President Shraddha
Dear Rotary Members and Friends, 
We were delighted with the two speakers at last week's meeting.  Anton Hockey from RYDA and Emma Phillips from Moonee Valley Council spoke about two wonderful opportunities to educate and support young people in our community.
Anton's presentation on Rotary Youth Driver Awareness training was surprising for many in its content: who knew the genre of music you listen too could impact your driving?
We are keen to work with local schools to offer RYDA and were very happy to host Theo Byard, Year 10 coordinator from Simmonds College with 2 students, Emmy and Bruk.
Emma talked to us about the L2P program and how the donation from us to purchase another car will allow for increased learner drivers.  Currently the program supports 25 young people but has a waiting list of over 100.
We also welcomed Mollie and Sophie Short: Mollie has volunteered in the op Shop and is working towards her silver level Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Wheels on the ground .....
Moonee Valley Counci8l’s Youth Fest was the perfect opportunity for the launch of the new car donated by Flemington Kensington Rotary for the L2P program.
With brilliant sunshine, District Governor Ron Payne and Deb joined President Shraddha Sharma, members of Flemington Kensington Rotary and Moonee Valley representatives.
Mayor Pierce Tyson was accompanied by Cr Rose Tyson and L2P Coordinator Emma Phillips and performed the formal ribbon cutting alongside DG Ron and President Shraddha.
The car, a Kia Rio proudly wears the Rotary Flemington Kensington branding along with L2P and Moonee Valley Council.
The funds for this donation were raised during 2013 when the club participated in a large number of sausage sizzles for the Metro Rail Link upgrade where a breakfast BBQ, fruit and drinks were provided for commuters being bussed from the Werribee line to Flemington racecourse.  Members ran these BBQs at Flemington racecourse and Sunshine railways stations throughout the year.
TAC L2P Project:
Bunnings BBQ - our first Bunnings BBQ this year
NEXT SATURDAY - 30 September at Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong - near HighPoint.
We need 4 people at each shift minimum!!
I have Campa, Mel, Alex and Lesley confirmed from 9am.  Abdi from 11-2.
Members are needed from 12-4 please to serve, take money, prepare bread and talk.  Please confirm with Lesley asap.
Foundation Chair update:
Our club has received several grants from the Rotary Foundation over the years and these have supported our projects both locally and overseas.
However, the Foundation relies on donations from Rotarians and non Rotarians to fulfill this need.  There are many members of our club who contribute annually, either as Centurions donating $100 a year, Paul Harris Society members who donate $US1000 a year and of course our club which donates annually.
Have you donated to the Foundation?  It is a tax-deductible expense.
Could you afford $100 to continue Doing Good in the World?
Jo Walker is heading off to Myanmar:  
The International Committee of the Rotary Club of Essendon in 2023 will be undertaking projects of humanitarian significance in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma) for the 19th time since 2001.
Over seven days the tour will cover a lot about the projects which the RCE supports in Myanmar. We will also explore much about the culture, the food, the people and the issues that confront this nation. We will have the opportunity to meet local Rotarians, local traders and more, gaining a better understanding of Myanmar.
The projects for review and attending will be in these important areas of humanitarian aid. Our overall projects will amount to over AUD $90,000 this trip. 

Projects supported are:
Mary Chapman School for Deaf, Hope for Myanmar Children's Home,  Step In Step Up , Yangon General Hospital and Myanmar Liver Foundation.
Rotary International President Gordon McInally's message about Peace:

 The International Day of Peace takes place 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly declared this a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace through observing 24 hours of nonviolence and cease-fire.

It is not enough, as people of action, to simply avoid making war. If we are to Create Hope in the World, we must aggressively wage peace.

Where can we begin? There are countless armed conflicts around the world, and the global population of displaced people is higher than ever. The opportunities are nearly limitless, but the cycles of violence and hardship seem endless.

My advice is to start small but think big. I look to Rotary members in Pakistan and India for inspiration.  Let’s see where it takes us.

R. GORDON R. MCINALLY President, Rotary International


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Nominations for the Sylvia Whitlock Leadership Award, which honors a member working to advance women in Rotary, are due 30 September. Submit via
Donations in Kind:    
We were saddened but understanding to hear that long time champions at DiK, Bob Glindemann and Laurie Fisher will retire at the end of the year.  They have been integral to the successful operations of the store for many, many years and have contributed to so many magnificent international projects. Plans are underway to train others to take on their roles albeit in different sections and ways.
RIMERN is a wonderful hands-on service activity for all Rotarians and friends.  Our club's rostered day is the 3rd Thursday of each month 11-3.  Unfortunately, due to illness and family issues, our members have not been able to participate as much as we would like.
If you have hours to spare and would like to volunteer in a wonderful, warm and friendly activity, contact Lesley.            
From Rotary Founder Paul Harris:
This is a changing world, we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.”
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Next month, Rotary and Rotaract clubs will be able to cast a preferential vote for each of the nine Regional Council positions they are eligible to vote for. The Regional Council will represent and support clubs at a regional level, so it is important that you and your fellow club members consider which candidate will be best for each role.

Club Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers will receive further emails in the coming weeks about the election process, and will soon need to confirm the correct email address to which the ballot should be sent. This is an essential step to ensure all clubs have their say.

You can view the candidates for each Regional Council role on the Creating Tomorrow website from Tuesday 3 October 2023.

Voting opens on Tuesday 17 October 2023 and closes on Tuesday 31 October 2023, with votes to be submitted by each club’s designated Club Officer.

Upcoming Events
Sep 28, 2023
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Bunnings BBQ
Sep 30, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Club Breakfast meeting
Flemington Bowls
Oct 04, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Retro Seniors event
Maribyrnong Park Bowling Club
Oct 06, 2023
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
OCT Dinner Meeting
Hardimans Hotel
Oct 18, 2023
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM UTC+11:00
Oct 26, 2023
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Club Breakfast meeting
Flemington Bowls
Nov 01, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Nov 01, 2023 6:00 PM
District Governor visit
Nov 15, 2023
Nov 23, 2023
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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