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

Zoom Meeting Invitation

Dear Rotarians,
With all the current restrictions in place, we have had to cancel the last few face to face Club meetings.
However, as a Club we desperately need to re-connect and catch up with everyone. As many other Clubs are doing, we have decided to move to having an on-line meetings using Zoom which is a video conferencing app. Many people are using these apps to connect with loved ones and friends.
If you think this is going to be too hard, then think again. Logging on in relatively easy.
What do you need: It is best if you have a PC, laptop, I-Pad or even a phone. Hopefully your PC will have a webcam so that you can be seen by everyone else. Most PC's also have microphones built in so you will use this to speak. No need for a head set.
We would encourage all Club members to give it a try. The meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday (April 7th) at 6.30pm.  The meeting to be relatively short roughly 30 to 40 minutes. 
To access the Zoom room for our meeting, you simply click on the link below in the invitation.  This will take you into the meeting. No need to download any software.
If you have any questions you can email me or call me on 0447379329. 
Lets return to some wonderful fellowship and catch up to see how everyone is doing.
ZOOM Meeting Invitation
RC Greater Dandenong is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting by pressing this link:

Meeting ID: 914 099 361
Zoom Meeting Invitation Colin Byron 2020-04-02 13:00:00Z 0

Conference Refunds

Our Conference creditors have been very generous by allowing us to reimburse 100% of registrant’s fees. Awesome work by our Berwick organising committee.
As some have indicated a willingness to donate the value of the registrations, we are putting up 3 options for refunds to those who registered:
  1. Full refund back to the credit card that the original payment came from, or
  2. Donate the amount to East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee, or
  3. Donate the amount to the DG Partner Project “Polio Endgame”.
Please advise your preference to before midnight Saturday 4 April 2020.
With no advice we will default to option 1.
Conference Refunds Adrian Froggatt 2020-03-31 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