President: Leanne Byron
AG:           Hakim Gassiep
DG:           Paul Mee
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Dandenong Club
Nov 15, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Phil & Colin
Nov 19, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dorothy Docherty Vic Guide Dogs - Partners Night
Dandenong Club
Nov 22, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Cornerstone Meal Service
Nov 24, 2022
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Annual General Meeting
Dandenong Club
Nov 29, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - John & Joe
Dec 03, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Christmas Function
Dandenong Club
Dec 06, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Major Road Projects Community Event -BBQ
Dec 17, 2022
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Peter & Alan C
Dec 17, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Con & Anthony
Jan 07, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Howard de Zylva
November 4
John Peck
November 4
Ken Tam
November 4
Phillip Thurgood
November 5
Peter Faulkner
December 21
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Margaret McDonald
November 20
Nola Dawson
November 25
John Peck
Leonie Peck
November 24
Marty Pater
Wil Pater
December 12
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Marty Pater
November 1, 1986
36 years
Alan Collier
December 1, 1995
27 years
John Angwin
December 1, 1986
36 years
John Peck
December 1, 1991
31 years
Gus De Hoogd
December 2, 2003
19 years
Bryan J. Waters
December 31, 2001
21 years
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President's Message
Leanne Byron
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Dear Fellow Rotarians,
We have certainly had a very busy week, beginning with the RYLA presentation on Tuesday night which was very informative.  Our guests had a wonderful time and were very appreciative of our invitation to have them join us. 
As part of Den's RYLA commitment, she is expected do 20 hours of voluntary work for the Community.  I intend to contact Den to ask if she would be keen to work with us on the organisation of a  'Mental Health Forum' which I hope to schedule for sometime in the first quarter of 2023.
On Friday our hard working Rotarians Martin, Peter Faulkner, John Peck, Hans Van Dyk and Colin Byron cooked and served hundreds of sausages and vegetarian options to the very hungry Dandenong West Primary School Community. They also picked up supplies, set up and packed up afterwards. Thank you also to Phillip Thurgood who assisted me with organising the food.
Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Casey for the loan of their BBQ. 
The Festival was a huge success, Principal Beverley Hansen, Community Hub Co-Ordinator Abby Rezek and other staff were excited and extremely thankful for the commitment and participation of our Club at this event.
On Friday night Colin & I joined the amazing team at DAA in Eumemmering for the 'kick off session' of the Disaster Aid Australia Conference. The Conference was the first since 2019 and from all the feedback I heard at the dinner on Saturday night, it was a great success. 
Well done and Congratulations to Brian, Cherie, Peter, Martin and team!!!
It's such a shame that more of our club members didn't take advantage of the opportunity to attend this fabulous event, especially given that it is our major International Project.
There WILL NOT be a Rotary meeting on Tuesday night.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 22nd November so please come along and invite family & friends to join us and hear our Guest Speaker, Dorothy Docherty from Guide Dogs Victoria. 
Christmas is fast approaching and it would be wonderful to have a very special 'Christmas' celebration on Tuesday 6th December, be sure to bring along your partners, family and friends. 'ALL THE MORE THE MERRIER!'
I will send an invitation out to all members within the next week.
On a final and sad note, tomorrow Colin and I will be attending June O'Doherty's funeral.  June was a very dedicated, passionate and proud Rotarian.
Enjoy having a night off this Tuesday, I hope to see you all on the 22nd.
Kind regards,
Rotary Month
Club Night 8th November 2022
 A great Club Night. RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) trainer Den Lim spoke about her amazing journey. 
RYLA is a great Rotary youth program. We had RYLA Chair Nigel Cousin (D9820) and RYLA Co-Chair Trish Carr
(D9810) presenting Den with a RYLA certificate and President Leanne with the Club support of Den.
During the night Marty presented Christine Ware from the Dandenong & District Netball Association for her great 
work and support of Rotary. President Leanne also presented Val a certificate for the work she has been doing
supporting the Community and her great support of Club Membership.
Car Show chair John Ternel gave an update on the Car Show and a committee update.
DAA Annual Conference
On Saturday, Disaster Aid Australia held their first DAA conference and dinner in 3 years at the Dandenong Club.
It was a great event. The day started with the projects that DAA had delivered during the COVID affected last 2 years.
Over $400,000 of donations was spent on disaster and Fresh water projects in Bhutan, Bangladesh, Philippines and
Timor Leste. 
The DAA team have done an incredible job in managing projects remotely, using training videos in local language,
keeping DAA supporters up to date on where their donations were used, and using social media as their prime 
marketing tool. Donations from Rotary Clubs continue via Club visits to DAA which includes a dinner.
We also heard from guest speaker Raj from the Rotary Club of Kathmandu Nepal sharing current projects
at the conference. Inspiring to see Rotary in action making a difference.
In the afternoon, we heard about the future plans of DAA. Continued focus in the Philippines and Timor Leste
using local and international partners who are looking to use SkyHydrants to help them in their fresh water projects.
It was great to see over 30 people attend the Conference including the incredible DAA team, Partner organisations,
PDG Bill and Judy Degnan, Rotarians from District 9810 and District 9820.
The biggest disappointment was the lack of attendance from members of our Club. This is OUR signature International
project. I would ask all our Club Rotarians to start to better understand OUR project and help spread the word.
Dandenong West Primary School Festival
The Dandenong West Primary School held their festival last Friday. It was a great community
event with bands, the local Aboriginal elders, Indian dancing, singing and incredible stalls
and activities run by community groups such as Bunnings, Lions, Well Springs, the AFL, 
Police, Rotary and others.
Our BBQ was extremely popular. Thanks to Marty and Peter for picking up and 
returning the RC Club Casey BBQ. Thanks also to Phil, Marty, John and Leanne for
suppling the sausages, vegetarian options and bread and sauces. We gave away nearly 700
sausages on the day. In addition thanks to Hans and Colin for helping out on the
day. The school presented us a thank you certificate.
District Conference 2023
Well it all starts off on Friday with captivating choices to explore the local area. Take a delicious winery OR garden bus tour with lunch, or try your luck on breaking your handicap in a round of golf on the delightful RACV Cape Schanck course.
On Friday night, arrange your Club dinner in any of the multitudes of cafes and restaurants which abound in the local area.
On Saturday, settle in to enjoy an impressive array of presentations by the following Keynote speakers:
  • Kate Roffey, President of the Melbourne Football Club,
  • Warren Tate, Communications expert,
  • Julia Kay, 2022 Young Victorian of the Year and co-Director of Great Wrap,
  • Samuel Johnson, 2018 Victorian of the Year, actor and founder of Love Your sister,
Rotary projects and discussions will also be made by:
  • Jennifer Jones, Rotary International President and Ian Riseley, Rotary Foundation Chair and Past Rotary International President who will share a virtual conversation with us
  • Jessie Harman, Zone 8 representative.
  • Bernie Farquhar, Rotary Club of Mitchell River
  • Ross Kilborn, Rotary Club of Mornington.
After enjoying a day of learning and connection building, it is time to kick up your heels at the Saturday night themed Beach Party dinner. Accompanying the gourmet event, the Baker Boy Band will treat you to fabulous music. The Baker Boy Band have played at a number of District Conference dinners and they are always on point with their entertainment.
Sunday morning starts with a breakfast session and a presentation by Kevin Sheedy, 2022 Victorian of the Year and Libby Wilson, Rotary Club of Rosebud Rye (RCRR). A tour of the Rotary Rosebud Warehouse: will be offered to interested Conference participants as they leave from breakfast and head home. This is a major project of the Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye and well worth a visit if you are interested in how a Rotary Club can run a very big and ongoing project that requires a lot of capital investment.
This conference has a lot to offer the average Rotarian who gets the vibe there is more to Rotary than meets the eye as well as the seasoned Rotarian who sees opportunities everywhere but needs connections to make things happen.
International Rotary Convention 2023
Posted by David Button on Aug 31, 2022
How good is this! A Rotary Convention coming to Melbourne in just a few months time. I would encourage you all to have a look at this ritzy website that is jammed-packed with local information: 
If you are interested in attending the 2023 Rotary Convention in Melbourne and want to find out how to get the best deal, please CLICK HERE to download a registration guide.
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