President Robert is seen here receiving Certificate from PDG Peter Frueh at the Annual Paul Harris Breakfast, recognising our financial support of the End Polio Now Campaign. Special thanks also to Robert for creating the "red" Town Hall which has been acknowledged as a fantastic innovation.
Continuing a long time tradition in our Club, President Robert had great pleasure in conferring Honorary Membership on Lord Mayor Sally Capp for her term of office as Lord Mayor of Melbourne. The values and commitment to community and service are aligned in both Rotary and the office of the Lord Mayor.
Sandra Hills and Richard Skinner have created a fantastic first luncheon meeting for 2019. This will be the first part of a double feature program presentation. On 16 January and 30 January 2019, "The Bright Side of Life: Preparing for Our Later Years" will be presented to Members and guests to inform us all about how we can be best prepared for our later years.
Do you know of somebody with a disability? Do they provide outstanding support to others with disability? Are they a community leader or involved in a community group? Do you have a relationship with a local organisation that supports people
with disability who may want to nominate somebody for Shine On?
Cynthia Edgell who has promoted our "Shine On" Recognitions for past few years, is encouraging us all to consider nominations for next year's Award. Our Club has an excellent record of identifying and honouring the abilities of those with a disability and we are seeking your consideration for nominations.
Last week was an exciting week in the Rotary Victoria Police Leaders' Mentoring Program. Our three Mentors, Maryla Juchnowski, Graham O'Donnell and Dorothy Gilmour and their Mentees met with Victoria Police Command, Rotary District Governors, LMP Steering Committee and Rotary Club Central Melbourne to celebrate the completion of the mentoring program for 2017/18.
Our Vocational Service Committee is excited to announce this year's Rotary Club of Melbourne Vocational Service Award 2018/19. Edward Tudor was chosen unanimously by the Committee. He is Executive Director of the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. Edward epitomises the prerequisites for this Award recognising achievement of professional excellence (in the Awardees chosen profession), and outstanding contribution to the community through their vocation.
Rob Helme has provided us with news from Victoria Police Inspector Andy Miles, who has replaced our Charlie Allen in District 9800 selection of Victoria Police candidates for the peace and conflict resolution program at the Rotary Peace Centre at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Last week, 168 Members, Visiting Rotarians and Guests were privileged to hear Professor Fiona Wood present the Thomas Baker Oration. To do justice to Fiona's inspirational and thought-provoking presentation, we recommend you listen to her dissertation on the Podcast on our Website. https://soundcloud.com/rotarymelbourne Photo: Pres. Robert, Fiona Wood, Chair Trevor Nink.
Chris Wang and his team are continuing to raise interest and support from our Club for the "Give Every Child a Future" project which will initially immunise 100,000 children in 9 Pacific Countries whilst also being a sustainable ongoing immunisation into the future.