Oct 25, 2016
Judith Bailey
Update on Scotsburn fire-affected Gardens, and Ballarat Observatory.
Oct 31, 2016
Magistrate Ron Saines MONDAY evening with RC Wend
Structure of the Parole Board and its Procedures: Golf Club 6:15pm
Nov 08, 2016
Nov 15, 2016
Annual Wine Auction
Recipient PINARC
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting roster
Greeting and Invocation
Disbursement of Funds
  • Prosthetics Laboratory for Vanuatu
  • Australian Catholic University Bursaries
  • Ballarat Municipal Observatory & Museum
  • Ballarat Mechanics Institute Kitchen
  • 3BA Christmas in July appeal
  • Ballarat Secondary College breakfast club
  • Les Pecheurs micro enterprise project - Madagascar
  • Aussie Action Abroad - Nepal
  • Interplast
Club Information

Ballarat West

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Ballarat Yacht Club
Lake Wendouree, Ballarat
Ballarat, Victoria  3350
District Site
Venue Map
Home Page Stories
The Installation of a reticulated hospital suction system into Vanuatu Central Hospital
A project of the Rotary Club of Ballarat West.
In 2014, Ballarat Health Services was expanding. The Hospital Suction generator which had been installed only in 2014, and which provided reticulated suction throughout the hospital, was no longer large enough to service the new hospital.
The hospital purchased new equipment, and offered this very large system, which was hardly run-in, to the Rotary Club of Ballarat West

Congratulations to our own Lidia Aitken on being presented with the Mayor’s Award for Ballarat Senior Citizen of the Year.                                                                                         Lidia was honoured with her award on the 28th of September at a special presentation in the Town Hall.
She said she was ‘gob smacked’ when her name was read out, believing there were other more worthy recipients on the list.
“I just never, ever expected it,” she said softly.
A Dental team form the Rotary Club of Ballarat West, D9780 presented a Pantomime promoting dental health in schoolchildren in Vanuatu. They visited 16 kinder-gardens and junior schools in this Pacific Island which is only four and a half hours flight time from Melbourne,  and thrilled these young children with a visual presentation of how easy it can be to look after your own oral health, and the terrible things that might happen if you don't clean your teeth!  Aarrgghhh!
A modified shipping container has been converted into a modern Dental Prosthetics Laboratory by Rotarians in Ballarat and shipped to Port Vila in April 2016.
The container was  fully stocked with new equipment and supplies, and is now permanently sited next to a dental clinic where it will be used to provide a charitable removable denture service for disadvantaged edentulous Ni-Van people.  
The new laboratory, as it is adjacent to the PCV eye clinic which makes spectacles, will also be useful for optical work!
Our club has recently hosted a student as part of “Watch and Learn Internship for Business Students” from Irkutsk, Russia. We offered such a placement to Violetta Makarova for the duration of a little over five weeks from June 28th to July 30th  2016.
We were able give Violetta exposure to the richness of the City of Ballarat and surrounds, its early history and culture.
She spent two-week placement at Sovereign Hill in the Marketing Department where she was a part of the Christmas in July program, dressed in period costume interacting with Visitors to the Park.
A Twenty Five Year History of Student exchange with Sonora USA
It has been twenty-five years since The Rotary club of Ballarat West had here first short term student from Sonora USA.
It all began when the club received a letter from Richard Rohrbacher, the president of The Rotary club of Sonora Sunrise who had researched clubs all over the world looking for a club with a similar background. He, a historian was able to find both clubs were charted in the same year 1986 and both had a history of gold mining in the 1800’s. 
A Senior Tongan dentist (Dr Susistina Piukala) has spent a month on a dental education attachment with the Rotary Club of Ballarat West. This visit was sponsored and facilitate by the Rotary Clubs of Ballarat West & Nuku’alofa: it is part of a twinning program set up between the Dental Department of the Vaiola Hospital, Tonga, and Dr David Goldsmith, a member of the Rotary Club of Ballarat West D9780.  (RAWCS Tonga Dental project 144/2005-6: November 8th to December 4th 2015)
We were able to put together an interesting blend of professional clinical work, discussions with experts in a wide variety of dental subjects whilst combining this with an enjoyable social program. Dr Piukala is a Senior Dental Officer in the Kingdom of Tonga.
As Dr Piukala (Susi) did not have registration with the Australian Dental Board she was not permitted to carry out clinical treatment on patients in Australia. However she was able to closely assist in many clinical operations, observe a wide range of dental procedures and do hands on technical dental prosthetic work.
The exchange allowed Susi to make many important contacts offering opportunities for sustainable dental projects in the future. As Susi’s surgeon husband, Saia Piukala, is the Tongan Minister of Health and a Member of Parliament, this might well be a very significant exchange.
The Fiji University RAWCS Dental Caravan donated by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West has received a new set of murals courtesy of Colgate Fiji.
The caravan donated in 2013 is used by the University to provide free dental treatment in rural areas of Fiji and to train students in their Bachelor of Oral Health degree.
The Ballarat Base Hospital has moved its dental department from the Ballarat Base Hospital to a completely new 20 
chair facility in Sebastopol.
None of the old equipment went into the new facility
DHSV and BHS generously offered all of the fittings and most of the dental equipment to Ballarat West Rotary club 
to reuse. Expressions of interest for various items of this equipment have been received from dental departments in the Solomon Islands, Fiji and 
Vanuatu for this equipment.  The total value of all this equipment, fixtures and fittings would be in excess of $250,000.
Ballarat Health Services has very generously donated a retired hospital suction system (via the Rotary Club of Ballarat West) to the Port Vila Hospital.  The system was surplus to the hospital needs as it has expanded its size recently, with the suction system (installed in 2004) needing to be replaced with a larger system
The club has been working DIK (Geelong) and with members of the Vanuatu Health Resource Mechanism, an Australian Government program to supervise aid Australia directs towards Vanuatu
Visiting Indonesian anaesthetic registrars Regina Agustiantina and Retti Kartika want to take new pain management methods from Ballarat back to their huge East Java hospital. Here they are seen visiting the Royal Children's Hospital, with paediatric anaesthesia specialists Assoc Prof Philip Ragg and Dr Balvindar Kaur. See the attached article printed in the Ballarat courier Saturday the 10th of October, and prepared by journalist Melanie Whelan
The Rotary Club of Ballarat West has just notched up a major mile stone with its Murray to Moyne Bike Ride team. It has now raised over $100,000 over thirteen years,  a tribute to its main driver, Rtn. Wayne Cooper. The club at its recent change over dinner recognized Wayne's role in this and in other endeavours such as his ongoing contribution  to the Sonora Exchange and to fundraising by awarding a Paul Harris Fellowship in his name. To see the report of this year's ride ...
On 17th February 2015 Dr. Margaret Carswell of ACU and Teaching Students; Jessica Arceri, Haylee Fithall, Laura Maconachie and Jessica Thewlis were welcomed to The Rotary Club of Ballarat West meeting.
The four students were each recipients of a Bursary granted by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West to assist with accommodation and other expenses incurred during  pre-service placements in rural schools.
Each student presented a written report on and spoke to the club about her individual experience and the contribution the bursary to this.

Interplast is delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded full accreditation as part of the Australian Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Cooperation Program, referred to as the ANCP. Through the program, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) partners with Australian development NGOs who implement their own development and poverty alleviation programs overseas.

The Rotary Club of Ballarat West, in conjunction with RAWCS and a number of other Rotary Clubs in District 9780 has continued to develop dental initiatives for our neighbouring Pacific Island neighbours
This year three major dental initiatives have been concluded, driven and executed by member dentist Dr David Goldsmith PHF. The Tongan program was begun in 1996, and has been followed up with annual supporting visits since.
A major dental audit of 7 year old children, over15 years has been completed to confirm major progress in management of dental disease in Tonga.
Two dental vans (in addition to the van used in the audit in Tonga) have been delivered to Vanuatu and to Fiji this year. Both vans have been fully refurbished, and were packed to the hilt with other dental equipment for the respective communities.

A dental team sponsored by the Rotary club of Ballarat West visited Tonga to finalise a study into Tooth Decay in Tongan schoolchildren which began in 1998.  Seven primary schools on Tongatapu involving children aged 6 and 12 years old were targeted covering geographically and socio-economically separate areas of the main island of Tongatapu. A total of 708 children were examined and the same schools were used as in previous studies for consistency.  
This study is to World Health Organisation (WHO) Oral Health Survey criteria (Ball-ended probes etc.) so the results are directly comparable with similar surveys throughout the world. The W.H.O. reports that there is a current shortage of recent accurate data on caries trends in the Pacific Islands and most other developing countries and is encouraging more studies to be done, so the timing is ideal , and is exceptional in maintaining the same examining team over such a long period of time.
It is of further importance because at the beginning of the study there was no preventative dentistry being conducted in these schools and by the end of the study tooth brushing and fluoride mouth rinses were being universally implemented in Tonga
RAWCS project number144/2005 – August 24th.  to September 6th. 2013

The Rotary club of Ballarat West has joined with the Rotary club of Suva Peninsula Sunset to donate a fully equipped mobile dental caravan to the Fiji National University Department of Oral Health. This Faculty trains the majority of dental professionals working in the Pacific Islands including Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Prosthetists as well as dentists.                        

preparing van for Fiji at DIK Geelong


District 6040 is a very satisfied member of the ClubRunner Network. Below are some membership retention best practices collected from the district's most successful clubs.

Potential problems in this electronic age...



And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this

'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Postal address

PO Box 442W,

Ballarat West

Victoria 3350 Australia

District 9780 Annual Conference 2017
March 31st - April 1st 2017
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
Community Service
Vocational Service
Club Service
International Service
The Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Public Officer
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Peter Nolan
    October 7
  • Robyn Campbell
    October 17
  • Ross Huntington
    October 17
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Helen McDowell
    October 7
  • Karen Florence
    October 9
  • Pam Engwerda
    October 29
  • Lindsay Florence
    Karen Florence
    October 5
  • Jack Engwerda
    Pam Engwerda
    October 10
  • Denise Jackson
    Evan Jackson
    October 26
  • John Oswald
    Valerie Oswald
    October 29
Join Date:
  • David Larkin
    October 15, 2013
    3 years
Rotary International News
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...