Photos of the week
Photos of the week, including the induction of three transferring Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Pakenham, Louise Jackel, Louise Carter and Marta Faithfull.
Thank you Sandi and Scott for sending through some great photos to mark this weeks meeting.
Louise Jackel, Louise Carter and Marta Faithfull inductions by President GusLouise Jackel, Louise Carter and Marta Faithfull inductions by President Gus
Louise Jackel, Louise Carter and Marta Faithfull inductions by President GusLouise Jackel, Louise Carter and Marta Faithfull inductions by President Gus
Russell and Andrew, always happy...why is that?Mary and Sandi. Smiles all around.
Sam, also in a happy mood.Laury, Brian and Guru David on serious stuff.
Brian Ashworth - CEO of Disaster Aid Australia talked about turning dirty water into drinkable water through gravity filtration and the other great work that Disaster Aid Australia does.
Issue  11
7th September 2022
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Sep 14, 2022
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Sep 21, 2022
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Sep 28, 2022
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Oct 05, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus. Consider these facts:
If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.
A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
Rotary clubs all over the world are taking action to enhance basic education and literacy in their communities. Every community has different needs and different opportunities for service. RI’s publication, “Basic Education and Literacy: Project Strategies,” helps clubs ask the right questions, identify real needs, and make the greatest possible impact with the time, energy, and resources you have at your disposal.
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The Rotary Club of Jerusalem focuses on peacebuilding initiatives, including bringing together Jewish and Arab youths to learn about each other’s cultures.


Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the United States, Brazil, France, Italy, and Sri Lanka


Lessons in fatherhoodFrom Erdenet, Mongolia, to Evanston, Illinois, support for dads can be


With his play, Visions, a Rotarian has turned his addiction into art and provided new roles for former addicts.


City of Evanston celebrates 68 years as home to Rotary International World HeadquartersEVANSTON, Ill. (Aug. 23, 2022) — With ten commemorative signs posted throughout Evanston this week, the city proudly marks its 68th


The Guatemala Literacy Project is working to reverse the country’s low literacy rates and keep children in school.


Rotary statement on recent polio detections in U.S., Europe


Stephanie A. Urchick is selected to be the 2024-25 president of Rotary International


Programs of Scale grant-winner Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria helps families by focusing on the fundamental needs of women


Organized around several hubs, the tour started on 17 June to draw attention to the positive impact that clubs have in their communities.

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International Day of Peace

2022 Theme: End racism. Build peace.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

But achieving true peace entails much more than laying down arms.  It requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally, regardless of their race.

As Secretary-General António Guterres has said:

“Racism continues to poison institutions, social structures, and everyday life in every society. It continues to be a driver of persistent inequality. And it continues to deny people their fundamental human rights. It destabilizes societies, undermines democracies, erodes the legitimacy of governments, and… the linkages between racism and gender inequality are unmistakable.”

As conflicts continue to erupt across the globe, causing people to flee, we have seen race-based discrimination at borders. As COVID-19 keeps attacking our communities, we have seen how certain racial groups have been hit much harder than others. As economies suffer, we have seen hate speech and violence directed at racial minorities.

We all have a role to play in fostering peace. And tackling racism is a crucial way to contribute.

On the 15th of September 2022, representatives of the Rotary Club of Berwick will be taking part in a Peace Day ceremony at Haileybury College in Berwick to mark this significant occasion. Through the work of our Rotary friends Don McQueen RC Rotary Nomads and Michael Rabey, RC Canberra-Burley Griffin, our Club is part of a group of Rotary Clubs installing Peace Poles in all five Haileybury College Campuses. We are the last to complete our mission due to lockdown rules last year, but the message is just as relevant now as it was then. 

Each Peace Pole is constructed of 100mm laminated aluminium square hollow section (ie 100mm square pipe with a white finish) Every pole has the same inscription "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in English on one side and the same message translated into the three most significant languages for the school on the remaining three sides. The three significant languages for Haileybury Edrington Campus are Mandarin, Arabic and Sengalese.

The Peace Pole in schools project was a Rotary Centenary Project (R100 Centenary Initiative). The initial aim was for 100 Peace Poles in 100 Schools. The current count is over 250.

The Rotary Peace Bell in Canberra.

The Peace Poles in schools.

Our young make up 20% of our population. They also make up 100% of our future. Let us give them Peace as our centenary gift from Rotary.
The Peace Pole program had its beginnings in 1955. You can now find Peace Poles in close to 200 countries and more than 200,000 have been placed around the World. Our aim is to distribute 100 Peace Poles for 100 years of Rotary-sponsored by 100 Rotary Clubs, with each pole will be numbered 1 to 100.
Peace Poles are planted with the Universal Peace Message “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. They symbolise our common wish for a World at Peace. They stand as a silent vigil for peace, reminding us to think and act in the spirit of Peace. The Peace message is written in four languages one panel on each side of the Peace Pole.
Read more about this inspirational project here:
I am proud that "MY" Club has stepped up and supported this project to bring the message of Peace to our area and to the world.
Projects such as this shine the light on Rotary's significant investment in world peace through the Rotary Peace Centers program which develops the capacity of peace and development professionals to become effective catalysts for peace. Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,500 fellows who now work in over 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, education and research institutions, peacekeeping and law enforcement agencies, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.
Regionalisation Pilot vote soon to be cast.
In July, we had the visit of AG Colin Byron informing the Club on the pilot that RI would like to run in Zone 8 (Australia, and some Pacific Countries).
The Club will run, as requested by RI and our District, a vote on its position on Regionalisation (in favour or against). To cast an informed vote, please read the comprehensive PDF Download of frequently asked questions and answers under the More Information heading below.
I am planning a few minutes for discussion on the nights of 7 and 14 September, with views of running the voting during the week of 21 to 28 September as we have to provide a result to District by 30 September.
I hope you find the information clear. More details are available from and 
Best regards,
Gus Dominguez

The subject of Regionalisation is an exciting development for our part of the Rotary world. Below is a reasonable interactive view for those who would like to research the topic further.


Rotary International is considering establishing a regional governance pilot to address membership, public image, communication, and fundraising challenges to ensure our organisation thrives long into the future.
Should this proceed, in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands we have an opportunity to be one of a small number of regions across the globe to pilot this new governance structure, created by RI’s Shaping Rotary’s Future Committee (SRF). Read the background of this project here.
Why a Regional Pilot?
The overarching aim is to provide better and more direct support to clubs through a less layered, but more effective and contemporary structure. The ideals of Rotary are to be retained with the focus remaining on the Clubs and their engagement with each other and their communities.
In addition to potentially saving members time and money, the new structure will foster more vibrant club environments and provide doable and attractive roles that are accessible to more potential Rotary leaders.
By streamlining our existing governance structure, we will:
  • Allow clubs sharing geography, culture and language to organise in ways that suit them.
  • Eliminate duplication and remove layers of hierarchy to make Rotary nimbler and more cost effective.
  • Bring together the best resources from across the region and make them easily accessible to every club.
  • Improve communication effectiveness in order to enhance club and member engagement.
  • Grow membership through new club types, flexibility, and partnership options reflecting our diversity.
  • Attract more community, corporate, and government sector support by communicating with one voice.
  • Enhance leadership and personal development activities to better suit our modern world.
  • Foster more diverse perspectives in decision making.
  • Reduce the burden of administrative responsibilities placed upon leaders.
Postscript from my Behind The Badge presentation
Those of you present will remember our pet dog Kaja. I’m sad to report that he passed away in the week that followed at the grand old age of 16. The only pet my children have known, he will be greatly missed by us all. Kaja’s ashes now rest in the back garden where he used to dig. Special thanks to Beaconsfield Vet for handling Kaja’s final moments with sensitivity and for reaching out to us afterwards. His unused medications and bedding (he had lots of beds) have been donated to the Vet to provide to other families in need - Trevor Watson”
Clubrunner webinar
It is a fact of life that we need to learn enough to get ourselves into trouble and be smart enough to find a pathway back to safety. Every Rotary Club must be able to run its Club and get across its stories in a digital format to match our modern online world. We are all environmentally responsible people now, so no more printing on paper. The real game is out there on the cloud. 
Young or old, there are many that don't understand computers, HTML, the cloud or cyberspace. Then there are people who know that the old ways of paper and faxes, while sufficient in their time, just don't work effectively now days.
For Rotary and many Clubs in our District, it is about mastering Clubrunner. Clubrunner is a multi-dimensional tool to run a Rotary Club. It encompasses Member management, Website presence, Events and Bulletin publication on a broad sense but it also does a whole lot more. As a past District IT representative, I have seen many examples of Clubs forging a Hydra of online presences (web, newsletter and Club management) only to find it all dramatically unwind when the "Key" person leaves through resignation or untimely death. While Clubrunner can be seen as a financial burden when looking at it as just a web page, when taken as a complete package with people who can run the components, it is more than adequate and its functionality is improving over time. Currently, the Clubrunner developers are working hard to remodel some less than practical components into more user friendly ones just because users around the world are asking for them.
As part of our District's ongoing Learning and Development we are inviting all Rotary members to a webinar about using ClubRunner to get the most out of their Rotary activities, whether keeping their member database crisp with accurate information, communicating with members or getting a story out to the public.
ClubRunner is our District's preferred database that links Club information to Rotary International. Many clubs use Clubrunner for their Websites, Events, Bulletin, Internal communications, Record Keeping, Document storage, and more. As Clubrunner has it all on the web, this creates "Back to Base" references for other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram so that consistent messages about our Rotary Journey can be created in one space and shared from that source.
Presidents, Secretaries, Club admin, Bulletin/ Newsletter editors are all encouraged to attend.  This is relevant for every club in the District, even if your Club doesn't use Clubrunner.
When: Friday 23rd September, 2022 19:00 Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time.
Please register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
There will be a short presentation and then a breakout session.
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