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From the President

This Hampton Herald is the first edition for the 2021-22 Rotary year and is my first edition as Club President for the year.

I was pleased to introduce our new Board at the recent Changeover Night. They are all very experienced members of the club and for 2021-22 comprise besides myself, Liz Ware Secretary, Ros Bodley Treasurer and members Amanda Hill, Stuart Le Gros, and Annette Grime.


We are looking forward to another successful year although our numbers will be reduced due to interstate movement of some members and others taking extended holiday travels.

Planning for the operation of the club for the year has already commenced with a Club Forum held on 15th June conducted to consider the club’s aims, objectives, projects and ideas for the coming 2021/2022 year. Following the forum, members were sent a detailed summary and asked to nominate for the various committees, following the structure established the previous year, and put forward any further ideas for the board’s consideration.

One major focus for 2021/22 will be to encourage new members to join and participate in the wide range of beneficial projects we will continue pursuing, including community-based activities, a very viable Farmers Market and our major International project activity in Tonga.

Any persons interested in joining the Hampton Rotary Club to experience our warm friendly environment, participate in or contributing to our social and community activities will be warmly welcomed and can contact myself, any club member or indicate an interest via our club website





July 2021 Club News



Recent Events


Club Meeting – Tuesday 15th June – Club Forum

The forum was led by incoming president, Peter Read and concentrated on the club’s aims, projects and ideas for the coming 2021/2022 year.  

Club Changeover Night - Tuesday June 22, 2021

Lindsay Morgan, a masterful MC, welcomed a number of important guests - Past Rotary International President Ian Riseley, incoming District Governor for 2121/2022, Daryl Moran and Jenny, incoming Assistant Governor and District Governor Nominee Designate for 2022/2023 Ian Ballantine and Assistant Governor Steve McDonald, Our Godfather David Tomlinson and Sandra and partners Prue Tickner, Maureen Read, Chrissy Stahl and Rob Ware.

Juliet Riseley proposed toasts to Australia and the Rotary Club of Hampton. DGE Daryl proposed the toast to Rotary International and Ian responded. 

President Amanda who was unable to attend and so, through Liz, thanked the Board and outlined the highlights of her year.  It is amazing what has been achieved and all members were congratulated on their significant contributions.

A video, prepared by Christine Lindsey, was shown. The video showcased the many Club projects delivered over the past year, highlighting what the Club has achieved.

Paul Harris Fellow Awards were made to three members:

  • Maria Sierra for her "above and beyond" effort developing our Covid Safe framework to operate the Bayside Farmers' Markets, including developing the Covid Safe plan, negotiating with our partners Regional Farmers markets on the operational aspects, working with Bayside Council on the regulatory requirements and leading the Market Committee to identify and resolve issues as we moved to reopen after months in lockdown. Congratulations Maria.
  • Lindsay Morgan who tirelessly worked and negotiated with the club, Board, Regional Farmers Markets, Bayside Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, to revise and finalise our agreement and licence to operate the market at Trey Bit Reserve. Lindsay was exceptionally willing and gracious with his time to answer the many questions and provide advice.
  • Amanda Hill in recognition of her leadership as President of our Club this year. Amanda stepped up to take on the Presidency when no one else would, even though she knew little about Rotary. She certainly does now!!! She engaged the membership in club activities through the committees via Zoom - a difficult task during COVID! She also saved our Farmers’ Market at the 11th hour.


Incoming District Governor Daryl presented the President’s pin to President Peter who outlined his vision for 2021/22 and introduced his Board – Amanda Hill, Liz Ware, Ros Bodley, Stuart le Gros, and Annette Grime.

The highlight of the evening was the fellowship enjoyed by all, as we have been meeting virtually for so long.

Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 26th June

Thanks to everyone for their support at June’s Bayside Farmers’ Market. It was great to see everyone out on a rather cold morning to visit the market, supporting all the amazing stallholders and enjoying their incredible range of produce and gourmet products. At this month’s market, we had a visit from Bayside City Council who were on hand to share details of their new food and green waste bin system, which was great.

Another special feature for all dog owners who bring their furry friends to the market each month, was dog trainer, Manasi, from Best Mate Services, who was also on-hand to share tips on dog behaviour. We’d like to thank all the volunteers who braved the chilly weather to help with the set-up/pack-down and manning the various Rotary marquees and the car park.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at our next market on Saturday 24th July 8am – 1pm at Trey Bit Reserve Sandringham – so see you there. 

Upcoming Club Meeting/Events


Tree Planting Challenge – Saturday 10th July

Past Rotary International President Ian Riseley challenged every Rotarian to plant at least one tree as a project to build a more sustainable planet. Club members, friends and other Rotarians will be planting trees at Car Park B6, north of Sandringham Football Club Opposite Triangle Gardens Beach Road, Hampton.


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

Hybrid Meetings
Some meetings will be held at venues to be announced and members and guests will also be able to ZOOM in.  Details of these meetings can be found on our website.

You can refer to our website for updates on the upcoming meeting program: 


Club Meeting – Tuesday 13th July
Guest Speaker – Phillip Heath. Rotary Club of Kardinia


Phil is a past member of RC of Hampton and was president in 2009/2010He will be talking about the Gourmet Goodies project RC Kardinia ran before Christmas 2020 which raised substantial funds.
Zoom log-in link for the meeting is:

Club Meeting – Tuesday 20th July – Club Forum
This will be a hybrid meeting at Liz Ware’s house. Those not attending in person can ZOOM in by clicking this link:

Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 24th July – Trey Bit Reserve, Sandringham

The Bayside Farmers’ Market is held on the 4th Saturday every month at Trey Bit Reserve Sandringham and our next market will be held on Saturday 24th July – 8am-1pm. Come along with your family and friends and enjoy a great morning out while shopping for the best in-season produce, fresh from the farm, as well as an amazing range of artisan and gourmet products. 

Club Meeting – Tuesday 10th August
Guest Speaker – Sandi SiegerCamp Awakenings

Sandi Sieger is the Director of Camp Awakenings Inc. and she will share the story of Camp Awakening, a 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.Zoom log-in link for the meeting is:

District News

Dandenong Ranges Storm Damage

District 9810 has launched a Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) fund-raising page for the 'Rotary Dandenong Ranges Storm Recovery Fund’. The funds are earmarked for community recovery and development projects that become clear in the aftermath of the storm and will be delivered in the affected areas.  The distribution of the donated funds will be administered by a District 9810 Committee.

Donations are tax deductible.Donate at



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

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