Welcome to our newest member – Sharon

Last night (27 July) was a night of celebration for the Club. We were honoured to induct Sharon as our newest member into our Club. (It’s wonderful to work on evening the gender balance so the women of the club and even more delighted to have you on board Sharon).

Sharon has not sat idle leading up to her induction and has already been working with the Community Committee and is now officially the deputy Chair for this group.

We all look forward to getting to know more about you as well as your partner Surge and son Jake during the coming months.

Des inducting Sharon into our ClubDes inducting Sharon

Des providing Sharon with her badge and Rotary Information Pack

Des present Sharon with bage and Rotary Information Back

Sharon, President Des, Surge (Sharon’s partner) and Doug (Sharon’s mentor)Sharon Des Surge and Doug 1

Murray talks Rotary Foundation

Last night (27 July) we we graced with the presence of Past District Governor, Murray Verso. Murray came along tonight to talk to the club about Rotary Foundation and the amazing work it has done over many years. I know I learned a thing or two from his presentation and it made me feel proud to be a Rotarian and to know that all of our hard work pays off here and abroad.
(Murray talks about Rotary Foundation)
Murray Right Profile

Col (right) thanks Murray (left) for his informative presentation.Colin thanking Murray

Thanks from Woody’s Warriors

Certificate of Appreciation - Ride to Conquer Cancer - 20 July 2016Peter ‘Woody’ Woods from Woody’s Warriors also attended our meeting on Wednesday 20 July 2016 to present the Club with a Certificate of Appreciation for the donation the Club made to his team in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Woody and his team have been participating for four years and have raised almost $89,000 for the cause. They raised over $22,00 this year.

Great work guys!

To find out more about ‘Ride to Conquer Cancer’, click on the link below.
http://www.conquercancer.org.au/index.html

(Photo: Woody on left and President Des on right)

Woody and Des with Certificate - 20 July 2016

M.U.N.A Presentation from Zach and Nicole

M.U.N.A. stands for Model United Nations Assembly

Recently, Nicole and Zach (Year 11 students) from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College were sponsored by our club to attend M.U.N.A. M.U.N.A. simulates the workings of the U.N. assembly by having teams of two students represent a particular U.N. country. Nicole and Zach were representing Russia.

Topics are debated on matters of world political and social concern. It is held over a week-end to give sufficient time for all participants to become involved. The main aim is to develop an awareness of the United Nations in students as well as international situations of other countries and to encourage students to study topics from another country’s perspective., there were 49 Rotarians in 29 of the different country delegations. The objectives of Rotary International are to encourage international understanding, goodwill and peace and this parallels those of the U.N.

Students will be given topics well in advance. Resolutions cover issues such as Education, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Nuclear Proliferation, Poverty, Terrorism and World Peace. Delegates must express the views of the countries they are representing and not their own or those views of Australia. Students are also encouraged to wear the appropriate costume of their allocated country and have fun dressing up.

The objective is to encourage young people to learn respect and tolerance for people of all races, religions and nationalities. They do this by debating U.N. topics from their given countries perspectives.

At our meeting on Wednesday 20 July, Zach and Nicole came and talked to the club about their experience and how they benefited from attending this Rotary project that is simulated by Rotary districts all over the world.

Thanks for attending our meeting and sharing your experience with us, Zach and Nicole.

Photos (L-R):

1. Khurram (Youth Chairperson) with Zach and Nicole)

2. Khurram, Des (Club President), Zach and Nicole

3. President Des with Zach and Nicole

MUNA participants presentation - 20 July 2016 Khurram and Des with MUNA participants Zach and Nicole - 20 July 2016

Des with MUNA participants Zach and Nicole - 20 July 2016

World of Difference

Norm Begg Norm Begg recently spoke to the club about his 2nd visit to Cambodia with ‘World of Difference’

This project started by the Rotary Club of Melbourne South combines tourism with development aid to communities in Cambodia.

Participants spend part of their stay in the country being involved in projects to aid the health and well being of disadvantaged villagers.

It has facilitated over $300,000 donations to Cambodia including; building a school, providing bikes so children can get to the school from outlying communities, providing water and sanitation.

To find out more about this Rotary Project click on this link: World of Difference