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Serving the Canterbury and wider Community since 1987

"A Symbol of Australia we Love"

Aussie Pride badges

Aussie Pride Badges make the perfect presentation pin for Australian Citizenship ceremonies.  Rotary Clubs - buy these pins as a fundraiser for your Club.

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NYSF 2016
Applications for the 2016 National Youth Science Forum open on 1st April 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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Interested in becoming involved?

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.

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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

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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 West Footscray.

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Regular Club events 

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Canterbury Ladies Lunch

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President's Message

This world needs more good people like Les Twentyman OAM!!
Last Monday night, Les told us about his 20th Man Youth Fund and all the important work it does by providing support services and programs to assist disadvantaged and disconnected youth. He told us of the many young people who have suffered greatly due to financial hardship, discrimination, and exposure to drugs, violence and abuse.
With sponsorship from the Smorgon family, a crisis accommodation facility has been providing refuge for 70 homeless youth each year for the past 20 years. The Redskins Basketball Club was formed to break up the gang violence that was increasing on our streets. This club now actively supports up to 450 young people each year. Outreach staff are employed to work with young people in their own environment, often dealing with intense issues. Connecting these young people with the services for rehabilitation, recovery and reintegration, changes their lives by providing opportunities for a brighter future.
20th Man Youth Fund runs many other worthwhile programs, but a primary focus to his mesmerizing presentation was Les' explanation of the ICE methamphetamine drug issue. Whilst our local police report through Boroondara Cares that this hasn't yet become significant for the youth in our immediate area, Les told us of the catastrophe that is occurring in the country towns of Victoria and in other suburbs of Melbourne. ICE has replaced heroin as the drug of choice. Even the ambulance officers who come to assist get attacked. We were warned not to try to rationalise with someone we suspect to be under the influence of this drug. Just back off, carefully.
Our chairman for the evening, Bob Falconer is on the board of the 20th Man Fund. In thanking Les for his presentation, Bob presented Les with a cheque for a thousand dollars from our Club to support the wonderful work they are doing for our youth. Several members have expressed their desire going forward to join the seven other Rotary Clubs in supporting this outstanding organisation.

Our mentor program is well under way, with Steve Wylie and Michael Chong mentoring the student President of Enactus at Swinburne Uni. It can be very rewarding to assist young people to grow, by sharing some of our lifetime experiences with them.
Our Club has been offered a kidney dialysis machine by the Austin Hospital. This is badly needed by the new hospital in Masbate City in the Philippines. On our visit to Ticao Island last month, we were given a list of hospital equipment, much of which can be supplied from the DIK warehouse, that is urgently needed by the San Fernando hospital on this very poor island. The rescue team in Masbate City asked us for stretchers for use in situations where they suspect neck and back injuries. Gerry has requested additional funds to send a container to Masbate with all this equipment next month. It will make a wonderful Christmas present. Unfortunately, our DIK budget for this year has already been spent. Our Club needs to run some special fundraising events to try to raise the $3,600 that will be needed to pay for the freight.

Club Members have asked how our Club conducts its budget process, wanting to know what shares we allocate to the various committees. Each year we start with the income budget as this determines the total size of the pie. However the Board, quite rightly, does not start by setting percentage allocations to the committees for their expenditure. Rather, we are driven by the projects that our members wish to undertake for that year. There are some projects that we commit to over a number of years. A good example is the Community Service project to sponsor research into cures for Alzheimer’s, where we have agreed to fund this over three years and are currently in our second year. Our committees vet the projects from their members and provide a priority list to the Club Board. This year we had more projects than the income budget could supply, so the new Board spent considerable time last April, with a great deal of good will and ardent discussion, pruning down to what we could afford. The pie chart shows the percentage allocations we ended up approving.

Next year the percentages will be different. It is up to our members to determine what projects they wish to support, within our committee structure. If most of our members wish to work on local projects the Community Service budget will grow, but if members prefer to work on more International projects, that percentage will grow. In our Rotary Club, we are very lucky to have the income from the Camberwell Sunday Market and the increasing income from our Aussie Pride badge sales. It means we never have to decide between whether we will do either local or international projects. We can do most of the projects that our members wish to support.
One of the important things learnt from this the budget process this year is that we need to budget for funds to each committee, in addition to those that are pre-approved for specific projects. Our committees require the flexibility to take on additional opportunities during the year, rather tha n having to wait for the next annual budget process. Our fund raising committee is working hard to try to increase the size of the income budget for the 2015-16 year to allow for this additional flexibility.

Our speaker for next Monday is Les Twentyman. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear about the good work being undertaken in our community, to assist young people who are experiencing various difficulties. Please take up the challenge for every member to invite at least one guest to enjoy the experience of hearing one of the outstanding speakers scheduled for the next four meetings. They are all listed here in this bulletin. Bookings for guests should be made through our Club website.

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Rotary Promos

Club Bulletin - 20 Nov 2014

Previous editions

Guest Speaker Calendar

Monday Nov 24 - "Growing a small business” Speakers: Tim Bishop of Man with a Van and Kylie the Hairdresser preceded by The Rotary Club of Canterbury Annual General Meeting

Monday Dec 01 - “Dan Mori’s Story”  Speaker: Lt. Col. Dan Mori

Monday Dec 08 - “Philippines Medical Mission 2014”  Speaker: Faren Willett & Miranda Styles

Meetings at:

2 Rochester Road, Canterbury Vic AUSTRALIA

Every Monday - Dinner meeting
6:00pm for 6:30pm

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Next Speakers       Tim Bishop and Kylie Anderson

Tim Bishop began business with one “rust bucket hippie van” and is now the co-owner of Man With A Van and a mini-armada of vans, trucks and bigger trucks. Tim will talk about how his business started and how he is building the business. Have a look at the manwithavan website and read this article from the Sydney Morning Herald for more details of Tim’s business and how he started Man With A Van. Tim would welcome suggestions on how he can expand and improve his business.

Kylie Anderson has a Certificate 3 in Hairdressing and is a qualified Make Up Artist. She is the proprietor of a Camberwell salon and is keen to turn a small business into quite a large business. She will be open to suggestions as to how this can be done.

In the Company of Cowards by Michael ’Dan’ Mori

On a beautiful, balmy evening in Cuba in 2007, David Hicks walked out of Guantanamo Bay, in that moment ceasing to be a detainee of the United States and regaining his rights as an Australian citizen. Watching on was the man who had fought for four long years for Hicks's right to go home: Major Michael Mori.

Having grown up as an all-American boy, Mori joined the US Marine Corps as an eighteen-year-old, determined to give his life order and to serve the country he held dear. After training and serving as a military lawyer, he accepted a position as a defence counsel for the military commissions set up in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And then David Hicks's case file landed on his desk.

A firm believer in the importance of due process, Mori grew increasingly alarmed by how the military and the US and Australian governments were handling the Hicks case, and others like it. Why was a distinction being made between 'unlawful combatants' and 'prisoners of war'? Why was the Australian government refusing to intervene for one of its people? And what specific crime – if any – had Hicks allegedly committed that deserved years of incarceration without trial?

What followed was a long struggle for justice, and one man's gradual disillusionment with the institution that he had signed up to fight for. Michael Mori rallied the support of the Australian people as he exposed an unfair system, changing the way we saw our government and the War on Terror.
'A compelling and sobering account of a western democratic government losing its head and sacrificing principles in the cause of national security.' Australian Financial Review

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Dan Mori has now retired from the US Marine Corps and joined Shine Lawyers in Melbourne as a Social Justice Consultant. Dan wants to provide access to justice for those who may otherwise never get it. Joining Shine Lawyers has enabled Dan to focus on helping those that need protection, who without Shine Lawyers, would have no one fighting for them.

Dan also teaches as a Senior Fellow in the Masters Program at the Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne.

Dan is the speaker at the Rotary Club of Canterbury meeting on Monday 1st December. Rather than the usual formal presentation, Dan will briefly give an outline of his background and his career and will then talk in response to questions.

New Member

Vice President John MacCaskill inducting new member Brett Riley

We are seeking to induct five new members who are under 30 this year - four to go !!

This is just a short note to you and members of your Club who may be considering doing a Pre Conference Tour. We are confident that the minimum number required for the tour to go ahead will be reached.

A description with website links on the areas to be visited can be accessed on this pre conference tour link along with a link to download the itinerary.

Please also remember that the closing date for EarlyBird registration is December 15th

Book soon to ensure you can get a flight and affordable accommodation

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