October 2014

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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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Restoring vision to hundreds in China
Seeing an elderly Tibetan woman weep with joy when cataract surgery restored her vision after 10 years is the kind of moment Dave Razo will never tire of. For several summers Razo, a member of the Rotary Club of Warner Robins, Georgia, USA, traveled to rural northwest China with a team from Georgia-based nonprofit Gansu Inc., to provide free sight-restoring cataract surgery to some of the country's poorest residents. In 2012, after 22 years and 6,000 successful procedures, Gansu's founder, ophthalmologist William Conrad, retired and discontinued the organization's operations. But Razo didn't...
World Polio Day: Health officials laud polio eradication achievements, point to disease’s endgame
After a year of shrinking polio cases worldwide, the crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated, said top health officials at Rotary's second annual World Polio Day event on 24 October. At a special Livestream program -- World Polio Day: Make History Today -- Rotary leaders joined global health experts and celebrity singers to hail the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. After nearly 30 years, the GPEI, which includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on...
Dynamic young club uses social media to grow
Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message. An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay's World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled at a member's home to munch on baked goods and chips while rooting for their national team. That enthusiasm and ability to draw a crowd has made the club, which just received its charter in July, a success in the country's capital city. Made up almost entirely of young professionals,...
Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign. The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star...
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...
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