DG Rosanne

Warmest of Seasons Greetings to Rotarians and Friends!
December is Family Month in the Rotary calendar.  In the lead up to Christmas and the festive season we are all busy making plans, buying gifts and stocking up to connect with our families and our friends over the holiday period.
 It is an important time to think about our Rotary family also.  Congratulations on the wonderful work our Rotary Clubs do in supporting others in need over the festive season. Rotary Clubs also need to operate in a way that is respectful of and inclusive of our own families. 
In my presentations to Clubs this year I have challenged every Club to identify one way to make their Club more family friendly.  I am looking forward to hearing back from Clubs as to how they are going with that challenge and showcasing some of their exciting and interesting ideas at the District Conference in March 2020. 
So get your thinking caps on if you had forgotten about this request and come up with some good ideas and implement at least one at your Club!
Drought and fire continue to challenge us across the country, although so far Victoria is less affected.  Last week I spent 5 days in Sydney visiting my mother and choked on the smoke haze there along with everyone else. 
Please give generously to those who are struggling or who have lost family, friends or property.  Links are provided below if you wish to donate. The odd rain dance or prayer for a good rain would be most welcome also.
The recent eruption on White Island in New Zealand has shocked us all.  While the full extent is not yet known there are Australians who have been injured, are missing or who have passed away in this disaster.  I learned today that one of those that passed away in hospital, Gavin Dallow, was a former member of the Rotary Club of Naracoorte where he served for a number of years before moving to Adelaide.  His wife, Lisa, has returned to Australia and is in hospital but tragically his 15 year old step-daughter, Zoe Hosking,  is also dead. Our deepest sympathy goes to David and Lisa’s family and friends and to the members of the Rotary Club of Naracoorte.
Don’t forget the DG’s project to provide Purple House (a dialysis service to remote indigenous communities in central Australia) with items to pass on to remote communities and note opportunities to volunteer. You will see more about this in the article further on this months News.
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Handbury family and to the Rotary Club of Hamilton North, of which Geoff was a highly valued Honorary member.  Geoff was a generous philanthropist who donated to many causes and his achievements have been widely covered in the media.  His extensive contributions to Rotary were not so widely known but are very much appreciated.   Vale Geoff.                                
Congratulations on your magnificent service and achievements over the past six months.  Remember that "Rotary Connects the World"
Rosanne Kava
District Governor 2019 - 2020

Blaze Aid Need support - Can You Help?

Blaze Aid has contacted Lidia Aitken (RC Ballarat W) and is seeking the following support in running their base camps
1.            Volunteers Needed for Blaze Aid in NSW
BlazeAid is now seeking assistance from Rotary clubs around Australia for members to be BlazeAid trained on location (about 3 days) and then lead for up to 2 weeks or longer.
Bringing a caravan on site at BlazeAid (usually at a Showground) is very helpful for accommodation otherwise BlazeAid asks a local Rotary club to put volunteers up. 
Nymboida NSW BlazeAid base opened on Wed Dec 11th led by John Lillico 0484 145 732 and his able assistant Tracey Summers 0432 602 226. 
Volunteers and farmers can register with them now on these numbers by texting or phoning. 
Glenn Innes, Wauchope, Yarrowitch and a few other locations are on hold until BlazeAId has just two people at each potential BlazeAid base there able to take on the lead role.
2.            Co-ordinators  Needed
Kevin Butler, BlazeAid President has advised that their biggest need is coordinators, ie experienced people who have worked with Blaze Aid or emergency services in a co-ordinating role.
Contact: Kevin Butler on 0418 530 471  OR

Purple House (DG's Project)

The Purple House Truck, with 2 dialysis chairs, travels to remote Central Australian Communities.
They appreciate so much the items that you donate and there are also opportunities to volunteer. You can donate:
* Soaps, shampoos, conditioner, body lotion and toiletries (mainly for women) including combs, brushes, toothpaste and tooth brushes  (no sanitary items – separately  sourced)  and/or
* Volunteer eg as a nurse or help to build more Purple Houses in remote areas eg Coober Pedy
Please give any donated items to your Assistant Governor Clubs and he/she will arrange for them to be passed on to DG Rosanne and then to Purple House.

Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians Tournament being held in our District 

Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award 

The Distinguished Service Award honors individual Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Foundation and received the Citation for Meritorious Service at least four years prior. If you know someone who fits this description, tell your district governor. District governors can nominate candidates between 2 January and 8 February. Contact if you have any questions. 

The Rotary Foundation

Why give the gift of Rotary? Because your donation will make a difference in this world by helping people in need — from supplying vaccine drops that protect a child from polio to training peacebuilders who’ll strive for a future with less conflict.

The Rotary Foundation funds the work of Rotary members who provide sustainable solutions to their communities’ most pressing needs, but we need your help.

With a gift today, we can make lives better in your community and around the world. Please consider giving the gift of Rotary so together we can keep Doing Good in the World.

Oral Health Facility for Soloman Islands

A Rotary volunteer dental team from Australia has installed equipment and furnishings for 7 modern new dental surgeries and a Sterilizing Room, to establish a National Oral Health centre for the Solomon Islands. In 2017 the National Referral Hospital in Honiara offered Rotary part of a building they intended to use as a dental clinic but lacked the funds and expertise themselves to build it. 
In October and November 2019 on a three week visit to Honiara a volunteer Rotary team professionally converted this building to an independent Dental Hospital within the Honiara National Referral Hospital 
This is a registered RAWCS Project (*29/2018-19) with Berwick, Ballarat West and Honiara Rotary Clubs 

  Vale Ian Bishop

Ian was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ballarat South on the 18th March 1976 by the then President Gordon Holman, with the classification of Surveying.
Ian was a valued member of the Club for over 43 years and he served in many areas of Rotary Service during that time.  Ian held Board positions very early in his Rotary career and was Youth Service Director and Community Service Director prior to taking on the President Role in 1985/86. In “Ruby” it was noted that during his President’s year Ian Bishop was “Mr Affable”. He had an emphasis on fellowship and a busy year with youth exchanges. During his year the Club chartered the Rotary Club of Ballarat West. 
Ian continued throughout his Rotary life to be heavily involved in all that Rotary had to offer from Student Counselling, PHF selection, Program, assisting with the setting out of the Property each week, the weekly cash collection from the tables, every Directorate and more. He will long be remembered as a huge contributor to the success of the Community Assistance Raffle that started in 1992/1993.  Ian was the Captain in 1995/1996 and continued to serve with great attention to detail and passion until ill health unfortunately made it impossible for him to continue. 
Ian was awarded a PHF in June 1994, a PH Sapphire in June 2009 and a PH Sapphire +2 in 2019. He was also made an Honorary Member in 2019.
Despite advancing age and sporadic ill health (along with his buddies Bill Case and Bill Ham – the three amigos) Ian continued to show by example that there is always work that can be done within the Club to serve the Community.
Ian was a man who was passionate about Rotary, diligent and kind-hearted to those around him.   


Indonesia - Australia Anesthesia Program

Since 2004, Interplast and the Dr Soetomo Hospital in Surabaya, Indonesia, have organised the Indonesia Anaesthesia Trainees Attachment and Observership Program. The program has been driven by the head of the Anaesthetic Department at Dr Soetomo Hospital, Professor Edi Rahardjo, who each year selects two of his most senior registrars to be involved. (A registrar has completed their undergraduate medical degree and is undertaking their specialist training.)
 This visit was initiated and co-ordinated by the D9780 Interplast Committee
Click the Interplast icon below to read the full story.

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Upcoming Club & District Events

Rock in the New Year with Maryborough Rotary
Maryborough Town Hall
Dec 31, 2019 8:00 PM
RLI 3 Ballarat
Ballarat Grammar
Feb 01, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
RLI 3 Casterton
Australian Kelpie Centre
Feb 01, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
RLI 3 Charlton
Senior Citizens Building
Feb 08, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
RLI 3 Geelong
Feb 08, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
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