Club activities and operations were again severely hampered during August due to another ‘lockdown’ which commenced on 5th August and is still current early into September.
All club communications during the month have been conducted via Zoom with no opportunity for face-to-face contact or community activities.
Significant activities during the month included the District Governor, Daryl Moran’s official club visit on August 17th which was also attended by Assistant Governor for the Bayside Cluster, and District Governor Nominee, Ian Ballantine.
In preparation for Daryl’s visit, the club prepared a detailed submission responding to four challenges he nominated which included Club Excellence, Club Innovation, Rotary Family and Rotary Support. The Club’s submission covered:
our approach to recruitment and retention of new members, • what approaches we have adopted to retain contact with members during lockdown,
our performance against goals established in 2020-21
details of our projects, programs and activities
communication and interaction with District
Overall, the club’s activities received favourable comment from the DG. The main weakness experienced is in recruitment of new members which is being addressed as a priority during 2021-22.
At the conclusion of the visit, the DG offered some beneficial comments for our consideration.
Hampton Rotary would be very pleased to welcome any persons who may be interested in joining the club, to contact one of our members or register their interest through the RC Hampton web site https://hamptonrotary.org.au
During the month I also attended the first monthly meeting of D9810 Presidents during which a very important presentation was made on Lockdown tips - 4 Challenges by PP Bernadette Vanderwolde. (RC Boronia) D9810 Chair of Community Service. Members can access a copy of Bernadette’s presentation on the club’s website Rotary lockdown tips.
Details were also provided of a range of presentations to be conducted by Zoom, developed for club members by District on club operations and activities.
Hampton Rotary has also contributed to the appeal ‘Dandenong Ranges Storm Recovery Fund’ which is providing funds for Rotary conducted recovery projects in the Dandenong Ranges for communities badly effected and impacted by the storm of Thursday 10th June 2021.
Finally, an update on Hampton RC’s signature project to provide Hearing Screening for Primary School Children in Tonga – fundraising commitments have now reached targeted goals and an application to the Rotary Foundation for a Global Grant to complement club and external support is in the process of being submitted.
September 2021 Club News
Club Meeting – Tuesday 17th August - Vist by District Governor, Daryl Moran and his wife Helen
Most of our members joined the meeting via Zoom to welcome DG Daryl Moran and his wife Jenny. It was unfortunate that we could not meet face to face, but luckily Daryl and Jenny were able to join us for Changeover between lockdowns.
Daryl is an inspiring and engaging speaker. He encouraged the Club to embrace the challenges and opportunities for the coming year and to think outside the square to attract, engage and retain members.
President Peter announced a donation of $500 to DG Partner Project ‘Days for Girls’ and a contribution of $3000 to ‘Rotary Dandenong Ranges Storm Recovery Project’
Club Meeting – Tuesday 24th August - Special Guest Speaker – Sandi Sieger, Director, Camp Awakenings
We welcomed guest speaker, Sandi Sieger, who is the Director of Camp Awakenings, to speak at our Club meeting on Tuesday 24th August.
Earlier this year, the Rotary Club of Hampton sponsored two students to attend Camp Awakenings so it was a great opportunity to hear from Sandi about the Camp Awakenings program, it’s history and success at helping improve the confidence of young people through this innovative personal development program.
Camp Awakenings was started in 2000 and Sandi spoke of it’s inception, arising from her participation at RYLA as a student and how this shaped her and changed her life. With two other participants from RYLA, they jointly were motivated to start Camp Awakenings with a mantra of helping young people to “be the best version of themselves”. The Camps are held for children in year 9 aged 14-15 years old and the April Camp was held in Mt Eliza with 60 students, drawn from a cross-section of schools in the District 9810 catchment area. Over three days, a team of 25 leaders conduct various sessions, games and team building activities, 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.
Our Club was thrilled to be able to sponsor children to attend a program such as this, and we thank Sandi for her presentation and the work she and her team do to help young people, who more than ever, benefit from programs such as this.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - Course 22 & 29 October 2021 now FULLY BOOKED
The second course we’re holding this year on Youth Mental Health First Aid, scheduled for the end of October, is now fully booked. We’re once again thrilled with the take-up by adults in our community to attend this program and who are keen to learn how they can assist young people who may be experiencing mental health issues.
The Rotary Clubs of Hampton and Brighton North have partnered together and are offering FREE places to these Youth Mental Health First Aid courses 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.
For further information you can visit our website at: https://youthsuicideawareness.com.au/training/
Further enquiries can be directed to:Christine LindseyChair – Youth CommitteeEmail: Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 25th September – 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 25th September – 8am-1pm. The market will be adhering to strict COVID-Safe practices but we look forward to seeing our market community join us to shop for the best in-season produce, as well as an amazing range of artisan and gourmet products….and all at a fabulous beachside location in Sandringham at Trey Bit Reserve.
Tuesday 5th October Board Meeting Only board members to attend.
Hannah, a kiwi based in Melbourne, has been a Movember ambassador since 2019. Her personal connection to Movember is through her own lived experience with grief and the resulting mental health challenges. It’s also really important to her to ensure the men in my life are well equipped to deal with their own ups and downs and stay healthy and happy doing so. She is also part of the Movember legal team so she gets to support all the epic work Movember does from behind the scenes too.