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Variety of businesses around Southbank
Weekly Tuesdays 6pm for 6.30 pm

Harry Potter Trivia Night - By the Rotaract Club of Melbourne City

Posted on 19 June 2018
Harry Potter Trivia Night - By the Rotaract Club of Melbourne City

25 August, 2018

Start practicing now:

New students need to learn the secrets of the castle. How many staircases does Hogwarts have?

Click here for more questions and the answer (Question 4)

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2018 Chances Golf Day - Box Hill Golf Club

Posted on 18 June 2018
2018 Chances Golf Day - Box Hill Golf Club

29 October, 2018

Following the success of last years event Rotary Club of Hawthorn are delighted to advise you that they will once again conduct this significant event in support of the Boroondara Cares Chances Scholarship Program.

With your support last year they were able to raise over $5000 for this most worthy community cause.

Read more

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Rotary Zone Conference

Posted on 17 June 2018
Rotary Zone Conference

14 - 16 September, 2018

The Australia New Zealand Rotary Conference (formerly the Rotary Zone Institute) will be held this year in Hobart, Tasmania.

The conference is open to all Rotarians and will inspire you to connect with Rotarians from right across Australia and New Zealand.

For more information, visit http://www.rotaryinstitute.org.au/


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Winter Night Market

Posted on 17 June 2018
Winter Night Market

Wednesday 8 August, 2018

On this night, the club will be out and about, sampling the wonders of the Winter Night Market at QVM

For more info on the market, visit: https://thenightmarket.com.au/

To join us, contact us.

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Annual "International" President's Breakfast

Posted on 17 June 2018
Annual "International" President's Breakfast

Friday 31 August, 2018, 7.15am - 9am.

MCC Members Dining Room & Percy Beames Bar, Melbourne Cricket Ground

"Why Good People should want to be Rotarians"

This year's President's Breakast will feature (to be) Immediate Past Rotary International President Iain Riseley as the Guest Speaker.

Bookings can be made here:

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On World Elder Abuse Day (15 June) take a stand against elder abuse

Posted on 14 June 2018
On World Elder Abuse Day (15 June) take a stand against elder abuse

By Jasmin Dhillon,

Having recently witnessed a situation involving the reporting of elder abuse to a State government owned entity and seeing the despair and hopelessness firsthand, in that older person's eyes; I thought it a good time to reflect on this distressing and growing societal issue.  Currently, in Victoria, 1.25 million people are aged over 60, accounting for more than 20 per cent of the population. By 2031, our older population is set to increase, comprising 22 per cent of the population in Greater Melbourne and 31 per cent in regional and rural Victoria. 41% of Victorians aged over 65 and 46% of those aged over 85 were born overseas. Unsurprisingly, the victims of elder abuse are mostly women (72.5%).

We will all inevitably be a part of the above statistics one day, and although Elder abuse is a complex issue and experiences of elder abuse vary for people from different cultures, we can all play an active role in helping to minimise its prevalence within our sphere of influence.

Seniors Rights Victoria defines elder abuse as, 'any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as family or friends. It includes financial, emotional, physical, social or sexual abuse and neglect'. It may involve taking someone's money of possessions, not providing necessary care, making threats or stopping an older person's social contact, as well as physical or sexual abuse. Sadly, 60% of perpetrators are adult sons and daughters.

It is believed that elder abuse occurs due to ageism in our society, which negatively impacts on the way we respect older people. Adult children may have a sense of entitlement 'inheritance impatience', or as with many families there can be mental health problems, alcohol and other drug, gambling problems or an inability to cope with the person's care needs. The Australian Human Rights Commission reported that around 34% of Australians aged 55-65 years and 43% of Australians aged over 65 years have experienced age discrimination.

Although, the above information sounds alarming and too tough to tackle, and the Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $26.6 investment in public aged care services, and $6 million to tackle elder abuse by extending the trial of an integrated model of care.

We can all play a role in reducing this unfortunate societal trend.

  • First, we can be aware of our own unconscious bias when making hiring decisions, such as respecting the wealth of experience and knowledge older applicants possess.
  • Second, improving visibility of our ageing population by involving older people in community events and acknowledging their role in society and the importance of the contribution they have made.
  • Third, be vigilant and make an effort to talk to older people, many feel isolated and disconnected, making them easy targets for abuse. A simple hello and check-in can help more than you realise, and you may learn something of value.
  • Lastly, if you think elder abuse may be occurring refer the elder person to Seniors Rights Victoria's confidential Helpline: 1300 368 821.
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Strengthen Your Clubs Workshops

Posted on 13 June 2018
Strengthen Your Clubs Workshops

The District Support Team is conducting three facilitated workshops in August 2018, involving Warwick Cavell (Facilitator), Kerry Kornhauser OAM (Public Image/Communications), Yvonne Flynn (Club Service) and PDG Neville John (Membership Director).

These workshops will be hands-­on interactive sessions that will include:
  • Leading change in your Club
  • Identifying the elements of a strong, vibrant club
  • Project identification and selection
  • Member and Community engagement
  • Promoting your club projects and activities
  • Your One-Page plan on membership recruitment and retention

Two members from each club are invited to attend, preferably President and/or Membership rep. The workshop is general in nature and not club specific and will provide an understanding of the process that can be used and ideas around how other things, if done properly can improve member recruitment prospects and retention.

If the attendees feel that their club could use some help thereafter in implementing what they want to try, the membership support team will meet with their Board to explain the process and set up a club forum.

There is NO COST to the Club and members can attend any of the sessions that suit them best.

Details are: 

  • 12 August 2018 - Rotary Gateway Function Centre, 26 High St, Kangaroo Flat 3555
  • 19 August 2018 - Baden Powell College, 81 Baden Powell Drive, Tarneit 3029
  • 26 August 2018 - Montague Street Continuing Education Centre, 100 Montague St, South Melbourne 3205

All sessions are 8.30 am for 9 am start and finish at 1.00 pm with a light lunch.

RSVP is essential by 6th August, 2018 detailing session you will attend and any dietary requirements to:

Marjorie Gerlinger, marbern@bigpond.net.au, 0419 302 109 

Vibrant Clubs provide opportunities for its members and other community stakeholders to engage in a range of interesting humanitarian projects that promote what Rotary does to make a difference to the lives of others.

Neville John
District Director Membership

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Governance Model Planning for Rotary DCS

Posted on 13 June 2018
Governance Model Planning for Rotary DCS

Members and visitors who attended the Rotary Club of Southbank's this week's meeting witnessed a most enlightening presentation / Q&A session with the current District 9800 Director of Governance David Whiting on the proposed Digital Communications Solution (DCS), formerly known as OneRotary.

As early adopters of the platform which hosts our brand new website, The Rotary Club of Southbank invites other clubs to come and join us, learning not only from our experience, but empowering their opportunity to be a front-runner in shaping a platform that not only drives a positive message to the public about the work Rotary does but is consistent, updated and reflective of each and every Rotary Clubs' individual characteristics and community.

Key to the governance challenge is the task to set up a legal entity which will manage the onboarding of clubs and districts, handle sponsorship and corporate partnership opportunities, while allowing the proceeds of the sponsorships to be passed back into Rotary Projects in Australia.

It is expected in time, this role should lie with a corprate entity such as Rotary Down Under with a national support team, however like all great Rotary programs, they have to start somewhere.

The Rotary Club of Southbank is passionate and motivated by the vision of where this opportunity lies and seeks to fulful that role in the short term to get the process started.

For more information on the Rotary Digital Communications Solution and to submit your club's application for your own club website, visit www.rotarydcs.com.au.

For first hand knowledge, of what the platform is like to use, please feel free to contact the Secretary and Webmaster of Rotary Club of Southbank, Stuart McArthur

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Rotaract Club Project Planning Night

Posted on 12 June 2018
Rotaract Club Project Planning Night

Tuesday, June 26 at 7 PM - 10 PM, The Hub @ Docklands, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Victoria

Our Rotaract members are planning an event planning session : https://www.facebook.com/events/179222519380677/permalink/179229056046690/

This a great opportunity to connect with our up and coming leaders in the community.

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Rotary Club of North Melbourne Changeover

Posted on 8 June 2018
Rotary Club of North Melbourne Changeover

28th June 2018, at the Mercure Hotel, North Melbourne - 6:30pm for 7pm.

Rotary Club of North Melbourne (co-sponsor, with Rotary Club of Southbank of the Rotaract Club of Melbourne City) are celebrating their 50th club anniversary and presidential changeover of outgoing President Manjula Pragasam and Incoming President Mary Zindilis.)

We strongly urge that you book via TryBooking link below to avoid disappointment.


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President: Liam Jones

Secretary: Stuart McArthur

Our club meets at: Variety of businesses around Southbank

Tuesdays from 6.30pm (check latest news for any variations)