This is my last note to you as President - the year has gone quickly! It has been a year characterised by uncertainty and change with the COVID-19 pandemic but has also shown our resilience as a club and a community.
The club has worked with the Bayside Community to restart the Bayside Farmers' markets, support Food bank and mental health initiatives, provide back to school supplies and relaunched the pre-school hearing screening.
Importantly throughout the year we supported each other and engaged in social activities to stay connected as a club while we continued to meet virtually.
I would like to thank the RCOH Board for their support and advice throughout 2020-2021 and look forward to supporting the incoming President Peter Read, during 2021-2022.
June 2021 Club News
Club Meeting – Tuesday 11th May Guest Speaker - Rose Baernreuther
Rose, a Visiting Teacher for the hard-of-hearing with the Victorian Government spoke to the club about the impact of hearing impairments on children and the wonderful work being done in schools to support such children.
Rose provided us with a wonderful insight into what can be done when adequate resources are allocated to meet the needs of the disadvantaged - in this instance the hard of hearing.
The presentation further supported the great value of Hampton Rotary's local biannual Hearing Screening and the club's proposed Tongan Hearing Project.
Club Meeting – Tuesday 18th May – Club Forum
A Club Forum where members discussed club activities & projects and plans for the coming period.
Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 22nd May
The May Bayside Farmers’ Market was a great morning out for everyone. We had blue skies and sunshine and another fantastic turnout from the local community. So many people kicked back on the grass to enjoy a morning snack while listening to the live music band and catching up with family and friends. We had a number of new stallholders as well so with more than 60 stallholders, the range of produce was again exceptional. Thanks to all the stallholders, Regional Farmers Markets and all the volunteers who helped, and of course, all the market patrons who came out to support the market.
Our next market will be back on Saturday 26th June 8am – 1pm at Trey Bit Reserve Sandringham – so see you there.
Bunnings Barbecue Sunday 23rd May
The Club ran a very successful BBQ fundraiser for our Tonga Hearing project. We were blessed with a sunny late autumn day. The crowds were very enthusiastic for our sausages and very happy to support our fundraising.
We had many helpers – Rotary members, family and friends – we couldn’t have done it without their help. Special mention to Chrissy and Hans for 30kg of perfectly chopped onions! Our environmental champions ensured all the rubbish was sorted into recycling, compost and rubbish. Good luck to Jane who took the bread bags and ties for a school competition.
All our volunteers did an amazing job at keeping up with the huge demand. Thanks to Bunnings Mentone for providing us with the opportunity.
Club Meeting – Tuesday 8th June Guest Speaker – Tim Klar - Audiologist
Member of Tonga Hearing Project Team
Tim is an Audiologist who also has a distinguished Rotary career as a Past District Governor of D9520, member of a number of Rotary Clubs in South Australia, member of District 9500 international service committee and Board member of Rotary World Community Service and Shelterbox Australia.
In 2012 Tim participated in as a volunteer audiologist with a team of specialists who undertook a medical mission to Tonga to assess the hearing of primary school students at a number of schools. This initial contact and the hearing assessment study (HEARS) resulting from the 2012 mission which found approximately 30% of children had some form hearing or ear problem of has acted a catalyst for the project RC Hampton hopes to commence in 2021-22.
Tim’s presentation provided a very interesting insight into the testing methodology and outcomes of the 2012 HEARS project.
Tim will also participate as a member of the team RC Hampton has assembled to undertake our proposed project to follow-up the HEARS project by training district community health workers in the process of screening young primary students to enable Tonga to be able to undertake this process, which is currently not available in Tonga, to continue without external assistance.
Hampton Rotary Sponsors Teenagers to Attend Camp Awakenings
Recently, the Rotary Club of Hampton sponsored two teenagers to attend Camp Awakenings. This is a truly unique personal development program for Australian teenagers. Over three days, various sessions, games and team building activities are conducted, designed to push the participants out of their comfort zone, where new skills and friendships are born, and can last a lifetime. The positive and supportive environment builds confidence and self-esteem and leads to an overall better attitude and motivation for life. Camp Awakenings is different from a lot of programs out there – it’s raw, real, open, honest, without agenda, and truly believes in every participant’s ability to live their best, most genuine lives (and embrace the hiccups and mistakes along the way).
Here's what one of the participant had to say about the program:
“Thank you so much for a wonderful 3 days. I can’t explain how much I miss it already and how much it taught me. I came into the camp being a little nervous and not knowing what to expect but walking out I felt different and like a new person. I took the opportunity to come to the camp and it led me to being the best thing I’ve ever done. i will always remember the fun, the memories, the lessons I learnt and the amazing people I met. I appreciate every moment of it and everyone that helped and taught me to be myself and live life like you mean it”.
Hampton Rotary were thrilled to be able to support two teenagers to attend. In August, you’ll also be able to hear more about Camp Awakenings and the wonderful role it plays in delivering this unique personal development program for teenagers. You’ll hear from Sandi Sieger, Director of Camp Awakenings, at our Club meeting on the 10th August.
TONGA HEARING PROJECT
Rotary Clubs of Hampton and RC Nuku’alofa
The Tonga Hearing Project will train Community Health Personnel to screen the hearing of younger Primary School Children to identify possible hearing or ear health problems and supervise screening of 3200 of them prior to them embarking on life’s educational and social pursuits.
We are calling for Funding Support to help this project to commence when travel restrictions are lifted.
You can make a tax-deductible donation through Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund (RAOAF). To do this click RAWCS/83-2020-21.
You can also make a donation to the Rotary Club of Hampton. For details click 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: www.hamptonrotary.org.au Membership enquiries can be directed to: Marie Arendsen Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.