Volunteering to help others is an important part of life and the Rotary Club of Mont Albert and Surrey Hills (MASH) is a group of people doing just that. In this year (2017-2018) the theme of Rotary International is “Rotary: Making a Difference”, which demonstrates what we strive to achieve in our activities both locally, nationally and internationally: make a difference.
It has been assumed that Rotary is a club primarily for fundraising, but this is just a small part of what we do. Yes, we raise funds to sponsor a wide variety of causes including the eradication of polio world-wide, the support of community groups like Alkira who assist people with disabilities, or scholarships to students at Box Hill Institute. However, our most rewarding achievements are practical and mostly within the community. We are hoping to expand our activities this year but currently some of our on-going projects include the following.
On the first Friday of every month, club members along with friends, Rotaractors and Interactors, provide a healthy 2 course meal for members of the community who are doing it a little tough and need some help; this is very well received, with satisfied clients often taking home left overs for the next day. This meal is different every month and designed for the season; the Christmas dinner is very well received, as is the BBQ in February, and the warming winter dinners help to keep a smile on faces.
The club holds special Easter and Christmas morning teas for the residents at Inala, a local aged care home, where club members and students from local schools write cards for the residents, provide morning tea and entertain the residents. The residents love having this time with the school children, which is reciprocated, with pupils at one school competing to have the neatest handwriting to be able to write cards for the residents.
Many of our members are enthusiastic about the environment and participate in cleaning up a local park for Clean-up Australia, as well as a tree planting venture with the Rotary Club of Beaufort. This year we want to extend the tree planting to more local parks and public areas.
We are involved with many activities for local schools: such as the Primary Schools Speech Competition for year 5 and 6 students, the Model United Nations Assembly for secondary school students held in the Victorian State Parliament, and an Interact Club for students at Koonung Secondary College.
We have a social night, usually on the third Tuesday of the month, and interesting speakers on the second and fourth Tuesdays; details can be found on this website, or on our Facebook page.
We invite all interested people to attend any of our meetings or activities and look forward to welcoming you into our “family”. As part of this, we hope to become more involved with, and accept assistance from, other community groups, schools, and Rotary Clubs to further our projects.
If you have any queries or would like to know more about Rotary or about our club please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me on 0447 623 577.