President Anne

October is a busy month for projects & activities, with Seniors Week, Mental Heath Awareness, Carers week and National Safe Work Month just to name a few.  We continue to meet on Zoom, with Melbourne still in Covid stage 4.

Mental health month
At this week's meeting we had the privilege of hearing from Betty Kitchener.  She inspired us all to gain Mental Health First Aid, an accredited course Betty developed with husband Tony Jorm.

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National Safe Work Month:  Safe Work Australia
In Australia, October is National Safe Work Month - a time to make your commitment to improving safety and health in your workplace.  This year's theme, Work Health and Safety through COVID-19, acknowledges and reflects the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employers and workers.

  There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. The   
  strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection
   by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is

  That is why this October we are asking you to
   Walk With Us for those that can’t.


Our Club has a team:

Please support us by giving what you can. 

Peter Cribb & the RORP team, Lyn, Shradd, & Sam continuously work on Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds. On Saturday, some of those who live within the 5km limit will meet at JJ Holland Park to mark up the playground there. As soon as we are out of stage 4 restrictions, we will be loading the next container, which will be Container #5 to Sri Lanka.

Peter has also been asked if we could support a container of hospital beds as COVID has hit this country hard & they have a shortage of Hospital beds. Peter is following up with DIK.

Kensington Neighbourhood House:

Carolyn Webster,  the manager has resigned to take up a new challenge.  She leaves behind an outstanding legacy of community support & networking. There will be big shoes to fill there after her 16 years of outstanding community service.
She will be very much missed by all who have worked with her for the community.

Friday 23rd October /2020 is the Public Holiday for the AFL Grand Final, Hopefully we will be in stage 3 (which may allow us to catch up with a few more people).

The COVID numbers are down to 11 today. Hooray the light is at the end of the tunnel.
I hope everyone is staying safe & well.

2021 Art Show
Thanks to John Elston who has worked with Anne McMahon to have the Gallery247 webpage up and ru8nning.  Entries are now open for submissions.
Many thanks to the sponsors who have already committed to supporting us for this event.  We understand that businesses have had difficulties due to COVID-19 but hope that some of our regular supporters will still be able to offer some sponsorship.
City of Melbourne.  Nelson Alexander.  Kensington Business Network.  White Gum Potters.
If you are interested or able to provide sponsorship at any level, please contact Lesley.
Meeting Report 7th October
Today's attendees donned hats in aid of Australian Rotary Health Lift the Lid for Mental Health.
Donations can be made directly through this link or by a transfer to the Club Account where donations will be accepted.  BSB 633-000 Account 151262821. Reference your name and LTL.
Mental Health First Aid
Betty Kitchener AM provided an overview of the history and rationale for Mental Health First Aid.
Research indicates that 1 in 5 people over the age of 16 have a diagnosable mental health illness.
We all know DRABC but what would you do in the situation of significant mental health trauma or illness?
MHFA is the resource to enable ordinary people to help, and they use the acronym of ALGEE.
Many Rotarians may not yet have had a play with the My Rotary site, but make the time to log in and familiarise yourself with the heartbeat of Rotary services to Rotarians.

Logging in for the first time is as easy as either using your registered email to login or registering for an account if you haven't done so.   You can then access My Rotary and Rotary Club Central.   The opportunities are endless: 
 you can take short learning modules covering everything from Public Image to Foundation Grants, you can join Discussion Groups, sign up for e-newsletters on a large range of Rotary areas of service, download images and watch videos, and check in to Club Central to build your own profile on My Rotary.
At Brand Centre, you can create logos, develop club materials and brochures, download official Rotary images.
Register,login and explore.  If you need help, just ask Lesley or Anne.
Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships are still available.
Congratulations to Tamsin and Salma who have been successful in their application and interview for NYSF 2021.  They attended ZOOM interviews and will have a very different NYSF experience than previously.

As part of the R100 Celebrations, Rotary Melbourne has issued a challenge to Rotary Club of Sydney to join us in an inter-club debate via ZOOM.  The following details apply:

Topic:  'Reversing Climate Change is Mission Possible'

Date: Thursday 5 November 2020 6.30pm to 8pm.

Adjudicator:  The Honourable Judith Troeth AM, former Senator for Victoria


ZOOM Meeting link:  1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7.45am for an 8am start.

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This Sunday, commencing at 3pm, a very special Rotary event, Rotary in Harmony, will take place that is guaranteed to uplift your spirits through wonderful Classical music being performed by our very own, and very talented Rotarians.
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