Article submitted by Viv Armstrong (Rotary Latitude 38)
Living Safely in Cardinia
You could have heard a pin drop at the Embrace Aging Forum held at the Cultural Centre on Tues 10th Sept, when Janet McCahon, Past District Governor and member of the Rotary eclub of Latitude 38, introduced Justin Stanton from Victoria Police.
Justin outlined the many and varied scams focused on fleecing seniors in the community of their hard-earned savings. Some audacious examples caused murmurs of surprise, and yet it is a sad fact that our senior residents are the primary target of deception. Justin shocked the crowd when he discussed the level of fraud perpetrated against seniors, saying this made up a major part of the work done by our Police in Cardinia, and across the country.
The fully booked Forum, showcased 21 exhibitors who busily handed out all manner of information to attendees after they had their interest in services piqued by the engaging speakers. Joining Justin from Victoria Police were representatives from services such as Regional Assessment Agency, Monash Health, Advanced Care Planning and Council of The Ageing.
The Casey/Cardinia chapter of Latitude 38 got the idea rolling with a proposal some months ago, brought in their partners Seniors ROAR, who run safe behaviours training for staff and residents in Aged Care facilities, and were quickly joined by members from the Ageing Alliance. 
Annmarie Saffin, Cardinia Council Ageing Coordinator. threw all her support behind the committee, and in so doing reflected the resolve of the Council as a whole, to support and promote the wellbeing of our Senior Community.
Adrian Froggatt, Rotary District Governor commented,“The theme for this year in Rotary is Connecting the World,” he said. “Today I saw a brilliant example of Connecting the Community.”
So how does an eclub run projects in a community when many of their members live across the District? This is a question we often get asked.
The members of the eclub are building their profile in the different communities in which their members reside, by joining together with Community groups to help run projects they have an interest in. 
"By using our expertise and contacts we are in a unique position to add value to the work of some very dedicated community entities, and in so doing, add value to the reputation of our club.“ said President Elect Jim Armstrong.  “Our club meets on line, meaning our meetings are strictly business, so social exchanges as a large group are seldom. To develop the social aspect for members based in different locations, it becomes imperative for us to interact with other community groups and lend a hand to various Rotary clubs to help with their events. I believe this makes us stronger as Rotarians in that we are reliant on our initiative to become involved within the community. “  
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