President: Leanne Byron
AG:            Hakim Gassiep
DG:            Paul Mee
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TeamMed Nepal
Dandenong Club
May 02, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Phil & Colin
May 06, 2023
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Cranbourne Turf Club Night Racing and Dinner
Cranbourne Turf Club
May 12, 2023
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Phil & Colin
May 20, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Bunnings BBQ
Bunnings Dandenong
May 21, 2023
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cornerstone Meal Service
May 25, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary International Convention
Melbourne Exhibition Centre
May 27, 2023 3:00 PM –
May 31, 2023 4:00 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Phil & Peter
Jun 10, 2023
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Bunnings BBQ
Bunnings Dandenong
Jun 24, 2023
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Neil Fullard
April 7
David Langworthy
April 9
Margaret Gunton
April 23
Graeme Peters
May 6
Paul Morris
May 15
Alan Kamerling
May 17
Alan Collier
May 25
Hans Van Dyk
April 30
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Lynn Tam
April 20, 2021
2 years
Phillip Thurgood
April 28, 2009
14 years
Leanne Byron
May 16, 2016
7 years
Hans Van Dyk
May 22, 1986
37 years
John Heathcote
May 22, 1986
37 years
Peter Faulkner
May 22, 1986
37 years
Ken McDonald
May 26, 1986
37 years
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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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Hi fellow Rotarians,
On Tuesday morning (ANZAC Day), Brian, Val & Neil Bennett, Ben & a friend, Colin and myself, all attended the Dawn Service at the Pillars of Freedom in Dandenong and laid a wreath on behalf of the club. 
We then went across to the RSL for breakfast and were fortunate to meet up with retired Dandenong Rotarian Graeme Coates, his daughter and grandchildren.
Peter Faulkner (Youth Chair) and I had the pleasure of attending Lyndale Secondary College on Thursday morning to meet up with the Acting Assistant Principal (who is also a Y12 teacher) and one of her colleagues.
We presented them with a Certificate for the student who was identified to receive our $1,000 Rotary Foundation District 9820 Scholarship, this will be presented to the student at a special assembly.
They were both extremely grateful that this Year 7 student will now be provided with a laptop which will make a huge difference and would not have otherwise been possible due the family's financial hardship. 
Diana and her colleague were both very interested to hear about Interact and the RYLA program.  They are keen to find out more, so will meet with Peter and I in the near future. 
Peter has been invited to go along to the school to do a DAA-SkyHydrant presentation for the Year 12 students.
We were both very pleased to have finally made contact with the school once again and to have been met with so much enthusiasm from the teachers to become involved with Rotary.
I'd like to thank Brian, Janet, Lynn, Ken and Ben for assisting me at Cornerstone on Thursday night at the meal service.
Thank you also to Val for ordering the pizza's and garlic bread and to Colin for picking up and delivering the pizza's.
The kitchen is still a work in progress, therefore it's quite challenging to set up and serve the meal.  We are very hopeful that the kitchen will be finished in time for our next meal on May 25th.
PLEASE remember to respond on ClubRunner for this Tuesday's meeting. 
We have guest speakers from TeamMed Nepal doing a presentation and also Rob Cook (District Youth Programs Chair) from the Rotary Club of Hastings Western Port joining us to give us a brief update.
I'm sure the speakers will be very interesting and informative, therefore I'm hopeful that we'll have a good number of attendees.
Our club has supported TeamMed for quite some time now and Youth is an area we are finally breaking back into after many years and looking forward to continuing.
I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.
Rotary Month
Anzac Day 2023
On Anzac Day last week, President Leanne, Colin, Brian, Ben, Val and Neil Bennett paid our respects at the Dawn Service at the Pillars of Freedom memorial in Dandenong. The
Club laid a wreath and joined past servicemen and women for breakfast at the RSL. It was nice to meet Honorary Club member Graeme Coates and his family.
Cornerstone Meal Service
Last Thursday was our monthly Cornerstone meal. Whilst the kitchen is still being renovated, the Club provided pizzas
and desert for the Cornerstone community.  Thanks to Janet, Brian, Ben, Leanne, Colin, Ken and Lyn for giving up their
time to help. It would be great to have every Club member volunteer their time for at least one meal. Our dinner meal service is
the 4th Thursday of each month.
Lyndale Secondary College Education Grant
Presenting the education certificate to Lyndale Secondary College
End Polio Now Walk - Melbourne

End Polio Now Walk

End Polio Now Walk


Melbourne is renowned for its beautiful parks, gardens and walking trails. Join us on the afternoon of Friday 26 May to enjoy an easy walk from Federation Square, in the centre of the city, along the magnificent St Kilda Road boulevard, past many of the city’s finest landmarks, to reach the Rotary Peace Park. 

The 2.5 km (1.5 mile) Walk will enable us to raise awareness of Rotary’s number one humanitarian priority – the global eradication of poliomyelitis. Don’t forget to bring your red End Polio Now shirt. Photo opportunities will abound.

In the Peace Park you will find trees ‘dedicated’ to more than 50 distinguished Rotarians, including many world presidents. The first tree in the park was planted by Paul Harris in 1935. Four Peace Bells will be unveiled in the park during the 2023 Rotary International Convention, and they will serve as the convention’s legacy to Melbourne. This initiative is supported by the City of Melbourne, Rotary International and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

At the end of the walk, you will be able to explore the Peace Park, wander through the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens or relax in one of the adjacent cafes and bars.

Registration Fee AUD $20

Friday 26 May 2023 2.00 PM - 4:00 PM

Federation Square
Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000



Free 3 Day House of Friendship Pass

Free 3-day House of Friendship Pass

Email from Rotary International:
Register for a free 3-day House of Friendship pass for the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne.
Enjoy a 3-day pass, free of charge, to the House of Friendship, where you’ll be able to connect with thousands of fellow Rotary members
from around the world and have access to hundreds of Rotary project booths, vendors, food, and entertainment at the
2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia. That’s right! A complimentary pass valid Monday-Wednesday, 29-31 May,
for the House of Friendship*. No additional purchase is required. Here’s how you can redeem this special offer:
  • Option 1 – Fill out this brief Qualtrics survey with your information by 26 April 2023. Your pass will be ready for you to pick up at
  • the convention center's registration desk (MCEC Exhibition Centre doors 1 and 2).
  • Option 2 – Visit the registration desk (MCEC Exhibition Centre doors 1 and 2) at the convention center to fill out a brief form and receive your pass on site.
Friends and family are also eligible to enjoy this special access to the 'House of Friendship', so bring them along to learn what’s special about Rotary! 
We look forward to seeing you in the House of Friendship. Contact with questions.
* Passes are valid for the House of Friendship only. Does not apply to convention registration or any affiliated events.
The annual RYLA program is due to commence in late June this year. (Refer to the program details below). If you
know anyone between 18 and 30 years of age that would benefit from this amazing program, please let Leanne or
Peter know. The Club can sponsor a participant.
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy Seminar

Welcome to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program. Run in conjunction with District 9820, this program is a transformational leadership conference open to 18- to 30-year-olds who are looking to develop their leadership potential, build lasting connections and gain new insights and experiences.


It focuses on

  •  Developing young leaders who celebrate diversity, create sustainable change, and become service-minded global citizens.
  • Personal development, leadership, and teamwork.
  • Provide conflict resolution strategies alongside leadership training.
  • Emphasize professional development and connect participants with opportunities to serve the community through Rotary.
  • Combine leadership development and vocational training to help young people discover their potential and hone skills. 

Participants will engage in a range of activities, including workshops, team- building exercises, outdoor activities, and guest speaker presentations.

Our program is led by experienced facilitators and mentors who are dedicated to helping participant achieve their full potential. We are committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive environment where everyone can learn, grow and thrive.

Rotary  Clubs financially support  participants to attend. Costs in 2022 to sponsor were $1049 per participant and $750 per leader - prices for 2023 will be released shortly.

The next Rotary Youth Leadership Awards will be held from the 26th of June to 1st of July, 2023 to align with university semester breaks.

RYLA 2023 is a joint initiative run by District 9810 and District 9820 and held as a 6 day live in seminar.

Applications are now open for participants

- click on the link below or scan QR code to the left of this article to apply

Further information can be obtained by contacting your local Rotary Club  to express your interest in participating in the RYLA leadership program or emailing


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