Welcome to the Rotary Club of Camberwell

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Club News
The evening of Wednesday of 14 February 2024 was the FORaMeal packing night. It is a rewarding all club activity together with their family and friends who packed in excess of 14,000 food packs as emergency relief meals for those impacted by natural disasters. A project of our sister club Canterbury Rotary Club, it has become a much-anticipated annual club event. 23 members and 20 guests attended the night. 
Each year over 250,000 meals are packed by Rotarians and volunteers to vulnerable individuals and families across the Asia Pacific region in times of disaster. To date, over 800,000 meals have been distributed free of charge.
Thank you to all who attended including a number of Justine Paragreen work colleagues, prospective members Victor Wang and Amadini Perera. Special mention to Matt Britten and Janet Mok who attended this Rotary event for the first time immediately following their membership enquiry. Our gratitude for coordinating this successful event goes to the Community Committee chaired by Jo-Anne Tamlyn.
Former Camberwell Rotary Club member Kerry Anne Frost (centre) continues to be actively involved in Team Vista. Their goal is to is to empower young people in Moshi, Tanzania, Africa to improve their lives and better support their community through quality education. This includes building of the infrastructure and providing school supplies. The Camberwell Rotary Club has supported this project for many years. Below is an extract from their latest community update:
Education Update 
At Team Vista, our newly established home boasts a spacious room transformed into a vibrant classroom, enhanced by its light, airy atmosphere and improved with two fans installed by our own Moses. This inviting space serves as a learning hub for primary students grappling with English, who receive dedicated lessons from our sponsored teachers, Ernest and Angel, each afternoon.
Recognising the importance of nourishment alongside education, we ensure these young learners are provided with afternoon tea following their lessons, a crucial supplement given that many lack a reliable evening meal. The educational support extends to Form Two students, who have previously struggled with mathematics, now finding the subject both enjoyable and engaging under the guidance of Peter, Imrani, Lembris, and Kerry.
Dear Adrian
On behalf of the Education CHANCES Foundation, I am writing to express our deepest gratitude to you, on behalf of the Youth Committee of the Rotary Club of Camberwell, for your very generous contribution. Your decision to support us speaks volumes about your commitment to making a positive impact on education and empowering the next generation.
Your gift will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission to provide educational opportunities to those who need it most. With the support of your Club, we can continue to create a ripple effect of change, breaking down barriers and opening doors for individuals to realize their full potential.                                       
On 6 December Club Assembly four committee chairs provided an update of each committee. The presentation outlined the activities and projects by each committee over the past six months. The Committee Chairs represented were the Youth and Vocation, Community Service, International and the Hawthorn Makers Market.
Committees are the ‘engine room’ of the club and are vital to achieve the ideals of Rotary of making a positive impact in the lives of people both locally and internationally. Their actions reflect a window to the world about the level of our members’ commitment. The club is proud of the committees’ achievements and grateful of living up the Rotary motto of 'Service about Self.'
Jo-Anne, Nadia, and President George
Allow me to say again thank you to Rotary Camberwell, for the amazing generosity you have shown to the less fortunate people in our area, through St Vincent de Paul Camberwell.
Attached is a photo of a couple of our members starting to give out Christmas Hamper/Bags which contain items you gave us such as: Presents, $500 worth of Food Vouchers, Christmas Cakes, and the wonderful donation of $2,000 which will be used to help the ‘needy’ into 2024.
God Love you all, Joe.
Congratulations to the new Boroondara Mayor Cr Lisa Hollingsworth. President George de Souza will be attending a Civic Reception to welcome the new Mayor on 7 December.
The former Mayor, Cr Felicity Sinfield was an active honorary member of our club attending a number of meetings and events. Cr Sinfield encouraged greater collaboration of Boroondara based Rotary Clubs. She committed to meet six monthly to continue our collaboration. We are very grateful for Cr Sinfield’s ongoing involvement with our club during her term of office.
We look forward to welcoming Mayor Cr Lisa Hollingworth as an honorary member on 20 March 2024.
At the meeting of 15 November 2023 Jessica Wat was inducted as a member of the Camberwell Rotary Club. Jessica visited the club many times in the lead up to her induction including contributing to a ForAmeal food packing night and she provided 5 kg sliced onions for the recent Bunnings Sausage Sizzle. Jessica is a successful Property Sales Executive with Biggin Scott, Boroondara.
She has a friendly and compassionate disposition and is looking forward to contributing to the community. Without doubt, our club is richer to have Jessica onboard.
Since 2005 the Rotary Club of Camberwell has provided two Bert Stevens Apprentice scholarships to worthy students undertaking apprenticeships at the Box Hill Institute. The annual scholarship is awarded in honour of the club’s revered charter member and skilled tradesman, the late Bert Stevens.
From left to right - President George de Souza, Joshua O’Connor and Dr Michael Blood at the recent scholarship presentation.
The Box Hill Institute has confirmed that this year’s scholarship is awarded to Joshua O’Connor. Joshua is studying a Certificate III in Carpentry and has been identified as an aspirational student who is dedicated to improving his skills. Joshua 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. There were three other Rotary clubs present at the dinner and they sponsored the following awards:
1. The Rotary Club of Mont Albert and Surrey Hills ‘Inducement to Succeed’ Scholarship,
2. The Rotary Club of Box Hill Central “Indigenous” Scholarship,
3. Rotary Club of Forest Hill “Ford Davis Award” for an Electrotechnology/Air-Conditioning Refrigeration apprentice.
Other supporters of Box Hill Institute scholarships are Susan Fenton, MOKE Owners Association, Chris Arnost, Clayton UTZ and HESTA.
President George de Souza announced the two successful candidates for the 2023 cancer nursing scholarships recently awarded.
The Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program (ROMP) Scholarships for the 2024 academic year were gratefully accepted by registered nurses Eva Gauci (left) of Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre in Shepparton and Karla Mc Broom (right) of The Border Cancer Hospital in Albury-Wodonga.
The Camberwell Rotary Club’s long running ROMP is conducted in collaboration with Myeloma Australia, the only myeloma specific charitable organisation in Australia and with the support of many regional Rotary Clubs.
Myeloma is an incurable blood cancer. About twenty thousand people in Australia are living with myeloma and there are approximately two thousand new cases per year in Australia. ROMP celebrates the critical roles of registered nurses employed in regional cancer treatment centres and offers fully funded scholarships in cancer nursing. By upskilling committed nurses, a real difference is made in the treatment and outcomes for myeloma patients and all other cancer patients. Successful candidates complete a Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing conducted by Melbourne University.
Meeting Information
Welcome to Camberwell Rotary
We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Canterbury Centre, Conochie Hall
2 Rochester Road
Canterbury, VIC 3126
We generally hold our weekly Dinner Meetings at Conochie Centre. We also meet at other interesting locations, please check Upcoming Events list. Visitors and guests are always welcome. We meet at 6:00 for a 6:30pm start and finish 8:00pm.
We are a socially active club of over 50 members passionate about our local and international community. Our charities are funded by the iconic annual Camberwell Art Show, the unique, monthly Hawthorn Makers Market and other activities. We thrive on the efforts of our professional, diverse, and inclusive club members’ dedicated service.
RIMERN is a multi-club Rotary project in Inner Melbourne, providing donated furniture, appliances and homewares to welfare agency clients who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, refugee displacement, release from jail and other crises. www.rimern.org.au
Nearly every client asks for a fridge and washing machine, if we could source more, we could distribute more... but these numbers show just how much work our volunteers have done, collecting, cleaning, testing, assembling and seeing the orders out the door! Thanks everyone, our current volumes are higher still....
Upcoming Events
Rick Westcott
Mar 13, 2024 6:30 PM
(Member Behind the Badge)
Camberwell Sunday Market - Volunteer Roster
Click here to see the Roster for March 2024: CSM Signup List
The Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program
The Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program (ROMP), began in 2019 as a special program to mark the Centenary of Rotary in Australia in 2021. Camberwell Rotary Club joined with Myeloma Australia, the only myeloma specific charity in Australia, to build awareness of myeloma and Rotary Club support for myeloma patients and their families living in regional and remote Victorian communities. Today ROMP is supported by up to twenty regional Rotary Clubs across five Rotary Districts and a growing list of cancer treatment centres.
ROMP’s focus is to provide regional nursing scholarships. The scholarship is offered to select registered nurses employed in rural and regional cancer centres or clinics in Victoria to complete a Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing at Melbourne University. The scholarship is funded by participating Rotary clubs, their communities and sponsors. With growing support, the ROMP vision for several more scholarships seem very achievable.
What is Myeloma?
Myeloma, also called Multiple Myeloma, is a type of blood cancer that affects the inside of the bone marrow. It attacks the immune system causing fatigue and can lead to frequent infections.  Only half of all people diagnosed with myeloma survive beyond five years. There is no cure for myeloma. ‘We are tackling myeloma - and all cancers - in regional Victoria, one Rotary Club and one nurse at a time.' For more information see the Myeloma Australia website https://myeloma.org.au/