Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 8 Oct. 18
President's Notes
Hi Everyone,

This week we heard from guest speaker Peter Weaver who spoke of the Altona Community Garden which will be a great asset once it opens.

It was my pleasure to induct Mandy as a member of Altona City Rotary.

We raised $60 from our fines session last week for the Blue Ribbon Appeal – a huge thanks to everyone who contributed and especially Acting Sargent Jan. We wish Sergeant Frank a speedy recovery.

We have our Vocational night on the 22nd of October and we need to encourage colleagues, friends and family to register their attendance.

Foundation Director Ray is seeking volunteers for the End Polio Prance in the Park on 17th November. Walk, run or be pushed around Albert Park Lake to raise funds for End Polio – Be Pushed? If not prancing, for an extra charge you can be part of the End Polio Push…. where you’ll be pushed around the 5km course in a DIK loaner wheelchair!

I was saddened to learn PDG Vance passed away on Saturday 29/9/18. The Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of the late Mr Vance Anthony Hilton OAM, KSJ will be held at Overnewton Castle, 51 Overnewton Road, Keilor on MONDAY (Oct. 8, 2018) commencing at 1.00pm. Private Burial Flowers welcome or if preferred In Lieu, a Donation can be made to Parkinsons Victoria in memory of Vance. Envelopes will be available at the Service.

Yours in Rotary,

P Bronnie

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Welcome Mandy- Transferring from Brimbank Central RC...
President Bronnie inducting our newest member, Mandy Dayal, who was previously a member of Brimbank Central Rotary Club. Looking forward to Mandy's "Member behind the badge" talk in the near future...
Community Gardens- by Peter Weaver
L-R: Program Chairman Bob Rawson and Guest Speaker Peter Weaver.
Peter has had 5 careers, before becoming a local Real Estate Agent and is a passionate advocate for Community Gardens. (Peter was previously President of the local Historical Society for 9 years).
Peter's grandfather was an avid gardener who planted 170 roses. After planting 32 fruit trees (now citrus) he solved a Possum problem using a natural remedy, and ran out of space in his garden. He has now been using the nature strip for 5 years, and uses Coffee grounds from Bezirks Café, as well as seaweed, to maintain an "Organic Garden." 
Peter also indicated that some land at Ford Reserve may also be made available for a Community Garden with garden beds, which could be a great asset for use by families living in apartments or nursing homes. Peter generously indicated he's happy to share knowledge and plants to help others- a local inspiration. 
Club History: Running our First Meeting with the Women in Charge...
Jan Douglas auditioning in 1993/94 for a future Club President role, assisted by Annette Formica, Paula Bridle, and Ann Goodwin (guest speaker). (Jan was inducted 10 years later in 2004).
Bohemian Rhapsody (for all the non-Golfers!)
Join with other local Rotarians to support the Rotary Foundation! We hope to see all the ACRC members who are not in Tocumwal for the Golf weekend! 
Multi-District Conference Update

Australian Rotary Health (ARH)- PhD Scholarships- Funding Partner Program
Since initiation in 2004, Australian Rotary Health (ARH) has administered over 100 PhD scholarships in various health areas.
  • The program enables Rotary Clubs, or individual Rotarians, to participate in an area of health research of their choice.
  • A PhD scholarship recipient receives $30,000 p.a., tax-free for up to 3 years, with a possible 6-month extension.
  • Annual contributions are:
    • Rotary Club: $12,000.
    • Australian  Rotary Health: $7,000 and 
    • University/Research Institute: $11,000.
  • Partners (i.e. Rotary Club, individual Rotarians or Australian Corporations) choose the Area of Health, Name of the Scholarship, Location of Research (e.g. Australian State).
  • ARH organizes:
    • Advertising of scholarship at Universities, Research Institutes, and Research Centres (such as Hospitals), and directly to nominated researchers known to have interest or expertise in a field.
    • Selection of Awardee (all scholarship applications are competitively assessed by 3 experts within the Club's chosen health area).
    • University arrangements and scholarship administration.
  • All partners receive reports from the PhD scholars and can have regular contact (e.g. speaking on aspects of the PhD scholarship at Rotary functions).
  • The research must be carried out in Australia, and the scholar must have Australian or NZ citizenship or Australian Permanent Residency.
  • Preliminary enquiries indicate that a one-off District 9800 Foundation Grant of up to $2,500 may be possible.
Wouldn't it be great if ACRC could commit to fund a PhD scholarship, in a health area of the Club's choice... a worthy challenge for further discussion!
ClubRunner App...
The main reasons the District Website has been moved to ClubRunner was because of the cost and functionality of the old website, AND importantly, the fact that ClubRunner has a smartphone App that allows members in a Club to be in contact with any other member in that Club, and also other members in District 9800.
I strongly recommend members download the ClubRunner App from the App Store. It is free, and allows you to phone other members, send them emails, and read the Weekly Bulletin on your phone. You will need your log in name and password the first time you use it, just the same as logging onto the "Member Area" of the ACRC website. Let me know if you'd like a reminder of your login name and original password. If you have forgotten your password, I should be able to help you login and modify your password. Ed.
Multi-District Conference-Book Early
The next District Conference will be in Melbourne, 15 th to 17 th Feb, 2019.
Book on-line- test the link in the RH column...  
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