09 July 2024
  • Next Meeting 

  • Guest Speaker for 09 July 2024

  • From the Last Meeting

  • RIMERN Newsletter

  • Rotary Melbourne Annual Environment Lunch

  • Rotary Bites

  • Congratulations to Rana

  • The Olympic Rings over Paris: RCM Social Evening

  • Phillip Island Tree Planting Day

  • Upcoming: RESCA-VIC Awards Dinner

  • Donations in Kind Open Day

  • Gallery

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This is a Zoom meeting.
If you would like to visit our meeting, please contact our club secretary by email on and request log-in details.
The meeting will commence at 7:40am and conclude no later than 8:45.
Please see Zoom link here:
Jo Garretty: Rotary Central Melbourne member professional presentation

Jo joined Rotary Central Melbourne in Feb 2023.
During this presentation, she will tell us about her professional career and the road to her current role as Managing Director of SALT³, Australia’s leading traffic, waste & environmental sustainability consultancy.
Jo has diverse project skills ranging in scale, type, budget and complexity. Her traffic, transport, waste and environmental engineering expertise extends across Australia including master planning, feasibility studies, integrated transport planning, design, carpark management, waste strategy and planning, environmental consulting and project delivery.
She regularly appears as an expert witness and is active in the professional and sustainable development of the industry. She is a senior road safety auditor and has high level skills integrating transport, sustainability, waste and environment.
Jo enjoys working with both public and private sectors and is passionate about facilitating positive outcomes for clients and the environment.
Rotary Central Melbourne Face-to-Face Meeting at the RACV Club on Tuesday 2 July
Chair: Suvam Ganguli
Reporter: Paul Fowler
Photographer: Roger Thornton
Chair Suvam Ganguli opened the meeting with the traditional toast to Rotary International.
President Rhys Williams followed with the Acknowledgement of Country, and then welcomed Sue Duras. There were no other visitors.
Suvam then introduced the speaker for the day, Peter Duras. 
Peter Duras: Our Tour to Olympia
Arguably Peter needs no introduction, but for the record, Peter was a sports physiotherapist who worked with elite athletes from a wide variety of sports, including five years at the Western Bulldogs and three at Essendon Football Club. He travelled extensively overseas with Australian track and field teams. This included four World Championships.
He was a member of seven Australian Commonwealth Games teams from Brisbane in 1982 to Melbourne in 2006. In Melbourne he was a team logistics officer.
Peter is a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians and a keen collector of Olympic and Commonwealth Games memorabilia. For 10 years he was a volunteer guide at the National Sports Museum.
Peter’s presentation took the form of a fascinating guided tour to the Ancient Olympic Games in 376 BC, with Peter as the tour guide.  It was a fabulous presentation, and a short summary simply would not do it justice. It is recommended that you request a copy of his presentation. Please contact the Reporter, Paul ( for a copy.
Member Announcements
Elias Lebbos reminded members that Julia Gonzales, the New Generation Services Exchange (NGSE) student will arrive on 23 August.  One person has already offered accommodation for part of her stay which ends on 15 September, but additional volunteers are needed.
Peter Duras announced that he is hosting a social gathering at his home on the evening of Thursday 25 May, just before the start of the Paris Olympics. The theme will of course be the Olympics and Peter will have on display his extensive collection of Olympic memorabilia. As the Olympics this year are in Paris, the evening will be French, and the Champagne will flow! Peter and Sue are kindly providing the food and liquid refreshment. Please notify Peter as soon as possible if you are coming so that he can stock-up appropriately.
President Rhys then thanked Suvam for chairing the meeting and Peter for his presentation, and made the following President’s Announcements:
  • The Club has received a District Award for its Sleeping Bag Project, which saw approximately 110 sleeping bags distributed.
  • Rana Ebrahimi received the District Champion of Change award.
  • Sixteen club members attended the District Changeover Dinner.
  • A Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) meeting will be held to address the need to fill the roles President Elect and President Nominee.
President Rhys commented on how much he and others enjoyed Past President Michelle’s quotes at the end of meetings. He indicated that rather than sharing relevant quotations, he intended to end each meeting with an example of the activities which illustrate the Rotary theme for the year – The Magic of Rotary.
Dear Rotarian,

Keeping you up to date with all that’s been happening with volunteers, donations, welfare agencies & clients, and the many exciting things ahead.  Please read & share.
The newsletter can be accessed here:
Consider coming to this year's Rotary Melbourne Annual Environment lunch to be held at the RACV Club in Bourke St. in the City on Wednesday 24th July. It promises to be a very enjoyable and informative event highlighting the importance of environmentally sustainable activities.
We are going to commence a new bulletin section called “Rotary Bites” to provide short learning and development updates on all things Rotary, for example, the new 2024-2025 Presidential Theme, Rotary Foundation, what is an Almoner?, and, the importance of your Working with Children Checks. The Club Service Director is active in this section and welcomes suggestions and/or input on any Rotary-related topic you are interested in.
Entry #1: The Magic of Rotary
Rotary International President Stephanie Urchick announced the 2024-25 presidential theme of The Magic of Rotary. It originated when she saw the magic of Rotary on display when she was helping install water filters in the Dominican Republic. Two boys were watching as dirty water entered the filter, then ran clear at the other end. One of the boys grabbed her sleeve and said, “show me the magic again!” Urchick calls on Rotary members to recognise and amplify the organisation’s power to save lives acknowledging this isn’t about waving a wand and saying some funny words.

She says, “It’s up to you. You create the magic with every project completed, every dollar donated, and every new member.”
To watch the theme address and find the downloadable 2024-2025 theme logo and materials, please explore your at: Stephanie Urchick celebrates the magic of Rotary | Rotary International
Congratulations to our very own Rana Ebrahimi who has been selected as District 9800 Royce Abbey Champion of Change. 
Rana’s award was presented at the District Changeover event on Sunday 30th June 2024. 
Well deserved and wonderful recognition! 
You are cordially invited to a social venue at Peter and Sue Duras’s place on the evening before the Paris Olympics Opening Ceremony. A great opportunity for fellowship at a great time.
Details are as follows:
Date & time: Thursday 25th July; 7.30pm to 11pm
Place:   Apartment 258/ 100 Kavanagh St. Southbank
Theme:   The Paris Olympics. Lots of Olympic memorabilia on display to set the tone
Dress:   A touch of Paris or of the Olympics (optional)
Supplied: soft drinks and nibbles
BYO:  Grog
RSVP: Please email Peter and Sue by 20th July on:
Note: Numbers will be limited to 50 so book early. Parking limited in the area.
Saturday, 3 August 2024
In 2018, Rotary Central Melbourne donated a trailer to the Phillip Island Landcare group.  The trailer had done sterling service to the club for its Community Village project.  When that project finished, the trailer was surplus to the club's needs, so a new home was found for it.
The Landcare group now uses it for their planting days and for promoting their activities at community events.  The gift from RCM is still recognised by our (old) branding on the trailer.
The intention at the time of the donation was that the club would join the Landcare group for planting days as part of its hands on service activities.  We have had three successful planting days over the last three years and we plan to go again this year.
It is proposed we join with the Landcare group and other volunteers on Saturday, 3 August. Planting will be at the same site as last year - 300 Watts Road, Ventnor. The day starts with morning tea at 9.30 am and we plant from 10 to 12.30, followed by lunch. Refreshments and lunch are provided by the Landcare group.
All that people need to bring are sturdy footwear, gloves, a water bottle and wet weather gear.
You too could look this happy!
Please confirm your participation with Roger Thornton – 0400 999 203 /
Keep your calendars booked for Saturday, August 10th for this event!
RCM Changeover Event (RCM CO): Diners
RCM CO: Doug, Pres. Michelle & Rohan
RCM CO: PP Michelle & Pres. Rhys
RCM CO: The new Board
DGE Michael (at the time) & Lorraine
Peter, Sue, Daniel & Fleur
RCM CO: Running the raffle
Susan, Rohan, Francesco & Peter
Anne, Greg, Ariik, Rhys & Liz
D9800 Changeover (CO): Royce Abbey Champion of Change banners
D9800 CO: Pres. Rhys with Community Service award
D9800 CO: Rana Ebrahimi with Royce Abbey Champion of Change 2024 certificate
Tues meeting: Guest speaker Peter Duras and Sue
Tues meeting: Pres. Rhys
Pres. Rhys & Chair Suvam Ganguli