3rd December 2019 













Senior Constable Michael Beilken  -   RCM Silk Miller Scholar 2019

Topic Health issues that youth experience when exposed to family violence.

Michael is one of the driving forces behind a project, run out of the Moorabbin Children’s Court, helping young people on to the right path, stopping them re-offending and breaking patterns of family violence.  He recognises that most police he’s dealt with want to see a youth succeed and not re-enter the justice system or have constant dealings with police.  
Over the past 3 years he has developed an understanding of some underlying causes of repeat child offending. While researching programs that addressed such causes, Michael tracked down the Hampton-based disability and youth service MOIRA. [read more - click below]
Senior Constable Beilken is our Silk Miller Scholar for 2019. He has completed one semester in the Graduate Diploma of Adolescent Health & Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne.  He has recently obtained a Detective position at the Family Violence Command Taskforce. 
Michael has established a Regional Adolescent Behaviour Change Program (Pilot) in collaboration with Task Force and Family Life. He has attended a formal police training program in Canada and United States to study international policing practices used to police youth crime and suppress the growth of prevalent or potential gangs within the community. 




On Tuesday 3rd December club members and guests will be invited to support this year’s  Lift the Lid on Mental Illness fundraiser by either paying $5 for wearing your favourite headgear - hats, beanie and fascinators all welcomed!

Should you choose not to cover your head, you’ll be charged $7!

All funds raised will be donated to Australian Rotary Health’s National annual fundraising day for mental health research. 

The Lift the Lid campaign, founded by ARH Vice Chairman Greg Ross, started in 2016 in partnership with Rotary Clubs of Victoria. The event was such a success that it has now been extended to all Rotary Clubs across Australia. 

Each year approximately 1-in-5 Australians will experience a mental illness and in order to help future generations of young Australians, we need to look ahead through research and find out how we can prevent this type of illness occurring.



Our club Christmas Hamper project – let's make Christmas more festive for those in need.

Bags are available from Alison at Tuesday meetings 

Red bags for Steps Outreach Service

Red bag with a Green Ribbon for Lentara  Uniting Asylum Seeker Service.

Please see the flyer below for suggestions for bag contents

Alison has organised packs of spices for the Lentara bags at a great price of $30 per pack.

This price per pack is a significant saving on buying these quantities from the supermarket and a more appropriate family size package.

If you would like to buy one or more packs, please contact Alison on or 0415 525 678 by 1st December.

Packs will be delivered to the Christmas breakfast on 17th December.


Not sure what presents to give this Christmas?
What about including a unique present on your gift list this year –
A gift of $10 will help a family in remote Kalinga, Northern Philippines, to build their own household toilet.
For every $10 donated, Partners in Aid Ltd will provide a rather unusual Christmas card to send to friends or relatives.  
For every AUD35 collected Sinangpad can provide the householders with the necessary equipment
and coordinates the Rural Health Unit, which supplies free toilet pans, and the local Municipal Engineer
 who ensures that the septic tanks are sound.
There will be an opportunity to donate, and receive one or more cards, at the next few Rotary meetings (except 3 December). 
Our contact person is Cecily Neil.
Partners in Aid Ltd is working with Sinangpad Association, Inc, a registered local Philippine NGO, to eliminate open defecation
in rural communities in the Province of Kalinga.  (  more information in 'Read More' below)
Can you make a positive contribution towards the health of the residents of Kalinga, especially the children, this year? 
Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Cecily proudly displays one of the 'rather unusual" Christmas cards 


  • One 'general rouseabout' [no special skills] required for Melbourne South Bunnings BBQ  - Sunday 22nd December, 8.30am - 11am.
    • If you would like to be considered for this position please call Peter Duras  0413 599 121.
  • It would be handy if a few members are be prepared to be placed on the emergency list to cover short notice vacancies at the Bunnings BBQ's.  Occasionally a volunteer is unavailable at short notice and usually too late for a ring around to all members. 
    • Separate lists will be held for Collingwood and South Melbourne locations to avoid undue travel, but you can volunteer for both!
    • Please call Peter  0413 599 121 for South Melbourne and Frank 0419 008 804 for Collingwood.
Report by Roger Thornton, our representative in the scoping team;
"Working with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), Rotary Central Melbourne has developed a plan for a vocational training team to deliver a “train the trainer” program in Papua New Guinea, intended to address a significant skill shortage in anaesthesia and pain medicine in the country. 
During the first week of November, I was a member of a 5 person scoping team, charged with responsibility for carrying out a community needs analysis and evaluating the feasibility of the proposal.  The visit was in preparation for applying for a Rotary Global Grant to fund a 3 year program of vocational training.
We visited four major hospitals – Port Moresby and Lae General Hospitals - and two in the Highlands at Mt Hagen and Kudjip.   Wherever we went, the message was essentially the same:  hospitals are desperate for trained anaesthetists and have to rely on the services of anaesthetic technical officers (ATOs), who have only had one year of formal training.  And ATOs need to enhance their skills with more training.
Another outcome of our visit was a better understanding that the management of patients’ and out-patients’ pain is generally not taught in medical schools and nurses’ colleges, nor on the job.  ANZCA has developed a three day “train the trainer” course on Essential Pain Management, especially for PNG.  This course is applicable to medical professionals at all levels and can be taught by those who themselves have been through the course.  Through the proposed three year program, this course will be presented to as many people as possible.
Assisting with delivery of the program will be the Rotary Club of Lae Huon Gulf, whose members we met in Lae near the end of our visit.  This is a small but dynamic club (50:50 men & women; 50:50 PNG nationals & expats).  When we explained what we are hoping to achieve, President Catherine Galgal and her executive assured us that they would help in any way they could.
So, a short but encouraging visit.  Let’s hope that we’re awarded a global grant, because the need is great and I’m confident that we have the capacity to deliver."
Photos:  Upper - Roger with the visiting scoping team and hosts.  Lower - Mt Hagen General Hospital, ICU ward and nursing team. 

Over the last four years, Caprice Australia Pty Ltd (Caprice), a large Melbourne based wholesale distributor of household/children’s goods, have donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of new  children’s items for distribution by our Club. We recently received their largest donation yet, 35 cartons of mainly shoes, 900 pairs with a retail value well in excess of $10,000.

After 2 weeks of sorting in Peter and Sue Duras’s apartment, and acting on the suggestions of Club members (particularly Frank and Pauline O’Brien ), this very generous donation was able to reach hundreds of disadvantaged  families in need via the following Charities:

  • Caroline Chisholm Society Essendon via RC Essendon

  • Macauley House via RC Essendon

  • Cambodia  via PDG Bronwyn Stephens

  • ASRC Footscray

  • St Vincent de Paul Footscray

  • St Kilda Mums

  • Berry St Babies Home Richmond

  • Big Group Hugs

  • Good Samaritan Inn  Preston (picture above left)

  • Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project Albert Park (picture above right)

  • Exodus Community, Olympic Village, West Heidelberg

  • Kara House Burwood

  • Youth Projects Melbourne



Nominations NOW OPEN
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, including our own District 9800.
  • Do you know of somebody with a disability who provides 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 a Shine On 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 your 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 by anybody in the community, and are open to people aged over 15 years.
If you know of anyone you feel is worthy of recognition please contact Rebecca John before Christmas. 


MEETING REPORT  26th November

Our Chair for the day, Kevin Love opened the meeting with a toast to Rotary International.
President Warwick Cavell welcomed guests Tony Nicholls (first meeting), Rajesh Chawla (prospective member), Adele le Roux (first regular meeting visit following Paul Harris breakfast attendance) and our guest speaker PDG Dr Murray Verso.   
  • Alison Chan alerted us that it is time to start putting together Christmas hampers, red and green as usual, to bring to the December 17 meeting. You can order spice packs through Alison, she will have an ordering list at the next couple of meetings.  Please add your request to the list next meeting if possible.
  • Gerard Hogan gave us a conference reminder, 27-29 March in Bendigo, early bird registration closes 30 November.
  • Martin Langton had a special request:  the club will hold its mental health fund raiser next week (Tuesday) – please wear a hat (to lift the lid on mental health), if you don’t you will be charged a donation (if you do wear a hat, there might be a prize and there might also be a fee).
  • Kevin Love thanked all who assisted with our 17 November stall at Camberwell market, which raised a terrific $2275.
  • Cecily Neil asked us to consider attending on Saturday 7 December at 10am, for the Rotary Passport Club of Melbourne (RPM), who will be holding their first meeting as a newly chartered club - location DIK. 
  • Cecily also reminded us of the “special” cards supporting toilet construction in a Philippines village (make a tax-deductible donation and get a free card).
President Warwick’s Announcements:
  • Warwick advised us to save the date for the International Women’s Day breakfast, Thursday 5 March next year.
PDG Murray Verso is the current District 9800 Rotary Foundation Chair.
Neville Taylor introduced our guest speaker.  November is Foundation month, and our Paul Harris breakfast was another successful annual event, with approx. $10,800 achieved to support our Foundation-related activities.  To round out the month of November, the club is pleased to have Dr Murray Verso adding to our insight into Foundation. 
Murray gave us an overview of Rotary Foundation (doing good in the world); and its global impact in humanitarian aid, education projects, peace and health. Murray noted that club contributions are slightly declining but individual contributions are increasing.  Ongoing financial support enables our global work, enables district grants (available to clubs and includes scoping grants), global grants (larger, longer term, must respond to community needs, and requires an international partnership). 
Note that the Foundation is run entirely from Rotary/by Rotarians.  Foundation focuses on six critical causes, and it is efficient, accountable and transparent.  Foundation enables all of us to leave a legacy in the world (financial and/or via effort).
Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) is a simple way to donate ($100 per year), and there is a handy coffee-table-device to collect your gold coins during the year (pictured, available from Neville Taylor).  Note also that individual (and corporate) donations to Foundation are tax deductible.  The donation form can be downloaded from the club website (left hand column).
Murray answered several questions around policy details.
Neville Taylor thanked Murray for his presentation and reminded us all of our Club’s commitment to Foundation.   Chairperson Kevin also thanked Murray for a most informative talk.
Meeting Closed
In closing the meeting, President Warwick thanked our speaker and visitors for attending and reminded us how Rotary connects the world, including via the many Foundation projects and impacts.






Above left;     Veronica and Suzzette, organisers of the Camberwell Market fundraiser totting up $ 2275.                                         
Above right;  Foundation Team Leader Neville with Guest Speaker PDG Murray Verso
Centre left;    Tony  with  Rajesh Chawla                           
Centre right;  Neville with Adele le Roux
Lower left;      Chair for the day Kevin                         
Lower right;   Neville with Tony Nicholls 

Meeting Responsibilities

CHAMBERS, Campbell
JOHN, Rebecca
JONES, David
Bulletin Editor
JONES, David
Social Media
LIM, Daniel

Upcoming Events

Bunnings Collingwood
Dec 08, 2019 9:00 AM
Board meeting – zoom
Dec 11, 2019 7:30 PM
Bunnings Collingwood
Dec 15, 2019 9:00 AM
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Dec 17, 2019
School Holidays
Dec 18, 2019 - Jan 28, 2020
Bunnings Collingwood
Dec 20, 2019 8:30 AM
BBQ – Port Melbourne
Dec 22, 2019 8:30 AM
Australia Day dinners
Jan 24, 2020 7:30 PM
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Health issues that youth experience when exposed to family violence
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