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Message from District Governor
Hi Everyone 
I firmly believe that the role of club President is one of the finest leadership opportunities available in the best volunteer organisation in the world.  So why do we still have clubs without a President Elect?
Do you truly appreciate the significance of being a member of an organisation that changes people's lives on a daily basis? 
Rotary has achieved so much for so many, that sometimes we need to stop and imagine the world without Rotary to appreciate everything we have done. 
I know I am proud of the small part I have done in my 22 years as a Rotarian, as I know what I have contributed has touched so many people in many different countries throughout the world, as well as in my local community. 
This year my role as District Governor has allowed me to see clubs proudly show me the projects they have done in their own communities.  This pride now needs to be shared with the wider community so I am working on a marketing strategy to share our stories. 
Please collate some information and photos on your club projects so we can start the process by showcasing at our District conference.
And speaking of District Conference - bookings are now open for this great opportunity to get together at an event put on especially for you as a member of our District.  
Opportunities to come together for some fun have been very few of late, so we would love to see as many as possible come and join us in celebrating our District and imagining the difference we can make if we embrace our success as Rotarians changing the world for the better. 
 
From my family to yours - our very best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to working with you in 2023 to share our Rotary journey with our communities and raising awareness of our projects and the difference we are making in the world. 
Kathy and David
 
Kathy Rivett 
District Governor 
Mobile:  0417 053319
kathy.rivett@rotary9780.org
Rotary's Action Plan
Rotary's Action Plan
As People of Action, we understand that fulfilling that vision requires a plan.
More than a century ago, we pioneered a new model of service leadership grounded in person-to-person connections. Today, those connections are a network that spans the globe—bridging cultural, linguistic, generational, and geographic barriers—and shares the vision of a better world. As People of Action, we understand that fulfilling that vision requires a plan.
This is Rotary’s Action Plan through 2024: to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.

Four Priorities of Rotary's Action Plan

PRIORITY 1
Increase Our Impact
As People of Action we make decisions grounded in evidence.
Let’s build the practices, infrastructure, and capacity needed to define, measure, track, and analyze data from our service projects in a much more effective way.
PRIORITY 2
Expand Our Reach
As People of Action we are inclusive, engaging, compassionate, and ambitious on behalf of the world.
Let’s share our values with new audiences, create new ways to bring people together to experience the power of Rotary, and prove we are an organization that’s inclusive, engaging, compassionate, and ambitious on behalf of the world.
PRIORITY 3
Enhance Participant Engagement
As People of Action we create meaningful relationships across decades and continents.
Let’s use every encounter as an opportunity to show people what Rotary can do for them as individuals and as members of our communities.
PRIORITY 4
Increase Our Ability to Adapt
As People of Action we seek new perspectives and new ideas that can strengthen Rotary and create lasting change.
Let’s work to create a culture of research, innovation, and willingness to take risks in your club to better serve your community.
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Club projects for Conference
Show the world what you've been up to in 2022-23!
What is special about your club? What are you most proud of? Which projects would you like to tell people about? How do you have fun?
Any of these could be included in your PowerPoint or video presentations, which we would love to share in March at our District Conference in Ballarat. Keep this in mind as you do your projects/fundraisers/social events - record what's happening with great action photos or videos. Then put it together to showcase your club and share your ideas and achievements with the whole District. ( March 24-26 2023 - put it in your diary now!!)
Weasel's Himalayan Journey
Jeff Wiese - Bordertown.
For the past month Jeff has been trekking in Nepal to raise funds for 3 fundraisers - 
MENTAL HEALTH - One Foot Forward
NEPAL - TeamMED
He has been documenting his experiences in a series of very interesting and entertaining Facebook posts - read about his challenges and adventures here.
 
Jeff's story about himself and his motivation, written at the start of his trip.
I am currently President Elect of the local Rotary Club of Bordertown. I am married with 3 children and 1 granddaughter.
Most of my life I have been farming, but other vocations include working in the Bureau of Meteorology, Earthmoving, Engineering & Construction. I still race in competition Dirt Karting.
For the past 30 years, I have been a keen bushwalker and regularly go for hikes in the Tasmanian Wilderness. My wife Judy and I have done many hikes together, including in New Zealand. Earlier this year I hiked to the top of Mt Kosciuszko at night, raising funds for Shelterbox Australia.
I have always been interested in visiting Nepal and trekking in the Himalayas but it is only now that I have managed to make my dream come true. Having recently overcome stage 4 cancer may have helped spur me on. I have been planning this trip for about a year. Physical preparation has included several snow skiing trips, regular hiking in The Grampians carrying a full backpack with tent, food etc. Whenever in Adelaide I hiked in the Mt Lofty Ranges.
At home, I try to walk every day with a backpack for about 6km and this includes up and down our dam bank or the local footy grandstand. For trekking, a lot of meticulous planning is required to make sure you have every essential item without overloading the backpack.
While trekking alone for a month in Nepal I wish to raise funds for worthwhile projects. I am excited about the trip but it will be especially challenging at my age, turning 71 this month. There will be steep continuous climbs sometimes 2,000 metres at a time to cross high passes. I plan to go to extreme altitude (over 5,500m) so it will be interesting to see how I cope with the thin air. A large part of my trek follows the original Everest Route in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay starting at Jiri.
I leave Adelaide on October 6th 2022 and fly to Kathmandu where I will purchase last minute items, meet my guide and catch up with the Rotary Club of Kathmandu. I am employing a Nepalese guide to accompany me and to negotiate accommodation etc. I head out on 9th October. I will be returning home on 7th November.
One of my fundraisers is for medical assistance to a remote village, Bhakanje in Nepal. I am hoping to find this village and visit there during my trek.
We will be very thankful for any donations to either of the 3 fundraisers listed above.
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Otway Rotaract
What's been happening at Otway Rotaract?
Fundraising for the McGrath Foundation - On 14th October they hosted their very popular Pink Up Bowling Fundraiser at Colac Tenpin Bowl, raising over $1000 for the McGrath Foundation. It was great to see teams from various groups and organisations enjoying themselves for a great cause. Winners of various categories were  Team trophy: OCR FM, Best dressed team: Rotary Club Colac West team A, Best dressed individual: Amanda from Rotary Club of Colac West, Most strikes: Hwa from OCR FM, Most gutterballs: Richard Riordan MP from team Colac Area Health, Most enthusiastic: Leanne from Carlisle River Wildlife Shelter.
Eatup Sandwiches - Otway Rotaractors continue to provide sandwiches for hungry students in local schools. Ably supported by local Rotarians from Colac & Colac West and Colac Taxis. The 300 sandwiches made in October have brought the total they have now provided to 8849 sandwiches since 2017. Congratulations to all involved. 

Bowling, Eatup Sandwiches & joining Djilang Rotaract for Escape Room fun!

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Get to know your Assistant Governors
 
Every Club in our District has an Assistant Governor who assists Presidents and members.  Each month we will focus on a different Assistant Governor, and let you get to know them a little better. 
This month we head to Ballarat with a bit of information about
Group 7 & 8 Assistant Governor Jill Oliver from Alfredton Rotary. 
 
Here is her story:
Polio- Global Leader pledge
More than 3000 scientists and health experts from 115 countries urge the world to fully fund eradication strategy following resurgence of disease
18 October 2022 News release | Berlin, Germany
Today, global leaders confirmed US$ 2.6 billion in funding toward the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s (GPEI)
2022-2026 Strategy to end polio at a pledging moment co-hosted by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) at the World Health Summit in Berlin. The funding will support global efforts to overcome the final hurdles to polio eradication, vaccinate370 million children annually over the next five years and continue disease surveillance across 50 countries.
“No place is safe until polio has been eradicated everywhere. As long as the virus still exists somewhere in the world, it can spread – including in our own country. We now have a realistic chance to eradicate polio completely, and we want to jointly seize that chance,” said Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany. “Germany will remain a strong and committed partner in the global fight against polio. This year, it is providing EUR 35 million for this cause. And next year we plan to further strengthen our efforts and support GPEI with EUR 37 million – pending parliamentary approval. By supporting the GPEI, we are also strengthening national health systems. That leads
to healthier societies, far beyond the polio response.”
Wild poliovirus is endemic in just two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, after just six cases were recorded in 2021, 29 cases have been recorded so far this year, including a small number of new detections in southeast Africa linked to a strain originating in Pakistan.
Additionally, outbreaks of cVDPV, variants of the poliovirus that can emerge in places where not enough people have been immunized, continue to spread across parts of Africa, Asia and Europe, with new outbreaks detected in the United States, Israel and the United Kingdom in recent months.
“The new detections of polio this year in previously polio-free countries are a stark reminder that if we do not deliver our goal of ending polio everywhere, it may resurge globally,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
“We are grateful for donors’ new and continued support for eradication, but there is further work to do to fully fund the 2022-2026 Strategy. We
must remember the significant challenges we have overcome to get this far against polio, stay the course and finish the job once and for all.”
At a challenging time for countries around the world, governments and partners have stepped forward to demonstrate their collective resolve to eradicate the second human disease ever. In addition to existing pledges, new commitments to the 2022-2026 Strategy this fall include:
Australia pledged AU$ 43.55 million
France pledged EUR 50 million
Germany pledged EUR 72 million
Japan pledged US$ 11 million
Republic of Korea pledged KRW 4.5 billion
Luxembourg pledged EUR 1.7 million
Malta pledged EUR 30 000
Monaco pledged EUR 450 000
Spain pledged EUR 100 000
Turkey pledged US$ 20 000
United States pledged US$ 114 million
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged US$S 1.2 billion
Bloomberg Philanthropies pledged US$ 50 million
Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America pledged US$ 1.8 million
Latter-day Saint Charities pledged US$ 400 000
Rotary International pledged US$ 150 million
UNICEF pledged US$ 5 million
The pledging moment in Berlin marked the first major opportunity to pledge support toward the US$ 4.8 billion needed to fully implement the 2022-2026 Strategy. If the Strategy is fully funded and eradication achieved, it is estimated that it would result in US$ 33.1 billion in health cost savings this century compared to the price of controlling outbreaks. Further, continued support for GPEI will enable it to deliver additional health services and immunizations alongside polio vaccines to underserved communities.
"Children deserve to live in a polio-free world, but as we have seen this year with painful clarity, until we reach every community and vaccinate every child, the threat of polio will persist," said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell. "UNICEF is grateful for the generosity of our donors and the pledges made today, which will help us finish the job of eradicating polio. When we invest in immunization and health systems, we are investing in a safer, healthier future for everyone, everywhere.”
In addition to the funding for GPEI announced today, a group of more than 3 000 influential scientists, physicians, and public health experts from around the world released a declaration endorsing the 2022-2026 Strategy and calling on donors to stay committed to eradication and ensure GPEI is fully funded. The group points to new tactics contained in the program’s strategy, like the continued roll-out of the novel oral polio
vaccine type 2 (nOPV2), that make them confident in GPEI’s ability to end polio. Five hundred million doses of nOPV2 have already been administered across 23 countries, and field data continue to show its promise as a tool to more sustainably stop outbreaks of type 2 cVDPV. The group further asserts that support for eradication significantly strengthens immunization systems and pandemic preparedness around the world—pointing to GPEI’s support for the COVID-19 response—and urges endemic and polio-affected country leadership to stay committed to expanded vaccination and disease surveillance activities.
“Pakistan has made incredible progress against polio, but recent challenges have allowed the virus to persist,” says Dr. Zulfi Bhutta (Chair of Child Global Health, Hospital for Sick Children, Canada, and Distinguished University Professor, Aga Khan University, Pakistan). “Polio, like any virus, knows no borders; its continued transmission threatens children everywhere. Stopping this disease is not just urgently needed now, it’s within our grasp. That’s why I’ve joined more than three thousand health experts from around the world to launch the 2022 Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication. With strong financial and political commitments, our long-awaited vision of a polio-free world can become a reality.”
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Ukraine support
Local Rotarians assisting people of Ukraine
By creating connections between various groups and individuals, Wendouree Breakfast Rotarian David Sanders has facilitated the delivery of medical equipment to Ukraine. David had previously met Senator Rowan Ramsay last year, and when the war broke out and Australia was going to send Bushmasters to help Ukraine, David spoke to Jeremy McKnight (from Shannon's Bridge) about sending medical equipment, he was happy to help. He then contacted The Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations (AFUO) and asked what they needed, spoke to Rowan’s PA  and asked if Rotary could send medical support with the Airlift. After some back and forth between Rowan and Marise Payne they were able to send some 20 pallets of wound dressing, gravity IVs  etc. which was obtained from DIK in Melbourne and SA and surplus from hospitals. Presently, Teresa Lachowicz, the AFUO State Coordinator for Victoria is managing and coordinating requirements for Ukraine with great support from DIK’s around Australia and networks that they have helped link with Teresa. So far they have sent  67 Pallets with another  60 pallets waiting on space on the planes carrying Australian government aid.
Well done David for your quick thinking and use of networks - definitely Rotary in Action!
Better Brains
Better Brains Research
A team of researchers at Monash University (Melbourne, VIC) are looking at how an online, personalised, lifestyle intervention program may help protect memory and thinking abilities from declining over a 24-month period. Their online intervention is called BetterBrains and it is designed to help individuals make sustainable lifestyle changes to improve their brain health.  They are currently in a recruitment stage looking at opportunities/locations to advertise their study to the community. In particular, they are interested in recruiting middle-aged men and women (between 40 - 70 years old) who live in all parts of Australia. They have been promoted on platforms such as Channel 7, 9 and 10 news, various newspapers, sports and community groups. If you or your club are interested in participating or in helping spread the news of this study to your community, more information can be found at www.betterbrains.org.au or contact researcher Gabbi Da Costa, gabbi.dacosta@monash.edu
Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday & Foundation Month
GivingTuesday is a Movement that Unleashes the Power of Radical Generosity Around the World.
GivingTuesday is an opportunity to give back to the organisations making a difference in people’s lives. In Australia, for one day each year, individuals, communities and business come together to give their time, money, goods or voices, to celebrate and thank Australian not-for-profits.
Why not combine this day, 29 November with the fact that November is Foundation month for Rotary? Act to encourage your local community to assist Rotary by donating to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). Remember the amount available for clubs to seek in District Grants relates directly to how much we, as a District, contribute to TRF. So lets get out there, tooting our own horn and seeking contributions so that we can continue to 'Do Good in The World'.
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