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From the President

Once again, our face-to-face club meetings for the month, were severely constrained by Covid 19 lockdowns. However, despite this, we managed to maintain our regular club meeting program via Zoom and during the month there were also two opportunities for club members to gather and socialise on club activities.

Firstly, there was the tree planting day, described later in this newsletter, which will support Rotary’s new 7th Area of Focus “Supporting the environment” which was introduced in July. 

The club also held a very successful Farmers Market on 24th July. Shoppers, having suffered through another period of lockdown, were very pleased to venture out given the fine weather and spend up heavily on the wide variety of high-quality produce available.

During the month the club has been consolidating plans for administering and managing our program of activities for the year and has formalised a committee structure to focus on specific activities. Each club member has nominated a specific committee which they will support during the year.

The committees will support activities in the following areas: Community/Environment, Membership and Social, Farmers Market, Youth and Education and International Service.

We had a very interesting speaker on 13th July, Phil Heath, a Past President of our club and now a member of RC of Kardinia. He provided our members with a very interesting insight into a successful fundraising program his club initiated last year. The ideas were impressive and it is likely that they will lead us considering a project along similar lines. More details will be available as the idea matures.





August 2021 Club News



Recent Events


Tree Planting Challenge – Saturday 10th July

On a fine and sunny Saturday 10th July, Hampton Rotarians, partners and friends were joined by Rotarians from Sandringham & Beaumaris for our annual tree planting.

They assembled on the foreshore near Sandringham Football Ground where Citywide, the Bayside Council horticultural contractors, provided 400 trees, bushes and succulents and instructed them on planting techniques. 90 minutes later, all had been planted and watered in.

This event stems from a challenge issued by Past Rotary International World President, Ian Riseley, for every Rotarian to plant at least one tree per year.

Hampton Rotary took up the challenge in 2018 and has repeated it ever since except for 2020 where COVID caused its cancellation.

Sincere thanks to all who participated in this great effort!

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

Phil Health, who was formerly a member of Hampton Rotary before re-locating to the Geelong region, shared details of a fundraising concept that was very successful for the Kardinia Rotary Club. Their Club sourced and distributed a range of gourmet products from local businesses in Geelong, in the lead-up to Christmas last year, raising significant funds for their Club. We really appreciated Phil sharing details of this project to our members, highlighting an alternative fundraising opportunity that could be used by other Rotary Clubs.

Club Meeting – Tuesday 20th July – Club Forum

At this week's Club Forum, members discussed a range of issues, including the Committee structure for this coming year (and the members who nominated for each), membership recruitment and new ideas for encouraging new members, as well as Club fundraising opportunities. Also, various members provided updates on the status of upcoming projects.


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

We’d like to give a huge shout-out to the Bayside community who rugged up and masked-up and came out to support the Bayside Farmers Market in Sandringham on Saturday 24th July. The turnout from the local community was incredible. The cold, wind & rain didn’t deter the market patrons and we appreciated the support from all those who visited the market. We again had more than 60 market stalls featuring an incredible range of seasonal produce, and many of the stallholders completely sold out this month so they were also thrilled with the turnout.

The market patrons also donated generously at the Rotary gates and this has now helped to boost our fundraising efforts to support upcoming Rotary projects. We’d like to also thank the Club members who volunteered as well as those who volunteered from the Rotary Clubs of Brighton North and Sandringham. Everyone worked hard to ensure this was another very successful market.

The Bayside Farmers Market is always held on the 4th Saturday every month at Trey Bit Reserve Sandringham and our next market will be on Saturday 28th August. We hope to see you all there.


Club Meeting – Tuesday 27th July

This week’s meeting was an informal opportunity for members to have a chat with each other, and to share details of some of the projects that have kept them busy (…and sane?) over this extended period of lockdowns and restrictions. Thanks very much to Marie who led the discussion and teased out many of the home truths from members.


Club Projects

Pre-School Hearing Screening – Next Screening Date Saturday 4th September

The Rotary Club of Hampton has been successfully running this project for a number of years, in partnership with the University of Melbourne Audiology Dept, and with the support of Bayside City Council and Hampton Primary School.

In preparation for the transition to school, children currently enrolled at kindergartens and childcare centres in Bayside are invited to attend a free hearing screening appointment. Since the commencement of this project, more than 400 children have been assessed for hearing issues.

The next screening session is now scheduled for Saturday 4th September and booking details will be available shortly. We will also be seeking volunteers from the Club to assist with registration and logistics on the day.

For further information, you can contact the Project Leader, Marie Arendsen from Hampton Rotary on 0402 457 570.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
New Course Dates Just Released – 22 & 29 October 2021

After our last course sold out, we’ve just announced new dates for the Youth Mental Health First Aid training course.

The Rotary Clubs of Hampton and Brighton North have partnered together and are offering FREE places to the Youth Mental Health First Aid course for interested ADULTS who work with or support young people and would like to better understand the signs and causes of youth mental illnesses and assist young people when in need.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course is an accredited course developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia and is particularly suitable for teachers, school wellbeing officers, sports coaches, youth workers and support staff, and police.

Course attendance is FREE but places are limited, so we suggest bookings be made as early as possible.

Registrations can be made directly at this Trybooking link:

For further information you can also visit the website at:

Further enquiries can be directed to:
Christine Lindsey
Chair – Youth Committee


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

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:

Special Guest Speaker – Sandi Sieger, Director, Camp Awakenings – Tuesday 10th August

Earlier this year, the Rotary Club of Hampton sponsored two students to attend Camp Awakenings. We are now fortunate to hear from the Director of Camp Awakenings, Sandi Sieger, who will share details about this important program for teenagers.

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. 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).

When she’s not wrangling the Camp Awakening team and volunteering on camps across the year, Sandi is a Melbourne based writer and editor. Sandi is the Editor of online lifestyle publication, Onya Magazine and the owner of a social media and digital marketing agency. She is a mad Melbourne supporter, a wife and mum, and lives with her family and two chow chows in the gorgeous Dandenong Ranges.

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 Governor’s Visit – Tuesday 17th August

Our new District Governor, Daryl Moran will address the meeting to talk about the club's plans and his aims for 2021/2022.

Zoom log-in link for the meeting is:


Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 28th August – 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 28th August – 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.

Tuesday 7th September Board Meeting
Only board members to attend.

Tuesday 14th September
Guest Speaker – Graeme Woolacott Rotary Club of Glen Waverley

Graeme joined the Rotary Club of Glen Waverley in 1984, was Club President in 1990/91 and District Governor in 1996/97. He has been a very active Rotarian ever since at Club, District and International levels.

Graeme has worked with Rotarians in Indonesia since 1998 and has facilitated many Matching Grants and Global Grants there as well as being a conduit for financial aid to them. He will be talking to us about a special project to educate families to build their own family toilets with materials supplied by Rotary.

Zoom log-in link for the meeting is:


District News

Dandenong Ranges Storm Damage

Click the image to find out more information.

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


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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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