Volume 67 | Issue 40 | 15 May 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.


RIMERN (Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network) is the brain child of long-standing Rotarian Susie Cole supported by multiple clubs including Camberwell Rotary Club. Susie is a passionate Rotarian as a Past President of the Rotary Club of Prahran, a District 9800 End Polio Now Ambassador, she awarded District 9800 Royce Abbey Champion of Change in 2018. In her most recent (and most exciting) involvement leading RIMERN, she has ongoing interactions with her team. As a guest of the club, she provided members a glowing report of three of our members who have been an essential part of her team. These members are David Troon, Phil Young and Jo-Anne Tamlyn. David Troon was recognised with a Royce Abbey Award last year. For his commitment and enthusiasm as a new member of our club, Phil Young followed David’s footsteps and was also recognised with a Royce Abbey Award. Jo-Anne is an existing member of around 15 years, has contributed significantly volunteering many hours at RIMERN. She has also contributed to many other club activities including managing the Camberwell Sunday Market roster for four years. Jo-Anne received a Paul Harris Fellow as well-deserved recognition for all her efforts. Congratulations Jo-Anne and Phil.
One of the club’s proud projects is ROMP (The Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program) which supports regional clubs with a scholarship program for qualified nurses to obtain additional skills to better assist multiple myeloma patients and their families. Peter Allen OAM, a Rotarian of 32 years has led the ROMP Committee to reach an outstanding level of achievement. A week after his 80th birthday, Peter was recognised for his invaluable service with a Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations Peter.
We were pleased to also welcome the Eastside Cluster Assistant Governor Robert Fisher who attended the meeting and kindly assisted in presenting the awards on the night. Robert stepped in to support the cluster presidents part way through the Rotary year. His guidance has been much appreciated over that time.
The guest speaker of the night was Valerie Jones presenting her current PHD findings of how technology, specifically the role of voice generated capability, can assist aging, isolated and medically impaired individuals to improve their social connection. Her research is shedding light on how voice generated functionality can positively impact feelings of isolation, improve cognition, reduce pain and depression. A fascinating perspective of how technology can be of benefit, something that may be relevant to some of us in years to come.
Thank you also to all those who assisted at the Hawthorn Makers Market Sunday 7 May. It was in the middle of Melbourne’s cold snap and many members braved the cold to give their time to this great club activity.
Thank you to members Michael Blood, Kristina Nicol, Kieran Healy and Geoff McCormick who were rostered at the Camberwell Sunday Market on 14 May.
The next club meeting will be on Wednesday 17 May. The meeting will host the key Camberwell Art Show sponsors. The Chair will be Jon Oppy. This is an important meeting to acknowledge the contribution the sponsors of the Art Show without whom the proceeds of our fund raising would be adversely impacted. I encourage members to attend the meeting and interact with the sponsors to demonstrate the club’s gratitude.
Look forward to seeing you then.
President Rotary Club of Camberwell 2022-23


Let's celebrate our amazing year of Imagining Rotary and International Convention Melbourne at our very own Rotary Gala Dinner, where we will welcome our veryspecial guests Rotary International President Jennifer Jones and Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

Rotary International President-Elect Gordon McInally and Rotary International President-Nominee Stephanie Urchick, and many more visiting Rotary leaders will be joining us. 

This is an incredibly rare opportunity for us all to celebrate with Rotary's current and future senior international leadership at our very own event, a special edition of District Conference dinner for the year the International Convention is in Melbourne.

Melbourne’s iconic Plaza Ballroom is the ideal venue for this once-in-a-lifetime evening, serenaded by the legendary singer-songwriter Jack Jones, and compelled to the dancefloor by the energetic Baker Boys dance band.

Event proceeds will be donated to The Rotary Foundation

Tickets close Tuesday 16 May 2023, so be sure to book your club’s tables, or individual tickets now.


Phil Young
Royce Abbey Award
Jo-Anne Tamlyn -
Paul Harris Fellow
Peter Allan
Paul Harris Fellow


Timor Rotary Consortium
Please find here John Walmsley’s report regarding the Timor Consortium Project.

Rotary Convention Club Hosting Dinner at Kooyong

Volunteer Briefing Session via Zoom

Great news! We have just about sold out for our special Rotary Convention 2023 Club Hosting Evening on May 29th. The Convention Host Organising Committee has allocated two busloads of conventioneers to our event, a total of 100 guests. Locally we have sold 121 tickets so far to our club members and their guests, leaving just seven to go before our event is a complete sell-out. With 230 people for dinner there should be quite a buzz in the room!

Thank you to those who have volunteered to help make our guests feel welcome. To make sure every volunteer knows what is expected of them on the evening, a series of volunteer position guides have been developed and a special Volunteer Briefing Session via Zoom scheduled. Please read through the position guides, which can be accessed and downloaded via the links below. Then, if you would further clarification about what is planned and what is expected, please attend the Zoom briefing session on May 25th.


Position Guides


Volunteer Briefing Session via Zoom

Date: Thursday May 25th 2023
Time: 7:00pm - 7:45pm
If you haven't done so already, please register for the meeting via the link below. There are only nine places left!
... if you have been leaving it to the last minute to decide whether or not to be part of our club's hosting of 100 international visitors on May 29th, or perhaps inviting guests to meet and hear from our excellent guest speaker, Hon Josh Frydenberg Former Treasurer of Australia and Champion, Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club 1996, don't leave it much longer. There are only seven tickets left at time of writing before the event becomes a COMPLETE SELL-OUT. No last minute tickets will be available unfortunately, so please book now, before they are all gone, and be part of this very special occasion.


2nd Annual World Environment Day Lunch

Join us for a celebration of Victorian environmental sustainability initiatives.  Learn more from an assembled expert panel about how your own organisation can benefit and get involved over a sustainable lunch designed with a low carbon footprint from sustainable sources.
Tickets are $95.00 and include 1 courses and a drink on arrival.


If you are attending Rotary International Convention (RICON) 2023 in Melbourne, Australia, 27-31 May, don’t miss the many environmental activities taking place in the week prior to the Convention and during the convention itself. You can follow all the events on the ESRAG RICON website.


RICON23 End Polio Now Walk
Friday 26 May 2023
Melbourne is renowned for its beautiful parks, gardens and walking trails. Join us on the afternoon of Friday 26 May to enjoy an easy walk from Federation Square, in the centre
of the city, along beautiful St Kilda Road, past many city landmarks, to the Rotary Peace Park.
The 2.5 km (1.5 mile) Walk will enable us to raise awareness of Rotary’s number one humanitarian priority – the global eradication of poliomyelitis. Don’t forget to bring your red End Polio Now shirt.
Photo opportunities will abound.


Our District Governor Amanda Wendt wants to make a BIG DIFFERENCE during the 2023 Rotary International Convention.
How? By conducting the biggest ever FORaMEAL Packing Event in Fed Square on Saturday 27th May, with 15 packing tables set up. Amanda hopes to pack 100,000 meals, which will be going to people affected by the disaster in Ukraine, Turkey and Syria. To do this we hope to attract over 1,000 members of the public to work in one hour blocks from 10am to 4pm to pack the meals.
All D9800 Clubs are being asked for volunteers to help with Bump In, Bump Out or to act as Supervisors during the packaging. Click on the link below for more information and to volunteer:


RICON23 Official Club Hospitality event



Upcoming Events
Camberwell Sunday Market
Market Place Carpark
May 14, 2023
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Art Show Sponsors Night
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
May 17, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Board Meeting
TBA - see Agenda
May 17, 2023
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Camberwell Sunday Market
Market Place Carpark
May 21, 2023
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Club Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
May 24, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Lend Lease Community Connect Event
Menzies Malvern
May 26, 2023
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Camberwell Sunday Market
Market Place Carpark
May 28, 2023
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
RI Convention Visitor Hosting Dinner
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
May 29, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Camberwell Sunday Market
Market Place Carpark
Jun 04, 2023
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hawthorn Makers Market
Hawthorn Arts Centre
Jun 04, 2023
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Peter Allen OAM
May 3
Gary Goldsmith
May 5
Ian McMillan
May 5
Steve Clarke
May 9
Michelle Critchley
May 10
Anita Bejerano
May 17
Michele Bucoy
May 17
Teresa Molella
May 18
Geoff Heath
May 19
Spouse Birthdays
Jo Troon
May 13
Greg Watson
June 2
Judy Pratt
June 2
Bernadette Blood
June 14
Fulvia de Souza
June 30
John Innes
June 30
Join Date
Annie Murphy
May 1, 1990
33 years
John Steven
May 1, 1979
44 years
Neil Hookey
May 1, 1989
34 years
Ian McMillan
May 18, 2010
13 years
Fabienne Nichola
May 28, 2008
15 years
Joe Yeh
May 29, 2019
4 years
Christopher Carra
June 1, 1995
28 years
Geoff Heath
June 1, 1983
40 years
John Walmsley
June 1, 1982
41 years
Michele Bucoy
June 9, 2021
2 years
Jeevan Vasimalla
June 10, 2009
14 years
Nadia Hamilton
June 15, 2022
1 year
Trish O'Hara OAM
June 15, 2022
1 year
Brenda Innes
June 17, 2015
8 years
Steve Clarke
June 20, 2012
11 years
Justine Paragreen
June 30, 2010
13 years
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