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Learning about Garlic in South Gippsland

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 5 November 2018
Learning about Garlic in South Gippsland

It was a memorable and fulfilling vocational excursion visiting our club member Rotarian David Jones in South Gippsland to learn about garlic on a cool plus windy Saturday morning on 3rd November 2018. David explained how his wife Kirsten and him embarked this journey being garlic farmers and the obstacles they had to endure. With number of trials and errors, they found their formula and got going with production about eight (8) years ago. He also demonstrated the technology behind the end-to-end process from when garlics are picked from the farm to how it is sorted, quality assured and packaged for delivery. He also explained the variation of garlic which we find in the markets and which ones are of quality for different types of dishes for cooking (mouth watering for sure). 

  

 

  

David pointed out that every year in the South Gippsland region, it hosts the Meeniyan Garlic Festival which has draws many visitors from Victoria, interstate and overseas to celebrate and showcase garlic. The upcoming festival is held on Saturday 16th February 2019 which you can find more information by clicking here. Day ended with lunch at David's daughter (Felicity Jones) shop called 'The Meeniyan Store' which is a cafe and sells local farmers produce to the communities. Rotarian Judy Parslow (club member), Svetlana Beke (former club member and Past President - Rotary Club of Toorak), Rosa Lanteri (friend of Svetlana) and I enjoyed the hospitality of Rotarian David Jones and we hope we pay more visits to South Gippsland in the near future.

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Artists IGNITE through ART

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 26 October 2018
Artists IGNITE through ART

Ignite is a joint project of Rotary Club of Melbourne and Arts Access Victoria. This new partnership between Rotary Club of Melbourne and Arts Access Victoria, the State's leading arts and disability organization which delivers community arts and cultural development programs for more than 2,000 people with a disability, aimed at securing employment outcomes.

Photo: Participating artists from the IGNITE program

It also supports artists with a disability, enables Rotarians to have a greater visibility of their work and provides a potential source of income through acquisition or leasing of high quality artworks. This focus aligns with our wish to be involved in welfare projects which provide vocational opportunities for lesser advantaged groups in our community.

Photo from left: President Robert Fisher (Rotary Club of Melbourne) delivering his speech

Over sixty (60) people attended this special event on Thursday evening 25th October 2018 where President Neville Taylor (Rotary Club of Central Melbourne) and President Amritpal Singh (Rotary Club of Southbank) were in attendance to support President Robert Fisher (Rotary Club of Melbourne) and his club for this newly formed partnership.

For more information, please visit Art Access Victoria (AAV) to learn more about this program.

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Festivities of Oktoberfest 2018

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 26 October 2018
Festivities of Oktoberfest 2018

Shirin Geisel was a German Youth Exchange Student from Germany (sponsored by our club) and during her stay here, she initiated the Oktoberfest festivities which started way back on Tuesday 29th October 2013. Since then, our club has kept this tradition going where it is a night filled with culture, fun and laughter.

We had the fifth (5th) Oktoberfest celebrations on Tuesday night 23rd October 2018 and twenty-six (26) people came along to learn about beers from the Belgian Beer Cafe hosts, Izak & Fraser. It was also a night we celebrated Shahn Griffin's twenty-fifth (25th) birthday who is President Amritpal Singh's brother-in-law to be.

Photo from left to right: Fraser and Izak (Hosts from Belgian Beer Cafe)

As it was the night before World Polio Day and our Major Donor Giver Dinner event (both held on 24th October 2018), we raised $100 through a game of head-and-tails which District Governor Nominee Philip Archer and President Robert Fisher from Rotary Club of Melbourne won a price each. The job of ending polio is not over and we have to keep pushing on till it is fully eradicated from the face of this earth.

We like to acknowledge the visiting Rotarians & Guests that came:

  • Rotary Club of Melbourne
    • President Robert Fisher
    • Rtn. John Peberdy
       
  • Rotary Club of North Melbourne
    • President Mary Zindilis
    • PP. George Zindilis
    • PP. Neville Page
    • Rtn. Judy Page
    • PP. Andrew Georgiou
    • Amanda Georgiou
       
  • Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
    • Rotary Club of Southbank Past President (2016-2017) Stuart Cardell
       
  • Rotary Club of Essendon North
    • Rtn. Nathan Phan
       
  • Australia Post
    • Jim Chronopoulos
    • Emmanuel Vassos
       
  • Bega Foods
    • Konstantinos Papahatzis
       
  • North Carlton Canteen
    • Tung Dinh
       
  • Destiny Rescue Australia
  • University of Melbourne
    • Shahn Griffin (Brother-in-law to be of President Amritpal Singh)


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Continuation to grow and improve

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 19 October 2018
Continuation to grow and improve

On Tuesday 16th October 2018, Rotary Club of Southbank had its second (2) face-to-face board meeting where we had a number of observers who came along to discuss on the successful first (1st) quarter that just past and future plans for the remaining 2018-19 year.

Various topics surrounding the five (5) areas of service which includes club administration, membership, community, international and youth was bought up to understand potential opportunities that lies ahead. This includes looking into projects in the new year 2019 such as Y-House Foundation collaboration, Documentary Fundraiser and a potential Global Grant.

We also had the opportunity to hear feedback from members on how we can take the club to greater heights from the success built to date. It is important to understand and take necessary actions to ensure the club is steering for more achievements, positiveness and happiness. On behalf of the board, I'd like to thank the following observers for coming:

  • District Governor Nominee Philip Archer (charter member)
  • Past President Wendy Bennett (member)
  • Kay Ledson (member)
  • Jasmin Dhillon (member)
  • Suvam Ganguli (Rotary Club of Central Melbourne)

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{Photo: 2018-19 Rotary Club of Southbank Board members being introduced at our changeover lunch on 7th July 2018}

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Hampers and Movie Tickets for Ray

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 19 October 2018
Hampers and Movie Tickets for Ray

Australia Post Dandenong Letter Centre (DLC) donated five (5) hampers and movie tickets to Rotary Club of Southbank on 19th October 2018 to support the Ray White Southbank's "A little Ray of Giving" program to support and help the unprivileged communities in Southbank and nearby areas. Rotary Club of Southbank is grateful and humbled by Australia Post generosity in helping our communities in need irrespective of geographical areas.

Photo from left to right: Rod Hoober (Manager - Dandenong Letter Centre), President Amritpal Singh, Kim Nguyen (DLC Logistics) and Ravinder Bhal (DLC Logistics) on 19th October 2018.

 

  

Australia Post Dandenong Letter Centre (DLC) Yammer Post to signify this memorable event on 19th October 2018

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Southbank bags a hat-trick!

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 4 October 2018
Southbank bags a hat-trick!

Highlights from the goals scored on Tuesday evening 25th September 2018 at Red Emperor, Southbank

Goal 1 (1' min): Every year the District Governor pays an official visit to every Rotary Club not only to meet & greet but also to provide latest news/coverage of what great work Rotarians and Rotary as whole does locally and internationally. On Tuesday evening 25th September 2018, Southbank had the honour welcoming District Governor Bronwyn Stephens from Rotary Club of Melbourne South with her partner Past President Dr. Mark Stephens from Rotary Club of Brighton North at Red Emperor in Southbank.

District Governor Bronwyn Stephens presented her view and assessment on how Rotary Club of Southbank is doing in the first three (3) months of the 2018-19 year and she is amazed of the achievements so far. She emphasised how the Southbank has revolutionised itself to adopt flexibility, engaging young professionals, promotion through various technology platforms, having a great year programme and many others. In addition, she shared how Rotary was the driver in establishing the Bone Marrow Donor Institute (BMDI) Rotary House in North Melbourne back in 1999 and now it is at full capacity. District Governor Bronwyn Stephens urges that we be the driver again to build a better and modern BMDI Rotary House and she shared a video of which patients and family thank Rotary for our efforts.

 

Goal 2 (30' min): Exactly a year ago, Raj Veeran was inducted as a member to our club and now he is the club's Treasurer. He has shown great leadership, ownership and drive to make this club successful for many years to come and to make our club financially strong - congratulations Raj on your anniversary. On the day, we inducted Zeenath Zareen (in short Zee) to our club and she is a second (2nd) generation Rotarian (just like President Amritpal Singh and President-Elect/Vice President Sally Page) as her father is a Rotarian in Sri Lanka. Zee's vocation is in education (primary) and has a community project in establishing a home for mothers & children from difficult backgrounds in Sri Lanka. Her fundraiser event is on Saturday 10th November 2018 themed 'Be Real - Be You' strongly urge you attend and support Zee's cause.

 

Goal 3 (injury-time 60' min): Whenever we have a District Governor visit, it coincides with our club annual Blue-Ribbon Day fundraiser which Rotary has been involved for nine (9) consecutive years since 2009 raising over $25,000. Immediate Past President Liam Jones is a member of the Blue-Ribbon Day Community Council and with his persona plus auctioning skills; he raised over $50,000 some years ago which he obtained recognition. Proceeds from donations goes towards building public medical facilities throughout Victoria that honours the names of fallen Victoria Police Officers.

Usual target for each Rotary Club is to raise $100 through sergeants' fines, head/tails, bidding or any others forms of fundraising. Rotary Club of Southbank raised $250 by auctioning a $100 JB Hi-Fi gift voucher which Past President Dr. Mark Stephens won, beating Assistant Governor Dale Hoy in a nail-biting one-on-one (1-1) contest.

We like to acknowledge the spectators (visiting Rotarians & Guests) that came:

  • Rotary Club of Melbourne South
    • District Governor Bronwyn Stephens
       
  • Rotary Club of Brighton North
    • Past President Dr. Mark Stephens
       
  • Rotary Club of Brighton
    • Assistant Governor (Batman Cluster) Dale Hoy
    • Maureen Hoy
       
  • Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
    • Rtn. Suvam Ganguli
       
  • New Member
    • Zeenath Zareen (Zee)
    • Faisdeen Marikkar
       
  • KPMG Australia
    • Bharadwaj Swamination (Rotary Alumni - Interactor)
       
  • University of Melbourne
    • Abbi Sharma
       
  • Southbank Resident
    • Wolf Mildenberg
       

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The Giver is the Getter

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 13 September 2018
The Giver is the Getter

Either in your professional career, volunteering capacity, personal time or others you tend to do more for others and you would think whether it is worth it / more importantly you question 'what's  in for me?'. Well majority of people will say it is not worth the time or energy but in hindsight it is rewarding.

Costa Englezos came to talk to us on Tuesday evening 11th September 2018 on the topic of "The Giver is the Getter". Twelve (12) of us learnt the philosophies, quotations, and insights when Costa championed the Students Learning Assistance Mentoring (SLAM) program at RMIT University Business school more than a decade ago.

Essence from his topic is that indirectly when you put in the time, energy and geniune passion for something without seeking gratification, you will see positive results. This is exactly what Rotary service motto is about; "Service Above Self".

We like to acknowledge the Guests that came:

  • Guest Speaker
    • Costa Englezos
    • Mia Englezos (Costa's partner)
       
  • Past Member
    • Amrita Ranchod (Past Club Treasurer)
       
  • MacRob Girls School
    • Elaine Cheung - Year 11 (NYSF 2019 candidate sponsored by our club)
       
  • Guest
    • Alvin Katuari

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Rotary Foundation Thanks You

Posted by Rotary International Foundation on 7 September 2018
Rotary Foundation Thanks You

Rotarians are People of Action

Rotarians work tirelessly to improve their communities and do good in the world.

In 2017-18, you took action and raised more than $414 million for the Rotary Foundation.

In 169 countries, your contributions helped fund

  • 1300 Global Grants &
  • 503 District Grants

When villages needs clean water, you drilled wells.

When children wanted to learn, you provided opportunities

And where there was darkess, you brought light.

In universities around the world, you invested in the next generation of peacemakers.

And because of you, Polio will soon be gone forever.

Some people see problems. People of Action see solutions.

And your generosity makes these solutions possible.

Thank you for making a difference.

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Beyond the Job Interview - A wrap of our 'Your highest pay ever' event

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 5 September 2018
Beyond the Job Interview - A wrap of our 'Your highest pay ever' event
Initial reaction when you get notified to be called in for an interview or series of interviews is that you get excited, this happens after submitting job application(s) almost there in getting your dream job. Though the case, you will find it challenging because you are just unsure what will pan out, whether it will be a good conversation or just a pure disaster with your future bosses/colleagues.

We gathered at Boyd Community Hub in Southbank on Monday 3rd September 2018 evening where twenty-seven (27) Rotarians, family, guests, and students - who came to our exclusive interview skills workshop (joint event between Rotary Club of Southbank and Rotary Club of North Melbourne) titled "Your Highest Pay Ever" to get more clarity and advice.

Past President Darren Veerapa from Rotary Club of North Melbourne shared several tips and consciousness - which candidates should pay attention to so that they are successful and have nailed the interview. The focus was on how to maximise the opportunity with the person(s) interviewing you, having a lasting good impression so that your profile and preference of being hired gets ranked higher than other candidates.

Keynote Speaker Past President Quin Scalzo, from Rotary Club of Melbourne (100th President) shared his journey when he moved to Australia from Italy with his family and how life then was so different in the world we live today. From extremely humble beginnings, his family business Scalzo Foods is now ranked in the top forty (40) listed companies within the Australian agriculture sector and has taken fundamental steps to be where it is namely, acknowledging & respecting people, putting in the hard work to get results, sacrifice where needed - but try not to miss all family time and many other compromises.

A great evening well spent on the first Monday for Spring 2018!
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Nominations Open for Sir John Reid Community Service Award

Posted by Rotary Club of Melbourne on 30 August 2018
Nominations Open for Sir John Reid Community Service Award
"More than 1.5 million volunteers are making an important impact across Victoria in building our communities, services, and connections. The Rotary Club of Melbourne wishes to pay tribute to those dedicated achievers, and encourage others to follow their lead through the Sir John Reid Community Service Award.

To nominate a candidate, please download the instructions and nomination form at the Rotary Club of Melbourne website at:

https://rotaryclubofmelbourne.org.au/club-awards-item/30701/sir-john-reid-community-service-award

The generosity of the John T Reid Charitable Trusts has made it possible for the Rotary Club of Melbourne to make a significant grant of up to $10,000 to the organisation where the awardee has volunteered.

Nominations must be received by 5pm, 14 September 2018."
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