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R. I. PRESIDENT

Jennifer Jones (Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada) DISTRICT GOVERNOR D9810

Ken Miller (Rotary Club of Emerald & District)

ASSISTANT GOVERNOR D9810 AG Kylie Knight-Brown (Rotary Club of Croydon & Montrose)

CLUB PRESIDENT Charlie Xu CLUB OFFICE BEARERS

Vice President & Immediate Past President Robert Fenton Secretary Sue Thwaites Treasurer David Tolstrup President Elect / Club Service Trish Carr

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DIRECTORS

Local Community Projects John Friend-Pereira Membership Ray Riehm International & Club Projects Ray McLeod-Dryden Rotary Op Shop Clem Joyce Whitehorse Art Show Simon Wheelton CLUB POSITIONS

Almoner ARH Representative Bulletin Editor Club Child Protection Officer Club Handbook Club History Club Photographer Assistant Photographer

Dabak Lynn Vincent Li Lyndon Smith Vincent Li Tim Lynn Ross McPhail Vincent Li Lyndon Smith

Marketing and Public Promotion Chair Membership Chair

Ray McLeod- Dryden

Interact Clubs Community Contacts Editor Insurance & Risk Management Public Officer On-to-Conference Rotary Foundation Webmaster / Social Media Whitehorse Farmers Market

Ray McLeod-Dryden David Tolstrup David Tolstrup Ray McLeod-Dryden Ray Riehm Ross McPhail Tim Lynn Simon Wheelton (Committee & Logistics)

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SERVICE COMMITTEES

THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES REPORT TO THE BOARD

INTERNATIONAL & CLUB PROJECTS

Director Ray McLeod-Dryden International service – Ray McLeod-Dryden Vocational Service Chair -Tom Thorpe

LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Director- John Friend-Pereira COMMUNITY SERVICE CHAIR-

TIM LYNN

GRANTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS: TRISH CARR/LES MARTON, DABAK LYNN

Youth Service Chair- Ray McLeod-Dryden, Trish Carr

WHITEHORSE ART SHOW

Director Simon Wheelton MEMBERS: SIMON WHEELTON, RAE HARDING, ROB FENTON, RAY MCLEODDRYDEN,LYNDON SMITH, SUE THWAITES

MEMBERSHIP

Director Ray Riehm Members: Ray McLeod- Dryden, Rob Fenton, Rae Harding, Simon Wheelton, Andrew Shen MARKETING & PUBLIC PROMOTION Director Ray McLeod-Dryden Members: Ray Riehm, Rob Fenton, Rae Harding, Simon Wheelton, Charlie Xu

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CLUB SERVICE Director PE Trish Carr Program Chair – Simon Wheelton Whitehorse Farmers Market Chair – Simon Wheelton

OP-SHOP

Director Clem Joyce Members- Clem Joyce, Robert Leach, David Tolstrup

FELLOWSHIP & SOCIAL

Chair: Trish Carr Members: Rob Fenton & Les Marton

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I am delighted to share my report as the outgoing President of our esteemed club. Serving in this position for the past 12 months has been a tremendous honor and privilege. I want to sincerely thank each one of you for your unwavering support during my time as President. We have accomplished remarkable milestones and made a significant difference in our community. Our club has consistently showcased a strong sense of unity and commitment through successful fundraising events and impactful service projects. I take great pride in the collective achievements we have attained together. Local Community Grants The Community Service Committee, led by PP Tim Lynn as the Community Services Coordinator, received a remarkable response this year with 17 individual Community Grant applications from 15 diverse local community organizations. These applications showcased a wide range of projects, reflecting the varied needs of our community. After careful evaluation and thorough discussions, the committee recommended 8 out of the 17 applications for approval to receive Community Grants. We are thrilled to announce that the Board has enthusiastically endorsed these recommendations, resulting in a total funding of $20,577.95 for these projects. Local Community Projects Director John Friend-Pereira oversaw the Community Grants initiative, and we are excited to witness the positive impact these grants will have on our local community. Annual Community Safety Award This year, we had the privilege of honoring Chelsea Spencer as the recipient of the Inaugural Award. Chelsea's exceptional courage and quick thinking in rescuing a young boy from a potential abduction on a tram made her the deserving recipient of this prestigious recognition. Her brave intervention and the evidence she provided were instrumental in safeguarding the boy and aiding the authorities in identifying the offender. Transit Detective Inspector Ray McLeod-Dryden commended Chelsea for her actions, and we are grateful for his support throughout the process. The award ceremony, attended by Whitehorse Mayor Cr. Mark Lane, was a memorable event where Chelsea was acknowledged for her bravery and commitment to community safety. This award serves as a reminder of our values as Rotarians and encourages others to prioritize the safety of our community. Box Hill Institute Apprentice Award The Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood proudly sponsored the Box Hill Institute Apprentice of the Year Award this year. The award ceremony took place on 30th May, and our club representatives, including Vice President Rob Fenton and PP Tom Thorpe, attended the event. Rob had the privilege of presenting the award to the winner, Ken Chia Lung Lin, who studied Carpentry. His teacher praised Ken as one of the best students they have ever taught in the past 17 years. Our club is thrilled to support talented individuals like Ken and celebrate their achievements. RICON 2023

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RICON 2023, held from 27th to 31st May, provided a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and learn from each other's experiences. Witnessing the enthusiasm and dedication of Rotarians who positively impact their communities was a pleasure. The event reaffirmed my belief in the power of Rotary to effect meaningful change worldwide. Many members of our club attended various sessions or functions or acted as volunteers at the Convention. Mental Health Wallet Card Project In commemoration of 100 years of Rotary in Australia, the Rotary Clubs in Whitehorse have united with the Eastern Health Foundation and Bendigo Bank's Blackburn South community branch to embark on a significant mental health initiative. This Wallet Card Project collaborative project aims to support individuals in crisis seeking assistance at Eastern Health's emergency departments, including Box Hill Hospital, Maroondah Hospital in Ringwood East, and Angliss Hospital in Ferntree Gully. These individuals often find themselves disoriented, vulnerable, and without a clear path forward. The Wallet Card Project provides valuable resources to help individuals in mental health crises understand the available services, not only during their time at the emergency department but, more importantly, after they have left. This project seeks to impact the well-being of those in need within our community by offering guidance and support beyond the immediate crisis. Club Health Survey PE Trish Carr put a lot of effort into creating our club health survey, which received a commendable response from two-thirds of our members. The survey revealed that our club is in excellent shape, boasting a friendly and dedicated group of individuals who contribute remarkably to our community. While the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, a few areas required attention. And members found the follow-up discussion fulfilling and positive, as it offered an opportunity to improve our club experience. International Students Food Project Our International Students Food Project, led by Director Simon Wheelton, supported by Sue Thwaites thrives at Deakin University. We were thrilled to see nearly 200 students gather in the car park on Saturdays. We were fortunate enough to enlist the help of the student helpers, who have all been doing a fantastic job distributing free meals and food items to the students. We acknowledge the financial support from Deakin University which assisted considerably in delivering this project. Our project continues to generate significant goodwill for Rotary and our club. International Project a. SeeBeyond Borders Our partnership with SeeBeyond Borders has had a profound impact in Cambodia. SeeBeyond Borders is dedicated to improving education in Cambodian primary schools, and our club has collaborated on the Women Leaders/Changemakers project. This initiative ANNUAL REPORT 2022-2023

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provides scholarships to Cambodian women, allowing them to gain valuable experience, receive mentorship, and participate in leadership courses. We successfully applied for a Foundation District Grant to partially support this project and are proud to work with Rotary Clubs in Cambodia and the Rotary Club of Springvale City. We thank Ray McLeodDryden and our International team for securing the grant and coordinating this project. Together, we are creating positive change in education and empowering women leaders in Cambodia. b. Sky Hydrant unit We are pleased to report the successful installation of the Sky Hydrant unit sponsored by our Rotary Club. In June 2023, along with 119 other units, it was shipped to Bhutan as part of a four-year project. This endeavor will provide safe and clean drinking water to approximately 100,000 children in Bhutan, by sponsoring an installation for $5,000, we support Disaster Aid Australia to bring clean water to those in need. We express our heartfelt gratitude to all Rotary Club members and supporters who have contributed to the success of this project. Together, we are making a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the people in Bhutan. Youth services The collaboration between the Kingswood College Interact Club under the leadership of Katrina Renard and the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood has brought joy to the children at KARA House. KARA House provides shelter and support to women and children escaping family violence, and through this project, we provided toys to brighten the lives of the children in their care. Ray McLeod-Dryden and John Friend-Pereira played a crucial role in personally delivering some donated gifts to KARA House. We are grateful for the opportunity to positively impact these children's lives and support KARA House's important mission. The Interact Club members have been working hard to ensure the donations are valuable, and suggestions on the best delivery method are welcomed to facilitate the process. The Interact Club at PLC is also functioning successfully under the stewardship of Ray and John. 2022 MUNA Assembly Report The 2022 MUNA Assembly held at Nossal High School in Berwick on 20th August was a resounding success. With 19 delegations representing different UN member countries, the event kicked off with an impressive Flag Ceremony. PLC-Interact and Kingswood Interact, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood, showcased great dedication and effort. PLC received the runner-up prize, and Kingswood expressed their satisfaction with their participation. The MUNA 2022 winners were announced, recognizing outstanding delegations from various schools. The quality of debate and engagement was exceptionally high, focusing on important global issues. Plans are underway to host the event again next year, with strong interest from participating schools.

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a transformative program designed to empower Australia's next generation of leaders. RYLA is specifically tailored for young adults in the early stages of their careers or studies. Nominees for the program undergo interviews and are sponsored by District Rotary Clubs. In District 9810, RYLA Co-Chair Trish Carr played a crucial role in organizing the recent RYLA program. Our club had the privilege of sponsoring two deserving participants, Sean Mann and Keishan Hunkar, who kindly visited our club to share their experiences. Rotary Foundation I am pleased to inform you about the outcomes of the recent D9810 RC President's meeting, which took place on 19th May 2023. Our club has been honored with the esteemed Club Annual Donor Award Level 1 2022 for our outstanding support of The Rotary Foundation. This recognition serves as a testament to the commitment and generosity demonstrated by our members in contributing to the Foundation's vital endeavors and making a substantial difference in communities worldwide. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved for their dedication and continued efforts in advancing the mission of Rotary. Club Membership in 2022 2023 I'm delighted to share some exciting news about our club membership. We recently had the honor of inducting three new Rotarians and one Corporate Member into the Box Hill Burwood Rotary Club. A warm welcome goes out to Anesti Mavridis, Innocent Amaefule, Shorey Wong, Barbara Power, Bihong Wang, and Richard Shi from the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse. We are thrilled to have you join our club, and we look forward to your active involvement and valuable contributions. Rotary Club BHB OP Shop We are delighted to report that a significant portion of the funds raised for our projects has been made possible through our beloved Op Shop, which is celebrating its 21st year of operation. Since its inception, Clem Joyce has been at the helm, leading the Op Shop Committee and overseeing a remarkable team of volunteers. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Clem, the committee members, and the dedicated volunteers for their exceptional contribution to our club over the past two decades. Furthermore, we are thrilled to announce that the total funds transferred since 1st July 2002 now amount to an impressive $976k. With this incredible progress, we anticipate reaching the monumental milestone of one million dollars in October or November 2023. Whitehorse Art Show Our Art Show was a tremendous success, receiving praise from artists, sponsors, and all those who purchased over $36,000 worth of art under the leadership of Art Show Director Simon Wheelton. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to everyone involved in making this event a success, particularly the dedicated club members and friends of Rotary who ANNUAL REPORT 2022-2023

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worked tirelessly during setup and packed up. Their hard work exemplifies the true spirit of Rotarians working together for the benefit of charity. After a three-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood made a remarkable comeback with a live Whitehorse Art Show. Over 160 people attended the Gala Opening Night Dinner, and the exhibition showcased 560 artworks by 170 talented artists. Through art sales and generous sponsor support, we were able to fulfill our goal of providing funds to the Box Hill Hospital Stroke Unit. The funds enabled the purchase of two vital stroke support machines, totaling $26,000 in value. Whitehorse Farmers Market and Bunnings BBQ We are proud to report on two successful fundraising projects in our club: the Whitehorse Farmers Market and Bunnings BBQs. Our participation in the Whitehorse Farmers Market, alongside other Whitehorse Rotary Clubs and Whitehorse Rotaract Club, has proven to be a valuable contributor to our Charity Budget. Led by our dedicated Secretary/Coordinator Simon Wheelton, the Farmers Market continues to generate funds for our Community Grants Program, allowing us to positively impact our community. Our Bunnings BBQs and Sausage Sizzle fundraisers have also been a resounding success. Thanks to our incredible volunteers' tireless efforts, we have raised approximately $1000 per month for our charity account. We express our sincerest appreciation to Lisa from Bunnings Box Hill for their unwavering support of our club and its initiatives, and we were delighted to present them with a Certificate of Appreciation. To all our volunteers who have generously given their time and energy to ensure the success of these events, we extend our heartfelt gratitude. Let's continue to work together and make our Bunnings BBQs even more successful in the future. Rotary District 9810 Reward Program We are thrilled to announce that our Rotary Club has been recognized and honored by Rotary District 9810. The "Reward" program, designed to express appreciation for our members' dedicated service, has resulted in each member receiving a special polo shirt. These shirts serve as a tangible symbol of the positive impact we are collectively making in our communities. They also foster a sense of unity among our members, strengthening our connections and commitment to Rotary's mission. Social Gatherings Our end-of-year Christmas Dinner was a memorable event held at the Box Hill Golf Club on Tuesday, 13th December. We were delighted to welcome nearly 50 members, their families, and esteemed guests, including District Governor Ken Miller and Assistant Governor Kylie Knight-Brown. We thank Trish, Les, and Rob for organizing this year's Christmas Party, which was a resounding success. Our Rotary Club has had numerous enjoyable and memorable social gatherings throughout the year. PE Trish Carr organized a fantastic outing with a delicious multi-course Lebanese banquet and captivating belly dancing entertainment. Additionally, we had a fun-filled Rotaract Monopoly Night at the Box Hill Town Hall on 22nd April. Our club members also had the opportunity to attend a Club Dinner at the Canberra District 2023 Conference, further enhancing our camaraderie and connection with fellow Rotarians. These social events, such as at Riversdale Golf Club, and Golden Lily Chinese Restaurant, have provided valuable moments of relaxation, laughter, and fellowship, strengthening our bonds within the club. ANNUAL REPORT 2022-2023

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Now that my year as President is coming to an end, I have some other special thanks I would like to

make: •

Special Thanks to David, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation and thanks to David Tolstrup, our Treasurer, for his invaluable contributions to our Rotary Club. David has consistently provided wise counsel and shared his extensive knowledge of Rotary, making him an asset to our organization. His dedication and outstanding performance as Treasurer have contributed significantly to the success of our club's initiatives. Furthermore, we are grateful for his guidance and mentoring throughout my journey as President over the past 12 months. David's generosity, kindness, and support have been instrumental in shaping my leadership and ensuring the smooth functioning of our club. We are truly fortunate to have David as a member of our team, and we sincerely thank him for his immense contributions and selflessness.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Sue Thwaites for her outstanding dedication and hard work as our secretary over the past 12 months. Sue has consistently demonstrated exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and efficiency in managing the administrative tasks of our Rotary Club. Sue's tireless efforts and professionalism have greatly contributed to the overall success of our organization. We truly appreciate her unwavering support and her significant role in keeping our club running smoothly. Thank you, Sue, for your excellent service.

We would like to thank Sergeant Robert Leach for his diligent efforts in keeping our meetings organized and lively. Robert's role as Sergeant has been instrumental in maintaining the structure and flow of our gatherings. His fines sessions, filled with humor and entertainment, have become a highlight of our meetings. We want to say that we missed his presence in our recent meetings and eagerly look forward to his return as Sergeant. We appreciate his efforts in making our meetings both productive and enjoyable. Thank you, Sergeant Robert Leach, for your valuable contributions to our club.

A big thank you to Lyndon for his outstanding bulletins, which are undoubtedly the best in the District. We appreciate his hard work and dedication in keeping us informed and engaged. Additionally, we extend our gratitude to Vincent Li and Andrew Shen for their contributions of photos to the bulletin. Your contributions have enhanced the visual appeal and quality of the bulletins. Thank you all for your valuable contributions and for enriching our club's communication efforts.

We extend our gratitude to Tim Lynn, our webmaster, for his diligent work in keeping our club website up to date. Additionally, we appreciate his efforts in preparing and updating our Club Handbook. Tim's dedication has greatly contributed to effective communication and the availability of important information for our members. Thank you, Tim, for your invaluable contributions to our club's online presence and resources.

A big thank you to Trish Carr and Les Marton for their consistent efforts in setting up and maintaining our technology at both regular club meetings and special occasions. Their dedication ensures everything runs smoothly, and we greatly appreciate their contributions. Thank you, Trish Carr and Les Marton, for your invaluable support in

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keeping our events technologically sound. •

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Simon Wheelton, our Program Chair, for his exceptional organizational skills in arranging a multitude of incredible guest speakers. His efforts have enriched our programs and provided valuable insights and knowledge. We are truly fortunate to have Simon's remarkable contributions and leadership within our organization.

We would like to sincerely thank Ray Riehm, a retiring Board Member, for his outstanding contributions in various roles over the years. Ray's dedication and service to our club, including his past presidency and, more recently as Club Membership Director, have been invaluable. We commend Ray for his excellent leadership and commitment to the growth and success of our club. Thank you, Ray, for your remarkable contributions and well-deserved recognition.

I have full confidence in the incoming President and the incoming board to lead our club to even greater heights. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as your President and witnessed the passion and commitment of our members. Thank you all for your support, dedication, and collaboration. Our club's accomplishments are a testament to our remarkable work together. I am proud to have been part of this journey and look forward to our club's continued growth and success. Thank You,

Charlie Xu OAM

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FREE FOOD FOR INTERNATIONAL & OTHER STUDENTS AT DEAKIN UNIVERSITY This excellent project was commenced by RCBHB Director Simon Wheelton ably assisted by club Secretary Sue Thwaites and was aimed at providing food for international students at Deakin University and Box Hill Institute during the Covid-19 pandemic. Significant media coverage was given to this project via print publications such as Burwood Bulletin and also via our RCBHB website. A RCBHB Banner promoting the project was prepared for our club and other community events. Simon has continued to provide Food support to Deakin Students throughout 2021/2011 The following article appeared in the Burwood Bulletin (Summer 2020 Edition) “When the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood (RCBHB) became aware of the urgent need to provide food support to many hundreds of university and TAFE students at Deakin University when the Covid 19 pandemic hit they took immediate action. Nearly all these students lost their part-time jobs and do not receive Job Seeker or any other ongoing government support. Moving on to the current year we continued to support the Deakin students in residence at Burwood. Every Saturday afternoon we set up tables in the Deakin car park to distribute free of charge, this is ongoing and we usually have between 150 and 200 students queue up to receive their meals and other food . Simon and Sue are assisted by a loyal team of 6 volunteers’ students. 1. fresh fruit provided at cost by Macedon Fresh 2. trays of end-of-day bakery goods from David Winter`s Bread Street bakery in Mont Albert 3. 200 frozen dinners donated by Fair Share 4. free-range eggs donated by Green Eggs in Ararat 5. Toiletries donated by Kate Austin at Pinchapoo 6. Groceries donated by One Church in Blackburn 7. Cooked chickens donated by Nandos Doncaster

RCBHB Investigated what could be done for students at Box Hill Institute 1.

A Food Pantry run by Box Hill Community Information & Support, at the rear of Box Hill Town Hall has provided a pantry/pick up grocery service for the needy for many years and are happy to include the students.

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RCBHB are now delivering meals and bread weekly to the Baptist Food Pantry in Box Hill. A growing number are students accessing this are from Box Hill TAFE.

Simon Wheelton RCBHB Coordinator Food relief Project

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RCBHB MAJOR PROJECT ART SHOW

Box Hill Hospital, Stroke Unit Art Show Committee - Director Simon Wheelton, ADMINISTRATOR Lyndon Smith other members- Rae Harding, Rob Fenton, Ray Mcleod-Dryden, Sue Thwaites.

We would like to thank all the club members ,families and friends who helped to set up and break down the show , as well as all the members who were rostered on to assist over the course of the show.

This year we ran a very successful art show once again ,our 56th since our inception in 1965. For the 2nd year we held a Photography Art competition the entries were exceptional . We also ran the Stoll Trust Student Art Competition and an Alkira Art Competition . Something new this year was a wonderful range of Blown Glass Artistry by the highly acclaimed Myles Johnson ANNUAL REPORT 2022-2023

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Your Art Show Committee settled on 2 beneficiaries this year the principal one being the Stroke Unit at Box Hill Hospital - see details below . The other being Alkira in Box Hill supporting their participant`s art program which enabled them to purchase much needed supplies and easels

MAJOR BENEFICIARY 2022 THE STROKE UNIT AT BOX HILL HOSPITAL Funding : •

A ‘Creatinine Point of Care’ machine for non-emergency patients. These portable machines allow rapid measurement of creatinine levels and calculation of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) - a measure of how well your kidneys filter blood. Creatinine is a waste product made by your muscles as part of regular, everyday activity. Normally, your kidneys filter creatinine from your blood and send it out of the body in your urine. If there is a problem with your kidneys, creatinine can build up in the blood and less will be released in urine. The machine can show whether the kidneys are working properly. Having this machine will reduce the wait times for a CT angiogram. Cost $9038 A Portable dedicated patient monitoring machine providing specialised nursing care , monitoring and observation after a patient has had a stroke. Cost $16,814

Simon Wheelton RCBHB Whitehorse Art Show Director 2022

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CLUB SERVICE Following the difficulties of the past years, finally the 2022-2023 Rotary year saw us finally return to normal. We were able to return to in person meetings, Board, and committee meetings. With the aftermath of the pandemic our club has been able to develop our technology skills to provide all meetings as hybrid meetings now, this has allowed us to become more relevant in the current business climate. We have been fortunate to have many visitors join via our Hybrid meetings from all over the world. Our club were once again able to enjoy various social functions and continued to do wonderful work in the local community. It was wonderful to see the 56th Whitehorse Art Show supported well by the community once again after the hiatus of the last years. As always, our vibrant and strong shone brightly. The various aspects of Club Service have once again been carried out diligently and effectively. These are: Sergeant Robert Leach This year we were again fortunate to hear the eloquent and dulcet tones of member Robert Leach voice as he performed the duties of Sergeant. Robert’s wonderful skills made fine sessions extremely entertaining, all members look forward to what Robert has in store each meeting. Program Chair Simon Wheelton Despite Simons incredibly busy schedule he took on the role of program chair with enthusiasm. Simon sourced interesting, relevant, and informative guest speakers for all our Club Meetings. Simon even arranged a series of speakers with important Community Service information on subjects such as Prostate Cancer and Elder rights, these attracted local community members to our club. Bulletin Editor Lyndon Smith and Club Photographers Vincent Li & Andrew Shen Lyndon continued to produce excellent Club Bulletins, which were entertaining, informative, and interesting, as well as full of colourful images. He was ably assisted by Club Photographers Vincent and Andrew Shen

Fellowship & Social Co-ordinators Trish Carr & Les Marton with Ray Riehm Ray capably reminded us of fortnightly social club dinners at the RSL as well as some lovely evenings at Riversdale Golf Club. This year we were also treated to a night at Lebanese Restaurant Dunyazard, great food, great friends and complete with a belly dancer arranged by Les and Trish. Farmers Market - Chair Simon Wheelton Simon continued to represent our Club faithfully as the Secretary of the Management Committee and Coordinator of the Whitehorse Farmer’s Market.

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The Farmers Market contributed approximately $7000 to our charity account in the current year this assists us to provide valuable funds for our Community Grants. As always Simon coordinated the roster of members of our club for the monthly collecting of gold coin donations and the rostered egg and bacon stall activity.

Trish Carr – President Elect/ Club Service

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RCBHB OP SHOP The Op Shop operated on a regular basis throughout this financial year compared with last year (2021/2022), when the Op Shop was closed due to the COVID Pandemic for two periods totaling more than three months. During the year to 30 June 2023 a total of $77,000 has been transferred from the Op Shop to the Rotary Charity Account. The total money transferred from the Op Shop to the Rotary Charity Account for the whole of the period, from the first opening of the Shop on 1 July 2002 through to 30 June 2023 was $976,000. All of our many volunteers are optimistically looking forward to a major basis for celebration this coming spring. I wish to again record the Club’s appreciation for the dedication of all the Op Shop volunteers, whose efforts brought about this fantastic result, providing a significant source of the money needed to finance the Club’s community service projects. The upgrading of the Shop flooring with new carpet tiles, completed during the COVID shutdown, has made a very big difference to the appearance of the Shop. Also, the grading and gravelling of the rear laneway and parking area, organized by President Charlie, has made a big difference to those using that entrance. A continuing matter of concern is that many of the Op Shop volunteers are of advanced age and it can be expected that a significant number will be unable to continue as volunteers within the next couple of years. It is vital that we develop a program to encourage other interested members of the community to become Rotary Op Shop volunteers.

Clem Joyce – Chairman Op Shop Committee.

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MEMBERSHIP REPORT Committee Members: Ray Riehm (Chair), Ray McLeod-Dryden, Rae Harding, Rob Fenton, Simon Wheelton, Charlie Xu and Andrew Shen. Membership movements 2021-2022 The club was very pleased to induct 5 new members during the year. Barbara Power Anesti Mavridis Innocent Amafule Shorey Wong The Asian Business Association of Whitehorse. The membership count at the end of the year is 31 members. Our President Charlie Xu and Simon Wheelton were instrumental in getting new members. Planning for increased membership Now that covid is finally over in terms of day to day activities, committee members are now in a position where they can meet with potential members and organisations in person. This has not been practical for a number of years. During the year a new brochure was produced by the committee and our website improved significantly, mainly due, with thanks, to Trish Carr. Conclusion Thanks to Charlie and Simon, we have increased our membership significantly during the year. We once again have a viable membership and can look forward to the future with confidence. I express my thanks to committee members who have attended meetings during the year and have supported me in my role.

Ray Riehm – Membership Chair

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MARKETING & PROMOTION BURWOOD BULLETIN & EASTSIDER NEWS

The Burwood Bulletin, a locally produced magazine that has been around for over 40 years for the Burwood, Burwood East and surrounding areas, continues to be at the forefront of our Rotary Club’s Marketing Strategies for the 2022/2023 Rotary year. The Bulletin has been used as an important means of spreading the word about our Rotary Club to our local community.

Eastsider News, (online) has also been effectively used to promote some of the RCBHB projects thanks to Forest Hill Rotarian Glenys Grant. During the past year, we have seen interesting articles and advertisements promoting the Box Hill Burwood Rotary Club. Most of these articles were prepared by the marketing director in close consultation with the Bulletin editor, Chris Gray and Eastsider News coordinator, Glenys Grant. Some of these articles involved: Promotion of our Rotary Whitehorse Art Show through: • • •

advertisements leading up to and following the Art Show (promoting the winners). Production of Rotary Art Show Banners. Promotion of RCBHB’s Annual Community Grants.

• Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood’s Inaugural Community Safety Award

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PROMOTION OF RC BHB’s EDUCATIONAL CHANGEMAKER PROJECT (SeeBeyondBorders) A significant RCBHB/SeeBeyond Borders Banner was produced to highlight the successful “Educational Changemaker” Project that RCBHB partners with Rotary Club of Springvale City, Interact Clubs of PLC and Kingswood College. Throughout the rotary year RCBHB members attended a number of meetings with Rotary Club of Springvale City to promote this excellent project.

2023 saw the inaugural Community Safety Award presented to a young lady who intervened in an alleged attempted child abduction on a crowded local tram. The award was presented to Chelsea Spencer by Mayor of Whitehorse, Cr Mark Lane. Cr Lane described how Chelsea's tenacity was to be commended, her brave efforts to step in no doubt saved a young primary student from harm. We were fortunate to have in attendance our guest speaker Detective Senior Sergeant Rob Milliken from Transit CIU who explained about investigating serious crimes on our public transport network and investigating officer Detective Senior Constable Chris Andrew who provided us with information about Chelsea's efforts which resulted in the apprehension of the perpetrator. Drew and Lisa from Bunnings Box Hill were also on hand to present Chelsea with a voucher for her efforts, but the most amazing and touching moment was when the young student and his family were able to personally thank Chelsea with a beautiful bunch of flowers. We thank our wonderful supporters for assisting us in acknowledging a member of our community whose actions have assisted to make the Box Hill Burwood area safer.

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Ray McLeod-Dryden Marketing & Public Promotion Chair

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Community Grants The Rotary Club of Boxhill-Burwood’s Community Grants for 2023 exemplify Rotary's commitment to making a difference across several of Rotary’s thematic areas including: education, environmental sustainability, community development, and more at local level. The community grants were only possible because of the tireless work of the many Rotary volunteers who ensure the ongoing success of our Op-Shop on Canterbury Rd, managed by Clem Joyce and a team of committed volunteers and the Whitehorse Farmers Market. The many hours of volunteer service are key generating funds for our annual community grant program and thank all those involved. The Community Service Committee had the privilege of reviewing 17 grant applications reflecting the diverse needs and aspirations of our community. After careful consideration and thoughtful deliberation, the committee recommended eight projects that met a community need and aligned with a Rotary thematic area granting almost $21,000 to these outstanding projects. The successful projects showcase a variety of initiatives that we hope will transform lives and create sustainable change. In the area of education and literacy, the grants support initiatives that enhance learning outcomes, promote language acquisition, and nurture a lifelong love for knowledge. Environmental sustainability is a crucial area of focus for Rotary. The grants were awarded to projects that promoted environmental conservation, such as rooftop gardens, interactive displays, and initiatives that teach children about the world around them. Community development is at the heart of Rotary's mission, and the grants awarded reflect this commitment. These grants empower individuals and organizations to collaborate, innovate, and make a positive impact on society. Rotary's Community Grants are not just about providing financial support; they embody the spirit of service and collaboration that defines Rotary. As Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary said, "Rotary is not just an organization. It is an invitation to endless opportunities." These grants provide organizations and individuals with the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality, to address pressing needs, and to create lasting change. Below is a list of the eight recipient organizations and their projects which were approved for 2023 Community Grant funding.

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RCCB YOUTH REPORT INTERACT CLUBS KINGSWOOD COLLEGE

Kingswoood Interact Club Leadership Team 2022 Presidents – Ellie Garrett (Y12) Vice-President – Flynn Smart (Y12) Secretary – Luna Li (Y11) Treasurer – Flynn Smart (Y12) Director of Local Projects – Amy Turner (Y11) Director of National Projects – Vritika Sharma (Y11) Director of International Projects – Zach Peeters (Y11) Director of Communications – Brendan Black (Y11) 2023 Presidents - Brendan Black (Y12) and Amy Turner (Y12) Vice-President – Luna Li (Y12) Secretary – Eliza McComb (Y10) Treasurer – Eliza Richards (Y8) Director of Local Projects – James McLeish (Y10) Director of National Projects – Rory Carrington (Y8) Director of International Projects – Zach Peeters (Y12) Director of Communications – Ally Curcio (Y10) and Cooper Myers (Y9) Summary: Kingwood's Interact had club meetings every Tuesday at lunch time during term. They raised over $2,000 to support the International Project “SBB Education Change-Makers”, completed a food drive to support the International Students Food project, a Christmas card drive for Hayville Retirement Village, a Christmas Card Scribe Service for Hayville Retirement Village, Christmas Toy Drive and Winter supplies Drive for Kara House and established a Community Freezer. Participated in MUNA 2022 and attended the InterACT district conference. In addition to many other activities every term with the highlighted below: Terms 3 2022 • Bunnings BBQ Saturday 25th June Kingswood Interact will provide 3 volunteers and Rotary Club will provide 2 volunteers for the above time period. •

Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) Saturday 20th August Kingswood Interact have one team registered and will attempt to register second team.

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Bake-Sale: The Kingswood College InterACT Club is ran a Bake Sale today (and next Tuesday) to raise funds towards the SeeBeyondBorders Kingswood College Scholarship.

Term 4 2022 • Kingswood Picnic Interact Club fundraising for Rotary/SBB International Project Friday 7th October 5pm-7pm • Multi-District InterACT Conference Monday 5 December Camberwell Grammar: Eliza, Brendan and Amy will be attended this Conference of Leaders for 2023 on our behalf •

InterACT Wrap-Up, School Assembly

Term 1 2023 •

23 Feb – Kingswood College Open Evening – Student Clubs information booth (including and InterACT stall)

24 Feb –Bake Sale fundraiser

• 2 March – Women’s Day fundraising Dinner – Kara House can One of the College’s most well attended events and will be held at Box Hill Golf Club. This year’s theme is Women’s Health and Wellbeing and our guest speakers include Kingswood College parent Dr Amanda Ward and College Psychologists Belinda Goldsworthy and Leah Brennan. All proceeds raised from the evening will be donated to the Kara Family Violence Service. •

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13 March –17 March Food Drive Event and delivery to International Students

18 March – Movie Night fundraiser, Burwood Brickworks, 5pm

Bunnings BBQ for Kara house: Year 11 Economics students.

Term 2 2023

PLC INTERACT CLUB 2022 President: Shin Yi Pan Vice-President: Christine Yuan Secretary: Jinjing Jiang Treasurer: Tanmayi Pedd Directors of Local Projects: Grace Jin and Jasmine Ou Directors of International Projects: Emma Reece and Sophia Li ANNUAL REPORT 2022-2023

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We are delighted to welcome the new team into their roles and look forward to working with them in 22-23.

L to R: Tanmayi Pedd (Treasurer), Jinjing Jiang (Secretary),Shin Yi Pan (President) Christine Yuan (Vice-President) Grace Jin (Director Local Projects) Jasmine Ou (Director of Local Projects) Emma Reece (Director International Projects) Sophia Li (Director International Projects)

FORaMEAL PLC’s Rotary Club of 2022 is honoured to be working with the Box Hill Rotary Club. As a club of 32 members comprising year 10 students, we decided on supporting FORaMEAL as the local charity as well as See Beyond Borders as our international charity. In regards to FORaMEAL, our goal is to raise $3000 to purchase the FORaMEAL packs (containing grains and vitamins) where students will then be invited to pack the meals and distribute them to the homeless community in Melbourne. We have a bake sale coming up on December 6 where we expect around $300 in sales which will go towards FORaMEAL. As for See Beyond Borders, we are aiming to raise $2000 in collaboration with Kingswood College at the upcoming Bunnings BBQ on December 18. As you may be aware, our club is looking to take part in one final project before we hand over to next year's cohort. In this project, we are looking to collaborate with Camberwell Grammar School to support FORaMEAL which supplies and distributes relief meals to ANNUAL REPORT 2022-2023

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vulnerable communities affected by the war in Ukraine. In this collaboration with Camberwell Grammar, we are looking to run a one-off afterschool food packing session to repack the grain and dehydrated foods provided by FORaMEAL, ready for them to be shipped off in meal-sized packets. I came to know of FORaMEAL as I participated in a food packing event in June of 2022 with a friend from Camberwell Grammar and we reached out to the event organiser and founder of M.A.T.E.S For Change (Kevin Xiao) when I heard that they often ran collaborations with schools. However, I then found out that FORaMEAL had some affiliations with the Rotary Club of Canterbury and wanted to make sure that we had your full support before committing ourselves to the cause. Both schools agree that relief meal distribution to Ukraine would have a meaningful impact on the community and just provide some support in these difficult times. Thank you again for all your support and guidance Sincerely Shin Yi BUUNINGS BBQ – SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 2022 Hello Ray, thank you to you and Simon, Charlie, Anesti and John for organising and helping with yesterday's event. Everyone had a great time and we are proud to have raised over $1500 for See Beyond Borders.- Changemakers Program Here are the names of yesterday's volunteers. (see photos attached) Christine Yuan, Charissa Wang, Jinjing Jiang, Alina Qian, Emma Reece, Tara Royston, Linda Ye, Chloe Zhao, Shin Yi Pan Shin Yi here from PLC Rotary Interact. Hope you are well. We are looking forward to continue working with Box Hill and thank you for your guidance and support thus far. Our current members will be running Rotary until around June before we hand over to the next cohort and we have many events planned already for the next few months. We had a small fundraiser recently and raised an additional $200 which will go towards FORaMEAL. ELECTION OF NEW INTERACT 2023 LEADERS ON 9 MAY 2023 • Jocelyn Lau (President) • Aria Kotipalli (Vice President) • Maggie Wang (Treasurer) • Peiyi Lin (Secretary) • Joanna Wu (International) • Claire Aikman (Local)

Ray Mcleod-Dryden – Youth Chair John Friend-Pereira – Youth Co-ordinator

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SOCIAL REPORT 2022-2023

Another Great Year Once again, our wonderful team held dinners on a regular basis, included evenings at Riversdale Gold Club and Dunyzard Lebanese Restaurant. Our year was also highlighted with social functions as a result of the District Conference in Canberra and the Rotary International Convention making for a busy year. CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Once again, our Christmas Celebration at Box Hill Golf Club proved to be the highlight of the year, we welcomed friends and family and it was made even better with the attendance of our young Rotary family members. There is nothing more special at Christmas than seeing the joy in a young child’s eyes, it truly embodies the spirit of Christmas. Whilst we missed our regular MC Major Tim and our lovely pianist Belinda we managed to get through a fun night. Again, despite a hectic schedule, we were surprised with a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus and Major Tim live from the North Pole, who had gone to visit Santa. We were also lucky to have Snowy McSnowflake attend to hand out presents, a cheeky and fun visitor to our evening. The night also included some great performances from very surprised and unsuspecting members via Jib Jab videos which provided a great laugh for all.

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PICNIC IN WATTLE PARK This year’s annual picnic in the park was moved to a lovely Chinese Restaurant due to extreme heat and Wattle Park being re developed but fun was still had by those who attended.

SOCIAL DINNERS Social dinner nights were again held at our regular meeting venue Box Hill RSL, Riversdale Golf Club, as well as Lebanese Restaurant Dunyzad complete with belly dancer, these were well attended. We continue to also hold our fortnightly social nights at the RSL between club meetings. This is a key feature of our clubs’ social program and allows us to also connect on a much more relaxed and informal level.

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GIANT MONOPOLY NIGHT Our members also once again supported many other club events like the Rotaract Giant Monopoly night. We look forward to another great year of fellowship in 202223

Trish Carr & Les Marton Social Events Co-Ordinator

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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE RAY McLEOD-DRYDEN – DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL & LOCAL PROJECTS DIRECTOR EDUCATIONAL CHANGEMAKER PROJECT – RCBHB INTERNTIONAL PROJECT On 24 November 2022 our International Service Director submitted an application for a District Grant on behalf of the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood for a joint project with SeeBeyondBorders over the Educational Changemaker Program in Cambodia This exciting project was proposed by RCBHB Rotarian and Director of SeeBeyondBorders, John Friend-Pereira as a possible International project for our club in mid 2022.

Background - Women in Educational Leadership in Cambodia. In Cambodia, at the community level, in the schools where SeeBeyondBorders delivers its quality education program, 77% of school principals are male, and women make up 74% of the school teaching workforce. A lack of female role models in educational leadership poses a significant barrier to aspiring women leaders. Furthermore, research into leadership behaviours suggests that more frequently than men, women exhibit leadership styles and traits that are highly applicable to future global challenges SeeBeyondBorders : The Educational Changemaker Program will help tackle this challenge alongside determined Cambodian women who want to take the lead in improving the education system so that future generations can benefit. The Educational Changemaker Program will support 5 Cambodian women to complete an intensive two-year training program designed to equip them with the high-level skills and knowledge needed in primary schools and educational leadership roles. In Cambodia, despite education reforms since the 1980s, poor quality education continues to hamper children’s learning in schools, with less than 3% of 15-year-old children reaching baseline levels of learning in maths, science and literacy (2018, PISA-D Report) and the mean years of schooling at just five years. Furthermore, the pandemic has left children even further behind after schools were closed for 18 months and basic infrastructure for distancelearning was not in place.

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The Educational Changemaker Program is borne out of the recognition that to achieve any sustainable change in Cambodian education, focus must be given to the structure of the system, rather than concentrating solely on school-level interventions. The program was developed as an innovative approach to encouraging ambitious young women to enter the education sector and advocate for positive change for future generations of children. The program will take place in Ek Phnom District, Battambang Province, in northwest Cambodia. Female applicants will undergo a formal recruitment and selection process to assess their suitability and commitment to complete the program. Applicants from different academic backgrounds, experiences, married statuses and disabilities, who can travel daily and work in class, will have equal opportunities to attend. Our Rotary Club will work alongside Rotary Club of Springvale City and two of our RCBHB Interact Clubs (PLC & Kingswood) who also support this exciting project by funding one of the applicants each ($2,450 per student) In our District Grant application our Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood proposed to fund 5 women leaders as part of the Educational Changemaker Program for two years @ $2,450 per leader. (total amount $12,250). If our District Grant was successful, contributions for the funding would be reduced significantly as follows: • • • • •

Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood = $3,500 Interact Club of Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) = $1,000 Interact Club of Kingswood College = $1,000 Rotary Club of Springvale City = $1,750 Rotary District Grant = $5,000

Total $12,250

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On 24th January 2023, President RCBHB Charlie XU informed our members of the following: Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood DG2340559

Dear President Charlie, Congratulations !!!! Grant Approval of District Grant: DG13 Following review by the District Grants Committee and the District Rotary Foundation Committee, I am pleased to award your club a District Grant of $5,000 for your project: DG13 – Sponsor 5 Student “Changemakers” for Education Management Courses to Strengthen Education in Cambodia, in Partnership with the See Beyond Borders Organisation Once again congratulations to your club, and those who worked on the application and please thank the Club for undertaking this activity, and I wish you all the best for its success. You may now commence work on the project.

Yours in Rotary service,

District Governor D9810

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SKYHYDRANTS -BHUTAN SAFE WATER FOR EVERY CHILD – DISASTER AID AUSTRALIA

RESPONDING TO THE WORLD WIDE DISASTER OF MORE THAN 1,000 DEATHS EVERY DAY FROM CONTAMINATED WATER. YOUNG CHILDREN ARE AT GREATEST RISK. DISASTER AID AUSTRALIA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ROTARY CLUB OF THIMPHU AND THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION OF THE ROYAL GOVT OF BHUTAN HAVE IDENTIFIED 120 SCHOOLS IN BHUTAN, THESE SCHOOLS ARE ATTENDED BY 80% OF ALL BHUTANESE CHILDREN OF SCHOOLING AGE, THE CURRENT SOURCES OF WATER ARE CONTAMINATED WITH BACTERIA, RESULTING IN SICKNESS AND ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL. “WE WILL BE INSTALLING SKYHYDRANT WATER FILTRATIONS SYSTEMS AT EACH SCHOOL.” THE SKYHYDRANT IS A PROVEN SUSTAINABLE METHOD OF REMOVING ALL BACTERIA AND DIRT, PRODUCES 1000 LITRES OF SAFE WATER AN HOUR AND WILL LAST 10 YEARS. THE PROJECT COST PER SCHOOL IS $5,000 At the RCBHB Board meeting on Tuesday 22nd November 2022 there was agreement by all Board members that our Rotary Club should support the purchase of one SKYHYDRANT for Bhutan at the cost of $5,000. Our Rotary Club members had earlier visited Disaster Aid to view the operation of the Skyhydrants and all were impressed with their ability to provide clean water for children in those countries where water contamination was a significant problem. In June 2023 RCBHB International Director was advised that the SkyHydrant which we funded has been installed. We are now awaiting confirmation of the school name.

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OTHER INTERNATIONAL SERVICE SUPPORTED PROJECTS RCBHB Board also approved the following International Projects: • • • • •

Operation Cleft $1,000 Salvation Army Child Sponsorship $500 Rotary Donation in Kind (DIK) $1000 Interplast $1000 Bali Childrens Foundation $900

The Avenue Neighbourhood House Renew Program RCBHB major Project The contribution of $4,000 to The Avenue Neighbourhood House Renew Program was also supported for 2022/2023 year and was strongly recommended by International Service Director that our Club once again provide funding for this excellent program. Our RC usually pays this amount in the new year (2024) following receipt of an Annual report or update on the Program. This was a major project of our Club to a maximum of 3 years.

The Avenue Neighbourhood House Refresh Program RCBHB Board approved Refresh Program (Ave3nue Neighbourhood House @ Eley) donation of $500 which goes toward the Graduation of students at the end of the 2023 year. (Youth Project)

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