Volume 68 | Issue 35 | 27th March 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.


Club Meeting Conochie Hall - Wednesday 27th March 24
Let’s work together, to take action to create hope in the world and in our local communities.
Have a great week in Rotary
Rotary Supports the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra
The Club was invited to attend a recent performance by the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra, and Lindy and I were asked to attend on the President's behalf and represent Rotary Camberwell.
This community-based orchestra has been performing for over 90 years, and Rotary is a supporter via our efforts at the Camberwell Sunday Market: Rotary Balwyn pays the City of Boroondara a licence fee, and this fee is returned to community organisations like the Orchestra via Boroondara Community Grants.
As guests of George Deutsch, who is President of the Zelman Symphony and plays a viola, we enjoyed a wonderful evening of beautiful music, and particularly enjoyed the Bruch Violin Concerto with Sophie Rowell.
It's good to know Rotary supports, either directly or indirectly, such worthy community organisations.
President Elect 2023 / 2024 and President for 2024 / 2025
Dear Members, 
At our dinner meeting I advised those present that the board and I had spent many months seeking a President Elect for the 2023 / 2024 year to take up the Presidency in 2024 / 2025.
This process had also involved other members speaking with several potential candidates. Unfortunately, the answers were a resounding “NO” for a host of reasons and we respect those reasons.
However, late in 2023 a member did advise that they would consider being President Elect but could only give 50% in their Presidential year.
I met with that member in early January 24 and had a one-on-one conversation suggesting that they should be the single head of the club and that the board would support as and when required. However, the board did understand that the member would only take up the role if they could share the role with another. In other words, co-preside.
At the February 24 board meeting a discussion was held and several options were discussed:
  1. The member would ask individual persons if they would co preside
  2. I would ask other members if they were willing to co-preside
  3. The nominee was offered the option of co-presiding over the year with a past president for each 3-month period
For the first two options a co-president could not be found. The third option was subsequently rejected by the member who nominated.
As we are very close to the new Presidential year, I felt the need to resolve this matter without further delay. Therefore, after some considerable thought and discussion with my wife, I advised the board that under the terms of our by-laws given a successor was not elected, I as the President accepted to have my term extended for up to one year to be President for 2024 / 2025. The board fully supported this decision.
The prospect excites me as I believe we have had a very good year thus far. I see energy displayed by our members and chairs working to the goals I set at the start of the year and want to see this continue.
The increase in our membership with some well credentialled people, potential growth of our ROMP initiative and as mentioned last week the prospect of a Rotaract Club at Swinburne University all bode well for the future of this club.
Naturally I look forward to leading and representing this club with your continued support.
George de Souza
President 2023 / 2024
Membership Presentation
Our Membership Chair Fabienne Nichola gave a simple but insightful presentation on membership in Rotary. The key points I took out of it were:
  • Zone 8 – Membership has declined by 26% and Clubs have declined by 12%
  • District 9800 – Camberwell is in the Top five clubs for members
  • District 9800 – Camberwell was in the top five clubs for membership growth in 2022/2023
  • While some resignations may be caused by disputes or lack of vibrancy in a club, business and life changes are by far, the major reason…
  • By April 24 we will have inducted six new members and there are others under assessment
  • Keeping our Website and Social media presence current is having a positive impact
  • An opportunity has been recently identified for a Rotaract club at Swinburne University.
Given recent issues with member health and personal circumstances Chair Fabienne would welcome any assistance on membership activities.
Art Show Presentation
Chair Jon Oppy mentioned that this is our 59th Art show and the committee is well into Art Show activities. Additionally, it is the 11th year at Swinburne University
  • The website is up and running
  • Entries are now open, and our first entry was received on 27th March
  • The Roster will be managed a little differently this year. Last year’s roster has been forwarded to members and all they need to do is advise of any changes for this year
  • Sponsorship is slow and steady but any assistance that members can provide in terms of identifying sponsors would be appreciated
  • The Plein Air activity will again take place with prizes offered this year
  • Members should continue to be aware of the support that Bendigo Bank provides and see if there could be some support given in return
Wednesday 3rd April – New Member Induction
All members and partners are asked to attend the induction of a new member to the club.
Wednesday 10th April – Servants Community Housing
The club is organising a fellowship night at Servants Community Housing. Spitting Image will provide catering.
Tuesday 16th April 24 – Cluster Club Meeting (Book through Clubrunner)
Please note change to speaker. Dr Monique Ryan, Independent Member in the Federal Parliament is replacing Kate Thwaites.
The format of the evening will basically be a Question & Answer session, with questions coming from the moderator Bob Batrouney.
However, this note is a request to invite members to forward potential questions to
The questions must be non-party political and mainly relating to matters concerning the lives and roles of female politicians in Parliament. The same questions will be addressed to both participants and hopefully discussion will evolve between them and provide an insight into the challenges and circumstances facing our female politicians on a daily basis.
Having both a Federal and a State member, and Labor and Independent member, should prove to be most interesting.
Wednesday 24th April – New Member Induction
All members are asked to attend the induction of a new member to the club.
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:    07/04/2024 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Chair:    Teresa Molella 0420 286 840
Location:   Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
ClubRunner Corner - 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


April 2024
7th April
Gary Goldsmith/ John Walmsley
Rick Westcott/ Pierre Kriegler
    14th April
Rob Davies/ Glenda Davies
Nav Murinatna/ Michelle Critchley
21st April
Brenda Innes/ Nadia Hamilton
David Troon/ Nadia Hamilton
28th April
Yvonne Wills/ Jeevan Vasimalla
Patty Laufenberg/ Patrick Docherty
Invitation - Guest Speaker RIPE Stephanie Urchik at Rotary E-Club of Melbourne
Good morning all,
We'd like to extend our invitation to each of your clubs to join the Rotary E-Club of Melbourne for a very special guest speaker, RI President-Elect Stephanie Urchik, who will be joining us on Wednesday 12th June at 9PM AEST.
Our meeting will be held on Zoom, with the details below, and also in the attached image which you can use in your bulletins, if you'd like.
Date & Time: 
Wednesday 12th June 2024 at 9PM AEST (Find Your Timezone
Meeting ID: 313 497 0027
Passcode: 970027
We'll also be sharing the details on our Facebook page tomorrow, making it available to any Rotarians who wish to join, but wanted to share this with you and your clubs first, especially given its auspicious timing at the end of this particular Rotary Year.
With the Rotary E-Club of Melbourne transitioning to the new E-Clubs Community Group made up of clubs across Zone 8, we especially wanted to emphasise both links to our new collaborators across the Zone, and our close and continuing friendship with the clubs of the Batman Cluster, which has been our home for many years, and with whom we look forward to continuing to serve .
Stephen Sennett
President, Rotary E-Club of Melbourne (D9800)

m: +61 0404 325 980 | e:
The planning for the D9800 Conference has definitely ramped up, with the conference now just a few short weeks away.  You may recall that during the registration process when you puchased your tickets for the Conference, we asked for an indication as to your potential interest in activities to be planned for Friday 12th April.  

Based on the feedback received we have now arranged two activities, a social round of golf at the Bendigo Golf Course or a social game of bowls at the Kangaroo Flat Bowls Club.   Details of each option are as follows -


D9800 Conference Social Golf - Friday, 12th April - 1pm Start

Bendigo Golf Club

33 Golf Course Road, Ascot 3551

A 9 Hole Round

Cost is $20.00 per player (paid on the day) - Drinks at Bar Prices

Clubs and/or Golf Cart Hire is available - bookings in advance are recommended


D9800 Conference Social Bowls - Friday, 12th April - 12:30pm Start

Kangaroo Flat Bowls Club
1 Station Street, Kangaroo Flat 3555
2 Games of 10 Ends - Drawn Pairs
$15 Green Fee (paid on the day) includes nibbles, tea & coffee. Drinks at bar prices.
Casual dress. Flat sole shoes or bare feet.
Bowls available for use if required.


Are you interested and keen to enjoy a social afternoon playing either of these sports?  Then simply email to book your place, indicate which sport you want to play and then turn up on the day ready to enjoy one of our wonderful sporting facilities in Bendigo.  

Bookings for both events will close on 25th March 2024 - this gives you plenty of time to pack the clubs or polish the bowls in readiness to head to Bendigo for a great social gathering leading into our wonderful 'Gathering on the Goldfields' Conference.



Alison Bacon

Executive Officer//Registrations

District 9800 Conference 2024

0417 562 952

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Richard O'Brien
April 12
David Troon
April 13
John Walmsley
April 16
Jessica Wat
April 18
Patrick Docherty
April 23
Spouse Birthdays
Liz Heil
April 10
Margret Baker
April 17
Andrew Hunter
Evelyn Hunter
April 2
George de Souza
Fulvia de Souza
April 4
Lindy Anderson
Murray Anderson
April 8
Murray Anderson
Lindy Anderson
April 8
Brenda Innes
John Innes
April 14
David Troon
Jo Troon
April 20
Join Date
Richard Gray
April 1, 1978
46 years
Peter Allen OAM
April 3, 1991
33 years
Jim O'Hara
April 4, 2001
23 years
Murray Anderson
April 11, 2012
12 years
Geoff McCormick
April 23, 2003
21 years
Teresa Molella
April 24, 2013
11 years
April 26, 2023
1 year
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