The Rotary Club of Mosman
Come and visit us at one of our Tuesday lunch meetings.
12.30 for 12.50pm start at The Upper Duck HOTEL MOSMAN, 634 Military Rd, Mosman
(next to Boronia House with parking at Bridgepoint).
Note that until the virus problem is over we will not be holding physical meetings; we will be conducting zoom meetings at 5pm each Tuesday
About Mosman Rotary
Our club has been a leading service organisation on the North Shore of Sydney since it was formed over 55 years ago.
Members contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long term projects both within Australia and across the globe. Each project has its own specific humanitarian aims but common to all is a desire to make the world a better place. Examples include disease prevention and treatment, disaster relief, water and sanitation etc.
The Board Members for this year are:
President: Richard Vahtrick; Treasurer: Derek Andrew;
Secretary: Graeme Robinson + Dom Rabu; Club Service Director and President Elect: Mark Wallis;
Fundraising Director: Mark Alderson; International Service Director: Richard Vahtrick;
Community Service Director: Suri Jain; Membership Director: Di McKenzie;
Vocational Director: Halyna Koscharsky; Youth Director Sarah Harding; PR Director: Clare Stockdale
Sergeant At Arms: Barry Starr; Speaker Coordinator: Ruth Thompson
Immediate Past President: Graeme Robinson
Some of our projects for 2020-21
Harding Miller Educational Foundation
Our club has established a relationship with Harding Miller by donating $10,000 in 2019-20. Further donations will be considered for future years.
The Foundation’s mission is to provide practical support to lift the educational outcomes and career aspirations of high potential girls who are experiencing disadvantage.
Across Australia, public schools have a disproportionate share of the poorest families but also of children who are most educationally disadvantaged. Women within Australia are two and a half times more likely to live in poverty.
Scholarship support begins in Year 9 and are awarded for 4 years. At the end of Year 10 scholars are invited to reapply for the next two years of support.
Hand Teams to Vietnam
For over 20 years our club has been sponsoring the work of teams of hand surgeons and associated medical practitioners in Vietnam and Myanmar. The late Prof Conolly and his successor Dr Peter Scougall have been holding clinical and training sessions once or twice a year as well as donating appropriate equipment to local surgeons.
October 2017 saw over 70 Vietnamese surgeons participating in the latest course.
Wheelchairs For Kids
Over the years our club has sourced wheelchairs from the organisation and donated them to disabled children in Asia. Each wheelchair is fully adjustable and designed for rugged conditions. They make a huge difference not only to the child but to their families and communities.
The chairs are produced in Perth by volunteers at the remarkedly low cost of A$200 each - www.wheelchairsforkids.org
We have established a major fund raising operation for WFK through schools and related organisations in Sydney. In 2017-18 we were instrumental in raising in excess of $20,000 enough to supply 100 wheelchairs and change the lives of 100 disabled children in far fliung corners of the world
Rotary Foundation - Polio Plus
Rotary is an international organisation that brings together leaders who step up to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. This work is supported by its major charity, The Rotary Foundation.
In 1985, Rotary International initiated the huge task of eradicating polio throughout the world, not only in the belief that it could be done, but that it should be done.
Of course, it didn’t take long before partners joined in, as they saw the impact it was having and began to believe that eradication was a reality rather than a dream. In 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was formed as a partnership that included Rotary, the World Health Organisation, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, governments around the world and more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation, along with its partners, has been funding the eradication of polio for many years now, Polio Plus being one of its longest running and most significant projects. With its partners, it has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. As a result, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9% worldwide; immunization and monitoring will continue until polio ceases to exist.
Over the years our Club has made significant contributions to the Rotary Foundation which, by the time the world is certified polio free, will have contributed in excess of $US 2 billion, including $US 985 million in matching funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Refer to the global website
Every year our club sponsors two 16-17 year old students to come to Australia for a year. The restrictions caused by the Covid 19 virus pandemic has curtailed the program. However for the first 6 months of this year we continue to sponsor Leopoldo Blasczyk from Paranavai, Brazil. The image shows Leopoldo getting some work experience at a cafe owned by another club's member.
We also sponsor 2 local students to spend a year overseas.
We have been a long term supporter of the community garden at Mackie Lane, Mosman. This year we have contributed $2000 to assist in converting existing beds into longer term wicking beds. In addition to providing funds our members will be assisting in the conversion work.