This meeting will be conducted via Zoom.

If you would like to visit our meeting, please contact us by email on or phone 0455-858-996 and request log-in details.

The meeting will commence at 7:40am and conclude no later than 8:45.

Una Hobday: A solution to malnutrition and food security

Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group creates science-based educational materials that explain what nutritional food is, why human bodies need it and how to grow and use it. These materials are designed to empower people, mainly women, so that they can knowledgeably choose what plants to grow and nutritiously feed themselves and their families.  The group is centred in Tasmania.

Volunteer agronomists use Food Plants International data base, created by Bruce French OAM who has been working on this for over 40 years, to identify information on what we consider could be potentially important plants for a country.  The database houses over 32,000 plants from all countries.

Programs are currently underway in approximately 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Western Pacific, South America and Central America.  The most important component in each program is a local partner. They have the local knowledge, networks, resources and they are invested in its outcomes.

Examples of the materials and current operations are on the group’s website

PDG Una Hobday OAM was the first female president of a Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Hollywood Western Australia. She was also the first female District Governor in the southern hemisphere being elected DG District 9540, 1999 – 2000.

Una is Chair of Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group.  She has held many Rotary District roles in Western Australia and Tasmania, having moved to the Island State in 2001, and she is currently a member of Rotary Club of Hobart.  Her working life commenced as a General Nurse at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.  In latter years she has fulfilled administrative roles in health such as a District Health appointment, Manager Alcohol and Drug Service and State Manager for Adoption Services.

Una and her late husband have four adult children.

Garden DesignFest is back in 2021.

The event will take place over two weekends in November

This is a major fundraising event for our club and calls on many of members to volunteer.

Closer to November details of our involvement will be decided, in conjunction with our fellow clubs. 

For more information please use this link:

Our contacts are Roger Thornton and Anne King.

Garden DesignFest 2021 - A Rotary event showcasing the work of professional garden designers.

Managed by the Rotary Clubs of Kew, Brighton North and Central Melbourne.

Club Information

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Rotary Theme
Una Hobday
May 18, 2021 7:40 AM
A solution to malnutrition and food security
Elias Lebbos
May 25, 2021 7:40 AM
Club forum
Ian Hamm
Jun 01, 2021 7:40 AM
Rotary and Reconciliation
Selba-Gondoza Luka
Jul 27, 2021 7:40 AM
Restoration of UBUNTU, finding the sense of belonging and the positive change model
Inaugural Programs of Scale Grant Honors Those Leading Malaria Treatment Efforts in Zambia

By building on a proven concept — such as efforts to stamp out malaria in Zambia — Rotary’s new multimillion-dollar Programs of Scale grants help make good better.

$15.5 million gift will fund new Rotary Peace Center in Middle East or North Africa

The Otto and Fran Walter Foundation has pledged $15.5 million to The Rotary Foundation to start a Rotary Peace Center in the Middle East or North Africa.

11 eco-friendly service projects around the world

Through the years, Rotary has carried out thousands of projects to protect the environment.

District Recognitions