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We are now meeting every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at the RSL.  Meeting time is 6.00 for 6.30 start.
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P.O. Box 155, Moe
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Welcome to the ROTARY CLUB of MOE
Serving the Moe Community since 1949
President - Di Harrison
District Governor- Bill Degnan
Rotary Club of Moe 2021-2022 President
The Rotary Club of Moe welcomes Di Harrison as the continuing President for 2021-2022.
After being nominated to stand for President in 2020-2021, Di commenced the year with many plans for the club, however, due to COVID restrictions, she found that it was difficult to carry out a lot of the club’s activities.
When approached to repeat her year in the 2021-2022 Rotary year, President Di agreed as it created an opportunity to again plan and carry out the many activities that our club undertakes.
President Di’s two key goals for the 2021-2022 Rotary year are:
To create a meaningful club experience 
To visibly promote Rotarians as ‘People of Action’
About Us
The Rotary Club of Moe is a volunteer service organisation whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the local community and throughout the World. Our main objective is  "SERVICE ABOVE SELF".
Our Club's commitment to Service Above Self is channelled through the five Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity. Namely, Club Service, Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service & Youth Service.
We also help to eradicate polio worldwide, support  by providing disaster relief and provide assistance to youth locally and globally as well as working hard to make a difference in our community.

The Club is known for its enthusiasm, camaraderie, fellowship and commitment to serving others. 

Rotary is where people help people and achieve extraordinary things.
A Rotarian is one who simply has the desire to do something to help others. 

This week I have had the pleasure of delivering Super Mooper books 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 I have visited so far this year have greatly appreciated the books and I’m sure the students will really enjoy reading them.
The Moopertown story:
Welcome to Moopertown! In Moopertown, everyone is special – in their own special way!
This fun, funny and affirming series will entertain children of all ages.  In each book we are introduced to a new Mooper – Musical Markus, Nervous Nellie, Dramatic Dom, Giggling Gertie, Quiet Quinn and Adventurous Abbie.
With humorous, sweet, character-driven stories and a richly-detailed world that children will engage with, this exciting series celebrates the idea that our differences are what make us unique, and we are all capable of being superheroes when we can see the best in ourselves.
Diane Wilkinson
Chair, International & Foundation Committee
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.
PROMOTING PEACE                                                                                                                                                                

There are millions of people across the world today who are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations.  Half of them are children.

As a humanitarian organisation, peace is a cornerstone of Rotary’s mission.  Rotary believes that when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.    

Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. Rotary trains adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.  By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, Rotarians can take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Rotary’s commitment to peacebuilding faces new challenges today including achieving lasting change.  To answer this challenge, Rotary is looking to approach the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity and finding more ways to get people involved.

Rotary’s Four Roles in Promoting Peace are:

1.      Practitioners:  Working to fight disease, provide clean water and sanitation, improve the health of mothers and children, support education, and growing local economies   directly helps to build improved conditions for peaceful societies.

2.      Educators:  Rotary Peace Centres have trained over 1,300 peace fellows to become effective catalysts for peace through careers in government, education and international organisations.

3.      Mediators:  Rotary members have negotiated humanitarian ceasefires in areas of conflict to allow polio vaccinators to reach children who are at risk.

4.      Advocates: Rotary members play an integral role as respected, impartial participants during peace processes and in post-conflict reconstruction.  Rotary focuses on creating communities and convening groups that are connected, inclusive, and resilient.

For more information go to:      

International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999. The UN General Assembly welcomed the proclamation of the day in its resolution of 2002.
It is widely recognised today that languages play a vital role in many ways, including:  
  • in development,
  • in ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue,
  • in strengthening co-operation and attaining quality education for all,
  • in building inclusive knowledge societies and preserving cultural heritage, and
  • in mobilizing political will for applying the benefits of science and technology to sustainable development.
International Mother Language Day also recognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion and the Sustainable Development Goals’ focus on leaving no one behind.
International Mother Language Day 2022
The theme of the 2022 International Mother Language Day is “Using technology for multilingual learning: Challenges and Opportunities”, which raises the potential role of technology to advance multilingual education and support the development of quality teaching and learning for all. Technology has the potential to accelerate efforts towards ensuring equitable and inclusive lifelong learning opportunities for all if it is guided by the core principles of inclusion and equity. 
During school closures due to COVID-19, many schools around the world utilised technology-based solutions to maintain continuity of learning.  However, many learners lacked the necessary equipment, internet access, suitable materials, language diversity and content to enable them to fully participate in distance learning.
Language diversity, with its complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development is extremely important.  However, globalization can threaten the ongoing use of diverse languages, which can impact on the traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expresses intertwined in cultural diversity.
International Mother Language Day is observed to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.  The International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032) aims to ensure Indigenous peoples’ right to preserve, revitalize and promote their languages, through opportunities to collaborate in areas of policy development and developing initiatives for the use, preservation, revitalization and promotion of indigenous languages around the world.
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    
Towards the end of 2021 our club was very busy finalizing both the Pride of Workmanship Awards and the Rotary Junior Community Awards programs. Again, due to COVID restrictions we were unable to invite the students and their families to our presentation ceremonies.  However, in order to ensure that students did not miss out on receiving their award in front of their peers, club members volunteered to visit schools individually to present at their school assemblies and graduation evenings.
Pride of Workmanship Awards for 2021
Rawson Student, Tom Bastin receiving award from Rtn Bryce Eishold Willow Grove Student Nina Gillies receiving award from Rtn John Hutchinson St Kieran's student Emma Rudy receiving award from Rtn Maureen Bishop Baringa student Alex Russell received award from Karen Lucas
Rotary Junior Community Awards 2021
Students from Elizabeth Street Primary school receiving their certificate for participating in the RJCA program
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.
Our club undertakes a wide variety of service activities in Vocation, Community,
and International promotion of goodwill and understanding.

Some of our local and International projects are:
School Awards:
Pride of Workmanship Awards - presented to students identified by their teachers as being enthusiastic and task driven.
Rotary Junior Community Award - a program offered to grade 6 students and aims to assist students gain a more informed and balanced view of our community
Business Excellence Awards:
Local businesses recognised for their contribution in helping to raise the profile of Moe.
City Beautification: 
Continual upgrade and maintenance of the Moe Botanic Gardens
Rotary Youth Programs: 
MUNA - Model United Nations Assembly
RYPEN - Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment 
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership 
International Service:
Bali School Project
Polio Plus: 
Supports the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus program to eradicate Polio world wide, which has almost been achieved.
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.
For further information on Membership please contact: 0428 893507
As a woman in Rotary you can help to support:
Youth development
Community Service
Health Care
Vocational Training
While Rotary was originally a men's only organisation, that has changed in the past two decades and there is a desire to gain more women as members to enhance community engagement across a range of programs.
Membership in Rotary offers a number of benefits including:
Effecting change within the community
Developing Leadership Skills
Gaining an understanding of, and having an impact on international humanitarian issues
Developing relationships with community and business leaders
To know more about the role that women can play in Rotary, contact the President of the Rotary Club of Moe, Di Harrison on 0428 893 507

What would it take to change the world?

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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:

1:The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.

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.