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President’s Update 

As a club, we have had a frantic February with great turn outs of members to Club      Meetings, Farmers Market, Theatre Night Fundraiser, 2019 Victorian Multi-District      Conference and Annual Charity Sailing Evening.


It is my aim for the club, to continue to promote good speakers, provide leadership    development, and bring value to our members and reasons to participate in Rotary    events.


I am looking forward to an outstanding March.




Order of Australia awarded to Hampton Rotary’s Jennifer Newton

in Australia Day Honours List! 

Congratulations to our very own Jennifer Newton who was awarded an Order of Australia for services to the community of Hampton during the Australia Day honours list. Everyone who knows Jen will agree what a well-deserved award this was. Jen has worked tirelessly for the community…and beyond…and it’s great to see her hard work being recognized.



Joint Bayside Rotary Clubs’ Initiative

Launch of the Inaugural Bayside Business Excellence Awards 

Hampton Rotary, together with all Bayside Rotary Clubs (Brighton, Brighton North, Beaumaris and Sandringham), is proud to announce the upcoming launch of the inaugural 2019 Bayside Business Excellence Awards. This Awards program has been developed in conjunction with Bayside Business Network and supported by Bayside City Council to recognise and celebrate the outstanding performance of local businesses across the Bayside area.


There are a range of business categories available to attract diverse participants and a robust and independent Judging Panel will undertake the shortlisting process.


The Awards will be launched at the Bayside Business Network breakfast on 5th March when nominations will open. If you have a business in the Bayside area or know of someone who does, this could be an opportunity to enter this prestigious Awards program and be recognised as a leading Bayside business.



Hampton Rotary Theatre Night Fundraiser

Special Preview Performance of “After Miss Julie” 

What a great night many members and friends had for the fundraising theatre night to see the preview performance of “After Miss Julie” at the Brighton Theatre Company on 14th February. There were more than 60 who came along, who enjoyed not only superb performances from the actors in this compelling play, but also the opportunity to mingle with them after the show. The Club raised around $1,800 from this fundraiser, which contributes to our funding of local community projects. Thanks to everyone who supported this event!



Annual Charity Sailing Night at Sandringham Yacht Club 

We conducted our annual charity sailing evening at the Sandringham Yacht Club and hosted the Holland Foundation who joined us in enjoying a sailing experience on Port Phillip Bay. The Holland Foundation trains long term unemployed in all aspects of retail and office administration and since 2013, they have helped 317 people find jobs.


The sailing evening was a fun night, with good sailing conditions, experiences for everyone and a delicious barbeque to finish.


The club would like to extend grateful thanks to all who made the evening a success.



Rotary Peace Forum & Multi-District Conference Held in Melbourne in February


Rotary Peace Forum
Seven members of the Rotary Club of Hampton were privileged to attend the second Peace Conference held in Australia. Rotary has long been active in promoting international peace and is active in training key leaders to work in emerging conflict zones. Steve Killalea from Australia demonstrated the economic benefits of peace from data compiled by his Global Economics Institute, in partnership with Rotary. Some rankings were NZ 2, Canada 6, Australia 11, Syria 163.


Dr. Tilman Ruff of Melbourne University explained the recent establishment of a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the current quest for its ratification (23 so far) and the Nobel Peace Prize won by his organisation. This was a very sobering address and really demonstrated the need to ban Nuclear weapons.


A Victoria Police commander explained the practical benefits that he and 13 other serving officers received from attending one of Rotary’s five masters degree or certificate courses around the world.


Multi-District Conference
The opening address was by Lord Mayor, Sally Capp. The Melbourne City Council is working on a radical new approach to introduce a scheme where the homeless will have secure lockers to store their “stuff”, leaving them free to attend appointments, get a meal, or go to the bathroom.

Dr. Stephanie Urchick, with the aid of a matching grant and the Rotary Club of Krakow, was able to secure mammography equipment and a biopsy unit for a hospital in Poland. This project helped re-establish Rotary in Poland post communism.


John Soe was stricken with polio at 4 months of age and it was then that he was given to an orphanage for being cursed. Eventually, at the age of 13, he was adopted by a Dutch Rotarian living in Singapore. Until then he had never been hugged. The “nobody’s child” is now a strong, competent and inspiring person.


Dr. Edna Ismail was a retired midwife in Somaliland which had been destroyed by war and over 250,000 people were killed. Edna asked her ex-husband (the Somaliland President) for some land to build a hospital. He donated a tip which was cleared eventually for a maternity hospital. Now midwives are trained there and many thousands of children have been safely born.


Brittany Arthur was not only our MC but had previously emceed the Rotary International Conference in Toronto. She is a Rotaract President in Berlin and commutes to Tokyo for her own business. Her address to the Conference was about connecting Rotary to the Alumni and Youth. We need to sell the fact that ‘Rotary is the place to be’ to the younger generations. They look for mentoring, project engagement, professional contact and team dynamics.


Grace Forrest addressed the problem of human slavery and how many of us inadvertently buy clothing, etc. which is manufactured in sweat shops. We need to be aware of the source of our expenditure.


A very amusing look at our underwater world was given by Sheree Marris. This was a very revealing insight into the marine life in Port Phillip Bay. Wow, you just don’t know what you are living in reach of.


There were several panel discussions and an excellent series of performances by Youth Exchange students, circus performers and BUSYFEET (an inspirational, young diverse group).

We enjoyed an exceptional Gala Dinner for 1000 and danced like there was no tomorrow. We almost behaved.

Sunday morning we listened to our Districts' goals and met the exchange students. Ian Riseley spoke about his and Juliet’s years in Chicago. It was announced that the 2023 International Convention would be in Melbourne.

We returned to the main hall of the Convention Centre where Christine Nixon (former Commissioner of Victoria Police) spoke about her leadership in a male environment and the battle to increase the female membership of the police force.

The morning concluded with wonderful entertainment by Marina Prior.

This was the first multidistrict conference in the Rotary world. It was incredibly enlightening and so much fun.

Our next District conference will be in Echuca (March 20/21). Looking forward to it.



Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 16 February

This month’s market proved to be a stunning day - sunny conditions and excellent participation. We had the generous support of volunteers this month from Berendale School and would like to thank them for their great work in assisting with so many of the tasks in setting up and running the market.


This month we hosted Hampton Community Centre, who aid and encourage learning at all ages for employment, interest and self-fulfilment. In participating in learning experiences, individuals meet new people and form new connections with their community.


We also had Highett Neighbourhood Community House Highett Neighbourhood Community House Inc. (HNCH) which is an independent not for profit community centre where everyone is invited to learn new skills, socialise and be active. They have a large range of special interest groups and activities for toddlers, through to teens and up to seniors.


Another community stall that featured this month was organised by year nine students from St Leonard’s College, East Brighton. They were offering a beautiful range of their home cooked cakes, biscuits and chocolates to raise funds for an impoverished hill tribe community in Chiang Dao region, Thailand. The funds are going towards purchasing building materials to construct a brick house and essential items to support village members. The girls Amy and Danae will be travelling with the school to Thailand to build the house and help local students to understand English and distribute items to people in most need.


We also had all the great food and produce stalls with the addition of a jumping castle for the children.


Youth Projects Update



Hampton Rotary Supporting WhiteLion Project

To Assist Secondary Students Become “Work-Ready” 

The WhiteLion Mock Interview Program assists students from Years 9 to Year 12 to become “work-ready”. Volunteers conduct short interviews with students as well as provide feedback on their resume, presentation and performance. This is a great project now seeking more volunteers for the next program to be conducted at the Cheltenham Secondary College from 9am to 3pm on Wednesday 6th March. If you have the time available and business experience to share with students, you can contact Christine Lindsey for more information on 04219 1620 or email:


Community Projects Update



School Hearing Readiness Program Kicks-Off This Year on

Saturday 4 May – SAVE THE DATE!

In preparation for the transition to school, children currently enrolled at kindergartens and childcare centres in Bayside are invited to attend a free hearing screening appointment.

Hampton Rotary initiated this project which has been running successfully now for a number of years and we will be seeking volunteers shortly to assist run this important project on the day.

For further information you can contact Marie Arendsen from Hampton Rotary on 0402 457 570 or Bayside City Council, Family Services Department on 9599 4755.



Friendship Leader Awards at St Mary's Primary School, Hampton 

Hampton Rotary has been presenting the Friendship Awards at St Mary's Primary School Hampton since 2000.


The award at St Mary's is known as The Spirit of St Mary's and is presented to a year 6 girl and boy who in the opinion of their peers best possess the values of Kindness, Responsibility, Fairness, Friendship and Acceptance by their peers.


Earlier this month Geoff Tickner presented the awards to Chloe Helling and Piero Palleschi. Each receives a congratulatory letter from the Club and a $50.00 book voucher to a local bookstore. Their names have been added to the Friendship Leaders' Honour Board for all to see. The students and their parents will be invited to a Club meeting towards the end of their year to outline their role within the school.




Plant-A-Tree Challenge - Save The Date Saturday 1 June 2019 

Plant-A-Tree is a Rotary project rolled out around the globe. This year, Hampton Rotary is again proposing to work with the local community and Council to plant more trees along the foreshore.

Save the date for this year’s challenge:
When: Saturday, 1 June: 10am-12noon
For more details contact Geoff Tickner
Mobile:0412 834 347



International Projects Update



Volunteers Needed to Help Pack Medical Supplies To Be Sent To The Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital in Cambodia

The Rotary Club of Hampton had supported a project which involved volunteers from the Nokor Tep Foundation Australia, Hampton Rotary and other Rotary Clubs working at the Rotary “Donations In Kind” warehouse at Footscray in Melbourne, to sort and pack medical supplies, uniforms and linen. Based on the requirements for the hospital as determined and advised by the Nokor Tep Foundation Cambodia, some of these supplies were earmarked for inclusion in a 40’ container that was shipped to the hospital last year.


Another container of medical supplies will be sorted and packed throughout 2019 and details are now available of days when volunteers will be required to assist with this project.

March – 7 & 28     April – 4 & 11     May – 2 & 16     June – 6 & 20

Saturday working bees:  2/3, 4/5, 6/7, 7/9, 2/11

If you are interested in being involved, contact Christine Lindsey at You can also check out full details on the Nokor Tep Foundation and the Hospital at:


Upcoming Events


Check Out the Hampton Rotary Website For Details Of Upcoming Club Meetings and Events

You will find the calendar of events available on the Hampton Rotary website:



Club Meeting 5th March – Guest Speaker Monica Cashin from the Music and Brain Foundation

Music and The Brain Foundation is a national organisation of ordinary people working together at a community level to promote the use of music in the prevention, treatment and management of brain related disorders. The Foundation is a registered health promotion charity endorsed by the ATO and governed by a Board of diverse individuals with support from a truly remarkable and enthusiastic group of volunteers.

The volunteers play as a team and together are quiet achievers. They don’t publish press releases or seek appearances on breakfast television or radio. Nor do they feature in ABC documentaries or 7.30 reports. They tend to fly under the radar and are careful not to take onboard more than they can deliver preferring to grow organically with referrals built on respect, good will and relevancy. They like to do what needs to be done and then get out of the way to let it happen.

Determined to be sustainable in their own right, the Foundation has been successful in generating its own cash flow by developing innovative products and services which give practical application to its vision and mission. With no paid staff, this money remains in Australia where it is used to fund Australian programs which promote the use of music in the prevention, treatment and management of brain related disorders at a community level.


The Foundation does not engage in academic research but sees its role as that of a responder translating evidence based research into real and practical applications in response to needs. The Foundation’s innovative programs which are accessible nationally will be the focus of Monica’s presentation on March 5th



Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 16th March

Our next Farmers’ Market will be held on Saturday, 16th March. The stallholders will have all the latest in-season produce available so you can stock the pantry. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more details about the market, check out the website at:



Bike Ride for Medical Research Nar Nar Goon to Grantville – 17th-22nd March 

This bike ride celebrates the 10th Anniversary of The Great Australian Bike Ride and supports medical research through Australian Rotary Health. This year, Hampton Rotary Club Member, Jen Newton, will be one of the drivers supporting the cyclists while they aim to cycle 600kms over 6 days and raise sponsorship monies along the way!


For more information about this fundraising event, visit:



Rotary Donations-In-Kind Open Day Saturday 23 March 2019

Many Rotary local and international projects have benefited from access to the vast resource of supplies available at the Rotary Donations-In-Kind warehouse in West Footscray. The recent Hampton Rotary project which involved shipping a container of medical supplies to the Nokor Tep Hospital in Cambodia is one example of where the DIK warehouse has been an essential resource.

The Open Day at the warehouse is a fantastic opportunity to see first-hand what supplies are available, have a tour of the warehouse, and meet Rotarians from different Clubs to come together and exchange ideas.


More details on the Open Day will be available soon but note this date in your diary now! For further details contact Christine Lindsey at: