It was a great pleasure and indeed a tremendous honour to welcome PDG John Wigley, District 9800 Foundation Chair, to our club on Thursday 14th of November, 2013. On behalf of all members of our club I would like to thank him for visiting us and sharing the major projects, funding and fellowship programs of Rotary Foundation and its role to bring peace in the world. It was an excellent presentation and in such a short time he gave a brief idea of the main areas of focus of the Rotary Foundation and the different funding available for the clubs to consider for the projects. We are thankful to him and District Foundation for the funding of our upcoming project in Ethiopia.
I was excited to know that the Rotary Foundation was created by Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph in 1917 with an initial contribution of US$26.50 with the simple idea ‘to do good in the world’ and then it soon became one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world. Indeed, we don’t need to start a project with huge funds; a passionate vision like this can bring success and may eventually change the world.
P.E. Graeme Thompson and I attended the final session of ‘Western Health Research Week-2013’ on 15 November at the Sunshine Hospital. I presented the prize, sponsored by our club, to the winners of the best paper concerning "Care of the Aged" and gave a brief talk about our club and Rotary International. We also had the opportunity to talk to Professor Dr. Alex Cockram, CEO, Western Health and Dr Tam Nguyen, Manager of the Office of Research, Western Centre for Health Research & Education - Sunshine Hospital, and discussed the possibilities of doing some kinds of collaborative event. Alex raised the possibility of a combined event next year during Research Week in the form of a public lecture. One of her suggestions was Western Health and the Rotary Club of Footscray engaging a high profile speaker with Rotary can using the event as fund raiser. Alex will be our guest speaker on 28th of November and it is an opportunity for us to come up with some feasible ideas and discuss with her the possible collaboration.
It gives me great pleasure to share with you that on 19th November; I was awarded ‘KPMG Acclaimed Educator Award 2013’ from RMIT University at KPMG office in Melbourne. This Prize is awarded to the most inspirational teacher in the first semester of study, as nominated by commencing students across RMIT University in 2013.
A reminder that our club’s Christmas Dinner Party will be held on 5th December. Please bring forth your different ideas to make it a grand success. Please pass on your ideas to our program chair Bob Newman.
Please enjoy your week, stay connected and work hard and let's together reshape our society, our world better.