St Jude's News: Volunteers needed, Rebel Wilson visits and more!

The School of St Jude
Hi Everyone,It is an exciting time at St Jude's at the moment with lots of visitors, including our ambassador Rebel Wilson who met her sponsor student for the first time! We're also hunting for a range of new volunteers (see the positions in our newsletter JUST CLICK ON THIS LINK TO GET THE NEWSLETTER) and I am getting ready to travel to Singapore and Australia with Felix to catch up with supporters. Kim will be joining Felix in October as well so be sure to check our website to find an event near you.

Also in this edition …

  • See how our teachers are supporting teachers from government schools
  • Read the special story about the impact St Jude's has had on the mother of one of our students
  • Aussie Bush Damper introduced to our Chefs – give it a go!
  • And much more!

Thank you,

Are You Interested in Volunteering in Tanzania?
If you’re a teacher looking for an exciting new job, experience living abroad, and the chance to give back, then why not look into becoming a volunteer? We are currently searching for a range of volunteers, including some experienced Teacher Mentors.
Meet Gaye, one of our Mentors with over 25 years of education experience.
Why did you decide to come to St Jude’s?
I actually wasn’t looking for a new job. I just glanced at a newspaper and saw the Teacher Mentor role advertised. In the past, I’d worked overseas in corporate schools that were all about making money and that just wasn't for me. I was drawn to St Jude’s mission to help disadvantaged children in the region.
What is it like to work as a teacher mentor?
Some teachers are nervous coming to the school to work in a mentor role because they don’t have experience in a senior position or working with other teachers. Don’t be! This program gives local teachers a chance to work with and learn from teachers who have a different background in education.
Mentors spend the day with local teachers during their planning sessions. We help them find resources and figure out creative ways to implement them in the classroom. But, more than anything, we are a sounding board for the teachers and respond to whatever needs they might have.
Working as a Teacher Mentor has been amazing not only in content, but in our ability to make an impact. If I worked in a classroom, I could help that class of students. But, as a mentor, I get to work with 10 teachers who teach 25 students each, which means I can help 250 people!
Current Volunteer Positions
Media Relations Officer We are currently seeking an experienced Media Officer to build relationships with media contacts in Australia and around the world in an effort to promote our vision of Fighting Poverty Through Education.
Short-Term Photographer As a short-term volunteer photographer you will capture different aspects of student life from the boarding houses to lunchtime in the playground.
Sponsor Relations Assistant The Sponsor Relations Team prides itself in providing engaging, informative and highly personalised communication to our students’ sponsors.
2015 Health Check Team Are you a health professional? We are searching for a team to visit our school to assist with annual student health checks.
See the full positions on our website

Welcome to our newest member of Rotary e9650 Club

We welcome Dorothy Barwick as our newest member of the Rotary e9650 club in the District.

Dorothy lives in Tamworth but she and PDG John are constantly on the move travelling throughout Australia in their caravan. The eClub makes it easy for Dorothy to keep in touch with the other members of the Club and for PDG John to do his makeups whilst he is away from his own Club – the Rotary Club of Tamworth West.

Read more about Dorothy in a future post.

Why social media can’t be left to your PR director

Rotary Voices

Stories of service from around the world


Why social media can’t be left to your PR director

A social media post is like a stone skipping across a pond. Each comment or retweet makes new ripples.

By Kate McKenzie, Rotary Club of Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
I have often met Rotary leaders who have nodded thoughtfully when I have explained the benefits of social media and then said “I will get my PR director to do that.” Although it is important to have division of labor and leaders with the right skills concentrating on the right tasks, social media doesn’t work if it is the sole responsibility of one person alone.
In order for something to be social, more than one person has to participate. Of course, not everyone has the confidence to be the main content creator and it is important that the person responsible for managing the club or district pages is able to create the right tone and use their creativity to attract the public’s attention. It can be a very lonely task, however, if that creativity goes unnoticed and unsupported by fellow club members.
Social media works as a PR tool because likes, shares, and comments spread the original message beyond the creator’s own immediate network and into the networks of friend’s friends. If I have 100 friends, and 20 friends like, share, comment on, or re-tweet my post, that will have a greater impact than if only two friends did the same.

Stone Skipping
I often use the analogy of stone skimming or stone skipping, where the stone is a post or update and the Web is the pond. If a post doesn’t receive any likes, comments, re-tweets, and shares, then it drops straight to the bottom of the Web never to be seen again. Each like, comment, re-tweet, and share helps the post to travel just that little bit further and each splash can attract the attention of new people as it makes it’s way across the Internet.
Rotary clubs and districts can make the most of the talents of their enthusiastic and creative marketing/PR directors by empowering them to be the key content creator, while also ensuring that it is the responsibility of all members to be content sharers.
Another example is events. Have you ever walked past an empty restaurant and decided not to go in? The same thing happens for Facebook events — people don’t join events that look empty. If you receive an invitation from your club or district, respond to it. If you can’t attend, invite your other friends before you decline but also leave a short note expressing your regrets and encouraging others to join the fun.
To build your confidence in sharing content, log into the system and observe what other people do. Ask questions in the Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship member groups (it’s free to join). Keep your comments positive and always apply The Four Way Test. Set yourself a goal of logging in and responding to event invites and sharing club news at least once a week. Or invest in a smartphone so you can do it on the move.
Your PR director will be much happier, but more importantly your network is likely to become more aware of and engaged in your Rotary activities and over the medium to long term this will convert to new members, funds, and support.


How do I find new members?

How do I find new members?

Rotarians join and stay with their clubs primarily because they seek opportunities for community service, fellowship, and friendship. Many of the non-Rotarians you know are looking for the same things. Invite them to help with your service projects, attend a networking night, or participate in a club get-together and help them see for themselves how Rotary connects leaders to make a positive change.

Here are some potential candidates to consider for membership:

  • Friends and family members
  • Business acquaintances
  • Professional colleagues
  • Younger community leaders who are already connected to Rotary through Rotaract, RYLA, peace fellowships, Youth Exchange, and other programs

Learn more in the .

Rotary Peace Centers shape hundreds of careers in peace and conflict resolution

Rotary Peace Centers shape hundreds of careers in peace and conflict resolution

With bloody conflicts raging in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and parts of Central Africa, the message of nonviolence and reconciliation that nations worldwide will observe on 21 September demands more urgent and collective attention.

In 2001 the United Nations designated the September date as an annual International Day of World Peace “to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence” according to a General Assembly resolution.

The day's devotion to peace connects closely with what Rotary members have been fostering since to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace, was proclaimed in 1917.

Rotary's goal of worldwide peace and tolerance has been an unwavering pursuit: conducting global forums, hosting international peace symposiums, advancing peace through its 60-year collaboration with the UN, as well as grassroots initiatives such as the .

But Rotary's most significant effort to wage peace is the program, established in 2002. Each year, the program trains some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals, preparing them to promote national and international cooperation and to resolve conflict. They include graduates of a two-year master's degree program and a three-month professional certificate program at Rotary's partner universities.

Today, more than 900 peace fellows are applying their expertise in various fields. They're settling border conflicts in West Africa, developing aid programs at the World Bank, drafting legislation to protect exploited children in Brazil, providing security for U.S. diplomats, and many other career paths devoted to peace.

To commemorate the International Day of World Peace, Rotary Peace Fellowships alumni share how the program has shaped their lives:

David Chick, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Duke/UNC), 2005-07

Director, Peace and Conflict Section, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

“It can really be a life-changing program. There is rarely a week that goes by where I don't use the skills that I gained. My studies of conflict resolution and negotiation assist me in thinking through options to support preventive diplomacy in Australia's neighborhoods. You never leave the peace program! After so many years of operation, there is a real community of peace fellows out there, dedicated to the cause.”

Jane Kellum, University of El Salvador, 2007-09

Chief of Party, Partners for Learning/Education, CARE International in Haiti

“Two of the practical courses provided me with the most valuable skills and knowledge that I use on a daily basis. The applied field experience provided me the opportunity to immediately put my newly gained skills and knowledge into practice. The cohort element (and resulting alumni network) of the peace centers is an extremely valuable aspect of the program. The connection with Rotary provides a valuable opportunity to be connected to all the opportunities, networks, that this caliber of international organization offers.”

John Foster, University of Queensland, 2005-07

Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State

“My experience provided me with a thorough understanding of both the theory and practice of international relations, which has helped me serve more effectively at the U.S. Department of State. The greatest value of the Rotary Peace Centers program comes from the rewarding relationships that it enables participants to form with Rotarians, professors, fellow students, and other professionals through the applied field experience. Most important, it provides them with an introduction to the family of Rotary and encourages them to think of Rotary as a lifelong partner in their peace-related endeavors.”

Taylor Stevenson, International Christian University, 2011-13

Design and Waste Prevention Specialist, Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative

“Rotary's Peace Fellowship was a life changer. It left me with a clear vision, confidence in my abilities as a peacemaker, and an ever-growing family of friends and colleagues around the world. The fellowship allowed me the space and support to reorient my professional strategy to more seriously and capably embrace peace ideas. This program is an incredible opportunity, especially for people who are thinking outside of the box on peace issues.”

Abu Sufian Taj Elassfia, Duke/UNC, 2011-13

USAID, Libya

“The Rotary Peace Fellows program has changed my life. Without having the opportunity to get the scholarship, I wouldn't have been considered for the senior position that I hold.

In my case, Duke/UNC offered courses taught by professors who are considered the best in their field, teachers who have not only the academic knowledge but also the practical experiences that enable them to provide advice and direction and connect students with different institutions and organizations. The world, indeed, is in a great need for more peace fellows who can work hand in hand with governments and communities to counterbalance the outbreak of wars and conflict around the world. The need has become even greater for institutions like The Rotary Foundation to provide the opportunity to young people to further their knowledge of peace and to increase their understanding of the world through active participation in issues like good governance, leadership, and peaceful coexistence between nations.”

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