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Christmas Time

What a great festive get-together with many of our Melbourne based RPM members and friends on the weekend!! 🎄🎄🎄
We missed those of you who couldn’t attend, but send you all our love and good wishes for Christmas, the Festive Season and 2023!! 🎄🎆🎄🎆🎄🌟💖
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RPM Changeover Event

We are excited to invite you to our changeover event on Sunday July 3rd!! This year we will be hosting the event through Zoom so that international members and guests from different time zones have the opportunity of participating as it happens.

We will have the pleasure of hosting District leaders from D9800 who will be joining us for this event

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, July 3 at 7.00pm Melbourne time, where we will acknowledge the achievements during the past year and welcome incoming President Aviv Palti and his team.

To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP to Maria Hicks by emailing
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Nepal Toilet Project Report

Rotary Passport Melbourne and Rotary Club of Kathmandu together in partnership with The Rotary Foundation recently completed construction of gender specific toilets at Shree Sunali Public School in Lumbini Province, Nepal. The positive outcomes was the result of a District 9800 Grant: International and RAWCS.
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Donation Drive at REACH Siem Reap 2022-06-19 14:00:00Z 0

Grants Seminar

On June 19th Maria, Rob and Aviv attended the Rotary District 9800 Foundation Grants Seminar on behalf of RPM.
If you would like to join seminars like this one, keep an eye on your inbox for upcoming events and opportunities.
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Toilets in Cambodia

G’day and Greetings from Cambodia,

I continue to be moved by the plight of village families as they struggle to improve their lives when they have so little.  Kok Benh Village has clusters of communities that have no toilets.  We have just finished installing sanitary toilets / wash rooms for eight families.  No longer will they have to use the jungle behind their houses as their toilet.  No longer will they experience the vulnerability and shame when having to defecate in the open.  Their appreciation is beyond words but one mother shared her feelings and it warmed my heart.  Her translated words are in the photo following.  

Darrel - Cambodia Clean Water and Toilet Project
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Rotary International Conference - Houston

It's was a wonderful few days in Houston Texas at the #Rotary22 Rotary International Convention!! Together with incoming Keilor East Rotary Club Inc. President Deb Sloggett, our incoming President Aviv Palti and wife Michelle met Rotarians from around the world including
- Syliva Whitlock, American humanitarian who was the first woman to serve as president of a Rotary Club
- Shekar Mehta, Rotary International President, 2021-22
- Jennifer Jones, incoming Rotary International President for 2022-23, the first woman to hold that office in the organization's 115-year history
- Ian Riseley OAM, is a member of Rotary Club of Sandringham, was the president of Rotary International 2017/8 and is a member of the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees 2019-2023.
- Juliet Riseley was the charter president of the Rotary Club of Hampton in 1995 and is a past District Governor.
Did you know that the next Rotary International Convention will be in Melbourne on May 27th to 31st, 2023! Registrations are now open -
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The latest container to Dili

Another container on the way to RPM Member & In-Country Project Manager, Leopoldina Guterreson after being packed at Donations In Kind! Included in this container are 2 piano keyboards donated by Katrina Flynn, member of the Rotary Club of Hawthorn, sewing fabrics and Maria's Suzuki guitar.
This container was packed on May 10, 2022.
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This is Your Life - Liz Dymock

Liz Dymock in Malawi. Commercial composting program- a solution to manage organic waste.
Member Liz Dymock made a quick visit to Melbourne from Malawi with her new husband, Kondwani Charula. During a recent RPM meeting, Liz was interviewed by President Jenny and also took the opportunity to share her life and work in Malawi
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This is Your Life - Darrel and Ratana

Darrel and Ratana: A winning team for clean water and toilet building in Cambodia. Working at Cambodia Clean Water and Toilet Project in Siem Reap has a lasting impact on the young man who plays an important role in the promotion of WASH.
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ANZAC Wreath

A wreath was laid on behalf of RPM members on Anzac Day at the Moonee Valley Memorial Service
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This is your life series

In this latest 'This is your life' interview series, we learn about more of our members!!
Sudeep reflects on his life from early days as a new arrival from Nepal.
Madhuri is a quiet achiever at RPM who has the tenacity and professional experience to empower girls in Australia and Nepal. A great video of Madhuri bungee jumping is also included within this update!
Micheline is passionate about working towards empowering communities.
Alice is a social entrepreneur at Smile Stard Days for Girls Enterprise In Nakuru county - Kenya.
and Tina shared her background and connection to Days for Girls in Rome, Cambodia and Zambia!
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Baby news

Congratulations to RPM Charter Member & SolarBuddy International Programme Coordinator Russell Gauld and Bec on the birth of beautiful Sage!!
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RPM’s Strategic Planning Session was a great way to start 2022 2022-02-15 13:00:00Z 0
The RPM Timor Leste Team connect with our Member & her Colleagues in Baguia 2022-02-14 13:00:00Z 0
Baguia Project in Timor Leste is gaining momentum 2021-12-20 13:00:00Z 0
RPM Member Selba Gondoza Luka included in Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2021-12-20 13:00:00Z 0

Safe drinking water for Cambodian Schools

57 out of 90 schools in the Siem Reap area do not have access to clean drinking water. In partnership with Rotary Club of Keilor East, Rotary Passport Club of Melbourne (RPM), The Rotary Foundation, Disaster Aid Australia and Cambodia Rural Students Trust NGO in Siem Reap (CRST), 4 schools have been selected to install Australian-made SkyHydrant filtration systems as a start to the Project W – Water for Education program. At an average cost of $5,000 per school, the cost of providing clean water for every beneficiary is about $0.35 (35 cents) per year!
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RPM Thanks Rosemary Kinyua

Rosemary Kinyua : Good bye for now as you develop a new business venture. We always will be grateful for your service to RPM and sincerely hope you will join us again in the future.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2021-12-20 13:00:00Z 0
SOCIAL SECTION 2021-12-20 13:00:00Z 0

Meet our President Elect 2022-2023

President Elect Aviv Palti is a wonderful example of the caption, “Rotarians -people of Action”. From developing a very successful family business at an early age, to founding an International Non -government organisation (NGO) and now as incoming RPM President, the RPM team is in good hands with Aviv at the helm.
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RPM This Is Your Life Interviews November

RPM Member Emily Williamson introduced us to 25 year old, REACH Siem Reap leader, Borith (Bo) Rin. Bo, a Battambang native, was born to survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide. Due to his changing circumstances Bo has had to continually re-invent himself and now is one of the leaders at REACH Siem Reap.
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RPM is 2 years old!

Congratulations to RPM on celebrating our 2nd birthday!! After a toast and celebration, guest speaker Mark Anderson, Senior Coordinator from The Rotary Foundation did not disappoint. His knowledge and presentation in layman terms of how the Foundation operates, impressed all of us and there were many requests for a copy of his slides.
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Nepal WASH project is back on track

The NEPAL TOILET BUILDING PROJECT has commenced, with a proposed date of conclusion February 2022. Rotary Club of Passport Club of Melbourne in local coordination with Rotary Club of Kathmandu is constructing a permanent toilet block for students and teachers of Shree Sunali Primary School, located in Damti Saigha, Nepal.
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RPM held our AGM on November 6, 2021. A quorum was reached with 26 members in attendance. The AGM endorsed the Auditor’s report. After the meeting closed, President Jenny and Past District Governor Phillip Archer led a Q and A with the focus being, “Start with the Why.” This was extremely useful as the majority of members are new to Rotary and there was a variety of topics covered including governance, history of Rotary and the importance of keeping up to date via the My Rotary website.
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Rotary SAFE Families

Jenny Nola is now RPM’s Representative (Champion) of Rotary SAFE Families.
Rotary SAFE Families’ was established over three years ago to help stop all forms of family violence by addressing its underlying causes.  It has evolved into a national program with valuable resources and tools including images and short films to assist every Rotarian in every part of Australia to play their part in stopping abuse in families I am certain that various RPM Members have a real passion & interest to work in partnership with Rotary Safe Families in their campaign to raise awareness.
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Your Rotary Citation for 2020-2021

Dear Rotary Passport Melbourne.
I am pleased to inform you that Rotary Passport Melbourne (RPM) received a Rotary Citation for 2020-2021 for " helping Rotary open opportunities in the lives of people over the world." The Rotary Citation is a significant award that honours clubs whose leaders and members show a commitment to success. In addition, the Rotary Citation recognizes Rotary clubs that support Rotary strategic priorities by completing certain activities.
During a challenging year for many Rotarians worldwide, our club demonstrated a commitment to achieve its goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.
Once again, congratulations to all!
Maria Hicks OAM, IPP
Your Rotary Citation for 2020-2021 Maria Hicks 2021-10-07 13:00:00Z 0
District Governor Dale Hoy shows his support for RPM 2021-10-05 13:00:00Z 0

RPM This Is Your Life Interviews September

Every month at our Monthly meetings, we will feature membership interviews. What a great way for members to get to know each other especially as we are from so many diverse backgrounds and countries.
In September we heard from John Ionnou, and Dr John Salmon.
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REACH Siem Reap - A multi faceted approach with community involvement Maria Hicks 2021-10-04 13:00:00Z 0

Donated Ultrasound machine arrives in Papua New Guinea

Monash IVF were delighted to donate one of their perfectly maintained ten year old ultrasound machines to Port Moresby Hospital, Papua New Guinea.
So, how do we get an ultrasound machine from Monash IVF to Port Moresby General Hospital? Laurie Fisher at Footscray Rotary DIK organised the collection from Monash IVF and packed it up on a pallet ready for transport. Due to Covid19 restrictions in Victoria, DIK Footscray were not in a position to send goods to Port Moresby, however DIK Brisbane had a container with some space available. And so Maria Hicks from Rotary Passport Melbourne reached out to her friends from TFMXpress who sponsored the road logistics from Footscray to Brisbane where it was loaded into the container.
We have it on good authority, that the obstetric team at Port Moresby are delighted to have such a quality ultrasound machine at their beck and call and it is already being put to great use. Thank you to all involved!  
Donated Ultrasound machine arrives in Papua New Guinea John Salmon 2021-10-02 14:00:00Z 0

Walk with us to END POLIO

Be part of something special: Walk With Us this October for those who can’t. Be part of the end game strategy and raise funds to help make Polio history so that no child ever again suffers paralytic poliomyelitis.
Walk with us to END POLIO Rosemary G.Kinyua 2021-10-02 14:00:00Z 0

Inaugural RPM Evening International Meeting

2021 RPM members serve in Australia and Internationally. With meetings once a month on a Saturday afternoon at 4.00pm it is difficult to catch everyone due to the different time Zones. With this in mind, President Jenny is introducing “International Night” once a month on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm Melbourne time.
Over 20 members and guests attended our first international evening to meet RPM member, Leopoldina (Leo) Guterres from Baguia, Timor Leste. Allison Troth did the honors as interviewer. Leo, as Assistant Project Director for the RPM Baguia Education and Community Support Project, kept us enthralled by her experiences growing up and living in Baguia.
After the meeting everyone stayed back to ask more questions and chat with Leo. Sudeep Maskey remarked that during the presentation, he was feeling very nostalgic as Leo’s home reminded him of his childhood in Nepal complete with the roosters crowing. Russell Gauld was the first to say that he wanted to visit Leo in Baguia. Quite a few of us had the same wish once we are able to travel. 

Watch the recording of the presentation here -
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Quality Education Nepal

Written by RPM Member, Peter Hall
Asked to write a few words about QEN for the newsletter, I pondered what I might say of a project with origins dating back to 1993. I have chosen to focus on three Nepalese for whom I have immense respect, and who have been the inspiration for all that I have done for Nepal. Click here to Read More
While trekking in Nepal with a group of friends in 1993 we met Gyan Bahadur Pun at Khopra Danda, a vantage point on the slopes of Annapurna South.  Many years late I recorded his recollections of his life which you can find here on YouTube
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Engagement News!!

Congratulations are in order for RPM members Sudeep & Sangita who were engaged earlier this year in Melbourne!!
And a big congratulations to Elizabeth and her fiancée Kondwani who were engaged just last month in Malawi!! Their wedding will take place in Malawi in November with Australian family & friends here watching via Zoom
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Basic education and literacy are one of Rotary’s areas of focus. Our members understand that education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development and promoting peace.
To highlight “Education Month” we feature some RPMers who are committed to Education by either accessing private resources or through Rotary supported projects. RPM is a service club that offers more volunteer opportunities and fewer meetings. The projects and members featured in this newsletter demonstrate that volunteerism is at the heart of RPM as well as practical knowledge of Education issues in the countries they serve.
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RPM Changeover Event

Posted on Jul 04, 2021
Members & friends of Rotary Passport Melbourne gathered on Saturday 3rd July 2021 at a luncheon event where we saw the club's presidential role change hands from Maria Hicks (Charter President) to Jenny Foster (2nd Club President).

In accepting the club leadership, President Jenny Foster thanked past President Maria for a stellar job in leading the club 2020-2021. President Jenny Foster spoke a few words, sharing her passion for Rotary, in the same token, thanked the club membership for the opportunity to serve as the 2nd club president of Rotary Passport Melbourne.

President Jenny also took the opportunity to also introduce her club 2021-2022 officers.

The event marked the beginning of a New Year of service and leadership in Rotary inspired by the theme, "Serve to Change Lives". "The theme serves as an inspiration for all Rotarians and a rallying call for our efforts in 2021-2022, to do more and grow more"- 2021-22 Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta
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Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Posted on Nov 24, 2020

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


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First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia

Posted on Nov 11, 2020

In early 1919, Rotarian Roger Pinneo of Seattle, Washington, USA, traveled to the Philippines to try to organize a Rotary club in Manila. Leon J. Lambert, a Manila business leader helped Pinneo establish the club. Several months later, on 1 June 1919, the Rotary Club of Manila was chartered and became the first Rotary club in Asia.

The club would be the only one in the country for more than 12 years. Eventually, Manila club members organized Rotary clubs in the Philippine cities of Cebu (1932) and Iloilo (1933). Iloilo club members then started a club in Bacolod (1937), and Rotary continued to expand across the country.

First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia 2020-11-10 13:00:00Z 0

Young Inventor Eco-Friendly Bricks Come Full Circle

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

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Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Posted on Oct 28, 2020

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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History of Women in Rotary

Posted on Oct 01, 2020
Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.
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