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From the President

The progressive relaxation of lockdown conditions during the month has enabled the club to commence more detailed planning of activities involving direct community contact which have been curtailed over the past 6+ months.

Whereas our meetings have been held regularly on a weekly basis virtually via Zoom, many of our members are very anxious to be able to meet ‘face to face’ and recharge the fellowship which we have missed during lockdown.

As mentioned in before, our membership numbers have declined during the past 12 months due to several members moving away or interstate and we are very anxious to arrange several focussed recruitment events to attract new members – these events will be much more effective when candidates can be invited to a face-to-face meeting or activity and entertained in a social setting.

In accordance with a trend which is spreading throughout Rotary, we will introduce ‘Hybrid’ club meetings in the coming weeks which will enable members to meet socially and face to face whilst also maintaining a virtual meeting platform for those who find it more convenient to meet virtually.

The District 9810 meeting for Presidents I attended during the month focussed heavily on actions clubs need to take to be able to satisfy current health regulations related to engagement of staff and volunteers supporting club fund raising activities. Hampton RC has complied with these regulations ensuring that all our volunteers have provided evidence of their double vaccination. The regulations apply to all fund-raising activities including Farmers Markets, Op-Shops etc.

During the month we were also very pleased receive advice that our application for a Foundation District Grant to support a Youth Mental Health project had been approved. This grant will help fund the course mentioned later in this newsletter.

Another initiative we have followed up during the month was to prepare a submission expressing interest in being considered for a grant under the federally funded Stronger Communities Program which is administered through the office of our local Federal Member. Grant Applications for 2021-22 are expected to be consider in December 2021. Our submission requested consideration for the supply of a Defibrillator AED and training packages to address potential medical emergencies at our Farmers Markets and other activities.

Despite ‘lockdown’ impacting on the scope of the club’s social activities, we have still been able to hold a number of interesting virtual events via Zoom.





November 2021 Club News


We will miss you, Jenny

Long-time member Jennifer Newton, who relocated to Leeton in NSW at the beginning of COVID but has continued with her membership up until now via Zoom, announced that she now intended to transfer to RC Leeton.

Over the last 20 years or so Jenny has served in various capacities including chairing a number of committees and serving as Club President in 2010/2011. During her year as President, Jenny was instrumental in establishing the Bayside Farmers’ Market which has been the Club’s major and highly successful fundraiser ever since. Without Jenny’s perseverance, this would not have happened. Jenny also played a vital role in many other club projects during her time with the club.



Recent Events


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

Hannah, a kiwi based in Melbourne and a Movember ambassador since 2019, spoke to us about Movember where she is part of the Movember legal team.


She spoke about her personal connection to Movember is through her own lived experience with grief and the resulting mental health challenges. It is really important to her to ensure the men in her life are well equipped to deal with their own ups and downs and stay healthy and happy doing so.


She then provided a comprehensive presentation about Movember – how it started, where the money goes and how we can get involved. She talked about the ways one can be involved in raising funds and awareness for their causes -prostate and testicular cancer, Mental Health and suicide prevention - and how the money is spent.


Club Forum - Tuesday 19th October 

The meeting covered a number of matters including Club membership recruitment and retention, choosing a President Elect and a venue for Club meetings. It was recognised that, ss we are a small Club, finding a venue with the right facilities is difficult and, for the time being, the Club is returning to Brighton Bowling Club for some meetings in November and December.


October Bayside Farmers’ Market Saturday 23rd October


The October market, held on Saturday 23rd October, was another great success, with a fantastic turnout despite some rather wet weather to start. There was definitely something for everyone at the market…and even little ones found a way to have a great time in the rain!


A special thank you to the wonderful Bayside community who came out to support the market and the stallholders. We’d also like to thank the volunteers who helped at this market – Club members/family and friends, as well as support from Brighton North and Sandringham Rotary Clubs. All volunteers did a fantastic job to ensure the market once again ran very smoothly, so a big thank you to everyone involved.

Tuesday 3rd November - Melbourne Cup Night


Rhonda Pincott joined us from Palm Island via Zoom to call RC Hampton Melbourne Cup. As usual, race caller Rhonda was in fine form.

The theme was COVID, and Rhonda managed to include member activities and foibles! No one escaped! Everybody was pleased that Liz outstayed her rivals to win a very tight race. Members can listen to Rhonda’s call again via the club’s website.

After the race, Rhonda shared insights into her work teaching indigenous prep students on Palm Island and this turned out to be a very interesting discussion.

Thank you, Rhonda.


Club Projects


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Course - November Course Coming Up


The second training course we’re holding this year on Youth Mental Health First Aid, is coming up at the end of November, on the 26th November and the 3rd December. We’re currently working on the COVID-Safe plan for the delivery of the course in the face-to-face format, within the Government’s current requirements. We’re really looking forward to delivering this course for adults working with youth, to 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:


Community Projects


Hampton Beach Clean-up - Sunday 7th November

Hampton Rotary joined 3188 Hampton Beach Patrol for their November beach clean A number of members spent the hour picking up rubbish, including micro plastics, polystyrene balls, wrappers and more! The environment benefited from more than 15kgs of rubbish collected.



International Projects


Hearing Testing in Tonga


The Club's international project involving the training and implementation of an initial screening program for Primary School children in Tonga is fully designed, and we now have commitment from several Rotary Clubs and Districts and institutional donors in Australia, Germany and Tonga. Our submission to the Rotary Foundation is now under consideration for approval of a Global Grant to meet the full estimated budget.


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 9th November - Guest Speaker – Donovan Smith - Amalocal

Amalocal grew out of a desire to be able to enjoy, delicious, value for money, seasonal, farm fresh local produce, directly from the local Bayside farming families, every week.

Zoom log-in link for the meeting is:


Tuesday 16th October - Annual General Meeting
Brighton Bowling Club at 7:00 PM


This will be a hybrid meeting and members who are unable to attend in person can do so via the Zoom log-in link for the meeting:


Tuesday 23rd November Club Social event

Details to be advised


Next Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 27th November 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 27th November – 8am-1pm.

We’re starting the countdown to Christmas, and at this November market, we’ll have a pop-up stall from Sandringham Scouts who will be taking orders for their amazing fresh Christmas Trees. Anyone who ordered a tree last year will know how fantastic the trees were, so you won’t want to miss this market and get in early with your tree order!

We look forward to seeing you at the market so 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:


Saturday 4th December - Club Christmas Function



Details have already been circulated to members


Tuesday 7th December - Board Meeting
Only Board members to attend

Tuesday 14th December Club Meeting

Packing Hampers for the Salvos


This night will continue with the Club's long time support for the Salvos' at this important time.

District News



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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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