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From the President

The last month has been an interesting one.


As shown in the various meeting reports, we have had a number of discussions about the club’s activities and future. Greater freedom from 'lockdown' will also enable us to arrange a number of social gatherings to which we will be inviting potential new members with the objective of increasing our numbers, which unfortunately have been depleted due to some members moving interstate and others taking well-earned long-term travelling holidays.

We were also able to hold a successful Farmers’ Market, adhering strictly to our approved Covid-safe plan and complying fully with the tight protective health measures dictated by the health authorities.

Our Farmers’ Markets have always been a strong attraction for members of the community who may be interested in participating in a community activity in which they get enjoyment and are also able to support the club by assisting with the market's operation.  We invite any interested parties, with or without prior experience in participating in a market, to approach one of our members or contact us through our website and express your interest.

A number of very important events conducted as webinars, were again arranged by our District 9810 and available for all to participate. They included:

  • Another successful International and Foundation Seminar held to promote and explain the opportunities available for developing and participating in International project activities. We are all frustrated by our inability to travel out of Australia however now is the time to start the planning process which is not constrained through our ability to continue through the facility of Zoom
  • An interesting Seminar was conducted on Alumni ('Rotary Alumni' refers to those people who have been selected for and taken part and completed (graduated) involvement with the programs of Rotary International, the Rotary Foundation and/or programs run by Rotary Districts including: some examples are: Rotaract and Rotary Youth Exchange). The seminar suggested
  • Alumni are important ‘assets’ for the club and recommended re-engaging with them to tap a number of potential benefits.
    Another very interesting program was conducted on the Status of Membership within Rotary which focussed on recruitment programs and ideas.
  • The Bayside Clubs Cluster Group (Hampton, Cheltenham, Sandringham and Beaumaris) also met with agenda items including joint community projects and the possibility of establishing a local Rotaract club which could work with the cluster.





October 2021 Club News



Farewell Stuart

We were all sad to bid farewell to Past President Stuart Le Gros. Stuart has played a major role in the club over the past 5 years.

He was Club President in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 and was one of our Farmers’ Market stalwarts playing a leading role in organising and running it.


Stuart has moved house to the Mornington Peninsula. We wish him all the best at his new location and is sure to be a highly valued asset should he continue with his Rotary activities.



Recent Events


Club Meeting - Tuesday 14th September
Guest Speaker – Graeme Woolacott Rotary Club of Glen Waverley
5000 Generic Family Toilets for Indonesia

PDG Graeme has always championed Indonesia. Bowel disease including diarrhea, dysentery, Typhus and Hepatitis A are still major causes of mortality and morbidity in Indonesia. District 3420 (Indonesia) is planning to distribute 5000 generic toilets throughout the district, and they are asking for assistance with funding. The cost of each toilet is USD38. The program will be led by Dr Budi Laksono (RC Semarang Pandawa).

It is estimated that 20 million Indonesian families do not have access to a toilet. Initiatives to build public toilets have failed their purpose. To change the habit of defecation from bush and rivers to a family toilet, this program will provide: a generic toilet, education on the importance of using toilets, how to build one, and supervision of construction.

Clubs and individuals can donate to RC Glen Waverley.


Club Meeting - Tuesday 21st September 

This meeting focussed on considering a number of initiatives to consolidate the club’s activities, during the remainder of the year, with the expectation that, with vaccinations of the community well advanced, the club should be able to expect greater freedom of movement to enable us to ramp up our community engagement projects, with the objective of delivering benefits to those in need before the Christmas period.

We also discussed contacting Alumni, whom we have supported in past years through various forms of sponsorship, and inviting them back to reconnect, either as visitors or potential new members.
We consider that maintaining contact with all who have had some previous contact with Hampton RC is very important for our growth, either through referrals from networks they have established or re- establishing contact with club members with whom they have had been previously involved.

September Bayside Farmers’ Market


The September market, held on Saturday 25th September, was a great success, and a fantastic fundraiser for the Club. We had amazing support from the Bayside community who ventured out in the cold to shop at the market. COVID-Safe measures were in place, including strict density limits, and we consequently saw extensive queues wrap around the carpark, as patrons patiently waited to enter the market. Stallholders reported impressive sales for the morning, and most completely sold out! Everyone who attended really appreciated that we were able to offer this service to the local community, and all look forward to coming back next month!


A special thank you to all the volunteers who helped at this market – Club members/family and friends, as well as support from Brighton North and Sandringham Rotary Clubs. We certainly needed all hands on-deck to assist with the set-up, traffic management, donation collection and pack-down at the market. All volunteers were run off their feet, during both shifts, so a big thank you to everyone involved.


Club Meeting - Tuesday 28th September - Spring, Flowers and Stories


The club’s virtual September social evening was inspired by Canberra’s Floriade festival with members showing pictures of flowers and telling the story behind the bulb. What an amazing group of storytellers! We had stories about bouquets from weddings through the generations, flowers given as gifts in different countries, unusual flowers that have been in garden throughout a person’s life and flowers that have survived under harsh circumstances.

Our winner on the night was Hans with his romantic story of the white daisy that is one of the first Spring flowers in Germany and how he scraped the ice from these flowers and dried them to have them for their wedding invitations. As you can see from the photo, these flowers are still part of Hans’ life in Australia. As you would expect Hans was awarded a lovely bunch of springtime flowers - congratulations to all of our members and their floral contributions.



Club Projects


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – Rescheduled Course Dates


The second training course we’re holding this year on Youth Mental Health First Aid, which was fully booked, has now been rescheduled to 26th November and the 3rd December. Given the Government’s current roadmap out of lockdown didn’t allow for classroom training at the end of October, it was decided that the course should be re-scheduled to the end of November, when we’re anticipating restrictions should be lifted to allow such training to take place.

We’re very hopeful that this will be the case, and the adults who have booked will all then benefit from this timely and very relevant course that will boost their understanding, confidence and competency to help young people who may be showing the signs of mental health problems or illness


Further enquiries about this project can be directed to:

Christine Lindsey

Chair – Youth Committee



Volunteers Needed for the Bayside Farmers’ Market

Our Club is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with our monthly Bayside Farmers’ Market.

The Bayside Farmers’ Market is the main fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Hampton and is one of the longest running and most popular markets in Melbourne. It is held on the 4th Saturday of every month at Trey Bit Reserve, Sandringham, located off Jetty Road near the Sandringham Yacht Club. The entry donations to the market all go to worthy causes, and contribute to funding Rotary projects, both in the local community as well as overseas.

By being a volunteer, you’ll get to be involved in a fantastic local community event as well as enjoy the opportunity to meet other wonderful locals. Many great friendships have started with volunteering at the market!

Volunteering at the market could include helping with the market set-up and pack-down, collecting gate donations or assisting with traffic management. The commitment is only 4 hours per month, so if you are interested, then please contact Jenny Fox at 0411 108 248 or email:

We’d love to hear from you and welcome you to our team of volunteers!

For more details about the market, you can also check out the market website here:



International Projects


Hearing Testing in Tonga


As reported previously, our club has been developing an international project in the Pacific Kingdom of Tonga, to screen the hearing of young primary school students. The project has been under preparation for some time and unfortunately has been substantially delayed due to Covid 19 restricting travel to and from Tonga.

Our fundraising program with local, international and interstate clubs has been successful and we are about to submit our application to The Rotary Foundation for a Global Grant to support the financial pledges raised.

Our partner club for this project is the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa in Tonga and we have developed and maintained continuous contact with club members via Zoom, who have assisted significantly with the design of the project and liaison with the Government of Tonga.


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:


Tuesday 12th October - Guest Speaker – Hannah Bierre - Movember

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.

Zoom log-in link for the meeting is:


Tuesday 19th October - Club Forum

Zoom log-in link for the meeting is:


Next Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 23rd October 8am-1pm – 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 23rd October – 8am-1pm. The market will be adhering to strict COVID-Safe measures and 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.

More details about the market are also available at the market website:


Tuesday 26th October 
Only Board members to attend

Tuesday 2nd November - Melbourne Cup Day Social Event


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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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