28 April 2021

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President's Remarks

This week our Guest Speaker Matthew Etty-Leal District 9810 Shine on Chair

Matthew spoke about the Shine On Awards 5th June to be conducted at the Baptist Church (Anderson Creek Rd).
Noted that last year due to last minute Covid impacts the New Hope Church put the food to good community use.
Matthew (and Leon) spoke of performers such as the wheelchair bound flautist Jim A.K.A. Jim Silver Song. This year honours will be combined with awardees from last year, so there will be double the number of participants.
This, however means there will be restrictions on attendees. We will have 6 members supporting the event.
Matthew then gave a presentation on his genealogy – 18th century family background to current.

Shine On Awards

As I was unable to talk about Shine On I have printed out my notes for the bulletin as I understand some of our members don’t know what the Shine On Awards are all about;  
The Awards are to recognise volunteers that work in the local and wider communities,
People with any disability – chronic, physical, intellectual or a mental health disorder.
The Rotary International Southern District Shine on Awards Committee is comprised of representatives from each Rotary Districts 9780, 9790, 9800, 9810, 9820 & 9890.
The Committee members publicise the event every year and call for Rotarians and others to nominate a person who has demonstrated valuable volunteer service in their community.
NOMINATIONS: Anyone can nominate a person, who has: a permanent/chronic disability; a mental health disorder; or an intellectual and/or physical disability and contributes to their community by doing Volunteer Work.
A local Rotarian then assists the nominee to complete the Nomination Form and sign off on behalf of their club.
EVERY NOMINEE IS INVITED along with family and friends and receives a framed Citation outlining their Community contribution. Those considered outstanding contributors will receive a Trophy Award decided by a three-person panel comprised of personnel from medical and disability sectors.
The Annual Nomination Form can be obtained via;
the Shine On Awards Facebook page,
from Club or District Vocational Directors or from the Secretary, Lara Barrett via Email: lara.barrett.secretary@gmail.com
(M: 0416262615)
The Event this year is a special one as it will combine the Nominees from 2020 as it had to be cancelled due to Covid on the eve of the event. The Shine On Recognition Event is held annually and is organized by a Rotary Club or a Districts.
This year the Rotary Club is the The Rotary Club of Traralgon of District 9820 and will be held on Saturday the 5th June 2021 Commencing at 1:00pm
Venue is The Baptist Church 103-105 Anderson Creek Road Templestowe 

I would urge members to come along to see for yourself as one of the recipients is Past President Roger Reece.

Yours in Rotary 

Barry Halpern, President

Sausage Sizzlers and Turners Needed

Bunnings Nunawading have offered us another opportunity to raise our much needed funds by running a similar event on this coming Mother’s Day on Sunday 9th May’21.

This time we have to serve from 9am until 4pm (Plus 30mins each for setup and close down). Hence we need volunteers to run 3 shifts as follows:
8.30am until 11.30am (3hrs)
11.30am until 2.00pm (2 & 1/2hrs)
2.00pm until 4.30pm (2 & 1/2hrs)
Please advise your availability to me ASAP, so I can prepare the roster.
Thanks again for your participation in such important club event.
Sohrab Bhopti
David Rosenwax was host of the pre-multidistrict conference
The Boys in the Band
Rotarians having a wonderful time.
Last Thursday we held our first Interact meeting at Doncaster College  since December 2020.. All of the past Student members have left the school so the program had to be re established.
Senior School Teacher Zoe and the PE Teacher Morgan have taken on the Challenge to get Interact moving forward…  we have 6 new students to start…  the teachers will be promoting the interact club with vigor.
Our last meeting discussed what our Rotary Club can offer the students .. some examples would be student awards, Rotary projects, Intra School projects and fund raising, attending the up and coming district Interact Conference and the ability for the students themselves to develop personal management, team building skills  bounded by service beyond self..
Meetings are to be held fortnightly and will be changed from Thursdays to Mondays…   lets all wish them every success and support .
David Rosenwax RCD Youth Chair
Rotarians Against Malaria
Shelley participated in the RAM Fun Run Fundraiser to mark Malaria Awareness Day in Australia on 30th April with a walk on the Saturday 1st May at the Doncaster Athletics Track at 9am. 
The club and members generously, supported this fundraiser with $608 raised at last meeting.  These funds will all go to RAM. Sponsorship being half to Shelley and half noted as sponsoring Manningham Rotaract who are also participating in the walk during April.
In addition to the club members donations on April 9th, Shelley has received $330 via her Facebook fundraiser and a further $140 in personal donations.

A huge thank you to everyone who has generously donated to the RAM cause.

Shelley Gurney  🌏
International Chair 2020-21
Rotary Doncaster VIC
D9810 Foundation Committee presents
2021/2022 Grants Qualification and Planning Seminar
6 pm for 6.30 Start. Friday 14th May 2021
Melbourne Baseball Clubrooms
Surrey Park, Surrey Drive, BOX HILL
Networking over Sandwiches available from 6 pm. Drinks available at bar prices
Who should attend?
Club Presidents Elect; Foundation, International and Community Service Committee Chairs; and Assistant Governors; Rotarians looking to Serve to Change Lives in 2021/22.
Why attend?
For Clubs to receive Global and District Grant project funding in 2020/21 at least one representative from your Club is required to attend the Seminar and hence qualify your Club to participate in the Foundation Grants program.
There has been considerable change recently for involving the Foundation with your Club and its work in the community.  The implications of this are a focus of this Seminar.
What will be covered?
  1. Changes to the Foundation’s Grant funding model
  2. The District Resource Network and other sources of expert assistance available to Clubs for grant funded projects.
  3. Getting the most out of your Club’s engagement with The Rotary Foundation.
  4. A Road Map to your next District Grant
  5. Project eligibility, 2021/22 Parameters of the grant dollar matches, Conditions, Partnering, and Timelines, for:
District (Local Community) Grants
District International Grants, and
Global Grants
To assist with Catering, please Register your Club’s attendance by
Sunday 9th May 2021.
Contact Graham Richardson by email with attendees’ names: gmrichardson@big
Rotary District 9810 2021 Training Assembly 
On behalf of District Governor Elect Dr Daryl Moran, I invite all members of our District to register for one or more sessions in this year’s District Training Assembly.
The Assembly will be held online via Zoom sessions, scheduled from Sunday 23rd May through to Sunday 30th May.  Registrations may be made through Trybooking, via the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/BQLTP
Please contact me should you have any questions.
PDG Tony Monley OAM
D9810 Learning & Development Chair
acmonley@gmail.com   0438 515 273 
PP Sandy Whitehead of Rotary Club of Bulawayo South receiving her first vaccination this week in downtown Bulawayo. Sandy was a guest speaker via Zoom earlier this year.

Immunosuppressant drugs are currently being trialled as a potential COVID-19 treatment. 

Immunosuppressant drugs commonly used for autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease, might, in principle, increase the risk of severe COVID-19 infection and lower vaccines’ efficacy.

Common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections, for example, can be more common in people taking immunosuppressants.

Yet, some such drugs – glucocorticoids, anti-tumour necrosis factors (anti-TNF) and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) – are being trialled as potential COVID-19 therapeutics.

Why does this conflicting dichotomy exist? The answer may lie in the difference between the chronic and acute use of these drugs.

A study, published last January in Annals of the Rheumatics Diseases, analysed data from almost 4,000 rheumatology patients who contracted COVID-19. Of these, 10.5% died. Death was associated with known general factors such as older age, male sex and specific comorbidities. But people with more severe rheumatic diseases were more likely to die from COVID-19 than those with low disease activity or in remission. 

Interestingly, most medications used in rheumatic diseases such as DMARDs (the most famous of which is hydroxychloroquine) were not associated with a higher death rate.

The COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance registry found that the use of anti-TNF therapy was associated with a lower rate of hospital admission for COVID-19. But a recent study found that infliximab – an anti-TNF drug prescribed for inflammatory bowel disease – might increase the risk of reinfection.

Chronic glucocorticoid use has been found to increase the hospitalisation rate for COVID-19 in patients with rheumatic disease. Glucocorticoids are also associated with a higher mortality rate in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma patients.

The divergent effect of immunosuppressants exists alongside the divergent effect of the immune system itself on health. Exceptional immunodeficiency is just as harmful as its opposite – excessive immunity is typical of autoimmune disease but also characteristic of systemic inflammatory reactions during acute COVID-19. 

Many severe COVID-19 symptoms are caused by an overreaction of the immune system that leads to severe inflammation. That’s why immunosuppressant drugs are currently being trialled as a potential COVID-19 treatment. To date, the best results have been obtained with acute therapy of glucocorticoids.

In the meantime, the best protection for people who have a compromised immune system remains vaccination.

“We know that the COVID-19 vaccines are suitable for immunosuppressed people as they are not live vaccines,” says Professor Catherine Hill, president of the Australian Rheumatology Association. “But we are waiting for further trials in immunosuppressed patients to ascertain the efficacy of the vaccines.”

As with other immunosuppressed patients, such as cancer patients, the biggest concern around COVID-19 vaccines is whether they will elicit an adequate immune response.

“People who are taking drugs that suppress the immune system may be given the advice to continue avoiding exposure to COVID-19 after they have had the vaccination,” says Hill. “This is because their medications could mean their immune system doesn’t respond as strongly to the vaccine as people who don’t take these drugs.

“This does not mean you should stop your treatment, because this can result in a flare of your condition, which puts you at greater risk from COVID-19.”

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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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