July 2014

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Service above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:30 PM
Lyndon Grove Reception Centre
Surfcoast Highway
GROVEDALE, Victoria  3216
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CIRCUS QUIRKUS is a contemporary take on your favourite, traditional circuses of ages past and an annual fundraising project for our Club.  By hosting CQ we enable disadvantaged children and their families to enjoy this show, suitable for audiences of all ages.  No animals are used in Circus Quirkus, rather internationally renowned clowns, jugglers, acrobats and more delivery funny, hugely engaging and sometimes death-defying acts of unbelievable skill.  

This years performance is being held at The Arena, North Geelong on August 20. 



Club member Barbara Sheehan was the proud recipient of a Royce Abbey Award at the annual Changeover Dinner of Highton Rotary.  Royce Abbey, a member of RC Essendon, was A President of Rotary International and developed this award to be given to Rotarians in their first few years of membership, who show enthusiasm & commitment to the ideals of Rotary.  Congratulations to Barb

In February each year, we set up our BBQ in Highton Village & cook up sausages to share with our local community.  It is our way of saying thank you to those that support Rotary, either as a member of a Club, as a Friend of Rotary or as a community member who supports the work that Rotary does in the world.
We follow this up with a special Membership Dinner, and invite interested persons to come along and hear about what Rotary, and our Club in particular, is all about
OUR MEMBERSHIP DINNER THIS YEAR IS ON FEBRUARY 27, 2014.  PLEASE CONTACT US at  hightonrotary@gmail.com if you would like to come along

We are in a new year, and after the Christmas and New Year Festivities, we turn our attention to our Rotary Projects.  In January we once again put a huge amount of "person power" into volunteering at the iconic Pier to Pub swim at Lorne.  From handing out Registrations, to marking arm numbers, & counting swim finishers on the beach, it was a full rich day for all Highton Rotarians , family and friends.

In 1997, Nelson Mandela received the #Rotary Award for World Understanding, which was the highest Rotary honour then. At the time he said "Polio respects no borders, and that as long as one child suffers, all children are at risk". He knew the power that education played in this.

Thank you Nelson Mandela for all you've given the world. The world is better off and more peaceful because of your presence.


What do Shelterbox do?

They instantly respond to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid.

Each box supplies an extended family with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.

The cost of a box is $1,000, including delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the website.

Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.

Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief

If you can assist Shelterbox and would like to donate please follow this link to their donation website  http://tinyurl.com/mtdzlgd


Each year in July, a new Governor is appointed for every Rotary District around the world.  This year the District Governor for District 9780 is Ken McInerney and the video below outlines his vision around the Rotary Theme Engage Rotary - Change Lives.

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Upcoming Events



Jul 24, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
THIS meeting will be held at The Geelong Club
History of the Geelong Club
Aug 07, 2014
Michael Reid
Geelong Kokoda Youth Program
Aug 14, 2014
Janine Fischer
Identifying and Treating Arthritis
Aug 21, 2014
Circus Quirkus August 20 2014
Aug 28, 2014
PP Tony Stewart
Changes to the Rotary Foundation
Sep 25, 2014
Oct 02, 2014
PP Paul Brewster
Winning the battle for Relevance
Oct 09, 2014
District Governor Geoff James
Formal Club Visit by District Governor, together with a special farewell for PDG Alf Swan


Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together
In a municipal hospital in Cubatão, Brazil, a new mammography machine funded by a Rotary global grant provides breast cancer screening to women who previously had to wait for weeks before they could get in for a checkup with a doctor. A Rotary global grant also funded training for medical staff and cancer awareness education for people in the community. Isis Mejias Carpio of Houston, studying at the University of São Paulo on a Rotary scholarship, played an instrumental role in bringing together Rotary clubs in two countries to make the grant possible. Members of the Rotary Club of Cubatão,...
Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...
Blown away by the realities of human trafficking
At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She'd felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother's boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer - whose last name is withheld for privacy - was alone and vulnerable. She was soon lured into sex trafficking and was unable to escape for two years. Then she found Covenant House. "Studies have shown that if a young person ends up on the street, within 48 hours someone is going to approach them with the intention of exploiting...
Drug wars, financial setbacks no match for Mexico clinic
About 300 miles south of Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, is the small town of Guerrero in central Chihuahua. The community is home to the Guerrero Clinic, which has weathered neighboring drug wars and financial setbacks to treat the poor since 1980. Walter Branson, a member of the Rotary Club of Brazosport, Texas, in the United States, has been involved with the clinic since 1983. Branson says the governor of Chihuahua credits the clinic with providing 60 percent of indigent care in the state. The drug wars in Mexico, which began in 2006, initially scared away U.S....
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