17 March 2021

President Barry's Message

It was a pleasant surprise to see DG Alma come along to our meeting last Wednesday evening.
Alma reminded us of the first online multi-District conference and that some clubs are organising a dinner on Friday the 30 April before the conference. David Rosenwax is on to it I believe it is to be at the Stone House.
Our Guest speaker was Keith Woolnough. Keith has been a Rotarian for over 60 years and at the age of 93 is still going strong. Keith told us about his passion for tree planting. The RC Northcote, and then RC Manningham has been planting trees in the Kilmore Seymour since 1995. That is around 125,000 trees. The record for trees planted is 8,300 trees in 1 day using a Pottiputki.
Keith was a member of the Northcote Club and has had several roles. However, he was reluctant to become involved with the politics.
A reminder that we will be meeting with Templestowe Club on the 24th of March to help celebrate their 44th Birthday. We will need to inform them of numbers soon. I will have to have all the details on Wednesday night.
And don’t forget that Wednesday evening is a special night it's St. Patrick’s Day so wear something Green.
 Barry Halpern, President
A very good contribution of ideas in a very short period. Good team work.
After receiving the views of all, we have made the final decision which is as follows:
As from the next market (4th April), the sausage sizzle stand will not be run by our Rotary members. It is handed over to the local Scouts group to run. They (Scouts) will have their own marquee, tables, bbq equipment etc. they will set up, cook, serve, clean up and pack up.
This will release at least 4 volunteers from each RCD & RCT to run the market.
Sohrab Bhopti
Fundraising Chair

Global pandemic needs a global plan

While Australia and Europe squabble over vaccine doses, parts of the world are abandoned.

On Thursday, Italy blocked the export of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine bound for Australia. With support from the European Commission, the Italian government has barred vaccine exports to Australia after the Anglo-Swedish company failed to deliver the doses it promised.

Over the past seven days Italy has had an average of just under 18,700 new COVID cases a day. It’s seen more infections in the past 36 hours than Australia has ever had. Australia’s total case count remains shy of 30,000; Italy’s just passed 3 million.

Europe is at a high risk of seeing a new, highly infectious mutation to emerge, and speeding up the vaccines roll-out is crucial to avoid that.

“The more viral transmission we have the more the likelihood of the virus having further opportunities to mutate,” says Hassan Vally, an epidemiologist at La Trobe University.

“From an individual country perspective, it is going to be the goal to deliver vaccines as quickly as possible,” says Vally. “However, from a global perspective, it’s easy to appreciate that countries that have not been able to control COVID-19 transmission have a much greater need for vaccine doses.”

Australia recently received 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine – their rollout has just begun – in addition to more than 300,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Local drug manufacturer CSL is set to produce 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by the end of the month and then 1 million every week up to a total of 50 million doses.

Of the doses withheld by Italy, “this should not impact too much”, says Vally.

But while the wealthiest countries, including Australia and European nations, are receiving the vast majority of the doses produced globally, low- and medium-income regions of the world with the worst disease burden – such as South America, Africa and some Middle East countries – are ignored.

“There needs to be a greater focus on making sure the distribution of vaccines is equitable,” says Vally. The risk is that the pandemic will go on for all, he says: as long as the virus is spreading in any part of the world, it will impact everyone’s lives.

“The pandemic is a global issue that needs a global solution,” says Vally.

Manuela Callari

Dr Manuela Callari is a Sydney-based freelance science writer who specialises in health and medical stories.

The Challenge to Lead Program 6th7th May 2021
  1. What is the Challenge to Lead leadership program?
The Challenge to Lead program is a 2 day residential leadership program presented by the Rotary Club of Doncaster using professional facilitators with wide industry, organisation and academic experience who donate their time pro bono. It has been the Club’s major fund raiser foe the past 6 years.
  1. Who are participants in the Challenge to Lead program?
Participants are normally managers and supervisors who wish to improve their leadership skills or professionals with potential to become leaders in their organisation or in society. They come from a board range of industry sectors, from international businesses, SMEs, not for profits, government agencies and local councils.
  1. What can you do as a Club Member?
Do you know anyone whether in your own business, your customers, friends or contacts such as financial planners or insurance brokers who you could recommend or nominate to attend or send someone?
For more details:
For endorsements see this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YnqYuml29o
For more details or to register see the website – www.challengetolead.com.au
If you have any questions, please contact either Kevin O’Donnell on 0434 674228 or David Grieve on 0488 480402
Bulawayo – following presentation by Sandy Whitehead from Rotary Club of Bulawayo South
Two weeks ago, PP Sandy Whitehead of the Rotary Club of Bulawayo South presented to the club an interesting and sobering presentation on the challenges faced in Zimbabwe. Several members suggested that the opportunity to donate to the Bulawayo South Club Zimbabwe projects. If you would like to make a donation during the month of March, you can donate as follows - place your name ‘Smith - BOE’ into the following account:
BSB: 633 000
Account Number: 149 218 182
David McIvor will monitor and report back the total in April.
Mar 17, 2021
Aboriginal History in Manniningham
Mar 24, 2021
Rotary International Youth Exchange to Germany
Mar 31, 2021
The linking of founding Rotary Club member Bruce Parker OAM and the Club's, 'Books for Nepal project
Apr 07, 2021
Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Victoria Parliament
Apr 14, 2021
Challenge to Lead
Apr 21, 2021
Chinese Anzacs
Apr 28, 2021 7:00 PM
Shine On Recognition
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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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