Welcome to the Rotary Club of Camberwell

Are you a person who wants to make positive changes in your community, regional Australia and the world? Our club members are fun, dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of friendly people who share your drive to give back.
Club News
Amadini’s induction took place at the president changeover event of 12 June 2024. She is initially known to President George de Souza as one of the residents of his apartment complex. Through their interactions, Amadini was introduced to Rotary and the club. Her work at Beyond Blue Limited (Australia) since 2018 as a senior manager extends to a range of supportive activities for its cohort as well as her personal ongoing contribution to the broader community, demonstrates strong alignment to Rotary’s core value of Service above Self. Amadini has an extensive network, possesses outstanding personal qualities and professional skills. Without doubt she will be a great Rotarian. Welcome to Amadini.
All Rotary clubs around the world elect a new club president around the end of the Rotary year on 30 June of each year. Rotary Camberwell is no different and the ‘Changeover’ took place on 12 June 2024. For the first time in the club’s history, the current president, George de Souza will be serving as president for two consecutive years. Some of the highlights of the changeover follows.
Firstly, President George reviewed the primary goal of 2023-2024 goal and acknowledged the success of re-engaging the local community by initiating one new project in each of the Avenues of Service (https://my.rotary.org/en/guiding-principles).
Another focus of the president has been to increase membership and volunteering for the purpose of increasing the club’s impact in the community. This has also been successfully achieved with 9 new members joining the club.
The President also acknowledged significant milestone member years of service:
Richard Gray – 45 years,
Frank Leigh – 45 Years, 
Geoff Heath (pictured left) – 40 years,
Neil Hookey (far left) – 35 years,
Graeme Hope (right)– 20 Years,
Fabienne Nichola – 15 Years,
Jo Anne Tamlyn – 15 Years,
Jeevan Vasimalla – 15 Years,
Andrew Hunter – 5 Years (Rotary Camberwell only),
Patty Laufenberg – 5 Years and
Joe Yeh – 5 Years. 
A Paul Harris recognition (https://www.rotary.org/en/history-paul-harris-fellow-recognition) was presented to Michael Blood (left), the club’s longest serving member who will complete 48 years in October 2024. The recognition is specifically for his outstanding commitment and contribution over the year. He is a fine example of ‘Service above Self’. 
Two other club members, Patrick Docherty (right) and Fabienne Nichola (below), were recognised with club service awards for their contribution to club related activities. 
The President introduced the new 2024-2025 Board (below) who will head each of the club’s avenues of service and achieve the new year’s goals.
With an emphasis of continuing with existing goals, a key initiative is the introduction of the John and Audrey Scholarship. This is to honour revered, long standing member John and his wife Audrey who are both recently deceased. The Scholarship will be provided to Camberwell High School who will award the scholarship to a worthy student each year. It aligns strongly with John’s passion to support education.
The final word from the president is to reinforce the Rotary International theme for the 2024-2025 year ‘The Magic of Rotary'. He stated: ‘Rotary over the years has made what seems impossible happen, so let’s continue to do what we do best!'
First held in 1966, the Camberwell Art Show (CAS) returns on 22 June 2024 https://camberwellartshow.org.au/ Since its inception the CAS has raised over $3M to support local, national and international humanitarian projects.
The Show is set up by the members of the Rotary Camberwell and volunteers including Swinburne students. Beyond the prize money, all funds raised (as with all Rotary fundraising) goes to the club’s charities.
The CAS relies on the generous support of sponsors including Swinburne University for providing a magnificent glass façade venue at its Technologies Centre with the benefit of Burwood Road frontage.
A major sponsor who has supported CAS for many years is Bendigo Community Bank of Canterbury, Ashburton, Surrey Hills and Balwyn. CAS would not be the success it is without the support of the City of Boroondara.
Other sponsors include:
TeamMED is a student-run group of Monash medical students pursuing their passion by contributing to global health, with a focus on the health needs of rural and regional populations. In early December 2023, participants of the TeamMED embarked on a successful and impactful humanitarian mission to Bhakanje, Nepal to assist with a 5-day health camp organised by the partner NGO, the Himalayan Guge Organisation.
Rachel Chen as a lead of this project, made an impressive presentation to the club early this year. She advised that a total of $10,294.45 was raised through generous donations from Rotary Clubs, friends, families, and bake sales. The majority of these funds were allocated to purchasing and transporting medications and medical supplies, and a portion was reserved to support its long-term goals. https://www.monash.edu/study-abroad/outbound/program-search/teammed-nepal
David Chu was inducted as a member of Rotary Camberwell on 8 May 2024. He states ‘As an educator, my passion has been to inspire young people and encourage them to unlock their full potential, helping them shape the future. In joining Rotary, I find a natural alignment with the values and mission of this organisation. The slogan, "Create Hope in the World," truly speaks to me, as it echoes my commitment to empowering others to envision and build a better tomorrow.
David is married to Tinna (pictured) and has 3 children who all attended his induction. Congratulations David and we look forward to your contribution to the club.
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
David Dobney
Jul 17, 2024 6:30 PM
School of St Jude's Tanzania, East Africa
St Jude's is a Rotary sponsored school. 
The school's moto is 'Poverty relief through education', and family poverty plus student aptitude is a pre requisite condition for acceptance, as graduates are expected to become professional people and leaders of the next generation in Tanzania.
David is a recently retired company director and  business person, married with grown children and five grandsons. He is a long term Rotarian, foundation member of Gisborne RC in 1977, President of Essendon North in 2005 and for the past two years, Chairperson of International service at my club Essendon North RC.
David is a ambassador for the school of St Jude's 
Camberwell Sunday Market - Volunteer Roster
Click here to see the Roster for July 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/