VALE Sir Clem Renouf  
It is with much sadness that District Governor Grant Hocking reports that PRIP Sir Clem Renouf passed away last week.  
As a founding member and charter secretary of the Rotary Club of Nambour, Queensland, Sir Clem became District Governor in 1965-66, and President of Rotary International in 1978-1979.
Sir Clem was a giant in Rotary history as the instigator of the 3-H program that led to the polio eradication effort. We know him as the person who started the goal of Polio Eradication. Sir Clem made a difference and changed lives now and into the future, contributing through his initiative, passion and dedication to saving the lives of 100,000s of children worldwide.
At our last Board Meeting, donations were approved for this Rotary year to Donations in Kind, the Rotary Foundation and Australian Rotary Health.  We also voted to continue our membership of both Donations in Kind and the Western Emergency Relief Network.  Both these organisations support us and we are often able to distribute items unable to be accommodated in our Op Shops to them.
The Board also approved the application for membership by Betty Kitchener OAM.  Betty has been a regular visitor to our cub living locally.  She was also a significant contributor to the Art Show in 2019 with her husband Tony.  Welcome Betty!
With councils back in action, and a new multi district management and operations team commencing, playground harvesting is about to resume.
A new logo in keeping with the Rotary Branding guidelines has been developed, and a Partner Logo prepared for our major supporters to display on their websites and documentation.
We welcome Shradd Sharma as the Operations Manager supporting Peter Cribb, and we welcome Bob and Gabby from RC Nunawading.
Please remember to support Matiu and Anne M with our Story Tree project.  Collect a leaf from the Op Shop or download your own leaf shape online.  Complete the sentence starters and then email or deliver your thoughts to either Sam at the Op Shop orone of our "Annes" 
1. Over the past few months I’ve missed not being able to……
2. A good thing I discovered about myself during COVID pandemic is……
3. If I was to give advice to my pre-COVID self, I would tell them…..
For more information or to be a part of this project in your community, contact:
Anne McMahon at Flemington Kensington Rotary on
Matiu Bush at   
Art Festival 2021
Anne Heyes, Anne McMahon, Edith Chen and John Elston continue to work on planning for the festival to be held from 25th to 28th March.  
Gallery 247 will continue to be the organising body for artists and art works.
Remember: we need everyone available on the weekend.
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The Op Shops have re-opened for business.  There are some great winter bargains to be had at both 444 Racecourse Road and 135 Railway Avenue Werribee.  Sam and Lorry and our wonderful volunteers are eager to serve you and welcome our customers back.  Flemington is now trading 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
If youi are able to assist on any Saturday or Sunday, please let Sam know.
Centenary of Rotary in Australia
Anne Heyes,  Lesley McCarthy and Jon Temby are working
with Moonee Valley Council to develop a project for this celebration.  The aim is to plant 100 trees along the banks of the Maribyrnong River from Riverside Golf Club to the bridge.  A solid bench/seat of some type will be included with Rotary signage. 
Millie Bourke, one of the Conservation Programs Officers met with
them last week to finalise details.     

At this stage, late April is the targetted time. 
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  There are a number of inspirational events 
  planned and I encourage everyone to enrol for
  those which appeal. 
  The Rotary International Convention to be held
   "virtually" for the very first time w8ll be an
   amazing experience. 
   For those who never attended an international
   convention, the speakers are outstanding, the learning opportunities amazing and the opportunity to network with Rotarians everywhere just superb.  I, personally, am very disappointed to miss Hawaii which was to have been held earlier this month.  It is free to join.
Rotary International Virtual Convention 20th to 26th June
District Changeover Saturday June 27th 1-3pm via ZOOM
Friday 10 July 2020
12noon to 1pm

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Thought for the week:   “it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the

changing environment in which it finds itself.”                                   Charles Darwin