Issue 02  ::  August 2022  ::  Imagine Rotary
Around the District
Message from the DG

Welcome to the end of month two – so much to celebrate already!

Hands on volunteering projects already connecting with new volunteers from across our community, celebrating Rotary’s vocational advantage with six awards for outstanding mentorship, two fun and rewarding DG official cluster visits, so many clubs adding new members, record amounts of members engaging with our new learning and development platform, and International Convention gracing *our* town in May.

Truly, our members are people of action. Read on for the good oil.

Rotary Passport supports Rotary Club of Siem Reap

Members of Rotary Passport Melbourne and other Rotary District 9800 Rotarians were in attendance on the 7th August 2022 when Rotary District 3350 Governor Iida Mitsutaka inducted 54(!!) Rotaractors into the newly-chartered Rotaract Club of Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Tree planting connects clubs with more volunteers
DG Amanda Wendt planting a tree and sharing meaningful, hands on, convenient volunteeringOodles of our clubs and their members got behind National Tree-planting Day on Sunday 31 July to plant over 11,000 trees, but what was so surprising was how many volunteers from across our community also participated in this meaningful, hands on, convenient project. DG Amanda explores what the 3-in-10 Australian adults who already volunteer are seeking in community projects, in this video produced by Alex Lapiña and DGN Michael Lapiña.
Sleeping bags for the homeless in the city of Melbourne

In the middle of a long Melbourne winter, Rotarians and friends of Essendon Rotary, in conjunction with The Living Room – Youth Projects were able to provide some warmth and comfort to the homeless in the city.  With the assistance of a Rotary Foundation Grant sleeping bags were distributed to 130 rough sleepers.

Rotarians and friends making an impact for victims of domestic abuse
On Saturday 13 August we held our second Volunteering with the DG event - what a fabulous day of volunteering and togetherness it was! 
Impact for Women ran two shifts to accommodate all the participants, connecting with lots of ‘new’ volunteers from across our community, to pack and sort gifts into Bags of Love, prepared for victims of domestic abuse. 
Volunteering with the DG at Impact for Women had a profound effect on those who attended and felt that ‘buzz of contribution’ in making a difference. We had a huge contingent of volunteers of varying ages and cultures participate, some travelling far and wide to share in giving back to the community, some Rotarians and many who were new to us. An incredibly meaningful experience.

An absolutely heartfelt cause for us as Rotarians to participate in. Click more to hear directly from some of the volunteers of the impact the day had on them. 
Rotary Central Melbourne South Sudan girls sanitation and education project

Rotary Central Melbourne (RCM) member Mawien Ariik (known as Ariik) was born in 1989 in the village of Lou Ariik, South Sudan. At the age of eight, he learned that his father (Ariik Dut) had died in the South Sudan war along with millions of others while fighting for the freedom of his people. This tragic loss became Ariik’s motivation to continue the legacy of freedom that his father fought for, and to ensure those efforts were not in vain.

Official DG visit to Heritage Cluster
Fun official DG visit with Heritage Cluster clubs Rotary Club of Carlton, Rotary Club of Collingwood Australia, Fitzroy and Rotary Club of Richmond Inc. Over 60 members, partners and corporate sponsors came together to help grow their clubs to make an even bigger difference for their community.
District and club recognitions to made to members, club presidents gave an update on their activities for the year and in true form, we did a hands-on volunteering activity packing 100 soup kits for local Afghan families. 
Get a load of this! Melton Rotary do it again

After being contacted by Linda Widdup from Aussie Hay Runners seeking assistance to obtain a fuel subsidy from the NSW Government Rural Assistance for a Hay Run to support the farmers in Grafton affected by the devastating floods, Rotary Melton’s then President Dickson Heaney Dickson spent hours completing an application and was rewarded with $392,250.00 to assist with transport of the convoy just one way. Filling up with diesel at Temora on the return journey to Victoria cost us $1,940 just to top up and about $5,000 for the return trip. 

Heritage Cluster supports Nelson Mandela Youth Summit

Heritage Cluster Clubs, Carlton, Fitzroy, Collingwood and Richmond liaised with secondary schools in their area to select 20 students to attend the Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit.  The Summit provided a positive environment to empower the youth present to believe that change was possible.  This was borne out in the comments of Princes Hill Secondary College students: “Great opportunity to meet like-minded people to discuss some generational type plans and share hope and optimism.”  (Thomas, Year 10).  “So many different speakers leading the way on leadership, hope and optimism. Thanks so much. Awesome.”  (Celeste, Year 8)  

Bendigo South Rotary’s Merlyn Quaife at Melbourne Recital Centre

At an age when most singers have well and truly retired, Merlyn Quaife lived up to her aim of being a “fearless soprano” by celebrating a significant birthday with a demanding but astutely constructed program of art song reflecting her career-long advocacy of Australian music. Her fearlessness was demonstrated from the outset in Johanna Selleck’s The Prospect and Bower of Bliss, settings of texts by the Restoration poet and proto-feminist Aphra Behn, where she unwaveringly traversed the highly strung, sinuously chromatic vocal lines, while not losing sight of the score’s celebration of “sweet and ravishing” things.

A combined effort: Rotarians helping Tonga

Rather than waste time, energy, and funding to develop own separate International projects, the Rotary Clubs of Keilor and Keilor East chose to become partners in an existing International Project.  The two adjoining clubs became partners in RAWCS Project No 114-2005-06 Tonga Dental Health Project, which also utilizes the quality material available from our Donations In Kind Store.  This is an excellent option for many Clubs as it allows them to be involved at a level that suits the Club.

Richmond Rotary prepares students for career success

Students need to know how to present themselves to secure a job interview, and have the skills to land that job once an interview is granted. Rotary Club of Richmond decided to invest in helping to prepare young people for a successful life. In collaboration with Melbourne Girls’ College, the club adopted the successful Mock Job Interview project, which has been going for around 20 years.

Rotary SAFE  Families guides for non-english speaking Australians

The Rotary SAFE Families website now has Guides translated in 6 languages. The Guides were created for YOU and YOUR Club to download, print and give to your neighbourhood migrant/refugee communities who may not be fluent in the English language.

Vale Judith Durham AO

The Rotary world mourns the passing of Judith Durham AO and Paul Harris Fellow. Judith was a great Australian, generous with her time in caring for others and a friend of Rotary.

Upcoming events
Afghan Project :: Volunteer with the DG
Sep 10, 2022
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
WERN :: Volunteer with the DG
2/23 Westwood Drive
Oct 08, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
DG official visit to Beachside cluster
Brighton Beach Hotel
Oct 13, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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