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Last Monday the competitive world of education was highlighted to us as Phil De Young, past Principal of Carey Grammar, described how General Excellence and Academic scholarships are used by our Melbourne schools to attract the brightest and the best. With annual school fees in the range of twenty-five to thirty thousand after-tax dollars, a 50% scholarship can make a huge difference, particularly for families with several children. Whilst we heard positive stories of how scholarships have been offered to girls to bring the gender balance to 50-50 at Carey, and how the 'Neville York' scholarship had enabled a student to become a doctor. There was also the darker side where the inter-schools athletics competition had been rendered virtually worthless by one school offering excessive numbers of sports scholarships. It was interesting to hear how some schools are taking action to try to prevent Melbourne High from taking their best students. Past President 'Jack' McCaskill, being an old-boy of Carey Grammar, made the perfect chairman for this excellent speaker.
Phil De Young
What an innovative way to present a Member Behind the Badge talk!! Lola was a little bit naughty, but Lili-Ann kept firm control as we were taken through some lovely stories about the Kriegler family and Lili-Ann's career to her current role in early childhood education. Wonderful entertainment for our audience, confirming once again that these talks are a highlight of our meeting program - not to be missed!
Gerry Cross reported on his talk to students of a school who had raised money to assist in funding a container to transport the school chairs and desks that their school had donated to DIK for students in East Timor. This takes our DIK project to a whole new level when the students are also engaged in this way. Well done Gerry!
Our partnership with the Salvation Army in Camberwell continues to flourish with Michael Chong now organising a new round of vocational mock-interviews for new migrants. Several members are offering their expertise to support this initiative.
Tony Simpson continues his excellent work in the weekly staffing of the volunteers for the Camberwell Sunday Market - our major fundraising activity. A new roster has been prepared to take us up to the end of the year. Thanks Tony.
Members are encouraged to register for our Rotary District Conference, to be held in Hobart next March. John McCaskill is planning loads of fun for those who are able to attend. There is a great speaker line-up once again, as you will see on the website: http://www.rotary9800conference.org.au/. We hope to take 20 members and partners to this one.
Our Medical Mission to the Philippines is now less that a month away. Flights have been booked, immunisations are being brought up to date and we'll soon be starting to pack. Andrew Mastrowic, Steve Wylie, Rob and Karin Simpson, Kyle Wightman, Peter May, John Richards and Doug Hawley are the members attending this year. Ross Harrison, Cathie MacMillan, Eugene, Kathryn Johnston, and Grant Lambert will join the four LaTrobe University Orthoptics students, Gareth Lingham, Miranda Styles, Jessica Siriweera and Faren Willet on this year's team.
Michael Chong and Ross Merolli are organising our next Partners' night for Monday, 29th September. This will be a visit to Fareshare, where the CEO, Marcus Godinho, will explain to us how they rescue food to fight hunger in our city by giving away over 1.5 million meals each year. With a limit of only 45 people able to attend this event, it is important that you register to attend as soon as you can. Dinner will follow in a restaurant being organised by Ross.
Until next Monday, please have a wonderful week.