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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.
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Ticket sales for the Gala Opening are coming along through Gallery247 https://flemingtonartshow.com.au/book-event/39783
BUT we've noticed a 'glitch'.  If you are choosing CONCESSION, note the site will not accept this. 
Please ring Anne McMahon 0424 560 621 or Anne Heyes 0407 444 729 to let them know you want a Concession Ticket or see Sam at the Op Shop to pay.
There are now just 7 days until the Gala Opening and yesterday we invited Jesse Birch and Gwen Krumins to join us at
Kensington Town Hall for a photo op with Moonee Valley Leader.  Each brought along two pieces of art to show us,
and spent some time chatting with our team. 
 
Please also let Anne McMahon know when you can assist at the art Show or before.  Assistance is needed:
Wednesday 9-4, Thursday 9-4, Friday 9-4 plus at the Gala for door entry, Silent Auction, Art Sales assistance.
 
The Final Program has now been issued:
Friday night the prize winners will be announced.  Enjoy live music, food and drinks while viewing the magnificent art on show.
 
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At the close of business on Friday 13th 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.
 
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Posted by Lesley McCarthy on Sep 07, 2019
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.
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Posted by Lesley McCarthy on Sep 04, 2019
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.
 
 
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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 camp and all the Presidents planted a tree lining the entrance driveway.  
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vance Hilton Memorial Tie presented to Camp Getaway Lesley McCarthy 2019-08-13 14:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
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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.
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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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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.
 

     
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Members of the Rotary Club of Flemington were out and about greeting festival goers and warming them with hot chocolate and donuts as Flemington Traders held their version of White Night.
 
With a variety of performers, musicians and lots of joy, there was fun and excitement in the air as people from all around gathered to enjoy the light displays created by Clare.
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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.
 
 
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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.
 
 
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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.
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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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Flemington Kensington Rotary has a proud history of supporting local and international projects.  
We support the Rotary International initiative of EndPolio which has contributed over $550 million towards eradicating Polio;  which has achieved a 99% global reduction in the incidence of polio through the immunisation of 2.5 billion children in 125 countries.  
 
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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 of the Rotary Club of Flemington were out and about greeting festival goers and warming them with hot chocolate and donuts as
Flemington Traders held their version of White Night.
 
With a variety of performers, musicians and lots of joy, there was fun and excitement in the air as people from all around gathered to enjoy the
light displays created by Clare.
 
 

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.
 
Thanking members, Lesley and Julie made Paul Harris Awards to:
Anne McMahon - for her outstanding efforts on suggesting, planning, organising and implementing the Flem-Ken Festival of Arts and Ideas.
Anne Heyes - for her outstanding work in assisting with the organisation and implementation of the Flem-Ken Festival of Arts and Ideas.
Lyn Borghouts - for her skills and time in creating the coding for the playground equipment for RORP and for her monthly attendance at Kensington Market on behalf of Rotary.
Peter Donnellan - for his skills, efforts and work as Club Treasurer, especially the work in obtaining legal and compliance documents and work towards creating the club trust.
Jon Temby PHF +1 - for his efforts in Occupational Health & Safety in the Op Shop and the Fit4 Use Store and in managing the club's investment poretfolio.
Peter Cribb PHF +2 - for his inspirational and dedicated work on the Rotary Overseas recycled Playground project.
Allan Bruno PHF +3 - for his years of dedication, service, effort and support of the club in the Op Shop, Fit4 Use Store, BBQs, Arts Festival and at Donations in Kind and WERN on the club's behalf.
 
Roger Leask from the Rotary Club of Essendon assisted Lesley in the presentation of a Royce abbey Award to Cody Bettanin for his work on the Youth chair, as a Board Member, on sponsorship for the Arts Festival and with investment support.
Lesley then invited Assistant Governor Ian Ada to assist with presentation of Rotary International Avenues of Service Awards to:
Lyn Borghouts, Allan Bruno, Geoff Cawsey, Peter Cribb, Ted Frank, Anne McMahon, Paul Perrottet.
She then invited Charter members Geoff Cawsey and Ted Frank to present the Jim Hosie Trophy.  This was presented to PP Paul Perrottet for his years of dedication and work on the club website.
Lesley then welcomed the Board for 2019-2020 to receive their badges.

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.
 
A grant from the Rotary Foundation has doubled the impact of Flemington Kensington Rotary's garden renewal project at Debney Meadows Primary School. 
Flemington Kensington Rotary's Vocational Chair, Dr Anne McMahon, developed the project in conjunction with Principal Rachel Rasmussen who has been delighted with the support.
 
"Together We Grow" is a 3-stage plan to renew and develop the gardens and playing areas for the children who mainly come from the high-rise estate and have little experience with plants and growing things.   On one planting session, some children were planting the plants, pots and all.
 
Over 5 working bees so far, members have removed the tired old mulch and soil, replaced it with fresh, rich growing materials and compost, and installed a drip irrigation system. Citrus, apple and olive trees were donated by Bunnings and have been included in the main garden beds.
After school one day, Parents, children and staff assisted with planting a range of appropriate native plants, shrubs and ground covers, and some edible native plants.  There was wonderful conversation about plants, planting methods and care.
The project has had support from Bunnings; the VRC; and  Professor Hugh Stewart, Jon Temby and Jacqui Van Heerden, who recommended plants most suitable for the climate, soil and location.

Stage 2, “Digging into Learning”, will see removal of the old planter boxes, installation of new boxes constructed by the Men’s Shed, and planting of vegetable gardens.  Teaching about the different vegetables, fruits and edible plants, and inclusion of cooking classes for children and mothers will also occur.
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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.
 
 
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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.
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