Upcoming Events
AGM and Guest Speaker TBA
Nov 24, 2020
6:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Hand Brake Turn - Jonathan Sugamar
Dec 01, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Christmas Function in a Park
Dec 08, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Packing of Christmas Bags
Dec 15, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Return to Rotary
Jan 19, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Medical experts in Melbourne today were asked if it is time to ease the COVID lockdown.

Allergists were in favour of scratching it, but Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but Neurologists thought the government had a lot of nerve.

Obstetricians felt certain everyone was labouring under a misconception, while Ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted.

Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while Radiologists could see right through it.

Anaesthetists thought the whole idea was gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in politics.
Club Development
This was the the subject of discussion at our last Rotary Zoom Meeting .
Which was led by  President David Whiting, who reported on the outcome of the recent Board meeting. Which led to the following plan
Until Xmas
Till then we expect to be locked down
Our club meetings will continue to be held on Tuesday evenings on Zoom  and we  will encourage visitors to join us
We  are also developing a flyer to promote our Club. David Dippie is designing this flyer and Cameron has offered to do the delivery
Overall we will target 1200 homes, Each delivery will include 150 flyers
The flyer will  advertise Rotary and the  Guest Speakers at  our club meetings.
People  wishing to attend will be able  respond via the “Contact Tab” on the club website and could use “Try Booking.
In future, either method will capture the person’s email address as we send out the link to our zoom meeting.
We recognize that letter dropping is hard work but  we hope to get at least. 1-2 responses per 100 letters
We need to focus our recruiting to the region West of Keilor .because the Eastern region is already well represented by other  Rotary Clubs.
We are also updating our promotion on Facebook and the promotion will emphasise the good work that Rotary does
We will target local businesses and previous members of our Club, we will promote our good projects such as Handbrake Turn
Another drawcard will the promotion of our guest speakers.  These Guest Speakers will be advertised on Facebook and on the club website.
Our Board also plans to develop an elevator statement to present to people when talking about Rotary.
This  statement aims to have about 90 words which can be delivered in about one minute
After Xmas
Covid has forced us  to meet on Zoom only but after Xmas Face to face meetings will hopefully resume.
When we will resume these face to face meetings,  the Meeting time start will remain 7pm in lieu of 6.30pm.
And the pattern will be in the following sequence.
1st week -Zoom meeting,
 2nd week -Physical meeting,                                
 3rd week  -Zoom meeting,                                   
4th meeting - Physical meeting,  the fourth meeting can be a social activity.                                                
Zoom meetings will effectively reduce the cost of meetings for members.
The previous cost of attending our Club taking into account the meal, the raffle and buying a drink could have amounted to $30 per week                                          
Now we will try to reduce the cost hopefully to $60 per month which is significant.
The Meeting venue will be chosen a month in advance.
Meals served at the physical meetings will be at 7.15pm.
In the  Months which have five Tuesday’s such as March and June 2021 The meeting can use the format of  a Rotary Means Business meeting.
Polio Eradication
         Polio Eradication
Rotary Is promoting the Polio walk around Albert Park Lake on Sat 24th October
  • Rotary, supported by contributions of more than US$350M from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has raised in excess of US$1.5 Billion and contributed countless volunteer hours from more than one million Rotarians.
  • The Gates Foundation will continue to match two-to-one, up to US$35 million per year, every dollar Rotary commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication.
  • Over 2.5 billion children worldwide have been vaccinated since 1985.
  • Clubs and individuals are encouraged to contribute to the Polio Eradication Fund to ensure fulfilment of Rotary’s promise to the children of the world to have the world declared Polio free.
NB: PHF recognitions by Clubs and individuals may be credited to the Polio Eradication program.
  • Clubs are requested to support District initiated polio eradication fund raising events.
  • Contributions during 2019-2020 will support National Immunisation Days, the purchase of vaccines and equipment used in the drive against Polio.
  • D9800 is committed to supporting the fight to eradicate polio and will determine a suitable contribution annually to assist the program and supplement club contributions.
Ambassador: Catherine O’Connor (Laverton Point Cook)
Please join us in October to raise awareness and funds for the End Polio Now campaign. 
Polio walk around Albert Park Lake Sat 24 October commencing at 10am – join us for a 5km walk, or do as much as you can. Walk Your Way - quick or slow. Everyone is welcome. 
Red End Polio Now t-shirts will be available and we hope to a few hundred Rotarians joining the walk. What an impact we will have. 
Register now via  
Rotary Means Business
Clubbing in Rotary -  Rotary Means Business
This Fellowship’s mission statement is:  “Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and by referring others to them.”
Paul Harris (founder of Rotary) had been very successful in business, and he valued hard work and ethical practice in whatever occupation his fellow Rotarians had worked or were continuing to work. He realised that skills acquired from the workplace could be very useful in Rotary and he saw no reason why Rotarians shouldn’t support each other in their businesses and occupations.
It is not uncommon in Rotary clubs for Rotarians to support each other’s business enterprises on an informal basis. This might include purchasing from their stores, attending their specialist clinic, or seeking their professional financial or legal advice and many others.
However the practice of networking in Rotary became more formalised in 2004 with the first Rotary Means Business chapter established in San Francisco. Other Rotary clubs in the area followed this lead and established their own chapters. Unfortunately, over time, these groups became inactive, as there was no central organisation to keep them together. 
In 2008 a Sydney Rotarian visited the San Francisco Bay area and discovered Rotary Means Business. On his return to Australia he established a RMB chapter in Sydney.
Back in San Francisco Rotary Means Business resumed and a website was launched in 2011.
Finally at the end of 2013 the Directors of Rotary International formally approved Rotary Means Business as an International Fellowship.
In 2017 the Fellowship partnered with Rotary Global Rewards to enhance the value of both organisations.
Global Rewards is a program that offers Rotary and Rotaract members discounts on products and services such as travel, entertainment and merchandise. It was established to help clubs enhance member satisfaction and retention and to thank members for their service and generous support for the Rotary Foundation. 
There are several styles of organisation of Rotary Means Business:
  • Single Club Model.  This is a single club arrangement that is not so popular now. Most clubs find interacting with other Rotary Means Business chapters more beneficial due to the potential range of exposure to many other Rotarians for networking
  • Multi–Club Model. This is where groups of Rotary clubs get together to form their own chapter. Currently this is the most common method of organisation.
  • District Model. This style works successfully when there is the support of the District Governor and district level membership and vocational service chairs.
  • National Model. This model is no longer encouraged by the Fellowship although a few areas, mostly in South America have been organised in this way.
There is a lengthy guide to forming a local chapter of the Fellowship and certain policies, procedures and some legal matters accompany these requirements. However, there is considerable latitude in how each chapter conducts its meetings or gatherings of Rotarians.
Club Newsletters
Club Newsletters: are an effective engagement tool
A good club bulletin speaks to its audience…club members, associates, corporate, government and community partners, as well as Friends of Rotary.  It serves to inform, educate, and even entertain. And, importantly, a good club bulletin is the voice of the club itself, promoting the club’s culture, its activities, and its purpose.
The club bulletin is an extension of, and adjunct to other club promotional mediums, such as the website and social media platforms. However, a bulletin has the advantage of being able to reach each audience member proactively by being delivered personally and in a timely fashion.
However, today with so much information flooding our email inboxes, the key to a successful club bulletin is in its ability to engage its readership. 
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