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Rotary Club of Chadstone East Malvern

Chaddy Chatter

Last Wednesday we had a joint meeting with Camberwell RC where the guest speaker was Sedtha Long, the founder of Build Your Future Today (BFT)

He spoke of how villages are helped to prosper through the practices put in place.

The first priority is Maternal and Child Health - the infant mortality rate is high with only one in seven children reaching their fifth birthday.

Along with this is the provision of clean water for the villages through bores being sunk and hand pumps being installed.  There is no point in putting motorised pumps in as the villages mostly do not have the spare funds to pay for the diesel fuel.

Following on from this are literacy programs and agricultural training This leads to better business practices and more efficient farming methods leaving the children free to attend school.

There are micro finance programs available to facilitate the establishment of new businesses and to enable better farming practices.

Some of the costs involved in running the project are - sinking a bore and provision od a pump $2,500 - provision of a school principal and three teachers $7,00 per annum.

In addition they need to replace their current vehicle which will cost approx $40,000. Vehicles need to be very sturdy to travel the roads of Cambodia. which has a total of 39,600 km of roads, of which less than 2,500 km are paved.

There was a lot of interest in these projects from all of the representatives of Rotary clubs attending, and perhaps this is a worthwhile project for us to support,

For more information about BTF go to


A few other facts about Cambodia

32% of the land is used for agriculture and 57% is forest.

Life expectancy is 61.7 for males and 66.7 for females

29% of children under five are under weight

Cambodia has the only national flag to incorporate an actual building in it's design.




Craft Market


We have quite a few members away at the moment so if you are able to help and have not already volunteered please contact Paul - and don't forget to publicise the market.



May is Rotary Youth Month


Rotary Youth Leadership Award is designed for young adults with proven leadership ability and a commitment to community service. RYLA will help you discover your poten9al and develop the skills needed to be a leader in your community, career, and everyday life. RYLA is a program which focuses on leadership, problem solving and team building.

 The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment or RYPEN is a Rotary sponsored District program. Year ten and eleven students attend a weekend long camp designed at developing their poten9al through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning. Its aim is to communicate to young people a series of ideas, problems and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards. Rotaractors act as facilitators for the camp, leading groups of students and running the sessions.


Rotary Youth Exchange.

Are you interested in learning a new language or meeting new people? Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a life9me for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process.

Rotaract brings together university students worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club, and may join after their Rotaract membership ends.


Interact  is a club for High School students who want to connect with others in their school while serving their community. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and building leadership skills. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one in their community and one with an international focus. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.


MUNA: Model United Nations Assembly. This international youth program simulates the workings of the United Nations Assembly by having two senior students from a number of schools represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world political and social concern. Students are challenged by the opportunities of extended research, deba9ng and public speaking skills by addressing a wide range of contemporary and world-focussed issues.


Wednesday `25th April will be our Taking on the Challenge  - Transition from School to Career' evening.

The focus of the evening is to give selected year 12 girls the opportunity to learn from the varied experiences of our panellistwho are high achieving young women who will demonstrate through their personal stories the qualities they have developed and the actions they have taken to set themselves on their personal career pathways.

The event in recent years has been a great success and highly rated by students, teachers, and parents who have attended.

This is a great opportunity to extend an invitation to any family members or relatives who you believe would benefit from the evening

The usual rules apply for attendances, BUT we do need the names of additional attendees, please email Caroline A with their details for catering purposes. Note that additional attendees will be required to pay $25 the same as members.





Next meeting at Matthew Flinders

11th May - Club Forum

Welcome - Louise M and Ros McM




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