4th May 2021


  • FROM THE MEETING 27th April - Report


  • Walk In My Shoes

  • Silk Miller Scholarship - sneak preview 

  • Pocket Positives - Re-jigging Soon




NEXT MEETING Tuesday 4th May

This is a Zoom meeting. Our next face-to-face meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 11 May.

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.

Marwien Ariik: From Lou Ariik Village, South Sudan to Melbourne, Australia – Ariik’s story so far. An interview with Brett Jones.

Mawien Ariik (known as Ariik) was born in 1989 in the village of Lou Ariik, South Sudan. At the age of 8, Ariik learned that his father (Ariik Dut) had died in the South Sudan war along with millions of others while fighting for the freedom of his people. This sad loss sank deep into Ariik’s mind and he found himself asking what he could do to continue to help the people who were freed through his father’s efforts and to ensure they were not in vain.

Ariik was raised by his mother Abuk Tong with his other siblings (1 brother and 3 sisters). When war broke out, young males were a target so Ariik spent most of his time with his father during that time. When his father died, Ariik was looked after by his father’s friends, who took him to Uganda resulting in his being separated from his mother. He ended up in a refugee camp there and later transferred to Kenya where he lived for six years.

In 2005 Ariik he made his way to Melbourne, Australia under an Australian Government Humanitarian visa. Ariik is currently a Business Banker with CBA at Highpoint.

In 2019, Ariik became a member of Rotary Central Melbourne and he will share with us how his journey has shaped plans to assist the people of Lou Ariik

This promises to be an interesting and entertaining program. Ariik will tell his story through an interview with Brett Jones.

Chair: Doug Robertson
Reporter: Tony Thomas
Guest speaker: Jeff Shaw and Christina Karvonidis – Give a Care
Jeff and Christina gave a moving account of Jeff’s trials after a stroke 11 years ago at age 38 which damaged his cerebellum and left him in aged care facilities unable to speak for nine years. He then re-learnt to speak and began crusading for a better deal for disabled and acquired-brain-injury victims. In care they are often neglected and for example, 90% of disabled women have suffered sexual abuse.
The bad care operators might leave people with nothing to do but watch the TV day-in-day-out. Other people feel awkward around such patients and avoid or ignore them, as if they were “not really alive”. Even now many clients are scared to complain in case they get payback from bad carers.
Give a Care is a networking organisation to change their fortunes, now with 900 clients, 23 core staff and 150 support workers. “We could do with another 40 helpers, there is so much need out there,” he said. Helpers carry out regular and sustained visits, sometimes to challenging cases. Clients are introduced to singing, dancing, arts, yoga, zoos, parks, sports, arts and having fun.
“What happened to me could happen to anyone, any time or anywhere,” Jeff said.
Christina said Jeff was a true hero and daily inspiration to her.
We witnessed a promotional video featuring Jeff, organised by Beaumaris RC. All-in-all, this was an unusual and affecting talk and presentation.
Gerard Hogan spruiked the weekend’s multi-district conference.
Anne King spruiked the Love thy Neighbour dinners with five groups and a total roll-up of about 40 attending various venues (Notre from Editor: lookout for fun-filled photos from the event, in an additional post in this bulletin).
Doug Robertson spoke about our Silk Miller Scholar Ben McWilliam (Note from Editor: please refer to an additional post in this bulletin).
Brett Jones interviewed Bernard Marchingo, with his unusual upbringing as one of four kids in an adoptive family. He got an early start in IT in the punch-card era and after 36 years’ experience now operates entrepreneurially in artificial intelligence, robots, laser-assisted care and e-commerce.
Kevin Love and President Therese spoke on board matters. Kevin reminded members that RACV has strict pre-booking rules for live meetings, which precluded half a dozen members from attending the previous meeting there.  NB: The next face-to-face is May 11.
New sub-committee structures are emplaced for sustainability and equity and inclusion.
President-elect Elias is organising a kick-start meeting in early June for a club strategy discussion.
A District grant of $4000 has been confirmed for our Cambodian toilet and hygiene project, plus $6000 from World of Difference, compounding our own $2000 to $12,000.
Frank O’Brien and Peter Duras were congratulated on their sausage sizzle dedication and fundraising efforts.
Roger Thornton spruiked Garden DesignFest and said there were good gardens lined up but a need for more sponsors.
Discussion aired on a tree planting day at Philip Island now scheduled for June 19-20 with overnighting at Mick and Di Wells’ accommodation at discount rates.
Cork RC is interested in a sister-club relationship.
Marwien Ariik sought sponsors for his charity walk and, in real time, at the meeting achieved his donation target; congratulations Marwien!
Member Birthdays
Hon Member Heather Walklate 27th April
Rob Soros 27th April
Alan Seale 30th April
Therese Robinson 1st May
Partner Birthdays
Jarred Wisener, Lady Pastidio’s partner 27th April
Leonie Greenwood, Herb’s partner 30th April
Wedding Anniversaries
Trevor and Dee Dymond, 27th April 2003 18 years
Date Joined Rotary
Charter Members: 1st May 1987
Cec Ackerley, Tom Callander, Terry Cocks OAM, Herb Greenwood & Frank O’Brien
Warwick Cavell, 27th April 2015 6 years
Anne King 29th April 2001 20 years
Love, food, wine, and all-around fun broke out across venues in Melbourne on Saturday evening when Love thy Neighbour blossomed on a very pleasant autumn evening.
Over in the East, Captain David Jones reported "Eighteen RCM’ers thoroughly enjoyed dining together at MIMI’s Restaurant - Camberwell, on Saturday night. The high level of happy chatter and bonhomie paused for only a few minutes to acknowledge two important anniversaries occurring on the day - our President Therese’s birthday and the thirty-fourth year since the club was chartered. Charter Members and Past Presidents Tom and Frank with partners Ann and Pauline were present. Frank proudly proposed a toast to the club which was enthusiastically responded to by all. Our thanks go to Campbell who once again excelled with his knowledge of restaurants in our area.
No report from Bayside - the group let the photo speak for itself:
In the East, merriment and banter flowed with food and drink in equal measure:
Zone Captains are encouraged to submit reports and/or photos of the events to share in future editions of the bulletin.
POCKET POSITIVES - Re-jiggin soon
Pocket Positive segment at our Rotary meetings – last chance
This meeting segment has helped many to participate in/contribute to the meetings during the Zoom Era, as well as to give a little positive uplift for our members. As we transition to more face-to-face meetings, the idea is to re-jig the concept.  Therefore, May 11 will be the last in the current format, given to us by the inimitable Herb Greenwood.
That leaves one slot next week, May 4th. Remember, we look for a very short segment -- 2 minutes recommended, with a positive item of your choosing  -- a good news item, a short video clip, a recent family or community story, etc, etc. 
If you would like to contribute next week, I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks all
Mary Voice
mob 0419 949 952


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.


Voluntary contributions

To everyone that has made or intends to make a donation towards club projects, thank you!

If you are in a position to make a donation or even a series of weekly donations please

arrange to transfer those funds directly to the club bank account with the reference “Donation”.

Bank Account Details:

BSB 033-000:  Account number: 791085

Thank you for your support!


Guest Speaker - Jeff Shaw                                                                                                                                                                                                           Guest Speaker - Christina Karvonidis
Members join in the call
Inquisitee - Bernard Marchingo
Inquisitor - Brett Jones
Chair - Doug Robertson 

Meeting Responsibilities

JOHN, Neville
Greeter/Zoom Host
HOGAN, Gerard
ZHANG, Yanpu
Bulletin Editor
Social Media
LIM, Daniel

Upcoming Events

RCM/Dementia Australia BBQ 2 May 2021
May 02, 2021
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
RCM May Board Meeting
May 19, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
RCM June Board Meeting
Jun 16, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Rotary Central Melbourne 34th Changeover Dinner
Amora Hotel Riverwalk
Jun 25, 2021
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
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Jun 26, 2021 - Jul 11, 2021
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May 04, 2021 7:40 AM
From Lou Ariik Village, South Sudan to Melbourne, Australia – Ariik’s story so far.
May 18, 2021 7:40 AM
A solution to malnutrition and food security
Jun 01, 2021 7:40 AM
Rotary and Reconciliation
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