Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 24 Sept. 18
President's Notes
Hi Everyone,

This week we heard from Gaye Witney who spoke of the work she does with EdConnect and volunteering opportunities targeted predominantly at retirees assisting at risk students with their education.

We have our Vocational night on the 22nd of October and we need to encourage colleagues, friends and family to attend.

I grabbed a sausage on my way to work from the sausage sizzle on Tuesday for Tour de Cure (a cancer charity) as part of the market at Pier St. Marg will be walking 23 km (along with a number of her fellow bank managers (which bank?).

We have a Bunnings Sausage sizzle on the Grand Final Eve Public Holiday. Let Charlie M know of your availability.

There is a cluster Foundation Fundraiser on Fri 2nd on November (this is the same weekend as the Golf weekend). The film Bohemian Rhapsody will be shown at the Sun Theatre in Yarraville.

Pt Gellibrand is having their Annual Pink Breakfast, on Tue 25th of September -

There will be a Board meeting next week, please forward any agenda items and report to Bryan.

Yours in Rotary,

P Bronnie
Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre: Marilyn Olliff
Guest Speaker Marilyn Olliff (with Past President Ray Lipscombe).
Marilyn (accompanied by Councillor Sandra Wilson), gave an informative presentation on her initiative to retain native flora and fauna in the wetlands area near Laverton Creek in the HD Graham Reserve. She detailed an ambitious 10 year plan to build a visitor and activity centre on the site where people could go and relax, view native wildlife, and generally relax.
She has approached a few government and non-government agencies and was seeking assistance from Rotary to progress this initiative. Marilyn handed out some materials and an internet resource called Pick My Project and encouraged us to start voting for her initiative.
(Courtesy of Danny Civitico).
Gaye Witney Introduces EdConnect
L-R: Gaye Witney (Altona Rotary's Youth Director) and PP Bob Rawson
Gaye explained that EdConnect is a non-profit organization, that has developed from a collaboration of Time Help (formerly based in Geelong) and a WA School Volunteer Program. The team at EdConnect has been training volunteers and connecting them with local schools across Australia for over 20 years. At any one time they have over 1,000 volunteers active in more than 230 schools across the country. Following careful screening and training volunteers provide tailored support to individual students, or learning support in classrooms. Volunteers can play a key role in boosting student confidence and self-esteem, helping improve literacy and numeracy, and also enjoy new friends and networks... The Vic Dept of Education is now providing $300,000 support for this program over 3 years.
Rotary in Action: BBQ Joint Venture (JV) with CommBank
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.
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Club History- Celebrating the Inaugural Time Capsule at Mt Truganina
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"
Club History- Helping to Develop Truganina Park
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.
Update on Rotary International Convention 2023...
Melbourne has now been selected as a finalist to host the 2023 RI Convention, 30 years after the previous Melbourne RI Convention in 1993.
This is a big deal... it would be the largest Convention held in Melbourne for 30 years (since the previous RI Convention) and we could expect 20,000 delegates from around the world.
In early November 2018, the RI Selection Panel is planning to spend 2.5 days in Melbourne with our Host Organising Committee and the Melbourne Convention Bureau, exploring:
  • Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (which hosted the 1993 RI  Convention);
  • Our comprehensive transport plan developed for easy delegate movements between hotels and venues;
  • The many attractions that make Melbourne a magnet for tourists, and a great place for Rotarians to live and work.
If the bid succeeds, the organisers will be seeking support to engage 8,000+ local Rotarians as volunteers or delegates. A wonderful opportunity...
The 18th Last Night of the Proms...
Featuring Jazz Legend James Morrison... Saturday 13 October, 7.30 pm.
Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown.
James Morrson is coming to Williamstown as this years special guest for the 18th last night of the Proms.  The event is modelled on the famous Last Night of the Proms held annually in England and will feature popular classics and traditional series of British patriotic pieces.
Rotary Value Proposition for Young People
Michael Walstrom (D9630) conducted a survey regarding young professionals, and learned that young professionals are looking for networking and mentorship, but have concerns about time, money and family commitments. Rotary can offer considerable value to young people, to enhance their personal and professional development E.g: 
Networking: People do business with those they know, like and trust. Rotary can help to expand networks.
Leadership: Through Rotary, young people are able to establish themselves as leaders in the community. "Come, join us, be a leader" is a strong value proposition.
Mentorship: Many young people are interested in working with community leaders and in being mentored.
Time & Money: Clubs like ours have increasing flexibility to address time and money issues...
Family Commitments: Family is important and families are welcome!
What other value propositions does ACRC have for young people? Let's fine-tune our messages to encourage younger members!
Club Brochure Workshop- Wed 3 October
Promoting Rotary Clubs is easier with a creative brochure. 
Julie Mason & Kerry Kornhauser would like to help Clubs create such a brochure displaying our strengths, projects and new member opportunities. Who would like to attend with me? Regards,
Multi-District Conference-Book Early
The next District Conference will be in Melbourne, 15 th to 17 th Feb, 2019.
Book on-line- test the link in the RH column...  
Our Memories... On the Lighter Side
Courtesy of Charlie Montebello...
Great Facts about Aussies...
  • The bigger the hat, the smaller the farm.
  • the shorter the nickname, the more popular that person is.
  • Industrial design knows of no article more useful than a beer crate.
  • Aussies consider it far better to be down on their luck than up themselves...
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