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Issue 46 - 29 May 2018

Whilst the Public Relations Director, Jane Bradford is away - Aileen gets to play.  Please accept my apologies in advance - a newspaper editor or journalist is not my chosen career.  


The DG continues to travel the District 9650 and visit Clubs.  Perhaps he has visited your Club recently - if so, please send in a photo and story.

DG Bob is reminding all clubs that the Insurance & Compliance Declaration form for 2018 – 2019 must be completed and returned to the D9650 Secretary, Aileen MacDonald -  We still have quite a few outstanding.  Aileen would be pleased if by the end of May all declarations could be sent in.  This would be a world record.  Go ahead - make her day.
District Treasurer, (Lisa Eaton) at
18 Bishop Crescent
Please forward copy to
details as follows
Name – Rotary International D.G. Partner’s Account
BSB 721-000
Account no 100143137
Please forward copy to
Marg Ryan's project is only a heartbeat away.

Honouring PP Rob Henry With a Named PhD Scholarship

Australian Rotary Health (ARH) is currently advertising the Rob Henry Memorial PhD Scholarship, named in honour of the late PP Rob Henry of Rotary District 9810.

For nearly thirty years, Rob was the key organiser and coordinator of the Rotary District 9810 Ride for Research Dollars, which raised more than $1 million dollars for research through Australian Rotary Health.

Sadly, Rob lost his battle with cancer last year, and after discussions between ARH and the Rotary District, it was decided the best way to acknowledge Rob would be to name a scholarship after him.

District 9810 Representative Glenn Tippett said Rob’s family had suggested the scholarship focus on cancer research.

“Rob’s family are extremely proud to have Rob’s name on this scholarship as a lasting memory of his efforts supporting Australian Rotary Health over many years,” Glenn said.

“The funds for the scholarship will come from future District 9810 rides for research. This year we have put in $25,000 to establish it. Subsequent funds will come each year to maintain it in the future.”

In addition to organising the Ride for Research events, Rob kindly offered his advice in the planning of the Australian Rotary Health Great Australian Bike Ride event in 2009. In 2012, he was awarded the Australian Rotary Health Medal for his efforts.

“We would like to think that this scholarship is seen as a prestigious one to perpetuate the memory of Rob,” Glenn said.

For our current PhD research opportunities, including the Rob Henry Memorial PhD Scholarship, click here.

Download the Rob Henry Memorial PhD Scholarship advertisement here.

News from the Gloucester Club - Welcome to Aryleah Tull. Aryleah is again applying for the Rotary
Exchange Program. Last year, she was successful in her application and was
given the choice of Italy. Unfortunately, Aryleah had to pull out of the
program due to School Commitments. She is hoping that she will be
successful this year and hope she will get Italy again. Aryleah also recently
participated in the Hair Shave Event in March to raise funds for the
Leukemia Foundation. She raised a total of $3500. Well done Aryleah and
we wish her all the best in her application
District Assemblies for 2018 have concluded - hope you got to one near your area to hear about the exciting year ahead.
The Rotary Club of Glen Innes travelled to Walcha on the weekend to join the fun.
Tuncurry-Forster Club President Ian welcomed Rotarian Naomi Stacey from Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Here they exhange Club Pennants. Naomi Stacey & Ian Croker exchange club pennants

NEWS FROM ROTARY - Women helping women through Rotaract
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of blog posts from the 2018 Youth Leadership All-Stars, participants in Rotary’s programs for young leaders, in celebration of Youth Service Month.

By Immy Julie Nakyeyune Musoke, president of the Rotaract Club of Kampala South, Uganda

My father spoke often of Rotary when I was a teenager. But I never had much interest until after he died in June of 2011, just a few weeks before his scheduled installation as president of the Rotary Club of Mengo. The support and comfort we received from the family of Rotary was remarkable. I couldn’t help but wonder, who are these incredibly amazing people who loved my father this much?

After months of mourning, I decided to do what my father loved to do best; passionately put service above self. In April 2013, I joined the Rotaract Club of Kampala South. Warm smiles and beautiful faces welcomed me into the Rotary family. I still recall it like it was yesterday.

My 2017 began with anticipation and anxiety as I prepared to take on the role of club president in July. Like any other leader, I set out with my board to create a plan and serve our community through different projects. We have done fairly well with community service, partnering with our twin club in Kenya to plant over 8,000 trees and serving our community. But what is most important is, have we become better people?

A particular emphasis of our club is professional development. In Uganda, 80 percent of the country’s unemployed are youth. A good number of youth fail to find jobs after university, resorting to small-scale entrepreneurship in order to meet day to day needs. Some of these are members of Rotaract. I believe every Rotaractor can benefit by using the platform to grow their business, bring ideas to fruition through networking, find business partners, and develop their professional and leadership skills.

It gives me joy to see Mark, a club member, use Rotaract to grow his photography business. It gives me great joy to see my club members who were once shy, but can now stand up straight, project their voices, and speak perfectly to big crowds.

My team and I also took on a number of projects and initiatives to empower women in our community. We created a Rotaract Ladies At Work initiative to create a culture where female Rotaractors can maximize their knowledge and abilities to the fullest and help other women who are less fortunate. Together with other female club presidents, we organized the first Rotaract Ladies At Work conference and visited different communities, empowering young women in crisis pregnancy centers, schools, and orphanages.

What truly makes Rotaract special is the ability to work together to serve the community. What better than to work together as women to help other women? I have indeed confirmed that when women work together towards a common goal, greatness can be achieved. I have gained contentment and fulfillment in working with women to help other women. And this is just the beginning!

Learn more about how you can get involved with Rotaract.


MEANWHILE IN INVERELL - The guest speakers had all participated in a Rotary Program -
We had five young people give us a brief summary of their experience with a Rotary Youth activity.
  • Lachlan Blair – Rymarine – this was over three days in Coffs Harbour, after the experience he is now more focus on achieving employment in the Marine Biology field.
  • Ethan Bower – MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) found it interesting in researching for the debates that he and his fellow student Jackson had to speak on. They were representing Syria. They found the experience gave them courage to stand up and speak. They also spoke on many things that they normally would not speak about.
  • Tim Matheson – chairman of the Interact club at MacIntyre High School.
Has been a member for 3 years,  some of the projects over that time has been collecting Christmas presents for the Salvation Army to give to those not so fortunate and raising money to buy a Shelterbox.
For 2018 we will be involved in the 48 hour famine, and for Harmony day will paint the steps of our school adding a Harmony message on each step.
  • Georgie Taylor – Honey Engineering Summer School, is for 1 week in December, was involved in building a solar car, developing virtual reality games, team solving problems and visiting Univerterise to understand what life at Uni would be like. She will be pursuing a career in engineering after her experience in that week.
  • Rose Duncan – RYAG Sheep; is a 4 day camp at Walcha, develop an understanding of various aspects of sheep breeding and management. Visit to sheep studs, lectures on classing of sheep and health.
The highlight was the workshop on sheep dog training.
Rose is now using her new knowledge on the family farm.
All our speakers thanked Rotary club of Inverell for the support they give to the Youth programs of Rotary and for the opportunity we gave them
Each of the speakers spoke with confidence, were short but to the point. Our club should be proud of what we are able to do for the young people of Inverell and the district.
In April 2021, Rotary marks a major point in our history of community service and achievement. The energy of 2 Rotarians from the RC of Halifax and Calgary led to the chartering of Melbourne, Wellington, Auckland and Sydney. Much is being planned to create a legacy and events that will truly reflect what we represent.
Much has been planned and many things already are underway. It is important that you get advance notice of that campaign. Here are some highlights:
  1. An ambitious $30million youth vaccination program across 9 Pacific nations under the banner “Give Every Child a Future” has been launched.   Initiated by the 4 centenary clubs, RC Melbourne, Wellington, Auckland and Sydney, our partners are the Asian Development Bank and UNICEF. Soon we will invite Rotarians plus communities across many nations to participate, create scale and make a long lasting difference in the Pacific region.
  1. The Canadians are coming! New and convivial links have been created with our charter clubs, Calgary and Halifax. Books have been exchanged and an invitation to send representatives has been warmly received. In addition to a re-enactment and celebration, they are also keen to participate in the inaugural Ralston-Davidson Golf Challenge Cup honouring the 2 Rotarians that got the ball rolling for us.
  1. Schedules are being put in place for a Commemorative Stamp and Coin  to be issued in 2021 by Australia Post and the Royal Mint. Imagine this; stamps and coins with related merchandise that present the Rotary message across the nation during the centenary year.
  1. End Trachoma is a project being adopted across Australian Districts that will lead into the centenary year. Supported strongly by RI President Ian Riseley and  District Governors for several years ahead, this project has a clear focus on indigenous health. A unique malaise to Australia, it is treatable and beatable by the time we achieve 100 years of Service. How good will that legacy be?
  1. Save The Date! Wednesday 21st April 2021 is the anniversary of the first Rotary meeting in Australia and NZ and we aim to attract 1000+ Rotarians, Friends of Rotary and community leaders to a celebration. They will meet the dignitaries and vice regal representatives that are already “pencilled in” for a Grand Event at a world class venue. Technology will also enable participation from anywhere across the 2 nations in addition to a rolling program of face-to-face events in multiple locations.
Communication: A comprehensive communications plan is now being formulated to reach multiple groups in smart ways and in a timely manner. Our goals are to raise Awareness, stimulate Engagement and galvanise a Call To Action across Australia and New Zealand. Leading up to the Centenary year, you can expect to hear more about what is taking place and the help available to facilitate local celebrations and centenary projects you might want to launch in your District.
This will be an exciting time and a chance for Rotary to shine.
Hugh Bucknall
Team Leader
R100; Rotary Club of Melbourne
108 Edgevale Rd
Victoria 3101
Tonight’s 70th Anniversary celebrations could be summed-up in the words of the chorus from ‘Little Brown Jug’ sung by the Rotary Songsters -
“Ha ha ha! You and me
Port Macquarie Rot-ar-y”
It was a ‘jolly’ occasion enjoyed by 137 Rotarians & guests. MC Lynn Lelean jogged us along with her ‘jolly’ prattle. There were a number of ‘jolly’ good toasts & responses. Jolly old friendships were renewed with many past Rotarians returning for the celebration & families of Rotarians promoted to ‘Rotary heaven’ coming to honour the 395 Rotarians who have made up the Port Macquarie Rotary Club over the past 70 years.
Mayor Peta Pinson & President John Sheppard gave a ’jolly’ good promotion of the book “Seventy Years of ‘Service Above Self’ as they officially launched it. The Songsters entertained us as we sang & laughed & were jolly gee-ed up by Ted, Neil, David & Terry.
Our club did a ‘jolly’ good thing in honouring Clive Chapman with a posthumous Paul Harris Fellow.
THANKS to all who made the 70th Celebrations a great success. Especially to Lorraine Beukers (organising the dinner & table decorations, along with a great team) & Elizabeth Fielding for handling all the RSVPs. Also thanks to Bob Cleland who handled all the 70th finances. Thanks to ALL our club for your contributions.
ShelterBox has responded to disasters in the Philippines more frequently than to any other country in the world, 24 times in the last 13 years.
ShelterBox has been working with the Philippines Government and the Rotary Club of Biliran Island to help communities in and around Biliran to recover from flooding and mudslides. When two months of rainfall fell within two days in late December 2017, ShelterBox responded immediately. We can only do this because our aid is pre-funded.
ShelterBox aid distributions took place on the island of Biliran, providing families with vital aid in the form of durable relief tents, ShelterKits for repairing damaged properties, and other desperately needed items, including solar lights, water carriers, blankets and mosquito nets.
Your donation allows us to be disaster ready.
$30 - could buy a Solar Light
$50 - could buy a Water Filter
$75 - could buy blankets and ground mats
$100 - could buy a Shelter Kit
$500 - could buy a Relief Tent
$1,000 - could buy a Complete ShelterBox
We have continued to work with the Rotary Club of Biliran on their Rotary Village Project, providing roofing sheets for 58 families and assisting in their recovery.
On average, ShelterBox responds to disasters in the Philippines twice a year. The new ShelterBox Operations Philippines office, sited at Cebu, is the first of its kind for the organisation, and will help get vital emergency shelter to vulnerable families when it’s needed most.
Of course, the Philipines is just one of the countries we have deployed to in recent months. As well as responding to flooding in Bolivia we have ongoing deployments in Cameroon, Chad, Iraq, Niger, NIgeria, Somaliland and Syria. Our work has recently been recognised with a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, a true honour for the organisation and its supporters everywhere.
Remember, donations to ShelterBox Australia are fully tax-deductible. With your help we can make sure that when and wherever disaster strikes, we are there to help transform lives.
Kind regards

ShelterBox Australia
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