13th September 2022 – Meeting 1801: Dutch Club – Julia Poole: DV and Abuse Prevention Toast: Susan Aoyama
PRESIDENT'S REPORT - 12th September 2022 Hi Everyone, By now you will have received by email the compiled results from the club survey we recently undertook. Please take the time to have a look at the results and feedback, and if you have any further constructive comment, we'd love to hear from you. Anything we can do to make our club a better club is welcome. If we don't look at the results, there's not much point in doing a survey. At our last Pizza Night we were visited by Wesley and Megan (left, with PP Chris Brownlee) from Youth Up Front when we heard about the P a g e | 1 WEBPAGE www.belroserotary.org.au FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/belroserotary
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good work this organisation does. By way of example of the positive outcomes, we heard from Megan, who had lost her way at high school, but with help from Youth Up Front found her way back. She is a shining success story and now invests some of her time at Youth Up Front helping others who struggled like her. Full credit to Megan and to the Youth Up Front Team. On Sunday 28th August the Beach2Beach Fun Run took place - from Dee Why to Newport (13kms). With two shorter runs, one of 6kms and the other for 3kms also provided. Jacob Wehtje and I acted as marshals at Collaroy and South Narrabeen, whilst Brain Fairweather provided his van and driving skills to deliver and pick up along the length of the run. Apparently about $80K was raised for distribution by the organisers with roughly another 55K or so going to specific charities nominated by the runners themselves. Back on the 30th of August we, members and their partners, again visited the Belrose Hotel for a delightful meal and good company for our social evening. It was lovely to be joined by Tatiana Kostenets and we look forward to seeing her again soon. I am pleased that everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves. Coming up this month is our opportunity to help Network Heaven prepare their goods for shipment to Sri Lanka. As you'd be aware they are doing it very tough in Sri Lanka and this is just one way of trying to make a little positive difference in the lives of ordinary people. The dates for packing are Saturday 17th, and Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st of September. Packing will take place at the Frenchs Forest Baptist Church on 617 Warringah Road, Forestville. Please see the flyer elsewhere in this bulletin. The Vocational Committee has another meeting in mid-September with Youth Up Front to put the finishing touches to the next visit planned for Peak Hill in November of this year. No doubt we will receive an update from Warren after this meeting. P a g e | 2 WEBPAGE www.belroserotary.org.au FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/belroserotary
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We need to address the issue of "Regionalization" very soon - do we vote to have a trial run on this issue, or do we vote to stay exactly as we are? We will have a look at this issue this coming Tuesday. As well, this week, we are being visited by Julia Poole who has a deep interest in the prevention of domestic violence and abuse. I am looking forward to hearing what she has to say in regard to this most important issue. See you all on Tuesday night. That's it for now. David Barnes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------From: Ron Allars Sent: Sunday, 28 August 2022 6:18 PM Subject: Beach2Beach De Brief Tuesday 30th from 7pm To All the great B2B Team, Thank you all for your amazing efforts today - what a great success after 2 frustrating years 3000 Runners and 400 Volunteers had a ball !!! We are having a B2B de Brief at our meeting this Tuesday night at Manly Leagues Club so we would love your feedback on today’s event and ideas how we can improve the magic for next year Mayor Michael Regan will also be Speaking to us If you can’t join us please email your comments beforehand and Rotarian Supervisors please return copies of the Volunteer Register for your Zone
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Also bring the hi Viz vests and anything else to return And remember to book in for the B2B Awards night at Harbord Diggers on 27th September when we hand out B2B donations to all the charities and volunteers Below are some fun images from today showing the amazing mood of fun and happiness Ron
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ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19 BUT PLEASE NOTE The Zoom Host will open a Zoom meeting at 6.45pm for members fellowship and to sort any technical issues. At 7 to 7.05pm the meeting will commence
HEAR YE! HEAR YE!
THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS OF OUR ROTARY CALENDAR OF MEETINGS 13th September 2022 – Meeting 1801 20th September 2022 – Meeting 1802 27th September 2022 – Meeting 1803 4th October 2022 – Meeting 1804
Dutch Club – Julia Poole: DV and Abuse Prevention Zoom meeting (Board meeting) - Mentie Knowles, President Wahroonga Rotary "Membership in Rotary" Pizza Night - Dr Ray Hodgson - Nepal Hospital Zoom meeting - Bobby Redman, Brisbane Water Rotary - "Dementia"
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Palm Beach Wharf, 1151 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach, NSW, 2108 0418 424 546 - email@example.com
MEETING 1800 – 30TH AUGUST 2022
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From: Louis Escouflaire Sent: Friday, 12 August 2022 11:14 PM To: Kos Psaltis, Subject: RE: News from Downunder Hello Kos, Thank you for your email. Indeed, she said yes! I got engaged to Emeline this July. Here is a scene reconstitution. It's great that you are coming to Europe ! I myself am going to Paris from 12 to 15 September for a conference but unfortunately I am not sure I will be able to go to France before that. Perhaps I could try to come during the week-end (on September 4th?) but I will have P a g e | 10 WEBPAGE www.belroserotary.org.au to wait and see (depends on work !) I would love to see you again as well, and maybe meet Alexis! FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/belroserotary Best regards, Louis
App for domestic violence victims a success A phone app designed to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to quickly access support has been downloaded more than 2000 times since its launch in March. 14 September, 2015:
The Daisy app – developed by 1800RESPECT with input from all state and territory governments and funded by the Department of Social Services – allows users to find specialist services for victims of sexual assault, domestic and family violence listed by state and local council area. Special features of Daisy include a ‘get help’ function that allows users to quickly call triple zero and a ‘quick exit’ button to quickly move from screens containing the service information. P a g e | 11 WEBPAGE www.belroserotary.org.au FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/belroserotary
An improved version, Daisy 2.0, was launched last week with new features including information translated into 28 languages, text -tovoice functionality for women who are vision impaired or with low literacy, and an SMS function for women living in rural or remote areas. Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty praised the app for connecting more women to support services. “When you are experiencing gendered violence, people often tell you what to do – but the strongest predictor of a woman’s safety is the woman herself,” Ms Batty said. “The phone is often the thing that you keep the closest, so to have all this information on an app is fantastic. “What Daisy gives you is options and choices – it will help connect you with options and make choices that suit you, not what people tell you to do. If a refuge is the help you want, you can access that information. If you want specialist support, that’s there too.” Ms Batty said that family and friends could also use Daisy to find information to support a loved one’s decision making. The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, said the app was now more accessible to all women and it acknowledged that women’s experiences of domestic violence varied. “For example, for some women living in isolated parts of Australia police may not be the first point of response,” said Ms Cash. “We also know that women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds represent a significant portion of those living in violent situations. Daisy 2.0 seeks to address those specific groups to increase accessibility for women across Australia.” In June, Daisy won a 2015 Australian Information Industry Association Victorian iAward for government innovation. It was recognised for the easy, intuitive and safe way it helps users to find a wide range of services -from specialist services, legal support, housing, children’s services or financial counselling, through to housing providers. You can find out more here.
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And don’t forget… Friday drinks by Zoom @ 6pm (click link) IPAL PARTNERS
BOOK REVIEW by Tony Abbott Danger On Our Doorstep
The Rotary Foundation Centurion Program
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Operation Christmas Child 2022 After an absence of two years, Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes are returning in August 2022. Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for you to support children in need across the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts. Boxes will be available at the Dutch Club Meeting on 9 August and will need to be returned to the Dutch Club Meeting on 13 September. Each year through the generosity of many groups like ours, over 270,000 Christmas boxes are delivered to needy children in Asia and the Pacific.
TO DONATE • cash or cheque towards the cost of handling and transport, envelopes are available, • on-line go to DONATE, OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD on the website: https://samaritanspurse.org.au/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ • a Shoebox online without leaving home, simply select a boy or girl and choose an age group, and Operation Christmas Child will pack and send your shoebox for you for a $30 donation. Talk to Rotarian Bruce Nicholson (0422 998 423) if you have any questions.
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Greetings from Dorn-Duerkheim - catching up with 2018 Exchange student Julie Brettnacher
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2015 Rotary exchange student Lucie Buyse and Joanne Psaltis
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BOOK REVIEW by Tony Abbott Danger On Our Doorstep – Could Australia Go To War With China? by Jim Molan, HarperCollins, $34.99, 304 pages ISBN: 9781460762608
This is not a book for anyone complacent about the China challenge, yet it should be compulsory reading for everyone concerned for our country’s future. Very few have seen more of war, and preparations for it, or thought more deeply about it, than Jim Molan; now a senator, but 40 years a soldier, including a year as chief of operations for coalition forces in Iraq, when he helped to run the Battle of Fallujah. War with China is ‘not inevitable’, he says, but is much ‘more likely than most leaders are saying’. To conclude ‘that war is so appalling that it could never occur or that the probability is small enough to be ignored’ is a dangerous delusion, he says. ‘Only by planning for the worst’, he says, while hoping for the best, can we deter a devastating conflict. What’s more, he says, the fact that no recent Australian government has made sufficient preparations for national defence ‘is a moral failure of the highest order’ and ‘has led to the highest imaginable degree of complacency within the general population’. Molan starts with a scenario that should be every Australian’s worst nightmare but is all-tooplausible: a Pearl Harbor-style surprise attack on US forces in the western P a g e | 22 WEBPAGE www.belroserotary.org.au FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/belroserotary
Pacific. First, hunter satellites disable the US eyes in the sky, effectively leaving US forces both blind and unable to communicate, while special submarines break most of the world’s undersea cables disabling the internet. Then, specially designed missiles destroy the US carrier strike group and the US expeditionary strike group typically in our region while more missiles disable US bases in Japan, South Korea, and Guam. For good measure, missiles destroy our own air force on the ground and smart mines bottle up our navy in its ports. In the ensuing chaos, the Chinese government offers Taiwan, Japan, South Korea – and us – a choice between a suicidal war or an unequal peace as tributary states. The book ends with Australia in the aftermath of such an attack: almost defenceless; deprived of essential equipment from overseas needed to rebuild our armed forces and keep our industries going; with living standards collapsing, law and order at risk, and uncertain whether the US even has the will to fight, let alone to help Australia. What then should we do: submit or fight? Molan leaves the question hanging but offers the bleak truth that almost nothing is worse than war, except defeat, and that’s where we’re headed without galvanic change. Of course, we must hope this doomsday scenario is merely possible rather than probable; because the US may have hardened its ground and spacebased systems more than we know and may have the ability to launch counter strikes from bases further afield to even the score. What’s clear, though, is that every day we continue to sleep-walk through lotus land increases the chance of a shock beyond anything our country has known. As you’d expect, Molan acknowledges the good work of the previous Coalition government: boosted military spending; the AUKUS deal to give Australia nuclear powered submarines capable of deterring a superpower; the creation of the Quad; and the refusal to kowtow to an increasingly belligerent Beijing. He’s also frank about its main shortcoming: an unwillingness or inability to match its ‘echoes of the 1930s’ rhetoric with a crash programme of rearmament. By the time our new frigates and submarines arrive and our armed forces are expanded to 80,000 personnel in the 2040s, if things go badly, we could all be speaking Chinese. The new government, to its credit, seems inclined to do more and move more quickly than its predecessor. It has ordered an urgent review of our military posture and has provided larger shipments of arms to Ukraine, doubtless to let Beijing know that smaller, democratic neighbours P a g e | 23 WEBPAGE www.belroserotary.org.au FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/belroserotary
can’t be invaded with impunity. Yet no one in authority seems prepared to level with the Australian people about the need to make at least some sacrifices for long-term national security; let alone remind people that climate change may not be the only, or worst emergency we face. Here are some questions the government could resolve long before the review reports next March: are we considering further help to the Ukrainians to remind dictators that aggression does not pay; or putting more armaments on the 14 near frigate-size offshore patrol vessels we’re building; or moving some of our ships and planes to bases in Japan to be closer to potential theatres of operation; or bringing onshore the fuel reserves the former government purchased from the US; or asking to be integrated into American battle-planning so we can better judge the risks we might be expected to run to help safeguard Taiwan, a fellow democracy of about 25 million people? Molan focuses on what needs to be done to make us militarily stronger and economically more resilient: ‘Do we have enough industry to produce weapons… Can we provide the one thing that is still necessary for industry, agriculture, and war-fighting – liquid fuel… Can we mobilise the nation in a reasonable period… (and) are we resolved as a society to prosecute a war?’ But what about stopping all the things we’re currently doing that make us weaker and our potential adversary stronger: like insisting that our own puny emissions be cut by 43 per cent in just eight years while the world’s biggest emitter does no such thing; and propagating an ‘invasion’ narrative that saps our self-confidence and legitimacy while China justifies its swagger as ending the ‘century of humiliation’? Not even Molan is brave enough to suggest that! P a g e | 24 WEBPAGE www.belroserotary.org.au FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/belroserotary
Rotary SAFE Families works closely with EDVOS over 5 large municipalities in greater Melbourne. (1.3 million people) Please promote this fantastic resource for children via your Club website and Newsletter. Celebrated children's author Jayneen Sanders, along with EDVOS and Anglicare Victoria have joined together to bring to life a children’s picture book called Hope.
Hope was written to provide children in family violence homes with a sense of hope and to lessen the traumatic effects of their living situations. It aims to help children voice their concerns and their fears, and to
express these with an adult or adults they trust such as a family member, teacher, carer or the police. Too often children in these environments blame themselves for the violence in their homes and take on the burden of shame and guilt. This book aims to reassure children that family violence is never ever their fault and that there is also hope that things might change.
Hope was developed with the assistance of EDVOS (Eastern Domestic Violence Service) and
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Anglicare Victoria to support adults on how to provide a safe and supportive response when children share their experiences of family violence. The book emphasises that children are never to blame for family violence and that the accountability lies with
the person choosing to use violence.
Hope includes a Safety Plan developed by EDVOS that can be used by health professionals working with children, early years educators, teachers and family members or friends who might know a child that may be experiencing family violence. Proceeds from the sale of this book, through the Level Playground website, will go into EDVOS Primary Prevention projects and activities, including Level Playground.
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Level Playground is an EDVOS primary prevention of violence against women project that aims to create a society where everyone lives free from violence – where every child grows up to be equally valued, heard and respected, and with equal access to opportunities.
BOOK PURCHASE LINK: https://www.levelplayground.org.au/product/hope/ https://rotarysafefamilies.org.au/headline-news-item/47802/hope-the-bookwritten-for-children/?type_fr=1123
THE ROTARY CLUB OF BELROSE IS AN AMBASSADOR CLUB FOR ROTARY SAFE FAMILIES
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