Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 22  Oct 2019

Hi Members,

This Monday’s Meeting was great, I have always felt that when the speaker is one of our members, the presentation is always very interesting. Last night was no exception.

Charlie Hommelhoff told us about his recent tour of part of the USSR.
Most of us know very little about this massive country, we only know what we read in the newspapers or see on TV news. Charlie’s photos and comments gave us all a completely new view of Russia . It would appear that Russia has more churches than Italy . You could tell from Charlie’s comments that he was impressed by what he saw.

Thanks for a very interesting presentation Charlie. Also another good Sergeant season. I really like the part about what happened this day which ever year you focus on. Much of the info you provide is most interesting and something most of us would not know. It’s a great segment of each meeting , please keep doing it each week.

Thanks Charlie.

I want to thank members for agreeing to provide funds to ensure our local beaches have Life Savers for the three public holidays over The Christmas period.

I had hoped that the Hobson’s Bay Council would have stepped up, but the life saving club was forced to approach the community groups.

None of us want to have a situation of drowning on our beaches at this time  or any time.
The Altona Rotary club is coordinating this payment service as they have a close association with the local life saving club. The local life savers do a great job, but they like most of us want to spend time with their families at this time of year.

Have a good week try to stay safe.
Feedback on the recent Rotary Teachers Award by the Mayor of Hobsons Bay - Cr Jonathon Marsden
"Rotary Clubs in Hobsons Bay have a long history of supporting the local community and we are blessed with several clubs that truly make a difference. Council is proud to to have a strong relationship with Rotary. From partnering on sporting events and children's program to working together on environmental projects - Rotary is a powerful force for good in our community.   We congratulate the wonderful teachers who are shaping the minds of our future and look forward to working together with Rotary to strengthen and benefit Hobsons Bay."
Mayor Jonathon Marsden with award recipients of the Altona City Rotary Club Teacher Awards 2019
Annual General Meeting - 18th November 2019
We will be conducting our AGM on Monday 18th of November 2019.  
An active succession plan is vital to maintaining the clubs strength so give our PE Maureen all the support you can.  Formal nomination documents will be tabled at our next regular meeting.
Secretary Danny Civitico
A Special Announcement from the District Governor, Grant Hocking
Hello Rotarians
Here’s cheers to a great “Let it Pour” campaign to help our drought stricken country cousins with this year’s National Rotary Drought Appeal. 
This link takes you to ”The Rotary Clubs of Australia 2019 National Drought Appeal” GNBC Let It Pour Fundraiser website - now LIVE! 
Our President Ray discussed the For a Meal Project that we would be involved in.   If you follow the link below it will take you to a video and other information about this initiative. 
Regards Secretary
Danny Civitico
MOVIE NITE  - Update from Peter Shepheard
Hello All,
A reminder that our next screening will be the biopic of Judy Garland on Thursday 7th November at 7pm at Sun Theatre Yarravile.   Cost is $25 per head.   We need to get bookings in by Thursday 24th October.  
Peter Shepheard
Foundation Film Club
Multi District Public Image Seminar - Saturday 9th of November 2019
An event well worth attending.
Rotary Williamstown Charity Golf Day - 30 October 2019
Rotary's Longest African Dinner - Friday 15th of November, 2019
Charlie M would like to know asap who would like to glo to this event.  Let him know asap if you would like to attend. 
Three Wise Monkeys?
Some of our members at a recent information night at Bunnings.  
Clearly, they took a lot in!!!
Fantastic News today from RI- Rotary People of of Action -Connectors Beyond Borders
D9800 nominee Lucienne Heyworth is one of 6 inspirational people honoured for their work with refugees.
Lucienne was a D9800 sponsored Rotary Peace Fellow (Uppsala University, 2015-17) and will attend the Rotary Day at the UN Headquarters New York.
A happy day for Rotary District 9800 and congratulations to Lucienne.
Read more via the link.
Thanks to the great team of Rob Helme, Bob Fels, Murray Verso and Dennis Shore for recommending Lucienne. Special thanks to Dennis Shore for brilliant support in completing the application.



Grant Hocking ASM (Melissa)

Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of Rotary International District 9800 Incorporated to be held at Donations In Kind, Shed 39, 401 Somerville Road, West Footscray on Thursday 14 November 2019 at 6:30pm.
The ordinary business of the AGM is –
  1. To receive a report on the activities of the District during the previous year and any other relevant matters;
  2. To confirm the appointment of the Office-bearers and the ordinary Directors of the Board;
  3. To receive the Financial reports of the District for the preceding year and to present that report to the meeting for adoption;
  4. To receive the District Auditor’s report on the financial affairs of the District for the preceding year and to present that report to the meeting for adoption.
  5. To appoint the Auditor for 2019-2020.
  6. To approve changes to the D9800 By Laws
Jane Pennington
District Secretary
Appointing a Delegate
Your Rotary Club is an ordinary member of Rotary International District 9800 Inc (the District) and is entitled to appoint a delegate to vote at the Annual General meeting of the District.
To appoint a delegate, please complete this form.
Note that your delegate must be a member of your Club. Each member of your Club is, by definition, an associate member of the District.
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.
Letter from Grant Hocking DG on the DG Nominating Committee
28 September 2019
Dear President

Clubs are now invited to submit candidates for the Past President roles on the DG Nominating Committee.

The District Governor Nominating Committee is responsible for proposing the best available candidate for the next District Governor Nominee (DG in 2022-2023).
The members of the Nominating committee include;

• The District Governor as Chair
• The most recent Past District Governor available
• The current District Governor Elect
• The current District Governor Nominee
• Three Past Presidents of Rotary Clubs in District 9800 elected by the Clubs in the District.

The following rules apply to the Past President nominations.

• They cannot be members of the same Club as a candidate for the DG role
• They cannot be Honorary Members or Past District Governors
• A Past President cannot serve on the Committee for two successive years
• Clubs may only nominate one Past President each year
• If the number of nominations exceeds three, a ballot will be held.

Clubs wishing to propose a Past President to be a member of the DG Nominating Committee should forward the name of their candidate to Jane Pennington, at before 31 October 2019.

A copy of the newly adopted 2019 Rotary International Manual of Procedure is attached. Further information about the selection process of District Governor is located on the District website

Grant Hocking
District 9800
Governor 2019-2020
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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