If you’re living in or near the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, and am interested in giving back to community, come to our Special Interest night on Wednesday in Monbulk.
We had our changeover dinner Thursday night, 6th July, at the FTG Bowls Club. The Rotary Club of Belgrave was chartered in June 1954, which makes it the longest running Rotary Club in this region (District 9810).
We looked at what we’d done and achieved over the past 12 months with outgoing presidents and what we will have to look forward to in the next 12 months with our incoming presidents. Was a great evening with members, partners and guests in attendance.
Our Assistant Director General, Ann Wheeler, gives a presentation on the things of Rotary
We also made a $4000 donation to the Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Services to assist them in the amazing work they do supporting those in need in our Dandenong Ranges Community. Tania Bevan who oversees DRERS was in attendance to receive the donation and to also share with us all that DRERS does.
Tania sharing on what DRERS does and the amazing help to the members of the community who are in need.
Bob Daly, Tania Bevan and Trevor Withers with the cheque.
Congratulations also to Marilyn Sabec on being given the Paul Harris Fellow Award
We were delighted to share the whole evening with friends and partners of members of our club. Below the group who attended and under that, the members of the Rotary Club of Belgrave.
Peter Cole OAM OF founded not for profit Spirit of Sharing in 2000. He was troubled seeing young kids at recess and lunch playing with stick and stone and empty plastic bottles that he decided to do something about it.
Peter’s dream was to give opportunity to children and youth across Fiji whilst they go through there schooling years to play proper sport and at a high level. It first started with a few boxes of balls each year taken over on the plane to sending 40 foot shipping containers full of sporting equipment to service over 450 schools across the 300 plus islands of Fiji.
To date SOS has provided millions of dollars of aid to Fiji, Vanuatu and other neighbouring countries.
In 2010 SOS build a 40 bed dormitory for a school on an outer island called Taveuni and installed numerous water tanks in villages and schools.
Along with sports equipment SOS has build a strong relationship with Rotary Club of Belgrave to help provide and ship medical equipment to Fiji and other countries. The Rotary Club of Belgrave have strongly supported SOS for a number of years now and continue to work together on international projects.
Last week Peter was was awarded an Honorary Officer of the Order of Fiji by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji Retired Major General George Konrote. The award was in recognition for service to Fiji. 5 recipients from overseas received the award.
The award was in recognition for the efforts put in to supporting Fiji over the past 17 years.
Being a member of Rotary isn’t just about meetings and fund raising. There is a social side too. So far, this month, members have enjoyed two social events, which included a meal together and a theatre production.
Early in the month a number of members and their partners attended Kinky Boots, the Musical in the city and just last night many, along with friends, attended the preview of the Vicar of Dibley at the local 1812 Theatre in Upper Fentree Gully.
What a great way to get to know one another and enjoy an evening out. We would love for you to come join us too! Our next meeting is Tuesday 22nd November at the Bell Tavern at 6.30pm – why not come along and meet us?
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.