Coming events:

Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 November:
Intergenerational Maps activity with Prof Maureen Ryan, VU and students.
Debney Meadows Primary School, 3.30--4.30

Thursday 10 November at the Yarraville Club
Gateway West Cluster DG visit.
Saturday 12 November
Kensington City Soccer Club Awards evening at Hardimans Hotel - 6.30 for 7pm
We are a sponsor.
Contact Melina
Wednesday 16 November
Op Shop working bee 11-2
Thursday 24 November
RIMERN volunteering 11-3
Wednesday 30 November
Blue Moon/Christmas Party
Maribyrnong Park Bowls Club
RSVP to Lesley by 28 November.
Sunday 27 November -   Saturday 3 December
RYLA:  Camp Getaway
Saturday 3 December.
Volunteer with the DG at RIMERN
Saturday 10 December
Carols by Candlelight at Queens Park Moonee Ponds 4pm-9pm
Fundraising/promotional BBQ
Wednesday 18 January
Dinner meeting - first meeting of the 2023 year.
Venue TBC

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President's Report:  

It is sometimes important to veer outside of our usual routine to gain a perspective and be able to initiate projects or do things differently.
Just because something has always been done a certain way, it doesn't mean it will continue to work, similarly, just for a sake of change, what has always worked doesn't need to be reviewed! The equilibrium and the balance that we as a club need to continue to maintain has become the key focus of this year of presidency. 
To this end, at the Annual General Meeting. the discussion ensued to appreciate what we as a club and members do, challenge what's not working and formulate an action plan for next 6 months of the term.
The Board has long been discussing that extending the same members to another term is not a solution; plans and ideas have been floated and various projects/initiatives have been undertaken.  Members agree that the drive to increase members needs to be the focus point, which will only be possible when we as a club have a 'ONE' regular weekly/ fortnightly hands-on project that we own and manage.
The main focus being 'Serving the community' and achieving 'fellowship through service'.

Processing the feedback from members, synthesising the work completed by the board, members and friends of Rotary so far and distilling the priority for the next term, we have agreed on the following:
1. Focus on Identifying and engaging on ONE hands-on project for all members to participate for the next 6 months of the term Jan- June 2023.
2. Agreed that a "hands-on" project takes the place of the meeting in person. However, for those who'd like to still socialise, the option to meet as per preference can continue.
3. Blue Moon and social events per quarter will be maintained.
4. A review to take place in June, of the progress and intake of new members. If no change, consider and propose options for one of the following to be undertaken for next year 2023/2024 term:
a. Club amalgamation 
b.  Change in structure, i.e.  eClub, Passport club, Satellite club, Corporate club, cause based club.
If you'd like to explore the model of operations behind each of this club, i'd strongly encourage you to follow the link below or research in MyRotary, there are lots of materials to review:

This reflection and discussion has also been an uplifting reminder of all that we already are doing, and it's been delightful to acknowledge how we are slowly recovering from the setbacks of the last two years. 
The Op Shop has been our cornerstone, it is operating successfully, providing a strength return in an average of over $AU7,000 and above every month, while serving over 200 community members that walk through the doors weekly. 
Members are also regularly volunteering and partnering on other initiatives we support and sponsor. These past months we have added another 2 to the list,
 1. Food pantries at Ascot Vale, Kensington Neighbourhood house and Flemington Mission (Some of our members were contributing anyway, but now we are coordinating it for fortnightly runs as appropriate) 
2. Food relief pack to a local community organisation:  'Reaching out in the Inner West Of Melbourne'. We delivered over 70 frozen meal packs in coordination with the eMeal project that is run by Rotary E-CLub of Melbourne. 
Planning for the future brings with it anticipation, a great deal of excitement, positive energy and sometimes some anxiety about unknown, however, I am convinced with our members ongoing support, no matter how the clubs' orientation changes overtime, we will continue our effort on serving the community and invest in our members fellowship as that is our primary and ongoing commitment.
As we prepare to move into the festive season over the next month, I look forward to seeing all our past and present members, their family and friends of the rotary at our Christmas event on 30th November. 
Please do not forget to RSVP as per details provided.
With love and gratitude,
Breakfast meeting - Wednesday 2 November and Annual General Meeting:
Shraddha opened the meeting and reported apologies from Dulcie & Geoff who both have COVID, Len who is unwell, Karolina and Sandy.  Lorry and Beate are overseas.
Lesley reported on her recent attendance at the Zone Conference in Canberra.
Edith advised that she and Yvonne had volunteered at RIMERN.
Peter advised that there had been no uptake from local clubs in forming a RORP cell so it was unlikely that playgrounds would be collected from this side of Melbourne.  He and Shradd will be helping load the container to Port Blair at Kilsyth on 26 November.
The business of the AGM was presented and approved.  See the Annual Repot here.
Nominations were called for President, Secretary and Treasurer.  There were no nominations received and discussion was held as per Shraddha's report.
Further discussion on leadership roles will be held over until February 2023.
MVCC have asked us to run the BBQ at Caros by Candlelight in Queens Park on Saturday 10 December.  Lesley will organise and send out a note for the roster. Council are expecting a huge attendance as this will be the first event in 3 years. 
Flood relief:
President Shraddha joined members from Essendon Rotary helping the SES with sandbags for Ascot Vale Residents. 
Members collected groceries and have stocked the food pantries at both Ascot Vale and Kensington Neighourhood House.  Thanks to Edith for her efforts at KNH and to Shradd for delivering to AV.
Thanks to John and Mel for their significant contributions at last week's meeting.  Along with Edith, Anne, Shradd and Lesley, we have delivered large quantities of essentials for local residents.
Mel has also noticed an increase in people at the shop needing help - which she has provided.
Yvonne reported that Flemington Mission has also seen an increase in people needing food support.
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Dinner meeting Wednesday 19 October - Guest Speakers Aaron & Jatie Hester: LiveForLily
Aaron Hester is an Ascot Vale resident and spoke to us about his daughter Lily who died from liver cancer aged just 9.  Sadly, his wife died not long afterwards.
He met Katie on the LiveForLily cycling ride.  The LiveForLily Foundation is partnered with the Children's Cancer Institute and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute to raise funds for research and equipment for childhood cancer.  One of their activities is a long-distance cycling ride/tour each year.  Another is the Butterfly Ball each year which Nicole has attended previously.
We are grateful to them both for sharing the story and their efforts into cancer fundraising.  The club made a donation.
Congratulations to Ryan Haque, son of PP Footscray Ejanul who has been accepted into NYSF for January2023.  Our club is jointly sponsoring Ryan with RC Footscray.
  RYLA will be held at Camp Getaway from Sunday 27 November to  Saturday 3 December.  Jules Borghouts is attending, and we have nominated 2 additional attendees.
The MAC Awards evening will be held at The Clocktower, Moonee Ponds on Monday 28 November.  The Del King Award will be presented to the selected student.  Any member wishing to attend, please contact Lesley ASAP.
CLUB CHRISTMAS PROJECT:     It's In the Bag - Share the Dignity
At the Christmas party on 30 November, members are encouraged to bring along either a handbag filled with toiletries OR some toiletries to go in a bag or small backpack.
Distributed to over 3,000 charities nationwide these bags ensure that women and girls in a domestic violence refuge, homeless shelter, just out of prison or in need receive items they need with love and hope.
Items can be for adult women, teenage girls or mums and bubs.  
See the shopping list suggestions here.
Rotary Safe Families                         Australian Rotary Health 
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