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August 2020 Update

From the President

We are now getting used to Stage 4 restrictions and from talking to some of you and my own friends and family we have all gone into the second lockdown with a different mindset responding to this challenge in different ways. It just feels harder and often described as “relentless”.

All the experts generally guide us to the same key areas to support our mental health so please take time to consider some of the following-


Connect with others through regular video calls with friends and family which can help your mental health during this extended period of isolation. We may be tired of group chats, but simple calls remain meaningful 

Help and support others
by checking in on your friends, family or colleagues; this could make a big difference to them and can make you feel better too

Talk about your worries
with family and friends about how you are feeling and how you are coping during this difficult time. This helps us understand we aren’t alone in the way we’re feeling, and we can share ideas of how we find ways to cope or even enjoy this time!

Look after your physical wellbeing
and try to eat healthy, drink lots of water, exercise (you know this one!)

During these times it's great to have the certainty of our Rotary club. With our weekly club meetings and committee working groups we have the opportunity to come together, let our minds be active and enjoy the friendship and support.

Meetings Over the Past Month

In case you missed any of our recent meetings, here’s a snapshot:

Club Forum – Tuesday 14th July – Project Committee Team Kick-Off
Following from the recent Strategy Forum for the Club, all members have now nominated to be involved in the various Project Committees for the next year: Bayside Farmers Market, Community, Youth, International, Membership/Social. At this week’s meeting, there was a briefing from each representative Board Member who provided an overview of the direction proposed for each group.

Here are details of the membership of each Committee:

Community: Rhonda (Chair), Stuart, Geoff, Hans, Christine
International: Peter (Chair), Hans, Lindsay, Jen Newton
Youth: Christine (Chair), Geoff, Marie, Jen Newton, Maria
Membership/Social: Annette (Chair), Rhonda, Lance, Bev, Juliet, Liz, Marie
Bayside Farmers Market: Maria (Chair), Lindsay, Ros, Jenny Fox, Stuart


Club Meeting – Tuesday 21st July – Joint Meeting with Rotary Club of Sandringham

Sandringham Rotary invited us to attend a ZOOM meeting with special guest speaker, PDG Dr Jessie Harman. Jessie is Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Federation University, Ballarat.

Jessie has been a long-time Rotarian, and she will be the first woman to represent Australia, NZ and the Philippines as director on the board of Rotary International, 2021 to 2023.

She spoke about her journey in Rotary, from starting out in RYLA (Rotary Youth Program) and joining her local Club and later taking on the Presidency and moving up to be a District Governor.

She shared the highlights of gaining professional and personal development opportunities, supporting emerging leaders and being involved in membership development. One of her most memorable and significant highlights was being involved in the Rotary International Convention in Brisbane.

Thank you to John, the Sandringham President, for inviting us to join their meeting and for the opportunity to have a chat with the Sandringham Club as well.

Club Meeting – Tuesday 28th July – Member Social Evening and Trivia Night
Thanks so much to the Membership/Social Committee, and particularly Annette, for putting together this fantastic fun night of trivia. The 3 teams came up with ingenious ways to converse with their team mates on the possible answers without sharing tips to the other teams on zoom…but it was clear there was lots of competition between the teams. Lots of tough questions…but lots of fun and laughs! There are more quiz nights being planned for future upcoming meetings.

Club Meeting – Tuesday 11th August – Visit from District Governor Alma Reynolds

Alma Reynolds, this year’s District Governor, joined our meeting this week and outlined the role of District to help Clubs to be the best they can be. She also spoke about the upcoming Rotary Centenary in Australia when Rotary in Australia and New Zealand celebrate their first 100 years of service in 2021. Celebrations are planned for April next year.

Alma also outlined her action plan for each and every Club in the District:
(1) develop a strategic plan and include a 100 year celebration project;
(2) focus on the community;
(3) label projects (so that the community can see Rotary in action)
(4) have fun
(5) support the Rotary flagship projects – Rotary Foundation and End Polio Now.

We also heard from Greg King (Alma’s husband) who provided an update on the End Polio Now project and that this will be the DG Partner’s project for this year.

Rotary Club Flags Around the World

During this past month, Lance shared a fantastic snapshot of the Club's history by sharing the Club flags collected from our Charter Night, others from GSE (Group Study Exchange), from other Rotary members around the world who would have attended our meetings and some from our Rotary members who have visited other Clubs throughout the world. Bev and Lance had also personally attended meetings in Everett and South Everett-Mukilteo in Washington State US, Wichita and Pambula during their trips overseas. In total Lance shared 173 flags with members and here is a snapshot of just a few of the many flags collected by members over the years.

Hampton Rotary Club Fundraising Events

Bayside Farmers’ Market – Still Postponed Until Further Notice

The Bayside Farmers Market has been suspended now for a number of months as we navigate the challenges of the various lockdowns & restrictions across Melbourne. Our priority has always been to ensure the health and safety of all our patrons, community groups, stallholders and volunteers.

Although we are currently still closed, our market team and our partners, Regional Farmers Market and the Rotary Club of Sandringham, have been working hard behind the scenes to get ready for when we can re-launch the market in the future.

Please note that the date will change…to the 4th Saturday of the month…..but you’ll still see the range of wonderful stalls at our regular location at Trey Bit Reserve, Sandringham. We’ve developed a new look for our new schedule, so we’ll keep you updated as updates to the date of the re-launch of the market are announced.

Upcoming Club Meetings

Club Meetings Now Online – ZOOM-in to get the latest updates

Here is the dedicated link to join ANY of the Hampton Rotary Zoom Meetings (it will be the same for each meeting):

The meetings commence a 7:00PM and to join the meeting, click this link from 6:50PM

You can also refer to our website for further updates on the upcoming meeting program:

Club Meeting – Tuesday 18th August – Video Presentation from Bayside City Council on COVID

During this meeting, there will be a replay of a video presentation from members of the Bayside City Council Community Resilience and Safety team. We will also work on the development of the Club’s 20-21 Operating Plan (priorities, key activities, resources).

Zoom log-in details for the meeting are on our website at:


Club Meeting – Tuesday 25th August – Finding the Sleuth in You (Club Social Evening)

Another wonderful social event - a fun night of detective work on Zoom. How well do you know your fellow members? Who is it? More information and pre-night instructions to come!

Zoom log-in details for the meeting are on our website at:

Board Meeting – Tuesday 1st September – Board Members Only

The monthly Board Meeting is scheduled on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Only Board members are required to attend.

Club Meeting – Tuesday 8th September – Guest Speaker – Maree Marshall – Creating a Zero Waste & Sustainable Future

Ever wondered what’s required to create a zero waste and sustainable future? At this week’s Club Meeting, our Guest Speaker, Maree Marshall, will share her insights on going green. Maree is a waste expert and advisor to government, and understands the world of waste – who generates it, what they generate, where it ends up and how it can be avoided. She is celebrated for her innovative Zero Waste strategies, and now you have the opportunity to hear from her at our meeting on 8th September. Log-in details for this zoom session are available on our website and will be sent to members in the email reminder the day before the meeting.

Check here for details:

Club Meeting – Tuesday 15th September – Guest Speakers – Rotary Club of Melbourne and Hepatitis Victoria – End Hepatitis Now Initiative

This evening’s meeting includes presentations from a health promotion speaker and a “lived experience” speaker who gives insight into the impact of living with viral hepatitis.

Further details will be available on the Hampton Rotary website.

Zoom log-in details for the meeting are on our website at:

Club Meeting – Tuesday 22nd September – Feldenkrais: Free your Shoulders and Neck (Club Social Evening)
At this very special evening, you will have a unique treat when Marie will explain the principles of the Feldenkrais Method®, then apply them to pleasant, safe exercises to free up the upper back and shoulders. You will find enjoyable and interesting ways to neutralise the tensions that build up in the neck and techniques for ongoing self-maintenance.

Feldenkrais is a clever exercise system using gentle movement and mindfulness. You learn to release tightness and unconscious restriction and create natural, graceful and effective actions.

Zoom log-in details for the meeting are on our website at:

Club Meeting – Tuesday 29th September – Project Committee Updates
Club discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on fundraising and club programs/activities and potential solutions.

Zoom log-in details for the meeting are on our website at:


Rotary International News

Announcement of First Female International President of Rotary International for 2022-2023

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a member since 1997 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor.

Read more on the nomination:



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.