• The Rotary Club of MASH People of Action
  • The Rotary Club of MASH People of Action
  • The Rotary Club of MASH People of Action
  • The Rotary Club of MASH People of Action

Committees

CLUB OPERATIONS COMMITTEES

Fundraising

Sausage Sizzles:
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. $15 per dozen to purchase.

The club undertakes other ad hoc fundraising activities as the opportunities arise.

Public Image and Social

In the Public Image space the committee utilises materials provide by Rotary International and others to ensure our weekly newsletter, website and Facebook presence promotes the club and Rotary in a positive and constructive manner.

In the Social space the committee is responsible for ensuring that our members enjoy their participation in Rotary.   Regular events such as our monthly social events help build strong relationships within our club.   We also enjoy a good relationship  with the Rotary Club of Beaufort and other organisations.

Membership

Membership retention is very important.   This committee is responsible for ensuring that members are engaged and enjoying their Rotary experience.   The committee also identifies potential members and engages with them to ensure that they join our club.

CLUB SERVICE COMMITTEES

Youth

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)  Under this program we generally try to sponsor 2 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. 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 club is based at Koonung Secondary College. The senior club covers years 9-12 and In the 2018-2019 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.

Community

Our Community Engagement team has a goal to be at the heart of our community’s wellbeing. We have a number of ongoing as well as one off projects.

– First Friday of the Month Dinner – a nourishing 2 course meal is provided for up to 50 clients each month being those in need in a warm and friendly place. This year the local Bendigo Community Bank (Surrey Hills, Canterbury, Ashburton & Balwyn) has provided significant sponsorship for the purchase of the food for this project and Whitehorse Rotaract subsidise the hall rental costs.

 Inala Allawarra Hostel in Blackburn South – prior to Christmas and Easter we join the residents for morning tea and provide entertainment. The choir from St Luke’s Primary School sing carols at Christmas. They bring a smile to the faces of the residents.  A Christmas Card writing project started in 2013 to enable residents the opportunity to send cards which include a photo of them to family and friends. Some children from Mt Pleasant Road Primary School participate in this project.

– Alkira Centre in Box Hill – we have supported Alkira in various ways and include helping with working bees and providing financial assistance for various projects.

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  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.

International

International project activity by MASH over the past ten years has included –

  1. Birthing Kits. Each year, MASH members pack and send hundreds of Birthing Kits to remote areas of Papua New Guinea. The components of the kits are provided free by various companies and underline how Rotary is saving lives.
  2. Sending books from a bookshop which was closing down to the Solomon Islands along with donated desktop computers.
  3. Involvement in a number of building projects in the Solomon Islands over the past 10 years.
  4. A building project and supply of computers to schools in Fiji.
  5. Organisation and involvement in refurbishing Keaga Haus near Port Moresby in conjunction with the Lasallian Foundation.
  6. Days for Girls project – purchase of materials for girls in Tanzania to make their own reuseable sanitary kits.
  7. Assisting other district Rotary Clubs with funding for their international projects.

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 cooperation with other Rotary Clubs.

Our ongoing projects include:

Lighting for Timor L’Este  in conjunction with RC of Doncaster this project provides lighting to villages.

Educational Materials and teacher workshops   in Durban, South Africa with our partner Rotary E Club of South Africa One

Water, Sanitation and School Books  provided to a primary school on the island of Nando in The Solomons

Sky Hydrants  which filter drinking water and produce up to 5000 litres of water daily through our partnership with Disaster Aid