Rotary has a Bequest scheme that is available to anyone who wants to include it in their estate planning. It is designated as an Endowment Fund, where the principle is never spent as it earns interest on the capital. It is these funds that are used all over the world, including in Australia, to support Rotary Club programs, like our the Rowville-Lysterfield Rotary Club’s project on Kiriwina Island in Papua New Guinea.
Among the items that were despatched late last year to Kiriwina Island, were 141 boxes of school books and 60 boxes of donated clothing. This enabled one Primary school to finally have school uniforms and a supply of school books. So far five schools have received similar supplies.
The previous container contained 42 hospital beds, mattresses and over bed tables to fit out the hospital wards. The transformation was amazing! Since then several stainless steel wash basins with taps have been installed in each ward ready for connection to the revamped water supply. Previously the only hand washing possible had to be done at one outside tap!!
The next Rowville-Lysterfield Club Business Breakfast is scheduled to be held in late April and there are plans to book a very interesting and entertaining speaker. Since the Club started the Business Breakfast events 6 years ago, just over $31,000 has been raised and distributed mostly to local charity support networks in and around Knox.
More and more women are becoming Rotarians, joining with men folk in the cause of Rotary. ‘Women in Rotary’ held a celebratory International Women’s Day with a breakfast theme of “The Media – Women’s Friend or Foe?” on 8th March 2017.
If you are community minded, enjoy volunteering and would like to give something back, then you are invited to come along to find out what Rotary is about. Just call either Jeff on 0413 150 587 or Kevin on 0419 919 011. Log on to http://www.rowvillerotary.com.au
Rotarian James Wilson
Edited Article. Original Source: Rowville – Lysterfield Community News Inc March 2016 edition.