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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.  Rotary Clubs - buy these pins as a fundraiser for your Club.

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NYSF 2015
Applications for the 2015 National Youth Science Forum open on 1st April 2014. You need to be in Year 11 and keen on Science to apply. Applications close on 31st May 2014.

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.

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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

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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 West Footscray.

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Regular Club events 

Canterbury Rotary Walking Group

Canterbury Rotary Bike Riders

Canterbury Ladies Coffee

Canterbury Rotary Lunchers

John McCaskill

President's Message

Last Monday saw a continuation of the Victoria Police theme from the previous week with Detective Inspector Glenn Harriss as our Guest Speaker. Glenn is our Police Mentoree and was introduced by our excellent Chairman for the night and his club mentor, David Zrna. Glenn is one of 50 Police Officers nominated each year by the Chief Commissioner for mentoring by Rotary and the business community (Glenn’s business mentor is with KPMG).

Glenn is based in the St Kilda Road Police Headquarters which includes Crime Command, Covert Operations and the special divisions and task forces. He manages 70 staff in 24 locations across Crime Command supplying information and intelligence that drives the special divisions.

Born and raised in Ballarat, Glenn talked frankly about his days growing up in that city and his bush upbringing including sport (elite level sprinter), trap shooting, football, etc. He talked about the drinking culture and stupidity of young people during those years leading to the tragic loss of many young lives… one mother lost four sons in four separate accidents. He lost a number of mates the same way and is not surprisingly a huge supporter of the original “let’s declare war on 1034” and other road toll campaigns and initiatives.

From those early years when Glenn walked past a police station, saw a police recruitment sign and joined the force, Glenn has had a very impressive career covering numerous appointments in various precincts and his current position as one of Victoria’s leading and respected senior policemen. He talked about his early days stationed in Braybrook and the success achieved there in confronting crime, violence, drugs, burglary, armed robbery, etc. He modestly talked about what the police did best at that time and still do today… ”we are very good at catching crooks”.
Glenn’s career then progressed as Senior Detective at Box Hill and a period in Fraud Investigation. At that time, he noted that many in the Force went about their job without knowing each other and he was instrumental in driving the police involvement with Variety the children’s charity motoring event, the Variety Bash.

The annual Variety Bash is Australia’s most successful charity motoring event. Starting in 1996 and raising funds very successfully for many charity needs over the last 18 years, the Variety Bash has played a most significant role in helping to bring policing into the community…. Glenn has been on the Variety Club Committee for the last two years and been involved with apprentices and mechanics in building more than 50 cars. This is a key program in linking law enforcement to the community. It has also played a part in contributing to more cooperation between the different state police forces and impacts on community support to media releases and crime resolution.

This was another stimulating presentation by an absorbing speaker who is a very positive representative from the Victoria Police. We thank Glenn and also David for the wonderful benefits enjoyed by both parties through Rotary Police Mentoring.

Next Monday is another very special night with my good friend Helen Marston talking about the work of her organization, Humane Research Australia, in their speaking up for animals in many ways, particularly animal experimentation for cosmetics and unnecessary exploitation. She will provide a logical, well researched and very balanced argument for humane treatment of animals in many areas. I urge you to come along and bring family and friends…. particularly animal lovers… to hear what she has to say.
On Monday we will also have a group of young people from International House promoting their upcoming evening to raise funds for Polio Plus and other causes. The theme this year is the Orient Express and it will be a fabulous night of entertainment by very talented and creative young people.
Finally, I again plead with members and volunteers to attend the special Anzac Meeting next Wednesday at Greenacres Golf Course. Ross Bastiaan is a noted speaker and it will indeed be a most special evening. I have personally assured Camberwell President Graeme Hope that he can expect 30 from our Club including the Anzac Marshalls who will be late as we are attending a briefing at Anzac House earlier that night. Please let me or Michael Chong know that you are attending (and how many) or if we can help with transport arrangements. That evening will be in lieu of our meeting the following Easter Monday. Thank you to all of you who represent our Club and support this special event. The Rotary Club of Camberwell has demonstrated great support to our Club this year and I want to do the same.

See you all on Monday and hope you enjoy the rest of the week until then.


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Rotary Promos

Club Bulletin - 10 Apr 2014

Previous editions

Guest Speaker Calendar

Monday April 14 - "Animal Experimentation - who speaks for animals?” Speaker: Helen Marsden (CEO Humane Research Australia), Chair: John McCaskill

Wednesday April 16 - "Commemorative Information Bronze Military History Plaques around the world” Speaker: Dr Ross Bastiaan, Venue: Kew Greenacres Golf Club

Monday April 21 - Easter - No meeting

Monday April 28 - "Oil and Gas Exploration in Australia, New Technology”   Speaker: Jane Rogers (Petroleum Geophysicist), Chair: John Richards

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2 Rochester Road, Canterbury

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

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Next Speaker     Helen Marston

Following a 12 year career in investment banking, Helen pursued a number of projects specific to animal welfare/rights. She was employed by Animals Australia for eight years, during which time she participated in the NHMRC’s public consultation on xenotransplantation, and founded Humane Charities Australia Inc. a project aimed to identify health charities that do not conduct nor support animal-based research.

Helen left Animals Australia in 2004 to produce ‘Animals Matter’ – Australia’s first television program about animal welfare and rights issues. In 2005 she completed the Grad. Certificate in Animal Welfare at Monash University. Helen Marston is currently Chief Executive Officer of Humane Research Australia and she will talk on the topic “Animal Experimentation - who speaks for the animals?”

Youth Exchange           Lars Spies

Our most recent Youth Exchange student, Lars Spies, plans to attend our next Club meeting on Monday 14th April to give a short talk on life after his Rotary Exchange. Lars will turn 18 on 20th April while he is back in Melbourne for his Easter school holidays.

Fellowship Evening     Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

We are organising a fellowship evening on Saturday May 3 where several club members host a dinner with surprise guests ... surprise to the other guests that is, not the hosts.

The maximum number of guests is 6 and the Club will provide all the food, home delivered on the day and with very little cooking required. We are now seeking offers to host ... and could club members email if they are happy to host.

Also we need club members to indicate if they would like to attend as guests and then reserve the date in their diary.
Val Cunniffe.