Welcome to the Rotary Club of Camberwell

Are you a person who wants to make positive changes in your community, regional Australia and the world? Our club members are fun, dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of friendly people who share your drive to give back.
Club News
Biggin Scott Boroondara is well represented at Rotary Camberwell with the recent induction on 3 April 2024 of Real Estate Sales Executive Darren Li joining another employee, existing member Jessica Wat.
In his thank you speech, Darren referred to how closely the current Rotary International theme of ‘Create Hope in the World’ resonated with him personally. His maturity and enthusiasm to contribute to community service defies his years as the youngest club member. Our hope is that Darren will be impactful representing a young adult’s perspective and as a role model, promoting the importance of positive community involvement amongst his peers.
President George de Souza attended the Vaisakhi Celebrations and to commemorate Sikh Volunteer Australia’s (SVA) 10th anniversary at Bunjil Place, Narre Warren on Sunday 7 April 2024.
Rotary Camberwell was amongst a large number of individuals, representatives from Vic Police, SES, Fire Rescue Victoria, faith leaders, school and college principals, volunteers, volunteer organisations and SVA staff members who were recognized on the day. Overall, more than 238 Appreciation Certificates were awarded. Amongst the guests were Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan, Victorian Opposition Leader John Pesutto, Bruce MP Julian Hill and many more. The Governor-General of Australia His Excellency David Hurley AC DSC (Retired) and on behalf of Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley sent a message of congratulations by video. 
The Prime Minister and the Victorian Premier addressed the gathering respectfully wearing traditional Sikh turban and scarf. Referring to the SVA Mr. Albanese said 'They do extraordinary work. During the pandemic they provided food for students who were in desperate need for that support. During the bushfires, during floods… wherever there are issues confronting Australians, we see the best of the Australian character and there's no community organisation that has done more than Sikh Volunteers Australia. We see them whether it be here in Victoria, or up in Lismore (where he discovered Sikh volunteers were not as he expected from the local area but had driven up from Melbourne), wherever there are floods or natural weather events, we see people putting their values into practice by providing that support to their fellow Australians who are in need.' 
These sentiments were echoed by many others. A recurring theme is that the SVA doesn’t just aspire to do community service they demonstrate their community service through their food vans serving meals to the disadvantaged and emergency workers. They can be relied on for immediate response to emergencies.
The SVA received the Australian Human Rights Heroes 2020 Award for their efforts during Covid lock downs.
 
The final message addressing the broader audience is the vital role of volunteers to not only be there when needed but their presence symbolizes a community that cares.
What is Vaisakhi?
 
Victor Wang was inducted on 27 March 2024. He was supported by his wife Kathy Hou and daughter Sarah. Victor selected Camberwell Rotary on the basis of an assessment of its programs and activities on our website. He holds a Master of Engineering and brings a wealth of professional experience with over 28 years in the IT sector working with a number of international companies. His currently manages a venture investment and property management business. We look forward to his contribution and leadership in the future.
Each year Boroondara council invites the general public to attend the Volunteer Expo to meet a range of volunteer organisations. On 20 March 2024, a large number of volunteer groups were represented from midday at the Arts Centre providing information to all who attended.
As was the case last year, Rotary Camberwell attended the Expo to seek volunteers for the Camberwell Art Show. 
Murray Anderson (left) spent considerable time interacting with those who showed interest which will ultimately result in a good supply of volunteers.
The availability of volunteers provides great support with a range of duties supplementing the work of club members. Mayor Cr Lisa Hollingsworth (left) visited our stall the Expo.
Later that day, she was at the Rotary Camberwell meeting to be inducted as an honorary member.
Rotary Camberwell has a long history of deep connection with the City of Boroondara. Symbolic of this association, is the club’s tradition to invite the mayor as an honorary member. The strong relationship extends over many decades of mutual support which includes the Camberwell Art Show, Boroondara Cares, the Hawthorn Makers, Civic ceremonies, formal club functions and the Volunteer Expo.
We are delighted to have Mayor Cr Lisa Hollingsworth agree to continue this unbroken chain of honorary membership. We look forward to our ongoing collaboration during her current term of office.
Welcome to our newest member Lindy Anderson
 
Lindy was inducted as a member of the Camberwell Rotary Club on 13 March 2023 and is already well known to members as the supportive wife of existing member Murray Anderson.
Given Lindy’s accomplishments as a business owner’s background coupled with nursing, palliative care and Training and Assessment qualifications, the club is definitely the winner.
The alignment of values is without doubt as she demonstrates a long-standing community connection such as supporting Very Special Kids, setting up the Kew Trader’s Group, being part of the Boroondara Family Network, as well as her ongoing vocation as Justice of the Peace. 
On a personal level, Lindy is known for bringing passion, enthusiasm and commitment in all she does. Lindy already has a deep sense of ‘Service Above Self’. Members of the club agree she will be a fabulous Rotarian.
Susie Lachal - running water project | LinkedInSusie Lachal from Running Water Project was the club guest speaker on 13 March 2024.​ From 2005, efforts have focussed on Cambodia, to rebuild its educational system from bottom to top.  Cambodian teachers in small villages and cities have been supported through teacher education, professional development, curriculum development as well as improved classroom amenities resulting in increased school retention, particularly for girls.
Since 2009, Susie has had a long-standing relationship with the Camberwell Rotary Club partnering to assist government schools in Kampong Thom, Cambodia. The work is centered on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) combined with Menstrual Health Management (MHM) for around 14,500 students, 350 teachers across 60 schools. Before and after the classroom upgrade above.
On a beautiful afternoon of Wednesday 6 March 2024, around 470 guests attended a delightful lunch for the Myeloma’s Greatest Call Long Lunch.
Myeloma Australia is proud to be partnering with three prominent Australians who have all been touched by myeloma in some way - Sandy Roberts, Frankie J. Holden OAM and the Hon Dr Denis Napthine AO.  Through their profiles they all strive to build a deeper understanding of myeloma in our community and driven to support the pathway to a cure.
As a legendary sports commentator, Myeloma ambassador Sandy Roberts was central amongst the well-known sports media personalities who provided support to their much-loved friend and colleague, as they hosted and delivered very witty entertainment and inspiring Myeloma stories.
Amongst those was the story of our own member, Adrian Campbell who was discharged from hospital the day before to attend the lunch.
 
The Camberwell Rotary Club occupied two tables at the event, and all agreed it was truly a transformative experience.
 
My Greatest Walk is an annual community event of Myeloma Australia, was held on Sunday 3 March 2024 to raise funds and awareness of Myeloma. Around 50 members and friends walked including two of whom have Myeloma, as well as Hayley Beer, Support Nurse with Myeloma Australia, all came to support the walk, our member Adrian Campbell and Myeloma Australia.
Coinciding with the Glenferrie Festival, the walk started at the Hawthorn Town Hall where the monthly (the first Sunday of each month) Camberwell Rotary Club Hawthorn Makers Market was showcased.
In excess of $4,000 was raised while members enjoyed the food and coffee offerings of the festival. Thank you to all those who attended and donated.
 
A club meeting was held on 28 February at the RIMERN warehouse in Brunswick. Suzie Cole, Prahan Rotarian who the key lead of the initiative provided a comprehensive tour of the facility.   
RIMERN is a multi-club Rotary project operating in Inner Melbourne, providing furniture, appliances and homewares to welfare agency clients who are experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, post-incarceration, refugee displacement and other crises. 
 
President Mel Tucker of Mildura-Deakin Rotary welcomed the visiting Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program (ROMP) team from Camberwell Rotary on 21 February 2024 to build stronger club relationships with the potential of participating in the program.
 
Left to Right - PP Gary Klippel (Mildura-Deakin), Don Jago OAM, President Mel Tucker (Mildura-Deakin), Peter Allen OAM, Jim O’Hara and Trish O’Hara OAM
Meeting Information
Welcome to Camberwell Rotary
We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Canterbury Centre, Conochie Hall
2 Rochester Road
Canterbury, VIC 3126
Australia
We generally hold our weekly Dinner Meetings at Conochie Centre. We also meet at other interesting locations, please check Upcoming Events list. Visitors and guests are always welcome. We meet at 6:00 for a 6:30pm start and finish 8:00pm.
We are a socially active club of over 50 members passionate about our local and international community. Our charities are funded by the iconic annual Camberwell Art Show, the unique, monthly Hawthorn Makers Market and other activities. We thrive on the efforts of our professional, diverse, and inclusive club members’ dedicated service.
RIMERN
 
RIMERN is a multi-club Rotary project in Inner Melbourne, providing donated furniture, appliances and homewares to welfare agency clients who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, refugee displacement, release from jail and other crises. www.rimern.org.au
Nearly every client asks for a fridge and washing machine, if we could source more, we could distribute more... but these numbers show just how much work our volunteers have done, collecting, cleaning, testing, assembling and seeing the orders out the door! Thanks everyone, our current volumes are higher still....
Upcoming Events
Speakers
Ann Petropoulos - Flicker of Hope
May 15, 2024 6:30 PM
Shining a Light on Neurofibromatosis

Neurofibromatosis ("NF") is a genetic disorder that causes tumours, blindness, disfigurement, cancer, epilepsy and learning difficulties including autism. One in 2500 people are affected. There is no cure. Ann will speak about this dreadful disease and share the personal impact this has had and the work that Flicker of Hope are doing.

Huy Truong
May 22, 2024 6:00 PM
Giving refugees a helping hand to become self sustaining
Camberwell Sunday Market - Volunteer Roster
Click here to see the Roster for April 2024: CSM Signup List
The Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program
The Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program (ROMP), began in 2019 as a special program to mark the Centenary of Rotary in Australia in 2021. Camberwell Rotary Club joined with Myeloma Australia, the only myeloma specific charity in Australia, to build awareness of myeloma and Rotary Club support for myeloma patients and their families living in regional and remote Victorian communities. Today ROMP is supported by up to twenty regional Rotary Clubs across five Rotary Districts and a growing list of cancer treatment centres.
ROMP’s focus is to provide regional nursing scholarships. The scholarship is offered to select registered nurses employed in rural and regional cancer centres or clinics in Victoria to complete a Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing at Melbourne University. The scholarship is funded by participating Rotary clubs, their communities and sponsors. With growing support, the ROMP vision for several more scholarships seem very achievable.
 
What is Myeloma?
Myeloma, also called Multiple Myeloma, is a type of blood cancer that affects the inside of the bone marrow. It attacks the immune system causing fatigue and can lead to frequent infections.  Only half of all people diagnosed with myeloma survive beyond five years. There is no cure for myeloma. ‘We are tackling myeloma - and all cancers - in regional Victoria, one Rotary Club and one nurse at a time.' For more information see the Myeloma Australia website https://myeloma.org.au/