December 2014

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Service above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:30 PM
Lyndon Grove Reception Centre
Surfcoast Highway
GROVEDALE, Victoria  3216
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CIRCUS QUIRKUS is a contemporary take on your favourite, traditional circuses of ages past and an annual fundraising project for our Club.  By hosting CQ we enable disadvantaged children and their families to enjoy this show, suitable for audiences of all ages.  No animals are used in Circus Quirkus, rather internationally renowned clowns, jugglers, acrobats and more delivery funny, hugely engaging and sometimes death-defying acts of unbelievable skill.  

This years performance is being held at The Arena, North Geelong on August 20. 



Club member Barbara Sheehan was the proud recipient of a Royce Abbey Award at the annual Changeover Dinner of Highton Rotary.  Royce Abbey, a member of RC Essendon, was A President of Rotary International and developed this award to be given to Rotarians in their first few years of membership, who show enthusiasm & commitment to the ideals of Rotary.  Congratulations to Barb

In February each year, we set up our BBQ in Highton Village & cook up sausages to share with our local community.  It is our way of saying thank you to those that support Rotary, either as a member of a Club, as a Friend of Rotary or as a community member who supports the work that Rotary does in the world.
We follow this up with a special Membership Dinner, and invite interested persons to come along and hear about what Rotary, and our Club in particular, is all about
OUR MEMBERSHIP DINNER THIS YEAR IS ON FEBRUARY 27, 2014.  PLEASE CONTACT US at if you would like to come along

We are in a new year, and after the Christmas and New Year Festivities, we turn our attention to our Rotary Projects.  In January we once again put a huge amount of "person power" into volunteering at the iconic Pier to Pub swim at Lorne.  From handing out Registrations, to marking arm numbers, & counting swim finishers on the beach, it was a full rich day for all Highton Rotarians , family and friends.

In 1997, Nelson Mandela received the #Rotary Award for World Understanding, which was the highest Rotary honour then. At the time he said "Polio respects no borders, and that as long as one child suffers, all children are at risk". He knew the power that education played in this.

Thank you Nelson Mandela for all you've given the world. The world is better off and more peaceful because of your presence.


What do Shelterbox do?

They instantly respond to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid.

Each box supplies an extended family with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.

The cost of a box is $1,000, including delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the website.

Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.

Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief

If you can assist Shelterbox and would like to donate please follow this link to their donation website


Each year in July, a new Governor is appointed for every Rotary District around the world.  This year the District Governor for District 9780 is Ken McInerney and the video below outlines his vision around the Rotary Theme Engage Rotary - Change Lives.

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Rotary AIDS day event turns spotlight on world’s deadliest infectious disease
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst ever, has claimed several thousand lives and generated worldwide concern. But its impact pales in comparison to that of AIDS, which, despite advances in treatment, still kills more than a million people a year, the majority of them in Africa. "Even with the Ebola outbreak at its worst expected levels, it's never going to reach what we've seen with the HIV/AIDS epidemic," said Dr. Timothy B. Erickson, director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, speaking at Rotary's World AIDS Day event in Evanston on 1...
Statement by Rotary International on the deadly school attack in Pakistan
Rotary International condemns the horrific attack that killed more than 130 schoolchildren and wounded over 100 of their classmates in Peshawar, Pakistan. We believe that children everywhere have the basic right to receive an education in an environment unthreatened by violence or fear. Rotary extends our heartfelt sympathy to all of the families in Pakistan, including those of seven Rotary members, who have lost children as a result of this unfathomable tragedy. We stand with them in mourning their loss. Gary C.K. Huang, PresidentRotary International
Indoor air pollution linked to millions of deaths
After decades dreaming about the Himalayas, Rotary member George Basch went on his first trek through the mountains in 2001, when he was 64. A member of the Rotary Club of Taos-Melagro in New Mexico, USA, Basch found that the experience was even more than he had hoped. "My expectations were high, and dramatically exceeded," he remembers. But a less-than-pleasant aspect of the experience was the indoor smoke pollution he encountered in the guest houses and private homes he visited. Many families in the Himalayas use rudimentary cookstoves or, in some cases, an open fire pit inside the home to...
Rotary staff members bond over Miles to End Polio bike ride
For six staff members from Rotary headquarters in Evanston, the fight to eradicate polio has become personal. Together, they biked the physically grueling 104-mile (167-kilometer) Tour de Tucson in Arizona, USA, collectively raising more than $20,000 for polio eradication while putting their bodies and minds through a feat of endurance. For the tightknit group, the experience was about more than just raising money and crossing the finish line. It was about learning about each other and what Rotary members are doing to rid the world of this crippling disease. They advocated together, trained...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
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