Uncertain times call for innovation

This article refers to the Rotary Club of New Albany Ohio U.S.A.. Rotary members of that Club are shown loading  boxes of assembled face shields for Form5 Prosthetics. With the help of this Rotary Club, the company has produced more than 5,000 face shields for health workers.
Wash your hands. Wear face masks. Self-quarantine. COVID-19. Pandemic. Whoever thought these phrases or words would become part of our everyday life!
As a Rotarian, I know we are “problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.” When our District 6690 leaders communicated an opportunity to use a district grant in response to the global COVID-19 crisis, I knew we needed to jump in. But how?  What impact could we make in our community using a district grant?
The Rotary Club of New Albany, Ohio, proceeded to submit a grant proposal to purchase a 3-D printer for Form5 Prosthetics to increase their production of the re-usable face shields for first responders and medical professionals. Form5 Prosthetics is no ordinary non-profit organization.  The young CEO and innovator, Aaron Westbrook, was a newly inducted Rotarian with big ideas and a big heart. Form5 is also near and dear to the hearts of our community.
In true Rotary fashion as People of Action, our club rallied to not only respond to the pandemic but to also support one of our own. I’ll let Aaron tell the rest of the story:
Form5 Prosthetics has a goal of making 10,000 face shields for health care workers.
Although I have only been a Rotarian for about four months, I feel like I have been a Rotarian my entire life. I have always had the heart to serve others and to give to my community. I was inducted roughly two weeks before COVID-19. I made it one of my goals for 2020 to serve my community in a new way, beyond my work at Form5 Prosthetics. I believe that Rotary is the way to connect those with voices in your community – “the do-gooders” — and together make a collective impact, especially in a time of need. And that’s exactly what Rotary has proven to be for me.
That collective impact is something that inspires me to get up in the morning and drives me late into the night working. It is what has made all the impossible things in my life possible. As following executive orders, health guidelines, and stay-at-home orders became our normal, our team at Form5 could not help but follow the innovation happening overseas by makers and engineers stepping up to provide PPE in a dire shortage. In just four days, our board and committee members designed and 3-D printed a re-usable face shield to protect the eyes and airways of those on the front lines of the pandemic.
Three months later, we have now produced 5,000 face shields with a goal of 10,000 to donate to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We pivoted our work to print our face shield design – leveraging our creativity, passion, and idle printers due to not being able to work with recipients. This expansion of our impact could not have been possible without community organizations like The Columbus Foundation and The Rotary Club of New Albany, Ohio, and others that funded our production of face shields – providing additional 3D printers, materials, supplies, etc.
The health and safety of our team, recipients, and volunteers remain at the forefront of our work going forward and we have been mindful of the service of our Rotarians in our face shield production.
We were happy to begin pick-up and drop-offs of supplies in June – allowing Rotarians to assemble shields and bring back to Form5 to sterilize and distribute to those on the front lines.
The Rotary Vision is more than just a statement – it is who we are! “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
Uncertain times call for innovation 2020-08-01 14:00:00Z 0

Last week's Quiz

Last week’s meeting             
took a different model thanks for our Cameron Horder (Photo) who presented us with a quiz containing 20 questions and put us on the spot to test if we knew the answers.    The answers are shown in the last column on the right
  1. Name 7 one-word nameThe d countries whose spelling ends in the letter Y
  2. Released In late 2015, which multi-Oscar winning movie has a title that means "A person that has returned"?
  3. Which two sauces are part of the  of that  ingredients of a Bloody Mary?
  4. What is the nick name of the New Zealand men's basketball team?
  5. The musical Rock of Ages is based on music from which decade?
  6. If Rd is for road and St is for street what do the following designations stand for?
  7. Who wrote Jurassic Park?
  8. Who is currently in the Australian Top 40 charts with a song titled Juice?
  9. who was the King of Persia from 486 to 465 BC?
  10. What is the World's most Southerly capital
  11. Name the five European countries that have French as an official language. (1 pt each).
  12. The words COSY APPEAL are an anagram of which one word?
  13. Linseed oil is made from which plant?
  14. Within the NRL and AFL, which are the only two team names that do not end in the letter "S"! ( 1 pt each)
  15. What is the more common name for the Harvestman spider?
  16. Along with Dopey, name the other 6 Dwarfs! (1 pt each)
  17. What is the Spanish word for 'navy'?
  18. Which Australian band had a hit in 1981 with Bustin' Loose?
  19. Which river flows through Washington DC?
  20. In the movie Eurovision Song Contest: The story of Fire Saga, which country do the characters played by Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams represent?                             As this was a new format most felt a little unpreprepared for this process          
  21. The correct answers were
    1.         Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Paraguay,        Uruguay, Turkey
    2.         The Revenant
    3.         Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce
    4.         The Tall Blacks
    5.         1980's
    6.         Circuit, Glade, Loop, Strand
    7.         Michael Crichton
    8.         Uzzo
    9.         King Xerxes
    10.       Wellington
    11.       France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco
    12.       Apocalypse
    13.       Flax
    14.       Melbourne Storm, Port Adelaide Power
    15.       A Daddy Long Legs
    16.       Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Bashful, Doc
    17.       Armada
    18.       Moving Pictures
    19.       The Potomac
    20.       Iceland
    And the good performers were as follows
    Jeanette Lynch with a score of 24/60
    Closely followed by Tom Barber with 19/60
    We are planning to repeat the experience in a few weeks so we can improve on our performance 
    Many thanks Cameron for organizing this – We are much wiser since reading the answers. We are trained to do it again and perhaps perform a little better
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Some relief from the current stress

                                                                              
Some relief from the current stress 2020-08-01 14:00:00Z 0

PARAPROSDOKIANS   

PARAPROSDOKIANS      are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence is unexpected.   Winston Churchill loved them...  

Some examples:

1.   Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

2.   Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

3.   If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

4.   War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

5    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

6.   They begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

7.   To steal ideas from someone is plagiarism.  To steal from many is called research.

8.   In filling in an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency' - notify:  I put 'DOCTOR.'
PARAPROSDOKIANS 2020-07-26 14:00:00Z 0

Youngest President sets record at Rotary Stawel

Message from the District Governor
You may have seen the story on the ABC News on Wednesday July 22, featuring 18-year-old Taia Hayter, the youngest president to be installed at the Rotary Club of Stawell. The story also featured the ageing and decline of our membership, which was perhaps not the most positive message about Rotary. I would, however, like to reassure everyone that we are working with the ABC and other television networks to present a more attractive image of Rotary. Our aim is to showcase the amazing array of projects in which we are involved and the difference we make in our communities. 
Going forward, any national media coverage will be centred on community service. This includes environment, diversity, equity and inclusion, the work of our foundation in the six (soon to be seven) areas of focus, and how RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) efficiently supports our work. 
If you have any ideas for stories that could be featured in the national print or TV media, please send them to me with a synopsis of the relevant project. 
Whilst it is heartening to see how well clubs and members have taken up communicating through Zoom, we must strive to further engage our members by sharing projects that they can be actively involved in, despite the lockdown. As Rotarians, we all enjoy being People of Action, and knowing that our actions make a difference. 
I would like to send out a challenge to all clubs, as well as Avenues of Service Chairs, to allocate time in their Zoom meetings for a lifestyle and learning event. You could discuss projects such as developing a communication link with others in the community, contributing to seed bank collections, building bee hotels, mask making, and researching and learning about international projects. I’m sure you will have many other ideas to share about things we can do at home during lockdown. 
As the saying goes, ‘We are all in this together’. Let’s take this opportunity to grow and learn.
Philip Archer, Rotary District 9800 Governor
 
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Corporate Memebrship

Corporate Membership   
The Perth Rotary Club recently accepted the Magic Coat for Kids joining  the Perth Rotary Club as a Corporate Member on Friday 17 July 2020.
 
Di Wilcox is Founder and CEO of Magic Coat for Kids a social/emotional well being program for children.  After 20 years of teaching, Di realized that our children are under increasing stress and pressures which was increasing their anxiety and anger levels leading to mental health issues at a young age. 
 
She wanted to create something that taught children simple and effective concepts that enabled them to feel more calm, confident and have the ability to problem solve as well as recognise and manage their own emotions.
 
After some research in the areas of CBT and Positive Psychology, Di created The Magic Coat. Using the analogy of putting on a bright yellow coat using their imagination, children are taught that all the characters that live inside the coat pocket each represent a strategy that they can use throughout their day to help them manage worry, negative feelings, build confidence and have empathy for others.
 
Di also believes that for a program to be effective with children a common language must be created that parents, teachers and children can all use together which is why the workshops and resources created for The Magic Coat are all for parents, teachers and children to do together.
 
While Di originally wrote the program for children to use in classrooms it is now being used for adults and children in prisons, women's refuges foster care and child care centres.
 
It has also been successfully used in indigenous communities including Broome, Mt Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra. 
the Board of Directors and Members of the Perth Rotary Club welcome Di Wilcox and the Magic Coat for Kids to the Club. 
Could Keilor Rotary find its own Corporate Members ?
Corporate Memebrship 2020-07-26 14:00:00Z 0

Special General Meeting 21/07/2020

Special General Meeting          
We had the Special General Meeting of our Rotary Club of Keilor held via Zoom  on the 21st July, Fourteen members were in attendance, which was  above the required quorum of nine members
The Proposed Constitution and Rules were passed with minor amendments to include the club name and club locality.
 
The Proposed Rotary Club of Keilor Bylaws were passed after several amendments, namely
  1. The removal of the two types of membership, Associate and Family membership and the rewording of Clause 2.2 to reflect the removal of the Associate and Family memberships
  2. Insertion of the numbers of members of the Board of management of the club to read the Board consisting of nine directors and three other directors (when applicable)
The Secretary will now lodge the updated Keilor Rotary Club Constitution and Rules with consumer Affairs Victoria.
Note that Corporate Membership remains an important option for recruiting new members to our Club
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Face Masks at Keilor Rotary

    Face Masks at Keilor Rotary            
This week face masks have  become compulsory all over Melbourne ,and  some  of us have been working at designing  washable and reusable face coverings as a cheap alternative This  option involves constructing  a sock mask by turning socks into DIY masks The method of achieving this is found on the internet.                                        and the  method only requires a sock and a pair of scissors.  After chopping the heel off and cutting down the non-heel fold of the sock, you open the sock out to form a rectangle shape before making further cuts to create ear holes.  This has been achieved by our own Glenda Bryson and she gave us 2 demonstrations of the end result as shown in photos
As well as  protecting you against dangerous  viruses this mask  can also protect against unpleasant sights
 
Face Masks at Keilor Rotary 2020-07-26 14:00:00Z 0

Face Mask for Holloway Aged Care

Donation to Holloway Aged Care                     
In response to the Covid crisis our Club made a donation of 400 masks to Holloway Hostel this week    Aged care stands as a looming disaster for the state in regard to the pandemic of Covid 19     Our local Holloway Hostel that we have been supporting for many years has avoided any Covid breakout in contrast to the  Nursing home down the road called  Embracia    The most important protection against this disease is the wearing of masks    As of the 19th of July, all staff from all departments at the hostel are wearing masks. Disposable masks have been supplied and will continue to be supplied until instructed otherwise. Staff must dispose of a mask after 4 hours or if the mask if soiled.      We received thank you letters from  the families and from the staff who are now wearing them 
Face Mask for Holloway Aged Care 2020-07-26 14:00:00Z 0

Dr Tony Bartone Guest Speaker

An invitation to join President David Whiting and the members of the Rotary Club of Keilor at a Zoom Meeting.
We have the privilege of listening to excellent Guest Speakers on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month, Zoom makes it easy for you to join us.
 
7.00 pm Tuesday 4th of August 2020
Our Guest Speaker is Dr Tony Bartone
Dr Bartone is a Melbourne GP and the President of the Australian Medical Association.
 
The topic Covid19 a Personal Perspective
 
We have the opportunity to learn from an expert all the things that we all need to know about Covid19, what do we need to do personally to keep
ourselves, our Families and our Community as safe as possible. 
It will provide you with the opportunity to learn, what you need to know.
 
To join Zoom Meeting click on the link below at 6.55pm
 
 
Meeting ID: 898 2961 5934
Passcode: 613740
 
If you would like to join our Guest Speaker mailing list and receive information on other interesting speakers, please contact our club at www.rotarykeilor.org.au
 
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ROTARY CENTENARY BATON LAUNCH 
 

Rotay Centenary Baton Launch        
 
The celebration of 100 Years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand got off to a spectacular start last Friday, with an event broadcast via YouTube from Government House. The signature project for the event Give Every Child a Future was spotlighted during an online event that celebrated Rotary, Rotarians and the wonderful work done over the past 100 years.
Leo Sayer kicked off the event with some of his hits culminating in a toe-tapping rendition of You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.  Master of Ceremonies David Mann hosted the event remotely - from Melbourne.  Rotarians from all around the world joined the 'telecast' to hear His Excellency the Governor General launch the celebrations from Government House Canberra, relating the contribution that Rotary has made and continues to make to the improvement of the world. Although celebrating an incredible contribution over the past 100 years, His Excellency said it is very much about looking forward, not looking back. There will be another 100 years, his Excellency proclaimed, because "big hearts don't stop beating".


Co-Chair of the National Centenary of Rotary Committee, Garry Browne AM, spoke of the strength of Rotary as an organisation, its networks and resources, and of the abilities and dedication of Rotarians that make possible the broad range of significant projects that, in line with Rotary's 'Service Above Self', have made a real difference to the lives of many.


The passing of the Baton was handled skilfully with His Excellency handing the Baton to President of the Rotary Club of Sydney Fatima Ali in Canberra, and Her Excellency Mrs Hurley then magically handing the Baton from Canberrra to Rotary Melbourne President Marion Macleod - in Melbourne!


The celebration of the contribution of Rotary and Rotarians finished with another magical touch, a wonderful performance by Opera Australia tenor Nicholas Jones, in Government House, Canberra singing To Dream the Impossible Dream, followed by a true piece of theatrical magic. Australian Josh Piterman, currently starring as the Phantom in the Phantom of the Opera in London sang Music of the Night from London, accompanied via Zoom from Melbourne by renowned musical director, arranger and pianist John Foreman OAM, truly a wonderful experience!
.  You can view the entire event on https://www.stagepass.com.au/rotary
David Mann was the MC online from Melbourne. He provided a quotation from 1921:  "A Rotarian is a 'go-getter' and practical idealist!"
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Memories of Jeanette Lynch

At our last meeting Jeanette recalled that when Leon was still in charge of Rotary Friendship Exchange in 2001 he arranged a group of 9 of us to travel to Oregon USA  . That was in October 2001. The travellers were Leon with Pauline , Jeanette with Michael , Marie Barbera and 2 other Rotarian couples from other Clubs               
As usual  This RFE  program was structured as a reciprocal exchange for Rotarians to be hosted in the homes of Rotarians for 3 or 4 nights in 4 different Clubs . Our only cost was to make our way to Oregon , There was no cost to Rotary
While  we were planning our trip  The September 11 attacks terrorist attacks in USA took place and some partners such as Pauline preferred to cancel the trip .                    Leon said to Pauline “ I am going , you can stay home if you wish “ In the end everyone agreed to travel . We made our way to Eugene, Oregon the  city of our Rotarian hosts.  It  is also  the site of The University of Oregon . This university proudly boasted of its gridiron team . So eventually we were invited to witness this  American Football match  between the Oregon University  and Stanford University The host Rotary Club paid for our attendance and we felt honoured by the donation
Before moving to the ground we were invited to take part in what they called a  tailgate party which is a social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle ( as per . We enjoyed eating and drinking before the match .
 
Then we moved to  attend the  game between these  two University teams
We were fascinated by the strange model of playing football . particularly seeing defending players leaving the ground and being replaced by attacking players
The Oregon team were doing well but towards the end of the match they overtaken by their opponents. and lost the game        We moved to leave the ground and the next excitement was the result of someone kicking one of the footballs into the crowd. This football hit Jeanette on the head . Luckily Dr Leon was on hand to treat her to reassure her that there was no serious injury
Our hosting in Oregon was held in interesting rural houses . We recall that one of these houses was protected by an  electric fence around garden to keep out  the deers
Hosting was very friendly and comfortable . The only complaints we recall was when Jeanette opened the window of her bedroom because she found the room too warm . Her hostess asked why she wanted to warm the verandah
Then Marie had also one small complaint with the hosting . Each the four houses where she stayed owned a dog and Marie had not warned them that she was scared of dogs
Our hospitality had a high point when we stayed in Coos Bay One of the Rotarians worked in the local police force .. His contribution was to take us for a  tour the town in his police van. Marie remembers the experience of being  taken to prison
Then October happened to be the birthday month for a few of our members . The first to celebrate was Leon . To celebrate we made our way to King Estate Winery which was a wonderful organic winery,. the wine was fantastic but it cost more than we expected as Pauline found out when she got home . Pauline held up the title of being the best shopper
Next function was a barbecue next to  a rustic cabin along the Wells creek . Interestingly the cabin had no power except for the generator that had the task of powering the alcohol making machine to generate margarita for the players .
After the meal  the main entertainment was to hit golf balls across the Wells creek
Pauline was taken for a quad bike into the forest and we thought we lost her and we worried that you would never see you again but she came  back safely
We all had a very good and fabulous time seeing  an interesting part of the world         It was just after this exchange that Leon passed on the role of Chair of Friendship Exchange to Jeanette which she has held for the next  20 years
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The Electoral College USA

The Electoral College   
was the subject for our speaker at our last Zoom meeting  ,Stephen Marantelli – 
In the course of Stephen's presentation, we got  an insight into what is going on in the United States at the moment in the lead up to the Presidential Elections in November, and perhaps a little insight also into the strengths and tensions in the long established Australia-United States relationship.
The Electoral College is a complete mystery to most Australians with our Westminister style of parliamentary democracy. And yet it is the very mechanism by which the President of the United States is elected. Stephen Marantelli is a barrister. He has a passion for American history, in particular, the history of the presidency. The nature and trend of the American-Australian alliance is better understood in the light of that history. A successful author, Stephen's imaginative and thought provoking book recounts an imaginary meeting in London between Edmund Barton, Australia's first Prime Minister, and George Washington, the First President of the United States.
When all is said and done, it's the Electoral College vote — not the popular vote — that decides the presidency. Some states are considering legislation that essentially bypasses the Electoral College. Should New Hampshire join in?
The Electoral College is made up of 538 electors from the all of the states. New Hampshire has four of those electors.  In most states, the candidate who wins the popular vote in a state wins the electors. The candidate who wins the most electors nationally wins the presidency.
A handful of other states have implemented other ways of distributing their electoral college votes. In Maine and Nebraska, for example, electoral college votes are distributed based on who won the popular vote in each of the states' congressional districts. 
The Electoral College and the popular vote
In the 2000 presidential election, Democrat Al Gore received 50,999,897 votes; Republican George Bush received 50,456,002. In the Electoral College count, however, Bush tallied 271 electors to Gore's 266.  Bush became the president. A similar situation arose sixteen years later, when Democrat Hilary Clinton received 65,853,514 votes to Republican Donald Trump's 62,984,828, but Trump carried the electoral college by 304 to Clinton's 227. 
Because of these results, some states have been passing legislation agreeing to the National Popular Vote interstate compact. States that join the compact agree to award their Electoral College votes to the candidate who receives the most votes nationally, not the candidate who wins the state, once the compact has reached enough members to constitute an electoral majority.
According to the National Popular Vote website(link is external), twelve states and Washington, D.C. have passed National Popular Vote legislation, totalling 181 electors.
Faithless elector laws
There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that binds electors to vote for the candidate who won their state's popular vote. Though it is rare, electors have occasionally opted to instead vote for a candidate of their own choosing. 
Twenty-eight states have passed laws that legally require electors to vote for a particular candidate, such as the winner of the state's popular vote. Punishments for breaking the law vary from subjecting the faithless elector to a fine or disqualifying them and replacing them with a backup elector. So far, these laws have not been enforced or tested in court. 
 
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Coping with the Covid-19 Virus

In this difficult phase of life in Melbourne our John Dean gave us the following personal report
“How Karen and I have coped with having the Corona virus surrounding us. We have not had any signs of having the virus and have endeavoured to follow the Government guidelines whenever possible.
Our life has been basically the same other than it has limited our Social activities and certainly my involvement with Rotary.
During the First Quarter of this year for instance I had involvement in each of our monthly Bunnings BBQ’s, the picking up of tables and chairs from Monmia Primary School, the Keilor Gift, Holloway Bus Shelter and the pick-up of chairs and tables from PEGS.
From mid-March this involvement ceased because of restrictions that were brought in which proved to be a blessing in disguise for Karen and I as it has allowed us to put all our energy into clearing out Karen’s mothers’ house which has recently been sold. Selling the house under “Virus” conditions was an interesting exercise due to the many stringent conditions put on Real Estate Agents, e.g. limiting the number of people allowed to attend Open Days and Auctions and the strict sanitising rules that now apply.
Trying to find charities that were willing to come and pick up goods was also a challenge. Luckily, Helping Hands, although their shop is currently closed were happy to come and pick up goods providing all goods were put outside the house and in the open.
At one stage I thought we were going to be left with a lounge suit as it wouldn’t go through any doors. Whilst taking a five minute break, Karen all of a sudden remembered that when the lounge was delivered 20 years ago that the same problem presented itself and was resolved by it being put through a window and thankfully, what came in, did go out the same way, with difficulty. Roll on 7 August settlement. What are we going to do with our time then?    “
 
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2nd Speaker Tom Barber

 The 2nd speaker was Tom Barber  
He talked about his interview with the Herald Sun which led to the article shown on the right which was published a few days ago
 
Tom  started work with DCA, in Melbourne in, the Drawing Office, in Aug 1966 after arriving from the UK 10 days earlier. The following is his work history . The following is part of his report
Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport opened to international traffic on 1 July 1970
I was working at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport in 1970 when Tullamarine opened and of course visited the site many times during its construction. All Melbourne based DCA staff were invited to Tullamarine for the opening ceremony to ensure we would be part of the history taking place. Not everyone was able to leave their workplace but still quite a number of us went along.
My Work was focused on civil engineering, operational design and airport management, leading to roles such as, Technical Coordinator, Project Manager, Airside Operations Manager and Airport Duty Manager until I retired in 2009.     why was  Ichosen to speak on behalf of Melbourne Airport (MEL)?
My history above plus the fact that I was one of the few remaining people still alive who was around at the opening and who had held a few interesting positions over four decades. And the fact that I still have some contacts at MEL and have continued providing consultancy assistance from time to time since I left.
Current connection and recent work
Two years ago, the company I am working with were commissioned to investigate and complete the following Tasks;
  • Review and re-write all the operational documents and procedures that the airport holds.
  • Provide new procedures where required.
  • Work with Airside staff during all shifts (over 24 hrs and two weeks to make sure I evaluate all staff) to see where improvements can be made.
  • Ensure that the airport is fully compliant with Dept of Transport and CASA rules, laws and recommendations..50th Anniversary
As MEL was approaching the 50th anniversary, the media department were putting out the feelers to find out who was still around and who was working for DCA prior to and during the opening of MEL.
They contacted the Civil Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) at Essendon Airport for some names and my name was one of the four names that popped up. We volunteer and meet at Essendon Airport every Tuesday. The CAHS provided photos and a historic dialogue with newsworthy items in chronological order
  
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Last Week's Meeting

Last week’s meeting
was started by President David Whiting  overviewing  the Club’s program as discussed on the previous week. As there were no comment or objections , the meeting continued by inviting two speakers to expand and tell about  special moments in their life
 
The first speaker was me, Leon Lewi
I talked about my  memories from the Rotary year 1998/99
It  started by highlighting the old habit of Clubs toasting another Rotary Club as shown in photo above , often the Club is in another part of the World . In this case it was the French Rotary Club of Armentieres in Normandy
This led to this Rotary Club responding to toast by  offering to soon visit our District as the first part of a  Friendship Exchange
 
Then the  resulting warm relationship led to this overseas Club organizing a group of Students visiting us as part of a project of Vocational Training
Here are more details                            
Toasting of Rotary Clubs is usually done by members of a Rotary club to a Club in another part of the world. It was something our Club used to do years ago ,  The toast reminds us of the international nature of Rotary and that clubs like ours are active and doing good on every continent.  The Club on this occasion was the Rotary Club of Armentieres in Normandy and we had a good response leading to first phase of a Friendship Exchange.

Rotary Friendship Exchange 

This is an international exchange program for Rotary members and their friends This reciprocal program has been the activity over the years of both myself and later Jeanette Lynch . It is satisfying and establishes strong friendship between international Districts
This Club relationships leads to fellowship and sometimes to  service projects.
 
On this occasion this overseas Club offered to bring a group of their members to visit us . When they came they visited many of the Clubs in our District as shown in the photo above  . We hosted them and Marie Barbera still remembers the pleasant experience   Our return voyage was a well organized tour of Normandy and Brittany including the town of Armentieres of course . The tour was very detailed and interesting and in the course of the 2 weeks we attended 6 Rotary Clubs
It was organized by a smart Rotarian in the city of Tours and he lent us his daughter as a tour guide.
 
 The final association was a series of  Vocational Training Tours (VTT)
These are  for a group of professionals to travel to another country either to learn more about their profession or to teach local professionals about a particular field.
In this case we were linked with some of our French colleagues who had daughters who were doing a commerce course in Paris in a college that had the system of sending their students overseas in the middle of their course to a country what was not French speaking. Most of them went to the USA . In this case they came here and we arranged very convenient hosting and employment
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Paul Harris Sapphire
 

Paul Harris Sapphire
At our meeting on 23rd of June , President Glenda Bryson had the pleasure of awarding a Paul Harris Sapphire to P.P Mary Engert. The following is part of her address on the occasion of the award:
“Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation
Tonight, I would like to recognise the work of Mary Engert and present her with a Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow pin.
Before we celebrate, let me explain a little behind this decision.
Mary stepped up to the role of President in October 2018 after Paul chose to cease his tenure. Mary did not have the liberty of any preparation, nor was she aware of any of the projects and ideals that Paul had set for the Club in what would have been his year.  Her past experience as a President stepped in and with a strong Board, she was able to complete the year with dignity.
Throughout all of this, Mary was battling with her ‘eye condition’ and was gearing up to have experimental brain surgery that was thought would correct her eye condition.  She battled migraines and more while holding the reigns of this Club in her hand.
Mary also became my mentor, as I took on the role of President Elect.  It was known that we had had our differences before but it became quite clear why that was so.  We were extremely similar to each other – so it was a natural clash of the titons to start with.
Once those hurdles were jumped, we settled in to mentor / mentee role and when it was time to hand the reigns of the Club over to me, that relationship continued and does to this day.
Mary has also mentored other members of this Club in their Board roles, has helped with establishing some new protocols during my year, has made contact with just about every member of this club since COVID-19 restrictions come into play, has thought out of the box for a project that could be done during COVID-19 (coffees for the front line workers) and again all the while battling her own medical issues.
Brain surgery saw improvements in her ‘eye condition’ and she has and is dealing with the challenges that this entails.
She had driven Joe and Spike the rabbit absolutely MAD, but her focus has remained solid on the continued smooth operations of behind the scenes of this Club, under the title of Immediate Past President / Club Administration.I am a better person for your guidance Mary and I sincerely thank you.
Mary and Joe enjoying the award                   
It gives me great pleasure to present to you, Mary Engert, your PHF with a sapphire embedded in it.  Please accept the Rotary Club of Keilor’s congratulations and sincere thanks for your commitment to this Club.”
Paul Harris Sapphire  2020-07-18 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary International President

Rotary International President                               
is Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, has been selected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.
To build a stronger membership, Knaack says Rotary must focus on increasing the number of female members and transitioning Rotaractors into Rotarians.
Knaack believes that the People of Action campaign offers new public awareness possibilities for Rotary. “This campaign conveys our global image while still respecting differences in regions and cultures,” he says.
A Rotary member since 1992, Knaack has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council on Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor.
He is an endowment/major gifts adviser and co-chair of the Host Organization Committee for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg.
Knaack is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company. He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business.
He is a founding member of the Civic Foundation of the City of Ratzeburg and served as president of the Golf-Club Gut Grambek. Knaack is also the founder and chair of the Karl Adam Foundation.
Knaack and his wife, Susanne, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Bequest Society.
Rotary International President 2020-07-13 14:00:00Z 0

Around the traps with DG Philip Archer
 

 
Around the traps with DG Philip Archer
 
Welcome everybody to the new Rotary year; a year that already presents unique challenges and vast scope for Rotary to initiate new projects, and to consolidate ongoing ones. Rotary’s theme this year is ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’, which is timely given the peculiarities of the time we live in. However, as in the past, Rotary will recalibrate, adjust and go forward as people of action and agents of change. The Centenary of Rotary is a time for immense celebration as well as a time for reflection on the 100 years of service, the challenges that have been overcome, and the decades-worth of wonderful Rotarians who’ve served our communities. But there still much to do and much excitement ahead. On July 10 we’ll launch the Centenary of Rotary at Government House in Canberra. I encourage you and your friends to join us online for a virtual celebration that spans the country (BOOK HERE) You’ll meet our R100 Centenary Ambassadors as well as the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley as they initiate the launch. I recently enjoyed some wonderful country hospitality when I visited the Rotary clubs of Rochester and Kyneton for their changeovers. Both clubs are enthusiastic, highly engaged and ready for the year ahead. Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank Leslie McCarthy, last year’s Networker Editor, and to welcome Jeanette Leigh and her team to the first Networker of the year.
Around the traps with DG Philip Archer  2020-07-04 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Keilor
Membership Plan 2020-21
 

Rotary Club of Keilor
Membership Plan 2020-21
Draft for discussion
Marketing 101:  When there is a sales problem it usually indicates a problem with the Marketing and the Sales Team, or a problem with the Product.
The lack of new members in the past few years indicates that we have a serious problem.
Marketing
There will always be opportunities to improve Marketing and Sales, but all that they can do is to get people interested in our club and create the initial contact.
We need to examine our promotional tools and improve their effectiveness where we can.  It’s also essential that our Sales Team – All Members use the tools we provide and make people who may be interested, aware of the great things we are doing and how they can get involved.
I am proposing that our website and Facebook should focus on being attractive to potential members.  The information our member need will still be available, but it will be presented in a way that the public understands.   Where appropriate articles should have a call to action
Projects – are the great things we are planning to do this year, but our call to action is - we can accomplish more with your help.  A new promotional tool will be a Quarterly Newsletter, which will outline our plans for the next year, some great Guest Speakers, project opportunities, fellowship opportunities and some of the highlights from the previous three months.
We need to commit to our major projects for up to the next two years well before Changeover to allow for their inclusion in our website and to produce the first Quarterly Newsletter.  Next year will be challenging and our aim should be to obtain as much funding as possible from external sources.  The two-year framework allows us to have projects prepared when grant opportunities appear.
Guest Speakers – we need to promote them in advance and encourage the public to come and listen to something that will interest them.  Our members need to decide who they want as Guest Speakers, but we need to consider how interesting they would be for a guest.  The Membership position is that if they would not appeal to a visitor and we can’t provide promotional material to encourage people to join us, why bother.  But no matter how exciting our Guest Speakers and our Projects are, unless our members are prepared to promote them no one will know about them. 
Where possible we will produce an invitation for each Guest Speaker; the rest is up to you.
Our Club
We need to become more attractive to potential members.  While keeping our current members happy and engaged, being attractive to potential members is more important.
Projects – it up to our members to decide which projects they want to do, but we need to be very aware that what we are currently doing does not appeal to new members.  If we are not prepared to change our project mix, include things that will strongly appeal to potential members and provide them with ways to get involved, we are wasting our time.
We need to offer a wide range of projects to attract as wide a range of potential members as possible, but there is a limit on how many projects we can run.  The public tend to classify projects as Local, Australian and International and this is the way that we will present our projects.  When we establish our priorities, we should reserve some funds to find project partnership projects to fill in the holes.  We need to consider partnerships with adjacent Clubs particularly for local hands on projects.  They run the project and we help a little with funds and labour.  We should expect local clubs to reciprocate.
I think we need to be partners in some major projects – Global Grants, Centennial Projects, etc. Invest $500 each in 4-6 projects that will allow us to promote “We are helping to XXX”.
We should have a serious discussion with Brimbank Council to identify their project priorities in our local area.  If we find a project, we like we should offer to be partners, with our contribution mainly being our management expertise, our contacts and to a small extent labour and funding. 
Club Meetings – the 1st and 3rd meetings each month should be run as Membership Meetings.  We need to minimise the things that would have little relevance to a guest and highlight the positives.  The Quarterly Newsletter will be on the table at all meetings.  When we have guests, we need to promote upcoming events and invite the guest to get involved. 
The 2nd Tuesday will be a Club Meeting normally with no guests unless they are involved in a project being discussed.
Fellowship Events – will normally take place late in the month and our effectiveness in this area is critical for Membership.  The focus should be on fun and friendship.  It could be any type of social event with minimal Rotary content.  They should be events where friends are welcome, with no pressure or membership expectations.
Guest Speakers – we want them to become advocates for our club and encourage them to be more involved.  The Guest Speaker gift will be in our Supermarket bag which will also contain our Quarterly Newsletter and a copy of RDU.
Partners – we need to make it easy for partners to be involved in our activities if they wish and at a level that suits them.  If they wish they should be able to join a committee or be a partner in a project.
 
 
 
          Our Membership Goal
We need to find a way to recruit 6-8 new members every year.  The retention rate is lower for high numbers of inductions and this would result in 3-4 members after two years.  Many of our existing members are elderly and it is realistic to anticipate losing 1-2/ year.  Six new members this year will represent a net gain of 1-2 members in two years’ time.
We can anticipate very few new members from personal contacts, so we need to find alternate ways to recruit.   I think we have the following target markets.
  • People 50 – 65 who are currently employed.  We look at classifications and try to fill the holes.  Business Networking may be important for this group.
  • We can target three people as Honorary Members.  Which projects would benefit from having additional people with specific expertise?  They can only retain their Honorary Membership for two years and after this period if they have enjoyed their participation there is a probability some will become full members.   Being involved in projects that interest them will be important.
People approaching retirement / recently retired
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Rotary Club of KeilorMembership Plan 2020-21  2020-07-04 14:00:00Z 0

Funeral of P.P Keith Joslin
Report by President David Whiting
 

Funeral of Past President Keith Joslin  
 
Keith's funeral was held at Joseph Alison Monkhouse last Wednesday.  He was the beloved husband of Glad, much loved and devoted father of Michele, Meredith and son-in-law Stephen. Loving and admired grandfather of Cameron, Lachlan, Peter and Kathy.   Loved always and forever The family had invited the following members of our Rotary Club of Keilor to attend: Cameron Horder, Kevin and Meredith Nolan, Marie Barbara, Kevin Madex, Geoff Wales and David Whiting (as president). Given Keith’s family and wide circle of friends, this was a very generous acknowledgment of Rotary’s involvement in Keith’s life.
 
David Whiting had been invited (as President) to come and to speak on behalf of the Club.
Keith joined the Rotary Club of Keilor in 1978. Why? Who knows? But Keith always repaid a favour. The Club sponsored daughter Meredith as an exchange student to Japan a few years before, and for Keith, that alone would have been enough.
He became President in 1983-84 and in a Club that then had about 80 members, that was a meteoric rise. New boy to school captain in five years. He clearly made a good impression.
. It is said that a past president in any organisation is little more than a feather duster.. Keith never stopped dusting. Sometimes with gusto. But Keith was usually far more subtle than that.   You could trust Keith with anything precious, even some Club members.
In the Rotary Club of Keilor Keith was the kingmaker. Until his decline, Keith was instrumental in anointing most club presidents, and then fully supporting them in their role. Some may have thought they had stumbled, but under Keith’s tutelage and guidance, none failed, all achieved their objectives.
The Rotary Club of Keilor rewarded Keith. The usual way is to make a donation to Rotary Foundation, and nominate a person for a Paul Harris Fellowship – named in honour of the founder of Rotary. We did that twice for Keith. But that was not enough. So we made him a life member. A full active member, but the rest of us paid his fees. And when his driving skills failed him, we picked him up and brought him to meetings.
If Keith took you under his wing – and he refused no one – you were comforted, supported and encouraged. Inside and outside of Rotary.  When he retired and had finely orchestrated his retirement portfolio, Keith cast around for something to do. Someone to work on.  Kevin Madex was the lucky man.
Kevin is in the plaster business. Soon Keith was too. Until one day some years later, Keith announced that it was his last day. “I can add no more value, so I will leave.” And he did.  But the friendship and the mutual respect never waivered.
Keith was extraordinarily proud of his family and their achievements, particularly Cameron and Lachlan, after all his email address was camlac @ optusnet.com.au. He talked often of their achievements.  But he also knew your children, and kept up to date with their achievements.
When my daughter Lisa was young, naïve and impressionable, she decided to follow Carlton, as they has just won the 1995 premiership. Keith volunteered to take her to the football with his grandsons. She went, and has maintained her interest in football, but thankfully not in Carlton. Perhaps one of Keith’s very few failures?
The Rotary Club of Keilor is a better place for having had Keith as a member. Its members have gained from his friendship. We will never be able to match his style, but would do well to copy his attitude.
Funeral of P.P Keith JoslinReport by President David Whiting  2020-07-04 14:00:00Z 0

D9800 Outstanding Rotarian award

Outstanding

 
 
David Whiting was honoured at the District changeover as the recipient of the D9800 Outstanding Rotarian award
 
This award recognises a Rotarian from District 9800 who through their actions have supported the District to an outstanding degree across many years and epitomises the motto Service above self. Below is the text of the presentation
 
“This year I am pleased to announce the recipient of the D9800 Outstanding Rotarian award for 2020 is David Whiting from Keilor Rotary.
 
David Whiting is a model example of an outstanding Rotarian and one who has used his vocational expertise to support Rotary, contributing to the improvement and understanding within Rotary of legal, insurance, risk and youth protection matters.
 
In his 37 years as a Rotarian David has been a staunch supporter of all Rotary activities and involved in many community organisations.
 
As Governance Director for Rotary International District 9800 and a member of the D9800 Board for 5 years till 2019 and in the last 12 months as the District Protection Officer. he has supported the development of and updating of the District governance documents (Volunteer Declaration, Abuse and Harassment guidelines, District Protection policy, Youth Involvement documents, Sexual Harassment policy, Social Media policy, Mutual Respect, and Risk Management policies).
 
 
During this time David also lead the efforts for all Rotary Districts in Australia to develop the compliance documents and National policy for Volunteer Declarations (initially known as Form 3) ensuring the safety of all participants in youth related Rotary programs. This continued to him updating the form after changes to the process were championed by David and agreed after negotiation with the National Insurers.
 
This work also led to David developing the authorisation of the Victorian Youth Exchange Policy. This was negotiated with VRQA (Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority) and included specific legislation and the Victorian Child Safe Standards. Once again this took a few years to develop and implement and is now used by all Victorian Rotary Districts.
 
David has also supported President Elect Training at the Victorian Multi District PETS which has included 4 of the 5 Victorian Rotary Districts. David has facilitated the Governance section in 4 breakout sessions each year for several years. These sessions have focussed on Youth protection, protection, risk and insurance. David has also presented in other Districts across Australia at PETs or during club visits.
 
David has also facilitated and secured significant donations and bequests to The Rotary Foundation and Australian Rotary Health in excess of $1 million.
This year David undertook the development to update Rotary club Constitution and Bylaws specific for Victorian Rotary clubs. A large volume of work was required to complete the updates in line with the Victorian legislative requirements, and complete a package for all Victorian Rotary clubs. The package included a Victorian version of the Constitution, Bylaws, and documents explaining the process to ensure clubs adopt and submit the updated, endorsed documents to Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV). This has taken several months of personal effort by David to complete and it is being provided free of charge to all Rotary clubs across the state.  A saving of over $150,000 better used by clubs for their community projects.
 
Please join me in congratulating David Whiting as the 2020 recipient of the District 9800 Outstanding Rotarian award. “
 
Then during our last Week’s zoom meetint  , David displayed  the updated President’s collar showing all the previous Presidents
 
 
D9800 Outstanding Rotarian awardOutstanding 2020-07-04 14:00:00Z 0

District 9800 Changeover

District 9800 Changeover
   Pat Ditrict Governor Grant Hocking                                            Ditrict Governor Philip Archer
 
Last June 27 , 220 attendees were at the District 9800  DG Changeover which was held by Zoom .                                                                          
Despite the difficulty of addressing an impersonal computer screen (as opposed to a roomful of responsive people), outgoing DG Grant Hocking and incoming DG Philip Archer both made impressive speeches. 
This first ever District-Governor’s Changeover by Zoom was a challenge from the start, with the system refusing to admit more than 100 participants. However the IT gurus soon removed the gremlins and the changeover was up and running with over 220 attending.  
In responding to Amanda Wendt’s toast to Rotary International, RI President’s Representative Jennifer Jones  acknowledged the work of DG Grant Hocking and the difficult circumstances that he and DGE Philip Archer were having to overcome. She mentioned that the Mission Statement of the Rotary Foundation had been re-written to include the words “improving the environment” at the instigation of PDG Ian Knight. A brief but enthusiastic report on Rotaract and the foundation of new clubs followed, before DG Grant Hocking) reported on his year in office. Grant started by thanking the District Leadership Team and in particular District Secretary Jane Pennington for their support.  
DG Grant said “What a year it has been! Melissa and I would like to thank you all for your wonderful support and friendliness during the year. It has certainly ended a different way to how it started but we have all adapted well with whatever challenges have come our way.
DG Grant Presented the D9800 Royce Abbey “Champion of Change” Award to Alan Seale, for his work in the mentoring programmes for Police, Business and Ambulance Services, and the D9800 “Outstanding Rotarian” Award to a surprised David Whiting, for his five years of legal work and advice to D9800 on constitutional and compliance matters.       
DG Grant ended by passing the figurative chain of office to incoming DG Philip Archer.
 DG Philip Archer  acknowledged Grant as an outstanding leader, and thanked him and Melissa for a significant Rotary year of impressive projects and friendship,.
District 9800 Changeover 2020-07-04 14:00:00Z 0

Projects Report 2019-2020

Projects Report
 
The following is a list of the many projects which the Club achieved during the leadership  of President Glenda Bryson
 
School Furniture for Timor Leste
Money was available for more containers, but no stock available yet.  Ongoing meetings with the Victorian Education Department is resulting in the creation of a uniformed approach by all Victorian schools when they are upgrading their furniture & equipment.  Rotary will be the first call.  Meeting with the Timor Leste Minister for Education was held late October.
New Railuli Primary School Building – Timor Leste
Building is complete and in use.  We may add water tanks later after a study on this is completed. Playground equipment was shipped in September.
Replacement Falowai Primary School Building – Timor Leste
Construction is progressing really well.  We are partners with RC Port Melbourne in a $5,000 district grant for the construction of toilet block.  Playground equipment was shipped in September.
Donations In Kind Inc – a couple of members are continuing to work on promotional material and a new website, which launches near the end of November.
 
 
Days-For-Girls kit shipment and distributions
Around 200 kits were shipped in September.  Meeting with the Timor Leste Minister for Education has been arranged for late November.
Consumables for the Balibo Clinic – were shipped in September.
 
Holloway Aged Care – We continue to supply incontinence pads & other consumables.
Sunshine Hospital Reissue Room
This project was a Finalist in the Premiers Sustainability Awards 2019.
New legal agreement has been issued for our consideration.
District-Environmental Sustainability Group
Keilor PS school bags & supplies - 80 packed bags & 5 boxes of supplies were despatched to Timor Leste in September / October.
Christmas Bags for distribution through Bolton Clarke Nurses – Our request to Reject Shop (one of our major donors, but which has undergone a change in executives) has been supported positively.  Aldi has responded in like manner, however when it came to crunch time, we were let down.  Individual members were able to purchase the goods needed from Aldi.  We have $1000 from Bendigo Bank Grant and approval has been given for up to $1000 additional (the component to be used will be dependent on donated goods/supplies).  Objective is to have just 1 bag pp (using 100 of the Rotary Shopping Bags).
Wycheproof 3-Year Old Kinder: we have supported this community over the past eight years and have recently supported their application to Victorian Government for financial support for Wycheproof’s 3-year old kinder operations.  No response has been received from Victorian Government as yet.
Good Citizens Awards.   5 local primary schools are currently advising which 2 of their Year 6 students will receive these awards, of a certificate and $100 each.  They will be presented to the schools in early December.
Projects Report presented 19 November 2019
Holloway Aged Care - Bus Shelter Project is ongoing.  We have recently found a "shelter in pieces" that we are working towards providing the facility with a ‘completed’ shelter.
 
 
 Year 11 to Year 12 Scholarships – we have been successful in obtaining another Grant for a Keilor Downs Secondary College student who will commence Year 11 in 2020 and complete Year 12 in 2021 and who’s family is financially challenged.  $500 from District and $500 from us will assist this student each year for the two years.
Hand Brake Turn is implementing a new, more advanced unit of instruction that will give their graduates a stronger entry into the labour market.  When pressed, HBT suggested that a grant of $2,500 would permit them to purchase new instructor’s books, new student books and new starting tools.  These purchases would greatly accelerate implementation of their new course.  Accordingly, a Community Grant application has been developed and is penultimate draft form.  Completion was expected by the end of November.
VU-Enactus Extruder Grant. At the initiative of David Dippie and with the support of Daniel Jaap, a grant application was in advanced draft form.  Completion of the draft was expected by the end of November.
R.Y.L.A. – we had endorsed 1 candidate and were sharing another candidate with Brunswick / Tullamarine.  Both candidates have withdrawn but later we found another candidate who succeeded in her application and she came to the Club to tell us the story of R.Y.L.A.
 
 
 
Share The Dignitiy - #itsinthebag We continue to support this annual program.  We have joined with Days For Girls and will be providing funds of $500 to fill the donated hand bags with relevant product.
 
Barefoot Bowls Bushfire Fundraiser           
On  28th of January  our Rotary Club in partnership  with the Rotary Club of Essendon  organised  a Barefoot Bowls Bushfire Fundraiser at the Aberfeldie Bowls Club     About 90 people attended this joint fundraiser, and  we jointly raised in excess of $3,000 on the night. The original  plan to combine two Clubs for this event . This proved to very appealing and the news was noticed by other neighboring Rotary Clubs which meant that we also greeted members of the Rotary Club of Keilor East and Essendon North to join us  . This turned out to be a pleasant reunion of Rotarians from other Clubs that we have known over the years  The initial numbers swelled to more than 90 which made  it was easy to recruit full teams to compete for the bowling
When deciding  which charity would be the recipient of funds , the two host clubs chose the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid  as the recipient of the funds, We also awaited external donations to be  tallied up. We thanked  all for attending & contributing.       Some of the score cards left a lot to be desired, but we did have an outright victorious team. Congratulations to Leon, Michael, Vic and David . Dinner was organised through Neal's Catering and we were well fed for the night. Highly recommended. 
Sincere thanks  also  to the Aberfeldie Bowls Club for the use of their  facilities, equipment and providing players who knew what they were doing. Also many thanks to Fong Loong of Coffex Coffee, Andrew Peace Wines, Ryman Healthcare and Maurice Mollica, who provided many of the raffle items
Bolton  Clarke Xmas Bags                    Last Christmas  has seen the fifteenth  year in which our Rotary Club of Keilor has supported the local Royal District Nursing Service now known as Bolton Clarke in bringing some festive cheer to that service’s most housebound, restricted and isolated clients.

The project involved the provision of 100 Shopping bags into which we had packed Christmas goodies including Christmas cake/plum puddings, small food items, personal hygiene, grooming and household products.
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Changeover Time

Changeover Time
 
 
Our Zoom meeting last week was the occasion for President Glenda to hand over the Presidency to David Whiting.
As happened the 23rd of June was  1 week earlier then the end of the Rotary year  The reason was that President Glenda is one of our multiple members who suffer from the epidemic of needing a hip replacement. This surgery has happened early this week and we trust that Glenda is making  a quick and successful recovery .
Our  Zoom meeting last Tuesday was our best meeting of this kind since the start . As the photo above shows , we had 22 members and 6 visitors. This included members of our Club who were making their first appearance on Zoom and we thank the members who hosted them at their home . We also had D.G Grant Hocking and wife Melissa , D.G elect Dale Hoy and D.G.nominee Amanda Wendt . and we had 2 visiting Gateway Rotaractors Richard Mason and Rob . It was full house.
President Glenda gave a detailed account of the achievements of the Club during her year and the report on the following page shows some of these. Then she handed over to incoming President David Whiting. David is a very experienced Rotarian and he still has a role at  District Administration . He outlined some of his aspirations for the coming year. These will include a change in the meeting format but of course we have to wait until we will be allowed to resume meeting face to face
And the District 9800 changeover has also happened yesterday
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Vale Keith Joslin

Vale Keith Joslin
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Keilor are saddened by the recent passing of our esteemed member and Past President Keith Joslin.
Keith joined our Rotary Club in 1978, awarded PHF sapphire, President 1983-84, awarded life membership of the club
A great friendly Rotarian who is sadly missed by all
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When is it ok to resume meetings

When is it OK to resume  face to face meetings?
 
              Grant Hocking District Govenor           
 
Is there amore relevant question at the moment?    
 Is there a more difficult question to answer?     
The restrictions have challenged our communities, our Rotary clubs and ourselves. Overall, Australians can feel proud of their response and results in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and Rotary can feel proud of the way we have responded. The rapid transition to video conferencing platforms, and establishing new projects and fundraising activities has been nothing short of amazing. You all deserve a big and hearty congratulations. Although there has recently been a slight easing of the restrictions, there is a real need to proceed with caution in recommencing face to face meetings or public events and activities. I have been asked by many over recent weeks for the District or Rotary to provide some guidance around Rotary clubs resuming meetings and events. So, whilst not wanting to dictate a particular course of action I feel it is prudent to provide some guidance on this matter. The last thing anyone wants is an outbreak or COVID -19 cluster occurring due to a Rotary meeting or activity. The public relations nightmare and reputational damage is not worth the risk. The best advice is to hasten slowly and cautiously when deciding to recommence your face to face meetings or activities. The overarching principle is to meet face to face or hold an event ‘only if you really need to’ (these words are in the Victorian Government recommendations). Several factors need to be considered when considering getting back together including the need to meet face to face. Factors to consider include;
• The restriction requirements of your local and federal Governments
•  The personal preferences of Rotarians will need to be appreciated and accommodated
 • Age and pre-existing medical conditions of those attending
• Current health status of attendees and the presence of flu like symptoms (headache, runny nose, sore throat, fever). If any symptoms present, they should not attend. If symptoms develop during the event they should leave and seek medical advice
• Having received the current Influenza vaccination
 •   Limiting numbers in attendance
• Ability to maintain social distancing, hand sanitation and other healthy habits
 • No close social contact such as handshakes, hugs or kisses
• Provision of hand washing facilities and alcohol-based hand sanitiser in all common areas
• Keeping names and contact details of all those attending in case contact tracing is required
• Avoiding buffet style meals and ensuring individual serving and utensils including the use of disposable cups (sorry to the environment)
• Regular cleaning and disinfecting of rooms, surfaces and toilets
• Minimising congestion in common areas I realise it is a long list, but it is a necessary list. Minimisation of unnecessary exposure and risk mitigation will lessen the risk of cross infection and should be foremost in the minds of all Rotarians. Restrictions will be with us for a while and will need to be maintained for many months to come. The rate at which more restrictions will be eased and not reinstated depends a lot on how we do as a society in limiting the spread of COVID 19. If the spread of the virus is contained and clusters limited then the easing will continue. If not then its back to more severe restrictions. It is important in these challenging times to maintain focus and continue to support our communities. People judge Rotary by how we perform generally, but we will probably be judged more on how we perform during the COVID 19 restrictions. I know when the restrictions are over that we will certainly appreciate our lifestyles, communities and Rotary experiences more than in the past. It is important to stay positive and be supportive. Look to your leaders for guidance but the ultimate decision is yours to make. Having all the information and following advice of health professionals and government is crucial. Congratulations on the results so far but there is a way to go before it is over. I know all Rotarians are sensible and will do the right thing to lead the way and be an example to the community. Most importantly stay safe and stay well.
 
Grant Hocking District Governor, District 9800
 
 
When is it ok to resume meetings 2020-06-22 14:00:00Z 0

The Function of Council

      The Function of Council
            Michelle Kleinert                                           Virginia Tachos        
This was the focus of our last Zoom meeting  shedding light on local government and its functioning   The visiting speaker was Michelle Kleinert who was recommended by our good friend Councillor Virginia Tachos, Councillor at the Brimbank Council  .     Councillor Kleinert was Manningham Mayor . and in 2016/17 she led the charge in establishing a youth mental health outreach service with headspace in Hawthorn, helping to raise more than $100,000 towards establishing a program for young people aged 12 to 25 in Manningham . The following is her resume of her address last Tuesday night .
 
“Always good to hear why and how someone finds interest in standing for council and every story is different.  The role of a Councillor we learnt was essential like a board member.  Approving budgets, strategic planning, policy makers and endorsers and hiring the CEO.  Getting involved in operational matters can lead to prison and/or a substantial fine of just under $100,000 so don’t think about asking for your next fine to be excused by your local councillor!!  Who are the best councillors?  Those that love their community, want to contribute in a positive way and are passionate about making a difference.  
 
It is notable to highlight that a Councillor does not take on this role for the money.  They are not an employee of council and don’t have an office for a 9-5 place.  As stated before they are similar to a board member.  They are given an allowance and need to do their own tax and superannuation with this amount.  When you divide the hours spent on council briefings, meetings, committees, community events, emails, reading of documents, phone calls and more you will find that a Councillor is paid less then the person working at a supermarket who clocks on and off and goes home and the job is done.  A councilor’s duty does not really stop so burn out is a common occurrence and  balance is important as well as good support and sounding board to assist as issues arise.  
 
Being a thankless task and often the brunt of residence anger . council life is a balance like all things in life, the mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.   If you can get past the bad and the ugly and recognise that local government is the closest to the people then the appeal outweighs the struggles. With more then 100 services provided by council its a fact that from your first to your last breath that  council has provided a service that is available to you. 
 
We all know people who would be great for this role.  There is no special requisite, just age over 18, being Australian and have no criminal convictions.  Everyone knows someone who would be perfect in the role so talk to them about it. Support and encourage good people to a role as a councillor or even a role on the various committees council have.  
 
Rotary clubs have a network of community minded volunteers.  There is a lot of opportunity for Rotary to work closely with local government and local government needs organisations like Rotary more then ever.  The key is to invite your local councillors to your events, openings, president change over dinners and recognition nights.  This helps to answer questions and seek advice and also will promote what Rotary is doing in the local area..  
 
The State government has a 50/50 gender equality strategy and seek this for local government to be achieved by 2024.  Currently we have in Victoria 38 % women, with 13 municipalities with one female on council. There is still work to be done to encourage more women to local government and everyone is part of making this happen. The 2020 council elections are on so now is a great time to speak to someone you know with  interest to consider them standing.  “
 
We thank Councillor Virginia for recommending Michelle as a presenter at this meeting . We look forward to continuing our Friendship with both of them
 
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2020 Rotary INternation Convention

The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention 
Rotary’s first online convention will be a great way to connect with members around the world. Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention is happening 20-26 June. You’ll find breakout sessions on new ways to engage members and be inspired by internationally known speakers during the general sessions. 

Several breakout sessions focus on engaging and attracting members. Plan to attend one or all of these: 

•    Using Virtual Tools to Engage Members, on 22 June
•    Grow Rotary Through New Club Types, on 23 June
•    Digital Trends of 2021: Using Tech to Engage Millennials, on 25 June
•    Engage Young Families With Service and Alternative Meetings, on 26 June

See the full list of breakout sessions and look again often for updates. We hope to see you online! 
 
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Keilor Rotarians out for a Coffee


We love our Centreway Shopping Centre It has nice coffee shops It is a meeting point for Local Rotarians and potential Rotarians
On Thursday it happened to be the meeting point for Three of our own Rotarians
            
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Past French Exchange Student Victorie

Past French Exchange Student
 
Victoire de Maillard, our Exchange student from Toulouse, France was our Zoom visitor at our last meeting . Victoire arrived at Melbourne Airport, on 19 Sept 2009 Jeanette and Michael were her first host family. Kevin & Meredith came back to the Lynch’s for morning tea. Red Wine and fabulous Normandie Camembert cheese.
She went to Lowther Hall. A school uniform was a new experience. Her next host families were Mary & Joe, Kevin & Meredith, Kirwans’s and the Steele family. A fabulous time on Safari with the other exchange students.
It was a well attended meeting . As well as Victoire we had another past exchange student Linea lidfors from Sweden Linea is a medical Student in the Polish City of Gdansk . It was great to see her again While seeing all of us on zoom she recalled some of her experience while living with us in Australia
On 11 July 2010 we farewelled Victoire as she flew home to France.

The following is her recollection (from Victoire)
Here is what happened in my life since I left Australia in July 2010 :
From September 2010 to June 2015 I completed a Bachelor in Law (which requires 3 years of study) and then an Master in Law (which requires 2 years of study) in the following cities :
- September 2010 to June 2012 : 1st and 2ndyear of Law at University of Toulouse
- September 2012 to June 2013 : 3rd year of Law at University College Dublin, Ireland thanks to the « Erasmus » European program
- September 2013 to June 2014 : 4th year of Law at University of Bordeaux
- September 2014 to June 2015 : 5th year of Law at University of Toulouse
In September 2015 I started preparing the competitive examination to enter The French National School for the Judiciary (in French : École nationale de la magistrature or ENM). It is a French post-graduate school located in Bordeaux, where French judges and public prosecutors are trained. The aim of the training provided by the ENM is to form a corps of judges and public prosecutors who are suitable for all posts on the bench as well as in the public prosecution service.
I entered the school in January 2018 and followed the training for 2 years and a half. Last week (end of May 2020), i was finally appointed as a civil law Judge in the Court of Boulogne-Sur-Mer (in the north of France, near England ! ) for the next 3 years.
In September 2020 I will move in with my boyfriend Martin, with whom I have been living a long distance relationship for the last 2 years (because he is from Lille, north of France, and I was in the south). We are very happy about this new life project. Afterwards, I would love to work as an investigation judge or as a juvenile judge.
France has around 8,000 judges and prosecutors, which is far below the average for European countries. The number of professional judges per 100,000 inhabitants is 10.7 in France while the European average is 20.92.
The number of prosecutors per 100,000 inhabitants is 2.9 in France while the European average is 11.8.As a result of the above, the French Judiciary is not in good shape, and judges and prosecutors have to work very hard to keep it afloat, which can be tough since it’s also an intellectually and emotionally very demanding job and, of course, we cannot mess with people’s lives.
Despite the problem of understaffing, I love my job because it is very human, it makes me feel useful, and feel like people I see every day in Court help me become a better person. By the way, I have an anecdote to tell you about : when was still in Australia, I applied to universities in France in order to start studying on my return to France since I had already finished high school there. At the time, all I wanted was to become an international lawyer, or a diplomat. One day as I was at school in Lowther Hall, I received an email from my mum, saying that my application had been rejected by the university I had been wanting to go to. I was so sad that I went straight to my locker in order to get my stuff and leave the school (which I was not allowed to do … naughty naughty.). A teacher caught up with me, kept me from leaving the school and called Sylvia Kirwan whom I was staying with at the time. Sylvia came to pick me up, I got into her car, being very upset, I put on my seat belt right away to leave the school as soon as possible, but Sylvia told me to unfasten it and she asked me to tell her what was wrong before she started the car. After I had told her, she looked at me peacefully and said : « Do not take this as a failure. It only means that you are expected elsewhere, somewhere where you will accomplish great things, but you don’t know it yet. » I have always kept her words in my mind since then, and those words have helped me never give up throughout my long studies. 10 years later, I am not an international lawyer nor a diplomat, but I always feel fulfilled when I am working, so I guess Sylvia was right : I am probably in the right place !
I will never thank you all enough for all the things you did for me. My experience in Australia has certainly helped shape the woman I have become. I promise I will not wait 10 more years and will keep you updated on my life !
Love to all,
Victoire
 
 
Here are some of the many photos during her stay
 
 
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June is Fellowship Month

JUNE IS ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH There are countless Fellowship Groups . The following are 3 interesting examples
Australian Golfing Fellowship d The AGFR was born when Australian Rotarians who had been attending golf tournaments around the world organised by the International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (IGFR) decided that an Australian version of the Fellowship should be commenced. Australian Rotarians had been attending IGFR Tournaments since 1967, . Email: leigh.judy@bigpond.com
 
Fellowship of Motorbiking Rotarians IFMR is one of the largest and most active fellowships. It is open to all Rotarians motorcycle enthusiast. Still a lot of Rotarian motorcyclists are not yet members of our fellowship, some even do not know about its existence.They are missing a lot. IFMR means friendship, riding adventures, petrol talks and a lot of fun. Help by disseminating this information throughout the entire Rotaryworld Email: maxine.cole@bigpond.com
 
Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians The Fellowship is organized in Fleets in different geographic areas around the world. Members are encouraged to join IYFR through a fleet local to their location (members can belong to more than one fleet). Each fleet in the Fellowship sets its own dues structure and often charges a different membership fee Email: - rommeat@bigpond.net.au
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Every Rotarian Every Year

    
This is a special request for members to donate to the Rotary Foundation before 30 June.
During this Pandemic the weekly cost of attending Rotary has decreased. We haved saved on petrol and buying a meal at the Hotel
Is it possible to transfer this saving to the worthy charity of the Rotary Foundation Understandably Foundation giving this year is well down on previous years. Consequently , we won’t be able to fund as many grants in 2022-23 as we have done in recent years. Hence it would be much appreciated if you could do as much as possible to encourage members to donate to the Foundation before the end of this Rotary year.
Most Australians give to at least three charities each year. We are asking all Rotarians to consider making regular contributions to our charity as part of their regular giving. Contributions to TRF are tax deductible.
There are several ways you can support the Rotary Foundation:
▪ Every Rotarian Every Year – Donate any amount per year
▪ Centurion Program - $100 per year or $25 per quarter
To make an online donation, simply click on this link:https://my.rotary.org/en/donate
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Coffe for Front Line Staff

Coffee for Front Line Medical Staff
This is a work in progress. We aim to support doctors, nurses and health care staff during this time of crisis, offering a $5 coffee to say thank you for the sacrifices you are all making to help keep the rest of us safe. The year of 2020 will never be forgotten. P.P Mary Engert has been in contact with RMH, Western Health with the offer of a donation of $250.00 from our club for coffees to say thank-you to the Doctors, Nurses and Medical Staff.
We have attached a brochure advertising our club to be posted on the coffee shop wall. The coffee shop will also generate $5.00 vouchers with our Rotary Logo that the hospitals will distribute to the Medical staff.
It is also the intention to advertise this in the District Bulletin to other Rotary Clubs
With a central contact number for donations on behalf of Rotary we target
1. Western Health – Mary have organised a main contact and monies donated by any Rotary club will be registered so that she will be able to keep a record to advise this in the District Bulletin and to update this on the Coffee shop wall.
2. RMH - are also printing our vouchers.
3. David Bourke is trying to contact Keilor Hotel, Ferguson Plarres and Bendigo Bank to see if they can help with donations,
4. Ted Haydon has been helping with the graphics for posters.
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R U OK

  
R U OK? 
   
Which translates into Are you OKay was the subject of last week’s Zoom meeting . The speaker was Stephen Dowling  who was the Conversation Champion of Australia     RU OK? for 2019 and is passionate about translating evidence based research like MHFA into practice and building the capacity of individuals, families, organisations and communities to be involved in mental health support and suicide prevention.
R U OK? is an Australian non-profit suicide prevention organisation, founded by advertiser Gavin Larkin in 2009. It revolves around the slogan "R U OK?" (are you okay?), and advocates for people to have conversations with others. The organisation has a dedicated R U OK? Day, held annually on the second Thursday of September, which encourages Australians to connect with people who have emotional insecurity, to address social isolation and promote community cohesiveness.[1]
R U OK? works collaboratively with experts in suicide prevention and mental illness, as well as government departments, corporate leaders, teachers, universities, students and community groups. Its activities also align with the Australian Government's LIFE Framework.[2]
Ru OK survey released in November 2019 highlights 40% of small business ownersreport having high levels of stress due to: long working hours , •social isolation , •customer demands •cash flow issues •conflicting demands home and work 72% do not seek any help
Signs to look out for during physical distancing:
Posting more or less than usual online Ignoring messages or cancelling virtual hangouts
Job loss or reduction in hours of work or income
Living on their own feeling anxious, overwhelmed or stressed
How do we know if someone needs support?
Changes in mood?
Changes in their physical appearance?
Changes in behaviour?
Changes in how thoughts are expressed?
Experiencing a major change or under a lot of pressure?
Appear to be overwhelmed by tasks they had recently found manageable?
Do they seem confused or irrational,    moody or unable to switch off  concerned they could be  a burden.  Often they are lonely or lacking self-esteem and concerned they’re trapped or in pain
Are they experiencing mood swings becoming withdrawn and changing their online behaviour losing interest in what they used to love or unable to concentrate They could  be less interested in their appearance or personal hygiene and behaving recklessly There are often changes in their sleep patterns

HERE IS THE PLAN TO START

A CONVERSATION AIMING

TO  CHANGE THEIR  LIFE

R U OK? inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the  people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.You don't need to be an expert to reach out - just a good friend and a great listener. Start a conversation with the following four steps:
•Help them open up by asking questions like “How you going?” or ”What’s been happening?” or “I’ve noticed you haven’t been yourself lately. How are you travelling?”
•Make an observation. Mention the specific that have made you concerned for them, like “I’ve noticed that you seem really tired lately” or “You seem less chatty than usual. How you going?”
                      
 
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Rotary Club of Glenferrie

Rotary Club of Glenferrie
Is also meeting on a Tuesday night
The following is their successful model for Getting and keeping members:
  1. Have a presence in the local community such as our Farmers Market.
  2. Have a dynamic website, eg. Our front page features positive elements – one pic has three women and one young man as an example of some “diversity”.  In other words, we are definitely not “stale, male and pale”.  I think we have Sri Lankan, Chinese, Polish, Argentinian.  From memory, out of 45 members  30% female membership. There is lots of information about Rotary Glenferrie and Rotary in general at the click of a link.
  3. Ask – it is amazing how many people are just waiting, eg. our Membership person last year would sit down in the sunshine at the Market and get into conversation over a takeaway coffee.  He would then chat about Rotary, get their details. And we will continue that now that the Market is back even if with reduced numbers due to COVID-19.
  4. Invite to a meeting when there is a good speaker
  5. Introduce them to members around the room who can make them feel welcome
  6. Get into conversation anywhere and anytime, eg. with friends and family
  7. Have an event attended by non-Rotarians and “sell” the joys of membership
  8. Keep regular contact with the potential member
  9. In conversation, establish that the attendance rules are nowhere near as strict as they were but still the need to keep involved, eg. we have a weekly bread run and in many cases our members collect the bread from Bakers Delight and deliver to the Salvos in Camberwell
  10. I don’t know how successful the letter box drop will be but I believe that we have at least one potential new member – but again regular contact helps
  11. Ensure that potential member is aware of the cost of membership, eg. dinner/lunch/etc.  At the moment, it is a bit difficult to judge due to the fact that we cannot meet in person.  But we are still keeping in contact.
  12. Maintaining members, keep them active and engaged.
  13. Fortunately, we have a couple of under 40 who cannot commit as much as they would like but we still keep them and they and their families take part in activities such as Parkinsons Walk and Clean Up Australia as well as being able to attend the occasional meeting.
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Reshaping Rotary

Reshaping Rotary
Message from District 9800 Head Office
It is a very exciting time to be a Rotarian in our part of the world. With the celebration of 100 years of Rotary and the Melbourne International Convention in 2023 we have a once in a generation opportunity to showcase our impact as people of action.
Whilst we celebrate our longevity and success as a service organisation, we need to also ensure we are well placed to be relevant, compelling and impactful into the next 100 years.
Rotary is great in many ways, and we must keep doing the things that make us who we are – our values, our vision, our passion for helping others.
However we cannot ignore the data:
  • • For many years we have seen a year on year decline in membership across our region, and a rising age profile – 24% drop in membership in the last 10 years, the average age in our clubs is over 60. Of the 50% of ages reported in My Rotary, 37.3% are over 60.
  • • We lose the majority of members who leave within their first 3 years of joining, so we are not engaging them well or not meeting expectations. In many cases we are not reflecting the
  • make up of our communities and we have some difficulty attracting younger members. We hear that cost and time are barriers to joining.
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National Volunteer Week

This week is
 
National Volunteer Week It Occurred from 18th May to 24th May
Changing Communities ,
Changing Lives *
 and Rotary is very relevant to this
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. At this uncertain time we feel that it is more important than ever to recognise and acknowledge Australia’s volunteers  including Rotarians of course
We understand that the many events that are usually held during National Volunteer Week will be postponed or cancelled, however we encourage all organisations who wish to thank their volunteers to consider moving their events to an online format or acknowledge volunteers in different ways through social media or other digital formats.
Below we have provided ideas, inspiration and tips to celebrate
We invite you to put your hand up and thank all the volunteers around Australia by waving a special smile of appreciation from your own home. Upload your wave photo to social media and share using the hashtags #NVW2020 and #waveforvolunteers, and tag Volunteering Australia.
                                                
 
Thanks to technology you can hold a virtual thank you event for volunteers during National Volunteer Week. There are so many ideas for a virtual event from a simple coffee catch up to holding a dinner party. We have listed some ideas to get you started.
 
Looking for a virtual way to thank your volunteers? Through the Volunteering Australia website you can send a free online Certificate of Appreciation directly to your volunteer’s email.
The new logo for National Volunteer Week 2020 as well as resources including posters, invitations, certificates and social media images are now available.
Say thank you to your volunteers with high quality, volunteer-specific gifts, while supporting Volunteering Australia in advocating for the volunteering sector in Australia.
As well as the hugely popular lapel pins we have pens, lanyards, post-it notes, eco keep cups, keyrings and much more! We have also added ‘V’ volunteer anniversary pins for volunteers who have volunteered for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years.
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RYDA

Handbrake Turn - Rotary Driver Youth Awarness
Our ongoing interest in this project is particularly relevant in this month May which is the month when Rotary focusses on Youth Service                         This includes a project called  Rotary Youth Driver Awareness – RYDA  
RYDA is a community road safety initiative delivering practical road safety information targeting attitude and awareness of young drivers and passengers. The program is facilitated in partnership with Rotary, presented by professionals and supported by corporate sponsors. The Program about road safety is directed towards our young people as as they approach the period in their life when they start driving a car and ride as a passenger in a car driven by one of their peers. In Tasmania it is presented to students in grade 10.
The program focuses on attitude and awareness with the aim of making the students better people on the road. Presenters include Road Safety experts, driving instructors, Police , recovering survivors of road crashes and drug and alcohol educators.
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Reshaping Rotary

 

Reshaping Rotary
  Message from District 9800 Head Office
 
It is a very exciting time to be a Rotarian in our part of the world. With the celebration of 100 years of Rotary and the Melbourne International Convention in 2023 we have a once in a generation opportunity to showcase our impact as people of action.
 
Whilst we celebrate our longevity and success as a service organisation, we need to also ensure we are well placed to be relevant, compelling and impactful into the next 100 years.
 
Rotary is great in many ways, and we must keep doing the things that make us who we are – our values, our vision, our passion for helping others.
However we cannot ignore the data:
  • For many years we have seen a year on year decline in membership across our region, and a rising age profile – 24% drop in membership in the last 10 years, the average age in our clubs is over 60.  Of the 50% of ages reported in My Rotary, 37.3% are over 60.
  • We lose the majority of members who leave within their first 3 years of joining, so we are not engaging them well or not meeting expectations.  In many cases we are not reflecting the make up of our communities and we have some difficulty attracting younger members.  We hear that cost and time are barriers to joining.
  • Many clubs struggle to get members to take on leadership roles, often because these are seen as too onerous.
  • Global and local research has shown that the Rotary brand is highly respected but not very visible. We do not have a single Rotary voice in our region that not only identifies us but also enables others to easily connect.
  • We have few national partners or sponsors.
 
 
We want your help on how best to capitalise on these opportunities and take us into the next 100 years.
 
 
 
 
>> What we are aiming to do
The District Governors of 2018-19 petitioned the RI Board to develop a proposed pilot structure for Rotary in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
 
 
The purpose:
To develop a possible structure for our region that will help us be relevant for our members, contemporary, and flexible.  We want a structure that will support Rotary clubs for service and growth, and enable us to take a coordinated and efficient regional approach to strategy, leadership, learning and development, public image, and local Rotary entities and programs.  We want it to help support change while retaining the best of the existing.  And we must also recognise our different cultures – we are 14 countries.
 
The scope:
To develop a pilot regional structure to support clubs – RI is out of scope, individual club structures are out of scope.  In other words – what sort of regional structure will best serve our clubs? 
A representative Planning Group and five Working Groups have been developing objectives to describe what we want to achieve/deliver from a regional structure. We do not yet have a defined structure.
Reshaping Rotary  2020-05-16 14:00:00Z 0

Whycheproof Coping with COVID-19

How is Wycheproof coping with Covid 19
 
  This important topic was informed to us by  Ann Durie (pictured on left)  a resident of Wycheproof who has been a long standing friend of our Club
She joined us on Zoom and gave us this interesting  following information
                                                        
Interestingly there are no covid 19 cases in this town or the whole of the Buloke Shire    
This is probably due to the fact that  many residents able to work from home. The Hospital is in  lockdown , and does not allow  visitors
Farming which is the main activity of Wycheproof is going along as normal  but farmers miss the pub and the ability  to chat to other farmers. There have been better rains this year so we are hoping for a good harvest year.
 
What about the businesses.  Some have remained open as are essential services like bulk fuel , hardware , chemist , supermarket , post office etc.      As mentioned pubs are suffering but they are doing meals for takeaway. The Bakery has closed but may open in  June . The Bakery relies on passing  trade . An important goal is to keep staff safe .    Baking is done fortnightly for locals .
Social distancing has been the norm . This involves  limiting  of customers in shops.
Initially people came from out of town came to raid supermarket for toilet paper etc .Then  buses were stopped from entering the town  and  stock was hidden to ensure supply for the  locals   . Police presence is evident -They can be seen  driving around all streets
 
Sport certainly plays a huge part of country life Many are missing the weekly matches  and Businesses miss out on flow on that this brings. There is also an online yoga for those interested and there is a service to provide books etc to elderly . As the hours are reduced they fill the gap by connecting on the internet.

The school is providing excellent services to students and they also provide catering for children of the essential workers .
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The Men’s Shed and op shop are closed now except that the  Men’s shed opened last Friday selling kindling
 
The  Nursery opened up again to assist the  many who are doing gardening in spare time .
 
There is also a  Resource centre which  helps the many who can’t get out of their house . They also provide flyers to help people understand what is happening.
Our link with Wycheproof
We recall how our Rotary Club of Keilor has for many years provided support to the community in Wycheproof, Wycheprproof is a small regional locality in the centre of the Shire of Buloke, in North Western Victoria. It has a population of   600 people       The name Wycheproof originates from an aboriginal word meaning 'grass on a hill', referring to Mount Wycheproof just off the Calder Highway, which is the smallest registered mountain in the world standing at 148 metres. The economy of Wycheproof is driven mainly by wheat but the prolonged drought had brought many challenges to this community. A few years ago our  P.P.David Bourke came up with a fabulous idea to bring the students and teachers from Wycheproof P-12 College to Melbourne for an overnight camp and visit to Healesville Sanctuary. Significant funds have been raised to achieve this and support from ten Rotary Clubs, local business and community leaders gave one hundred and twenty children a life enriching experience.
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Hand Brake Turn Cars
 

Handbrake Turn
Our Rotary Club has been a proud supporter of Hand Brake Turn for the past seven years. It is an organisation located in Braybrook, that helps turn around the lives of disadvantage youth and provides hands on training in automotive skills.
Recently through the good work of David Whiting and Cameron Horder we have been able to donate two vehicles to HBT for use by their students. Cameron had been able to deliver the two vehicles to Braybrook using his flatbed truck. Thanks Cameron.
President Glenda advised that she may soon have another vehicle to be donated to HBT.
During the Covid19 the face to face training has been closed causing fear that the training may not recommence due to funding difficulties. Fortunately, the Victorian Government has provided funding to enable the training courses to continue until at least the end of June.
Face to face training recommenced this week at the Dandenong site and next week at Braybrook site.
Please see the Hand Brake site on Facebook
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New Website
 

New Website
 
President Glenda Bryson, mentioned at our Zoom meeting last Tuesday that we have launched our Website under the approved Club Runner format. This format enables clubs to easily link in with Rotary International and District 9800 sites to exchange membership information.
 
Glenda would like every member to access the site to familiarise themselves with the way around the site. In the next few week we will be requesting members fill in some details into the site. Glenda will provide more information at next weeks Club Meeting on Zoom
 
The site is located at
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Coping with isolation

How to cope with isolation during coronavirus pandemic
 
In this stressful economic climate we sought the advice from our good friend psychologist Kaylene Evers, pictured above  Kaylene  has  extensive experience, and  loads of common sense, broad training,  diligence and Integrity.. She joined our last Zoom meeting
And for this difficult problem she advised the following to
Establish a new Routine and endeavour to maintain a  new pattern  
      
1. Need to Keep Clearly Defined Working Hours Delineate home work area and hours. Maintain regular hours and don’t be tempted to over extend   
 
2.Get Dressed as if you are going to the office You don’t need to dress as formally as you might for work, but the simple act of changing clothes serves as a signal that it’s time to wake up and get things done                                 
 
3.Designate your home workspace
If you’re used to going into an office each day, the separation between work and home is physical, and you want to try to recreate that as much as possible with a designated physical workspace at home                                                               
 
4.Build Transitions Into (and Out of) Work  Include routine for family, time together and time apart  Plan regular Mealtimes.
 
5.Exercise, pleasant activity, outdoor time, time away from technology
You can still go outside to exercise, as long as you’re not in a group of more than two people. Take a bike ride or go for a walk or run around your local area to ensure you’re getting enough daily physical activity. Going outside and getting some fresh air is also great for your mental health! Just remember to follow the rules and try to go out when there are less people around
 
6.Continue to communicate, stay in touch with others and continue to Socialize
Use technology to your advantage – set up a group chat on Facebook or What’s App, use FaceTime, Zoom or Skype for video calls, or send out regular emails or texts to check in on your loved ones.
Go old-school – pick up the phone and give them a ring.
Reach out to others through online communities and forums.
 
7.Accept the  new normal.     Use it AS AN OPPORTUNITY to be more  flexible
The rules and guidelines some governments are imposing are impacting people’s daily routines and uprooting business as usual. Don’t fight the change. Don’t waste energy on something that is out of your control. Acce pt that you will have a new way of life for a period of time, and use your energy on what is in your control. Be smart with your energy so that you can remain productive.
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Ethics Forum 2020-05-09 14:00:00Z 0

Bee Waggle

 
 
 
In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, there is an opportunity to brighten the days of your family and friends by inspiring them to celebrate World Bee Day on 20 May. 
The main purpose of World Bee Day events is to spread awareness of the significance of bees and other pollinators for our survival. Simply proclaiming World Bee Day does not do much for bees and other pollinators; the main work of safeguarding their existence still needs to be undertaken. World Bee Day is an excellent opportunity to put bees at the centre of the national conversation for a day and encourage actions that create more bee-friendly landscapes.
 
The 2020 Global Online Waggle Dance Challenge is an attempt to achieve 20,000 waggle dance videos, from 20 countries, in 20 days, ending on the 20th May 2020. The figure 20,000 was chosen because that’s how many species of bees there are doing extraordinary work for the planet every day. The Waggle Dance music by Gus MacMillan and Jane McCracken, ,  video at:  https://www.worldbeeday.org.au/waggle/?fbclid=IwAR0kufTpbmY_jgyuXk7_8_t-y8QAiFgku4RHtDrbl6QTTCGcwrj4DXjdLgE
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Sharing Plants

Sharing Plants  
 This program is promoted by our P.P.Mary Engert . She says that now that everyone is home and she assumes  you are all working on your house and gardens, Mary and  President Glenda has come up with a great idea and it goes like this.
 
All those extra herbs, Vegies, flowers and fruit  that you may have in your gardens or anything else in your house you think someone might like you can list it in our bulletin with your name against it, and if someone wants it they can ring you. Once they make contact with you it can be left at the front door so no contact is needed. For example she has oregano, chilli and bay leaves she could give to a few people and  when her lemons are ripe Mary  will let everyone know to come and collect them. No one really understands your triumphs and hardships like a fellow gardener. If your close family and friends don’t share your gardening enthusiasm, it’s unlikely they’ll change. There are just some people that get animated when discussing the garden and, unfortunately, some that don’t. That’s not your fault.

 
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News from DIK

News from D.I.K.
 
Some of the Covid19 Heroes are no longer with us.  They are the ones who created the infrastructure as a result of the Influenzas Epidemic 100 years ago, that serves us today and has allowed Australia to react so well to the current virus.
 
In developing countries like Timor Leste, the medical infrastructure is limited and so are plans for dealing with problems like the Corona Virus.  I took time to develop a plan and to create a wishlist.
 
DIK received call asking if it would be possible for the Store to be the drop-off and collection point for Covid19 equipment and supplies that were needed to fight Covid19 in Timor Leste.  As you would expect the answer was yes. 
 
On the 16th April we received a wish list and a request to see if we could supply anything.  They received the response the next day with a fully detailed list of what we could provide.
You have to love Rotary. 
 
The Store was holding goods purchased for other projects that could not be shipped, because there were no planes flying.  The people were happy to donate the goods to help people in need in another country.
 
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Honouring Vietnam Vetrans

 
Honouring Vietnam Veterans
Gavin Thoms had a special interest in the Vietnam campaign and he and his wife Beverley visited this country recently                                             Initially there was considerable support for Australia's involvement in Vietnam, and all Australian battalions returning from Vietnam participated in well attended welcome home parades through either Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane or Townsville, even during the early 1970s.] Regardless, as opposition to the war increased service in Vietnam came to be seen by sections of the Australian community in less than sympathetic terms and opposition to it generated negative views of veterans in some quarters. In the years following the war, some Vietnam veterans experienced social exclusion and problems readjusting to society. Nevertheless, as the tour of duty of each soldier during the Vietnam War was limited to one year (although some soldiers chose to sign up for a second or even a third tour of duty), the number of soldiers suffering from combat stress was probably more limited than it might otherwise have been.
As well as the negative sentiments towards returned soldiers from some sections of the anti-war movement, some Second World War veterans also held negative views of the Vietnam War veterans. The response of the RSL varied across the country, and while some rejected Vietnam veterans, other branches, particularly those in rural areas, were said to be very supportive.  In 1972 the RSL decided that Vietnam veterans should lead the march, which attracted large crowds throughout the country.   Australian Vietnam veterans were honoured at a "Welcome Home" parade in Sydney on 3 October 1987, and it was then that a campaign for the construction of the Vietnam War Memorial began.
 
Honouring Vietnam Vetrans 2020-05-04 14:00:00Z 0

ANZAC Day The Interest has Grown

The Interest has grown
 
During and after Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War (1962–1975), interest in Anzac Day reached its lowest point in Australia
However, since the late 1980s and especially the 1990s, interest in and attendance at Anzac Day has grown. On 25 April 1990, Bob Hawke became the first Australian politician to visit Gallipoli, and he also decided that government would pay to take Anzac veterans to Gallipoli for the 75th anniversary of the dawn landing. This is seen by historians as a major milestone in the recovery of Anzac Day.
Prime Minister John Howard was also a huge proponent of Anzac Day commemorations, and visited Gallipoli on 25 April in both 2000 and 2005.
An increasing number of attendees have been young Australians, many of whom attend ceremonies swathed in Australian flags, wearing green and gold T-shirts and beanies and with Australian flag tattoos imprinted on their skin. This phenomenon has been perceived by some as a reflection of the desire of younger generations of Australians to honour the sacrifices made by the previous generations.
Australians and New Zealanders recognise        25 April as a ceremonial occasion to reflect on the cost of war and to remember those who fought and lost their lives for their country. Commemorative services and marches are held at dawn, the time of the original landing, mainly at war memorials in cities and towns across both nations and the sites of some of Australia and New Zealand's more-recognised battles
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ANZAC Day Introduction

 
ANZAC DAY Introduction
was celebrated at our last meeting . We had a devoted 3 person presentation from our members Ted Haydon , Liz Beattie and Gavin Thoms.
Ted described how the ceremonies and their meanings have changed significantly since 1915. According to Dr Martin Crotty, a historian at the University of Queensland, Anzac commemorations have "suited political purposes right from 1916 when the first Anzac Day march was held in London and Australia, which were very much around trying to get more people to sign up to the war in 1916–1918.
There has been no shortage of heroic stories over the course of the Anzac Centenary- stories of courage and sacrifice, fortitude and endurance, mateship and resolve. But a hundred years on, there is a need for other stories as well - the stories too often marginalised in favour of nation-building narratives. World War One- a history in 100 stories remembers not just the men and women who lost their lives during the battles of WWI, but those who returned home as well- the gassed, the crippled, the insane - all those irreparably damaged by war. Drawn from a unique collection of sources, including repatriation files, these heartbreaking and deeply personal stories reveal a broken and suffering generation - gentle men driven to violence, mothers sent insane with grief, the hopelessness of rehabilitation and the quiet, pervasive sadness of loss. They also retrieve a fragile kind of courage from the pain and devastation of a conflict that changed the world. This is an unflinching and remarkable social history.
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Coffee for Hospital Staff

Supporting doctors, nurses and health care staff during this time of crisis, offering a $5 coffee to say Thank You
Rotary Club of Keilor Donating $750 of free coffees
 
 
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Christmas Bags for Elderly Citizens Ted Haydon 2020-03-29 13:00:00Z 0

Car Show 2019

Details of the 2019 Car Show. Unfortunately the Rotary Club of Keilor is unable to hold the Car Show this year
           
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 Victorian Primary School Recycling Project

Every child has the right to a good education, but sadly for many this is only a dream.   70,000,000 children will receive no schooling this year.   Two of the key elements needed to provide education are well equipped classrooms and the things that students need.     In Australia we are very fortunate to be able to replace items before they wear out and discard goods that would be very valuable in developing countries.       We are working with local schools and students to donate all of the reusable material they no longer require, to be given to the teachers and students who lack these resources and who deserve our help.
There are three donation areas of particular interest
•    Recycling the library books no longer require
•    End of year collection of the items students and the school no longer require
•    Recycling equipment that is being replaced
Last year the West Footscray Donations In Kind Store shipped 45 x 20’ containers of goods overseas, the cost was $220,000+ and almost all of this was funded by Rotary Clubs.    Our Club is a strong supporter of this great operation.    Much of the material being collected would have become landfill if we did not provide this much better alternative.  
Sadly unless some without help with donations for shipping there will continue to be times when we can’t collect valuable material because there is no room to store it or funds to ship.    In other states Government contributes to the shipping cost, but in Victoria we have to rely on the Community.    It only cost $4 to ship a chair so a little makes a big difference.
 If this is an area that interests you we hope that you will join with the Rotary Club of Keilor and be partners in this great project
 
Victorian Primary School Recycling Project David Dippie 2020-01-10 13:00:00Z 0
Hand Brake Turn Ted Haydon 2020-01-10 13:00:00Z 0
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Support for Whycheproof Community

Keilor Rotary Supports Wycheproof Students on a trip to Healsville

The Rotary Club of Keilor  welcomed the students of Wycheproof P-12 College at Keilor Sports ground as they stopped for a meet & greet with Keilor Primary School & Catholic Regional College North Keilor students, to stretch their legs and to have lunch, prepared by the wonderful ladies committee of the Keilor Bowls Club with some of the goodies supplied by Senserrick's of Keilor & Fergusson Plarre.
There were certificates of appreciations exchanged between the three schools and the kids had a blast playing & socialising with each other.
At Night the Wycheproof students are enjoyed Candlebark Farm facilities for their overnight stay in Healseville and the following day they visited the Healseville Sanctuary.
There are many businesses, Rotary Clubs and individuals who have supported this fantastic event and they will be acknowledged in a future post.
We hope the Wycheproof students enjoyed this special excursion and that many fabulous memories are made

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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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