We celebrate the successful thirty year program to end Polio, a major initiative where Rotary International has partnered with the United Nations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate this disease.
Each year, we contribute funds towards Disaster Aid Australia. In 2016, the club has already sent funds to support the people of Haiti following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. In addition the Club supports the SkyHydrant programme which provides clean water to communities.
A small and dedicated group of knitters in Foster make jumpers for children in Africa and using the Rotary network, these are forwarded to several countries in Africa.
We participate in Rotary programs to develop leadership skills and promote world peace and understanding. This year, we have a student on exchange in Canada through the Youth Exchange Program.
The Club also supports the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) and work with our local schools to invite applicants for Science and leadership programs throughout the year.
Interested young people may contact the President or secretary for more information about Rotary programs for youth.
The markets are the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Foster. Held six times a year, the markets are located at the Foster Showgrounds featuring over 200 stalls. The Market celebrated its 40th birthday on 30 December 2018.
The club works in partnership with the Toora Lions Club under the management of the Market Committee. All funds raised are divided between the two clubs and used to support the local community and humanitarian projects.
The Rotary Train is a feature of the markets, taking hundreds of children for a ride around the football oval and raising money for local organisations supporting children and youth. For the past two years the funds have been used to buy books for the parents of new-born babies at South Gippsland Hospital – the books have been written by note local children’s author Alison Lester.
The time capsule concept commenced in 1977 when the first one was buried in the Shire Office Lawn by the then Governor of Victoria Sir Henry Winneke. It was opened to coincide with Fosters 150th birthday celebrations in 2020. The question then arose about the future of the capsule which was still in good condition. The Rotary Club of Foster was prepared to take on the responsibility of having it checked over and prepared to be used again. In addition the club was prepared to arrange for the sale and cataloguing of a new batch of envelopes to be used by the community.
In April 1921 Paul Harris the founder of Rotary sent some emissary’s from headquarters in America to Australia to start Rotary in this country. The first Rotary club in Australia was the Melbourne club. Because Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific ultimately became the Oceania zone ,Rotary is celebrating the centenary of the zone in 2021. Each club in the Zone has been asked to identify a Centenary Project and our project is the time capsule.
From the end of August 2020 each Rotarian as well as the Foster Post Office will have envelopes for sale at $20 each. The envelopes can be deposited at the Post Office in a specially marked bin and will be collated and registered by the club before placement in the newly embellished capsule. This new capsule will be interred in the Museum grounds at Foster later this year and reopened in 2070.
Our major project is to erect a rotunda to provide shelter for people using the playground. It has taken a year to organize plans and a grant from the Shire for $9,323. The building permit has been approved and we are ready and set to go when the weather improves. Club members will prepare the site for the concrete slab and the metal structure will be erected by Shieldmaster, Leongatha.
The Mt Nicoll Walking Track was completed in 2018. This 50th Anniversary project is funded by a Rotary District Grant, the Toora & Foster Community Bank, and the club. It is anticipated that it will form Stage 1 of a walking track from Mt Nicoll to Fish Creek, providing extensive views across to the Prom and Corner Inlet for those who enjoy a challenge.