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Article submitted by Heather Browning - Rotary Club of Hastings Western Port
 
As part of our literacy work at the Rotary Club of Hastings Western Port, each year we provide a free sausage sizzle for all the local preschool and early school students on book day. 
 
The local traders along High Street decorate their shop windows as story book themes and many of them dress up in matching costumes. 
 
The children walk along High Street with their teachers and are read to at various shops and offices.  Most of the town becomes involved.  
 
It is a lovely day demonstrating the village raising its children and is eagerly looked forward to each year. 
 
This year we had a significant number of new books that we gave away to each child also.  Left over books were then donated to a couple of schools.
 
Article submitted by Assistant Governor - Sjaak Kusters
 
103 guests, including Rotarians, partners and Rotaractors attended the District Governor’s (DG's) Cluster Meeting on 29th August at Frankston International Motel & Function Centre.  This achieved a District 9820 attendance record.
 
Participating Clubs & guests included: RC Frankston (44), RC Frankston North (20),  RC Frankston Sunrise (7), RC Peninsula 2.0 (14)  RC Seaford Carrum Downs (9), RC Langwarrin (5.) and Peninsula Rotaract Club (4).
 
With the room almost at capacity the atmosphere was pleasantly frantic. The seating plan was arranged to avoid Rotarians sitting with fellow club members.  In this way Rotarians from 6 clubs sitting randomly with each other, created a very healthy fellowship with good interaction.  
 
Assistant Governor (AG) Sjaak Kusters was the Chairman and created a meeting format that accommodated all stake holders.  He welcomed DG Adrian & Wendy, DGE Mark Humphries & Linda and AG partner Joy Kusters, followed by all Presidents & partners.
 
 
Sergeant Barry then performed an amazing floorshow.  Dressed as an Indian snake charmer playing a homemade tradition flute he charmed a serpent, in the form of a “broken chain”, from an urn reflecting the “Breaking the Chains” theme of the meeting, before conducting a PowerPoint inspired quiz.  His entertaining contribution was accepted with roaring laughter and applause.
 
DG Adrian was introduced following the presentation of a detailed Bio and he launched into his ‘Breaking the Chains’ message with a couple of film clips from our esteemed World President Mark Maloney.
 
Adrian spoke of the RYLA partnership with Swinburn Uni, promoted the 2020 conference next March, and the sponsorship deal with Gumbuya World. 
 
Mark & Linda distributed work sheets around the tables to assess our knowledge and ideas of the current position of Rotary in our District.
 
Finally, Adrian presented the DG’s Partner’s project on Polio Eradication, “The Endgame”, as his wife, Wendy, was still recovering from a recent medical event. 
Article submitted by Viv Armstrong (Rotary Latitude 38)
 
Living Safely in Cardinia
 
You could have heard a pin drop at the Embrace Aging Forum held at the Cultural Centre on Tues 10th Sept, when Janet McCahon, Past District Governor and member of the Rotary eclub of Latitude 38, introduced Justin Stanton from Victoria Police.
 
Justin outlined the many and varied scams focused on fleecing seniors in the community of their hard-earned savings. Some audacious examples caused murmurs of surprise, and yet it is a sad fact that our senior residents are the primary target of deception. Justin shocked the crowd when he discussed the level of fraud perpetrated against seniors, saying this made up a major part of the work done by our Police in Cardinia, and across the country.
 
 
The fully booked Forum, showcased 21 exhibitors who busily handed out all manner of information to attendees after they had their interest in services piqued by the engaging speakers. Joining Justin from Victoria Police were representatives from services such as Regional Assessment Agency, Monash Health, Advanced Care Planning and Council of The Ageing.
 
The Casey/Cardinia chapter of Latitude 38 got the idea rolling with a proposal some months ago, brought in their partners Seniors ROAR, who run safe behaviours training for staff and residents in Aged Care facilities, and were quickly joined by members from the Ageing Alliance. 
 
Annmarie Saffin, Cardinia Council Ageing Coordinator. threw all her support behind the committee, and in so doing reflected the resolve of the Council as a whole, to support and promote the wellbeing of our Senior Community.
 
Adrian Froggatt, Rotary District Governor commented,“The theme for this year in Rotary is Connecting the World,” he said. “Today I saw a brilliant example of Connecting the Community.”
 
 
So how does an eclub run projects in a community when many of their members live across the District? This is a question we often get asked.
 
The members of the eclub are building their profile in the different communities in which their members reside, by joining together with Community groups to help run projects they have an interest in. 
 
"By using our expertise and contacts we are in a unique position to add value to the work of some very dedicated community entities, and in so doing, add value to the reputation of our club.“ said President Elect Jim Armstrong.  “Our club meets on line, meaning our meetings are strictly business, so social exchanges as a large group are seldom. To develop the social aspect for members based in different locations, it becomes imperative for us to interact with other community groups and lend a hand to various Rotary clubs to help with their events. I believe this makes us stronger as Rotarians in that we are reliant on our initiative to become involved within the community. “  
 
For information on our projects, local and overseas, refer to: 
 
As Voices of Frankston approaches its 5th year, birthday celebrations are in the wind. We would like to invite you to come and celebrate with us on October 16th at 10am for morning tea followed by our free Birthday Concert at 10.30am at High St Uniting Church Frankston.

Voices of Frankston is an inclusive community choir.  For five years, it has provided a 'voice' and a community for marginalised people in Frankston and the peninsula region.

Supported by Rotary Clubs, businesses, community groups and generous benefactors, Voices of Frankston has changed the lives of dozens of men and women bringing new hope and a new pathway in life.
 
Over the past years Voices of Frankston Choir has grown from strength to strength. In the beginning we were under the guidance of The School of Hard Knocks and shared many exciting times singing in the Melbourne Town Hall and Deakin Edge Theatre.

From the start of this year we have established ourselves as an independent, incorporated, not for profit charitable organisation, under the leadership of the extremely talented and dedicated Kerry Gerraty. Kerry has the wonderful ability to fill everyone with confidence and bring out the best in us all through the joy of singing. We have a regular core of membership of 35 choristers, a wonderful group of people from the local community who support each other through our music and beyond.

This year we started with a performance as the backing choir for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Rotary 2019 Multi District Conference held at the Melbourne Entertainment and Convention Centre. What a delight that was!
 
At this stage we are financially secure until the end of 2019. We hope to continue as a strong choir, but in order to do this we need your help. Talk about us and tell anyone you think could help us.
 
How can you help?
1) As a volunteer to help on Wednesday mornings- to do the meet and greet, or help prepare the lunches.
2) As a chorister - sing with us under the guidance of our musical team of Kerry and pianist Boris
3) As a community group - that we could come and sing and share our music with
4) As a financial supporter - we need to keep raising money to continue.

Thank you for your support
Cindy McMahon - Chairperson for Voices of Frankston Choir
Email:           voicesoffrankstonchoir@gmail.com
GoFUndMe: https://www.gofundme/f/4skx2-voices-of-frankston-choir-need-your-help
Twitter:         twitter.com/@ChoirVof