We are thrilled to welcome another new member to the Club – Hans Stahl. Hans, who recently relocated from Germany and works at BMW, was recently inducted at a Club Meeting this month.
Club Meeting - Tuesday 1st October - Grant Holland, Executive Director Holland Foundation (2018-2019 Community Grant Recipient)
Grant was a speaker at the Club Meeting on the 1st of October, to share the story of the Holland Foundation, one of the Club’s 2018-2019 Community Grant’s Recipients. The Holland Foundation is a registered charitable Foundation, which has a variety of programs all of which aim to empower rather than hand out. One of the most innovative projects is an on-site retail and office administration training program run from the Foundation’s Op-shop and office in a busy shopping strip in South East Melbourne.
In just over 6 years, 561 people in this program have been trained and helped to get employment.
It was enlightening to hear of the work being done by the Foundation, at a time when retail is proving challenging for many businesses. Their success at upskilling and building confidence in young people and creating a pathway for them into employment, is an inspiring success story.
Bayside Business Excellence Awards – Gala Event Thursday 3rd October 2019 – An Outstanding Success for Bayside Rotary Clubs!
The inaugural 2019 Bayside Business Excellence Awards was developed by five Bayside Rotary Clubs (Hampton, Brighton, Brighton North, Beaumaris and Sandringham), Bayside Business Network and supported by Bayside City Council to recognize and celebrate the outstanding performance of local businesses across the Bayside area. This was a unique project for Rotary, given that 5 Rotary Clubs, across two different Districts, worked collaboratively to develop and market the Awards program across the Bayside business community.
There were 11 different Awards Categories presented to winners at a prestigious Gala Event held on the 3rd of October at the Sandringham Yacht Club, which was completely SOLD OUT! With over 250 people attending, this was an outstanding stellar event which provided a unique opportunity to showcase Rotary, it’s Clubs and projects to the Bayside business community.
Club Meeting - Tuesday 8th October - Julian Vautin, Grants Coordinator, Nagel Preschool (2018-2019 Community Grant Recipient)
Julian was a presenter at the Club meeting on Tuesday 8th of October, sharing the details of the garden project at Nagel Preschool, another recipient of the Club’s Community Grant’s program for 2018-2019. Julian updated the Club on how this project has provided an opportunity to teach children at the pre-school on food sources, as well as sustainability, which has been a very worthwhile project for the kinder community.
Trivia Night Fundraising Event on Saturday 12th October A Huge Success Raising Funds for Local Community Projects
What a fantastic night we had at the Rotary Club of Hampton’s Trivia Night Fundraiser on the 12th October. This SOLD OUT event, attracting more than 120 people, packed out the Hampton Bowls Club. Everyone was entertained by Funky Bunch, our hosts for the night, who conducted 8 lively trivia rounds, as well as quizzes and games throughout the night.
On the night, everyone supported this fundraising cause by bidding on a range of more than 40 auction items. A big thankyou to all the local businesses and Hampton Traders who supported this event by generously donating items for the auctions (…and a BIG thanks to Rhonda Pincott for her determined legwork to visit all the traders to secure support and donations of all the auction items on the night). We’d also like to thank the Rotary Clubs of Sandringham and Beaumaris who also supported this event by bringing along teams on the night as well.
Thank you to the amazing organizing committee (Annette Grime and Rhonda Pincott) for all their hard work in the lead-up to the big night, and all the Club members who assisted in the lead-up to the event as well as on the night.
This fundraising event helped raise much needed funds for Hampton Rotary projects such as our upcoming Community Grants Program, which provides grants for a number of worthy local community projects.
Club Meeting - Tuesday 15th October - John Billing, Chairman Casting for Recovery Victoria
John was the presenter at our Club Meeting on 15th October. John is the Chairman of Casting for Recovery Victoria whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic activities of fly casting.
John shared the details of this innovative program which offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, renew their energy for life and experience the healing gained from networking with others and reconnecting with nature. Breast cancer survivors of all ages are supported in all stages of recovery, at no cost to participants. Participants are also provided with post-retreat referrals to their nearest fly-fishing club so that they can continue to enjoy participating in similar activities into the future.
Bayside Farmers’ Market on Saturday 19th October
Another great market this month, with crowds coming out in force again to support this fabulous community event. This month, we had the generous support of volunteers from St Johns Kindergarten 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 16th November. Put the date in your diary now!
Club 24th Birthday Celebration at Cilantro Restaurant – Tuesday 22nd October
Hampton Rotary celebrated its 24th birthday with a fabulous dinner at Cilantro Restaurant, Holmesglen campus Moorabbin. Not only was this a great opportunity to celebrate a birthday milestone with members, family and friends, but also to support this hospitality training restaurant, where students create authentic cuisine and provide an exemplary service experience.
Community Projects Update
Annual Community Grants Program (2019-2020) – Closing Soon!
The Rotary Club of Hampton’s annual Community Grants Program supports projects proposed by community groups which strengthen and enrich community life. This is a fantastic opportunity for these groups to apply for a financial boost to a worthy community project! These projects could include leisure, cultural, community development, environmental, health, education, sporting or welfare programs and activities.
Grant applications close on 31st October. Full details can be downloaded HERE.
Christmas Cheer Coming to Bayside – Bayside Family Christmas Event - Tuesday 17th December
Hampton Rotary, in conjunction with Brighton Rotary and Hampton RSL, with the support of Bayside Police and Bayside Council will host a Bayside Family Christmas event for socioeconomically disadvantaged clients of BayCISS and Family Life. Vulnerable families with pre- and school aged kids (Under 16 years old) will be invited to join in some fun with games (lawn bowls, Jenga, ball games etc), followed by a traditional Christmas dinner and a visit from Santa (bearing gifts for the kids).
This will be the fourth year that this event has been hosted – and has been very well received by all who attended, with some great community engagement of this particular demographic. The evenings have been an amazing show of Christmas Spirit, and made possible by a dedicated bunch of volunteers (Rotarians and other Baysiders wanting to make a difference) and other members of Bayside Community together who have helped with donating their time and expertise – with hands on help with planning and organising the event, securing donations, sourcing presents plus much more. These generous donations enabled not just the kids attending, but also 100+ lucky children through BayCISS and Bayside/Moorabbin Police (Victims of severe cases of family violence) to have a little extra joy this Christmas.
Rhonda Pincott is representing Hampton Rotary on this year’s organising committee, so if you have gifts to donate or want to volunteer your services to assist, please contact Rhonda at email: email@example.com
International Projects Update
Tonga Pediatric Hearing Feasability Study
Currently the Club’s International Committee is investigating the feasibility of rolling out the very successful paediatric hearing project to Tonga.
A medical mission conducted in 2012 which had participation from the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa and the Rotary Club of Prospect in South Australia, identified that about 500 children at grade 1 and 2 at the main island found that about 30% of children had some sort of ear problem. It was intended that this project continue to a further phase which would provide training to local Community Nurses with the intention of establishing a hearing screening program in Tonga. It was also intended that suitable audiology equipment be provided to the Ministry of Health to support a regular program covering the whole country. (45% of the estimated 120,000 population are under the age of 14).
To date, this has not happened, and hence Hampton Rotary propose to prepare a feasibility study to investigate how to develop and implement this countrywide screening capability to be based out of the four main island hospitals in Tonga. This would potentially involve intensified ‘on-the job’ training, by Australian based technicians and supply of specialised equipment to conduct screening.
Our next Farmers’ Market will be held on Saturday, 16th November. 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:
Hampton Rotary will be manning the Bunnings BBQ at the Mentone outlet on Saturday 28th of December. This fundraiser will be organised by Peter Read to raise funds for the hearing screening project in Tonga. More details will be available shortly, but if you are available to volunteer on the day, please contact Peter Read directly at email: Peterlread@bigpond.com
Upcoming Club Meetings & Events
Check Out The Hampton Rotary Website For Details Of Upcoming Club Meetings and Events