President's Report

November is Melbourne Cup carnival and I hope everyone backed a winner.

This is a busy month for projects & activities including the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.  The focus of this day is to raise awareness about the damage inflicted upon the environment during war or conflict. This day aims to promote conflict prevention and peace-building strategies among nations to better protect the natural resources of the environment.  This day was established in 2001 by the UN General Assembly and is observed annually on November 6th.

We continue to meet on Zoom, with Melbourne still observing restrictions.  Hopefully, December will allow us to gather together.

There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.
During the month in Walking for those who cannot, our Flemington Kensington team raised $1,502

Peter. Shradd, Lyn and Sam continuously work on the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds despite COVID.  Container #5 will be loaded and ship this next week.

International:  A request to us through Peter Cribb has resulted in our club partnering with the BEAP Foundation to ship 2 containers of hospital beds to sri Lanka.  They are desperate for beds as COVID has hit hard. Thanks to PDG Senake and Mr Nihal De Run for their work with Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka to ease the process.

Both Op Shops have reopened with COVID Safe protocols in place.  Edith, Karolina, Betty, Mel, Sandy, Lana, Joe, Nahla, Mila and other volunteer helpers, have been working really hard to organize  a back log of donations, cleaning and reorganizing.

Lorry's team has done an extraordinary job as always to have the Werribee shop sparkling clean & presented with such love. Lorry & her team have had great success with sales as has Flemington. I think lots of customers are excited we have reopened.

Roses say Thank You
Thank you to Daniel and Jasmine from the VRC for the opportunity to partner with them and share their fabulous Roses with deserving community groups this week.

Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.

Message to 1914 RI Convention, Houston, Texas

Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary International

2021 Art Show
We have received almost 100 entries already.  Next year's event looks to be even bigger than 2019 with people keen to celebrate surviving lockdown and looking for some joy. Make sure you save the dates for a wonderful weekend.
Thanks to John Elston who has worked with Anne McMahon to have the Gallery247 webpage up and ru8nning.  Entries are now open for submissions.  There are already over 30 entries.
Many thanks to the sponsors who have already committed to supporting us for this event.  We understand that businesses have had difficulties due to COVID-19 but hope that some of our regular supporters will still be able to offer some sponsorship.
City of Melbourne.  Nelson Alexander.  Kensington Business Network.  White Gum Potters.
If you are interested or able to provide sponsorship at any level, please contact Lesley.
The Annual General Meeting was held on 4 November with 11 members in attendance.  Apologies were received from Peter Cribb, Anne McMahon, Jon Temby, Sam Nicol, Cody Bettanin, Lorry Rowe, Len Seddon, Geoff Cawsey and Ted Frank.
ZOOM Meeting link:  1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7.45am for an 8am start.

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November is Rotary Foundation Month

The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your donations into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Peter Donnellan
November 5
Join Date
Cody Bettanin
November 8, 2016
4 years
Flemington Kensington Rotary are proud members of ESRAG.