When the Canadian army liberated the Netherlands in 1945, they found the country on the brink of starvation. Seeing the suffering of so many, and especially moved by the faces of the children, four Canadian privates stationed near Apeldoorn that year decided to make that Christmas special for as many Dutch children as they could.Read more...
It is hard to believe that 5 months has already passed in Rotary this year and that December is now upon us.Read more...
There is a story told in my Hindu tradition of two sages, Shaunaka and Abhipratari. They were worshippers of Prana, the wind god. One day, the two men were about to sit down to lunch when a poor student knocked on their door, asking for food.Read more...
2015 - The year for achieving
Rotary Club of Southbank means so much to so many different people. And the first 6 months of this Rotary year has been an inspiring opportunity to celebrate all the different skills and talents that we each bring.
We caught up with Michel Zaffran, who will be taking over as director of polio eradication for the World Health Organization in February, to ask his thoughts about his new role. Zaffran encouraged Rotary members to keep up their advocacy efforts because “the end is in sight.”Read more...
In life, sometimes the experiences that matter the most are the briefest. They pass in the blink of an eye: a few days, a few hours, a few moments. They are the experiences that illuminate the landscape of our memory, shining brightly even years later. They are the moments in which we see, suddenly, something we had not seen; we understand something we had not understood; we forge a connection we had not expected.Read more...
This year, our Exchange is with the Philippines and has been renamed Group Vocational Exchange (GVE) reflecting the strong emphasis on vocational and workplace experience in both countries.Read more...
Come and join the Rotary Club of Strathmore for an one-off event when Rotary International President Nominee (2017-18) and Past RI Treasurer Ian Riseley.Read more...
The Rotary Club of Southbank will celebrate Rotary International's 111th birthday through 5000 years of Chinese Culture.
6.30pm Regular Meeting
7.30pm Tuesday 23rd February, 2016 Arts Centre Melbourne
We will continue to hold our regular meeting at our new venue at 6 for 6.30pm. Members and Visitors not attending the Shen Yun performance will continue with the meeting and fellowship at Dee Casa.
Dee Casa Restuarant
139 City Road
(Located in the WRAP apartments)
While an abundance of research is devoted to leaders – an entire literature, in fact –almost nothing is written about followers.Read more...
Some years ago, I was asked to speak at an Interact club in my home city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. I have always taken my interactions with Rotary youth very seriously, so I prepared my remarks carefully and put the same effort into my presentation that I would for any other event. After the meeting, I stayed to chat with a few of the Interactors, answering their questions and wishing them well.Read more...
Many years ago, in Kolkata, India, I had the chance to meet Mother Teresa. She was an incredible woman with an incredible force of personality. When she walked down the street, the crowd parted in front of her like the Red Sea. Yet when you talked to her, if you mentioned the tremendous things she had done, she almost did not engage in this topic at all. By many reports, if you asked her what her greatest achievement was, she would answer, "I am an expert in cleaning toilets."Read more...
Some years ago, in the Kano plains of Kenya, a well-meaning development agency took on the task of improving water availability to a rural community. Committees were formed, meetings were held, and the local people were consulted. The main need the community identified was improved delivery of water for irrigation and livestock. A plan to meet this need was created, and the work was soon begun, exactly as the community representatives had requested.Read more...
British writer and Royal Air Force pilot Roald Dahl was also an avid photographer who carried his beloved Zeiss camera on his many adventures. At a time when each photograph had to be laboriously developed by hand, on film or glass plate negatives, he amassed a collection of hundreds of images. In later years, these photographs served as a visual record of his travels, a way to document his experiences and share them with others. Yet he always spoke of his memories as being far more vivid than the photographs could ever reflect. So many events and experiences, he said, were simply impossible to capture; they could not be adequately conveyed in images or words.Read more...
Following on from the success of our Christmas in July in 2015, Southbank Rotary is set to have all the fun again - This time though, the venue will be the Red Emperor Restaurant in Southgate.
Come along and not only celebrate the season, but find an opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit of giving.
Date: Tuesday 19th July, 2016, 6.30pm for 7pm.
Venue: Red Emperor Restaurant
M10 Mid Level / Level 2 Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank VIC 3006
Cost: $25.Read more...
As any beginning Rotarian will tell you, there is more to Rotary than meets the eye. And this worldwide leadership and development course – now run over 2 days, is your opportunity to immerse yourself in all the lingo, the structure, and the history of Rotary; come away confident to inspire your club so that you can do bigger and better.
Registration requested for the next round of courses by July 29 - See details for Full list of dates as well as other leadership opportunities.Read more...
Upcoming Dates for August
|Aug 2||Club Meeting – Belgian – Mhairi & Eddie from Jubilee Sailing Trust|
|Aug 9||Club Meeting – Belgian – Update on Club Projects|
|Aug 14||Choir of Hard Knocks @ Hamer Hall|
|Aug 16||Club Meeting|
|Aug 20-21||RAM Conference|
|Aug 23||Club Meeting - Speaker: Georgia Retallack - Y Foundation|
|Aug 25||Board Meeting|
|Aug 27||District Membership / Marketing Seminar|
|Aug 28||RAWCS Southern Region AGM|
|Aug 30||Club Meeting - Justin Wibrow - Rotary Mentoring Program|
|Aug 31||Future Leaders Seminar - Penrith|
Join us ONLINE this Tuesday 30th April at 12 Noon Melbourne time for a live conversation on The Zone @ The Age about the valuable work and travel opportunities with World of Difference, a Rotary Project of District 9800 and RAWCS.Read more...
Venue: Byblos bar + restaurant
Date: 20th Dec 2011
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm
Address: 18-32 Siddeley Street, WTC Wharf Melbourne VIC 3005, Australia
Date:Tues, 13th December 2011
We listened to Tamara Cannon, founder of the Lille Fro Foundation about her treks through the himilayan mountains, the effect that sponsoring a young child in Northern India has made on her and why she set up the Lille Fri Foundation so that others can experience the joy of supporting the communities in some of the most remotest part of Northern India.
Congratulations on the newly appointed Officers for July 2012 - June 2013
President: Steven Aquilina
Immediate Past President: Clinton Wong
Vice President: Wendy Bennett
President Elect: Richard Shortt
Treasurer: Charles Dimmick
Secretary: Carl Kelsen
Director - Service Projects: Chris Trueman
Director - Club Operations: Jennifer Whitehead
Director - Community Engagement of Public Relations: Philip Archer
- Christine Richardson explained what and how we can prepare for our upcoming Club Vision planing session.
- Frank Connelly from "A future with elephants" (AFWE) shared his insights into the not for profit organisation with a focus on Asian elephant conservation in domestic populations in South East Asia.
Date: Tues, 6th December 2011
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm
Venue: Garden Rooms, Crown Towers Hotel
24th January, 2012
We will be welcoming Hugo Armstrong, Corporate Affairs Manager from CitiPower and PowerCor who will speak to us all about Smart Meters. Come and Learn about the technology and the benefits to you.
Date: Tues, 24th January 2012
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm
Venue: Garden Rooms, Crown Towers Hotel
Please Click Here to register your attendance.Read more...
To welcome the first meeting in the New Year we will be having a movie night.
Date: Tuesday, 17th January 2012
Where: Federation SquareRead more...
31st Jan ’12 - Gerry Phillips spoke of ROMAC which is a multi district Australasian Rotary initiative providing life saving or life changing surgery to children in countries in our region where the necessary surgery is unavailable locally. View their website http://www.romac.org.au/
Click Read more for the Powerpoint Presentation below.Read more...