Ejanul's Message, 31 October 2013

Our Club Vision Program was held on Saturday, 26 th October, at Footscray Hockey Club: McIvor Reserve, Fogarty Avenue, Yarraville. Five members ( DGN Julie Mason, AG Peter Harris, Chris Richardson, Greg Noonan and Richard Shortt) from the district team and 14 of our own members (PDG John Davis, Elia Andriotis, Darcy Brenan, Kevin Field John Granger, Ejanul Haque, Ron Hunt, Rodney Johnstone, Aaron Kelly,
William Kelly, Maria Silber, Graeme Thomson, Emanuel Tumino and Suzzane Zammit) attended the program. We all participated in different activities and feedback sessions, wch summarised the vision for our club by 2016 and beyond. It also highlighted the diffent priorities/projects for our club to consider. A summary or vision statement from the day will be preseted to the members soon and then we will consider different action plans to achieve our goal. It was a fantastic program and let’s hope it will help our club to grow further. I would like to thank the district training team and all our members for participating in it and for their contribution. A special word of appreciation to PDG John Davis and Rodney Johnstone for coordinating and making all the arrangements for the event.

It was an honour to welcome Alex Nikolovski, Convenor Positive Living Centre Victorian AIDS Council, to our club last week. It was good to hear from him about his organisation and their role in detecting, preventing and providing services for people with different sexually transmitted diseases. I congratulate him for doing the great work for our society and for supporting and changing the lives of many people.

We also celebrated the World Polio Day (October 24th ) last week during our lunch meeting and “End Polio Now” pins were given to all members. I would like to thank Joseph from the Star newspaper group for coming to our meeting to take the pictures to cover the story on World Polio Day. Through Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus program and with the help of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we are very close to eradicating Polio from the world. The Rotary family must be very proud of this successful project.

Tonight I will be visiting the Rotary Club of Yarraville to present and share the success of the Bangladesh Toilet block Project. The first toilet block for 2013-14 Hobsons Bay Cluster Project is nearly completed at Hastabasantapur Primary School, Akkelpur, Jaipurhat, Bangladesh. Under the Cluster project, a total of three toilet blocks will be built this year, which will help over 1000 primary school children and local residents in the health and sanitation project. I would like to thank the cluster clubs for working together on this project for past four years.

Please enjoy your week, stay connected and work hard and let's together reshape our society, our world better.