Rotary Junior Community Awards

Junior Community Awards

Junior Community Awards

On 11 November , The Mayor of Frankston City, Cr Darrel Taylor, presented Rotary Junior Community Award certificates to  24 students from Mahogany Rise and Aldercourt Primary School in the City of Frankston Council Chambers.

To achieve these awards, the children had to take part in community activities and attend community function in the local area.  With the help of their teachers and support of Frankston North Rotary, they were able to gain access to a number of community activities and greatly broaden their exposure to the community generally.  And they had a lot of fun doing it.

This is the second year that Frankston North Rotary has facilitated the Rotary Junior Community Awards project and, judging by the enthusiastic response of these 2 schools, it is likely to grow as a Rotary project.

Group Study Exchange (GSE) 2015

Group Study Exchange (GSE) with Rotary District 2430 in Turkey

2015 GSE Team from Turkey

2015 GSE Team from Turkey

This year we are privileged to be hosting the GSE team from Turkey. They are a team of 4 young professionals aged 25 to 40 with a variety of backgrounds lead by Past President Umit Aktug of the Rotary Club of Ankara Baskent. The team consists of a Hotel Banquette Sales Representative, a legal adviser for a construction company, an English Teacher at American Culture Language School and a resident doctor working in a Cardiothoracic section of a University Hospital.

The GSE Team from Turkey will be hosted by 8 Clubs around the District for a total of 4 weeks and Frankston North will be looking after them from 24 to 27 March. Apart from vocational visits for each of the Team Members, they will be doing a variety of things including meeting the Mayor of Frankston, visiting a wildlife sanctuary, touring the Mornington Peninsula, visiting a strawberry farm, having BBQs, eating at a winery and making a presentation at Frankston North’s weekly dinner on 25 March.

We wish them an enjoyable stay in our part of the District.

Our District 9820 GSE Team


2015 D9820 GSE Team

2015 D9820 GSE Team

2015 D9820 GSE Team

Follow the exploits of District 9820’s finest Group Study Exchange team yet!  The 2015 Group Study Exchange are travelling to Turkey this year.

Download the GSE Team Brochure to learn more.

You can keep up to date about their journey and experiences at  GSE Team on Facebook.  Share their Facebook page to help others follow them!

Frankston Community Raffle

Community Raffle Draw

Community Raffle Draw

Local clubs, schools and other community groups can raise funds by participating in one of our signature projects – the Frankston North Rotary Community Raffle.

We organise the prizes, permits, print the tickets, and oversee the running of the raffle. All participating groups need to do is sell as many tickets as they choose, and receive the net proceeds – normally $1.50 for each $2.00 raffle ticket sold.

Over the last 25 years, over $1.6 million has been raised to assist over 100 clubs, schools and groups throughout our local community. The raffle is supported by the Frankston City Council.

Computers for Communities

Computers for Communities Program

This project was initiated as a MG for the Philippines in partnership with the RC of Dau, Angeles, Philippines intended to be submitted to RI in Rotary year 2012/2013 but due to the condition that:

MG Ineligibility: Projects already undertaken and in progress, existing projects, activities primarily sponsored by a non-Rotary organization, or projects already completed (MG Instructions p.2).

The Frankston North Rotary Board decided to fund the project from Club funds. Also recipients of the technology are the Community Groups listed below:

Frankston Community Groups:

  1. Mahogany Neighbourhood Centre

    Project – Allocate 10 PCs to Mahogany Computer Room. Establish upgraded computer learning environment.  Allow reallocation of funds to upgrade software through the “donortec” program offered by Microsoft.

    Mahogany Neighbourhood Centre is now able to offer training in software up to current software release of Microsoft Operating System and desktop Office Professional to local community and interested groups.

  2. Community Support Frankston

    Vicki Martin

    Manager of Centre, Vicki Martin, sitting next to one of the eight workstations.

    Project – Allocate 8 PCs to Community Support Frankston. Establish upgraded computer back office – Marketing, Admin, Data Entry, Statistical Analysis, and Policy Development facilities.

    Community Support Frankston is now more effective in running their back office support functions and can more readily focus on the front office needs of the Frankston area. This not for profit community organisation provides assistance to those in need and depends for its success on the ongoing commitment of essentially voluntary staff who go through a thorough selection and training process. The staff focus is to provide assistance where required to the local community.

  3. Nairm Marr Djambana (Indigenous Gathering Place), Jubilee Park, Frankston

  4. Wallara at Frankston

  5. Wallara at Langwarrin

  6. Ebdel Community, Ebdel Hub, Frankston

  7. Family Life “Shine Program”

  8. Men’s Shed Frankston North

  9. Abbeyfield House, Frankston (completed)

  10. Frankston North Scouts

  11. Aldercourt Primary School

  12. Monterey Secondary College

  13. St. John Primary School

  14. Angeles City (Philippines)

  15. Youth Training College

President Wayne has strong relationships with both family and Rotary connections in the Phillipines and he was very keen to participate in this project for a community that will benefit greatly from the Corporate Benevolence of Interactive.

Eric Neill (Procurement), David Cahill (storage), John Tame, Con Demopoulos, Bob Edgar, Colin Price, Wayne Peterson, all deserve our thanks for making this project possible.

Global Grant in Tonga

Food Production and Landcare Global Grant in Tonga

Food Production and Landcare Global Grant In August 2013 Frankston North Rotary was contacted to provide $50,000 which was to be matched 4 for 1 by the New Zealand government to provide vegetable gardens and hen houses for 300 households in three villages in Tonga.

These villages are very poor and their vegetable gardens were rundown and in need of proper fencing to keep the roaming pigs from destroying what was there. 16 Rotary Clubs raised $19,000 and with the support of Rotary District 9820 and The Rotary Foundation (TRF), were able to apply for a Global Grant from TRF.

In April 2014 the project was commenced and the first 120 households have their new vegetable gardens and hen houses and they are now in a position to supply fresh vegetables, eggs and meat to their families. Any excess produce is sold in the local market which means they have a small income and their fresh food is provided at a significantly reduced cost giving them a better diet and leaving them with more disposable incomes.

It is anticipated that all 300 households will have their new vegetable gardens and hen houses within the next 12 months