1st October 2019

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  • PolioPlus Update

  • 26th October Social

  • Paul Harris Breakfast

  • Sausage Sizzling Returns

  • Meeting report 1st October

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Joel Jenkins, Operations Manager

Victoria’s Statewide Cladding Audit

In 2017 the Victorian Government established a Victorian Cladding Taskforce to investigate and address the use of non-compliant building materials in Victoria. The Statewide Cladding Audit was established following the recommendations of this taskforce.

The project's focus is on reducing the fire safety risk of buildings found to have combustible cladding – such as expanded polystyrene or aluminium composite panels with a polyethylene core. Buildings constructed after March 1997 that fall into the following classes under the National Construction Code are in scope for this review.

Since its origin, the taskforce has conducted over 2200 inspections.

Reporting to the Assistant Director – Cladding Operations, Joel leads a team of six direct reports, 19 indirect reports and more than 60 contractors to deliver the operations outcomes for the Statewide Cladding Audit.

Key activities include managing the scheduling, inspection and expert panels functions, providing advice to Municipal Building Surveyors, delivering continuous improvement to meet program goals and providing regular project reporting to the CEO and Government.

Update Courage to Care
Dear Neville and Bruce,
Thank you again for the opportunity of sharing the Courage to Care message at your Rotary event a few weeks ago. I’m pleased to say we now have the opportunity to share our message at a number of other Rotary groups.
As I mentioned, we deliver a dynamic, intensive two-hour experience which challenges participants to consider their own actions and attitudes, and the meaning of what it is to be an Upstander instead of a Bystander. This year over 7,000 Victorian students have been booked to see our program.
We rely on the generosity of our funders and volunteers and are now actively looking to recruit even more supporters and volunteers as we expand our program reach. Accordingly we have created this video which I thought may be of interest to your members.
Although the video runs for nearly 3 minutes I hope you agree that it is compelling viewing.
Should any of your members express an interest in finding out more about Courage to Care I’d be happy for you to pass on my contact details.
Wishing you continued success with your activities.
Mike Zervos  |  CEO Courage to Care (Vic) Inc
843A Glenhuntly Road, Caulfield, 3162
M: (+613) 0412 319 156  |  E:  |  W:
Victoria Police Legacy Donation
President Warwick Cavell and Elias Lebbos Chair of the Youth Services Committee met with Lex De Man – Chief Executive Officer - Victorian Policy Legacy  on Wednesday 2 October.
The purpose of the meeting was to present Victorian Police Legacy with a cheque for the sum of $790.00 which were the proceeds from the raffle conducted at the Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Program – 2018/2019 Program Graduation breakfast.
Lex De Man highlighted the fund would be directed to the youth development programs and these fund will directly to legatees to participate in the Kokoda experience in 2020. Lex also highlighted that VPL are ion the process of expanding their youth program. The Youth Committee will continue to explore opportunities for collaborations between our organisations
Police Mentoring Article
Don't forget to checkout Tony's article in the Networker on our Police Mentor Breakfast.  On pages 12 and 13.  Well done Tony.
PolioPlus Events October
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Polio Train Ride Thursday 24 October – This event will be leaving from Train stations across our district (Bendigo, Brighton, Werribee and Caufield) with the aim to meet at Fed Square Melbourne at 2.30 pm.  I have invited the other 4 Victorian Rotary Districts to join us in this adventure. If hundreds attend think of the impact we will make. Meet us at the stations on the way or Join us on the train for the trip to Fed Square.  
The goal is to receive club and individual Donations prior to or on the day. Make donations at the Stations. Our motto is 'Its the end of the line for Polio'. With your continued support we know it will happen soon.
26th October Social Lunch
Date: Saturday 26 October for lunch
Time: From midday
Place: 3 Outlook Drive, Eaglemont (Rebecca and Neville's home)
If you are travelling from the West, head along the Eastern
Freeway and take the Burke Road exit. Head left along
Burke Road North and at the main roundabout, keep going
straight (it becomes Maltravers Road) and in 200 metres
turn right into Outlook Drive. Number 3 is third house on the
left from the corner.
Cost: It’s a social gathering so no cost.
Meat and bread will be provided but BYO refreshments.
What else can you bring? - bring a salad; dessert or
whatever else to share or talk to Neville if you have other
RSVP Neville John by 4th October on email, or mobile 0417 387216
If you are coming, please let Neville know what
food you to plan bring so that we don’t all end
up eating dessert for lunch. Also advise any
dietary restrictions.
27th Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Breakfast
27th Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Breakfast
Dr Andrew Browning
Maternal health care in Africa- an Australian intervention
Dr Andrew Browning spent 17 years living with his family in Ethiopia and Tanzania amongst some of the poorest people in the world.
He specialises in treating a devastating birth injury called obstetric fistula. This results from women giving birth at home, without medical help. In labour for four or five days they deliver a stillborn child and the tissues in their pelvis are destroyed, leaving them with large holes (fistula) to their bladder and bowel. Leaking continually they are shunned, depressed and suicidal.
Andrew is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world who have dedicated their lives to helping treat and prevent this. His charity has now built three maternity hospitals in Africa and aims to build many more.
All funds raised will be used to support Rotary Foundation projects
that make lives better in your community and around the world
  • The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has received 12 consecutive 4-star ratings, the top rating, from Charity Navigator as at January 2019.
  • Charity Navigator also rates The Rotary Foundation as Number One in their list of the 10 of the Best Charities Everyone's Heard Of.
  • It also received an A+ from Charity Watch its highest rating in 2017 (the most recent rating).
  • The Association of American Fundraising Professionals named The Rotary Foundation as the outstanding Foundation for 2016.
We look forward to welcoming all Rotarians, partners, friends and colleagues to this special event
Email: • 0419 302 109
Thursday, 21st November 2019
The RACV City Club
Level 17, 501 Bourke Street
$70.00 per head
$650 for a table of ten
(incl. GST)
7th November 2019
7.15 for 7.30 till 9.00am


A new Rotary year and suddenly the first Bunnings sausage sizzle at Port Melbourne was successfully completed on Friday 12th July.

If you are able to help on any of the future dates listed below, could you please email me at indicating your preference for morning, lunchtime or afternoon?  We'll run from shortly after 8am to 4.

Remaining dates for Port Melbourne this calendar year are:

Friday 30th August

Friday 1st November

Friday 15th November

Sunday 22nd December


Rotary 1 October 2019 meeting report
Our Chair for the day, Elias Lebbos opened the meeting with a toast to Rotary International.
President Warwick Cavell welcomed guests Pina Madaffer (e-club-of-Connect in Delhi), Rajesh Chawla, Francesco Fedele and our guest  speaker Cameron Glover. Also Janette Etherington (Rotary Nunawading, who is the new Interplast Rotary Engagement Coordinator)    
Warwick wished George Mackey happy birthday on behalf of the club and also acknowledged a number of members with Rotary membership anniversaries.
Alan Seale reminded us about the 27th Annual Rotary Foundation Paul Harris breakfast, Thursday, 21st November 2019, and requested some help with prizes for the auction and raffle.
Kevin Love advised of our 17 November stall at Camberwell market, to raise funds for the Silk-Miller scholarship.  Kevin asked all members to seek out and offer items for the stall  -- no furniture please, carry-able items please.
Neville and Rebecca John reminded us of the BBQ lunch on Saturday 26 October, meat provided; this is a fellowship event, with the Docklands group. Time: From midday. Place: 3 Outlook Drive, Eaglemont (Rebecca and Neville's home)
Stay tuned for another social event  -- a Theatre night … coming soon.
President Warwick’s Announcements:  Warwick and Pina exchanged Rotary banners and Warwick advised us of the AGM on 12 November, the required process is in train for that.
Brett Jones – quizzed Sarah Overton, helping us to learn more about her. One point of interest is Sarah’s wine expertise; Sarah having undertaken a Masters of Wine Business in Adelaide.   Hey club, let’s quiz Sarah some more about wine!!
SpeakerCameron Glover, Deputy CEO:
Interplast Australia & New Zealand
Interplast is a fully accredited non-government organisation (NGO), established in 1983 by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in partnership with Rotary.  Interplast has brought together teams of volunteers that have performed 26,000 lifechanging operations for 45,000 patients in 1,000 programs across the Asia Pacific region. Increasingly, Interplast’s key focus is on training and mentoring local medical professionals so that they can continue to deliver safe and effective surgery, post-operative care and rehabilitation in their communities.
Cameron informed us that Interplast works in countries where Interplast is invited – currently 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region; and tries to fill gaps rather than duplicate services.  Interplast places strong and increasing emphasis on local training and mentoring (including curricula, videos, etc).  Evolving work is in on-line training, on-line consultation, on-line surgery assistance and rehab training and services.
Rotary has shared the journey of Interplast, including with Rotary members on the Board, and in each country that Interplast works, local Rotary clubs are involved.
Question and answer session included: Discussion around sustainability of local efforts in small nations, and airline frequent flyer points idea. Cameron noted that airlines are generous and supportive in different ways; noting that Interplasts biggest costs are travel and transport.
Chairperson Elias thanked Cameron for a passionate and informative talk.
In closing the meeting, President Warwick thanked our speaker and visitors for attending and reminded us how Rotary connects the world.

Breakfast Meeting Photos


Pres. Warwick exchanging banners with Pina Madaffer, E. Club of Connect in Delhi

Sarah Overton & Brett Jones

Pres. Warwick Cavell


Chair Elias Lebbos

Guest speaker Cameron Glover

Interplast team - Alison Chan, Cameron Glover & Janette Etherington, RC Nunawading


Meeting Responsibilities

ELLIS AM, Stuart
CHAN, Alison
JOHN, Neville
Bulletin Editor
Social Media
LIM, Daniel

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District 9800 Rotary Walk To End Polio
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