Rotary Albert Park
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Rotary Albert Park

Albert Park

The "Go To" Club

We meet most Wednesdays, 6:00pm for 6:30pm
Lifesaving Victoria Headquarters
200 The Boulevard
Port Melbourne, Victoria  3207
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0411 690 341 or
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Chris Catchlove

President of Rotary Albert Park for 2015-16


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Welcome to Rotary Albert Park

Thank you for visiting the Rotary Albert Park's website.

Rotary Albert Park (part of Rotary International) is a group of people providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all pursuits and helping build goodwill and peace locally and worldwide.  Clubs are non-political, non-religious and open to all cultures, races and creeds.  Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries.

Rotary Albert Park was established in 1992 and has a long history of service. We have a membership of about 60 with a 50% male/female balance.

Steve Cook
Principal - Albert Park College
Steve is joining us to describe the new premises taken up by the college, the Writers' Festival and the Art Show.
See also  Do run the video on this link.

Alex Lavelle
Editor of The Age
Alex Lavelle landed his first big break in journalism at the London Daily Mirror in 1995 when Piers Morgan was editor.   He worked in several sports departments in Fleet Street before coming to Australia in 1999, having married an Australian.

He joined the sports department at the Age and after various editing roles became head of Age sport in 2011 and ran the Fairfax coverage at the London Olympics in 2012.

He was appointed news editor last year and following another Fairfax restructure and redundancy round was appointed editor of the Age in May.

He has four children, a wife and a dog and still just about manages to hold on to a golf handicap of seven.

Marcus Padley
Author Stock Market Newsletter / Weekdays with John Faine on 774
Marcus Padley is an English-born stockbroker and writer.  Padley started his career in institutional stock broking in London in 1982.  In 1994 he moved to Melbourne, where he worked for ABN AMRO.  In 1998 he changed direction, moving into retail broking, servicing private clients.  Padley felt there was a widespread ignorance about the industry, and in response in 1998 he started an email newsletter and website to educate clients and subscribers.  Currently he is a stockbroker and partner with MTIS Pty Ltd
Padley is a prominent writer for a variety of Fairfax papers and commentator on issues related to the Australian Stock market.  He often appears as a 'talking-head' on the ABC lateline business program and gives a daily Stock Market report on John Faine morning radio programme.  He writes a daily (user pays) stock market newsletter called Marcus Today.
In the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, Padley has become known for his cautious outlook on the stockmarket.  He is sceptical towards the popularity of diversified portfolios, suggesting that a diversification of minds rather than stocks is more important for the average investor. He is also critical of the buy and hold mentality of share market investing, arguing that a flexible approach is required to enjoy any substantial long term share market.

Presidents' Changeover - Sunday, 3 July
Join us and celebrate our 24th Changeover with a Brunch
When?    Sunday 3rd July
Where?   Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron
What?     3 Course meal, coffee, tea, soft drinks
Dress?     Smart Casual
Parking?  St Kilda Baths ($12.00)
Price?      $65.00
Pay?  Credit Card Facilities at the meeting, or
Direct Debit BSB 633-000  A/C No 151-847894  Ref: Your Surname
RSVP Loryn 0418 390 334

Fundraising Poker Night - Saturday, 16th July
Rotary Albert Park is holding a Poker Night to raise funds for our Indian projects (see here) on Saturday, 16th July.  Join us, and invite your friends, for a fun, professionally run, social night of poker in a safe environment.
How the event is structured:
  • Quick “Learn to Play” instructions before the Texas Hold’em tournament
  • Each player will start with 1,500 in chips
  • Anytime in the first 75 minutes, a player has the option to buy more chips
  • After the re-buy period, if a player loses all their chips, they are eliminated from the tournament
  • The top 9 players will share in over $2,000 worth of prizes
When: Saturday, 16th July, at 7:00pm
Where: Middle Park Bowling Club, Canterbury Road, Middle Park
How Much:  Entry is by a donation of $50
Bring your friends - you'll have fun
Drinks at bar prices
Food available
See details attached (here)
The space is limited, so get in early.  To buy tickets, go to Trybooking,

Writers' Festival Book Fair - 29th & 30th July
Friday, 6:30pm - 8pm & Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Rotary Albert Park this year will be holding their annual book fair at Albert Park College, in partnership with the Albert Park College inaugural Writers' Festival.

The festival commences on Friday July 29 at 6.30pm and will be open on both the Friday and Saturday 10am - 4pm.  It will showcase written works by APC students and feature author talks, writers workshops and a host of literary activities designed to inspire the imagination.

The Book Fair, now in its 13th year, will be offering an extensive range of books for all ages at bargain prices - children's, fiction and non fiction, art, history, sporting, humour, classics, gardening, cooking and self help.

Once again all money raised is distributed to those in need in our local community.  So far this year we have raised in excess of $16,000 and have also set up and supplied 100's of good quality books to Napier Street Aged Care and Community housing at bottom of Victoria Avenue.  Children's books have also been donated to the kindergarten at Park Towers and St Kilda free libraries.
In addition, each month, at the Gasworks Farmers' Market, we have a selection of our books for sale adjacent to Priscilla Jones' Cafe.  This month (May) we raised $422.

International Women's Day Breakfast 2016
Over 1200 people attended the International Women's Day Breakfast this year, resulting in $50,000 being raised for charity.  For some photos, see (here), and also see video below
Sanitation Project - Palghar, India
Global Grant for Water Purification Systems, Toilet Blocks, Sanitary Napkin Machines & Incinerators
The India Project for US$ 67,561 has now been cleared by the Rotary Foundation.  It is a remarkable achievement as we started the Global Grant application process in late Nov 2015 and had it completed in early March 2016.
Breakup of project costs:
1.      11 Ultra Purification Drinking Water Systems – US$ 28,864
2.      60 Toilet Blocks and 9 Sanitary Soak Pits – US$ 26,924
3.      Sanitary Napkin Manufacturing Machine – US$ 5,012
4.      25 Sanitary Napkin Incinerators – US$ 6,761
For details, see (here).

Emergency Vehicle Handover
The emergency vehicle in South Africa has now been handed over.  Attached (here) is the Press Release, and a video of the handover follows. (we are thanked at 6:50)
Again we thank all those who supported this cause and bought raffle tickets.


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