May is dedicated to Youth services in the Rotary calendar.  Profits from the recent Trivia Night will be allocated to this portfolio.
Congratulations and sincere thanks to Mel Caccetta,
Alex De Bortoli and Drew Sheehan on an extremely successful Trivia Night on 4 May. 

It was almost standing room only as 16 tables were quickly filled and more people came at the last minute.
The atmosphere was electric, and there was a great deal of competitive spirit audible.  Great company, good food and drinks available at the bar.
Many thanks to Phil, our QUIZMASTER the questions and music/movie clips. Thanks also to Sarah, Muna, Sarah and Rebecca who assisted with raffles and serving.
After lots of thinking, head scratching and some tossing up, winners were declared:
1st place- Nicole Marshall and friends
2nd place - Kensington Community
3rdplace - Abbey Solo Foundation team
Sincere thanks to the many generous sponsors who provided prizes and items for the raffle: Bunnings Maribyrnong, Boxcar Barbers, Pin Oak Wine & Beer, Cheaper Buy Miles, Shraddha and friends.
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This week we honour
all our volunteers and
thank them for their
service to our club, our communities and to Rotary.
Op Shop volunteers: Barbara, Deborah,
Vinh, Nahla, Muna, Sarah, Alex, Sarah and Rebecca.  Absent Rui and Frances.  
Several volunteers have been working very hard at Donations in Kind and out collecting books for the Maldives project:
Thank you to Peter Cribb, John Sklenar, Jo Walker, Shraddha Sharma and Abdi Hassan - as well as Bev Cribb and 2 of their friends.
Books were donated by Robert Akeroyd and a certificate of appreciation has been presented to him.  The 9 pallets will ship later in June.
Karolina was recognised for 10 years
of volunteering with the Brotherhood
of St Laurence this week.
Several of our members have been unwell lately sad to say.
1.  Karolina has had 2 mini strokes and had several weeks in Sandringham Hospital.  She is now at home receiving care but it not allowed to drive.
2.  Geoff has been in hospital again with bad cellulitis in his legs.  He is now recuperating at home.
3.  Dulcie too has been in hospital having nasty skin cancers taken off hr leg/ankle. She had to recuperate with a friend as she was unable to climb the stairs t home.  She is now back home and her leg is n the mend.
4.  Mel has had a very nasty chest infection but thankfully is now on the mend.
Tuesday 4th June:  Container loading at Donations in Kind.  We need help to load the container of hospital and medical equipment to Sri Lanka for the Stroke Units.  Andy and the forklift will do the heavy work, we need to transfer items from the rear of the shed to the front.
Friday 21 June:
Club Presidents Changeover at the Mercure.  Please book via
Humanitix or let Lesley/Shraddha know you are coming.  District Governor Ron Payne and Deb will be attending.
Sunday 30 June; District Governor Changeover lunch at Ultima, Keilor.  Join Shraddha and Lesley as we welcome Michael Lapina to the role.
Wednesday 3 July: First breakfast meeting of the new Rotary year.
Sunday 28 July: National Tree Day - planting at Fairbairn Park.
We have been advised by the accountant representing our landlord that a new contract is to be negotiated with a large rent increase.  The final figure is yet TBD but this will impact on our donation capacity.
The shop has seen increased trade this month, with one particular customer very keen in cameras.  Mel was able to assist and this produced a very good daily total.
Mel also needs volunteers in the shop on Tuesday and Saturday if members have capacity to assist.
We were able to assist Rotary Central Melbourne with a large donation of warm clothing for their homelessness project.  Peter and Sue Duras visited and collected 4 bags full.
1.  Sri Lanka – Stroke Unit project container will load on 4 June.

2.  Jarriban Hospital Somalia:  We are now just waiting for a shipping date and this container will load.
3.  Books for the Maldives: 9 pallets of books - fiction and non fiction, adult and children's are packed and will include a pallet of student and school stationary.  These 9 pallets will ship by airfreight through a Rotarian connection at the end of June.
Nepal – Girls Education Project:
Shraddha is delighted to report that our application for a grant from the Rotary Balwyn Centenary Fund has been approved.  An additional $40,000 has been allocated for this project.  Final modifications to the Global Grant application are now being completed by RC Tripureswor.
Shraddha was joined by Peter and Bev Cribb, Nicole Marshall, Drew Sheehan, Jo Walker and Lesley McCarthy at the Rotary Community Group dinner on 9 May.
Representatives from the 9 clubs in our group heard from DGE Michael AG Tony, Mayor Pierce Tyson and new RCG leader David Dippie.  All clubs spoke about their projects and how we could help each other.  This was a really valuable get together.
Peter Cribb, Jo Walker and Lesley McCarthy attended the District Assembly last week.
We heard from DGE Michael on his plans for the year, adopted the District budget for 2024-2025 and heard from membership and club service chairs.
Several clubs and project displays shared their work as did we.  Our table displayed Stroke Unit, Jarriban, Nepal and 1,000 Stories and handed out brochures.  Interest was also shown in RORP and the Op Shop.
Peter caught up with Jama Farah from Footscray and PDG Don Ripper.
On 16 May Jo attended the Annual Celebration of the Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning and Employment Network. (Mmvllen).  It was also the AGM and included reports from Chair and CEO, guest speakers and presentation of awards.
For those members not familiar with Mmvllen, it is a government-funded community organisation established 23 years ago to support young people on their journey from school to the next phase of their lives and careers.  It offers them guidance, skills and opportunities. 
Daniel Shields from Australian Spatial Analytics (ASA) gave a wonderful keynote address relating ASA's unique social enterprise model and focus on employing and upskilling neurodiverse young people. 
Guest MC was Tommy Quick. Tommy shared his journey after suffering a stroke at age 12.  Members will remember that Tommy is a neighbour of Len's and has spoken to us.
Upcoming Events
Club Changeover
The Mercure
Jun. 21, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Jun. 27, 2024
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
District Changeover
Ultima Function Centre
Jun. 30, 2024
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Jul. 25, 2024
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
National Tree Day
Fairbairn Park
Jul. 28, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. UTC+10:00
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