Welcome to a new Rotary year!
Greetings everyone
It was lovely to catch up with members at the last meeting where we held our virtual changeover.  
Past President Anne Heyes gave an overview of her year accompanied by a rich photographic coverage prepared by Betty Kitchener.
John Heyes is still in hospital recovering from recent surgery and we wish him all the best.
Caroline Webster, former Manager of the Kensington Neighbourhood House has been asked to lead a review into the Kensington Festival.  Edith Chen, Anne Heyes and I will be contributing and if anyone would like to participate in the ZOOM meeting on Monday 30 August at 11am, please let me know.  
I am pleased to report that Shradd and Samira have returned to Nepal after visiting famly in India.  They are both well and glad to be bac with Shradd's family.
The 2 playground containers are due to arrive in Haldia Port this week for transhipment cross country to Nepal.
Looking forward to seeing photos.  
David Heyes has been helping out with some urgent maintenance and work at the Op Shop.  He has also installed some new signage which has been stored waiting for the opportunity.  Manager Mel Caccetta has been reorganising inside as well and has a new display of some excellent artworks donated by a former Rotarian from Dingley.  Call in when we r-open and see what's new!
We are hopeful - fingers and toes crossed - that the meeting of 1 September will be able to go ahead.  This is supposed to be the visit from our District Governor Dale Hoy.  I have tentatively booked the Mercure Hotel, Corner Harker Street and Flemington Road for this breakfast event and will be seeking RSVPs in the week prior COVID permitting.

Virtual Changeover 2020-2021
Anne was pleased to present the following Paul Harris Awards:
PP Peter Cribb: 3 sapphires - for his outstanding and dedicated work on the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Project.
Lyn Borghouts: 1 sapphire  - for her work as plan coder on the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Project as well as her assistance as a Board Member.
Shraddha Sharma - for her work on Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Project and as a Board Member.
Edith Chen: for her work as Club treasurer and with the op Shop and the Art Show.
Betty Kitchener: for her support at the Op Shop, with the Art Show and as a Board Member.
Anne then presented 2 Life Membership awards:
Geoff Cawsey: Charter Member 1987, Past President 1988-1989: 2001-2002, James Hosie Awardee, Paul Harris Fellow Sapphires. BBQ and Onto Conference Champion.
Len Seddon: 30+ year member, James Hosie Awardee, Paul Harris Fellow, BBQ, Op Shop and Club Service Champion.
The James Hosie Trophy was presented to John Heyes for his contributions to the op Shop, the Art Show and for club service during the year of COVID.
The Vance Hilton Community Leadership Award was given to Sandy Belcher for her outstanding leadership of the Art Show.
Next Meeting Wednesday 18 August at 8AM - 7.45 for pre meeting chat!
Next Meeting Wednesday 18 August at 8AM Guest Speaker Catherine Johnston
Catherine is a researcher at the University of Melbourne investigating education and parenting sectors around the mental health of children and adolescents.

Meeting ID: 858 198 0266     Passcode: 675123     
On Tuesday, I visited Peter the Manager at Flemington Central, formerly Quest Flemington.  He had advised of a donation of surplus blankets and doonas for us.
Together with Susie Cole and her partner Peter, we filled our cars with blankets, doonas, pillows and mattress protectors - all in fabulous condition.  6 car loads of goods were driven to RIMERN in Brunswick East where they were carried up the 2 very long flights of stairs - the lift isn't in yet!
What an amazing donation to set RIMERN up for helping people in need.   Thank you so very much to Peter for thinking of us,  Rotary has a reputation for good and these items will be of such value.
We are delighted with the news that our Corporate Member, Mount Alexander College has achieved such strong results in 2020 despite COVID. 
MAC was named as having the most improved VCE Study Score results with a median score of 31.
Congratulations to Principal Dani Angelico, all students and staff on their efforts. 

Flemington Kensington Rotary is proud to have supported many students in recent years including 2020 DUX Alex Langley who attended National Youth Science Forum in 2020 and 2020 Growth DUX Haniyah Abdou Said who was the inaugural Del King Scholarship recipient. 
Professor Maureen Ryan from VU and a previous partner in the Words & Pictures/Gallery Sunshine work has asked for our collaboration on a new project  Funded by a MVCC grant, Maureen and her partner Karen are exploring what places in Flemington are memorable - to current children, migrants and the long term residents.  A book will be produced with images and words showing the connections we have with our geographical area and buildings.
To be involved contact Anne, Edith or Lesley.
Have you seen North West Inner City News yet?  We are pleased to be able to contribute stories each month and share our work and activities with residents of Melbourne, North and West Melbourne, Flemington, Kensington, Parkdale and Carlton.
 Posted by Tim Moore on Jun 11, 2021
To celebrate our Centenary, this year’s Zone 8 conference is all about sharing the wonderful impact of Rotary.  It will take place on 11 & 12 September.
There are some great reasons to attend this year’s event:
  • Be inspired by Rotary projects in communities around our Zone
  • Meet some of our Rotary heroes – dedicating their lives to making a positive difference
  • Learn new ways to deepen engagement and impact from Rotary’s senior leaders
  • Connect with Rotary friends old and new
  • Share the ‘big picture’ of Rotary impact with your newer members
  • Be inspired to deepen your engagement and make an even greater difference through Rotary
The 2021 event is virtual with a flexible two-day program designed to inspire and energise you.  The event will have all the best elements of the face to face conference  – you can listen to great speakers, ask questions, network with Rotarians friends (old and new) and choose the sessions you want to attend – all from the comfort of your home or in a shared space with other Rotarians and friends.
This event will bring together the best of Rotary in one place over one weekend, running on both days from 11.30 – 1.00 pm AEST.
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Retiree Wellbeing study opportunity – retirees needed!  
This is Anna Lawton and she completing her Master of Applied Positive Psychology research project.
Anna is investigating the impact that COVID-19 has had on retirement goals, plans, and dreams and how this has influenced the wellbeing of our retiree community in Victoria. Participation is through an online survey. If you are a retiree who lives in Victoria and are interested in participating, please click on the URL which will take you to the Project Information Sheet and, if you would like to participate, the survey.
Participation will take up to 20 minutes.
We have booked a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle for Sunday 26 September at Maribyrnong.  Please diarise this and advise if you can do either a morning or afternoon shift please.
Lesley is BBQ Captain {oh no you say!!}
Upcoming Events
District Governor's visit
Sep 01, 2021
7:15 AM – 9:30 AM
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Rotary On The Move
Moonee Valley Council Green Action Plan
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