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This is a message from the three Rotary Club Presidents in Christchurch regarding the recent terror attack in their peaceful city of Christchurch.
 
This senseless and cruel act is something beyond comprehension. Rotary is about building communities not tearing them down and one of our most important objects is fostering international understanding and peace, not war.  We are about caring for and supporting people and communities in their time of distress and need.
 
Please consider supporting the appeal by the Presidents of the three Rotary Clubs in Christchurch and sharing their email with your members, along with this message at this very sad time.
District 9500 Governor  David Egan

Stephanie Woollard went from Down Under to the top of the world to find out if one person can make a difference.

The clacking of sewing machines fills the sunlit room until word spreads that the bus has arrived. At that, a dozen women clad in pink kurtas file into the courtyard of the Seven Women Center in Kathmandu, Nepal. They smile widely as a group of Australian women led by a tall blonde enters through the iron gate. Stephanie Woollard bends down to let Sandhya Khadgi, the center’s bookkeeper and literacy trainer, put a dot of red powder on her forehead and a red flower petal atop her head in a gesture of welcome. Woollard has arrived with a group of Rotary members and friends to tour the center that she founded and whose goal is to improve the lives of women in Nepal.
Rotary International President’s Representative, PDG Jessie Harman

 

Jessie is a member of the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast in Ballarat – District 9780, Australia.

Jessie has been active at club, district and international levels.  She is a past club secretary and president, and was district governor in 2010-2011.  More recently she has served as Rotary coordinator (2013-2016) and project lead for the Regional Membership Plan for Australia and New Zealand (2013-2017).  She has been a member of the national training team, as well as training leader and seminar trainer at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018). Currently, she is Chair of the Membership Committee for Rotary International and a member of the Honolulu 2020 Convention Committee.

Hahndorf Conference 29th-31st March, http://hahndorf2019.org.au/   Registration cut-off date 15th March    

In the mountains of Poland, 26 children traumatized by violence get a chance to be kids again at Rotary camp.
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Beneath the emotional scars of living in a Ukrainian war zone, Mykyta Berlet flashes the same mischievousness of any other 12-year-old boy headed to camp.
He wants to laugh, play pranks and on the last night of camp “we will cover everyone with toothpaste,” he says excitedly.
Mykyta and 25 other Ukrainian youths headed to the resort town of Zakopane in the foothills of southern Poland are naturally focused on fun. But their two-week respite organized by Rotary members has a higher purpose: To help the children heal and cope with the trauma they may encounter when they go home.  
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.

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The E-Club and OPAL (SA Health) have launched our major project, Food For Health providing Healthy alternatives for a Healthier Lifestyle. The key focus of this project is to promote better food choices for a healthier lifestyle. Community Organisations and Service Clubs have an important role to play in encouraging these healthier lifestyles. This can be achieved by adopting guidelines and recipes from our website which will help our commitment to serve humanity by keeping you and your family healthy.
 
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Email District Governor
David Egan
 
Email District Secretary
Jacqui Atyeo
secretary18-19@rotary9500.org

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Adelaide Halifax St. Post Office
PO Box 6669
Halifax Street SA 5000
 
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