Wheelchairs for Vietnam

(Written by President Des)

On Wednesday 8 March, Our guest speaker was Michael Redding, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Werribee. He came to address the Club on a project about which he is very passionate – Wheelchairs for Vietnam. 

Michael’s first visit to Vietnam was in 2010 and this was to be the start of a life changing journey for him. While he was there Michael made friends with Nguyen Cuu Dung, a remarkable man who taught himself English from a dictionary and also speaks Dutch, French and a little German. His 5 children have all been university educated. During his visit in 2010 Michael became aware of the need for wheelchairs for adults and young people with disabilities. His friend, Cuu Dung, introduced Michael to Nguyen Hong Anh who has a role within a Vietnamese web based NGO Charity which has become the vehicle for identifying recipients and purchasing wheelchairs.

The wheelchairs for kids are made in Scarborough, WA by volunteer retirees mostly using recycled parts and costing $200. The distribution of wheelchairs to children is managed by the Kianh Foundation in Hoi An. The tricycle style wheelchairs for adults are made in Ho Chi Minh City. The cost of an adult wheelchair is $300.

Members of the Rotary Club of Wyndham were thrilled to see film footage of a young Vietnamese boy, Coi, actually using the wheelchair that they had purchased for him.

Wedding Expo Exhibitors Wanted

Our Wedding Expo is being held on Sunday 30th April 2017 at Encore Events Centre, Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing.

We still have some spots available for Exhibitors.

If you have a business in the Wedding industry or know somebody who does and would like good exposure the the residents of Wyndham, then don’t miss this great opportunity.

Email us now at bridalexpo@hopperscrossingrotary.org.au

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Women of Wyndham (WOW) Event

Club members Bob, Khurram and Des attended the Women of Wyndham Pageant. This pageant was not about how beautiful women are but about their contributions to the municipality and their dedication to improving the lifestyles of women.

Profits raised from this event will be donated toward Domestic Violence initiatives.

 

Dylan Marshall talks about RYLA Experience

Youth and Vocations Chair, Khurram (left) and RYLA participant Dylan (right)

This week we were reminded about how valuable a program the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is. Our Youth and Vocations Chair, Khurram introduced Dylan Marshall a Victoria University Arts student currently working with the Wyndham Youth Resource Centre. Dylan very engagingly outlined the personal growth he has experienced as a result of attending this program and how beneficial attending the program will continue to be for future participants.

To find out more about the RYLA program go to http://www.ryla9800.org.au/

 

Khurram talks United Nations and Maria is Inducted

Khurram conducting his presentation

On Wednesday night we had the pleasure of hearing from one of our members about his recent trip overseas. Khurram Khan represented Rotary District 9800 at the Winter Program on United Nations and Global Challenges. This is what he had to say about the experience.

“My trip to Geneva for attending the Winter Program on United Nations and Global Challenges was enlightening and empowering. The program was an intensive academic program designed by the Graduate Institute of Geneva, ran in association with the United Nations office in Geneva.

The program gave me an insight into United Nations and the challenges faced by the world today. It also provided an exchange study experience in a highly intellectual environment, with participants from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and professions.

Moreover, I had the great opportunity to meet diplomats, bureaucrats and academics working in field to resolve global issues. I even met the Rotary’s representative to the United Nations, who was the former Swiss ambassador to Turkey and India.

Des receiving certificate from Khurram recognising his efforts to balance the gender proportioning in our club

Lastly, I would like to sincerely thank my club for their extraordinary and generous support for my trip to Geneva.”

Khurram also presented President Des with some banners from the clubs he visited during his time aboard and also a certificate recognising the club’s current focus on increasing the female membership to have a more balanced mix of members. The certificate is already on display in our cabinet and banners will be added to our banner collection.

Khurram presenting President Des with mini banners from other rotary clubs

Khurram was very generous and provided all members and guest a souvenir from his visit in Pakistan and also a sample of Swiss chocolate. Everyone was very grateful for his generosity and for the great presentation he gave of his time overseas.

 

 


(L-R) Acting Chair of Social and Fundraising, Rommey, new member Maria, acting mentor Mary and President Des.

Mary (right) welcomes Maria (left) as our newest Rotary member.

New member – Maria
We also had the pleasure on Wednesday to induct our newest member Maria. Maria has been a regular visitor to our club leading up to her induction and will be sharing her business skills on the Social and Fundraising Committee. The club is delighted to welcome Maria into the fold.

Rotary Youth Exchange

This week we welcomed Emmanuel Tumino from the District Youth Exchange Committee who provided a great insight into this long running and successful Rotary Youth Program.
He provided valuable information about the commitment that club makes and what is expected of clubs and also detailed the benefits both to the student and to Rotary. Current exchange student, Lina, being hosted by the Rotary club of Laverton/Point Cook, accompanied Emmanuel.

Emmanuel, in his address, offered a powerful argument as to why our club could consider taking an exchange student.

Emmanual from Rotary Youth Committee and Lina current Rotary Exchange student hosted by Rotary Club of Laverton/Point Cook

Lina Zimmerman is the Rotary district exchange inbound student from Bern, Switzerland. She is currently being hosted by Laverton-Point Cook Rotary and studies at Westbourne Grammar School. According to her, the purpose of the program is cultural exchange, leaving comfort zone to learn and understand one’s passions through travelling. She was convinced that Australians are very welcoming, easy-going and jolly. In the past six months of the program, Lina has supported her sponsor Rotary Club, participated in BBQs, experienced Vegemite and attended an AFL match between Tigers and Cats. She is very excited for her next 5 months in Melbourne. Moreover, her visit to Hoppers Crossing Rotary is the first external visit.

Emmanuel has been a member of Footscray Rotary since 2007, and has been on District Youth Exchange Committee for 8 years. He was grateful to our club and club’s President Des O’Shanassy for their support. Every year, 15 students from our district go for exchange and in return 15 youth arrive in our district. Emmanuel aimed to counter myths surrounding Rotary Youth Exchange. He stressed that old age is not a good reason to decline a student and that the program aims to create cross-cultural and cross-country connections. The students are from varying monetary backgrounds, but we must note that this program is not philanthropic. In conclusion, he said, that we need to focus on “What we can do to make exchange happen?” rather than finding reason for not supporting one.

Assistant Governor Col, Youth Committee Chair – Khurram, Emmanual and Lina

Members will recall that our club was invited to sponsor Ana, a student from Brazil late last year and we had all necessary plans in place but Heathdale Christian College, our chosen school ran out of time to find host families. Given our concerted efforts to assist last year, and following a recent club survey, when it was determined that the vast majority of members would welcome an Exchange student, providing host families could be found, it would not be surprising that we may be contacted by District again very shortly – something for our incoming Board to consider seriously.

Perhaps 2-3 extra mid week BBQs could cover the cost?

Wade Britnell – Kite Financial Services

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Wade Britnell from Kite Financial Services is thanked by Rotarian Max for his informative presentation to the club

Wade Britnell started his own business, Kite Financial Services, three years ago and is
based in Point Cook. Wade came and spoke to the club tonight about the type of services his business provides and to generally educate us about planning for retirement.

It must be noted that all information Wade presented and anything written in this article is for general information only.

Wade explained that the first thing he does with his clients is to fevelop an indeividualised plan to support the client’s financial objectives. Financially planning is done for three main reasons:
• Financial growth
• Protecting assets and income; and
• Preparation for retirement.

Kite Financial Services provides ongoing support and monitoring of your financial plan so that it can be adapted as needed, as changes occur or your goals change.

One of the main questions asked by clients is how much do I need to retire?
Considering the average retirement age is 67 years and average life expectancy is 92 years, resources you have need to cover you for at least 25 years.
• For a single person to have an average income of $43,000 per year, you will need $66K to retire.
• For a couple to have an average income of $59,160 per year, they will need $770K to retire.

Changes to the aged pension that are coming into effect over the next year were also explained and how these will impact on superannuation and retirement savings. Wade explained the impact on the assets testing but also did say that Aged Pensions are also income tested so this also needs to be taken into account when planning.

Wade went on to discuss superannuation and how it can affect your retirement planning and the most effective ways on investing in your super now both pre and post tax methods.

Wade explained that at retirement you have three options with your superannuation:
• Leave super where it is
• Cash out your super
• Convert your super into a pension and receive regular payments.

Wade went onto explain the difference between Annuities and Reversionary Pensions.

Some options people are taking at retirement to utilise their assets and to allow for more effective use with the aged pension being impacted are:
• Gifting up to $10,000 in a year of $30,000 over a five-year period.
• Purchasing Funeral Bonds
• Renovating their home

Wade explained that each financial plan obviously has to be customised to the goals and needs of the individual client, as everybody’s situation is different.

Wade is happy to chat to any member interested. Your initial appointment is free.

Kite Financial Services
Phone 0418 181 231

Email info@kitefs.com.au

Web www.kitefs.com.au

Amirul attends National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

Tonight, we welcomed Amirul Skymmarm. Amirul is a year 11 student from Tarneit Senior College. Our club recently sponsored Amirul to attend the annual Rotary National Youth Science Forum held in Canberra.

Tonight Amirul joined us as our guest speaker and provided us with an enlightening presentation about his experience, what the two week long forum entailed, highlights (with accompanying photos) of the highlights of his trip and what he enjoyed most about the time he spent in Canberra and the many new friends he has made, which he will keep in touch with through the wonderful world of social media (which they are already doing)

Thanks to Amirul for coming along and filling us in on your experience and thanking us for being able to provide you with this opportunity.

Amirul was accompanied to the meeting by his father, Khairil, who has an interest in joining Rotary and took the opportunity to see our club in action.

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Amirul presenting President Des with a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Youth Science Forum

 

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Linda (Youth Committee Rep) and Amirul following his presentation

‘Cure for MND’ Fundraiser

MND is something that could effect anyone if it has not already directly or indirectly affected you…

Please support this Fundraising Event being held at the Hoppers Crossing Sports Club on Saturday 18 February from 1pm to 4pm.

If you are a Western Bulldogs supporter and want the chance to bid on club memorabilia – don’t miss this!!!!

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Merry Christmas from Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing

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On behalf of all members of the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing we wish everybody a joyful and peaceful festive season and a year of bright and happy times ahead.

We acknowledge that different cultures and people have different spiritual beliefs and may not celebrate Christmas but we can all celebrate the gift of life we are given and give thanks for what it brings to us. It is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to a new year.

We look forward to serving humanity and keeping you informed of our work in the new year while enjoying the gift of friendship through Rotary.