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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

0499 999 469
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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...
Home Page Stories
Congratulations to Leon Mancini on the Royce Abbey Award presented by President Bronwyn (L) and PDG John King (centre).
As PDG John indicated, in a small club like Altona City RC, there is nothing more important than Membership!

Hobson’s Bay Mayor, Angela Altair, presented the Altona City Rotary Club’s inaugural Vocational Awards for Teaching Excellence at a special dinner held at the Kooringal Golf Club on 22 October. Another highlight of this special night was a terrific presentation by best-selling author, actress and online marketing specialist Bernadette Schwerdt. She spoke about how to build an effective online business.

Positive feedback was received from Mayor Angela Altair, Past District Governor Dr Murray Verso, and Guest Speaker Bernadette Schwerdt:
 (Emeritus) Mayor, Angela Altair said: 

It was very rewarding to be involved in the Altona City Rotary Club’s inaugural Vocational Awards for Teaching Excellence.

What a great opportunity to shine a light on our hardworking teachers who bring so much passion and commitment to their work.

Teachers and principals play a pivotal role in young people’s lives, often becoming a source of inspiration.

Through the good work of our friends at Rotary, Hobsons Bay’s valuable school principals and teachers got the recognition they deserved.

Congratulations to Rotary on this great event and to everyone who received an award. On behalf of the city, thank you for your dedication.”  

PDG Dr Murray Verso said:

"The teaching awards night was a great initiative by the Altona City Rotary Club. The outstanding work of our best teachers often goes unheralded. The dinner enabled the wider community to gain some insight into how four exceptional teachers were having positive impacts on the students in their schools. It was inspiring stuff.”

And Guest Speaker, Bernadette Schwerdt, told us:

"Altona City Rotary sure know how to put on an event. It was a privilege to be invited to speak to the club and to see the great work they do. It was great to see those incredible teachers get rewarded for the dedication they have to their students and to see how Rotary plays a part in helping them get recognised."

Congratulations to the four teachers honoured- Amy O'Dowd, Josephine Montalti, Sally Tonge, and Julie Mason, whose citations are summarized below.

Amy O’Dowd (Newport Lakes Primary School) was nominated by the parents of Class 10 because she is committed to building strong relationships with each child in her class, understanding their needs and tailoring learning to meet those individual needs. She is an astute communicator, building a strong rapport with families using an amazing weekly blog that keeps parents informed and helps them engage with their children.
Josephine Montalti (Laverton P-12 College) is a positive influence in the lives of so many students, and an outstanding leader and Acting Assistant Principal. She works with all staff to influence them positively towards the Schools goals each year. She seeks improvement for every student and staff member along with higher expectations for effort and performance.
Sally Tonge (Wembley Primary School) is an inspirational teacher who has supported students through our Response to Intervention Program. Through a laser like focus on learning, a collaborative culture, and a focus on data, she leads a differentiated program in Literacy and Numeracy for students from years Prep through to 6. As a result, students have achieved high learning growth across all learning areas.
Julie Mason (Principal) and Baden Powell College: Julie has received many accolades over more than 40 years’ service to education, including being awarded Victorian Primary Principal of the Year in 2005. Her school, Baden Powell College, was recognized for offering students the opportunity to join service clubs for students - an Earlyact Club for primary students and an Interact Club for secondary students.
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.
Former Deputy City Engineer and passionate Rotarian, Ivan Board, organized numerous tree planting activities at Truganina Park, in conjunction with Council staff, to help transform a former council tip into a wonderful parkland. The entrance drive is now flanked by a row of trees we planted in 2005. L-R: Rotarians Charlie Hommelhoff, Barry Douglas and three Rotary Ambassadorial scholars from overseas countries who were studying in Melbourne on scholarships funded by the Rotary Foundation.
Rotaractor Leonie Duane speaking at the Ceremony to recognize the inaugural Time Capsule installed at "Mount Truganina" (a former Council tip) in 2000. Mayor Dick Murdoch (in the Mayoral robes, checks his speech notes). The inspiration for this project came from Rotarian Geoff Burnnard, with the Engineering Design developed by Rotarian Peter Whinney. When the capsule is opened in 2025, over 10,000 people will be able to reflect on "What was I thinking... 25 years ago"
While Marg has worked at CBA for 33 years, covering 17 different roles, she focused on her family background. Her Dad left Ireland, came to Australia, and worked in Tassie on a Hydro scheme, and raised seven children! As a result of her Irish heritage, Marg never works on St Patricks day... After school Marg's ambition was to go into child care, but her Mum highlighted a bank Job. Instead of becoming a teller, Marg became a typist, and after leaving head office for the 1st time, became a Bank Manager.
At Reservoir, Marg became involved in a Women's Refuge, and ended up running an 8 week program at "Wellways" for some years. 
Marg raised son Troy (now 31) on her own for 28 years. Troy has Schizophrenia, and this year he finally obtained the help he needs, after some strong advocacy by Marg.
Marg's passions include lots of travel, riding motor bikes, cycling, mountain climbing and gardening. (We are very fortunate Marg has joined ACRC... local Bank Managers have a history of making a wonderful contribution to ACRC...Ed.)
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.
Website Sponsors
Cluster BBQ at KGC
Jan 21, 2019
A BBQ at Kooringal Golf Club with Cluster Clubs.
No Meeting
Jan 28, 2019
Australia Day Public Holiday
Professor John Christodoulou AM
Feb 11, 2019
Research into RETT Syndrome at Murdoch Children's Research Institute
No Meeting
Mar 11, 2019
Victorian Labour Day (Public Holiday)
January 2019
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