VALE Theophil Richard Frank
Ted passed away on Wednesday 10 March following
 a stroke in late 2021.
He was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Flemington and was made a Life Member in October 2021 in recognition of his 33 years of dedicated service to the club, to Rotary and to the Flemington and Kensington communities.
Ted was awarded a number of recognitions by the club including a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire, a Room 711 Award and the Jim Hosie Trophy on 3 occasions.

For 35 years, Ted has been an enthusiastic, hard working and tireless member of the club participating in every activity and using his knowledge of the people and businesses in Flemington Kensington to gather support for activities. 
Ted was the behind the scenes man, holding the Club Service Chair for years. setting up meetings, working in and supporting the Op Shop, and together with Allan, he was a BBQ champion helping to organise and run countless fundraising BBQs and raising 100,000's of dollars for club service projects aiding people across the world. 
He exemplified
 Service Above Self.
Ted leaves behind his wife of 51 years Helen; 3 children Richard, Michael and Natalie and their partners;  6 grandchildren Matilda, Daniel, Olivia, Alexia, Jessie and Sadie, and a sister Elizabeth.
The funeral will be held on Friday 18th March at 11am at St James Lutheran Church, 416 South Road Moorabbin.
All members are encouraged to attend and wear their Rotary pins.
International Women's Day breakfast with Moonee Valley Council
The club sponsored 2 tables for this breakfast joining Rotary Clubs from across the LGA - Keilor East, Essendon, Strathmore and Essendon North with students from MAC, Rosehill SC, Strathmore SC, Essendon Keilor SC and PEGS.
Attending for our club were:
Stephanie Balaburov, Student Wellbeing Leader from MAC with Amelia, Lucia, Habon 
and Muna;   Nicole Marshall and Caitlin,   Edith Chen, Carol and Kiran,  Carolina Sevcikova, Michelle, Barbara and Debbie from the Op Shop, Yvonne Farquharson and Lesley McCarthy,  
Guest speakers Dani Angelico, Principal MAC, Adele Roader, Emily Unity and Helen Sui, CEO of MVCC spoke of the challenges they had faced and their strategies for ongoing success for women.
Meeting report 2 March
President Elect Shraddha Sharma chaired the meeting at Mama Bear Cafe in Lesley's absence due to work commitments.
She welcomed guests Miriam Feldsher-Berkovich, Science Coordinator from Mount Alexander College attending with NYSF participants Inas and Zoe; Michael Redding from the Rotary Club of Werribee accompanying Fit4 Use Store Manager Lorry Rowe; and potential member Yvonne Farquharson.
Shradd reported on her recent experiences at the President Elect Training events and spoke of how inspirational they were.
Lorry reported to the club on the activity of the Fit4Use Store and advised of her intention to retire to Queensland {a move planned for some time now}.  Her last day will be 15th May.
The Fit4 Use Store has had a positive impact within the Werribee community since its opening in 2016.  While the last 2 years have been challenging for the club financially with road closures and COVID restrictions, she was hopeful with the February sales figures:  and the number of people coming through increasing. Lorrie also shared how it would be a shame to close the shop due to lack of $$ and or successor.  Shradd advised that the Board were considering options with Lorry's resignation.
Miriam spoke about the success of Science at MAC and the benefit that NYSF has had on students since the first candidate Aziza Sawiz in 2018.  Since then the club has sponsored  Alex Langley and Eloise Klassen, Salma Salaat and Inas and Zoe.
Inas and Zoe spoke about their experiences, sadly online again due to ongoing COVID restrictions.  They were both so positive about the seminars, presentations and networking opportunities and how rewarding they found the program.  Both students were in awe of attending a presentation by a Novel Prize Laureate but also the strength and breadth of sessions offered in so many different fields.
Yvonne Farquharson visited as a guest and spoke about her organisation "Filter Your Future" which aims to educate kids early on about the healthy habits to prevent type 2 diabetes.  Yvonne presented to our members in 2021.  , We ope to have Yvonne join us as a member. 
Home - Filter Your Future - Healthy Kidneys Education Project
Len shared his visit to see Ted along with Allan Bruno and mentioned he's not doing very well. 
Shradd reminded everyone of the MVCC International Women's Day breakfast on 8 March and to contact Lesley if you wish to attend.\
Board Meeting report 8 March:
Grants received from the Commonwealth Government for the electrical upgrades at the op Shop and for NYSF have been acquitted.

Another planting day has been organised for May/June with MVCC at our habitat project on the Maribyrnong River.  At this stage, an additional 600 trees, understorey and groundcover plants are scheduled.  Date TBC.
The Board discussed options for the Fit4Use Store following Lorry's notice of resignation.  Lorry has been planning retirement to Queensland at be closer to her daughter for some time but was delayed by COVID.  While the last 2 years have been difficult financially, the critical element is the lack of a member to actively support and supervise the store.  The Board has agreed to offer the store to a local club/cluster and Lesley will take on this role.

The Board has agreed to support a project to provide an information seminar on mental health. The focus will be on teenagers and young people struggling with anxiety and depression following COVID.  This event will be held at Kensington Town Hall in mid May and will feature experts in mental health, discuss the signs and language of mental health and offer advice on where to go.  Anyone interested in assisting with organising this event is asked to contact Lesley.
Cody has organised a report from our financial advisers on the state of the club investment portfolio for 17th March.
Shradd has expressed interest in hosing an event for RICON23.  Discussions with Peter Dunn, HoC, Lesley and herself have decided on amusical event at the Clocktower.  After discussions with MVCC a grant application is in process.
Flemington Traders have planned an arts/musical event in Pin Oak Crescent in October and the club will support a grant application.
RORP Update
Peter Cribb reports that Bob Allardice, RORP Multi District Chair, is unwell.
A container was loaded recently which will be going to Fiji.  John Arena and the men from the rugby club assisted.
PDG Senake Ameresinghe from Rotary Colombo is visiting Melbourne at the end of April and Peter has arranged a catch up to hear of progress in Sri Lanka.
Monday 2nd May at 4pm in the upstairs room of The Local Hotel 22-24 Bay Street, Port Melbourne.  Please RSVP to Peter.

 In further news, District Governor Elect Pubudu De Zoysa from the Rotary Club of Colombo will be ceremonially installed as District Governor 2022/23 on 26th March 2022 at 6.00pm IST. 

A ZOOM link will be provided shortly.   Melbourne time will be 11.30pm.


Youth Projects extends a warm invitation to Rotarians to visit their facilities at 7-9 Hosier Lane in the CBD on Wednesday 6th April at 6.30 pm.

Youth Projects’ dynamic CEO Ben Vasiliou will update us on current programs and some exciting and ambitious plans for the future, followed by a guided tour of the facility.  
Drinks and nibbles will provided during the evening.

We will be joined by members from Rotary Essendon and Rotary Woodend.

Please RSVP to Peter Duras at 0413-599-121 or by email : by Friday 1st April.


ESRAG Oceania meeting Thursday 17 March  at 7.25pm AEDT.  

Guest Speaker Marie Gerrard:   
Marie is a former scientist with the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference laboratories eventually moving to the Doherty Institute in Parkville, Victoria.  She was the High Security Scientist and was very involved with the WHO Committee on biosafety and containment.  Her focus was on viruses—their origin, mutations and transmission.

Marie has a Bachelor Degree in Medical Science from RMIT, a postgraduate degree in Immunology at Monash University and also studied for a Masters Degree in Development Studies at Deakin
University.  As well as infectious diseases she has had a long interest in Human Rights and development.   
She is a member of the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell, District 9790 and is currently the International Service Chair.  
We look forward to hearing from Marie about her work and about the threat to humans from viruses, especially in light of the recent  SARS COVID-19 pandemic {and don’t forget Swine Flu, Bird Flu, Zika virus, Ebola virus etc}

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