East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid 2020-03-01 13:00:00Z 0

East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid

The five Rotary Clubs of East Gippsland have come together, forming a Fire Aid Committee, in preference to each club working on their own with possible double up. We are a greater force as one collective.

100% of all funds raised will be used to benefit the East Gippsland Community and individuals, that have been impacted by this fire disaster, through no fault of their own.

Money raised will be divided into the following categories;
1. Hay/Fodder/ fencing, many land-owners have insurance for their fencing and only require volunteers to assist with cleaning of fence lines. Others will require hay / fodder for their livestock, this we are presently assisting with.

2. Money vouchers, to allow people to purchase new items they can determine for themselves within the local area, returning dignity and independence to the survivors. A knock- on effect to the local retailers will occur, placing money into local businesses which have been hit hard by the loss of the peak holiday season trading.

3. There is also an emergency fund, this is for items that sit outside the above two categories and are deemed to be having a great impact on a community or a family and need urgent action e.g. fuel for a truck load of hay / fodder to be transported into the area.

4. Community BBQ’s and working Bee’s will be organised to assist and support small communities to reconnect with neighbours that may have had to find temporary accommodation outside their local area & support network.

Rotary is a worldwide not for profit organisation, where the Local Rotary Community works alongside the Local Communities.

East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Pearl Findlay-James 2020-01-22 13:00:00Z 0

Carina Turner Trip to Fiji

Carina was recently awarded a scholarship along with 6 fellow Federation University MBA students to visit Fiji,experience the culture and deliver lectures to fellow MBA students who attend the University of South Pacific and Fiji National University.  Five students were from Gippsland and 1 from Ballarat.   The presentations were based on three areas circular economy,  social enterprise and ethical governance all in relation to the United Nations development goals.    Fresh water, clean air and healthy food are part of the United Nation development goals however climate change is preventing this from happening.  Currently there are 17 goals altogether and the UN hope to achieve these goals by 2030. 
Carina Turner Trip to Fiji Sharon Gennings 2019-10-22 13:00:00Z 0

Mike Nelson:  Changing Lanes

Mike is a past president of Mitchell River RC. This is his third visit to RC Sunrise. The first was in 2004, just after Changing Lanes started.  Changing Lanes is just completing 16 years, against all expectation.  There is obviously an ongoing need to help young people in this community who find themselves socially, economically or educationally disengaged.
Mike Nelson:  Changing Lanes  Elaine Bryant 2019-10-15 13:00:00Z 0

High Tea for Hamlin

On Sunday we had a lovely, sunny day to enjoy champagne, delicious savouries and sweets and, of course, tea in Jen and Bill Flack’s beautiful rural garden – the dog and even a very well-mannered cow joined us! Thanks and congratulation to the Flacks for helping us raise considerable funds for the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.
High Tea for Hamlin Elaine Bryant 2019-10-13 13:00:00Z 0

Wear a Hat for Mental Health Day

Fur hats, sombreros, paper hats made from a napkin, jewel encrusted caps - we had it all for mental health day:  not to forget Bob, who stole the hat from little Catherine!  And those of us who forgot (a record number this year) contributed generously to the fund.
Wear a Hat for Mental Health Day Elaine Bryant 2019-10-13 13:00:00Z 0
Writing History Books – Phil Roberts OAM Elaine Bryant 2019-10-13 13:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Julie Small - Behind the Badge Elaine Bryant 2019-10-05 14:00:00Z 0

Pies with the Press

A great night of Patties Pies and football fans in mourning - not a single Richmond or GWS supporter in our club, it seems.  Not sure who won the handball competition, but the size of Matt's mouth has been confirmed.  Thanks to Laura and Matt for their organization, Bob for the venue and talk and Patties for the pies.  Money collected will go to supporting men's mental health.
Pies with the Press Elaine Bryant 2019-09-27 14:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Ian McKenzie - Behind the Badge: Living with the Black Dog Elaine Bryant 2019-09-22 14:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker:  Chris Waites - CEO Gippsland Ports

Chris is a local, who grew up in this area and has worked here in various capacities for many years (his first job being as an engineer with Alan Cross).  Despite suffering from seasickness, he took on the role of CEO of Gippsland Ports (GP) about 12 months ago, and loves it.
Guest Speaker: Chris Waites - CEO Gippsland Ports Elaine Bryant 2019-09-14 14:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Donrita Reefman - "Give them a Voice" Elaine Bryant 2019-09-04 14:00:00Z 0

Neighbourhood House Dinner

Our evening social meeting this month started at Alison's with drinks and nibbles before braving the elements and progressing onto Neighbourhood House, just around the corner.  Leanne and her five helpers served a delicious roast dinner, and told us a bit about the wonderful work NH does in our community.  We were able to give her a $600 donation to the cause.  Thanks to Alison for her hospitality - it was a lovely start to an enjoyable evening.
Neighbourhood House Dinner Elaine Bryant 2019-08-30 14:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Jenny Gregory - Behind the Badge Elaine Bryant 2019-08-20 14:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Stephen Baggs - Historical Gippsland Lakes Elaine Bryant 2019-08-17 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute

Rotary Leadership training dates have been changed to 16th November, 30th November and a date yet to be announced in February.  These are fun, topical, interactive courses, and valuable for leadership roles in Rotary and for life outside Rotary.  Cost is $100, which the club can pay.  If you are interested in attending this course, please contact Helen Lanigan on 0409 030 918 or helenlanigan@bigpond.com to register.  If you can only attend one or two sessions, ring Helen and discuss this - you will still learn a lot, but won't receive a certificate.  Pearl and Malcolm have gone through this process, and recommend it highly, so they may also be good sources of information if you have queries.
Rotary Leadership Institute Elaine Bryant 2019-08-09 14:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker - Donrita Reefman: Behind the Badge Elaine Bryant 2019-08-09 14:00:00Z 0

Days for Girls

Sewing bees for the Days for Girls reusable sanitary products are about to start up again for this year.  Ula Sheather and Sue Roberts will be travelling to Nepal late this year to distribute the packs, with in depth information on their use and more general health and hygiene information.  They are also taking donated sewing machines to help set up micro sewing industries in some remote regions.
Sewing bees are good fun, and take place at Ula's home, 20 Stephenson Rd, Nicholson, from 10AM until about 3PM, or whatever time period you can give.  BYO lunch, and please contact Ula on 0409 568 649 or uksheather@bigpond.com to let her know if you are attending.
Dates are:  13th August (this week), 27th August, 10th & 24th September, 8th & 22nd October.
Days for Girls Elaine Bryant 2019-08-09 14:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker:  Mike Amor - Noweyung

Mike is CEO of local organization Noweyung.  He described three of the many facets of Noweyung, which provide employment and training for some of our mentally and physically disabled locals - Banksia Fine Foods, Ace Garden Maintenance and Cells Cafe.
Guest Speaker: Mike Amor - Noweyung Elaine Bryant 2019-07-25 14:00:00Z 0

e-conference talk next Monday

The Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 presents the online speaker series, a joint project with the Rotary eClub of Melbourne.
Monday 29th July 2019 at 7 pm AEST you'll hear from Dr Stephanie Urchick. She was the Rotary International President's representative at the 2019 Victorian Multidistrcit Conference and is RI Director-Elect and Chair of the RI Planning Committee and she will be talking about Transforming Rotary's future through strategic change.
This unique Gippsland online event is open to other community groups and service clubs. It's free to attend and attendees may ask questions of the speaker in a webinar format through the Zoom platform.
Go to the website and register your interest, then tune in on Monday and see what's going on.
e-conference talk next Monday Elaine Bryant 2019-07-25 14:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker:  Tim Bull - The Kokoda Trail

Tim Bull presented a very informative talk about the Arthur Grassby Scholarship,  available annually so secondary students in East Gippsland can go on the Kokoda Trail.  Tim himself has been on the Kokoda Trail twice, first with his son then with his brothers.
Guest Speaker: Tim Bull - The Kokoda Trail Sharon Gennings 2019-07-20 14:00:00Z 0

Save your Bottle Tops

I believe that this company is currently swamped with bottle tops, so I guess they just go to landfill again for the time being, unless you save them at home in the expectation that they will become usable again at some time in the future.
Save your Bottle Tops Elaine Bryant 2019-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker:  John Fallon - Behind-the-Badge

John is charged with finding our guest speakers this year.  He wants to have one club member each month presenting a “Behind the Badge”.  Looking for volunteers, the first to pop into his mind was………… John Fallon.  Even those of us who've known John for decades learned something from this talk.
Guest Speaker: John Fallon - Behind-the-Badge Elaine Bryant 2019-07-09 14:00:00Z 0

International Project - Donations in Kind

Our International Director, Sandie has organized to collect out-of-date bandages, syringes, and other consumables, and blood pressure measuring machines and other equipment no longer needed by the hospital. She and Janne Spiers take them to Donations In Kind in Footscray.  DIK regularly sends a container load of useful items to developing countries where they are greatly needed.  Pictured is Bill with the carload of goods he and Sandie collected on Wednesday.
Sandie is also organizing collections from Nagle College and Gippsland Grammar, and is looking into collecting slightly less than perfect, but laundered and still very usable, sheets and towels from the dry cleaners. 
So far she has sent three full carloads of supplies to Melbourne.
A great initiative on the International front, at no cost to us or the community, and reducing waste at the same time.
International Project - Donations in Kind Elaine Bryant 2019-07-09 14:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Anthony Mayer - workymyownway.com.au Elaine Bryant 2019-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker - SS Alan Miles - Victorian Water Police Elaine Bryant 2019-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
Safe Water for every Child Robyn Counihan 2018-08-21 14:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker:  Graeme Reynolds

Graeme is the proprietor of Chocky Sweet Box, and tells his story of how he expanded from a $30 start up capital to a nationally distributed chocolate and sweets producer.   Warning:  there are references to wombat poo which may be offensive to some people ;-).  
Guest Speaker: Graeme Reynolds Elaine Bryant 2018-08-21 14:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Clare Marriot-Smith on Jul 07, 2018
It is a great pleasure and privilege to be here recognizing Elaine as a Paul Harris fellow.
A Paul Harris award is given to someone who has contributed to the club and local community as well as, recognizing their effort and dedication towards the humanitarian and educational causes of Rotary.
Elaine was an original member when the club started in 2002, and then chartered in March 2003.
In all that time there is almost no job that she hasn’t taken on with
enthusiasm and completed efficiently and with a great attention to detail.
Paul Harris Fellow Clare Marriot-Smith 2018-07-06 14:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0