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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 2016
Applications for the 2016 National Youth Science Forum open on 1st April 2015. You need to be in Year 11 and keen on Science to apply. Applications close on 31st May 2015.

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 Lunch

Canterbury Rotary Lunchers

Peter May

President's Message

Michael Chong’s cousin, Marcus Godinho, the CEO of FareShare gave an amazing account of the 638 tonnes of food that has been rescued from landfill this year and turned into 1,587,096 nutritious meals that have been distributed through 467 charities. Our visit last Monday was to Australia's largest charity kitchen, FareShare, in Abbotsford. We obtained a real insight into food wastage, food security and the role of community organisations. There is a waiting list for the 600 volunteer positions with FareShare and they also run a volunteering program for schools and corporate groups. Tony Simpson couldn't imagine organising a roster for 600 volunteers after his experience with our Sunday Market roster.
Despite the free food donated and number of volunteers, it still costs $30,000 a week to produce the 20,000 free meals. It's not just for the city, as 30% of the meals go to rural and regional Victoria. It was incredible to hear of the wonderful support Marcus is able to muster for this important task of fighting hunger for those most vulnerable members of our society. Thanks to Michael Chong for organising this memorable event for our Club with his cousin and the people at FareShare.

Michael Chong with Marcus Godinho

Ross Merolli followed the FareShare visit with a scrumptious banquet at the Ha Long Bay Restaurant in Victoria Street, Richmond. Food was fresh and tasty and the owner did all he could to make us feel welcome and to look after us. We were pretty hungry after watching all the food being prepared at FareShare, but we were soon full to the brim and unable to eat all that was provided. It was such great value. I'm sure that all the partners who attended found it a worthwhile evening.

In the last edition of the Bulletin I outlined some of our achievements for this Rotary year. This weekly Bulletin is another success story. Max does a fantastic job, week after week, to get such a quality document produced on time.
We have had lots of members away. A love for winter holidays in warmer destinations is a common feature of our membership. This means that some of the initiatives planned for this year have yet to gain momentum. Three that spring to mind are the expansion of our fund raising with the Aussie Pride badges into the corporate and education sectors; the mentoring project; and the membership ideas that came out of our dinner meeting last July. Our Fundraising Committee is getting together later this month, so there should be some progress with our Aussie Pride expansion in the coming quarter. We do need to increase the size of our Club so that our program is more sustainable during future winter months. The more members we have, the more service projects we can tackle, so the more funding we require.

I always thought we needed a year of funding in reserve in case we lost one of our funding sources. But the typhoon in the Philippines last year, that soaked up our buffer, has shown us that we actually need those funds for the management of our cashflow in the current year. We have reached the point right now where we can't fund our service projects, in the short term. As the market funds and expected revenue from Aussie Pride comes in, we should be able to meet our budget commitments, so we are still okay. Treasurer Kay is very good at juggling!

We do receive a lot of requests for funding during the year that are not covered by our budget that we finalised back in June; particularly from other Rotary Clubs, seeking partners. It makes it easy for me to respond as Club President when we don't have any money, but those with merit are always passed on to our committees for a final decision. Sometimes they can reallocate and reprioritise their planned projects. Our committees are working well this year.

It is going to be another great night next Monday. Past President, Jill Keeffe is our guest speaker, so this should be a really good evening for partners and visitors. Our monthly board meeting follows at 8:30pm. Then Vice President John takes over for the next couple of weeks, while I join our International Team on our Medical Mission to the Philippines. We will be back for the Club meeting on 27th October.

I'm sure you'll have loads of fun with John and Val while we are away!!

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Rotary Promos

Club Bulletin - 02 Oct 2014

Previous editions

Guest Speaker Calendar

Monday Oct 06 - “Developments in Ophthalmology”  Speaker: PP Jill Keeffe, Chair: Tony Simpson

Monday Oct 13 - "Taming the Black Dog” Speaker: Kevin Donnelly

Monday Oct 20 - “The Evolution of the English Language, the Me Done It syndrome and the Like generation”  Speaker: Michelle Maglitto

Meetings at:

2 Rochester Road, Canterbury Vic AUSTRALIA

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

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Next Speaker       Prof Jill Keeffe OAM

Professor Jill Keeffe has been working in Hyderabad in India at the L V Prasad Eye Institute where she has a part-time position – she visits here four times a year.

Jill left full time work at the Centre for Eye Research Australia just over a year ago and now works in Hyderabad, but also has a position with Lions Clubs International (and she is a Lion) as a Technical Advisor, with her region being some south-east Asian countries and the Pacific. Jill plans to talk about developments in Ophthalmology generally or she could present on the challenges and successes in providing eye care in low and mid-resource countries. This is certainly relevant to the Canterbury project in the Philippines. Jill will be in the Philippines again later this year.

Jill is looking forward to meeting up with friends at Rotary Club of Canterbury.  She saw Doug Hawley at his OAM induction, as her partner, John, received one too.  John is in the Rotary Club of Seymour.

PP Jill Keeffe OAM


Bill Nankervis

Bob Falconer

Doug’s Winning Handball

New Member

Vice President John MacCaskill inducting new member Brett Riley

We are seeking to induct five new members who are under 30 this year - four to go !!

Book soon to ensure you can get a flight and affordable accommodation

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