Are you ready for the switch to NBN?

Join us on January 29th as we hear from Gabe Denemark of nbn local Victoria.  Gabe is a Community Ambassador for nbn, and will be speaking on: the progress and status of nbn in our area what it means for us tips and tricks on how to choose the right plan how nbn affects existing … Continue reading Are you ready for the switch to NBN?

2020 – International Year of Plant Health

Contributor: Diane Fisher Each year - the United Nations selects a focused theme for the year and in 2020 it is "Plant Health". In Australia the focus will be led by Plant Health Australia and the Department of Agriculture to coordinate the promotion across our nation. The slogan adopted is Protecting plants, protecting life with … Continue reading 2020 – International Year of Plant Health

Fellowship gathering to kick off the year

Our first meeting is on January 15th 2020 for a Fellowship get-together with partners at Keith Anderson’s penthouse in Doncaster. It will be BYO and $20 for pizza, chicken and salads.  6.30pm for 7.00pm start. Guests and partners are most welcomed - for bookings and details, please contact Dan Hession.

Our District's response to the Bushfires

Late last week, Premier Daniel Andrews declared a State of Disaster as Victoria's bushfire crisis worsened and NSW has been declared a State of Emergency. Firstly, we must remember that Rotary is a secondary or tertiary response community server organisation (ie recovery and restoration of the towns), and any plans or projects must be aligned … Continue reading Our District's response to the Bushfires

An after Christmas thought…

by Diane Fisher As a new decade dawns and we consider "the good", "the bad" and "the interesting" from the year that is drawing to a close, it is an opportunity to consider the influences we chose to accept. For many the story of how in the 1930s Coca Cola together with their advertising agency, … Continue reading An after Christmas thought…

President's Report – December

Well, what a month November was. Let’s start with the Manningham Family Festival at Finns Reserve on Sunday 17th November. It was a fantastic event with a new stall layout centred around the stage and a huge undercover viewing and eating area for the public. Over 3,600 people came through the gates, and that’s not … Continue reading President's Report – December

Cleaning up our oceans – Ocean X

Did you know that every year, 8.8 million tons of plastic waste make their way into our oceans? 700 marine species are now at risk of extinction, and most of marine life has now swallowed contaminated plastic, ultimately ending up in our meals. Come listen to fellow Rotarian Ludovic Grosjean, founder of The Ocean X … Continue reading Cleaning up our oceans – Ocean X

Aquatic wheelchair for Onemda

At our recent Spring Racing evening, we presented a cheque for $1,400 to Simon Lewis CEO of Onemda, being funds raised from our Annual Footy Tipping competition between our 3 cluster clubs (Manningham, Doncaster and Templestowe). Onemda is a centre for learning and therapeutic development for people with a disability. Based in Doncaster East, they … Continue reading Aquatic wheelchair for Onemda

Congrats to Brian Negus – ITS Hall of Fame

We congratulate fellow member Brian Negus, who became the first Australian inducted to the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress Hall of Fame at the recent ITS World Congress in Singapore. The award recognises industry professionals who personify the highest standards of leadership and help to drive the ITS industry forward. “I am deeply honoured … Continue reading Congrats to Brian Negus – ITS Hall of Fame

Terry Fleming – Paul Harris Fellow

We would like to take this opportunity to recognise Terry Fleming, who has continued to support The Rotary Foundation since he retired from our Club. This year, he was awarded with a Paul Harris Fellow award (his second) - Past President Bruce Evans and his wife Valerie recently visited Terry to make the presentation, where … Continue reading Terry Fleming – Paul Harris Fellow

President’s Message – November

November will be a big month. Coming up is the Manningham Family Festival at Finns Reserve on Sunday 17th November. It promises to be a fantastic event with new onstage entertainment, new stalls and a live radio broadcast from 96.5 inner FM. The Festival Planning Committee, which also includes the Rotaract club of Manningham, needs … Continue reading President’s Message – November

Our community…

Wednesday November 6, 2019 This evening will provide the opportunity to consider where our club fits within our community and within the broader Rotary community. Shia Smart our District Governor will visit with our club (and members of the Board, after the meeting) to provide this annual opportunity for questions, comments and suggestions as to how … Continue reading Our community…

Thomas is back!

November 13th, 2019 meeting Many of you will remember Thomas Cossurel, who came to us as a Rotary exchange student ten years ago when he was just 15. Now 25, Thomas will be visiting us in November and is hoping to catch up with everyone during our November 13th meeting. He is very keen to … Continue reading Thomas is back!

Stop Press – November 20 has changed

Update to your diary! November 20 will be a debrief of  Manningham Festival at Finns Reserve, and a night of food and fun.  The night will be held at Ichiban Teppanyaki - East Doncaster. Fun Fact:  Ichiban means "number 1"! The menu is: ENTREE :            Combination of sushi, sashimi and fried chicken MAIN:       Chicken Salmon … Continue reading Stop Press – November 20 has changed


Wednesday November 20, 2019 As we wind down from the Manningham Festival - held at Finns Reserve event, our AGM will provide an opportunity to receive the reports from the event, and to conduct our statutory Annual General Meeting and elect the office bearers for the 2020/2021 Rotary Year.  

Festival fun for the whole family!

The sun is finally shining on Melbourne again and that means it's time for ice cream! There will be heaps more food options to get excited about at the Manningham Family Festival this year, as well as loads of fun activities for the whole family. Kids will love the famous camel and pony rides, as well … Continue reading Festival fun for the whole family!

Rotaract – do you know who we are?

Wednesday November 27, 2019 Chartered in July, 2019, our Rotaract Club (co-sponsored with the Rotary Clubs of Doncaster, Manningham and Warrandyte-Donvale) will present a review of the first six months of operations with a focus on how as a partner project of Rotary International, we can work with the Rotaract club members for the benefit … Continue reading Rotaract – do you know who we are?

Family Festival in the news! (Manningham Leader)

Just 16 days to go till our annual Manningham Family Festival at Finns Reserve. This year promises to be an entertaining blockbuster with 3 new acts and over 120 performers on stage. Here is the program for the day: 9.30am Super Mande Percussion African Drummers 10.00 am Boogie Bubs Creative Dancers 10.30 am Manningham Rotaract … Continue reading Family Festival in the news! (Manningham Leader)

What does RYLA mean?

Wednesday December 4, 2019 The  Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a unique 6 day residential seminar held all over the world focusing on stimulating, challenging, educating, enhancing and empowering participants in the areas of leadership, personal and professional development and service to the community. Our District aims to deliver an intensive training program for young people aged 18 … Continue reading What does RYLA mean?