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End Polio Now Walk
Melbourne is renowned for its beautiful parks, gardens and walking trails. Join us on the afternoon of Friday 26 May to enjoy an easy walk from Federation Square, in the centre of the city, along the magnificent St Kilda Road boulevard, past many of the city’s finest landmarks, to reach the Rotary Peace Park. 

The 2.5 km (1.5 mile) Walk will enable us to raise awareness of Rotary’s number one humanitarian priority – the global eradication of poliomyelitis. Don’t forget to bring your red End Polio Now shirt. Photo opportunities will abound.


Get behind Big Difference to help make an even bigger difference 

Help assemble 100,000 FORaMEAL emergency relief meals for people affected by disaster in Ukraine, Turkey, and Syria

Rotary District 9800’s Big Difference is hosting 1,000+ volunteers at Fed Square on Saturday 27 May between 10am and 4pm to assemble FORaMEAL emergency relief meals made up of long-lasting ingredients such as rice, lentils, oats, and essential nutrients for people in need. 
It’s an easy way to improve lives and do good in the world, with no experience or skills required, and participation is free! Volunteers can select all the one-hour shifts that suit between 10am and 4pm. Ingredients, equipment, and sanitary gloves and hairwear are all provided. Big Difference is undercover, outdoors, so dress for the weather, including comfortable shoes. 

Here’s how you and your club can help

  1. Register to help supervise volunteers on the day
  2. Encourage your club’s community supporters and partners to register their own teams of 24 volunteers
  3. Promote your club’s meaningful, hands on and convenient project alongside Big Difference

Let's celebrate our amazing year of Imagining Rotary and International Convention Melbourne at our very own Rotary Gala Dinner, where we will welcome our very special guests Rotary International President Jennifer Jones and Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

I'm alsoexcited to share that Rotary International President-Elect Gordon McInally and Rotary International President-Nominee Stephanie Urchick, and many more visiting Rotary leaders will be joining us. 

This is an incredibly rare opportunity for us all to celebrate with Rotary's current and future senior international leadership at our very own event, a special edition of District Conference dinner for the year the International Convention is in Melbourne.

Melbourne’s iconic Plaza Ballroom is the ideal venue for this once-in-a-lifetime evening, serenaded by the legendary singer-songwriter Jack Jones, and compelled to the dancefloor by the energetic Baker Boys dance band.

Event proceeds will be donated to The Rotary Foundation

Tickets close Tuesday 16 May 2023, so be sure to book your club’s tables, or individual tickets now.


Melton Rotary Club recently hosted a special buest speaker which Vijay Sursala (Rotary Caroline Springs) attended.
(Exract from Melton Rotary Club Bulleti)
Allison Rees is spreading the word about the danger of button batteries being swallowed by children. Her little daughter Isabella was 14 months old when she swallowed a button battery. After 19 days and several GP and hospital visits she died from chemical burns which finally ate through her aorta.  
Allison asked herself how she could not know that this could happen. Where did it come from? She searched for a missing battery and couldn’t find one. She had trouble accepting that she didn’t know. Shouldn’t she have known the signs and symptoms? She’d never heard of button battery injury.
WYNSPEAK, a youth public speaking competition for secondary school students in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, was established to provide students with an opportunity to practice and test their public speaking skills in front of a live audience. Through this comprehensive program students develop a skill for life. Since the inauguration of Wynspeak, over 1000 students have participated.
The competition is designed for secondary students who:
  • Want to improve their public speaking skills.

  • Want to test their public speaking ability against students from other schools.

  • Want to compete for cash prizes and trophies for the best speakers.

As a joint project between Hoppers Crossing Apex and the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing, WYNSPEAK has also partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Altona City, Caroline Springs and Melton. Local Toastmasters Clubs provide support with adjudication.
  • Student Nominations Due:  31 March 2023
  • Round 1: Thur 27 April, Thomas Carr Catholic Regional College, 35 Thomas Carr Drive, Tarneit 
  • Round 2: Tue 2 May, Good News Lutheran College, 580 Tarneit Road, Tarneit
  • Round 3: Thur 4 May, Altona Civic Theatre, Civic Parade, Altona
  • Round 4: Tue 9 May, Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, 2 Fraser Street, Hoppers Crossing
  • Round 5: Thur 11 May, Bacchus Marsh Grammar, 37 S Maddingley Rd, Bacchus Marsh
  • Round 6: Tue 16 May, Mackillop Catholic Regional College, Russel Street, Werribee
  • Round 7: Thur 18 May, Lakeview Senior College- Caroline Springs, College Road, Caroline Springs
  • Round 8: Tue 23 May, Tarneit Senior College, 861 Leakes Road, Tarneit
  • WYNSPEAK Final: Fri. 2 June, Thomas Carr College Performing Arts Centre, 35 Thomas Carr Drive, Tarneit
We had a wonderful meeting with the Melton RC last night. Vijay, John and Justine gave an amazing overview of the East Timor water tanks and WASH project. The Melton RC members hospitality was amazing and we had a good time sharing a meal and stories with all the members. We must do more of having meetings within our cluster RC and beyond.
Vijay Susarla, Justine Paragreen and John Walmsley with Chairman Dickson
Our guest speakers gave a  very inspiring presentation about
Timor Rotary Consortium (the following information is taken from District 9800 website)
BIG THANK YOU AND SHOUT OUT to the Rover Crew and Leader Claire for joining with Rotary Caroline Springs Wednesday night for our latest Working Bee. Good to have extra help supporting those in crisis and the generosity of the Crew with their time and willingness was much appreciated.
Looking forward to our next Working Bee to play some more catchup. If you're interested in volunteering with a great, fun team please contact us to find out how.
On the 18 March the Rotary Club of Caroline Springs members visited DIK ( Donations In Kind) Open Day.
Our Rotarians learned about the Center and how these donations benefit developing countries like Africa, Pacific Island nations, Asia and Asean to name a few. Goods like (new) clothings, medical supplies like masks, gloves, wheel chairs, hospital equipment like beds, medical machines, surgical instruments, operation theatre garments, educational materials, household goods like refrigerators, bicycles, tables, chairs, dinning sets etc etc are donated and shipped to those in need.
Thank you Donations in Kind (DIK) for a great visit.
View the Photos at DIK here
Olga of Melton Rotary on attending the Rotary International Convention.
Thank you Olga for your insight. It makes me proud to be a Rotarian and a Volunteer. Below is Olga's talk at that meeting on the International Convention to be held in May 2023 in Melbourne
Olga has been involved with Rotary International for 36 years. The first ten years were supporting PDG Vance. In those days Rotary Clubs only had male members and wives supported their husbands.
Olga attended 6 International Conferences. The most important part was the House of Friendship which featured all Rotary programs and countries. In those days $50 would build a clean water well for a village. Everyone was proud to be a member of an international group which was the largest service organisation recognised by the United Nations.
Olga gave some very interesting insights into the value of the interactions at each Convention.
At the 100th Anniversary of Rotary a young lady of Turkish descendant, holding a parasol, stood to address the assembled members. She wore her national costume proudly. She had sat in darkness for most of her life, she had no education and was disabled. Rotary provided her with a computer which opened up the world for her. It taught her that there were other girls in other villages who were like her. Rotary provided her with artificial limbs and she explained that before those limbs were provided there was no way she could have held a parasol, walked to the podium or stood in front of an audience.
“Your Hands are My Hands” are the most moving words you will ever hear.
“Your Hands are My Hands”. Its not to late to ba a part of that Convention.
Thank you Olga
Ronald - Rotary Caroline Springs
Jessica Redwood, Chief Executive Officer, Children First Foundation
Jessica spoke via zoom at our club on the 8 March on the support that they provide to giving small lives big hope. Below is a bio of Jessica and the important role that the foundation provides.
The Children First Foundation Board welcomed Jessica to this role in 2021 at the height of COVID. Despite this, at Children First, she has successfully increased the care and life-changing surgery provided to children from developing countries. She has expanded the organisations’ provision of surgery in Australia and overseas, as well as launched two new programs, one to provide follow-up support to children after care (the Back Home Support Program) and one to address the underlying barriers to children accessing safe and quality care in their home country (the Today Tomorrow Project). Most of all, she is excited to partner with exceptional supporters like you to ensure all children can access medical care when they need it most, regardless of where they were born!
Prior to her role at Children First, she led the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons charity arm, where she also worked toward ensuring equitable access to surgical care. She supported Indigenous and global health and grew the organisation to be the second-largest surgical education and research funder worldwide.
Jessica has also worked in leadership roles with International Social Service Australia, Amnesty International, Save the Children Fiji, UNICEF and others. Besides being a proud Mum of two, Jessica has an MBA, has studied disruptive strategy at Harvard Business School, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Board member of Netball Australia’s Confident Girls Foundation.
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