As we progress through our first month of the new Rotary year, we have been incredibly busy with service activities, social activities, community involvement and international projects as you will see from the articles in this Herald.
The Timor Leste Project has been completed, and special recognition must be made to Jenny Fox for driving this project from the outset. It has required a massive amount of effort by Jenny and other club members and they should be proud of this achievement.
We have been working this month with a reduced number of members due to absences from holiday travel and illness which highlights the need for all members to encourage their friends and colleges to become club members, so we can share the load and achieve more as a club.
I am looking forward to the upcoming 2019 Bayside Business Excellence Awards which have been made possible by the outstanding work by
Christine Lindsey and the committee. I wish to encourage all our members to attend the Award Gala Evening in September and continue to be involved in all of the clubs upcoming activities.
Nominations Are Now in and Judging Is Underway for the 2019 Bayside Business Excellence Awards!
Judging has now commenced for the Bayside Business Excellence Awards, a Bayside Rotary initiative. With numerous entries received and an overall very high calibre of Nomination Applications, the judges will have a hard task to choose the winners.
Finalists will be announced in August and Winners announced at the Awards Gala Evening on Thursday 19th September.
For more details about the Awards Program and the Awards Gala Event, visit the website at:
A lively forum was conducted with great contribution of all attendees discussing the club’s plans going forward.
Club Meeting 9th July
Richard Amon, CEO of Disability Sport and Recreation told us about the great work DSR is doing with people with disabilities giving many of them a new enjoyment in their lives.
Nokor Tep Hospital Cambodia Update from Cathy Emmerson - Tuesday 23rd July
Cathy Emmerson, from the Nokor Tep Hospital Foundation Australia, provided an update on the tremendous progress after the launch of the Hospital in April this year:
Great Turnout for the Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 20 July
What a fantastic turnout we had for our July Farmers’ Market. Record numbers braved the wintery conditions to check out all the seasonal produce….as well as the “new look” market. We had the generous support of volunteers this month from the Sandybeach Community Centre 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. Our next market will be held on Saturday 17th August. Put the date in your diary now!
Community Projects Update
Plant-A-Tree Challenge - 6th July
On Saturday 6 July 2019, a fine and sunny day, Hampton Rotarians, partners and friends together with Rotarians from Beaumaris, Cheltenham and Sandringham planted 200 trees, bushes and succulents and watered them in under the supervision of Citywide, the Bayside Council’s horticultural contractors. Wind protection sleeves were added as an additional task.
This day may become an annual event. It stems from a request by Past Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, who during his Presidential Year, challenged Rotarians worldwide to each plant one tree as a project to build a more sustainable planet.
International Projects Update
Timor Leste Water Project – Supplying Clean Water to Local Villages
The final report for this project has been submitted to The Rotary Foundation.
Plan International in Timor L’Este worked with the village chiefs and the local water authorities to supply clean, adequate water to the villages of Manumera, Quiorema and Mausoromata. This involved renewing and extending pipelines and access taps, installation and/or repairs to tanks and spring water outlets, installing new hand washing stations at schools as well as education and training of the local committees.
Each village now has a ‘water committee’ to manage their system. They have been trained by Plan International and provided with the necessary tools to make repairs if required and will be overseen by the local water authority.
The project was not without difficulties as the weather and road conditions delayed delivery of construction equipment and took a large toll on vehicles which added fuel and maintenance costs. This was not surprising as these villages are in the most inaccessible part of Timor L’Este.
Thanks to all the Clubs who contributed to this most worthwhile project who have contributed to make a difference to the health and lives of the 1200 inhabitants.
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.
Fundraising Dinner to support Disability Sports – Tuesday 30th July
This dinner is to support the DSRs CyclePower initiative to empower people with disabilities to show the world that physical activity is for everyone – no matter their ability.
During August, a group of like-minded people who are passionate about cycling, travel and making a difference, will set out on an unforgettable 10-day cycling adventure covering more than 450km through the stunning Thailand and Malaysian landscape.
The dinner will feature a Q&A with Penny Stevenson, who is the first vision impaired cyclist to take part in CyclePower. There are door prizes and a raffle on the night.
Club Meeting – Tuesday 6th August – Guest Speaker: Mariam Issa from Resiliant Aspiring Women
Mariam is the co-founder of RAW (Resilient Aspiring Women), a non for profit organisation that supports women through intercultural dialogue and exchange facilitated by storytelling, cooking and gardening at her home in Brighton East. At aged 30, Mariam moved to Melbourne from her Somali homeland with her husband and 4 children, where she established the RAW garden. Some years ago RC Hampton assisted Mariam by building a chicken coop and a pergola which is used for gatherings of women from many cultures.
Mariam has written a book, ‘A Resilient Life’, is on the board of Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and an Ambassador for Refugee Council of Australia. She was awarded the Ambassador of Peace award from the Universal Peace Federation for her on-going work amongst Melbourne’s culturally diverse population. Her most recent project is to send a container of educational supplies to Somalia.
Club Meeting – Tuesday, 13th August – Guest Speaker: Melanie Tighe, Manager Highett NeighbourhoodCommunity Centre
Melanie is the Manager of the Highett Neighbourhood Community House & the Hampton Community Centre. Kate Knight is the Events Co-ordinator. Both centres are not for profit organisations that deliver low cost socially inclusive activities and events to the community.
Annually over 60,000 people visit the centres which are in Council owned buildings but operate independently of the Council. Approximately 20% of our income comes from Council. Staff at the Centres also oversee outreach to 2 local public housing estates and provide breakfast & homework club for primary age children and active activities for seniors.
They are currently engaged in co-producing a seminar on Social Prescription on RUOK day for health professionals and a Bayside community expo showcasing to residents what is out there if they want to get involved.
Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 17th August
Our next Farmers’ Market will be held on Saturday, 17th August. 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:
Club Meeting – Tuesday 27th August – Guest Speaker: Dr Lone Jespersen
Movie Night Fundraiser – Downtown Abbey Movie – Thursday 12th September
Come join us for a fun evening on Thursday 12th of September to watch the Opening Night of the Downton Abbey movie. Following on from the hugely successful and long running television series, Downton Abbey follows the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house. This evening is a fundraiser, supporting local community projects, and is hosted by the Rotary Club of Hampton. Tickets are $25 (including a glass of wine).
Palace Dendy Brighton
26 Church Street, Brighton, Vic 3186
Bayside Business Excellence Awards – Gala Event Thursday 19th September
The Bayside Business Awards program has been developed by the Bayside Rotary Clubs with Bayside Business Network and supported by Bayside City Council to recognise and celebrate the outstanding performance of local businesses across the Bayside area.
The winners of the various Award Categories will be announced at a spectacular gala event on Thursday 19th September at the Sandringham Yacht Club. This black tie affair will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the many and varied local successful businesses. Bookings can be made at the Awards website. Visit: