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Next Meeting: Tuesday; 31th July, 2018 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.
Presidents Musings Thursday 26th July 2018
Early Bird registration for the Multi-District Conference on 15th & 16th February 2019 to be held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre CLOSES in NOVEMBER. Book now to save! If you need assistance with booking on line, please let me know.
Our combined (with RC Brighton North) working bee at Donations-in-Kind will be Tuesday 14th August. Times and transport arrangements to be confirmed. PLEASE let Lili or me know if you are coming. You will need to bring your own lunch!
You may have received mail from the Tivoli Club regarding membership. Disregard the letter, DO NOT worry about it, you are covered until 30th June 2019.
Lili’s corner week ending 27 July 2018
Hello again!! Here’s an update of the great things we have been up to over the past two weeks…
Foodbank - Our Foodbank project is off and running.... we have the following participating donor organizations:
Fruit Nest - Glenferrie Road; Caulfield Evangelical church - Glen Huntley Road; St John’s church - Finch Street, Malvern
Blake Street Synagogue; Bentleigh Progressive Synagogue (Etz Chayim); 10th Caulfield Scouts
It’s wonderful that these organizations want to be part of our project. Their generosity is so amazing and heart warming. It is so inspiring!
Thank you to Joan and Alan for preparing the Certificates of Appreciation to give our donor organizations. I have given Fruit Nest their certificate and they have proudly displayed it at the front of their shop! If you have some spare time and would like to help with the Foodbank project, please let me know. Collections at the moment are on Wednesday mid-morning. It takes about one hour in total and we can grab a coffee on Glen Huntley Road when we finish.
Aussie Helpers - We sent our walkathon donation of $460.00 to Aussie Helpers to provide bags of food to help the drought-affected families. Thank you to everyone for sponsoring us. Looking forward to doing another walk hopefully before the end of the year.
Nourish - I was very fortunate to experience step one of the Nourish program last Sunday. I assisted in the kitchen at TBI to prepare and cook food for the following two weeks. It was a truly wonderful experience and I have the utmost respect for Ellen Frajman and her incredible team of selfless volunteers. It’s one thing to serve the food on cold Monday nights to people experiencing homelessness, but to actually prepare and cook for them, knowing they will be enjoying a hearty, hot meal, well.... the biggest ingredient used is LOVE!
Don’t forget our club Nourish dates: Monday 8/10/18 and Monday 10/12/18
Sacred Heart Mission - Discussions with SHM have progressed nicely. They have a need for volunteers to assist in their various op shops for short, 2-4 hour shifts. If anyone would like to join me, for one shift a week in an op shop, your help would be so very much appreciated. I have a list of their shops where they are in need of assistance. It’s a great way for our club to be visible in the community and also help others. It means we will get more exposure, being able to talk more about Rotary, and have the opportunity to interact with such a diverse range of people. AND, we will be helping others!
Samaritan Purse - This is a global organization that sends gifts to children worldwide. Through our association with the Caulfield Evangelical church, who are a donor organization for our Foodbank Project, our club can volunteer on their packing days to assist with packing gifts, toys, books and clothing to be sent overseas. This occurs once every four months for a couple of hours and as this church is one of our Foodbank donors, it’s a great way to ‘give back’ and help them.
Others news in Lili’s Corner
- Attended RC Hawthorn lunchtime meeting, hearing an amazing guest speaker on Birth Trauma. It was a real eye opener to hear of the difficulties faced by so many women and the level of assistance and support they receive.
- Also attended the RC Brighton North meeting where their speaker was from the Salvation Army Crisis Centre, a 24 hour 7 days a week facility to help those in crisis due to family violence, housing, etc. RC Brighton North supply Emergency Packs for the Homeless to the Salvation Army Crisis Centre to help those in need.
- Along with Alan, Dianne and John Lord, we attended the Christmas in July evening at RC Brighton North this week. A fun time was had by all with a relaxed, informal dinner and lots of fellowship happening!
So, until next time, keep safe and always look to do good, in all ways!!
Last Week's Guest Speaker: Janet Hay - Concept of Social Business
JANET HAY has worked with Asylum Seekers on Christmas Island, Nauru and Manus Island as a Welfare Officer and Education Team Leader. She has recently completed a Masters Degree in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid with Distinction. Her Dissertation was titled “To Give or to Lend? Social Business and the Charity Model: Calling in the Generosity in Economics.” Janet challenges the traditional model of charity ie: the giving of second hand goods to the “pitiful down trodden poor people”.
Put in an order, instead, for goods made locally, to create a sustainable income for the people involved. Janet is deeply committed to Ten for Tamils as the project directly supports women being given the opportunity to start their own business.
The Social Business concept - With the idea of social business, the aim is not to make a profit on your investment but rather provides small loans to serve humanity’s most pressing need.
Sangariya is an 85 years old widow and supports herselflby selling peanuts outside her local temple as her main source of income. She has previously had to ask friends and neighbours to loan her money just to live from week to week.
In June 2017 she received a distribution of 100AUD worth of peanuts and cooking utensils. This has almost doubled her monthly wage and given her the independence to support herself without having to repay debts, immensely improving her quality of life.
Rotary - People of Action...
Rotary Fellowships are groups whose members share a common interest in recreational activities, sports, hobbies, or professions.
Rotarian Action Groups help Rotary clubs and districts plan and carry out community development and humanitarian service projects in their area of expertise.
Disaster Assistance - Action Group.
The Disaster Network of Assistance Rotarian Action Group (DNA RAG) will work to develop an interactive network of Rotarians and other groups to assist with disaster preparedness, communication, and recovery on a worldwide basis. Its primary focus will be on disaster preparedness with an emphasis on communication between the affected area and potential assistance for long term recovery.
Don't forget to bring in the stamps received on your mail. This will be an ongoing project with proceeds going to Rotary Multi District Trachoma Project. We will have a collection box at the meetings.
This Week's Guests: Anne Coughlin - Community Information – Glen Eira
Chairman: Basil Ornellas
Toast: Club - Larry Blode; Australia – Martin Verhoeven
Attendance/Menu: Joan Luscak Set Up and Clean Up: Geoff Asher
An invitation to join us on a visit to the Tulip Festival. If you would like to join us as please contact Alan or Joan. It would great to make a group booking.
For mor Information www.tulipfestival.com.au
Thanks to our Sponsors:-
Archer Technolog Group
Blake Street Bridge Club
Caulfield Park Sports Club
Leske Cohen & Sandor Real Estate
Nelson Brothers Funeral Services