Altona City Rotary eBulletin:18 Feb. 19
President's Notes
Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year!

This week we heard from Professor John Christodoulou – who spoke of his research on RETT Syndrome – a neurological disorder that affects girls beginning as toddlers. We presented John with a cheque for $1000 to assist with research, raised in part from the function where Adrian spoke last October.

It was lovely to welcome a number of guests – Sarina, Adrian, Jess, Shanil, Sergio, Rocco, Mary, Negiat and Angelo.

Maureen Le Scoul thanked those members who helped out with the Volunteers West Bunnings BBQ, raising $1000.

We have a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on this Sunday 17th of Feb – please let Charlie M know if you can help out. (This clashes with the District Conference so we will be missing a few of the usual suspects)

Preparations for our Charity Golf day on the 22nd of Feb are underway. If you can assist in anyway, either volunteering on the day or with sourcing teams or sponsorship, please let Charlie M know. We need to confirm numbers for the dinner, ASAP.

Barry H is organising Clean up Australia day at the 100 steps of Federation from 10 to 12 on 3/3/19

We will re-visit our Club Vision planning in March and are looking to renewed commitment. Thanks to Ray for driving it. Review the status summary below…

Yours in Rotary,

P Bronnie
Altona City Rotary Supports the Murdoch Childrens' Research Institute
We were privileged to have Professor John Christodoulou as our guest speaker.
John took up the inaugural Chair of Genomic Medicine at the Murdoch Childrens' Research Institute (MCRI) and the University of Melbourne in 2016. John has worked in Paediatrics since the 1980s, and has been involved in RETT Syndrome Research for ~25 years. He has published around 50-60 RETT Syndrome-specific papers. He explained that RETT Syndrome is the 2nd most common genetic disorder causing severe intellectual disability in females, and affects 1 in 9000 females in Australia.
His previous group in Sydney discovered the 2nd RETT Syndrome gene, opening up a whole new area of research. 
Rotary supported RETT Research in Sydney. A Rotarian who had a daughter with RETT Syndrome, was a determined fund raiser, and her efforts enabled his research to progress to the stage where he was able to successfully compete for further research funding from within Australia and overseas. 
John would make an excellent speaker for a future Cluster Event, perhaps to explain the relatively rapid advances taking place in genetics research, and the potential benefits in resolving severe illnesses for many children.
Rotarian Leon Mancini, who has championed the Club's efforts, presented a cheque for $1000 to MCRI, to be used to support RETT Syndrome Research.
Altona City Rotary: Review of Progress Since Vision Workshop...
The table below summarises progress on the plans that received the most votes, after a structured brainstorming session on 18 November 2017, which was facilitated by an outside team of experienced Rotarians. Progress has been made on many of the plans listed. Please review and choose which areas you may like to lead or contribute to...
Top Votes
Actions Taken
Club Size
Preferred size: 32 -33
3 new members since Mid-2018
Club Attributes
Highly visible locally
Diverse membership (age, ethnicity)
Some progress, opportunity for more.
Develop a systematic recruitment process
Interesting projects as pathway to membership
Strong mentor program
Developed & printed a new club brochure
Opportunity for further development of a systematic recruitment & mentoring system
Club Admin
Alternate club meetings & Social meetings (fortnightly)
Bulletin- more contributions
Trialling more social nights
New Bulletin Format with extended ~ monthly distribution
Vocational Service
Vocational Awards
Support schools with STEM
Inaugural Teacher Awards night
Promoting science opportunities
International Service
Providing safe water to overseas communities
Supporting DIK
Maintaining support for overseas Rotary projects
Youth Service
Register of RYPEN, RYLA Alumni
Continue District programs
Maintaining an active youth program. Opportunity to connect with Alumni.
Community Service
Camp Getaway working bee
Mental health forum
Support research into rare diseases
2 RETT Syndrome speakers
Donation to Murdoch Childrens’ Research Institute.
Investigated holiday cycling project for school children.
Fund Raising
More participation by members
Expand Charity Golf Day
Maintaining focus on BBQs, Charity Golf, Major Raffle.
Rotary Foundation
Strong $$ commitment
3 Local School Scholarships
Annual Royce Abbey Award
Maintaining $$ commitment
Yr 11/12 scholarship invitation
2 awards within 12 months
Public Image & awareness
Highlight Rotary to Community
Strategic media engagement
Social media plan
Account with Star Weekly
New Club brochure.
Increased Ads & club stories.
2 member on Council Committees
Bulletin Editor for 2019-20

Dear Members,

The club is looking for someone to take up the role of Bulletin Editor for next year 2019/2020.

As we has seen this year the use of Club Runner to prepare the weekly news bulletin has a good basic format which would make the task manageable .

As I try to put the club's management team together for next year 2019/2020 l would like all members to have a good level of involvement in running our club.

It would be GREAT if this was the first year in many that we had to take a vote for some of the positions.

I am hoping that all members have the same feeling.

Please think of how you can be of service and the contribution you have to offer to our club and community.

Yours in Rotary


Rotary Assists the Townsville Flood Disaster
A RAWCS Disaster Relief Appeal has been set up by the Rotary Club of Townsville South West: the North Queensland Flood Relief Appeal number 75-2018-19.
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An agenda item for our next Board meeting...
On the lighter side... courtesy of Charlie Montebello
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A New Way to do Charitable Giving
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Victorian Labour Day (Public Holiday)
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Club Events
Multi-District Conference in Melbourne
Feb 15, 2019 9:00 AM –
Feb 17, 2019 4:00 PM
Bunnings BBQ
Feb 17, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Annual Charity Golf Day at Kooringal Golf Club
Feb 22, 2019
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Clean Up Australia (at Truganina Park)
Mar 03, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Board Meeting No. 7
Mar 04, 2019
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