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From the President


While we have the flu season with us as well as Covid, the club has mainly returned to online meetings.


This month some of our members joined the Rotary Club of Brighton North meeting and their guest speaker David Whiting who is one of Melbourne's best-known legal practitioners and I thank them for this invitation.


I mentioned last month about a community consultation - we will be commencing this in the next few weeks to identify the important issues for the Bayside Community, what you think is needed and who else we should consult. we are looking to identify and prioritise the needs in the community to inform the club's community grants program.


An important area of health that the club has been involved in is the Youth Mental Health First aid Training. Partnering with the Rotary Club of Brighton North, two courses were delivered by mental Health First Aid Australia in 2021-2022 for adults working, volunteering or living with young people to better understand signs and causes of mental illness and to assist young people in need.


This was delivered at no cost to participants and the feedback indicated how valuable this was to build competency and support local youth.






Recent Events


Tuesday July 12th - Behind the Badge - Peter Read

Peter outlined to the club some background on his family and career. Peter and his wife Maureen both come from Sydney and spent their early years until they were married at Leichhardt in the western suburbs.


They have three children and Peter has been involved in participatory roles associated with their education. They now live in Beaumaris.

After graduating in Civil Engineering from the University of NSW, career moves took the family to a number of engineering roles in NSW country towns,

then to Canberra as project manager involved with many interesting projects associated with Canberra's Land development and major public buildings including the National Art Gallery and Government Offices.

Following on from Canberra, Peter took the opportunity to join the project team in a major development in East Malaysia and that lead to a career specialising in major projects in more than 30 developing countries in Asia, the Pacific and several projects in Africa. Some of the highlights related to work undertaken in rehabilitation of cities and towns damaged by a number of major disasters.


Tuesday July 19th Club Social Night

A number of members and partners met for dinner in the Members Bar at Sandringham Yacht Club. They sat in front of a roaring fire and enjoyed good food and good fellowship. The vote to return later in the year was unanimous!


Tuesday July 26th - Club Forum

At this meeting members discussed plans for the current year including community consultation.


Thursday August 11th Joint Meeting with Rotary Club of Brighton North
Guest Speaker - David Whiting 'It's not all about fences and trees - the questions people ask'


David Whiting, one of Melbourne's best known legal practitioners, entertained the attendees with some of the more memorable questions he has received over many the years he has provided legal advice to callers on ABC radio talkback, helping to demystify and explain the legal system..


Upcoming Events


Tuesday 16th August- Club Social Evening.

This will be via Zoom.


Tuesday 23rd August - Club Meeting

This will be via Zoom.


Tuesday September 6th Board Meeting
Only Board members to attend


Tuesday 13th September - Club Meeting
Guest Speaker - Fiona Gathercole




Pre-School Screening Back in September

The next pre-school screening is scheduled for September and is already completely BOOKED OUT. Hampton Rotary Club, in partnership with Uni of Melbourne Audiology and Bayside City Council, and supported by Hampton Primary School, will be delivering the always popular FREE Pre-School Hearing Screening to Bayside children aged 3.5 to 6 years old. In addition, we’re also co-locating a team from the Uni of Melb Physiotherapy Dept who will be offering screening for Large Motor Skills of pre-school children as well.


The screening sessions will take place on Saturday 3rd September 9am-4pm and are FREE. Places this month booked out in a matter of days, which shows how very popular and important this project is to the local community.


Thanks again to Marie Arendsen for leading this project. Club members will shortly be advised about how they can volunteer to help out on the day.

For further enquiries about this project, contact:
Marie Arendsen at:


Teen Mental Health First Aid Training to be delivered to Sandringham College



As part of the Club’s Youth Mental Health project, a course designed for teenagers will be delivered in August to the entire year 10 cohort of 160 students at Sandringham Secondary College. Students will receive training on Teen Mental Health First Aid and learn about the signs and symptoms of mental health problems that may be experienced by young people, and how they can support a friend who may be experiencing a mental health problem. We really want to thank the College for their collaboration on this initiative to deliver the training to the Year 10 students.


The Teen Mental Health First Aid training course is developed and accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia, and designed especially for teenagers, and delivered in the school setting. The delivery of this training forms part of our project partnership with Brighton North Rotary, to help improve the mental health of youth in our local area, with specialist training for adults and youth.


For further information about this project please contact:




July Bayside Farmers' Market

Even our furry friends needed their winter jackets at the July market. Everyone was rugged up, braving the cold morning, but enjoying shopping from the range of wonderful winter produce available.


At this July market, we raised funds specifically for our Youth Mental Health Projects, and want to thank everyone who donated generously at the entry gates to support this great project which delivers training to both adults and teenagers. $2,000 will now go directly towards funding training courses to be delivered in the local community on mental health first aid.


Thanks to all the stallholders and volunteers for ensuing another fabulous market, and all the community who came out to support the market.


The Bayside Farmers Market will be back again on Saturday 27th August and we’ll look forward to seeing everyone again then.


Next Bayside Farmers’ Market
27th August, 8am-1pm – Trey Bit Reserve, Sandringham


The next Bayside Farmers’ Market is coming up on Saturday 27th August. 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 our 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:


Market Volunteers Needed

We’re currently looking for volunteers to help us with our monthly Bayside Farmers’ Market. It’s only a commitment of 3 hours each month and no experience is necessary…so if you like meeting other locals and want to get involved in a fantastic community event that raises funds for many worthy causes, then get in touch.

If you are interested, then please contact Jenny Fox at 0411 108 248 or email:




8th September 2022


Beaumaris Rotary and friends

are off to the Theatre to see

Louis Nowra's COSI

For Details and booking information click HERE


Rotary Club of Emerald & District

4th December 2022 at Puffing Billy Station Gembrook   Click HERE for details.



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:



New Members Welcome
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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