Our most successful golf day was held on 23 February where over 100 players took advantage of a wonderful day at Kew Golf Club. Huge thanks to our sponsors who assisted to raise funds to go towards mental health research.
Half Year Recap
It is hard to believe half the Rotary year has passed already. Here is a recap of our last six months.
Volunteer of The Year
Congratulations to Bernie Smith - Boroondara Volunteer of the Year!!
The awards are a way to celebrate what unites us as a community and to thank those local citizens who continue to dedicate their time and expertise to making life better for Boroondara residents.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Bernie Smith who, for the past seven years, was the driving force behind the development of the recently established North Balwyn Men’s Shed.
Well done Bernie.
Lotus Education in Laos
Great news! Rotary have donated funding to provide support for ten Lotus girls to attend a six week Vocational training program in 2018.
Each year the Lotus girls must pass their exams to progress to the next school year. Formative data is gathered to help determine those girls who are ‘at risk,’ of human trafficking and decide if vocational training may be the best viable option. Discussions ensure that the needs of the girls are valued holistically. Not all girls aspire to complete a higher education in the city of Savannakhet, located one hour away so vocational training is an important viable option for the Lotus girls and much safer than forced labour and prostitution. With funding from Rotary, ten girls will do an 8 week vocational training and life skills course at Sengsavang, Savannakhet where they will make informed responsible decisions regarding their future education and or career paths.
Mens Shed Update
The North Balwyn has now been built. Located adjacent to the North Balwyn Bowls Club, the Shed is the result of a strong partnership between Council, the North Balwyn Rotary Club and the North Balwyn Bowls. It will offer a variety of activities including woodwork, basic computing, restoration, painting, metalwork and cooking. The Shed will be a place to drop in for a cup of tea and meet others and would like to work with other community groups and welcomes any new ideas.
A most successful catering event was held over the weekend of 15/16 July. This was at the Victorian Miniatures Exhibition where we served a huge variety of food ranging from soup to sandwiches, fresh scones, vanilla slices all enhanced by delicious coffee. The event raised approximately $3,000 which will go towards our Club projects. Thank you to everyone for your hard work!!
Here is the group of 8 students and 2 Rotarians at the airport, leaving for Mongolia.
Eight excited students and two Rotarians flew out of Melbourne on 2 July to start their adventure in Mongolia. Stay tuned for more details!!
Congratulations Jim Studebaker
Congratulations to Jim Studebaker who was presented with the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service for outstanding service to the Foundation and Doing Good in the World. A rare honour as only 150 are presented worldwide each year. How fantastic is this!!! congratulations!!
The Club has completed a very successful 2016 - 2017 year. You can read all about our activities here in our Annual Report.
Welcome to our new President Rob Head who 'changed over' on 2 July. Thank you to Rowan who has done a wonderful job leading the Club for the last 12 months. We look forward to another year filled with service activities, fellowship and doing good in the world.
The Club celebrated its 37th Birthday at the meeting on 4 May with a wonderful evening of entertainment by Brian Nankervis, recollections by our first President and some jokes by members (in deference to world laughter day coming up soon). Three members were recognised with sapphires to their existing Paul Harris Fellow Awards. A delicious cake was cut and enjoyed by all. A very happy night!!
A Team from the Club recently returned from a visit to the Solomon Islands where they undertook instruction in sewing machine maintenance and sewing techniques. Many machines were repaired and much knowledge imparted.
Rotary has some new videos which tell the stories of some of our wonderful projects.
Click on the links to read about:
Doing Good in the World
Being a bloke generally means you don’t discuss your feelings or deal too well with your physical, mental and spiritual health. This was identified as a serious issue during the 90s in Australia, and the Men’s Shed Movement emerged sprouting thousands of sheds across Australia and the world. Now Rotary Club of North Balwyn (RCNB) has taken its angle grinder to the workbench to build a men’s shed on North Balwyn Bowls Club land.
“We know that older men who’ve become disconnected from community life through factors such as retirement, illness, disability or unemployment, have poorer health outcomes than those who enjoy close community connections. We are excited to launch this project in conjunction with the City of Boroondara,” says Tony Hart, Chairman of RCNB Men’s Shed Project.
The shed opens September 2017 and RCNB welcomes donations and handymen who would like to be involved. Please Garth Symington on 0419 519 899 for more information.
Mongolian Peace Camp - A Youth Exchange Experience
An exciting inaugural program will see nine secondary students from the Boroondara area having an enriching three weeks in Mongolia. In July, the students will travel with two RCNB members to be immersed in the culture in Mongolia’s capitol city, Ulan Bataar, and various regional areas. One week will be spent at the Mongolian International Children’s Camp where they will foster connections with students from many other countries and engage in activities focused on promoting world peace. This is run in conjunction with the National Authority of Children under the auspices of the Mongolian Government. A reciprocal visit is planned for Mongolian students to visit Melbourne in January 2018.
Our ongoing Gardening project continues to deliver wonderful results as evidenced here with some before and after photos!!
Our Club works with residents in the local area who may need some help with their gardens with the assistance of school students who do much of the manual labour. And the results speak for themselves.