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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 - Nora Ley

Last Monday night Conochie Hall certainly had a festive buzz and the tables were brightened with the red and green Christmas colours of the decorations. Many people were caught up in the spirit of ’Christmas in July’ and wore their best Christmas attire and accessories. The two winners for their outfits and accessories were Gerry Cross and Barbara Coopes. 
It was a pleasure to host our District Governor Julie Mason, our Assistant District Governor Therese McKenney and our member’s partners, namely Barbara Coopes, Kate Cross, Judy May, Jennie Simpson and Karin Simpson, Ian’s brother, Chris from Perth and our soon to be member, Reg Davis and his wife, Carol.
Entertainment started with a challenge for our collective brains to answer questions about the exact words of ’familiar’ Christmas Carols. The elusive answers were settled by the vocal rendition of the carols by Lyn Steel and John McCaskill - a stunning performance which rivalled John’s guitar vocal last year. The front table excelled with the correct answers, thanks to the lyrical talents of Annette Brownscombe.
Julie Mason, our District Governor, then addressed the meeting and asked the question: What does Rotary mean to us? Julie said that she has spoken on two occasions with this year’s International President, ‘Ravi’ Ravindran. Ravi’s life was moulded by family, country and Rotary and he sees serving as Rotary President as a way of giving back to each of them. There is an article about Ravi in the July 2015 issue of Rotary Down Under entitled “Pay It Forward” or click this youtube link, which gives his background and explains what Rotary means to him.
Since his appointment, Ravi has made business-like changes at the international level aimed to reserve more money for the causes that Rotary supports instead of spending those funds on talk fests and having non-key personnel present. Ravi has posed questions for Rotary members to consider: Why did you join Rotary? What are the gifts you bring to Rotary? In what way are our Clubs ‘a gift to the local community and to the world’?

District Governor, Julie Mason

Julie then shared her aspirations for the year ahead and said that the Mantra of the District 9800 leadership team is “It’s all about the Clubs”. She encouraged us all to share the Rotary story, adopt and act on ‘a member a month campaign’ and explore new ideas such as the Busy Feet Program that we are planning to implement this year. She and the District team will be visible and provide timely and practical support to all Clubs.

The signature events for this year include: the Purple Fingers for Polio campaign in October which is ‘making children a part of the polio solution’; Social Inclusion Week in November; Rotary’s 111th Anniversary on 23rd February 2016; Sharing a Club Selfie Moment where we all get together for a selfie photo; Women in Rotary Breakfast in March; Rotarians At Work Day; Group Vocational Exchange to the Philippines; and the Vocation Training Team to Cambodia with a Global Grant to enable four Aussie teachers to complete training in August and then to travel to Cambodia in January to train teachers in remote village schools.

Julie encouraged us to view the new Rotary District 9800 Facebook on Facebook and to tell our Club’s Rotary story by submitting short Club posts and videos. She encouraged us to support cluster events and projects and suggested that we apply for Cluster, District and Global Grants which can greatly amplify the funding that we raise locally for our projects.

Julie’s promotional phrase for the 2016 District 9800 Conference is “You’ll Never Never Know if YOU don’t Bendigo”. Please let Peter May know of your intention to attend to hear extraordinary speakers, to make new friends and to just have fun.

Julie’s parting message to us all was an African word - UBUNTU - which has a core meaning of “I am because you are”.
I extend on your behalf our best wishes to Julie, Therese and the District Leadership Team for the year ahead. We as a Club will endeavour to live the Rotary Spirit and use our talents and skills to Be a Gift to World.
Doug Hawley was just back from the Philippines and he told us of his escapades whilst finalising the upcoming visit for the Eye and Ear Screening Project. Doug tells that when he arrived, he thought he would have a relatively quiet day, but that quickly became an afterthought as he was went around schools giving talks to ‘inspire the youth’, visited a hospital and was a guest at a birthday party. By the look of his photographs there appears to have been quite a bit of socialising and eating too.

Finally, thanks to all for your efforts and contribution to a fun ‘Christmas in July’ night. Next week we induct Reg Davis into the Rotary family. Our guest speaker will be Cherrie Osborn who will be telling us of the District’s Basic Education and Literacy Project.

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Guest Speaker Calendar

Monday Aug 03 - "District 9800 Basic Education and Literacy Project”  Speaker: Cherrie Osborn 

Monday Aug 10 - "Digital Recording of Personal & Family History” Speaker: Joe Eidelson

Monday Aug 17 - "Shadow Attorney - Victorian Parliament” John Pesutto MP

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Next Speaker  Cherrie Osborn

Cherrie Osborn will talk about the District 9800 Basic Education and Literacy Program which is one of the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. Everyone has the right to learn to read, write and enjoy the power, pleasures and independence of being literate. For some the journey will be easy, for others it will take much hard work and unfortunately for approximately 18 percent of the today’s world population it will never happen.

Each Club can help reduce this statistic, why not:
- Plan a project that focuses on, and rekindles a passion for literacy and numeracy and promotes basic education for all.
- Contribute funds to support existing literacy programs and projects.
- Participate in the Rotary International approved Literacy Rotarian Action Group (LitRAG) that increases awareness in finding and forming a truly sustainable contribution to basic education and literacy -

Recent Speaker  Helen Jursevic

Helen Jurcevic established the Women’s Friendship Group (WFG) as an initiative aimed at overcoming social isolation of older women in the Manningham Municipality. The Group has women from 33 diverse cultures who regularly meet in friendship and harmony for either morning tea or lunch. The Group has guest presenters, it partners with the YMCA for exercise classes and craft classes, and it has active Domestic Social Justice programs.

The Group also has an International Social Justice program to provide money to help the 250 people in the village of Kanthi, Kenya. The village was served by a seasonal dam which would dry out in drought conditions. The women and girls of Kanthi had to walk 16 kilometres each day to fetch water from the piped district supply - this was a necessity and not a choice, with many of the girls forced to drop out of school. In 2011 the WFG initially supplied food maize to get the villagers over the toughest times. In 2012 the WFG was able to raise enough money to extend the water pipeline the 8 kilometres from the district supply to the village. Once the people had this supply of water they established greenhouses to grow tomatoes with the excess crop sold to invest in additional food. Recently further funds have been used to establish a nursery school and medical dispensary.

Helen will provide an update on the progress of the Walk For Water program for the village people of Kanthi, Kenya.

Helen (right) at Kanthi in Kenya

Kanthi village is located in a remote part of Mutomo district in Kenya. This village has an estimated 250 families. Their water was supplied by a seasonal dam which was dependent on rain. Just like many other parts of East Africa and the horn of Africa, this village has suffered effects of prolonged drought leaving the residents with no choice but to depend on well wishers for their daily meals as well as walking for at least 8Km (each way) in search of water.

Rotary Lunchers

The next lunch will be at the Rotary Lunchers favourite Malaysian Restaurant - “Jazz Ria”, 228 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn on Wednesday 5th August at the usual time of 12:30pm.

A great little restaurant with authentic Malaysian flavours - this is a gem and the lunch time specials are a tasty bargain. For example, you could have a two course warming winter lunch of spicy ’Hot and Sour’ soup followed by Kantan chicken - boneless breaded and fried in a sweet sauce with just a slight hint of ginger to give it the faintest amount of heat. Jazz Ria is not licensed, so BYO.

Please let Mal Short know if you are coming on 0404 805 933 or