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Serving the Canterbury and wider Community since 1987

"A Symbol of Australia we Love"

Aussie Pride badges

Aussie Pride Badges make the perfect presentation pin for Australian Citizenship ceremonies.  Schools - foster Pride, Unity and Peace by presenting these to your students for encouragement and recognition.

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NYSF 2017
Applications for the 2017 National Youth Science Forum open on 1st March 2016. You need to be in Year 11 and keen on Science to apply. Applications close on 31st May 2016.

Canterbury Rotary is...

The Rotary Club of Canterbury have been serving our Local & international communities since 1987. We have an active social and project program. Our members love being part of our Club and enjoy participating in all our activities.  Want to be involved? See below

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Interested in becoming involved?

Are you passionate about your local, business and international community? Have you participated in a Rotary program and want to re-connect with Rotary?

Do you have an interest in helping others locally and around the world with the opportunity to meet a diverse range of like-minded people?

We'd love to hear from you. We invite you to contact us about joining our Club. The Rotary Club of Canterbury is vibrant and active in our Community - Locally and Internationally. Click here to Contact the Club about Rotary or joining Rotary or to find a Club near you.

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Social Fun activities

Our Rotary Club members have fun while they volunteer. Our social events cater for a variety of tastes. Car rallies, movie nights, games nights and tours of places of significant interest in our city, and more . . .

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What Projects do we do?

Some of our projects seek participants from our local community. You or your children may be able to participate e.g. Youth Leadership training or overseas cultural and job exchange. Click Here for a short Brochure of our projects. Read about our new Education Project in Nepal and about our recent experiences in the Philippines.

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Club History
Our club was chartered in 1987 and merged with the Rotary Club of North Camberwell in 2005. North Camberwell was chartered in 1984 and was the fifth Rotary club to be chartered in Camberwell.

Donations in Kind
Our Rotary Club is proud to be a member of DIK Inc the major sponsor of Donations In Kind in West Footscray. It has been wonderful for our members to visit sites in the Philippines where the local people are benefiting from this incredible recycling project.

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President's Message - Nora Ley

Our Rotary Club of Canterbury member, Roger Taylor, provided some information and insights into the kinds of challenges that society may face in coming years in his presentation on Monday night entitled “What kind of future should we be planning for?”
Initially Roger showed us a video by Professor Will Steffen from the ANU in Canberra which was given at the 2009 conference on the topic of “Sustainable Cities Sustainable Transport”. This video occupied most of the time of the presentation and provided a large amount of information with many graphs to imply a causal relationship of human actions upon various world parameters. Relationships mentioned included reduction in fishery stocks, world transport of water in agricultural commodities, the extent of terrestrial water interception and storage, loss of biodiversity, habitat fragmentation, climatic issues and many more.
Roger provided a graph by Dr Graham Turner from CSIRO Canberra which showed his projection of growth limitations in food, industrial output, population, etc. This graph suggested that we may be facing tipping points this century in several human activities, as has happened with the activities of previous civilisations.
Roger thinks the climate change argument is a sideshow in terms of limits to growth projections. Policies for more efficient cars and light bulbs are only token gestures. We may be living beyond our collective means by consuming and degrading the earth’s capital. The planet won’t die - at least in short geological terms - it will merely change and become a planet that is increasingly more difficult for human society - initially on a local scale, then regionally and then globally.
Roger suggested that the most immediate challenge may be a financial one within a background of environmental problems and constraints. He quoted from the economist Satyajit Das who has suggested that the GFC may have been a major inflection point in economic history. George Soros has called it the end of the super boom with high debt levels, large global imbalances and the build up of future entitlements that have not been properly provided for.

As Rotarians, we assist many in need, especially in the Philippines and Nepal. Our preference is to give a hand up rather than a handout to support these people to be sustainable and to improve their life. This is through better knowledge and practices to overcome the effects of adverse existing conditions, as well as to improve their environment and capacity to implement more changes and improvements if needed. Thanks to Roger for his willingness to share his thoughts on such important global issues. Details in the presentation no doubt will be debated by some but maybe we need to consider our own lifestyle and practices and the impact on our environment.

This week the Canterbury Rotary Lunchers will be meeting on Thursday rather than their usual fortnightly Wednesday meeting. The Trinitas Thai restaurant has particularly innovative Thai cuisine. The Lunchers would welcome new participants as well as any members that can’t normal come to a Wednesday lunch.

Next Monday the speaker will be Jeff Cox who will talk to us about achieving and maintaining optimal health for life - a talk that should have some things of relevance to all of us. Until next Monday have a good week in Rotary and “Be a Gift to the World”.


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Rotary Promos

Club Bulletin - 19 Nov 2015

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Guest Speaker Calendar

Monday Nov 23 - "The History and Music of the Zither” Speaker: Etienne De Lavaulx

Monday Nov 30 - "AGM and Club Forum”  No speaker 

Monday Dec 07 - "Are Sales Professionals Born or Trained”  Speaker: John Hopkins 

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2 Rochester Road, Canterbury Vic AUSTRALIA

Every Monday - Dinner meeting
6:00pm for 6:30pm

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Next Speaker  Etienne de Lavaulx

Etienne de Lavaulx is a French born musician who plays classical guitar and chord-zither. He started playing the classical guitar and then discovered the chord-zither in 1973. He now demonstrates this unusual instrument around Melbourne, playing at concerts, shows and festivals. His repertoire includes numerous well-known classics and contemporary pieces and original compositions.

The chord-zither became very popular from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s. It is sometimes known as Mandolin-Guitar or Guitar Zither. Around 1870 some German settlers in America set out to design an instrument which would use numerical notation and be easy to manufacture. Thousands were sold throughout the world, including in Australia, with door to door salesmen offering tuition in the form of a correspondence course.

District Conference 2016

Members and partners should book online by the end of November, for the March District Conference in Bendigo. Cost is $275, or $225 if this will be your first conference. (Add an extra $75 pp if you can't book before 30th Nov 2015)

Conference Promo July 2015

Beechworth Weekend

La Dolce Vita Wine and Food Festival
Friday to Sunday, 13th to 15th November 2015

Club members and partners participated in the La Dolce Vita “The Sweet Life” Wine and Food Festival on 14-15 November.

We made our own way to and from Beechworth on the Friday and Sunday, with a bus driver available to take us to the wineries and cheese factory on Saturday (10am to 6pm). Dinner on the Friday evening was at the Hibernian at 6pm, followed by a tour of the gaol at 8pm.

It was a weekend to enjoy a great social time with fellow Club members while savouring the food and wine of north east Victoria.

A huge thank you to  Helen Hartnett & David Robinson for organising such a wonderful experience.

Miniature Railway

On Saturday 14th November our Community Service team ran a picnic day out, at the Box Hill miniature railway for local kids with disabilities and their families. In partnership with Interchange Inner East and the Boroondara Guides, we catered for 70-100 people from 11am until 2pm. With the picnic/barbeque and train rides, it was a wonderful day. Thank you to all the Guides, Rovers, Rotarians and other volunteers to helped to make this event such a great success.