Rotary Award for Social Entrepreneur
We wish to thank Kien Teh for acting as our initial Treasurer. He has decided to take on more responsibility with another not-for-profit, which he has been supporting for many years.
We welcome another experienced Rotarian as Treasurer, Gavin Wayland from the Rotary Club of Balwyn, District 9800.
Here is his photo - the other Committee members are also there.
As reported in The Australian newspaper (via The Guardian Online) the Andrews government in Victoria has made a significant change to the school curriculum to introduce a Respectful Relationships programme. You can read more here.
The Rotary Club of Bathurst Daybreak has initiated a project, in partnership with the Central West Women's Health Centre and the Family Violence Awareness Group Inc, to raise funds for an education program in the local community. The fundraising will commence with a major launch at the Bathurst Business Awards on 9 September.
The Royal Commission Hearings are public, and they are also streamed live.
You can access the hearings here - a page which also holds transcripts of the proceedings and links to the related submissions.
The Victorian government recently initiated a Royal Commission, whose submissions closed on the 29th May 2015.
Among the Rotary contributions, here is the very detailed submission from Maryborough Rotary Club, who initiated a major project in 2013.
The Rotary Club of Melbourne also made a submission (with the participation of members of this RAG) and you can read this here.
In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, with a white ribbon as its iconic symbol.
Does your community celebrate this day?
The White Ribbon Campaign is about recognising the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women. It fosters and encourages male leadership in the prevention of violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.
The Campaign is a means for men to speak out against violence against women, and to safely and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women.
What will your Club do on or around 25th November?
Here are some ideas.
In support of VFF, Colleen recently started donating part of the proceeds of sale of her recent album "Black and White" to Violence Free Families.
In a specially recorded video to accompany this special gesture, Colleen is accompanied by famous Australians (including the Prime Minister!) in saying 'No' to violence, with her single 'Let Me Breathe'. You can watch the video here.