21 April 2021

Home of the District Governor


President's Remarks
Wednesday we had a visit from our very own District Governor Alma Reynolds
Alma presented the club with a Bronze Environmental Award– Accepted by Pat as convenor of the Enviro Committee.
A reminder to check the "Open Doors" emails for details of Jells Park event and Conference details for registration of EACH section.
It was great to see members Norm Macleod, Russell and Shelly Gurney return to the meeting after Covid lockdown. 
Guest Speaker Alan Colvin
Challenge to Lead (CTL)
David G. and Kevin gave us an intro to CTL with a presentation on the Leadership Course.
This was the historical context, profitability and the current format (2 day residential).
Kevin then introduced key facilitator Alan Colvin who gave some background on the assistance and support Alan has provided to the programme.
Alan provided details of the presenters for the course – himself, Lisa, Natasha and Ian.
He emphasised that the game is people management in a real way – consistent, fair and not a popularity contest.
Many questions were discussed - noted was the lack of current leadership role models.
Friday Night Dinner
Finally please don’t forget to inform David Rosenwax (0402 032 001) that you are coming to the Friday night dinner at Stone house on the 30th April as we need to inform them how many are coming for catering, price in now only $40 per head members and $45.per head non members this looks to be a fantastic night with plenty of entertainment and fun.  

Barry Halpern, President


The Challenge to Lead program

commenced in 2014 and is our Clubs major fundraiser. It has contributed over $170,000 to 2019 when the last program was conducted. The program originated after a major revamp from the previous program run by our Club for nearly 20 years, called Achievement. The 2021 program will be conducted on 6-7 May at the Canterbury International, Nunawading and is a 2 day onsite residential program. It is an interactive program, and is conducted by experienced professional facilitators and involves a pre-course assessment, essential leadership skills and a post course assessment.
Testimonials from previous participants can be found on the link below:
Over the past 6 years, participants have come from small to medium enterprises (SMEs), multinationals, the public sector and Not for Profits. The blending of experiences and skills of the participants from different organisations gives the participants an opportunity to broaden their exposure and capabilities.

Find out more about the Chinese ANZACs at our next meeting


Message from Liz Olie

The next two Working Bees at Schramm's Cottage are: May - 8th; and June-12th.This is greatly appreciated by the Historical Society and what we are able to give back to the Community. If you wish to volunteer please contact Liz.
Rotary Club of Eltham and Aussie Action Abroad thank Doncaster Rotary Club for giving us the opportunity to share our vision of adding value to education in Nepal through our partners, and the Michael Parker Foundation.
With the construction of the teacher training facility, the ability to provide online training and the provision of relevant teaching materials, will ensure literacy rates are improved in the targeted remote schools.
The RC of Eltham has funded the construction so far. The recent donation of $12,750 from the Michael Parker Foundation (MPF) will ensure the completion of the building first stage, whilst the Foundation is committed to the ongoing purchase of teaching materials.
Our request to RC of Doncaster is to become a contributing partner with Eltham Rotary on two fronts –
1.            Assistance with an appropriate  once off financial contribution to help fit out the building, once the ground floor is completed, with equipment to allow face to face and online training to take place.
2.         A commitment of $2000 per annum for at least the next few years to help purchase educational materials(all available in Nepal), for distribution supporting the ongoing work of the Michael Parker Foundation.
In line with the wishes of the late Michael Parker, once the building is operational, we will focus our time, energies and resources towards remote schools, as identified by our in country partners and in so doing enable students, teachers and trainers to benefit from our program.
The end result being, more students at school longer, more teachers better resourced and supported families who see value in quality education, as the way to a brighter future for their children.
We look forward to your support in becoming partners in this important project. You can be assured we will keep you informed of the projects progress and delivery of the much needed resources.
In addition once International Travel is again safe, members of Doncaster Club will be welcome to join our next team to assist our Nepalese partners on site. It is anticipated this will take place around the middle of 2022.
Ian Toohill - RCE International Director 0414 359 3565
Graeme Kent - Founding Director Aussie Action Abroad 0409 954 782
Rotarians Against Malaria
April 30th is Malaria Awareness Day in Australia 
A RAM Fun Run Fundraiser is being held in the month of April with a challenge to walk/swim/run 4km in memory of the over 400,000 people who die from Malaria each year.
Our member Shelley Gurney, RAM District Supervisor, is walking Saturday 1st May 9am at the Doncaster Athletics track.  4km or more.
Sponsorship donations can be made at a club meeting, on my  Facebook fundraising page or direct to RAM.RAWCS.COM.AU
I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the RAM cause at the 7th April club meeting, and to Sohrab who helped organise it.  Over $560 was raised and these funds are jointly sponsoring Shelley and the Manningham Rotoractors who are joining the Fundraising walk. (possibly around Ruffy Park)
Members of the LAARF Singers celebrating the Big Birthday of Peter a.k.a. Papa Pete
Apr 21, 2021
Chinese Anzacs
Apr 28, 2021 7:00 PM
Shine On Recognition
May 05, 2021
May 12, 2021
May 19, 2021
May 26, 2021
Jun 02, 2021
Jun 09, 2021
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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.
Please let me know if anyone has issues with reading the bulletin, also if anyone has any suggestion on content for the Bulletin please do not hesitate to email me: – joadyb@optusnet.com.au
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April 13
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