Rotary Info Night

Want to find out what Rotary is all about?  Are you looking for something different but meaningful to do?  Come along to our Zoom meeting on Wednesday 30 September to find out.  REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/rotaryportlandbay
 
We will be showcasing our core activities locally in the Portland Area, along with the bigger picture of what Rotary is all about both nationally and internationally.  After this we will be breaking out into smaller rooms where you can ask Rotarians questions directly and hear about their Rotary Experience (it's different for everyone!).  
 
The night is free. No commitment required.  It really is just a bit of a show and tell, so you can see if it is something that you might want to have a go at.    Rotary offers so much, that you can tailor your own experience to meet your own passions to make a bit of a difference in the world.
Rotary Info Night Claire Holt 2020-09-20 14:00:00Z 0

Grocery Deliveries in Lockdown

Our Rotary club jumped to provide assistance during the first lock down phase in March-April this year.
 
Rotarian Karen Malseed organised our roster to ensure drivers were available to do home deliveries, assisting our local supermarket with the surge in demand.
 
We assisted with IGA deliveries.  We feel proud of our efforts together while we joined with the Lions Club of Portland.  Over 94 volunteer hours were recorded by Rotarians making 75 deliveries to many grateful community members.
 
A donation of $1800 from IGA has been received as a gesture of their grateful thanks during difficult times.
 
Grocery Deliveries in Lockdown Kazza Malseed 2020-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 21 Years

On Tuesday May 12th 2020 we sang “21 today, 21 today, we’ve got the key to the door (well we had a key but it didn’t fit the door!!!), never been 21 before….. That part was true!
 
With the #stayhome restrictions in place due to Covid-19 we had to get creative to find a way to celebrate our milestone. And celebrate we did.
 
Our resident cook baked cupcakes (thanks Brian), Helen helped I’m sure. Helen, Lynne and Bev delivered them to
members on the day of our party (thanks ladies).
 
Claire set up a Zoom meeting #party (she is a whizz…thanks Claire). Paul helped to put together a clip of birthday wishes sent to the club (very clever – thanks Paul).
Celebrating 21 Years Margaret Wagner 2020-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

Connecting with our Youth

Well!, What an amazing club meeting we just had tonight!. In celebrating Youth Month, we invited our past and current Rotary Youth Exchange Students to our Zoom meeting along with some of their parents. 
 
We had sons and daughters from Australia (currently in France and Denmark), France, Brazil, Belgium and Denmark past RYE students join us. How wonderful it was. And it's something we wouldn't have thought to do so easily in pre-pandemic days
Connecting with our Youth Claire Holt 2020-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

International Nurses Day

Our club President for the year 2019-2020,  Bev McIlroy, has been a registered nurse for 55 years but she’s never worked through a pandemic like COVID-19.  Here's a bit about her journey at our local health service.

Portland District Health’s (PDH) assistant director of nursing and after-hours coordinator is relishing the challenge and says it has strengthened her belief in the importance of health workers.

“I’m glad I’m working when this once-in-a-lifetime event happened,” she said. “You can see all the changes that are going to happen as a result of this virus and from a healthcare perspective there will be some good positive changes.”

Ms McIlroy has been impressed with how PDH and health authorities across Australia have responded to the virus.

 

International Nurses Day Claire Holt 2020-05-11 14:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0