District 9800, Victoria, Australia
Club News
26 June 2016
Rotary Club of Flemington recognised by District 9800. See story:

15 July 2015
Rotary Club of Flemington recognised by District 9800. See story:
5 November 2014
Rotary Super-Cluster event at St. Bernard's College a success with over 120 attending. See story:
14 October 2014
Club member, Allan Bruno recognised at Spirit of Moonee Valley Awards. See story:
15 March 2014
Club member Berhad Jaber campaigns against Eritrean opression. See story:

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Rotary Club of Flemington recognised by District 9800.
26 June 2016
The Rotary Club of Flemington was again highly recognised for its works and contributions to service at the District Governors' Changeover today held at the RACV Club in Melbourne. District Governor Julie Mason awarded RC Flemington with a Club Service Recognition for Innovation; a Bill King Recognition for Vocational Service and a Jack Nanakervis Recognition for International Service. See details. The club was represented at the Changeover by retiring president, Hugh Stewart and Glenda, president elect, Del King, past president Lesley McCarthy and Foundation Chair, past president Paul Perrottet and Alison. See photo.
Rotary Club of Flemington recognised by District 9800.
15 July 2015

The Rotary Club of Flemington was recognised with several District Awards at District Governors' Changoever last month. PDG Murray Verso attended the club meeting this week and presented the awards.

Past president Jon Temby was presented with a Club Service Recongnition for Innovation in recognition of the effort involved with the strategic planning study conducted in 2014-15 and for implementing several changes to the operation of the club. See Photo.

PDG Murray presenred a Club Bulletin Award to bulletin editor, PP Lesley McCarthy recognising the high quality of the club bulletin. See photo.

PDG  Murray also presented a Club Builder recognition to PP Allan Bruno recognising his efforts with Rotary's Donations in Kind facility and for the work done with the Rotary Club of Flemington Opportunity Shop. See Photo.
Rotary "Super Cluster" membership event at St. Bernard's College a Success
5 November

On Wednesday November 5th in excess of 120 people gather at St. Bernard’s College to attend the inaugural Gateway Cluster Membership Event.

There were a number of dignitaries in attendance including DGE – Julie Mason, DGN – Neville John, Ben Carroll MP, Chris Egger District Membership , David Dippie from DiK as well as Rotarians, partners & their guests from 9 clubs from the cluster. Early arrivals had the opportunity to mingle and renew or develop friendships with those from across the cluster. Drinks and nibbles organised by RC Keilor East and an array of Rotary materials were displayed. AG Austen Burleigh and RC Keilor East’s Marianne Potgeiter were selling raffle tickets and taking the gold coin donations while Cherie Osborne and Annie Webb “manned” the drinks.

See Story:
Allan Bruno recognised for community spirit at Moonee Valley Awards
14 October
Club member, past president Allan Bruno was one of  eight winners of of Spirit of Moonee Valley Awards presented at the fifteenth annual Awards dinner at the Clocktower, last Friday evening. The Awards reward and recognise some of the city's most compassionate and generous citizens.

Allan won the Neighbourhod Award for sevices to the community through the Rotary Club of Flemington. The overall winner Jane Canaway, who won the Environment Award, was named the City of Moonee Valley Citizen of the Year.

The Rotary Club of Flemington congarulates all winners and eapecially Allan Bruno for all his community work and service to Rotary over the last 25 years. See story (MVCC)
Club Member Berhan Jaber Continues to Campaign for Opressed Eritreans
16 March 2014
Rotarian, Berhan Jaber is actively campagning for opressed Eritrean peoples in country and also in refugee centres around the world. A founder and active member of the Eritrean Australia Humanitarian Aid (EAHA) he and his collegaues broadcast each week on community radio in Melbourne.
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BlazeAid Trailer on Display at Regional Rail Link Barbeque.

3 July 2013

The Rotary Club of Flemington have taken the opportunity to display the BlazeAid fence repair trailer at Flemington Racecourse platform during the Regional Rail Link shutdown of the Sunbury rail line.

Flemington Rotary have again be contracted by Metro Trains Melbourne to provide a complimentary hot sausage or fresh fruit breakfast to commuters affected by the shutdown, between 1-12 July. On previous shutdowns, rail commuters provided donations to Rotary and these funds were used to purchase the trailer. This has been handed over to BlazeAid for use on farms during repair of fences damaged by bushfires or floods. See photos.

Rotary Club of Flemington excels with Three District Awards.

29 June 2013

The Rotary Club of Flemington has been deservedly acknowledged for the outstanding work it has completed in the previous twelve months winning 3 awards at the District Changeover  this evening.

Firstly, the Bill King Rotary Image Award for the strategically placed and highly visible Opportunity Shop, where we provide an essential service to the local community.

Secondly, the Significant Achievement Award for the RoadSTART Program, providing a mentor program for disadvantaged learner drivers having created partnerships with government and NGO agencies.

Thirdly, the Hugh Paton Award for the Overall Best Club Bulletin. Congratulations and thank you to all Rotarians, partners, friends and supporters for your involvement, time and effort in helping our club to live the Rotary ideals. See  photos.

Rotary Club of Flemington meets with local Chinese Golden Age Group.

28 June 2013

The Flemington Chinese Golden Age Group celebrated the achievements of 6 elderly members, 85 and above on Tuesday 18 June. An equal number of members were unable to attend. Past president Peter Cribb was the Guest of Honour who gave a brief presentation on Rotary history and the works of the Rotary Club of Flemington.
As well as the mentioned projects, the audience was impressed by the friendliness and approachability of the local Rotary representative. Lily Cheong acted as Peter’s able translator.
Rotary's upcoming Regional Rail Link early morning sausage sizzle breakfasts between 1-12 July are likely to have up to three more helpers. See photos.

Roadstart Celebrates its First Successful Graduate Drivers

28 June 2013
A program to tackle the language barrier for learner drivers in Melbourne is celebrating its first graduates.
The problem of social and geographic isolation can be crippling for many recently arrived immigrants and refugees in Australia. But a driving program in Melbourne is helping to tackle the problem, with lessons in five different languages so people can overcome that barrier and get out and about.
Today Roadstart celebrated its first graduates, including Semira Hassen from Saudi Arabia, where women aren’t allowed to driveOrganisers say getting her probationary licence means she can now be more mobile and independentRoadstart started less than a year ago and already has a waiting list of 300 people. See story. (courtesy SBS.)

Started with a Victorian state government grant arranged by The Rotary Club of Flemington, Roadstart is administed by Moonee Valley City Council and run from the Flemington Community Centre. More information. See photos.

Rotary Club of Flemington assists EAHA to obtain a  Moonee Valley Community Service Grant.

17 May 2013

The Rotary Club of Flemington has worked jointly with the Eritrean Australian Humanitarian Aid Association Inc., (EAHA,) since it was established in 2009. EAHA raise funds in the local community to assist Eritrean refugees throughout the world, especially those in war-torn Sudan and Ethiopia. The Rotary club has mentored EAHA and provided equipment for barbeques as well as obtained regulatory approval and food handling permits.

In turn, EAHA members and others from the Eritrean community have assisted with Rotary fundraising and community projects including profit sharing.  This has included activities at the Moonee Valley community festival and several Horn-of-Africa projects.

Recently Rotary club members assisted in preparing a community grant application  to the City of Moonee Valley seeking funds for a purpose-built barbeque trailer. The council accepted and approved the application and granted $3,900 to EAHA. The Rotary Club of Flemington provided the specification and arranged the purchase of the trailer. The club also funded additional items required to have the trailer fully-functional.

At the club’s weekly meeting on 15 May, Moonee Valley Deputy Mayor, Jim Cusack, attended and presened the completed and fully-equipped trailer to Anwar Alishek and Louise Olliff representing EAHA. Councillor Cusack praised the work of Rotary and EAHA and stated that granting the funds was the easy part. The joint grant preparation process and community work was an innovative way to assist a new community group. The Rotary club of Flemington wishes to thank Moonee Valley City Council and past-presidesnts Peter Cribb and Allan Bruno for their efforts in gaining this community grant and making the project happen.

See photos:
EAHA website

Regional Rail Link Barbeques fund new Fencing Trailer for Blaze Aid.

1 May 2013
The Regional Rail Works continue in western Melbourne designed to improve rail journey times and increase capacity and frequency for V/line Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo and Metro Sunbury and Werribee line trains. Works are scheduled to be completed in 2016. At school holiday times, planned accelerated RRL works projects have required that Metro Sunbury line passengers be diverted to Flemington Racecourse for connecting train services to the city.

During these service disruptions, Metro Trains has engaged the Rotary Club of Flemington to provide a complimentary barbeque or fresh fruit breakfast to commuters at Flemington Racecourse platform.

The club has decided to donate the profits from these breakfasts to Blaze Aid, a charity established by Kevin & Rhonda Butler to assist farmers to repair fences damaged by the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. Blaze Aid now organises farm fencing repair projects across Australia in response to damage caused by fires and floods. The club has donated $4,500 to fund the purchase of a 4-wheel trailer fully-equipped with materials and tools and immediately available to be transported to a fence repair location.

Past president, Allan Bruno presented a cheque for this amount to Dennis and Helene Livingston, representing Blaze Aid at the weekly meeting today. Helene spoke about the benefits of the fencing trailer, ensuring volunteers have all their needs when driving to a fence repair site. The trailers are currently deployed in Queensland (flood repairs,) NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.

Mandy Zonneveld from Regional Rail Link and Donna Mongan from Metro Trains, Melbourne attended the meeting to witness the presentation. See Photos.

Blaze Aid website:

Rotary Club of Flemington Opportunity Shop participates in Flemington "Art Walk" Windows Exhibition
20 April 2013
Many Flemington/Newmarket traders have recently embraced the Flemington Art Walk Windows Exhibition initiative and are displaying prominent art works by local artists in the windows of shops throughout the local area.

The Rotary Club of Flemington is proud and honoured to have been chosen to participate and has a striking acrylic crystals-on-board artwork on display at the club opportunity shop in Racecourse Rd. Titled "Tarmoa Valista" (meaning Energy to Illuminate,) the acrylic is by artist, Belinda Aikis.  Please stop by the Opportunity Shop and view this spectacular artwork. See photo.

2013 Rotary Club of Flemington Past Runners' Breakfast a Resounding Success.

27 March
The 2013 annual past runners' breakfast was held this morning at the Medway Golf Club. The Rotary Club of Flemington hosted the Past Professional Runners' Association members to recall former winners and competitors of the Stawell Easter Gift. Guest speakers were 2012 winner, Matt Wiltshire and his grandfather, John, who ran in the 1958 Stawell Gift.

Matt spoke about his preparation and intense training regime and his experiences during the capaign, his runs in the heat and semi-final as well as his exceptional run in the final. He brought his winning sash for all to see.

John spoke of the changes in professesiional running over the decades and related his story of the 1958 race.

AS uusal, athletics bookmaker John Henry framed a betting market and Association president, Ricky Dunbar examined the form for this year's Stawell Gift.

The Rotary Club of Flemington presented a cheque for $1000 to the Association, that contributes to the winning purse for the past runners' event at the Stawell Athletics Carnival.

See photos.

Victorian Transport Minister Launches Moonee Valley RoadSTART.
1 Nov '12
RoadSTART was launced by the Victorian Transport minister, Terry Mulder at the Flemington Community Centre on Thursday 1 November, 2012.
RoadSTART, supported jointly between the Rotary Club of Flemington and City of Moonee Valley, is a pilot program in the Flemington area which will assist new arrivals gain the 120 hours of supervised driving practice in advance of sitting their licence test.
In turn this newfound mobility can greatly assist these people to gain employment and to become productive and active members of our community. The problem is especially acute for women over 21 years who are frequently sole supporting parents .
Without a driver’s license, employment opportunities are significantly narrowed, the ability to travel to job interviews difficult. The ROADStart project has evolved over the years eventually resulting in a submission being made to the Minister of Transport for financial support.
Our sincere thanks to Hon. Terry Mulder Minister for Transport, his assistants and the Victorian Government for their foresight and the significant financial contribution made to this project—$100,000! During the research, planning and documentation stages, many people were involved including RACV, Moonee Valley Council, Flemington Neighbourhood Renewal, VicRoads, Moonee Valley Legal Services, Victoria Police, Bendigo Bank—Flemington, Wingate Avenue Community Centre, New Hope Foundation, Transurban and CityLink.

For more details Click Here.     See Photos.

Past President Peter Cribb named Moonee Valley Citizen of The Year.

17 October 2012

FLEMINGTON resident Peter Cribb has been named Moonee Valley's Citizen of the Year.

Mr Cribb was recognised for his community work in the municipality's south, particularly with emerging communities from the Flemington high-rises. Since returning from the United Kingdom 15 years ago, and retiring from full-time work, Mr Cribb has devoted much of his time to various community projects.

As a member of Flemington Rotary, Mr Cribb has been the driving force behind the club's support for Horn of Africa migrants and galvanised support from the wider community for many projects, including the setting up of an opportunity shop in Racecourse Road. The shop provides adults with employment and training skills, while selling secondhand goods to residents.

Mr Cribb was also the brains behind the development of the Roadstart Project, which helps adult learner drivers obtain the required number of hours of driving practice to pass their test.

Mr Cribb, who was shocked to win the award, said he accepted the gong on behalf of dozens of community-minded people who had made a difference. "I've had a very fortunate life, but some of the people down on the estate have not."The Horn of Africa residents, Chinese and Vietnamese, I guess I've just fallen in love with them, their pride and their wonderful culture."I've had wonderful support, the councillors I've worked with, the Flemington Neighbourhood Renewal staff are inspirational, really what I do is follow their leads."  (from Moonee Valley Weekly) See Story.

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