2nd February 2021


  • Garden DesignFest 2021

  • Lift The Lid

  • Fundraising During Lockdown

  • Meeting Report December 15th


NEXT MEETING (virtual) - TUESDAY  2nd February

REMINDER - Due to Public Holiday on 26th Jan (Australia Day), next club meeting is on 2nd Feb

Due to the necessity to remain out of public spaces where possible, we are continuing our Zoom breakfast meetings for the foreseeable future.

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.

Suvam Ganguli: UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 - what does this mean for your organisation 

We are in the 5th year of United Nations Sustainability Development Goals 2030 (UN SDG 2030). We will discuss how far we have come and what does the next decade looks like for both Not-for-Profit and For-Profit organisations.

Suvam Ganguli is a member of Rotary Central Melbourne and has had a long career in Banking & Finance specialising in Institutional Funding and Capital Markets. Suvam is also the Co-Founder of Consult Urth, a data driven Software as a Service Platform that helps organisations plan, implement, monitor and report their sustainability journeys.

Suvam is passionate about helping organisations find their purpose and make sustainability practices central to the organisation’s strategy which with help build a resilient future for every organisation and the communities they serve.


Thank you Rotary Central Melbourne!

Continuing a long standing tradition of our club, members and friends of Rotary Central Melbourne generously donated 75 grocery hampers to our annual Christmas Hamper Appeal, which have been distributed to the following groups:
  1. homeless and youth through Steps Outreach Service

  2. refugee families through Lentara Uniting Asylum Seeker Project

With COVID-19 restrictions preventing our traditional Christmas Breakfast meeting at the RACV Club, Tom Callander, Alison Chan, Peter Duras, Gerard Hogan, Rebecca John and Adele le Roux stepped in to either collect grocery hampers from members or purchase groceries on members' behalves.

The hampers will provide some cheer to the recipients at the end of a very difficult year and demonstrate that there are people that they have never met who care for them. 

Thank you Rotary Central Melbourne!

Lift The Lid 

Lift the Lid on Mental Illness is Australian Rotary Health’s National annual fundraising day for mental health research.

The 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. Given the additional stresses caused by bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020, there is a growing concern that even more Australians may be at risk of mental illness during 2021.

We will have the opportunity to donate to this initiative via a raffle to be drawn at our meeting on Tuesday 2nd February and to wear some pretty impressive headwear on the day.

Details for the raffle may be found at the following site.

Fundraising during Lockdown
Voluntary contributions
To everyone that’s made or intends to make a donations towards club projects, thank you!
If you are in a position to make a donation or even a series of weekly donations then please arrange to transfer those funds to the club bank account with the reference “Donation”.
Bank Account Details:
BSB 033-000
Account number: 791085
Thank you for your support!
Rob Hines
Director, Fundraising
Meeting Report January  19th


President Therese opened the first meeting for 2021 with Chair Sarah Overton proposing the toast to Rotary International.
We were joined by one visiting Rotarian today, ADG Kate Strain (RC Brighton North)
Sarah then introduced RCM member Rhys Williams to speak about international education. With 25 years’ experience in international education, Rhys provided us with an insight into this often misunderstood und under-appreciated industry.
In his presentation, Rhys spoke about the valuable transformational experience that this model provides for students at individual, social and bilateral levels. An internationalised curriculum offers opportunities for career development and on a national level, it assists with the management of a supply for foreign talent and migration.
Rhys briefly covered the four models of international education in Australia (onshore students, transnational education, student mobility/study abroad and collaborative research) and gave an overview of Australia’s share of a market that encompasses 8 million students globally. This is projected to grow to 30 million students globally by 2025, however as a result of COVID on-shore commencements in Australia have dropped by 30 % with students unable to get into the country.
Rhys also spoke about what RCM can do to enhance the international education experience for students, with options including mentoring, advocating to employers for internships and sponsorship opportunities and providing homestay accommodation.
While the number of Australian students undertaking opportunities to study abroad isn’t as high, there is slow but consistent growth, with 50,000 Australian students doing so in 2017.
Following questions from the floor, Rhys highlighted that there is plenty of opportunity for Rotary to become involved in the sector, especially in terms of creating solid support structures to enhance the international education experience of students
Milestone and celebrations
Allan Driver gave a shout-out to all of the members and partners with upcoming birthdays, wedding anniversaries and Rotary anniversaries. With four birthdays, three wedding anniversaries and two Rotary anniversaries, we have a lot to celebrate when we’re next together in person.
  • Unfortunately COVID restrictions mean the Peninsula bbq scheduled for 31 January has been cancelled.
  • Plans are underway for the 2021 Garden DesignFest, which will operate over two weekends in November with Youth Suicide Awareness as the headline beneficiary. Members are asked to help identify and make Anne King, Martin Langton or Roger Thornton aware of any potential sponsors and advertisers. More details will follow in the coming weeks.
  • Frank advised that Neil Salvano’s father passed away recently and that he and Pauline had attended the funeral on behalf of the Club.
  • Sausage sizzles are back! Since their return on 6 December, the club has run Bunnings sausage sizzles and raised $5,000. Most recently, 19 club members and partners participated in bbqs held at Bunnings Collingwood and Port Melbourne. Frank still has vacancies for the 6 February event at Bunnings Collingwood, so please let him know if you can assist.
  • Please wear a silly hat to our Zoom meeting on 2 February to Lift the Lid on Mental Health. All monthly raffle funds will be going to the cause, with further information available from Rob Hines or Rohan Williams
For this week’s pocket positives, Mary Voice shared some inspirational poems by authors from the UK, Ireland and Australia, those being:
  • W.H. Auden – September 1, 1939
  • Kathleen Jamie – Lochan
  • Seamus Heaney – Postscript
  • Henry Lawson – On the Night Train
Finally, President Therese spoke about the Club’s proposed return to RACV Club meetings. Subject to restrictions allowing, it is proposed that the meeting on 16 February will take place at the RACV Club, followed by another in March. The possibility of running hybrid meetings (some members attending in person, others online) is being canvassed, however as this will involve upgrading technological equipment, a nominal fee may be applied to Zoom meetings to cover this.
Next Meeting:
Since Tuesday 26th January is a Public Holiday, our next meeting will take place on 2 February. RCM member Suvam Ganguli will be speaking about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and what it means for your organisation.

Meeting Photos

Guest Speaker - Rhys Williams
Meeting Chair - Sarah Overton
Mary Voice - Poetic Pocket Positives
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
A sample of members on the zoom call

Meeting Responsibilities

Greeter/Zoom Host
WATT, Marli
ZHANG, Yanpu
Bulletin Editor
Social Media
LIM, Daniel

Upcoming Events

RCM February Board Meeting
Feb 17, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
RCM March Board Meeting
Mar 17, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Feb 02, 2021 7:40 AM
UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 - what it means for your organisation
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