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March 2021 Club News

From the President

I am writing this from Lakes Entrance sitting on the balcony looking at the beach. John and I have been walking and cycling over the last ten days at Acheron, Mansfield, Porepunkah and Dinner Plain. It is great to see how many people are visiting regional Victoria – many places are completely booked out.

The next Bayside Farmers' Market is on 27 March 2021 and our club and the Rotary Club of Sandringham are looking forward to showcasing the R100 baton.  The R100 Baton Relay is an event across Australia & New Zealand to celebrate 100 years of Rotary working in our communities and provides an opportunity to showcase Rotary in our community. Our District governor, Alma Reynolds will be joining us as well as Greg King who will speak about the Sir Clem Renouf End Polio Now Club. Let’s hope for another sunny day for the market and I hope to see many of you there with your families (including your dog).





Recent Events

Club Meeting – Tuesday 16th February
A Club Forum where members discussed plans for the next few months

Club Meeting – Tuesday 23rd February
Two Truths and a Lie

This night saw members once again enjoy a fun social night on Zoom. Linking in with the skills practised in a prior social night "Finding the Sleuth in You” members were asked to bring with them 2 truths and 1 lie about themselves. It was up to those listening to determine which of course was the lie. Those who thought Rhonda couldn't possibly be the tallest she has been in her life were in for a rude shock.


Who would have known our President once gave away a dog! While most of us found that unbelievable it is in fact true. Watch out Toby we are coming to keep you safe! Or that while Juliette has had morning tea with the President of Taiwan and afternoon tea with the President of Iceland, she has never actually had a pre-dinner drink with the President of Portugal. Some might say his loss!


The evening came down to the wire with a draw in top scores between Peter Read and Bev Blackley (or were they really the leaders as score keeping was left to the individual- we have our suspicions!). Fortunately, Jen Newton was able to quickly produce a new set of facts - or were they? ......following which Bev came out victorious.


The night provided further evidence our members are always up for a bit of fun and that we have all lived very rich lives.


Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 27th February

This month’s market was another good day. After a slow start for participation, it improved as the day rolled on and we had a full complement of stall holders and musical entertainment.


Thank you again for the generous support of volunteers this month from Lions Club of Sandringham and their great work in assisting with so many of the tasks in setting up and running the market.


Club Meeting – Tuesday 9th March

Annual General Meeting

The meeting was chaired by Lindsay MorganAppointments of the following officers for 1021/2022 were confirmed – President, Peter Read: Secretary, Liz Ware and Treasurer, Ros Bodley and it was agreed to hold the remaining board positions open until the end of March.

International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day club members sat back to listen to recorded speakers on the topic of “A Bold New World”. This event was organised by Women in Rotary in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Melbourne and was a fundraiser for various charities.

Speakers included Jennifer Jones (Rotary International President Elect 2022/23) who spoke of the key elements of adaptability and flexibility necessary as we move through this COVID-affected world and into the post-COVID environment.

Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp spoke of the importance of being bold and brave in these uncertain times and explained what she saw as the silver lining of COVID being the increased flexibility of the work environment for Melbourne Council workers.

The final speaker of the evening was New Zealand’s Prime Minister who summed up her hope that a Bold New World would be one where her young daughter would not be limited at all by her plans and aspirations for the future by her gender.  

Much discussion took place following the recording where it became obvious to many that while some families, clubs, workplaces and the like had adopted practises where gender was not an issue many still had a long way to go.

Club Projects

Youth Mental Health First Aid course - First Dates for March 2021 Fully Booked Out

We’re thrilled to announce that the first public Youth Mental Health First Aid training course has been fully booked out in advance. 

Hampton Rotary Club jointly partnered with the Rotary Club of Brighton North to offer this course as part of a commitment to develop programs which improve youth mental health. This course for ADULTS who work with youth, was specifically developed for people such as teachers, school wellbeing officers, sports coaches, community group leaders, youth leaders, and the police. Adults learn how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Given the overwhelming demand for this course, we hope to be able to offer this training program again during the year and we will advise when new dates are available. For further details, please visit the website link:

For more details about the course and this youth project, please contact:

Christine Lindsey
Chair - Youth Committee
Tel: 04219 16520

Community Projects Update

Foodbank Victoria – Rotary Club of Hampton support

The 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 2020 the club was successful in having a Rotary District Grant approved for $4,000 to fund an in-house editing suite for Foodbank which suite has now been established. Following is a summary from Foodbank:


“The generous funds provided by the Rotary Club of Hampton have been expended on an in-house editing suite. This equipment enables the Foodbank Victoria Marketing team to take better photographs and make better videos to share with the public and our partners. It supports us in continuing to build awareness of Foodbank’s work, feeding people in need across metropolitan and regional Victoria.


With better moving and still images to illustrate the need for, and the impact food relief provides, Foodbank Victoria can potentially bring in more food donors, additional financial contributors, and be better equipped to seek corporate and philanthropic partners. With a better way of sharing our story, we can gain additional funding and assistance. This in turn will enable Foodbank Victoria to better serve our community in need, through the distribution of food across the state via our charity partners.


Pictured below is our new editing suite in place in our office in Yarraville this includes – PC computer, Monitors, speakers, tripod, lighting reflector, light deflector, headphones and editing/audio software.

The below videos were made with our new editing suite thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of Hampton.”


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:


Club Meeting – Tuesday 16th March – Club Forum
Zoom log-in details for the meeting are on our website at:

Club 25th Birthday Celebration – Saturday 27th March

Celebration of the Club’s twenty-five years was deferred due to Covid restrictions.

Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 27th March

Our next Farmers’ Market is on the fourth Saturday, of March 27h - another great chance to pick up some farm fresh produce and gourmet goodies.

The R100 Centenary Baton Relay at Bayside Farmers' Market - 27 March 2021.

Rotary in Australia and New Zealand celebrate 100 years of service this year

The R100 Centenary Baton Relay is an event to connect all Rotary Clubs across Australia and New Zealand to celebrate 100 years of Rotary working in our communities.

The R100 Baton is running throughout Australia, state-by-state, district-by- district and club by club and the Rotary Clubs of Hampton and Sandringham are looking forward to showcasing the R100 baton at Farmers' Market on 27th March

Board Meeting – Tuesday 30th March
This is a Board Meeting only and Board Members only are to attend.

Club Meeting – Tuesday 13th April - Guest Speaker – Professor John Skerritt – TGA
"The COVID-19 pandemic – vaccines, challenges but a time for hope".

Professor Skerritt has a key role in Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apart from being part of the leadership team of our national Health Department he is the head of the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration).

This year John is also the Rotary Club of Melbourne’s Centenary Angus Mitchell Orator, an annual address commemorating Australia’s first President of Rotary International. John is also the Rotary 2021 Royce Abbey memorial peace orator for District 9705, which covers the ACT and much of rural NSW.

He was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship in 1982 and in 2012 was the world-wide winner of the ”Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award” for his contribution to greater understanding and peace through service to humanity.

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

District Rotary News

Mad March Cycle Challenge - Ride for Medical Research - March 1st to 31st 2021

Ride, run, walk or swim to Make A Difference.

Every year the last 35 years a bike ride around the Victorian countryside, raising funds for the important medical research supported by Australian Rotary Health, has been part of our district’s calendar.

This year, due to continuing restrictions on the ability to gather and travel as a group, the event will be a do-it-yourself event to raise funds for Australian Rotary Health - Donations are tax deductible.

Register Here



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.