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     Our Club members are dedicated to making a difference in the local and international community.

Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of friendly people who share your drive to give back.

Club News
Beautiful Zoom
We are creating a record of participants on Zoom to be sent to members as a momento of their Zoom meetings. it might also be useful for the annual report. 
Some people do not position themselves close-up in the frame, some have back-lighting or distracting backgrounds and there is usually someone chatting, yawning or otherwise not paying attention. Therefore we need to set up for good screenshots.  You probably know  that under the video button on Zoom there is a settings option and that includes an appearance  "touch up” option (some of us need that desperately).
We are planning to carry it out at 5.45pm on 1 October 
The Eastern Elder Abuse Network (EEAN) is working with Swinburne University to create a media database of images, video and stories of diverse, active and positive older people. 
The database will be used to combat the negative representations of older people we often see in the media. The EEAN members, which includes local councils, health and community services, will instead use these positive images in their media, information and awareness campaigns.
We are looking for community champions to make this happen!
If you are available from mid-October, a Swinburne student will visit you at your home (or in a public place if restrictions are in place) to photograph or film you. They may ask you questions about the activity you've chosen and why you enjoy it. Students will wear masks at all times. The whole process should take less than one hour.
Interested?  Email Diana Bossio dbossio@swin.edu.au to join the register.   She will be in touch to confirm a suitable day and time.
Grand Final FUNraiser
It was a nervous time for Demon supporters in the second quarter but, after that, the sentimental favourites surged ahead. But who were the skilful/lucky winners of our own footy competition? All will be revealed this Thursday when the WINNERS will be announced.
Many thanks to Rob Hortin for collating results from the seventy seven entries from RCNB Members and Friends. We hope all participants had FUN urging their nominations to victory.
Improve Your Mental Health by Changing the Bacteria in Your Gut
Recognition of the connection between the gut and the brain from satiety to stress is not new. It’s long been known that the brain communicates with the gut—think of 'gut-wrenching' moments or 'following your gut', but recent research suggests the brain-gut connection actually goes both ways.
The link between the brain, gut, and microbiome (the millions of organisms in the large intestine) has come to the forefront of the medical research community in the past few years.  A growing amount of evidence demonstrates the importance of a healthy gut microbiota for patients suffering from anxiety and depression.

We need to raise awareness of the serious mental health issues we face in all areas of our communities including return servicemen, schools, homes and workplaces.

We need to encourage people to “join the conversation” about mental health and break down the stigma that continues to plague our society.

We need to find a way so people are more comfortable to discuss and seek help for their mental health issues.​

Let's start by walking and talking together and LIFT THE LID in Mental Illness!

Rotary International Theme
Shekhar Mehta, the Rotary International President 2021 - 2022 has selected his theme as "Serve to Change Lives".
Rotary Four Way Test
Rotarians live by the Four Way Test:
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
Rotary is dedicated to causes that build international relationships, improve lives and create a better word to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
Promoting Peace
Fighting Disease
Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene
Saving Mothers and Children
Supporting Education
Growing Local Economies
Protecting the Environment
Guest Speaker Justin North-Coombes
Sep 30, 2021 6:30 PM
MICA Paramedic
Guest Speaker Dorothy Gilmour
Oct 07, 2021 6:30 PM
Safe Families
Guest Speaker Peter Pal
Oct 14, 2021 6:30 PM
Rotary Peace Fellow
Annual Report
Our Club enjoyed a very different 2020 to 2021 year.
We celebrated our Changeover in person!!