President's Message
Lesley McCarthy
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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.
Flemington Kensington Arts Committee
The Arts Committee will meet after our weekly meeting on Wednesday 15th to discuss and plan for 2020.
There are several elements which need clarification and refinement including budget, grant possibilities and events.
Anne McMahon has received a grant from City of Melbourne towards the Arts Festival but MVCC has yet to be applied for.
The volunteer ‘Arts Team’ will be getting together on Saturday 18th January at Crown Street Stables  to work out what is logistically and humanly possible in terms of arts activities for 2020. We will need to set realistic goals - and factor in overall Club activities as many of the volunteers are also club members and other Club projects will of course impact on their availability and energy levels. 
By January 30 (at the latest) the ‘Arts Team’ should have a clear and agreed to understanding, and logistical / funding framework in place, around the arts based activities/program that the Club can reasonably deliver in 2020. 
This includes:
The Rotary Art Show via Gallery 247 tentatively scheduled for Grand Final weekend.
The biannual community Festival 
The Arts on Anthony
Anyone wishing to be involved in the Arts Team is invited to participate in one or both of these meetings.
Anne H, Anne M, Edith will meet with Melanie Del Monaco from CoM on Wednesday at 1pm.

Rotary Bushfire Appeals
Our thoughts are sympathies go out to everyone impacted by the recent bushfires across Australia.  
Our District 9800 leaders have been working hard to organise the best ways to assist those in need and many clubs have organised fundraising and packing events.
Donations may be made through:
Rotary District 9820 Disaster Relief Fund
We are encouraging clubs to donate to our district's Disaster Relief Fund in the first instance. The Disaster Relief Fund has already committed $10k to the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee below, and will continue to donate funds to where they are most effective. BSB 633000 Acct 137927174. Please email PDG Janne Speirs when you donate

East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee
Rotary Club of Bairnsdale Sunrise fire aid project account
Bendigo Bank  BSB 633 000  Account number 165960451
Their Fire Aid committee, under District 9820 Emergency Chair PDG Janne Spiers will email all Rotary Clubs in Australia & New Zealand for support, and gather information of the need for service work.

District 9800 Bushfire Response Group {Sue Foley, PDG Jim Studebaker, Marion McLeod, Rhys Maggs, DGN Phillip Archer, DG Grant Hocking}
Rotary International D9800 Inc Disaster Fund account
BSB 033181 Acct Number:  377982
District has established an account with Bendigo Bank for receipt of funds where a tax deduction is required which will suit some individuals or businesses. Unlike other funds Bendigo Bank has waived all fees. Details will be published tomorrow.
In the immediate response arena we have definite knowledge that the following items are required. It would be great If you can support them.
Fodder donations and offers of agistment: Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), 1300 882 833 or
Food donations - contact Food Bank
Offers of free Accommodation; Find a Bed on 02 7202 6588
Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Bushfire appeals is taking donations and the funds raised will go directly where they're needed most.
You can donate here For donations to go to East Gippsland tag your donation with D9820.
Donations to RAWCS are Tax Deductible and funds will be utilised in the Community by Rotary Clubs where needed.

WIRES for Wildlife rescue


NYSF Canberra cancelled due to air quality
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

Due to the Australian bushfires and the impact of smoke in the ACT, the National Youth Science Forum has made the difficult decision to end Session A of the NYSF 2020 Year 12 Program and return participants to their families while it is safe to do so. We have also had to cancel the National Science Teachers Summer School (NSTSS) that was to run this week in Canberra.

Although there is no current bushfire threat, the biggest risk to the safety of participants is the significant smoke that Canberra continues to experience.

We are saddened to have to cancel but safety and wellbeing is our top priority. We greatly appreciate the resilience and understanding of Participants, NYSF Families, Student Staff Leaders and Rotary volunteers. This cancellation only impacts Session A of the NYSF Year 12 Program and Canberra NSTSS. If you are participating in other sessions or NSTSS in Brisbane, please monitor your emails for further updates.

More information can be found here:


RORP assistance needed
Help is needed to collect the playgrounds from JJ Holland Reserve in Kensington and  another playground in Lincoln Square Melbourne.  These are anticipated for late January/early February  dates TBC.
Early in February, the playground shuffle will take place transferring stored equipment from our container to the leased container for shipment #4 to Sri Lanka later in February.  This will be on a Saturday morning, probably February 1st or 8th but TBC.
Bushfire Events in our cluster
Gateway Rotaract and the Rotaract E-Club of Melbourne are organising a trivia night at the Flemington-Kensington Bowling Club for Saturday 15 February, with funds going towards the bushfires.
Mor info to come.  Richard Mason at
Rotary Clubs of Keilor & Essendon  Barefoot Bowls FUNrasier
Tuesday 28th January 2020

Aberfeldie Bowls Club - 13 Scott St, Essendon
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm $ 30 per person for Bowls and Dinner   Drinks at Bar Prices 
All profits to Rotary Bushfire Relief Fund

Online Bookings by the 21st January 2020 at :-
Enquires to :- Glenda - Rotary Club Keilor 0419 207 090 or Kelly – Rotary Club Essendon 0413 027 156

January Blue Moon
The first Blue Moon Social event for 2020 will be dinner on Wednesday January 29th.  
Hardimans Hotel, 521 Macaulay Rd, Kensington.  6.30pm
Chris from Hardimans was a major sponsor of our 2019 Art Show.
RSVP to Lesley by 28th January please.
Melbourne: A Great Place to Age strategic plan
On Tuesday 10 December, City of Melbourne Council endorsed community engagement to develop the Melbourne: A Great Place to Age strategic plan. 
We’re calling on all Melburnians to share their wisdom. Your insights will help inform our plan for older people who live, work and play in Melbourne.
You can have your say in person at one of our drop information sessions or by completing the online survey here
Please share with your networks to have their say on making Melbourne internationally recognised as a great place to age and for older people to be:
  • Respected
  • Safe
  • Connected
  • Supported
Paper surveys are available at our Neighbourhood Centres, staff will be onsite to assist on Wednesday 8 January and Thursday 9 January between 10am and 3pm.
Surveys can be provided in Arabic, Greek, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. Please let me know if you would like to receive a translated copy to share with your members and networks.
For more information and to have you say visit or call us on 9658 9190
Consultation closes Friday 31 January.
Rachael Laycock | Social Support and Inclusion Officer | Community Services
City of Melbourne | Council House 1, 200 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000 | GPO Box 1603 Melbourne 3001
T: 03 9658 9929 | M: 0417 881 235 | F: 03 9658 9541 | E:
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