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Altona City

D9800 Australia

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Welcome to Altona City Rotary

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We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Kooringal Golf Club
Wilga Ave.
Altona, VIC 3018

0425 769 253
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Rotarian Major Brooke Jones captivated a meeting of 70 people with stories of her experiences in the ADF & overseas covering:
*Training to be a commissioned officer at the Royal Military College of Duntroon;
*Breaking a "glass ceiling" by becoming the 1st female to command a platoon of Military Police;
*Meeting Nancy Wake (the "white mouse") in the UK;
*Deploying to East Timor in 1990 as a Logistics Officer;
*Undertaking a 4 week training course as a Body Guard;
*Driving into an ambush;
*After leaving the ADF, spending 5 years in the Middle East and becoming a magazine editor in Syria;
*Re-enlisting and training Military Observers on behalf of the UN, at the ADF Peace Operations Training Centre;
*President Maureen suggested Brooke's story could become a movie or a book...
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L-R: Celeste Casale, Mayor Cr Jonathon Marsden, ACRC Community Service Director, Marg O'Neill, and Jessica Alger.
Four local teachers were recognised in Altona City Rotary's Annual Teacher Awards, presented by Hobson's Bay Mayor Cr Jonathon Marsden. The categories recognised were:
  • Encouragement awards for early-career stage teachers;
  • Achievement awards for more experienced teachers.
  • Team Awards will be included next year.
Celeste Casale (Notre Dame Campus) showed impressive progress in her pedagogy and support of student learning in her first year of teaching. Celeste's creativity, passion for her subjects, and enthusiasm for teaching engages and motivates her classes.
Jessica Alger (Emmanuel College) commenced teaching in 2019 and was recognised for her enthusiasm and commitment, often dedicating her lunchtimes doing additional work with students who are struggling or who need additional support.
L-R: Olive Chodowski (St Mary's PS, Altona), Mayor, Cr Jonathon Marsden, ACRC Youth Director, Jan Douglas, and Cassie Comyns (Williamstown HS).
Olive Chodowski has more than 4 decades teaching experience and was honoured for sharing her expertise in many leadership roles, and her ability to engage with every child.
Cassie Comyns (Williamstown HS) was recognised as an outstanding educator leading the promotion of student voice, leadership and agency in her classrooms and beyond. College Principal, Gino Catalano, said he was truly inspired by the positivity and passion that Cassie brings to each day and every student, teacher or parent interaction.
L-R: Barry Hanson & Charlie Montebello cooking sausages for Altona Schools Day...
50,000 snags! That's the milestone our Master Chef, Past President Charlie Montebello, achieved this week... Congratulations Charlie!
Altona City Rotary's cycling group conducted a bicycle safety lesson for members of the Vietnamese Association in Hobsons Bay. A great use for the Louis Joel Carpark, and a wonderful afternoon. Many of these women grew up riding bikes in Vietnam and came out to Australia in the 80s as boat people. Afterwards, a Vietnamese banquet was shared.
District Governor Bronwyn Stephens recognised Altona City Rotary's Inaugural Teacher Awards Night with a District Recognition for "Public Image & Communications."             
An excellent acknowledgement for the Club, and especially for the key Organisers.  Namely Master of Ceremonies (Charlie Hommelhoff), Keynote Speaker (Bernadette Schwerdt- Essendon RC), Jan Douglas (Vocational Director), Frank Landells (Catering), PDG Julie Mason who suggested the Teacher Awards Night, Loretta Cormack, Bronwyn Fanning (photographer) and Bryan Goodwin (Project Leader).
New Member Mandy Dayal presented an engaging and inspirational story about growing up in South Africa as a "non-white," in the days of Apartheid, and her journey to reach Australia.
  • being born and raised in a fruit orchard;
  • being segregated and told where to live;
  • how she had a Dutch friend, but they couldn't sit together to eat;
  • how she joined Jaycees, and went to a world convention after navigating family concerns;
  • The turmoil in South Africa after Nelson Mandela took over in 1994;
  • Why she decided to bring up her children outside South Africa, and ended up in New Zealand as a merit-based migrant (not a refugee);
  • Her stories about the huge cultural shock and the challenges of making a start in New Zealand were a little uncomfortable for one Kiwi;
  • How her family eventually came to Australia by way of a Company transfer in 2004, and enjoy the multi-cultural life.
Former PM Malcolm Fraser coined the phrase that "life wasn't meant to be easy." However the saying that "when the going gets tough, the tough get going" may better reflect Mandy's journey.
L-R: Marg O'Neill, Charlie Montebello, Cheryl, Mandy and Ray.
Running a "JV" BBQ at the Pier Street Market to raise funds for  "Tour de Cure," which has raised A$31 Million since 2007, and funded 266 world-class cancer research, support & prevention projects. While the crowd size was smaller than normal (due to weather) we raised over $400, which will be increased through a 23K walk which Marg is arranging.
Rotary is now more than a year into the process of revisiting its strategic plan, a process that will examine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in order to move the organization and enable it to thrive in the years ahead. Our new vision statement is the first lap in a 3-year journey...
Our new 24-word vision statement is:
"Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change- across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."
Our vision statement explains what we want to achieve, while our mission statement explains our focus and our strategic plan represents how we are going to get there.
A Rotarian is someone who, through their efforts:
  • Digs wells from which they will never drink
  • Restores eyesight for those they will never see
  • Builds houses they will never live in
  • Vaccinates children they will never meet
  • Plants trees they will never sit under
  • Educates children they will never know
  • Feeds hungry people, regardless of colour, race or politics
  • Knows real happiness.
Who are we (summary)?
  • A diverse group of male and female professionals, business and tradespeople of all ages, working to address community and international service needs and to promote peace and understanding.
What makes us different (summary)?
  • Our diversity
  • We see differently
  • We think differently
  • We act responsibly
  • We make a difference at home and around the world
Becoming a "Friend of Rotary (FOR)" may be an alternative to, or a potential "stepping stone" towards future Rotary membership. Friends of Rotary may suit people who are not presently in a position to become a Rotarian, and would give you a good insight about Rotary and our club. We have a growing list of people registered as Friends of Rotary.
Our work is channelled through five main areas of service:
  • Community service
  • Youth Service
  • International Service
  • Vocational Service
  • Club Service.
Dr Gary Presland
Jun 15, 2020 7:00 PM
How Nature has Shaped the City of Melbourne
Chris Banks, Zoos Victoria
Jun 29, 2020 7:00 PM
Zoo Victoria's International Conservation Partnerships
No Speaker (Board Meeting)
Jul 06, 2020 7:00 PM
Francesco Fedele
Jul 13, 2020 7:00 PM
Rotary Mentoring Opportunities
June 2020
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