Volume 68 | Issue 28 | 7th February 2024

We gather together on the lands of the traditional custodians, the Wurundjeri people. We pay our respects to all of Melbourne’s First Peoples, to their ancestors and Elders, and to our shared future together.


Fellowship Meeting – Conochie Hall 7th February 24
The day commenced on a sad note when family, friends and many rotarians celebrated the life and farewelled Margery Jago at the Immaculate Conception Church, Hawthorn.
It was pleasing to see so many members from our Club present at the service and an even greater testament to our member Don was the fact that there were many other club and district rotarians in attendance.
Guest Speaker – Patrick Essien Ngasso
Our guest speaker for the evening was a very new Rotarian from Abuja, Nigeria who is holidaying in Australia and has elected to undertake make ups at the Rotary Club of Camberwell.
Patrick and his Wife Miriama presented the club with a statue of a Nigerian hunter returning from the hunt and we provided him with our club banner to take back to his club.
Patrick’s topic was about a school (Prudential International School) which he and his wife established in 2014, began full academic activities in 2015 and today has about 400 students across Nursery, Primary and Secondary school.
Their reason for founding the school was to bridge the gap orchestrated by the fall in standards of elementary education in the public school system.
The core values for the school are Honesty, Aspiration, Respect, Peace, Responsibility and Perseverance, all of which resonate with Rotary.
Over the next ten years they have plans to move to a permanent site where they will be able to offer full boarding facilities and offer university pathway programs which will integrate with programs in the United Kingdom and Canada for example.
Just listening to how passionately he spoke leaves no doubt that they will be successful in their endeavours.
I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 14th February 24 at our FORaMEAL packing event.
Let’s work together, to take action to create hope in the world and in our local communities.
Have a great week in Rotary
St Vincents Blood Cancer Day
Club member Adrian Campbell was part of a guest speaker panel at the Windsor Hotel last Friday 9th Feb. The day was organised by Prof Hang Quach and her team of haematologists at St Vincent's Hospital - and featured latest developments and new drug trials in all the blood cancers - leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.
Over 150 doctors, drug trial coordinators, nurses, and people living with blood cancers attended. Myeloma Australia were also involved and their part time nurses were on the front desk sharing publications and information about the services of the only specific myeloma focussed foundation in Australia.
Adrian had his photo taken with the nurses and was able to share the Camberwell Rotary ROMP developments in regional Victoria.
These conferences are expected to continue as the whole community of blood cancers work together to get better outcomes for patients. Let's all support our Club Myeloma Walk on 3rd March at 11am from the Hawthorn Makers Market - it doesn't matter if you walk 200m or 2 kms - your involvement is important.
You can register $20 to walk prior to the event on the Myeloma Aust website - follow My Greatest Walk links to the Hawthorn Market walk in Melbourne
New merchandise is also available to purchase - baseball caps are $20 and new tee shirts in a variety of sizes for $30 (please order by 22/2 to ensure they are delivered prior to the walk)
Let's continue to work to support those living with this uncommon, incurable blood cancer.
Update from District Governor – Ron Payne
The Regionalisation Steering Group has now informed the District Governors that we can informally let you know of the allocations for the Rotary Community Groups (RCGs).
Camberwell has been grouped geographically in Group RCG2 which comprises the following Clubs:
Balwyn, Brighton, Brighton North, Canterbury, Camberwell, Caulfield, Chadstone, East Malvern, Glenferrie, Hawthorn, Kew, Malvern, North Balwyn, Prahran and Toorak.
There will also be formal notification coming to you soon from the Rotary International South Pacific and Philippines Office (RISSPO).
The RCGs are a new way of supporting Rotary to thrive, by increasing our community impact, raising Rotary’s profile, and growing membership and member engagement.
Some clubs have asked if this means they should stop other existing collaborations. Not at all! Please continue successful collaborations that you already have.
The next step is for each RCG to hold an 'establishment meeting', which will amongst other things look at the leadership and support that the group will need, in preparation for the election of their Rotary Community Leader.
We will get back to you to organise the establishment meetings shortly. Please be patient in the interim.
These are exciting times and your District Support Team is keen to support and work with you as we create new ways to grow Rotary.
Thank you for the wonderful work you continue to do in leading your club.
Kind regards,
Ron Payne
District Governor D9800
14th February – FORaMEAL
The Rotary Club of Camberwell will again support Rotary Canterbury’s FORaMeal project to not only to assist to Canterbury to raise funds but to also pack emergency food packs. It is a great bonding event so bring all partners and friends.
The event is open on ClubRunner for registration purposes.
28th February – Fellowship Evening @ RIMERN
RIMERN (Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network) February 28th. The Club will be meeting at 32-34 Lincoln Street, Brunswick for a tour of the warehouse (wine included) followed by dinner at a nearby venue. This is a great opportunity to see the workings of one of Rotary’s best local projects. This one every member can contribute to just by decluttering at home! Partners welcome.
3rd March 2024 – Myeloma Australia
Myeloma Australia will be conducting its annual fundraiser on Sunday 3rd March 2024. This is the same date as the first Hawthorn Makers Market for 2024 and the club is proposing to combine this activity around the Hawthorn Makers Market as it will provide a significant opportunity to promote this cause.
Please note: This event replaces our weekly dinner event which would have been on 6th March.
The club is requesting that all members participate in this event if possible and come together to raise further funds and awareness to support the 22,000 Australians living with myeloma.
More details will be provided in due course.
Tuesday 16th April 24 – Cluster Club Meeting
There is a discussion among the cluster club presidents of a proposed Cluster Club Meeting to be held on Tuesday 16th April, 2024. Therefore, this will take the place of our meeting on Wednesday 17th April. The details for now are:
Subject                Role of Women in Parliament
Speakers              Kate Thwaites (MP) and Jess Wilson (MP)
Date                     Tuesday, 16 April 2024.
Time                    6:15 for 6:45pm
Location              Green Acres Golf Club
Dinner Cost         $40
Drinks                  At bar prices
Volunteers Needed: Hawthorn Makers Market
Your help is needed! Volunteers are required for the following event. Click on HERE to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
Event:   Hawthorn Makers Market
Date:    03/03/2024 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Chair:    Teresa Molella 0420 286 840
Location:   Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
ClubRunner Corner - October - CSM Roster

Camberwell Sunday Market - Volunteer Roster

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Murray Anderson


February 2024
4th February
Alan Lorenzini/Brenda Innes
Pierre Kriegler/ RickWestcott
11th February
Yvonne Wills/ Steve Clarke
David Troon/Fabienne Nichola
18th February
Lyndon Joss/ Jeevan Vasimalla
George de Souza/Michelle Critchley
25th February
Patrick Docherty/ Geoff Heath
Peter Pratt/Nadia Hamilton


Friday 12 to Sunday 14 April 2024 in Bendigo


The early bird ticket price specials will end 16th December 2023!!!

To book, go to:


imageDeb 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.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kemi Shobowale
February 20
Spouse Birthdays
Suzanne Mullins
February 20
Graeme Hope
Sue Hope
February 2
Pierre Kriegler
Lil Kriegler
February 16
John Walmsley
Julie Walmsley
February 19
Join Date
Don Jago OAM
February 1, 1990
34 years
Frank Leigh
February 1, 1978
46 years
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