Volume 67 | Issue 40 | 15 May 2023

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.


The Camberwell Art Show (CAS) is fast approaching with paintings submissions closing on Monday 22 May 2022. It was fitting that last week’s meeting was dedicated to host and thank our main CAS sponsors. Their financial contribution significantly impacts the success of the Art Show.
Our sincere thanks go to the following sponsors who attended our club meeting:
  • Bendigo Bank, Community Bank at Canterbury, Ashburton, Surrey Hills and Balwyn
  • Ian Reid, Vendor Advocates
  • Twelve Bottles, distributor of fine wines
  • Davies Bakery, 5th generation family bakers
  • Penfolds Motors, Audi and Mazda car dealership
  • Lend Lease, lifestyle and retirement property developers
The sponsors addressed the club and it was gratifying to hear that they chose our Art Show for their worthy support. To show our appreciation, it would great if members would consider their services ahead of their competitors.
Sponsors from Lendlease and Bendigo Bank enjoy Wednesday's meeting.
The multi-club RICON (Rotary International Convention) dinner on Monday 29 May is a complete sell-out. 229 guests will gather at the Kooyong Tennis Club Centre including 100 international Rotarians. Our thanks go to the planning committee who spend many hours to deliver what will be a memorable experience for all. Special thanks to our club representative on the working group, Vice President and Fellowship Chair Patrick Docherty.
Thank you to members who assisted at the Sunday market on 21 May - Alan Lorenzini, David Troon and Patty Laufenberg.
The next club meeting will be on Wednesday 24 May. The guest speaker will be Aviv Palti, PE of the Passport Club. The topic will be an overview of a Cambodian educational program and the participation of a team of Rotaractors. Undoubtedly, this will be an informative as well as inspirational presentation.
Look forward to seeing you then.
President Rotary Club of Camberwell 2022-23
What's Next for the Regionalisation Pilot

Following financial approval from the Rotary International Board, the Regionalisation Pilot Establishment teams are now heading full speed towards pilot establishment.  You can now read the Executive Summary that was provided to the RI Board as part of the business case.

Clubs will have opportunities to provide feedback as we establish and test new processes throughout the pilot. 

What are we trying to achieve through the Regionalisation Pilot?

The aim of the Regionalisation Pilot is to develop a new regional governance structure to transform Rotary and Rotaract in Zone 8, helping clubs strengthen and grow with more intensive and specialised support that addresses their unique needs. We anticipate the direct benefits to clubs will include:
  • A stronger, unified Rotary image and brand
  • Greater opportunities for collaboration and partnerships
  • Greater efficiency, reduced duplication and reduced costs
  • Greater capacity for clubs to adapt to meet the specific needs, circumstances and cultural aspects of their geographic area
  • More direct access to the best resources from across Zone 8 to support clubs to achieve their goals
Over 100 Rotarians and Rotaractors from across Zone 8 are currently working in Pilot Establishment Teams (PETs) focused on the following areas:
  • Service and Strategy: strategic growth, reach and impact, strategic programs, and the transfer of functions from Districts to the Regional Council
  • Corporate and Administration: Regional Council elections, Rotary Specialist Networks, community groups, legal entities, and structures and financials
  • Public Image and Partnerships
  • Membership
  • Communications and IT
  • The Rotary Foundation
  • Learning and Development and Events
  • Pilot Communications
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Where are we currently at?

It is now time to start sharing and testing our work with clubs and members.

As we trial, test and evaluate models and processes throughout the pilot, we anticipate tweaks will be needed to better support clubs. For this reason, we have set up an independent Monitoring and Evaluation Team to work in conjunction with PETs.
The working model currently has three main pillars:

  • A central Regional Council that will have functions progressively transferred to it that will look after Zone governance. This will be a group of Rotarians and Rotaractors elected to two year roles by their fellow members.
  • Community Leaders, elected Rotarians or Rotaractors, who will work with a group of clubs.  This role will encourage collaboration between clubs and beyond, and support clubs to strengthen and grow.
  • Specialist Networks focused directly on supporting clubs and their initiatives. This includes our valuable Rotary International staff and coordinator group.
Look out for more information coming on these roles, and how you can get involved. Consultation is integral to the pilot process. There will be ongoing opportunities for clubs and members to give input, in addition to Governor engagement, which has been intensive over the last 6 months.

We hope this provides insight into the work that has been happening over the last few months. You can continue having your say by visiting or emailing us directly at 


Ingrid Waugh, Zone 8 Regionalisation Pilot Steering Group Chair
Lendlease Community Connect Event 

Please support our Sponsors who support our Art Show. Come along this Friday for cheese, wine and a chance to look at the Menzies property. No charge, but Registration is required for planning purposes.

And remember if we get more than 12 attending, Lend Lease will reward us with a $500 gift card.

So click on the link in your email from Murray to attend or decline.

Event: Lend Lease Community Connect Event
Date: May 26, 2023 12:30 PM - May 26, 2023 2:00 PM
Location: Menzies Malvern
1306 High Street
Malvern, VIC Australia
An opportunity for talented youth
Since 2006, the Education Chances Foundation has raised over $1.3 million and awarded almost 1,200 scholarships. We remain committed to reducing the impact of financial and social disadvantage on the education achievements and wellbeing of talented and committed students between 12 – 25 years living in Boroondara.

In case you are willing and able to support more talented students in Boroondara to reach their potential, here is the link to make a tax-deductible gift online.

Rotary Convention Club Hosting Dinner at Kooyong

Volunteer Briefing Session via Zoom

Great news! We have just about sold out for our special Rotary Convention 2023 Club Hosting Evening on May 29th. The Convention Host Organising Committee has allocated two busloads of conventioneers to our event, a total of 100 guests. Locally we have sold 121 tickets so far to our club members and their guests, leaving just seven to go before our event is a complete sell-out. With 230 people for dinner there should be quite a buzz in the room!

Thank you to those who have volunteered to help make our guests feel welcome. To make sure every volunteer knows what is expected of them on the evening, a series of volunteer position guides have been developed and a special Volunteer Briefing Session via Zoom scheduled. Please read through the position guides, which can be accessed and downloaded via the links below. Then, if you would further clarification about what is planned and what is expected, please attend the Zoom briefing session on May 25th.


Position Guides


Volunteer Briefing Session via Zoom

Date: Thursday May 25th 2023
Time: 7:00pm - 7:45pm
If you haven't done so already, please register for the meeting via the link below. There are only nine places left!


RICON23 End Polio Now Walk
Friday 26 May 2023
Melbourne is renowned for its beautiful parks, gardens and walking trails. Join us on the afternoon of Friday 26 May to enjoy an easy walk from Federation Square, in the centre
of the city, along beautiful St Kilda Road, past many city landmarks, to the Rotary Peace Park.
The 2.5 km (1.5 mile) Walk will enable us to raise awareness of Rotary’s number one humanitarian priority – the global eradication of poliomyelitis. Don’t forget to bring your red End Polio Now shirt.
Photo opportunities will abound.


Our District Governor Amanda Wendt wants to make a BIG DIFFERENCE during the 2023 Rotary International Convention.
How? By conducting the biggest ever FORaMEAL Packing Event in Fed Square on Saturday 27th May, with 15 packing tables set up. Amanda hopes to pack 100,000 meals, which will be going to people affected by the disaster in Ukraine, Turkey and Syria. To do this we hope to attract over 1,000 members of the public to work in one hour blocks from 10am to 4pm to pack the meals.
All D9800 Clubs are being asked for volunteers to help with Bump In, Bump Out or to act as Supervisors during the packaging. Click on the link below for more information and to volunteer:


If you are attending Rotary International Convention (RICON) 2023 in Melbourne, Australia, 27-31 May, don’t miss the many environmental activities taking place in the week prior to the Convention and during the convention itself. You can follow all the events on the ESRAG RICON website.


RICON23 Official Club Hospitality event



Upcoming Events
Camberwell Sunday Market
Market Place Carpark
May 21, 2023
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Club Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
May 24, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Lend Lease Community Connect Event
Menzies Malvern
May 26, 2023
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Camberwell Sunday Market
Market Place Carpark
May 28, 2023
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
RI Convention Visitor Hosting Dinner
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
May 29, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Camberwell Sunday Market
Market Place Carpark
Jun 04, 2023
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hawthorn Makers Market
Hawthorn Arts Centre
Jun 04, 2023
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Club Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
Jun 07, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Camberwell Sunday Market
Market Place Carpark
Jun 11, 2023
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Club Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
Jun 14, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Peter Allen OAM
May 3
Gary Goldsmith
May 5
Ian McMillan
May 5
Steve Clarke
May 9
Michelle Critchley
May 10
Anita Bejerano
May 17
Michele Bucoy
May 17
Teresa Molella
May 18
Geoff Heath
May 19
Spouse Birthdays
Jo Troon
May 13
Greg Watson
June 2
Judy Pratt
June 2
Bernadette Blood
June 14
Fulvia de Souza
June 30
John Innes
June 30
Join Date
Annie Murphy
May 1, 1990
33 years
John Steven
May 1, 1979
44 years
Neil Hookey
May 1, 1989
34 years
Ian McMillan
May 18, 2010
13 years
Fabienne Nichola
May 28, 2008
15 years
Joe Yeh
May 29, 2019
4 years
Christopher Carra
June 1, 1995
28 years
Geoff Heath
June 1, 1983
40 years
John Walmsley
June 1, 1982
41 years
Michele Bucoy
June 9, 2021
2 years
Jeevan Vasimalla
June 10, 2009
14 years
Nadia Hamilton
June 15, 2022
1 year
Trish O'Hara OAM
June 15, 2022
1 year
Brenda Innes
June 17, 2015
8 years
Steve Clarke
June 20, 2012
11 years
Justine Paragreen
June 30, 2010
13 years
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