eBulletin Volume 35 - Issue 30- 19 March 2021
President - Tony Laycock 0432769837
Club Information
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Service Above Self
We meet Mondays at 6:00 PM
Canterbury Centre
2 Rochester Road
Canterbury, VIC  3126
0418 444 274
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Last Week's Meeting - 15 March 2021
A large group gathered last Monday to hear our speaker Olivia Howarth provide advice about her activities with the Ambulance VicRotary  mentor program and the project that she has initiated.
Bob Lambert provided an insight into a number of events and projects to celebrate Rotary's 100th  anniversary which aims to shine a light on Rotary activities.
These events include:
  • The playground renewal project  - our Club is involved with playground equipment at Victoria Park reserve
  • The Rotary baton project
  • The peace-pole project
  • Installation of bee hotels project
  • Business breakfasts
Again Steve Wylie injected a lot of fun into our meeting by engaging us in exercises in mental agility - well done Steve.
Last Week's Speaker - Olivia Howarth

I was proud and thrilled to have my Rotary:Ambulance Vic protégée from the Leadership Mentoring Program of 2020 present her project for the program to us on Monday night, so this report is unashamedly biased.

Our twelve months together was a bit protracted, as Olivia and her husband were away volunteering n the Buliisa District – north west of Uganda for a month at the commencement  in July 2019 and our latter months were limited to phone and ZOOM contact due to COVID. Olivia was selected to present to the Leadership team in April and as I watched her on zoom, noted how it seemed to excite them.

Olivia is busy, as she is about to return to her role as Team Manager of Kew Branch (which services the Boroondara Local Government Area and surrounding suburbs and normally manages 35-40 staff in varying stages of their ambulance career). However, for the past 12 months she has been actively involved in Ambulance Victoria’s Emergency Management Unit supporting and focusing on managing the COVID-19 response. In addition, she is now undertaking a Masters in Disaster and Emergency Response through Edith Cowan University. Olivia came to the ambulance service after ten years as a nurse in the Alfred Hospital’s Emergency Department, wanting to get closer to the pointy end of trauma.

When we first met, Olivia had several ideas for her program project and had been constantly moving through the ranks in acting positions. She was kind enough to say I helped her focus on a smaller (and now profoundly beneficial community outcome)  project and filter her career plan in a way which has helped her feel more settled.

Olivia’s project was to take a series of ten health information pages (for patients who are attended, but who are deemed suitable to remain at home instead of being transported to a facility), from hard copy to APP format. She explained that, along the way, she was successful in receiving an additional  AV grant to cover the considerable tech costs of bring the work to fruition, and the complex journey she had in making it happen. Olivia wisely researched the reasons for under-use of the health information which has guided her plan for roll-out and embedding use of the APP in the Paramedics treatment armoury. The difference will be that this cohort of patients, instead of being expected to comprehend a quick verbal message from the attending ambulance officer, they can lock onto a QR code to download, or receive by email an explanatory form  to explain their specific illness and next steps for themselves and their family or carers. A future plan will expand the information into the most common non-English languages used in Victoria, as 25% of call outs are to non-English speaking patients.

Olivia is a delightful young woman, and is passionately making the ambulance service a better place to work and improving its effectiveness. I look forward to watching her impact grow and her influence expand.



Next Week's Meeting - Harmony Day
At our Club meeting on Monday 22 March we will be celebrating Harmony Day.
Please come along dressed in the national attire of your country or some clothing that reminds you of your country.
We will be having a trivia quiz and lots of fun.
Canterbury Rotary Lunch group - Week Commencing 21 March
Wed 24 Mar
Lady Dan
101 Burwood Rd Hawthorn
Wed 7 AprBox Hill RSLNelson Rd Box Hill
Wed 21 AprHooking High Street East Kew
Wed 5 MayShort BlackBurke Rd Camberwell
Wed 19 MayHarp Hotel636 High Street East Kew
The Canterbury Rotary Club lunch usually meets bi-weekly for a meal and some fun.
David Zrna looks after the reservations for the lunch group. Please contact David at  or on 0467033092 to advise that you will be coming to a lunch.
FORaMEAL Multi Club Packing Event
The Club is hosting a FORaMEAL Multi Club packing event on Wednesday 31 March at the Amora Hotel in Richmond.
There will not be the usual Monday evening meeting next week.
Please see the full details in the flier below.
This is a free event but registration is necessary at
Presentation Links
Many members  have joined  the fabulous 'Morning Teas with the DG'.  
Each session has a number of interesting presenters.
Please find below the link to the presentation by Financial Commentator Ross Greenwood from the 'Rotary Coin and Stamp Launch' held this week:
Also please find attached a link to a presentation on effective altruism.
Peace Symposium
In this centenary year for Rotary Down Under, it is worth reflecting that for 100 years Rotarians in Australia and New Zealand have promoted the advancement of international, goodwill and peace through numerous humanitarian aid and education programs.
This centenary of peacebuilding is a source of pride for Rotarians and is worthy of celebration. More importantly, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on what we can do in the future. The Future of Peace Leadership symposium will bring together leaders in peace and conflict resolution to provide perspectives on challenging global and domestic issues and they will discuss how we can all contribute towards building a more peaceful world.  The symposium will be held on April 21 and 22. It will appeal to Rotarians, peace practitioners, students and others.  
Key points:
  • Title: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩
  • The event will run over two half days the afternoon of 21st and the morning of 22nd April 2021.
  • Registrations are now available online via the conference website: .
  • Only $66.00 per person for the two days
  • An incredible line-up of leaders in peace and conflict resolution will provide their perspectives on challenging global and domestic issues.
  • Speakers will include RI President Holger Knaack, Chair of the Rotary Foundation, PRIP Ravi Ravindran, PRIP Ian Riseley,  Nobel laureates Jose Ramos-Horta and  Tilman Ruff
  • Journalist Ali Moore has agreed to facilitate a thought provoking  panel discussion titled  “ How can we reverse the Doomsday Clock?”
  • Optional sessions on:
  1. Indigenous reconciliation  2.  Family violence  3.  Economics and peace 4. Humanity & humanitarian aid    5.   Business & human rights law    6.   Peacebuilding projects. 
  • Website:
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Helpful Links
Below are a number of links to websites that may be useful references.
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting - Kate Rhodes
Canterbury Centre
May 10, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting - Antony Giblin
Canterbury Centre
May 17, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting - Tim Falkener
Canterbury Centre
May 24, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Meeting - Kay Dufty
Canterbury Centre
Jun 07, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Combined Club Meeting - Victor Perton
Canterbury Centre
Jun 16, 2021
6:15 PM – 8:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries (if your birthday is not recorded it is because the Club does not have it on our system)
Member Birthdays
Tony Nguyen
May 9
Bob Lambert
Andi Lambert
May 2
Tony Nguyen
Tran Nguyen
May 3
David Zrna
Bronwyn Zrna
May 9
Join Date
David Zrna
May 1, 1981
40 years
Graham Bishop
May 1, 1991
30 years
Anne Brown
May 12, 2004
17 years
Rob Anderson
May 13, 2019
2 years
David Chivers
May 15, 2013
8 years
Greg Vero
May 17, 2005
16 years
Anthony Balocca
May 20, 2019
2 years
Bob Lambert
May 20, 2011
10 years
Andrew Mastrowicz
May 23, 2011
10 years
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