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Club News
Nicholas Foster  -  Operations Manager IQ Energy
 
I've held a number of roles, from Operations Manager at Global Voices, a not for profit with the aim of developing youth leadership, to being a supervisor at a five-star hotel within the City of Melbourne.
 
My latest challenge has been working as the Operations Manager for IQ Energy Australia, an environmental technologies start up, with the aim of keeping waste as resources and finding new ways to collaborate so we can address growing climate concerns.
Giving back through Interact
– the student-led initiative championing social justice in our local area    
– Callum McNaught
 
As the festive season takes hold, Christmas trees are put up and lights decorate our lawns, this year we paused to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and found an example in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs where a unique partnership is making a significant difference in the community.

From the time Isabelle Oh and Meththa Sumanasekara started year seven at Balwyn High School in 2017, Interact Club has been an integral part of Balwyn High School’s club system, committed to engaging with the local community through local Rotary Club activities. Interact Club predominantly works with the Rotary Club of Balwyn North in a unique and fruitful relationship where student-driven social justice ideas take centre stage. “We communicate through email a lot about what activities we want to run, then they reach out to the higher leadership teachers to see if that can be possible”, says Meththa.

Camcare – Home deliveries              

Our Club answered the call from Camcare a while back to assist each week with contactless food home deliveries for certain of their clients.

With the relaxation of pandemic rules that process has concluded and all clients will be required to call personally for their food support. Last Thursday was our final run – by Greg C, Sue and Geoff H.

Our involvement with Camcare continues with weekly food collection from 2nd Bite, as well as occasional help with their kitchen garden producing home-grown vegetables. That garden is being expanded early next year and our Club has committed $1,000 to that project.  

 

ARHF Life Membership - PDG Greg Ross
 
Retiring Chairman (PDG Greg Ross) served on the Board for seven years, the last three as Chairman. Greg introduced 'Lift the Lid on Mental Illness' which was adopted by the Board and is now widely used in ARH promotion. A gifted speaker and entertainer, Greg used his talents to publicise ARH at every opportunity. The Board unanimously supported Greg for Life membership. It has been a pleasure working with you Greg - Congratulations!
 
....and Congratulations from the members of RCNB for the Life Membership
 
Christmas Party 2021 - Announcements
 
Club’s Homelessness Project
 
A donation of $4,000 was made to Servants Community Housing (CEO Amana Donohoe - pictured receiving the cheque) .
 
Hopefully the funds can be used to facilitate purchase of a new Stove and air conditioner which both are urgent upgrades required
 
Boroondara Community Outreach
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At the initiative of Hugo Goetze, a payment of $820 has been made by the Club for the purchase of Rotary puddings for hampers being prepared by the Uniting Church in Highbury Grove Kew for the needy in our area
 
Afghan Refugee Project
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·        The Board has approved payment up to $1,500 to assist delivery costs for the transport of donated goods (furniture etc) to assist Afghan refugees. Rowan McClean and Cris Yudi are active in this project. 
 
·        The children’s gifts donated by members (at the meeting) will also be made available as part of this project.
 
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
 
Annual Report
Our Club enjoyed a very different 2020 to 2021 year.
 
 
We celebrated our Changeover in person!!
 
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