President's Report

This week members tried out a new meeting venue: the Fresh Prince Cafe at 192 Bellair Street Kensington.  Marina the owner was very welcoming and all in attendance enjoyed breakfast.  We will be meeting there until further notice, 7.00 for a 7.15am start.

This week there was a surprise cake for Sergeant Josie who is celebrating a special birthday next week.  Happy Birthday Josie!

President Anne and husband John also attended the charter of the new Rotary Club of Eynesbury last Sunday.  She joined the District leadership team and Rotarians from across Melbourne in welcoming the new Rotarians and celebrating a new club.


With the Art Show just one week away, the Art Show Committee have been very busy finalising details.  Volunteers are still needed to assist see below.


2021 Art Show
Over 400 entries accepted and just days to go until the hands on work starts.
Volunteers are needed to help:  If you know someone who would be willing and able to volunteer, please contact John on

Tuesday 23rd: 9-2 to help unload and erect Art Display Boards
Wednesday 24th: 11-3 OR 3-7 to receive art works and measure, check and hang them
Friday 26th from 6.30-9.30pm - serve drinks, sell raffle tickets and assist with purchases 
Saturday 27th: 9-12 OR 12-3 OR 3-7pm set up marquees, count and assist visitors, sell raffle tickets, hand out questionnaires.   Help on the BBQ 12-3.
Sunday 28th:  9-12, 12-4, 4-7pm - set up marquees, count and assist visitors, sell raffle tickets, hand out questionnaires and from 6pm pack up everything.
Thanks to everyone on the Art committee who has worked so very hard to make this a success and a community celebration!
Sincere thanks to those sponsors who have already committed to supporting us:
City of Melbourne, Bendigo Bank Ascot Vale, Nelson Alexander, Kensington Business Network, Hardimans Hotel, White Gum Potters.
Interested in sponsorship?  There are several levels available contact Lesley on
It's time to celebrate all the hard work we'have done this year.
Join President Anne and the Board at Hardiman's Hotel, 521 Macaulay Road Kensington for an opportunity to enjoy a great meal, a drink and a catch up.
RSVP to Edith
Hardiman's Hotel are one of our Art Show sponsors.
Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds
Peter Cribb  and Shraddha Sharma were joined by Sam Nicol last Saturday at the container 1 packing day for Nepal.They had 6 volunteers from the Non- Resident Nepalese association (NRNA) and the Rotary Passport Club of Melbourne, co-ordinated by Madhuri Maskey along with Bob Allardice and Kit Holland.  
It was a big job and even with 11 of us on the day, we couldn't complete everything, fitting all 5 playgrounds in 20 foot was looking challenging. 
Sam and Shradd returned on Sunday and with Sam's expertise we managed to repack the container more tightly, squeezing more into the first container. 
We are confident that we can pack 4 more playgrounds in the 2nd container. The preference is to send the containers together so that the collection and distribution from port in Kolkatta and onwards is seamless. 
 Due to the explosion in playgrounds offered and the lack of
 person power in Flemington Kensington, we have decided to
 relinquish control of RORP Central to the Rotary Club of
 Nunawading, and the expertise of Bob Allardice. 
Of course the existing team will make the transfer as painless as possible and our team will be on hand for advise and support.  
Sincere thanks to Peter Cribb, Lyn Borghouts, Sam Nicol, Shraddha Sharma and everyone who has assisted in any way throughout Stage #1 of the journey.
A celebration dinner and get together will be held on  Tuesday 6th April.  6:30 at the Anglers Tavern in Maribyrnong Road.  ALL WELCOME.
RSVP to Peter at
Peter and Bev Cribb send greetings from Strathan on the Tassie West Coast.  They are enjoying a 2 week tour with the baby {MG} and sent this picture to show the scenery.  Just making us jealous!
Rotary Centenary in Australia
In 2021, Rotary celebrates a centenary or service in Australia. To mark this incredible milestone, the Royal Australian Mint has produced this stunning coloured uncirculated coin. Australia’s over 1100 clubs and more than 30,000 members are proudly making an impact locally and globally with their dedication to community service. This coin honours the hard work of Australia’s Rotarians who organise a range of community programs including overseas youth exchanges, life changing surgery and fundraising for bushfire survivors. 

Available now: 
Rotary International President Holger Knaack has challenged all Rotary clubs to create a 70-100 second video for his #IFixThePlanet competition. 
See Holger's video here.
Rotary International have released new graphics for the Areas of Focus including Environment.



The club almoner continues to be busy:

Geoff Cawsey is continuing his recovery and will attend a meeting soon.  
Len Seddon had a fall and cracked some ribs.
Lesley is almost out of rehab and hopes to be back next week.
Josie's partner Brian is still unwell.
Guest Speaker - Wednesday 7th April local historian Sheila Byard will speak on her research into the local community - she loves chatting to our history {Ted, Geoff and Len} so hope everyone can come along.
Tree Planting for our club's Rotary 100 celebration:  Fairbairn Park Maribyrnong Sunday May 3rd 10-2.  More info to come.
Multi District Virtual Conference  Virtual Victoria, is fast approaching and will be staged over four hours between 11am and 1pm on Saturday 1 May and Sunday 2 May.
District Governor Changeover:  Sunday 27 June - a face to face event venue TBA
Our club changeover TBA.

Gold Sponsor
Kensington Business Network
Silver Sponsor
City of Melbourne - Major Sponsor
Nelson Alexander
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Beate McManus
March 13
Anne Heyes
March 26
Geoffrey Cawsey
Dulcie Heard
March 5
Ted Frank
March 5
Kate Stevanovic
March 20
Josie Magri
Brian McDougall
March 24
Join Date
Geoffrey Cawsey
March 5, 1987
34 years
Ted Frank
March 5, 1987
34 years
Kate Stevanovic
March 20, 2019
2 years
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Moonee Valley Council Green Action Plan
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