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Dolly Parton Imagination Library - Register Here

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Giving all young children - newborn until they turn 5 - the opportunity to learn to read - that is the aim of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Now, with the generous support of the Bendigo Bank, the Rotary Club of Bayswater funds the program in The Basin and Bayswater.

To register children, use the Sign Up form.

$4800 in Loans to Needy

Loans have been given to over 190 needy people, such as:

  • Lilian from Kenya to buy cereals to improve her farm and secure the future of her school-going children.
  • Giang from Vietnam to purchase school supplies and pay tuition fees for her children.
  • Sharifakhon from Tajikistan to pay for her son's tuition at the lyceum.
  • Sanjuana from Mexico to pay for her son's eye operation.

The loans are organised through KIVA, a not-for-profit organisation involved in arranging microfinancing. KIVA works with microfinancing institutions on five continents to provide small loans to needy people.

The loans are made to people who usually cannot borrow through normal banking sources.

In 2011-2012, the Rotary Club of Bayswater contributed $250.00 towards a microfinancing program. A number of Club members donated further amounts towards the program funds.

As loans are repaid, the funds are recycled into further loans. Recycling is the key to the whole program.

To date, this has enabled the Bayswater team to loan $4800.00 through 190 microloans.

 

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1 Million Free Books for Kids

What is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library?

It's a program started by Dolly Parton that provides free books to children from newborn until they turn 5 years of age - one book per child every month. In 2016, the number of books distributed around the world passed the 1 million mark.

Rotary International President, John Germ, a keen supporter of the program, sees it as one way to help reduce world poverty - and recognises a lot more needs to be done.

Since 2014, the Rotary Club of Bayswater has supported the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in The Basin.

With the generous support of the Bendigo Bank, in August 2016 the Club expanded the program to Bayswater.

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An Elephant in Bayswater

They saw an elephant in the room  - no one knew about the great stories in other Rotary Clubs, the inspiring projects, the great achievements - and wondered, "How do we get rid of it?"

Local monthly Rotary magazine, "Rotary Down Under", would probably not exist without the leadership and persistence of some visionary Bayswater members in the 60s. It was their insistence on better sharing of stories and ideas with other Rotarians throughout Australia that lead to the founding of RDU.

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A Life-Changing Experience

Youth Exchange is a life-changing experience for the young people who participant in this renowned Rotary program. Chiara Zwickl, our latest incoming Youth Exchange student, arrived recently from Austria to a warm welcome from Bayswater members.

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Knox Art Show 2018

The 2018 Knox Art Show will be held on:

Friday Night 16  March 2018 - Opening Night by ticket only

Saturday 17 March 2018 - open to the public

Sunday 18 March 2017 - open to the public

In addition to the Art Show, there will be a photography competition, primary school children's art competition, quilting exhibition and woodturning display.

All artwork, quilts and woodwork on display will be for sale.

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Our History

The Rotary Club of Bayswater Inc was chartered on 7th April 1961.   

Members are community minded business and professional people who believe in the ideals of Rotary, which involves “Service above Self”. Numerous fundraising projects over the years have allowed us to raise over $500,000 to assist deserving individuals, families, schools and needy causes both locally and internationally.

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