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Kooringal Golf Club
Wilga Avenue
Altona, VIC 3018
0425 769 253
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Home Page Stories
On Australia Day 2000, 12000 messages from all the Hobsons Bay Schools were installed in a Time Capsule here, at the summit of Mount Truganina. Our Club has received a "Make it Happen" Grant from the City of Hobsons Bay to retrieve and return the mini-capsules so the Schools can return the messages to their former students, marking a significant milestone in our community's history.
We plan to extend the impact of this original project by inviting participants to donate copies of their messages, for a curated exhibition of selected messages, and to serve as valuable resources for creating a new virtual (digital) time capsule. This would ensure future generations have access to the rich tapestry of experiences and insights from the start of the new millennium, and into the future.
Caption: Rotaract President Leonie Duane introducing the Mayor, Cr Dick Murdoch, with Time Capsule in the background.
Click photo for Background Time Capsule Story.
In keeping with the theme "REFLECT, RESPECT, CELEBRATE, We are all part of the Story," and supported by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council (NADC), Rotary Altona City staged another successful event at the Central Square Shopping Centre.
Highlights included:
  • Three wonderful genres of live music- Traditional Australian songs (Glenrowan Bush Band), Didgeridoo (Paul Kelly) and African Drumming (Newport Drummers);
  • Face painting and balloon twisting providing fun and colour for children;
  • Showbags containing a variety of gifts such as indigenous designed glasses wipe cloths, gym towels, notebooks, pens and brochures;
  • Native seedling giveaways provided by Hobsons Bay Council;
  • Refreshment vouchers for four Cafes;
  • NADC videos showcasing the diversity of Australia Day Acknowledgements around the Country.
The photos below illustrate some key activities.
Congratulations to Henry for the being awarded the Altona College Year 12 Rotary Community Award, acknowledging the community work he has done- specifically within volleyball and student coaching. Presented by Rotarian Anne Morton at the Year 12 Awards Ceremony.
District Governor Ron Payne, an Educator whose career spanned 47 years, was delighted to present the 2023 Hobsons Bay Rotary Teacher Awards to the following teachers nominated by their schools:
  • Three Encouragement Awards for early career stage teachers.
  • One Achievement Award to Dean Commons, an experienced Drama teacher at Williamstown HS for his role in coordinating the Music Production Fame which ran for six shows with a 90% sell out rate in a 350-seat theatre.
  • One Team Award for a team which had collaborated effectively to address an important new development.
Education fuels innovation and progress. That's why Rotary members encourage lifelong learning, exchanging ideas and inspiring generations of problem solvers.
How appropriate that D9800 showcased our Australia Day Community Event Recognition with a photo of School Principal Lenore Thornton (retired) in action...
And congratulations to DG Amanda Wendt and Club Service Chair Rosemary Waghorne on revamping the District Recognition Program based on ten "People of Action" criteria.
Attending the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne is a remarkable achievement for any Rotaractor, particularly those from developing countries. While in Melbourne, the students will have the opportunity to connect with the global Rotary community and showcase the community service projects of the Rotaract Club of Siem Reap at the House of Friendship, as well as speak at several of D9800's clubs. They are eager to gain new insights and experiences during their time in Australia, which they can then bring back to Cambodia and share with the students of CRST and the Rotaract Club of Siem Reap.
Altona City Rotary's cycling group conducted a bicycle safety lesson for members of the Vietnamese Association in Hobsons Bay. A great use for the Louis Joel Carpark, and a wonderful afternoon. Many of these women grew up riding bikes in Vietnam and came out to Australia in the 80s as boat people. Afterwards, a Vietnamese banquet was shared.