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September 2020 Update

From the President

Happy Spring everyone – we are getting some warm days and the garden is appreciating it! Although limited in our activities due to COVID-19, the club has been busy planning for upcoming events – the Market Committee has finalised the licensing agreement with Bayside Council and completed our COVID Safe plan and the Community Committee has identified key projects for the coming year. These include allocating $2500 to the purchase of baby items to be bundled up for St Kilda Mums followed by having two of our club meetings at their facility in 2021 for packing. The board also approved for our District Grant application to focus on donation of a single item to FoodBank and for the club to separately allocate funds for food.

Our Strategic Plan for 2020 to 2025 is now published on our website and our annual plan will be available in the next two weeks - thank you for your contributions to these important documents that guide us through this year and pave the way for our future.


Meetings Over the Past Month

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

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

During this meeting, we had an update from members of the Bayside City Council Community Resilience and Safety team (via video). Although we had a few technical glitches, we also had a briefing from Rhonda, Christine and Amanda on the various service projects being undertaken by various Council teams, across aged care and youth in particular. We also had an update from each of the Project Team Chairs on updates to their current projects in the pipeline.

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

We had another wonderful social event at the end of August - a fun night of detective work on Zoom.  Thanks to Rhonda and her daughter Tess for co-ordinating and hosting a fun night. We discovered that most of us didn’t really know our fellow Club members ( can tell that from many of the puzzled expressions on everyone’s faces..)…and some revealed a few surprises about themselves….
Here are a few additional clues – do you know which Club members these are?

• I had sporting injuries treated at Carlton & United Brewery in Carlton
• I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship
• I can't ride a bicycle
• I was school swimming champion
• My brothers broke my collarbone while playing Karate
• I have 8 ex sister-in-laws• I have a World Silver Medal in sport

(Answers in next month’s Hampton Herald)


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

Everything you wanted to know about waste…but were afraid to ask!! We were presented with such an amazing insight into the whole world of waste at this week’s Club meeting with special guest speaker and waste expert Maree Marshall, from WSP. Everyone who joined this meeting – Club members, other Rotarians and members of our local community – all came away with so many tips and strategies on how to reduce waste and then truly make a difference to our local environment and communities. Thanks Maree for a fantastic presentation and thanks to Lance for assisting to secure this fabulous speaker. 

Community Committee News

Hampton Rotary Club Helps Support International Students by Providing Meals

Hampton Rotary joined with the Rotary Clubs of Beaumaris, Cheltenham and Sandringham to donate a total of $2,000 to the Highett Neighbourhood Community House who are sourcing food supplies and cooking meals for International Students at Holmesglen TAFE. This donation now secures the cooking program for another 10 weeks which represents 1,000 meals, and helps these students who are struggling during the lockdowns across Melbourne. 

Some of the meals they’ve been cooking include a delicious Butter Chickpea Curry. For those budding “Masterchefs”, here’s the recipe so you can try this one at home…

Indian Butter Chickpea Curry

• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 1 large onion, minced
• 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
• 4 garlic cloves, finely grated or minced
• 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
• 2 teaspoons garam masala
• 1 small cinnamon stick
• 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled plum tomatoes
• 1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk
• 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained
• Ground cayenne (optional)
• Cooked white rice, for serving
• ½ cup coriander leaves and tender stems, for serving

1. Melt butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook until golden and browned around the edges, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. (Don’t be tempted to turn the heat up to medium-high; keeping the heat on medium ensures even browning without burning the butter.)
2. Stir in garlic and ginger, and cook another 1 minute. Stir in cumin, paprika, garam masala and cinnamon stick, and cook another 30 seconds.
3. Add tomatoes with their juices. Using a large spoon or flat spatula, break up and smash the tomatoes in the pot (or you can use a pair of kitchen shears to cut the tomatoes while they are still in the can). Stir in coconut milk and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, and continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, and continuing to mash up the tomatoes if necessary to help them break down.
4. Stir in chickpeas and a pinch of cayenne if you like. Bring the pot back up to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 10 minutes. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
5. Serve spooned over white rice, and topped with coriander.
6. Delicious!

Club Fundraising Events  

Bayside Farmers’ Market – Re-starting Saturday October 24th

We’re really excited to announce the re-launch of our Bayside Farmers’ Market. It’s been a tough few months as we addressed the implications of the various lockdown changes but we’re planning to be back in October – Saturday 24th October.

Our “new look” market, with all the COVID-Safe plans in place, will be back at Trey Bit Reserve Sandringham…but now held on the 4th Saturday every month.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes with our partners, Regional Farmers Market and the Rotary Club of Sandringham to ensure the market meets all the Government safety requirements. We’ll make more announcements in the coming weeks but ensure you now note this new market day in your diary! 

Thank you for your support and we can’t wait to see you all again soon. 

For more details, check our website:

Lift The Lid Walk on Mental Health – Hampton Rotary Club “Walking” 2,000,000 steps during October Mental Health Month to raise funds for Youth Mental Health Research

During the month of October – Mental Health Month - Hampton Rotary Club members will be walking as part of the Lift The Lid on Mental Health to raise funds for Youth Mental Health Research. 

At this time of increasing anxiety and mental health illness arising from the COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, now more than ever before mental health research is vital to help save lives. 

Did you know…..?Tragically 8 people take their lives every day in Australia..and what is even more disturbing is that there is an attempted suicide every 8 minutes! And an alarming number of people aged 12-17 years old seriously consider a suicide attempt. In addition to these alarming statistics, there are thousands of people of all ages who suffer from a wide range of mental health illnesses. This is why mental health research is so important. We need to find ways to combat mental illness and that can only be achieved through mental health research. 

The “Lift The Lid Walk for Mental Health “ raises much needed funds for mental health research by Australian Rotary Health (ARH). Funded almost exclusively by Rotary Clubs and Rotarians around Australia, ARH are one of the largest independent mental health research funders, having contributed more than $36million to Mental Health Research over the years. 

Did you know that programs such as Teen Mental Health First Aid and the Cool Kids Program are just two examples of real-life applications of the vital ARH research funding towards Youth Mental Health Research? 

Our Club members are aiming to walk the equivalent distance from Melbourne to Adelaide and back…and in the process, to raise much needed funds for Youth Mental Health Research. We have set a goal of covering 2,000,000 steps by walking the streets of our local area during October to raise $5,000. We’ll be putting on our walking shoes, hitting the streets and clocking up the steps for this very worthy cause. 

All proceeds from our fundraising for this Walkathon will go to funding research into Youth Mental Health through Australian Rotary Health.

More details on our Club’s Walkathon as part of the Lift The Lid Walk will be available very soon. You can find out more about Lift The Lid on Mental Health here:

Upcoming Club Meeting Schedule

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 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.

Martin Forrest is the Health Promotion Programs Manager at Hepatitis Victoria. Martin is committed to the elimination of viral hepatitis and has seen the toll that the disease has on the community. Martin has worked supporting primary health in Victoria as well as many years in the Northern Territory, particularly with Aboriginal and remote communities. For elimination to be successful, the whole community needs to be engaged. Martin is privileged to be able to contribute to this outcome and save lives in the process.

Our second speaker from Hepatitis Victoria is a lived experience speaker, presenting their personal experience of living with hepatitis. Stories of lived experience are key in community health and help raise awareness of the realities of health conditions. People telling their lived experience story share their unique perspective to challenge the issues of stigma and discrimination.

End Hepatitis Now The End Hepatitis Now program is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Melbourne and Hepatitis Victoria / LiverWELL. The program aims to raise awareness of viral hepatitis which has been termed a silent pandemic. Almost half a million Australians are living with either Hepatitis B and or Hepatitis C. Both of these conditions can either be prevented or cured which has prompted a global alliance, headed by the World Health Organisation to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. The community at large will need to support this ambition if we are to be successful and the Rotary Clubs of Victoria and their members have an important role to play in raising awareness of this silent pandemic.

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

Club Meeting – Tuesday 22nd SeptemberFeldenkrais: Free your Shoulders and Neck (Club Social Evening)

At this very special evening, you will have a unique treat when Marie Arendsen 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 Meetings – Tuesday 29th September –Wine Tasting Evening

The Rotary Club of Sandringham have invited the club to a virtual wine tasting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 29 September 2020. We will not meet on that night so we can participate in this event. Here are the details:
• Hosted by Daniel from Airoldi wines. Wines from southern France.
• $41 per ticket (two bottles of wine) 2 bottles of wine (one red, one white) delivered to your door.
• Book online at Booking is open until 5PM on the 21st September
• If you would like to join and not do the wine tasting (no charge), please RSVP to Jackie who will send you the Zoom link. Jackie's details are / 0422 974 256.

Board Meeting – Tuesday 6th October

This is a Board Meeting only and Board Members only are to attend.

Club Meeting – Tuesday 13th October – Mental Health Month – Guest Speaker – Gregory Ross, Chairman, Australian Rotary Health – “Research Saves Lives”

During this time of COVID-19, the issue of mental health has come to the forefront, as many people, young and old, are grappling with a variety of complex issues. This month, during Mental Health Month, we feature Gregory Ross as our guest speaker, the current Chairman of Australian Rotary Health, one of the largest independent funders of mental health research in Australia. 

Greg Ross created the Lift the Lid on Mental Illness as its campaign brand and his address at this month’s meeting, during Mental Health Month, will focus on how “Research Saves Lives”. 

A professional actor since 1967, Greg is best known for his extensive television work, particularly in the top rating Cop Shop, with sustaining roles in Bellbird, Prisoner and Ocean Girl and many guest appearances including Neighbours, Prisoner, Skippy, Blue Heelers, City Homicide and House Husbands. In music theatre, his roles have included Judas in Godspell, Captain von Trapp (opposite Lisa McCune) in The Sound of Music and Javert in Les Miserables. Stage plays include One Day Of The Year and Don’s Party. For the past 14 years he has also worked as a funeral celebrant. 

Greg has three adult children, loves ball sports (plays tennis) and has been an active Rotarian since 1976. He served as DG in 1991-92, was a Literacy Volunteer in Thailand, MC at RI Convention in Taiwan, MC for many District Conferences and been RI Pres Rep five times. Greg helped build an eye clinic in Vanuatu with RAWCS and led a Group Study Exchange Team to California in 2012. He joined the Board of Australian Rotary Health in 2013 and is currently Chairman until late 2020.

Club Meeting – Tuesday 20th October – General Club Meeting

This week’s meeting will include approval of the Constitution, Farmers’ Market update (pending market re-opening Saturday October 24th) including a briefing for market volunteers. We’ll also have brief updates from each of the Project Committee. 

Board Meeting – Tuesday 27th October
This is a Board Meeting only and Board Members only are to attend.

Club Social Evening – Tuesday 3rd November (Melbourne Cup Day)
This social evening includes the Inaugural Rotary Club of Hampton Melbourne Cup Race, as well as Club Awards from our Lift The Lid on Mental Health Walkathon. 

Club Meeting – Tuesday 10th Nov – Guest Speaker – Bairnsdale Rotary Club’s Peter Sindrey

Peter is from the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale, Past President of Rotary Club of Lakes Entrance, and Acting Chair, East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid (EGRFA).Earlier this year Hampton Rotary donated funds raised from our Bayside Farmers Market to the fire relief efforts in the Gippsland area. Peter will share updates on how much in total was raised, where it was spent and how much there is still to do as well as what difficulties they encountered and how these were overcome. 

Board Meeting – Tuesday 17th November
This is a Board Meeting only and Board Members only are to attend.

Club Social Evening – Tuesday 24th November  - Trivia Night

Local Community News

Holland Foundation Seeking Donations of Fiction Books

The Holland Foundation, a local organization that runs an opportunity shop to raise funds and provide retail training for the underemployed and new arrivals, is now finding it tough given the shop has been closed now for 4 months in total, and their traditional fundraisers (a Charity Ball and Trivia Night) have now also been cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

They are trying to survive and luckily a local café is selling some DVDs, CDs and Fiction books on their behalf. If you have any of these items to donate, especially fiction books, Grant is happy to personally collect them from your doorstep. You can contact Grant to arrange pick-up at: Grant Holland: Tel: 0419 896178Email:

Support for Starfish Nippers (Lifesaving Club of Hampton) and CEO Kerrie Curtis in Local Hero Competition

You can support Starfish Nippers at Hampton Life Saving Club - a fantastic organisation in our local community - and help them to win a grant to buy much-needed equipment by voting for Kerrie Curtis and the Starship Nippers in the Local Hero Competition. 

Kerrie introduced the Starfish Nippers program at the Hampton Life Saving Club to include children and young adults with any kind of disability in lifesaving. The program quickly grew from 10 kids to 38 Starfish Nippers, who each have a volunteer mentor at their side.It runs alongside the traditional Nippers sessions, enabling families to have fun at the beach together. The results have been phenomenal, with children initially unable to walk on the sand due to sensory issues now swimming in the water. Other are learning tube rescues and CPR like the lifesavers. 

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre are each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Kerrie is successful, the Starfish Nippers Hampton Life Saving Club will buy equipment and make a video to encourage other clubs to introduce the Starfish program. 
Click here for more detail on how to vote:

Other Rotary Clubs’ News & Events

Rotary Club of Mordialloc Raising Funds by Selling Face Masks

The Rotary Club of Mordialloc are making masks as a fundraiser for their Club. The masks are made by Rotarian Dianne Taranto and have 3 layers to each mask. 

Masks are $10 per mask – washable and reusable – 3 sizes S,M,L

To order, ring/email Kaye Gordon on 0447437950 or

District Rotary News

Chats with the District Governor

Please look out for the emails advising of the fortnightly chats with Alma Reynolds, the District Governor. These chats take place every second Tuesday at 10.30am and alternatively, every second Sunday at 5.00pm. Zoom links are in the emails.


Rotary International News


The World Health Organization Declares Africa Polio-Free!

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25th August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority. After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) – WHO, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance – are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination and perseverance can rid the world of polio.

World Polio Day – 24th October 2020

Save the date for Rotary International’s annual World Polio Day Online Global Update, premiering on 24 October 2020. Visit



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.