Volume 67 | Issue 19 |  14 November 2022

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.


By now you will have received details of Helen Gray’s funeral arrangements to be held today, Monday 14 November, 2022 at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Canterbury at 11:00 am. A wreath will be laid on her casket on behalf of the members of Camberwell Rotary Club. Our sincere condolences to Richard and his family.
Jon Oppy provided an inspiring outline of the success of Oppy Heat Treatment & Consulting Metallurgists from its humble beginnings initiated by his father, taking over the business in 1973 to its ultimate recent sale. As a result of a lifetime of effort, the adoption of innovative technology, strategic leadership and market positioning, Jon’s company became one of the leading heat treatment suppliers in Australia.
Jon joined the Camberwell Rotary Club 42 years ago and has been rewarded with strong friendships, achieving remarkable community projects, held numerous club positions including club president and the Camberwell Art Show Chair a number of times as well as enjoying some out of the ordinary experiences while on Fellowship exchange overseas.  A remarkable quality Jon adopts is his attitude of staying open to change as Rotary evolves over time.
We were privileged to enjoy the company of an overseas visitor Malcolm Bernard, from the Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan, England, and his Melbourne host from Ashburton, Alan Chuck.
Thank you to Kemi Shombowale, Lyndon Joss, Jim and Trish O’Hara for assisting at the last Camberwell Sunday market.
Thank you also to those who contributed to the Hawthorn Makers Market including Teresa Molella, Graeme Hope, Paul Casha, Brett Campbell, Adrian Campbell, Patty Laufenberg, David Baker, Michelle Critchley, Anne Murphy, Steve Clarke, John and Win De Carro, Patrick Docherty and Don Jago selling Rotary Christmas cakes and Kerry Anne selling artefacts from Tanzania.
Next week’s speaker will be CEO of Foodbank Victoria, David McNamara. As the current economic climate results in hardship in our community, Foodbank provides vital meals to those in need. David will outline how Foodbank is managing the recent increased volume of demand. The Camberwell Rotary Club played an important role in the initial establishment of Foodbank and is proud of the support and relief Foodbank continues to bring to our local community.
Look forward to seeing you then.
President Rotary Club of Camberwell 2022-23

Tyranny of Distance?

By David Baker
In case you didn't know, the distance from Tarneit to Camberwell is around 40km by car. By public transport, it's equally challenging. But not for Rotarian Kemi (Showbowale) who recently took up residence in Tarneit.
So what's it all about?
Last Sunday (6 November), Kemi put her hand 'up' for rostering at the Camberwell Sunday Market, followed by a stint at the Hawthorn Makers Market. All in one day. 
"I left my car at the railway station near Tarneit really early and then took the train to the city and changed trains for Camberwell,"  Kemi said. "It's been a long day." And that's just one-way.
Kemi has set the bar high and her contribution and support is greatly appreciated- notwithstanding the tyranny of distance from Tarneit on the other side of 'town.'
(pic of Kemi and Graeme Hope at the Hawthorn Makers Market)
So said Teresa (Molella) in her report on the Sunday 6 November Hawthorn Makers Market.
"Weather was perfect for the November market – a sunny day with little or no breeze. Attendance was the best for the year and positive feedback was received from many who attended" she added.
The Market had a familiar festive feel about it and as usual, an ecclectic range of gift ideas (see pics) ranging from yummy Rotary Christmas Cakes to Dog Nekerchiefs plus, a stallholder offering an impressive range of dolls' clothes. 
There was something for everyone. In fact, it was smiles all round including our regular strolling minstrel, Phil the Accordian Man who meandered throughout the venue (see pic). The upcoming Christmas Market is the big one and not to be missed if you're after that unique, authentic handmade gift.
from 10am-3pm at the Hawthorn Arts Centre (cnr Burwood and Glenferrie Rds).
Rotary Christmas Cakes
On Sale for $18, or Christmas Plum Pudding for $10.
Wednesday 16th and 23rd November.
Also available at the Hawthorn Makers Market on Sunday 4th November
Rotary Club of Camberwell Christmas Party 2022
Wednesday 14th December
Manningham Hotel, Bulleen
2 course dinner and entertainment

Sunday Market Roster in November

Thank you to the Rotarians and family members who assisted at the Camberwell Sunday Market for October.  We earned $2,831.33 for our club Charity Account, bringing the total income so far this Rotary Year to $9,409.2


If you have not yet registered for the RI Convention in Melbourne in May 2023, here's how to get the lowest price possible: 


  1. Book as soon as possible and before 15 December, when the cost to register increases by 
  2. US $100
  3. Make sure that you select the option when you come to pay with your credit card (preferred option) that you select AUD from the dropdown menu. This will ensure that you do not pay credit card fees, commissions or incur a poor exchange rate. You will be billed at the "Rotary" exchange rate for that month, which will be better than the rate offered by your credit card provider
  4. In the circumstance that you do need to cancel your booking it will also ensure that you get the best exchange rate on your refund and avoid other costs
  5. If you or your partner or other guest are under the age of 30, you can access a really great registration rate of only US $125!
  6. 5. Children are welcome too for a very nominal fee 

If you are still uncertain about your payment, or if there seems to be no option to pay in AUD choose the payment option of "Pay Later" and then contact the Rotary Office in Sydney at, providing your registration ID so they can assist you to complete the registration. 

You're Invited | 1st December 2022
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.
Join the Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst
at Camp Getaway
161-163 Kimbolton-Axedale Rd, Axedale
6pm for 6:30pm
$35 per head
BSB: 633 000
Account: 101 145 373
Ref: "RYLA Dinner + <Surname>
RSVP by 16 November
30th Annual Paul Harris Breakfast
Guest Speaker - Jeroen Weimar
A Journey of Leadership and Self-Transformation
Tuesday, 22nd November 2022
7:15am for 7:30-9:00am
The RACV City Club
Tickets are $75 per head or $700 for a table of 10
RSVP by Monday 14th November 2022
For more information contact Elias Lebbos
Nov 16, 2022
Food Bank Victoria
Nov 23, 2022
Brain and Hearing Health
Nov 30, 2022
Annual General Meeting
Dec 07, 2022
Fear of Flying
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Upcoming Events
Club Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
Nov 16, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Board Meeting
TBA - see Agenda
Nov 16, 2022
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Club Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
Nov 23, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Club Dinner Meeting - Annual General Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
Nov 30, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hawthorn Makers Market
Hawthorn Arts Centre
Dec 04, 2022
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Club Dinner Meeting
Conochie Hall, Canterbury Centre
Dec 07, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Board Meeting
TBA - see Agenda
Dec 07, 2022
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Club Fellowship Meeting - Christmas Party
The Manningham Club
Dec 14, 2022
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Neil Hookey
November 5
Andrew Hunter
November 9
Don Jago OAM
November 23
Phil Young
November 23
Nav Muniratna
November 28
Geoff McCormick
November 30
David Baker
December 1
Yvonne Wills
December 2
Tim Landsberg
December 3
Annie Murphy
December 7
Frank Leigh
December 14
Paul Casha
December 26
Spouse Birthdays
Hong Sa-Ngam
November 9
Angela Pane
November 15
Julie Walmsley
November 26
David Hamilton
December 19
Richard Gray
Helen Gray
November 25
Lyndon Joss
Margaret Joss
December 2
Peter Pratt
Judy Pratt
December 4
Don Jago OAM
Margery Jago
December 12
Alan Lorenzini
Andrea Lorenzini
December 18
Join Date
Kemi Shobowale
November 6, 2019
3 years
Patrick Docherty
November 24, 2010
12 years
Michael Mullins
December 1, 1985
37 years
Graeme Hope
December 10, 2003
19 years
Jane Addis
December 15, 2021
1 year
Andrew Hunter
December 31, 1999
23 years
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