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

President Alan’s Bike Ride

Great Victorian Bike Ride
At this weeks meeting we heard all about President Alan’s adventure on the Great Victorian Bike Ride.

With the sunny weather he had certainly got the tan lines on his arms to prove it.

He did offer to show the tan lines on his legs but this was quickly refused!

Sounds like good training for the ‘Ride to Conference in 2016’!

Western Emergency Relief Network

This week our Guest speaker was Julianne Bartels representing the Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN)

This new organisation is based on being able to supply household furniture and other household requirements to Western Suburbs residents in urgent need.

Volunteers at the WERN West Footscray Warehouse

Volunteers at the WERN West Footscray Warehouse

Assistance can be provided for people affected by:

  • Victims of Family Violance
  • Homeless
  • Refugees
  • Fire
  • Flood

It is based on the successful Eastern Emergency Relief Network, EERN.

If you have any good quality second hand household goods you would like to donate contact them at: au.

They operate a large van from their West Footscray Base and will be able to pick items up as far out as Melton and Werribee.

WERN Presentation July 2015At the conclusion of the talk President Alan was pleased to present a cheque for $1,000 to support the ongoing operation.




Wynspeak Launch

wynspeak launchA great joint meeting with Hoppers Crossing Apex to launch the WynSpeak Competition.

A chance to hear last years  winners talk about what the competition has meant to them.

We also had a chance to hear a teachers viewpoint from Mary Croxon of Heathdale Christian College.

This years dates are :

  • Heat 1 – Tuesday 5th May
  • Heat 2 – Tuesday 12th May
  • Heat 3 – Tuesday 19th May
  • Heat 4 – Thursday 21st May
  • Heat 5 – Tuesday 26th May

Heats will be at the Wyndhan Youth Resource Centre, Derrimut Road at 7.00pm.

  • Final – 3rd June

The Final will be at Wyndham Council Offices at 7.00pm.

Come along and hear some passionate, sad, and amusing, presentations by our young people.


Wear for Success

Wear For Success (2)

Rotarian Linda Scott with Jodie Aickin

This week we visited the charity Wear for Success where we received a tour from Jodie Aickin,

This organisations assists people  who have limited means with clothes to attend interviews and wear when working at new jobs.

In a typical year they assist around 800 people and is more than just providing access to clothes.

Those who access the service are treated as important clients who are helped by staff and volunteers who spend time to find the best results.

Additional services include help with grooming, resume writing, and understanding the interview process. All important in adding to the self confidence the clients get from looking smart,

If you have got good quality mens or womens clothes or shoes you don’t wear, think about donating to Wear for Success at 5/24 Eastern Road, South Melbourne and checkout their website at



Primary School Essay Competion

Essay Competion

Karan Bhabra (Interact Club), Emma, & President Brian

This week our speaker was the winner of our ‘Primary School Essay Competition’.

This competition sponsored by our Club, is run in conjunction with the Baden Powell Interact Club who organised the event and judged the entries.

The winner was Emma Collins from the Iramoo Primary School. Emma read her essay to the Club about the important subject of ‘The Need To Provide Support To Stop Cyber Bullying’.

Following the talk Emma was presented with a certificate and a cheque.

District Governor’s Visit

DG visitDistrict Governor Murray Verso came along to the club this week.

He is pictured here with Khurram, Vice President Frances, and President Brian

As well as reminding us of some of the key issues of in Rotary he also treated us to the following Poem: The Power of One by Ashish Ram

One song can spark a moment,
One whisper can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One moment can make one fall in luv.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it’s up to you!

Closing the Gap

Closing the gap

Alex, President Brian, and Darleen

Our speakers at this weeks meeting were Alex Rojas and Darleen Christensen from South Western Melbourne Medicare Local.

Alex and Darleen work with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families of  Wyndham and Hobsons Bay through the Indigenous health initiative ‘Closing the Gap’.

Their talk included

  • How they were able to engage with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community.
  • Health issues such as Diabetes that  are one of the reasons for the ‘Gap’ in life expectancy.
  • Various initiatives, such as healthy eating that they are using to improve the general health of the community. One initiative being the fortnightly community kitchen at Mambourin.

As part of the ongoing engagement with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community the club will be assisting South Western Melbourne Medicare Local with their Annual Cultural Open Day in March 2015


On our meeting of the 8th October our speaker was Niamh Condren from Evolve.

This not for profit organisation has the mission of providing a supportive environment for disadvantaged young people. This helps them to ‘evolve’ into strong, caring and purposeful individuals.

Evolve operate Typo Station a bush property which forms the base for two of their key programs of Bush Therapy and Narrative Therapy. The therapies are aimed at improving the self image of the young men and women who are involved in the programs.

At the close of the talk A cheque for $1,000 was presented to Niamh from the club.

For further information about Evolve follow the following link

Maori Wardens

mauori wardens

At the meeting of 2nd September our speakers were from the Maori Wardens

This is a voluntary organisation of Maori and Pacific Islander Elders.

They work with young members of their community to help them avoid taking the wrong path in their lives.

Wardens regularly patrol in the evenings to talk with young people on the streets about the Maori/Pacific Islander cultures and look to engage these people in a positive way.

Although they do not see their role as enforcing the law their positive approach appears to be successful in reducing poor behaviour around public transport.

At the close of the meeting the club made a donation to the Wardens in recognition of their contribution to their community which also brings benefits to the community as a whole.