Graeme's Message, 5 March 2015

Another month begins, summer is over and we can look forward to autumn, in my view the nicest season in Melbourne.

Rotary International has designated March as World Literacy Month.

Since 2002 Rotary International has combined with the International Reading Association to improve literacy across the globe by:

  • Providing books and educational materials
  • Building and supporting schools
  • Mentoring students
  • Training teachers
  • Establishing literacy programs for children and adults

Projects have been undertaken that improve access to books, supporting schools and teachers, and enhancing classroom learning.

Our club has its own project promoting literacy for primary school children. The Carol Castano Literacy prize of $100 is awarded annually to a student entering year six who has worked hard to improve their literacy skills.

Over recent years District 9800 has supported the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation by donating picture books, easy fiction and non-fiction books for children aged 0-12 years. A new literacy program will be launched at District conference next week – Let’s Read. This program is a partnership with the Smith Family and provides disadvantaged parents and carers with reading books and encourages them to have fun reading with their young children. Following from Conference there will be more information regarding this program and how clubs can become involved.

There is a strong contingent of 25 club members and partners going to Hobart for District Conference where the theme will be “Illuminating Rotary”.

I am looking forward to the conference and meeting up with other Rotarians and learning of the work done across D9800. Joy and I are going to Hobart a week early to go for a walk on Bruny Island and so I will be absent for two weeks.

Because so many will be absent at Conference, a decision was made at last week’s meeting to cancel the meeting for March 12th. Members may like to join in with West Footscray who meet for lunch on Wednesday at Medway Golf Club at 12:30.

Regards, Graeme