15 -17 February 2019

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Mark and I are getting a little sad that we have only 17 more official visits to attend. Invariably I am asked by a hospitable Rotarian during these meetings what it is like to visit so many and do we tire of them. It causes a fascinating reflection of the journey and particularly focusing on the first slide of my presentation....that invert-ed pyramid.
Our unique service organization has this strength of each “team” as Bronwen Scarffe described Daleysford as being...not of a closed “club” ....and the strength of its autonomy. Exploring what it “means to be a Rotarian” at the top of the invert-ed pyramid of Rotary is breath taking for me in each visit.
District 9800 has continued the unbroken success of nominating candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships. For 2019, Catherine Harris has been accepted for the Masters Degree Program at Duke University in North Carolina and Martin Allison for the Certificate Studies Program at Chulalogkorn, Thailand. Anggia Anggraini was selected as an alternate for Chulalongkorn f someone doesn't accept. Congratulations must go to Bob Fels and Rob Helme from the Rotary Club of Melbourne who facilitate and mentor the candidates in their application process.
The Rotary Club of Glen Eira had their first day on the "Nourish" roster to prepare and serve meals for people in need at Alma Park in St Kilda. The weather was beautiful and we spent the evening serving meals and drinks to a lovely group of locals who are doing it tough. Along with Nourish members from Orange Sky were at the park providing showers and laundry services where needed. It was inspiring to see so many members of our community working together to help our neighbours.
Flying Rotarians from all around Australian and New Zealand enjoyed a fun packed visit last weekend to our beautiful City of Melbourne enjoying fabulous weather whilst doing lots of touristy “things" culminating with a dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of Kew.
Sue Murphy, a dear friend of the late Del King had an idea. As District Governor Bronwyn Stephens says, “Rotary for me allows a person to take an idea to help another person, a community or the whole world… and for like minded people to join them to make it happen.” Well, we did. A large group of Rotarians, Del’s family and friends decided that we would use the Melbourne Marathon as a springboard to fundraise for Rotary Bone Marrow Donor Institute House through the Fight Cancer Foundation.
Attention garden lovers!
The first weekend of Rotary’s Garden DesignFest 2018 will be held in rural areas on 10 and 11 November. Gardens in rural Victoria (Ballarat, Bendigo and Macedon area) will be open on 10th and 11th November and gardens in the Melbourne etropolitan area and the Mornington Peninsula will be open on 17th and 18th November. Why not join us on a one-day Garden DesignFest organised bus tour to selected gardens?