November 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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Miles to end polio: $6 million crosses the finish line for polio eradication
Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and six RI staff members bicycled 104 miles in Tucson Arizona, USA, on Saturday, for the Miles to End Polio event, raising more than $6 million for polio eradication. The money raised by Rotary will receive a two-to-one match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to the team from Evanston, 100 Rotary member riders took part in the ride. The fundraising ride is part of the annual El Tour de Tucson bike event in Tucson, Arizona, USA. The race attracts more than 9,000 cyclists a year, making it one of the top cycling events in the U.S. The...
Rotary Day at the United Nations highlights the strength of partnerships
To strengthen their 69-year-old partnership, leaders from Rotary and the United Nations met this month in New York City for Rotary Day at the United Nations. The two organizations began working together with the aim of maintaining peace after World War II. Today, the relationship has evolved to include humanitarian work in areas like gender equality, child and maternal health, and disease treatment and prevention. While the UN's Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015, its leaders are preparing for an even more ambitious humanitarian agenda of eradicating extreme poverty by...
A major breakthrough against polio
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are approaching a significant milestone: the eradication of type 3 wild poliovirus. The last case of polio caused by the type 3 virus was reported in Yobe, Nigeria, on 10 November 2012. "We may have eradicated a second of three; that's a major milestone," said Dr. Stephen Cochi, a senior adviser at the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking to the BBC. Rotary has played an important role in bringing type 3 polio close to extinction. PolioPlus grants have provided key...
Rotary’s World Polio Day live-streamed event is a huge success
More than 23,000 viewers in 24 countries tuned in to Rotary's World Polio Day event, streamed live on 24 October. Health officials including James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gave an update on the polio eradication campaign and praised Rotary's achievements to date. Rotary has contributed more than $1.2 billion to polio eradication since 1979. For World Polio Day, Rotary released $44.7 million in grants to fight the disease in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition to the update, the event included entertainment by...
Malala Yousafzai wins the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head for speaking out against the Taliban in support of girls' education, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. Yousafzai, whose father is a Rotarian, shares the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a native of India who has worked to combat the exploitation of children for financial gain, according to an announcement in October from the Norwegian Nobel Committee. In announcing the award, the committee praised Yousafzai for demonstrating that "children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations." It noted...
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