Theme 2021-22
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We are currently meeting online.  Will return to F2F meetings at the RSL once COVID restrictions are eased.
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P.O. Box 155, Moe
Mobile: 0419 38 9050

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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. 

   
 
Stories
       
28/12/1935 – 18/9/2021
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Moe are deeply saddened by the passing of fellow Rotarian Bryon Puddy.
 
Bryon joined Rotary in October 1983 and he remained an active member, undertaking many roles, up until his passing.
 
Bryon was a wonderful Rotarian and served our club and the community with distinction. He promoted Rotary at every opportunity and was dedicated to the ideals of Rotary. He exemplified ‘Service Above Self’.
     

He was a respected Past District Governor, Past Club President and held the positions of Secretary and Treasurer during his time as a Rotarian.

Bryon will be remembered for his gentle and friendly manner and his readiness to provide support and assistance whenever needed.

A wonderful mentor, leader and friend who will be greatly missed by the friends he made in Rotary.

   
Our first Face to Face meeting for 20 months occurred on Monday night and we were fortunate to have guest speaker, Lisa Twigger, Community Engagement Office from Latrobe Regional Hospital join us.
 
 
Lisa encouraged members to participate in the LRH Virtual Fun Run and Walk to be held on the weekend of 27th and 28th November.  She advised that all funds raised will go towards The Wear House Project.  Lisa explained that this project is about filling a portable building, which has been kindly donated by a local company, with new clothes, that can be distributed to inpatients who, for a variety of reasons, do not have clothing to wear during their stay in hospital. It is about preserving a patient's dignity and assisting when families are not able to do so.
 
Anyone wishing to participate in the event, please contact President Di

One of the programs that our club organizes each year is the Vocational Excellence Awards.  In 2020, the Vocational Committee decided to focus on the education sector and invited primary schools in the 3825 district to nominate a staff member who had made a significant contribution to student welfare and learning during the year.  

Our next step was to invite each of the nominees to a club dinner meeting, where we were to present them with their award.  However, due to the many covid lockdowns experienced throughout the year, we decided to make alternative arrangements by meeting them individually at a location of their choosing.

Our first presentation took place on Friday 22nd October where we acknowledged Newborough East Primary School Well-being Coordinator, Karen Prestidge.

Karen was nominated by the school for her tireless work supporting the whole school community during the challenges of Covid. She was acknowledged for facilitating new programs which would otherwise not have happened. At the presentation, school principal Julie Skee noted how much Karen was appreciated throughout the entire school. Karen said she was very honored to receive the award and explained how she was very passionate about the well-being of all kids in difficult times.

Poliomyelitis (Polio) is a paralysing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The Poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio can be prevented by vaccines, but it is not curable. Unlike most diseases, polio can be eradicated through effective vaccination programs.
 
For more than 30 years, Rotary and its partners have driven the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. The Rotary Polio Plus program was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale.   As a core partner in the global polio eradication initiative, Rotary focuses on advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and awareness-building           
 
In 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. Today, this has been reduced by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Through the efforts of Rotary and its partners, nearly 19.4 million people who would otherwise have been paralysed are walking, and more than 1.5 million people are alive who would otherwise have died. 
 
Tremendous progress has been made in the fight against polio, but eliminating all cases is going to take even more progress and perseverance.  Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year for polio eradication. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total commitment of $150 million each year. These funds provide much-needed operational support, medical workers, laboratory equipment, and educational materials. Governments, corporations, and private donors all play a crucial role in funding.
 
        The Rotary Club of Moe raises funds to support the End Polio Now program through various projects. In 2021, the project involved selling purple Crocus and purple Dutch Iris bulbs.  The colour of these purple bulbs represents the purple dye used to mark the little finger of children who have been vaccinated in endemic countries.  Millions of children across the world now know that a freshly painted purple pinkie means freedom from Polio.        
 
The Rotary Club of Moe is proud to be part of this global campaign to End Polio Now. 
 
More information about the campaign to end Polio is available at www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day
 
 
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.
  
 
As a result, the Board accepted the Committee’s recommendation to donate $500 to the Banyuning village to purchase basic food items to help them through this current situation.  This donation has also been supplemented by donations from individual Rotarians to assist with the purchase of food and other items, including face masks. 
 
These donations have been facilitated through Rotarian Michael Koch in conjunction with our Banyuning village contact, Dodi who has organised the food purchases of rice, eggs and cooking oil.
 
While, we are all going through the trials and tribulations of the Covid 19 lockdowns here, it is sometimes difficult for us to fully appreciate the difficulties experienced by many others who live in places where they do not have the social support structures and safety nets in place that we have here in Australia.   
 
If any other Club members would like to make a donation, the best way would be via a bank transfer into the Club’s Project Account and reference the transaction “Bali Support” with your initials.  If you need account number details, please contact Treasurer Bryon. 
Gippsland Rotary Centenary House has received a real uplift with the acquisition of an elevating work platform valued at $6000.
 
The Rotary Clubs of Moe and Morwell each contributed $1500 which was matched dollar for dollar by the Rotary District 9820.
 
This new piece of equipment will enable staff and volunteers who undertake maintenance, to access high areas of the building in a safe manner.
 
 
Pictured: Gippsland Rotary Centenary House chairman and volunteer, Dave Swainsbury using the platform watched by Rotary club of Moe President Di Harrison and Rotary Club of Morwell member Mike Answerth
 
A highlight of the Club's Changeover was the celebration of artwork by Ester de Boer. The Street Library program was introduced to the club back in early 2019 by well-known local children’s author, Megan Higginson, who was successful in obtaining a Latrobe Health Assembly grant to purchase 10 street libraries.
 
 
President Di Harrison; Artist Ester de Boer; V Line Representative Adele Pugsley
The club expressed much interest and received a Street Library for use in the local community. As a result of Megan introducing Ester to President Di, and many conversations later between the pair, the Street Library was completed. The beautifully decorated library, which features detailed dragons inspired by ‘Game of Thrones’, was presented to Adele Pugsley, and will be housed at the Moe Train Station.
 
Whilst in the waiting area of the station, it is hoped the library will stimulate people’s curiosity to open the door and select a book to read. The books are free, and people are welcome to keep them, return them to the street library, or share the books with friends.
 
Rotarians will monitor the supply of books at regular intervals as a matter of service to the local community.
Members of the Rotary Club of Moe were thrilled to welcome Jamie Hunt as a new member.  Jamie, who has recently retired, was introduced to Rotary by well-known local identity, John Hutchinson.  
Jamie is keen to work in the local community and will serve on the Community Service Committee for the 2021-22 year.
 
Welcome Jamie
 
             
Members of the Community Committee, Bill Connell, Len Cairns and Alan Bishop recently replaced the colorbond steel roof on the small rotunda in the Botanic Gardens. The next stage of the upgrade is to replace some missing and damaged wood panels and then complete the project with a new coat of paint.
President Di Harrison recently presented Certificates of Service Awards to four members who have reached significant milestones within our club.
 
                 Dave Wood - 30 years            Julian Yeatman - 45 years           Peter Kingsbury - 10 years           Alan Sinnott - 20 years
 
 
 
 
 
 
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: 0458 025 542
As a woman in Rotary you can help to support:
Youth development
Education
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.