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Monash Medal 2017 - Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC

The Monash Medal is awarded by Rotary Club of Melbourne to an outstanding Australian who has made a significant contribution to the Australian community (and beyond). The criteria are Leadership, Integrity and Service - values high on General Sir John Monash's agenda and key values of Rotary.

The 2017 winner is Prof Geoffrey Blainey AC, who is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. He has written forty books including The Tyranny of Distance and the bestselling A Short History of the World.  He is listed by the National Trust as a 'Living Treasure'.




Rotary Centenary Immunisation Across the Pacific Project

Celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Australasia by Immunising 100,000 children across 9 Pacific Island Countries

Photo shows inaugural meeting held in our Club offices in July.

Seated (L to R): Mark Wheeler (Rotary Club of Wellington – Project Treasurer, NZ), Chris Wang (RC Melbourne – Project Treasurer, Australia), James Allen (RC Sydney –Rotary Project Director), Jacqui Bensemann (RC Auckland –Project Committee Chair).  Standing: Toni Bennett (UNICEF Australia), Calista Holmes (UNICEF Australia), Geoff Wilbow (RC Sydney – Project Secetary) 


The Rotary Clubs of Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington and Auckland in partnership with UNICEF Australia and New Zealand will lead the Immunisation Across the Pacific Project to support the sustainable introduction of three new life-saving vaccines across nine Pacific Island Countries.


The R100 Working Group project has created an inspirational first time event as all four Rotary International Clubs work together to support a major Centenary International project in the Pacific Island nations.   The Centenary of Rotary in Australasia in 2021 is a perfect opportunity to celebrate 100 years of Rotary achievements and demonstrate the contemporary relevance of the Rotary motto “Service above Self”.





On the 24 August at 6:00 pm:   Central 1 Group are planning to attend the Australian Tapestry Workshop on 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne, Vic 3205 to see the tapestry being woven for the Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux.   It will be unveiled in April 2018.



Melbourne Rotary Cambodia Tour January 2018 over 14 days -- A unique opportunity for members, partners and friends to visit our two projects in Cambodia; an infrastructure project on the Tonle Sap Lake and schools supporting families living in the area of Phnom Penh scheduled for demolition.

Our small group will also take in the tourist sites of Cambodia as detailed in the itinerary attached and on the website. Some tour funds will be allocated to the projects. David and Kris look forward to your company. We need to know numbers by 24th August. Enquiries to David Hayes.


Monash Peace Cantata

Let there be peace....The clarion call of Melbourne’s most famous son, John Monash, opens a new massed choral work. Composed by David Kram and written by Kevin O’Flaherty.    PEACE is the first musical work to tell the story of the great man’s life.

Members and guests are invited to support the unique presentation and book directly through the Arts Centre,  contact details are to be found in "Events" on our new website.


AROUND THE BAY: October 8, 2017

We Need YOUR Help

A fabulous effort by our Volunteers in 2016 (and prior years) resulted in the club donating $13,500 to the Smith Family's Learning for Life program  – this would not have been possible without your volunteering. This year we have been offered an additional 30 - 50 volunteer positions. This is in addition to the 55 positions we have filled in recent years. 



What are the Club Groups Doing?

An insight into the Malvern Group enjoying their Winter Solstice dinner!  The night was one of sharing lively conversations, warmth with laughter and conviviality, good food and wine.    What is your Group up to?  Please update us:



Reg Smith, Captain of the Malvern Group, seen in Croatia recently in a different "Captain" role navigating between islands off the Dalmatian coast.  On their travels,  Sue and Reg accompanied by their daughter Jess,  had some landtime and "walked the wall" in Dubrovnik ..... Editor note:  better the wall than the gangplank! 



16 Aug  Judy Slatyer, CEO Australian Red Cross

23 Aug  Martine Letts, CEO, Committee for Melbourne

30 Aug  Greig Gailey, Chairman of the Board, Caltex Australia

13 Sep  Todd Harper, CEO Cancer Council Vic

20 Sep  Susan Alberti AC, AFL Luncheon


Birthdays this week to David Beanland, Philip Endersbee, Rae Kingsbury, John McIntosh, Barry Rawlings.



Guests of the Club: DG Peter Frueh (Speaker), Anne Frueh, ADG Kate Strain.


On Duty AdD, CB, BP, SP, PB, Daryl Hawkey (wine), Kevin Sheehan (Photos)







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