13 March , 2020

Dear  Club Members and Friends,
An email has been sent to all Rotarians from R.I. President Daniel Maloney and President Elect Holger Knaack, see here. They have advised to follow the advice of WHO and local health authorities on COVID-19.  This includes cancelling club events and meetings in the short term, to reduce unnecessary interactions that could cause infections.  
The Reasons Conference scheduled for 20-22 March in Wollongong has been cancelled. We are following the advice  closely. Thanks to Past President(PP) for emailing members MQ Health notice "Important Coromavirus (COVID-19) Information" of 12 March.
Last Friday our club assembly voted on the new Constitution and reviewed BYLAWS which included Corporate Membership. All members voted YES, thanks to PP Pam for her good work on the issue and to all members for their vote. We'll take the necessary  action to promote Corporate Membership.
PP David Martin has been sorting out issues regarding the Country IT Students' visit, the Board ahas decided to cancel the visit for this year. David has also cancelled a trip for him and his wife Gwen to Scotland due to COVID-19.
Garry Maloney spoke about the Club social dinner on 26 March and the distribution of the Carols' funds between Macquarie Park club and ours. His hard work for the Carols is much appreciated.
President Elect Mandy Van participated in President Elect Training on 14 March.
Mr Bernard Desmarez and his wife Juliette, parents of our French exchange student Palmyre, arrived Melbourne, we are looking forward to welcoming them at our club meeting on 27 March. Rotarian Juliette will be our guest speaker at the meeting.
The Board will be meeting this Friday there is no club breakfast meeting this week. The Board will discuss what events and meetings will be cancelled in consideration of the above advice. 
Mak Khalil
President 2019-20
President Elect Mandy van attended the President Elect Training (PETS) on Saturday 14 March.
Australian Rotary Health Update March 2020
Australian Rotary Health 2020 Autumn Update
The Australian Rotary Health (ARH) 2020 Autumn Update is available to read online now at this link:
The publication acknowledges ARH supporters, contains new research findings, as well as upcoming events.

Hard copies will be available soon. Request them by emailing: or calling (02) 8837 1900.
Lift the Lid in Schools
Dr. Seuss knew it then, and Australian Rotary Health knows it now — reading matters in the development of children’s mental health. This is why we are thrilled to announce a new partnership we’ve formed with QBD books, one of the largest bookstore chains in Australia, to create a special new Schools Program.
Lift the Lid in Schools aims to encourage children to participate in raising much needed funds and to start the conversation about finding better ways to help all Australian kids improve their mental health, through much needed research, with the added bonus of encouraging them to take time out and read along the way.
One the biggest challenges facing schools and parents today is the mental wellbeing of our children.
Each year 1 in 5 people experience a mental illness and one-third of young people have had an episode of mental illness by the time they are 25 years old. Because of these startling statistics Australian Rotary Health has committed to allocate its funding to mental health prevention research in young people. 100% of all donated funds go to research.
Without research we are unable to find possible cures for mental illness or develop mental health interventions that are accessible, low-cost, and effective for the kids out there needing support. Research has found cures for other illnesses, your school’s involvement could help mental illness join that list.
It’s fun and rewarding!
Throughout the year we will keep you up to date with new information and incentives, plus great prizes including book packs for your library and the chance to have some of Australia’s best children’s authors visit your school.
The school’s program is simple – we are asking that each school participate by registering here, where you will be provided the fun Lift The Lid on Mental Illness kit to display in the office or general assembly hall. You have until the end of Mental Health Awareness Month in October to participate and the aim is to raise up to $1000 per school.
Simple steps to get your school involved:
  1. Click here to register your school
  2. We’ll send you out the campaign kit including posters and vouchers
  3. Hold your fundraising day anytime between now and October 31st, 2020
  4. For every $2 coin collected each student will receive a $2 voucher redeemable from QBD Books to get them reading
  5. Tally your collections and make the deposit
A big congratulations and thank you to those schools who have already registered to join the Lift the Lid in Schoolscampaign.

The first three schools to sign up and lucky winners of a $500 QBD voucher each for their school are:
  1. Aspley State School
  2. Bagdad Primary School
  3. East Preston Islamic College

To find out more, click here.

To get your school involved, visit the Hat Day website.
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Mar 20, 2020
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Rotary District Conference
Mar 20, 2020 6:00 PM –
Mar 22, 2020 2:00 PM
Club Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Mar 27, 2020
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Social Night
Basil's Seafood Restaurant
Mar 27, 2020
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Membership Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Apr 03, 2020
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
No Club Meeting
Apr 10, 2020
Club Assembly
Dunmore Lang College
Apr 17, 2020
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
District Assembly
Apr 19, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Dunmore Lang College
Apr 24, 2020
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
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Mar 27, 2020 7:30 AM
Juliette is here visiting her daughter Palmyer, who is our Exchange Student, from France
Apr 17, 2020 7:30 AM
'Relocating Koalas', and on a seperate topic, my trip to Japan
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Member Birthdays
Member Birthdays
David Martin
March 3
Rob Wilkinson
March 24
   'Now' is the new 'later'.
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