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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.

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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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Youth Referral and Independent Person Program

Posted by Jasmin Dhillön on 23 August 2019
Youth Referral and Independent Person Program

Earlier this month the Rotary club of Southbank hosted Lyndon from the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP).

YRIPP is funded by the Victorian Government and is based at the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), YRIPP is delivered in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, Community Legal Centres and Victoria Police.

YRIPP is the first program in Victoria to set up a state wide infrastructure for the provision of Independent Persons to young persons.

Through calling a single telephone number, police can be provided with a trained Independent Person to attend the police station usually within 30 minutes.

Through the same number Young people in custody can also receive free telephone legal advice from a rostered solictor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, provided by Victoria Legal Aid.

During the presentation we learnt that Aborignal youth are underrepresented and account for approximately 20% of young people that YRIPP supports.

Around 170 police stations utilise YRIPP's services and that YRIPPs takes a strengths based approach to supporting young people, with a large number of youths having cognitive and or mental health issues.

YRIPP also links young people in with local health and welfare support services, aiming to reduce the risk factors and increase the protective factors associated with youth offending. 

YRIPP is always looking for dedicated and diligent volunteers. If you have a passion to help young people and important part of a youths life in their time of need, you can contact YRIPP on 03 9340 3777 or visit their website at www.yripp.org.au.

If your volunteer application is successful, you will undertake extensive training and will need to commit to rostered call out (based on your availability) and make a 12 month commitment

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The District 9800 Foundation Giving Tree - June Newsletter

Posted by District 9800 Foundation Committee on 29 June 2019
The District 9800 Foundation Giving Tree - June Newsletter

In the Rotary world most positions have a term of one year. Some other positions such as Foundation roles have a three year term and it is time for the current team to move on. Some will be continuing on as part of the new team who will be capably led by PDG Murray Verso, who I know will fill that role with distinction.

Please enjoy this Newsletter (click here) and celebrate three years of success, prancing, celebration and inspiration whilst our dedicated Rotarians continued to Do Good in the World.

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How Rotary House and the Bone Marrow Donor Institute help people fighting cancer

Posted by Bronwyn Stephens on 29 June 2019
How Rotary House and the Bone Marrow Donor Institute help people fighting cancer

It seems a long time ago now..... perhaps 3 or 4 years, since my first lady of Rotary, Joan Daniels, invited me to a Christmas Party. Never would I refuse Joan anything.

She is my mentor.

When we arrived at the building there was an enormous Rotary wheel above us and the building was named "Rotary House". I was amazed.

I had never heard of this building.

The Managing Director, Eric Wright greeted us warmly. He calls Joan "Rotary Royalty".

Inside, each apartment door was named for a donor. Most of them Rotari- ans or Rotary Clubs. I learned the history of the place and why it was built. I learnt that one person's idea started it all off; John Oppie as his child had leukaemia. Bernie Lamers (Rotary Club Preston) co-founded the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry then planned, project managed and fundraised tirelessly for BMDI/Rotary House. For that and his other humanitarian service he has been named this year as the first Zone 8 Rotarian Of The Year.

Then the District Governor of that year 1992-93 made it his focus.

He appointed a committee chaired by John Martyres. In that year Clubs raised over $1 million towards what was then knows as the Bone Marrow Research Institute associated with Rotary Melbourne Hospital.

Then 1993-1994 District Governor from my own Club Rob Dunn said it was the most important project he had undertaken in his Governor year, and that he and Past District Governor Gordon McKern continued to encourage Clubs to raise $2 million to earn naming rights of Rotary House.

Gordon's monthly newsletters are full of Club reports of fundraisers each month, pulling together with this District wide initiative.

So that was the beginning of it all.

Now, the Fight Cancer Foundation keeps it running, largely with proceeds from the Red Ball and a few Rotary Clubs stay helping.

Rotary has an opportunity to be part of the future too, as District 9800 has signed a collaboration deed to assist with the redevelopment of a new building.

BMDI Rotary House is located at 4-12 Blackwood St, North Melbourne

Rotary House Appeal Help Families Fight Cancer Together

Rotary, in partnership with Fight Cancer Foundation, has made an enormous difference to the lives of people living with cancer since 1990. District 9800 helped fundraise $4M to create a world-class Cancer Research Centre in Melbourne, which continues to produce results that improve the outcomes of cancer patients around the world.

Again in 2003 Rotary took up the cause of families fighting against cancer by throwing its considerable weight behind BMDI Rotary House in North Melbourne.

The centre comprises 13 self-contained apartments for regional, rural and interstate families who must travel to Melbourne to access specialist cancer treatment.

Close to three major treating hospitals, more than 70 families find a home away from home at BMDI Rotary House each year, helping to alleviate some of the financial and emotional stress and uncertainty brought by a diagnosis of cancer. Most importantly, it keeps these families together during the toughest battle of their lives.

The need for comfortable, affordable accommodation for rural and interstate families requiring treatment for cancer is high. BMDI Rotary House is always at capacity and the waiting list of families desperate for a safe place to stay for up to six months is long. What happens to these families if they can't access accommodation like that of BMDI Rotary House? They might spend their life savings on motel rooms, couch surf or decide to skip the treatment they need all due to the prohibitive cost of accommodation.

Rotary House, Rotary and Fight Cancer Foundation's ambitious new project, aims to provide more families going through cancer with a home away from home. With 30 custom-built apartments that cater to the specialised needs of people recovering from a bone marrow transplant, each year the new facility will provide almost 11,000 nights' accommodation to families who need it most.

Your support and that of your clubs will make a real difference in the lives of families fighting against cancer and help them face it together.

You can donate to the Rotary House Appeal by visiting www.fightcancer.org.au/donate and all donations are tax deductible.

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A voice for Good

Posted by David Jones on 29 June 2019
A voice for Good

Are You Free on April 4th for a Sing at Boyd 10.30 11.30?

A few short weeks ago, members of the Club wowed guests at our 20th Anniversary Dinner with an inspiring rendition of 'Hey Jude'.  In just a few of our meetings in May, we were coached by Music Director Kerry Gerraty from Upbeat Arts.

The vision for "South Village Singers" was formed.

Our Club now plans to hold Choir sessions ahead of our scheduled evening meetings twice a month.  So the Rotary Club of Southbank will host the 'Evening Chapter' of South Village Singers. 

Upbeat Arts has been hosting a Friday morning Choir at Boyd Community Hub for many months.  Under Kerry's leadership the group will become the 'Morning Chapter' at the Boyd Community Hub.  Presently, this group is a small, but growing, community choir with many members coming from the Choir of Hard Knocks. 

We will rehearse separately, but come together for performances . . . . and some good times.


We need singers to join in a gig at Boyd Community Hum on July 4th.  It is their 7th birthday.

10.30am Meet at Archway Group  (117 Queensbridge St)
  Warm up and preparation
11.00am Short Performance at Boyd
  Hey Jude
  2 old time favourites (which you will know)
11.15am Morning Tea and fellowship  (optional)

Can you join us?

Please contact David Jones

PH: 0419 889 646

Email: David.a.jones@bigpond.com





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5 Clubs 4 Clusters 1 Combined Meeting

Posted by Stuart McArthur on 18 June 2019
5 Clubs 4 Clusters 1 Combined Meeting

Across the world, there are thousands of Rotary Clubs. Each are independent and have their own local projects, but it is when they connect with other clubs and share ideas, they can learn new ways of doing things, create opportunities to do things differently and have a greater impact.

So it was on Monday 17th June, 2019, when members of the Rotary Clubs of Port Melbourne, Southbank, North Melbourne, Glen Eira and Bentleigh Moorabbin Central came together for a combined meeting at the Cricketers Arms Hotel in Port Melbourne.

Special thanks go to the Rotary Club of Port Melbourne for being the host club. The night allowed an opportunity to share a range of projects undertaken by each club. By leveraging the talents of other clubs we can do bigger and better things and learn and grow together.

Rotary Club of Port Melbourne - The little club that does big things
  • Providing Morning Tea in Parliament
  • Sending used hospital beds to Chile to support palliative care hospitals
  • Working with Rotary Club of Albert Park to run a book fair
  • Running BBQ's at Bunnings
  • Donation of a Mobility Scooter by club member
  • Set up of a hotel / school / café / Dental Surgery in Balibo East Timor while restoring the old Balibo fort
  • Currently investigating Malnutrition needs in East Timor - Supporting Farmers in East Timor to grow crops that will assist
  • Pigs for Cambodia
  • Hosting of a Trivia Night at the St. Kilda Town Hall in support of Father Bob.
  • Planning a cruise around Port Melbourne.
  • Planning guest speaker from Mercy Ships could be a great opportunity for another combined meeting and will lead to a fundraiser.
  • Planting Trees in Port Melbourne
  • Supporting girls from MacRob with the set-up of an Interact Club and supporting them to attend Rotary Programs such as RYPEN, RYLA and the Science Experience.
Rotary Club of Southbank
  • Combining with Ray White in Southbank to support their Christmas giving appeal 'A little Ray of Giving' and supporting local charities including Steps Outreach Service and Launch Housing'
  • Planting Trees with First friends of Dandenong creek and also at Westgate Park.
  • Participating in Run Melbourne.
  • Combined with other District clubs to participate in an 'End Polio Now walk around Albert Park Lake Themed Punks and Princesses where everyone dressed up
Rotary Club of Glen Eira
  • Works in the Homelessness space
  • Food Bank community information support combined with Glen Eira council
  • Run a monthly program called Nourish along with Beth Israel which has expanded to volunteering in Alma Park to feed 30-40 homeless people
  • Volunteering at St. John's church
  • Will run an Indian Cultural Day on 18 August to highlight projects in their country in partnership with Rotary Club of Warrnambool Central
  • Installation of 200 Solar lighting kits in India
Rotary Club of North Melbourne
  • Very Successful at running BBQ's for Bunnings / Election Sausages, etc. and inundated by requests for more opportunities
  • Sell / Donate water filters to South America
  • Had representatives from Afri-Aus Care at their last meeting along with the Black Rhinos Basketball Team. This will also lead to a fundraiser. Selba Luka from Afri-Auscare also attended the combined meeting at Port Melbourne.
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Black Rhinos come to North Melbourne Meeting.

Posted by Sally Page on 17 June 2019
Black Rhinos come to North Melbourne Meeting.

President Elect Sally visited the Rotary Club of North Melbourne on 13 June and reports on their guest speakers.

Selba Luka was the guest speaker, she is from Afri Aus Care. They are a non-profit organisation that support African youth. Selba brought along 11 or so young men from the basketball club that they founded called the Black Rhinos. Her daughter also spoke about up cycling clothing as a project she is starting to raise some funds for the cause. Selba is doing great work with support and counselling of the African youth, but they need help, especially with employment opportunities and mentoring. Watch this space, we will continue the conversation and see what we can do to help as a cluster, championed by George Zindillis from North Melbourne Rotary Club and Dale Hoy, District Governor Nominee Designate.

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Club meeting next week to be combined with Rotary Club of Port Melbourne on Monday Night

Posted by Stuart McArthur on 12 June 2019

Note change of venue and date

Monday 17th June, 2019 - 6 for 6.30pm

Cricketers Arms Hotel, 69 Cruickshank St, Port Melbourne

One of the exciting things about Rotary is often the opportunity and challenge to adapt to change at short notice.

This week, we had originally planned to have Lili Teichman, President Elect of Rotary Club of Glen Eira come and talk to us about the opportunity of sharing projects between our club and other district clubs however at late notice (but thankfully before the newsletter went out), Lili advised she wouldn't be able to make it due to another commitment.

Likewise, next week's speaker is also no longer available.

With a quick change of plans, we prepared for a discussion on future opportunities for the club but instead ended up welcoming David Richardson and Lucy Douglas from the Rotary Club of Port Melbourne who also visited our club with an idea of discussing shared project opportunities so we ended up having a similar discussion with that club.

It is now proposed that for next week, we have a combined meeting of Southbank, North Melbourne, Port Melbourne and Glen Eira at Port Melbourne's venue.


Monday 17th June, 2019 - 6 for 6.30pm

Cricketers Arms Hotel, 69 Cruickshank St, Port Melbourne


Other clubs would be welcome to join us too.

This meeting will replace our regular Tuesday club meeting, howver those still wishing to attend the Belgian Cafe on the Tuesday are welcome where President Sally suggests those attending join the Belgian's weekly Tuesday night trivia for some good fun with the community of Southvank.


If you would like to come, please continue to book through the new Southbank event page which now has the updated information.

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Let's have some Fun and get stuff Done!

Posted by Sally Page on 10 June 2019

I am excited and a little bit nervous that I am about to become President of my Rotary club. Excited because I know this is going to be an amazing opportunity. I will gain leadership skills and experiences, working in a team to make a real difference to the lives of people in need in our community. And a little bit nervous because I have never really had the opportunity to be a leader before.

But I know I am not alone, I have a supportive and talented team backing me up.

I want the year ahead to be enjoyable for everyone involved. I've got some ideas but I definitely welcome everyone's input. Let's have some fun whilst getting stuff done! I look forward working with you all.


Sally, Presidet Elect

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