Volume 68 | Issue 10 | 11th September 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.


On Wednesday 6th September we had our first Club Assembly for the year and heard from our service chairs Michael Blood (Youth & Vocation) standing in for Adrian Campbell, Chris Carra (International) and Jo-Anne Tamlyn (Community) who gave us an update on potential activities over the coming year.
There are many irons in the fire, and I look forward to the “One New Project” as requested from each of the service chairs.
Graeme Hope also provided an update on the Hawthorn Makers Market for the 2022/2023 year. Graeme also rightly pointed out that the market does make a significant contribution to our Charity funds. Graeme also advised that a replacement needs to be found for Teresa Molella who has co-ordinated this market for several years and would welcome interest from any members.
On a sad note, I announced that one of our former members Gordon Duxbury (member for 34 years) passed away on the 31st August 2023. Gordon was ninety-six years of age.
Gordon in life was a Senior Partner in a Law firm, company chairman and director and leader in the formation of Guide Dog Association Victoria. He has been honoured with an OAM, Gold Medal Community Service Award and was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
The Funeral Service to Celebrate the life of Mr. Gordon William Duxbury OAM will be held in the Le Pine Chapel, 741 High Street, Kew East on Wednesday 13th September 2023 at 2:00 PM.
Some reminders are:
  • 13th September – Gayle Smerdon – Management Coach – “Overcoming Overwhelm”
  • 20th September – Brett Careedy – “Technology and a Changing World”
  • 27th September – AFL Grand Final Fellowship Night, Blue Thai Restaurant
  • 4th October – Annual General Meeting
Let’s work together, to take action to create hope in the world and in our local communities.
Have a great week in Rotary
Youth and Vocation
Michael Blood advised that Adrian Campbell (Service Chair Youth & Vocation) is very conscious of seeking opportunities in our local area. As a result, meetings have been held with Di Gillies (Boroondara Councillor, Board Member Camberwell High School, and former Rotarian), Hamant Kokularupan (Executive Director of Student Experience) and Amy Whitehead (Director of Marketing) Box Hill Institute and Maureen Salter (Principal of Camberwell High School).
Our Club will continue to provide welfare support as per last year to assist needy students with basic school needs such as books, excursions etc and Maureen Salter will address our Club in the near future.
Di Gillies has alerted the committee to a Mock Interview Programme run by the Hawthorn Rotary Club at Auburn High School. Di Gillies and Michael Blood are to attend two separate sessions of Interviews at Auburn High School next week with a view too implementing the same programme at Camberwell high School in the future. Camberwell High School will assist us with providing a suitable candidate for RYPEN to be held at Camp Getaway from 27/10/23 to 29/10/23.
RYLA - is to be held at Camp Getaway from Dec 2nd to Dec 9th. There are currently two people nominated for selection. The Box Hill Institute will promote RYLA and approaches have been made to the Rochester Rotary Club to see if assistance is required to fund a young person from their district given the ongoing impact of last year’s floods.
Members were remined to participate in providing candidates in the 18/25-year bracket for consideration. Nominations close on November 10th, 2023.
RYPEN - The committee has approved the nomination of Matilda McMillan to attend the camp this year at a cost of $300.
CHANCES Education Scholarships in Boroondara - A speaker will address the Club on Wednesday 8th of November. An assessment will be made post the presentation.
Through discussions with Camberwell High School, it is noted that there are forty-four students on these scholarships presently in the school. The Chances program aims to close the gap on educational attainment by providing financial scholarships to talented and motivated young people experiencing financial hardship. Students receive $1650 in their first year and $1100 in subsequent years for items including textbooks, stationery, uniforms, camps, excursions, computers, musical instruments, travel cards and tuition costs.
Box Hill Institute (BHI) - The two Bert Stevens apprentice Scholarships for this calendar year have been funded. The winners will be announced in early November 23.
There have been discussions with BHI around having a Club Meeting at the Fountain`s Restaurant which is run and serviced by the Hospitality students. A date in late February/early March 24 has been proposed. A presentation at the club meeting or Fountains restaurant by BHI is also being considered.
Chris Carra highlighted the potential projects that the committee will consider as outlined below:
Past projects:
  • The Wash Project in East Timor
  • The Running Water project in Vietnam
  • Sue Gray’s work in Vietnam
  • Monash Medical students TeaMMed to Nepal
  • Siem Reap Rotaract sponsorship in Cambodia
New projects including:
  • Computers to East Timor in conjunction with St Vinnies
  • Malaria prevention in Pacific
  • Support to South African schools
  • Drinking water UV sterilization possibly in conjunction with Siem Reap
  • Conceptual projects in Sri Lanka and Mauritius
  • World Bicycle Relief
  • Potential twin primary school arrangement with Camberwell UK through local cricket club
Of the above the one most likely to proceed in the near term is the computers to East Timor as it will require only $600 from the budget for purchasing 10 desktops from DIK with freight covered by St Vinnies.
The rest will undergo more formal evaluation and will likely require Board approval due to the size of the funding requests.
Jo-Anne Tamlyn provided the following update:
Bunnings BBQ - inherited from last year’s committee with member Nadia Hamilton taking a lead role. In reality a Club activity - fund raising, fellowship, fun but not Community Service. Request for all members to support future barbeques.
RIMERN – Camberwell is a member of the consortium of Rotary Clubs with interest in seeing the ongoing success of the project. This requires both a manpower and financial commitment. Currently this is being met through volunteers Phil Young / David Troon / Jo-Anne Tamlyn and a $5k contribution towards running costs which is a budget item.
FORaMEAL - Have booked a night of packing for early 2024 (earlier spots being kept for schools). This will be a fellowship as well as community service night. $4K from the budget has been set aside to pay for ingredients, materials, and shipping costs.
Food for Refugees - Program coordinated by Steve Clarke who this week delivered another car boot load of donations to Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in the name of Rotary Club of Camberwell. Substantial show of hands supporting putting a donation box at back of the room each week. Jo-Anne to follow up with Steve Clarke.
Future avenues to be discussed by committee include Camp Getaway, investigating the local welfare agencies (St Vinnies, Camcare, Little Things Community) and other Rotary initiatives operating in Boroondara area.
PS: At the meeting that followed, each committee member was tasked with investigating a welfare agency and reporting back by/at the October meeting. All unanimous that selection will be based on philosophy that any project/ program committed to will require a willingness of members to have an involvement - that is, not purely cheque writing projects.
The committee welcomes suggestions from Club members who see a community need in the local area.
A Research Project into Ageing Well
Chloe Waddell a PhD Candidate – Psychology at the Federation University Australia is conducting a survey into what is involved in “Ageing Well”. If you are willing to help, please complete the survey at the link below.
Save the date - Fellowship Night
Our next club fellowship night is the September Soiree
@ Blue River Thai Restaurant
239 Canterbury Road Canterbury
Wednesday 27th September 6.15pm start
$40 per person for a banquet dinner, drinks & fellowship
Booking details to be available soon!!
Save the date - Christmas Party
Our Christmas Party
@ Studley Grounds in Kew
Tuesday 12th December 6pm -10pm
$70 per person for a lovely festive 2 course dinner including canapes on arrival
An international Musical Ensemble will be performing
Booking details to be available in November!!
Patrick Docherty
M: 0409 216 617
We’ll it seemed that way at the Hawthorn Makers Market on Sunday 3rd September. There was plenty on offer for those with a penchant for sweet tasties. Such as gourmet chocolates or marshmallow in a cone with hundreds & thousands… and more (see pics). And for those looking for a scrumptious Tomato Relish recipe, Simone from Crisp Produce & Preserves shared her handcrafted recipe at two free Market workshops (see pic).
Although a little quieter being Father’s Day, the range of handcrafted wares available for purchase was astonishing. Even fully lined, colourful ‘Chook Bags’ (for adults & kids) made from repurposed chicken/bird seed sacks (see pic).
When did you last drop in for a peek at our Market?
It’s a major contributor to our Club’s charity account and well worth a visit. There’s plenty of free parking (council parking at rear) plus quality barista made coffee and mouthwatering pastries or crepes to devour whilst perusing our 45 or so stallholders. You just never know what you might discover. Best of all, as we approach the Festive Season, our upcoming Hawthorn Makers Markets (Sun 1st October, Sun 6th November and Sun 3rd December are guaranteed to deliver handmade happiness.   
David Baker


September 2023
3rd Sept
Jeevan Vasimalla/ Brenda Innes
Fabienne Nichola/ Rick Westcott
10th Sept
Steve Clarke/ Lyndon Joss
Patty Laufenberg/ Murray Anderson
17th Sept
Alan Lorenzini/ Nadia Hamilton
David Troon/ Geoff McCormick
24th Sept
Gary Goldsmith/ Patrick Docherty
Michelle Critchley/ Gary Goldsmith
Updated 11 September 2023

Ride for Rotary in India - January 2024

Dear Rotarian,

Greetings from RID 3181!

As you might be aware, RID 3181 organizes an International Motorcycle Ride / Drive event - Ride for Rotary, in India. The aim of the event is to promote International fellowship and exchange of Rotary views.
The last 7 editions of the event have been an overwhelming success. More than 150 participants from 18 different countries have attended the event and have had wonderful experiences to take back home.
The proceeds from this event go to The Rotary Foundation. We have contributed close to $150,000 to TRF from the last 7 editions.
This year’s event will be held from 5th to 20th January, 2024. The 15 days event will start-off from Udaipur (India) and can either be a motorcycle ride, or a four wheeler drive.
The ride will cover multiple Rotary Districts and many Rotary Clubs. Route map will be - Udaipur - Ahmedabad - Statue of Unity - Surat - Nashik - Pune - Kolhapur - Goa - Mysore

Below are the Event Highlights:

  • "Ride for Rotary" is an event involving motorcycle riding and four-wheeler driving across India.
  • This initiative is organized by Rotary District 3181 to support and strengthen The Rotary Foundation while celebrating Rotary Fellowship.
  • The journey will encompass visits to various Rotary Clubs, insights into Rotary Projects, enjoyable fellowships, and opportunities to meet new people.
  • Participants will have the chance to experience diverse cultures, cuisines, and lifestyles along the route.
  • Cultural activities and a Gala Dinner will be featured throughout the journey.
  • Accommodation will be provided in 3-star hotels or higher.
  • The meticulously planned route will showcase diverse landscapes, including palaces, beaches, hill stations, temples, and churches, covering approximately 1600 km across 5 Indian states.
  • The ride will be supported by medical staff, helpers, mechanics, and support vehicles.
  • A MiniBus will transport participants' luggage.
  • The bike and four-wheeler convoy will be under the guidance of experienced crew members.
  • Participant food and accommodation will be covered only from January 5th to January 20th, 2023 (from 12 noon to 12 noon). Anything before or after these dates must be arranged by participants.

Participation Fee ( Early Bird):

  • For Individual: 3500 USD + 18% Tax
  • For Couple: 5500 USD + 18% Tax
  • Participation Fee includes:
  • For Motorcycle: Food, Stay, Riding gears, Motorcycle with fuel, Flight Ticket (From Goa to Mysore)
  • For 4 Wheeler: Food, Stay, Vehicle with fuel, Flight Ticket (From Goa to Mysore)
We request you to register for this event and make the event a greater success. Please visit our website: for more details
September 30, 2023 will be the last date for Ealry Bird Offer.


Team Ride for Rotary 8

31st Paul Harris Breakfast
On behalf of Rotary Central Melbourne's Foundation Committee, I would like to invite you to the 31st Annual Paul Harris Breakfast.
This annual breakfast has been held since 1992 with all proceeds going to the Rotary Foundation. 
This year we are joined by guest speaker Peter Hitchener OAM, who will be speaking on his career reporting the news.
Peter grew up near a small town in rural southeast Queensland and joined the Nine Network back in 1973. After stints at radio for 4BH Brisbane and the ABC, he joined the ranks as a news anchor for Nine News (1973) presenting the news alongside Brian Henderson and Sir Eric Pearce. He has been presenting the main weeknight bulletin since 1998 after succeeding Brian Naylor. He is always on the move, supporting a number of community organizations, playing golf and following the action of the St Kilda Football Club and Melbourne Storm. Peter was a Victorian Senior of the Year finalist in 2015 and awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2017 "for services to the broadcast media and to the community".
DATE: Tuesday 21st November 2023 
TIME: 7.15am for 7:30-9:00am 
VENUE: The Savoy Hotel - Plaza Ballroom 630 Little Collins St Melbourne VIC 3000
To secure your place at this event, please use the following Humanitix link.
We look forward to hosting you at this hallmark Rotary event. 
For further information feel free to contact me.
Kind regards,
Rotary Central Melbourne - Secretary & Foundation Chair 2023/24
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Michael Mullins
September 5
Christopher Carra
September 14
Fabienne Nichola
September 16
Rick Westcott
September 17
Jon Oppy
September 25
Richard Gray
October 6
Brenda Innes
October 26
Justine Paragreen
October 27
Spouse Birthdays
Evelyn Hunter
October 5
Margaret Joss
October 8
Michael Mullins
Suzanne Mullins
September 9
Jo-Anne Tamlyn
Greg Watson
September 28
Geoff Heath
Heather Heath
October 28
Join Date
Alan Lorenzini
September 1, 1994
29 years
Michelle Critchley
September 8, 2021
2 years
Jo-Anne Tamlyn
September 17, 2008
15 years
Pierre Kriegler
October 3, 1999
24 years
Michael Blood
October 4, 1976
47 years
Adrian Campbell
October 7, 2009
14 years
George de Souza
October 12, 2016
7 years
Andy Chappell
October 21, 2021
2 years
Nav Muniratna
October 26, 2022
1 year
Phil Young
October 28, 2020
3 years
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