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#SouthbankRotary sets new standard by opening board meeting to members and guests

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 28 July 2018
#SouthbankRotary sets new standard by opening board meeting to members and guests

Before the 2018-19 year kicked in, the board made a pact to embrace flexibility in how we schedule, conduct and meet for board meetings. Though the case, Rotary International does require the board to meet monthly - so it got us thinking how we can do the change?

In Rotary Club of Southbank's constitution, it does allow the board to meet online if there is no quorum for face-to-face or there is a strong preference to meet online. So guess what, we created a group on Facebook Messenger and we have been conversing daily for the past few months, even in the wee hours of the morning and night - my doing, sorry team!

To not completely ignore face-to-face board meetings, we committed to meet in person once every quarter (July'18, Oct'18, Jan'19, Apr'19) to allow members, visiting Rotarians and guests to attend as observers to listen & discuss about club matters. And we did that on 24th July 2018 @Belgian Beer Cafe, Southbank. It was productive and everyone got something out of it. On behalf of the board, I'd like to thank the following observers for coming:

  • District Governor Nominee Philip Archer (charter member)
  • Kay Ledson (member)
  • President Mary Zindilis from Rotary Club of North Melbourne (who are co-sponsors with us for Rotaract Club of Melbourne City, Australia)

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

31st July 2018 - Batman Cluster Meeting
8th August 2018 - Rotary Day @ Winter Night Market
14th August 2018 - 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!

{Photo: 2018-19 Rotary Club of Southbank Board members being introduced at our recent changeover lunch}

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Annual Rotary Leadership Programs

Posted on 22 July 2018
Annual Rotary Leadership Programs

Rotary provides a number of Leadership Training Programs throughout the year for members, club officers and President Elects to develop their skils to lead their clubs and help them connect with their communities

President's Elect Training Course

14th October 2018 Part 1 (Country Clubs)
21st October, 2018 Part 1 (City Clubs)
15-17th March, 2019 Part 2: (Muli-District PETS)
14th April, 2019 Part 3:(All District Clubs)

Multi-District Conference (15-17 February, 2019)

For the first time next year, District 9800 will be joining forces with 3 other districts in Victoria for a combined District Conference to be held at the Melbourne Convention Entertainment Centre. This event will be a huge opportunity to hear the breadth of stories from clubs right across Victoria about the work they acheive in their Rotary Clubs and inspire us all to make a difference in our clubs.

District Assembly (19th May, 2019)

This annual event is a opportunity for all incoming club officers to develop skills to lead their particular roles in their club (e.g. President, Secretary,Treasurer, Club Service, Youth Service, Vocational Service, International Service, Community Service & The Rotary Foundation)

All members are welcome to attend.  For details and bookings, please contact Incoming President Sally Page, or your own club President Elect.

Strengthening your Club Workshops

12th August 2018 Rotary Gateway Function Centre, 26 High St, Kangaroo Flat 3555
19th August 2018 Baden Powell College, 81 Baden Powell Drive, Tarneit 3029
26th August 2018 Montague Street Continuing Education Centre, 100 Montague St, South Melbourne 3205

The District Support Team is conducting three facilitated workshops in August 2018, involving Warwick Cavell (Facilitator), Kerry Kornhauser OAM (Public Image/Communications), Yvonne Flynn (Club Service) and PDG Neville John (Membership Director).

These workshops will be hands-­on interactive sessions that will include:

  • Leading change in your Club
  • Identifying the elements of a strong, vibrant club
  • Project identification and selection
  • Member and Community engagement
  • Promoting your club projects and activities
  • Your One-Page plan on membership recruitment and retention

Two members from each club are invited to attend, preferably President and/or Membership rep. The workshop is general in nature and not club specific and will provide an understanding of the process that can be used and ideas around how other things, if done properly can improve member recruitment prospects and retention.

Rotary Leadership Institute

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a grassroots education and learning development program conducted in many Rotary Districts around the world.

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

Dates (2018-19)

12th August, 2018 Metropolitan Program (Part 1 & 2)
19th August, 2018 Metropolitan Program (Part 3 & 4)
9th September, 2018 Rural Program (Part 1 & 2)
23rd September, 2018 Rural Program (Part 3 & 4)

Future Leaders Seminar at the Zone Institute

Since Brisbane ("Where Else?") in 2011, there has been a Future Leaders Seminar held as an integral part of the pre-Zone Conference training program.

In the lead up to each of those Seminars, Districts from around the Zone have identified Rotarians they think could become their future leaders. From those Seminars have emerged Rotarians who have gone on to be District Chairs and Committee members, Program leaders and Assistant Governors. And from these future District Governors have emerged... Rotarians who have been inspired by the Seminar to offer themselves forward to lead their District when they saw the time was right.

The 2018 Future Leaders Seminar will take place at Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, on Thursday 13 September. It is a one-day event commencing at 9.00 a.m.

Districts should consider nominating Rotarians from their District who are able to share knowledge and experience in Rotary, as well as their thoughts and ideas on how best to lead. Through their involvement in the Seminar, participants will become effective future leaders in a variety of roles within their District. It is an investment in your District's future.

Places are limited, but it is hoped all Districts will be able to identify and nominate at least one future leader to attend - a minimum of 27 participants from across the Zone and across the ditch (New Zealand) sharing their passion for Rotary and their experience.

Register at http://www.rotaryinstitute.org.au/


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Beyond Adversity - Opportunity awaits at our first club meeting for 2018-19.

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 19 July 2018
Beyond Adversity - Opportunity awaits at our first club meeting for 2018-19.

17th July 2018 marked our first club meeting for the 2018-19 year and we had Molina Swarup Asthana as our guest speaker talking about "Opportunity in the face of adversity". The topic relates to how we as individuals, groups and/or organisations should approach in tackling hurdles and changes in this fast pacing world we live in. In fact, it is so relevant to what Rotary is undergoing at present - with flexibility of meeting frequency, ability to meet either face-to-face or online, having diverse membership, engaging with volunteers, promotion of Rotary through events/projects and many others.

We had a number of guests who came along;

  • Past District Governor Neville John from Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
  • Aria Brar, Elizabeth Mahoney & Sanjeet Bains from Justice Connect
  • Edgar Camacho - Southbank Resident & Friend of Rotary (through Past President Darren Veerapa from Rotary Club of North Melbourne)
  • Adam Breman - Friend of Rotary (through Past President Steven Aquilina)

It was a memorable meeting for two reasons:

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


LEFT: 17th July 2018 - Jasmin, Molina (Guest Speaker) and President Amrit

RIGHT: Past District Governor (District 3300) Dr. Rajindar Singh & Past Assistant Governor Surendra Kaur - picture taken during Rotary Club of Melbourne's Changeover on 27th June 2018 at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins

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Southbank Yoga and Mindfulness Day kicks off year of connecting community

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 16 July 2018
Southbank Yoga and Mindfulness Day kicks off year of connecting community

We kicked off our first club project/event at Boyd Community Hub in Southbank on Saturday 14th July 2018. It was a mid-morning of yoga and mindfulness where three (3) sessions were held to focus on:

  • Parents and Kids Yoga (11am)
  • 30 Days More Mindful (12:15pm)
  • Yoga 101 for Beginners (1:15pm)

There were about 20 attendees that came for this free community event and every participant truly enjoyed it and gave positive feedback - in fact they highly encouraged us to do this more as Southbank hasn't had many of these community driven events recently.

Congratulations and thank you goes to Iris Goh (friend of Rotary) who has co-ordinated this event on our behalf. Without her, this event wouldn't have taken place. Not forgetting our members Jasmin Dhillon in assisting Iris with the sessions and our beloved Nick Kane who kindly printed the posters so that it can be promoted online and throughout our communities.

This is a start of many things to come from our club so stay tuned for more.

We are back at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Southbank on the following dates so please RSVP on our website:

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Canada a champion in Polio eradication

Posted on 14 July 2018
Canada a champion in Polio eradication

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently accepted Rotary's Polio Eradication Champion Award at the Rotary Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in recognition of his country's contributions to Polio eradication. Canada has been a strong contributor to Polio eradication efforts for decades.

Shown in the photo is the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and the Rotary International President Ian Riseley from the Rotary Club of Cheltenham, Melbourne.

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How many clubs can one DG visit?

Posted on 14 July 2018
How many clubs can one DG visit?

By District Governor, Bronwyn Stephens

Sharing Club's Presidents' changeover events has been an utter joy and privilege. Thank you those who have invited the District Governor group. Apologies to the Clubs where we were not able to accept invitations. Some evenings there were as many as 5 changeovers held and only three of us available to attend.

Something that is fascinating, and we will experience more as the year unfolds. is how very diverse each Club is, and how you each do things your own way. There is so much to share in terms of your great ideas, meeting styles, venues, projects and demographics. One common denominator stands. Fellowship. We love to laugh, share a yarn. do a good job and help others while we are about it.

Rotary International President Barry Rassin said in his letter to incoming Rotary leaders, "Rotary is a team sport. We share the same goal: a world transformed by Rotary service, one project, one club, one community at a time."

Rotary Club of Yarra Bend President Edda Williams added

"That's why we all joined Rotary - to work within a community that shares the same ideals and hopes, to collaborate and cooperate to make a difference in people's lives. To inspire and be inspired. My aim in the for the Rotary year 2018-19 is to share conversations with the Rotary clubs in the Riverside and Eastside clusters so that collaboratively, we can pool resources to maximise the impact we can make in the lives of those in need. I firmly believe in having simple conversations, of making connections and in working together towards a shared and common goal."

Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst President Graeme Lyndos said

We will enjoy our 4F nights. Fun, Fellowship, Food and Fursdays.". Later he said Increased membership is a consequence of what we do.

In 2 weeks' time, Rob Rosaia. Paul Kirkpatrick and I will be attending a Jamshod Dinner, prepared and cooked by Afghani refugee men. This is a direct response to the presentation by Kay Graves and a challenge to our club to involve new members of our community. into who we are and what we do.

Rotary Club of Southbank President Amritpal Singh created a new Rotary theme ....


The District Support Team and I are here, stepping outside our Clubs. just to lend a hand in any way you ask. Please call or email if we can be of help. Rotary is important in Community, Youth, Vocational and International service. Thank you for all you will be adding in each of your Clubs. Mark and I look forward to being with you along the journey.

The District Governor is responsible for all of the 60+ clubs in our district and serves the role for one year.  Rotary Club of Southbank's own Philip Archer will also be District Governor in 2020-21 and looks forward to following the inspiration created this year by Bronwyn Stephens from the Rotary Club of Melbourne South and next year by Grant Hocking from the Rotary Club of Woodend in leading clubs to be their own leader in their communities.

Below is  collection of photos from Bronwyn during her visits to club changeovers.  How many clubs can you identifty?

2018 Rotary Club of Southbank Changeover2018 Rotary Club of Melbourne Park Changeover2018 Rotary Club of Kew Changeover


District 9800 Club Changeovers Collage 1

District 9800 Club Changeovers Collage 2


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2018-19 kicks of with a celebration - Bollywood Style

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 10 July 2018
2018-19 kicks of with a celebration - Bollywood Style

What a great start to kickoff the 2018-19 term with our Bollywood themed changeover on 7th July 2018 at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Southbank. We had 90 people in attendance - mixture of Rotarians, family and guests spreading across whole Victoria, interstate (NSW & WA) and internationally (Malaysia & Indonesia). It was a celebration and what a performance by Ranjhe bhangra group - fantastic young group! Sincere gratitude and thanks to all members and volunteers who helped to make this event a memorable one to remember.

Our first club project/event is on 14th July 2018, a community free event at Boyd themed "A morning to ... pause, recharge & reconnect" which is being organised by Iris Goh and our newest member Jasmin Dhillon. It is tailored to suit all ages and there is a great program in store for everyone.

We will reconvene at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Southbank on the following dates so please RSVP on our website:

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Summary of Achievements of Rotary Southbank for 2017-18

Posted on 6 July 2018

This year, under the leadership of President Liam Jones, Rotary Southbank has achieved a large number of successes.

Read on to learn more about some of them.

Club Service

President Liam Jones with his prize catch of fishThis year, we revived our guest speakers programme where we had over 20+ speakers who came to our club to speak on various topics, projects and food for thought ideas.Kay Ledson, Warrior Mom - Walking through New Mexico on her journey across America.

Other highlights of the year included:

  • Fishing trip on 23rd January 2018 as a club social event.
  • Club Planning Day on 28th April 2018 in Tallarook hosted by President Liam.
  • Club raids to North Melbourne and Point Gellibrand, Williamstown.

Community Service

Througout 2017-18, we have supported Kay Ledson who walked across USA to raise awareness on Spinal Cord Injury, an amazing 3102.5 miles (close to 5,000 km's) and 6,252,860 steps done. Not only it was a success, it also gave hope and faith to other Warrior Mumz that nothing is impossible.

For the upcoming 2018-19 year, the plan is to support Y-House Foundation in its quest to construct a multi-purpose rehabilitation centre for youth who needs special care.

In the month of December 2017, we partnered with Ray White Southbank to provide gifts to disconnected families and children through "A little Ray of Giving" initiative.

Association and partnership with Boyd Community Centre in Southbank continues by participating at the Boyd Street Festival on 12th November 2017 where we sold burgers and sausages as a fundraiser. We also had Southbank Residents Association, and other neighbouring community groups at this event. Peter Duras (from Central Melbourne Rotary) and his other members also partipated on the day and assisted with the BBQ'ing.

Our members also participated in the Rotary At Pride march on 28th January 2018, lead by Rotary Club of Prahran.

Vocational Service

Opening slide of Michael Byrne's presentation on Developing the Millennial Generation

Southbank organised a Millennial Breakfast (theme:Developing the Millennial generation; the future of leadership) at Crown on 16th November 2017 where we had over 200+ attendees from various corporate businesses, consulting arms and SME businesses to hear Michael Bryne, Toll CEO discuss global trends in the transport and logistics sector and how to embed the millennial generation who are tech natives with different expectations from their job and the world around them.

Rachel Johnson, CEO of Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) was the event's MC. She also spoke at our club meeting about the port industry in Victoria as a whole.

Youth Service

Last May 2018, Rotary Club of Southbank was successful in its application to co-sponsor Rotaract Club of Melbourne City, Australia with Rotary Club of North Melbourne.

Relationship and engagement with the club started early in 2017-18 and we hope that with our three clubs combined in force (Rotary Southbank / Rotary North Melbourne and Rotaract Melbourne City), Rotaract will not be isolated/left alone.

International Service

After many years of a strong relationship with our first sister club agreement in the early 2000's with Rotary Club of Bali Taman in Indonesia, Southbank now has Rotary Club of Bangsar in Malaysia as our second sister club.

We are in the process of finalising another two more sister clubs - one with Rotary Club of Teluk Intan in Malaysia and Rotary Club of Carlsbad Hi-Noon in USA.

Allies with Rotary Club of North Melbourne

This journey began when Sally Page (daughter of Past President, Neville Page and Judy Page from North Melbourne) joined Southbank in May 2017. Both clubs have visited each other's meetings and supported club events/projects, most notably during the Rotary Club of North Melbourne's Phonse Tobin Awards on 12th October 2017.

2018-19 will see further collaboration with North Melbourne including hosting of a Batman Cluster meeting on 31st July 2018  in Southbank while also supporting the Book Fair in early September together with the Phonse Tobin Awards.

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Experience the new Rotary DCS for yourself.

Posted on 6 July 2018
Experience the new Rotary DCS for yourself.

By Stuart McArthur, Secretary & Webmaster, Rotary Club of Southbank

Expressing the heart and soul of your Rotary Club is I believe what every club tries to achieve when they design a new website and the extent to which the Rotary Club of Southbank has been able to take the current Rotary DCS platform "out of the box" and populate it with all the best news and events of our club and district has been nothing short of exceptional.

For years, I have always thought of our club as an innovative club at the forefront of Rotary websites in Australia. But combine my own experience with the ease of use and capability of the system currently being offered; the opportunity to communicate who and what we are was not only a breeze, but extremely powerful in its reach.

Rotary DCS has allowed me with "practically" no hand holding, no back and forth emails, no huge wishlists, etc,. to populate our content, apply SEO principles (Search Engine Optimisation), create events and bookings, create multiple categories of blogs, individually customise the home page banner & menu, select from multiple webpage themes, create a newsletter with templates that already exist and more.

Sure the beginner will take more time to get their head around the system, learn the way the system works and most importantly tailor the system to their community and their needs.

And that is where I'll be there to support the early adopters to bring their sites to the fore and help build a partnership where Rotarians can celebrate not only what brings us all together as Rotarians, but what makes each and every Rotarian and each every club an individual force for change in their community.

And behind all that are the team at iVvy who will continue to enhance the system with the improvements that will take the system from exceptional to world changing.

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On World Elder Abuse Day (15 June) take a stand against elder abuse

Posted on 14 June 2018
On World Elder Abuse Day (15 June) take a stand against elder abuse

By Jasmin Dhillon,

Having recently witnessed a situation involving the reporting of elder abuse to a State government owned entity and seeing the despair and hopelessness firsthand, in that older person's eyes; I thought it a good time to reflect on this distressing and growing societal issue.  Currently, in Victoria, 1.25 million people are aged over 60, accounting for more than 20 per cent of the population. By 2031, our older population is set to increase, comprising 22 per cent of the population in Greater Melbourne and 31 per cent in regional and rural Victoria. 41% of Victorians aged over 65 and 46% of those aged over 85 were born overseas. Unsurprisingly, the victims of elder abuse are mostly women (72.5%).

We will all inevitably be a part of the above statistics one day, and although Elder abuse is a complex issue and experiences of elder abuse vary for people from different cultures, we can all play an active role in helping to minimise its prevalence within our sphere of influence.

Seniors Rights Victoria defines elder abuse as, 'any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as family or friends. It includes financial, emotional, physical, social or sexual abuse and neglect'. It may involve taking someone's money of possessions, not providing necessary care, making threats or stopping an older person's social contact, as well as physical or sexual abuse. Sadly, 60% of perpetrators are adult sons and daughters.

It is believed that elder abuse occurs due to ageism in our society, which negatively impacts on the way we respect older people. Adult children may have a sense of entitlement 'inheritance impatience', or as with many families there can be mental health problems, alcohol and other drug, gambling problems or an inability to cope with the person's care needs. The Australian Human Rights Commission reported that around 34% of Australians aged 55-65 years and 43% of Australians aged over 65 years have experienced age discrimination.

Although, the above information sounds alarming and too tough to tackle, and the Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $26.6 investment in public aged care services, and $6 million to tackle elder abuse by extending the trial of an integrated model of care.

We can all play a role in reducing this unfortunate societal trend.

  • First, we can be aware of our own unconscious bias when making hiring decisions, such as respecting the wealth of experience and knowledge older applicants possess.
  • Second, improving visibility of our ageing population by involving older people in community events and acknowledging their role in society and the importance of the contribution they have made.
  • Third, be vigilant and make an effort to talk to older people, many feel isolated and disconnected, making them easy targets for abuse. A simple hello and check-in can help more than you realise, and you may learn something of value.
  • Lastly, if you think elder abuse may be occurring refer the elder person to Seniors Rights Victoria's confidential Helpline: 1300 368 821.
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