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Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian In the seven days from 7 through 13 March, I took precisely 84,250 steps. This amounted to 39.85 miles. I also climbed 288 floors and burned 22,055 calories. I’m fairly certain that you, gentle readers, could not care less about those statistics. Unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of gentle readers who have joined America’s fitness self-surveillance movement by strapping a tracking device to your wrist. In which case, you are probably pretty darned impressed by my stats. I should therefore add a few crucial caveats. Caveat No. 1: That week...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
Member Interview: Susan Davis uses social entrepreneurship to fight poverty
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Susan Davis has devoted the past three decades to using social entrepreneurship and microfinance to address extreme poverty, particularly in Bangladesh. A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in the early 1980s allowed her to study international relations at the University of Oxford. A decade ago, she co-founded BRAC USA (previously the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) to help the world’s poor through self-empowerment. She is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to...
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Port Fairy

Port Fairy - an historic, intimate harbour village!

Port Fairy
We meet Mondays at 7:00 PM
Star of the West Hotel
76 Sackville Street
Port Fairy, Victoria  3284
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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: Michael Crowe

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