Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 20  Jan 2020

Presidents Report
Last night our club hosted the Hobson’s Bay Cluster BBQ.
I want to thank all the members from the Williamstown and Altona
Rotary clubs for their great support. Apart from the weather it was a good night in all other aspects.The golf club was very helpful and let us use all the space we needed.
We must all offer a great vote of thanks to Kay & Charlie Montebello.
For all their work preparing the food and making this event such a success. We must not forget to thank the two apprentice cooks who performed very well under trying conditions but with good clear directions from Number One Sausage Chef ( Charlie M ) they performed well.
We must thank our AG Patrick for coming along and as always one of our clubs solid supporters passed DG Murray.Again thanks to all the members that helped with the event and all the members from the cluster clubs.
I am sure we will start looking for a date to do this again next January 2021.
Yours in Rotary
District 9800 News
Vocational Services  
You are invited to join the discussion on how you and Clubs across D9800 can enhance and scale-up successful Vocational Service projects (the “essence” of Rotary) to inspire the next generation.  Two workshops are scheduled - one in Melbourne and one in Bendigo.  
Here are more details - put the date in your diary now.
Rotary Leadership Institute
An opportunity awaits for you to learn more about Rotary with like-minded people.
The Rotary Leadership Institute is a four part program where you will learn a little more about Rotary.  This program is perfect for members who have joined Rotary in the last 12 months and indeed people who may be interested in becoming involved in Rotary activities.
This is now in a one day format with the four parts in the one day with one session in Melbourne and one in Bendigo.
Melbourne - Sunday 16 February - Registration Form
Bendigo - Sunday 23 February - Registration Form
District Conference
Have you registered yet for the best event in March?  
If not please do so now for your opportunity to connect with your fellow D9800 Rotarians, hear fascinating guest speakers and check out a wonderful part of Victoria.
Invitation - Taste of Vietnam
Dear members you may recall how we conducted a bicycle safety session with the Vietnamese Association of Hobsons Bay last year.   Myly, the President of that association has invited our club as guests to a Taste of Vietnam Event at the Louis Joel Arts Centre in Sargood Street at 2pm on Saturday the 15th of February.  We should get as many of our group to go as I for one, love Vietnamese food and culture. 
District 9800 Response to Bushfires
Hello again Presidents and leaders in D9800
Here is the latest update from the D9800 Bushfire Response Committee and we have met everyday this week to help coordinate our District response.
The committee is chaired by Sue Foley (RC South Melbourne), with Marion Macleod (Melbourne), PDG Jim Studebaker (North Balwyn) and Rhys Maggs (Essendon North) supported by DGE Philip Archer and myself.
This email contains information on how to make donations to our District Bushfire fund. 
We have been moved by the outpouring of support Rotarians and our community has shown to what will be a long and complex bushfire season.
In the last few days I have also spoken directly with Governors in both the Gippsland and Hume areas of Victoria and we will be working together in our response. We will be coordinating our efforts (financial and logistical) with these Districts to ensure that all communities are supported.
As well as this the 21 Governors across Australia are in constant communication and coordinating the National relief efforts.
The aim is to ensure we coordinate and maximise our response to those communities in need as base it on the identified needs from those communities.
Immediate response
Emergency and Disaster response agencies in Victoria do a marvelous job in the immediate care and safety of the affected communities. Relief and Recovery centres are set up with support from Government, Red Cross, and many others. Support is provided in the form of food, accommodation, counseling services and funding for necessities. 
I am proud that we have many Rotarians volunteering for front line agencies and responding to requests for support from agencies working in the relief centres and elsewhere including animal welfare.
Generous offers are being received from many Rotarians, and there have been many individuals and clubs working in many areas to provide materials and food to affected agencies and communities. This includes the provision of 500,000 P2 facemasks which are being distributed through RC Melbourne and DIK.
Our District Bushfire Response committee would love to have a record of all these efforts from Rotarians and clubs in our district. 
Please contact PDG Jim Studebaker with information about your recent efforts and any plans for or to discuss future relief efforts. Contact Jim via email or 0413 304 864.
Experience tells us that donation of money is more effective and provides more flexibility as in can be used to meet targeted and specific requests for support.
District 9800 is providing two separate ways for Rotary Clubs, Rotarians and members of the public to provide donations to our Bushfire Recovery efforts.

The first fund will provide Rotary Clubs and individuals not seeking a tax deduction and allow us more flexibility to take immediate action.

Account: Rotary International District 9800 - Australian Bushfire Appeal

BSB: 633000     Account Number: 171227895

The second fund through Bendigo Banks Community Enterprise Foundation allows tax deductibility to individual donors or businesses who require this option. Bendigo Bank has waived their administration fees.

For tax deductible donations please use this link:

Carlton United Breweries are also making a substantial cash donation and conducting a program to raise funds through pubs around Australia. A huge thanks to our partners at Bendigo Bank and CUB.

Like all Australians, we have been deeply impacted by the bushfires in our country. The loss of homes, landscapes, wildlife and lives is truly devastating, and our hearts go out to all those affected. I know you join me in sending our sincere thanks to the firefighters, charities and volunteers who are tirelessly working to assist in our country’s recovery. 

If you need to discuss anything related to the bushfire effortt please contact D9800 Bushfire Response Committee chair Sue Foley or myself.

The ongoing support of Rotarians will be invaluable over the coming months and as always it is valued and appreciated.

Thank you again for all you are doing to support the bushfire affected communities.


Grant Hocking ASM (Melissa)
Woodend Rotary
District 9800
District Governor 2019-2020
Phone: 0429 802 722
Congratulations Loretta on your Community Citation

Hobsons Bay Local Area Commander - Inspector Tim O'CONNOR (Pictured) had the honour of presenting Ms Loretta CORMACK JP with a Community Citation at a recent ND2 Honours and Awards Ceremony. (Williamstown Town Hall)

Inspector O'CONNOR said, "I was privileged today to honour Ms CORMACK for her dedication to Community via an award and citation - in the presence of many."

"Ms CORMACK (Justice of the Peace) has gone above and beyond - providing a range of Community Supports, for which we are very grateful."




From all of us at Altona City Rotary Club, well done Loretta.




Have you always wanted to take on a challenge for a worthy cause? ShelterBox’s Tasmania Trek could be your next adventure…
We’re excited to announce our latest adventure, the ShelterBox Tasmania Trek 2020. On this incredible adventure, you’ll trek through the rocky mountain peaks, buttongrass moorlands, glacial lakes, waterfalls and the dense rainforest of Cradle Mountain and its beautiful surrounds.
To top it off, you’ll also be raising funds for ShelterBox Australia to provide emergency shelter for families who have lost their homes to disaster, enabling them to rebuild their lives.
When you sign up, you’ll join a team of other passionate ShelterBox Australia supporters who will trek with you and we’ll give you all the guidance you’ll need to start your fundraising journey!
Find out more
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7-11 November 2020
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5-day adventure
5 challenge days
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Moderately challenging
Steps into lush greenery at Crater Falls
Water laughing near a waterfall
Single file bridge across jungle-like greenery
By taking on this incredible adventure you’ll experience one of the world’s greatest treks. Best of all, all funds raised will go towards helping families in crisis around the world.
Back in 2006 when I first joined ShelterBox as a volunteer I never would have dreamt I’d still be involved 13 years later. As a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member I’ve deployed 22 times to disaster zones around the world and witnessed the strength and resilience of the human spirit in response to these extreme circumstances. As a photographer I have endeavoured to capture the lived experience of those we support and those that assist us.
Next year marks the 20th anniversary of ShelterBox. To celebrate this milestone, I have produced a coffee table-style photography book, featuring 200 pages of full colour images captured during my deployments. I'm excited to provide you with the opportunity to support our 2020 Vision Crowd-Funding Campaign
The book has arrived and is ready to mail out!
The crowd-funding campaign aims to raise $20,000 to cover costs of the first print run, ensuring that proceeds from all future sales go towards disaster relief.
We've already raised over $8,000, but we still need your help
The official book launch takes place at the end of January, but the '2020 Vision Campaign' gives you the chance to not only help fund the production, but also get your hands on an advance copy hot off the press and in time for Christmas!
Donate today and receive some amazing perks for supporting us:
Donate $35 and receive a set of 4 greetings cards featuring images from the book:
Donate $65 and receive a hot off the press copy of '2020 Vision - Eyes Wide Open in the Disaster Zone'
Donate $100 and receive 4 greetings cards and copy of the book
Donate $200 and receive 4 cards, the book and a limited-edition print
Sign writer, Hargeisa, Somaliland, 2009                                                                                                          1/50
Donate $1,000 and receive the '6-pack': Donate $1,000 and get "The 6-Pack": receive 6 books, 6 sets of cards, six different limited-edition prints AND provide emergency shelter for 6 families! Our ShelterKits (pictured below) can be used to repair a damaged building or build an emergency shelter. The tools can be used to foster livelihoods and help communities recover.
There is also a special opportunity for corporates or businesses to secure a special training weekend for their staff ......... go to the page to find out more!
Donate today and ensure you get your perks before Christmas! If you're not interested in the perks, you can support our operations in the Philippines, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Syria and the Lake Chad basin by donating here:
Your support will help ensure that future sales of the book go to fund disaster relief and help us achive our vision of a world where no family goes without shelter follwing disaster.
Many thanks for your support
 Mike Greenslade 
ShelterBox Australia
Dear all, a reminder for the upcoming 2020 District Conference.
Have your members registered for the District Conference yet?
Please promote this in your Clubs over the next 2 weeks to ensure people take advantage of the early bird discount.  The price is only $300 which rises to $350 at the end of November.
It will be a fantastic weekend filled with interesting guest speakers and a chance to network.  You can also enjoy the hospitality of Bendigo and spend time in this wonderful regional centre.
So what are you waiting for?  IT IS TIME TO:   
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