DG Rosanne

Happy New Year to Rotarians one and all!
2020 is off to a difficult start with fires across much of the nation.  We have heard announcements of special funding from Governments, substantial donations from many celebrities, organisations and individuals.  
But there will be so much to do to support affected people and communities for many months to come.  Rotary, with its intimate connection to communities will have an important role into the future to help those trying to cope with loss in whatever form, and to get their lives and their communities ‘back to normal’. 
There are predictions of some substantial rain later this week.  Let’s hope it does only good and douses the fires!
Please see the information below where you can donate or volunteer. 
I am pleased to advise you can now register for the 2020 District Conference to be held in Swan Hill by clicking on the following link.  CONFERENCE 2020
There is a wonderful array of speakers including the amazing Sarah Brown(CEO Purple House – novel way of providing dialysis services in remote Indigenous communities);  John Millington(the story of the Karen people in Nhill); Prof Michael Sawyer(Children’s and Youth Mental Health); Assoc/Prof James Charles(Indigenous Health); our very own PDG Jessie Harman(newly elected Director of Rotary International); peacekeepers Mette Sofie Eliseussen and John Rodsted (recognised for their work campaigning to remove landmines) as well as a range of impressive regional and local speakers.
And the entertainment!    There is the opportunity to attend the Heartbeat of the Murray Laser Light Show at the Pioneer Settlement; a 40’s war themed Conference dinner to be held at the Catalina Flying Boat Museum on the shores of Lake Boga with the Pacific Belles and their big band and…… an aerobatics display; the outstanding Murray Downs Golf Course will be available for those wanting a pre-Conference round of golf.  
There is plenty of good quality accommodation - motels, caravan parks, B&Bs, AirBnBs, and homestay’s for those that prefer to get to know the locals.  Info available in the registration pack.  Register now!
Come to Swan Hill and get connected.   See you there!  
Rosanne Kava
District Governor 2019 - 2020

The RAWCS bushfire appeal has so far raised $305,453

Letter from RIP Mark Daniel Moloney
Dear District Governors of Australia, 
I was saddened to hear of the widespread devastation in Australia from the recent and ongoing brush fires and the growing impact it is having on your country. Gay and I send our sincere condolences to all communities affected. 
It is heartening that Rotarians are answering the call in Australia and providing assistance however we can to people in need. The Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) is doing a wonderful job raising funds and dispersing them efficiently. In addition to this resource, I want you to know that Rotary provides several other forms of assistance as well, and you should feel free to request these resources as needed. 

Assisting Fire Effected Communities

Two members of the Rotary Club of Mt Gambier West with the assistance of other local farmers have banded together & sent 34 round bales of hay to fire affected properties at Keilira, west of Padthaway that was burnt out a couple of weeks ago.
Thousands of sheep that did survive the fires are struggling for food as most of the available grass & baled hay was burnt. The bales of hay in this load were donated by club members Chris Klaassens & David Muller.
The Rotary Club of Mt Gambier West would also like to acknowledge the assistance of Karl Gladigau & Hancock Contracting who assisted with the use of their equipment for baling & loading the hay.
In the next few weeks the Club hope to have several other similar projects to assist fire & drought damaged communities.
From RI President, Mark Daniel Maloney
I am excited to share some good news: Rotary International and Toastmasters International are working together to provide our members with even more opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Toastmasters International is a global nonprofit organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Its members attend club meetings where they give speeches, evaluate the speeches of others, and perform other club duties, with the goal of ultimately becoming more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. Our organizations are complementary in many ways, but we are each unique in what we offer our members.

International Yachting Fellowship - Geelong

Invites all Rotarians, partners and Friends of Rotary who are interested in things “boating” (or think they might be) to join us in our inaugural activities in 2020

See the attached program of activities planned for the next six months
For more information please call Linda Carr
PE Rotary Club of Geelong Central
 0438 826 610

Click the link below for current information from Rotary partners


Upcoming Club & District Events

RLI 3 Ballarat
Ballarat Grammar
Feb 01, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
RLI 3 Casterton
Casterton Secondary College
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
Eastern Hub Geelong
Feb 08, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Foundation Grant Writing Seminar Geelong
Volunteering Geelong
Feb 15, 2020
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
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