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In this issue: Here ‘tis, we start the month with our bumper edition. Plenty to keep you interested. See the DG mixes it with the bikies, the volunteers at DIK sweating it out in the heat and a quick note to remind you that clubs need a health check too. Take a breath, that’s only half way through. Then we have a message from the RI Gen. Sec, PDG Iven McKay contributes a piece on women in rotary (I can hear the letters coming), the progress report on Violence Free Families is in there as is a piece on Literacy Month coming up. Look for a couple of interesting links to other Rotary sites that inform and educate - courtesy of Chris Don. Keep it coming everyone, if I haven’t got it I can’t publish it.

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February – World Understanding Month Annette and I have had the pleasure of visiting several of the districts Clubs over January and welcoming the New Year in with our Rotarians. On each occasion we have appreciated the warm welcome we have received and enjoyed some of the novel starts to the year, for example last week I enjoyed a sunset BBQ off the Brighton Beach with members from Brighton North. February, in Rotary, is about World Understanding and each of us has an opportunity, and in some ways an obligation, to reach out to our neighbours near and far; to assist with assimilation in our communities, to assist with understanding between cultures and races and to serve Rotary and our communities in Peace and Understanding. Rotary’s Mission Statement is to provide services to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through our fellowship of business, professional and community leaders. February provides us all an opportunity to focus our efforts in delivering on the goals. Many communities are troubled with racial and cultural tensions and yet we find it difficult at times to find a way forward. Rotary is about leadership, it is about Community and it is about Peace. As Rotarians we need to lead the way, become Engaged and Change Lives. If we engage with our community partners and share our beliefs and our standards, we also become enriched by their customs and values. In Sydney this year there are several Representative Community Groups partnering with Rotary to form new, diverse, Rotary Clubs. In Melbourne we too are attempting to start a multi cultural Club around the Docklands.

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This is just one option to lead the way forward. Empower your communities through engaging with the youth of your communities, they are the leaders of tomorrow and will lead the way forward for us all. Last week I mentioned that District 9800 had donated to the Philippines Disaster Appeal but I had neglected to mention, through the insight and encouragement of RC Central Melbourne Sunrise, that the District also sent three Disaster Aid Boxes to the Philippines Appeal. Clubs are encouraged to continue to support this dual disaster effort for the Philippines and details are available through the International Service Committee of the District. Engaging Rotary - an amazing example of these principles left Melbourne this week, from the Rotary Club of Southbank, in the guise of Peter Jones and his three Amigos. They have commenced a challenging journey through South East Asia from Katmandu to Melbourne raising support and awareness of Interplast Australia - these four Australians are an inspiration and show us we can all follow our dreams.

Their project ‘Miles for Smiles’ kicked off Tuesday night and on behalf of all 2,500 Rotarians in our District I wish him a safe and successful tour. I look forward to meeting Peter and the team on their return and listening to his tales of the journey. If you wish to follow Peter and the team, or to assist in any way, you can follow him at: http://www.milesforsmiles.org.au Remember Rotary gives each of us an opportunity to turn Conversations into actions. Best wishes to you all and a very LARGE THANK YOU for what you do in the name of Rotary as you go forward and Engage Rotary - Change Lives.

DG Ross

District 9800 Governor Ross Butterworth and Annette

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VOLUNTEERS ARE HOT While their bodies may not be as buff as they used to be, the commitment is still as strong. While others were complaining about the 43 degree heat, this fine body of men from RC Keilor, Melbourne, Port Melbourne, West Footscray and Wyndham were loading a container for Timor Leste, the first one to be shipped in 2014. It’s full of new beds that will equip a new tourist facility on Atauro Island near Dili and supplement some orphanages bed needs in Timor Leste. While we have the beds, we still have to ship the container so $8000 needs to be raised to get it there. Your contributions can help. For more information contact Bob Glindemann 0418 102702

Clubs need a regular health check too An article by RC PDG Jessie Harman Like all of us, our clubs need a regular health check - to ensure our members are satisfied; our clubs are reflective of our local communities, and attractive to prospective new members. There are several tools available to clubs. For example, Rotary International has produced a suite of Club Assessment Tools which are downloadable from the RI website. They include the: • Classification survey – to help clubs assess the current diversity of classifications, and prompt ideas for new classifications which better reflect the community; • Membership diversity assessment – to assist clubs understand and be more representative of their local communities;

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• Membership satisfaction questionnaire – to identify member satisfaction levels and opportunities to strengthen member experience in clubs; • Resigning member questionnaire – to better understand why members resign from clubs. In Australia, clubs also use the Club Health Check, developed originally by PDG Jennifer Coburn. This survey covers all areas of a club’s operations including membership, marketing, club administration, and service. It is currently being updated to include new focus on membership diversity, electronic communication and social media, and service project

club performance and vitality, and a terrific planning tool as well. Like our own personal health checks, they can sometimes reveal information which is uncomfortable to hear. Yet understanding and addressing our weaknesses, as well as our strengths, is an essential step to creating strong and dynamic Rotary clubs.

sustainability. These ‘health check’ tools are simple to use by club boards and members alike. They are a great starting point for discussions about

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FROM THE GENERAL SEC. DEAR ROTARIAN

This past year was one of exciting achievements and forward momentum for Rotary, as highlighted in the 2012-13 Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation Annual Report. We launched a bold new chapter in our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that makes your contributions to the vital polio eradication end game work three times as hard. We also finished preparing for the global launch of our new grant model, boosting our ability to help more

communities secure and sustain a better quality of life. And we carried out our first projects with Mercy Ships, while building on our work with Aga Khan University, UNESCO-IHE, the Rotary Peace Centers, and other partners. In addition, The Rotary Foundation earned top marks from several independent charity evaluators, including the American Institiute of Philanthropy, Charity Navigator, and the Wise Giving Alliance. I encourage you to review our annual report carefully, and to share it with others who may be interested in joining, partnering with, or donating to Rotary. You can order print copies of the report at shop.rotary.org. For those who want a more detailed look at Rotary finances, the audited financial statements are available for download. Thank you for the important role you play in Rotary’s work to help meet critical human needs, strengthening the groundwork for a more peaceful world. Sincerely, John Hewko
General Secretary
Twitter: @johnhewko

Looking For A Cheap, Easy And Practical International Project? Ten years ago East Timor had no schools, one of the country’s top priorities was to build schools and Rotary Clubs have been very active in this area. Through Donations In Kind, Clubs have also helped

equip hundreds of schools. The industrious team at Computers 4 Kids have 100 computer systems ready for immediate delivery and eighteen groups are looking for our support.

Your Club can make the difference; your Clubs name can be on the door You can send one computer for $60.00 or Sponsor a Computer Training Centre; computers, desk and chairs, the lot for around $1000.

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For more information contact David at dik.vic.rotary@gmail.com

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Rotary needs women as well as men Rotary friends, Marilyn and I have had a year away from Melbourne in our “sea change” here in Coffs Harbour, Rotary District 9650, and just like all Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts are also very different. Rotary has as much work to do in country Districts as it does in city Districts, with regard to increasing our gender balance in Clubs. Here in the Coffs Harbour area the Cluster is made up of six Clubs, two being male only. I joined one of these Clubs initially to try to bring about some change but unfortunately this group of men were quite content on having a boys club. The other male only Club is sadly the largest in the area, and the home Club of the current DG, and they are also resisting change, to the detriment of the community and Rotary. I’m pleased that the other clubs here fully embrace mixed gender and as such are healthy, happy and well run clubs. Women In Rotary, introduced in my year as District Governor, has helped to highlight the achievements that can be attained when men and women work together. The concept of replicating the community has not been a popular one for all and has made me more aware of the importance of diversity within our Clubs. The many people we try to help in Rotary are of course both male and female, so why would we not have Clubs made up of both! Single gender clubs send the wrong message out to their community. The Manual of Procedure could not be clearer, and I quote “No Club, regardless of the date of its admission to membership in RI, may by provisions in its constitution or otherwise, limit membership in the club on the basis of gender, race, colour, creed, national origin, or sexual orientation or impose any condition of membership not specifically prescribed by the RI constitution or bylaws. Any provision in any club constitution or any condition otherwise imposed in conflict with this section of the bylaws is null, void, and without effect”.

Baker Foundation. This three-year fellowship will assist a young woman with her scientific research, helping create a better world. This award will be presented at the International Women’s Day Breakfast on Tuesday 4 March 2014. Women In Rotary’s International Day Breakfast continues to break all expectations. In 2012, over 700 men and women attended the breakfast, in 2013 the attendance was over 1000, providing us with the ability to reach a new market, encourage women to join Rotary, showcase some of Rotary’s achievements and, with the breakfasts now an event across Australia, New Zealand and overseas, to address diversity around the world. Congratulations to District 9800 in supporting this event and giving credibility to RI President Ron Burton’s definition of “more women” the untapped resource. I’m delighted that in 2010-2011 I invited Julie Mason to become an Assistant Governor and she will go on to lead our District as Governor in 2015-2016. I ask you all please to do what you can in your own club and, as you move around the Rotary world, to stamp out this outdated notion that single sex clubs are acceptable. Yours in Rotary Service, Iven PDG Iven Mackay District Governor 2010-2011 in D9800

It is pleasing to see the substantial growth of the number of female Rotarians in District 9800 which can be partly attributed to the work of Women In Rotary: In 2011 20% women members 542 women 2049 men, and in 2013 23% women members 581 women 1917 men. I would like to congratulate Women In Rotary on their latest initiative - the first Women In Science Fellowship in partnership with the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Rotary District 9800

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Progress Report Half Year to 31 December 2013Online Behavior Change Program Our exciting new initiative to develop an online/multi-­‐ media behaviour change program for violent men came several steps closer to reality during the half year. We let contracts to three cooperating service providers and program development is well advanced. The University of Melbourne will evaluate the trials, which will commence in February. Research Our research study into the long term results of conventional men’s behaviour change programs entered its third year and preliminary results will be available by the end of the financial year. Agencies in three States are participating and the study will continue for several more years, as we follow up men who have “graduated” from the programs to see how effective different programs are in the long run. Education We are investigating a new primary schools education program. Negotiations are continuing with a service provider and discussions have been held with experts in children’s relationships programs.

October and raised a substantial sum for our education program and the Rotary Club of Kangaroo Flat is generously donating proceeds from its breathalyser program. The Rotary Clubs of Balwyn and Brighton have continued their invaluable support for the online behaviour change project and we have received donations from other clubs, institutions and private individuals. Rebecca Heitbaum, of the Rotary E-­‐Club of Melbourne, has commenced as our voluntary website manager and we are very grateful for her contributions. Our website patronage has increased dramatically and we now have a presence on Facebook. Governance Noting recent press reports of the high percentage of funds raised by some charities being spent on fundraising costs – over 50% in some cases – we are pleased to report that the total expenditure on all fundraising and overheads for VFF for the 2013 year was only 8%. These expenses were the essential minimum for publicity costs, statutory fees and charges, and insurance.

Fund Raising and Public Relations

The 2013 Annual Report and a more detailed half-­‐year report may be found on www.violencefreefamilies.org. au.

The Rotary Club of Balwyn North held a Golf Day in

David Smyth, Chairman

SHOWCASE YOUR SUCCESSESS Why not share a successful project with others? You can feature it on Rotary Showcase, where Rotary members learn about the good work that clubs are doing locally and globally.

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Learning is a Lifelong Journey For just US$25.00 annually you and/ or your club can join this effective group and keep informed. Applications for membership may be made online (www.litrag.com/ memberonline) through PayPal or either with a credit card payment or check. Last year District 9800 Rotarians and their friends donated over 1200 new books to the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation by participating in our first District 9800 Basic Education and Literacy Project. This was an amazing effort that was greatly appreciated by all those children and parents who benefitted from our generosity and thoughtfulness. Literacy learning is a lifelong journey and for some people it will be easy. For many it will be difficult and for a great many more it will be impossible, through no fault of their own. During March we have the opportunity to make a difference so what will your club do? Talk with local schools, kindergartens and libraries to identify local needs or go to www.litrag.com (The Rotarians Action Group for Literacy) to find out about the purposes and mission of LitRAG; its featured project (Concentrated Language Encounter CLE); Global literacy concerns and the latest Newsletter.

This year we will be conducting a District 9800 Supporting Education Project at District Assembly, in May. You can participate by collecting new writing materials and resources including pencils, pens, textas, crayons, erasers, sharpeners, pencil cases etc. and packets of loose leaf paper, copy paper, exercise books, Sketch Pads, Scrap Books etc. and bringing them along to Tabcorp Park on Sunday the 18th. All of your donations will go directly to DIK and then onto a broad range of settings to teach “writing�. Please begin collecting now! Bronwen Scarffe District 9800 Basic Education and Literacy Chair

Help End Polio Now with new ideas for club fundraisers.

Learn more in Rotary Leader. Rotary District 9800

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Container for the Philippines For the past two months the members of the Rotary Club of Brimbank Central, led by President Bert Mom, and members of the Illongo Association (a local Filipino Community Group) have been collecting and packing goods to put into a container to send to the Philippines. The container is being sent to the Philippines Red Cross who will consign it on to the Rotary Club of Metro Ilo Ilo who will assume the responsibility for the distribution of the goods. In addition to the container over $7000 has been raised and sent to the Rotary Club of Ilo Ilo who have used these funds to buy food and medical supplies so urgently needed. The Rotary Club of Metro Ilo Ilo are the project partners of the Rotary Club of Brimbank Central for their International Fresh Water Project for 2013-14 and they have been of great assistance in helping to manage the aid provided by the Rotary Club of Brimbank Central.

have all come from donations from individuals with some corporate donations as well. The container and shipping costs have been donated by Navia Logistics who the Rotary Club of Brimbank Central and the Illongo Association want to thank sincerely for this great gesture of support.

On Saturday, 25th January, a group of Rotarians and their partners and members of the Illongo Association weighed, packed and catalogued over 420 boxes of goods with a total weight of 6.5 tonnes to ship to the Philippines to help alleviate the hardship that is being experienced in areas so badly impacted by the typhoon prior to Christmas. The boxes contained a wide variety of goods including clothing, building materials, tools, kitchenware, and non-perishable foods. These Rotary District 9800

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INDIA CELEBRATES THREE YEARS WITHOUT POLIO Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph -- reached after a decades-long battle against polio -- Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, “India is polio free.” The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio. The challenge now is to replicate India’s success in neighboring Pakistan, one of three remaining polio-endemic countries, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria. Rotary leaders in India are working with their Pakistani counterparts to share best practices and lessons learned during India’s successful anti-polio campaign. Rotary was particularly effective in obtaining the support of influential religious leaders in India’s Islamic communities. Pakistani Rotary leaders are playing a similar role to counter rumors and misinformation about polio vaccinations that keep some Muslim parents from immunizing their children. Meanwhile, National Immunization Days continue in both countries.

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“India is polio free” (written in Hindi) illuminates Jodhpur Sojati Gate in Rajasthan, India.

During these large-scale drives, Rotary volunteers join health workers to vaccinate every child under age five against polio.

• S ee a photo gallery of illuminated landmarks

“We must now stop polio in Pakistan to both protect Pakistani children and to safeguard our success in India and other countries where we have beaten this terrible disease,” says India PolioPlus Committee Chair Deepak Kapur. “Until polio is finally eradicated globally, all unvaccinated children will remain at risk of infection and paralysis, no matter where they live.”

13-JAN-2014

By Dan Nixon Rotary News

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the India PolioPlus Committee

• Give to End Polio Now • Read a blog post by former Rotary Foundation Trustee Ashok Mahajan on 20 years of fighting polio • Read a New York Times interview with India PolioPlus Committee chair Deepak Kapur

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N O T I C E S Feb 9

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District 9800 project The Rotary Club of Williamstown supporting

TEAL DAY

The Long Brunch At Seaworks, Nelson Place, Williamstown

Sunday, 9th Feb., 9.30-Noon

Join us on the pier to raise awareness and funds for RoCan in our fight to find an early detection test for ovarian cancer.

$55 per person - fine food with entertainment by Mood Merchants.

Feb 28

Dinner Only: $ 40.00pp

$ 40.00pp Golf Only:

Golf & Dinner $ 80.00pp

Sponsors will be acknowledged both On-Course and at the Dinner

Entries close on Friday 21st Feb 2014

$10,000 Hole In One

2 x Nearest the Pin

Longest Drive - Ladies & Men

Betting Hole

Sponsorship Packages Available

Richard Carthew: Mob: 0422 375 493 Auction at Dinner

Teams of 4 Players 

12.30pm

Ambrose Format 

Tee Off:

Omar Street, Maidstone

Great Items Available

Enquiries:

Jack Watson: Ph; 9337 4710 Medway Golf Club. Melway May 27 Ref G 11

Sponsorship Packages

Enquiries: Jack Watson: Ph 9337 4710 Richard Carthew: Mob 0422 375 493 Entries close on Friday 21st Feb 2014

There are five levels of sponsorship, including Nearest the Pin, Longest Drives, Prizes & Auction items.

Auction at Dinner, Great Items Available, Sponsorship Packages Available, Sponsors will be acknowledged both On-Course and at the Dinner

Where: Medway Golf Club

Ambrose Format; Teams of 4 Players; $10,000 Hole In One; 2 x Nearest the Pin; Longest Drive - Ladies & Men; Betting Hole

Date: Friday 28th Feb 2014

OMAR ST MAIDSTONE - TEE OFF 12.30 pm

15TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF DAY

Friday, 28 February, 2014 MEDWAY GOLF CLUB

The Rotary Club of Brimbank Central

15th Annual Charity Golf Day with support from the St Albans Sports Club

Feb 28

Rotary Club of Brimbank Central and St Albans Sports Club

You are invited to join the Rotary Club of Brimbank Central and the St Albans Sports Club to become a sponsor for our 2014 Charity Golf Day. Rotary is committed use funds raised from the Golf Day towards helping local disadvantaged communities in Brimbank, including the St Albans Junior Football Club.

RSVP 2nd Feb. Limited tickets, bookings essential: Call Amanda Demirok 0432 064 804. EFTPOS and CCard available.

Rotary Club of Altona City

12th Annual Charity Golf Day Friday, 28 February, 2014 Kooringal Golf Club, Wilga Ave, Altona Shotgun start 12.30pm Great Prizes - Sponsorship packages available – Auction at Dinner

Golf & Presentation Dinner - $100 per player Enquiries: Charlie Montebello 0412 257 723 or email charles. montebello@bigpond.com Frank Landells 9315 6650 or email fclandells@bigpond.com

Enjoy a great day of golf at the prestigious Kooringal Golf Club and support a very worthy charity. Rotary District 9800

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N O T I C E S Mar. 4

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Women in Rotary

2014 International Women’s Day Breakfast TOPIC 2014: BABY BIAS - is having a baby only a woman’s affair Tuesday, March 4, 2014 CROWN PALLADIUM - 7 PM FOR 7.15-9.00

Earlybird ends Feb. 8, tables booking fast. Real Estate Boards needed on main roads needed. CAN YOUR CLUB HELP. Invite prospective members to this Rotary event and showcase the bigger picture Rotary represents. EMAIL: kerry@rotarywomen.org.au

April 2014

Come play with the kids

Volunteer for Nepal APRIL 2014

Dates to be finalised. Join a small group (max. 8) to participate in teacher training and deliver a children’s holiday program in a remote village in Western Nepal. Unique opportunity to participate in village life. Must be prepared to trek in and live village style. See www.nepalaid.org.au. Photo: Happy volunteers in 2012. Enquiries: Peter Hall, RC Kyneton info@nepalaid.org.au 03 5424 1453

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ROTARY DISTRICT 9800 - Events Calendar

For a full Notices & Events calendar, visit the following link:

http://www.rotarydistrict9800.org.au/notices_and_events_future To submit Notices & Events, please send Clarice all the details at: clarice@rotarydistrict9800.org.au Rotary District 9800

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