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October 2020 Bulletin

Dear Rotarians,

FREEDOM at last! I hope you are all enjoying and slowly adjusting with caution to this new-found freedom which pre-Covid we never truly acknowledged as much. I have been in school undertaking my placement, grateful to Graeme Thompson for connecting me to the opportunity and for the Sunshine College to accept my plea. I have finished my first week and I am waiting to reach the finish line for this block. The experience is truly enriching especially because prior to earlier this week, I have never stepped inside an Australian classroom/school. If you remember from my presentation a couple of weeks ago, I do have experience of teaching and the last five days have reminded me what the fellowship in India made me realise which is that kids need love and patience, rest will take care of itself.

Today I will be meeting two of my new close friends (I met them while studying remotely) I have made in this lockdown and I can’t wait to see them in person. Well, that’s an example of some of the strange yet beautiful experiences this year has brought to our lives.

Take care and enjoy the warm days ahead of us.



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.


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.:

Elia Andriotis

Graeme Thompson

Rodney Johnstone

Jamie Robertson

Suzanne Zammit

Ronald Hunt

Kevin Field

Maria Silber

Pragya Kapil

Clean water, better sanitation, teacher training, and hygiene education

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.

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.

District Governor's Message

World Polio Day 2020

Whilst COVID-19 is front and centre of everyone’s minds, we must not forget Rotary’s focus on eradicating polio. We are so close! World Polio Day is 24th October, and I encourage you to participate in the virtual event being held at Parliament House next Wednesday, 21st October. 

Polio eradication efforts have already made a major positive impact on our world. Since 1988, nearly 3 billion children have been immunized against polio, and nearly 19 million people are walking who would otherwise have been paralysed.

District 9800 Loses a Legend: Quite a Cross to Bear!

Gerry Cross joined Rotary Launceston 31 years ago. He enjoyed the camaraderie and opportunities to help others. Later, when posted to the Solomon Islands, he joined Rotary Honiara.

For the last 20 years, his name has kept ‘bobbing up’ in Rotary District 9800 with work at Donations in Kind (DIK), such as collecting used hospital furniture, packing containers and driving the truck. He had been Chairman of DIK some years ago.

New Rotarian, Samantha Middlebrook, has a passion for assisting women with their careers

When a friend introduced Samantha to the Orbit Satellite Club of Southbank, she saw an opportunity to use her business creativity and help make a difference in the world.  She joined the Club in June 2020.

Although having lived in Melbourne for most of her life, Samantha travelled extensively pre-COVID, particularly to the USA, Middle East and Brisbane for work. A digital transformation strategist, Samantha recently commenced maternity leave after giving birth to son, Harlow.

November 5, 2020, 6:30 pm to November 5, 2020, 8:00 pm

The Rotary Clubs of Sydney and Melbourne will be celebrating their Centenary early next year.

To celebrate this historic occasion, the first two Rotary Clubs in Australia will be engaging in a Great Debate on Thursday 5th November, 2020 commencing at 6:30pm.

Rotary in Harmony - Jazz
November 8, 2020, 3:00 pm to November 22, 2020, 3:00 pm

We are very excited to share with you another fun virtual campaign, Rotary in Harmony—a series of four (so far) musical events, featuring our talented Rotarians and Friends of Rotary. Whilst we already have a great line up of musical talent, we are reaching out to all of you to let us know about those who are musically gifted and would like to perform in any of the events scheduled from 11th October through to 22nd November.  The musical genres will include Classical, Rock ‘n Roll, Jazz and Celtic.

28th Paul Harris and Business Breakfast
November 24, 2020, 7:30 am to November 24, 2020, 9:00 am

“6,000 years of the trachoma scourge but we can end it all by 2030.”

Ian Wishart is one of Australia’s most accomplished CEOs in the global humanitarian sector, having worked at virtually every level of international development from relief operations to policy and advocacy initiatives.

November Birthday!

Celebrating Rotary Club Of Footscray November Birthdays

Phillip Caruso 12th

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