President: Peter Buck
AG:           Colin Byron
DG:           Bill Degnan
Upcoming Events
Club Changeover
St James Anglican Church
Jul 05, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Board Meeting
Hilton Laminating (Johns factory)
Jul 07, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
What is planned for 2022/2023 Night
Dandenong Club
Jul 12, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Phil and Peter
Brand New Day
Jul 16, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jul 19, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Regionalization Pilot
Dandenong Club
Jul 26, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornerstone Meal Service
Jul 28, 2022
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Board Meeting
Disaster Aid
Aug 03, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Alan K & Anthony
Brand New Day
Aug 06, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Assembly
Dandenong Club
Aug 09, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Brian Ashworth
July 3
Anthony Brown
July 6
Lynn Tam
July 11
Colin Byron
July 18
Cherie Ramsay
July 26
John Dawson
August 13
Spouse Birthdays
Wil Pater
July 20
Graeme Coates
Marlene Coates
July 31
Join Date
Graeme Coates
July 1, 1972
50 years
Paul Morris
July 1, 1991
31 years
Terry Valentine
July 1, 2002
20 years
Joe Iellamo
July 9, 2002
20 years
Bruce J. Fletcher
July 14, 1980
42 years
David Langworthy
August 1, 1991
31 years
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President Elect
Community Service
Vice President
Vocational Services
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New Generations
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Club Protection Officer
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Club Information
Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills
Dandenong Club
1579 Heatherton Road
Dandenong North, VIC 3175
1st & 3rd Tuesdays of month 6pm for 6.30pm start
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President's Message
Peter Buck
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Dear fellow Rotarians,
This is my last newsletter update before Leanne comes in as the new President. I want to thank my team and all Club members for the support they have shown me throughout this difficult year. As always we have have continued to do wonderful work in the community.
A big thanks to those members that will be attending the Club Changeover. Including our community guests, we could have approximately 70 in attendance.
I will see everyone at the Club Changeover on July 5th.
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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