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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
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
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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
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.
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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
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
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 ydownunder.org 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
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
extended to include the Tomaree
effective method based on practice and
Public School where similar needs
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
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 www.rotary2014.com.au 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
emailing Barry Philps at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marilyn Mercer at email@example.com. 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
only a click away at http://rotaryeclubgreatermelbourne.org.au
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
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
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
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 …
PDG Denis C Hyland
Rotary Club of Albert Park, Vic
Rotary E-Club of Greater Melbourne, Vic
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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
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
Luciana Belomo Yamaguchi
target of doubling our membership.
Exchange Student 1993, D4730-D9650
Rotary Club of Dorrigo, NSW
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com
Has anybody any suggestions as to how I may contact Hardik or, alternatively, obtain programming support for Clubmate?
Neil McPherson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rotary Club of Albert Park, Vic
Rotary Club of Ashmore, Qld
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
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Reader Survey Disaster Aid Australia with CEO Jenni Heenan
Too old for Rotaractors
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.
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,
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
$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
• 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
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
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
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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.
(email@example.com) and find forms on our website
Please register your Project or notify the nearest RAWCS
BOOK NOW TO SAVE Soulful Songs
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Fado, the melancholy music of Portugal, is so much a part
These earlybird fares finish on the 30th November, so to avoid disappointment, book early.
of the culture that its origins have been lost to history.
Our fully escorted tour can be purchased in modules as follows:
Some say it developed from the songs of the Moors who
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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 www.riconvention.org.
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,
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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 www.guideposttours.com.au
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
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
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104TH ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
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 )
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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. co.nz 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.
raffiti REMOVAL DAY 2012
s ie il m a F d n a s n ia r a t Thank You Ro s r e e t n lu o V y it n u Thank You Comm f f a t S il c n u o C u o Y Thank
A SPECIAL THANK YOU ALSO TO OUR MAGNIFICENT SPONSORS:
• Dulux Paints • Smart Graffiti • Rokset • Websalad Our Graffiti Day 2012 success underlines ongoing pride in our communities!
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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
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.
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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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Peter
• Denis Hyland (D9810)
Garnett on 027 220 5137 or email@example.com to talk about the Rotary
• Angela Bowey (D9910)
Employment Partnership and how your club can make a difference in
• John C. Ross (D9920)
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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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globaloutlook a RotaRianâ€™s guide to the new foundation grants
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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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illUstrations by otto steininger
n 1 July 2013, the rotary Foundation
new grants at a glance district 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 Foundationâ€™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.
long-term, sustainable, with strategic partners
Funded entirely by the World Fund and the strategic partner â€“ no financial contribution required from participating clubs and districts
rotaryâ€™s areas of focus disease prevention and treatment
economic and community development
peace and conflict prevention / resolution basic education and literacy
maternal and child health
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.
Find out what rotarians want. After her district was selected to participate in the Future Vision pilot, phelps set out
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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
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 communityâ€™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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CALLED TO HIGHER SERVICE PDG Bill McFarlane
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
AVENUES OF SERVICE CITATION
a series of very powerful speed boats.
were his Presidential year (2009–10) and
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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
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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
Rotary at a Glance
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