Rotary Club of Eltham 2021-2022

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2021 - 2022

Yes, We always have space for new members!


The Rotary Club of Eltham 2021-2022 Board President Presidents Elect Aquabox Public Image Community Service Program & Club Service Rotary Foundation

Sally Squires Rob Kilcullen Mike Englefield Dale Atkins Brenda Ibels Kelvin Spiller Gary Williams Frank Lynch

Past President Frank Lynch Secretary Lyn Truran Treasurer Lou Bolzonello Membership Jacqui Donald Festival Rob Kilcullen Youth Service Brett Linsell International Service Ian Toohill Environment & Sustainability Alan Field

Thank You The Board and I would like to express our gratitude to Club Members for their inspiration, advice, and support. There are many important roles in the club. Some are only small jobs that need to be done irregularly; others like the Board roles are more involved. But everyone pitches in with what skills and time they have. Thank you. I didn’t think we would go back into lock down and be Zooming our meetings again, but the Club managed to adapt and with Gary’s program skills, Dale’s IT skills we made a successful program. Out of lockdown our speaker program went live and slowly members returned to the meetings. Committee projects that had been on hold, were dusted off and reviewed. This meant for Brett that Youth programs, were already cancelled. Ian’s International Committee with help from the Interact Club of Montmorency Secondary College, eventually ran a successful fundraising night. Alan Field gathered members to pack the plants for our Environmental Primary School program and we enjoyed being together again. With Trevor and Howards enthusiasm the Lower Eltham Park BBQ started up again. The Art Show gathered momentum with Mike Englefield managing the figures and Brenda engaging the artists. My alternative to the cancelled Eltham Festival, became a successful “Carols in the Park” with Rob Kilcullens’ Committee. The Community turned out in their thousands for the Anzac Day Service. We gathered Teddy Bears for local charities. There was a Covid Can Drive to support DVCS. We donated to the Lismore Flood Appeal, the Tonga RAWCS appeal, Ukraine Disaster Fund and many other deserving charities and then made a donation to the Rotary Foundation. Each member should be proud of what we achieved. Now,to the future. We look forward to the exciting new plans that our joint leaders and new Board have in place and to embrace the new Rotary theme “Imagine”. My sincere thanks to all club members for their support and encouragement. It has been a privilege and honour to be your President.

Sally Squires President Rotary Club of Eltham 2021-2022


Club of Eltham The Rotary Club of Eltham is an active and inclusive service Club committed to supporting those in need. Our membership of 61 is diverse and comprises 20 women and 41 men with a broad spectrum of backgrounds, skills and occupations. We work on many projects to support our local community, support young people and make a difference locally and internationally in disadvantaged areas of the world. In doing so, we form strong friendships and networks characterised by a sense of fun and enthusiasm. This summary report outlines the many and varied projects we have undertaken in 2021-22 with the Rotary International theme of “SERVE TO CHANGE LIVES ”. These results have been achieved through the efforts of every one of the members featured on the front cover – a true team effort. This year our fundraising and hands-on service opportunities have resulted in $81,000 of support to a range of local and international projects.

Environment & Sustainability

Community Projects and Programs Rotary Foundation for Local and Global programs

International Development and Disaster Relief

Youth Education and Development Programs

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Serving to Change Lives in our Community In addition to the in-kind support to projects outlined in this report, the Rotary Club of Eltham provided direct financial assistance totalling $29,000 to the following projects in our community: 

Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Scholarship

CAVE (Community And Volunteers of Eltham) for transition to secondary school scholarships

Country Fire Authority, Eltham

Headspace – for Youth Mental Health

Healthability – for community support services

Montmorency – Eltham RSL

Movember – for research into Men’s Mental Health

Orygen – for Youth Mental Health

Peter McCallum Cancer Centre (for research in Lung Cancer)

Polio Network Victoria – providing support for polio survivors and late polio patients

State Emergency Service, Nillumbik – to support unit resources

St Helena S.C. Year 12 VCAL camp

Environmental Planting (various community groups incl. Landcare)

Walter & Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) – for the David McFarlane PhD research scholarship

Mental Health Support Mental Health has emerged as a major issue across the community, particularly compounded by issues of social isolation, unemployment and financial stress arising from the Covid pandemic responses. The club hosted a presentation by Professor Patrick McGory AO on the subject of Youth Mental Health. Similarly, clubnight presentations by speakers from Brainwave and Headspace informed us of the spectrum of conditions, research in progress, and the support services available. Donations were made to these organisations together with the Movember campaign in support of men’s mental health. A Rotary sponsored walk along the Aqueduct Trail raised funds for the Australian Rotary Health Foundation “Lift the Lid on Mental Health“ campaign for mental health awareness and research.

Sausages, Sausages, Sausages! It’s a Win! Win! Win! 1. Rotarians love cooking sausages, 2. Families and park users love our sausages, and 3. Our Treasurer loves the much-needed proceeds to fund our great community programs.


Rotary Community Organisations Guide This comprehensive listing of community organisations is updated frequently and provides the Community with a digital reference to look for a wide range of family, neighbourhood and community groups. Download your copy from www.rotaryeltham.org.au It includes sporting clubs and recreational groups too.

Rotary Covid Can Food Drive

During Covid lockdowns the RCE became aware of calls for assistance from Diamond Valley Food Collective, who provide relief services to the needy. In answer to the call for action Rotarians conducted a Street Can Food Drive. In September 2021 Rotarians collected over 2,900 cans of food. The Neighbourhood collection model demonstrated the generosity of the community at a time of need and introduced many neighbours to their local Rotarian and the work of Rotary.

Celebrating Diwali in Eltham Rotary joined with the community and local kindergartens to celebrate the Diwali Festival. Children’s candles were lit and participants enjoyed Indian music, dancing & food. Members sold raffle tickets in support of the club’s Nepal project and fielded enquiries from people interested in joining Rotary.

Christmas Teddy Bears In keeping with our annual tradition, a great collection of teddy bears came to our Christmas Dinner. They were packed and sent on their way to Berry Street, Odyssey House and other local charities for adoption by good homes in time for Christmas!

Victoria Police Leadership Mentoring Program Two of our members have volunteered to participate in this fantastic program. They have each been assigned a police member (at Senior Sergeant rank) to mentor on leadership development, project planning and community engagement. A very rewarding program for all parties.


Anzac Day Dawn Service Rotary Club of Eltham was once again honoured and delighted to join with the Montmorency Eltham RSL and continue its long association with the highly successful Eltham ANZAC DAY dawn service. The service is attended by over 5000 people each year, paying their respect to Australian and New Zealand military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Lest we forget.

Lismore Flood Appeal Rotary Club of Eltham rang fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Lismore asking how they were going and if they needed more funds to assist people affected by floods. Here below is the answer from Brian Wheatley, truly from the heart. We contributed directly to the Lismore Club as they were on the ground doing the work, they needed funds to run the school buses to the nearest available school, books, uniforms, shoes and basics for the children to continue their education.

“When you have grown men cry when you give them something; when a lady says “this is the best day of my life” when you hand her a voucher to buy a washing machine; when the sight and smell of a families belongings piled high in the street almost overwhelms you; when you look along a street and can see through every house from one to another as there are no walls to block your view; when a very proud man suffering from cancer trying to repair his decimated home apologises that his lawn has been not mowed (he also apologised that he could not answer his phone as the doctor was having trouble getting a canular into his arm); when you speak to a dairy farmer knee deep in liquid manure who has to shoot 34 dairy cows each week; when you hear that someone’s home has simply been washed away never to be seen again; when you hear of little children so traumatised by the sound of rain on a roof that the teacher has to hug them (then bizarrely has to tell the parents that their child needed a hug today); when a lady excitedly tells you that she has just spent a $500.00 Rotary voucher on paint of “soothing colours” to repair her home – you don’t think of any of this as a photo opportunity!! As Rotarians, and family, what we are going through is a true roller coaster of emotions. We all struggle to understand how the area will get back to any form of normality. The more we travel around, the more we see, the more that feeling is reinforced. However, with the help and support of folk like you people we know that at some time in the future we might say “we’ve done the best we can” “


Carols in the Park 2021 On a night when our Zoom speaker at Rotary was telling us about the history of Christmas Carols, President Sally came up with the idea of “Carols in the Park” for the Eltham community. It fitted with all the Covid settings at that time, and would allow us a reason to get out of the house and celebrate the season. So with the Festival organising committee put into action and permission from Nillumbik Council, the event was made. The evening achieved its objectives (and more) lead by celebrity compere Craig Huggins, local performers and local business were used on the night, putting money back into our community. Best of all was the kids running around having a wonderful time and the performers and businesses coming and thanking us for employing them.

Rotary Eltham Festival 2022 The dates are booked for Saturday 12 November & Sunday the 13th November. After two years of no Festival we are ready to give Eltham the amazing weekend they love. Big plans are afoot with a new environmental section and lots of the old favourites. So save the date as the Festival planning is already happening. www.elthamfestival.org.au


Serving our Environment Development and natural attrition have seen the erosion of our tree canopy and the removal of the natural understory. We have seen crucial habitat links disappearing at the expense of our local flora and fauna. Our Environment & Sustainability initiatives in 2021-22 have worked toward re-establishing these critical habitat links with tree and understorey planting on community and privately owned properties. Just on 8,000 indigenous plants have been planted in 2021-22, made possible by a significant revegetation grant from Major Roads Projects, Victoria supplemented by a donation of 1000 plants from a commercial grower.

Community planting events We partnered with the community in a range of hands-on activities in targeted areas, working with Nillumbik Council, State Government, Melbourne Water, Men’s Sheds, RSLs, Schools, sporting clubs and various “Friends” and “Landcare” groups. The training day for revegetation along the Diamond Creek Trail between Hurstbridge and Watsons Creek attracted leaders from 14 community groups, learning and confirming good planting practices

Indigenous seedlings for Primary School pupils

Over 5,500 indigenous seedlings were distributed to students across 13 local primary schools, together with a further 800 plants for school ground plantings. The seedlings were packed in eco-bags and accompanied by an educational pamphlet. Children were encouraged to better understand and take responsibility for looking after plants so that they not only survive but they become part of a thriving habitat that supports the survival of other animals/birds/insects as a source of food and /or shelter.

STOP PRESS! Planting Trees for the Queen's Jubilee Canopy Project At the time of writing this report we have received advice that our application for funds for tree canopy planting along the Diamond Creek has been granted. All is in place for another strong Environmental program in 2022-23!


Montmorency Secondary College Interact Club and Green Team In partnership with Eltham Rotarians, 20 students from the Montmorency Secondary College Interact Club and the college’s “Green Team” successfully planted 70 trees along the college boundary, greening the school grounds and complementing the tree canopy along the Plenty River.

Greensborough Hockey Club

We also partnered with the Greensborough Hockey Club in the planting out of a newly landscaped area near the new club pavilion.

“Bring Back the Buzz” – Community Bee Awareness The global decline in bee populations has major economic and environmental impacts. Eltham Rotarians joined with the Rotary Clubs of Kew, Canterbury and Balwyn to promote community awareness of the issue and local and global countermeasures. Celebrity gardener ABC’s “Gardening Australia” host Costa Georgiadis was engaging, passionate and inspirational.

PHF recognitions 2021-22 A Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) is a recognition introduced in 1957 by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in honour of Paul Harris who founded Rotary in 1905. To recognise the achievement of our members Irene Cant, Clayton Hedger & Alan McCleary, our club presented them this year with a Paul Harris Fellow. Heather Gardner, the partner of member Paul Gardner, was also given a PHF in recognition of her significant assistance and participation in club projects over the years.


Great Clubnights! ………………..Keeping Us…. Great Clubnights & Activities ……...Keep


Informed, Entertained and Challenged!


Serving to Change Lives Overseas Support to Tonga and the Philippines In December 2021, Super Typhoon Rai hit the Visayas and Mindanao Islands in the Philippines leaving over half a million people without access to clean water and sanitation. Typhoon Rai brought torrential rains, violent winds, landslides, and storm surges that cut off water services and contaminated reservoirs and water sources. It compromised access to safe water and sanitation facilities, heightening the risk of communicable disease outbreaks. In January 2022, the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai underwater volcano generated 15m.high tsunami waves hitting the coast of Tonga's main island. Widespread stagnant pools of salt water, coupled with the volcanic ash, polluted drinking water sources. In response to these disasters the Rotary Club of Eltham:  Aquabox UK mobilised a shipment of water filters to these disaster areas securing clean, safe water for drinking, cooking and washing. The Rotary Club of Eltham is a supporter and Ambassador for the Aquabox UK project.  The club donated to the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) project which will be working with Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS) and Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa (Tonga) in providing aid and assistance to the affected communities, and restoring livelihoods.  Members donated to the relief effort by Kadasig Aid and Development, a local volunteer group in Australia supporting children and families in the Philippines. The effects of the volcano and tsunami were disastrous will impact the Tonga Community for possibly years to come.

Eden Australia – rescuing Myanmar women from human trafficking Eden Australia is a charity which rescues and repatriates Myanmar women who have been trafficked to Vietnam for sexual exploitation. Eden provides accommodation and protection for the women together with vocational training for a sustainable livelihood. Beautiful handmade fine jewellery created by the rescued women is sold through Eden in Australia to fund this life-saving program. Eltham Rotarians were moved by a clubnight presentation from the CEO of Eden Australia and responded with a club donation and many purchases of the jewellery on offer. https://thisiseden.org

Support for Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recognising the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, the Rotary Club of Eltham made a significant donation to the Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund for Ukraine. The Rotary Foundation designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for international Rotary contributions. Grants from the fund are being used through Rotary Districts in Ukraine for humanitarian aid for residents, displaced persons and refugees in and around Ukraine. See details on page 18 of this report re the “Rotary Foundation”

Rotary Donations In Kind (DIK) The Rotary DIK project sources quantities of educational materials, medical equipment and clothing which are surplus to needs, or superseded by technology in Australia and ships them in response to needs in developing countries. Donations come from businesses, schools, hospitals and other institutions. In February 2022 Eltham Rotarians received a donation of excess medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which we transferred to DIK for use by South Asian and Pacific Island countries fighting the Covid pandemic.


Building a Vocational Education Facility, Kathmandu, Nepal In 2018, Rotary Club of Eltham (RCE) partnered with Global Action Nepal (GAN), Aussie Action Abroad (AAA) and the Rotary Club of Mahaboudda to construct a teacher training facility in Lalitpur, south of Kathmandu. Construction commenced in 2019 supplemented by a team of RCE volunteers and their trade friends who worked alongside Nepalese builders in the construction of the foundations. Additional Rotary volunteer teams were not possible in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid travel restrictions, however construction was continued by the Nepalese builders, while project fundraising has been the continuing focus in Melbourne. The Interact Club of Montmorency Secondary College and the Rotary Club of Doncaster were welcomed to the project together with the Michael Parker Foundation. They have provided significant donations and support for the fundraising events, particularly the annual Nepalese Dinner. A total of $ 47,000 has been raised through RCE for the project to June 2022.

The ongoing fundraising efforts by Rotarians and Interactors together with generous philanthropic donations have enabled the ground floor of the building to be completed and fitted out in 2022. The benefits of the project are already being seen with the first cohort of teacher trainees completing their initial program. In addition, the project is assisting the Michael Parker Foundation to fund and distribute much needed school packs to remote Nepalese schools via GAN and AAA’s trekking and mountaineering guides. The project is already making a positive impact on the education of the poorest Nepalese communities and a contribution to the enhancement of educational standards in Nepal.


Serving Our Arts Community Having the largest artist community in Victoria, many of the forefathers of the art world have come from, or come to Nillumbik to immerse themselves in the native bushland and the creative community. Recognising the area as being one of the major historical art regions, the Rotary Club of Eltham has taken the initiative in 2021-22 to establish the inaugural selective Eltham Art Show. The planning has established strong connections across the diverse and extensive networks in the local arts community. We have received generous advice and guidance drawn from the experiences and procedures of other exhibition managers and Rotary Clubs, particularly the Rotary Club of Camberwell. To set the ball rolling, an introductory limited online Art Show was put in place in early 2022. This phase provided a new opportunity for exposure of local artists and was a stepping stone toward the development of the gallery exhibition.

Watercolour by Julian Bruere

Covering mediums such as painting, printmaking, photogravure, ceramics, glass and sculpture, prizes will be awarded for standout pieces across 6 categories to be judged by an esteemed art judge. The show will also feature People’s Choice Awards. To support the artists each of the 400 pieces of artwork will be on sale. Invitations have been extended to local dignitaries and gallery directors, as well as corporate and art investors. A “Friends of Eltham Art Show” group has also been established to engage with volunteers within the wider local arts community to support Rotary and participate in the set-up and running of the Art Show across the September weekend. It is hoped that the Eltham Art Show will become a ‘must see’ annual event for the local community and art buyers which will reaffirm Nillumbik on the art world map. https://elthamartshow.org.au/

Showcasing a fully curated selection of over 400 artworks by artists who have an association with Nillumbik, the gallery exhibition will take place at the Eltham Community and Reception Centre from Thursday 1st September to Sunday 4th September 2022.


Serving our Youth Rotaract Rotaract is now an equal entity within Rotary. Prior to this amendment of the Rotary International rules they were always under a sponsor Rotary club. This is fantastic news and is a more suitable arrangement for this style of club. We wait for news from the Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley on their future direction.

Interact The Interact Club at Montmorency Secondary College has been fortunate to continue online and face-to-face activities this year:  The Interactors partnered with the school’s “Green Team” environmental group to plant 70 trees along the school boundary adjacent to the Plenty River. The seedlings, stakes and guards were provided from the Rotary Club of Eltham Environment program and the planting day was assisted by Rotarians.  The Interact Club took a lead role in the planning and running of the Nepalese themed Dinner evening in aid of the Nepal project. The Dinner and associated auction and raffles raised a total of $20,000  Interactors also successfully raised over $500 for their club by operating the Rotary BBQ at Eltham Lower Park one weekend.  Many staff and parents have been co-opted by the Interactors to participate in the 2022 “Shave for a Cure”. They have a target of $5,000 to support blood cancer patients and research for a cure.  Interactors participated in a school camp at Corryong to build community connections and assist mental health outcomes for young people in Corryong adversely affected by the 2019/20 Black Summer fires. A highlight was the “Blue Tree Project”. Corryong Health staff and VCAL students joined the Montmorency group to paint three cut-out tree silhouettes. Painted in blue with slogans such as, “It’s OK to not be OK”, these trees will be put up around Corryong as places for people to meet and reflect. Interact also donated $500 to the Rotary Club of Corryong. The Interact Club at St Helena Secondary College has experienced a drop-off in membership due to attendance contraints on staff and students during the Covid pandemic. It is anticipated that the club will resume activity in 2022-2023.The Rotary Club of Eltham has supported the year 12 VCAL camp this year.

CAVE Scholarships The Rotary Club of Eltham continued its support of the Primary school scholarship program managed by the Citizens and Volunteers of Eltham (CAVE) to assist families with the additional expenses associated with the transition of students from primary to secondary education.

WEHI Scholarship A PhD scholarship at WEHI (Walter & Eliza Hall Institute) was established in memory of Past President David McFarlane. The inaugural recipient Brigette Duckworth has completed her tenure in 2022. An annual Charity Golf Day, managed by the McFarlane family in partnership with Eltham Rotarians, has successfully enabled continuation of the scholarship.

ARH Indigenous Scholarship The Rotary Club of Eltham is one of 5 clubs partnering to fund an Australian Rotary Health (ARH) Indigenous scholarship. Nathan Eli Hawke is the 2022 recipient and is in the second year of Paramedicine studies at Monash University.


Fundraising, Family and Fellowship It’s not all hard work! Like any family, the “family” of the Rotary Club of Eltham likes a work-life balance. We enjoy working together on our many service projects as well as enjoying plenty of fun and fellowship through social and fundraising events. We have a reputation for putting the FUN into FUNdraising! We are family and there’s always a helping hand for each other.

In 2021-22 we enjoyed:           

Paella luncheon at Rye Christmas Dinner Dance Dinner at ‘Stix and Stones’ Footy Tipping Competition Barefoot Bowls & BBQ The Duke Movie Night Indian Dinner at ‘Machan’ Garden clean-up Working Bee Lift the Lid fundraising walk Conference dinners Fundraising Golf Day


2022 District Conference at Marysville The annual Rotary District 9790 Conference brings together the 62 clubs in our District for a weekend of fellowship, sporting and recreation activities, sharing of ideas, projects and programs, stimulating guest speakers and updates on Rotary International administrative initiatives. The 2022 Conference, held in leafy Marysville, delivered on all these aspects. Particular highlights for the Rotary Club of Eltham were:    

wins on the golf course by our Presidents-Elect Rob Kilcullen and Mike Englefield; an award to Rtn Trevor Smith for his long term participation and support to riders in the Ride to Conference; Rotary Foundation Award for club donations; winning the Attendance Shield for the club having the greatest number of members at the Conference (fourth year in a row!), and plenty of fresh air and exercise with walks to the majestic Steavenson Falls.

The social program did not disappoint either , with a restaurant dinner on the Friday night and an all-in Bush Dance on the Saturday. A great weekend was thoroughly enjoyed by the club and a credit to the host, District Governor Anne Reid and the organising committee.


The Rotary Foundation The Rotary Foundation was conceived in 1917 as an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world”. Due to the generosity of Rotarians and individuals around the world, that fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations. The Rotary Foundation provides “District” grants for projects within a country, “Global” grants for International Rotary projects undertaken in partnership by an in- Rotary Club and an overseas partner club, and direct funding to international programs such as the End Polio campaign. This year we received a District grant to fund establishment of the Eltham Art Show online gallery. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has reduced polio cases by 99.9% since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Today, polio remains endemic only in Afganistan and Pakistan, but it is crucial to keep working tokeep other countries polio-free. The Club has donated $15,000 this year to Foundation, including targeted funds to Polio Plus and the Ukraine Disaster Response. The majority of funds came from specific fundraising functions and individual donations. Foundation has held a 4 star rating by Charity Navigator for the past 15 years, recognising that 92% of its funds go directly into humanitarian projects. With this endorsement we confidently recommend donations to the Rotary Foundation as a sound avenue for corporate, club and individual donors to support effective and sustainable humanitarian projects locally and worldwide. https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation

Ukraine Disaster Response In response to the emerging humanitarian crisis resulting from the Ukraine conflict, we responded to the worldwide call from the Rotary International Foundation for donations to Rotary’s Disaster Response Fund Appeal for Ukraine. Funds from the appeal are being released to Rotary districts in the Ukraine and bordering countries providing humanitarian relief items such as water, food, shelter, medicine and clothing to victims of the crisis. The aid is provided to refugees in the abutting countries as well as internally displaced and homeless people in the Ukraine. A total of $15million ($US) was raised by end of April 2022. The Rotary Club of Eltham was fortunate in May 2022 to be invited by the Rotary Club of Nunawading to join a livestream Zoom meeting with Ms Oksana Tjupa the President of the Rotary Club of Kiyv International in the Ukraine. Oksana spoke passionately of the realities of the current invasion by Russia. She spoke of the mobilisation of Rotary teams to source and deliver water, food and medicines to people isolated in their homes, approx. 7 million internally displaced people (IDPs) who had lost their homes from bombing, people who have left their home villages to avoid the bombing and refugees seeking to migrate to adjoining countries. The dangers of delivering humanitarian aid are such that many truck drivers refuse to deliver in these areas and Rotary has rented trucks and used volunteer drivers. Transport problems are compounded by blown up bridges and broken roads. Rotary water filters have been highly sought to provide clean drinking water from polluted rivers and particularly to provide sterile water for surgical operations. They have provided fuel for ambulances to get the sick and injured to medical centres. Daily bombing in many areas has created a high demand for tourniquets to quickly arrest bleeding. They are using 3-5,000 per month. They are establishing centres for refugees and IDPs in government schools and colleges and equipping them with beds, mattresses, pillows, microwave ovens and kettles; and the list goes on. While recognising the collective result achieved by contributions from Rotarians worldwide, it was a challenging and inspirational presentation of the extreme circumstances faced by these Rotarians living-out the Rotary ethos of “Service Above Self” in dire situations we can scarcely imagine. They truly deserve our respect and support.


Opportunities for YOU: ………………………Become a Rotarian! Rotary is a global network of over 1.2 million volunteers who share common interests in helping to create sustainable change- across the globe and within our communities. We have 61 members in the Rotary Club of Eltham and we always welcome new members.

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