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Commemorative Afternoon Tea to Remember Past District Governor Richard (Dick) Garner – Saturday 11th January 2020

A commemorative afternoon tea was hosted by Hampton Rotary to remember and acknowledge the significant contributions of Richard (Dick) Garner to Rotary. Dick’s wife, Sue Garner and her family, attended as did more than 100 Rotarians and friends who knew Dick and shared stories of Dick’s Rotary achievements, as well as some truly wonderful (..and amusing) anecdotes. Thank you to Lindsay Morgan for organising this special afternoon.


Bushfire Relief Fundraising at the Bayside Farmers Market – Saturday 18th January

We have all been shocked and stunned by the devastation of the bushfires that have ravaged parts of Australia, and the terrible loss of life and property. Many people have now been left homeless and much needs to be done to support them to rebuild their lives.

Rotary has established a Bushfire Relief Fund with all funds raised distributed around Australia to those local communities in need. At the January Bayside Farmers’ Market, on Saturday 18th January, Rotary collected donations for bushfire relief and raised $1,450. Thanks so much to the very generous Bayside community for their contributions to this fund.

For more details about Rotary’s Bushfire Appeal, please visit

Hampton Life Saving Club Starfish Carnival – Sunday 19th January

This a beautiful sunny day with the kids, mentors and parents having a truly marvelous time and t- shirts bought with the grant from Hampton Rotary very much in evidence. The event was attended by Hampton Rotarian Marie Arendsen.

A feature of the day was the presentation of a certificate to every child for their own unique special qualities.
The smiles on the kids’ faces in the photos are all that are needed know the grant was to-tally worthwhile.
Club Get-Together - Tuesday 21st January – Bowling Night

To kick-off the New Year, the Club held a fun night of barefoot bowls at the Hampton Bowling Club. This was a great opportunity to catch up with everyone after the New Year. Thanks to Ros and Liz for organising this really fantastic night. 

Club Meeting – Tuesday 4th February – Guest Speaker - Marilyn Lambert, member of the District 9810 Conference Organising Committee.

Marilyn has been around Rotary in District 9810 for 20 years, previously a member of MASH, and her husband is currently President of the Maroondah Club. Marilyn is a member of the Organising Committee of the upcoming District Conference to be held in March in Echuca.  She shared details about the program, which features guest speakers and sessions which profile some of Rotary’s projects and initiatives, as well as the fun activities and functions planned.
To find out more about Conference, and to book your place, go to the website at:

Club Meeting Tuesday 11th February  - Surviving and Thriving Through Trauma - Guest Speaker – Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany shared a moving personal story at this week’s Club meeting.

Caught in the 1999 Swiss Canyoning Disaster, she was swept away in an avalanche of water that stole the lives of 21 young people, including 14 Australians and others from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Switzerland. The Swiss Canyoning Disaster captured the attention of the media around the globe including the New York Times, the Guardian in the UK, and the BBC.

Tiffany is a survivor and now empowers people across the globe with her message of living your best and bravest life, no matter what stands in your way. Now living with lifelong injuries from the disaster, she is now diabetic on an insulin pump. Her enthusiasm for life, being your authentic self and listening to your own intuition was infectious.
Community Projects Update

Annual Club Sailing Night to Support Holland Foundation – Tuesday 25th February, 6 - 8pm

In conjunction with Sandringham Yacht Club, once again we will host The Holland Foundation at our annual sailing night. At their Opportunity Shop in Bentleigh, The Holland Foundation trains long term unemployed in all aspects of retail and office administration and since 2013, they have helped more than 350 people find jobs.

This night is one of the highlights of the Hampton Rotary calendar and bookings are essential.
Email Liz Ware at:

Hampton Lifesaving Club All Abilities Inclusion Day – Sunday 1st March – 11am – 3pm – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Hampton Life Saving Club (a recipient of Hampton Rotary Community Grant 2019-2020) will be holding an All Abilities Inclusion Day - a day of fun and water activities for the whole family. This is a combined effort between the Life Saving Club & Bayside City Council to both provide and receive information of community projects in Bayside, and the people involved.

Hampton Rotary will be represented with an information booth on the day, and we are looking for volunteers to man the booth. This is a great opportunity to showcase our Club, explain to the public just what we do, and find other projects we could be interested in being involved in.
If you are available to help, or would like more information, please contact Marie Arendsen from Hampton Rotary on 0402 457 570.

School Hearing Readiness Program Kicks-Off This Year on Saturday 23 May – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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.

The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne conducts hearing screenings in the community for children aged 3.5 to 6 years of age. Their goal is to identify previously unknown hearing issues in young children that would, if undetected, have the potential to impact both short and long term speech and language outcomes.

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.

Hampton Rotary Club Fundraising Events

Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser  - Saturday 28th December 

Hampton Rotary hosted the Bunnings BBQ at the Mentone outlet on Saturday 28th of December. This fundraiser was organised by Peter Read to raise funds for the hearing screening project in Tonga. Thanks to all the volunteers who came along to help out on the day, to ensure this fundraising initiative was a great success.
Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 15th February

Our next Farmers’ Market will be held on Saturday, 15th February. This will be a great opportunity to stock up on fresh produce and gourmet products. We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Club Meetings and 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 Board Meeting 18th February – NO CLUB MEETING THIS EVENING

Club Sailing Night 25th February 6-8pm at Sandringham Yacht Club
More details available from Liz Ware at:

Club Meeting – Tuesday 3rd March - Guest speakers on the Rotary Club of Taveuni Fiji (Peter and Helene Brown)

Club Meeting – Tuesday 10th March – Speaker to be confirmed

Club Board Meeting – Tuesday 17th March – NO CLUB MEETING THIS EVENING

District Rotary Events & News
District 9810 Conference – March 21-22,2020

New members Always Welcome

New members are always welcome to the Rotary Club of Hampton. For more information about the Club, it’s projects, meetings and events, check out the website at:


Membership enquiries can be directed to Marie Arendsen


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