Due to the necessity to remain out of public spaces where possible, we are continuing our Zoom breakfast meetings for the foreseeable future.

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

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

Mary Kouppas: The Royce Abbey Award Program

The Royce Abbey Award is available to Rotary Clubs wishing to recognise Rotarians showing enthusiasm and commitment to the Ideals of Rotary. By doing so the club contributes AUD$1,000 to the Royce and Jean Abbey Endowed Fund within The Rotary Foundation Permanent Fund.

Mary Kouppas has been a member of the Rotary Club of Essendon since 2000.  She has served as Secretary, committee chair of Community Service, served on the Board (numerous times) and is currently chair of the Royce Abbey Award and a committee member of the Royce and Jean Abbey Vocational Scholarship committee.

Mary has also received a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition and is a Royce Abbey Awardee.

She works at Muscular Dystrophy Australia as Manager of Client Services.


Ian Wishart - CEO, Fred Hollows Foundation: "6,000 years of the trachoma scourge but we can end it all by 2030".


Ian Wishart is one of Australia’s most accomplished CEOs in the global humanitarian sector, having worked at virtually every level of international development from relief operations to policy and advocacy initiatives.

Ian started his development career at World Vision Australia, initially as an emergency relief officer deployed to the major emergency hot spots of the early 1990s. His diverse country experience has seen him work in places including Cambodia, Laos, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan and Rwanda.

Ian became CEO of The Fred Hollows Foundation in May 2018 and continues to advance Fred’s mission by helping to create real solutions for those trapped in poverty by preventable blindness.

Join us to hear Ian speak about the impact trachoma has had on people’s lives for thousands of years; the progress The Fred Hollows Foundation and Rotary International are now making to eliminate it; and how he is leading Fred Hollows through and beyond the interruption of COVID.

All funds raised will be used to support Rotary Foundation projects that make lives better in your community and around the world

  • The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has received 12 consecutive 4-star ratings, the top rating, from Charity Navigator as at January 2019.

  • Charity Navigator also rates The Rotary Foundation as Number One in their list of the 10 of the Best Charities Everyone's Heard Of.

  • It also received an A+ from Charity Watch its highest rating in 2017 (the most recent rating).

  • The Association of American Fundraising Professionals named The Rotary Foundation as the outstanding Foundation for 2016.

We look forward to welcoming all Rotarians, partners, friends and colleagues to this special event.

BOOKINGS: https://www.trybooking.com/BLVSO

When: Tuesday, 24th November 2020

Where: Zoom event

Tickets: $20

RSVP: 17th November 2020

Time: 7:30am for 7:40am to 9:00am

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Email: neville.taylor5@bigpond.com

Phone: 0400 169 866

Club Information

Welcome to Rotary
Central Melbourne

Interested in what we do?
Join us for breakfast
We meet
Tuesday 7.20am
for 7.40am
RACV City Club
501 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000
Rotary Theme
Mary Kouppas
Nov 03, 2020 7:40 AM
The Royce Abbey Award Program
Rana Ebrahimi
Nov 10, 2020 7:40 AM
Peace Building & Conflict Resolution – ‘Diversity’
Kate Jenkins
Dec 08, 2020 7:40 AM
Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces
Suvam Ganguli
Feb 02, 2021 7:40 AM
UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 - what it means for your organisation
Rotex fills the gap after Rotary Youth Exchange

After returning home, many students miss their lives abroad. Rotex helps keep the international connections going

How a Rotary member is addressing educational inequality on her home turf

Deepa Willingham established a learning center in poverty stricken Piyali, India to provide a better future for girls

Disease detectives: In a public health crisis, contact tracers are on the case

Contact tracing has been a cornerstone of public health for much of the past century, even before the novel coronavirus.

District Recognitions