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Belgian Beer Café, 5 Riverside Quay, Southbank

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2019 RYLAian from Southbank

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 31 March 2020
2019 RYLAian from Southbank

Rotary Club of Southbank sponsored Jennisha Arnanta for 2019 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). It is a residential camp unlike any other. Over seven days, participants are immersed in a program centered around  four key themes: Challenge by choice, diversity, community and time out. We give young people aged 18-25 the opportunity to step away from the distractions of their busy lives and provide the space to think about what is important to them.

Jennisha is passionate about people and public speaking, and values experience above all things. She believes that to be a well-rounded person, one must keep growing through exposure to new experiences, opportunities and constantly challenging oneself to push beyond the limits. She has been involved with Toastmasters at University of Melbourne (District 73) for the past 2 years as a Public Relations Officer to further pursue learning good communication skills and the art of being a good public speaker.

In early 2020, she travelled to Miaoli, a village in Taiwan as part of a program with AIESEC organisation to teach English to underprivileged children and execute cross-cultural exchange. When she is not cooped up with her studies, she makes it a point to go out and meet new people through volunteering or business events.

We hope that Jennisha with her family members can come to one of our meetings in 2020 to share her RYLA experience.
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Women in Rotary Breakfast Report

Posted by Jaqui O'Donohoe on 6 March 2020
Women in Rotary Breakfast Report
On the 5th March I attended the Women in Rotary, International Women's Day Event at Crown Palladium aptly named 'A Seat at the Table' . With an entertaining host, Musna Pasha we were introduced to an inspiring panel of speakers including Sally Capp (Lord Mayor), Terry Moran AC, (Chancellor Federation University), Deb Platz (Assistant Commissioner AFP), David Lesser (Journalist & Author) and Melinda Cilento (CEO CEDA) with Dr Gael Jennings as the Moderator. They all shared some fascinating stories, a personal favourite of mine being Deb's story of being a Policewomen and wearing a dress or skirt with your gun in your handbag and trying to chase perps in your high heels, including jumping over fences!

Some key messages were shared and we were left with real ways we can all make a difference, including calling out behaviour and acting with courage. Some of my biggest take away lines were 'We stand on the shoulders of the women who came before us" and " What you walk past, you accept"

Well done to the Women in Rotary and the Rotary Clubs of Brighton North and Melbourne for such an excellent event. I bought a friend who has never experienced Rotary and is now keen on getting involved!

Jaqui O'Donohoe


Australian Bushfire Disaster Relief Appeal Breakfast

Posted on 23 January 2020

You are invited to join us at a Business Leaders Breakfast to raise funds for the Australian Bushfire Disaster Relief Appeal.  Bookings are now avaliable via Trybooking.

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Crisp

Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria.

Date: Wednesday 19 February 2020
Time: 7:00am for 7:15am (Concluding 9.00am)
Venue: Hyatt Place Event Centre, 1 Larkin Boulevard, Essendon Fields VIC, Australia
Tickets: $50 per person including parking or $750 for a Corporate Table ($750 per corporate or organisation table of 10. All corporates and organisations table bookings will be gratefully acknowledged)
Email Enquires: bushfirebreakfast@rotarydistrict9800.org.au

Download a Printable Flyer (to print or email to fellow Rotarians and Business partners)

Make a One-Off Donation to the Australian Bushfire Disaster Relief Appeal.


Rotary Offers Opportunities

Posted by Ryan Hyland on 21 January 2020

Incoming RI President announces 2020-21 presidential theme

Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve.

Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January.

Rotary isn't just a club for people to join, but rather "an invitation to endless opportunities," said Knaack, who becomes president on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects.

Click on the Link below to view the rest of the article (and note the photo above of our current Dstrict Governor Grant Hocking at last years' International Assembly.)



Why Toastmasters benefits Rotary clubs

Posted by Terry Beard, Rotary Club of Portland, Oregon, USA on 20 January 2020
Why Toastmasters benefits Rotary clubs
You may have heard that most people would rather die than give a speech. Public speaking is the number one fear for many people.

For 49 years, I too had a fear of public speaking. It was so bad, I would break out in a sweat. I'd leave the room. I'd find excuses, or ask other people to stand up and speak for me. Anything to avoid having to speak in public. A couple of bad experiences early in my life built up this fear, but I made it my goal to overcome it. Fifteen years ago at the age of 50, I was introduced to Toastmasters by a good friend, and I've been a member since.

Read more

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Supporting Bushfire Relief

Posted by Grant Hocking on 20 January 2020
Supporting Bushfire Relief

Like all Australians, we have been deeply impacted by the bushfires in our country.  District 9800 has established a Bushfire Response Committee to coordinate our District response to the bushfires.   We are working with the other Districts to ensure we coordinate and maximise our response to those communities in need as base it on the identified needs from those communities.

District 9800 is providing two separate ways for Rotary Clubs, Rotarians and members of the public to provide donations to our Bushfire Recovery efforts.

The first fund will provide Rotary Clubs and individuals not seeking a tax deduction and allow us more flexibility to take immediate action.

Account: Rotary International District 9800 - Australian Bushfire Appeal

BSB: 633000     Account Number: 171227895

The second fund through Bendigo Banks Community Enterprise Foundation allows tax deductibility to individual donors or businesses who require this option.

Bendigo Bank has waived their administration fees.

For tax deductible donations please use this link:


If you need to discuss anything related to the bushfire efforts please contact D9800 Bushfire Response Committee chair Sue Foley (Sue.Foley@bendigoadelaide.com.au or myself.)

Thank you again for all you are doing to support the bushfire affected communities.

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District 9800 Response to the Bushfires

Posted by Grant Hocking on 17 January 2020
District 9800 Response to the Bushfires

Message from the District Governor Grant Hocking

Hello D9800 Rotarians and friends,

Like all Australians, we have been deeply impacted by the bushfires in our country. The loss of homes, landscapes, wildlife and lives is truly devastating, and our hearts go out to all those affected. I know you join me in sending our sincere thanks to the firefighters, charities and volunteers who are tirelessly working to assist in our country's recovery.

We have been moved by the outpouring of support Rotarians and our community has shown to what will be a long and complex bushfire season.

In the last few days I have spoken directly with District Governors in both the Gippsland and Hume areas of Victoria and we will be working together in our response. We will be coordinating our efforts (financial and logistical) with these Districts to ensure that all communities are supported.

As well as this the 21 Governors across Australia are in constant communication and coordinating the National relief efforts.

The aim is to ensure we coordinate and maximise our response to those communities in need as base it on the identified needs from those communities.

Immediate response

Emergency and Disaster response agencies in Victoria do a marvelous job in the immediate care and safety of the affected communities.

I am proud that we have many Rotarians volunteering for front line agencies and responding to requests for support from agencies working in the relief centres and elsewhere including animal welfare.

Generous offers are being received from many Rotarians, and there have been many individuals and clubs working in many areas to provide materials and food to affected agencies and communities. This includes the provision of 500,000 P2 face masks which are being distributed through Rotary Club of Melbourne and Donations in Kind.

Our District Bushfire Response committee would love to have a record of all these efforts from Rotarians and clubs in our district. Please contact PDG Jim Studebaker with information about your recent efforts and any plans for or to discuss future relief efforts. Contact Jim via email jimstude@bigpond.net.au or 0413 304 864.

Please contact D9800 Bushfire Response Committee Chair Sue Foley Sue.Foley@bendigoadelaide.com.au or myself to discuss the D9800 or your club or individual bushfire response.

The ongoing support of Rotarians will be invaluable over the coming months and as always is valued and appreciated. Thanks you for all you are doing to support the bushfire affected communities.

DG Grant Hocking


Probus Club Launches for Inner-Melbourne Retirees

Posted by Stuart McArthur on 17 January 2020
Probus Club Launches for Inner-Melbourne Retirees

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

Melbourne Bearbrass Probus for active retirees launches at Library at the Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands at 10am-noon on Wednesday February 12, 2020.  

Have the honor of becoming a Bearbrass* foundation member, or just check us out. We'll also welcome potential office-bearers.

You'll meet like-minded friends, hear stimulating monthly speakers, and with new friends you'll enjoy

  • Theatre, movies, music, arts, coffee, food & wine
  • Walking, biking, bowls, golf, Pilates & fitness
  • Bridge, mah-jong, books, ancestry, photography
  • Victorian, national and offshore trips, and
  • Discounts and attractive overseas travel cover

Regular monthly meetings will be from March, 2020 at the Dock Library from 10am on second Tuesdays of each month. Fees will be only $30 to join and $60 yearly (subject to club ratification).

Probus runs entirely for friendships and lifestyles of sociable retirees and near-retirees with lively minds. It does no charity fund-raising.

Bearbrass Probus, sponsored by Rotary Central Melbourne, caters for the city's huge growth in male and female retirees living in the CBD, Southbank and Docklands. But you can join from anywhere.

For more information, Contact:

Tony Thomas  - tthomas061@gmail.com and  0407 305 757, or

Robert Renshaw rren2422@bigpond.net.au and 03 9802 1901. facebook.com/tthomas061/  and

website probussouthpacific.org/microsites/melbournebearbrass

* "Bearbrass" was an early suggested name for the settlement that became "Melbourne".


Rotary Southbank to Welcome Toastmasters

Posted by Stuart McArthur on 16 January 2020
Rotary Southbank to Welcome Toastmasters

Toastmasters International and Rotary International have announced a new partnership that will bring together the strengths of these two century old organisations, sharing what we be both value (connecting communities), with our own specialities: Rotary (Community Service) and ToastMasters (Personal Development).

Together, Rotary and Toastmasters can not only connect you with leadership skills in your career and your passions, but also share and foster thoese ideas to help make the world a better place.

Learn more:



Partnership to start at grass roots level

To start the ball rolling at a local level, Rotary Club of Southbank will welcome visitors from the Dockland's ANZ 'Off the Cuff' Toastmasters Club at our club meeting on Tuesday 28th January. (Click here to book)

This is your opportunity to learn more about how membership of Rotary and/or Toastmasters can help develop your world.

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Farmer Drought Appeal

Posted by Jaqui Clark on 26 August 2019
Farmer Drought Appeal

Most Australians will be aware that our farmers are struggling with some of the worst drought in history, particularly in regional NSW / VIC and QLD. The Bureau of Meteorology reports that we can expect a drier than average Aug Oct 2019 so things are not going to get better for our farmers any time soon. Drought has an effect on whole communities, not just reducing output but also affecting the mental health of our farmers and their families.

In 2018 the Great Northern Brewery co, together with Rotary launched a campaign to raise funds for farmers affected by the drought. Communities came together across 960 venues to share a beer, or run events and together raised $11.2M for the Drought Relief Fund.

This year we plan to go bigger!

Rotary Southbank came together with the Great Northern Brewing Co at their club meeting on the 20th Aug, 2019 to start sharing ideas on how we can work together again to make 2019 bigger and stronger and raise even more funds for our farmers. Promotional events such as 'Parmaforafarmer' and 'wear a flanny on Friday' were discussed as well as the keg donation that was so successful last year.

This year's promotion will run from 25-27 October and we are all excited about getting involved.

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