Message from our Club President (Mar 28)

We had an excellent presentation last Wednesday from Eric Allan who has been Executive Manager of Residential Services Odyssey House for 15 years.

He established the award-winning Circuit Breaker program in North East Victoria in 2005. Eric told us about the expansion happening at Odyssey House to meet increasing needs for their services. RC Templestowe is delighted to have been involved with Odyssey House for the past 22 years.

Our club Board held an Extra Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday 21 March to resolve a difficult matter. Our club commenced sponsoring a separate entity, Art Building Children’s Dreams (ABCD) (Australia) Inc., back in 2009. The concept is that children draw their dream career and are then provided with assistance to reach those dreams. This has involved: building school rooms; renovating, cleaning, tiling and painting schools; sponsoring the schooling of children in need; teaching skills such as sewing; etc and has assisted children in Fiji, Malawi and Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen and complex issues, the Rotary Club of Templestowe had to make an extremely difficult decision to cease its sponsorship of ABCD (Australia) Inc. effective from 31 March 2018.

There are two ongoing projects of ABCD that now need to be addressed:

  1. Sponsorship of school children in Fiji. Five Victorian clubs, including our club, have current sponsorships in place and attempts will be made to continue these directly with the Rotary Club of Savusavu in Fiji.
  2. Ampara Projects in Sri Lanka. It is possible that the Rotary Club of Mt Martha may take over ABCD Inc for the purpose of running these projects.

It is a very sad day when an innovative and worthwhile project has to cease.

This Wednesday our club will be celebrating its 41st birthday which is always a fun fellowship night. After the major celebrations in 2017 for our 40th birthday, this year will be a bit more low key but there will still be a lot of fun.

Yours in Rotary “Making a Difference”,

Janis McFarland
Club President