Murray's Musings-14 Apr 2021
Last week Lindy and I visited the Hunter Valley and Central Coast regions of NSW to catch up with some old friends, and I continue to be impressed with the number of Rotary signs you see driving into small rural and semi-rural towns, and the number of playgrounds and parks sponsored by local Rotary Clubs. We are truly part of a wonderful well-established volunteer organisation with highly visible examples of good charitable works - and of course many more not-so-visible.
And speaking of well-established, our speaker Richard Blakeman from RC Glenferrie gave an excellent presentation focussed on the Centenary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand. And I extended a special welcome to the group from the Rotary Club of Richmond: President Anna, PE Janice and Rotarians Jo, Melinda and Joan, who came to hear Richard speak.
Richard specifically talked about the joint Eastside/Riverside Cluster joint R100 project - the Yarra Bend Park Playground, a $400K City of Boroondara redevelopment project where Glenferrie and Camberwell have contributed significant funds, and along with Canterbury and Balwyn have contributed a total of $90K. Our Club took the lead organising role in the dismantling and transport of the old playground (which will go to a needy community in Nepal) under the supervision of John Walmsley, and your Community Service Committee under the leadership of Teresa Molella has worked since 2019 on the Yarra Bend Park Playground project, which is due for completion in July.
Richard stressed the need to use this project as a catalyst for community engagement, as well as promoting the Centenary of Rotary in Australia. He also stressed the new member potential of a higher community profile within Boroondara and beyond. To that end, there will be a Grand Opening of the Playground on 1 August (save the date), an installation of bee hotels at the site, and an End Polio Walk centred on the new playground and the associated Yarra River paths. There will also be a Boroondara Business Breakfast later in the year, with Josh Frydenberg as Guest Speaker. All events will need an organising committee made up of champions from each of the participating clubs - so I will be calling for volunteers in the coming months!
I am looking forward to our own Centenary of Rotary dinner next Wednesday at the Amora Hotel Riverwalk. As our club has existed for 2/3 of the Rotary Century we are celebrating, it's fitting that we remember all the great things we have done and great projects we have initiated in our own club's history. With a panel of senior club members being interviewed by a group of younger members, it will be a great night of reminiscing and celebrating. Please make an effort to attend, bring your partner, spouse, kids, grandkids, friends, everyone!
Last meeting we had a significant number of no-shows, the cost of which exceeded the takings of the raffle and drinks. So I encourage you to, as a first preference, register and pay for your meal in advance through our website or via the link that Alan Lorenzini emails you - this process is now working smoothly; if you cannot do this, you must advise Alan if you are not attending (ie an apology) - if you do not, you will have to be billed for the meal that was provided to you. Ultimately I would like to see all weekly dinner payments made on line in advance, but for the time being we will continue to take payment at the Welcome Desk.
That's it from me - have a great week in Rotary.
April Rotary updates
Every month in Rotary has a special purpose. 
Refer to your Club Directory if you are planning an event to correlate with the Rotary Calendar.
Please see the attached article to find out more about the Rotary Global History fellow group, and World Vaccination week from 24 to 30th April
April is Maternal and Child health month
Have you bought the RCC Cookbook yet?
Kerry Anne's initiative during our lockdown last year was to obtain recipes from many of our members.
She has put together this beautiful "RCC Can Cook" recipe book, with all funds going to Rotary International projects.
Compiled in soft cover, it will easily fit in your kitchen - everything from "Morning munchies" to "Delightful desserts".
And... still only $20!!!
Get your copy of the RCC CookBook at the next meeting, or contact Kerry Anne.
May is National Myeloma Month - and for the Rotary Club of Camberwell, our ROMP project.
ROMP - the Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program - is our Club's Centenary year project, in collaboration with Myeloma Australia.  Myeloma is an incurable blood cancer, of no known cause, which affects approximately 2000 Australians every year.
This RC100 accredited project is designed to provide access for all people diagnosed with Myeloma in Victoria to have easy access to a Myeloma support nurse and support group, run in-person or via virtual means.
Our club ROMP committee are pleased to report that all 9 jurisdictions across Victoria, supported by local Rotary clubs, are now linked into this excellent program.
More is being done, with a "38mate" program about to be launched - watch this space!
If you haven't yet received your copy of the ROMP newsletter, ask Adrian Campbell or Peter Allen for a copy.
WORLD IMMUNISATION WEEK 24 - 30th April 2021
Whilst this article (below) refers to the End Polio campaign, immunisation is very topical at the moment what with our government's COVID vaccine rollout. I think what puts this in perspective is the second wave being experienced in India currently, who are sadly experiencing record infections across their country.
Below is the editorial from Rotary History Global Fellow (RHGF( bulletin, from April 2021, written by Jeetendra Sharma,
Editor-in-chief of RHGF's  newsletter.
CAS Sponsors wanted

SPONSORS for the Camberwell Art Show 2022 WANTED!!!

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Please talk to Nick Pane or anyone on the Camberwell Art Show committee for more details.
We all need to support the CAS 2022 - our number 1 Club fundraiser.  Our Sponsors advertise their businesses, whilst supporting our artists.
Last year was a non - event... Let's make this year a memorable return to the "New Normal CAS"!
Held at Swinburne University, Hawthorn, from Friday 10th July to Sunday 18th July.
Rotarians against Malaria
In April 2021 Rotarians in Australia are hosting this event that challenges you to walk, run, swim or ride 4km on Malaria Awareness Day to represent the over 400,000 lives lost to malaria each year. Please sign up and donate!
  1. Plan your 4km walk/run/swim/ride on or close to April 30th
  2. Share with friends your “Fun Run to Eliminate Malaria”
  3. Ask your friends to join you or donate towards your (walk)
  4. Register and donate your collections via
  5. Note if your friends need a tax deductable receipt, you need to register separately using the friend’s name
  6. Please take a photo of yourself doing the challenge and send to us, to share on our social media. Thank you! Enquiries
Camberwell Market update April 14
Updated Camberwell Sunday Market Roster (below) 
Seeking volunteers for 4th July, y'all...
ESRAG update - first RCC meeting Weds 28th
Did you know - Rotary now has an Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG). ESRAG is an international organization with 14 directors and almost 1100 members from over 57 different countries. I am very excited about ESRAG’s impact in assisting Rotary clubs, Rotary Districts and Rotarians worldwide in planning, implementing and evaluating service projects, building awareness, and inspiring action to promote environmental sustainability.
We have a very active group in our region of the world called ESRAG ANZPI (Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands). I am inviting you to have a look at our website to see what we are doing:
We need people like you to get involved and TAKE ACTION. We would like to know and share what you as an individual and your Rotary Club are doing to improve the environment. Whether it is helping your club or joining a project as a volunteer, ESRAG ANZPI is here to assist you in solving the Environmental Challenges our world faces in communities around the world. You can see existing project stories on the ESRAG ANZPI website  An example of one of these is shown below for you.
We are actively working on growing our membership in ESRAG and in our Chapter. Our membership costs are quite low, starting at US$30 for a regular membership or US$100 for a contributing membership and I am asking District 9810 Rotarians who care about environmental sustainability and global climate change to consider membership using this link:
Thanks, and all the best,
Fabienne Nicola
2021 R I Virtual convention - save the date
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