Spring into Rotary
Greetings everyone,
How wonderful to be able to travel and see family and friends again.  Thank you to everyone who has double vaccinated and is helping to keep our community safe.
We have been very busy in the last month with a number of events and activities involving many members.  See the stories in this bulletin, showcasing the work we have been doing.  I also feature some words and pictures from President Elect Shraddha Sharma in Nepal, reunited with husband Rakesh after 8 months apart.
Almoner's Report:
Ted Frank continues to undergo rehabilitation at Caulfield Hospital but progress is slow.  He sits out of bed each day and has physio and OT, can now speak and swallow but is very tired.  Our thoughts go to Helen and family as they experience the challenges and emotional ups and downs.
Geoff has been in hospital again but is now out and about and enjoying being back at the Bowls Club with Dulcie.
I am so looking forward to seeing everyone next week at our Christmas Celebration.  Wednesday 15th December at 6pm at the Doutta Galla Hotel.  Come for dinner, a drink or a night of fellowship as we celebrate the year that was and look forward to the year to come.  Please RSVP to me by 13th December.
At this time I wish to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of our members and volunteers in continuing to work for our community.  Your efforts, no matter how big or how small do make a difference and I reiterate: just do what you can when you can.
My particular thanks to both Lorry Rowe and Mel Caccetta for their work at the shops; to the Board members Lyn, Anne, Edith, Shraddha and Cody for their support.  To all members, friends and volunteers my thanks for your contributions.
I wish you all a safe, happy and healthy Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing everyone back in action in 2022.
Congratulations Betty Kitchener - Paul Harris Fellow
At the first face to face meeting in this Rotary year, Past President Anne Heyes was delighted to formally present Betty with a Paul Harris Fellow certificate and pin.
Betty worked tirelessly with Anne and the team at this year's Art Show.  She has also spent many hours assisting Anne and Edith with reorganisation and clean out at the Op Shop, including being a regular volunteer and team leader.
Betty also served on the Board in Anne's year and has contributed in many other areas of club service.
Congratulations Betty!   
Board Meeting report:
I applied for several grants recently and have ben successful in all.
1.  Powering Communities Grant to upgrade electrical works at the Op Shop and install an air conditioner.
2.  Community Volunteer Grant to install a bench seat at Fairbairn Park near our planting area and to provide Mental Health First Aid training for our members, Op Shop Managers and volunteers.
3.  Commonwealth Government STEM funding for our 2 nominated NYSF candidates.
The Board has approved a donation at the request of Edith Chen to support a Year 11 student with education expenses.
The club is in a strong financial position despite the ravages of COVID.  While we were unable to trade at the Op Shop or Fit4 Use Store for 5 months, sales since reopening have been positive and we have been able to cover expenses.  The RC Flemington Kensington Foundation still has funds from previous years to cover our commitments and the Club account keeps us financially viable.  Our investment portfolio is strong.
The Board recognises the extraordinary efforts made by Op Shop Manager Melina in marketing and public relations.  Since her appointment, the Facebook page and social media activity has seen an increase in foot traffic and sales beyond what was expected.  This was demonstrated with the incredible response to the Super Weekend Extravaganza,
Thank you Mel.
The Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 17 November by ZOOM.
The Annual Report was tendered and accepted.
The Treasurer's report was also submitted and accepted.
Office bearers for the 2022-2023 Rotary year were accepted as:
President elect Shraddha Sharma
Secretary Lyn Borghouts
Treasurer Lesley McCarthy
Other positions will be announced when the incoming President has discussed roles with the Board and members.
Congratulations Shraddha!  
Greetings from Shraddha in Nepal and India
Shraddha journeyed to Khatmandu in Nepal early in March to see family and attend a wedding. She hadn't seen her parents for almost2 years and took daughter Samira for what was supposed to be a couple of months holiday.
COVID has changed plans for many people these past 2 years!
Shradd has enjoyed spending an extended period at home and Samira has been spoiled by her grandparents, aunts and uncles and enjoyed being with her cousins.  Shradd has also taken her to Jaipur in India to visit Rakesh's parents something they have missed.  She and her parents have been on many drives, done some climbing and travelled to rural parts as well.
Unfortunately she contracted COVID in September but has now recovered and was able to quarantine safely at home.
In November, she had the privilege of visiting the Rotary Club of Jaipur, the oldest club here in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It started in 1947 and the prime Minister of Jaipur, Sir VT Krishnamachari served as it's first charter president. The club has seen 74 presidents.
The club has a partner project with Saltram Plympton, UK to provide prosthetic limbs.
Shradd's husband Rakesh joined them last week and they will spend some time in Jaipur before returning to Khatmandu for Christmas, returning to Melbourne late in January.
Op Shop Super Weekend
With her usual panache and verve, Manager Mel organised volunteers, entertainment, coffee, food and refills to make this a super, super Saturday and Sunday - despite the weather.
Sandy Belcher and Sean from Retro Entertainment belted out everyone's favourite songs while shoppers browsed the bargains, took advantage of the fresh produce and plants from the Kensington Community Garden, enjoyed a tasty treat and a coffee and chatted with volunteers and Rotarians.  It was a fabulous fun weekend with great sales and new networks and relationships made.
Playground removal from J J Holland
Today several members and 2 friends ventured to the YMCA complex at Kensington where the playground had been donated for RORP.  Bob Allardice from Nunawading Rotary, current overall manager of RORP Multi-district brought along his large tray ute to transport the equipment to John Arena's storage yard at Kilsyth.  Armed with a multitude of tools - wrenches, allan keys, sockets, multigrips and as a last resort a hammer and chisel, we tackled the dismantle.
Led by Bob and Peter Cribb who is experienced at this, John Sklenar, Lesley McCarthy and Karolina Sevcikova tackled the low nuts and bolts while Jules Borghouts and Suba Pragasam from North Melbourne Rotary tackled the higher elements and the 2 roofs.   
It was a relatively easy job apart from a couple of recalcitrant bolts which Bob soon finished off with his hammer and chisel or drill.

This is a good fun hands on activity which was over and done in under 3 hours.  Bob says this playground will join several others in the yard awaiting a container and shipping berth.  It will probably go to Egypt where SA Rotary has made a connection.
Wildlife Habitat and Pollination Corridor
See how they've grown?
I met with Stephanie from MVCC at Fairbairn Park recently to discuss the next stage of our tree planting program.  The rainfall this year has definitely helped our gardens grow and so to have our native trees, ground covers and understorey plants which were only planted in May this year!
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Tommy Quick 4 Points ride halted
Tommy Quick, supported by our club to complete his 4 Points Australia ride for Stroke is flying home to Victoria weeks after he was hit by a car in South Australia while on the charity trike ride.
Tommy was hit near Greenock in the Barossa Valley on November 17 as he was cycling between the four furthest points of Australia to raise awareness for strokes. 
He suffered a fractured pelvis and broken leg after the car swerved across the road and ran into Mr Quick, putting an end to his 9000km ride.
But after three weeks of recovery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Tommy boarded a Royal Flying Doctor flight back home. And, now for the second time in his life, he has to learn how to walk again. 

Tommy is Len Seddon's neighbour, and as you know, when he was 12-years-old, he suffered a life-changing stroke that saw him hospitalised for almost five months.  
Tommy is putting energy into his rehabilitation and is looking forward to spending Christmas with his family.
Tommy hasn't lost sight of his charity cycling goal and wants to get back on his trike and finish the journey.
We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with him and his parents Clive and Rena.
RIMERN continues to power ahead 
We are still short of volunteers to help with sorting, unpacking and organising donations.  According to the COVID protocols, volunteers {Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 9.30-12.30 or 1.30-4.30} must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask while at the store.  Volunteers are asked to attend for one day per fortnight to assist with COVID safety.
Our club has nominated Thursdays so if you have some spare time and want to actively serve, this is the job for you.  It's fun, friendly, easy and rewarding.  Contact Lesley or Carolina to join us.
Any questions re tasks, please contact or 0414 907 263.
WERN - 2021 Sustainable Cities Award winner
Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN) has been announced as the Community Program of the Year by Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities 2021 Awards.
A BIG THANK YOU to all the amazing WERN Volunteers and Sponsors. You are all to be congratulated for enabling WERN to deliver help across the North and West of Melbourne.
NYSF Melbourne 2022
The NYSF team in Canberra have asked me to seek volunteers to help with the Melbourne hubs in January. 
Please note in 2022, all volunteers will be required to hold first aid qualifications (including CPR), Working with Children Checks (WWCC) and to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You will be required to provide evidence of each of these following completion of the selection process
You can use the following link to submit an expression of interest. Our team will review all submissions by 10 December and provide advice as to next steps.
We appreciate your assistance in distributing this email and link through your Rotary networks.
Further information about the role and responsibilities is contained via the link above.
If you have any questions about the role, please do not hesitate to contact us at
COTA Victoria's Women Working Together is now focussing on supporting female carers aged 50+ along their training and employment pathway. Women Working Together is a program which has expanded to run in Melbourne’s Northern and Western suburbs, as well as Bendigo region from February 2022 onwards.

Women Working Together is designed to support women aged 50+ along their training and employment pathway. It involves recruiting and upskilling experienced women to become mentors, and matching them with female carers aged 50+ looking to re-enter the workforce or re-train for a more sustainable job. Women can express their interest in joining the program as a mentor or mentee by visiting our webpage Women Working Together.

We are keen to explore how we can work together to promote Women Working Together in your community, and recruit mentors and mentees. So, if you can help, or just want to know more, please visit our webpage Women Working Together.


We are partnering with Moonee Valley Council and the City of Melbourne to promote nature strips gardens across the community.  Our pollinators - bees, insects, birds and butterflies need flowering plants within a 50 metre distance to ensure their food chain.  
We need them to pollinate our gardens and food sources.
Do you really need that strip of grass which has to be mowed? 
Would you prefer to plant flowers and herbs which could be food for pollinator insects and birds?
MVCC and CoM have information on their websites with guidelines and permit forms.
Moonee Valley Council News:

Council recently engaged artist, Rosa Mar Tato Ortega to create a series of digital visual works for the new Flemington Community Hub.

The artwork will be collated and transposed into designs for the perforated screens on the outside of the building and also incorporated into the interior detailing.

We want the new Hub to be a facility which adds to the visual amenity of the area and showcases artwork that represents our community. To enable this, the visual theme, look and feel of the works will be informed by community. Rosa creates site-specific works and her inspirations for the artwork come from collaboration with the community, gathering stories and undertaking immersive research.

Rosa will be holding gatherings to get feedback from the local community as well as engaging with stakeholders including the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation to inform appropriate recognition and significance of the land of the site.

To enhance and support a collaborative community engagement process, Council has, through the Flemington Works project, appointed two Emerging Creatives to work alongside the artist to plan and facilitate consultation workshops, then collate and evaluate feedback.   Visit Rosa’s website to find out more about Rosa and the project.

Email your contact details to if you’re interested in taking part in these workshops.  

City of Melbourne update:
During the past months, we’ve spent more time in our neighbourhoods than ever before enjoying local spaces and discovering new parts in our local area. As Melbourne re-emerges and re-connects, we invite you to take part in helping us develop a neighbourhood plan, to help realise local aspirations and make Kensington the best it can be.
We want to hear what you learned during lockdown, what you love about Kensington and your priorities and hopes for this unique part of our city. There are many ways to take part:
  • Discover more about Kensington: explore what’s happening, learn key facts and figures, and drop a pin to tell us about neighbourhood strengths and opportunities.
  • Community connection: share a fill-in-the-blanks postcard, post to the ‘I heart Kensington’ community wall, host a tea party with your neighbours or showcase your creative skills in colouring local places.
  • Dive deeper: complete the survey, chat with us online or on the phone, or come along to one of our face to face sessions (TBC).
Get involved and go in the running to win one of 3  $200 Discover Kensington gift vouchers. Find out more and have your say at before 22 December or contact Mel on 0409 629 785 or
Sustainable Buildings in Sustainable Cities
A presentation by the Climate Action Group of the Rotary Club of Sydney.

Caroline Pidcock, 'Sustainable Buildings in Sustainable Cities' What you can do!
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