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Thank you to the editorial team of German Rotarian
magazine, who ran an eye-catching spread in their July issue
on the District 9640 People of Action bus campaign. The
story was fittingly titled “We do Something”.
DISTRICT 9640 BUS CAMPAIGN
MAKES ITS WAY TO GERMANY
Our continued commitment to the
We have received many comments on our Global
Warning feature that appeared in the May 2018 issue.
Unfortunately, there are too many to publish. The vast
majority were positive, and a few questioned some
of the statements made by us and our Rotary leaders.
Regardless of personal opinions, everyone is aware of
the damage humans are causing to the environment
and RDU has taken a position to provide information
to clubs that can be used to help address issues in
Rotary Down Under Editorial Team
Enabling the extraordinary to occur
At her club’s recent changeover dinner, out-going
president Kehela Vandenberg gave an inspiring
address, with her closing remarks eloquently
highlighting the power of Rotary:
In the consideration of the fragility of Rotary and a
club’s continued existence, the most important asset
to a club is its membership. Every individual member
must always be conscious of the potential negative
and/or positive impact of our actions, inactions and
words on the volunteers who serve alongside us to
better this community and others that we interact
with. It can be a magical experience when you work
alongside a group of passionate and diverse individuals
united together under the common mindset to simply
serve others above themselves. This common mindset,
which is often absent or not applicable, say in the
workforce, enables the extraordinary to occur. The
power and impact that this collective approach can
have on those we are assisting and on each other can
be mind-blowing and have ripple effects. We must
remember the bigger picture of why we are Rotarians
and foster behaviour and an environment that
encourages continued membership and that furthers
our work. We must also appreciate that, regardless of
the extent of a member’s contribution, it can still not
only play a vital part in the work Rotary is known for,
but, more so, for making a change in another’s life.
We should never underestimate the impact that one
person can have, even with the simplest or smallest
of words or actions. May together we continue to not
only make a positive difference, but be an inspiration
to others to do the same and help create a better
world and life journey.
2017-18 president Kehela Vandenberg
Rotary Club of Monash, Vic
During the Darwin Institute last
September, then Rotary International
director Noel Trevaskis tabled two
resolutions to mark the creation
of the new Zone 8 incorporating
Australia and New Zealand. The
resolutions called for two prestigious
• Rotarian of the Year, and
• Humanitarian of the Year.
Noel then appointed a committee of six to
judge nominations from 27 district governors throughout both
countries. Bernie Lamers was the unanimous choice of the
judges, with his amazing record of service:
• Co-founder and principal fundraiser of the National Bone
Marrow Donor Registry, with his wife Gerry;
• Fundraiser, planner and project manager of the Rotary
Accommodation Centre in North Melbourne, Vic, and has
since planned and built several charity project homes;
• Joined Moira Kelly’s Children First Organisation and project
managed the Children First Rotary Farm;
• Continues long-term support for both organisations at 84
years of age.
District 9790 governor Bernie Bott presented the Rotarian of
the Year Award to Bernie at his District Conference (pictured),
but the award will also be highlighted at the first annual
Australia/New Zealand Rotary Conference in Hobart, Tas, in
September, with Bernie as a special guest.
The Humanitarian of the Year Award will be announced and
presented in a special ceremony at the Hobart Conference.
NAMED FIRST ZONE 8
ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR
Einfach abgesägt hatte jemand die
Wittener Stadtparks. DerRCWitten,
Sucheundmachtein Aachen einen
Zwilling derBronzefigur ausfindig.
einem Ruhrsandstein-Sockel und
Traditionelle Zulutänze sorgten
der Schule zusammen, diejetzt
erfolgreichabgeschlossen w urden.
„Wir tun was“
einen Rotary Club gibt. Abhilfe
schaffen solldie globalePR-Kampagne
„Wirtun was“ („PeopleofAction“).
Mit gutem Beispiel voran gehen die
Coast im Distrikt 9640, die mit
diesem Busdie Blickeauf sich zogen.
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