Rotary Club of Melville 
Welcome to this months bulletin.  So what's been going on?  Well, we had a lovely long weekend early March which means no meeting on Monday 7th.  Hope everyone enjoyed their extra day off work.
At the following meeting you got me (MW) giving an update on our Aboriginal Education Scholarship, more of that below, and last week Sara David gave an update on the Living Child project.
Upcoming lunch speakers not to be missed are:

Monday 28 March

Leeuwin attendees will talk to us about their experience onboard the Leeuwin and the impact that opportunity has had on their lives.

Monday 4 April
Monica Morunga- Feed it Forward

Monica set up a charity that feeds thousands every month has been recognised for her hunger-busting initiative.

Monica created Feed it Forward along with fellow “Kiwi grandmothers” in 2018 and in one month alone helped feed 12,743 families and saved 112 tonnes of food from going to waste.

Monday 11 April
Dr Sue Boyd  Not Always Diplomatic
Sue is a retired diplomat, with 34 years in the Australian Foreign Service behind her. She was Head of Diplomatic Missions in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Fiji and also served at the UN in New York, Portugal and East Berlin. 
Her autobiography, “Not Always Diplomatic” was published by UWA Publishing in 2021.
It covers her life in the foreign service, her role in advancing the role of women and her experiences since retiring and returning to WA.
Ukraine crisis
As advertised through email our club made the decision to donate $10 000 to a suitable Rotary club in the Ukraine.  The Board were informed that there are 64 clubs in Ukraine currently operating. The money is being paid though Rotary International together with money from a number of clubs across Australia.

Visit to the Special Air Service Regiment Historical Collection at Swanbourne Barracks

A number of members and their guests were fortunate to spend the morning of Wednesday 9th March on a guided tour of the SASR historical collection.
For those unable to attend, I am sorry to say that you missed a wonderful and informative outing.
What an amazing and brave group of men we heard about.  The sculpture below is one of two soldiers guarding the entrance to the SASR Garden of Reflection.
Oh dear...I nearly forgot to mention the brave dogs too so here's a picture of a sculpture in recognition of the special operations military dogs.
The collection is run by volunteers and consists of the Garden of Refection at the entrance, equipment, weapons, vehicles, boats, communications equipment, workshops, men's shed and the biggest collection of military art outside the War Memorial in Canberra.
The Australian SAS (Golden Jubilee 2007) - Oil on canvas by Ian Coate
And here's a photo of our gang of intrepid troopers in front of the Garden of Reflection.
Thanks go to the Vocational Committee in general and Marilyn Kench specifically for organising the visit.
Education Scholarship
We have the Gift Agreement between ourselves and Mineral Resources signed and forwarded to Edith Cowan University.
The scholarships are now being advertised to prospective applicants.  Unfortunately we have a short timeline as HECS fees are due for payment at the end of this month.
We (Melville RC, Mineral Resources and ECU) have agreed that if we don't allocate all four scholarships for this semester we will re-advertise for semester two.  This will give Daniel from Mineral Resources time to advertise them in the areas he works in and ECU more time to notify prospective students.
Margaret Waterton
Community Committee
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The Rotary Club of Melville is again sponsoring and supporting an “Excellence in the Workplace” Award Scheme.  The purpose of the “Award” is to encourage, give recognition and acknowledge individuals from diverse industries, sectors and professional backgrounds in their achieving and sustaining vocational competence, capability and excellence within their workplace.
Employees and individuals nominated for the “Award” will demonstrate integrity, commitment to their trade, profession or workplace and their community in general, embodying the Rotary International Motto of “Service Above Self” and upholding the Rotary “4 Way Test”.
Businesses, employers, employees and teams are invited to spread the vocational excellence theme, achieving and sustaining excellence in their vocation, setting examples to others and in particular, inspiring youth.
We would like to give you an opportunity to nominate an individual, an employee, displaying the qualities worthy of the “Award”.
Successful nominees will be invited to attend our Club Meeting and receive the “Award”.
If you would like to nominate an individual, employee, worthy of an “Excellence in the Workplace Award”, please complete the attached nomination form and return to Laura Porrato, email not later than the 31st March 2022, closing date for nominations.
Yours in Rotary
David Hewitt
Vocational Committee
Some thoughts from AG Kenn Williams and re-posted from the
Applecross Advocate
Posted by Kenn WILLIAMS on Feb 28, 2022
Last week I outlined some of the issues relating to the difficulty of attracting and holding new Members, and how our changing world is impacting on not just Rotary, but seemingly, most other voluntary groups.
How do we go about interesting the masses out there who have time on their hands to interest in what Rotary is doing for its community, and have them join with us?
1. Working together.
WE need to accept that this is a shared ‘problem’ and work together with our local Melville area Rotary Clubs to rebuild our positions.
There are over 2,000 ‘volunteers’ linked to the City of Melville Volunteers Resource Centre’s contact lists: surely, if we can get our messaging right, even 1-2% would see the value in stepping up to the community role that Rotary plays.
We have already held one CoM Volunteers Sundowner, and the four local Clubs have agreed that we should work towards another similar event in May.
Can we please put some thought into how we can better capitalise on this opportunity, and then work with our fellow Clubs to sell our story.
2. Volunteering is a 2 way street… you give and you get.
     AxR offered an incentive local project Seed Grant Fund for a Volunteer ‘work with us and the CoM’ at our first Volunteer Sundowner. 
We had no take up, but at short notice.
I am asking our local Clubs to support this, and show that we are genuine in asking others to join in and work with Rotary for community betterment.
Better publicity required, especially through the CoM Volunteer Resource Centre, which is more than happy to support.
3. Every Event for membership
As we have in the past, and continue to do, we must make every public facing event and project a membership drive.
We should consider reviewing our approach to how we do this, certainly utilising stronger face to face engagement at events, and upgraded handouts.
I am well aware that this is a hard one to message, but it does represent the time when our efforts are on full public display.
4. Publicise
We certainly need to tell our story to our world, something that we do very poorly.
In todays ‘me too’ world, I suspect too many people don’t know that AxR exists, let alone the wonderful community work we, and other Rotary Clubs, do.
5. A Process.
When setting out to attract ‘newbies’ to AxR, we need a set process in place to ensure we not only aim for the ‘newbie’ we want/need, but secure their engagement.
It’s not always about getting ‘bums on seats’, and then suffering from the disappointment of early departure as so often happens.
Just a few thoughts for consideration on how we address our changing ‘volunteering’ world, and what we might consider as a means of regaining membership ascendancy.
AG Kenn.

HANGING BY A THREAD - Afghan Women's mosaic project
And finally...just a little something I had the opportunity to participate in this week. 
This global project 'Hanging by a Thread' was launched in September 2021 with the intention of drawing attention to the dire social and economic conditions Afghan women are now subjected to.  Mosaic artists throughout the world have been asked to reproduce an Afghan motif using glass.  The work will become a huge 'scarf' in each Australian State and Territory.
To date we have over 700 mosaic artists from 40 countries involved.   In September 2022, as part of the International Year of Glass as decreed by the United Nations, a dozen scarves will be installed around the world.
Exhibitions will also be held in the United Stated, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain and Tunisia.
Our group completed our mosaic 'scarves' at the William Langford Community House in Langford.  This community house supports a very diverse multi-cultural community including Afghan refugees.  As it coincided with Harmony Week and Persian New Year we were treated to multi-cultural lunch which included Persian delicacies. 
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AND LASTLY A FUNNY: in honour of Marilyn Barton who always had a few jokes for us, usually at the end of the Newsletter, to make sure we all read the lot!!  This one is for all our boaties.
Someone asked me, if I were stranded on a desert island
what book would I bring: ‘How to Build a Boat.’”
Steven Wright
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