Bulletin  Mar 4, Vol 78 , Issue No 4
Greetings to all Rotarians and Friends as we move into autumn and enjoy the colourful display of leaves on many of our trees.
President’s Report
Feedback from last week’s meeting was that Justine Killen was the best possible candidate as the inaugural recipient of The Bays Hospital Nurse & Midwifery Education Fund.  This fund was founded in 2023 with a $25,000 donation from the Mornington Rotary Club.  More details about her presentation in this bulletin.
It’s time again to think about potential RYLA candidates for this year’s event.  It’s on from Monday 8 July until Saturday 13 July and will be held on Phillip Island.  The club is prepared to sponsor at least one person aged between 18 and 30.   RYLA is a transformational leadership conference designed for young people to develop leadership potential, build lasting connections, and gain new insights and experiences.  If you know of someone, please contact Judy Seager as soon as possible.
On the weekend I attended a meeting of the new Rotary Community Group which will replace the old cluster group.  This group includes the 8 clubs on the peninsula as well as Cranbourne and the E-Latitude Club which meets online.  We have been asked to encourage members to nominate for the position of Community Group Leader (the old AG position).  If you are interested in this role, please let me know.   
Pam Hall

The Bays Nursing and Midwifery Education Fund.

As Pam mentioned, our club is supporting The Bays Nurse Education Fund to enable nurses to undertake costly specialised training. 

At our club meeting last Wednesday, members were thrilled to welcome Justine Killen, who received the first scholarship in 2023. Justine has completed her stoma therapy training and is now assisting patients to manage their stomas and answering the many questions patients have. She spoke of her work and the ability to assist and reassure people, including those who are not necessarily patients at The Bays. Justine put in many hours of study and practical work to improve her knowledge and expertise. Those of us fortunate enough to listen to Justine, a bubbly and compassionate personality, were well convinced that she was the perfect 1st scholarship recipient. Hopefully we will continue to support this nursing education fund for many years to come and we encourage others to consider contributing to the ongoing education of those who support our well-being.

Stephanie Tucker, the newly appointed Philanthropy and Donor Relations Manager at The Bays, also came along to our meeting and it was a great pleasure to meet and welcome her to her first Rotary Club meeting. Stephanie will return later in the year when she has had more time in the job!

Judy with Justine and Stephanie

Other projects

As well as our ongoing support of local schools, The Bays Hospital and the Community Support Centre, we are also assisting the Mornington Railway Preservation Group with signage and revegetation work at the Watt Road station, and the Police Senior Citizens Register with a new computer.
Our Bunnings BBQ on Saturday, March 16th will add more funds to put towards local projects. It will also provide an opportunity to promote our club to a wider audience. Come along for a sausage, a drink and a quick chat.  
Mornington Secondary College has invited Rotarians and friends to the annual ANZAC Day commemoration on Wednesday, April 24 at 10am. Please let me know if you intend coming so that the school can provide shade and morning tea for attendees. 
This week's meeting, March 6th, is a most important one as we will share and discuss ideas regarding the MRC's direction and future. Please come along and have input into the discussion.
One of Rotary International's 7 areas of focus is the promotion of peace. Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children. I have just read a very powerful novel called Prophet Song, by Paul Lynch, in which an elected government in Ireland declares a state of emergency and brings about the collapse of society, pushing many people to fight in any way possible to protect their families. This story is heart-breaking and very moving and demonstrates the plight of the displaced and desperate in any society. 
As Audrey Hepburn,  UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador from 1988 to 1993, said - "You have two hands: One to help yourself, the second to help others.” 
Can you support The Rotary Club of Sorrento in partnership with The Portsea Camp? 
Featuring the Melba Opera Trust.
An evening of stunning Arias, gourmet food & wine. Set in one of Portsea's historical & unique locations, The Portsea Camp.
Date: Saturday 6th April 2024
Time: Welcome drinks from 6pm
Event: 7pm - 11pm
Ticket price inclusive of entertainment, food and all beverages.
$179 per individual
$1700 per table of 10 

* This is a fundraising event, supporting musical enrichment programs for children.
Further information and bookings:
The objective of the project is to raise funds for a musical enrichment program for primary school age children on the Peninsula. 
This project completely relies on the sale of tickets, as there is no sponsorship. 
The Sorrento RC is looking for District’s support to promote the event, and hoping that we can all help them to reach their goal. 
Upcoming Events
Club Night
Mar 06, 2024
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ben Buchanan - Intend Wealth
Mar 13, 2024
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Board Meeting
Mar 27, 2024
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gary Sanford, Community Bank Mt Martha
Apr 03, 2024
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Meeting Responsibilities
Welcome /Reception / Cash Desk
Bickers, Julia
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