August 2016
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Rotary Club Malta

Service Above Self

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Lino Cutajar.  President of Rotary Club Malta 2016-2017
On Monday July 4th at the "Reef Club" the retiring President John Cooper handed over the chains of office to Lino Cutajar. Nearly 100 members and guests attended the Handover Dinner and during the evening John Cooper outlined his year of office and the achievements of Rotary, including the Gala Dinner where a sum of €27,000.00 had been collected for the purchase of a mini van for Caritas. Other events included a successful Hands on Day, and the Dinner for the District Governor and the RI President in November 2015. He thanked all the members for making his year in office a memorable one.
        For pictures of the evening please click here: PhotoAlbums/president-s-hand-over-dinner-2016


On Monday May 23rd Chris Dingli gave more than 100 members of Rotary and guests a very enjoyable evening with his showing of his one man comedy show entitled "Bad Dad" before he takes it to London.


Rotary Club Malta, in conjunction with the Sliema Local Council and Round Table Malta, are inviting Corporations, Clubs and Groups of friends to participate in a challenge to design and build a homemade craft that will be used in a regatta that will be taking place in Balluta Bay (from the slip way / pier below Old College Street).  This is a Rotary Club Malta fund raising event in aid of Dar il-Kaptan.
Click here for more details about the Rotary Kontiki 2016 event and registration.

Caritas Prison Inmates Programme
The work of Caritas Malta in respect of the Prison Inmates Programme was clearly outlined by Fleur Bianco to those members of Rotary at the talk, and showed how much the dedication these social workers have in trying to help these individuals.
Below is a brief outline of her work at Caritas.  Rotary Club Malta recent donated a brand new 9 seater van to Caritas Malta to help them in their work on the PIP programme.  Rotary Club Malta raised all the money for the van at a fund raising dinner held on the 1st April 2016.


Message from District Governor: Francesco Milazzo  Governatore 2015-2016

9,000 Rotarians from over 80 countries attended a special Jubilee Audience in St. Peter’s Square, Rome on Saturday at the invitation of Pope Francis. A delegation greeted the Pope at the end of the Audience.

The new minivan donated and supported by Rotary Club Malta was presented to Caritas by the President of Rotary Club Malta John Cooper.
The hand over of the keys was made to the Director of Caritas Leonid McKay, also present were members of the Rotary Club Malta fund raising committee, and officials from Caritas and residents from the Prison Inmates Programme for which the van is to be used for.


A very successful 'Rotary Hands-on Day' was held on Saturday April 23rd at Fondazzjoni Wens' Assisted Living apartments in Paola, when nearly 50 volunteers contributed to making improvements to the new home.  This was the 8th edition of the Rotary Hands-On Days through which Rotarians and friends contribute with their hands rather than just with their cheque books.


Message from the Rotary International President

"We are approaching the day when we will be celebrating the Jubilee of Rotarians, on 30th April 2016.
This is a very special event organised by Rotary District 2080 and the Vatican. We will join his Holiness Pope Francesco for Holy Mass in St Peter's square, where 8000 seats were reserved for Rotarians, their family and friends.  One of these places can be your visa that were extended deadlines for registration. To join us in this memorable celebration, visit the website of the Jubilee of Rotarians and register today without delay.
The extraordinary Jubilee proclaimed by Pope Francis represents an appeal to undertake to serve humanity with joy and peace throughout the world. This event is indeed a great honor that will elevate the status of Rotary worldwide and the opportunity to take part in it is great joy regardless of our religious beliefs.
As you continue to practice our motto "be gift in the world" I hope to meet you in Rome."

K.r. Ravindran
Rotary International President, 2015/2016

There were two hundred and forty Rotarians and Guests who wined and dined at the Annual Gala Dinner held at the InterContinental Hotel in St Julian's on Friday April 1st in aid of providing a new minibus to Caritas. With the activities throughout the evening the Rotary Club Malta were able to present to the charity their new minibus at the end of the evening. 
The main event of the evening was an auction of paintings that were donated by the artists and when the auctioneer Frank Salt had completed his work the amount of €8,500 had been donated to the fund. There were other activates including a raffle and a 'Hands and Tails' game which further added to the donation fund.We would like to thank Edwards Lowell Co.Ltd who generously donated a Raymond Weil Ladies Watch as the prize for the raffle. The evening finished with dancing to the popular local band Red Electrik, and the event raised in excess of €26,000.

The President and his wife Carmen were guests of Honour at the Inner Wheel Annual Lunch.
It was held at Scoglitti Restaurant down by Jews Sally Port and was attended by about 30 members and partners.
The President of the Inner Wheel Diana McNamara gave a speech also thanking Rotary for the kind donation of €500.

The Annual Quiz night was held at the Ta'Xbiex Waterpolo Restaurant on February 22nd.
Rotary International President-elect, John F Germ, unveiled the annual Presidential theme for the Rotary year 2016/17 at the International Assembly in San Diego, California. Rotary Serving Humanity highlights the service focus of Rotary and its global dimension and reach.

The United States Ambassador to Malta, H.E. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, addressed a meeting at Rotary Club Malta this evening.  Madam Ambassador shared her views on Malta-U.S. relations and then opened up to broad range of questions from the members and guests. 


Thinking of the poor at Christmas.

Fr. Hillary of the Millenium Chapel in Paceville, thanked all members of Rotary Club Malta for their Christmas presents of Rotary rucksacks, filled with Christmas goodies, which will be distributed to poor local families supported by Fr Hillary. Club Secretary Mark Pullicino delivered the gifts on behalf of Members.


Rotary International President, K R Ravindran was in Malta for six days this week during which he addressed the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).  ​
Representing civil society and Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, President Ravindran joined UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and heads of government from Commonwealth member states including Pakistan, Nigeria and Australia in committing to continue efforts to end Polio. The event was hosted by Malta’s Prime Minister and CHOGM Chair Dr Joseph Muscat.

The Rotary Clubs of Malta are pleased to announce the launch of their annual scholarship for international, post-graduate studies which is valued at US$30,000 and open to Maltese residents.  The purpose of the Rotary Scholarship is to enable candidates to further their post-graduate studies in areas of study which are aligned with the Rotary Foundation's Areas of FocusThe closing date for applications is the 18 December 2015.

Rotary Club Malta inaugurates the new Rotary Malta Primary School in Uganda on Nkose Island in Lake Victoria together with funds from the Maltese Government’s International Development Aid and Kids of Africa (KOA), a Swiss based NGO based in Bwerenga.  The project, which cost over €85,000, provides previously unavailable formal education to the 300 children living on the island and consists of classrooms, dormitories, kitchen and dinning areas and washing facilities.

Rotary Club Malta has completed a project to provide the waterproofing of the facilities at the Inspire Foundation's facilities in Marsascala at a cost of 15,000 euros.  Inspire is the leading facility providing services for people with disabilities and facilitating inclusion in our communities.

Rotary Club Malta held its annual Golf tournament where Rotarians and their families from Sicily, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden joined Rotarians from Malta in a weekend of fun and fellowship between the 23-25 October 2015..  Thirty participants competed during the tournament held at the Royal Malta Golf club.

One of the three Maltese students, recipients of Rotary Grants this year, which will support international post-graduate studies, has just started her course leading to a Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Studies at the University of Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom.
Rotary Club Malta has traditionally placed great emphasis on the Rotary scholarship programme through which a grantee is supported to the tune of $30,000 funded by the Rotary Foundation.

Six members of Rotary Club Malta, accompanied by their wives, attended the meeting of the Inter-Country Committee (CIP) Italy - Switzerland - Malta - San Marino - Liechtenstein held between the 10th and 13th September in Leichtenstein

Rotary Club Malta is organising a visit aboard the Celebrity Silhouette luxury cruise liner on Thursday 15th October, with a tour of the ship and lunch aboard.  The event is being organised as a fund raising event towards our club's ambitious targets. The event is open to friends too.
Registrations are now closed
Click here to read more about the event and for on-line or off-line registration.


On the 11th August, Nigeria and Africa will be celebrating a full year without any new cases of polio. Just over a quarter of a century ago, the virus was endemic in 128 countries, crippling 350,000 children a year. We in Malta have also been scared and have had cases of this terrible disease. “This is a disease that cannot be controlled, it has to be eradicated, said WHO spokesman Oliver Rosenbauer.
There are now only two countries left, Afghanistan and Commonwealth country, Pakistan, which still get a few cases of polio.  Once polio is wiped out, it will be only the second disease, after smallpox, to have been vaccinated out of existence.

The President of Rotary Club Malta, John Cooper, and his wife Carmen hosted Rotarians and their friends for a most enjoyable and successful fundraising BBQ at their home in Attard.  Early indications show that over €3,700 were raised through the event and the sale of raffle tickets.

The President of Rotary International 2015-2016, K R Ravindran has written an opinion piece in The Times of Malta about the opportunity facing Malta at CHOGM, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being held in Malta 27th-29th November 2015, to raise the issue of the importance of continued support for the eradication of Polio.  The article, written to mark the 1st anniversary of the last case of the endemic polio in Nigeria, and thus Africa, outlines why it is so important for the 30 year struggle for the global eradication of Polio to be brought to a successful conclusion through a last effort.

The 2015 Rotary Kontiki race, a fund raising event now in its 4th edition in aid of Dar il-Kaptan, was held today in Balluta Bay, St Julians with 5 participating corporate teams from Corinthia Hotels, Elmo Insurance, Frank Salt Real Estate, Intercontinental Hotel Malta and Shireburn Software. Each year the teams have learnt from their designs and this year the boat from Shireburn Software was unbeatable by a long distance.

Theresa Naudi, a founder member of the Hospice Movement in Malta received a cheque of €2500 from out going President Alfred Caruana Galizia, on behalf of the Members of Rotary Club Malta. The good work of the Hospice in our community was well recognized and admired by the Members. The presentation was made during the recent hand over dinner.

The 1st July always marks the start of the new Rotary Year and, as occurs in Rotary Clubs all over the world, Rotary Club Malta inaugurated a new President to lead the club.  John Cooper, a long-standing Rotarian took over the helm at the Presidents' Hand-Over Dinner held on the 30th June 2015. 
The AGM of Dar il Kaptan, the respite home for the disabled in Mtarfa with which Rotary Club Malta has been so closely involved in supporting since its inception, was held yesterday, where several Rotary Board members attended. It was announced that the extension project, which commenced last November, had almost been completed. Construction work had been completed in April 2015 and a final push for completion of the finishing second was currently under way. Rotary Club Malta are the main funders of this much needed project.
The AGM thanked Rotary for their continued support and interest in their charitable organisation. Much thanks also goes to the extension project architect Rotarian Nicky Samut Tagliaferro, who skillfully brought the project in below budget.  The Prime Minister's wife, Mrs Michelle Muscat, President of the Marigold Foundation, who also supported the project, was present at the AGM.
Rotary Club Malta would also like to thank Paul Sutana for all his good work representing the Club on the Board of DIK, over several years. This volunteer  position is being taken by Rotarian Tonio Cuschieri, and we wish him all the best. 



Salv Stellini

Rotarian Salv Stellini's interesting talk last Monday 22nd June was about personal accounts of WW2 he had received while preparing for the George Cross commemorative Medal, which was issued while he was the Maltese High Commissioner in London. 
This talk completed a line of interesting talks throughout the year, organised by Ulli Salomo and Alfred Caruana Galizia. Ulli has been bringing us varied and interesting personalities, now, for three years and the topics are as fresh and interesting as ever. Many thanks to Ulli and Alfred.

he campaign for the global eradication of Polio, founded by Rotary International in 1985 and subsequently joined by strategic partners, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the Centre for Disease Control, has made massive strides in its noble objective. While over 380,000 people were infected this disease annually, in 2014 the number was just over 400 globally and up to March 21st 2015, there had been 20 cases, 19 of which were in Pakistan.
Eradicating the last 1 % of polio cases is difficult and costly, yet achievable by 2018 thanks to global efforts. As proven by recent outbreaks, no country  will be safe until all countries are free of polio. 
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has lobbied for the presentation in the European Parliament of a cross-party, non-political Declaration 008/2015 dated 9 March 2015 which urges the European Commission to make a continued commitment to supporting polio eradication as a priority in its future development actions, and to allocate appropriate levels of funding to polio vaccination campaigns and surveillance over the next four years.
Ian de Cesare reported that the lobbying of the Maltese MEP's had resulted in getting all six on board, to support the Polio erradication campagin.



The Rotary Clubs of Malta and Gozo have awarded two scholarships, each worth US$30,000, for post-graduate, international studies to Maltese students.  Students from Malta and Gozo compete with others from Sicily for the two scholarships which are funded annually by Rotary District 2110, Sicily and Malta.  While usually, candidates from Malta win one of these scholarships with the second being awarded to a candidate from Sicily, this year, both District scholarships were awarded to candidates from Malta.


Rotary Club Malta is funding the restoration of a Giuseppe Cali (1846 - 1930) ceiling fresco in Lija Parish Church. The painting is one of a famous collection on the ceiling of the Lija Parish Church.

The video (see Facebook below) shows the already restored Cali fresco's in the centre ceiling and then focuses on the one unrestored Cali fresco on the right wing ceiling. 

Rotary serving our cultural heritage. 

See Facebook video:



Rotary Club Malta has held the seventh Rotary Hands-On Day on Saturday 30 May at Inspire, the foundation for inclusion, in Marsascala.  Rotarians from the club, Interactarians from Interact Club St Edwards College and friends gathered to clear, clean and tidy the outside garden area which is enjoyed by the clients of Inspire.


€ 8000 for Nepal's Assistance

The generosity of  members was again demonstrated when we gathered a total sum of €8000 together with previously collected funds, for the Nepal Disaster  Fund . THe money will be allocated by our Rotary Club in Kathmandu.                                                    
Other projects we have contributed this year, besides the larger donations for The Dar Il Kaptan extension and the New School in Nkosi, Uganda,  are: 
CarePakistan                                                 1,500.00
Malta Community Chest Fund (Verdala)  1,500.00
RC Gozo re Rotaract                                     1,030.00
Haversacks for immigrant children            2,390.00
Rotary Foundation                                         8,950.00
District  Talessemia                                         200.00
Fr. Rosario - India                                             720.00
Din L-Art Helwa - Santa Rosaria                    500.00
Dictionaries for immigrant children               200.00
Rotaract                                                         582.00
Should members require more information please contact Francis our treasurer.
We would like to thank the sponsors who have helped in our fellowship and fundraising events during the Rotary year, especially those who assisted in the main fundraising event " The Gala Dinner".
Please click here to see list of sponsors:



Club Congratulated on their Service to the Community

The Prime Minister, the Hon Dr Joseph Muscat, visited Rotary Club Malta on Friday 15th May 2015 and addressed Club members and their guests, congratulating them on their continued service to the community, both locally and internationally.


" To show our respect and help restore their dignity" 

President Alfred Caruana Galizia , said during a presentation of presents inside a rucksack to all Migrant children in two homes in B'Kara and Fgura. A football, watch and illustrated dictionary, were some of the preferred gifts. 
This was part of a district wide initiative, covering Sicily and Malta which was instigated by the Rotary Governor Giovanni Vaccaro.   One of the many activities that the Rotary District for Sicily and Malta have carried out this year to highlight the problems and issues of the migrant crisis. It has been one of the main focuses of the  Governorship. The many people who helped gather the presents and put the initiative together were thanked by Dr Caruana Galizia. 



Hold Your Horses !

Rotarian Francis Camilleri holds the reins and keeps cool control of these frisky Hungarian thoroughbreds.
This visit to a farm for stud horses outside Budapest was one of the many highlights of this most enjoyable four day trip. Janos Stein and President Ferenc Bancsics of RC Budapest Margitsiget, organised a memorable programme which included visits to the Parliament, a concert, dinner boat trip on the Danube and many fine meals.

The most iconic architectural symbol of the Maltese culture is our balcony, which in the upcoming 2017 Valletta European City of Culture, will be shown at its best. Rotarian Adrian Strickland's research has received much acclaim and his talk will be the topic of our Speakers Evening on Monday 20th April 2015.

Rotary Club Malta's Annual Fund Raising Gala Dinner held on April 10th 2015 at the InterContinental Malta was another great success with over 280 Rotarians and guests.  A very enjoyable evening in great company, good food and music and all for a great cause.

Rotary urges Rotarians to lobby their Euro MPs to sign declaration 008/2015 of the European Parliament that exhorts the European Commission to make a continued commitment to support the global eradication of polio.


Friday 15th May

The Rotary Club Malta will have its highest profile speaker in years, when the Prime Minister talks to members and friends on 15th May.
The Club remains one of the most prestigious service / charity funding volunteering organisations in Malta with a long reputation going back nearly 50 years. Members are requested to be seated in the Corinthia Hotel  by 6.45pm.



THe Rotary Spirit

Our brave Marathon team were up early  Sunday 22nd to join this popular event which started in Rabat.
Adrian Strickland, the oldest participant, together with Ian de Cesare, David de Giovanni and Stuart Chapell all did a great job to promote Rotary and raise money for our charities. 
The Club are now looking for a new volunteer to coordinate our team for next year  and thus carry on this successful fundraising tradition. Please get in touch with the President or the Secretary if you are interested.

Improving Rotary's visibility through the Social Media presence of Clubs was the topic of a workshop organised for all Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in the Maltese Islands and held at Shireburn Software on the 5th March 2015.  The practical workshop exposed the participants to techniques for writing for the media, search engine optimisation, social media tools and management and the guidelines for the usage of the Rotary brand.


Rotary Club Peterborough Ontario

AudreyLakien exchanged banners with President Alfred Caruana Galizia last week. Audrey gave us an interesting review of how their club generated funds. Awinning project was getting donations from each litre of beer sold by a local micro brewer!
A good fellowship idea!
We are all kindly invited to visit their club if we are ever in Ontario.
Our club usually welcomes visitors from over 50 clubs a year from all around the globe, and a healthy exchange of ideas takes place.


Every new Rotary year, commencing in July, has a theme and Rotary International President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran asked Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership to transform the lives of others when he announced his theme for the 2015-16 year, Be a Gift to the World, during the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.


Rotary Malta School in Sesse, Uganda ​

Work is well underway for a new school in Nkose Island in Lake Victoria, Uganda.
The children are egarly awaiting to move into the classrooms, which are being built by local craftsmen, using partly local materials. Our partner "Kids of Africa", who have their main school just across the water on the main land in Entebbe, is supervising the plans and construction and will also see to the operation.
Funding is being provided by the Malta Government NGO funds together with Rotary Club Malta funds. More information from Ian de Cesare.
Rotary Dar Il Kaptan, Respite Home Extension Projects starts
Contrators moved in to commence the 6 month project, which will extensively upgrade the Dar Il Kaptan facility. Areas are being brought together to reduce  supervision required, while other facilities are being increased and it is being brought up to the latest safety standards. Rotary are the main funding contributors along with the Community Chest Fund and the Fund for Good Causes, to this € 120,000 project. The District Governor viewed the work and congratulated the Club for the successful fundraising focus of the past two years which was being put into this project. "The Dar il Kaptan project was unique among the 95 clubs of Sicily and Malta" Giovanni Vaccaro said. Architect is Nick Samut Tagliaferro.​


The joint peace scholarship was set up to study Israel Palestinian Peace. An Israeli and Palestinian post graduate students have been given the chance to come up with solutions to our od Mediterranean conflict.
The Mediterraneo Unito Conference in Marsala in September brought countries from around the Mediterranian to discuuss our joint problems and look for solutions. 

                                                                                                                                                                                          CIP 2014    Over 100 visiting Rotarians from Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein, 
San Marino, Hungary, the United Kingdom and Malta joined Rotarians from Rotary Club Malta for the highlight of the Comitato Inter-Paese (CIP) meeting, which discussed peace issues.


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