President Shraddha
Shraddha and the Board welcomed over 50 guests to the 2023 end of year celebrations at the Flem_Ken Bowls CLub.
We were delighted to welcome Danny Pearson MP, District Governor Amanda Wendt and Greg Harbour, Assistant Governor Tony Laycock, Moonee Valley Councillors Katrina Hodgson and Dr Rose Iser, and Emma Phillips from the L2P Program.
Other guests included Joanne and Teresa from JobFind, Fay from West Welcome Wagon, Malia from the Abbey Solo Foundation and Jeremy from MHFA.
A surprise presentation was a Paul Harris Sapphire to President Shraddha.  DG Amanda was truly delighted to make this presentation.
Congratulations to all the award recipients.
A photo album and in depth story are on the club website.  
         Global Grant Scholar
         Our club has been chosen as host sponsor for a 
         Global Grant Scholar from Japan to study at the
         University of Melbourne.

In conjunction with District 2560 and the Rotary Club of Niigata, we are supporting
Ms Haruka Tanaka to study a Master's Degree in Education.
I will be welcoming Haruka at Melbourne Airport on Monday and driving her to her accommodation in Swanston Street near the university.
At that time, I will be providing her a Welcome Pack including information about Melbourne, a MYKI, our club and settling in.
She will be invited to attend club events in coming weeks, and I encourage members who have the time to welcome her and invite her to share activities with them.
The Rotary Foundation
This is Rotary's charity, one which has received outstanding ratings for 15 years as an excellently managed entity.
It is our charity - please donate what you can and help us to complete the projects which our club wishes to fund.   In recent years, we have accessed several grants through the District funds which have helped our communities.
It is tax time - be generous.  All donations are tax deductible.
Donate here:   HSBC Bank  
Account Name:  The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust
 BSB No:          342 011 
 Account No:   663499001
Our club number is 24401.  Your individual ID number can be found here
Please advise when you make a donation.  
Read news from District 9800 Foundation here
A phone call to Cathy Connop who then connected with Lesley has seen a young Somali woman, Faiza, provided with household goods thanks to our club's RIMERN connection.
Cathy was able to drive Faiza across to Brunswick West and help her arrange for necessary items.
The wonderful Susie Cole was on hand to help.

Cathy has also shared the work of RIMERN through the current Farnham News.
The Op Shop assists Bili Nursery by supplying excess/lower quality pillow cases for collecting native seed.  

Bili Nursery is a part of Westgate Biodiversity - an organisation focused on regenerating inner-city vegetation and community education.
They produce around 150,000 plants per year for local council projects, as well as initiatives for Koala habitat restoration, climate change actions and educating local community members and school groups on environmentally friendly approaches to boost the local ecosystem.
Mel from Bili has sent his thanks and appreciation for the help that Rotary Flemington has offered over the past 9 months and look forward to the upcoming seed collection season of summer 2023-24 with added enthusiasm as we will be well-supplied to get out into the environment and get to work.
Peace - Rotary South EastMany members will know of Tania Militec who is a Rotary Peace Fellow and the Assistant Director, Initiative for Peacebuilding at The University of Melbourne.   The Initiative for Peacebuilding host monthly virtual events (free and open to the public) that may be of interest to you.
The next event is Monday 10th July 2023 at 1-2pm, “Peacebuilding in Bougainville”.

For more information, including event registration links and recordings for previous events, please visit: The Initiative for Peacebuilding (
Did you know Rotimageary enjoys a strategic partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace | Rotary International? Rotarians can complete a free, self-guided course to learn more about Positive Peace and how individuals, Rotarians, cities and nations can build and sustain peace.  the Rotary Positive Peace Academy.
Transitioning to a completely plastic-free lifestyle overnight would be a challenging feat for most of us! But what if we all used July as a catalyst, and each took small steps towards reducing our plastic footprint? July could be a roadmap for year-round changes - we could make a real effort to actively seek alternatives, reduce unnecessary plastic packaging and make sustainable swaps.
Kensington Fresh Food Market is on this Saturday 1st July,
10 am to 12pm in Skinny Park, Bellair Street Kensington.

Peter Cribb has initiated this club international project in conjunction with Rotary Strathmore.  It is led by Nihal De Run, a previous visitor with PDG Senake Ameresinghe from Rotary Colombo.
The CT scanner installed at Batticaloa requires a major software upgrade and due to the economic disaster currently being experienced in Sri Lanka, funds are not available.
Peter Dunn from Rotary Strathmore is initiating a RAWCS Project to allow tax deductible donations.
Please share with your networks.
Join us for another afternoon of musical entertainment and fun.
Join us for this National Tree Day event at Rosehill Park Wetlands.
Hosted by Moonee Valley Council and the Friends of Steele Creek at 10-54 Rachelle Road Keilor East.  10am to 1.00pm with a BBQ by Rotary Keilor East.
Gloves, trowels, buckets provided.  All ages welcome.
This is a wonderful 'hands on' activity for you and your family to enjoy.
RSVP to Lesley
Regionalisation Pilot Project Update
For the latest update on what's happening go here
Bunnings BBQ - our first Bunnings BBQ since C****
Saturday 30 September at Maribyrnong - Rosamond Road, Highpoint West.
Volunteers needed 9-12.30 and 12-4pm.  RSVP to Lesley.
Upcoming Events
Volunteer Week - Brunch
Mama Bear Cafe
Jul 10, 2023
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Grants Seminar
Online- registration MUST
Jul 17, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Dinner Meeting
Doutta Galla Hotel
Jul 19, 2023
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM UTC+10:00
Christmas in July with the Retros
Maribyrnong Park Bowling and Croquet Club
Jul 21, 2023 1:00 PM
Jul 27, 2023
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
National Tree Day
Rosehill Park
Jul 30, 2023
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Club Breakfast meeting
Flemington Bowls
Aug 02, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Aug 24, 2023
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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