The Rotary Club of Canterbury has been serving our local & international communities since 1987. We have an active social and project program. Our members love being part of our Club and enjoy participating in all our activities. You are invited to come along to:
- join in with our many volunteering opportunities,
- make new friends and
- learn new things.
President’s Message – Doug Hawley
The Changeover Dinner featuring the theme of ’Cultural Heritage’ was held at our usual venue of the Basscare Centre last Monday. I need to thank Nora Ley personally and on behalf of the Club for the first class job that she has done in her year as President. The myriad of community, youth and international projects needed a steady hand in directing the Club and Nora provided this quite expertly and guided the Club to a very successful year. She has put into place some new initiatives for the coming year such as the Busy Feet Program and the Food Pack Program. Much of this work was appreciated at District with the awarding of two special District Awards. We should also be aware that her year has been difficult for her personally as she has been to hospital many times during the year for major operations, yet you only heard about these later on from other people. So Nora, thank you for all your efforts during the year, you have certainly been a ’Gift to the World’.
This will be a special year because of the many anniversaries that will occur. This will be the Thirtieth Year of our Club and we will have a special evening to celebrate this in April next year. This will be the Twentieth Medical Mission to the Philippines. To date, our missions have screened over 100,000 people, including children. This has resulted in over 3,000 people who were totally blind but can now see, as well as corrections done for many other eye problems. In addition, we have detected and saved the hearing of many children. We will be going to the island of Mindoro this year for our medical mission. This year will also be the Hundredth Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. You will be hearing much more of this during the year and one of our tasks will be to get the message out to the general public about the many and great activities that the Rotary Foundation undertakes. Perhaps the message that would attract the greatest attention would be the announcement that the world is free from Polio. In 1985, Rotary launched its Polio Plus campaign to rid the world of Polio. To do this Rotary was going to need to raise US$120 million. Many thought Rotary was deluding itself, but today the results are US$1.5 billion has been raised and over 2.5 billion children immunised in 122 countries. This is a fantastic achievement and a story that we must get out to the general public this year. Even though the disease is or is almost eradicated, Rotary will need to continue to fund it for a few more years so as to ensure that no new outbreaks occur.
We will largely continue most of the projects that we have been successfully doing in the past. However, there will be some new initiatives for 2016-17. Firstly, our Busy Feet Program will run in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Camberwell with assistance from Boroondara Council. It will provide a weekly program of dance and music for disabled children. Secondly, our Food Pack Program for provision of single meal packs for a family of 5-6 people to be used when a catastrophe hits a developing world location, like the Philippines. As many of you know, making up food packs is labour intensive but those that participated in the pilot program felt that it was a fun activity and very productive. We will continue to expand this project and hopefully involve other Rotary Clubs and other organisations such as schools, Guides, Scouts, etc. We will also approach Australian producers of rice, oats and lentils to donate cereals for packing. Thirdly, a Friends of Rotary Program will be developed because our Club has always been a hands-on Club rather than a funding Club. Our projects require a fair bit of volunteering and many people, particularly young people, are not prepared to commit to full Club membership but would be very willing to assist us in any special activity. This year we plan to have special volunteering events, such as a food pack evening for our Friends, including our past Philippines Medical Mission orthoptist students.
The Theme for this Rotary Year is Rotary Serving Humanity. Our plan is to have fun together while we attempt to live out this theme through our many projects. I am sure that we will all experience in this year the pleasure of volunteering in one or more of the many activities that the Club will undertake. For example, the joy of seeing a young child get pleasure out of the Busy Feet program or being able to witness the bandages being removed from the eyes of someone whose sight has just been restored and recognising that this would not have happened unless you made the effort to volunteer – this is very special. If you are engaged in activities of the Club that make these things possible, you will know that the projects would not have occurred unless you played your important part in the Club activities.
So finally, I thank you all for giving me the opportunity to lead you in this year. Let us all work together to have fun and finish the year in an even stronger position than when we started it.
Rotary Club of Boroondara
President Doug Hawley, Past President Nora Ley, Peter May &John McCaskill attended the final meeting and closure of the Rotary Club of Boroondara.
A very pleasant evening at the home of Jenny and Greg Vero was shared with current and past members of the Club, District Representatives and Cluster Members. All formalities were completed, Paul Harris Awards presented and a formal acknowledgement of the Club’s achievements, activities and social events over the last 14 years were shared – an incredible array of achievements for such a small band of people. All of the Boroondara Club Members can indeed be proud of their achievements and reflect on the benefits to so many in the community.
The Rotary Club of Canterbury will be formally welcoming 7 or 8 members to our Club in July with others joining our ‘Rotary Friends Group’. Our Friends are most welcome to attend Club meetings, to participate in volunteering and in our other activities without the commitment of full Rotary membership.
We extend a warm welcome to the transferring members, partners and their families. We trust that their time with us will be fruitful and rewarding for all.