged the traditional owners of this land and showed a photo of his country of origin in far north Queensland. He described the beginnings of his work in indigenous health curriculum development in Australia’s medical schools through to current progress and continuing challenges.
Greg started out in this field at the University of Melbourne working with the Deans of the 12 medical schools of the time. His work was to audit the curricula and develop a curriculum framework. The two main goals were to introduce learning programs on indigenous health for medical students and to increase indigenous participation in medical training. This led to a curriculum being endorsed by the Deans in 2004 and accredited in 2005 (CDAMS Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework).
A national review in 2012 showed that indigenous recruitment into medicine had reached parity with the population proportion of 3%. However, rates of graduation had not been at that level, raising questions of whether the curriculum is failing them or some are being admitted who should not have been. To understand more about the mixed success, Greg undertook a PhD using a case study approach.
CHANGEOVER - FRIDAY 1st JULY 2016
|Posted||on May 05, 2016||
You are invited to join
President George and Julie Mackey
President Elect Justine Murphy
for our 29th Changeover Celebration
Friday, 1st July 2016
Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond
7.00pm for 7.30pm to 11.30pm – Cost $100 per person
• Dress Lounge Suit/After Five • Fabulous Entertainment •
Contact Roger Thornton by 21st June please
Tel 0400 999 203: email email@example.com
MEETING REPORT TUESDAY 3rd MAY 2016
|Posted by Cecily NEIL||on May 05, 2016||
Chair: Frank O’Brien
The Swindle pot having been carried away at the last meeting, those who drew cards this week and failed to win were not deeply disappointed.
Director’s Report: Rob Hines, International Team
In March, Annie and Roy led a group of 16 including the Hines’ and Jones’ members plus 10 non Rotarians to Laos and Cambodia.
Two days were taken to look at schools that had been previously funded by Rotary, namely the primary schools at Ban Houai Yen and Ban Houai Thao and the Hue Khang High School.
This report is continued in a separate item in the Bulletin
Guest Speaker Presentation:
Rob Hines and Roger Thornton
"The 7th Biennial Garden DesignFest – Nov.2016"
The objectives of GardenFest are:
Over the last 14 years, it has become an iconic event, with 70,000 garden visits. Over $400k has been raised for Rotary Projects, the average over the last 3 years being $100k p.a.
Three Rotary clubs are partners to the GardenFest: Kew, Brighton North, and Central Melbourne – Sunrise. The Committee for 2016 is chaired by North Brighton and has been working for 6 months already, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
The 2016 GardenFest will take place as follows;
There will be 30+ hand-picked, professionally designed gardens open from 10am to 5 pm each day, with high profile landscape designers on-site. It is anticipated that there will be 14,000 garden visits.
DIARY NOW PLEASE - 19/20th NOVEMBER 2016
|Posted||on May 05, 2016||
Our most successful fund raising event - the biennial GARDEN DESIGNFEST will require 40 volunteers over the weekend of 19-20th November.
We would be pleased if all members will note their diaries now.
Members will recall a delightful weekend in Euroa for the 2014 Garden DESIGNFEST, it did not seem like work and we were raising funds from the public - an excellent combination! Family members and friends - maybe your gardening friends - are all able to assist.
For more details contact Roger Thornton or Rob Hines.
INTERNATIONAL TEAM - REPORT ON VISIT TO LAOS PROJECTS
|Posted by Cecily NEIL||on May 05, 2016||
Director International, Rob Hines, reported to club meeting last Tuesday on the recent visit to the schools projects in Laos.
In March, Annie and Roy led a group of 16 including the Hines’ and Jones’ members plus 10 non Rotarians to Laos and Cambodia. Two days were taken to look at schools that had been previously funded by RCCMS, namely the primary schools at Ban Houai Yen and Ban Houai Thao and the Hue Khang High School.
The village of Ban Houai Yen has no vehicular access and can only be reached on foot or by boat. It has two school buildings, one renovated by Rotary and one by Rod Fraser.  Both are fenced and based on the design specified by the Laos Government. The Rotary funded building is of very good quality with good facilities. The other building however needs some renovation, as it lacks a solid partition between classes and is very hot in summer.
The village of Ban Houai Thao has a primary school similar to that of Ban Houai Yen, the renovation of which was funded by RCCMS . This year a new toilet block was funded by an individual member of RCCMS.
The Hue Khang High School has 10 classrooms, 3 of which were funded by the RCCMS in 2013. However, it still needs more classrooms.
Following the first two days, Ban Buam Aor was visited for a school opening ceremony attended by the District Governor and the village chief and elders.
The visitors were entertained by delightful performances of traditional dancing by the children. After the ceremony, books and pencils were given out to the children, who were very polite and pleased with their gifts.
NEXT MEETING TUESDAY 10th MAY 2016
|Posted||on May 05, 2016||
Assoc Prof Gregory Phillips
"The Australian Challenge in Health Education for Indigenous people"
Australian universities have been working for over 10 years to increase the number of Indigenous students in the health professions. Some progress has been made but there is much more to do.
There is a large deficit in Australians’ understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. First year medical courses for example need to start from zero in educating students about Indigenous peoples and their health.
This presentation will enunciate clearer definitions and models of Aboriginal health and cultural safety, and consider whose responsibility it is to teach and deliver better health courses and services.
Gregory Phillips is from the Waanyi and Jaru peoples and comes from Cloncurry and Mount Isa. He is a medical anthropologist, has a PhD in psychology and a research master’s degree in medical science.
Gregory has 20 years’ work experience in healing, alcohol and other drugs, youth empowerment and medical education. He developed an accredited Indigenous health curriculum for all medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, founded the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network and established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation in the wake of the federal apology.
Gregory is currently an Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.
NEXT MEETING TUESDAY 3rd MAY 2016
|Posted||on Apr 28, 2016||
"Garden DesignFest - November 2016"
Speakers. Rob Hines and Roger Thornton
Garden DesignFest 2014 was the sixth and most successful running of this event since its inception in 2004.
The next event will be in November 2016 where once again around 25 spectacular gardens will showcase the work of some of Victoria's most acclaimed garden designers. As always, the designers and their staff will be on hand at their respective gardens to chat to the public and to discuss their design needs and obtain all the relevant information needed to create or improve their own gardens.
PRESENTER. MATERNAL AND INFANT MORTALITY
|Posted by Tony Thomas||on Apr 28, 2016||
The daily death toll in the developing world is 830 mothers and 16,000 children under 5. Half these children die in their first 28 days’ life through birth problems and flow-on from malnutrition.
The bulk of these deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa, where under-5 mortality is 12 times the rate in the developed world. The good news is that infant mortality has halved since 1990, and since 2000 has been falling at 4% per annum.
Australia’s nearest neighbours PNG and Timor Leste both have third-world rates of maternal/infant mortality:
A crucial factor in reducing maternal mortality is ante-natal visits (preferably at least four). In Timor Leste the proportion of mothers getting such care is 55%, and in PNG, 29%. A second key factor is skilled help at birth, normally via trained midwives. The Timor figure is 29%, PNG 43%. These figures indicate deficiencies that if corrected, could have a powerful impact for lower death rates.
MEETING REPORT 26th APRIL 2016
|Posted by Tony Thomas||on Apr 27, 2016||
Chair: Stella Avramopolous.
Present: 28 plus guest speaker Snr Sgt Kerrie Hicks.
Stella opened the meeting with a special toast to late member Richard Stone: “To the life, friendship and legacy of Richard Stone.”
Tony Thomas gave a global overview of maternal and infant mortality trends, April being Rotary’s mother-and-child month. (See Breakout Story).
To general amazement, club treasurer Doug Robertson carried away The Swindle pot of $1200-1400 (no-one knows exactly) less the token 50% handling fee to the club. He, Frank O’Brien and Elias Lebbos made the semi-final with Doug drawing first the highest card and then the Joker. Previous pot-winner in spectacular circumstances was Roger Thornton. Next winner: to be arranged.
Guest Speaker Snr Sgt Kerrie Hicks
“Walk and talk – The importance of mentoring.”
Kerrie outlined her happy and privileged childhood and thwarted ambition to be a jet fighter pilot or professional rower. She embarked on a BA in Criminology and Psychology but after a year decided psych’s were “all a little bit nuts:” and focused on criminology.
She was accepted into VicPol in 2001, becoming squad leader during training and awarded Best Student. Her first role was trainee constable at Fitzroy Police Station and then Footscray, working with many kids from unfortunate situations. “I remember going home one day to thank mum for not keeping me out of school so I could cut up and package heroin for sale,” she joked.
VALE. RICHARD STONE
|Posted||on Apr 27, 2016||
Richard John Stone O.A.M. ; K.S.G. ; K.H.S.
It was with great sadness that at last Tuesday’s meeting President George noted the passing of Richard on Friday 22nd April.
Richard was a Charter member of the club, the first Treasurer, and maintained a highly active membership until illness intervened a few months ago, a term of twenty-nine years. He was a Paul Harris Fellow , plus two Sapphires and was President of the club in its tenth year. Richard inspired many to join the club, including Elias Lebbos a relatively recent member and Neville John who will be District Governor in 2017-18.
Richard will leave an indelible mark on our club through his impacts and communication, being one of the key architects of the club’s Police Leadership Mentoring program and the Community Village both of which are highly rated and effective beyond the borders of our own District. He was also greatly successful with fund raising for the club and the Rotary Foundation, leveraging his broad business and sporting networks. Some members will remember the “Rotary Wheel” raffle on Sundays at Victoria Market.
In addition to Rotary, Richard was equally as involved in community affairs.
His strong faith, effective fund raising for St. Mary of the Cross, being a Board member of Catholic Care Victoria and ongoing energy in many roles were acknowledged in 2007 by his being conferred with a Papal knighthood, The Chivalric Order of Saint Gregory the Great. He was also a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Australia.
Richard supported Australian Red Cross Victoria becoming a member of the Executive and Divisional Council in 1997. In 2001 he became Chairman a position he held until December 2007. As Chairman he was also a member of the National Board of Red Cross and the National Council. In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious Australian Red Cross Service Award, his citation noting;
“Richard is one of the most motivated Chairmen that ARCV has been fortunate to have lead them. He is extremely motivated and inspires members of the general public to join the organisation. He was the first Chairman to visit every one of the 28 regions within Victoria to encourage and acknowledge the achievements of the membership of ARCV. The members are fortunate in having such a caring dedicated person to lead them into the next phase of nationalisation.”
In 2011 Richard was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia [O.A.M.] for “…service to the community particularly through the Australian Red Cross”
He was also an Honorary Life Member of Australian Red Cross .
In his business career Richard was employed by the Bank of New South Wales, later to become Westpac in which he became State Manager Marketing, Victoria and finally General Manager, Melbourne Office. He is recalled as one who assisted the merger of two banks with equality for staff of both components and being affectionately known as “the Big Fella”. Throughout his career Richard gained much respect for being prepared to ‘rock the boat’ and initiate worthwhile change. His ‘Wales’ life included such remote offices as London and Normanton, the latter leaving such a huge impression on Richard, or maybe it was vice versa, that with one of his sons he visited Normanton last year.
After retirement from banking Richard became involved with KPMG, consulting on matters of business governance and board member responsibilities. He often provided pro bono governance advice to ‘not for profit’ organisations including Travellers Aid of which he was a Board member for 6 years.
Richard is survived by his loving wife Veronica, their two children and two grandchildren.
A friend of Richard’s said “His enthusiasm and involvement was such that it was difficult to say ‘no’ to him.” It is apparent that same enthusiasm was also the cause Richard did not say ‘no’ to others.
'LIKE' and SPREAD THE WORD
|Posted||on Apr 22, 2016||
facebook Exponents are Invited to Help us Spread the Word.
Please click on the logo above and go to the RCCMS facebook page, then click on 'LIKE'.
and better yet;
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TERRY'S 90th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
|Posted||on Apr 21, 2016||
NEXT MEETING 26th APRIL
|Posted||on Apr 21, 2016||
Senior Sergeant Kerrie Hicks. “Walk and talk” – The importance of mentoring
Kerrie is a mentee in the 2015-16 Victoria Police and Rotary Leaders Mentoring Program. Kerrie and her mentor, Central Melbourne Sunrise’s Stella Avramopoulos, spent three hours in their first mentor session chatting away and decided rather than sit and talk, that they should walk and talk. And so it began... walking and talking during their fortnightly mentor sessions around Abbotsford, evolved somehow (possibly bubble related at The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Ball), to successfully tackling the Oxfam Trailwalker.
Kerrie joined Victoria Police in 2001. She has performed various roles within Victoria Police in both frontline duties and criminal investigation and is currently performing the role of Collingwood Police Station Commander. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology), Graduate Diploma of Business Management and a Graduate Certificate in Fraud Investigation. Her expensive love of travel has taken her around Australia, New Zealand, South America, India and South East Asia.
Photo; Kerrie and Stella at the Oxfam Trailwalker.
INVITATION: BRIGHTON NORTH PRESIDENT'S BREAKFAST
|Posted||on Apr 21, 2016||
LAOS SCHOOLS PROJECTS - WINE AUCTION THANK YOU.
|Posted||on Apr 21, 2016||
UPDATE ON MACAULEY HOUSE
|Posted by Peter DURAS||on Mar 18, 2016||
As members would be aware, our club has supported and assisted Macauley House, the women's refuge in Flemington Road, North Melbourne, over a number of years with major working bees, outdoor furniture and the dog enclosure. The operation of Macauley has been a great success and will be on the move in the next 12 months .
These photos show their new building under construction in Footscray.
CHRISTMAS PARTY 15th DECEMBER 2015
|Posted by Herb Greenwood||on Dec 17, 2015||
Meeting Report: 15th December 2015
Meeting declared open by President George and handed to Chair of the day: John Ilott.
CHRISTMAS CRACKERS WITH HATS AND GIFTS ON THE TABLES TO BE SHARED BY ALL.
TOAST TO ROTARY BY ASSISTANT GOVERNOR, BATMAN CLUSTER, IAN SELAK.
John Ilott commenced the meeting talking about the Indian Chiefs (Northern hemisphere) discussing the weather of the coming year and concluded that they should collect firewood as the winter was to be long and cold.
One chief rang the weather bureau some days later to check on the official view and was told,THE WINTER WILL BE LONG AND COLD AS THE INDIANS ARE COLLECTING FIREWOOD AS NEVER SEEN BEFORE!!
John then introduced both Anne (STEPS OUTREACH SERVICE) and Amanda (LENTARA ASYLUM SEEKERS PROJECT).
PRESIDENT GEORGE the presented an envelope to each containing $750 value of shopping vouchers as donated by Marjorie and Bernie Gerlinger.
[L to R: Peter Duras, Bernie, Anne, Margaret, Marjorie and Amanda]
Both Anne and Amanda spoke for a few minutes on the assistance offered by their organisations to the needy people (especially at Christmas time) and both thanked the RCCMS for their special efforts that gave them the pleasure of actually seeing the joy bought by these gifts-over 100 Christmas hamper bags.
Margaret Thomas was mentioned in that she organised the purchase of spices, etc. for the Christmas hampers.
Peter Duras announced that the Club was thankful for the opportunity that Anne and Amanda gave through their organisations to assist those in need.
John then handed over to Gerard Hogan and his Heroes to assist with the SINGING OF CAROLS.
So to the melodious efforts of all we enjoyed the rendition of the following:
O COME ALL YE FAITHFULL
HARK THE HERALD ANGEL SINGS
GOOD KING WENCELASS
HAIL THE HALLS
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Well done all!
A COOKED BREAKFAST WAS ENJOYED BY ALL.
John Ilott allowed Tony Thomas to participate as SERGEANT who arranged the joke session.
Jokes told by Kevin, Peter and Frank were judged by the audience and Frank won on a questionable selection of jokes-CONGRATULATIONS FRANK.
NO SANTA APPEARANCE AS HE WAS TOO BUSY REPAIRING THE OUTFIT [for activities on Christmas Eve].
But Kevin Walklate, as Santa's stand-in, distributed many sweets to all.
Kevin also announced that he had made a decision to reserve booking at the GALA DINNER at the District Conference for all RCCMS attendees.
PRESIDENT GEORGE CLOSED THE MEETING after reminding us that Roger had won the special effort raffle and presented him with a cheque for $902.15.
George wished all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.
BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD
Fellowship continued with much wishing and talking with friends, guests and visiting Rotarians.
GOURMET FARMERS MARKET - NEXT MARKET IS 17th DECEMBER
|Posted||on Dec 04, 2015||
Our next GOURMET FARMERS MARKET is on Thursday, 17th December 2015.
Please note that Paul Fraser is the contact person to enable you to contact for volunteering either for bumping in or bumping out. Paul can be contacted on mobile 0457 788 753 or
Also, the market has gained in popularity: See link for recent publicity: Goldsbrough Farmers Market http://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/food-and-drink/article/first-farmers-market-city Also, the Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne, Cr Robert Doyle, visited the market on the 5th November and expressed delight at the market being in the city. Many RCCM-S volunteers, including President George Mackey, were there to assist with the market operation and to welcome the Lord Mayor. As such, success breeds success!
If you haven't been to our market yet we hope you can make it to this one. Volunteers are always welcome to bump in and bump out.
If you have been already we know there is a strong chance you will be joining the repeat customers we have noticed.
181 William Street, CBD. 4.30pm - 7.30pm
To enhance the Christmas Spirit, additional decorations have been erected as can be seen from this photo.
NEXT MEETING - CLUB FORUM 17th NOVEMBER 2015: YOUR CHANCE TO INFLUENCE CLUB ACTIVITIES
|Posted||on Nov 12, 2015||
CLUB FORUM: MEMBERS' CHANCE TO HAVE A SAY IN THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF THE CLUB AND ITS PROGRAMS
President George has reminded members of next week’s Club Forum that will be a follow up on the Club Visioning exercise – with the first two topics being membership and fundraising. This will be an important meeting as increase in membership and the ability to raise funds for current and future programs is critical for the success of our club.
LIGHTS AND BITES: A WONDERFUL NIGHT!
|Posted by Peter DURAS||on Oct 22, 2015||
By any measure last Saturday night's Lights and Bites fundraiser at the high rise home of Peter and Sue Duras was a huge success. 57 Rotarians, partners and guests (mainly from Tony Thomas' Probus Club) enjoyed a night of great food, fellowship and entertainment, while raising over $2,900 to place extra crisis nurses on the streets of Melbourne on 10 week nights during some of the coming months.
With a background of beautiful keyboard music played by Essendon Rotarian John Gilbert the champagne, mineral water, laughter and conversation flowed freely for much of the night. In sharp contrast, you could have heard a pin drop as the two representatives of "Youth Projects", the group we are supporting, told us about the work carried out by their Night Nurses' Patrol. Caroline Radowski, their Clinical Services Manager and the diminutive Sarah who has worked as a night patrol nurse for a decade told personal stories of the life supporting services that they provide every weekend in the CBD. Many questions followed, and all were answered quickly in the down to earth manner that typifies the approach of these dedicated women.
President George paid tribute to their work and Chairman Peter Duras thanked his Committee, Sue and the many others who contributed to the success of the night.
Youth Projects, operating out of Hosier Lane can only afford to run their Nurses Night Patrol in the CBD on the weekends. The money that we have raised will provide the bulk of the funds needed to underwrite 10 carefully chosen week night patrols over the coming months.
Photos of the event are included below:
A LIFE SAVING NEED - IN OUR PATCH
|Posted by Peter DURAS||on Sep 24, 2015||
OUR CLUB ZEROS IN ON AID FOR THE NIGHT NURSES PATROL
Funds raised at our ‘LIGHTS AND BITES’ function on 17th October will enable Youth Projects in the City to extend their life saving Night Nurses Patrol during the next 6 months.
Currently this after hours primary care service operates each weekend night in the CBD. Two nurses, highly trained in emergency medicine, drug and alcohol care and assistance, and mental health and homelessness issues provide assertive outreach help to those on the streets and in crisis accommodation.
Although these Youth Projects nurses save lives and ease pressure on hospital and other emergency services the program is stretched for funds following government cut backs to most NFPs. They have no prospect of funding patrols during the week when the risk level is just as high due to factors such as high temperatures or major events in the City.
After meeting with their CEO and Board Chairman we have agreed to support their greatest priority, the funding of 10 carefully targeted extra nights during the week over Summer at a cost of $320 per night.
This is a major new initiative for the Club, and we ask you and your friends to come and enjoy a great night out on the 17th while supporting the work of the nurses.
|Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Sep 21, 2015||
Rotarians don’t realise how much potential there is to get Rotaract clubs started. So says Riley Louise Thornton, 23, president of Brisbane Rivercity Rotaract Club. Rivercity chartered in July with 20 members and now has 25.
Part of this success story is Rotary’s youth exchange and youth leadership programs, that introduced youngsters to Rotary and inspired them to get Rotaracts started. A small mystery is why these Rotaracts tend to have 50% or more females while Rotary in Australia has about 75% males.
District 9640 (Gold Coast) sponsored Riley Thornton to the Enrichment Program during high school and then to a year’s Youth Exchange to Denmark in 2010. She also became involved with Rotary Youth Leadership and grew “a passion for Rotary”. “I met Melanie Packer [photo right] last year while looking for recruits to Rivercity,” she says. “Mel was also starting a Rotaract. We decided to launch two clubs rather than combine.”
Mel, 27, is a town planner who was first involved with Redlands Rotaract, south-east of Brisbane. Travelling through Queensland on State government business, she’s used Rotaract as a short cut to friendships in towns and cities she visited.
MEETING REPORT 15th SEPTEMBER 2015
|Posted by Roger THORNTON||on Sep 18, 2015||
Chairman: Elias Lebbos.
Guests: Guest speaker Paul Scerri.
International Service Director, Rob Hines provided a brief update on the international projects being managed by his committee. He particularly mentioned that Frank O’Brien and Peter Duras had arranged collection of an unsolicited gift (18 cartons of shoes and clothes) for DIK.
He also commented that this year more effort will go into building our sister club relationships, with the thought that RC Osaka Midosuji Hommachi might be interested in supporting our Laos projects. The fifth of these Ban Bou Aor School will be formally handed over when Roy Garrett takes a group of 16 Rotarians and friends there in March next year.
Member bio – Bruce McBain:
Bruce provided an update on his numerous activities, some paid, some pro bono, since he left The Age in 2004. In paid work, he has been chair of a superannuation trustee and still fills the role of Executive Secretary of an employer superannuation fund.
In pro bono work, Bruce is the Company Secretary of White Lion, an organisation that works with youths at risk, and is the Chair of Fitzroy Legal Services, where he works as a legal volunteer on a Wednesday evening. He commented that community legal services were under increasing pressure for funds, especially from the Commonwealth Government, at a time when advocacy for legal changes was desperately important. No longer do FLS staff “wear battle fatigues and smoke pot but they still behave like hippies and continue the vital role of providing access to justice.”
As a hobby Bruce is writing, in conjunction with a young English researcher, a history of the Inchcape Group in Australia which is part of a global trading organisation that dates back to 1839 when the Hunter River Steam Navigation Company started with three paddle steamers. This grew to become the Australian United Steam Navigation Company with 88 ships and was ultimately absorbed by P&O, which by then was controlled by James Lyle McKay, the First Earl of Inchcape. In the 1960s Inchcape sold out of P&O and became involved in numerous ventures including the largest film studio in the southern hemisphere. Now Inchcape Australia is a major motor distributor.
Chairman Elias introduced guest speaker Paul Scerri, Director of the Australian Solar Council, who addressed the question “Is it Solar Energy's Time to Shine?”
Paul’s talk concentrated on energy storage, which he said is on the verge of a huge expansion. In the industrial space large companies such as AGL are now finding that investing in storage of solar energy for use after dark is viable and more cost effective than gold plating power lines.
On the domestic front Paul quoted statistics from the Australian Energy Market operator that showed forecasts for rooftop photo-voltaics growing each year. And, now that storage is becoming affordable, householders can install batteries to avoid peak load tariffs which exist in Victoria and are likely to become commonplace elsewhere in Australia.
Paul stressed that because energy storage is new there are still no Australia-wide standards, so purchasers need to stick to brands that that can be trusted and installation companies that will back up warranties. He listed the following reliable brands: SMA, Sony, Bosch (the Rolls Royce of storage), Samsung and Teslar. Teslar’s Powerwall is so well priced that it is sold out until 2017.
In response to questions, Paul asserted that in NSW solar power is now viable without subsidy. Battery technology is also developing. Most batteries being offered today are lithium ion, with a battery life of about 5 years, but a salt water system is being developed in Sweden.
President George’s closing:
George closed the meeting at 8:45am.
SPELL CHECKER GOES AWRY
|Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Sep 15, 2015||
Melbourne Sunrise Probus Club secretary Jill Tabart [photo], who spoke to our club on September 1, put out the following notice to her members for the Probus Club meeting on September 3:
The Management Committee at its bi-monthly meeting on Monday 17 August achieved a brisk one and a half hours of productive work on your behalf. Here are the headlice from the engine room of this Probus Club:
1. Parading paddock preliminaries
While recognising the value of pre-meeting socialising, the Committee agreed compliance with a 10.00 am start to the monthly Club meeting does ensure the guest speaker is afforded the courtesy of the agreed time for a presentation......"
At the club meeting she referred again to the committee’s 'headlice' problem and awarded a chocolate prize to one member who had spotted the embarrassing typo. [Editor: A chocolate fish to members who spot the deliberate 'typo's in the BULLETIN].
THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING...to DIK and BEYOND
|Posted by Frank O'BRIEN||on Sep 11, 2015||
Earlier this month, Pres. George received an offer from Caprice Australia who wished to donate some 15 large cartons of boots, thongs, women’s shoes and clothing to Rotary for a worthy cause overseas.
Peter Duras and Frank O’Brien quickly checked with Donations in Kind (DIK) at their West Footscray warehouse, collected same from Caprice and delivered to DIK on 8 September. These goods will be sorted and will shortly be bound, most likely, for Timor Leste.
A good team effort all round.
MEETING REPORT 8th SEPTEMBER 2015
|Posted by Frank O'BRIEN||on Sep 11, 2015||
Chair for the day - Cecily Neil.
Pres George also announced that a Club Forum would be held on Tuesday 29 September at which we would turn our recently drawn up plans into reality. He added that a good turn up was necessary for the future of the Club.
In a very timely talk, one of our recently inducted members, Elias Lebbos, commenced by saying that he and his family arrived from Syria in 1972. Elias has a twin sister and is one of 6 children. They grew up in Moonee Ponds and attended the local Primary School whose sporting colours were brown and gold. Hence Elias had no hesitation in following Hawthorn in the VFL/AFL, perhaps one of his better decisions, and concurred with by David Jones!!
Elias took up a cadetship with Safeway after finishing school and went on to become their youngest Manager. At the same time, he was always interested in humanitarian issues and was drawn towards the Red Cross where he subsequently worked for 18 years, improving their underperforming areas. Some 2 years ago, he took up a position with Travellers Aid (TA) and shortly thereafter was appointed as CEO. Under Elias’s direction, TA is once again operating profitably.
Elias then briefly touched on the history of TA – it commenced in wartime Victoria in 1916 – its continuing activities around Southern Cross and Flinders Streets Stations in assisting people who are transitioning through Melbourne and in assisting women and children who are escaping family violence.
Director’s Report – Youth Committee
Prior to Elias’s talk, he “stood in” for Koren Harvey who was unavailable and gave a brief update on the Committee’s activities, concentrating on identifying ways to fund our commitment ($4000) to the Silk Miller Scholarship and forthcoming opportunities for youth attending the RYLA and RYPEN camps.
We were fortunate to have Natalie Anderson and Simon Gray talk to us on the topic of “How Employers can benefit from Working with the National Disability Resource Coordinator (NDRC)”. Both speakers have a history of working in the field of delivering employment assistance for people with disability and subsequently have both been with the NDRC for some years. The NDRC is part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme which is due to commence in 2018.
The NDRC programme is designed to support employers with over 100 employees to increase employment opportunities for disabled persons. According to Natalie and Simon, 1 in 5 people have a disability yet 88 % of disabilities are invisible. They illustrated this by mentioning 5 well known people – Michael J fox (Parkinson’s), Catherine Zeta Jones (Bipolar), Tom Cruise (Dyslexia), Hugo Weaving (Epilepsy) and probably the most famous, Stephen Hawking who has motor neurone disease.
The specific programme is known as Job Access. It is a free service for employers and includes a review of their recruitment service, disability training, links to the local employment service and provides tools and resources for the employer. They mentioned that some of their achievements have been particularly with the ATO and Masters. One of the keys to success, not surprisingly, is for the employer to have a “champion” in their midst, someone at the top level who is willing to develop workplace culture and make it welcoming and accommodating. Once that is achieved, there will be positive responses but it is important thereafter to continue the programme when management changes.
Natalie and Simon concluded their very interesting talk by indicating that the Job Access programme has many runs on the board in terms of assisting both employers and thus employees, disabled and not, but that at the end of the day, it was a Federal Government funded programme reviewed each 3 years and resources were slim, only 7 employees to work with 35 employees per annum. Well done.
Where’s The Joker
In the continuing saga of the Jackpot Jamboree, even in Tony Thomas’s absence, nothing changed. Roger Thornton was simply out of luck!!
President George closed the meeting.
|Posted||on Sep 10, 2015||
Visitors Richard Bowen and D.Snr Sgt. Stewart Bailey
with Roger before the meeting.
Marjorie and Bernie back from seven weeks overseas
[again], catching up with Doug.
Yanpu, Frank, Barrie and Herb pre meeting.
The loneliness of being an Assistant Treasurer.
ANNIVERSARIES IN SIGHT
|Posted||on Sep 10, 2015||
MEN'S SHED IN THE CBD - OPPORTUNITIES
|Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Sep 04, 2015||
Anyone like to join the newly opened Men’s Shed in the Federation Square car park?
Chairman Alan Seale says men’s shed members, like Rotarians, are all volunteers and the more members the shed has, the easier it is to welcome newcomers, show them the ropes and ensure safe working. “We have 35 members today and are aiming for 100,” Alan says. RCCMS members heavily involved are Alan, Doug Robertson, Roger Thornton, Yanpu Zhang and Peter Duras.
As well, the excellent woodworking tools are an opportunity for our club to get things made for local charities, such as outdoor furniture for a women’s refuge, toys for the Royal Children’s Hospital or repairs or renovations to wooden items.
The shed has spent more than $75,000 of State and city grants on good premises and tools, with further funding for the next five years. The shed caters for members with disabilities while maintaining safety standards.
Our bulletin visited the shed in late August. It is particularly difficult to find, being tucked into a couple of rooms on the lowest level of the car park to the east of Fed Square, opposite the car park lift.
Half a dozen men and Yanpu were busy constructing wooden aeroplanes and trucks for the Children’s Hospital, using top-class drills, thickeners, bandsaws and sawdust extractors. They recently renovated an antique red cedar washstand for a nearby resident as a fund raiser, using the profit to finance consumables.
|Posted||on Sep 04, 2015||
THE SCENE AT OUR FIRST GOURMET FARMERS MARKET - LIGHTS, MUSIC, ACTION
NEXT MARKET IS THURSDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 4.30PM.
MEANWHILE - DOWNUNDER:
GUEST SPEAKERS 8th SEPTEMBER - NATALIE ANDERSON and SIMON GRAY
|Posted||on Sep 04, 2015||
"How Employers can Benefit from Working with the NDRC"
The work of the National Disability Resource Coordinator ['NDRC'] is guided by its mission to make a real and measurable impact on employment opportunities for people with injury, illness or disability – and their belief in access and inclusion, extending to all facets of life.
Through the delivery of a range of advisory and support services the NDRC aims to build disability knowledge and confidence with employers to help break down barriers to employment for people with disability.
The NDRC provides support to employers to do this by raising awareness in the workplace, developing and implementing best practice policies, procedures, tools and resources, identifying any barriers which could prevent the employment of people with disability, individualised training for staff and distribution of vacancies to the network of Disability Employment Services ['DES'].
Natalie started working in private recruitment in 2001 and left the industry to move into employment services. In 2008, Natalie was in the Disability Employment Services space as an Employment Coordinator and ultimately as Regional Manager covering metro and regional Victoria. She has also set up a training and employment program for disadvantaged youth, and has now been with the NDRC over 2 years.
Simon Gray has been involved in programs for the long-term unemployed since their inception in 1990s. For 12 years he specialised in delivering employment assistance for people with disability, working across all facets of Disability Employment Services including employment consultancy, training, business development and public relations. He also managed a large market-leading DES in Melbourne during this time. Simon has been with the NDRC for over 4 years.
MEETING REPORT 1st SEPTEMBER 2015
|Posted by Bruce McBAIN||on Sep 03, 2015||
Immediate Past President Roy Garrett opened the meeting and handed the Chair to Neil Salvano who toasted Rotary International
Foundation Project Team Report.
Roy Garrett advised that planning was well advanced for the Paul Harris breakfast on 24 November.
Melbourne Sunrise Probus Club.
Jim Dixon, President of the Club and Jill Tabart, Secretary were introduced. Jim a past Assistant Auditor General Victoria and Technical Director CPA is active in community affairs including the Black Hole Puppet Theatre and Has lived in the CBD for 22 years.
Jill worked as a GP in Tasmania. In 1994 she became the first National President of the Uniting Church and has gained wide experience in church governance and is currently chair of the Centre for Theology in Parkville.
Jim and Jill then provided a history of the Club, from foundation through the efforts of the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise and the work of Gillian Farrell, Kay Stevens, Doug Robertson and Tony Thomas who Jill described as the midwives to the successful birth. (not sure I can see Tony as the typical midwife)
The Club, similar to the Rotary Club of Docklands, had a nomadic existence in various venues before settling at the Dockland Library where they meet on the 1st Thursday of the month for business, an excellent speaker program and ample opportunity for fellowship before lunch in a nearby restaurant. The mission of the Club is 3 F’s (Friendship, Fellowship and Fun). The Club has about 49 regular attendees and has established a number of interest groups (Arts & Culture, Sunday Breakfast, Cinema and others). The Club continues to recruit and has inducted 17 members during 2015.
Guest Speakers: ‘History as a series of Stories’
Meyer Eidelson a local historian and his son Joe a film maker student have combined their strengths to capture history. Meyer described history as story telling which captures the lives of ordinary people at an unique meeting point in the wider historic flow and the importance of capturing oral histories of people not only to preserve family histories but also as a narrative of the times.
Preserving history was critical in explaining who we are and underpinning our values as individuals, families and a people. Meyer illustrated their approach to preserving history through 4 video’s each of which was themed. One, “History of Lunacy”, was a series of oral interviews demonstrating the impact of Luna Park as a Melbourne & St Kilda icon on the lives of ordinary Melbournians.
According to Meyer one of the problems in compiling and preserving social histories is the printed word quickly becomes dated and frozen in time and overtime digital media such as DVD’s & CD’s deteriorate and become less accessible. To address this problem Meyer and Joe have developed the Silver Chronicles an interactive archive and private ‘cloud’ website as a way of recording and sharing family history and bringing together in a private family website, interviews, film, photographs, correspondence and certificates such as war histories or academic achievement. To view Silver Chronicles click on Family History Projects - Silver Chronicle
The meeting concluded with a drawing of what Tony Thomas described as the weekly swindle, leading to some muttered discussion as to whether the Joker really exists, still to quote Tony ” it’s all a bit of fun and saves the weekly testing of Rotary knowledge and other trivia.”
At 8.45am IPP Roy reminded us “Be a Gift to the World”
HELP HATS HELP HEADS
|Posted||on Sep 03, 2015||
Hat Day is Australian Rotary Health’s national fundraising and awareness day for mental health research, celebrated each year on World Mental Health Day - Friday October 9, 2015.
Since the inaugural Hat Day in 2011, Hat Day has claimed two Guinness World Records (most people wearing paper hats & most people wearing red hats). Hat Day recently launched a new logo, as well as a new website with social fundraising features.
Hat Day has acquired a number of high profile ambassadors in its five years of running, including actors Elle Dawe, Matt Lee and Pauly Fenech. Most recently, we were joined by Dr Happy – Dr Tim Sharp, Chief Happiness Officer at the Happiness Institute. Since 2014, Hat Day has also partnered with the ABC to promote mental health research in Australia.
Rotary Clubs have been our biggest supporters to date, and with your help we are reaching an increasing number of organisations who are hosting Hat Day events in their workplaces. This year, clubs in Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne will be hosting corporate launch events with high profile guests and speakers, including Dr Happy, sharing insights on happiness.
|Guest Speaker Bill Layton August 11th 2015||Posted||on Aug 04, 2015||
"The Making of the Twin Gorges Walk in Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley, WA."
Bill is developing a walking trail in the Fitzroy Valley in the Kimberley. This project is being carried out to create a sustainable enterprise for local aboriginal native title holder group – the Bunuba People. The walk covers two 400 million year old gorge systems and part of the biggest river in the Kimberley (in Australia when flowing) – the Fitzroy River. It covers some rugged and remarkably beautiful country and includes some amazing rock art, amazing bird life and bush. It will be guided by the Bunuba ranger group and will be vehicle assisted to suit patrons’ walking ability. Ultimately it will part of an eco-tourism venture based in Fitzroy Crossing and employing mainly aboriginal people. There are many challenges ahead including government approvals, station owner approvals, clan group issues, finance and training. This is an exciting venture and has great support from all who have been involved in it to date. It is still a big challenge to convert this idea into reality.
Bill is an engineer (almost retired) and has spent most of his working life in mining projects in regional and remote Australia including north west WA. About 7 years ago he was introduced to a remarkable aboriginal woman and her friends. June Oscar AO, Pat Davies (country singer) and Emily Carter have since become Bill’s great friends and his trips up there have become longer and more frequent. This year he spent two months in Fitzroy Crossing mapping out this walk and undertaking a pro-bono building project. He has developed a love for that country and its people. Apart from its amazing natural beauty, it still is a frontier and has all the excitement and freedom that would be frontier country.
Bill holds a commercial pilot’s licence/instrument rating. He has strong views on man-made climate change and the need for strong and decisive action if we are to head of a world wide disaster.
INTERNATIONAL PROJECT: CLASSROOM RENOVATION FOR BAN BAUM AOR VILLAGE LAOS
|Posted||on Jul 23, 2015||
We have received the exciting news that Rotary District 9800 has approved a grant to construct and fit-out a classroom for the primary school of Ban Baum Aor village, a continuation of our international community educational development projects in Laos.
The aim of this 2015 project (project #5) is to improve the amenity and functionality of a classroom for the primary school at this small village, located some 20km from Luang Prabang, a village that is only accessible by boat for much of the year.
Photo: One of the classrooms to be renovated:
SPECIAL FUNCTION - SPORTS PANEL DISCUSSION - VISITORS WELCOME - 20th AUGUST
|Posted||on Jul 21, 2015||
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SPECIAL MEETING; VICTORIA POLICE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 2014-15 CLOSING
|Posted||on Jun 10, 2015||
The Victoria Police Leadership Mentoring Program closing breakfast for this year’s program will be held at the RACV City Club on Tuesday morning 16th June 2014 at 7.15am for a 7.30am start.
District Governor Dr Murray Verso will be attending and has been invited to say a few words about the program from a Rotary perspective.
Raffle will be held with proceeds going to Victoria Police Legacy and RCCMS Community Village [Melbourne CBD] program.
This is a pre-booked meal meeting.
GUEST SPEAKER TUESDAY 12th MAY
|Posted||on May 05, 2015||
The highs and lows of manufacturing in Australia
The sailboat hardware market and the architectural rigging market are worlds apart, but in Australia they’re both dominated by one powerhouse player. Ronstan’s end-to-end design, manufacture and distribution operation has grown to become the only serious competitor.
Ronstan’s head office in Melbourne is home to state-of-the-art design facilities, primary manufacturing plant and advanced warehousing and a global distribution system, which handles more than 4 million units each year. The home market is further supported by sales offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth .
Internationally, Ronstan is one of the top three sailboat hardware brands in the world, instantly recognised and respected in 45 countries. When Ronstan moved into the architectural sector, it had to establish a reputation in this new market. The results speak for themselves. If an Australian architect thinks tensile architecture for a showcase project, he or she thinks Ronstan.
SUPPORT FOR STEPS OUTREACH
|Posted||on Apr 18, 2015||
AN OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE 'STEPS OUTREACH' 30th ANNIVERSARY, MAY 8th.
More from Roger shortly.
GUEST SPEAKER TUESDAY 20th JANUARY
|Posted||on Jan 12, 2015||
Dr James Barry
The Ideology of the Islamic State
The recent attacks in France, the only Western country to attract specific threats from IS, along with the attacks in Sydney in December has shown that this group’s propaganda has been effective in bringing radicals from other sects and terrorist organisations over to its cause. IS’s ideology has proved to be a well-communicated combination between religion and nationalism. This talk will explain what we can learn from these attacks and will also explain IS’s sectarian agenda.
Dr James Barry is Associate Research Fellow at Deakin University’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation. He was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 2013 for his thesis on identity among religious and ethnic minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has lived in Tehran and speaks both Armenian and Persian-Farsi.
"STEPS" TO A BETTER FUTURE FOR HOMELESS KIDS
|Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Nov 24, 2014||
Anne Mitchell 58, has run a service for young homeless people in Melbourne for seven years without any government funding. She has worked for the homeless for the last 13 years.
“The steps are my ‘office’,” she says. “As soon as you take government money you have to work to guidelines that may not match what young homeless people need. For example, the government might put limits on how many times we help a person or what age we can work with them until. But we keep helping as long as the young person needs us to.”
Anne is the only full-time worker for Steps Outreach Service, part of the non-denominational Concern Australia group. She has a part-time youth worker and, she says, a wonderful team of volunteers.
Rotary clubs around Melbourne have supported Steps for more than a decade. Southbank RC helped Steps create a book of poetry by homeless people matched with photography by secondary school students and Central Melbourne-Sunrise RC has provided close to 600 Christmas hampers and over 500 survival packs (containing toiletries). Many other Rotary clubs have also provided support over the years, including Albert Park and Port Melbourne.
She says, “We told one young boy who had not eaten all day, that he needn’t go hungry because....................
LENTARA CHRISTMAS HAMPER SPICES
|Posted||on Nov 14, 2014||
Once again, Margaret Thomas has offered to purchase spices in bulk, for inclusion in the Christmas hampers for Lentara Asylum Seeker Program. She will then parcel up individual packs, which will include the following:
CUMIN 250 gm
CORIANDER 250 gm
PAPRIKA 250 gm
CHILLI 250 gm
ALMONDS (WHOLE) 250 gm
WALNUTS (WHOLE) 250 gm
LENTILS - RED 1 kg
LENTILS - GREEN 1 kg
DATES - IRANIAN 1kg
The cost per pack is $28.
If you would like to buy one or more packs, please contact Margaret directly before 2nd December. Tony and Margaret will bring the packs to the Christmas breakfast on December 16.
CHRISTMAS HAMPERS MADE EASIER
|Posted by Roger THORNTON||on Nov 12, 2014||
As in past years we have a Christmas Hamper project, to provide useful food items to people in our community less fortunate than ourselves.
The project supports two organisations;
Each of these organisations works with different sections of our community and if we are to provide real support it is important that the contents of our hampers are appropriate. The hampers are therefore separated into two groups, RED for Steps Outreach Programme and GREEN for Lentara Asylum Seeker Project.
A list of suggested contents for the hampers has been drawn up to make life easier. CLICK HERE to view.
BOARD NOMINATIONS - 2015-16
|Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Oct 30, 2014||
As at time of publication of this BULLETIN the following nominations for board positions have been received:
President Elect 2016-17 Justine Murphy
Vice President Marjorie Gerlinger
Secretary Neil Salvano
Treasurer Doug Robertson
Club Administration Roger Thornton
Community Service Neville Taylor
Fund Raising Greg Cuthbert
International Service Rob Hines
Vocational Service Anne King
Youth Service Koren Harvey
Darren Park is nominated for auditor.
If members have any further nominations, please advise by email President-Elect George Mackey [firstname.lastname@example.org ] and Secretary Tony Thomas [ email@example.com ], on or before November 3.
|Posted||on Oct 08, 2014||
Michelle Heard, our inbound Global Peace Scholar. Michelle has another 14 months in Melbourne while she completes her MBA.
MEETING REPORT 7th OCTOBER 2014
|Posted||on Oct 08, 2014||
Chair for the day; Bruce Heron
Visitors; Gary Jungwirth of RC Greenvale; Michelle Heard, Scholar
Directors Report; International Services.
Kevin Love reporting on Frank O’Brien’s behalf updated us on the Laos Schools projects. The 2013/14 project is complete and Kevin and Veronica will travel to Luang Prabang to attend the opening. The Fitzroy Crossing project set for ~ June 13, 2015 is being progressed with Rob Hines going there next week. Another DIK working bee is being planned and RC Echuca - Moama are keen to host us up there.
Chairman Bruce Heron introduced our guest speaker, Ms Sherene Hassan, a Director of the Australian Islamic Museum who was unwell but regardless felt it important to talk to us about the public debate around Islam in our community. Sherene was born in Perth and has found the current social climate difficult for Muslims and urges more dialogue so that we do not allow ourselves to be crippled by fear.
Sherene addressed three main issues; Sharia, violence and misogyny. The historical literal translation of Sharia is “path to God” and is based on 5 principles including the sanctity of life and respect for other religions.
Sharia law or Islamic law is not set in stone and is subject to context including local law. No one country has adopted Sharia law completely and there is no grass roots drive for its adoption in Australia. Unfortunately negative stereotypes abound e.g. forced marriages, genital mutilation, etc, are customs which predate Islam. One issue of particular concern to Sherene is the misconception regarding patriarchal authority and she regards herself as a Muslim feminist urging the role of Muslim women to become better understood in society.
On the issue of violence, Sherene noted that of about 6200 verses in the Qur’an, 11 deal with the use of violence, vs 130 that deal with peace or tolerance. She also noted that “sayings of the Prophet Muhammad” i.e. hadiths which are the recorded words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad, are sometimes misquoted, incorrectly interpreted, or even fabricated in order to make an erroneous point. The popular image of Islam is not helpful - e.g. a school class of ~250 kids when asked if they knew a Muslim, could only name Osama Bin Laden! Moderate views really struggle for airtime in our media. Sherene related a couple of egregious examples of media behavior reflecting preconceived negative themes or poor investigation or both. She referred to a survey by Professor Kevin Dunn which showed that those who interacted with Muslims but considered themselves not very knowledgeable had generally positive views about Islam whilst those who did not interact tended to be fearful and claim a high level of knowledge on the topic.
The Muslim community has responded to the more strident debate by either getting on the front foot to demonstrate they are responsible citizens much like everybody else or they retreat into isolationism, which potentially worsens relationships.
Question time was fully used by members and Chairman Bruce thanked Sherene.
President Roy closed the meeting.
GUEST SPEAKER TUESDAY 14th OCTOBER
|Posted||on Oct 07, 2014||
Food Shelter Water
Food Water Shelter Inc is a not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organisation that builds and runs eco-friendly children's villages with education, social and health facilities for children in developing countries. FWS has bases in Australia and the United States of America.
FWS was established in late 2005 by five Australian women on their return from professional volunteer placements in Tanzania as social workers, sponsorship coordinators and teachers.
OCTOBER IS VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH 2
|Posted||on Oct 05, 2014||
“Rotary’s high ethical standards are also demonstrated in The Rotary Code of Conduct, formerly known as The Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions. This code defines a set of values that are appropriate for the personal conduct of Rotarians in business, as professionals, as community leaders and in retirement. This code deserves to be read, discussed and debated during Vocational Service month.” Extract - Murray Verso Networker Edition 8 October 2014
ROTARY CODE OF CONDUCT
As a Rotarian, I will
1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviours and activities
2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary
3. Conduct all my personal, business, and personal affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others
4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings
5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society
6. Offer my vocational talents to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community
7. Honour the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavour or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians
8. Not seek from fellow Rotarians a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship
OCTOBER IS VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH
|Posted||on Oct 05, 2014||
“The only unique feature of Rotary is vocational service; everything else that we do is repeated by some other organization. If we have a special message or mission in the world that is unique to ourselves, it lies only in the realm of vocational service.” - T.A. Warren, Past RI President 1945-46
Traditionally, Rotarians set aside October as the month to showcase our second avenue of service, Vocational Service. It is possibly the least understood of our five avenues of service and for this reason it is often overlooked as an area of activity within our clubs. In reality, vocational service is an avenue through which we serve so often that we don’t always recognise it as service.
We assume that Paul Harris and his friends created Rotary to promote the noble ideas of humanitarian service, goodwill and world understanding. In the early days of Rotary this was not the case. These worthy pursuits came later. Rotary was started for business and professional purposes.
At the start of the twentieth century, business was aggressively competitive. Professional standards, customer service and business ethics were seldom topics of real concern. Simply making money was the goal. Paul Harris began to wonder if one person from each business and profession could meet as friends perhaps rivalries could be broken down and they could even help each other to achieve business success. Thus, the idea of a club combining friendship and business developed.
Over the decades the value of Vocational Service has evolved greatly. We now “recognise all useful occupations as worthy of respect” and we can use our “work as an opportunity to serve society”. Every occupation serves a need. Whether we are serving customers, teaching students or treating patients, whether we’re involved in commerce, research, the media, or any one of countless other fields – we are contributing to our communities and our society. As Rotarians, we should take pride in doing our work with competence and integrity.
Vocational Service also encourages us “to hold high ethical standards in our business affairs and our professional practices”. During the early meetings of Rotary, the members frequently discussed techniques to improve their business practices. They gave one another wise and friendly counsel on misleading advertising, shoddy products, poor customer relations and so on. Members and their friends soon began to feel that when you did business with a Rotarian, you were always going to be treated properly, that their word could be counted upon, and that there was an ethical element in all transactions. The word “Rotarian” became a mark of distinction in the business world and remains so today.
The simple philosophy of the 4-Way Test was created by Rotarian Herbert Taylor in 1934, when he was called upon to take charge of a company facing imminent bankruptcy. He turned the company around by creating the test as a measure of the company’s fairness, honesty and integrity in all its business transactions. In 1943, the Rotary Board of Directors adopted the “Four Way Test” of the things we think, say and do: Is it the Truth? Is it Fair to All Concerned? Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships? Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned? The 4-Way Test is a simple and practical guide for all human relationships and has become firmly imbedded in Rotary‘s Avenue of Vocational Service. It has been displayed in clubs, schools, workplaces and public buildings all over the world.
Rotary’s high ethical standards are also demonstrated in The Rotary Code of Conduct, formerly known as The Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions.This code defines a set of values that are appropriate for the personal conduct of Rotarians in business, as professionals, as community leaders and in retirement. This code is sadly not as well-known as it used to be but it can be found on page 4 of the 2014-2015 District 9800 Directory. It deserves to be read, discussed and debated during Vocational Service month.
Vocational Service now encompasses a wide variety of Rotary activities. Club members can use their vocational skills working on service projects, providing career guidance for young people, doing mock job interviews, mentoring students, creating vocational award programs and participating in vocational fellowship groups.
Since 1965, one of Rotary’s most popular and rewarding programs - combining vocational service and international understanding- has been The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program. It enables young business and professional men and women to observe and learn how their vocation is practised in another country. Next March, District 9800 will send a GSE team to District 6840 in Louisiana and Mississippi. A team from District 6840 has already been selected and includes a lawyer, a meteorologist, a career guidance officer, an office manager and a media executive. Our team will be chosen next month.
More recently the Rotary Foundation has funded Vocational Training Teams (VTT) which consist of groups of professionals traveling abroad to either learn about their profession or teach local professionals about a particular field.
Vocational Service is basic to our organisation. When we join Rotary, our Rotary dinner badge notes our “classification.” Rotary’s classification principal assures that each club has among its members a cross section of a community’s business and professional population. Each member brings unique skills, knowledge and abilities to their club and its projects. What do you know about the vocations of all of your club members?
Let’s celebrate Vocational Service Month by promoting the ethical basis of Rotary and by gaining a better understanding of the diverse vocational talents of our fellow members. We may find untapped talents to enhance our club and our community.
District Governor 2014-2015
CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS -Whānau too
|Posted||on Sep 27, 2014||
Picture clue –not limited to dogs!
Your Vocational Services committee have arranged a visit to The Lost Dogs Home –including the private veterinary clinic to be followed by a visit to a nearby cafe, 7pm, for dinner [at own expense].
When: Wednesday 15th October, 5.00pm
Where: Gracie St., North Melbourne Vic 3051
GSE 2015 APPLICATIONS -TEAM LEADER AND TEAM MEMBERS
|Posted||on Sep 12, 2014||
Applications are now open this year’s Group Study Exchange Team Leader and Team Member positions.
GSE is a cultural and vocational exchange program for professional business men and women, aged between 25 and 40 years, and in the early years of their professional lives. Each exchange team is comprised of a Rotarian as the team leader and four selected [non Rotarians] team members.
Next year we will be exchanging with District 6840 – South-East Louisiana, including New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our outbound team will depart for the United States 22nd March and return 4 weeks later.
The team will be home hosted and usually move house every 3-4 days.
The relevant dates for nominations are as follows;
This is a wonderful opportunity for suitable young professionals to gain an understanding of how their role functions in overseas countries and are open to gain new knowledge and experience.
Discuss your potential nomination with Doug Robertson - application forms are available from District website .
CONFERENCE HOBART MARCH 2015
|Posted||on Sep 03, 2014||
Our ON TO CONFERENCE coordinator is Anne King.
|Posted||on Aug 29, 2014||
John and Herb doing the business.
GUEST SPEAKER TUESDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER
|Posted||on Aug 26, 2014||
Words That Heal
This presentation aims to look beyond traditional use of bibliotherapy, centred on self-help books in clinical settings, and to focus on the therapeutic use of imaginative literature, especially fiction and poetry. This ‘creative bibliotherapy’ is facilitated in read-aloud reading groups and is particularly beneficial to people who are vulnerable as a result of their situations, such as the homeless, the unemployed, new arrivals in Australia, residents in aged care facilities and those experiencing mental health problems. Delivered in this context, bibliotherapy has a broader potential than that of its traditional application. The focus is shifted to supporting wellbeing through offering a link between books and community.
|Posted||on Aug 18, 2014||
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES
No Rotary anniversaries in September.
IN THE COMMUNITY
Is Alan Seale our most photographed member? He is certainly very active in the community. In the photo Alan is the tradesman with a persuader in his hand and not wearing a bowtie in the workshop.
[Copied from City of Melbourne Magazine]
SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN
|Posted by Neville JOHN||on Aug 06, 2014||
August is Rotary Membership Month: Membership Campaign
Our Rotary Club was chartered in 1987 and for most of the time since then has maintained a club membership of approximately 60+ members. In recent years we have seen a number of Charter members retire from Rotary, with the result that at the start of the 2014/2015 year, our membership is now 47. In response to this, the Club Board has confirmed the need for a special Membership Campaign to return the membership to 60+. We believe this can be achieved over the next two years.
This is a special campaign which does not replace the ongoing need for every member to continue the ongoing task of identifying potential new members. Once a potential member is identified, the Club Service Committee will assist with the remainder of the process of helping that person reach a point where they wish to join the club. Our members are the best equipped to identify people they know who would fit well into our club environment. When discussing Rotary with someone, the following points may be of assistance. Of course, feel free to create your own:
Rotary is a humanitarian service organization that joins leaders from all continents, cultures and occupations. We exchange ideas, using our skills and diversity to help solve tough humanitarian problems. We take action to bring lasting change to communities around the world. Rotary brings together people like you, from all walks of life who want to use their expertise for good and whose sense of responsibility inspires them to give back to their communities. With 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide, our global community’s impact has never been greater, and it continues to grow.
Our main club values are built around Ethics and Integrity, Vocational Diversity, Global Peace and Understanding and Fellowship. We give members the opportunity to take action on important issues affecting our community, our nation, and the world. Examples of our club programs include Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring, Community Village in the Melbourne CBD, School Projects in Laos and an Indigenous Women's Refuge at Fitzroy Crossing in WA. We also have a lot of fun , whether we’re socializing or working together on humanitarian service projects. Members of our club connect at weekly meetings and learn from business and community leaders, who help us stay informed on topics that are relevant to our community. We make great things happen and have a structure that focuses on action and positive results.
We build lifelong relationships, honour our commitments, connect diverse perspectives and use our skills to solve humanitarian issues
Belonging to a Rotary club provides members with an opportunity to give back to their communities and to connect with like-minded leaders and friends. People join Rotary for many reasons, including community involvement, personal development, professional networking, and camaraderie. But perhaps the most important benefit is the satisfaction you gain from making a real difference in your community and in the world.
Any member who has a contact that they believe could be interested in finding out more about Rotary and our club should bring them along to a meeting. The first two meetings are as guest of the club and involves no cost. You could also bring them to an event or a service activity. Roger Thornton and Neville John are available to assist if needed.
MEETING REPORT 29th JULY 2014
|Posted by Bruce McBAIN||on Jul 31, 2014||
The meeting under the Chairmanship of Greg Cuthbert opened at 7.40am with 26 members and two guests, joint speakers Cameron Sinclair and Karen Robinson of Road Trauma Support Service Victoria.
Neville Taylor outlined a conceptual framework for Community Service in 2014-15. The Framework has categorized CS activities over 3 categories:
Some projects would by nature straddle categories.
Overall there were 9 active projects plus two being assessed, Patrick Barry was looking at developing an asthma awareness programme for rural medical practitioners and the International committee was evaluating the proposed Fitzroy Crossing programme.
Acting Sergeant Kevin Walklate then conducted a vintage Walklate sergeant’s session, at one stage lurching into a debate with Tony Thomas, amusing all and suitably extracting gold coins from member’s pockets.
Greg Cuthbert introduced Cameron Sinclair the CEO of Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) and Karen Robinson, North West Metro Regional Coordinator.
Cameron, who has qualifications in Science Nursing and Management, indicated he would put RTSSV in context and then Karen Robinson would explain the needs of victims and how they were addressed by RTSSV.
For many years road trauma was accepted as inevitable and in an attempt to change this mindset RTSSV had been established in 1994. In 1999 TAC had begun funding counseling services and in 2004 education services working in conjunction with Magistrate’s Courts began to be provided.
The Association supports 3000 people annually through counselling and education and a number of events such as “Shine a Light” which raise public awareness of road safety and trauma, whilst another event “Time for Remembrance” provides an opportunity for those affected by trauma to meet together for reflection and support. This year it will be held at Parliament House on 16 November 2014.
Although RTSSV has validated expertise, dedicated staff and volunteers and provides a niche product of counselling in a collaborative environment, it must compete in a very competitive philanthropic and government funding environment for funding which results in year by year funning which does match CPI increases and is demonstrated by reliance on antiquated and fragmented IT systems. Opportunities for increased funding sources have been identified in merchandising, education programs and building corporate relationships.
Karen then gave some thought provoking statistics. Since 1987 11,215 people had died in road accidents and 79,658 had been hospitalised. She then went on to share her own experience of losing Ben, her 26 year old son, in a road smash and the ripple effect of each death which follows the trauma not only through the immediate family but friends, workmates, sporting clubs, emergency workers, medico’s and nurses
Karen said that the Road Trauma Seminars which RTSSV run were of 2.5 hours duration, with each session attended by about 12 people who were predominately male and compulsorily sent at the discretion of the Magistrates Court. Attendees were expected to pay $350 but this was often a sentencing factor.
Anecdotally, the programme’s were considered effective but there was a need for empirical research on the recidivism of those attending compared to those not attending a seminar.
Karen concluded her presentation by saying the seminar aimed at expressing reality to attendees by pointedly saying “you don’t want to be a plaque” (in a crematorium memorial park).
Greg then presented the speakers with a gift of soap supporting cottage workers in Timor Leste and the Alola Foundation.
President Roy formally closed the meeting at 8.47am by reminding members of this year’s theme “Shine on Rotary”.
HOW THE CEO CIRCLE TEAMS WITH RCCMS
|Posted||on Jul 31, 2014||
When the head of a group of nearly 200 Australian chief executives wanted to make contact with Rotary at the end of last year he sent an all-person email "Are you, or anyone you know, a member of Rotary?"
The response was overwhelming; no one was a member or had links to anyone who could make an introduction.
John Karagounis, Managing Director and owner of The CEO Circle, was hoping to explore the possibility of a partnership with Rotary to disburse funds raised by The CEO Circle for charitable purposes.
“I was surprised,” he says. “I thought a number of our members would be active in Rotary. Is it because CEOs are already aligned to other causes or charities, and are already time poor? Or are they not aware of the excellent work Rotary does in the community?"
Following a particularly lively discussion in one of The CEO Circle groups chaired by Rob Hines, it was decided that members of The CEO Circle should explore reaching out to their connections to raise funds for charity, and to become more involved at a community level. The first initiative was a corporate golf day and auction at Riversdale in March 2014. With the assistance of donations of goods and services by member companies of The CEO Circle, the day raised over $30,000.
The funds were raised with two specific projects in mind, an orphanage in South Africa and an Indigenous project in Fitzroy Crossing, WA. Meetings with lawyers clarified that insurance and liability issues were problematic, and The CEO Circle also lacked infrastructure and templates for efficiently spending the money. Hence it was suggested that a partnership with Rotary might benefit both parties.
A chance meeting between Hines and an old colleague, our club’s George Mackey, provided a solution. Hines soon joined the club and now The CEO Circle has an exclusive Victorian relationship with it. Planning is under way for both an International and Indigenous project in 2015 to use some of those funds raised at the golf day.
Karagounis and Hines agree that Rotary’s insurance, tight financial controls and charity know-how make it an ideal partner. Hines likes Rotary’s ability to keep overheads down, and the well-established templates and coordination for projects, such as through Rotary Australian World Community Services (RAWCS).
An initial donation of $10,000 has been provided by The CEO Circle for the RCCMS Fitzroy Crossing women’s shelter and men’s shed projects, and a further $5000 for school renovations in Laos. Further funding is possible.
The CEO Circle has confirmed a 2015 golf day and auction for March 20 at Riversdale and hopes to raise a similar amount. Given the strength of The CEO Circle in Sydney, planning is underway for a similar event there later in 2015.
Hines says, “When I retired from full-time work as Managing Director of Racing Victoria Ltd in 2012, I moved from a member of The CEO Circle to the Chairman of a group. We had many discussions about the opportunity for our members to become involved directly in a hands-on way with community activities. Once that direction was agreed, it was an obvious step to activate some fund raising activity which has exceeded our expectations. Now we have the opportunity to take a number of chief executives to Fitzroy Crossing to provide first hand support to the indigenous community there."
Karagounis says he and Hines have complete trust that funds channelled through Rotary will be fully accounted for and will make a difference on the ground. “I’m thrilled with Rob’s initiative with Central Melbourne-Sunrise and the wonderful work it does,” Karagounis says.
The power of The CEO Circle lies in its influential member base, resources and extended networks. Golf provides an ideal fund raising activity for this group as that is the number one leisure activity amongst senior executives.
About The CEO Circle.
The CEO Circle marks its twentieth anniversary this year. Rob Hines is Chairman of one of the eight Melbourne groups, each of which has about fifteen or so members. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to chief executives and senior business leaders only, from a diverse range of industries. There are also groups in Sydney and Brisbane.
Members are top-drawer executives. Each pays a substantial annual fee to belong, which is usually funded by their company. Karagounis says, “The CEO Circle offers an intimate forum where business leaders can discuss ideas, share experiences, and exchange advice with their peers, in a spirit of openness, and in a space where confidentiality is guaranteed.”
CEO Circle meetings are held six times per year for half a day. If members can’t attend their own group meeting for any reason, they are free to attend any other Circle around the country, as long as there are no conflicts of interest. Exclusive CEO Circle events are also held throughout the year featuring presentations from global thought leaders.
WISDOM FROM YOUNG AFRICANS
|Posted||on Jul 31, 2014||
Rotary Club of Central Melbourne-Sunrise had a lot to do with six youngsters from Botswana and Malawi who came to Melbourne for the Global AIDS conference in July. All six, aged 16-21, acquired AIDS at birth.
Member Alan Seale took three to the zoo, and afterwards asked them what they liked best. One replied, “The kangaroos were nice but I liked your car best.”
Youngster: “Because it’s clean and there are no (he groped for the English word ‘insects’ but couldn’t recall it) beetles in it.”
Alan also took them to Healesville Sanctuary where they admired the open-for-viewing animal hospital there. “It’s a much better hospital than we have,” a youngster remarked.
Member George Mackey visited the group at the “Global Village” of about 100 AIDS display stalls at the Convention Centre. While there, he asked one lad, “What do you want to do in your life?” expecting to learn about their career goals.
The lad replied, “I want to live till I’m 40.” The lad then looked at George appraisingly and added, “Maybe older.” George, who’s nearing 64, felt the lad was thinking, “But not as old as you, thanks!”
The club hosted the lads on request from Ed Pettitt, from Houston Skyline Rotary Club, Texas. Ed coordinates AIDS projects in Botswana. His club sponsored Global Scholar Michelle Heard to Melbourne, and RCCMS is hosting Michelle here. Ed was our guest speaker two weeks ago.
GRAND GARRETT GOURMET GASTROFEST
|Posted||on Jul 28, 2014||
The Grand Garrett Gourmet Gastrofest was attended by Greg & Chantelle Cuthbert, Rob & Tess Hines, John & Raylee Ilott, Frank & Pauline O’Brien, Roger & Pippa Thornton.
Hosts were Roy & Annie.
The theme was Asian Fusion & Annie cooked up a storm! Gravelax with green mango salad, beef fillet with sweet potato and minted green vegetables, black sticky rice with mango and ice cream. The conversation flowed at high volume. Much laughter, good wine (but some, like the host, getting on a bit). A sufficient amount of Rotary business was done but not to excess.
A total of $1,200 was donated for our Laos school projects. It’s nice to raise money for a good cause in such a totally enjoyable way!
MEETING REPORT 22ND JULY 2014
|Posted||on Jul 25, 2014||
President Roy Garrett invited Chair of the day, Anne King to give a toast to Rotary International. Roy then welcomed AG Ian Salek, Global Scholar Michelle Heard, guest of Tony Thomas, David Cray, guest speaker Ed Pettitt II, and club members to the meeting.
AG for the Batman Cluster, Ian Salek addressed the meeting and spoke of the clubs comprising the Batman cluster (Melbourne, Melbourne South, Southbank, North Melbourne and CMS), and in particular the excellent programs conducted by RCCMS, such as Community Village and Police Mentoring. Ian also outlined the need for clubs to continue their membership development and retention activities.
Vocational Service Director, David Jones outlined the plans for the year, including participation in the Shine On Awards, Member behind the badge, job talks and at least three onsite vocational visits during the year.
President Roy announced that the club has been invited to participate in the nomination of a Rotary International Director if they had someone in mind.
Bernie Gerlinger took members through a very testing knowledge tour of the Rotary Acronyms and collected plenty of fines in the process.
Guest Speaker – Ed Pettit II – Building a Brighter Future for Children & Adolescents with HIV/AIDS
George Mackey introduced Ed Pettitt II, a Rotarian with the Houston Skyline Rotary Club and a visiting Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Gaborone, in Botswana, where he is currently working as a Senior Project Coordinator for the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative. Ed is attending the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, and began his presentation with a request for a period of silent reflection in honour of those delegates who had lost their lives in a plane mishap en-route to the conference.
Ed oversees the world's largest network of peer support programs for adolescents living with HIV and is also helping to launch a pediatric genomic research imitative in sub-Saharan Africa. Ed has also served as a HIV/AIDS technical expert for the World Health Organization and UNICEF and is co-founder of the Houston Global Health Collaborative.
Ed advised that BIPAI’s first African clinical centre of excellence (COE), in Botswana, now treats over 4,000 children, most of who are now surviving into adolescence. It is expected that the number of HIV positive adolescents enrolled in care will double by 2015. Despite this nationwide trend, there is a paucity of psychosocial support programs addressing adolescents’ specific issues, which led the Botswana-Baylor COE to partner with the Rotary Club of Gaborone, along with a network of Rotary Clubs in the U.S. and beyond via a Global Grant, to build and equip an adolescent HIV/AIDS centre. First of its kind in Botswana and the African continent, the Phatsimong Adolescent Center is a safe and welcoming place where adolescents receive life skills education and health counseling, leading to improved clinical and mental health outcomes as well as a healthy transition into adulthood.
Following questions, the Chair thanked Ed for his fascinating presentation. President Roy closed the meeting after thanking the visitors attending and reminded all members to 'Light Up Rotary’.
GUEST SPEAKER ED PETTIT II
RCCMS TRANSPORT CORPS
|Posted||on Jul 24, 2014||
George wishes to publicly thank the members who responded to the call for help with visitors from Botswana, in Melbourne for the World AIDS Conference.
The visiting group comprised six young people, each with HIV AIDS, and Ed Pettitt, who was our guest speaker last Tuesday.
Neville and Suzette Taylor and George and Julie Mackey offered accommodation and a team of Alan Seale, Doug Robertson.Richard Stone, Tony Thomas and David Jones made up the RCCMS Transport Corps, on standby for help around the city and of course a compulsory trip to Healesville.
Alongside the thanks from George it is appropriate for the club to give an even larger thank-you to George and Julie. The organisation and contact with the group pre conference, all undertaken by George, was 'not inconsiderable' and when coupled with visitors' missing connections, one leader not being able to make the trip [ = a further three young people in the equation], a visitor's mobile phone not working and one young person 'lost' in Melbourne you will gain an idea of how George and Julie spent last weekend. Basil Fawlty comes to mind. Great to see you smiling and your usual unfazed self last Tuesday George.
DID YOU KNOW?
|Posted||on Jul 23, 2014||
Last year District 9800 entered into a Corporate Partnership with Girl Guides Victoria
For over 100 years “Guides” have been providing fantastic opportunities for girls and women to meet personal challenges, learn team building, develop confidence, self-reliance, leadership skills and make new friends.
We are very pleased to partner with a like-minded organization such as Girl Guides Victoria and would like to take the relationship further on a local level encouraging both Rotary Clubs and Guide Units locally to explore what programme's and activities can be shared to enhance both organisations’ service to our communities.
At a State and National level this partnership has already seen Rotary giving financial assistance to further develop Girl Guiding in Myanmar. This assistance is
continuing as Guiding re-establishes itself and Myanmar works towards membership of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Our Youth Committee is the epicentre for developing this relationship. If you see any opportunity where RCCMS may become involved with a Guide group please contact George Mackey or a member of the Youth committee.
NO 'IF' ABOUT IT - IFTAR MEETING A GREAT SUCCESS
|Posted by Roger Thornton||on Jul 18, 2014||
Iftar Dinner in conjunction with the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS).
Instead of our regular Tuesday breakfast meeting, nearly 30 RCCMS members joined about 60 guests at 5:45pm to partake of Iftar, the breaking of the Muslim daily fast during Ramadan, in the office of the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS).
Guests included dignitaries, such as Dr Peter Hollingsworth, former Governor General of Australia, Kerem Birinci and Selahattin Tumer, from the Turkish Consulate, and Frank McGuire, State Member of Parliament for Broadmeadows. Rotary was represented by D9800 District Governor, Dr Murray Verso and President Roy Garrett, while AIS was represented by Ahmet Polat, its Executive Director.
Andrew Crisp, Assistant Commissioner of Police for Northwest Metropolitan Region, was the MC for a very tightly timed and busy evening’s program, designed both to educate attendees about Ramadan and to share in a celebratory meal.
Guests started arriving at 4:45pm, sufficient time to enjoy some pre dinner fellowship. Andrew invited Roy Garrett and then Ahmet Polat to welcome their guests. President Roy said this was a breakthrough evening for RCCMS, an essentially monocultural club but one that recognises the need to diversify its membership and better appreciate other cultures. Ahmet Polat said that AIS has been arranging Iftars, both large and small, for the past 15 years with the aim of increasing community understanding, strengthening social cohesion and contributing to a better society.
At 5:25pm Andrew stated that in mosques around the world the call to the early evening prayer signals the end of the fast and the beginning of the Iftar dinner. He called on Ali Gurdag, Sergeant at Melbourne East Police Station, to make the Arabic call to prayer or azan. After the prayer dinner commenced with the traditional dates and water followed by a delicious Turkish meal, including a lamb stew hünkar beĝendi (“the Sultan’s delight”).
After dinner Mustafa Kadioglu, who teaches Religion and Values at Sirius College, recited from the Holy Quran, Chapter 55: Ar-Rahman, Verses 1-25, whilst a translation was projected onto a screen.
The first speaker of the evening was Omer Atilla Ergi, the General Coordinator of the Serenity Islamic Research Academy, whose topic was the significance of Ramadan. He said that Ramadan is the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar when all Muslims, above the age of puberty, fast from sun up to sun down. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and an obligatory act of worship. He explained there are three aspects to fasting: physical, spiritual and social. Fasting is good physically because it leads to detoxification and spiritually because it curbs carnal desire and allows the worshipper to focus on spiritual matters. Its social importance is that it leads to the tradition, initiated by Abraham, of sharing food which helps to build bridges and develop strong friendships.
Guests were then entertained with a performance by a whirling dervish. His dance is an act of meditation done by Sufi Muslims. By revolving from right to left around the heart the dancer, or semazen, embraces all humanity with love. He was accompanied on the lute by Zakir Yildirim, President of the Istanbul Arts and Culture Centre, and Burak Kula on the guitar.
The second keynote speaker for the evening was Murray Verso, who gave a succinct explanation of Rotary, its origins, history, philosophy and major projects. He said that right from the beginning Paul Harris identified friendship as the motive power of Rotary. Murray explained that the Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service, based on four principles: development of friendships, high ethics, advancement of international understanding and service above self.
As a sign of appreciation, speakers and organisers of the evening’s event were then presented with gifts, because Prophet Muhammad once said “he who does not thank people does not thank God”.
Following the presentation of gifts Frank McGuire spoke and said that his electorate of Broadmeadows has the highest Muslim and Turkish population of any electorate in Victoria. He recalled the words of Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Attatürk who in 1934 wrote a tribute to the Anzacs who died at Gallipoli and said “there is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now”. Frank said the Johnnies and Mehmets live side by side in Broadmeadows today.
A vote of thanks was presented by Teresa de Fazio, Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission, who continued the theme of friendship and building bridges. She thanked the speakers and said their talks provided a lens through which we could see how powerful such fellowship can be.
Concluding remarks were provided by Ergun Kirmaci, AIS President, before the meeting ended at 7:40pm.
|Posted||on Jul 18, 2014||
Honorary Member, Lou Butterfield
Update from John Meehan
Further to previous update, Lou has recently been transferred from hospital to high-care at “Ranelagh Gardens Nursing Home” situated at 1, St John’s Lane, Mt Eliza 3930 (on corner of Nepean Highway and Mt Eliza Way). He is dressed and out of bed daily and states that he is quite comfortable. He is receiving physiotherapy weekly but not yet able to walk freely.
The Home can be found on website: ranelaghgardens.com.au He has no access to emails at present but Lou has invited his Rotary friends to visit him at any time or simply phone his private number- 9775 4891 to say hello. He is an avid reader and would welcome any books of any kind. In the meantime Pat is residing with her son Geoff in South Frankston and is well.
INTERNATIONAL POLIO EMERGENCY
|Posted||on Jul 17, 2014||
A Message from District Governor.
We would like to let you know that the World Health Organisation has just declared the situation with the fight against polio an international public health emergency. This reflects the dramatic increase in the number of cases of polio in the first quarter of 2014, compared to Q1 of 2013, particularly in Pakistan (up from 6 to 54 YTD).
We hope and expect that the declaration of the international public health emergency will see the application of additional resources to the vaccination programs in these areas. The situation underscores the importance of Rotary continuing our fundraising efforts and our advocacy. Rotary has 1.2 million voices and it would make a real difference if members in your club were to continue to use their influence in your community and highlight this new and dangerous situation.
DISTRICT CONFERENCE, MARCH 2015
|Posted||on Jul 17, 2014||
Registration for the 2015 District 9800 Conference is now open. The conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania at the Wrest Point Casino and Hotel.
Accommodation at discount rates is available, but in short supply.
Groups Tasmania has prepared pre and post Conference tours so that you may enjoy the company of other Rotarians before and after the conference. A great way to meet other like minded people from neighbouring Rotary Clubs and a wonderful opportunity to create some friendships that may blossom not only for your stay in Hobart, but continuing on when you return to Melbourne.
Day tours are also available for you and your partner. Several surprise activities are planned and will be announced in future Conference Newsletters.
To book now please click HERE.
IFTAR DINNER - Photos
|Posted||on Jul 16, 2014||
NEW MEMBERS - FUTURE CLUB LEADERS
|Posted||on Jul 15, 2014||
Rotary International District 9800 Learning, Leading and Development Pathways
Free District sponsored seminars for
New Members & Future Club Leaders
The New Member Seminar, [Monday 18th August 6.30pm] is an interactive 2 hour seminar giving new Rotarians a better understanding of Rotary‘s Philosophies, Core Values, Avenues of Service, Priorities and Goals.
The Future Club Leaders Seminar [Monday 1st September 6.30pm] is another interactive 2 hour seminar designed to give potential club leaders some understanding of leadership in general, how Rotary trains and supports its leaders and how you can lead a club committee or the club itself.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND REGISTRATION FOR BOTH SEMINARS IS DUE NOW – contact David Jones or Roger Thornton.
PASSING OF MEMBER JOHN PRICE
|Posted||on Jul 04, 2014||
Members were deeply saddened by the sudden passing of John this week.
John has been an active and valued member of our club since his induction in April 2013. He quickly became in involved in club activities, known for his incisive questioning of guest speakers and his enquiring mind. He will be much missed.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Cathy and family.
John's funeral will be held at the Jewish Memorial Gardens at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery on Sunday, 6th July at 1.30pm. No flowers by request.
ROY'S NEW YEAR
|Posted||on Jun 29, 2014||
A few notes on the year to come from my “President’s Message”
Other than that what can I say? We have a great board & executive. How can we lose?
|Posted||on Jun 28, 2014||
President Doug's review of the past year.
“D G Ross and Annette, D G Nominee Designate Neville and Rebecca, A G Ian and Heather, P E Roy and Annie, Charter President Terry, members, honorary members, partners and friends, it is with pleasure that I present this report for the year now ending.
Firstly, I would like to welcome new members who joined our Club during the year: Stuart Ellis (Jo), Sat Mishra (Jaisuree), Rob Hines (Tess) and Stella Avramopolous (Con Matsamakis). I trust all new members have a long and fulfilling time with the Club and their partners also enjoy that association. I also want to welcome Peter Duras and Sue. Peter will be joining the Club in a week or so, having been a member of RC Essendon for 41 years.
A significant and first event in our Club’s 28 years occurred in the latter part of the year, when our nomination of Neville John for District Governor in 2016/2017, was accepted by District. All members, partners and friends, wish Neville and Rebecca a great and successful journey over the next two years.
In looking at the year, I believe the extent and content of our projects and activities undertaken, illustrate that members of our Club have “Engaged Rotary and Changed Lives”. Certainly in my view, our voluntary efforts have been well planned, and executed in an effective and energetic manner. I hope you will agree with me.
LETTER FROM PALERMO
|Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Jun 28, 2014||
Welcome to Palermo but don't mention the M.fia!
We, being laden-down and confused tourists, arrived at Palermo Central Station on a quiet Thursday evening. We found the taxi rank and a helpful concierge there directed us to a taxi in the middle, a small surprise. We showed our apartment address and the driver got under way while chatting on his mobile. The route seemed very circuitous and the bill came to 17 Euro. Giving the driver the benefit of the doubt, I tipped him one Euro. We found next day that the direct route was a mere 3km, in fact we walked it later. The taxi concierge had directed us to his pal as specially plump victims. The driver also turbocharged his meter.
It's small-scale stuff but part of the culture here: ‘if it's a tourist, fleece it’. On the grand scale, the local mafia has dominated the place for a century, except for a bloody interlude in the 1980s when intruders from Corleone killed 1000 city rivals.
The mafia's hey-day was 1950-80, when it literally ran the place, selling parklands, school sites, clinics etc to builders of shoddy apartments. There was the sack of Rome by the Visigoths in 410AD and locals here refer to the mafia's 'sack of Palermo'.
Mussolini saw the mafiosi as rivals and imprisoned hordes of them. The arrestees persuaded the invading Americans that they were the cruelly-treated anti-Fascist resistance, and were rewarded with government posts and mayordoms.
Lately, the Mafia has been tapping funding from the European Commission. Robbing ratepayers is naughty but who is the victim if a few billion Euros of EC and World Bank funding vaguely dissolves in half-assed Palermo projects? The Italian Foreign Ministry estimated this year that total Italian mafia turnover is Euro 200bn p.a. compared with the EU budget of Euro 140bn. I have an image of the Mafia as Danae, naked and with legs akimbo, being impregnated with showers of gold from the EC, playing Zeus.
GUEST SPEAKER TUESDAY 1st JULY
|Posted by Marjorie GERLINGER||on Jun 24, 2014||
GRAFFITI FROM NAPLES
|Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Jun 22, 2014||
Yesterday I was returning to our nice flat in a very run-down part of Naples near Garibaldi Square, after half a day at the Naples National Archaeology Museum. I decided to detour to Montesanto on the subway line, because my map showed some nice palaces there. This detour was a damp squid because the palaces had disappeared centuries ago, although the names stayed there.
I eventually got to the right platform on Montesanto for the trip home, packed with waiting commuters as it was about 5pm and the subway trains are not at all frequent, e.g. every 20 minutes. The platforms both sides were in clean condition, but unusually, youths were using my platform edge as seating, dangling their legs above the tracks. After a while one of them, about 18-20 with red hair, pale skin, a New York University sweater and baggy pants, got up and joined two mates. One was thin but very tall, the other swarthy and clad in pseudo camouflage top.
They were all only a metre or two from me. The redhead was clutching some tubes, about half the size of a runner's baton. One tube was giving him trouble and he was trying to do something with the lid. I noticed a wad of cotton fall to the platform and he put it back in the tube (I had initially thought there was something edible in the tubes).
I was standing against the light green perspex/glassy wall of the station. There were dozens of others alongside me, some standing and others filling seats against the wall. Still struggling with the cap, the redhead moved to a rubbish bin 50cms from me and ground the top of the tube against it. He looked pleased when something blue came out of the tube onto the rail of the bin. He took two steps towards the wall, between the bin and the first row of seated men and women commuters. This was a wall gap of only a metre.
With practised movements, he waved his arm at the wall (I couldn't quite see what he was doing), stepped back, admired the wall, and took a few steps left to rejoin his two friends. They all seemed quite merry and animated.
Someone moved and I could see the wall. On it now -- it was previously pristine for the whole length of the platform -- was one of those mindless 'tags', the scribbled letters P, W and C, in a squiggly pattern about half a metre square.
I now saw that at least two of the three youths were carrying handfuls of these tubes, king-sized textas. The swarthy youth had a red, blue and empty tube, and the redhead had his own bunch. They were making no attempt to conceal them. I wondered what function these tubes had, other than for graffitists.
I looked at the commuters to see how they were reacting to the wall being defaced at peak-hour right next to them. They would all be fully aware of what had happened but they studiously minded their own business, and acted as though the trio of graffitists was invisible. Surely, I thought, some of those studying their smartphone's would tap out an alert to the station police? Obviously this wasn't happening.
The trio were clearly on their graffiti mission. I'd say they'd been active for an hour or two.
At that moment the train arrived and those still sitting on the platform edge pulled their legs up.
I found myself sandwiched among the three youths as we boarded. Thankfully they moved down-carriage a bit. From there they kept up a loud banter. I tried unsuccessfully to work out from their talk if they were native Napoli citizens or some outsider group. I did make out some variant on 'chi uccede' - croaker, killer, zaps or some other unpleasant jargon.
When I stood up to get out at Central Station, once again I was sandwiched among the trio. They ignored me and formed a knot in the crowds heading for the stairs.
Even now, at Naples main train station, they flourished their graffiti tools of trade in their hands. They moved purposefully, I guessed to some other line where they would continue their evening's fun. Whatever police or officialdom was present, the trio obviously had no fear of them.
I wonder about it all. They did not seem particularly tough or threatening. That's not to say the other train-goers weren't intimidated by them: who knows what else besides giant textas they were armed with? Or were train-goers utterly indifferent to vandalism on their subway, in broad daylight among crowds?
Melbourne has its train graffiti vandals too, painting their horrid tags on platforms and carriages and rigorously scratching train windows into an opaque mess. I recall a case a year or two ago where three were caught and prosecuted -- they had come from Adelaide on a spree and in a week or two, had vandalised hundreds of places on our train system. They had operated late at night.
Let's hope Melbourne never gets to the pass where graffiti vandals do their work openly.
|Posted||on Jun 22, 2014||
Members should note there will NOT be a regular Tuesday meeting on 24th June, owing to our Change-over celebration being held on Friday 27th June.
Any members who have not yet booked for the Change-over should do so immediately as bookings close early in the week -contact Neville Taylor or Marjorie.
MEETING REPORT 17th JUNE
|Posted||on Jun 18, 2014||
Vic Police Leaders Mentoring Graduation.
Chairman: President Doug Robertson
Reporter; David Jones Photographer: Anne King
Attendance ; 126 guests and members
Rotary District Governor D9800, Ross Butterworth
Victoria Police Leaders:
Assistant Commissioner- People Development Command, Kevin Casey
Assistant Commissioner – Southern Metro Region Luke Cornelius
Assistant Commissioner – North West Metro Region, Andrew Crisp
Assistant Commissioner – Western Region, Jack Blayney
Assistant Commissioner – Transit & Public Safety Command, Chris O’Neill
Assistant Commissioner – Road Policing Command Robert Hill
Assistant Commissioner –Eastern Region Emmett Dunne
Acting Assistant Commissioner Crime Command - Tess Walsh
Commander – Southern Metro Region Doug Fryer
Director Public Support Services - Eileen Armato
Director Media & Corporate Communications - Merita Tabain
Representatives from Victoria Police Legacy: Chairman Roger Schranz and Executive Director Kay Miller
District Governors from the other Victorian Districts:
D9820, Tim Moore, D9810 Merv Ericson, D9790 Philip Clancy, and D9780 Ken McInerney
District 9800:DG Elect - Dr. Murray Verso, DG Nominee - Julie Mason and DG Nominee Designate Neville John
Rotary International Global Grant Scholar from Texas, USA – Michelle Heard
Rotary Club Presidents, Mentors and Representatives, from: Sale, Canterbury, Keilor East, Swan Hill, Ballarat South, Brighton, Essendon, Footscray, Chadstone East Malvern, Mordialloc, Kew, Brighton North, Balwyn, Melbourne, Wangaratta, Hawthorn, Brimbank Central, Camberwell, Balwyn North and Carlton.
Members of the Steering Committee & LMP Syndicate Support Leaders
Visiting Rotarians, Guests of members & our own Club members
Honorary Members John and Lorraine Meehan
President Doug welcomed members and guests and proposed the toast to Rotary International.
Dist Governor 9800 Ross Butterworth gave an overview of the mentoring programme [7th Year] on behalf of the Victorian Rotary Districts.
Ross concluded by congratulating RC Melbourne Central Sunrise for their initiative in starting and continuing to be principal club for the programme.
Commander Fryer was introduced and in his comments noted;
Business Mentor Lisbeth Long, Managing Director of Silent Range Estate, spoke next.
Lisbeth commented that;
Police Mentoree Senior Sergeant Jenny Wilson was introduced by President Doug.
Jenny noted that;
Commander Fryer and Ross Butterworth presented the graduates, business mentors and Rotary mentors with their certificates of achievement.
The raffle raised approximately $1300, to be shared between Vic Police Legacy and the Rotary Club.
President Doug closed the meeting.
MANY HANDS MAKE [DIK] LIGHT WORK
|Posted by Frank O'BRIEN||on Jun 17, 2014||
Saturday morning,14 June 2014, saw 8 members from our Club make up half of a hard working contingent of Rotarians who collected and loaded 28 beds from a disused wing of the hospital into a 40 foot container. Those attending were Pres Doug, PE Roy, Bernie Gerlinger, Rob Hines, Bruce Heron, Russell Rolls, John Price and Frank O’Brien plus other Rotarians including former member Peter Lake, now with RC of Melbourne, and two who had travelled from Rochester. Two hours later and job done... followed by a well earned coffee break.
MEETING REPORT 10th JUNE
|Posted||on Jun 15, 2014||
Chair – Gerard Hogan | Sergeant – Michael Bromby
Reporter – Neville John | Photographer – John Price
Visitors: Visiting Rotarians from the RC of Melbourne President, Keith McNeil, Marion Macleod, John Peberty and proposed new member Stella Avramopoulos.
Guest Speakers: Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp and Sergeant Ali Gurdag from Victoria Police.
Induction of new member: President Doug inducted Stella Avramopoulos as a member of the club with the vocational classification of Community Service. Stella’s mentor is Neville John and she will serve on the Community Service committee chaired by Neville Taylor. Stella is CEO of Kildonan Uniting Care, mother of two boys and is married to Con Matsamakis, a serving member of Victoria Police.
Our newest member Stella Avaramopoulos.
The Sergeant’s session revealed to everyone’s interest (not), that Donald Duck turned 80 years old today. The feature was a recap of “the epic poem”, which thankfully came to a close this morning with the final contribution from Yanpu Zhang. Who would have thought that a cad like Darcy could ever have become a Paul Harris Fellow. (I’m handing mine back).
Andrew and Ali talked about the Melbourne Muslim communities and the importance of support, leadership and structure. In particular they talked about the importance of Iftar.
Muslims fast for 30 consecutive days during Ramadan, from dawn until sunset. Iftar is the special meal prepared daily at the end of the day when the fast finishes. Muslims are encouraged to reach out, to build bridges and to work with colleagues and neighbours around them who are not Muslim, to share their faith and build on their shared values. The Iftar meal is a special time of day, as this is when Muslims open their fast and give thanks for the food they are eating.
Victoria Police have been hosting Iftar dinners for six years and this has helped develop a positive relationship with the Muslim community. The dinners are even broadcast back to Turkey.
Ali spoke about the success the ‘adopt a cop’ initiative which had developed from the Iftar dinners and has further positive impact.
Alan Seale advised that our club is hosting an Iftar dinner for the Australian Intercultural Society (Turkish community) at their venue is St.Kilda Road on 15 July 2014. This initiative is also aiming to develop a strong relationship between Rotary and the Muslim community.
Ali kindly offered to provided the club with a guide of etiquette relating to Iftar that he has developed through his experience.
The Chairman presented Ali and Andrew with the usual token of our thanks and the meeting was closed by President Doug.
The relevance of Iftar in Melbourne.
DONATIONS IN KIND - WORKING BEE
|Posted||on Jun 15, 2014||
Last Saturday a team of eight volunteers from our club, organised by Frank O'Brien, helped the Donations In Kind ['DIK'] scheme to take delivery of 28 hospital beds from The Alfred Hospital. These beds will be added to others and a full container will be shipped to the Philippines within a week.
Our team of volunteers. Thanks guys.
Definitely men's work Frank.
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION IN SYDNEY - REPORT
|Posted by Doug ROBERTSON||on Jun 15, 2014||
Nine members and partners from our club joined 18,000 rotarians from over 150 countries in attending the 105th Rotary International Convention in Sydney.
The convention was officially opened on Sunday 1st June, closing Wednesday 4th at Olympic Park, Homebush. Those attending did not have an issue in travelling out to Homebush. Courtesy of the NSW Government participants were able to use their Convention badges to obtain free use of Sydney’s public transport system; indeed express trains from Central Station to Homebush took only 20 minutes.
On the Saturday evening prior to the opening, our Club hosted 6 members and partners from our sister club RC Osaka Midosuji-Hommachi, Japan. We took them on a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour, enjoying the annual Vivid Sydney light festival as a bonus. We have been thanked by RC Osaka Midosuji-Hommachi for our hospitality and invited to join them as they celebrate their first anniversary as a combined club on 11th December. Airfares at the moment to Osaka are extremely cheap!
The opening plenary session of the convention included a welcome from the Premier of NSW and a welcome address from the Prime Minister, during which he advised that the Government will contribute $100,000,000 towards the End Polio Now Campaign. This quite caught attendees by surprise. Entertainment included a full concert by Human Nature followed by official speeches and presentation of flags from the 191 countries in which Rotary is represented. All in all a very impressive and enjoyable opening to the convention.
Days 2, 3 and 4 all commenced with plenary sessions followed by breakout sessions. The speakers from around the world were outstanding, inspiring and motivating.
We should all be proud of the story of Professor Martin Silink AM Past President of the International Diabetes Federation located in Brussels and a member of the RC of Lane Cove NSW. He related the story of how, with the support of the Rotary International Ambassador to the United Nations, he was able to lead the IDF to persuade the United Nations, against great inertia in the developed world, to pass a resolution recognising type 2 diabetes as an epidemic to be addressed.
Some of the other speakers included Mwila Chigaga, a Senior Regional Gender Specialist with the International Labour Organisation taking on the might of those in power on the African continent who do not see equality of woman as a priority. Ade Adepitan MBE now a broadcaster and Paralympics medallist told the story of his survival as a child born in Nigeria, contracting polio at 18 months of age but sent to England where he was educated against the odds and became a paralympian. At the Sydney Paralympics in 2000 he played basketball in the Allphones arena from where he was now addressing the plenary session. One of his great achievements may have been leading a march, with none of the participants actually able to march, of polio sufferers from Nigeria on the palace of the President. They demanded better treatment and for something to be done about vaccination. As a broadcaster he was able to muster the presence of the media. Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director General of the World Health Organisation spoke of the developments in polio eradication. In particular it seemed pertinent when he reported that for the first 5 months of the year only 3 cases of polio had been reported in Nigeria. One could sense from his presentation that the strategies now being utilised and the tenaciousness with which they are being applied polio eradication from the world is ever so much closer.
Members from our club split up and attended different break-out sessions, all providing challenges, opportunities and inspiration.
Finally the closing plenary not only included the official matters but entertainment provided by Marina Prior and the Ten Tenors.
Next year’s Convention is in Sao Paulo. Is anyone planning a South American Holiday?
You never know who you might meet at a convention. President Doug, whilst queuing for lunch, turned to say hello to fellow Rotarians only to meet a member from the Kynton Rotary Club that he had not seen for 27 years. The previous time was a graduation dinner following completion of their MBA studies.
An even more unlikely chance for acquaintance occurred on the opening day. Alan Seale was waiting for President Doug to emerge from the queue at the BBQ lunch when he was “accosted” by a young lady and her husband from the RC Esk Valley near Edinburgh in Scotland mentioning that her maiden name was Seale. By the time President Doug joined the conversation, it was clear they had some common ancestry. She then proceeded to take out her phone and bring up the family tree complete with photos. They were able to identify some relatives and then Alan exclaimed: “That is my Grandfather and I have the original photo framed on the wall at home” and almost in the same breath, with his finger jabbing at the phone: “That’s my Father!”.
Spot the family likeness? [Blue tops].
Our convention goers and Japanese sister club members.
|Posted||on Jun 14, 2014||
Dr LOU BUTTERFIELD
A note from Honorary Member, Past President John Meehan
Past President and Honorary Member, Dr. Lou Butterfield was admitted to Bay Hospital in Mornington last week to enable control of his sugar levels and for a general health assessment.
Lou, who was a Charter Member of our Club in 1987, has also been unable to walk without assistance and is expecting to be moved to a rehabilitation centre Frankston for a few weeks to recover his mobility and strength. In the meantime his wife Pat, also a former Club member, has moved to her son Jeff, and his partner Elaine’s, home in South Frankston whilst Lou is recovering.
The best wishes of all Club members are extended to Lou and Pat.
ILOTT FAMILY EXPANSION
Past President John was pleased to announce that daughter, and past member, Kathy and her husband Colin have produced another offspring.
Baby Jack Edwin Pollard, 7lb 5oz was born just after our club meeting on 3rd June.
Proud grandmother Raylee and Jack Pollard.
Editor. We did not publish a photo of Granddad John owing space and fact that Jack currently has many similarities in appearance.
Mietta, Kathy and Jack
E-CLUB & RC of DOCKLANDS CHANGEOVER - INVITATION
|Posted||on Jun 14, 2014||
DUTY ROSTER 28th OCTOBER 2014
|Posted by DWJ||on Jun 07, 2014||
SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING 10th June 2014
|Posted by Bruce McBAIN||on Jun 01, 2014||
Members are reminded there will be a Special General Meeting convened during the regular club meeting on Tuesday 10th June -purpose to adopt changes to Club Rules from recent RI Council of Legislation decisions.
Formal notice of this meeting was circulated to all members on May 12th.
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK
|Posted by George MACKEY||on May 31, 2014||
If so, then please read on…..
The 20th International Aids Conference (http://www.aids2014.org/) is being held in Melbourne from 20th to 25th July 2014. We’ve had a request for support from RC Houston Skyline, to help between 17th and 25th July 2014. This is Michelle Heard’s sponsoring RC - Michelle is the Global Peace Scholar we are currently hosting. There are three young people from Botswana involved, and we’ve been asked if we could provide hoc transport and logistics support around the city.
If we can supply names to populate a roster for a day/half day each that would be good.
Who’s up for this one?
Please contact George Mackey, asap.
|Posted by Roy Garrett||on May 31, 2014||
District 9800 is looking for two new leaders to help with key District programmes.
1. A volunteer Rotarian to coordinate Rotary Australia Benevolent Society [“RABS”] activities in 2014/2015.
Rotary clubs may apply for registration and gain tax deductibility for projects that arouse the compassion of the community and will provide direct relief to people in need in local communities.
The Coordinator will report to the District Chair of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) and will be required to:
• review RABS applications for their suitability for registration
• attend bi-monthly RAWCS Committee meetings
• submit a brief monthly summary of RABS activities.
2. Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) is inviting applications for a Chairperson for District 9800 for 2014/2015.
ROMAC assists children aged fifteen years or younger, by bringing them to Australia or New Zealand for lifesaving or dignity restoring procedures to improve their quality of life. Cases are accepted only when the required medical treatment is not available to them in their own country. Patients come from developing countries in South East Asia and the Pacific Islands.
The ROMAC District Chair is appointed by the District Governor. Primary responsibilities will focus on:
A background in the health sector is desirable but not essential. Applicants should have sound administration skills. You will not be expected to do all of this on your own; you will be assisted and supported by others within the ROMAC “family”. There are also guidelines and procedures available in the ROMAC Manual of Procedures to guide activities. A hand-over by the experienced incumbent will also be arranged.
Any member who is interested in either of these positions please contact President Elect Roy.
MEETING REPORT 27th MAY
|Posted by Russell Rolls||on May 31, 2014||
Chair: Sat Mishra
Visiting Rotarian: Welcome again to Peter Duras
Announcement: George Mackey advised the club has sponsored Alek Hillas as a candidate for the Rotary Peace Scholarship.
Community Service Report: Report by Alan Seale, standing in for Roger Thornton.
On July 15 there will be an Iftar Dinner held in conjunction with the Australian Intercultural Society. Iftar is Arabic for “breakfast” and refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast at sunset during the Islamic month of Ramadan. The Australian Intercultural Society will allow the Club the use of their venue in St Kilda Road for this function. There will be no cost to the Club for the venue. There is an expectation that we will have some 100 attendees – there will be no regular Tuesday morning breakfast that week. This is an important Club initiative to promote intercultural understanding.
The Club has donated $1,800 to the Lentara “Mentoring for Asylum Seekers” project. District 9800 has matched this donation. Allan Driver and Kevin Love will pilot the programme, which is aimed at assisting asylum seekers to prepare for the difficult task of seeking employment in their new cultural environment.
President’s Announcements: Jillian Cavanagh has resigned from the Club. Jillian’s research activities are increasingly taking up her time and she feels that she can no longer give priority to RCCMS activities.
The new, modern banner now adorns the lectern
Sergeant’s Session: Michael Bromby advised that there were only two members who had yet to contribute to the “Epic Poem”. These contributions will be made over the next couple of meetings. The filming of members’ “two lines” is nearly finished.
Michael then highlighted some significant events that had occurred on May 27 and went on [and on] to use his time telling us that also on this day the “sins” of the American tele-evangelist Jimmy Bakker entered the public domain. Bakker’s sordid behaviour and his ability to attract millions of dollars in donations, essentially for his private benefit, became an international scandal. Bakker was succeeded as the leader of the “Praise the Lord” movement by Jerry Falwell, another famous tele-evangelist. Falwell is reputed to have said of Bakker that he was “a liar, an embezzler, a sexual deviant and the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Christianity in 2,000 years of church history". Quite a recommendation!!!
Guest Speaker: Sat. introduced Professor Nick Bisley who spoke on “North Korea and its Nuclear Ambitions”.
North Korea is somewhat of a conundrum as it is generally considered to be a “dark spot” with a lack of publicly available information. However, Professor Bisley advanced the contrary view that quite a lot was known about the country and the ruling regime.
In August 1945 the two Korea’s were established with agreement between the USA and the Soviet Union, the “38th Parallel” being the dividing line. The Korean War started in 1950 with North Korea invading South Korea. Some 3 million combatants and civilians were killed during the war at the conclusion of which nothing had really been achieved. The Korean War is generally considered to be “the most futile war” in modern times. The War effectively ended following the intervention of China but there was then and still remains, no peace treaty. Therefore, both Korea’s remain officially “at war”.
The Demilitarised Zone is only one hour’s travel from Seoul, has some 750,000 troops concentrated in the area and remains a particularly tense environment.
Under successive regimes, North Korea can be described as a military state at war with the world.
Summarising Professor Bisley’s main points about the country:
Turning to the nuclear question:
In Professor Bisley’s opinion time will solve the problem and North Korea will ultimately go the way of other totalitarian regimes.
Question time was grasped with enthusiasm by several members.
President Doug closed the meeting.
Sat. Mishra, Nick Bisley, Doug Robertson and the new banner.
GUEST SPEAKER TUESDAY 3rd JUNE
|Posted||on May 27, 2014||
Mr Gordon Morrison
DISTRICT 9800 CHANGEOVER LUNCHEON 2014
|Posted by Roy Garrett||on May 25, 2014||
Date: 29 June 2014
Venue: The Peninsula Room,Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Time: 12.00 pm for 12.30 pm (concluding 3.00 pm)
Dress: Lounge suit / equivalent
Cost: $75.00pp This all inclusive price includes beer, wine, main course, dessert and entertainment.)
Entertainment will be provided by the Williamstown Pipe Band and the Joe Bonnano Band.
Come and thank Ross for Engaging Rotary and Changing Lives and show your support for Murray as he begins to Light up Rotary.
Any Club members and partners planning to attend should notify Roy as he will do one booking for the Club.
RSVP to Roy by 10th June please, to enable him to make the booking and avoid the late booking surcharge [+25%].
DG Elect Murray Verso and DG Ross Butterworth.
|Meeting Report 20th May 2014||Posted by Bruce McBain||on May 25, 2014||
Chair: George Mackey
Visiting Rotarian, Dawn Colston, Rotary Club of Kent, Washington
Directors Report Foundation
It was a rather confusing morning for Herb Greenwood, firstly he had bought Leonie along to what he thought was the PLMP breakfast and then proceeded to confuse the Chair by delivering his Directors Report during Club announcements.
Herb was proud to report some excellent numbers, re the distribution of funds raised from the PHF Breakfast held in November 2013
Michael Bromby began in a determined attempt to unseat Club Comedian Gerard Hogan with a joke which threaded together a theme of golf, Jesus and St Peter where almost as miraculous a walking on water, Jesus converted a terrible slice into a hole in one.
Michael then announced that the Epic Poem was drawing to its close with the dastardly Darcy’s new found status as a “pillar”? of Rotary. Over recent weeks members may have noticed Yanpu putting the saga to film and it is confidently expected that Fund Raising Director Greg Cuthbert will shortly announce a film deal and also a rumoured TV mini-series.
Dawn Colston who owns an employment service company is President elect of Kent Rotary Club and is in Australia to attend the Sydney Congress. Kent is due east of Seattle in an industrial area with major industries including Boeing and the Star Bucks Roasting Plant, Seattle Airport is nearby. The Club has 70 members of whom 40% are female. The membership age range is 25-90 years. Fund raising is focused on one major event, a dinner auction which this year had raised $US 120,000
Guest Speaker, Professor John Polesel, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.
Professor John presented an analysis of what had happened to the 45,000 student who had completed year 12 in 2013. Key statistics indicated that the major direction was to University 53% while 8% had begun Certificate programs. Of the others, 7% had entered traineeships or apprenticeships, 12% had entered employment, 5% were unemployed and 1% was inactive. Employment figures had masked underemployment and jobs which didn’t offer a growth pathway.
84% of year 7 starters ultimately make it to University, however girls are more likely to enter University as many males are drawn towards apprenticeships.
Of those that enter employment straight from school, a high proportion, mainly female will engage in part time lower paid work with no oblivious growth pathway. 40% of part time workers are in low paid casual job which offer no skill development. The situation for school leavers is made worst by the fact that those applicants compete against university students and those seeking part time after school jobs.
Deferment is critical in rural areas; this is attributed to affordability and maturity which limits opportunity to move to the City. Research has shown that deferment by rural students often results in their not going on to tertiary studies.
Although overall 53% of school leavers enter university, only 40% of lower socio economic students will enter university and these will usually be red brick rather than the sandstone universities and the dropout rate will be much higher than norm, this suggests the need for a more diverse University sector distinguishing the sandstone research group of 8 from new style Polytechnics which will prepare students for the workforce.
The low esteem attached to VET vocations as an academic pathway had made it essential to refocus VET in schools as pathways to Cert 1V qualifications and not directly to work. There was a need to better link VET pathways with the TAFE sector, industry and employees and to focus on non university pathways in career education, this also would require better funding of TAFE’s. The refocus needed to be coupled with developing better support structures for those school leavers who do not go on to further education
The Chair thanked Professor Polesel and presented him with a gift of soap pointing out that this supported cottage industries and the Aloha Foundation in Timor Leste.
President Doug then formally closed the meeting, inviting members and guests to adjourn for coffee.
Dawn and Pres. Doug. Speaker John Polesel and George.
|RI Convention 2015 São Paulo||Posted by D Robertson||on May 25, 2014||
While preparing for the RI Convention 2014 in Sydney you might also want to think about the 2015 convention and register for São Paulo!
If you are going to Sydney then look for the 2015 Convention Promotion Booth at the Billabong House of Friendship, Sydney Showground, The Dome and Exhibition Halls or join the “On to São Paulo” luncheon, Wednesday 4 June at 12:30pm Sydney Showground, Exhibition Hall 6. Check for ticket availability at the RI Ticket Sales Booth in Exhibition Hall 5
Otherwise register via your ‘My Rotary account’ at www.rotary.org/myrotary.
GUEST SPEAKER TUESDAY 27th MAY
|Posted||on May 20, 2014||
Professor Nick Bisley
North Korea and its Nuclear Ambitions
La Trobe University has established La Trobe Asia which is a strategic initiative of the University to strengthen and deepen its relationship with Asia. Staff and students will be encouraged to work and study in the region and the university will systematically integrate the study of Asian languages, societies and cultures across the undergraduate curriculum and to improve the contribution to public debate in and about Asia.
La Trobe Asia runs a series of public events with recent sessions including:
Forthcoming sessions will look at: North Korea; social trust in Asia; and Reproductive Tourism in Asia – legal and anthropological perspectives.
Roy Garrett proposes another great tour of Laos
|Posted by THO||on May 17, 2014||
Letter from Roy Garrett
Members will be aware that our club has run three successful school projects in Laos over the last two years and that a fourth project is nearing completion this year. It is a small primary school in a very small and isolated village, Houay Thao, out of Luang Prabang in the north of the country.
Previous years, we have taken groups to Thailand, Laos and Viet Nam and our groups have attended the very moving and unforgettable ceremonies to conclude each project. The Lao people need and appreciate our work and show this at the "official" day. If there were to be no RCCMS representation at this year's ceremony, it would be a great pity.
I am prepared to take another group this year. Because of commitments to our club I have shortened it somewhat and have left out the Viet Nam component, replacing it with a couple of days in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The trip goes for 13 days and is expected to come in at a little over $5,000 per person. This includes all airfares, boat fares, accommodation and meals, plus a donation of $600 to our projects via RAWCS.
If you are interested in this tour and would like an itinerary, please let me know within the next two weeks. If it is going to happen, there is a lot to do.
|Fabulous Fire Evening at East Melbourne||Posted by THO||on May 16, 2014||
A dozen members gathered at Stuart Ellis’ Emergency Services office in East Melbourne last Monday 12/5/14 before their trip to the nearby No 1 Metropolitan Fire Brigade Station to see how our fire protection service works. Stuart had thoughtfully laid out a table full of marginally alcoholic beverages.
He explained that fire trucks worked to a 7.7 minute response time, which is about the time it takes for a kitchen fire to spread to the next room. (Ambulances have a 15-minute response time). The city towers are well engineered against fires but the risk remains for homes. His office looks at fire issues on a national basis, including aerial assets and federal state coordination.
The MFB have been doing emergency medical work for ten years as they are often on the scene before an ambulance, as ambulances are often busy with routine patient transfers.
We learnt a lot about how the fire service operates and is administered, and any notions we had that fireys spent a lot of time in their bunks were dispelled.
At the station itself we watched the shift changeover with briefings and task allocation for the 6pm shift. There were about seven 10-20 tonne trucks ready to roll with a 90 second response time, usually with a second truck from another station routed in in case traffic snarls delayed one truck. About 80% of calls are false alarms.
Fire trucks are increasingly automated for fire reactions, the officer was explaining, when a few minutes later an alarm call came in. With quiet efficiency, a truck filled up with firemen, stepping into boots and fire-suits and red braces. Our president Doug, carried away, slid dramatically down the traditional fireys' pole.
We had explained to us the judgement needed by drivers rushing to a fire – they can run red lights but woe betide them if they cause an accident. Fireys are also subject to worksafe rules. They are not allowed on top of trucks because it is higher than 2m, and a remote-controlled water cannon is used instead.
In most house fires fireys have to get on the roof to lift tiles and get access and this is another issue of worksafe practices. House fires are always potentially dangerous because you never know what a person has stored in his shed, for example, such as explosive chemicals. Drug cookers also cause a lot of fires.
We were excited to get inside the huge communications bus, and talk to its driver Frances, a diminutive female driver. The truck goes to large fires as a management centre and can expand to double its normal width as a conference centre. It is too high at 4.3m to go under various city bridges. Top officials in the bus run logistics such as meals and coordination.
The station gets 3600 calls a year – equal to 10 per shift. Australia is among the highest performers in the world in terms of containing fires to their point of origin, but good detection systems also create a high false-alarm rate.
As we were being briefed, there was an alarm callout of the big HQ bus to a chemical fire at Coolaroo, and it moved out smoothly festooned with alarm lights and warnings. Then we were shown equipment and procedures for heart attacks.
The service gets 10,000 calls a year for medical responses and the survival rate of patients is very high.
We were finally shown around the “Brontosaurus” – the biggest truck, 24 tonnes, with ladders able to reach 12 floors high or 37m, and also capable of traversing 15m below ground level.
We all gave big thanks to the station and Stuart for such a great briefing, and wasted the rest of the evening drinking Merlot and eating gourmet pizzas etc at Duca restaurant on Wellington Parade. #
|This week's speaker: Professor John Polesel - Vocational Training||Posted by Tho||on May 16, 2014||
Professor John Polesel ----Australian and international approaches to the technical and vocational training of young people Technical and vocational education and training have a long history in Victorian schools, but have also been subject to continual review and reform. Finding the balance between meeting the broader educational needs of young people and the need for a skilled technologically literate workforce has created many tensions in the design and delivery of vocational education in schools. This presentation examines the evidence for the efficacy of current approaches in an historical and international framework. -
MEMBERS INSPECT NEW AUSTRALIA POST FACILITY
|Posted by Marjorie GERLINGER||on Mar 11, 2014||
An RCCMS party had a delightful morning on February 26 being shown over Australia Post’s stamp manufacturing and distribution business at its new Rowville complex.
Australia Post moved in only half a year ago, transferring from three sites in Knoxfield to a single state of the art complex. It produces about 1.2m gummed and 2.5m self-sticking stamps a day, and has about 90 workers. It also mails coin packs, collectibles and express and registered post product packs for sale across Australia.
|MEETING REPORT 18th FEBRUARY 2014||Posted by Allan DRIVER||on Feb 20, 2014||
Reporter, Allan Driver.
Meeting opened with President Doug Robertson welcoming everyone, including
• Gary Jungwirth, RC Greenvale
• Ms Peggy O’Neal, President Richmond Football Club.
Chair, Bruce McBain invited everyone to toast Rotary International and all breakfast clubs throughout the world.
• Kevin Love reminded members about the opportunity to assist with the sausage sizzle at Moomba on Monday 10 March 2014. 10 volunteers required to cover 2 shifts.
• Frank O’Brien reminded members about the opportunity to assist Donations in Kind [DIK] activities in the near future. The first activity is to assist with packing a container for East Timor, and also sorting/packing clothes, at the DIK warehouse (rear Shed 40, 400 Somerville Road, West Footscray) on this coming Thursday, 20 February from 9.00am or any time thereafter. Absolute finish is 4.00pm. Other opportunities will exist in the future and members will be advised.
• President Doug mentioned that the 40 members, partners and friends who attended the very successful BBQ at the Meehan’s last Sunday were well rewarded with great weather and a very relaxing afternoon. Many thanks to the organisers. The club will provide a suitable memento to John and Lorraine in the near future. Doug encouraged members to attend the latest fundraising function at the Tarra Warra winery on Sunday 16th March, 2014.
• Time: Starting at 12.30pm.
• Address: TarraWarra Estate, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775
• Cost: $125pp with all funds raised going to our Club’s Fundraising efforts.
• RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 0402 346 032 • Places are quite limited Greg is considering arranging a bus from the City to the winery and returning back to the city after lunch – if this is of interest please let Greg know when you RSVP.
Doug further mentioned the important work carried out over the years through Donations in Kind. Some statistics are:
$ 2.0M raised to pay for freight
$ 3.0M value of the volunteering allocated as Overseas Aid
$32.0M value of materials donated overseas
3.7kilometres – length of containers if stacked end on end
20,000m3 of goods recycled –much of which might have ended up as landfill.
Marjorie Gerlinger broke her duck and presented her first job talk to the club. “How Times Have Changed”
“I started at Baird Publications 25 years ago. It was a niche market family business publishing commercial marine industry magazines and until last year also running exhibitions and conferences for the industry. When I started, my role was office administration and accounting.”
Marjorie told us of the technology changes over the years and how her firm was one of the first to adopt Mac computers and associated publishing equipment, at a huge cost premium over similar equipment today. Her role changed to Production Manager which required her to carry the can for everything that went out the doors – plus managing the company web site. Latterly the accounting activity has returned to her care again, along with the production role.
“During the years, we have rationalized the number of magazines produced monthly. Currently there are no plans to make the magazines totally digital as our readership prefers hard copy, although we do make them available online 3 months after the cover date.”
“I have been able to translate a lot of vocational skills I’ve acquired over the years to my Rotary life. This has enabled me to take up a variety of District roles, something I can highly recommend to anyone wanting to serve Rotary at the next level. There are many roles available from being a member of District committee, committee chairs, District Leadership Team roles and the District Board to mention a few.”
As a final note, the middle son of the owner, who was six when Marjorie started with Baird Publications, is now her boss.
Michael kicked off with a joke to celebrate the years of great jokes by Gerard.
Michael then asked Frank to be the subject of the “Would I lie to You” segment. Frank had about 80% of the members convinced he was being truthful –wrong!
Allan Driver presented his four lines for the epic poem which were:
"At last, salvation and dreams afoot, in bed prone on one hip,
Drifting to lands far away on an old wooden ship,
As a boy, he had stood on the burning deck,
After that he could not remember much more by heck."
Guest Speaker; Peggy O’Neal, President of the Richmond Football Club.
Guest speaker Peggy O'Neil with some tiger cubs.
Peggy commenced her address by indicating that people have been following Richmond for many years with the emphasis on “following”.
Prior to becoming the first female President of an AFL club, Peggy has spent 8 years on the Richmond Board and 4 years involved in the Tigers Community Foundation. Over that time a new administration building was erected together with a new training ground and the foundation received a Federal Government grant to assist the Wurundjeri people, in particular with pre-employment training.
Peggy covered the following points:
• The plans for Richmond have been developed by the Board and this has held the FC in good stead, particularly as there have been some good decisions made over the past 5 years.
• These decisions have been conservative e.g. income budgeting is based on the past 5 year average game attendance.
• There is constant monitoring of the budget performance.
• The club is looking at its strategic direction through to 2018, being mindful of the FC’s constituents and with the 2014 strategy about to end in October 2014.
• Players, new and existing, executive and CEO are assessed as to whether they meet the club’s values.
• A holistic technology upgrade is required and an assessment is currently underway.
• Non-football revenue streams are always a challenge including the question of where does gambling fit. Alternatives to gambling are welcome, however, the FC does not have assets other than the training ground. As such, increase in membership is vital as well as increased attendance at games.
• The AFL system gives all teams a chance to win a premiership through the equalisation policy.
• While Richmond may have not taken advantage of opportunities in the past, that has now changed. The Board members may be passionate about Richmond winning games, however, their job is to work as a management Board and keep the FC on an even keel; and
• Engagement of women at the FC is increasing and is seen to be essential. Aspirational goal is to have 30% women on the Board and as members. It is understandable why women are not in the FC, however over time this has improved with women in human resource roles and indigenous affairs. It is now normal to have women around the club. There were no surprises when Peggy was appointed a Board Chair and recently an additional woman, Ms Kerry Ryan, has been appointed to the Board.
Peggy was asked questions about the AFL Equalisation policy and how the rich club/poor club gaps can be overcome, the NFL system in the USA, the players in general and the dilemma about players complying with the club values and the AFL Players Association and Occupational Health and Safety issues.
Bruce thanked Peggy on behalf of the members.
Meeting closed by President Doug.
|"WELL FRANKLY"||Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Feb 20, 2014||
Bank boffin b----s off.
Veteran club member Frank O’Brien 69, finally bit the bullet and retired from Bendigo Bank in January. He had been manager of trustee services there for 17 years and before then with National Australia Bank Trustees, which he helped set up in the early 1990s.
Frank says his main activity now is a ‘property developer’. He’s rebuilding a holiday place at Pt. Fairy and just completed a major renovation at his daughter and son-in-law’s place at North Balwyn. He plans a similar big renovation of his and Pauline’s own home later this year. Herb Greenwood is assisting with architectural flourishes.
Frank also continues his interest in share investments. He manages the charitable trust at his local church St Bede’s in North Balwyn, which despite its conservative bent, managed a 20% return in the strong market last year. Personally, his favourite stock has been ANZ which he has ridden up from under $3 in 1987 to about $33 today, plus dividends en route.
He keeps fit(ter) at the Kew YMCA thrice weekly where he often bumps into Roger Thornton.
He has two offspring and three grandchildren in Melbourne.
Frank says, “I went out from Bendigo Bank on my own terms, they were happy for me to stay there as long as I like. I can’t speak highly enough of their professionalism and considerateness.”
Pauline says of Frank’s retirement and omnipresence 24/7: “I’m just surviving. Dinner is OK but lunch is an issue.”
Club Reporter Thomas.
|TRAVELLERS BE WARNED||Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Feb 20, 2014||
Robbers hit a friend of the club.
Jeanette Lynch of Keilor Rotary Club, has been a stalwart on District level on Friendship Exchanges, and has facilitated some great exchanges for our own club’s members.
She now reports a rotten experience for herself and husband Michael in Barcelona on Saturday Feb. 15.
“At 10.30am we leave the hotel and walk up to the Hop On - Hop Off bus, this time it is a 15min walk.
Splat bird droppings on us...or so we thought...then in all the confusion a man appears, starts wiping it off and you would think that we would have been switched on and told him where to go, in no time we realize he has removed my bag from across my body and ran off...I yell "Police" a lady comes with her phone and rings the Police, they arrive within minutes. Luckily one spoke good English. We went back to the hotel to clean up. My hotel key was in my bag, so we quickly had new ones reissued. Poor Michael had his never worn, Ralph Lauren shirt on, pale yellow, turns out the thief had thrown a mixture of chocolate over us.
So no photos today as my camera was in my new Hedgren bag, along with my brand new Sennheiser Head phones, a couple of lipsticks, medicine etc The mongrel tried to pull my ring off my finger, rings will now stay in the hotel safe.
We then walked to the Police station, 30 mins away. They told us there was a 90 min wait until we can lodge our report. They have asked us to come back at 10am in the morning...more wasted time.
We got on the bus and did a circuit and came back to the hotel. We did not want to be out as evening was rapidly approaching. Michael’s brand new shirt back from cleaning, but the chocolate has set a permanent stain by the looks, all down the back. Will see if they can have another go. It was $15 to get it washed. $45 to get 2 shirts and a pair of cargo pants washed.
We are so cross with ourselves for getting caught out, as we know that this is one of their ploys. I think that we were just so relaxed and maybe because we have never encountered anything like this before, we were lulled into a false sense of security. Apparently the crimes against tourists are extremely high here. Looking forward to leaving Barcelona in 3 days time.
It could have been worse as the guy did not use violence. Also I did not have my wallet so he did not get any cash, cards or passports. Mind you we had eyes in the back of our heads on the way back to the hotel.
Some people we were with in Barcelona 18 months ago were robbed of money, passports and credit cards from a small bag the guy had on his chest. Another friend who I worked with goes to Barcelona each year to a mobile engineering conference has been subjected to an attempted robbery by the same person two years in a row!
Apparently another scam is puncturing tyres of cars with foreign plates...keeping our fingers crossed as we have French plates on our lease car. If you have a look at trip adviser warnings, you would never come to Spain...we cannot wait to get out of here on Tues...worst part is that apparently the warnings are also for Seville and Valencia and that is where we are heading.
We are both feeling rather nervous...and we are such seasoned travellers. Guess we have just been so lucky in the past....lulls you into a false sense of security
Keep your fingers crossed for us!”
Another Rotarian, commiserating with Jeanette, wrote to her:
“Barcelona is a beautiful place but dangerous. I friend of mine was on the up escalator from the subway when thieves tried to grab his camera. When he resisted they pushed him backwards and he broke his spine.”
|LOOKING AHEAD - ACTION NOW PLEASE||Posted by David JONES||on Feb 14, 2014||
ANOTHER GUTSY BUSINESS BREAKFAST
Profile your club to your business world - invite a friend who is in business to hear;
Peter Wilson AM
Tuesday 11th March 2014
“Mentoring – Origins and its Value to Modern Leadership”
Now there’s a topic that is appropriate to many business sectors, with one of Australia’s most qualified to present the topic.
Peter is our exceptional guest speaker on March 11th – usual time and place PLUS cooked breakfast. $28.00pax
Please let Neville Taylor know of your guests ASAP but by Friday 7th March at latest.
|MEETING REPORT 11th FEBRUARY 2014||Posted by Roy GARRETT||on Feb 11, 2014||
Reporter: Roy Garrett
Chair: Roger Thornton
Visiting Rotarians: Terry Valentine, RC Dandenong South East
Gabriel Hau, RC Southbank
Guests: Pamela Robertson, guest of Doug Robertson
Kerrin Howard, guest of Gabriel Hau
Stella Avramopoulos, guest of Neville John
Guest Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Pittman
City of Melbourne White Nights event, Rotary Rest Centre (Community Village location), Sat 22nd Feb. Needing volunteers for 2 shifts: 6:30pm – 12:30; 12:30 – 07:00am
1) Working Bee, McAuley House, assisting with tree pruning. 22nd March, 08:30 – 3:00pm. Volunteers needed
2) Camp Getaway, 9th -11th May. Volunteers needed
Morning Meeting of 11th March, guest speaker is Peter Wilson, Chair of Australian HR. An excellent speaker and topic to bring a friend / business colleague. Topic is “Mentoring, its Origins and Value to Today’s Leadership”
RCCMS are manning a barbeque Moomba Monday, 10th March. Two shifts: 10:00 – 15:00 and 15:00 – 20:00. Volunteers needed.
Vocational visit to Australia Post’s stamp manufacturing operation in Rowville is on 6th Feb, 0800. Interested attendees please let Kevin know.
Sgt. Session: Sgt Michael Bromby alluded to a possible fundraising competition for Selfies and demonstrated how good a selfie can be by putting up a pic of daughter, son-in-law and baguette, all on bikes and in Paris. All members agreed that Michael’s daughter looks vastly better than he does and also that it was indeed a good selfie – and a RCCMS contest sounds very interesting.
Michael then introduced Richard Stone and a “Would I lie to You” scenario wherein Richard confessed to us all that when bank managing in Normanton, FNQ, he arrested the local police sergeant. He did too. And we (nearly) all believed him.
Finally, Michael added two more stanzas via Alan Seale and Neil Salvano to the Tangled Tawdry Tale of lurid love, lust and lies. This literary masterpiece is headed for an interesting conclusion – maybe in 2014?
"Would I Lie to You" Richard trying to tell a lie. A study in Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Guest Speaker, Dr Elizabeth Pittman: “Medical Charlatans and Frauds”
In a fascinating address, Dr Pittman started with some discussion on definitions. A charlatan is a dishonest or unprincipled person. A fraud is someone who takes people down, for money – money overcomes ethics.
She illustrated some of history’s medical scoundrels:
Dr Goddard was a 17th century doctor who claimed he could cure pretty well everything. His potion seems to have been mostly ammonium carbonate – smelling salts. Charles II, a sovereign of certain tastes (ie 11 mistresses), believed Dr Goddard had a winner and bought the recipe (for £6,000!) so he could manufacture in his own laboratory. Charles duly had a stroke, was bled, purged bowels, took his Goddard potion and died.
Dr Perkins was an 18th century respected surgeon who took to the new-fangled product – electricity - and invented “tractors”. These were sort-of mini chopsticks made of gold and silver which would be drawn across the body to remove electrical malaises and would cure pain “everywhere”
He had followers in the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the President, but was expelled from the Medical Society of Connecticut – not because of malpractice, but because he was a patentee – a manufacturer of things.
He developed a “cure” for yellow fever which at that time was rampant in New York. There, he caught the disease and died. His son went on to found the Perkinean Association in England from where he returned to the USA £10,000 better off!
Richard Wallace had a medical degree and took on a great many more initials. He served in the British Army, in Prahran, St Kilda and then Sydney where he tablished the Freeman & Wallace Electro-medical Institute. He believed a great many medical interventions could be undertaken using electricity. His book “Rescued at Last” contained “naughty” drawings and was withdrawn. He also produced the “Electric Invigorator Belt” although from this time, 2014, one cannot imagine where the electricity came from. There was one for men, one for ladies. RCCMS members were impressed.
Then there was Dr Jukes, who thought that water enemas were such a good idea that he had one himself, daily and invented a very disquieting portable model. Some RCCMS members blanched at the photograph of this apparatus! Dr Jukes claimed that “French people had a water enema daily, after dinner”. More blanching.
And there was Dr Cotton who thought surgical removal of infected organs was a sure-fire cure for psychosis. Maybe the high death rate from these procedures could be taken as a cure of the psychosis? In some instances, many organs were removed. Whether this was because more infected organs were located or the psychosis had not gone is uncertain. Dr Cotton was discredited after a two year investigation but the investigation went unreported for a long time to preserve the reputation of John Hopkins Hospital, with which he was associated.
Last, but not least and still current and still having followers is Dr Wakefield, who promulgated the absolutely false claim that MMR vaccinations could lead to autism. Some countries which abandoned MMR vaccination actually showed an increase in autism. “There are still quite a number of adherents to this foolishness today!”
Aologies for the long-winded report, but Dr Pittman’s presentation was indeed fascinating. Roy.
President Doug with two of our three visitors, Kerrin Howard [left] and Stella Avramopoulos
The third visitor was Pam Robertson!
|POLIO PLUS PROGRAMME PROGRESS||Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Feb 11, 2014||
Taliban drive sees return of polio
THE first polio case in Kabul since the 2001 fall of the Taliban has been discovered in a three-year-old girl living with her nomadic family on the fringes of the Afghan capital, highlighting the devastating impact of Pakistani militants’ violent campaign against vaccinations across the border.
The virus strain, believed to be identical to that still ravaging the northwest border areas of Pakistan, where up to 300,000 children remain unvaccinated, was discovered after the girl became paralysed and her father sought help.
The discovery has triggered a public health alarm and vaccination drive across Kabul, with hundreds of volunteer vaccinators fanning out to its poorest extremities where many Kuchi (nomadic) families live in tents and temporary structures.
But Health Minister Soraya Dalil said yesterday the Pakistani Taliban’s violent opposition to polio vaccination was “undermining efforts” in Afghanistan to eradicate the childhood disease.
Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the last three countries where polio remains endemic, though last year the Pakistan strain was also discovered in 17 Syrian children, raising concerns over the potential for the disease to be carried by jihadists into trouble spots across Africa and the Middle East.
India was declared polio free this year and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was due last night to attend a ceremony in New Delhi to celebrate the significant achievement.
Afghanistan has made great strides towards eradicating polio since the Afghan Taliban leadership withdrew its objections several years ago to vaccinations. Only 80 new cases were detected in 2011, and just 14 last year.
The Afghan government also has polio vaccinators stationed at border posts between Pakistan and Afghanistan. As many as 1.5 million people cross between the two countries annually, though many do so outside formal border posts and so are not captured by the vaccination campaign.
But Taliban militants continue to target polio health workers in Pakistan, who they accuse of being part of a western plot to sterilise Muslims. More than 30 health volunteers have been killed since July 2012.
This week the Imran Khan-led provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkwa Province, an area bordering Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, boasted it had vaccinated half a million children in a two-week long polio eradication drive.
Aziz Memon, chairman of Rotary Pakistan’s Polio Program — a partner in the campaign — says vaccination clinics are held on Sundays when security forces are free to provide protection.
“We’re getting very positive results and if we can continue we should be able to halt transmission in KPK,” Mr Memon told The Australian yesterday.
“But the problem remains in FATA where 300,000 children are trapped (either by Pakistani militants or the army) without access to health services.
|DADDY CAN I HAVE A PONY PLEASE?||Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Feb 11, 2014||
Tony Thomas’s youngest daughter Sara, a horse lover, and her newly-wed husband Brad bought a property of about 10 hectares at Kilmore East six months ago with a big paddock out front where she could run her two nags.
For the past week she and her husband Brad have been close to the epicentre of the Kilmore bush fires. They evacuated early last week for a night, spending time in a car park before lodging with Brad’s parents. The horses refused to go in the float and they left the gates open instead.
Next morning they returned, only to find the fire alerts suddenly becoming more ominous. The horses had stayed put.
For every day since there has been a see-saw of alerts rising and falling as the fires stopped and advanced across a 40km front. However, the fires were virtually all west of the Kilmore road and would have consumed Kilmore itself before reaching the little East Kilmore settlement near the railway station a few kilometres east of the main town.
About 200 fire trucks and 19 aircraft were in the battle to protect Kilmore, a significant town stretching along a couple of kilometres of the main road.
The fires’ progress could be mapped throughout on the FireReady app, making all the Thomas’s feel they were virtually on the spot. Their phones and iPads kept up a constant pinging as new alerts came in. The stay-or-go decision for Sara and Brad was constantly a live one, with serious consequences.
Whereas Sara and Brad’s property is not thickly treed, her neighbours’ houses down in the valley were tucked amid thick bushland. Those homes would not have had a chance.
Fortunately the big fires never got closer than 4km (at time of writing) but it was touch and go.
One of Sara’s best horsey friends on the west side of Kilmore lost a lot of fencing in the fires.
|MEETING REPORT 4th FEBRUARY 2014||Posted by John PRICE||on Feb 05, 2014||
Chair; Justine Murphy
Reporter; John Price
Tony Wells, Assistant Governor, Batman Cluster
Bob Nield from Canberra Sunrise. Note Canberra Sunrise currently meets at the Deck at Regatta Point on Thursday mornings 7.15 am.
Kevin Walklate said there would be a vocational visit to a facility in Fern Tree Gully on 26 February, details of which would be published soon.
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION.
Richard Stone made a presentation about the Rotary Foundation which is a means of turning donations into projects (see Web sites). The key projects of the foundation are the program to eradicate polio and a Future Vision plan which includes programs such as peace and conflict prevention, education and community development. Richard described some of the donation programs. The presentation has been circulated to members.
Dr Margaret Simons "Change in the News"
Dr Simons is director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism and coordinator of the Master of Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She is an award-winning freelance journalist and author whose recent publications include Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story and an edited collection of stories entitled What’s Next in Journalism? Dr Simons is the media commentator for the online news outlet Crikey and blogs on journalism and the media at The Content Makers.
Dr Simons gave a nostalgic look at her early time at The Age at a time when the building in Spencer Street smelt of ink and warm paper, where the walls vibrated when the presses started up at night. Outside the building, cars and crowds waited for the first papers at midnight so that they could be the first to apply for the jobs advertised in the thick pages of classifieds.
But all is different now. The business models that have supported journalism since the birth of newspapers are broken. Within the next few years, many of our newspapers will cease to exist in hard copy form. Yet at the same time new digital media start-ups are emerging and the successful ones are growing fast, offering unprecedented opportunities for spreading news and information. Are we entering a new dark age of myth and misinformation, or a new enlightenment? There are great threats and opportunities in all of these changes.
Dr Margaret Simons argued that we may be living through an era of social change at least as great as that sparked by the invention of the printing press and the democratisation of information that that produced. She suggested we all have become occasional journalists; that the future of journalism is about people exercising their citizenship responsibly.
|DISASTER AID AUSTRALIA Newsletter 26th January 2014||Posted by Bruce McBAIN||on Feb 05, 2014||
NEWS UPDATE 26 January 2014
Rebuilding communities in the Philippines goes on ... and on
Right on the heel of a horrendous October earthquake, the Philippines was ravaged the following month by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the "deadliest Philippines Typhoon on record" that killed over 6,000 with bodies still being found.
And, Disaster Aid Australia ('DAA'), a Rotary Club project and part of Disaster Aid International ('DAI') has been on the ground since, with volunteer DARTs (Disaster Aid Response Team members) working with respected local NGO, Balay Mindanaw Foundation ('BMF') in the Bohol Island region that was devastated by these unprecedented events.
Disaster Aid International chairman, PP David Langworthy (RC Endeavour Hills, D9820 Vic.) visited the Philippines earlier this month and brief extracts of his report are in this update.
It makes compelling reading and once again demonstrates the ongoing, direct and selfless involvement of so many Rotarian volunteers.
1 Latest report from the Philippines
1.1 DAI has now provided shelter and assisted more than 10,000 families, and is actively engaged in providing vital Home Repair Kits – more than 1,000 so far delivered, AND installed. That is in response to the question we asked at the outset, "please tell us, what do you need most?" The materials for those kits – lumber, tools, nails, tarps, galvanised iron and so on – are in the main sourced within the area.
And that is providing jobs and other local economic stimulus.
1.2 Along with our Home Repair Kits, Australian-designed SkyHydrant™ water filtration systems are being installed in Barangays (villages) and schools on Panay Island working with the Rotary Club of Metro Iloilo; and on Mindanao Island with BMF assisting in the installation and operation of SkyHydrants™.
1.3 Disaster Aid is in the Philippines "for the long haul" to assist local communities rebuild and provide clean water to those on Bohol, Panay and Mindanao. And in that connection, two Rotarians from the RC Metro Iloilo and three members of BMF might soon be trained in installation and operation of the water filtration system at the SkyJuice Foundation's facility in Queensland.
1.4 The responses to these disasters and our work with BMF, government and other agencies (and ongoing cooperation with Rotary clubs) has seen changes. We have learned much and adapted quickly to how we respond, work with the affected community, deliver our aid and, importantly, stay on to help rebuild and increasingly provide the equipment needed to ensure a reliable supply of clean drinking water.
And the latter is becoming an increasingly vital imperative. Disaster Aid's association with the SkyJuice Foundation (http://www.skyjuice.com.au/) provides strong and sustainable water solutions for us in disaster affected (or prone) regions.
Here are some more photographs taken in the Philippines earlier this month ...
2 DAI Chairman in a 'flying visit' to the Philippines
2.1 David Langworthy was met by DAA Deployment Manager and leader of the DART teams, Rotarian Ed Cox (who has been with DAI in the Philippines since October) and spent seven days in the affected areas this month, meeting with government officials, Rotarians, DARTs and BMF colleagues.
"We are assisting people on seven (of 7,000) islands and the logistics really are a nightmare. As Rotarians, we can all be proud of the work done by Disaster Aid. We are delivering to world's best practice, working with and meeting the needs of those affected by these calamitous events – unimaginable in the minds of most Australians."
2.2 David attended a meeting of the RC of Iloilo Metro whose members have been very supportive of DAI, including delivery of the Home Repair Kits and even providing drivers and cars for him and Ed at no cost.
Speaking at the club meeting, David not only thanked them for that vital assistance but also presented a challenge ... to bring clean potable water to the Barangays (villages) of Panay Island.
It has a population of 4 million, and children are dying because of no regular supply of clean drinking water.
He said it could be a long term project as a partnership between DAI and the RC of Metro Iloilo, perhaps involving other Rotary Clubs on the Island. This is where the possibility of flying two members to Australia for training and installation of SkyHydrants™ was first raised.
"If a child does not have potable water, that is more than an issue beyond natural disasters ... it is a disaster in itself." ...
|MEETING REPORT 28th January 2014||Posted||on Feb 03, 2014||
Chair: Gerard Hogan
Reporter: Neil Salvano
Photographer: Roger Thornton
President Doug welcomed all present, following which the toast to Rotary International was proposed by Gerard Hogan.
Devendra Shastri – RC Surat West (north of Mumbai, India). 48 years Rotary service, including three times as District Governor.
Philip Rowell – RC Brighton North
Sat Mishra – guest of George Mackey (for the final time, since Sat was inducted during the meeting)
Laura Hartman – guest of Philip Rowell and Neville John
Attendance: 32, including visitors and guests.
Induction of New Member
The first item of business during the meeting was that most pleasant duty for a Rotary Club President – the induction of a new member. Mr Sat Mishra is an IT entrepreneur and, in that role, came to know George Mackey - who introduced him to the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne-Sunrise. Sat is married with two young children, so unfortunately his wife was unable to join him at the breakfast induction. However, Sat and his family will be attending the Club BBQ function on Feb 16th, giving members a chance to meet them then.
President Doug Robertson formally inducted Sat as a member of the Club and presented him with his certificate and badge, after which he was welcomed by members with the customary acclamation.
President Doug noted that it was a great pleasure that Rotarian Devendra Shastri was able to attend Sat’s induction, since the two of them had known each other in India, prior to Sat’s migration to Australia ten years ago.
Roger Thornton has agreed to mentor Sat for his first six months in the Club. Sat will join the Youth Services Committee (nee “New Generations”) under the chairmanship of George Mackey.
There were no announcements from the floor.
President Doug announced that it had been decided that the Club would sponsor a table at the “Women in Rotary” breakfast on Tuesday 4th March, to which it would invite eight young women from the two secondary colleges with which we work, hosted by two members of RC CMS. The usual RC CMS breakfast meeting that morning would proceed as scheduled with the RACV Club at the beginning of the 2013-14 Rotary year.
Fundraising Committee Report:
Greg Cuthbert reported that a Committee meeting would be held within a week, to progress activities during the second half of the Rotary year.
Another of the very popular and successful fundraising dinners was planned for mid-late March. Early bird bookings are now open with Greg.
The Committee has also started planning for fundraising activities during the 2014-15 Rotary year.
First up was the contribution from Stuart Ellis to our epic poem.
In that, our gallant investigators received a SMS from Sophia just in time to prevent them imbibing the arsenic-laced drinks pro-offered by Darcy.
When challenged by member of the audience about the professional propriety of introducing this “emergency warning” message, Stuart called on precedent for his defence, noting that it was a member of Her Majesty’s constabulary who had placed those investigators in the epic tale.
Sergeant Michael Bromby then decided to build on the success of the previous week with his favourite TV show: Would I Lie to You ?
George Mackey assured us that “I am addicted to chocolate, I must have some every day. I hide it in secret places, so my wife won’t find it.”
Following searching questions, most members of the audience thought that George was lying in his statement. However, George assured us that he was, indeed, very fond of chocolate.
Then it was Bernie Gerlinger’s turn: “When I was a kid, I got into trouble with my grandfather because I let all the chooks out of the shed.”
The jury was fairly evenly split, was a slight majority in favour of the proposition that Bernie was lying (perhaps because of doubts that chickens were called “chooks” in Germany ?). However, Bernie assured us that the proposition was mainly correct – he had got into trouble with his grandfather after getting up to mischief when he was young.
Stuart Ellis AM – CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Council.
Stuart commenced with an amusing anecdote from his SAS selection training and a subtle comment on how those in leadership positions – whether in business, government or the military – can be perceived as “precise, correct and unhelpful” by those whom they seek to lead.
The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Council is an incorporated non-government body of emergency services agencies across Australia and New Zealand. Its objectives include to develop national standards and accreditation, promote research on relevant topics and facilitate collaborative tendering for capital equipment. Two Co-operative Research Centres are sponsored by the AFEMSC – the Bushfire CRC and the Hazards CRC – involving about twenty universities and research institutes across Australia and New Zealand.
Stuart noted that, among the member agencies of the Council, only the ambulance service in the ACT and the MFB in Victoria were engaged in medical emergency response as part of their official duties. In all other States and Territories and in NZ, emergency medical response was a responsibility of the relevant Health Department.
Stuart also observed that “professionalism is a state of mind, not a state of pay”, with the Council including emergency service agencies with a majority of volunteer personnel (eg: the CFA and the State Emergency Service organizations), as well as the major metropolitan fire brigades (with mainly full time employees).
Member agencies of the Council had an annual expenditure of A$4 billion, with approximately 37,000 full time and 6,000 part time paid staff, together with 100,000 active volunteers. In addition, were another 150,000 ‘inactive’ volunteers on the books.
An important challenge facing the emergency services agencies was the need to manage public expectations – particularly that not all emergencies can be prevented, so there also needs to be emphasis on emergency response, community resilience and recovery. Stuart illustrated this point with some photos and comments on benefits of the “student army” organized by young people following the devastating Christchurch earthquake. He also observed the great resilience of the Australian bush in recovering from fire, especially from ‘cool’ fires such as those produced by periodic fuel reduction burning.
Emergency services can also be wedded to tradition, even when the reasons which gave rise to those traditional practices have changed due to technology. Eg: Thanks to the widespread installation of effective automatic fire sprinkler systems in Australian buildings, there are very few major structure fires now in this country. Hence the need to have fire fighters in action on the scene within seven minutes (the typical time required for a fire to “flash over” and fully involve its room of origin) has reduced. In the UK now, upon receipt of an automatic fire alarm signal, the fire brigade rings to confirm the occurrence of a fire before despatching fire trucks in response, thus reducing the attendant risk to the public of large trucks speeding through crowded streets, as well as the cost of wear and tear on those vehicles of responding to “false alarms”. (If no response is received to the phone call, then the fire brigade will respond to the scene, of course.)
Another example of a changed model of supplying emergency services to the community is Germany. There, with a population of 60+ million, there are now only 5,000 full time fire fighters, supplemented by approximately 1 million part time paid and volunteer fire fighters – all well trained and equipped. Ie: If the fire brigade turns out to a fire in Germany, the members are most likely to be volunteers. As governments face increasing budgetary pressures, this is the kind of question which will need to be addressed in terms of affordability and community preparedness to pay.
Stuart also touched on the challenges of climate change – which is occurring, whatever the cause(s). He observed that Prof Tim Flannery had drawn his attention to the fact that increasing surface temperatures not only increased the bush fire hazard through drying the vegetation, but that the increased evaporation rate also meant that there was more moisture in the atmosphere – increasing atmospheric instability and leading to more frequent and more severe storms (with lightning being a major source of ignition for non-structural fires).
An interesting, challenging and thought-provoking presentation.
|SERGEANT': MEMBER'S EPIC POEM||Posted||on Sep 10, 2013||
Each week the Sergeant selects a member to add a further two lines to the poem.
The iambic metre wse are striving for is;
dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH
dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH
The story so far ..…
This berk is running away from something, and comes upon a highly emotional woman – who he realizes is the love of his life
She challenges him with an unspecified surprise
Then tries to calm him down
But the fair couple lurch off and are confronted by 6 medieval warriors with an out of control caravan – our hero gives them a right hiding but a wheel careers off the caravan and unfortunately kills the poor lass
Rendered impotent by her sad demise, and as he’s postulating about where to bury the poor girl, her ghost rises up and implores him to revenge her tragic departure
Now he finds himself in a tricky position – as he’s telling the good lady’s ghost that he can hardly take revenge on an errant wheel, it becomes painfully apparent that our hero not only permitted the 6 medieval warriors to loosen the caravan’s wheel ~ possibly with the sole objective of fatally injuring her, but also he allowed the tort-feasing warriors to make their getaway.
Anon, he spies a nearby tavern – time for sustenance and reflection, and for new female company? But the new wench he spies, strikingly similar to his deceased beloved, his none other than her jealous twin who has, in an act of vengeful jealousy, procured the tragic death through the agency of the escaped warriors, of her good sister.
Our hero, confronted with an alluring twin, briefly considers, then ditches, a spiritual dilemma, choosing in preference the carnal option.
And here it is;
Members’ epic poem – 2013 / 2014
He rushed around the corner – like an Afghan hound
And saw it all before him, a sight so utterly profound [M Bromby]
He held her hand, she tried to speak
Her emotion was high, her voice was weak [B Downie]
She looked him hard into his eyes
And said: “I hope you like surprise”. [R Garrett]
Enough! Enough! Soothed she; he rushed around again
As wobbly wheels and caravan defeated six strong men [T Callander]
A wheel shot off, the girl expired,
He said: "from love I have retired [G Cuthbert]
Despite his urge to leave her side,
her resting place he must decide. [P Barry}
But her ghost arose forthwith, and said with a frown
My murderers you must seek, and shoot them down! [A King]
His reply to her ghost, his beloved one, he uttered most forthright
Murdered you were not, my dear - the errant wheel was the culprit that caused your horrendous plight, [M Bromby]
Yet, in shading the truth, words espoused could not disguise his frightful gape
For his scared face approved the scoundrels who loosened the wheel and then made their escape [J Cavanagh]
“Hark, what’s that there? An inn! A drink!
New wench, may be? I need to think.” [J Ilott]
The wench she doth appear the same as lady now departed
Whose secret was a twin, who jealous and cold hearted [R Stevens]
Tore apart their love as sisters through vengeful act of spite
To hire the warriors to loose the wheel that killed
her twin outright [K Stevens]
Is it face or form that does excite?
Or do two souls with love unite?
Our man with ne’re a thought for trust.
Decides instead to opt for lust [K Love}
Her hot lips responded as bidden
Darcy she whispered no longer need our love be hidden
Sophia my love, you are mine
This thing we have done, let's celebrate with wine. [B McBain]
In the corner of the Inn was hidden
A witness to this kiss forbidden,
Their tainted love had been detected
With consequences unexpected [N John]
The mean and nasty kitchen maid
Was taking a quick nap near the fire.
She thought: How dare that Sophia get laid
When everyone knows she’s such a liar? [G Mackey]
So a plan the maid hatched, ’twas most heinous and nasty
A pox on Sophia and a blood curse on Darcy [F O’Brien]
The pox on Sophia was really quite easy for Darcy's past was very sleazy
Because documents and visas were needed to go
Taking Sophia would cause the journey to be too slow Bernie Gerlinger
He therefore took leave of the inn without a sound
To disappear into the night hoping never again to be found Marjorie Gerlinger
Sophia though was more than his match and meant to stop him leaving this patch
She did not like being treated as crap instead she lured him into a trap (D Jones)
Darcy thought he was in the clear never to be troubled again
But Sophia had other ideas and a passion that was truly insane [R Mitchell]
For he would now rue the day on which against her he did mock
As he let them through the door, they introduced themselves as Watson and Sherlock [N Taylor]
A flustered Darcy scrambled for time to think, Aha! 'Good sirs, may I pour you a drink?'
Plotting more than to make them sick, the libations, gallantly proffered, contained arsenic [K Harvey]
But before they drank, Sophia texted Darson
My ears are on fire, and I have thoughts of arson [Stuart Ellis]
Great Sherlock avoided both poison and flame
But with Darcy and Watson took the London bound train [J Price]
To Darcy’s dismay twas to Old Bailey to stay
As arsenic stained fingers gave him away” [A Seale]
Tortured by sores and fever, in his prison cell does Darcy languish
Confinement with pederasts, murderers and thieves intensifies
his anguish [N Salvano]
At last, salvation and dreams afoot, in bed prone on one hip,
Drifting to lands far away on an old wooden ship,
As a boy, he had stood on the burning deck,
After that he could not remember much more by heck. [A Driver]
Time passes, thoughts wander, inner peace never comes. But wait!! Ronnie Biggs, Darcy’s hero
Planning, scheming, what chance of success? Moonlight streaming, over the wall, Darcy go [Russell Rolls]
He flees in the night, through London’s lane ways he hastens
And 2 months later, Darcy resurfaces - a security guard with Fortnum & Masons [Wolfgang Jacobs]
Darcy's a hit, the jobs a great fit, no more Sophia to cause dismay
He gets a choice of promotion, mens hand lotion, or lay bys in lingerie [Gerard Hogan]
|GUEST SPEAKER 17th SEPTEMBER 2013||Posted||on Sep 10, 2013||
|IN MEMORY OF MEL MOORFIELD||Posted by Tom Callander||on Jul 17, 2013||
By Tom Callander
Mel Moorfield was one of our original 39 charter members on Charter night 1 May 1987 (although the actual Charter certificate is dated 3 April 1987).
Mel’s first “official” Club position of office was as Director of the Club Service Committee (and President Elect) in our third year, under President Herb Greenwood. Under Mel’s directorship, Club Service Committee led the move to amend our constitution to allow for the admission of women.
Mel’s year as our fourth President commenced on 1 July 1990. He was a dynamic Club leader with numerous achievements being accomplished.
In Mel’s year, several new programs were initiated including our continuing relationship with Shirley Osborn and her “Steps Ministry” looking after street kids. The long running Vocational Service Program “Operation Livewire” commenced, which continued until 2005 (Mel was a judge in that first year). Our first fundraising “Supper Auction” was held. Mel’s spouse Elizabeth commenced occasional “Partners’ Lunches” as a means of increasing involvement and fellowship for partners of members, particularly new members. Another first was sending our first youth exchange student, Melissa Gilmore, to Brazil.
In the following year (John Meehan’s presidency) our first Paul Harris Fellow Breakfast was held in November 1991. Establishing the very successfully running PHF Breakfast was Mel’s brainchild.
Mel’s engagement with Rotary went beyond the club level as he was very active at the 9800 District level. He was appointed as a District Governor’s Representative for 1991-1992. He was a member of Foundation-Promotion/Information 1992-1993, Director Community Service 1993-1994 and 1994-1995. He received a District “Special Service Award” for his co-organising of the Repair and Painting Volunteers (including many from our Club) after the Benalla floods of 1993.
During our eighth year Mel resigned from our Club, as he no longer worked in the city and he joined the Rotary Club of Croydon. In that year, our Club presented Mel with a “Sapphire” additional Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.
Our Club benefitted greatly from Mel’s membership during the Club’s first eight years. Our sympathy is extended to Elizabeth and Mel’s family.
|MCAULEY HOUSE WORKING BEE||Posted||on Jul 06, 2013||
|RCCMS MEMBERS AND PARTNERS ASSISTING AT THE ECHUCA MOAMA STEAM RALLY COUNTRY KITCHEN||Posted||on Jul 06, 2013||
|REPORT OF LAST MEETING - 18 June 2013 (Police Mentoring Graduation Breakfast)||Posted by Robin STEVENS||on Jun 23, 2013|
|REPORT on Strategy Planning Day – 16 June 2013||Posted by Robin STEVENS||on Jun 23, 2013|
|DISTRIBUTING SCHOOL MATERIALS TO CHILDREN IN LAOS||Posted by Marjorie GERLINGER||on May 20, 2013||
|ROTARIANS REJUVENATING ROYAL TALBOT'S SENSORY GARDEN||Posted by Marjorie GERLINGER||on May 20, 2013||
|RYPEN Camp a Hit in March||Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Mar 27, 2013||
It was a delight during March 22-24 to see 47 students aged between 14 and 17 from 23 secondary schools bonding and having their boundaries stretched at the RYPEN camp at Weekaway near Lancefield.
Our club had 13 members taking part, including Allan Driver, Tom Callander, Kevin Walklate, Michael Wells, George Mackey, Tony Thomas, Tom Boyle, Robin and Kay Stevens, Gerard Hogan, Marjorie and Bernie Gerlinger, and Neville John in his District capacity.
We sponsored four students from Mt Alexander College, Flemington. They were Hiba Abdikadir, Fartun Ibrahim, and Shi (“Samantha”) Ming Bong (females), and Maslah Gore (male).
The twice-yearly Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment camps have been running for more than 25 years. Our club previously handled a RYPEN camp a decade ago.
The March camp was run by a dozen youth leaders from Rotaract and RYLA with help during meals from RCCMS. Three District New Generations committee members also attended full-time.
|First Class Treatment||Posted by Kevin LOVE||on Nov 22, 2011||
On Friday November 18th, approximately 20 members, partners and friends of the Club undertook a vocational visit to the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee.
Run by Melbourne Water, the Western Treatment Plant treats about 60% of Melbourne's sewage, (about 160 billion litres a year). It serves about 1.6 million people in the central, northern and western suburbs.
The plant has evolved from a low tech land and pasture based treatment system to a highly sophisticated operation. At the same time. automation and contracting out has meant that only 6 staff are required to now operate the plant compared to the hundreds of earlier decades.
Melbourne has two important pieces of infrastructure put in place in the 19th century and still crucial today – our system of closed catchments for water supply in the mountains to its east and the sewerage system. The Western Treatment plant’s origins can be traced back to 1888 when a Royal Commission into Melbourne's public health led to a proposal for the development of a sewage farm to treat Melbourne’s waste. Previously, Melbourne's sewage was collected in open drains and discharged into the Yarra River and Hobsons Bay.
A major upgrade of the plant (completed in 2005) has significantly reduced the amount of nitrogen in the treated effluent that is discharged to Port Phillip Bay and significantly increased the amount of high quality recycled water available. It has also improved the ability to capture biogas to generate electricity, markedly reducing greenhouse gas and odour emissions in the process. The tour group saw new works to enhance this system.
The plant is about 10,500 hectares in area and supports a thriving agricultural enterprise using recycled water from the plant. A large part of the area is now managed for conservation purposes – it is a haven for tens of thousands of birds many of whom migrate each year from the northern hemisphere – from as far away as Siberia. The plant is regarded as an internationally significant wetland.
The tour was able to see at first hand the range of bird life, including large groups of Pelicans as well as experiencing a spectacular lightning show from across Corio Bay and the You Yangs.
The visit was organized for the Vocational Committee by Frank O’Brien who was given a vote of thanks from all those attending for putting together a great day which enabled us to see parts of the plant not usually available to the public.
|Donation to Disaster Aid Australia||Posted by Allan DRIVER||on Sep 12, 2011||
Our club has donated $1,600 to Disaster Aid Australia for the supply of two Family Survival Kits.
Disaster Aid Australia continues to assist those refugees in the Horn of Africa especially the most at risk at a new camp site in Kambioos.
Ed Cox, Disaster Aid International head of Training and Deployment reports that the Family Survival boxes are the highest quality tents available within the region.
|STOP PRESS: RCCMS Knight in silver hair rescues Eritrean family||Posted by David JONES||on Aug 26, 2011||
Rescued from $300.00 bill.
The story so far:
A year or two ago our former member Roger Thornton kindly donated an HP laptop and printer to an Eritrean family living in immigrant flats at Ascot Vale, so they could talk on Skype to their family who are living in Khartoum.
This was all successful.
But, as told to our reporter by our intrepid traveller and helper of people around Ascot Vale [also noted for helping Rhino helpers and listening to Ombudsman talks];
"A fortnight ago we got a call from Amira (the mother) to say they had got an excess usage charge from Optus of $300, because they had exceeded their 7 gig per month plan in July by 2 gigs. They couldn’t believe this bill was correct.
Their laptop by now was doubtless full of viruses as they had not kept up their anti-virus protection. For this or other reasons, the laptop was crushingly slow and took about 1 minute to load just one page of the internet, so we knew there was no way they could have used up 9 gigs (9000MB) in a month.
On checking their usage history, we found the whole 9 gigs had been run up in 3 days in early July. Their normal usage is about 1 gig or less per month (largely emailing).
We called Optus (Mumbai call-centre) and after prolonged negotiation, got their bill cut to $150 but no further. We then aired the topic on-line with our computer user group and were advised to push the fight further to the Telecom's Ombudsman, which we did.
Today we got the happy news from the Eritreans that Optus had called them to say the bill would now be cancelled altogether, ie zero excess usage charge.
And that's not all;
Meanwhile we had appealed to the user group to find someone with an unwanted iMac computer. In no time someone had offered one and we also got further offers of a wireless router and a printer. The iMac is now installed at their flat and is a 1000% improvement on the old laptop.
Despite much labour, we didn’t succeed in getting the wireless router set up correctly but the iMac is running happily on ADSL wiring.
We are delighted to have ‘made a difference’ in this way to two hard-working and ambitious Eritreans. All they need now is a 3-bedroom house if any RCCMS has one to donate"
Editor's note. We have respected our bashful 'Knight in silver hair' request for anonymity.
Photo. One happy Amira and son Yamen.
|Rotary Fellowship Exchange ['RFE']||Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Aug 25, 2011||
The following are the outgoing RFE exchanges that will be happening 2011 - 2012
11 – 25 May 2012 to D 5520 Texas / New Mexico
Will be advertised once the incoming exchange is over. First preference is always given to host families, then host clubs.
2 – 16th June 2012 to D1070 England
There are still 3 vacancies for this exchange. Five members from our club are booked for this trip.
24 June -14 July 2012 to Alberta Canada D5360
There is one vacancy for this trip. RC Kangaroo Flat have eleven members travelling.
An exchange with Turkey is being worked on and at this stage will be 2012 – 2013
|Disaster Aid Australia - Update||Posted by Allan DRIVER||on Aug 05, 2011||
"The United Nations now estimates that more than 12 million people desperately need housing, water and food in the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nairobi, South Sudan, Mogadishu) – the mortality rate continues to rise to epidemic levels.
Disaster Aid Australia and its international partners Canada, USA and UK & Ireland are proud to advise they have formed an alliance with Hope Without Borders, a not-for-profit charity working in the Kenya region since the early 80’s and founded by Rotarians Lance and Julie Parve of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“This alliance means once again, we as Rotarians are delivering the aid so desperately needed with fellow Rotarians – side by side,” Jenni Heenan, CEO of Disaster Aid Australia said."
More - go to www.disasteraidaustralia.org.au
|Our speaker for July 26 was the world-famous ‘rhino girl’.||Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Jul 12, 2011||
Our club had an amazing speaker for our Tuesday July 26 morning meeting – Charlene “Charlie” Hewat, the world-leading activist for rhino conservation.
Rhino poaching (killing for their horns) is rampant and these (usually) gentle giants are in danger of rapid extinction in the wild. It is thanks to the dedication of individuals like Charlene Hewat who remain on the ‘front lines’ that these magnificent creatures can be saved.
Her early experiences of growing up on a farm in Zimbabwe instilled a deep love of nature and out of this was born her passion for the environment. Whilst out on a walk in the bush some 27 years ago, she came across the carcass of a poached rhino and it was this traumatic experience that started her on the path to where she is today. She decided something needed to be done to raise awareness and to raise funds for rhino conservation in Zimbabwe. So in 1987, together with a friend, Julie Edwards, she completed a 22,000km bicycle ride which took them from the UK across Europe and Africa back to Zimbabwe. This journey was recorded and published in a book ‘Extinction is Forever’ and Charlene is still affectionately known and recognised today, as one of the ‘The Rhino Girls’.
She met many dignitaries during this time including the Pope, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Prince Phillip and had the rare privilege of spending a few months living in the bush with George Adamson (the Lion man).
She has won many awards over the years for her work, the most notable being in 1995 when she was awarded the Junior Chambers International Award for The Most Outstanding Young Persons of the World in the category of Environmental Leadership. Previous recipients of this prestigious internationally recognized award have been Orson Wells and the late John F Kennedy to name a few.
Charlene is touring Australasia to share her personal experiences of her conservation work in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa as CEO of the organisation she founded in 2000, Environment Africa. Donations welcome!
|Zimbabwe’s Rotary Clubs have a tough struggle||Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Jun 28, 2011||
The ten-person outbound Rotary Friendship Exchange group from District 9800 to Africa’s D9210 has had some surprises during its three-day hosting in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
The town is so closely linked to the surrounding national game park that elephants often wander into the suburbs knocking down walls to get at garden trees. Packs of warthogs, tails lifted at 90 degrees, scurry down the sidestreets without attracting a second glance.
District 9210 covers Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Our team expected depressed conditions inside Zimbabwe. Instead, it discovered a thriving tourist town and a local Rotary Club kicking goals (with some difficulty) on significant charity projects.
A sign of the country’s previous crises is the souvenirs sold to tourists in Victoria Falls by street hawkers – 50 and 100 trillion (yes, trillion!) dollar ex-official banknotes.
One of our hosts was Barbara Murasiranwa, past Assistant Governor of D9210 and a stalwart of RC Victoria Falls. Barbara was until June 2011 managing director of a thriving tourist operator in Victoria Falls, Shearwater Adventures, which pioneered white water rafting, helicopter rides, canoeing adventures, jet boating and bungy jumping from Livingstone Bridge by the falls (this is a joint and hair-raising Zimbabwe-Zambian business). Barbara now runs her own wholesale travel company and can afford to devote more time to the Rotary club.
Zimbabwe’s recent economic turnaround – based partly on a switch to US dollar and Rand currency - has led to a revival in Rotary membership.
|D9800 Friendship Exchange: Letter from Zambia||Posted by Tony THOMAS||on Jun 12, 2011||
The ten-member Friendship Exchange from District 9800 to Africa is now being overwhelmed by Zambian hospitality. While Zambian clubs are keen to show us their projects, they are also giving us unforgettable experiences, all involving this country’s magnificent animals and the “Smoke that Thunders” – the local name for Victoria Falls.
Try this for a diary for one day:
After wake-up coffee, we each climb aboard an African elephant for a high-level tour of the park. These beasts are nothing like the small Indian variety you see in Melbourne Zoo. My elephant, “First-Born”, was a huge male teenager, dwarfing the females who ranged from the matriarch to youngest daughters. They are so used to the company of their African guides, we are told, that they would panic if left on their own for longer than 20 minutes, day or night.
Jonas speaks softly to First-Born who lurches down the path. First-Born loves the expedition because he is allowed to wander off the path whenever a nice tree is available. He grabs the top of the tree and with a snap of his trunk, and an almighty ‘crack’, he tears down a thick limb, strips the leaves and continues with the branch in his mouth, grinding off the bark. Jonas keeps up a brilliant running commentary as an ‘elephant whisperer’.
The track narrows and begins a steep descent. We are all sitting at 45-degrees and can hardly believe it as our mounts with dainty steps descend their huge tonnage into the valley. We are told they are almost unerring with their steps – one exception being a wild elephant who was crossing the Zambesi recently at low water, from stone to stone. He slipped and was captured on video tumbling down the 100m Victoria Falls. In a thoroughly jolted state, I clumsily dismount and discover that my month-old ‘gammy right leg’, from a pinched nerve, is now miraculously cured.
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|Our intrepid travellers Tony and Margaret Thomas report on their Rotary Friendship Exchange||Posted by Tony THOMAS||on May 27, 2011||
Our 10-person Rotary Friendship Exchange party from District 9800 to District 9320 South Africa spent May 23 visiting operations of the Ready 4 Life charity group at Port Elizabeth on the south coast.
Outer suburbs include swathes of black townships, thousands of tiny houses with rudimentary sanitation and electricity, and populations bedevilled by a 40% unemployment rate. Most tragically, bare fields around are churned up from the roadside to far into the distance. By what? By new-dug graves for AIDS victims. We were told that one such field was barely 18 months old.
Our first visit was to a high school to see a class where about 30 unemployed people aged from 18 to 40 were being given skills in elementary computer operations, personal development and administration-style English. Our host was Ready 4 Life rep Jacco Wolters, a Dutch specialist in finance and IT.
The goal was to make these students ready to apply for clerical jobs. Without computer skills, they would be back of the queue.
The lesson that day was on word processing – how to cut, paste, save and lay out their work, add pictures, and insert bullet point lists. There was only one laptop in the class but it was connected to a projector so everyone could follow the lesson on-screen.
In fact, there are half a dozen laptops forthe class, which are taken home at the end of each day. The reason relates to another issue: this school is barricaded like a fortress against thieves. Doors and windows incorporate heavy steel screens, and there is a formidable perimeter fence. Nonetheless if any valuable gear such as desktop PCs were left in the school overnight, break-ins would occur.
We were impressed by the eagerness of the adult class to learn. Everyone was well-dressed for study and their faces shone with enthusiasm. There seemed equal numbers of men and women, and average age looked like about 20-25.
|A Thank You from the Loreto School in Vietnam||Posted by Michael LAPINA||on Jan 20, 2011||
These are photo's of the special children who received the Christmas gifts the club sent over last year.
|Rotary - Humanity in motion||Posted by Michael Lapina||on Dec 14, 2010||
|A team of Central Melbourne - Sunrise members painting the Ban Houai Yen school in Laos||
|How to get sworn at – and not mind – Steps Outreach Service||Posted by Tony THOMAS||
Anne Mitchell is a charity worker who doesn’t mind being shouted and sworn at. For the past 15 years she’s made a weekly visit to the Flinders Street Station steps. She gets to know the homeless youngsters there so that she can help them.
Volunteers who go with her can find it a bit daunting. On her first night, one of them got heaps of abuse from a homeless girl. The volunteer backed away, scared. The next night, Anne told her to do the opposite. If the girl abused her, she said, move forward and give her a hug and say ‘Hi!’. This worked. “Kids have a hard shell and want to ‘test you out’ by making you angry,” Anne says.
“I say that every day is a new day. Look for something good in a kid, not judge them on what happened yesterday. We praise them for anything good they do. If a young person gets a job and gets fired after a week, it’s still a step forward. Maybe in their next job they’ll last a month.”
|Working bee at Camp Getaway||Posted by Roger THORNTON||
Rotary Camp Getaway is an exciting project providing a camp/nature retreat for community based groups to use. Located in Axedale, near Bendigo, in Victoria, the camp provides a highly accessible, quality recreational facility that caters for those of all abilities and mobility, provides a meeting place for support groups, and offers those who need it most a sanctuary away from their daily struggles.
|Garden re-development at McAuley House||Posted by Robin STEVENS||
McAuley House, located in Flemington Road, North Melbourne provides accommodation and support to women aged between 25 and 55, unaccompanied by children, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and/or have a mental illness. The unique community and residential setting – including garden areas – offers women a safe environment in which to live that promotes respect and values the dignity and worth of each person.
Funding constraints have led to the McAuley House gardens becoming run down over the past few years.
Club activities have included:
• garden de-development in 2010 with work on the chapel garden.
• another working bee held in July 2012 when nine RCCMS volunteers, together with McAuley House personnel worked in the kitchen garden area; work included a general clean up, weeding, putting in garden edging, shifting and spreading granitic sand, (replacing unattractive thinly-grassed areas), pruning bushes and trees, and putting in supports for an espalier apple tree.
Given the need for further garden re-development, an application was made for a Rotary Foundation District Grant to provide funding for materials – particularly timber for the making of garden furniture, but also garden mulch, soil and gravel, garden edging, plants. All this is aimed at improving the amenity of the gardens.
Now that the grant application has been approved by District 9800, members of the Community Service Committee will liaise with the Carlton Men’s Shed to build sturdy bespoke furniture for the chapel garden. Further garden re-development work will be undertaken with an additional working bee planned for early 2013 for additional work on establishing and re-developing garden areas at the rear and side of the property.
Photo shows volunteers at the July 7th working bee
|ROTARY COMMUNITY VILLAGE||
The Rotary Community Village is a program led by the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise Inc with support from Victoria Police, the City of Melbourne, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The program addresses anti-social street behaviour in the Melbourne CBD late at night through the presence of Rotary volunteers and the provision of a welcoming place where visitors can take a break, get free refreshments, and maybe wait for transport home. The target demographic includes those groups typically found in the Swanston Street precinct in the early hours of the morning, often young and sometimes under the weather, backpackers and the homeless. The response is almost always very thankful and surprised that Rotary does this sort of thing.
The hours are a bit tough but the Rotary volunteers who have participated have really enjoyed the spectacle of the CBD at night.
So far the Rotary Community Village has operated on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm to 4am through December in the run up to Christmas and has been staffed by Central Melbourne Sunrise members. Our ambition is to open up the program to other clubs and extend the operation to other peak times – the GrandPrix, AFL Grand Final week, and other major events.
|Our club is a strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation.||Posted by Anne KING||
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
In 1985, Rotary International created PolioPlus – a program to immunize all the world’s children against polio. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. Over 25 years our club has contributed a significant amount to the Foundation through the organisation of our Annual Paul Harris Fellow Breakfast. This year was no exception.
In the first six months of this year the main function of the Foundation committee in our club was the organisation of the breakfast. This year’s breakfast was attended by just over 280 Rotarians and friends from our district and we raised a record amount of $8,479. The guest speaker was Professor Patrick McGorry AO and his talk was on a 21st Century Approach to Mental Health Care.
The foundation committee has also been active in the Group Study Exchange Program. This is a vocational and cultural exchange between countries. Young professionals between the ages of 25 and 42 participate in a visit to an overseas Rotary district to get to understand how their vocation is different in a different country and at the same time become ambassadors for their own country. This Rotary year our club hosted a team from district 5230 (Orange Country in California) and also sponsored a participant in an exchange back to that district.
|Club Administration half yearly activity summary||Posted by Kay STEVENS||
RCCM-S Club Administration has had a successful first half year due to the invaluable efforts of the eleven team members. The first half year culminated in a joyous Christmas Party on 20 December 2011 at the RACV club. The smooth operation of this meeting and of all breakfast meetings during the year has been due to the input from many club members as well as a positive relationship with our hosts, the RACV Club. The weekly speaker program has been excellent in terms of speaker quality and scheduling arrangements, and some new, as well as old, sergeants have kept spirits high with the sergeant’s financial progress running according to budget.
|INSIDE STORY||Posted by Kevin LOVE||
Forget about "Underbelly" and "CSI"!
Come and hear real stories about criminal investigation from the Detectives that ran the cases.
Inside Story lets you hear first hand how the Detectives solved the crimes.
Funds raised from the evening will go to the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Silk Miller scholarship, its Community Village project and other projects.
Friday, 21st October 2011 at 6.15pm.
Cost $40 per head with light refreshments served during the event.
The venue, Melbourne City Conference Centre, is on the cnr of Swanston and Little Lonsdale Streets, opposite the State Library.
Download the flyer/booking form
|Trivia/Music Night||Posted by Kevin LOVE||
RCCMS supports Royal Talbot through our working bees in the Sensory Garden. Here is another chance to support it by coming along to the fundraiser being organised by the RC of Boroondarra for Oct 23. It looks a great night. Anyone interested in forming a table from the club should contact Kevin Love. For more information download flyer
|Interested in Rotary?||Posted by Michael LAPINA||
View the video to see what Rotary is all about.
|Lending a Hand. Echuca Steam Rally||Posted by Allan DRIVER||
Once again several members and families enjoyed Queen's Birthday weekend assisting our sister club at the Echuca Steam Rally.