MEETING REPORT 21st September 2021

Chair:   Campbell Chambers
President Elias opened the meeting with an acknowledgement to Country.
Guests: Chanti Bou;
Guest Speakers;
Dr Dein Vindigni and Dr Prasad Podugu.  RMIT Bundoora Campus
Topic.  “Pathways to Healthy Ageing”  [‘PHA’]
Dein outlined the establishing of the PHA project, a multidisciplinary initiative sustained by collaborative partnerships with a range of community organisations.  It all began when he visited his grandmother in an aged care facility and she asked him to massage her shoulders during a family visit. Dein, then a practicing chiropractor, was wary of whether he should -he was not an approved provider for that particular institution! It was soon that other residents sought him out and he realised there was a genuine need that was not being met by existing structures.   The project was born.
The model draws on skills and knowledge of academics, clinicians and researchers coupled with the reach by community organisations in contact with older adults to facilitate delivery.
The multidisciplinary nature involves skills of nursing, psychology, pharmacy, osteopathy, chiropractic and Chinese medicine. The evidence-based approach and unique mix of skills has developed clinical science into developing improved outcomes, often involving less dependency on pharmaceutical remedies. Amongst several examples Dein quoted one of an elderly woman, withdrawn from much of the rest home community found her “Purpose in Life” when given a simple opportunity to grow some vegetables.
Prasad, a psychologist, spoke of Dementia in aged care facilities; the stress it causes and aspects of ‘Quality of Ageing’.  The PHA project collaborates with staff of aged care facilities and improves skills in this special aspect that affects many when ageing.
PHA has developed a podcast to facilitate carer’s delivery of remedies to aged people who often, more so in Covid lockdowns, have limited contact with their families. The podcast covers ‘How to manage’ units on loneliness, depression, memory difficulties and pain.
In response to Campbell’s question asking for the one single healthy living recommendation for peeps our age;
Dein stressed the importance of regular walking, at a reasonable pace and distance. 
Prasad said from the psychological view he has three recommendations; 1. Physical exercise, 2. Physical exercise, 3. Physical exercise.
The question for us as a club is how we can become one of the community organisations working with PHA, such as we do with Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.
Our speakers were thanked by Chairman Campbell.
Anniversaries this week:
  • Date joined Rotary; Therese 5 years ago.
  • Wedding; Adele and Rankin le Roux, 29 years ago.   
  • Therese spruiked the Rotary Polio fundraising ‘Walk with Us’ month of OctoberMore to come but in meantime refer to web page;
  • Rhys advised our club will have access to the AUSTRALIAN PREMIER of “A Spirited Journey” a video by Steph Woollard.  The video is to be launched on 19th October.  Cost $25 with all proceeds toward ‘Seven Women”, the topic of Steph’s recent talk to our club.  Details by email next few days.
  • Allan Driver announced a ‘Lockdown Zoom Dinner’ for Thursday 7th October with food provided and delivered by Fairfeed.  Supporting those in the hospitality community and visa holders who have been hit hard owing to Covid 19.  Details by email to all members.
  • Brett announced an extension of his most popular Inquisition series.  The candidate pool amongst members is now dry, and is being opened to Spouses, Partners and family. A terrific opportunity to widen our fellowship and especially with Zoom meetings that have less logistic hurdles to cross.
President’s Announcements:
  • Zoom meetings to continue into early November owing to Covid restrictions
  • The Board has approved Team budgets with a $23k deficit for the year to 30th June ’22.  The view being that the pandemic is a 100yr event which justifies dipping into reserves.  A budget deficit was proposed last year however excellent work by the Fundraising Team and response by members has seen a better result.  The fund-raising team are now looking at how more funds can be raised from sources external of members.
  • District has opened for nominations from Past Presidents volunteering to comprise selection committee for new DG 24-25 year.  Contact Elias if wishing to be involved.
  • Save the date 30 April – 1 May 2022 for District Conference.
  • Elias noted the item in District Networker covering completion of 12 water bores and 12 washrooms project in Cambodia supported by our club. It was a pleasure to note projects being completed notwithstanding the global pandemic. “Rotary changes lives, and this is a life changing event for that community”
Next week’s speaker will be Adj Prof. Nicola Sasanelli, Founder of The Andy Thomas Space Foundation,  topic is an Overview of the Australian Space Industry.
The meeting was formally closed and many continued on in fellowship such as we enjoy when meeting face to face.
MEETING REPORT 21st September 2021 David JONES 2021-09-22 14:00:00Z 0


Year 11-12 Scholarship Grants Available from October 1st
The District Foundation Year 11-12 Scholarship Program has been enormously effective in assisting talented and motivated students facing financial hardship to complete their secondary education. Most recipients so far have also gone on to commence tertiary education. Clubs have also used this opportunity to strengthen their relationship with local schools and inspire participation in other Rotary Youth programs.
The District Foundation Committee is once again inviting D9800 clubs to participate in this program. Ten Year 11-12 Scholarship Grants will be made available this year for clubs to offer to local schools for the 2022-2023 school years. The grant of $1,000 will match your club’s contribution of $1,000 to provide the scholarship over the two-year period.
If your club would like to take this opportunity to participate, we recommend starting discussions with your candidate school now.
Applications will open on October 1st 2021 and will close on Friday November 12th 2021. Preference will be given to clubs who have not previously had a scholarship grant, after which it will be first come first served.
Application forms and grant guidelines can be downloaded from the District 9800 website:
Alternatively, email the Chair of the District 9800 Humanitarian Grants Committee Richard Blakeman and request the forms be emailed to you:


Posted by David JONES
A memory from six years ago:
"Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise [now Rotary Central Melbourne] on receiving a 2014-15 Significant Achievement Award from Rotary International. A district governor may nominate only one eligible club from his or her district for the award which recognises a club project that has addressed a significant problem or need in the local community and involved the club’s members in personal rather than monetary service.
The Award given to RCCMS acknowledges the club’s exceptional Community Village  program."
Receiving the award from DG Murray Verso are Neil Salvano, the late Richard Stone OAM and Alan Seale.
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DISTRICT 9800 CONFERENCE - SAVE THE DATE 2021-07-07 14:00:00Z 0



This is a face-to-face meeting at the RACV Club.  Attendees should book through TryBooking by close of business on Thursday 8th July.

Visitors; If you would like to visit our meeting, please contact us by email on or phone 0455-858-996.

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


President Elias Lebbos:  Club Forum

Now that we have commenced the 2021-22 Rotary year it’s a good time to discuss our plans in a bit more detail.  At the last forum in May, we reflected on the amazing work that has been achieved under very challenging circumstances. At this forum we will discuss some important issues, for example:



  • The manner in which the Club Admin team adapted weekly meetings from face-to-face to a virtual platform, ensuring member participation and engagement was maintained throughout the pandemic.  This will be an ongoing issue for the foreseeable future.

  • The fantastic fundraising efforts of the club, especially the dedication by Peter and Frank (and everyone else involved).

  • The need for membership growth and the challenges surrounding getting new members meaningfully involved in club roles and projects.

  • The challenge of regaining momentum in our ambitious service projects in all avenues of service.

The directors of the Avenues of Service will provide a 5-minute reflection on their committees’ plans for the current year and how these achievements contribute to our four Pillars - Progressive, Networked, Connected and a Catalyst for getting things done.

I encourage members to provide feedback to the planning for the 2021-22 Rotary year.

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6th July 2021








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Posted by Mary VOICE
If I could go anywhere: a world through the eyes of botanical artist Marianne North at Kew Gardens
Victorian-era adventurer and artist Marianne North, photographed at her home in Ceylon by Julia Margaret Cameron around the 1870s.

Have you ever entered a gallery, cathedral or grand old ballroom and drawn breath with surprise? Usually, it is opulence, vastness or one stunning painting or sculpture that evokes this response — think Michelangelo’s David, or Chartres Cathedral or the hall of mirrors at Versailles.

In London, an extraordinary gallery draws gasps because there is none like it anywhere else. It is like entering a giant “globe” covered in paintings of faraway places and plants. You can walk from South America to North America to Asia in a few paces.

IN CONVERSATION WITH... MARY VOICE Mary VOICE 2021-07-03 14:00:00Z 0


Posted by John ILOTT
10 October 1945 – 13 June 2021

Written by John Ilott – Rotary Central Melbourne

How does one do justice to a life of service with a few words?  Words cannot adequately describe the impact Bernie Gerlinger has had on the lives of so many people in the Rotary world and beyond.
Bernie began his life of Rotary service 30 years ago in January 1991 when he joined the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne.  From that time he worked tirelessly with Marjorie at both club and district level until they retired to Queensland in July 2019.  He and Marjorie remained honorary members of Rotary Central Melbourne until his all-too-early death in June 2021.
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A sensational $1707.55 was an amazing ‘swan song’ result for last Monday's fundraising at Bunnings, Port Melbourne.
Peter summed up;  ‘this result, one of the best we’ve had in the last four years was boosted by lots of customers at Bunnings, selling lots of drinks previously purchased by Herb, and the unrelenting efforts of a very efficient RCM team’.
‘Thanks to Team RCM for the day; Sally, David, Rhys, Leonie, Herb, Stuart, John and Sue).  It was exciting for me to finish my tenure at Port Melbourne on such a positive note, and I thank each of you so much.’
Photo -  "....... would you like a sticker with your sausage?"
SENSATIONAL SWAN SONG David JONES 2021-06-14 14:00:00Z 0

St Vincent's Foundation "Wrapped in Kindness"

Posted by Rohan WILLIAMS
The St Vincent’s Foundation in partnership with Caulfield Grammar and Rotary District 9800 donated, packed and distributed 780 bags of winter clothing and 780 bags of toiletries to ease the burden during the cold winter months in Melbourne and regional Victoria via the “Wrapped in Kindness” campaign.
We delivered our allocation of the donations to the following charities:
  • Winter clothing to Youth Projects CBD who support young people experiencing homelessness
  • Toiletries to Good Samaritan Inn Preston who provides short-term accommodation to women and children suffering domestic violence
  • Toiletries to Exodus West Heidelberg who provide long-term support to families in necessitous circumstances.
Thanks to Rebecca and Neville John, David Jones, Neil Salvano, Alan Seale, Peter and Sue Duras, Frank O’Brien and Rohan Williams for playing our part in this great initiative.
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Congratulations to Sarah Overton, David and Adelaide on the safe arrival of Henry on Monday 8th March 2021. We look forward to meeting you all sometime soon.
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Possibly the greatest number of volunteers for our 'DIK' working bee on Saturday.  A huge amount of mate3rial was moved, much being medical supplies that, over several years, had not been required and regretfully had to be dumped.

Also at the DIK warehouse was a large team from the Rotary Passport Club of Melbourne with their President Jenny Foster and including 2 Year 11 Nepalese students.  


The pictures can tell the story:

    Bob explaining the job to be done

    Folding and packing underway

    Ujjeshaa,  Ujjwol,  Jenil from Nepal,
    Passport Rotary Cub of Melbourne
   Men at work. The  skip was so full
mechanical assistance was required to close the door.
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Posted by David JONES

For our Picnic at Cruden Farm, Past President Warwick Cavell seconded PP John Ilott to present the last of the Awards from Warwick’s 2019/20 Presidential Year.  We must acknowledge Covid 19 conditions did make a face-to-face presentation difficult for the past eight months.


Frank O’Brien was the patient recipient of the Award “In recognition of many years of outstanding service”.


Congratulations Frank.




Posted by Tony THOMAS
Rotary Central Melbourne (‘RCM’), Rotary Echuca-Moama (‘REM’) and Bearbrass Probus had a great social day at Cruden Farm, Langwarrin on  Monday  March 1.
In all 73 attended, members, partners and friends. The outing to the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s property was instigated by REM’s Teresa Carlson and implemented largely by sausage sizzle maestro, Frank O’Brien and TryBooking guru Rob Hines.
It was a real experience to see the gorgeous Lemon Scented Gumtree-lined drive and the white-colonnaded “Gone with the Wind” style homestead. Around the corner by the stables, sausages and hamburgers were flipped by Frank and Peter Duras, served by Pauline O’Brien and REM’s Mike Stansbury and we lunched under gracious shade-umbrellas.
Best treat was a talk by Dame Elisabeth’s former private secretary Hennie Lanting (Teresa’s cousin) who worked for Dame Elisabeth from 2003-2012. Hennie told how the fabulously wealthy Dame Elisabeth didn’t know the price of a litre of milk or a parking slot in the city, but would spend all day answering letters that were seeking donations for all sorts of causes. Hennie, on typewriter, would take dictation for 40 or so letters onto the finest quality paper plus cheques, while Dame E. would hand address the envelopes. Sometimes Hennie would ask, “Shall we give this charity $25?” and Dame E. might reply, “Yes, that’s right. $25,000.”
Dame Elisabeth had no idea that after ten years her pay rate for secretaries was a “bit obsolete” and Hennie eventually wangled her pay rise after her boss responded, “Well what’s the going rate?”. Dame Elisabeth was such a workaholic that morning and afternoon tea was always skipped, even during Bridge days with her friends. She would typically start her day at 5.30am with a briefing of the head gardener.
The only security in past years was that doors were locked. A security light system was installed but possums kept triggering it so it was abandoned. Today there is good security on the property.
Dame Elisabeth never expressed the slightest interest in new escorts after being married for 24 years to Sir Keith Murdoch. Sir Keith, as a 40-year-old, courted the mere schoolgirl at Clyde School Woodend. He married her at 19 when he was 42. She was widowed in 1952 and took the view for the next 50+ years that Sir Keith’s charms could never be surpassed.
Sometimes Hennie would answer the phone and Rupert was on the line. Dame Elisabeth would say to Hennie “lovely dear” and retire for a long chat. The Murdoch family units would often holiday on the property, with the younger generation enjoying the family accommodation units. But, being all strong-minded and confident, when it came to decisions the family could “never agree on anything”.
Thanks again to organisers for a perfect day!
PICNIC AT CRUDEN FARM  Tony THOMAS 2021-03-03 13:00:00Z 0



Rotary Walk with Us to End Polio

Following a very successful event in 2020 Rotarians, friends and the community are encouraged once again to take action from October 1st to 31st to raise awareness, funds, and support to end poliomyelitis, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens the children of the world today. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary worldwide has helped to reduce polio cases from an average of 1000 cases per day in 1987 to a total of only 140 cases in 2020, a 99.9% reduction.


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Posted by Tony THOMAS
Our club is sponsoring and launching Melbourne Bearbrass Probus at the Dock Library, Docklands, at 10am on Wednesday February 12.
It’s the first Probus Club launched within District 9800 for four years, and the first new Probus Club for inner-Melbourne since RCM launched Melbourne Sunrise Probus in 2011. That club is now full with about 120 members.
We’ll shortly provide our members who live in city towers with flyers for the launch, in the hope they can arrange to get the flyers onto their tower noticeboard. Meanwhile could every member please pass the news about the new club to any active senior or retiree who may want to join?  [Not restricted to Docklands dwellers]
Please help spread the news to prospective seniors. Inquiries:
President Warwick and Tony Thomas will brief members on the Bearbrass project at our January 21 meeting. (In case you’re wondering, “Bearbrass” was a suggested name for the settlement that became “Melbourne”. There’s also a Bearbrass Restaurant in Southbank).
The venture is enthusiastically backed by Probus headquarters in Sydney, which coordinates more than 1500 Australasian clubs and 125,000 members.
Probus Headquarters is paying for display ads in local city newspapers, and providing other marketing. Robert Renshaw of District 9810 is giving us his substantial expertise and will manage the launch meeting. Robert has launched eight Probus clubs in the past three years and currently is helping five potential Probus Clubs get started.
Probus Clubs are for active retirees who want to extend their friendship networks and enjoy stimulating monthly speakers. Interest groups include dining, theatre, films, arts, sports, books, walks, and local and overseas expeditions.
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