Rotary Club of Albert Park


Monday, April 05, 2010
Club Web Site
Editor:   Loretta Michaelsen
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Future Speakers
Apr 7 2010
Alan Lachman
"Insight Education Centre for the Blind & Vision Impaired"
Apr 14 2010
Keith Weihl
"To be confirmed"
Apr 21 2010
Nina Vallins
"Project Respect"
May 26 2010
Adam Smith
"Foundation for Young Australians"
Jun 2 2010
Ray Campbell
"The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard"
Jun 23 2010
Nick Bailey
"Australian National Academy of Music"

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Bulletin No. RCAP...678

Wednesday March 31, 2010

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At our meeting this Wednesday March 31, The Rotary Club of Albert Park will be handing  over a cheque for the value of $18,353.70 raised from the Rotary Club of Albert Park Charity Golf Day to Michael Mitchell and a representative of The Cancer Council.  Michael  had spoken at one of our previous meetings and we would like to honour the efforts on his 12 months spent walking 6000km from the tip of Cape York to  Wilsons Promontory.

Please join us on this occasion to further honour Michael's efforts.

Click the following link to view Michael's storey   

Pictured above Rotary Club of Albert Park member Kate Staniforth with David Parr representating sponsor Tom Waterhouse.

More details on the Charity Golf Day can be found on the web in the photo downloads area. 

This Weeks Speaker Neil Meyer

This weeks guest speaker Neil Meyer Executive DirectorTeen Challenge Victoria. He will be talking about the residential treatment and training program for young men with life-controlling issues and addictions at a Training Centre on a 60 acre rural property in Kyabram Victoria. 


Teen Challenge began in 1958, when a young preacher, named David Wilkerson, was moved with compassion to reach out to young people on the streets of New York.  His story is retold in the best selling book, The Cross and the Switchblade, which has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.  Since then, Teen Challenge has spread to approximately 1000 centres in over 80 countries around the world.

Teen Challenge Victoria has been providing help for people caught up in drug and alcohol abuse, and other life-controlling problems for over 30 years.  We are an inter-denominational ministry and registered charity that is governed by a Board of directors, including the Executive Director.  As an established Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Service, Teen Challenge Victoria is registered with the Hospitals and Charities Board and the Health Commission of Victoria


RCAP Book Store Grand Opening



Saturday 10th APRIL,2010     10am to 2pm





Parish of St's Peter & Paul
(The Galilee School Building

Crn Dorcas & Montague Streets

South Melbourne



Presented by: The Rotary Club of Albert Park

Enquiries: Henry on 9681 7382

Click HERE to download flyer

To all members:
As you are already aware, the Club has been given the opportunity to use The (old) GalileeSchool building at the Parish of Sts Peter & Paul, Cnr Dorcas & Montague Streets, South Melbourne, for our second hand books.


Members of the book committee have been working tirelessly to set up the room with our books and have decided to trial opening the book store each Saturday from 10am - 2pm. Two people will be required each week and over the next couple of weeks, a roster will be organised, similar to Community Meals. No prior knowledge of the books is necessary, ALL books will be priced and you will just be required to take money for the sales and help people where needed.


To launch the book store, a Grand Opening is being held on Saturday 10th April between 10am - 2pm, and your help is required to promote this as much as you can.


Please find ABOVE CLICK TO copy  flyer for the Book Store Grand Opening, it would be terrific if you could run off some copies and distribute around your local area, post in shop windows, places of work etc.
If you aren't able to print off copies or need A3 size, please contact Deb Renshaw-Jones and she can print them and bring to Rotary next week!


ALSO - for those interested in finding out more about the book store, a meeting is being held after our Rotary meeting next week (31 March)! All welcome to attend.


Induction of New Member

New Member Peter Holdsworth being inducted and welcomed to The Rotary Club of Albert Park by President Joan Robison.  Peter will be working with the Vocational Committee and his mentor is John Airey.


Next Weeks Speaker Alan Lachman

Insight Education Centre for the Blind & Vision Impaired   

Alan Lachman and Maria Franca took action when told their daughter Francesca's school was set to close.

Alan Lachman and Maria Franca took action when told their daughter Francesca's school was set to close.

This is a story about life. The life of children who are blind or vision impaired.  It is also the story of how we have established Insight to ensure these children reach their potential and lead fulfilled lives. 

Insight's mission is to educate, support and empower blind and vision impaired Victorian children and young people so that they may reach their potential, independence and self-worth. 

In December 2009, the RVIB (Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind), owned by Vision Australia closed.  With this closure, over 1,000 Victorian children and young people who are blind or live with severe vision impairment no longer have direct or adequate access to or the support of specialist school and life-management programs.

Currently, all blind and vision-impaired children have been integrated into the mainstream education system. This integration, whilst important for a child's sense of belonging into society provides the challenge in that mainstream schools are not well equipped or resourced to meet the unique holistic needs of students living with blindness.

A mainstream school not only needs to cope with the integration of these children, but also the integration of other children with unique needs as the trend towards the mainstreaming (inclusion) of students with any disability into regular classes becomes more widespread.

Blind children struggle to gain self-confidence, skills and self-esteem.  Within the mainstream education sector, these children can struggle to learn vital skills such as mobility and adaptive technology.  Additionally, many will struggle with the building blocks of education - numeracy and literacy due to their unique learning needs, such as Braille.  As such, over 69% of these children will be unemployed as adults. 

Insight was established in 2009 in response to the closure of RVIB, so that we can meet the special education requirements for young people - both in core curriculum education and expanded core curriculum, so that the blind children of Victoria  can reach their potential, independence and self-worth. 

Award from Australian Rotary Health

Last Week Ron Adams a representative of the Australian Rotary Health attended our meeting and presented our President with an award. This award was owing to the fact that -   

Over the years our tally towards Australian Rotary Health has built up to a Contribution of $50 per member hence we have been "rendered significant and meritorious service to Australian Rotary Health" via our Certificate of Appreciation.


Ron also acklowledged our contribution of running the BBQ how greatful the riders were for the food provided at the completion of the Great Australian Bike Ride.


Want know about Australian Rotary Health click the following -



RCAP Guidelines and Etiquette for Using Email

Last week one of our members Greig McEwan gave a talk on email guide lines and internet security.

Greig went over, know when to write or reply to e-mail, don't write unnecessary messages, do not reply in haste or anger,  using BCC box instead of the TO box and the email guidelines for Albert Park Rotarians.  Greig also went through having your identy stolen on the interent and the problems of identy theft.

Greig also made available print outs on RCAP Guidelines and Etiquette for Using Email should you require one of these please feel free to contact Greig and he will arrange for you to receive one. Greig McEwan at or 0417 055 953.

We would like to Greig very much for his most interesting and information presentation.  Well Done Greig.



Origins, dates and days of Easter

The date on which Easter falls varies from year to year. Easter falls on the Sunday after the ecclesiastical Full Moon that falls on or after March 21. Easter is therefore observed between late March and late April and can extend to early May in the Eastern Christian churches.

A system for calculating the dates for Easter was begun around 532 AD when a Scythian monk named Dionysius Exiguus reconciled the Eastern and Western church calendars with the Julian calendar, established by Julius Caesar. Dionysius Exiguus established the date of Christ's circumcision at 1 January, 1 AD, or Anno Domini, translated as 'the year of our Lord'. While this calendar was adopted by the Church, the old Julian calendar remained in civil use for another thousand years. Eventually, these were reconciled with the current Gregorian calendar, adopted in 1582.

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Clubrunner Presentation
by Loretta Michaelsen

Last week I had the pleasure of doing a presentation on our web page and bulletin by Clubrunner.  The members were shown how to access details via using their login and password.  How to find club directories (addresses phone and email addresses), How to view member profiles, how to send emails via the clubrunner system, how to look up attendence records, links connected direct to Rotary and other sites that run current at all times. How to access the web live and the bulletin through the internet.  Our sponsors and how they have a direct link to their web, our news, speakers  and events area plus lots more.

From the amount of members who have spoken to me since this presentation it apprears it was of great interest.  Should any one require assistance on the program please do not hesitate to contact me on  or 9681 7382 as I would be only to happy to assist. 

Relay for Life

Relay for Life   -  1st and 2nd of May.

We are looking for club participation this year and are keen to enter a Team.  Registration is only $15.00 to each member wishing to participate. This is to be paid within the next 2 weeks. Liz De Nittis has registration forms and can offer tax receipts are per usual.  (Members are then asked to wear their club t-shirt and they will receive a souvenior long sleeve shirt to keep from CCV).

Should you have any queries please contact Liz on  0407321200

Door Roster


Please be sure to notify Editor Loretta Michaelsen should you change your allocated time so it can be updated in the bulletin.

March 2010
Liz De Nittis, Kerry Kornhauser, Chris Lovett, Del Lovett

April 2010
Brian Beaumont, Yvonne Flanders, Helen Harris, Andrew Lilley, Greig McEwan

May 2010
Ken Hall, Tessa McGuigan, Ray Pape, Jeremy Paton

If you are unable to fulfil your door duty, please speak to another member and organise a replacement for yourself.


For all other queries about the door roster please contact Paul Sullivan 0412 818144  email

Community Meals

Rotary Club of Albert Park Community Meals

Want community Meals Instructions. Please login, go to My ClubRunner Box, Click on View Club Documents, then click on Community Meals Instructions. 


If you have any issues or changes please contact Paul Flakus by Tuesday each week if you  are unavailable OR that they have made alternative changes on 0417 567 747  Phone: 03 9589 1722    Fax: 03 9589 2799 or

Community Meals            March - June 2010

27th March Stephen Bond Loryn Clark Paul Flakus
3rd April Paul Flakus Ian Henry Rose Annois
10th April Paul Flakus Loretta Michaelsen Sue Foster
17th April Henry Michaelsen Paul Flakus Michael Walstab
24th April Paul Flakus Liz De Nittis Jim Prokhovnik
1st May Rosie Annois Paul Flakus Kate Staniforth
8th May Paul Flakus Ivo Georgiev David Gorman
15th May Chris Lovett Del Lovett Paul Flakus
22nd May Paul Flakus Kerry Kornhauser   
29th May Paul Flakus Tess McGuigan  Michael Walstab
5th June  Paul Flakus Ian Wavish Ken hall
12th June Paul Flakus Robert Redpath Stephen Bond 
19th June Phil Schols David Gorman Paul Flakus
26th June Lorraine McIIdowie Rob McIldowie Paul Flakus
Club Presidents

03-11-92 Club / Chartered

03-11-92/94 Jim Corsie

1993-94 Doug Wade


1994-95 Gad Kolsky

1995-96 Rob Denton

1996-97 Ann White


1997-98 Loryn Clark

1998-99 David Gorman

1999-00 Vicki Teschke


2000-01 Mark Mills

2001-02 Gerry Phillips

2002-03 Clifton Warren


2003-04 Yolanda Pettinato

2004-05 Jessie Bainbridge

2005-06 Jim Prokhovnik


2006-07 Jenny Hunter

2007-08 Ken Hall

2008-09 Ian Henry


2009/2010 Joan Robison


Past Bulletins

Bulletin Feb 17, 2010 Click HERE        Bulletin Feb 24, 2010 Click HERE
Bulletin Mar 3, 2010 Click HERE         Bulletin Mar 10, 2010 Click HERE
Bulletin Mar 17, 2010 Click HERE        Bulletin Mar 24, 2010 Click HERE

Thats All For This Week
by Loretta Michaelsen

That's all for this week. Have a great break if your going away drive careful and enjoy.

Happy Easter 2010