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Rotary International District 9465

Governor Robyn Yates  

From the Rotary Club of  Collie

                        With RI President Barry Rassin (Esther)

I grew up with parents who were willing to put themselves out for others in need and so I was comfortable at a young age in giving without expecting anything in return. I learnt how the smallest acts of kindness could change someone’s day for the better and put a smile on a stranger’s face.

Joining the Rotary world has allowed me to continue to help others in need and I still marvel at how the effects of the simplest act of kindness can last forever. 

Rotary is indeed a phenomenal and unique organisation consisting of members worldwide. There are no boundaries, we have different backgrounds and different cultures, yet we come together as one to better the lives of those in need. Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, has designed the 2018-19 theme logo on this basis-how the oceans and skies connect continents to come together as one. 

An example of this is the tireless work being undertaken by Rotary to eradicate Polio worldwide. A challenge deemed impossible in the beginning is now so close it’s almost unbearable to hear of new cases. As heart breaking as it is, eight new cases in two countries this year is a far cry from the beginning. 

As Bill Gates has said “we are achingly close to getting rid of Polio; more than 99% of the way. Finishing the job is the big challenge, but it is very doable, if we keep up the effort.” Bill Gates believes in our work and through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has extended the two-for-one funding agreement for another three years.  

I also believe in this worthy cause, so much that I have chosen to support the world-wide project during my term as District Governor. I would like all Clubs and even individual members, to consider making a donation to continue eradication efforts; don’t forget, we need to be Polio free for three years before we can announce that, finally, the world is Polio Free. 

I look forward to the next twelve months and visiting all the Clubs in District 9465 and I thank you in anticipation of the continued good work you do as Rotarians.

 
 
 
Rotary International District 9465 News
The raffle was drawn on Monday 29 April 2019. The winning ticket was number nine (9) and the winner has been notified. A big thank you from President Lynne Newton to all supporters. A respectable amount was raised to be added to the very significant sum raised by DG Robyn who in her quest to END POLIO NOW, got a Number Three (3) at the District Conference Gala Dinner on Saturday 23 March 2019.  She thanks all who sponsored her in support of the Polio eradication programme.