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
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Vice President
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International Service
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
Cornerstone Meal Service
Our monthly dinner service to the Cornerstone community held last Thursday. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful main and dessert. A big thanks to Leanne, President Peter and Tina, Ken and Margaret, Kam and Colin
Tuesday 26th April meeting Notes
 Phil, in charge of proceedings, welcomed 22 Members and PDG Mark Humphries and DG Designate Linda. It was great to see Alan Roberts and PDG Ken McDonald back in the fold. Apologies: Peter F, Cherie, John P, Gaith, Ashton, Brian, Pres Peter and Terry.
Kam summarised International’s achievements:
  • Interplast – Covid impacted. Moving to educational emphasis.
  • ROMAC – Also Covid impacted.
  • DIK – Active – Impacted by huge increase in container freight.
  • RAWCS – Reminder that donations are tax-deductible.
  • RORP – Active during Covid with playground harvesting and restoration continuing.
  • Feminine hygiene products supplied to Nepal.
  • Wheelchairs for Kids.
Con – Reported on:
  • Ella School Tubewell Project – Completed with aid of District Grants. Live cross to official opening during Meeting on 10 May.
  • RORPS – Friend of Rotary, Mel Bell, ensured that playgrounds continued to be harvested during Covid. One done recently with four more to be done by Council. Bonus playground to be harvested from Sandhurst later in the year.
  • St James Futsal Courts - completed - To be used by community youth groups. Our Club (via the Trust) donated $5,000 for the installation of the Courts. Official opening April 30th . All welcome. The Club will be providing a BBQ.
  • Cornerstone – Monthly meal service this Thursday. Naomi to organize official opening of the Community Garden. 
  • Dandenong West  PS – Sandwich program to commence Wednesday week. Senior students will be involved. Volunteers needed.
  • Member Welfare – Welcome back Alan and Ken. Margaret Coates is not at all well.
  • Announced that Val will be returning to “active duty” in the near future.
  • President Aspirations for 2022-2023:
  • Increase in female Members
  • Form sub-committees for each Avenue of Service
PDG Mark did a PowerPoint presentation on the Rotary Foundation.
Phil then introduced Linda Humphries – DG in 2023-24, who said she couldn’t understand why Rotary doesn’t have an increase in members, urging us to ASK people and not to be afraid to ask, even if they have said “no” before, because their situations may have changed since. (Something I have been beating the drum about for years. Ed.)
  • The Vision – Together, people can create change.
  • Rotary should not be just a fund-raising organisation; it should be a humanitarian organisation.
  • The Project should come first and the fund raising second in our thinking. “Sell the sizzle”!
Foundation is the only charity in Rotary and covers the seven areas of focus.
  • Annual Fund – Till 30 April, all donations will go to the Ukraine.
  • Endowment Fund – The source of Grants.
  • Polio Fund - With matching donations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has almost eliminated polio from the World
  • Disaster Fund - $25,000 Grants for rapid recovery.
  • Maternal Health – Does not accumulate funds – They are used as received. Rotarians helped smuggle babies out of Ukraine into Poland, to be cared for until they can be reunited with their families.
  • Bequest Society – The fastest growing Fund in Australia.
  • Sir Clem Renouf Polio Club - $25 per member per year.
  • There is an online community assessment tool available.
  • There are eight roll-up banners available for display at events.
  • District Grants – Secondary school scholarships of $500 available to match Club contributions of $500 – 20 available. Clubs can apply for more than one Grant.
  • Only 5% of contributions goes towards administration costs – Extremely low.
  • Rotary Foundation is one of only a very few charities in the World with a ranking of 4.
Phil then introduced Linda Humphries – DG in 2023-24, who said she couldn’t understand why Rotary doesn’t have an increase in members, urging us to ASK people and not to be afraid to ask, even if they have said “no” before, because their situations may have changed since. Linda was very impressed with the projects our Club was doing. She said that our Club would be one that she would join. Her challenge to us is that we need to share the work we do to potential new members.
Community Freezer
Our new Club freezer to store food, meals for our Community Club projects, The freezer is located at DAA.
Rotary Foundation - Ukraine Relief Fund

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship caused by the war in Ukraine. We’re using our deep networks and decades of experience to take swift action in the region.

How we are taking action

  • Donate to the Disaster Response Fund


    The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for Rotary members and other donors around the world to contribute funds to support relief efforts underway by Rotary districts. The Foundation has designated the Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for this.

    Thanks to the generosity of Rotary members and others, the fund, to date, has received more than $10.4 million in contributions. These funds are being distributed to Rotary districts that apply for Disaster Response grants and will be used to provide relief to refugees or other victims of the crisis, including items such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing. 

    So far, 64 disaster response grants, totaling $1,799,873, have been awarded to support those affected by the war in Ukraine.

    Ukrainian Rotary clubs take action 
    • The Rotary Club of Cherkasy purchased and delivered medical supplies and medicine to multiple 
    local hospitals. The club has also organized daily meals for 250 evacuated families from Sumy, 
    Herson, Kharkiv, and Chernihiv. 
    • Some members of the Rotary Club of Kharkiv International have traveled to border countries to 
    help refugees adapt to their new situations. Members are also working, through their project Yel- 
    low Help, to evacuate families near war zones. 
    • Club members of the Rotary Club of Kyiv Synergy collected 350 boxes of medical supplies from 
    Italy and distributed them to areas in Kyiv and Sumy. 
    • The Rotary Club of Kyiv-Sophia are preparing and delivering hot meals to residents of Kyiv and 
    Irpen-Bucha. Members have purchased and delivered hygiene products and medicine to young 
    mothers and the elderly. 
    • Members of the Rotary Club of Lviv are unloading and organizing relief aid from European coun- 
    tries, then facilitating delivery to several humanitarian hubs across the country. 
    Clubs in Rotary District 2231 (Poland) are using a $50,000 disaster response grant to provide 
    transportation, accommodations, food, and medical assistance for refugees who crossed the border 
    from Ukraine. 
    Rotary District 2240 in the Czech Republic is purchasing $50,000 worth of sleeping bags, medi- 
    cine, food, and defibrillators, EKGs, and oxygen concentrators to victims.  
    District governors in Germany created a national task force to coordinate member initiatives and 
    relief efforts on an online platform. A liaison office for government agencies and nongovernmental 
    organizations has been established in Berlin. 
    District 1910 in Austria is using a $25,000 disaster response grant to provide accommodations, 
    baby supplies, medicine, hygiene materials, psychological care, food, and appliances to Ukrainian 
    refugees in Austria. 
    Rotary clubs throughout France have mobilized to collect and distribute necessities to refugees. District- 
    governors are coordinating donations from French clubs to help Rotary clubs in Ukraine as well 
    as to assist refugees travelling through Poland and Romania or taking refuge in those countries. The 
    needs are determined by the France-Ukraine, France-Poland, and France-Romania-Moldova inter- 
    country committees. 
    • Our Club through DAA are working with their DA Europe counterparts to provide humanitarian supplies (including
    Sky Hydrants) into Ukraine from country access points.
Changeover 2022


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