Sunday is Funday at Yarra Bank Reserve. See you and the family there for the Celebrations!

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There'll be music and laughter, face painting and a magician, a hoopist extraordinaire and much much more at Yarra Bank Reserve Sunday August 8th 2021, 12 noon to 3pm. Let's make this an extra special celebration of Rotary in Boroondara. Bring the family and enjoy a Sunday afternoon at play. Official opening at 1pm by the Mayor of Boroondara, Cr. Garry Thompson, and Rotary District 9800 Governor Dale Hoy. See you there!
 
 
Sunday is Funday at Yarra Bank Reserve. See you and the family there for the Celebrations! Richard Blakeman 2021-07-31 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Rotary 100

Wording for Plaque Expresses the Strength in Unity

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The theme for the new playground project was stated quite casually, early in the planning cycle, by Benjamin Gilbert of Agency of Sculpture, creators of the Rotary interactive play sculpture. Benjamin said: "The play sculpture is meant to demonstrate that when people work together they can create something magnificent". The plaque will be unveiled by the Mayor of Boroondara at the Family Fun Day on Sunday August 8th.
Wording for Plaque Expresses the Strength in Unity Richard Blakeman 2021-07-31 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Scar Tree at Yarra Bank Reserve Testament to an Ancient Legacy

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The Yarra Bank Reserve, site for the interactive play sculpture being presented to the community on August 8th as a gift from Rotary, is a beautiful park with an ancient history. The traditional land of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people, who hunted and fished along the Yarra banks, the reserve contains an ancient scar tree. A scar tree or scarred tree, also known as a canoe tree and shield tree, is a tree which has had bark removed by Aboriginal Australians for the creation of bark canoes, shelters, weapons such as shields, tools, traps, containers or other artefacts. 
Visitors to the park on August 8th for the Opening Ceremony and Family Fun day will be able to view the scar tree, and reflect on and pay respect to the families who lived, worked and played along these banks in a distant past.
Scar Tree at Yarra Bank Reserve Testament to an Ancient Legacy Richard Blakeman 2021-07-30 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

The Rotary Leadership Institute

Posted by Jane Pennington on Jul 26, 2021
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The Rotary Leadership Institute Program presents a wonderful opportunity for experienced Rotarians, new members and indeed people interested in finding out more about Rotary to take some time to experience the history, current and new initiatives related to this great organisation we call Rotary.
 
This four-part program is now available online.
The Rotary Leadership Institute Jane Pennington 2021-07-25 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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“Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular.” So, states Roy T. Bennett, author of “ The Light in the Heart”.  We can only hope that our Leaders are doing the right thing and we must adhere to their directions. Hence, another lockdown for Victorians. However, I am in constant contact with my Indonesian colleagues, who are overwhelmed by the delta variant. Claus Bogh’s brother in law in Jakarta has recently died at 45 years of Covid complications. The threat is real. I have heard of many of my friends’ relatives dying of Covid over there. Finally, I am fully vaccinated.

 
We in Australia are so lucky to be isolated. I do grieve for our young trying to make a buck in this environment of lockdown and decreased opportunities to prosper. The isolated with mental health issues is another issue. Rotary eradicated Polio with vaccinations – this is an example that vaccination is a logical way to go forward. I cannot understand the anti-vaxxers stance against all the medical evidence that vaccinations work. Come summer, I am sure we will emerge from this debacle.
 
Mark – Get off your soap box!!
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-07-25 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Membership Marketing & Club Service Seminar 2021-07-25 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

R100 Project Added to Rotary Showcase

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The Yarra Bank Reserve playground project to mark the Rotary Centenary Down Under, led by the Rotary Club of Glenferrie and involving a partnership between a consortium of four Rotary clubs and the City of Boroondara, has now been lodged on Rotary Showcase, making it visible to more than 1.2 million Rotarians in over 36,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Now that's impact!
R100 Project Added to Rotary Showcase Richard Blakeman 2021-07-20 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100
This is Our World Richard Blakeman 2021-07-18 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover,Club History

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Last Tuesday was a great night for the Rotary Club of Glenferrie’s Changeover. We beat the lockdown and were able to celebrate the past year in style. Unfortunately, back to Zoom for our next meeting on 20th July.  

We thank Kooyong Tennis Club for use of its newest conference room and the delicious food served. John Hudson is responsible for setting up this great value for money night. Lyn Spencer with her usual decorative flair created a visual spectacular. We had many dignitaries from various Rotary Clubs, past district governors, politicians, Boroondara Councillors and the Mayor of Boroondara, Gary Thompson. As stated, many there were my Rotary heroes.

 

Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-07-18 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Bring the kids, bring the grandkids, but most of all bring yourself to Family Fun Day, Sunday August 8 Richard Blakeman 2021-07-17 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Rotary 100

Changeover a Triumph as New Board Inducted

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President Mark Ellis AM welcomed his new board at Changeover on Tuesday July 13th in a celebration of the club's accomplishments and what it means to be a Rotarian. A number of members were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the club, to Rotary and to the community.  Past President Ian Salek was awarded the club's first ever Royce Abbey Award for 'enthusiasm and commitment to the ideals of Rotary'. Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions were awarded to PP Thelma Hutchison, Dr Claus Bogh, Health Program Director for the Sumba Foundation, Indonesia, and to club Membership Development Director Elizabeth Dumonic. Special Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Elizabeth Dumonic and  International Service Director Mark Howlett.
 
Before an audience that included Mayor of Boroondara, Garry Thompson and the Member for Hawthorn, Mr John Kennedy, District Governor Dale Hoy and Immediate Past District Governor Philip Archer, an absorbing program skilfully MCd by Past President Charles Tran highlighted the extensive work of Rotary in the community, the diversity of Rotary membership and the strong bonds that unite us.
 
Changeover a Triumph as New Board Inducted Richard Blakeman 2021-07-13 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover,Meeting Topics
Prime Minister Congratulates Rotary on its 100th Anniversary Richard Blakeman 2021-07-13 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Well one day to our Changeover.  There are many coming and you will not be disappointed by attending with the intention of celebrating our club’s achievements.  The District Changeover was a great success and I noted with pleasure a good turnout of Glenferrie Rotarians.  

I am looking forward to formally finishing off the last Rotary year and get on with the new year.   Our new Board has already met last Tuesday and we are on the way to a good year.  I appreciate the generosity of our club and the sacrifice of the Board members and their committees to assist me in this up coming year.

The American writer Sam Keen is quoted as saying “We can't build a good society on the principles of self-interest and entitlement alone. Without generosity there can be no community. Without the kindness of strangers, a society is turned into an armed camp....The atmosphere of compassion that transforms a mass of alienated individuals into a caring community is created by countless acts of kindness and charitable foresight.”

Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-07-11 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Help Needed to Make our Playground Opening a Resounding Success

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It's getting close to the big day and volunteers are needed to help make the day a success. 
Help is needed firstly with letterboxing the immediate neighbourhood on the weekend before the event. Five clubs are each taking responsibility for a specific sector in the area around the Reserve, encompassing parts of Hawthorn, Kew and Richmond.
 
Help is also needed with setting up the marquis, tables, chairs etc at Yarra Bank Reserve on the day; stewards are needed to greet and direct the public and ensure Covid requirements are met; and help is needed to dismantle the equipment on the Sunday afternoon and return it to the Farmers Market container. 
 
If you can help, please add your name to the volunteer roster. To access the Volunteer Roster, click here:
 
Help Needed to Make our Playground Opening a Resounding Success Richard Blakeman 2021-07-10 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Changeover Celebrates Achievement and What it Means to be a Rotarian

Posted by John Suriano
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Changeover is one of the great nights in the Rotary year. It is the time when you dress up, bring your partner and enjoy the Changing of the Guard as it were.
The Rotary Year starts in July, following the financial calendar. Towards the end of June a special night is organised to mark the end of a Rotary year and the beginning of a new one. It is a time when appreciation is extended to committees for the work they have achieved and maybe to members who have earned the respect of the club by the awarding of a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition or a certificate of appreciation. The Paul Harris Fellow Recognition is one of the highest awards the club can bestow on a member.
 
 At Changeover we induct a new president (or role over an existing one, as is the case this year. Ed.) and thank our outgoing president for the work they have done. It is also a time for the incoming president to introduce to the club his or her new team that will carry the club forward for the new year and to give a brief overview of what the club should look forward to in the new Rotary year.
 
I therefore encourage all members to attend and join with other Rotarians not only from our club but the visitors from our neighbouring clubs. It is a wonderful experience not to be missed.
 
Looking forward to seeing you at “Changeover.”
 
John Suriano
President 1990-1991
Changeover Celebrates Achievement and What it Means to be a Rotarian John Suriano 2021-07-08 14:00:00Z 0

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Wasn’t it an exciting night.  Last Tuesday night we inducted face to face (and not on zoom) 5 new members and welcomed back Jane Gilchrist.  I was exhausted with nervous tension, since I have not had the pleasure to be involved in so much goodwill.  We welcome these new members and wish them every success.  “Fresh blood” is always good to see things differently and lead our club into areas not thought of.  “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” To quote Anaïs Nin  (American-French – Cuban diarist).  Hence, welcome to adding to our club.
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-07-04 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Your New Playground is on its Way Boroondara! Richard Blakeman 2021-07-01 14:00:00Z 1 Rotary 100
Bring the Whole Family - We'll Bring the Fun! Richard Blakeman 2021-07-01 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Club Welcomes Six New Members Just in Time for the New Rotary Year

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We welcomed five new members and one past member returning to the Rotary family at its club meeting on Tuesday June 30th, just in time for the new year. The new Rotarians reflect diverse cultural and vocational backgrounds and life experience that will greatly strengthen the club as it moves forward. So welcome to Rotary you lot! We look forward to many years of friendship through Rotary, working side by side to do good in the world.
 
Club Welcomes Six New Members Just in Time for the New Rotary Year Richard Blakeman 2021-06-29 14:00:00Z 0 Membership Development

Sponsor a Child in the Vo Thanh district Vietnam

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It is now almost 2 years since Glenferrie Rotary made the decision to support and sponsor the Vo Thanh district of Vietnam as part of the wider Rotary established Vietnam Communities Support (VCS) program, chaired by Rowan McClean. Unfortunately, the opportunities for support and certainly any visiting has been limited by COVID but the need undoubtedly remains.
We have supported the community in many ways.  The most recent project the VCS is undertaking is the arranging for the sponsoring of children with the particular objective of allowing them to attend school. Currently over 40 kids receive such sponsorship.

Rotary Glenferrie has been advised that there are presently 3 children in particular who need such sponsorship (these 3 do not have parents so must work in fields for food and living) and we are all invited to sponsor one of these children.
Sponsor a Child in the Vo Thanh district Vietnam Mark Howlett 2021-06-27 14:00:00Z 0 International Service

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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“The Rotary Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  Cheers to a new Rotary Year and another chance for us to get it right” – With apologies to Ophray Winfrey!

Yes – This is my last ‘musings’ for the 2020-1 Rotary Year. There have been a few disappointments but incredible achievements in this difficult year past.  I hope the ‘wisdom’ of our experience over the last year will forge a better year for all of us.

My Sydney mates, who joked at our expense on lockdown, are now experiencing the difficulties us Victorians have been through. We wish them every success in conquering the COVID-19 menace since ‘we are all in this together’.

Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-06-27 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Rotary 100 Celebrations - Grand Opening Yarra Bank Playground Richard Blakeman 2021-06-25 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100
Install ClubRunner Mobile on Your Phone! Better than a printed Directory!! Richard Blakeman 2021-06-25 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Hats off to Rotary Glenferrie - A Great Initiative

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It was during the long lockdown that Rotarian Elisabeth Dumonic came up with a creative way of raising money for Australian Rotary Health’s Lift the Lid on Mental Health during Mental Illness Awareness week. It was a ZOOM presentation of selfies taken of people wearing funny hats. A $5 minimum donation was required to have a selfie in the presentation.
Hats off to Rotary Glenferrie - A Great Initiative 2021-06-23 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service,Fundraising

Lift the Lid - October 5th 2021

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The “Lift the Lid” event for our club is going to be held by Elizabeth Dumonic and her committee on October 5th, 2021.  This  is our annual commitment to mental health. 

Lift the Lid on Mental Illness is Australian Rotary Health’s National annual fundraising day for mental health research.

it has now been extended to all Rotary Clubs across Australia.

Each year approximately 1-in-5 Australians will experience a mental illness and in order to help future generations of young Australians, we need to look ahead through research and find out how we can prevent this type of illness occurring.

More details will follow in the upcoming bulletins with details about this worthwhile event.

Lift the Lid - October 5th 2021 Elizabeth Dumonic 2021-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Become a Centurion in our Centenary Year

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Rotary Districts in Australia and New Zealand initiated the Centurion Program many years ago as an easy way for all Rotarians to support their charity, The Rotary Foundation.
 
The program asks members to make a yearly contribution of AUS$100 or more to the Foundation’s Annual Fund. That’s about $2 per week.

With Rotary celebrating 100 years in Australia and New Zealand, how about becoming a Centenary Centurion!
Become a Centurion in our Centenary Year Cheryl Pisterman 2021-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Club Meeting - Myeloma Awarness - Peter Allen & Adrian Campbell

Posted by Peter Harries
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We were given an informative talk on the growing insidious, and fatal, disease called Myeloma, a type of blood cancer of the bone marrow.

Myeloma is diagnosed in 38 Australians every week, with a life expectancy of seven to eight years. There is no known cause, it is not heredity, and there is no known cure at this time. There are a number of treatment options, including new antibody drugs and marrow transplants which may prolong a patient's life.

Club Meeting - Myeloma Awarness - Peter Allen & Adrian Campbell Peter Harries 2021-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Well – All I can say is that I am very disappointed not to have the Changeover proceed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. I thank John Hudson for his quick thinking and work to get us a new date. Hopefully the timing will be better.  The new Board will take over on July 1st and I will get to introduce them on our Changeover now for July 13th.  Note this is a Tuesday and so you will not have to avoid black cats and other bad omens.
 
It is amazing how many web sites are devoted to coping with disappointment with the COVID restrictions.  The Red Cross suggests
  1. Acknowledge the disappointment – Yes - It is painful and a lot of reorganising. 
  2. Accept the new normal – We just must face up to the reality of our situation.
  3. Look out for others – We are all feeling flat.  Let’s party on July 13th!!
  4. Do things – Precisely what we are doing – switching to plan B, to delay to July 13th.
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Get Ready for the Big Family Day Event at Yarra Bank Reserve - Sunday August 8th 2021

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Construction of the new  Yarra Bank Reserve Playground is well underway with the first step being the installation of the unique Rotary Interactive Play Sculpture which will be the centrepiece of the new playground. With much more work still to be done, the sculpture already dominates this beautiful park and surrounds.
 
The playground will be officially opened by the Mayor of Boroondara Garry Thompson and Rotary District 9800 Governor 2021-2022 Dale Hoy at a Family Fun Day on Sunday August 8th 2021, commencing at midday. Keep your eye out for more information and be sure to spread the news and save the date.
 
 
 
To see more photos of the park under construction click on 'Read more'
 
Get Ready for the Big Family Day Event at Yarra Bank Reserve - Sunday August 8th 2021 Richard Blakeman 2021-06-19 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Club Meeting - Philip Archer - 8th June 2021

Posted by Mark Howlett
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Rotary District Governor Philip Archer

Our inspiring speaker for the night was District Governor Philip Archer who was able to provide a summary of the aims and achievements of the district, and provide an opportunity to meet with Glenferrie Rotarians albeit in the renewed COVID online format.

Philip Archer is a founding member of the Rotary club of Southbank, has been with Rotary for 22 years and has served in numerous leadership positions. In his other life, he is Managing Director of Archway group and has 35 years of experience in strategic management consulting, executive recruiting and executive coaching and mentoring.

Club Meeting - Philip Archer - 8th June 2021 Mark Howlett 2021-06-13 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Rotary Theme  for the month - Fellowship

As the Rotary year is fast coming to a close, we are still under restrictions. We all get a chance in two week’s time to contemplate at the various changeovers on what a year which has been unparalleled in Rotary History.  I am so sorry that the 15th is again on Zoom. I am saving a fortune in dry cleaning.  I read in the local press that we are all dressing down and there is no need to dress up smartly anymore. Pity, since “clothes maketh the man” – However, an expensive suit would be wasted on me anyway!!  I tend to cheapen clothes when I wear them!

The new Rotary year will be interesting with my Leadership coming out from behind the electronic blanket and into the open face to face meetings that we are all longing for.   

Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-06-13 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message
Rotary Club of Glenferrie - Club Changeover July 13 2021 Richard Blakeman 2021-06-09 14:00:00Z 0 Fellowship,Meeting Topics

Club Signs Agreement with eWay

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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The club has signed a merchant agreement with eWay, a payment provider that  processes secure credit card payments for merchants. eWay has an existing agreement with ClubRunner, which means that members will now be able to book and pay for events online using the clubs' ClubRunner website, instead of using external ticket agencies such as TryBooking or Humanitix. Members are not charged a transaction fee for payments via eWay.
 
The new payment facility also means that when members are invoiced with membership dues etc. through their ClubRunner account, they will have the option to 'Pay Now', using the eWay link.
 
Invoices for membership dues to be issued later this month will have the new 'Pay now' link and, commencing with the club meeting on June 29th (assuming no lockdown), club meeting attendance will be booked and paid in advance via the club website, thanks to eWay.
Club Signs Agreement with eWay Richard Blakeman 2021-06-09 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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On June 1st, we conducted our last Board meeting for this year including the new members of the Board for next year.  There have been a few changes since I detailed the new committee at our Annual General Meeting last November.  I am very happy with the line up.

As James Hillman, the American Psychologist once wrote “We need a fresh way of looking at the importance of our lives.”   We can view this comment that a new Board will assist our club with new fresh ideas and out of lockdown, we may be able to achieve more for the community than this year ending.

So, at the Board Meeting, all the areas of focus were able to update very much like at the Forum night a couple of weeks ago – can you remember face to face meetings and their impact!!!

Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-06-06 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Boroondare Farmers Market - 31st June

Posted by Ian Salek
Compared to our Market on May 15th when it hailed and we needed to be in the carpark Saturday was cold and cloudy but thankfully there was no rain or hail. On arrival at 6:00am the temperature was 10.9⁰. As we packed up at 12:30pm the temperature reached its highest for the entire day at 13.1⁰.
 
The Market was run under strict COVID -19 protocols as directed by the Department of Health via the City of Boroondara. QR Codes were efficiently supplied for our use by the Council and those Patrons without mobile phones or unable to use them were required to manually sign in before entry to Patterson Reserve.
Boroondare Farmers Market - 31st June Ian Salek 2021-06-06 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Special Commemorative Coin Minted for Rotary Centenary is Now Available

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The Royal Australian Mint has minted special $1 and $5 coins to mark the Rotary centenary in Australia and New Zealand and these can now be ordered online from specialist coin dealers, the Mint or from Australia Post. They make terrific gifts and wonderful souvenirs of a special year for Rotary.
Special commemorative postage stamps have also been issued by Australia Post to mark the Rotary Centenary
 
To order stamps: Click here
 
To order the $1 Rotary 100 Special Edition Coin: Click here
 
To order the $5 Silver Commemorative Coin: Click here
Special Commemorative Coin Minted for Rotary Centenary is Now Available Richard Blakeman 2021-06-04 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Family Fun Day Planned for Grand Opening at Yarra Bank Reserve

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Fun for all the family is planned for the grand opening of the Rotary 100 Playground at Yarra Bank Reserve on August 8th, with children's entertainment, food and drink and, lots of music on the way to make it a sparkling day.
 
Acknowledging the significance of the Yarra bank area to First Nations peoples, a smoking ceremony and welcome to country is planned, to be offered by the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.
 
The Playground Opening, featuring the unique Rotary interactive play sculpture, will begin a series of events in Boroondara aimed at raising the profile of Rotary, attracting new members and celebrating 100 years to date of Doing Good in the World. It is hoped that every Rotarian will bring their families and friends, and especially the little ones, to experience the Grand Opening and the playground. So be sure to spread the word!
 
The playground will be opened by the Mayor of Boroondara, Cr. Garry Thompson, who will be joined by DGE Dale Hoy in a ceremony heralding a celebration of the achievements of the past century, and welcoming the start of the next 100 years. To see the latest photos of the Rotary Interactive Play Sculpture under construction, click on Read more...
Family Fun Day Planned for Grand Opening at Yarra Bank Reserve Richard Blakeman 2021-06-04 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Club Meeting 25th May - Club Forum

Posted by John Suriano
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Tuesday 25th of May was a club forum which involved each committee updating us on what is happening within their committees. This forum is a valuable exercise for the club to go through, having at least two reporting nights a year,  Members are able to listen to what the Director of each service has to share about their programs. It is also, if time permits, a value to members to be able to have input by asking questions and possibly teasing out some of the points that had been mentioned.
 
Reports were delivered on International, Foundation, Environment, Membership and Community Service.

The evening was a very busy one and a valuable one especially for new/potential members to the club.
Club Meeting 25th May - Club Forum John Suriano 2021-05-30 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Theme for June is Fellowship.

Well, here we are again in the lockdown we all predicted would happen. Janet and myself did predict this and that is why we took off along the coast east via Lakes Entrance, Merimbula, Mollymook to Kiama and home. Highly recommend the southeast coast of our great land. No better excuse now not to go local and help our country folk. Unfortunately, we had heavy rain along the Victorian coast, but it was thought provoking to see the scorched earth where, our fellow Victorians suffered and the feeling of pride, that Glenferrie Rotary had assisted their plight.  

Thanks to all who attended the District Assembly (DA) and I appreciate Geoff and Isiah getting up to tell us of their experiences at the DA. Public speaking is not easy and I was really happy with all our directors not shying away from the limelight at our Forum Night.
 

Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-05-30 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Fourth Lockdown Doesn't Deter Market Goers

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It may have been Lockdown, but everyone is still allowed to shop and there's no better way to do it than in the fresh air, well away from recirculated bugs and communal carry baskets! 
And it seems that many people in Boroondara and Stonnington agree, because the market was doing a bustling trade all morning on Saturday May 29th. Despite the greeting Rotarians looking like Darth Vader's deputies, there was a steady stream of shoppers well prepared with their mobile phone apps to check in on the Victorian Government website, and pay their $2 entry charge on Apple Pay or GPay, and enjoy shopping in the open air among friends. What better way to spend a Saturday morning! To see photos from Saturday's market, click on Read More.
Fourth Lockdown Doesn't Deter Market Goers Richard Blakeman 2021-05-29 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Rotary Centenary Stamps Now Available

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As part of the year long celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand, Australia Post this month launched a special commemorative stamp. You can order them singly or in stamp books directly from Australia Post - who will ..... post them to you direct! How's that for service!
 
 
Be quick to avoid missing out on these extra special limited edition collectables.
Rotary Centenary Stamps Now Available Richard Blakeman 2021-05-29 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

This Rotarian Went to Great Lengths to Deliver on Community Service

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Rotarians everywhere go to great lengths to deliver projects that benefit the community. Rotarian Graham Middleton, Past President of the Rotary Club of Corryong in north eastern Victoria went to greater lengths than most when he became the first person to swim the length of the mighty Murray River. Truly an inspiration.
 
 
Photographed by a touring Glenferrie Rotarian who stumbled upon this plaque in a quiet park in the beautiful town of Corryong, NE Victoria.
 
 
This Rotarian Went to Great Lengths to Deliver on Community Service Richard Blakeman 2021-05-27 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary History

Club Meeting 18th May - Dave Carlos

Posted by Carol Benson
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Our speaker last Tuesday gave us an insight into Australia’s near neighbour – East Timor.  In 1998 Dave Carlos and his wife Shirley formed a connection with the Timorese refuge community in Melbourne.  They began visiting the country in 1998 and wanted to develop a sustainable business to help build the local communities, particularly those outside of the capital, Dili.
Club Meeting 18th May - Dave Carlos Carol Benson 2021-05-23 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Rotary 100 Playground Sculpture Taking Shape

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Yackandandah is a beautiful town in north eastern Victoria, between the tourist town of Beechworth and the regional cities of Wodonga and Albury. Population about 950. It is also the home of Agency of Sculpture, the business founded by artist-engineer Benjamin Gilbert, whose home in Yackandandah featured in the television program Grand Designs in 2016. 
 
Agency of Sculpture has designed and is building the unique interactive play sculpture that will be the focal point of the new playground at Yarra Bank Reserve, a gift to the community from Rotary to mark the centenary of Rotary in Australia. Project Lead Past President Don Moore and PP Richard Blakeman visited Yackandandah on Tuesday May 18th to check on progress, and they weren't disappointed with what they found. To check out the photos, click on 'Read More'
Rotary 100 Playground Sculpture Taking Shape Richard Blakeman 2021-05-21 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

It's Official! Yarra Bank Playground Opening Set for August 8th 2021

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It's official! The official opening, that is. The R100 Playground Committee has agreed with the City of Boroondara that the official celebrations for the opening of the Rotary 100 Playground at Yarra Bank Reserve will be on Sunday August 8th, 2021. The event will be a giant Family Fun Day, featuring children's entertainment, music, refreshment stalls, and the Rotary Club of North Balwyn is coming to the party too, to provide the sausage sizzle for the day.
 
The Rotary clubs of Glenferrie, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Canterbury and North Balwyn are partnering with the City of Boroondara for this special event. Families from all over Boroondara will be invited to come along and enjoy the day, and share with Rotarians, family and friends of Rotary this very special anniversary. So keep the date free. And keep eyes peeled for more news via the Bulletin and on Facebook!
 
It's Official! Yarra Bank Playground Opening Set for August 8th 2021 Richard Blakeman 2021-05-21 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Jaswinder Singh - Tuesday 11th May

Posted by David Fallick
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Last Tuesday night our Club was fortunate to be joined by Jaswinder Singh, his wife Manjeet Kaur and nine-year old daughter Divjot Kaur.

Jaswinder, as a very active leader in the rapidly growing Australian Sikh community, wears many hats or, more accurately, turbans. He is Secretary of Sikh Volunteers Australia (SVA), serves on the Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria, speaks publicly on both the Sikh faith and the work of SVA whilst holding down his day-job as a mechanical engineer and project manager.
Jaswinder Singh - Tuesday 11th May David Fallick 2021-05-16 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Pinchapoo Personal Care Packs

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Pinchapoo is the biggest national supplier of personal hygiene products to hundreds of people in need. It is aimed to support projects with the communities most vulnerable, that includes the homeless, refugees, victims of domestic violence etc. RC of Prahran has created a partnership with Pinchapoo and District 9800 to provide their products to people in need within the district.
 
Each personal Care Pack contains travel size toiletries including soap, shampoo, conditioner, razor, toothbrush & toothpaste. Female products may include sanitary items.
 
RCG will be donating 90 packs (45 male/45 female) to the Salvation Army and 100 packs (50 male/50 female) to Camcare. We will be paying a donation to Pinchapoo of $1 for each pack.
Pinchapoo Personal Care Packs Chris Raw 2021-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Upton House

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With RCG providing $2000 and Hawthorn RC $4000, this has enabled grant to be approved (Rotary Australia Compassionate grants RACG) for $6,000 based on a project budget of $12,000. The grant will include the purchasing of 3 exercise bikes (2 for Upton House and 1 for 1East both of which are mental health units of Box Hill hospital) plus a treadmill and a table tennis table.  Any surplus money can be spent on other needs such as as art supplies and sports balls etc.
Upton House Chris Raw 2021-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Boroondara Farmers Market - May 1st 2021

Posted by Ian Salek
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The weather on Saturday morning was perfect. Starting at 6:00am the temperature was around 11.5°c and worked its way up to just over 20°c during a very sunny morning. Of the four ‘First Saturday’ of the month Markets we have had, commencing in February, this was best weather we have experienced, and it matters, as was reflected in the turnout. I will be chasing up two Stallholders who were ‘No Shows’ to find out their reasons for not showing up. I will also be contacting Schulz Organic Dairy  who turned up without notifying us or pre-paying as we now require.
Boroondara Farmers Market - May 1st 2021 Ian Salek 2021-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

District 9800 Assembly 2021

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This is your chance to attend a virtual training and development opportunity hosted by D9800 for all Rotarians in the District. It is primarily aimed at incoming club office bearers for the 2021—2022 Rotary year to give them as much information as possible to enable them to carry out their roles successfully. Come and soak up information!!
 
The format of the Assembly will include an introduction to all members of the District Leadership Team and then each attendee will choose two breakout  sessions to attend. Topics include;  President Elect, Youth, Community (see next page for more topics). Registration is essential so you can get the link.

Details
Date:  Saturday 22 May 2021        Time:   9.30am to 11.30am     Deadline: 17 May 2021
https://www.trybooking.com/BQZCW
 
District 9800 Assembly 2021 2021-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Theme for May is Youth Service.
 
I often joke that “Youth is wasted on the Youth”.  Wouldn’t you just love to go back in time and change some of the things that you did or didn’t do? That is because we have the “wisdom of age”. Sometimes in hindsight, we would choose to do things better.  Well, that is where we can help our youth with our “wisdom and experience”. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing”.  Quoting from that famous theologian, Albert Schweitzer.  
 
One of Rotary’s key area of focus is Youth and we have a proud history of having a very involved commitment to Youth. COVID lockdown has made it a difficult year but I hope for good opportunities to assist our youth in the coming year.
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Thank You Swinburne Rotaract

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The Swinburne Rotaract Club, formed by the Rotary Club of Glenferrie, unfortunately ceased operations some time ago, due to the difficulties in organising ongoing membership in a highly transient student population. The club was contacted recently by Past President Swinburne Rotaract Nkem Gatt-Rutter and past Rotaractor Jed Sharman to say that funds remained in the bank account for the club, which is in the process now of being closed. The club has forwarded the sum of $5,064.01 and requested that these funds be donated to The Rotary Foundation on behalf of the club and its past members. Thank you Swinburne Rotaractors for your very generous act. We do hope that your life's journey will one day bring you back to Rotary, where you are always very welcome.
Thank You Swinburne Rotaract Richard Blakeman 2021-05-08 14:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

The Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Theme for May is Youth Service.
 
Our new member Simon Messenger gave a superb talk for member’s moments. His varied life experiences show why he is such a multitalented gent. We are very lucky to have him and look forward to his contributions.  As always, the best talks come from amongst the diverse nature of our club.
 
However, I was thinking as a result of his talk on the concept of Rotary as a family.  Our club is interested in the wellbeing of every member, and our Board strives to give a chance for every member to participate in our activities. Joining our club ensures you have people who will take an interest in you.
The Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-05-02 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Boroondara Farmers Market Report - 17th April 2021

Posted by Ian Salek
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The weather was dry on Saturday with mostly cloudy conditions and temperatures hovering around 15° during the morning. We had 70 Stallholders in attendance, the highest number since December 2018 when we had 72 Stalls. 
 
Pleasingly we had three (3) Stallholders attend for the first time. They were Pippa’s Kitchen who prepare slow cooked meats, meals, veggie patties and condiments packaged for take home to heat and eat. Also Eddies Cider selling both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cider, plus a very busy Spring Creek Organics selling a well displayed range of vegetables.
Boroondara Farmers Market Report - 17th April 2021 Ian Salek 2021-05-02 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Rotary's Core Values Guide Us in Every Aspect of our Lives

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Rotary's core values represent the guiding principles of the organisation's culture, including what guides members' priorities and actions within the organization. Values are an increasingly important component in guiding organisations because they drive the intent and direction of the organisation's leadership.
 
Rotary's core values are expressed in Rotary's Guiding Principles, comprising the Object of Rotary, the Four Way Test and the Avenues of Service. They have been summarised in this insightful article by the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights as Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership.
 
Rotary's Core Values Guide Us in Every Aspect of our Lives Rotary Club of Killeen Heights, Tx, USA 2021-05-01 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Simon Messenger's Message For Us All

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Simon Messenger delivered his Member Behind the Badge talk at the club meeting on April 27th, thoroughly captivating his audience with a tale of overcoming early adversity to triumph in life. Simon hails from England, the historic ancient Roman city of Exeter in Devon in fact. His early family life was challenging, but Simon displayed initiative and a willingness to 'have a go' even at that young age, holding a number of jobs to earn pocket money. His first full time job was in banking with Lloyds Bank in Torquay, and from that start came a career that involved a period with the RAF as an Officer Cadet, a sales role with a Shell subsidiary and then back to the financial services sector with London & Manchester in the Pensions Department. But there was more to come. Much more.
Simon Messenger's Message For Us All Richard Blakeman 2021-04-27 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Member Stories

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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I attended the PET training for the new Presidents for 2021-2 at Woodend on last Sunday.  It is so uplifting to sit with like minded people – Rotarians.  Some a bit apprehensive of their upcoming roles.  I did outline that if you are lucky to have a club like mine, where everyone wants to be involved, your job is so much easier.  
 
As American writer, Margaret Wheatley states “The things we fear most in organizations--fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances--are the primary sources of creativity.”  This past year has had all these elements, yet we are now shining back in face to face meetings.  Now celebrating 100 years last week, we show our resilience to survive and do good in the world.
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-04-25 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Club Meeting 20th April - Toby Lawrence

Posted by David Fallick
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Last Tuesday evening our club was fortunate to have the CEO of Arrow Health, Toby Lawrence, as guest speaker. Arrow Health was set up by Toby and his family seven years ago to deal with all aspects of drug and alcohol addiction. While studying for his degree in Behavioural Neuroscience at Monash University, he became aware of various addictions and the different treatments for them. However, his interest in these fields of study became greatly heightened by his own family’s protracted challenges with Toby’s older brother, Sam.
Club Meeting 20th April - Toby Lawrence David Fallick 2021-04-24 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

ANZAC Day: Remembering a Local Hero

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On ANZAC Day 2021 we pause to remember those who have served in armed conflict on behalf of our nation, and especially those who made the supreme sacrifice. During the Great War 1914-1918, one Camberwell resident made a decisive contribution to the Allied war effort. We take time to honour him as one eminent, amongst many.
 
On November 11th 1918 the Armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, ending the first global war, a war that made devastating use of new, deadly technology, the Great War. In his book Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War, historian Roland Perry writes that it was the decisive victory at Amiens by the combined British, Canadian and General Sir John Monash's Australian Imperial Force, that turned back the momentous German offensive that had threatened to overrun the Allies. Monash himself described the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on 25th April 1918 after the Germans had overrun the 8th British Division as the turning point of the war.
 
A local man, a resident of Camberwell, was a huge contributor to the success of the AIF's campaigns on the Western Front in 1918. Major General Harold Edward Elliott, known to his men as 'Pompey' Elliott.
 
Elliott's leadership of the 15th Brigade, AIF, transformed a near-defeat  at Villers-Bretonneux into a victory, changing the course of the war and hastening its end.
 
ANZAC Day: Remembering a Local Hero Richard Blakeman 2021-04-24 14:00:00Z 0 Local History
Rotary Centenary Featured in the Burwood Bulletin Richard Blakeman 2021-04-24 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Rotary Peace Symposium A Triumph

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The Rotary Peace Symposium, held online over two days April 21-22, was an outstanding event, highlighting the work Rotary does globally to promote Peace and the key influence that Rotary, as an independent volunteer based global organisation, has in world forums. The final session, chaired by the ABC's Ali Moore, and featuring an outstanding panel comprising Pro. The Hon. Gareth Evans AC, Dr Emma Leslie AM, Stephen Killelea AM and Past RI President Ian Riseley OAM conducted an engaging and thought provoking discussion addressing the significant global issues threatening Peace today, but ended on an optimistic note for the future. The Rotary Peace Symposium was one of a number of special events planned throughout 2021 to mark the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand.
Rotary Peace Symposium A Triumph Richard Blakeman 2021-04-21 14:00:00Z 0 Peace & Conflict Resolution,Rotary 100

Ian Salek - Giving Back

Posted by Rowan Mclean
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Family, work and then Rotary is a mantra with which Ian Salek strongly agrees. With a background in sales and general management in the plastics and electrical industries, he has a good understanding of people and leadership. But “giving back” is where he has achieved the real personal satisfaction.

Being deeply affected by the imagery of the ‘before and after’ surgery from Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC), Ian didn’t take much convincing by his tennis mate, Ian Dobson, that he should join Rotary Glenferrie. At that time, the club had two key projects that are still important today … the Sumba Eye Program, their International focus (pun intended) and the Boroondara Farmers Market.

Ian Salek - Giving Back Rowan Mclean 2021-04-18 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market,Member Stories

Club Meeting 13 April 2021 - Professor Marc Pelligrini

Posted by Charles Tran
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On Tuesday 13th of April, the Rotary Club of Glenferrie had an informative and engaging session about the Covid-19 vaccine that was presented by Professor Marc Pellegrini.
 
Professor Marc Pellegrini is an infectious diseases physician and Head of the Infectious Diseases and Immune Defence Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. His research focuses on improving the management of infectious diseases that threaten to become the major contributor to morbidity and mortality globally.
Club Meeting 13 April 2021 - Professor Marc Pelligrini Charles Tran 2021-04-18 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Upton House

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This activity is being delivered by the Community Services Committee. Upton House is the adult psychiatric inpatient unit located at Eastern 2 Health’s Box Hill Hospital. The unit has 25 beds, divided between an Intensive Care Area and the Low Dependence Unit.  The current exercise equipment is in very poor shape and in some cases has been removed. The staff have advised us that by having activities to do, this aids the patient’s recovery.  As a public hospital there is just not the funding for these items. The request is to provide the ward with the following recreational items. -a guitar -a table tennis table -a tread mill (commercial grade), -exercise bike (commercial grade) - a pool table (3/4 size).”  
 
Thanks to Rotary Hawthorn for asking us to join them in this endeavour for a grant from RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) for this project.
Upton House Chris Raw 2021-04-18 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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“Centenary of Rotary in Australia.”
World Immunization Week 24-30 April
Last week, we had the sad news of Prince Philip’s, the Duke of Edinburgh, death. Newspaper reports and just about anyone who was someone were falling over themselves to point out the sense of duty and unselfish devotion he displayed to his wife and the British Empire.

Rotarians have a sense of duty to our community and some of our members have given years of unselfish devotion to our club and community.  I have always maintained that “you get more out if you put more in” when it comes to being involved. There are benefits to being a Rotarian. Becoming a Rotary member connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Through regular meetings and events, we
  • Discuss your community’s needs and develop creative ways to meet them
  • Connect with other leaders who are changing the world
  • Expand your leadership and professional skills
  • Catch up with good friends and meet new ones
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-04-17 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Happy Birthday Rotary Down Under - April 21st 2021

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Rotary celebrates 100 years in Australia and New Zealand on April 21st, 2021, the 100th anniversary of the first Rotary meeting Down Under, when the Rotary Club of Melbourne met for the first time. Commissioners Jim Davidson and James Ralston had arrived in Melbourne from Canada aboard the SS 'Ventura', where they met with noted Australian Sir John Monash and other business leaders to establish the Rotary Club of Melbourne. Rotary launched with the original motto: "He profits most who serves best".
 
Happy Birthday Rotary Down Under - April 21st 2021 Richard Blakeman 2021-04-15 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Almoners Report

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For those wondering where in the heck is Past President Thelma Hutchison, the Club Almoner has some good news. Thelma has undergone an operation on her foot to remove unnecessary accessories therefrom, and is now recovering at home with her foot in a special boot. The matter was attended to promptly through day surgery at Masada Private Hospital in St Kilda East, just a hop, skip and a limp from Thelma's place I'm told. 
 
Thelma reports that the operation went well and that she is now recovering, ably attended by Andrew who's patience knows no bounds. Get well soon Thelma, we miss you! Looking forward to seeing you sprinting into a meeting at Kooyong soon.
Almoners Report Richard Blakeman 2021-04-15 14:00:00Z 0 Almoner

Boroondara Farmers Market Report - April 3rd 2021

Posted by Ian Salek
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The weather was magnificent on Easter Saturday morning with blue skies and temperatures in the mid twenties. Whilst there were only 23 paying Stallholders present all key areas of produce were covered, fish, red meat, pork, bread, eggs, fruit and vegetables, honey, jam, wine and pasties etc. Our regular coffee vendor, Eureka, decided to take the Easter break and we were most grateful that Nickie Wainwright found us a late fill-in who we did not charge to be present. Along with the staples of meat, fruit, vegetable, bread and eggs coffee is essential at a Farmers Market. On a most pleasant warm Saturday morning it encouraged patrons to sit under the trees and enjoy the ambience with something to eat and drink.
Boroondara Farmers Market Report - April 3rd 2021 Ian Salek 2021-04-11 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Maternal and Child Health Month and also the “Centenary of Rotary in Australia.”
 
In the early 90s I had dragged my young family to live in Glasgow, Scotland, as I was one of 5 Senior Ophthalmic Registrars basically running eye health in the NHS, under 16 Ophthalmic specialists in various clinics within Greater Glasgow. The Scots were very hospitable and friendly, the opposite of their weather. One of my fond memories was that to warn a patient that you were going to give them an anaesthetic was “just giving you a whee jag and a freeze”.  Well, our version of a “Jag - Jab” seems to be the new buzz word for COVID behaviour, where you are nearly a status symbol if you happen to be lucky enough to get the “Jab” or first vaccine injection.
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-04-11 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Work has Started at Yarra Bank Reserve

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The first steps towards the implementation of our combined project to mark the 100th anniversary of Rotary Down Under has commenced, with the removal of the existing playground at Yarra Bank Reserve on Wednesday.
 
The RORP Team, comprising members of the Rotary Clubs of Camberwell, Glenferrie, Hawthorn and the Rotary e-Club of Melbourne and led by RC Glenferrie International Service Director Mark Howlett and Rotary Camberwell member John Walmsley dismantled and removed the playground, transferring it to Rotary Donations in Kind in West Footscray where it was loaded into a container bound for Nepal. Our major project for 2021 is now well underway.
Work has Started at Yarra Bank Reserve Richard Blakeman 2021-04-10 14:00:00Z 0 RORP,Rotary 100

Club to Switch Ticketing Arrangements to Humantix

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With Covid precautions requiring prepayments for club meetings and events for the foreseeable future, the club is moving its ticketing function to Humantix, replacing TryBooking, commencing with bookings for the club meeting on April 20th. Humantix is a not-for-profit ticketing facility. While the fees are the same, all profits from services provided by Humantix go to charity. All profits derived from RC Glenferrie ticket sales will go towards programs providing education for disadvantaged girls.
 
So after next Tuesday, it will be 'Bookings via Humantix', giving our club yet another way to help spread Good in the World.
Club to Switch Ticketing Arrangements to Humantix Richard Blakeman 2021-04-10 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Next Meeting: Vaccines and Research, Friend or Foe


 
World Immunization Week is 24-30 April
Join with Rotary to promote the power of vaccines.
 
Next Meeting: Vaccines and Research, Friend or Foe Richard Blakeman 2021-04-05 14:00:00Z 0 Next Meeting

Rotary 100 Program for Boroondara Nearing Launch

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Rotary is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in Australia and New Zealand in 2021, and the combined Rotary clubs in Boroondara are planning some key events to mark the occasion locally. The centrepiece is the installation of a unique Rotary Interactive Play Sculpture at the Yarra Bank Reserve in Hawthorn, part of a new playground being installed there. However there is more than just a playground being planned. A number of events are being scheduled to highlight this significant occasion for Rotary and the unique partnership between Rotary and the local community.
Rotary 100 Program for Boroondara Nearing Launch Richard Blakeman 2021-04-04 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Yarra Bank Playground to be Dismantled this Week

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Work to dismantle the Yarra Bank Reserve Playground in Hawthorn will start this week, with the club's International Service Director Mark Howlett taking the lead for RC Glenferrie on recovering the play equipment for recycling. Yarra Bank Reserve is the site of a new playground featuring the Rotary Interactive Play Sculpture, a Rotary 100 project for the Rotary clubs of Camberwell, Glenferrie, Hawthorn and Canterbury. The installation of the new playground will begin soon, with an official opening ceremony planned for June.
 
But first things first. If you can help with the playground dismantlement, please sign up via the volunteers list. Click here to sign up. There are two shifts, so please choose which is most convenient. Or choose both! Either way, many hands make less work.
 
Yarra Bank Playground to be Dismantled this Week Richard Blakeman 2021-04-04 14:00:00Z 0 RORP,Rotary 100

Presidential Musing for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Maternal and Child Health Month and also the “Centenary of Rotary in Australia.”
March was so full of activity with getting back to normal after the lockdown.  Now we are entering autumn and the absence of Day light savings.
 
Importantly for April - It was a pair of Canadian Rotarians from Halifax and Calgary, who got the ball rolling for Rotary in Australia and New Zealand.  The first meeting for Rotary in Australia was the Rotary Club of Melbourne, held on April 21, 1921.  With COVID, many plans were spoiled to celebrate this but don’t forget that our club has a very worthwhile project with the establishment of special architecturally designed playground sculpture, in conjunction with other clubs within our “Super cluster”.
Presidential Musing for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-04-04 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Congratulations John and Eril!

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Congratulations John and Eril on your 60th Wedding Anniversary!!

Hearty congratulations to John and Eril Hudson who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on March 24th. John and Eril were married on March 24th 1961 in the chapel at the Methodist Ladies College in Hawthorn, where Eril had been a student. They were having a home built for them in Glen Waverley at the time, so they had to move into temporary premises in Camberwell for six months. A lifetime together and now a large family, two sons and a daughter, seven grandchilden and one great grandchild (so far!). In a lifetime of giving and of achievement, John and Eril have made many friends both within and outside Rotary, and continue to do so. Their contribution to the community and to Rotary, and their genuine love of people, widely recognised in Boroondara and within Rotary, has enriched the lives of many.
 
The Hudson's have already received a letter of congratulations from Her Majesty the Queen, from the Governor General the Honourable David Hurley, and from the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison. So, from all of us at the Rotary Club of Glenferrie through which you have both contributed so much, congratulations John and Eril, on this wonderful milestone in your lives together.
Congratulations John and Eril! Richard Blakeman 2021-03-28 13:00:00Z 0 Member Stories

Membership Night - March 2021

Posted by Elizabeth Dumonic
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Last week we dedicated our night to celebrate what makes Rotary a reality. It was a time to focus our attention on 'spreading the word' about Rotary, helping our community and making a difference in the world. 
 
I would like to personally thank all our special guests who came along and watched our presentation and took part in the process of inducting our New member to Rotary Simon Messenger to our club. 
Membership Night - March 2021 Elizabeth Dumonic 2021-03-28 13:00:00Z 0 Membership Development

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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This will be the last week of our daylight savings time.  The mornings have been bathed in darkness for me upon awakening every morning and the new day dawns as I go off to work.
So, I expect I will be hearing “Winter is coming” as I will then denote, who was stuck on “Game of Thrones” last winter.  Not having much of a summer, I hope the winter will be not as severe and long as denoted in the series.
 
As COVID vaccinations are rolling out, we will have more confidence in moving about in our community.  RI President Holger Knaack and the TRF Chair K.R.Ravindran have recently put out statements to support COVID vaccinations, and we as Rotarians can play an important role in encouraging people to have the vaccinations and counteract anti-vaccination sentiment.
 
 
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-03-28 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

District 9800 ROCAN ride wrap-up

The Rotary District 9800 Ride for ROCAN event this year was dedicated to the Late Yvonne Moon OAM as the driving force behind its success over the last twenty years. Twenty-seven cyclists and six support crew set off from Avington for a week of cycling in north-east Victoria ...
District 9800 ROCAN ride wrap-up Thelma Hutchison 2021-03-27 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Rotary’s involvement with COVID-19 vaccination

A message from Rotary International President Holger Knaack and The Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair K. R. Ravindran
In these difficult days, we are so heartened to receive such uplifting reports on the unrelenting efforts of our Rotary members who have responded in their communities against the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Rotary’s involvement with COVID-19 vaccination Richard Blakeman 2021-03-26 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Welcome to Rotary Simon Messenger

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President Mark Ellis AM inducted new Rotarian Simon Messenger at the club meeting on March 23rd. Pictured here with Rotary mentor Past President Don Heath, Simon will hold the vocational classification IT Consultancy within the club. Simon has already made many friends and contributed much to the work of the club, as a volunteer at the Boroondara Farmers Market and with the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds project.
 
A very warm welcome to Rotary, Simon, and to your partner Nicole Gatto.  We look forward to your company and friendship, and to serving alongside you in the years ahead.
Welcome to Rotary Simon Messenger Richard Blakeman 2021-03-23 13:00:00Z 0 Membership Development

Multi District Conference - May 2021

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Five Rotary Districts in Victoria are being brought together for an inspiring Multi District Conference to be held over two days, Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd May (11am till 1pm). The Conference will celebrate Rotary's achievements over the last 100 years, as well as act as a forum for new ideas and opportunities.
 
Rotary District 9800 will host a special in-person Breakout and Rotary Showcase session on Saturday May 1st at the Hyatt Place Convention Centre, Essendon Fields. All members are encouraged to attend this event in-person, that spotlights the many significant and inspiring programs run through Rotary District 9800 clubs. The Breakout will end with the presentation of the District Recognition Awards. 
 
 
 
 
 

Multi District Conference - May 2021 2021-03-21 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 9800

Presidential Musings for the week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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My personal theme this month is RYOK?
 
I have had many members ask for Leave of Absence for personal reasons and it makes me wonder how all our members are coping with life’s stresses.  The last couple of months, I have personally come under great strain with just my workload.  I am coping (I think!) but I am anxious that you all are able to continue in your roles as a model citizen expelling the virtues of Rotary in your life.  Rotary has guiding principles to assist you in life.
 
Presidential Musings for the week Mark Ellis AM 2021-03-21 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Clean Up Australia Day - 14th March 2021

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On a gloomy cool Sunday morning a group of Glenferrie Rotarians together with six others gathered together at the Rotary container in Patterson Reserve. From there everyone radiated throughout the Patterson Reserve, along Gardiners Creek and into surrounding streets collecting rubbish.  Overall we collected about 20 large bags consisting of discarded plastic, coffee cups, cigarette butts, paper rubbish, supermarket trolley, etc. 
Clean Up Australia Day - 14th March 2021 Alex Marshall 2021-03-21 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Meeting Speaker - Jason Lee

Posted by Robert Hogan
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OLD TRICKS MADE NEW FOR HEALTHY OLD AGE

On Tuesday night, the 16th, our guest speaker was Jason Lee from Malvern East Physiotherapy.  Jason is passionate about preventive medicine utilising exercise to improve the health and wellbeing of the ageing population.

Pointing out that 1 in 6 Australians are 65 or older, and that from 65 men can expect to live another 20 years, and women 22.5 years, Jason explained the health problems that come with ageing.

Meeting Speaker - Jason Lee Robert Hogan 2021-03-21 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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 “All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey” – Maybe that is “California Dreaming” but we today start Autumn.  Where has the summer gone!!  Being inside and masked up probably let summer slip by.  The good news was that bushfires that ravaged our state weren’t as bad and since it was not too hot, we were able to wear those face masks quite comfortably.
 
Other good news is that we have finally met at a general gathering last Tuesday, where I got the chance to play as President.  We were honoured to have our local councillor and spouse, Wes and Jane Gault, join our gathering, where he presented his ambitions and ideals.  This was a terrific way to begin our “back to normal” routine hopefully for the final few months of this Rotary Year.  Details of that night will be further in the Bulletin.

Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-02-28 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Club Meeting Report February 23rd 2021. Speaker: Cr. Wes Gault

Posted by Ian Dobson
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For the first formal club meeting for 2021 our speaker was Cr. Wes Gault, recently elected Councillor for Glenferrie Ward. Wes started his career as a Civil Engineer and over the last 40 years has been involved in project management of large projects such as hospitals.
 
He has travelled extensively.  Has had a limited association with Rotary but is aware of what it does in Boroondara.  He congratulated us for our work in the playground replacement program.   He did make it clear that the rocket in Central Gardens is unlikely to be removed given the 8500+ signatories opposing its removal.   
Club Meeting Report February 23rd 2021. Speaker: Cr. Wes Gault Ian Dobson 2021-02-28 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Second RORP Playground on its Way to Nepal

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For the second week in a row the club has gathered to dismantle a playground, transfer it to Rotary Donations in Kind, and load it into an overseas shipping container. The playground at Nettleton Park Glen Iris is now snugly tucked into the container ready for shipment to  Kathmandu, where it will be reassembled by Rotarians -  to the delight of local children, many of whom will never have seen a playground.
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Glenferrie combined with members from the Rotary Club of Camberwell and the Rotaract e-Club of Melbourne to complete the project. The Rotary Overseas Recycled Playground project was established and is led by the Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington. To see pictures of the harvesting of the playground, click on 'Read more.."
Second RORP Playground on its Way to Nepal Richard Blakeman 2021-02-27 13:00:00Z 0 International Service,RORP

Thank You Bunnings Hawthorn

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A very big thank you to Bunnings Warehouse in Hawthorn for their generous donation to the club of an impact driver, complete with two rechargeable batteries and a battery charger. The impact driver is an essential item of equipment for the dismantlement of playground equipment as part of the club's new Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds (RORP) project. Thank you also goes to Simon Messenger for liaising with Bunnings to obtain the gift. Bunnings are strong supporters of community organisations, including the Rotary Club of Glenferrie, as well as being a great place to buy an impact driver! Thank you from all of us at Rotary Glenferrie.
Thank You Bunnings Hawthorn Richard Blakeman 2021-02-26 13:00:00Z 0 Sponsor

Club Meeting Report - Peter Cribb RORP

Posted by Teresa Liu
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It was a pleasure to welcome Peter Cribb, the founder of RORP, as guest speaker for the club meeting on Tuesday, February 16th.  The meeting was supposed to be held at KLTC and eventually Glenferrie Rotarians had to meet via zoom again after a fantastic BBQ night at KLTC.
 
Peter gave a talk about the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds project (RORP) at the club meeting a couple of years ago. The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has tried to catch up about the RORP project ever since.  In 2021, under the leadership of International Service Director Mark Howlett, the club has launched its first Glenferrie RORP project, with the support of Boroondara Council.  Welcome back this time, Peter Cribb.
 
Club Meeting Report - Peter Cribb RORP Teresa Liu 2021-02-21 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Pridmore Park Playground on its way to Nepal

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In what seemed like a blink of the eye, the children's playground at Pridmore Park Hawthorn was unscrewed, unbolted, undone and unearthed and was in the back of a Rotary Donations in Kind truck and on its way to the DIK warehouse in West Footscray. There it was unloaded and packed into a container, now on its way to Nepal. Children in Kathmandu will soon be sliding down that little blue slide, a gift from Rotary, the City of Boroondara and the children of Hawthorn. And we all know how much little kids love slides! With thanks to Mark Howlett, Jerzy Ordega, Teresa Liu, Robert Hogan, from RC Glenferrie, and John Walmsley, Vijay Sousala and all the other willing hands from RC Camberwell. Job well done. And what fun we big kids had! To see more photos, click on 'Read more..'
Pridmore Park Playground on its way to Nepal Richard Blakeman 2021-02-19 13:00:00Z 0 International Service,RORP

Both New and Familiar Faces at the February 20th Market

There were some familiar faces and some new faces at the Boroondara Farmers Market on Saturday February 20th and what welcome faces they were. PP Charles Tran is back on deck as energetic as ever after a period of absence teaching north of the Yarra. Friend of Rotary Simon Messenger who, by now, will be familiar to members, was a real asset on the entrance gate, where patrons were greeted with smiles and good humour. The market was well attended by some fine stallholders with an outstanding array of wonderful produce, but patron numbers are still below the pre-Covid levels. People will wander back eventually no doubt, lured to Patterson Reserve by the fresh produce, friendly faces and rich variety of products. Past Mayor of Boroondara Coral Ross was spotted among the stalls, shopping with a keen eye. Shopping with friends. A great way to spend a Saturday morning. The next market will be on Saturday March 6th.
Both New and Familiar Faces at the February 20th Market Richard Blakeman 2021-02-19 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

It was it really was such a night!

PP John Hudson prepares to dive in while Eril Hudson and Trish Ritman dare him to do it
 
It really was 'Such a Night', with apologies to Elvis, as the Rotary Club of Glenferrie came out of Covid hibernation to meet for the first time in person since March 2020. Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club did a wonderful job with the catering, the set-up and the very warm welcome for a wonderful 'BBQ on the Terrace'. Thank you to Kooyong LTC, and organisers John Hudson and Lynette Spencer for a wonderful, warm summer welcome back!
 
Click on 'Read more' to view some photos of the evening. A Night to Remember! 
It was it really was such a night! Richard Blakeman 2021-02-10 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship

RORP Playground Harvesting Gets Underway

Alex Marshall places identification marks on playground equipment at Pridmore Park, Hawthorn
 
Work got underway this week for the club's first playground harvesting, with identification marking of the equipment at Pridmore Park, Hawthorn and Nettleton Park, Glen Iris.
 
The equipment will be dismantled commencing the week of February 15th and shipped to Rotary Donations in Kind in West Footscray, where it will be loaded into a container bound for a children's playground in Sri Lanka. To see photos of the team at work at both parks,  click on 'Read more..."
RORP Playground Harvesting Gets Underway Richard Blakeman 2021-02-10 13:00:00Z 0 International Service,RORP
RI President-elect Announces 2021-22 Presidential Theme Richard Blakeman 2021-02-06 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Yarra Bank Reserve Project Underway

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Rotary's unique interactive play sculpture will define the new playground at Yarra Bank Reserve, Hawthorn
 
The club's project to build a superb interactive play sculpture at Yarra Bank Reserve Hawthorn is well underway, with contracts now let for the dismantlement of the existing playground and for the landscaping and construction of the new. The City of Boroondara has contracted Yellowstone Contracting for the job, which is good news as we embark on Rotary's 100th year Down Under. Yellowstone have considerable experience working with Rotary through the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playground project, and will partner with Rotary Glenferrie to dismantle and harvest the existing Yarra Bank Reserve playground under the RORP program.
Yarra Bank Reserve Project Underway Richard Blakeman 2021-02-05 13:00:00Z 0 RORP,Rotary 100

What does it Mean to be a Rotarian?

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Being a Rotarian means to be actively involved in the affairs and service projects of one’s club. Rotarians look for ways to get involved. Rotarians demonstrate the strength of their commitment to Rotary in the service they render to their club, through their club to the community, and through the Rotary Foundation to people throughout the world. Being a Rotarian is a way of life and can be a satisfying lifelong adventure for those who are willing to give of themselves to enjoy and benefit from all that Rotary has to offer.
What does it Mean to be a Rotarian? Richard Blakeman 2021-02-05 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Willing Hands Needed to Help with First Playground Harvesting

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The playground at restful Nettleton Park, Glen Iris will be the first playground to be harvested by Glenferrie Rotarians for shipping to children in developing countries.
 
International Service Director Mark Howlett is finalising plans for the harvesting of the first two playgrounds in Boroondara, slated for shipment to Sri Lanka under the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Project. The playground equipment at Nettleton Park Glen Iris will be harvested the week commencing February 15th, followed by the Pridmore Park, Hawthorn playground a week later. In both cases, help is needed to dismantle the playground equipment, load it into the Donations in Kind Truck and ship it out to the DIK warehouse in West Footscray for loading into a container.
 
The Rotary Overseas Recycled Playground project brings big smiles to little faces in far off countries. Please volunteer to be part of this wonderful project. Contact Mark Howlett now if you can help. Mark's phone number is in the Member's Directory, on your ClubRunner app., or grab him at the BBQ on Tuesday.
Willing Hands Needed to Help with First Playground Harvesting Richard Blakeman 2021-02-05 13:00:00Z 0 International Service,RORP

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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 “Never was so much done by so few for the greater good”  With apologies to Winston Churchill on his wartime speech on 20 August 1940.  However, when I think back to our Australia Day effort, I think of this line.  I was against the Australia Day Cluster event for the one reason that it was on a long weekend and most of our members were justifiably on vocation including myself on a week’s leave.  I thank those who did get back to whether able, away or sick. 

Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2021-01-31 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

The Annual Gourmet BBQ at KLTC

Posted by John Hudson
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The club will resume in-person meetings with the ever popular and perennially fantastic Gourmet BBQ on the Terrace at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club on February 9th 2021
 
Due to Covid-19 precautions, Kooyong LTC require that the names and phone numbers of attendees be advised to them in advance, so pre-registration is essential.
The Annual Gourmet BBQ at KLTC John Hudson 2021-01-31 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship

Australia Day in the Park Celebrates our Diverse Community

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The Rotary Australia Day in the Park event at Victoria Park, Kew on January 26th highlighted the richness in the diversity of culture in the Australian community, with food and artistic displays from Australians from many cultural backgrounds, under the theme "We're all part of the story". 
 
Commencing with a morning downpour, the day looked like it was going to be long and damp. But those who braved the elements were treated to, amongst other things,  the Pipa Dance and Tai Chi demonstrations from the Chinese community, Hindu dancing from the India community and a Tango from the Argentinian community, highlighting that Australia is a country with an ancient heritage, a British tradition and a diverse modern culture. Rotary shone on a day darkened by rain clouds but illuminated with inclusiveness. To see the photo album from  Australia Day in Park  
Australia Day in the Park Celebrates our Diverse Community Richard Blakeman 2021-01-30 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

First RORP Playgrounds Announced

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International Service Director Mark Howlett is looking for volunteers to help with the harvesting of two playgrounds in February, as part of the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playground Program. The City of Boroondara has advised that the playground at Nettleton Park Glen Iris will be removed during the week of February 8th. Members will recall Nettleton Park from the tree planting the club did there in 2018. The second playground, at Pridmore Park, Hawthorn will be dismantled during the week commencing February 15th.
 
The equipment will be collected by Glenferrie Rotarians and shipped to Rotary Donations in Kind in West Footscray. Four willing hands are needed for each (or both) playgrounds. If you would like to be part of this wonderful new project, please contact Mark Howlett and let him know asap. And welcome aboard!
First RORP Playgrounds Announced Richard Blakeman 2021-01-30 13:00:00Z 0 RORP
Rotary Club of Glenferrie Celebrates Australia Day 2021 Richard Blakeman 2021-01-21 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

RORP is 'Go'!-  RC Glenferrie Launches New Club Project

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The International Service Committee, led by International Service Director Mark Howlett, has successfully launched a new project for the club which will bring great joy to children in developing nations. Partnering with the City of Boroondara and the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playground (RORP) program, the project will harvest playgrounds in the city that are due for replacement, and ship them via Rotary Donations in Kind to communities in developing countries, including Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, the Philippines, Cambodia and Tanzania, where they will be reassembled by local Rotary clubs.
 
The first four playgrounds scheduled for harvesting have been identified. Please let Mark know via email or in person if you would like to volunteer to help out with this wonderful program, and watch for more details in future Bulletins.
RORP is 'Go'!- RC Glenferrie Launches New Club Project Richard Blakeman 2021-01-16 13:00:00Z 0 International Service,RORP
Rotary Clubs in Boroondara Australia Day in the Park Cheryl Pisterman 2021-01-11 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Rotary to Lead Australia Day Celebrations in 2021

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Rotary will lead Australia Day celebrations across the nation in 2021, with the theme "Reflect, Respect, Celebrate - We are all part of the story".  56 “super clusters”, each with up to 15 Rotary clubs, from across Australia have been successful in obtaining grants of $20,000 each from the National Australia Day Council for our Rotarians and clubs to celebrate Australia Day in a super event that will kick off Rotary's 100th Anniversary year.
 
Rotary across Australia will be live-streaming an exciting central event from Melbourne that will feature a fabulous line-up of speakers and entertainment, commencing at 12pm. In Boroondara, all seven Rotary Clubs are combining with the City of Boroondara for an Australia Day Fair at Victoria Park, Kew, celebrating the wonderful diversity that is Australia, with entertainment and food stalls. Click on 'Read More' to see what is being planned for Boroondara, represented by David Fallick for the RC Glenferrie.
Rotary to Lead Australia Day Celebrations in 2021 Richard Blakeman 2020-12-19 13:00:00Z 0 Community News,Community Service,Rotary International

Success for Club's Year 11 and 12 Scholarship Program

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For the past three years the club, with the support of two Rotary Foundation District Grants, has offered scholarships to talented and motivated students at Auburn High School to help them complete Year 11 and 12 studies and encourage them to go on to tertiary education. Two students were each awarded scholarships of $2,000, the first for the school years 2018-19, and the second for 2019-20. 
 
We are very pleased to be able to report that both scholarship recipients have successfully completed high school, and both have gained entrance to university, a 100% success rate!
 
The scholarship program was implemented by the Youth Service Committee, then led by President Elect Teresa Liu, with the enthusiastic support of the Auburn High School Student Welfare Coordinator Leah Rintoule. Congratulations and well done to both students from the Rotary Club of Glenferrie. We are so pleased for you and so proud of you. Well done!
Success for Club's Year 11 and 12 Scholarship Program Richard Blakeman 2020-12-19 13:00:00Z 0 Youth Service

Club Reaches agreement with City of Boroondara on Playground Recycling Program

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The club has reached agreement with the City of Boroondara to participate in the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds project, which recycles playgrounds deemed obsolete locally but of immense value to children overseas. Born out of the Rotary 100th Anniversary project that will see a unique interactive play sculpture erected in 2021 at Yarra Bank Reserve Hawthorn, the project will be led by the club's International Service Director Mark Howlett. The club is collaborating with the Rotary clubs of Camberwell, Canterbury and Hawthorn on the project.
 
 
Club Reaches agreement with City of Boroondara on Playground Recycling Program Richard Blakeman 2020-12-18 13:00:00Z 0 International Service

Jolly ol' Fella Sighted at Farmers Market

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The Farmers Market bell rang loud and clear heralding the arrival of Santa, fresh out of quarantine and chauffeured around Patterson Reserve by one of his elves, both of whom looked vaguely familiar for some reason. To the delight of children small and tall, Santa's elf distributed Smarties, smiles and waves as he progressed slowly around the reserve in his very own special automobile. It was a fine day for a market, and sales were strong, including of the ever popular Rotary Christmas cakes and puddings. And as if that wasn't enough, there was even a Rotary Sausage Sizzle in full swing. Merry Christmas everyone. And a safe, happy, prosperous New Year!
Jolly ol' Fella Sighted at Farmers Market Richard Blakeman 2020-12-18 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Rotary Through the Boroondara Cares Education CHANCES Program - Making a Difference

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Education CHANCES is the charity that receives 50% of the net profits from the Boroondara Farmers market.  These funds are used to help provide scholarships to talented secondary and tertiary students who live in Boroondara, or study at a government secondary school or tertiary institute in Boroondara, and who come from a proven low income background.

This year has been more than usually busy for us because of the effects of Covid 19 on family incomes, particularly people who have insecure and poorly paid occupations and/or a single mums.
 
Rotary Through the Boroondara Cares Education CHANCES Program - Making a Difference Michael Hills 2020-12-05 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Rotary Christmas Get Together

Our Christmas Party this year will be a party with a difference, outdoors in a special place that looms large in the club's plans in 2001. Bring family and friends and a picnic or something for the BBQ for the Annual Christmas Party of the Rotary Club of Glenferrie, this year at Yarra Bank Reserve, Hawthorn. Yarra Bank Reserve is the site of the new Rotary 100 Interactive Play Sculpture that will be built as part of a playground replacement project for the park in 2001. It will be the scene of much derry-do next year, so let's start it all off together. See you for some Christmas fun!
 
ps. please bring chairs, plates etc. for your picnic.
Rotary Christmas Get Together Mark Ellis AM 2020-11-28 13:00:00Z 0 Fellowship

Meeting Report November 24th 2020

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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Twenty-seven members and one visitor logged in via Zoom last Tuesday to hear the club's Youth Service Director Matt Fitton deliver his Member Behind the Badge address. Those who were able to join the meeting were treated to something special as Matt delivered an engaging and inspiring talk following the club's AGM. Matt, whose quiet demeanour belies a lifetime of enterprise and achievement, spoke to the club about his origins in Hobart, a childhood in East Bentleigh, and a lifetime of recognizing opportunities, taking a risk and having a go. The fact that Matt, is so busy with his current business, Nurse Next Door, which he operates with his wife Amber, is testament to his business acumen, entrepreneurial skills, organisational capabilities and commitment to delivering value to clients. 
Meeting Report November 24th 2020 Richard Blakeman 2020-11-28 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Member Stories

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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We will remember for ever this year and what the feeling of a “lockdown” means.  It was the year of funny slogans like - 

“A mask is better than a ventilator
Home is better than ICU
Prevention is better than cure
It’s not CURFEW
It’s Care For U”

That did catch my eye on Facebook.  I will also look at doughnuts in a completely new way.  Even in photos, I keep the mask on since it will be easier to identify when that photo was taken!!  Although we don’t have to wear masks outside, when we meet to celebrate Christmas in the park, photos with our masks on will be a bittersweet reunion and a remembrance of the year that was!  

Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-11-28 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Sunshine and Good News Brings Back the Crowds for the Farmers Market

Spring was definitely in the air at the Boroondara Farmers Market last Saturday, November 21st, as sunshine and a sense of returning normality encouraged crowds to Patterson Reserve, Hawthorn. Patrons commented very favourably on the new seating arrangements under the trees, allowing a cup of coffee and a chat in a friendly fairground atmosphere. The Rotary Christmas Cakes and Puddings Stall was hugely popular, with substantial funds raised for The Rotary Foundation.
 
Next month's Market promises to be even bigger, with a special visitor expected to pop in from the northern hemisphere, once he has cleared quarantine and completed his list of who's been naughty and nice. It's great to be back bigger and better, and in time for Christmas too! Click on 'Read more' for a few happy snaps from Saturday's market.
Sunshine and Good News Brings Back the Crowds for the Farmers Market Richard Blakeman 2020-11-21 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Rotary 100 Themed Coins and Stamps to be issued in 2021

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District Governor Philip Archer has announced that the Royal Australian Mint and Australia Post will issue a special coin and stamp collection in 2021 to mark Rotary's 100th anniversary in Australia and New Zealand. The announcement was made at the 'Happy as Larry Lunch' event on November 19th, broadcast online from the Royal Brighton Yacht Club by the Rotary clubs of Melbourne and Brighton North.  The collection will be launched at two special breakfasts on February 4th, 2021, one in Melbourne and one in Sydney. The Rotary 100 Years Downunder celebrations are sure to be high profile next year, including in the City of Boroondara, where a number of events are planned to leverage the special Rotary themed interactive playground sculpture at Yarra Bank Reserve, Hawthorn.
 
To review the recording of the Happy as Larry Lunch 2020 featuring comedian Shane Jacobson and Toilet Warrior Mark Ballard click on this link. Both presentations are simultaneously highly entertaining, and thought provoking. Look out for the funniest joke in the world!
 
 
Rotary 100 Themed Coins and Stamps to be issued in 2021 Richard Blakeman 2020-11-21 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Rotary Foundation Cakes & Puddings

Posted by Ian Salek
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We will be selling again this year at both the 21 November and 19 December Boroondara Farmers Markets our Rotary Foundation Cakes and Puddings. They were very popular last year and we sold out.  Please get in early and place your forward orders with me now by either e-mail or Mobile.  It will be of great assistance in ordering additional stock.

E-mail:  isalek@bigpond.net.au
Mobile: 0418 176 493.

Monies raised are shared between the Rotary Foundation and the Club.

Rotary Foundation Cakes & Puddings Ian Salek 2020-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 Fundraising,Rotary Foundation

Rotary National Australia Day Initiative 2021

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Glenferrie Rotary is to be part of a Rotary Network celebration of Australia Day Jan 26, 2021.  We have been given the opportunity to bring our Rotary Network together…our community partners, first responders, business and government friends, and most importantly, our community…to celebrate all that is Australian.  The theme for Australia Day this year is: Reflect, Respect, Celebrate. We’re all part of the story.  For 100 years Rotary in Australia has been bringing communities together. 
 
After our drought, bushfires and COVID-19, this is a wonderful opportunity to bring us together in a COVID-safe way in all our respective towns and cities, and be part of one event that will inspire.
 
Rotary National Australia Day Initiative 2021 Mark Ellis AM 2020-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Rotary District 9800

Dean Lee - CEO Shrine of Remembrance

Posted by Don Moore
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It was a pleasure to welcome Dean Lee CEO of the Shrine of Remembrance as Guest Speaker on the eve of Remembrance Day.  Dean was appointed CEO on 13 July 2015.

Dean explained the Shrine was established at the instigation of Sir John Monash to ensure that Victorian Service Personnel involved in World War 1 were never forgotten.

A competition was held for the design of the Shrine.  Eighty three designs were submitted and the winning design was awarded to two Melbourne returned soldiers, Architects, Phillip Hudson and James Wardrop.

Dean Lee - CEO Shrine of Remembrance Don Moore 2020-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Rotary Foundation Global Grant for Sarsfield Approved

Posted by Cheryl Pisterman
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November is Foundation Month and our Glenferrie Rotary has just received some fabulous news.  Members may recall the news way back in August of a planned project to convert an existing community hall in Sarsfield, East Gippsland, into a bushfire evacuation centre.  The news is that this Global Grant has been successful. 

The project led by District 9800 Rotarian Mark Stephens and the RC of Brighton North with co-sponsorship by Rotary clubs of Glenferrie and Traralgon has attracted international funding with the pledging of funds totalling USD16,000 from the Rotary Club of Taipai-Tund and Rotary District 3522 Taiwan. This adds to the USD10,000 awarded by the Rotary District 9800 Foundation Committee and a further AUD14,000 awarded by the District 9800 Bushfire Relief Committee. 
 
 
Rotary Foundation Global Grant for Sarsfield Approved Cheryl Pisterman 2020-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Lockdown definition - a state of isolation or restricted access instituted as a security measure.  Well, we all have felt the effects of this lockdown and understand the stresses it causes.  We have been prisoners within our state.  So glad the lockdown seems to be coming to an end.  I can understand a slow process of recovery since, we couldn’t go through a 3rd wave.  However, it is satisfying to witness a return to something like normal.  Also, the underemployed and financially stressed people can get back to earning a living and paying the mounting bills.
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-11-14 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Annual Report 2020

 
The Annual Report of the Rotary Club of Glenferrie was tabled at the Annual General Meeting of the club on Tuesday evening, November 24th 2020. The Report describes a year of considerable achievement for the club under the leadership of Past President Thelma Hutchison and a highly active Board of Directors, in a challenging year.
Annual Report 2020 Richard Blakeman 2020-11-11 13:00:00Z 0 Board

Remembering an Australian Hero

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On November 11th 1918 the Armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, ending the first global war, a war that made devastating use of new, deadly technology, the Great War. In his book Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War, historian Roland Perry writes that it was the decisive victory at Amiens by the combined British, Canadian and General Sir John Monash's Australian Imperial Force, that turned back the momentous German offensive that had threatened to overrun the Allies. Monash himself described the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on 25th April 1918 after the Germans had overrun the 8th British Division as the turning point of the war.
 
A local man, a resident of  Camberwell, was a huge contributor to the success of the AIF's campaigns on the Western Front in 1918.  Major General Harold Edward Elliott, CBCMGDSODCMVD. known to his men as 'Pompey' Elliott. Elliott's leadership of the 15th Brigade, AIF, transformed a near-defeat  at Villers-Bretonneux into a victory, changing the course of the war and hastening its end.
Remembering an Australian Hero Richard Blakeman 2020-11-07 13:00:00Z 0 Local History

Parkinson's Walk  - 27forParkinson's

Posted by Michael Berry
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Whilst the club has done an excellent job in raising funds for the End Polio event, the Community Service Committee is seeking member support for the 27for Parkinson’s event.  The committee of Lyn, Chris, Helena, Alex and Michael has registered with Parkinson’s Victoria under the name the “Glenferrie Walkers".  Donations can be made to the attached
link. Glenferrie Walkers

The club has supported Parkinson’s Victoria for many years with the manning of the BBQ at Federation Square, this year the annual “Walk in the Park” was cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdown, this major fund raiser for Parkinson's Victoria has hurt them financially, and their services that they offer to Parkinson’s sufferers.
Parkinson's Walk - 27forParkinson's Michael Berry 2020-10-31 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Bernie Farquhar - Update on bushfire recovery in EGippsland

Posted by Thelma Hutchison
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We were pleased to welcome Bernie as our guest speaker last week to provide an update on the bushfire recovery progress in East Gippsland.  Bernie explained that on 31 December 2019 the main front of the bushfire created a plume 12 km high with hot northerly winds fanning the flames.  Around midnight the plume collapsed over the Clifton Creek and Sarsfield areas with other fires moving across East Gippsland devastating property, livestock, housing, wildlife, and fauna as it spread.     As a first and early response the five Rotary Clubs in East Gippsland formed the EG Rotary Fire Aid Committee.
Bernie Farquhar - Update on bushfire recovery in EGippsland Thelma Hutchison 2020-10-31 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Now there is “Light at the end of the tunnel”.  A very Aussie saying pointing to the fact that the end is in sight.  However, there have been many “bends” in the road.  Ever wondered why road tunnels are not straight?  In a straight tunnel, the driver would be dazzled by the ambient light at the end, but if the tunnel is curved, the light gradually increases.  Maybe, we can liken our recovery to this?  We have been through many bends in the road to get back to normal.
 
Good to see stores open and people mingling at socially acceptable distances with masks.  The Farmer’s Market this Saturday was a good example of people getting out of the house.  I noted that members have been suitably “shorn”. 
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-10-31 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Boroondara Farmer's Market History

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With many consumers asking where their food is sourced in a quest to buy fresh, sustainably produced goods, the Farmers’ Market movement has been readily accepted in meeting this need.
 
When the City of Boroondara sought expressions of interest from Rotary in 2003 to manage a Farmers’ Market, the Rotary Club of Glenferrie rose to the challenge.  Under the leadership of now Honorary Member, Geoff Wood, the club established the Boroondara Farmers’ Market held on the third and fifth Saturday morning each month at Patterson Reserve in East Hawthorn.
 
In its 17 years of operation, the market has contributed to the community in a variety of ways.  The suppliers have a ready market for a huge range of fresh produce straight from the grower, as well as many valued added products such as wine, chocolate and liquorice.
Boroondara Farmer's Market History 2020-10-30 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market,Club History
Boroondara Farmers Market is Back Bigger and Better than Ever Richard Blakeman 2020-10-27 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

Boroondara Farmers Market Report  - 17th October 2020

Posted by Ian Salek
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As Stallholders were greeted at their Entrance Gate by Robert Winspear from before 6:00am rain was falling on Patterson Reserve.  A check on the radar map at 6:26am showed rain still falling over Melbourne but passing quickly down to the south -east.  By the time Early Shift Volunteers were being briefed at 6:55am the rain had ceased and apart from a small amount of drizzle mid-morning the rain stayed away providing some sunny patches. Temperatures were around 18 °C.  
Boroondara Farmers Market Report - 17th October 2020 Ian Salek 2020-10-24 13:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

27forParkinson's Walk

Posted by Lyn Kneale
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For many years now, our Club has been involved with Parkinson's Australia with their 'Walk in the Park" annual fundraising event.  The event is normally held in Federation Square, encouraging more than 3000 people to come together in a show of support, unity, fun and encouragement, while helping to raise funds.
 
Currently, approximately 27,000 Victorians are living with Parkinson's disease.  Presently, there is no cure nor do we know the cause of this degenerative neurological disease.  Obviously, due to COVID-19, the event could not be held this year.  Instead, Parkinson's Australia created 27forParkinson's, a simple concept of walking 27 times over 27 days, which was held during the month of October.
27forParkinson's Walk Lyn Kneale 2020-10-24 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Lift the Lid Evening a Club Record Fundraiser for Australian Rotary Health

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What a great night thanks to the hard work of Elizabeth Dumonic and President Mark. Money raised was $4,590.00 (a great effort). Not to mention the informative and relevant talk on mental health by Mithzay Pomenta.  Up to 100 selfies of people wearing all types of hats were sent to President Mark.  These were shown on Tuesday night to the club members and invited guests.  To the songs of Priscilla Queen of the Desert we were shown hats of all sizes, with attachments such as foliage and other materials.  Winners of all the different categories can be seen on the next page.
 
Mithzay headed her talk with a primary message: Don’t Wait.  With the current crisis of COVID-19 I am sure that many people could relate in some way to the information that was covered.
Lift the Lid Evening a Club Record Fundraiser for Australian Rotary Health Chris Raw 2020-10-24 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Community Service

Happy 45th Birthday Rotary Club of Glenferrie!

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has celebrated its 45th anniversary on October 22nd, having been chartered on that date in 1975. There were other things going on at the time! The Whitlam Federal Government was struggling to get Supply through the Senate, an action that ended in the famous "Dismissal". The Premier of Victoria was the widely respected Sir Rupert Hamer, and the Governor of Victoria was Sir Henry Winneke. The Tasman Bridge in Hobart had collapsed earlier in the year. Medibank had just been introduced and Papua New Guinea gained its independence from Australia. North Melbourne had defeated Hawthorn by 9 goals 1 behind in the VFL Grand Final, in front of 110,551 spectators. The Balibo Five had tragically fallen victim to Indonesian troops invading East Timor, and it was the wettest month since at least 1900, when records began.
 
And while all that was going on a group of eight Hawthorn Rotarians and nineteen prospective new Rotarians gathered at the home of Bib Stillwell, Hawthorn Rotary Past President, to discuss the establishment of a new club, The Rotary Club of Glenferrie. And what happened next? Read on by clicking on "Read more..."
Happy 45th Birthday Rotary Club of Glenferrie! Richard Blakeman 2020-10-24 13:00:00Z 0 Club History

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Well it is on again the annual clash of teams – this time a “catfight” between domestic and nondomestic type felines, but importantly and proudly Victorian!  At the timing of writing this article, the game has yet to be on.  However, another big event for a Glenferrie Rotarian is a big celebration for our club’s 45th Anniversary on Oct 22th last Thursday.  From outside the club, there has been a barrage of congratulatory emails from local and overseas clubs.
 
The Rotary Club of Glenferrie was granted a charter on 22 October 1975. The Club’s first formal meeting took place a month later in the Hawthorn Town Hall, with 30 people inducted into membership.  We are so lucky to still have two Charter members remaining Don Moore and Ian Dobson and who are still active members. 
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-10-24 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Rotary Interactive Play Sculpture to Define New Playground at Yarra Bank Reserve

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The Rotary interactive play sculpture at Yarra Bank Reserve, Hawthorn will capture the spirit of place, defining the new playground to be constructed there in early 2021.  Situated in Glenferrie Ward in the City of Boroondara, and on the banks of the lazy ol' Yarra River, the playground will be a gift to the community from the Rotary Clubs of Glenferrie, Camberwell, Hawthorn and Canterbury with a grant from The Rotary Foundation, marking a fruitful community partnership that has existed for 100 years.
The key message of the all-abilities play feature will mark the theme: "When people work together they can create something magnificent"
 
To see what the playground will look like when opened in 2021, Rotary ANZ's Centenary Year, click on "Read more..."
Rotary Interactive Play Sculpture to Define New Playground at Yarra Bank Reserve Richard Blakeman 2020-10-17 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Glenferrie Rotary Club from Past to Present

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Glenferrie is a peaceful sounding name evoking images of wooded slopes and distant waters with a small punt enabling its crossing.  Back in 1840, that image was about to change when a solicitor named Peter Ferrie built a property on the banks of Gardiners Creek, which he unsurprisingly named, Glen Ferrie.  Soon, the abutting north-south access road became Glenferrie Road and the village to the north, originally called Upper Hawthorn, developed into today’s vibrant shopping and university precinct called Glenferrie, but much in need of a Rotary Club.

The Rotary Club of Hawthorn chartered the Rotary Club of Glenferrie on 22 October 1975 with two of the charter members still active in the Club.  About one-third of the current membership is female, many holding active positions in the Club.
Glenferrie Rotary Club from Past to Present Chris Raw 2020-10-17 13:00:00Z 0 Club History

John Crofts - The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre

Posted by David Fallick
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At last Tuesday night’s club meeting we were fortunate to be addressed by John Crofts, President of the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre (SRHC).  John’s work history was not railways, but mining; he spent almost 24 years with BHP both before and during the BHP-Billiton merger, working in such diverse locations as Chile, Singapore, United Kingdom and, of course, Australia.
 
However, his topic on Tuesday night was, Victorian Railways and, more specifically, The history and future of the SRHC – the challenge of trying to create world class tourism products in Victoria’s tourist and heritage railway sector.  And this challenge was before COVID-19 restrictions added a whole new dimension.
John Crofts - The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre David Fallick 2020-10-17 13:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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I was pondering on the quoted words from John Cleese the other day -
“We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately, spend most of their time in the closed mode... We must return to the open mode, because in that mode we are the most aware, most receptive, most creative, and therefore at our most intelligent.”
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-10-17 13:00:00Z 0 President's Message

So Why Do We Hide Our Light Under a Bushel?

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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Rotarians contribute significantly to the wellbeing of the local community from projects that encourage young people to grow and succeed, assist families, aid the homeless, bring joy to the socially isolated, relieve the sick. They provide opportunities for friendship, engagement, the development of new skills, self-confidence, leadership and giving to our community.  They promote opportunities to work together, encourage social responsibility, promote ethical dealings in our business and personal lives.  Click on 'Read more..' below to see the list of incredible ways Rotarians interact with the community in Boroondara to improve the quality of life for so many.
 
But we do a terrible job of letting people know what we do. And letting people know about the impact Rotarians have in the world is key to attracting new members and empowering them to continue the good work. Read the list and see what I mean.
So Why Do We Hide Our Light Under a Bushel? Richard Blakeman 2020-10-10 13:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Glenferrie Grinners - Team Update

Posted by Cheryl Pisterman
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October is 4 days in and our Glenferrie Grinners are out there walking already.  Our team is a mixture of Glenferrie Members and friends of members.  We had almost reached our "conservative" goal of $1,500 by the beginning of October, so let's just raise the bar ...
Glenferrie Grinners - Team Update Cheryl Pisterman 2020-10-03 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio

Lift the Lid - Hat Day

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At the "Lift the Lid" night on Tuesday 20th October at 7.15pm we are asking all people who attend to wear a hat on zoom.  
Also, we are asking for a donation of  $5 from each person who is interested in contributing to this good cause.  COVID-19’s impact on mental health is pervasive and the Lift the Lid foundation would love everyone to get together, take a fun selfie and donate for vital mental health research. 
 
This donation of $5 can be by direct debit into the club's bank account.  This is Rotary Club of Glenferrie.  Bendigo Branch: 633-000  Account: 144713757  Ref:  LTL and Surname.
 
The zoom link for the meeting can be found by clicking read more.
Lift the Lid - Hat Day Elizabeth Dumonic 2020-10-03 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Glenferrie Probus Invites You to Their Next Meeting

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie formed Glenferrie Probus in 1991, when distinguished and urbane Past President John Suriano was in the chair.  And since that time, Glenferrie Probus has gone from strength to strength.  In normal times they meet monthly at the Balwyn Community Centre, which is way too far away.  However at the moment they are meeting monthly via Zoom, and President Glenferrie Probus, Celia Cornick, has contacted us to invite Glenferrie Rotarians to their next meeting. The speaker will be Dr Kate Cornick, CEO of LaunchVic, an independent company established by the Victorian Government to support and grow the state's startup ecosystem.  Dr Cornick will speak on the topic – Supporting the Economic Recovery of Victoria. 
 
Date: Friday October 16th      Time: 10:45AM    Venue: Via Zoom of course!
 
If you are interested in more information about Glenferrie Probus, or would like to attend the meeting featuring Dr Cornick, please email President Celia at: GlenferrieProbus@gmail.com
Glenferrie Probus Invites You to Their Next Meeting Richard Blakeman 2020-10-03 14:00:00Z 0 Probus

Community Service - FORaMEAL

Posted by Lyn Kneale
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The Rotary Club of Canterbury reached out to us and fellow RC's in our cluster to help distribute their FORaMEAL food packs.
Canterbury had some 120,000 packs that they normally would send to S.E Asian countries affected by natural disasters.
However, the RC of Canterbury saw fit to distribute these packs to those in our local community during these difficult times.
The FORaMEAL packs include oats, lentils and rice. One can then add their choice of vegetables/sauces etc.  Each pack serves 5 people.
Community Service - FORaMEAL Lyn Kneale 2020-10-03 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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World Mental Health Day is October 10.  World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
 
A timely topic in our COVID lockdown is the problem of Mental Health in our population.  It got me thinking - What is mental health?  I quote from the “Beyond Blue” web site,‘Mental health’ is often used as a substitute for mental illnesses – such as depressionanxiety conditions, schizophrenia, and others.  According to the World Health Organization, however, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”  Mental health is about wellness rather than illness.  Ultimately, mental health is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy – the way we think, feel and develop relationships - and not merely the absence of a mental health condition.  
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-10-03 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Why it's important that you 'Like Us' on Facebook!

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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At our recent strategic planning workshops, members made it very clear that the number one priority for the club is to publicise far and wide the good work of Rotary and the club, with an emphasis on the impact of that work. The club's Communication and Public Image Team is doing a great job with regular and informative editions of The Glenferrie Rotarian, a much revamped club website, more regular and topical postings on Facebook, and a number of articles this year in Rotary Down Under and in the District 9800 Networker. But the help of every member and friend of the club is needed to build on our PR. 
 
One thing you can do is to keep feeding your Rotary stories to the club's Bulletin Editor, Chris Raw.  Articles in the Bulletin can now be posted simultaneously on the website and on Facebook.  And another very important thing we all should do is to 'Like' the club's Facebook page and the articles that appear. It is important that you 'Like' the club's Facebook page, and that you 'Like' the postings (even if you don't like them!)
Why it's important that you 'Like Us' on Facebook! Richard Blakeman 2020-09-26 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Andrea Kimler - Member Behind The Badge

Posted by Don Heath
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Last Tuesday we were privileged to have Dr Andrea Kimler as our guest speaker.  It is always good to have one of our own newer members give us their “Member behind the Badge” story.  It is an opportunity to learn a bit more about their background, vocation and special interests.  Andrea is a Veterinarian, Environmentalist and very much a free spirit.
Andrea Kimler - Member Behind The Badge Don Heath 2020-09-26 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Member Stories

Club's Rotary 100 Project Takes Shape

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Things have been progressing at quite a pace with the club's project to mark the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand.  The layout for the playground at Yarra Bank Reserve is almost finalised, as is the design for the unique Rotary interactive sculpture.
 
Over the next weeks articles will appear in this Bulletin detailing the comprehensive community engagement plans that are being put together by the consortium of Boroondara clubs engaged in the project.  In the meantime, to take a look at the latest design and to read the page now set up on the City of Boroondara website for the playground, please click on this link.
Club's Rotary 100 Project Takes Shape Richard Blakeman 2020-09-26 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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“Not everyone can be famous, but everyone can be great, because greatness is determined by service”.  What terrific words from Martin Luther King, which characterises a Rotarian well.  Thank you to Rotary International Director Nominee Jessie Harman for her mentioning this quote in her inspirational address at the recent Zone 8 Rotary International Conference held last weekend.  Also, “If you want to live in a good society, you have to build it”.  
 
If I quote correctly from our Rotary International President nominee Jennifer Jones.  As also pointed out by Jennifer, Rotary can give benefits to the individual in developing their interpersonal skills, leadership, education, experience in governance and cultural matters.  This was a thought provoking conference.  You can only be amazed at the wealth of achievements from small to large projects.  Also, the International nature of Rotary.
 
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-09-26 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

Go Team Glenferrie Grinners

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The sponsors of our Glenferrie Grinners Team are rolling in.  And we are just over a third of our goal of $1,500.00.  If you aren't able to run, skip, walk (or hobble) in the month of October, perhaps you could follow the example of President Mark and sponsor the team or an individual.  Let's paint the streets within your 5km area End Polio Red!!
 
Go Team Glenferrie Grinners Cheryl Pisterman 2020-09-19 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio

Presidential Musings for the Week

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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Has anyone looked up what “zoom” really means?

It can mean “Move or travel very quickly” or “A camera changing focus rapidly to close up” or “(as in prices) rising sharply”.  By the end of this year, it will probably be a new entry into the dictionary as “The only means of communication in 2020!!”.  Some warped minds had a great barnstorming session over the naming of that video link service.  Might be able to put instead of prices – “Tempers rising”!!!!  We are not even able to travel quickly and definitely only within a 5 km limit!!
 
Well, we have Zoom to thank for assisting to keep our club together.  The food and beverage at our meetings have been second to none.  “None” if I did complain to the chef!!  Also, Zoom might have got it’s name for the ability it gives the voyeur to  “zoom in” and see snip bits into people’s houses and choice of domestic clothing.

 
 
Presidential Musings for the Week Mark Ellis AM 2020-09-19 14:00:00Z 0 President's Message

There's A Real Story Behind this Brick

Posted by Richard Blakeman
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You may not be able to read it in the picture on the left, but if you click on Read more... below you will see a larger version of it and you should be able to read the words branded into the brick:  'Fritsch Holzer'. 
 
But who the heck is Fritsch Holzer? What is the story behind this brick, found in Burwood just lying around? And what has it got to do with Rotary?
There's A Real Story Behind this Brick Richard Blakeman 2020-09-19 14:00:00Z 0 Club History

Rotary is Talking to Listeners Every Friday Night

Posted by Ian Salek, David Proud, Jonathan Shepherd
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Since 2005, ‘The Rotary and Community Service Radio Show’ on 94.1FM 3WBC has gone to air between 6 and 8 pm every Friday.  It also ‘Live Streams’ on www.3wbc.org.au.

Born from a visit by RC Canterbury to Vision Australia’s radio station 3RPH, Past President Neil Williams, assisted by former Canterbury Rotarian David Proud, prepared some trial shows for Rotary that soon became a regular fixture. In the early years the studio was in the front room of a community house in Bennettswood.  It then moved to a professional suite of studios in the Box Hill Town Hall hub in Whitehorse Road.
Rotary is Talking to Listeners Every Friday Night Ian Salek, David Proud, Jonathan Shepherd 2020-09-12 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Radio

Rotary Glenferrie Awarded Rotary International Citation for Second Year Running

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has been awarded a Rotary International Rotary Citation with Platinum Distinction for the year 2019-2020. This is the second year in a row that the club has been honoured with this award.
 
In an email to Past President Thelma Hutchison and President 2020-2021 Mark Ellis AM advising of the award, Past District Governor Grant Hocking wrote: "The Rotary Citation recognises Rotary clubs that support Rotary strategic priorities by completing certain activities. The Rotary Citation is a significant award that honours clubs whose leaders and members show a commitment to success. Clubs that achieve the goals required to earn the Rotary Citation are strengthening Rotary  and shaping our future.
Rotary Glenferrie Awarded Rotary International Citation for Second Year Running Richard Blakeman 2020-09-06 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International,Strategic Plan

Sarsfield Project Attracts International Funding

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The Rotary project to convert an existing community hall in Sarsfield, East Gippsland, into a bushfire evacuation centre has attracted international funding with the pledging of funds totalling USD16,000 from the Rotary Club of Taipai-Tund and Rotary District 3522 Taiwan. This adds to the USD10,000 awarded by the Rotary District 9800 Foundation Committee and a further AUD14,000 awarded by the District 9800 Bushfire Relief Committee. The project, led by Rotarian Mark Stephens and the RC Brighton North, and co-sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Glenferrie and Traralgon, is in the process of applying for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant with a total project budget of AUD138,000.
 
Sarsfield Project Attracts International Funding Richard Blakeman 2020-08-29 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Rotary Foundation

Club's Three Year Plan focuses on Growth and Impact

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Club Members unanimously endorsed the three year plan presented for adoption by President Mark Ellis at the club meeting last Tuesday. The plan sets out the path for the next three years and will guide the decision of the club's boards over that time. Framed within the global goals for Rotary, the plan aims to: Increase our Impact, Expand our Reach, Enhance Participant Engagement and Increase our Ability to Adapt. Included in the plan are new initiatives that will be prioritised and implemented by the Board, and clearly identifies President Mark's Big Hairy Audacious Goal - to increase by 10 the number of Active Members of the club by the end of 2021. To see the full plan: Click on this link
Club's Three Year Plan focuses on Growth and Impact Richard Blakeman 2020-08-29 14:00:00Z 0 Strategic Plan

Salvation Army Bread Run

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The Salvation Army has been active in Camberwell for more than 100 years. For many years they were located in Burke Road just up from Camberwell Junction. They then relocated to their current home in Bowen St, in the late 1970’s. The Rotary Glenferrie Club has had a strong association with the Salvation Army for many years. The Salvation Army could not exist nor perform the wonderful tasks that they do if it were not for the volunteers.
Salvation Army Bread Run Lyn Kneale 2020-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Mark Ellis AM - Networker Profile 
 The Eyes Have It

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My father was a keen Rotarian, first with Keilor and then with Carlton, and from him, I developed respect for what Rotary does.
I was active on a humanitarian project in Timor Leste involving eye-surgery, and was asked to fill in as guest speaker on this topic at short notice at Rotary Glenferrie. I liked the club, joined 13 years ago, and have great admiration for my colleagues.

The International Director at the time asked me to find an offshore project.  I had been to Timor Leste with a team twice, but the 2006 uprising made it unsafe so I went to Indonesia instead.  I discovered that Sumba needed considerable help. 
Mark Ellis AM - Networker Profile  The Eyes Have It Chris Raw 2020-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 Club History,Membership Development

Youth Exchange Antics

Posted by David Sutherland
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Over the years Glenferrie hosted quite a few Exchange Students  — mostly well behaved but a couple were disappointing —- one American girl in particular —- she refused to wear a uniform at Fintona —- she was very  disruptive and the Principal asked us to remove her.  It turned out that her uncle came home from his local Rotary meeting and asked her if she would like a “holiday” in Australia for a year.  I have a feeling ( but can’t really remember if it was her ) but one girl was sent home for poor behaviour.  Another European girl used to slip out of her bedroom window after 'lights out' and go to night clubs.
Youth Exchange Antics David Sutherland 2020-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 Club History,Youth Service

District Foundation Report to Members

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The District 9800 Rotary Foundation Committee is required to report to members at the end of each Rotary year on the state of giving and the distribution of grant financing. The report describes in detail the wonderful work being done within Australia and globally by Rotarians from District 9800 clubs with the support of your Foundation. Published by the District 9800 Foundation Committee Chair, Murray Verso and compiled and produced by Glenferrie Rotarian Cheryl Pisterman, the Winter 2020 edition of the newsletter is choc full of great ideas put into action through D9800 clubs.
 
To read the latest report: Click on this link
 
To read the Guide to Club Foundation Chairs: Click on this link
District Foundation Report to Members Richard Blakeman 2020-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Those Foreign Coins Can Really Make a Difference!

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For some years now Past President John Hudson has collected those pesky foreign coins that get thrown into the buckets at the Farmers Market, combined them with coins collected from local banks and members, and sent them on to The Rotary Club of Hornsby District in Sydney where, with the help of Qantas, they are repatriated to their country of origin. The program nationally has now raised over $560,000 in the more than twenty years it has been in existence - much of which has gone towards helping to fight malaria. Those pesky coins can really add up to something.
 
This article, sent in by John, was published recently in the Malaria Vaccine Project Newsletter Vol 7.
Those Foreign Coins Can Really Make a Difference! Richard Blakeman 2020-08-22 14:00:00Z 0 International Service

Why All Rotarians Are Asked to Complete a Rotary Youth Declaration

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In an age of heightened awareness of the need for organisations to prioritise the safety of children above all else, your club has made great progress in its level of compliance with Rotary Youth Policies, Every Active Member now has a valid Victorian Working With Children Check, which is a mandatory requirement for membership, and almost all have completed a Rotary Volunteer Information and Declaration
 
There has been some doubt until now about whether the Declaration Form is required for every member, particularly if they are not in a role that usually brings them into direct contact with minors.  District 9800 Insurance Office Mark Perree has written to all clubs to explain why all members are now being asked to complete this declaration.  Click on this link to read Marks' letter.
Why All Rotarians Are Asked to Complete a Rotary Youth Declaration Richard Blakeman 2020-08-15 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service,Youth Service

Profile of a Glenferrie Rotarian - John Hudson OAM

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This article first appeared in The Networker on August 8th 2020.
 
Having grown up in Boroondara, Glenferrie Rotarian, John Hudson, has been devoting his retirement years to volunteering in the community that provided he and his family so many benefits.

A Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, John’s career included the role of Company Secretary at McIlwraith Davey Ltd, which employed over 7,000 people, and finally as Finance Manager at Trinity Grammar until 1990. 

Profile of a Glenferrie Rotarian - John Hudson OAM Richard Blakeman 2020-08-08 14:00:00Z 0 Club History,Membership Development
Jennifer E. Jones Nominated as Rotary International President 2022-2023 Richard Blakeman 2020-08-08 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

What Rotarians Can Achieve with the Help of The Rotary Foundation is simply Amazing

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The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has partnered with the Rotary Foundation and other clubs to deliver some truly inspiring projects over the past few years. Those projects include the establishment of the Hawthorn Men's Shed, the  Clean Water and Sanitation Project in Timor Leste, the Bike Rescue Project with the Yiyili Aboriginal School in northern Western Australia, and the clubs Rotary 100 project to build a unique interactive playground feature at Yarra Bank Reserve Hawthorn. This incredible story about a recycling project in Brazil speaks volumes about the power of Rotary and the value of the Rotary Foundation.
What Rotarians Can Achieve with the Help of The Rotary Foundation is simply Amazing Richard Blakeman 2020-08-01 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation
Meeting Report for July 12th 2020 John Hudson 2020-07-18 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report,Member Stories

Closing in on 100% Compliance

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The Club is closing in on achieving 100% compliance with Rotary Youth policies as more and more members complete and lodge their Rotary Volunteer Youth Declaration Form. The concerted push for full accreditation began in 2017 following the updating of State Government legislation that required all organisations involved with youth promote child safety as the highest priority. With the assistance of District 9800 legal advisors, the club board published the club's Child Safe Environment Policy in October of that year. 100% of members now have a valid Victorian Working With Children Check and 68% of members have completed and lodged their Rotary Volunteer Youth Declaration. President Mark has now asked members who have not yet done so to complete their Declarations as soon as possible so that the club can achieve 100% on both counts.
Closing in on 100% Compliance Richard Blakeman 2020-07-18 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service,Youth Service

Fabulous Rotary 100 Launch Sets the Pace

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The celebration of 100 Years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand got of to a spectacular start Friday, with an event broadcast via YouTube from Government House, Canberra featuring His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia, and a litany of stars. The signature project for the event Give Every Child a Future was spotlighted during an online event that celebrated Rotary, Rotarians and the wonderful work done over the past 100 years.
Fabulous Rotary 100 Launch Sets the Pace Richard Blakeman 2020-07-11 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Sun Shines on June Farmers Market

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The Weather Bureau rarely gets it wrong but fortunately on June 20th it did. With a very high likely percentage of rain forecast we were pleased that the morning turned out to be both dry and sunny. The Market was run under the set COVID-19 Safety Requirements. There were 51 Stalls of fresh produce including beef, fruit and vegetables, bread, biscuits, cakes, pastries, fish and once again, oysters. Green Eggs returned so we had eggs that were not available on May 30th.
Sun Shines on June Farmers Market Ian Salek 2020-07-04 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market

What exactly is Vocational Service?

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To recognise the worthiness of all useful occupations
 
Paul Harris wrote: "Each Rotarian is a connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and their trade or profession". Vocational Service may be the least understood of the Rotary Avenues of Service, and yet it is the very foundation of Rotary itself. The introductory statement and three of the four objectives of Rotary relate to Vocational Service, underlining its importance to the philosophy and culture of Rotary.
What exactly is Vocational Service? Richard Blakeman 2020-07-04 14:00:00Z 0 Vocational Service

What Exactly is the Four Way Test?

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The origins of the Four Way Test date back to 1932 when creditors of a near bankrupt aluminum company assigned the author of the Four Way Test, Rotarian Herbert Taylor, to save it from further financial ruin.  Competition in the aluminum industry was fierce.  Mr. Taylor was looking for a way to distinguish his new company from the others, while at the same time achieving financial prosperity.  Mr. Taylor decided that ethics and doing what was right would be the key to the turnaround.
What Exactly is the Four Way Test? Richard Blakeman 2020-06-27 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Strategic Planning Workshop A Great Success

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The Club's Strategic Planning workshop, held via Zoom on June 23rd and led by facilitator Warwick Cavell, has been hugely successful in helping identify club priorities for the next three years, reinforced by the very positive feedback received from those able to participate. Following on from the first workshop on June 9th the purpose of the second workshop was to get input from club members as to what they see as the focus of the club going forward.
Strategic Planning Workshop A Great Success Richard Blakeman 2020-06-27 14:00:00Z 0 Strategic Plan

President's Induction Speech

Posted by Mark Ellis AM
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OMG – Oh my God – I am the Pres!!!
After many years of ducking this great responsibility, I felt it selfish not to do my bit for the club that I have grown fond of over the 12 to 13 years that I have been a member.  I am in awe of the past presidents and how they handled their year with wisdom and energy.  We have had teachers, businesspeople, board chair and such who are used to dealing with large amounts of people at once.  So now, you have a doctor and surgeon, used to dealing with one on one.
President's Induction Speech Mark Ellis AM 2020-06-27 14:00:00Z 2 President's Message

Rotary Glenferrie Joins Global Grant Consortium in Support of Bushfire Victims

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The club Board has voted to join with the Rotary Club of Brighton North in support of a Rotary Foundation Global Grant application to assist victims of the devastating bushfires in Sarsfield over summer. From a contribution of $2,000 from each of Rotary Glenferrie and Rotary Brighton North, total funds available for the project are likely to grow to $150,000 with support from a generous public donor,  the District 9800 Foundation Grants Committee, Rotary District 9800 and The Rotary Foundation Global Fund, highlighting the power of Rotary Foundation Grants in multiplying impact. The grant application is being led by Rotarian Mark Stephens of the Rotary Club of Brighton North.
 
Following up on the club's project in Sarsfield earlier this year, please refer to this article about Milusa and Kevin Giles, whose property Glenferrie Rotarians worked on during the Bushfire Cleanup Project earlier this year: Victorian bushfire clean-up half way there, as survivors wait anxiously to rebuild
Rotary Glenferrie Joins Global Grant Consortium in Support of Bushfire Victims Richard Blakeman 2020-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Rotary Foundation
Club Speakers Donation to Australian Rotary Health Richard Blakeman 2020-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Scandalous Changeover Photos Go Viral

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As we have all come to learn, headlines can sometime be misleading, and this one is no exception. Nevertheless photos have emerged of what was going on just beyond the camera during the club's historic best ever Zoom Changeover Event, held without an official dinner on June 16th 2020. Congratulations to Club Service Award Recipients Michael Hills, Don Heath and Ian Salek, and to Paul Harris Fellows Don Heath and Richard Blakeman. And congratulations to outgoing President Thelma Hutchison and the Incoming President Mark Ellis for a superb celebration of what it means to be a Rotarian.
Scandalous Changeover Photos Go Viral Richard Blakeman 2020-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover

For Next Meeting: What are the Answers to Warwick's Three Questions?

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The first chapter of the club's planning process was completed on 9 June with an outstanding presentation by workshop coordinator Warwick Cavell. Warwick, a professional business strategist, MD of Linnergy and current President of the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne, emphasised the benefit of focusing on impact rather than activities in our internal and external communications, and posed three questions for us regarding the future, in preparation for stage 2 of the process - the Planning Workshop on June 23rd via Zoom. The club's SAG (Strategic Action Group), comprising President Thelma, President Elect Mark and President Elect Nominee Teresa has been working with Warwick for some weeks now to set the scene for the plan for the next three years.
For Next Meeting: What are the Answers to Warwick's Three Questions? Richard Blakeman 2020-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 Strategic Plan

Farewell to a True Inspiration - The Rotarian who Led the Fight Against Polio

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Sir Clem Renouf, an unassuming accountant from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Charter Secretary of the Rotary Club of Nambour and Past Rotary International President ignited the global Rotary campaign to end the scourge of Polio, a program that has saved untold millions of people from one of the world's most terrible diseases. Sir Clem passed away on Thursday 11th June 2020. Click on Read More  to read the tribute from District Governor Grant Hocking. Click on this link to view this feature story on Sir Clem that went to air in April 2010 on the ABC's 7:30 Report . Vale PRIP Sir Clem Renouf.
Farewell to a True Inspiration - The Rotarian who Led the Fight Against Polio Richard Blakeman 2020-06-20 14:00:00Z 0 End Polio,Rotary International

It's Here!

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Changeover is here! Tonight President Thelma Hutchison will pass the baton to President Elect Mark and his new leadership team. But this will be a Changeover like no other. For a start it's free! There's no dinner. There's no carparking worries, no having to go out into a cold Melbourne winter's night. What has the club got in store for a Changeover by Zoom? Be sure to sign in from 7:00pm. But you must register for the event by clicking on the ZOOM link that was sent to you when you registered. See you tonight, on ZOOM!
It's Here! Richard Blakeman 2020-06-15 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover

Thank you Bunnings Warehouse Hawthorn

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 Helena had organised a Bunnings' BBQ to be held on 4th April but it had to be cancelled due to COVID 19. Our intention was to use the proceeds to support the work of Australian Rotary Health (ARH). Bunnings has now very generously given us a donation of $500 to make up for some of our lost charity income. We will forward this to ARH and we thank Bunnings Hawthorn for their generous support.
Thank you Bunnings Warehouse Hawthorn Don Heath 2020-06-13 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Timor Leste Water and Sanitation Project an Outstanding Success

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The Consortium of Rotary Clubs which included the Rotary Club of Glenferrie has completed the project to install water tanks and toilets in the Baguia region of Timor Leste. With a total budget of A$139k and supported by a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation, the Consortium led by Vijay Susarla and John Walmsley of the Rotary Club of Camberwell installed four toilet blocks and thirty-two water tanks in primary schools throughout the remote Baguia region of Timor Leste. Baguia has a 'Sister Province' relationship with the City of Boroondara.
Timor Leste Water and Sanitation Project an Outstanding Success Richard Blakeman 2020-06-01 14:00:00Z 0 International Service
Farmers Market is Back in Town Ian Salek 2020-05-30 14:00:00Z 0 Boroondara Farmers Market
Bread Run - Thank You letter from Norm Gale Don Heath 2020-05-24 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service
Thank you letter from the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School Don Heath 2020-05-23 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Club's Rotary 100 Project has Personal Meaning for Hugh Bucknall

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Hugh Bucknall of the Rotary Club of Melbourne is the Team Leader for the Australia and New Zealand Rotary 100 Project, which marks the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand. Hugh wrote to the club to congratulate the consortium of clubs engaged on the Boroondara project, which he described as modelling perfectly the values of the Rotary 100 program, including community partnership, Rotary clubs working collaboratively, long-term sustainable value and the opportunities to promote and grow Rotary. But Hugh also had a personal story about the increasingly significant site of our project, Yarra Bank Reserve.
Club's Rotary 100 Project has Personal Meaning for Hugh Bucknall Richard Blakeman 2020-05-16 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

Spotlight on Rotary Glenferrie on Rotary Radio 94.1FM

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Tired of all the boring chit chat on talk-back radio? I don't blame you. So here's a solution, at least for drive time radio on Friday evenings. Give the mainstream a miss and tune in to Rotary Radio 3WBC 94.1FM The Voice of the Inner East, for interesting interviews, great music and lively commentary.
Spotlight on Rotary Glenferrie on Rotary Radio 94.1FM Richard Blakeman 2020-05-16 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Radio

Peter Harries Meeting Presentation On Retaining Walls

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As is often the case, on Tuesday evening 12th May our Glenferrie Rotary Zoom Meeting proved that Club Members, more often than not, provide very different and interesting presentations.
 
Our own Peter Harries gave an interesting talk on how earth retaining walls work. We pass them daily without realising the technology behind them to keep them upright.  The construction technique used today goes back 3000 years when the ancient Babylonians built ziggurats using  papyrus reed in layers on structures still evident today.  Babylon is now part of modern day Iraq.
Peter Harries Meeting Presentation On Retaining Walls Ian Salek 2020-05-16 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Our BikeRescue project for the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School
 

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The Yiyili Aboriginal Community School is a very poor school between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek in the Kimberley Region in the north of Western Australia. The Yiyili community is based on the Louisa Downs Station. They have 60 students from Kindergarten to Year 10 and six teaching staff including one Indigenous Language teacher. They have an innovative vocational service program where the students are taught to dismantle and re-assemble bicycles. BikeRescue is an award-winning accredited program that uses bike mechanics as a vehicle for outreach, engagement and mentoring.
Our BikeRescue project for the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School  Don Heath 2020-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Rotary Radio- Featuring An Interview With President Thelma Hutchison

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On Friday night 15th May the Rotary and Community Service Show on 94.1FM 3WBC or Live Streaming on www.3wbc.org.au between 6 and 8pm, will feature an interview with our President Thelma Hutchison.
 
Hosted by Jonathan Shepherd the Show will feature two pre-recorded interview segments by Ian Salek with Thelma. There are some fascinating insights into Thelma’s life of which most Glenferrie Rotarians would be unaware. Hear about these, the Club’s achievements and how our new President Elect Mark Ellis will be inducted. President Thelma is finishing her year in difficult circumstances but has achieved her Rotary goals to make this world a better place. Tune in to hear a very positive Thelma Hutchison and some great music that Jonathan loves to play, including some of Thelma’s favourites.
 
For more information about Rotary Radio, Click on this link.
Rotary Radio- Featuring An Interview With President Thelma Hutchison Ian Salek 2020-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Radio

May is Youth Service Month

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May is Rotary International Youth Service Month, when the focus is on young people and the development of the next generation of leaders. Under the leadership of Youth Service Director Teresa Liu, the Rotary Club of Glenferrie has been highly active in supporting and nurturing youth, including offering two Year 11-12 scholarships through the Auburn High School, sponsoring an outward bound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, supporting the attendance of two students at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and organising the most recent District 9800 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). Half of all the funds raised through the Boroondara Farmers Market are donated to the Boroondara Cares CHANCES Scholarship Program. Youth are our future, and a key component of Rotary endeavour. For more about Rotary Youth programs Click Here.
May is Youth Service Month Richard Blakeman 2020-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Youth Service

Club's Rotary 100 Project Featured in District Foundation Newsletter

The latest edition of the Rotary District 9800 Foundation Newsletter has featured the club's Rotary 100 project, which is being undertaken with the support of a grant from The Rotary Foundation. Partnering with the Rotary clubs of Camberwell, Canterbury and Hawthorn, and with the City of Boroondara, the project will provide an innovative Rotary themed play sculpture at Yarra Bank Reserve Hawthorn. The latest newsletter is choc-a-bloc full of news about some of the wonderful things happening in the District, supported by our Foundation.
 
The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's charity. Since it's establishment it has provided more than US$4 billion to support community projects throughout the world, including Boroondara! To read the latest edition of the District Foundation Newsletter, click on this link.
Club's Rotary 100 Project Featured in District Foundation Newsletter Richard Blakeman 2020-05-09 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

When People Work Together They Can Create Something Magnificent

The Rotary 100 Playground Project reached two new milestones during the past week, with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Boroondara, and the presentation of the preliminary design drawings to the project consortium. Capturing the essence of the site, the exciting, unique play equipment and art work will be unlike anything seen in a playground, not just in Boroondara, but across the world!
 
The Rotary feature captures the spirit of place and emphasises collaboration at all levels. Said designer Benjamin Gilbert: "The more people that play on the feature, the more fun they will have. It is meant to show that when people work together they can create something magnificent".
When People Work Together They Can Create Something Magnificent Richard Blakeman 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100
Club's Strategic Plan Due for Renewal Richard Blakeman 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0 Strategic Plan

Date Set for Changeover

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Changeover this year is as important as ever but it will be a Changeover with a difference. Normally the club's social highlight of the year, eclipsing even the Christmas Party and the Annual BBQ on the Terrace, Changeover is a time when the club comes together to reflect on the year's achievements, celebrate some outstanding contributions, thank the club's leaders and welcome the new leadership team.
 
This year however, Changeover will be different - for a start there will be no charge! And it will be via ZOOM, so you can attend from the comfort of your own home. Put this date in your diary. CHANGEOVER: June 16th, 2020, 7:15pm - 8:30pm, hosted by President Thelma and President Elect Mark Ellis. More to come!!
Date Set for Changeover Richard Blakeman 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0 Changeover

Vietnam Project Wins District Award

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The Rotary Club of North  Balwyn has been  recognised by District 9800 for the excellence of its multi-club project in Vietnam which Glenferrie Rotary recently agreed to join.
 
The project is designed to support the poorer communities in Phu Tho Province, Vietnam, by providing support in child health, school equipment, medical supplies and creating income producing ventures. North Balwyn Rotary initiated the project and they have been working with three other Rotary clubs. Each club has adopted a village in the Phu Tho Province which is in the north west of Vietnam.
Glenferrie has now joined the project and adopted a fifth village, called Vo Thanh, in the same province.
 
Vietnam Project Wins District Award Robert Hogan 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0 International Service

The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention

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Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.
 
 
Rotarians will join other Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges for every person. Virtually we will be able to mix, share stories, listen to speakers on varying subjects, hear of current and innovative projects under commencement and be involved in discussions. It aims to be an exciting and interesting time.
 
The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention Chris Raw 2020-05-01 14:00:00Z 0 Rotary International

Helping the Mothers of Boroondara

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April is Rotary International Maternal and Child Health month, marking one of the six key focus areas for The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has marked the event with a presentation from Dianne Sides, President of the Boroondara Family Network (BFN), who was Guest Speaker at the club meeting via ZOOM on Tuesday. Dianne spoke of the establishment of  BFN by the Rotary Club of Glenferrie in 1998 and was presented with a contribution of $5,000 from the Rotary Club of Glenferrie towards this year's running costs.
Helping the Mothers of Boroondara Robert Hogan 2020-04-25 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Bumper Turnout for First ZOOM Meeting

The club's first meeting via ZOOM last Tuesday enjoyed the biggest turnout for the year, when thirty-eight Rotarians, partners and guests logged in to share the latest club news and hear a presentation from Natasza Letowt-Vorbek from the City of Boroondara. Natasza, who is the Coordinator Waste Contracts and Projects at the City of Boroondara, explained the key objectives behind the City's FOGO program, and what residents can expect over the coming weeks.
Bumper Turnout for First ZOOM Meeting Richard Blakeman 2020-04-09 14:00:00Z 0 Club Meeting Report

Welcome to ClubRunner

  The transition of the club's administration and communication functions from Streamscape to ClubRunner is now complete as evidenced by this, the first club Bulletin from the new software. ClubRunner is fully integrated with the Rotary District 9800 website and with My Rotary.
Welcome to ClubRunner Richard Blakeman 2020-04-09 14:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Rotary 100 Project Attracts Foundation Grant

The project led by the Rotary Club of Glenferrie as part of nationwide celebrations of Rotary's 100th anniversary in Australia and New Zealand has been awarded a District Local Grant from The Rotary Foundation. The project consortium, comprising the Rotary Clubs of Camberwell, Canterbury, Glenferrie and Hawthorn will build a unique interactive playground feature as part of the new all-abilities playground being erected by the City of Boroondara at Yarra Bank Reserve Hawthorn.
Rotary 100 Project Attracts Foundation Grant Richard Blakeman 2020-04-02 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100

These Sticks are Made for Walking...

As part of the Yarra Bank Reserve playground project led by the club to mark the anniversary in 2021 of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand, the Rotary Club of Glenferrie has launched a Vocational Service fundraiser featuring innovative walking sticks designed by entrepreneur and past member of The Rotary Club of Moorabbin Walter Glaser
 
The innovative walking sticks have a number of features which distinguish them from lesser products, most notably a built-in torch. The ‘Telescopic’ version has a shock absorber in the foot, to help prevent jarring of the shoulder.
These Sticks are Made for Walking... Richard Blakeman 2020-04-02 13:00:00Z 0 Rotary 100,Vocational Service

Rotary Club of Glenferrie Adopts a Village in Vietnam

The Rotary Club of Glenferrie voted at the recent board meeting to approve a proposal put forward by International Service Director Robert Hogan, that the club adopt the village of Vo Thanh in north west Vietnam, as part of a group of projects being led by the Rotary Club of Balwyn and the Overseas Kids Foundation. The idea is to provide scholarships to individual students in the village, install services such as water, toilets, libraries etc. in the schools, and generally promote welfare of the village.
Rotary Club of Glenferrie Adopts a Village in Vietnam Richard Blakeman 2020-04-02 13:00:00Z 0 International Service

Club to Meet Via Zoom

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the club will meet via the online meeting tool ZOOM until further notice. Meetings will be held twice monthly, with the first club meeting via ZOOM to be held on Tuesday April 7th, 2020 at 7:15pm. April's second meeting will be on April 21st. From May onwards the club will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month until normal club meetings at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club resume.
 
Club to Meet Via Zoom Richard Blakeman 2020-04-02 13:00:00Z 0 Club Service

Glenferrie Rotarians At Work in East Gippsland

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On the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of March the Rotary Club of Glenferrie organised a team of members, partners and friends to drive to East Gippsland to help clean up the mess at Sarsfield left after the devastating bushfires. President Thelma, who was previously a member of the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale Sunrise, had local knowledge of the area so organised work sites for both days. Community Service Director Don Heath took on the role of organising volunteers for the work party, keeping them informed of our plans via email updates.
Glenferrie Rotarians At Work in East Gippsland Don Heath 2020-03-25 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service

Care Packs for the Homeless

Working with the Salvation Army in Boroondara, the Rotary Club of Glenferrie's Care Packs for the Homeless project is a continuing success.  These packs contain such essential toiletry items (eg toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb), clothing items (eg socks, underwear, t-shirts), towels and non-perishable food with long “best before” dates (eg muesli bars, pasta, soup, noodles, juices).
Care Packs for the Homeless 2020-01-24 13:00:00Z 0 Community Service
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