Volume 65 Issue 45                                                     16th June 2021
President Murray's Musings - 16 Jun 2021
Who else is fed up with COVID restrictions? I certainly am. We were only able to have a maximum of 39 members at this week's meeting (due to the 4m2/person rule), and wasn't it great to meet face-to-face again, however there were many more members who would have liked to attend. This accounted for a record number attending via Zoom.
As this was a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Canterbury, it was my privilege to welcome President Tony Laycock and 7 of his members - and other RC Canterbury members attended via Zoom. The meeting was ably chaired by Canterbury Rotarian Rob Anderson, son of our past Member Peter Anderson.
And didn't we all enjoy the amazing presentation by Victor Perton! I hope those on Zoom were able to hear and see Victor and he moved around the stage and the room. From his Laughter Session, to asking each attendee in turn ""What makes you Optimistic", this was truly a presentation like no other. I was amazed to hear the research into the many benefits of optimism: as Victor says on his website "If optimistic, you will feel healthier.  An optimistic spirit can bring significant benefits, including happiness, joy, active longevity, better health including lower risks of cardiovascular disease, better sleep, greater resilience, stronger relationships and increased self-mastery." I was personally inspired by Victor's infectious optimism and enthusiasm, and I will make sure my answer when asked how I am is something more optimistic than "not bad"! I am sure everyone left the meeting with a smile on their face.
The next meeting is the last of the Rotary Year, and it's an important one: Geoff Heath will speak on the 2021 Camberwell Online Gallery, how it will work, and most importantly, how we all can help to make it a financial success. The joint Board Meeting that was held after last meeting discussed the financial position of the club going forward into the 2021-2022 year, and needless to say, without two consecutive physical Art Shows, there is significant need for the Camberwell Online Gallery to maximise income and minimise costs - and we can all help. Come and hear Geoff tell us how.
At the time of writing, the extra 25 spaces at the Changeover Dinner have sold out, so commiserations to those who still missed out. Unfortunately we are limited by the post-lockdown rules set the the Victorian Government.
A reminder that the Grand Opening of our Centenary Project the Yarra Bank Playground is on 8 August - please put the date in your diary and invite your family and friends, especially those with young children.
So that's it from me (with one more to go!). Let's hope the COVID restrictions are lifted soon, and have a good week in Rotary.
STOP PRESS!!! District changeover change of date
We know you are all aware of the ongoing COVID situation in Melbourne and restrictions on numbers attending functions, and would appreciate that this has made planning for the District Changeover a little challenging.
We want this function to be a celebration of the very different year we have just had, and a chance to look forward to the next Rotary year with as many people as possible in attendance.
Hence, we have moved the District Changeover event to Saturday 10 July.  Same details, same venue, same time.
Thank you to everyone who has already booked.
If you are unable to attend on this new date, or have queries, please contact Jane Pennington on to arrange a refund. 
If you have not yet booked, please do so, and come and celebrate with your Rotary colleagues.  It will be "first in, best dressed" for tickets, as we are unsure what the restrictions will allow us exactly then.  
The invitation is attached with booking detaills.
We both look forward to welcoming you to this wonderful occasion!
Best regards,
RCC Changeover dinner 2021
The Rotary Foundation - Grants seminar -find out how to apply for these with your next project!
Hello everyone,
Please note the upcoming two dates:
  • Thursday June 17 at 7.30pm  or,
  • Sunday June 20 at 3pm
Open to everyone to find out it works and how to qualify our Club for a Foundation Grant
Thank you,
Graeme Hope
Chair Foundation
M 0409967390
Yarra Bank Reserve Playground - Grand Opening
Fun for all the family is planned for the grand opening of the Rotary 100 Playground at Yarra Bank Reserve on August 8th commencing at 12:00pm, with children's entertainment, food and drink and, lots of music on the way to make it a sparkling day.
This Playground redevelopment is an R100 project in conjunction with the City of Boroondara, with the Rotary Clubs of Glenferrie and Camberwell as major contributors, and well as the Rotary Clubs of Canterbury and North Balwyn.
The Playground Opening, featuring the unique Rotary interactive play sculpture, will begin a series of events in Boroondara aimed at raising the profile of Rotary, attracting new members and celebrating 100 years of Doing Good in the World. It is hoped that every Rotarian will bring their families and friends, and especially the little ones, to experience the Grand Opening and the playground. So be sure to spread the word!
The playground will be opened by the Mayor of Boroondara, Cr. Garry Thompson, who will be joined by District Governor Dale Hoy in a ceremony heralding a celebration of the achievements of the past century, and welcoming the start of the next 100 years.
Acknowledging the significance of the Yarra bank area to First Nations peoples, a smoking ceremony and welcome to country is planned, to be offered by the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.
Construction of the new playground at Yarra Bank Reserve is now well advanced, with the Rotary contribution, the unique interactive play sculpture, expected to be installed either this week, or next, depending upon Covid-19 restrictions. The design of the sculpture has included unique features, developed by Benjamin Gilbert at Agency of Sculpture, to enable little arms to row the huge oars that are a key play feature of the sculpture, while protecting little hands and heads from injury. With musical features, water features and some other things never before seen in a play feature, the Yarra Bank Reserve's new playground will delight families for years to some, a fitting tribute and a special gift, from Rotary to the families of Boroondara.
The hull of the canoe is taking shape.  The final version will be polished and burnished
Bring in your musical strings n things!
Hi Rotary Muso's
We are seeking guitars and stringed instruments such as violins for donation to children in Timor l'Este.
Don Jago and the Rotary Club of Camberwell's international committee are arranging for the collection of these for children at the Nossef school in Ralaco, Timor L'este

All sizes, ages and brands gratefully accepted.  Must be in playable condition!!!
Contact Don on 0418 380023 if you have further queries.
Upcoming Events
2021 Camberwell Changeover Dinner
Kew Golf Club
Jun 30, 2021
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Hawthorn Makers Market
Hawthorn Arts Centre
Jul 04, 2021
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Weekly Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall
Jul 07, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
2021 Camberwell Online Gallery
On Line
Jul 09, 2021 – Aug 01, 2021
District 9800 Changeover Lunch
Hyatt Place
Jul 10, 2021
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Camberwell Sunday Market
Camberwell Car Park
Jul 11, 2021
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