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Vale David Graham

One of our club giants, David Graham OAM, died last Friday, September 3rd, just short of his 91st birthday.

David joined the Rotary Club of Footscray in 1977 while he was headmaster of Rosamond Road Primary School. He brought a deceptively quiet energy to everything he tackled in life and he was prominent in his own community of Altona where he became Mayor, as well as in our club with one legacy being the Aged Care facility in Mephan Street. He didn’t act alone in that venture but his role was pivotal.

David’s strengths were in administration and networking and his achievements were many. His calm manner and quiet dignity belied the solid contributions he made in life and these contributions were, perhaps belatedly, recognised through him being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. In his later years, David (which was really his middle name, his first being Hugh) put his energy into Footscray Probus Club and he became an Honorary member of our club. He remained a source of wise counsel to anyone who asked.

He would be the first to admit that Team Graham achievements were attributable to his wife Valda and himself. She might be the model for the well-known saying, “behind every great man there is a…” 

Death brings a full stop to the contribution which any person makes to society but the ripples of past actions can spread out and have effect long after. The best way we can honour David is to redouble our efforts to improve the community in which we live and which he loved.

Sincere condolenscences to Valda and family.

 Jamie Robertson AM, President

Evan Phillips Scholarship

Evan Phillips Rotary Club of Footscray Scholarship
 
The Rotary Club of Footscray and FutureGen Foundation are partnering to provide the Evan Phillips scholarship to apprentices and trainees in Melbourne’s West.
The Evan Phillips Scholarship has been developed to provide assistance to young disadvantaged Australians by giving them ‘a hand up, not a hand out’, and helping them reach their full potential.  
The Evan Phillips Scholarship is open to apprentices and trainees who reside in Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Wyndham and Melton Councils.
To be eligible for the Evan Phillips Scholarship, apprentices and trainees need to have been employed for a period of six months, be up to date with studies, have excellent attendance and be supported by your Employer Partner to be nominated. 
Applications close September 30th and are through the FutureGen Foundation website - https://www.futuregen.org.au/scholarships-and-grants
 
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Tommy Quick

Tommy Quick has started his epic journey of cycling 9,000 kms to the four most extreme points of Australia and a goal to raise $1,000,000. for the Stroke Foundation.
Due to COVID border restrictions he cannot get into WA yet. He will do what he can from SA and Victoria then head north and cover WA last, if he can get into there by that time.
The Rotary Club of Footscray supports Tommy in his fundraising and you can individually donate via the club "team page" at this link.

Highlights of the District 9800 Changeover 2021

By Dale Hoy

How fortunate we were, after having to change the date of the District 9800 Changeover to Saturday 10th July, to be able to have 250 Rotarians meet between two Victorian COVID lockdowns for an enjoyable face to face day of celebration and fellowship and the wonderful location of Hyatt Place in Essendon Fields.

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Thank you for a wonderful year ‘Opening Opportunities’!

We are now in the peak of club changeovers and DGE Dale, DGN Amanda, DGND Ron, partners and I have been greatly enjoying every event. I know I speak for all the G-train members when I say how amazing it is to see the incredible spread of Rotary activities across the District; to take in the atmosphere of every club; and to learn about the many successes that clubs have achieved during the 2020/21 year with the projects they have undertaken that make such a difference in the world. We are also buoyed by the plans that club leadership teams have for the year ahead.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all Centenary Presidents and club leadership teams for your incredible efforts in ‘Opening Opportunities’ through what has been a challenging year.  

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Welcome from District Governor Dale

Welcome to the new Rotary Year of 2021-22, the Centenary year of Rotary here in Australia and New Zealand in which we follow the lead of our Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta and ‘Serve to Change Lives.’

In between two Covid lockdown restrictions, on 10th July at Hyatt Essendon Fields, 250 Rotarians came together to celebrate the District 9800 Changeover. It was wonderful to enjoy face to face friendship and fellowship again.

Clubs across the District, in many cases forced to juggle dates due to COVID restrictions, hosted their changeover events. Both Maureen and I, plus other members of the District Leadership group attended all Changeovers across the District and we were all impressed by the extent of community activity and impact over the last 12 months especially during the difficult COVID period. 

The District Networker Newsletter will be issued twice a month commencing the first and third week of August.

Our District website has been updated and District events will continue to be published under 'Upcoming Events' on the home page.

The popular Morning Tea with the DG will continue on Saturday mornings commencing August varying the format to include themed events and some interactive sessions. 

Any other feedback on enhancing communication across the District will be gratefully received.

On behalf of the District Leadership team, we look forward to working with clubs and Rotarians to help increase our community impact over the next 12 months.

Dale Hoy

A few words from the Club President

It seems only a few weeks since Jama Farah asked me to be president elect (PE) for his year as president. In a fit of absence of mind, I said, yes. We are now nearly at the end of my first month having had the Changeover night, the District’s changeover night, a second meeting at The Plough Hotel and soon to come, my first Zoom Board meeting. Apart from that, there’s been a Zoom meeting of our cluster’s Presidents and a veritable e-blizzard of emails from everywhere except someone in Nigeria offering me a fortune. 

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Horn of Africa Project

The containers of medical equipment have arrived in Somali State of Ethiopia.
An official reception held to receive the equipment was attended by the Mayor, Vice-Minister Health, Vice-Minister of Education and local elders. The press attended the ceremony, resulting in radio and television coverage.
 
The equipment has been received with much appreciation.
 
Included in the donations were a number of motorised scooters. One has been provided to a man whose means of getting around had been walking on his hands. His life has been transformed by the scooter. He said “I have gone from being dead to alive”.
 
The donations of dialysis machines has allowed 3 public dialysis services to be established. Previously only private hospitals were offering dialysis.
These are great outcomes from our project.
Thank you so much for your support which has helped transform lives.
 
Jama Farah
President
Rotary Club of Footscray

Footscray Art Prize Exhibition and Auction Dinner

The Rotary Club of Footscray fundraising dinner for youth projects – held in conjunction with the 2021 Footscray Art Prize was organised on the 8th May 2021. The event began with a special viewing of the Footscray Art Prize exhibition at the Footscray Community Arts Centre followed by dinner and an auction at the Australian Croatian Club.

We raised just over $3000 from the dinner, this includes tickets sales and silent auctions.

Suzanne would like to applaud the generosity of the club members who attended and their guests, for donating goods, time and their skills to make it a very enjoyable evening.

For those who have been unable to visit the Footscray Art Prize in person, here is a link to the catalogue and a virtual tour of the main prize exhibition at the Footscray Community Art Centre.

The catalogue includes the Young Artists entries, the prizes sponsored by our club. 

Club Meetings

The Club has been consistent in organising meeting throughout this two-month period. In April, a zoom meeting in the first week was followed by a dinner meeting at The Plough Hotel later in the month. The Footscray Rotary Board Meeting was organised on the 13th May.

Tommy Quick is the guest speaker for tonight’s zoom meeting. Tommy Quick is a young 28-year-old stroke impacted man, who is riding a recumbent bike 9000 across Australia and up the East coast with the goal to raise $1m for stroke research.  He only has 62 days until he starts in WA and heads to Melbourne. 

Looking forward to meeting Tommy and listening to his story.

Footscray Art Prize

For those who have been unable to visit the Footscray Art Prize in person, here is a link to the catalogue and a virtual tour of the main prize exhibition at the Footscray Community Art Centre.

The catalogue includes the Young Artists entries, the prizes sponsored by our club. 

Young Artist Award - Primary

The Young Artists Prizes at the Footscray Art Prize are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Footscray. At last week's opening the winners were:
Secondary - Miwa Wilson "To Grow Up"
Primary - Jayden Ly "Growling Grass frogs and their habitat" (pictured)
The Young Artists exhibition will be displayed at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson St Footscray, until Saturday Jube 5th.
Congratulations to Miwa and Jayden.

Young Artists Award - Secondary

The Young Artists Prizes at the Footscray Art Prize are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Footscray. At last week's opening the winners were:
Secondary - Miwa Wilson "To Grow Up" (pictured)
Primary - Jayden Ly "Growling Grass frogs and their habitat"
The Young Artists exhibition will be displayed at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson St Footscray, until Saturday Jube 5th.
Congratulations to Miwa and Jayden.

District Governor's Message - Centenary Coins and Stamp Launch Success

Rotary District 9800 Governor Philip Archer

The Rotary Centenary Coins and Stamp launch was held on Thursday morning and was truly a wonderful event. The seamless online communication link between the Melbourne and Sydney UBS boardrooms was impressive and allowed us to showcase the best of the two centenary clubs of Rotary Melbourne and Rotary Sydney.

I would like to acknowledge the leadership of those clubs dating back one hundred years. Sir John Monash, the second President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, and indeed every president since charter, has led a broad church of members who have been able to assist the growth of Rotary in Victoria and across Australia, chartering new clubs and implementing a range of impressive projects that have brought significant benefits to the communities they have served. I congratulate the current Rotary Melbourne leadership team of President Marion MacLeod, Immediate Past President Kevin Sheehan and Hugh Bucknall, all of whom have been so active in the promotion of Rotary’s 100 years of giving and leading our centenary celebrations. They have helped to lay the foundation for the next century of giving.

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Footscray Art Prize

The Rotary Club of Footscay is a partner in the 2021 Footscray Art Prize. Full details of exhibitions for Major, 

Street Art and Young Artists Prizes https://www.footscrayartprize.com/  

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Fundraiser Target Achieved: Horn of Africa Project

The fundraising to ship containers of hospital and school equipment to Ethiopia has successfully reached its target. The Rotary Club of Footscray in association with Donations in Kind wishes to transport three containers of medical and school equipment to Somali Regional State of Ethiopia. The current donation total stands at $21575 of the $21000 target.

A BIG thank you to all those who contributed and offered their support for this massive project for the Club.

You are welcome to see the update of the project here.

Here is a picture of President Jama Farah and Past President Suzanne Zammit have been to DIK to check out the contents of the first container of our Horn of Africa Project. 

February Meetings

Two meetings were organised by The Rotary Club of Footscray members in the month of February, one online via Zoom as a general check in to see how everyone was doing and second, face to face informal at 540 Barkly St., Footscray. It was great to see members and share a few laughs.

Horn of Africa Project

President Jama Farah and Past President Suzanne Zammit have been to DIK to check out the contents of the first container of our Horn of Africa Project. The container is due for shipment Monday 22 Feb.

Horn of Africa Project

The fundraising to ship containers of hospital and school equipment to Ethiopia is going well. The Rotary Club of Footscray in association with Donations in Kind wishes to transport three containers of medical and school equipment to Somali Regional State of Ethiopia.

President Jama is being well supported by his network in the African community and over $14272 as of this evening. The target is $21000. Club members are encouraged to support what is the club's major project during Jama’s year as President. 

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Footscray Art Prize 2021

The Footscray Art Prize is returning for 2021 and is now open for entries. Even better, it’s an art prize where kids can get involved!

Primary and secondary students from Melbourne’s west are invited to enter the Footscray Art Prize Young Artists Prize category. There are two $500 prizes, and all entries are exhibited – a fantastic experience for any budding artist!

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December Meeting

The Rotary Club of Footscray members met face to face in the second week of December at 540 Barkly St, Footscray. The enjoyable evening found members catching up with each other after what seemed like an year! Rodney, Club Secretary chaired the meeting and organised a probing quiz that kept everyone mettle and entertained. Jama, Club President spoke about the New Year and provided gifts for the ladies’ present. $330 raised for the Foodbank, enough to provide 600 meals.

Maria provided Christmas music and together with Suzanne, worked their magic to create Christmas atmosphere with decorations on the table. Wonderful to see Jama in a colourful jacket!

November Zoom Meetings

The two zoom meeting in November saw special guests, Elwyn Davies, member of Community Consultative Committee sharing about the ‘Progress update on New Footscray Hospital’ and Prof Andrew Bennett from La Trobe University, a landscape ecologist who has an interest in the effects of the change in native vegetation and the impact on flora and fauna.

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Rotary Walk With Us – Ending Polio

By Grant Hocking on behalf of Kitty O’Connor and Murray Verso, Rotary District 9800, End Polio Walk With Us Team

During the month of October, Rotarians and friends in Australia and across the world took action to raise awareness, funds and support to end poliomyelitis, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens the children of the world today.  The Rotary Walk With Us campaign was very successful, raising over $123,000 for the Rotary End Polio campaign. The amount raised by District 9800 was over $73,000, 4-5 times more than previous walking events.

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Global Handwashing Day 2020

Global Handwashing Day - October 15, 2020

With the COVID-19 crisis so prominent in the news, a number of organizations are making an extra effort to promote handwashing with soap this year. They have developed resources that we can use every day when we are teaching about the importance of handwashing. 

GlobalHandwashing.org

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Zoom meetings

On October 1st, our guest speaker was Kitty O’Connor, Past President of Laverton Point Cook Club spoke to us on Walk with Us program. Andrew Bennett, Professor of Ecology at Latrobe University will speak to us on the 19th November about his many projects and work in the field of wildlife research.

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