Vocational

Vocational Service involves finding out about the sort of work done by people in the community and providing support to assist people grow in the jobs

2015 – 2016

  • Youth Citizenship Award – This award encourages community spirit and strong citizenship within the students. This year’s award was awarded to a young female student from Hoppers Crossing secondary College. The student was selected as the deserving recipient by the principal and senior administration of the college. The student attended the club with support from the school and outlined his interests, aspirations and community interests and validated why he was the deserving recipient of this award.
  • Student Essay Writing Competition for Primary School Students – in early 2014, Interact Club Baden Powell took over coordinating this competition this year, which included participation of 12 local primary schools. The theme of the essay for this year was ‘What are the benefits of multiculturalism in the City of Wyndham’? The entrants are shortlisted and then sent to Rotary’s Youth Committee to determine the finalist. The winner will be presented to the club early in the next Rotary year.
  • Vocational Visits – Visits were organised for members to visit the following businesses:
    • Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN) – Footscray
    • Visits were scheduled for Aquapulse and Encore but were postponed and will be revisited in the next Rotary year.
  • Ethics Workshop – This was a well ganised an excellent highly interactive Ethics Workshop that stretched our imaginations as we considered a number of well-constructed ethical dilemmas.
  • Rotarian Behind the Badge – this is where members give a 5-minute talk about an area of interest, vocation, or any other topic they think members will find engaging. We had presentations from four members during the year.
  • Youth Leadership and Philanthropy Recognition – The inaugural awards in this recognition program were made on 23 September 2015. The finalists were invited to research a support organisation or charity based in the City of Wyndham. The recipient of Young New Resident of the Year presented her donation to the Wyndham Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program (SAIL). The recipient of Young Leader of the Year chose to make his donation to the Whitelion program. To further nurture their development as young adults both were assigned Rotarians as mentors. The program will be running again in the 2016/2017 Rotary year under a new title ‘The Neil Vick Youth Leadership Award’. The new name honours the memory of Neil Vick, the inaugural President of the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing. We look forward to involving the Vick family in future presentation evenings.
  • Men’s’ Probus Club of Hoppers Crossing – As the sponsoring Rotary Club, it is our responsibility to monitor Probus Club progress and assist where possible. Two members of the club attended a meeting of the Men’s’ Probus Club of Hoppers Crossing and found it to be a most healthy, dynamic and well-functioning group.
  • Rotary Youth Mentoring Program – This is a program in which young people are provided with a mentor, who has either retired from a leading field or currently works in that field. The mentor will be placed with a mentee to motivate, design career pathways, provide alternatives and help them network and socialise in a professional circle. This past Rotary year talks have been held with members of all Rotary Clubs in our Cluster and good support has been shown toward this for the initiative that will roll out in the coming Rotary year. The program has also already gained support from District 9800.

2014 – 2015

  • Youth Citizenship Award – This award encourages community spirit and strong citizenship within the students. This year’s award was awarded to a year 7 student from Hoppers Crossing secondary College. The student was selected as the deserving recipient by the principal and senior administration of the college. The student attended the club with support from the school and outlined his interests, aspirations and community interests and validated why he was the deserving recipient of this award.
  • Student Essay Writing Competition for Primary School Students – in early 2014, Interact Club Baden Powell took over coordinating this competition this year, which included participation of 12 local primary schools. The theme of the essay for this year was ‘What are the benefits of multiculturalism in the City of Wyndham’? The entrants are shortlisted and then sent to Rotary’s Youth Committee to determine the finalist. The winner will be presented to the club early in the next Rotary year.
  • Vocational Visits – Visits were organised for members to visit the following businesses:
    • Wyndham Library
    • Wear for Success
    • Diary Innovations
  • We had special presentations from the following organisations to talk about their businesses:
    • Manor Court Aged Care Facility – CEO Ross Smith
    • Werribee Park Zoo – staff members Yvette Finlay and Sarah Agterhuis
  • Rotary Adventure in Citizenship – we sponsored a local student and Wynspeak participant to attend a 10-day program in Canberra and learn about citizenship, parliament a nd visit special landmarks within Canberra.
  • Our second Ethics Workshop was held in May.
  • Rotarian Behind the Badge – this is where members give a 5-minute talk about an area of interest, vocation, or any other topic they think members will find engaging. We had presentations from seven members during the year.
  • Youth Leadership and Philanthropy Recognition Awards – This newly instigated award recognises the achievements of young people under the following categories: Young Leader of the year; Young New Resident Leader of the Year; and, Young Indigenous Leader of the Year. Winners received a monetary prize as well as a local organisations/charity identified by the winners.

2013 – 2014

  • Youth Citizenship Award – This is the second year this award has been in place recognising and encouraging community spirit and strong citizenship within students at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College. The student was selected as the deserving recipient by the principal and senior administration of the college. This year a student in year 11 received the award. He was delighted with being presented with the award during his school’s Award Night. He attended the club with support from the school and outlined his interests, aspirations and community interests and illustrated why he was deserving of such recognition.
  • Student Essay Writing Competition for Primary School Students – This is the first year this competition has been in place and we trialled this involving two local schools: Woodville Primary School and Cambridge Primary School. The theme for the essay was ‘If I was Mayor of Wyndham What Would I Change to Make My Community a Better Place’. The winner from Woodville Primary School attend the club to present her essay and was fortunate to be able to read it to the current Mayor, Bob Fairclough (who is a Rotarian of our club). Bob was delighted to be present to congratulate the student and thank her for her ideas. He also presented her with her Certificate and prize for winning the competition. The project was deemed a success and will be opened up to many local primary schools in the area to participate next year.
  • Vocational Visits – Visits were organised for members to visit the following five businesses:
    • Avalon Airport
    • Wyndham City Salvation Army
    • Breathometer Factory in Tullamarine
    • D’Olive Reception and Function Centre in Point Cook
    • BarterCard in Point Cook
  • Our first Club Ethics Workshop was held in May. We plan to make this a yearly activity with the club as it promoted great debate, discussion and an avenue to consider other issues that may become a priority for future rotary work.
  • Rotarian Behind the Badge – this is where members give a 5-minute talk about an area of interest, vocation, or any other topic they think members will find engaging. We had presentations from five members during the year.
  • Walter Villagonzalo from the Migrant Hub was a guest speaker at the club and gave members a really good insight into the history, current activities, and his future hopes of the Migrant Hub.
  • Constable James Ridsdale was a guest speaker at the club talking about the pilot program Leader of the Future.

2012 – 2013

  • Vocational Visits – Visits were organised for members to visit the following five businesses:
    • VU Café at Victoria University – Footscray Nicholson Campus
    • Werribee Historical Society – Werribee
    • Youth Resource Centre – Hoppers Crossing
    • LoveLuvo (WCIG) Social Enterprise Store – Seddon
  • Rotarian Behind the Badge – this is where members give a 5-minute talk about an area of interest, vocation, or any other topic they think members will find engaging. We had presentations from five members during the year.
  • Guest Speakers – We had the following guest speakers attend the club:
    • Hoppers Crossing Apex Club President, Adrian Walker.
    • District Vocations Chair, Mike McFarlane.
    • Rostrum Victoria President, Neil Addison.
  • Shine On Award – This is an outstanding annual Australia-wide Rotary recognition program acknowledging exceptional service to others by people with disabilities. Clubs may nominate people who meet the criteria and all nominees will receive recognition with a Certificate of Commendation. The ‘Shine On’ recognition acknowledges service to the community by people with disabilities. The club endorsed the nomination of a young Sanctuary lakes man to Shine on this year, whom was nominated by one of our club members.
  • School Citizenship Award – This is the first year this award has been in place recognising and encouraging community spirit and strong citizenship within students at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College. This award will be awarded on an annual basis and help strengthen the relationship the club has established with Hoppers Crossing Secondary College. The student was selected as the deserving recipient by the principal and senior administration of the college. This year a student in year 7 received the award. She was delighted with being presented with the award during her school’s Award Night by our club President.

2011 – 2012

  • Vocational Visits – Visits were organised for members to visit the following five businesses:
    • RAAF Museum – Point Cook RAAF Base
    • Brewers Barn – Hoppers Crossing
    • Suzanne Cory High School
    • Coogee Energy
  • Rotarian Behind the Badge presentations were done by various members, which allowed us to get to know some members better.
  • Two members of the committee attended District Vocational Forum, which is where the idea of having Ethics Forums has been born and the Rotary 4 Way test will be used to debate the ethics of issues put forward to discuss.
  • Computer Literacy and First Aid training was delivered by our members and any members wishing to gain these skills were invited to attend the training.
  • Six members assisted in conducting mock interviews for students studying tourism at Victoria University.
  • Sponsored a student from Victoria University to travel to Cambodia to work with orphaned children. Upon return she visited the club to talk about the rewarding experience she had doing this.

2010 – 2011

  • Vocational Visits – Visits were organised for members to visit the following five businesses:
    • Refurbishment of the City of Wyndham Council office complex
    • Manor Court Aged Care Facility
    • Port of Melbourne Educational Centre
    • Donations in Kind – West Footscray
  • Guest Speakers – We had the following guest speakers attend the club:
    • Staff from Jackson School in St Albans talked about the importance of reading to children.
    • Members from Rotary Club of Chadstone/East Malvern talked about their successful Mock Interview program at a local school.
  • We endorsed the nomination of a young resident of Wyndham who has Downs Syndrome for Shine On Awards. Not only did she get a certificate of Commendation but she was also recognised as an outstanding achiever in her age group and received a trophy for her achievements which she was extremely proud of.

 

 

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