Speakers
Sep 27, 2016
Barry Bedggood, Ian Gay
Footy Tippping, Fiji
Oct 04, 2016
Board and Committee meetings
Hat Day: interesting, funniest, most creative, historical: $5 if you wear a hat $10 if you don't
Oct 11, 2016
Oct 18, 2016
Art Gallery Archibald Prize 5:50 pm $10
Partners night, meal at Eureka Pizza
Oct 25, 2016
TBC
 
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting roster
Chairman
Jones, Ross
 
Sergeant
Rowe, Ian
 
Greeting and Invocation
Roberts, Phil
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
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Ballarat West

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Ballarat Yacht Club
Lake Wendouree, Ballarat
Ballarat, Victoria  3350
Australia
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Home Page Stories
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!
 
 
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!
 
 
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

 
 
 
 

 
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District 9780 Annual Conference 2017
March 31st - April 1st 2017
 
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Member Birthdays:
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    September 21
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    September 28
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    September 6
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    September 23
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    September 22, 1986
    30 years
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    September 22, 1992
    24 years
 
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eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
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Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.