27/08/17 Club Recap - 3 min read

A fantastic presentation from Rob McGuirk and Kerry Kornhauser on their campaign to End Trachoma by 2020.

Hi everyone,

We had the pleasure of hearing from Kerry Kornhauser and Robert McGuirk at last Tuesday's meeting and are inspired to join the fight to End Trachoma in Australia. Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness globally. Australia remains the world's last developed country where it still persists. Rotary Clubs around Australia are joining hands to raise awareness and funds to eliminate this highly infectious but preventable disease by 2020. 

If you'd like to donate to the cause, please do so via: (donations over $2 are tax deductible).  Kerry and Rob mentioned a fundraising collection that another Rotarian has organised by selling stamps that others had collected - last year it raised $25,000 alone!  So I would like to encourage all of you to collect any stamps or even ask your work office if they can save any from incoming mail (this is something simple that I have arranged with my work's office).  Bring them to one of our meetings and we can arrange to drop them off.

This coming Tuesday we have an exciting presentation for a pilot project for with a BeCollective platform.  This system will allow for matching volunteers to projects between different clubs, based on skills offered and needed.  I have heard about this program for some years and I am very excited that our club has been invited to help trial this platform.  

Have a great weekend everyone!

Jacinta Walker
President - Rotary Club of Melbourne Park
29/08 Speaker Meeting: Skills Bank Presentation by Swinburne Students

Our club will have an opportunity to become one of 4 clubs in the district to implement and pilot the BeCollective platform, with the support of a student team from Swinburne Uni. The system will allow for matching volunteers to project throughout the participating clubs, based on skills offered and needed. 

This will allow for a better utilisation of Rotarian skills, an extended opportunity for Rotarians to volunteer, and ultimately to a community wide recruitment of volunteers.

RSVP now on Meetup.

This month we are arranging another donation to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). Last year it was really fantastic to see everyone donate goods and funds to this fantastic organisation.

For something different, the first (main) request I'd like to put to you is a collection of reusable shopping bags - to clarify, ASRC says that this can also include plastic bags & even backpacks as well.

So if you have any spares, please bring them along to a meeting and we will arrange another Wednesday night drop-off at the Footscray ASRC later this month. If any of you would like to reach out to various stores for donated bags, that would be fantastic too! Thanks team.
Upcoming Club Dates: 
  • 29/08: Vocational Skillsbank presentation from the Swinburne team (confirmed).
  • 03/09: Volunteering - BBQ at Bunnings Hawthorn
  • 05/09: Club Projects Meeting
  • 16/09: Donations in Kind w/ Rotary Central Melbourne
  • 19/09: Visit from District Governor Peter Frueh
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Bunnings BBQ on Sunday 3rd September
Our club is running at BBQ at Bunnings Hawthorn to raise money for club projects.  We are looking for volunteers to help out at 1 or more shifts during the day.  

Let us know if you have a few spare hours to help out!

  • 8:00am - 11:00am = Set-up from 8am
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm = Lunchtime roster
  • 2:00pm - 5:30pm = stop cooking at 4pm, cleaning until 5pm and count earnings to provide info to Bunnings
Get ready for Steptember

We are getting our speedometers ready for Steptember. It's time to get off our couches and help raise funds for Cerebral Palsy (CP) Alliance, which supports children, teenagers and adults living with CP by providing them professional development/training for employees within the disability sector and also CP research in Australia and overseas through their Research Foundation.

headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Brad Sleurink is running in the Melbourne Marathon this October, raising funds for Headspace, an organisation which supports people between the ages of 10-25 with mental health issues. If you have some extra coinage on you and feel generous, please donate to Brad's fundraising page.

Open Heart International

Clare Mason is travelling to Africa later this year with a team of health professionals from across Australia via Open Heart International, to help save the lives of children living with heart conditions. Over about 10 days, the team will be performing open heart surgery on children in Tanzania, working alongside the staff at the hospital to train and support them in caring for these children both before and after surgery. To support Clare in volunteering her time and skills, please click on this link.

Other things happening in wider Rotary in August...

Interplast Fundraiser Event: Changing futures with some help from our friends

Interplast will be holding a special one-night only event featuring some of Australia’s most-loved entertainers coming together to raise funds for Interplast’s life-changing work across the Asia Pacific.

Hosted by radio identity and comedian Richard Stubbs, the evening’s entertainment includes performances by Daryl Braithwaite and Russell Morris and their bands, supported by Chris Wilson.

Join them for a fantastic evening of Australian music and lots of laughs at Melbourne’s historic Athenaeum Theatre on Wednesday, 11 October from 7.30pm.

Book your tickets now on the Ticketek website. Group bookings of 10 or more will be charged at the concession price. To make a group booking call the Ticketek Groups Booking line on 1300 364 001.

All proceeds from the evening will go to Interplast. Tickets are already selling fast so don’t delay and risk missing out!


A number of District Committees are seeking volunteers to assist with various roles. Please let your members know these opportunities to further their Rotary experience and use their vocational skills are available.

Videographer Volunteers

District 9800 Public Image and Communications Committee is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Videographer Volunteers. The role of the volunteer is to produce and edit a number of exciting videos showcasing the great work being done by Rotarians throughout our District.

Key Responsibilities
  • Creating engaging, authentic video content to use across the various social media channels
  • Experienced in filming, editing and producing educational and promotional videos
  • Contributing to the creative process and idea generation
  • Short-story feature videos
Our ideal volunteer will
  • Be a natural storyteller experienced in filming and editing videos
  • Have their own equipment / editing software (this could be as simple as an iphone and imovie software)
  • Be able to travel to clubs or visit project sites according to story requirements
  • Collaborate with the Public Image and Communications team and also work independently
Interested in the role - please contact: Amanda Wendt <>.

IT Savy Rotarian
The District Vocational Committee requires an IT savy Rotarian to join their committee.
Interested in the role and would like more information - please contact: Alan Seale <>.

District Youth Exchange Committee

The Youth Exchange committee is looking for someone to take over the role of Secretary from July 2018.
Interested in the role and would like more information - please contact: Maria Silber <>.
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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