Wishing all our members, families, friends, fellow Rotarians and community members a safe, peaceful and relaxing festive season.
President Shraddha
As we wrap up another spin around the sun, our Christmas bash at Hardiman's marked a high note of joy and fellowship. Our 'Share the dignity' collection collected  35 bags of essential items, which was packed by volunteers at the Op Shop and delivered to Danny Pearson's office. 
Our Op Shop volunteers, students and teachers from MAC, and our steadfast supporters made it a memorable gathering. You are the magic tapestry in our community – connecting hearts, fostering growth, and spreading good vibes. It's like the secret sauce of making the world a better place.
Now, as the holiday vibes kick in, let's soak up the warmth with our loved ones. And to those far away from family & friends or facing other challenges, I hope you all get to take a moment for yourself.
Year-end isn't just for planning ahead and jotting down resolutions. It's time to also kick back, reflect, and appreciate the wins. So, pat yourselves on the back for all the goodness you've sprinkled around. Cheers for the laughs, the hard work, and the backing you've given. 
In the spirit of the season, let's also ponder on the profound impact of volunteering for yourself and the community — building connections, fostering growth, and making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. 
I look forward to seeing you all in the new year for our first gathering on Wednesday 24th January at a venue TBC.
New member:
On 13 December President Shraddha inducted Herve Carlos as a member. Herve is a Communications Advisor at WorkSafe and is based in Geelong. He was nominated by Melina.
He also runs a video company producing Life Documentaries for people.  Herve and his partner Jane live in Footscray.
Herve will be part of the education committee.  He is keen to be involved in mentoring.
Christmas party at Hardiman's Hotel:
We were delighted to welcome Duncan Hillier and Ching Chan, teachers from MAC along with students Vivian and Madeline who study Japanese with Ching. They had a great time chatting with Haruka.
We also welcomed Barbara and Chiara Sheehan, Liz Mordaunt from the MV LLEN, Rebecca Smith from Kensington Neighbourhood House, Alex Lapina from the Rotary Innovate Club, Dennis O'Brien from Rotary West Footscray and of course our amazing Op Shop volunteers.
It was great to see Josie Magri  back with us at Hardiman's after her nasty car accident in November. Her car is a write off but luckily she is OK apart from bruising and shock.
Congratulations to Cody and Whitney Bettanin on the birth of their son Lennox on 5 December, a brother for Aspen and Harlow.  
Our congratulations to Caitlin Marshall-Pearson, daughter of Nicole and Danny. Caitlin achieved an amazing ATAR with 3 scores over 40.  Her hard work despite the challenges with elearning during COVID have ensured the University course of her dreams.
Dulcie Heard has travelled to Europe with son Paul, daughter in law Sue and their 3 girls. They will spend Christmas in Amsterdam with Sue’s family.  A white Christmas.   Geoff is home alone and would be glad of phone calls or visits.
Len Seddon is still having trouble with his legs so was unable to get to the Christmas breakup.  He is always glad of a visit.
Good news from John Skenar that Anna is improving and he hopes to back at breakfast with us in the new year.
Peter Cribb had positive results from recent tests. 
Take care over the festive season, stay safe and come back rested and well in 2024.
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Award
RYLA is an intensive week long leadership experience where participants gain a better understanding of their own strengths, passions and values through problem solving, teamwork and challenge by choice.  It is a tiring and emotional personal journey for each participant.  RYLA is led by Rotaractors and former RYLArians.
This year our club sponsored Haruka Tanaka and Alex Lapina.  They both expressed gratitude for the offer and will report to members in February.  
One of our former nominees is Zoe Borghouts who was again a facilitator and mentor at RYLA. Haryka and Alex both expressed their appreciation of her support and encouragement over the week.
Haruka is seeking work, preferably in hospitality.  Does anyone have a contact, or can you help? The global scholarship only covers uni tuition, her living expenses are self funded so she needs to work.
Also, it is a long hot summer on university break and she would love to see more of Victoria. Members are encouraged to take her along with them on trips, to events or activities, to the beach or countryside.  Her phone number is 0433 401 785.
She recently attended RYLA {Rotary Youth Leadership award} at Camp Getaway during the first week of December. AT RYLA she met Alex Lapina, also sponsored by our club, Onita from Thailand and Dorothea from Pascoe Vale.  Haruka will present to the club in 2024.

She also enjoyed our Christmas dinner last week where she had the opportunity to catch up with Ching Chan from MAC and the 2 students Vivian and Madekine who are learning Japanese.  She also met Duncan Hillier from MAC and caught up with Alex again.
On Saturday, Shraddha took her and Sammie iceskating at the O’Brien rink. By the end of the session they could skate without the supporting frames, even Shraddha.   They had lots of fun.
Share the Dignity
35 bags filled with toiletries and sanitary items for women in need - that was our club's Christmas collection this year. Thank you everyone, but especially the Op Shop volunteers who packed bags on Thursday.  Shraddha delivered them to our collection point, Danny Pearson's office in Moonee Ponds where North Essendon Rotarian Rod Gurry took delivery for Jenny.
School scholarship presentations:
Board members have presented awards recently at Ascot Vale Heights school, Ascot Vale West primary and MAC.
Jeff, our Youth chair, was delighted to attend the event at Ascot Vale Heights and present to Samantha.
One aspect of Rotary's mission is supporting the ongoing development of young people and celebrating those who demonstrate and exemplify Rotary's values. The Youth Projects team at Flemington-Kensington RC reach out to schools every year to help recognise and award those students for both scholarship and citizenship. On Monday 4th December Ascot Vale Heights held it's graduation ceremony and we were privileged to attend to award the annual scholarship. This year's winner was Samantha Wishart. Sammy, as she is known, has exemplified the Rotary mission throughout her time at AVHS. She has been actively involved in work-experience, run the school canteen, guided others and this year began assisting primary students as an education support worker in training. Sammy’s warm & friendly personality, sense of humour & acceptance of others are endearing characteristics of this wonderful young lady. In her time at AVHS she has completed work-experience in a commercial kitchen at Water Gardens Hotel, a childcare centre & in the bakery at Woolworths.
FKRC Youth Projects officer / board member Jeffrey Weitzel was on hand to present the award on behalf of our Rotary Club. Congratulations Sammy and best of luck with all of your future endeavors! Thank you to all of our members for your contributions to help encourage our future leaders of tomorrow!
Lesley and Melina presented the Del King Award at MAC’s presentation evening to Sarah Alman, who had volunteered at the Op Shop.  This scholarship will fund Sarah's school expenses through years 11 and 12.

Lesley presented the Ted Frank scholarship to Taylor Setina, who will study commerce at Monash University.
Shraddha presented to Raymond at Ascot Vale West Primary School.
It’s the end of an era as Bob Glindemann and Laurie Fisher step back from their major roles after 20+ and 17 years dedicated service to Rotary and DiK.
Lesley attended the farewell on Thursday where District Governor Ron Payne spoke about their commitment, dedication and service.
Laurie’s role will now be done by Frank Dri, well known to many of us as a former Rotary Club of Sunshine member, Lion and supporter of Samoa.
Bob’s admin and DiK Inc role will now be done by George D’Souza from Rotary Camberwell.
1.  MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID for members of the African community is set for Tuesday and Wednesday 5, 6, 12 and 13 March 2024 at the Djerring Hub. This course is being run over 4 half days to suit the mainly women participants who have child care issues.  Dr Francis Acquah will present {African background with cultural and linguistic knowledge}.  Shraddha has created a flier which will be distributed with help from Shadia and Hadia at the Djerring Hub.  Assistance will be needed with child care and course assistance.
2.  Sri Lanka - medical.  Peter Cribb is managing this project to deliver beds and medical supplies to support stroke patients.
Background: There are 19 Rotary Districts across Australia containing 1,000+ Rotary Clubs.  Over the past few years there has been a national program of replacing hospital beds throughout Australia. The replaced beds have been donated to various organisations including Rotary. The bulk of the Rotary Donations have been via their DIK (Donation in Kind) warehouses for allocation to various member club projects. There is typically significant demand for these hospital resources.
In the State of Victoria there are now four Rotary Districts: 9780, 9790, 9800 and 9815 (formed recently by the combining of 9810 and 9820). Two districts operate a DIK, 9780 and 9800, with remaining two districts of 9790 and 9815 working through the West Footscray located warehouse in 9800.
The State of South Australia is now a single Rotary District 9510 following the merger of 9500 and 9520 and operates a DIK serving all of their clubs.
Known actions to date:
•              The RC Flemington Kensington (District 9800) has committed to the supply of a container to the project through DIK (Footscray) asap. Currently, this is intended to be beds and mattresses. Sufficient stock to meet this project are unlikely before March*.
•              The wider equipment wish list supplied by Dr Harsha, the Director of the Stroke Unit is SL, has been forwarded to the medical specialist at DIK to determine likely availability now and in the future.
•              A project by the RC Pakenham (District 9815) to send two containers of beds through DIK (Footscray) is in doubt due to funding and supply of beds.
•              A request to the RC Geelong Central (District 9780) to assist in the supply of a container through DIK (Geelong) is being considered. I have had a long conversation with this DIK’s manager, Ewin Urquart, who will advise on the possible supply*.
•              A request to the RC of Mount Gambier and the DIK(South Australia) manager, Dave Cockshell, to help is progressing.
*It is possible that a container of beds might be possible earlier through contributions from the DIK facilities at Geelong and Footscray. What is important is for the work of all organisations, including those in other states that might be involved through the action of Rotary Sri Lanka, is to coordinate to ensure there is not wastage due to unnecessary duplication.
Peter Cribb   0410548543
3.  BEAP Sri Lanka.  Peter and Lesley are assisting Nihal De Run with fundraising and assistance for a software upgrade to the CT scanner at the Batticoloa trauma hospital.  A crowdfunding site has been set up.  
A CHUFFED crowdfunding site has been established to raise funds.
Batticaloa Teaching Hospital Emergency & Accident Project | Chuffed | Non-profit charity and social enterprise fundraising
4.  Jarriban Hospital, Puntland Somalia.  Abdi, Mohammed and Lesley are working on this project to send a container of hospital beds and other medical equipment to the Jarriban hospital.  Lesley has submitted a District Foundation grant application to support as shipping to Africa is VERY expensive.  A Chuffed crowdfunding site has been set up.  Please share and contribute if able:
Rotary Flemington Kensington Support for Jarriiban University Hospital | Chuffed | Non-profit charity and social enterprise fundraising
5.  Nepal education project.
Shraddha and Lesley are working on a foundation grant application for this plan to re engage young people into education in rural Nepal. We are working with the Rotary Club of Tripurshwar, Shradd’s father’s club.  This project will train teacher mentors, provide back to school materials for students and equipment for schools.  It is based on a similar project recently completed with support from several USA clubs.
6.  1,000 stories project.  Many thanks to Carolina who delivered a large quantity of picture story books to Rebecca, the Maternal & Child Health Nurse at Wingate Avenue recently.  Thanks to Mel, another 2 boxes were delivered by Lesley this week.
7. RYDA -Rotary Youth Driver Awareness
Shraddha has connected with Kate at MAC and with Anton at RYDA and the program is planned to go ahead in April-May at the Toyota Altona Centre.  At this stage we hope to host 50 students with the offer going out to Simmonds College as well.
8.  EAHA - Eritrean Australian Humanitarian Association.
Anwar Alishek has asked for our assistance to run some fundraising BBQs in 2024.  The first of these is the Moonee Valley Festival on Saturday 24th February.  If you can help please let Shraddha know.
The latest edition of Flem-Ken News features 2 stories about our club.  The wonderful response by the team at JobFind in supplying toiletries for the Food Pantry and the launch of the new L2P car for Moonee Valley Council.
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