Vale Lach Wright
President Suzanne, club members, partners and friends of Footscray Rotary mourn the loss of one of its great stalwarts. As a member for 67 years, Lauchie was a contributor, friend, and gentleman throughout. He will be sadly missed by all and we extend our sympathies to Marie and the whole family for their loss.
Mask Production for Western Health
Following a request from Western Health to produce face masks, Past President Carol Castano has formed a team of Rotarians and friends. Production is well under way. Carol has made 30 adult, and 10 children’s masks herself whilst one of the amazing team has made 120! There are 10 team members, working on the project, including Faye Lanyon from Pt Gellibrand Rotary Club, and 7 of from Caesia Gardens Retirement Village, 5 of whom belong to the Village Rotary Craft Group. Carol says,”it’s good to be able to do such a small thing to help out”
“Service above Self"
Alisha returns home
Because of COVID-19 it was necessary for our exchange student Alisha Braeker to return to her family in Switzerland on Tuesday. We wish her well and thank her for being part of our club over recent months. What a pity we were unable to farewell her in the traditional manner at a club meeting.
The board had decided that it would be prudent and in the best care of everyone involved to cancel this Thursday's Rotary Meeting.
We will also cancel both of our April Rotary meetings.
We will review the situation at the end of April and let you know what is happening.
Please make the effort to stay in touch with one another by phone.
Suzanne Zammit - President
Because of Rotary....
Because of Rotary, these three wonderful young women got to meet each other, share experiences and create a continuing friendship.
International Women's Day Breakfast
Alisha our exchange student along with Ashley (our NYSF student) and Margaret(who also attended NYSF) joined club members at the Women in Rotary "International Women's Day Breakfast" at Crown Palladium Ballroom this morning.
The Rotary Club of Footscray is a supporter of DIK (Donations in Kind) and is delighted that DIK will shortly celebrate the shipment of the 600th container of goods benefiting needy causes at various locations overseas.
Saturday 29th of February 10.00 - 3.00
Shed 39 / 400 Somerville Road, West Footscray
Food and drink will be available
Please RSVP for catering purposes to:
District support for Bushfire relief
District 9800 is providing two separate ways for Rotary Clubs, Rotarians and members of the public to provide donations to our Bushfire Recovery efforts
The first fund will provide Rotary Clubs and individuals not seeking a tax deduction and allow us more flexibility to take immediate action.
Account: Rotary International District 9800 - Australian Bushfire Appeal
BSB: 633000 Account Number: 171227895
The second fund through Bendigo Banks Community Enterprise Foundation allows tax deductibility to individual donors or businesses who require this option. Bendigo Bank has waived their administration fees.
For tax deductible donations please use this link:
News from Peter Crib (RC of Flemington), leader of the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds (RORP) program.
“Another playground has opened in Sri Lanka. This one from Lake Reserve in Ocean Grove has been re-installed at this Buddhist Primary school in Lunuwila, Sri Lanka. The work involved was undertaken by the Rotary Club of Negombo and they chose this site as the school is poor and unable to provide anything of this nature.
With the playgrounds sent or committed to be harvest, the total now exceeds 50 playgrounds. The bulk have gone to Sri Lanka with three to Timor and one to the Philippines and one to Tanzania. We expect the arrangement with Sri Lanka to continue beyond the original planned 40, for the needs of Timor and the Phillipines to grow and a request for a trial shipment to Nepal (where there are 142 Rotary Clubs) to expand into an arrangement like that with Sri Lanka. The need remains.
The project is greatly indebted to participating Councils, contractors and manufacturers. So many are even more committed than the Rotary Team!! Their help has been extraordinary.”
Great work Peter.
Luana our exchange student from Brazil left Australia last Saturday.
Her host family, Alisha, Marina, Emanuel and Suzanne were there to farewell her. Luana loved her farewell gift which was a tiny kangaroo to adds to her Pandora bracelet.
Message from our President
Many thanks to our club members hard work which created the funds to support Jamie (this week's speaker)to attend London International Youth Science Forum.
Thanks to Elia and Rodney for organising the final meeting for 2019 and thank you to everyone who attended todays' meeting.
I hope everyone enjoys a joyous and hope filled Christmas and wish everyone the very best for the New Year.
Youth Science Forum
Next Meeting: Lunch on Thursday 19th December 12.30pm.
With our support, Jamie attended the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) in August.
Over a two week period the residential event held at Imperial College London & The Royal Geographical Society, involved 500 students (16-21 years) from 70 countries attending lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visiting world class laboratories and universities combined with cultural interaction. All welcome to attend and here about Jamie's experience.
Croatia House, 72 Whitehall St Footscray 19th December 12.30pm
A successful dinner with auction was held on Saturday 22nd in conjunction with the Footscray Art Prize. Guest speaker Mary Long gave a thought provoking presentation "Business and Art -Strange Bedfellows”. Funds raised will support our youth programs. Thanks to Bruce Postle, Oslo Davis and Susan Dang for the works they donated for the live auction. Many club members donated a diverse range of items for silent auction.
The Rotary Club of Footscray - Community Service &House of Friendship Fund Inc.
History of the Fund
The Fund was formed out by amalgamating two separate funds operated by the Rotary Club of Footscray. The “House ofFriendship”(HOF) provided the elderly a meeting place & recreational facility in addition to daily hot meals at nominal cost. For those who were house bound meals were provided at home.
The concept was so successful that it became a prototype for many similar schemes in Australia and in 1975 became one of the Footscray Council's community welfare programs.
The Rotary Club of Footscray Community Service Trust
was formed in 1977 to provide financial assistance to designated not-for-profit charities which have Deductible Gift Receipts (DGR) status from the Australian Taxation Office.
In 1994 the assets were combined to form the “Rotary Club of Footscray
Community Service & House of Friendship Fund Inc”.
How the Fund Supports Local Communities?
Rotarians are committed to serving the community. This Fund provides vital grants to not-for-profit grassroots charitable organisations with DGR status. Grants are made to a diverse range of local projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged people throughout the locality. We are proud to have made a difference to many important services within the community.
How can you help?
If you would like to assist those that are disadvantaged, people who have a disability, the elderly and those in need in our community, please consider making a donation. This may be done by sending a cheque payable to:
The Rotary Club Footscray
Community Service & House of Friendship Fund Inc
PO Box 469, Ascot Vale, Vic 3032
All donations over $2.00 are Tax Deductible & a receipt will be issued.
How can organisations apply for a grant?
Application forms are sent to interested organisation around April-May each year.
Footscray Community Bike Shed
In 2014 the Rotary Club of Footscray, in partnership with the Maribyrnong City Council established the Footscray Community Bike Shed. The aim was to service/repair pre-loved bikes, donated from the community, and then give to refugees, asylum seekers and other adults and kids who are in need. Helmets, lights and locks are also provided so that recipients are fully prepared. This program is meeting a community need by providing cheap and sustainable form of transport and aiding the physical and mental Health for refugee & asylum seeker. The Bike Shed provides a site for socialising and meeting / visiting new friends. The success of the program has been largely due to a band of enthusiastic volunteers providing over 1000 hours of work per year.
Over the period 2014-18 over 500 bikes have been distributed to recipients from 28 different countries
The program supports various agencies including: NewHope/Micare, Cohealth, the ASRC, AMES, Shine4 kids, Welcome West Wagon, Red Cross, BaptCare, Amnesty International.