Welcome to Meeting No. 179 of the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 


This week's meeting material

Club General Meeting

President Brian gave a presentation on Rotary District 9820 Child Protection. Great presentation Brian and thanks as I had not seen that before. I have uploaded the presentation to the clubs website and for those that missed the meeting or just want a refresher you can download it from the Download Files section on the left hand side of the page.

On the District 9820 website under Forms and Policies you will also find the District 9820 Youth Protection Policy and the District 9820 Code of Conduct Working with Youth Policy


Guest eClub Speaker: Rusty, Great Aussie Camping Swap Meet

Last Wednesday night Latitude 38 hosted the first in a planned series of online speakers in collaboration with Rotary E-Club of Melbourne. Well done Rusty! This was his first time as an online speaker and we hope his event on the weekend goes well.
Check out the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk and v
isit the swap meet on the 30 and 31 March - see details here. The Great Aussie Camping Swap Meet


Existing Latitude38 Club Project - Vietnam Health Cards for the Needy

In January 2019 the eClub Latitude 38 presented 142 health cards to needy Vietnamese residents in Ben Tre Province Southern Vietnam. I hope to be able to make this an ongoing project and be able to present even more health cards in January 2020 

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.178. 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