Wednesday, 2 December: LUNCH MEETING
Meeting Registration: https://www.trybooking.com/BNAJB
Speaker: Dr. Simon Longstaff, AO, Executive Director, The Ethic Centre, Sydney
Topic: The ethical advantage: the economic and social benefits of ethics in Australia
Chairman: Trevor Nink
Our Members Meeting was a fantastic collaboration of Projects, awarding of a Paul Harris Fellow to Mark Pinoli, a congratulations and thanks from RI Foundation via Murray Verso and more. You can view the meeting chaired by VP Chris Stilwell, here: https://youtu.be/MRgPHHCxsB4
District Foundation Chair, Murray Verso congratulated Rotary Melbourne, acknowledging our Club for being recognised as the highest donating club for all time giving to the Rotary Foundation in Zone 8 (ie.Australia, New Zealand and Pacific countries).
James Pullar updated Rotary Melbourne on some fantastic news this week from Paul McDonald, CEO of Anglicare and leader of the Home Stretch Campaign. Victorian Government has made decision to extend care arrangements to every young person in state care to 21 years, on an ongoing basis. The decision, announced in the State Budget last week, is the most significant single reform to child welfare in a generation.
VALE RAY HOLMES More sad news of the passing of a past member Ray Holmes. Some of our longer serving members will remember Ray a Member 1986-2015. Ray was Surveyor General Victoria 1979-88. Ray gave a fascinating talk to the Club some years ago about his search for and discovery of the Burke & Wills relics. “The Burke and Wills Expedition”. Ray’s discovered artifacts are now safely with the State library. Ray was a much loved member of the Toorak 2 Group.
An online service is planned for Tuesday 1 December 2020 and is being organised by Tobin Brothers Mt Martha https://tobinbrothers.com.au/
It was 1928 when Groups were created to provide a more satisfying and enduring fellowship experience for Rotary Melbourne Members.
By 1930-31, there were 24 separate suburban Groups, each with a Captain, and each holding at least one interfamily evening and one intergroup card, theatre of tennis party. By 1935-36, 80% of Members were attending Group meetings and the number of Groups was reduced to twelve, meeting monthly.
Since their creation, Groups were invaluable in helping new members to feel accepted in Rotary. Groups spent part of evening discussing Rotary business, and Members were rostered for service with agencies the Club was assisting, including Port Melbourne Settlement and the City Newsboys Club.
There is much activity and success for our newly created Seventh area of Focus for Rotary International: Environment Sustainability. A very efficient and focused team of Melbourne Rotarians (Rotary Action Group) are working hard to get our attention to supporting our environment.
Trevor Nink wrote: "We have now drawn the line on our activities on Around the Bay for 2020. Due to the overwhelming participation and generosity of Melbourne Rotarians, we have been able to collect a princely sum of $20,451 to support scholarships for disadvantaged children in the Learning for Life program of The Smith Family. The presentation to The Smith Family will take place at our club meeting on Wednesday 2 December. All this without the riders taking to the road!" (Bravo ATB Team!)
In 1928, Lord Somers attended a luncheon meeting of the club to gather support of Members for a camp to bring together youths from all walks of life to develop greater tolerance and understanding. The Club supported and pledged funds to allow the project to proceed. First two camps were held at Anglesea in 1929 and 1930, and 1931, the camp moved to its own camp site on the coast between Balnarring and the Flinders Naval Base and was named Somers.
Our proactive Membership Team have lined up the final event for 2020: "Marvelous Melbourne Mentoring" in Rotary. Panellists include: PP Robert Fisher, new Member Carolyn Ballagh, PP Austen Burleigh (Pic.) and Dorothy Gilmour, with PP Mary Barry as MC.
Here is the link for the Environmental & Sustainability District November 2020 Newsletter for your downloading: FINAL_D9800_November_2020.pdf