New beginnings half way through
COVID 19 has certainly put an uneasy dent in our Rotary endeavours to contribute to our community and reinvigorate our commitment to doing good in the world. In this current time, there will be many things that stand in the way between community involvement and service. COVID-19 has just been a stubborn one to get through! We are just jumping over the final hurdles before our real Rotary journey begins.
Battling Technology
This week we finally made it back to Holm Park for our first hybrid meeting. A nervous time for the tech gurus PDG Tim and PP Isobel, as they tested numerous configurations to see how it would work with Holm Park equipment. Unable to access the Holm Park WiFi because no one knew the password certainly tipped them into panic mode, as they frantically searched for how much data was left on their personal phone for hot-spotting. Needless to say, our tech team came through using some innovative ideas to make it all come together.
We all had a plan on how it was supposed to come together seamlessly, but plans quickly come undone when old tech meets new tech! 
PDG Tim will be away for the next two weeks, so if you are a Zoomer and cannot see or hear the next two meetings, don't be surprised. Tim has some serious talent on the hybrid meeting front.
The Physical meeting
Personally, it was lovely to see so many friendly faces in the flesh and actually have a conversation with several people at the same time. Sharing a joke, an idea, some inspiration and just general conversation all over a nice home-cooked dinner, just made what we used to take for granted before COVID into some special "thing" that was precious. We could lose this precious "thing" again at a moments notice, so we all made the most of every moment. Our gathering went past 9.30 pm, as we made the most of our dessert, coffee and wine. How good would it be if all our meetings had that special feel! 
New People
I had met new member Greg Lee before COVID and also our almost new member, Andrew Somers, has been a friend of mine for years. Imagine both Greg and Andrew meeting members of the club for the first time in person! I hope you are all meeting their expectations on my behalf, as I have told them both how dedicated you all are to making the world a better place. Don't let me down!
Greg and Andrew are extremely switched on and capable people and are close to hitting the ground running once we leave the COVID fog behind. Our club must be responsive and agile to our current circumstances. Please take time to engage with Greg and Andrew. They are both very interesting people who will make a huge difference to the effectiveness of the club.  
Your commitment
COVID has allowed me to analyse the commitment of every member of our Club. While that might sound a little weird, I need to know who I can count on and who I cannot. Attendance, active communication, developing ideas, commitment to projects, training, Rotary development and learning, and being active in the club are my key pointers to how our club's prospects and our ability to deliver good outcomes to our community will play out. It's pretty hard to do great projects if too many members are not ticking any boxes.
We are all in Rotary to be active in our community at the very least. Now is the time to access how you think you shape up. I need people trained up and ready for action. If you think you need a pep talk, please email me on
End Trachoma: A new project for RCB
This is a project that keeps on giving as we had presenter Sally Dell from the Rotary Club of Warragul present to our first physical meeting. Sally's presentation was full of information about Trachoma and also the cultural sensitivities involved to try to eradicate it in Australia. Sally talked about things I had not even considered for this project and left me feeling we could be doing more. The audience was attentive and asked some very good questions. 
We have been matched with Papunya School which require 104 hygiene kits to match the number of children at the school. We have committed to 45 kits, one for each member of the Club. The Rotary Club of Warragul is partnering with us to make up the difference for this school. Let's face it, when we have a target (number of kits) a destination (Papunya School) and a preventable life altering disease we have a story to tell to others that could help. The story is not about Rotary, it is about the cause. End Trachoma in Australia.
53% of our members are on board with this project. Each kit costs $50 (which includes the cost of getting it to the school). You are able to shop or donate to make it happen. Use this link if you want to donate $50 per kit or contact Jane Moore on if you can shop for the items to fill a kit.
It is pretty exciting when a Rotary Club picks up a worthy cause and runs with it. This doesn't happen by magic, all it takes is one person who will champion the cause and then work the Rotary machine to deliver an outcome. Ending Polio is a perfect example of how Rotary changed the world. This project will change the world too!
Our End Trachoma Champion is Jane Moore. Jane will be asking us all to get some supplies to assemble into 45 hygiene kits for Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory.
UPDATE: Jane has received support from 24 Club members and 4 friends of Rotary so far. Please contact Jane on if you can add to it. Kits cost $50 or you can shop for the items yourself.

The World Health Organisation has a global goal to eliminate trachoma by 2020. Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices. But it is still present in remote Aboriginal communities and can lead to permanent blindness.
The work of the Australian Government, the Fred Hollows Foundation and Indigenous Eye Health to treat trachoma infections has seen rates in affected communities reduced substantially. But now, we need to ensure that hygiene practices and the community environments are improved to completely eliminate the disease.
Please have a look at the video and also visit the End Trachoma website to learn more about how a simple hygiene kit will end Trachoma in Australia: 
Issue  22
25th November 2020

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7.20pm for 7.30pm start
Executives & Directors
Rotary Foundation Chair
International Service Director
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Ex Officio Officer
Youth and New Ideas
Ex Officio Officer
Avenues of Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Club Protection Officer
On to Conference
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Tim Moore
November 7
Rosemarie Hughes
November 18
Maureen Scott
November 30
Funno Funston
December 2
John Rosenthal
December 3
Isobel Caulfield
December 10
Rob Wingrave
December 27
Spouse Birthdays
Tim Moore
November 7
Judy Button
November 11
Helen Rosenthal
November 17
Sheeja Prabhakaran
November 26
Rosemary Collyer
December 2
Kate Gordyn
December 5
Isobel Caulfield
December 10
Debbie Giesen
December 28
Jane Moore
Tim Moore
December 4
Pete Batterham
Sue Batterham
December 4
Tim Moore
Jane Moore
December 4
David Button
Judy Button
December 21
Join Date
Cheryl Zuhlsdorff
November 1, 2017
3 years
Gaetano Fina
November 1, 2017
3 years
Gary Castricum
November 1, 2017
3 years
Laury Gordyn
November 3, 1994
26 years
Gerald Treasure
November 10, 1988
32 years
Gus Dominguez
November 23, 2006
14 years
Jack Kraan
December 1, 1983
37 years
Sandi Tarant
December 11, 2008
12 years
Garry Cooper
December 14, 2000
20 years

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Graham Johnstone's daughter Beth elopes!
Submitted by Graham Johnstone on 27th November 2020
Many members will remember when my daughter Beth visited from Canada about 3 years ago and spoke at one of our Rotary meetings.
Beth and her then boyfriend Matt used their contacts to find a place in Jasper that was offering a package deal for couples who wanted to elope!  Their subsequent elopement was delightfully announced in an email a week before.
Beth and her husband Matt are well settled in North Vancouver now, with Beth in tourism and hospitality at Grouse Mountain ski resort and Matt in the IT industry.
Matt is a great guy with family in Hamilton in the western district.   Congratulations to the happy couple!
Rotary Outreach Myeloma Project (ROMP)
Posted by Sam McCurdy on 27 November 2020
Celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Australia – a certified R100 project
Initiated by the Rotary Club of Camberwell, the Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program (“ROMP”) is a formal collaboration between the Rotary Club of Camberwell and Myeloma Australia, the only myeloma specific charitable organisation in Australia.
The ROMP purpose:
Through collaboration with our fellow Rotary Clubs, to deliver quality support for people in regional Victoria who are living with myeloma through the creation and on-going support of locally based myeloma support groups, each led by a professionally qualified myeloma nurses.
The ROMP vision is for a near future in which no patient, their carers or family members will live more than one hour from a myeloma support group.
Myeloma and the Regional Myeloma Community:
Myeloma, also called Multiple Myeloma – and never to be confused with melanoma - is a type of blood cancer that affects the inside of the bone marrow. The cancerous myeloma cells multiply inside the bone marrow, crowding out the healthy red blood cells. Myeloma causes damage to bones and attacks the immune system causing fatigue and can lead to frequent infections. Sadly, only half of all people diagnosed with myeloma survive beyond five years.

It is estimated that that there are close to one thousand people in regional Victoria who are living with myeloma. The disease deeply touches the lives of many others to build a community of patients, medical professionals, carers, family and friends that number several thousand – the “myeloma community”.
A low cost, hands on, high result Rotary program
Rotary clubs are influential and well connected in their areas. The ROMP case is compelling and easily communicated to community leaders. There is little or no cost and the local benefits are significant. A particular bonus will be the fellowship between many engaged clubs and the significant promotion of the Rotary brand and the ideal of service above self.
Generally, the local Rotary Club will provide the “hands on” work to facilitate the program and deliver the outcome – a new support group. Promotional guidance and promotional materials will be provided by the ROMP Committee.
The ROMP program is locally based and discrete to every local region. The Rotary role is to identify myeloma patients in their communities and to bring the opportunity for their support through locally based support groups to their attention. A major source of support will be the local cancer treatment facility. Where a support group exists, the program will expand their membership. Where there is no group, one will be created.

For more information please visit:
Typhoon and storm disaster in the Philippines
Extracted from the Disaster Aid Australia's November Newsletter
In a 17 day period between October 23rd and the 8th November the Philippines was hit by 3 Typhoons and 2 Tropical Storms. Typhoon Goni which hit on October 27th was the most severe of 2020 with winds of 225km/hr! It has caused the most damage since Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
With Disaster Aid Australia's Disaster Aid Response Teams (DARTS) unable to travel due to the COVID Pandemic, our Philippine partner sprang into action and travelled to the worst hit area of Becol on Luzon Island.  Working with local Rotary Clubs they visited Barangay Bataayan,  one of the worst affected communities.  64 homes were totally destroyed (see Photos), while another 242 were damaged.
Balay Mindanaw had brought tents for temporary shelter, and the DAA Board have agreed to provide $36,000 for replacement of damaged houses. The recovery will be managed by Balay Mindanaw, working with the local community leaders. Yet again their principle of “ We refuse to be Victims! We are a resource”, will help those worst affected recover.
Rotary Clubs in Luzon are also working with Balay Mindanaw to install 4 DAA Skyhydrants from their emergency store, which will provide safe drinking water to thousands of locals.
If you would like to help DAA’s disaster response to this and other disasters in our region you can make a tax deductible donation (see: )
A change is coming!
On Thursday night, I attended the Pollinator Seminar run by Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG).
There were some pretty switched on people including, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp and that hairy guy from Gardening Australia Costa Georgiadis. I have to tell you that Rotary's new seventh area of focus, the environment is opening up a land of opportunity for us to do some interesting work. From education in schools, creating and maintaining habitats in our local area and even growing plants to attract and sustain pollinators, Rotary has a role to play. WE HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY.
Who knew there are 32 native bee species in Melbourne and over 1000 species across Australia? Who knew the City of Melbourne has beehives on top of some of their public buildings in the middle of the city? Who knew that pollinators add $14.2 Billion dollars to our economy? Who knew we would starve to death without them? Who knew that Rotary has so much work to do and we are only new to the cause?
District 9800 has taken a leading step in the direction of ESRAG for the moment and it would be terrific for members of our Club to be interested enough to develop projects that work with our local community. Primary schools, through the different gardening programs already in place, are a good place to start. Piggybacking off other organizations can deliver a meaningful project and build our network to the benefit of the environment.
Thank you to our sponsors.