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November 2020 Bulletin

Dear Rotarians,

Hope you are all doing well and enjoying a walk by the beach, a drink with a mate or just staying home binge watching Netflix. I have heard lots of great reviews about the sitcom, The Crown and have added it to my long list of shows and movies I want to catchup once holidays begin (3weeks to go!). 

My apologies for the error about last month's zoom meeting which included a section about guest speaker Prof Andrew Bennett who attended our meeting this month infact. The art of multitasking can only be challenged so far. I was pleased to see everyone at the first zoom meeting of November and will sadly be missing seeing you all in person next two weeks. As you know I have been studying and working non stop since July this year, the heat of the burnout is catching up to me. But I must admit, I feel very grateful and thankful for everyday, to be alive, to have a place to call home, friends to make plans with and the big fat discounts that keep my rythm going!! 

A quick reminder that the Christmas Meeting scheduled (face to face) is set for 10th December 2020 at 6:30pm at 540 Barkly St. (tbc). Numbers are limited. Further information will be announced in this week's zoom meeting. 

Enjoy the penultimate bulletin edition of 2020. 



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.

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.

Supporting Local Relief Centre, Empower

By Immediate Past President John Wall, Rotary Club of Melbourne South

Empower Australia operates food relief centres that are open to anyone who is facing serious food insecurity. There are five relief centres across Melbourne: City Road, Lower Plenty, Ringwood, Pakenham and Grovedale (Geelong).  Approximately 80 volunteers work at the City Road venue with 150 volunteers in total across all five sites.

As at 11th October 2020Empower Australia provided the equivalent of 747,000 meals, compared to 104,583 in 2019; and, 36,951 volunteer hours compared to 13,273 in 2019. In the last week of October, Empower supported 2,493 people and up to 3,000 in previous weeks.

Making Masks During COVID-19

By Past President Lisa Lowcock, Rotary Club of Essendon

Days for Girls (DfG) Keilor Gateway Cluster is an international project of the Rotary Club of Keilor East, and involves team members making sustainable kits containing menstruation sanitary items.

Club members first heard of Days for Girls in 2014. A small group of ladies armed with scissors and sewing machines enthused about this hugely impactful project. So, a team of volunteers (nicknamed “the Daysies”) got to work in Past President Cherrie Osborn's kitchen and lounge room. This team has inspired more than 100 people to meet each month in Essendon to create 500 kits annually.

FORaMEAL—60,000 meals delivered locally

By Tony Laycock, President, Rotary Club of Canterbury

The FORaMEAL project is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Canterbury.It was originally established to help those across the Asia Pacific region, an area prone to many natural disasters leading to the loss of homes and access to basic necessities including food.

The FORaMEAL packing project has been a great success across District 9800. Financial and physical support is provided by a number of individuals and organisations including, but not limited to, the District leadership; clubs within the Eastside cluster, particularly Rotary Balwyn and Camberwell; schools in the Boroondara area; and, Swinburne University. Packing events at District conferences have been a great success with up to 40,000 meals produced in a short space of time. 

District Governor's Message

A week of successful events

As we come to the time of year when festivities abound, there have been several highly successful events over the past week in our District including the International Men’s Day Virtual ‘Happy As Larry’ Lunch jointly hosted by Rotary Brighton North and Rotary Melbourne. Well-known comedian and actor Shane Jacobson entertained the audience, along with Rotary District 9810’s “Toilet Warrior”, Rotarian Mark Balla. My congratulations go to both clubs and in particular, Presidents Peter Killey and Marion MacLeod on not only delivering a fantastic event, but also the very important messages on men’s health.

The Rotary Foundation, Rotary Club of Essendon and Caroline Chisholm Society - Working Together to Achieve Goals

The Rotary Club of Essendon and Caroline Chisholm Society have had a long-term and successful partnership since 2007. Over those years Rotary Essendon has assisted the Society to provide support to mothers and families in need with food and warm clothing, access to safe and stable accommodation and other support services. This support has helped those families to live in a safe and nurturing environment. Rotary Essendon has sourced and provided many valuable items over this time, such as a car, computers, clothing and other necessities.

Update on Frank and Ann Brown

Graeme Thompson has been kind to share updates on Frank and Ann’s recovery from the unfortunate accident they were involved in a few days before Christmas last month.

Pleased to share with you all that Frank and Ann are now home and doing well. They will commence outpatient rehabilitation at Epworth twice per week from next week. Ann is wearing a neck brace and Frank has been experiencing challenging with his computer and has therefore been unable to answer many emails from friends but has shared that he is gradually catching up. Home help has been arranged for them. We wish them a speedy recovery.

Morning Tea with the DG
December 5, 2020, 10:00 am to December 5, 2020, 11:30 am

Join us for our Xmas edition of 'Morning Tea with the DG'.
It is guaranteed to be another informative and entertaining morning.


The link to the online event to be provided by the event organiser. Click here to book. 

Rotary in Harmony - Lift the Lid on Mental Health
December 13, 2020, 3:00 pm to December 13, 2020, 4:30 pm

Join fellow Rotarians, families and communities for our Rotary in Harmony Concerts online via Zoom.

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.

Entry is free however you are welcome to add a donation to Australian Rotary Health as part of your booking. Click here to book. 



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