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Annual Report 2021-22 President: Rob Fenton


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R. I. PRESIDENT Shekhar Mehta (Rotary Club of Calcutta -Mahanagar, West Bengal, India)

DISTRICT GOVERNOR D9810 DG Daryl Moran (Rotary Club of Rowville-Lysterfield)

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

CLUB PRESIDENT Rob Fenton CLUB OFFICE BEARERS President:

Rob Fenton

Vice President & Immediate Past President

David Tolstrup

Secretary

Ray McLeod-Dryden

Treasurer

David Tolstrup

President Elect

Charlie XU

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DIRECTORS Community and Youth Service

Trish Carr

International & Vocational Service

Vincent Li

Rotary Op Shop

Clem Joyce

Whitehorse Art Show

Simon Wheelton

CLUB POSITIONS Almoner

Dabak Lynn

ARH Representative

Vincent Li

Bulletin Editor

Lyndon Smith

Club Child Protection Officer

Vincent Li

Club Handbook

Tim Lynn

Club History

Ross McPhail

Club Photographer Assistant Photographer

Vincent Li Lyndon Smith

Marketing and Public Promotion Chair Membership Chair

Ray McLeod- Dryden

Community Contacts Editor

David Tolstrup

Insurance & Risk Management

David Tolstrup

Public Officer

Ray McLeod-Dryden

On-to-Conference

Ray Riehm

Rotary Foundation

Ross McPhail

Sergeant

Robert Leach

Webmaster / Social Media

Tim Lynn

Whitehorse Farmers Market

Simon Wheelton (Committee & Logistics)

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Ray Riehm

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SERVICE COMMITTEES The following committees report to the Board

INTERNATIONAL & CLUB PROJECTS Director Vincent Li International service – Vincent Li Vocational Service Chair -Tom Thorpe

LOCAL COMMUNITY PROJECTS Director- Trish Carr

Community Service Chair- Tim Lynn Grants Committee Members: Trish Carr/Les Marton Youth Service Chair- Ray McLeod-Dryden, John Friend-Pereira

WHITEHORSE ART SHOW Director Simon Wheelton

Members: Simon Wheelton, Rae Harding, Rob Fenton, Ray McLeod-Dryden, Lyndon Smith, Sue Thwaites MEMBERSHIP Director Ray Riehm Members: Ray McLeod- Dryden, Rob Fenton, Rae Harding, Simon Wheelton, Charlie Xu

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 Charlie XU Programme Chair – Rae Harding Whitehorse Farmers Market Chair – Simon Wheelton

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

FELLOWSHIP & SOCIAL Chair: Ray McLeod-Dryden, Members: Trish Carr & Les Marton

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT The 2021-2022 Rotary Year started with a great in person Changeover Dinner, and with anticipation that the Covid lockdowns were over. (David Tolstrup had led us though the previous trying 2020-2021 Rotary year, which was almost exclusively in lockdown, and had not only held our club together, but saw it expand with a number of keen new members). However lockdowns were to come back soon after our Changeover Dinner, with Lockdown 5 in July 2021 and Lockdown 6 which extended for 78 days from August to October 2021, and with other Covid restrictions applying between lockdowns. We were all “experts” in Zoom by then, and we continued with some excellent club meetings, with great guest speakers arranged by our wonderful Program Chair Rae Harding. Our visit by District Governor Dr Daryl Moran, was also by Zoom, and was a very successful meeting. However fortunately by the time December arrived, we were able to meet in person again, for a very convivial Christmas Dinner at Box Hill Golf Club, including carol singing to Dabak’s beautiful piano accompaniment, some fantastic entertainment arranged by Trish Carr and Les Marton, and the onscreen visit by Santa Claus and Mrs Claus. Who will ever forget the wonderful Santa’s Elf who frolicked around the room presenting gifts on behalf of Santa? With lockdowns over, we started 2022 with a fun filled picnic at Wattle Park. Even here we had entertainment courtesy of Andrew Shen attempting to open the cork of a wine bottle using a shoe. However due to high incidences of Covid in early 2022, it was not until March that we were back to meeting in the Upton Room at Box Hill RSL, followed by dinner in the Bistro. Our social dinners in the RSL Bistro on non-meeting Tuesday nights have also been back, but we need to work on encouraging larger numbers to attend. Some good things have come out of Covid, and one is the way that we can embrace the opportunities provided by online meetings. Our club was successful in receiving a “Hybrid Meeting In A Box” grant from District. After undergoing training (of which District Tech Committee Chair Trish Carr was a key part of), our club is now a “Certified Hybrid Meeting Club”, and we plan to make all club meetings Hybrid. This will enable some members who would not be able to attend in person to be able to join in the meeting by Zoom and will also increase the pool of available guest speakers as distance will not be a constraint. In the 2021/2022 Rotary Year, our club has continued to serve the community. Some of the projects we have carried out include the following: •

A continuation of our Free Coffee for Frontline Healthcare Workers, in conjunction with Red Cup Café. With the continuing Covid pandemic putting great pressure on the frontline healthcare workers at Box Hill Hospital and on paramedics, Eastern

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Health Foundation made it clear to us how much our coffee project meant to these workers, as it showed we cared for them. The fabulous Art Mural Project for the Box Hill Hospital Children’s Ward and Special Care Nursery is finally underway, after delays due to the artist not being able to enter the wards until Covid restrictions eased. The mural project was to be funded by our 2021 Whitehorse Art Show, which unfortunately was cancelled due to Covid lockdowns, but instead was able to be funded from reserves in the club Charity Account. The project will comprise 100m2 of colourful murals painted on the previously bleaks walls of the wards by a professional artist, and is sure to lift the spirits of the patients, their parents and carers, as well as the medical staff. Restarting of the Food for International Students project at Deakin University, as a new batch of international students arrived, who were also doing it tough. As well as our club’s contributions to the funding of this project, Simon Wheelton has been very actively involved in collecting the food supplies and (together with Sue Thwaites) in the distribution of them to the students. The Bizzi Kidz project organised by Trish Carr was a wonderful way to not only bring a smile to the faces of all the Prep and Grade 1 students at two Burwood area primary schools (Burwood Heights Primary School and Burwood East Primary School), but also to encourage their interest in the environment. The working bee held in late October 2021 at Trish and Les’s factory at Bayswater to put together the 350 Bizzi Kidz packs was a great team effort and a lot of fun, and was the first time we were able to meet together for such an event after Lockdown 6 ended. The BBQ after the packs were complete was a great way to finish the working bee. Support for the Renew Program run by The Avenue Neighbourhood House, and which takes place at Box Hill Baptist Church Centre. This program is a last resort for younger troubled teenagers (mainly 14 to 15 year olds) who cannot fit into normal school settings. The optimum number of students is around 8, and they are attended to by a teacher and a youth worker. Our 2022 Community Grants Program was organised exceptionally well by Local Community Projects Director Trish Carr, and Community Service Co-Ordinator Tim Lynn and his team of Dabak Lynn and Les Marton. The project culminated in a fabulous Community Grants Presentation Night, at which seven community organisations received their grants and spoke about their organisation and the project for which they received a grant, and which was attended by DG Dr Daryl Moran.

Our Youth Co-Ordinators, Ray McLeod-Dryden and John Friend-Pereira, have been instrumental in growing the strong involvement of our club with the two Interact Clubs at PLC and Kingswood College. Trish Carr and Les Marton have been on the organising team for the District 9810/District 9820 RYLA, which will be held from 27th June to 2nd July 2022. Our club has sponsored Sean Mann (Whitehorse Rotaract Club) as a participant and Brittany Giles as a leader.

Our club has a proud history of sponsoring apprentice awards at Box Hill Institute for many years (previously known as the Alan Broadhead Awards and since 2021 as the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood Apprentice of the Year Award). In 2022 we once again presented the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood Apprentice of the Year Award at the Box Hill Institute Student of the Year Award Night.

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The many projects we contribute to is only possible due to the effective fundraising activities we carry out. Key fundraising was from the following activities: •

As always, a large proportion of the funding raising for our projects came from our wonderful Op Shop, which this year will celebrate 20 years in operation. Clem Joyce has been at the helm from the start. We express our heartfelt thanks to Clem, the other members of the Op Shop Committee, and to Clem’s wonderful team of volunteers, for the exceptional contribution of the Op Shop to our club over the past 20 years. Our Art Show Committee is working hard to make the 2022 Whitehorse Art Show the best yet, and we are hoping that this will also provide a solid boost to our Charity Account. We are very fortunate to have superb leadership of the Art Show Committee by Simon Wheelton (Art Show Director) and Lyndon Smith (Art Show Administrator). Our involvement in the Whitehorse Farmers Market (along with five other Whitehorse Rotary Clubs and Whitehorse Rotaract Club) continues to provide a worthwhile contribution to our Charity Budget, with our apportionment of the funds going towards our Community Grants Program. Our own Simon Wheelton does a fantastic job as the Secretary/Co-Ordinator of the Farmers Market. Thanks to the enthusiasm and organising skills of President Elect Charlie Xu and his team, we commenced a craft type market in the undercover carpark at Burwood One Shopping Centre in 2021. However due to Covid lockdowns and other Covid restriction resulting in long periods between markets, and even more so due to the decision to redevelop the shopping centre, we had to abandon the Burwood One Market at the end of 2021. However, not one to be deterred, Charlie then set about arranging for our club to be one of the community organisations which are allocated a Bunnings BBQ at the Box Hill South Bunnings Store. Although Bunnings can’t provide a regular date for future BBQs, we are fortunate in that we generally are able to obtain a BBQ at our desired frequency of one per month. The Bunnings BBQs have proven to be not only a good way to earn some significant funding for our Charity Account, but are also a lot of fun, and a good team building activity. Thanks to “BBQ Captain” Charlie for managing this additional fundraising activity for our club.

Membership and Marketing are important functions in order to maintain a vibrant and effective club into the future. Thanks to Ray Riehm (Membership Committee Chair) and Ray McLeod-Dryden (Marketing & Public Promotions Chair) for their dedicated leadership of these important areas. The updated Club Brochure which has recently been finalised, and which is available in softcopy and hardcopy, is an excellent document to provide to prospective members. The articles and advertisements we place in Burwood Bulletin, and the many fantastic pull up banners we now have, are important parts of our drive to make our club, and what we are all about, better known to the community, We have inducted two new members during the 2021/2022 Rotary year, Spiro Perdikomatis and Nicole Werner. We are hopeful that they can play an active part in our club in coming years. ANNUAL REPORT 2020-2021

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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: •

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Thanks to Vice President and Treasurer, David Tolstrup, for his wise counsel and sharing of his knowledge of all things Rotary, and of course for being an outstanding Treasurer. Thanks to Ray McLeod-Dryden for being an excellent hardworking Secretary over the past two years. Having returned to full time work in a demanding job in 2022, the last six months must have been very busy and tiring for Ray, but he has still managed to carry out all the Secretary duties very effectively (as well as the Joint Youth-Coordinator role). Thanks to Sergeant Robert Leach for keeping our meetings in order, and for his always entertaining fines sessions. (Unfortunately Robert missed out on collecting fines during the extended period of online “fines”, but is now making up for it!). Thanks to Lyndon for his fabulous bulletins, which must be the best in the District. And also thanks to Vincent Li and Andrew Shen for contributing photos for the bulletin. Thanks to webmaster Tim Lynn for his work keeping our club website up to date. Also thanks to Tim for preparing our Club Handbook, including the periodic updates (and thanks to Mick Matthews for proof reading). Thanks to Trish Carr and Les Marton for always setting up the technology, and making sure that it is operating as it should, at our normal club meetings, and also at our special occasion meetings. As noted earlier, thanks to our wonderful Program Chair Rae Harding for arranging so many great guest speakers. Thanks to retiring Board Member Vincent Li for his excellent contribution to the Board in various roles over a number of years, including as a past President, and over recent years as the International & Club Projects Director.

A big welcome to the new incoming Board Members, John Friend-Pereira and Sue Thwaites, who are sure to make an excellent contribution to the Board. It has been an honour to be the President of our wonderful club, and I thank you for the opportunity to have fulfilled this role. I would like to wish Charlie Xu all the very best for his year as Club President. I have enjoyed my year as President, and I am sure that Charlie will similarly enjoy his year as President. I know that the club will be in very safe hands with Charlie at the helm in 2022/2023, and with Trish Carr in the following year.

ROB FENTON – President 2021-2022

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ROTARY WHITEHORSE CENTENARY MENTAL HEALTH (WALLET CARD) PROJECT Following consultation with Jason Smith, Director of Eastern Health Foundation in 2020/2021, RCBHB Secretary proposed our Rotary Whitehorse Centenary Committee commence a Mental Health Project with Eastern Health. Bendigo Bank agreed to join with Eastern Health and our Centenary Committee to assist with funding of the “Mental Health Wallet Card Project” which was conducted throughout 2021/2022. Eastern Health’s Mental Health Lead, Associate Professor Judy Hope was the lead for this exciting project. Judy has worked across Eastern Health’s major campuses in psychiatric, medical and emergency department settings and has also significant familiarity with the program and its culture. Members of the Rotary Whitehorse Centenary Sub-Committee comprising RCBHB Secretary Ray McLeod-Dryden (Chair) Rotary Club of Nunawading Rotarian Gabby Knaepple and MASH Rotarian Anne Teese have worked work closely with Associate Professor Hope throughout the course of the project. Unfortunately due to significant delays associated with the Covid Pandemic, the launch of this project will now occur in August/September 2022.

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CENTENARY DEAKIN AWARD On Wednesday 25th May 2022 the 2nd Rotary Centenary Deakin (University) Award was held at Holy Trinity church hall in Union Road Surrey Hills. Representatives from a number of Whitehorse Rotary clubs were present. (plus Rotaract) Awardees, parents and guests. RCBHB was represented by President Rob Fenton, Ray Mcleod-Dryden and John FriendPereira. MASH President David Winter welcomed all and the Whitehorse Rotary Centenary Award Certificate was presented to Mariah Kirsopp by DG Daryl Moran. The winner also received a rotary badge and a monetary prize of $2,000. The Award recognizes outstanding volunteering and community service The following candidates were presented with Honourable Mention Certificates Robyn Campbell Anat Cossen Amy Feain Rachael Gunton Sarah Harrison Annie-Lee Hengstberger Maya Pinn Pauline Perkins Joanne Rimes Jorja Rezaie Stephanie Sorraghan Award Judges Richard Groom (MASH) Suzanne Ballard (Forest Hill) Ray McLeod-Dryden (Box Hill Burwood)

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2021 – 2022 ANNUAL REPORT FREE COFFEE FOR EMERGENCY WORKERS PROJECT In May 2020 Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood, RCBHB Rotarian Trish Carr recommended our Rotary Club undertake a “Free Coffee for Emergency Workers” project. Similar projects had been conducted in other areas and this was seen as an ideal way our Rotary club could support our frontline Emergency Health workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. This Project was coordinated by RCBHB Secretary Ray McLeod-Dryden and conducted at RED CUP CAFÉ - 1124 WHITEHORSE ROAD, BOX HILL and NORWOOD CAFÉ BURWOOD BRICKWORKS SHOPPINGS CENTRE, 70 Middleborough Road, Burwood East.

Signage below was placed in the windows of each café to promote the project and our Rotary Club’s efforts to support Frontline Emergency workers during the Covid -19 crisis

“ROTARY CLUB OF BOX HILL BURWOOD, RED CUP CAFÉ & NORWOOD CAFÉ have joined together to show their APPRECIATION and SUPPORT for all our FRONTLINE HEALTH EMERGENCY WORKERS during the COVID-19 Health Crisis by providing them with a FREE COFFEE. All Health Emergency workers need to do is show their ID to Café Staff and they will be provided with a FREE COFFEE.”

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In March 2022 the RCBHB Coffee Project concluded. Over the period since May 2020, donations to this project were made from Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood, (including significant personal donations by our Box Hill Burwood Rotarians), other Rotary Clubs and members of the community. All funds donated went to Frontline Emergency Health workers (mainly from Box Hill Hospital) A total of $4,050 was contributed to the Coffee Project this rotary year.(2021/2022) and $1953 last rotary year. (2020/2021)

A combined total of $6k overall contributed to the Coffee Project, OR in other words, approx. 2,000 cups of coffee “A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO DONATED TO THIS PROJECT. YOUR MAGNIFICENT RESPONSE HAS PROVIDED FREE COFFEE TO OUR FRONTLINE EMERGENCY HEALTH WORKERS WHO HAVE ALL DONE, AND CONTINUE TO DO SUCH A GREAT JOB FOR OUR COMMUNITY”.

Ray McLeod-Dryden Project Co-ordinator

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2020-2021 ANNUAL REPORT FREE FOOD FOR INTERNATIONAL & OTHER STUDENTS AT DEAKIN UNIVERSITY ✓ During the past year, RCBHB Director Simon Wheelton coordinated our club`s community service project to provide support for International and in residence students at Deakin University in need of food relief. ✓ ✓ 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 and Box Hill TAFE left stranded when the Covid 19 pandemic hit in March, 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 2021/2022 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 .

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fresh fruit provided at cost by Macedon Fresh trays of end-of-day bakery goods from David Winter`s Bread Street bakery in Mont Albert 150 frozen dinners donated by Fair Share free-range eggs donated by Green Eggs in Ararat Toiletries donated by Kate Austin at Pinchapoo

RCBHB looked to see what could be done for students at Box Hill Institute

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.

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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2020-2021 ANNUAL REPORT BIZZI KIDS PROJECT

The last few years have been tough for all but especially for our youngest members of society, they have missed out on the most important formative educational and social start to life. Missing out on 3 and 4 year old kindergarten and having to deal with online learning in their first years of school has given them a less than optimal start to their education. Rotary Box Hill Burwood saw an opportunity to put a smile on the faces of children in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 at some of our local primary schools who had missed out but also an opportunity to encourage them to care for our planet and so we created the Bizzi Kidz Environmental Care Pack which was distributed to over 350 primary school children aged between 5 and 8. We were also able to provide schools with over 85 free plants to improve their environment. Once lockdown had ended, we got to work packing the kits. Most of our members (some with their families) attended and were delighted to finally spend the day doing what Rotary do best as well as having a fabulous lunch in the sunshine. Each kit contained • • • • • • •

12 pack of coloured pencils seed packet terracotta pot craft activity kit Environmental activity book seed growth chart and other items

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Box Hill Hospital, Children’s Ward, Mural Painting On 20th July 2021, employees from Box Hill Hospital, and Amanda Fogarty of Eastern Health, presented a wonderful project to paint the walls of the Children’s Ward with bright murals y four young talented artists. The current walls shown in the images on the right are clean and pleasant but sterile and lack colour and life. This project will allow four artists to paint the walls with about 20 bright murals, designs and story figures, like those shown below, to give interest and a positive experience to sick children during their time in the children’s ward. families There are many existing items to help the children like virtual headsets and a remote control car to travel to the operating theatre but the Mural project will provide a vital major benefit for the whole Ward The Wall Mural Project was estimated to cost about $23,000, and the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood Board approved the Box Hill Hospital to be the main beneficiary of the 2021 Whitehorse Art Show for this creative project. Unfortunately due to Covid, the 2021 Art Show had to be cancelled so this proposal was taken by our Art show Director Simon Wheelton to our Rotary Board as a possible Major Project for our Rotary Club.

Simon Wheelton – Art Director

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2021 – 2022 ANNUAL REPORT RCBHB MAJOR PROJECT – REFRESH/RENEW Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood Youth Services have been supporting Refresh Program run out of Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley for many years. In July 2021, I received the following advice from Leanne King, co-ordinator of the Refresh and Renew Program. “We are wanting to accommodate our Renew program – a program for adolescents who are completely disengaged from mainstream school. Renew is the last opportunity for these children to remain connected with education. The cohort of adolescents are predominately high anxiety / mental health – hence they are very introverted and quiet. The program is extremely small due to the intensity of the teaching and the vulnerability of the students - we only take a max of 8 students every year. The program is supported by two youth workers and a teacher - operating 3 days a week 9.30 to 12pm Monday to Wednesday We were located at the Salvation Army in Mitcham but due to the cost of rent and the impact of COVID on our finances, we desperately need to find alternative accommodation “ After securing suitable accommodation for the Renew Program at a new site at the Box Hill Baptist Church with the assistance of our Rotary Club, Melinda Brown, Manager of Avenue Neighbourhood House, Leanne King and all her staff were excited as the new site was close to the train, tram and bus networks. In addition, the site is walking distance to Youth Connexions, YSAS and School Focused Youth Services. Historically the rental cost associated with the ReNew program had been covered by Gateway LLEN. The goal of Gateway LLEN is to support all secondary school students within its geographical boundaries, by developing partnerships which result in an increase in the number and range of school-employer engagement activities in local government areas. Melinda was advised by Gateway LLEN that their rental support would cease at the end of 2021/2022 financial year. The new rental arrangement with the Box Hill Baptist Church was $4,000 per annum and Melinda was hoping that our Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood would be able to assist us via rental support funding. Melinda was also hoping that Rotary might be able to continue its amazing support of their ReFresh Program via a financial contribution to our end of year awards / graduation. The Refresh Students had been online for a significant proportion of time during the year and they have demonstrated an amazing commitment throughout the multiple lockdowns and restrictions. It has been very difficult for students to remain engaged with their learning, however it is so pleasing that all students kept on track, which is a reflection of the wonderful Youth team – Leanne, Julia, Helen and Jaymee. I took this request to our RCBHB Board for consideration and then made arrangements for Melinda and Leanne to provide our Club with background to the issues at a meeting via Zoom in early 2022. Following that meeting the request for support to the Refresh ($500 per annum) and Renew Program ($4,000 per annum – maximum period 3 years and to be reviewed at the end of each year) was approved by our Rotary Board

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“On behalf of Avenue Neighbourhood House at Eley, I would like to express our gratitude and thanks for the wonderful support that Rotary has provided and we hope that this may continue into the future” Melinda Brown, manager Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley

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

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ROTARY BURWOOD ONE MARKET Committee Members: Charlie Xu (Chair), David Tolstrup, Ray McLeod-Dryden, Rob Leach, Andrew Shen, Daniel Loh About Rotary Burwood One Market Box Hill Burwood Rotary and Burwood One Shopping Centre have teamed up to create a monthly market! To be held on the first Saturday of the month, the Burwood One Rotary Market aims to offer a place where the community can gather and have a wander through the numerous stalls offering a selection of goods from second-hand items to different crafts. The Burwood One Rotary Market will be held on Level 1 of the multi-deck car park at Burwood One Shopping Centre, meaning it is all undercover and weather-proof.

Rotary Burwood One Market 2020-2021 Burwood One Shopping Centre management approached Rotary Club of Waverley to open the Weekend Market at Burwood One Centre carpark. President David proposed this opportunity in the board meeting in March 2021 after Rotary Club of Waverley forwarded the idea to our club. Since then, our club board has begun the preparations for the Market. There were 41 fully paid stallholders for our grand opening on the 5th of June. However due to the lockdown in Victoria, we postponed the grand opening to the 3rd of July. So far, we have only refunded only stallholder due to the change in date, otherwise, every other stallholders were happy to move to the July date. The Market has received 10 new tables donation from Bunnings Warehouse Box Hill and 1000 hand sanitisers from Careline. There are currently 35 bookings and 48 tickets have been sold to a total of $2160. We have transferred $1800 to our Rotary Club bank account.

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Conclusion I would like to thank David, Ray, Rob, Andrew, and Daniel from our working committee, as well as a special thanks to Fran from Burwood One Management. Tim Lynn has updated our club website with some market’s information. Finally, Simon Wheelton who has contributed a lot of his knowledge and experience regarding not only how to seek potential stallholders, but also the logistics required to set up a successful market.

Rotary Club Burwood One Market is looking for your support and we are looking forward to having another successful fundraising project for our Club and our community.

Charlie Xu OAM Coordinator Rotary Burwood One Market 5/6/2021

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2020-2021 ANNUAL REPORT CLUB SERVICE The 2021-2022 Rotary year continued to be affected by Covid, with multiple periods of lockdown, particularly in the first half of the year, during which we relied on Zoom for our Club Meetings and Board Meetings and even social events, and periods in between when we were able to able to meet in person for formal and informal Club Meetings and for Board Meetings. Once again, our club adapted with strength and resilience to the varying restrictions and has come through the year in a strong condition. The various aspects of Club Service have once again been carried out diligently and effectively. These are: Sergeant Robert Leach Despite a difficult year, Robert carried out the role of Sergeant very effectively, whether in Zoom Meetings or at the meetings at the RSL. His fines sessions were always humorous, but unfortunately for the club finances, but fortunately for the members, in the Zoom meetings no money could be collected! Program Chair Rae Harding Rae continued to arrange interesting, relevant, and informative guest speakers for all our Club Meetings, which is not an easy task. She was able to make use of the Zoom meeting format to arrange some great speakers located in distant places who would not have been able to attend a meeting in person. (see Rae’s Program Report) Bulletin Editor Lyndon Smith and Club Photographer Vincent Li Lyndon continued to produce excellent Club Bulletins, which were informative and interesting, full of colourful photos , and with many entertaining snippets. He was ably assisted by Club Photographer Vincent. Fellowship & Social Co-ordinators Trish Carr & Les Marton Covid restrictions limited the opportunity for social occasions. Farmers Market - Chair Simon Wheelton Simon continued to represent our Club as the Secretary of the Management Committee and Coordinator of the Whitehorse Farmer’s Market. The Farmers Market contributed nearly $8000 to our charity account in the current year 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. President Elect – Charlie XU

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2021 – 2022 ANNUAL REPORT RCBHB OP SHOP The Op Shop operated on a regular basis from the start of July 2021 through to 15 July 2021. As a consequence of the COVID Pandemic the Op Shop was then closed during the lockdown period from Friday 16 July to Tuesday 27 July. The Shop was then reopened on Wednesday 28 July and remained open each regular day through to Thursday 5 August. The Shop was then closed from Friday 6 August due to the statewide lockdown in Victoria and remained closed until reopening on Saturday 30 October. Discussion with Spiro Katos (the owner’s son) led to agreement that the Op Shop would pay 50% normal rent for the period that we were locked down due to COVID. This was much appreciated. During the year to 30 June 2022 a total of $40,000 was transferred to the Rotary Charity Account. The total money transferred from the Op Shop to the Rotary Charity Account, for the period since first opening of the Shop on 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2022 is $899,000. I wish to record the Club’s appreciation of the dedication of all of the Op Shop volunteers whose efforts bring about this fantastic result, providing the money to finance the Club’s many community projects. It is a matter of concern 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. It is pleasing to note that the Club has recently successfully negotiated a revised Lease Agreement for the current location of the Op Shop to apply from 1 July 2022 for three years plus the option for a further 3 years. Clem Joyce – Chairman Op Shop Committee

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2021 – 2022 ANNUAL REPORT ART SHOW REPORT Art Show Committee - Director Simon Wheelton, Members- Rae Harding, Rob Fenton, Ray Mcleod-Dryden, Lyndon Smith. Sue Thwaites Unfortunately, the Whitehorse Art Show was cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic however it has been decided to run what will be our 56th Annual Art Show in November this year and it is sure to be exceptional Simon Wheelton Art Show Director

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MEMBERSHIP REPORT Committee Members: Ray Riehm (Chair), Ray McLeod-Dryden, Rae Harding, Rob Fenton, Simon Wheelton and Charlie Xu. Andrew Shen has joined the committee following the May meeting Membership movements 2021-2022 We were pleased to induct Spiro Perdikomatis and Nicole Werner to the club in April. Our membership at the end of the year is 28, an increase of 2 members Membership meetings The committee met on 3 occasions. We have produced a new brochure to help recruit new members. It was decided not to produce a new video in house. District Membership Committee member, Bernadette Vanderwolde, made a presentation to our committee on the process of recruiting new members promoted by the District committee .Again due to Covid lockdowns and the reluctance of members and the public to meet, no action has as yet been taken to follow these procedures. However we have made an initial list of potential organisations we will be targeting for new members in the new Rotary year. We have set an ambitious target of 7 new members for the next 12 months The membership committee recently completed our latest membership brochure. Many members contributed and Chris Gray, who is a contact from the Burwood Bulletin, kindly put it together for us at no cost. Our printer, Burwood Kwik Kopy,printed 100 copies also at no charge to us. I am grateful and thank everyone for their contribution.

Ray Riehm Membership Director 3/7/2022

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MARKETING & PROMOTION

BURWOOD BULLETIN

The Burwood Bulletin, a locally produced magazine that has been around for over 40 years for the Burwood, Burwood East and surrounding areas, was adopted by our Marketing Director as an important means of spreading the word about our Rotary Club to our local community. During the past year, we have seen interesting articles promoting the Box Hill Burwood Rotary Club. Most of these articles were prepared by the marketing director in close consultation with the editor, Raine Baincalt. Some of these articles involved:

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Promotion of our Burwood One Market Promotion of RCBHB’s efforts in assisting our local community during the Covid Pandemic (free Coffee for Emergency Workers, food for International Students and Community Grants) - Summer Edition 2021-2022 Rotary Whitehorse Centenary “Wallet Card” Project – Autumn edition 2022

In addition to the articles about our RCBHB projects, we advertised our rotary club in each of the BB editions. Our Rotary op Shop also places an ad in the BB as well.

LAUNCH OF “ROTARY CLUB OF BOX HILL BURWOOD

A major promotional campaign which was planned to launch our Rotary Club’s new name, ROTARY CLUB OF BOX HILL BURWOOD, in the 2021-2022 Rotary year was impacted by Covid lockdowns. This campaign reflects the repositioning of the club towards the Burwood/Burwood East area and will involve a media strategy involving significant local media and presentations to key organizations, particularly in the Burwood/Burwood East areas;

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RCBHB Banners have already been prepared and flyers promoting the name change to be used in the media strategy will be available when a suitable date and location are identified for the launch. Plans for this launch this coming 2022/2023 year are on the way.

FREE COFFEE FOR FRONTLINE HEALTH EMERGENCY WORKERS

Donations from RCBHB, (including member donations) other Rotary Clubs and general community to RED CUP CAFÉ (BOX HILL) throughout 2021/20122 have enabled FRONTLINE HEALTH EMERGENCY WORKERS to receive a FREE COFFEE. This Project recognised the excellent work of all our Health workers during the Covid-19 Health Crisis. The Free Coffee Project ended in March /April 2022. (see previous article in this Report)

FOOD FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

This excellent project was commenced by RCBHB Director Simon Wheelton 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

Ray McLeod-Dryden Marketing & Public Promotion Chair

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RCCB YOUTH REPORT INTERACT CLUBS KINGSWOOD COLLEGE

On 21st May 2021, the Interact Club of Kingswood College was chartered. Throughout the 2021/2022 year, the Interact Club of Kingswood College has undertaken significant local and International projects. LOCAL PROJECT - FOOD DRIVE PROJECT (TERM ONE- 2022) In December 2021, RCBHB youth coordiantors Ray & John were advised of Kingswood’s intention to conduct a Food Drive. Kingswood asked if our Rotary Club could assist in identifying suitable recipients of the nonperishable foods they were going to collect for their project. With assistance our RCBHB’s Food for International Students Coordinator Simon Wheelton, we were provided with the following advice: •

“Providing groceries/ non-perishable food to the Afghan refugees might be something the Kingswood Interactors could get involved with . I`m doing this every week but the need is much greater than I can satisfy. In the last few months of 2021 many hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers were moved from city hostels /hotels into social housing in Dandenong , it is this cohort that we want to help . Personally I can`t do more than I`m currently doing making a couple of trips to deliver to a distribution hub in Dandenong ,”

This idea was accepted with great enthusiasm by Interact Club of Kingwood College and their coordinator Katrina Renard. In order to find somewhere to deliver the food for storage and eventual collection and distribution to the Afghan Refugees in Dandenong, Simon advised us that a Welcome Day Event was planned in the City of Dandenong for the Refugees which was to be attended by local Govt reps and community members. Simon and I attended this event where we met with some key individuals from the Afghan community and also City of Greater Dandenong (eg Mayor, Peter Johnstone Coordinator Community Advocacy and Arif (Mohammad Azizi). . A Scout Hall in Noble Park was identified as the location for the food to be delivered to and this location was provided free of charge with a number of volunteers to help on the delivery day.

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2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT House Challenge - On Friday 25th February The entire Kingswood College School students and teachers attended on the school oval where each House placed their nonperishable food that had been collected in a line on the oval. The house with the longest line gained the most points. The total length of all food spread out on the oval was an amazing 322 metres. After acquiring a Budget Truck, which was kindly donated by Simon Wheelton, John and I drove to the school just after midday and sat with the teachers on the oval. At the completion of the House Challenge, all the food was collected by the students and loaded into the truck and delivered to the Scout Hall in Noble Park where it was eventually distributed to the Afghan Refugees. A great effort by all Interact and other students and teachers from Kingswood College and our Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood for supporting this project. Special thanks to Simon Wheelton for his support of this project.

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LOCAL PROJECT - “IT’S IN THE BAG” PROJECT (TERM 2- 2022) In early May 2022, RCBHB Youth Coordinators John and I were informed of Kingwood Interact’s 2nd Term local project inspired by “It’s in the Bag’. This project involved collecting toiletries for donation to women and girls fleeing domestic violence or coping with homelessness, in crisis accommodation. They hoped to have their donations collected by late June 2022 and the students asked if our Rotary Club was currently supporting any people who would like to receive these kinds of goods? As our Club’s youth coordinator, I was fortunate to have been involved with our Rotary Whitehorse Centenary Committee project involving KARA Family Violence Service (KFVS formerly Kara House) I immediately contacted Ruby Lampard, Development Officer, KFVS who was able to liaise with Katrina Renard from Kingswood College over the project. By the end of May 2022 RCBHB youth coordinators received information from Kingswood Interact Club that they had organized their Senior and Middle School students to donate donate toiletries, socks and underwear for the InterACT donations drive in support of Kara Family Violence Services and The Generosity Collective. On Friday 27th May, 2022, John & I attended at Brimacombe Hall, Kingswood College with Charlotte (Kara Specialist Family Violence Practitioner) where a House competition was run with the donations collected at their College Assembly. This was also a ‘Sorry Day’ Assembly. In a similar manner to the Food drive project, each House stacked their donations on top of each other to see which house could stack the donations highest. A great day for Kingswood Interact Club, Kara Family Violence Service & rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood.

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2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT Following this event KFVS organized for all donations to be distributed to women in need who were victims of Family violence. Kingwood College received a letter of thanks from KFVS and RCBHB also received the following email: Hello Ray, I’d like to pass on their thanks to you and the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood for putting forward Kara Family Violence Service as the recipients of donations gathered through the drive. We really enjoy seeing young people getting involved with helping community organizations like ours. Thanks again Kind regards Ruby

Ruby Lampard (She/her/hers/herself)

Development Officer

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT – ‘SEE BEYOND BORDERS’ In May/June 2022 the Interact Club of Kingswood College selected RCBHB’s International Project “See Beyond Borders” Changemaker Program as their International Project for 2022/2023. This excellent project is an extension of Kingswood’s school tours to Cambodia which have been held over a number of years (pre Covid) and were coordinated by former Kingswood Interact coordinator Lucinda Malgas. Our Youth coordinator John Friend-Pereira, a current Director of SBB and has provided presentations and information to our Kingswood Interact students and all were impressed with the work of this International organization. The Educational Changemaker Program is about supporting 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 order to raise funds in support of this program, Kingswood College students worked alongside RCBHB Rotarians at Bunnings BBQ (Box Hill) on Saturday 25th June 2022 A big thank you to Zach, Cooper, Vritika & Flynn and also Victoria and Shia for a great effort with our Rotarians on at Bunnings in Box Hill. Takings from the BBQ which was organized by RCBHB President Elect Charlie XU and supported by RCBHB members, were split 50/50 so that Kingswood College received $500 towards their SBB Project. A great effort by all.

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2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT PLC INTERACT CLUB Homelessness Project In December 2021 I received the following communication from PLC Interact Club: “This year our local project focused on the homelessness crisis in melbourne, with a specific focus on women experiencing homelessness. Particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic, people facing housing and financial insecurity has risen and we want to responsively help provide housing in our community. Our aims of the project are to raise enough money to provide housing for a family, and also to volunteer in kitchens and create support packages that could benefit the homeless. Obviously, with multiple lockdowns over the year and restrictions throughout, we were unable to complete more hands-on approaches, so instead we focused on raising money to make a difference through fundraising events and spreading awareness. Funds raised will go to Launch Housing and will help sponsor a room for those in need. Kind Regards, PLC Rotary Interact In response to this excellent project our Rotary club proudly donated $500 towards the costs of running a BBQ fundraiser at Bunnings BBQ in Box Hill on 19th December 2021. John and I attended the BBQ on this date to see the PLC Interact Club in action. Following the BBQ I received the following summary from Tara: “We are very proud to have raised $1425 through our sausage sizzle on Sunday which will go towards Launch Housing, a Melbourne-based community organisation that aligns with the aims of our local project to end homelessness. Launch Housing offers housing initiatives and provide housing for people in Melbourne who have no where safe to sleep. The donation will go towards providing crisis accomodation for individuals or families who are experiencing homelessness, and we hope it will help to keep someone safe. We are incredibly grateful to have so many members of our PLC InterAct club who volunteered throughout the day: Tiffany, Erica, Kathryn, Teresa, Claudia, Kitty, Summer, Audrey, Kelly, Angela, Tiya, Megan, Ira, Hilary, Claudia, Grace, Rishara, Nudara, Claire and Tara. We were

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also supported by parents Dorris, Vince and Ngac Chung Tia who gave up their time to assist us. Thank you again Ray for your support and the donation from the Rotary Club, which allowed for our event to be as successful as it was. Kind Regards, PLC Rotary Interact

Donations to Ukraine On 21st March 2022 I attended PLC Interact meeting at PLC to provide information about donations to Ukraine. This was in response to my email to PLC and Kingswood Interact Clubs as follows: “There are over 50 Rotary Clubs in Ukraine. You can see from the email below, this is a terrible humanitarian crisis. Our Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood will be discussing the issue of donations and possible fund raising events to support this worthwhile cause. It would be great if our Interact Clubs of PLC and Kingswood College could also join with our Rotary Club in supporting this as well. I will let you know more once we have discussed this at our Board meeting next Tuesday. If your Interact Club or School is interested in providing support to our Rotary Club’s effort, could you please let me know. Our Rotary Club will be coordinating this response “ On 6th April 2022 I received the following response from PLC Interact Club “This is an email confirming our fund allocations for rotary. Our international project has been changed to supporting the Ukraine crisis through Rotary International, with a total of $2150 being donated to this cause. Kind regards, Erica and Tiffany Our RCBHB Board approved a matching donation of $2,150 towards the Ukraine Crisis. Well done to PLC Interact Club

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2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT ROTARY DISTRICT CONFERENCE The Rotary District 9810 Conference was held at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday 26th March. PLC’s Interact Co-ordinator Kim Watkins was asked by DG Daryl Moran if they would like to nominate two PLC students to act as MC’s for the morning session on 26th March. The two students nominated were both PLC Interact students

Tiffany Huang (President)

Tanisha Ratnachandra (Director)

Both girls performed their roles perfectly and DG Daryl Moran provided Kim Watkins, Director of Student Wellbeing, PLC with the following letter following the conference:. Dear Kim, Well if Tiffany Huang and Tanisha Ratnachandra are not running the United Nations General Assembly soon, I will want to know why! Your young Interact leaders were ABSOLUTELY outstanding at our District Conference on Saturday as key parts of the Morning MC Crew. We had only had one on-line rehearsal and yet on Saturday when the in-person event got underway, it was as if they had been doing the MC job all their lives. The demonstrated great confidence, aplomb and ability in their riles which required working in front of an audience of over 200 attendees to a tight script and timetable. We have received many, many comments from attendees that the MC Teams w4re one of the absolute conference highlights and how good it was to see young people prepared to give up time on a Saturday to complete their obligation. I have personally thanked the girls in person and in written form on Saturday, but would ask you to convey my thanks to them again and to their mothers who provided transportation for them to the event. Tiffany and Tanisha were are great credit to their families, their schools, their Interact club and to themselves for the wonderful work they completed on Saturday. I have attached some photos of the event which might be of interest to you and I would ask that you pass them on the girls as a memento of the event. My appreciation also goes to you and Mr Rivis for helping to coordinate their involvement. Kind Regards Dr Daryl Moran District Governor District 9810 Ray Mcleod-Dryden – Youth Chair John Friend-Pereira – Youth Co-ordinator ANNUAL REPORT 2020-2021

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Community Grants 2021-22 Our Community Grants Night for 2022 was held at our club meeting on 17 May 2022. The total value of Community Grants awarded for the 2021-22 Rotary year was $14,152.40. Grants were awarded to the following seven local community organizations: Organisation Name

Project Name

Brief Project Description

Alkira

Security & First Aid Resources

Installation of Alarm system and defibrillator

Box Hill Historical Society

Overhead Scanner

Purchase of overhead scanner

Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve

Environmental Education

Two iPads for educational

Rangeview Preschool

Outdoor Swing Set

Outdoor swing set for preschool children

Nunawading Toy Library

Construction Play

Purchase of toy equipment

Heatherdale Preschool

Educational Resources

Purchase of educational puzzles

Avenue Neighbourhood House @Eley

Enhancing Digital Technology

Funding for new laptop for Renew teaching staff

My grateful thanks to committee members, Les Marton and Dabak Lynn, and Local Projects Director, Trish Carr, for their support in liaising with grant applicants, reviewing the many worthwhile applications received and assisting with the presentation of the awards to our community grant recipients. I’m sure that all Rotarians will agree that this was another great outcome in our club’s support of local community organisations! Prepared by PP Tim Lynn COMMUNITY SERVICES COORDINATOR 2021-22 ANNUAL REPORT 2020-2021

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Social Report 2021-22 Fun Times in 2021-22 2021 was still somewhat impacted by Covid lockdowns therefore we were again challenged to engage members somehow online. This time however many of our members were suffering Zoom fatigue and desperately yearning for in person contact. Protracted lockdowns started to bite even harder, and it was a challenge to think of ways to keep connected. Although we once again held the occasional trivia night, we also added a Guess the Member section to the end of our regular club zoom meetings to add a bit of variety and fun. For this we asked random members to provide a baby photo and answer a series of questions about their lives like were they were born, their favorite pet, what they wanted to be when they grew up etc - this resulted in some interesting insights about the selected members and it was surprisingly difficult for our members to work out who the baby photo belonged to.

FIRST SOCIAL GET TOGETHER Although technically a project packing day, our Bizzi Kids day ended up as our first face to face get together, and it was lots of fun with a great bbq lunch in the fresh air.

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2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT 2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Once again, our Christmas Celebration at Box Hill Golf Club proved to be the highlight of the year and made even better with the attendance of one of our newest members and his young family. There is nothing more special at Christmas than seeing the joy in a young child’s eyes, it truly embodies the spirit of Christmas. This year we were again treated with a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus live from the North Pole but this time they also sent a special guest to help give out gifts, Snowy McSnowflake, who was well received. A great night was had by all and a hope of a return to some normality for the new year. 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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2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT PICNIC IN WATTLE PARK January commenced with our Picnic in the Park with many members and partners attending. Like many Rotary events there is always some sort of learning to be had, and in this case it was the art of how not to rely on YouTube tutorials for how to remove a cork from a bottle when you forget to bring the corkscrew, nevertheless once again lots of laughs were had.

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2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT SOCIAL DINNER NIGHTS Social dinner nights were again held at our regular meeting venue Box Hill RSL and one at the Riversdale Golf Club, these were well attended. They continue to be a fortnightly 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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2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT THEATRE NIGHT Finally, during the year, we were able to have our long awaited theatre night at Stageworx Theatre They presented 12 Angry Men, a classic play by Samuel Rose set in the jury room in the 1950’s. The play is an iconic classic about racism as well as the study of 12 jurors and how their personal prejudices impact on justice. Approximately 20 club members, partners and friends attended, and it was great to be able to see live theatre again after what seemed to be so long.

Our members also supported many other club events like the Rotaract Giant Monopoly night. We look forward to another great year of fellowship in 2022-23

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2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT SPEAKER PROGRAMME

At the Beginning: Zoom Zoom (now experts????) Excitement: Our first Face to Face Meeting 1st March 2022 And now Hybrid Meetings: A combination of Zoom and Face to Face The RCBHB is now a Hybrid Club which enables our Members and Guests to join every meeting if they are not able to physically attend. What a great opportunity this enables us for future Guests and Members to stay connected wherever they are. Thank you, Trish and Les, for setting this up each meeting, 2021/2022 Rotary year Guests Ken Whittle and “Bruce” – Support Dog Program Leanne Virgona – Eastern Health Children’s Ward Mural Project Gordon Conochie – See Beyond Borders Janette Li – Trade Mark – Protecting Your Brand Captain Rob Anderson – My Exciting Life at Sea Rob Fenton – New Club Project Workshop Dr Daryl Moran – District Governor Marcus Godinho - FairShare Trish Carr – Rotary District & International “My Rotary” websites Dr Debbie Phyland- Speech Pathologist Leanne Foster – Homelessness in Victoria Professor Iain Martin – Deakin University Anna Gordon & Agata Jarbin – Health Ability Matthew Etty-Leal – Tibetan Village Project Tarina Fanning – Aboriginal Consultancy Training Service Julie Chambers – Estate Planning & Wills Alice Terrill – Whitehorse Interact ANNUAL REPORT 2020-2021

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2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT Ann-Marie Baker – Life as an Amputee Gay Gallagher – Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve

We may have been locked down, but our club was not locked Out thanks to our wonderful AV couple Trish and Les. Throughout the longest lockdown we also enjoyed a zoom Trivia Competition evening as well as a Scattergories Game Night with some questionable responses from our members. I hope you have enjoyed our diverse Guest Speakers throughout the Rotary Year. Simon Wheelton is taking on the role of Programme Chair 2022/2023 and I encourage all our members to please pass on any contacts of potential speakers to Simon.

Rae Harding RCBHB PROGRAMME CHAIR 2021/2022

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Vocational Service Report Shine on Awards The Rotary Shine on Award recognises outstanding service given to the community by people with disabilities. To be eligible for nomination, nominees must be a shining example in the community through their individual achievements in coping with their disability as well as being involved in community service for the benefit of others. They need to have demonstrated a level of achievement through their actions, leadership, and personal achievement in overcoming their disability within the limits of the disability. All eligible nominees receive a certificate of achievement and selected outstanding nominees also receive a trophy. The presentations are normally held every year but because of Covid none have been held since 2019. After four attempts and then cancellation the ceremony was finally able to be held on Saturday 14th May this year at the Templestowe Baptist Church in Anderson Creek Road Doncaster East and was well attended with people coming from as far away as Morwell and Maffra on a cold wet day. Awards were presented for 2020 and 2021 nominees. Our nominee for 2021 was John Lyburn. John attends Alkira and has overcome difficulties due to autism. He is a well-regarded volunteer in the community. John sings in the Church choir, helps at Mt Waverley Primary School, works in Alkira’s Op Shop and delivers Meals on Wheels. John unfortunately did not win a Trophy. Once again this was a very inspiring event. Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood Apprenticeship Award Because of the postponement of the 2021 awards due to Covid restrictions there have been two award presentation nights this Rotary year. The first event was on Thursday the29th July 2021. This presentation was held by zoom and was attended by President Rob Fenton and Tom Thorpe, President Rob presented the award via zoom and was allowed time to speak about some of the programs and activities of our club. The event was very successful and well organised. The 2022 Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday 21st June at Deakin Edge Federation Square and was attended by President Rob and Tom Thorpe. President Rob presented the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood Award for the Apprentice of the Year Final Year to Jade Brandreth. Jade was an outstanding Plumbing Apprentice and was regarded as a wonderful mentor to the younger students in the plumbing department. ANNUAL REPORT 2020-2021

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Our Award is to the value of $2000 and is a prestigious award which is greatly valued by apprentices and employers.

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