Posted by Teresa Liu

With the greatest sadness, we learnt of the loss of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. She was an extraordinary woman of great strength, resilience, wisdom and faith who devoted her whole life to her duty. May she rest in eternal peace with her beloved husband, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Many of us may know that Prince Phillip was an Honorary Member of five Rotary clubs including RC Windsor and Eton. Until five years before his death, the duke would attend meetings in ‘his’ club and refused to be treated differently from any other Rotarian. He showed the exemplary spirit of Rotary to all of us. As Rotarians, we have accepted the obligation and responsibilities of Rotary membership and are committed to Rotary Values, friendships and a life of Service Above Self. My dear fellow Rotarians, I wish you find ‘Inspiration in Service’ and ‘Enjoyment in the Fellowship’ of our club and the worldwide Rotary movement.

In December 2013, Rotary International recognized Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the Rotary International Award of Honour to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her Coronation. Her Majesty graciously accepted the prestigious honour and sent a message to RI: “I am pleased that Commonwealth governments are playing their part in tackling disease and improving health for all. Polio, for example, used to cast its shadow across many countries, and today, thanks to concerted international action, just a handful still need to eliminate polio". PolioPlus, no doubt, is RI’s most notable global project, contributing to the worldwide eradication of polio. I wonder when Rotary has its second centenary celebration in the future, what would be our next ‘PolioPlus’ to improve health through disease prevention and treatment globally, or to improve the health of mothers and children worldwide.
2021-22 Rotary Citation for Glenferrie-Congratulations to Mark Ellis and his excellent team and all club members. Our club has earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2021-22. This past year, our club demonstrated a commitment to achieve its goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shapes our future.
D9800 Hands-on Volunteering with the DG monthly. D9800 is celebrating great examples of meaningful, hands-on, convenient volunteering that helps our clubs connect with more volunteers from across our communityA few Glenferrie Rotarians have engaged in the monthly Hands-on Volunteering projects: Garfield Lee was at the Hands-on Volunteering Workshop with DG Amanda at Malvern Valley, Mahroo Parsi enjoyed volunteering at the Koonung Heights Uniting Church, the Refugee Families Support Depot, and interacted with Amanda. Rod Smith devoted himself to pack care parcels in Sandringham with our DG and other Rotarians. I am so glad that our new members have engaged in these projects and met others at the district level. The next opportunity is volunteering at WERN (Western Emergency Relief Network). Like our RIMERN (Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network) it receives, manages and delivers donated furniture, appliances, bedding and other essential home goods to families in need from our dedicated warehouse in Ravenhall in Melbourne's west. Further information, including the booking link, will be available soon.
President Teresa