Wednesday 18 March 2020
Meeting Number 2016
The COVID-19 virus is affecting every aspect of our lives at present. Food supplies, medication, social functions, sports fixtures ......  What a challenge!
How does this affect Grovedale Waurn Ponds Rotary Club? Until we hear about the situation at Rice Village we can only think about our options. Do we postpone our meetings? Do we try something like informal meetings at a cafe / hotel or members' homes? East Geelong have already suspended their meetings indefinitely. Torquay likewise. Please think of ideas to discuss if and when we meet again. I will contact Rice Village on Monday to discuss our situation - STAY TUNED! 
The 9780 District Conference to be held in Swan Hill has been cancelled to protect the health of Rotarians, guest speakers and visitors. Will the District Assembly in Ararat on 26 April also be cancelled?
Last week we heard more details of the planned water projects for 6 school communities in the Philippines. The project is designed to provide safe drinking water to about 6000 students and families living in southern Luzon by installing 6 Skyhydrant ultra-filtration membrane filters in the 6 schools. It is hoped that our contribution of $2000 will assist in achieving District and Global funding for the projected $50K project. The Global Grant will fund - installation of units, training in the installation, use and maintenance of the units, and promotion of hygiene and sanitation to protect water sources.
Next Wednesday we will hope to hear an update from Dawn and Wayne Renfrey from The House of  Angels in Coffee Bay, South Africa.
Please stay safe!
Club Program
House of Angels Update - Dawn Renfrey
Mar 18, 2020 6:00 PM
? Board Meeting
Mar 25, 2020 6:00 PM
To be advised
Apr 01, 2020 6:00 PM
Social Night - Rice Village
Apr 08, 2020 6:00 PM
Visit to Warralily Hub and Dinner
Apr 15, 2020 6:00 PM
AGFR Golf Tournament 19 - 24 April 2020 13th Beach
Apr 19, 2020 – Apr 24, 2020
Interplast - Amanda Hough
Apr 22, 2020 6:00 PM
New Guinea projects - Ewan Urquhart
May 13, 2020 6:00 PM
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Bunnings BBQ Dates

Saturday 4 April
Thursday 9 April
Thursday 14 May
Thursday 11 June

Please contact Gary Clark if you can help - we always need volunteers! 

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month
March on the Rotary Calendar is designated as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month. 
We hopefully will have the opportunity to hear more details of the proposed global grant project to provide water supplies to villages and schools in the Philippines through the Sky Hydrant equipment.
There may also be an opportunity to hear about the joint project organized by the Warrnambool and Geelong Rotary Clubs for clean water provision, education and health facilities in remote areas of Papua New Guinea. 
Since 2015 the Group have sunk 12 successful water bores and provided solar or hand pumps at ten different locations in Oro Province, providing clean water to over 10,000 PNG villagers and schools. They have also provided humanitarian aid materials, feminine hygiene products, teaching materials, books and sports equipment to remote schools.
This could be an opportunity for our Club to become involved in the future?


The 42nd Annual Golf Tournament is to be held at the 13th Beach Golf Course, Barwon Heads from 19 - 24 April 2020. All proceeds go to Australian Rotary Health Mental Health Research.

It is being hosted by Highton Rotary Club and supported by Belmont Rotary Club. As well as an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with other Rotarians partners and guests from all over Australia for a wonderful week of competition - there are individual and team events for golfers of many abilities! There are also activities for non-golfers too - tours of the Bellerine, Great Ocean Road and Geelong gardens and wineries.

Registration fees for Rotarian golfers, which include green fees, a welcome BBQ, lunch each day and Presentation Dinner, are $520 for 4 days golf.

For more information, program details and to register: 

Commonwealth DCSI $5,000,000 Rotary Grant
David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, has recently announced that Rotary would receive a Drought Community Support Initiative [DCSI] $5,000,000 for cash grants to families impacted by the ongoing drought.
Rotary previously received $6,500,000 for cash grants, and using the chain of District Drought Relief Projects from FNQ through all states to SA, delivered 3,403 cash grants.
It will be this same Rotary network that will be used to deliver the $5,000,000 should we decide to accept the offer.
The attached media release is the only information we have at this stage, however, the implementation of the DCSI process previously followed was
·         Entering a legal contract with the Commonwealth for the distribution including grant guidelines, assessment procedures, and corporate governance including reporting and audit requirements
·         Consultation with the project managers of District Drought Relief projects to determine involvement and capacity to deliver.
·         Preparing distribution guidelines and grant assessment procedures for project managers
·         Establishing corporate governance systems
·         Meeting strict Commonwealth reporting requirements
The setup stage may take up to a month.
It would be my intent to publish regular setup updates of progress of delivering this $5,000,000, yet another demonstration of the power of Rotary within Australia.
Please ring me if you have any questions.
Mike Whitehouse
RAWCS National Treasurer
0448 710 882
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Meeting Attendance:

Members - please respond to RICE VILLAGE OR Whoozin BY TUESDAY each week.