Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 3 Sept 2019

Hello Members,

There were 10 members at last night’s meeting. Saturday 31 st August we ran a sausage sizzle at Bunnings to raise funds for Very Special Kids. I want to thank the members that worked that day. From a fund raising point of view it was a great. Charlie our resident sausage chef will report the total profit next Monday.
I say it was a great day for fund raising but it was very difficult day in all
other ways , the sun was out the people came in droves and so did the HIGH WINDS the shelter blow away at one stage . We struggled to keep the napkins under the bread the BBQ plate struggled to stay hot. At the end of the day we all pleased it was over.
As you all should know, the club is running a major raffle in late October. We need all members to start selling tickets to this event as it is a good fund raiser and a Good Friday night out. We need to sell all 100 tickets. Talk to your friends & relatives make the effort.
This Thursday Bunnings want us to assemble some BBQs, it’s a relatively easy task we just need people for the morning that day. Bunnings give us Gift Vouchers which the uses as prizes at the Charity Golf Day in February.
The major raffle and golf day make up an important part of the clubs fund raising. It we don’t raise money we can’t spend it in support our chosen community programs.
Please consider putting your full support into selling the major raffle tickets

Have a good week.


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
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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