Digging out of a COVID-19 hole
COVID 19 has certainly made a big impact on our lives both personally and as Rotarians. Our freedom to socialise and physically interact have been removed and some live in fear of their lives should they contract this disease. While this paints a gloomy picture, it is what it is and there has to be a time to find ways around the gloom. As a Rotary Club, I think most members have adapted to being online. We have no choice with that option anyway, if you want to be an active member of the club, Zoom is our only available practical platform. Isobel has mastered all matters of Zoom and we are lucky to have people in our club willing to learn how to do new things in order to keep the Club functioning. There are some clubs that don't meet at all!
We have several members who are not willing or able to join our online meetings and I suppose there is not much we can do to fix that. Some Clubs, early on before the COVID restrictions got serious were able to get around to members unsure of how to get online with Zoom and sort their technical issues out for them. We have missed that window. The scale of our lockdown has caught us by surprise.
So where to now? What is the likely scenario for getting back to normal? I expect the road to the new normal will be rough and long.  We are not likely to be able to have physical meetings (20+) for a long time. We might be able to have small meetings of 5 people in private houses as a first step and that might progress to 10 if we are all outside. My brothers Rotary Club in the USA is only able to meet outside which is a good sign that there is still hope to have some face to face contact one day! Zoom will still be the connector even when we can meet physically as there are some members who cannot go out in public while the pandemic is not fully under control. After lengthy research by Sam, Holm Park is still the only venue that meets our needs, especially when considering the social distancing aspect. Our Board is considering all options of how to move forward as restrictions are reduced, but as you can imagine, it is a complicated process.
What about Projects? PDG Adrian Froggatt is our Projects Director. As Rotarians, we should be looking to answer the needs of the community through our work. I would suspect that Carols and Australia Day, our signature projects are too risky to pursue as physical projects and must be considered as potential online projects if we are still to try and stage them. The golf day and presentation balls are both likely to succumb to COVID restrictions making them risky to run too. That does not mean we are dead in the water, it just means we need to think about the issues a bit harder. We can do a lot of work if we are willing to think differently! Please contact PDG Adrian is you have a project to put forward or can help with ideas/contacts to turn our physical projects into virtual ones. Contact:
Disaster Aid Australia Update on Beirut Disaster
Posted by Sam McCurdy
Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) is working with partners to help those in need in Beirut after the disastrous explosion of ammonium nitrate in the port city on 4th August.  The explosion caused at least 190 deaths, 6,500 injuries and US$10-15 billion in property damage.  It is estimated that 300,000 people have been left homeless.
With DAA being unable to travel, they provided advice and support to Disaster Aid Europe's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) member, Stuart Amesbury, who travelled to Beirut to assess the situation. 
During his four day visit Stuart met with Rotarians and Rotaractors, staff from the Rosary Sisters Hospital, the Country Director of Medair, several business owners, building owners and residents of Beirut. Stuart also visited the blast area, numerous buildings, the Rosary Sisters Hospital, Rotaract Community Shelter and small businesses. 
Upon his return Stuart’s summarised the situation as follows:
  • Since the blast, the situation for more than 300,000 is at breaking point.
  • There is a great need for immediate, as well as long term assistance, with various projects and local agencies requiring support now and in the future. 
  • Due to the long term consequences of this disaster and the winter months coming, it is felt there will be a need for a long term project based on  requirements identified by on ground Rotarians and Rotaractors.
Rotarians and Rotaractors have combined to form the Rotary Beirut Crisis Committee.
Hospital damage
Rotaractors assembling care packages
In addition to Disaster Aid Europe’s support :
  • Disaster Aid Australia have been running an appeal and we are planning to send 2 SkyHydrants to provide safe water for hospital, and funds totalling $10,000.
  • Disaster Aid Canada has also indicated they will be supporting the response with Sawyer filters and solar lighting.
  • Disaster Aid UK & Ireland have commenced an appeal.
Please Donate Today to ensure as many people as possible have access to Medical Help and and Shelter.
DAA Bank details 
BSB:  633 000 
Account:  1400 38993 
Please use your club name as a reference eg, RC Endeavour Hills.  If you require an invoice for payment please don’t hesitate to email us at the above address. 
Lift the Lid on Mental Health
Posted by Sam McCurdy
Every October, Australian Rotary Health encourages Rotary Clubs, businesses, and individuals to get involved in 'Hat Day', as part of ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’, our national fundraising and awareness campaign for mental health research.

We understand that this year the COVID-19 pandemic may present some obstacles, making it difficult to get involved in the same way as previous years. But we also believe this is an opportunity to put our creative thinking hats on!

It has been a tough year for everyone, so let’s get together (virtually), put on a silly hat, and do something important for mental health.
We have come up with some COVID-19 safe ways that you can get involved in Hat Day 2020 on 10th October, to help us Lift the Lid on Mental Illness.  They are:
Host an online trivia/raffle session
You may want to get a group of people together for a trivia/raffle night on Zoom. A bit of friendly competition is always fun. Plus, prizes could be awarded to those with the best/funniest/quirkiest hats!

Team Up with Clue Detective Puzzle Agency
The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency, founded by Rotarian Catherine Eagleson, is teaming up with Rotary Clubs to sell puzzle memberships online as a contact-free way to fundraise for Rotary projects and Lift the Lid on Mental Illness. You may even want to get together with a group online to solve puzzles together. Find out more.

Ask Australian Rotary Health to Help You Organise a Mental Health Speaker
Australian Rotary Health is funding plenty of Mental Health researchers, who are more than happy to present their research to Rotary Clubs. Get in touch with our office to organise a speaker at your next Club meeting.  

Bake Some Hat-Themed Treats
Whether it be biscuits, cupcakes, or pancakes, baking ‘hat-themed’ treats could be a delicious way to raise money for mental health research. A simple online transaction and delivery to someone’s doorstep can make the process ‘contact less'. Don’t forget to wear gloves while handling food!

Decorate Your Own Hats at Home
Depending on the restrictions in your area, you could gather with a small group of friends for a hat-decorating crafternoon! Make sure you send us your pictures!

This is only a few ideas, so feel free to be creative and come up with your own as well! 

Issue  10
2nd September 2020

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7.20pm for 7.30pm start
Book into a Meeting
Coffee Club
Sep 05, 2020
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Darren Hodge: A Life on the Line
Sep 09, 2020
7:20 PM – 8:30 PM
Coffee Club
Sep 12, 2020
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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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
David Grant
September 3
Bruce Shaw
September 17
Geoff Double
September 21
Laury Gordyn
October 6
Gary Castricum
October 11
Alf Giesen
October 23
David Collyer
October 28
Shoey Schumacher
October 29
Spouse Birthdays
Josie Wilson
September 9
Geoff Double
September 21
Marlene Cooper
October 20
Helen Lay
October 23
Wendy Froggatt
October 23
Henny Castricum
October 27
Bruce Shaw
Robyn Shaw
September 4
Alf Giesen
Debbie Giesen
September 27
Bob Lay AM
Helen Lay
October 3
Eric Boon
Wendy Boon
October 7
Join Date
Adrian Froggatt
September 10, 1998
22 years
David Nutter
September 10, 1987
33 years
Jennifer Marshall
September 23, 2015
5 years
Betty Tudge
October 9, 2003
17 years
John Rosenthal
October 9, 2003
17 years
David Grant
October 21, 1999
21 years
David Button
October 28, 2004
16 years
Eric Boon
October 31, 1996
24 years
Isn't that right Laury!
Dinner Photo Album
Guess Whos coming to Dinner 2020
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Congratulations to our new Grandparents
Posted by Sam McCurdy
Congratulations to Past President Gus and Viviana Dominguez on recently becoming Grandparents, with the arrival of their first Grandson Maximilian.
Maximilian Alejandro Dominguez Camerer was born on 20 August 2020 in Wagga Wagga.
Mum, Dad and Maximilian are doing well, and both Grandparents are anxiously waiting for the NSW border to re-open to meet the latest addition to their family.
Thank you from the Rotary Foundation
Posted by Sam McCurdy
Thanks to you, Rotary members have been making a difference at a time when communities need our help more than ever. We know that donors like you are people of action, and your support is changing lives where it’s needed most.

Together, we’ve funded thousands of projects around the world. We’ve provided resources for local COVID-19 health and recovery efforts in addition to other initiatives to prevent disease, and of course, our continued fight to end polio.
Together, we’ve empowered others by funding sustainable solutions in communities that need clean water, hope for peace, basic education, quality care for mothers and children, or economic opportunity. No matter how large a problem may seem, thanks to you, we can work toward solutions and opportunities for people around the world.  

Last Rotary year, we raised more than $408 million for The Rotary Foundation! What we accomplish next will be possible because of your generous support.

Thank you for your dedication to Doing Good in the World.
'A Life on the Line' - A Public Event
Posted by Sam McCurdy
ON THIS WEDNESDAY! The public is very welcome to join us.
This is a free event, but you can support our speaker by buying his book.
Outstanding Rotary Speakers from the comfort of home

Welcome from Zone 8 Conference Convenor, Noel Trevaskis


I would like to welcome you to our first Virtual Conference for Australia and New Zealand. This is due to the fact we aren’t able to go to Alice Springs as planned due to COVID19. This gives us an exciting opportunity for all Rotarians to participate in this conference, for which registration is free.

The array of presenters is first class plus you will be able to experience what is happening in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. This conference is one not to miss, it will be historic.

I would encourage Rotary Clubs to have their Rotary meeting on the Saturday or Sunday or both days and watch the conference live (between 11.30AM AEST and 1.00PM AEST each day on the 19th and 20th of September).

Organise a brunch, lunch or afternoon tea and share the experience.

While this year has been challenging we can still celebrate Rotary and let Rotary open opportunities!

I hope to see you on the 19th and 20th September!



Noel Trevaskis is the Convenor of the 2020 Rotary Zone 8 (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific) Virtual Conference.

The Programme


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