President Shraddha
District Governor Ron Payne and Deb were warmly welcomed to our club last Wednesday.  Ron spoke of his plans and hopes for the year where we all aim to Create Hope in the World.  He spoke of the Regionalisation Project, the focus on membership with the continuing decrease in members and the focus on making an impact in everything we do.
He presented President Shraddha with the Rotary International Presidential citation for 2022-23 and also a Rotar Foundation donor banner for our club contributions in excess of $100 per member.
Also in attendance, our 3 RYPEN students, who gave a short report on their experience.
RYPEN at Camp Getaway - 27-29 October
We were delighted to sponsor 3 students from MAC to attend RYPEN - the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment.  Claude, Emily and Tara took on the challenge and spent the weekend with 25 other students from across the state.  RYPEN is run b y RYLA alumni and Rotaractors and provides students in years 9-11 with an opportunity to learn to understand themselves and others, manage their relationships, lives, work, and learning more effectively.  The adventure based learning and team situations help develop leadership and cooperation in an unfamiliar environment.
All 3 reported that the food was great!
  Many thanks to Suzanne Zammit and her team for providing such a valuable experience.
Haruka attended the meeting with DG Ron, Deb and the RYPEN students. She gave a short update and was pleased to report that all her assessments were now complete.  She is now on University break and is looking for work - is anyone able to assist?
On Tuesday 21st she and Lesley attended the Paul Harris Foundation breakfast organised by the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne.
At their table were fellow Global Grant scholars, Hikaru Sato hosted by Rotary Glenferrie, Ayase Ishizuka hosted by Rotary Alberty Park and PhD scholar Guillaume Gersdorff hosted by Central Melbourne.  Ayose has just finished the same course that Haruka is studying and Hikaru is studying for a Masters in Public Health.  Guillaume is studying for a PhD focussing on robotics in cochlear implants.
Haruka will also attend RYLA at Camp Getaway in Axedale.  A real bush experience for her.  The program runs from 3-9 December and includes a night camping out.
She will travel by bus from International House and I will pick her up at Camp Getaway and bring her back.
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RYLA provides opportunities to share leadership experiences within a diverse group to understand the unique qualities, abilities and skills of others and how this diversity can empower and encourage participants to facilitate teamwork and greater understanding
This year, long time leader Jess has been joined by Molly {2017}, Kat {2018}and Jaidyn {2016} who will bring a different vibe to the week.
Finally, the roof has been replaced and fingers crossed, there should be no further leaks.
Dennis O'Brien has been in and has sourced additional ceiling panels to replace the mouldy, broken and missing ones.  Thank you so much Dennis.
Looking for a Kris Kringle or a special gift?  The shop is filled with delightful and tantalising items to fill every need.
Need a new outfit for a special festive event? Look no further.  One of our amazing volunteers can even help you with suggestions. Thank you Nahla for finding Haruka 2 lovely summer dresses. There are Christmas decorations, cards, tree decorations crafted by our own volunteers and plants as well.
So pop in, say hi to Mel and the girls and shop local!!!
We have an order and they are on sale at the Op Shop. 
$20 each.
Call in and collect one or contact Mel for collection at the Christmas Dinner.
Supporting the Rotary Foundation.
Playground opening in Roshan Mahanama primary school,Weharatenna on 7 November 2023 attended by PDG Senaka and PP Sarav. Project implemented with the help of Rotary Club of Colombo Heritage.
This is a very remote primary school started recently. There are about 100 kids in this primary school who will benefit.  
PP Bill Dagg from Rotary Point Gellibrand and former Manager at Donations in Kind has died. He was 87. 
Bill and his dog Sooty were fixtures across the district from pre 2000 and also volunteered at the Childrens Hospital.  Due to his work, many Pacific countries benefitted from the DiK MAGIC.
Laurie Fisher can be contacted for more details.
0428 550 574
Shraddha has arranged for us to have a tour of the new buildings at Mount Alexander College with Kate Stevanovic, Student Welfare Coordinator.
Thursday 14th December at 3.30pm.  Meet at the main entry in Wellington Street.
RSVP to Shraddha please.
In order to fill our car, more mentors are needed.  The next training day is
Saturday 2nd December
9.30am – 3.30pm Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre,
69 Military Road, Avondale Heights
Please confirm your availability to attend the training by contacting Emma Phillips by Monday 27th
November on 0458 529 332 or

The Rotary Foundation  
For the 15th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating – four stars – from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Please bring donations to the Christmas
Backpacks and larger handbags also needed.
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We are asking you to promote in the first week of December, our own Rotary SAFE Families initiative. Rotary SAFE Families is endorsed by Rotary Foundation Australia and we are proud that it is a District 9800 campaign made freely available to all Rotary Clubs. Rotary SAFE Families seeks support and recognition from your Club. Family abuse is a 
national problem. Family abuse will not disappear without your Club’s support.
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