The Rotary Club of
Hastings Western Port
Chartered 1969
The Channel
Monday 13th March 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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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
Emu Plains Parking - March
Balnarring Racecourse
Mar 18, 2017
8:45 AM – 1:00 PM
District 9820 Conference
Wrest Point Convention Centre
Mar 24, 2017 3:00 PM –
Mar 26, 2017 12:00 PM
Emu Plains Parking - April
Balnarring Racecourse
Apr 08, 2017
8:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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From Dawn to Dusk Rotary in Action

Sometimes the opportunity to get involved in interesting and for filling Rotary events and programs will have you  out of bed early  and running  till after dinner  This was the case last  Wednesday  as hundreds of people gathered at Mornington Racecourse to celebrate International Women's Day  Breakfast.
Our Rotary club Hastings Westernport sponsored a table with Students and staff from Westernport Secondary College We also had members attending the breakfast in the city. The very successful event held on the Peninsula is, now in its third year, is jointly arranged by the Rotary clubs of Frankston North, Frankston, Mt Eliza and Peninsula 2.0.  All profits are donated to charity. International Women's Day is about celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. The speakers were Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell and Susan Berg, author of ‘The Girl Who Lived’.
After a wonderful event, it was off to work and school for the majority of attendees. By 6pm we were off to another joint Rotary project where we gathered with the Rotary clubs of Mornington and Somerville/Tyabb members to assemble prosthetic hands that are then donated to amputee landmine victims in Cambodia. The activity challenged every participant in just a few hours to make a real and lasting contribution and in doing so reminds people what it feels like to be engaged in a truly purposeful activity.

That’s Rotary

Rotary is always challenging members to get involved and making a real difference to our lives and the lives of others.
Dick Smith donates $1 million to Rotary to alleviate suffering
RAWCS are delighted to announced that Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith has generously donated $1million dollars for Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) projects throughout Australia. Administered by the RABS committee through the  Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants (RACG) program, this matched funding is designed to benefit a huge range of projects throughout the country and provide an important cash injection into helping our fellow Australians.

Dontations to the Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants (RACG) program are administered by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society and applications are currently being accepted!    Click here to apply.

The grant is an extraordinary chance for us to improve the lot of Aussies doing it tough, local communities in need, and help young people who could do with a leg up to reach their full potential. The grants will reach from our remotest regional areas to our bustling urban centres, assisting victims of misfortune, hardship and circumstance to get back on their feet.

To find out how to access these funds, click here  to find out more.  Only NEW projects can be considered.

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RAWCS - Helping Hands
Last Wednesday, Rotary Clubs of Hastings Western Port, Somerville/Tyabb and Mornington joined forces to assemble 10 hands for the Helping Hands Program.  With the assistance of Dandenong Rotary Club we were able to complete the task.  There were lots of arghhh sounds as we fumbled our way through.  At the end of night there was much satisfaction and smiles all round as we proudly showed off our completed hands.  Heather did a great job of decorating the bags in which the hands were placed in for distribution.
Read more about the helping hands project, and watch the youtube clip
RYPEN - Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment 

RYPEN fosters newest Hi-5 star


David Clark of Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains, NSW, knows firsthand the difference the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) makes to the lives of young participants.

Siobhan Clifford, a 15 year old from Winmalee High school with a passion for music, said the RYPEN camp gave her the strength and courage to follow her dream to sing.  Siobhan has been selected as one of the performers for the new Hi-5 team.

“The RYPEN camp was really a life changer, as I was just sitting on the fence” Siobhan said. “It really made me think about what I wanted to do in the future and to make goals and plans to achieve it. Thank you Rotary. I will always think about that weekend that changed my life.”

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