RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – for District 9800 was held over the week of 27 November to 3 December 2016. The Club, through the Welfare of the Young Committee, sponsored three participants, Emily Dao, Mona Chandra and Jennifer Mitchell.
The attached update from Disaster Aid Australia identifies the many Projects Rotary International and our Club are supporting around the world. Read on as to how you can "Make a Difference" by supporting Rotary International. Disaster_Aid_Australia_News_Updates_Spring_2017.pdf
Jim Markovski, the Les Twentyman Foundation, was awarded the Sir John Reid Community Service Award 2017. Photo shows Jim with a fellow volunteer Arec Athium and Chris Stilwell. Jim is admirably qualified to be a worthwhile recipient for this year's Award as the following will attest.
The inaugural John Mitchell Indigenous Service Award was presented by Pres. Mary to Rick and Edward Tudor, Directors of the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. The photograph shows L-R: Edward Tudor, Rick Tudor, Aileen Mitchell (John Mitchell's wife) and Rob McGuirk (Donydji Committee Member).
On behalf of the District Foundation Committee, Rob Helme is delighted to announce that District 9800, and particularly the Rotary Club of Melbourne, were again successful this year in supporting applications to the Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowship program.
In September 2017, the International PolioPlus Committee provided this latest update on the eradication of Polio:
1. The goal of the PolioPlus program:
The goal of the PolioPlus program is the global certification of polio eradication. By eradication, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Commission on Certification and Rotary mean the interruption of the transmission of all polioviruses.
As most of you will know, our Club has supported the indigenous homeland, Donydji or, as it is now known, Gurrumala, for over 15 years, both financially and in kind. Until his sudden death last Christmas, John Mitchell was a key member of the Rotary Subcommittee providing this support and was its Chairman from its inception.