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Clubman of the Year 2017-2018

PP John Simpson - Simmo - an absolutely tireless worker for Rotary and in particular programs involving youth, was presented with the Clubman of the Year Award on Tuesday night by PP Ian Neil.  This award is voted on by the membership.  Congratulations Simmo - you truly are worthy of this award. PP Ian also surprised John with the 2nd Sapphire to his Paul Harris Fellow, also presented on Tuesday night.  Congratulations Simmo - a proud Cleveland Rotarian.

Dan Holzapfel - You are a Champion!

PDG Bruce Allen, Manager, International Office & Foundation Services in Parramatta joined us on Tuesday night at our Changeover to award Dan with an Arch Klumph Platinum Pin for his magnificent donations to the PolioPlus Funds. Dan has long been a tremendously generous supporter, and is determined to help see the total eradication of polio in the world this year, so that we can begin the 3 year wait for total clearance. We applaud you for your generosity Dan!

PDG Elwyn Hodges also took the opportunity to present Dan with the District Donations In Kind Award, for his continuing service to this organisation. Dan works at DIK every Thursday, packing goods that are shipped overseas to Papua New Guinea and Pacific Island areas. 

President 2018-2019 - Jan Kilbourne

President Jan was inducted on Tuesday night at our Changeover Dinner at My Horizon, together with her Board of Directors for 2018-2019. From left: IPP Ian Neil, Community Service Graeme Lewis, PE & Vocational Service, Luis Carneiro, behind Luis - Club Service Greg Watson, Vice Pres. Jon Womersley, Secretary Susie Alexander, International & Foundation Judy Mason, Membership & PR Nicole Wilson, Youth Ishbel Taylor. Absent Treasurer John Simpson. We look forward to a fantastic year at The Mighty Club under their leadership.


Canadian Prime Minister has a message for Rotarians

Rotary established the Polio Eradication Champion Award in 1995 to recognize heads of state, health agency leaders, and others who have made a significant contribution to polio eradication.

Trudeau is the third Canadian prime minister to receive the award, along with Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper. Past recipients also include Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan; Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany; Xavier Bettel, prime minister of Luxembourg; Muhammadu Buhari, president of Nigeria; Neven Mimica, European commissioner for international cooperation and development; and Ban Ki-moon, former UN secretary-general.


Georgia Richards, Global Grant Scholar, Oxford University

Georgia is studying for a PHD in Primary Health Care at Oxford University, and her Global Grant application was supported by the Rotary Club of Cleveland and District 9630 plus the Rotary Club of Faringdon and District. Georgia gained a BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Queensland before completing her Honours in Pharmacology where she attained First Class Honours.  In 2016 Georgia was awarded the Women of the Future Award, Judges Choice Winner, for her passion and dedication to continue medical research and help others.


The Addictive World - Reaching out to help families

Rotarian Geoff Gray welcomed Kym Haynes and Georgia Phillips of The Addictive World back to Cleveland Rotary, to update us on their rapidly expanding program, helping people and their families with the results of a member becoming addicted to various substances and habits - alcohol, drugs, gambling, technology, sugar.......

In the 18 months since we first met them, they have grown their service and really need assistance to take it to the next level. Check it out on Facebook, see what they are doing, the clinics they run, the counselling services available. 

Together We Transform - Together We Make A Difference

The generosity of Rotarians and others enables Rotary to keep Doing Good in the World. Last year, Rotarians completed over 30,000 Rotary service projects and dedicated 24.3 million hours to volunteering in the communities that need our help the most.

But there is still work to be done. Your gift to The Rotary Foundation creates lasting change in your community and around the world. If you’ve already made a gift this year, thank you. If not, we hope you will consider making a gift to the Foundation before 30 June to help us achieve our $135 million Annual Fund goal. Visit to make your contribution.


Challenging the Future for Service Clubs

Mark Huddleston is a Rotarian mover and shaker who is keenly interested in shaping the future of the member clubs of Rotary International.  A leader who puts into practice what he proposes, this little book is a valuable read for all, but especially those who are leaders and aspiring leaders of Rotary Clubs.


Rotary’s Commitment to Creating a Healthier World 

Around the world, 400 million people can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care, which can result in pain, poverty, and misery. That’s why Rotary members are devoted to fighting and preventing diseases. From offering temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities to designing and building infrastructure to allow doctors, patients, and governments to work together, Rotary members take on efforts both large and small.


Rotary works to remove the scourge of Polio

The campaign to end the scourge of poliomyelitis continues - join Rotary in helping to eradicate this disease.  Watch this short video to see what your contribution to Rotary achieves.


Strength in Diversity

In a world where intolerance and violence fueled by religious differences are seemingly increasing, one Rotary club in Indonesia is showing how diversity can help prevent a pandemic threat.


What does it mean to practice peace?

Nations observe 21 September as International Day of Peace, a “day of global ceasefire and nonviolence.” Rotary’s commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers, which yearly prepare up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master’s degree program or a three-month certificate program at partner universities worldwide.

Topics: peace,  fellowship