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.
Robert M Fels is seen here after being presented with the District 9800 Recognition of Outstanding Service Award by RI President Ian H S Riseley OAM. This was awarded to Bob for outstanding Service to Rotary District 9800, The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International.
“Be brave and enter into dialogue in public!” “Trial by media is not on!” “Women empowering women, women need to support other women ……. allow men into this conversation and create change!” These are just some of the points made by the Panellists who were moderated by Ali Moore at Wednesday’s Breakfast celebrating and discussing International Women’s Day.
Rob Helmes has provided the Bulletin with the following report from Jean-Noel Melotte, current Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn in Bangkok. Rob has also provided the Flyer Peace Fellowship Flyer 2018 which you can download and provide to someone you might know who might be interested to apply for the fully funded university training in peace and conflict resolution.
Members will be pleased to hear that Melbourne has been asked to resubmit our bid to host the 2023 Rotary International Convention. This is great news for our Club and District. It is a really big deal!! More updates will be provided as they happen so you can commence planning for possibly THE biggest event in numbers of visitors to Melbourne.
Our RCM members, Rob McGuirk and Kerry Kornhauser were joined by PDG Murray Verso recently in producing a Live Series of interviews with President Ian Riseley, RI; our Hon. Member Prof Hugh Taylor AC, Harold Mitchel Chair Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne; Dr Anthony Solomon, WHO; Prof Kerry Arabena, Indigenous Health Equity Unit; Gwen Troutman-Weir, Aust. Trachoma Alliance.
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.
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 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
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).
“With end to polio in sight, vaccination gets creative”. Could the world be about to eradicate polio? Only 17 cases were diagnosed in 2016 and they were all in two countries with the last hard-to-reach corners: Afghanistan and Pakistan. The public health groups trying to put the squeeze on polio have started to get more creative in their last push. The latest: Turning Vaccination into a Circus.
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.