Faye Stone, whose background is in Chinese Medicine, was inducted tonight into our club. We’re delighted to have her join us as a member and looking forward to her involvement over the coming months.
Since July this year, the Rotary Club of Belgrave have been supporting the Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Services (DRERS) on a financial basis, to help them keep their vehicle on the road. The vehicle is needed for picking up food and other supplies and dropping them off and carrying out their regular activities in supporting the needy in this area. As DRERS is a non-profit organisation and dependent on sources of funding to help them help the needy, the financial assistance from Belgrave Rotary has been very much appreciated. Belgrave Rotary recently provided signage for the DRERS vehicle showing their involvement in providing support.
DRERS supports people in the south-west area of the Yarra Ranges Council with food, food vouchers, clothing vouchers, assistance in paying bills, crisis counselling and other things. You can find out more about them at www.drers.org.au.
Rotary’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding. The Rotary Club of Belgrave is one of the longest running clubs in the area, having recently celebrated 60 years in service. They currently support a couple of local non-profit organisations, local schools with awards at end of year and other events in the area. If you’d like to know more about the Rotary Club of Belgrave you can find information at www.belgraverotary.com.
In the photo: Bob Daly, President of Rotary Club of Belgrave and Tanya Bevan from Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Services with the DRERS vehicle and the new signage provided by Rotary Club of Belgrave
We were privileged to have the District Governor, Carol Lawton and her husband Frank, visit our club tonight, along with Assistant District Governor, Ann Wheeler.
This was the first time Carol had met our new co Presidents and to learn about our club, which we were also informed is 62 years old – the oldest club in the region and the first one to accept women as members some years ago.
Carol was very interested in hearing about our local and international community projects and shared some things with us about Rotary International, including how close Rotary is to eradicating polio worldwide.
Below: President: Bob Daly, Assist DG: Ann Wheeler, President: Trevor Withers, DG: Carol Lawton after tonight’s meeting.
We had a wonderful meeting tonight when Peter Gamgee and his wife Meryl, came to share with us about the work they’d been doing in Kenya. Was very interesting and thought provoking. How many of us could just up and go to a country we don’t know to help people who are really in need of help but don’t have English as a first language and often don’t have the equipment and other items we’re used to having?
We were privileged to have Charles Kovess, professional speaker, musician, President of the Australia-Hungary Chamber of Commerce, Past National President of the National Speakers’ Association of Australia and a number of other roles visit to speak to our club on Wednesday 20th July.
Charles teaches people about being passionate and has been doing this for 23 years. Previously a tax lawyer he chose to leave that role to work with passion. Charles has been speaking at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) for the past 7 years for District 9810. He’s also spoken at RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) for the last 4 years which has been run by Pakenham Rotary for last 3 years. Charles talks about how to be a leader. And also about how to be a terrific presenter. Charles gave a wonderful talk about leadership and passion provocation and has offered to return when the rest of the members can come and perhaps we could open it up further to many guests too.