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“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three
meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity,
equality and freedom for their spirits”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Posted by Jenny Acopian
On 16 April 2013, the Rotary Club of Geelong East presented June Longmore with the 2012–13 R. J. Vague Award for Outstanding Community Service.
The Award is named in honour of Robert J. Vague, a Foundation Member of our Rotary Club who served his community in a wide range of activities for over 50 years. He was a wonderful Rotarian whose life reflected Rotary’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’. The Award is accompanied by a cheque of $500 for the charity of the recipient’s choice. June nominated Wallace Lodge, a 108-bed high level aged care facility at the McKellar Centre as her preferred charity.
June Longmore has been a volunteer at the McKellar Centre, Geelong since 1981, and at the age of 77 continues to serve there three days a week. June walked into the Grace McKellar Centre in 1981 to see if she could help. There was no organisation of Volunteers in the early 1980s so June just slotted in where she could be useful. One of her first roles was the Centre’s bus driver. She drove a 12-seater bus, borrowed from the local council, and took residents on many an outing.
Posted by Warren Norton
RI President-elect Ron Burton will ask Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives in 2013-14.
He unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, the annual training event for incoming district governors.
“If we really want to take Rotary service forward, then we must make sure that every single Rotarian has the same feeling about Rotary that each one of us here has today,” Burton said. “We need to make sure that every Rotarian has a meaningful role to play, that they’re all making a contribution, and that their contribution is valued.”
Burton said the July launch of The Rotary Foundation’s new grant model, Future Vision, makes it an exciting time to be a Rotarian. He said the new grant model, which has been used by about 100 pilot districts since 2010, represents a new era for the Foundation, and will help Rotarians get excited about Rotary’s ability to change lives.
Posted by Warren Norton
FlameFest, a festival to celebrate the diversity of Whittington was held on Friday 26th October 2012. An annual event, FlameFest is one of a series of activities designed to build pride and participation in Whittington by its residents. The FlameFest event combines food, music, information booths, fun and entertainment activities for young people and families alike.
The Rotary Club of Geelong East through their Community Service Committee sponsored the ‘Whittington’s Got Talent’ event on the evening. Through a series of heats, six finalists performed toward the end of the evening on an outside stage in front of a most appreciative audience. . Winners were Rahael Brennan & Andrew Sila (first place), Chloe Pilven (second place), Kiahana Lewis (third place) and Lili and Inez Vincent together with Vanessa Grigsby in fourth place.
The prize money provided by Rotary went to specific products and services for the winners and runners up. Included in the winner’s prize was a series of singing lessons that could see local talent going onto bigger and better things.
Posted by Warren Norton
Groups of students at Geelong East Primary school have been learning debating skills. One group has been entered into the Primary School Debating Competition for the first time.
Under the guidance of Di Bennett from the school and Rotarian Warren Norton, students have been learning how to prepare a debate, the difference between a debate and an argument, presenting information, researching and working as a team. One group of Years 3 and 4 (eight students) has completed their training. A second group of Years 4 and 5 have begun theirs and one group of Year 6 students have completed their training and are now involved in the competition. An additional group of Year 6 students have had a fast track training and will now be joining the other Year 6's in the competition.
The first debate titled "Handwriting is an outdated skill" was won by the Geelong East Primary School against the Torquay College. Geelong East were the Affirmative side in the debate. Below is a photo of the four debaters. Only three take part in a debate, but the fourth person has to be ready to take over from anyone else who is unable to debate for some reason.
Posted by Dorothy Sinclair
The Rotary Club of Geelong East through its International Committee is sponsoring a student at St. Jude in Tanzania along with sponsorship of a Boarding Room for students.
Franklin Gaudens Mosha is 17 years old this year.
Franklin joined St Jude’s in Standard 2 in 2006. In 2012, he is now studying Form 2 at the Smith Secondary Campus. The school ten years ago in 2002 with only three children and there are now over 1,500 students spread across three amazing schools, two boarding campuses and the school employs over 400 local staff!
Posted by Graham Thomson
Barwon Water Community Nursery apprentice Jessica Godycki has been recognised as The Gordon's best first year horticulture apprentice. She received the 2011 Apprentice of the Year (first year) Award for Certificate III in Horticulture at an awards ceremony last month. The awards recognise excellence and commitment among The Gordon's students.
The award from The Gordon comes not long after a nomination for the 2011 Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Jessica was sponsored by the Geelong East Rotary Club, with help from Water Reclamation's Graham Thomson. Part of the program included a week-long camp, attended by about 20 other people aged between 17 and 24. The camp teaches young people about personal development, including goal setting and overcoming barriers, as well as leadership skills. Jessica said the camp was an opportunity to not only make a lot of new friends, but learn a great deal about herself.
Posted by Jenny Acopian
Play@Whittington recently received a $1,300 grant from the Rotary Club of Geelong East to purchase equipment for the playgroup. The playgroup operates at Whittington Primary School in the Early Years Literacy room on Thursday afternoons throughout the school term and is open to all families with pre-school children. This supported playgroup is run in partnership with City of Greater Geelong Supported Playgroup Project and Glastonbury Early Years program.
Posted by Victor Bocioc
Gigi George wasrecently presented with the Rotary Club of Geelong East's Pride in Workmanshipaward.
Gigi who doing a PhDat Deakin University has been working with nano particles to create aself-healing polymer. He has a number of patents registered and has beenpublished and peer reviewed in a number of international journals. The awardwas in recognition of the work Gigi has put into all of his studies and inparticular the work with nano particles.
The Rotary Club ofGeelong East presents the Pride in Workmanship Award annually.
Posted by David Sykes on Nov 30, 2011
On Wednesday 30 November 2011, Rotary Club of Geelong East members Bruce King (Community Chair) and David Sykes (Director of Fundraising) visitedthe Royal Geelong Yacht Club with a cheque for $3,000 for replacement sails to help with theSailability Program. Commodore Andrew Neilson, Sailabilty Organiser Murray Mitchelhill and General Manager Phil Clohesy accepted the cheque with pleasureon behalf of everyone involved in this wonderful program.
Sailability is a "not for profit", volunteer based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability, the elderly, the financially and socially disadvantaged.
Posted by Warren Norton on Aug 22, 2010
It is now 25 years since Rotary embarked on it's campaing to rid the world of the Polio virus. Thousands of Rotarians have been involved in the program from fundraising, lobbying governments through to putting the life saving drops into the mouths of children.
Today, the world is 99% Polio free. Occassionally, some Rotarians will question why continue after 25 years and with the end costing more than it did in the begining. This YouTube video might explain why. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPN9gZhHBSo