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.Read more...
By Past District Governor Iven Mackay
The Rotary Club of Yarraville and its partner in the Philippines, the Rotary Club of Greater Marikina Valley in District 3800, are very pleased to report that our joint WASH project has been completed.Read more...
WE DID IT!
Footstrollers have managed to cross their target of $3000 to the End Polio Now campaign. Many thanks to our sponsors, our friends and family who have supported and cheered for us. Graeme alone has marched the way with a whopping $1128 donation. A special thank you to our team members for challenging yourself to walk, run or roll 10, 20, or 50km throughout the month and raise vital funds that will help eradicate and prepare us for a Polio free world.:
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.Read more...
Footscray Rotarians have formed FOOTSTROLLERS to raise funds for “End Polio Now”. See more details above. Each member of the team has committed to walk a nominated distance during the month of October and seek your support by donating here
The Club organised two zoom meetings in September with special guests Ms. Pragya Kapil, Person Behind the Badge and Mr Andy Moutray-Read, CEO of Inner West Community Enterprises. Dr Catherine (Kitty) O’Connor will be the speaker for the upcoming meeting scheduled for Thursday October 1st at 6.45 for 7pm start.Read more...
Dear Rotarians/ International PolioPlus Committee members/ Directors and Trustees,
It is with great pride that we inform you that one of our own has been named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Just a few moments ago, Dr. Tunji Funsho, Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair was named to the TIME 100 list for his critical leadership in working with Rotary members and our partners to achieve a wild polio-free Nigeria and eradicate the wild poliovirus in the African region. He is the first Rotary member to receive this honor for our work to eradicate polio.Read more...
Rob Edwards, a member of the Corrimal Rotary Club, Australia, has just launched Sustainable Social to help businesses such as resorts, cafés, and hotels market their green practices and services via social media, catching the eye of customers who care about the environment. https://sustainablesocial.org/pages/inforotary
Rotary Clubs can join and attract new members by publicizing their environmental projects. The site has a fun video pitch to inspire clubs to start an environmental project.Read more...
The Club organised two zoom meetings in August with special guests Mr Tung Le and Mr Andrew Jobling. Pragya Kapil was inducted as the newest member of the club and will be presenting about her life and education in the first meeting in September 2020.Read more...
Rotary and its GPEI partners celebrate a monumental achievement, say global eradication of wild polio is possible with the continued dedication and persistence of Rotarians.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.Read more...
This has been an extraordinary year. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, it seems that things are going from worse to worse in Victoria, however we should know that things will get better and this time will pass. We should also know that we can all do our bit and follow the mandated guidelinesRead more...
We were honoured to have in attendance District Governor Phillip Archer, District Governor Elect Dale Hoy and Assistant Governor Michael Donnelly at the Changeover Ceremony. It was also pleasing to have club honorary member PDG John Davis attend. Due to family illness President elect Jama Farah was unable to attend the Zoom meeting.
The highlight of the meeting was the DG presenting a Paul Harris award to Emanuel Tumino for his service to District 9800’s Youth Exchange program over many years.Read more...
Enjoy reading Rotary Club Footscray President's inspiring Speech from the Changeover Ceremony evening.
Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed guests. I would like to thank you all for your company on this occasion as I enter the role of President of the Rotary Club of Footscray District 9800. I consider it an honor that you considered me up to the task of this role. I am grateful to be in this position and I aim to carry out my responsibilities to the best of my abilities. We are living in a strange moment, where it seems that no one really knows what to do next. These are the moments where people look for guidance and leadership to show them the way.Read more...
Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions last week's planned Changeover meeting was postponed.On Thursday 16th July at 6.30 pm the club will meet via Zoom and install Jama Farah as our new President.Details to Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 829 6529 0531
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:
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.