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From the President


As part of our planning for 2022-2023, the club is reviewing our annual operating plan which supports our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. Our goals 2022-2023 are:

  1. Stronger linkages with the community to understand and identify needs
  2. Enhance the Community Grants Program based on community feedback
  3. Finalise project plan and funding for pediatric hearing project in Tonga
  4. Continuation of youth and teen mental health project. 

The three major projects planned for this year are:

Teen Mental Health First Aid

Hampton Rotary in partnership with Brighton North Rotary, and supported by Mental Health First Aid Australia, presents the Bayside Teen Mental Health First Aid project, to train 150 Bayside high school students in years 7-9 and 10-12 how to provide mental health first aid support to their friends.

International Project – Screening the Hearing of Year 1 and 2 Primary School Students in Tonga

In November 2019 the club in association with the Rotary Club of Nuku'alofa, sought approval to investigate the possibility of providing assistance to Tonga, to assess, and if a need is established, design and implement a project to examine the hearing of younger school age children in Tonga. Initial project scoping was completed before the COVID restrictions were implemented. Actions relating to finalizing the Global Grant application can now proceed.

Community Consultation

One of our strategic priorities is strengthening linkages with the community to understand and identify needs. The club will be running a community consultation during September-October 2022 to identify the important issues for the Bayside Community, what is needed and who else we should consult. Information will be gathered through a short survey conducted at our monthly Bayside Farmers’ Market and targeted consultation with community groups. We are looking to identify and prioritise the needs in the community to inform the club’s community grants program.

I encourage you to visit our next market on 24 September at Trey Bit Reserve and share your ideas with us.






Recent Events


Club Meeting – August 23rd

At this week’s meeting, our Club President Amanda outlined some of the proposed changes to our regional structure and governance, and shared a video explaining some of the proposed changes. Rotary International is considering a project to address membership, public image, communication, leadership, and fundraising challenges to help define a more sustainable future for Rotary. Zone 8, which includes Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, has been selected as one of two potential regions to pilot a regional approach to governance.

The project cannot proceed without the support of members and clubs. As part of this zone, our Club will participate in an online ballot, managed by the Rotary International South Pacific and Philippines Office, which will be conducted from Thursday 15th September until 29th September to decide if the proposed Rotary Zone 8 regionalisation pilot will proceed.



Upcoming Events


We are returning to face-to face meetings (hybrid)


September 13 – Social night at Sandringham Yacht Club


September 20 – Visit from District Governor Ken Miller.

Venue – Hampton RSL 25 Holyrood St Hampton 6.30 for 7


September 27 – Club Meeting at Hampton RSL


October 11 at Club Meeting at Hampton RSL

Guest Speaker - Fiona Gathercole – Director TEAMSPORTS4ALL

TEAMSPORTS4ALL assist families who are experiencing financial hardship; due to their situation they cannot afford to pay for the costs involved in community team sport. They meet the families, connect them with a club and team, pay for the fees and most importantly give ongoing support of volunteers to encourage long term participation.






Teen Mental Health First Aid (TMHFA) Training Delivered to Year 10 Students at Sandringham College

During August, a course designed to support the mental health of adolescents - Teen Mental Health First Aid – was delivered to all 160 Year 10 students at Sandringham College. The Teen Mental Health First Aid training course was developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia and was delivered by 3 of their accredited trainers – Jola, Gail and Denise (with therapy dog Cayley as support as well). Students learnt 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.


This initiative to bring this educational course to the Year 10 students was a joint collaboration between Sandringham College and the Rotary Clubs of Hampton and Brighton North, supported by Mental Health First Aid Australia. A big thanks to the College Wellbeing team and the project teams from Rotary for organizing this specialist training to help support the mental health of young people.


For further details or enquiries about this project, please contact Christine Lindsey at:


Bayside Pre-School Screening Project Held at Hampton Primary in September

Another great outcome from our recent pre-school screening of Bayside kindergarten children. Hampton Rotary Club, in partnership with Uni of Melbourne Audiology and Physiotherapy Depts, and Bayside City Council, and supported by Hampton Primary School, delivered the always popular FREE Pre-School Screening to Bayside children aged 3.5 to 6 years old. The audiologists screened children for hearing and the physios screened for development of gross motor skills. A total of 42 children were screened, with a number being referred for further specialist testing, which highlights how crucial a project such as this is to support children in our local community. The next testing session will now be held in early 2023.


A big thank you to Marie Arendsen for co-ordinating this project, as well as the Club members and partners who volunteered on the day.


For further details or enquiries about this project, please contact Marie at:




Monthly Beach Patrol Clean-Up at Hampton Beach

The monthly beach clean-up at Hampton Beach, organized by a group of local Hampton resident volunteers, took place again on the first Sunday in September. Hampton Rotary supports this local environmental initiative and Club member Annette was there to again help this month. The designated meeting place for September’s clean-up was Green Point, and with the half-marathon finishing there that morning as well, there was certainly plenty of rubbish collected.


The Hampton Beach Patrol is one of many such groups who monthly organize clean-ups of the local foreshore and streets. Here are some Fast Facts on what they’ve managed to achieve:

-        3026 beach and street cleans since 2014

-        660,752 pieces of plastic picked up and categorized

-        During August, there were 94 litter collection volunteer events held, gathering up 413 glass bottles, 700 plastic drink bottles, 706 metal cans, 223 PPE plus more….


An upcoming event that you may want to be involved with is a “Mini Spring Clean The City”, where the beach patrols partner with Zero Waste Victoria on Saturday 17th September, where volunteers will be collecting plastic litter along Southbank for an hour.


If you’re interested in this event, or you want to get involved in the monthly Hampton Beach Patrol, contact Annette Grime at:



August Bayside Farmers’ Market

We had a wonderful sunny spring morning for our August farmer’s market…and it was great to see so many people out and about enjoying the market.


At this August market, we extended a community stall to the team from Connors Run, who do such an incredible job to raise significant funds each year for brain cancer research with their fun run in September and other fundraising activities. 


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


The Bayside Farmers Market will be back again on Saturday 24th September and we’ll look forward to seeing everyone again then.


Next Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 24th September – Donation Proceeds to Support Pakistan Flood Relief


Next Bayside Farmers’ Market – Saturday 24th September – Donation Proceeds to Support Pakistan Flood Relief

The next Bayside Farmers’ Market is coming up on Saturday 24th September. At this market, Hampton Rotary proceeds from entry gate donations will go towards supporting flood relief efforts in Pakistan.


The extent of the disaster in Pakistan is catastrophic. Flooding brought by record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan's northern mountains have affected 33 million people and killed at least 1,325, including 466 children, and aid organisations estimate almost 6.5 million people are in need of shelter across Pakistan.


We’d love your support of this cause, so you can see us at the September market on Saturday 24th September at Trey Bit Reserve Sandringham from 8am-1pm.


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

Market Volunteers Needed

If you’re interested in joining our volunteer team at the monthly Bayside Farmers’ Market, we’d love to hear from you. 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, please get in touch.

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




Fundraiser for Ukraine

All 5 Bayside Rotary Clubs (including Hampton Rotary) are jointly supporting a fundraising concert for the displaced persons of Ukraine. This concert will be held at St Leonard’s College Concert Hall on Sunday 23rd of October at 2.30pm. Tickets are $35 each, and bookings can be made at:


Kids Fun Run, Supporting Monash Children’s Hospital


This fun run is being organised by the Rotary Club of Emerald & District, on 4th December at Puffing Billy Station Gembrook. Entries can be made online at:



Club Meetings 

Club meetings are held at Hampton RSL, 25 Holyrood Street, Hampton Victoria 3188 

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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