President Anne

At this week's meeting we welcomed Geoff Cawsey who has been shown how to ZOOM by his delightful granddaughters.  Geoff is recovering from foot surgery earlier this year  although he has had some setbacks.  He and Dulcie are well.

Our guest speaker was Kirsty Ellem, Manager at The Venny.  Our club has been a long time supporter of the Venny which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year   We heard some of the history and the challenges they have faced during COVID in supporting children in the community. Read more 

Together with Edith Chen and a number of volunteers, the Op Shop has had a major clean out under the new COVID safe plan.  We have been painting, reorganising space and clearance of old and unwanted stock.  Many thanks to John Heyes, Karolina and Mel, and our reliable volunteers for their efforts.  Any members who have time to offer, please contact Anne to ensure COVID safety with numbers.
It was great to see Len Seddon who dropped into the shop during the week.  He is looking well.
The club has been asked to support shipments of hospital beds to Sri Lanka from our sister club, the Rotary Club of Columbo.  They have obtained a formal request from the Ministry of Health as COVID numbers have overloaded their hospitals.  Nihal De Run from the BEAM Foundation {} and one of our playground partners has arranged for a contribution to cover the shipping through the Trauma Hospital Foundation.  The Board has approved support and shipping of a 2nd container as well.  We know from our partners that these beds will reach the hospitals so very much in need.
   We have been advised of the resignation of Carolyn Webster from Kensington  Neighbourhood House.  Carolyn has done an amazing job for over 15 years  developing and promoting KNH and supporting residents.  She is reducing her workload to 4 days pw and taking up the role at Dallas Neighbourhood House.   She will be very much missed.

     Walk With Us for those that can’t Our Club has a team and Anne and Lesley have been walking.  Our fundraising is accelerating. 

Did you know that all donations are matched 1:2 by the Gates Foundation?  And every dollar is tax deductable?

Please support us by giving what you can. 


A reminder that the next meeting on Wednesday 4th November is the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.  The Annual Report 2019-2020 will be presented along with financial reports.

Nominations will also be received for 2020-2021 club leadership roles including President, Secretary, treasurer, Board members and service chairs.

I hope everyone is staying safe & well.

2021 Art Show
Thanks to John Elston who has worked with Anne McMahon to have the Gallery247 webpage up and ru8nning.  Entries are now open for submissions.  There are already over 30 entries.
A COVID Safe Plan is being prepared for the Art Show now.
Many thanks to the sponsors who have already committed to supporting us for this event.  We understand that businesses have had difficulties due to COVID-19 but hope that some of our regular supporters will still be able to offer some sponsorship.
City of Melbourne.  Nelson Alexander.  Kensington Business Network.  White Gum Potters.
If you are interested or able to provide sponsorship at any level, please contact Lesley.
Guest Speaker Kirsty Ellem - The Venny  21st October
Kirsty Ellem is one of the managers at The Venny.  2021 is the 40th anniversary of this program which has as its mission to provide a supervised ‘backyard’ and safe haven for at-risk 5 to16 year children and adolescents. It delivers a diverse range of early intervention and prevention programs that build children’s resilience and develop positive relationships.
Together with Dave and Danni and a team of support staff and volunteers, The Venny has been able to re-open.
ZOOM Meeting link:  1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7.45am for an 8am start.

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Our Art Show sponsors so far:  
Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships are still available.

As part of the R100 Celebrations, Rotary Melbourne has issued a challenge to Rotary Club of Sydney to join us in an inter-club debate via ZOOM.  The following details apply:

Topic:  'Reversing Climate Change is Mission Possible'

Date: Thursday 5 November 2020 6.30pm to 8pm.

Adjudicator:  The Honourable Judith Troeth AM, former Senator for Victoria



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