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From the President


During January, many of our members have been enjoying the Christmas break with their families and there have been minimal club activities, however we were able to maintain our cycle of monthly club meetings by zoom.


A reasonably successful Farmers Market was held on 22nd January, however the ongoing impact of Covid 19 and the holiday period were noticeable.


In our guest speaker slot for the month, we were entertained with a very interesting presentation by two of our members, Lance and Bev Blackley, which highlighted their extensive travels around Australia by caravan during 2021. Their passion for exploring the outback was well demonstrated through an excellent collection of photographs as was Lance’s interest in seeking out breweries in obscure locations and of course, sampling the product.


As we have previously reported, Hampton Rotary has developed a very close association with the Pacific Kingdom of Tonga over the past two years through the project we have been developing to screen the hearing of primary school children. The project is essentially ready to commence following a successful fundraising program. Our team is ready to mobilise, however due to Covid 19 and travel restrictions imposed by the governments of Tonga and Australia, we have to wait until clearance is given to enter Tonga and the risks subside.


Following on from the pandemic, it was very disturbing to hear that Tonga was impacted by the recent Volcanic Eruption and Tsunami. This disaster has added to the stress of having to maintaining vigilance over to control of Covid19 in the country which had remained covid free.


As we have developed a very close association, our members wanted to offer assistance with the rehabilitation efforts. Areas of the country particularly around the coast and ash in the tank water supplies, had been impacted by the tsunami with community’s assets and livelihood being lost or damaged.


Communication with the country was also severely impacted due to damage to their main undersea cable connection, linking Tonga with the world.


Fortunately, we have been able to make contact with the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa with whom we had developed a close relationship and inform them that RC Hampton members wished to provide AU$5,000 to assist with addressing critical needs. We have asked to RC Nuku’alofa to establish the need and distribute funding. This may be accomplished in association with aid being provided by other donors and aid agencies.


Finally, our club proposes to hold a comprehensive planning session in coming weeks to review our current operations including project activities both in regard to worthy community grant projects, our social program and guest speakers in preparation for ongoing activities.




February 2022 Club News



Recent Events


Club Meeting Tuesday 18th January
Blackley Travels

Bev and Lance gave us a most entertaining account of their many and varied experiences travelling aroud Australia in the second half of 2021.


January Bayside Farmers’ Market Saturday 22nd January


We had another very hot day at our market in January and would like to thank the wonderful Bayside community who came out to support the market and enjoy the fantastic summer weather. We’d also like to thank the volunteers who helped at this market. All volunteers did a fantastic job to ensure the market once again ran very smoothly, so a big thank you to everyone involved.



Tuesday 8th February


Guest Speaker - Jillian Riseley


CEO - Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group



Australia’s Sustainability Scorecard

   …………. and where to from here?

Jill outlined a number of significant problem areas including global population growth, expected growth in carbon dioxide emissions, food wastage, lack of access to modern electricity, high levels of poverty and large numbers of children out of school leading to youth worldwide lack basic mathematics and literacy skills.

  • Australia’s Sustainability Scorecard - According to United Nations sustainable development goals, Australia is meeting the goals in good health and wellbeing, quality education, clean water and sanitation and industry, innovation, and infrastructure. However, there are some concerning trends in climate action, reduced inequalities, responsible consumption and production, life on the land.

  • Where to from here? - how do we meet the needs of all people within the means of a living planet and how do we get there? Jill introduced us to Doughnut Economics. The framework was proposed to regard the performance of an economy by the extent to which the needs of people are met without overshooting Earth's ecological ceiling. The main goal of the new model is to re-frame economic problems and set new goals. In this model, an economy is considered prosperous when all twelve social foundations are met without overshooting any of the nine ecological ceilings. This situation is represented by the area between the two rings, considered as the safe and just space for humanity.




Club Projects


2021 Presentation of Berendale School Resilience Award



The Resilience Award was first presented by the Rotary Club of Hampton in 2010. The Award is presented to a 'Year 11' student who has impressed the Head and staff by their ability to work through problems and learn how to apply themselves to realise true and improved outcomes for both themself and those around them.

The Award is presented to a student who will be entering their final year at Berendale in the next year. This is done so that the student and their peers can see the student's name on the Honour Board throughout their final year. It is a significant achievement and the winner should be extremely proud of their effort in gaining this Award. The Club presents the winner with a congratulatory letter and a $50.00 gift voucher from JB HiFi.

The 2021 winner is Leila Geideman and Geoff Tickner, the Club’s Community Director, presented the award to Leila in December 2021.

Christmas Hampers for The Salvos


Hampton Rotarians have been making their own Christmas hamper donations to The Salvos for at least 20 years.

Club members delivered their hampers to Geoff Tickner who delivered them to the Salvos Bentleigh office.

The photo shows Geoff Tickner presenting the hampers to Samantha Oldfield at the Salvos Bentleigh office.



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:



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 15th February - Club Social Evening

Zoom log-in link for the meeting is:


Tuesday 22nd February Club Forum and Conference Update


Zoom log-in link for the meeting is:



Next Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 26th February 8am-1pm – Trey Bit Reserve, Sandringham


The next Bayside Farmers’ Market is coming up on Saturday 26th February. 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. The market runs from 8am-1pm

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



Tuesday 1st March - Board Meeting
Only Board members to attend

Tuesday 8th March

Guest Speaker – Alma Reynolds

Membership Chair District 9810


Zoom log-in link for the meeting is:



District News





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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