Welcome new member Amadini Perera

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.
Welcome new member Amadini Perera Fabienne Nichola 2024-06-17 14:00:00Z 0

The Camberwell Art Show returns to Swinburne University 22 June 2024

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:
The Camberwell Art Show returns to Swinburne University 22 June 2024  Fabienne Nichola 2024-06-16 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Camberwell President Changeover 12 June 2024

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!'
Rotary Camberwell President Changeover 12 June 2024  Fabienne Nichola 2024-06-16 14:00:00Z 0

Monash TeamMed delivers medical services to remote Nepal

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
Monash TeamMed delivers medical services to remote Nepal  Fabienne Nichola 2024-06-16 14:00:00Z 0

David Chu joins Rotary Camberwell 

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.
David Chu joins Rotary Camberwell 2024-06-16 14:00:00Z 0
Regionalization Update - Rotary Community Leader Joe Yeh 2024-04-28 14:00:00Z 0

Audrey Steven's Funeral

Last Friday a large number of Rotary Camberwell Members, partners and Past members gathered to farewell Audrey Steven, the wife of over 70 years of long-serving Club Member John Steven, who predeceased her less than a year ago. Audrey was deeply involved with Rotary with her much loved husband and was awarded two Paul Harris recognitions. Our thoughts are with her surviving adult children John, Jo and Peter (Past Member), and the many grand- and great grand-children.
Audrey Steven's Funeral Murray Anderson 2024-03-23 13:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Speaker Dr Gayle Smerdon and Chair Nav Muniratna

Guest speaker Dr Gayle Smerdon Management Coach, presented on the topic of ‘Overcoming Overwhelm’. Gayle is a writer, speaker, coach and trainer. She holds a PhD in the Social Sciences, and Grad. Dip. in Psychology. Her professional mantra is ‘Doing work that matters’.

Amongst the books she’s authored are ‘iDevelop: How to take charge of your professional development by becoming a conscious learner’, ‘DO ONE THING and do it deep: How to focus and energise your workplace’ and a work in progress titled on ‘Team Up: How to lift your people and productivity’, due for publication later in 2023.

With many people finding their lives are beyond busy, with too much to do and too little time, Gayle asked us to consider not just how to get better at being productive but to find ways to prioritise our tasks. But she encouraged us to ask bigger questions about what’s important to our lives and how we balance the different aspects that enrich us and help us be happy and healthy.
We don’t want to look back on lives that were busy but on lives that were full. Gayle acknowledged that while these are not things we don’t know, it’s easy to lose sight of them when overwhelmed with information, activities and distractions.
Gayle provided a number of tools we can use for clarity about what's important in our many roles at any stage of life and assist us in managing multiple tasks effectively. In short, she shared great insights on how to care for our own welfare by adopting some practical tips as we navigate the life’s ongoing demands.
Last Week's Speaker Dr Gayle Smerdon and Chair Nav Muniratna Fabienne Nichola 2023-09-14 14:00:00Z 0

ROMP Road Show – August 2023 Traralgon, Victoria


The Rotary Club of Camberwell has been engaged with Myeloma Australia since it began more than twenty-five years ago. The Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program (ROMP) is an ongoing community service program of the Rotary Club of Camberwell in collaboration with Myeloma Australia.

The ROMP Scholarship is a project run by a Rotary Club of Camberwell Committee, collaborating with Rotary Clubs of regional Victoria. The scholarship is offered to selected 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 online course is over a year on a part time basis. The scholarship is funded by participating Rotary clubs, their communities and sponsors.
‘We are tackling myeloma - and all cancers - in regional Victoria, one Rotary Club and one nurse at a time'.
ROMP Road Show – August 2023 Traralgon, Victoria  Peter Allen OAM 2023-09-05 14:00:00Z 0
Timor Rotary Consortium - Update 5th May 2023 John Walmsley 2023-05-04 14:00:00Z 0

The 2023 Camberwell Art Show

We are pleased to announce that the 2023 Camberwell Art Show will again be held in the Advanced Technologies Centre at Swinburne University (427 Burwood Road, Hawthorn), commencing with the Gala Opening on Friday 23 June, and then open to the public Saturday 24 June to Sunday 2 July.
For further information for both Artists and Patrons, ticket purchases and Subscription to the Camberwell Art Show Mailing List, please go to our dedicated website at http://www.camberwellartshow.org.au
The 2023 Camberwell Art Show Murray Anderson 2023-03-20 13:00:00Z 0

The 2023 Boroondara Volunteer Expo

Camberwell Rotary needs more Volunteers!

To do good in the world, we rely on our Club Members to help with our fundraising projects and help with our various charitable projects. Think of the Camberwell Art Show, the Camberwell Sunday Market, the Hawthorn Makers Market, Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network, Camp Getaway, even Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds.
And wouldn't it be great if new could engage some non-Rotarians to help us? They may even eventually become new Members!
Well, the City of Boroondara is holding the Boroondara Volunteer Expo on Wednesday 22 March at the Hawthorn Town Hall from 12pm - 6pm and President Fabienne has agreed to have a table at the Expo to attract new volunteers.
The 2023 Boroondara Volunteer Expo Murray Anderson 2023-02-23 13:00:00Z 0

Greetings from Everyone at Hearing and Beyond

Posted by Kieran Healy

As the year is coming to a close I look back on what has been, yet again, another difficult year financially. However, we have again made it through the year.

Thanks to a small Band of Angels who continue to offer their unwavering support. We are so Blest to be surrounded by our Angels.

Greetings from Everyone at Hearing and Beyond Kieran Healy 2023-01-28 13:00:00Z 0
“ROMP” - successfully tackling cancer in regional Victoria“One Rotary Club at a time... one nurse at a time”  Peter Allen OAM 2022-12-18 13:00:00Z 0

ClubRunner Corner - December

Ever wondered if you have already registered for the next Club Meeting? Did you remember to register your spouse/partner/guest? Ever wondered what your upcoming volunteer commitments are? Then look no further than "My ClubRunner" and "My Profile/Commitments"!
Simply log in to the Member Area on the Home Page (top right-hand corner) and select My ClubRunner then Commitments - simples (as the meerkat says)!
I also notice that some Members have never logged in to the Member Area of the Home Page, and others are infrequent - I encourage all Members to log in regularly (you only have to do it once as your computer/device will remember your login details), as this gives you access to a wide range of Club documentation and functionality not available to non-members. For instance, once you are logged in, you can use the Calendar that appears on our Home Page to register and pay for events - you don't have to wait for emails and reminders.
So please log in and check out your profile - if you have forgotten your password, there is a reset functionality available on the website, and if you require any further assistance, as always please don't hesitate to contact me.
ClubRunner Corner - December Murray Anderson 2022-12-01 13:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now Movie Fundraiser - The Lost King Kieran Healy 2022-11-19 13:00:00Z 0

2022 Rotary Zone 8 Conference

The conference was held at The National Convention Centre, Canberra located within the city centre. 400 Rotarians and spouses attended from across Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. The conference recently opened to anyone in Rotary in the Oceania region.
There was a distinct level of additional energy and enthusiasm with the representation of a younger cohort. The conference was jointly chaired and both had equal representation on topics covered.  A quote that reinforces the importance of this partnership is ‘What we do today will determine if Rotary is here in the future’. The impact Rotaractors in Oceania and globally augurs well for the future of Rotary. A relatively new development I was unaware of is that it is now possible to have dual membership, that is, be a member of both a Rotary club and a Rotaract club - something I will consider pursuing.
2022 Rotary Zone 8 Conference Fabienne Nichola 2022-11-05 13:00:00Z 0

Timor Rotary Consortium - Update 

Greetings Fellow Consortium Members and Supporters,

We are now able to report that a very successful visit to Timor-Leste has been completed on behalf of the Consortium to view the progress made over the past two years on this project. 

Timor Rotary Consortium - Update John Walmsley 2022-10-27 13:00:00Z 0

Moshi Week 3

Another week doing the updates for the students at our secondary schools and Kaloleni primary. So lovely to hear “Mama Kerry” around the community. They haven’t forgotten this mzungu...
Moshi Week 3 Kerry Anne Frost 2022-09-17 14:00:00Z 0
Message from District Secretary Kieran Healy 2022-09-03 14:00:00Z 0

Moshi Week 2

Hi all,
As always things are polepole (slow) so achieving my list of ‘jobs to do’ each week never really happens.
We spent most of the week catching up with the various primary schools, checking on the kids and trying to get a letter written and a short video. Their English is so incredibly poor.
Accommodation is very basic and to get enough warm water to wash my hair is a challenge. There is also no wifi at the accommodation.
I have resorted to buying a ‘router’ for wifi for Team Vista house. Costly but what a difference it has made.....
Moshi Week 2  Kerry Anne Frost 2022-07-10 14:00:00Z 0


2022 Changeover Dinner

It was a wonderful night had by all at this year's changeover dinner, as we thank outgoing President Patrick for his service and welcome incoming President Fabienne. 
2022_07_06_Changeover-Dinner Kieran Healy 2022-07-09 14:00:00Z 0

ROMP Goes to Warrnambool

From L to R: Peter Allen (Rotary Camberwell), Bob McMullin (Rotary Club of Warrnambool Central), Chris Rantall (Guest speaker), John Hutson ( Rotary Club of Warrnambool Central & event organiser) and Adrian Campbell (Rotary Camberwell)
The City of Warrnambool celebrated the 150th running of the Grand Annual Steeplechase this week, and the pre meet lunch organised by the Warrnambool Central Rotary Club was attended by 130 guests from all over the State. The charity partner of the event was Myeloma Australia, and our Club members Peter Allen and Adrian Campbell joined the lunch - representing the Club's award winning Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program (ROMP). We are pleased to report about $9,000 was raised for the Myeloma Foundation on the day through very generous donations and raffles - special thanks to local Rotary organisers John Hutson and Bob McMillan (who lives with myeloma).
The Warrnambool community are remarkable ambassadors & fundraisers for those living with Myeloma - with this lunch event together with the city's recent 38mate Walk in February, they have now raised close to $20,000 for the cause - which is the best result of any town or city in Australia. Well done Warrnambool.
The Camberwell Club's multi District ROMP initiative has sown seeds in Rotary Clubs all over the State, to support those living with blood cancers in regional Victoria and to improve health outcomes for those dealing with cancer. A cause worth fighting for in all our regional communities.
ROMP Goes to Warrnambool Murray Anderson 2022-05-03 14:00:00Z 0
2022 Camberwell Art Show Murray Anderson 2022-02-11 13:00:00Z 0

2022 Camberwell Art Show - Dates Confirmed!

Swinburne University have now confirmed the following dates for the 2022 Camberwell Art Show. Put 20 June to 5 July in your diaries and calendars now. Remember a successful Art Show is by far our largest fund-raiser, which in turn powers our community projects both here and overseas.
Details are as follows:
2022 Camberwell Art Show - Dates Confirmed! Murray Anderson 2022-02-09 13:00:00Z 0
Australia Day in the Park 2022 Murray Anderson 2022-01-14 13:00:00Z 0
Fun of the Fair - Yarra Bank Playground Family Fun Day Murray Anderson 2021-10-20 13:00:00Z 0

Groceries for Asylum Seekers

Groceries for Asylum Seekers.
we seek the following items from club members.
They're looking for the following things;
  • Tuna in oil 400g
  • Tinned tomatoes 400g
  • Honey small bottles
  • Raw unsalted nuts almonds, walnuts, cashews
  • Spices small packs cumin, turmeric, chilli
  • Coconut cream
  • Sweet and savoury biscuits
  • Dried fruit apricots, dates
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam
  • Full cream UHT milk 1 litre
  • Deodorant spray
  • Disposable razors
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Laundry power max 1kg
  • Dishwashing liquid 1 litre
With the intention of helpfulness, I’m again offering to pick up groceries for asylum seekers in the following areas; Boroondara, Stonnington, Burwood, Doncastor and Templestowe.
Thanks to all those who have previously donated. The Refugee mob are so grateful. Richard O'Brien and I now using the Community Centre in Alphington to drop off your donations. Here's a snap of the Alphington Staff loading their cupboard.
All the best 
Cheers Steve Clarke
Groceries for Asylum Seekers oluwakemi shobowale 2021-07-09 14:00:00Z 0

 Bairnsdale Cluster Project 31st July/1st August

Good Afternoon

I hope you are all keeping well. I am writing to you all today in a last bd effort to get a project done that our Cluster has been working on for over 12 months.

Working with the East Gippsland Rotary Clubs and Landcare we would like to achieve the planting of 7000 trees over the weekend of 31st July/1st August.

Due to the last Covid 19 lockdown our initial planting date has been and gone. We are running out of time to get these trees into the ground.

I ask if you could kindly extend an invitation to your members to join us at this wonderful project.  

I do apologise for the very late notice but I am not prepared to cancel the project. As Victorians are free to travel many of our initial volunteers have taken the opportunity to travel interstate so I am seeking more volunteers.

The goal of this project was to plant as many trees as possible over a weekend, to inject much needed income into these towns who during covid have seen very few holiday makers and of course enjoy the fellowship of fellow Rotarians. Peter Sindrey, President of Lakes Entrance Rotary has worked tirelessly to make this project happen and it is up to us to ensure we see the project through.

Ideally I would like to confirm our numbers to Peter no later than Monday next week 31st July/1st August:

  • Rotarians and or friends of Rotarians to book their own accommodation. We will be based in Bairnsdale. A variety of accommodation is available.
  • Lunch will be provided on both the Saturday and the Sunday, buses will transport our volunteers out to 4 properties
  • A function will be organised at the Bairnsdale RSL for Saturday night 31st August
  • We encourage our volunteers to bring basic gardening tools,. (gloves, hand tools, spades, rakes, picks etc..)
  • Good footwear is essential
  • Wet weather gear.

If you have any members interested in attending or need more information,  please do not hesitate to contact me: 

Donna Martin, Bacchus Marsh Rotary Club

0437 177 031 dlmartin260@gmail.com

Bairnsdale Cluster Project 31st July/1st August oluwakemi shobowale 2021-07-09 14:00:00Z 0
Photo Collage from Wednesday's Meeting oluwakemi shobowale 2021-07-09 14:00:00Z 0

May Rotary updates

May is.....
Every month in Rotary has a special purpose. 
Refer to your Club Directory if you are planning an event to correlate with the Rotary Calendar.
May is also National Myeloma month in Australia.
May is National Myeloma Month - and for the Rotary Club of Camberwell, our ROMP project.
ROMP - the Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program - is our Club's Centenary year project, in collaboration with Myeloma Australia.  Myeloma is an incurable blood cancer, of no known cause, which affects approximately 2000 Australians every year.
This RC100 accredited project is designed to provide access for all people diagnosed with Myeloma in Victoria to have easy access to a Myeloma support nurse and support group, run in-person or via virtual means.  Our club ROMP committee are pleased to report that all 9 jurisdictions across Victoria, supported by local Rotary clubs, are now linked into this excellent program.  And this week, their "38mate" program was launched - checkout the photos below!
38 Australians are diagnosed with Myeloma every week - every myeloma patient, their family and regional myeloma communities deserve ready access to specialist myeloma nurses, information about evolving myeloma treatments and advice about living with myeloma.
If you haven't yet received your copy of the ROMP newsletter, ask Adrian Campbell or Peter Allen for a copy.
May Rotary updates Josie Tramonte 2021-05-06 14:00:00Z 0 #Cancercouncil,#camberwellrotaryclub,#rotaryleadership,#survivorship
Rotarians against Malaria Josie Tramonte 2021-04-16 14:00:00Z 0

AI beehives installed at Victorian ports to detect biosecurity threats

March 31, 2021
Artificially intelligent beehives are being installed at Victorian ports to protect against exotic pests and diseases.
Bega Cheese’s Purple Hive project, a solar-powered device that detects bee pest Varroa destructor, will be installed alongside several sentinel hives managed and monitored by Agriculture Victoria.
Purple Hive provides alerts in real-time using artificial intelligence and 360-degree camera technology. It has been tested in New Zealand, where the mite is established, to prepare for installation at the Port of Melbourne.
AI beehives installed at Victorian ports to detect biosecurity threats  2021-04-02 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Donations in Kind West Footscray Store Achievements to March 2021

There have been many significant achievements in 21 years: DIK have a new Store, new equipment, and an increased capacity to assist our stakeholders to help others. We also wish to highlight achievements over the last 21 years and thank the people and organisations who have made this possible. Donations in Kind operations in other states conduct similar activities. Rotary’s involvement in this area started over 50 years ago and in 1987 Donations in Kind was established as the nation-wide Rotary project. 
Achievements to date:
Rotary Donations in Kind West Footscray Store Achievements to March 2021 Josie Tramonte, Don Jago 2021-04-02 13:00:00Z 0


And yes!!!! we are plus two again at Rotary Camberwell.
A big welcome to our newest members, Yvonne Wills and Robert O'Reilly.
                                       Yvonne Wills
                                                                  Robert O'Reilly. 
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Camberwell Rotary - Bushfire Relief

2020 has been quite a year starting out with the bushfires and followed by the Covid pandemic. This article is intended to bring you up to date with our Club’s significant contribution to the bushfire relief effort after the catastrophic devastation which occurred at the start of this year.
Camberwell Rotary - Bushfire Relief jeevan vasimalla 2020-11-15 13:00:00Z 0
Living on a rubbish dump in Tanzania Jeevan Vasimalla 2020-08-21 14:00:00Z 0
Supporting refugees through Covid 19 Steve Clarke 2020-08-11 14:00:00Z 0
Clean Drinking Water for Vietnam  2020-06-24 14:00:00Z 0

Disaster Relief Food Packaging

Our recent disaster relief food packaging night put together 18,000 meals ready to be delivered to a needy spot. Typically these meals are provide to villages wiped our by typhoon or flood. Consisting of 3 basic ingredients and a sachet of essential minerals these meals are stored in  air tight foil and heat sealed bags, boxed and ready for delivery to disaster location.
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