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SEPTEMBER 2017 September 2017 Page 1


he month of August has come and nearly gone, which shows that time flys when you are having fun. A continuous program of Club visits, mixed with a Club fortieth birthday, and a special presentation to Rotarian David Abbey, where the highlights in a busy program. What a fabulous Sunday afternoon, when Rotary International President Ian Riseley presented a surprised David Abbey, with a well deserved Royce Abbey Award. In attendance was not only David's family and friends but also the five current Victorian District Governors. On Saturday the 26th of August the Rotary Club of Albury Hume celebrated their fortieth birthday. With two foundation members in attendance, a grand night was had by all present. President David and a hard working committee led by PP Julie Frauenfelder show case the history of Albury Hume including many of the programs that have been completed by the Club. These programs included the club’s strong support for youth exchange over thirty-six years, Billy cart races on temporarily closed Albury roads and of course many a BBQ. You could notice a change in the appearance of members as a slide show counted the years down. During my Club visits, I have been making comments about selling the Rotary brand and membership, both retention of members and new members. I believe that selling the Rotary brand and membership is one and the same. If we have an environment in our clubs

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which is one that we are happy with, e.g., one that we would join if were not a member, then membership will then be an easy sell, because of that environment, which will attract new members. But we also need to sell the Rotary brand so that the general public knows what Rotary is and what we can do. Membership is every Rotarian's responsibility, not just the Club Chair or District Chair of Membership. We need to tell our story, to family, and friends in a way that will attract new members. Also during my Club visit, I have been introducing my wife, Marg's, Program, which is in two parts. We are asking for Club’s support to raise money for Men's Health by hold a fund raising event in November. We are also supporting research into dementia. Both dementia and prostate cancer have had a large effect on Marg's and my extended families, and any monies will be shared equally in research of these areas. In the next week, Marg and I, along with DGE Malcolm and DGN Brian will be attending Zone 8 GETS and Rotary Institute, being held in Darwin. Malcolm and Brian will be workshopping, with their Australian class mates, through Rotary matters as they plan for their DG year. The bond, with their class mates, and the Rotary knowledge that they both will be exposed to at this and other Zone meetings, will help during their Rotary journey. So in closing, may you enjoy your time with family and friends. As we continue to give service above self during the year of Rotary Making A Difference.

Best wishes to all Bernie Bott DG

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DG’s No Bull




Bernie’s Booze


ROTARY Making a Difference Conference 2018


UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT– from the front of the train DG Bernie Bott


Malaria—Bill Gates




Contraband returns to the Community


Seymour Youth and Fitness Centre


30 Years for a little Club in Bundoora


The South African Connection 20 years on


Membership Minute

Editor’s Notes: Thankyou for all the article contributions this month. WOW a 20 page publication ! It makes my job so much easier and satisfying knowing that members want to add to and be part of our DG’s Newsletter. DG Bernie did set out to make the publication owned by the members and not just his own. I cannot pass by an opportunity to plug my club’s next activity. The Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair starts on Saturday at 10am with the Grand Parade through the Main street of Diamond Creek. The Fair’s theme this year is ‘Craft, Cuisine and Community’ and many of the schools have been planning and making costumes for their floats in the parade. Up to 30,000 patrons attend the day ( If it is Sunny !!!!) So Ii invite you all to come along, bring your family and friends for a great day of activity. The Fireworks at 9pm are a must stay and see Enjoy Greg Adams

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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RYPEN 2018

in our District is designed to provide an enriching program for young people in the age groups covered by Years 9 & 10. It is centred on a weekend residential seminar where the young people are involved in an intense learning and social experience. The program is challenging to young people as it is focused on activities that will increase their self-esteem and leadership skills as well as allowing opportunities for them to think about understanding themselves and how they relate to others. Those attending should have a basic level of physical fitness, as parts of the program that the participants will become involved in, will include outdoor sessions that require them to work as a group, as well as being individually challenged. The 2018 District RYPEN Seminar will be held at the Lake Nillahcootie Camp on the Midland Highway, 14 Klms south of Swanpool between Benalla and Mansfield. The program will commence at 5.00pm on Friday 16th March and conclude at approx. 3.00pm on Sunday 18th March, 2018. Rotary Club costs are $250.00 per student plus transport to and from the Venue. Clubs are requested, through their secondary school involvement, to encourage participation by young people from Years 9 & 10 levels of 2018. Applications are now available and close on 1st March, 2018. The cost to sponsor a student is $250.00 which should be submitted with the application form. The club is also responsible for transportation of the student(s) to and from the venue. Club to Club car sharing is encouraged. A bus is always handy as well. Malcolm Watt (Pamela) Mobile: 0439 158 274 Seminar Director Rotary Club of Shepparton Central e-mail: or

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Bernie’s Cellar Bernie’s BOTTLE Wine: Gallows Wine Company”Vintage: 2007 Alcohol: 14.0% Cellar: 5-8 years Region: Margaret RiverPrice: $15 -$18 A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from a region that does this blend as well as anywhere in Australia. Cellarmaster’s red wine of the year 2009 and it picked up a Gold at the London International Wine Challenge. It’s elegant and complex with blackcurrant, plum and chocolate characters. Excellent value. Current release is approximately $200 per dozen at Cellarmasters.

Bernie’s BOTTLE

Wine: Buller’s Nine Muses Shiraz Vintage: 2014 Alcohol: 14.5% Cellar: 3 -5 years Opaque , very dark red colour. Aromas of black plums and black cherries followed by some liquorice, dried cherries and spice. Made by the winemaker for reasonably early consumption. Fine grained tannins with a slightly drying finish. Drink over the next 3-5 years. Approx $15 and good value.

Bernie’s BOTTLE

Wine: Elderton “Ode to Lorraine” Vintage: 2009 Alcohol: 14.0% Cellar: 10-15 years Region: Barossa Valley Price: $40 at auction A Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot blend. Opaque deep dark red, dark purple colour . The nose displays scents of dark ripe plum and blackcurrant followed by some liquorice, cedar and spice. Medium to full bodied, the palate delivers a flavour profile of blackcurrant, plum and liquorice followed by some cedar and spice. Very fine-grained well integrated tannins. This is truly the hidden gem in the Elderton portfolio of premium reds. Current release 2014 is $45-$50 September 2017 Page 5

9790 District Conference Yarrawonga & Mulwala March 22-25, 2018

September Update from Charlie TheBlackBull

Register for Conference and book events on-line at Shepparton Audi

G’day Folks, Just thought I’d highlight some interesting events at our Conference. If you want to register, or book particular events, click on the trybooking logo above.

Hole-in-one prize

Sports and Recreation Day A wide range of events has been aranged to ensure a day of relaxation and fellowship, before getting down to business; activities include: Sports: Golf (Hole-in-One prize of an Audi motorcar), Cricket , Bowls, Tennis and Croquet. Fishing and Nature Walks: A number of walks of varying length, plus suggested fishing spots, and Sunday’s Ruth Konig Walk. Leisure Activities: Lake Cruising, Spa Treatments, a Gold Class Cinema or Lunch/Afternoon Tea at Rich Glen. The Sports and Recreation Day Dinner at Club Mulwala, will consist of a first class dining experience and none other that the great Merv Hughes as our special guest. He will share the stage with Kim Forge, a Yarrawonga local who will represent Australia in Curling, at the 2018 Winter Olympics. This is a night not to be missed.


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Speakers A number of exceptional people have been lined up, which you can check out on the Conference Website . Many of these are well known and highly regarded; some you may not know so well…..

We are particularly proud and grateful to have as a speaker, Dr.Priscilla Rogers. Dr. Rogers is Healthcare Manager at IBM Research – Australia, where she leads 20 researchers in a wide range of projects that span computational genomics, health informatics and medical image analytics. She was Dux of Yarrawonga High school and a Rotary Exchange student in Germany. We look forward to welcoming Priscilla “Back again to Yarrawonga”

…..and others are better known The Hon Tim Fischer was educated at Xavier College in Melbourne, before being conscripted into the Australian Army in 1966, serving in The Vietnam War. He entered Politics in 1971 and became Deputy Prime Minister in 1996, Ambassador to the Holy See in 2008 and is now a successful book author. His other interests are notably family, farming, charity work and biking and bushwalking in Bhutan. I hope to see you in Yarrawonga and Mulwala in March 2018. Please check out the Conference Website and you can send us an email at any time.


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Under the Spotlight

– from Bernie up the front !

DG Bernie Bott Our District Governor is Bernie Bott Bernie was born in Yarrawonga to a second generation farming family. From schooling in regional NSW through to life as a boarder at Caulfield Grammar in Melbourne (nearly being expelled with his final HSC exam to sit !) Bernie excelled as a young sportsman and school leader. Travel came through his love of sport, playing cricket with Australian Old Collegian. In 1968 he was a member of the world tour team and travelled to countries including England and Bermuda. Bernie is happily married to Marg, who supported him not only in his personal life but also introduced him to the retail sector. Together in Yarrawonga, they operated a successful ladies fashion boutique As Bernie is our DG we put him Under the Spotlight

What’s one thing most people would be surprised to know about you?

One thing you refuse to eat?

What’s the smartest thing you’ve been told? Treat people as you would like them to treat you.

You would you like to invite to a dinner party?

Baked Beans – As a young farmer, working on a remote I have a love of red wine of Australia, and have quite a large property, I could spend a little bit more time in bed if the cellar. I do enjoy good wine and food with friends and baked beans where not heated at breakfast time. Can not family. eat them now.

How would someone you love describe you? Fun to be around but annoying at times, very good with young children.

Wolfgang Blass, as I had dined with mutual friends with the late Peter Lehmann in a earlier life. I would like to pick his brains re red wine blends as I enjoy life after this Rotary year.

What’s the oldest item in your wardrobe that you still wear?

I’m glad I am… Australian

I have a old navy Foster`s cap that I like to wear. It has faded a bit though.

What was your best break in life?

Meeting and marrying my two best friends. What do you look or feel really good in?

I feel good in my DG`s jacket.

What was your happiest birthday party?

My sixtieth, with family and friends. What’s one simple thing you’re really good at?

I am a very loyal friend.

Best holiday destination (or place you wish to visit)............

Yarrawonga, at District Conference time March 2018. What do you least like to do?

Write reports, they are very hard work for me and take a lot Who’s your most memorable character? of time. June Bronhill, she came and sang at the Savernake Hall ( my local community ) and I was her minder for the night. She What’s the one talent you wish you had? was only a very small lady with big voice, even late in her life. A weekend to remember. To be able to write reports quickly.

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Currently, you are reading what?

The Herald Sun and Age on Saturday. What or have you had a ‘Rotary Moment’

As a new Rotarian my Club had the Sharp Street shed, there were many Rotary moments on those Thursdays night as I grew in Rotary knowledge and ways. If you were an animal what would you be?

A cat, I like the idea of nine lives. Are you a dog or a cat person?

Have always been a dog person, but the last two pets have been cats which have been a large part of my life.

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By Bill Gates AUGUST 15 2017

Malaria claimed more than 429,000 lives last year, mostly in Africa and Southeast e’ve come a long way since the Asia. While that figure is still way too days of blaming the stars. high, it represents a 50 percent reduction overall from the disease’s peak Malaria has terrorized humankind for in the early 2000s. I don’t throw the thousands of years, but for most of that word “miracle” around lightly, but that time, we had no idea what caused it. The number is nothing short of miraculous. ancient Greeks thought Sirius the dog star might be responsible. A Chinese How did we get here? I give credit to an medical text from 270 BCE speculated unprecedented scale-up in global that three demons spread the disease. commitment and cooperation—malaria As recently as the mid-1800s, doctors funding rose by 1,000 percent from 2000 believed malaria was caused by the to 2015. This money fueled a number of stinky fumes that wafted into cities from amazing scientific breakthroughs, nearby swamps (the word malaria means enabled us to deliver them at scale, and “bad air” in Italian). focused more brainpower on improving


Today, we know exactly who our enemy is: the mosquito. Doctors no longer subject malaria sufferers to unpleasant (and pointless) treatments like bloodletting and chewing tree bark. Most importantly, we’ve made massive progress in fighting a disease that as recently as 2000 killed nearly 870,000 people in a single year. This progress is one of the most remarkable global health stories in recent years.

both control and treatment efforts. This October marks a decade since Melinda and I first called for eradicating malaria. It was a controversial move at the time, but the progress made since then has convinced many that this is a realistic goal (although some are still skeptical). If I had known back in 2007 how much progress we would make in ten years, I would’ve been thrilled by how much we’ve cut the death rate.

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I’d also be impressed by how many insecticidal bed nets are now in use, how new treatments are helping people with the most severe cases of malaria, and how rapid diagnostic tests have made it easier to find and treat people. But it wouldn’t all be good news.

In 2007, I thought we’d have a longlasting malaria vaccine by now. The WHO plans to begin pilot demonstration projects of a first-generation malaria vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa next year, although without a booster dose it only protects a child for less than six months. I’m hopeful that researchers will develop a next generation vaccine that offers much longer protection within the next 10 years, but a decade ago I was overly optimistic about where we’d be today. There are still plenty of reasons to believe we can eradicate malaria, though. In the war against malaria and the mosquitoes who carry it, we’re already fighting on every front. Consider the wide array of innovations in development right now: New Insecticide-Treated Bed Nets: The older generation of bed nets needed to be soaked in a special insecticide solution every six months.


The long-lasting nets we will distribute in Mozambique through our giveaway protect people from mosquitoes for three years and can even be washed when they get dirty. Unfortunately, some mosquitoes are now developing resistance to the parathyroid insecticides used in these nets—so researchers are working on next generation bed nets that use combinations of insecticides and appear effective against all mosquitoes, including insecticide-resistant ones. Tackling Drug Resistance: In Southeast Asia, we’ve seen some types of the malaria parasite develop resistance to the drug combinations we use to cure and prevent the disease. If this drug resistance spread to Africa, it’d be a disaster. Fortunately, we have partners on the front lines finding ways to fight back.

By sealing these gaps and inserting special tubes just below the roofline, air still flows into the house but keeps mosquitoes out with a mesh filter. Since the tubes are too high for children to reach them, the mesh can be coated with a high enough dose of insecticide to kill even insecticideresistant mosquitoes. Genome Editing: Our foundation has invested a lot of money into editing the genetic code of mosquitoes. We're still in the very early stages of development, but scientists are exploring whether this technique could one day render a small number of key mosquito species infertile or unable to carry the malaria para-site. Attractive Targeted Sugar Baits: Only female mosquitoes bite people, and they only do it when they 'rebreeding. The rest of the time, they rely on sugar for energy.

These calendar-sized traps hang on the out-side of homes and contain a minimum risk toxin that kills more than 95 percent of the mosquitoes that flock to their sweet scent without affecting pollinators. Trials are underway in Mali. I think we will see an end to malaria in my lifetime. It’s a preventable and curable disease, and the public health community has already demonstrated that it’s possible to shrink the map and save lives. These new tools in the development pipeline will play a huge role in reaching our goal. While we’re still decades away from wiping malaria off the map for good, one thing is clear: the mosquito has met its match.

More information available from PP Bruce Anderson (Strathmore), Mob: 0419 305 342 Email:

Fantastic Rotary Art Show at Holbrook

Disease Mapping: We know more today about where malaria is occurring than we have at any other pointing history. Public health experts are combining anonymous data from mobile phone records with data on malaria incidence to track the movements of infected mosquitoes. That's super valuable, because it helps countries use their limited resources in places that have the highest disease burden. Eave Tubes: Many houses in hot climates have a gap between the roof and the walls to keep the inside cool.

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he annual RAM conference was held in Sydney over the weekend of August 20 – 21 with more than 70 delegates present from across Australia. Conference speakers included leaders from the RAM programs in Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands, leading malaria researchers from the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Monash University and the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University.

At the RAM Annual General Meeting held during the Annual Conference Bruce Anderson (RC Strathmore) was elected to the RAM Executive Committee as the new Scientific Committee Coordinator. In his new role Bruce will be responsible for liaison with the malaria research community to ensure that RAM is informed of developments in a timely fashion, and to review RAM projects to evaluate effectiveness and value.

Of particular note is the movement of the malaria program from malaria “Control” to malaria “Elimination” in the Dr Bruce N Anderson (Marilyn) countries within which RAM teams operate. Timor Leste is PP PHF PHS likely to be the first of these countries to achieve malaria Assistant Governor (Group 2) D9790 elimination. The Institute for Glycomics, with support from RAM and a cluster of Rotary Clubs around Griffith University R.C. Strathmore is developing a candidate malaria vaccine which will hopefully go into clinical trials within a year. Clubs in D9790 wishing to learn more about RAM and the malaria elimination initiatives are encouraged to contact the D9790 RAM Chair (Jen Parer, RC Holbrook, the International Service Chair (Chris Lang, RC Pascoe Vale) or the Deputy RAM Chair (Bruce Anderson, RC Strathmore).

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Present at the hand over were : Rotary Club of Moreland President Silvana De Pretto, President of Hume Men’s Shed Kevin Swaffield, Rotarian Ian Lupson Hume Men’s Shed Sgt. Paris Karoglanis and Constable Geoffrey Kwist.

Contraband returns to the Community


ith a great history of service both locally and internationally 12 members of the Moreland Rotary Club (D9790) celebrated 20 years of service to the community in July this year.

good use. After several attempts a meeting was arranged with the Hume Men’s Shed of Sunbury who were delighted to accept the offer.

The Rotary Club has again been involved with a On Monday 6th August the tools were officially wonderful program following their close association handed over to the shed. with the Coburg Council and the local Brunswick Police Station and the officers stationed there.

On this occasion the Brunswick Police had been investigating a variety of construction tools that had been stolen; recovered and handed into the station. Though multiple attempts were made to try and locate the original owners – tradesmen who obviously had to purchase replacement tools to carry out their works – no one came forward to collect or claim the tools.


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Seymour Youth and Fitness Centre


n providing an overview of the Seymour Youth and Fitness Centre it is necessary to mention the background of its founder, developer and current manager Sergio PradoArnuero. Sergio migrated to Australia as a political refugee from Nicaragua, Central America, in 1990. His involvement in the Nicaraguan Revolution by denouncing the abuses of the newly formed dictatorship government (the Sandinistas) caused him to be persecuted and imprisoned, following which he was forced to flee through the jungle into Costa Rica prior to entering Australia.

The Centre currently operates 6 days a week and is open to the general public, school and community groups, including those catering for intellectual and physical disabilities. Rehabilitation for senior citizens also occurs. Operating as a not for profit organisation, patrons are charged a nominal fee to participate. The Centre’s approach is a holistic one, encompassing mind, body and spirit, designed to empower attendees to achieve their highest potential. Each person is encouraged to regard his/her body as a temple, to become the ‘hero’ of one’s own life journey, to release ideas of victim mentality and to accept responsibility for individual decisions and actions. The promotion of this health and well-being Unable to practice his profession as a General Practitioner and philosophy enables members to gain confidence and skills and Paediatric Surgeon in Australia, Sergio instead experienced to experience the benefits of socialisation, especially employment as a cleaner, process worker, enrolled nurse, important to those isolated in drug and alcohol counsellor and radio host. After retiring from the community. the workforce in 2007, Sergio envisioned opening a gym as a continuation of his work as a shire youth fitness instructor (2002-2006) with Mitchell Community Health Services. The Rotary Club of Seymour has Following his dream, the Seymour Youth and Fitness Centre raised funds (including a was initially established by Sergio in old Second World War matching grant) to support army barracks donated by the defence force adjacent to its Sergio’s vital work. In current site in Alfred Street, Seymour, becoming operational conjunction with the ‘hero’ with the assistance of various grants. Four years ago, an theme, Superhero artwork is additional government grant enabled the further expansion of now a feature on the streetthe Centre’s equipment base and available services. facing wall of the building. The local community is fortunate to have the Seymour Youth and Sergio’s philosophy for his venture was aimed at the facility Fitness Centre, a facility initially being accessible to all local citizens regardless of age, established through Sergio’s economic, educational, social or ethnic background. vision, maintained via his Participation was to be affordable with the primary focus of expertise and passion and targeting the youth of the community to attend for fitness governed by the motto of ‘Fun, purposes as an alternative to an escape into drug and alcohol Friendship, Skills and abuse. Ownership of the space was to be shared in a Confidence’. comfortable environment where members could feel relaxed and welcome. In his role as mentor, gym instructor and boxing trainer, Sergio recruited volunteers who could join him as suitable role models.

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30 years for a little club in Bundoora BUNDOORA ROTARY CLUB 30TH CELEBRATIONS.

Deb Balls were the fashion in the 1990s; Teddy Bears picnic for The Victorian Police Child Protection Unit; Trash ‘n Treasure days at Thomastown Market; n July 19th just over 50 Rotarians, BBQs – for which we are famous and for partners and friends gathered at which we are extremely proud in spite Watsonia RSL to celebrate the granting of being made fun of by some - at of the provisional Charter of The Rotary Bunnings, Bundoora Square, Diamond Club of Bundoora (with 21 Charter Creek Fair, University Hill; Council members) on July 20, 1987. The Charter Family Days to name a few. was actually presented by then DG Max Christmas Raffles: Firstly for a few years Suter on the 5th of September 1987 at in partnership with Greensborough Glenn College, Latrobe University. In Rotary but for the last decade we have the first year of the Club, four more solely run a trailer raffle (trailer laden members were added. with goods) at Greensborough Plaza – this has raised over $80000.


Over the years, the Club has met weekly at a variety of locations: Odyssey House; Glenn College and John Scott Meeting House – both at Latrobe University; Parkside Inn Motel; Bundoora Extended Care Centre; A Funeral Parlour; The Plough Restaurant ; Nat’s Place and now Watsonia RSL.

No Charter members are still with the Club but two (David Ewing and Noel French) were present at our 30th and those two cut the cake. Our first two lady members were inducted in 1996 (Diana Mann and Kaye de Ross) and it was great to have them present at the celebration.

to school” on an equal footing with their peers; Concord Playgroup ‘cubby house’; Women for Women in Africa; Wheelchair ramp in a local school; Mosquito nets for residents in Togo and Solomon Islands etc.

…and not forgetting annual donations to The Rotary Foundation (“Fighting well above our weight” – up to now , including PolioPlus, $5000 per annum).

We are also extremely proud to have established seven Probus Clubs in our area.

Golf Days, Footy Tipping, Street Corner collection days for The Salvation Army, have been other fundraising ventures.

A very small Club numerically (at present 10 members) but a Club of enthusiastic and hard-working people, ably assisted in our fundraising by Spending the money members of the aforementioned Herewith just a few of the Probus Clubs and other Friends of beneficiaries: Children’s Christmas Party Rotary. We are proud Rotarians and for underprivileged children at enjoy warm fellowship and the joy of Bundoora Park – now conducted at or being able to help others. near Easter; Bundoora Extended Care – Old Blokes’ Shed, Visitor area, Gardens and Bocce Court; Watsonia RSL Library; Several Pre -Schools; pride of Workmanship Awards – now Police Recognition Awards;

We thank sincerely, our District leaders for the past 30 years, for their friendship and support. Many past District Governors are most supportive in attending our Club functions as are BBQ and shelter at Greenwood Reserve; Rotarians from other clubs nearby. Riding for the Disabled at Bundoora Park; Animal shelters at Bundoora Park; Fundraising SES Units; Epping Fire Brigade; Diamond We thank you all and trust we may Over the 30 years, Club members and valley Special Developmental School; continue for some time to come friends have worked industrially to raise Neighborhood House, Mill Park; working with our fellow Rotarians: funds. Whittlesea Connections – helping Making A Difference. disadvantaged children start go “back

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The South African connection – 20 years on!


n August 1998 four students from Shepparton High School attended an International Student Conference in Pretoria, South Africa. They were accompanied by the principal of the school, Rotarian Alan McLean. The conference was held at St Albans Boys School in Pretoria and Alan noticed a sign on the gate of the school - Rotary Meets Here. The Waterkloof Rotary Club met in the sports pavilion at the school and Alan decided to attend their meeting. As he was leaving the meeting it was suggested by the president that he contact a man called Itu Malebye as he was also interested in students. Little did he know that a telephone call a few days later would lead to an international student visit with four South African students visiting Shepparton in December 1998.

Itu Malebye is a black South African. As a young man he was fortunate to be able to be educated at St Albans College rather than in the black township schools. Today he is an executive with Alexander Forbes. He was concerned that the young people were going nowhere, and he wanted to do something to give them an incentive to achieve and to do their best. He was looking for a place to send the students on an international holiday. Itu established IGRISE ( It’s Good To Read International Student Exchange). Today the program is managed by past participants in the program.

participated in an educational and cultural program visiting club members in their workplace, travelling around Victoria and interstate.

In December 2012 two of the visiting students were Bongani Ndala and Kamagelo Mphela. In their final reports Bongani wrote: This trip has taught me a lot of things to make me a

better man in the future…… I want to be become part of the solution for the issues we have in South Africa, furthermore in the whole world. Kamogelo wrote: The trip has been an eye opener for me. It has completely changed my mindset. The Rotarians donated their time and opened their homes to us without wanting anything in return. This kindness and generosity touched me and made me want to become a better person.

In December, 2016 Jessica Manyelo was one of the visiting students and in her final report she wrote: This trip will be a

memorable one! Having left South Africa with no clue what was waiting for me in Australia, I took the biggest risk I have ever taken…I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to try something new…and I can proudly say that this was a good decision… I received an immense amount of love in Australia and it has grown on me…I have learnt to love…and I believe this will help me a lot in the future.

In 1998 Alan took the four South African students to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Shepparton, and in 1999 the club agreed to host the next group of South African students 2016 - Gift Phala, Jessica Manyelo, Shilah Mbewe, Mpumi Mtembu and so began a long term commitment by the Rotary Club of -> Shepparton to IGRISE. Each year the students have

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Since 1998 seventy three students have participated in the program, and this year will be the 20th and final year of the program. In 2014 eight Rotary Club of Shepparton members visited South Africa and met many of the past students. It was very rewarding to see that most of the past students have gone on to be successful in their chosen careers, and all of them recalled with great fondness their time in Shepparton, the wonderful support given by the club members and the impact the visit has had on their lives.

The program will end this year when the final four students visit Shepparton, but the memories will live on.

In closing, Shilah Mbewe wrote in her final report last year:

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. ME being able to get in a plane and leaving the country has given me that hunger to want to achieve even more than this. My exchange was truly life changing and most definitely gave me life skills and confidence to go and achieve anything I put my mind to. Thanks to the whole exchange team for giving me a chance to experience Australia. It is something I will treasure forever. Thank you Lord.

Membership Minute What’s in it for me?


our Rotary Club and Rotary International have done a great job and continue to do a great job of making the world a better place. You can be rightly proud of being a part of that and for personally making a difference to the world. You also get the bonus of having regular fellowship with some of your best friends at your meetings. Great people who also want to make the world a better place and are doing something to achieve that. That doesn’t sound like a huge inconvenience or a terrible obligation. It sounds like something you look forward to, and something that you enjoy. If it isn’t then maybe you are not doing it right? When you tell people about Rotary or invite someone to join your club, do you worry about whether they will be willing to join? Whether they will be willing to commit to the club? Whether they will be able to meet your requirements? Or do you wonder if they will gain as much pleasure and satisfaction from Rotary as you do? We don’t go to meetings because we have to. We aren’t Rotarians because we have free time and nothing to do. We are members because of the rewards. We make the world a better place, and we do it with our friends, and we enjoy doing it. Don’t ask someone to take up the burden of Rotary membership; invite someone to enjoy Rotary membership. Steve McKewen

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artners Program -

Both dementia and prostate cancer have had a large effect on both DG Bernie and his wife Marg and Bernie’s extended families

Please support the Dementia Foundation and Movember for cancer Marg would like to ask Clubs for support to raise money for Men's Health by hold a fund raising event in November and also for research into dementia.

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WhatisRotary Dist 9790 Sept 2017  

'WhatisRotary' Dist 9790 is the official Rotary International District 9790 DG's newsletter.