Welcome to 2023

From President Shraddha
Greetings! Happy New Year 2023!
My fellow Rotarians, I look forward to working hand in hand with all of you to continue to the work in Rotary spirit within our community and beyond.
As Rotarian’s we believe in Rotary’s Four-Way Test, which teaches us that true and fair actions will bring goodwill and will be beneficial to all concerned. Rotary’s Core Values: Fellowship, Diversity, Leadership, Service and above all Integrity must guide each and every Rotarian.
Being involved in Rotary for me is all about my passion, the minute I notice stress and pressure, I start to think and go back to the four-way test, the first person to apply it to is, ‘Me’, only then can I be in a position to implement this further within the club and broader community.
As we gear up for another year in service, I encourage everyone to apply the four-way test in deciding to engage in activities moving further:
Is it the TRUTH? 
Is it FAIR to all concerned? 
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Together by focusing on our strategic plan and expanding our reach by engaging the Family of Rotary at every age, gender and culture, we will be able to see our impact increase. We have to give more emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion to achieve growth in diversified membership and members under the age of forty however without losing the sight of membership retention.
All these are achievable with all of us working as a 
TEAM, and I am very thankful for the team we have here at Rotary club, our extended friends of Rotary, other clubs in the cluster, partnering initiatives and local community group. Together we can keep the theme ‘Imagine’ which our RI president urges all Rotarians to "dream big and take action", uniting to work toward positive global change.
“We all have dreams but acting on them is a choice.” – Jennifer Jones
Happy New Year!
   Gong Xi Fa Chai to all our friends     
   celebrating Lunar New Year.
Our first meeting for the 2023 year will be breakfast at Mama Bear Cafe on Wednesday 1 February.    7.45am for an 8am start.
Join us to get together and enjoy each other's company, fellowship and to find out what's happening and where you can contribute in the next few weeks.
Apologies to Lesley please.
The organising committee of RICON23 - HOC has confirmed 150nRotarians to attend our planned event at The Clocktower on Monday May 29th.
This event, featuring famous local singer Silvie Paladino and her band will be a feature of the entertainment at Club and Cluster activities on this evening.
Led by President Shraddha, a team of Sandy Belcher, Anne Heyes, Lesley McCarthy and Edith Chen is organising the event structure.
All members will need t be available to act as hosts on the evening,  We are being supported by Rotary Keilor East and Rotary Essendon with people.
If you would like to be involved, please let Shraddha know.
Moonee Valley Council L2P Program
President Shraddha, Edith Chen and Lesley McCarthy have been in discussions with Emma Phillips, Community Programs Development Officer regarding the L2P Program.  You may remember that Emma was a speaker at our meeting back in September.
The L2P Program is part funded by the TAC and follows on from the DriveStart Program conceived by PP Peter Cribb in 2014.  It uses community mentors/volunteers who offer an hour a week to assist a young person/new migrant with driving practice.
HINT: Mentors are still needed!
The Board, on behalf of members, offered financial assistance towards the purchase of another vehicle and a meeting to discuss this offer will be held this week at Council.
For more information, contact Shraddha.
Members Behind the Badge - Geoff Cawsey and Dulcie Heard
Meeting this warm couple at the Sugarbeat cafe on Langs road and walking down their memory lane was an absolute treat. Here’s the conversation with our charter member Geoff and his wonderful life partner, Dulcie.
1. Brief bio:
Geoff: I was born in 1942, in East Melbourne. I changed many schools in early years as my family moved around a bit. I lived early years in Albury in Brighton and went to Bentleigh West, circa 1952.  My father was a foundry supplier and also managed scrap metals, my mother was home maker.  As an only child found, on reflection now I appreciate the privilege I had of growing up with both parents’ attention, while I do remember during childhood being desirous of the kind of relationship my friends shared with their siblings.
After I finished year 11, my father got sick and during this time was offered a position at W. Brown and Sons, when he couldn’t take the job, the company owner gave me the opportunity to be trained in the same role. I stayed with them for 7 years and learned a lot, after few years, I then decided to form my own company, and GM Causey Metals and Alloys came to being. 
Dulcie: I am the middle child, and I think being in that position really taught me to stick up for myself. I was born in Western Australia, my parents had a wheat and sheep farm. I came to Melbourne to attend my friend’s wedding and landed up staying in Melbourne after marrying the best man. My husband passed away young due to complication after blood clot. Geoff and I met in 1984 at Geoff’s cousins’ place.  We were both independent and working at the time. Geoff has a son from his first wedding who’s now in Army and I had 2 sons. At the young age of 20, I lost my older son to an accident. My younger son and family live close to us in Footscray, and between us we enjoy the pleasure of
having 4 grandchildren. On the work front, I remember working at Coles in Moonee Ponds and to this day it was the best job, I held, the people, the friendships were all very special
An evening with Zone Director Jessie Harman. 
This is a joint meeting with Rotary Strathmore - Thursday 16 February at Windy Hill Football Club.
An update from the Rotary International Institute, Melbourne Convention and beyond.
  Dinner in the Bistro from 6.30pm then upstairs for the
Moonee Valley Council are seeking expressions of interest for the naming of the Pocket Park at the corner of Mount Alexander Road and Wellington Street, beside Mount Alexander College.
Would you like to suggest a name?
Contact Mrita McLeod at MVCC for further information.
RORP playgrounds are a feature of the latest "Spend it Well" newsletter.
This is a project in conjunction with Rotary, RAWCS and other organisations supporting the people of East Timor.
This playground is at Railuli.
Peter Crib  b forwarded an email and the web link to showcase the playgrounds.
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Rotary Youth Exchange is back!!
After 3 years without exchanges, District YEX Chair Sam Turner has advised that the first inbound students will arrive in July and we will send outbounds in January 2024.
We all know what an amazing experience Youth Exchange is for students and many of us have experience being a host family.  Please consider if you are able to assist with hosting either late this year or into 2024 - and also if you know of a potential outbound student for 2024.
Students are usually in year 11 when they exchange.
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