Club Bulletins
September 4th - visit by District Governor Grant Hocking and Melissa, Assistant Governor Ian Ada, Craig Ondarchie MP and Mr Kapila Fonseka, Sri Lankan Consul General
 
August 23 -  visit from Cali Bukorow from RecLink.
 
August 9th - visit by Assistant Governor Ian Ada and  NYSF student Emma Merritt
 
July 31st - Club Forum and Art Show meeting
 
July 5th - First meeting of the new Rotary year.
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Lesley McCarthy
    September 1
  • Anne McMahon
    September 2
  • Sam Nicol
    September 7
Anniversaries:
  • Len Seddon
    September 1
  • Shraddha Sharmaa
    Rakesh Bhagwani
    September 4
  • Lorry Rowe
    September 5
  • Lyn Borghouts
    September 17
Join Date:
  • Len Seddon
    September 1, 1990
    29 years
  • Lyn Borghouts
    September 17, 2014
    5 years
 
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At the close of business on Friday 13tgh September over 400 entries have been received for the 2019 Art Show.  Of these, over 100 are from local artists including students at the primary and secondary schools in the area.
This is a fantastic response and will make judging very tough for Art Show Chair Dr Anne McMahon and her team.
 
Make sure you attend the Gala Opening Cocktail Event on Friday 4th October to see the winning entries unveiled and the artists presented with their awards.
 
Today we held the first working bee at Ascot Vale West Primary School.   
The plan is to create a sensory garden to surround the new Buddy Bench,
and create an enjoyable space for children to sit, chat and enjoy the fragrances.
 
With the weather looking threatening, an early start meant we made the most of the clear skies. 
A large number of parents and children arrived to participate with the Key Mistresses Kristy and Kai
running around finding everything we needed from shovels, to rakes, buckets and extension cords.. 
It was great to have Amanda there with her amazing horticultural knowledge.
 
During the day the group built and installed the garden bed edging, built and installed the 3 wicking beds, dug holes for and planted the 3 mature Crepe Myrtle trees, installed the Buddy Bench, cleared weeds, gravel, rubbish and then laid lilydale topping onto the garden bed.
 
The end result looks amazing.
Many thanks to Anne and John Heyes for building the wicking beds, Allan Bruno, Ted Frank, new member Shradda Sharma and family,  and the school community.
Working Bee on Sunday will see Allan Bruno together with Amanda and family finish off the wicking beds.
 
Working Bee on 6th October will involve students plan ting out the wicking beds with the appropriate sensory plants.
 
 
Wednesday 4th October found members of the Rotary Club of Flemington enjoying a full room as
District Governor Grant Hocking and Melissa. and Assistant Governor Ian Ada visited us.  
Grant gave his presentation of the items of importance - membership and the new clubs coming into the District, the Rotary Foundation, the new interest groups and efforts to engage alumni; the District Conference. 
He then showed a short promotional video for the Conference.
 
Grant also assisted President Lesley McCarthy with the induction of a new member.  Shraddha Sharma was a Charter President of the Rotaract Club of Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal and has lived in Melbourne for 15 years.  She lives in Ascot Vale and her daughter attends Ascot Vale West PS.
 
He also assisted in presentation of 30 year decade letters to PP Allan Bruno, Geoff Cawsey and Ted Frank.  Allan's 30 year anniversary was August 1st this year, whilst as Charter Members, Geoff and Ted's anniversary was 5th March 2017.
 
We were also delghted to welcome Craig Ondarchie, MP, the honourable Kapila Fonseka, Consul General for Sri Lanka, and Barb Champion from Play Australia who has been so very helpful to us with the playground project.
 
  Left:  District Governor Grant Hocking,
Mr Kapila Fonseka and President Lesley McCarthy.
 
 
 
    Right:  The RORP Team
   President Lesley McCarthy, Barb Champion,
   Craig Ondarchie, MP, Mr Kapila Fonseka, PP
   Peter Cribb and PP Sam Nicol.
 
 
 
 
 
Additional sponsorship received from:
the Victoria Racing Club
Rollstone Limousines
The Quest
Flemington Cycles
HelloWorld Travel Ascot Vale
BSW
Dan Murphys
 
 
 
On Sunday August 11th, members from the Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington ventured to Camp Getaway for a special presentation.
 
Joining District Governor Grant Hocking and members of the District Support Team, Lesley McCarthy and Olga Hilton presented the framed Vance Hilton tie to Ken Maxfield for display at the camp.
During his District Governor's year, Vance made the refurbishment and improvement of Camp Getaway his project.  After the District Assembly at Bendigo that year, attendees travelled to the cmp and all the Presidents planted a tree lining the entrance driveway.
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It is with immense delight we were advised that the first playground from the recent container to Sri Lanka has been installed and officially unveiled today.   This playground has been placed at a children's play area in Ampara, about 360 km east of Columbo.

The formal ceremony was conducted by President Dr Davaratna of the Rotary Club of Ampara in the presence of President Sarav Soundar 
of the Rotary Club of Columbo, Past District Governor Senake Ameresinghe and PP Pubudu De Zoysa Chairman of District 3220 projects
as well as Urban Council dignitaries and a large number of Rotarians.
 
This playground was extracted from the Quantin Binnah park in Werribee.
 
Pictured at far left is Past District Governor Senake Ameresinghe and far right Past President Pubudu De Zoysa.
 

     
                  See all the images here:       photoalbums/container-1
The Vance Hilton Community Leadership Award is presented annually to a non Rotarian,
a member of the local community who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and community service.

The award is in recognition of the service of our Past President, and Past District Governor Vance Hilton.
This year, the award was presented to Jenny Gallivan at the club meeting on August 7th.
 
Jenny was integral to the success of the Flem-Ken Festival of Arts & Ideas. 
She was involved from the inception: through 12 months of concept planning, networking, organising, implementation and collaborating with the team.  Congratulations Jenny and thank you for your work.
The Royce Abbey Award is available to Rotary Clubs wishing to recognise Rotarians showing enthusiasm and commitment to the Ideals of Rotary. By doing so the club makes a contribution to the Royce and Jean Abbey Endowed Fund within The Rotary Foundation Permanent Fund.

The Award is an encouragement to newer members but is also open to longer standing members to encourage them to continue their contribution and commitment to the Object of Rotary.
 
This year, the club presented 2 Royce Abbey Awards to Cody Bettanin and Chris Brock.  Cody and Chris are both newer and young Rotarians who have demonstrated enthusiasm, commitment and made a contribution to the club through their involvement in the Youth Chair, the Board and the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds project.
       Royce Abbey Award Committee member Roger Leask with Cody Bettanin and President Lesley McCarthy.                                                                   President Lesley McCarthy with Chris Brock.           
 
 
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Flemington Kensington

Service Above Self

Breakfast 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7.15-8.45
Crown Street Stables
40 Crown Street
near the corner of Edinburgh Street
Flemington, VIC  3031
Australia

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Additional sponsorship received from:
the Victoria Racing Club
Rollstone Limousines
The Quest
Flemington Cycles
HelloWorld Travel Ascot Vale
BSW
Dan Murphys
 
 
At the close of business on Friday 13tgh September over 400 entries have been received for the 2019 Art Show.  Of these, over 100 are from local artists including students at the primary and secondary schools in the area.
This is a fantastic response and will make judging very tough for Art Show Chair Dr Anne McMahon and her team.
 
Make sure you attend the Gala Opening Cocktail Event on Friday 4th October to see the winning entries unveiled and the artists presented with their awards.
 
 
On Sunday August 11th, members from the Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington ventured to Camp Getaway for a special presentation.
 
Joining District Governor Grant Hocking and members of the District Support Team, Lesley McCarthy and Olga Hilton presented the framed Vance Hilton tie to Ken Maxfield for display at the camp.
During his District Governor's year, Vance made the refurbishment and improvement of Camp Getaway his project.  After the District Assembly at Bendigo that year, attendees travelled to the cmp and all the Presidents planted a tree lining the entrance driveway.
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday 4th October found members of the Rotary Club of Flemington enjoying a full room as
District Governor Grant Hocking and Melissa. and Assistant Governor Ian Ada visited us.  
Grant gave his presentation of the items of importance - membership and the new clubs coming into the District, the Rotary Foundation, the new interest groups and efforts to engage alumni; the District Conference. 
He then showed a short promotional video for the Conference.
 
Grant also assisted President Lesley McCarthy with the induction of a new member.  Shraddha Sharma was a Charter President of the Rotaract Club of Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal and has lived in Melbourne for 15 years.  She lives in Ascot Vale and her daughter attends Ascot Vale West PS.
 
He also assisted in presentation of 30 year decade letters to PP Allan Bruno, Geoff Cawsey and Ted Frank.  Allan's 30 year anniversary was August 1st this year, whilst as Charter Members, Geoff and Ted's anniversary was 5th March 2017.
 
We were also delghted to welcome Craig Ondarchie, MP, the honourable Kapila Fonseka, Consul General for Sri Lanka, and Barb Champion from Play Australia who has been so very helpful to us with the playground project.
 
  Left:  District Governor Grant Hocking,
Mr Kapila Fonseka and President Lesley McCarthy.
 
 
 
    Right:  The RORP Team
   President Lesley McCarthy, Barb Champion,
   Craig Ondarchie, MP, Mr Kapila Fonseka, PP
   Peter Cribb and PP Sam Nicol.
 
 
 
 
 
Today we held the first working bee at Ascot Vale West Primary School.   
The plan is to create a sensory garden to surround the new Buddy Bench,
and create an enjoyable space for children to sit, chat and enjoy the fragrances.
 
With the weather looking threatening, an early start meant we made the most of the clear skies. 
A large number of parents and children arrived to participate with the Key Mistresses Kristy and Kai
running around finding everything we needed from shovels, to rakes, buckets and extension cords.. 
It was great to have Amanda there with her amazing horticultural knowledge.
 
During the day the group built and installed the garden bed edging, built and installed the 3 wicking beds, dug holes for and planted the 3 mature Crepe Myrtle trees, installed the Buddy Bench, cleared weeds, gravel, rubbish and then laid lilydale topping onto the garden bed.
 
The end result looks amazing.
Many thanks to Anne and John Heyes for building the wicking beds, Allan Bruno, Ted Frank, new member Shradda Sharma and family,  and the school community.
Working Bee on Sunday will see Allan Bruno together with Amanda and family finish off the wicking beds.
 
Working Bee on 6th October will involve students plan ting out the wicking beds with the appropriate sensory plants.
 
 

It is with immense delight we were advised that the first playground from the recent container to Sri Lanka has been installed and officially unveiled today.   This playground has been placed at a children's play area in Ampara, about 360 km east of Columbo.

The formal ceremony was conducted by President Dr Davaratna of the Rotary Club of Ampara in the presence of President Sarav Soundar 
of the Rotary Club of Columbo, Past District Governor Senake Ameresinghe and PP Pubudu De Zoysa Chairman of District 3220 projects
as well as Urban Council dignitaries and a large number of Rotarians.
 
This playground was extracted from the Quantin Binnah park in Werribee.
 
Pictured at far left is Past District Governor Senake Ameresinghe and far right Past President Pubudu De Zoysa.
 

     
                  See all the images here:       photoalbums/container-1
At the District Governor's Changeover luncheon on June 30th, The Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington was presented with a District award for Community Service.
This award was presented for the Flem-Ken Festival of Arts and Ideas held in October 2018 which connected the community through arts.
 
The commentary read:
For the creative impact on the wider community which celebrated and connected people through arts.
The magnitude and quality of this event meant that there were activities for all ages, demographics, interests and residents who experienced all genres of the arts.
 
 President Lesley McCarthy accepted the award from District Governor Bronwyn Stephens.
 
 
Members, friends and guests celebrated an outstanding year of service in the community at the club changeover on June 28th.  Ascot House was full of excited chat as members and partners caught up with the events of the past few months.
 
Guest of Honour was Past District Governor Julie Mason, who President Lesley McCarthy referred to as her mentor and role model.  Also in attendance Assistant Governor Ian Ada and Ann, Councillor Nicole Marshall from Moonee Valley Council and Danny Pearson MP for Essendon.

MC Cody Bettanin gave an Acknowledgement of Country and then called Dulcie Heard to light the Memorial Candle for Charter Member and Past District Governor Vance Hilton, who passed away in October 2018.
 
In her President's speech, Lesley spoke of the number and quality of events the club has been involved with over the year; she referred to two major events, the Flem-Ken Festival of Arts and Ideas and the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds project.  These 2 projects have involved almost every club member and a vast number of supporters from other clubs, service organisations, community groups and businesses.
 
 
Students and staff joined Rotarians to plant out the new gardens at Debney Meadows Primary School.
Getting their hands dirty and learning how to plant were part of the fun for the students who helped renew the gardens at the school at an after school working bee in April.
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The Victoria Racing Club had50 unwanted computers and peripherals to dispose of in May.  Contacting our club for assistance, we were able to transport them to Donations in Kind where they will be refurbished and sent overseas.
Ted Frank, Rob Lawrence and Lesley McCarthy visited the VRC head office where Daniel and Steve assisted with loading the cars and Ted's trailer.
At DiK, Andy soon made quick work of unloading with the forklift.
 
Children and schools in disadvantaged countries will now have access to technology through the generosity of the VRC.
This year's Kensington Festival was bigger and better than ever, despite not hosting the Unity Cup.
The Kensington Association had an excellent response to participants with a wide range of stalls, entertainment, activities and centres of interest.
Boomerang Bags, the Compost Hub, the repair hub, an animal farm/petting zoo, lots of food stalls and musical events, stilt walkers and entertainment made sure there was something for everyone.
MUNA or the Model United Nations Assembly is a Rotary  international youth program which simulates the workings of the United Nations Assembly by having a team of two senior students from a school represent a particular UN country. The students debate on matters of world political and social concern. 
The Cenotaph at KensingtonDark and chilly, but warm with the friendship and camaraderie of those who rose early to attend the Dawn Service at the Kensington Cenotaph on Racecourse Road.
 
 
Access to books and stories is a vital component of children's learning before school.  
Without oral and written stories, conversation and vocabulary, children are unable to access the rich cultural, social and general knowledge needed for effective language development.
 
Unfortunately, in our community there are many children who do not have access to this rich resource and do not have the required vocabulary or English language capability at school start.
Flemington Kensington Rotarians are keen to help redress this lack and in conjunction with the Maternal and Child Health Nurses are providing picture story books to children at the regular visits.
 
 
 
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