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s we move into the final three months of this Rotary year, it is essential that we finish off all the goals that we have set for ourselves, our Club and our District. Ongoing club programs need to advance so that they will continue into the new Rotary year, with vigor and direction. New programs need to be well established so that the Club and members have a vision which will retain and attract new members, going forward. It is also a time when we as Rotarian should be looking to replace ourselves, as we share with our friends and family the joys that one can receive, by giving service above self.

This year's District Conference was an outstanding success for the whole District. Not only was it very well attended by over six hundred District Rotarians and partners, but the networking and fellowship over the four days were there for everyone to see, both within the District but also to the general public. I am very proud that my hometown, joined in to help my local Rotary Club and a few Rotary friends, to host this significant District event. What a celebration of youth. Be it - Priscilla Rogers, the school debate, the RYLA presentation or the exchange students. This Conference had it all, capped off by Greg Champion and a water ski show. Fifty-five of the sixty-four District Clubs had representation over the four days; I thank everyone that did attend, knowing that what the Conference Committee had set out to deliver during the conference, will make a difference to Rotarians and Clubs throughout our District.

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We were blessed to have Ron and Jetta Burton as Rotary International President Ian Riseley Personal Representative. The District is in a much better place today than it was before the conference, due to the District leadership team, future Club leaders, and District Rotarians being able to listen and learn from one of Rotary’s greatest International leader. Ron was very generous with his knowledge and time, which he shared with everyone who came in contact with him. Ron and Jetta`s visit was clearly a highlight in this Rotary year and the history of our District. During this Rotary year, I have raised the subject of membership and membership retention, both at official Club visits and also in this newsletter format. I do so again, as I believe it is every Rotarian's responsibility to promote the Rotary brand to our communities and the wider world. The District Conference in Yarrawonga Mulwala has shown my hometown what Rotary can do and who we can help along the way. The Rotary brand has been paraded to the local community, with the result being, the club that I am a member of, which has worked so hard, is an excellent investment for future membership recruitment. I am sure that every Club in the District has a similar story to tell their communities. We need to tell that story with passion and commitment so that the future of Rotary will be assured. Then and only then, we will be able to that say that Rotary is making a difference. Regards DG Bernie.

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DG’s No Bull


April is Maternal & Child Health


Bernie’s Bottles


Interplast Update


Under the Spotlight - District Membership Chair Steve McKewen


Euroa Rotary


Membership Minute


Conference update


RYLA = Members - Inspirational presentation by Rotarians Emma Davis and Sitianom Geas.


Shine On


The Pavilion School—The Rotary Skills Workshop


Corowa Rotary—Wetlands Project


Wangaratta, Sunbury Rotary and Numurkah Rotary


Foundation Million Dollar Dinner

On the cover : Conference 2018.

WhatIsRotary D9790 is the official monthly publication of Rotary International District 9790 Inc. Publisher : Editor: Greg Adams Art Director: Greg Adams Advertising: Greg Adams Chief Cook and bottle washer : Greg as well Editorial: send to (please) Closing date is by the 28th of each month. Note: The views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the District or its members.

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April is Maternal & Child Health ‘The health of a mother and child is a more telling measure of a nation’s state than economic indicators.’ -Harjit Gill, Chief Executive Officer, ASEAN & Pacific


otary International’s theme for the month of April is Maternal and Child Health.

We are extremely lucky that in Australia, generally our maternal and child health is of a high standard. But this is not the case in the rest of the world. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five, die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care and poor sanitation. All of these conditions can be prevented and that is where Rotary International steps in. There are hundreds of projects throughout the world which are undertaken by Rotary Clubs, just like ours, that expand access to quality healthcare, giving mothers and children the opportunity to have a healthy future. Rotary provides education, immunisations, birth kits and mobile health clinics, just to mention a few. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed and how to protect their children and themselves from disease. The projects are too numerous to list here but there are a couple of inspiring ones that I would like to mention:

Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the western hemisphere. Rotary provided a fully equipped medical jeep to volunteers and midwives to reach children and mothers in remote areas.

A vocational training team consisting of two gynaecologists and two midwives travelled from Australia to Raipur, India to train local health workers on the best obstetrical practices. This project aimed at reducing the very high mortality rates of mothers and children due to childbirth. We can be extremely proud that Rotary provides such assistance to mothers and children in need, giving them the opportunity to live longer and grow stronger. P Kerry Jones. Diamond Creek Rotary

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Bernie’s Bottles Wine: Anaperenna (by Ben Glaetzer) Grape(s): Shiraz-CabernetVintage: 2007 Alcohol: 14.5% Cellar: 5-8 years Region: Barossa Valley Price: $50 - $60 The 2007 Anaperenna Shiraz (75%)Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) was sourced from 30- to 120-year-old low yielding vines. It spent 15 months in new oak, predominantly French. Purple/black in colour, it offers up a splendid nose, mineral overtones, scorched earth, blueberry, and black currant flavours. A powerful palate, it has layers of ripe fruit, excellent balance, and a long, fruit-filled finish. Drink to 2025. Wine: Affinis (by John Duval) Grape(s): Shiraz Vintage: 2010

Alcohol: 14% Cellar: 5- 8 years Region: Barossa Price: $25 - $30 This is a brilliant big bodied Barossa Shiraz. It’s dark garnet in colour and the nose has aromas of leather, blackcurrant & plum with vanilla oak. The palate reflects the nose, with full flavours, balancing acid, integrated tannins & very good length

Wine: St. Henri (Penfolds) Grape(s): Shiraz Vintage: 2010 Alcohol: 14.5% Cellar: 30+ years Region: Barossa Valley Price: $295+ A fantastic vintage and some say the best St Henri ever. The wine has deep colour, wonderful fruit complexity, great richness and texture. Dark chocolate, dark cherry, blackberry and mocha aromas are followed by a richly concentrated palate with firm tannins. It finishes long and minerally. The St. Henri is a lovely wine with substantial ageing potential.

If you would like to buy older wines, such as the ones reviewed here, they may be available at auction houses such as:


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hile Interplast doesn’t provide emergency relief, there are often situations where our teams visit partner countries following a natural disaster. Nine days before our surgical and training team were due to arrive in Tonga, Tropical Cyclone Gita swept across the Pacific, causing significant damage in the capital, Nuku’alofa. While it was initially unclear if the program would go ahead, we worked with our local partner hospital and the volunteer team to assess the situation. Our team was still very much needed. Assured that there were no safety issues, they decided to go ahead. They were able to successfully assess and treat a number of patients who were injured during the cyclone, as well as treat those who had been scheduled to see them prior to the disaster. Local medical personnel were also able to receive important training.

Cooperation Program (ANCP) and the RACS Pacific Islands Program, as well as Rotary District 9455. In Celebration... Consider donating to Interplast, in lieu of gifts for your birthday, wedding, anniversary or a milestone celebration to help change lives across Asia Pacific region. Get registered today, we will provide you with all the fundraising tips and tools to help you. In Memory... You can also donate in memory of a loved one, it makes for a wonderful way to honour their life and legacy. You can request for donations in lieu of flowers at a funeral or request for donations in memory. Register here for more information.

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Our CEO, Prue Ingram, recently accompanied a surgical training and nurse education team to Myanmar, to conduct a review of our Myanmar program. Country program reviews are undertaken every three years by Interplast, as part of the monitoring and evaluation of our programs. During this visit, Prue met with all of our key stakeholders and partners in Myanmar, including the University of Medicine 1, various departments within the Yangon General Hospital and the Australian Embassy. The review was able to capture the successes of Interplast’s programs in Myanmar, to identify challenges, and to plan for future activities. A report on this review will be made available on Interplast’s website in coming months. This review, and the surgical and nurse training visit is part of Interplast’s Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), supported by the Australian Government’s Aid program.

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Under the Spotlight Under the spotlight this month is Membership Chair Steve McKewen


teve joined the Rotary Club of Albury-Hume in 2002 at the invitation of a friend and has since made many more friends in his club and others.

“My father was always a Rotarian, so I knew what Rotary did, but I didn't realise how much fun they had doing it.” Steve said. He served on the club board, became club President, became an Assistant Governor, served on the district board as Webmaster and is now the District Membership Chair.

Steve received a PHF for his work on District as Webmaster and is a Sustaining Member of Rotary Foundation. Professionally, Steve is a Design Engineer and is happy to add his analytical and planning skills to Rotary to further the Rotary goal of making the world a better place. Under the Spotlight Steve answers a few questions:

What is the thing most people would be surprised to know about you I moved house a lot in my childhood, and finished high school at an International School in Papua New Guinea (PMIHS). What is the smartest thing you have been told I heard Yoda say “Do or do not, there is no try”. How would someone you love describe you Mad What is the oldest item in your wardrobe that you still wear I have a pair of RM Williams shoes that have had three soles and have been all over the world with me. What do you look or feel really good in I scrub up ok, I don’t think I look really good in anything. What is one simple thing you’re really good at Thinking about things in odd ways What do you least like to do I can’t bring myself to do housework What’s the one talent you wish you had I wish I could play an instrument

One thing you refuse to eat I can’t eat Tripe (Dunlop). Who would you like to invite to a dinner party I would like to get all my friends ever together at the same dinner party

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I’m glad I am …. Australian What was your best break in life I couldn’t nail it down to one thing – my life is like a holiday camp. What was your happiest birthday party I don’t do birthday parties – never have. Best holiday destination … Anywhere warm, with nice beaches and a warm ocean Who's your most memorable character Wile E. Coyote. He was not an expert, but I have always admired his tenacity. Currently you are reading what Girt : The unauthorised history of Australia. What or have you had a rotary moment Around 1990 my family did a Rotary FAIM project together in Papua New Guinea. It was a return to PNG for some of us, and a first time in the bush for others. Seeing the benefit that our service could bring to others was amazing. If you were an animal what would you be I would be a seagull because I like the mobility, I like seafood, and I like hot chips. Are you a dog or a cat person Definitely not a cat person.

on that’s you on the left McKewen !”

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Euroa Rotary A Club meeting with a difference Euroa Rotary recent Thursday Night’s meeting – Clay

Target Shooting


he Club enjoyed the hospitality of the President and members of the Euroa Gun Club at their facility at Violet Town. Clay Target members were on hand under the President Iain Towers providing coaching and safety rules so that nobody was at risk. The skill level varied somewhat but all made a score. Members lined up for a shot at the clay targets with the highlight of the evening being Lyn Newnham finishing with 3 hits in a row after starting out as a person who had never fired a gun before. Bill Sargood won the Rotary Crack-shot award with 14 hits from 20 shots, with Ken McLennan not that far behind him. A different and very pleasant evening finished with a meal provided by the Gun Club. Thanks to their president Iain Towers and his wife Alma and the other members who provided the meal, some coaching and the assistance needed throughout the evening and to John King and Richard McGeehan for organizing the event.

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ack in the old days you would get into trouble if you missed club meetings.

That is no longer an issue. RI does not have an attendance requirement. If your club has an attendance requirement then your club, if members want, can change that requirement. Members should be coming to meetings because they want to come to meetings, not because they are required to come to meetings. If you are not looking forward to your next meeting then discuss your meeting format, procedure, and practices with your club and change your meetings to something that you will look forward to. Rotary membership is like membership of a sporting club or hobby club. The cost of sports and hobbies is only an issue when you don’t enjoy them. If you (or any of your members) are concerned about the cost of Rotary then you are not enjoying Rotary enough. Your club can subsidise your membership costs, but your club can also determine how much enjoyment your members get out of their membership. You should review and discuss both costs and enjoyment regularly.

The same philosophy applies to the time required to be a member of your Rotary club. Time is not a problem if you are doing something that you enjoy. I encourage all members and all clubs to work on maximising the amount of enjoyment that members get from their membership. District Membership Chair Steve McKewen

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DG Bernie and DGN Brian with the fabulous Pacific Belles.

The Albury Hume team at this weekend's conference. Well done to Bernie and your team for an entertaining and informative conference - even with the Kiwi and Collingwood bashing at the end

Strathmore Rotary Team at Conference April 2018 Page 12

Enjoying the Paul Harris cocktail party with Past Rotary International President Ron D Burton. — with Kit Hebbard and Peter Hebbard .

Dr Hebbard discussing patients with Matron Joy.

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fter acknowledging the Wamba Wamba people and

giving respect to the land we are on,

Deniliquin Rotary’s new member Sitianom Geas, related her journey as a survivor of a family that suffered domestic violence and leaving a relationship where this had also occurred. After leaving home at 15 to go back packing all did not go well. With two children and an unhappy situation she finally found the resolve to take a stand against domestic violence. While having to stay in care accommodation at times and suffering some depressive episodes Sitianom finally came to Deniliquin where her initial employment was with the Pastoral Times. This gave her great pride to have a

job and find a place to settle. Sitianom emphasised that self love has empowered her to overcome her adversities and it is important we have self tools. Sitianom is now looking to establish a refuge centre in Deniliquin for domestic violence and incorporate a food bank. She is in contact with the local police liaison officer. With statistics suggesting rates of one in three being in an abusive relationship in Australia it is a situation that needs addressing. As part of her plan an app is being developed for help calls, daily positive messages and location of safe centres.

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The Pavilion School – The Rotary Skills Workshop


hat is The Pavilion School?

The grand opening of The Rotary Skills Workshop was held on Tuesday 21st March 2017. The Pavilion School is a Victorian Government School located in Preston and Epping, Victoria that seeks to provide the highest standard of public education for adolescents who have been disengaged or excluded from mainstream education. The School offers intensive literacy, numeracy, personal development, counselling and pathways support. The Rotary Skills Workshop leanings will be available to 230 students from 10 LGAs through a qualified Trade Person employed to manage the training classes. Participating in hands-on learning gives young people an avenue to safely debrief and seek advice, while engaging in programs which stimulate their ambitions. The Rotary Skills Workshop create a space where young people can feel safe to discuss their emotions, while engaging in accredited and nonaccredited training programs including: Carpentry, Car maintenance, Bicycle Building, Furniture Making, Mechanics, Life skills and Horticulture.

The Rotary Club of Preston fully funded the Skills Workshop Building (Project funding has been made possible from the Committees of Vocational, Community and Youth). The funding of Tools, Internal Fittings, BBQ / Pizza Oven, Garden Seats and the Gazebo / Pergola (Project funding has been made possible by the support from the Rotary Clubs of: - Bundoora - Eltham - Whittlesea - Yarrawonga / Mulwala Preston. The students at the Pavilion School designed and built the Garden Seats, BBQ / Pizza Oven and the Gazebo / Pergola. The total cost of the project $36,000. The Rotary Club of Preston believes that the biggest opportunity the Skills Workshop will provide the Pavilion School will be to strengthen relationships with the community, Industry leaders, local businesses, local government and most of all, the enhancement of career developments and job opportunities for over 230 students currently studying at the Pavilion School.

Rotary funding plans spread over two Rotary Years. This Vocational Service project identified the essential requirements of an active Trade Workshop facility to enhance It is estimated the life of the building to be twenty years students career development and job opportunities currently therefore many more students will receive similar benefits in studying at the Pavilion School. the future. ROTARY SKILLS WORKSHOP 12 MONTHS ON.......................

Hi Sam, Please thank all your Club Rotarians and inform them that this Project has been outstanding for Trade Development of Students at the Pavilion School. Twelve months on ‌ The Rotary Skills Workshop has been operating for 12 months and a great success. The students have also Built from the Workshop: Garden Seats, BBQ / Pizza Oven and Gazebo / Pergola This Project funding has been made possible by the support from the Rotary Clubs of: - Preston - Bundoora Eltham - Whittlesea - Yarrawonga / Mulwala Attached photo and a summary of the project. We thank your Club very much for your contribution. Kind Regards Paul

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Corowa Rotary

Stage 1 of Corowa’s Whitehead St Wetlands Opened


he Rotary Club of Corowa was pleased to open stage 1 of its Whitehead Street Wetlands project. The Corowa community braved the wet weather on the evening of Monday December 4th to celebrate the completion of stage 1 of the Whitehead Street, Corowa Wetlands Project. The works include planting of mixed local woodland vegetation, installation of shelters, improvements to tracks and drainage structures, the installation of interpretive signage and a bird hide.

Whitehead Street Wetland is a biodiversity hotspot, showcasing a range of diverse ecosystem types including grey box woodlands and seasonal wetlands which are dominated by billy buttons, listed as protected in NSW. They provide rich habitats for species living on, in and around water, including the threatened brolga, commonly seen at Whitehead Street Wetland. After a BBQ dinner provided by the Rotary Club of Corowa, Corowa South Public School students entertained everyone with a performance of the Sloane's Froglet song with assistance from local musician Geoff Wright.

The song was written by Charles Sturt University’s Dr Alexandra Knight, with help from students from four Corowa primary schools, and describes where Sloane's Froglets like to live and how they behave. Sloane’s Froglets are unique to the Corowa area.

The evening was finished off with a frog talk by Dr Alexandra Knight and a look at the animals which are residing in the water. It is hoped that the event will make the community aware of the importance of wetlands and encourage the community to use this special place in the heart of Corowa. The club adopted the wetlands as its long-term project and sets aside a significant amount of money each year from its various projects for the wetlands. We also received funding, through the Murray Local Land Services and Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group’s ‘Murray Wetland Carbon Storage Project’ and supported by Federation Council, which is for the rehabilitation of Whitehead Street Wetland, and includes the enhancement of pathways, shade shelters for existing tables and chairs, new signage and revegetation along the site perimeter. A second grant was also received through the Federation Council’s Stronger Communities Grant Program and has provided funding for a bird hide amongst other things. There is still a lot of work to do with boardwalks, car parking, BBQ area and toilets still to come, not to mention more tree planting and maintenance of what has already been done.

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Wangaratta Rotary President Jeanette Harris was honoured to induct three new members to the Rotary Club of Wangaratta at their meeting on 19th March. Welcome to Jill, Kalin and Mick and a special welcome to Mick's wife, Karen.

Sunbury Rotary


fter the outstanding efforts of many members during October and November last year selling tickets for the Christmas Raffle, it was a delight last Tuesday evening to hear from Dr Hunt, Head of the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Children's Hospital and the from Ms Donna Amanyi, Head of Fundraising, and to present them with a payment of $7500 for a named cot in the Neonatal Unit for the next 12 months. This is the sixth year in which the Club has supported the Neonatal Unit and President-Elect Kerry Kirk has indicated that the Club will again support the Unit in 2019. Many thanks also goes to the Sunbury community which again supported the Raffle so generously. As Club members sold tickets, it was always encouraging to hear from members of the community their stories of the help that the Royal Children's Hospital has been to their families.

Numurkah Rotary


otary Club of Numurkah 38th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition was a huge success.

Pictured below, art judge Ted Dansey with the Best in Show awarded to artist Ross Paterson with club president Jacque Phillips.

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Dear Rotarian

You are possibly aware that The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Committee D9790 have been planning a “Million Dollar Dinner “ for over a year now and we are now in the final stages with approximately six weeks to go. Why settle for a million dollars? Let's aim higher but with lower commitments. The Dinner will be in a form of recognition for the attendees who have made a donation to bequeathed to The Rotary Foundation. It doesn't matter what the amount is; come and join us. Perhaps to most of us, planning our will is not at the forefront of our mind, however simply to say to our loved ones, we want to leave a small legacy to an organisation we have believed in and worked with for a considerable length of time, they would be most agreeable to support your wishes. The legacy you decide to leave can be as small or as large as you choose. If you'd like to leave $100 that's as equally as beneficial as $10,000. The amount is entirely up to you. We'd accept 100 x $100 benefactors as much as we'd accept 1 x $10,000. It's not about the amount but more about the contribution as a Rotarian. All we ask you to think about is contributing. We are asking Rotarians to complete the attached form, after consultation with their legal advisor and family, and return it to PDG Peter Gilbert at TRF D9790 and book a seat for the dinner which will be held at Euroa on the 19thof May 2018 tickets $35 per head and help make this the biggest fundraiser in the history of our District. Whatever your contribution level please come along and join us and lets celebrate Rotary together. Knowing your legacy will continue to help Rotary projects and programmes that you have worked on during your Rotary service will certainly give you and your family peace of mind both now and into the future.

I've attached a bequest form for you to consider. Have a look at it and consider if you'd like to to join with me in a bequest to The Rotary Foundation. Please call me to discuss at any time if you have any questions or concerns with this bequest form.

Yours in Rotary Service

David Cooke PDG Chair TRF D9790

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artners Program -

Both dementia and prostate cancer have had a large effect on DG Bernie, his wife, Marg and their extended families. Please support the Dementia Foundation and Movember for cancer Marg would like to ask clubs for their support for both causes. This can be done by holding a fundraising event in November to raise money for men's health and to also contribute to research into dementia. .

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WhatisRotary District 9790 April 2018  

WhatisRotary District 9790 April 2018 is the official Rotary International District 9790 DG's Newsletter

WhatisRotary District 9790 April 2018  

WhatisRotary District 9790 April 2018 is the official Rotary International District 9790 DG's Newsletter