President's Message
Anne Heyes
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I do hope everyone has had the chance to stop, breathe, regroup and enjoy some relaxation with family and friends.
Many thanks to Beate McManus and Anne Heyes for organising the New Years Eve get together, I am sorry I couldn't join with you all but trust you enjoyed a wonderful evening with a fantastic view of the fireworks.
As you will be aware, much of our state and country is burning with the horrendous bushfires consuming the landscape - land, livestock, native animals, homes and businesses.    Rotary has commenced action.  Whilst we are not first responders, there is much we can and are doing.   District 9800 has established a Bushfire Response team and DG Grant is working with his fellow Victorian DGs as to needs both financial and service.
At our first meeting for 2020 next Wednesday 15th,  we have some financial matters to discuss, and a motion for approval of a donation to bushfire relief.
Peter Cribb also has news on the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds program including the installation of another playground at a Buddhist School in Lunuwila with the RC Negombo.  He also needs commitments for removal of 2 playgrounds in Melbourne and the reshuffle of equipment from container to container at DiK.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 15th.
Christmas Party
We welcomed our Op Shop volunteers and partners to a wonderful end of year celebration at Monte Villas in Hoppers Crossing.
A delicious meal was enjoyed by all and it was evident from the chatter that everyone enjoyed the opportunity to get together and have fun.
President Lesley McCarthy and Op Shop Coordinator Allan Bruno made a presentation on behalf of the Ftit4Use volunteers to Pam representing Yvonne Moon of RoCan towards the new wellness centre.
Christmas Hamper Collections
This year we are collecting for 3 separate groups with our Christmas Hampers.
1.  Homeless Persons Project through Bolton Clarke/Royal District Nurses.
Through member Matiu Bush we donate goods to the centre in West Melbourne who then distribute through their nurses and contacts. 
We need toiletries and sanitary products, food items, socks and undies.
2.  Disadvantaged children supported by the Moonee Valley Maternal & Child Health Nurses. 
Each year we provide a Christmas Pack for about 30 children and seek donations of books, toys, sporting items, toiletries for teenagers and mothers, perhaps a special food item.
3.  Share the Dignity/It's in the Bag.  This project supports disadvantaged women, those fleeing domestic violence and abuse, homeless teenagers.
Toiletres, sanitary products, hairbrush/comb, tissues or handkerchiefs, perhaps some perfume or a hairclip, food item.
Can you help us to help others?
Donations will be accepted at the Op Shop, 444 Racecourse Road Flemington.  See Sam.
If you cannot make it to the Christmas Party or our final weekly meeting, donations of any amount can be made into the Club's Fundraising Account.
BSB  633 – 000   Account number    151262821 REF: Hampers
Meeting December 4th 2019
This is the final meeting for 2019.  
Moonee Valley Council Mayor Samantha Byrne will join us and speak about her role,  her experiences and how we can work together in the future.  Samantha has responsibility for the Ward of: Rose Hill which covers Airport West, Avondale Heights, Keilor East, Niddrie, most of Essendon West and part of Strathmore Heights.
Launch of the Trio Bike
November 20th found Lesley, Lyn and Jules and Beate join Matu Bush and special guests at Gregory Lodge  for the formal launch of the Trio Bike.
The Minister for Suburban Planning Marlene Kairouz formally launched the bike and acknowledge Pick My Project and Rotary in the funding and initiation of the project.  Gregory Lodge have agreed to house the bike and organise volunteers and residents for rides.  Many thanks to Joanna and Eleanor for their support.
Jules Borghouts was magnificent as the Pilot for the day, with Ken, one of the residents having a wonderful time whizzing around the streets as the sole passenger.  He chatted happily with everyone and was keen to be interviewed.  ABC News attended and filmed much of the riding as well as interviews.  It was a fun and celebrator event.  Looking forward to seeing the bike around the streets soon.
Opening of another playground in Sri Lanka
PP Pubudu De Zoysa, District Chairman - Service Projects in District 3220 has reported that with the assistance of the Sri Lankan army, another playground has been formally opened at the Ampalavanapokkane Kaleivaani Pre -School in Mulativu.  This Pre School was built with donations from Rotary USA.
Bunnings BBQ's are back
November 23rd found the BBQ team back at Bunnings, Maribyrnong.
Many thanks as always to Allan Bruno for buying stock and organising the day.  Those who helped out were Sam Nicol, John Sklenar, Ted Frank, Len Seddon, Peter Cribb, Lesley McCarthy, John & Matthew Heyes and Olga Hilton.
A $1600 profit was achieved and we had to buy more bread during the day.
The Retro Girls Melbourne Cup Show
Rachel and Sandy performed in front of a sold out audience at 18 Anthony Street on November 19th. 
The theme was the Melbourne Cup Show and attendees were asked to dress to impress with hats de rigeur.  Anne Heyes organised prizes for the winning hats, Sam and Lesley ran the raffle in aid of Australian Rotary Health - Mental Health and Spark the Dark.
Connie and the Italian Ladies catered magnificently for the event with their menfolk acting as waiters.
It was a fun lunchtime show and Rachel and Sandy were great.
Our Neighbourhood speaks
Saturday November 23rd was the culmination of months of planning by a team of
residents from Flemington and Kensington and lead by staff from City of Melbourne
and Moonee Valley Council.  Both councils were keen to work together and bridge the physical divide of Racecourse Road.  Residents of Flemington and Kensington see themselves as a community and wanted to work together to solve some of the 'wicked' problems facing them. The aim was to engage residents to hear their major concerns and how everyone could work together to bring these to fruition. 
Many thanks to Melanie Del Monaco from the City of Melbourne and Tiffany Scott and Nadine Ford from MVCC who worked with their councillors, Mayors and staff to make
this happen. 
The speakers were amazing as they discussed how to make change happen, and the specific acts they had seen occur to improve lives in their communities.   
Thank you to Berry Lieberman, Matiu Bush, Hala Nur, Erin Rhoades and MVCC Mayor Samantha Byrne and CoM Councillor Beverley Pinder.
Club Information
Flemington Kensington
Service Above Self
Breakfast 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7.15-8.45
Crown Street Stables
40 Crown Street
near the corner of Edinburgh Street
Flemington, VIC  3031
0487 334 068
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