The Rotary Club of
Hastings Western Port
Chartered 1969
The Channel
Monday 3rd April 2017
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Welcome to Rotary Club of Hastings Western Port
Hastings Western Port
Service Above Self
We meet Mondays at 6:00 PM
The Hastings Club Marine Parade Hastings
155 Marine Parade
Hastings, VIC  3915
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Mr John Germ
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Mrs Lynne Westland
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Mr Don Ripper
Linda Humphries
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Paddy Fincham
Mark Humphries
Derryck Rees
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Inspiration from Conference

Some tips from Don Elgin
Being privileged to attend our 4th  District conference  we travelled to  beautiful  Hobart and as usual we were blown away with the venue, organization,  great company and of course the speakers. As we have come to expect we were enthralled  by a cast of amazing, speakers who told their stories and pulled at the heart strings or entertained us with their lively stories. They don’t come any livelier than the boy from the bush! Raised in the NSW town of Tocumwal, Don Elgin’s start in life wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. Born without the lower portion of his left leg, his fingers fused together and needing open heart surgery at 3 years of age he was certainly up against the odds from the start He explained how his family used tough love to show that he had no barriers and would make his first Australian team at 18 years of age, become a World Champion and – a staggering 20 years later – represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games .Don’s gift to us in the audience was his tips for life. I thought we would share. Here are Don’s Tips
1. Smile
Peace begins with a smile – Mother Theresa
Smiling takes your mind to a better place, it also helps you become a bit better looking. Your welcome :)
2. Use doors to reset my attitude
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference – Winston Churchill 
Every time you walk through a door empower yourself to take control of your thoughts. Don’t take a bad experience or any negative baggage with you, leave it at the door.
3. Use my manners
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot – Clarence Thomas invisible text
There is no greater influence in the world than well placed manners, saying please and thank you belong with every good deed.
4. Give credit where credit is due
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world – William Shakespeare 
It’s amazing what can be achieved if you don’t mind who gets the credit though true leaders are not afraid to show their gratitude for a job well done.
5. Remind myself how lucky I am to have one good leg
When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears – Anthony Robbins invisible text
Every day I have the power of choice, I can focus on my missing leg and how tough life is or be grateful for the good one I have. I get far more from each day focusing on the positives in life.
6. Do something new
Do not go where the path my lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s your life, why shouldn’t it be exciting? Commit to finding something different to eat, drink, travel or do. It’s a takes commitment but it will reward you very well, you will look forward to your new thing every day and always have something to talk about. Enjoy.
7. Live and don’t hold back, just have a crack!
Life is NOT a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming – WOW, what a ride!   •   Anonymous
Don’t talk yourself out of having a go. Live a full and happy life.  Sometimes our greatest experiences come from simply having a crack. We know the ending, we don’t get out of this alive. It’s game on!
Give yourself reason to look back when your last day arrives and say that was bloody awesome.
Entertaining, motivational and an all round larrikin; Don represented Australia in the athletics at four World Championships, three Paralympic Games and two World Cups before retiring in 2008.  Not one to shy away from a challenge, Don came out of retirement and made a successful comeback to
Rotary Foundation Receives Top Honor

Rotary Foundation Receives Top Honor

The Rotary Foundation, charitable arm of Rotary, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much an impact Rotary and the Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” said interim AFP President and CEO Jason Lee in a press release

Rotarian Against Malaria
Monday 27th March 2017, Radio National interviewed Professor Michael Good, a Malaria research scientist, about a new break through in the treatment of Malaria. Rotary was mentioned several times through out the interview.
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