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Member Birthdays:
  • Shraddha Sharmaa
    February 5
  • Ted Frank
    February 8
  • Matiu Bush
    February 17
  • Edith Chen
    February 29
  • Michael Lawn
    February 9
  • Matiu Bush
    Graeme Kane
    February 20
  • Robert Nolan
    February 20
Join Date:
  • Edith Chen
    February 1, 2013
    7 years
  • Anne Heyes
    February 7, 2018
    2 years
  • Michael Lawn
    February 9, 2005
    15 years
  • Matiu Bush
    February 20, 2019
    1 year
  • Robert Nolan
    February 20, 2019
    1 year
Home Page News
On Tuesday 10 December, City of Melbourne Council endorsed community engagement to develop the Melbourne: A Great Place to Age strategic plan. 
We’re calling on all Melburnians to share their wisdom. Your insights will help inform our plan for older people who live, work and play in Melbourne.
You can have your say in person at one of our drop information sessions or by completing the online survey here https://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ageing
Please share with your networks to have their say on making Melbourne internationally recognised as a great place to age and for older people to be:
  • Respected
  • Safe
  • Connected
  • Supported
Paper surveys are available at our Neighbourhood Centres, staff will be onsite to assist on Wednesday 8 January and Thursday 9 January between 10am and 3pm.
Surveys can be provided in Arabic, Greek, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. Please let me know if you would like to receive a translated copy to share with your members and networks.
For more information and to have you say visit https://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ageing or call us on 9658 9190
Consultation closes Friday 31 January.
Rachael Laycock | Social Support and Inclusion Officer | Community Services
City of Melbourne | Council House 1, 200 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000 | GPO Box 1603 Melbourne 3001
T: 03 9658 9929 | M: 0417 881 235 | F: 03 9658 9541 | E: rachael.laycock@melbourne.vic.gov.au
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

Due to the Australian bushfires and the impact of smoke in the ACT, the National Youth Science Forum has made the difficult decision to end Session A of the NYSF 2020 Year 12 Program and return participants to their families while it is safe to do so. We have also had to cancel the National Science Teachers Summer School (NSTSS) that was to run this week in Canberra.

Although there is no current bushfire threat, the biggest risk to the safety of participants is the significant smoke that Canberra continues to experience.

We are saddened to have to cancel but safety and wellbeing is our top priority. We greatly appreciate the resilience and understanding of Participants, NYSF Families, Student Staff Leaders and Rotary volunteers. This cancellation only impacts Session A of the NYSF Year 12 Program and Canberra NSTSS. If you are participating in other sessions or NSTSS in Brisbane, please monitor your emails for further updates.

More information can be found here: https://bit.ly/37Iq6yD


The Arts Committee will meet after our weekly meeting on Wednesday 15th to discuss and plan for 2020.
There are several elements which need clarification and refinement including budget, grant possibilities and events.
Anne McMahon has received a grant from City of Melbourne towards the Arts Festival but MVCC has yet to be applied for.
The volunteer ‘Arts Team’ will be getting together on Saturday 18th January at Crown Street Stables  to work out what is logistically and humanly possible in terms of arts activities for 2020. We will need to set realistic goals - and factor in overall Club activities as many of the volunteers are also club members and other Club projects will of course impact on their availability and energy levels. 
By January 30 (at the latest) the ‘Arts Team’ should have a clear and agreed to understanding, and logistical / funding framework in place, around the arts based activities/program that the Club can reasonably deliver in 2020. 
This includes:
The Rotary Art Show via Gallery 247 tentatively scheduled for Grand Final weekend.
The biannual community Festival 
The Arts on Anthony
Anyone wishing to be involved in the Arts Team is invited to participate in one or both of these meetings.
Anne H, Anne M, Edith will meet with Melanie Del Monaco from CoM on Wednesday at 1pm.

Join us this Sunday February 2nd at Crown Street Stables where many of the participating Rotarians and clubs will come together to celebrate the success of RORP.
BBQ lunch from 12pm with the opportunity to chat, share successes and areas for improvement with participants from across Melbourne.
Meet key personnel and champions from clubs in other Districts.
We will be joined by Craig Ondarchie, MLA and DGE Ajith Weerasinghe from the Rotary Club of Colombo amongst others.
RSVP t Peter Cribb asap: ptcribb@gmail.com
The work continues at an amazing pace with many councils and schools continuing to dismantle and extract playgrounds over the Summer season.
Assistance is needed in coding and labelling elements of each playground, a task which is currently being done solely by Lyn Borghouts.  If you can assist, please let Peter Cribb or Lyn know.
In Sri Lanka, installations are progressing with new playgrounds being opened weekly.
The latest installations wer completed by the Sri Lankan Army at the Kaliwanal Pe School in Mulativu and the Ampalavanapokkane Kaleivaani Pre school.
AAnne Heyes and Lesley McCarthy attended the Mount alexander College Awards night on December 16th.  MAC are a Corporate Member of our club and annually we provide extensive support to the school and students.  Lesley presented the second Del King Award to Zebib Gebreslase assisted by Del's widower Sean McConville.  Haniyah Abdou Said, the inaugural recipient was also on hand to congratulate Zebib.  It ws a pleasant surtprise to meet up with Del's parents, Pat and Peter King who had travelled from Yarrawonga to see AJ McConville graduate.
Another delightful award on the night was that of the Caltex All Rounder Award to a Year 12 student:  this went to Aziza Sawiz who was our club's NYSF student in January this year.  Aziza was bvery pleased with her ATAR and hopes to study psychology next year.
With many thanks to members and their families for the contributions to our 3 separate Christmas Hampers.
we were very pleased to receive a donation of $500 from the Nelson alexander Foundation and thank Paul Harrison from Nelson Alexander Flemington for the support.
Christmas packs were delivered to Leonie Delaney, Moonee Valley Child & Maternal Health Nurse for the children on her enhanced care list.  These packs contained toys, books, balls donated by Bunnings, Sukin care packs for the mothers as well as some festive foods and chocolates.
Share the Dignity// It's in the Bag were delighted t receive 50 handbags jam packed full of toiletries and care products for women in need.  These have found their home at WIRE - the Women's Information Referral Exchange in Footscray where they will brighten the day of women escaping domestic violence, trauma, distress and homelessness.
MaryAnne at Bolton Clark/RDNS was amazed at the delivery of toiletries and foodstuffs for the homeless/isolated elderly program in West Melbourne.  4 cartons of goods plus a cash donation from a member.  Pictured some of the filled hampers.
An enjoyable evening was had by all who participated at the club BBQ for Moonee Valley Council's Carols in Queens Park this year.  It was a lovely night weather wise, a fabulous crowd and excellent music enhanced by some professional solo artists.  Thanks to Jon Temby, Peter Donnellan, Allan Bruno, Ted Frank, John Sklenar, Shradd Sharma, Anne Heyes, Sam Nicol and Lesley McCarthy. 
Beate McManus has kindly offered her home for a New Years Eve celebration.  Her house at 9 Belvedere Close Maribyrnong overlooks the
Maribyrnong River with fabulous views of the fireworks.
Arrive around 8.30pm and bring a plate of food to share.  We will supply champagne but BYO other drinks please. 


RSVP to Anne Heyes. 0407 444 729 or email  nnheyes@yahoo.com.au

This year we are collecting for 3 separate groups with our Christmas Hampers.
1.  Homeless Persons Project through Bolton Clarke/Royal District Nurses.
Through member Matiu Bush we donate goods to the centre in West Melbourne who then distribute through their nurses and contacts. 
We need toiletries and sanitary products, food items, socks and undies.
2.  Disadvantaged children supported by the Moonee Valley Maternal & Child Health Nurses. 
Each year we provide a Christmas Pack for about 30 children and seek donations of books, toys, sporting items, toiletries for teenagers and mothers, perhaps a special food item.
3.  Share the Dignity/It's in the Bag.  This project supports disadvantaged women, those fleeing domestic violence and abuse, homeless teenagers.
Toiletres, sanitary products, hairbrush/comb, tissues or handkerchiefs, perhaps some perfume or a hairclip, food item.
Can you help us to help others?
Donations will be accepted at the Op Shop, 444 Racecourse Road Flemington.  See Sam.
If you cannot make it to the Christmas Party or our final weekly meeting, donations of any amount can be made into the Club's Fundraising Account.
BSB  633 – 000   Account number    151262821 REF: Hampers
The Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington has established a foundation to manage and disburse funds raised through their two Opportunity Shops.  This foundation is a registered company and has received registration as a charity from the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission effective  26 September 2019.
The Trustees for the Foundation are:  Lesley McCarthy, Peter Donnellan and Lyn Borghouts.
All requests for funding/support from the foundation must be submitted in writing through a member of the Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington and will be considered at a monthly meeting.  Criteria for support are those identified by the ACNC for benevolent need.  The Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington Foundation also requires all project claims to adhere to the goals and areas of focus identified by Rotary International.
The inaugural Flemington Kensington Rotary Art Show is over.  What an amazing event and what a truly fabulous celebration of art in our Flemington Kensington and wider community.
Sincere thanks to all our sponsors who are shown on our carousel photo album.  Particular thanks to the City of Melbourne for their support through Community Use of the Town Hall.
Congratulations to all artists who submitted work, and especially to the prize winners.  Special mention must be given t Felix from Mount alexander College whose photographic submission won the secondary school award; and to Flemington Community Centre whose art installation constructed by students at the centre won the younger students award.

See below for the prize winning artists and their works.
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.
This project has been supported by a Rotary District 9800 Foundation Grant.
The end result looks amazing.

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
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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

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