DG David Jones Visit

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On the 27th October we had our first visit from our District Governor David Jones and his wife Lyn.




DG David started by joining the Rotaract Club of Noarlunga in 1978 until 85 and attended
RYLA in 1980.
He attended and exchange in 1981 to D3040 India which included Mumbai, Madhya, Pradesh
and Gujarat.
David left Rotaract in 1985. In 2003 he then joined the Rotary club of Mitcham. He became
President of RC of Mitcham in 2007-08.
In 2011 David attended a group Study Exchange to D2350 Sweden
In 2020 David became our District Governor.

ROTARY’s Vision Statement

RI Strategic Priorities
To Achieve the Vision of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation, we have sent four priorities that are the stepping stones to helping Rotary realise its vision and the structure that is Rotary’s action plan.

1. Increase Our Impact •Eradicate Polio •Focus our programs and offerings •Improve our ability to achieve and measure impact
2.Expand Our Reach •Grow and Diversify our membership and participation •Crate new channels into Rotary •Increase Rotary openness and appeal •Build awareness of our impact and brand
3. Enhance Participant engagement •Support clubs to better engage their members •Develop a participant centred approach to deliver value •Offer new opportunities for personal and professional connection
4.Incease Our Ability to Adapt •Build a culture of research , innovation and willingness to take risks •Streamline governance, structure and processes •Review governance to foster more diverse perspectives in decision

International Presidents Holger’s Key Message

“Actively work to create new, innovative club models. Expand our reach by creating a satellite
club and by forming a community-based Rotaract Club.”

Expand Our Reach- New Clubs
• eClubs
• Satellite
• Passport
• Cause-based
• Corporate
• Rotaract

Increase Our Ability To Adapt
“Every club should host one strategic meeting each year and ask?”
• What should our club look like in 5 years time?
• What Value do we bring to members?
• What steps should we take to help achieve that vision.

Increase Our Impact
Engage new members and take care of them. There is no wrong age to become a Rotarian.”
‘Every new member changes us a little bit. That person brings a new perspective, new experiences. We need to embrace this constant renewal. We will grew stronger as we learn from new members and take their experience and knowledge.”

Increase Our Impact/Enhance Public Image
“ Continue your club’s efforts to End Polio by donating to End Polio Now and by hosting a World Polio Day Event in October. We must fulfill the promise that we make to the children of this world.”

Lyn’s Partner Project

Lyn Jones is an amazing innovator and supports her husbands DG position. She gave us a presentation on two of her passions. The first was about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). She gave us a history of the project, about how it started with “One Man’s Dream” in 1981 when Ian Scott from RC Mornington, Victoria proposed the establishment of a charitable fund, and raise a minimum of $2 Million for research. An aim that was untimely reached and has superseded in the last 30 years.

The other was Mental Health Research. She gave us two examples how we can get involved, one is with Australia Rotary Health- Lift the Lid Campaign> A familiar project, as up to this year our club hosted many HAT DAY Dinner fundraisers. And Mental Health First Aid> Developed by Professor Tony Jorm & Betty Kitchener. A project that aims to educate people to be more aware, so we can can Approach, Assess & Assist friends and family who are in crisis and successfully get them the help they need!



World Polio Day RAFFLE

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October 24th is World Polio Day, in honor of this event our club ran a small raffle raise money to support the END POLIO NOW Campaign.

We had two fantastic donated Prizes:

1st Prize– $500 Bunnings Warehouse

#Won by Leon V.S

2nd Prize– A Portable Picnic BBQ

#Won by David. P

The drawing occurred at Meeting#1697 by our District Governor David Jones (its was postpone from 13th October) and THANKS to everyone’s support we    managed to Raise: $750!!!

1st Prize Winner- Leon
2nd Prize Winner- David

GUEST SPEAKER: Damien & Maxx

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On Tuesday the 11th August Club Meeting- Marg introduced us to Damien and his Assistance Dog Maxx.

Maxx is 4yr old Labrador, who was rescued at 6mths of age by the Defense Community Dog Program (www.dcdogs.com.au). Damien is ex-Army of 25yrs who needed support to his physical and emotional wellbeing since his discharge from the service. Maxx became his saving grace 3 yrs ago as his Assistant Dog! A position very similar to Guide Dogs – which Damien has also work with via the Royal Society of the Blind (RSB).
Damien went on eight deployments while in the Australian Army. Damien has been a body guard to the Commander in Chief; been deployed East Timor; he has built & destroyed bridges as an engineer; and worked in the military police. A wide range of duties in his distinguished career.
All DC Dogs are rescues, Max himself was very mistreated before he was saved. Maxx had 200 hours of formal training at Bathurst Prison. All the dogs live with the inmates while training to be an Assistance Dog. It cost $15,000 to train a DC Dog and when a dog is placed with a suitable person they are set for life! Maxx showed us how dedicated these dogs are to their charges by being very protective and intuitive to their emotional needs.
When Maxx has his work coat on he is in full Assistance Dog mode but when the coat is off he switches off and is a dog to Damien and his family!
It was an amazing night and an inspiration story to hear. Maxx is one of 2 dogs from DC Dogs in South Australia and they hoping to expand the program more to improve veterans lives.
The Defence Community Dog program provides dogs trained to Assistance Dog level, to serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who need support to deal with injuries and illnesses including
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since the program commenced, over 45
dogs have been given to Veterans and are proving to be a valuable part of their rehabilitation program.

Change-over 20/21

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20/21 MGG Club Board- Kevin, Rob, Otto, Peter & Dean.

On July 14th 2020 our club had its Annual 20-21 Change-over dinner at the Highbury Hotel to introduce the new year’s MGG’s club president –Dean Bartley and the club board members.

New board consists of Kevin-Immediate Past President, Otto- Vice President, Rob Carthew- Secretary, Peter Rundle- Treasurer, and John -Community Director (who was an apology for the dinner).

Jane Owens

We had a number of special guests on the night, including local politicians, but we would love to thank past District Governor Jane Owens. She gave a great presentation on Rotary International, this year’s Theme, and the recent merger of our Rotary District to 9510.

This new Rotary year sees us become a new District- District 9510. As you know this has been the making for the past 3 years. We will, undoubtedly have some challenges and opportunities with it. It may not all happen in the first year but as we have all seen in the year just gone we have perseverance and endurance and we will make sure we have a bigger and better district in 9510.


Jane introduced us to a new area of focus for the District- “Supporting our Environment”. This now makes 7 areas of focus for clubs to contribute to and support. The others causes follow: Peace & Conflict Resolution; Disease Prevention; Water & Sanitation; Maternal & Child Health; Basic Education & Literacy; Economic & Community Development. We also still and always engage in the GLOBAL eradication of Polio!

Rotary International’s Vision Statement:

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

During the evening we unveiled this year’s Rotary Theme: “Rotary Opens Opportunities” with the iconic symbol of three open doors in red, yellow & blue. This was chosen by this year Rotary International President, Holger Knaack– in his opening address he said “Rotary isn’t just for people to join but rather an invitation to endless opportunities. We have many and interesting and diverse ways available to us. Each and every club has it’s own unique culture and context upon which to do so…our opportunities are endless”. Since 1949-50, each RI President has chosen a theme based on something that is important to them and its designed to inspire us to continue to make the world a better place! President Knaack is a CEO of a real estate company in Germany and I guess no stranger to charging through an “open door” when its presented.

President Dean introducing new RI Theme for 20/21

President Dean commented on a number of changes over the last 15 years, with less regular meetings; E-clubs; no vocational memberships; relaxing of attendance rules; and satellite clubs. But we must continue to evolve and we have to look to the future to grow and develop our membership. He proposed our next year’s focus should be supporting young people and local schools- to look for new projects, local and perhaps international.

We need to honor our past and embrace our future that way Rotary will not only remain relevant but thriving. -Jane Owens

Kevin presenting his report for 2019/20

Immediate past president Kevin, gave his annual report for 2019/20.

The Rotary Theme for 2019-2020 was “Rotary Connects The World”. In my introduction last year, I first noted that I intended to consolidate the beginnings of our new club that Otto has worked on. I am pleased to observe that the club now operates almost as if it has always existed as such. Thanks to the hard work of IPP Otto in bedding down the new entity the Rotary Club of Modbury Golden Grove has emerged as a stronger group, maintaining the ideals of Rotary.

Kevin was an energetic president who should be proud of his work and leadership of the club in past year. You can read his full report HERE.


A successful night of friendship, family, networking and fellowship. We look forward to the next year’s challenges and opportunities. Please see the gallery below of more pictures from the event.