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Traralgon Central
We meet Mondays at 6:15 PM
Comfort Inn Latrobe Convention Centre
5601 Princes Highway
Traralgon, VIC  3844
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The 2018 Model United Nations Assembly was held at Phillip Island last weekend with young adults from across our district gathering to give their views on various world problems. Marion White was there and will tell us tonight how it all went.
Chris Barfoot from the Gippsland Climate Change Network will be the guest speaker at opur meeting on June 4 talking about the Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub.
The GCCN is the host network for the Power Hub, a government initiative to investigate and implement a range of models for community energy. The other pilot projects are in Ballarat and Bendigo.
Chris's talk will be another link in our club's hope to be a positive influence as the Latrobe Valley transitions from traditional energy production concepts to those which will take us forward.
 To learn more about the GCCN click HERE.
To read about the recent GCCN seminar as reported in the Latrobe Valley Express click HERE
This Friday evening (25 May) there will be plenty of laughter, chat and perhaps the odd helpful suggestion when Traralgon Central Rotarians meet for a social night at the `a  red dot' Japanese Restaurant at 21A Church Street.
The evening will start at 6.30pm. For those unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine, click HERE for a link to the restaurant's menu.
a red dot has established an enviable reputation as being one of the best restaurants of its type in Traralgon and the wider Latrobe Valley.
Once again we’re commencing our Give-a-Damn, Give -a-Can project. Thankyou to all the work from team - Ian, Charlie and Greg.
It’s a big task – seeking sponsorship and funding, organising advertising (have you seen the advert on TV?), liaison with schools, planning meetings, organising letters, bins and collections and finally all the can deliveries to Vinnies yet to be done.

From Ian Whitehead
Give A Damn, Give A Can approaches. Please give consideration to how you can best assist. Thanks to those who have offered,  but we need more commitments to:
  • Being a red bin host
  • Nominating someone from a different part of town to host a bin.
  • Pamphlet deliverers; around 150 – 200 in the general vicinity of each bin.

The Gippsland Rotary Centenary House will build 13 extra rooms in its stage three expansion following the announcement of $900,00 in federal funding. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement at the house recently describing the facility as "the house that love built".
May is Rotary Bowel Scan Month. This article from Rotarian Dr Grant Selth appeared in the recent District 9820 bulletin.
Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers, along with lung, breast and prostate cancer. It is very common and affects 1 in 19 males, and 1 in 28 females. It is mostly seen in persons aged  40 years and over, and after 50 years the incidence increases sharply.
Last year in Rotary District 9820,  217 of the participants in the Mt Eliza Rotary club pharmacies serviced from on the Mornington Peninsula and Westernport area the scan, 5%  required further medical follow up by their doctor.

In 2017 there were 217 participants in the Bowel Scan program in the Mornington Peninsula and Westernport areas serviced by the Mt Eliza Rotary Club and local pharmacies. Five per cent   required further medical follow up by their doctor.

From Marion White
MUNA: On Sunday 29th April, I attended the MUNA workshop held at Traralgon College where I got to meet the two Traralgon Central sponsored Delegates from Lavalla College - Sophia Richmond and Kate Robinson along with their teacher Shane Lebbe.  A total of 70 students are listed to attend this year’s MUNA weekend (18th -20th May).  These will be sponsored by 35 Rotary clubs.  Lisa Templeton (Lavalla teacher) and I will attend the weekend.  Kazakhstan is the country that our girls have chosen to represent. We can look forward to hearing from Kate and Sophia at a future dinner meeting.

This month is Rotary's maternal and Child Health month.
Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes. 
At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. 
There are exciting plans for the Maryvale paper mill which, if  enacted, will help it  and the Latrobe Valley compete in a more energy  conscious world.
Picture: ABC
Sale and Sale Central Rotary clubs have handed over a giant cheque for $9,000 for restoration of the Sale Water Tower.  The funds came from their “Race the Rubeena” fundraising event on Labour Day weekend ($5,000), plus the clubs combined Rotary Foundation grant of $2,000 plus matching club contributions.The Race the Rubeena is a charity foot race in which competitors try and race the tourist launch Rubeena from Sale down the Thomson River to the Swing Bridge.
To visit Sale Central's FB page click HERE
Is there a face here that you recognise? Gemma Sisia of the School of St Jude in Tanzania, recently featured in a special feature about the most special people you could encounter while travelling the world. Ms Sisia has spoken at this club twice in recent years and we have contributed to the school most notably through our special Africa night when Jenny Hammett was president. For more about the school visit THIS LINK