Volume 65 Issue 44                                                     9th June 2021
President Murray's Musings - 9 June 2021
As you are by now aware, the Art Show Committee has made the difficult and heart-breaking decision not to proceed with the physical 2021 Camberwell Art Show at Swinburne University. The Committee was at the point where substantial funds had to be spent for printing, signage, panels, security, the wind break, catering etc, and these funds would not have been recoverable in the case of a last minute lockdown. The Club is not in a financial position to suffer these losses - indeed the Directors have a fiduciary duty not to incur such losses, and to minimise further spending. The other consideration was the imposition of unfavourable density limits which would eliminate the Gala Opening (a significant money earner) and limit daily attendance (and hence gate takings) during the Show.
But now for the good news! The 2021 Show, which has already attracted over 1,600 high standard entries, will go online, and building on the experience gained from running the 2020 Online Galleries, will be a great success. We also hope to keep the Sponsors on board, as they will receive plenty of exposure on the website, and will still be part of a successful online show.
Once again, the CAS Committee has to undertake a significant amount of urgent work to implement this new strategy, and unfortunately a huge amount of work already done for the physical show will not be used. I ask all Members to appreciate the work that the CAS Committee does each year and thank them for it.
This new opportunity forced a change in our weekly meeting - the Sponsor's Night is postponed to a date to be fixed, but this gave us time for fellowship, plenty of announcements, an informative video on DIK, and most important of all - the induction of Michele Bucoy. Membership Director David Baker introduced Michele, and gave a brief but impressive summary of all that she has achieved so far. Her proud husband Neil looked on. It was then my great pleasure to induct her into the Rotary Club of Camberwell. I am confident that Michele will be an excellent Rotarian, and look forward to working with her as she settles in to our Club, and supporting Jo-Anne as her Mentor.
Next week we are thankfully back at Conochie Hall for the joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Canterbury, and with Victor Perton as Guest Speaker, it should be a beauty. But remember numbers at Conochie Hall are now limited post-lockdown, so if you want to attend register and pay sooner, not later.
That's it from me - have a great week in Rotary.
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
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
Did you know??? Some facts about TRF The Rotary Foundation
Hi All
Dr Murray Verso (former DG) presented to our club a couple of weeks ago.
His presentation about The Rotary Foundation was excellent - a great summary of what TRF is and does.
Below are some slides from his presentation (ED - not the best images, but the pictures really do tell the story!).
These present a good overall insight into the Who/What/When/Where/Why of The Rotary Foundation.
Also, the slides highlight our Club's involvement with The Rotary Foundation as well as it's role across the world.
Enjoy the read.
Final Morning Tea with the DG for this year - don't miss it!
Combined meeting and guest speaker 16 June 2021
RCC Changeover dinner 2021
Buy your copy of Humanity in Action book
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.
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