Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 25 Feb. 19
President's Notes
Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year!

This week we heard from Kerry Kornhauser OAM who spoke about End Trachoma by 2020. Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices. But it is still present in remote Aboriginal communities and can lead to permanent blindness.

Kerry also invited us to the Women in Rotary International Women’s day on Thursday 7th March. The breakfast is designed to appeal to non-Rotarians and is an introduction to Rotary. She also asked us to promote the event to “Corporates”.

It was lovely to welcome Bob Hawkins and Honorary member Bill Leung along again.

Our Multi District Conference was held on the weekend. I always enjoy our conference – high calibre speakers and entertainment, renewing connections and making new ones. I encourage you all to consider Bendigo 27-29 March 2020.

Jan asked for expressions of interest for a social cruise in Port Philip Bay.

Thanks to everyone who helped at our Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on Sunday - $865 was raised.

Danny (President of Volunteers West) thanked Maureen L and those members who helped with the Volunteers West Bunnings BBQ, raising $1000.

I look forward to our Annual Charity Golf Day on Friday 22nd.

Yours in Rotary,

P Bronnie
International Women's Day Comes to Altona City Rotary + End Trachoma 2020 
We were privileged to have Kerry Kornhauser OAM brief us on the International Women's Day Breakfast, together with Rotary's Australian National Project on End Trachoma 2020.
  • The International Women's day breakfast is at the Palladium at Crown on Thursday 7 March 2019, starting 6.30am for 7.00am and finishing promptly at 9.00am. Includes an expert panel discussion on Diversity, Gender Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace. $900 Corporate table of 10; $790 Standard Table of 10; Single ticket $80.00. Free parking in the Multideck carpark. Kerry asked for help to promote the event.
  • End Trachoma 2020: Australia is the only 1st world country where Trachoma has not been eliminated. It is mainly in indigenous communities where eye infections occur in the 1st 10 years, and can lead to blindness. Aim is trying to change behaviour and habits- if we kept kids faces clean, Trachoma would disappear. Opportunities to raise funds include Stamp Collecting- Thanks to Loretta for volunteering to assist. Altona City Rotary needs to consider how we can best contribute to this worthy cause.
L-R: Kerry Kornhauser and Program Chairman PP Bob Rawson.
Rotary Service above Self Award: PDG Gordon McKern, OAM.
Congratulations to PDG Gordon McKern on being awarded Rotary International's highest award, a Rotary "Service above Self" Award, which is only awarded annually to approximately 120 to 130 people globally.
Gordon joined Rotary in 1976 after moving from Melbourne to Eaglehawk. He was District Governor the year when Ivan Board was President of Altona City. Gordon and Anita were both strong supporters of Altona City RC. From memory, Gordon and our PP Kevin Leslie worked on the District Committee for training Presidents-Elect. In 1994, Gordon and our Charter President, Les Crofts, were both Commissioners for the City of Greater Bendigo. More recently, Gordon has expanded District 9800's Paul Harris Society to 130 members. (L-R: Gordon McKern with Past President Barry Douglas, at the Feb-2019 Multi-District Conference).
Altona City Rotary Raises Funds for Charity Projects
"I love a sunburnt sausage, at a Rotary barbeque.
I love it on a slice of bread with sauces, one or two.
I love the camaraderie, as we watch the bangers fry.
The smell of onions cooking, to tempt the passers by.
It's beauty and its goodness.
It's the sunburnt snag for me..."
With apologies to Dorothea Mackellar's "My Country," and Judy Berends from Carrum Downs. Courtesy of PP Barry Douglas...
(L-R: Ray Lipscombe, Barry Douglas, Master Chef Charlie Montebello, Leon Mancinin and Danny Civitico.)
Altona City Rotary: Review of Progress Since Vision Workshop...
The table below summarises progress on the plans that received the most votes, after a structured brainstorming session on 18 November 2017, which was facilitated by an outside team of experienced Rotarians. Progress has been made on many of the plans listed. Please review and choose which areas you may like to lead or contribute to...
Top Votes
Actions Taken
Club Size
Preferred size: 32 -33
3 new members since Mid-2018
Club Attributes
Highly visible locally
Diverse membership (age, ethnicity)
Some progress, opportunity for more.
Develop a systematic recruitment process
Interesting projects as pathway to membership
Strong mentor program
Developed & printed a new club brochure
Opportunity for further development of a systematic recruitment & mentoring system
Club Admin
Alternate club meetings & Social meetings (fortnightly)
Bulletin- more contributions
Trialling more social nights
New Bulletin Format with extended ~ monthly distribution
Vocational Service
Vocational Awards
Support schools with STEM
Inaugural Teacher Awards night
Promoting science opportunities
International Service
Providing safe water to overseas communities
Supporting DIK
Maintaining support for overseas Rotary projects
Youth Service
Register of RYPEN, RYLA Alumni
Continue District programs
Maintaining an active youth program. Opportunity to connect with Alumni.
Community Service
Camp Getaway working bee
Mental health forum
Support research into rare diseases
2 RETT Syndrome speakers
Donation to Murdoch Childrens’ Research Institute.
Investigated holiday cycling project for school children.
Fund Raising
More participation by members
Expand Charity Golf Day
Maintaining focus on BBQs, Charity Golf, Major Raffle.
Rotary Foundation
Strong $$ commitment
3 Local School Scholarships
Annual Royce Abbey Award
Maintaining $$ commitment
Yr 11/12 scholarship invitation
2 awards within 12 months
Public Image & awareness
Highlight Rotary to Community
Strategic media engagement
Social media plan
Account with Star Weekly
New Club brochure.
Increased Ads & club stories.
2 member on Council Committees
On the lighter side... courtesy of Charlie Montebello
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Annual Charity Golf Day at Kooringal Golf Club
Feb 22, 2019
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Clean Up Australia (at Truganina Park)
Mar 03, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Board Meeting No. 7
Mar 04, 2019
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Mar 11, 2019
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Apr 08, 2019
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