Meeting Information
We are now meeting every 1st, 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at the RSL.  Meeting time is 6.00 for 6.30 start.
Upcoming Events
December 2022
World Polio Day - 24th October 
Seven Areas of Focus
Moe eBulletin #22
Nov 25, 2022
Moe eBulletin #21
Nov 18, 2022
Moe eBulletin #20
Nov 11, 2022
Club Contact
P.O. Box 155, Moe
Mobile: 0428 893507
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
The Rotary Foundation
Executive Secretary/Director
Community Service
Vocational Services
International Service
Women In Rotary
Celebrate the Heart and
Spirit of Women in Rotary

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Welcome to the
Serving the Moe Community since 1949
President - Robin Lesney-Noakes
District Governor- Paul Mee
Rotary Club of Moe 2022-2023 President
The Rotary Club of Moe welcomes Robin Lesney-Noakes as the 2022-2023 President.  
Robin has embraced the Rotary International theme of 'Imagine Rotary' and during his year he will encourage members to dream big along with him. He will continue working towards ending Polio and providing clean water for everyone.
One of Robin's goals is to increase Rotary's profile and ensure the community has a wider understanding of the role that
Rotary has, both locally and internationally.
'Let's Imagine' and then act in 2022-2023
The Rotary Club of Moe is pleased to announce a special event... 'Taking a Mark for Men's Health'
with AFL legend - former player and coach, 💥David Parkin💥
David is well known as a football player and coach. His accomplishments include captaining the Hawthorn Football Club to their second premiership in 1971, and then coaching them to a flag in 1978. He later coached Carlton Football Club to successive Premierships in 1981-82, as well as taking them to a record breaking number of victories in 1995, which culminated with them becoming Premiers.                                                                                                             
David is also well known as a Health Educator and motivational speaker. Having been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer he underwent surgery in 2009. He has a passion for educating men  about the issues they face with their health, particularly in rural Australia.   
The event will be held in the Moe Racing Club Function Room, on Monday 14th November, from 7pm – 9pm. Entry is $10 per head and tea, coffee and a light supper will be provided.
Tickets available through eventbrite:
SOCIAL NIGHT -  Saturday 5th November 2022
Following many months of planning, the upgrade of the bbq structure in the Botanic gardens finally started in August. Club members joined forces to demolish the existing building and remove all debris from site.  Work commenced on preparing the foundations for the slab and behind the scenes the steel uprights for the bbq structure are being constructed.
Inclement weather has interrupted the work to date, but hopefully, the slab will be laid in the coming weeks and then the structure will be ready to be erected.
The Rotary Club of Moe has sponsored the Rotary Junior Community Award program for the past nine years and engages Grade 6 students in four main areas of endeavour, to be completed over the school year – Community Service, Physical Recreation, Social Experience and Skill Development. The students, with the aid of parents and teachers, design a non-competitive program they feel they can achieve and keep a diary of their progress.
As part of their experience, students are invited to attend our club’s dinner meeting to provide members with a presentation of the work that they have undertaken throughout the year. 
During the month of October, students from Newborough, Newborough East, Elizabeth St and Albert St Primary schools (pictured below) have visited our club and presented their work. The students informed us of their cooking, woodwork, Anzac Day and sporting experiences.
Members were delighted to hear about what the students have achieved and what new experiences they have enjoyed whilst undertaking the program.
A formal ceremony to congratulate them will be held in November where students who have completed the program will be presented with their certificates.
President Robin has introduced a weekly 'Tribute to Australia'.  Members are being invited to close our dinner meeting with an "Australian Themed' tribute.
So far, we have enjoyed listening to members recite some traditional Aussie poems; share information about the Australian Working Dogs; sing the AFL national anthem - Up There Cazaly, entertain us with some true Aussie phrases that only Australians possibly understand and one members journey to Citizenship.
Kishor's journey to Citizenship
John singing 'Up There Cazaly'

Helen sharing some 'Aussie' phrases
We recently welcomed, RYLA event leader, Brad Graham to our meeting.  Brad was very pleased to share with members his experiences as a RYLA participant.  Brad was originally nominated by our club to attend RYLA in 2019. Following his participation in the camp, he volunteered to become an event leader. Brad spoke about the level of enthusiasm in all the attendees and their willingness to step outside their comfort zones. Members acknowledged how much Brad had grown in his self confidence and capabilities by participating in this leadership development program.
 Pictured l to r:  President Robin Noakes, RYLA Event Leader - Brad Graham, Chair Vocational - Roger Taylor 
Following our successful "We CAN do Better' campaign, we welcomed the Co-ordinator of the Gippsland Christian Church Community Care, Matthew Davey, who provided a very informative explanation of how our project will benefit those in need over the next 12 months.  The club was pleased to present a cheque for $400 to Matthew being from funds donated during the campaign.   
Snow Train arrives in Moe
Members braved the cold conditions to set up and serve tea and coffee to passengers while they were waiting to board the Steam Train back to Melbourne.
   DG Paul Mee, partner Adele, and AG Tim Wills attended a club meeting recently, where they were warmly welcomed by Moe Rotarians.DG Paul talked about the difference Rotarians can and do make in the world and the theme for 2022/23 - 'Imagine Rotary'.
Pictured left is AG Tim, DG Paul, Adele and President Robin having a bit of fun after the meeting
Neil Akers - Ambulance Victoria
At last Monday’s dinner meeting, we welcomed Neil Akers, a recently retired member of Ambulance Victoria, as our guest speaker. 
Neil has been a paramedic since 1970 and is a strong advocate for training and continual improvement. He specialized in multi-agency emergency management planning and response, and in building close ties with communities in distress. Neil was involved in the state-wide coordination for the 2009 bushfires including Black Saturday, the Victorian floods in 2010 and 2012 and the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire.
During the COVID pandemic, Neil accepted the role of Emergency Management Coordinator. He is now involved in mentoring young paramedics as an ambulance community officer, a role he enjoys.
Neil commented that the biggest change he had seen in his five decades was the improvement in training for paramedics and the results of the 2008 merger which produced a single state-wide service.

Neil received an Ambulance Service Medal in the 2016 Australia Day Honours.
Peter Moran - Angel Flight Australia 
Our club recently welcomed Peter Moran, a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight Australia, as the Guest Speaker.
Peter’s presentation provided an insight into this charity and the work that the volunteer pilots undertake.
Angel Flight Australia is a charity that coordinates non-emergency flights for financially and medically needy people. All flights are free and may also involve compassionate carers traveling to or from medical facilities anywhere in Australia. All pilots are volunteers.

Anyone wishing to follow up donations at a personal level can go to
Peter described his own growth into flying, building his own expertise and then joining Angel Flights. As a volunteer pilot he has visited places quite outside his wildest dreams, including queuing to take off behind two F18 fighter jets on a joint civilian/military airbase!
It was a most interesting presentation and the Rotary Club of Moe were pleased to donate $250 to Angel Flights.
Left:  President Robin presenting a donation of $250 to Peter Moran

The Rotary Club of Moe recently held its 73rd Changeover at the Moe RSL with Rotarians and their partners.  Special guests included DG Paul Mee and Adele Mee, PDG Bill Degnan and Judy Degnan, AG Tim Wills, Don McRae - CEO of Latrobe Regional Hospital and Dave Swainsbury - Chairman of Gippsland Rotary Centenary House.
Congratulations to Robin Noakes who was inducted as the Club's 73rd President by DG Paul Mee.  
Congratulations to Robin Noakes and Roger Taylor who were named as Paul Harris Fellows.  Roger Taylor was presented with a double sapphire pin to acknowledge his leadership as Chair of the Golf Committee and his considerable contributions to the club.  Robin Noakes was presented with a sapphire pin to recognise his work as Chair of Youth and Vocational Service committee and the implementation of online communications during COVID.
Barry Dunstan was presented with the 'Rotarian of the Year' award
DG Paul Mee inducting new President Robin  PP Roger Taylor, PP Barry Dunstan, Pres Robin Noakes, PP Di Harrison
During the evening donations of $5000 were presented to both the Latrobe Regional Hospital and Gippsland Rotary Centenary House.  
Dave Swainsbury, Chairman of GRCH receiving donation from PP Di Harrison Don McRae, CEO of LRH receiving donation from PP Di Harrison
PHF Recipients
A surprise presentation was made to Alan and Maureen Bishop during a recent Rotary dinner meeting.  Maureen was presented with a PHF Double Sapphire pin for her service and commitment to club administration and Alan was presented with a PHF Sapphire pin for his service to the community both through Rotary and the Yallourn Golf Club.
New Member for Moe
Sandy Auger, who was recently inducted into the Rotary Club of Moe, is keen to serve her local community.  Members keenly welcomed Sandy to the club.
The Super Mooper books have now been delivered to four more schools - Newborough East Primary School, Albert Street Primary School, Elizabeth Street Primary School and St Kierans Primary School.  The distribution of these books was made possible through the kind donation by author Fiona Harris to the Rotary Club of Moe, for which we are very grateful. 
Newborough East Primary School Albert St Primary School Elizabeth St Primary School St Kieran's Primary School 
These beautifully illustrated books promote the importance of understanding that we are all different and celebrating those differences. 
These donations have allowed the International & Foundation Committee to promote one of the seven Rotary areas of focus, supporting education.  All the schools visited so far this year have greatly appreciated the books and the students will really enjoy reading them.
The 22nd Gippsland Rotary Golf Classic was held on Monday 28th March on a beautiful spring day. Players were treated to a bbq lunch prior to their game and a two-course meal in the evening. 
The major raffle was drawn at the end of the evening.  Congratulations to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners pictured below receiving their prizes from President Di Harrison.
1st prize - Sandy Tomlinson  
Lakes Entrance Getaway staying at the Bellevue on the Lakes
 Valued at $2000  
2nd Prize - Pam Dunstan
Donated by Moe Betta Home Living
Voucher valued at $1000
3rd Prize - Anne Poelsma
Samsung Tablet A7
Donated by Optus Mid Valley
Valued at $718
Many thanks to all participants on the day who contributed to our loud auction and mini raffles and to everyone in our community who bought tickets and supported the major raffle.  All proceeds raised will support local community and international service projects.
The Rotary Club of Moe, in partnership with Rotary District 9820, have provided a $1000 Foundation Student Scholarship Grant to Lowanna College.  The primary purpose of the Student Scholarship Grants is to provide financial support to students in any year level of secondary school. 
L to R: Di Harrison, Adam Logan, Diane Wilkinson, Michael Lakeman
The scholarship funds are paid directly to Lowanna College and the College then determines the distribution of the scholarships, which can benefit from one to four students to assist and encourage them to more fully participate in their secondary education.  Funds can be used to pay school fees, books and equipment to assist students to more formally participate in curriculum activities. 
Our club recently presented the Vocational Excellence Award to Newborough Primary School grade 6 teacher - Brooke Robinson.
Brooke was nominated for her tireless work in ensuring students had every support to continue their school work at home during remote learning. 
Brooke was also instrumental in setting up an intervention program for the Grade 6 students who were struggling socially and emotionally with living at home; Brooke made sure that the students were given work that was at their level and engaging which totally changed the way these potentially wayward students had towards school.
 Brooke receiving the Vocational Excellence Award from President Di Harrison    
Members of the Community Committee have been upgrading the small rotunda in the Botanic Gardens. A new colourbond steel roof was installed, damaged wood panels replaced and a new coat of paint.
Rotarians Helen MacDonald, Alan Bishop and Ross Maxfield                    Almost finished - one more coat to go                                          
The Rotary Club of Moe International and Foundation Committee recently became aware of the significant impacts that Covid 19 was having on our friends in the village of Banyuning in Bali where our Adopt a School project is based.  The situation has been particularly difficult for the elderly in the village who rely on support from family members to buy food and other essential items.  Unfortunately, the income of many families in Banyuning has been severely curtailed due to the loss of jobs, resulting in difficulties for them in providing this support.
Rotary ... where people help people and achieve extraordinary things.
For over one hundred and fourteen years, motivated people around  the world have come together as Rotarian's to unite the power of one  with the power of many to bring about exceptional change in the world. Made up of men and women across all vocations and cultures, Rotary  is a non-political, non-religious global organisation focused on improving  the well being of local and international communities and bringing about world peace and understanding.
To be a Rotarian is simply to have a desire to do something to help others. 
To be a Rotarian is to develop your skills, broaden your networks, grow your understanding and knowledge, enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded people and build life-long friendships. With 27,703 Rotarians in 1082 clubs in Australia and 1,22,117 Rotarians in 36,005 clubs overall around the world, that's a powerful lot of people making a difference.
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What would it take to change the world? Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and in particular, to encourage and foster:

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2:High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations and the dignifying by each Rotarian of their occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

3:The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to their personal, business and community life.

4:The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.