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Letter to the Rotary Club of Bangsar, on the occasion of the club changeover

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 19 August 2018
Letter to the Rotary Club of Bangsar, on the occasion of the club changeover

Message from President Amritpal Singh

Rotary Club of Southbank, Melbourne Australia (District 9800) to our sister club, Rotary Club of Bangsar, Malaysia

19th August, 2018

Rotary Club of Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

District 3300

My heartiest congratulations on your club's installation of President Vinesh Thanabalasingam and his board of directors. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to pen a few words.

Many of your club members and even Rotarians throughout District 3300 in Malaysia know that I'm a second (2nd) generation Rotarian and my parents are Past District Governor (2008-09) Dr. Rajindar Singh and Past Assistant Governor Surendra Kaur from Rotary Club of Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia in District 3300, your turf!!!

When I was President-Elect last year in 2017-18, Rotary Club of Southbank decided to expand our sister club relationship as then we have Rotary Club of Bali Taman, Indonesia as we had done two (2) Global Grant projects with them (2014 Water Project & 2018 Women's Health Project). Rotarian Judy Parslow from my club who is your greatest supporter and ally for many years, put the idea up to then President Liam Jones (2017-18) and I and we didn't hesitate, so we got the sister club agreement forms arranged and formalised right away that all happened on 29th August 2017.  We are so proud and happy we have formed this relationship with your club and hope this continues for years to come.

To add that at my club's changeover/installation on 7th July 2018 this year, we also formed a sister club agreement with Rotary Club of Teluk Intan! It's an honour and blessing to have two (2) clubs from District 3300, Malaysia to have formed sister club relationship with our club.

Our clubs were chartered on the same month, with your club celebrating it's 35th Anniversary next year on 16th May 2019 and my club celebrating its 20th Anniversary next year on 26th May 2019. We are separated only by fifteen (15) years and ten (10) days! Both clubs have rich history and takes pride for its undertakings and achievements since founding years till today.

Though the case, we should/must consider change to how we portray ourselves as Rotarians and how we represent Rotary as in our communities. In the past few months at Rotary Club of Southbank, we have made necessary changes and we can see results, it's proven. Like any other corporations, industries and others, Rotary clubs needs to reinvent ourselves to be purposeful, meaningful, and beneficial so we have engaged members, interested people to be subscribed members and to have people volunteer with Rotary whenever possible.

On behalf of the members from Rotary Club of Southbank, I take this opportunity to congratulate Incoming President Vinesh and his board for the 2018-19 term and to Outgoing President Billy and his board for their services during the 2017-18 term. And many thanks for having us as your sister club all the way from Down Under, AUSTRALIA!!!

Yours in Service,


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New Zone 8 Public Image Coordinator Newsletter

Posted by Gina Bowden, Rotary Zone 8 Public Image Coordinator on 15 August 2018
New Zone 8 Public Image Coordinator Newsletter

Welcome to the first Zone 8 Public Image newsletter for 2018-19. It is a huge honour and a privilege for me to have been appointed as Rotary Public Image Coordinator for our Zone for 2018-2021 and while the task seems daunting at times, I'm very much looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. Being a Public Image Coordinator is a responsibility I do not take lightly and I will do everything possible over the next three years to ensure that the trust shown in me by Rotary International is deserved. We, my team of Assistant Coordinators and I, are excited about the opportunity to work with all of you over the coming months in our efforts to raise Rotary's profile.

  • Meet the Public Image Coordinator Team
  • Hobart Public Image Seminar
  • Sharing our PI Stories
  • Floriade Charity Partner
  • Brand News
  • Are we making the most of our Opportunities?

Read the full newsletter.


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#RotaryDay at the Winter Night Market

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 14 August 2018
#RotaryDay at the Winter Night Market

We weren't sure if it would go ahead due to excessive rain and the cold, however the weather got better around 5:30pm and off we went. Fifteen (15) or more of us consisting of Rotarians (Southbank and North Melbourne), Rotaractors from Melbourne City,  family and friends who came to enjoy the festivities at Queen Victoria Market on the Wednesday night on 8th August 2018.

It was an enjoyable day not just for the company and being part of the night market, but to also promote Rotary to wider public in this setting. Several patrons to the night market came up to us to ask about Rotary, the projects at hand and many other topics, as we donned our Club T-Shirts. Therefore, we decided to piggy back this event as over 20,000 people were at the Winter Night Market but most importantly it echo's what Rotary International President Barry Rassin said "Rotary Days events to offer the chance to have an impact in your community, build long-term partnerships, increase interest in membership, and improve Rotary's image". Acknowledgement goes to Raj Vithi Veeran and his parents for making the t-shirts for our club and coordinating the delivery from Malaysia to Australia.

You would think that promotion online via website and social media channels would not get much taction or attention to draw committed people for club meetings/events/project. We were proven wrong as we met Levent Tökün who found our event on Facebook. He is a Rotaractor from Istanbul-Maslak Rotaract Club in Turkey and studies in Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany doing his World Heritage Studies Master's Program. He came to Melbourne, Australia on a six (6) months study exchange program with Deakin University in Cultural Heritage Master's Program. His Rotary journey begin when he was twelve (12) when he joined Interact and then Rotaract when he turned eighteen (18). Levent was a member of Rotary International Rotaract-Interact Committee two (2) years ago and to add, his mother and aunt have been Rotarians for two (2) years with the Rotary E-Club of D2440, Turkey.

Levent says that "Rotary is the best school for me" and thanks Southbank Rotary for our welcoming event with so much energy and thank President Mary Zindilis and President Elect George Zindilis from North Melbourne Rotary for their warm conversation.

No matter how big or small our club meetings/events/projects are, it means to be meaningful, purposeful, and impactful within and outside Rotary. It is now a month and a half since commencing the 2018-19 and it's been amazing to see how the necessary changes in the club is sparking more action of ideas coming to reality and having interest from our communities wanting to know and be part of Rotary (either in volunteering and/or being a subscribed member). Many more of this to follow-on throughout the year!

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Membership & Community Development

Posted on 13 August 2018
Membership & Community Development

This month is about Membership & Community Development and we have done a number of things (yes, again!) which includes:

  • #RotaryDay at Winter Night Market on 8th August 2018
  • Rotaract District 9800 Changeover on 11th August 2018
  • Rotary Leadership Institute (Part 1) on 12th August 2018

Remember that person or group of people you met either from a common gathering, workplace, events or through mutual connections who'd like to give back to local and international communities? Are they Rotary Alumni's who are currently or have participated in our programs in the past (Peace Scholarships, Youth Exchange, Group Vocational Exchange, Rotaract, Interact, EarlyAct, RYLA, MUNA, NYSF & other) ? - why not you tag them along for Rotary club meetings/event/projects to showcase what Rotary does and to show that we are PEOPLE OF ACTION!

I hope that we improve our membership base and to have a strong group of volunteers through Family & Friends of Rotary to help us in the good work we do. We can't be content with what we have and we need to keep improving & growing all the time. As President, I'm proud with all the members in Southbank Rotary for their tireless dedication, passion, hardwork and ambition to do good in the world through their vocation and helping communities (local & aboard) by upholding the "Service Above Self Motto".

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

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Rotaract District 9800 Changeover

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 13 August 2018
Rotaract District 9800 Changeover

We celebrated Rotaract's District 9800 Changeover (Melbourne City and Gateway Rotaract Clubs) on 11th August 2018 in Moonee Ponds. In attendance we had District Governor Bronwyn Stephens, a number of district Youth chairs, Rotarians (from District 9800 & 9810), Rotaractors (from 9800 & 9810), family and friends.

District Rotaract Representative Helena Toscas, President Martin Wilson from Rotaract Club of Melbourne City (co-sponsored by Southbank & North Melbourne Rotary Clubs) and President Michael Horridge from Rotaract Club of Gateway (co-sponsored by Tullamarine & Keilor Rotary Clubs) shared their aspirations, ambitions and vision to work closely with Rotary Clubs and to engage their age group in doing good in the world whenever or wherever time permits.

This is our future Rotarians, the Rotaractors, Interactors and Earlyactors plus all students who participates in the Youth Services program like RYLA, MUNA, NYSF and others. We as Rotarians MUST BE part of their journey and we need to continuously invest and develop the youth as they are the FUTURE.

The Rotaract Club of Melbourne City will also be holding a Harry Potter Trivia Night on 25th August, 2018 and would welcome you to come and join them.  BOOK HERE NOW!

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2018 Cross Egypt Challenge - A unique experience

Posted by Rotary Club of Alexandria, District 2451, Egypt on 9 August 2018
2018 Cross Egypt Challenge - A unique experience

Dear fellow Rotarians around the world,

As we are marching into the new 2018-2019 Rotary year, the Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan - District 2451 Egypt is wishing you a joyful new Rotary year.

We are also happy to renew our invitation to you and the members of your prestigious and respectful club to learn more about, and share our Rotary organized initiative, "Cross Egypt Challenge" that aims to promote tourism to Egypt and to prove that Egypt is still safe for tourism. May we, and you be the inspiration to more propsouous Rotary projects that help our communities around the world.

The world as we knew it is rapidly changing, and Egypt has been suffering from bad media and is being looked at recently as a dangerous place to visit. However, the reality of things is: Egypt remains a very safe country to visit.

This affects Egypt largely, a country depends highly on tourism as a main source of income. We as Rotarians from this side of the globe feel it is our duty to let our fellows worldwide know that Egypt is still a marvellous and safe place to travel to, and to enjoy some of the best sights in the world. We send a strict and honest assurance message to our fellows everywhere that the situation in Egypt is very safe and we invite you to experience this first hand by taking part in our initiative: Cross Egypt Challenge which was also featured in the January 2017 issue of the international "Rotarian Magazine" - please click here to read the Rotarian article-

Cross Egypt Challenge is an international cross-country motorcycle and scooter adventure tour conducted throughout the majestic and fascinating Egypt. Participation is not only open to Rotarians but also open to any interested rider, their accompanying spouses and friends from around the globe who wish to visit and explore this marvellous country in a unique way.

This amazing Rotary project started in 2011 and for the past 7 years, Rotarians and riders from over 40 countries took part  in the adventurous challenge. This year the challenge will start on October 11 and will last for 10 days and will include some of Egypt's top attractions and off the beaten track destinations.

A normal practice we conduct during Cross Egypt Challenge is an annual "Sahara Rotary Meeting" where visiting riding Rotarians along with Rotaracts from our organizing team conduct an official Rotary meeting in the Egyptian Desert please view attached image -, a practice that we happily repeat at each new season.

Cross Egypt Challenge provides a very rewarding and challenging experience for participants from around the globe as it combines the best of adventure travels and extreme sports. The 2018 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will include one of the best routes in the history of the challenge and will pass through many of Egypt's finest spots including modern cities, coastal resorts, historical sites, Egyptian western and eastern deserts and Egypt's Nile Valley.

I invite you, your club and the members of your club to support our initiative by:

  1. Register for the rally, and ride or join a fellow rider in our chase vans this October in Egypt to enjoy a once in a life-time experience (a motorcycle and scooter rental option is available for international participants). Direct link to the registration application which can be completed in 5 minutes is: www.crossegyptchallenge.com/registration.html
  2. Share the news about Cross Egypt Challenge with your fellow members and even friends in your circles, and invite them to ride and explore Egypt this October
  3. Spread the news out to your local community and local press to promote this Rotary initiative, and the image of Rotary worldwide.

For more information or to register, please visit our website: www.CrossEgyptChallenge.com and LIKE our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CrossEgyptChallenge

We look forward to hearing back from you, welcoming you as a rider in Cross Egypt Challenge 2018 and host you in our annual Sahara Rotary meeting.

For any more information about the challenge, please do not hesitate to contact the club.

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#PeopleofAction - Tree Planting Day & Run Melbourne Fundraiser

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 5 August 2018
#PeopleofAction - Tree Planting Day & Run Melbourne Fundraiser
What are the odds that two (2) club projects/events would occur on the same day, that exactly happened to us on Sunday, 29th July 2018. It was a fulfilling day for the club and we enjoyed it so much! This is why we join Rotary because we are PEOPLE OF ACTION!

Tree Planting Day - in conjunction with National Tree Day

It was National Tree Day where Rotarians joined together from clubs (Southbank, Croydon, North Melbourne, Essendon North), scouts and other community groups to plant trees. Thanks to a huge turn out of volunteers, we planted over 4,000 trees in under an hour!

We'd like to acknowledge and thank everyone from the four (4) clubs:

Rotary Club of Southbank (11)

  • Amritpal Singh
  • Saira Griffin
  • Stuart McArthur
  • Raj Vithi Veeran
  • Ashwinna Asair
  • Lilian Ndarukwa
  • Zareen Zeenath
  • Faisdeen Marikkar
  • Neha Bachani
  • Kim Sng
  • Carl Attwood

Rotary Club of Croydon (8)

  • Jean Stuart
  • Joy Varughese
  • John Anderson
  • Kevin Francis
  • Ross Taylor
  • Eric Thomas
  • Bev Thomas
  • Dawn Anderson

Rotary Club of North Melbourne (3)

  • Mary Zindilis
  • George Zindilis
  • Manjula Pragasam

Rotary Club of Essendon North (1)

  • Nathan Phan

Run Melbourne - Fundraiser for Steps Outreach Service

We raised a massive total of $8,691.54 through donation & fundraising for Steps Outreach Service in conjunction with Run Melbourne 2018. Members of the club (Philip Archer, Sally Page and Liam Jones) were the people of action in making this happen! Since 1985, Steps Outreach Service help young people with long-term relational and practical support, including advocacy, referral and material aid and Rotary Club of Southbank has been supporting Steps for over 15 years.

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Rotary Radio And Facebook Communication - 2 Bright Ideas!

Posted by Bronwyn Stephens on 5 August 2018
Rotary Radio And Facebook Communication - 2 Bright Ideas!

By Brownyn Stevens, District Governor, District 9800

Travelling up and down the Calder highway and east to west across the Westgate and being made so welcome in our Clubs is a joy and privilege. May I start by saying "thank you" to the Rotarians and Club boards that have welcomed Mark and I at your meetings.

It is my intention to share in these reflections great ideas. In this year of "Being the Inspiration" it is my hope that our communities will have the opportunity to share in Rotary service, that we won't be hidden and contained as the best kept secret, but will, as the words of Past District Governor Neville's daughter Kat John's glorious song words chime, "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine".

Bright idea No 1.

Rotary Radio on Friday evening is a great way to share our Rotary stories. It is also the perfect medium to ask for assistance to get ideas from a wider audience. Broadcast live on Friday eve­nings at 6pm it isn't perhaps a convenient time to listen in, but on podcast at the District 9800 website, or downloadable via iTunes at any time it is interesting, engaging and helps us get to know our Rotarians, their projects and needs better.

Yesterday I listened to Rotarians Against Malaria guru - Rotary North Balwyn member Bill Oakley. Not only did I get to know the man better but heard what is happening at the RAM space. I now appreciate what the need is in the malaria space particularly in our near neighbours.

Resoundingly the word from 2018-2019 Presidents and borne out by their support of each other at Club Changeover events is collaboration. This is something that Rotary International President Barry Rassin would be delighted with. It will foster sustainable and impactful projects.

In the words of Rotary Glenferrie President Charles Tran while being interviewed by Ian Salek on Rotary Radio "Rotarians are dream makers - they make dreams come true." Charles is 34 year old and only joined Rotary 4 years ago. He described his Club when he first visited as friendly and welcoming. He was delightedly shocked at the enormous number of projects they were doing. Charles focus in his Presidential year is collaboration ....

So listening to the podcasts is fascinating, diverse and very worthwhile.

Rotary Melton Valley shared with Mark and I that the local Mayor is welcoming homeless and disenfranchised youth in their space. They are feeding them and giving them a sense of purpose. Rotary can go forward with the community in designing a facility to really manage this community need. The Club are needing skills, resources, Clubs and agencies that have done this before to assist. If they shared this on Rotary Radio what could be possible?

Rotary Radio - https://rotarydistrict9800. org. au/sitepage/rotary-radio-94-1fm/podcasts-2018---2019

Contact David Proud, Ian Salek or Jonathan Sheppard and make yourself available for an interview on Rotary Radio if you have an idea or need that you would like to share.

Bright Idea No. 2

Our District 9800 Discussion Facebook page is being embraced by some Clubs as a medium for sharing their good news stories, events and projects. With over 750 Rotarians subscribed it's a great communication tool. The ground rules are that only Rotarians are invited please to this page - it is for our communication.

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Cluster led by Bat Team and Superman

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 4 August 2018
Cluster led by Bat Team and Superman

What a month it was for the club for July'18; we had our:

  • Changeover (7th July 2018)
  • Yoga / Mindfulness Day @ Boyd Community Hub (14th July 2018)
  • First club meeting to hear Molina Swarup Asthana to talk about 'Opportunity in the face of adversity' (17th July 2018)
  • First face-to-face board meeting (24th July 2018)
  • Run Melbourne Fundraiser for Steps Outreach Service & Tree Planting Day with Rotary Clubs of Croydon, Southbank, North Melbourne, Essendon North (both on 29th July 2018)
  • Batman Cluster Meeting (31st July 2018)

A total of 7 events/projects/meetings for the month - wow! I'm sure in the months to follow it would not be this excessive but here at Rotary Club of Southbank, anything can happen as we are #peopleofaction.

To recap from the Batman Cluster Meeting held on 31st July 2018 at the Belgian Beer Cafe. We had a total of 23 people (combination of Rotarians & guest) that came, and the Batman Cluster Presidents wore their Batman T-Shirt plus Assistant Governor wore his Superman T-Shirt - need to have fun and enjoy when we conduct meetings ;). They presented their highlights for the first 30/31 days as President for their club and informed what's in store for the rest of 2018-19 and key findings/actions taken to date.

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

Rotary Club of Brighton Assistant Governor (Batman) Dale Hoy
Rotary Club of Brighton North Past Assistant Governor (Batman) Kate Strain
Rotary Club of Melbourne President Robert Fisher
Rotary E-Club of Melbourne President Gabe Hau
Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Past District Governor Neville John
  President Neville Taylor
  Past Assistant Governor (Heritage) Ann King
  Therese Robinson
  Yanpu Zhang
Rotary Club of North Melbourne President Mary Zindilis
  President-Elect George Zindilis
  Past President Neville Page
  Past Preident Darren Veerapa
  Judy Page
Guest/Friend of Rotary Iris Goh (GM of Yogahood Australia)

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

8th August 2018: Rotary Day @ Winter Night Market in Queen Victoria Market
11th August 2018: Rotaract District 9800 Changeover - OurSpace
14th August 2018: Club Meeting - Ray White Southbank
25th August 2018: Harry Potter Trivia Night - Hosted by the Rotaract Club of Melbourne City
28th August 2018: Melbourne Homeless World Cup - 10 years on!


We apologise as we had incorrectly mentioned the amount raised for the Run Melbourne Fundraiser for Steps Outreach Service in the last newsletter (30th July 2018). The amount raised was $8,691.54

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