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Vale George Kerry

Members of the Rotary Club of Footscray mourn the sudden passing of fellow Rotarian George Kerry on Monday 20th June.
George was a quiet, ever-present gentle man. Introduced to the club by his father, George senior, he was an active member for almost 33 years. He lived the Rotary motto of ‘Service above Self’ and will be greatly missed
A  funeral celebrating George's life will be held at
Holy Protection Cathedral
1-7 Albion St, Brunswick East
10.30am Thursday 30th June

Rotary International Convention 2023

Special registration fee for RI Convention.

Ensure you register for this once in a lifetime opportunity as the 114th Rotary International Convention is held in Melbourne 27-31 May 2023. 

The best and cheapest registration fee of US$425 is available for 5 days only during the Houston Convention [4-8 June 2021, Houston time]. Fee increases to US$475 on 9th June. Register online at:

District Conference Report

District Conference was held in Albury 22nd-24th April and a video summary of the weekend can be viewed here.

Rotary Regionalisation Project

Rotary Zone 8, principally Australia and New Zealand, is involved in a pilot project exploring a better way of organising Rotary, ensuring the best support possible to Rotary clubs and Rotaract clubs. Through a less layered and more devolved contemporary approach members can continue to do what they do best – projects and connections/fellowship.  The aim is to reduce duplication and streamline processes, encourage even broader and more collaboration in areas such as public image, marketing Rotary, partnering with business, government and service partners, and make leadership roles more attractive and doable.


New Members

The club was delighted to welcome new members Rana Yawary and Khushel Kahn at our meeting on May 19th. We look forward to getting to know them and their contribution to the club.



Mambourin Awards

At the meeting of May 5 the club welcomed staff of Mambourin, an organisation that supports people with disability.  Following a presentation by Casandra Smith, General Manager-People and Culture three awards were presented:

Most Outstanding Supported Employee of the Year Award

Louise Emmett (see photo)

“A supported employee within in our social enterprise …a vibrant and outgoing member of the team working towards a Cert 2 in Warehouse Operations and obtaining a forklift licence”


Paul Harris Society

The latest newsletter from District 98009 Foundation Chair, PDG Julie Mason, can be read by clicking this link .


Legend of Rotary

Congratulations to Lawrence Atley. April marks 50 years of his association with the Rotary Club of Footscray as a member and honorary member. A full report on his significant contribution to Rotary will feature in the next Bulletin.


Golf Day

A very succesful fundraising Golf Day was held at Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club on March 25th.

Forty four players registered and hit off after breakfast in the club house, competing using the Ambrose format.

The winning team was led by Nick Barker of BTR Constructions whilst the team of Rodney Johnstone, Phillip and Adam Caruso and John Casey were runners up.


Speaker 7th April

We welcomed Daniel Santangeli as our speaker April 7th. Daniel is Artistic Director and Co CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC).
He spoke about the Centre, its history, mission, staffing, funding and plans for development.
The centre is a highly sought after space for exhibitions with a waiting list of two years.
Programs supporting artists from First Nations heritage and those with disabilities were highlighted.


Golf Day Sponsors

Thanks to all our generous Golf Day sponsors contributing to the overall success of the day, raising funds for local projects.

$1200 Sponsors: Kincrome, Davis Lawyers and Seddon Comminity Bank

$600 Sponsors: FPW Finance, Joseph Lois Real Estate

Other Donors: Tripp and Co. Pty Ltd, The Golf Clearance Outlet


A successful RYPEN Camp has just been completed. 16 students, 5 Supporters and 3 Rotarians attended. The students were 15-17 year olds in years 9, 10 or 11. The supporters are the enthusiastic young people who voluntarily give up their weekends to act as team leaders for the students, and the Rotarians are the members of the RYPEN Committee including Suzanne Zammit.

Suzanne found it such a breath of fresh air to be at Doxa encouraging the students to explore and step into their potential and they so do.


Melbourne Convention Host Hospitality night

Monday 29th May 2023 is the Melbourne Convention Host Hospitality night

Rotarians who are registered for the Convention can apply to host between 4 and 8 international and interstate guests in their home for dinner. Priority for hosting will be given to Registered Convention attendees but non-attendee Rotarians are also welcome to apply.  


Footscray Art Prize 2023

We had our first meeting for the Footscray Art Prize last Tuesday.

Philip and Suzanne will the Rotary Representatives for the 2023 Arts Prize. Maria will be president when the Footscray Arts Prize and the Footscray Rotary Arts Prize Dinner take place. The Arts Prize will be announced on late May, and the finalists will have their work displayed for about 2 months.

The junior Arts Prize finalists will have their work displayed for a month.  

The Footscray Rotary dinner will occur on 17th June 2023.

Italian Night

Our final event the year was a very successful “Italian Night” arranged by Phillip Caruso.
We were entertained by emerging operatic star Darcy Carroll, son of Julie, who entertained us with two arias. What a bonus for our club to have an artist of his calibre perform for us.
Giovanni Butera publisher of “Segmento” spoke passionately about his unapologetically Italian magazine which provides independent views on Italian culture and modern lifestyle as sources of knowledge, meaning and value.
Quizmaster John Granger conducted a probing “Italian quiz”.
Thanks to Phillip for his organisation.

RI President Shekhar Mehta urges countries at COP26 to protect mangroves


Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta joined the Rotary delegation to the 26th United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on 10 November to explore ways Rotary can work on environmental challenges, including by restoring mangroves, a crucial ecosystem that can mitigate the effects of climate change in coastal areas.

The climate summit, also known as COP26 (short for Conference of the Parties), brought together nearly 100 heads of state and governments over a two-week period to set new targets for fossil fuel emissions. This was Rotary’s first time at the annual conference.


Rotary Acknowledges Outstanding Teachers

The pandemic forced teachers to adopt new modes of teaching. It was uber timely that Rotary Altona City established the Hobsons Bay Rotary Teacher Awards program in 2018.

Focusing on early career stage teachers, experienced teachers, and teams, the awards recognise and encourage outstanding performance in local schools.


Rotary supports COVID-19 Vaccinations in Timor Leste

Rotary Port Phillip in conjunction with representatives of Spend it Well, a local Timorese Government organisation, SABEH, and the Australian Government representative in Timor Leste coordinating the Australian Government response to COVID19, initiated a project to administer one dose of an anti-COVID vaccine to approximately 5,000 to 6,000 people over a two-week period. 


Rotary & Interplast – A Good News Story

Fifteen-year-old Rashmi dreams of being a doctor. When Interplast last met the Sri Lankan schoolgirl, she was busy studying for her Ordinary-Level examinations, undertaken in the final two years of high school.  

Aiming to enrol in a biology stream for her higher studies, Rashmi’s goal was to become a doctor, and help others, as she has been helped over so many years.   


2023 International Convention

Melbourne will host the 2023 International Convention!! While the official promotion program for the Convention will not commence until after the 2022 Convention, have a think about the opportunities to Volunteer at this wonderful event.

Vale David Graham

One of our club giants, David Graham OAM, died last Friday, September 3rd, just short of his 91st birthday.

David joined the Rotary Club of Footscray in 1977 while he was headmaster of Rosamond Road Primary School. He brought a deceptively quiet energy to everything he tackled in life and he was prominent in his own community of Altona where he became Mayor, as well as in our club with one legacy being the Aged Care facility in Mephan Street. He didn’t act alone in that venture but his role was pivotal.

David’s strengths were in administration and networking and his achievements were many. His calm manner and quiet dignity belied the solid contributions he made in life and these contributions were, perhaps belatedly, recognised through him being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. In his later years, David (which was really his middle name, his first being Hugh) put his energy into Footscray Probus Club and he became an Honorary member of our club. He remained a source of wise counsel to anyone who asked.

He would be the first to admit that Team Graham achievements were attributable to his wife Valda and himself. She might be the model for the well-known saying, “behind every great man there is a…” 

Death brings a full stop to the contribution which any person makes to society but the ripples of past actions can spread out and have effect long after. The best way we can honour David is to redouble our efforts to improve the community in which we live and which he loved.

Sincere condolenscences to Valda and family.

 Jamie Robertson AM, President

Evan Phillips Scholarship

Evan Phillips Rotary Club of Footscray Scholarship
The Rotary Club of Footscray and FutureGen Foundation are partnering to provide the Evan Phillips scholarship to apprentices and trainees in Melbourne’s West.
The Evan Phillips Scholarship has been developed to provide assistance to young disadvantaged Australians by giving them ‘a hand up, not a hand out’, and helping them reach their full potential.  
The Evan Phillips Scholarship is open to apprentices and trainees who reside in Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Wyndham and Melton Councils.
To be eligible for the Evan Phillips Scholarship, apprentices and trainees need to have been employed for a period of six months, be up to date with studies, have excellent attendance and be supported by your Employer Partner to be nominated. 
Applications close September 30th and are through the FutureGen Foundation website -

Young Artist Award - Primary

The Young Artists Prizes at the Footscray Art Prize are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Footscray. At last week's opening the winners were:
Secondary - Miwa Wilson "To Grow Up"
Primary - Jayden Ly "Growling Grass frogs and their habitat" (pictured)
The Young Artists exhibition will be displayed at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson St Footscray, until Saturday Jube 5th.
Congratulations to Miwa and Jayden.

District Governor's Message - Centenary Coins and Stamp Launch Success

Rotary District 9800 Governor Philip Archer

The Rotary Centenary Coins and Stamp launch was held on Thursday morning and was truly a wonderful event. The seamless online communication link between the Melbourne and Sydney UBS boardrooms was impressive and allowed us to showcase the best of the two centenary clubs of Rotary Melbourne and Rotary Sydney.

I would like to acknowledge the leadership of those clubs dating back one hundred years. Sir John Monash, the second President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, and indeed every president since charter, has led a broad church of members who have been able to assist the growth of Rotary in Victoria and across Australia, chartering new clubs and implementing a range of impressive projects that have brought significant benefits to the communities they have served. I congratulate the current Rotary Melbourne leadership team of President Marion MacLeod, Immediate Past President Kevin Sheehan and Hugh Bucknall, all of whom have been so active in the promotion of Rotary’s 100 years of giving and leading our centenary celebrations. They have helped to lay the foundation for the next century of giving.


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