Belinda Seale – Associate at Allen Kong Architect Pty Ltd


Belinda is especially interested in exploring better ways to provide high quality environments for older people and people with disabilities. She is also committed to the application of environmentally sustainable design principles. Belinda joined Allen Kong Architect in 2000, increasing the depth of experience of the office in the aged care area.

Belinda has over the last 15 years gained considerable experience in the aged care and disability fields. She has been the project architect for the development of several large aged care and supported accommodation facilities both at Allen Kong Architect, and previously at KLCK Architects. She has completed several large disabled access audits and produced accessibility guidelines for organisations including Parks Victoria, National Australia Bank, and the University of Melbourne’s University Square project.



The International Team has organised another “working bee” at Rotary’s Donations-in-Kind warehouse for the morning of Saturday 27th October. Please keep this morning free in your diary. This is an ongoing activity and a really "feel good" activity of our club. If you haven't been to DIK before, it is a massive hive of activity and a real eye opener as to Rotary at work for the local and international communities.  


Where : Store 39, 400 Somerville Road, West Footscray

(Parking inside the complex, along side store)

When : Saturday 27th October,  8.45am - 12.30 ish.  

Club contact is Russell Rolls



Laneway Learning Class - cost $35.00

Sunday 28th October 2018 2–3.30pm

Level  3, 37 Swanston Street Melbourne


As mentioned in email and breakfast meeting announcements, a social event has been organised for friends and partners of Rotary Central Melbourne members. This is a private class for our group called “The Essential Writing Workout”.  It will be like a physical workout with a personal trainer but tailored to your ‘brain’.  You can read more about Laneway Learning at

It is an opportunity to connect this group that supports Rotary Central Melbourne and also support this local Not-For-Profit organisation. This private class will be held in the iconic Nicholas Building in the city of Melbourne. It will be followed by some more social time at a nearby venue, Young & Jacksons Hotel.

Please pass on to your partner or friend who supports your Rotary work and ask them to book no later than Friday 19th October  at

If your partner or friend can’t attend this one but would be interested in future events, please encourage them to reply to me as well with their email and phone contact.



Garden DesignFest is a significant biennial Rotary event, raising over $530,000 for deserving charities since 2004. It is run by the Rotary clubs of Kew, Brighton North and Central Melbourne.

The event features the work of professional garden designers in an open garden format.  On the weekend of November 17-18, over 20 gardens across Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula will be open to the public, who come to see the work of some of Australia’s leading landscape architects. Gardens vary from grand to petite and provide visitors with ideas and inspiration. Check out the website,, to see what gardens will be on display this year.

Garden DesignFest 2018 is a major club fundraiser. 20% of Rotary Central Melbourne’s share of the funds raised will be donated to “End Trachoma by 2020”, the charity promoted by Immediate Past RI President Ian Risely.  The rest will go towards club projects.

We need your help staffing some of the gardens on display. Our club will have responsibility for 7 of the gardens, all located in the eastern suburbs.  At each garden the team of volunteers will include a garden captain plus 2 or 3 volunteers. Each day, volunteers work a 4 hour shift, either in the morning or afternoon. Duties include selling entry and raffle tickets, handing out garden booklets and ensuring that visitors enjoy a safe and informative experience in the garden.

We’ll be managing our volunteers through Be Collective. In the coming days, you will receive an email invite notifying you that you’ve been added to our group on Be Collective and you’ll be able to see each volunteering opportunity for this year’s Design Fest in the opportunities tab of the Rotary Melbourne group page.


Rotary’s Southern District ‘Shine On’ recognition program is an outstanding annual recognition program acknowledging exceptional service by people with disability to their local and wider community. The Southern Districts covers five districts, which includes 9800.

  • Do you club know of somebody with a disability?

  • Do they provide outstanding support to others with disability?

  • Are they a community leader or involved in a community group?

  • Do you have a relationship with a local organisation that supports people with disability who may want to nominate somebody for Shine On?

Well it is time to get to it and reach out to your local community and identify people with a disability, who are worthy of Shine On recognition. Let’s make this year better than ever for the selection panel and give them many outstanding nominees to consider.

RI Southern Districts ‘Shine On’ is a multi-district project covering all of Victoria (and small parts of SA and NSW), and acknowledges exceptional service to others by people with disabilities. Clubs may nominate people who meet the criteria and all nominees will receive recognition with a Certificate of Commendation.

To be eligible, nominees should:

  • Demonstrate the active involvement of the nominee in community service for the benefit of others and have demonstrated a significant level of personal achievement whilst managing a specific medical disorder/disability, and

  • Be endorsed by a Rotary Club.

Examples of personal achievement may include:

  • Leadership and/or mentoring of others with the disability

  • Membership and/or leadership in community groups

  • Service to the community and/or a history of community achievement

  • Other special awards or forms of recognition

Nominations may be made anybody in the community, and are open to people aged over 15 years.

A Rotary club must endorse each Nomination. The nominee must sign a consent form and include a small or passport sized photo, as well as other supporting documentation.

If you know of anyone you feel is worthy of recognition please contact Rebecca John. All relevant details including a nomination form are available on the District 9800 website at the following link:

Nominations close on 15 December 2018.

The Shine On Recognition ceremony will take place on Sunday 7 May 2019 at the Italian Sports Club of Werribee, hosted by the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing.



Chair Roy Garrett  opened the meeting with a toast to Rotary International.


President Neville Taylor welcomed guest Peter Nichols, and Neville John introduced guest Le-Hoa Wysham. 


Michelle Crawford introduced us to mental health week and the “Lift the Lid” awareness raising efforts, noting that raffle money today will be donated to “Lift the Lid”, and she invited us all to “just keep shining”. Headgear worn by members this morning lifted more than lids  -- some of it raised some eyebrows!!!!!


Millie Swan told us an amazing tall tale about alcohol, hotels, WA, missed opportunities, cluelessness and naivety, at least some of which turned out to be true (we are sure the cluelessness was not true).


Note: By this time, there was standing room only, come early next week for a seat!



  • Russell Rolls reminded us that the next DIK effort is on Saturday 27 October, and called for additional volunteers.

  • Peter Duras reported the recent sausage sizzle at Collingwood Bunnings was a great success with $1230 raised for the Indonesian Tsunami Relief Fund.

  • Therese Robinson informed us of the Unite to Fight Cancer event in support of Peter MacCallum on Sunday 28th October. Marshals are required who can work 6am-3pm. You will be provided with a t-shirt, a meal every 4 hours, snacks and water. Let Therese know if you are interested.

  • Frank O’Brien reminded us of the Sunday 21th October Echuca Moama joint social event.

  • Tom Callander and Russell Rolls are running in the Melbourne Marathon, the 10km event, and would appreciate sponsors (see either of them).

  • Alan Seale announced that Raphael Wong recently returned from his NGSE to D1950 in Bavaria, Germany. Unfortunately he had to come home early as his wife fell ill, nevertheless he had a very full program mostly in Bayreuth which included solo performances. His visit was featured on local media, both print and TV, and he has been invited to return next June to perform at the 2019 International Convention in Hamburg. We have confirmed with D1950 that they would like to repeat the exchange next year.

  • Kevin Love reported that a recent LMP graduate Senior Sergeant Steve McRae has secured funding ($200,000 State Govt. grant) for supporting a ‘Mental Health First Aid’ education initiative in the Monash LGA secondary school network (with the help of the Rotary Club of Glen Waverley) . The program will be rolled out to every Year 10 secondary school student (about 9,000 students) in the Monash LGA over the next 12-18 months.  A great flow-on outcome from LMP.


President Neville’s Announcements

  • Ludovic Grosjean, aged 29 of the Melbourne City Rotaract Club, one of only six young innovators worldwide to win the 2018 “Rotary People of Action” award, for humanitarian work involving cutting-edge technology and community collaboration.  In particular through his engineering consultancy OceanXGroup designing and delivering anti-pollution work combining artificial intelligence with sensors and drones. RI President Barry Rassin picked the winners personally.

  • A reminder to members to pass on to Suzette Taylor contact details of partners and friends to build the friends of RCM with the first friends event coming up on Sunday 28th October.  Laneway Learning Class, “The Essential Writing Workout”, like a physical workout with a personal trainer but tailored to your ‘brain’.  rsvp Suzette at no later than Friday 19th October.


Guest SpeakerRobyn Hunter, newly appointed CEO of Mind Australia

Mind Australia aims to improve the quality of the lives of people having ongoing mental health issues.  Mind Australia (Mind_A) is community-managed, non-government, with commitment to the individual, families and carers, has a recovery-based approach, helping people to self-manage their condition, and has been already operating for 40 years. Services include sub-acute efforts, residential services, Recovery College (an education and training platform), and aiming for genuine partnerships.

Mind_A also runs a Mind Equality Centre opened in May 2017 for alternative communities, hoping to meet unmet needs in this area. It is also working through the NDIS to achieve the maximum benefits from the new funding and operating models, as well as planning new specialist accommodation facilities.

A relatively new initiative is their Caring Fairly campaign – a co-operative campaign around carers, particularly volunteer carers, including young carers.  Question and discussion included the current incidence of mental health and the issues for young people (including technology and social isolation).


Before President Neville closed the meeting, he expressed appreciation for the morning’s program and advised that we had raised $295 for Australian Rotary Health’s National annual fundraising day for mental health research. Well done all!

President Neville then closed the meeting with reference to this year’s Rotary theme of “Be the Inspiration” to do good in the world.


Our last meeting

President Neville Taylor
Millie Swan
Guest Speaker Robyn Hunter
Anne KIng & Michelle Crawford
Chair Roy Garrett & Gerard Hogan
Neville John & Le Hoa Wysham (visitor)

Bunnings Collingwood BBQ

Peter Duras & Allan Driver

Alan Seale, Rohan Williams, Peter "Tiger" Duras & Sue Duras


Meeting Responsibilities

CRAWFORD, Michelle
MACKEY, George
Bulletin Editor
Social Media
LIM, Daniel

Upcoming Events

Social Sunday with Sister Club RC Echucha-Moama
Tooborac Hotel
Oct 21, 2018 12:30 PM
Purple Pinkie Day - World Polio Day
Oct 23, 2018
'Ignite' Art Exhibition
South Melbourne Town Hall
Oct 25, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
DIK Working Bee
Woolshed 39
Oct 27, 2018
8:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Laneway Learning Class
Level 3, 37 Swanston St
Oct 28, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Board Meeting
Nov 14, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
26th Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Breakfast
Nov 28, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Board Meeting
Dec 12, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM


Oct 16, 2018 7:30 AM
Architectural design for aged care and disabled
Oct 23, 2018 7:30 AM
The Rotary BeCollective partnership - Rotary as early adopters
Nov 06, 2018
Melbourne Cup Holiday
Nov 27, 2018
26th Annual Paul Harris Breakfast on 28th November
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