Speaker Date Topic
Senior Sergeant Sarah Carmichael Feb 20, 2018
VicPol Road Policing & RCM. An opportunity for reflection, development and fostering relationships.

Sarah Carmichael is a Senior Sergeant at Victoria Police, and is stationed within the Road Policing Command Strategy Unit.

Sarah is a participant within the 2017-2018 Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Program, and is being mentored by Marjorie Gerlinger. Sarah will provide a glimpse of herself professionally and personally, her role in the program and outline her community project.

After commencing studies at Monash after completing VCE, Sarah joined Victoria Police in 1999 as a 20 year old wanting to serve the community whilst following in the footsteps of her grandfathers, father and brother – all of whom had served in the Australian Armed Forces.

Sarah was initially stationed at the Heidelberg and Greensborough Police Stations. In 2006 she obtained a Detective position within the Stonnington Crime Investigation Unit.    

In 2010, Sarah obtained a Detective position within the Dandenong Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Unit. It was this period that presented Sarah with an unmistakable insight into the human character – at its best and worst – whilst reaffirming the reasons why she originally joined Victoria Police. 

In 2013 Sarah was promoted to Sergeant at the Oakleigh Police Station. 

In 2016 Sarah completed a six month period alongside the Eastern Region Assistant Commissioner, where she was responsible for the implementation and education of 2000 members regarding recommendations arising from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission review in relation to sex discrimination and sexual harassment within the force. 

At this time also, Sarah commenced a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management at CSU.

In 2017 Sarah was promoted to Senior Sergeant within the Road Policing Strategy Unit. Sarah is responsible for delivering research, evaluation of new and improved road policing technologies, road policing projects, implementation of strategy, legislative reform and engagement with key partner agencies. Sarah is enjoying the challenge of operating within the corporate environment, the opportunity for high level thinking and exposure and stepping outside of her comfort zone.

As the mother of three boys under 11 and the wife of an ex-serving policeman, Sarah is outnumbered in the gender stakes at home. Sarah is hoping to add another female member to family unit in the near future – namely a female French Bulldog.

Sarah and her husband Nick are both avid food and wine devotees. 

Sarah was a contestant on the second series of MasterChef in 2010 where she was selected from over 8000 other applicants.

Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race March’18 Feb 27, 2018
Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race March’18
Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race March’18

The Osaka Cup double handed yacht race is held every four years on average, organised through the collaborative effort of three yacht clubs:
    Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) in Melbourne, Australia
    Hokko Yacht Club (OHYC) in Osaka, Japan
    The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) in Melbourne, Australia

The Organising Authority for the 2018 event is the Melbourne Osaka Double-handed Yacht Race Limited, a Not-for-Profit company limited by guarantee, with 3 Joint Venture members.

The Osaka Cup is a 5,500 nautical mile 2 handed yacht race starting in Melbourne and finishing in Osaka and it’s one of the only South-North long distance ocean races in the world. The route passes through multiple weather systems and seasons as it crosses the Pacific Ocean. The race, first held in 1987 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Osaka, is now held every four years (on average) to celebrate the City of Melbourne and the City of Osaka Sister City and Sister Port relationship.

The Osaka Cup race will take place for the eighth time in late March 2018.

This is Australia’s longest Category 1 yacht race, the equivalent of eight back-to-back Sydney to Hobart’s with only two people on board.

George is a very keen sailor with the Sandringham Yacht Club and is currently involved as Osaka Hokko Yacht Club (OHYC’s) Australian representative in the organising of the Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race in March 2018, the 40th anniversary since its inception ( www.melbourneosaka.com ).

Only weeks away from the race start, George will take us through the history of the event and his role as part of the team.

Coincidentally, we might be able to link up with our Sister Club (Osaka Midosuji Hommaichi) re this event.


Uttam Ganguli Mar 06, 2018
Rotary in India and the Polio Plus Project

The impact the Rotary movement has had in India and the good work that is being done in the most remote communities by Rotarians. A background about R District 3291 and some of the projects that are underway. Also and update on the Polio Plus Project In India.

Uttam joined Rotary Club of Rabindra Sarobar Calcutta in 1993 as the charter secretary. He served the club in various positions and became President in the Rotary year 1997-98. He also served the Rotary District as Chairman during 1999-00, 2001-01, 2001-02 and 2006-07 and served as the District Secretary in the Rotary years 2002-03 and 2004-05. Uttam also served the District as Assistant Governor in the year 2003-04 and 2007-08 in addition to being the GSR in 2003-04 and the-Secretary General in 2009-10. Uttam was a District Governor of RID 3291 in 2012-13.

He was instrumental in holding almost all the District Conferences since 1997-98 as well as organizing the event during the visit of RIPE Richard King in 2001 and of RIP Bill Boyd in Kolkata.

Uttam is a PHF and Life Member of the Four Way Test Association of India. He is a member of Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Eastern Chamber of Commerce in addition to Calcutta Rowing Club and Indian Life Saving Society. He has received the Four Avenues of Service Citation for Individual Rotarians in the Rotary year 2003-04.

He is blessed with a son Suvam and a daughter Puja who now live in Melbourne.

Uttam an ever-smiling personality remains cool despite his hectic schedule, is sincere to Rotary activities and is always available for a chat.