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September 2020 Bulletin

Dear Rotarians, 

Hope everyone is some what pleased with the Premier's announcement. It was best to keep expectations low after all that we have been through these past couple of months. What's even strange is that the rest of the world has only sadly begun its journey with the second wave. I have seen several videos on social media platforms where people have talked about mental wellbeing and rightly so. As an extrovert (sometime introvert) myself, I truly miss seeing people, the hug, smile and occasional 'what is that person wearing' glare! With masks now as part of our day to day lives, I have realised that the people whose faces we actually end up seeing are the ones we live with, meet through virtual platforms and ofcourse the television. It has become even more important to find creative ways to say hello when crossing someone in the park who has their earplugs on, a simple nod or a wave of the hand goes a long way. I have been doing this for the past two weeks and I know people are smiling behind the masks, I know I am :) 

We have included a new section to the Bulletin celebrating birthdays of our members. Please ensure your details are up to date with Rodney, we wouldn't want to miss wishing someone a Happy Birthday! 

Hope you enjoy reading the September edition. My special moment was when Florisse said she joined our Zoom meeting after reading a post on Facebook that I was presenting. The world is now smaller and we are closer than ever before. 



Important Letter from RI President Holger Knaack

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.

You can view Dr. Funsho’s profile on the TIME website here.

Gordon Street Little Pantry

Gordon Street Little Pantry is a new community initiative based at 252 Gordon St in Footscray, Melbourne, Australia.

It is based on trust and the Footscray community spirit of goodwill. It stocks basic food and sanitary items and is open 24/7 for collection or donation during these extraordinary times.

It is located at 252 Gordon Street Footscray out the front of Footscray Church of Christ.

September Zoom meetings

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.

The Rotary Hoppers Crossing Story

It wasn’t exactly ‘tumbleweeds blowing down the main street’, but 60 years ago the area known as Hoppers Crossing was different—mainly paddocks, stone fences, thistles, rabbits and a snake or two. Infrastructure was scant and scattered and ‘going into town’ meant a trip to Werribee. 

But love came to the rescue!

Rotary now has sustainability as a new area of focus

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.


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.

Zone 8 (Australia and NZ) Virtual Conference

The Rotary Zone 8: Virtually Alice Springs Conference was organised on the 19th and 20th of September 2020 with great participation from members from Australia and New Zealand. 

The following is the video shown at the recent Rotary Alice Springs Virtual Regional Conference showcasing some of the activities within the New Zealand and Pacific region. Enjoy!

Get ready for Reconnect Week
October 5, 2020, 12:00 am to October 11, 2020, 12:00 am

During Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week, 5-11 October, Rotary members and alumni will gather to share their experiences, network, and exchange ideas for staying involved in Rotary. Join the action! Create a post on social media and tag it #RotaryReconnect. Hold a virtual meeting with alumni to share ideas. Invite an alum to speak at your online club meeting. Read inspiring profiles of alumni who are making a difference. And visit our Reconnect Week page for even more ideas.

Rotary in Harmony - Lift the Lid on Mental Health
October 11, 2020, 5:00 pm to November 22, 2020, 5:00 pm

As a gift of music to our fellow Rotarians, families and communities, please join us at some or all of these events.

In this year 2020 when many have found themselves in trying times, the value of the enjoyment of music on one's mental health has prompted a group of Rotarians to gather vocalists and musicians together for a series of afternoons to uplift the soul.

These concerts are free but you are encouraged to donate to Australian Rotary Health as part of your booking if you wish.

Rotary Business Leaders Breakfast
October 28, 2020, 7:00 am to October 28, 2020, 8:30 am

An invitation to Rotary District 9800 Zoom Breakfast 

Organisational Culture and Spirit

Guest Speaker: David Landgren

MC: District Governor Elect Dale Hoy

Introduction: District Governor Nominee Amanda Wendt

Book now:

October Birthdays! Celebrating Rotary Club Of Footscray October Birthdays

John Granger 3rd 

Rodney Johnstone 4th

Suzanne Zammit 18th

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