BULLETIN 04052022
4th May 2022

Home of Past District 9810 Governors
Bill Tierney (1986-1987)
Russell Gurney (2018-2019)
Alma Reynolds (2020-2021)

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT WEDNESDAY 4TH MAY MEETING?
 
In Rotary, we want to “make a difference”. So how are we going to do that? What Action Areas do you believe the club should be focussing on over the next 1-2 years? 
This week’s meeting is a special ‘Club Program Development’ evening, where each member will have the opportunity to consider activities associated with their area of interest. There are six Action Areas to consider joining:
 
Club  |  Community  |  Environment & Sustainability  |  International  |  Vocational  |  Youth
 
Which one interests you most? What activities should each group focus on?
This will help the incoming President David McIvor and his Board consider the programs and budgets over the next 2 years. 
So all members – please come along to the Doncaster RSL on Wednesday night and give us your views. We need everyone to be involved and to hear from you.
 
Former WHO polio chief now part of Rotary’s eradication work
As director of polio eradication for the World Health Organization (WHO) from 2016 until 2021, Michel Zaffran was so inspired by the work of Rotary members that, in 2017, he joined his local club, the Rotary Club of Gex-Divonne (Pays de Gex), Ain, France. Now retired from WHO, Zaffran serves as an End Polio Now coordinator, building awareness and leading the Rotary clubs and districts in his region in raising funds for polio eradication. He says he has found younger Rotary members to be dedicated to achieving a polio-free world and to making polio the second human disease, after smallpox, ever to be eradicated.
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Dear Rotary member,

We are dedicated to enhancing your Rotary experience by supporting what is important to you, our members. You have consistently told us that you want Rotary to be a place that celebrates diversity, that fully represents our communities, and that offers all members equitable opportunities to thrive.

You also recognize that embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will allow us to do more meaningful work while engaging with people who know they’ll be valued for the qualities that make them unique. These sentiments were reinforced last year by the more than 31,000 members around the world who responded to our first DEI survey.

To ensure that the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are ingrained in everything we do, the RI Board of Directors, guided by the DEI Task Force, has strengthened our commitment to DEI and is taking action in response to the survey findings.

Our DEI Code of Conduct

What we say and how we behave matter. Although free expression is important, we must take responsibility for how our words and actions may affect others. The Board has approved a new DEI Code of Conduct to help Rotary members create and maintain an environment that is collaborative, positive, and healthy for everyone. 

Simply put, the DEI Code of Conduct asks you to:
  • Use respectful language
  • Be supportive
  • Foster a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Celebrate diversity
All Rotary leaders, from club presidents and district governors to directors and trustees, are expected to apply the DEI Code of Conduct uniformly to help members recognize the impact that their words and actions can have on other people.

If you experience behavior that does not align with the DEI Code of Conduct, you have ways to respond:
  • If the situation can be resolved through discussion, please talk to the person directly. Often, the person who said something or acted in a way that made others feel excluded, marginalized, or targeted did not do so intentionally. Although there might be mistakes, missteps, and uncomfortable conversations along the way, having this dialogue will lead to a better and stronger Rotary.
  • If a discussion is not possible or the situation involves someone in a leadership role or another club, contact Rotary’s Club and District Support staff, who will review the information and follow up appropriately.
  • If you are in danger or your safety is in doubt, contact local law enforcement officers and notify Club and District Support staff.
As an organization, we are stronger when we embrace the diversity found in our clubs and communities. We are more effective when we offer a valuable, inclusive experience that provides equitable opportunities for people to serve, to lead, and to participate with us. To grow Rotary and become a more dynamic organization, we must take DEI seriously. And with your support, we are doing that. 

Sincerely,

Shekhar Mehta, RI President
and the 2021-22 RI Board of Directors

You can support DEI in Rotary by:
 

Empowering girls

Equality is a fundamental human right. It’s also critical for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. But girls and women worldwide face inequities in areas such as health and education, and they experience disproportionate rates of violence and poverty. As part of his initiatives for 2021-22, RI President Shekhar Mehta is encouraging Rotary members to develop a club-based initiative or a district or global grant project that engages members of your community in a project focused on protecting and empowering girls.

Post your service activities, projects, and programs that empower girls on Rotary Showcase using the tags EmpoweringGirls2021 or EG2021.

Sandy the pure desert dingo International collaboration of researchers sequence the genome of the pure desert dingo.

dingo
Credit: Julie Fletcher / Moment / Getty

Last year, it was revealed that dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) in Australia have pure ancestry and that there is little interbreeding with domestic dogs – just 0.6%.

As of today, the full genetic sequence of Sandy Maliki, a wild-born pure Australian desert dingo has been published in Science Advances. Led by researchers at La Trobe University, including dingo advocate Professor Bill Ballard, this international collaborative effort has confirmed that pure dingoes are intermediate between wolves (Canis lupus) and domestic dog breeds (Canis lupus familiaris).

Dingo
Sandy the pure desert dingo. Credit: Barry Eggleton / UNSW

Sandy Malaki was discovered in 2014 as a three-week-old pup near the Strzelecki Track in the central Australia desert, along with her sister and brother. Sandy became of international interest when she won the World’s Most Interesting Genome competition in 2017.

Dingo
Sandy the pure desert dingo at three weeks of age. Credit: Barry Eggleton / UNSW

Scientists have lined up Sandy’s genome against a Greenland wolf (Canis lupus orion), five domestic dog breeds including the German shepherd, and the oldest known dog breed, the Basenji, which originated in Africa.

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A previous study looking at single nucleotides of DNA (known as SNPs) placed dingoes as sisters to the Akita and Chow Chow, with the Basenji between this group and the wolf. However, with the whole genome sequenced, the relationship of the dingo to domestic and ancestral canine lineages can finally be resolved.

From this research, we are also able to gain insight into the desert dingo’s biology. For example, the number of copies of a pancreatic ‘amylase’ gene can assist understanding of its dietary adaptations.

“A pure dingo has only one copy of the amylase gene, whereas domestic dogs have multiple copies – which we show influences the gut microbiome and, we predict, affects what dingoes eat,” says Ballard. “Based on this new knowledge, we hypothesise that dingoes are far less likely to eat farm animals, including sheep. If we’re correct, what farmers currently assume are dingoes killing their stock, are likely to be feral wild dogs.”

This five-year study was a culmination of research undertaken by experts in microbiology, computational biology and veterinary science, from 10 institutions across six countries including Australia, Denmark, Norway, Germany, USA and England, and is a huge step forward in the preservation of this native keystone species.

 


Originally published by Cosmos as Sandy the pure desert dingo
 
 
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