It has been rewarding to see so many join in our ZOOM meetings.  It is a chance to catch up, keep in touch, and hear what people have been doing.
We have also had to presentations so far, one on Peace and becoming a Peace Builder Club and another on Mental Wellbeing in this difficult time, Staying Ahead of Depression and Anxiety.
There has also been ongoing conversations about RORP, the Op Shops and the Art Show with work continuing behind the scenes.  
   Anne Heyes and Edith have also been working with Kensington Neighbourhood House on activities to support families in isolation wit IT, food and crafts & wellbeing.
Any member who has unwanted but useable IT no longer required is encouraged to drop it off to Carolyn at KNH.  
COVID-19 support documents have also been prepared in a number of languages encouraging families to play with children outside.
SBS has produced information videos as well
International Women's Day in Negombo Sri Lanka this year was marked by an extra special event thanks to the Rotary Club of Negombo.  Inspired by Mudara Weerasinghe, a member of the Rotary Club of Negombo and daughter of the District Governor Elect Ajith Weerasinghe, the first ever celebration and luncheon with a Women's Empowerment Seminar, guest speakers and a trade fair for IWD was held on March 8th in Negombo.  A very special guest, Mrs World, Caroline Jurie, a former a Sri Lankan actress and mother of one made presentations..
The Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington contributed to the unique event by funding the purchase of 3 industrial sewing machines presented to deserving women.  These machines will enable the recipients to earn an income and support their families.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO:                     
  • Cody Bettanin  May 8
  • Christopher Brock  May 10
  • Josie Magri  May 20
The main purpose of World Bee Day events is to spread awareness of the significance of bees and other pollinators for our survival.  Simply proclaiming World Bee Day does not do much for bees and other pollinators; the main work of safeguarding their existence still needs to be undertaken. World Bee Day is an excellent opportunity to put bees at the centre of the national conversation for a day and encourage actions that create more bee-friendly landscapes. 

A central feature of the World Bee Day celebration is the whacky ‘Waggle Dance’!  Register for the Global Waggle Dance Challenge here.

The 2020 Global Online Waggle Dance Challenge is an attempt to achieve 20,000 waggle dance videos, from 20 countries, in 20 days, ending on the 20th May 2020.

What is a Waggle Dance?
You may have heard about how honeybees do the ‘Waggle Dance’ to communicate with their hive. The scouts forage over a radius of 5km to find pollen. They share the location to their fellow bees with an intricate waggle dance. The dance tells other bees how much food there is and how far away it is.

Please pass on information about this event– even to those overseas whom you can’t visit at the present time! This is a global event.  

Professor Tony Jorm of the Rotary Club of Carlton has been working with Steven Carbone from Prevention United on developing support for people with depression and anxiety.  So let's talk about mental wellbeing.   Tony and Steven co-authored an article on The Conversation which identifies what the government needs to do to reduce the mental health impacts during COVID-19.    The Conversation
Flattening the curve on mental health with Prof Tony Jorm Wednesday May 13. Register

There is also a free e-book available   Staying Ahead      
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     A  Adversity support
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       We have the opportunity to offer you a unique opportunity of a  
  different kind.  We have a supply of 
Rotary branded 'Keep Cups' that
  were designed and ordered for our conference that are now available for
They are easy to order by simply going to -  
  All Prices include postage direct to your home.  
  1 cup $22, 2 cups $40, 3 cups $60 and 4 cups $80....  
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