President: Leanne Byron
AG:            Hakim Gassiep
DG:            Paul Mee
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Speakers: Hand Break Start & Beleura House
Dandenong Club
Feb 21, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornerstone Meal Service
Feb 23, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Joe and Peter
Feb 25, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Joint Club Visit - Frida Umuhoza
Tosaria Restuarant
Feb 28, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Clean Up Australia Day
Mar 05, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Final Update on Car Show Event
Dandenong Club
Mar 07, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
International Womens Day High Tea for disadvantage
Dandenong Baptist Church
Mar 08, 2023
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary All Holden Car Show
Greaves Reserve
Mar 12, 2023
6:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Holland Festival
Akoonah Park
Mar 18, 2023
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Con & Alan K
Mar 18, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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February 22
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February 24
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March 14
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March 18
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March 21
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March 29
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March 30
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March 23
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March 1
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March 1
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Leanne Byron
March 17
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Lois Faulkner
March 19
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Anthony Brown
February 8, 2010
13 years
Colin Byron
February 8, 2011
12 years
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February 28, 2007
16 years
Ghaith Khalil
March 1, 2021
2 years
Howard de Zylva
March 1, 2021
2 years
Geoffrey Brown
March 3, 1969
54 years
Valma Bennett
March 3, 2009
14 years
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March 16, 1993
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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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Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Thank you to Howard De Zylva for the very interesting 'Behind the Badge' talk and the update on the Sri Lankan Orphanage.
'Behind the Badge' provides an opportunity to learn more about the lives and experiences of our fellow Rotarians.
I thank everyone in attendance at last week's meeting for completing my survey, it's a great way to get feedback from our members regarding their individual Rotary experiences. 
The majority of us joined Rotary for the same reason, i.e. fellowship/friendship, to expand our networks, for personal development and 'to make a difference in the lives of others'. 
There are so many opportunities within our club to help out in our Community and on International projects, to join in the fundraising activities and social get togethers and have FUN.
My personal feedback is that I have really missed the fellowship upon arrival of Rotarians and guests. 
I will be implementing a change this week, which I have wanted to do for quite some time.
My request is that, as you arrive at the Dandenong Club, please order a drink and enjoy a chat with each other prior to ordering our meals.
This is something that our club always used to do.  I have really missed the greetings and welcoming of others.  I believe it creates a more friendly and relaxed environment.
We will then hand out the menu's and place our orders, hopefully the meals will come out fairly quickly.
We have had a great year so far and achieved so much, we always have plenty on offer for our members, so please read the newsletter and keep your eye on ClubRunner events so that you can join in any of the activities you wish to.
We have visited other clubs, enjoyed social nights out, in-house social nights at the Dandenong Club, Calcutta (Melb Cup) event, a Trivia night in support of RC of Boronia,
our Christmas Dinner, Barefoot Bowls, Bunnings BBQ's the 'Major Roads' BBQ (the opening of the Hallam-Belgrave & Heatherton Road Intersection upgrade), Fundraising events with other clubs, CNY Celebration and Fundraiser for the Monash Children's Cancer Centre, donated money to assist the Victorian Flood victims and the recent Turkey Earthquake disaster.  We have also had the opportunity to listen to some wonderful guest speakers.
I'm looking back and wondering how on earth we've fitted it all in!
Our very own Disaster Aid always does a magnificent job responding to World wide disasters. Please check you inboxes for an email I have forwarded from District regarding the Turkey/Syria/New Zealand Relief Appeal.  Our club has donated $2,000
which was approved by the Board.  Personal donations would be greatly appreciated and are tax deductable.
Of course there is always more to be done and achieved.
If you are unsure in anyway of what you can do to help or become more involved, please call or text me on 0402 242 743 or email:
We have the opportunity to meet almost every week and we also have the choice not to attend if we have other commitments. 
However, please remember to respond on ClubRunner or let Martin Pater know if you will be attending or declining for all events.
To improve your Rotary experience and gain further knowledge and satisfaction, my suggestion is that you attend the District Assembly on Saturday 22nd April at Nossal High School in Berwick.
Colin, Cherie and myself will all be going and we'd would love to have all our new members join us, along with other members of our club.  
The three of us attended the Presidents Elect Training in Traralgon this weekend and it was truly amazing and inspiring. Phillip Thurgood (our District Insurance Officer) was also in attendance, giving his Insurance Presentation (via video) whilst enjoying a well deserved holiday in Bali.
There is so much more to Rotary than the 'snapshot' we get at our club. 
We have invited 2 Guest Speakers along this week:
Richard Parker from Hand Brake Turn and Martin Green from Beleura House: 
Hand Brake Turn assists young people between 15-25 years to transition into education and employment pathways through a 5 week training program offering three days per week of technical skills practice and life skill development.
Beleura House is a state-listed 19th Century heritage house built on the Mornington Peninsula.
ON A FINAL NOTE, we have a BBQ meal at Cornerstone on Thursday night, 23rd February.  I am looking for volunteers to help out on the night and/or prepare a salad or two for the meal.
See you on Tuesday!
Kind regards,

Rotary Month
Club Night 14th Feb 2023
Last Tuesday Howard de Zylva gave a very interesting Behing the Badge history. He told us about his early life in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) his education
and his life when he arrived in Australia. Very impressive work history as an Engineer working in many new roles that he developed new
skills. He also worked in various countries around the world including an amazing stint in New Guinea.
Howard was instrumental in getting the Men's Shed up and running as he was responsible for designing the facility which is now the 
envoy of other Men's Sheds.
Howard also gave an update on the Sri Lanka Orphanage international project. Final approval has been made by the Board.
PETS Training
Cherie attended her President Elect leadership training this weekend in Traralgon to prepare her for her 2023/2024 year as Club President. Leanne and Colin also attended as both had to make presentations.
What a fabulous training event. Fantastic topics, presentations, club collaboration and workshops. 
Gippsland Rotary Centennial House
After completing PETS  this weekend we had a tour of the wonderful Gippsland Rotary Centennial House . What an incredible Rotary project that provides
safe, supportive and affordable accommodation to patients and/or families of the Gippsland Cancer Centre and specialist medical services
at Latrobe Regional Hospital. We also visited the gazebo that was funded from the DG'S partner's project during our own PDG Ken 
McDonald and Margaret's year.
All Holden Car Show
The Club's biggest fundraiser The All-Holden Car Show is scheduled for Sunday March 12th. We need ALL Club members to volunteer on the day
to help with the running of the Show. Please indicate your intention to help by RSVP Club Runner.
Holland Festival
Rotary Club of Casey are having their annual Holland Festival on the 18th March 2023 at Akoonah Park Berwick. This is a fantastic event.
As Casey members help us out at our All Holden Car Show, they would like our members to volunteer for their event. Please log onto site to register as a volunteer.
Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day

Can you imagine the good we could do, if all of Australia came together on one day and took practical action to improve the environment? What a difference we could make! Let's see how many people we can bring together on Sunday 5 March and make a real impact...


It's hard to believe that what was started over thirty years ago, by Ian Kiernan, AO, an "average Australian" who had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event, held annually on the first Sunday in March.


Over twenty million Aussies have stepped up over the years, donating their time to improve the environment. Registration for Clean Up Australia Day is free for communities and schools (businesses pay a small fee) and this ensures that not only are you covered by our public liaibility insurance, but you'll receive a free Clean Up Australia kit.

Rtn Anthony Brown is registering our Club to participate in  Clean Up Australia Day. Our area will be Rotary Park in Dandenong.
More details to follow up. Please ensure you register using Club Runner.
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