“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”    — Paul Harris, 1914 



Here we are in lockdown again and as frustrating as it may be, it is for a very good reason.  As Rotarians we may not be out there actively meeting face to face, being involved in as many programs supporting the community or raising funds for much needed resources for communities over seas but we can still be productive.  Leading by example through hand washing, social distancing and mask wearing is a start.  Staying in contact with others, checking on families and friends, reaching out those you know are more vulnerable is important.  Keeping up to date on the government website and sharing your good news stories through social media has an impact. Use this time to plan ahead, contact possible links for current or future programs and, importantly, look after yourself.   https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au

Monday 21st June was a very special occasion as it wasn’t just the winter solstice but also the club’s changeover at the Emerald Hotel in South Melbourne.  Sue Foley organised a fabulous band for the evening amongst organising other things.  Amanda Wendt officiated the event and we were pleased to have Lili Teichman, ADG with us too.

It was Pam’s night and well deserved too as Pam has navigated a very difficult year and the club has  achieved so much.  A very quick but not extensive summation of the year’s projects are Mental Health Unit Care Packs, Sea Farers packs, a grant for Moyo, Uganda, to send medical supplies, preparation for a grant for Rotary Park, commencement of the planning for the Kitchen Garden project at South Melbourne Towers, and the outstanding Celtic Festival. Money raised from the festival went towards a research fellow for a year through RMH. Congratulations to Sue and her team. It was an honour to accept the role of the club’s president but as you all know, I have very big shoes to fill and will be relying heavily on each and every one of you. 

It was delightful to see two Paul Harris awards being presented at the changeover to two very worthy recipients; Christine Scilliano who is a club member and Alison Rae Jones, a friend of rotary.  Congratulations to you both!  It was also a joy to see John Wall and Kitty O’Connor receive a Paul Harris each for their tireless work on the evening of 15th April.  

We also had two other awards presented during the changeover evening.  The Bower Bird award went to Marg Hamilton.  Marg is always happy to receive donations.  Bronwyn Maddock also was recognised for her initiative in ANZAC biscuit making via zoom each Sunday afternoon during the long lockdown.  Thousands of biscuits were made for a variety of groups by a group of rotarians and friends.  The connection certainly helped my state of mind.  Thank you, ladies!



We are a club of sizzling sausage servers and continue to be so.  It was amazing hearing customers at Port Melbourne Bunnings rush to tell us how much they had missed the sausages during lockdown and how it made them grateful being back to near normal the sausages made them feel. Dennis runs a schmick operation and flatters us all by calling the volunteers his A Team.  Aaah! Flattery will get you everywhere!


Monday May 17th saw a number of rotarians from various clubs and friends recognise and celebrate IDAHOBIT  (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia) at Dick Whittington’s in St Kilda.  It was a terrific event and we were entertained by the fabulous Frock Hudson who is fabulously flamboyant.


If it’s time to declutter then please take note of this.
RIMERN means Residential Recycling! They collect household goods to donate to people in need. Who do RIMERN assist?  People coming out of homelessness, domestic violence, refugee situations, loss of homes due to disaster or crisis. They need SMALL sofas (<2.1m wide), arm chairs (no recliners); dining settings with 2,4,6 chairs; side & coffee tables, single, double & QS bed bases & SPOTLESS inner spring mattresses; new or very good quality linen & towels, doonas and pillows: sets of crockery (mugs not cups & saucers), water glasses (no stemmed glasses), pots and  pans, kitchenware, ironing boards, electrical appliances & white goods if clean, undamaged and working; flat screen TVs with remotes.
Please email pictures of what you'd like to donate to: susie.cole@rotaryprahran.org.au, with pick up address, your contact phone number and a 'must be gone by' date. THANK YOU!
Marg Hamilton is on the look out for material, empty tablet blister packs, aluminium anything and if you hear of excess school furniture needing a home, please let Marg know.
Stationery of any kind for Timor Leste school children.
More from the changeover evening and more photo's to follow;