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20 SLEEPS TILL THE BIG DAY!

As of today, Monday 17 September, when you are hopefully animatedly reading this Bulletin, there are a mere 20 sleeps till 2018's Around the Bay!  Have you pledged your support for being a sponsor for our Team Rotary Riders?  Sign-up forms on lunch tables or speak with Jo in the Office. The riders above thank you in advance for your support as they prepare themselves for the Finishing Line!

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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL ZONE 8 HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

The inaugural Rotary International Zone 8 "Humanitarian of the Year Award" has been announced and we are thrilled to announce that our Ruth Carlos Martinez is this year's Awardee nominated for her tireless work in the Philippines on a multiple of Water and Sanitation Projects. DG Bronwyn Stephens (L) and PDG Julie Mason (R).

 

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MONASH MEDAL 2018 - TIM FISCHER AC

Tim Fischer AC was awarded the Monash Medal for 2018 at our luncheon meeting. He is seen here with Chair Peter Davis, Michael Bennett (Great Grandson of Sir John Monash) , President Robert Fisher, (Tim Fischer AC with Citation and Medal).

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SHINE ON AWARDS 2019

Cynthia Edgell who has promoted our "Shine On" Awards 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.

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VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARD 2018/19

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.  

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KELLY LAWSON PEACE FELLOW UPDATE

Rob Helme has provided us with the final update from our Global Peace Fellow Kelly Lawson.  Thank you to Kelly for providing us with such a depth of experience of her studies.  We look forward to her visiting us on her return to Australia.

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PROFESSOR FIONA WOOD, AM

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. 

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MELBOURNE has been officially shortlisted for 2023 RI Convention! 

MELBOURNE has been officially shortlisted for 2023 RI Convention! 

It has taken several years of hard work. But now the RI President and Executive have acknowledged our outstanding Bid to host the 2023 Rotary International Convention.  Melbourne has been selected as a finalist. The RI Board will make their final selection at their January 2019 meeting.  Shortlisted_News_Release_with_RCM_footer.pdf

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MELBOURNE OFFICIALLY IN THE FINAL FOUR!

Hugh Bucknall was "over the moon" when he was advised last week that all the work he and his Team had done to be shortlisted for the RI Convention 2023, has paid off.

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KATIE WILFORD - GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLAR

It was a delight to hear from Kevin Sheehan's guest last week.  Katie Wilford described her journey from Pocahontas to Melbourne after being awarded a Rotary District & International Global Scholar Grant.

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STAMPS PLEASE!

The Club is currently collecting stamps with money collected pledged this year to our 2020 fight to End Trachoma.  

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AROUND THE BAY 2018 - VOLUNTEERING

Do you know how you can help young disadvantaged children in Melbourne?   Around the Bay 2018 is approaching and we need Volunteers.  Please register for providing a few hours of your time as a greatly appreciated Volunteer.

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AROUND THE BAY NEEDS YOU and YOU and YOU!

Are you preparing for "Around the Bay"... Sunday 7 October"?  Be an Inspiration and volunteer to be part of this fundraising highlight event of our Rotary year.  

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END TRACHOMA 2020

Last week, we were fascinated to hear the progress of End Trachoma 2020 Centenary Project which was provided by Lien Tranh, End Trachoma 2020 Project Co-Ordinator and PP Peter Rogers describing the prototype Face Washing Trailer supporting the Project.  Incidentally,  this Trailer will be on display in the Driveway of the Sofitel Hotel on Wednesday, 30 May.  Thank you Peter!  Both Peter and Lien's presentations are available in Podcasts on our website.

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SIR JOHN REID COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD 2018

In 1987, the RCM introduced the Sir John Reid Community Service Award as a permanent memorial in recognition of Sir John’s commitment to the community.  It is time for Nominations for our 2018 Award.  

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INTERNATIONAL POLIO PLUS FACTS & FIGURES

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.

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R100 BREAKING NEWS

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.

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RC MELBOURNE SUCCESSFULLY NOMINATED GLOBAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOLAR

Katharine Brown, our third Global Postgraduate Scholar successfully nominated by RC of Melbourne.

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ROTARY UNICEF 'GIVE EVERY CHILD A FUTURE'

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. 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PAUL HARRIS

Happy 150th Birthday to Paul Harris! His spirit lives on! Grassroots Peacemaking continues to spread like rings on the water!  (Seen here planting a tree in Melbourne. Possibly handsome Angus Mitchell and Walter Drummond looking on.)

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END TRACHOMA 2020 - NOURISH OUR COMMUNITIES LTD - TRACHOMA LIVE SERIES

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.

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PRESIDENT ROBERT FISHER'S MESSAGE

Our new President Robert Fisher has sent a message to all Members highlighting the plans and goals for this Rotary year which certainly mirror the Rotary 2018-19 logo:  "Be An Inspiration"!  Robert's Bio and recent President Address can be found in the new Directory and Website.

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JOHN MITCHELL INDIGENOUS SCHOLARSHIP

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. 

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POLIO VACCINATION GETS CREATIVE!

“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.

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