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The Emerald Hotel
415 Clarendon Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205
0409 788 331
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Warren McVean is a local Port Phillip businessman (architect) and resident. His family is from Thowgla and he grew up there. Thowglo is a small town of mostly farmers just outside Corroyong  in north /east Victoria. Warren was our guest speaker Tuesday 7th June and what an inspiring, but heart wrenching story Warren told about the 2019/20 bushfires that impacted Australia went through the town of Thowgla in country Victoria. They say a picture paints a thousand words, well the picture below certainly tells that.
Warren spoke passionately about the days of exhausting work with very little equipment and no outside help to stave off a roaring fire that looked like it was going to rip through a million acres of farmland and bushland both in NSW and Victoria. The community galvanised together and through sheer back breaking work and ingenuity, managed to minimize the devastation as best they could.
Warren’s mum and dad lost 400 acres of farming land, their home, $100.000:00 of cattle, kilometres of fencing and equipment.  The cost to Warren’s mum and dad’s health is heartbreaking. Of course, this all came at a time when they should be putting their feet up and celebrating a life well led not starting all over again.
Warren saw a desperate need for his community to be better prepared for the next fires and galvanised the local Port Melbourne community to raise funds for the purpose of building a fire station and purchasing a fire truck.  A fundraiser event was held at a local Port Phillip hotel with local residents and business people contributing. Result - Station built and truck purchased.  
Footy Colours
Fight Cancer Foundation
You are invited!
Monday 20th September 6.15 for a 6.30 start.
Come along to an evening of merriment as we raise funds for Fight Cancer Foundations Footy Colours Night Monday September 20th 6pm for a 6.30 start. This is the night we raise we raise funds that will directly impact the lives of those going through Cancer Treatments and the community. 
An update on whats been happening with FCF in this time of Covid:
Accommodation Centres have been running as normal throughout this horrid COVID period.  There has been a tightening of access and hygiene protocols to ensure the safety of the guests as best we can. Even one of our guest speakers, Eric Wright – MD Fight Cancer Foundation, has been allowed to go in – on the upside though there has been no covid incidents at any of the sites.  Lets hope it stays that way!
FCF have just finished a $4 million extension at Albury.  The timing of which was so exquisite – launching a public appeal in December 2019 – quickly followed by bushfires then Covid.
However thanks to public support and nights like this the funds flowed in and its all finished and paid for! Eric Wright is now sorting out some finer details of a new centre in Shepparton and then will be in a position to re-activate the project at North Melbourne.  It’s full steam ahead!  Our night will make a real difference and continue to show how we serve the community.
We have some fabulous items to auction off including:
                        1. Organic Infusion Facial from Endota Day Spa valued at $155
                        2. Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No. 1 Vertical Pack valued at $375
                        3. Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin 700mL valued at $81.99
Be part of this annual event and also hear from the likes of Ian Robson CEO Rowing Australia amongst his many other tags and messages of support from Bill Brownless and few others.
Rotary has a long running history with FCF through its inception as Bone Marrow Donation Institute  and BMDI Rotary House, so how about donning your colours and spending an hour with some fabulous people for a wonderful cause
Donations can be made via this link:
All the money we raise through Footy Colours Day funds Fight Cancer Foundation's education support programs, which keep kids with cancer learning while they receive and recover from life-saving treatment.
These kids are absent from school for long periods of time as they go through cancer treatment and recovery. Many drop class levels when they return to school, become isolated from their friends and disengage from their education. Fight Cancer Foundation education programs fight to reduce the long-term impact of cancer and help kids with cancer get back to doing what they do best - being a kid!
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month when Rotarians focus on the goal of strengthening the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. As we know, literacy is the key.
AFL star Eddie Betts  has written a couple of books for children celebrating the power of positivity we can create when we come together and spread kindness. The books also share and educate kids on Aboriginal culture.  Eddie knows the impact that being literate can be as he was in his late teens before cracking that code of literacy.  I can see Christmas presents for children and grandchildren being fun and educational.  Great work, Eddie!
Zone 8 Conference
Learning, Leading, Action - Showcasing the Wonderful Impact of Rotary 

Learning, Leading, Action was this years Zone 8 conference theme, putting a spotlight on the essence of Rotarians and the way we get things done. The speakers are leading our organisation and our impact, and taking action to change lives in our communities. Viewers were inspired to Lead Learn Act in new ways that deepen our engagement and increase Rotarys impact. 
This years conference with its theme of  ‘Learning, Leading, Actionis designed to connect with Rotarys Areas of Focus as well as the wealth of Rotary projects and activities.
  • Learning’    is for the positive growth mindset Rotarians bring to solving problems.
  • Leading’      is for the vital leadership role all Rotarians play within their communities.
  • Action’         represents the action and positive impact we all make THROUGH Rotary.
The conference gave the opportunity to share our stories with a larger audience and bring a first class line-up of local and international speakers, made possible by the online environment.
Every person or organisation has a story to tell which will interest the media.  We need to increase public awareness and understanding of Rotary to set the stage for membership growth, fundraising and collaboration.  
Rotary members are actively working to improve communities around the world and have so much to share with an external audience so they can learn about Rotary and also hopefully join in our efforts.  The positive news is that media needs stories now more than ever - journalists require fresh information to plug into websites, papers, radio slots and television slots.  Time zones and printing schedules dont limit the media anymore and most news outlets have a 24-hour news cycle to meet the growing demand to deliver news as it happens.
The challenge is to package and present stories in a way that will get them covered by media.
Here are a several factors that can determine whether a journalist will be keen on a story.
  • News hook: A clear reason for telling a story at a particular time. Does the story relate to current events, trends or observances?
  • Timeliness: News that is about to occur, ongoing or near completion.
  • Proximity: News that pertains to issues, people or events to occur within the location of a media organisation and audience.
  • Prominence: News that involves public figures, celebrities and notables.
  • Human interest: News that elicits sympathy or emotional response.
  • Consequence: News about the result of something that has significant impact on the news organisations audience or influencers followers.
  • Visually compelling: New or unique and attention getting images that dramatically convey the message.
  • Data: Relevant statistics and research that support the story.
Handy tip: do the following two things if youd like to learn more and stay up to date with what media tend to write about or how you could fit into the mix.
  • Get to know your local media by reading the local newspaper, watch the evening news, listen to the radio to discover what stories are being shared.
  • Also, follow their social media channels to identify where your story might fit in to their mix.
For further information on how to create a pitch please contact
Sandi Fulcher organised writing sessions with Jeanette Leigh who is an author, journalist, copywriter, blogger and screenwriter.  If you don’t know Jeanette’s books, you may remember her as a journalist for The Age. Jeanette has asked participants write a 350-word piece on one of our clubs projects. Jeanette then provided feedback on each submission adding value . Sue, Pam and I all took part in the sessions and found it to be very instructive.
Interestingly, the platform that has the biggest impact is Facebook. We need to get very savvy about its use. When I say we, I mean you.
Morning Tea
Bake some muffins in the morning, make a cup of tea and make yourself comfortable as you Join the DG for Morning Tea. It will be Dale Hoy’s first venture into the morning sessions since being elected District Governor and I am sure he would like your support. Saturday 18th September 10.00am to  Book through
An added bonus is that you can join in still wearing your pjs.  What better way to spend a lazy Saturday morning before the busy schedule of a lockdown afternoon.
Rotary Walk
Following a very successful event in 2020 Rotarians, friends and the community are encouraged once again to take action from October 1st to 31st to raise awareness, funds, and support to end poliomyelitis, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens the children of the world today.  
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary worldwide has helped to reduce polio cases from an average of 1000 cases per day in 1987 to a total of only 140 cases in 2020, a 99.9% reduction. It is crucial to eliminate polio from Afghanistan and Pakistan, the last two countries where it remains endemic. We must also keep all other countries polio-free. If eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyse as many as 200,000 children each year.
Rotary and its partners are committed to eliminating poliomyelitis completely from the world. Smallpox is the only other disease ever completely eradicated. Funds are still needed to continue immunization and surveillance efforts.  
The Rotary Walk With Us campaign throughout October is a fun way to raise awareness and funds to End Polio Now.  Using Rotarys friendly website (, you can register to walk and set distance and fundraising goals. Alternatively, you can donate to someone who is walking. For the walkers the total distance you have set for the month is accumulated over the entire month of October. So, you can walk when, where and with whom you want in a COVID safe way. Each walk is logged on the website along with all donations. Its easy.
All donations through Rotary will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who are partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductable. Individuals, teams and Rotary clubs will be recognised and credited for their donations by The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust.
The results of the 2020 event exceeded all expectations. People registered from across Australia and the world. This resulted in raising over $122,000 for the End Polio campaign. The added benefit was the positive effect on physical and mental health by providing a focus for those living with COVID restrictions.
Register to walk and donate at   
This website has more information on the event and the global program to eradicate Polio.
Donate today and be a part of the countdown to history. With your help we can end Polio for good.
Save the date
DISTRICT CONFERENCE 30 April / 1 May 2022
Mental Health
Lifting the Lid on Mental Health
The Rotary Satellite Club of Casey-Cardinia are hosting this years Virtual Footslog 2021 by Walking, Running or Riding to raise funds for Mental Health in our community.  Proceeds will go to supporting programs in Rotary Mental Health and the Lift the Lid campaign along with other initiatives within our community.
Lift the Lid – Australian Rotary Health 
Mental Health is a key issue in todays society, so, get active do your part this October!
Check out the webpage.
What is the Virtual Footslog?
To Footslog means Verb: (especially of a soldier) walk or march for a long distance, typically wearily or with effort.  The Rotary Satellite Club of Casey -Cardinia have designed a virtual campaign where they are asking people to register and set a challenge of either 50km, 100km or 150km to raise money and awareness for mental health. They can either walk, run or cycle (or do a combination) their nominated distance in the month of October.
During the event, they will need to log their distances via Strava (this is free).  We know there is a clear link to the benefits between exercise and easing mental health concerns. 
All participants will receive a  medal on their completion of their nominated distance.
To find out more on the event:
How much does the event cost?
The cost of registration is $40.00.  All proceeds go to programs in the community towards mental health.  Participants can also donate additional funds.  Some of funds will go to programs such as the Lift The Lidcampaign
Year 11 - 12 Scholarships
Grants Available from October 1st
The District Foundation Year 11-12 Scholarship Program has been enormously effective in assisting talented and motivated students facing financial hardship to complete their secondary education. Most recipients so far have also gone on to commence tertiary education. Clubs have also used this opportunity to strengthen their relationship with local schools and inspire participation in other Rotary Youth programs.
The District Foundation Committee is once again inviting D9800 clubs to participate in this program. Ten Year 11-12 Scholarship Grants will be made available this year for clubs to offer to local schools for the 2022-2023 school years. The grant of $1,000 will match your clubs contribution of $1,000 to provide the scholarship over the two-year period.
If your club would like to take this opportunity to participate, we recommend starting discussions with your candidate school now.
Applications will open on October 1st 2021 and will close on Friday November 12th 2021. Preference will be given to clubs who have not previously had a scholarship grant, after which it will be first come first served.
Application forms and grant guidelines can be downloaded from the District 9800 website:
Alternatively email the Chair of the District 9800 Humanitarian Grants Committee Richard Blakeman and request the forms be emailed to you: