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From the President

It is very unfortunate however this month we have experienced a number of disasters both Nationally and Internationally.


The devastating floods in Queensland and NSW, still on-going, have caused a significant amount of damage and loss to communities along the east coast of Australia.  No doubt there will be various initiatives from clubs within the Rotary organisation to support the rehabilitation effort


A major National Flood Appeal has also been launched by Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd. (RAWCS) to raise funding to provide financial assistance to flood victims in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.  

 RAWCS has a financial infrastructure system that facilitates fundraising for projects that deliver humanitarian aid and charitable support in Australia and overseas to assist disadvantaged communities and individuals through humanitarian aid projects.


Earlier in the year, the Kingdom of Tonga was also impacted by a disaster which disrupted activities and caused damage to community housing and infrastructure when the volcano, named Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, erupted sending a plume of ash soaring into the upper atmosphere and triggered a tsunami that destroyed homes on Tonga's nearby islands. Hampton RC has developed a very close relationship with Tonga over the past two years through the Hearing Screening project for primary school children which we are developing with pledged support from Rotary Clubs and individual donors from Rotary Clubs in three Australian States, Germany and Tonga.


Our Club has pledged financial support to Tonga to support the rehabilitation effort and will continue with the implementation of the hearing project when clearance is given for the project team to travel. The project has been delayed due to the impact of Covid-19.


RAWCS has also established a fund to raise funds to support restoration and rehabilitation in Tonga and as a result of the close contact we have developed with RC Nuku'alofa (RCN), RAWCS has asked our international team to work with RCN to identify beneficial projects to which the funds raised through RAWCS, can be applied.


During the month we were informed that our application for a Grant under the Federal Government's Stronger Communities Programme Round 7, had been approved. This program supports the Australian Government's commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia by funding small capital projects. Our proposal was to seek funds for the purchase of a defibrillator and several "bite size e-learning" courses. The equipment and training support will be purchased from St. Johns Ambulance, a fully accredited and specialist organisation. Our proposed project is a small capital expenditure project which will deliver considerable benefit to the Bayside community through there being readily available on-site support to the unfortunate occurrence of a medical cardiac emergency.

The on-line courses will be utilised to train our market volunteers in the operation of the equipment which is very user friendly. We thank the office of Tim Wilson MP Federal Liberal Member for Goldstein, whose office evaluated submissions and approved the list of grant recipients.

The equipment will be located at our Bayside Farmers Market on market days and at the club's other community gatherings, where appropriate.


During the month, the club again held a successful Farmers’ Market. Further relaxation of Covid restrictions and fine weather helped to generate a profitable activity.


The monthly meeting of DG with Club Presidents and AG's, held via Zoom on 25th February discussed a number of important matters including details of the planned Storm Recovery Festival, and introduction to the Rotary International Convention to be held in Melbourne on 27-31 May 2023. A report was also given on the progress being made to resolve Insurance issues and update conditions and cover available for travel associated with participation in Rotary international projects.





March 2022 Club News


February Bayside Farmers’ Market


Windy weather whipped through the market in the early morning as stallholders were setting up, but the weather settled and again we had another great market. Thanks to the wonderful Bayside community who came out to support the market and enjoy the last of the summer weather. We’d also like to thank all the Club members, friends and volunteers who helped at this market. We’ll be back on
Saturday 26th March and will look forward to seeing everyone again.



Hampton Rotary Club has a NEW Facebook Page


Our Club’s Facebook page was recently hacked and has now been blocked by Facebook.


So, we have now set-up a NEW FACEBOOK PAGE. You’ll now find us on Facebook as Hampton Rotary Club Australia.  


We’d really appreciate it if you could now FOLLOW and LIKE our new page at: @HamptonRotaryClubAustralia, to continue to get updates on our Club in your News Feed. You’ll need to click the FOLLOW & LIKE Facebook icons on the home page, under the cover photo of our page.



Recent Events


Club Meeting Tuesday 15th February - Social Evening


What a terrific evening of Scattergories.  An experiment converting the game into an online format was a great success.  There was the highly anticipated fierce competition amongst the members with lots of laughter for unexpected answers and the disappointment of losing points with some not so original answers.  The surprising winner was not a native English speaker much to the chagrin of the Aussie members. Well done Hans!



Club Meeting 22nd February 

Guests Speakers: D9810 Assistant Governor Ian Ballantine and D9810 Conference Chairman Steve Macdonald.


Ian, who is also District Governor Elect for 2023-24, is a member of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central Rotary Club and current coordinator of the Bayside Cluster of clubs, discussed the constraints facing clubs in the transition back to face to face meetings, membership numbers, opportunities for joint activities for clubs within the cluster and the status of consideration of possible merger plans for Districts 9180 and 9820. Ian suggested a number of initiatives which the Board and Committees will investigate further.


The main message conveyed by Steve was to present in detail the program and activities of the upcoming 9810 District Conference and to encourage maximum participation from the club.



Club Meeting Tuesday 8th March
Guest Speaker – Alma Reynolds, Membership Chair District 9810 


Alma told us about RI research which showed that two main reasons people give for joining Rotary are providing service to the local community and friendship/fellowship/networking. There are lots of other reasons to join Rotary but these two are shown by to be the highest ranking.

Alma told us about RI research which showed that two main reasons people give for joining Rotary are providing service to the local community and friendship/fellowship/networking. There are lots of other reasons to join Rotary but these two are shown by to be the highest ranking.


Alma guided us through a Club Health Check discussing recent speakers and what do we do with our Rotary time e.g., Club meetings, committee meetings, fundraisers, social activities, hands-on project activity, Club, or project administration?  We realized that there is a lot happening in the RC Hampton!

Alma facilitated a discussion of the outcomes of the exercise. She directed the conversation towards positives and challenged us to think about the future club direction and to consider changes to increase our appeal to new and potential members. Various possibilities will be considered at the upcoming club forum on 22nd March.




Club Projects


School Award Presentations

Awards have recently been presented to students at local primary schools. These students are perceived by their fellow students to best represent the principles of kindness, responsibility, fairness, friendship and acceptance by their peers. They each receive a congratulatory letter together with a voucher to a local bookstore.


Hampton Primary School

The Hampton Primary School Friendship Captains for 2022, elected by their peers, are Paige Ward and Stevie Moragiannis. At the end of their year, Paige and Stevie will be invited to outline their experiences throughout the year via a video link or in person at a Club meeting.

St Mary's Primary School

The St Mary's Friendship Leaders for 2022, elected by their peers, are Amelie Everett and Jack Maslen. At the end of their year, Amelie and Jack will be invited to outline their experiences throughout the year via a video link or in person at a Club meeting.For more about the Awards click HERE


Partnership with University of Melbourne Expanded for Pre-School Screening – Saturday 2 April


Hampton Rotary, in partnership with the University of Melbourne and supported by Bayside City Council and Hampton Primary School, will be back in April to deliver the always popular Pre-School Hearing Testing. In addition, this year we’ll be co-locating a team from the Melb Uni Physiotherapy Dept who will be offering screening for Large Motor Skills of pre-school children as well. This is a great initiative and one that’s particularly important given that young children have been at home for extended periods during the pandemic and have had less opportunities for play and social activities.


More information with booking details will be released shortly but note the date for the screening clinic in your diary now - Saturday 2nd April.


Club member Marie Arendsen is the Project Director of this program and can be contacted at:



Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Course – 6th & 13th May


Hampton Rotary will again be sponsoring another public course of the Youth Mental Health First Aid course, to be held on the 6th & 13th May.


We are offering FREE places to this fully accredited course developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia. 


This is a 14 hour course which will be delivered in a 2 day training package (7 hours per day) on Friday 6th May and Friday 13th May at the Beaumaris Community Centre.


This course 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 and further details will be available soon.


Please contact Christine Lindsey for further information at email:

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 Meetings, Projects and Events


Club Meetings 

Club meetings are held at Hampton Community Centre, 14 Willis Street, Hampton.

Generally, meetings will be Hybrid Meetings and those not attending in person will be able to ZOOM in via the following link:


Details of meetings can be found on our website and you can refer to our website for updates on the upcoming meeting program:


Tuesday 15th March - Social night at Urchin Bar, Hampton St

Tuesday 22nd March - Club Forum


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


The next Bayside Farmers’ Market is coming up on Saturday 26th March. 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:




District News



The Rotary Club of Doncaster

has beenrunning this a 2 Day leadership residential program for many years and now invites applicants for the next program which will take place on:


6th – 7th May 2022


For details of the program Click HERE.




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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