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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 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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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 - Peter May

Our members were treated to a wonderful story of love as we were taken from California, to London, to Wellington in New Zealand, then France, and finally to Melbourne. Susan Biggar and her husband, Darryl, have three amazing sons, Aidan, Oliver and Ellis who have enriched their lives considerably. Aiden and Oliver both have cystic fibrosis (CF), a common genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.
Susan's book, "The Upside of Down" is moving, inspiring and hilarious. We heard a few excerpts last Monday, and it is well worth a read.
It warms your heart to hear, "As our family took up running and sports with enthusiasm, I watched my sons skip their way into adolescence and surpass all expectations: competing in the state cross-country, track, swimming and surf lifesaving finals all in one year." Also, "Mum, I heard that Oliver and Aiden have some kind of medical condition that makes them run faster."
Sue was accompanied by Cale Wilkinson from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, based at the Royal Children's Hospital in Parkville. Cale told us of the real difference the Institute is making to child health through world-leading research and disease prevention. They do so many things, but Cale was with us to support Susan, who is raising funds and awareness of CF through the 65km for Cystic Fibrosis walk on 14th March. We are encouraged to join in this event or support Susan as her sponsor.

Susan Biggar

I ran a session about communication, one of my passions. It was good for our members to see some of the achievements we have made his year in setting up a database for contacts. We can all now rely on this information and keep it current as we develop our relationships with our partner organisations and those who support our Club. We have an excellent Facebook page, a website that is updated weekly and is viewed up to 5,000 times a week, with the major interest being in our Club Program, our Radio Show archive and our Aussie Pride Badge.

Five of us attended the Rotary Club of Melbourne's lunchtime Club meeting at the ZINC Restaurant, Federation Square last week. Michael Chong remarked, “I liked the way they inducted the new corporate member, and also the ‘reflection’. Pretty informal, yet it was still structured and well run.” It is something we all seem to take for granted, but as a Rotarian we are welcome to attend the Club meeting of any Rotary Club in the world. There is always something new to learn. From their guest speaker, we all took away the need to be more tolerant of others in our society.

As a follow up to Simon McKenzie-Nixon's presentation to our Club about Alzheimer's research, several members visited the Florey Institute this week. The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is committed to improving our quality of life through brain research. This was a most interesting tour that was enjoyed by all those who attended.

A meeting with the Girl Guides this week set the foundations for a productive partnership between the Guides, the Scouts and our Rotary club. We plan to work together to raise awareness of our organisations in the local community and to work together on service projects. Initially we intend to support Interchange Inner East. This organisation is located in Canterbury and offers top quality, affordable specialist children’s and adolescent’s respite and recreation support to families in Melbourne’s Inner East.

On Friday 20th February Rotarians from our Club are working with local Rover Scouts to put on a Moonlight Cinema for the families, volunteers and host volunteers of Interchange Inner East. The Rovers are providing FREE ice creams and drinks and a sausage sizzle. Our Club is sponsor for the event, with income from the donation we received from the Maling Road Business Association as a result of the assistance our Club members provide each December to the Maling Road Kristkindl.

Our Club is invited to a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Camberwell next Wednesday. Join us to hear a presentation from the Group Study Exchange team from Louisiana. As there is no meeting on Labor Day, Monday 9th March, our next normal Club meeting at Basscare is on Monday 16th March. So much is happening during the month ahead!
Please join us for an exclusive screening of "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" at the Palace Cinema, 231 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn. Our Rotary Cluster has booked the cinema to raise funds for End Polio Now. Everyone is invited to come along - this is not just for Rotarians. Our Club is making a donation of $2,000 to End Polio Now and the Gates Foundation puts in $2 for every dollar donated. The movie starts at 6:30pm, but tickets need to be purchased in advance. You can purchase tickets online, but ticket sales end at 9am on Wednesday 25th February. You are welcome to add a small donation when you purchase your ticket, but this is optional.
Those who would like to join us for dinner after the show at the Jazz Ria Malaysian Restaurant, 228 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn are very welcome to do so. There is a banquet for $30pp in our own room upstairs and it is BYO drinks. Please indicate with your online booking if you plan to join us for dinner, or notify Russell.
See you at the movies, if not before . . .


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Rotary Promos

Club Bulletin - 19 Feb 2015

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Guest Speaker Calendar

Wednesday Feb 25 - "GSE Presentation Night with RC Camberwell” Spit roast buffet $30pp

Monday Mar 02 - "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” Partners' & Friends Movie Night to End Polio

Monday Mar 09 - No meeting - Labor Day

Monday Mar 16 - Speaker: Jill Laughlin, Principal of Camberwell High School

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2 Rochester Road, Canterbury Vic AUSTRALIA

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

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Last Speakers  Cale Wilkinson and Susan Biggar

Cale Wilkinson is from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and was accompanied by Susan Biggar who has just published a book called “The Upside of Down”, which chronicles her family’s journey, as sadly two of her sons have Cystic Fibrosis.

Susan is a fantastic advocate for Murdoch Children's research and is on the committee that organizes an annual walk around Royal Park called “65km for CF” which raises around $65,000 per year for Murdoch Children's CF research. She can articulate the value of research from a personal angle. Susan’s website is

GSE Team

Our Group Study Exchange team from Louisiana, District 6840, arrived in Melbourne last Saturday. Hosted by our club, they have had a wonderful weekend attending White Night in the city, dinner with Kate & Gerry, a wine tour of the Yarra Valley and dinner in St Kilda. They even joined us for our tour of the Shrine of Remembrance on the 110th anniversary of Rotary, after their first day of vocational visits. 

Movie Night

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

End Polio Now

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Monday 2nd March, film starts 6:30PM
Ticket Cost: $11.50 per person

Palace Cinema, 231 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn

We need to advise and pay theatre no later than Wednesday 25th February.

We plan to go on to Jazz Ria for dinner after the show.

Help Kathy to Make a Difference

Kathy Johnston joined us as a volunteer on our Medical Mission to the Philippines last year. She will be taking the Epworth charity challenge, the Kumano Kodo Walk for Cancer along the Kii Peninsula of Japan from 20-29 March this year.

The charity challenge is organized by the Epworth Medical Foundation to help raise funds for equipment and patient support programs for cancer patients at Epworth. If you would like to support Kathy on this challenge please follow this link

Club Car Rally

A Club car rally is being organised by Keith Thompson for Sunday, 29th March. Partners or friends required to either drive or navigate the tricky clues. Mark this one in your diaries as it is sure to be fun.

Club Meeting 30th March

Put this one in your diary. Don't miss our club meeting on 30th March when we will hear from Gemma Sisia who will tells us how she is fighting poverty through education at St Jude's school in Tanzania. Book online.