20/10/17 Club Recap - 3 min read

RECAP... Material Aid Program

Hi everyone,

Last Tuesday we heard a fantastic presentation from Eliza and Monica about Material Aid Program, an initiative which delivers medical equipment and supplies to under-resourced healthcare institutions in the developing world. Previously the team at MUHI replied on Donations in Kind and Monash students travelling overseas for placements in these areas to deliver these supplies but they are now looking into other ways of arranging deliveries. If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about MAP or can offer medical supplies or funds to this amazing volunteer-run program, please get in touch with them or I am happy to forward on any responses to them.

Next week our club will be hosting a casual End Polio social event, with profit of course going towards Rotary's signature effort to eradicate polio (more details below about the event). We are always on the hunt for a few more raffle prizes, so please respond to this recap if you have something that you would like to offer. Earlybird has closed, however a few $25 tickets to our event are available on Trybooking! Hope to see you there.

Have a great week everyone !


Jacinta Walker
President - Rotary Club of Melbourne Park
24/10 - Social Event for End Polio Now, hosted by Melbourne Park Rotary

The eradication of polio is one of Rotary's longest standing and most significant efforts.

The Cullen hotel, 6:30pm arrival for a 7pm start. Earlybird tickets are $20 until midday Friday 20 October - tickets after this time will be $25. 

Cost includes a drink on arrival, nibbles, an entry to our main raffle prize and donation to the End Polio Cause. Raffle tickets will be payable by cash or credit card on the night.

Grab your ticket now on Trybooking.
Upcoming Club Dates: 
  • 24/10: End Polio event - details being finalised as we speak
  • 06/11: Fitzroy Rotary's Cup Eve event (in lieu on club meeting)
  • 07/11: No Club Meeting - Melbourne Cup public holiday
  • 12/11: Rotary Skillshare: Paint Workshop fundraiser for Lift the Lid campaign
  • 19/11: Bunnings Hawthorn BBQ

SecondBite currently need volunteers to help sort produce in our warehouse during business hours, Monday-Friday. Although it’s not the most glamorous job in the world, it is absolutely central to what they do, and satisfying to see the amount of food that is saved from heading into the bin! 
In terms of other current volunteering opportunities, SecondBite are always keen to add more people to their market rosters - the rotary clubs (like ours) run the volunteers for Prahran Market, but they also have teams that go to Queen Victoria, Preston, South Melbourne and Dandenong. They are also always on the lookout for volunteer drivers.
If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch with Tom Mogford, SecondBite's Volunteer & Agency Coordinator, at

PDF SecondBite Volunteer Zone October 2017
Club member Ashvin Sookaram has asked us to let you know about a friend's art exhibition that is coming up and we are happy to oblige: 

"I have been helping my friend Susan Ross to craft her art exhibition recently. Since she does not have access to digital media, I am helping to spread the invitation for her.
Susan Ross is a kind, humble and amiable lady in her early 80’s. She has a dream to exhibit her sister’s husband, Ron Edwards, paintings.
Ron Edwards’ name in Australian folklore is legendary and some of his works are legacy that will endure. The exhibition will be held at the iconic Melbourne St Paul’s Cathedral, just opposite of Federation Square from the 16th to the 26th of October. I am sure that Susan Ross will be delighted to share her knowledge of Melbourne history with you also."

For more information, Ash can be contacted at

Other things happening in wider Rotary...

Early Bird Tickets for District 9800 Conference

Online Membership Courses
Courses are now available on the following membership topics:
· Is Your Club Healthy?
· Online Membership Leads
· Building a Diverse Club
· Practicing Flexibility and Innovation
· Kick-start Your New Member Orientation
· Best Practices for Engaging Members
Check out the pdf attached here for directions on how to access online courses.
# If any RCMP club members need help to log in to their account, please reply to this email and we can assist #

2017 annual Paul Harris Breakfast to be held at RACV City Club, Level 17, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne on Tuesday 21st November 2017 hosted by Rotary Central Melbourne.

The guest speaker, Daniel Flynn of the social enterprise ‘Thankyou', is recognised as one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs under the age of 30. We are guaranteed of a most enjoyable and inspirational morning as Daniel shares with us his blueprint for turning ideas into reality.

WHEN: Tuesday 21st November 2017
COST: $65.00 per head or $600 for a table of 10 (including GST)
TIME: 7.15 for 7.30am until 9am
RSVP by: 11th November 2017
Invitation Flyer PDF
You are cordially invited to: An Outstanding Sculpture exhibition and auction of life size painted fibreglass horses by many of AUSTRALIA’S LEADING ARTISTS. "Horses For Causes" is a Sculpture Exhibition of 41 uniquely painted and designed life-size horse & foal sculptures created by prominent and emerging artists provide an unprecedented blend of art, imagination and fun.

This Major Fundraiser for VIOLENCE FREE FAMILIES, which is changing lives with its world first, Online Men’s Behaviour Change Program, provides a unique opportunity for collectors, philanthropists and art lovers to purchase a unique painted horse sculpture. Money raised through the sale of these sculptures will greatly assist in transforming men’s behaviour making homes safer for women and children.

AUCTION: Wednesday 15th November, 6.30pm
WHERE: National Storage, 60 Dawson Street Brunswick. 
Further information: Please contact:
Invitation Flyer PDF

On November 13th a large group of Rotarians and their partners from District 3232 in Chennai, India will visit Melbourne. They will be initially hosted by District 9800 at the Melbourne Cricket Club before undertaking day tours and then travelling to Sydney. District 3232 is very keen to establish Sister club relationships. This supports part of the Rotary objective to build international understanding and goodwill. Sister clubs share club information, projects and activities.

Special Guided Tour of the MCG and Cricket Club: Commences at 5:15pm. Cost $18.00.

Dinner in the famous Long Room:
Commencing at 6:30pm. $102.00 (Canapés on arrival plus two Courses). Drinks: Open Bar.
Payment: Can be just for the Tour or the Dinner separately or both combined. Please contact Ian Salek ( to pay or for more information. Bookings close strictly by November 1st, 2017.

This is an outstanding annual Rotary recognition program acknowledging exceptional service to others by people with disabilities.

Clubs may nominate people who meet the criteria and all nominees will receive recognition with a Certificate of Commendation. The 'Shine On' recognition acknowledges service to the community by people with disabilities. Eligible Nominees are people who are actively involved in community service for the benefit of others and have demonstrated a significant level of achievement whilst managing a specific medical disorder/disability.

More information and eligibility criteria here.

If you know anyone that our club can nominate, please reply to this recap. For more information on the program itself, please contact District Chair Louise Bugeja 0418 597 427, Email:
Head to Meetup to RSVP & confirm details for meetings. Please try to RSVP by midday Friday, as that is when The Olsen is requesting numbers from us.  

Meetup RSVP!
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