Many of our members went to the joint 9790 Interact Club fundraiser. It was not only a great and entertaining night but it was also awesome to see what our Interact clubs are getting up to in the district.
Honda Australia Rider Training Road Safety Day.
Battle of the bands 2016 - Eltham festival!
The 2016 Eltham Rotary Town Festival went off without a hitch this year we had 11 amazing bands over 2 days battle for the glory of winning! Both days had a winner like usual and this year is was extra hard to choose a winner each day. Saturdays winner was Westwood. Starting as a trio, Westwood holds three vocalists that are passionate about all kinds of harmonies. All three singers have a distinct tone, yet they blend together perfectly to create a powerful and enriched sound. From starting as a school performance trio that was put together by teachers, Westwood have progressed to playing gigs at small festivals and winning showcases. Sundays winner was Sunny Side Up!
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the Eltham Festival Youth Stage over this weekend! Especially all the bands and performers that came to play! Thank you as well to Light and Sound Solutions for the stage, lighting and sound. We hope to see everyone at the Youth Stage next year
John Craven awarded Paul Harris Fellowship
John Craven was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to Rotaract during the past 8 years. Congratulations John our club is very proud to have you as a member, keep up the great work.
Trivia night! Back to school!
Who doesn't want to go back to school for a fun night of Trivia?! The club ran a successful Trivia night with all the money raised going to Diamond Valley Learning canter Around $3,000 was raised for this awesome cause.
At DVLC they recognise that most of their young people are in the process of healing from some kind of trauma, and their role is to support this healing journey. Their teachers are experienced in trauma informed education and focus on the strengths that each person brings to the table. They believe when students have the opportunity to shine and develop their personal strengths, they are also able to grow academically. Students who have not been adequately supported in traditional school environments can thrive and meet their goals at DVLC.
A fun night was had by all, the new tuck shop was very successful with many food items made by our members!
We as a club would like to thank all our sponsors who made the night possible.
Michael is made Young Citizen of the Year
Michael is a very active member of The Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley, he is a Past president of the club and currently Sargent at Arms on the board. Micheal isn't just active in club is is active on the Australian MDIO board, he is the past chairperson.
Michael is a highly valued member of the club that is always willing to go above and beyond, at such a young age he has already accomplished so much in his life. We are proud to call him a member.
Rotary Club of Greensborough Central flys their flags high
Greensborough Central Rotary Club Held a very special meeting at Greensborough War Memorial Park. Celebrating Rotary's 111th Birthday,they unfurled their President's project for 2015-2016, three flagpoles (111) that will fly the Australian flag, the RSL Flag and the Rotary International Flag. Unfurling was celebrated with our community partners in true Rotary style with a sausage sizzle and a Birthday Cake.
Michael is made Young Citizen of the Year Eltham Fetival - Youth stage
This year we had the honor of once again running the youth stage at Eltham festival - we ran a battle of the bands over two days. As a club we see this as a great way to get involved in the community it is also a wonderful way to give our youth thew opportunity to preform in front of thousands of people. I think we get as much excitement out of having this program then the audience themselves. We are excited to announce that Saturday's and Sunday's winner of the youth stage Battle of the Bands at Eltham Rotary festival is Grumpkins & Snarks and Watercolour!
We wish to thank The Rotary Club of Eltham in believing in us that we can pull this massive thing off.
Diamond Creek Fair
We had a great time helping out at the Diamond Creek Rotary town fair on Saturday. Congratulations to President Greg and his team for a great fair! Thanks to everyone who helped out!
NATIONAL TREE PLANTING DAY ! We love our environment!
Some of our members attended a tree planting day for Nilmbik council
Social night - bowling
Bowling!!! There was a extra Monday this month! So we decided to have a social night! What better way to have fun is there then bowling?! The Rotaract Club of Gateway joined the crew with 2 of their members coming along. Metals were given away for those who won each game, with Micheal and John both winning, John won 2 rounds! Fun was had by all - proof is in the photos!
Our club Changeover has been described by many as our best one yet. President John gave us his outgoing speech. This last year has delivered many challengers - we have had our ups and downs but it had been a great one where we have done so much good as a club. Incoming President Katherine spoke about her plans for The Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley for the next year. An inspirational speech describing her views on how to redevelop Rotaract's image. Each year we have a different President that runs the club differently - our club had been very lucky to have so many dedicated young people stepping up to help lead us. We would like to say a big thank you to all those who came to our change over and all our family and friends who have supported us throughout the years. John, you have been a great President - it is now time to have a much deserved rest.
VOLUNTEER award nomination
It was a great honnor to be nominated as a grounp in the Volunteer and Citizen of the Year Awards for 2015. Congratulations to the winners;
Banksia Palliative Care Service
Olympic Village Exodus Community Drop-in Team
"Rotaract is a worldwide program of Rotary International and is for 18-30 year olds, who get involved in local, national and international projects. The Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley comprises members who live in the northern suburbs, including those in Banyule. They have worked to support many organisations and individuals in Banyule, including the Kalparrin Early Childhood Intervention Service, Diamond Valley Learning Centre, and Diamond Valley Foodshare, through financial support and working bees."
Diamond Valley Relay for Life
The Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley participated in the 2015 Relay For Life again this year. This year the Diamond Valley Relay teams raised over $152,000. We had an amazing weekend at the same time raising money and awareness for this great cause. Relay For Life is an overnight, community event where teams of 10-15 participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for Cancer Council. The event brings the whole community together for a night of fun, entertainment, celebration and remembrance.
YOUNG CITIZEN of the year
District Rotaract Representative for 9790, Erin-Rose Dickson was awarded 'Young Citizen of the Year' for Nillumbik. Erin-Rose has been apart of The Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley for over 5 years.
The Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley orginsied the youth stage for the 2014 Rotary Eltham Festival. We ran 2 battle of the bands over 2 days. Our judges had such a hard choice with who would win. We wish to say a big congratulations to the Bands "Deadfall" and "Shelby N' Moose".
Damond creek town fair
On September 13, the Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley helped the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek at the Rotary Diamond Creek Town Fair. The club was a participant in the Grand Parade, and we volunteered for the day at the traffic crossing. We also helped the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek in selling showbags to people which raised funds for the community. It was a very fulfilling day for all of us as we were a part of making this town fair a very successful one. Chairman Greg Paull of the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek said that "The town fair has been an outstanding success this year and this is due in no part to the excellent effort put in by you all."
TMNT! TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - MOVIE NIGHT
Everyone came dressed in their favourite movie character and enjoy a luxury screening of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in our own Private Cinema. We munched on ice cream and pop corn enjoying a movie of a cartoon from our youth. Raising money is always fun when the Rotaractors are involved. All funds raised went towards RAMS - Rotarians Against Malaria.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE - RMIT
August has been a busy month for us!!!! On the 10th of August members attended RMIT open day/ information day for a membership drive. Being heavily rained on did not stop our members from having a great day, all while spreading the word about Rotaract, Rotary and the wonderful work the organisation does. One lesson learnt on this day is we all need to learn how to tape up photos better.
ROTARACT AT BAR EIGHT!
The 4th of August we went out on the town to our local Bar Eight, meeting new people our members had a blast! Playing a bit of pool with some members of Eltham Rotary was interesting when some of our members found they had a great talent - other found they should not be picking up a cue at all.
KALPARRIN WORKING BEE
A joint project! KalparrinEarly Childhood Intervention Program is committed to helping young children with a disability and/or developmental delay to thrive and realise their potential. With so many Rotarians and Rotaractors feeling so strongly about this organisation we decided to do a joint working bee. The Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley, The Rotary Club of Greensborough Central, Greensborough and Bundoora attended, spending hours pulling out weeds, stumps, concrete, plants and grass the place did not all the same. Bunnings is sponsoring the project and over the next year will be fully renovating the yard and play ground.
THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE...SALMON!?
No, Salomon! Yesterday, Sunday 20th July, saw the Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley participate again in the Salomon Trail Run, held annually at Yellowgum Park in Plenty. And no, we weren't running, but we did provide the barbecue! The Club cooked Egg and Bacon Rolls and Veggie Burgers to feed the hungry runners and their families and friends. We were supported by our friends from the Rotary Clubs of Greensborough Central and Greensborough, and with the help of the Diamond Creek Rotary BBQ trailer. Overall we raised a lot of money for the Club's Community Fund, which will be put to a good cause in the very near future. Participation came at a cost though; our poor members had to brave the early morning (did someone say 6am start!?) and freezing cold Melbourne Winter day (which we swear got colder as time wore on). We sold out of food and had a ball, and we hope to continue participating in the years to come.
CARE COMPASSION GALA DINNER
Thank-you to everyone who attended the Care Compassion Gala Dinner, We greatly appreciate everyone who supported us in helping raise funds for the Care Compassion Orphanage in Western Kenya. We had a fantastic night... Did you?