Small World
This is my half brother PDG Bob Button who lives in New Jersey USA. In March 2019, Bob posts this picture with the caption: So in the small world department, I was talking with past Rotary International VP Jennifer Jones and she said she was recently in Melbourne, knew my brother David and spent a couple of hours touring his nursery! Go figure.
While it did make the world that little bit smaller at that moment, it also broadened my take on Rotary. I was very fortunate to be invited to lunch with a few others at a restaurant in Berwick and had an opportunity to have a good talk with Jennifer about all sorts of things from photography, the struggle of women in Rotary, flowers and plants, Rotary projects in Cambodia and Jennifer's travels around the world. 
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a member since 1997 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. Read more on the nomination:
Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.
It is also exciting that the 2023 Rotary International Convention, to be held in Melbourne, will be chaired by Jennifer.  Congratulations Rotarian Jennifer Jones.
Food waste recycling 12th August meeting
Sometimes at Rotary we can talk a lot of rubbish. This coming weeks meeting will be no different with rubbish and what we are supposed to do with it will be front and centre. Environmental Education Officer at City of Casey, Abbie Lane will be zooming in  to bring us all up to date with the new "Food waste 6" plan amongst other things.

Thursday 13th August (the night after the meeting) is going to be our annual Waste and Recycling Q&A night, online this year, of course! Hear from different council officers as well as those working at the different waste facilities that process your kerbside waste. And a rare chance to ask all those random questions you’ve had in the back of your mind.
We run a facebook group, “Green Living in Casey” which has been really exciting to see grow, with lots of support for those living in and around Casey to start or continue their ‘Green Living’ journeys.
Food Waste 6 is here – you can now put your food waste in your Garden Waste bin. There have been recent changes to what can and can’t go into your recycling, more information here. Those wanting to learn more about composting, we’re running a free online composting session on the 3rd of September (online). Details here.
A day in the office
This story contains an embedded video which is only visible when viewed online. Working all day long in a plant nursery can be beneficial to developing fitness and body strength. It can also be quite intensive during some phases of production. This is one of those moments!
About Leadership
Women should watch this. Your secret is out! If Jennifer Jones can push her way to the top of Rotary then women in the Rotary Club of Berwick have a good chance to advance our club too. 
Disaster Aid Australia
Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) was founded in 2003 as a project of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills.
The Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills has merged with the Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong, so the organisation is now a project of the Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong & Endeavour Hills.  
It has members/volunteers from across Australia and is a member of Disaster Aid International, a partnership of Rotary Based organisations dedicated to providing Humanitarian Aid.
DAA responds to disasters with the supply of humanitarian aid by providing 'Smart Aid' to the affected communities and/or individuals, until the needs are reasonably addressed.  It also responds to the disaster of contaminated water with the ‘'Safe Water for every Child' project, which aims to provide clean drinking water using 'SkyHydrants' for schools and communities.  View the benefits of 'SkyHydrants' in the next article
Smart Aid
Smart Aid involves sending a 'Disaster Response Assessment Team' (DART) to assess the needs of communities and individuals at the disaster sites. They can then distribute funds and/or resources to meet the needs.  They are also instrumental in involving local partners and the community to ensure that the aid provided gives the community ownership of the outcomes.  In this way the community becomes ‘A Resource Not Victims’
Safe Water for every child
Where contaminated water is a feature of the disaster DAA can provide SkyHydrantTM water filter units to communities, and displaced persons camps.  
Each of the SkyHydrant GEM Rapid Response Packs can be set up in around 2 hours and immediately remove all bacteria from 5,000 litres of water a day.  
DAA is working with the SkyJuice Foundation to bring safe, clean, drinking water to communities in many countries that need safe drinking water.
Disaster Preparedness Training
DAA also helps local communities to become more resilient by:
  • Training volunteers in administering humanitarian relief and aid;
  • Providing of education and training in aspects of disaster relief to individuals, community groups, businesses, schools and other organisations; and
  • Working in partnership on humanitarian projects funded by other organisations, including Rotary clubs and Rotary districts.
The DAA's Office is at 92 Doveton Ave, Eumemmerring VIC 3177.  You are welcome to arrange a visit by to see a SkyHydrantTM in operation, by ringing CEO Brian Ashworth on 0491 104 943.
If you want to help DAA in 2020-2021 with  a Tax Deductible Donation you can do it instantly at:
Issue  06
5th August 2020

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The benefits of SkyHydrantsTM
The SkyHydrant™ water filtration unit is a lightweight, sustainable and affordable water filtration system for humanitarian projects, as well as emergency and disaster relief. This low pressure, high-flow, ultra-filtration technology meets World Health Organisation requirements for safe drinking water.
For example, a SkyHydrantTM GEM ($2000) can provide 5000 litres safe water, every day, for well over 5 years . This is less than one dollar a day, or considerably less than the cost of a cup of coffee each day. A simple GEM unit can provide safe water for up to 200 families.
  • The SkyHydrantTM water purification unit produces safe drinking water without the need for power or chemicals
  • It is a low cost, lightweight (16 kg) portable unit, which is easy to deploy in the field
  • The operating functions are simple and manual, with virtually no consumables
  • It can provide safe water for less than $1 per person per year
  • It is designed to produce water for 500-1000 people as stand-alone unit, or it can be configured for larger capacity.
  • A single unit can produce up to 1000 litres of clean drinking water per hour.
  • The clean drinking water can be produced from the majority of non-saline surface and ground water.
How Does the SkyHydrant Work?
The core of the system is an ultrafiltration (UF) membrane, consisting of thousands of microporous hollow fibres.
Harmful bacteria, micro-organisms, dirt and other contaminating particles are removed as they are unable to pass through the pores. 
No chemicals, coagulants, pumps or energy are required for the filtration process.
The system operates under gravity with a minimum head pressure of 1 metre.
The cleaning process is simple and manual, taking just a few minutes a day.
Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds (RORP)
Wayne Jenkins from the Rotary Club of Mt Martha has been appointed to the new role of District RORP Champion.
RORP is Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds and is involved in removing playgrounds within the District and shipping them to Rotary Clubs in countries such Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Tanzania and soon to be in Nepal and the Philippines. The playgrounds are then re-assembled and used by children that would not have had the opportunity to use such equipment.
The Program commenced in 2017 by the Rotary Club of Kensington / Flemington and was adapted by Wayne, who has been leading this program in the Peninsula Cluster where they have relocated 6 of the 30 playgrounds to date from Councils, Schools etc, repaired them and transported overseas, using 'Donations In Kind' (DIK).
Wayne and his team have developed great systems, techniques, structure and equipment needed for rolling the program out for the whole District.
This is a ready made International project for Clubs. Wayne is available to speak at Club Zoom meetings and to share the process and the program.  He can be contacted by email at: