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The Rotary Club of Latitude 38 has a member who volunteers with an organisation called Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients (SAPP) serving meals at Ho Chi Minh City’s largest public hospital on Saturdays. He speaks highly of the group’s focus to assist the poor.  

Each year every person in Vietnam must purchase a health insurance card. The cards cost  approximately $AUD43  and ensures free medical treatment.

For the poor Vietnamese, the government will subsidise the card for between 70% to 90% depending on where they are located. This means that the Vietnamese living in poverty only need to pay up to $AUD13 per person but a large family finds it difficult to cover that amount for each of its members. 

One of the aims of SAPP is to provide 2000 health cards for each of their five targeted provinces. Some of these provinces are a little remote but one of them is Ben Tre which is within travelling distance from Ho Chi Minh City. The subsidy rate for Ben Tre is 30% so SAPP would be covering approx $AUD13 per card with a goal of 2000 cards to support poverty stricken Vietnamese and so allowing them free access to medical treatment and medication. . 

The Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 would like to raise $AUD3000 which would provide approximately 225 health cards towards this goal. It already has $AUD1000 in hand through the generosity of the Rotary Club of Batemans Bay in NSW,  Australia.     

The eClub of Latitude 38 is supporting this project as its first project in Vietnam.  It will also enable the club to make valuable contacts with the local authority which in turn will help with other projects.
If you would like to donate to this project go to THIS SITE.

Welcome to Meeting No. 178 of the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 

President's Report

March is Water and Sanitation Month in Rotary. Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and parents spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families. I encourage you to go to to learn more and to watch this short video:
I look forward to seeing you on screen on Monday night next.
Brian Norris


This week's meeting material


For our new members here are some links to organisations that eClub Latitude 38 or our members have been involved with over the last few years. 


Green Gecko - Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Green Gecko Project is an established grassroots NGO recognised for bringing effective and sustainable positive change to the communities we work with. Through our holistic approach and long-term programs, we have empowered 32 families who previously lived and worked on the streets, to care for their children in a safe and nurturing environment. Green Gecko Project and Rehash Trash


Opportunities of Development thru Art - Siem Reap, Cambodia

ODA provides Free English education to keen outlying village youngsters.  Fluent English is the key to employment in and around the booming tourism industry in Siem Reap, and ODA’s Free English schools directly address the need of improving students future employment opportunities. ODA Siem Reap


Janne's Journal

Has everyone read through the latest issue? Great stories but one that I thought stood out was ROMAC update about the districts sponsored child Emilia. 


Existing Latitude38 Club Project - Vietnam Health Cards for the Needy

In January 2019 the eClub Latitude 38 presented 142 health cards to needy Vietnamese residents in Ben Tre Province Southern Vietnam. I hope to be able to make this an ongoing project and be able to present even more health cards in January 2020 

Every year each person in Vietnam must purchase a health insurance card to obtain free medical treatment and medication.  The cost of this card is VND 700,000 each (about $43 Australian dollars).  For Vietnamese who are very poor, the Vietnamese Government will subsidise between 70-90% of the cost of a health card for them, meaning those people only need to pay about $13 Australian dollars instead.  

This doesn’t sound much, but for poverty stricken families in remote and rural areas, the issue is how will they find the money to pay for a card for each family member. To afford the card what will families have to do without? 

SAPP (Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients) is an organisation in southern Vietnam who (amongst other welfare programs) generously aims to provide 2000 health cards each year to poor people in five targeted provinces.  This will enable families to not have to worry about how they will cope with illness or disease, and they can confidently send children to school, help the elderly contribute in the community and allow families to work towards improving their situation.

Rotary Club of Latitude38 is working with SAPP to fund some cards, but they need your help too.  The more you donate, the more cards can be distributed and this helps more children be the best they can be. That’s something we should all be doing……

Visit our clubs Go Fund Me page to support our first project in Vietnam.


This officially ends meeting No.178. Let me know on our Facebook group what you thought of the meeting material. Serious, leave a comment. It helps to get some feedback on the meeting and also to hear your thoughts and ideas. For club members go to the closed group here Closed Group Facebook page and for non members please leave a comment on our Public Facebook page, like, and share.


If you have an interesting topic, or project to share please contact Pete at

Thank you for joining us, we appreciate your feedback, hope you will return soon and invite a guest.

Pete Showell



Membership of Rotary, like any other activity in life, works better if you have a personal plan about how to get the most out of it. At the beginning of every Rotary year (1 July), or at any other time, why not sit down and plan how you will maximise your membership. In an eClub this is especially important as we don’t have the impetus of a weekly face-to-face meeting to give us a “push along”.
Here are some suggestions. You may think of other things you might do.
·         Run your eye over Rotary Basics to refresh yourself about what Rotary is about.
·         Work through the weekly meeting on the website and make comments on the club’s Facebook page.
·         Make regular posts on the Facebook page and respond to posts already there.
·         Look at the club’s projects page to see what projects you might become involved in.
·         Commit to contributing $A100 to the Rotary Foundation during the year through the Centurion
          Program. The club can organise this for you.
·         Commit to attending the District 9820 Conference or the district conference where you live.
·         Make suggestions on how the club can work better.
·         Participate!