March and April 2023

Whats on for our Club in March / April 2023:
March 22nd our guest speaker is from the local Portland Coast Guard
March 29th we are having a Vocational Visit to the Portland Airport (no meeting at the Bowling Club)
April 5th we just have a chatty morning
April 12th is the Board Meeting
April 19th we have a guest speaker
April 25th is ANZAC Day - thankyou
Our Coffee Van is out and about fundraising, we are at the local Drags club, Relay for Life, Easter Fair, Heywood Motocross event.
March and April 2023 Annette 2023-03-17 13:00:00Z 0
End Trachoma Kits Michelle Sparrow 2021-11-15 13:00:00Z 0

End Trachoma Project Update

End Trachoma is a fantastic initiative started by the Rotary Club of Melbourne with Nourish our Communities Ltd, working with Rotary Clubs in Districts of Australia. We at Rotary Club of Portland bay are incredibly excited to be part of this fantastic initiative, and to be completing 30 End Trachoma Kits that will be heading to a recipient school in the Northern Territory. Our volunteers make the bags, help collect donated contents and assemble the kits. To find out more information on what we are up to, or you are interested in knowing what to donate, please click the link
End Trachoma Project Update Michelle Sparrow 2021-11-15 13:00:00Z 0

25 Nov Jody Duckworth  3min speaker

I remember how proud I was when I became a member and then to what was my year as Youth Director, I had the pleasure of putting together a plan of action and a fundraising budget to try and achieve to my plan and then move into what was a very busy and rewarding year. 
Sending and supporting young people to experience RYLA and RYPEN. Finding 3 applicants for outbound Youth exchange and with the help of the Rotary Club of Portland being able to see all 3 become successful outbound students. We had the wonderful Maddie as our inbound exchange student. It was a busy and rewarding year for myself and I believe the Club.  I think we all miss Maddy's happy energy. 
I also love challengers and I think Event Management was my thing that year. Again, I want to thank the members for the support I received that year with two major events. 
There was the night we relived Dirty Dancing in the park and somehow got almost 200 community members to come watch the movie with us. This night I witnesses what a great club we can be working together in what was a big challenge I threw your way. Not only a movie in the park but we ran a bar, BBQ, lolly shop and of course our favourite coffee shop. I remember Anita trying to talk me/us into running a jazz night in the park. Still not off the table Anita if you're here. 
But that wasn't the biggest event, we also had the district youth exchange conference and dinner.  It was a whole weekend dedicated to youth exchange, inbound and outbound students and supports coming together across our district.  Not only was it a great event but we got the chance to show off Portland and how amazing this community is. I remember driving around the 3 kids that stayed with me overnight and they were loving our harbour and natural beauty. Their favourite moment was out near SeaWind's nursery where a Koala seemed to pose perfectly for a picture right outside the car window. I think they took 500 pics of that koala, including the kid from our district. There were Kids, councillor's, parents, Rotarians everywhere and smiles all round. I remember I was so grateful for all the assistance I received to make this the best experience for our visitors. We did our club proud. We did Portland Proud.
This was my most rewarding experience so far. Not because I clearly enjoy event management and not just because we were able to reach out and support youth in the many exceptional Rotarian youth programs we have, it was my most rewarding year as I was able to witness how amazing our club is when we come together to support our community.
25 Nov Jody Duckworth 3min speaker Jody Duckworth 2020-12-05 13:00:00Z 0

Grocery Deliveries in Lockdown

Our Rotary club jumped to provide assistance during the first lock down phase in March-April this year.
Rotarian Karen Malseed organised our roster to ensure drivers were available to do home deliveries, assisting our local supermarket with the surge in demand.
We assisted with IGA deliveries.  We feel proud of our efforts together while we joined with the Lions Club of Portland.  Over 94 volunteer hours were recorded by Rotarians making 75 deliveries to many grateful community members.
A donation of $1800 from IGA has been received as a gesture of their grateful thanks during difficult times.
Grocery Deliveries in Lockdown Kazza Malseed 2020-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

Connecting with our Youth

Well!, What an amazing club meeting we just had tonight!. In celebrating Youth Month, we invited our past and current Rotary Youth Exchange Students to our Zoom meeting along with some of their parents. 
We had sons and daughters from Australia (currently in France and Denmark), France, Brazil, Belgium and Denmark past RYE students join us. How wonderful it was. And it's something we wouldn't have thought to do so easily in pre-pandemic days
Connecting with our Youth Claire Holt 2020-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0