October 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  hightonrotary@gmail.com 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  http://tinyurl.com/mtdzlgd


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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Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...
Chat with food experts on Twitter about alleviating hunger
Hunger affects more than 800 million people worldwide, according to the United Nations' World Food Programme, and one-third of all the food grown every year goes to waste. Together, we can change that. On World Food Day, Thursday, 16 October, join a conversation on Twitter from 12:00 to 13:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), using the hashtag #RotaryHunger. During the chat, food experts will talk about ways to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in your community and around the world. Rotary (@Rotary) will moderate the chat, and experts from organizations including Rotary First Harvest (@RFHarvest), the...
Photo Essay: Rotary’s 2014 Women of Action
This year's Women of Action honorees were selected by Rotary senior leaders and endorsed by the White House. All members of clubs in the U.S., the women were recognized for their humanitarian service projects, which affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Watch the women of action event held at the White HouseRead more about the women and why they were honoredRead more about the event at the White HouseRead RI Director Julia Phelps' take on the honored women
Partners build community center and health clinic in impoverished Mexico neighborhood
Four years ago, Rotary member Moonyeen King decided to take action to help residents of the impoverished neighborhood of Tepehua, located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, who faced daily struggles with crime, malnutrition, and limited access to health care. King, together with Susan Netherton and Gin Pelzl, fellow members of the Rotary Club of Ajijic, turned an abandoned building into the Tepehua Community Center. For its first year, the center provided a soup kitchen every Friday to feed over 200 women and children. That enabled King and her fellow Rotary members to gain the trust of the...
The White House honors Rotary women for their humanitarian service
Senior Rotary leaders gathered Tuesday at the White House to honor 10 women for their service projects, an event attended by members of U.S. President Barack Obama's senior staff. The Rotary members presented their projects, in the hopes of creating new inroads for government partnerships and support. "This is recognition of the great work that they do but also serves as a great vehicle to inspire others to do similar kinds of things," said Rotary General Secretary John Hewko. "One of the things we're doing a better job of is sharing our story to the non-Rotary world." The honorees were...
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