A special Thank you to all clubs who held an Australia Day Event. This issue of NETWORKER is to thank you.
Read about the wonderful Australia Day events that clubs held
Out and About with the DG
No time to enjoy the sunshine! A busy time in Rotary, with a number of  Australia Day events, club visits, Diversity Equity and Inclusion workshop on Sexuality and Gender, our District Conference in Albury site visit, and the RAWCS Morning Tea. 
Not to mention the exciting news that Michael Lapina is our District Governor Nominee Designate (District Governor for 2024-25). Congratulations Michael.
Early Bird special ends at 11:59 pm on 23rd February.

Don't miss your chance to win a $50 voucher to spend in Albury. There are 50 vouchers up for grabs.

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What an inspiration: 50 Years as a Rotarian
Rotary recently celebrated 100 years in Australia. Norm Mollica is one of few who can claim to have been a Rotarian for half of that time, having been inducted into Rotary Essendon on 16 November 1971.
Born in 1935 in Italy, Norm was sent to live in Australia as a very young boy shortly after the end of WW2. Coincidentally, he was born in the same year that Rotary Essendon was chartered.
Funds available for District Grants!
Last year, twenty-five (25) projects were approved for District Grant funding and eighteen (18) scholarships for $1000 each were given to clubs for use by Year 11 - 12 students. This year we will have USD70,000 (i.e. AUD99,000) in our Block Grant to fund District Grants such as these.
However, so far in the first half of this Rotary year, applications for grants have been surprisingly low. Only two District Grants totaling AUD5000 have been approved and thirteen (13) scholarships have been awarded. 
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Australia Day and Rotary Altona City

Rotary Altona City used the occasion of Australia Day to highlight the work of the Club in the community and particularly youth education. At the event held at Central Park Shopping Centre, many Altona City programs were displayed on screen together with a welcome from District Governor-elect Amanda Wendt live-streamed from the national Rotary event.

Australia Day and Rotary Bendigo Sandhurst

Rotary Bendigo Sandhurst has a contract with the City of Greater Bendigo to organize an Australia Day celebration each 26th January. Last year like so many events it was cancelled due to COVID restrictions. This year both the City and the Club were very keen to make it happen as it is an important fundraising event for our Club.

Australia Day and Rotary Brighton

This year, in partnership with Keiser, Rotary Brighton conducted its 12th annual Australia Day swim at Middle Brighton. This event has raised some significant funds for Rotary projects over the years.

Eight hundred plus swimmers and several thousand spectators gathered at the Brighton Baths and Pier precinct for this annual swim event.
Australia Day and Rotary Camberwell

There was no shortage of free food to celebrate Australia Day and thank our First Responders.
Australia Day and Rotary Caulfield

Rotary Caulfield joins the Community for Australia Day Celebrations

Thanks to the National Australia Day Council grant that was provided through application to Rotary, the members of  Rotary Caulfield joined other community groups to raise awareness of and celebrate Australia Day.
The club purchased caps and T-shirts and produced two banners reflecting the Australia Day theme – Reflect, Respect and Celebrate Australia and all Australians.
Australia Day and Rotary Echuca Moama

An Evening and Full Day of Celebration in Echuca Moama

Rotary Echuca Moama’s Australia Day Committee Chair decided to change the format of Australia Day 2022 to encompass a full day of celebration. The day followed a formal dinner held the previous evening.
Australia Day and Rotary Kew

Rotary Kew celebrating Australia Day with a difference

Rotary Kew members decided to do something quite different to celebrate Australia Day by making the day more meaningful. They provided lunch for not just one location, but four separate locations.
Rotary Kew members brought cheer into the lives of the residents at Ivy Grange and Servants Housing in Kew and Hawthorn.  
Australia Day and Rotary Woodend

The Woodend community celebrates Australia Day with Rotary

A great turnout of around 160 people enjoyed the warm weather (under cover of course), great food from Dhaba (Indian food) and OneVoice (Mexican Food) as well as the terrific band 'Yeah Nah' back for the second year. 
The day was a great community event supported by the National Australia Day Council, the local Federal member for McEwan, Rob Mitchell, State member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas and Macedon Ranges councilors, Mayor Jennifer Anderson and Janet Pearce.
Australia Day and Rotary Yarraville/Hobsons Bay Cluster

Following the Australia Day theme of Reflect. Respect. Celebrate. We are all part of the Story, Rotary Yarraville and the Hobsons Bay Cluster clubs took the opportunity to acknowledge the “true connection to our earth and understanding of the deep connection we have with the places on which we Work, Live and Play”.

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Upcoming Events
Rotary Leadership Institute Parts 1 and 2
Mar 20, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
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Mar 26, 2022
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Mar 27, 2022
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Apr 03, 2022
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President-elect Capability Session 3
Apr 09, 2022
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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Apr 22, 2022 – Apr 24, 2022
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