5th July 2022
  • Editor's Note
  • Next Meeting
  • Guest Speaker
  • Rotary Theme and Logo for 2022-2023
  • Report from Changeover 1st July 2022
  • Awards for Year 2021-2022
  • Changeover Meeting Report
  • Gallery

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LIM, Daniel
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The 'RCM' Meeting on the 7th of May will be a face-to-face meeting at the RACV Club in the CBD.

The meeting will commence at 7:40am and conclude no later than 8:45.

Jul 05, 2022
Founder and CEO of WomenCAN Australia; Director of WomenCAN Australia
Founder and CEO of WomenCAN Australia; Director of WomenCAN Australia

WomenCAN Australia is a charity that assists women to re-connect with the work force. This is achieved by helping women build confidence, connections and work capability through a range of innovative projects using its ‘Placement Circle’ model. A current project is to support 200 women into aged care roles in Mildura and Bendigo via the Australian Traineeship System. Another activity is operating a Facility Maintenance Program where tradeswomen, cleaners and gardeners deliver services by women for women.

Mikaela and Kerry are also active Rotarians and are keen to introduce their organisation and programs as there are many ways that Rotarians can assist in voluntary roles.

Mikaela Stafrace is an MBA - qualified lawyer who has spent many years in corporate settings providing insurance, risk, governance and regulatory compliance advice. She has served as a company director on government boards and industry associations and was Chief Examiner for insurance law at Monash and Melbourne Universities.

In 2019 Mikaela founded the social enterprise WomenCAN Facilities Services and the charity WomenCAN Australia, with its program ‘The Placement Circle’. In 2020, she was awarded a Myer Innovation Fellowship and was made an AMP Tomorrow Maker in 2022.

Kerry Kornhauser commenced her career in the advertising industry, holding positions with major agencies Clemenger Harvie and George Patterson. She also spent time in the private health care and hospitality sectors, helping establish Australian Health Resources and working as Marketing Director in a number of successful corporate accommodation hotels.

Having long been an active volunteer, Kerry joined the Rotary Club of Albert Park in 2008, where she received several awards and served as President (2011–12). In 2010, she founded Woman in Rotary, an Australia- and world-wide initiative aimed at promoting and encouraging the participation and contribution of women in Rotary.

In addition to her work with Rotary and EndTrachoma, Kerry sits on the boards of Nourish Our Communities, Violence Free Families and is a project manager with the Bridge of Hope’s Bridging the Gap program.

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"Imagine Rotary"  is the 2022-23 presidential theme.

 RI President Jennifer Jones is asking Rotary members to dream big and take action: “We all have dreams, but acting on them is a choice. Imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.” 

The logo for the theme was designed by Riki Salam, an Australian artist and graphic designer specialising in contemporary Indigenous art, design, and communications. He also created the 2023 Rotary International Convention logo which will be held in Melbourne.



President Elias presented his annual report at the Change-Over Dinner.

A complete copy of Elias’s report, the teams director’s reports and a pictorial summary of the year are available at:


A summary of the awards presented at the Change-Over dinner. 

Full citations are included in the complete report available at

Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions:

  • Therese Robinson.

  • Allan Driver – Second Sapphire..

President’s Rotarian of the Year Award

  • Frank O’Brien

Royce Abbey Award

  • Rhys Williams

Family of Rotary Award

  • Leonie Greenwood

Special Recognition Awards

  • Rob Hines

  • Brett Jones

  • John Ilott


As always (Covid/Zoom excepted) we met for our annual event.  This year we were at Amora Riverwalk again and were well looked after with ample nibbles and drinks to set the scene, followed by a sit-down dinner plus the formalities of our annual presidential baton-change.

MC Michelle, who also carries the mantle of President Elect, ran the show in her usual warm and articulate form. She opened with welcome to members and guests, including:

  • District Governor, Amanda Wendt and Greg Harbour. As a brand-new District Governor, this was Amanda’s first official function in a year destined to contain a great many official functions

  • Assistant Governor, Murray Anderson and Lindy

  • Visiting Rotarian, Uttam Ganguli past District Governor D3291, Past President of our sister club, Rabindra-Sarobar and most important of all, father of our members Suvam and Puja.

  • Honorary Members, Lorraine Meehan, Heather Walklate and Marjorie Gerlinger, Aris Imbardelli

  • President Elias and Niki

  • President-elect Rohan and Sue

Michelle then made a very moving Acknowledgement of Country, with a level of truth and insight beyond this reporter’s expectations.

As expected, Michelle then exhorted us to buy raffle tickets.  “Every time you buy a drink, buy a ticket”.  No pressure….

DG Amanda Wendt then proposed the toast to Rotary International.  Amanda said that our club has once again contributed to District very fulsomely with several members of RCM involved in District activities.

President Elias was called to review the past year - a full copy of which is referred to elsewhere in this special BULLETIN.

MC Michelle then invited President Elias to formally hand over the Presidency. Elias asked President-elect Rohan and Sue to come forward and then read the Induction Charge.  The President’s collar was passed on to Rohan who also received his President’s lapel badge, new meeting badge and theme pin.

Job done, Rohan asked Niki to join Elias and then presented him with his Certificate of Service.  Elias has served as President during an exceptionally difficult year.  He has shown a warmth and calmness in this time which has kept our club moving forward with the same commitment, same directions as always.  Sue thanked Niki for her support and contribution and instead of presenting her with the customary flowers, announced instead that a donation had been given to Doctors Without Borders.

Rohan then outlined his thoughts for his coming year of service, firstly by announcing the Board members and presenting them with the 2022-3 theme badge.

He then went on to talk about his own thoughts, ideas, plans, starting with an introduction concerning Maurice Sedak, who as a young American boy in 1940 went to see the Disney film Pinocchio.  The appearance of Jiminy Cricket in this film and his song “When you wish upon a Star. (Makes no Diff’rence Who you Are)” influenced him greatly to later write the story “Where the Wild Things Are”, a book for children about growth and survival.

That song and its message is strong for Rohan and Rotary and says a lot about directions to take and destinations to target.

Rohan also spoke about the value of members inviting and encouraging their friends to come to Rotary events – maybe relevant club meetings, maybe club activities.  A useful way to grow the reach of our Club and Rotary overall, but also undoubtedly a vehicle for club recruitment.  We can all remember the realisation coming that “Rotary is a thing I want to be involved in.”

During a break in the meal we were entertained beautifully by the Harambee A Cappella vocal group.

After a necessary adjournment for dessert, Michelle called upon Herb Greenwood to draw the raffle.  Naturally this was not destined to be a simple process of plucking tickets from a big ticket-bag, but also involved a secondary pluck from another small bag to match the first pluckage with one of the mysterious prizes located at the other end of the room.  It seemed to work quite well and lucky recipients seemed well-content.  Of course the club was most content when Herb announced a fund-raised tally of about $1,500!

So ended another memorable handover evening.  Many members stayed on to chat but by about 11:00pm we had all headed for home.

Allan D receiving PH award
Cecily N receiving award for oxygen concentrators
David, Julie & Campbell with Marjorie
Doug, Suzette & Martin
Frank receiving Rotarian of the Year award
Frank Sally Raylee and John
Frank who happend to arrange his birthday for Changeover night.
Marjorie & Herb 
Harambee A Cappella vocal group in action
Heather Walklate & Aris Imbardelli
John receiving a Special Recognition Award
Leonie awarded Family of Rotary award & Elias L
Martin acknowledged as Treasurer
MC Michelle taking a selfie
New Board
Pamela R, Leonie G, Nev 2 with Lorraine M
Past Presidents Warwick  & Therese 
Pres. Rohan, Uttam Ganguli, DG Amanda Wendt & Neville
Rhys Williams receiving Royce Abbey award
Rob received a Special Recognition Award.  
Roy & Sally 
Susan & Rohan with Elias & Nicky 
Therese R receiving PH award