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Global MS Lunch "Kiss Goodbye to MS" in Southbank

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 19 May 2019
Global MS Lunch "Kiss Goodbye to MS" in Southbank

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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Things Claire shared on Community Building

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 14 May 2019
Things Claire shared on Community Building

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:

  • Guest Speaker
    • Claire Halliday
       
  • Rotary Club of Brighton North
    • Past Assistant Governor (Batman Cluster) Kate Strain
       
  • Guests           
    • Racquel Shroff (Global Education Solutions)         
    • Kerry Gerraty (Upbeat Arts)
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Rotary & Rotaract Joining Forces to Serve

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 7 May 2019
Rotary & Rotaract Joining Forces to Serve

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:

  • Guests
    • Saira Griffin (Zaparas Lawyers & Club First Lady)
    • Nick De Mamiel (Friends of Rotaract Club of Melbourne City, Australia)
       
  • Rotaract Club of Melbourne City, Australia
    • President Martin Wilson
    • Immediate Past President Ludovic Grosjean
    • Rotaractor Rigan Tytherleigh
    • Rotaractor Sam Haynes
       
  • Rotary Club of North Melbourne
    • President Mary Zindilis
    • President-Elect George Zindilis
    • Past Assistant Governor Neville Page
    • Rotarian Judy Page
       
  • Rotary Club of Altona City
    • President Bronwyn Fanning
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Indian Night in Southbank for a cause

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 4 May 2019
Indian Night in Southbank for a cause

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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2019 MUNA Team from Southbank

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 4 May 2019
2019 MUNA Team from Southbank

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:

  • Word Security
  • Environmental
  • Middle East
  • Human Rights
  • Trade and Commerce
  • Health and Education
  • United Nations

    

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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Journey with Sally

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 27 April 2019
Journey with Sally

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:

  • Rotary Club of Brighton
    • Assistant Governor / District Governor Nominee-Designate Dale Hoy
       
  • Rotary Club of Melbourne South
    • President John Wall
       
  • Rotary Club of North Melbourne
    • President Mary Zindilis
    • Past Assistant Governor Neville Page (Sally's Father)
    • Rotarian Judy Page (Sally's Mother)
    • Rotarian Cheryl Long
    • Past President Susan Robb
    • Rotarian Larry Robb
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Memory Lane with Past President David Jones

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 27 April 2019
Memory Lane with Past President David Jones

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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District 9800 Rotary Leadership Institute

Posted on 18 April 2019
District 9800 Rotary Leadership Institute

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!

For more information visit www.rotaryleadershipinstitute.org & RLI International on Facebook

Dates (2018-19)

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

Venues:

South Melbourne: Montague Continuing Education Centre, 100 Montague Street, South Melbourne
Bendigo: Golden Square Primary School, 19 Maple Street Bendigo

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Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success......

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 17 April 2019
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success......

On Tuesday 16th April 2019, Rotary Club of Southbank had its fourth (4th) and final face-to-face board meeting for 2018-19. We had observers (club members) who came along to discuss on the nine (9) months that past (Jul'18-Mar'19) and plans for the remaining quarter (Apr'19-Jun'19).

Various topics surrounding the five (5) areas of service which includes club administration, membership, community, international and youth was discussed to understand the opportunities taken and what lies ahead. This includes preparing the transition from President Amritpal Singh to President-Elect Sally Page before 1st July 2019. Key call out from the board meeting is to submit the Rotary District 9800 Recognition forms as the club deserves recognition on the work that all club members, friends of Rotary and others have done throughout 2018-19. 

 

President Amritpal Singh thanked all board members for their contribution and efforts plus encouraging everyone to finish the 2018-19 on a high! After the board meeting, we caught up with Rotarian Stephanie Woollard / Seven Women from Rotary Club of Melbourne who happened to be at the Belgian Beer Cafe, Southbank - such a delight to see her after a long time since the fundraiser for Seven Women last year in December 2018.

On behalf of the board, I'd like to thank the following observers for coming:

  • Nicholas Kane (member)
  • Jasmin Dhillon (member)


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Journey with Zeenath & a warm welcome to Jaqui!

Posted by Zeenath Zareen on 14 April 2019
Journey with Zeenath & a warm welcome to Jaqui!

I was given a wonderful opportunity to share my story with Rotary Club of Southbank on Tuesday 9th April 2019. As always after our lovely gathering and talking about some inspiring work that our club has contributed recently, I had the opportunity to share my story.

Prior to the event I was struggling to find a perfect speech. Being a perfectionist, being perfect all the time is one of my core goals. However something inside me kept saying that I should share my raw self and be open and honest and share my journey; failures, mental struggles of becoming what I'm today.

After so many hours of self talk, that's what I exactly did I opened about my struggle with mental health and being lost as a teenager in this country and having to leave up to the highest expectations from my parents. Not knowing where to go and how to get help and almost certainly not knowing that I actually had a mental health issue that I needed help.

Coming from a Sri Lankan background as a family we didn't talk about mental health. It's almost certain that my parents believed that as children we had everything. Yes we did we were given lots of amazing opportunity to succeed, financially looked after and loved and cared for but never given opportunity to talk about how we felt inside.

And that cycle of patterns plus struggling to make my way up in a country ( Australia) that I'm new too and working really hard to finish my education and live up to my parents expectations put me in a very dark place. I remember one day close to the age of 18 and telling my mother that "I don't feel okay inside and nothing brings me joy anymore" (in reality all I wanted to tell her was I'm ready to give up life). She looked at me deep in the eyes and said "But you have everything".

That's all she knew. As the saying goes your a product of your own culture for someone like my mum mental health was never a important issue. I never blamed her for that because you don't know what you don't know.

From that moment I made a promise to myself I'm going to figure this thing out. The first step to healing was to understand that I had "major depression" and needed medication to fix my serotonin levels in my brain. Being a stubborn teenager I refuse to believe that I needed medication and remember walking out from the doctors room saying "I can fix myself " and that's exactly what I start doing. I read every single piece of article I can find about depression and learn about the importance of "gratitude". I learned I'm the master of my own ship and I took looking after myself as a greater responsibility. I hang out with inspiring people and learn how to properly meditate and listen to positive podcasts and affirmations everyday, I learn to appreciate small things in life from morning sunshine to a warm hug.

Although I was struggling inside, from the outside world I was a high achiever. I completed my higher education with high marks, created a successful business by the age of 25 and start building a school while sponsoring 7 children in Africa and Sri Lanka while trying my very best to look after myself. Giving back to the community and knowing that I had the opportunity to change someone's life was a great part of my healing journey.

So here I'm at the age of 29 being pregnant with my beautiful baby, married to love of my life and living the life that I always wanted. It's not because of I was lucky but only because of I made a choice to not to give up.

I hope and pray who ever reading this; "May universe give you the power to understand your own potential and believe your journey is unique and inspiring exactly as you are and you have the power to become the best version of your self!".

Our club had the pleasure and honor in inducting our newest member for 2018-19, Jaqui Clark who was referred by a common Rotary family friend of President Amritpal Singh who happens to be Past President Peter Durrant and Rotarian Kay Durrant from Rotary Club of Karrinyup, District 9455 Western Australia (W.A.). Jaqui's vocation is in financial services and part of her New Year 2019 resolution is to join an organisation to give back to communities locally and worldwide. We are so pleased in having Jaqui in our club and with her induction, she has increased the club's male:female ratio being closer to 50-50.

    

We like to acknowledge the Guests that came:

  • Guests of Zeenath Zareen
    • Lucy Owens
    • Lily Chuah
    • Hong Tan
       
  • Guest of District Governor Nominee Philip Archer
    • Sandra Murray
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