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                                                                                                               Next Meeting: Tuesday; 5th June, 2018

This Week's Guests:    Heather Ellis - One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa

Chairman: Marian Lau

at 6:30pm at German Club Tivoli, 291 Dandenong Road, Windsor.     Admission $30 inc Dinner or $10 attendance only. Drinks are available at bar prices.


Last Week:    Seamus Carr & Adrian Pacione - Colouring Clouds

One in seven young Australians experience a mental health condition. A group of University students have taken this issue into their own hands, creating a new non-profit mental health organisation. Seamus Carr and Adrian Pacione spoke to us about Colouring Clouds, their youth mental health organisation. Colouring Clouds believes in reducing the stigma and eliminating the negative consequences associated with suffering depression.

Their aim is to address the mental health issue early by providing support for sufferers, create educational programs and funding further research. They plan to develop an education program for secondary school students, establish expression classes and collate research grants for students studying the field of mental health.

Being university students with assignment deadlines, exams and work, Seamus and Adrian agreed, running an organisation wasn’t easy. But they also agreed it was worth it.



The City of Glen Eira receives a gift from Japan   

This week Anthony Athanasopoulos, Mayor of the City of Glen Eira received a gift from the Mayor of The City of Ogaki, Japan as a sign of the continuing friendship between our cities.

And a Visit by Japanese Students

The Ogaki International Exchange Association has arrange for a small group of students to visit Glen Eira from 16th – 21st August, 2018. Nine students between the ages of 11 and 14, have been selected to travel to Melbourne with 3 Adults Supervisors. In order to experience our culture, the group would like to visit a local school and spend time with Australian Families. We are looking for local families who would like to host a student during their visit. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know each other (especially if you have a child learning Japanese).

Please contact us for more information if you are interested in hosting a student. A working with Children Card is essential.

We are hoping to win a share of $22,000 for research and you can help by voting for us. Vote or donate to us today at My Giving Circle   and we'll also get double the votes!

Bookings now open. 

Club Changeover
June 26, 2018, 6:15 pm to June 26, 2018, 8:00 pm

Today we welcome our new Club President,  Alan Samuel OAM JP.


Rotary - People of Action...

The Purpose of Rotarians for Hearing RAG (Rotarian Action Group)

Rotarians for Hearing RAG is a RESOURCE for Rotarians and others connected to the Rotary Network to provide information, expertise and encouragements to Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and Multi-Districts to help them participate in cooperative projects and large scale humanitarian projects to help children and adults with hearing loss.

There are 360 million children and adults with hearing loss worldwide and the causes are a mixture and many could be medically remedied or avoided with hearing aids, cochlear implants or surgery but there is a shortage of all resources in the chain.  Only about 10 million hearing aids are manufactured every year with costs varying greatly between countries and with varying quality. Sustaining these hearing aids with supplies of batteries and appropriate ear pieces is another challenge. 

Deaf children who do not have adequate access to hearing through hearing aids or cochlear implants or deaf education are denied access to regular schools and  are relegated to a life of poverty. Specialized schools for deaf children are not available in many places.  Adults who lose their hearing may not be able to work and support their families or become socially isolated and suffer from depression. Yet they may be able to continue working or connect with family with hearing aids, cochlear implants or medical intervention.

Our Aims:

* To provide affordable hearing aids by partnering with appropriate foundations who supply them, creating projects using affordable solar powered hearing aids and other afforable hearing aids. We support hearing aid banks worldwide by collecting used hearing aids to refurbish and donate to  children and adults with hearing loss who cannot afford them.

As little as $1 a day can provide antibiotics to treat persistent ear infections. Ear infections from poor water, poor sanitation and poor hygiene  are so rampant that hearing loss in some communities in the developing world is considered normal loss.

* To support Schools of Audiology and Primary Ear Care to increase the human resources to treat children and adults with hearing  loss especially in developing countries where there is only 1 Audiologist for 3 million hearing impaired individuals; To increase the number of audio techs available in low resource areas to supplement the work of audiologists;.

* To provide hearing health and hearing programs through sustainable educational models. To support Early Childhood Screening for hearing loss and appropriate follow up with hearing aids, cochlear implants or medical intervention so that prelingual children can learn to speak and/or sign and postlingual children can gain an education.  Many children with hearing loss in developing countries are denied access to school because they cannot hear the teacher and keep up with their schoolwork. Many children with hearing loss are believed to be completely deaf when they only have moderate or severe hearing and can be helped with hearing aids.

* To inform Rotarians about ways that can help them hear better in their own clubs. This may involve better information about Assistive Listening Devices, hearing aids, Amplification Systems and Captioning Services, better acoustic environments and better communication strategies. A majority of Rotarians 60 years of age and older have some degree of hearing loss.

* To financially support Hearing Regeneration Research aimed at restoring hearing loss through regenerating hair cells in the ear.

If you would like to find our more about this Rotary Action Group visit


That's about it for this week.

See you on Tuesday