National Volunteer Week Lesley McCarthy 2020-05-18 14:00:00Z 0

May is Youth Service Month in Rotary

Guest Speakers
At this week's ZOOM Meetings we will hear from our former Youth Exchange participants, Maddi Collis and Riley Jackson about what they are up to.
Maddi was a student at Mount Alexander College when she was sponsored by us to spend a year in Austria in 2017.  She is studying in Queensland.
Riley came to us from Albuquerque in the US in 2012 and was hosted by members for the year including Chris & Ros Drenen and Del & Sean. 
                  ZOOM Meeting ID: 329 803 463       8w7Bez
May is Youth Service Month in Rotary Lesley McCarthy 2020-05-17 14:00:00Z 0

Staying Ahead of depression and anxiety

Professor Tony Jorm of the Rotary Club of Carlton has been working with Steven Carbone from Prevention United on developing support for people with depression and anxiety. 
So let's talk about mental wellbeing.  
Tony and Steven co-authored an article on The Conversation which identifies what the government needs to do to reduce the mental health impacts during COVID-19.  
There is also a free ebook available  on Staying ahead:
     A  Awareness
     H  Healthy lifestyle
     E  Emotional flexibility
     A  Adversity support
     D  Direction
Thanks to Betty Kitchener for sharing these resources.
Staying Ahead of depression and anxiety Lesley McCarthy 2020-05-04 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Virtual Convention Lesley McCarthy 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0

Zoe at RYLA

I loved RYLA, but I still struggle to concisely summarise my experience.
Some advice that one of my facilitators gave me when I voiced my concern about discussing RYLA in the ‘real world’ was to say what I learnt.
I loved RYLA, and I learnt to keep doing what I am doing, to listen, to reflect, to be grateful for what I have, and to believe in myself.
After RYLA, I have tried to practice what I learnt, to challenge myself, and to be kinder to myself and others; in communicating, listening, and considering, without overthinking.
I came home with four challenges that I wanted to work on, and I am feeling more comfortable with them after practicing. I will move on to new challenges when I feel comfortable with these.
The program itself was really well organised, each seminar perfectly complemented the last. I was continuously challenged, and I became so addicted to that feeling of accomplishment after overcoming adversity that I seek out challenges in my day to day life.  Everyone could benefit from RYLA.
I made so many friends that I am still catching up with, 12 weeks after the program finished. The friendships that I made at RYLA are different to my other friendships; we are a very diverse group, and the friends I made aren’t necessarily the people I would seek out in everyday life, but these people share the same values as me, and they now also share an experience. We keep each other accountable for our goals and honest, and I am very grateful to have friends that are so invested in my personal development.
Moving forward I am hoping to go back next year as a volunteer, (but that’s not really up to me). I am also going to join Rotaract, so that I can continue to meet other like-minded young people.
Thank you, Flemington-Kensington Rotary, a million times, for the opportunity, I learnt so much and made so many friends.  I loved RYLA, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity!
Zoe at RYLA Lesley McCarthy 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0

Art Show postponed

With the impact of social isolation and the downturn in the economy, the Board has agreed to postpone the 2020 Art Show.
The show will now be held on the last weekend of March and run in conjunction with the Kensington Festival to present a Flemington Kensington celebration.
We are grateful to the City of Melbourne for a grant to support this event.
The show will be held at Kensington Town Hall as planned and include a number of arts events and activities at local venues.
Gallery 247 will still be the vehicle of management of art works.
To be part of this amazing event, please contact Art Show Chair Anne Heyes or Festival Treasurer Edith Chen.
Art Show postponed Anne Heyes 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0

Sewing Machines for Sri Lanka

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.
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.
Sewing Machines for Sri Lanka McCart 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0

Donate to our causes

The Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington is a community service organisation working in and around the communities of Flemington, Kensington, Ascot Vale, North and West Melbourne and Moonee Valley.  Over 34 years we have supported local residents through education and literacy, health and wellbeing, maternal and child health, disease prevention and eradication, peace and conflict resolution and improving the lives of people in need.  We fundraise to support our projects, through Bunnings BBQs, our Op Shops at 444 Racecourse Road Flemington and 135 Railway Avenue Werribee.  We run raffles, assist other community groups and obtain funds through a number of innovative activities.  Our members are all volunteers.
In 2019, we were acknowledged as a charity by the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission and are thus able to offer a tax deduction for gifts over $2.  Every dollar we raise through fundraising is returned through our works.  
We also support the Rotary Foundation which provides grants to groups delivering chartable work; to the End Polio Now program which has almost eradicated polio from the world, to Donations in Kind who source and donate educational and medical goods to those in need and to the Western Emergency Relief Network which provides household goods for people suffering trauma and loss. 
Please donate to one of our causes and know you are helping us to DO GOOD IN THE WORLD!
Contact Sam at the Op Shop for bank account details and to receive a Tax Deductible receipt. or 0487 334 068
Donate to our causes mccarthy 2020-04-28 14:00:00Z 0

Our Partners

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.
BENDIGO BANK   As a Community Bank, we are pleased to deposit our funds with them and contribute to their community grants.  Bendigo Bank is now located in Epsom Road Ascot Vale having relocated from Racecourse Road last year.  The Manager, Vijay, and staff are most helpful and supportive of our club and events.  Members of Flemington Kensington Rotary have served on the Board over recent years.  The Bendigo Bank has supported our club projects over many years, and has provided sponsorship of the Art Show for the last 2 years.
BUNNINGS We are supported by both Maribyrnong and West Footscray stores who include us on their BBQ rosters and also provide support for our Christmas Hampers for disadvantaged children, in our garden projects at local schools and by including us in the Family and Community days.  The Activities Organisers at both stores are extremely supportive and helpful to all community organisations.
FLEMINGTON TRADERS  Is the umbrella chamber of commerce group supporting and promoting businesses in Flemington specifically along Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent.   They organise a number of community events during the year encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the delights to be found. We assist them with catering and promotion of their events. They have sponsored our Art Show for the last 2 years.
FLEMINGTON CYCLES.  Damien Lack, owner of Flemington Cycles, is a former member of Flemington Kensington Rotary.  He has been a long time supporter of Rotary and our club and has been particularly helpful with helping in the various bicycle projects we have completed over the years, including The Bicycle Hospital, Dr Cranky's and bicycles for disadvantaged overseas communities.
GREGORY LODGE is a Freemasons Aged Care home located in Newmarket Street.  The TrioBike is located there and managed by Activities Coordinator Eleanor.  Flemington Kensington Rotary also provides books and toiletries for residents as well as Christmas Hampers.  When the Lodge has excess furniture or is updating their furniture, they offer it to our Op Shop for sale or donation.
MOONEE VALLEY COUNCIL  Councillor Nicole Marshall is an Honorary Member who has supported us for many, many years in conjunction with fellow local councillor Jim Cusack.  Moonee Valley Council are a generous supporter and assist with our many community events and activities.  We share the commitment to connecting and celebrating community and assisting and encouraging connection between residents.  We have participated in the Moonee Valley Festival, Carols by Candlelight, the Harmony Day celebrations and the International Women's Day breakfasts with council.  Our menmbvers meet at the Crown Street Stables Cafe, managed by MVCC.
MOONEE VALLEY RACING CLUB has supported our club with donations and sponsorship of events.  They also donate their excess and rotated furniture to us for sale or donation through one of our partner organisations.  Last year they donated 500 chairs which were sold through the Fit4 Use Store and donated to the Western Emergency Relief Network for disadvantaged residents.
NELSON ALEXANDER.  Member Cody Bettanin is a partner at Nelson Alexander Pascoe Vale having relocated from the Flemington Branch.  Staff at Nelson Alexander have been long term members and supporters of Flemington Kensington Rotary.  They are also members of Flemington Traders and donate to local community events and projects.  They sponsored the art Show for the last 2 years also.
ONE GOOD STREET   One of our members, Matiu Bush, founded One Good Street and associated enterprises in 2016.  The basis is on linking neighbours to each other and enabling older residents to remain connected and part of the community.  Reducing loneliness and isolation through caring communities also reduces hospital admissions, depression and social isolation.
One Good Street also provides the Library of aged Care Things ibn conjunction with Rotary Donations in Kind.  Members are able to access disability and aged care type equipment on loan through Bolton Clark, Rotary Flemington Kensington and Donations in Kind. 
Another initiative is the Ride to End Loneliness or the TrioBike Tour where fit rides take older people on bicycle/trishaw rides around the area in a specially built TrioBike.  The bike was funded by Rotary Flemington Kensington, Pick My Project and Crowd Funding and is based at Gregory Lodge in Flemington.
PEPPER CAFE  Simon Peterson at Pepper is a well know personality in Pin Oak Crescent, and a long term member of Flemington Traders.  He has also served on the Board of the Bendigo Bank and is a strong supporter of the club.
VICTORIA RACING CLUB at Flemington Racecourse has been a strong supporter of our club over the years, both with donations for events and activities including sponsorship of the Art Show, and also by donating unwanted furniture and equipment to us for sale or donation through one of our partner organisations.  In 2019, they donated 80 computers and peripherals which were taken to Donations in Kind for refurbishment and shipment to an overseas country.
Our Partners Lesley McCarthy 2020-04-14 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary in the time of COVID-19

Life as we Rotarians have known it has come to an abrupt standstill.  Instead of travelling many kilometres each week on Rotary work - Donations in Kind, WERN, the Op Shop or Ft4 Use Store,  collecting playgrounds, books or donated goods, we are suddenly housebound.  While many of us continue to work by phone and computer, the hands on and socially fulfilling work has stopped.
How are we filling our time now?
We know that many of us are still working - whether onsite or at home.
But what are you doing in your extra time?
Rotary in the time of COVID-19 Lesley McCarthy 2020-04-14 14:00:00Z 0

 ZOOM Meetings

Our ZOOM meetings have proven popular but we would like more members to join in.  If you don't have a camera on your computer, you can still join with just audio, or you could phone another member and be on speaker as some have done. This is the link
Usual meeting dates: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays but at 7pm.
ZOOM Meetings Lesley McCarthy 2020-04-10 14:00:00Z 0

April is a big month for birthdays and anniversaries

April is a bit month for club celebrations.                                                                                                                                                                       
Happy Birthday to:                                                             
5th Lyn Borghouts                                                                 
9th John Sklenar                                                                   
11th Len Seddon
15th Geoff Cawsey
20th Allan Bruno
29th Rachel Sumich
Congratulations on your Rotary Anniversary:  1st  - John Sklenar on 26 years of Rotary Service    5th -  Peter Cribb on 14 years of Rotary Service
April is a big month for birthdays and anniversaries Lesley McCarthy 2020-04-10 14:00:00Z 0

Front Yarding

Introducing #frontyarding
Pre COVID19, Australians have lived in their backyards, enjoyed the space and privacy, now with spatial distancing our social needs
can be met in new & safe ways. has started tea@3. 
#frontyarding is a simple way to have social collisions with your neighbours, BYO cup/glass and drink and talk at a distance over front wards and picket fences.  #drivewaydrinks@3pm in Wollongong, its a regular check in to share resources and check in with the people on your street, especially those who are older. #anxietyrelief #wellbeing #loneliness #community #socialimpact #communityengagement #socialgood
Front Yarding Matiu Bush 2020-04-10 14:00:00Z 0

VALE Ron Stark

It with great sadness that Rotarians heard of the passing Ron Stark, of the Rotary Club of Brighton who died on Monday morning after a brief illness.
Ron was a long standing and popular member of their club who set up the Club’s Front Desk and website. He also served on the District Leadership Team for a number of years, and was responsible for  Public Image & Communications and the district website. His company’s software is used by a number of Rotary Clubs, and is the system for many of the Art Shows in Australia through Gallery247
We utilised Gallery 247 for our art Show last year and Anne McMahon had many meetings with Ron and his team.
VALE Ron Stark Lesley McCarthy 2020-04-10 14:00:00Z 0
Coronavirus information in other languages mcca 2020-03-31 13:00:00Z 0

Meetings via ZOOM

COVID-19 has brought many changes to our lives and has reduced what we as Rotarians thrive on; that is friendship, fellowship, helping others and having fun while doing so.
Well, we may be housebound, working from home or still navigating our way to work albeit more carefully than previously, but we aren't meeting and that is sad. 
The Board met today via ZOOM and despite a couple of teething issues had a great discussion and saw each other's faces
So, let's ZOOM!                     Our fortnightly meetings will now resume via ZOOM at 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays as normal.  
                              This is the link
Meetings via ZOOM Lesley McCarthy 2020-03-30 13:00:00Z 0

Shine On Awards

    Congratulations to Lucinda Simpson from Ascot Vale Special School on winning the Youth Category at this year's Shine On Awards.
  We nominated Lucy on the recommendation of her teachers and Principal and she was chose for her contributions and dedication.
  Unfortunately, the awards celebration was cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions but we hope to welcome Lucy to one of our meetings later this year.
Shine On Awards Lesley McCarthy 2020-03-30 13:00:00Z 0

Coronavirus update

On advice from the our Occupational Health & Safety consultant, the board has decided to close both the Op Shop and the Fit4 Use Store until further notice.  This is to  ensure a safe workplace for Sam and Lorry and our volunteers.  Whilst this will result in a loss of income for the club, we felt that it was better to err on the safe side.
We have also pressed "pause" on the Intergenerational/Multicultural Choir at 18 Anthony Street.  This choir has proved a great hit with our senior Chinese participants, the children and staff from the Kensington Children's Co-Op and Gregory Lodge residents but considering the age groups involved, once again safety first.
We have also ceased our fortnightly meetings at Crown Street Stables until further notice.  I have notified our prospective guest speakers of the cancellations and will re-engage them later in the year.

I encourage all members to keep in touch by phone, email of Facebook as your choice of communication.  If there is a interest, we could arrange a "Zoom" meeting at an agreed time.
For those of you still working and in regular face to face contact, be aware and stay healthy.

I am sure you will have heard by now of a raft of event cancellations:  
1.  The District Conference to be held in Bendigo was cancelled some weeks ago on advice to restrict gatherings of over 500 people.  Sincere thanks to all those people who put so much time and effort into the planning for and organising of this conference.  Commiserations to District Governor Grant Hocking and his club.

2.  The Rotary International Convention scheduled for early June in Honolulu has also been cancelled.  This event was planned to host approximately 30,000 people  so the cancellation is a blow not only to Rotarians, but to the Honolulu community.  

3.  The Kensington Festival scheduled for 29th March has been cancelled.

4.  The Flemington Traders Cultural Event planned for March 28th has been cancelled.  Please continue to support our local businesses and the Flemington Traders who support our club.
5.  The Moonee Valley Art Show presented by the Rotary Clubs of Keilor East and Essendon and planned for April has been cancelled.
Coronavirus update Lesley McCarthy 2020-03-21 13:00:00Z 0

Volunteer with existing charities

  RMIT University Health Transformation Lab deputy director Matiu Bush founded One Good Street and recommends seeking out established organisations 
  to offer help.   "Many people are motivated to form collectives at the moment, but my advice is to be collaborative and respectful to groups who have been  
  working in this space for years," he says.  
"Groups like Rotary, the Red Cross, volunteer home visitor schemes, are all parts of society that are already
  working to reduce isolation and loneliness in older people. 
"We can share resources and tap into those groups because they have the smarts on how to
  do this well."

  And when the pandemic passes? Mr Bush says the best thing we can do, is keep checking in on our neighbours. "What everyone should be working
  towards is a deeper connection and more meaningful connection after the pandemic is over," Mr Bush says. "That's important because you don't want to
  introduce a whole lot of new people to someone in their 80s or 90s and then for all of those people to vanish afterwards, because that's introducing more
  loss into those people's lives. "There will be other challenges for communities and the idea is to forge connections that will last that are based on respect,
  understanding and the importance and value of older people in our community."

Relationships Australia national executive officer Nick Tebbey says letterbox drops are an ideal way to offer help as they allow social-distancing and give the recipient a chance to tell you what they really need.  But remember — before you go spreading love, you need to follow official health guidelines to make sure you're not spreading anything else. 
Services you can offer that don't involve physical contact might include:

  • Delivering groceries or medical supplies;
  • Mowing the lawn or helping in the garden;
  •  friendly chat over the fence (at a distance of at least 1.5 metres) or on the phone.
Volunteer with existing charities Matiu Bush 2020-03-21 13:00:00Z 0

Diary of an Accelerating Implosion Cribb version

Tues 10th March
As we watched the ‘toilet-paper’ crisis in Melbourne emerging as a result of the COVID-19, we wondered if our planned trip starting tomorrow would/should proceed? Thorough checking with all venues confirmed it was still “on” and so our travel insurance would not cover our cancelling the trip, but did cover any medical issues from the virus, we resolved to go!  After all, we could contract the infection staying at home!  We were flexible, having already cancelled our planned two day stay in Hong Kong and having accepted a last minute change of flights within Europe due the airline involved reducing flights.
Wed 11th  
We left Tullamarine and headed to Hong Kong airport where we will transit to Frankfurt. We had access to the Airport lounges, these were largely empty as were the airports. We did have our temperature taken as we transited through Hong Kong. During the onward flight to Frankfurt the US announced the closure of its boarders to all European travels, would Australia follow suit?  The US decision immediately had consequences, resulting in massive cancellations on our flight to Frankfurt that saw it only half full!  As we arrived in Amsterdam from Frankfurt the Netherland Gov announced the closure of all museums and galleries! Oops!
Diary of an Accelerating Implosion Cribb version Cribb 2020-03-21 13:00:00Z 0

Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Congratulations to Cathy Connop and team at the Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre on their recent win in the Image may contain: 4 people, people standing and text
Neighbourhood House Victoria Community Development Award for their Resilient Refugee Youth program.
This project improves the quality of life for young, newly arrived refugees by teaming them up with a Mentor who is responsive to their individual
needs, providing them with guidance and assistance to achieve their personal, educational and professional aspirations.
Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre Lesley McCarthy 2020-03-21 13:00:00Z 0

International Women's Day at Moonee Valley

Members of our club joined with some of our supportive sponsors and students from Lunt Alexander College in this year's revamped International Women's Day breakfast.
Held at the magnificent Clocktower venue and supported by all the Rotary Clubs in Moonee Valley, participants were treated to 4 outstanding speakers who shared their experiences and motivation to overcome disadvantage/difficulties in participating in or working in a sporting arena.
Michelle Errichello, Nawab Hersi, Melissa Ensink and Maria Englezakis all had different issues and challenges but powered through to success. Hearing their stories was motivational for all of us, not just the students.
Thank you to Moonee Valley Council, and particularly Mayor Samantha Byrne and Councillors Nicole Marshall, Rebecca Gauci Maurici, Narelle Sharpe and Andrea Surace, and the council and Clocktower staff.
International Women's Day at Moonee Valley Lesley McCarthy 2020-03-11 13:00:00Z 0

Intergenerational Multicultural Choir

The Intergenerational Multicultural Choir meets to sing and enjoy each others company on Thursday mornings at the Kensington Neighbourhood Centre at 18 Anthony Street in Kensington, near the Town Hall.     The purpose is to bring together people of all ages and from all cultural backgrounds through the joy of song.  Led by experienced Choir Mistress Ruth Kennedy, the participants enjoy singing a range of songs, interacting with each other and watching the children sing and dance.
For more information contact Anne McMahon on 0424 560 621                                           READ MORE
Intergenerational Multicultural Choir Anne McMahon 2020-03-03 13:00:00Z 0


Funded for an initial 8 week trial by  Flemington Kensington Rotary, applications have been made for a grant to continue the activity throughout Term 2 as well. 
Addressing isolation, loneliness and the opportunity to interact with people of all ages has been well addressed with positive results.
Kensington Community Children’s Cooperative attend with 12 children and 3 staff.  We also welcome 12 seniors from the Flemington Golden Age Chinese community and three local residents with an English speaking background.  Participants from Gregory Lodge attend when possible however transport is an issue and attempts are being made t resolve this.
Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11am supported by Rotarians Anne H. and Anne M.  the children and the seniors are enjoying the sessions - so we hope we can keep it going.
The Choir has been invited to perform at the Kensington Festival on March 29th and will also perform at our Arts Festival in late September.
This interaction at 18 Anthony Street has led to further opportunities for Rotary to become involved in other activities at the Centre that bring community members together through arts based activities. 
We would love to hear from other Rotarians, family and friends and local residents who would like to come along and be involved:
Thursday mornings in March between 9am and 11:30am to enjoy some singing, meet and learn from Ruth who is great at getting people involved, have a cuppa with the seniors after the singing, enjoy the children and help build community connections and relationships.
IG C Lesley McCarthy 2020-03-03 13:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Matiu

Congratulations Matiu on being selected as one of the Impact25 in the 2019 ProBono Awards,
recognising positive impact in the community.


From a shortlist of 150 individuals, the sector has chosen the 25 most inspiring and influential people in the social economy for 2019.  This year, more than 430 individuals were nominated to highlight their contributions to the social sector and their wider communities, individuals actively achieving positive change in the community.. 

The awards, run in partnership with Community Sector Banking, are a well-established accolade recognising the most influential people in civil society as nominated and voted for by their peers. 

The Impact 25 winners will be now celebrated at the 2019 Impact 25 Awards night on 19 March, when the judges will also reveal who has been chosen as 2019’s innovator, collaborator and influencer.

Congratulations Matiu Lesley McCarthy 2020-03-03 13:00:00Z 0
Applcations now open for District 9800 Peace Scholarships mccart 2020-02-08 13:00:00Z 0
Installation of playground Shanmuga Pre-School, Jaffna Lesley McCarthy 2020-02-02 13:00:00Z 0
Installation of playground at Kaliwanai Pre School, Mullativu  Lesley McCarthy 2020-02-02 13:00:00Z 0
Installation of playground at Lunuwilla, North West Province, Sri Lanka Lesley McCarthy 2020-02-02 13:00:00Z 0
Rotaract Bushfire Trivia Fundraiser Lesley McCarthy 2020-01-30 13:00:00Z 0
The Arts Festival is back in 2020 Anne Heyes 2020-01-29 13:00:00Z 0

MAC Awards Night

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.
MAC Awards Night Lesley McCarthy 2019-12-17 13:00:00Z 0

Launch of the Trio Bike

November 20th found Lesley, Lyn and Jules and Beate join Matu Bush and special guests at Gregory Lodge  for the formal launch of the Trio Bike.
The Minister for Suburban Planning Marlene Kairouz formally launched the bike and acknowledge Pick My Project and Rotary in the funding and initiation of the project.  Gregory Lodge have agreed to house the bike and organise volunteers and residents for rides.  Many thanks to Joanna and Eleanor for their support.
Jules Borghouts was magnificent as the Pilot for the day, with Ken, one of the residents having a wonderful time whizzing around the streets as the sole passenger.  He chatted happily with everyone and was keen to be interviewed.  ABC News attended and filmed much of the riding as well as interviews.  It was a fun and celebrator event.  Looking forward to seeing the bike around the streets soon.
Launch of the Trio Bike Lesley McCarthy 2019-11-27 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington Foundation

Posted by Lesley McCarthy on Oct 16, 2019
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.
Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington Foundation Lesley McCarthy 2019-10-15 13:00:00Z 0

Ascot Vale West Primary School Sensory Garden

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.
Ascot Vale West Primary School Sensory Garden Lesley McCarthy 2019-09-06 14:00:00Z 0

Vance Hilton Memorial Tie presented to Camp Getaway

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

New Playground installed at Ampara

Posted by Peter Cribb on Aug 06, 2019

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.

                  See all the images here:       photoalbums/container-1
New Playground installed at Ampara Peter Cribb 2019-08-05 14:00:00Z 0 Ampara,Playgrounds,Recycle,Rotary,Sri Lanka

District Award for Community Service

Posted on Jul 03, 2019
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.
District Award for Community Service Lesley McCarthy 2019-07-02 14:00:00Z 0 Community Connections,arts,community service

Together We Grow

Posted by Lesley McCarthy on Jun 15, 2019
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.
Together We Grow Lesley McCarthy 2019-06-14 14:00:00Z 0 Debney Meadows,environment,health,sustainable gardening
Cycling to end loneliness LMC 2019-04-25 14:00:00Z 0

Kensington Festival

Posted by Lesley McCarthy
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.
Kensington Festival Lesley McCarthy 2019-03-30 13:00:00Z 0