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Catching-up with Wendy & Nick

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 22 February 2019
Catching-up with Wendy & Nick

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 19th February 2019, we caught up with Past President Wendy Bennett and Vice-President Elect Nicholas Kane to share highlights from the recent Victorian Multi District Conference and to converse on various topics like the in's & out's of the financial sector, environment sustainability and many others.

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Highlights from the Victorian Multi District Conference

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 21 February 2019
Highlights from the Victorian Multi District Conference

Number of us from Rotary Club of Southbank attended the first ever Victorian Multi District Conference (MDC) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 15th February 2019 till 17th February 2019.

Over 1,500 Rotarians and guests attended who came from the Victoria state, interstate and overseas. Rotary International Director-Elect Dr. Stephanie Urchick who is a member of the Rotary Club of Canonsburg-Houston Southpointe, USA (District 7330) was the Rotary International President Representative for this conference who was referred by Immediate Past Rotary International President Ian Risely himself!

Several keynote speakers like Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp, Founder of Pride Cup Jason Ball, Victoria's former Chief Commissioner of Police Christine Nixon and others spoke at the conference to share their stories and success that has a positive impact to communities dear to our heart.

     

     

     

At the start of the conference, the Peace Through Service Summit was held that brought together academics, political leaders, businesses, community leaders and peace activists to explore building peace and how Rotary can work with others to prevent and resolve conflict from international and local perspectives. It also highlighted the areas in which Rotary does its most significant work and by looking at Peace through Rotary's six (6) Areas of Focus to best leverage our service.

     

In addition to the conference, Youth Social Impact Forum were held featuring a range of inspiring speakers who work across a variety of community groups, non-profits and social enterprises, to learn from the very best when it comes to creating positive change within communities. This wouldn't be possible without the stewardship from Assistant Governor (Batman) Dale Hoy and his team members who made this a success - massive congratulations!

Towards the end of the conference, we celebrated Past District Governor (1992-1993) Gordon McKern, OAM from Rotary Club of Eaglehwak Service Above Self award for his contribution to Rotary particularly in championing the Bone Marrow Donor Institute (BMDI) Rotary House in North Melbourne back in 1999.

     

     

All of us from Rotary Club of Southbank thank the four (4) district governors and their respective organising committee's for a successful MDC:

  • District 9790 - District Governor Malcolm Alexander Kerr
  • District 9800 - District Governor Bronwyn Stephens
  • District 9810 - District Governor Russell Gurney
  • District 9820 - District Governor Janne Speirs


Picture taken from the Victorian Multi District Conference Gala Dinner

 



Past President Steven Aquilina, Rotarian Judy Parslow and President-Elect Sally Page doing food packing at the end of the conference.

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Coming together in Southbank

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 21 February 2019
Coming together in Southbank

Coinciding with the Victorian Multi District Conference, we hosted fifty-five (55) Rotarians and guests across District 9800, interstate and overseas for our Club Conference Dinner at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Southbank on Friday 15th February 2019.

It was a memorable evening as we had Sameer Vikram Babber (guest speaker) who spoke about "How small and medium businesses leverage data and technology to scale up business with ease", raised over $300 through raffles + auctions and celebrated birthday's for the February babies with a humongous Brunetti cake which amazed Immediate Past President Liam Jones!

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

  • Guest Speaker
    • Sameer Vikram Babber - Managing Director & CEO of SVB Group
       
  • Rotary Family & Guests (6)
    • Saira Griffin - Zaparas Lawyers & Club First Lady      
    • Dr. Balvindar Kaur - Sister of President Amritpal Singh      
    • Jim Chronopoulos - Brother-in-law of President Amritpal Singh     
    • Jaqui Clark - Allianz        
    • Dean Fakira - Past Member       
    • Bharadwaj Swaminathan - KPMG Australia & Former Interactor from Malaysia
              
  • Rotary Club of Melbourne South (2)
    • District Governor Bronwyn Stephens
    • President John Wall
       
  • Rotary Club of Brighton (2)
    • Assistant Governor (Batman) Dale Hoy
    • Maureen Hoy
       
  • Rotary Club of Brighton North (1)
    • Past Assistant Governor (Batman) Kate Strain
       
  • Rotary Club of Melbourne (1)
    • Katie Wilford - Rotary Global Scholar from Iowa, USA
       
  • Rotary Club of Cruzeiro, Sao Paulo, Brazil (1)
    • Manoel Felipe - Hononary Member 
          
  • Rotary E-Club of Melbourne (2)
    • President Gabe Hau (Past President of Southbank in 2008-09)
    • Past Assistant Governor (Stonnington) Caroline Ord
       
  • Rotary Club of Beecroft, New South Wales (1)
    • Immediate Past President Mark Anderson
       
  • Rotary Club of Altona City (1)
    • President Bronwyn Fanning
       
  • Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook (2)
    • President Catherine O'Connor         
    • Rotarian Fay Lunn   
       
  • Rotary Club of North Melbourne (12)
    • President-Elect George Zindilis
    • Past President Neville Page
    • Rotarian Judy Page
    • Past President Andrew Georgiou
    • Amanda Georgiou
    • Rotarian Larry Robb
    • Susan Robb
    • Immediate Past President Manjula Pragasam
    • Subu Pragasam
    • Rotarian Sainab Sheikh
    • Hassan Sheikh
    • Genny Degasperi
       
  • Rotary Club of West Footscray (13)
    • President Adam Gray
    • Angelika Gray
    • Past President Greg Ollett
    • Sue Ollett
    • Past President Denis O'Brien
    • Mary O'Brien
    • Rotarian Gabrielle Morgan
    • Past President Roger Climie
    • Jenny Climie
    • Immediate Past President Cecil Schmalkuche
    • Jane Schmalkuche
    • Rotarian Ian Johnson
    • Betty Johnson
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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


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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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