Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 25  Feb 2020

President's Message
Our meeting last Monday was interesting in a few ways. We had no guests or a speaker. Members only and our attendance was good.
I want to congratulate Mandy for taking up the challenge to act as sergeant at very short notice. I was very impressed with the way she ran the meeting and the fine segment was also very good. The segment function can be a little difficult sometimes.
A special thanks to Margaret for bringing us the feed back about the interest from The Philippine Times newspaper, I have forwarded the info on to Patrick our AG so he can make sure the info is correct and up to date.
Vocational Visit and Presentation - 12 March @ 3.00pm
Dear members, we have a vocational visit planned for Thursday the 12th of March which will be in lieu of a meeting on 9 March which is a public holiday.  We would like as many people top attend as possible as we will also be making a presentation to one of our longest serving rotarians, Kevin Skehan.  Details as follows:
Vocational Visit to Mercy Place (an Aged Care Facility)
Date/Time:  Thursday 12 March, meet there at 3.00pm.
Address: 39 Deutgam Street, Werribee
Plan includes afternoon tea with Kevin & Phyllis Skehan, a short talk by the Manager, and a PHF badge presentation to Kevin.
Questions/ changes: contact Bryan Goodwin (0499 999 469)
Kevin Sheedy to speak at our meeting on
Monday 23rd of March.
Big news!   Kevin Sheedy football legend will be speaking at our meeting on 23rd of March.  For those who haven't hear him speak before, he is very engaging and has some great stories and experiences to share with us.   Lets pack out the Kooringal Golf Club Function Room.  Members and friends from other Rotary Clubs are most welcomed to attend.  More details to follow but it will be a sit down affair with a two course meal.   
RSVP to Bryan Goodwin on or mob 0499999469
Clean Up Australia Day - Sunday 1st of March 2020      
Mr Altona (Barry Hanson) is leading the charge for our area on the annual Clean Up Australia Day.  He would like to see as many club members as possible helping him out.   Let Barry know how you would like to help him on this important day. 
For a Meal Food Packaging Event on 18 February 2020
The For A Meal food packaging event was a great success with many of our club members and a large contingent of  people from The Commonwealth Bank (Thanks Margaret for organising this and some yummy food) all rolling up their sleeves, putting on hair nets and gloves and packaging food that will go to where it is most needed in disaster areas.   President Ray was very pleased by the turnout and commitment of our club for this very important project. 
The event was coordinated and run by the Camberwell Rotary Club and their President Patrick Docherty said these kind words about our involvement.
"It was a good team effort with all the presidents supporting the night….   Well done. 
The banter was great, the food terrific and we packed enough to give 14,000 people a meal when they need it most.  
Each box contained a message with the Clubs’ email addresses asking the distributing Rotary Club to send back details of the distribution ..  a bit like sending a message in a bottle, but hopefully in about 12 months time you might get to know how your hard work last night helped."
Don't forget our Annual Charity Golf Day on 28th February.  Get your team in soon and we want to get some more rotary teams involved!
*Major Prize is a brand new Honda Civic valued at $34000 in our Hole in One Competition. First to get a hole in one on the designated hole will win the car.* 
Many thanks to the team at West Side Honda of Hoppers Crossing for making this prize available.
Charlie our organiser is still looking for some volunteers on the day to help the event run smoothly so give him a call and help out as you can.   Its a great cause and well worth the effort.
 e:  mob 0412 257 723
Amy Wright has Arrived:
As you may know from a previous article Amy Wright an international student from England is now in Melbourne.   Our President Ray has asked we give her a hearty and warm Rotary welcome and hospitality whilst she is in Melbourne.   You are encouraged to make contact with her via the following email.  With a bit of luck we may see her at our Charity Golf Day.
Her email address is - 


Golden Ball Saturday 29th February 2020
hosted by the Rotary Club of Wyndham Harbour                                                                                                      
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
The Rotary Club of Wyndham Harbour is having a fun night of shows and entertainment on the 29th of February 2020, and you are invited!                              
On this night, we invite you to celebrate with us, our 1st Year in Rotary Service as the Rotary Club of Wyndham Harbour.  
We are also commemorating 115 years since the founding of Rotary. Marking the founding of one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world, Rotary International.
 A fundraiser night with proceeds to benefit homeless people in Wyndham and also our club services. Our aim is to gift 250 sleep well packs. It’s time to give back and we have a limited number of tickets available. 

   Please be our guests as we celebrate this joyous occasion.   

For Tickets -
Message from the District Governor, Grant Hocking
We recently completed the DG selection process and information has been sent to all clubs highlighting that Amanda Wendt (RC Melbourne) was successful and will be District Governor in the 2022-2023 Rotary year. Congratulations Mandi.
I recently attended the Multi District President Elect Training session (PETS) in Ballarat to support DGE Philip and his training team. As always the session provided a great opportunity to prepare Presidents for the coming year leading their club. A very positive experience and great opportunity to start planning for the coming Rotary year and get to know each other better.
Last week we held a very successful Bushfire Breakfast which was well    supported by businesses, Rotarians and guests.  Emergency Services Commissioner Andrew Crisp enthralled and impressed the 150 people attending at the Park Hyatt. There is more happening with the response to the bushfires and an update will be provided soon.
On 23 February we celebrated 115 years of Rotary worldwide and in 2021 we will celebrate 100 years of Rotary Down Under. It’s a special time. Rotary in Australia and NZ celebrates the First 100 years of Service in 2021. It's the time to mark the occasion and create a legacy that propels Rotary into the next century of service. This is so important – we will not have another chance in our lifetime! Clubs are asked to undertake a project either on your own or in partnership with Rotary/Rotaract clubs in your area/cluster/district. Projects are already underway.
Centenary Rotary Projects that address a real community need, propel us into the next century of community service, energise members, provide a magnet for new members , find new partners and raise our profile. More information at 
Events coming up include:
  • District Conference 27-29 March in Bendigo
  • Vocational service workshops
  • Social Impact Form on 2 May at RMIT Melbourne
  • Interact Conference Victoria on 23 May at Camp Getaway Axedale
More details on all these important events is provided below.
As the year draws to a close we know that many clubs will determine how much money to allocate to the Foundation and End Polio Now campaigns. At the PE training session last weekend we heard from Mark Anderson, Senior Coordinator Fund Development Rotary Foundation from Paramatta who mentioned that we should all support the Foundation ahead of other charities who take our money and use it to build their profile and pay between 20-30% on administration fees with no benefit to Rotary. They see Rotary clubs as a cash source.
Donations to The Rotary Foundation and EPN go to Rotary projects that help raise our profile and very little is taken in administration.
Please consider this when allocating funds over the next few months and think of Rotary first.
We will be having an opportunity at the District Conference for donations to be made to Foundation and End Polio Now. We will be showing the totals raised during the Conference and mentioning club contributing.
I hope you are all enjoying your year in Rotary leadership and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the upcoming club and district events including the District Conference where we will have a great time celebrating our achievements.
I am planning to attend clusters meetings with you and the PEs and I urge you to invite them to future meetings and to support them with plans going forward. Remember we discussed this when you were PEs last year and you should now anticipate and participate in this process and ensure it continues into the future.
District Recognitions
Each year Rotary District 9800 takes the opportunity to recognise and thank Members and clubs for their hard work and dedication to a wide variety of projects, both locally and internationally.
Traditionally these awards have been selected closer to District Changeover in June and awarded then.  This year there is a change in timeframe to allow the successful applications to be announced at this year’s Annual District Conference.  This is a good time for District 9800 to thank you for all your dedication to changing lives for the better and to congratulate Clubs on their commitment to serve others.
Social Impact Forum
A date for your diary - 2 May at RMIT.  More information to follow.
Multi District Interact Conference 23 May 2020
Following the successful pilot Conference held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre last year, and the subsequent interest from Interact clubs, it has been decided to run a second Conference , this time at Camp Getaway, near Axedale via Bendigo.
Booking facilities are now open through
Vocational Services Workshop
You are reminded to register to attend the discussion on how you and Clubs across D9800 can enhance and scale-up successful Vocational Service projects (the “essence” of Rotary) to inspire the next generation.  Two workshops are scheduled - one in Melbourne and one in Bendigo.  
District Conference
Have you registered yet for the best event in March?  
If not please do so now for your opportunity to connect with your fellow D9800 Rotarians, hear fascinating guest speakers and check out a wonderful part of Victoria.
ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020
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Come and support the Women's T20 World Cup match on Sunday 8 March and fill the MCG on International Women's Day.
Tickets are at a family friendly price and may be purchased at:
More Information Wanted?
The District Support Team members are here for you….that is why they have stepped beyond their Clubs to serve.  Please contact them via your Assistant Governor.
Or contact District Secretary Jane Pennington at or on 0408 402 555.
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