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Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
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Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...
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Bulletin July 2016
Welcome to the July Bulletin.
In this edition the following stories are covered
  • Annual Changeover Dinner
  • New Board Installed
  • Lighthouse Opening Fundraiser
  • Meals on Wheels Roster
  • Annual Donations
  • Youth
  • Social Evening held
  • Friends of Rotary Group Established
  • Club Communications improved
Adrian Crosier was inducted as President of the Rotary Club of Port Fairy at the Club's Changeover Dinner at the Star of the West Hotel held on 4th July 2016.
Adrian takes over from out-going president, Michael Crowe, who presented the Annual Report to 75 members and guests at the Dinner.
Past President, and current director of Youth Affairs for the Rotary Club, John Clue, was proud to announce that the Club's nominee for the 2107 Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Lisa van Someren, was selected by the District 9780 Exchange Committee to be part of the 2107 program.
Following informal interviews held in Hall Gap in May and more intensive interviews held on 4th June in Ballarat, John was pleased to receive news that Lisa was successful in her bid to join the program and will now leave for Canada in January 2017.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy was pleased to introduce two new members to its ranks at its Dinner Meeting held 6th June 2015.
President, Michael Crowe, conducted induction ceremonies for newcomers, Sue Robertson and Neil Sproal.
The current Principal of Emmanuel College in Warrnambool, Peter Morgan, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club's Dinner meeting on 30th May.  
Peter, who has been Principal at the College since 2013, gave a very forthright insight into the status of education in Australia and how it measures up to education programs in other countries.  It is his belief that Australians are somewhat blase about about children's education and that there is not quite the same pressure to succeed as, say, Singapore and China - countries that place great emphasis and passion on teaching and learning.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy has recently committed to supporting an outbound student in the District 9780 Rotary Youth Exchange Program (RYEP).
Led by the Club's Youth Director, John Clue, the Club is sponsoring Hawkesdale P12 student, Lisa Van Someren, for the 2017 outbound exchange program.  If Lisa is successful in being selected by the District she is hoping to be able to spend 12 months living and studying in Germany through 2017.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy had a very interesting guest speaker at its Dinner Meeting held on 16th May 2016.
Richard Patterson and his wife Jan, were guests of the Club and Richard gave a very entertaining and enlightening talk about the evolution of bank note printing in Australia and overseas.  It proved to be a much more interesting topic than one first conjured although I guess most of us are always interested in stories about money. 
Former Olympian, and now Port Fairy resident, Judy Pollock, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Port Fairy's Dinner meeting held on 9th May 2016 at the Star of the West Hotel.
Judy has had a polished athletic career culminating in her induction to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in December 1988.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy, and particularly Rotarian Geoff Coxall, have been closely associated with the Bandari School Project over a number of years to build facilities in Mto Wambu in Tanzania.  
The volunteers from Port Fairy have grown in 2016 when a group of locals went to Tanzania to complete work on the kindergarten/school built in 2015 and also add a toilet block and chook shed.
Report by President, Michael Crowe, covering the period January to April 2016.  Despite the recess over January, the Club was nevertheless active on many fronts.
The annual Trivia Night for the Rotary Club of Port Fairy was held on 18th April 2016 and again proved to be a popular and fun event.
13 teams, comprising some 70+ players, competed for the trophy over six rounds from some challenging questions set bt traditional quizmaster, Pauline McDonald.
The opening of the Port Fairy lighthouse on Griffiths Island over Easter was a great fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Port Fairy.  The lighthouse was open to the public on Saturday and Sunday and raised $1,363 for the Club which will be put towards community projects.
The Rotary Club of Port Fairy was again active during the Port Fairy Folk Festival long weekend from the 11th to 14th March.  Club members raised funds at the sausage sizzle on Friday outside the ticketing tent and then over the weekend by manning the festival gate.
As Easter approaches the Club will engage on more fundraising activities by conducting lighthouse tours on Easter Saturday and Sunday.
Despite going into recess in January, at least as far as meetings were concerned, the summer period was a productive period in regard to fundraising activities.  The traditional summer activities returned almost $5,500 in fundraising for the Club.
Rotary Club of Port Fairy President: Adrian Crosier
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