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    Apr 15, 2020
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    Apr 29, 2020
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    May 13, 2020
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Lyn Borghouts
    April 5
  • John Sklenar
    April 9
  • Len Seddon
    April 11
  • Geoffrey Cawsey
    April 15
  • Allan Bruno
    April 20
  • Rachel Sumich
    April 29
Anniversaries:
  • John Sklenar
    Anne
    April 1
  • Peter Cribb
    Bev Cribb
    April 5
Join Date:
  • John Sklenar
    April 1, 1994
    26 years
  • Peter Cribb
    April 5, 2006
    14 years
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COVID-19 has brought many changes to our lives and has reduced what we as Rotarians thrive on; that is friendship, fellowship, helping others and having fun while doing so.
 
Well, we may be housebound, working from home or still navigating our way to work albeit more carefully than previously, but we aren't meeting and that is sad. 
The Board met today via ZOOM and despite a couple of teething issues had a great discussion and saw each other's faces
So, let's ZOOM!                     Our fortnightly meetings will now resume via ZOOM at 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays as normal.  
                              This is the link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/329803463
 
 
District 9800 have also established ZOOM meetings on the Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm.  This is the link and all are welcome. https://zoom.us/j/103410322
    Congratulations to Lucinda Simpson from Ascot Vale Special School on winning the Youth Category at this year's Shine On Awards.
 
  We nominated Lucy on the recommendation of her teachers and Principal and she was chose for her contributions and dedication.
  Unfortunately, the awards celebration was cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions but we hope to welcome Lucy to one of our meetings later this year.
On advice from the our Occupational Health & Safety consultant, the board has decided to close both the Op Shop and the Fit4 Use Store until further notice.  This is to  ensure a safe workplace for Sam and Lorry and our volunteers.  Whilst this will result in a loss of income for the club, we felt that it was better to err on the safe side.
 
We have also pressed "pause" on the Intergenerational/Multicultural Choir at 18 Anthony Street.  This choir has proved a great hit with our senior Chinese participants, the children and staff from the Kensington Children's Co-Op and Gregory Lodge residents but considering the age groups involved, once again safety first.
 
We have also ceased our fortnightly meetings at Crown Street Stables until further notice.  I have notified our prospective guest speakers of the cancellations and will re-engage them later in the year.

I encourage all members to keep in touch by phone, email of Facebook as your choice of communication.  If there is a interest, we could arrange a "Zoom" meeting at an agreed time.
For those of you still working and in regular face to face contact, be aware and stay healthy.

I am sure you will have heard by now of a raft of event cancellations:  
1.  The District Conference to be held in Bendigo was cancelled some weeks ago on advice to restrict gatherings of over 500 people.  Sincere thanks to all those people who put so much time and effort into the planning for and organising of this conference.  Commiserations to District Governor Grant Hocking and his club.

 
2.  The Rotary International Convention scheduled for early June in Honolulu has also been cancelled.  This event was planned to host approximately 30,000 people  so the cancellation is a blow not only to Rotarians, but to the Honolulu community.  

3.  The Kensington Festival scheduled for 29th March has been cancelled.

4.  The Flemington Traders Cultural Event planned for March 28th has been cancelled.  Please continue to support our local businesses and the Flemington Traders who support our club.  https://www.facebook.com/FlemingtonTraders/
 
5.  The Moonee Valley Art Show presented by the Rotary Clubs of Keilor East and Essendon and planned for April has been cancelled.
 


  RMIT University Health Transformation Lab deputy director Matiu Bush founded One Good Street and recommends seeking out established organisations 
  to offer help.   "Many people are motivated to form collectives at the moment, but my advice is to be collaborative and respectful to groups who have been  
  working in this space for years," he says.  
"Groups like Rotary, the Red Cross, volunteer home visitor schemes, are all parts of society that are already
  working to reduce isolation and loneliness in older people. 
"We can share resources and tap into those groups because they have the smarts on how to
  do this well." 
https://www.abc.net.au/life/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-be-a-good-neighbour/12066512

  And when the pandemic passes? Mr Bush says the best thing we can do, is keep checking in on our neighbours. "What everyone should be working
  towards is a deeper connection and more meaningful connection after the pandemic is over," Mr Bush says. "That's important because you don't want to
  introduce a whole lot of new people to someone in their 80s or 90s and then for all of those people to vanish afterwards, because that's introducing more
  loss into those people's lives. "There will be other challenges for communities and the idea is to forge connections that will last that are based on respect,
  understanding and the importance and value of older people in our community."


Relationships Australia national executive officer Nick Tebbey says letterbox drops are an ideal way to offer help as they allow social-distancing and give the recipient a chance to tell you what they really need.  But remember — before you go spreading love, you need to follow official health guidelines to make sure you're not spreading anything else. 
Services you can offer that don't involve physical contact might include:

  • Delivering groceries or medical supplies;
  • Mowing the lawn or helping in the garden;
  •  friendly chat over the fence (at a distance of at least 1.5 metres) or on the phone.
Tues 10th March
As we watched the ‘toilet-paper’ crisis in Melbourne emerging as a result of the COVID-19, we wondered if our planned trip starting tomorrow would/should proceed? Thorough checking with all venues confirmed it was still “on” and so our travel insurance would not cover our cancelling the trip, but did cover any medical issues from the virus, we resolved to go!  After all, we could contract the infection staying at home!  We were flexible, having already cancelled our planned two day stay in Hong Kong and having accepted a last minute change of flights within Europe due the airline involved reducing flights.
Wed 11th  
We left Tullamarine and headed to Hong Kong airport where we will transit to Frankfurt. We had access to the Airport lounges, these were largely empty as were the airports. We did have our temperature taken as we transited through Hong Kong. During the onward flight to Frankfurt the US announced the closure of its boarders to all European travels, would Australia follow suit?  The US decision immediately had consequences, resulting in massive cancellations on our flight to Frankfurt that saw it only half full!  As we arrived in Amsterdam from Frankfurt the Netherland Gov announced the closure of all museums and galleries! Oops!
 
 
Congratulations to Cathy Connop and team at the Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre on their recent win in the Image may contain: 4 people, people standing and text
Neighbourhood House Victoria Community Development Award for their Resilient Refugee Youth program.
This project improves the quality of life for young, newly arrived refugees by teaming them up with a Mentor who is responsive to their individual
needs, providing them with guidance and assistance to achieve their personal, educational and professional aspirations.
Members of our club joined with some of our supportive sponsors and students from Lunt Alexander College in this year's revamped International Women's Day breakfast.
Held at the magnificent Clocktower venue and supported by all the Rotary Clubs in Moonee Valley, participants were treated to 4 outstanding speakers who shared their experiences and motivation to overcome disadvantage/difficulties in participating in or working in a sporting arena.
Michelle Errichello, Nawab Hersi, Melissa Ensink and Maria Englezakis all had different issues and challenges but powered through to success. Hearing their stories was motivational for all of us, not just the students.
 
Thank you to Moonee Valley Council, and particularly Mayor Samantha Byrne and Councillors Nicole Marshall, Rebecca Gauci Maurici, Narelle Sharpe and Andrea Surace, and the council and Clocktower staff.
 
The Intergenerational Multicultural Choir meets to sing and enjoy each others company on Thursday mornings at the Kensington Neighbourhood Centre at 18 Anthony Street in Kensington, near the Town Hall.     The purpose is to bring together people of all ages and from all cultural backgrounds through the joy of song.  Led by experienced Choir Mistress Ruth Kennedy, the participants enjoy singing a range of songs, interacting with each other and watching the children sing and dance.
 
     
 
     
For more information contact Anne McMahon on 0424 560 621                                           READ MORE
            
Congratulations Matiu on being selected as one of the Impact25 in the 2019 ProBono Awards,
recognising positive impact in the community.

 

From a shortlist of 150 individuals, the sector has chosen the 25 most inspiring and influential people in the social economy for 2019.  This year, more than 430 individuals were nominated to highlight their contributions to the social sector and their wider communities, individuals actively achieving positive change in the community.. 

The awards, run in partnership with Community Sector Banking, are a well-established accolade recognising the most influential people in civil society as nominated and voted for by their peers. 

The Impact 25 winners will be now celebrated at the 2019 Impact 25 Awards night on 19 March, when the judges will also reveal who has been chosen as 2019’s innovator, collaborator and influencer.
humanitix.com/2019-impact-25-awards-and-20-years-of-pro-bono-australia/tickets

The Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington has established a foundation to manage and disburse funds raised through their two Opportunity Shops.  This foundation is a registered company and has received registration as a charity from the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission effective  26 September 2019.
 
The Trustees for the Foundation are:  Lesley McCarthy, Peter Donnellan and Lyn Borghouts.
 
All requests for funding/support from the foundation must be submitted in writing through a member of the Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington and will be considered at a monthly meeting.  Criteria for support are those identified by the ACNC for benevolent need.  The Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington Foundation also requires all project claims to adhere to the goals and areas of focus identified by Rotary International.
Today we held the first working bee at Ascot Vale West Primary School.   
The plan is to create a sensory garden to surround the new Buddy Bench,
and create an enjoyable space for children to sit, chat and enjoy the fragrances.
 
This project has been supported by a Rotary District 9800 Foundation Grant.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The end result looks amazing.

It is with immense delight we were advised that the first playground from the recent container to Sri Lanka has been installed and officially unveiled today.   This playground has been placed at a children's play area in Ampara, about 360 km east of Columbo.

The formal ceremony was conducted by President Dr Davaratna of the Rotary Club of Ampara in the presence of President Sarav Soundar 
of the Rotary Club of Columbo, Past District Governor Senake Ameresinghe and PP Pubudu De Zoysa Chairman of District 3220 projects
as well as Urban Council dignitaries and a large number of Rotarians.
 
This playground was extracted from the Quantin Binnah park in Werribee.
 
Pictured at far left is Past District Governor Senake Ameresinghe and far right Past President Pubudu De Zoysa.
 

     
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Flemington Kensington

Service Above Self

Breakfast 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7.15-8.45
Crown Street Stables
40 Crown Street
near the corner of Edinburgh Street
Flemington, VIC 3031
Australia

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