Speaker Date Topic
Rob Hines and World of Difference team Jun 04, 2024 7:40 AM
Creating hope in the world in Cambodia and Lao PDR
Creating hope in the world in Cambodia and Lao PDR

Our school building program started with the construction of a primary school in Ban Heu Yen in the province of Luang Prabang in 2012. Twelve years later the club has funded the construction of five primary schools and numerous toilets and water wells.

A small group of club members has just returned from a trip to Cambodia, Vietnam and Lao People's Democratic Republic to witness first-hand the club’s projects in Siem Reap and Luang Prabang. The presentation will cover the visit by Rob, Roy, Rebecca and Neville to the village of Kok Beng in Siem Reap to see the washroom toilets funded by a Global Grant with the support of RCM and World of Difference. They will take a brief tour of the holiday hotspots of Vietnam and then cover the school library opening ceremony at the Xeing Nguyen Secondary School in Lao.

Peter Duras AM Jul 02, 2024 7:40 AM
Our Journey to Olympia
Our Journey to Olympia

Peter’s presentation will take us on a surprising, guided tour to the Ancient Olympic Games in 376 BC. The facts are very different from the image portrayed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin as he initiated the Modern Olympics.

Peter was a sports physiotherapist who worked with elite athletes from a wide variety of sports, including five years at the Western Bulldogs and three at Essendon Football Club. He travelled extensively overseas with Australian track and field teams. This included four World Championships.

He was a member of seven Australian Commonwealth Games teams from Brisbane in 1982 to Melbourne in 2006. In Melbourne he was a team logistics officer.

Peter is a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians and a keen collector of Olympic and Commonwealth Games memorabilia. For 10 years he was a volunteer guide at the National Sports Museum.

He has been an active member of Essendon and Central Melbourne Rotary Clubs for over 50 years.

He recently received an award as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to Sports Physiotherapy and the Community.

Gary Goldsmith Jul 23, 2024 7:30 PM
The Rotary Regionalisation Project
The Rotary Regionalisation Project

The Rotary regionalisation project in Zone 8 including District 9800 is gradually unfolding, and the resources available to us next year will differ from those in previous years.

Central Melbourne has been designated as part of Community Group 9800-1 and Gary has been appointed by the Regional Council as lead for this group.

Gary will outline more about the Community Group, his role as Community Group Lead and how he hopes to help us and other clubs achieve our club goals.

Gary commenced practising Law in 1983. He undertook his Articles with the predecessor of Goldsmiths Lawyers and has remained with the firm ever since. Over this period, he has built a substantial level of expertise across a wide range of legal areas. Gary runs and supervises all the firm’s litigation. He has earned high repute in successfully resolving clients’ disputes and problems both commercially and personally.

Gary has extensive experience in all Courts throughout Victoria and frequently represents clients. With the assistance of the Victorian Bar of approximately 2,500 barristers, many of whom Gary has a strong professional relationship, enables consistent execution of success in achieving clients’ goals.

Outside of work hours, Gary has served on numerous community boards and committees. He has led community projects across a wide range of needs. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Camberwell and has an ongoing membership of over 25 years.

In his spare time, he plays golf, keeps fit and enjoys overseas travel.