BULLETIN 28072021
28 July 2021

Home Club of District 9810 Immediate Past District Governor

Alma Reynolds

President’s Message
It feels like Ground hog day, Lockdown 5 is upon us and we have returned to the Zoom meeting but unlike last year the fear of Zoom is gone, but not the fickle finger of fate when it comes to technology. Hopefully this will only be a short stint until we are able to go face to face again.
Following on from last month’s successful Doncaster Hill market our next market is scheduled for next week all going well, in the new format thanks to the hard work of the organising committee. Volunteers be needed.
I am looking forward to the Future Car Expo in October as outlined by David Rosenwax, it’s another example of how the cluster clubs can pool their expertise and deliver a major community fundraising project. Let’s get behind David and give him the support he needs.
Donations
On behalf on the Doncaster Rotary club a $5000 donation was made to the “Rotary Dandenong Ranges Storm Recovery Fund” to assist the local community in it recovery following the violent storms that wreaked havoc in our local area and affected some club members personally.  To date the fund has raised more than $60,000 made up of multiple Rotary club donations and private donations. Its envisaged that the funds will be distributed by the local Rotary clubs in the areas most effected. From experience (eg: bush fires), timing of the funds release is important and not to go too early as needs and priorities change in the restoration.
District
I attended the district Presidents meeting last Friday via Zoom with our new DG Darryl Moran during which they gave us an update of what’s happening to 9810.
  • Merger of 9810 and 9820 – this has been discussed for a while now as membership numbers in both districts are at or below RI base numbers (1135). Currently 9810 is 1040, 70 below the minimum right now and with attrition, that number will be greater, which makes it difficult to be able increase memberships to levels higher than we have been able to achieve so far.
  • The board of District 9820 has agreed to merge with 9810, the board of 9810 will meet on the 2nd of August to do the same.
  • Focus team consisting of PDG’s be invited to enact the “Merge” for RI by 1st December.
  • Major focus this year will be “membership” and our past District Governor (PDG) Elma Reynolds will be leading this.
It should be noted that this is not the first or will it be the last district merger as there have been several merger’s already been undertaken in all states, four districts merged this year.
South Australia and Western Australia both moved from two districts to one and NZ is moving from 6 to two districts.
There will be a big announcement shortly by the Royal Agricultural Society that they will be teaming up with Rotary this year for the “Melbourne Royal Show”. A great marketing opportunity for us and the chance to volunteer. More information to come!
Thoughts
The hidden stresses of lockdown and Covid are affecting us all and we need to lookout for the signs in our members and be understanding. I know from my own experiences you have good days and some not so good days, and the little things become major and we do or say things out of character. We just need to recognise the symptoms and be willing to talk to some one or just be a good listener. As a Rotarian we are quick to help others but not always open to ask for help when it affects us personally.
Remember to smile!
 
“Serve to change Lives”
Yours in Rotary
Brendon Woods
President RCD
Rotary Clubs of Doncaster and Templestowe
Future Vehicle Expo and Seminar
With growing awareness of climate change, many people in the community are considering switching from petrol or/diesel to electric vehicles but may not understand the difference between the models available. Many people are also not sure of the new smart technologies in the cars of today. The planned Future Vehicle Expo and Seminar will showcase the range of different electric vehicles that are currently available and help people to make considered choices about the vehicle that will best meet their family and business needs. Experts will also explain the new smart technologies in our cars and how they improve safety and our travel, along with what’s happening with driverless cars
 

Board of Directors strengthens Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

At its June meeting, the RI Board of Directors, with guidance from the DEI Taskforce, took additional steps to ensure our organization values and lives the principals of diversity, equity and inclusion by revisiting and strengthening Rotary's 2019 DEI statement. The result is a new Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion adopted in June 2021:

At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.

We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.

Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.

We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.

In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.

The Board of Directors convened the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Taskforce in 2020 and tasked it with assessing the current state of DEI within Rotary and developing a comprehensive plan of action with achievable, measurable, and meaningful outcomes for Rotary. This plan is currently in development and will be presented to the Board of Directors in October 2021.

Additionally, the Board agreed to:

  • Provide DEI training for incoming, current, and past RI officers
  • Promote the Rotary Code of Conduct
  • Establish protocols to report Code of Conduct violations

More information about these decisions, and our ongoing focus on DEI, will be available on rotary.org/dei in the coming weeks.

The Board thanks the taskforce for its ongoing commitment to creating a more just, open, and welcoming Rotary experience during this past year. The taskforce's work is critical to the organization's long-term success. The Board also extended the work of the DEI Taskforce through June 2023.

If you witness or experience someone acting in a way that violates Rotary's DEI statement, email DEI.Inquiries@rotary.org.

Rotarians Against Malaria need your help.
 
 We wish for as many Rotarians as possible in Southern Region to be made aware of  the implementation of Stage 2 of our support to the ‘End Malaria in Vanuatu – For Good’ Project
Our Campaign is,  in view of the shortfall in funding in the Vanuatu Malaria Elimination Program, to raise critical funds for the placements of 10 community based Malaria Elimination Officers in malaria hot spots on Malekula, Santo and Epi Islands.
Please note that National RAM will match any contributions up to a limit of $30,000 between the months of  July to September. Could you  please use the following link so it is quite clear  any donation will go to the Vanuatu Project?
 
Please save the date for the upcoming Rotarians Against Malaria fundraising  "No Mosquito Picnic" on the 18th September  2021.
 
Shelley
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Speakers
Jul 28, 2021
My Journey as DG
Aug 04, 2021
Club Forum with President Brendon
Aug 11, 2021
District Membership Project
Aug 18, 2021
Maluk, Timor - medical needs
Aug 25, 2021
Timor Roofing Company - the history
Sep 01, 2021
Club Forum
Sep 08, 2021
Fundraising & Community - Projects
Sep 15, 2021
Environment & Sustainability
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Meeting Responsibilities
RSL 4th August
 
Set up
Armstrong, Pat
 
Set up
Moore, Leon
 
Greeter
MacLeod, Norm
 
Cash Desk
Ellis, David
 
Cash Desk
Evans, Frank
 
Standby
Stanford, Wendy
 
Beau Monde 11 August 2021
 
Set up
Moore, Leon
 
Set up
Richardson, Graham
 
Greeter
MacLeod, Norm
 
Cash Desk
Bhopti, Sohrab
 
Cash Desk
Wilkinson, Rod
 
Standby
Armstrong, Pat
 
Beau Monde 18 August 2021
 
Set up
Ellis, David
 
Set up
Halpern, Barry
 
Greeter
MacLeod, Norm
 
Cash Desk
Stanford, Wendy
 
Cash Desk
Evans, Frank
 
Standby
Talbot, Brian
 
Stories
Welfare
While we’re getting on with the business of helping others, let’s take a moment to remember our fellow Members, Partners and Friends of the Club, who may be doing it a little tough.
We’re also thinking of our long-term absent Members whom we don’t see often enough.
I’m sure all of us know an absent or ex Member who would love to have a call from any one of us as Members of the Rotary Club of Doncaster.
If you do know anyone who is unwell, or is going through challenging times, or even if you’re up against it yourself, contact our Welfare Officer, PP Frank Evans on 9337 8493, or email frank.evans1@bigpond.com.
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Barry Halpern
July 10
 
Sohrab Bhopti
July 14
 
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Barry Halpern
Glenda Halpern
July 1
 
Salwan Shahine
Mona Shahine
July 10
 
Join Date
Barry Halpern
July 1, 1993
28 years
 
Chris Guardiani
July 1, 2010
11 years
 
Dick Philip
July 1, 2006
15 years
 
Ian Allsop
July 1, 1996
25 years
 
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July 1, 2004
17 years
 
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July 1, 1989
32 years
 
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