The family of Rotary is invited to experience aloha at the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 6-10 June 2020.
Having Captured the Moment at the 2019 Rotary International Convention, attendees are leaving Hamburg, Germany with their eyes on the sandy beaches and natural beauty of Honolulu.
Local Rotary members are already hard at work preparing Honolulu to welcome Aloha, Rotary. Just as Rotary is a way of life for Rotarians, aloha is a way of life for Hawaiians one that focuses on living in harmony, being patient, treating everyone with respect, and sharing joy with your family, or 'ohana.
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It was a small group that met on Tues 4th June at Southbank, but we made up for size with our spirit and busted out a few songs karaoke style for the South Village Singers practice. Even the barman was impressed with our tunes!
Sally hosted her first meeting as future President with some great ideas thrown around for her role and future events - some very exciting times ahead for Southbank Rotary. A lot of us will be keeping fit with some fun runs whilst also raising money for MS and STEPS, supporting the homeless at the Salvation Army Café and we talked wine tasting and book clubs more to come there.
We all missed Amrit who is travelling in Hamburg for the Rotary Convention However, we also started planning our holidays to Hawaii in 2020 for the next convention and already dreaming of sunny skies and beaches a long way from freezing Melbourne.
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Club First Lady Saira Griffin and I attended the MS Global Lunch event in conjunction with World MS Day on Sunday 19th May 2019 at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Southbank hosted by RAGMSA (Rotarian Action Group for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness) - in our own turf!
Picture from right (L-R): Negar Asadian (PhD student from University of Melbourne), Professor Trevor Kilpatrick, Amanda Campbell (MS Ambassador)
MS (multiple sclerosis) is a silent illness, that mostly affects young people with the average diagnosis between the ages of 20-40 years, although children as young as 10 years have been diagnosed.. It also affects more women than men with 3/4 of MS sufferers being female. In 2009, the MS International Federation (MSIF) and its members initiated the first World MS Day where it brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with and for everyone affected by MS. So in fact this celebration marks the tenth (10th) time that RAGMSA has hosted MS Global Lunch - what a feat.
"Kiss Goodbye to MS" is about raising money to prevent and treat the symptoms of MS, as well as to provide support and services for people with MS. This campaign has raised over $205,700 since 2012 in Australia. With the combination of auction items & donations, RAGMSA was able to raise over $2000 to continue their tireless work and efforts in raising MS awareness throughout Australia and the world to "Kiss Goodbye to MS" - congratulations!
Special mention to Martin & Diana Taurins for inviting us to this great luncheon and we really enjoyed it!
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Fourteen (14) of Rotarians and guests came along on a cold Tuesday autumn evening at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Southbank on 14th May 2019 to welcome back Claire Halliday who spoke at our club about two (2) years ago on her books (Things My Father Taught Me & Things My Mother Taught Me).
Claire presented her topic on Community Building for Better Business and the believe of how the power of networking and community-building online can enrich organisations like Rotary. With her experience since launching a Facebook community for women writers in Australia, she explained that it helps writers at all levels to connect and learn from each other in a supportive online environment. With Rotary's online footprint ever expanding, it is important to ensure safety and assurance remains intact and everyone can benefit from such presence.
In addition to the evening, we had Kerry Gerraty from Upbeat Arts who helped us practise on a number of songs for the upcoming 20th Charter Anniversary of our club. It was a delightful Rotary meeting for sure!
We like to acknowledge the visiting Rotarians and guests that came:
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Twenty (20) Rotaractors, Rotarians and guests gathered at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Southbank on Tuesday evening 7th May 2019 for the first ever Rotary & Rotaract joint meeting. Intend of this joint meeting was to learn & share about each other's ambitions but most importantly knowing how both clubs can assist each other to foster collaboration.
President Martin Wilson, President Amritpal Singh, President Mary Zindilis and President Bronwyn Fanning shared how team work & required actions can be taken in the years to come. This was a great opportunity to discuss on these matters since the recent Rotary Council of Legislation (COL) 2019 approved to elevate Rotaract as key member to Rotary Clubs and Rotary International as partners.
We like to acknowledge the visiting Rotaractors, Rotarians and guests that came:
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Club First Lady Saira Griffin and I attended Rotary Club of Central Melbourne's 'Oh Kolkata!' fundraising event on Saturday 4th May 2019. You guessed it right, it was a night of celebration with an Indian flavour designed to raise funds for their international project in Kolkata with the Rotary Club of Calcutta - Victoria and Sierra Madre California.
The Kolkata project will provide an opportunity for under privileged men and women to receive training in basic skills to enable them to find employment. Over $5,000 dollars was raised through donated auction items from India and sponsor throughout Victoria. We thoroughly enjoyed the night and thank you President Neville Taylor and members from the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne members.
Special mention to Peter & Sue Duras for inviting us to their lovely home for this special night!
Photo from left to right: Sue Duras, President Neville Taylor and Peter Duras
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Rotary Club of Southbank sponsored Meghana Jonnalagadda and Fatima Mirza from MacRobertson Girl's High School for MUNA 2019. They were allocated to represent the Russian Federation in a high tempo and full energy discussion with other countries to debate on a number of resolutions like:
MUNA stands for Model United Nations Assembly, which simulates the workings of the UN Assembly by having teams of two senior students from each of a number of schools represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world political and social concern. It is a Rotary International program and enthusiastically supported by the United Nations.
MUNA is designed for school students usually in senior classes of secondary schools. Over the years they have primarily come from year 11 students but occasionally we have had some from year 10 and year 12. Depending on their maturity and confidence some year 10 students may find it a little intimidating but on the other hand we have also previously had an individual year 10 winner. A team consists of the two students. More than 1 team per school is possible.We hope that Meghana and Fatima together with their family members can come to one of our meetings in 2019 to share their MUNA experience.
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President-Elect Sally Page presented her Member Behind the Badge segment on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 where we had a number of visiting Rotarians particularly from Rotary Club of North Melbourne, Rotary Club of Brighton and Rotary Club of Melbourne South to hear about Sally's upbringing, social + work life, hobbies and her ambitions in Rotary.
It was a great opportunity to hear her share about her life & achievements and we are superbly exicited having Sally Page leading Rotary Club of Southbank in the 2019-2020 Rotary year to not only encourging us to still "Be the Inspiration" but to emphasie that "Rotary Connects The World" through "Service Above Self".
We like to acknowledge the visiting Rotarians that came:
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On Wednesday 17th April 2019, President Amritpal Singh attended Rotary Club of Melbourne's lunch meeting to hear Professor, The Reverend Gary D. Bouma (AM, FAICD) topic on "Changing Religious Diversity in Australia: What is and What is Coming". It was a fascinating topic and got everyone's attention - marvelous job to President Robert Fisher and his team for hosting a great luncheon meeting!
Throughout the meeting, President Amritpal Singh was sitting next to Past President David Jones (1992-1993) from Rotary Club of Melbourne who shared his stories and achievements when he was president of the club. One of the few highlights that David shared was that he was not only the president in 1992-1993 but also the organiser of the first (1st) Rotary International (R.I.) Convention in Melbourne back in 1993. He was also the Past President of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (M.C.G.) who instrumented the redevelopment of the 1928 Members' stand, the 1956 Olympic stand and the 1968 Ponsford who has enabled the stadium to cater for than 100,000 capacity. David is full of life and such a lovely person ~ he does look forward to attend the 2023 R.I. Convention back in Melbourne!
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The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a grassroots education and learning development program conducted in many Rotary Districts around the world. Although RLI is not an officially endorsed Rotary International program, it continues to gain support and provide a valuable experience that helps Rotarians understand the wider world of Rotary.
In District 9800, RLI is a District Managed Program that provides participants with a high quality experience, that engages and involves them in the education and learning process.
RLI is now a four part program in 2018-19 over 2 days, that will enlighten and help you understand how the world of Rotary works, and equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to take on future responsibilities within Rotary. It is a great learning experience!
Metropolitan Program (Part 1 & 2): Sunday May 5, 2019
Metropolitan Program (Part 3 & 4): Sunday May 19, 2019
Rural Program (Part 1, 2, 3 & 4): Sunday July 28, 2019
South Melbourne: Montague Continuing Education Centre, 100 Montague Street, South Melbourne
Bendigo: Golden Square Primary School, 19 Maple Street Bendigo
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