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International Convention - Atlanta
Jun 10, 2017 – Jun 14, 2017
 
Public Holiday - Queen's Birthday
Jun 12, 2017
 
School Term 2 ends
Jun 30, 2017
 
 
 
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Membership Update
It’ can be a difficult time of year for Clubs, shoring up their membership for the end of year.  I’m pleased to report our worldwide membership is 1,237,928 as of 30 April 2017 (This represents growth of 30,022 above the 1 July start figure).  
Our District has had a positive result up to the end of April, a net D9820 increase of 34, an increase of almost 3%!
Clubs should be aware that Rotary is measuring membership figures slightly differently this year. Beginning immediately with the 2016-17 Rotary year, new members added on or before 30 June will count toward the current Rotary year, while members added with 1 July effective dates will count toward the new Rotary year.  (previously new members reported 1st July were not included in the previous year)
 
Webinars – a great way to learn about current Rotary ideas and discussions
 
PAST WEBINAR RECORDINGS
 
Considering corporate membership? Monday 26 September 2016
You can view the recording of this webinar by clicking on the following link:
 
Focusing on retention: Strategies to enhance member satisfaction, Tuesday, 22 November 2016
 
Attracting the next generation of Rotarians, Wednesday 22 February 2017
 
Using technology to strengthen Rotary: online meetings, e-clubs and other things, Thursday, 27 April 2017
View the recording: link coming soon
 
Telling our story: Communicating about Rotary in the community, Wednesday 24 May 2017
View the recording: link coming soon
 
UPCOMINGWEBINARS
Trends in volunteering: Opportunities for membership and your club, Monday 5 June 2017, 5.30 pm (AEST)
Membership Update
It’ can be a difficult time of year for Clubs, shoring up their membership for the end of year.  I’m pleased to report our worldwide membership is 1,237,928 as of 30 April 2017 (This represents growth of 30,022 above the 1 July start figure).  
Our District has had a positive result up to the end of April, a net D9820 increase of 34, an increase of almost 3%!
Clubs should be aware that Rotary is measuring membership figures slightly differently this year. Beginning immediately with the 2016-17 Rotary year, new members added on or before 30 June will count toward the current Rotary year, while members added with 1 July effective dates will count toward the new Rotary year.  (previously new members reported 1st July were not included in the previous year)
 
Webinars – a great way to learn about current Rotary ideas and discussions
 
PAST WEBINAR RECORDINGS
 
Considering corporate membership? Monday 26 September 2016
You can view the recording of this webinar by clicking on the following link:
 
Focusing on retention: Strategies to enhance member satisfaction, Tuesday, 22 November 2016
 
Attracting the next generation of Rotarians, Wednesday 22 February 2017
 
Using technology to strengthen Rotary: online meetings, e-clubs and other things, Thursday, 27 April 2017
View the recording: link coming soon
 
Telling our story: Communicating about Rotary in the community, Wednesday 24 May 2017
View the recording: link coming soon
 
UPCOMINGWEBINARS
Trends in volunteering: Opportunities for membership and your club, Monday 5 June 2017, 5.30 pm (AEST)
 
Wheelchairs for Kids - Trevor’s Partners’ Project

Wheelchairs For Kids (WFK) is an organisation whose mission is to manufacture and distribute wheelchairs to children, assisting them with the means to raise them off the ground from where they are presently confined, and gain a new level of freedom and mobility. According to United Nations World Health estimates, wheelchairs are desperately needed around the world for millions of severely disabled children throughout under-resourced countries of the world. Many wheelchairs are actually needed, but every one supplied by WFK makes an enormous difference for one needy child. This project is the passion of PP Peter Klaaysen, and now it is mine. Peter and I have travelled around the district giving presentations about this amazing project, and I am humbled by the generosity of clubs in our District.

   

On 15th May, the RC Casey was visited by Pres. Sharryn Marshall from RC Drouin who, on behalf of her club, presented me with a substantial cheque. I also received an incredible donation from our Rotaractors when they visited our club a few weeks ago, and again, I was at a loss for words.

This year, as my project, in excess of $40,000 has been raised which will take 2,400 children off the ground and into a wheelchair. The cost for one chair is $200.00 and I have asked that each club continue to support WFK by donation just one chair a year - $200.00.

Congratulations D9820 on your generosity and brilliant achievement. I am going to continue with this program in the years ahead, and if any club would like a guest speaker to talk about the way lives, families, entire villages are changed through the generosity of Rotarians supporting Wheelchairs for Kids, please contact me and we will set a date for either Peter, me, or both of us to attend your club. Please email me at: lynnewestland@gmail.com

I cannot begin to express my appreciation to the Rotary Clubs and the Rotaract who have so generously supported my project for the year ‘Wheelchairs for Kids’. Thank you.

Trevor

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Rotary Club of Maffra Guinness World Book of Records
Call them what you will — Wellingtons, galoshes or gumboots, but when the siren sounded just after noon on Sunday, the sky above Maffra Recreation Reserve was a sea of them.
 
Rotary Club of Maffra Guinness World Book of Records
Most people throwing Wellington gum boots at the same time!
Maffra Recreational Reserve, Gibney St Maffra, 30th April 2017
Guinness World Records gave their approval for this attempt
The most people throwing Wellington gum boots simultaneously is 431, achieved by Burwell Village College Primary in Burwell, UK, on 1 July 2016.
The Rotary Club of Maffra was aiming to beat this record with the help and participation of keen and interested community participants.
NO records were broken, but a lot of fun was had by all.
Hundreds flocked to Maffra Recreation Reserve on Sunday to be part of the Rotary Club of Maffra’s attempt to beat the gumboot throwing record and score a spot in next year’s Guinness Book of Records, but the tally of 333 was almost 100 too few.
The carnival atmosphere and sensational autumn weather made for a fun day out, and there wasn’t too much disappointment at not having beaten the record.
The event put Maffra on the map and helped raise about $1000 after costs, all of which goes towards community projects.
Rotarian and event organiser Dianne Honey said the Wellington community had embraced the record attempt wholeheartedly, most coming early to browse the market stalls and enjoy the jumping castle, music, food and games.
For the children, there was plenty for them to do such as carnival rides, face painting and a jumping castle. They could even place an entry into the best decorated gumboot section or participate in the egg and spoon race wearing gumboots, or the three-legged race also wearing gumboots!
There were families, singles, old and young, and even a set of eyes watching from above, as a drone flew overhead to record the occasion and make the record attempt legitimate.
“Everyone had a great day and that was one of the things we wanted to see happen” Ms Honey said.
She said the club was now planning on selling some of the gumboots generously donated by dairy equipment specialists Daviesway, to boost the fundraising total.
“It was a great success, and we are now thinking of doing something next year so we have another reason for a family day out.”
 
P.P. Shane Smallwood PHF
Rotary Club of Maffra.