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
Vocational Services
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations
Exec Secretary
Club Protection Officer
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Club Information
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
ARH Donations
As an encouragement to Clubs who do not regularly contribute to Australian Rotary Health
and with the end of the Rotary year approaching when many of you are making donations and disbursements, this offer makes your contribution exceptionally valuable.
The Rotary Club of Mornington has decided to match new donations to ARH either from D 9820 Clubs or personal donations made from todays date until 30th June 2022.
See the attached flier (for your Club bulletin or newsletter) for details of how to make your new contribution qualify for this bonus.
ARH will acknowledge with a certificate all contributions made under this program.
Make your donations to before Thursday 30th June 2022 marked 40th Birthday matched Fundraiser.
Rotary Club Berwick - Travel Night to Japan
Why not consider joining RC Berwick on Wednesday night for an interesting travel night to Japan
Staff Corner - John Hewko

Staff Corner: John Hewko

General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation


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In this monthly column, we introduce readers to the talented staff members at Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, many of whom work behind the scenes at RI headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, and in six offices outside the United States. This month, we feature John Hewko, General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

  1. Holds a law degree from Harvard University, a master’s in modern history from the University of Oxford (where he studied as a Marshall Scholar), and a bachelor’s in government and Soviet studies from Hamilton College in New York

  2. Speaks five languages — English, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian

  3. Served as the vice president for operations and compact development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency, where he negotiated foreign assistance agreements totaling $6.3 billion for 18 countries in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, water and sanitation, health, and education

  4. He and his wife, Marga, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation

My parents, Lu and Natalie Hewko, fled the advancing Soviet armies across war-torn Europe — from Ukraine to the refugee camps in southern Germany — and then began a new life in the United States. My desire to give back to the country that welcomed my parents with open arms is what motivated my interest in public service.

My father was a Rotarian and served as president of the Rotary Club of Clarkston, Michigan. He also helped start the Rotary club in Kyiv, Ukraine, where I am a charter member.

The TV series Perry Mason partially inspired me to be a lawyer.

My wife, Marga, is from Argentina, and we got married there in December 1989. Two weeks later, we moved to Moscow. After Mikhail Gorbachev came to power and opened up the Soviet Union, the law firm of Baker McKenzie approached me, asking if I would help establish its office there, and I later served as its managing partner in Kyiv and Prague.

I'll never forget an amazing historic experience in Ukraine. I had the opportunity to be involved in Ukraine's independence movement after the failed August 1991 coup in Moscow and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union. In March 1992, I spent several days with experts in Prague and hammered out the initial draft of Ukraine's first post-Soviet constitution. To be there, to help a new country get off the ground, was the thrill of a lifetime.

My Andy Warhol 15 minutes of fame came on 24 August 1991, when the Ukraine parliament called for a referendum to support its declaration of independence. The day before, political leaders and advisers from the non-Communist opposition had prepared a series of important decrees that the parliament was to debate and hopefully approve. But they had no copy machine. Fortunately, I had access to a small copier. I took the documents and spent all night making more than 400 copies. At 7 the next morning, I dashed over and handed the copies to the deputy head of the opposition. Parliament then deliberated over the decrees and declared independence six hours later. Without those copies, I wondered ...

My father was an avid reader of the Rotary magazine. He used to read it from cover to cover. In 2010, an advertisement caught his eye: Rotary was looking for a new general secretary. My father ripped the page out of the magazine and wrote a note on it, half in English and half in Ukrainian, that I should apply for the job — and then he mailed the ad to me.

Two lessons I took away from this experience: Always listen to your dad — and great things happen when you read the Rotary magazine.

In this issue, you should read about Rotary's Action Plan because it represents the future of our organization and serves as our strategic road map. It's exciting, and we have begun to undertake a number of important initiatives to bring it into reality.

One pillar of Rotary's strength is its deep roots in the community. The key is to find that sweet spot — to keep our focus largely local, because that is where members have the greatest satisfaction and sense of accomplishment, yet make sure that these local activities are strategically channeled so that we can have a greater global impact.

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