President Shraddha's message:
We had a number of apologies for this week's dinner meeting so a small group met at the Doutta Galla.  

It was a pleasure to welcome our newest member Rebecca Smith. Rebecca is well known to us all as the Manager of the Kensington Neighbourhood House and a long term Kensington resident.  Rebecca asked for assistance with the Food Pantry as there are so many residents still struggling with food security.
Thank you Lesley for providing the calendar of coming events:we need member support for a number of events. 
1. the Blue Moon Social evening is on 31 August at "I Love Dumplings" Please RSVP to Josie Magri.
2.  Op Shop Super Spring Saturday Sale on 3 September where we will be running a BBQ as well as a number of other specialty offerings.
Please RSVP to John Sklenar 0413 762 604  if you can help on the BBQ or to Melina Caccetta 0402 752 257 if you can help in the shop or the book or plant stall.
Our breakfast meeting of 7 September is cancelled and in lieu, we will be joining the Rotary Club of Essendon at a special event with guest speaker Josh Mahoney, executive GM of Essendon Football Club.  RSVP to Shraddha by 02/09.

Almoner's Report:   
At last week’s meeting President Shraddha regaled us with her recent experience at Mount Buller where she, Rakesh and Samara had spent a weekend skiing. Well, Rakesh and Samara skied – Shraddha gave it a go but ended up falling and injuring her knee which is now in a brace.
She is joined by Nicole who is on crutches after injuring her knee at netball – as she commented, she  cannot keep up wit the 17year olds.
Lyn is still in hospital but now out of ICU and is beginning a long recuperation after a nasty respiratory illness.
Anne is out of hospital and recovering at home.
Dulcie has been unwell but is now on the mend.
Peter and Bev Cribb have just enjoyed a very pleasant stay in Bali where they were at the Westin the home of the G20 meeting. Peter and the manager had some very interesting discussions about the tessellated flooring – from Peter’s mathematics background.  I am sure the manager was impressed, especially with the T-shirt!
Wednesday 31 August, is the 5th Wednesday in the month so it's Blue Moon time!!!
Join us and bring along family, friends, colleagues, neighbours who may b3e interested in learning more about Rotary and us.
"I Love Dumplings" 297 Racecourse Rd, Flemington next to Pridham Plaza.
RSVP to Josie Magri at or 0414 428 816
 Rotary Essendon event in lieu of our Wednesday meeting
Join with members from Essendon Rotary to hear their speaker Josh Mahoney, CEO of Essendon Football Club.
Tuesday 6th September at 6.30pm for a 7:00pm start.
 Angler's Tavern, 2 Raleigh Rd, Maribyrnong, VIC 3032
$30pp 2 course meal.
This is in lieu of our Wednesday breakfast meeting.
Please let President Shraddha know that you are attending.
1000 Stories Project
This week I delivered another 200 picture story books  to the Maternal & Child Health nurses at Wingate Ave and Hopetoun Centres.  Their visits are fully operational again after the last 2 difficult years.
Thanks to all those who continue to supply quality picture story books for these children.  We all know how important early literacy experiences are for children.
Please ask your friends and neighbours - this is the simplest of community service projects@
Spotlight on ----- Yvonne Farquharson
Yvonne was born Mt Beauty, where her father was working on the Snowy Hydro Scheme; the 3rd of three daughters with a younger brother. The family moved to Ballina NSW where she completed all her schooling. Her father is 99 and still lives in Ballina; her mother died in 2015.
Yvonne is married to Bob, an Agricultural & Resource Economist- for 44 years and they have 3 adult children (a geotechnical engineer, an archaeologist, and an editor in the publishing trade) and 4 grandchildren who live in NSW. Education is a big part of our family life! 
Yvonne gained a B.A. from the University of New England and a  Dip. Ed at the University of Canberra. Her whole whole working life has been in education, mostly teaching in high schools and primary schools. Her last role was as VCE Coordinator at Gilmore Girls College, Footscray.
In 2017 she founded “Filter Your Future” and created the "Healthy Kidneys Education Project”, an education program for young children to reduce the incidence of preventable chronic disease, aligned to National Curriculum and the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 for Health and Well-being. The program is freely available for teachers across Australia and New Zealand.
Yvonne was a Rotary Exchange Student hosted by the Rotary Club of Wynberg in Cape Town, South Africa in 1973. She has always valued the ideal of service and the objects of Rotary and after retirement she reached out to the club. She was inducted at our Changeover evening in June.  
Rotary Exchange wet her appetite for travel. Her most recent travel experiences pre-pandemic, were a fascinating boat trip in 2018 along the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar (Burma) and a ‘Women in Leadership’ 2019 Tour to Cambodia with World Vision, to visit education and health centres.
In her spare time, Yvonne likes to complete the daily NY Times Wordle, Quordle and Sudoko.  She also enjoys  swimming, Clinical Pilates and occasionally riding her bike when the weather is nice. She played field hockey and represented Australian Universities and the ACT in her younger, fit days.
The last word:   “Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” I have applied that throughout my life, my faith and my teaching career.
RIMERN Thursday August 25th   
Lesley is Warehouse supervisor for the day and all members are encouraged to come along and see what a remarkable place this is.  It's not heavy or difficult work.  Mainly sorting, packing, organising
and cleaning donations and preparing goods for orders.
Corner Moreland Rd and Lincoln St East Brunswick opposite the park. anytime between 10am-3pm.  Lesley 0417532 259
Please vote for Ros McMaster in the Westfield Local Heroes competition:
Westfield Airport West webpage link
Congratulations Jimmy Musiime
Congratulations have been sent to our former Royce Abbey Vocational scholar Jimmy Musiime from Uganda. Jimmy contacted Lesley recently to report that he has been elected as President of his Rotary Club, Kabale. His family were delighted with the honour bestowed upon him.
Jimmy came to Melbourne in March 2015 and spent 3 months based in the Otways where then President Hugh Stewart and his family, together with PP Allan Bruno and others arranged a number or vocational visits and learning opportunities.  Jimmy attained a MasterTree Grower Certificate as well as participating in a number of agroforestry experiences. 
We are so proud to repot on his achievements since then.
District Governor Pubudu De Zoysa, District 3220
Ms Pubuda De Zoysa is a member of the Rotary Club of Columbo and has been a great friend to the RORP project.
In addition, she was instrumental in facilitating the shipment of hospital beds from us to SL during the first COVID year.
She was recently reported in the Sri Lanka Daily Express with an in depth article on her plans for the coming year.
Sputnik Orphanage and Girls School
Eshantha Ariydasa has sent us a report fro the Sputnik school with sincere thanks for the donations sent by our club and Peter & Bev Cribb, Jim & Liz Alvey, Bob Allardice and Rotary Nunawading.  We began supporting the school in 2017 following PP Peter Cribb's meeting with Eshantha in Adelaide.
As members will know, Sri Lanka is suffering badly economically and Eshantha and the school were struggling with the costs of food, petrol and materials. They were very grateful for our ongoing support.
Imagine, diesel price has gone up by 250% and Petrol by 300% within last three months. 
A loaf of bread (450g) was Rs. 60 a month ago and today it is Rs. 170. A cup of tea which was Rs. 10 a few weeks ago is now Rs. 40-50. One Kg of rice which was Rs. 70-100 three months ago is now Rs. 270-400. Yet, nobody’s salary has been increased but, the prices have gone up by about three times.
Flemington Mission
Yvonne Farquharson volunteers at the Flemington Mission on Tuesday 10am-1pm at 26 Norwood St, Flemington.  They provide fresh food and pantry staple to people n need. They also have the Orange Sky Laundry attend.
Yvonne would be grateful for items for the food pantry including UHT milk, toiletries, knitted beanies or scarves.
February 1991
Rotary Flemington partnered with the Rotary Clubs of West Footscray, North Melbourne and Point Gellibrand as we helped to build a playground for children at risk at the David Penman Centre Somerville Rd West Footscray. Over 6 weekends, members cleared the grounds and built the playground with expert supervision from carpenters and landscapers.
The club also contributed a significant financial amount towards materials.
All members are needed to assist on the day.
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Note to members: If you’ve been involved in a Rotary or community activity between now and next fortnight, please send Lesley a note on it so that we can share it in the newsletter. We are interested in YOU and what YOU DO!

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Rotary are partners with Flemington Traders in this event to be held in Pin Oak Crescent.
Thursdays from 5pm or Saturdays from 11.30am.

Included in your tour is:

  • A progressive tasting through 4-5 eateries including stories about the history behind the foods and flavours of the shops
  • A wander through local spice shops, butchers, and grocery stores catering to various cultures to learn about the spices and ingredients from the different region
  • Visit to cultural shops and a chance to learn about the arts and crafts of the region.
City of Melbourne News:
Circus Nexus has been running free-circus for young people at the North Melbourne Community Centre over the last year, with the assistance of the City of Melbourne.  Thanks to funding from VicHealth, Circus Nexus will run more cost-FREE circus for 6-12 year old kids from the community adding another venue – at the beautiful Canterbury Street Stables, for an extra long fun session, with juggling, hoops, clowning, acro, lots of games and food and drinks for the kids.
Fridays at Canterbury Street Stables, 49-53 Canterbury Street, Flemington, 4-7pm
Neighbourhood Grants program provides small grants for community organisations and individuals to support community connection, social inclusion and actions that help address local priorities and needs. Up to $2000 is available per project and applications are open all year until the funding is exhausted. Find out more and apply at Connected Neighbourhoods small grants - City of Melbourne
It's Time Foundation:
Our club supports this foundation and the work being done to bring light and power to remote islands in Fiji.  
Enter $11 raffle to win a 5 day accommodation package for two  on beautiful Taveuni Island, Fiji (flights not included)
Proceeds of the raffle support  our community projects.
The It's Time Foundation installs solar panels on roofs of schools in Fiji's islands allowing students and teachers to read, prepare homework and do schoolwork.
PS Cherie Osborne from Keilor East Rotary was the first winner!!

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Sandy Belcher
August 2
Melina Caccetta
August 4
Nicole Marshall
August 20
Jonathon Temby
Robyn Temby
August 31
Join Date
Allan Bruno
August 1, 1989
33 years
Lorry Rowe
August 1, 2018
4 years
Jonathon Temby
August 31, 2011
11 years
Upcoming Events
Aug 25, 2022
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Blue Moon Dinner
I Love dumplings
Aug 31, 2022
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Op Shop Super Saturday Spring Sale
Op Shop
Sep 03, 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Essendon Rotary joint meeting
Anglers Tavern
Sep 06, 2022
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Dinner Meeting
Hardiman's Hotel
Sep 21, 2022
6:30 PM - 9:05 PM
Sep 22, 2022
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Flemington Traders Arts & Cultural Festival
Pin Oak Crescent
Oct 01, 2022
2:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Seniors Week Afternoon Melodies
Flem Ken Bowling Club
Oct 19, 2022
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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