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October 2020 Update

From the President

October is National Mental Health Month which is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia to advocate for and raise awareness of Australian mental health. The theme for this year’s campaign is Mental Health Matters. This theme highlights the gravity of the topic of mental health, and how important it is to address in the Australian community.

Throughout this month there will be a number of activities that promote mental health and wellbeing and also increase understanding and reduce stigma about mental illness and how it impacts on the lives of people in our community. Hampton Rotary Club is “Walking” 2 million steps during October Mental Health Month to raise funds for Youth Mental Health research.

October is also the month the Bayside Farmers’ Market restarts. Our market committee has been working tirelessly ensuring we have our COVID Safe plan ready to go and look forward to welcoming back our regular and new customers on 24 October 2020.


Meetings Over the Past Month

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


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

The End Hepatitis Now Initiative is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Melbourne and Hepatitis Victoria/LiverWELL. Peter Clark from the Rotary Club of Melbourne introduced our speakers for this evening from Hepatitis Victoria - Martin Forrest, the Health Promotion Programs Manager and Moira, a lived experience presenter. For those who missed the presentation, here is further information about this initiative.

Did you know that there are almost a half a million people in Australia who are living with viral hepatitis?

Hepatitis is a simple phrase that means “inflammation of the liver”. There are many different types of hepatitis, including caused by consuming too much alcohol, certain medicines, and even auto-immune hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is a serious disease that attacks the liver and can ultimately lead to liver cancer and death.


The End Hepatitis Now program is currently presenting to Rotary Clubs of Victoria, attending online meetings and informing members of the World Health Organisations ambition to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.

Rotarians would be familiar with this type of strategy with the successful involvement in the End Polio Now initiative which has been making great strides. If we could gather the same sort of community awareness and commitment to the hepatitis program, we could be confident of success.

The program seeks to raise awareness of the “silent epidemic” of viral hepatitis. Everyone today is aware of the impact a pandemic can have on communities, but unfortunately, the hepatitis pandemic has not received the same sort of resolve as we are seeing with covid-19.

Currently in Australia there are 233,947 people living with hepatitis B and many of these people will not be aware of their condition until it is too late. Hepatitis B is a viral infection that is transmitted via blood to blood exchange, also sexually transmitted as well as passed from mother to baby. There is a very effective vaccine, but there is no cure for the condition, but it can be well managed so that people who are well looked after can expect to live a normal life.

Hepatitis C affects 227,306 Australians and is only transmitted by blood to blood exchange. There are many ways that this can happen, unsafe tattooing, body piercing, injecting drug use, but was also commonly transmitted via medical procedures before it was able to be detected. There is a safe and effective cure for hepatitis C, but no vaccine.

Many people living with viral hepatitis will have no immediate symptoms and it can take many years before irreversible damage is done. The good news is that a very simple blood test can easily test for these conditions.

If we are to eliminate viral hepatitis, we need the support of the community to help raise awareness and overcome the stigma and discrimination associated with these conditions.

To find out more information go to and anyone with questions can contact the free call information LiverLine on 1800 703 003.

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

At this very special social evening, Marie Arendsen explained the principles of the Feldenkrais Method®. With eyes closed, we rotated, rolled and rejuvenated (…learning the 3Rs..?) with this relaxing and therapeutic technique. Some technical glitches midway meant we were joined by Marie’s daughter, Georgie Laney, who seamlessly continued the session for us until Marie came back onstream. It was a great evening, so thanks so much to Marie for her time in sharing this experience with us all.

Club Meetings – Tuesday 29th September –Wine Tasting Evening

The Rotary Club of Sandringham invited us to join their club to a virtual wine tasting on Tuesday 29 September. This wonderful evening was hosted by Daniel from Airoldi wines, who shared details of the history of a number of vineyards as we tasted a white and red from southern France which had been delivered in advance to our homes. We had a great night.

Last Month’s Quiz

Guess Who - Did you correctly guess who the Club members  were from last month’s quiz…..?

I had sporting injuries treated at Carlton & United Brewery in Carlton….LOU RODRIQUEZ 
I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship…PETER READ 

I can't ride a bicycle….JULIETTE RISELEY 

I was school swimming champion…JENNY FOX 

My brothers broke my collarbone while playing Karate….ANNETTE GRIME 

I have 8 ex sister-in-laws…….RHONDA PINCOTT 

I have a World Silver Medal in sport…LANCE BLACKLEY


Club Projects Update

Donations of Baby Items to St Kilda Mums - a True Community Project!

The Community Committee identified a project to provide a range of items to St Kilda Mums, to support needy families. Rhonda Pincott (Community Chair) did a shout-out to the Hampton and Highett communities seeking donations of baby and children’s items. …and was astonished at the generosity of the local community.

There are so many generous people in our area and we have been overwhelmed by the donations - so many beautiful and much-loved baby items – clothing, car seats, strollers, baby & cot blankets…the list is endless! Such great community spirit and support for those families in need. A range of additional baby toiletry items which have been funded by donations to our Club were also included in the baby packs as well.  We extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated.

In this COVID world, we also had to do things a bit differently as well. Although the intention was for Club members to help sort and pack the items, the current restrictions meant this was not possible. So a big thank you to Rhonda (..and her daughters Jane and Tess) who helped to sort and pack the items ready for pick-up to St Kilda Mums. This was a huge job…but so worth it! What a great community project!

Hampton Rotary Club “Walking” 2 million steps during October Mental Health Month to raise funds for Youth Mental Health Research


Hampton Rotary are walking as part of Lift the Lid Walk for Mental Health, to raise funds for youth mental health research and suicide prevention by Australian Rotary Health. We need to support the mental health of our youth, and research can ensure we offer appropriate interventions that work.

Our Club’s commitment to walk 2 million steps, and raise $5,000 during the month of October has seen Club members out and about our local area (…within the current 5 kms restriction, of course).  

Supporting Youth Mental Health Research is a chance to make a difference, particularly now when youth are more vulnerable than ever. The “Lift The Lid Walk for Mental Health “ raises much needed funds for mental health research by Australian Rotary Health (ARH). They fund research focusing on mental health to find better prevention strategies, interventions and possibly even a cure for mental illness.

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.

100% of all donations go to funding research, and without research, cures aren’t possible, so your help is important.

All proceeds from donations to Hampton Rotary’s Lift the Lid Walk for Mental Health Walkathon will go directly to Australian Rotary Health to fund youth mental health research. (All donations above $2 are tax deductible).



Club Fundraising Events 


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


We’re really excited to be re-launching our Bayside Farmers’ Market and we’re planning to be back on Saturday 24th October.

Our “new look” market, with all the COVID-Safe plans in place, will be back at Trey Bit Reserve Sandringham…and from now on, will be held on the 4th Saturday of 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 current safety requirements.

Thank you for your support and we can’t wait to see you all again in a few weeks. 

For more details, check our website:


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 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, the Farmers’ Market update and volunteer briefing for the re-opening Saturday October 24th. 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 for Mental Health Walkathon. 

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


Peter Sindrey 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

This evening, hosted by the Club’s Social Committee, will be another fun night where members can test their general knowledge of all things trivial.

Club Meeting – Tuesday 1st December – General Club Meeting and Updates

This meeting will be an open forum to discuss a range of projects and priorities moving forward.

Club Meeting – Tuesday 8th December – Guest Speaker - Matt Tilley, Foodbank - Marketing and Communications Manager

Matt Tilley is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Foodbank Victoria. He will share details of the history of Foodbank, what they do now, especially the recent responses to the bushfire and the pandemic. Matt comes with a wealth of knowledge having worked with, Directing and Chairing many different charities for decades.

Since joining Foodbank this year before the restrictions slowed visits down, he met many of their charity partners, soup kitchens and neighbourhood houses and even some families, direct recipients of their food relief. With these experiences under his belt, not to mention a former career in radio, Matt is a great spokesperson to share many stories about Foodbank. 

Local Community News

Bayside Seniors Festival Reimagined – October 2020
Bayside City Council proudly presents the 17th year of the Bayside Seniors Festival. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this year's festival will be coming live to your living room with a program full of especially curated content.

People are encouraged to take part in many of the online performances, guest speakers, health and wellbeing sessions, storytelling and much more that are on offer during the month of October.

Booking events

Most events require advanced bookings. Please read booking information carefully as booking processes vary dependent on the organiser.

More information is available here:

BeConnected's Get Online Week for 2020

Highett Neighbourhood Community House and Hampton Community Centre are participating in BeConnected's Get Online Week for 2020. The primary focus is upskilling participants technical knowledge from complete novice to hobby activities such as tracing your ancestry online.

What events are being held?

All three of their sessions will be run via zoom, so access to the internet and a device is required.

Monday's session will showcase How to use the Learner Portal. This is a great session for anyone wanting to give learning a go but also for any family or friends looking to assist their loved ones with learning the skills required to stay in touch more easily during these Covid times.

It may be that participants decide to have a look on their own and run into a few hiccups, this is why they have a Q&A session on Wednesday morning.

Finally, all work and no play is no fun. Wednesday's second session is a Trivia Competition with prizes to be won!

They offer support!

How-to-zoom guides are available for collection or digital distribution. 

Feel free to call them if you or any of your members would like phone assistance prior to the event.

They are happy to set up 1:1 BYO device sessions provided participants wear a mask and the session takes place outside the front of one of their centres. This is due to current restrictions. Again, this is prior to the event. And by appointment only.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with:

Kerry Andersson 

Disability Support Worker

T: +61 423 076 380

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


One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio -  World Polio Day – 24 October

World Polio Day raises awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.  

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end.

With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralysing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million. 

For more information:


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.