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DG Weekly Message Steam Rally...... well done RC of Echuca Moama. Another busy weekend in D9800. Yes it was another busy weekend in D9800. RC of Echuca Moama held its annual Steam Rally, RC of Castlemaine and RC of Bacchus Marsh held Art Shows, and other Clubs had various functions as well. It’s great to see so much activity going on in the last weeks of this Rotary year. Marilyn and I attended the RC of Echuca Moama’s 48th Steam Rally, held 11-12 June, over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend. How lucky they were with the weather. This event had a very successful show this year and ably assisted by members of The RC of Central Melbourne Sunrise in the Country Kitchen, which provided scones, tea/ coffee and soup. The RC of Rochester also did an excellent job at the Camp Cooking stand, with the stew & damper particularly popular. Well done RC of Central Melbourne Sunrise and all

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Iven Mackay and Marilyn District Governor 2010-2011

who have been involved in the wonderful Police Mentoring Program for 2010-2011. The Rotary International Theme for this year has been Building Communities Bridging Continents. It fits very well with what we do in Rotary, both locally & around the World. The Police Mentoring Program is also very much about Building Communities. I have followed the path of this unique programme since its birth in 2007 & have closely watched it successfully grow. The idea of linking together the resources of the Victoria Police, many of the Rotary Clubs of our District 9800 & leaders of some of the largest business corporations, meets all the ideals & ingredients of a Rotary vocational - based program. It has been a brilliant concept & one in which all the participants derive enormous benefits & a lasting experience.

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DG Weekly Message

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VECCI Business Tip

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JBay Recycling

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District Leadership Team

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Honours in Bendigo

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The Uganda Project

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RI Regional Updates

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Notices & Events

Contact the Editor

Clarice Caricare Do you have a letter for Clarice? Is something on your mind? Send Clarice an mail at clarice@rotarydistrict9800.org.au

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DG WEEKLY MESSAGE CONTINUED... I have been greatly impressed from the outset by the quality of management & strategic approach to this total project. The objectives & progress of the program is very well communicated to our Rotary Clubs on a regular basis & the participants change every year to ensure more people have the opportunity to be involved. The program has expanded to over 20 Rotary Clubs in our District. I sense that Rotarians feel they are making a worthwhile contribution to the development of this state’s law enforcement body by passing on their many experiences in community & business leadership. Through the Police presentations at Rotary Club meetings that many of us have heard, Rotarians have learnt & now appreciate more than ever, the enormous challenges & dangers that our dedicated & caring Victoria Police members face each day! Well done to all those hardworking people who have managed this Victoria Police Mentoring Program & I congratulate the Police members, Rotary Mentors & Business Mentors on a wonderful year & thank them all for being involved this year. I’m sure they all made the most of this unique opportunity to “build goodwill & better friendships” through the personal relationships during this program. Next year’s program begins in July. In Building Communities Bridging Continents, Have a great week,

This Page: 1. DG finds AG Mark Schirmer, in disguise, enjoying a day out with Dawn & the Grandchildren. 2. Marilyn finds Thomas the Tank Engine. Next Page 1. A District 9800 Rotarian enjoying the scones at the Camp Kitchen 2. Disaster Aid Australia stand. 3. DG Iven with Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp & President Anne King. 4. DG Iven, DGE Keith and DGN Dennis.

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Staying warm in the workplace this Winter VECCI BUSINESS TIP

The harsh winds of winter arrived throughout Victoria last week, and a long, cold season beckons. If your workplace is not well equipped to deal with the winter, there are other ways to keep warm at work. Layering This is the most obvious solution of all – having a spare sweater to store at work in case the office heater is coughing and spluttering will protect you from the cold, and you can take it on and off depending on how you feel. Warm beverages Winter is the prime season for drinking coffee, so indulge in your favourite blend each morning. If you’re not a coffee fan or are worried about the excess caffeine, there are alternatives, like herbal tea or an old-fashioned glass of Milo. All these drinks will help warm your insides, as well as a bowl of steaming hot soup for lunch. Get active The longer you sit still in one place, the colder you’re bound to feel! Make a special effort to stay active during the day – if you’re at a desk job, step away from the computer for regular periods. Take the stairs if you can instead of

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the elevator, for example, as the blood circulation generated will warm your body. Stretch Similar to above, stand up and stretch whenever the cold sets in, and shake your hands about to generate some blood flow in those typing fingers. Handwarmers and gloves Failing that, invest in a pair of fingerless gloves to keep the hands warm while at your desk, or keep some hand warmers nearby (these are especially popular in the northern hemisphere for subzero temperatures). You might even want to bring your own heated mouse pad to work! © VECCI 2010 For further information, please click here: http://blog.vecci.org.au/2011/06/14/business-tips-staying-warm-inthe-workplace-this-winter/#more-5395 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.

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The JBay Recycling Swop Shop By Tony Thomas, Community Services Director - Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise

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lack townships in South Africa are crowded, stricken with AIDS and unemployment, and carpeted with rubbish.

kids about budgets and shopping, and material benefits for families.

Across the developing world, there are many children All newcomers to South Africa are startled to find who could benefit from a scheme like this, with these townships are only a few kilometres from mostly modifications to suit local conditions. The ‘coin-andwhite suburbs of big affluent homes. shop’ model can also be adjusted to reward, say, new mothers who meet a series of milestones for their In Jeffreysbay, home to the Billabong Surfing babies, such as vaccinations and clinic visits. Competition, 80km south of Port Elizabeth, a wave of goodwill, compassion and mindfulness is gathering In a typical week, 160 kids will collect and sort close momentum. to a tonne of recyclable material. Some kids put in an hour a day collecting and others somehow manage Here, a group of like-minded people are following three deliveries in a single Monday. a brilliantly simple plan in which children collect recyclables like plastic ,glass ,tins and cardboard; The projects mix formal and informal systems. Now deliver it to a central collection point , get paid in that it is growing fast, it is putting in submissions tokens (mulas) which they can spend at the ‘ kids for improved grants and donations of services. But only’ swop-shop on the same premises, offering there is not even a committee running it. Whatever is anything from new bicycles to a bar of soap or needed, Carina calls up helpers and they get the job marbles. done. This project, co-ordinated by Carina de Flamingh and enthusiastically backed by the whole community, gives the kids a goal and a taste for ‘work’. Instead of hand-outs, they learn the idea of ‘value for value’.

“Above all, this gives hope and a better start in life for kids whose prospects used to be unimaginably bad,” Carina says. “We run all this on a can-do basis. We don’t worry about next year, we just make sure our shop is stocked-up and open for business next The whole operation involves about nil working capital Monday.” but needs 15-20 adult volunteers for each Monday. The stock for the shop is all donated by individuals, Find Out More: traders and institutions. The Jeffrey’s Bay Rotary Club Website: http://www.jbayrecyclingproject.org keeps the accounts and members throw their weight behind the volunteering. Contact Carina (South Africa): Phone: 079 513 5844 This low-cost style creates a remarkable package of Email: deflamingh@live.co.za benefits - cleaner towns, paid jobs for kids, educating Facebook: JBay Recycling Project

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The Final Meeting for this Year’s

District Leadership Team DG

Iven Mackay chaired the final District Leadership Team meeting for the 2010-2011year at International House last week.

Directors and AGs presented their final reports and summaries of their year’s activities, and new team members were welcomed under the watchful portrait of Past Rotary International President Royce Abbey. DG Iven thanked the team for their enthusiastic support, and presented each member with a Certificate of Appreciation. In return, DLT members presented DG Iven with two framed photographs: one of Marilyn and himself, and the other a collage representing his year in office. Following the District Governor’s Changeover Lunch on 26th June, you can be assured that the new team are keen to get started on a new Rotary year.

1 1 Photos (Clockwise) 1. Work in progress at the DLT. 2. International Director Alan Seale with DG Iven. 3. Director of AGs Chris Don receives a certificate of appreciation. 4. PE Keith Ryall and Secretary John McMorrow thanking DG Iven with a presentation. 5. DG Iven and the photographs.

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Top Honours for Bendigo’s Very Best COMMUNITY service is Ken Briggs’ business. The retired Kennington civil engineer has a list of volunteer positions on a range of service clubs as long as your arm. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Bendigo South since 1979 and was its president in 2003/04. He was in the Rotary Club of Rochester from 1965 to 1972, when he was working on the Dartmouth Dam project in the state’s north-east. His time in Rotary has led to a rewarding series of overseas excursions and a medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours. “I was a bit surprised when I was told I was being considered and I’m a bit embarrassed, I must Our photo shows Ken Briggs OAM in action at a Camp Getaway working bee; admit, because when I think about it there’s a lot assisting PP Harold Simpson of RC Keilor to relocate catering equipment. of people whose names deserve to be on that list more than mine,” he said. “When I see the things I’ve done it’s added up to a bit, I suppose.” Mr Briggs said highlights included working on the Rotary work party to construct school buildings in Maubisse, East Timor last year and chairing the committee that brought a troop of scouts from The Maldives to attend the 21st Australian Scout Jamboree in Victoria in 2007. He said representing his Rotary club in a project to build cyclone-resistant buildings on the island of Upolo in Western Samoa in 1993 and volunteered as construction engineer on a water supply for the village of Domasi in Malawi, central Africa, for two three-month stints in 2000 and 2002 were most rewarding.

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Mr Briggs has also been an elder in the Forest Street Uniting Church since 1986 and is heavily involved in the National Science and Engineering Challenge.

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The Uganda Project By Chris Davis – RC Altona City and Graeme Glasson – Rotary Club of Altona At the end of 2009, the Uganda Project was initiated when the Rotary Clubs of Altona City and Altona joined together with a young doctor from Kampala Uganda, Dr. Barbara Nanteza. Barbara, through to early 2011, had been studying preventative medicine at Monash University and was a keen attendee of the Altona Club. She introduced us to the needs of the villages of Bulindo and Kitukutwe just outside of Kampala, where disease from contaminated water and lack of hygiene is a serious problem. Water had been collected from a dirty spring some distance from the communities and young girls, charged with the duty to collect, were the targets of male predators whilst away from school and missing vital education time. Barbara has been running clinics at these villages to treat disease and to educate in hygiene. Through 2010 the scope was pulled together and application made for funding. US$64,000 was made available in March 2011 via the District Designated Fund and The Rotary Foundation. Thanks then to The Rotary Foundation, District 9800, and the Rotary Clubs of Altona, Altona City, Laverton Point Cook and Hoppers Crossing. At a similar time, with Rotary’s support, a container of medical equipment and supplies was sent to Kampala. We are pleased to advise that with the able assistance of Barbara and the team at the Rotary Club of Sunrise Kampala, the bulk of the project has been completed. 35 new water tanks have been delivered to harvest rainwater and presented to selected members of the community. A failed, broken deep well bore and hand pump has been repaired and made operational and a new deep well water bore has been drilled and commissioned. The community has carefully managed the funds and has set up management committees to oversee the use of the bores. Operating instructions covering hours of use and accessibility have been put in place. Barbara reports back that the communities are overjoyed with the generosity of Rotary and so thankful for seeing clean water available to them. Villagers are lining up early in the morning to get water. Barbara will be monitoring the instances of water born disease and expects to see a drop over time. Already, as one water bore is in the local school precinct, the young girls are so much less subject to male predators. This has been a wonderful project to be involved in and there is plenty more to be done in these villages and elsewhere. We would encourage clubs to consider involvement in such projects. Photos (Top to bottom) 1. Barbara at the new Bore Hole. 2. Sunrise President, Joseph Kitamirike, pumpimg water from new borehole. 3. Villagers with new Water Tanks. 4.Chris Davis, Barbara Nanteza and Graeme Glasson. 5. Barbara Treating Villagers with Medical Supplies from Australia.

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Rotary International Regional News Updates Rotary Pacific Office

Rotary International South Pacific & Philippines Office informs us that they have moved location to the 2nd floor of 60 Philip Street , Parramatta NSW Australia. The main phone number is now +61-2-8894-9800. The fax number is +61-2- 8894-9899. Calls to the old numbers are being diverted for the next 12 months to ensure service to Rotarians is not disrupted.

Paul Harris Memorial Portrait

The Rotary Club of Atlanta commissioned an original oil portrait of Rotary founder Paul Harris and created an unique online auction. Internationally known portrait artist and Rotarian, Rossin, rendered this museum quality work and made it available for purchase to the top bidder to be announced at the RI Convention May 24 in New Orleans. The Rotary Club of Atlanta, Georgia USA was the top bidder on the portrait. Their winning bid was for US$170,523. Clubs can order a limited edition Paul Harris portrait print by Rossin. This unframed lithograph is available in two sizes: 17 x 21 in. and 11 x 14 in., printed on museum-quality paper, signed and numbered by the artist. It’s an excellent addition to your home, office, or Rotary meeting place. While the prints may cost $150 delivered in Australia, $100 of that amount will go to the Polio Challenge in the Rotarian or the club’s name and will be credited to the appropriate Rotary Foundation account. Check it out on the website: http://www.portraitforpolio.org

Quick Polio Update

The India story is particularly good with no cases reported this year from the problem areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. As announced at the New Orleans Convention, our progress towards the $200 million Challenge has now reached $174.7 million – a truly great result.

> View Rotary International’s Regional Newsletter

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Cold Sores HEALTH TIP

Cold sores (herpes labialis) are small blisters that usually form on the lips or skin around the mouth, nose and on the chin. They are caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV). People are usually infected in childhood or young adulthood, and the infection persists for life. Herpes simplex infection is very common Around 90 per cent of adults have herpes simplex antibodies in their bloodstream, which means that they have been infected with the virus at some time. However, the first (or primary) infection does not usually cause any symptoms. One-third of infected people experience cold sores, which are a recurrence of the earlier infection and do not indicate recent infection. Most of these people would not have experienced symptoms from the first infection. Cold sore symptoms Cold sores usually develop as follows: • Most people experience localised itching and tingling a day or two before the cold sore appears • A collection of small blisters forms • These blisters can be accompanied by pain, tenderness and a sensation of heat and burning • The blisters burst after a few days • The site develops a crust • The crust dries up and eventually falls off after about 10 days

Preventing an outbreak There is no cure for cold sores. Suggestions to reduce the number of outbreaks include: • Avoid known triggers, if possible • Wear sunblock on your face and lips when outdoors • Pay attention to your general health and stress levels • Avoid getting ill or run down Where to get help • Your doctor • NURSE-ON-CALL Tel. 1300 60 60 24 – for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days) • Your local pharmacist More about transmission and how to avoid cold sores: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/ bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Cold_sores

How the virus is transmitted The herpes simplex virus spreads between people, usually through contact with saliva or direct contact with a blister. The most infectious time is in the first few days when the blister is forming. Sometimes, people can pass the virus to others when they have no symptoms. This is because the virus may be lying dormant in the skin cells of the lips.

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Notices & Events NOTICE Change of Venue - Rotary Club of Caulfield Meets of Thursdays at 12:30pm at the Sea Buzz at 741 Glenhuntly Road in Caulfield.

Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand 25 Year Anniversary 24 June, 2011 Help us celebrate 25 years of the Gellibabies. Read More

Boroondara Farmers Market 21 June, 2011 The market is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month rain or shine in Hawthorn East. Read More

DG Changeover Lunch 26 June, 2011 DG Iven Mackay and DGE Keith Ryall invite you to attend this years DG Chnageover in Moonee Valley. Read More

NEW Rotary Club of Flemington’s Inaugural Rock & Roll Night 24 June, 2011 Come out for some Rock & Roll at the Maribyrnong Park Bowling Club in Moonee Ponds. Refreshmants will be sold at the bar. Read More

UPDATED Rotary Club of Footscray Annual Charity Golf Day 1 July, 2011 The Rotary Club of Footscray is having their annual golf day for charity at the Medway Golf Course. Read More

District Governor’s Changeover Luncheon 2011 The Rotary Club of Carlton Inc. Invites you to attend the District Governor’s Changeover Luncheon 2011 for an afternoon of fun, fellowship and entertainment as well as presentation of district awards. Celebrity Room at Moonee Valley Racecourse Complex Sunday 26th June 2011 at 11.30 for 12.00. Total Cost = $72 per head. First drinks on table then at bar prices. RSVP Friday 10th June.

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