What a month it has been, with celebrations in every club as they congratulated last year’s Presidents and welcomed in the new Presidents for the 2016-17 Rotary Year. I wasn’t able to get to all the Changeovers, but managed to attend twenty four, which were all different, exciting and inspiring. I hope all the new Club Presidents are enjoying their very important role of leading their club. Trevor and I recently attended the RC Seaford Carrum Downs Charter of the Interact Club of Carrum Downs Secondary College and what a great night it was. Interact is Rotary’s service club for young people aged 12-18 years and can be found in middle schools high school or the community. Working together, Interactors conduct international and community service projects with the support of their sponsoring Rotary club, enabling participants to gain leadership and organisational skills and give back to their communities. I am delighted that the charter of Latitude 38 Club has been signed off by Rotary International and look forward to celebrating their Charter celebrations. Congratulations to PP Kerrie Schmidt and PDG Brian Norris for all the hard work you have put into this club. I wish you continued success. Over the next few months, I am really looking forward to my club visits and getting to know more about each individual club and their members.
Yours in Rotary
August - Membership and Extensions Month
In August we celebrate Membership and Extension Month and it’s done early in the Rotary year because growing our membership can never be done too soon. To keep Rotary going we always need to be growing. Have you thought about asking your family to become members of this great organisation. Our spouses and partners, our children and friends are often right there with us, supporting us in the wonderful work of Rotary, but have never been ‘asked’ to join. The family of Rotary is an amazing experience and to share it with a loved one makes it even more special. Our job of growing membership doesn’t end when a new member is inducted. We need to ensure that every new member is enjoying being a Rotarian, that their contributions are valued and that our clubs are welcoming places to be where Rotarians and friends of Rotary want to come along. People come into Rotary for all kinds of reasons, but they stay because Rotary is fun, gives us the opportunity to meet amazing people and enables us to serve humanity.
I embarked on my road to Rotary thanks to George Campbell, a dear friend and mentor who taught me the importance of civic responsibility. My former boss saw a potential leader in me and I thank him for his guidance. After starting down that road, I met many other Rotarians walking the same path. They offered me their help, shared advice, and made sure I kept moving in the right direction.
I am the person I am today because of Rotary. To be a member of the Rotary family is to be a part of something much bigger than yourself. It means that you are a member of a diverse, worldwide team whose members together have provided extraordinary service to humanity.
As we celebrate Membership Month this August, I hope you reflect not only on your road to Rotary, but also how to help set others down that road. As club and district leaders, you set the example for your fellow Rotarians as active, engaged members of our organization. You not only play an important role in inspiring current members, but also in attracting new ones. There is a potential Rotarian in anyone who cares about their community and strives to make the world a better place. Finding a new member can be as simple as inviting someone you know to your next meeting or engaging Rotaractors and alumni.
It’s about everything we do to attract and retain membership in our great organization and all our efforts in strengthening our clubs ongoing.
But first, a bit congratulations to the team at the Rotary Club of Latitude 38 – our newest Club! Thanks to the tireless work of a merry band of workers over some time Rotary International has now officially chartered our fully fledged Rotary Club!
Some things to do this month?
As a district membership committee we have a number of speakers that are available to club to highlight and help attract new members – how to run meetings that appeal to a wider group, how to attract younger members to your club, now do the new changes in our Constitution give us the flexibility in Club membership types and meeting frequency.
The Rotary Club of Warragul held a very special meeting recently with PP Don Cumming PHF SP, welcoming his grandson Daniel Armour to share his experiences of his career.
Daniel has been a very important part of our club since he was 8 years old. He has always been fascinated with cameras, productions, videos and along with Don’s encouragement, recorded events such as District changeovers, art shows, 100 years of Rotary etc…. recording priceless memories for District 9820 and the Rotary club of Warragul.
Daniel did a Diploma in Screen and Media (Television Production) at Box Hill TAFE and then worked with News Corp Australia, and currently working with ENG as a Camera Operator, with Australian News Channel.
The Rotary Club of Frankston members put their best feet forward in the inaugural Melbourne Coastrek last November, raising more than $7000 for The Fred Hollows Foundation’s work restoring sight to the needlessly blind. Their participation continues a long tradition of support for The Foundation’s work.
Rotary International recognised the work of Professor Fred Hollows, awarding him a posthumous Rotary Award for World Understanding in 1993. This award was accepted by Fred’s wife Gabi and included a cheque for US$100,000 which was one of the first major donations to allow Fred’s legacy, The Fred Hollows Foundation, to get on its feet.
The Fred Hollows Foundation continues to strive towards its vision of a world where no person is needlessly blind and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to good health. Rotary Clubs and Districts have been great supporters of The Fred Hollows Foundation’s work during the past 24 years which has included restoring sight to more than two million people in more than 25 countries.
EAST Timorese toddler Anton appeared doomed to die of a gargantuan kidney tumour – until doctors and Rotary stepped in.
Now, the two-year-old has been given the all-clear – despite a twist to his diagnosis that turned what should have been a routine operation into a six-month battle to save his life.
Doctors in Dili had told Teretoriano Antonio Da Silva’s parents to take him back to their home in the mountains to die.
They could do nothing to remove the watermelon-size 3.5kg tumour protruding from his abdomen and crowding out his lungs and heart.
But a doctor close to their village of Laclubar, in the Manatuto district, referred them to Dr Dan Murphy, an American GP who runs the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili. He then alerted Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children.
Within a week Anton, as he’d come to be known, and his grandmother Claudina Soares were on a plane bound for Melbourne.
Interpreters were found, and Rotary volunteers met them at every airport transfer. And host family Dianne and William Sides were ready to open their home for what was supposed to be a short stay.
But as soon as Anton landed, on December 22, he had to be rushed to hospital and resuscitated.
On the 14th of July 2016, David Rackett was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Warragul.
David joined the Rotary Club of Warragul in 1979 and resigned in 1993 after 13 ½ years of service. During that time he was involved in the development of Rotary Park and was Treasure of the Art Show Committee for several years. He was a foundation member of the Probus Club of Warragul.
David is a qualified accountant and during his time at Warragul was the manager and then the regional manager for the Westpac Bank.
David served with THE Royal Australian Air Force in the south west Pacific as a leading Aircraftman of Beaufighters.
David has held many positions within the R.S.L. – secretary for 16 years. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the RSL in 2012. It is an honor over and above life membership. It is awarded to those already holding life membership who have had 30 years continuous membership and who have given 25 years outstanding service.
He is committed to RSL appeals – he is regularly seen in the lead up to Anzac Day and Remembrance Day selling badges and poppies, and has been present at a large number of Anzac Day services. For David it is all part of the ongoing service he committed to as a 20 year old in World War 11.
Congratulations to David from all members of the Rotary Club of Warragul.
In October of 2014 a team of 30 Rotarians and volunteers completed a major project at Hango Agricultural College in Tonga. It involved the laying of 2.5km of 100mm pipeline from a permanent spring in the high country on the island of Eua to a new 100,000 litre steel header tank also constructed by the Team.
The tank was connected to the existing reticulation system in the College. Unfortunately the upgraded supply soon found weak spots in the old system.
This prompted a commitment by the Cranbourne Team to organise another visit to replace and upgrade the reticulation system.
It has taken two years to plan and arrange the finances but on Friday 22nd July a second 40ft container was loaded with polypipe and fittings, a trenching machine, lay flat drip irrigation hose, fencing materials and a range of other materials. The 11.5 tonnes of goods in this latest container follows 21.6 tonnes of building materials dispatched in the first container during June. While the pipeline crew are doing their work the builders and plumbers in the team will be building new staff residences and replacing the roof on two existing 3 BR staff houses.
In 2016-17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.
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.
Educate Rotarians and the Public at club meetings and community forums. Promote your centennial events and projects by contacting local media and by using #TRF100 on social media. List the events on Rotary Showcase for more exposure.
Recognition of achievements globally and locally: Polio Plus, and key local community projects.
Celebration of the Centennial - District 9820 Gala Dinner 26th November, 2016. Family days organised around a 9820 Clusters or individual Clubs February, 2017 dates – closest to Paul Harris’ birthday to be announced locally and on newsletter.
Inspiration – engage good speakers, present exciting material through the club Public Relations committee to the communities you serve.
District 9820 More Ways to celebrate
Here are just a few more ways you can join in and commemorate this historic milestone:
Hold a fundraiser in your community to support a Foundation grant project, the Rotary Peace Centers, or PolioPlus.
Organize or participate in a global grant or district grant project.
Promote your club or district projects that are funded by the Foundation.
Dedicate some club meetings to Rotary Foundation topics.
Challenge members to increase your club’s contributions to the Foundation.