Vitamin b3 shows promise for glaucoma

A world-first clinical trial led by the Centre for Eye Research Australia has shown that vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) could play an important role in protecting against nerve cell damage that leads to blindness in glaucoma.

Results of the trial, led by Professor Jonathan Crowston and Dr Flora Hui at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, are published today in Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. They show ‘significant improvement’ in the visual function of glaucoma patients who received a daily high dose of 3 grams of nicotinamide for 12 weeks in addition to their regular treatment to reduce eye pressure.

Vitamin b3 shows promise for glaucoma David Smith 2020-08-07 14:00:00Z 0

Con's Gateway Report of Last Meeting

Meeting 4 August 2020

With Captain Colin at the helm of the good ship Zoom, the Meeting got off to a good start, with 26 Members present and apologies from John A, Val and Anthony. We were also graced by the presence of Steve O’Reilly from Phillip Island San Remo.
Phil, with his District Insurance Officer hat on, immediately began his thorough presentation on how Rotary Insurance works, illustrating his talk with Power Point slides. The main points were:
  • Unless Club projects are formally approved by the Board, we are not covered by insurance and are at risk. (That is why we have introduced formal Project Approval Forms, a documented planning process and a formal budget. Ed.)
  • Rotary National Insurance Program (RIPN) is the title of the program.
  • $26 per Rotarian goes towards the District premiums.
  • AON is the insurance broker.
  • All claims are to go to Phil.
  • A variety of covers is involved to cover different types of risk.
  • Covered are Clubs, Rotarians, Partners and other participants.
  • Activities have to be formally sanctioned by the Club.
  • Loss of rental is now covered after discussions with AON.
  • 48 clubs have to supply details to Phil (This is a big job folks! Ed.)
  • Any incident must be reported promptly and comprehensively on forms available on the District website.
  • Indemnities are important to limit liability.
  • Youth Volunteer Declaration form being updated. Required by everyone involved with youth projects.
Phil certainly knows his stuff and we now have a better appreciation of some of the changes we have introduced in 2020-2021 and why. Very informative!
Pres Kam then introduced the Behind the Badge segment, starring Cherie.
Cherie has been a Rotarian for seven years. She grew up in The Basin, the fourth of five children and the only girl. She naturally developed into an outdoor girl, enjoying family camping at places such as Lake Eildon, Lake Eppalock and Lakes Entrance.
She attended the good old Boronia Tech, where her mum worked the canteen, before going to Victoria (as it is now known) Uni, where she studied Events Management, majoring in Hotel and Catering Management. After a false start, she did work placement at the Southern Cross Hotel before deciding not to pursue that career.
Cherie’s Partner migrated to Australia because, as a non-Muslim, he was not safe in his homeland of Iran. On her thirtieth birthday, Cherie bought a house in Rowville, with the intention of renovating it and turning it over. She is still there!
Cherie then moved into Human Resources with Officeworks, where she did store visits, checking on compliance with procedures, then coaching and training, which she loved. After the Wesfarmers takeover, she was moved into administration and took up a role as Audit Officer, spending twenty six weeks of the year on the road.
Two years later, Cherie became a Manager in the Finance area, where she “inherited a mess”. She streamlined and automated procedures and trained teams.
On turning forty, Cherie wanted a change of direction into something “more meaningful”. She Joined Rotary and became a primary school teacher, completing a Masters in 2017, while still working part time at Officeworks. She then joined Disaster Aid as a volunteer before becoming a permanent staff member, responsible for donations, and “loving it”!
Regarding her role as Club Administration, Cherie is “having a think”, some of those thoughts involving vocational tours and a social before Christmas.
Cherie has certainly had an interesting life and brings a lot of skills to the Board.
Con's Gateway Report of Last Meeting Con Meehan 2020-08-05 14:00:00Z 0
This Week Club Insurance and Youth Protection Colin Byron 2020-08-01 14:00:00Z 0

Ken & Margaret's Booming Business

Hi Folk, herewith current pics of the shoppers’ extraordinaire with today’s goods. Sales have quadrupled in this latest lockdown. We venture out daily, masks on to refill the shelves and fridges.
I love the mask - no lippy or makeup, except for eyebrows ( we girls know that eyebrows frame and define our face!) Also, I can practise my Kim Kardashian / Posh Beckham pout without someone asking, ‘are you alright?’ The only negative is my phone opens by face recognition and with the mask it doesn’t know me!
The folk here are most appreciative and we enjoy our daily jaunts.
Hope you and yours are all fine
Marg McDonald
Ken & Margaret's Booming Business Ken McDonald 2020-08-01 14:00:00Z 0

Cornerstone Dinner Service Serves Up Success

Good evening all,

Wow, what a great start we had to our monthly meal service at Cornerstone!
My sincere thanks go to our generous members who donated money to
provide the funds to purchase the meals, our fantastic team of
volunteers, Kam, Martin, Graeme & Hans and of course Frank & his team
at Charcoal Chicken/Flounders Fish & Chips Endeavour Hills.
I'd also like to thank those of you who have volunteered to be on our
Roster for the meal service.  The roster will be sent out one week
prior to each meal service.

The 46 meals provided last night were very generous in size, excellent
quality and well packed in containers which kept the food warm.
Frank gave us fantastic value for money and donated the gravy and 2
slabs of water. He also delivered the order personally to Cornerstone.
It is really nice to think we were able to support a local business
during these extremely difficult times.

I'm pretty sure that all in attendance would agree that we left
Cornerstone feeling very satisfied that we were able to provide a warm
and nutritious meal to those in need, who may have otherwise gone
hungry that night.
Cornerstone Dinner Service Serves Up Success Leanne Byron 2020-07-25 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Membership, Save the Date

THURSDAY 13 AUGUST 2020 at 5.30pm AEST.
Mary and I are getting ready for our next monthly session. We are very excited to have Kero O’Shea from WA as our next presenter. Kero is an expert on and huge enthusiast about membership in Rotary and will fill you with lots of new ideas.
This is to remind you to save the date. More information with a link will come later.
Judy Ford
D9705 Co-Chair Membership
Rotary Club of Gungahlin
0431 676 959
Rotary Membership, Save the Date David Smith 2020-07-25 14:00:00Z 0

Fellowship in Rotary

Hi Kam and fellow members,
Many may be aware that Rotary has over 90 friendship clubs called “Fellowships”. Some of the most popular are “Whiskey”, “Beer”, “Wine” and “Golf”. .
In Australia we have the Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (AGFR) which had as one of it’s founders Murray Guille of the original Rotary Club of Dandenong. Over the years many Rotary Club of Dandenong members have played in the annual tournament and in recent years Bryan Waters has been a regular competitor.
Members of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills and their wives have been attending the tournaments since 1999 (having been encouraged by our “Godfather” Murray) and have created great friendships and shared many enjoyable times.
Next year the tournament is at Maroochy River Golf Club in Queensland from Monday 17th. May to Friday 21st. May.
I have attached some information regarding the tournament.
Already four ex RCEH members and partners have registered together with some from RC Cranbourne.
We generally all stay in the same establishment and this year have booked at Breakfree Alexandra Headland.
If you are interested in a great time with golf included give me a call or talk to John Angwin,John Heathcote, Gus or Harry.
There are plenty of organised activities for non golfing partners.
Fellowship in Rotary Peter Faulkner 2020-07-25 14:00:00Z 0

Hand Brake Turn graduates celebrate new life opportunities.

Two groups of young people completed the Hand Brake Turn course recently in the gap between Stage 3 lockdowns - we celebrate this determination and fantastic effort! “Before doing the course I was in and out of school. I haven’t been to school in a while. Doing Hand Brake Turn, I learned how to do basic mechanics. Now I want to focus on school, and get a job working on cars," says Jesse, 16.

Hand Brake Turn graduates celebrate new life opportunities. Colin Byron 2020-07-25 14:00:00Z 0

Cornerstone Gazette July

Cornerstone volunteer Christine, board members Jamie and Corey, and regular volunteer Don, helping serve dinner at a recent Thursday evening meal, provided in partnership with the Lions Club.
Hi friends,
Well we are certainly keeping busy! As we knuckle down for another round of restrictions, many from our community are doing it particularly tough, facing uncertainty around food supplies and where the next meal is coming from. At Cornerstone we are so thankful that we have been able to stay open - a wonderful testament to our incredible team - and we will certainly do all we can to continue providing meals and material aid parcels to those who are struggling. 
I am pleased to say that we have been able to add an extra weekly meal to our schedule, which has been really well received by the community. This has been possible with the help of some new partnerships, and we extend our thanks to Sefano and his family, and the Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills. Along with ramping up our take away meal service, we have also been doing contactless food parcel deliveries, distributing hundreds of parcels chock-full of staples for those in need. 
Last week we had a team from Monash Health providing free flu shots, and they will visit Cornerstone again soon to provide general health checks for our community. We also thank our regular partners Orange Sky, One Voice, Wayss, the Avalon Centre, the Lions Club, the ATO and Bolton Clarke, who continue to visit routinely during these uncertain times. 
Cornerstone Gazette July Phillip Thurgood 2020-07-19 14:00:00Z 0

Previous Weeks Meetings

Meeting June 23rd
18 Members attended the Zoom Meeting, with Colin sitting in the “Director’s chair”, pushing all the right buttons.
Holden Car Show meeting scheduled for 6.30pm Thursday
  • Changeover – 20 physically present at Kotakaya Restaurant, with the rest Zooming in.
  • Alan Roberts to lodge merger forms with Consumer Affairs tomorrow. Moved: Con, Seconded: Phil, Passed unanimously, that Alan Roberts be authorised to sign all documents on behalf of the Club.
Graeme Peters then gave us a synopsis of his life so far.
Martin Pater was unanimously elected to the new post of Vice President, on the recommendation of Con.
Pres Anthony, in his last meeting before Changeover issued reminders:
  • Car Show planned for 28 March 2021
  • Meeting at Disaster Aid on 6 August at 6.30pm (clearly will not happen now).
I am sure we all would like to thank Anthony for leading the Club through a year full of challenges, capped off by the merger of two Clubs with proud histories, to make an even stronger Club. Thanks also to Lisa for support to Anthony throughout a particularly busy year on the personal front.
I am also sure everyone has been energised by the merger and is looking forward to even greater achievements together in the future. The first physical Meeting is guaranteed to be a cracker, whenever that may be!
As the person responsible for the RI registration side of the merger, I would like to thank Trudy from RI Parramatta for her valuable assistance in preparing and processing the paperwork in such a short time.

Historic Changeover Meeting 7 July 2020

Kotakaya Restaurant in Croydon South was the venue for the 2020-2021 Changeover Meeting, the first for the newly-merged Club. Because of Covid 19 restrictions, only 20 Members and Guests, including DG Mark Humphries, could be physically present, with the rest of the participants attending via Zoom.
MC Phil introduced Anthony and Martin, who presented their years in review, calling to our minds all of our collective achievements over that period.
DG Mark inducted Kam Pow as President and Kam presented his Board with their pins. Pres Kam, clearly proud and excited, then outlined his plans and objectives for the year to come. It is going to be a very full one!
Previous Weeks Meetings Con Meehan 2020-07-18 14:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Talk by Michael McQueen

Dear Fellow Rotarians.
Just in case you missed this Michael McQueen webinar last night,  I recommend you to click on the link  in the message below to watch this fantastic presentation.
I got a lot out of the presentation not only for club membership building but the trend in the coming 10 years. Thank you to Phil for downloading the Michael McQueen Towards 2030 Trend White Paper for our club members.
Stay safe and healthy .
Take Care,
Hello Everyone,
I am pleased to tell you that you can now  review the webinar we held last night.
It is on the District 9705 website which, just to confuse you, is the old District 9700 website!
Anyway, here is the link and then click on Michael’s picture.
P.S. I will be in touch again about future webinars as we hold them.
Judy Ford
D9705 Co-Chair Membership
Rotary Club of Gungahlin
0431 676 959

Last Week's Talk by Michael McQueen Colin Byron 2020-07-18 14:00:00Z 0

ClubRunner App

G'DEH to all. Club Members can access their Club and District information on their mobiles by downloading the ClubRunner App suited to your phone type. Just use your District logon username and password to gain access. For assistance email David ( or Colin (colin.byron@gmail,com)
ClubRunner App David Smith 2020-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Welcomes New President

The newly merged Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong Endeavour Hills welcomed their new President Kam Pow in an enthusiastic meeting last Tuesday night. Here is Kam's acceptance Speech.
Good Evening.  Fellow Rotarians, District Governor, Mark Humphries and partner Linda, Past District Governor, Ken MacDonald and partner Margaret, Past Assistant District Governor, Alan Collier, OAM and partner Vicki and my family, Christine and Emily who are here and via Zoom from Adelaide, my son, Vincent, daughter in law, Clara and granddaughter, Everly and a special guest, Dr Raymond Au to witness this very special Rotary Changeover. Thank you very much to all of you who are physically present tonight and Rotarians via Zoom at this historical Changeover in this unprecedented time of Covid-19 restriction.
I joined Rotary 4 years ago as I wanted to serve the community and tonight I am very honoured and humbled to be inaugurated as the President of the recently merged Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills with 40 members in the club. As President, there are many responsibilities and challenges to lead a successful club. I am sure I can count on my team of directors and every members of the newly merged club to help, support, guide and advise me to make this Rotary Centenary year a success for all of us to remember.
I want to thank the two Immediate Past Presidents Dr Anthony Brown of RC Greater Dandenong and Martin Pater from Endeavour Hills and their respective teams for the great work that they have done. They have set the ground work for me to continue to take the club to greater height. I hope I can fulfil this very important role entrusted to me by all the members as their Club President.
New Rotary Welcomes New President David Smith 2020-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

Covid Lockdown Uplift

What can you do this time 'round. Fishing's OK. And you can fish any day Baramundi...
Covid Lockdown Uplift David Smith 2020-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

Retiring Presidents

Retiring Presidents Anthony from Greater Dandenong and Martin from Endeavour Hills gave a summary of their Clubs activities over the last twelve months at last Tuesday's meeting. A tremendous amount of good has resulted from their efforts but they aren't relaxing yet. Both have accepted chairs at the newly appointed Board and will be supporting Kam in the year ahead. 
Retiring Presidents David Smith 2020-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

Next Meeting Tues 14th July

District 9706 has organised a Zoom seminar for all Rotarians across Australia. 
The speaker on 14th July will be International Speaker Michael McQueen. He will be speaking about the Post Crisis Kickstart. The secret to accelerated growth and sustained momentum. How will you take advantage of the crisis we have just had to build your Club. 
Please note that you will need to register for this session and it will COMMENCE AT 5:30PM
An email will be sent to all members regarding registration. 
Next Meeting Tues 14th July Colin Byron 2020-07-11 14:00:00Z 0
Centenary of Rotary in Australia Launch Garry Browne 2020-07-07 14:00:00Z 0

Club Zoom Changeover 7th July

Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong & Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills: Club Changeover dinner – 7th July 2020 # - all members to “mute” their microphone # - have a drink ready to share toast to RI & Kam
Running Sheet
6.00pm Guests arrival
6.30pm Zoom meeting commences 6.30 Call to order - Welcome, Introduction & apologises (MC: PP Phil)
6.35 Toast to Rotary International (PDG Ken Mc Donald)
Reply to RI toast (P Assist DG Alan Collier)
6.45 DG Mark Humphries - DGs report for 2020-2021
6.55 Reflection of Rotary year 2019/2020 - PP RC Greater Dandenong- Anthony Brown
Reflection of Rotary year 2019/2020 - PP RC End Hills – Martin Pater
7.15 Inauguration of Pres-Elect Kam Pow + handover of Collar, President’s Pin and Charter (DG Mark Humphries)
PrP Pinesentation of P & PP Certificate to PP Anthony & PP Marin (President Kam) (flowers for Lisa & Wilma)
7.25 Inaugural speech by President Kam (Outlines his programs & aims for the year and the RI Theme)
7.35 Introduction of incoming directors and officers (President Kam) including presentation of year theme pins (hand out) & group photo
7.40 Close (PP Phil)
Club Zoom Changeover 7th July Phillip Thurgood 2020-07-05 14:00:00Z 0

Merger News

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
I received great news on Friday from Rotary International, the official confirmation of the merger of RC Greater Dandenong and RC Endeavour Hills. The team has worked very hard to bring this merger into fruition. I like to take this opportunity to thank Con, Alan , Anthony and other members in getting the merger done in such a short time. Please see attached Charter Certificate RC Greater Dandenong Endeavour Hills and letter of approval for the merger.
I am very excited and honoured to lead this merged clubs and looking forward to work with  all club members who have the common goal as volunteers to provide services to the local as well as international communities. Rotary changes people life and members are people of action. Rotary also opens opportunity for members to learnings, experience and many other things that we may never have dreamt of doing before.  Let us all work together to make our club one of the best clubs in District 9820.
Merger News Kam Pow 2020-06-28 14:00:00Z 0

District Zoom Change-over Sunday 28th June

Final message from (nowPDG) Adrian Froggatt.
Thank you to everyone who attended the very successful online Changeover today which saw Mark Humphries installed as our District Governor.
I want to say that I am mortified that I missed acknowledging the amazing input and support Wendy gave me over the past year. She has truly bee my rock.
I also recognised a number of individuals within District for outstanding service to District and to Rotary.
They are:
Rob Cook, District Youth Chair, PHF
Nigel Cousins, District RYLA Chair, PHF Sapphire
Ann Cousins, for support to RYLA, PHF
Josie Wilson, District Chair RJCA, EarlyAct, InterAct, PHF Sapphire
Pearl Findlay-James, Chair EGRFA Committee, PHF Sapphire
PDG Janne Speirs, District Emergency Chair, PHF Double Sapphire
Sam McCurdy, District Bulletin Editor, PHF Sapphire
Jim Wilson, District Treasurer, PHF Double Sapphire
Jane Moore, District Secretary, Royce Abbey Award
PDG Tim Moore, Zone Coordinator, Royce Abbey Award
Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals.
Kind Regards


Adrian Froggatt
D9820 Immediate Past Governor
28 Grantham Crescent
Berwick VIC 3806
P:  0400 074 342
District Zoom Change-over Sunday 28th June Adrian Froggatt 2020-06-27 14:00:00Z 0

Next Event Club Zoom Changeover 7th July

To ensure we have a successful start to the new Rotary year, we will be having a virtual Change-over via Zoom. This will be a special changeover as it will be for the new merged Club being RC Greater Dandenong and Endeavour Hills. Once lockdown becomes clearer, we will organise a combined launch night to remember.
More details to follow from Colin.
Next Event Club Zoom Changeover 7th July 2020-06-27 14:00:00Z 0

Vale' John Madigan

It was with immense sadness that we heard that John Madigan, former independent senator passed away at 53, after a long illness. John was a fierce defender, and perhaps one of the most fervent, of all those that had suffered at the hands of family breakdown. 
Former Senator John Madigan was a supporter of Service Clubs and manufacturing and a special relationship with the Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong due to a common interest in the need to reform the Family Courts due to the impacts on children and soaring suicide rates amongst displaced parents.
He spoke with great insight at a Business Breakfast organised by the Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong 
The Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong extend thier sincere condolences to his wife Teresa, his daughter Lucy and his son Jack.
 A dedication from the organisation he signed into existence is available on and you can see the photo that was taken 5 years to the day before he passed away.
Terry Valentine BE, MBA, PMP
Vale' John Madigan Terry Valentine 2020-06-18 14:00:00Z 0

Online District Assembly Sunday 21st June

Recommended for:
Club office bearers, chairs, directors, new members, older more experienced members – all Rotarians!   Great information and training by District and Zone representatives.
Part 1  Rotary Learning Centre modules for key club roles – this is to be done preferable before the Part 2 & 3 online topics are scheduled.  Topics will be listed in your registration for each session with help links on the registration page.
Part 2  Sunday 21st June - Main Plenary 2 hours ONLINE VIA ZOOM and then President Elect, Secretary and Treasurer Breakouts
Part 3 Rotary Role and Topic Online Breakouts - Various dates through July 2020
The registration links are here on our district website.
Many thanks,
PDG Tim Moore
Learning and Development Chair 2020-23
0418 175 895
Online District Assembly Sunday 21st June 2020-06-13 14:00:00Z 0

Last week Zoom and In person

To encourage members to attend our Special General Meeting last week Leane and Colin invited Margaret, Val and Neil, and Ken and Margaret to their home for dinner and after to join the Zoom Meeting. 
A successful outing and a successful meeting with a unanimous vote to join with Endeavour Hills carried.
Last week Zoom and In person 2020-06-13 14:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting Report 2 June 2020

10 Members attended this excellent Meeting, with apologies from Phil, Peter and Anthony, all of whom were caring for relatives with difficulties.
Pres Elect Kam ran the Meeting, with Colin pushing all the right buttons. It was great to see Margaret had conquered technology deficit syndrome and in attendance!
Kam introduced Guest Speaker, Geoff Manton, wearing several hats, particularly Hand Brake Turn and Concern Australia, which was born out of The God Squad Motorcycle Club.  Under this banner they:
  •  Help men released from prison, and very much changed by the experience, integrate back into society, not an easy transition
  • Run 16 homes with two kids per house under child protection
  • Teach values for life, help with bullying, careers and handling problems
  • Provide materials for teachers in primary and secondary schools
  • Prison visitation – It is not as easy to get into prisons as in the past.
Hand Brake Turn:
  • Run two classes of 10 kids at Dandenong and Braybrook sites
  • 7-week course
  • For kids who are often disengaged or even homeless
  • Triy to get them to re-engage
  • Often kids have not been to school for 12 months, for various reasons
  • They learn how to service and repair cars, which are(mostly) donated
  • Service cars from the public at cheap rates
  • In 2019, they processed 50 cars, generating $31,000 in revenue.
  • In 2020, they expect to process 60-70 cars, generating $60,000 in revenue.
  • Link with employers to give kids work experience and, possibly, leading them into an apprenticeship or TAFE course
  • The success rate is around 25%
  • Hope to employ some graduates in the future.
Interestingly, during the Covid 19 lockdown, they learned that on-line learning does not work.
Kam thanked Geoff for an excellent presentation.
Zoom Meeting Report 2 June 2020 Con Meehan 2020-06-07 14:00:00Z 0

Virtual World Conference

Whilst the Rotary World Conference is cancelled, the Virtual World Conference will have Free entry.
Virtual World Conference 2020-06-06 14:00:00Z 0

On Line Grant Management Seminar

Article submitted by PDG Charlie Speirs, District 9820 Foundation Chair.
Online Club Qualification Now Available for District & Global Grants
Rotarians, here is a chance to grow some new skills while on Lock Down. 
The restrictions put in place to manage the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus have made an impact on all our lives and Rotary activity. Being a group of resourceful people, we have adapted to the changes and found ways to achieve the tasks we need to do. It is no different for the Foundation Team in D9820. We understand that your desire to stay safe and still achieve a support role in your community is important.
For 2020-21 District or Global Grants your club must “qualify” to get access to apply for grants.
We are delighted that the Foundation has accepted the option of getting your Club qualified to apply for a District or Global Grant by doing an Online 'Grant Management Seminar'.
The seminar is split into 9 x 15-minute courses. You don’t have to do them all at once. We encourage you to take this opportunity now to have your club qualified for a district grant once the threat of the COVID-19 virus has passed and we resume our normal daily activities.
Now is the time for Clubs to be thinking about the Projects they would like to introduce to their community and get them planned. Do it now, so when restrictions ease, we can get straight onto the doing, not the planning. 
On Line Grant Management Seminar Adrian Froggatt 2020-05-23 14:00:00Z 0

Vale Allen Penney

Sadly we farewell past Rotarian  Allan Penney who was a member of Dandenong East Rotary Club from 1972 to 2003, Allan joined the Rotary Club of Dandenong East on 19 November 1972, where he held the offices of President (1981/82), Treasurer (1973/79) and Sergeant At Arms (1984/85), distinguishing himself in all Avenues of Service. In his Presidential year, Alan’s main achievements were inducting Alun Jones as a Paul Harris Fellow, running the successful around Dandenong Fun Run, a Folk Art Exhibition and assisting one inbound Exchange Student and two outbound Students.
Vale Allen Penney Con Meehan 2020-05-22 14:00:00Z 0

Bushfires Meeting Report May 12th

Pp ColinByron once again ably conducted the Zoom Meeting with 14 Members present and with one Guest, Margaret McDonald, for part of the Meeting.
Guest Speaker, Pearl Findlay-James, President of the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale Sunrise, and Chair of the East Gippsland Fire Aid Committee, did a pre-recorded presentation, with PDG Tim Moore as Convenor, on the work so far to assist the people recover from the devastating bushfire.
Bushfires Meeting Report May 12th Con Meehan 2020-05-17 14:00:00Z 0

Club Welfare

Some of you may already have already celebrated the birth of Phil & Gail's first granddaughter.  Born Monday 4th May.
I have a photo sent to me by Gail. All friends send their best wishes for a happy life.
Club Welfare David Smith 2020-05-16 14:00:00Z 0

Ken and Margaret Help Gippsland

Attached a photo of Ken sent to me by Margaret after their shopping for beanies and socks.
Several members of our club have donated money, along with Residents from Lexington where Ken & Margaret live.
Marg & Ken are keen to deliver them to Janne Speirs to save on postage.
I just want to mention that I spoke to Anthony yesterday and he was a little concerned that Janne wasn't accepting anymore donations of winter items.  Anthony will contact Ken to find out whether he had already made contact with Janne prior to Anthony receiving an email stating the above.  
If there are any issues, our suggestion would be to donate them to Cornerstone and the church where Greaeme Peters is.
However, once again a job well done by Ken & Marg and hopefully the purchased items will end up in Traralgon. After all their hard work it would be very disappointing to hear that they're not required where they were intended to go.
Ken and Margaret Help Gippsland David Smith 2020-05-16 14:00:00Z 0

Next Meeting May 19th

We have District Governor Adrian Froggatt joining us in our Zoom meeting next Tuesday May 19th at 6.30pm.

He will talking to us about what is happening within the District during lock down and what Rotary will be like after the lock down.

I would encourage all members to attend and contribute. We will also update Adrian on all the great work we are doing in our Club.

So please mark you attendance on team App, log onto Zoom, invite your partner to join in and learn what is happening in Rotary.

If you are having difficulty with Zoom, please let me know.

The Zoom invitation will be sent to you soon.

0447 379 329
Next Meeting May 19th David Smith 2020-05-16 14:00:00Z 0

Endeavour Hills Merge to extend Projects

Notice is hereby given of a General Meeting to consider and if thought fit, pass the attached Special Resolution i.e. merger with Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills.
To be held on:
TUESDAY 9 JUNE 2020 at 6:30pm
This will be a virtual ZOOM meeting.  Log in details will be emailed to all members.
Please read the documents sent by Secretary Leanne Byron on the proposed Club Merger with Endeavour Hills. We need to have as many members as possible to attend. In addition PE Kam will outline his plans for next Rotary year.
Endeavour Hills Merge to extend Projects David Smith 2020-05-09 14:00:00Z 0

Next Meeting May 12th

Our Rotary Club Meeting this Tuesday 12th May will feature an update from Pearl Findlay-James, President Rotary Club of Bairnsdale Sunrise who is the chair of the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee. In her video presentation, Pearl speaks of the great work that has been enabled via the generous donations received from various bushfire appeals and Rotary grants. The District 9820 East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee is working daily in an office accommodating interaction with fire affected individuals in a socially distanced space. The Committee’s scope spans the acquisition of fodder, hay and transport logistics, local business shopping vouchers and community BBQ’s to the recent calls for winter knits, further grant applications and the arrival of refurbished caravans for the fire homeless.
Please come and join the meeting.
Your Zoom invitation will be forwarded by email from Colin Byron.
Topic: Rotary Club Greater Dandenong Zoom Meeting
Time: May 12, 2020 06:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Next Meeting May 12th David Smith 2020-05-09 14:00:00Z 0

Next Meeting May 5th

Dear Rotarians,
For next Tuesday's (May 5th) Club meeting we have Naomi Paterson the CEO of Cornerstone joining us to give an update on their great work helping the homeless during this difficult time. We are also hoping to have Cameron from the Star newspapers join us.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Zoom. An invitation has been sent by email. If you have any problems getting on please call.
0447 379 329
Next Meeting May 5th Colin Byron 2020-05-01 14:00:00Z 0

Vale Bruce Gibson

Tom Gibson has contacted me as to the death of his father Bruce Gibson yesterday aged 91.
Bruce was the son in law of Stewart Scott and was a member of Alex Scott and Co for a substantial part of his working life.
He also was a past president of the RCD, a Paul Harris Fellow and an honorary member for many years following his retirement from Alex Scott and moving to South Gippsland.
Best Wishes 
Alan Roberts
Vale Bruce Gibson Alan Roberts 2020-05-01 14:00:00Z 0

Cornerstone news

Hi friends,
The amazing team of staff, volunteers and community members at Cornerstone have done a brilliant job of adapting to some unexpected challenges over this last month, and I am so heartened that we have been able to remain operational during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis.

We have seen some incredible support from donors, sponsors, partner services and local council, which has been a tremendous help towards serving the most vulnerable members of our community. Please check out the pictures and stories below about some of the in-kind support we have received. Lots of people from around the Dandenong area have been pretty hard hit by losing jobs, waiting for Job Seeker applications to be processed, and the limited availability of material aid. During this time, the work of Cornerstone is more important than ever. As we continue to assess the growth in demand for meals and food parcels, we anticipate that we may need to ramp up our meals and services in the coming months. Thank you so much for your prayers and support, which remain vital to the work that we do.
Naomi Paterson
CEO, Cornerstone Contact Centre
Cornerstone news Phillip Thurgood 2020-04-22 14:00:00Z 0

Last Meeting Report Apr 21

Another successful Meeting took place on 21 April. The main items were:
  • Approved Zoom subscription at $16 per month
  • Discussed ways to help the Community while restrictions are in force
  • Dandenong Journal to do an article on the McDonalds food deliveries
  • Woollies and Coles delivery systems to difficult for some aged people
  • Rotary House calling for donations – End of year fund allocations to include
  • Endeavour Hills – Martin Pater out of hospital
  • Possible Merger update – Steering Committee
  • Lack of nominees for Science Forum
  • Care Aust- Hand Brake Turn – Next Board Meeting
  • Photos of Garden Bed Project requested
Last Meeting Report Apr 21 Con Meehan 2020-04-22 14:00:00Z 0

Life in Isolation

Greetings Rotarians, This is what the McDonalds have been up to in lockdown. Mainly shopping for others at the convenience store in our "lifestyle" village. bowling with just one other person - social distancing of course - sunset drinks by the bowling green, and Marg doing her daily walk.
Cheers Ken and Marg.
Life in Isolation Ken McDonald 2020-04-20 14:00:00Z 0

Zoom Webinar with Greg Hunt 2

Last week's Zoom Meeting with Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and Rotary District 9820 Governor Adrian Froggatt for a discussion on Rotary and caring for our communities during COVID-19, was a great success
 Special thanks to Colin Byron for getting us up to speed about joining in.

Rotarians and members of the public from our District, Victoria, and Australia were invited to join the webinar.
Adrian Froggatt
Zoom Webinar with Greg Hunt 2 Adrian Froggatt 2020-04-08 14:00:00Z 0

Zoom Online Club Meeting

Our last Zoom Meeting was attended by 12 Members and proved to be highly successful. 
During these difficult times, it is a good way to catch up,share stories, and work on Rotary activities.
Our NEXT Zoom Meeting will be held on Tuesday April, 21st at 6:30pm. All Members are
welcome to attend and details of agenda and how to attend will follow soon via email from
Colin Byron.
Dear All,
This is your invitation to join our Club Zoom meeting scheduled for next Tuesday 21st April at 6.30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to stay in touch and update any Rotary items. As we are trying out Zoom, this session is limited to 40 minutes. We may decide in the future to extend these sessions but it comes at a cost. So please try and join at 6.30pm.
Over the last week Zoom has improved their meeting security and has set a meeting password. The password is included in the meeting invitation.
Looking forward to catch up next week.
Colin Byron is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Rotary Club Greater Dandenong Zoom Meeting
Time: Apr 21, 2020 06:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 712 0486 0225
Password: 0hKLE4
Sent from Colin.
Zoom Online Club Meeting Colin Byron 2020-04-08 14:00:00Z 0

Brand New Day

Brand New Day is an organisation founded by Margo and (the late) Tom Hartley in Dandenong, to help immigrant women assimilate into Australian society. Women are taught life basics, such as how to use public transport, shopping, cooking, day to day English and other skills necessary to live in a world totally different from their countries of origin. Skills we all take for granted.
The Club helps out by regularly mowing the lawns in the beautiful, expansive garden and nature-strip. One of the many “little” things to help the local community, most of which go unnoticed.
Con Meehan
Brand New Day Con Meehan 2020-04-03 13:00:00Z 0

Stay connected During Covid-19

For more than a century, Rotary has connected the world through fellowship and service. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our daily routines and forced the cancellation of many in-person Rotary and Rotaract club meetings and events. But even when we can’t hold our usual events, members have lots of ways to stay engaged, connect with one another, and serve their communities. 
Online Options
Clubs can meet online using services such as ZoomSkype or GoToMeeting. All three platforms offer robust support, from their directions for setting up an account to helping with technical issues. Rotary and Rotaract members get a discount on Zoom through Rotary Global Rewards. Members can also connect with each other on social media and with services such as FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or WhatsApp groups. 
  • Learn how Rotarians and Rotaractors are staying in contact and keeping members engaged during these difficult times:
  • Find ideas and resources for holding virtual meetings, engaging through social media, and serving from afar in District 6690’s guide to Maintaining Member Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Read how the Zone 34 Rotary coordinators are maintaining membership engagement (hint: ingenuity and adaptability) and download their COVID-19 response guide
  • See how Big West Rotaract, a multidistrict information organization in the western region of North America, is connecting Rotarians and Rotaractors who are experiencing difficulties with others who can help. Look at its Rotary and Rotaract COVID-19 Mutual Aid form.  
  • Read advice from Charlotte Ahlberg, past chair of the Rotary International E-Club Committee, on taking your club online. 
  • Visit Rotary’s website to get more tips and guidance for holding online club meetings.
Keep Members Engaged
How is your club or district keeping your members engaged during the COVID-19 response? Share your ideas and resources or participate in a discussion in the Meeting Online group in Learning Topics. 
Stay connected During Covid-19 Adrian Froggatt 2020-03-31 13:00:00Z 0

Val Bennett

 Val is recovering well at home after her latest hip operation. She is her usual chirpy self and is not experiencing any pain, only what she describes as “discomfort”!
I know we all wish her a speedy recovery.
Con Meehan
Val Bennett Con Meehan 2020-03-28 13:00:00Z 0

WINE OFFER Tasting Notes

Some Margaret River wine has fallen off the back of a truck and into Pecky’s warehouse!
At the last Meeting, he offered it for sale at $20.00 per bottle, from which $5 will go to Rotary.  Is it any good?
Margaret River produces some great wines, particularly rieslings and Semillons, but also some pretty special reds. The review wine is a 2013 cabernet sauvignon. To protect the innocent, I will not name the winery, but this wine is no longer available anywhere else. As far as I can gather, it probably sold for around $48 per bottle in its heyday.
The wine is medium-bodied, deep red in colour and very smooth drinking. The acids and tannins have softened over time, leaving the fruit to shine through. There are plums and berries to be found, along with (surprisingly) a faint whiff of lavender on opening. The finish is pleasant, if not particularly long.
At $20 per bottle, it represents quite good buying for a wine versatile enough to go with many different foods. Buy some and help the Club!
WINE OFFER Tasting Notes Con Meehan 2020-03-28 13:00:00Z 0

Club Golf Day

John Feldman Classic

On Friday 13th March, a field of 8 contested the Classic (named after a former Member, and keen golfer, who died some years ago from a brain tumour), at Sandhurst Golf Club. This is just a fun day for Rotarians and guests, an opportunity for fellowship and a great way of remembering John, who did so much for Rotary and the community.
The winner was Graham Harris from Sandhurst (fourth from the left), who took home the Trophy.
Rotary is not all work and no play!!!
Club Golf Day Con Meehan 2020-03-20 13:00:00Z 0
Meetings Suspended David Smith 2020-03-19 13:00:00Z 0

Meeting 10th March 2020

Sgt Ken opened the Meeting with a group recitation of the Invocation and called on Peter for the Loyal Toast, with 11 Members present (8 apologies).
Pres Anthony:
  • Announced that there would be a meeting with the Lions at Cornerstone to see how the meals are produced.
  • Conference update – Decided to all bring white T-shirts and textas, and we will decide on the day how to make them fit in with the jail theme.
  • Con reported on the Grants e-seminar he had attended, qualifying the Club for the next year. He was very impressed with the seminar and the good use of technology.
  • Welcomed back globetrotting Leanne, fresh from her exploits in Hawaii.
  • The All Holden Car Show had grossed around $15,000, despite slightly disappointing attendance from the public. Feedback had been extremely positive. (This was reported on at the previous Meeting, at which your scribe was not present. It is a credit to all concerned, (a number of Members did a lot of hard work, but special mention should be made of Martin Pater, Peter Buck, Alan Kamerling and Katie Peck), and shows what can be achieved when two Clubs work together! Ed).
Meeting 10th March 2020 2020-03-18 13:00:00Z 0

District Conference Cancellation

The District 9820 Board have resolved that the Conference scheduled for Bendigo 20-22 March 2020 be cancelled due to the unacceptable risks posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
By taking this decision the District Board was very much influenced by our Rotary responsibility to protect attendee's health and welfare in an environment we were not confident we could control. Adding to this was our age demographic which places us in the group at most risk of serious infection. 
District Conference Cancellation  Adrian Froggatt 2020-03-18 13:00:00Z 0

Movie Review - 1917

Directed by Sam Medez, this movie takes hold of you from the very first frame and never lets go.
The plot is based on a true story, or stories, from the Western Front on 6 April 1917. Whilst Firth and Cumberback are both in the cast, their roles are minor, the leads being George Mackay and Dean Charles, who take you on a non-stop journey through the battlefield. Cleverly, the movie appears to have been shot with hand held cameras in only one take (it couldn’t have been!). The action is continuous, in “real time” and closely follows the two leads for the duration, with the hand-held cameras, mostly in close-up, keeping you right in the middle of the action. It is totally immersive.
This is a technical tour de force, with over 500 people involved in the special effects and digital imagery alone, and the battlefield is astonishingly real.
But this British movie is not just a typical action war movie – it is far more. The gradual discovery of the backgrounds and personalities of the two leads and the interplays between them and the other characters, are fascinating to watch. Anyone who has been in the army would recognise the authenticity of the portrayals of the various officer, sergeant and lance corporal types.
No wonder 1917 has won so many awards. Like any movie, it will not appeal to everyone, but, in my opinion, it is a cinematic masterpiece not to be missed.
Movie Review - 1917 2020-03-18 13:00:00Z 0
All Holden Car Show Meeting David Smith 2020-03-17 13:00:00Z 0
Committee Meeting 18th February David Smith 2020-03-17 13:00:00Z 0
Joint Meeting With Endeavour Hills 20th Feb Con Meehan 2020-03-17 13:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0