March is Water and Sanitation Month
Declutter the Container
Last Friday a group of Rotarians had undertaken a declutter of the containers at the Showgrounds. As a result, there was a deep freeze and a bar fridge to be disposed of, and it was planned to sell the large portable generator.
May Races BBQ
The May Races BBQ, May 1, table clearing, etc., is one of the “Big 5” approved by the Board to continue and it will happen on Wednesday 1 May. Volunteers were called for.
Congratulations to Rtn Glen Riddle
Congratulations were offered to Glen Riddle on his recognition for 46 years of service to Victoria Police Legacy which cares for the widows and families of fallen Officers.
Rotary Community Group
Roger & Collin had attended by ZOOM a meeting of the new Rotary Community Group (RCG) which consists of 13 clubs (Camperdown, Cobden, Colac, Colac West, Hamilton, Port Fairy, Portland, Portland Bay, Terang, RCW, RCWC, RCWD, RCWE). Plans are afoot to appoint a Group Leader, someone between a Club President and a District Governor. The idea is that the Group with its leader will provide closer support to clubs than D.9780.
Did you know?
In Rotary year 2022-2023, The Rotary Foundation made 1092 Global Grants, total value US$55M. These were divided up among the Areas of Focus, being
            Basic Education and Literacy
            Community Economic Development
            Disease Prevention and Treatment
            Maternal & Child Health
            Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention
            Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Of interest this month is the fact that 162 (15%) of the Grants, valued at US$12.3M (22%) were directed to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene improvements. Some examples included
            # installation of a water tank in a village in India
            # provision of clean water to 1580 villagers in Ranau, Malaysia
            # a project titled “Unleashing Hope: The WASH Initiative” providing clean water, improved hygiene and 
                        sustainable WASH facilities in Kenya
            # provision of water purifiers in Thailand
            # installation of a water supply to a community and school in Nepal using a solar water pump
            # provision of a handwashing station at Murumba Elementary School in the Philippines.
Could we tap some of this funding to provide further assistance to our friends in Timor Leste?
Did you know? March 21 2024
As noted last week, in Rotary year 2022-2023, The Rotary Foundation made 1092 Global Grants, total value US$55M, these being divided up among the seven Areas of Focus. Of particular interest in April is Maternal & Child Health, with 102 of the grants (9.3%) to a total value of US$5.6M (10.1%) being directed to that area.
The Rotary Foundation reaches mothers and children in need by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care. Examples of projects paid for with these grants included:-
# Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the western hemisphere. Rotary provided a fully equipped medical Jeep to volunteers and midwives to reach mothers and children in remote areas.
# Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness training around Chennai, India, where there is a high mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.
# Rotary members launched a $3 million, five-year pilot to save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries in Nigeria. Since 2005, they’ve also repaired 1,500 obstetric fistulas — 500 more than their initial goal — restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers.
# Clubs in Japan and Brazil used a Rotary Foundation global grant to equip a hospital in Brazil with lifesaving neonatal equipment. 
# In the mountains of Poland, 26 children traumatized by violence get a chance to be kids again at a Rotary camp where psychologists mix escape and therapy. Each camper has a parent or sibling killed or injured in the fighting in Ukraine.