Tuesday 5th October via ZOOM
Dan Evans has been involved, since 2010, with key PNG malaria elimination initiatives. Over the past five years Dan has worked closely with Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) Australia on a range of malaria elimination initiatives first in PNG and currently in Timor Leste and NTT Province Indonesia. He will present on “ International Development Partnerships & Rotary”.
Rotarians Against Malaria is a volunteer-run organization working to eliminate malaria. The primary focus of RAM has been the distribution of insecticide-treated nets to vulnerable populations in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and more recently, Timor Leste. RAM has raised more than $1.6 million to eliminate malaria since 2003. RAM works in conjunction with the Ministry of Health authorities in each country and complements the work of other malaria organisations, most notably the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
RAM was started in the early 1990s from a proposal by Dr Brian Handley of the Rotary Club of Chatswood (NSW) who was concerned about the surge in malaria incidence after the discontinuation of DDT-based malaria control programs. RAM was launched in 1995 in Tulagi, Solomon Islands by the Rotary Club of Honiara and Rotary District 9600. In 1997 Ron Seddon and The Rotary Club of Port Moresby initiated the highly successful Adopt a Village program to encourage Australian Rotary Clubs to fund nets in PNG on a village-by-village basis. The Adopt A Village program was then successfully implemented in the Solomon Islands. In 1998 Rotary Australia World Community Service adopted RAM as an approved multi-district project. In 2005, RAM expanded its support to the National Malaria Control Program in Timor Leste. There are now RAM committees in each of the 21 Rotary districts in Australia, which raise funds to support programs to control and eliminate malaria.
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- Brad Spicer – Horse Racing
Tue 26th Oct
Brad Spicer is the Managing Director of Spicer Thoroughbreds. A plumber by trade, Brad had always been fascinated by the thoroughbred but knew that a career transition would take careful planning and dedication. Before making the leap, Brad spent countless mornings at track work in the Flemington trainer’s tower working alongside Leon Corstens, former right-hand man of the iconic trainer Bart Cummings. He spent eight years working alongside legendary yearling buyer George Smith at yearling sales and soaked up as much information as he could, honing his eye and refining his own selection criteria. Since 2005, Brad’s reputation as a yearling buyer has grown each season thanks to Group 1 winners Starspangledbanner, an international champion sprinter and successful stallion, 1000 Guineas winner Commanding Jewel, Derby winner Zabeelionaire, Mackinnon Stakes winner Awesome Rock, and 2018 Victoria Derby winner Extra Brut, as well as countless Group and Listed performers and metropolitan winners. Today, Spicer Thoroughbreds has transformed from yearling syndicator to a full-service bloodstock management business, overseeing the portfolios of private clients locally and internationally with more than 50 horses under management both on the track and in the breeding barn. With significant international links, the business has an exceptional record of recruiting international talent with Group 1 winner Kings Will Dream an example of the quality that Brad and his team have sourced for clients. “When I started this business, I wanted to create a team mentality for our staff and our clients, and I can proudly say we’ve done that. We strive for elite results and we work with great people, I can’t think of a better way to enjoy racing,” Brad Spicer.
- Kate Thwaites – Enough is Enough
Tue 19th Oct
Kate Thwaites, in conjunction with Jenny Macklin, is the author of Enough is Enough. Kate was elected the Member for Jagajaga at the 2019 federal election. Kate is a former ABC TV and Radio news reporter and has held senior roles at Oxfam and in the Victorian Public Service. She worked for Jenny Macklin to help deliver important Labor reforms, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Paid Parental Leave. Kate is also working to tackle the other serious challenges that face our country: rising social inequality, constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples, and fixing the National Disability Insurance Scheme. "What is it about the culture and structure of Parliament House that has allowed sexual violence and harassment to flourish? As women, we believe in the power of politics to do good, and as feminists we recognise that politics is about power: getting it, holding onto it, and using it to improve citizens’ lives. Women wielding power in Parliament House, women fighting for equality and an end to discrimination across our country, have made their mark and they have caused change. But the underlying problem of men’s attitudes towards women, of men believing it is their right to assault or harass women, remains. For this to change, men will have to give up some of the harmful ways in which they use power—in the parliament and in our community. We are calling for actions to have consequences, and for an end to a culture of political impunity. We want to seize this moment to do the unfinished work—to make sure that women are not just in the room, but that they are safe there. We say enough is enough."
- Brian Hall – Why I am More Excited about Rotary
Tue 12th Oct
Brian is zooming to us from the USA ( about 5 am his time). He was the World President’s representative at our District Conference in Warrnambool. His presentations at our Conference were very well received. Brian is a member of the Rotary Club of Covington, LA. He has served his club in many positions and has also served District 6840 as Membership Chair, District Trainer, Paul Harris Society Chair, and Annual Fund Co-Chair. He served as District 6840 Governor in the 2014-2015 Rotary year. Brian was active with the Host Organizing Committee of the 2011 Rotary International Convention, where he served as the chair of the Technology Committee, and as a member the RI Promotions Committee for the 2019 Honolulu convention. He is going to address us on “Why I am more excited about Rotary than ever”. It is based on a recent presentation he gave to a Rotary Convention. Visitors are welcome to attend, just send an email to email@example.com