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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

President's Message - Peter May

Our first meeting of the year had almost double the numbers as the same meeting last year. It was a wonderful emergency to have to set up an extra table to cope with the additional partners, friends of Rotarians and members of the John Gardiner Rover Crew who attended. We were also very pleased to welcome members of the Rotary Club of Boroondara, who joined us for their first meeting for 2015. The big drawcard was our guest speaker, Simon McKenzie-Nickson, who spoke about his research into Alzheimer's.
Our Rotary Club is a sponsor for a three year period of Simon's exciting PhD research. He told us that this disease is the most common cause of dementia affecting 5% of those over 65, rising to 30% of those over 85. Thirty-six and a half million people have the disease worldwide. At a cost of two to three thousand dollars, it is possible to have a scan that can diagnose the disease 17-25 years before any symptoms appear. Simon involved his audience. He was bombarded with questions as he told us about the science of plaques and tangles; proteins that remove the elements copper and zinc in an affected brain. Being so knowledgeable, he responded to every question and went on to describe his successful experiments on mice. He has found a cure that works for affected mice using Cu"(gtsm), which causes the tangles to disappear and restores memory for the animals.
A tour of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, 18th February, to visit the research facilities where Simon works. Places are limited, so members should contact Ian Coopes if you would like to join this tour. As Chairman for the evening, Ian thanked Simon with a certificate of appreciation marking the gift of a donation to Australian Rotary Health. We all really appreciated his time in helping to make our first meeting for 2015 such an outstanding success. Thank you, Simon.

Michael Chong presented the Community Service report, which covered an amazing array of service projects in our local community. Lili-Anne and Michael are looking for eight members or volunteers to join the eight Rover Scouts, to help run the Twilight Cinema for Interchange Inner East. This organisation offers top quality, affordable specialist children's and adolescent respite/recreation support to families in Melbourne's Inner East. It is for families where their children have a disability and this event, that we are helping to fund, starts at 6pm on Friday, 20th February.

Our Fund Raising Committee has met several times over the past few months to give our Aussie Pride Pride badge a small facelift. The next orders of the badge from this week with be 20% larger in size and the card that explains the significant of the badge will now be in full colour. It is being made available to all federal members of our National Parliament and to all Australian schools for presentation to their worthy students.

A beneficial outcome of the Fund Raising Committee's project to make the Aussie Pride Badge available to Australian schools, is the new way you received the Club Bulletin. You will have seen that each email contains a personalised salutation and a much more professional format. We are using this method to communicate with some 8,000 schools across the country. We also plan to use it to inform the Councils, who use our Aussie Pride Badge for their citizenship ceremonies, about how the proceeds are used in our Rotary Service Projects.

In addition to having Marjorie Morgan as our next guest speaker, I'm sure we will all enjoy hearing from Brett Riley, as he presents his 'Member behind the Badge' talk. Matt Miller will become our newest member, when he is inducted as a Rotarian and member of our Club. Also, please welcome Merilyn Cunningham, who represents Girl Guides in Boroondara, to our next meeting. It is tremendous how our Youth Service Committee is forming strategic partnerships with significant youth organisations in our city.

Our Club is well and truly off and running for 2015! See you next Monday.


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Rotary Promos

Club Bulletin - 15 Jan 2015

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Guest Speaker Calendar

Monday Jan 19 - “Australia’s Worst Shipwreck and other genealogical matters”  Speaker: Marjorie Morgan,

Monday Jan 26 - "Australia Day” No meeting

Monday Feb 02 - "A presentation by the Captain of the Victorian State Men’s Basketball Team for athletes with an intellectual disability” 

Meetings at:

2 Rochester Road, Canterbury Vic AUSTRALIA

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

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Rotary Radio

Did you know our Rotary Club has it's own Radio show ? 3WBC are doing a special, outside broadcast from the Boroondara Farmers Market on Saturday 31st January. We will be live from 9.00 to 11.00am.

The show will be hosted by Neil Butler from 3WBC and supported by Ian Salek, AG D9800, and our very own, David Proud. Tune in, or even visit the market. Patterson Reserve, 451 Auburn Road, Hawthorn

Rotary Radio Show - 31st Jan

Last Speaker  Simon McKenzie-Nickson

Last week’s speaker was Simon McKenzie-Nickson, a PhD student at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne. His research project is concerned with potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. The work is creating, optimising and characterising a new mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease which involves application of the protein that causes Alzheimer’s disease directly to the brain of the mouse. Then using the model to test the efficacy of copper delivery compounds to treat the disease and alleviate cognitive symptoms.

The Rotary Club of Canterbury is supporting Simon’s research project with a scholarship of $5000 a year for three years.


This is just a short note to you and members of your Club who may be considering doing a Pre Conference Tour. We are confident that the minimum number required for the tour to go ahead will be reached.

A description with website links on the areas to be visited can be accessed on this pre conference tour link along with a link to download the itinerary.

Please also remember that the closing date for EarlyBird registration was December 15th

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

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