Ejanul's Message, 7 November 2013

November is “Foundation Month”. The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. PDG John Wigley, District 9800 Foundation Chair, will be visiting our club and will be our guest speaker on 14 th November 2013. We will have the opportunity to learn more about Rotary Foundation and its role to bring peace in the world through Rotary.

It was my honour to welcome Dr. Mike McDonagh, Specialist Addiction Medicine, Western Hospital, to our club last week. He gave a passionate speech about “Drugs, People and Policies”. It was good to know how different drugs change people’s lives in short and long term and how it affects their mental health and quality of life. I searched on the internet and found many drug related counselling and support for people, including the following:

Counselling online
www.counsellingonline.org.au

Counselling Online is a service where you can communicate with a professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern, using text-interaction.

Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
www.turningpoint.org.au

Turning Point strives to promote and maximise the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities living with and affected by alcohol and other drug-related harms.

Last week on 29 th October, I visited the Rotary Club of Yarraville and presented the Bangladesh Toilet block Project to its members during their evening meeting. It was one of the best Rotary meetings I have attended. All their members were very engaged during the meeting and shared different things including jokes, weekly activities etc. It had the atmosphere of sitting in at a family dinner and having lots of fun; great to see it. I was the guest speaker on that night, and shared and briefed team the access of the Bangladesh Toilet Block Project over the last four years. I thanked them for their continued help and support of this great cause. Under the Cluster project, a total three toilet blocks will be built this year, which will help over 1000 primary school children and local residents. I would like to thank the cluster clubs for working together on this project during the past four years.

On 30th October, I attended the Mayoral Meeting at City of Maribyrnong. Cr. Catherine Cumming finished her role as Mayor and now Cr. Grant Miles is the new Mayor anCr. Nam Quach is the new deputy Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong. Cr. Cumming gave a passionate talk, surrounded by her five kids, on a range of issues and projects in her 16 years of political career as councillor and she is very proud to see many developments in and around Footscray over the years. I would like to congratulate her for being a part of many successful projects in the community. Also, Cr. Miles gave his mayoral speech in front of many visiting guests and community leaders. I extend my congratulations and best wishes to Cr. Miles and Cr. Quach for their new roles.

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

Enjoy your week,

Ejanul