I am putting this right at the front of this newsletter as we are really wanting our members and friends of the club to support this as much as possible.

Usually, when you are organizing a function when you have about 150 people booked 2 and half weeks before the event you would be pretty happy but when it is at a venue that can hold over 1000 people it is a bit of a concern as we don't want the venue to look almost empty.

Of course, it won't look empty as apart from the 150 people already booked we have agreed to let in 50 recently returned Ukrainian refugees as well as there are quite a few performers in choirs and dance groups that will all need seats as well.

There has been a lot of work going into promoting the event and it is still ongoing.

You may have noticed it in some of these publications:

  • "What's on in Melbourne"

  • Trybookings

  • Eventbrite

  • Rotary District's Networker

  • North West City News

  • The Multi-Cultural Commission of Victoria Newsletter

  • The Travel Agents Newsletter

  • Promoted to every Rotary District in Victoria

  • Promoted thru the Ames network

  • Promoted through the Association of Ukrainians in Victoria network

  • The local Labor Party Newsletter

  • Shared on numerous Facebook groups

  • "This newsletter"

So far less than half our members have booked so far and so I am really appealing to all members and friends of our club to please support this most worthy event.

The details are as follows:

Date:     Saturday 7th May 2022 at 3.00 pm

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall

Cost:     $25.00/person,  $10.00/child 12 and under.

 If you can't make it you can still log on and make a donation. Or you can go and donate as well.

The concert will feature singers, choirs, dancers, and Keynote Speakers

Log onto Trybookings on

Thanks to our sponsors, Strathmore Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank  & 

Major Sponsor - Downer who is making it possible to hold the event at the iconic Melbourne Town Hall

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: Apart from wanting members to book seats for the event we are also looking for volunteers for the day as well to help process everyone as they arrive and check them into the venue

MUNA -  Model United Nations Assembly

We have booked the Mercure Hotel for the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 18th & 19th June 2022
It is our aim to try and get about 16 teams of 2 years 11 students from secondary schools around Melbourne.

Notices have been sent to all clubs and so far 3 have already responded to say they intend to get a team


Last week I mentioned that I had agreed to be part of this program. Well, I registered and I don't think I know what I was getting into.

Straight away I have had to complete an online profile including a photo and an introductory video and do the first 2 training sessions.

I am now waiting on a Mentee actually choose me to be their mentor and then there will be more training and about 1hour of commitment a week.

Rotary District 9800 Conference 2022

It starts in only 2 days now on Friday 22nd April.

I have already mentioned most of the details but I can now add that our club dinner for Friday has been all worked out now. We are joining the West Footscray, Wyndham, and Werribee Rotary Clubs at the "Bended Elbow Restaurant. So there should be about 40 of us.


We are still looking for volunteers for Saturday 30th April

Please let me know if you are able to do a 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm shift  on that day on

Upcoming BBQ's

As previously advised we still have 3 more BBQs coming up.


We now have the date and it is on Saturday 21st May 2022 and it will be at the North Melbourne Primary School. We have made contact with the school principal, Sarah Nightingale and she has confirmed her agreement for us to run this BBQ, naturally on the basis of sharing the profits with the school


Naturally, it is on Mother's Day, 8th May 2022 at Alexandra Gardens - Melbourne


This is on the day after the election BBQ on Sunday 22nd May 2022. So apart from all the work, we'll have to do at the BBQ there will be plenty to talk about after the votes are in.

Please contact me if you are available for any of these other BBQs at

No More Zoom Meetings

At our last zoom meeting, we decided we will no longer proceed with regular fortnightly zoom meetings.

We felt we have just about had enough of them now and so will just stick with the fortnightly in-person meetings at the Mercure Hotel and just have a zoom meeting to serve as a Board Meeting at about 6-week intervals.

So this means No Meeting tomorrow

Last Meeting Thursday 14th April 2022 Keir Paterson

Keir is the local Labor candidate for the Seat of Melbourne. It is the first time he has stood for politics and came across as a very well motivated candidate

Whilst attendance was a challenge holding the meeting the evening before good Friday but was still a very good meeting.

Neville & Judy Page, Herbson, Ted, Andrew, Global Grant Scholar Atsuya and speaker Keir Paterson

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday 28th April 2022 at 6.45 for 7.00 pm at the Mercure Hotel, Cnr Harker St & Flemington Rd North Melbourne 

Terry McAleenan- In Person

Terry is the Victorian Schools Manager for "the Fathering Project"


Dad Joke of the Week

This week's joke is following on from our club deciding to host MUNA this year.

"What is the Best Thing About Switzerland?"

"I'm not sure but their flag is a huge plus"

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