Malnutrition is an insidious condition affecting millions of people globally. Consumption of food can only overcome malnutrition if the lacking nutrients giving rise to malnutrition are actually in the food consumed. While this statement appears pretty obvious it is amazing how often it is overlooked.

Feeling full does not necessarily mean you are nutritionally satisfied.  Satisfying hunger with foods that are lacking in appropriate nutrients can actually exacerbate malnutrition.  FPS focuses on promoting foods that WILL address malnutrition and hunger as a sustainable self-help solution.

And, our results show that our programs can be a solution to malnutrition and ensure a world where food security is available to all.

FPS continues to deliver positive outcomes but we need your help!  Please consider donating to Food Plant Solutions and/or extending our message to potential sponsors. https://foodplantsolutions.org/donate/

E: info@foodplantsolutions.org


Vale John Hardiman

Vale John Hardiman

John HarMember picturediman passed away on the 29th December 2020.
An original Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Greensborough, John returned to active Rotary Membership in 2009. He served as President of the club 2011-2012 and spent some time in the Rotary Club of Greensborough Central before retiring, owing to health issues, from the Greensborough Club where he continued to hold Honorary Membership until his death.
Always a keen contributor to activities until restricted by declining health, John will be sadly missed.
The President and members of the Rotary Club of Greensborough offer sincere condolences to Zilis and all members of the family.
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Covid-19 has changed everything, including our annual conference. Our 2020 RAM Conference, due to be held in Newcastle, NSW this year, has been changed into a virtual conference to be held via Zoom.

Registrations are now open. Go to https://ram.rawcs.com.au/2020-conference/ to reserve your spot.

Please register for your attendance on our website by following these two steps:

1. Register your details via the online form. A Zoom link will be sent out closer to the Conference.
2. We have chosen to host this Conference for free given the current pandemic. However, we would appreciate a suggested $10 donation.

The Conference team has been hard at work trying to work with the current pandemic and we can't wait to welcome you to some wonderful conversations and an incredible speaker line-up talking all things malaria elimination!


One of our current fundraising goals is to purchase 50,000 nets for West Timor, Nusa Tenggara Timor Province, Indonesia. A donation of $10 per Conference Participant will buy 2 bed nets. Please donate to help us meet our target for West Timor. We are grateful for any donation you can give at this time.
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An Article from Food Plant Solutions April Newsletter


All around the world people’s lives are being severely impacted by COVID-19.  On the 20th of March, Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (who is the Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO)) advised people to maintain a robust immune system.  He said First, eat a healthy and nutritious diet, which helps your immune system to function properly.”

Many of our program partners have had to close the door on their organisations as they’ve been put into lockdown.  Our program partner in the Philippines – The Muravah Foundation has said, “We’re in lockdown and taking the opportunity to get all our team building home vegie gardens.  With so many out of work and no safety net they are getting hungry so there’s our catalyst for change.”  In very little time some plants will have grown and be producing food for them.  Now more than ever local food plants have a key role to play in our diet.

Quite possibly there are people in your community who are wondering how they are going to feed themselves and their families because of COVID-19.  By growing some of their own food it will give people something positive to engage in, and importantly, nutritious food.  For those who have lost employment, this helps to give them something immediately to focus on and in very little time they can be benefiting from their effort.  What’s more, gardening is proven to be good for our mental health, which is understandably a huge issue at the moment.

We can provide a soft leaflet for you to print and distribute that is specific to the region you live in.  It would contain the following information:

  • 15 edible plants (3 from each of the major food groups), that are known to grow in your area, that are high in the most beneficial nutrients.
    • Each plant will have information including:
      • Common name
      • Scientific name
      • Key points regarding use
      • Key points regarding cultivation
    • Information on nutrients and why they are important.
    • Information on how to start a garden.

This leaflet would then allow anybody to start their own garden, whether it be one pot in an apartment, or turning over some lawn in their yard.   For very little effort, it could have such a positive impact.

Eating a balanced diet is vital for our health and well-being. Food provides our bodies with the energy, proteins, vitamins, and minerals to live, grow, and stay active. We need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients to live healthy and productive lives.

Please contact us for more detail: info@foodplantsolutions.org

View the newsletter: https://foodplantsolutions.org/april-2020-newsletter/

An Article from Food Plant Solutions April Newsletter David Ling 2020-04-11 14:00:00Z 0

2020 Club Activities are back.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

A call from Bunnings in Thomastown to President Zilis offered us  Saturday the 11th January for a BBQ. Initially we looked like being short of workers but we agreed to take up the offer and managed to get enough to do the day. 
In light of the horrendous bush fires a decision was made to designate the profits to the District Bush Fire appeal.
The result on the day was $1215 from the sales and 242 from donations. We have sent $1500 to the appeal.

Fellowship Luncheon at the Lings in Doreen

Eleven people enjoyed a great day of fellowship on the 20th and we are now looking forward to getting back into regular meetings.
Here is a heads up on schedule:
Monday 3rd February         Weekly Meetings recommence at All Saints
Friday 7th February             Bunnings BBQ at Thomastown. Please indicate if you are available
Even though we are fewer in numbers we can still make a difference. Hope to see you soon.
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Movie Night

Click here to view movie trailer : A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
Bushfire appeal donations: Make a Donation
On Wednesday 5 February 2020 at 6:30pm
TryBooking will be donating all fees associated with your booking/purchase.


Hoyts Greensborough
Greensborough Plaza, Greensborough, Vic 3088


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Greetings for the Season

Posted by Zilis Hardiman
As the year comes to the end of 2019, thank you to all who have supported me in my journey of another Rotary year. For a small club we are still making a difference. 

Best Wishes to all members and your families for a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New  Year for 2020.
Greetings for the Season Zilis Hardiman 2019-12-03 13:00:00Z 0

Annual Students Awards

President Zillis Hardiman presented awards to twelve students at a special event held at The Heidelberg Golf Club on Monday the 18th November.
The Rotary Club of Greensborough is proud to have sponsored the Gillespie and Upton Awards for a continuous period in excess of 35 years. They are given to students one for each year 7 to 12  inclusive at both Greensborough Secondary College and Montmorency Secondary College annually.
These awards relate to not only scholastic excellence but also to the participation of the awardees in College programs and events, including activities within the community. In effect the manifestation of leadership qualities.
The awards commemorate the memory and, more particularly, the services provided by the late Kevin Edward Gillespie and George Thornton Upton MBE to this community, especially its young people. They were both Charter Members of the Rotary Club in 1968.   
Certificates were also given to our two Junior Rotarians for the month at the event.  
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A students milestone at DVLC

"Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead." -- Nelson Mandela.

The graduation ceremony for a Skill Based Apprenticeship Training Course, held recently at Diamond Valley Learning Centre, marked a significant milestone for the graduating students. It also marked a milestone in terms of a cooperative agreement between DVLC and Apprenticeships Group Australia (AGA).
The Rotary Clubs of Greensborough and Eltham support the work of DVLC and both have representatives on the Board and also the Education Steering Committee
CEO Veronica Kioria is a former member of Greensborough and now a member of Eltham.
Very strong Rotary links to a great organisation.
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Discover on the Green Seniors Festival

From Monday 7 October to Friday 11 October 10am - 3pm, local community groups, businesses and organisations will be showcasing activities and services related to older people and their families, on Level 1, Greensborough Plaza. Come along and connect with a range of information, community groups, activities and services available to assist you live and age well in Nillumbik. https://www.facebook.com/events/1075016936220886/
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Special Night Meeting

On Monday 9th September 2019  we have a special night meeting to be held at the Greensborough RSL, 111 Main Rd. Greensborough – this is in place of our regular Monday lunchtime meeting.
6.30pm for a 7pm start in the Nui Dat room
No meeting charge – just order and pay for your own meals. The procedure is to order and pay for your own meals and drinks in the bistro and then get seated in the Nui Dat room, the meal will then be served to your table by the wait staff.
Presentation of the Junior Rotarians of the Month will take place during the evening, and there will also be a special guest speaker.
We look forward to welcoming old and new faces.
Could you please reply to Bill Carter by telephone – 0407 533 855 - or reply to this email with numbers if you are attending and hopefully bringing a guest or two.
RSVP: by 6th September, thank you
You can Register by going to the events link.
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                  President Zilis Hardiman &
           The Rotary Club of Greensborough
                                Cordially invites you 
        To the Rotary Club of Greensborough’s
                        Changeover Evening
                     Monday 24th June 2019
                    RSL Club Greensborough
                111 Main Road Greensborough
                       6.30pm for a 7pm Start
                  Meals and Drinks at bar prices
            (Orders to be placed before the meeting at the bar)      
RSVP: 17th June 2019   John Hardiman email: johnhardiman@bigpond.com
                                                              Mobile: 0428 533 432
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Update on Breakaway Youth

Members were given a moving update about the work of Breakaway Youth by Director Paul Coleman on Monday the 20th May.
Breakaway provides a program of outdoor recreation for disadvantaged young people, primarily 10-16 year olds, for the purpose of improving their lifestyle by providing alternatives, which will give them a sense of achievement and self-esteem. To achieve these aims in an atmosphere of support within a non-threatening environment.
Paul was presented with a cheque for contribution to the Child Safe programme.
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Pride of Workmanship Award

Posted by Bill Carter

Monday Night, 29th April saw up to 60 Rotarians, Teachers, Students from Greensborough and Montmorency Secondary Colleges, and friends attend the Greensborough RSL for the presentation of the Pride of Workmanship Award.

The evening commenced with showcasing the Greensborough Rotary Clubs involvement with youth in our area.
Past president Joy Ferguson introduced our Junior Rotarians of the Month, Abbie Harper and Alex Mitchel andpresented them with their certificates of attendance.
P.P. Joy then introduced our RYLEN attendees, Emily Beasley and Bentley Butler, who both gave a short summary of their experiences at Lake Nillahcootie and thanked the Rotary Club for their involvement in making their experiences possible.
President Zilis was then invited to call Mr Jaden Stenton, Department of Education-Local Information Technology Technician,
from the Montmorency Secondary College, to present him with his Pride of Workmanship Award Shield and Certificate.
Principal of the Montmorency Secondary College, Mr Allan Robinson was presented with a pride of Workmanship Certificate
for display at the College.
Our Guest Speaker for the evening, Dr Nitin Shukla, a Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist, was introduced by Vice President Nalin Perera,
who gave a very enlightening talk on Youth and Addiction and the way the brain interprets various signals and feelings presented by taking foreign substances and compounds. All of those in attendance were impressed with the way Dr Shukla made  his presentation of a very difficult topic to an audience of mainly lay people.
Pride of Workmanship Award Bill Carter 2019-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

Interact at Greensborough College

Posted by Joy Ferguson
This fledgling club has just celebrated it’s first year of endeavour under the leadership of their facilitator Heather Dear.
During the year they have been involved in organising  a Krispie Kreme donut fundraising drive,  participated in Relay for Life.
They also attended a Ten Pin Bowling  night,  arranged by the Rotaractors for the 4 Interact clubs in our district. This was attended and thoroughly enjoyed by 30+ students , supervising Rotaractors and 3 Rotarians together with District Youth Committee Chair Gordon Hastie, who traveled from Kilmore for the occasion.
Most of the 12 Interactors have been on a visit to DIK - Donations in Kind with their teacher and with Pres Zilis Hardiman on one occasion.
Many of our Rotarians have yet to visit DIK, myself included and I plan to assist with the next group of students.  Why not join us?
Our club has sponsored, 2 groups of 2, Junior Rotarians of the Month, 2 year 10 students to RYPEN weekend
1 successful now year 12 interact student to Canberra for the National Youth Science Forum 
Their new leadership team has been announced,    President  Alex Mitchel Vice President Abbi Harper
 Secretary  Jack Commendaur  - one of our first Jnr  Rotarians Treasurer Ebony Stewart
Last meeting on 2nd May saw the Interactors involved in packing water purification tablets ready to be added to the Aqua Boxes  for Eltham’s Project.
Some basic leadership training is being planned,  and a variety of guest speakers will be invited.
They plan to meet every 2 weeks on Wednesday.
Tomorrow’s Young leaders of our community in the making!
Thank you to those who have supported this endeavour.
Interact at Greensborough College Joy Ferguson 2019-05-26 14:00:00Z 0

News from the Board

The Board met on the 9th May with a major focus on the results of our recent club survey. Decisions are recorded below but there is real significance in the statement recorded at the end of the section.
That we make these decisions based on our various discussions and acknowledge that there is much work to be done in regard to the revitalisation of our club.
Zilis Hardiman (President) Bill Carter, Cheryl-Lee Carter, Frank Donegan, David Ling, Nalin Perera.
Apologies: Margaret MacPherson (LOA).
President’s Items.  
We agree for Changeover to be held on Monday 1st July. Venue to be advised.
That we record that Nalin Perera has agreed to take the role of President Elect for the 2019-2020 Year.
Treasurer’s Report
Finance Report –
Income and Expenses
Statement of Financial Position.
That the Finance Report be adopted.
Moved: David Seconder: Nalin
End of Year allocations
After review of our current balance in the fundraising account we agree to make  the following end of year allocations:
  • Foundation Annual Foundation$1,500
  • Vanuatu Prevention of Blindness Salaries$1,000
  • All Saint Community Meals$1,000
  • Diamond Valley Learning$1,000
  • Breakaway Camps…(To be presented 20th)…. $1,000
Club Administration….
Survey Questions – Board Response
1. Time of meetings for 2019-2020
  Retain the present lunch time arrangement.
2. Venue for Meetings
  Continue at All Saints
3. Frequency of Meetings
  Continue with weekly meetings
That we hold an evening meeting at the RSL on the last Monday in each month commencing June 24th.
4. Programme for Meetings
  That we continue to work on programme.
That we make these decisions based on our various discussions and acknowledge that there is much work to be done in regard to the revitalisation of our club.
1) New Member application – Paul Newman
That we approve the membership application.
2) Unfinancial Members.
That we agree that we will not accept or retain membership of people who do not have a reasonable amount of participation in The Club.
Moved  Bill Carter Seconded Frank Donegan.
Submission from Jerome re Grants etc.
That we authorise the signing of the MOU with the District Grants Committee.
Fellowship & fund raising
That the Fellowship and Fundraising report be adopted.
Moved Cheryl-Lee Seconded David.
We record our appreciation of the team work that went onto the Relay for Life project.
That we adopt the report presented by the Youth Chair.
That the Community report be adopted.
Main items have been prepared for webpage Facebook and eBulletin reports.
Moved Bill seconded Frank.
That we agree in principle to provide some assistance for a Sri Lankan group affected by the recent disaster. Nalin to provide details.
Moved Nalin  Seconded Bill
Next Meeting Wednesday 12th June.
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Rotaract Changeover Joy Ferguson 2019-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

Hearing and Vision Tests

2019 Hearing and Eye Testing

The Rotary Club of Greensborough organised a team from the University of Melbourne’s School of Audiology to conduct hearing tests for children aged between 3 ½ and 5 ½ years on Saturday 11th May 2019. These tests were conducted at the Kalparrin Centre, 1 Kalparrin Avenue, Greensborough.
Free eye testing for children of the same age group were conducted at the same time and location. Optometrists from  Leverett and Kindler  Greensborough carried out these test.

All together some 80 tests were undertaken on 50 children.

A huge thank you to all who volunteered their time for this worthwhile project and special thanks to Kalparrin for the use of their premises .
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Person of the Year Award Bill Carter 2019-04-14 14:00:00Z 0

Relay for Life

This is an extract from the Cancer Council website

Some of our information":
There were 13 Registered Team Members. Cheryl-Lee Carter was the Team Captain.
Catering for the event was provided by members of our club.
$1000 donated was converted to over $2000 by sales.
Rotary Club of Bundoora loaned their BBQ trailer and members helped on the day.
Four large boxes of left over food were donated to Diamond Valley Food Share.
Possibly the best entertainment of the event was provided by David and Bill getting the tent set up.
Relay for Life David Ling 2019-04-13 14:00:00Z 0

News from the Board

One of the items raised during recent club discussions was a request for minutes of the Board to be circulated. From time to time the Board is required to discuss items of a sensitive nature and such are best not published although minutes are available, after confirmation, on our webpage with a login required. In the interest of better communication President Zilis is requesting that decisions of the Board be shared with members and this is in response to that.
The Board met on Wednesday 10th April.
Members present were
Zilis Hardiman (President), Bill Carter, Cheryl-Lee Carter, Frank Donegan. David Ling and Nalin Perera.
Apology: Margaret McPherson.
We record having reviewed aspects of the results of the recent survey of Club Members. 16 Survey responses were received.
A number of possibilities were discussed and the following motion passed:
That the Survey results be summarised and presented to the Club at an assembly on the 6th of May and that a combined outgoing and incoming Board Meeting be scheduled for the 8th May to decide on the next steps.
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Bunnings Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Project

Bunnings Thomastown  contacted us in regard to our assistance in putting together a Christmas hamper for a family at risk as a part of a special project by the Salvation Army in the Area.
The Family that we were given includes 6 people:-  Mum and Dad-  Boy 11 years old- Girls 9, 6 and 3 years old.
Response from Members of the Rotary Club of Greensborough resulted in two hampers being donated to the project.
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Annual Secondary Students Awards

Posted by Joy Ferguson

On Monday 19th November 2018 Greensborough Rotary held this  Annual event commemorating  the memory of 2 outstanding Rotarians of yesteryear in George Upton and Kevin Gillespie.

President Zilis Hardiman welcomed all guests and acknowledged the importance of maintaining this long standing event
On a beautiful sunny day,  60 people attended the luncheon held at  the Heidelberg Golf Club to celebrate the achievements of  12 outstanding students, 6 each from Montmorency  and Greensborough Colleges.
Each student is presented with a certificate, a copy of their profile and a gift voucher.
Principals Pauline Barker and Allan Robinson supported their students together with staff from each school.
Parents, grandparents, family and Rotarians attended and enjoyed the function.
Special thanks to Sharraine Ballao and Christine Shields for their help on the day, together with Tony Ladgrove for the production of the student certificates over many years
I would like to acknowledge the great cooperation I received from Rose Taranto from Montmorency College and Angela Lawson from Greensborough College for all the administrative help to make this a very successful occasion.
Annual Secondary Students Awards Joy Ferguson 2018-12-05 13:00:00Z 0

Gillespie Upton Awards

Posted by Sharraine Ballao

The Rotary Club of Greensborough is proud to have sponsored the Upton and Gillespie Awards for a continuous period of 36 years.

 In honour of the memory of two of its Charter members who gave outstanding service to the community, particularly its young people, they are given to students one for each year 7 to 12 inclusive at both Greensborough Secondary College and Montmorency Secondary College.
These awards relate to not only scholastic excellence but also to the participation of the awardees in College programs and events including activities within the community. In effect the manifestation of leadership qualities.
Gillespie Upton Awards Sharraine Ballao 2018-12-05 13:00:00Z 0

Virtual Golf Event

Friday Night 16th November proved that you do not have to have experience or large numbers to have a great time.

The Charity Golf Evening in aid of the Vinnies Diamond Valley Sleepout was a great success even though the numbers were down.
The event was a Best Ball foursome event and there was a tie for first place with David Ling, Peter Newman, John Stavskoski and Craig Hamelwinning on a count back from the team of Bill Carter, Zilis Hardiman, Sharrain Ballo and Mark Bagent.
It was good to see the support from the players partners and all enjoyed the catering supplied by Cheryl-Lee and Margaret Carter.
All in all a very successful evening with the amount in excess of $1,000.00 raised for this worthwhile charity.
My personal thanks to all who assisted in putting the event together.
Bill Carter
More pics in the Photo Album
A huge thank you to Bill
for organising the event .
Virtual Golf Event Bill Carter 2018-11-22 13:00:00Z 0

District Represented at Golden Anniversary

The Rotary Club of Greensborough received great support from representatives of District 9790 at their Anniversary Celebration.
District Governor Malcolm Kerr rearranged a District Committee Meeting to enable attendance by himself and Jill.
Others included past District Governors, District Treasurer, Assistant Governor and Presidents and members of other clubs.
President Zilis expressed appreciation for the support given.
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Well Balanced Programme  at the Golden Anniversary

A highlight of the Golden Anniversary was the well balanced programme with a mixture of history, entertainment and plenty of fellowship time.
The five decades of the history of RCG were presented by past and present members. John Mackey took us back to the first decade and included stories about projects and people.
Ray Davies was the second presenter and did so in his engaging and animated style. Ray was also mentioned in dispatches as a keen Membership Chairman who helped push membership into the 50's.
The next speaker in this segment was Joy Ferguson. Joy had the honour of being the first female member for the club and served two terms as President. Joy is still very active in the club.
Jerome Winston was next and introduced, among other things, the concept from indigenous Australian tradition of every when as apposed to every where. David Ling was the fifth and spoke about some of the challenges of recent years and also achievements. During this period RCG sponsored the new Rotary club of Greensborough Central and that resulted in some transfer of members and other attrition around that time. However membership has built again and we look forward to the future.
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Tom Vickers Award

Posted by David Ling

The Tom Vickers Community Service Award was awarded to Paul Coleman of Breakaway Youth at the Golden Anniversary Celebrations.

The Tom Vickers Community Service Award was established in the 1996/1997 Rotary Year.
The Award not only recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to the local community, it also honours and recognises Tom Vickers as an outstanding member of our community, a Rotarian and the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Greensborough.
The Award is not intended to be an annual award, but rather is an “occasional award”; to be given at any time the Board wishes to recognise an individual. Hence, nominations are open throughout the year, and the Board can select the time for making an award.
On the recommendation of the Anniversary Committee, and the nomination by one of the Members, the Board agreed that this was a significant occasion to make this award and approved the nomination of Paul Coleman for outstanding service to disadvantaged young people through his work with Breakaway Youth.  
Tom Vickers Award David Ling 2018-10-22 13:00:00Z 0

Golden Anniversary Celebration

Golden Anniversary Celebration Sunday 21st October was deemed to be a huge succeImage may contain: 1 person, sitting, table, wedding and indoorss. Almost 100 Rotarians past and present, family and friends enjoyed fellowship, history and entertainment at the Heidelberg Golf Club. Mayor of Banyule, Cr Mark Di Pasquale gave a congratulatory greeting at the start of proceedings and District Governor Malcolm Kerr presented certificates from Rotary International and District 9790 to President Zilis Hardiman.

Well done to the organizing Committee led by Cheryl-Lee Carter.

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Three Charter Members at the 50th

John Mackey, John Kennedy and John Hardiman each received a Certificate of Recognition at the Golden Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Greensborough.

The original thirty three Charter Members of the Club were represented by these three Johns and it was fitting for them to be acknowledged  by the current President Zilis Hardiman.
There was a wealth of information available to all who conversed with one or all of these three gentlemen.
John Mackey recently retired from Rotary and still keeps in touch on a regular basis.
John Kennedy and John Hardiman are active members of a Rotary club.
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District Governor Visit and Club Assembly

Posted by Zilis Hardiman

Hello to  all members. For our meeting on Monday we have the visit from DG Malcolm Kerr and his wife. We will have a short board meeting before our normal meeting.

Board members to arrive by 12.30pm to meet with DG.

Would all Committee Chairs of Club to have a report prepared as we will hold our meeting as a Club Assembly.
The DG will talk to all members after lunch is served.
Cheers Zilis
District Governor Visit and Club Assembly Zilis Hardiman 2018-10-07 13:00:00Z 0

And then there was the Fashions in the 60s and 80s

A tag team of Ken Paynter and Tom McEvoy kept us fascinated with fashion for our meeting last Monday.
Although it is possibly true that the ladies were more interested than the men in the actual fashions, some of the story around business development and following trends  over a long period of time held all of our attention for the allotted time.
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Ups and Downs of Rotary over the past 20 years

Those of us who have been in Rotary for some time would agree that there have been many changes in what we do and how we do it. However the basic principles have not changed.
Who better to talk about some of these changes than Rob Lloyd of the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek.
Rob was President of his club in 2001-2002 and went on to be the Group One Assistant Governor and then District Governor. He has also been involved as District Trainer for a period of time.
Rob, a plumbing business operator, has given much to Rotary in his years of involvement. Always interesting to listen to, Rob again served our club well with his address.
Ups and Downs of Rotary over the past 20 years 2018-10-03 14:00:00Z 0

Boots for All

Our guest speaker for our weekly meeting on the 10th of September was Toni Gauchi who gave us a good run down on the community work of Boots for All.

(Website extract)

The Sport for All social enterprise exists to create pathways for social and economic inclusion

by offering long-term unemployed and/or otherwise disadvantaged young people

accredited training, paid employment & pre-employment training in Retail & Warehousing.​

By increasing their capacity for paid employment and/or accredited & pre-employment training, graduates of the Sport For All training programs will be more socially and economically included because they will have improved their employability capacity and increased their education.

With the support of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, more than 5,000 hours of paid employment for 10 young people with barriers to employment will participate in an accredited traineeship & paid employment training program in Retail or Warehousing. By providing the trainees with supervised, individual accredited training and a tailored paid work experience plan over a 12 month period, trainees will increase their capacity for paid employment and/or further accredited training.

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Good Attendance at first Evening Meeting.

Posted by David Ling

Two firsts for the Rotary Club of Greensborough. Both acknowledged as successful.

The meeting on the 17th of September was the first of a trial period during which a monthly evening meeting will be held at the Greensborough RSL. This first meeting highlighted the need to work on noise matters related to conducting the meeting but in spite of that was a great success.
The other one was the presentation of Certificates to the first two Junior Rotarian of the Month participants from Greensborough College. This programme, which was run in years past, has been reintroduced in conjunction with the College and Joel and Jack have attended four meetings of the Club. They each brought family members for the evening and each spoke briefly about their experience of Rotary.
Special Speaker for the night was Rotarian Peter McKenna who also brought his family for the evening.
Peter talked to the members and guests about the special Vinnies Sleepout project with aim of finding accommodation for homeless people in our area. The meeting was challenged by some staggering statistics in regard to homelessness in our communities.
Community Committee Chair Bill Carter announced that the RCG Board has recently agreed to pledge a contribution of $3000 in the current Rotary Year.
Good Attendance at first Evening Meeting. David Ling 2018-09-22 14:00:00Z 0

The Tender Foot School in Kenya

Greg Adams & Arthur Lewin visited our Club on the 20th August to make a presentation about an educational programme in Kenya.
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Junior Rotarians of the month Program

Junior Rotarians of the month Program commenced on Monday 20th August.

Two students are selected by Greensborough College. They will attend 4 meetings and at 4th meeting they will give a short speech on what
they have learned. They will then be presented with a certificate by President Zilis.
Parents will be invited to attend the last meeting to introduce them to Rotary.
The program will not run during school holidays.
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Family of Rotary

Posted by David Ling
This is to say a HUGE thank you for the love and support you gave to Betty and me over the past two weeks since we lost our much loved son Adrian.
I'm reluctant to mention specific people as we so appreciated all of the expressions of love and prayers that we received. Some of you visited at our home and many members and family attended the memorial service on Monday the 3rd September. 
Flowers and tributes were beautiful. It was truly Family of Rotary on display.
I am going to say that it was such a comfort to have a personal friend taking care of us through all of this and Sharraine was wonderful.
We are, of course, still coming to terms with our sense of loss but it's time to get back into the mainstream of life.
Family of Rotary David Ling 2018-09-08 14:00:00Z 0

Picnic Hamper

Posted by Zilis Hardiman

This was one of the hampers that we took to the Melbourne Polytechnic day and was won by Joy who kindly donated it back to club to keep raising funds for farmers and to be drawn on the 8th October when the D.G and his wife visit our club. Tickets are available at our club meetings on Mondays.

Picnic Hamper Zilis Hardiman 2018-09-08 14:00:00Z 0

Why have I joined the Committee of Relay for Life?

Posted by Zilis

This Event returns its profits to our local Community, and research.

Greensborough Rotary Club started this event 10 years ago and has always been involved in this major Community fund raiser.
Connie D'Amore, a member of our club and a supporter in all our club events needs help, as support seems to be waning.
As I am no longer working I wish to contribute, not only as President of Greensborough but on the committee team of Relay for Life.
I am pleased to report that our Secretary Margaret McPherson will also be available for the committee. Other support (not on committee) Is Peter McKenna and John Hardiman volunteering their time fund raising and seeking sponsors for this great event.
So far in the 10years this event has raised $1,135.000.for Diamond Valley Relay for life.
So let's all join together for March
23rd and 24th 2019 and help
Why have I joined the Committee of Relay for Life? Zilis 2018-08-12 14:00:00Z 0

IT and personal information security

Posted by David Ling
In June this year all members received this email from our District Secretary:


Hi All,

Clubs and Rotary members be aware than a email scam is currently circulating throughout Rotary circles.

An email purporting to be from a legal firm with an invoice for payment attached.
Should you receive such an email please be wary. 
A further email advised at least some of us of more details about the scam. I'm sure we all took notice at the time.
Security issues around IT and also in regard to sharing of personal information are becoming increasingly important and while I am not over sensitive to the matter I think a few ideas may be worth sharing. I am not an expert on these things and feel like the article could start a chat to provide for more enlightened people to comment. For that reason I have ticked the 'Enable comments' at the bottom to see if others may have a point of view.
I offer these points:


IT and personal information security David Ling 2018-08-10 14:00:00Z 0

From President Zilis

Posted by Zilis Hardiman
It was great to have District Secretary Anne Reid visit our club on the 23rd July, we also had Warwick Leeson give us a talk on his project White Ribbon Foundation.
Both visitors were well  received.
From President Zilis Zilis Hardiman 2018-08-10 14:00:00Z 0

Joint Clubs and Banyule Council Meetng

Posted by David Ling
A Joint luncheon meeting initiated by President Noel Sturgeon of Heidelberg Rotary Club was held on the 6th Aug  at Vasco Rest, Upper Heidelberg Road Ivanhoe.
The objective of this conference was to develop a base from which Rotary Clubs in the City of Banyule could engage with BCC as a single force in support of our common community.
Our message to Council was “Rotary represents a considerable resource for Banyule community projects”.  Attendees therefore were asked to participate in conversation over lunch at each table focussing on community issues and project concepts for future consideration by our clubs – hopefully in partnership with BCC.
A wide range of issues and opportunities were identified at group tables and many of these have been committed to a 'Next Steps' document for further discussion.
Joint Clubs and Banyule Council Meetng David Ling 2018-08-10 14:00:00Z 0
50th Anniversary Cheryl-Lee Carter 2018-08-05 14:00:00Z 0

Food Plant Solutions

Posted by David Ling
Every child matters. 
2.6 million children under the age of 5 die each year from malnutrition related causes.
1 in 4 children under 5 are stunted, which leads to a lifetime of disadvantage.
Together we can change this.
Food Plant Solutions is an innovative solution to end hunger, malnutrition and ensure food security that is sustainable, cost effective and proven to work. It’s simple – identify and grow the best local foods, that are highest in nutrients, to meet the nutritional needs of malnourished people throughout the world.
Food Plant Solutions empowers people but particularly women, to understand the connection between plant selection and nutrition. We create educational publications, which are designed to quantify the nutritional value of the food and educate care-givers on what foods are more nutritious. The publications address malnutrition and food security and empowers women, who are often the main providers and purchasers of food in the family.
For a full view of this Rotary Action group and it's history and work, go to the website in our Links section.
Food Plant Solutions David Ling 2018-08-05 14:00:00Z 0

We are off!

Posted by David Ling
Sunday is the beginning of the long journey north for 2 plus months.
Yes we will keep in touch but maybe not as promptly as usual.
For the past few years we have spent at least part of the winter months with our caravan in warmer climes than Melbourne and wheels are spinning ready for this year. We expect to get as far north as the Daintree area north of Port Douglas. For anyone interested in tracking the trip you can go to the following website and see where we are up to: http://wctrip.co/au/209/339782966.
Our time away will include catching up with family and friends and also some gray nomad / Tourist stuff.
We will be keen to hear news of Rotary happenings and certainly interested in things "at home".
David and Betty Ling
We are off! David Ling 2018-05-24 14:00:00Z 0
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The Board and Members recently accepted resignation notices from Francis Acquah and Veronica Kioria. Both have indicated that they will be joining other clubs.
This letter from Francis expresses appreciation to the Club and Members:


I wish to offer my resignation from the Rotary Club of Greensborough as of 30 June 2018, as due to work commitments I am unable to fulfil my attendance to Monday lunchtime meetings.

I will like to take this opportunity to thank David Ling for his guidance, support and assistance throughout my entire period with the Rotary Club of Greensborough. Thank you to Jerome Winston, my mentor of many, many years. I will to say a special thanks to Joy Ferguson, for her inspiration and amazing work.

In a small reflection, I thank the entire membership of the Rotary Club of Greensborough for allowing us to experiment to increase our diversity, which increased our female membership and reduced our average age group. I thank you the board for giving the club the opportunity to undertake some District grants activities, both locally and international. Our support for such projects as
the DVLC and Kalparrin has made true differences. Our support for RYLA was of value, I saw one of our sponsored young ladies, Monica Forson, speak at an event, and I felt proud that RCG helped to transform her abilities.
A recent visit to the Donation in Kind warehouse in Footscray suggested that through my personal introduction, no fewer than 10 containers were shipped to Africa.
I am also aware that the opportunities given to me by RCG have also brought a number of friends
and associates into the family of Rotary.

I am pleased to report that I am not leaving Rotary fellowship completely, but rather will be joining the Rotary Club of Epping, which meets on Wednesday evenings and fortnightly.

Once again thank you all and friendships built will continue.

Yours in Rotary,
Francis Roger Acquah.
Past President 2014-16
District 9790 Australian Health Foundation Rep.
Past Assistant Governor District 9790 - 2016/17
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Rotarians Against Malaria

Dear RAM supporters,
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Kind regards, Holstein 
PR & Media Coordinator, RAM
National Manager's Newsletter
Click here to receive the February Newsletter as a TEST RUN of distribution via MailChimp. The next posting will be the RAM Conference Flyer in late May and I expect the next Newsletter will be posted in mid June. Please share this posting with friends, interested in eliminating malaria, and encourage them to sign up to our mailing list.

Cheers, Dave

David Pearson
National Manager: Rotarians Against Malaria.

2017 in pictures

Presenting a cheque to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

More photos are on our website ram.rawcs.com.au
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Changeover Dinner Cheryl-Lee Carter 2018-05-17 14:00:00Z 0

Combined Board Meeting with Members

This is a reminder

Monday 14th May. 12.45 for 1.00 PM

The Current and Incoming Boards will be meeting in open session at this lunch time meeting. All Members welcome.
This is a great opportunity to participate in the discussions involving the next year of activities as well as some wrap up of from the current year.  We hope you can be there!
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Visit to Government House

Posted by Margaret McPherson
David, Michael, Zilis and I attended Government house on Tuesday 13th March 2018 for a reception with the Governor Linda Dessau and Ian Risley, Rotary International President.
The reception was attended by approximately 500 Rotarians from all over Victoria. Clubs had been invited to nominate 4 delegates.
Recognising what Rotary does in the wider community it was held in the grand ballroom followed by afternoon tea in the gardens. We were able to view several of the main rooms and possibly walk the corridors where some very distinguished people have tread. It was an honour indeed, to represent Greensborough Rotary, and a high light of my Rotary life.
Our thanks to Michael who conveyed us all safely to and from the event.
Visit to Government House Margaret McPherson 2018-05-10 14:00:00Z 0

Anzac Day 2018

Posted by Bill Carter

Greensborough Rotary Club was represented by Zilis Hardiman, Margaret McPherson and Margaret, Cheryl-Lee and Bill Carter at the Greensborough RSL ANZAC Day service.

The parade assembled in Poulter Ave., opposite the RSL and marched to the Memorial Park in Henry Street.
The service commenced with the reading of the poignant poem, Western Front followed by ANZAC written by War Correspondent Dr. C.E.W. Bean.
The major address was given by Lieutenant Catherine Brace, 138 Sig Sqn, which was followed by the wreath laying ceremony.
ANZAC Day is the 25th April. Some may say that this year is more important than others as this year marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War.
Others will say that every year is just as important as the last. Especially as the last of the original diggers get older.
It`s up to us to tell their stories. It`s up to us to Remember.
As we honour the fallen, the returned and those currently serving, we look back at how Australia contributed to the wars of the world,and how the lives of our loved ones have influenced our society today.
It was pleasing to see the multitude of people, both young and old ,paying their respect.
Representatives of RSL, Council, Schools, Scout Groups, Schools Cadets, Probus Clubs, Rotary Clubs and individuals placed Wreaths at the Cenotaph in Memory of those that have served with dignity.
Ed: David and Betty Ling with daughter Carol attended the Dawn Service at Laurimar.

Lest We Forget .

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2018 Hearing and Eye Testing

The Rotary Club of Greensborough, in conjunction with a team from the University of Melbourne’s School of Audiology conducted hearing tests for children aged between 3 ½ and 5 ½ years on Saturday 5th May 2018. The tests were conducted at the Kalparrin Centre in Greensborough.
This has been a regular community service of RCG for many years and was headed up by Community Service Chair Bill Carter.
Free eye testing for children of the same age group were conducted at the same time and location. Mark Leverett (of Leverett and Kindler Optometrist, Greensborough) organised staff to supervise these tests.
Kindergartens and Preschools from the region were contacted and they in turn provided information to parents. This was another indication of networking together to provide community service. Service Projects Chair David Ling, who was responsible for communications and registration expressed appreciation to all involved.
Cheryl-Lee Carter was in charge of the setup for the day and acknowledged the efforts of Rotary Members who helped on the day.
Cheryl-Lee has provided the following report of results for the day.
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Morning Tea at DVLC

Members were recently invited to Diamond Valley Learning Centre for morning tea as a thank you to the Rotary Club of Greensborough for a recent donation.
The donation from the Club was supported by a matching grant from Rotary District 9790 and goes to helping provide food for VCAL students. Speaking at the event, two of the students made expressions of thanks. "A lot of the students here don't have food available because of family situations and so this donation is a great help".
Staff member Simone Inwood explained that the food program also contributes to the learning process as the students are involved in the management of the money including purchase and distribution of food. Overheard in a recent conversation "don't buy milk. DVLC provides milk so use the money for other things". (Ed. Learning fast)
While the morning tea was happening, some of our visitors had a car wash by other students involved in a fund raising activity.
The students presented a certificate of appreciation that was accepted by Youth Chair Joy Ferguson and Secretary David Ling.
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Twelve for Breakfast

Saturday 10th Feb was the day for members and friends to meet for breakfast at Montsalvat in Eltham.
Food, fun, fellowship were all good.
Mary-lou Pittard
After breakfast some of us visited the studios of Chris and Mary-Lou Pittard.
It was interesting to see some of the processes in the paintings and pottery being produced and to view the finished products.
Mary-lou Pittard


The mudbrick gallery is situated in leafy Eltham, northeast of Melbourne in Victoria.

They also have a studio as well Gallery & Studioas a new print and drawing room which they invite you to visit. Checkout the website: http://pittards.com.au

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Another first Friday Sizzle

Rotary, said someone, is not only about Bunnings Sausage sizzles!

While that is certainly true for RCG, we do appreciate them as our main consistent fund raiser throughout the year.
Joy Ferguson reports: Donation box - $37.85, BBQ profit $529.40
A very rewarding total for a Friday - I understand that the “A”  team worked with cohesion and efficiency - The “B” team worked diligently and with purpose to sell all sausages (except 4 cooked). Well done once again to all who participated.
Next BBQ is on Friday 2nd March at Thomastown
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Weekly Meetings recommence.

The first meeting for the second half was a fellowship long lunch at the home of David and Betty Ling in Doreen.

Words from Bill Carter again:
What a better way to start off the Rotary Year than with an informal BBQ.
The food was delicious and the way Betty presented the tables was first class.
The team effort in providing the food exhibited the Rotary Spirit in full.
The group present voted almost unanimously to use the venue and format for regular meetings however Betty's right of veto canned the idea.


It's back to All Saints on Monday 29th for resumption of our regular meetings.
Looking forward to a strong second half of the Rotary Year.
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Diamond Valley learning Centre - Working Bee

Saturday 13th January was the day for a working bee at DVLC arranged by Community Chair Bill Carter.
It was a great day for a clean up and a handfull of willing workers turned a bit of work into a fun day. The results were encouraging.
Veronica organised lunch and the extra time sharing that made for good fellowship.
Bill Carter wrote:
The working Bee at DVLC was a great success and many thanks to the willing workers, David, Margaret M, Cheryl-Lee, Margaret C, Joy and Veronica.
As by the attached photos you will see that the outside area is now in pristine condition and ready for the Students on their return to studies.
Special thanks to Veronica for the lovely Pizzas that she supplied which allowed us to have some fellowship before departing.
We, as a society, are very lucky in having an organisation such as DVLC, where people not so fortunate as ourselves have a place where they can go to learn and also feel part of the community.
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Vale Elizabeth Butcher

Elizabeth Butcher passed away with family members present on the 20th January after a lengthy period of a challenging health condition.
Betty was the wife of Laurie Butcher who was a Member of the Rotary Club of Greensborough for many years including serving as Club Secretary for some 10 Years.
Betty was very active in her support of Laurie and of the Club during those years and was loved and respected by all.
A poem read by Granddaughter Holly Bianco:
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Vale Beryl Vickers

Members of the Rotary Club of Greensborough, past and active were among a large number of family and friends in attendance at the Memorial Service held at Living Faith Church in Greensborough.
Beryl was the wife of the late Tom Vickers who was the Charter President of the RCG.
Tom and Beryl had many continuous years of active involvement in the Club and and were both very committed to all kinds of community activities.
Among the Past and present Rotary Members were Bob and Lorraine Manuel, John Mackey, Arthur and Lorna Sandford, Ron Myerscough, George and Beryl Lim and David Ling.
Beryl was a long time member and active participant of the Living Faith Church congregation and this was reflected by the large number of church members present.
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Christmas Party at Eltham North


Members and Guests enjoyed the end of year Christmas Party function at Margaret McPhersons home at Eltham North on Sunday 17th December.

Organised by the Fellowship and Fundraising Committee, the event was a great time of fellowship and lots of fun. It was good to welcome special guests Harald and Sandra Bartelt.
Tag team Jerome and John came up with a funny story that fitted the Christmas theme for a short Sergeant at Arms session. There was no prize for the funniest hat or head gear although the red ribbon and bow on David's hat did attract some comments!
President Michael thanked Margaret for her hospitality in making her home available and wished everyone compliments of the season.
A very fitting end to a good first 6 months of the Rotary year. Check the photo gallery for additional pics.
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Francis Acquah Awarded Doctor of Science

Posted by Jerome Winston

Congratulations to Francis  on being Awarded a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Commonwealth University.

Francis also received Master Class Certificate in Business Management & Leadership by the London Graduate School.
Francis Acquah Awarded Doctor of Science Jerome Winston 2017-12-18 13:00:00Z 0

DVLC Inaugural UP Award

The inaugural UP award for Valley VCAL was presented at the recent Awards Night.

Intiated by the Board of DVLC, The UP award is given to the student who staff have agreed most often and most graciously upholds our VCAL principles. These principles are:
kindness, respect, participation, and safe conduct
President David Ling presented this award to Isabella Salas Bull.
The Awards Night was a great success with very good attendance by Students, Parents, Friends and interested people.
The programme was conducted in unique style as organised by students and generally led by VCAL Coordinator Stracey Wood.
The laid back style was evidenced by the approach taken by the MC for the night.
Representatives from the Rotary Club of Greensborough and Rotary Club of Eltham were in attendance and in conversation agreed to get together to consider options for greater support for the DVLC programme.
Highlights for the night were seeing young people receiving their awards for completed work and hearing some of their stories.
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Christmas Message from DG

The full newsletter from the District Governor can be accessed from our Links to the right of page.
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The Ramp is up

Posted by Bill Carter

Riding for the Disabled was formed in Victoria in 1970 and I am not sure when the St Andrews Riding Group for the Disabled, (RDA) based at the St Andrews Horse and Pony Club, was formed.  https://rdastandrews.weebly.com At the present time they cater for approximately 20  people each week suffering from physical and or emotional issues.

Apparently, participating in the Riding Programme not only gives the person a sense of achieving an experience, but also the rocking motion of the horse stimulates the physical actions of the body.
It all started for RCG when Maggie Broom from St Andrews RDA came to talk to the Club about their work. When asked how we could get involved and what was on their wish list we were told about the project to purchase  a new ramp to allow wheelchair and general safer and easier access in mounting the horse. Communication between Maggie, Sharraine Ballao and David Ling continued over a number of months.
RDA had been quoted $14,000.00 for the ramp but after discussions with retired mechanical engineer Steve Jenkenson and the Men's Shed at St Andrews they volunteered to manufacture the Ramp similar to the design of the ramp at the RDA Bundoora.
The Rotary Club of Greensborough donated $1,000.00 and also donations were received from Bendigo Bank and City of Nillumbik. With these new developments the actual cost of the ramp was about $3,000.00.   
The ramp was constructed at the Men's Shed. It is approximately 15 Metres Long and 1.8 Metres Wide, and was transported to the Pony Club where it was assembled and painted over three days by voluntary labour from the Men's Shed and David Ling and Bill Carter from Rotary Club of Greensborough.
Assisting the community is not about just donating monies, it is also about volunteering your time in enabling projects to succeed in the most economical way possible. In this case some
$11,000.00 was saved and in doing so  some other projects will benefit from the savings made.
It makes one feel a sense of pride and thankfulness when you see the smile on the face as the riders conquer the task of doing something that had been impossible
for them to achieve.  
The Ramp is up Bill Carter 2017-12-08 13:00:00Z 0

Vale Steven Peuschel OAM

Posted by Joy Ferguson
Alan Sartori  mentored this young man obviously some years ago now when he had cystic fibrosis and had a successful Lung transplant -
Steven spoke at our club to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis and he had set up a trust fund to provide accommodation for families  on the waiting list for transplants.
Alan bought him a suit and helped him make Rotary connections.
Steven also competed  in the New Year Murray Marathon (albeit with a very strong medical and other support team)
He made a lasting impression on many, especially our members of that time.
Vale Steven Peuschel OAM Joy Ferguson 2017-11-16 13:00:00Z 0

Murder Raises Funds for Polio Plus

Posted by Joy Ferguson

A huge thanks to all our supporters who came to the movie at such short notice.

The movie was great and it was again a good opportunity for catch up and fellowship. Some people got together before the event and some after so making for a good and profitable evening.
Thanks to everyone involved for your great help in setting up and running the Movie Night on the 8th November
Financial results:
60 tickets @ $20  =           $1200.00. That was a full house.
Less Hoyts 60 @ $12  =    $720.00
Profit for End Polio            $480.00
Murder Raises Funds for Polio Plus Joy Ferguson 2017-11-10 13:00:00Z 0

Mad Hatters High Tea Party

Posted by Joy Ferguson

A beautiful sunny afternoon at the Heidelberg Golf Club saw 57 people (and 2 children) attend the “Mad Hatters High Tea Party” on the 29th October.

Guests included members of the Banyule Council, together with Rotary members, friends and family.
The event was organised by the club’s Fellowship and Fundraising Committee, led by President Elect Zilis Hardiman.
Many of the guests got into the spirit of the event by donning fun hats. Prizes were presented to 8 of the guests for their originality and fun.
Guests were entertained by our guest speaker Dr. Bernie Crimmins with a great presentation highlighting the issues of mens’ health, with messages for women as well.
As per usual the raffle held on the day netted $335 and the final total for the event was approximately $1200.
MC Bill Carter managed proceedings in excellent style as usual.  
President Michael extended thanks with a presentation bottle of wine to our guest speaker, the Fellowship and Fundraising Committee were acknowledged and thanks were extended to the staff of the Heidelberg Golf Club.
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Movie Night - Murder on the Orient Express 2017-10-31 13:00:00Z 0

Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Rotary Club of Greensborough Inc. shall be held at 1.00pm on Monday 27th November 2017 at the Supper Room, All Saints Anglican Church.
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St Andrews Accessible Riding program

Posted by David Ling

Project is ramping up.

Last week I visited the Riding for Disabled program at Hurstbridge on behalf of our Community Projects Committee.
It was great to see the team as they worked with children and to chat with parents who are so appreciative of how the program is helping their children.
We talked about the project to provide a mounting ramp for wheel chair users and what is emerging is a combined project with Riding for Disabled, The local Men's Shed and the Rotary Club of Greensborough.
Pictures used with parent's permission.
More details to come as they are available
St Andrews Accessible Riding program David Ling 2017-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

Changeover Events

It's that time of year again.

Clubs in our area are arranging Changeover and we receive inyites to attend. Here a some of them:

Inner Wheel Club of Bundoora Inc. Thursday 13th July, Uniting Church, 76 Greenwood Drive, Bundoora. 6.30 for 7pm $20 pp

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Interact Trivia Event

The Rotary Club of Greensborough Central is combining with District 9790 and other Rotary Clubs to hold the Inaugural District 9790 Interact Night.
Please visit www.trybooking.com/POIR to reserve your seat at a trivia Table.

Come along and join in the fun!
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Interact Trivia Event Christine Shields 2017-05-14 14:00:00Z 0

Afternoon Shift at Bunnings

Another Friday Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings returns $440.

The opportunity to fund raise at Bunnings stores has been our best source of income for some time, This was one of the better Friday ones but the monthly event brings steady income.

In the current Rotary Year we have raised over $10,000 from sales and the donation box.

Together with other income this has enabled the Board to make several donations at its last meeting with more to come while allowing for some retention for new year projects.

Distribution of Funds in May

  • Foundation – Annual Fund                      $1500
  • Australian Rotary Health – Lift the Lid     $1000
  • Ghana Wellbeing                                     $1000
  • DVLC for Student Scholarship                  $1500
As usual, the full finance report is available to members by logging into the Members area on our webpage.
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Time for an eBulletin

Posted by David Ling

A kind of editorial.

It's been a while since we published a bulletin and so here goes for some updates and info. I think I will have a go at some bullet points from a Secretary's view.
  • President Kate
Kate is settling in to a new work position located in the city and so has not been able to attend weekly meetings for some time. We wish her all the best in her new role and look forward to her being able to connect more again soon. Meanwhile, Vice President Nalin has stepped in to fill the gap and meetings have been going well.
  • Attendance
On the subject of attendance, although still a bit up and down our attendance average has been been much improved over recent weeks. I resumed recording attendance at the beginning of this year and our best so far has been a 75% plus a few visitors. This could be partly attributed to John Hardiman's prompting from his now appointed Membership Chair but also to a good selection of speakers that have been announced in advance on a more consistent basis.
  • Facilities at All Saints
We are really enjoying our new meeting location and thanks to All Saints, especially Coffee Shop Manager Christine for arranging our meals. David Fuller expresses pleasure at the sense of added community we bring to his centre and shows servant leadership in setting up the room for us.
  • Catering
We are still a bit challenged in getting our numbers right to avoid paying for extra meals or on the other hand creating stress for the staff when we exceed our ordered meals. There is some degree of flexibility in this and we want to have ability to provide a meal for those who, because of work circumstances, do not always know if they can attend or not until the last minute. Members can help in this by keeping in touch in regard to expected attendance. Zilis Hardiman will be taking the responsibility for liaison with staff to get this as smooth as we can.
  • ChildSafe
We have been giving attention to this important subject to ensure that we comply with the State Government’s Child Safe Standards. The focus of the Standards is to help organisations to drive cultural change so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice. We have had one session on this in our Monday Meeting and will schedule more when we do not have a guest speaker.
  • Board
The next scheduled meeting of the Board is Tuesday the 9th May. Please forward any reports, applications or other requests to the Secretary for inclusion in the Agenda.
  • Night Meeting
Don't forget our upcoming night meeting at Swiper's Gulley. See the events column for details and register online.
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Last Monday our scheduled speaker had to withdraw and PP Francis Acquah presented us with a report of his recent visit to Ghana.
The Project is supported by the Rotary Club of Greensborough and registered as a Rotary Australia World Community Service project. Francis shared about the recent visit.
The training begun at 9:00 AM (Accra), 10:00 AM (Kumasi) and 11:00 AM (Volta -UHAS) regions respectively. The workshop
attracted a total of about 400 participants from across various organizations and institutions; Ghana Medical Council, Private
organizations as well as non-health workers.
At, UHAS the dean of School of Nursing, Professor Portia Nyadegbor in her opening address called on students, lecturers and non-teaching
staff to take personal responsibility.
Topics discussed during the training include;
SUICIDE - Prevention Helpline Intake and Triage
WRAP - Wellness Recovery Action Plan –A Proven Tool for Prevention of Suicide and other Wellness methodologies.
Suicide Prevention Workshop in Accra

Another Successful Movie Night

"Going in Style" at Hoyts Greensborough

While the weather was freezing and wet, 69 people, members and friends came to enjoy "Going in Style" at Hoyts Greensborough last Wednesday evening. 
Our raffle was well supported with the efforts and support of Zilis Hardiman an Margaret Mac who held the fort,  together with President Elect Michael Mweyo, who welcomed the guests. The raffle result was $245.  
The presentation of the 5 prizes was beautifully put together, thanks again to Margaret & Zilis.
It was pleasing to see some faces of past Rotarians, Ray & Gayle Lord, Christine and Mark Sefton as well as current member Connie D'Amore. These 3 people brought a total of 16 people with them.  Well done, their efforts were appreciated. 
Final figures are  yet to be confirmed, however with the raffle approximately $1000.00 will add to the Club's funds to help with the delivery of a ramp for the St Andrews "Riding for the Disabled"
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of he evening.
Another Successful Movie Night Joy Ferguson 2017-04-28 14:00:00Z 0

One of our best Bunnings BBQs

Posted by Joy Ferguson

Saturday Sausage sizzle at Bunnings Thomastown

Again the enthusiastic team arrived on the Saturday morning for another fundraising opportunity provided by Bunnings at Thomastown.
 It was pleasing to see Rtn Sandra Classon who assisted the afternoon shift.
The day was consistently busy, we ran out of sausages twice (which was good for business) and finished the day with a profit of approximately $1475.00
Our donation box collected $50.  One of the better results again for our club.
Thanks Frank for slicing 10 kg of onions.  As he said "not a dry eye in the house!!" 

Great team work and lots of laughs.  

One of our best Bunnings BBQs Joy Ferguson 2017-04-28 14:00:00Z 0
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Breakfast at Tancks Corner Cafe


Breakfast for fellowship on Sunday 12th February.


Yarrambat, originally known as Tanck's Corner had a couple of gold rushes, one before 1860 and the other after 1900. Not enough gold was found to create a thriving township. The town was therefore primarily established by Selectors.

One such Selector was Frederick Tanck. Tanck owned properties on the north site of Ironbark Road. The T-intersection where Ironbark Road meets Yan Yean Road was subsequently known as Tanck’s Corner.

The name of the town was officially changed to Yarrambat in 1929. While the reason for the name change is unknown, the word Yarrambat is Aboriginal, meaning "high hills" or "pleasant views". Something we get to experience and appreciate every day.

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Great response to new venue and meeting day.

A warm welcome to our Club at our new All Saints Venue.

At our first meeting for the year the Senior Minister at All Saints Anglican Church, The Ven David Fuller, welcomed our Club and gave us a brief history of the Church. David expressed his joy at being able to host another community group, saying that contact with the wider community is a major part of the ministry of this local church.
We loved the meal!
File Photo
The first meeting was a settling in experience and AG Francis was invited to give an update re clubs in our local cluster. We also welcomed Michael back from his overseas travels.                     File Photo
Last week, our Guest Speaker was Katherine Baverstock who gave us some great insights into the work of ROMAC. Amazing stories.
We  also had a mini celebration for two "birthday boys" who were willing to share the birthday cake.
 PP Ron Myerscough and Andrew Minahan.
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Hectic Time

Getting organised for the changes in 2017 has been quite hectic. Here's to a successful 2017

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New Venue

New Venue for Rotary club of Greensborough

Commencing on Monday the 30th of January 2017, the weekly meetings of RCG will be held at  All Saints’ Anglican Church 14 Church Street Greensborough, 3088.
The Club has had several changes in recent times and this one is brought about because of limited space available at the previous venue.
Meetings will be held in the supper room area which is just inside the front doors. The room is also close to the Bookshop / Coffee Shop and provides  facilities that will meet Club needs and provide for anticipated membership growth.
Public car parking is available on the opposite side of the street and the general location fits the purpose of RCG to continue to be a lunch time club catering for business people in the precinct together with easy access for those coming from further away in our area.


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Happy New Year

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A borrowed quote

The time to change our old calendar with the new calendar which is completely filled with the new beginnings, new expectations, and new memories. New Year is celebrated by everyone across the world with great fun and joy.

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Strathmore Club Combined Meeting Kate Madden 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0

January Startup

January Start up for our meetings has been put back to the 16th.

Given that we will now be holding our meetings on Monday it has been decided that we will recommence activities on the 16th January with an informal fellowship luncheon at the home of David and Betty Ling in Doreen. You will find the details in the events list.
The second of these Fellowshio Meetings will be held at the home of Joy Ferguson on the 23rd, details also in events.
To help with catering please respond to the personal invitation you will receive by email.
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Change of day for weekly meetings.

After many years of meeting on Wednesdays at lunch time, the Rotary Club of Greensborough has changed to meet on Mondays from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

Recent attempts to find a suitable venue for lunch time meetings have proved very difficult. For the past 6 months we have been meeting at the Greensborough RSL and while this is an excellent venue, the room available to us is too small to accommodate present and anticipated numbers from here on.
The calendar year will commence with two fellowship days, the first on the 16th at the home of David and Betty Ling and the second at Joy Ferguson's on the 23rd. See events for more details.
Our regular weekly meeting will commence on Monday the 30th January at All Saints Anglican Church in Greensborough where we have been able to secure a booking in their supper room area.
We are looking forward to a great second half of the Rotary Year.
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Thank you from Bunnings Thomastown

To all of our wonderful community groups,

Thank you for all your help during 2016.

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Looking forward to seeing you all in 2017.


Thank you,

Stephanie Winther

Activities Organiser

Bunnings Thomastown


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From Kate's Catchup

Speakers corner

"Every scribe who has been trained for the Kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old' (Matt 13:52)

It was a delight to welcom
e our guest speaker Father Len Thomas and hear his talk Eighty-Fifty -Eighty Years of Life- Fifty Years a Priest.
Father Len begun his career as a newspaper man and so it was with this experience he was able to create a special edition newspaper to commemorate his 80th Birthday. The newspaper is jam packed with interesting articles on a life well lived.


The following office bearers have been nominated and accepted their positions for 2017/18 -Commencing July 2017

President: Michael Maweyo
Vice President: Nalin Perra
Secretary: Kate Madd
en (supported by Sherraine)
Treasurer: Asad Abbassi (supported by Frank)

There are a number of vacancies still to be filled, currently we can confirm the following:

Service Projects: David Ling

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International Social Evening

On a Saturday evening in November, Rotarians and guests were treated to a fun filled night with a distinct cross cultural emphasis.

Micheal and Connie were the host and they both excelled in making everyone welcome to their home in Thomastown.
Michael and Connie also prepared and donated items for a raffle that raised $180 with proceeds going to the Orange Sky Laundry.
Here are some pics from the night.
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Annual Springthorpe Christmas Party


Another great opportunity to showcase Rotary and to add to our fund raising efforts.

David and Frank set up the equipment and were joined by Kate, Joy, George and Jerome through the afternoon. A tired Frank, Joy and David packed up at the end.
Craig had the onion chopping job in preparing for the event.
Springthorpe organiser, Bernadette Constable, expressed appreciation for our participation in what was a successful event on a lovely summers day.
" Just wanted to say thank u once again for being part of the Springthorpe Christmas party. A great day was had by all and the weather was very kind to us. We hope the day worked out well for Rotary.
Kind Regards
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Kate's Catchup

From President Kate's Catchup

Out and About

As always RCG members have been actively supporting Rotary fundraising efforts both locally and abroad.
Mental health was a key focus in October with the national Lift the Lid campaign and AG Francis is pictured right at the Mental Health Conference in Ghana.Other members put on hats to support the Rotary club of Ivanhoe  fund raising efforts for Rotary Health. It is heartening to know how much you are impacting lives for the better. Thank you.
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Hearing Wellness

Lauren Rowley, Hearing Wellness Coordinator from Audio Clinic gave a very interesting talk on hearing loss & did free screening too. The earlier hearing issues are picked up the better. Call 1800 753 164 to find out more. Thanks Lauren!


Rotary Club Of Greensborough's photo.

Several Members took the hearing screening test and found some deficiencies.





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Lift the Lid Function

Posted by David Ling

On Wednesday 26th October the Rotary Club of Rosanna organised their annual event to celebrate the Rotary Hat Day.

Rosanna was joined by Greensborough Central and Greensborough Rotary Members for a fun and information filled night at the Austrian Club in West Heidelberg.

Guest speaker was Past District Governor Philip Clancy who represents ARH in District 9790.


Fancy Hats.

President Sandra Bartelt (Rosanna) and PP Joy Ferguson (Greensborough) were among the winners of the hat competition.
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Rotary Club of Greensborough - Golf Day 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0

Annual General Meeting

Rotary Club of Greensborough


Annual General Meeting

Wednesday November 23rd 2016

To all members,

Notice is herewith given that the Annual General Meeting of the Rotary Club of Greensborough Inc shall be held on Wednesday 23rd November  2016 at the Greensborough RSL Board Room at 1.00pm.



1.     Welcome

2.   Present:

3.   Apologies

4.   Minutes of previous A.G.M. presented and motion for acceptance.

5. Business to be conducted.

5.1 Audited Accounts for year 2015/2016 presented for discussion and acceptance.

                    Auditors Report

5.2 Election of Office Bearers of the Club for the year 2017/2018.

  5.3 Appointment of Auditor



by Order of the Board

David Ling

Administration Chair

for The Secretary

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Clean Water Project supported by RCG

Clean Water Project supported by Go International Aid and WEARS Australia. A World Relief Australia Project June 2016

  1.  During a recent visit a sustainable water supply was installed with funding for a new rainwater tank and ancillary plumbing has meant that the Project Coordinator could rely on a fresh water supply at the residence and project office, a small investment means a substantial reduction in hardship since the town's continual power outages also meant that the water treatment plant did not have power to treat, disinfect and pump the main supply cutting water off at the office and residence.
  1.  The Aviamp Health Centre suffers continual water shortages during the dry season and small girls of around 6-8 years old were left with the task of carrying water, usually in 10-15kg containers up to 2km from the river to maintain ongoing services at the health centre.  On this same trip a bore was drilled using local labour, adding to the local economy, and providing a continuous water supply to the centre.  The water from the bore which was fitted with a submersible pump provided water to the existing tank and then the header tank which maintained pressure to all taps within the centre, keeping health services operational without the continual effort of carrying water.
  1. Re-equipping an existing broken hand pump has also given water security to the Aviamp community, an old well previously dig had fallen into disrepair and the old pump was unserviceable.  Refurbishing this pump at a relatively small cost has meant that the community living around the Health Centre also could rely on a sustainable water supply for personal and family hygiene.
Steve Elliott
Clean Water
is an initiative of
WEARS Australia and Go International Fund inc
07 54232 770  | 0416 203 171 |  0417 357 259
Making a Sustainable Difference
Go international is DGR Endorsed and
IncomeTax Deductable Not for Profit Registered
The Rotary Club of Greensborough shared with Go International Aid for this project and their contribution was greatly appreciated.
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Weekly Meeting

Apparently we do not have a speaker for this Wednesday.
Maybe it will be an opportunity to have another look at ClubRunner to see how it can help us.
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Go Tony

Tony Ladgrove receiving a gift and congratulations from Probus President Kevin Luckman for his production of the 100th edition of the Probus Pipeline.   Well done Tony
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Condolences Peter Uzande

Club Secretary Peter Uzande in Zimbabwe

Peter's father passed away last week after an time of illness. Peter was able to be with him for the last two months of his life.
Our thoughts are with Peter and his family at this sad time and also with Mellary who is at home in Australia.
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Tracey Wood, speaks on literacy 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0

Hat Day Function

On Wednesday 26th October we will join with the Rotary Club of Rosanna and Greensborough Central at the Austrian Club to celebrate the Rotary Hat Day.

There will be no lunch time meeting on the 26th October.
Members please register interest with Joy Ferguson or Christine Shields.
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Lift the Lid

Special arrangement with Bunnings allowed us to promote the "Lift the Lid" project at two recent sausage sizzles.

As a result we received donations of over $100 in for specific designation.
The Board will determine what addition amount may be added from the proceeds of sales.
Bunnings sausage sizzles continue to be a good source of income for use in local community projects.
The monthly Friday events are not huge money makers but the dedicated group of people who are able to commit to this have a great deal of fun and fellowship. It is also an excellent PR event for Rotary
Last Friday Frank decided to bring the EFTPOS machine and while it didn't result in huge increase it did provide some fun. One customer who helps for another organisation said it was the first time she had seen FTPOS facilities made available.
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Vale Les Bedford

The following is a copy of newspaper notices from last week.

BEDFORD. Leslie Thomas. Passed away peacefully on Sept. 24, 2016 after a short illness Loving husband of Peg (dec. ). Much loved father of Jennifer.
Forever in our Hearts
 A Service to celebrate the life of Leslie Thomas Bedford will be held in the Le Pine Chapel, 513 Greensborough Rd (opp. Hobson St), Greensborough on MONDAY (Oct. 3, 2016) commencing at 10.00 a. m.
A Private Cremation will follow.
Les was a valuable member of the Rotary Club of Greensborough from 1983 to 2013 when failing health made it too difficult for him to be involved.
Les was a great mate who went about his business quietly and with purpose. Among other things he was involved in the organisation of our annual golf day for many years.
Condolences to daughter Jennifer from all at Rotary.
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Another member for the Shields family

Christine emailed:

Hi my name is Oliver William born 20th September at 5.14am weighing 3.5kg. All my family are very excited and everyone is well.

Congratulations Teresa and Michael and all the Shields family
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RCG Board makes changes to the night meetings schedule

At a meeting of the Board on the 20th September a decision was made to discontinue the practice of holding a monthly night meeting.

It was also decided that in each month in which there are five Wednesdays we conduct a fellowship and family night at local restaurants or other agreed venues commencing with an event on 30th November at Swiper’s Gully.
This was discussed with the Members present at the weekly meeting the following day.
The meeting tonight at which the Guest Speaker is Tracey Wood, will be the last one in this format.
On Wednesday 26th October we will join with the Rotary Club of Rosanna at the Austrian Club to celebrate the Rotary Hat Day.
There will be no lunch time meeting on the 26th October.
Members please register interest with Joy Ferguson or Christine Shields.
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Last Weeks Meeting


A story of courage and strength from an amazing young man. And what a story it is.
Members and guests were treated to an excellent presentation. For readers who would like to see more of the story, we have inserted a link to a Youtube presentation. It is well worth the 9 minutes to view some amazing footage.
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Rotaract Trivia Night

The Rotaract team treated all who attended to a wonderful evening of entertainment and fun.

 The atrium area at St Johns Diamond Creek was about at capacity and the programme was very innovative. It was a trivia night with a difference. The Rotaractors were well organised with individuals undertaking specific tasks and leadership and teamwork on display.

 The DVLC table people were the brains trusts for the night and also took out the prize for tower construction with dry pasta and marshmallows.





The Rotary Club of Greensborough was represented by Michael and Connie, Joy and Tony, Sharraine, Christine, and David and Betty all of whom brought family and friends along.


Watch the Rotaract space for details of the funds raised for Diamond Valley Learning Centre
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Rotarians Against Malaria

Posted by Christine Shields

Last weekend i attended the Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) conference held in Melbourne.

 In attendance were District Chairs from clubs around Australia plus interested Rotarians and some members of Rotaract Australia's Malaria committee. T

The guest speakers were varied and included Edgar Pollard RAM PHD student on his project in the Solomon Islands, Rebecca Feldman from the Victorian Dept of Health and Human Services  telling us about the control of mosquitoes in our state, Dr Danielle Stanisic from Griffith University who is researching a vaccine for malaria which they have started clinical trials with and Dr Jack Richards from the Burnett Institute who talked about ways to look at eliminating malaria throughout the world.

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Luchtime Meeting Wednesday 24th August


Special Guest Speaker

Syrian Refugee - Omar

Excerpt from Banyule100 website:

When Omar is speaking, he becomes animated with enthusiasm and eagerly asks for my opinions.

Omar and Saad’s family escaped Syria by travelling through Lebanon, Egypt and then on to Melbourne. Omar describes the journey as ‘long and scary, we were almost caught more times than I can count.’

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DG Newsletter - SEEDS

District Governor’s Letter
August 2016.

My Fellow Rotarians,
By the time you receive the August issue of SEEDS, Pamela and I will have visited at least 17 clubs. All are working hard to do Good in the      World. Little clubs and big clubs raising funds, great and small, for local and over-seas projects and contributing to Rotary Serving Humanity. We have seen the generosity of Rotary and Rotarians in the donations already made by these clubs and we congratulate them on their service to Humanity. What a great example to the communities around these clubs. I thank you all for your wonderful work in the name of Rotary and I know International President John Germ would be pleased with your efforts in July 2016.
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Dates to Remember

Dates to remember:
Special Guest Wednesday 24th August
Panton Hill Vineyard and Winery event Saturday 27th August
Clubs and Rotarians contact :
David Meller District DIK Chair to advise of their attendance and details.

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Setting our course

Setting our course

I know you will all join me in working to meet our goals, as well as celebrate our victories. As members of Rotary, we are out to change as many lives as we can, for the better. Not alone. Not as individuals. But together—as a team—through Rotary Serving Humanity.
John Germ
Rotary International President, 2016-17
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Bulletin from President Kate

Getting Started!
Thank you all for your help and participation in the Changeover Dinner on Friday evening.
Special congratulations to Michael Meweyo on being presented with the Paul Harris Fellow, for your contribution.
Welcome to Sharraine Ballao as our newest member of the club. Thanks to Sharraine’s raffle selling skills we collected over $500. Well done!
 To reflect on the w
ords of Cathy Burke in my acceptance speech:
“…there is a common myth that we are all separate. We live like we’re not connected, and that what happens in one place does not have an impact anywhere else. It takes a certain generosity of spirit to break through this notion of separateness; an inclusiveness to see there is actually no difference between me “over here” and a villager “over there”. We are all capable of intelligence, creativity and courage..” (Unlikely Leaders pg. 6)
Our rotary club of Greensborough is a reflection of inclusiveness and capability.
Thank you all for your generosity of spirit, intelligence, creativity and courage.
I look forward to a fantastic year ahead –Serving Humanity!


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Our Annual Charity Auction is our major fundraiser for the year and is just around the corner.  Happening at 7pm on July 30th at Bridges Restaurant in Hurstbridge, this event will be a night of good food, good company and lots of laughter while we raise some much needed funds for our organization.  I urge you to book your tickets today and join us for a fun-filled night.
As we are using a new venue this year tickets are limited and seated tickets have already sold-out - but there is still time to book your standing ticket at just $40ea.

Our amazing fundraising team are busily collecting items to be auctioned on the night and have an amazing collection available for you to bid on.   There is everything from bikes, pets, outdoor furniture, and everything in between.  Come along and pick up some fantastic items while supporting the work we do here at 
Breakaway Camps.

Let's make 2016 our biggest year yet!
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Community The Final Frontier

Posted by Kate Madden


Evening Meeting Speaker:
Sandy Macdonald - Community, the new frontier

We invite you to come and be inspired by speaker Sandy Macdonald as she talks about Community, the New Frontier and the work being done to support homeless people around the world - through knitting. CONTRIBUTE 4 BALLS OF WOOL!! This wool will be sent to Johannesburg to be knitted into blankets by local women for local children, providing income and a way to re-engage with life and hope.

Community The Final Frontier Kate Madden 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Club Diamond Creek Changeover

Posted by Joy Ferguson
The Rotaract Changeover went really well on Monday 18th July at the Eltham
Great presentations delivered from outgoing President Katherine and newly inducted President Steven Megaloudis.

The new Board was presented with appropriate badges and Steven was inducted by the District Rotaract Representative John Craven.

About 40 people attended with Rotarians attending from Greensborough Central, Diamond Creek, Eltham and our club. It was lovely to have the opportunity to socialise and interact with Retractors and guests.
Thanks to Assistant Governor Francis Acquah, Jerome Winston, Michael & Connie Mweyo
and Christine Shields representing Greensborough Rotary.
Rotaract Club Diamond Creek Changeover Joy Ferguson 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Hearing and Sight Tests

Application and forms available - go to Upcoming events and select Hearing and site Tests
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Rotoract - Relay Film Night

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - Cancer Council Fundraiser
$20 – tickets available online
(book before 23rd March 11am)
Wednesday 30th of March 2016
Greensborough HOYTS Cinema 1

6:45pm Guest Arrival – 7:00pm Film
All Profits raised will be donated to the Cancer Council Diamond Valley Relay for Life.
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Vale Merlene Joyce MAUNDER

Merlene Joyce (Joy) MAUNDER
Members of The Rotary Club of Greensborough were saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Joy Maunder on Sunday afternoon, the 7th of February.
Joy's husband Keith was a member of our Club from Charter 20-Jul-1968 - 15-Apr-2002.
Joy was a wonderful person and very committed to activities of the Club. She served on Committees and was always a happy participant of many fellowship activites.
President Francis and the members of the Club convey sincere condolences to Keith, all members of the family and the many friends who are feeling the loss of such a wonderful person.
The notice for the memorial service will be listed in the papers at a later date, but we are advised that it will be held on Friday 26th February at 2.30 pm in the “big room” at the Heidelberg Golf Club.
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Australia Day breakfast. Moreland

Published by Kate Madden · January 26 at 7:02pm ·

The Rotary Club of Moorland hosted an inspiring Australia Day breakfast.
Green Beret Commando. humanitarian Aid Worker & Everest Summiteer - Mark "Squiz" Squirrell took us on an adventure from Arafat to Everest What an impressive young Australian.

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Springthorpe Christmas Party

Greensborough Rotary, sizzling susages to raise funds for Breakaway Camps.
Well done all.
Thank you to the Springthorpe community for the opportunity to be part of your event.
We understand over 900 people registered to attend.
Post by Kate Madden adapted from Facebook page
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District Governor Visit - August 25th


District Governor Richard Luke and wife Lorna visited the Rotary Club of Greensborough on Tuesday 25th August.

President Francis showed his team and vision, Directors presented brief reports, and DG Richard encouraged the Club with his plans for the District. The DGs wife, Lorna told us why her project for this Rotary Year is the Polio Plus programme.

All up the evening was a great relational time and included a cake to celebrate Betty Ling's birthday. Thanks to Joy for organising that and for providing the photos on the night.

It was great to see PP Graham Trotter back after his illness.

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October Movie Night

Live Link   

Hoyts Greensborough Plaza

The Intern


Starring Robert DeNiro, Ann Hathaway


Proceeds: Ending Polio Now


Hoyts Greensborough Plaza
25 Main Street
Greensborough, Vic 3088

Contact Details:  Joy Ferguson 0421 077 858 ChristineShields 0409 545 948
Register and pay Try Bookings
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/7399/Event/c02e6ebe-27cc-49df-95d6-dba6b8469e88#sthash.ak7hqTbq.dpuf
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Last Wednesday

Posted by Joy Ferguson
Our Sergeant Michael presenting our Special speaker from last week’s meeting - Thanks David for your insightful presentation and introduction on Club Runner.
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Wednesday Weekly Meeting

Caitlin McKimm - Jets Youth Program Officer was our guest speaker last week. A very interesting programme.
Sergeant Michael stirred some old memories with his model VW Combi. Thanks to Christine Shields for this pic. Looks very close to your model Michael.
This week we will be focusing on "Getting the most out of ClubRunner.
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Friends of Rotary

Former member and Past President Mark Leverette and Kerry are riding in the BSA rally in Europe. Looks like they are having fun.
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Posted by Jerome Winston
  • Michael and Jerry represented the club at the mosque community visit held on Sunday afternoon, July 26th.  Michael was greeted by many local people who remembered his and Francis’ contributions to projects conducted by our club, the Banyule Scout District, and other community groups for local migrant children.  Jerry introduced the prayer leader (Imam Riad Galil) who has previously attended Rotary meetings at our club and at the RC of Heidelberg.  There were 26 youth and adult visitors.
  • District 9790 has advised Grant, chair of the youth service committee that District has approved a matching grant to assist the Banyule Scout District Executive to fund the cost of new heater in the District Scout Hall.  The youth service committee is currently contacting local Rotaract and Rotary clubs to ask them to assist in raising the matching grant. 
  • Other club committees that would like assistance to apply to District 9790 for a matching grant for a local or an international project should contact our Rotary Foundation committee, chaired by Michael, deputy chair, Charles.
  • The board has elected Yvonne Donegan, Christine Shields and Irma Sartori as honorary members for 2015/16)as honorary members for 2015-16
  • Members may suggest the names of other honorary members in strict confidence by giving their names to either President Francis or to Jerome, chair of the membership committee.
  • Please encourage young adults (age 22-28) who show leadership skills in their work or in their community to consider applying for a Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) by visiting the RYLA website at www.ryla9790.org.au/eoi/.  RYLA applications are should be submitted by the end of October 2015.  The dates of the associated training seminar are Monday, 23 November – Sunday, 29 November.
  • The board has approved a review of members’ vocational classifications which will be conducted by the membership committee.
ROTARY CLUB OF GREENSBOROUGH INFORMATION Jerome Winston 2015-08-17 00:00:00Z 0

First August eBulletin

Posted by David Ling
This eBulletin has a few changes to layout and has the updated information and themes among other things.
I am happy to receive any feedback or suggestions.
The biggest need is for people to submit articles and or pictures that we can feed into a regular publication. The easiest way for this to happen is that people send me an email with some words that I can post into a story and photos as attachments. Photos can also be placed on our webpage or on our Facebook page and then they can be accessed for other uses.
Next week's meeting looks like one not to be missed to me.
Have a look at the details in the events section.
Jets is a multifunctional creative arts youth facility, delivering a range of programs and activities to young people and the community.
First August eBulletin David Ling 2015-08-06 00:00:00Z 0

Monthly Dinner Meeting

These two members appear to be having too much fun at last weeks Dinner Meeting.

Michael and Peter were among the small number of members and guests who made it to the Greensborough Hotel on the night but everyone agreed that it was a great night.
The key features for the evening were a warm and cozy room, good service by the staff and an opportunity for closer fellowship and more interactive approach in regard to the substitute speaker's presentation.
That's all very nice, however it is not the agreed purpose of having an evening meeting. The intention is to have a meeting to which members can invite guests and introduce them to Rotary. Of course there will always be times when circumstances leave us with reduced numbers.
The next Dinner Meeting is planned for Tuesday 25th August when we will have the pleasure of welcoming our District Governor Richard Luke. The event is listed already on our webpage and you will receive a personalised invitation  closer to the event. You are encouraged to put this in your diary and help us make it a special with the DG.
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Salomon Trail

Posted by Joy Ferguson
Last Sunday Grant, Christine and I turned up at the Salomon Trail to help the Rotaractors cater for the 1500 participants when they finished their run (It was absolutely freezing too, 
The event and work was all over by midday and we were All pleased to pack up and head for home.
The Rotaractors all turned up and worked really well and raised approximately $1245 for their efforts.
They are a great bunch of young people. It is a pleasure to work with them.
Salomon Trail Joy Ferguson 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z 0

Breakaway Camps Charity Auction Night.

Posted by Joy Ferguson
A great night with over 175 silent auction items to bid on.

The loud auction items kept us very interested with the 2 meat trays bringing $775 and $$745.  Fantastic.
$630 was bid for a 10 kg block of Cadburys chocolate. A Juvenile Murray Short Necked Turtle raised $310, High Tea at Parliament House bought $550, Milwaukee Automotive Power Tool Combo Kit went for $465
A week @ Lakeside High Country Retreat - Just $550, A 6x4 Box Trailer With Cage was $1075
As you can see, a great variety of just some of the amazing loud auction Items donated.
Heads and Tails was organised with a true or false response to a statement.  
A selection of finger food and drinks were freely on hand and quite delicious. withe the event being held in the Eltham Community Centre. 
The concluding activity was to invite individuals to sponsor a Breakaway person for $100 - This was a "one Off" gift and 30 odd people donated.  This helped the total enormously.
All this organised by Breakaway supporters, some of whom have been doing so for 20+ years.  

The total raised for the evening was in the vicinity of $43,000  a record!!

Another very well organised event,   
 All in all, a great night.
Breakaway Camps Charity Auction Night. Joy Ferguson 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary in July

July is traditionally the month in which new appointees take up their office and new programmes and projects begin to get under way.
Here are a few items that show we are off to a good start.
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Warm Unwanted Coats/Jackets Needed

Posted by Joy Ferguson
Do you need to cull some  unwanted clothing in your wardrobe?  Here is an avenue to help you achieve this!!
Our Diamond Valley Rotaractor Monica Forsom is appealing for warm winter coats and jackets for African refugees.
Many have arrived with no warm clothing, and any donations of unwanted coats or warm jackets will be very welcome.
Monica, our RYLA  representative, has organised and been president of the Afro Australian Student Organisation at Victoria University. Monica is a fine example of the young leaders in our community. I am happy to collect any warm clothing on Monica's behalf.  Thank you for  any help you may be in a position to offer.  
Warm Unwanted Coats/Jackets Needed Joy Ferguson 2015-05-03 00:00:00Z 0

Special Dinner Meeting - Beyond Blue

Posted by David Ling
Extra Special Event coming up next week.
This event has been rescheduled from August last year and you will not want to miss it!
Special Dinner Meeting - Beyond Blue David Ling 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

Up and Coming BBQ's

Posted by Joy Ferguson
Notice to all Club Members and other interested friends.
The club has several dates coming up which we will need expressions of interest in your availability please.
The first is this Friday   24th April  at Thomastown Bunnings from 9am to approximately 4 pm  
Then Sunday 10th May (Mothers Day)  at Lower Eltham Park (Where the miniature trains run on Sundays) 9am to 3pm
This has the potential of raising $1000 and we need 4 people please.  Eltham Rotarians provide everything. We need just to turn up. It's lots of fun, quite busy from 11 am to about 1.30pm.  Come, bring family members who are always welcome.
Please let me know asap how much time you have available.  
Then Friday 22nd May at Thomastown.  Both David and Frank will be on leave, Christine and I will need help with set up and clean up.  Can you please advise me by email of any time you can help please.
Thank you for your consideration and anticipated help - Just the morning? or just the afternoon? maybe 2 hours in the middle of the day.  Thanks.
Up and Coming BBQ's Joy Ferguson 2015-04-19 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Day Community Breakfast

'PP David Ling opening the Rotary Club of Greensborough - Rotary International Day Community Breakfast on Friday 13th March 2015.'PP David Ling opening the Rotary Club of Greensborough - Rotary International Day Community Breakfast on Friday 13th March 2015.

The Rotary International Day Community Breakfast was held on Friday the 13th March at the Greensborough Hotel.President Francis Acquah welcomed guests including Rotarians from a number of clubs including the Assistant Governor for Group one of District 9790.Members of Parliament, Local government Mayors and Councilors, Heads of various community organisations and other guests were also welcomed.RI President Gary C.K. Huang has urged all Rotary members to by organizing a Rotary Day in 2014-15. The concept is simple: hold an event in your community to introduce the public to your club and Rotary.

This event provided for input from community organisations show how Rotary and the Community work together.



AG Chris Lang, gave a short presentation on the Objects of Rotary.


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Honorary Member

Ms Yvonne Donegan was inducted at the  Breakfast Meeting as a Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Greensborough in recognition Community Work and connection to Rotary.
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Movie for Polio Plus funds From PDG Peter Gilbert

I am taking this opportunity to report back to all clubs on the success of our recent Movie Night that was held to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation. 
More than 15 clubs participated in the event and rated the film 9/10. So it was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed. Clubs joined together to arrange the screening and met afterwards for a meal together.
I am please to report that $15,766 was raised for End Polio Now. By adding the Bill and Melinda Gates matching contribution that makes a total of $47,298.
Congratulation to all clubs involved.
On behalf of The Rotary Foundation and the needy of the world I say thank you. You are making a significant difference 
PDG Peter Gilbert
Chair - D9790 Rotary Foundation Committee
Movie for Polio Plus funds From PDG Peter Gilbert 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0

Police Person of the Year award

'Rotary Club of Greensborough - Police Person of the year - Sgt Mark Chetcuti from the Greensborough Police Complex.'

Rotary Club of Greensborough - Police Person of the year - Sgt Mark Chetcuti from the Greensborough Police Complex.

This presentation was made on Friday 13th March. A first for The Rotary Club of Greensborough it is hoped to make this an annual event.

Sgt Chetcuti expressed great appreciation on receiving the award.

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VCAL Fundrasing

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Mar 10, 2015
Staff and their families, students and our wonderful friends from Rotary ran a very successful sausage sizzle over the recent long weekend raising over $600! This will go towards a snow day trip for VCAL students many of whom haven’t seen the snow.  Thanks everyone.
VCAL Fundrasing Joy Ferguson 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

Movie for Polio Plus funds

Posted by Joy Ferguson
What a great response we had to our Movie night last Thursday.
The Rotary initiative to raise funds for the "End Polio Now" program was indeed a great idea which came to fruition for us.
With a total of 221 people attending from clubs such as Kinglake Ranges, Whittlesea, Diamond Creek, Greensborough Central, Bundoora, Rosanna, Ivanhoe, Rotaract  and of course our club.
The Raffle prizes were donated by Hoyts Groups, 2 Lux tickets and 3 Hoyts double passes together with a DVD of the first Marigold Hotel Movie donated by Christine Shields.
The Raffle raised $693 with a big thanks to the Diamond Valley Rotaractors who sold to all our guests.
Great to see and catch up with some of our past members and long standing friends, Mark and Christine Sefton, Denise and Graeme Knorr, Ray & Larraine Davies, Ray & Gayle Lord and Pam Fallon.
A fantastic total of $1878.50 being raised for the End Polio Now Program.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is contributing $2 for every $ raised by Rotary.  This event would then be responsible for raising the grand total of  $5635.00.
Huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this success.
Movie for Polio Plus funds Joy Ferguson 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker March 4th

Guest Speaker Rees Watson gave us an interesting talk about the Paramedics and Fire Services. He is involved with both.
The main focus was around responses and how the call centre work in both urban and rural settings. Rees is very knowledgeable about the subject and made an engaging presentation to the better than average number of people attending a lunch time meeting.
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Birthday Celebrations

Birthday wishes to Joy Ferguson and Jerome Winston who are both celebrating birthdays around now. We could tell you how old Jerome is but it wouldn't be polite to disclose the ladies age and they are the same LOL

'Birthday wishes to Joy Ferguson and Jerome Winston who are both celebrating birthdays around now. We could tell you how old Jerome is but it wouldn't be polite to disclose the ladies age and they are the same LOL'
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New Members welcomed 4th March

Welcome to two new members at RCG on Wednesday. Kate Madden and Grant Hunter were inducted by President Francis. Grant's family were present for the event which was well attended.

Rotary Club Of Greensborough's photo.
Rotary Club Of Greensborough's photo.
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Annual Awards for Secondary Students

Posted by David Ling
Kevin Gillespie and George Upton Awards . . .

A highlight of the year
Wednesday 19th November 2014. 12.30 for 1.00pm Greensborough Hotel Bistro
Six students from each of Greensborough and
Montmorency Secondary
Colleges are selected annually to
receive these awards.

The students are selected on their
academic capability together with
their individual contribution to the
school community as a whole.

These annual awards are made to
honor two past members of the
Rotary Club of Greensborough for
the individual contributions each
made to the youth and the

Annual Awards for Secondary Students David Ling 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

URGENT change to Mill Park BBQ - NOW this Saturday.

Due to a Family fundraising day for a terminally ill child,  our rostered BBQ at Mill Park Bunnings for the 6th December has been rescheduled for THIS SATURDAY.    So none on the 6th December.
If you are not attending our meeting this Wednesday could you email or phone me on 0421 077 858 if you are available to help. Saturdays are much busier than our Friday BBQs and more enjoyable interaction with the public.
URGENT change to Mill Park BBQ - NOW this Saturday. Joy Ferguson 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
The Blacksmith's Tree David Ling 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Annual General Meeting

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

To all members,

Notice is herewith given that the Annual General Meeting of the Rotary club of Greensborough Inc shall be held on Tuesday 25th November 2014 at the Greensborough Hotel (Francis Room)  at 7.00pm with the following agenda.



1.   Welcome

2.   Establishment of Quorum

3.   Apologies

4.   Minutes of previous A.G.M. presented and motion for acceptance.


5.   Business to be conducted:-


5.1 Audited Accounts for year 2013/2014 presented for discussion and acceptance.


5.2 Election of Office Bearers of the Club for the year 2015/2016.

(Nomination forms can be obtained from the Secretary)

5.3 Appointment of Auditor


By Order of the Board





David R Ling


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Combined Meeting for Hat Day

Hat Day Special
A combined meeting of the Rotary Club of Rosanna, Greensborough Central and Greensborough were given an informative presentation from PDG Terry Grant on Wednesday evening. PDG Terry is the current Director of Australian Rotary Health. You can check it out on the link below.
The evening provided great food, fun and fellowship for all who attended.
Here are some pics from our Table.
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Cooking for Charity David Ling 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Hat Day David Ling 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visit

Posted by David Ling on Sep 10, 2014

DG Patti Bulluss visited our Club on Wednesday 17th September.

DG Pattimet with the Board at 12,00pm at WaterMarc prior to the regular meeting at 1.00pm. It was a great visit. Check it out on our FaceBook page and also District 9790


District Governor Visit David Ling 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Diamond Creek Town Fair

Posted by David Ling on Sep 10, 2014

From the Website:

Welcome to the Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair 2014

 Saturday 13th September 2014

commencing with the Grand Parade at 10am

This years theme is “Books on Parade”

The town fair is presented each year by the Rotary Club of Diamond Creek.  The main purpose of the fair is to provide an event for the benefit and enjoyment of the local community including families, friends and businesses.  It is also a valuable opportunity for community groups, such as schools, churches, sporting clubs to fund raise and to promote their activities. Last year more than 30,000 people attended the fair, and this year the fair will be even bigger and better.

This year some of the Members of RCG have volunteered to help with the running of the fair. Four of those members were hosted at the Diamond Creek Club meeting on Tuesday night for a briefing session.


Diamond Creek Town Fair David Ling 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Special Dinner Meeting - Beyond Blue

Posted by David Ling on Aug 20, 2014

Guest Speaker Peter McCall

Beyond Blue Ambassador  -  Past President Rotary Club of Melbourne.

Greensborough Hotel - Francis Room

Tuesday 26th August6.30 for 7.00PM

$25.00 per person. Drinks at bar prices.



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Local Rotary Combined at Kalparrin

Posted by David Ling on Aug 12, 2014

Today a wonderful joint effort by the Rotary Clubs of Greensborough Central, Greensborough and Bundoora along with members of the Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley who attended a Working Bee at Kalparrin in Greensborough. It was a great effort by all in attendance including Kalparrin Staff and Friend’s of Rotary and Friend’s of Kalparrin.
Kalparrin is an Early Childhood Intervention Centre that is committed to helping young children with a disability and/or developmental delay to thrive and realise their potential.


Local Rotary Combined at Kalparrin David Ling 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Kalparrin Trivia Night May 31st

Posted by Connie D'Amore on May 17, 2014

President Elect Francis Acquah has secured a Table of 10  for Club Members to join him at the  Kalparrin Trivia Night.
Please contact Francis on Mobile No 04135 43690 to reserve your seat. Cost $30



Kalparrin Trivia Night May 31st Connie D'Amore 2014-05-17 00:00:00Z 0

Entertainment Books

Posted by Connie D'Amore on May 17, 2014

Once again this year Joy Ferguson has been able to secure Entertainment Books as a fund raiser for our Club.
Please contact Joy on Mobile 0421 077858 to secure your copy.  


Entertainment Books Connie D'Amore 2014-05-17 00:00:00Z 0

Business Networking Breakfast

Posted by Connie D'Amore on May 17, 2014

   The Rotary Club of Greensborough Central will be holding a Business Networking Breakfast on Tuesday 17th June  

                                                          Key Note Speaker

                                           The Honourable Timothy Andrew Fischer AC

                                           Where :      The Old England Hotel
                                            459 Lower Heidelberg Road Heidelberg

                                           Time :                   7.00am

                                           Cost :     $50 per head includes hot Breakfast

                                           Contact:    John Hardiman 0428 533432




Business Networking Breakfast Connie D'Amore 2014-05-17 00:00:00Z 0

Details of Evening Meeting Wednesday 21st May 2014

Posted by Connie D'Amore on May 17, 2014

This week club meeting will be held at the 

Greensborough Hotel

Francis Room

6.30pm for 7 pm.

Special Guest Speakers with be the President & Vice President from the Rotary Club of  Pasay Southeast

The cost is  $25 – Finger food


Please confirm your attendance  to David Ling 0417 357259 by 5.00pm Monday 19th May


WaterMarc lunchtime meeting is therefore cancelled.


Details of Evening Meeting Wednesday 21st May 2014 Connie D'Amore 2014-05-17 00:00:00Z 0

Changeover 2014

Posted by David Ling on May 02, 2014

                                 2014 ANNUAL CHANGEOVER


VENUE:  Samson Hill Restaurant & Winery
360 Eltham-Yarra Glen Rd
 Kangaroo Ground 
VIC 3113

TIME: 1.30pm FOR 2pm START TIL 5pm

President Paul Craig has pleasure in inviting you and your partner to attend the Annual Changeover Dinner to celebrate the year past, the induction of Incoming President Francis Acquah and presentation of the Leadership Team for 2014-2015.


RSVP: 30TH MAY 2014  
CONTACT: David Ling – 0417 357 259
Email: drling@bigpond.com

For copy of the flyer or to register online see Events section of eBulletin or webpage.





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Diamond Valley Relay For Life 2014

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Apr 19, 2014

In six year since the Cancer Council asked the Rotary Club of Greensborough to embrace and organize a Relay for Life,  it has become the biggest community and fundraising event in Diamond Valley.

What a magical weekend we had this year!  The sun was shining   teams walking the track - it's was all happening. We've had entertainment, kids activities, silent auction, jumping castle and massages all day and our very special candlelight ceremony. 

The stats for this year .......46 Teams, 14891 Participants, $169,000 funds raised to go towards Cancer Research.

A huge thank you must go to Joy Ferguson & Christine Shields who sponsored and served the Survivors & Carers afternoon tea...there has been fabulous feedback including  Facebook posts

My name is Shirlz Archer & I was with - ONE STEP CLOSER TEAM - This was my 3rd year - each an amazing event... such a great cause...thank you to the ladies that run the Carers Afternoon tea -April 5 at 3:21pm · Edited · Like · 2

Diamond Valley Relay For Life 2014 Connie D'Amore 2014-04-19 00:00:00Z 0

Member News

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Apr 18, 2014

Our dear friend and senior member Graham Trotter has had a stint in the Austin hospital   He suffered a slight stroke and has been undergoing further investigations.    Graham is home again and would appreciate a phone call or a visit.  Our best wishes for a speedy recovery Graham and hope to see you back at Rotary soon -    We have all missed you at our weekly meetings.

Mark and Christine Sefton have been having a break in sunny Tassie.     Christine is now recovered from her recent "injury" and we anticipate seeing Mark at the Anzac Day BBQ

Martyn Thompson who recently participated in Greensborough Central's Inaugural Golf Day, "cleaned up" all on comers with his team winning the day.Christine Shields and I helped with raffle ticket sales on the day. It was also great to see Ray Davies (who was recovering from foot surgery) and his team, as well as Michael Loy  also supporting the new club by participating.

Mark and Kerry Leverett will be off again soon this time visiting Portugal and surrounds. Good luck and safe travelling.

My daughter Donna has just given birth to her 5th child, a baby boy "Jack" Both mother, baby and father Simon are all well with much attention coming from the older siblings.

Our next Night Meeting is on Wednesday 30th April at the Greensborough Hotel 6.30 pm.

Senior Sergeant Damien Ohme from Greensborough Police will be our Guest Speaker and will be very interesting to have him visit our club.

Please make every effort to attend and show support for our speaker. RSVP to David Ling for catering. Thanks Francis for arranging this speaker.


Rotaractors of Diamond Valley are now meeting at the Diamond Valley Learning Centre.

This is more central for their members some of whom do not drive and need to access public transport to attend meetings.  I encourage our members to attend at least one of their meetings which commence at 7.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Monday nights of the month.  It is important that these young people get to know Rotarians if ever we are to encourage them to join Rotary when the reach 30 years of age. Just attending is an encouragement for them.  The same as we appreciate having visitors attend our meetings.

Do you have any news you would like to share with your fellow members??

Please forward any information or reports you want in the bulletin to either me,  or Connie and we will be sure to put it in for you. Photos are always a welcome inclusion too - "A picture speaks a thousand words"

In anticipation, thanks.






Member News Joy Ferguson 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

Thomastown BBQ Update

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Apr 18, 2014

Easter Monday will see the first of 2 Sausage Sizzles for the week. Anzac Day on the Friday being the second.

We have had a good response to members to help on each day.

The roster has been forwarded to members who have indicated availability for these 2 events. 

The 2 previous Sausage sizzles at Thomastown Bunnings raise just on $1500 which is a great boost to our depleted club funds.

Again we could not achieve these results without the combined help from our members, so thank you one and all.

The months of June, July and August will see some of our key members on "long service" holidays!!  being David and Betty, Frank  and Emily, Connie and Tony so we will be in need of extra help especially with set up of our 4th Friday dates at Thomastown.

If you think you can help at this point please let me know as I would be disappointed if we had to cancel any of potential fundraisers.


Thomastown BBQ Update Joy Ferguson 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

Breakaway Camps Charity Auction

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Apr 18, 2014

Our annualCharityAuctionis scheduled forAugust 30thand our dedicated Fundraising Team, headed up by Adam & Nat Coleman, are already well at work to ensure it is a night like no other. This is one that you won't want to miss so pop it in your dairy and why not start getting a table of friends together.
We are very excited to be offering for the first time,corporate sponsorship to businesses keen to support the work of Breakaway. If you are interested in knowing more about our corporate sponsorship packages please follow the link below.

Corporate Sponsorship

      This is one of the projects our club agreed to support this year and with Paul Coleman heading this non profit organisation I personally would recommend that we get a table together for this Auction in August.

This is usually a well organised evening and most enjoyable.  

Paul was one of the people our club sponsored to attend RYLA which I believe contributed to his drive and enthusiasm to help "at risk" young people.

Please consider putting the date in your diary now.



Breakaway Camps Charity Auction Joy Ferguson 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

2014 Australian Rotaract Games

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 28, 2013
Dear Sponsor Clubs
                                    The Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley are pleased to announce that District 9790 are the co organisers of the 2014 Australian Rotaract Games with District 9810. The games will be held in Melbourne on the 8th and 9th of Feb 2014. Australian Rotaract Games is Rotaract largest social event and aims to promote friendship and participation. Rotaractors from across the country will travel to Melbourne to compete in a mixture of sport, brainiac and nostalgic games. At the end of the weekend their will be a winning team and winning club. Last year the event was held on the Gold Coast and over 100 people attended. 

Firstly I would like to invite any of your members who wish to attend to come and be a part of the action. You can register via our website www.rotaractgames.com.
We are also on the lookout for sponsors, so if you know anyone please contact us.
Lastly as with any event we need volunteers. If you can volunteer anytime over the weekend please get in touch. Some of the things we need help with include registration, photography and cooking food.

You can email us at rotaractgames.australia@gmail.com or phone me on 0409545920.

Thanks for your continued support.


Michael Shields

President Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley

Committee Member  Australian Rotaract Games

Vice Chair Rotaract Australia MDIO Inc 

2014 Australian Rotaract Games Connie D'Amore 2013-11-28 00:00:00Z 0

Quality donations needed for Christmas Hamper.

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Nov 25, 2013

We are preparing a quality Christmas hamper for raffling at our 2 night functions - this Wednesday and Wednesday 4th December.

If you can see your way clear and are in a position to, your help will be very welcome please?

Any item you might like to receive in such a hamper, would be most acceptable. Anything "Christmasy"

Please let Christine Shields (9432 2931) or myself (9431 1780) know if you would like us to  to collect it.






Quality donations needed for Christmas Hamper. Joy Ferguson 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotaract Invitation for their Sponsoring Rotary Clubs Joy Ferguson 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0

Awards Day remembering Kevin Gillespie & George Upton

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Nov 21, 2013

The weather was kind for us - The students, their teaching staff and guests arrived at the Diamond Valley Baptist Church, all on time.

We thank Paul and Dawn, George and Beryl for arriving early to set up the room for the 50 guests and members of our club. 

Christine Sefton organised the fruit and vegie hamper for us to raffle, making a donation towards the purchase of the produce. Thanks Christine.

Thanks to Christine Shields and Frank for being great raffle ticket sellers, The club made a profit of $160 which helps to subsidise the lunch provided to the students and 2 staff from each school.

We did miss the John Mackey segment this year and hope that maybe we can have John as a guest next year.

Thanks to everyone for their participation in the day.


Awards Day remembering Kevin Gillespie & George Upton Joy Ferguson 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0

Report received from Glenn Farrington from Open House.

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 17, 2013

Joy Ferguson recieved the following report  from Glen Farrington 

Our club contributed $250  together with a personal donation from Nalin of $250 in helping young James    


As an update today I went to meeting of key professionals to discuss the young grade 6 boy (James) you have contributed finance towards the cost of this program. 

At this meeting the single mother (who struggles a lot with anxiety)  made it clear her son, has told her, he will not be returning to school till 2014 even though he has not attended school since Term 2 

Open House has a commitment that if parent is financially challenge the child will not suffer or be excluded, it is the main reason that  Senior Constable Annette Strachan (Greensborough Police) asked our help to help this child that stays home 24/6 the support from Greensborough Rotary has been perfect timing.

The grade 6 boy you have sponsored was referred from Annette, he is a good child he attends our program Monday, all day Wednesday and a specialized  session for him only. His mother is over protective of her son not allowing him to leave her unit for any reason e.g to play with his friends.  She has allowed him to attend only Open House programs - Boys2Men and Back2School programs

Joy pass on our thanks to all the members of the Greensborough Rotary Club

Kind regards



Report received from Glenn Farrington from Open House. Connie D'Amore 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

Self Managed Super Fund - Presented by Yvonne Bear Senior Financial Planner for Westpac

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 17, 2013

Yvonne Bear has over 30 years experience in Financial Planning and will be our guest speaker at our Dinner Meeting  on Wednesday the 4th December 2013.

Yvonne will be presenting a very informative insight to a Self Managed Super Fund including regulations and requirements.

Invitation is extended to family & friends

To be held at the Greensborough Hotel

Time 6.45pm - 8.30pm

Cost $30 per person

Please RSVP by the 1st December  to Connie D'Amore

Email cdamore@westpac.com.au or Mobile 0408 568158



Self Managed Super Fund - Presented by Yvonne Bear Senior Financial Planner for Westpac Connie D'Amore 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

Christmas Party at Cheryl-Lee Carter's home

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 17, 2013

Cheryl- Lee Carter has cordially invited all members of our club to share in the Christmas festivties at her home together with members of Greensborough Central Club.

If our members could please RSVP to Cheryl-Lee prior to the 1st December it would assist with the catering arrangements

Let’s Party
Rotary Club of Greensborough Central Christmas Party!

Sunday 15th December 2013 at 1.00 pm

Cheryl-Lee Carter's in Doreen

All welcome - Rotarians, family, children and friends

$35.00 per adult and children under 12 free

Includes - appetisers, mains, desserts, and more!

BYO alcohol and a very healthy appetite!

Soft drinks, juice, water, ice and glasses will be supplied

Swim spa for those who feel like a dip - bring your own towels please

RSVP to Cheryl-Lee by 01/12/2013

clcarter@bigpond.com or 9717 6050


    Pre-payment by cheque or cash is appreciated for catering purposes – thank you.



Christmas Party at Cheryl-Lee Carter's home Connie D'Amore 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

Gillespie and Upton Awards

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 17, 2013

The annual Gillespie and Upton Awards presentation is to take place at the Diamond Valley Baptist Church Hall on Wednesday 20th November at 12.30 for 1.00pm start.

Cost per person is $25.

Colleges will be represented by students, parents and teachers.

Rotarians are encouraged to make thi a priority as it is a very important part of our programme and we want to support the students recieving the awards.

Joy Ferguson requests a reply by email to: joyferg@ozemail.com.au so numbers for catering can be confirmed.


Gillespie and Upton Awards Connie D'Amore 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Events

Posted by David Ling on Nov 14, 2013

A number of events in the lead up to the end of the year have been listed on our webpage and will appear in the eBulletin.

These events require registration for catering purposes and Members are encouraged to email the respective contact people or register online. Let's invite our family and friends to participate to make these great times of involvement and fellowship.

Yours in Rotary Fellowship


Upcoming Events David Ling 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

First Mental Health and Well-Being Conference opens in Accra

Posted by David Ling on Nov 14, 2013

The International Service Newsletter for District 9790, October edition included this comment in an article.

Francis Acquah with some colleagues established the Mental Health Foundation of Ghana, which has recently held its first conference in Accra.


Francis Acquah and Helen Walters will be the special speakers at a Dinner Meeting of the Rotary Club of Greensborough on the 27th November to tell us about this conference.

This is a project of the Rotary Club of Greensborough and received support from a District 9790 grant.


First Mental Health and Well-Being Conference opens in Accra David Ling 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

For the Club Calendar

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 14, 2013


BBQ at Springthorpe - Saturday 7th December 2013

Club Christmas Celebration  13th December Cielo Blue, Plenty

BBQ at Thomastown  -  Tuesday 31st December 2014

BBQ at Thomastown  - Saturday 25th January 2014 

The Hearing, Sight and Spinal checks are tentatively scheduled for 2nd March 2014.

District Conference -  March

BBQ at Thomastown  - Monday 21st April 2014


For the Club Calendar Connie D'Amore 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

Bunnings BBQ

Posted by David Ling on Oct 25, 2013

Friday sausage sizzles at Bunning Thomastown are helping us to slowly rebuild our fundraising account balance.

Although they raise less than a weekend event, they are a bit less demanding time wise, 8.30am to around 2.30pm and as usual provide a great opportunity for fellowship and presntation to the community.

Some of the workers at the most recent event are in the pic below. Others were Sandra Classon, George Lim and myself.

The involvement of these plus Joy Ferguson, Mark and Christine Sefton has helped to spread the load. President Paul came to one, purchased a sausage and decided we were overstaffed at the time and left having given great encouragement to all.


Next date projected is the 5th November (Melbourne Cup Day) at Eltham.

We are also providing the sausage sizzle for Springthorpe Christmas Party 2013 on Saturday December the 7th. 3.00pm to 7.00pm.

If you are available and willing to to help with any of these please contact me or Joy Ferguson

Bunnings BBQ David Ling 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

Around the Bay in a Day

Posted by Martyn Thompson on Oct 25, 2013

To my fellow Rotarians, I’d firstly like to thank those of you who sponsored me for this Around the Bay in a Day (ATBIAD) ride and also the messages of support I got as well. To date WE have raised $635 for the Smith Family which certainly exceeded my estimated target of $500 and that was done with the sponsorship from just 16 people. Some of you have been very generous! One was anonymous, so I’ll never be able to thank them, unless they confess to who they are!

Around the Bay in a Day Martyn Thompson 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

Doing Rotary Together

Posted by David Ling on Oct 23, 2013

The current format for weekly meetings provides an excellent opportunity for us to keep talking about what we are have done, what we are doing, what we intend to do and how we will do it.

Attendance numbers haven't been great and fluctuate but those who are there enjoy the high relational aspect of a less packed programme. This seems to be working for us in the time constraints of a lunchtime meeting. I encourage all who are able to get behind President Paul and help to make this work even better.



Doing Rotary Together David Ling 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

Christmas is Coming (already)

Posted by David Ling on Oct 07, 2013

Let’s Party
Rotary Club of Greensborough Central Christmas Party!

Sunday 15th December 2013 at 1.00 pm

Cheryl-Lee Carter's in Doreen

All welcome - Rotarians, family, children and friends

$35.00 per adult and children under 12 free

Includes - appetisers, mains, desserts, and more!

BYO alcohol and a very healthy appetite!

Soft drinks, juice, water, ice and glasses will be supplied

Swim spa for those who feel like a dip - bring your own towels please

RSVP to Cheryl-Lee by 01/12/2013

clcarter@bigpond.com or 9717 6050


    Pre-payment by cheque or cash is appreciated for catering purposes – thank you.


Christmas is Coming (already) David Ling 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

A New Home for David and Betty Ling

Posted by David Ling on Oct 06, 2013

Good things come to those who wait (long enough)

35 Lacombe Boulevard Doreen.

After 18 months of waiting, we received title on our land in the Rippleside Estate, which is part of Mitchell's Run in Doreen, in June and work commenced in August. It all seemed like a slow process but as of now the bricks are being laid and all seems to be progressing well. Mind you, it is never fast enough when you are waiting but we are excited about the prospects.

Hopefully we will be ready to host a Rotary function as a house warming in the autum. Expect to pay a big contribution for our Rotary cause when this great event takes place!


A New Home for David and Betty Ling David Ling 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0

Help needed to remove badges from Police uniforms

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Sep 20, 2013

Help required on Friday 27th September and Saturday 28th September between 9am and 5 pm

Please refer to Pres Pauls email on Friday 20th September with full details.

The venue is Diamond Valley Baptist Church  -  This is a combined club project please indicate what time you would be available to President Paul.

Help needed to remove badges from Police uniforms Joy Ferguson 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0

A beautiful new Granddaughter for Connie and Tony

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Sep 20, 2013

On Thursday 19th September a beautiful baby girl was born.

Chloe is her name and was born to Annette and her husband at Frances Perry Hospital

Both Mother and baby are well and healthy.

Congratulations to Connie and Tony an the safe arrival of Chloe - their second granddaughter.

Looking forward to some photos Connie



A beautiful new Granddaughter for Connie and Tony Joy Ferguson 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Solar Energy - The Truth David Ling 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0

Message received from Tony Shields

Posted by David Ling on Sep 17, 2013

Dear David

I would like to thank The Rotary Club of Greensborough for the enjoyable time I had there as a member.

I was inducted as a member of your club on the night Jerome was last inducted as President, so have only been a member for a short time by comparison with Graham Trotter, Ron, Jerome and many others.

When I stopped employing staff a couple of years ago it became impossible to attend lunchtime meetings, though I always went to barbeques, fundraisers and evening social nights when they were held, and that is the only reason I am leaving the club. I spent two and a half years on The Board and made a lot of friends. My wife Christine continues to actively support your club and we will both keep in touch with you all in the future.

I particularly enjoyed helping to start the Rotaract Club, and seeing those 27 young people taking an active interest in the community. Likewise I have become involved with the starting of the new Rotary Club of Greensborough Central, which although it has taken 4 of your members, has brought another 17 people into this great organisation and will help to further its aims. Just imagine if this was achieved by all other clubs across the District. It is a lasting legacy of The Rotary Club of Greensborough that it has helped charter 2 new clubs in the last 5 years.

Could you please pass on this email and my thanks to The Board and the club members.

Yours in Rotary
Tony Shields

Message received from Tony Shields David Ling 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0

A Message from President Soo Chan RCG Central

Posted by David Ling on Sep 17, 2013

Dear President Paul

Thank you once again for attending and being part of our Charter Presentation Lunch Ceremony. We are indeed very grateful that you can be there to share our occasion with Past President David Ling and many Rotarians and families from your club.  We wish to thank the Rotary Club of Greensborough for being our Sponsor Club as well as for the Australian Flag as a gift to our new club. The flag on display will bring back many happy memories of our Charter Presentation Day.

We are very pleased everything went according to plan and that everyone had a very enjoyable time at our event. It was very heartening to see so much support not only from our members, but also from fellow Rotarians, family and friends.

We now look forward to moving ahead as a new Rotary Club, with our Charter members working together in all our projects planned for the year, for we know we can make a difference to all communities that we support.

We look forward to welcoming you and your members to one of our Club meetings soon. I will send a few more photos of our event should you need them for your bulletin.


Soo Chan


A Message from President Soo Chan RCG Central David Ling 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Greensborough Central has now been Chartered

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Sep 12, 2013

Last Sunday at Ballara Receptions we witnessed the birth of a new Rotary Club with 21 members being inducted.

District Governor Phillip Clancy Inducted Soo Chan as a Rotarian then Inducted her as the Charter President of the new club.

Approximately 135 guests were present, many of whom would not have witnessed the formation of  a new club.


Among the guests were 8 past District Governors and it was mentioned that at least 4 of them were in close proximity and available for any assistance which the fledgling club may  require.

Our club was represented by President Paul and Dawn, IPP David and Betty, PPGeorge and Beryl, PPGraham Trotter, PEFrancis and his wife, PP Jerome and myself.



An enjoyable occasion for us all.


Rotary Club of Greensborough Central has now been Chartered Joy Ferguson 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0

5 Clubs pledge support for DVLC VCAL Students

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Sep 12, 2013

Following the Charter Meeting on Sunday, representatives from no less than 5 clubs attended a brief meeting to discuss the collaborative efforts to provide ongoing support for the students at the Diamond Valley Learning Centre who are undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.

The clubs are Rotary Clubs of Eltham, Diamond Creek, Greensborough Central, our club of Greensborough and the Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley.

Areas of need already identified and being supported financially are :-

Exercise program for students 

Provision of funds for the supply of MYKI passes for students identified by the Staff as being in need of funds for transport to school and excursions.

Coree of Life which is a program to educate teens regarding the preparation and responsibilities in parenting, general health, and training for their future.

Money has also been donated (by 3 of our members) and from Greensborough Central to assist some students to obtain a "Learners Package" so as to help them gain entry to the L2P program and therefore get their driver licence which is essential for students to get an apprenticeship and to possibly get a job in the work force.

This package will be tied to students achieving  an acceptable level of attendance and will be monitored closely.  A special class  has been organised for these students to attend during the next term holidays to assist them with their preparation to apply for their "Learners" permit.  

5 Clubs pledge support for DVLC VCAL Students Joy Ferguson 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Last chance to obtain your Entertainment Book Joy Ferguson 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0

Addition to the Club Calendar

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Sep 05, 2013

If there  any other events you wish to be included please advise either Sec David or Pres Paul for discussion and approval.


District Conference is from Thursday 20th Match to 23rd March  -  In Shepparton.    "On to Conference Chair" ????

Saturday 29th March - Relay for Life -  Connie D'Amore will be looking for our team entry -  Get your thinking caps on to support Connie.

Sunday 13th April - District Training Assembly  -  Wangaratta (for Pres Elect, and club office bearers for next Rotary year)

1st June to 4th June - WORLD CONVENTION IN SYDNEY.  This is our opportunity to attend a world Convention so close to home - Let us get a group together and enjoy the company and fun to be had in our neighbouring city.

Club Changeover TBA

Sunday 29th June District Changeover


Addition to the Club Calendar Joy Ferguson 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0

Our First Lunch at Greensborough Hotel

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Sep 04, 2013

Last week we were privileged to have 2 Senior Constables from Greensborough Police speak to us about the issues with youth and the law in our area.

The Greensborough Hotel was the venue for our planned once a month meeting with a special guest speaker. Sn.Constable Annette Straughn enlightened us as to some of the issues faced by our community today.

22 Rotarians and guests were present and enjoyed a very substantial meal.  

The aim of these once a month meetings is to make  a concerted effort to promote the speaker and invite guests who may be prospective members to attend.  So please help us to promote these meetings, come and enjoy the added company along with catching up with friends.

Our next monthly meeting is an EVENING meeting for 6.30 pm to start at 7pm at the Greensborough Hotel (upstairs)

The speaker is a lecturer from NMIT who will be speaking on "Solar Energy- The TRUTH"

A synopsis of the presentation will be circulated later this week.  Nalin Perera will be the Chairman for that day. Thanks Nalin for organising this speaker.

The cost for the meal will be $30 per person, numbers would be appreciated to David Ling please.



Our First Lunch at Greensborough Hotel Joy Ferguson 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

Our next Bunnings BBQ at Thomastown FRIDAY 13th September

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Sep 04, 2013

Our first of the Friday BBQs at Bunnings Thomastown was very cold and wintery.  However our diligent team managed to brave the cold conditions and raise $327 for the club.

Thanks to David, Connie, Sandra, Mark Sefton and Christine Shields.

Our upcoming Thomastown BBQ is scheduled for Friday 13th September.

The team who have volunteered are, David, Mark and Christine Sefton, Frank Donegan, Christine Shields and myself.

Let's hope for great weather and lots of hungry Bunnings customers.Image

Our next Bunnings BBQ at Thomastown FRIDAY 13th September Joy Ferguson 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

Diamond Creek Rotary to host Afghan Refugee as speaker at next Tuesday's meeting

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Sep 04, 2013

Have you read the book  "The Rug Maker of Mazar-e Sharif"?  This is a true story written by Najaf Mazari who eventually got to Melbourne and  is the story of his  journey and his life so far.  Truly amazing.

Diamond Creek meets at Ashton Manor receptions on Tuesday evening at 6.30 for 7pm.  Guests are welcome - Please contact Rtn Greg Adams on 0419 355 842 if you would like to hear this remarkable story and meet Najaf Mazari.

Tuesday 10th September at 6.30 for 7pm at Ashton Manor.

Diamond Creek Rotary to host Afghan Refugee as speaker at next Tuesday's meeting Joy Ferguson 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

Come, Test drive one of 5 NEW FORDS next Wednesday evening.

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Sep 04, 2013

Great offer from Stillwell Ford in Grimshaw Street,  Bundoora - with food and refreshments   from 6.30 pm.   

Next Wednesday evening 11th September and the following Wednesday evening 18th September, our club has been offered the opportunity to raise some much needed funds, by test driving one of Fords new cars (for about 5 minutes) for the reward of $50 per person (up to 20 people).

This is open to any of our friends, family and neighbours, so come and enjoy some fun and share in this night with us.  Our members will appreciate any help you are able to provide by attending and with any guests.

With 20 drivers on each night our club has the potential to raise $2000.  As far as fundraising goes this is considered easy money for our minimal effort.

See you there - remember there is NO Rotary meeting on the 11th September.





Come, Test drive one of 5 NEW FORDS next Wednesday evening. Joy Ferguson 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

No Regular Rotary meeting next Wednesday 11th September.

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Sep 04, 2013

Due to the Charter of the New Rotary Club of Greensborough Central on Sunday next at Ballara Receptions at 11.30 am, our meeting for the week will be rescheduled to the Charter meeting.  

This is a very special and important day  for the new club and for Rotary International, with 21 people to be inducted as "Charter Members"

Well done to PP Tony Bramley for the instigation of forming this new club and "growing Rotary" 

Our club will be represented by President Paul and Dawn and supported by our members.  An auspicious occasion which many of our members  will not have previously experienced. 

We wish them well in their Rotary  journey.





No Regular Rotary meeting next Wednesday 11th September. Joy Ferguson 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

Resignation of John Mackey

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Sep 04, 2013


It was with much regret that President Paul accepted PP John Mackey resignation.

John was a Charter Member of our Club.

During the many years of his association with the Rotary Club of Greensbourough John has always exemplified  the values of Rotary "Service above Self"

President Paul thought it appropriate that he share John letter with all members.

On behalf of President Paul and all current and past Members we wish John and Sandra all the best for the furture and thank them for their enormous contribution to our club.


6 Violet Grove

Hawthorn 3122



To President Elect

Rotarian Paul Craig

Rotary Club of Greensborough

PO Box 53, Greensborough 3088


Dear Paul


It was a privilege and honour for me to have been invited to become a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Greensborough back in 1968. At the time I was aware of the high regard of Rotary held by the general community but knew little of its objectives and service goals. I was however very fortunate to have become a member of an almost instantaneously active organization which manifested its motto of “Service Above Self” from the front foot. The Club was born during a period of great state-wide adversity and led the way in bushfire relief. Every member was heavily involved and we were proud to be called Rotarians.


Since then the years have passed all too quickly but I retain fond memories of the past and present members of the Club and in particular, how they use their classifications and personal efforts to foster the objects of Rotary, more specifically the needs of the wider Diamond Valley community. The projects and achievements of the Greensborough Rotary Club over the last forty-five years are matters of which we can also all be proud.


I, through Rotary, became a member of two public hospitals in the area and can note first-hand the continuous involvement of the Club in the provision of personal and collective participation in projects which materially assist the sick, the disadvantaged, aged citizens and young people in the area. Its international activities have also been outstanding.


Time catches with everyone, not least myself. Over the last few years I have been embarrassed by the fact that my contribution to our Club has been limited and becoming more so. Unfortunately it has become difficult to attend evening meetings, social events, fellowship and service activities.


Currently I am in the process of renovating my house at McCrae to make it more age friendly. This will necessitate my personal attendance there on a very regular basis, I might add in more of an overseeing capacity. At my speed this is likely to take some time. Thereafter it is my fond wish to enjoy, with Sandra, the vista of our beautiful bay.


I believe that I cannot, in all honesty, continue to be an inactive member of the Rotary Club of Greensborough. With very deep regret I therefore respectfully request that you accept my resignation. I would however request that I be kept in contact with the Club, its projects and members.


I can say, with all sincerity, that over so many years, a finer bunch of dedicated, sincere and friendly people I have never met.


God bless you, the Club in its endeavours and members.


Yours in Rotary


John Mackey

Resignation of John Mackey Connie D'Amore 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

Gala Care, Compassion Dinner for Orphanage in Kenya

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Aug 26, 2013

What a fabulous evening!  Full recognition must go to Michael Shields and his team of Rotaractors.  Michael works in event management and it was obvious that he has learned the skills necessary to pull together such a successful event.

Over 100 people attended the evening with some amazing drumming from 3 young people from Ghana and Kenya. They had the audience enthralled and had 12 members of the audience participating in a group drumming lesson - sounded wonderful especially for people who had never drummed before.

The aim was to raise $10,000 for the completion of a concrete shell which houses 50 young orphans. 

Our club was represented by President Paul and me.  A really enjoyable night. 

While the numbers attending were not as high as hoped, the evening raised approximately $6,000.  The club plans to raise the balance with future designated activities.

 The photo is of 3 Rotarians, Jill Ramsay (Eltham) President Soo Chan (Greensborough Central) and myself  



Gala Care, Compassion Dinner for Orphanage in Kenya Joy Ferguson 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Whittlesea Anniversary David Ling 2013-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Greensborough Central Charter Dinner David Ling 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Picture and words from Nillumbik re L2P Program Joy Ferguson 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Driver Mentors needed to assist L2P Program

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Aug 12, 2013

The L2P program is designed to help disadvantaged 16 to 20 year old "Learners" achieve their 120 required hours driving to then apply for their drivers licence.

This could be families who have multiple births, learners who do not have access to a car or a parent who cannot give them the time and expertise.

This is not "means" tested just "time poor" test applies

The program is funded by the Transport Accident Commission who supply our council Nillumbik with 2 cars, with appropriate E Tags, fuel and all the insurance etc that goes with keeping a car on the road.

The designated Council officer (Suzzan Eral Edgworth) coordinates the learners and the mentors.

Learners are given 5 professional driving lessons from a qualified instructor and then they are teamed up with a mentor.

The mentors when interviewed, police checked and driving record checked are then given 3 x 3 hour sessions run by Vic Roads to prepare them further.

The cost to the Learner is nil, and the mentors are all volunteers.  The Mentors are in control of the driving calendar and can book a vehicle (one based at Eltham Police station and one at Hurstbridge Community Centre) for 1 hour to 4 or 5 hours as required.

The mentor has full control of the sessions and can terminate the drive at their discretion.

Young people usually require a drivers' licence to get an apprenticeship which is not easy at the best of time and often a pre requisite to getting a job.

It is a very different relationship between learner and mentor - and I must say from my experience of 8 months and 4 learners that it is very rewarding to see the improvement of these young people. One of my learners has just achieved his 120 hours in just 7 months.

In Nillumbik there are approximately 35 mentors and currently there are 15 learners on the waiting list.

If you are interested and just have a couple of hours a week spare, please give this project serious consideration.  I am happy to talk to you about the program or alternately call Suzzan at the Council Office on 9433 3329.   

Or if you know of any family who is really time poor and could use this service please refer them on.

This is a great initiative by the TAC, but funding will be cut if the numbers do not justify the service being offered. 

 Many councils are now running this program - I heard about this through Rotary!! 



Driver Mentors needed to assist L2P Program Joy Ferguson 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Some new BBQ dates for Bunnings Thomastown

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Aug 12, 2013

Our BBQ Team is set to go for our fundraising ventures

Some new dates for your diaries are for FRIDAYS.  While the revenue is not as much (about half) as weekends, it will all add up and facilitate our giving to those who need it most.

Our first FRIDAY at Thomastown is FRIDAY week 23rd AUGUST.  An invitation is extended to any member who is willing and able to help.

We can work our own hours - suggested 8.30 set up  to 11.30am   then 11.30 to 2.30 pm pack up. Any time you can spare will be appreciated.

We need about 3 people for each of the Friday shifts please.

Other new dates are:- Friday 13th September,

                                 Friday 18th October,

                                 Friday 1st November.

Remember we are scheduled to have a BBQ on November 5th (Melbourne Cup Day) at ELTHAM

A full BBQ schedule will be published in the Bulletin regularly.  Please if you can help, call or email me to lighten the load on those who regularly help.

As we are not having our regular meeting this Wednesday lunchtime - The clubs are meeting on Wednesday evening for the District Governor's visit to the Austrian Club in West Heidelberg at 6.30 pm.  Could I ask for your response asap. please



Some new BBQ dates for Bunnings Thomastown Joy Ferguson 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Francis Acquah was honoured as a Living Legend

Posted by David Ling on Aug 05, 2013

Francis Acquah was honoured as a Living Legend at Celebration of African Australian National Awards 2013.

The event took place at the Australian Parliament House, Canberra, on 27 July 2013.

Francis’s award was in recognition for his achievements and remarkable contributions to Australia and Africa through health services (Mental Health) and community engagements.

Congratulations on a great achievement Francis.

Francis Acquah was honoured as a Living Legend David Ling 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
PE Francis -Planned Mental Health Conference for Ghana Joy Ferguson 2013-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Life as a Feather Duster is Sooooo good Joy Ferguson 2013-07-26 00:00:00Z 0

Cup Day BBQ at Eltham Bunnings

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Jul 26, 2013

Our club has been allocated a BBQ at Eltham Bunnings for Cup Day Tuesday 5th November.

Please make a note in your diary, and if you are able to help in any capacity please let Connie or myself know.

We need to purchase sausages, bread, etc. before,  Check that the appropriate paperwork is submitted a week before and of course a roster for available "hands on" on the day.

And remember another BBQ on 29th December at Thomastown, where we will need the commitment again from members, and friends.   




Cup Day BBQ at Eltham Bunnings Joy Ferguson 2013-07-26 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Preston Fundraiser for Maternal Care Education

Posted by David Ling on Jul 25, 2013

Rotary Club of Preston is organising a charity dinner dance 'Bollywood Style' to promote 

Maternal Care Education for Prenatal & Postnatal women.

The idea is to help educate and empower these women and also,there is a large shortage of trained, qualified 

midwives. This need is to be fullfilled by training and educating more midwives.

This is our first attempt in this direction and i'm sure we will be successful with your help.

Rotary Club of Preston Fundraiser for Maternal Care Education David Ling 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0

Shelter Box News

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Jul 01, 2013

 ShelterBox Australia.



June has seen us working from the plains of Oklahoma to the Himalayan mountains of Himachal Pradesh. The crisis in Syria continues to be the main focus of our efforts and the figures above show that although we can be proud of our response so far, the need is still great.

June is traditionally a great month for donations, as people get ready for tax time and Rotary clubs disburse funds to good causes. This June has been no exception and I'd like to thank all our donors for their generous support. Unfortunately, the need for emergency shelter persists all year round and we are always looking for new supporters. To help spread the word, why not forward this newsletter to some of your friends; "like" us on Facebook and share the updates or sign up for the blog?


This month's quote comes from Albert Schweitzer,“The purpose of human life is to serve, to show compassion and the will to help others."

Shelter Box News Joy Ferguson 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

VCAL Staff Ecstatic.

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Jun 29, 2013

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) teaching and support staff from the local Diamond Valley Learning Centre have registered their grateful thanks for the donation of 2 resource teaching packages which have been provided by our club following a small presentation to our club some weeks ago by Katrina Sawyer.

The education Program Manager Suzanne Crellin. also was delighted with the mention at the  movie night. She felt that at last the effort being contributed to these special needs students was at last being recognised by the local community. Grateful thanks was extended.

VCAL Staff Ecstatic. Joy Ferguson 2013-06-29 00:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Changeover

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Jun 29, 2013

What a quality evening.  The Rotaract Changeover was held at the RSL Greensborough last Friday evening.

A delicious 3 course meal was served to approximately 65 Guests and Rotaractors, Rotarians from the 3 sponsoring clubs of Diamond Creek, Eltham and Greensborough. Two members from Kinglake Ranges Rotary club in Brad Quillam and John Leadbeated also made the trek down from the mountain. Our new provisional club provided a table of members to also support this young dynamic club. and guests. 

The new president Michael Shields was inducted by Assistant Governor Pat Miller and the new Board was introduced to the guests.

A  tradition from the previous Greensborough Rotaract club, has been reintroduced. This was to name "The Rotaractor of the Year" a member who has gone above and beyond what is expected in the club.  This was decided by a vote from each member.  The name of the member voted will be placed on a plaque handed down from the  old club.   

The award was presented to Zoe Thorn   -  Zoe is an outgoing member who has been "aged out"  of Rotaract. She will be sorely missed, but she will continue to support the club's social and fundraising events.

Congratulations to all the Rotaractors, especially to those who put in such a great effort for the promotion of Rotaract and to showcase their club.

Rotaract Changeover Joy Ferguson 2013-06-29 00:00:00Z 0

Price Park Barbecue

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Jun 29, 2013

A request to conduct a community BBQ to launch the playground equipment on Saturday 22nd June from Banyule Council, was received as a recommendation from Councillor Steven Briffa.

President David accepted on behalf of the club an d the "BBQ Team" of Sandra Classon, Connie (who bravely did the onions) Christine Shields, myself and of course Pres David (head chef) swung into action.

Pres David provided the marquee, BBQ and the signage and erected all this with the help of grandson-in law (young, tall and fit as well as very willing to help) 

The brief was to provide a free sausage sizzle to the surrounding residents of the park situated in the scenic surrounds of Viewbank.

This was  to be one and a half hours from 2pm to 3.30pm.  The council would pay for expenses, arrange vehicular access to the park and pay the club $250 for our participation. They were so pleased with our effort that it was agreed to pay us $300 and will contact us for future BBQ promotions for which Banyule is responsible.

The weather was perfect. No wind, sun shining and initially only a couple of families and a few children. However,within 5 minutes of commencing to cook the queue was metres long.

People came from nowhere, they were delighted and lots of positive comments were heard regarding the good work Rotary does.

We ran out of bread, used all the crusts, and finally served sausages wrapped in napkins like a lollipop  - the kids loved it!!

Councillor Steve Briffa called in to say "Hello" and we were delighted to see him.

In all it was a great Public Relations exercise, one which we all enjoyed.








Price Park Barbecue Joy Ferguson 2013-06-29 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 12:4

Posted by David Ling on Jun 25, 2013

This is the final Lingo for the year although we will continue to keep things rolling until PE Paul returns and we have the Changeover.

Last Saturday the BBQ Brigade were at it again in reponse to a request from The Banyule Council. Joy Ferguson is writing a report on this.

I am working on some programme for the weeks until Changeover but this is not easy with attendance very low at the moment. I am not sure if this is a chicken and egg situation as it seems that we get more attending when we have subjects in which people are interested.

This Wednesday we will focus on Australian Rotary Health. Next week we have Robert MULHALL from Le Pines who will talk to us about the pros and cons of Prepaid Funerals Vs Funeral Insurance.

In my view, recent weeks have provided great opportunty for fellowship and we have had some interesting discussions.

Hoping to see you soon.



David's Lingo 12:4 David Ling 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 12:3

Posted by David Ling on Jun 19, 2013

On Monday night I did a makeup at the Rotary Club of Sandy Bay in Hobart.

 I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and it reminded me of the value of wider opportunities for fellowship as part of the Rotary experience.

Although we have traditionally thought of visiting other clubs as a means to keep our attendance records high, there is, in my view, a much greater reason for taking advantage of opportunities like this is to see something of what other clubs are doing and in some cases to share some of our experiences.

I was particularly interested to see, from their bulletin, how they have structured their committees and noticed that they have combined some to make a more streamlined approach to service.

For example, New Generations and Vocational are combined under one Standing Committee with members allocated to specific tasks. Sounds a little bit like what PE Paul Craig is aiming for in the new year for us. International and Foundation were also combined into one Committee as were Membership and Public Relations.

I think I got a couple of ideas for fund raisers as well and overall it was a great experience. I'm sure it will motivate me to use other options to visit more clubs in the future.





David's Lingo 12:3 David Ling 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 12:2

Posted by David Ling on Jun 12, 2013

Last week we had an interesting time in our Club meeting looking at some of the options for using the Internet for Rotary information and responses. This included our own website and info on ClubRunner and at least a couple of people have had a go at getting online since. Encouraging.

We are just renewing our contract with ClubRunner and I am keen to see us use as much of the system as we can. We may look at a few other sites today if time allows.

Thursday night's Theatre Night proved highly successful and thanks again to Joy Ferguson and team for a job well done.

Our Board Meeting last night was the final scheduled meeting for the year and I record my thanks to the Members for their input during the year. Obviously we will do this more formally at the Changeover on the 20th July. Please mark your diary for Changeover and we will send a flyer around soon.

One of the items before the Board was an exciting project in Ghana prepared and presented by Francis Acquah who will tell us more about that in due course.

Yours in Rotary


David's Lingo 12:2 David Ling 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Greensborough Changeover 2013

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Jun 12, 2013



President David Ling cordially invites Members, Family and Friends in joining him to celebrate Paul Craig’s induction as President of our club.

                                               Saturday 20th July 2013

                                          To be held at The Diamond Valley Baptist Church

                                                Diamond Greek Road Greensborough

                                                      Saturday 20th July 2013

                                                       6.30pm for a 7.00pm start

                                                            $30 per person 

Please notet this is an alcohol free Venue for further information please contact David Ling


Rotary Club of Greensborough Changeover 2013 Connie D'Amore 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z 0

The Great Gatsby Gets the Thumbs up

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Jun 12, 2013
The Great Gatsby a very successful Evening

152 Friends and guests arrived at Theatre 6 Greensborough Hoyts to enjoy a great night of entertainment, good food and light refreshments.

The Great Gatsby was the drawcard and thanks to great support from "First Lady" Betty Ling, Christine Sefton, Joy Ferguson and Christine Shields who spent best part of of the day preparing sandwiches, fruit and pikelets while including of gluten free food for our guests.

A raffle of a box of choice fruit and vegetables from Sculli's in Greensborough Plaza was first prize with a book "The Great Gatsby" for runner up was thoughtfully donated by Simon and Andrea from Robinson's book store (Next to Leverett & Kindler). Thanks to Teresa Jordan one of our diligent Rotaractors who works for Robinson's. Teresa will be happy to assist you with any book requests you may have.

The Diamond Valley Learning Centre showed strong support with 40 guests and many positive comments on a very enjoyable evening.

Once again a huge 'THANK YOU " to everyone who attended and helped to make this a successful evening raising approximately $1250.00
The Great Gatsby Gets the Thumbs up Connie D'Amore 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z 0

Diamond Valley Rotaract Changeover 2013

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Jun 11, 2013
Please join Christine & Tony Shields to celebrate Michaels induction as President of the Rotaract club of Diamond Valley (a group of dynamic 18-30 year olds who work tireleesly to help improve the lifes of those less fortunate then them , and also to socialize and learn new skills).

Details are

               Diamond Valley Rotaract Changeover 2013

Friday 28th of June 
Greensborough RSL, 111 Main Street Greensborough
Dress: Formal - Black & White with a touch of Red
$55 per head, including a 3 course meal and entertainment.

Please contact Chrisitne to organise tickets via email


Diamond Valley Rotaract Changeover 2013 Connie D'Amore 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 12:1

Posted by David Ling on Jun 04, 2013

June is here already.

We have had some good discussions about the future activites for our Club and while we are in a sense winding down we are actually gearing up for next year. PE Paul Craig and Dawn have now started their leave and will return in time for Changeover on the 20th July. More details about that soon.

Paul has left me with a copy of the PP slides he has been using at Club discussions and I can send them to anyone who has missed the meetings or would like to go over them again.

We have a few weeks between now and the changover so if anyone has ideas for an interesting speaker please let me know. I am following up a couple of leads that have been given to me.

Last week we agreed to a new procedure for orderng our meals for the Wednesday Meeting. It is a trial for June and will provide a better selection for individual taste and avoid the problem of paying for more food than we use. Details are below.

Joy Ferguson tells me we have a good response to tickets for the movie night so we look forward to a good evening.
David's Lingo 12:1 David Ling 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0

Rotoract Club of Diamond Valley- CARE COMPASSION GALA DINNER 17th August 2013

Posted by Connie D'Amore on May 28, 2013

The Rotoract Club of Diamond Valley are holding a Gala Dinner, funds raised during the evening will to ensure the completion of building works by a local builder at the Care Compassion Orphanage in Western Kenya

CARE COMPASSION GALA DINNER Saturday 17th August 2013 at 7pm

Eltham Community Centre, 801 Main Rd Eltham
Adult $70        Student  $50
Includes Dinner & Entertainment

Drinks at Bar Prices

Silent Auction- Raffle-Photobooth

 To purchase a ticket go to


or for further details please contact Michael Shields Mobile 0409 545920

Rotoract Club of Diamond Valley- CARE COMPASSION GALA DINNER 17th August 2013 Connie D'Amore 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 11:2

Posted by David Ling on May 28, 2013

Last Friday, some 40 current and former members and family of the Rotary Club of Greensborough were among a large number of people who attended a service at the Diamond Valley Baptist Church to farewell our friend Doreen Trotter who passed away after a period of illness.

Although obviously a very sad ocassion, it was great to see so many people gathering in support of Graham and his family. It was really good to catch up with people we had not seen for some time.

Many expressions of condolences have been made to Graham and the family and I take this opportunity to do so again on behalf of the RCG Members and Friends.


David's Lingo 11:2 David Ling 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

Stamp Exhibition - Australia 2013

Posted by Tony Shields on May 28, 2013
Australia 2013 was a sensational stamp exhibition with tens of thousands of people coming from all over the world, and about $600 million of stamps on display from all the major collectors of the around the globe. We had the best sales ever and it took over 2 hours for us to ring up all our credit card sales. Our double stand was mostly jammed with customers and we had 10 people working and unable to keep up at times. It never stopped and I constantly had 6 or so collectors waiting to see me because no one else could help them. We took in 5 car loads of stock and sold about 20% of the volume, which gave me a bit of floor space in the downstairs part of my shop. It was the highlight of my business career as it was my original idea to hold the show and I was Vice President from the start in 2007.
There were lots of functions and plenty of eating and drinking with customers and dealer friends from around the world. We had a formal dinner with 400 people from 80 countries for the Awards Night at the exhibition at the Palladium Room in Crown Casino which was very special. To my delight I was awarded the best dealer stand at the exhibition out of the 100 stand holders from around the world. For a week Melbourne was the centre of the universe. I was really sad when it finished, and the last visitors are leaving Australia in the next few days. There were so many compliments from so many people that it made the 6 years of planning all worthwhile. We had brilliant weather for the first few days and people loved Melbourne and the World Heritage Listed venue at the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building, where Australias first parliament met in 1901. For the first time ever, I have heard no complaints from dealers or collectors except that it as too busy , or they had to stand in queues. I like those complaints!!Thanks to the Rotarians who visited us at the show

Best wishes

Tony Shields

Stamp Exhibition - Australia 2013 Tony Shields 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

Help Required with Movie Night 6th June 2013

Posted by Connie D'Amore on May 22, 2013
To make this night a success we need your help

Many hands make light work!!
Help with any of the following tasks would be of great assistance.
Please indicate if you can assist or if you are not able to help.

Preparation of food - sandwiches and fruit (during the morning at Joy's)

Ticket sales at the door - from 6 pm

Raffle ticket seller from 6 pm -

Inside theatre setup from 5 pm

Serving food & drinks from 6 pm

People prepared to help with cleanup following movie.

Please contact Joy directly

Most important, sell some tickets, for a great night's entertainment for just $20.

Help Required with Movie Night 6th June 2013 Connie D'Amore 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Greensborough Business Breakfast Tuesday 21st May 2013

Posted by Connie D'Amore on May 22, 2013

Once again our Business Breakfast organised by PP John Hardiman was a hugh success and well attended by members, family and friends.

Guest speaker Father Bob McGuire was fantastic and certainly drew our attention to some home truths  in a way that only Father Bob can.

Thanks to John & Zilis for organising this very enjoyable event once again this year.

Photos to follow in next weeks Bulletin

Rotary Club of Greensborough Business Breakfast Tuesday 21st May 2013 Connie D'Amore 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0

Fundraising Bunnings BBQ at theThomastown Store on Sunday 29th December 2013

Posted by Joy Ferguson on May 22, 2013
Following a phone call from Yvonne Donegan today we have booked another Bunnings BBQ at Thomastown for Sunday 29th December.
I know it is a long way off but be assured these next few months will fly by very quickly. Please put this date in your diary
Yvonne sends her regards to everyone.
Fundraising Bunnings BBQ at theThomastown Store on Sunday 29th December 2013 Joy Ferguson 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Greensborough Family News

Posted by Connie D'Amore on May 22, 2013
Kerry Leverett is now at home recovering from surgery.
I hear that as soon as Kerry has recovered she and Mark have planned a trip overseas. (Is it another Bike experience Kerry?)
Also their son David will be home visiting from Germany soon, Sarah will be home, so too will Amy. All 3 children will be together for the first time in some years.
Amy has recommenced her university course at LaTrobe in Podiatry. Amy also does dog grooming, so if you need a caring person to care for your dog, give Amy a call on 9437 0115.

Rotary Club of Greensborough Family News Connie D'Amore 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Week

Posted by Joy Ferguson on May 22, 2013

Our club was represented in 2 volunteer "Thank You" celebrations this past week being Volunteer week.
The Diamond Valley Learning Centre held their morning tea on Thursday in appreciation of the help from our club.
The Nillumbik Council also recognised Volunteers from many of the groups operating and volunteering in the Shire.
It was inspiring to learn that 30% of residents in the Shire of Nillumbik volunteer on a regular weekly basis
Volunteer Week Joy Ferguson 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0

Movie Night Thursday 6th June 2013

Posted by Connie D'Amore on May 01, 2013
Joy Ferguson is organising a Movie Night on Thursday 6th June 2013. Please put this date in your diaries further details will be published in next weeks bulletin.
Movie Night Thursday 6th June 2013 Connie D'Amore 2013-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Movie Night Thursday 6th June 2013

Posted by Connie D'Amore on May 01, 2013
Joy ferguson is organising another Movie Night  on the 6th June. Please put this date in your dairy further details will be published in next weeks Diary
Movie Night Thursday 6th June 2013 Connie D'Amore 2013-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 10.2

Posted by David Ling on Apr 29, 2013

Betty and I are on the last leg of a three plus week holiday in our caravan. We have been travelling with Betty's sister Glenda and her husband Brian. This an event that happens once at least in each year.

Last week we spent a few days camped on the banks of the Murray river near Cobram and tomorrow we are heading to Bendigo as we work our way back home. We plan to be back on the 7th May to be part of the important Club Assembly on the 8th May that will be led by PE Paul Craig.


David's Lingo 10.2 David Ling 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

Food Plant Solutions

Posted by David Ling on Apr 08, 2013

Rescheduled for the 10th April, we will feature a video from Food Plant Solutions.

This programme was introduced to us by Eileen Gatt during the visit of DG John and Eileen to our Club in October.


We also have some options for July projects to discuss.


I hope to see you there.


Food Plant Solutions David Ling 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Greensborough Business Breakfast Tuesday 21st May 2013

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Apr 02, 2013

Our Annual Business Breakfast will be held at the Old England Hotel Heidelberg

Tuesday 21st May 2013  7am -8.30am

Guest Speaker "Father Bob Maguire"

Cost $60 per Head

For further information or to book tickets please contact John Hardiman 0428-533432 or Francis Acquah 0413-543690
Rotary Club of Greensborough Business Breakfast Tuesday 21st May 2013 Connie D'Amore 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 10:1

Posted by David Ling on Apr 02, 2013

Katrina from the Diamond Valley Learning Centre gave last week meeting a great overview of what must be seen as as community organisation with a very good cause. Hearing first hand about the effects of the programme was excellent. Attendance for the meeting was good.

We also made an announcement at the meeting in regard to our incoming officers for the 2013-2014 year.

Earlier in the week I received formal notification from Connie D'Amore that she is unable to continue as President Elect and subsequently as President for the next Rotary Year. Connie is experiencing unexpected work pressures and these coupled with family commitments make continuing impractical.

On receipt of that advice, I, together with Graeme Knorr who is Vice President Elect, called a meeting of appointed members of the incoming Board plus some potential members to discuss the situation.

After discussion it was the unanimous decision to ask PP Paul Craig to take the President Role for 2013-2014 and to appoint Francis Acquah as President Elect for that year and hence President for 2014-2015.

David's Lingo 10:1 David Ling 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0

Tornado in Victoria

Posted by David Ling on Mar 25, 2013


Following Thursday night's Tornado like storm damage along the Murray from Koonoomoo to Rutherglen, the Rotary Club of Yarrawonga Mulwala is assessing the need for support in association with other agencies.

All immediate personal needs of affected individuals are being met at present.

As and when other needs for support and recovery are identified they will be posted by Bernie Bott (Group 7 Assistant Governor) on our District 9790 website.


Philip Clancy
District 9790
Disaster Recovery


Tornado in Victoria David Ling 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 9:2

Posted by David Ling on Mar 25, 2013

Last week we had a very interesting presentation from Sharon Hillman of the Olivier Newton John Cancer and Welness Centre. We have been working with Melissa Cramp, who also visited us, over the past week or so related to our up coming Business Breakfast.

It was a very well presented and interesting talk and the work of ONJCWC is very impressive. Here is some of the story:

Austin Health has created a new model in the way cancer is treated.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre is a purpose built, integrated cancer centre that is now an international leader in patient-centered medical treatment, cancer research and supportive wellness care – for the body, mind and spirit.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre is the first of Victoria’s three new Cancer Centres to open in Melbourne Australia (as part of the Victorian Cancer Plan)

  • One of the largest cancer services in Australia
  • Treating all types of cancer
  • Offers full range of cancer treatments: medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, haematology and palliative care
  • National leader in multidisciplinary care
  • Specialised allied health & nursing services
  • Leading radiology and PET scanning centre 
  • Radiotherapy treatments:  28,000 Inpatients (including palliative care and ‘hospital in the home’

  •  Episodes of care:  20,000

  • Bed days:  65,000

  • Inpatient episodes:   26,000 (cancer surgery-related

  • Highest percentage of patients were in the 60-69 years age group

David's Lingo 9:2 David Ling 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

Diamond Valley Learning Centre

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Mar 25, 2013

This week's meeting we will hear from Katrina from the Diamond Valley Learning cnetre.

Katrina will be bringing one of the students Jacqui with her.

The Learning Centre is right in the centre of Greensborough with many areas of support needed. It is a centre endeavouring to cater for the educational and life skills needs for teenagers who are unable to attend traditional schools, also young adults from the Diamond Valley area. Most of the students are either displaced, couch surfing or spending time in a refuge. 

TheLearning Cntre needs money for student transport to assist them in getting to school, for excursions, for daily activities, for a food share type program. The nutritional needs of the students is sadly lacking. They also need help with administrative issues e.g. submission writing, incorporation etc.

Students need mentors to help on a one-to-one basis to improve literacy skills. They need more Mentors for the L2P driving program run through Nillumbik council, TAC and Vic Roads.  This will assist students to get their licence once they get their "L" plates.

Many of their students would benefit greatly with attending RYPEN through Rotary sponsorship.

RYLA is another program where 2 of their students attended last year with amazing results.

I encourage all Rotarians, friends and family members who have any interest in improving the quality of life for our less fortunate young people to come and see what we collectively or individually can  achieve.

 Thank you for your anticipated support

Joy Ferguson

New Generations Chair


Diamond Valley Learning Centre Joy Ferguson 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

Vanuatu Visitors

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Mar 20, 2013

Home hosting the 2 Vanuatu Optometry Students

It was my pleasure to be ale to offer some home hosting for the 2 "Nivans" for part of their stay here in Melbourne recently.

("Nivans" is the name given to the people of Vanuatu.)

Jessie and Dick were a delight to host and see the look on Dick's face when Tony introduced him to golf via the putting area here.

Dick tells us that only white people get to play golf in Vanuatu, it is far too expensive for the locals, and given that Dick lives on the Island of  Tanna  which is home to an active volcano and is all volcanic surface and outcrops of coral.

No hope of setting up an area as we know it to play golf. He has been sent home with a set of donated clubs for him to practice.

Dick loved the stone fruit, unknown to him previously and enjoyed the TV and my recliner chair!! Homes on Dick's island would all have earthen floors and about 80% of homes on Vanuatu would also have earthen floors - How luck are we to be born is this luxurious country?


Vanuatu Visitors Joy Ferguson 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 9:1

Posted by David Ling on Mar 20, 2013

Disctrict Conference last week was, as usual, a great time to be informed about current Rotary projects and to hear some excellent speakers. A big feature for me is the opportunity to catch up with peope from other Clubs as well as fellowship with those attending from Greensborough. We had 8 at Conference: Tony and Pam Bramley, Joy Ferguson, John and Zilis Hardiman, Tony and Chrisne Shields and me.

Last week we heard about the work of Plenty Valley Radio. Today we have two visitors from the Oliver Newton John Wellness Centre talking  to us.


David's Lingo 9:1 David Ling 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 8:2

Posted by David Ling on Feb 20, 2013

Was it worth the effort?

Last Friday we had a sausage sizzle as part of the Greensborough Food and Film Festival.

  • It was a good public relations exercise to be part of this inaugural festival. Our presence was appreciated.
  • We made a net $411. Not a lot of money but a reasonable return none the less.
  • As always there was opportunity for some fellowship and fun for the people involved.

Yes I think it was worth the effort.

Thanks to Pam Fallon who helped set up in the afternoon, Zilis Hardiman, Joy Ferguson, Connie D'Amore, Sandra Classon and Andrew Minahan. Andrew helped with the late shift and he and I packed up after 11.00pm as required.

Thanks also to my two sons, Kerry who provided help with equipment, and Adrian who did some cooking in the evening.



David's Lingo 8:2 David Ling 2013-02-20 00:00:00Z 0

Wednesday 13th February

Posted by David Ling on Feb 20, 2013

Last week our guest speaker was Marion Hadingham who spoke to us about a special educational project in India.

Building Hope, Respect and Life Opportunities
for children from the slum communities of Bhopal, India through
Engaging and Relevant Education 

Marion's was accompanied by husband Kevin who is Chair, International Service, Rotary District 9790.


Wednesday 13th February David Ling 2013-02-20 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 8:1

Posted by David Ling on Feb 08, 2013

Well, we made the transition to the new venue at WaterMarc successfully. I think the consensus was that the WaterMarc facility is good for our meetings. Thanks to Graham Trotter for helping with getting equipment and setting up. There is still a bit of organising to do to keep this flowing smoothly.

Attendance for the day was quite good with the addition of 2 visiting Rotarians and other guests including 2 prospective members. Numbers for next week are looking good and if you have not already indicated please email me if you will be there.





David's Lingo 8:1 David Ling 2013-02-08 00:00:00Z 0

Hearing, Eye and Spinal Testing at The Kalparrin Centre Mar 02, 2013

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Jan 31, 2013

Matyn Thompson is organising our annual Hearing, Eye and Spinal Testing at The Kalparrin Centre, Greensborugh for preschool children within our community.

To make this event successful Martyn will need many hands to help complete the various duties.

Martyn is preparing rosters that will be circulated at our weekly meeting. If you can volunteer even an one hour of your time it will be greatly appreciated.

Please note the 2nd of March in your dairies and hope to see you there!!

Hearing, Eye and Spinal Testing at The Kalparrin Centre Mar 02, 2013 Connie D'Amore 2013-01-31 00:00:00Z 0

Greensborough Food and Film Festival

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Jan 31, 2013



Zilis Hardiman and her Team have secured another Fundraising event at the upcoming Greensborough Food and Film Festival to be held at Watermarc on Friday 15th February, 2013.

Zilis is looking for volunteers in helping to set up, manning the stall and packing up after the event.

Assistance is required from 3.00pm until 12.00am   

If you can assist please ring Zilis directly on 9435 4681




Greensborough Food and Film Festival Connie D'Amore 2013-01-31 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 7:3

Posted by David Ling on Jan 30, 2013

January is often a quiet month for Rotary activities but this year has been the exception.

We have had 4 fundraising BBQs at Bunnings and raised over $4000. Two of these had been planned for a while and two were last minute additions because others had cancelled. Naming specific people for special effort could get me into trouble and I have enough of that already, so thanks to everyone who contributed especially at late notice.

According to figures from Joy Ferguson and from my memory, we had something like 16 Rotarians, Family and Friends over the Australia Day Weekend and I must say that I enjoyed the fellowship of that for the times I was there immensely.

Next week is our first meeting at WaterMarc and Francis Acquah will be doing his "Rotarian Behind the Badge" talk. I am looking forward to hearing from Francis.

David's Lingo 7:3 David Ling 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Greensborough New Meeting Venue

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Jan 24, 2013











Rotary Club of Greensborough New Meeting Venue Connie D'Amore 2013-01-24 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 7:2

Posted by David Ling on Jan 24, 2013

Betty and I have enjoyed the two fellowship meetings we have had as we get into 2013. The people who have participated in the meetings at the Old England have had a good opportunity to share together and we have also been able to talk about some current happenings and future projects.

One thing that having more time for fellowship does is that we get to know a bit more about each other and about interests and family. An example of this was to see photos and hear about Graeme Knorr's FJ Holden. This has prompted me to include details of the Motor Show planned by the Rotary Club of Shepparton in this eBulletin.

Next week we have our final meeting at the Diamond Valley Baptist Church and Paul Craig has asked us to notify him if we are intending to be there. It will be a time to say thank you and we will also use the programme to talk about plans and projects coming up. We are expecting some past members and other Friends of Rotary to be there so let's make this a well attended meeting.

Also in this edition are details of our new venue. At this stage we have indication of two or three prospective new members so this is encouraging.

We have had two good Bunnings BBQ fund raisers already and a third is planned for Friday the 25th at Thomastown. Thanks to Yvonne Donegan for getting us this latest opportunity. These BBQ events are worthwhile and they are also a good time for fellowship as we work together.

Hoping to see you next Wednesday.

Yours in Rotary




David's Lingo 7:2 David Ling 2013-01-24 00:00:00Z 0

Can you include a Visitor from Vanuatu in a Weekend Activity?

Posted by Jerome Winston on Jan 17, 2013

The Rotary Club of Greensborough has been asked if our members can contribute to a Vocational Service Project by including one or two Vanuatu visitors in their informal weekend activity (picnic, cinema, family lunch, home dinner, sporting activity, afternoon walk in country Victoria, swim, zoo, beach, etc). Jessy and Dick will be living with home hosts in or near Greensborough during the weekends of 15-17 and 22-24 February.  They would welcome the opportunity to join local Australians for 1 to 4 hours, for example, on Friday night, any time Saturday, Sunday morning at a local church, or Sunday afternoon.  During the week, Jessy and Dick will participate in vocational training in Melbourne.  Jessy and Dick speak and study in English. 

Can you or someone you know include Jessy and/or Dick in a weekend activity (eg, 1-4 hours on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday), during the weekend of 15-17 or 22-24 February?  Offers and questions: contact Jerome, Chair, RCG Vocational Service Committee: 9435 8048 or jerome.winston@hotmail.com.au.
Can you include a Visitor from Vanuatu in a Weekend Activity? Jerome Winston 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

Would you enjoy hosting one or two young adults from Vanuatu?

Posted by Jerome Winston on Jan 17, 2013

Would you enjoy hosting one or two young adults from Vanuatu?

The Rotary Club of Greensborough has been asked if our members can contribute to a Vocational Service Project by providing home hosting for one or two staff who are coming to Melbourne for vocational training as part of the Vanuatu Prevention of Blindness Program.  Between 11 and 28 February 2013, Jessy Vatoko and Dick Naket will study at the University of Melbourne and participate in work placements.  Home hosts do not need to be Rotarians or Rotaractors, but must be recommended by a Rotarian or Rotaractor.  Home hosting (dinner, bed and breakfast) should be for a minimum of 2 nights – preferably 4 or 5 nights (or longer).  Jessy and Dick speak and study in English. 

Ms Jessy Vatoko: Jessy is a young mother of about 26 years of age.  Jessy has been with the Vanuatu Prevention of Blindness Program for about 6 years.  Jessy is working in the Vila (capital city) clinic with Hellen and Richard.  (Hellen and Richard have been hosted in previous years by Rotary / Rotaract.)

Mr Dick Naket:  Dick is single and about 22.  Dick has been with the Vanuatu Prevention of Blindness Program for nearly 2 years.  Dick manages a clinic on the island of Tanna.

If you or someone you know has a spare bedroom, perhaps you or they can provide dinner, bed and breakfast for one of our international visitors, for a minimum of 2 nights (or longer), plus help them on weekday mornings to catch a train or tram to the city. 

Action: Do you or someone you know have a spare bedroom?  Can you host Jessy and/or Dick, for 2 nights or longer, on weekdays and/or weekends, between 11 and 28 February?  Questions?  Offers?  Contact Jerome, Chair, RCG Vocational Service Committee: 9435 8048 or jerome.winston@hotmail.com.au.
Would you enjoy hosting one or two young adults from Vanuatu? Jerome Winston 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

Programme for January and February 2013

Posted by David Ling on Jan 11, 2013
 Day Date
 16th Jan
 7.00pm  Fellowship  Old England Hotel
Sun  20th Jan
 8.30-4.30  FR BBQ
 Bunnings Mill Park
Wed  23rd Jan
 7.00pm  Fellowship  Old England Hotel
Wed  30th Jan
 1.00pm  Lunchtime
 Diamond Valley Baptist Church
Wed   6th Feb
 1.00pm  Lunchtime
 Room 1 1st Floor WaterMarc
     All future lunchtime meetings will be held at WaterMarc
Programme for January and February 2013 David Ling 2013-01-11 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 7:1

Posted by David Ling on Jan 10, 2013


Our weekly meetings recommenced on Wednesday the 16th January. There were only 10 people present but we had a good time of fellowship.

As previously advised, the first two meetings will be for fellowship and The Old England Hotel has been chosen and booked as the venue. They will be evening meetings commencing at 7.00pm. 

We have some interesting changes as we move into February with the planned change to a new lunchtime meeting venue. Our final meeting at the Diamond Valley Baptist Church facility will be on Wednesday the 30th January and I hope you can be there as we say thanks for the time we have spent there and as we have opportunity to talk about the new venue and programme.

We will make this a Club Assembly to provide for discussion and to get the latest update about the New Club developments.

We have already made a good start to the calendar year with a productive fundraiser at Bunnings in Thomastown. Thanks to everyone who worked to make this a successful day.

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Jagajaga Community Australia Day Award

Posted by John Hardiman on Dec 19, 2012

At our Board Meeting we nominated Tony Bramley to be nominated for this award. I received a letter today from The Hon.Jenny Macklin M.P. Federal Member for Jagajaga,that the judging panel received a number of very high quality nominations,and they are pleased to advise that our nominee was successful.The awards will take place at the Centre Ivanhoe,on 26th January 2013 at 2.30.  From our our Club Membership we would like to congratulate Tony on receiving this award


Jagajaga Community Australia Day Award John Hardiman 2012-12-19 00:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting over Christmas & New Year Period.

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Dec 19, 2012

19th December Final meeting for 2012.

26th December No Meeting

2nd January No Meeting

9th January No Meeting

16th January Fellowship Meeting. Venue to be advised.

23th January Fellowship Meeting. Venue to be advised.

30th January Resume Regular Meeting.

Club Meeting over Christmas & New Year Period. Connie D'Amore 2012-12-19 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 6:3

Posted by David Ling on Dec 18, 2012

Happy Christmas and a bright and prosperous 2013


to Members, Friends and Family of Rotary.


Last Wednesday we celebrated with a special function at DOBELLS RESTAURANT in Greensborough.

Thanks to Zilis and Team for organising and to Graeme Knorr our MC on the night, for what was a great night of fellowship and fun.

The night was well attended and it was good to have some Members who have been unable to get to lunchtime meetings recently. Friends and Family of Rotary including some former Members added to the celebration. Trust Ray Davies to win the ticket under the chair prize!



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Fundraising Bunnings BBQ at the Mill Park Store on Sunday 20th January 2013

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Dec 13, 2012

The fundraising committee once again have excelled and secured a date for our club to be part of the opening celebrations of the new Bunnings Mill Park store

This is going to be a great fundraiser for our club and as the old saying goes many hands makes light work

Zilis and her team will need assistance with setting up, cooking, serving and packing up

If you are able to assist even for 1hour please contact Zilis Hardiman, Joy Ferguson or Christine Sefton.
Fundraising Bunnings BBQ at the Mill Park Store on Sunday 20th January 2013 Connie D'Amore 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z 0

Securing a bright and productive future.

Posted by David Ling on Dec 12, 2012

These words are written as a result of discussions at our recent AGM, the Board Meeting on Tuesday 11th December and related conversations.

  • If all goes according to current intentions and expectations the advice received from PP Tony Bramley is that there will be a new "Provisional Rotary Club" commencing in Greensborough early in the New Year. This New Club will meet in the evenings.
  • The Rotary Club of Greensborough will continue as a lunchtime club.

For more than a year now we have had ongoing conversations about the fact that some of our members would prefer an evening meeting and there has been suggestion that changing would help us recruit new members.

The current arrangement provides options for the two preferences. Some will choose to remain in the RCG and others will choose to move to the New Club.

The following is an extract from the R I Rules related to starting a new club.

Can a member of a current Rotary club be included on the charter list of a new club?

Yes. The member should let their current club know his or her intent, so that the member’s resignation is completed by the date that the provisional club is admitted to membership. Upon resignation, the member should also request a Confirmation of Former Rotary Club Membership and Good Financial Standing form be signed by the club secretary and club president of the club from which the member is resigning. Submit the completed form to the charter club president
or secretary. A Rotarian cannot be a member of two Rotary clubs at the same time, unless one of the memberships is  honorary.

As the Sponsoring Club the Rotary Club of Greensborough is fully supportive of the New Club in the interest of growing Rotary.

We also need to take some steps to refocus and ensure the same bright and productive future for our Club.

If it is your intention to move to the New Club, or you are interested in the possibilty of doing so, would you please speak with PP Tony as soon as possible and then advise your intention to me or to President Elect, and Acting Secretary, Connie D'Amore so the kind of regrouping can take place. In fact, could I ask that you convey your intention either way so we can go on with planning.

The Board has also discussed the advantages of relocating our lunchtime Club Meetings to the centre of Greensborough and this is being actively investigated. PP Paul Craig who has so kindly facilitated our meetings at the Diamond Valley Baptist Church aware and fully supportive of this decision. We will keep Members posted as information comes to hand.

Thank you for your support.

Yours in Rotary


David Ling


Securing a bright and productive future. David Ling 2012-12-12 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 6:2

Posted by David Ling on Dec 12, 2012

We have had an interesting couple of weeks.

Last Wednesday we had the pleasure of inducting Francis Acquah into our Club.

Francis comes to us from the Rotary Club of Bundoora where he had been a member for some years. He will be a welcome addition to our team.

Also last week we conducted the reconvened Annual General Meeting which included discussion on the current position of our Club and proposals for a new Club in Greensborough. I have written more about that in a separate article. Club Officers were elected and some Directors. President Elect Connie is expecting to have a complete list for consideration by the Board and notification to District by the end of January. Of course nominations can still be made by Club Members too.

Tonight is our Special Christmas Celebration meeting and at last report good numbers have booked including some "Friends of Rotary". We are looking forward to a good time.

Next week, 19th December, will be our final meeting for 2012 and Rtn Nalin Perera is going to talk to us about his recent visit to The Phillipines where he represented our Club at a function related to a project to which we had contribute. I hope you can make it as Nalin is a good speaker and his subject of interest to us.






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Rotary Club of Greensborough Christmas Dinner

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Dec 12, 2012

Our Club's Christmas Dinner will be held at DOBELLS RESTAURANT tonight the 12th December

19th Greenhill Road, Greensborough at 7pm

$35.00 per person for a two course meal (Drinks at own cost)

Come along dressed as Christmas Spirit and enjoy a great night of fellowship


Rotary Club of Greensborough Christmas Dinner Connie D'Amore 2012-12-12 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 6:1

Posted by David Ling on Dec 04, 2012

Our meeting this week is a very important one in the life of our Club as we discuss our future as part of the continuation of the Annual General Meeting. Members will have received a report that I intend to present to the meeting and I am looking forward to valuable discussion from those who are able to attend.

We will also induct a new member in Francis Acquah who is a former member of the Rotary Club of Bundoora.

A separate article reports on our project for the Diamond Valley Community Support Op Shop launch. Thanks to Andrew Minehan for this connecti0n.

Plans are under way for a Christmas celebration in the evening next Wednesday and hopefully details will be available at this week's meeting and for circulation to those who are not present.

The Board will meet on Tuesday next week and will decide on meeting closure over Christmas and the New Year. How the past 5 months seem to have flown. Don't they all?



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Rotary Club of Greensborough support for Diamond Valley Community Support.

Posted by Andrew Minahan on Dec 04, 2012

As reported recently, the Board has approved our proposal to link for some community projects with the DVCS.

Last Saturday, our Club provided the supplies for a barbecue in support of the launch of a new Op Shop for DVCS at MacLeod. Four of our Members, pictured, staffed the BBQ with good results.

  • ·        The RCG Members enjoyed great fellowship.
  • ·        The Diamond Valley Community Support volunteers expressed appreciation for the focus provided.
  • ·        There was a strong sense of a first time working together between the two groups.
  • ·        $250 was donated to the Op Shop from the sales.
  • ·        One person asked about Rotary Membership and was told about the proposed new evening Club in Greensborough.


Rosie Bray, Centre of Group, is a Board Member of the DVCS and a community worker of many many years standing.

The Op Shop was officially opend by Cr Tom Melican Banyule City Councillor.

We are looking forward to the next project in conjunction with DVCS.

Rotary Club of Greensborough support for Diamond Valley Community Support. Andrew Minahan 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0

Gillespie and Upton Awards

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Dec 04, 2012

Last week our Club was again privileged to host the prestigious Gillespie and Upton Awards for the Greensborough College and the Montmorency Secondary College.

The students presented demonstrated  an extremely high standard of all round commitment to academia, leadership abilities and school and community involvement.


Gillespie and Upton Awards Joy Ferguson 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 5:3

Posted by David Ling on Nov 28, 2012

facebook post

Zilis Hardiman Great night thank you to my ticket sellers and sandwich scone and setting up helpers no need for names as you know who you are 111 people attended also thank you to Frank Sculli once again for providing the raffle.

And from me again. Thank's to Zilis and the hard working team that made it all happen. We also had great support from The Rotoract Club of Diamond Valley who not only turned up on the night but also promoted the event on facebook. Thanks guys.

Today is a very special annual event and it will focus on the award winning student of the two colleges. We will also officially open our AGM and present the Agenda, which is in this bulletin, and then adjourn to the meeting on the 5th December.

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Posted by Sierra Toner on Nov 28, 2012

 Did you see it on FaceBook?


We need to increase interest in our page to raise awareness of our club and upcoming events. You can help out by posting our link on your personal Facebook page and encouraging others to "Like"

Copy and paste this link in your own status post.Let me know if you need more help in doing this :)

YIR Sierra


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Posted by Joy Ferguson on Nov 28, 2012
This week our RYLA candidate Johnny Martin, commenced his week long convention at the Kinglake Wilderness Camp .

He was driven to a central destination at Wandong, the final pick -up point , to join the coach with the other RYLArians from the northern clubs together with the other southern club candidates.

They will be accommodated at the site with all meals and materials provided together with an excellent program of keynote speakers and activities to enhance their leadership skills, with an emphasis on personal development, public speaking, financial planning and many other aspects of coping with life today and into the future.

Selected past RYLArians are invited to participate in the week long program as supporters and play an integral role with the new people.

The program is coordinated by PP Linda Gidland from Diamond Creek Rotary Club and assisted by PP Mal Watt from Shepparton who is a trained counsellor, and PP Diana Mann from Bundoora Rotary.

Wednesday night is when a nominated Rotary club has a meeting at the site and is hosted by the new RYLArians. They do this as a project management exercise and the results are usually amazing.

36 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 come together, usually not knowing anyone else in the group. They often form very firm friendships and are often keen to help in following years.

Sunday is the culmination of their week and a de brief session is held before their lunch where the District Governor attends and gives a small presentation of certificates. Following lunch, a Rotarian from the club attends to transport the (usually very tired RYLArian) home. The conversations of their week long adventure usually inspire the person who is fortunate to be nominated for this role.

Johnny Martin will do a presentation to our club at a nominated time in the near future.

All club members are asked to keep in mind any people in our community in this age group who are demonstrating leadership skills, to consider nominating them for the 2013 course, usually held at the conclusion of Uni exams (end of November to early December) Cost per member this year to the sponsoring club is $1000. Applicants, their employers and family are asks to contribute towards this cost and the club then makes up the difference.
Applicants in genuine necessitous circumstances are always considered.

This is now a world wide Rotary program which originated in Brisbane in 1965. Something we should all be proud of.
RYLA Joy Ferguson 2012-11-28 00:00:00Z 0

Gillespie and Upton Awards

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Nov 28, 2012
Gillespie & Upton Awards day Presentation

Together with staff, family and friends our members are privileged to welcome today
the students from both Montmorency and Greensborough Colleges for the presentation of these prestigious awards.
These annual awards perpetuates the memory or the late Kevin Gillespie and the late George Upton, who made outstanding contributions to the community and our club in it's formative years.

Each student is presented with a signed certificate with the citation which is read out by their Principal, together with a gift card from Office Works for $100.

The Club provides lunch for the 6 students from each college together with two staff from each school.

Family and friends and other interested staff are invited to attend at their own cost.
Gillespie and Upton Awards Joy Ferguson 2012-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Tony's Shields Corner of Memorabilia Connie D'Amore 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Greensborough Family News

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 22, 2012
What this space Zilis Hardiman is organising a very memorable Christmas Party at the Tanks Corner Yarrambat on Wednesday 12th December  .......more to come
Rotary Club of Greensborough Family News Connie D'Amore 2012-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

Diamond Valley Community Support Group BBQ

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 22, 2012

On  Saturday 1 December 2012, DVCS will commence operating an op shop at 44 Aberdeen Road McLeod. The Rotary Club of Greensbourgh is assisting in the opening celebrations,namely to do the cooking and operate the BBQ. The BBQ will be supplied by the trader’s association, being held in the butcher’s store located next door to the op shop

The opening hours on 1 December 2012 will be from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

This project offers us an opportunity for promotion of Rotary as a supporter of DVCS and working together within the local community.

We require a few members to be present on the day and assist David Ling & Andrew Minehan with the BBQ, if you can help please contact David or Andrew directly.


Diamond Valley Community Support Group BBQ Connie D'Amore 2012-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

Movie Night Wednesday 21st November 2012

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 22, 2012

At great time was had by all who attended the latest James Bond movie "Skyfall" It was wonderful to see so many of the Diamond Valley Rotoract Club members come along and enjoy the evening.

Many thanks must go to Zilis Hardiman and her Team of hard working ladies who not only prepared and served the beautiful food  they also ensured that everyone had enough to eat and drink.

Special mention must go to Ray Lord who continues to support our Club and brought along ten friends with him last night

Christine Sefton stole the show by drawing her own ticket in the raffle...  Well deserved Christine!


Image                                                                           Image


Movie Night Wednesday 21st November 2012 Connie D'Amore 2012-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 5:2

Posted by David Ling on Nov 21, 2012

This is from an email I received this morning:

This is a time of change for Rotary as we embark on new endeavors and launch a new grant model for our Foundation. But one constant is the need for ongoing financial support so we may deliver sustainable solutions to those communities in need. During the 2012-13 Rotary year, our Annual Fund goal is US$120 million; approximately US$100 per capita worldwide.  It’s not an exorbitant amount for any one person, but if we met that goal across our entire organization, it would catapult our Foundation’s capacity to do good in the world to an entirely new level!

Wilfred J Wilkinson

At our meeting last week we focused on The Rotary Foundation and Members present discussed the concept of "every Rotarian every year". We agree that it would be good to keep this before us and talked about how easy it is to make the $US100 donation, or any other amount more or less, online. At the meeting I committed to try the system by making my personal contribution and I can tell you i works.

Maybe you would like to try it too!






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Tony's Shields Corner of Memorabilia

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 13, 2012
A very dapper Mark Leverett congratulates incoming President Bob Christelow in 1993. We will publish a range of photos over the next few months which have been donated by Val Christelow, who is Bobs widow. It would be marvelous and most interesting if some of the older members would bring along some of their old photos from Rotary events, or better still, scan them to Connie. It was very apparent at the meeting when the photo album was passed around, everyone was very interested to see it and reminisce. Apart from taking us down memory lane whilst we still remember,this would enable the club to build up an archive of photos on our website, rather than having them rot in someones garage or under the house. Once the photos are on the club website, it does not matter if the photo albums are thrown out in a massive spring clean at home. It will become a valuable and interesting resource for members who are interested in the clubs history - and isn't that all of us? If you don't do it, who will?

Tony Shields




Tony's Shields Corner of Memorabilia Connie D'Amore 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 5:1

Posted by David Ling on Nov 13, 2012

I have just returned home from our monthly Board Meeting. Among other things we discussed the current position of our Club and looked for ways to bring some new vitality to our activities.

One thing that seems to be emerging is the need to consider again a change to an evening meeting. While this no doubt does not suit everyone it seems to be the preferred option for some of our younger and newer members so it is back on the agenda. More about that soon.

Connie reported some information gained at the PEPs programme last weekend and she will be approaching individual members in her quest to have a team getting ready to carry the Club forward during her year as our President. I must say I encourage you to give consideration to her request so she can develop a strong and committed team.

This month is The Rotary Foundation month and I am planning a "Focus on Foundation" theme for the meeting on Wednesday. I hope you can make it.



David's Lingo 5:1 David Ling 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

From our DG November 2012

Posted by David Ling on Nov 13, 2012
This month is Foundation Month.
I would like to encourage every member to personally donate to our charity - The Rotary Foundation. By doing this you achieve the status of being an Every Rotarian Every Year member and you show that you support this great charity that will soon rid this world of the terrible disease Polio.
Did you know that Rotary started Polio Plus in 1985 with an initial pledge of US$120 million? When by 1988, Rotarians had raised US$247 million for Polio Plus; which was more than double the fundraising  goal of $120 million; the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio, paving the way for the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

In 1985 there were 400,000 victims of polio in 121 countries. There are now only 3 endemic countries left: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. India, after a long and dedicated fight, has not reported any new polio cases for over 20 months. The number of polio cases  reported worldwide so far this year is the lowest ever at 171 (as at 16 October 2012).

John Gatt
District Governor 2012-

Rotary District 9790

Click here to view "Gatt's Gazette" for this month.   http://www.rotary9790.org.au/1213/ftp/november.pd

From our DG November 2012 David Ling 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

Annual General Meeting 2012

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 13, 2012

 The Annual General Meeting of the Rotary Club of Greensborough will be held on Wednesday the 28th November, 2012.

Please note that the AGM has been rescheduled. Because the new date is the same meeting as the Gilespie Upton Awards we will commence the meeting and then adjourn to the 5th of December to complete the business.

Annual General Meeting 2012 Connie D'Amore 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

Tony's Shields Corner of Memorabilia

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 07, 2012

If you have some interesting photos of club members or activities from days gone by please make an effort to scan them  or bring them to a club meeting to share with members.Tony would love to build up a club archive on our website for future reference and historical interest. Let us all contribute to this project and help

Thanks Tony for this weeks photo's and giving all members the opportunity in relishing in our club's rich history


 Immediate Past President George Lim hands over to incoming President Bob Christelow at the 1993 Changeover meeting. 

 What sartorial  splendor gentlemen. I know Jerome would approve of the suits.


Tony's Shields Corner of Memorabilia Connie D'Amore 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Greensborough Family News

Posted by Connie D'Amore on Nov 06, 2012

Steven Briffa had a convincing win at the recent Banyule Council Election. We congratulation Steven on his achievement and wish him well for the coming year.




The D'Amore's celebrated the marriage of their son Anthony to the beautiful Anna on Saturday 3rd November.

It was a perfect day the sun was shinning and a great day was had by all that attended

We wish  the happy couple a life time of happiness.



 Anna's stunning gown was made by Helen Manuell, Bob's niece small world

Rotary Club of Greensborough Family News Connie D'Amore 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

David's Lingo 5:1

Posted by David Ling on Nov 06, 2012

Our 5th Wednesday "Pub Night" was held at the Lower Plenty Hotel last Wednesday evening and those who were able to attend enjoyed a good night of fellowship. As often seems to be the case, these evening meetings are not as well attended as our regular meetings so I think we will review this arrangement for the new calendar year. We will make provision for some more discussion about it at a Club Meeting and then ask the Board to decide.

On Monday this week I was invited to attend the meeting of the Probus Club of Greensborough and to participate in the Launch of the book "Remember When...", a book of short stories written by members of the Probus Writers Group, Greensborough.

It was a very significant and interesting exercise for me, firstly because of the connection between our Club and Greensborough Probus and secondly because of the concept of the Writers Group and the outcome of the book of anecdotes.

I was so impressed that I asked Ann Sartori, who is the organiser of the group and also the Vice President of the club, if she would come and speak to our club about it. The only available date in her diary was tomorrow, Wednesday the 7th November and as we did not have a speaker for tomorrow I invited her to join us.


David's Lingo 5:1 David Ling 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

Gillespie and Upton Awards

Posted by Joy Ferguson on Nov 06, 2012
Today It is our annual Gillespie and Upton Awards Day with Montmorency and Greensborough Secondary Colleges again

It is scheduled for the 28th NOVEMBER at our usual meeting time of 1.00 pm.

Please put this date in your diary as it is an inspiring day hearing of the participation and achievements of the young recipients from these 2 schools.

The awards are made in memory of 2 of our charter members  Kevin Gillespie who was a great member who worked with the youth of our community and was fondly known as "Uncle Kev"

George Upton was a wonderful worker for the club and assisted in many club activities to further the name of Rotary.
Gillespie and Upton Awards Joy Ferguson 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

From District Mail Man

Posted by David Ling on Oct 31, 2012

To all Clubs in District 9790

On the 16th and 25th of October I passed onto you details of the

Blind Cricket match to be held at the Hume and Hovel Cricket Ground at Strath Creek on 18th November.

The organisers would be very grateful if clubs could volunteer their services on the day to assist with car parking and other areas of support.

If your club can help, would you please contact Peter Butler on either 03 9864 9550, or by clicking here to send an email.

From District Mail Man David Ling 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0

Sunday Lunch BBQ at the Knorr's

Posted by David Ling on Oct 31, 2012

It's a pity that we only get one makeup per event and that it can be used only 14 days either side. Graeme know would have enough makeups for many weeks if they could all count last week!

Not only did he cook all day on the Bunnings BBQ on Saturday but then fired up again at his home to feed the happy people who were able to make it to the Fellowship lunch. Graeme and Denise were great hosts and everyone enjoyed the beautiful day.

I knew you would not believe to see Bill Carter drinking from a stubbie in a Collingwood holder so I took a picture as proof!



Sunday Lunch BBQ at the Knorr's David Ling 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0