President's welcome

President Nick PaneThe Rotary Club of Camberwell represents 60 years of service to the community.

As members we conduct the renowned Camberwell Art Show plus the Hawthorn Craft Market, which provide substantial sums to a multitude of projects here and overseas.  We volunteer for and assist in a plethora of other projects and we have fun doing it all.

Our membership is broad and welcoming and partners quickly form friendships too.  If you would like to become part of a Club that provides the rewards of giving to others and social interaction in a friendly, relaxed environment you are welcome to attend any of our weekly dinner meetings.

We meet Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 7.45pm
at Canterbury Centre, 2 Rochester Road, Canterbury

Prospective members are welcome to attend and have a free meal with us. Please contact us to advise if you are coming.

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Club News

Outlook with Nick

Camberwell Town Hall

Conochie Hall certainly has a different feel to it when it’s full of Rotarians and guests. On Wednesday we hosted the visiting GVE team from District 3820 in the Philippines and were fortunate to have a number of Rotary hierarchy. 


Update from Sue Gray

First time I have a few minutes spare, it is Mon morning and have been here since last Thurs lunchtime. 


Program of meetings and events

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Community News

Camp Getaway; A special needs venue

Sitting on the Campaspe River and just south of the Axedale Golf Club is Camp Getaway. Originally established as an interdenominational church camp for congregations in nearby Bendigo, the facilities were created from World War 2 surplus. Only three of the bowed corrugated iron Nissan Hut former dormitories still stand currently used for storage for kitchen renovations.

 Across the last decade an asset replacement programme has seen great changes. With the goal of providing a special needs venue for groups who offer families respite care, the accommodation has been rebuilt to provide total wheel chair accessibility. All showers and toilets are roll in roll out and fitted with grab rails. Paths are wide and concrete and an appropriate gradient ramp to the rec hall / dining area is now in place.

 Kitchen renovations are the most recently building activity. A dedicated volunteer group of about a dozen mainly septa and octogenarians have spent two to three days a week constructing a first class facility. This improved catering area will, no doubt, attract new guests to the site and be welcomed by returning users.

 Camp Getaway is a Rotary District 9800 project. Further the Rotary Club of Camberwell has painted the wired much of the facility.



Swinburne University Teenage Mums Programme

The birth of a child for a teenage mum usually means the end of education of the mum’s formal education. However, this is not the case for those enrolled Swinburne University Young Mums programme. Year 11 and 12 and vocational courses such as Certificate 2 in Retail Services or Information Technology are offered by Swinburne for students aged 15 to 20.  The best part of the programme is that mums bring their babies with them.


Swinburne University Rotoract Club recently held a film night raising over $1300 for the programme. Both Rotoract and the programme's director were delighted.

Santa Visits Box Hill North

Santa travelled by train at the Box Hill Miniature Railway monthly open day in December. Although Mr Claus arrived in a car, after handing out presents he joined other patrons, particularly children, in a ride on one of the trains. Constantly ringing his bell he sat at the end of the rear carriage waving to all as the train passed. When interviewed after he said the train wasn’t as comfortable as his sleigh, however, the train ride was great fun.

Santa visited the train park at the request of the Rotary Club of Camberwell