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Aussie Pride Badges make the perfect presentation pin for Australian Citizenship ceremonies.  Schools - foster Pride, Unity and Peace by presenting these to your students for encouragement and recognition.

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NYSF 2016
Applications for the 2016 National Youth Science Forum open on 1st March 2015. You need to be in Year 11 and keen on Science to apply. Applications close on 31st May 2015.

Canterbury Rotary is...

The Rotary Club of Canterbury have 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.  Want to be involved? See below

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Are you passionate about your local, business and international community? Have you participated in a Rotary program and want to re-connect with Rotary?

Do you have an interest in helping others locally and around the world with the opportunity to meet a diverse range of like-minded people?

We'd love to hear from you. We invite you to contact us about joining our Club. The Rotary Club of Canterbury is vibrant and active in our Community - Locally and Internationally. Click here to Contact the Club about Rotary or joining Rotary or to find a Club near you.

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Social Fun activities

Our Rotary Club members have fun while they volunteer. Our social events cater for a variety of tastes. Car rallies, movie nights, games nights and tours of places of significant interest in our city, and more . . .

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What Projects do we do?

Some of our projects seek participants from our local community. You or your children may be able to participate e.g. Youth Leadership training or overseas cultural and job exchange. Click Here for a short Brochure of our projects. Read about our new Education Project in Nepal and about our recent experiences in the Philippines.

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Club History
Our club was chartered in 1987 and merged with the Rotary Club of North Camberwell in 2005. North Camberwell was chartered in 1984 and was the fifth Rotary club to be chartered in Camberwell.

Donations in Kind
Our Rotary Club is proud to be a member of DIK Inc the major sponsor of Donations In Kind in West Footscray. It has been wonderful for our members to visit sites in the Philippines where the local people are benefiting from this incredible recycling project.

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President's Message - Peter May

What is this thing they call ‘Rotary Fellowship’? Many say it is the primary reason they come to weekly meetings. A story from the disaster in Nepal last week, that I brought to members' attention at the start of our meeting, helps to illustrate the true meaning of this term for us. One of our members has family travelling in Nepal. They couldn't be contacted after the earthquake. After little sleep and constant worry, the media got hold of the situation and hounded the family here, in an attempt to sensationalise the story. 
Having seen the tremendous support offered to other members in their time of need, our distraught member planned to come to Rotary last Monday, knowing that we are friends who really care for one another. This is what 'Rotary Fellowship' means in our Club. Something we should never take for granted. It makes us all stronger. We can all be very proud to be Rotarians in such a Club.
Another organisation, with a similar level of caring, is Rossbourne School. Rossbourne is a unique independent school whose purpose is to provide an educational facility for students who have difficulty progressing, adapting or coping with the demands, both educational and social, of mainstream education. Such students most often have a recognisable and identifiable learning disorder, and yet are normally ineligible for access to other special school settings.
Linden Hearn, Principal of Rossbourne was our Guest Speaker this last Monday. Linden engaged us all by starting with a short outline of what he believes about learning and social development, then opening it up to interactive discussions. His profound quote was, “Students don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” I'm sure we all see this as a common trait in those teachers who made a real difference during our own education.
It certainly sounded like a wonderful school and what an awesome bloke to have at the helm. With only 130 students and class sizes of 12, Rossbourne students are given the opportunity to reach their full potential in a nurturing and caring environment.

Linden Hearn

Josh Fergeus is currently in the UK and has been able to confirm that our friends and sponsored students in Nepal are alive and relatively well, although none can yet return home. Our Club is sponsoring four Nepalese students to enable them to attend school this year. There is much devastation in their area and communication is difficult. Josh will keep in touch to let us know if there are any needs we can help to meet.

Despite some damp weather, 40 volunteers worked as marshals for the 100 year commemoration of ANZAC Day last Saturday. It was a long day for those of us who joined some 80,000 people for the dawn service. But the old diggers marched proudly and the descendants of the WW1 servicemen carried the medals of their forebears in memory of their sacrifice. It was very rewarding for our Rotary team to be able to support such a significant event.
Our partnership with Maling Road Business Association, Canterbury Girl Guides, Glen Iris Scout Group and Interchange Inner East was consolidated at a planning meeting this week. Five major events are being organised in Maling Road over the next twelve months that will bring families into the shopping strip and raise the profiles of our respective organisations.
Doug recently returned from his annual, mission planning visit to Manila. We will be returning to the Province of Masbate this October. Selection of the four, final-year Orthoptics students is underway from a very fine group of applicants. Our Club covers everything except spending money, for these Aussie students to gain the professional experience of their lifetime. In a short period they gain experiences they could never get in their field here in Australia. This will be our Club’s 19th Medical Mission to the Philippines. Gerry is planning to ship three containers of medical equipment from Donations in Kind, to arrive before we do.
Our Club Social Committee met this week to plan the next Changeover celebration on 29th June, for the new Rotary Year. On this night Nora Ley takes over as Club President and her new Club Board takes over the management of our Club. Please mark this date in your diaries, so you can keep this date free to join us.

Club Budget 2015-16
Nora will be meeting with her new Club Board after the District Assembly to make decisions regarding the 2015-16 budget. Draft budgets are in from all the committees, but if you need funds for a project in the year ahead and you have not yet spoken to your committee chairperson, you better be quick. This budget gets approved on 22nd June. This is an annual process and we do not have excess funds for projects outside of the approved committee budgets. If you have any good ideas, now is the time.
Glenallen Camp
Glenallen School strives to be a world’s best practice specialist school, providing innovation and excellence in teaching and learning for students who have physical disabilities and/or health impairments. Our Club is supporting a school camp at the Rotary camp in Axedale next week. Whilst teachers will be running the program for their students, our Club members will be preparing meals for the teachers and helping wherever we can. Year 10 Carey student, Alexie Aitkin will be joining the Rotarians as part of his school’s Community Service program.
Busy Feet
BusyFeet is an activity designed to create a special place for children aged 6 to 16 with disabilities by exploring their natural love of movement and music through dance. Conducted in a fun, safe environment where everyone feels special and is respected for their individual ability. One on one support is offered which helps build confidence and enjoyment through the movement of dance. Join us at our Club Meeting on Monday 11th May to learn more about this wonderful project that our Club plans to run in partnership with local community organisations in the year ahead.

District Assembly
Ten of our members are planning to attend the District Assembly on Sunday 17th May. Our club covers the $31 fee for those who attend. Whilst the afternoon programme is for Club presidents, secretaries and treasurers, the morning is packed with sessions about the five avenues of Rotary service, with a particular emphasis on the year ahead. Please let Nora know if you would like to join us.

ANZAC Commemoration Debate 
Join us for an evening of fun as two teams of students from Camberwell High School battle it out in a debate about the ANZAC Commemoration. A great night for past youth participants to rejoin us, or anyone who would like to enjoy a stimulating debate along with a fine meal.
Model United Nations Assembly
Our Rotary District 9800 Model United Nations Assembly takes place over the weekend commencing 29th May. Our Club is keen to sponsor a school team of two Year 10 students to enter this competition. The best team of debaters is sponsored by Rotary to attend the national final in Canberra. You should contact Sue Clifford if you would like to be considered for sponsorship by our Club. Read this to learn more about MUNA.
I look forward to seeing you next Monday when our speaker will be Jazz Singer, Beverley Sheehan who is the sister of another well known singer, Judith Durham.


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Club Bulletin - 21 May 2015

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Guest Speaker Calendar

Monday May 25 - "Australian Rules Football” Speaker: Thorold Merrett (180 VFL games)

Monday Jun 01 - "The Domestic Real Estate Market”  Speaker: Nick Pane 

Monday Jun 08 - No meeting, Queen's birthday holiday

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6:00pm for 6:30pm

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Last Speaker  Beverley Sheehan

Beverley Sheehan is the sister of Judith Durham whose own golden lead vocals took The Seekers to the world stage in the 1960s. Audiences find the same magic in Beverley’s singing but she has a unique charisma on stage with a popular choice of versatile material in her own world of traditional jazz. In the 1970s Beverley worked with the legendary Smacka Fitzgibbon and with the band of jazz trumpeter Roger Bell. Then in the 1980s she featured at numerous jazz clubs and venues along with jazz festivals in cities throughout Australia. In the 1990s Beverley recorded several albums and in 2003 she released a compilation CD featuring 21 standout tracks from her impressive back catalogue, entitled “Beverley Sheehan & Friends: Spreadin’ Rhythm Around”.

Being born under the sign of Gemini, Beverley’s mercurial personality enables her to combine her work as a gifted numerologist and experienced astrologist along with her musical career.

A Message from Gemma

Happy to be writing with wonderful news that Felix and myself have made it back to Tanzania safely and just in time for the arrival of Felix’s son! The attached picture is fresh off my phone having received it last night from Felix, who of course is at the hospital and very excited that his wife and first son are both well. No name yet but I thought that you would like to be told the exciting news as they have 2 girls already and so were secretly hoping for a boy.

Just wanted to drop you a note saying how thankful we both are for your allowing us to speak to your wonderful rotary event. We really enjoyed presenting to everyone about the school and giving an update on what is happening at the school for everyone who is already familiar with the story. Without Rotary, St Judes would not be there and so thanks so much for giving us the platform to say thanks.

Besides the wonderful news of Felix’s baby, we are back to business as usual here at St Jude’s. Things are hectic as ever as we are about a month away from our first Form 6 graduation and everyone is busy preparing for the big day and week of events! We are also excited about our students going off to give a year or service in government schools and St Jude’s in line with our educational mission and so I am excited to see how that rolls out in June. And then at nights we have rain, lots of rain which is nice as its now the big wet season-my favourite time of the year… I love the sound of rain on a tin roof.

Well it’s early in the morning here and people are starting to get ready for another hectic day. However we would not even be here without the support of great people like you so thanks again….from everyone here x

Gemma and Felix

St Jude’s provides a free, high-quality education to children who - due to poverty and social pressure - would otherwise be unlikely to complete their schooling. Drawn from families who often live on less than $1.25 per day, the pupils of St Jude’s are shining examples of what students can achieve when they are given the opportunity to receive a quality education. The policy is to accept only one student from a family. This means 150 families each year will benefit from having a well-educated child who can then assist them in the future. St Jude’s is a non-denominational Christian school where a child’s religion does not have any bearing on his or her eligibility to join the school.

The School of St Jude is a non-profit organisation enjoying continuing success only because of our dedicated and generous supporters and the hard working team on the ground. Monetary contributions to St Jude’s are tax deductible in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada. Guided by the school’s philosophy of ‘Fighting Poverty through Education’, Gemma Sisia is determined that St Jude’s will continue to grow and maintain the high academic standard it currently enjoys.

Since 2002, St Jude’s has been a registered Rotary Australia World Community Service project and Rotarians continue to live up to their motto of ‘service above self’ through their passionate involvement. Read more about Rotary’s involvement at this link.