eBulletin Volume 35 - Issue 24- 11 December 2020
President - Tony Laycock 0432769837
Club Information
Welcome to our Club
Service Above Self
We meet Mondays at 6:00 PM
Canterbury Centre
2 Rochester Road
Canterbury, VIC  3126
0418 444 274
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Last Week's Meeting - 7 December 2020
It was great to be able to again come together face to face last Monday evening at the Canterbury Centre for our Club meeting. Many thanks to Vicki, Deb and the staff at BassCARE who helped with  the Covid safe requirements and all the members and friends who did a great job in happily sticking to the rules.
Also thanks to those members who joined us via Zoom. In hindsight the Zoom camera should have been placed in a better spot to allow the zoomers to see more of the action.
We had a number of announcements including:
  • Amanda and Kevin Xiao are the proud parents of a  bouncing baby boy - well done to all
  • The DIK provided "crocs" have been collected by Tony and will be distributed to a number of charitable organisations linked to the Club
  • Edda very generously distributed free worm tea to anyone keen to give it a go in their garden
  • Ted showed the framed sister agreement which the Club has entered into with the Bairnsdale RC
  • Bob asked for volunteers to help distribute the welcome packs to new Boroondara residents
  • Please advise Ted of your availability for the Camberwell Sunday Market roster for the first half of next year
  • David Zrna cheerfully advised that the Canterbury Rotary lunch group will reconvene again for the first time in  eight months on 16 December. Please let David know if you are coming along at
One of the highlights of the evening was the induction of Joe Flinn as a member of the Club
Joe has been actively involved with the Club over the past few months and we look forward to having him as a member for very many years.
The evening was the first opportunity to formally present membership certificates and badges to new members who had joined us from the former Yarra Bend RC (way back at the start of the year). These members are David Chivers, Anne and Ed Brown, Bob Lambert,  Ken Maher, John Pocock, David Shave, Edda Williams and Kevin Xiao. Welcome to you all.
And a membership certificate and badge was also able to be presented to Elizabeth Shepherd who was able to be with us in person for the first time. Welcome Elizabeth.
The badge presentations continued with Paul Harris Fellow pins and certificates provided  to the members who were advised of their awards at the June Changeover night, but because it was via Zoom could not be handed their certificate and pin.
Congratulations to Graham Bishop, Andrew Mastrowicz and David Zrna on their awards.
Last Week's Speaker - John Naughton
John Naughton from the East Camberwell Chapter of the St Vincent de Paul Society joined us and gave  a brief outline of the Society programs.
Vinnies was founded way back in 1853 and does visitation work with around 13000 volunteers (obviously not all in the East Camberwell chapter). It responds to calls for assistance in the way of food, furniture and vouchers.
Around $16 m in assistance  has been provided this year and a further $2.5 m has been provided in bushfire support.
Covid very much restricted the Vinnies activities with visitations reduced in part due to many of the volunteers being aged in the vulnerable age group. Also the Vinnies shops were closed which reduced the income flow.
However the Society and volunteers have kept working and still achieved great things.
In previous years the Club throught its members and friends have donated gifts for children to the Society and these have been distributed to less fortunate children in the community.
John thanked the Club for its past support and advised that there was great appreciation for the generosity by the children who received gifts.
Because there are still some Covid safety restrictions, instead of the Club members providing gifts, a donations page has been set-up using the Club's Trybooking facility. Funds donated will be provided to the Society and used for gift cards, vouchers and other appropriate support.
If you would like to make a donation please click on this link
Your early donation would be appreciated to allow for the Society to use the funds to purchase the gifts and arrange distribution prior to Christmas.
Many thanks John for joining us and helping get us into the Christmas spirit.
Edda Williams Member Behind the Badgee
Edda Williams gave use a great insight to her life when she presented her member behind the badge  talk at the Club meeting.
Due to a bit of Covid rustiness and having been away from the Basscare facility, the work that Edda had done to create a Powerpoint story of her life did not make it to the overhead projector.
Never fear you can see the story by clicking on the link below.
Next Week - Christmas Party
Next Sunday 13 December the Club is gathering for our final get together for the year to celebrate the year and of course Christmas which is only a few sleeps away.
We will be gathering at Riversdale Park at 1 pm. This is just near Riversdale Rail station in Riversdale Road Camberwell.
It is a BYO food, chair and your best Christmas cheer.
The Club will be supplying the  liquid refreshments.
Looking forward to seeing you.
FORaMEAL Challenge
Val gave members an update on the FORaMEAL program.
  • there is the terrific Christmas Challenge underway - please see the details below
  • a number of schools have agreed to host packing events next year
  • Four rotary clusters have also signed up to run packing events in the new year
  • a new sponsor Scalzo Foods.   Quin Scalzo, Executive Chairman, is also a member of Rotary Club of  Melbourne 
  • the FORaMEAL team are linking up with AfriAusCare to hold a packing event on 17 January  - assistance is required for this event. Please contact Val at
Education Chances Update
Below is an article from the RC Glenferrie bulletin regarding Education Chances. Both Bob Lambert and Edda Williams are on the committee for ED and are hoping this article  could inform members and friends of the Club  of a) its existence and b) what it has achieved this year.
Education CHANCES Update
For those of you who are relatively new to Glenferrie Rotary, Education CHANCES is the charity that receives 50% of the net profits from the Boroondara Farmers market. These funds are used to help provide scholarships to talented secondary and tertiary students who live in Boroondara or study at a government secondary school or tertiary institute in Boroondara and who come from a proven low income background.
This year has been more than usually busy for us because of the effects of Covid 19 on family incomes, particularly people who have insecure and poorly paid occupations and/or a single mums.
Some highlights of the year
 - Number of Scholarships awarded up 30 to 130
- The amount to be distributed up $42,000 to $176,000
- Received $80,000 in grants from the Commonwealth Government
  • $20,000 towards converting the Education CHANCES application and assessment to on-line and construction of a tailored contact database to assist with fund raising,
  • $60,000 towards scholarships to be awarded for study in 2021 being the 2nd half of a two year grant of $120,000. (John Hudson helped us considerably via the contact details he was able to supply us with.)
- Successfully introduced the on-line application and assessment process for this year’s applications and completed the construction and testing of the comprehensive database
- Board members and volunteers contributed over $10,000 of Income in Kind towards these two projects
- Have agreed to shift the entry point into the Education CHANCES scheme to students entering year 7 rather than at the end of year 7 as is presently the case. This is intended to apply to applications lodged next year for assistance in 2022. Schools had been asking us to do this because of the very high costs involved in the year when students move from primary to secondary education.
Education CHANCES greatly appreciates how you have helped us over the years. It’s helping us to keep talented young people in school until the end of year 12 and beyond; something that has significant economic and social benefits.
Let me know if you would like any further information about the program. The more people know what we do and why, the better our program can be of benefit to the community at large; not just those who receive a scholarship.
Michael Hills
Secretary & Treasurer
Boroondara Cares Foundation
27 November 2020
Prahran RC Xmas raffle
Prahran RC are holding a xmas raffle

13 fabulous prizes! Total prize pool value $4,460!

All proceeds will support providing household needs for people escaping homelessness and domestic violence through RIMERN, the Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network. Find out more about RIMERN at
Tickets are priced at $10 each, 3 tickets for $20, 5 tickets for $30, 10 tickets for $50, 20 tickets for $100
To buy tickets follow the link:
Eaglehawk RC raffle
The Eaglehawk Rotary Club is holding an on-line raffle for ten bottles, consecutive vintages (2007 – 2016 inc), of Penfolds Grange with an average price of $800.00 per bottle. Wines have been sourced from Langton’s Fine Wines in Sydney.
Only 200 tickets @$200 per ticket.
Members and friends may like to form a syndicate to defray the outlay if they wish.
Please see the details in the flier above about how to purchase tickets.
Thanking you in anticipation 
PP John P Jones PHF
Rotary Club of Eaglehawk
Helpful Links
Below are a number of links to websites that may be useful references.
Birthdays & Anniversaries (if your birthday is not recorded it is because the Club does not have it on our system)
Member Birthdays
Cathie Macmillan
March 9
John McCaskill
March 25
Join Date
Edward Waghorne
March 1, 1996
25 years
Nora Ley
March 4, 1997
24 years
Rob Simpson
March 11, 2008
13 years
Rose Stewart
March 16, 2020
1 year
Jennifer Nankervis
March 18, 2014
7 years
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