16th April 2019

  • Next Meeting - Club Forum

  • Medical for Malawi

  • Tell that Story!

  • Oh Kolkata!

  • Royal Talbot Working Bee

  • President Neville Taylor APM

  • Meeting Minutes 9th April

  • Gallery


Led by President Neville and the Directors

April sees Rotary Clubs around the globe going into the last quarter of the 2018/19 rotary year.  This year, RI President Barry Rassin brought us the theme of Being the Inspiration. 

On Tuesday 16th April, President Neville and Directors will take the opportunity to reflect on the achievements throughout the year, with many projects having been completed. 

This is an opportunity to hear what we are doing in the community, both locally and internationally, to ask questions and share your thoughts.


RC Docklands is finishing a new medical clinic in Malawi.

Educaring Africa and its Malawian development partners the Malawi Volunteer Organisation are nearing completion of a new medical clinic in Chizula Village, Monkey Bay in Southern Malawi. We’re teaming up with the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne and Rotary’s Donations in Kind (DIK) facility to transport donated medical equipment to complete the project. The 40 ft container will also send much needed school supplies to local Malawian schools.

From April 9-14, a team of artists will transform the container into a giant African-themed mural on Harbour Esplanade, Docklands (at the end of Latrobe St). Come take photos and write messages on the container to send to Malawi.

On April 14, we will have a stall at the Docklands Sunday Market providing food and information on the project.

Funds raised will be put towards shipping and freight costs associated with transporting the container to Malawi, as well as sourcing other supplies not provided DIK. 

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RSVP Kerry Kornhauser




Proudly Presented By Our International Team


Enjoy an evening of celebration with an Indian flavour, designed

to raise funds for our project in Kolkata.



7.30 to 10.30pm

 at Sue and Peter's place,

285/100 Kavanagh Street, Southbank.

Cost $50 pp


Bookings are required - goto;

or contact Peter Duras 0413 599 121


Funds raised will contribute toward our clubs share of the Kolkata Project,

in which we are combining with

Rotary Clubs of  Calcutta-Victoria, and Sierra Madre, California.


The Kolkata Project will provide an opportunity for under privileged men and women

to receive training in basic skills to enable them to find employment -

"a hand up is better than a hand out"


As Peter says, "You'll be sari if you don't attend."



We will once again be involved in a morning of gardening in the magnificent sensory garden attached to the Royal Talbot Acquired Brain Injury Unit.

Saturday 18th May

8.30am and concluding by 1pm.

                   1 Yarra Blvd, Kew VIC 3101                     

[Melway 45 A1]


Mid-morning refreshment and a light lunch will be provided.

We will be under the supervision of clinical nurse specialist and horticulturist Steven Wells - 2012 ABC Gardening Australia ‘Gardener of the Year’ and in 2015 Steven was awarded a prestigious 50th Anniversary Churchill Fellowship to research the development, use and management of therapeutic gardens in healthcare settings.

Members should wear appropriate clothing and if possible bring gardening implements including spades etc.  If you don't have gardening implements, don't worry Steven has a supply.

To assist with catering please register by Tuesday 14th May on-line or contact Lynne Webber.

Fine tuning travel directions; Enter Yarra Boulevard from Chandler Highway, opposite Guide Dogs. Hospital Drive is first turn on left, the entrance is signed but partially obscured. There is a boom gate at the top of the drive. Security have been alerted to raise the boom gate on request. When in grounds just follow the ABI signage and park nearby.



The 2019 Australia Day Honours and Awards Investitures were celebrated at Government House last week. 

The Victorian Governor presented Neville with the Meritorious Award of Australian Police Medal ‘APM’, awarded for distinguished service by a member of the police force. Neville’s citation concluded:

“Commander Taylor has, through his various roles, established internal and external relationships, both nationally and internationally, resulting in improved development opportunities for VICPOL, which ultimately benefits the community of Victoria.”





President Neville opened the meeting and especially welcomed;

  • Marjorie and Bernie, returning after purchasing a new home in the North and some medical intervention for each.

  • Elias, returned from holiday.    

  • Honorary Member Lorraine Meehan, who is enjoying a holiday in Melbourne.

  • Guest Speaker,  Ian Johnson from STREAT



Chair for the day Rohan proposed the toast to Rotary International.



  • Herb – a Fundraising Team meeting after today’s meeting.

  • Lynne – reminder of Royal Talbot gardening day on 18th May 8.30am and request for registration of numbers.

  • Lynne and Rebecca reported on the Southern Districts [Victoria plus parts of S.A. and N.S.W.] ‘Shine On’ Awards. Our nominee Clembo Baade was not an award winner but his work as a disabled person helping disabled peeps has been widely acknowledged.

  • Neville John spruiked the Rotary Docklands developments and especially the current “Medical and Mural for Malawi” in which they are teaming with Donations in Kind and ourselves to transport donated medical equipment plus school supplies in a 40’ container to Malawi. The container is currently being decorated while on display in Docklands from today until next Sunday [14th] - connecting with the community.

  • Elias. Youth Team workshop on Thursday evening.

  • Peter. ‘Oh Kolkata’ evening.  Please register your interest now to assist preparation for this event on 4th May.


President’s Announcements

  • Board will be meeting tomorrow evening.

  • Membership - next week we will be inducting a new member. There is a further member application in progress.


Guest Speaker - Ian Johnson, Marketing Manager, STREAT

Ian commenced by outlining the social and economic benefits of the Social Enterprises that now form a significant and growing sector in our city.  

Statistics show;

  • 1:10 people will suffer homelessness across their lifetime

  • 116,000 people currently homeless in Australia, 1:4 of these is a young person

  • 58,000 young Victorians are disengaged from school or work

Social Enterprises are defined as any operating business where doing social good is its main objective. Country-wide there are 20,000 such business’s, many are very small operations.

STREAT exists solely to train and support disadvantaged and homeless youth from Melbourne.  It has a turnover of $6.0M and 80 staff, including 5 fulltime youth workers.  CEO is Rebecca Scott a founder of STREAT. The enterprise started with a mobile street food cart in Fed Square.

Social Enterprises tend to fit into one of three categories –

  • Donation – where >50% of profits are donated to an appropriate cause.

  • Employment – providing a job to the homeless or others needing assistance.

  • Transition – developing skills to assist attaining a full-time job. 

STREAT operates in the Transition sector and is a Registered Charity. Apart from their 5 cafes, artisan bakery and catering and event business’s they take in candidates for a six-month program which includes personal life skills, TAFE courses, and on the job work experience.  

Ian says he has enjoyed a hectic 7 years as Marketing Manager and he hinted at more with an exceptionally large development which is currently in planning and approval stage.

Rohan thanked Ian for his presentation

Bernie gave notice that he is a force to be reckoned with winning two of the raffle prizes, Rohan came third.

Meeting closed.


Photos from our Breakfast Meeting

Bernie back on the job with Stuart

Brett, Ian Johnson (guest speaker), Tony, Brett & Alan

Mary & Marjorie                 Neville spruiking for RC Docklands

Guest Speaker Ian Johnson

STREAT Grads celebrating at Cromwell Manor

Herb, Rebecca, Lorraine & Allan

Meeting Responsibilities

TAYLOR, Neville
Pastidio, Lady
JONES, David
LIM, Daniel
Bulletin Editor
Social Media
LIM, Daniel

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