President's Report

To round off the month of March we enjoyed a joint club meeting with RC Port Melbourne at The
Emerald Hotel, Clarendon St, South Melbourne. Along with members and guests of the RC Port
Melbourne we welcomed several other Rotarians. As always it was a pleasure to host AG Lili
Teichman and first time visitors Selba Luka and Sylvie Berchick RC Prahran.
Our speaker Reverend Paul Carr spoke of his work with Youth and their mental health wellbeing and
his work at high school level on youth suicide prevention. His presentation encouraged conversation
amongst our members and guests on ‘what makes us happy’ clearly a key to good mental health.
Pictured L to R: Selba Luka Founder CEO Afri-Auscare, Sylvie Berchick RC Prahran, Lili Teichman AG and President RC Glen
Eira, Kevin Beagle President RC Port Melbourne , Pam Dittmer President RC Melbourne South and Bronwyn Stephens Past
District Governor.
Upcoming meetings
Next Meeting dates: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at: The Emerald Hotel, Clarendon St, South
19 April 2021, 6pm for 6.30 start.
Member behind the badge.
3 May 2021, 6pm for 6.30 start.
Joint meeting with RC Port Melbourne
Port Melbourne to host at The Emerald
Speaker details to follow
17 May 2021
Club meeting and packing day for Care Packs for the Mental Health Unit at The Alfred Hospital.
Music of the night
Dear Centennial Presidents
I'd like to cordially invite you, your members, family and friends to our Annual Musical Event -- "The Music of the Night - Songs from Stage & Screen".
Book a table, enjoy the entertainment, food and fellowship that we've missed over the past year.  
This is one of our major Centennial fundraising initiatives for this year, with all proceeds going towards supporting those impacted by Domestic Family Violence.  Your support in this would be greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to pass this on to others that would enjoy this.
Hoping to see you all on the night.
Michael J Lapiña
2020/21 President
Wyndham Rotary Club
District 9800
m: 0414 586 607

Thankyou Crocs
Shoes donated by Crocs to Rotary Donations in Kind were looking for a home in local community.   Friends from RC Malvern Barry Smith and Pam Baker were invaluable in generosity by sorting and distribution.   We were able to provide 8 pallets to BMDI Rotary House, Koala Cancer Care for Kids, Impact and The Alfred MHU Project.
Angus Mitchell Oration

Rotarians, isn't it wonderful we can come together in person again.

Annually Rotary Melbourne's Angus Mitchell Oration is a highlight event in the Club calendar and this year promises to be just that.

We invite you to join us for lunch on Wed 7th April 2021 as we hear from Prof John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary Commonwealth Dept. Health & TGA on “The COVID-19 pandemic response in Australia and the region: vaccines, medicines and masks…where to from here ?”


Moyo Hospital
A small town is located on the border of South Sudan and Uganda. It has an ill equipped hospital where the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the border crisis seek medical and surgical care.  This is where Doctor Neil Browning has retired to. A vascular surgeon, he has retrained as an orthopaedic surgeon to assist thousands of people with many injuries.  He described to me people with terrible fractures that were sent away or just treated with bed rest for months.  He described an operating theatre without instruments, autoclave, X ray facilities, drapes, swabs….even the basic supplies.  We discussed his wish list.  A C arm X ray machine is critically required. It will allow fractures to be treated under X ray control.  If we can procure a donation of one of these machines the wider wish list will be provided by Donations in Kind. (DIK).  As our Club is a DIK Inc member this opportunity falls into place seamlessly.  All of the items are in stock and ready to ship.  After knowing this most desperate situation and opportunity,  our Club has pledged $1000 towards the cost of freight and will also be the Club to secure a District International Foundation Grant.  This will enable a further $2500 funding towards the freight.
Sophie Cochrane, who is a member of The Alfred MHU Committee, and a tireless humanitarian, is the instigator of the project.  She has fundraised $4000 towards this project already. 
It would be so encouraging if our Club would assist in packing the shipping container when the C arm is sourced.
CALL TO ACTION please try to reach all your contacts to secure a C Arm X ray machine 
Also, after the goods reach Moyo Hospital there will be the requirement to further train nurses in infection control and other systems.  A Vocational Training Team would be the perfect vehicle for this. Our Club perfectly placed to provide this.  The Moyo Hospital International Project of RCMS is an exciting project on so many levels.  Please contact me if you feel you can contribute or for further information.
Bronwyn Stephens International Chair
The Future Of Peace Leadership
In this centenary year for Rotary Down Under, it is worth reflecting that for 100 years Rotarians in Australia and New Zealand have promoted the advancement of international, goodwill and peace through numerous humanitarian aid and education programs.
This centenary of peacebuilding is a source of pride for Rotarians and is worthy of celebration. More importantly, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on what we can do in the future. The Future of Peace Leadership symposium will bring together leaders in peace and conflict resolution to provide perspectives on challenging global and domestic issues and they will discuss how we can all contribute towards building a more peaceful world.  The symposium will be held on April 21 and 22. It will appeal to Rotarians, peace practitioners, students and others.  
Key points:
  • Title: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩
  • The event will run over two half days the afternoon of 21st and the morning of 22nd April 2021.
  • Registrations are now available online via the conference website: .
  • Only $66.00 per person for the two days
  • An incredible line-up of leaders in peace and conflict resolution will provide their perspectives on challenging global and domestic issues.
  • Speakers will include RI President Holger Knaack, Chair of the Rotary Foundation, PRIP Ravi Ravindran, PRIP Ian Riseley,  Nobel laureates Jose Ramos-Horta and  Tilman Ruff
  • Journalist Ali Moore has agreed to facilitate a thought provoking  panel discussion titled  “ How can we reverse the Doomsday Clock?”
  • Optional sessions on:
  • Indigenous reconciliation  2.  Family violence  3.  Economics and peace 4. Humanity & humanitarian aid    5.   Business & human rights law    6.   Peacebuilding projects. 
  • Website:
For program details, speaker profiles and registration please go to
This special event is already generating a lot of interest  from Rotarians and Peace Fellows around Australia, in New Zealand and in other countries.
Please share this information with your members and encourage them to register to learn what they can do for peace?
Kind regards
PDG Murray Verso
Convenor of  R100 Rotary Peace Symposium 2021
Governor Rotary District 9800 2014-2015
Mobile: 0417 595 217
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