It has been rewarding to see so many join in our ZOOM meetings.  
At our meeting on May 20th we were joined by former Rotary Exchange students Riley Jackson and Maddi Collis. We hosted Riley as an inbound student from Albuquerque in 2012-2013.  She is studying law at the University of Melbourne after completing a Bachelor of arts in Politics and Creative Writing at the University of Seattle.
Maddi, a former student at Mount Alexander College, went to Austria in 2017, and studied at James Cook University in Townsville last year, majoring in Journalism and Politics.  Due to COVID she has returned to Melbourne to family  and is currently enrolled at Swinburne University. 
We were also joined by Lyn Bentley, Student Welfare Coordinator from MAC and Chris Drenen, our former member, and member of the District 9800 Youth Exchange team.
Eleanor, the Activities Coordinator at Gregory Lodge
reached out to us seeking support for residents for
Mothers Day.  Due to the COVID quarantine measure, the ladies were unable to receive visits from their families for Mothers Day.
With the assistance of Fei at the Kent Street Market, we arranged for Chrysanthemum posies to be delivered for each of the ladies, and also for the staff working on the day.  Eleanor dressed up as a bunny and personally delivered the flowers to each lady.  They were delighted and very grateful for the thought.  

Chrysanthemum Flower Fireworks Shape Mix Coloured Bonsai Garden ...            Chrysanthemum Flower Fireworks Shape Mix Coloured Bonsai Garden ...            Chrysanthemum Flower Fireworks Shape Mix Coloured Bonsai Garden ...            Chrysanthemum Flower Fireworks Shape Mix Coloured Bonsai Garden ...                  
Matiu Bush, Assistant Director of the Health Transformation Lab at RMIT, and a member of Flemington Kensington Rotary is exploring a project on resilience.
Only a few months ago, we could not have imagined COVID; a virus that has changed the way we live, work and connect. It is a time where our personal and community resilience is being tested; where the choices we make can save lives.  While it’s a time of great concern and sadness, as a community we have united in our care for one another. We have surprised governments and ourselves by what we have been able to achieve.
Letter to my pre-COVID self is about capturing and sharing what this experience has been like for individuals personally. It is also a chance to reflect on the ways you have grown and adapted in these changing times. The questions were developed in conjunction with a psychologist with expertise in positive psychology. Three questions where developed to elicit positive reflections from community members.
We are collecting responses to the same 3 questions for a Story Tree reflecting our local residents thoughts.  The 'leaves' will create a tree to be displayed at 18 Anthony Street on completion.  It will be a tribute to our resilience in this time.
1. Over the past few months I’ve missed not being able to……
2. A good thing I discovered about myself during COVID pandemic is……
3. If I was to give advice to my pre-COVID self, I would tell them…..
For more information or to be a part of this project in your community, contact:
Anne McMahon at Flemington Kensington Rotary on
Matiu Bush at   
Art Festival 2021
Anne Heyes, Anne McMahon, Edith Chen and John Elston continue to work on planning for the festival to be held at the end of March.  Discussions are currently underway with Melanie from the City of Melbourne, Carolyne and Deb from Kensington Festival Planning Committee and the staff at Kensington Town Hall and 18 Anthony Street.  There is a thought that we may combine with Kensington Festival to make a bigger impact locally.
Gallery 247 will continue to be the organising body for artists and art works.
Remember: we need everyone available on the weekend.
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The Op Shops have re-opened for business.  There are some great winter bargains to be had at both 444 Racecourse Road and 135 Railway Avenue Werribee.  Sam and Lorry and our wonderful volunteers are eager to serve you and welcome our customers back.  Flemington is now trading 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Centenary of Rotary in Australia
Anne Heyes,  Lesley McCarthy and Jon Temby are working
with Moonee Valley Council to develop a project for this celebration.  The aim is to plant 100 trees along the banks of the Maribyrnong River from Riverside Golf Club to the bridge.  A solid bench/seat of some type will be included with Rotary signage. 
Millie Bourke, one of the Conservation Programs Officers met with
them last week to finalise details.     

At this stage, late April is the targetted time. 
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 Congratulations to Peter and Bev Cribb celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on 3rd June  An amazing milestone.  Congratulations to them both!
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World Environment Day Forum June 5th
District Awards event Saturday June 6th at 5pm via ZOOM
Foundation Grants Seminar June 14th 3-4.30pm
District Changeover Saturday June 27th 1-3pm via ZOOM
Rotary International Virtual Convention 20th to 26th June                 
More reading for you:                                District Foundation News
          The Rotarian                                   The Positive Peace Academy
          Rotary Voices                                  Rotary On The Move  
          District News - Networker                 Rotary Australia News
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