President's ponderings:    
It was an afternoon tinged with sadness but also gratitude as we met to farewell and than Lorry for her work as Manager of the Fit4Use Store in Werribee last week.
Fittingly I also acknowledged PP Allan Bruno
for his effort
s in initiating the store and fulfilling Lorry's request.  The store has been a positive strength in the Werribee and Wyndham communities for 5 and a half years and has provided much needed support for many people.
Thank you to all the marvellous volunteers who have supported Lorry over the years. 
It was wonderful to see so many of them again.    READ MORE
I would also like to acknowledge the 2 volunteers who have stepped up to share the Manager role now: Patricia Weston and Minnie Stimpson will share the week with Judy and Sue.
The Club President's Changeover has been set for Friday 24 June at the Mercure Hotel in North Melbourne.   Please  RSVP asap to Lesley and as we celebrate the past 12 months and welcome Shraddha Sharma as our new President as we Imagine Rotary!
Breakfast at Mama Bear this Wednesday 2 June
Presentation this week will be on the new Zone 8 Regionalisation Review.
I am a member of the team working on communications and public relations and will share the materials with you all.
A vote of all clubs in the Zone will take place in September and it is important that all members are aware of the pilot.
Please make an effort to attend and if you cannot, then please access the materials on the website as per the email sent to all Rotarians on Friday.
Volunteering brings people together; it builds communities and creates a better society for everyone. Together, through volunteering, we are changing communities for the better. We are, Better Together.
Rotary was built on the premise of service through vocational skills and volunteers today are doing this more and more.
It is timely in National Volunteer Week that we give thanks for all Rotarians, family, friends and community members who support our work and expressly reach out to them to say THANK YOU!
Last week, Edith Chen, Carolina Sevcikova, Shraddha Sharma and I volunteered at RIMERN in East Brunswick.  We joined members from the Rotary Clubs of Glenferrie and Preston on organising, sorting, cleaning and packing goods.
It was an enjoyable, friendly afternoon and not hard work.  Thanks to Ros McMaster for your encouragement  All members are free to participate and encouraged to attend on Thursdays when our team is rostered on.
32 Lincoln Street East Brunswick on the corner of Moreland Road.  1pm-4pm.
BREAKING NEWS! RIMERN has been awarded a coveted Centenary of Rotary in Australia Grant for $25,000 from the wonderful Rotary Club of Balwyn to enable us to buy our own VAN!! This is the best news and we are so grateful to Rotary Balwyn for their generosity!
Mental Health Forum
Thank you to all who attended and assisted with the forum.  
Our Keynote Speaker, Maria Ruberto was inspirational in her presentation sharing some background, signs and symptoms, the 2 week rule and the emotional toll which COVID10 has taken on all people but especially the young people.
Dr Parisa Shiran, Catherine Johnston and Fatima Ibrahim added to the presentation with their expertise in multicultural impacts, language barriers, lack of understanding and expertise in mental health.  Living with a mental illness and the toll it takes on family members who do not have the experience or know where to go for help.
Mental Health First Aid featured prominently in all discussions and all attendees received a HELP SHEET with contact details.
Once again my sincere thanks to our presenters for their time.
Appeal for the Sputnik Orphanage, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
The economic situation is so bad that Dr Eshantha Ariyadasa reports they are struggling to buy food for the girls, much less school requisites.
He reports that the diesel price has gone up by 250% and the Petrol by 300% within last three months.A loaf of bread (450g) was Rs. 60 a month ago and today it is Rs. 170: a cup of tea which was Rs. 10 a few weeks ago is now Rs. 40-50. One Kg of rice which was Rs. 70-100 three months ago is now Rs. 270-400. Yet, nobody’s  salary has been increased.
Please donate if you are able:
Rotary Flemington:
BSB 633-000
Donations have already been received from the Rotary Club of Nunawading and 4 benefactors.  This week we transferred $200 which will keep the orphanage operational for the next 2 months.
Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Shraddha, Josie and I attended the virtual District Assembly last Saturday where incoming District Governor Amanda Wendt asked us the Imagine Rotary.
We were welcomed with an address by Zone Director Jessie Harman encouraging us to consider the new wave of volunteers:
-  volunteers want to work on hands on projects which appeal to their beliefs
- they are not interested in attending meetings for the sake of a meeting
-  they want to volunteer at their time and opportunity
- there is a rise in digital volunteering
- more people aged 25-40 are volunteering but not in traditional fields.
- they need to be satisfied with their role and the community they are in
So how do we attract people to Rotary?  The Zone regionalisation project is one part of this puzzle.  But, the most important element is to attract interest, engage people in our work and then discuss membership.  Who do you know who would be a great fit for our club?
Invite them to a meeting, to visit or work in the Op Shop or to approach us with an idea.
The District Budget for 2022-2023 was also approved with a small increase in fees mainly due to the increased insurance levy.
FIT4 Use Store Werribee
As advised at a club meeting in April, the Board has approved the handover of the Fit4 Use Store to the Rotary Club of Werribee as from 1 July 2022.
With Lorry Rowe's retirement and the relocation of PP Allan Bruno to Portarlington, the Board have had difficulty identifying a member to take on the supervision role.
Discussions have been held with their President Graeme Roper and Board member Michael Redding as to the handover and the plan is now in place.
All members are thanked for their work on the store and are encouraged to visit before 30 June to speak to and thank the volunteers.
I will be visiting weekly to arrange cash banking.
Len Seddon has been hit with the flu after his trip to Warrnambool for the Grand National.  I spoke with him last week and he was recovering.
Geoff Cawsey and Dulcie Heard have set off for a well deserved holiday and will be away for 2 weeks.
Peter and Bev are part way through a 2 week exploration of the Northern Territory and South Australia with a trip on the Ghan.  He will be in Adelaide this week and will meet with the team from RORP-SA.  
Peter has sent some photos for us to be jealous of!
Bunnings Maribyrnong are hosting a new format event that we are calling our ‘Community Networking Event’ on June 16th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the Bunnings Maribyrnong store.
This is an opportunity for local not for profit Community groups to come together and network in a supportive space while also recognising and discovering the wonderful work that each group does for our wider Community.
See Lesley if you are interested in attending.
WERN have officially opened at their new home:
Thanks to the support from the city of Melton, WERN are now located at 23 Westwood Drive Ravenhall.  This is between Ballarat Road and the Deer Park Bypass and close to Caroline Springs and Tarneit.

Our club has supported WERN financially since its inception, providing relief for families in Moonee Valley.  Through the Op Shop and Fit4 Use Store, we have also been able to assist with household goods.  
In the media release, Chair Tony Ebejer reports:
"WERN has been delivering emergency relief in the form of household goods across the west of Melbourne for the past seven years and to date has assisted over 7000 Australians with over 61,000 re-gifted items,” 
PDG Murray Verso attended on behalf of District 9800 and has sent the following report for us.
As always, there will be some changes to the standard club constitution and bylaws which will be prepared by David Whiting, RC Keilor.
An updated Manual of Procedure will be published in October.


Thomas Baker Oration
Thomas Baker Oration - 15 June 2022 

Speaker Dr Cathy Foley ASO PSM, Australia's Chief Scientist   
Topic ‘Harnessing the Power of Science and Technology in a Rapidly Changing world’

Time 12.30 for 12.50-2.00pm

Venue Level 1, Latrobe Room Sofitel Hotel on Collins  
Price $55 (2course lunch @ Sofitel)

“As we face the challenges of a rapidly changing landscape, the world is hungry for science and technology to show us the solutions. Australia has more to offer than ever before. We need to be ambitious and harness the opportunities before us – the breakthroughs of the next 30 years will lead to extraordinary things.”

Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM commenced as Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021 after an extensive career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO.

​​​​​​​Thomas Baker Oration 2022, Melbourne, 15th of June | Humanitix

District Governor Dale Hoy and District Governor-elect Amanda Wendt invite you to join friends and leaders from across the District as we celebrate the service and accomplishments of Rotarians over the past year, and begin to grow. 
Rotary together in 2022-2023 and prepare to welcome 25,000 Rotarians from across the world to Melbourne for the Rotary International Convention. 
I have registered - please join me for what will be a wonderful event.
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