The Rotary Club of
Hastings Western Port
Chartered 1969
The Channel
Monday 27th February 2017
Club Information
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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Rotary International President
Mr John Germ
District Governor: 
Mrs Lynne Westland
District Governor Elect:
Mr Don Ripper
Linda Humphries
President Elect
Paddy Fincham
Mark Humphries
Derryck Rees
Upcoming Events
Dinner at the storage room
Feb 27, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Multi District PETS
University Dr,
Mar 03, 2017 5:00 PM –
Mar 05, 2017 12:00 PM
International Womens Breakfast
Mornington Racecourse
Mar 08, 2017
RAWCS Helping Hands Project
21 Blacks Camp Rd
Mar 08, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Birthdays & Anniversaries
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James Peddie
February 1, 2010
7 years
Edwin Micallef
February 13, 1994
23 years
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When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
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Rotary Opportunities that connect you to the World

Most of us like to make a difference in the world that’s why we joined Rotary Sometimes fitting in your Rotary commitments into the daily grind can seem difficult but in reality with the relaxation of attendance rules and flexibility in how you can participate in all areas of  Rotary  including Cluster, District and International  means you can really end up giving as much of your time as possible knowing you are part of a larger picture . Rotary is all about action and  real time and sometimes that may mean attending too many meetings and having too many responsibilities all at the same time Balancing this with fabulous fellowship and meeting people  who are making the changes happen world wide.

A real Hands on opportunity to Make Hands!

Wednesday 8th March - Helping Hands.  Combining with Somerville/Tyabb & Mornington Rotary Clubs

Rotary is about relishing life.


“Friendship was the foundation rock on which Rotary was built and tolerance is the element which holds it together.”

What does it mean to be a Rotarian?
Do you truly appreciate the significance of being a part of this glorious past and present? As Rotarians, you are special people and millions around the world would be happy to confirm that fact.

What is a Rotarian?

• A Rotarian is a person who digs wells from which they will never drink,

• A person who vaccinates children they will never meet,

• Who restores sight for those they will never see,

• Who builds houses they will never live in,

• Who educates children they will never know,

• Who plants trees they will never sit under,

• Who feeds hungry people, regardless of race, religion or politics,

• Who makes crawlers walk half a world away,

• Who knows real happiness, which as Albert Schweitser said, can only be found by serving others.

Bill Gates Keynote convention

ATLANTA, Ga. (Feb. 14, 2017) – Rotary’s 108th annual international convention June 10–14 is expected to attract 40,000 Rotary club members from over 160 countries, and will inject an estimated $52.3 million into Atlanta’s economy.

Bill Gates will speak at this year's Rotary International Convention. 

Often described as a “mini-United Nations”, Rotary’s third convention in Atlanta will transform the Georgia World Congress Center into a cultural kaleidoscope as the organization’s global network of volunteers gather to exchange ideas on how to improve lives and bring positive, lasting change to communities around the world. 

Polio update

Rotary announces $35 million to support a polio-free world

News Release

EVANSTON, Ill. (17 January 2017) — Rotary today announced $35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, bringing the humanitarian service organization’s contribution to $140 million since January 2016.
6 key numbers in the fight to end polio
3 countries where polio is still endemic
Fewer than 40 children were paralyzed by polio in 2016, the lowest number in history. This is a dramatic decrease from the estimated 350,000 cases per year in 125 countries that the world saw in 1985 — the year that Rotary International initiated a worldwide effort to eradicate this terrible disease.
155: the number of countries involved in largest coordinated vaccine switch in history
In 1988, Rotary was joined in the effort by WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF (and more recently the Gates Foundation) to create the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
Today the virus is limited to a few areas in just three countries — Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
In response, Nigeria intensified surveillance activities to pinpoint where the virus is circulating.
In Pakistan, innovative tactics are being used to focus polio immunization drives. Health workers are trained in the use of cellphone data reporting, which allows real-time recording of immunization coverage and public health surveys of populations.
In Afghanistan, the program continues to adapt in order to reach the maximum number of children possible despite a volatile security situation.
There are three different strains of the poliovirus. Once a strain is eliminated (type 2 was officially eradicated in September 2015), we have to match our vaccines to the remaining strains to protect children globally.
This transition is a massive undertaking, requiring significant funding and coordination to accomplish global health feats that have never been attempted.
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