Next Meeting
Club meeting 6 July 2020, 6.30pm via Zoom log on from 6.15pm
Our upcoming meeting this Monday 6 July will be a relaxed meeting of fun and fellowship.
Grab a comfy chair, something to drink, a snack and enjoy a video clip…approximately 30 minutes long and very amusing.
If I could be President again!
To John from Pam… just in case you have 2nd thoughts about giving up the reins!
Club Meeting Monday, 20th July 6.30pm  Guest speaker more details to come.
Incoming President's Report
Greetings to our members and friends
Welcome to the beginning of a new Rotary Year 2020/21
This is the first time I’ve put pen to paper as your President and wondering where to start!
The highlight of my week was our club Change Over meeting, Monday 29 June.
A special highlight was hosting guests from overseas and Clubs around Melbourne.
We welcomed Dale Hoy now District Governor Elect 2021/22,  Rosemary Waghorne our outgoing Assistant Governor and Lili Teichman incoming Assistant Governor 2020/21. Lili gave an inspirational toast quoting incoming RI President:

Holger Knaack R I President 2020/21
“We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help. Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere,” said Knaack.
For more information on Holger follow this link:
As a Club we acknowledged the outstanding representation of Service above Self in 3 of our Club members with the presentation of Paul Harris Awards. President John Wall was awarded a double sapphire pin presented by DGE Dale Hoy who commented on the large number of Community and Youth projects and programs that John has been involved and initiated and so deserving of such an Award.
Sue Foley was awarded a triple sapphire pin for her tireless endeavours to help raise funds for the Rotary Health initiative Lift the Lid on Mental Health and to provide ongoing assistance to communities devastated by both the drought and subsequent Bushfires. Sue’s skill has been recognised at District level with her appointment as District Chair of Community Services.
Julia Topliss received her award a  triple sapphire pin from John for her ongoing commitment to Community and the marathon effort over 5 years to get CoPP to retain the name Rotary Park at Catani Gardens, St Kilda when the Park was ear-tagged for redevelopment.
Presidents Overview of the past year.
John spoke with passion of the many projects undertaken by our club, noting that for a small club we have achieved a lot.. punching well above our weight.
Many of the earlier initiatives had to be put on hold due to Covid 19 lockdown. The conversation with Wesley College in March about starting up an Interact Club will resume when face to face meetings are permitted. As some projects were put on hold others required immediate attention. Assistance with a Community Pantry run by the Empower Charity needed help in securing enough food for the increasing demand, 6 times the need pre-Covid. John is a strong believer in the power of engaging Cluster and Cross Cluster clubs and community partners. Writing a splendid Business plan on the Empower Charity to present to Cross Cluster Clubs, two more clubs came on Board with resources and donations.
Reaching out via Facebook for beanies to go into Care Packs for Seafarers stuck at sea, mobilised  knitting groups from Mornington Peninsula to Brisbane to knit beanies.

Outgoing President's Report
Firstly, I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are meeting - the Yalukut Willam Clan of the Boon Wurrung. I pay my respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging and to the Elders from other communities who may be here today.  I acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land.
I welcome Dale Hoy DGN (almost DGE), Rosemary Waghorne our dedicated Assistant Governor who has lead us for 3 years and our incoming AG Lili Teichman.  I welcome our Cluster Presidents and President Elects – John Williams (RCAP), Richard Chater (RCAP), Kevin Beagle (RCPM for 2 years), and any other visiting Presidents and members of other clubs.
Thank you to my current board – Pam, Sue, Bronwyn and Ron.  Your support and guidance has been invaluable even if I didn’t really listen to you at times.
And a special thank you to you our members for your work throughout the year and having faith in me to take on this role for two years. We are a small club of 18 members but as they say, we punch above our weight.
Bob's a winner
First past the post in paying membership subscriptions was Bob Iversen. Thank you Bob so very much.  A great example to us in so many ways.   For those of you who haven’t yet contributed to the Club subscriptions, please do.  Insurance, Rotary International and District dues have been paid and administration funds need to be replenished.
Saints Apology
An open apology to all Saints supporters.
I am not really grumpy.

(Click the link for my gift)
Sue Foley
Changeover Raffle

What a changeover – a first in for our club embracing our new online life.

We even managed to do a some fundraising with a great raffle.

With a generously donated hamper to support “District 9800 Rotary Bushfire and Drought Appeal” donate by Geoff Mackie and Virginia Wilmott from the Roo Baa and a couple of bottles of the good stuff donated by club members we were able to raise pledged funds of  $500 for the appeal and $90 for club funds.

A big thanks to Geoff and Virginia for their contribution – they do many great works for local football and their local community and their support for the postponed Celtic Festival was also very much appreciated.


Winners of the raffle were

1st Prize – Pam Dittmer

2nd Prize –  Bec Heitbaum (Bottle of Moet)

3rd Prize - John Wall (Bottle of Pinot Noir)


If you were kind enough to enter the raffle and haven’t yet transferred your dollars please send to

Bendigo Bank

Rotary Club Melbourne South

BSB 633-000

Acc 157 626 805

Reference – Your name


With thanks and now lets get on with our exciting new Rotary year.

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