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President's Report

 Hello members and friends of Rotary Melbourne South. And welcome to my last newsletter as President of Rotary Melbourne South. It has been a pleasure and an honour to lead, follow, walk and work alongside you all these last 2 years. From “Be The Inspiration” to “Rotary Connects The World” it’s been a whirlwind of emotions  which I will never forget. Another notch in the tree of memories, another chapter in the book of life. Suffice to say, with only a week to go till Changeover, there is still so much to do. Rotary International Virtual Convention started Saturday night (20 June) and though a late start for the attendees down under (11pm) it passed quickly with a glass of red wine (not sure I would have been able to do that in Hawaii LOL). Session 2 last night and was a struggle to get out of bed this morning but after a cup of coffee, off and running for the start of another working week.
 
The Virtual  Convention continues all week until Saturday morning our time. If I look tired next Monday night, you know why LOL. it’s also been an active fortnight since I last wrote. Thanks to Ron for his update on Australian Rotary Health and Lift the Lid at the last club meeting with members from Rutherford Telarah Rotary
(NSW). More and more zoom meetings with Rotary eClub of Hawaii and Rotary Melbourne. And this week on Wednesday morning I zoomed into Rotary Armidale AM who were hosting the RI President Mark Maloney. So in the space of 5 days, I got to hear our RI President speak 4 times – Rotary Armidale AM, Morning Tea with the DG on Saturday morning and Session 1 of the Virtual Convention on Saturday night and Session 2 on Sunday night. Zoom definitely connects the world LOL.
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Merchant Sailors
Merchant sailors not able to leave their ships...1.5 million of them around the
world. The call out on 774ABC to knit beanies for them caught my attention.
A series of phone calls then resulted in a collaboration between Rotary Club
Melbourne South Rotary Donations in Kind and Stellamaris Mission in providing
Care Packs to the 200 ship crew who arrive in our port each day. None can dis-
embark and all are lonely. In fact suicide rates have doubled since the corona-
virus pandemic. Already the incidence of suicide in merchant seamen was much
higher than the average population so this is very alarming.
Knitters were mobilized for beanies.
Donations in Kind provided a whole truck load of warm jackets, caps, and other
goodies.
Quin Scalzo (RC Melbourne) donated 18 boxes of delicious treats.
Toothpaste, toothbrushes and toiletry items have been generously donated by
Alan Samuel (RC Glen Eira and Impact)
Stella Marris continue the care packs and are anticipating this will be required
for at least 12 months. Donations are required ongoing of mens clothing and
hygiene pack items. They can be dropped off at Stellamaris Mission https://
www.stellamaris.org.au/
Bronwyn Stephens
RC Melbourne South
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Wendy's Book Review
Are you after a book that will set you thinking, have you wondering and leave you incredulous, then CATCH AND KILL by Ronan Farrow is the go to for you! The title refers to catching a story and killing it before it becomes public knowledge, not committing murder as it may suggest.
Ronan Farrow is the son of the famous actor Mia Farrow and the infamous director, Woody Allen. Ronan is a lawyer and he certainly used his background well to ensure all facts are true so that litigations would not ensue. His research was meticulous and his empathy very strong, as the victims named took quite some time to risk outing Weinstein, as well as many others, due to ongoing trauma at their hands and the conspiracy of silence enveloping the industry.
Now don’t think, ‘Well why would I read that because I know the ending’, because it is an expose of a culture that was allowed to flourish openly and for many years.  It is not unique to that industry or that country.  It is evident world wide in many forms and by understanding more about the conditions and culture, we are more able to call it out. Unfortunately, it’s not the ending!
 
 
 
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LOL
Save The Date R100
SAVE THE DATE

Rotary’s Centenary is a time of celebration!  It Is a time to reflect on our past, and take pride in all that has been achieved.  It is a time we play our part in the history of Rotary.

Our centenary is also the time to lay the foundations for our future, as we still have much to do.  The key project in our centenary year will focus on stopping the one in 16 children who die in 9 Pacific nations before the age of five. 

We invite you to join Rotarians across Australia on 10th July for virtual fellowship, as well as meet our R100 Centenary Ambassadors, the Governor General and Mrs Hurley, as they launch our national centenary campaign.  By joining us, you will witness the “Passing the Baton” ceremony.  The baton that will carry the symbols of our centenary and will travel far and wide across Rotary clubs and Districts.  


 
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Subs due
Subs Now Due
 
The first member to pay their subscription will be awarded a bottle of fine wine
 
Winner will be announced by Treasurer Bronwyn Stephens
 
 
Feeding The Homeless
Helping our colleagues at Rotary Club Prahran feed the homeless
 
Last Friday Rotary Prahran (with Uniting, FareShare, Food Bank & Coles Prahran's help) started a weekly food delivery to 220 homeless people being housed in crisis accommodations around Melbourne.  A big thankyou to all those involved.
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July Meeting Dates
Confirming July meeting dates in the bulletin as folks may think that because we had our changeover on 29 June we may not hold the meeting on the first Monday of July. 

Re: Changeover. 
We will have a member of District 9800 attending our changeover: Dale Hoy, 
District Governor 2021-2022
 
Club meetings
First club meeting in July will be Monday 6 July, 6.30pm. 
Second club meeting will be Monday 20 July, 6.60pm.
Same Zoom link
 
 
Regards,
Pam Dittmer
Mobile: 0407 112 141
 
Bob's Book
   SWIMMING WITH FISHES
Our very own Club member Bob Iversen recently became a published author writing his Memoir, Swimming with Fishes.
Bob kindly made available a number of his books to our club for members and friends by pledging a donation in return for a copy of his book. It is available in both hard and soft cover.
The years covered in his Memoir are from 1954 to 1994.
Bob hopes that in writing his memoirs young people seeking a career in the oceans may be encouraged and guided into marine biology as a rewarding field of endeavour.
Please email me: pam.dittmer@outlook.com or phone 0407 112 141 and I will arrange to have a copy delivered to you.
Graham Lockwood OAM
GRAHAM LOCKWOOD OAM RFD ED
(Information prepared Oct 2018)
 
Rotary Melbourne South is honoured to recognise the OAM presented to Graham Lockwood in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours.
 
Mr Graham K Lockwood OAM RFD ED was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for "service to the community through a range of roles".
 
A summary of Graham’s roles follows with some detail around Graham’s service before self within Rotary.
 
ORGANISATIONS AND POSITIONS HELD
 
1. CITY OF PORT PHILLIP WAR MEMORIALS  2007 – present (11 years)
Advocate for maintenance and conservation of war memorials.
 
2. MILITARY SERVICE                                             1950 – 1981 (31 years)
Various roles up to Lieutenant Colonel
 
3. ROTARY                                                                    1968 – 2011 (43 years)
Various roles including club President
 
4. CLAREMONT HOMES                                           1995 – 2005 (10+ years)
Member of the Governing Board
 
5. MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND (MCG)     2001 – present (17 years)
Volunteer Guide
 
6. MELBOURNE SHRINE                                         2000 – 2017 (17 years)
Volunteer Guide
 
Other activities include youth leadership development (Lord Somer’s Camp) and the Salvation Army Appeal.
 
 
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
 
POSITION HELD: Member of various committees and President of two Melbourne-based clubs
 
DATES OF SERVICE: 1968 – 2011 (43 years)
(Clubs: Newsted, Brisbane; Heidelberg, West Footscray, and Melbourne South clubs in Victoria).
 
ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN: 
Over a period of 43 years Graham devoted himself to various Rotary causes at a number of Rotary Clubs, being appointed President of both Heidelberg and Melbourne South. The work he did overseas is worthy of special mention, specifically with the Rotaract Club - which was a junior community service group - and the District Group Study Exchange (GSE) team to New Mexico in early 1984. Graham established the Helping Grant initiative which ultimately saw flow-through benefit to East Timor. Being Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Committee and having overall responsibility for its educational and humanitarian programmes is also worthy of special mention.
 
Following on from Graham’s Chairmanship of the District Benefactor Program, the program was adopted by the World President of Rotary International, as a key plank in underpinning the financial development of the Rotary Foundations educational and humanitarian programs.
 
 
 
Congratulations Graham Keith Lockwood
 
RFD.ED.OAM.
A msg from former DG
 
Rotary is lauded as a vocationally based organization.  It isn't so often
that we consider that aspect of our service volunteering.  Youth, community,
and international service are the highlights reported at each meeting.   For
many months now our President John Wall has been striving behind the scenes
at his workplace, Australia Post.  He knew of a sales campaign that had
completed and excess stock needing a useful home.   After some tireless
negotiation it arrived today at Rotary Donations in Kind.  13 pallets and
$73,000 in value of goods.   What a gift realized for all sorts of projects.
Some for "The Alfred MHU", some for "Merchant Sailors stuck at sea" and
plenty for other projects.   John, another practical way you demonstrate
commitment in "doing good in the world".  Thank you, and congratulations on
2 years leading our Club as a President who has led by great example.
Bronwyn .

Warm regards

Bronwyn Stephens
 
Changeover Evening
Hello to all our Rotarians and Friends
 
June 29 sees the handing over of the Presidents baton from John Wall to Pam Dittmer.
 
We plan to have a heap of fun on the night but with Covid 19 making things a bit tricky we have to pre-plan some of the festivities.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Virtual Convention
Rotary International Virtual Convention (20-26 June 2020)
8am in Chicago, 11pm in Melbourne
Given this year’s annual Rotary Convention in Hawaii (Honolulu) was cancelled due to COVID-19
restrictions, the Convention was moved online and a Virtual Convention was created – the new “norm”!.
The First General Session kicked off at 11pm on Saturday night 20 June and went for 90 minutes. Titled
“Together We Connect” – our RI President Mark Maloney (and Gay) lead a strong contingent of
Rotarians and non-Rotarians on the great work we do. The highlight of the speeches for me was
listening to Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, but the absolute highlight of
General Session 1 was the musical tribute from Australian pop-opera quartet, ARIA with their rendition
of the Prayer and then Puccini’s Nessun Dorma.

 
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