President: Peter Buck
AG:           Colin Byron
DG:           Bill Degnan
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Guest Speaker - Joe Kremzer -GM Hydrogen Council
Dandenong Club
Oct 25, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Cornerstone Meal Service
Oct 27, 2022
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Peter & Anthony
Oct 29, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wheelchairs for Kids Presentation Night
The Beaconsfield Club
Oct 31, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Melbourne Cup - No Rotary
Nov 01, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
RYLA Presentation - Den Lim
Dandenong Club
Nov 08, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Disaster Aid Australia Conference 2022
Dandenong Club
Nov 12, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Con & Phil
Nov 12, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - Colin & Joe
Nov 26, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Brand New Day Mowing Roster - John & Alan C
Dec 10, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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1579 Heatherton Road
Dandenong North, VIC 3175
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President's Message
Leanne Byron
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Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Hello from beautiful Khao Lak, Thailand.
Wow, what a night we had on Thursday at the 'Calcutta Auction'.
It was wonderful to see so many friends & family joining us, along with the Rotary Club of Berwick, who had 2 tables and the Rotary Club of Casey with a table, their attendance and support was greatly appreciated. 
It was lovely to see our Honorary Member, Graeme Coates in attendance and to welcome back David & Jean Langworthy from their overseas travels.
This is what Rotary is all about!  Rotarians gathering together with friends and family to have a great time, enjoy fellowship and raise funds for great causes; this one was for Rotary Foundation.  
I'd like to acknowledge the amazing work of Martin and Wilma Pater,  John Heathcote, Brian Ashworth and Peter Faulkner for putting together this very successful event.
Hopefully you will all have seen my email regarding the 'Calcutta' event which was sent on Friday night.  If you haven't read it already,  please do so as soon as possible.
I truly hope that we continue to have events like this where we all get together, have fun and 'make a difference'.  If any of you have ideas for future events, Martin and myself will certainly welcome all suggestions.
Our next big event is on Tuesday October 25th with our Hydrogen Guest Speaker - Joe Kremzer, who will be joining us along with Principal of Dandenong West Primary School Bev Hansen and the DWPS Community Hub co-leader Abby Rezek.
Please support the event by coming along, inviting your friends and family to join us in helping to make this important meeting well worthwhile.  Colin and myself do apologise for not being able to attend due to our holiday in Thailand which had been postponed for a couple of years due to COVID, followed by a visit to Canberra.
I would absolutely love it if we could get a large group of our members together to attend Casey's Wheelchairs for Kid's night on Monday October 31st.  This is an amazing project which deserves our support, please book via the details on the Flyer for this event.
Our Literacy Buddies program with Ardoch and St. Mary's Primary School is going along really well.  Last Thursday we had 'Big Buddies', Ben Keller, Colin Byron and  Ken & Lynn Tam visit the school, meet their 'Little Buddies' and enjoy some activities and afternoon tea. 
Our 'Little Buddies' are very studious and ambitious, with plans already in place for their future, such as getting into really good secondary schools and then moving on to University.
A great time was had by all in attendance. These positive connections are helping to expose Rotary to the greater Community and to young people, who will perhaps consider joining Interact, Rotaract or Rotary one day.  They were all very keen to find out what Rotary is all about.
I'm disappointed that I was unable to attend on Thursday as I had important and enjoyable Nanny duties, taking care of my grandchildren on that day. 
I'm really looking forward to being at the next session at the end of the school year.
I am extremely proud that our club is growing and there is a great deal of enthusiasm and positive feedback regarding our meetings. It's exciting that we have another two prospective members in the wings, who I'd love to induct sometime in November.
Last Friday, Colin, Howard, Doug (from Men's Shed) and Val went along to James Cook Primary School to assess the works to be done at the school as advised by Anne Burgess.  Howard took photo's and will be working with the Men's Shed to prioritise the works.  We hope to have Rotarians working alongside the Men's Shed volunteers on this much needed project.
Colin & John met with Babar on Saturday over a coffee.  Babar is heading back to Pakistan to spend time with his Mum and bring her back home with him for a visit.
Babar will be meeting with the club in which he was a member to discuss project opportunities; he will present to our club upon his return.
There WILL NOT be a meeting this Tuesday October 18th, so enjoy the week off.  
I look forward to seeing you all when we return from Canberra, where Colin begins his DGN training and we will be attending the Zone 8 Conference.  It will certainly be a shock to the system when we arrive in Canberra after the very warm weather her in Thailand.
Regards to all,
Rotary Month
Social Night -Positano
A great social night at Positano's. Approx. 25 Rotarians and partners enjoyed catching up and having a great meal.
Disaster Aid Aust - Rosebud Rye Fundraiser
A big thanks to the Rosebud Rye Rotary Club for organising a fundraiser
luncheon to raise funds to donate 2 Skyhydrants for the Philippines.
2023 Rotary International Convention ' Special'
If you plan to attend the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne in May next year,
now is the opportunity to save $50 per registration fee.
This offer has now been extended to June 12th, 2022.
For registrations made before June 12, the fee will be 
$425 per person. After the 12th of June the registration jumps to $475
per person.
DAA Autumn Newsletter

DAA Autumn Newsletter 


To provide, and assist, in delivering sustainable humanitarian aid relevant to people affected by natural and other disasters, including safe water and shelter’ with

  • SmartAid: To help communities in developing countries rebuild their lives after a major disaster.
  • Safe Water for Every Child: To reduce the ongoing disaster of disease and death from unsafe water.

Ukraine Crisis

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has resulted in a major humanitarian crisis with millions of refugees, and damage to infrastructure such as water treatment.

Disaster Aid Australia is one of the many Disaster Aid International partners that has stepped up to support Ukraine.

Thanks to our supporters we have raised almost $40,000 that has provided 5 SkyHydrants (Including the two in the photograph being volunteer delivered) and a substantial cash donation to Disaster Aid Europe for additional supplies purchased in Europe.


Disaster Aid Europe

Stuart Amesbury of Disaster Aid Europe, as well as fundraising, has been managing the local purchasing and transporting of essential aid to Rotarians in Slovakia and Ukraine.

Major Support has also been provided by: Disaster Aid USA Disaster Aid Canada Disaster Aid UK & Ireland


Pamanukan Recovery

February we received a report from RC Bandung Pakuan about our second Smart Aid grant to rebuild flood damaged houses in Pamanukan.

This follows on from our initial grant in 2021 in response to the Indonesian Floods.

Another three families have been provided with new homes for a total of $5,000.

President of Bandung Pakuan RC, Juju Sukma and Past President Honey Kurnia have played an important part in the project by organising the building works.


Sponsor a SkyHydrant Installation

Although the original Bhutan project is close to completion there will be ongoing opportunities to sponsor installations.

In 2022 we will be looking to:

·       Extend our installations to communities and village schools in Bhutan.

·       Continue our Safe Water for Every Child projects in Mindanao, Philippines.

·       Commence installations for the Bangsamoro Health and Peace project,  Philippines.

Develop projects in Timor Leste with new partners.

Value for Money

In April we explained on our website how DAA ensures that that the maximum proportion of your donations are delivered as aid.

This is achieved by:

·       Maximising the use of volunteers rather than salaried employees.

·       The Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills pays our office rent.

·       Limiting travel costs by using local partners, and only paying economy for essential travel.

·       Not using fundraising companies

·       Limiting promotional and marketing costs to less than 10% of income

·       Purchasing locally whenever possible, rather than paying high transport costs.


Typhoon Odette Recovery

Our Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw has continued to provide aid to the island of Dinagat that was devastated by Typhoon Odette in December 2021.

The latest trips have concentrated on providing ‘Smart Aid’ building materials to enable people to start rebuilding their own homes.

The photo shows distribution of steel roofing sheets timber and nails for 100 homes.

Disaster Aid Australia is proud to be one of the many partners of Balay Mindanaw in this response.


Myth Busting - Safe Water Is About Much More Than Health

As our SkyHydrants improve water quality from basic river water to sparkling, bacteria free water we have seen reductions in ill health by more than 70%.

But that is not the only benefit!

We have found additional benefits include:

·       Less poverty

·       Improved education

·       Reduction in plastic waste


Visit Disaster Aid Australia


As we learn to live with COVID why not plan a club dinner at Disaster Aid Australia, near Dandenong?

You will find out much more about how DAA has continued to deliver aid.

If Dandenong is too far, we can offer hosted virtual visits.

We can also provide guest speakers either face to face or by ZOOM.

Contact  Disaster Aid Australia for more information.


Disaster Aid Australia Conference - November 2022

For the first time since 2019 we are planning to run a Disaster Aid Conference on the 12th November 2022

Make a date in your diary now!

Further details will be released in the next few months.

Cornerstone May Newsletter
Cornerstone Contact Centre Gazette
May 2022
Cornerstone patrons Kris, Carol and Ian with Community Studies placement student Sam (second from right), enjoying some drawing at The Art Corner.
Hi friends,
The Art Corner is back! It has been wonderful to sit at the table with friends, drawing and chatting before our community meal on Tuesdays. After a couple of years that were fraught with interruptions, restrictions and social isolation, many from the community are valuing social connection more than ever, and this relaxed art group is a great way for community members to learn new skills and make some new friends.  
This month we have again held some special sponsored meals (see below for more details) which have been a real treat for our community. We are so thankful to the organisations and businesses that support Cornerstone in this way.
As we approach the Winter months, we know that many from our community will be doing it tough, especially those without a warm place to call home. During this season, it is especially important to provide a warm, safe place for people to have a hot meal, a cuppa and to share a conversation. I really want to thank each of our friends and supporters who help to make this possible. Your care for the vulnerable in our community is such a blessing.
Naomi Paterson
CEO, Cornerstone Contact Centre 
Dominos Pizza Day
Dominos Dandenong support the Cornerstone community with regular donations of pizza, a meal that is always enjoyed by our punters. 
Pizza day has quickly become a favourite at Cornerstone! With our thanks to Li and his team for their generosity.
Spotlight on our Supporters:
The ATO Breakfast team 
John and his team have been hosting a hot cooked breakfast including delicious bacon, eggs and pancakes every fortnight at Cornerstone for over a decade. 
The partnership began when Cornerstone operated across the road from the ATO building for many years, and has continued since our move to James Street. 
The ATO volunteers are joined by a team from Monash Health, who help reduce the barriers to healthcare experienced by many of our clients. A big thank you to the ATO and Monash Health team for their care, commitment and delicious cooking!
You can support the ATO breakfast directly on our GiveNow Crowdraiser, on the link below:
Spotlight on our Supporters:
All Points Conveyancing
On Friday the Cornerstone community enjoyed a wonderful luncheon sponsored by All Points Conveyancing. 
The menu was a delicious chicken noodles dish, fresh salad, cake and gourmet ice-cream. Yum! With thanks to the team from All Points Conveyancing for their care for the marginalised in our community. 
Learn more about All Points Conv
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