Welcome to Meeting No. 226 of the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 

This week's meeting material

Bushfire Appeal

Special Thanks to Rob A for his fundraising efforts which has pushed us past the $2500 mark. Please continue to spread the word about our special fundraiser and share the GoFundMe link on Facebook and email. Please see details on our GoFundMe page and donate if you can, even a small amount really does make a difference. Share the page on your Facebook timeline and email the link to your friends and family to help us support the victims of the bushfires.

DIK Warehouse Open Day - West Footscray

Has anyone from the club been to one of these open days? Its a bit far for me to travel to :-) but would love to hear about your experiences with Donations In Kind.


Many of you probably already refer to the Smartraveller website and Facebook page but just in case you have not it is a great resource for those travelling overseas or for your family members that do. Especially at the moment with the Corona Virus COVID-19 affecting many countries and the changes they have made to their entry requirements. Don't get caught out, check with Smartraveller before you travel.

Vietnamese Health Cards

Update - Just received our first donation for this years project. I am aiming to donate to SAPP in November this year so the cards can be purchased and distributed before the end of the year to maximise the benefit for those in need.

On Monday 03 February I met with the President ( Tran Thanh Long ) of the Sponsoring Association of Poor Patients (SAPP) and donated $4100 AUD (64,400,000 VND) to purchase health cards in Dong Thap Province in the west of Vietnam. These cards will allow 800 Vietnamese to access free health care who would otherwise not be able to afford it. Many thanks to the generous people who support this project including Drouin Op Shop, Rotary Club Batemans Bay and District 9820

If you can make a donation it would be greatly appreciated and will allow me to purchase more cards to assist needy Vietnamese. Visit our projects page to see photos and information from my trip early this year. 

Mosquito nets for Timor-Leste

I have received positive responses regarding Carol's trip to Timor-Leste ( don't forget to also put your comments on our Facebook page ). Thanks Carol for your session regarding your trip and if you missed the meeting please visit our projects page below and leave a comment

Carol's trip to Timor-Leste

Great talk from Carol at the meeting of the 16 Dec. I have updated the details on our Projects Page so please check out this page and comment / ask questions on our Facebook page.

Cambodia Rice Drop

Update. Today I received a lovely email from our friends at Free To Shine in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Fee said that with the extra money we left with them they have now purchased three pushbikes. Fee has also purchased tinned fish and bottles of soy and fish sauce which they will distribute along with the rice we left them to families in need. Thanks for letting us know Fee, much appreciated. Please see the photo on our Facebook page. 

Thanks to everyone who has commented on our recent trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Please have a look at the photos on our Projects page and leave a comment on our Facebook page. We have some more photos coming so keep checking back on our project page. For those who missed out on the project update please join us at our next online meeting and we can discuss the project again, how it went and plans for the next trip....YES....planning on going again next year. Cannot keep me away now as I am hooked. 

eSpeaker Series

Amazing talk with Nicky Mih from Free To Shine in Cambodia on the 2nd Sep. Stay tuned for more details on how to watch that session on Youtube and details of our next speaker. Thanks Anthony for your work with putting the eSpeaker series together and thanks Nicky for sharing with us the amazing work that you and your team do. I am looking forward to our next eSpeaker session. 

View the last eSpeaker Stephanie Urchick - Transforming Rotary's future through strategic change, Click here to watch the full session

Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting - 09 March 2020 at 7:30 PM. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/914062194

Rotary Training

Our next Rotary Training session - 16 March 2020. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/914062194 

General Meeting

The next General Meeting - 23 March 2020 at 7:30 PM. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/914062194

Facebook Updates

Keep posting your updates to Facebook or email them to me and I will add them. If you have more photos or info for our current projects please send them to me so I can update our projects page.

This officially ends meeting No.226. Let me know on our Facebook group what you thought of the meeting material. I am serious...... leave a comment so I know what you think, it helps to get some feedback on the meeting and also to hear your thoughts and ideas. If there is a topic that you would like to cover or if you wish to submit a story then just let me know. Visit our Facebook page here 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.