Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 10 Sept 2019

Hello Members

It was great to welcome Margaret back this Monday. Margaret was our speaker last night, she told us about her travels in Vietnam & Thailand. She told us about the people she met and places she and Alex visited. The food she liked, the weather was kind to her and as a fair skinned Australian she was there at the best time of the year as long as you done mind the humidity. We have speakers from time to time that you hope will stop soon but Margaret told the story so well I could have listen for another hour, Thanks Margaret.

On the 23 Rd of Sept. we have our first board meeting as part of our normal meeting. I am not sure how it will work out but the key objective is to engage all of the clubs members. (we invite all members to our board meetings, but on one ever takes up the offer ) in the decisions and thinking behind the programs and the planned expenditure the club makes. Members pay fees , they help raise funds for the causes we choose to support but sometimes I expect the members who are not actively engaged in the decision making process may wonder why we did this and not that.
I would ask all member to come on the 23 Rd and be prepared to participate. There will be the opportunity to ask question of the directors and chair persons.

October will be a big month for our club, we have a full calendar stating with the DG Grant and Melissa 7 th and the induction of Brian Noordenne, the next week 14th is the teacher awards night, this is our primary Vocational function for the year. The Hobson’s Bay Council will be represented by the mayor of Hobsons Bay Council.

Later in the month our guest speaker will be Kevin Sheedy one of the VFL & AFL greats, it doesn’t matter which team you support, Kevin is all about football and is able to relate to many groups in our community, please ask your friends and relatives to come along. I hope and expect we can promote these events to other clubs in our area, we should also make all of them partner meetings.
These events provide us the opportunity to promote our club and enhance our image in the local community.
November is not far away and we need to consider how we wish to support the club and the contribution we can make in the coming years . It’s time to put our hands and take up a leadership position in the AGM is note too far off, time to start thinking about your role in the future.

Have a good week

Regards yours in Rotary

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Are you hosting a World Polio Day event in your community?
Tell us about it!

Every year, on 24 October, we celebrate our progress toward eradicating polio. Clubs around the world raise awareness in their communities and spread the word that the fight to end polio is not over.

Here are some Rotary clubs that already registered their World Polio Day events:
  • In Italy, the Rotary clubs in Reggio Calabria organized a concert at Mediterranean University to raise funds for PolioPlus.
  • In Honduras, the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula held a breakfast with local media to publicize Rotary’s progress toward ending polio.
  • In Hong Kong, the Rotary Club of Channel Islands is using social media to spread the word about World Polio Day.
Download the World Polio Day planning resources to help you organize your club’s event. 
Message from Michel K McGovern - International Polio Plus Chair
My fellow Rotarians:

I’m pleased to share the important news that as of today, 21 August 2019, it has been three years since a child in Nigeria was paralyzed by the wild poliovirus. This means that the entire World Health Organization (WHO) African region could be certified as wild poliovirus-free as soon as mid-2020.

Along with our Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners and the Nigerian government, we’ve strengthened immunization and disease detection systems, and we are now reaching more children than ever in some of the hardest-to-reach places in Nigeria.

We can take pride in this progress, but it is not time to celebrate quite yet. We still have work to do and we must continue making it a priority to reach every child in Nigeria—and other polio-threatened countries—with the polio vaccine, and build strong levels of immunity to fully protect the entire population against polio.

In part because of the hard work and dedication of Rotarians in Nigeria and around the world, we will soon be able to check another country off of the polio-endemic list. Rotary members in Nigeria have been hard at work raising awareness for polio eradication, advocating with the government and addressing other basic health needs to complement polio eradication efforts, like providing clean water to vulnerable communities.

After the African region is certified wild poliovirus-free later next year, 5 out of the 6 WHO regions in the world will be considered polio-free. As the first organization to dream of – and promise to deliver – a polio-free world, Rotary is committed to fulfilling our promise. Our progress in Nigeria is a big step toward that goal, but we need to maintain momentum so that Pakistan and Afghanistan see the same level of progress.

It’s crucial that Rotarians continue to support polio eradication as we overcome the final hurdles in the fight to end the disease forever. You can support PolioPlus by making a
donation, or raise awareness by holding an event or fundraiser on World Polio Day on 24 October.

I look forward to joining with Rotarians as soon as mid-2020 to celebrate a wild poliovirus-free Africa.

Michael K. McGovern, International PolioPlus Chair
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There are a number of payment options available to you and if you are having trouble paying these, then contact our treasurer for some advice.   Remember, your fees are required to keep our club viable as well as a Rotary Management requirement.  
Our Major Fundraiser for the year.  Major Raffle  25/10/19
Please find attached details about our major fundraising effort for the year.   The attached info is provided.   See Charlie M for tickets.
Good Luck with your ticket sales!!!!
Date: Friday the 25th of October 2019
Time: 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Location: Finnish Hall, Pier Street Altona
100 tickets only at $50 each, provides entrants with a chance to win $1000 as well as 9 chances to get their initial investment back!
Each ticket entitles 2 people admission
Beer, wine, soft drink and finger food supplied
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Rotary Club of Essendon - Lifting the Lid on Mental Illness  October 1st
The Rotary Club of Essendon are running a fundraiser for the Australian Rotary Mental Health Research Group by supporting a Function that uses comedy to understand Mental Health.  Presenter Profile as follows:
John Barresi is one of Australia’s most unique performers with his signature characters having entertained over one million people live on stage and he is best known for his role as “Dominic” The Pharmacist in “The Wog Boy” Movie.  
What many of us may not know, is that from April 2012 - June 2019 John did not perform publicly anywhere. The reason? Mental Health ! 

John in his own special way will talk about his experience with Mental Health and Laughter !
Tickets can be obtained by contacting the President of the Essendon Rotary Club Kelly Abfalter on the following email  or secretary on
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