Welcome to Meeting No. 176 of the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 

President's Message

We had a very successful joint meeting with the Rotary eClub of  Melbourne last Wednesday night. Four of our members were present.

We will have more of these meetings in the future.

We are approaching the beginning of a new Rotary Year. I would urge all members to consider taking on a responsibility within the club. You will be approached soon. Don't forget the District Assembly to be held at Marist-Sion College, 165 Burke Street, Warragul on Sunday 28 April 2019, 9.30am for 10am. This is where we learn about Rotary and keep up-to -date with what's going on. See you there.

The Board meeting is on next Monday 11 March at 7.30pm. You will already have received the link.

I hope you all have a great week.

Brian Norris



This week's meeting material

Joint meeting with the eClub of Melbourne.

Very interesting to see how other eClubs run their meetings and very worthwhile joining in when they have their next one.

Here is the YouTube recording of the meeting for everyone to see thanks to President Gabe of the Melbourne Club. The guest speaker Rob McGuirk was one of the presenters at the recent Peace Through Service Summit at the Rotary multi-district Conference and he has some very innovative ideas. Watch the video here and leave a comment on our Facebook page.


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.176. 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