2020 Fancy and flamboyant
However you decide to mask up is ok! Just do it.
1905 Plain and practical
Kicking it up a gear
This week we had an opportunity to discuss as a club our future project direction considering COVID 19 is getting in the way of everything.  Our community still expects that Rotary will be there when they need us and Rotarians still expect that they will be a driving force in the community. 
We need to own our commitment as Rotarians and set a new horizon of service in these odd times. 
The first three weeks of July has seen some great progress with the help of the members who are attending the meetings.
It is vital for the health of the club that we took a covert health check covering governance, membership and projects. While we have a little way to go before we can set sail for new adventures it is interesting to look at the dynamics of our membership and perhaps how much we are invested in the ability of our club to do some good things in the world.
I joined Rotary to add a new dimension to my life. I didn't need new friends, didn't need extra work and didn't need a new social life. What I found though were people I wanted to be friends with, work that I could do around my business workload and the opportunity to be social once in a while. I also found that I could learn new skills and be involved in many different projects. 
Rotary is the land of opportunity, of learning, of experience, of empathy, of understanding and of involvement. I have been to all those places, starting with my first makeup at the Rotary Club of Guernsey in 2005, ticking through the Halmahera Hospital Project in Indonesia, slipping past my Clubrunner activity with the webmaster of District 9350, South Africa, a quick trip to our project in East Timor and then as the registration guy at the Victorian Multi-District Conference in 2019 and a whole lot in between. Over that journey, I have met 1000's of Rotarians and seen inside many Rotary Clubs and quite a few Rotary Districts. I have met some very passionate and motivated people and I suppose some of that passion and motivation has rubbed off on me.
Our club has all the hallmarks of a fading traditional club but we have something that not many clubs of our type seem to have.  We are willing to work through our issues and come up with a good balance towards a vibrant future.  We have focused on our foundations, membership and projects. Focusing is a tiring process, so now we need to take the foot off the pedal a bit and have some fun. What better way to have some fun than to get to know each other a little better. 
First, you need to think of a unique and interesting fun fact about yourself that someone outside of Rotary would find interesting. Perhaps it is a skill you have, people who have made you what you are, jobs you have had or a pinnacle achievement. Then send the fun fact to
Once the fun facts have been collected, the facilitator will read each of the fun facts to the group, and as each fun fact is read, the larger team will try to decide who the fun fact belongs to. Remember whatever you submit must be interesting to people who are not Rotarians. Good Luck!
Seventh Area of Focus for Rotary
The Environment Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG) recommended that environmental sustainability be named a distinct Area of Focus rather than a subset of the original six.  They are pleased to announce that 'Supporting the environment' is now officially recognised as the 7th Area of Focus for Rotary.
It joins the other areas of focus, which are:
  1. Peace building and conflict resolution
  2. Disease prevention and treatment
  3. Water sanitation and hygiene
  4. Maternal and child health
  5. Basic Education and literacy
  6. Community economic development
As a result of this decision, Rotary International has announced that the Rotary Foundation will start accepting grant requests under the new 'Supporting the Environment' Area of Focus in July, 2021.   
Two steps are essential before grant making can begin under the new Area of Focus in 2021.
  • The Rotary Foundation must develop the criteria for what kinds of environmental projects will be eligible for global grants.
  • Donors are needed to contribute for environmental grants.
As the Rotary Action Group for environmentalists, ESRAG members will assist Rotary to achieve both tasks.
ESRAG is also raising money to be used for grants reducing or capturing carbon emission. It is interesting to note that by holding its 2020 Convention virtually, rather than flying to Honolulu for it, British Rotarian Keith Tovey estimates that Rotary prevented over 100,000 tons of carbon emissions.  Keith is an expert in calculating carbon footprints.
Rotary100 DownUnder
The Beginnings:
Rotary “Down Under” will mark an epic milestone in April 2021, when districts, clubs and Rotarians from across our regions celebrate 100 years of doing good in the community, both at home and abroad.
In February 1921, two special commissioners were appointed to introduce Rotary to Australia and New Zealand. They were Canadians James Davidson of Calgary and Layton Ralston of Halifax. At the time, Rotary had about 80,000 members in Canada, Britain and the United States.
In Melbourne, Vic, they met Sir John Monash, administrator of the Victorian State Electricity Development Authority. One of Australia’s most famous war heroes, Sir John agreed to accept charter membership of the proposed Rotary club, became its second president, and remained involved at club and district level.
Further meetings were held in Sydney, NSW, Wellington and Auckland, NZ, soon after. Many other city and regional clubs were established within a short period. The rest is history!
Rotary100 Downunder Projects
Major centenary projects are underway right now, already making a difference and creating a legacy for the next century. Examples are the  'Give Every Child a Future' and 'End Trachoma by 2020' projects
'Give every Child a Future'
This project is a collaboration led by Australia and New Zealand’s four founding Rotary clubs – Melbourne, Vic, Sydney, NSW, Auckland, NZ, and Wellington, NZ – will work with UNICEF to vaccinate 100,000 children against three common and deadly diseases. They are:
  • Rotavirus, a leading cause of death from diarrhoea in under-five-yearolds
  • Pneumococcal disease, a major cause of meningitis, pneumonia and blood poisoning in young children; and
  • Human papillomavirus, the cause of cervical cancer, which kills disproportionate numbers of women in the Pacific compared to Australia and New Zealand.
To do this, Rotary has partnered with UNICEF across the three regions. UNICEF and Rotary have a long history of partnership, most notably through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Rotary’s primary role in RGECAF is to raise funds and awareness for the project, while UNICEF is responsible for delivering the vaccines.
Interested Rotarians, and those wanting to learn more, are invited to visit
'End Trachoma by 2020'
The World Health Organisation has a global goal to eliminate trachoma worldwide by 2020.
Australia is the last developed country in the world where this infectious eye disease persists, affecting remote Aboriginal communities experiencing overcrowding, poor hygiene and poor sanitation.  It is a disease with potentially serious consequences, capable of causing permanent blindness.
While the work of the Australian Government, Fred Hollows Foundation and Indigenous Eye Health to treat trachoma infections has seen rates reduce substantially, we now need to ensure that hygiene practices and community environments are improved to eliminate the disease completely.
'EndTrachoma by 2020', a #Rotary100DownUnder initiative, is making inroads to closing the gap. Aimed at Indigenous communities, Rotary is providing mobile washing machines and sanitation programs to help break the cycle of disadvantage.
Coffee Catch up MkII
On Saturday, 17 members and one visitor ventured online to have coffee and a chat about all sorts of stuff. It was nice to see a good smattering of children, dogs, shopping isles and gardens.  We are really starting to relax more and taking advantage of being informal. If you haven't joined a Saturday morning coffee break yet, give it a try! Saturday 10.00am to 10.30am.  Click 
Issue  04
22nd July 2020
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Street Peace
Last Tuesday night, Cheryl and David B. attended the Rotary Club of Frankston 2.0 meeting to learn about the youth mentoring program Street Peace. The speaker was Jay Shelling, a young man who heads up a volunteer team of youth workers.

Street Peace is an outreach program to at risk youth. An alarming increase in challenging behaviour of young teens in our cities has increasingly become a problem in our time. In Frankston, weekly there is an increase of at-risk youth congregating in the local shopping centre. These kids range from ages as young as 10 through to 18 years old. Many of them come from extremely dysfunctional families, do not attend a school or an education program, and are sleeping rough. They congregate daily in Frankston, as their only real form of family and community are each other. These kids desperately need to be loved and cared for. Their stories will make you cry as you learn of the physical, emotional and sexual abuse many of them of encountered growing up. Street Peace brings love, care, hope, and transformation to these beautiful lost kids lives through the power of the Gospel and caring mentorship. (source:

During his talk, Jay explained the complexity of building bonds with at-risk youth and trying to get their trust. Most are unemployable having come from families with virtually no good role models. He finds labouring jobs for them in his landscaping business to start to build some purpose in their lives. Just getting them to front up for work is a challenge in itself but for Jay, that is an important part of making that jump from unemployable to employable. What is happening in Frankston is repeated all over Melbourne and the world. Cheryl and David B. are interested in finding ways that Rotary can be part of the solution. 
End Polio Day October 24th
We are so close to ending Polio with many other disease control initiatives spinning off our collective work. Will you support End Polio Now this year? I hope you do because we are making a difference! 
Australia has it's own perspective too. It may be a forgotten disease to many but it is still alive and well in our own communities today.
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