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Message to All Members of the Rotary Club of Hampton

The health and safety of our members is one of our top priorities. We are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and continuously assessing its potential impact on our operations, meetings, and all events.
Below is an excerpt of a message from the President and President Elect of Rotary International.
“The COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotary members in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world - moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing and serving - together"
Click here for the further updates and resources from Rotary International.

Based on the latest directives of the Victorian government and health authorities the Rotary Club of Hampton board have decided that it would be prudent and in the best care of everyone involved to cancel all club meetings, events and any Rotary-related travel.

We will review the situation at the end of April and let you know what is happening.
Please make the effort to stay in touch with one another during these difficult times.

Please accept my best wishes for the health and safety of all of you and your families.

Warm regards
Stuart Le Gros

Recent Events

Congratulations to Ros Bodley – Recipient of an Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List 2020

During the Australia Day Honours this year, Ros was announced as a recipient of an Order of Australia for services to the community through a range of organisations.

This is an incredible honour and one which Ros is so deserving of receiving. Ros was due to receive the honour at an awards ceremony this month, which has now been postponed. 
Ros’ service to the community is impressive and below you will see a summary of her record of service. Congratulations Ros – you are truly a worthy recipient of this high honour.

Details of the citation for the OAM for Ros:

1947 – 1953

St Peters Brighton Beach Sunday kindergarten 50 to 60, 3 to 5 year olds - Organiser

1954 – 1959

Bayside Branch Save the Children Fund - Committee Member – President 2 years

1959 – 1970

St Mary’s Pre School Centre – Committee Member – Treasurer 3 years

1972 – 1976

Leader Sea Scouts 4th Brighton – Bahgera for the Cubs

1985 – 2000

Business and Professional Business Women’s Association Committee Member. President Bayside Branch 1987 to 2000. 1988 raised funds to help establish the first rehabilitation centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital, for physically and sexually abused children.   Member BPW Probus Housing for accommodation for country female students and women in need.

1986 – 1992

Commissioner for the Victorian Prison Industries Commission. Established to train and qualify prisoners for trades so they could get employment when released.

1990 - 2002

RACV Board Member. First women appointed.

1995 – 1996

Member Bayside City Council committee for establishing route for bike path round Bayside area in Beach Road.

1995 – 1998

Committee member Dendy Park Lawn Tennis Association.

1996 - 2000

Certified Practising Accountants – Committee member for promotion of women’s membership of the Society.

1996 – 2008

Honorary Treasurer St Peters Anglican Church.

1997 – 2007

Monash University – Member of committee for choosing students for acceptance in to medicine at Monash.

1996 – 2019

Life Member 2019. Court of Directors member and Finance Sub committee member. Awards to members of the public who risk their lives to rescue others.

2011 - Present

Rotary Club of Hampton Treasurer.

Annual Club Sailing Night to Support Holland Foundation – Tuesday 25th February

In conjunction with Sandringham Yacht Club, once again Hampton Rotary hosted The Holland Foundation at our annual sailing night. Unfortunately, due to bad weather, we were unable to sail, but the BBQ dinner held for all those that attended was a huge success. Everyone had a great night despite the weather…so thanks to all the people who assisted in organising this great evening.

Hampton Lifesaving Club All Abilities Inclusion Day – Sunday 1st March

Hampton Life Saving Club (a recipient of a Hampton Rotary Community Grant 2019-2020) held an All Abilities Inclusion Day which was a day of fun and water activities for the whole family. It was 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 was represented with an information booth on the day. It was 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. Thanks to Marie Arendsen for organising our participation at this event.

Club Get-Together - Tuesday 3rd March – Canoe Canoe

The Club held a great night at Canoe Canoe in Hampton to have an informal get-together. This was a wonderful opportunity to have a chat and share some laughs with other members. This is exactly what we all needed at this uncertain time.  We are proposing to hold more of such evenings once the current health advices improve and details will be announced in our forward schedule.  

Community Projects Updates

Bushfire Relief Support  - Details of the Distribution of Donated Funds

Rotary 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, Hampton Rotary collected donations for bushfire relief and raised $1,450. We were so grateful for the generosity of the Bayside community and now want to share details of how the funds were used.
This summary has been provided by Bairnsdale Rotary.

What we have achieved over the past 8 weeks since the fires. What have the money donations been used for?
  • Source & distribute hay to the drought & fire affected communities.
  • Pay haulage contractors
  • Purchased numerous large bags of ‘high protein’ pellets for the farm breeding stock, using local grain stores for distribution which supports the local retailers also. The breeding season is about to commence, this is an urgent need.
  • Ordered 1.5 containers of ‘star pickets’ to assist with the many kilometres of fencing required to prevent stock wandering. Treated pine posts & wire are also being sourced for the hobby farmers.
  • Developed a ‘money voucher’ system whereby all fire survivors receive funds in the format of the vouchers, which can be redeemed across 90% of retailers & professional businesses of East Gippsland, this activity also supports the retailers by ‘shopping locally’. Once a voucher is presented to a store, the store owner scans the voucher through & we reimburse via EFT. The money vouchers were in circulation very quickly & hand delivered to the specific families [this is an on going process]
  • We have distributed new workwear to fire affected properties which allowed people to ‘save’ their limited clothing.
  • Community BBQ’s & working Bee’s where members of communities can reconnect, develop relationships and ‘talk’.
  • Sourcing & Distributing donated furniture, bedding & white goods to those in desperate need.
  • Collecting names & addresses of those fire affected properties that would like/need a Shipping container which will allow them to store work tools etc securely, the containers will hopefully be ready for distribution next week.
  • Being a conduit for those needing professional assistance urgently.
  • An amazing amount of volunteering & traveling over a vast region to assist the communities

Pearl Findlay-James
Chairperson, East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid
President, Bairnsdale Rotary Sunrise
Ph: 0408 891 246

School Hearing Readiness Program – 23 May - POSTPONED

Hampton Rotary initiated this project, in collaboration with the  Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne and it has been running successfully now for a number of years. We are postponing the next testing until later in the year and 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

Bayside Farmers’ Market – Cancelled until further notice

Due to the current health advisory and our priority to safeguard the health and safety of our volunteers and the community at large, our March Farmers’ Market has been cancelled. This shall be reviewed again and updates to the upcoming market schedule shall be shared with all of you when available.
For more details about the market, check out the website at:

Upcoming Club Meetings & Events

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

In the interests of the health and safety of our members, and in parallel with the current directive from the Rotary District Board, all upcoming events Hampton Rotary is involved with have been cancelled for March and April. The Hampton Rotary Board has also agreed that Club Meetings will be cancelled as well ,and this will be reviewed at the end of April. This is a hard decision for us, and one that has not been taken lightly, but given the current health security situation, we agreed this was in the best interests of the health and safety of all our members. We’ll keep you updated and let you know when our program re-starts.

Please also refer to our website for further updates:

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

Thank You To Our Sponsor
Noel Susay, Buxton Hampton East

At this time, we ask that you remember and support our wonderful and generous sponsor, Noel Susay and his team at Buxton Hampton East, who have supported us financially over the past two years.  These are unprecedented times and we want to remember and give a shout-out to our loyal supporters such as Noel and his team.