At our meeting on 7 September we welcomed a fifth member from Cheltenham Rotary Club, Raj Subramanian. Also present at the meeting was Alan Brown, Chair of the Thai Australian Intercountry Committee for the Royal Hua Hin Rotary Club in Thailand. Alan gave an overview of the significant work being done by the club. More information can be seen at: https://www.rotaryroyalhuahin.org/
Our speaker was Neil Soullier from the Blue Ribbon Foundation (https://remember.org.au/). The Foundation perpetuates the memory of Victorian Police officers who have died in the line of duty. Recognition is provided through community memorials and awards. The Foundation also manages the Police Assistance Dog project where highly trained assistance dogs are placed with members of Victoria Police who are suffering from PTSD brought on through stressful work-related incidents. So far, the Foundation has provided funds to 30 hospitals throughout Victoria. We were pleased to provide a donation of $500 toward their work.
At the recent Board meeting we officially confirmed the transfer of Cheltenham projects to Beaumaris, including a continuing relationship with sister clubs in Bangalore, India, the Royal Hua Hin club in Thailand, and the Yimba Uganda project in Uganda. We will also continue projects with the Southern Autistic School and secondary schools in the Cheltenham area.
Change is in the air, and Expressions of Interest are being called for the District 9815 Foundation Committee. More information can be found in our newsetter, In Gear. And in the next weeks Beaumaris Rotary will be asked to identify our preference for community groups as part of the Regionalisation project.
The Zone 8 conference this year will be held on Zoom on Saturday 28 October.
Sunday 29 October is Packing Day at Highlands Foundation in Altona. We will be offering carpooling to facilitate travel. Please put the date in your diary now.