Volume 67 | Issue 6 |  15 August 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.


Our last meeting’s guest speaker was Rowan McClean from the Rotary Club of North Balwyn. A Rotarian of 23 years, he held many club and district positions including Club President in 2026/7. Rowan has a long list of project achievements as well many distinguished roles both locally and overseas including Australian First Secretary Commercial, in Jakarta and as a service industries consultant for the United Nations (WTO) in Pakistan, China, The Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.
A recurring theme of Rowan’s accomplishments is his passion and efforts in leading community projects for the most disadvantaged. His current project was the subject of his address ‘Afghan Refugee Assistance’. The project provides much needed household items for recently arrived Afghans fleeing the recent turmoil in their home country. Working closely with existing community leaders, Rowan is making a tangible difference to the lives of these traumatised families seeking peaceful resettlement. Some of the challenges he faces is limited human resources, transport costs and maintaining donated supplies. Members (and their network) are encouraged to donate clothing and other household goods particularly warm jumpers, jackets and bedding. Please contact Rowan if you can assist.
Despite last week’s stimulating presentation, attendance was disappointingly low. This has been an ongoing concern for over 12 months excluding lockdown periods. Rotary no longer has compulsory attendance of all meetings but members are expected to comply with membership requirements. Our Constitution states:
‘A member must…. attend or make up at least 50 percent of regular club meetings… engage in club projects, events, and other activities for at least 12 hours in each half of the year; or achieve a proportionate combination of both...’
Although many members have legitimate reasons for not attending meetings, an email was sent to members highlighting the implications should low attendance persists including:
  • additional cost to the club to meet the catering shortfall due to not meeting minimum numbers
  • limited ability for external caterers or offsite fellowship events
  • it becomes challenging to attract quality speakers
  • it threatens the viability of retaining our current venue
  • new members have limited opportunity to build friendships and learn about Rotary
  • It diminishes our membership value
Please support your club by attending whenever possible.
Thank you to the following members who volunteered at the Camberwell Market as well as the Hawthorn Makers Market last Sunday: Patrick Docherty, Alan Lorenzini, Geoff Heath, Brenda Innes, Sandy and Andy Chappell, Anne Murphy, Michelle Critchley, Teresa Molella, David Baker, Yvonne Wills, Graeme Hope, Patty Laufenberg, Steve Clarke, John and Win De Carro, and Michael Blood.
  1. Meal costs will increase to $35 from next week, 17 August
  2. Please book your attendance for Rotary Club of Balwyn - 50th Anniversary Celebration. Bookings close 22/8. See details below and support the club who enables us to share the Camberwell Sunday market weekly proceeds
  3. Please register for the Melbourne Rotary International Conference (RICON) 2023 if you haven’t already done so
Next week’s guest speakers are past District Governor Peter Frueh and past District Assistant Governor for our Cluster, Casey Tan. These two committed Rotarians have given endless hours of their time to assist with the proposed Rotary Regional Structure. Members will be asked to vote for its acceptance in due course and this is a great opportunity to understand the new structure from its authors. Please support their hard work and learn about what our proposed future regional structure by attending.
Look forward to seeing you then.
President Rotary Club of Camberwell 2022-23
Support Our *Camberwell Art Show* Sponsor
Please join us for an exclusive complimentary event at Menzies Malvern.
Rageism was founded by Paula Nagel & Katherine Baulderstone. Paula was one of the first women on ABC television and, for many years, has mentored women in the workplace. Katherine is a Chartered Accountant. Together, they set about creating makeup to shake up the status quo and developed a range of products specifically with women over the age of 40 in mind.   Enjoy complimentary morning tea and make up tips with an expert representative! Bookings are essential.
DATE: Thursday 25 August 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm
ADDRESS: Menzies Malvern - 1306 High Street Malvern
RSVP BY: Tuesday 23 August 2022 or M 0447 293 702


In contrast to the lousy weather forecast, the Hawthorn Makers Market breezed along nicely on Sunday 7th August with over 500 happy patrons taking in the unexpected sunshine- and opening their wallets for some fancy one-off handmade specialties that make our Market unique.  
There were 50 stallholders on the day with those catering for a ‘sweet tooth’ (2- Castles Bakery, Fernadough Patisserie and Maddy’s Challah) having empty shelves well before closing time. Also encouraging was the increase in visitor donations. We now accept donations by cash or EFTPOS.  Newcomers adding to the variety of quality goods on sale included- Merineo (baby goods), Earthly Creations by Desiree (felted toys, wreaths, etc) and Not Barry (children’s clothes and fancy dress). One of our regular musos, Phil the Accordion Player, strutted his popular stuff taking on requests from onlookers.  Nothing like some toe tapping market music to keep things moving.
With Spring approaching, we’re optimistic attendance will continue to trend upwards. The August Market was a great start.
Our next Hawthorn Makers Market is on Sunday 4th September at the Hawthorn Arts Centre from 10am-3pm.
Our Don Jago caught up with Bill Cleveland from Bill's Shed at our August 7 Hawthorn Makers Market to thank him for his masterful hand work associated with a replacement timber Crucifix for a Jesuit Parish in Railaco, Timor Leste. Bill works with recycled wood only and has previously assisted Don. Bill is a regular stallholder at the Hawthorn Makers Market.
Bookings Close 22 August!
Rotary Club of Balwyn's 50th Anniversary
President David Hobson and the Members of the Rotary Club of Balwyn, invite you and your partner to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Balwyn.
Monday 5th September 2022
6:30pm for 7:00pm
The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong
Dress to Impress
Cost is $70 per person, includes a two course meal
Numbers are limited so early book early.
Click Below to Book
Vote for Ros & RIMERN - Closes 22 August!
Finalists in the Westfield Local Heroes Award
Everyone who's been to the RIMERN warehouse has seen Ros McMaster in action, quietly organising, leading, picking orders, making things hum, so the team nominated Ros in the Westfield Airport West Local Heroes awards and recognition program for making a positive impact to our local community for the work she does with RIMERN.  
After a rigorous assessment process, Westfield have selected Ros to progress to the community voting stage!
Ros is one of 3 finalists and with your support RIMERN hope to take out the $20,000 prize. The public voting for Westfield Local Heroes is open and closes 22nd August.

To vote for Ros McMaster & RIMERN simply click the link below:

You are invited to join the team at the Rotary Club of Eltham as they host the Gala Opening of this year's Eltham Art Show.

The opening will take place at the Eltham Community & Reception Centre, Main Road, Eltham, at 9:30pm on Thursday 1st September.

Click the link below for tickets.

The team at Eltham were particularly helpful during our recent Camberwell Art Show and anyone wishing to assist with their Bump In/Bump out are invited to send their details through to :

Upcoming Speakers
Aug 17, 2022
Rotary District 9800: The New Regional Structure

Chairman: George DeSouza

Peter Frueh held a wide range of executive roles with Telstra and Hewlett Packard before leaving in 2006, when he joined the  Rotary Club of Balwyn and was President in 2011-12. He established an Executive Coaching business Achieve Change.

Peter has three adult children and two grandsons. His wife Anne is also a Rotarian and currently an Assistant Governor in District00.

After serving in several District positions Peter was District Governor of District 9800 in 2017-18. he was a Zone 8 Assistant Rotary Coordinator for 2019-22. Peter's passion in Rotary is enhancing and being part of high performance teams.  This reflects his vocational experience and its application to enhancing Rotary.

Since the Rotary International Board apptroved a petition to form a Regional Organistion in January 2019, Peter has been CoChair of the project with PDG  Ingrid Waugh from District 9920 in Auckland New Zealand. 

Peter will outline what Rotary International is planning to enhance club support and reduce volunteer effort and cost. As CoChair of the Regionalisation project for Zone 8 he will explain how Rotary and Rotaract can be enhanced in Australia, New Zealand and the 14 Pacific Islands that make up Zone 8.


Aug 17, 2022
Rotary District 9800: The New Regional Structure

Chairman: George De Souza 

Casey was inducted into the Rotary Club of Carlton in 1985 and was it's President in 1994-1995.

He has served in various Club and District roles; lately as the Assistant Governor of the Eastside Cluster 2020-2022.

His wife Carolyn is happily retired. Their son is a partner of a global chartered accountancy firm.

Professionally, Casey was a Non-Executive Director of Arthur Anderson and held directorship, or senior management roles with Wesley Mission, BudgetRental, Elders Finance and the Victorian Government.

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Camberwell Sunday Market  | August Roster

Our members rostered at the Camberwell Sunday Market in July earned $2,474.81 for our Charity Account.  A big thank you to everyone.
Upcoming Events
Club Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
Aug 17, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Board Meeting
TBA - see Agenda
Aug 17, 2022
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Camberwell Sunday Market
Market Place
Aug 21, 2022
6:50 AM - 1:00 PM
Club Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
Aug 24, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Warwick Heil
August 3
Jo-Anne Tamlyn
August 9
Jeevan Vasimalla
August 17
Peter Pratt
August 17
Spouse Birthdays
Claire Sanders
August 29
Jon Oppy
Denise Oppy
August 1
Join Date
John Sanders
August 1, 1985
37 years
Patty Laufenberg
August 1, 2018
4 years
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