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The Rotary Club of Belmont, Vic, Bikes for Refugees program
began when member Joan Watson spoke about the Diversitat
organisation as part of the club’s strategic review. Diversitat,
also known as Geelong Ethnic Communities Council, is a
not-for-profit community service group that supports the
multicultural communities and the disadvantaged within the
region. There are numbers of refugees in the Geelong area
with no means of transport and push bikes seemed a simple
and cost-effective way to solve this problem.
The Belmont club was working with Oberon Secondary
School on a number of other programs and Joan was
aware of a bike repair class at the school. After approaching
school headmaster Tim McMahon it was agreed to form a
partnership with the club whereby Oberon students would
refurbish the bikes to a safe standard and the Rotary Club of
Belmont would fund and supervise the program.
Bikes were sourced from around Anglesea and before long
there were more bikes than were needed. By the eighth week
43 bikes had been completed.
With the bikes renovated a barbecue and presentation day
for the refugees was held at the school. Refugees, sponsors
and school students were all invited.
Restored bikes get Geelong refugees moving
Rotar y Down Under Pty Ltd (the Company) is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director, due to the pending retirement of the
incumbent. The Company is a leading regional publisher of the monthly humanitarian magazine Rotary Down Under and provides digital media
communications services for Rotary Clubs and partner projects across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The office is located in Parramatta,
New South Wales.
The Executive Director provides professional and innovative leadership and strategic direction to the activities of the Company. This includes overall
responsibility for financial operations including revenue generation, marketing and promotion, technology and innovation, media and communications
and subscriptions management for over 40,000 members of Rotary Clubs.
The key roles of the position include:
Ensuring that the Company has a strong professional presence in
government, business, not-for-profit, and community sectors through
advocacy, representation on committees, consistent with the development
of corporate partnerships and liaison with the general media
Advising the Company Board of Directors on strategic direction;
assisting in its decision-making processes; implementing board decisions
in line with the objectives of the organisation and undertaking Board
Providing financial management, generating income for the Company,
ensuring resource and IT development and staff training
Working with project and organisational partners and volunteers across
local, national and international boundaries
Ensuring the effective operation and day-to-day management of the
Interstate and International travel for AGM’s and other meetings
To be considered for this role the applicant will:
Be a highly respected professional, with proven leadership expertise in
one or more of the fields of media and communications, community
development and/or digital innovation.
Possess exceptional leadership, management, communication and
negotiation skills and an ability to tender and budget for, coordinate, manage
and report on key projects maintaining them on time and on budget.
Display an engaging personality, have strong public relations leadership
skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with senior
Rotary International staff and leaders.
A general knowledge of Rotary and being a Rotarian is desirable, but is not
essential. A three-year contract with appropriate remuneration will be
offered to the successful applicant, to take up duties in May 2014.
For a detailed position description and further information about
Rotary Down Under, please visit our website
To find out more about Rotary visit: www.rotary.org.
Applications should be forwarded to the
Chairman, Peter Sandercock at email@example.com
Phone enquiries: 0416 153 577
Applications close 5.00pm Friday 14 February 2014.
Joan Watson, of the Rotary Club of
Geelong, Vic, with happy recipients of
the club’s Bikes for Refugees program.
To see the faces of the people who received the bikes
made it all worthwhile. The benefits have turned out to be
more than was ever imagined. In particular, the students
have been fantastic and have had a real, concrete
The Bikes for Refugees program is ongoing.
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