Altona City Rotary eBulletin:18 Feb. 19
President's Notes
Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year!

We heard from Janet Hay who spoke about micro credit loans in developing countries enabling participants to set up a business as a path out of poverty.

Happy 114th Birthday Rotary – On the 23rd of Feb 1905, 4 men came together, for the first Rotary meeting.

Congratulations to the charity golf day committee for another successful event.

If you wish to purchase an Entertainment Book, please contact Frank (a percentage of each sale is donated to the club).

John requested adding the word Rotary to the email subject to enable appropriate prioritisation of messages.

Hope to see you on Sunday at Clean Up Australia Day at 10 AM at the 100 steps, off Andrew Park Drive.

Yours in Rotary,

P Bronnie
Microfinance Loans- Briefing for Altona City Rotary
Guest Speaker, Janet Hay, provided an entertaining and informative talk on microfinance loans.  She detailed that in countries such as Sri Lanka and disadvantaged nations a finance lending scheme of small amount loans was helping the poor to build their lives and support their families. These small amount loans were enabling individuals and communities to help themselves rather than relying on donations and handouts.  
This scheme was the brainchild of Dr Muhammad Yunus and had seen many people enabled to improve their lives through microloan schemes. 
Janet is currently in discussion with Rotary Australia Leadership to fund these schemes to assist more people in disadvantaged countries.    Website is     Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance.
L-R: President Bronnie with Guest Speaker Janet Hay
Altona City Rotary's 17th Annual Charity Golf Day

Major beneficiary, Very Special Kids, is a children’s charity which supports over 900 Victorian families throughout their experience of caring for children with a life-threatening condition.

Altona City Rotary President, Bronwyn Fanning, said she was delighted with the record number of teams entered this year, and the generous support by sponsors.

Following the 17th annual Charity Golf Day held at Kooringal Golf Club, Altona City Rotary has now raised a total of over $98,000 for Very Special Kids, together with additional funds of around $60,000 for local and International Rotary projects.

Rotary members throughout the world take action to make communities better. Rotary’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its polio immunisation program in 1985 and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

L-R: Jan Douglas, Marg O’Neill, Charlie Montebello, Michael Wasley and Bill Hearn.

On the lighter side... courtesy of Charlie Montebello
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