Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 8  Oct 2019

Dear Members,

DG Grant made his official visit to our club last night. His address to the members was very interesting, his approach and message was a lot different from many we have listened to over the years. I thought it was a refreshing change. As we could all see he is the new face of Rotary, open neck shirt, no chain of office and much more in line with the way most of us present ourselves to others in our community. Grant also inducted our newest member.

In a few weeks we will have our AGM , I would hope that all members participate in this process and put themselves forward and nominate for a position as part of the clubs management team. One of the key roles I would like to see a member nominated for is president nominee for president in year 22/23. We have been able over the last few years to have a good level of continuity with some of these key roles. We currently have a President Elect and a President Nominee so we have the next two Rotary years covered.
The roles of Secretary and Treasurer for a period of minimum of two years and maximum of five , while both of these positions are covered for next year it would be good to have a member as a deputy that can take over and be up to date will the function of that role.
Think about what you would like to contribute to the running of the club or nominate a member you feel has something to offer the club. Our aim should be to improve our performance and grow. Not just in membership but in what we can offer the community we serve.
This Monday coming will be a great event for our club and give us some good exposure in the local community. The DG wants us to send him some photos of the function as he plans to include them in his newsletters.

Friday 25th October is the night of the major raffle, each ticket entitles two people to attend the function so come along and have some fun. Charlie still has a few tickets left for sale so if you have a friend who has never seen one of these events get them to buy a ticket and join us

Now the best news from Monday night is we inducted a new members.
We look forward to getting to know Brian and the contribution he can made to the club and local community.
District Governor Grant Hocking inducting our newest member Brian Noordenne

Sunday afternoon 2 pm till 4pm at the Louis Joel Centre, come along and meet members of the Hobson’s Bay Vietnamese Association and help the 15 ladies learn about bike riding and bike safety.

Take care stay safe

Yours in Rotary
Children's Week Celebrations
Come join us on Wednesday 23rd of October from 10am at Logan Reserve to help celebrate Children's Week.   Sausage sizzle (master chef Charlie M in charge) provided and other fun things to do.
Rotary's Longest African Dinner - Friday 15th of November, 2019
Charlie M would like to know asap who would like to glo to this event.  Let him know asap if you would like to attend. 
Get on your bike and help our club with this initiative.
Fantastic News today from RI- Rotary People of of Action -Connectors Beyond Borders
D9800 nominee Lucienne Heyworth is one of 6 inspirational people honoured for their work with refugees.
Lucienne was a D9800 sponsored Rotary Peace Fellow (Uppsala University, 2015-17) and will attend the Rotary Day at the UN Headquarters New York.
A happy day for Rotary District 9800 and congratulations to Lucienne.
Read more via the link.
Thanks to the great team of Rob Helme, Bob Fels, Murray Verso and Dennis Shore for recommending Lucienne. Special thanks to Dennis Shore for brilliant support in completing the application.



Grant Hocking ASM (Melissa)

Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of Rotary International District 9800 Incorporated to be held at Donations In Kind, Shed 39, 401 Somerville Road, West Footscray on Thursday 14 November 2019 at 6:30pm.
The ordinary business of the AGM is –
  1. To receive a report on the activities of the District during the previous year and any other relevant matters;
  2. To confirm the appointment of the Office-bearers and the ordinary Directors of the Board;
  3. To receive the Financial reports of the District for the preceding year and to present that report to the meeting for adoption;
  4. To receive the District Auditor’s report on the financial affairs of the District for the preceding year and to present that report to the meeting for adoption.
  5. To appoint the Auditor for 2019-2020.
  6. To approve changes to the D9800 By Laws
Jane Pennington
District Secretary
Appointing a Delegate
Your Rotary Club is an ordinary member of Rotary International District 9800 Inc (the District) and is entitled to appoint a delegate to vote at the Annual General meeting of the District.
To appoint a delegate, please complete this form.
Note that your delegate must be a member of your Club. Each member of your Club is, by definition, an associate member of the District.
More Information Wanted?
The District Support Team members are here for you….that is why they have stepped beyond their Clubs to serve.  Please contact them via your Assistant Governor.
Or contact District Secretary Jane Pennington at or on 0408 402 555.
Letter from Grant Hocking DG on the DG Nominating Committee
28 September 2019
Dear President

Clubs are now invited to submit candidates for the Past President roles on the DG Nominating Committee.

The District Governor Nominating Committee is responsible for proposing the best available candidate for the next District Governor Nominee (DG in 2022-2023).
The members of the Nominating committee include;

• The District Governor as Chair
• The most recent Past District Governor available
• The current District Governor Elect
• The current District Governor Nominee
• Three Past Presidents of Rotary Clubs in District 9800 elected by the Clubs in the District.

The following rules apply to the Past President nominations.

• They cannot be members of the same Club as a candidate for the DG role
• They cannot be Honorary Members or Past District Governors
• A Past President cannot serve on the Committee for two successive years
• Clubs may only nominate one Past President each year
• If the number of nominations exceeds three, a ballot will be held.

Clubs wishing to propose a Past President to be a member of the DG Nominating Committee should forward the name of their candidate to Jane Pennington, at before 31 October 2019.

A copy of the newly adopted 2019 Rotary International Manual of Procedure is attached. Further information about the selection process of District Governor is located on the District website

Grant Hocking
District 9800
Governor 2019-2020
Time is Running Out on getting involved in our major raffle!!
Charlie M still has quite a few unsold tickets for our major raffle. For this fundraiser to be successful, we need as many people as possible actively selling these tickets.  See Charlie M for tickets asap.
Raffle Details:
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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Are you hosting a World Polio Day event in your community?
Tell us about it!

Every year, on 24 October, we celebrate our progress toward eradicating polio. Clubs around the world raise awareness in their communities and spread the word that the fight to end polio is not over.

Here are some Rotary clubs that already registered their World Polio Day events:
  • In Italy, the Rotary clubs in Reggio Calabria organized a concert at Mediterranean University to raise funds for PolioPlus.
  • In Honduras, the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula held a breakfast with local media to publicize Rotary’s progress toward ending polio.
  • In Hong Kong, the Rotary Club of Channel Islands is using social media to spread the word about World Polio Day.
Download the World Polio Day planning resources to help you organize your club’s event. 
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
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Important Note From the President - Possible Merger Discussions
Dear Members,

Our club is suffering from fatigue with ageing members. We also have a very heavy load being carried by too few members. The Altona Rotary Club has the same issues.  I am sure that both clubs will become less functional overtime and could be closed down. I doubt any current members would feel good about that prospect.

If the two club combine, we stand a good chance of being stronger for longer and may have the opportunity to reverse the current situation. Hence the reasoning behind the merger talks with our Mother club Altona. I am sure most members would prefer to enter into a merger as equal partners than have the club just fall a part and hand in its Charter.

The club would like to get ideas and feed back as to what you would like a combined club to look like and of course the Name of the new club.

This is my suggestion ( Rotary Club of Hobson’s Bay )

Please be open minded and consider the positive aspects.

Yours in Rotary

Ray Lipscombe
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