Meeting Report November 24th 2020

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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Twenty-seven members and one visitor logged in via Zoom last Tuesday to hear the club's Youth Service Director Matt Fitton deliver his Member Behind the Badge address. Those who were able to join the meeting were treated to something special as Matt delivered an engaging and inspiring talk following the club's AGM. Matt, whose quiet demeanour belies a lifetime of enterprise and achievement, spoke to the club about his origins in Hobart, a childhood in East Bentleigh, and a lifetime of recognizing opportunities, taking a risk and having a go. The fact that Matt, is so busy with his current business, Nurse Next Door, which he operates with his wife Amber, is testament to his business acumen, entrepreneurial skills, organisational capabilities and commitment to delivering value to clients. 
Meeting Report November 24th 2020 Richard Blakeman 2020-11-24 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Member Stories

Sunshine and Good News Brings Back the Crowds for the Farmers Market

Spring was definitely in the air at the Boroondara Farmers Market last Saturday, November 21st, as sunshine and a sense of returning normality encouraged crowds to Patterson Reserve, Hawthorn. Patrons commented very favourably on the new seating arrangements under the trees, allowing a cup of coffee and a chat in a friendly fairground atmosphere. The Rotary Christmas Cakes and Puddings Stall was hugely popular, with substantial funds raised for The Rotary Foundation.
 
Next month's Market promises to be even bigger, with a special visitor expected to pop in from the northern hemisphere, once he has cleared quarantine and completed his list of who's been naughty and nice. It's great to be back bigger and better, and in time for Christmas too! Click on 'Read more' for a few happy snaps from Saturday's market.
Sunshine and Good News Brings Back the Crowds for the Farmers Market Richard Blakeman 2020-11-21 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Rotary Foundation Global Grant for Sarsfield Approved

Posted by Cheryl Pisterman
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November is Foundation Month and our Glenferrie Rotary has just received some fabulous news.  Members may recall the news way back in August of a planned project to convert an existing community hall in Sarsfield, East Gippsland, into a bushfire evacuation centre.  The news is that this Global Grant has been successful. 

The project led by District 9800 Rotarian Mark Stephens and the RC of Brighton North with co-sponsorship by Rotary clubs of Glenferrie and Traralgon has attracted international funding with the pledging of funds totalling USD16,000 from the Rotary Club of Taipai-Tund and Rotary District 3522 Taiwan. This adds to the USD10,000 awarded by the Rotary District 9800 Foundation Committee and a further AUD14,000 awarded by the District 9800 Bushfire Relief Committee. 
 
 
Rotary Foundation Global Grant for Sarsfield Approved Cheryl Pisterman 2020-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Dean Lee - CEO Shrine of Remembrance

Posted by Don Moore
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It was a pleasure to welcome Dean Lee CEO of the Shrine of Remembrance as Guest Speaker on the eve of Remembrance Day.  Dean was appointed CEO on 13 July 2015.

Dean explained the Shrine was established at the instigation of Sir John Monash to ensure that Victorian Service Personnel involved in World War 1 were never forgotten.

A competition was held for the design of the Shrine.  Eighty three designs were submitted and the winning design was awarded to two Melbourne returned soldiers, Architects, Phillip Hudson and James Wardrop.

Dean Lee - CEO Shrine of Remembrance Don Moore 2020-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Rotary National Australia Day Initiative 2021

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Glenferrie Rotary is to be part of a Rotary Network celebration of Australia Day Jan 26, 2021.  We have been given the opportunity to bring our Rotary Network together…our community partners, first responders, business and government friends, and most importantly, our community…to celebrate all that is Australian.  The theme for Australia Day this year is: Reflect, Respect, Celebrate. We’re all part of the story.  For 100 years Rotary in Australia has been bringing communities together. 
 
After our drought, bushfires and COVID-19, this is a wonderful opportunity to bring us together in a COVID-safe way in all our respective towns and cities, and be part of one event that will inspire.
 
Rotary National Australia Day Initiative 2021 Mark Ellis AM 2020-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Rotary District 9800

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Lockdown definition - a state of isolation or restricted access instituted as a security measure.  Well, we all have felt the effects of this lockdown and understand the stresses it causes.  We have been prisoners within our state.  So glad the lockdown seems to be coming to an end.  I can understand a slow process of recovery since, we couldn’t go through a 3rd wave.  However, it is satisfying to witness a return to something like normal.  Also, the underemployed and financially stressed people can get back to earning a living and paying the mounting bills.
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Rotary Foundation Cakes & Puddings

Posted by Ian Salek
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We will be selling again this year at both the 21 November and 19 December Boroondara Farmers Markets our Rotary Foundation Cakes and Puddings. They were very popular last year and we sold out.  Please get in early and place your forward orders with me now by either e-mail or Mobile.  It will be of great assistance in ordering additional stock.

E-mail:  isalek@bigpond.net.au
Mobile: 0418 176 493.

Monies raised are shared between the Rotary Foundation and the Club.

Rotary Foundation Cakes & Puddings Ian Salek 2020-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,Rotary Foundation

Annual Report 2020

 
The Annual Report of the Rotary Club of Glenferrie will be tabled at the Annual General Meeting of the club on Tuesday evening, November 24th 2020. The Report describes a year of considerable achievement for the club under the leadership of Past President Thelma Hutchison and a highly active Board of Directors, in a challenging year.
Annual Report 2020 Richard Blakeman 2020-11-11 13:00:00Z 0 Board

Remembering an Australian Hero

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On November 11th 1918 the Armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, ending the first global war, a war that made devastating use of new, deadly technology, the Great War. In his book Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War, historian Roland Perry writes that it was the decisive victory at Amiens by the combined British, Canadian and General Sir John Monash's Australian Imperial Force, that turned back the momentous German offensive that had threatened to overrun the Allies. Monash himself described the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on 25th April 1918 after the Germans had overrun the 8th British Division as the turning point of the war.
 
A local man, a resident of  Camberwell, was a huge contributor to the success of the AIF's campaigns on the Western Front in 1918.  Major General Harold Edward Elliott, CBCMGDSODCMVD. known to his men as 'Pompey' Elliott. Elliott's leadership of the 15th Brigade, AIF, transformed a near-defeat  at Villers-Bretonneux into a victory, changing the course of the war and hastening its end.
Remembering an Australian Hero Richard Blakeman 2020-11-07 13:00:00Z 0 Local History

Bernie Farquhar - Update on bushfire recovery in EGippsland

Posted by Thelma Hutchison
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We were pleased to welcome Bernie as our guest speaker last week to provide an update on the bushfire recovery progress in East Gippsland.  Bernie explained that on 31 December 2019 the main front of the bushfire created a plume 12 km high with hot northerly winds fanning the flames.  Around midnight the plume collapsed over the Clifton Creek and Sarsfield areas with other fires moving across East Gippsland devastating property, livestock, housing, wildlife, and fauna as it spread.     As a first and early response the five Rotary Clubs in East Gippsland formed the EG Rotary Fire Aid Committee.
Bernie Farquhar - Update on bushfire recovery in EGippsland Thelma Hutchison 2020-10-31 13:00:00Z 0 Meeting Topics

Parkinson's Walk  - 27forParkinson's

Posted by Michael Berry
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Whilst the club has done an excellent job in raising funds for the End Polio event, the Community Service Committee is seeking member support for the 27for Parkinson’s event.  The committee of Lyn, Chris, Helena, Alex and Michael has registered with Parkinson’s Victoria under the name the “Glenferrie Walkers".  Donations can be made to the attached
link. Glenferrie Walkers

The club has supported Parkinson’s Victoria for many years with the manning of the BBQ at Federation Square, this year the annual “Walk in the Park” was cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdown, this major fund raiser for Parkinson's Victoria has hurt them financially, and their services that they offer to Parkinson’s sufferers.
Parkinson's Walk - 27forParkinson's Michael Berry 2020-10-31 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Now there is “Light at the end of the tunnel”.  A very Aussie saying pointing to the fact that the end is in sight.  However, there have been many “bends” in the road.  Ever wondered why road tunnels are not straight?  In a straight tunnel, the driver would be dazzled by the ambient light at the end, but if the tunnel is curved, the light gradually increases.  Maybe, we can liken our recovery to this?  We have been through many bends in the road to get back to normal.
 
Good to see stores open and people mingling at socially acceptable distances with masks.  The Farmer’s Market this Saturday was a good example of people getting out of the house.  I noted that members have been suitably “shorn”. 
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-10-31 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Boroondara Farmer's Market History

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With many consumers asking where their food is sourced in a quest to buy fresh, sustainably produced goods, the Farmers’ Market movement has been readily accepted in meeting this need.
 
When the City of Boroondara sought expressions of interest from Rotary in 2003 to manage a Farmers’ Market, the Rotary Club of Glenferrie rose to the challenge.  Under the leadership of now Honorary Member, Geoff Wood, the club established the Boroondara Farmers’ Market held on the third and fifth Saturday morning each month at Patterson Reserve in East Hawthorn.
 
In its 17 years of operation, the market has contributed to the community in a variety of ways.  The suppliers have a ready market for a huge range of fresh produce straight from the grower, as well as many valued added products such as wine, chocolate and liquorice.
Boroondara Farmer's Market History 2020-10-30 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market,Club History
Boroondara Farmers Market is Back Bigger and Better than Ever Richard Blakeman 2020-10-27 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Happy 45th Birthday Rotary Club of Glenferrie!

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has celebrated its 45th anniversary on October 22nd, having been chartered on that date in 1975. There were other things going on at the time! The Whitlam Federal Government was struggling to get Supply through the Senate, an action that ended in the famous "Dismissal". The Premier of Victoria was the widely respected Sir Rupert Hamer, and the Governor of Victoria was Sir Henry Winneke. The Tasman Bridge in Hobart had collapsed earlier in the year. Medibank had just been introduced and Papua New Guinea gained its independence from Australia. North Melbourne had defeated Hawthorn by 9 goals 1 behind in the VFL Grand Final, in front of 110,551 spectators. The Balibo Five had tragically fallen victim to Indonesian troops invading East Timor, and it was the wettest month since at least 1900, when records began.
 
And while all that was going on a group of eight Hawthorn Rotarians and nineteen prospective new Rotarians gathered at the home of Bib Stillwell, Hawthorn Rotary Past President, to discuss the establishment of a new club, The Rotary Club of Glenferrie. And what happened next? Read on by clicking on "Read more..."
Happy 45th Birthday Rotary Club of Glenferrie! Richard Blakeman 2020-10-24 13:00:00Z 0 Club History

Lift the Lid Evening a Club Record Fundraiser for Australian Rotary Health

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What a great night thanks to the hard work of Elizabeth Dumonic and President Mark. Money raised was $4,590.00 (a great effort). Not to mention the informative and relevant talk on mental health by Mithzay Pomenta.  Up to 100 selfies of people wearing all types of hats were sent to President Mark.  These were shown on Tuesday night to the club members and invited guests.  To the songs of Priscilla Queen of the Desert we were shown hats of all sizes, with attachments such as foliage and other materials.  Winners of all the different categories can be seen on the next page.
 
Mithzay headed her talk with a primary message: Don’t Wait.  With the current crisis of COVID-19 I am sure that many people could relate in some way to the information that was covered.
Lift the Lid Evening a Club Record Fundraiser for Australian Rotary Health Chris Raw 2020-10-24 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Community Service

27forParkinson's Walk

Posted by Lyn Kneale
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For many years now, our Club has been involved with Parkinson's Australia with their 'Walk in the Park" annual fundraising event.  The event is normally held in Federation Square, encouraging more than 3000 people to come together in a show of support, unity, fun and encouragement, while helping to raise funds.
 
Currently, approximately 27,000 Victorians are living with Parkinson's disease.  Presently, there is no cure nor do we know the cause of this degenerative neurological disease.  Obviously, due to COVID-19, the event could not be held this year.  Instead, Parkinson's Australia created 27forParkinson's, a simple concept of walking 27 times over 27 days, which was held during the month of October.
27forParkinson's Walk Lyn Kneale 2020-10-24 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Well it is on again the annual clash of teams – this time a “catfight” between domestic and nondomestic type felines, but importantly and proudly Victorian!  At the timing of writing this article, the game has yet to be on.  However, another big event for a Glenferrie Rotarian is a big celebration for our club’s 45th Anniversary on Oct 22th last Thursday.  From outside the club, there has been a barrage of congratulatory emails from local and overseas clubs.
 
The Rotary Club of Glenferrie was granted a charter on 22 October 1975. The Club’s first formal meeting took place a month later in the Hawthorn Town Hall, with 30 people inducted into membership.  We are so lucky to still have two Charter members remaining Don Moore and Ian Dobson and who are still active members. 
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-10-24 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Boroondara Farmers Market Report  - 17th October 2020

Posted by Ian Salek
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As Stallholders were greeted at their Entrance Gate by Robert Winspear from before 6:00am rain was falling on Patterson Reserve.  A check on the radar map at 6:26am showed rain still falling over Melbourne but passing quickly down to the south -east.  By the time Early Shift Volunteers were being briefed at 6:55am the rain had ceased and apart from a small amount of drizzle mid-morning the rain stayed away providing some sunny patches. Temperatures were around 18 °C.  
Boroondara Farmers Market Report - 17th October 2020 Ian Salek 2020-10-24 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Rotary Interactive Play Sculpture to Define New Playground at Yarra Bank Reserve

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The Rotary interactive play sculpture at Yarra Bank Reserve, Hawthorn will capture the spirit of place, defining the new playground to be constructed there in early 2021.  Situated in Glenferrie Ward in the City of Boroondara, and on the banks of the lazy ol' Yarra River, the playground will be a gift to the community from the Rotary Clubs of Glenferrie, Camberwell, Hawthorn and Canterbury with a grant from The Rotary Foundation, marking a fruitful community partnership that has existed for 100 years.
The key message of the all-abilities play feature will mark the theme: "When people work together they can create something magnificent"
 
To see what the playground will look like when opened in 2021, Rotary ANZ's Centenary Year, click on "Read more..."
Rotary Interactive Play Sculpture to Define New Playground at Yarra Bank Reserve Richard Blakeman 2020-10-17 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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I was pondering on the quoted words from John Cleese the other day -
“We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately, spend most of their time in the closed mode... We must return to the open mode, because in that mode we are the most aware, most receptive, most creative, and therefore at our most intelligent.”
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-10-17 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

John Crofts - The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre

Posted by David Fallick
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At last Tuesday night’s club meeting we were fortunate to be addressed by John Crofts, President of the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre (SRHC).  John’s work history was not railways, but mining; he spent almost 24 years with BHP both before and during the BHP-Billiton merger, working in such diverse locations as Chile, Singapore, United Kingdom and, of course, Australia.
 
However, his topic on Tuesday night was, Victorian Railways and, more specifically, The history and future of the SRHC – the challenge of trying to create world class tourism products in Victoria’s tourist and heritage railway sector.  And this challenge was before COVID-19 restrictions added a whole new dimension.
John Crofts - The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre David Fallick 2020-10-17 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Glenferrie Rotary Club from Past to Present

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Glenferrie is a peaceful sounding name evoking images of wooded slopes and distant waters with a small punt enabling its crossing.  Back in 1840, that image was about to change when a solicitor named Peter Ferrie built a property on the banks of Gardiners Creek, which he unsurprisingly named, Glen Ferrie.  Soon, the abutting north-south access road became Glenferrie Road and the village to the north, originally called Upper Hawthorn, developed into today’s vibrant shopping and university precinct called Glenferrie, but much in need of a Rotary Club.

The Rotary Club of Hawthorn chartered the Rotary Club of Glenferrie on 22 October 1975 with two of the charter members still active in the Club.  About one-third of the current membership is female, many holding active positions in the Club.
Glenferrie Rotary Club from Past to Present Chris Raw 2020-10-17 13:00:00Z 0 Club History

So Why Do We Hide Our Light Under a Bushel?

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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Rotarians contribute significantly to the wellbeing of the local community from projects that encourage young people to grow and succeed, assist families, aid the homeless, bring joy to the socially isolated, relieve the sick. They provide opportunities for friendship, engagement, the development of new skills, self-confidence, leadership and giving to our community.  They promote opportunities to work together, encourage social responsibility, promote ethical dealings in our business and personal lives.  Click on 'Read more..' below to see the list of incredible ways Rotarians interact with the community in Boroondara to improve the quality of life for so many.
 
But we do a terrible job of letting people know what we do. And letting people know about the impact Rotarians have in the world is key to attracting new members and empowering them to continue the good work. Read the list and see what I mean.
So Why Do We Hide Our Light Under a Bushel? Richard Blakeman 2020-10-10 13:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Glenferrie Grinners - Team Update

Posted by Cheryl Pisterman
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October is 4 days in and our Glenferrie Grinners are out there walking already.  Our team is a mixture of Glenferrie Members and friends of members.  We had almost reached our "conservative" goal of $1,500 by the beginning of October, so let's just raise the bar ...
Glenferrie Grinners - Team Update Cheryl Pisterman 2020-10-03 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio

Lift the Lid - Hat Day

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At the "Lift the Lid" night on Tuesday 20th October at 7.15pm we are asking all people who attend to wear a hat on zoom.  
Also, we are asking for a donation of  $5 from each person who is interested in contributing to this good cause.  COVID-19’s impact on mental health is pervasive and the Lift the Lid foundation would love everyone to get together, take a fun selfie and donate for vital mental health research. 
 
This donation of $5 can be by direct debit into the club's bank account.  This is Rotary Club of Glenferrie.  Bendigo Branch: 633-000  Account: 144713757  Ref:  LTL and Surname.
 
The zoom link for the meeting can be found by clicking read more.
Lift the Lid - Hat Day Elizabeth Dumonic 2020-10-03 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Glenferrie Probus Invites You to Their Next Meeting

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie formed Glenferrie Probus in 1991, when distinguished and urbane Past President John Suriano was in the chair.  And since that time, Glenferrie Probus has gone from strength to strength.  In normal times they meet monthly at the Balwyn Community Centre, which is way too far away.  However at the moment they are meeting monthly via Zoom, and President Glenferrie Probus, Celia Cornick, has contacted us to invite Glenferrie Rotarians to their next meeting. The speaker will be Dr Kate Cornick, CEO of LaunchVic, an independent company established by the Victorian Government to support and grow the state's startup ecosystem.  Dr Cornick will speak on the topic – Supporting the Economic Recovery of Victoria. 
 
Date: Friday October 16th      Time: 10:45AM    Venue: Via Zoom of course!
 
If you are interested in more information about Glenferrie Probus, or would like to attend the meeting featuring Dr Cornick, please email President Celia at: GlenferrieProbus@gmail.com
Glenferrie Probus Invites You to Their Next Meeting Richard Blakeman 2020-10-03 14:00:00Z 0 Probus

Community Service - FORaMEAL

Posted by Lyn Kneale
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The Rotary Club of Canterbury reached out to us and fellow RC's in our cluster to help distribute their FORaMEAL food packs.
Canterbury had some 120,000 packs that they normally would send to S.E Asian countries affected by natural disasters.
However, the RC of Canterbury saw fit to distribute these packs to those in our local community during these difficult times.
The FORaMEAL packs include oats, lentils and rice. One can then add their choice of vegetables/sauces etc.  Each pack serves 5 people.
Community Service - FORaMEAL Lyn Kneale 2020-10-03 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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World Mental Health Day is October 10.  World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
 
A timely topic in our COVID lockdown is the problem of Mental Health in our population.  It got me thinking - What is mental health?  I quote from the “Beyond Blue” web site,‘Mental health’ is often used as a substitute for mental illnesses – such as depressionanxiety conditions, schizophrenia, and others.  According to the World Health Organization, however, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”  Mental health is about wellness rather than illness.  Ultimately, mental health is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy – the way we think, feel and develop relationships - and not merely the absence of a mental health condition.  
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-10-03 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Club's Rotary 100 Project Takes Shape

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Things have been progressing at quite a pace with the club's project to mark the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand.  The layout for the playground at Yarra Bank Reserve is almost finalised, as is the design for the unique Rotary interactive sculpture.
 
Over the next weeks articles will appear in this Bulletin detailing the comprehensive community engagement plans that are being put together by the consortium of Boroondara clubs engaged in the project.  In the meantime, to take a look at the latest design and to read the page now set up on the City of Boroondara website for the playground, please click on this link.
Club's Rotary 100 Project Takes Shape Richard Blakeman 2020-09-26 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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“Not everyone can be famous, but everyone can be great, because greatness is determined by service”.  What terrific words from Martin Luther King, which characterises a Rotarian well.  Thank you to Rotary International Director Nominee Jessie Harman for her mentioning this quote in her inspirational address at the recent Zone 8 Rotary International Conference held last weekend.  Also, “If you want to live in a good society, you have to build it”.  
 
If I quote correctly from our Rotary International President nominee Jennifer Jones.  As also pointed out by Jennifer, Rotary can give benefits to the individual in developing their interpersonal skills, leadership, education, experience in governance and cultural matters.  This was a thought provoking conference.  You can only be amazed at the wealth of achievements from small to large projects.  Also, the International nature of Rotary.
 
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-09-26 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Why it's important that you Like Us on Facebook!

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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At our recent strategic planning workshops, members made it very clear that the number one priority for the club is to publicise far and wide the good work of Rotary and the club, with an emphasis on the impact of that work.  The club's Communication and Public Image Team is doing a great job with regular and informative editions of The Glenferrie Rotarian, a much revamped club website, more regular and topical postings on Facebook, and a number of articles this year in Rotary Down Under and in the District 9800 Networker. But the help of every member and friend of the club is needed to build on our PR. 
 
One thing you can do is to keep feeding your Rotary stories to the club's Bulletin Editor, Chris Raw.  Articles in the Bulletin can now be posted simultaneously on the website and on Facebook.  And another very important thing we all should do is to 'Like' the club's Facebook page and the articles that appear.  It is important that you 'Like' the club's Facebook page, and that you 'Like' the postings (even if you don't like them!)
Why it's important that you Like Us on Facebook! Richard Blakeman 2020-09-26 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Andrea Kimler - Member Behind The Badge

Posted by Don Heath
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Last Tuesday we were privileged to have Dr Andrea Kimler as our guest speaker.  It is always good to have one of our own newer members give us their “Member behind the Badge” story.  It is an opportunity to learn a bit more about their background, vocation and special interests.  Andrea is a Veterinarian, Environmentalist and very much a free spirit.
Andrea Kimler - Member Behind The Badge Don Heath 2020-09-26 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Go Team Glenferrie Grinners

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The sponsors of our Glenferrie Grinners Team are rolling in.  And we are just over a third of our goal of $1,500.00.  If you aren't able to run, skip, walk (or hobble) in the month of October, perhaps you could follow the example of President Mark and sponsor the team or an individual.  Let's paint the streets within your 5km area End Polio Red!!
 
Go Team Glenferrie Grinners Cheryl Pisterman 2020-09-19 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Has anyone looked up what “zoom” really means?

It can mean “Move or travel very quickly” or “A camera changing focus rapidly to close up” or “(as in prices) rising sharply”.  By the end of this year, it will probably be a new entry into the dictionary as “The only means of communication in 2020!!”.  Some warped minds had a great barnstorming session over the naming of that video link service.  Might be able to put instead of prices – “Tempers rising”!!!!  We are not even able to travel quickly and definitely only within a 5 km limit!!
 
Well, we have Zoom to thank for assisting to keep our club together.  The food and beverage at our meetings have been second to none.  “None” if I did complain to the chef!!  Also, Zoom might have got it’s name for the ability it gives the voyeur to  “zoom in” and see snip bits into people’s houses and choice of domestic clothing.

 
 
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-09-19 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

There's A Real Story Behind this Brick

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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You may not be able to read it in the picture on the left, but if you click on Read more... below you will see a larger version of it and you should be able to read the words branded into the brick:  'Fritsch Holzer'. 
 
But who the heck is Fritsch Holzer? What is the story behind this brick, found in Burwood just lying around? And what has it got to do with Rotary?
There's A Real Story Behind this Brick Richard Blakeman 2020-09-19 14:00:00Z 0 Club History

Rotary is Talking to Listeners Every Friday Night

Posted by Ian Salek, David Proud, Jonathan Shepherd
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Since 2005, ‘The Rotary and Community Service Radio Show’ on 94.1FM 3WBC has gone to air between 6 and 8 pm every Friday.  It also ‘Live Streams’ on www.3wbc.org.au.

Born from a visit by RC Canterbury to Vision Australia’s radio station 3RPH, Past President Neil Williams, assisted by former Canterbury Rotarian David Proud, prepared some trial shows for Rotary that soon became a regular fixture. In the early years the studio was in the front room of a community house in Bennettswood.  It then moved to a professional suite of studios in the Box Hill Town Hall hub in Whitehorse Road.
Rotary is Talking to Listeners Every Friday Night Ian Salek, David Proud, Jonathan Shepherd 2020-09-12 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Radio

Rotary Glenferrie Awarded Rotary International Citation for Second Year Running

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has been awarded a Rotary International Rotary Citation with Platinum Distinction for the year 2019-2020. This is the second year in a row that the club has been honoured with this award.
 
In an email to Past President Thelma Hutchison and President 2020-2021 Mark Ellis AM advising of the award, Past District Governor Grant Hocking wrote: "The Rotary Citation recognises Rotary clubs that support Rotary strategic priorities by completing certain activities. The Rotary Citation is a significant award that honours clubs whose leaders and members show a commitment to success. Clubs that achieve the goals required to earn the Rotary Citation are strengthening Rotary  and shaping our future.
Rotary Glenferrie Awarded Rotary International Citation for Second Year Running Richard Blakeman 2020-09-06 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International,Strategic Plan

Sarsfield Project Attracts International Funding

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The Rotary project to convert an existing community hall in Sarsfield, East Gippsland, into a bushfire evacuation centre has attracted international funding with the pledging of funds totalling USD16,000 from the Rotary Club of Taipai-Tund and Rotary District 3522 Taiwan. This adds to the USD10,000 awarded by the Rotary District 9800 Foundation Committee and a further AUD14,000 awarded by the District 9800 Bushfire Relief Committee. The project, led by Rotarian Mark Stephens and the RC Brighton North, and co-sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Glenferrie and Traralgon, is in the process of applying for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant with a total project budget of AUD138,000.
 
Sarsfield Project Attracts International Funding Richard Blakeman 2020-08-29 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Rotary Foundation

Club's Three Year Plan focuses on Growth and Impact

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Club Members unanimously endorsed the three year plan presented for adoption by President Mark Ellis at the club meeting last Tuesday. The plan sets out the path for the next three years and will guide the decision of the club's boards over that time. Framed within the global goals for Rotary, the plan aims to: Increase our Impact, Expand our Reach, Enhance Participant Engagement and Increase our Ability to Adapt. Included in the plan are new initiatives that will be prioritised and implemented by the Board, and clearly identifies President Mark's Big Hairy Audacious Goal - to increase by 10 the number of Active Members of the club by the end of 2021. To see the full plan: Click on this link
Club's Three Year Plan focuses on Growth and Impact Richard Blakeman 2020-08-29 14:00:00Z 0 Strategic Plan

Salvation Army Bread Run

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The Salvation Army has been active in Camberwell for more than 100 years. For many years they were located in Burke Road just up from Camberwell Junction. They then relocated to their current home in Bowen St, in the late 1970’s. The Rotary Glenferrie Club has had a strong association with the Salvation Army for many years. The Salvation Army could not exist nor perform the wonderful tasks that they do if it were not for the volunteers.
Salvation Army Bread Run Lyn Kneale 2020-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Mark Ellis AM - Networker Profile 
 The Eyes Have It

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My father was a keen Rotarian, first with Keilor and then with Carlton, and from him, I developed respect for what Rotary does.
I was active on a humanitarian project in Timor Leste involving eye-surgery, and was asked to fill in as guest speaker on this topic at short notice at Rotary Glenferrie. I liked the club, joined 13 years ago, and have great admiration for my colleagues.

The International Director at the time asked me to find an offshore project.  I had been to Timor Leste with a team twice, but the 2006 uprising made it unsafe so I went to Indonesia instead.  I discovered that Sumba needed considerable help. 
Mark Ellis AM - Networker Profile  The Eyes Have It Chris Raw 2020-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 Club History,Membership Development

Youth Exchange Antics

Posted by David Sutherland
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Over the years Glenferrie hosted quite a few Exchange Students  — mostly well behaved but a couple were disappointing —- one American girl in particular —- she refused to wear a uniform at Fintona —- she was very  disruptive and the Principal asked us to remove her.  It turned out that her uncle came home from his local Rotary meeting and asked her if she would like a “holiday” in Australia for a year.  I have a feeling ( but can’t really remember if it was her ) but one girl was sent home for poor behaviour.  Another European girl used to slip out of her bedroom window after 'lights out' and go to night clubs.
Youth Exchange Antics David Sutherland 2020-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 Club History,Youth Service

District Foundation Report to Members

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The District 9800 Rotary Foundation Committee is required to report to members at the end of each Rotary year on the state of giving and the distribution of grant financing. The report describes in detail the wonderful work being done within Australia and globally by Rotarians from District 9800 clubs with the support of your Foundation. Published by the District 9800 Foundation Committee Chair, Murray Verso and compiled and produced by Glenferrie Rotarian Cheryl Pisterman, the Winter 2020 edition of the newsletter is choc full of great ideas put into action through D9800 clubs.
 
To read the latest report: Click on this link
 
To read the Guide to Club Foundation Chairs: Click on this link
District Foundation Report to Members Richard Blakeman 2020-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Those Foreign Coins Can Really Make a Difference!

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For some years now Past President John Hudson has collected those pesky foreign coins that get thrown into the buckets at the Farmers Market, combined them with coins collected from local banks and members, and sent them on to The Rotary Club of Hornsby District in Sydney where, with the help of Qantas, they are repatriated to their country of origin. The program nationally has now raised over $560,000 in the more than twenty years it has been in existence - much of which has gone towards helping to fight malaria. Those pesky coins can really add up to something.
 
This article, sent in by John, was published recently in the Malaria Vaccine Project Newsletter Vol 7.
Those Foreign Coins Can Really Make a Difference! Richard Blakeman 2020-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 International Service

Why All Rotarians Are Asked to Complete a Rotary Youth Declaration

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In an age of heightened awareness of the need for organisations to prioritise the safety of children above all else, your club has made great progress in its level of compliance with Rotary Youth Policies, Every Active Member now has a valid Victorian Working With Children Check, which is a mandatory requirement for membership, and almost all have completed a Rotary Volunteer Information and Declaration
 
There has been some doubt until now about whether the Declaration Form is required for every member, particularly if they are not in a role that usually brings them into direct contact with minors.  District 9800 Insurance Office Mark Perree has written to all clubs to explain why all members are now being asked to complete this declaration.  Click on this link to read Marks' letter.
Why All Rotarians Are Asked to Complete a Rotary Youth Declaration Richard Blakeman 2020-08-15 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service,Youth Service

Profile of a Glenferrie Rotarian - John Hudson OAM

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This article first appeared in The Networker on August 8th 2020.
 
Having grown up in Boroondara, Glenferrie Rotarian, John Hudson, has been devoting his retirement years to volunteering in the community that provided he and his family so many benefits.

A Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, John’s career included the role of Company Secretary at McIlwraith Davey Ltd, which employed over 7,000 people, and finally as Finance Manager at Trinity Grammar until 1990. 

Profile of a Glenferrie Rotarian - John Hudson OAM Richard Blakeman 2020-08-08 14:00:00Z 0 Club History,Membership Development
Jennifer E. Jones Nominated as Rotary International President 2022-2023 Richard Blakeman 2020-08-08 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

What Rotarians Can Achieve with the Help of The Rotary Foundation is simply Amazing

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has partnered with the Rotary Foundation and other clubs to deliver some truly inspiring projects over the past few years. Those projects include the establishment of the Hawthorn Men's Shed, the  Clean Water and Sanitation Project in Timor Leste, the Bike Rescue Project with the Yiyili Aboriginal School in northern Western Australia, and the clubs Rotary 100 project to build a unique interactive playground feature at Yarra Bank Reserve Hawthorn. This incredible story about a recycling project in Brazil speaks volumes about the power of Rotary and the value of the Rotary Foundation.
What Rotarians Can Achieve with the Help of The Rotary Foundation is simply Amazing Richard Blakeman 2020-08-01 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Closing in on 100% Compliance

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The Club is closing in on achieving 100% compliance with Rotary Youth policies as more and more members complete and lodge their Rotary Volunteer Youth Declaration Form. The concerted push for full accreditation began in 2017 following the updating of State Government legislation that required all organisations involved with youth promote child safety as the highest priority. With the assistance of District 9800 legal advisors, the club board published the club's Child Safe Environment Policy in October of that year. 100% of members now have a valid Victorian Working With Children Check and 68% of members have completed and lodged their Rotary Volunteer Youth Declaration. President Mark has now asked members who have not yet done so to complete their Declarations as soon as possible so that the club can achieve 100% on both counts.
Closing in on 100% Compliance Richard Blakeman 2020-07-18 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service,Youth Service

Fabulous Rotary 100 Launch Sets the Pace

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The celebration of 100 Years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand got of to a spectacular start Friday, with an event broadcast via YouTube from Government House, Canberra featuring His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia, and a litany of stars. The signature project for the event Give Every Child a Future was spotlighted during an online event that celebrated Rotary, Rotarians and the wonderful work done over the past 100 years.
Fabulous Rotary 100 Launch Sets the Pace Richard Blakeman 2020-07-11 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Sun Shines on June Farmers Market

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The Weather Bureau rarely gets it wrong but fortunately on June 20th it did. With a very high likely percentage of rain forecast we were pleased that the morning turned out to be both dry and sunny. The Market was run under the set COVID-19 Safety Requirements. There were 51 Stalls of fresh produce including beef, fruit and vegetables, bread, biscuits, cakes, pastries, fish and once again, oysters. Green Eggs returned so we had eggs that were not available on May 30th.
Sun Shines on June Farmers Market Ian Salek 2020-07-04 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

What exactly is Vocational Service?

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To recognise the worthiness of all useful occupations
 
Paul Harris wrote: "Each Rotarian is a connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and their trade or profession". Vocational Service may be the least understood of the Rotary Avenues of Service, and yet it is the very foundation of Rotary itself. The introductory statement and three of the four objectives of Rotary relate to Vocational Service, underlining its importance to the philosophy and culture of Rotary.
What exactly is Vocational Service? Richard Blakeman 2020-07-04 14:00:00Z 0 Vocational Service

What Exactly is the Four Way Test?

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The origins of the Four Way Test date back to 1932 when creditors of a near bankrupt aluminum company assigned the author of the Four Way Test, Rotarian Herbert Taylor, to save it from further financial ruin.  Competition in the aluminum industry was fierce.  Mr. Taylor was looking for a way to distinguish his new company from the others, while at the same time achieving financial prosperity.  Mr. Taylor decided that ethics and doing what was right would be the key to the turnaround.
What Exactly is the Four Way Test? Richard Blakeman 2020-06-27 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Strategic Planning Workshop A Great Success

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The Club's Strategic Planning workshop, held via Zoom on June 23rd and led by facilitator Warwick Cavell, has been hugely successful in helping identify club priorities for the next three years, reinforced by the very positive feedback received from those able to participate. Following on from the first workshop on June 9th the purpose of the second workshop was to get input from club members as to what they see as the focus of the club going forward.
Strategic Planning Workshop A Great Success Richard Blakeman 2020-06-27 14:00:00Z 0 Strategic Plan

President's Induction Speech

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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OMG – Oh my God – I am the Pres!!!
After many years of ducking this great responsibility, I felt it selfish not to do my bit for the club that I have grown fond of over the 12 to 13 years that I have been a member.  I am in awe of the past presidents and how they handled their year with wisdom and energy.  We have had teachers, businesspeople, board chair and such who are used to dealing with large amounts of people at once.  So now, you have a doctor and surgeon, used to dealing with one on one.
President's Induction Speech Mark Ellis AM 2020-06-27 14:00:00Z 2 President's Message

Rotary Glenferrie Joins Global Grant Consortium in Support of Bushfire Victims

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The club Board has voted to join with the Rotary Club of Brighton North in support of a Rotary Foundation Global Grant application to assist victims of the devastating bushfires in Sarsfield over summer. From a contribution of $2,000 from each of Rotary Glenferrie and Rotary Brighton North, total funds available for the project are likely to grow to $150,000 with support from a generous public donor,  the District 9800 Foundation Grants Committee, Rotary District 9800 and The Rotary Foundation Global Fund, highlighting the power of Rotary Foundation Grants in multiplying impact. The grant application is being led by Rotarian Mark Stephens of the Rotary Club of Brighton North.
 
Following up on the club's project in Sarsfield earlier this year, please refer to this article about Milusa and Kevin Giles, whose property Glenferrie Rotarians worked on during the Bushfire Cleanup Project earlier this year: Victorian bushfire clean-up half way there, as survivors wait anxiously to rebuild
Rotary Glenferrie Joins Global Grant Consortium in Support of Bushfire Victims Richard Blakeman 2020-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Rotary Foundation
Club Speakers Donation to Australian Rotary Health Richard Blakeman 2020-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Scandalous Changeover Photos Go Viral

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As we have all come to learn, headlines can sometime be misleading, and this one is no exception. Nevertheless photos have emerged of what was going on just beyond the camera during the club's historic best ever Zoom Changeover Event, held without an official dinner on June 16th 2020. Congratulations to Club Service Award Recipients Michael Hills, Don Heath and Ian Salek, and to Paul Harris Fellows Don Heath and Richard Blakeman. And congratulations to outgoing President Thelma Hutchison and the Incoming President Mark Ellis for a superb celebration of what it means to be a Rotarian.
Scandalous Changeover Photos Go Viral Richard Blakeman 2020-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover

For Next Meeting: What are the Answers to Warwick's Three Questions?

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The first chapter of the club's planning process was completed on 9 June with an outstanding presentation by workshop coordinator Warwick Cavell. Warwick, a professional business strategist, MD of Linnergy and current President of the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne, emphasised the benefit of focusing on impact rather than activities in our internal and external communications, and posed three questions for us regarding the future, in preparation for stage 2 of the process - the Planning Workshop on June 23rd via Zoom. The club's SAG (Strategic Action Group), comprising President Thelma, President Elect Mark and President Elect Nominee Teresa has been working with Warwick for some weeks now to set the scene for the plan for the next three years.
For Next Meeting: What are the Answers to Warwick's Three Questions? Richard Blakeman 2020-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 Strategic Plan

Farewell to a True Inspiration - The Rotarian who Led the Fight Against Polio

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Sir Clem Renouf, an unassuming accountant from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Charter Secretary of the Rotary Club of Nambour and Past Rotary International President ignited the global Rotary campaign to end the scourge of Polio, a program that has saved untold millions of people from one of the world's most terrible diseases. Sir Clem passed away on Thursday 11th June 2020. Click on Read More  to read the tribute from District Governor Grant Hocking. Click on this link to view this feature story on Sir Clem that went to air in April 2010 on the ABC's 7:30 Report . Vale PRIP Sir Clem Renouf.
Farewell to a True Inspiration - The Rotarian who Led the Fight Against Polio Richard Blakeman 2020-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary International

It's Here!

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Changeover is here! Tonight President Thelma Hutchison will pass the baton to President Elect Mark and his new leadership team. But this will be a Changeover like no other. For a start it's free! There's no dinner. There's no carparking worries, no having to go out into a cold Melbourne winter's night. What has the club got in store for a Changeover by Zoom? Be sure to sign in from 7:00pm. But you must register for the event by clicking on the ZOOM link that was sent to you when you registered. See you tonight, on ZOOM!
It's Here! Richard Blakeman 2020-06-15 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover

Thank you Bunnings Warehouse Hawthorn

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 Helena had organised a Bunnings' BBQ to be held on 4th April but it had to be cancelled due to COVID 19. Our intention was to use the proceeds to support the work of Australian Rotary Health (ARH). Bunnings has now very generously given us a donation of $500 to make up for some of our lost charity income. We will forward this to ARH and we thank Bunnings Hawthorn for their generous support.
Thank you Bunnings Warehouse Hawthorn Don Heath 2020-06-13 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Timor Leste Water and Sanitation Project an Outstanding Success

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The Consortium of Rotary Clubs which included the Rotary Club of Glenferrie has completed the project to install water tanks and toilets in the Baguia region of Timor Leste. With a total budget of A$139k and supported by a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation, the Consortium led by Vijay Susarla and John Walmsley of the Rotary Club of Camberwell installed four toilet blocks and thirty-two water tanks in primary schools throughout the remote Baguia region of Timor Leste. Baguia has a 'Sister Province' relationship with the City of Boroondara.
Timor Leste Water and Sanitation Project an Outstanding Success Richard Blakeman 2020-06-01 14:00:00Z 0 International Service
Farmers Market is Back in Town Ian Salek 2020-05-30 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market
Bread Run - Thank You letter from Norm Gale Don Heath 2020-05-24 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service
Thank you letter from the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School Don Heath 2020-05-23 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Spotlight on Rotary Glenferrie on Rotary Radio 94.1FM

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Tired of all the boring chit chat on talk-back radio? I don't blame you. So here's a solution, at least for drive time radio on Friday evenings. Give the mainstream a miss and tune in to Rotary Radio 3WBC 94.1FM The Voice of the Inner East, for interesting interviews, great music and lively commentary.
Spotlight on Rotary Glenferrie on Rotary Radio 94.1FM Richard Blakeman 2020-05-16 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Radio

Club's Rotary 100 Project has Personal Meaning for Hugh Bucknall

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Hugh Bucknall of the Rotary Club of Melbourne is the Team Leader for the Australia and New Zealand Rotary 100 Project, which marks the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand. Hugh wrote to the club to congratulate the consortium of clubs engaged on the Boroondara project, Glenferrie, Hawthorn, Camberwell and Canterbury, which he described as modelling perfectly the values of the Rotary 100 program, including community partnership, Rotary clubs working collaboratively, long-term sustainable value and the opportunities to promote and grow Rotary. But Hugh also had a personal story about the increasingly significant site of our project, Yarra Bank Reserve.
Club's Rotary 100 Project has Personal Meaning for Hugh Bucknall Richard Blakeman 2020-05-16 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Peter Harries Meeting Presentation On Retaining Walls

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As is often the case, on Tuesday evening 12th May our Glenferrie Rotary Zoom Meeting proved that Club Members, more often than not, provide very different and interesting presentations.
 
Our own Peter Harries gave an interesting talk on how earth retaining walls work. We pass them daily without realising the technology behind them to keep them upright.  The construction technique used today goes back 3000 years when the ancient Babylonians built ziggurats using  papyrus reed in layers on structures still evident today.  Babylon is now part of modern day Iraq.
Peter Harries Meeting Presentation On Retaining Walls Ian Salek 2020-05-16 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Our BikeRescue project for the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School
 

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The Yiyili Aboriginal Community School is a very poor school between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek in the Kimberley Region in the north of Western Australia. The Yiyili community is based on the Louisa Downs Station. They have 60 students from Kindergarten to Year 10 and six teaching staff including one Indigenous Language teacher. They have an innovative vocational service program where the students are taught to dismantle and re-assemble bicycles. BikeRescue is an award-winning accredited program that uses bike mechanics as a vehicle for outreach, engagement and mentoring.
Our BikeRescue project for the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School  Don Heath 2020-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Rotary Radio- Featuring An Interview With President Thelma Hutchison

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On Friday night 15th May the Rotary and Community Service Show on 94.1FM 3WBC or Live Streaming on www.3wbc.org.au between 6 and 8pm, will feature an interview with our President Thelma Hutchison.
 
Hosted by Jonathan Shepherd the Show will feature two pre-recorded interview segments by Ian Salek with Thelma. There are some fascinating insights into Thelma’s life of which most Glenferrie Rotarians would be unaware. Hear about these, the Club’s achievements and how our new President Elect Mark Ellis will be inducted. President Thelma is finishing her year in difficult circumstances but has achieved her Rotary goals to make this world a better place. Tune in to hear a very positive Thelma Hutchison and some great music that Jonathan loves to play, including some of Thelma’s favourites.
 
For more information about Rotary Radio, Click on this link.
Rotary Radio- Featuring An Interview With President Thelma Hutchison Ian Salek 2020-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Radio

May is Youth Service Month

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May is Rotary International Youth Service Month, when the focus is on young people and the development of the next generation of leaders. Under the leadership of Youth Service Director Teresa Liu, the Rotary Club of Glenferrie has been highly active in supporting and nurturing youth, including offering two Year 11-12 scholarships through the Auburn High School, sponsoring an outward bound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, supporting the attendance of two students at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and organising the most recent District 9800 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). Half of all the funds raised through the Boroondara Farmers Market are donated to the Boroondara Cares CHANCES Scholarship Program. Youth are our future, and a key component of Rotary endeavour. For more about Rotary Youth programs Click Here.
May is Youth Service Month Richard Blakeman 2020-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Youth Service

Club's Rotary 100 Project Featured in District Foundation Newsletter

The latest edition of the Rotary District 9800 Foundation Newsletter has featured the club's Rotary 100 project, which is being undertaken with the support of a grant from The Rotary Foundation. Partnering with the Rotary clubs of Camberwell, Canterbury and Hawthorn, and with the City of Boroondara, the project will provide an innovative Rotary themed play sculpture at Yarra Bank Reserve Hawthorn. The latest newsletter is choc-a-bloc full of news about some of the wonderful things happening in the District, supported by our Foundation.
 
The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's charity. Since it's establishment it has provided more than US$4 billion to support community projects throughout the world, including Boroondara! To read the latest edition of the District Foundation Newsletter, click on this link.
Club's Rotary 100 Project Featured in District Foundation Newsletter Richard Blakeman 2020-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

When People Work Together They Can Create Something Magnificent

The Rotary 100 Playground Project reached two new milestones during the past week, with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Boroondara, and the presentation of the preliminary design drawings to the project consortium. Capturing the essence of the site, the exciting, unique play equipment and art work will be unlike anything seen in a playground, not just in Boroondara, but across the world!
 
The Rotary feature captures the spirit of place and emphasises collaboration at all levels. Said designer Benjamin Gilbert: "The more people that play on the feature, the more fun they will have. It is meant to show that when people work together they can create something magnificent".
When People Work Together They Can Create Something Magnificent Richard Blakeman 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100
Club's Strategic Plan Due for Renewal Richard Blakeman 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0 Strategic Plan

Date Set for Changeover

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Changeover this year is as important as ever but it will be a Changeover with a difference. Normally the club's social highlight of the year, eclipsing even the Christmas Party and the Annual BBQ on the Terrace, Changeover is a time when the club comes together to reflect on the year's achievements, celebrate some outstanding contributions, thank the club's leaders and welcome the new leadership team.
 
This year however, Changeover will be different - for a start there will be no charge! And it will be via ZOOM, so you can attend from the comfort of your own home. Put this date in your diary. CHANGEOVER: June 16th, 2020, 7:15pm - 8:30pm, hosted by President Thelma and President Elect Mark Ellis. More to come!!
Date Set for Changeover Richard Blakeman 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover

Vietnam Project Wins District Award

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The Rotary Club of North  Balwyn has been  recognised by District 9800 for the excellence of its multi-club project in Vietnam which Glenferrie Rotary recently agreed to join.
 
The project is designed to support the poorer communities in Phu Tho Province, Vietnam, by providing support in child health, school equipment, medical supplies and creating income producing ventures. North Balwyn Rotary initiated the project and they have been working with three other Rotary clubs. Each club has adopted a village in the Phu Tho Province which is in the north west of Vietnam.
Glenferrie has now joined the project and adopted a fifth village, called Vo Thanh, in the same province.
 
Vietnam Project Wins District Award Robert Hogan 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0 International Service

The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention

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Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.
 
 
Rotarians will join other Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges for every person. Virtually we will be able to mix, share stories, listen to speakers on varying subjects, hear of current and innovative projects under commencement and be involved in discussions. It aims to be an exciting and interesting time.
 
The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention Chris Raw 2020-05-01 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Helping the Mothers of Boroondara

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April is Rotary International Maternal and Child Health month, marking one of the six key focus areas for The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has marked the event with a presentation from Dianne Sides, President of the Boroondara Family Network (BFN), who was Guest Speaker at the club meeting via ZOOM on Tuesday. Dianne spoke of the establishment of  BFN by the Rotary Club of Glenferrie in 1998 and was presented with a contribution of $5,000 from the Rotary Club of Glenferrie towards this year's running costs.
Helping the Mothers of Boroondara Robert Hogan 2020-04-25 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Bumper Turnout for First ZOOM Meeting

The club's first meeting via ZOOM last Tuesday enjoyed the biggest turnout for the year, when thirty-eight Rotarians, partners and guests logged in to share the latest club news and hear a presentation from Natasza Letowt-Vorbek from the City of Boroondara. Natasza, who is the Coordinator Waste Contracts and Projects at the City of Boroondara, explained the key objectives behind the City's FOGO program, and what residents can expect over the coming weeks.
Bumper Turnout for First ZOOM Meeting Richard Blakeman 2020-04-09 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Welcome to ClubRunner

  The transition of the club's administration and communication functions from Streamscape to ClubRunner is now complete as evidenced by this, the first club Bulletin from the new software. ClubRunner is fully integrated with the Rotary District 9800 website and with My Rotary.
Welcome to ClubRunner Richard Blakeman 2020-04-09 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Rotary 100 Project Attracts Foundation Grant

The project led by the Rotary Club of Glenferrie as part of nationwide celebrations of Rotary's 100th anniversary in Australia and New Zealand has been awarded a District Local Grant from The Rotary Foundation. The project consortium, comprising the Rotary Clubs of Camberwell, Canterbury, Glenferrie and Hawthorn will build a unique interactive playground feature as part of the new all-abilities playground being erected by the City of Boroondara at Yarra Bank Reserve Hawthorn.
Rotary 100 Project Attracts Foundation Grant Richard Blakeman 2020-04-02 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

These Sticks are Made for Walking...

As part of the Yarra Bank Reserve playground project led by the club to mark the anniversary in 2021 of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand, the Rotary Club of Glenferrie has launched a Vocational Service fundraiser featuring innovative walking sticks designed by entrepreneur and past member of The Rotary Club of Moorabbin Walter Glaser
 
The innovative walking sticks have a number of features which distinguish them from lesser products, most notably a built-in torch. The ‘Telescopic’ version has a shock absorber in the foot, to help prevent jarring of the shoulder.
These Sticks are Made for Walking... Richard Blakeman 2020-04-02 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100,Vocational Service

Rotary Club of Glenferrie Adopts a Village in Vietnam

The Rotary Club of Glenferrie voted at the recent board meeting to approve a proposal put forward by International Service Director Robert Hogan, that the club adopt the village of Vo Thanh in north west Vietnam, as part of a group of projects being led by the Rotary Club of Balwyn and the Overseas Kids Foundation. The idea is to provide scholarships to individual students in the village, install services such as water, toilets, libraries etc. in the schools, and generally promote welfare of the village.
Rotary Club of Glenferrie Adopts a Village in Vietnam Richard Blakeman 2020-04-02 13:00:00Z 0 International Service

Club to Meet Via Zoom

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the club will meet via the online meeting tool ZOOM until further notice. Meetings will be held twice monthly, with the first club meeting via ZOOM to be held on Tuesday April 7th, 2020 at 7:15pm. April's second meeting will be on April 21st. From May onwards the club will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month until normal club meetings at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club resume.
 
Club to Meet Via Zoom Richard Blakeman 2020-04-02 13:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Glenferrie Rotarians At Work in East Gippsland

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On the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of March the Rotary Club of Glenferrie organised a team of members, partners and friends to drive to East Gippsland to help clean up the mess at Sarsfield left after the devastating bushfires. President Thelma, who was previously a member of the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale Sunrise, had local knowledge of the area so organised work sites for both days. Community Service Director Don Heath took on the role of organising volunteers for the work party, keeping them informed of our plans via email updates.
Glenferrie Rotarians At Work in East Gippsland Don Heath 2020-03-25 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Care Packs for the Homeless

Working with the Salvation Army in Boroondara, the Rotary Club of Glenferrie's Care Packs for the Homeless project is a continuing success.  These packs contain such essential toiletry items (eg toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb), clothing items (eg socks, underwear, t-shirts), towels and non-perishable food with long “best before” dates (eg muesli bars, pasta, soup, noodles, juices).
Care Packs for the Homeless 2020-01-24 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service
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