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DG Weekly Message 79th District Conference in Adelaide... what a beauty! Firstly, may I thank all delegates who attended our 79th District Conference held in Adelaide, from 31st March to 2nd April. The weather was ideal, the Adelaide Conference Centre at its best, the Conference Committee prepared and well planned, and all the delegates were certainly “Bound for fun Bound for South Australia”.

Iven Mackay and Marilyn District Governor 2010-2011

this important District event for the last 3 years. My Club, the Rotary Club Toorak, RC of Brighton Beach (who ably assisted), and all the members of the District Conference Committee (representing 7 other Rotary Clubs) had all worked so hard to ensure that we had everything just right. I think we did and I thank them all so much for not just all our Committee meetings, but also for getting to Adelaide early, to Welcome Cocktail Party at the Adelaide Town Hall. ensure that when As District Governor, I could delegates arrived, we were not have wished for more. ready to go. Their hard work Our 3 years of planning were continued throughout the over and the conference conference and then again, ran just as we had hoped when it came to pack up it would. Conference Chair and head home. I would like Alan Freedman and I have to make special mention of held meeting after meeting Keiran Cromie and Julie Avery and talked everyday about from RC Brighton Beach who

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DG Weekly Message


VECCI Business Tip


A Better Community


Indian Philanthropist


District Grant


Importance of Our Magazine


Reproductive Health


Speakers Bank


Notice & Events


Reader’s Letters

Contact the Editor

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DG WEEKLY MESSAGE CONTINUED... were wonderful deputies to Chair Alan, ensuring that all those little jobs got done. Our Conference MC Koren was just what we wanted, and she did an excellent job. It’s so nice to see our Foundation Alumni (a returned GSE member in Koren’s case) giving something back to Rotary. The team all worked so well, and in many cases missed conference speakers due to their commitment to the smooth running of the conference. Thank you all very much for your dedication. To the delegates, thank you for making the decision to join us in Adelaide. We hope that you learnt some more about Rotary, that we inspired, touched the emotions, that you made some new friends and that you enjoyed a few days break from your normal routine. The speakers delivered us wonderful messages of hope, inspiration, challenges faced, and I’m sure like me you gained an enormous amount from them. We will place a District Conference photo album on our D9800 website soon, which will showcase the conference, and highlight all of the program/speakers/social events, including many of you enjoying some wonderful fellowship. Many Conference attendees are still enjoying some sightseeing and fellowship on the way back home to D9800. Some did this on the way to Adelaide. I would also like to thank you all for your outstanding contributions to The Rotary Foundation given at the Conference, and also for your support of our Conference Raffle 2011, for an Audi Penfold vehicle. We had wonderful sponsors, and in particular our ma jor sponsors Audi Penfold Burwood, Dealer principal Gareth Bryant & Ass. Sales Manager Chris Sayer who stayed and enjoyed the entire Conference with us. We are very grateful for their support. In Building Communities Bridging Continents! Have a great week, DG Iven

Photos from top to bottom: Conference Chair Alan Freedman and DG Iven, prize donated by Audi Penfold Burwood, Conference Deputies Keiran Cromie and Julie Avery, our wonderful MC Koren Harvey, DG Iven and Marilyn.

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Music that helps productivity VECCI BUSINESS TIP The debate surrounding whether music helps productivity at work has been raging for decades. It is personal choice whether music helps or hinders your work performance but these tips will help you if you decide to try it out.

Some song ideas include: All songs by Gustav Mahler. • Variation I Letting Go • Poco adagio Ensemble • Foghorn Melodies • Variation II Dreamtime • Floating

Please note, music in the workplace is sometimes not welcome by other workers or always safe. Always ensure you ask permission first.

Music Music

Music Music

The ideal tempo is 70-130 beats per minute. Some song ideas include: • Sunny Days by Lawrence • Tumbling Brook from California Suite by Lawrence • Fantasia by Lawrence • Giocoso by Lawrence • Variation on Sonata in A by Telemann

for concentration for concentration is ideal for: - increased focus - intellectual endurance - business writing - problem-solving - computer work - research.

The ideal tempo is 50-60 beats per minute. Some song ideas include: • Danse from ‘Tatare’ by Salieri • Arioso by Bach • Andante from Violin Concerto, Opus 10, No. 5 by Albinoni • Largo from Concerto No. 3 for Two Violins by Bach • Largo from Violin Concerto, Opus 3, No. 6 by Vivaldi Music Music

for productivity for productivity is ideal for: - enhanced performance - mood elevation - organising - increased alertness

For more information on music to enhance your mood, or to buy CD’s you can use visit © VECCI 2010 For further information, please click here: This article is sourced from VECCI’s weekly RADAR newsletter, which circulates to approximately 40,000 unique email addresses. Subscribe to RADAR for free, please click here.

for stress relief for stress relief is ideal for: - stress reduction - decreased anxiety - physical relaxation - encouraging deep thought

The ideal tempo is 30-60 beats per minute.

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Getting Social Entrepreneurs on board as partners to your club Marketing Tip Getting corporate and business partners on board can take time and effort, but the benefits of doing so are enormous for clubs. Imagine what your Club could do with $100,000 extra in your budget. Sound difficult? Well with just 50 local businesses contributing just $500 a quarter to your Club, you’re already there. And it’s been done. How? The idea is that most of these businesses have ideas themselves about what needs to be done in the community. They are willing to support initiatives where they have a personal investment or their opinion will make a difference. Going out and speaking to local businesses to ask their opinion is a lot easier than meeting them for the first time and asking them for money for something they have never heard of before. With all of that in mind, the The Rotary District 9800 Social Entrepreneurship website has been designed to make it easier for you to contact, engage and partner with community businesses in your area. Introducing The Rotary District 9800 Social Entrepreneurship website The Rotary District 9800 Social Entrepreneurship website (www. is all about getting the ball rolling with prospective partners, improving your chances of engaging them and reducing the time and replication of effort needed to get them on board. It provides you with everything you need to introduce the concept of Social

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Entrepreneurship to local businesses, corporate and other prospective partners who could support your Club. The site includes: • A YouTube video ( watch?v=ksaPwBSezNc) introducing Social Entrepreneurship • Information on the benefits of Social Entrepreneurship • Information on Social Entrepreneurship projects partners can join Rotary Clubs with • An example of Social Entrepreneurship in action: Our partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to end Polio • Information on how to identify and engage Social Entrepreneurs • An Introductory Letter to Social Entrepreneurs • Editable letter templates for following up on a meeting, thanking Social Entrepreneurs, drafting a Memorandum of Understanding and invoicing a contribution from your partners. • An editable template newsletter you can provide to local traders and businesses in your area showing the Social Entrepreneurship activities your Club is involved in • Media release tips to help you get your Social Entrepreneurship projects in the news • Certificates and website banners you can use to recognise Social Entrepreneurs • Facebook and Linked in connections so you can share ideas with other Rotary Clubs on Social Entrepreneurship This means less time you need to be spending on administration and the more time you can spend talking with Social Entrepreneurs about what they would like to see done in their community. The link again:

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How the help-up makes a better

community Rotary Club of Wyndham

Last night the Wyndham Rotary Club had the pleasure of providing sponsorship of $1500 toward a school breakfast club conducted by the Warracknabeal Rotary Club where sixty children are given a free breakfast to start the day. Over 2,000 meals will be provided before more funds are required. The Club started the sponsorship two years ago after a talk at our Club by a rural counsellor, when Warracknabeal, like many towns in Victoria’s west had been in drought for over ten years. This last year they received flooding rains which destroyed many crops. They also help others less fortunate. The Club has organised the donation of $100,000 worth of hay to flood-affected victims in north-west Victoria.

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Charter Member Lance Potter, Pres of the RC of Warracknabeal Rob deVries and Wyndham Rotary Club President Bill Black.

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Indian philanthropist donates again to polio eradication Rotary International News Ra jashree Birla, of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, has donated another US$1.12 million to The Rotary Foundation in support of Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge. Including this contribution, Mrs Birla has given a combined total of more than $4.2 million to the Foundation for polio eradication. Mrs Birla’s extraordinary generosity stems from her belief that giving to others is the best way to make a lasting change in the world. As a mother, she has compassion for the young victims of polio and wants to help Rotary achieve its goal of eradicating the disease. She strongly believes that what we have done for ourselves dies with us, but what we do for others remains forever.

Rajashree Birla has given a combined total of more than $4.2 million to The Rotary Foundation for polio eradication.

Mrs Birla’s late husband, Aditya Birla, made the Aditya Birla Group into a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest in India, employing more than 100,000 people in over 20 countries.

The family has a longstanding commitment to business accountability and community service. Mrs Birla continues that legacy through her leadership in the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, where she oversees projects that address education, health care and other social issues. Among her many awards and honors, Mrs Ra jashree Birla is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Bombay, which presented her with the Citizen of Bombay Award in 2003. In 2004, she received the Pride of India Award from the Rotary Club of Mulund, where she is also an honorary member. The Aditya Birla Centre has helped immunize about three million children against polio in 3,200 villages in India, one of the four remaining polio-endemic countries.

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Rotarians use district grant to meet humanitarian and educational needs Rotary International News During the first year of the Future Vision pilot, many Clubs and Districts have gained experience with the new, simplified grants structure offered under The Rotary Foundation’s Future Vision Plan. According to district leaders, before participating in the Future Vision pilot, many area clubs didn’t fully understand the flexibility offered by District grants in funding a variety of projects.

With the grants, clubs carried out projects such as providing computers, sewing machines, and other vocational training equipment to a village in the Philippines and repairing an elementary school damaged by an earthquake in China’s Shaanxi Province. They also helped fund many local initiatives, including scholarships. More about Rotary Foundations District and Global Grants:

Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Kyoto Yawata

But after Clubs learned more about the grants, including the terms and conditions, “they showed their support for the Future Vision Plan, got a better grasp of district grants, and participated more actively,” the leaders stated in a report. “As a result, we had many meaningful projects in various areas.”

Members of the Rotary Club of Kyoto Yawata, Kyoto, Japan, present gifts to children at an elementary school in Baoji, Shaanxi, China. The Club used District grant funds to expedite repairs to the school, which had been damaged by an earthquake.

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The Importance of our magazine Not too long ago, the telegram was the way to communicate internationally. The telegram was replaced by the telex machine, which was followed by the facsimile. Now the Internet is the way of daily communication. Yet newspapers, books, and magazines are difficult to replace. The Rotarian is our official magazine and a good source of information. We can read about Board decisions, upcoming events, possible changes within the administration, and projects from all over the world. According to our Manual of Procedure, the purpose of the official magazine shall be to serve as a medium to assist the Board in furthering the purpose of RI and the Object of Rotary. Our official magazine is surrounded by 30 regional magazines, from Rotary Down Under to Rotary Norden and from El Rotario de Chile to The Rotary-No-Tomo. In addition to printing some of the same contents as our official magazine, these magazines bring a local touch to the reader. This is essential in light of the internationality of our organisation. The printed press is today threatened by a world getting more and more digital – a development we cannot halt. Today we have more and more conference calls, but these can never totally take over face-to-face meetings. In the same way, it is my hope that the printed press will still remain and the digital world will be complementary to it. There is something very special in holding a book or a magazine in the hands. May therefore the Rotary magazines never disappear into cyberspace for good – the printed word is needed today and in the future just as it has been in the past. Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar Foundation Trustee Chair Share The Rotarian with your community during Magazine Month, and help promote Rotary’s work around the world. April’s Resource Guide highlights some of the magazine’s most popular features, including Amazing Stories of Polio! and The Rotarian’s Greater Goods Catalog.

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Rotarians Addressing Reproductive Health The startling statistics on maternal and infant mortality offer perhaps the most disheartening evidence of human poverty. These statistics exceed the worst tragedies that we read about in Honduras, Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor etc. Worse - these human tragedies occur daily, year in and year out. Rotarians in more than 160 countries are motivated to alleviate human suffering through humanitarian projects. Reproductive health concerns, probably the most personal and arguably the most devastating, affect people in all countries, but especially those in the developing countries. They include:

Project ideas now encouraged and implemented are to:

• Maternal mortality - approximately one each • Promote education for adolescent girls minute - 540,000 annually • Advocate against child marriage to prevent • Infant mortality obstetric fistula among others • Teen-age pregnancy • Promote voluntary child spacing to improve • Unintended pregnancy - all ages women’s health, reduce maternal and infant • Unsafe abortion death • Assisted Childbirth • Promote HIV/AIDS counseling and education • Obstetric Fistula • Encourage decent income opportunities for • Sexually Transmitted Diseases women - vocational training and micro-credit • Refurbish and provide equipment for Rotarians envision a healthier world in which midwifery schools - especially rural villages health issues, especially in developing countries, • Involve young people, Interactors and are addressed. Rotarians for many years now Rotaractors in peer education, outreach and have been implementing many humanitarian HIV/AIDS prevention programs projects. Rotary International is now moving to address these human tragedies through its programs We know that: of Humanitarian Service: Resources/ReproductiveHealth.shtml • “Nearly all these maternal deaths could be prevented.” - International Report from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, called Read about District 9800’s Vocational Training Team to go to Timor Leste, to improve “Saving Women’s Lives” Maternal and Child Health Care: http://www. • “Believe it or not: Family Planning could bring more benefits at less cost than any other single technology now available to the future_vision_vocational_training_teams Human Race.” - UNICEF “State of the World’s Children”

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Complementary medicines tell your doctor Health Tip The way some complementary medicines are applied or used needs to be considered because side effects may be caused by the way the medicine is used rather than the medicine itself. For example, some people who take anticoagulant medicines (blood thinners) after an essential oil massage have reported significant bruising. In this case it was most likely the massage, rather than the essential oils, that was the cause of the bruising. Interaction with other medicines People often think complementary medicines are safe and will not cause any problems. However, complementary medicines may cause side effects or interact with prescription medicines, alcohol and other drugs, and other complementary medicines to cause side effects. It Complementary is important to tell all your health care professionals about all the medicines you are taking, including prescribed medicines, over-the-counter medicines medicines are and complementary medicines.

not always ‘natural’ or safer.

Some complementary or alternative medicines can interfere with cancer treatments. If you are about to receive chemotherapy, talk to your oncologist or haematologist about any other therapies or medicines you are taking or thinking of trying. Tell other health professionals (for example, nurses or pharmacists) at your treatment centre before starting treatment if you are taking complementary medicines.

Many people believe complementary medicines, such as herbal remedies, are safer than other medicines because they come from natural sources. This is not always true. Some complementary medicines, while their original source may be ‘natural’, are manufactured in similar ways to conventional medicines. Things to remember • Complementary medicines can cause unwanted effects as well as beneficial effects. • It is important to tell all your health care professionals about all the medicines you are taking including complementary medicines. • Ideally, you should discuss the possible benefits and harms of using complementary medicines with your health care professionals before you start taking them. Read more about their side-effects and how complementary medicines can interact with prescription medicines: your_doctor?open

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Speakers Bank Jill Weeks has a comprehensive list of topics and interesting speakers. Club Programe Chairmen are encouraged to submit details and contacts of guest speakers who have impressed various individual Clubs by their content and presentation at their meetings.

Commander James Unkles

John Liddell

The Case of Breaker Morant Unkles has petitioned to review the convictions and sentences of Lieutenant Morant, Handcock and Witton who were 3 Australian who served with the British in the Boer War. Morant and Handcock were executed in 1902 for shooting Boer prisoners, Witton received a sentence of life imprisonment. The cases against the men have never been reviewed.

A Brief History of Hang Glinding - and my part in it. In 20 to 25 mintues, this talk takes a brief look at the history of hang-gliding (rather than “flight”) from Elmer the flying monk of about a thousand years ago to the present.

Paul George

The Mushroom Guru Paul George, a mushroom ‘guru’ and a member of the fungi interest group of the Field Naturalist Club of Victoria. Paul’s talk is a colourful and informative insight into the world of mushrooms.

David Whiting

Legal Contributor to ABC’s Morning Program A lawyer since 1981, David became a director of Donaldson Trumble on joining the firm in July 2007. He is probably better known for his legal advice and commentary on 774 ABC Melbourne as part of the Jon Faine programme. He has been doing that programme, and others like it, for almost 25 years.

Iola Mathews

Freefalling Towards Sixty, or The Sandwich Generation Iola Mathews thought she was “all washed up” in her fifties but now she’s discovered a whole new lease of life. Mathews is a former journalist for ‘The Age’ and the author of “How to use the media in Australia.” She also worked at the Australian Council for Trade Unions as an industrial officer and advocate specialising in women’s employment, for which she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal. Since returning to writing she has helped to establish writers’ studios in the National Trust property ‘Glenfern’ in East St Kilda. Iota Mathews is hardly “washed up.”

Have a scroll through the categories of available speakers at: speakers_bank Well done Jill, and thanks for your list of interesting speakers!

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Notices & Events Camberwell Rotary Art Show 13 April, 2011

Masked Twilight Tea Dance 16 April, 2011

Meet the stallholders, selling an amazing array of gourmet treats, ecoaware clothing or pencils made from tightly rolled recycled newspaper. Read More

Music from “The Keynotes” live band. Etertainment from “Zumba with Ange”. Read More

NEW Multicultural and Contemporary Dance Concert 17 April, 2011

Rotary Club of Footscray Annual Golf Day 18 April, 2011

NEW Annual Past Runners’ Breakfast 20 April, 2011

Join us for a day of fun and friendship at Medway Golf Club. Read More

The annual Past Runner’s Breakfast is conducted every year in the week leading up to the Stawell Easter Gift carnival. Read More

NEW Macedon Ranges MS Cycle Challenge and Fun Run 1 May, 2011

Preventing Kid’s Cancer 6 May, 2011

The Concert will showcase a broad spectrum of dance styles to promote dance as a professional occupation, for well-being, social recreational opportunities and multicultural connections. Read more

Improving Men’s Mental Health: Carlton Rotary Special Event 30 April, 2011 Professor Patrick McGorry will be speaking about the topic at The Melbourne Savage Club. Drinks are included in the cost. Read More

NEW 2011 Wyndham Rotary Fashion Parade and Auction 6 May, 2011 Entry cost includes food and soft drink and it will be BYO alcohol. All proceeds will go to Australian Rotary Health. Read More

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Hundreds of bike riders and runners will be drawn to the Ventou Macedon Ranges MS Cycle Challenge and Fun Run to have a great day and raise funds for charity. Read More

Making a Difference - Annual Dinner for Brighton North 6 May, 2011 Join us for a spirited evening to help support this vital research so that all children can enjoy childhood without experiencing the trauma of cancer. Read More

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Murrumbeena Community Market 16 April, 2011 Meet the stallholders, selling an amazing array of gourmet treats, ecoaware clothing or pencils made from tightly rolled recycled newspaper. Learn how to make an Oragami Crane. Read More

Major Fundraising Dinner at the Brighton North Rotary Club. Live music and great food in support of kid’s living with cancer. Read More

Pie and Port Night 7 May, 2011 An ideal way to spend a weekend in northern Victoria supporting and visiting fellow members and friends, come along on Saturday evening to the Rochester Fire Station function room and enjoy country hospitality. Read More

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Notices & Events Cafe International 7 May, 2011 Meet the stallholders, selling an amazing array of gourmet treats, ecoaware clothing or pencils made from tightly rolled recycled newspaper. Read More

Welcome New Members President Svetlane Beke was delighted to induct Nigel Slater to the Rotary Club of Toorak. Nigel has been a Rotarian for several years, at the Rotary Clubs of Port Hedland, Alice Springs and Bendigo South. His Classification is Media Sales, and he achieved some notoriety as MC at the Castlemaine Rotary Truck Show.

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Hi Clarice I received a call yesterday on the Rotary Information Line from a chap by the name of Chris (0407 004 884) advising that he had found a dark suit jacket in a carry bag at Melbourne airport with a Rotary lapel badge on it. It may well be someone who was travelling to Adelaide for conference. Can you kindly circulate in Networker that it was located and left at the lost items counter in Melbourne airport? Cheers Graeme Bird Berengarra Business Manager Ph: +613 9898 9167

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Networker - Issue 37  

A publication for Rotarians and all community minded people.

Networker - Issue 37  

A publication for Rotarians and all community minded people.