Speaker Date Topic
Dr Alasdair Wood Jul 16, 2019
The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI)
The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI)

Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), which is a scientific research organisation based at Monash University in Clayton; the organisation is doing investigative and ground-breaking research on a variety of medical fields, using regeneration of human tissue and organs to address various  illnesses and diseases.

ARMI is a medical research centre based at the Clayton Campus of Monash University. Boasting 18 research groups studying a variety of regenerative approaches, ARMI is one of the largest regenerative medicine and stem cell research hubs in the world.

Chair: Dr Kevin Rose


Photo Credit: Jaron Nix

Chrisoula Alisandratos and Mark Gowans Jul 23, 2019
Orange Sky Australia
Orange Sky Australia

In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, and wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett founded Orange Sky Laundry – a world-first, free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness.

On a mission to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation.

Every week, Orange Sky completes over six tonnes of washing, but more importantly, fosters more than 1,200 hours of genuine and non-judgmental conversation. With 29 laundry, shower and hybrid vans in operation around the country, Orange Sky Australia aims to positively connect communities.

Chair: Helen Kavnoudias

Photo Credit: Orange Sky

Cathy Booth, Founder & Director: Umoja Orphanage Jul 30, 2019
'The Good, The Bad & The Extraordinary'
'The Good, The Bad & The Extraordinary'

Cathy is a Rotarian and primary school teacher in Bundaberg, Queensland, still working full time in her profession and continuing to create something extraordinary in Kenya for orphaned and vulnerable children who have no future prior to coming to be part of the Umoja Tribe.

'We are a project of RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) with Bundaberg Sunrise Rotary Club being our sponsor here and in Kenya it is the Rotary Club of Diani Beach'.
Chair: Denbigh Richards
Club Forum Aug 06, 2019
Various Speakers
Various Speakers
Alister Boyd, Grains Group Manager Aug 13, 2019
Victorian Farmers Federation
Victorian Farmers Federation

'My talk is an overview of the major issues facing Victorian farmers at the moment, as these issues rarely get a mention in mainstream media, and addresses the 'disconnect' between rural and metro Victoria.

Alister Boyd is the Grains Group Manager at the Victorian Farmer’s Federation, which is an advocacy group for Victorian Farmers in a range of sectors including livestock, grains, intensive industries,  horticulture and dairy. Alister studied Agricultural Science at Melbourne University and prior to VFF worked at global agribusiness company Cargill in the Supply Chain division as the Operations Manager, as well as the Australian Wheat Board in regional grain accumulation.

Alister was raised in Wodonga and spent weekends at the family farm where his family farm crops and cattle, but now calls Melbourne home'.

Chair: Lawrence Reddaway

Emmanuel (Emma) Sserwanga & Anne-Marie Reddan Aug 20, 2019
Yimba Uganda
Yimba Uganda

Emmanuel (Emma), was born and raised in the largest slum located in the capital of Uganda. His wife, Anne-Marie Reddan, is originally from Healesville.

Their story is amazing. This inspiring couple have established 3 programs:

  • An agricultural and farming project aimed at Youth in the city of Jinja
  • The 2nd program and the largest one being a 12-month vocational training course in Tailoring, Fashion and Design
  • The 3rd program is conducted by Emma - a Music Mentorship program.

Emma is Uganda's most recognised Gospel singer, specializing in reggae and dancehall music and reputation presents as a positive role model for those interested in music.   He has gone on to win many prestigious awards and continues to do so. For example:

  • Olive Awards Male Artist of the Year (2012)
  • Viga Awards Male Artist of the year (2013, 2014, 2016)
  • DanceHall Artist of the Year (2015)
  • Hit Awards Male Artist of the Year (2016)
  • VIga Song of the Year (2017 and 2018)
  • Music Video of the year (2018)
  • Hipipo Video Trail Blazer Award (2019)

The Music program provides selected students with:  Guidance to help them to develop their art, A platform to record their music, Opportunity to distribute their music,
Access to the Ugandan music industry, Audio production training, Performance management,  Learning musical instruments (Western and Traditional) and Revenue generating and job prospects within the industry.

AFL Football Fans. Listen to an African version of the Essendon Football Club theme:   here
(Emma is also known as Cooply Bly) 

Chair: TBA

Photo Credit: mywedding.co.ug



Benjamin Lindner Aug 27, 2019
Waltzing Matilda: A Forensic History
Waltzing Matilda: A Forensic History

This song that started as an accidental collaboration in outback Queensland in 1895 caused the death of a seven-year relationship and went on to inspire a nation during World War II, following Banjo Paterson’s death in 1941.

Waltzing Matilda ─ Australia’s Accidental Anthem written by a criminal barrister, is a forensic history of the events, the people and the places that led to the writing of Australia’s internationally famous song. This evidence-based approach dispels many of the myths and historical inaccuracies that have become folklore.

The facts about the swagman, the contribution of Christina Macpherson and Sarah Riley and the timing and the place of the composition are all revealed.

Chair: Noel McInnes

TBC Sep 03, 2019
(Partners Welcome)

Chris Banks

Daryl Steer (& AGM) Sep 10, 2019
Cambodia Clean Water & Toilet Project
Cambodia Clean Water & Toilet Project



Chair: Katrina Flinn

Adjunct Associate Professor Rob Hess Sep 24, 2019
The Forgotten Story of ... the Chinese Goldfields Aussie Rules leagues
The Forgotten Story of ... the Chinese Goldfields Aussie Rules leagues

Adjunct Associate Professor Rob Hess is an historian and a former staff member in the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University.  He has a long-standing interest in the social history of sport and his PhD was the first ever doctoral study of the history of Australian Rules football.  Rob is a past president of the Australian Society for Sports History and he currently serves as a regional academic editor for the International Journal of the History of Sport.  He is also a member of the Australian Football Heritage Group, an honorary heritage consultant with Netball Victoria and a Board member of the History Council of Victoria.  His most recent book (co-written with Brunette Lenkić) is Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football, published in 2016.

Chair: Geoff Wright




Photo: Newspapers Collection, State Library of Victoria

Leigh Woodgate Oct 08, 2019




Photo Credit:  Joshua Coleman

TBConfirmed Oct 15, 2019


Andrew Mac. Artst

Visit Of The District Governor, District 9800 Oct 22, 2019
TBConfirmed Oct 29, 2019
Melbourne Cup Theme


?Fr Joe Giacobbe

Melbourne Cup Day Nov 05, 2019
No Meeting
No Meeting

Melbourne Cup Day is Australia’s best known horse racing event. Since 1861 it has been held on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. It is an annual public holiday in the state of Victoria. This event, popularly dubbed as “the race that stops the nation”, is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over, is said to be the richest ‘two-mile’ handicap in the world and is one of the richest turf races.  More than 100,000 people usually attend Flemington Racecourse, and the race is televised live to an audience of about 650 million people worldwide'.

Did you know? The 1875 winner, Wollomai, came from Phillip Island?, (which is located around 135 kilometres south-east of Melbourne and is better known for its penguin colonies). In earlier days, prior to a ferry service between Phillip Island and San Remo, animals were swum across to the Narrows.

It was thought that Wollomai had very little chance of winning, but jockey Bob Batty rode the horse to success, in a time of three minutes and thirty eight seconds, before a crowd of 70,000 people.

The owner, John Cleeland, returned to Cape Woolomai  with £22,000 pounds, having given the jockey and trainer £500 each.

Photo Credit: bandt.com.au
Fdn Speaker Nov 12, 2019

Sc. Bolton?

Fdn Speaker Nov 19, 2019

?Scott Bolton

Various Nov 26, 2019
AGM and Fellowship
AGM and Fellowship
Christmas Party Dec 17, 2019
Dinner Meeting, Having Fun
Dinner Meeting, Having Fun


We are celebrating Christmas with Rotary Glenferrie.

At: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.