President's Message
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Melbourne will see some lifting on restrictions from Friday, which is a move welcomed by us all.  The lockdown hasn't stopped us from being proactive both locally and on the international stage.  The reports in the bulletin have been written by the members most active in each of the projects but it really is the tip of the iceberg, so to speak; the club's actions are making an enormous change for the lives it directly touches. 
We would like to welcome our new member, Jason to the club.  Jason comes with an IT skill set and a passion to make a difference.  We are delighted to bring him into the fold. If you are reading this, and would like to know more about the club or Rotary, please contact us.  We would love to speak with you.
The team at Rotary Port Phillip have been active in the background zooming along to establish a Strategic Plan for the club.  We have also been revamping the bulletin to reflect the new name of a proud club emerging from two mighty clubs, Melbourne South and Port Melbourne Rotaries. Then of course there is the website and Facebook to align.  There is certainly a lot to consider and to achieve.  A huge thank you to members for completing the survey as that has made the next step clear for the club.  Thank you to Leo, Warwick, Bec and Bronwyn for continuing with the work.
Last zoom club meeting we were lucky enough to have Michael Lapina to walk us through the ClubRunner tool.  The more you play with it the easier it will become.  Behind the scenes, Michael has spent hours showing the features of the portal with Leo, Warwick and me.  I am pleased Warwick and Leo have great listening skills  as I felt slightly out of my league.  However, I did find this section and am typing away happily.  When you get the Bulletin and you notice that my message is missing, then you will know for certain that I don't know what I am doing.  Fingers crossed!   
Towers Bulletin
Costa, Garden Guru and the Melbourne Pollinators Corridor
The premise for Rotary Port Phillip to assist with a community Garden at Park Towers in South Melbourne was based on the positive impact it would have on the mental health of the residents who participated, and for all residents to be able to enjoy a tranquil and beautiful space. The residents want to be proud of where they live.
Rotary Port Phillip were approached by Star Health to be involved in the project. As often happens the idea expanded following a conversation with Environmental, Sustainability, Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) regarding the Melbourne Pollinator Corridor (MPC), a project started and developed by Emma Cutting. Emma is the founder of The Heart Gardening Project (THGP). Emmas work was featured on Gardening Australia with Costa personally interviewing her while walking around South Melbourne looking at the work that Emma and her volunteers have implemented so far. The benefits of including it at Park Towers needed to be explored.
Emma Cuttings suggestion is that indigenous gardens be planted involving the residents in the Towers Park reserve was embraced by the residents along with a community engagement day.
Its more than just planting a garden. It will encourage involvement of the Towers community and the local South Melbourne communities in a project of benefit to all South Melbourne residents. Emma spoke passionately about involving the local school children and the benefits to the mental health of the community involvement.
What is evident is that it combines benefits to the environment and benefits to the local community. It is very exciting!
The Gift
The Gift Of Caring
Im Doug Hemingway, the retired Chair of Rotary Club Port Melbourne, which has amalgamated with Rotary Club South Melbourne, to become Rotary Club Port Phillip.
At our last meeting, Lucy Douglas, who has been an outstanding member of Rotary, proposed we do something about the growing suicide rate amongst locked down youths. My first thought was a donation to Beyond Blue or one of the larger corporations but we decided to go local and quickly.
Lucy got to work on the phone and found Kristy at the Crisis Centre in St Kilda. Kristy explained that they have several houses with teenage youths in lock down. Kristy told Lucy the easiest way to put a smile on their faces was through gift cards and the fact that a club such as Rotary wanted to reach out to let them know that we care.
Lucy reported to me, and I went to our board members and got permission to spend $2000. I then went to Coles and Australia Post and got $50 cards in Coles, Sports Girl, Amazon and JB HiFi for games, which are what they do in lock down.
The club meeting was Monday night and by Friday night there were lots of smiling faces, just where they were needed. Rotary makes change happen.
Saving Lives
RPP Saving Lives in Timor Leste
Vaccine Rollout in Balibo
Rotary Port Phillip is serving to make a difference in the Balibo region of Timor Leste by funding a COVID19 Vaccination Rollout Project.
Rollout of the vaccine in Timor Leste (TL), while supported by the Australian Government, has been slow with currently less than 20% of the population fully vaccinated. The vast majority of this work has been undertaken in the capital Dili with minimal progress in regional areas.
The adult population in the Balibo region is approximately 20,000 and enquires indicated that there is a high rate of COVID infections in the region reinforcing the need to take urgent action to administer the vaccine rollout.
In conjunction with representatives of Spend it Well, local National Government Organisation, Sabeh ( Saude Ba Ema Hotu - Health For All ) and the Australian Government representative in TL coordinating the Australian Government response, a project running over a two week period, to administer one dose of the vaccine to approximately 5,000 to 6,000 people.
Sabeh have been engaged to conduct this essential work and commenced operations on October 4, involving :-:  
  • Mobilising 30 Sabeh doctors, nurses and health professionals to run a two-week program (all have been fully vaccinated)  
  • The Sabeh personnel have split into two teams.  One team is providing a fixed vaccination clinic model in the main population centre of Balibo village.  The other team is operating a mobile vaccination program to service remote areas (where people are unable to travel to Balibo town or fixed clinics) 
  • Sabeh coordinated with the sub-district health director to organise cold chain temperature storage of the AZ vaccine made available by the Timor-Leste government, having originally been donated by the Australian Government.  
  • Sabeh personnel are being provided with accommodation, food and basic necessities for the two-week program. 
Dr Andre, Head of the Sabeh, reported that the medical treatment SABEH are doing alongside the vaccinations appears to be very important as well. Dr Andre said they’ve seen a lot of people living in pain rather than going to a health centre for treatment.  They’ve also highlighted the need for a school health program, having seen a lot of children suffering from malnutrition, tooth decay and vision problems.  They are connecting those with tooth issues to the dental clinic at the Balibo Community Learning Centre
Lift the lid
October is Mental Health Month, the perfect time to celebrate Australian Rotary Health's national mental health awareness and fundraising campaign Lift the Lid on Mental Illness. 
Recipe “Wall” – Christmas Fruit Cake by John Wall
For those of you who are my “friend” on Facebook, you know I’ve been working from home
since March 2020. Working during the week kept the boredom at bay but weekends were a
struggle. So I did the online thing and bought some many appliances. My best purchase I
would have to say is the slow cooker and when I found a recipe for a Christmas Fruit Cake
which involves rum, no questions asked, had to be done.
Slow cooking is so easy – ingredients, mix, and cook. Very helpful for a male like me!  
You can add/subtract what you want. I added glazed cherries and it is so moist. I’m working
my way through the first one and I have the ingredients for a second one which will be for
the family Christmas catch-up. I’ve also done a more traditional oven-based one but this
slow cooker one is my favourite!!!!
Walk with polio
With 11 days remaining in the Rotary Walk With Us to End Polio event, it's not too late to participate. smiley
Simply put, please consider walking and/or donating to an existing walker or team. Rotary Walk With Us to End Polio
We have 220 wonderful Rotarians and friends walking and we would love you to join the party (if not already registered). Imagine if there were at least double the numbers proudly pounding the pavement to help eradicate polio. How great would that be? And even with just one sponsor, that will make a huge difference.
Walking for a purpose is just great for the body and soul. The fact that it helps end polio across the world is even better.
It would also help if you can share the information about the event with your friends, family and colleagues through the phone, text, email or social media.
Please come join us at Rotary Walk With Us End Polio and feel good about making a difference. The event page has a lot of information about the history of Polio and the efforts of Rotary to eradicate Polio from the world.
  1. Make your donation, through this event, your personal donation to Polio this year.
  2. Donations also count towards your individual Rotary Foundation giving. 
  3. It's even better as all donations via Rotary will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  4. Individual donors are recognised and will receive a tax receipt for donations over $2. 

We hope you can help as it is crucial to have every Rotarian involved to ensure we achieve our promise to the world to eradicate polio.

If you need assistance to register or donate,  please contact PDG Murray Verso (Murray.Verso@rotary9800.orgor PDG Grant Hocking (

It’s never too late to join in the fun and be part of history.
From the Rotary Walk With Us Team:  Murray, Grant, Kitty , Stephen & John
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