Volume 68 | Issue 20 | 15th November 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.


General Meeting – Conochie Hall, 15 November 2023
I am back! and am really glad to be back at the club after being away for four weeks on a medical mission to the Philippines and ten days in Thailand on holidays.
A very sincere thanks again to PP Fabienne Nichola for managing the club activities and meetings in my absence. It is greatly appreciated.
New Member Induction
I was pleased to induct our newest member Jessica Wat who was accompanied by her son Daniel. I have never seen anyone so grateful and excited to be inducted into the club.
Jessica was introduced to David Baker and Fabienne early this year. She also attended a FORaMEAL session with our club and on another occasion enjoyed assisting with the packing of emergency relief meals.
Jessica is originally from Hong Kong and has lived in Melbourne for the past 18 years and is a property sales executive with Biggin Scott. According to her employer, she has been very successful and recognised in the industry for her achievements.
Jessica is married with 3 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, travel and music and we look forward to Jessica being an active participant on the International committee and in our club generally.
Box Hill Institute - Student Awards and Recognition Dinner
It was my pleasure to attend the Box Hill Institute student awards and recognition dinner (the food was fantastic) with Member Michael Blood and to meet the student Joshua O’Connor who will benefit from our scholarship (Bert Stevens Award).
Joshua is studying a Certificate III in Carpentry and has been identified as an aspirational student who is dedicated to improving his skills. Josh has excelled in his apprenticeship and his individual studies. He dreams of one day working in the construction industry and owning his own formwork business.
Joshua has a partner (Dezi) and 3 year-old son Mason who were also at the dinner and we look forward to seeing Joshua at a club meeting.
Upcoming Events are:
  • 22nd November – Speaker - Maureen Salter - Camberwell High School
  • 29th November – Club Forum
  • 6th December – Club Assembly
12th December – Club Christmas 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 and see you all on 15th November.
Other Snapshots from our Gathering Last Week 15/11/2023
Our Attendance at Box Hill Institute Student Recognition & Awards Dinner
President George de Souza and Michael Blood attended the Box Hill Institute Student Recognition&Awards Dinner at the Fountains Restauranton Thursday evening.
On that occasion our Club's Bert Stevens Apprentice Scholarship was presented to Joshua O`Connor, who is studying a Certificate111 in Carpentry. He was identified by the teaching staff at the Box Hill Institute as being an aspirational student who has excelled in his apprenticeship and his individual studies. A perfect fit for our Bert Stevens Apprentice Scholarship for 2023, named after a much loved and outstanding foundation member of the Rotary Club of Camberwell. The BHI presented President George with a framed certificate of appreciation of our continued support of their apprentices.
We shall endeavour to invite Joshua and his teacher and a senior representative of the Box Hill Institute as soon as possible to our Club weekly meeting.
Letter to Present to the Rotary Club of Camberwell from Tammy Shepherd
Letter to the President – Rotary Club of Camberwell from Margaret Duxbury – Wife of former member Gordon Duxbury
Christmas Toy Appeal for  St Vinnies
Members are asked to bring donated toys or vouchers from toy selling stores (Kmart, Target, etc) to meetings until and including the 6th December. Ages range from very young to teenagers. The gifts will be passed on to St Vinnies who in turn will distribute them to families they assist who live in Boroondara based public housing.
Contact Nadia Hamilton (0416 307 478) or Jo-Anne Tamlyn (0437 461 925) for further information.
Red Cross Seeking Community Visitors for Camberwell Residents
The Red Cross is currently looking for volunteers to visit residents of The Gables in Riversdale Road, Camberwell. Your visit will not only bring them joy but also support their social connection and improve their wellbeing.
If you are interested or know of someone who is interested in becoming a volunteer and can commit one hour per week or fortnight, please contact Suzanne Allison, Community Program Support Officer, Australian Red Cross on 0406 710 347 or email
District Governor Nomination for the Rotary Year 2026 - 2027
On the 29th of October members were advised by email about applying for the District Governor role in 2026-27.
One application has been received to date and it is my intention to put forward a resolution for adoption by members for nomination/s for the position of District Governor, District 9800 Inc. for the Rotary Year 2026 – 2027 at our club meeting on Wednesday 22nd November 23.
Therefore, if any member is still intending to apply then please provide your nomination to me by close of business Tuesday 21st November 2023.
George de Souza
RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Camp Update
The current RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Camp will move to Camp Getaway at Axedale near Bendigo next month.
It is expected that nominating Clubs like Camberwell will pick up their young participants and return them to Melbourne - when the Camp finishes.
So, are any Club members prepared to drive to Camp Getaway on SAT 9TH DEC to collect three of our young leaders and depart back to Melbourne at 1.00 PM
This is a yearly leadership event that Camberwell Rotary has supported and participated in over the last 25 years.
Please contact Adrian Campbell asap if you can provide this Club support delivery service on Sat 9th Dec, 23
Your assistance would be greatly appreciated!
2024 Camberwell Art Show
Following a lot of behind the scenes work by Job Oppy and his Art Show Committee, dates have now been locked in for the 2024 Camberwell Art Show: Sat 22 - Sun 30 June at Swinburne University (ATC Building). The Gala Opening is on Friday 21st June.
Further details, artist entry arrangements etc will be announced shortly.
Fellowship Meeting - Christmas Party
Fellowship Meeting - Christmas Party
Dec 12, 2023 6:00 PM - Dec 12, 2023 9:00 PM
Studley Grounds
121 Studley Park Road
Kew, VIC Australia
Please joins us for the final meeting of the year on TUESDAY 12 December to celebrate the Festive Season. Price includes a lovely festive 2 course dinner, with entertainment by an international Music Ensemble. Early bookings are a must.
ClubRunner Corner - October - CSM Roster

Camberwell Sunday Market - Volunteer Roster

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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



November 2023
5th November
Geoff Heath/ Brenda Innes
Nadia Hamilton/ Nav Muniratna
12th November
Alan Lorenzini/ Daya Govender
Patty Laufenberg/ Geoff McCormick
19th November
Patrick Docherty/ Tim Landsberg
Rick Westcott/ Gary Goldsmith
26th November
Michael Blood/ Steve Clarke
David Troon/ Murray Anderson
Updated 21 November 2023

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RYLA District 9800 - Committee chairperson expressions of interest
Jess Wheeler-Thomas is relinquishing her post as Chairperson of RYLA D9800. Below are details for any members interested in applying for the role:
After 3 years in the chairperson role I will be stepping down following the December program due to family commitments and am looking for someone who is interested in learning the role with a view to take over from me for the 2024 program. Click here to see role descriptions and here to express your interest or contact me via email ( Please share with others in your clubs who you think might be interested.
Jess Wheeler-Thomas
RYLA District 9800 Committee

Friday 12 to Sunday 14 April 2024 in Bendigo


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

To book, go to:


Deb 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.

Rotary D9800 Conference - Bendigo & Heathcote (

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Neil Hookey
November 5
Andrew Hunter
November 9
Daya Govender
November 16
Don Jago OAM
November 23
Phil Young
November 23
Nav Muniratna
November 28
Geoff McCormick
November 30
Spouse Birthdays
Hong Sa-Ngam
November 9
Julie Walmsley
November 26
Join Date
Kemi Shobowale
November 6, 2019
4 years
Patrick Docherty
November 24, 2010
13 years
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