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Young Achiever Awards 2019

Posted by Rotary Club of Melbourne on 18 February 2019
Young Achiever Awards 2019
Each year the Rotary Club of Melbourne offers a number of awards to reward excellence in education, training, and vocational contributions to our community.

The Rotary Club of Melbourne Young Achievers awards recognise and honour three outstanding young Victorians with an award and a cheque for $1,500.
Awardees are invited to a luncheon meeting where a cheque and a Certificate of Achievement are presented.

If you know of persons who may qualify for this award, please discuss this with Reg Smith, Iqbal Reta, Dorothy Gilmour or other members of the Vocational Service Committee.

In 2019, the awards are expected to be presented in May. Awardees briefly address the Club on their experiences and aspirations.

The following criteria are considered when deciding the successful recipient:

  • candidate must be between 18 and 26 years of age;
  • candidate must have demonstrated outstanding success in vocational training, academic, sporting, artistic or business pursuits;
  • candidate must have also made a significant contribution in the form of service to the community;

Expressions of interest are called for by the 28th February 2019.

Enquiries should be directed to the Rotary Club of Melbourne Vocational Service Committee.

Nominations may be made by email to the Vocational Service Committee (office@rotaryclubofmelbourne.org.au) or preferably through the Club website.You will need to download the required nomination form - click here.

It should include a CV, an outline of educational and vocational achievements, details of community service activities, and be supported by a nominator and referees who can attest to the merit of these achievements.

To access the RCM website please click on the hyperlink provided here: http://www.rotaryclubofmelbourne.org.au

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Finding ways to help each other

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 6 February 2019
Finding ways to help each other

Southbank Conversations & Meetup is our club's 'informal meeting' where it gives an opportunity for club members to catch-up (including Rotary Family & Friends) and to also discuss about projects (planned or idea initiation) at the Belgian Beer Cafe, Southbank when we don't have our formal meetings scheduled.

On Tuesday 5th February 2019, we had Rotary Club of North Melbourne (President-Elect George Zindilis & Past President Neville Page) together with Assistant Governor (Batman) Dale Hoy from Rotary Club of Brighton and Past Member Dean Fakira to have a robust conversation on how our club can assist with North Melbourne's digital presence and to consider participating in each others projects/events where possible. Dean also shared with us his understanding and insights to the recent Royal Bank Commission report which came out recently. 

Remember to keep the following dates free and to RSVP on our website:

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Marching with Pride

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 6 February 2019
Marching with Pride

Continuing from the Midsumma Festival 2019, several Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Victoria came together under the Rotary LGBT Fellowship banner to march at the recent Midsumma Pride March on a very hot sunny afternoon (circa 40 degrees!!!) Sunday, 3rd February 2019. Thousands of LGBT community members and friends braved the hot weather as all of us marched proudly on Fitzroy Street in St. Kilda.

   

   

   

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To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 1 February 2019
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art

Despite a late apology from Destiny Rescue, we had Shanki Jayawickrama who happens to be a former Rotaractor from Sri Lanka to talk to us about Nutrition & Well-Being on Tuesday, 29th January 2019 - what a way to convert a guest to a guest speaker through persuasion! January is Vocational month in Rotary where we: 

  • Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
  • The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
     

Shanki who's vocation is in Nutrition shared her in-depth knowledge and advise about healthy living and how to have a balanced diet. One of the many pointers she shared was:

  • having four hundred (400) grams in your diet everyday (80grams per meal x 5 times a day)
  • incorporatiing fruits, vegetables and protein in your daily intake
  • physical and mental health can be done through simple exercises plus other recreational activities
  • you can indulge in three (3) glasses of red wine per month coupled with 2 pieces of chocoloates (80%)
  • through following the basic pointers above, it can reduce diseases and to some extent avoids the need of medical procedures per se
     


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

  • Guest Speaker
    • Shanki Jayawickrama
       
  • Rotary Club of Melbourne Park
    • President Gabe Parr
       
  • Rotary Club of North Melbourne
    • Past President George Zindilis
       
  • Guest
    • Campbell Olsen


Remember to keep the following dates free and to RSVP on our website:

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Rotary Family @ Midsumma Festival 2019

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 24 January 2019
Rotary Family @ Midsumma Festival 2019

Not only it was a sunny warm day, it was also when the Rotary Family (Rotary, Rotaract & others) came together to promote our wonderful organisation at the recent Midsumma Festival 2019 on Sunday, 20th January 2019 at Alexandra Gardens. Following Rotary and Rotaract clubs (not exhaustive list) volunteered throughtout the day and we thank them for their support & presence:

  • Rotaract Club of Gateway
  • Rotary Club of Bundoora
  • Rotary Club of Manningham
  • Rotary Club of Melbourne South
  • Rotary Club of Prahran
  • Rotary Club of Southbank
  • Rotary Club of Strathmore
  • Rotary Club of Templestowe
  • Rotary E-Club of Melbourne
     

     

So what is Midsumma Festival?
Midsumma Festival has been held annually since 1988. Melbourne's Queer community and friends come together for this collaborative, innovative celebration of queer arts and culture, presented over three weeks from mid January to early February every year. Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality. (extracted from www.onlymelbourne.com.au/midsumma-festival#.XEjj2cNuaUs).

     

Photo from left to right: Our very own Past President Steven Aquilina, President Amritpal Singh, President Gabe Hau from Rotary E-Club of Melbourne (also Past President of Southbank in 2008-09)

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Setting the bar for the new year

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 24 January 2019
Setting the bar for the new year

On Tuesday 22nd January 2019, Rotary Club of Southbank had its third (3rd) face-to-face board meeting + club assembly where we had a number of observers who came along to discuss on the first half that has past (Jul'18-Dec'18) and future plans for the second half (Jan'19-Jun'19) for the 2018-19 year.

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 supporting club members initiated projects or events that will take place in 2019, like supporting Diversity & Inclusion for Midsumma Festival, Pride March, IDAHOBIT and many others.  

We also had the opportunity to hear from club members on how we can take the club to greater heights from the success built to date in the club assembly segment. There were three (3) elements that each club member shared which was; what we should start doing, what we should continue doing and what we should stop doing. It is important to hear from club members as their are the pillars / foundation of Rotary Club of Southbank and they ensure that 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)
  • Judy Parslow (member)
  • Lilian Ndarukwa (member)
     

Remember to keep the following dates free and to RSVP on our website:

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A gift to get the year started

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 16 January 2019
A gift to get the year started

What a great way to start the new year for the club as we had Past President Kerry Kornhauser, OAM from Rotary Club of Melbourne who gave a presentation on the upcoming International Women's Breakfast which falls on Thursday, 7th March 2019. Kerry also gave us an update about EndTrachoma 2020 and to understand better in how we can pursue contribution towards this cause.

Peggy Kalantzis from Australia Post donated a number of items which includes soaps, towels, candles and many others for the EndTrachoma 2020 program through our club. We are grateful of Peggy's generousity and choosing Rotary to donate these items.

In addition, we welcomed back Past President Richard Shortt (2013-2014) as we presented his Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) - the first awardee for 2018-19! He shared his Rotary journey and how his wife Melanie Shortt (also past member of the club) who was instrumental in introducing Rotary to him in the first place. Great to have Richard back and congratulations again for his contribution to The Rotary Foundation which earned him his PHF.


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

  • Rotary Club of Melbourne
    • President Robert Fisher
    • Past President Kerry Kornhauser, OAM (Guest Speaker)
       
  • Family of Rotary
    • Vithi Veeran Subramaniam (Father of Treasurer Raj Vithi Veeran)
       
  • Past Member
    • Rotary Club of Southbank Past President (2013-2014) Richard Shortt

 

Remember to keep the following dates free and to RSVP on our website:

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Standing for diversity in our community

Posted by Rotary LGBT Fellowship on 14 January 2019
Standing for diversity in our community

The Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, and intersex (LGBTI) community have, and still face many struggles today. As Rotarians we must celebrate the diversity of all aspects of our communities and come together for the second time ever to be part of the Midsumma Festival Melbourne Pride.

Late last year our Rotary family came together for an LGBTI+ awareness session on 1st December 2018. Our next step is to promote Rotary within the community as an open and inclusive organisation and to walk side by side with members and allies of the LGBTI community.

This year we will hold an information stall at the Midsumma Festival, promoting Rotary as an organisation that is inclusive and open to all members of the community. Midsumma Festival serves as a celebration of Pride and many organisations hold stalls to promote themselves to the broader community, in order to raise awareness for inclusion. Being involved says you are an ally to the LGBTI community and shows Rotary as a diverse and inclusive organisation.

Volunteer at Midsumma Carnival
20th January 2019
Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne
Register your involvement and select a time here.
 

March in Pride
3rd February 2019, 10:30am
Fitzroy St, St Kilda
Registration and more information here.
 

Order Rotary Pride Merchandise
We have polo tops, Pink Fluro Vests, Hoodies, Singlets and Rotary Pride flags available.
Purchase online here.

 

For more information about our involvement in Midsumma Carnival and Midsumma Pride march, visit our website and distribute the poster below.

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Home Away from Home

Posted by Zeenath Zareen on 21 December 2018
Home Away from Home

"Surround yourself with people who inspire you to do better" by Robyn Williams

Joining Rotary Club of Southbank was the best decision I made in 2018 where I've met amazing Rotarians who have inspired me to be better and do better for the community. In some way or the other, it has ignited
my faith in humanity and inspired me to take action.

As a new member, I have received tremendous support from President Amritpal Singh and members of the club which is amazing. Within a month of my induction to Rotary on 25th September 2018, my husband and I found out that we are expecting our first child.

Having attended the Christmas party on 18th December 2018 at the Belgian Beer Cafe, I got to know a lot of
incredible people who genuinely put their energy into making this world a better place. This inspired me to continue with my journey towards giving back to the community.

Rotary delivers what it promises and I'm so happy to be a part of this wonderful organisation of incredible people.

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Extravaganza Party!

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 18 December 2018
Extravaganza Party!

We thought why not we throw a massive party to celebrate Christmas, New Year's Eve and our very own member Rotarian Judy Parslow's birthday on Tuesday, 18th December 2018 at the Belgian Beer Cafe, Southbank. Theme of the party was 'Over the Rainbow' which was to celebrate peace and happiness in the world. It was also a fundraiser for Seven Women which our club pledged to donate $1,000 to build a toilet for Seven Women's Guesthouse in Kathmandu. 

   

Seven Women's Guesthouse in Kathmandu will be a training ground for disabled and marginalised women to learn new skills in the hospitality industry, creating employment pathways. Once renovated, this enterprise will generate local income through housing tourists. These funds will be used to fund core programs like education, skills training and income generation in rural and remote Nepal.

President Robert Fisher (Rotary Club of Melbourne) gave a toast to Rotary International, President Meg Ryan (Rotary Club of Brighton North) gave a toast to Australia and President John Wall (Rotary Club of Melbourne South) gave a toast to diversity.

President Amritpal Singh gave his remarks and congratulated the club for the efforts made to date (Jul'18 to Dec'18) and urged all members, visiting Rotarians and guests to look out for what is in store for 2019 (Jan'19 to Jun'19). In 2019, our club will be hosting the Multi-District Conference Club Dinner at the Belgian Beer Cafe, Southbank on Friday 15th February 2019 and will be celebrating the club's 20th anniversary on Sunday 26th May 2019.

Few awards were presented:

  • Certificate of service recognition & penny for Polio to DJ Nico Deoki for giving his time to entertain all guests for this occasion.
  • Rotary Hero awards to Rotarian Judy Parslow (Rotary Club of Southbank & Seven Women Supporter) and Rotarian Stephanie Woollard (Rotary Club of Melbourne & Seven Women Founder + CEO) for their commitment, dedication and superheroic spirit to upload the ideals of doing good in the world.

   

Rotarian Judy explained about the theme of the event and had a number of games like hitting the pinata, friendly fining of guests who accidentally burst their balloons by donating to the rainbow jar and many others to keep everyone entertained & upbeat. Even Santa Claus came to give presents to all of us!!

   

The main extravaganza was the auction (including the silent auction) on a number of items which was donated to the club for the Seven Women fundraiser. Rotary Club of Southbank raised $2,742 for Seven Women which $1,000 will go towards building the toilet for the Guesthouse in Kathmandu and the reminder $1,742 will be given to Seven Women as education scholarships.

   

It was a successful 'meeting + event' to end 2018 and the club will be back on Tuesday, 15th January 2019 - click here for more information.

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

  • Family of Rotary
    • Saira Griffin - Zaparas Lawyers & Rotary Club of Southbank First Lady (Fiancé to President Amritpal Singh)
    • Vivien Kane - Spouse of Rotarian Nicholas Kane
       
  • Rotary Club of Brighton
    • Assistant Governor (Batman Cluster) Dale Hoy
    • Maureen Hoy
       
  • Rotary Club of Essendon
    • Assistant Governor (Calder Cluster) Jenny Foster
       
  • Rotary Club of Brighton North
    • President Meg Ryan
    • President Nominee Peter Killey
    • Past Assistant Governor (Batman Cluster) Kate Strain
    • Doug Thompson
       
  • Rotary Club of Melbourne
    • President Robert Fisher
    • Myra Fisher
    • Rotarian Stephanie Woollard
    • Rotarian Ryan Saville
       
  • Rotary Club of Melbourne South
    • President John Wall
       
  • Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
    • President Nominee Therese Robinson
       
  • Rotary Club of North Melbourne
    • Past President Neville Page
    • Rotarian Judy Page
       
  • Rotaract Club of Melbourne City, Australia
    • President Martin Wilson
    • Alex Trakula
       
  • Seven Women Supporters
    • Jane Odgers
    • Tim Beardall
       
  • Guests of Rotarian Zeenath Zaren
    • Tanvi Chawla
    • Mansi Chawla
       
  • Guests of President Nominee Jasmin Dhillon
    • Brenda Cooke
    • Jane Doyle
    • Andrew Vance
    • Maxy
    • Georgia Pattos
    • Campbell Olsen
    • Archie Agarwal
       
  • Guests
    • Dean Fakira - Former Member
    • Manoel Felipe - Hononary Member from Rotary Club of Cruzeiro, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • Tatiane Dave
    • Sara Grisi
    • Ranielson Santana
    • DJ Nico Deoki
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