COVID19 - We are still operating
The Rotary Club of Mount Martha meetings is one of the most enjoyable things about being in Rotary. Nice company and conversations as well as all the nitty-gritty Rotary stuff thrown in for good measure. 
 
Unfortunately, nature has played a winning hand and shut our meeting schedule down for a while. In the meantime, we are trying out our online communication skills to beat COVID 19 and keep us all ready to do some amazing things in the world once this dilemma has abated.
 
Who knows how long that will be, but rest assured we are all still working away to make the world a better place down the track!
 
Stay tuned!
 
 
 
 
 
If you are interested in Rotary, what it does and how it works, now is the perfect time to find out!
 
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The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.

More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.

Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.  https://www.rotary.org/en/supporting-environment-becomes-new-area-focus

 
Rotarians from the Mount Martha have initiated the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Program on the Mornington Peninsula in dismantling some commercial grade playground equipment for transport to developing countries overseas. Already playgrounds have been shipped to Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Papua New Guinea.
 
Initiated in Victoria through several Rotary Clubs, the Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Program has been responsible for shipping thirty-eight (38) recycled playgrounds to countries where these types of children’s play equipment are not freely available.
 
Mount Martha has been actively involved in this program since early 2019 in the administration, assessment, collection, repair, storage and finally the shipment of many recycled playgrounds to overseas Rotary Clubs for reinstallation in a location.
 
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 

Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.

 
 
Mornington Community Information and Support Centre has a supply of free reusable and single-use masks for those struggling amid the tougher COVID-19 restrictions.
This has come about after Mount Martha Rotary’s Roger Skipsey and Mount Martha Boomerang Bags’ Robyn Ruhl came together and arranged to provide the centre with 100 reusable masks.
 
  
The club has undertaken a number of projects at the Mornington Park Primary School such as landscaping, building minor works and certain maintenance/improvement tasks, to assist schools channelling funds into programs for needy children
 
It doesn’t matter if you’re a student, a professional, a stay at home parent, a teacher, a doctor, a tradie or a farmer. We need young and old, retailers, gardeners, athletes, social workers, artists, grandparents and retirees too. If you have something you care about, and want to make a difference in your community, seek out Rotary!

Despite what you may have heard, you don't have to make a commitment to weekly meetings. We're happy to take any help you can give! For some people that means occasionally turning a sausage at a fundraising BBQ, but for others that means planning major projects or travelling overseas to participate in humanitarian aid programs.

Rotary has something for everyone. Please get in touch and find out more. Getting involved with Rotary could be the best thing you ever do!

Please contact our club to find out more.
 

History - The first woman to be named Rotary World President. Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history. https://www.rotary.org/en/jennifer-e-jones-makes-history-becomes-first-woman-named-rotary-president-nominee

Rotarians are people who display leadership in their business, professional and/or community lives and who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts. Rotarians seek out opportunities for service, devise solutions, design solution delivery, and deliver solutions. Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. Rotarians make things happen. Volunteers are involved, but Rotarians are committed. It is a much more challenging task to recruit a Rotarian than to recruit a volunteer. Rotary connects leaders to make positive change.

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