President: Peter Buck
AG:           Colin Byron
DG:           Bill Degnan
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Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Peter @ John
Sep 17, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
District Governor visit &Grand Final Night
Dandenong Club
Sep 20, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornerstone Meal Service
Sep 22, 2022
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board Meeting
Dandenong Club
Sep 27, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Con & Joe
Oct 01, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lachlan Thompson - To be rescheduled
Dandenong Club
Oct 04, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Bunnings BBQ
Bunnings Dandenong
Oct 08, 2022
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
No Rotary Night
Oct 11, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Calcutta Night Raffle and Fundraiser
Dandenong Club
Oct 13, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Alan C & Alan K
Oct 15, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
John Dawson
August 13
Peter Buck
September 10
Valma Bennett
September 15
Ken McDonald
September 25
Spouse Birthdays
Lois Faulkner
September 12
Neil Bennett
September 15
John Dawson
Nola Dawson
September 24
Join Date
David Langworthy
August 1, 1991
31 years
Cherie Ramsay
September 1, 2013
9 years
Ian Maxwell
September 11, 2007
15 years
John Dawson
September 24, 1973
49 years
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Vice President
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Community and Youth
International Service
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Club Protection Officer
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Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills
Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Dandenong Club
1579 Heatherton Road
Dandenong North, VIC 3175
1st & 3rd Tuesdays of month 6.30pm for 7.00pm start
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President's Message
Leanne Byron
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Dear Fellow Rotarians,
I was really disappointed to have missed last Tuesday's meeting due to COVID. 
The feedback I've had is that it all went extremely well.  Thank you to Phillip Thurgood for Chairing the meeting and to Sergeant John Peck for his fine session and one of the 'best jokes in the world'.
A huge thanks to Howard & Inger De Zylva for their fantastic presentation on the Sri Lankan Orphanage which will be a new International project for our club.
Thank you Howard for emailing me all the information regarding the Orphanage and the very inspirational young girl who spoke to you all via What's App.
A very warm welcome back and a big thank you to Ghaith Khalil for your very interesting 'Behind the Badge' which was enjoyed by all.
Thank you Howard and Ghaith for putting your presentations together at such short notice, it was greatly appreciated.
I have a couple of member updates to share with you: 
Margaret Gunton has had a few health issues lately but of course she is soldiering on as she always does.
Val Bennett's husband Neil is currently in hospital and will be there for at least a few more days.
They're all in good spirits and doing well.
I've been in contact with both Margaret and Val on a regular basis to check on how they're going and they've both been wonderful, checking in on me.
There is no meeting this Tuesday, however some of us will be visiting the Cranbourne Rotary Club for their Green Gecko presentation.  If any of you wish to join us, please contact President Scott Pinxt by email -
text 0466 745 005 asap.
Have a great week and I'll see you all on Tuesday 20th September at the Dandenong Club for our DG Visit & Footy theme night.
All the best,
Rotary Month
Disaster Aid Australia Monthly Update
Ukraine Refugee Crisis
Disaster Aid Europe (DAE) continues to provide aid to Rotarians in Ukraine for distribution to those in need. 
·         Brian continued to provide support to DAE before he went overseas
·         Brian delivered another 2 Rapid Response Kits (RRK) from DAA to DAE in person, DAA has provided 5 SkyHydrants to the cause.
·         Brian was able to deliver in person training while in Prague on assembling RRK
·         DAE made another trip to the Ukrainian border with Slovakia to deliver a trailer and carload of supplies including the RRK’s.
Rotary District Conferences
DAA had a stand at the 9800 District Conference in Albury.
DAA presented at the 9820 District Summit about what we have achieved so far this year.
Guest Speaker Opportunities and Vocational Visits
Cherie presented to the Noble Park Business Club.
We have taken bookings for 3 Vocational Visits to our office for the first week of June
·         Apart from updates to the Ukraine response there were posts on Wash Myths and Value for Money when donating to a charity on our website.
·         Brian recorded an interview with Yarra Valley Community Radio
·         We have created a new donations page on our website for supporters who wish to donate monthly
·         Cherie and Jan attended a training session on using email messaging in SupporterHub.  This will streamline our messaging to supporters including Newsletter, monthly updates and updates on projects and responses.
Tuesday 10th May Meeting Notes
With 18 Members and Lois and Vicki present, Pres Peter welcomed everyone and introduced Graeme for a report on the multi-purpose Futsal court opening.
St James Church, built in 1864, is Dandenong’s oldest building. Graeme showed photos of the old tennis courts, which were so badly deteriorated that they were unsafe. In order to cater better to local youth, it was decided to demolish the old courts and build a new multi-purpose facility. Because of the dual function, synthetic grass was chosen. An interesting sidelight is that the line markings are not painted on, but are made by inserting coloured strips into cut-outs in the grass!
There will be a Stage 2 development of the existing Parish Centre.
Graeme summarised the opening ceremony activities (which have been reported in the previous Gateway). The Club donated $5,000 to the Project, with the major contribution of $50,000 coming from the Church itself.
* Con then explained that the political situation in Sri Lanka involved a complete curfew throughout the land, meaning that the planned live-cross to the opening of the Tubewell had to be postponed. He than gave a brief summary of the recent political events and the economic problems facing the country, which do not augur well for the future.
* David L  then gave some clues as to where the sub-committee reviewing the Club’s Membership and Visioning proposal is heading and tied this in with his up-coming trip to the US, where he will be pursuing some “thoughts” with the RI  leadership.
David has spoken to Barry Rassin on restructuring Rotary, so that Action Groups can initiate co-ordinated responses to disasters. He will be speaking to him at the International Convention (he has been to 18!!!) on Membership, before returning via Lankawi and the Philippines, where he will giving an address on Disaster Aid deployment and will then spend 10 days in Houston. Wow!
* Colin gave a summary of his experiences at the recent District Assembly:
  • Focus on where Rotary is heading.
  • Reminder on International Conference in Melbourne in 2023.
  • Barbara Mifsud presented on what a successful Rotary Club should look like.
  • Highlight – Cherie’s “unbelievable” presentation on DA.
  • Bemoaned the fact there were only 3 attendees, plus Phil for one day.
  • There is a leadership problem in clubs.
  • Encouraged more Members to attend future Assemblies
  • Our Club is seen as one of the clubs which are succeeding.
* Pres Elect Leanne then stepped up to the plate to speak on PETS3 held in Warrigul.
  • She had already done some PETS Training on-line.
  • The break-out sessions are a great idea.
  • Incoming RI President, Jennifer Jones, is an “amazing and inspiring person”.
  • Other clubs want to do combined Projects.
* Leanne also went to Dandy West Primary School, where she, Val and Margaret have initiated the “Sandwich Program" to help children that don't bring lunch to school.. Three school Grade 6 leaders helped. The school is keen to create a partnership with the Club.
She announced that a Membership enquiry had been received from a lady who seems very keen to join.
The concept of a Rotary Resource Centre was received with enthusiasm around the District. Diversity and equality are very important, she said, There is a Ladies’ Social Group starting up at St James’ Hall.
* Sec Phil, also District Insurance Officer, reported on his part in the Assembly. He advised that the Rotary policy covers all Members for all activities, provided the Member has a Working With Children Card AND has lodged the required Volunteer Declaration. He also advised that the Rotary policy is unique in that it provides cover against sexual offences.
* Sgt Ken, champing at the bit, fined everyone within reach, before the raffle was drawn, raising over $90.

Meeting Tuesday 24th May

This is a must for EVERY Member. We are transitioning from Team App to Club Runner for the majority of our communications, news and RSVPs, and Colin will be giving us a tutorial on how to use it. As well as doing all his District work, Colin has got the App up and running for us. It has taken many hours of work and the least we can do is learn how to use it properly.
We are always inviting other Members to contribute articles for publication (with little success, so far) and it is hoped that, with Club Runner, this will happen. There are handy links to District and various other resources and they are easily accessed.

Social Night Tuesday 31st May

Positano Restaurant in Hallam from 7.00 to 8.30pm. RSVP ASAP essential! See Team App or Club Runner.
Lift The Lid Walk 
The Rotary Club of Mackay organized a Lift the Lid Walk for  Australian Rotary Health and got the whole community involved. Is this something our Club might want to organize for Dandenong and Endeavour Hills in October? 
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It was great to see the Rotary Club of Mackay events and its generous sponsors host another amazing Lift the Lid Walk!
We had nearly 100 Rotarians and locals attend the walk.

As a result, it has been the most successful walk to date at Mackay and we were super glad that the sun came out after a rainy few days!

Together we can 
Lift the Lid on Mental Illness!

The Lift the Lid Walk events raises much needed funds for Australian Rotary Health mental health research.
DIK in Action
School Desks in Timor Leste. Great to see school desks, chairs and other furniture donated by Scotch College, Melbourne, and shipped by Donations In Kind, West Footscray. These are installed in four separate schools in Baccau, Timor Leste.
The desks and chairs were allocated to:
Wallili District Basic School
Fatumaca District Basic School
Kaiwa Osso District Public School, and Waiknasa District Public School
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