April 26th and 27th - special birthday(s)  edition
Joan 90th on Sunday and then Margaret on Monday
Joan Daniel's history in and legacy to Rotary is quite remarkable.  For this and for her service to the printing industry as well as to education through St Leonards School she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal.
  • In 1989 Joan Daniels became one of the first two women to become members of Rotary in Australia, when she joined the Rotary Club of Melbourne South.
  • In 1994/1994 she was President of our club.
  • For many years she was the Chair of our Club’s Vocational/New Generations Committee. As Chair she led the Rotary Youth Enrichment Program for 14 to17 year olds. In November 2011 she organised and led a weekend camp for 40 teenagers in the formation of their own values and moral standards of leadership.
  • She also led the Club’s Rotary Youth Leadership Program for 18 to 25 year olds.
  • Our Club for many years championed an Indigenous Scholar Program. Its purpose was to provide funds to support an indigenous scholar with day to day expenses while studying health related courses. Joan was the driver of this program.  She obtained $5,000 to match the Government’s $5,000 for this program. One of the scholars, Fiona Rigney, is now a successful social worker and says she owes her success entirely to Joan. (2006-2007)
  • Governor of Rotary District 9800 (2,300 members in 71 Clubs in and around Melbourne at that time), contributed to the many District 9800 Annual Conferences, and Chaired the District’s Annual Assembly.
  • She served for many years as a member of District 9800’s Australian Rotary Health Committee, which has a special emphasis on mental health issues.
  • She also sat for many years on Rotary District 9800’s Ambassador Selection Committee resulting in several Club nominees being selected as Overseas Rotary Ambassadors for one year. She also sat on Rotary District 9800’s annual Youth Selection Committee which sends young professionals to another Rotary District overseas where they meet similar young professionals.  Another Committee Joan sat on for many years is National Youth Science Forum Committee which selects eligible students from years 11 and 12 to participate in an elite science programme in Canberra and Brisbane.  This is highly sought after and there are many more candidates than places available. The interview process is rigorous.
  • She has received a Triple Sapphire Award as a Paul Harris Fellow.
  • She has served as Assistant
Joan is a humble and quiet achiever who has donated quietly but very generously to many charities.   Bone Marrow Donor Institute was built by Rotary in 1992 and accommodates families who are undergoing bone marrow transplants.  It also provides leading research into leukaemia.  Joan has championed this cause and been the catalyst for many hundreds of thousands of dollars being raised.
 
Joan is a senior, gracious and very determinedly humanitarian Rotarian.
 
A few special times.  Bronwyn Stephens has original photos if anyone would like copies
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