BULLETIN 02062021
2 June 2021
There will be a working bee at Schramm's Cottage on 12th June, COVID permitting.
All volunteers please contact Liz Olie.

Home Club of District 9810 Governor Alma Reynolds

President's Remarks
Wednesdays Meeting was a small one due to Covid 19. some of us decided it would be better to zoom in. Unfortunately our Guest Speaker had fallen ill and was unable to the meeting, He is now much better and will be join us this coming meeting on Zoom. Fortunately Esther and Frank were able to provide information on the current situation as to the Covid lockdown.
As we are now in lockdown again we are back to meeting on zoom so I have invited The Rotary Clubs of Doncaster UK and Templestowe to join us so should be a good night and Grant Purdy, from MICH will be our guest speaker.
Please note that the Shine On recognition event has now been postponed to either the end of July or early August TBA.
Also don’t forget that the District Change Over is on the 26th of June so you will need to book in Online bookings only via: https://www.trybooking.com/BQGTD Bookings must close 12 noon, Tuesday 15th June, 2021
The Rotary Club of Doncaster will be celebrating their Change Over is on the 30th of June at the Beau Monde Hotel 6:30pm for 7:00pm start
Looking forward to seeing you to the 3rd June on Zoom

Yours in Rotary 

Barry Halpern, President
From Esther Murray COVID-19  30th May, 20221
We are back in lockdown again – here is some of the key information but I’m sure you are all aware already.  Very important to take this very seriously.
Circuit-breaker restrictions are in place from 11:59pm on Thursday 27 May until 11:59pm on Thursday 3 June 2021.
The only reasons to leave home:
  • The only reasons to leave home: to obtain necessary goods and services, care and other compassionate reasons, healthcare (including vaccinations) work and education (if permitted), and exercise.
  • If you are a single person living alone, or a single parent with dependent children under 18 years or caring for someone with a disability or illness over the age of 18 you can form a ‘single social bubble’ with one other person.
  • You can only travel up to 5km from your home for exercise and shopping. If the nearest shop is more than 5km away, you may travel beyond 5km to the nearest provider. 
  • You can travel more than 5km from your home to access an essential public support service such as a food bank.
  • You can exercise for two hours per day with your household or one other person who you don’t live with as long as neither of you travel more than 5km from your home. If you are visiting an intimate partner, you can exercise within 5km of their home.
  • Cafes and restaurants can open for takeaway and delivery only. No sit-down meals or drinks are allowed. The 5km limit does not apply to delivery drivers when delivering food as part of their work.
  • You must wear a face mask when you leave home, unless an exception applies.
Face masks
From 11:59pm on Thursday 27 May, anyone aged 12 years old and over must wear a fitted face mask indoors and outdoors (except at private residences), unless an exception applies.
This includes places such as:
  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and markets
  • when visiting hospitals and aged care facilities
  • restaurants and cafes, when you are not eating or drinking
  • indoor workplaces
  • libraries
  • cinemas
  • churches and places of worship
  • entertainment facilities
  • outdoors i.e. taking the dog for a walk 
  • recreational facilities and gyms (an exemption applies when engaged in any strenuous exercise)
  • on public transport, in taxis, or in ride share vehicles
  • at airports and in aircraft
Additionally, face masks must be:
  • carried at all times (except if a lawful exception applies to you)
  • be worn outdoors (except if a lawful exception applies) if:
  • visiting a hospital
  • visiting a care facility and you are within 1.5 metres of a resident or staff member;
  • you are a diagnosed person or a close contact and need to leave their premises for a lawful exception (e.g. to obtain medical care);
  • awaiting test results and need to leave the premises (e.g to obtain medical care), or
  • experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
Face masks are strongly recommended:
  • Indoors in private residences (when you have visitors)
  • Outdoors when you cannot keep 1.5 metres from yourself and other people (e.g. while waiting at a bus stop or tram or train station)
Please stay safe – remember face masks are compulsory.  Face shields no value and not effective unless face masks underneath.  Wash & apply hand hygiene very regularly especially if your moving around outside the home ie supermarkets/trollies/food baskets/shelves/fridge doors/ etc etc.
No Handshaking…………………


1) Doncaster Hill Market for 6th June’21 is cancelled due to Covid related issues.
2) Bunnings BBQ for 26th June’21. Need Volunteers.
Yours In Rotary Service 

Sohrab Bhopti (fundraising chair)

Indian variant strain of SARS-CoV-2 detected in Melbourne

What does this mean and what should I do?

COVID-19 restrictions are being reimposed in Melbourne as authorities try to find the source of an outbreak in the city's north. Credit: Sandra Sanders/Reuters

Evidence of a SARS-CoV-2 strain was recently detected in Melbourne wastewater, leading to the detection of 26 locally acquired cases of COVID-19. Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has confirmed that the strain is the B1.617 variant first detected in India.

The strain was genetically linked to the man who contracted the virus while in Adelaide hotel quarantine.

What is the B1.617 variant?

SARS-CoV-2 is the specific species of the virus that causes COVID-19. Just like in people and animals, one species can have different genetics – in the case of viruses, we call these strains or variants.

More about B1.617:

What scientists know about new, fast-spreading coronavirus variants

The B1.617 variant was first detected in India in October 2020. It is called a “double mutant” because only two of its mutations are of particular note; they occur in the 452nd and 484th position of the genetic code, and both are parts of the spike proteins that help the virus break into our cells.

These individual mutations were both found in other variants, the former in the US and the latter in the UK and South Africa, but this particular variant cropping up in India and Melbourne contains both mutations together.

However, the different subtypes of the strain may present differently.

“It would be important to know if it is B1.617.1 or B1.617.2,” says Raina MacIntyre, Head of the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute at the University of NSW.

“Earlier media reports indicated the person from Wollert was infected with B1.617.1. Based on reports from India, this variant may have atypical clinical presentations, such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and hearing impairments, as well as an absence of fever. 

“If this is the case, people should be on the alert for any of these symptoms as well as more typical COVID symptoms such as cough and fever.”

It is still unclear how quickly this particular variant spreads, but because of the rise in cases in India and the UK, it is possible that it is up to 50% more transmissible – that is, it may spread more easily.

However, it is important to note that there could be other factors leading to its spread, such as dense populations and human movement.

“This reinforces several things we already know about this virus,” says Gerry Fitzgerald, a public health expert from Queensland University of Technology, who lists:

1. It is highly infectious amongst adults.

2. Due to our success with public health protections, our population remains very vulnerable.

3. Until we reach herd immunity in Australia, we will remain vulnerable and at risk from re-entry of the virus into the country through returning travellers. If this disease breaks out as it did in the US and throughout Europe, then we can expect more than 50,000 people to die.

4. Our only safe hope to obtain herd immunity is through vaccination.

5. While there are some rare side effects to the current vaccines, the risk of the diseases far outweighs the risks of the vaccine.

What should I do and can the vaccine help?

Victorians are encouraged to check their vaccine eligibility, continue to be tested and keep an eye on areas of concern.

“Vaccines will still be effective against the B1.617 variant,” says Rob Grenfell, CSIRO’s Health & Biosecurity Director. “A recent study from Public Health England shows that two doses of the vaccines are highly effective.”

Specifically, MacIntyre explains: “Reports from the UK also show that the effectiveness of one dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca is only 33 per cent against B1.617.2; but this rises to 88 per cent after two doses for Pfizer and 59.8 per cent after two doses of AstraZeneca. This means it does have some resistance to vaccines, although not as much as the South African variant.”

More about AstraZeneca:

AstraZeneca and blood clots: by the numbers

Other things to continue practising include handwashing, venue check-ins and mask-wearing.

“This is a timely reminder that we need to keep doing the basics until we get the population vaccinated,” says Hassan Vally, an epidemiologist at La Trobe University.

“Get tested if you have any cold-like symptoms, check in to venues using QR codes, wear masks where appropriate and disinfect your hands regularly. Whether we keep up with these precautions could be the difference between avoiding another lockdown or not.”

Deborah Devis

Deborah Devis

Dr Deborah Devis is a science journalist at The Royal Institution of Australia.

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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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