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Welcome to a new Rotary year!
Well, here we are again!
 
Unfortunately our annual club celebration changeover has been cancelled and at this stage, a date has not been decided.
 
Our first meeting of the new Rotary year saw us gather at Quest and enjoy some catch up and fellowship time.  It was lovely to see everyone after such a difficult 18 months.
 
Our guest speaker Magno Barros found us at the Art  Show and also participated in the Tree Planting Day.  He is a former Rotaractor,  Rotarian in Brazil and Canada and is keen to grow Rotary.

Due to costs at Quest and the ongoing concerns about COVID,  the Board has decided that our mid month meeting will be via ZOOM.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 21st July at 7PM.
 
District Changeover
The District changeover on Saturday July 10th at Hyatt Essendon Fields saw a very large participation with Rotarians enjoying the opportunity to reconnect.  Attended by PRIP Ian Riseley and Juliet, Zone Director Jesse Harman and Andrew and a number of distinguished Rotary leaders, this was a star studded event.
 
DG Phillip took the opportunity to present a number of awards recognising service in the 2020-2021 year.  He also acknowledged a number of corporate supporters who have made valuable contributions to Rotary.
 
A highlight was the presentation of the Rotary Distinguished Service Award to Professor Bob Fels for his work on the district Peace Scholars program.  The Bob Fels Peace award was then presented to his colleague and fellow Peace Program stalwart, Rob Helme.
 
ROTARY OVERSEAS RECYCLED PLAYGROUNDS     
 
Peter Cribb was delighted to announce that RORP is about to harvest the 100th playground in Victoria.  75 have been shipped, another 26 have been harvested and are in sto9rage awaiting shipment including 10 for the Philippines, 2 waiting at DiK for East Timor and 3 in South Australia.  The 2 Nepal containers have finally been sent with ETA at Haldia 20 August from when they will travel overland to Nepal.
 
A celebratory event is planned to bring everyone together for the 100th playground.
 
 
Introducing Melina Caccetta
Mel is the new Manager of the Flemington Op Shop and has settled into the role very well.  Under her leadership, there are now several new volunteers and sales are strong.
 
Mel has also established an Op Shop FaceBook page: please like the page and share with your networks.
 
Mel has a wealth of experience in the Kensington and Flemington community and ran the Kensington Market at Kensington Town Hall for several years.  She is also a dedicated community volunteer and has worked with the Kensington City Soccer Club to grow the women's team and obtain sponsorship.
Call in and say Hi!
 
An article published in the Inner City North West Melbourne News last month.
 
Next Meeting Wednesday 21 July at 7PM - Guest Speaker Susie Cole on RIMERN
 
Susie Cole is a (twice) Past President of Rotary Prahran.  She was recognised with the District 9800 Royce Abbey Champion of Change in 2018 and a State Premier's Volunteer Champion Award for leadership the same year.

Susie is a presenter on the Rotary & Community Service Radio Show on 94.1fm, ran Rotary Prahran's Homework Club on the local housing estate for 4 years and established RAMP, Rotary Aiding Mobility Program and Rotary Sews.

Susie is now Co-chair of RIMERN, Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network,  the third Emergency Relief Network established to supply household needs to a wide range of people in need across Melbourne and is a proud & passionate Rotarian who believes that 'if you've done well you should do good". 
Susie is a mum, grandmother, feminist & traveller (except these days!) and lives her life with a profound 'attitude of gratitude' & a big sense of humour!
She will talk about RIMERN, and how Rotarians and friends are getting involved in this exciting, multi-club, Centenary of Rotary in Australia project.
 
 
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta from the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar is an accountant who founded a real estate development company, Skyline Group.
 
He is the director of the India arm of Operation Eyesight Universal, a Canada-based nonprofit focused on preventing avoidable blindness. Through this, he helped establish more than 15 eye hospitals, in several Indian states, which now carry out 50,000 surgeries annually.  He then started Saving Little Hearts, a project that has facilitated more than 2,500 heart surgeries for children from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and some African countries and that is now an India-wide program.
He has been actively involved in disaster relief and started an Indian version of ShelterBox.
 
Shekhar and his wife Rashi, have a son and a daughter.
His theme for this Rotary year is "Serve to Change Lives"
 
 
 
 
 
We have booked a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle for Sunday 26 September at Maribyrnong.  Please diarise this and advise if you can do either a morning or afternoon shift please.
Lesley is BBQ Captain {oh no you say!!}
 
 
Upcoming Events
Annual General Meeting
TBC
Nov 17, 2021 8:15 AM
 
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