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
End Trachoma Kits Michelle Sparrow 2021-11-15 13:00:00Z 0

Back to face to face

We're back to face to face meetings. November meetings at the Portland Bowls Club. December meeting should see us back at the Richmond Henty Hotel - Blue Room.
Back to face to face Michelle Sparrow 2021-11-11 13:00:00Z 0

Our November Meetings

Whats on for our Club in November:

November 17 2021 - Portland Bowling Club
  • Come and try social bowls
    • Following club meeting
November 24 2021 - Portland Bowling Club
  • Guest Speaker
    • ​​​​​​​President Kym Stock - Foundation & AGM
Our November Meetings Michelle Sparrow 2021-11-11 13:00:00Z 0

Project Ideas Submissions

We are looking for a major project to undertake.  If you have had an idea for a project, we invite you to submit the idea for consideration by the Board and the club. 
It is the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Australia in 2021.  There are projects underway that we could join or come up with our own to commemorate the R100 anniversary.  Browse the projects underway at the R100 website. https://www.rotary100downunder.com/big-ideas
We have funds sitting unused, there are grants available and there are previous projects that could be built on.  
Submission by 31 January 2021.  Submissions need to follow the template document, available here or from the download library on our club website. 
Project Ideas Submissions Claire Holt 2020-12-14 13:00:00Z 0

Australia Day Update

We announced at the meeting was that our District was successful in securing three Australia Day Grants.  Claire has been in touch with the council and can confirm that the normal community events will not be going ahead (the community breakfast, Hooked on Portland activities on the foreshore etc.).  The Glenelg Shire council will be running it's award ceremonies as ticketed invitee only events in the towns through the shire.  
The initial idea was to try and run a drive-in cinema event.  We have since had confirmation that the movie equipment will not be available around this time.  (will hold this idea in reserve for a March event).
Claire also attended the Grants seminar run by the National Australia Day Council on Monday the 14th.  The grant is specifically for an event held on Australia Day only.  This can be an online event or public event.  The theme of the Australia Day promotion is 'The Story of Australia' acknowledging that sometimes the story is not always palatable and acknowledging our history spans 60,000 years, not just the recent colonisation.   Read more here: https://www.australiaday.org.au/
Open for ideas! Restrictions may change again in early January.  Do we want to do something?
Australia Day Update Claire Holt 2020-12-13 13:00:00Z 0

Welcome to 2021 Breakfast

To welcome in 2021, we will be having a BBQ at the Fauna Park.  First Meeting back on 06 January at 0700am.  Remember to rsvp for catering purposes.   
Welcome to 2021 Breakfast Claire Holt 2020-12-05 13:00:00Z 0

Our November Meetings Details

Lynda Smith from Kyeema joined us on the 11th.  She filled us in about the special residential care homes that are going to be built in Palmer Street.  These will help to provide some independence for people living with disabilities.  The online craft auction successfully raised $10,000.  Find out more here: http://www.kyeema.com.au/?page_id=650
Layla Cook returned from her Rotary Exchange year at the start of October.  She joined us on Zoom and shared with us some of her experiences during this very different exchange. 
Nicole Carr, from United Way Glenelg came along to fill us in on what has been happening at United Way during this year.  Full report here: stories/guest-speaker-nicole-carr-on-25-nov-2020
Jody told us about his best Rotary experience so far.  stories/25-nov-jody-duckworth-3min-speaker
Our November Meetings Details Claire Holt 2020-12-05 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

Christmas meeting and DG Visit

DG Phil is visiting on Wednesday 16 December. It is also our Christmas meeting. Bring along a Kris Kringle present: Something home made or local produce.
Christmas meeting and DG Visit Claire Holt 2020-12-05 13:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Nicole Carr on 25 Nov 2020

Nicole Carr.  United Way Glenelg, Chief Executive Officer.
Covid has been a catalyst for innovation; collaboration with community and in particular with Rotary.
Raising community spirit as well as support for the community.
UWG is part of worldwide network and we have utilised the power of that network more than before.
Shark pitch – thanks for contribution of $1000 across the 3 projects. Monumental achievement $53,784 raised in total. Building community spirit through a chat box. $16039 indigenous war memorial in Heywood completion in March 2021. $17,220 Beats Cycle for Hope project. Many people have put off attending their doctor during Covid and there has been an increase in cancer diagnosis because of this. The money will be very welcome. $20,475 Kyeema “My Place” project – have a long way to go to raise the total needed to build two houses. 188 registrations but we feel many more were there as often more than one person behind the screen.
Guest Speaker Nicole Carr on 25 Nov 2020 Margaret Wagner 2020-12-05 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Info Night

Want to find out what Rotary is all about?  Are you looking for something different but meaningful to do?  Come along to our Zoom meeting on Wednesday 30 September to find out.  REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/rotaryportlandbay
We will be showcasing our core activities locally in the Portland Area, along with the bigger picture of what Rotary is all about both nationally and internationally.  After this we will be breaking out into smaller rooms where you can ask Rotarians questions directly and hear about their Rotary Experience (it's different for everyone!).  
The night is free. No commitment required.  It really is just a bit of a show and tell, so you can see if it is something that you might want to have a go at.    Rotary offers so much, that you can tailor your own experience to meet your own passions to make a bit of a difference in the world.
Rotary Info Night Claire Holt 2020-09-20 14:00:00Z 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

Celebrating 21 Years

On Tuesday May 12th 2020 we sang “21 today, 21 today, we’ve got the key to the door (well we had a key but it didn’t fit the door!!!), never been 21 before….. That part was true!
With the #stayhome restrictions in place due to Covid-19 we had to get creative to find a way to celebrate our milestone. And celebrate we did.
Our resident cook baked cupcakes (thanks Brian), Helen helped I’m sure. Helen, Lynne and Bev delivered them to
members on the day of our party (thanks ladies).
Claire set up a Zoom meeting #party (she is a whizz…thanks Claire). Paul helped to put together a clip of birthday wishes sent to the club (very clever – thanks Paul).
Celebrating 21 Years Margaret Wagner 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

International Nurses Day

Our club President for the year 2019-2020,  Bev McIlroy, has been a registered nurse for 55 years but she’s never worked through a pandemic like COVID-19.  Here's a bit about her journey at our local health service.

Portland District Health’s (PDH) assistant director of nursing and after-hours coordinator is relishing the challenge and says it has strengthened her belief in the importance of health workers.

“I’m glad I’m working when this once-in-a-lifetime event happened,” she said. “You can see all the changes that are going to happen as a result of this virus and from a healthcare perspective there will be some good positive changes.”

Ms McIlroy has been impressed with how PDH and health authorities across Australia have responded to the virus.


International Nurses Day Claire Holt 2020-05-11 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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