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President Shraddha welcomed Rhys Williams from Rotary Central Melbourne and Colleen D'Offay Rotary Brighton to speak to us about Mentor Match.   
 
     MentorMatch is a social enterprise purpose built to manage the  International Student Mentoring Program. 
It follows the very successful Victoria Police & Ambulance mentoring programs run by Central Melbourne for many years.   This is an exciting new collaboration from Rotary delivering an innovative mentoring program to international students.

     It offers an opportunity for Rotarians seeking to “give something back” and provides an opportunity for clubs who are interested in mentoring but were unable to participate in previous   programs.                         

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There was a buzz in the air and lots of chatter as a huge number of community volunteers joined in this National Tree Day event. The plan was to plant 3000 seedlings as part of the Greening the West and increasing tree canopy and wildlife habitat programs.  Well we did!!     
 
Rotarians from Flemington Kensington, Keilor East and Carlton were joined by District Governor Amanda Wendt from Rotary Melbourne and DGEN Michael Lapina and son Alex from Rotary Wyndham.  Mayor Samantha Byrne got her hands dirty and was joined by Ben Carroll MP for Keilor and Danny Pearson MP for Essendon.
         
                                      
               
Milly Burke, MVCC Conservation Programs Officer and her amazing team of workers had predrilled holes, laid out tubestock and spread mulch.  From there it was just a matter of grab your gloves and trowel, a watering can and get planting - which everyone did.
Many thanks to the fabulous team from Keilor East for cooking and serving the sausage sizzle to very grateful planters and workers: David Dippie, Ginny & Alex Billson, Marianne Potgieter, Yvonne Osborn and Tina Ballos.
It was great to see regular partners Moonee Valley Sustainability and the scouts and cubs from Strathmore.
Past President Lesley was very surprised to be presented with a Royce Abbey Award at our Club Changeover.  She joins former members Brian Sinclair and Chris Brock, and current member Cody Bettanin as recipients at Flemington.
 
Lesley recently attended a meeting at Essendon  Rotary, home of the Royce Abbey Awards where she was acknowledged by their members.
She is pictured with Royce Abbey Committee members Maria Kouppas and Roger Leask.
 
 
It was a night to remember!  Thank you to all the members, family, friends, volunteers and community embers who came along to celebrate the 2021-2022 year.   
 
We farewelled Lesley McCarthy and welcomed Shraddha Sharma in a thoroughly enjoyable evening.  Everyone was so happy to get together again and to have the chance to catch up.
 
We welcomed Cr Katrina Hodgson from Moonee Valley who gave the Acknowledgement of Country.  Danny Pearson MP and Nicole Marshall.
Assistant Governor Tony Laycock have the Rotary Toast and assisted Lesley with formalities. David Dippie, Keilor East; Michael Redding: Werribee and Colin Styles: Hoppers Crossing also joined us.
 
            
At this week's meeting, PP Lesley presented awards to 2 people who were unable to attend the President's Changeover.
 
Karolina Sevcikova was presented with the James Hosie Trophy for "Member of the Year".  Karolina has participated in every club event and activity as well as being a regular volunteer in the Op Shop and at RIMERN.    She even put her tool skills to work helping to remove the playground from JJ Holland Reserve.
Congratulations Karolina- you are following in some very big footsteps!
   
 
 
Mary Keating, Editor of Flem-Ken News for 18years was presented with a Community Service Award {and chocolates}.  She has been a dedicated link in the Flemington and Kensington communities sharing stories, celebrations and connecting people.  Mary is retiring at the end of this year and we hope to entice her to participate more in Rotary.
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington accepted a request for sponsorship of the Kensington City Soccer Club.  It was seen as a way of supporting and encouraging young g women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to participate in sport. 

Our sponsorship is targeted at young women from disadvantaged socio economic backgrounds and contributes towards their membership and playing fees as well as their uniform.
 
These young women develop physical skills at soccer, as well the social and relationship skills which result in being part of a team which trains, plays and then socialises together.
 
Saturday 21 May saw a large group of Rotarians and volunteers join together at the Fit4 Use Store to farewell and thank Lorry Rowe for her 6 years 8 months term as Manager of the store.   Lorry is retiring and moving to Queensland to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
 
Lorrys' role was the seed for the store after she approached PP Allan Bruno with her desire.  Allan, Ted Frank and other members soon had the store identified, fitted out and opened with a great celebration in August 2017 under the leadership of then President Hugh Stewart.

 
Last week, Edith Chen, Carolina Sevcikova, Shraddha Sharma and I volunteered at RIMERN in East Brunswick.  We joined members from the Rotary Clubs of Glenferrie and Preston on organising, sorting, cleaning and packing goods.
 
It was an enjoyable, friendly afternoon and not hard work.  Thanks to Ros McMaster for your encouragement  All members are free to participate and encouraged to attend on Thursdays when our team is rostered on.
The store is located at 32 Lincoln Street East Brunswick on the corner of Moreland Road.  1pm-4pm.
               
 
BREAKING NEWS!
RIMERN has been awarded a coveted Centenary of Rotary in Australia Grant for $25,000 from the wonderful Rotary Club of Balwyn to enable us to buy our own VAN!! This is the best news and we are so grateful to Rotary Balwyn for their generosity!
        
 
 
 
With 4 inspiring speakers, attendees learnt more about mental health - the causes, stresses, symptoms and signs.  Then the impact of mental health and responses in multicultural communities - the stigma, language issues, inability to access treatment and visa and migration hurdles.  Mental health a lived experience from a young volunteer through Headspace - a conversation and how sufferers try to protect their loved ones.  So where to get help, hw schools support students and families and the poer of Mental Health First Aid.
 
Thank you so very much to Maria Ruberto, Fatima Ibrahim, Parisa Shiran and Catherine Johnston for their time ad expertise, and for their empathy towards the audience and their concerns.
 
               
 
 
 
Past District Governor attended the Council on Legislation on behalf of District 9800.
Please note the following actions that follow on from the COL.
  • Updated constitutional documents will be published by RI before 15 June 2022.
  • David Whiting (RC of Keilor) has offered to make the necessary changes to the Standard Club Constitution and Bylaws for clubs to implement. These changes will comply with the requirements of RI and Victorian legislation.   
  • The updated Manual of Procedure will be published in English by October 2022. 
Thank you to all our volunteers - you make the Rotary world turn and provide support to all our activities, events and causes.
 
      
 Are you a professional or business person who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world?
 Our club members are a dedicated group of local people who share a passion for service - in our local community, Australia and worldwide.
   
 Rotary's 7 focus areas include:
* Disease prevention and treatment - we are well known for our leadership and work in ending Polio worldwide.
* Supporting the environment
* Basic education and literacy
* Peacebuilding and conflict resolution
* Maternal and child health
* Community economic development
* Water, hygiene and sanitation
 
     Does this sound like you?  Come along to one of our meetings and learn more about us and our work.
 
 
VALE Theophil Richard Frank 8 February 1948 - 10 March 2022     
 
Ted Frank passed away on Wednesday 10 March following a stroke in late 2021.
 
Ted was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Flemington and was made a Life Member in October 2021 in recognition of his 33 years of dedicated service to the club, to Rotary and to the Flemington and Kensington communities.
 
Ted was awarded a number of recognitions by the club including a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire, a Room 711 Award and the Jim Hosie Trophy on 3 occasions.
 
For 35 years, Ted has been an enthusiastic, hard working and tireless member of the club participating in every activity and using his knowledge of the people and businesses in Flemington Kensington to gather support for activities.
Together with PP Allan Bruno, he was a BBQ champion helping to organise and run countless fundraising BBQs and raising 100,000's of dollars for club service projects aiding people across the world.
 
Ted leaves behind his wife of 51 years Helen; 3 children Richard, Michael and Natalie, and 6 grandchildren Matilda, Daniel, Olivia, Alexia, Jessie and Sadie, and a sister Elizabeth.
 
The funeral will be held on Friday 18th March at 11am at St James Lutheran Church, 416 South Road Moorabbin.
 
4 outstanding speakers addressed the audience at today's International Women's Day breakfast hosted by Moonee Valley Council at the Clocktower.  The room was full - Rotarians, students and teachers and community members taking the opportunity to join together to celebrate women's achievements - and to realise that although we have come a long way, there is more to do.
 
Mayor Samantha Byrne's address was on point and challenging and set the scene.
We were delighted to sponsor 4 students from Mount Alexander College: Habon, Muna, Amelia and Lexie together with Stephanie Balaburov, Student Leadership Coordinator.  

Other guests were Nicole Marshall and Caitlin, Yvonne Farquharson, Michelle, Barbara and Debbie from the Op Shop, Edith, Carol and Kiran, Karolina and Lesley.
 
We were also able to network with others from the community, catch up with Rotarians from Keilor East, Essendon North and Essendon, the ladies from Mamma's Kitchen and our council staff.
Zoe He and Inas Adil Ahmed presented to the Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington at the 2 March meeting. 
They were accompanied by the Science teacher Miriam Feldsher Berkovich.
 
Zoe's report                      Inas' repot
We're back!  Our first meeting for 2022 is tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd February.  We are meeting at Mama Bears Cafe on the corner of Crown Street and Racecourse Road.  7.30AM for a 7.45AM start and finish by 9AM.
 
             
The Del King Scholarship was inaugurated in 2019 following the tragic death of our Past President Del King. 

Del had been a serving policewoman in the Flemington and Kensington areas for many years, working with multicultural families and young people.  She had a passion for empowering these young people through education and "walked the talk".  She took on a role with our district in supporting the Rotary Youth Exchange program and hosted many international students for their exchanges here in Melbourne.  She also undertook the Kokoda Trek with students from MAC and St Bernard's with other police officers on 2 occasions.  Del also visited India on a Vocational Study Exchange with PDG Murray Verso.
 
The Del King Scholarship is awarded annually to a student entering Year11 and covers the 2 years of VCE for the nominated student.  
Award recipients have been:
Haniyah Abdou Said - 2019-2020 now studying art and fashion design at RMIT.
Zebin Gebreslase - 2021-2021.  Zebib has just completed VCE.
Inas Adil Ahmed - 2021 - 2022 Inas has completed year 11 and will also attend NYSF in January 2022
Habon Sani - 2022 - 2023
 

  At this year's graduation - 
Inas, Habon  and Zebib.
 
In 2019, Del's widower Sean was able to present the award.
 
Today several members and 2 friends ventured to the YMCA complex at Kensington where the playground had been donated for RORP.  Bob Allardice from Nunawading Rotary, current overall manager of RORP Multi-district brought along his large tray ute to transport the equipment to John Arena's storage yard at Kilsyth.
Armed with a multitude of tools - wrenches, allan keys, sockets, multigrips and as a last resort a hammer and chisel, we tackled the dismantle.
 
      Led by Bob and Peter Cribb who is experienced at this, John Sklenar, Lesley McCarthy and Karolina Sevcikova tackled the low nuts and
      bolts while Jules Borghouts and Suba Pragasam from North Melbourne Rotary tackled the higher elements and the 2 roofs. 
      See all the photos at  photoalbums/rorp-kensington-ymca
 
     It was a relatively easy job apart from a couple of recalcitrant bolts which Bob soon finished off with his hammer and chisel or drill.

This is a good fun hands on activity which was over and done in under 3 hours.  Bob says this playground will join several others in the yard awaiting a container and shipping berth.  It will probably go to Egypt where SA Rotary has made a connection.
Today a number of members met up with Stephanie Way from MVCC to review the condition of our Wildlife Habitat and  Pollination Corridor at Fairbairn Park. 
We planted another 50 understorey plants to extend the planting towards Flemington.
 
The groundcover and understorey plants we planted in May are flourishing, obviously enjoying the amount of rain they have received this year. 
The mature trees are also looking good and have shown significant growth.       Unfortunately so have the weeds, so we spent some time pulling them out.   
 
Our original plan to install some seating was delayed by budget restraints and then COVID but this is now on the agenda again.  We discussed locations, types of seating and the possibility of some sort of shelter/shade as well as a water fountain for adults and dogs.   
 
A working bee is planned for early 2022.               
What a super weekend this was.  With her usual verve and panache Manager Mel organised her volunteers and sought outside suppliers for food, coffee, refills and the repair hub.  With sandy and Sean providing entertainment, and supplied with fresh produce and plants as well, shoppers had lots of opportunities to grab a bargain - and they did.
 
Man thanks to Mel and Alex, Betty, Edith, Anne, Carolina, Sandy, Jessica, Barbara, Nahla, Vinh and all the volunteers.
Sadly we still cannot meet face to face due to restrictions on the number of people who can be catered for.  All our favourite venues have a limit of 10 people, but not to worry.
I have a wicked plan.     Think of it as a progressive dinner/dinner party with a twist!
 
 
Wednesday 17 November at 6pm - invite a fellow Rotarian, friend or potential member to join you for drinks or dinner at your home and ZOOM into the meeting. 
 
We will have the chance to share the news, catch up on everyone's lives and our plans for Christmas.  Then Past President Anne Heyes will reminisce on her year and present the Annual Report which will showcase the impact we had and the good work we were able to do despite COVID.
On Wednesday 6 October, District Governor Dale Hoy will visit our club meeting via ZOOM. 
This will be Dale's first visit to us and is a wonderful opportunity for all members and friends to meet him and hear of his plans for the coming year.
 
Please make every effort to attend.       ZOOM     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84563388299
 
Dale would like to catch up with members of the Board at the end of he meeting too.  Please try to allow time for this. 
Would you like to WIN or GIFT a great resort holiday in tropical Fiji?   https://sustainablesocial.org/Home/RafflePage/105517

Support the Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington projects + Give kids on remote islands a modern education + Save carbon emissions and plastics.

Paradise Taveuni Resort, Its Time Foundation and Rotary are giving you the chance to win a holiday of a lifetime on the beautiful Fijian island of Taveuni. The Fijian people will make you feel welcome like no other. A well earned treat after COVID restrictions or perhaps a nice gift for a friend to let them know you are thinking of them (an editable gift certificate comes with your receipt). 
 
50% of ticket sales is returned to our club.  40% pays for solar panels and 10% for Ocean Cleanups.
 
The Its Time Foundation and Sustainable Social are registered charities.  Rob Edwards, OAM, is the founder and a member of the Rotary Club of Corrimal, NSW.
 
 
We are founding members of RIMERN - the Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network.Warehouse Volunteers Needed RIMERN has authority to issue permits for essential work to double vaccinated Rotarians,  2 People per ShiftRole Description: Linen Lads or Lassies; Kitchen Kit Kids, Truck Driver & Jockey and more... Please refer to detail below

Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays -  Address: 32-34 Lincoln Street, East Brunswick 
Morning Shift: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Afternoon Shift: 12.30pm – 3.30pm
 
Please contact Susie Cole: susie.cole@rotaryprahran.org.au or 0414 907 263.

Please Note:  to be covid safe, all volunteers must be fully vaccinated, wear a mask while on duty, check in on arrival with our QR code, enter their details on the time sheet on arrival and departure and only volunteer on one designated day per fortnight. Our space will allow for social distancing in each work area, we have hand sanitiser available on site and all volunteers will be issued with Authorised Work Permits as our category of “End of lease furniture removal/Domestic & Commercial Waste/resource recovery service” is permissible and the Care of people exiting homelessness et al cannot happen without the collection of goods.

 Work from home volunteers are also needed - Donated Goods Coordinator - one or two people
Role Description: Coordinate Donation of goods......Please refer to detail below

Please contact Rohan Williams: rdwrcm@gmail.com or 0414 907 263.
Supplies for new arrivals from Afghanistan reach Christine at the Wyndham Park Community Centre.
Grocery packs and clothing were supplied from the JET Foundation and  Flemington Kensington Rotary's Fit for Use store in Werribee.
Thanks to Phil Hartcher and Sue Selleck at Wyndham Rotary and to Lorry Rowe, Manager at the Fit4 Use Store and her volunteers.
 
    
VALE John Heyes
It is with deep sadness that I advise that our Honorary Member John Heyes passed away last night September 9th after a short fight against liver cancer.
Our sincere sympathies are extended to Anne, David and Bec, Matthew, Paul and Lee, Jake and Luke.
    
Professor Maureen Ryan from the Arts and Education Department at VU has invited us to participate in this project which has been funded by a grant from Moonee Valley Council.
 
The projects aims to collect visual and written responses to the important places and buildings in Flemington as gained from long term residents, newer migrants and children.
 
PP Anne Heyes, Edith Chen and President Lesley have been joined by historian Sheila Byard and others to commence exploring the concepts and plans.
On Tuesday, I visited Peter the Manager at Flemington Central, formerly Quest Flemington.  He had advised of a donation of surplus blankets and doonas for us.May be an image of 2 people and indoor
 
 
Together with Susie Cole and her partner Peter, we filled our cars with blankets, doonas, pillows and mattress protectors - all in fabulous condition.  6 car loads of goods were driven to RIMERN in Brunswick East where they were carried up the 2 very long flights of stairs - the lift isn't in yet!
 
What an amazing donation to set RIMERN up for helping people in need.   Thank you so very much to Peter for thinking of us,
Rotary has a reputation for good and these items will be of such value.
     
      May be an image of Susie ColeMay be an image of 2 people, including Lesley McCarthy, people standing and footwear
We are delighted with the news that our Corporate Member, Mount Alexander College has achieved such strong results in 2020 despite COVID. 
MAC was named as having the most improved VCE Study Score results with a median score of 31.
 
Congratulations to Principal Dani Angelico, all students and staff on their efforts. 

Flemington Kensington Rotary is proud to have supported many students in recent years including 2020 DUX Alex Langley who attended National Youth Science Forum in 2020 and 2020 Growth DUX Haniyah Abdou Said who was the inaugural Del King Scholarship recipient. 
 
After 2 cancellations due to COVID lockdowns, Anne and Lesley agreed that a virtual event was necessary.
Thanks to Betty Kitchener for preparing the photographic record of the year of COVID.  So much was achieved despite the months of lockdowns.   
 
Paul Harris Awards:

PP Peter Cribb: 3 sapphires - for his outstanding and dedicated work on the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Project.  
Lyn Borghouts: 1 sapphire  - for her work as plan coder on the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Project as well as her assistance as a Board Member.
 
Shraddha Sharma - for her work on Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Project and as a Board Member.
 
 
 
Edith Chen: for her work as Club treasurer and with the op Shop and the Art Show.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Betty Kitchener: for her support at the Op Shop, with the Art Show and as a Board Member.
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anne then presented 2 Life Membership awards:
Geoff Cawsey: Charter Member 1987, Past President 1988-1989: 2001-2002, James Hosie Awardee, Paul Harris Fellow Sapphires. BBQ and Onto Conference Champion.
 
Len Seddon: 30+ year member, James Hosie Awardee, Paul Harris Fellow, BBQ, Op Shop and Club Service Champion.
 
 
   
 
The James Hosie Trophy was presented to John Heyes for his contributions to the op Shop, the Art Show and for club service during the year of COVID.
 
The Vance Hilton Community Leadership Award was given to Sandy Belcher for her outstanding leadership of the Art Show.
 
We are pleased to announce our support for RIMERN - the Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network which has recently opened in Brunswick.  
 
We are joining the Rotary Clubs of Prahran, Albert Park, Central Melbourne, Carlton, North Melbourne, Balwyn, Camberwell and Canterbury to establish the organisation.
 
Based at 32-34 Lincoln Street, East Brunswick this charity  provides free household goods to people experiencing loss and trauma.
They may have suffered from a range of crises, including long term illness, unemployment, domestic violence or homelessness, refugee displacement, incarceration or other situations of hardship, such as fire or flood.   
 
The premise is that followed by the Eastern Relief Network in Mitcham and Western Emergency Relief Network in Melton.
Through donations from businesses, real estate agencies and everyday people, they are able to offer basic household furniture, bedding, manchester and kitchen goods.
 
Referrals are accepted from accredited social service organisations who support those needing aid with the process.  Agencies working in the of Melbourne, south Moonee Valley, Port Phillip, Darebin, east Moreland, south Banyule and northern Bayside and Yarra are invited to apply for accreditation and to access resources.
Access the application form here.
 
RIMERN is run solely by volunteers so if you would like to assist, please contact Lesley.
It was a celebration not only of the year that was, but of the opportunity to get together and enjoy the company of other Rotarians.
Past District Governor Phillip Archer recognised some remarkable Rotarians and corporate partners before welcome incoming District Governor Dale Hoy to the role. 
 
The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award was presented to Bob Fels from Rotary Melbourne for his many, many years of work on the Peace Scholars program, and a feat unmatched by any other district in sponsoring 41 scholars over the years.
 
The Rotary Melbourne Fels Peace Award was given to Robert Helme of Rotary Melbourne for his work in the Peace scholars program alongside Bob.
Paul Harris awards were made to Melissa Hocking, PDG Grant Hocking.
 
Dale spoke of his vision for the year and the focus on service and doing good in the world based on this year's theme of Serve to Change Lives, surely the basis of all our work in Rotary.
 
 
 
 
 
          Have you shared this story with your friends,       
          family and   neighbours?  It gives a strong
          overview of what we do,
          who we are and how we work to improve lives.
The Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington  has been serving our local & international communities since 1987. We have an active social and project program. Our members love being part of our Club and enjoy participating in all our activities. You are invited to come along to:
  • join in with our many volunteering opportunities
  • make new friends and
  • learn new things.
  • give back
Once you get to know us, you might like to become a Rotary Friend or even to join the 1.2 million Rotarians as a club member. We will make you feel very welcome.
There have only been two recorded cases of wild polio virus infection in 2021, one case in Afghanistan and one case in Pakistan.
They were both detected in January. This is outstanding compared to a total of 140 cases in 2020.
More work needs to be done to reach rural and hard to reach communities and the need for ongoing funding to eradicate the disease completely remains.

All contributions will be matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation again this year.  Donate online here or contact the treasurer to make a donation through the club.
 
CLUB CHANGEOVER:
Join us to celebrate President Anne Heyes year of COVID and 
Rotary Opens Opportunities and handover to Lesley McCarthy for Serve to Change Lives.Rotary Theme 2021-2022 – Awards California
Presidential theme | My Rotary
 
 
                                                   Due to COVID restrictions the event has been rescheduled.
 
Sunday 18th July 12.30 to 3.30pm
The Hotham Room, Mercure Hotel, corner Flemington Road and Harker Streets, North Melbourne.
$45pp for a 2 course meal, water, tea and coffee. 
Drinks at bar prices.
 
RSVP to Secretary@rotaryflemington.org.au by 12 June.
 
20 Helium Balloons - Chrome Assortment - Melbourne Helium Balloon Bouquets
This National Volunteer Week we acknowledge it’s time to RECOGNISE. RECONNECT. REIMAGINE. volunteering in Australia. #NVW2021 #waveforvolunteers
Did you know that each year these volunteers dedicate over 600 million hours to help others. Let’s recognise the significant contribution of Australia’s almost six million volunteers and  reconnect with what is important by giving your time to help others. 
 
We thank all the volunteers who have helped us help others this year:  those who work in our Op Shop and Fit4 Use Store every week, the man people who suport5ed the Art Show, the Rotary Overseas  Recycled Playgrounds Project, at Donations in Kind and Western Emergency Relief Network and at the Rotary100 Tree Planting and Habitat Development Day.
 
We are looking forward to a bigger, better and brighter future where we can all make a difference.  
What an inspirational and rewarding morning we had on the banks of the Maribyrnong River in Asco Vale today.
 
Working with Moonee Valley Council, we were able to plant 100 trees and 380 groundcover plants sourced from the Victorian Indigenous Nursery Co-Op in Fairfield.  Council also planted 4 River Red Gums and 6 Banksia on our behalf - 1.5 metre tall trees to give some structure and support for the new plantation.  3 large blue mudstone rocks were sourced from TransRock in Wonga Park and will form both a barrier and seating.  A plaque commemorating the planting is placed on the front rock.
 
Moonee Valley Council Conservation Officer Milly Burke has been outstanding in her support and encouragement for this project and was a joy to work with, as were her crew Aron, Charlie and Ruth today.   Councillors Katrina Hodgson and Rose Iser participated in the planting and formally opened the Rotary Flemington Kensington Forest - a wildlife corridor and pollination source for wildlife travelling along the river.  Councillor Samantha Byrne also attended.
 
This project is our club's Rotary 100 Project celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Australia and we were delighted with the support from the Moonee Valley Conservation group and the Indian Environment group who assisted us today.  Working together with partners has increased and enhanced the impact of this work and led to the furthering of relationships for the next event.
 
To learn more about Rotary and Environment as the new Area of Focus, go to esraganzpi.org
 
 
 
 
     
At the District 9800 Conference on Saturday 1st May a number of awards were given out to clubs which had shown significant action and impact across the areas of focus.
 
The Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington accepted the environment award for Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds project which saves a significant quantity of metal, plastic and timber from landfill each year by repurposing playgrounds.  See RORP
 
Congratulations to PP Peter Cribb, PP Sam Nicol, Lyn Borghouts and Shraddha Sharma who have led the RORP team in our club.
Congratulations must also go to every club, council and contractor who has participated in the project since 2016 especially the multi district leaders Bob Allardice, Wayne Jenkins, David Balshaw and Don Shields.
 
RORP demonstrates impact and achievement of the recognitions through:
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Humanitarian Focus
  • Community Engagement
  • Public Image Focus
Secretary Lesley McCarthy accepted the award on behalf of the RORP team.
 
At our meeting on April 21st, members celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Club of Melbourne and of Rotary in Australia.
Rotary100 is a project for Australia and New Zealand with clubs being established in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Wellington this year.
 
President Anne Heyes had arranged for a birthday cake which we enjoyed after breakfast.
Our Op Shop and Fit4Use volunteers were not forgotten having cake and a celebration too.
 
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After 18 months of planning and readjusting our timelines due to COVID, the 3rd Art Show is over!
 
     What a wonderful celebration of community as we shared the creativity of artists across Australia - yes Australia, not just Victoria, with entries from New South Wales and South Australia as well as many from country Victoria.  The Art Show Committee members have contributed 1000's of hours each on the many planning, logistics and organisational tasks - a number which will magnify the work of Rotarians in our District.    

Sincere thanks to our supportive sponsors.
 
Congratulations to the artists who received awards from our very experienced artist and judge Gwen Krummins: 
Delighted to hear of the arrival and handover of the container of hospital beds and mattresses to assist in Sri Lanka.  Many thanks to Laurie Fisher at donations in Kind, the Rotary Colombo and Nihal De Run of the BEAP Foundation for making this happen.
 
State Minister of Health Dr. Mrs. Sudarshani Fernandopulle officially accepted the beds at the Ministry of Health warehouse.  During her short speech she thanked Rotary for all the assistance given to support the Sri Lanka Government to treat the Covid-19 affected patients.  She specially mentioned our Rotary Club as well as Colombo.  She is pictured with PDG Senake Amerasinghe and President Nithi Murugesu.
Past District Governor Grant Hocking attended the club's meeting on September 17th to present this citation to Past President Lesley and members.
 
The Rotary Citation recognizes 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. 
 
For the 2019-2020 year, clubs could also receive the Rotary Citation with Distinction when they achieve the Rotary Citation plus one to three additional goals under the headings; Connect leaders, connect families, connect professionally, and connect community.
The ANZPI Chapter of ESRAG met again today with over 30 attendees from Australia and New Zealand.
 
Planning for project support, advice, templates and communication are underway.  Work in District 9800 is being led by Fabienne Nichola  RC Camberwell, John McCaskill RC Canterbury, David Dippie RC Keilor and Rob Anderson RC Canterbury.
 
Check out the draft website at  https://www.staging4.esraganzpi.org/
 
                          There is no Planet B
 
 
The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.  
 
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, categories of service activities supported by global grants.
 
It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
 
 
International Women's Day in Negombo Sri Lanka this year was marked by an extra special event thanks to the Rotary Club of Negombo.  
Inspired by Mudara Weerasinghe, a member of the Rotary Club of Negombo and daughter of the District Governor Elect Ajith Weerasinghe, the first ever celebration and luncheonwith a Women's Empowerment Seminar, guest speakers and a trade fair for IWD was held on March 8th in Negombo.  A very special guest, Mrs World, Caroline Jurie, a former a Sri Lankan actress and mother of one made presentations.
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The Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington contributed to the unique event by funding the purchase of industrial sewing machines presented to several deserving women.  These machines will enable the recipients to earn an income and support their families.
Flemington Kensington Rotary is proud to partner with a number of organisations in our surrounding suburbs.  We work with a number of not for profits, councils and businesses to share and support the work with local residents and people in need.
 
Amongst our supporters are Bendigo Bank Ascot Vale, Bunnings, Flemington Cycles, Flemington Traders, Gregory Lodge, Moonee Valley Council, Moonee Valley Racing Club, Nelson Alexander, One Good Street, Pepper Café, the Victoria Racing Club.
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.
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. Rohana Dayaratne 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.
 

     
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Flemington Kensington

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:45 AM
Mama Bear Cafe
Racecourse Road
Flemington, VIC 3031
Australia
Phone:
0417 532 259
1st Wednesdays.