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Greetings All
I hadn’t realised what a busy month it has been until I put pen to paper.
I hope you’ve all been able to enjoy the warmer weather and those that have gardens have been able to tame the weeds!
 
Member reflection and Rotary Toast.
On the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Pacific war Sue Foley spoke of the 484 Rotary Clubs and 16,700 Rotarians wiped off the rolls of Rotary during this time. Even in the trenches Rotarians held meetings and continued the work of Rotary. Reminding us of the resilience and strength we gain from being connected to like minded people trying to make the world a better place as we face another challenge.
 
At the following meeting I reflected on Altruism or benevolence which is when we act or promote someone else’s welfare, even at a cost to ourselves.
In the past few weeks I personally experienced the generosity of kindness in Rotarians when my married son was suddenly taken to hospital for an extended stay. A difficult time made more distressing due to Covid restrictions around visiting. I missed a Rotary meeting and explained to our wonderful AG Lili Teichman the reason. Lili insisted on preparing some meals for my daughter-in-law and grandson. On delivering them, Master Fynn aged 5 asked why people were dropping off food to the house. His mum explained that when people are having a difficult time and especially now with Covid when we can’t hug each other it’s like somebody giving you a caring hug. “oh” he said, “so we’ve got a fridge full of hugs”. My dear fellow Rotarians have made sure his fridge stays full of hugs!
 
What happens at our meetings!
We were pleased to award Immediate Past President John Wall with a new Paul Harris 3 sapphires pin. Seeing John speechless at the unexpected surprise was unusual!
We also Inducted and welcomed new member Jo Colvin. Jo was introduced to Rotary through Club Member Bronwyn Maddock. Jo was a friend of RC Melbourne South visiting meetings and participating in activities for a few months before making the final decision to join. Jo won the raffle on the night and warned us she has a lucky streak when it comes to raffles!
 
Our speakers for the past month have given us an insight into how our club has been helping and can continue to help our community in and around Melbourne.
 
Empower Australia – Community Food Pantry
Nicole Werner Business Development and Business Relationship Manager for Empower Australia. Empower provide a Community Food Pantry on City Rd, Southbank. Nicole spoke of the increase in the number of visitors they have received over the past 8 months. Pre-Covid the numbers were around 350 per week at their Community Pantry. The number of visitors is now around 2,700 over 5 outlets, Geelong, Lower Plenty, Pakenham, Ringwood and Southbank. It is estimated that 22% of the recipients are children. The greatest number of visitors are received at Southbank, approximately 1300 per week. The project has been extended to Capetown, South Africa.
 
Star Health, Kamaya Crawford South Melbourne Community Capacity Building Initiative, working with Park Towers and Emerald Hill
Kamaya’s focus is exploring social housing issues and the expectations of DHHS as the Social housing landlords.
Two high rise housing blocks: Park Towers, 299 Apartments approximately 600 people.
Possibly an intimidating situation if you’ve never lived in multilevel housing. Many people arrive at the social housing estate in a state of trauma. Kamaya and her team have been working on how to de-escalate the stress. The simple act of providing Security Personnel at the complex had a calming influence at Park Towers.  The establishment of a Residents committee cultivating community by supporting community gardens, family fundays with BBQ’s with culturally diverse food stalls and vet days for residents pets. The community needs more garden beds and assistance with maintaining the garden beds. Care packs for new residents arriving with information in the language they speak as a family.
 
Emerald Hill is the oldest high rise public housing in Victoria with 500 plus residents. It has an established residents committee with longer term residents. The playgrounds at both sites are old and need replacing. There is a question mark over who is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the areas, the housing landlord DHHS or CoPP. Our member Joan Daniels recalled when RCMS first helped build the playground and shaded outdoor area.
 
A Fellowship evening was held at the end of August, a movie night via Zoom and suitable for all the family -The secret of Ronin Inish, was enjoyed by many club members and friends.
 
I am very excited to confirm that in addition to our Sister club RC Bendigo we now have an International sister club – The Rotary E Club of Hawaii. We will organise a ‘get to know each other meeting’ outside of our regular meetings in the very near future.
 
 
 
  

 
Next meeting:
21 September, Footy Colours dinner in support of Fight Cancer Foundation - not to be missed!
Our Guest Speaker for the evening will be Mr Eric Wright, Managing Director – Fight Cancer Foundation with a very special resident of Rotary House.
Donations from everybody wearing their colours and those wishing to donate the cost of their meal will be sent to Cancer Foundation. There will be a special raffle on the night.
The link for those that wish to contribute before the night or that might not be able to join us: https://footy-colours-day-2020.raisely.com/rotaryclubofmelbournesouth
 
23 September, Port Philip Cluster meeting with DG Philip Archer.
This meeting will be hosted by RC Albert Park, Zoom details are different than our normal meeting:
Zoom link 951 5405 5597.
More details to follow.
 
5 October, Peter Duras from Central Melbourne Club… A funny thing happened on the way to the Olympics!
 
19 October, Darrel Steer, a member of World of Difference (WOD) Cambodian project started by RCMS. Daniel lived in Cambodia for 5 years before returning to Australia and supervising the project from Australia.
 
2 November, Fellowship
 
16 November, RYLA speaker Jessica Wheeler of the District Committee.
 
And on a happy note: a big thank you from the Seafarers receiving Care Packs in partnership with Stella Maris.
The crew modelling hand knitted beanies sent in from all around Australia in support of our often forgotten essential workers.
 
 
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Deserved praise
COMMUNITY THANK YOU TO MEDICAL STAFF - ANZAC biscuits gift from Melbourne South Rotary Club
This week, Box Hill Hospital received a gift for our junior medical staff from our local Rotary Club. A section of the accompanying letter from Bronwyn Maddock a Rotarian at the Melbourne South Rotary Club is included below:
 
We have been in awe of the dedication, commitment and bravery of your staff working extremely hard to look after loved ones during this pandemic. We would like to offer a small token of our appreciation to EH staff on the frontline to show our gratitude and appreciate of their ongoing efforts. We are offering to supply food gifts for your staff. The gift would consist of a zip lock bag containing three or four ANZAC biscuits with a personally written paper heart stapled to the top of the bag. We anticipate the ANZACS could be an easy snack for staff. As I am sure you are aware, ANZAC biscuits were sent to troops on the frontline fighting the enemy to save their country. I am sure you can identify the many parallels with the COVID19 situation. There is a dual purpose to this project. We are bringing many isolated people together each Sunday afternoon on Zoom to bake, chat and have fun, but most importantly connect them with other people in isolation.
 
The biscuits were delivered to the Box Hill Residents Lounge during the week. I was humbled and touched by the gesture, and the reminder that our community values the hard work and contribution of our medical staff. Thank you to all of you for making a difference for our community. From the Chief Medical Officer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business Leaders Breakfast
MUNA
ROTARY DISTRICT 9800 International Model United Nations Sat 5th MUNA stands for Model United Nations Assembly, which simulates the workings of the UN Assembly by having teams of two senior students from in debates on matters of world political and social con enthusiastically supported by the United Nations. MUNA is designed for school students usually in senior classes of secondary schools. Over the years they have primarily come from year 11 students but occa sometimes from year 12. Each team of 2 students are allocated a country that they are to represent on the weekend. Students are provided Model United Nations resolutions about a month before the assembly to give prepare and they are expected to familiarize themselves with the country they represent, the resolutions to be debated and they are encouraged to wear a national dress both in all the daily assembly sessions. During the weekend they will also and general rules of debate. MUNA also aims to enable students debating skills; and to encourage them to make sympathetic and informed comments on wo and share their opinions and friendship with students from other schools. This year due to the restrictions caused by the Covid 19 virus for the first time the event will be held remotely using the Zoom medium. decided to take this opportunity to open the event up to international students. Being a Zoom assembly costs are very minimal and so we have reduced the cost by over 8 $50.00 per team of 2 students. This cos expected to cover this cost. During the weekend invited guest speakers will address the Assembly, the keynote address this year will be given by Mark “Squiz” Squirrell, OAM. Details, programs, rules of debate and information about the countries allocated, will be provided to the students after all nominations are received but we point out that all students will be allocated a country different to the one they live in. This is because t make themselves think about other people and countries points of view. We strongly recommend this very popular program to all clubs and ask that you go to your local schools, find a team of 2 students get the registration form completed and signed by and return the form to the District 9800 MUNA Chairman, Neville Page. Registrations are requested to be returned by as quickly as possible to ensure an entry as there are only limited spaces available. For any further information contact Neville Page on 0414 673611 or by email at page@ghp.biz. This project is being held in the 2020 Australia, New Zealand and other countries and so this ROTARY DISTRICT 9800 - MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA Model United Nations Zoom th December 2020 – Sun 6th December 2020 MUNA stands for Model United Nations Assembly, which simulates the workings of the UN Assembly by having teams of two senior students from each of a number of schools represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world political and social concern. MUNA is a Rotary International program and enthusiastically supported by the United Nations. MUNA is designed for school students usually in senior classes of secondary schools. Over the years they have primarily come from year 11 students but occasionally we have had some from year 10 and Each team of 2 students are allocated a country that they are to represent on the weekend. Students are provided Model United Nations resolutions about a month before the assembly to give prepare and they are expected to familiarize themselves with the country they represent, the resolutions to be debated and they are encouraged to wear a national dress both in all the daily assembly sessions. During the weekend they will also learn about the workings of the United Nations, the Security Council MUNA also aims to enable students to improve their public speaking and debating skills; and to encourage them to make sympathetic and informed comments on wo and share their opinions and friendship with students from other schools. This year due to the restrictions caused by the Covid 19 virus for the first time the event will be held remotely using the Zoom medium. In line with this year's theme of Rotary Opens Opportunities we have decided to take this opportunity to open the event up to international students. Being a Zoom assembly costs are very minimal and so we have reduced the cost by over 8 This cost is to cover incidental costs and prizes. The During the weekend invited guest speakers will address the Assembly, the keynote address this year will be given by Mark “Squiz” Squirrell, OAM. programs, rules of debate and information about the countries allocated, will be provided to the nominations are received but we point out that all students will be allocated a country different to the one they live in. This is because the whole purpose of this program is to get students to make themselves think about other people and countries points of view. We strongly recommend this very popular program to all clubs and ask that you go to your local schools, get the registration form completed and signed by the student and and return the form to the District 9800 MUNA Chairman, Neville Page. Registrations are requested to be returned by Monday, 2nd November, 2020 as quickly as possible to ensure an entry as there are only limited spaces available. For any further information contact Neville Page on 0414 673611 or by email at page@ghp.biz. This project is being held in the 2020-2021 Rotary Year which marks the Centenary of Rotary in Australia, New Zealand and other countries and so this is designated as a Centenary Project MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA Zoom Assembly 20 MUNA stands for Model United Nations Assembly, which simulates the workings of the UN Assembly by a number of schools represent a particular UN country is a Rotary International program and MUNA is designed for school students usually in senior classes of secondary schools.
Over the years they occasionally we have had some from year 10 and Each team of 2 students are allocated a country that they are to represent on the weekend. Students are provided Model United Nations resolutions about a month before the assembly to give them time to prepare and they are expected to familiarize themselves with the country they represent, the resolutions to be debated and they are encouraged to wear a national dress both in all the daily assembly sessions. learn about the workings of the United Nations, the Security Council improve their public speaking and debating skills; and to encourage them to make sympathetic and informed comments on world problems This year due to the restrictions caused by the Covid 19 virus for the first time the event will be held of Rotary Opens Opportunities we have decided to take this opportunity to open the event up to international students. Being a Zoom assembly costs are very minimal and so we have reduced the cost by over 85% to only The sponsor Rotary Club is During the weekend invited guest speakers will address the Assembly, the keynote address this year will programs, rules of debate and information about the countries allocated, will be provided to the nominations are received but we point out that all students will be allocated a country he whole purpose of this program is to get students to We strongly recommend this very popular program to all clubs and ask that you go to your local schools, the student and a parent 2020 but you are urged to act as quickly as possible to ensure an entry as there are only limited spaces available. For any further information contact Neville Page on 0414 673611 or by email at page@ghp.biz. marks the Centenary of Rotary in Centenary Project
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What's cooking?
Has anyone else noticed all the people who have headed back to the kitchen during the COVID environment?  It seems that current restrictions have led people to unleash their inner chef and Facebook is full of people returning to home cooked meals and experimenting with all sorts of culinary creations.  Even some of our own club members are involved in kitchen capers with Sunday biscuit baking. So I thought I’d share some stories with you from a few recent deliveries I arranged to friends and family with whom I would normally catch up  for meals or a cheeky chardy. 
 
First, let me introduce you to the wonderful people at Prestige Foods. Mike Murray and Leonie Brasier are the drivers of this fabulous business.  They are creators and distributors of high quality food and produce.  Their “Stocks Matter” brand is divine (and gluten free..Yay!!) These are the products I have been sending out in hampers to brighten someone’s day.  Leonie was a Rotary exchange student to Finland in the 1980’s, which I remember very vividly, and this led her to a Rotary membership in later years. 
 
These days Leonie is a volunteer First Responder in Blackwood and both she and Mike are great contributors to those in distress or hardship in a number of different ways – too many to recount here.  Let’s just say they are great business and community people.  Last year as we prepared for our Melbourne Celtic Festival fundraiser Prestige Foods was a major sponsor and were providing the breakfast which was to get the festival off to a roaring start.  As we all know,  we fell short of the COVID curse by 4 days but we are preparing for 2021 and Prestige Foods will once again be a valued supporter of the event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have been so thrilled with the responses I have had to my little “Heavenly Hamper” efforts.  It’s a bit different to flowers or chocolates and people have really enjoyed the idea of using these high quality products in their family cook-ups. 
 
  • One family sent photos of home made hummus and paella they made together. 
  • Another friend said that she had really been struggling with her role in aged care and the hamper brought her such joy and her children wanted to gather together and create something special for the family meal. 
  • One family member who had suffered a bereavement is going to use the goodies to have a family meal when they can so they can celebrate the life of their loved on together. 
 
These are just a few responses -  but it shows that every little kindness can mean a great deal to people during these difficult times.
 
It really is true that food brings people together and if you would like to show someone you are thinking of them then I highly recommend the Stocks Matter hampers for something a little bit different and at the same time supporting a wonderful local business.
 
So, enjoy your kitchen adventures and as W.C. Fields and I agree – Cook with wine, and sometimes even add it to the food!
 
Sue Foley
 
 
 

 
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Supporting creativity
Linden New Art
 
RCMS is again proudly supporting the Linden art gallery's post card exhibition. Whilst all closed during the COVID lockdown the works will be proudly on display when it reopens.
 
Linden New Art is located at 26 Acland Street St Kilda
 
 
 
Guests at the Linden Postcard Show 2019-20. Image courtesy of Linden New Art. Photograph: Mathieu Vendeville
Sue Foley's movie review
Every so often when you are flicking around the tv looking for something to watch which doesn’t involve all the bad things about humanity you come across an unexpected gem of a film.
Such was my experience last night when I discovered this exquisite Australian short file “The Telegram Man”
 
Starring Australian screen legends Jack Thompson, Gary Sweet and Sigrid Thornton, this beautiful and moving short film explores the impact of World War II on a close-knit Australian farming community. The once popular telegram man becomes a figure of fear and repulsion as he delivers the onslaught of bad news.
 
All three of the main actors deliver emotionally charged and very real performances and even though the film lasts a total of 14 minutes the characters and story are so well captured you feel you understand every aspect of their experience.
 
I highly recommend you head to SBS On demand and search out this lovely file – poignant but exceptional.
 
Initial release7 January 2011
Scam warning
There has been an increase in the number of internet scams involving Rotary. Some of these scams are very professional in their presentation and appear to of accessed details about clubs and individuals which make them appear genuine.
1. The purpose of this communication is that you firstly be aware of the possibility that internet communication may be a scam;
2. We recommend that you do not provide banking details unless you know and have personally confirmed the person to whom you are providing those details; and
3. If in doubt carefully check the credentials before providing any money to an organisation that contacts you through the internet.
The ACCC warned that a number of scammers are impersonating official organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health or, legitimate business’ such as travel agents and telecommunications companies.
We certainly hope this does not happen to you.
No ladders
Recent news of our beloved member Marg Hamilton reached the club that she had taken a tumble on the footpath and broken her arm in a multitude of places with pins and plates surgically implanted which will no doubt confound airport security the next time she is allowed to travel to Fiji.  All seemed in order until this photo surfaced!!!  Marg is quoted as saying “It’s not me!!”  Doth the lady protest too much!! You decide!
 
Put your hat on
Every October, Australian Rotary Health encourages Rotary Clubs, businesses, and individuals to get involved in Hat Day as part of ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’, our national fundraising and awareness campaign for mental health research.

We understand that this year the COVID-19 pandemic may present some obstacles, making it difficult to get involved in the same way as previous years. But we also believe this is an opportunity to put our creative thinking hats on!

It has been a tough year for everyone, so let’s get together (virtually), put on a silly hat, and do something important for mental health.
NYSF

Updates on the NYSF 2021 Year 12 Program

Thursday 10 September, 2020
Dear Students and Families, 
Thank you for applying to attend the 2021 NYSF Year 12 Program, one of Australia’s most recognised and long-running STEM outreach experiences. 
The impact of attending the NYSF lives on well past January, with participants joining our extensive alumni network of over 12,000 individuals and accessing a lifetime of STEM professional development and peer networking events. Today we write with an important update. 
No doubt your selection interview is approaching; indeed, some of you may have already had yours. The NYSF is wholly committed to delivering our Year 12 Program in 2021, and as previously advised, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully. The safety of our participants, volunteers, and staff is always our top priority, and we have given considerable thought as to how to deliver the NYSF Year 12 Program safely in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, study, and work, and hence NYSF has adapted our plans to ensure we can still deliver an exciting live program that enables all of you to explore your future study and career options in STEM. 
We have adapted the way we deliver the 2021 NYSF Year 12 Program in January to navigate COVID-19-related challenges. While the mode of delivery is changing, the content and opportunities the NYSF program offers remain as strong as ever. In addition, there will be a range of exclusive new opportunities that were not previously possible.
The 2021 NYSF Year 12 Program offers a combination of local in-person and digital experiences to our participants across Australia. With the help of our supportive partner organisations and providers from all areas of STEM, the NYSF is programming an extensive range of local and virtual events to set you on your future STEM pathway. 
The 2021 Year 12 Program will feature a core digital program, consisting of all the STEM elements the NYSF is famous for, including keynote speakers, lectures, workshops, debates, expos, and social activities. COVID-19 restriction permitting, we will complement this digital program with local in-person STEM visits and events held at hubs across the country, enabling students to safely engage with their peers and experience the networking and community aspects of the program. Throughout the rest of 2021, participants will be able to access a wide variety of NYSF Connect Alumni events for further professional development and networking.
Over the coming months, we will send successful applicants exciting updates on NYSF 2021 speakers, behind the scenes tours, and STEM experiences! Today we are excited to give you a taste of some of the fantastic keynote speakers joining us in January. 
 
 
·         Nobel Prize Winner and Astrophysicist, Prof Brian Schmidt FRS FAA;
·         Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist, Prof Tanya Monro FAA FTSE FOSA FAIP GAICD;
·         Nobel Prize Winner and Gastroenterologist, Prof Barry Marshall AC FRACP FRS FAA;
·         Journalist and Gender Equity Advocate, Virginia Haussegger AM;
·         Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Prof Veena Sahajwalla FAA FTSE;
·         Personalised Medicine Expert, Prof Carola Garcia de Vinuesa MD (MBBS) PhD FAA; 
·         ABC Identity and Science Communicator, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM;
·         Women in STEM Ambassador and Astrophysicist, Prof Lisa Harvey-Smith; and
·         Broadcaster and ABC Science Show host, Robyn Williams AO
There is more good news too. We have reduced our 2021 NYSF Year 12 Program Fee from $3,250 to $1,900. This reduction reflects the removal of travel, accommodation, and meal costs. The new fee covers 14 days of STEM related activities, all digital programming, in-person STEM visits and social events (or a digital alternative for those unable to attend in-person events), access to representatives from NYSF’s extensive range of university and industry partners, a program kit and merchandise, and lifelong access to the NYSF Connect alumni network and events program. 
We understand COVID-19 has impacted many families financially. The NYSF, along with our partners, continues to offer a significant number of equity scholarships in 2021. Please do not hesitate to apply confidentially if your family is in need. 
As you can imagine, there is a reasonable amount of adaption required for this new model of delivery. We encourage applicants to proceed through the usual selection process. NYSF will provide further detailed information, a FAQ sheet and regular program updates to NYSF participants once your selection is confirmed.
All the best for your selection interviews and we hope to see you at the 2021 NYSF Year 12 Program in January! 
Best wishes,
The NYSF Team
Cool for kids
Dress code for Team Cool kids while walking ‘headbands and leg walmers’
 
 
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