Region News, Reports and Club Bulletins

There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and catch up on all there is to know about what's happening in the Australian Region. 

Use the drop down links in News to get bulletins and reports. 

Check out the  Details about the Paul William Alexander Legacy Project.

For further information about what we do go to the About us Link. above.

$1000 donation to Protect Health Workers

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 As a result of Coronavirus COV-19 pandemic, it was decided that GP required protective wear in their own clinic. The issue with this was there was no single use gowns available. Supplies of single use gowns are being kept for Hospital and COV-19 Clinics which meant doctors in their own clinics had nothing. Even around 27th April, Dr Brendan Murphy admitted that the National medical stockpile has no gowns.  

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 In late March Dr Nicole Townsend and Dr Kirby White, decided they needed to do something, and it was expected that places could reach peak numbers with the virus in a matter of weeks. Gowns for Doctors being their initiative Dr Kirby White and Dr Nicole Townsend decided to start a community project to make 1000 reusable gowns for General Practitioners in Bendigo and broader regional area  

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 The  $1000 donation from Y Service Club of Kangaroo Flat, is enough funds to make 75 gowns. It is expected that each gown will be used for 6 months that is around 120-130 times per gown. This equates to around 10,000 single use gowns, which are not available. 

The First International RDE Summit held in Toledo USA

Delegates to the Summit

Delegates to the Summit

Delegates to the Summit

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 Together with numerous senior officers, staff, and observers, including Past International President V.S. Bashir, the Regional Directors Elect, Area Presidents Elect and International Executive Officers gathered to foster global fellowship in an atmosphere of mutual learning.  

The RDE Summit

Delegates to the Summit

Delegates to the Summit

 The Summit was hosted at the Radisson Hotel at The University Of Toledo from 14-17 November 2019.  

A highlight of the event was a bus tour on Saturday afternoon, covering sites relevant to the life of Judge Alexander, from the time of his birth in 1888 until his death in 1967.  

During a short service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the church Judge Alexander attended, his grandson, Alan Otwell, shared a recollection of childhood memories of his grandfather.

Information extracted with Thanks from USA Report.


Read a complete report on the activities from the US Area Organisation Committee

Park Dedication

Delegates to the Summit

Park Dedication

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 The tour moved to the newly-named Judge Paul William Alexander Park (formerly 'Superior Park') for a dedication by Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. The renaming of the park fulfills another goal of the Legacy Project, achieved with extensive support from Mayor Kapszukiewicz and the City of Toledo.  

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Headstone Dedication

 A new headstone now identifies our founder’s previously unmarked grave. Delegates were invited to place single-stemmed roses on the grave and were joined in this commemoration by the 

grandson of Judge Alexander, Alan Otwell and his wife, Sandy.  

Pictured: (L-R) IP Jennifer Jones, PAP Debbie Redmond, Mr Alan & Mrs Sandy Otwell, IPIP Moon Sang-bong, Mr Brad Toft, ISG Jose Varghese, IPE Jacob Kristensen 

Canberra Club Celebrate Onam day

Canberra Club Celebrate Onam day

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Regional Director Bill and Raelene were dressed up for the day by the Club

Canberra Club Celebrate Onam day

Canberra Club Celebrate Onam day

Canberra Club Celebrate Onam day

The Canberra Club held a Food festival with 400 people attending They were celebrating the Onam Day and were wearing traditional dress. They thought that RD Bill and wife Raelene might like to join in. They had a lovely day with them and beautiful Kerala vegetarian food.

Canberra Club Celebrate Onam day

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Some of the beautiful Traditional dress on display at the event.

Asia Pacific Area President Visits Bendigo Clubs

Senior Leaders attend Kangaroo Flat Presidents Dinner

Asia Pacific Area President Visits Bendigo Clubs

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Area Asia Pacific President Hiroyuki Tanaka Visits our Region.

Regional Director Bill officially welcomes Area President Hiro to the Regional Meeting. A book on the Goldfields was presented to him as a memento of his visit

Geelong Y Service Donates $20,000

Senior Leaders attend Kangaroo Flat Presidents Dinner

Asia Pacific Area President Visits Bendigo Clubs

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Geelong Y Service Club donates $20,000 for new Floor for YMCA Gymnastics Centre.

Geelong YMCA CEO Shona Eland receiving cheque from President Terry Cliff 

Senior Leaders attend Kangaroo Flat Presidents Dinner

Senior Leaders attend Kangaroo Flat Presidents Dinner

Senior Leaders attend Kangaroo Flat Presidents Dinner

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We had the privilege of having in attendance the two most  senior leaders of our movement in that Y Service International President Elect  Jennifer Jones and International Director for Y Service Women Jennifer Cameron. We also had the Australian Regional Director for Y Service Women Michelle Janssen  as well as Australian Regional Director Bill Schmidt. 

Canberra Club Activities

$26,000 Refurbishment of the Y Community Hall at Kangaroo Flat

Senior Leaders attend Kangaroo Flat Presidents Dinner

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Canberra Club has been active this year with $1670 raised for local charities. 

An excellent start for a new Club. Well done.
Above is a photo of them cooking and serving at a charity home in Canberra

$26,000 Refurbishment of the Y Community Hall at Kangaroo Flat

$26,000 Refurbishment of the Y Community Hall at Kangaroo Flat

$26,000 Refurbishment of the Y Community Hall at Kangaroo Flat

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The Y Service Club of Kangaroo Flat's Major project to refurbish the external parts of the Building have been completed.

The refurbishment consisted of the following, Repairs to plumbing ,Repair and restoration of Foundations on the West side of the Building. Removal of peeling paint and sealing and minor repairs to surfaces of the Brickwork. 

Painting of External Walls and some new external Signage

The works carried out were funded by the Y Service Club of Kangaroo Flat and overall costs were close to $26,000. 

These works will see the building in good stead for the next 20+ years.

Righteous Pups Program,

$26,000 Refurbishment of the Y Community Hall at Kangaroo Flat

$26,000 Refurbishment of the Y Community Hall at Kangaroo Flat

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The Kangaroo Flat Y Service Women donated $500 to assist the Righteous Pups Program.

Member Jennifer  with grandson Micka visited the Lockwood site of Righteous Pups to hand over the Cheque for $500 to Kellie and Jim the dog to assist with this excellent program..

 Pictured : (L to R ) Kellie, Jennifer, Jim and Micka  

Paul william Alexander Legacy Project

 The Paul William Alexander Legacy initiative is a series of projects to honour the founder of Y's Men International as we approach the 100th anniversary of our Movement in 2022. Help us to develop and strengthen our organisation Towards 2022 and Beyond. Donate today as an individual or a club.  

Founder Legacy Task Force's visit to Toledo - January 2019

 IP Moon Sang-bong joined co-chairs Debbie Redmond and Kim Sang-chae on a tour of Toledo, Ohio (USA) which included visits to homes that the founder of Y's Men, Judge Paul William Alexander had lived in. The team also went in search of of numerous other landmarks significant to his life - and death.