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Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary
On Wednesday, over breakfast with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith announced a donation of AU$1 million to Rotary (about US$750,000), citing admiration of Rotary members for the time they devote to others. The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) will administer the funds. “With 29,500 Rotarians in 1,100 clubs throughout Australia, we have an army of volunteers eager to assist those in need,” says Michael Perkins, RABS chair. “The impact of this donation will be felt throughout all of Australia, from the cities to the...
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of December auctions.
Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Rotarians report email scam
Some Rotarians have reported receiving a scam email asking them to click a link to update names and contact information in a directory. The email, which stems from a gmail account, is not from Rotary.
 

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

 
Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can't afford to pay for health care.
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.
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Don MacDonald
TRF Committee – PR.
Would you like help with membership at your Club?
Did you know our District had a net growth in membership of 22 new Rotarians?
 
The district membership committee is available to personalise what you would like presented and covered in your club.   We have a variety of speakers who can help you move forward with a membership plan, how to attract younger members, what really works in attracting new members and how to keep you existing members happy!
 
Please email tim@cinet.com.au to get the ball rolling.
 
Membership Webinars – you just need a computer and speakers (microphone optional) and access to the internet.
 
We had 2 recently on Strengthening your Club 1 – the recent changes by the Council on Legislation and how Clubs have been given new flexibility in meetings and attendance.
 
If you would like a copy of the presentation or a link to the recorded Webinar please email me tim@cinet.com.au
 
Next year:   Strengthening your Club 2 – Preparing your Club Membership Plan
 
Other Zone Webinars:
 
RI Director’s Update, RI Director Noel Trevaskis
Thursday 8 December 2016, 5.00 pm (AEST) Monday 12 December 2016, 8.15 am (AEST)
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1913432084078720513 
 
Attracting the next generation of Rotarians: Re-connecting with Rotary alumni
Wednesday 22 February, 2017, 5.00 pm (AEST)
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/86569325273197058  
 
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Let me know if your Club would like any of these resources and we will send in the old fashioned way?
On Saturday, 26th November, Rotarians and friends from across D9820 gathered in support of the Gala Dinner held at the Cardinia Cultural Centre to celebrate our Rotary Foundation turning 100 years. 
That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.  All of us in attendance enjoyed a great night of fun, laughter and dancing ‘til we dropped, to the music of The Baker Boys.  Past District Governor and The D9820 Rotary Foundation Chairman Tony Spring, along with Past District Governor David Louden and District Governor Lynne Westland cut the cake which was enjoyed by everyone.  Through our Foundation Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.  The centennial is the perfect time to share this impressive record with the our community and the world. Join us in making sure that every Rotary member and people in every community know about the vital work of Rotary and its Foundation.
All of us in attendance had a great night and sincerely thank TRF Chairman Tony Spring, DGN Janne Speirs and PDG Charlie Speirs for all the hard work that went into an extremely successful night.  Well done, and ‘thank you’.
Two years ago a team of 28 Rotarians and tradie friends spent almost two weeks at the Hango Agricultural College replacing the 2½ km supply line from the mountain spring to a new 100,000 litre steel header tank along with construction of two staff houses and other improvements.
Around the middle of the year we sent 2 x 40ft containers with 36 tonnes of building materials, water pipe and fittings, fencing materials, food, appliances, machinery and yes, even a kitchen sink so that all required goods would be there when we got there.
On 19th October another team of 27 members returned from a very successful follow up Phase 2 project to replace and upgrade the old water reticulation system throughout the College proper and to install an irrigation system throughout the productive market garden areas of the farm. All buildings now have running water from the header tank connected through a completely new reticulation system. This is particularly important for the student dormitories and ablutions blocks and in the kitchen where the student’s meals are prepared.
This reliable, potable water supply will greatly improve hygiene for both staff and students. It also guarantees reliable water supplies for animal husbandry and dairy operations.
The irrigation system covers a market garden area of approx.. 400m x 400m and is operable from the natural head pressure. It is easily maintained and operated as it consists of layflat hose along the headland to which are attached individually controlled “t” tape drip lines along each land in which vegetables are grown.  This system will save students hours of bucketing water each day and will greatly improve the productivity of the farm area. It will be particularly useful for dry season production when the availability of fruit and vegetables normally declines.
On Saturday, 19th November, Rotarians and friends from across the district gathered at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne to celebrate the Charter of the Rotary Club of Latitude 38.  It was a memorable afternoon with great food, great fellowship, perfect weather and magnificent Australian Native gardens surrounding us.  An enormous amount of dedicated work has gone into the formation of this club and I felt extremely proud to join in celebrating this special day.  Congratulations to PP Kerrie Schmidt, PDG Brian Norris all the Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Latitude 38, acknowledging that some of you are living overseas.  All Rotarians in District 9820 wish you many years of success in your Service Above Self.
Vince Dijkstra, a retired local horticulturist, was inducted recently as a member of the Drouin Rotary Club.
 
Vince arrived in Australia from the Netherlands in 1987 as a qualified horticulturalist, and set up business growing flowers at Iona – an enterprise he carried on for almost 30 years before retiring to the Drouin area.  He supplied cut flowers through the Melbourne market and interstate.
 
Vince was introduced to the Club by Past President Arie DeWit, and their wives, Afke and Ans accompanied their husbands for the occasion.
 
In performing the induction, President Sharryn Marshall welcomed Vince into Rotary, saying that the Club would benefit from his involvement in its projects, and announced that he had been appointed to the Club’s fund-raising committee.  Responding to his induction, Vince said that he was grateful for the friendly reception he had received when visiting the Club and was looking forward to participating in its various community activities.
What a wonderful evening was had at the Cardinia Cultural Centre on Saturday Nov 26!
Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the evening of food, fun, dancing and raising some extra funds for the Foundation.
I would also like to thank all those who donated prizes and auction items – they helped to make the evening extra special.
Glenn Ellam as MC and Rob Wilson (from Traralgon) as our auctioneer really set the tone for the evening and the birthday cake made by Margo Whelan – also Traralgon – went down very well.
    
  

Four months of this Rotary year have gone already and this month we will celebrate our own charity – The Rotary Foundation, which transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

I hope to see many Rotarians, partners and friends at our Gala Celebration of The Rotary Foundation on 26th November at the Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham.

I know it will be a great night, so get a table together and book in now!

End Polio now!!!

Sam Owori
The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International has unanimously nominated, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19. Owori says he sees in Rotary "an incredible passion to make a difference." As president, he plans to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."
Owori's chief concerns as a Rotary leader are membership and extension. Since he served as district governor, the number of clubs in Uganda has swelled from nine to 89. He urges past, present, and future leaders to work together to engage more women, youth program participants, alumni, and community members to increase Rotary's membership in the coming years.  "There are many places which need Rotary and numerous potential members who have never been invited," he says. "The problem is Rotarians who got in and closed the doors."
 
Owori is chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank. He has studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.
 
Since becoming a member in 1978, Owori has served Rotary as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional RI membership coordinator, RI Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat, and RI director. He has been a member or chair of several committees, including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee. Most recently, Owori served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation, chair of The Rotary Foundation's Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee. Owori is a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation, and he and his wife, Norah, are Major Donors and Paul Harris Fellows.
Here is an update from Janne Speirs, District 9820 International Chair 2016-17 about the container she arranged to be sent to Bandladesh.
 
Exciting news from Bangladesh this week!! After lots of ‘toing and froing’ and general holdups, the container of goods for the hospital at Joyrumkura has finally been cleared from the port at Chittagong and embarked on its 12 hour road trip to the north of the  country where it has been welcomed with excitement and thanks by the hospital administrators and staff. They are touchingly grateful for what we as Rotarians here in Victoria have been able to do for this very poor area in terms of improved medical equipment and therefore care. I have attached some photos and an excerpt from the cover letter sent to me during the week by my chief contact Tarun Daring.
My personal thanks are extended to all the Clubs who assisted in this International Project. Having visited the hospital in 2013 and been familiar with it through its entire 50 year history due to my father, PDG (D950) Bill McFarlane’s involvement with the country since 1964 I could think of no better way to assist than by bringing to bear the incredible reach and resources of Rotary, DIK and the generosity of Rotarians in D9820.
I am assured that other photos will follow in coming days of equipment in situ and will ensure that those are also forwarded to the District.
Many thanks once again
Janne Speirs
(D9820 International Chair 2016-7)
 
From Tarun Daring (Interim Executive Director) “your supports have made us possible to increase the medical care and service facilities in our hospital and we are greatly happy with your love and care”

Joyramkura is a ‘village’ in the very North of Bangladesh about 7 kms South of the Indian border near the Garo hills in the Haluaghat region some 175 kms North of Dhaka. It is part of a large, extremely populous but very poor rural area and therefore the hospital, which was built by the Australian Baptist Missionary Society and opened its doors in February 1964 but is now run as part of the Garo Baptist Convention and their Community Health Project (which also educates the local people in areas such as hygiene, microfinance and other life skills), caters for the very poor members of the community, many of whom have little or no ability to pay for services. The majority of people in these areas are marginal farmers, sharecroppers and field laborers. A few people live by small trade and also a few by service. Cooking for inpatients is done by family members in the hospital grounds and conditions in the hospital itself are very basic although everything possible is done for those who need help.
In the area the maternal mortality rate is 440 per 100,000 live births and the infant mortality rate per 1000 live births is 57. Two third of the children are malnourished, 52.20% of the children suffer from chronic malnutrition and 8% suffer from acute malnutrition. Still 55% of the populations do not use sanitary latrines
 
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