From the President
Happy New Year! We ended last year with our Bayside Farmers’ Market on Boxing Day and it was great to see people taking advantage of the beautiful weather and stock up on post-Christmas supplies.
As you are all no doubt aware, since Christmas there have been reported some local transmission of COVID-19 in areas of regional and metropolitan Melbourne.
The next Bayside Farmers’ Market will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 23 January 2021 and fingers crossed the weather will be kind to us. We will be following our COVID Safe plan to ensure a safe and enjoyable day.
The club will be having a social evening on 19 January and our normal meetings will resume on 2 February 2021 as the 26th of January is the Australia Day holiday. It will be a busy year with several projects on the go. I am always amazed when reading the newsletter of the breadth and scope of the club’s projects and we look forward to welcoming new members throughout 2021.
Club Projects Update
Boxing Day Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 26th December
The Boxing Day market – a first for our Club – was a great success. The weather was fantastic and we saw a great turnout of people who dropped by to pick up produce before heading off on holidays or down to the beach.
Thank you to all Club members and other volunteers (including family members as well as Sandringham Rotary) who put their hands up to help out at this holiday market. All-in-all this was a fantastic team effort.
Hampton Rotary Community Project to Support Foodbank – A Major Club Initiative Over the Past Year
Foodbank Victoria provides more than 70% of the food rescued for food relief organisations nation-wide and the front-line charities who are feeding vulnerable Australians.
In 2018/19, they distributed more than 9.6 million kilograms of fresh, frozen, and staple foods, as well as household items and personal hygiene products. This is a 14% increase on the previous year and is equivalent to providing more than 17.3 million meals to people in poverty and who are impacted by the corona virus.
Foodbank is now the largest hunger relief organisation in Australia – servicing over 2,400 charities in every state and territory to enable them to provide food to 815,000 people across Australia a month and Foodbank Victoria is now helping to feed more than 140,000 Victorians every month.
The Rotary Club of Hampton in 2020 made a $3,000 contribution to Foodbank of Victoria, to go into their operational budget, which would be spent on purchasing nutritious food to be distributed across the state of Victoria.
In addition, we have been successful in having a Rotary District Grant approved for $4,000 to fund
an in-house editing suite, with the objectives of producing better videos to share with the public and their partners. It would enable them to continue building awareness of their work across the state of Victoria. This, in turn, would potentially bring in more food donors, financial donors, corporate and philanthropic supporters and partners. With a better way of sharing their story they can gain additional support, therefore be able to better serve the community in distributing food across the state to their charity partners. Ideally, they need another computer, extra sound equipment and potentially additional training for internal staff on using the new equipment.
We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Foodbank Victoria over this coming yea.
Spirit of St Mary’s Award Presentation
This Award was first presented at St Mary’s Primary School in 2000 and was known as the Friendship Captains’ Award. In recent years, it has been known as the Spirit of St Mary’s Award.
For 2020, it was presented at the end of the school year to two year 6 students who were considered to best meet the criteria of kindness, responsibility, fairness, friendship and acceptance by their peers.
In addition, staff considered they upheld the school principles.
Isabella Smith and Riley Brennan were the winners. Each receives a congratulatory certificate and a book voucher from Hampton Rotary.
The photo shows them with the Honour Board, school principal Matthew Sweeney and Geoff Tickner.
Hampton Primary School Friendship Awards
This is the Club’s longest continuing award which commenced in 1997. It is awarded to two year 5 students at the end of their year 5 whereby they become the school’s Friendship Leaders for the following year.
The 2 Leaders are elected by their peers and must show the principles of kindness, responsibility, fairness, friendship and acceptance by their peers. Their names are displayed on the Honour Board for all to see during their final year at school and they receive a congratulatory certificate and a book voucher from the Club.
In prior years, the Friendship Captains are invited to the Club to speak about their year as leaders.
This was not possible in 2020 so the 2020 Leaders produced a video clip which members can view in the Members Area of the Club's website.
The photo shows the 2021 Leaders, Sierra Rubin and Alexander Tsimos with Geoff Tickner.
Christmas Hampers for The Salvos
Hampton Rotarians have been making their own Christmas hamper donations to The Salvos for at least 20 years.
Our first connection with The Salvation Army at Bentleigh was via Merle Hedges who with husband Henry provided assistance to many disadvantaged families. Merle & Henry in turn support us by advertising our Farmers’ Market with a sandwich board outside their home in the week before the market.
The Club normally invite The Salvos to a Club meeting prior to Christmas where they outline what their current situation in Bentleigh is and in return, receive our hampers. In 2020, due to Covid, this was not possible. Club members delivered their hampers to Geoff Tickner who delivered them plus some of our Rotary Christmas Cakes to the Salvos Bentleigh office.
The photo shows Geoff Tickner presenting the hampers to Samantha Oldfield at the Salvos Bentleigh office.
Upcoming Club Meeting/Events
Club Meetings Still 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 at 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: https://hamptonrotary.org.au/all-events
Board Meeting – Tuesday 12th January
This is the first Board meeting for the New Year. Only Board Members are required to attend.
Barefoot Bowls – Tuesday 19th January
This will be at Hampton Bowls Club commencing at 6:30PM. Mor details are available on the club's website
Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 23rd January
Our next Farmers’ Market is on the 4th Saturday of January – 23rd January. What a great chance to pick up some farm fresh produce and gourmet goodies before the Australia Day celebrations! See you there.
Club Meetings resume - Tuesday 2nd February
The meeting commences at 7:00PM and to join the meeting, click this link from 6:50PM