Volume 67 | Issue 20 |  21 November 2022

We gather together on the lands of the traditional custodians, the Wurundjeri and Woi Wurrung people. We pay our respects to all of Melbourne’s First Peoples, to their ancestors and Elders, and to our shared future together.


David McNamara, CEO of Foodbank Victoria addressed the club last week as our guest speaker. Camberwell Rotary Club was heavily involved in Foodbank’s beginnings and continue to support their work. David was a former Chef prior to his role at Foodbank. He expressed the importance of sharing a family meal as crucial for family connection and social interaction. This is reflected in other settings including at our club dinner meetings.
Foodbank’s role was magnified during the challenging times of the pandemic. Under David’s leadership, Foodbank secured healthy food supplies donations directly from its primary source and as a result provided support to the needs of local farmers. Its activities have been responsive and targeted to ensure food reaches the neediest such as overseas students, new arrivals either as displaced people or immigrants as well as asylum seekers in urban and regional areas. In the process, Foodbank pivoted the types of meals and its distribution methods to cater for the community’s ethnic diversity. He also recently led a healthy school breakfast program providing breakfast to 25,000 children across Victoria at 500 of the most disadvantaged primary schools in the state. David impressed us with his warmth, insights, leadership skills, compassion, commitment and passion as the CEO of Foodbank Victoria since July 2013.
As an End Polio Now fundraiser, Justine Paragreen is arranging an exclusive movie viewing of The Lost King on Monday 5 December 2022. A flyer with further details is in this Bulletin. It’ll be a great movie night with dinner to follow. Please support this worthy cause.
Thank you to Nadia Hamilton, Joe Yeh, Patrick Docherty and Andrew Hunter for assisting at the last Camberwell Sunday market.
Next week’s speaker will be Andrew Campbell and his topic is Brain and Hearing Health. This is a topic relevant to everyone. Please register your attendance.
Look forward to seeing you then.
President Rotary Club of Camberwell 2022-23


The “Bert Stevens Apprentice Scholarship” is presented annually and is sponsored by the Vocational Committee of the Rotary Club of Camberwell. It is named in honour of a legendary charter member of our Club.
Bert commenced his distinguished career as an apprentice butcher, and eventually become a leader in the Meat Industry in Victoria.
The scholarship for the Rotary year 2021-2022 was awarded to Ohanes Nanahj, who has just completed his Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology and is entering the final year of his apprenticeship in 2023. His long- term goal is to continue in his chosen field and excel to become an industry leader. Michael Blood, Vocational Committee member, was present at the Awards Dinner and was asked to present the scholarship on behalf of our Club.
Our Rotary Club has been a long time sponsor in the Apprentice area, formerly at Holmesglen TAFE, but more recently at the Box Hill Institute. The Institute is very grateful to all its sponsors for their support of students. These sponsors include the Arnost Family, Clayton Utz, Hesta, The Moke Owners Association of Victoria and the Rotary Clubs of Camberwell, Mont Albert and Surrey Hills, Box Hill Central, Forest Hills and Doncaster.
In coming weeks, Ohanes will come to one of our Club meetings to meet our membership.
End Polio Now Movie Fundraiser - The Lost King
the amazing true story of the rediscovery of Richard III
Join us at 6pm on
Monday 5th December at
Balwyn Cinema
On Sale for $18, or Christmas Plum Pudding for $10.
Wednesday 16th and 23rd November.
Also available at the Hawthorn Makers Market on Sunday 4th November
Rotary Club of Camberwell Christmas Party 2022
Wednesday 14th December
Manningham Hotel, Bulleen
2 course dinner and entertainment

Sunday Market Roster in November



If you have not yet registered for the RI Convention in Melbourne in May 2023, here's how to get the lowest price possible: 


  1. Book as soon as possible and before 15 December, when the cost to register increases by 
  2. US $100
  3. Make sure that you select the option when you come to pay with your credit card (preferred option) that you select AUD from the dropdown menu. This will ensure that you do not pay credit card fees, commissions or incur a poor exchange rate. You will be billed at the "Rotary" exchange rate for that month, which will be better than the rate offered by your credit card provider
  4. In the circumstance that you do need to cancel your booking it will also ensure that you get the best exchange rate on your refund and avoid other costs
  5. If you or your partner or other guest are under the age of 30, you can access a really great registration rate of only US $125!
  6. 5. Children are welcome too for a very nominal fee 

If you are still uncertain about your payment, or if there seems to be no option to pay in AUD choose the payment option of "Pay Later" and then contact the Rotary Office in Sydney at, providing your registration ID so they can assist you to complete the registration. 

Nov 23, 2022
Brain and Hearing Health
Nov 30, 2022
Annual General Meeting
Dec 07, 2022
Fear of Flying and aviation
Dec 14, 2022
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Upcoming Events
Club Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
Nov 23, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Club Dinner Meeting - Annual General Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
Nov 30, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hawthorn Makers Market
Hawthorn Arts Centre
Dec 04, 2022
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Club Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
Dec 07, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Board Meeting
TBA - see Agenda
Dec 07, 2022
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Club Fellowship Meeting - Christmas Party
The Manningham Club
Dec 14, 2022
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Neil Hookey
November 5
Andrew Hunter
November 9
Don Jago OAM
November 23
Phil Young
November 23
Nav Muniratna
November 28
Geoff McCormick
November 30
David Baker
December 1
Yvonne Wills
December 2
Tim Landsberg
December 3
Annie Murphy
December 7
Frank Leigh
December 14
Paul Casha
December 26
Spouse Birthdays
Hong Sa-Ngam
November 9
Angela Pane
November 15
Julie Walmsley
November 26
David Hamilton
December 19
Richard Gray
Helen Gray
November 25
Lyndon Joss
Margaret Joss
December 2
Peter Pratt
Judy Pratt
December 4
Don Jago OAM
Margery Jago
December 12
Alan Lorenzini
Andrea Lorenzini
December 18
Join Date
Kemi Shobowale
November 6, 2019
3 years
Patrick Docherty
November 24, 2010
12 years
Michael Mullins
December 1, 1985
37 years
Graeme Hope
December 10, 2003
19 years
Jane Addis
December 15, 2021
1 year
Andrew Hunter
December 31, 1999
23 years
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