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President’s Message The ground beneath my feet





This Rotary World Rotary projects and initiatives to feel good about


A Colonial Gem Tim Dawe visits Uruguay’s historic town of Colonia del Sacramento

Global Outlook A Rotarian’s guide to the new Foundation grants

News Bulletin What we’ve been up to


Cover Story Rotarians in NSW roll up their sleeves to rid their State of graffiti

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Ten Years After the Blast Amy Schostakowski chats with Bali bomb surviver Andrew Csabi


Diary Dates What’s happening in your area?



Grand Pacific Tours Let New Zealand bowl you over!

Conversations With ... Life of Pi director Ang Lee


Gallipoli 2015


Almost Heaven sent A new van for Rosies Gold Coast


New Zealand gets dirty Two NZ clubs take “getting their hands dirty” to the extreme

The ANZAC centenary is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

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Messages from headquarters

Sakuji Tanaka President Rotary International

The ground beneath our feet about poverty, wars and disasters. We see, from so far away, the

Dear fellow Rotarians, There are many ways to describe our Rotary Foundation. But I think of our Foundation literally – as the foundation for all of Rotary.

people who are living through such terrible times. But it is hard to put ourselves in their place.

We do not often think about the ground beneath our feet. We

Today, I tell you that there is nothing at all separating us from

do not often think about the walls that are holding up our house.

the people we help. We are all the same. Only the circumstances

We take them for granted. We think about them only when they

surrounding us are different. Through our Foundation, we have the power to live the words

are not there. Not long ago in Japan, the ground fell out from under our feet.

of our Foundation’s motto: Doing Good in the World. Through it,

On Friday, March 11, 2011, a magnitude nine earthquake shook

we can do so much more good than we could ever do alone. And

Japan to its very core. More than 15,000 people died, nearly 6000

it matters so much – to people just like us.

were injured and another 4000 are still missing. The total losses of the disaster are estimated at over US$300 billion. In a matter of hours, half a million people in one of the world’s wealthiest and most developed countries lost everything. They went from living in comfort and security to facing an uncertain

Sakuji Tanaka

future in school gymnasiums, tents and ruined buildings.

President, Rotary International 

In Japan, we are used to earthquakes. We thought we were ready for anything. But no one ever expected anything like this. What happened on that day changed Japan, and everyone who lives there. It has made us realise how fragile our lives are.

Past Rotary International Director John Lawrence amid the carnage of last year’s earthquake in Japan.

And it has made me realise how little separates me from the people I help through Rotary. It is easy to look at the people we help through our Foundation as somehow different from ourselves. They live far away. We do not know their language or their culture. We do not know what it is like to have no running water, no sanitation, no health care, no education. We look at pictures and we read stories in the news

Wilf Wilkinson Chairman, The Rotary Foundation

Taking the long view

As the clock ticks down to July 1, we are in the final stages of

PolioPlus is, of course, a unique Rotary program – but it is time to

preparing for the full rollout of the Future Vision Plan. Our goal

bring that kind of long-term perspective to all our service.

is simple: enabling our Foundation to continue Doing Good in the

Part of our goal in Future Vision is making sure we focus on

World, and ensuring that we make the best use of every dollar,

the long view in everything we do. Accordingly, part of that

euro, yen and peso we have.

mindset is making sure we make it a priority to support The Rotary

In everything we do in Rotary, we strive for the greatest impact.

Foundation and its Annual Fund. Our goal is Every Rotarian, Every

This means focusing on sustainability – on projects whose effects

Year: for every Rotarian to give a gift each year to the Annual Fund,

will go on for years, and on work that will continue to change

with an average donation of $US100. Meeting that goal would

lives even after Rotarians’ involvement has ended. When polio is

mean $120 million per year for Rotary service. It would also mean

eradicated, every child who will ever be born will benefit, long

an organisation in which every single member is supporting, and

after the last drop of vaccine has been put into a child’s mouth.

is invested in, the Foundation’s success. 





















Issue 544. October 2012




Mark Wallace Just between us

The time has come

O ve r t h e n e x t f e w we e k s ( i f t h e

polio eradication campaign, The Rotary

the launch of our new website and website

technological boffins can be trusted),

Foundation and all the local community

hosting service.

Rotary Down Under will launch a new

causes like community-centre upgrades,

So for those 66 clubs with no online

website that will raise the bar several

support for the local hospital children’s

presence, and others whose presence has

notches in terms of contemporary design

ward and every other fundraising cause

faded into neglect, Rotary Down Under

and utility.

will be greatly enhanced with an attractive,

offers two easy solutions. For around

At the same time we’ll be asking clubs and

accessible and popular online presence.

$A10-$A12 a month (plus GST where

Districts to come with us on a journey that

You can make a lot more money a lot

applicable) we’ll give you a site that will,

has the potential to open up the wonderful

more efficiently with a well-placed “click

as far as you’re concerned, take little if

world of Rotary to hundreds of thousands

here to donate” button than you can with

any effort apart from an annual update.

of people in Australia, New Zealand and the

six people selling sausages for six hours

We’ll then populate it with regularly

South West Pacific, and many, many more

on a Saturday afternoon.

updated Rotary content – a sort of set

in other parts of the world.

Events in Australia in October provided

and forget, if you will. It will look like a well-manicured site, managed remotely.

As an exercise, we recently scanned the

the perfect illustration of the power of

online presence of every club in Rotary

social media. A radio shock jock who has

For those who like to do their own

International Zones 7B and 8 (that’s

ruled the roost for decades found himself

thing, we’ll give you all the bells and

Australia, New Zealand and the South-

in the space of one short week with no

whistles with all the features you can think

West Pacific), just to have a look at how

sponsors and an army of people measured

of and plenty you haven’t even dreamed

we as Rotarians are projecting ourselves

in the tens of thousands, rising up and

of yet and all that for around $A50-$A55

to the world.

taking action that had immediate effect.

+GST per month. You’ll get access to a

“The time has come to start taking Rotary’s online presence seriously.”

The lesson is plain for the whole world to

content management system that will be

see. Social media is not about us as content

constantly updated offering new features

generators, it’s about them, the content

in a drag-and-drop (no coding knowledge

browsers – otherwise known as customers,

required) environment, with a member of

or in our case, potential Rotarians! It’s no

our own staff available in a support role.

longer good enough to hang our shingle

www.rotar will be

out and expect that people will come. We

using the same content management

have to be where they are, providing hooks

system, so if you like what you see, you

Of the 1400 or so clubs in that region,

from their interests to our content, and

can buy it. And in the spirit of the new

we came across 66 that had no website

giving them a reason to share that content

power of the consumer, if you don’t like

whatsoever and another 140 or so whose

with their networks.

it, we’ll keep changing it until you do!

sites were significantly out of date and

In August we at Rotary

seemingly uncared for. My opinion of

Down Under took a bold

outdated and untended Rotary club

step to employ a digital

websites is that they do more harm to

production and marketing

Rotary than good, and it would be good

manager. Since then Ellissa

for Rotary if such sites were actually wiped

Nolan has pretty much blown

off the net. Trouble is that many of these

us out of the water with her

sites are so remote to the members of the

ability to strategise and

clubs involved that most wouldn’t even be

implement. Our Facebook

able to find them to take them down.

and Twitter profiles have

So the time has come to start taking

been significantly boosted,

Rotary’s online presence seriously. It’s

our e-newsletter is being

time for club boards to understand

opened and clicked by

that their online presence is something

thousands where previously

that deserves a reasonable chunk of

it was opened and clicked by

the club’s annual finances. It’s time to


understand that Rotary projects like the

All this in the lead-up to


News Bulletin

Leadership training delivers outstanding results

Future Vision application available The online District grant application for 2013-14 (for grant projects and activities to start from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014) will be available through Member Access this month. Districts must be qualified before applying for District grants under Future Vision – the new Rotary Foundation grant model, which will launch worldwide on July 1, 2013. To qualify, Districts must ensure their 201314 District Governor, 2014-15 District

Districts 9500 and 9520 recently celebrated the 85th graduate from the Rotary

Governor and 2013-14 District Rotary

Leadership Institute at the completion of a course in Mildura, Vic.

Foundation committee chair are reported

“Since embarking on the program two years ago clubs in both Districts have benefited from new enthusiastic leaders with outstanding skills,” said District 9520

to Rotary International and have a Member Access account.

coordinator PDG Euan Miller. “This has been noticed particularly when Presidents’ elect undertake the course. Their ensuing President’s year is always outstanding and invariably leads to a Presidential Citation for the club. “Some of our graduates have been selected for the new Institute Future Leaders’ Seminar and one has become a DGN,” Miller said. “Many clubs, noting the success of their first graduate, have funded others to attend and one club has funded six members so far.” Most Districts in Australia and New Zealand now offer RLI training, as do well over 300 Districts worldwide.

Rotary Reading a great success

New Peace Scholar for D9600 In 2011 Omayma Saewaed, a Palestinian living in Israel, contacted the Rotary International Peace Centre Coordinator in Evanston, USA, asking to be considered as a Peace Fellow applicant.

In 2003 the Rotary Club of Nelson Bay,

The program is developed by the

The request was distributed widely

NSW, initiated a reading program at

teacher, implemented by the volunteers

to all Districts asking if anyone would

Shoal Bay Public School to provide

and progress is monitored by the

be interested in interviewing her as an

support for those children who were

teacher. Volunteers are provided with

applicant. Upon reading her CV District

experiencing difficulty with their reading.

strategies and resources to assist the

9600 Scholar Coordinator Shaughn

After 12 months, the reading program,

students with specific needs in a one-on-

Forbes was impressed and agreed to

now known as ‘Rotary Reading‘, was

one learning situation. It is a simple and

interview her.

extended to include the Tomaree

effective method based on practice and

Public School where similar needs

positive reinforcement.

were identified.

The improved achievement in reading

It was disappointing when Omayama was made an alternative candidate and not initially selected.

has been outstanding, with most students

However, good news has been

has been strengthened through the

increasing their reading ability by several

received from RI that Omayma has

selfless dedication and commitment of

levels. Students exit the program with

been offered a place at the University

approximately 30 volunteers who give of

improved self-esteem and confidence to

of Queensland to commence as a Peace

their time 1-2 hours each week.

read in class at the expected grade level.

Fellow in February 2013.

In 2012 the program continues and


Issue 545. November 2012

News Bulletin

Volunteers wanted for Sydney Convention 2014 This is a great opportunity to show your volunteer skills to your fellow Rotarians when they attend the Rotary Convention in Sydney in June 2014. Assistance will be needed

Zoning Out! News from all over Zones 7B & 8

from approximately May 26 to June 5 to welcome all Rotarians from near and far at airports, hotels and other transport hubs such as Central Station and Circular Quay,

50 years of service: On August 15, PDG

Olympic Park and the Convention Venue.

Peter Wilkinson, of the Rotary Club of Maleny,

You can select the dates, times and venues that are most convenient to you.

Qld, celebrated 50 years of Rotary service.

You will receive identification by means of vests, name badges and caps, free public

President Karen Binstead presented Peter

transport to your selected venues, assistance from fellow volunteers who will be venue

with a framed letter from RI President Sakuji

coordinators and online or local orientation training for your role and venue.

Tanaka, congratulating him on outstanding

Applications will open at in January 2013. Just go to the volunteer tab for more information and an application form.

service to Rotary over 50 years, as well as a commemorative plaque from the Rotary Club

If you wish to register a preliminary expression of interest now, you can do so by

of Maleny.

emailing Barry Philps at or Marilyn Mercer at Service Above Self Award: The Rotary Club

You will be notified when you can apply online.

of Wagga Wagga, NSW, hosted RI President Kalyan Banerjee and his wife Binota at a function on May 22 to present a Rotary

New e-club chartered in the sky

International Service Above Self Award to Dr Alok Sharma. The award recognised Dr Sharma’s tireless work with the Darkness to Light eye surgery camps he pioneered in his home country of India. PHF for Queensland Police Commissioner: During the Rotary Club of Maroochydore’s 50th anniversary celebrations in May the club recognised Queensland Police Commissioner (then Deputy Commissioner) Ian Stewart with a Paul Harris Fellowship for his work during Queensland’s flood and cyclone emergency in 2011. A member of the Maroochydore club during his time stationed in Maroochydore, Charter members of the Rotary E-Club of Greater Melbourne.

club members were thrilled to see Ian’s leadership also recognised by the Queensland Police Service and wish him all the best as

In August at the SkyHigh tourist centre atop Mount Dandenong in Melbourne’s east,

“Queensland’s Top Cop”.

over 120 attended a high tea for the presentation of the Charter for the Rotary E-Club of Greater Melbourne. Immediate Past District Governor Juliet Riseley, who drove

Major award to local Rotarian: PDG Dr Gerry

the formation of District 9810’s first e-club during her year, presented the Charter

Meijer OAM, of the Rotary Club of Hervey

document to President Gael Traa. District Governor Brian Martin gave commemorative

Bay City, Qld, was recently awarded Rotary’s

certificates to members. Also in attendance was Rotary Foundation Trustee, Ian Riseley.

prestigious Service Above Self Award. Gerry

The new e-club has 28 members – 16 women and 12 men. Ten are new to Rotary,

was nominated by Past District Governor

six are current Rotarians (including PDGs Denis Hyland and Philip Hedley from D9810

Judith Henderson during her year and she

and PDG Ray Stewart, formerly D9820) and 12 are former Rotarians.

made the presentation to him at the club’s

Charter member Brooke Disney chaired the meeting. A former Rotary youth

changeover, catching him by surprise. This is

exchange student, and later a GSE team member, Brooke also told the audience that

the first time Gerry has been stuck for words,

young Rotarians are widely represented in some 88 Rotary e-clubs across 28 countries.

but he recovered from the shock and gave a

With the latest Australian Rotary e-club up and running, drop by the Clubhouse; it’s

wonderful response.

only a click away at


Editor’s mailbox

Ambassadorial Scholarship to stay

Are you a Past Paul Harris Fellow?

Tim Dawe’s letter (RDU August, 2012) raises legitimate concerns about our

We have past Presidents, past secretaries,

Foundation’s expenditure. But it might surprise him to learn that the review he

past treasurers etc, etc, so why not add

seeks has been under way since 2005 – and about to arrive in every Rotary District.

Past Paul Harris Fellows to this list also?

He may also be disappointed that the Ambassadorial Scholarship program has not

I nearly became a Past Paul Harris

been assessed as having reached its use by date, but will continue as “Global Grant

Fellow when I realised that the


contribution my Rotary club made to

Since July 2010, 100 Districts around the world have been “road-testing” the

our Foundation recognising me as a

Future Vision (FV) reforms. In Australia Districts 9500, 9550, 9600 and 9800 are pilot

Paul Harris Fellow had a life span. Three

Districts. As Ambassadorial Scholars coordinator in D9800 I have provided feedback

years in fact, the life of any contribution

to assist with these changes.

made to the Annual Programmes Fund,

Far from finding it redundant, Future Vision has endorsed the success of the

where after the three year cycle all funds

Ambassadorial Scholarship program over its 65 years and seeks to improve and

contributed (even in my name) would

re-direct it with a more targeted approach towards “worthy, valid causes” and

be allocated to projects improving lives

tightening selection.

around the world.

Changes were definitely overdue and the scholarship had lost some of its appeal

With the realisation that this would

in an era of high global mobility. Future Vision has changed the emphasis from the

make me a Past Paul Harris Fellow (in

“Ambassadorial role” to focus on “what is good for the world”, as Tim seeks. This

my mind), I took the necessary steps

is evident from the six focus areas that will apply to all Foundation Global Grants,

to become a Centurion in my District

whether hands-on projects or scholarships:

and have continued my support of our Foundation in this way ever since. Just as

1. Peace and conflict prevention or resolution,

a footnote to this, my contribution has

2. Disease prevention and treatment

increased over time as $100 contributed

3. Water and sanitation

today does not have the same purchasing

4. Maternal and Child Health

power as when I became a Centurion

5. Basic Education and Literacy, and

many years ago.

6. Economic and Community Development

This thought process got me to thinking about the 60 plus per cent of

All Global Grant scholarship applications will now be submitted to RI, Evanston,

Paul Harris Fellows worldwide who have

for evaluation on criteria such as a five-year post-scholarship career projection,

never made a personal contribution

measurability and sustainability. This will restrict the scholarships to those with a

to our Foundation. Paul Harris Fellow

serious and worthwhile purpose in a “targeted field” and implement more uniform

recognition (apart from the heartfelt

“quality control”.

thanks for your efforts by your club)

The Ambassadorial Scholarship program has produced a multitude of illustrious

should be looked upon as an ongoing

alumni. To write off the recent candidates as being “low trajectory” lacks

stepping stone to support our Foundation

understanding of the longer-term vision of the scholarship programs in developing

in your own name and in your own way,

future leaders and placing them, steeped in Rotary’s ideals, into positions of

to do good in our world. I thank the

influence in all walks of life. Their ultimate career trajectory may not be known for

remaining Paul Harris Fellows who have

some 20-30 years.

contributed personally to our Foundation

The philosophy of the Ambassadorial Scholarship program has always been to teach a person to make a fishing rod and learn how to fish, not to just provide food for a day. And also to pass that knowledge on to others. Is there a more worthy or

at some stage. Whether this is ongoing by all I do not know. I doubt it. So, don’t let yourself become or remain

valid cause than to educate the next generations to help solve the problems of

a Past Paul Harris Fellow; support our

the world?

Foundation annually and keep your Paul

All Rotarians must now embrace these changes to ensure our resources are spent

Harris Fellow alive. Imagine how much

wisely and not only “doing good in the world” but produce substantive results.

more we could do …

David Gorman

PDG Denis C Hyland

Rotary Club of Albert Park, Vic

Rotary E-Club of Greater Melbourne, Vic


Issue 545. November 2012

Editor’s mailbox

Club commitment key to growth

Better life for Down’s students

Attendance by compulsion or by

promoted by marking names off, but

Congratulations to Ian Garske and

desire? Commitment or perfunctory

by ensuring that people enjoy the

all Rotarians from the Rotary Club of

performance? Patrick Clerke of the

meetings. It is not just about having

Armidale Central, NSW, for helping the

Rotary Club of Richmond, NSW, writes in

good speakers, that helps, but mostly

School to Down Syndrome Kids and

your September issue that he is alarmed

it is about good conversation and fun.

Adults, in Londrina, Southern Brazil.

at the looming abandonment of the

If the club’s membership is small, then

attendance rule. I think he is wrong.

meetings can be enlivened by having

to the people with Down Syndrome and

plenty of guests.

they are already having cooking classes,

My club a few years ago had very high attendance levels; often the highest in

They will only come a second time if

The kitchen at the school was adapted

learning a profession and becoming

its District and it was dying. We became

they have enjoyed themselves, so if they

a fortnightly meeting club and survived.

don’t return you may have a problem

We now think in terms of commitment

with your meetings. If they do return

this project started are all available at

and the club is growing. We have gone

they add to the ferment and so the

from being a club with an average age

atmosphere builds, and eventually

of over 70 to one with an age spread of

the club.

independent in their homes. Many photos and the history of how

The Rotary Club of Armidale Central did a great job and is making a difference

21 to 93 years and the members on the

Promoting and maintaining that

extremities appear to be enjoying each

atmosphere so that all members and

first one who believed in this project. I

other’s fellowship. Our membership is

guests enjoy the meeting is probably

was an exchange student in Armidale in

up about 50 per cent this year (all new

the President’s most difficult task. The

1993 and Mr Garske was one of my host

members well below 50) and we might

responsibility is not his alone, but that of

fathers almost two decades ago.

even attain our DG’s quite unreasonable

all members.

Luciana Belomo Yamaguchi

target of doubling our membership.

Nick Wright

Exchange Student 1993, D4730-D9650

Rotary Club of Dorrigo, NSW

Londrina, Brazil

Good attendance levels are not

in these kids life. Mr Garske was the

Attention all Desperately seeking breakfast clubs Hardik Patel Melbourne’s Women International

Our club has for many years used Clubmate to maintain our database of members.

Day Breakfast in March was a huge

Regrettably RI has withdrawn support for this program.

success with over 720 men and women attending, of which 600 were nonRotarians. A great membership drive! Next year our event on Women’s International Day – March 8, 2013 – is going to be bigger and better and we would like to share it with other clubs. For only $250 your club could be part

Two issues have arisen with our copy of the program: 1. A member resigned on May 31, 2012 and his classification was changed in the database to “Past Member (resigned)”. He was appointed an Honorary member on July 1, 2012 but the database refuses to allow the change. Following any attempt to insert an alternate classification, it reverts back to “Past Member (resigned)”. 2. Under the “Club” tab / Club Activities / Committee Position – the date will not increase past 2009/2010. I have searched the Internet and I have noted that Hardik Patel (who was the RI

of this event. Could your club consider

Support person) is said to have undertaken support as a private contractor. The email

celebrating Women’s International Day?

address shown for Hardik is I have sent more than three

Spread the message that women are

emails to this address but I have not received any acknowledgment or reply (although I

welcome to join Rotary and attract the

have requested both).

possibility of new members. For details:

Has anybody any suggestions as to how I may contact Hardik or, alternatively, obtain programming support for Clubmate?

Kerry Kornhauser

Neil McPherson (

Rotary Club of Albert Park, Vic

Rotary Club of Ashmore, Qld


New Generations

Garden Project Grows Membership Collette in action, demonstrating practically the pageant’s 2012 theme “Beauty with a Purpose”!


he Rotary Club of New Lynn, Auckland, NZ, recently inducted its newest and youngest member, 18-year-old Collette Lochore who is Miss World NZ 2012. After being crowned the winner of this year’s pageant, Collette then represented New Zealand in the 62nd Miss World Grand Final on August 18 in China. At a time when Rotary as an organisation is struggling

internationally with recruitment and discussion continues

as to how clubs can attract younger members, it is interesting to know Collette’s reasons for joining the Rotary Club of New Lynn. Collette’s introduction was thanks to New Lynn Rotarian Desmond and Rose Foulger, who are also the NZ Directors of Miss World. Collette was attracted to the theme of 2012’s pageant “Beauty with a Purpose”. After learning about Rotary as an organisation, Collette found common ground between the aims of Rotary and her own ideals. Collette is passionate about her role as a speech and drama teacher, working with children aged 3-18, and particularly the opportunity to work with disadvantaged youngsters, to help them develop confidence and communication skills. As Miss World NZ she has also taken on a major commitment in fundraising for Variety, the children’s charity. Collette has attended a few Rotary meetings and also volunteered to assist with the New Lynn Rotary Club’s recent service project, involving the construction of vegetable gardens at New Lynn Primary School. Her assistance at the working bee in May was just after she had been crowned Miss World NZ 2012. Collette’s presence and that of her fellow pageant contestants was not only great PR, but the four beauty queens also demonstrated proficiency with hammers and power tools! Collette identified with New Lynn Rotary’s aim of supporting and empowering young people in the community, so she made the decision to become a Rotarian. Collette believes membership of ABOVE: Collette Lochore, Miss World NZ 2012, was inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of New Lynn, NZ. LEFT: New Rotarians Collette Lochore, Miss World NZ 2012, and Samuel Dolbel

Rotary will assist her as she embarks on her life’s work, and the Rotary Club of New Lynn have been pleased to welcome this new, young and vibrant member. Collette credits her partner Samuel Dolbel, owner of NZ Marquee Hire, as the largest influence in herself becoming a Rotarian. They both helped at the garden project and joined New Lynn Rotary at the same time. Nikki Harris


Issue 545. November 2012

Reader Survey Disaster Aid Australia with CEO Jenni Heenan

Too old for Rotaractors

Rebuilding Communities

Rotary is regarded as too old, too time

Should the age limit of 30 be raised

consuming and too expensive for

to, say, 40, to encourage Rotaractors

Rotaractors who might otherwise join

to stay in service and create less of a

Rotary once they turn 30, according to the

bridge between Rotaract and Rotary?

As we again approach the “silly” season,

latest Rotary Down Under reader survey.

• 30-year-olds should be a target market

history reminds us that others in the world

Given the choice of “cost”, “occupational

for Rotary. Some clubs do a good job

will not be celebrating; in fact they will be

commitments”, “family commitments” and

in bringing Rotaractors into Rotary.

faced with a disaster and could lose their

“Rotary is too old” as reasons to pass on

Most do not even try.

homes and loved ones in its aftermath.

the invitation to join Rotary, RDU readers

• Increasing the age limit would increase

We must be prepared to respond with

cited the latter (69.8 per cent) as the main

the gap between the two. Maybe

the best possible humanitarian aid we can

reason for the failure of Rotaractors to

to 35, but beyond that your life is

provide, delivered with skill and dignity.

join Rotary.

generally settling down and you can

Our warehouse is nearly depleted of

Most respondents (78.57 per cent)

commit to the full deal. Most other

stock so I implore you to support Disaster

were adamant that the very existence

youth organisations curb their youth

Aid Australia with a donation. It takes 45

of Rotaract did not deter young people

programs at 25-30. More has to be

days to turn our stock around and if our

from joining Rotary, while 59.76 per cent

done to refresh Rotary’s image so it is

warehouse is empty we simply cannot serve

of respondents thought it unnecessary to

appealing to younger members.

those who ask for our help.

change the age limit of Rotaractors from 30 to, say, 40.

• I think raising the age limit to around

We have shown the world the quality

35 would be great. I wasn’t really ready

of our product and that we are not a “one

With only 86 respondents, it was not

to leave the Rotaract community, but

product fixes all” NGO. We are different

the most popular of our recent reader

life circumstances meant I was not

to other organisations in that we rebuild

surveys, so perhaps we should not place

only leaving Rotaract, but Australia!

communities, families and children through

too much emphasis on the numbers

I ended up inviting myself to the

our suite of products.

involved, but as usual many of the

closest Rotary club meetings and

Disaster Aid Australia not only offers

comments were highly enlightening.

eventually was asked to join that

shelter for those left homeless but,

The following is a selection of

Rotary club. Had there been a Rotaract

importantly, clean drinking water and solar

respondents’ comments on all three

Club and a Rotary Club, I would have

lighting for their overall wellbeing. In fact,


chosen Rotaract!

our tents can be utilised as a school for 80 children to allow a return to normality, or

Does the very existence of Rotaract

What are the main factors that deter

deter young people from joining

Rotaractors from joining Rotary once


they turn 30?

mosquito nets, solar powered lighting and

• Rotaract caters for the under 30s who

• Annual costs for a weekly dinner club

tents – will depart our warehouse prior

are not ready yet to interact or identify

membership includes fees, dinner and

to Christmas to assist people displaced in

with the typical Rotary demographic

fines, which can run to more than

South Sudan.

of 55+

$2000. Change to fortnightly and look

Together with our international Rotary

• With only two Rotaract clubs listed

at the fee structure and it should be

club and District partners, we join other

on the District website it is difficult to

possible to halve the cost. Club size,

N G O s a n d g o ve r n m e n t s w h o h a ve

say yes or no given the non-existent

structure and culture have to make

requested our help.

exposure to most Rotary clubs. The

room for other commitments. The

This is the third request for the Disaster

reasons young people are not joining

relaxation of attendance requirements

Aid family to assist. I look forward to

Rotary are many and varied, but it is

and a “help out as and when you can”

reporting our achievements for the newest

hard to see how Rotaract would be

approach will help retain members.

member of the Rotary family, South Sudan

an obstacle.

• The “face” of Rotary is perceived as an

even a small hospital. Our next shipment of aid – water purifiers,

over the coming weeks.

• I think that there may not be much

older generation club which you join

So as you read this, my hope is that you

engagement from a Rotary club to a

after you retire. To survive the club

too will appreciate the need to be prepared

Rotaract club to encourage a change

needs to position itself in the market

to assist those far less fortunate and stand

to Rotary. Also, in any District there will

as being attractive to younger groups

tall as Australian Rotarians, continuing to

be about 50 clubs, while only a very

who have many choices around which

serve and make a difference – together.

small number of Rotaract clubs, so

organisation to align themselves with.

there is no “natural migration pattern”.

Rotary has a lot of competition.

Disaster Aid – Rebuilding communities through water, light and shelter. 



Graffiti Removal Day Xxxxxxx tagged a success in NSW!


trong support from hundreds of volunteers and the

supplier and architect of the original concept Don Wormald of

removal of thousands of square metres of graffiti

Turramurra Hardware.

from 110 sites on or around September 23 provided

“Roger inspired many Rotarians with his knowledge and

proof of the success of yet another graffiti removal

dedication to training whilst Don was our resident sponsorship

day in New South Wales.

consultant,” he said.

The 2012 event was the first conducted in

Both Rotary leaders praised the support from Rotary District

partnership between Rotary Down Under and the NSW State

Governors and Rotary Coordinators in all nine Rotary Districts

Government – and attracted magnificent support from several

involved in the campaign.

generous sponsors. Major sponsors of the big day, apart from the NSW Government, included Dulux Australia (paint), Smart Distribution Services

“Similarly, success would not have been possible without the unstinting support of local government coordinators across the state – and numerous council staff,” Bob added.

(graffiti removal solutions) Rokset (paint brushes and rollers) and

The largest site was at Bligh Park in Western Sydney where over

Websalad which built and hosted the new Graffiti Removal Day

60 volunteers from the Windsor, North Richmond-Kurrajong and

website (

Richmond Rotary clubs combined with local volunteers to clean

Preparation time for Graffiti Removal Day was limited due to

a 2km site.

late finalisation of the Government tender process in the first half

Rotary clubs in the Blue Mountains (led by another veteran

year, but that did not limit the enthusiasm with which Rotarians

anti-graffiti campaigner PP Tom Colless of Katoomba Rotary),

and families, members of the public, local government staff,

Shoalhaven and Lake Macquarie Local Government areas all had

Rotaractors, exchange students and others who attacked the

more than ten clean-up sites.

challenge of removing graffiti.

“There is still room for improvement but from a standing start

Premier of NSW Barry O’Farrell and the NSW Attorney General

in May, this was an outstanding example of community service

Greg Smith led dozens of local politicians in a strong show of

and a wonderful public relations exercise for Rotarians and Rotary

support for the campaign by way of visits to numerous sites

clubs,” Bob continued.

around the State – many rolling up their sleeves and getting personally involved in removing this vandalism.

“A real highlight was the presence of hundreds of young people on the job – including young offenders from the NSW justice system.

Executive Director of Rotary Down Under, PDG Bob Aitken AM,

“We’re also very proud of the dedicated service of our RDU

was official coordinator of the day – with excellent support from

and Flagship Communications staff who contributed many hours

the principal of Flagship Communications, Rotarian Jeff Egan, as

toward the success of the day,” he concluded.

assistant coordinator. “Jeff Egan and his company have provided the technical knowledge and resources to write and administer the intellectual property essential for the success of the program.

Media coverage from press, radio and television was excellent with many clubs promoting their achievements in the local media and with their own weekly club bulletins. The success of the day – along with the growing presence of

“Rotary Down Under also had the invaluable support of the

volunteer-based graffiti removal teams has laid the foundations

leading Rotary Graffiti removal expert PP Roger Norman of the

to further expand Rotary’s involvement in this important

Rotary Club of Turramurra, NSW, along with prominent hardware

community service. 


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Katoomba and Turramurra Rotarians at work at two of about 120 sites around NSW during Graffiti Removal Day on September 23.



Container Crisis in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Non-notification of outgoing containers is causing much angst

Donations in Kind facility if you are planning to ship a container

within RAWCS circles as un-announced containers arrive from

to our Pacific neighbours. RAWCS will avoid chaos, congestion,

clubs who do their own thing. Sometimes eight containers will

and the impounding of valuable and needed goods because the

arrive on Port Moresby or Honiara’s wharfs without notice. Apart

local clubs didn’t know yours was coming, didn’t have manpower

from this, these ’errant’ clubs are causing much unnecessary

or funds ready to process, or you didn’t do your paperwork

expense and they are not working to return containers to the

correctly. Rotary’s professional reputation for efficiency is being

shipping companies who in turn are threatening to suspend

damaged with shipping companies and those we want to help. If you have any queries or want to know how we can

our operations. Please, please, please …

help co-ordinate your next project email John Paskin

Many destinations cannot cope with un-announced containers.

( and find forms on our website

Please register your Project or notify the nearest RAWCS

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centuries. Another theory is that it evolved from the music of Brazilian slaves. A third explanation is that fado is the music of Portuguese seafarers who longed for home. The word fado comes from the Latin for “fate” or “destiny” and the soulful songs express the type of nostalgia the Portuguese call saudade. Fado has two distinct styles, one associated with Lisbon and another with the university town of Coimbra. In Lisbon, the lyrics have a working-class appeal and women usually sing. In Coimbra, fado reflects a high-society perspective and men are generally the singers. Both forms use the Portuguese guitar, a 12-string, pear-shaped instrument. Rotarians attending the 2013 RI Convention, June 23-26, can hear fado performed live at bars and taverns in the Bairro Alto or Alfama districts of Lisbon. Register for the 2013 RI Convention in Lisbon at

Club projects

Almost Heaven Sent!

A new van for Rosies Gold Coast

Rosies is a highly respected not-for-profit organisation dedicated to servicing their “Friends on the Street”. To ensure the continuation of their wonderful work assisting the homeless and underprivileged of the Gold Coast community, the Rotary Club of Southport, Qld, raised $35,000 to enable the purchase

The Rotary Club of Southport project manager Anthony Hockings, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, Rotary Club of Southport President Andrew Middleton, Rosies coordinator Kathleen Vlasic and Rotary Club of Southport member/donor Vince Rehbein in front of the new Hyundai I-Max Transporter donated to Rosies Gold Coast.

of a desperately needed replacement van. The Hyundai I-Max Transporter Vehicle is fitted out for eight passengers and suitable

Hutchinson Builders and other associated charities who wish to

for storing food and beverages safely for transportation and

remain anonymous. James Frizelles Automative Group donated

distribution to Rosies patrons.

discounts, fit out and signage.

On September 4 Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate officiated at the

The seed for this $84,000 project began nine months ago via

van handover presentation with the 60 attendees also including

a conversation between Southport Rotary member Anthony

Gold Coast City councillors, Rotarians, Rosies coordinators and

Hockings and friend Tom, a volunteer from Rosies.

volunteers. The event attracted extensive media coverage from Channel 9, the Gold Coast Bulletin and Gold Coast Sun, Radio Hot Tomato and local magazines.

“Help, Rosies is in desperate need of a replacement van and all attempts to achieve funding have been futile,” Tom begged. Anthony also assisted Rosies in a successful grant application

Funds raised for this part of the Rosies project were a

for a second van by lobbying all levels of Government, including

combination of the Rotary Club of Southport’s significant

the Queensland Premier, Federal and State members together

fundraising from the seven-day a week operation of the carousel

with local Gold Coast councillors to provide reference support

at Broadbeach, together with support from the Rotary Club

for Rosies application to the Jupiters Casino Community

of Southport North, Southport club member Vince Rehbein,

Benefit Fund.





Club Projects

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PORTUGAL & SPAIN WITH A CRUISE ON THE DOURO RIVER Join this fabulous tour and cruise before the commencement of the Rotary Convention in Lisbon. History and natural beauty is a feature of this special tour and cruise. Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a vibrant city with a wonderful mix of modern and historical districts, many fine parks and elegant buildings. Salamanca with its Roman Bridge, the World Heritage listed Toledo and its lovely cobblestone alleyways, form a rich tapestry of Spanish life and architecture. You will have a wonderful cultural experience with the opportunity to dine in local restaurants and enjoy a Portuguese Cultural Show as well as sampling the local wines and ports. While on the Douro River you will cruise through beautiful scenery, lush vineyards and quaint villages while you relax on board the new luxury cruise boat, the MS AMAVIDA. You will enjoy fine dining with meals prepared by internationally trained chefs. You can relax on the Sun Deck or the Main Lounge when you are not ashore exploring the local villages.


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You will arrive into Lisbon feeling totally refreshed and with new friends you met on the tour. Your relaxed state of mind will allow you to get the maximum enjoyment from the Convention. We will be happy to assist you with your convention registration if you require. Our tour finishes at the Tiara Park Hotel which is one of the hotels that Rotary has on its accommodation list so there will be no need to change hotels. Partners and friends are all welcome on this tour and we will be happy to co-ordinate flights and any other travel you might be considering. Special Offers are available for Rotarians who book their entire package with Guidepost Tours. Spaces are limited so please book early. There is a $250 per person discount for bookings made before the end of November. For further details please contact Pam at Guidepost Tours on 1300 733 323 or visit the Rotary pages on

Club projects

See-Long project back in sight Club champion Arthur Blaquiere tallies his collection as Past President Guy Mattioli looks on.

The name of West Perth Rotary’s spectacle reuse/recycle project

at changeover dinner. And the prize? A stylish trophy, featuring

was conceived as a double play on words: the first spectacles were

a pair of spectacles, suitably inscribed with the champion

sent to Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon (cee-long), and the object was

collector’s name.

for recipients to see for longer. The project is a relatively low-key and simple one. Club members pick up some of the thousands of discarded spectacles

It worked. The race to hold aloft that coveted trophy was on. Engagement, motivation, action, result . . . the real winner was the club. And Rotary international service.

at optical dispensers, and sometimes lost property offices, sort

The second change involved logistics. The original contact

and pack them and forward them to overseas contacts comprising

in Sri Lanka left and the associates vanished. A replacement

ophthalmologists and others working in community clinics. The

through an Indonesian university finally failed and other leads

spectacle lenses are then assessed, often allowing for direct

did not eventuate: the same old story.

distribution to a needy patient. The inspiration and initial contact was through a member’s daughter working in Sri Lanka. This low maintenance project was well received and

Additionally, low volume shipping by post became impractical with so many See-Long Award contestants bringing in spectacles by the truckload.

enthusiastically managed by its initiator and instigators who

Enter the well-connected partner: Lions Eye Institute. The

organised set collection drives. Four or five keen collectors became

Institute was not only in the next suburb, but actively engaged

three, then one: the same old story.

in large-scale, used spectacle recycling. Their added capacity

Most projects require refreshing from time to time, especially in

included a national collection and sorting centre in Queensland

low to medium size clubs that lack critical mass. They often require

and quality controlled shipment and distribution to accredited

review, reinvigoration and innovation, and the assistance of well-

agents throughout South East Asia.

connected partners, particularly international projects. After a

Six years on and the See-Long project survives and thrives. It is

couple of waning years the See-Long project needed resuscitation.

still a single-club, low key and low maintenance project without

The first innovative change – gaining more engagement and

bells and whistles. This story is unlikely, and unintended, to be

more spectacles – was relatively simple: competition. And in this

replicated. But the underlying message is clear: all projects need

case competition and kudos. The club announced a special award

periodic review and small-scale ones often need revitalisation with

to collect the most spectacles in a year. The winner would be

a bit of lateral thinking.

announced at the full house gathering of members and guests

Tim Dawe 


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ITINERARY DAY TWO | THURSDAY, 20 JUNE Arrive at Lisbon International Airport where you will be met by a local English speaking assistant who will escort you to the coach for your private transfer to your hotel. This evening you will enjoy a Group Welcome Dinner with fellow Rotarians at a local restaurant including 3-courses with 1/2 a bottle of wine per person. ( D ) DAY THREE | FRIDAY, 21 JUNE Today you will be transferred from your hotel to Feira International by private coach where you will have time to register for the Convention and collect your Registration Pack before being transferred back to your hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure. ( B ) DAY FOUR | SATURDAY, 22 JUNE A 1/2 day Lisbon City Sightseeing Tour by private coach with a local English speaking guide. Sights visited include Alfama district, Commerce Square (Prace do Comercio), Tagus River, Se de Lisboa Cathedral, Belem Tower, Monument to the Discoveries, and the Monestary of the Hieronymites. (B) DAYS 5-8 | SUNDAY, 23-WEDNESDAY, 26 JUNE All 2013 Convention activities (except for plenary sessions), will take place at Feira Internacional de Lisboa. A scheduled shuttle transfer service will operate between neighboring hotels to Feira Internacional de Lisboa. ( B ) DAY 9 | THURSDAY, 27 JUNE Depart Lisbon for Sintra by private coach. Upon arrival take a walking tour with a local English speaking guide to view the main sights of the city including the Royal Palace ( Palacio Nacional de Sintra ) and Pena Palace. Board the coach to Casais where you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant that includes 2-courses and drinking water. Continue to Estoril and take a walking tour with a local English speaking guide to view the main sights of the city. You will have free time to explore this fashionable cosmopolitan playground before being returned to your hotel. This evening you will enjoy a Group Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant including 3-courses with 1/2 a bottle of wine per person, drinking water, tea & coffee. ( B ,L,D ) DAY 10 | FRIDAY, 28 JUNE Check out of your hotel and transfer to Lisbon International Airport by private coach. ( B )

The ďƒžrst 15 people to register and pay a deposit for a tour will receive a unique RDU Convention tour shirt & hat or shade Inclusions • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Private coach transfers Porterage of 1 bag per person Scheduled Convention Shuttle Transfer Service Local English speaking tour guides Services of a RDU Representative 8 Nights accommodation at Heritage Av Liberdade with Continental Breakfast Lisbon City Sightseeing Tour Sintra Walking Tour Estoril Walking Tour Group Welcome Dinner Group Farewell Dinner Guide / Driver Tips & Gratuities Venture Holidays Travel Wallet

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NZ GETS DIRTY Rotarians are always willing to get their hands dirty to help a good cause, but this year two New Zealand clubs decided to take it to the extreme! Naki Run Amuck

up muddy slopes, crawling under barbed wire and traversing

The Rotary Club of New Plymouth North, Taranaki, ran an extremely

natural and man-made obstacles were all part of the fun.

successful fund raising event called Naki Run Amuck on June 3. The event came about after club members Chris Connolly, Kay Kendall and Jill Fearn enjoyed a fun mud run in the Waikato where runners had to undertake an obstacle course, similar to Army endurance courses. Nothing like this had been done before

The Rotary Club of Drury, friends and family supported Trish’s effort and raised $735 out of an overall team total of $18,721 for the animal welfare charity. “This is an incredible result and we are very grateful to all involved,” said SPCA fundraising coordinator Catherine Davies.

in Taranaki, and noting the popularity of similar courses in New

Trish’s training for the event consisted of runs through bush

Zealand, it was seen as a great idea to undertake a run as a local

trails in the Hunua Ranges, with her willing Labrador companion

fundraising community event and to promote Rotary.

Eric making sure there was no slacking. It was hard work being

Held in the village of Urenui, 30km north of New Plymouth, a 4km course was mapped out, which encompassed a beach run

out in the winter weather sometimes and Trish returned from one training run soaked to the skin from a sudden downpour.

with obstacles, a cliff climb with ropes to assist, a road race section,

Fortunately, when challenge day dawned the skies were blue.

and lots of mud through the river including a slide, rope ladder

Trish had a lot of fun despite getting covered in mud and ending

and a swim across the river mouth. To finish off, the local Volunteer

up pretty stiff and sore the next day! 

Fire Brigade hosed everybody down with freezing water! The 430 entries exceeded the club’s expectations and a profit of over $10,000 was achieved. The major beneficiary was the local Taranaki Coastguard who are building a new rescue boat. Following wonderful feedback from the participants, the Rotary Club of New Plymouth North plans to make the run an annual winter event and is already planning for June 2, 2013, when over 800 entrants are expected. Keep an eye on www.nakirunamuck. for registrations.

Bergen Tough Guy ‘n’ Gal Challenge With the generous support of her fellow Rotarians, secretary of the Rotary Club of Drury, Trish Hayward, competed in the Bergen Tough Guy ‘n’ Gal Challenge on July 8 to raise money for the SPCA. This challenge is a six-kilometre Army-style assault course colloquially known as the Mud Run – and for good reason. It’s a fun run held over the boggiest terrain to be found at Helensville’s Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre, nor th of Auckland. Slogging through thigh-deep swamps, scrambling

Trish Hayward, of the Rotary Club of Drury, NZ, raised $735 for SPCA in the Bergen Tough Guy ‘n’ Gal Challenge out of an overall team total of $18,721.


Friendship exchange

raffiti REMOVAL DAY 2012

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• Dulux Paints • Smart Graffiti • Rokset • Websalad Our Graffiti Day 2012 success underlines ongoing pride in our communities!


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Friendship Exchange

Friendship exchange trees grow goodwill

As is the customary practice with Rotary Friendship Exchanges, a reciprocal visit was arranged and occurred later that year. The Rotarian visitors were in Australia on

From May 28 to June 8 in 2011, a group of Rotarians from

this Friendship Exchange from October 4-16 visiting the

District 9790 visited District 5080, which comprises Rotary

Rotary clubs of Eltham, Myrtleford, Shepparton, Albury

clubs on the western side of the United States and the

North and Albury Hume, Vic.

south western side of Canada. The Rotarians were hosted

With substantial help from Albury City, a similar tree

by the Rotary Club of Cheney in Washington State, the

planning event was organised by the Rotary clubs of

Rotary Club of Sandpoint in Idaho, the Rotary Club of

Albury North and Albury Hume. The chosen location was

Waneta-Trail Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Castlegar

at the Brown’s Lagoon.

Sunrise, both located in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

In the absence of the Albury Mayor, Cr Alice Glachan, Cr Beveridge officiated in the tree planting ceremony on

The Rotar y Friendship Exchange program gives

Friday October 14 at Brown’s Lagoon to commemorate

Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and

the Friendship Exchanges between Rotary Districts 5080

visit Rotarians around the world. The primary goal of a

and District 9790.

Friendship Exchange is to build greater international

Since then, a plaque, provided with funds from District

understanding and goodwill among Rotarians and

9790, was installed by Albury City. The words on the

their families.

plaque read:

A highlight of the trip was the planting of a Friendship tree in the town of Cheney, honouring the friendship between the two Districts. This was organised by the Rotary Club of Cheney in association with the local Council.

Rotary Friendship Tree District 5080 (Canada/USA) – District 9790 (Australia) This tree was planted in October 2011 for the community of Albury as a mark of Rotary International Friendship.


This rotary world

Cromwell Rotary Home Hosted Tours The Cromwell Basin is in the lower half of New Zealand’s South Island. It is a stunning region renowned for its breathtaking scenery, its stone fruit and wine growing excellence and its easy relaxed way of life. Cromwell Rotary has now established its home hosted tours of the region offering wine tours in Pinot Noir country, walking in wonderful landscapes, goldfields’ history and art. Get a group of at least six together and come and stay with us between November and April. Along with visiting us you might also like to explore Queenstown and the lakes, ride the Central Otago Rail Trail or enjoy our spectacular golf courses. Details and bookings can be found on the Cromwell Rotary website, District 9980, or email Adrienne at

Rotary Rotary Employment Foundation Partnership Program award winners

All clubs are encouraged to support the Rotary Employment Partnership, a new District 9910 initiative aimed at providing meaningful employment opportunities for

The 2011-12 recipients of The Rotary

people with disabilities. This program, initiated by Caroline Campbell, of the Rotary

Foundation Distinguished Service Award

Club of East Coast Bays, NZ, with support from then President Peter Garnett, was

and Citation for Meritorious Service have

successfully piloted in 2011-12.

been announced. The Distinguished

Having worked extensively in the disability sector, it seemed a natural fit for

Service Award is the Foundation’s

Caroline to go about encouraging her club to take up the program as part of their

highest recognition of active service,

focus on Community Service. Caroline took responsibility for coordinating and

which must reach beyond the District

supporting the employment opportunities during the pilot.

and last for an extended period. Rotarians become eligible for the award four years after receiving the Citation for

A Rotary Employment Partnership program Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by CCS Disability Action Northern Region and Rotary District 9910. In the program Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians work in partnership with a

Meritorious Service, which recognises

partnership coordinator, provided by CCS Disability Action, to develop genuine, paid,

individuals who have provided significant

meaningful jobs for people with disabilities within the business community. The

active service to the Foundation for more

coordinator then supports both the employer and employee to sustain and facilitate

than one year. Awardees from Rotary

the successful inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace.

Zones 7B and 8 were: • John Rowe (D9500) • Ray Brand (D9630)

Caroline and Peter’s goal is to successfully establish the program with District 9910 clubs and then to spread it far and wide across all New Zealand Rotary Districts. Please contact Caroline Campbell on 021 0214 2227 or or Peter

• Denis Hyland (D9810)

Garnett on 027 220 5137 or to talk about the Rotary

• Angela Bowey (D9910)

Employment Partnership and how your club can make a difference in

• John C. Ross (D9920)

your community.


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This Rotary World

Club support for cancer bus The Cancer Council runs a bus every working day, from Nowra to Wollongong and return, to transport patients receiving Radiation Therapy treatment at the Wollongong Hospital. Patients are only charged a nominal fee for this transport. Volunteer drivers, a

Meals on new Wheels The Rotary Club of Richmond, NSW,

number of whom are local Rotarians, provide the service. Most patients have to spend

recently donated $10,000 to Hawkesbury

up to six weeks receiving treatment (i.e. 30 trips in the bus).

Colo Meals on Wheels (HCMW) to assist

A major expense is the need for a new bus every 18 months to two years. Recently enquiries were made to the Cancer Council and it was found that the provision of this service can only be maintained with public donations.

in the purchase of a small four wheel drive vehicle. Meals are delivered by volunteers to

Four local Rotary clubs, Nowra, South Nowra, Bomaderry and Shoalhaven Sunrise,

Hawkesbury’s aged, frail, disabled and

decided to help. Between them they have donated $5500 this year to assist in funding

housebound residents, many of which

the service. The bus now bears a Rotary logo to acknowledge Rotary’s sponsorship.

are in mountainous areas unsuitable to

This joint venture is just one example demonstrating that Rotary clubs are putting their charity dollars back into the community to ensure citizens have access to the best available treatment.

the volunteers’ cars. “The Rotary Club of Richmond has supported HCMW for about 16 years,” said HCMW manager Shirley Smith. “We are just so thrilled they could support

Beds from Broken Hill The Rotary Club of Broken Hill South,

The items have the possibility of being

us with this, it really means a lot to the volunteers and our clients.”

of Attard’s Transport who have very kindly

NSW, has been working in conjunction

distributed anywhere from West Africa to

offered a full semi-trailer to transport the

with the local hospital and Attard’s

Timor to Papua New Guinea and many

items from Broken Hill to Adelaide, where

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more countries, depending on need.

the goods will be stored at Donations in

redundant beds and wheelchairs from the local hospital to be sent overseas.

The Rotary Club of Broken Hill South has been fortunate in gaining the services

Kind (DIK). Paul Armstrong has been instrumental in organising the collection and distribution of the articles and has a group of around 10-15 fellow Rotarians, including leading hand John Coff, to carry out the stacking and the use of a forklift for the heavy lifting. At the Hospital end it was thanks to the efforts of Chief Engineer Darrin Quinn that the items were organised. Much work went in to ensuring the equipment was transported safely and efficiently.
























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a rotary primer

globaloutlook a RotaRian’s guide to the new foundation grants

C o p y r i g h t Š 2 0 1 2 b y r o ta ry i n t e r n at i o n a l . a l l r i g h t s r e s e rv e d .



three gRants one vision

will launch its new grant model, the Future Vision Plan, worldwide. While the Foundation’s primary service opportunities – humanitarian projects, scholarships, and vocational training – will remain, this new model streamlines its programs and helps clubs and districts make a more sustainable impact. before, the Foundation spent about 20 percent of its annual programs budget on large-scale, high-impact grants. Under Future vision, the target percentage is 80 percent – a change that will help promote rotary as a leader in global development and humanitarian service. aside from polioplus and rotary peace Fellowships, which will not change, the model simplifies the Foundation’s grant options, offering 3 types instead of 12. read on to discover the new possibilities.


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n 1 July 2013, the rotary Foundation


new grants at a glance district grant

global grant

packaged grant


Up to 50 percent of ddF in one annual lump sum, requested by districts

Minimum award of Us$15,000 from the World Fund, which must be matched, resulting in a minimum $30,000 total project cost

types of projects

districts determine how to use the money within the Foundation’s mission, whether on local activities, international projects, or both.

projects are high-impact, fall within at least one area of focus, and are carried out through international partnerships with other rotary clubs.

the Foundation and its strategic partners provide the blueprint for predesigned projects and activities; rotarians focus on implementation.

relatively short-term

long-term, sustainable

long-term, sustainable, with strategic partners


Funded entirely by the World Fund and the strategic partner – no financial contribution required from participating clubs and districts

rotary’s areas of focus disease prevention and treatment

economic and community development

peace and conflict prevention / resolution basic education and literacy

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water and sanitation

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distribution of 2010-11 district grant funds in district 2650 local health project US$5,000 (1 projECt)

international projects US$40,600 (6 projECtS)

district grants Districts can request up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund (DDF) in one annual block grant to distribute to club and district projects that support the Foundation’s mission. District grants emphasize relatively short-term activities, either local or international.

sample projects • District 4420 (Brazil) purchased an autoclave to pasteurize milk stored at the municipal milk bank in Peruíbe. • District 5360 (parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada) awarded college scholarships to local high school graduates.

US$87,500 (16 projECtS) US$138,600 (22 projECtS)

local community development projects

• Districts in Italy and Venezuela partnered on a cultural exchange between musicians that was similar to a traditional Group Study Exchange. • District 1860 (Germany) supported a family health project in Senegal to construct wells and grow vegetables.

local education projects

case study one district, many projects District 2650 (japan) used a district grant to support 45 projects in the first year of the Future Vision pilot. After the US$271,700 grant was approved and paid in july 2010, the district immediately distributed funds to the projects, which the district leadership team had identified ahead of time in its spending plan (a requirement of the district grant application process). the efforts included 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. Clubs also helped fund many local initiatives, including scholarships.

tips for spending your district grant funds julia phelps, rotary Foundation committee chair for District 7930 (parts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, USA), offers some advice.

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to learn how rotarians in her district wanted to spend the DDF. She distributed a survey to clubs, asking questions about which areas of focus were most important to them, where projects should take place, and other topics. Not only was the information useful and sometimes surprising, Phelps says, it has helped her explain to rotarians how funding decisions were


made. All she has to do is point to the survey results. the added bonus is transparency. “Asking for feedback at a conference, in focus groups, in a mailing or survey, helps rotarians feel like they own what’s happening in your district,” Phelps says.

more significant impact, to enhance rotary’s public image, and to be more visible in the community,” Phelps says.


rotary International requires one person from each club to be trained in grant management, but District 7930 took it a step further and required training for two. As a result, phelps says, the rotarians in her district have developed projects that are more creative and have a greater impact than before. “the more rotarians understand how this new grant model works at the district and global level, the more opportunities we have to make a difference,” she explains.

Streamline the grant process.

phelps and her district rotary Foundation committee decided to make the criteria for district grants similar to global grants, simplifying the process even further. they expect district grant projects to fall within an area of focus, for example, and have a substantial effect on the community. “We decided to take our lead from what the global grants were asking us to do, which was to have a


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global grants Global grants have a long-term impact. they support large international activities with sustainable outcomes in one or more areas of focus.

sample projects • Claire Achmad, of New Zealand, studied international public law in the Netherlands to improve human

global grant vocational training teams


participant age length teams allowed per year per district vocational opportunities

Must meet US$30,000 minimum total cost for global grant projects, but this can include other humanitarian projects, scholarships, or even additional vocational training teams Any age; selection based on expertise within area of focus Any time frame Any number Either receive or provide training

team size

Minimum of one team leader (rotarian or, if necessary, non-rotarian) and two non-rotarian participants

rotarians allowed to travel?

In addition to serving as team leaders, rotarians may participate on vocational training teams that are providing training, if they have the needed skills.

rights as a global grant scholar sponsored by District 9940 (New Zealand) and the rotary Club of De rottemeren in District 1600 (the Netherlands). • rotarians from India and taiwan, with help from a cooperating organization, developed a cattle distribution program near pune, India, that includes the purchase of cattle as well as training in cow management and nutrition. • project sponsors in France and togo bought equipment and materials for a pediatric health center and established a training program on public health and nutrition in Kpalimé, togo. • rotarians in California, USA, and Guatemala supplied neonatal medical equipment to the Hospitalito Atitlán and provided specialized training to staff. Grant sponsors also produced a DVD in the local language that is shown in the hospital’s waiting room, educating the community on maternal and child health, hygiene, nutrition, and illness. • A vocational training team that included physiotherapists, an occupational therapist, and teachers specializing in students with special needs traveled from England to thika, Kenya, to train teachers at three schools. Districts 1070 (England) and 9200 (parts of East Africa) organized the effort. • As a global grant scholar sponsored by rotarians in Brazil and texas, USA, texas resident Isis Mejias is learning water-treatment and waste-management techniques at the polytechnic School of the University of São paulo.

case study global grant vocational training teams With funding from a global grant, a vocational training team consisting of two rotarians and six other health care professionals from District 5170 (California, USA) conducted a weeklong workshop for 50 doctors, nurses, and home-based health care workers in Monrovia, Liberia. the workshop focused on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission through techniques to educate pregnant women, treat mothers and newborns, and inform the public about HIV prevention. Members of the rotary Club of Sinkor, Montserrado County, Monrovia, are distributing nutritional supplements to women and children who have HIV and providing them with transportation to public health clinics. 66

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elements of a sustainable project monitoring and evaluation Develop clear and measurable project objectives, and identify methods for collecting project data. Establish baseline data for evaluation that can help demonstrate significant change for at least three years.

Funding Confirm a local funding source for long-term operation, maintenance, and repair costs. Compensate project participants appropriately for their work to ensure continuity of services.

materials and technology Purchase equipment and new technology from local sources when possible, and ensure spare parts are readily available. Involve community members when selecting technology or equipment, and train them to operate and maintain it on their own.

Community needs and strengths Have local sponsors conduct a thorough needs assessment to identify a project and solution that suits the community’s values and culture. Involve multiple community partners in the planning process.


motivation Prepare the community to assume ownership of the project. Provide incentives for local residents to continue supporting the effort.

Provide training that will help beneficiaries meet project objectives. Confirm that recipients have a plan to educate others in the future.



packaged grants packaged grants provide opportunities for rotary clubs and districts to work with the Foundation’s strategic partners on predesigned projects and activities funded entirely by the World Fund and the strategic partner. they are designed to be sustainable and to make a significant impact on communities and in the areas of focus.

project opportunities Strategic partner: aga khan university (aku) area of focus: Maternal and child health Project: Vocational training teams rotary clubs and districts recruit vocational training teams to train nursing faculty and community health educators at one of the university’s three campuses in East Africa. teams also participate in a service project at an existing clinic or health care program. three grants are available each year. Project: Scholarships Up to 30 scholarships are available each year for nurses in Kenya, Uganda, and tanzania to pursue advanced study

“All along, I wanted to find ways of helping pregnant mothers, women, and children below five, but I had no way to do so. When the AKU scholarship came, it was an opportunity for me to fight for the community and get other people and organizations to help me solve this problem.” • NANSErEKo HASIFA, NUrSING SCHoLAr, UGANDA “In our country, we’ve got at least one woman dying for every 30. You can imagine the traumatic experience within the families, the loss of life, and the economic effect. With this grant, we are addressing two specific areas – maternal and child health and disease prevention and treatment – using local resources and without moving students from their home countries. that is the interesting difference between these and other grants, which are sometimes broad.” • SAM FAroUK MUKASA KAjUBI, rotArY CLUB oF KoLoLo-KAMpALA

at their local AKU campus. rotarians in these countries select the scholars, and rotarians near the campuses provide support and mentoring. Strategic partner: uNESCo-IHE Institute for Water Education area of focus: Water and sanitation Project: Scholarships Eight scholarships are available each year for graduatelevel training on water and sanitation issues at the institute in Delft, the Netherlands. rotary clubs or districts select from local candidates and maintain contact with the scholar throughout his or her studies. When scholars return to their home country, rotarians conduct a water-related project with them. rotarians in the Netherlands involve the scholars in cultural and rotaryrelated events during their studies. Strategic partner: oikocredit area of focus: Economic and community development Project: training for entrepreneurs rotarians work with microfinance institutions in oikocredit’s network to design and implement business and vocational skills training for small-business owners who are current or potential loan recipients. the grants are currently available to districts in India, the philippines, and Uruguay for projects in those countries. Up to four grants will be awarded each year. Strategic partner: Mercy Ships area of focus: Disease prevention and treatment Project: Vocational training teams rotary clubs and districts recruit medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists to travel to Mercy Ships locations in West Africa to perform or assist in critical surgeries and to provide training to local health care professionals. Up to four grants will be awarded each year.

case study nursing scholarships through aga khan university one packaged grant is enabling rotarians in District 9200 to support 24 nursing scholars at Aga Khan University. rotarians selected the scholars from the pool of students admitted to the AKU School of Nursing. the first scholars began their studies in 2011, with a scheduled graduation date in early 2014, and a second group was selected to begin in 2012. the scholarships provide advanced training for nurses who are currently working in the field, allowing them to have an immediate impact by bringing their new knowledge directly to their workplaces. Local rotarians mentor the students. 68

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An estimated 878 million people around the world — nearly half of them employed — live on less than US$1.25 per day. In India, Rotary Foundation alumna Hannah Warren is helping impoverished women weavers gain access to training, materials, and international markets — enabling them to earn a living wage. “There is no way I could be doing this [work] were it not for my scholarship,” Warren says. “Rotary scholarships are not a one-time donation; they are an investment in goodwill.”

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Sadly, Audrey passed away earlier this

975 Governor in 1969 and chartered

It is with much sorrow that we say

year on January 4 and Bill has been

clubs in Bomaderry and Rose Bay. With

farewell to our Rotarian friend and fellow,

struggling with illness since.

no District secretaries in those days

Past District Governor Bill McFarlane.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to

Ron received the never-failing help

Bill passed away in the early hours of

Janne and Charlie and to all of their

of wife Enid and a few aides to keep

Saturday, September 15, 2012.

family for their loss.

the machinery of the Rotary wheel in

Bill has been an active member of the

Bill was a very special person. We will

Rotary Club of Traralgon, Vic, since he

miss his quick wit, ready smile and his

joined us in 2003 when he and his wife

wise counsel.

Audrey retired to Traralgon to be closer to their only daughter Janne and family. Bill first joined Rotary with the Rotary

PDG Ronald Gordon Pate

constant motion. The need for a permanent site for scout jamborees involving thousands of youngsters was paramount. The Cataract Scout Park is another landmark of his efforts during his term as Scout

Club of Adelaide Hills, SA, in 1979. He

Fresh from his discharge from Army

Commissioner. The stone archway at the

was immediately an active Rotarian and

service in New Guinea, just before

park’s entrance is a contribution he won

became President of the club in 1983-

the end of WWII, Ronald Gordon Pate

from the Masons for the project.

84. During that year he also served as

joined the family’s ceramics business in

District Governor’s Group Representative.

Lakemba Street, Belmore. A rare example

Campsie’s Carnivale Committee, liaising

In 1985-86 Bill served as Governor of

For over a decade Ron chaired Rotary

of their product, the Rotary International

with leaders of diverse community

District 959 (now 9500), Adelaide and in

logo, hangs in the Quiet Room of the

groups to stage the area’s annual

1989 Bill was appointed RI President’s

Canterbury Hospital, NSW.

multicultural festival. His meticulous organisation of the club’s golden

Representative for South East Asia.

Impressed with his nephew’s talents

Bill was awarded a Paul Harris

on the management side of the business,

jubilee projects in 1997 involved raising

Fellowship in 1985, later becoming a

Uncle Alf Pate thought he’d make a

$50,000 for a Quiet Room (chapel) at

Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow and Audrey

good Rotarian and nominated him for

the rebuilt Canterbury Hospital. Ron

was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship

membership with the Rotary Club of

was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in

in 1996.

Campsie, NSW. Ron took to Rotary with

1982 and a Sapphire Pin in 1997 in

an infectious passion and zeal. Within a

recognition of his work on the club’s

Baptist Church, Bill was transferred from

decade he served as club secretary and

golden jubilee.

Adelaide to Doncaster, Vic, where he

was elected President in 1963.

Through his work as Pastor in the

joined the Rotary Club of Doncaster

In 1962, Ron was elected mayor of

The march of time curtailed Ron’s ceaseless activity, but did not dim his

Sunrise. Another church move saw Bill

Canterbury and spearheaded moving

passion and enthusiasm for Rotary. He

as a member of the Rotary Club of

the town hall from Canterbury Road to

was an inspiring mentor. Many have

Rosebud where he served a second

its present location in Beamish Street,

benefited from Ron’s wise counsel, a man

term as club President.

Campsie, equipping it with up-to-date

who adorned Rotary and exemplified the

facilities. Ron also set about converting

ideal of Service Above Self.

During his years as Baptist Minister,

Bill served the church in various positions

the Campsie School of Arts into a

including Asian Regional Secretary and

community centre and home for the

PDG Eric Kronborg

Finance Secretary of the Australian

Campsie club where its meetings are

Honorary member of the Rotary Club

Baptist Missionary Society, President and

held to this day.

of Holbrook, NSW, Eric Kronborg sadly

Secretary General of the South Australian

Under his presidency, a fundraising

passed away on August 31. Eric was a

Baptist Union, President General of the

effort to build two international houses

charter member of the Rotary Club of

Baptist Union and Representative on the

for students (both Rotary projects) at the

Hay, NSW, served as Governor of District

World Council of Churches.

universities of Sydney and New South

9700 1983-84 and became a charter

Wales was a big success. The house

member of the Rotary Club of Holbrook

time with Janne and Charlie and the

at Sydney University opened in 1967

in 1985. Eric, who received a PHF for

extended family. Rotary has been a very

accommodating 130 students and dining

his outstanding contribution to Rotary

important factor in Bill and Audrey’s life.

and common room facilities for a similar

and his community, was the husband

Both Janne and her husband Charlie

number of non-resident students. The

of Heather, who passed away in 2004,

are members of the Rotary Club of

house at the University of New South

and is survived by children Helen, Jandy,

Traralgon, Janne being the current club

Wales opened in May 1968.

Wendy, and Jamie, nine grandchildren

Bill’s life in Traralgon has been a happy

President and Charlie a Past President.


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Ron went on to become District

and eight great grandchildren.


We are very sad to report the passing

(1938) and sesquicentenary (1988) of the

of distinguished Rotarian Neville Day

Royal Hobart Regatta. When he handed

(Sapphire Pin). Nev was a much admired

in his racing licences, he was the oldest

Past President of the Rotary Club of

licensed driver in Australia in both facets

Guyra, NSW, however, in a 35-year

of the sport and was well into his 70’s.

Rotary career he had previously served

Dick strongly believed in the

Paul Harris Fellows Dini Whyte, of the Rotary Club of

as President of the Rotary Club of

ideals and philosophies of the Rotary

Booval, Qld, and as the Charter President

movement. He never wished to hold

of the Rotary Club of Sunnybank Hills,

office, seeing himself as one of the

Honorary Member of the Rotary

Qld. Nev and his family were devoted to

troops – a willing and very generous

Club of Ashmore, Qld, and charter

Rotary and the ideal of service through

helper. Sandy Bay Rotary honoured

member of the Rotary E-Club of

friendship. Over the years he served in all

Dick in 1998 by making him a Paul

NextGen, Qld, and Greg Clogan

club positions, several important District

Harris Fellow and similarly honoured

(Second Sapphire), of the Rotary

roles and in recent years organised the

his daughter, Trish, in 2007, because of

Club of Ashmore, Qld.

chartering of the Combined Probus Club

the devoted care and support she gave

Jean Dietsch, presented by the

of Guyra as well as serving as its Charter

her aging father, and through him, the

Rotary Club of Cootamundra, NSW.

President. Nev was called to higher

Rotary movement.

Noarlunga, SA. PDG Ian Yarker (Second Ruby),

Ian McDonald (Ruby pin), Robyn

service on July 1. His friendly mentorship

His many friends in Rotary will miss

Opperman (Sapphire Pin), Corrie

and encouragement will be missed by all

this fine man and we will remember him

Parkinson (Second Sapphire Pin),

who had the privilege of knowing him.

with great affection.

Dawn Hesketh, Pat Burrows, Warren Burrows and Doris Watts,

A Tasmanian motor racing and

Douglas Thorpe-Clarke, esteemed

speed boat legend, Richard (Dick)

member of the Rotary Club of Goolwa,

(Dicky) Crawford (PHF), passed away

SA, passed away on September 16, 2012. Past President Steve Bell (PHF) was a

Club of Sandy Bay, Tas. Dick was much

Charter Member of the Rotary Club of

loved and respected and regularly

Gungahlin, ACT, and served as its second

attended meetings until 2010, when his

President. Steve, an Army engineer,

lack of mobility prevented this.

joined Gungahlin after serving the

In the early ‘60s Dick ran a very successful mechanic’s business in Sandy Bay. He was a master mechanic and

Daybreak, Qld. Dayle King, Brian Murphy, Kim Stock, Gwenda Matthews and

on August 31, 2012. He was the last remaining charter member of the Rotary

of the Rotary Club of Noosa Heads

Veryan Caravelas, of the Rotary Club of Portland, Vic. Alan Caddick, of the Rotary Club of Terrace End, NZ. Roland James Arnold (Second

Rotary clubs of Warrigal and Box Hill

Sapphire), of the Rotary Club of

Central in Victoria.

Ballina, NSW.

In his new club, Steve worked tirelessly

Les Hogarth, Margaret

had an uncanny sixth sense when it

and selflessly to place the club on a firm

Patterson and Joyce Carey, of the

came to engines, which many of his

foundation. He served the club and District

Rotary Club of Taree, NSW.

contemporaries marvelled at. He always

in many capacities, including assisting with

wore overalls and a tie at work and at

the National Youth Science Forum, billeting

of the Rotary Club of Lockhart,

lunch time would rush home, wash up,

Ambassadorial Scholar Michelle Jester and


strip off the overalls, put on a reefer

as editor of the club bulletin.

jacket and rush off to Rotary.

Such was Steve’s commitment to

Ray Bedford and Bryan Burgess,

Bob Trewin and Judy Van Der Vlugt of the Rotary Club of Orbost,

But Dick was best remembered for his

Gungahlin Rotary, he maintained his

obsession with speed, racing 30 different

full membership even after his Army

cars. From the 1930s onwards, on water

posting to Papua New Guinea. Steve was

Pin), of the Rotary Club of

or on land, he won races in anything that

a unique mixture of dedicated, serious,

Christchurch South, NZ.

had a powerful engine, floated or had

absurd, patriotic and realistic and had a

four wheels.

finely tuned sense of humour. The club

In 1933 he built a car with Model T Ford chassis with a Hudson bonnet and drove it over rough gravel roads

Vic. E. Bruce McKessar (Sapphire

Merewyn Wright, of the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach, Qld.

was delighted to welcome him back to a club meeting when he visited in July. Steve was holidaying in Italy when

from Hobart to Queenstown in 4½

he suffered a fatal heart attack while

hours. He also won many regattas with

swimming. Steve’s proudest moments


a series of very powerful speed boats.

were his Presidential year (2009–10) and

Neil Cawthorne, of the Rotary Club

Astoundingly, he won the same speed

being named a Paul Harris Fellow by his

of Airlie Beach, Qld.

boat trophy race for the centenary

Rotary peers.


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Happily ever after When we finished a personality assessment at work, I asked my friend Dan if he would share the results with his wife. “That would require me to go home and say, ‘Hi, honey. I just paid someone $400 to tell me what’s wrong with me’. And based on that, considering we’ve been married 23 years, she’d hand me a bill for about $798,000.” District 9790, Vic

A woman visited a psychic of some local repute. In a dark and gloomy room, gazing at the Tarot cards laid out before her, the Tarot reader delivered the bad news: “There is no easy way to say this so I’ll just be blunt. Prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent death this year.” Visibly shaken, the woman stared at the psychic’s lined face, then at the single

Object of

Rotary The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:


flickering candle, then down at her hands. She took a few deep breaths to compose herself. She simply had to know. She met the Tarot reader’s gaze, steadied her voice and asked, “Will I get away with it?” District 9790, Vic


Two guys, one old, one young, are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide. The old guy says to the young guy, “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going”. The young guy says, “That’s ok, it’s a coincidence. I’m looking for my wife, too. I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate”. The old guy says, “Well, maybe I can help you find her. What does she look like?” The young guy says, “Well, she is 27 years old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, is buxom and wearing no bra, long legs, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?” To which the old guy says, “Doesn’t matter – let’s look for yours”.  Rotary Club of Laurieton, NSW


Not always as it seems A woman was flying from Melbourne to Brisbane. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sydney. Along the way the flight attendant explained that if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes. Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind. A man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her guide dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight. The pilot approached her and calling her by name, said, “Kathy, we are in Sydney for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?” The blind lady replied, “No thanks, but maybe Buddy would like to stretch his legs”. Picture this: all the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a guide dog! The pilot was even wearing sunglasses.


The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life; The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines! True story! Have a great day and remember . . . things aren’t always as they appear. Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise, NT


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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL WORLD HEADQUARTERS One Rotary Centre, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, Illinois, 60201, US. Telephone; 847 866 3000. Fax; 847 328 8554. General officers of Rotary International 2012-2013 President: Sakuji Tanaka, Rotary Club of Yashio, Japan; President-elect: Ron D. Burton, Rotary Club of Norman, USA; Directors: José Antonio F. Antiório, Rotary Club of Osasco, Brazil; Kenneth R. Boyd, Rotary Club of Kerman, USA; Yash Pal Das, Rotary Club of Ambala, India; Elizabeth S. Demaray , Rotary Club of Sault Ste Marie, USA; Allan O. Jagger, Rotary Club of Elland, England; Paul Knyff, Rotary Club of Weesp (Vechtstreek-Noord), The Netherlands; Shekhar Mehta, Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, India; Juin Park, Rotary Club of Suncheon, Jeonranam, Korea; Kenneth M. Schuppert Jr, Rotary Club of Decatur, USA; Ann-Britt Åsebol, Rotary Club of Falun-Kopparvågen, Sweden; John B. Boag, Rotary Club of Tamworth North, Australia; Takeshi Matsumiya, Rotary Club of Chigasaki-Shonan, Japan; Anne L. Matthews, Rotary Club of Columbia East, USA; Gideon Peiper, Rotary Club of Ramat Hasharon, Israel; Andy Smallwood, Rotary Club of Gulfway-Hobby Airport, USA; Bryn Styles, Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia, Canada; John Hewko, Rotary Club of Kiev, Ukraine (General Secretary). The Rotary Foundation Trustees Chair: Wilfred J Wilkinson, Rotary Club of Trenton, Canada; Chair-Elect: Dong Kurn Lee, Rotary Club of Seoul Hangang, Korea; Stephen R. Brown, Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, USA; Antonia

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Interactors: 329,015 in 14,305 clubs Down Under there are 32,243 Rotarians in 1136 Clubs in 22 Districts in Australia and 9331 Rotarians in 265 Clubs in 6 Districts in NZ and the Pacific. Australian and New Zealand Districts include Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, where there are 776 Rotarians in 41 clubs. (As at May 2, 2012).

Foundation Assistant; Krissy Aure-Canson (Kristenne. Rotary Down Under – The Council RI Director John Boag; Phillip Skelton (D9455); Bob Cooper (D9465); Marie Dorrington (D9500); Roy Armstrong (D9520); Ian Lomas (D9550); Ken Kelly (D9570); Dai Mason (D9600); Annette Richards (D9630); Sandra Doumany (D9640); Brian Beesley (D9650); Peter Raynor (D9670); John Dodd (D9680); Keith Roffey (D9690); Greg Brown (D9700); Phil Armstrong (D9710); Bill Salter (D9750); Helen Trigg (D9780); John Gatt (D9790); Dennis Shore (D9800); Brian Martin (D9810); Tony Spring (D9820); James Wilcox (D9830); Lindsay Ford (D9910); Ron Seeto (D9920); Roger Miller (D9930); Graeme Blick (D9940); Gordon Hooper (D9970); John Prendergast (D9980). Rotary Down Under – The Board of Directors Past District Governor Des Lawson, (chairman), Past District Governor Peter Sandercock (vice-chairman), RI Director John Boag, Past District Governors Don Cox (treasurer), Jennifer Scott, John Kevan, David Watt, Bob Aitken (secretary). New Zealand Rotary Down Under Promotion Committee Past District Governor Fergus Cumming (chairman, D9930), Past President Felicity Anderson (D9910), Past Governors Leanne Jaggs (D9920), David Watt (D9940), Rex Morris (D9970), Trish Boyle (D9980).

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Rotary Down Under - November 2012 issue  

A magazine for Rotarians in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.