CLUB OPERATIONS COMMITTEES
This year, the timing of our fundraising activities will decided by the ongoing pandemic which defines our plans. At the moment, most fundraising activities are on hold but we still hope to conduct some activities this year – sausage sizzles, fruit mince pies, Whitehorse Farmers Market and the Fun Walk. All conducted within the State COVID-19 guidelines.
The club has a weekly sausage sizzle at Hamilton Street which is an excellent and quiet achiever for the club. We usually have at least one Bunnings sausage sizzle annually.
Christmas Mince Pies
Yes, they are happening again, with the beautiful Bread Street Mince Pies sold by the club as a primary fundraiser. They are perfect for your own indulgence, or for gifts for family, friends or colleagues, employees and clients. Priced at below retail prices – and available at the Whitehorse Farmers Market (see below)
Postponed earlier this year due to the virus, we are hoping to run this outdoor event later this year.
President Val has started to plan this event. An event to be driven by a significant keynote speaker. Elegant, amusing, interesting. Not to be missed by all.
A great success last year, we will again support Taralye with this fundraiser in the coming year.
Whitehorse Farmers Market
A perennial favourite in our in our area. Driven by our stall holders who deliver quality at a price. Unbeatable! Held on the 2nd Sunday of every month – and WE ARE OPEN!
Mental Illness Forum
A mouth watering array of speakers that will stimulate our minds. Through Rotary Health Australia, we have been a major leader in mental health. And the indications are the COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem. MASH is ready to address this major issue.
During the year, MASH members will undertake a number of smaller fundraisers. Watch this space!
Membership retention is very important. This committee is responsible for ensuring that members are engaged and enjoying their Rotary experience. Club members are encouraged to invite potential members to our weekly meetings or to participate in club activities. The committee will then ensure that anyone interested in joining Rotary is fully aware of membership details.
CLUB SERVICE COMMITTEES
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Under this program MASH generally tries to sponsor two candidates to attend. This intensive leadership training course involves a 6 day camp for 18 to 30 year olds. The camp builds self-esteem and confidence for the participants.
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) This program is designed for 14 – 17 year old students. MASH normally sponsors 2 participants for this 2 day residential seminar where participants learn to form their own values and moral standards.
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). This program provides an opportunity for secondary school students to act as representatives of various countries debating motions in the Victorian Legislative Assembly chamber (State Library in 2020-21). MASH sponsors teams from Koonung and Beaufort Secondary Colleges.
Interact. Secondary students belong to a club which fosters leadership skills, meets regularly and undertakes fundraising for worthy charities. Our clubs are based at Koonung Secondary College. The senior club covers years 9-12 and in the 2018-19 year we established a new Middle School club.
Rotaract. Young people between 18 and 30 enjoy community service and international service as well as gaining professional development. Whitehorse Rotaract was sponsored by our club and we have established a strong bond between their club and ours.
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). This program is for Year 11 students with an interest in science. The 2 week program is held at a university & provides participants with exposure to a broad range of science courses and careers including visits to science research companies & laboratories.
Scholarships and Prizes. Each year we award citizenship prizes to deserving students at Koonung Secondary College and scholarships to students at Box Hill Institute.
Primary Schools Speech Competition (PSSC) Two grade 5 or 6 students from each of the eight primary schools in our area present three minute speeches to an audience of Rotarians, teachers, family and friends. Toastmasters judges select the best three speakers and the winner goes on to represent our club at the District final.
Literacy Grants Each year MASH provides grants of up to $550 each to eight local schools for the purchase of literacy materials.
Our Community Engagement team has a goal to be at the heart of our community’s wellbeing. We have several ongoing projects as well as undertaking one off projects as the need arises. Ongoing projects include:
– First Friday of the Month Dinner – a nourishing two course meal is provided for up to 50 needy clients each month in a warm and friendly place. The local Bendigo Community Bank (Surrey Hills, Canterbury, Ashburton and Balwyn) has provided significant sponsorship for the purchase of the food for this project, and Whitehorse Rotaract subsidise the hall rental costs.
– Kara House – a specialist family violence service providing safe and secure accommodation and outreach services to women and children escaping family violence. We have provided funds and expertise in renovation and refurbishing of facilities and the garden area.
– Alkira Centre in Box Hill – we have supported Alkira in several ways, helping with working bees and providing financial assistance for various projects. Alkira is a not for profit organisation, based in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne which provides services and support to people with an intellectual disability.
Vocational and Environmental
In the Vocational sphere MASH undertakes vocational visits from time to time.
Rotary provides opportunities for members to use their vocational skills such as participating in National Youth Science Forum interview days, mentoring Interactors or volunteering to be on the club’s board just to mention few.
Our major environmental projects will be:
– Plastic Free Oceans program Web site – https://plasticchange.org/knowledge-view/plastic-free-ocean or https://plasticfreeoceans.net/rotarymash
– Envision Hands program Due to the overwhelming response this project has been closed until further notice. Web site – https://envision.org.au/envision-hands
– Clean up Australia Day where members have joined in with the community effort to clean the Kingsley Gardens in Box Hill.
– Tree Planting Project – green thumbed MASH members (together with members of Doncaster and Waverley Rotary Clubs & Whitehorse Rotaractors) will be planting trees at the end of July in the Beaufort area working in conjunction with Landcare. The planting is followed by a BBQ. We await news of how this may, or may not, go ahead this year due to COVID-19.
International project activity by MASH over the past ten years has included –
In the international sphere we look for potential international and Australian projects which could be financed and managed through Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) or The Rotary Foundation (TRF). The projects can vary from providing financial aid in the form of cash or goods to sending volunteer teams to undertake a wide variety of construction projects. Projects can be undertaken solely by MASH or in co-operation with other Rotary Clubs.
Our current ongoing projects involve:
Lighting For Timor Leste – in conjunction with Rotary club of Doncaster – this project involves providing solar lighting to villages in Timor Leste.
Provision of Educational Materials and Teacher workshops in Durban South Africa. This is being coordinated via the E-Club of South Africa One.
Solomon Islands – investigation under way to assist with providing water, sanitation and school books to a Primary School on the Island of Nendo.
Disaster Aid – donation of funds to Disaster Aid purchase SkyHydrants which filter in drinkable water and can produce 5000 litres of water daily for over five years.