Sierra Leone Project Gathering Pace

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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The club's project to provide two gender specific toilet blocks and a supply of fresh water to the Aladura Primary School in Buedu, eastern Sierra Leone, is gathering pace, as the building designs are finalised and quotes are sought from local builders. The Rotary Club Of Glenferrie is partnering with the Rotary Club of Bo, Sierra Leone, and The Rotary Foundation, to deliver safe and hygienic toilets for the children and staff, and a hygiene (WASH) training program for the children.
 
Your club's committee, led by International Service Director Amelia Anderson, and comprising Isaiah Lahai, Paul Shekleton, Geoffrey Widmer and Richard Blakeman from the Rotary Club of Glenferrie, President Taplima Muana and President-elect Daniel Sama of the Rotary Club of Bo, Sierra Leone, and Tamba Lahai of the Aladura Primary School is close to commissioning work to start. At the last meeting of the Sierra Leone Taskforce, it was agreed that, when completed, the plaque below would be affixed to both buildings. Testimony to the friendship between our two communities.
 
The toilet blocks to be built at the Aladura Primary School are based on a design used by Beyond Water International in their work in Kenya
The Sierra Leone Project Taskforce agreed the above wording for plaques to be affixed to each toilet block when completed. A Rotary Club of Glenferrie Peacebuilding Project
Sierra Leone Project Gathering Pace Richard Blakeman 2024-06-13 14:00:00Z 0 International Service

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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​What a great visit we had to the MCG. The iconic sports venue is dotted with history and stories, and after all these years is still in such good shape (perhaps a result of all the upgrades!).

Also, thanks to have Ian Salek and Michael Berry take us for the tours.

As a Kooyong member, I thought I would reassure RCG members that Kooyong appears to moving ahead nicely in dealing with the loss making year last year. This we hope would equate to value for money service in the future. A few members did mention that we should only be having one pasta night per month and this feedback has gone to Joanne at club ser vice to check.

Please get your registrations in for the changeover on June 25th.

See you all soon.

President Mark

President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-06-09 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Thank You and Farewell

Posted by anita morkans
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Rotary Glenferrie extends much appreciation to the following people for their significant contributions in many ways; their fellowship has also been very much enjoyed.
 
  • Catherine Eagleson:  Joined RG on 27 July 2022; transferred to Rotary Maroondah
  • Colin George:  Joined RG on 16 August 2022; retired from Rotary
  • Peter Harries:  Joined RG on 24 March 2015; retired from Rotary
 
We’ll miss these previous members to whom we say farewell and we wish them all the best for the future.  May our paths cross again.
Thank You and Farewell anita morkans 2024-06-08 14:00:00Z 0 Member Stories

The Polio Plus Society in D9800 and End Polio

Polio eradication is a real success story for Rotary. However, there is still a lot to do, and your support is required. We have made great progress in recent years, with a new novel Polio vaccine and cases of wild polio and vaccine derived polio cases are very low. When the task is completed, Rotary and Rotarians will be recognised for our wonderful part in eradicating Polio from the world.
 
Everyone is welcome to come along to this Afternoon Tea to hear about the wonderful work, progress made and what the future holds. Joining the Polio Plus Society is not essential but we would love you to join. It will be a great afternoon of information, degustation and celebration.
 
A message from PDG Grant Hocking ASM 
District Rotary Foundation Chair - Rotary District 9800
  
The Polio Plus Society in D9800 and End Polio 2024-06-08 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio
Singapore Convention - Dining Out Thelma Hutchison 2024-06-07 14:00:00Z 0 Member Stories,Rotary International

Farmers Market Moment

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It was all smiles as the sun poked through the clouds at the first winter Farmers Market for the year on June 1st. There was a steady stream of customers too, all looking for fresh produce and a chance for a coffee and a chinwag under the trees at Patterson Reserve. And why not I say!
 
Garfield Lee, left, and Dr Paul Shekleton, right, kept Honorary Member Newton Langford entertained at the front gate on June 1st. Sunny but chilly!
Farmers Market Moment Richard Blakeman 2024-05-31 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

A Great Trip to the MCG

Posted by Paul Shekleton
About 15 Rotarians and friends enjoyed amazing tours of the MCC on Tuesday, conducted by two official guides dressed in their colourful blazers. (Michael Berry and Ian Salek). The tours included the long room, stands, change rooms, media rooms and the room they do the post-match interviews in, with the coaches. Also, evident were the amazing banks of pink lights to help grow the grass at this time of the year. A lunch in the Hugh Trumble Cafe was well received.
 
Ian Salek conducts a tour of the MCG
A Great Trip to the MCG Paul Shekleton 2024-05-27 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Fellowship

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Just recently I have sent a personalised invitation to our honorary members for the changeover dinner. In this invitation, I have offered on behalf of the club to pick and drop off any honorary members (and will seek member assistance for that offer!). Our honorary, and long standing, members have contributed so much to the club and local and international communities, over our nearly 50 years. We should recognise that every chance we get.

Can I ask members to please get your registrations in for the changeover; that would assist the committee with the planning. I would also like to reinforce that we have an immediate need for bread run volunteers. I am also very much looking forward to seeing members at the MCG.

President Mark

President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-05-26 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Singapore Convention Under Way Thelma Hutchison 2024-05-24 14:00:00Z 0 Fellowship,Rotary International

Changeover 2024

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It is with great pleasure that we extend this invitation to you for the upcoming Changeover Event. This event marks the transition from one chapter to the next, as we bid farewell to our esteemed outgoing president, Mark Howlett, and eagerly welcome our incoming president, Peter Moore.
Date: June 25th
Time: 6:30 PM for 7:00 PM start
Location: Stadium Room, Kooyong Tennis Club
The Changeover Party is not just an event; it is a testament to the unity and spirit of the Rotarian family. It's an occasion to connect with fellow members, forge new friendships, and reaffirm our commitment to the values that define us.
We kindly ask you to RSVP and secure your spot at the party by booking through the following link:
 
Jinnan Shentu
Club Service Director 2023-2024
Changeover 2024 2024-05-24 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover,Fellowship

Club Trip to the MCG on May 28th

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On Tuesday 28th May the club will be attending the magnificent Melbourne Cricket Ground for a Tour, then Lunch. Lunch will be held at the Hugh Trumble Café. After Lunch there is the option of adding the Sports Museum Tour to your day’s activity.

The Magnificent MCG

Hugh Trumble Bar & Cafe
Club Trip to the MCG on May 28th 2024-05-24 14:00:00Z 0 Fellowship,Next Meeting

MUNA

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MUNA stands for Model United Nations Assembly, which simulates the workings of the UN Assembly, by having teams of two senior students from each of a number of schools, represent a particular UN country. Here they debate resolutions on matters of world political and social concern. It is a Rotary International program and enthusiastically supported by the United Nations.

We had two students from Sacre Couer attend the competition on the weekend 18th & 19th of May. They represented New Zealand and debated resolutions that impact that country. They also had to wear clothes common to New Zealand.
 
What MUNA looks like during the
debating of resolutions
MUNA 2024-05-23 14:00:00Z 0 Youth Service
Rotary Radio 2024-05-23 14:00:00Z 0 Community News,Rotary Radio

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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As the changeover approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to thank members and particularly directors for making this past year a successful and pleasant one for me as President. The club has always achieved so much, and I am just pleased to have been a part of yet another year of service to the community.

We held a board meeting this past week and it is exciting that the next board meeting will involve the past year, and next year’s board. With leadership changing every year in rotary, succession and handover becomes very important, but like so many things in Rotary, there is quite an organised structure of support to achieve that.

A trip to the MCG (tour & lunch) will be
our next meeting
President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-05-19 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

And then there were none!

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The club's stocks of the fabulous LightWalker walking sticks have now completely sold out, following a concerted sales effort by Glenferrie Rotarians. The generous gift bestowed by ex-Rotarian, the late Walter Glaser has raised almost $7,500, after expenses, all of which will go towards the clubs WASH project in Sierra Leone. The club received 519 of the walking sticks originally, 204 Telescopics and 315 Folding. Of these a total of 23 were written off, mainly due to battery leaks in the torches, 3 samples were given out as freebies and 493 were sold, of which 120 were sold at the Boroondara Farmers Market.
 
So many Glenferrie Rotarians chipped in to help sell LightWalker, through the Farmers Market, to friends, and into pharmacies and other retail outlets that it is not possible to name you all. A sincere thank you, however, for your superb efforts and endless goodwill, and hearty congratulations to you on your success. Sales through local Probus were highly successful when the walking sticks were demonstrated in person.
Big thanks to PP Jan Twite, Michael Hills, PP John Hudson and to Camberwell Probus member David Turner for your great work with Probus. Many customers came back for multiple repeat orders. A special thank you goes to sales champion extraordinaire Maria Pantling, who sold an extraordinary 236 LightWalker walking sticks, 200 of which went to pharmacy distributor Chempharm and 24 to Supply and Demand in Malvern Road, Hawthorn. Maria you are unbelievable! Thank you!
 
Future enquiries regarding LightWalker will be directed to Chempharm, based in Moorabbin, Ph. (03) 9553 5775. Walter was a member of the Rotary Club of Moorabbin. He would have been so pleased! Well done everyone, and thank you!
And then there were none! Richard Blakeman 2024-05-17 14:00:00Z 0 Fundraising
Cooking Classes - Salvation Army Camberwell 2024-05-17 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service
Bendigo Conference in 3 minutes 2024-05-17 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Club Meeting Report - 14th May Nadia Mohamed - NYSF

Posted by Carol Benson
Our speaker on Tuesday evening was St Catherines Y12 student, Nadia Mohamed. RCG sponsored Nadia to the 2024 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) at the University of Queensland in Brisbane held in January.
 
NYSF is a not-for-profit organization founded by Rotary in 1984, to encourage students entering Y12 in their love of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is now an independent organisation, still supported by Rotary as well as by major sponsors, most Australian universities and Governments (both State and Federal).
 
Nadia couldn’t speak highly enough about her experience and how it has opened her mind to areas of science she hadn’t explored before.   

Nadia Mohamed, Farah Pasha, PP Carol Benson &
President Mark Howlett
 
Club Meeting Report - 14th May Nadia Mohamed - NYSF Carol Benson 2024-05-13 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

EndTrachoma Project - Toiletry Kits Unpacked in Nganmarriyanga

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Our Club’s contribution of 60 toiletry kits to this project finally arrived at the school in Nganmarriyanga, 350Km south-west of Darwin in the Daly River region. Pleasingly Australia Post delivered all six large postage boxes in one tranche. The delivery was quite timely as the unpacking of the boxes coincided with the visit of a midwife and nutritionist, who were presenting some “healthy body” classes. Hopefully our delivery will go some way to improving children’s hygiene and reduce transmission of trachoma. Many thanks to all the Club members who contributed to this project.
 
Alex Marshall
Community Service Director
Head teacher assists in the unpacking of
the toiletry kits
Students are involving themselves in the 
unpacking of toiletries
EndTrachoma Project - Toiletry Kits Unpacked in Nganmarriyanga 2024-05-13 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Camp Getaway - Working Bee in August

Posted by Alex Marshall
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This is an email to all Club members to provide some further information regarding sleeping arrangements for the work party. The sign-up page is up on the club website - click here - and press read more for the attached outline of the camp describing the range of accommodation.
 
I have not been to a work party at Camp Getaway, but I've been assured by Ken Maxfield that a good time is had by all participants. In the past, weekends have usually commenced with a pub meal at the Axedale Hotel with the possibility of some golf during the Friday afternoon. There are tasks to suit all physical capabilities and the jobs usually run throughout Saturday and on Sunday morning.
 
So, please consider setting aside this weekend and book a spot. I will be away for 6 weeks and Maria Pantling, the incoming Director of Community Service, will be able to answer any queries.  To sign up for the Rotary Camp Getaway Working Bee in August, Click here.
Camp Getaway - Working Bee in August Alex Marshall 2024-05-13 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Beginning the Long Journey to Nganmarriyanga

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The EndTrachoma project has been concluded with 60 toiletry kits being dispatched to Nganmarriyanga in the Northern Territory. Two weeks ago, members of the Community Group packed the toiletry kits into cotton bags that were provided by Ian Dobson. The kits were squeezed into postal boxes along with some small toys, and the total consignment weighed a shade under 80kg.
 
The kits will be distributed by the school to 5–10-year-old children with simple instructions about the importance of hygiene and its relevance to the transmission of the infectious eye disease, Trachoma. The generous donation and discounting of goods from a number of large retailers was gratifying.

Toiletries kits ready to be sent to
Nganmarriyanga
Beginning the Long Journey to Nganmarriyanga Alex Marshall 2024-05-12 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Welcome to our second Tuesday meeting of this month where we will have an inspiring presentation regarding the national youth science forum.

Members may be aware that Mark Ellis is again in Sumba with the eye program; what an incredibly generous, successful and efficient program, which we can all be proud of. Later in the year, Mark Ellis is putting together a night out to raise much needed funds for the program; more on that to come. Please check the roster opportunities as I know Alex was seeking volunteers for the bread run and also note the soon coming weekend working bee at Camp Getaway on 9-11 August.

See you Tuesday

President Mark
President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-05-12 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

The Hogans on their European Trip

Posted by Thelma Hutchison
'We are floating down the Danube at the moment, struggling with our daily intake of French food and wine'. Robert Hogan
We wish the Hogans a safe and fabulous holiday.
The Hogans on their European Trip Thelma Hutchison 2024-05-10 14:00:00Z 0 Fellowship

Club Meeting Report - 30th April - Khelina Fedorchuk

We were delighted to be spoken to by Khelina Fedorchuk and her work in Artificial Intelligence. Khelina has impressive credentials, studying mathematics for 5 years at the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics at Moscow University. The latter she secured an Assistant Teacher and then Senior Lecturer position. In 2017, she moved her work to study for a PHD at our Swinburne university where she was eventually offered a position of Postdoctoral Researcher, to create a suit friendly software based on her work.
 
It was interesting to hear her slant on Australian life as compared to her life in Russia.  Also, that she would have to leave Australia to continue her work, initially in Russia but hopefully in Europe in the future.
PP Mark Ellis & Khelina Fedorchuk
Club Meeting Report - 30th April - Khelina Fedorchuk 2024-04-29 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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This week I thought to remind or advise members of the many international fellowship opportunities that there are. There are many likeminded Rotarians from around the world that gather under an international fellowship banner and shared passion, to meet and swap stories and in many cases, gather together in some exciting ways and places. I have joined the IFMR (motorcycling) and IFSR (snow skiing) although have not had the chance or opportunity to engage in. Check out other opportunities at the following link:   Rotary Fellowships | Rotary International

This coming week I am presenting to the Hawthorn club about my India trip (still scheduled to present to you all in August) and will miss our own meeting.

Look forward to catching up soon.

President Mark

President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-04-28 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

RORP

Posted by Geoff Widmer
 RORP has had a busy beginning of the year. It has included a number of working bees which have involved; Loading Containers, Yard Cleanups and the Harvesting of Playgrounds. There is still a fair number of playgrounds in storage. 
If you want more information on RORP's activities, click on The RORP Board Report April 2024
RORP Geoff Widmer 2024-04-28 14:00:00Z 0 RORP,RORP

District Assembly - Chance to Showcase Our Club's Projects

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Prepare to ignite change and showcase your Rotary projects like never before! We're thrilled to unveil a fresh approach to this year's District Training Assembly, emphasizing dynamic networking and direct engagement over traditional presentations.
 
Join us on May 19th, 2024, at St Francis Catholic College, West Melton, for a District Assembly that celebrates the power of Rotary projects. From education to health and beyond, this is your chance to shine and collaborate with fellow Rotarians.
District Assembly - Chance to Showcase Our Club's Projects Mark Howlett 2024-04-28 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

RC Glenferrie Shines Again

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie soared to unprecedented heights on April 16th, during the Riverside and Eastside joint cluster meeting held at the prestigious Green Acres Golf Club. This momentous occasion marked the culmination of the club's dedication and relentless efforts, resulting in the honor of receiving not one, but two distinguished awards from District 9800.
 
The first accolade bestowed upon the club was the prestigious 2022-2023 Rotary Citation, a testament to the unwavering commitment and tireless endeavors of its members throughout the year. This citation recognises the club's exemplary performance in engaging its members and maintaining relevance within the community, showcasing its proactive approach and impactful contributions.
PP Charles Tran Assistant Governor
(Eastside Cluster) receiving awards on
behalf of
the Rotary Club of Glenferrie from District Governor Ron Payne. 
RC Glenferrie Shines Again Charles Tran 2024-04-26 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800,Rotary Foundation

Updated Arrangements for the Bread Run

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The drop off arrangements for the Salvation bread delivery have changed for the better.
 
1. The key-safe code is now 1865. Please put this in your phone asap. Aide memoire: Salvation Army started in 1865!
 
2. The key-safe actually contains a key card which unlocks the rear door of the newly renovated hall, that is approached from the Salvation Army carpark off Athelstan Road. The entrance to the carpark is just before 4 Athelstan Road, where we previously delivered the bread. The key-safe is on a down-pipe adjacent to a blue bin to the left of the door into the hall. See attached photos.
 
3. Put the bread on the kitchen servery which is on your right as you enter.
 
4. The area is now well lit.
 
Please contact me with any queries. This email does not require a reply
 
Alex Marshall 
Community Service Director

Entrance to the Hall

Key-safe attached to the downpipe
Updated Arrangements for the Bread Run 2024-04-25 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Club Meeting Report - April 23rd 2024 - Carl Daley

Posted by Peter Harries
We were well treated to an excellent analysis of the most intertwined renewable energy market by Carl Daley, with his talk “Current status of renewable energies- the risks and issues”.
The scope of the risks and issues, from availability of both solar home and commercial, wind farms, together with the interplay of declining coal fired power, gas, and the politically fraught nuclear, were expertly analysed by Carl. 
President Mark Howlett, Peter
Harries & Carl Daley
If you want to see Carl Daley's Powerpoint Presentation on Renewable Energies press on this link Renewable Energies 
Club Meeting Report - April 23rd 2024 - Carl Daley Peter Harries 2024-04-22 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Rotary 9800 Conference 2024 - Gathering in the Goldfields

Posted by Anita Morkans
A posse of Glenferrie Rotarians, along with some partners, a total of 25, descended upon Bendigo for the “Gathering in the Goldfields”, as the Rotary 9800 Conference 2024 was designated. The merriment on Friday 12th April 2024 started with Mark Ellis hosting drinks in the refined cellar of the Ernest Hotel. While not all could attend, those who did enjoyed true fellowship over a nice drop of red. Before long, we found ourselves in the splendid historic townhall of Bendigo, which has been declared one of the finest in Australia, for the Welcome Event.  
Rotary 9800 Conference 2024 - Gathering in the Goldfields Anita Morkans 2024-04-21 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Toiletry Kits for Nganmarriyanga

Posted by Alex Marshall
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Last week several members of the Community Service group spent a couple of hours packing 60 toiletry kits to send to Nganmarriyanga, an indigenous community 350 kms southwest of Darwin. The kits contain 8-10 items including facewasher, hand towel, toothbrush and Shampoo, to name but a few. The kits also contain an illustrated card, “Milpa’s Six Steps to Stop Germs” and are distributed by the school to families of 5–10-year-old children. Trachoma is apparently still present in Nganmarriyanga and it’s hoped that this initiative will go some way to preventing spread of this infective cause of eye disease.
 
Many thanks to Ian Dobson whose staff sewed the cotton bags and to Club members who enthusiastically sourced the various items and securing donations to the order of $800-900.
The packing session concluded with a few nibbles and a pleasant glass of wine.
 
Maria Pantling, Kay Widmer, Rod Smith, Geoff
Widmer & Joanne Shentu
Toiletry Kits for Nganmarriyanga Alex Marshall 2024-04-21 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Camp Getaway Working Bee - 9th August 2024

Posted by Alex Marshall
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At its meeting during March the Board supported our Club's involvement in a work party at Camp Getaway, Axedale, 2 hours NW of Melbourne. The camp at Axedale was created as an initiative of the Rotary Club of Bendigo and has been gradually upgraded by Rotarians, within our District 9800, contributing thousands of voluntary hours. The camp accommodates up to 70 guests with modern facilities including three cabins, each accommodating four guests in two bedrooms, separated by a sitting room.
Camp Getaway Working Bee - 9th August 2024 Alex Marshall 2024-04-21 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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I hope members enjoyed their week off. We held a board meeting during the week at which directors presented comprehensive reports, we approved the presentation to members at a Special General Meeting of updated constitution and By-Laws (which you will be officially advised of in the coming weeks/months), some leave of absences were approved, a new member was approved for validation by members, and numerous other topics. (we also had a glass of wine and nice meal!).

Please check and volunteer for the bread run as Alex advises it is a bit short of numbers.
Look forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday April 23rd.

President Mark

President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-04-21 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message
D9800 Paul Harris Society Lunch 2024-04-21 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800
Rotary District 9800 Conference - Photos 2024-04-21 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Richard Blakeman Receives a Citation for Meritorious Service

Posted by Cheryl Pisterman
STOP PRESS
At the District 9800 Confetence last weekend Glenferrie Rotarian Richard Blakeman was recognised by The Rotary Foundation, with a Citation for Meritorious Service, which honours Rotarians and Rotaractors who have been actively involved in service related to The Rotary Foundation. Only one per district is presented each year and the selection process is very thorough; with the Rotary International General Secretary making the final sign-off: a well-deserved recognition of Richard for his continuing work on the Foundation Grants Committee. Congratulations Richard. 🎊 

PP Richard Blakeman receives his award
 
Richard Blakeman Receives a Citation for Meritorious Service Cheryl Pisterman 2024-04-14 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800,Rotary Foundation

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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More than 20 Glenferrie Rotary Club members are excited to be heading to Bendigo for the district conference this weekend. We start with a fun dinner on Friday night, conferring on the Saturday (partners will take the opportunity to visit Bendigo) and the gala dinner. I understand some members are also playing golf on the Friday afternoon and some will also attend the follow up breakfast Sunday morning. Chris has engaged us to take photos and I am sure there will be opportunity for those that could not attend, to hear of the weekend’s activities.

Glenferrie Rotarians enjoy a dinner out at the
Bendigo Conference
 
A Conference update and more photos will be
published in next week's bulletin
President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-04-14 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Volunteers needed for Bread Run April/May

Posted by Alex Marshall
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We are in need of a few volunteers for the Bread Run during the next month and there is only one club member on the roster this week for 18th April. The Board meets during the evening of 18th March and hence are unavailable to help on that day.
 
So, if any members are free for an hour during any Thursday evening please consider putting your name on the roster.  Note that there will be a Bread Run on Anzac Day but at an earlier time as Bakers Delight close at 5.00pm.
 
Please contact me if there are any questions. Many thanks.
 
Alex Marshall
Community Service Director
Volunteers needed for Bread Run April/May Alex Marshall 2024-04-14 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Club Meeting Report - 9th April 2024 - Nicole Gatto

Posted by Cheryl Pisterman
At our last Tuesday meeting, our speaker was one of our Rotary family, Simon Messenger’s wife Nicole Gatto, whose other claim to fame is as an audiologist, known to a number of our members.  Simon and Nicole have a daughter Ruby and a Border Terrier, Pirate. Nicole studied at Melbourne University and had 25 plus years’ experience as an audiologist. She started her own audiology practice in Cotham Road, Kew around 5 years ago.
 
Nicole who claimed that she “would rather sing than speak in public” provided a very impressive video on the topic of hearing loss, communication with those who are deaf from the perspective of those who are already deaf, or aware of the degradation of their hearing.

President Mark Howlett, Nicole Gatto & 
Cheryl Pisterman
Club Meeting Report - 9th April 2024 - Nicole Gatto Cheryl Pisterman 2024-04-08 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report
RI President Gordon McInally and Professor Patrick McGorry's Breakfast Mark Howlett 2024-04-07 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Rotary International President Gordon McInally's Visit

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The combined Rotary Districts in Victoria are honoured to be hosting Rotary International President Gordon McInally at two different events in June.
 
RI President Gordon has been a strident advocate in promoting Mental Health initiatives, that help communities and individuals rebuild their resilience.
 
We are also delighted to advise that Professor Patrick McGorry AO a psychiatrist known worldwide for his development and scaling up of early intervention and youth mental health services, will be joining us to compliment RI President Gordon.

Speaker Professor Patrick McGorry AO
Rotary International President Gordon McInally's Visit Mark Howlett 2024-04-07 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Rotary Community Leader

Posted by Ron Payne
Subject: Rotary Community Leader - current status
 
I am writing to advise that at the close of call for Expressions of Interest for the position of Rotary Community Leader, no EOI had been received for Rotary Community Groups 1 and 2.
Appointments have been made for RCGs 3,4 & 5 and these will be notified in due course.
 
In accordance with the determined process resulting from no EOI for your RCG, I have been directed to contact club Presidents asking for a volunteer to fill the role for one year, with an option to do two. In this scenario the volunteer becomes the RCL with all responsibilities and privileges, including the training and option to stand for Rotary Communities Nominee.
 
 
Rotary Community Leader Ron Payne 2024-04-07 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800
New Inductee - Jenny de Vos 2024-04-07 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report
RI President Gordon McInally Lunch Event Mark Howlett 2024-04-07 14:00:00Z 0 Australian Rotary Health,Rotary International

Club Meeting Report - 26th March 2024 - Timor Rotary Consortium - WASH project

Posted by Alex Marshall
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It was a pleasure to have Camberwell Rotarians, John Walmsley and Justine Paragreen, update us on the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) program in Timor Leste. The major thrust of this project is to supply isolated communities in Timor Leste with toilets, handwashing facilities and water tanks adjacent to schools. Justine, a senior civil engineer, and John, a retired insurance Broker, have made multiple trips to Timor to install toilets, tanks and washing facilities.  
Alex Marshall, Justine Paragreen, President
Mark Howlett John Walmsley
 
Club Meeting Report - 26th March 2024 - Timor Rotary Consortium - WASH project Alex Marshall 2024-03-25 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Club Meeting Report,International Service,International Service

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Planning has started for the 2024 changeover to be held on June 25. It will be a special night to hand over to the new leadership team led by Peter Moore. Invitations will be available in the coming weeks.

Very soon many members will be going to Bendigo for the conference. Thanks to Anita for coordinating the friday dinner and transport.
 
Could we ask all members who to take photos of Rotarians in action share them with Richard & Chris (photos should be full size) so that our publications are up to date.
 
Cheers,
Mark
President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-03-24 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

The Almoner

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The Almoner acts as a liaison person with the President, Secretary and Membership director to establish if any individual members are experiencing personal problems, such as illness, either themselves or a family member, or requires any personal assistance or support. It can also be good thing if we learn of events such as, members having babies we can send our congratulations.

Individual members are encouraged to contact the Almoner as soon as they become aware of difficulties being experienced by anyone in the Club. Contact will be made with the individual member to offer support and assistance. Furthermore, the Almoner will also send an email in some cases letting our members know if a past member has died. In this case an email will be sent to all members advising of the death and also provide details of the funeral.

Thelma will be Almoner until Changeover where then Chris Raw will take over.
 
The Almoner 2024-03-24 13:00:00Z 0 Almoner

Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education

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Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life. When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families

HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN - Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.
Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education 2024-03-24 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

The Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowship

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Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards fellowships to leaders in peace and development to study at one of the Rotary Peace Centers at premier universities around the world. These fellows can earn either a master’s degree or a postgraduate diploma through the professional development certificate program in related disciplines.
 
District Rotary and Rotaract Clubs play a key role in recruiting and recommending Rotary Peace Fellow candidates.  Your club can help mid-career change-makers and young professionals who have peacebuilding experience apply for a fully funded Rotary Peace Fellowship.
 
 
The Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowship 2024-03-24 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International
Tall Ship Sailing Challenges Helps our Youth 2024-03-24 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800,Youth Service

Amelia Hamer wins Preselection

Our new member Amelia Hamer has won preselection to become the Liberal Party's candidate for Josh Frydenberg's former seat of Kooyong. Here she will be competing with Monique Ryan. Well done Amelia.
 
 
Amelia Hamer wins Preselection 2024-03-22 13:00:00Z 0

BBQ On the Kooyong Terrace

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It was a beautiful night Tuesday last when we held our annual Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club BBQ on the terrace. We were lucky enough to miss the hot weather which threatened the BBQ a few days beforehand. The fare was again up to it's excellent standard. Tasty meat, various types of BBQed and cooked vegetables, and salads. Desert of cheesecake, berries & cream etc finished off the night.
A great night for fellowship. Thanks to the Kooyong chefs for the meal and to Lynette Spencer for organising the night. 
Caralyn Shekleton, Paul Shekleton, Alex Marshall
& Andrea Kilmer
BBQ On the Kooyong Terrace 2024-03-17 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Members had a very enjoyable evening on the Kooyong terrace last week with tasty tucker and great company.
Rotarians should be seeing emails about the progressing community groups and the now open opportunities for community group leaders. If anyone is interested and would like support, you are welcome to touch base with President Mark.

Bendigo district conference is not far away. If attending, make sure you are in the Whats app group by contacting Anita Morkans.
See you at next regular meeting on March 26th.

Cheers,
Mark

President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-03-17 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Rotary Overseas Recycle Program (RORP)

Posted by Alex Marshall
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A brief note to update Club Members with RORP which is gradually starting again this year. Indeed there are plans to “harvest” playground equipment on Thursday 4th April. There are now several dismantled playgrounds at the storage depot in Kilsyth awaiting transport to overseas destinations. The Glenferrie quartet in the photograph joined several Rotarians from other Clubs on an unseasonally hot March day. A container destined for PNG was loaded and further work was suspended when the temperature reached 30 degrees by 11.00am.
Alex Marshall, David Fallick, Paul Shekleton &
Geoff Widmer
Rotary Overseas Recycle Program (RORP) Alex Marshall 2024-03-17 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Certificate of Thanks from the Salvation Army

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During December 2023 the Community Service group assembled 28 Christmas Hampers that were donated to the Salvation Army on behalf of the Club. It was pleasing to receive acknowledgement of our contribution. The contents of each hamper were very similar and we closely adhered to the suggestions made by Norman Gale, Coordinator of community Services, Salvation Army, Camberwell.
Certificate of Thanks from the Salvation Army Alex Marshall 2024-03-17 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

LightWalker Walking Sticks Selling Well

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Thanks to the good work of all of our Rotary Glenferrie LightWalker Ambassadors, sales of walking sticks have passed the 50% mark, with more than half of the club's stocks sold since December. We are also getting quite a lot of repeat sales with some customers, having purchased one or two sticks for themselves, returning to buy more as gifts for friends. Many many customers have complimented the club on the quality of their new walking stick (and the fabulous price too). 
 
Funds raised will go entirely to the club's project in Sierra Leone. 
 
 
There was no missing the LightWalker stand at the Boroondara Farmers Market on Saturday. Amelia Anderson and Helen Worladge recorded a steady stream of sales during the morning, with great exposure for the club's work.
LightWalker Walking Sticks Selling Well Richard Blakeman 2024-03-16 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,International Service

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Hello all. I hope you have all found a way to deal with the heat, perhaps the last fierce expression of summer?

I thought to summarise to all members this week our new meeting arrangements. We are now normally meeting at Kooyong on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesday of each month. The normal dinner is what Kooyong calls the Chef’s special main course followed by the nibbly cakes we have been having in the past. Once per month we will have what Kooyong calls a Pasta/Risotto meal, also followed by nibbly cakes. Please also note that once you have booked, Kooyong is unable to offer a refund if you cannot attend.

To see the results of the Member Survey in February, click on this link.

Don’t forget that this Tuesday 12th is the always delightful fellowship BBQ on the terrace to which many partners are always attending.


Last Years BBQ - PP Mark Ellis, Janet Ellis & 
Helena Wimpole
President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-03-10 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Breaking News: The Rotary Club of Glenferrie Embraces a New Chapter as a Peacebuilder Club

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We are thrilled to announce that, at its meeting on February 22nd 2024, the Board of The Rotary Club of Glenferrie voted to become an official District 9800 Peacebuilder club, and to form a Peacebuilder Committee under the leadership of Foundation Director Garfield Lee. The move aligns the club with one of the key foundation principles of Rotary and with the first Area of Focus of The Rotary Foundation: The Promotion of Peace. It also aligns the club with the priorities of Rotary District 9800, which has been an official Peacebuilder District for the past two decades.
“Peacebuilder clubs play a vital role in sparking passion and a direction for peace within their own Rotary clubs, districts and communities. We encourage every club to take action, become a Peacebuilder club, and contribute to creating a more peaceful world.”
Rotary Action Group for Peace
Breaking News: The Rotary Club of Glenferrie Embraces a New Chapter as a Peacebuilder Club Richard Blakeman 2024-03-09 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Peace & Conflict Resolution,Rotary Foundation

ROCAN (Rotary Against Ovarian Cancer) Cycling Event

Posted by Thelma Hutchison
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The annual seven-day ROCAN cycling event is in Tasmania this year from 2nd – 8th March 2024. Rotarians Mark Ellis and Thelma Hutchison and Non-Rotarian, but significant other Andrew Rothfield, will challenge themselves to complete the short course (700kms in 7 days). (Note: the long course is 1,000kms in 7 days designed for the younger, fitter, and faster cyclists in the group). This event was founded by the Rotary Club of Williamstown and has been running for twenty years, raising funds to increase community awareness of ovarian cancer, and to support research for an early screening test for the disease. 


Two past presidents, Mark Ellis and Thelma Hutchison, take a well-earned break on their marathon ride for ROCAN
ROCAN (Rotary Against Ovarian Cancer) Cycling Event Thelma Hutchison 2024-03-03 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,Rotary District 9800

Rotary Glenferrie Shines at the 2024 Glenferrie Festival

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There was no missing the club's stand at this year's Glenferrie Festival. The eye-catching Rotary booth was marked with a giant teardrop banner that could be seen the length of Glenferrie Road. This year's Glenferrie Festival was a huge success, with thousands of residents and visitors taking advantage of the beautiful sunny day to throng the street and enjoy fine food, music, fun rides and to share community bonds.
 
Membership Director Anita Morkans, left, and Gary Stoneham prepare for the day's events on the early shift at the Glenferrie Festival, March 3rd.
And boy did they come! Thousands crowd Glenferrie Road on Sunday for the 2024 Glenferrie Festival
 
For more photos of this year's Glenferrie Festival, click on 'Read more..."
Rotary Glenferrie Shines at the 2024 Glenferrie Festival Richard Blakeman 2024-03-02 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,Membership Development,Public Relations

Clean Up Australia Day Report

Posted by Alex Marshall
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On a rather bleak autumnal morning it was pleasing to see 17 hardy souls turn up for the mundane task of picking up the detritus dumped by some of the less thoughtful citizens of Boroondara and surrounding suburbs. A special thanks to Caralyn Shekleton who, in addition to collecting rubbish, prepared a lovely BBQ for the attendees. It was wonderful to have guests, Terry Newton, Jan Palmer and Trevor Moyle lending a hand.
 
Andrea Kilmer, Terry Newton, Oxana Belyaeva &
President Mark Howlett
Clean Up Australia Day Report Alex Marshall 2024-03-02 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service
March is Water and Sanitation Month Richard Blakeman 2024-02-29 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation,Rotary International

Come and see us at The Glenferrie Festival this Sunday!

Come and visit us at The Glenferrie Festival this Sunday from 11:00am. Learn about how Rotary membership can benefit you. Or buy one of our fabulous LightWalker walking sticks with a torch and help raise money for our Sierra Leone project. Looking forward to meeting you at the Rotary Glenferrie stall, outside 698 Glenferrie Road,  this Sunday from 11:00am!!
Come and see us at The Glenferrie Festival this Sunday! Richard Blakeman 2024-02-25 13:00:00Z 0 Community News,Public Relations

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Thank you to all members for their patience and input as we work through the choice of venue. I expect that by the time you read this bulletin, the vote tally will be concluded. Members will be updated at the next meeting. This will allow us to get back to serving the community. Don’t forget March 3 for Clean-Up Australia Day and Glenferrie Road Festival stall.

 
President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-02-25 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

End Trachoma Project - Toiletry Bags

Posted by Alex Marshall
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Our Community Group has joined many other Rotary Clubs in this worthwhile project to provide toiletry bags for Indigenous Communities in northern Australia. We have committed to providing 56 toiletry kits and we are well underway with the collection of various items. We are extremely grateful to Ian Dobson who has given the project a real fillip. His staff at Dobsons have sewn 60 bags from a variety of differently patterned cottons. Many thanks to Ian and staff for their very generous contribution.
End Trachoma Project - Toiletry Bags Alex Marshall 2024-02-23 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Club Meeting Report - 20th February 2024 - Dr Elaine Pratley

Posted by Don Heath
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Our Guest Speaker was Dr Elaine Pratley who spoke on “the pursuit of peace”. This was particularly relevant to us as one of our Rotary Foundation Areas of Focus is “Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention”.
 
Elaine knows Rotary well having been a Rotary Peace Fellow sponsored by the Wellington NZ Rotary club, as well as co-chair of a Rotary Foundation 24-hour Global Peace conference.
 
She grew up in New Zealand, is a lawyer and has represented the New Zealand Government as a Crown Prosecutor and as a multilateral negotiator with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
 
 
Club Meeting Report - 20th February 2024 - Dr Elaine Pratley Don Heath 2024-02-19 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report
DG Ron on Radio 94.1FM on Rotary's 119th birthday 2024-02-18 13:00:00Z 0 Public Relations,Rotary District 9800,Rotary Radio

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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It was very pleasant for all members to gather again for our first regular meeting of the year.

During the meeting we heard from some young adults with ambitions and the courage to take on the world’s challenges.

Of course the venue for our regular meetings is front of mind and the committee has been active in understanding the options. A reminder that we meet at 6pm Tuesday 20th  February at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel where we will spend the first hour discussing the options. All active members will be given an online survey soon after this meeting which will determine how we proceed.

As always, please check the website roster for opportunities to volunteer.

President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-02-18 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

End Polio - Our Signature Project Continues

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As we enter a new calendar year, hopefully having had a restful break from all of the wonderful work we do in the service of the peoples of the world, it is important to bring our focus back onto our No. 1 priority as we prepare to undertake yet another period of ‘Doing Good in the World.’
 
The Polio challenge remains and, while that elusive finish line continues to tease us, we know we must not relent and I encourage you to continue your individual and club endeavours to support our Foundation in working towards eradication.
  
End Polio - Our Signature Project Continues 2024-02-16 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation,Rotary International

Put a spring in your step. Become a LightWalker Ambassador!!

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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The fantastic LightWalker walking stick with a torch is proving enormously popular in an overcrowded walking stick market. Since sales started in December the club has sold almost 200 walking sticks, raising over $3,000 so far for the club's project in Sierra Leone. Of those 200 sticks sold, however, only eight (that's right, just eight) have been sold online.
 
People need to see LightWalker to believe it, and when they see it they want it. Thank you to all the Glenferrie Rotarians who, as LightWalker Ambassadors,  are right now selling these fantastic walking sticks. A special thank you to our fabulous Maria Pantling who this month sold twenty-four LightWalkers in one order to Supply and Demand. And that was right after Maria accepted an order from Orrong Compounding Pharmacy for an order of six!
 
So please put your hand up to become a LightWalker Ambassador and demonstrate the walking sticks to family and friends, and to your network of contacts, and thank you so much for helping out.  Email me to arrange for some complimentary demo walking sticks to help you sell this fantastic product, at almost half price! The proceeds will build two toilet blocks and provide fresh water for the children of Buedu, Sierra Leone, and anyone can sell them. Ask Maria!
 
LightWalker Telescopic has a shock absorber foot that helps protect users against a painful jarred shoulder and really does put a spring in your step. But that's nothing compared with how you feel when you sell one! Email me!
Put a spring in your step. Become a LightWalker Ambassador!! Richard Blakeman 2024-02-16 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,International Service
World Rotary Day (Rotary’s birthday) Friday 23 February  2024-02-16 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Club Meeting Report - RYLA - Sebastien Krueger and Greta Sullivan

Posted by Chris Raw
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RYLA is a rotary district project which is run for a week in December. The program aims at focusing on personal growth, leadership development and sense of community.  
Overview of what candidates did in their time at RLYA. This included each day doing around 3 - 4 activities/speaker sessions. Each day in groups students reflected on what they had done that day. In the middle of their stay all candidates went camping. There was also a special Rotary dinner where they presented to members what they had done during the week.
What did I get from RYLA - (Sebastien) Values & Vision activity especially beneficial, the ability to express freely without judgement, forming connections with likeminded people and the development of communication skills.

President Mark Howlett, Chris Raw, Sebastien
Krueger & Greta Sullivan
Club Meeting Report - RYLA - Sebastien Krueger and Greta Sullivan Chris Raw 2024-02-12 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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This week I am pleased to update you that, following the survey conducted last year, the new Rotary Community Groups have been allocated. Glenferrie is in RCG-2 together with Balwyn, Brighton, Brighton Nth, Canterbury, Camberwell, Caulfield, Chadstone East Malvern, Hawthorn, Kew, Malvern, North Balwyn, Prahran and Toorak.

Leaders of these community groups will be chosen/elected in the coming months.

Have you all booked for the upcoming district conference in Bendigo. I suggest doing so soon if you plan to attend. (I attended the district 9818 conference while in India and can tell you that their conferences Rock!).

Hope to see you all Tuesday evening at Kooyong.

President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-02-11 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Come and Help Out on the Club Stand at the Glenferrie Festival March 3rd Richard Blakeman 2024-02-10 13:00:00Z 0 Membership Development
A Rotary International Cause - Promoting Peace 2024-02-09 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation,Rotary International
Learning Opportunities: Managing Social Media Issues 2024-02-09 13:00:00Z 0 Membership Development,Public Relations,Rotary District 9800
RIMERN - Rotary Inner Melbourne Relief Network Richard Blakeman 2024-02-07 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Can a blood test prevent dementia

Posted by Cheryl Pisterman
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Well perhaps a simple blood test cannot prevent dementia, however research being undertaken at WEHI (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) is working to find a way that dementia can and will be diagnosed.  A very select group of Glenferrie Rotarians was hosted by the team in North Melbourne last Tuesday.
Can a blood test prevent dementia Cheryl Pisterman 2024-02-05 13:00:00Z 0 Vocational Service

Clean Up Australia Day

Posted by Alex Marshall
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CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY: 9.30AM SUNDAY 3RD MARCH 2024
 
It would be great if as many members as possible were able to participate in our Club's Clean Up Australia event. In brief, as many will know, we spend 2 hours during the morning picking up rubbish in Patterson Reserve and surrounding streets.
 
Gloves and graspers are supplied, and a very pleasant BBQ follows the Clean Up. There is a sign-up page on the website under the Rosters tab within the Member Resources section. I look forward to seeing many of our members for a pleasant half day. 
 
Cheers
Alex Marshall
  
Last year's Clean Up Australia Day
Clean Up Australia Day Alex Marshall 2024-02-04 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Protecting the Environment

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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We had a very pleasant gathering last Tuesday evening in the park. So nice to catch up with friends after a long break.

It's time for us to get back into the community service that is our mission (some of which didn’t stop over Xmas!). Farmer’s Market Saturday 3rd and please check the website for rosters for bread runs and meeting duties etc. I am sure Geoff will be checking on any playground removals and Alex and his team will advise of any community service projects. Amelia will have some international projects on the go, RIMERN and other activities to watch out for.

Great to be back at it.

 
President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-02-04 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Rotary Glenferrie Radio Ad to Hit the Airwaves in February

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A new radio advertisement produced for the Rotary Club of Glenferrie, using a script provided by the club, will run on radio 94.1FM 3WBC commencing February 9th and running through until May 9th, 2024. The advertisements feature Rotarian Gregory Ross as voiceover.  PP Ian Salek generously shared the cost with the club to make the promotion possible. Click on the radio wave icon to hear the new radio ad, and click on 'Read more...' to see when the ads will run.
 
Rotary Glenferrie Radio Ad to Hit the Airwaves in February Richard Blakeman 2024-02-01 13:00:00Z 0 Membership Development,Public Relations

LightWalker makes it all the way to Colombia!

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Currently on holiday in Colombia, Anne Frueh recently sent back this message to the club regarding her new LightWalker walking stick. Says Anne: "My trusty light walker has been invaluable during our Colombian travels. I don’t think there is anywhere flat and a lot of our walking has been up sleep slopes and at altitude. This photo was taken from the top of San Felipe Fort well above Cartagena. The light on the walking stick was also appreciated as we explored the tunnels here. You have a very happy customer."
 
LightWalker walking sticks are available from the Rotary Club of Glenferrie at almost 50% off the recommended retail price. Order online at LightWalker stick with a torch, or purchase freight free at the Boroondara Farmers Market! Who knows where your LightWalker might take you!
 
Anne Frueh's LightWalker walking stick, on holidays in Colombia
LightWalker makes it all the way to Colombia! Richard Blakeman 2024-01-31 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising
February is Peace and Conflict Prevention Resolution Month Richard Blakeman 2024-01-31 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation,Rotary International

Pleasant Tuesday Evening Kickstarts the New Year for Rotary Glenferrie

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It wasn't a formal meeting but it was still a lot of fun as Glenferrie Rotarians and friends gathered in the evening sunshine at the historic Yarra Bank Reserve Playground, site of the Rotary Centenary play sculpture, to share tasty BBQ delights, sandwiches, cakes, fruit, glasses of wine and very tall stories, and welcome in 2024.  It's good to be back! (Photos courtesy of Rotarian Rod Smith. Thanks Rod!)
 
Pleasant Tuesday Evening Kickstarts the New Year for Rotary Glenferrie Richard Blakeman 2024-01-29 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Welcome back everyone to 2024. I hope members had a relaxing and enjoyable break. Don’t forget to catch your friends at the upcoming BBQ in the park on Jan 30. And of course our voluntary activities will start again in earnest shortly, not the least of which will be the Boroondara Farmers Market.
 
I myself have until a few days ago been in India on the www.rideforrotary.com  For almost 3 weeks I have been motorcycling across India, dodging tuk tuks, meeting some great friends and visiting many Rotary clubs and projects. I will present at a club meeting at some time in the future but give you the attached link as a taste.
 
 
I had a great time but certainly looked forward to catching up with family and re-connecting with all of you.
 
See you soon,
Mark
President's Message Mark Howlett 2024-01-28 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Rotary Foundation District Newsletter January 2024 Richard Blakeman 2024-01-26 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800,Rotary Foundation

Rimern Update

Posted by Anita Morkans
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Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network (RIMERN) is always short of wanted items like toasters, kettles, stick mixers, microwaves, vacuum cleaners and clean doonas and pillows, so this 10c refund collections drive will help to provide spending money for these essentials.

If you have any further queries, just please get in touch with David Fallick or Anita Morkans.

Rimern Update Anita Morkans 2024-01-20 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Foundation Christmas Cakes and Puddings Sale 2023

Posted by Charles Tran
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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie's Annual Christmas Cakes and Puddings Sale in late 2023 surpassed all expectations, marking a resounding success. The collaborative efforts of the Foundation Committee and the Farmer’s Market Committee resulted in the establishment of a charming stall at the Boroondara Farmer’s Market throughout November and December. The robust support from our community was evident, as our sales generated an impressive profit of approximately $1800.

In line with our commitment to service, 40% of the profits will be directed towards the Rotary Foundation, enabling us to contribute to meaningful global initiatives. The remaining portion will be allocated to the club, earmarked for community and international projects that align with our mission.

Foundation Christmas Cakes and Puddings Sale 2023 Charles Tran 2024-01-20 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Fine Weather Greets the First Farmers Market for 2024

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The Boroondara Farmers Market kicked off 2024 with a fine day, bringing out the crowds to shop for their fresh produce. The were plenty of canine visitors too, all of whom appeared to enjoy themselves, based on the number of wagging tails, catching up with their friends and neighbours after the summer break. Folk at the market were entertained with the soothing sounds of light music from the Felix Thiang Guitar Trio, a very pleasant accompaniment to coffee and donuts under the trees, a chance to catch up with friends, and do the shopping all the same place! To see photos from the first Market for 2024, click on 'Read more.." below.
Plenty of smiles around the LightWalker walking stick stall, with almost two dozen sticks walking out the door at last Saturday's market.
Fine Weather Greets the First Farmers Market for 2024 Richard Blakeman 2024-01-19 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market,Fundraising

Rotary Glenferrie Meeting with Rotary Bengaluru HSR, RI District 3191

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On Thursday 18th January, David Fallick, Paul Shekleton and Geoff Widmer met with RTN. Ananda and Nandini of the Rotary Club of Bengaluru, HSR, Karnataka, India at St Helen’s Café in Hawthorn.
 
Rotary Bengaluru was chartered on 15th January 2020 from The Rotary Club of Bangalore. It has about 50 members and the majority age is between 45 to 50 years old. Their focus is on child health and polio eradication related activities. They meet every Saturday morning at 7am for an hour of Rotary Business and then breakfast… right priorities!  

David Fallick, RTN Nandini, RTN Ananda
Paul Shekleton & Geoff Widmer exchange club banners
Rotary Glenferrie Meeting with Rotary Bengaluru HSR, RI District 3191 Geoff Widmer 2024-01-17 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship
District 9800 Conference 2024 Richard Blakeman 2024-01-05 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

These Walking Sticks have something no other walking stick in the world has...

When you buy a LightWalker walking stick, not only will you get a high quality walking stick at an incredible price. You will also have contributed to the construction of toilet blocks and a sustainable water source at the Aladura Primary School in Sierra Leone, making possible the education of girls and through that, research has shown, helped reduce poverty in the world. All that in just one incredible walking stick: LightWalker!
These Walking Sticks have something no other walking stick in the world has... Richard Blakeman 2024-01-04 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,International Service
The Next Meeting of the Rotary Club of Glenferrie January 30th 2024! Richard Blakeman 2023-12-20 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship

A Wonderful Xmas Celebration at Kooyong

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The club had a wonderful Xmas Celebration at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club on Tuesday, 18th December 2023. Everyone joined in with the Xmas spirit. Most people donned their paper crowns and engaged in active conversation. The Xmas decorations designed by Lynette Spencer added to the ambience of the event. Mark Ellis played his saxaphone and the Choral Singers, with a pianist accompaniment, led the rest of the Rotarians in Carol singing. Thanks to the Xmas organising committee who enabled a slick and enjoyable evening.
Cheryl Pisterman, one of our longest serving Rotary members,
alongside one of our newest members, Amelia Hamer
 
Press Read More for Photos of the Night
A Wonderful Xmas Celebration at Kooyong 2023-12-20 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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I thought members might be interested to know that in Rotary District 9800 there are presently 62 clubs and 1874 members, but of course the structure is going to be changing in 2024.

The Xmas party on 19th promises to be a fantastic celebration, congratulations to the organising committee.

I would like to wish all Bulletin readers a merry Xmas and happy new year.

 
President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-12-17 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Almoner

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We are hoping Helena Wimpole recovers quickly from an incident that left her with multiple broken ribs.
Almoner 2023-12-16 13:00:00Z 0 Almoner
Rotary leads 28 sessions at United Nations climate conference Rotary International 2023-12-16 13:00:00Z 0 Protecting the Environment,Rotary International

No Shortage of Ho Ho Ho's at the Boroondara Farmers Market

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There were plenty of reasons to be jolly at the Boroondara Farmers Market on Saturday as one Jolly ol' fella brought smiles and lollies to little folk gathered at Patterson Reserve, Hawthorn.
 
The Christmas market is always something special, and this year's was no different. Glorious sunshine brought out the shoppers and trading was brisk. PP Charles Tran and his helpers sold out of the last of the Rotary Christmas cakes and puddings, and PP Richard Blakeman and Amelia Anderson were absolutely delighted to be rushed off their feet for orders of LightWalker walking sticks. So that's it for another year. Merry Christmas everyone. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Santa and Santa's Helper spread good cheer at the Boroondara Farmers Market on December 16th
 
For more photos of the Christmas market, and to spot familiar faces, click on Read more.
No Shortage of Ho Ho Ho's at the Boroondara Farmers Market Richard Blakeman 2023-12-15 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Welcome to Rotary Amelia Hamer

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie welcomed new member Amelia Hamer at the club meeting on December 12th, inducted with the vocational classification Finance-Technology. Amelia, a resident of Kew, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. She has had a distinguished career in Australia and in the UK, in finance, business strategy and in politics and government. Until 2022 Amelia was Policy Adviser to The Hon Jane Hume, Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy in the Morrison Government. She has recently nominated for selection as the Liberal Party candidate for the Federal seat of Kooyong. Amelia has expressed a keen interest in Youth Service, but is also keenly interested in all the Rotary Avenues of Service. Amelia's mentor is PP Richard Blakeman.

A very warm welcome to Rotary, Amelia. We look forward to working alongside you for many years to come to Do Good in the World.

President Mark Howlett, left, inducted new member Amelia Hamer at the club meeting on December 12th. Amelia's Rotary mentor will be PP
Richard Blakeman
Welcome to Rotary Amelia Hamer Richard Blakeman 2023-12-11 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Member Stories

Club Meeting Report - 12th December - Dr Harry Eeman

Posted by Don Heath
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At our meeting last Tuesday, we were very fortunate to have as our guest speaker Dr Harry Eeman.

Harry was a young medical student when he was struck down by a severe form of Gillian Barre Syndrome whilst backpacking in Europe. One morning he woke up with double vision and then found that he was unable to walk without fainting. GBS is a condition where our own immune system — which usually attacks only invading organisms — begins attacking our own nerves. The exact cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome isn't known. The disorder usually appears days or weeks after a respiratory or digestive tract infection.


PP Don Heath, Harry Eeman & President Mark Howlett
Club Meeting Report - 12th December - Dr Harry Eeman Don Heath 2023-12-11 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

National Youth Science Forum

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NYSF is a program for students completing Year 11, and considering pursuing a science, engineering or technology (STEM) based career. It involves off campus and on campus projects. The program is residential and runs over 12 days in January. This year it will be held at the Australian National University, Canberra (5-13 January 2024)Luckily, we have one student from St Catherine's School, Nadia Mohamed, who will be attending the program.
 
The Vision of NYSF is to be a leader in connecting young Australians with diverse science and technology futures. And it's Purpose is to deliver immersive and inclusive youth-led experiences that connect young Australians with science and technology pathways.
For more details, click on Read More:
National Youth Science Forum Chris Raw 2023-12-10 13:00:00Z 0 Youth Service

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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This coming Tuesday night we will welcome Amelia Hamer as a new member. Amelia has been a regular visitor over the past month or so and will no doubt be a valuable member.

Please join us to welcome her and to enjoy our usual entertaining club meeting. We are all also excited for the prospect of celebrating the end of year on December 19th. Please register for this night asap.

Good luck to the Boroondara Farmers Market team and volunteers as we run possibly the biggest market of the year on December 16th.

President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-12-10 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Hurry!!! Early Bird Rates End December 16th Rotary 9800 District Conference 2024

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The District 9800 Conference 2024 promises to be an exciting event for Rotarians and partners! The early bird rates ending on December 16th offer the best deal for attendees. Hosted by 3AW's David Mann "Mann About Town," this conference features an impressive line-up of guest speakers, engaging entertainment, and valuable networking opportunities. It's an excellent chance for Rotarians to come together, learn, and connect within the Rotary community. Don't miss out on securing your spot at the conference before the early bird rates expire!
 
For more information on guest speakers, accommodation options etc, go to: District Conference 2024
 
To book, go to: www.trybooking.com/CMCUD
 
Hurry!!! Early Bird Rates End December 16th Rotary 9800 District Conference 2024 Richard Blakeman 2023-12-09 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

A Recipe for Peace

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Congratulations to Rotary District 9800's very first Peace Fellow Dr Tania Miletic, who was featured in the Rotary International Rotary Magazine December 2023 edition. Dr Miletic, who has a book coming out soon, was guest speaker at the club meeting on November 28th (see meeting report).
 
Click on 'Read More' to read the full story from Rotary Magazine.
 
 
A Recipe for Peace Richard Blakeman 2023-12-09 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation
Illuminate your path with LightWalker Richard Blakeman 2023-12-01 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,International Service

Club Meeting Report - 28th November - Dr Tania Miletic

Posted by Charles Tran
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Rotary Club of Glenferrie Welcomes Dr Tania Miletic: A Journey of Peace and Education 

On the 28th of November, the Rotary Club of Glenferrie had the honour of hosting Dr. Tania Miletic, the Assistant Director of the University's Initiative for Peacebuilding within the Arts Faculty. Dr. Miletic shared her inspiring journey, from being the child of immigrant parents to her distinguished career in peace and conflict studies. 


D9800 Foundation Committee member Gabe Hau, PP Charles Tran, Dr Tania Miletic,
PP Teresa Liu & Rotary Foundation Global Scholar Hikaru Sato
Club Meeting Report - 28th November - Dr Tania Miletic Charles Tran 2023-11-27 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Club Meeting Report - Robert Hogan Receives PHF Recognition

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PP Robert Hogan received a Paul Harris Fellow recognition with two rubies for his continual support of the Rotary Foundation. Robert is a member of the Paul Harris Society, where he pledges to support the Foundation every year by making his donation. His PHF was presented by Gabe Hau, a member of the Rotary District 9800 Foundation Committee and past Assistant Governor of the Riverside cluster.
Club Meeting Report - Robert Hogan Receives PHF Recognition 2023-11-27 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Member Stories

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Something different this past week with the visit to RIMERN. Congratulations to Alex and all the team who organised it.

I hope members have their Crissy trees erected and are able to make plans for the big day. There are no doubt many people in the world who won’t be in a position to enjoy or celebrate at Xmas time, but Glenferrie and International Rotary helps as many of them as possible and we should feel good about that.

Don’t forget to like the Facebook posts and see you all soon.

President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-11-26 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

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RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a weeklong camp to be held this year, from Sunday December 3rd – Saturday December 9th, 2023. It will be held at Camp Getaway, Axedale. The program aims at focusing on personal growth, leadership development and sense of community.
 
We are fortunate to have three candidates accepted for the camp. They are Greta Sullivan, who is in 2nd Year Bachelor of Law (Monash), Sebastien Kreuger who has just completed VCE and Jack Bowman, an Environmental Engineer for Melbourne Water.

Last years attendees at RYLA
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Chris Raw 2023-11-25 13:00:00Z 0 Youth Service

Could Rotary Glenferrie Become a Peacebuilder Club?

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Every Rotarian knows that a primary objective for Rotary worldwide is to eradicate the scourge of polio. However did you know that ending polio is not, per se, one of the The Rotary Foundation's Areas of Focus?
 
While ending polio falls within the Area of Focus "Disease Prevention and Treatment", it is not an Area of Focus in itself. One Rotary objective that is an Area of Focus for Rotary and The Rotary Foundation, however, is "Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention". And yet the Rotary Club of Glenferrie, one of the strongest clubs in District 9800, with an impressive array of projects and commitments, does not currently have one consistent project aimed at building PEACE.
 
Should we become a Peacebuilder club? What does that involve? At a time when we are experiencing heightened confrontation in Europe, the Middle East, the South China Sea and the Straits of Taiwan, has there ever been a better time for Rotarians to champion PEACE? Come along to this Tuesday's meeting featuring the celebrated scholar Dr Tania Miletic, Assistant Director, Peacebuilding Initiative, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, and Gabe Hau, Co-ordinator Peace Builder Program on the District 9800 Foundation Committee, to find out what we can do to Promote PEACE, in ourselves, our families, our community and in the world.
Could Rotary Glenferrie Become a Peacebuilder Club? Richard Blakeman 2023-11-24 13:00:00Z 0 Next Meeting,Peace & Conflict Resolution,Rotary Foundation

No Bees on Macquarie Island

Posted by Wayne Worladge
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Source Sydney Morning Herald April 11, 2016
Remote Macquarie Island, halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica, has provided scientists with the first glimpse of a world without nectar-seeking birds or bees. And, assuming you're into colourful flowers, it's not pretty.

Rather than vibrant reds, rich purples and bright yellows, Macquarie Island's flowers come in a limited variation of one colour: green.
No Bees on Macquarie Island Wayne Worladge 2023-11-24 13:00:00Z 0 Protecting the Environment,Rotary Foundation

LightWalker Walking Sticks

LightWalker walking sticks are made from aeronautical grade aluminium, so you know they're strong. Innovative design, lightweight, strong and available at an incredible price through The Rotary Club of Glenferrie. Limited stocks and when they're gone they're gone, so be quick. Batteries included!
 
All proceeds go towards the club's project to build toilets and a water source for the children at the Aladura Primary School, Sierra Leone.
LightWalker Walking sticks will be on sale at the Boroondara Farmers Market on December 2nd 2023 at Patterson Reserve, 484 Auburn Road, Hawthorn
LightWalker Walking Sticks Richard Blakeman 2023-11-24 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,International Service

Paella Fundraiser at the Widmer's a Success

Posted by Thelma Hutchison
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Thank you to Kaye and Geoff Widmer for your generosity, culinary skills, and supreme efforts in preparing a delicious paella dinner. A very successful fundraising event contributing $800 towards the Sierra Leone project. Even the persistent, and at times heavy, rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those attending.
Rotary Foundation Global Scholar Hikaru Sato and paella chef Geoff Widmer
with Ernie the cockatoo
Kay Widmer, Pamela & Geoff Widmer
Paella Fundraiser at the Widmer's a Success Thelma Hutchison 2023-11-23 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship,International Service

RIMERN Visit Well Attended!

Posted by Alex Marshall
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The visit to the RIMERN warehouse was a great success with 23 Rotarians and four guests, including two potential new members, battling through peak hour traffic to arrive in east Brunswick at 6.00pm. We were welcomed with a glass of RIMERN wine and some beautifully tasty nibbles prepared by Maria Pantling.  
 
Susie Cole, the Chair of RIMERN gave a lively presentation outlining the development of RIMERN and its substantial impact as a source of help for people emerging from hardship.
   
Club Secretary Geoff Widmer, Susie Cole, Ros McMaster
& David Fallick at RIMERN last Tuesday
RIMERN Visit Well Attended! Alex Marshall 2023-11-20 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Meeting Topics

Xmas Hams for Sale from the Rotary Club of Hawthorn

Posted by Mark Howlett
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The Rotary Club of Hawthorn is selling hams for Xmas. These Xmas Hams can be ordered through the Ham Order Form. Orders close December 4th. And the Pickup Date is Thursday December 21st in Richmond between 7.30 to 9.00am. Please check the order form for the details on where Pick Up is and the sizes of available hams. Click here on 2023 Christmas Order Form to view the form.
Xmas Hams for Sale from the Rotary Club of Hawthorn Mark Howlett 2023-11-19 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Education CHANCES Foundation Function

Posted by Peter Moore
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I am taking this opportunity to again remind people of the Education CHANCES Foundation function.
 
As we are all aware the Club is a major benefactor of the Education CHANCES Foundation through the Farmers Market. Half of the proceeds of the market goes to the Education CHANCES Foundation. These proceeds will each year provide scholarships to over 100 disadvantaged students, who either live or go to school in Boroondara.
 
Education CHANCES Foundation is having an end of year function on 5 December to raise awareness, raise funds and farewell Elida Brereton, the Chair and Helen Worladge, as Program Director.
 
The event is at 5.30 pm at Georges, 1st Floor 819 Burke Road Camberwell. It is a cocktail type of function and tickets are $54 which includes finger food and two drinks.
Booking details are at Humanitix: Click here

Scholarships are given to Secondary
and Tertiary Students
 
Education CHANCES Foundation Function Peter Moore 2023-11-19 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market,Youth Service

Bring A Guest!

Posted by Anita Morkans
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…a friendly reminder and a bit of an update 

In the interest of mixing things up a bit, and potentially to attract new members to our vibrant Rotary Club, you are encouraged to bring along a guest to any of our Dinner Meetings. 

Your guest may not initially have an interest in joining Rotary Glenferrie, but coming to a Dinner Meeting will provide an opportunity to meet new people, have good conversation and hear from a topical speaker.  It may spark a curiosity to learn more about what we do, and they may be excited to come along again. 

Bring A Guest! Anita Morkans 2023-11-19 13:00:00Z 0 Membership Development
Get Ready for Our Xmas Dinner at Kooyong Joanne Shentu 2023-11-19 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship,Meeting Topics

Catherine Eagleson Takes the Rotary World By Storm

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Glenferrie Rotarian Catherine Eagleson has been making waves on the Rotary world stage, in a year when Rotary's focus turns to mental health under the leadership of Rotary International President Gordon McInally. Club members are aware that Catherine is the principal behind Clue Detective Puzzle Agency. It has been demonstrated that solving puzzles can alleviate anxiety  It does this by helping puzzlers to engage their brains in a challenging and enjoyable activity, that will provide a sense of achievement.
Glenferrie Rotarian Catherine Eagleson's work with the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency and its relevance to sufferers of anxiety has come to the attention of Rotary International President Gordon McInally.
Catherine Eagleson Takes the Rotary World By Storm Richard Blakeman 2023-11-18 13:00:00Z 0 Member Stories,Vocational Service

Christmas Party 2023

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Christmas Party 2023 2023-11-18 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship,Meeting Topics

Rotary Promotes Peace

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Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children.
 
In Rotary Foundation Month, and when parts of the world are again plunged into the despair of conflict, we are reminded that a core purpose of Rotary is to promote peace, in our lives at home and work, in our community and in the world.
 
Keep your eye on next week's Glenferrie Rotarian for news about how the Rotary Club of Glenferrie will focus on PEACE at the club meeting on November 28th.
 
Rotary Promotes Peace Richard Blakeman 2023-11-18 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Rotary Christmas Cakes a Big Hit in Rotary Foundation Month

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All the Christmas cakes and puddings were sold out at their first appearance this year, at the Boroondara Farmers Market on November 18th. But don't worry, more are on the way. To be sure of receiving your order, act quickly. Download the Christmas Cake and Pudding Order form Click here, complete it and send it to Foundation Director PP Charles Tran. To email Charles, click on this link.
Anita Morkans, Joanne Shentu and PP Charles Tran cleared the decks of Rotary Christmas Cakes and Puddings at the Boroondara Farmers Market November 18th, their first appearance this year. There are more on the way!
Rotary Christmas Cakes a Big Hit in Rotary Foundation Month Richard Blakeman 2023-11-17 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,Rotary Foundation

Heavy Demand for LightWalker Walking Sticks at the Boroondara Farmers Market

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The club's LightWalker Walking sticks attracted considerable attention at the Farmer's Market on Saturday November 18th, with sales momentum increasing during the first week the sticks have been on sale. Online orders have also been steady, and a number of potential outlets for sticks have been identified following enquiries from Market patrons.
 
Customers have been impressed with the quality of the LightWalker sticks, considering they are being offered at very competitive prices. Funds raised will bring new toilets, fresh water and hope for the future for the little children at the Aladura Primary School in Sierra Leone. And that's more than enough causes to shake your stick at!
 
 
Anita Morkans was ready to sell LightWalker walking sticks at the drop of a hat on Saturday, and quite a few hats were dropped during the morning!
Heavy Demand for LightWalker Walking Sticks at the Boroondara Farmers Market Richard Blakeman 2023-11-17 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising

Club Meeting Report 14th November - Murray Verso

Posted by Mark Howlett
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In this past week we heard an inspiring talk from Murray Verso regarding the Rotary challenge to eliminate Polio.

Murray has been a Rotarian for more than 40 years, twice president, District Governor in 2014 and past district 9800 chair of the rotary foundation committee. Murray has performed in many other capacities for rotary such as convening symposiums, co-chairing seminars and generally representing rotary. Murray and his wife Irene are both retired GP’s and most notably Murray was medical officer of health for the municipalities of Williamstown and Hobsons Bay.


President Mark Howlett and Foundation Director PP Charles Tran presented PDG Murray Verso with two 'Big Cheque' donations to The Rotary Foundation, a $2,000 contribution to Polio Plus and a $4,500 contribution to the Annual Fund
Club Meeting Report 14th November - Murray Verso Mark Howlett 2023-11-13 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Rotary Foundation

Sierra Leone BBQ Fundraising Event at Bunnings

Posted by Charles Tran
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In the heart of Hawthorn, a carefully orchestrated event, the Sierra Leone Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser, unfolded after months of meticulous planning alongside Bunnings. It all began at the crack of dawn, as the team descended upon Coles in Tooronga at 7am, eagerly collecting carts brimming with food and drinks, making numerous trips in preparation for the day ahead. Upon reaching Bunnings, the buzz of activity commenced as the crew orchestrated the setup, firing up the BBQs and delving into food preparations.

Kathryn Blakeman, PP Richard Blakeman &
Alex Marshall
Sierra Leone BBQ Fundraising Event at Bunnings Charles Tran 2023-11-12 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,International Service

RC Glenferrie Rotary Christmas Party

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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For the Christmas Party.
We have a pianist for the event.
There will be 2 segments of music.
1st - Freeform.
2nd - Carol singing. I need volunteers to join the choir to lead in a few carols.
 
In the 1st segment - is there anyone with musical talent, who would like to perform a piece especially with piano accompaniment?
 
Please let me know so we can organise a timeline.
 
Mark Ellis
RC Glenferrie Rotary Christmas Party Mark Ellis AM 2023-11-12 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship

Boroondara Farmer's Market - Saturday 4th November

Posted by Wayne Worladge
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The weather could have been kinder, some patchy sunshine warmed us up after a cool breeze most of the morning.
 
Attendance of 559 was quite good, considering it was a "long weekend" and Derby Day to boot. Our fellow Rotarians were busy as well, with a Bunnings BBQ underway in Hawthorn.
 
The expected 23 stallholders became 21 with two no-shows.
 
There were some highlights:
The Camberwell Structured Playgroup appeared to be busy all morning, and we were pleased that they had a good experience.
 
First timer Tulay's Dutch Pancakes and Gozelmes was a hit, and they were pleased with the day.  
 
The saxophone player provided some pleasant music, appreciated by people sitting in the Seating Area.
 
All in all, a pleasant market.
 
Wayne Worladge
Co-Chair Boroondara Farmer's Market
Boroondara Farmer's Market - Saturday 4th November Wayne Worladge 2023-11-12 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

RIMERN Needs Donations Urgently

Posted by Alex Marshall
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This is a call out to all members, families of members and friends. RIMERN is desperately short of a wide variety of donated goods ranging from bedding, furniture, white goods and kitchen items. So, if you know of anybody who is down-sizing, moving house or has unwanted but functional household items please refer them to RIMERN.
 
There are many clients requiring assistance and currently demand exceeds supply. Any help would be very much appreciated.
 
Finally, a reminder about our Club meeting at RIMERN on Tuesday, 21st November 2023. Please register via the link sent by Joanne Shentu and also in the Rotarian.
 
David Fallick, Geoff Widmer and I would be happy to answer any questions.
 
Regards
 
Alex Marshall
Community Service Director
RIMERN Needs Donations Urgently Alex Marshall 2023-11-12 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Welcome back after a week off Rotary and our long long weekend.

Just a few days ago, a group of members met to discuss the public image and promotion of the club, with the objective of sharing our success stories with the community, highlighting the benefits of being a rotary member, and to support the market. The discussions touched on our social media presence, the bulletin, radio etc.

President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-11-12 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

LightWalker Walking Sticks are Simply the Very Best by Every Test

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The innovative, light-weight, robust LightWalker walking sticks are now on sale, with all proceeds going towards funding the club's project to build toilet blocks and a water source for the Aladura Primary School in Sierra Leone. These walking sticks come in two styles, the LightWalker Telescopic and the LightWalker Folding. The LightWalker Folding is ideal for travel. Selling at almost 50% off the RRP, and designed to a high standard, these quality walking sticks are an absolute bargain.  Delivered via Australia Post, or collected free of charge from the Boroondara Farmers Market.
 
 
 
LightWalker Walking Sticks are Simply the Very Best by Every Test Richard Blakeman 2023-11-10 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,International Service

End Polio Walk - Glenferrie Achieves 450km

Posted by Charles Tran
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Our journey commenced on the 1st of October with the inaugural End Polio Walk starting at Altona, culminating in an inspiring finish at Studley Park in Kew, on the 29th of October. Throughout this eventful period, the invaluable support and dedication from our club members have been nothing short of exceptional. Each contribution, no matter how big or small, played a pivotal role in the resounding success of this initiative.


Charles, Jan and Ivy Tran
End Polio Walk - Glenferrie Achieves 450km Charles Tran 2023-11-09 13:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Fundraising
November is Rotary Foundation Month 2023-10-31 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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I thought to mention to everyone this week to remember that Rotary is an international organisation. Many of our members have visited clubs while travelling internationally, most recently Geoff and Kaye Widmer in Norway. In all cases we are welcomed and encouraged to engage with Rotarians from other nations and unique cultures.

I will be travelling on a motorcycle through India in January 2024 in an organised tour with Rotarians.

President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-10-29 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Farmer's Market - Emergency Services Family Fun Day Wayne Worladge 2023-10-28 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Club Visit to RIMERN Tuesday 21st November

Posted by Alex Marshall
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The Board has suggested that we have our usual Tuesday evening meeting at RIMERN on 21st November. The visit will allow members to see the progress that has occurred at this important community program, that we have been part of since November 2021.
 
Susie Cole, one of the instigators of RIMERN, will give a brief presentation.
 
The evening will commence with complementary refreshments (RIMERN wine available) at 6.00pm.
 
We will then move to the Darebin RSL for dinner at 7.00pm. Partners are very welcome.
 
Anita Morkans, Michael Hills, Alex
Marshall, Paul Shekleton & David 
Fallick
Club Visit to RIMERN Tuesday 21st November Alex Marshall 2023-10-27 13:00:00Z 0 Meeting Topics
Club Meeting Report - Member Behind the Badge - Maria Pantling Peter Moore 2023-10-27 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Rotary Statement on the Conflict in Israel and Gaza

Recognizing there has been protracted suffering in the long history of conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, Rotary International urges all parties to seek avenues to peace.

At the same time, we unequivocally condemn the horrific attack by Hamas on Israeli civilians and are appalled at the number of people who have been injured, killed, and kidnapped.

As the war between Israel and Hamas intensifies, we remain deeply concerned about the potential for further escalation as well as the loss of life and the humanitarian crisis that is occurring in Gaza. We denounce the violence against innocent civilians and support upholding international humanitarian law.

Rotary Statement on the Conflict in Israel and Gaza 2023-10-27 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

RIMERN  -  A Touching Story

Posted by Alex Marshall
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I thought your Glenferrie team would be interested to know that yesterday an older lady with severe anxiety (due in part to having resided in a dangerous rooming house for 12 months, where a man had threatened to burn her alive!) selected the goods shown here for her new, secure home. As you can see the cornerstone piece is the green sofa you all assembled! She left the warehouse thrilled to bits! Thanks team! 
 
Susie Cole
RIMERN - A Touching Story Alex Marshall 2023-10-22 13:00:00Z 0 Community Notice

Club Meeting Report 17th October - Speaker Kevin Purvis

Posted by Robert Winspear
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Thanks for your welcome and hospitality. The Compassionate Friends Victoria is a bereavement support organization, for parents, grandparents and siblings. I will be talking about bereavement tonight – a bit about my own story, some information about what Compassionate Friends does, and some hints about what you can do. The harsh reality of life is that we will all be exposed to bereavement experiences at some point.
 
Some of them are the ones we might expect – ageing parents or siblings, their passing is part of the natural course of life. Some bereavements however are unexpected, shocking, traumatic experiences.
Kevin Purvis, President Mark Howlett
& Jenny Purvis
Club Meeting Report 17th October - Speaker Kevin Purvis Robert Winspear 2023-10-22 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Friday Dinner at the Bendigo Conference

Posted by Anita Morkans
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Will you be attending the District 9800 Conference in Bendigo next April?

If so, you may like to join your fellow Glenferrie Rotarians, along with some partners, for dinner on the Friday night.

We have booked The Rifle Brigade Hotel. A historic building with charming ambience, as well as extensive food and drinks menus. No set dinner for this occasion; just make your own choice on the evening. The hotel is conveniently located in View Street, almost opposite the Bendigo Art Gallery.

Press read more for booking details.

Friday Dinner at the Bendigo Conference Anita Morkans 2023-10-22 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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This coming Tuesday we are excited to be hearing from the member behind the badge, Maria Pantling. I have advance notice that it will be very entertaining!

Also, coming up on Nov 21 is an excursion to RIMERN followed by dinner at the local RSL.

And while filling in key dates in your diary, don’t forget to lock in Dec 19 for our xmas party at Kooyong with entertainment, carols singing and much more.

President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-10-22 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Bendigo Conference 2024 - Earlybird Bookings 2023-10-21 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Final End Polio Walk - October - Studley Park

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The strategy to eradicate polio is based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free. 

This October we are asking you to Walk With Us for those who can’t. We are challenging you to walk, run or roll 10, 20 or 50km throughout the month and raise vital funds that will help eradicate and prepare us for a Polio free world. 

Join us for the final walk at the beautiful location of Studley Park in Kew. There will be two walks. October 29th 10:00AM - 12:00PM.

To register to walk in the month of October, go to: http://rotarywalkwithus.org/

Final End Polio Walk - October - Studley Park 2023-10-20 13:00:00Z 0 End Polio

RIMERN Update 

Posted by Alex Marshall
The development of RIMERN during the past 2 years has been remarkable and a tribute to all involved, particularly Susie Cole. A number of Glenferrie members visited last week. To further raise RIMERN’s profile our Board has suggested that we visit the Warehouse in Brunswick East in place of our usual weekly meeting on 21/11/2023. Plans for the visit are still in evolution, but a presentation from Susie Cole together with light refreshments at the warehouse, followed by dinner elsewhere, will be arranged. Final arrangements will be outlined during the next 2-3 weeks. 
 
"Assembling a Couch with no instructions"
Geoff Widner, Alex Marshall & Paul Shekleton
RIMERN Update Alex Marshall 2023-10-15 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service
Foresight Sumba Eye Program - September 2023 Mark Ellis AM 2023-10-13 13:00:00Z 0 International Service

Retirement from Education CHANCES  - Helen Worladge OAM

The club would like to congratulate Helen Worladge OAM on the immense contribution she has made as the Programs Manager at Education CHANCES. Through the Glenferrie Rotary clubs' efforts at the Boroondara Farmers market, we are a significant contributor to this program.

To ensure the smooth and effective continuation of this vital program, the Board of Education CHANCES Foundation is seeking a candidate to fill the role as General Manager Operations and Programs. If anyone is interested, the position description will be outlined in next week's bulletin.

Retirement from Education CHANCES - Helen Worladge OAM 2023-10-12 13:00:00Z 0 Youth Service
RIMERN Newsletter - October 2023 2023-10-12 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Club Meeting Report 10th October - Speaker Fiona Redding

Posted by Helena Wimpole
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The Speaker at our Rotary Meeting on the 10th of October was Fiona Redding, whose topic was about finding happiness in life.
 
Fiona explained that her business, “The Happiness Hunter” arose out of her own personal struggles in life. For the previous ten years Fiona was not in a good space. She had two young children, was divorced, overweight and admitted to drinking too much. She realised that this was not a good way to live and decided to turn her life around. Fiona achieved positive life changes on her own, and then decided to create a business by helping others to change their lives for the better, and to find happiness as a result.

PP Teresa Liu, Fiona Redding & Helena Wimpole
Club Meeting Report 10th October - Speaker Fiona Redding Helena Wimpole 2023-10-09 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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In my time with Rotary, I have listened to some wonderful “member behind the badge” presentations. We are all unique in our backgrounds and that is a great strength of the club. No matter what members have done or where they have lived etc., we are all interested and entertained to hear and see member’s life experiences. I would like to encourage all members that have not previously presented to make a date with the club service team led by Joanne for a Member behind the badge presentation.  

Perhaps some of the longer serving members who gave their presentation a long time ago might also like to present again?


President Mark Howlett & his family - from his
Member
Behind the Badge Presentation
President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-10-08 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Guess Who Came to Dinner?

Posted by John Suriano

NANDO did !!

Many of our older members in the club will remember Nando De Olivero – Rotary Exchange Student from Brazil in 1991.

What a delight it was to catch up with Nando after 34 years.

The club had arranged for Nando to attend Xavier College during his year 11 stay in Australia.

John Suriano & Nando De Olivero 
Guess Who Came to Dinner? John Suriano 2023-10-04 13:00:00Z 0 Member Stories,Youth Service

In Memory of Terry Rolleston

Posted by Helen Rolleston

Terry Rolleston is well known to a number of our club members. Terry had Parkinson’s disease & initiated the Clubs involvement in the Parkinsons' Walk, through manning the BBQ at Federation Square. I thought the older members might be interested to know Terrys 16-year-old grandson (Harry) performed a skydive at Noosa on 19th September, in honour of his Poppy. Through the skydive Harry raised $850 for Parkinson’s through a GoFundMe page. He’s sixteen and the love heart on the way down was for his late grandfather Terry. Sending best wishes to all.

Helen Rolleston

Terry & Helen Rolleston's Grandson, Harry, during a
skydive to raise funds for Parkinsons research
In Memory of Terry Rolleston Helen Rolleston 2023-10-04 13:00:00Z 0 Member Stories

Book Now - ESG Leadership Forum - October 27th and 28th

Join the Rotary ESG Leadership Forum and hear from Australia’s most forward-thinking leaders and help shape a conscious, innovative future for Australia. This is a great opportunity to share within your networks. We have an amazing program of quality speakers including Tanya Plibersek, Minister for the Environment and Water. The Rotary ESG Forum powers positive business change in the 21st century. With new environmental, social, and governmental challenges, our opportunity and our imperative are to lead the way towards new solutions and possibilities for a better world.
 
To find out more information and to register, go to: www.rotaryesg23.org
Book Now - ESG Leadership Forum - October 27th and 28th 2023-10-04 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Mental First Aid

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The District 9800 Australian Rotary Health Committee conducts Mental Health First Aid Courses several times a year with the objective of raising funds for Australian Rotary Health (ARH) initiatives. These courses are open to Rotarians and also the public.
 
Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research in Australia and has a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians. ARH is made up of all Rotary Clubs within Australia and relies heavily on funding from clubs and individual Rotarians.
 
Mental Health First Aid Courses:
Objective: To raise awareness and also form a first response to emerging mental health problems and crises until professional assistance is sought.
 
Mental First Aid 2023-10-04 13:00:00Z 0 Australian Rotary Health
October is Economic and Community Development Month 2023-10-01 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Club Meeting Report 26th September - EndTrachoma -  Speaker Sandi Fulcher

At the RC Glenferrie weekly meeting, we were honoured to have Sandi Fulcher, the Project Administration Coordinator from EndTrachoma, talk about trachoma and Rotary’s efforts to end it. Sandi is a Rotary gem with a history of many roles within our District. 
 
The aim of EndTrachoma is to prevent infectious diseases, like trachoma, by enabling communities to practice good hygiene. She pointed out that there are 1.9 million cases in the world, but Australia is the only high-income country where trachoma still remains endemic.
 
PP Mark Ellis, Sandi Fulcher & President
Mark Howlett
 
 
Club Meeting Report 26th September - EndTrachoma - Speaker Sandi Fulcher 2023-09-25 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report
Cooking Classes for People in Need Continue Geoff Widmer 2023-09-24 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Boroondara Family Network

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The BFN offers parenting support to families with babies and young children in their own home. We use volunteers to provide help for families.
 
Volunteers will visit a mother for 2-3 hours once a week. All volunteers are trained and checked.
 
The volunteer will give young mothers practical, emotional support and companionship. They can be an extra pair of hands. (Holding babies and keeping toddlers occupied). They may help mothers getting out of the home for outings.
 
Boroondara Family Network 2023-09-24 14:00:00Z 0 Community News

Sumba Eye Program - September 2023

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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The Foresight Sumba Eye Program has just returned from Sumba, NTT East Indonesia, after a week of screening, teaching and discussions with hospital officials.  Our Eye Care nurses Nefry and Sany were joined with 3 newly appointed nurses – (Nicky, Frankie and Geoffrey) from the Sumba Foundation, under the guidance of Dr Claus Bogh. 
Dr Cristi, Adelina & PP Mark Ellis in
discussions
ECN training at the end of the day at the
hotel
Sumba Eye Program - September 2023 Mark Ellis AM 2023-09-24 14:00:00Z 0 International Service,Rotary International

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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It is clear from feedback and observation that members do enjoy the fellowship when we all meet. This is assisted by the great job Kooyong does in hosting us and the entertaining speakers. I hope and trust that members also feel the warm feeling that comes from helping those less fortunate; our club and rotary more broadly helps in so many ways.
 
Our member John Hudson OAM has contributed so much to our causes over many years, and it is our honour to award John honorary membership to Glenferrie Rotary. The award will be presented this coming Tuesday, and we hope to see you there.
President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-09-24 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Club Meeting Report 19th September - Speaker Dr Janice Smith

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On Tuesday, September 19th, Dr. Janice Smith, an esteemed Australian-based health professional with a wealth of experience and expertise in the realm of general medicine, visited the Rotary Club of Glenferrie. She wished to discuss her passionate efforts aimed at specifically aiding the vibrant community of Mbale in eastern Uganda. The program she has been dedicated to, known as Wise Choices for Life (WCFL), has been creating a significant impact in places like Uganda for many years.

PP Charles Tran, President Mark Howlett,
Janice Smith & Andrew Smith
Club Meeting Report 19th September - Speaker Dr Janice Smith 2023-09-22 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

End Polio Walk - 'Paws for Polio Walk'

Join fellow Melburnians for a walk around the park with your dog!! We'll have a sausage sizzle, fun photo walls, doggy treats and merchandise, plus creative prizes awaiting the lucky winners!

Donation to Walk: Adults $25.00; Kids $10.00; Dogs Free – all money raised goes to The Rotary Foundation’s END POLIO NOW campaign.
 
For further details and to book, go to: www.trybooking.com/CJMAD
 
Date: October 14th
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Where: Elsternwick Park, Brighton
End Polio Walk - 'Paws for Polio Walk' 2023-09-22 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio

Glenferrie Walkers Get Your Walking Shoes on to Partake in the End of Polio Walk in October

Posted by Charles Tran
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We are excited to announce our commitment to the Rotary Challenge by establishing the Glenferrie Rotary walking group this year. Our mission is crystal clear: to make a significant impact in the fight to End Polio. Join us in this noble cause by either donating or becoming an active member of our team, dedicated to walking for a polio-free world. 

The journey begins in October, and we invite you to don your walking shoes and rally your sponsors as we stride forward together. To register and be a part of our cause, simply visit rotarywalkwithus.org

Glenferrie Walkers Get Your Walking Shoes on to Partake in the End of Polio Walk in October Charles Tran 2023-09-17 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio

Club Meeting Report - September 12th Speaker Ken Maxfield on Camp Getaway

Posted by Geoff Widmer
We welcomed to our Club Meeting on Tuesday 12th September, Ken Maxfield from the Rotary Club of North Balwyn, to speak about his involvement with Camp Getaway D9800.
 
Camp Getaway started in 1948 and is located at Axedale near Bendigo. Initially it was to provide a service to needy children in the Bendigo area. It has had major makeovers thanks to volunteers from Rotary 9800, and now boasts modern living accommodation and a commercial kitchen for groups to self-cater for their extended weekends away.
 
President Mark Howlett, Ken Maxfield &
Geoff Widmer
Club Meeting Report - September 12th Speaker Ken Maxfield on Camp Getaway Geoff Widmer 2023-09-17 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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I have been asked by numerous members if i am enjoying the presidential year. I am indeed enjoying the role mostly because it has allowed me to get to know members better. I also meet more people in the wider Rotary community.
 
Hope to see most of you at the next meeting!
President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-09-17 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Salvation Army Distribution of Spring Booster Packs September 20th 4-6pm Geoff Widmer 2023-09-14 14:00:00Z 0 Community Notice
Rotary Clubs of Boroondara Networking Business Breakfast 2023-09-13 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Boroondara

Save the Date: Bendigo District Conference 2024

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SAVE THE DATE - 12-14 APRIL 2024
The ultimate experience in Club camaraderie: getting together with fellow members at a District Conference.
 
In 2022, Glenferrie members had a great time at Conference in Albury. We had a large group who enjoyed the experience, and our PP Mark Ellis is keen to share Bendigo with our members and particularly our new members.
 
Save the Date: Bendigo District Conference 2024 Mark Ellis AM 2023-09-10 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Walk to End Polio Begins 1 - 31 October

Get your walking shoes on and gather your sponsors as we walk in October to end polio.
 
Encourage your club to form a team, think up that perfect name, and register the team on the website. rotarywalkwithus.org/
 
You will be helping us to reach our fundraising goal of $100,000 to help vaccinate all children against Polio. Imagine that!
 
Walk to End Polio Begins 1 - 31 October 2023-09-10 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio
September Issue of Rotary Down Under Now Out Richard Blakeman 2023-09-09 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Zone 8

Rotary members provide modular housing to Ukraine

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Natalia Perehrestenko’s life changed forever on 16 March 2022. That’s when her home in the Ukrainian village of Moshchun was demolished by a Russian attack.

“The house was destroyed as a result of a projectile hitting the room where my daughter lived with her child,” she says. “Thank God, by the time the house caught fire, we had already been evacuated.”

Today, Perehrestenko and her family are back in Moshchun. They’re even living on their own land, in a modular house donated by Rotary members.

Rotary districts around the world have used disaster response grants totaling nearly US$1 million to donate 76 of the small structures, mostly for use in Moshchun. The effort supports jobs in Ukraine and is sustainable because the structures can be repurposed. But most important, the modular homes have made a swift and significant impact on people’s lives – and are creating a sense of hope.
 
Devastation in Moshchun, Ukraine following an attack by the Russian military
Rotary members provide modular housing to Ukraine Rotary International 2023-09-06 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

The Widmers Visit Two Rotary Starvanger Clubs in Norway

Posted by Geoff Widmer
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Visit to Stavanger International Rotary Club (“SIRC”) and Øyane Rotary (“OR”), Norway in July 2023.
 
In July 2023, Kay and I had the opportunity to again visit Stavanger, Norway to see family. Although during July, our fellow Norwegian Rotarians were on well-deserved vacation enjoying the long days of summer in their cottages in the Fjords, we had the opportunity meet again with Mr Duncan Samuels, Club Secretary for 23/24 for SIRC (we participated in 2 Club SIRC meetings in November 2022) for a lunch and Mr Geir Owe, President of Øyane Rotary for 23/24, also for lunch.
 
Duncan Samuels - Club Secretary
23/24 SIRC & Kay Widmer & Geoff Widmer
 
Geoff & Kay Widmer & Geir Oye
President 23/24 Øyane Rotary
The Widmers Visit Two Rotary Starvanger Clubs in Norway Geoff Widmer 2023-09-04 14:00:00Z 0 Fellowship,Member Stories

The Britannia Morris Banish Winter Darkness at the First Farmers Market for Spring

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No sign of Robert Winspear's Austin 7, but there was plenty of Morris at the first Boroondara Farmers Market for spring, one of the better attended first markets for the month for some time. Surely it was the burst of warm spring weather together with the jolly Morris dancing that brought out the punters. The Britannia Morris troupe, which dances the style of Morris Dancing originating in the Cotswalds, filled the air with the jolly sound of sticks clacking, accordion music and the occasional hoorah! And who wouldn't shout hoorah on the first Market day of spring!
 
Says Farmers Market Coordinator Wayne Worladge: "A rather chilly start to the day was more than compensated for by most pleasant sunshine later. We had an improved number of smallholders, and the best First Saturday patronage this year. Thank you to Shift Captains Carol Benson and Peter Moore, aided by Charles Tran, Helena Wimpole, Peter Harries, Kathryn Blakeman and Richard Blakeman. Thank you also to Simon Messenger and Garfield Lee who helped at pack up time."
 
The next Boroondara Farmers Market will be on Saturday September 17th. It is expected to be a big one, so bring plenty of bags!
The Britannia Morris entertain market goers at the Boroondara Farmers Market on September 2nd. What better way to welcome spring in the air than with a spring in your step!
For more photos of the September 2nd Farmers Market, click on 'Read more..'
The Britannia Morris Banish Winter Darkness at the First Farmers Market for Spring Richard Blakeman 2023-09-01 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month Richard Blakeman 2023-08-31 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Club Meeting Report - August 29th Speaker Lachlan McCulloch

Posted by Ian Salek
As has been said ‘Life is not all buttercups and roses. That was brought well home by our Guest Speaker Lachlan McCulloch, formerly an undercover cop, to our genteel group of Rotarians and Guests at our Tuesday evening Meeting on August 29th. In front of a packed room of 41 attendees Lachlan gave us an enthralling insight into a life, thankfully, of which we are not part.
 
In a police career spanning two decades, Lachlan McCulloch was commended for bravery, exposed police corruption, tracked heavy drug gangs and went deep undercover to infiltrate Australia's most dangerous crime family.
 
PP Ian Salek, Lachlan McCulloch & President Mark Howlett
Club Meeting Report - August 29th Speaker Lachlan McCulloch Ian Salek 2023-08-28 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Members had a fun night last week and had the opportunity to listen to the district update from District Governor Ron Payne. Ron also attended an informal Board gathering prior to the meeting, where all directors gave an informative and confident summary of their committee's actions. After that presentation and meeting members throughout the night, Ron concluded “you guys have got your act together”.

Don’t miss out on the presentation from Lenny, the bad-ass undercover cop this coming Tuesday 29th.

President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-08-27 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Mário César Martins de Camargo of Brazil selected to be 2025-26 Rotary International President

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Mário César Martins de Camargo, a member of the Rotary Club of Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil, is the selection of Nominating Committee for President to become Rotary International’s president for 2025-26. He will officially become the nominee on 15 September if no other candidates challenge him.

De Camargo plans to boost Rotary’s public image by working from the top down.

Mário César Martins de Camargo of Brazil selected to be 2025-26 Rotary International President Richard Blakeman 2023-08-23 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International
Club to Run Bunnings Sausage Sizzle November 4th - Click Below to Join In! Richard Blakeman 2023-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,International Service

Club Meeting Report August 22nd - Official Visit of the District Governor

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie warmly welcomed District Governor Ron Payne and Debra on Tuesday August 22nd, for the first official DG visit in two years. Ron is a twice Past President of the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk, in Bendigo, and has become even more active in Rotary following his retirement from a 47-year career in education, as a teacher, school principal and a senior role in education administration. 
 
Also attending the meeting was Assistant Governor Riverside Cluster Anne Frueh. DG Ron has pledged to visit every club in the District, sixty-two in all, before his year is complete and his message to Glenferrie Rotarians resonated powerfully with club members.
 
Meeting Chair PP Richard Blakeman, District Governer
Ron Payne and Debra, & President Mark Howlett
Club Meeting Report August 22nd - Official Visit of the District Governor Richard Blakeman 2023-08-21 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Rotary District 9800
Rotary Leadership Institute 2023-08-20 14:00:00Z 0 Membership Development

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Over the past month the club executive, made up of President, President elect, Treasurer and Secretary have discussed and drafted a 3-year strategy for the club. Also, this past week we held a Board Meeting. All directors and committees are making a great contribution.

The 3-year strategy was approved by the board and will be distributed to members shortly.  

President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-08-20 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

What's this thing called, luv?

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Glenferrie Rotarian David Fallick appears to be greatly puzzled by this spare part associated with a clothes dryer, recently donated to RIMERN (Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network). All electrical items must first be inspected before being distributed to a RIMERN customer. 
 
Glenferrie Rotarian David Fallick on the floor at RIMERN with one of life's mysteries. Photo supplied by PP Ian Salek.
 
RIMERN is a multi-club Rotary project operating Inner Melbourne, providing furniture, appliances & homewares to welfare agency clients who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, incarceration, refugee displacement and other crises. The Rotary Club of Glenferrie supports RIMERN, both financially and by manning the warehouse shifts on the second Monday of each month. Members wishing to volunteer for a shift at RIMERN may sign up here: Volunteer List - RIMERN Second Mondays
What's this thing called, luv? Richard Blakeman 2023-08-19 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service
A Message to the Club from Sophia Velasquez Chris Raw 2023-08-18 14:00:00Z 0 Youth Service

Meeting Report August 15th 2023 Speaker Dr Shurong Lu (Sharon)

Posted by Thelma Hutchison
We are all aware of the impact of mental health disorders and the negative effects on physical health, social inclusion and academic achievement experienced by those affected. One in seven young people experience mental illness.
 
As members know, the Club has been an active supporter of research into mental health, raising $36,000 from the golf day 18 months ago and donating it to Australian Rotary Health, for research into first aid education for primary school students.    
 
President Mark Howlett, PP Thelma Hutchison & 
Dr Shurong Lu (Sharon)
Meeting Report August 15th 2023 Speaker Dr Shurong Lu (Sharon) Thelma Hutchison 2023-08-14 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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We hope all members have had a great Rotary week.

Still quite a few members holidaying and travelling; Donna and I also as we had 2 weeks of skiing at Falls Creek and contrary to the negative press, the snow was good, and we were able to ski every day. Thank you, Thelma, for filling in for me this past meeting. We also welcome back Geoff and Kay Widmer and look forward to hearing about their travels.

President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-08-13 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Speaker -Dharmendru Yadav - Joeys Foundation

Posted by Joanne Shentu

Dharmendra Yadav - Founder of Joeys Foundation, has been dedicated to positively impacting the lives of rural children.

Starting from sausage sizzling, Dharmendra registered his foundation, devoting himself to rural Indian children’s educational needs. The perspective of his foundation can be concluded as follows:


Past President Thelma Hutchison, Joanne
Shentu & Dharmendra Yadav
Speaker -Dharmendru Yadav - Joeys Foundation Joanne Shentu 2023-08-12 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report
Change of Time of Commencement of the Bread Run Alex Marshall 2023-08-11 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Why are the Club's Walking Sticks Simply the Best by any Test?

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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When former Rotarian Walter Glaser designed the LightWalker, he did so from personal experience. Walter used a walking stick himself towards the end of his life. He discovered that existing walking sticks were inconveniently designed, easy to drop, and then difficult to pick up, uncomfortable for the shoulder, difficult to manage when trying to handle something else, such as your wallet at the shops (or a torch when going to the bathroom at night), inconvenient when getting into cars and then having to find a place to put them out of the way. Walter, who was by now retired, turned his creative mind to a solution for himself. His project turned into a hobby as he realised his creation would have wide appeal. He perfected the prototypes, established a relationship with a reliable manufacturer, organised shipments and started to market the sticks through pharmacies. 
 
Walter, who passed away earlier this year, has donated his remaining stock, about 1,200 walking sticks, to the Rotary Club of Glenferrie to use as a fundraiser, or to give away. If you are available to be part of the Committee now being formed to promote, sell and distribute these walking sticks, please contact me via email, or at a club meeting. We are about to get started in time for Christmas!
To read Walter's explanation of how he came to design LightWalker, click on Read more...
Why are the Club's Walking Sticks Simply the Best by any Test? Richard Blakeman 2023-08-11 14:00:00Z 0 Fundraising

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Hello Glenferrie club members and welcome to another week and month in Rotary.

We do have such an active, vibrant and welcoming club and of course we want to continue and grow that dynamism.

I would like to encourage all members to join in the pleasures of getting involved beyond the weekly dinners. Joanne has just updated us that Oxana, Wendy and Maria have taken on tasks as part of their membership in club service; well done ladies. 

President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-08-06 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Fantastic Fundraising Opportunity as Club Gifted Innovative Walking Sticks 

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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The club has been gifted 1200 LightWalker walking sticks by the Estate of the Late Walter Glaser and his late dear wife Cherie. Expected to sell for around $20-$25 each, the gift has the potential to raise between $20,000 and $24,000 for the club's Sierra Leone project and other service projects. Walter, who in his later years needed the assistance of a walking stick, designed the "LightWalker" walking sticks himself, after finding most sticks on offer deficient in so many ways.
 
There will be more about the Fundraising project and, importantly, how you can help, in next week's Bulletin. But, in the meantime, who were Walter and Cherie Glaser, to whom the club owes such a debt of gratitude? Walter and Cherie were travel writers, amongst many things, and wrote most of Fodor's Guide to Australia. Their story is quite remarkable, in particular Walter's escape from pre-war Austria, and the role of a future Australian Prime Minister in that escape. Click on Read More... below to learn more of Walter's remarkable story. 
 
 
And please keep an eye out for next week's Bulletin to learn how you can help with this project. Thank you so much, Walter and Cherie, for your generous gift, which will be put to beneficial use in service to our community.
Fantastic Fundraising Opportunity as Club Gifted Innovative Walking Sticks Richard Blakeman 2023-08-04 14:00:00Z 0 Fundraising

Was that Spring in the Air at the Boroondara Farmers Market?

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There was just a hint of spring in the mid-winter air at the Boroondara Farmers Market July 29th, enticing shoppers to come out and do their shopping en plein air. Business was brisk all morning at this, the third market for the month, and shoppers weren't disappointed with high quality stallholders and wonderful produce on offer. Adrian van Kampen of Club Creek Bulb Farm added just a little more glow to the winter sunshine, and just a little hint of spring. Click on Read more.. below for more photos from the July 29th Farmers Market.
 
Adrian from Club Creek Bulb Farm was all smiles and flowers at the Boroondara Farmers Market July 29th. Quality was on display everywhere as the sun came out, and so did the crowds.
Was that Spring in the Air at the Boroondara Farmers Market? Richard Blakeman 2023-07-28 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

The Fathering Project - Speaker Terry McAleenan

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Terry McAleenan gave an informative and inspiring talk about his involvement with the Fathering Project, an organisation founded by Dr Bruce Robinson (in Western Australia) in 2013. 

Their aims are to improve child development outcomes by inspiring and equipping fathers and father figures to effectively engage with their kids. Their vision is for every child in Australia to have an effective father figure.  


Catherine Eagleson, President Mark Howlett 
and Terry McAleenan
The Fathering Project - Speaker Terry McAleenan 2023-07-24 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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At our last meeting we were presented to by two inspiring young ladies who had participated in MUNA. This presentation, which had followed the previous week’s recognition of John Suriano’s 40 rotary years, lead me to reflect and admire the generational evolution of rotary and the enduring human desire to give.

I also noted to members that the Regionalisation project continues with update emails being sent to all members periodically. The new structure, incorporating a regional council, is scheduled to commence Jan 1 2024.

With a lot of our members holidaying, we hope to see many of you at the next meeting.

President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-07-23 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

What the Heck is ChatGPT?

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Artificial Intelligence is the talk of the town these days, as actors go on strike because screenwriting might be done by computers in the future. Governments worry because AI might be used to confuse an electorate and end up electing a fictitious candidate, or worse a real candidate totally unfit for the role. Doctors might become extinct as AI diagnoses disease and prescribes a course of medication. What's the world coming to?
 
Well that's not what this seminar is about. This seminar is part of Rotary's commitment to continued member skill development, confronting a changing world, when computers will do more than just respond to commands, they will make the commands in the first place. That world is now upon us. So what is ChatGP, and why might it make your Bulletin Editor redundant? Can you use this to advantage in your business/project/organisational role? Come along to this seminar and find out about the brave new world we are dealing with.  Click on the image below to register.  Dates are August 15th 7pm - 9pm or August 27th 12pm - 2pm.
What the Heck is ChatGPT? Richard Blakeman 2023-07-21 14:00:00Z 0 Public Relations,Rotary District 9800

Speakers MUNA Sophia Hannebery and Felicia Du

Posted by Chris Raw
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Two students from Loreto, Mandeville Hall came to speak to members on 18th July about their experiences at MUNA. They were Felicia Du and Sophia Hannebery. Lucinda Carr was unable to attend the meeting. Out of 31 teams the team placed in the top 5 which was an excellent effort.
 
MUNA is a model based on the United Nations Assembly. A team of two Year 11 students would represent different countries. MUNA was held at North Melbourne this year and there were 31 nations represented by students.
 
President Mark Howlett, Sara Dennis, Chris Raw
Felicia Du, Sophia Hannebery, Katie Macleish
Vi Pham
Speakers MUNA Sophia Hannebery and Felicia Du Chris Raw 2023-07-17 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Youth Service

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-07-16 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

RI President 2023 - 2024 - Gordon McInally

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Dear Rotary member,

Even as we face new and serious challenges, Rotary takes care of its members and those we serve, works to build lasting peace, and embeds belonging and inclusion in everything we do. That is why I am asking everyone in Rotary to Create Hope in the World.

You can start by telling people about what Rotary means to you. Use these graphics on your favorite social media platform and add text or a video about your Rotary experience to share why you’re proud to be a Rotary member.
RI President 2023 - 2024 - Gordon McInally 2023-07-15 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Speaker Bill Reid and the Alma Doepel

Posted by Ian Dobson
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Bill spoke about the history of the Alma Doepel and its restoration. Over the last 10 years this tall ship has been undergoing a full restoration in Docklands. The two biggest hurdles have been a lack of funds and the COVID lockdown.

The aim of the restoration is to in 2024 begin to offer Youth Sail Training programs on the Alma Doepel. This program is unique in that it offers real life activities delivering valuable life skills, team building, generation of confidence and self-esteem to youth, by learning to sail a traditional tall ship.

Bill, as President of the Alma Doepel Supporters Club, requested our assistance in this restoration.


Bill Reid (President of the Alma Doepel
Supporters Club) and Ian Dobson
Speaker Bill Reid and the Alma Doepel Ian Dobson 2023-07-13 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

PP John Suriano Recognised with Honorary Membership

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has recognised the considerable contribution to Rotary of PP John Suriano, awarding him Honorary Membership of the club. PP John was inducted as an Honorary Member at the club meeting on July 11th by President Mark, following a unanimous vote by the club board.
John Suriano joined Rotary on February 23rd,1982, admitted to the Vocational Classification " Education and Training". He was President of the club for 1990-1991, when the RI Presidential Theme was "Honor Rotary with Faith and Enthusiasm". He is a Paul Harris Fellow with two sapphires. In John's year as President, a notable project the club delivered was to raise money and provide wheelchairs to two disabled people nominated by the Hawthorn City Council. 
 
PP John Suriano Recognised with Honorary Membership Richard Blakeman 2023-07-10 14:00:00Z 0 Member Stories,Membership Development

Welcome to Rotary Lawrie Mann

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie welcomed new member Lawrie Mann into the Rotary family at the club meeting on July 11th. Lawrie, who was nominated for membership by David Fallick, has been admitted to the Vocational Classification, Formerly Transport. Before retiring some years ago, Lawrie was HR Manager at APT, the global Australian travel company.
 
Lawrie has already been active on club projects, particularly at RIMERN, where his driving skills and readiness to volunteer have already contributed a great deal. Welcome to Rotary Lawrie. We look forward to sharing much fun and friendship as we work alongside you to Do Good in the World.
 
President Mark Howlett inducted Lawrie Mann into Rotary at his first meeting as Club President July 11th. Welcome to Rotary Lawrie!
 
Welcome to Rotary Lawrie Mann Richard Blakeman 2023-07-10 14:00:00Z 0 Membership Development

President's Message

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Welcome everyone to another rotary year. Thanks again to Teresa for her guidance over the past year.

I am starting to pick up some momentum but there still seems a lot to learn! The new board met last week where a range of updates and issues were discussed.

I hope you can join us at the next meeting where we will be inducting a new member and also an honorary member.

See you then.

President's Message Mark Howlett 2023-07-09 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Camberwell Salvation Army Opening

Posted by Alex Marshall
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The members of our club are all warmly INVITED to celebrate the Official Opening of the newly renovated Salvation Army facilities at 7 Bowen Street Camberwell on Sunday 16th July.

The outline for the day is as follows:
 
10am to 10:20am
Official reopening ceremony at the front of Bowen Street.
 
10:30am to 11:30am
Worship service with guest preacher Commissioner Miriam Gluyas.
 
11:30noon to 2pm
Sausage sizzle provided by TSA Emergency Services, musical entertainment, children’s activities – face painting, giant games and basketball bungee - deliciously free popcorn and fairy floss for everyone to enjoy, plus a special visit from ‘Shieldy’.
 
 
Camberwell Salvation Army Opening Alex Marshall 2023-07-08 14:00:00Z 0 Community News

Rotary Club of Glenferrie - 30 Years On

The Committee set up to plan the 50th Anniversary celebrations to mark the first half century of The Rotary Club of Glenferrie had its first meeting on the weekend at the home of PP Dr Mark Ellis AM. In 2005 the club published its first official history, titled "30 Years On", written by past presidents the late Llewellyn Jones, the late John Wischer, and current Honorary Members PP David Sutherland and PP Geoffrey Wood. The Rotary Club of Glenferrie will celebrate 50 Years On in October 2025, when an updated history will be published. To read this very interesting account of those first thirty years, click here.
Rotary Club of Glenferrie - 30 Years On Richard Blakeman 2023-07-08 14:00:00Z 0 Club History

UN Path Program Participant Sofia Velasquez

Posted by Chris Raw
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MUNA stands for Model United Nations Assembly, which simulates the workings of the UN Assembly by having teams of two senior students from each of a number of schools represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world political and social concern.  
 
At last year’s MUNA competition, Siena College entered a team who went on to win best costume (among 50 students).
 
One of the students Sophia found the experience life changing & says ‘it may be a small thing to us but that it has been a large thing for her!'.  It has also allowed her to apply and be accepted into a youth program run by the UN. The Aotearoa Leadership Tour.
UN Path Program Participant Sofia Velasquez Chris Raw 2023-07-07 14:00:00Z 0 Youth Service

Cooking Classes for Men at the Salvation Army

Posted by Alex Marshall
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As many of you know Helena Wimpole and Geoff Widmer have recently completed a series of six cooking classes for disadvantaged men at the Salvation Army facility in Camberwell. The classes have been in operation for many years but were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purchase of food is funded from a bequest established by the family of a man who enjoyed great benefit from the classes.
 
The classes have been a learning experience for Helena and Geoff as well as the clients. Helena has written some very pertinent notes about the activity, including some useful guidelines for those members who would like to be involved in the future. These notes are included in the Rotarian and many thanks to Helena for her thoughtful document.

Participant, Helena Wimpole, Participant
Geoff Widmer, Participant, Geoff Widmer
Norman Gale
Cooking Classes for Men at the Salvation Army Alex Marshall 2023-07-07 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service
July is Maternal and Child Health Month Richard Blakeman 2023-06-30 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Speaker Hikaru Sato

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Our Rotary speaker on Tuesday the 27th of June was Hikaru Sato, a Japanese Rotary Global Grant Scholarship recipient.
 
Hikaru is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Public Health at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. The focus of her studies is Disease Prevention and Treatment. Hikaru’s scholarship was awarded by the Rotary Foundation, which supports graduate level course work or research, related to Rotary areas of focus.
Hikaru comes from the city of Mito, Japan, which is just north of Tokyo. 
 
 
Helena Wimpole, Tak, Hikaru Sato,
President Teresa Liu, Sanae
Speaker Hikaru Sato Helena Wimpole 2023-06-26 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

President's Message

Posted by Teresa Liu
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Dear Members,
 
This is my last bulletin message as President of the club. I genuinely want to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for your selfless and unwavering dedication in serving our club in various capacities. Your time, expertise, creativity, and engagement have been highly valued and respected by the entire club. I am also grateful for the fellowship, encouragement, and support extended to me as President of this great club.
President's Message Teresa Liu 2023-06-25 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Glenferrie Connecting to the Community

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A very select group of Glenferrie Rotarians travelled to the Hyatt Place hotel at Essendon Fields to attended the District Changeover and to support Dr Mark Ellis AM and Charles Tran who will take on the roles of Assistant Governors in the 2023-2024 Rotary year. It was a big afternoon with the usual formalities and some surprises.
Glenferrie Connecting to the Community Cheryl Pisterman 2023-06-24 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

District 9800 Welcomes a New District Governor

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Rotary District 9800 welcomed a new District Governor at the District Changeover luncheon at Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields on Saturday January 24th, and two new Assistant Governors, Glenferrie Rotarians PP Dr Mark Ellis AM (Heritage Cluster) and PP Charles Tran (Eastside Cluster). Outgoing DG Amanda Wendt, one of the youngest DGs in Rotary International. concluded a stellar year as District Governor, which included hosting the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne in May,  by handing over the chain of office to incoming DG Ron Payne. Ron, a member of the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk, is a well-known and popular Rotarian who will build upon the momentum of recent years with an agenda of membership growth and engagement. Congratulations to DGE Ron Payne and a very big thank you to DG Amanda Wendt, for a year of achievement in which the focus of Rotary was directed firmly towards service, and the profile of Rotary was greatly enhanced. 
Newly inducted District 9800 Governor Ron Payne, centre, with two new Assistant Governors, PP Dr Mark Ellis AM (AG Heritage Cluster), left, and PP Charles Tran (AG Riverside Cluster), at the District 9800 Changeover Luncheon on Saturday June 24th 2023
District 9800 Welcomes a New District Governor Richard Blakeman 2023-06-23 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Club's Farmers Market Recognised with District Recognition Award

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has received a District Recognition Award at the 2023 District Changeover June 24th, recognising its work through the Boroondara Farmers Market in keeping people connected during the Covid pandemic. District Recognition Awards are offered to acknowledge and encourage excellence in a variety of key areas. They are designed to give Clubs and their members pride in their achievements and to set the benchmark in what clubs can do to make a difference within our community.
 
The Rotary Club of Glenferrie is the recipient of the Connect Award for the work of its members at the Boroondara Farmers Market during the pandemic, in 'Connecting to Make Things Better'. The award was accepted on behalf of the club by President Elect Nominee Peter Moore. Well done Glenferrie Rotarians! To see the certificate, click on 'Read more...' below.
President Elect Nominee Peter Moore, second from right, accepts the District Recognition Award on behalf of the club. The award was for the "Connect" category: Connecting to Make Things Better 
Club's Farmers Market Recognised with District Recognition Award Richard Blakeman 2023-06-23 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market,Community Service,Rotary District 9800
Camberwell Art Show 2023 Now on at Swinburne University Richard Blakeman 2023-06-23 14:00:00Z 0 Community News

Did you know that you can register for a club meeting directly through the ClubRunner App?

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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By now Glenferrie Rotarians are very familiar with the club's administration and communication application, ClubRunner, but few may be fully aware of just how powerful the ClubRunner app can be. The ClubRunner app on your mobile phone replaces the old, printed Club Handbook, and the District Handbook has gone the way of the dodo as well. From the ClubRunner app you can phone, text or email a club member, or a member of any club in District 9800, and read club stories long before they appear in the Bulletin. That you already know.
 
But did you know that you can register for (or decline i.e. register an apology for) a club meeting or event directly from your ClubRunner app? No need to wait for Joanne's prompt, or even open up the club website to book. Now you can do it via your ClubRunner app in the blink of an eye. To find out how, click on 'Read more..."
Did you know that you can register for a club meeting directly through the ClubRunner App? Richard Blakeman 2023-06-23 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Geoff and Helena Stir the Pot at Cooking Classes for the Salvation Army

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Helena Wimpole and Geoff Widmer recently completed a block of six cooking lessons for clients of the Salvation Army. These were conducted at weekly intervals and were a great success. Each lesson, including consumption of the delicious meal lasted for about 2 hours. The practical experience and social interaction were greatly appreciated by the attendees. (See earlier story in The Glenferrie Rotarian,May 8th 2023)
 
We have been asked to present a further set of six lessons commencing on Wednesday 16th August. It would marvellous if any other Club Members would be available to provide their culinary expertise. Helena and Geoff would be happy to help with some introductory guidance.  Please contact Helena, Geoff of myself if you would like to be involved
Geoff and Helena Stir the Pot at Cooking Classes for the Salvation Army Alex Marshall 2023-06-23 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Changeover 2023 Heralds New Opportunities to Create Hope in the World

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In a night that will be long remembered, significant club achievements over the past year were celebrated, a new President and an incoming board welcomed, and the contributions of some outstanding Rotarians recognised. PP Thelma Huchison was presented with a Royce Abbey Award, only the third such award in the club's history, while PP Carol Benson, PP Dr Mark Ellis AM, David Fallick, Geoffrey Widmer and Helen Worladge OAM, Director and Program Manager at the Education CHANCES Foundation, each received a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. Congratulating outgoing President Teresa Liu on a year of significant achievement, incoming President Mark Howlett signalled a continuation of the growth of the club in the year ahead, in terms of membership numbers, community projects and member engagement and satisfaction. A re-energised club, ready to pick up the challenge to Create Hope in the World. To see all the photos from Changeover, click on 'Read more...' below.
 
What fun it was at Changeover 2023! From left, Angela Gao, MC PP Charles Tran, Jack Gao, President Teresa Liu, President-elect Mark Howlett and Donna, and special guests Member for Hawthorn John Pesutto and Mayor of Boroondara, Cr Felicity Sinfield. Ready to 'Create Hope in the World'.
Changeover 2023 Heralds New Opportunities to Create Hope in the World Richard Blakeman 2023-06-19 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover,Meeting Topics

President's Message

Posted by Teresa Liu
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The turnover cycle in Rotary leadership positions has long represented a significant challenge for Rotary clubs implementing their long-term strategies. Bringing together current and incoming leaders of the club encourages continuity in planning and shows that collaboration and communication are the keys to maintaining a future strategic perspective. That’s why research shows us that clubs with strategic plans are more successful in engaging their members.

  
 Conference Attendees - Teresa Liu, Richard Blakeman
Cheryl Pisterman, Peter Moore, Mark Ellis
President's Message Teresa Liu 2023-06-18 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Polio Plus Society Mark Howlett 2023-06-18 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Environmental Sustainability - 7th Pillar of Rotary

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The 7th pillar of Rotary, Environmental Sustainability, was well represented at events prior to and during RICON.

Prior to the convention opening, the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) launched a Green Events handbook; held an action summit; and led a number of tours highlighting environmental issues. During the convention, breakout sessions included an ESRAG lunchtime forum; and a diverse menu of breakout sessions: ‘Adopt a River’, ‘End Plastic Soup’, and ‘A Plant-rich Diet: Delicious Climate Action’. 

 
 Waggle Dance mimics bees actions 
Environmental Sustainability - 7th Pillar of Rotary 2023-06-17 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Power Assist Basketball

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Power Assist Basketball has been running for 20 years. It provides opportunities for sporting participation for those in the community who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. It is focused on personal development and the building of self-esteem of players, by providing opportunities through basketball.
 
Power Assist Basketball conducts its weekly basketball competitions at courts located at MLC. Two members from the Youth committee will assist once a month to administer the weekly Friday night games. Commencing June 2023.
 
Power Assist Basketball Chris Raw 2023-06-17 14:00:00Z 0 Youth Service

FORaMEAL - Making a Big Difference

What an effort from the Rotary Club of Canterbury FORaMEAL team and the 80% of club members who provided their support for the Federation Square Big Difference packing event on 27 May where 100,000 meals were packed; and also at RICON23 House of Friendship where another 70,000 meals were packed – a total of 170,000 meals over 5 days.
 
FORaMEAL - Making a Big Difference 2023-06-17 14:00:00Z 0 Convention 2023

Speaker Ros McMaster Explains RIMERN

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Last Tuesday night 30 members and their guests were treated to a very detailed presentation (including an excellent PowerPoint) on the Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network, or, in Rotary parlance, RIMERN.

We were fortunate to have Ros McMaster, the supervisor of the RIMERN Brunswick warehouse, to update us on the rapid expansion of every aspect of this worthy and essential – but complex – Rotary project. In the first six months of 2023, the number of orders fulfilled already equals the total number in calendar 2022.

  
Ros McMaster, David Fallick,
President Teresa Liu
Speaker Ros McMaster Explains RIMERN David Fallick 2023-06-12 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

President's Message

Posted by Teresa Liu
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According to Rotary’s research, a positive club experience is the single greatest factor in satisfaction. Ensuring club members feel welcome, included and engaged through participating in Rotary service projects and activities is crucial. Last month, we were proud that 70% of our members had participated or volunteered at the Rotary International activity, the RICON23 Melbourne.
   
President's Message Teresa Liu 2023-06-11 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Rotary Foundation Grants 2023-2024 2023-06-10 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation
Last Chance to Book for Changeover 2023! Richard Blakeman 2023-06-08 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover
District Changeover June 24th 2023 Richard Blakeman 2023-06-08 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Glenferrie Rotarians Get into the Spirit at RICON 23

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Twenty members of The Rotary Club of Glenferrie registered for various activities as part of the hugely successful Rotary International Convention 2023 and oh! What fun it was! From the opening day to the closing ceremony, there was light, colour and movement, dinners and breakfasts, new things to learn at numerous break-out sessions, friends to make, networks to nurture, fabulous speakers and wonderful entertainment.

 
Glenferrie Rotarians Get into the Spirit at RICON 23 Richard Blakeman 2023-05-30 14:00:00Z 0 Convention 2023
Rotary International Convention concludes with a message of hope Rotary International 2023-05-30 14:00:00Z 0 Convention 2023

Club Hosting Evening a Night of Fun and Friendship

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The club has received many messages of thanks and congratulations for the highly successful Club Hosting Evening May 29th, held as part of the Rotary International Convention Melbourne 2023. MC for the evening Hon Ted Baillieu AO, Former Premier of Victoria, set the tone for the evening with his humorous commentary and great grace. Asked about how he should be addressed, Ted revealed that at his other club, The Icebergers at The Royal Brighton Yacht Club, he is referred to simply as 'Former', a name that is surely to stick at Rotary now that it has been revealed. 
 
Guest speaker Hon Josh Frydenberg, Former Treasurer of Australia and Former Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club Champion kept an attentive audience entertained with an equally humorous talk about his life in sport, politics and community. Spilling the beans on Ted, Josh revealed that he once played a doubles match with Ted. "As a tennis player", said Josh, "Ted makes an excellent Rotary speaker"!
 
From left, President Teresa Liu, Cr Lisa Hollingsworth, President Fabienne Nichola (RC Camberwell), Hon Josh Frydenberg, Cr Felicity Sinfield Mayor of Boroondara, Hon Ted Baillieu AO and President Andrew Crockett (RC Hawthorn). A night to remember!
More than one hundred and twenty local Rotarians and friends were joined by seventy conventioneers from overseas and interstate, the Mayor of Boroondara Cr Felicity Sinfield and Deputy Mayor Lisa Hollingsworth for a night to remember. Surely a highlight from a host of highlights from RICON 2023!
 
To enjoy a short video of the evening, click on this link: Club Hosting Video Kooyong May 29th 2023
 
 
Club Hosting Evening a Night of Fun and Friendship Richard Blakeman 2023-05-28 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Convention 2023

President's Message

Posted by Teresa Liu
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Life is full of ends and beginnings, governed by changes. I am now close to the end of my Glenferrie Rotary presidency. That means that a beginning of the next positive change in the club is coming, led by Mark Howlett and his Board. At the end of the of every Rotary year, a club Changeover is held where the outgoing President officially hands the leadership to the incoming President. Yet, the changeover is way more than just a leadership transition.

 
 Conference Attendees - Mark Ellis, Peter Moore,
Californian Rotarians, Wendy Cross and Anne Cross
President's Message Teresa Liu 2023-05-28 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Rotary International Convention Melbourne 2023 is Here Richard Blakeman 2023-05-26 14:00:00Z 0 Convention 2023

The Rotary Foundation - Rotary's Charity

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Most of us are well aware of the importance of The Rotary Foundation (TRF). As we come to the end of another Rotary year you might consider making a personal tax-deductible donation to the TRF.

TRF is the charity of choice for many Rotarians and since its formation in 1917 it has been “doing good in the world” spending more than US$4.5 billion on humanitarian aid and education programs.
 
The Give Every Child a Future project, supported by Global Grants from The Rotary Foundation. Rotary members from 21 districts, in partnership with UNICEF, are working with local governments to develop and implement immunization programs to protect 100,000 children from rotavirus, pneumococcal disease, and cervical cancer across nine South Pacific Island countries, including Kiribati and Fiji. 
The Rotary Foundation - Rotary's Charity Andrew Dalziel 2023-05-26 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

The Foresight Sumba Eye Program

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The Foresight Sumba Eye Program Australian team has just arrived back in Australia after a successful eye camp conducted in collaboration with South Perdami, UNHAS - The university of Hasanuddin, South Sulawesi, Sumba Foundation and staff of the Central Tengah Hospital in Central Sumba.
 
In the week the Indonesian surgical team completed over 110 cataract and some pterygium surgeries with our ECN Sr Sany, whom we sent to Makassar for training, assisting.

ECN Sr Sany operating
The Foresight Sumba Eye Program Mark Ellis AM 2023-05-23 14:00:00Z 0 International Service

Speakers - BeyondWater  -  Sharon and Pete Crean

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Last Tuesday evening we had a very inspiring presentation from Sharon and Pete Crean from BeyondWater. They had only flown in from Kenya that morning, so it was great that they were able to present at our meeting.

They started BeyondWater in 2007 while they were living in Sydney. Faced with the fact that nearly one billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water and two billion don’t have any form of sanitation. They had a dream to give African children access to water, but it goes even further than that. Little did they know that five years later they would upend their lives - leaving their jobs, uprooting their family and move to a place they had only been to a couple of times. Eleven years later they are still living their dream in Kenya.

Liz Crean, Sharon Crean, Amelia Anderson,
President Teresa Liu and Pete Crean
 
Speakers - BeyondWater - Sharon and Pete Crean Amelia Anderson 2023-05-22 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report
Rimern Newsletter Mark Howlett 2023-05-21 14:00:00Z 0 Community News,Community Service

Free -Day House of Friendship Passes for RICON

Enjoy a 3-day pass free of charge to the House of Friendship, where you’ll be able to connect with thousands of fellow Rotary members from around the world; and have access to hundreds of Rotary project booths, vendors, food, and entertainment, at the 2023 Rotary Interantional Convention in Melbourne. 
That’s right! A complimentary pass valid Monday-Wednesday, 29-31 May, for the House of Friendship. No additional purchase is required.  
 
Free -Day House of Friendship Passes for RICON 2023-05-21 14:00:00Z 0 Convention 2023

ROMAC

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ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) is a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation run entirely with volunteers. Established more than 35 years ago in District 9800, it is now a project of Rotary Districts in Australia and New Zealand.
 
Rotary Club of Glenferrie has run this program before. Maybe something to consider in the future.
 
ROMAC brings children from developing countries in our Pacific region to Australia and New Zealand to receive surgery in our first-world hospitals that is not accessible in their home countries, giving them life and/or dignity.   
 
Photo of the ROMAC student we
sponsored a few years ago
ROMAC 2023-05-21 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service,International Service

Member Behind the Badge - Joanne Shentu

Posted by Robert Hogan
At the meeting this week we enjoyed another Member Behind the Badge talk from Joanne Shentu. Joanne opened her talk by explaining what a wonderful vibrant city Shanghai was to grow up in. A city of 26 million people, the same population as Australia. Joanne obtained her first degree at Shanghai University majoring in International Trade.
 
Her family decided that they would all emigrate to Australia, and Joanne reluctantly decided to join then. In Melbourne she earned a master's degree of Practicing Accounting from Monash University.
President Teresa Liu, Joanne Shentu,
Ling Shentu & Robert Hogan