A Note From The President
It has been a quiet week on the Rotary district front with no additional zoom meetings or seminars.
Last Tuesday night we held another successful Club meeting with the two Manningham Rotaract Presidents Roshni and Christine who talked to us about their club and the Connecting Manningham Project. Connecting Manningham is an on -line project which now has up to 600 people involved with various digital activities such as book club, cooking videos, make up tutorials, Physical training and children’s story telling. They are also assisting the local U3A with their digital literacy learning and they have long term projects such as fortnightly streaming of games and trivia nights and discussions on sexuality and sex education. Its all designed to maintain connection between Manningham residents, very relevant in these times.
The Rotaractors are very switched on to Facebook and other social media since all their projects are on- line and the club has thrived and grown in numbers in the current climate as the members are all so accustomed to meeting, learning and socializing on line. They started with 8 members and are now up to around 16, with 6 males and the rest females. They are hoping to even up the gender tally as they proceed. They are finding the Zoom platform very convenient for their current lifestyles.
Roshni is a third-year student at Melbourne University, studying a Bachelor of Science and worked in a coffee shop before the lock down, hoping to return to that as soon as she is able as she misses her coffee fixes. Christine is likewise in 3rd year at MU studying Biomedicine, Human Structures and Functions and works part time in Coles at The Pines. It was great to hear how enthusiastic they both are about volunteering and how successful the club has been in growing their numbers. We look forward to more involvement with the Rotaractors and would love to have them back to give us a tutorial about Facebook for those of us who are not Facebookers. Check out Connecting Manningham on Facebook.
CALLING ALL ROTARIANS , PARTNERS and FRIENDS
SHIFTS AVAILABLE AT THE OP SHOP WHEN
RE OPENING IS ALLOWED.
It’s going to take time for the op shop to get back into full swing with the numbers of volunteers
We are asking you to offer a shift or two during your week.
Call it your service project.
That’s what we are, a Service Organization!
Contact Judith Lightfoot
District International / Foundation Joint Seminar - (5:30 pm - Friday 25th September 2020)
Club input to the District Grants “Fair Share” Modeland Rotary from a Villagers Perspective in Papua New Guinea
(Learn how The Rotary Foundation and District 9810 Resource Network can help your Club to participate in Local and International Grants Projects )
While Covid-19 has caused many Rotarians to ‘re-think’ their position on providing service to the community, locally and internationally; and giving to the Foundation; - this inspirational Seminar is designed to renew your enthusiasm to do more ‘good in the world’.
This seminar is in two parts: - Part 1) covering Club projects in both the local and international community through a proposed new District Grants model; and Part 2), an enhanced approach to conducting our international service projects, as seen through the eyes of Osivo, a village project leader in Goroka, Papua New Guinea (part of D9600 Brisbane).
We will cross to Goroka to learn how Osivo led a village driven process to help Rotary deliver a project that the community needed – precious water! Learn also how resource networks across Rotary Districts can connect your Club to our near neighbour communities in need. Hear directly from Osivo what a benefitting community wants from its relationship with Rotary; and significantly, how to avoid the mistakes of other Aid Agencies, including some of our Rotary driven Grant projects of the past.
This seminar is a must for all Clubs as we prepare to embark on exciting new opportunities in Rotary D9810. Tony Stokes (International Service Chair) and David Alexander (Foundation Chair) welcome you to attend.
SUSTAINABILITY & ROTARY
Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG)
ESRAG provides an organizing point and informational resources to share information with clubs and communities about sustainable practices and the global humanitarian crisis of climate change.
“The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment. More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
RI President Mark Maloney says that during his travels around the world as a Rotary senior leader he encountered many Rotary members and Rotaractors who advocated for the environment to be an area of focus.
“I believe strongly that our Rotary Foundation programs now have a valuable added dimension to our efforts,” says, Maloney.
Foundation Trustee Chair Gary C.K. Huang says that with the global population reaching near eight billion, protecting the environment is increasingly important.
“It is time for us to use our collective resources to invest in a smart and efficient way to protecting our environment,” says Huang. “We are qualified to take this initiative because we are a global group of problem solvers with diversified talents.”
RE USE & RE PURPOSE
Above: use meat trays to raise seedlings. Poke a hole in base with a phillips head screwdriver.
Toilet roll holders are terrific for seed raising. Fill with seed raising mix then when seedlings are ready to plant pop straight in the garden, the cardboard decomposes and it is less stress for seedlings.
Get the grandchildren to collect loo roll holders for you!
Polystyrene fruit boxes make great planters for vegetables which
don’t need a lot of space such as carrots, silver beet, lettuce but not pumpkins!
Our mothers used to wash plastic bags why can’t we?
Some might think this is going too far, but it’s less plastic in land fill. Take your bread bags and other soft plastic
packaging back to Coles and Woollies for their recycling bins.
Send your sustainability ideas to the bulletin editor!
Get a Bee Hive - Join ESRAG - Have an ESRAG Committee member talk to our club.
RLI - Rotary Leadership Institute
Contact person: Bronwen Lamond - Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale
Want to learn about and understand the breadth of Rotary and how it fits together, the pieces in the jigsaw puzzle?
RLI provides participants with a two-part series of content rich, well-paced modules to enhance understanding of the full range of Rotary programs offered across District 9810. RLI is a Rotary program designed to provide the “story of Rotary” through sharing of knowledge. The courses will be run on two Sundays, with two modules being covered on each day Participants contribute through facilitated workshops and syndicate sessions. Members from our District who have completed the course found that the content is valuable, relevant and well worth the time invested.