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Deputy Chairman, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation; President, Australian Commonwealth Games Association; Executive Board Member, Commonwealth Games Federation

Sam Coffa has served Australia for more than 40 years as an outstanding athlete and sports administrator.

As a weightlifter, Sam represented Australia at the 1964 World Championships, the 1962 Commonwealth Games (then British Empire and Commonwealth Games) in Perth and the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.

He was also Victorian Champion from 1959 to 1969 and a six-time Australian Champion.

He was Deputy Chairman of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Bid Committee and 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

Sam was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his service to sport, particularly weightlifting, youth and the community.

Across a distinguished career as a sports administrator, Sam has held almost every leadership or administrative-level position within his chosen sport and the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.

Chair: Anne Scott

(Photo Credit:  Gold Coast Bulletin)

Sam Coffa AM JP
Mar 13, 2018
Mar 16, 2018 – Mar 18, 2018

Paul Devereux is the Chief Financial Officer for StartMesh, which is 'a Global Technology Venture Catalyst supporting the commercialisation of startups post the idea validation stage through to sustainable profitability or a liquidity event'. He has more than 30 years’ experience working across large international corporates, private equity-backed companies and startups, a career that has armed him with an inherent ability to quickly assess where a business is positioned and where value can be added.

Paul is an expert at upgrading and realigning business systems and processes, including the integration of a number of businesses into a global network; having been an instrumental player in several large-scale corporate reorganizations such as the successful launch and rollout of Australia’s largest fuel and convenience retailer (Coles Express) that brought together six privately owned and disparate franchises which controlled approximately 600 sites and 6,000 employees.

Paul is also the son of Rotary Hawthorn member Joe Devereux.


Paul Devereux
Mar 20, 2018
Mar 22, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
A historical walk through the original Hawthorn Village (now West Hawthorn) conducted by Libby Love of Hawthorn Historical Society.
The plan is to meet at the corner of Wood and Denham streets Hawthorn, walk for around 1 1/4 hour (from 11.45am), & then go for lunch at the Beehive Hotel from 1pm
Numbers for the walk limited to 25 ($10 per person for the walk only).
Please come dressed for the weather.
Members who can't join us for the walk are very welcome to join us for lunch
**Please contact President Katrina for more details**
Historical Walk, Followed By Lunch
Mar 27, 2018

Dai is a member of the Rotary e-ClubNextGen (District 9640),  Past District Governor 2012-2013 (D9600)  and an 'Ambassador Coordinator - Malaria Vaccine Project (D9640)'.

Malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal, disease that is caused by a parasitic infection of the red blood cells.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year, more than 200 million people are infected with malaria worldwide.Malaria is a common problem in areas of Asia, Africa and Central and South America. Unless precautions are taken, anyone living in or travelling to a country where malaria is present can contract the disease.

Chair: Dennis Shore

(Photo Credit:  Malaria Vaccine Project)


Dai Mason
Apr 10, 2018

This is a joint night meeting with Rotary Glenferrie

More details to follow.


Dr Robert Webster OAM Note: Night Meeting
Apr 17, 2018

This is a true story ‘about Sandy, a horse that hauled bricks in Tallangatta before becoming a warhorse and the favourite of Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges in Egypt. Sandy was the only horse, out of 136,000 that left Australia, to finally be returned home at the end of the war. Bridges was the only soldier whose body was repatriated.

The horses were loved. Those still alive at war’s end were sold, abandoned, or shot. All except one.  Sandy spent his final days in the Maribyrnong remount depot.

Rosemary Johns is a playwright/performer  Rosemary's work has been presented in Cape Town, Stockholm and Mumbai, and her plays have been produced in New Zealand, Athens and Germany. Her political thriller Black Box 149 was part of DFAT’s Australia now Germany program 2017. It was the first time the Staatstheater Nürnberg has ever produced a play by any Australian playwright. As Told by the Boys Who Fed Me Apples (selected for the VCE Drama Playlist) was nominated for an AWGIE (Australian Writers' Guild Award)

Chair:  Chris Hanson

Photo Credit: Booktopia




Rosemary Johns
Apr 24, 2018

More to come

Chair:  TBA

(Photo Credit:  Australian Men's Shed Association).

Ian Fenton
May 01, 2018

Over the last three years, Dr Harry Blutstein has been combing through ASIO files and archives from Hungary, Russia and the US.  From declassified documents Dr Blutstein tells previously unknown Cold War stories about the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, showing that show they were anything but 'friendly.' As well as these, Dr Blutstein re-tells the 'Blood in the Water' semi-final between the USSR and Hungary, showing how the violence was politically motivated.

His book on these events, Cold War Games, was described by The Age as "highly informed and entertaining, capturing the subterranean tensions running through the Games."

Dr Blutstein is an adjunct professor at RMIT University and has a BSc, BA in history and a PhD. Since 1972, he has worked on and off as a freelance journalist, with feature articles and opinion pieces appearing in Australian newspapers and magazines '.

Chair:  TBA

Dr Harry Blutstein
Jun 05, 2018

Please see further information under the 'Events' part of the website.

No Meeting
Jun 12, 2018
Jun 20, 2018
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Visit To Rotary Camberwell Art Show
Jul 10, 2018