Welcome to Meeting No. 174 of the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 

President's Message

Some of us attended the District Conference in Melbourne last weekend and had a great time. We caught up with a lot of old friends and learnt about some new Rotary programs and activities. Our member Anthony M. helped to man the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) display but he also took an excellent video of the whole display area. I highly recommend that you view this video if you have not done so. The link is here

Next Monday night, 25 November 2019 at 7.30pm,  we will be inducting another new member, Rob A. We look forward to welcoming him into our ranks. Afterwards we will also hear from our member, Ian S. who will speak to us about the Canberra Aboretum. As you may know an arboretum is a botanical garden devoted to growing trees for conservation, scientific research and educational purposes but more of this from Ian.

If you are not a member of our club but would like to join the meeting, the link is https://zoom.us/j/309267697

See you then.


Brian Norris


This week's meeting material

Victorian Multi District Conference 2019

Great video Anthony on the Multi District Conference, felt like I was there! I would recommend we all watch this video, link is in the Presidents report above and also here.  So many fantastic projects and a great promotion for our club Anthony, thanks. Please like and share to keep spreading the word about our club.

Watch more videos on Youtube to catch up and what went on and visit the Facebook page


Rotarians Mean Business - Online Meetings

George ( our Honorary Member in Greece ) has started on online Rotary Means Business group with members attending from around the world to try to connect as many Rotarians as possible at a business level. Next meeting is on the 25th Feb at 6:00 PM GMT. Meeting link https://zoom.us/j/7745132801


Presentation in Ben Tre Vietnam for Health Insurance Cards for the needy

On Monday 21Jan19 Pete S, on behalf of Rotary eClub Latitude 38, attended the presentation of the Health Insurance Cards at the Local Authorities office in Ben Tre, Vietnam. Pete along with another donor from Ho Chi Minh City attended including Ms Chen and Mr Ranh from SAPP ( Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients ) in Ho Chi Minh City.  Mr Ranh is the SAPP Vice President in Ho Chi Minh City. The Vietnamese Local Authorities were very appreciative of our efforts and willingness to help the Vietnamese who cannot effort to purchase their own health cards.

Don't forget that you can still donate to this project which is ongoing. Please visit our GoFundMe page to support this very worthwhile project. Share via Facebook to help spread the word and make our first Vietnam project a great success.

Please visit the Vietnamese Health Card project page for more photos from the presentation.


Latitude38 Club Project - Vietnam Health Cards for the Needy

Every year each person in Vietnam must purchase a health insurance card to obtain free medical treatment and medication.  The cost of this card is VND 700,000 each (about $43 Australian dollars).  For Vietnamese who are very poor, the Vietnamese Government will subsidise between 70-90% of the cost of a health card for them, meaning those people only need to pay about $13 Australian dollars instead.  

This doesn’t sound much, but for poverty stricken families in remote and rural areas, the issue is how will they find the money to pay for a card for each family member. To afford the card what will families have to do without? 

SAPP (Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients) is an organisation in southern Vietnam who (amongst other welfare programs) generously aims to provide 2000 health cards each year to poor people in five targeted provinces.  This will enable families to not have to worry about how they will cope with illness or disease, and they can confidently send children to school, help the elderly contribute in the community and allow families to work towards improving their situation.

Rotary Club of Latitude38 is working with SAPP to fund some cards, but they need your help too.  The more you donate, the more cards can be distributed and this helps more children be the best they can be. That’s something we should all be doing……

Visit our clubs Go Fund Me page to support our first project in Vietnam.


This officially ends meeting No.174. Let me know on our Facebook group what you thought of the meeting material. Serious, leave a comment. It helps to get some feedback on the meeting and also to hear your thoughts and ideas. For club members go to the closed group here Closed Group Facebook page and for non members please leave a comment on our Public Facebook page, like, and share.


If you have an interesting topic, or project to share please contact Pete at pete@showell.com.au

Thank you for joining us, we appreciate your feedback, hope you will return soon and invite a guest.

Pete Showell