Volume 68 | Issue 18 | 1st November 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.


Meeting at Tesoro Gastronomia on 1 November 2023
The meeting of 1 November 2023 was a social meeting at Teroso Gastromia Restaurant in Balwyn North. It was supported by more than 40 members, their spouses and three guests. Members enjoyed generous servings of authentic Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert and faultless hospitality. Thanks to Patrick Docherty and his team for a great night. Thank you also to members who assisted hosting three prospective members.
The restaurant is owned by two brothers, both Italian, and they donate 100% of their profits to local charities or to sponsor the Arts and community projects. Below is a quote from their website outlining the reason for their generosity:
‘As a collective, we recognise that our parents and grandparents sacrificed to give our generation the gifts of opportunity and prosperity; so, Tesoro was created in their honour to pay their legacy forward.’
Other Notes
At the previous meeting of 25 October 2023, members provided their input for the Regionalisation trial Community groups and their selection of candidates for the Regionalisation Council. Both have been submitted within the cut-off date.
Next week the club meeting will return to the Conochie Centre. The guest speaker will be Nikko Riazi, Chair of Education CHANCES Scholarship Program. Helen Worladge OAM, the Founder and Dior Meaney Liu, a past recipient, will also be attending the meeting.
The Education CHANCES Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students who live or study in Boroondara and whose families are experiencing financial hardship. For further information see:
A number of prospective members will also be in attendance and again I hope you can extend the usual warm Rotary hand of friendship to them.
Let’s work together, to take action to create hope in the world and in our local communities.
Have a great week in Rotary and see you all on 15th November.
Fabienne Nichola
Vice President 2023-4
On behalf of President George de Souza
Social Night at Tesoro Gastronomia 
Members, their spouses and three guests enjoyed a lovely Italian meal at Teroso Gastronomia on Wednesday 1 November 2023.
Left: Members Adrian Campbell and Graeme Hope being acquainted with prospective member Peter Niemandt.
Left: two lively tables of 43 enjoying the Italian hospitality.
In the foreground, right are two prospective members Jessica Wat and Darren Li from Biggin Scott real estate in mid conversation with members opposite Richard O'Brien and Neil Hookey.
Melbourne Cup Sweepstakes - Here's Your Horse (if you are lucky!)
At the Hawthorne Makers Market last Sunday, horses were drawn for Members in the Camberwell Rotary Club Melbourne Cup Sweepstakes.
Members were assigned horses by random draw, all under the watchful eye of PDG Don Jago to ensure fairness, and the attached document shows the 24 lucky ones! Now you have something to cheer on tomorrow.
Patrick Docherty advises there are prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last. Prize winners will be announced at this Wednesday's meeting.
Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program - Two Nursing Scholarships awarded
President George de Souza announced the two successful candidates for the 2023 cancer nursing scholarships recently awarded.
The ROMP Scholarships for the 2024 academic year were gratefully accepted by registered nurses Eva Gauci (left) of Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre in Shepparton and Karla Mc Broom (right) of The Border Cancer Hospital in Albury-Wodonga.
The Camberwell Rotary Club’s long running ROMP is conducted in collaboration with Myeloma Australia, the only myeloma specific charitable organisation in Australia and with the support of many regional Rotary Clubs.
RIMERN Update - Happy and Grateful Client
These are photos sent from another very happy and grateful client, very excited to be finally setting up a home and a new life! Sadly we couldn’t supply a bed base because we are always struggling to meet all our clients needs. Please think of us if you or someone you know is downsizing!!
2024 Camberwell Art Show
Following a lot of behind the scenes work by Job Oppy and his Art Show Committee, dates have now been locked in for the 2024 Camberwell Art Show: Sat 22 - Sun 30 June at Swinburne University (ATC Building). The Gala Opening is on Friday 21st June.
Further details, artist entry arrangements etc will be announced shortly.
Volunteers Needed: Bunnings Sausage Sizzle - Saturday 11 November
Your help is needed! Volunteers are required for the following event. Click on HERE to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle - Saturday 11 November
Nov 11, 2023 at 8:00 AM - Nov 11, 2023 at 4:00 PM
Nadia Hamilton 0416 307 478
Bunnings Hawthorn
230 Burwood Road
Hawthorn, VIC Australia
Fellowship Meeting - Christmas Party
Fellowship Meeting - Christmas Party
Dec 12, 2023 6:00 PM - Dec 12, 2023 9:00 PM
Studley Grounds
121 Studley Park Road
Kew, VIC Australia
Please joins us for the final meeting of the year on TUESDAY 12 December to celebrate the Festive Season. Price includes a lovely festive 2 course dinner, with entertainment by an international Music Ensemble. Early bookings are a must.
ClubRunner Corner - October - CSM Roster

Camberwell Sunday Market - Volunteer Roster

Have you ever wondered which Sunday you have been allocated to? Can't find the email from Alan?
Then look no further! This new widget has been added to both our website Home Page - it's at the bottom of the right-hand column, right under the 3 most recent Bulletins. And it will be in each Bulletin as well. Just click on the blue "CSM Signup List" link. It's that simple - try it!
Murray Anderson



November 2023
5th November
Geoff Heath/ Brenda Innes
Nadia Hamilton/ Nav Muniratna
12th November
Alan Lorenzini/ Daya Govender
Patty Laufenberg/ Geoff McCormick
19th November
Patrick Docherty/ Fabienne Nichola
Rick Westcott/ Gary Goldsmith
26th November
Michael Blood/ Steve Clarke
David Troon/ Murray Anderson
Updated 30 October 2023


With an incredible line-up of talented local students and artists, this is the local Christmas event to unite people across our community. What’s more, we’ll be sharing wonderful stories of hope, dignity and transformation from residents of Servants Community Housing, people who have escaped homelessness to find safe housing and loving community right here in Boroondara.

Click HERE to get your tickets!!  
RYLA District 9800 - Committee chairperson expressions of interest
Jess Wheeler-Thomas is relinquishing her post as Chairperson of RYLA D9800. Below are details for any members interested in applying for the role:
After 3 years in the chairperson role I will be stepping down following the December program due to family commitments and am looking for someone who is interested in learning the role with a view to take over from me for the 2024 program. Click here to see role descriptions and here to express your interest or contact me via email ( Please share with others in your clubs who you think might be interested.
Jess Wheeler-Thomas
RYLA District 9800 Committee

Friday 12 to Sunday 14 April 2024 in Bendigo

To book, go to:


Deb and I invite you to join us at the District Conference in Bendigo.  

This is a wonderful opportunity for Rotarians to get together in-person, and enjoy all things Rotary. What a brilliant way for Rotarians to network while hearing from guest speakers and experiencing all that Bendigo and the surrounding area has to offer.




Ulumbarra Theatre, 10 Gaol Rd, Bendigo

The Ulumbarra Theatre is a 953-seat theater in Bendigo, Victoria.  It opened in 2015 and is located on the site of the Sandhurst Goal which closed in 2004.


A variety of accommodation options are available for all budgets.
For more information, please click on the following link: Rotary D9800 Conference Accommodation - Bendigo & Heathcote (


A Showcase area will be available for the display of Rotary projects for the benefit of the conference attendees to enjoy.
Further information will be available shortly.

About Bendigo

From its grand historic buildings that sprouted up during the gold boom to its famous potteries and growing food scene, there is a lot to love about this regional city.

Experience the contrasts of Bendigo, a city with a vibrant arts hub and world-class food and wine scene, rich gold-rush history, grand architecture and magnificent gardens. Sample stunning contemporary cuisine in historic buildings. Admire modern art in venues new and old, and explore the city's fascinating history at museums, gardens and galleries. When exploring Bendigo, you're visiting the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung People.

Rotary D9800 Conference - Bendigo & Heathcote (

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Neil Hookey
November 5
Andrew Hunter
November 9
Daya Govender
November 16
Don Jago OAM
November 23
Phil Young
November 23
Nav Muniratna
November 28
Geoff McCormick
November 30
Spouse Birthdays
Hong Sa-Ngam
November 9
Julie Walmsley
November 26
Join Date
Kemi Shobowale
November 6, 2019
4 years
Patrick Docherty
November 24, 2010
13 years
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