Wednesday Night 12th April 2023 – 6:30pm for 7:00 – 8:00pm


Jack Levitt Founder



Jack Levitt lost his friend Dr Flynn Hargreaves to suicide in 2018. Flynn was a caring, compassionate vet. Research has shown that veterinarians are four times more likely to die by suicide when compared to the general population. Jack created the Flynn’s Walk event initially as a memorial to Flynn and his grieving family and friends. After the first walk in Melbourne, Jack decided to continue it as a memorial and to encourage vets to seek support. He also hoped to educate animal owners about the challenges vets and their staff face. Flynn’s Walk initially fundraised for ‘RUOK?’ and ‘Love Your Pet? Love Your Vet’. It is now a standalone charity that has expanded to four major cities across Australia. Through Flynn’s Walk, Jack hopes to provide awareness and education about mental health to the community and encouragement to vets everywhere.





Wednesday Night 22nd March 2023 – 6:30pm for 7:00 – 8:00pm


Mukti  …  Karen Crawford


Now retired Karen was principal of a VET training college, where her work included mentoring programs, skills training for school refusers and training youth workers. Together with her husband Peter, Karen served in parish ministry for 40 years with strong ties to CMS Australia.



Hope and a brighter future for women and children in India and Sri Lanka




Our mission is to create opportunities for disadvantaged women and children in India and Sri Lanka
to have real hope and meaningful lives that realise their God-given potential.



Wednesday Night 22nd February 2023 – 6:30pm for 7:00 – 8:00pm


Jeremy Elias – Cheltenham’s Terry White Pharmacist

Jeremy will talk about himself and the relationship between the community pharmacist and the local community.
Jeremy has just returned from his honeymoon.
He has a great interest in Japanese cars.





Wednesday Night 8th February 2023 – 6:30pm for 7:00 – 8:00pm


Luke Iris,, CEO

 My Pet Treats

Paws Canine Therapists are experienced Therapy, Comfort, Companion and Events Dogs in Melbourne Australia. Our canine super stars are often seen working around Melbourne, bringing hope, comfort, support and smiles to thousands of human faces.

Our experienced Therapy and Comfort Dogs bring joy to children, adults and seniors alike. We specialise in improving mental health wellbeing. We offer grief support, focus in student wellbeing and anti bullying by engaging with students during and after school.



Wednesday Night 23rd November – 6:30pm for 7:00 – 8:00pm


Ken Miller District Governor 2022-2023

A member of the Rotary Club of Emerald and District located in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, about an hour’s drive from Melbourne.


I joined Rotary in 2005 and I have served the Club in many roles including Club President in 2009-2010, Membership Chair, Treasurer, Vice President, Chair of the iconic Kids Fun Run with Thomas the Tank Engine (5 Years) and Co- chair of the Great Community Raffle (Funds Raised exceed $1 million) At District level I have chaired Community Service, Club Development, Public Image and Communication, and worked on various sub committees Zone 8 Assistant Public Image Coordinator. Rotary Foundation is the cornerstone of Rotary International and is one of my passions. I have made the Rotary Foundation my partner’s project in 2022-23, I am proud to be a member of the Paul Harris Society and a Centurion. A very passionate Rotarian where I have had the opportunity to meet and be inspired by many outstanding and selfless Rotarians, I am very privileged to be chosen to lead District 9810 in 2022-23. I have 3 Daughters and a son plus a number of foster children that have adopted my family as their own. Totalling 32, my family is a very large one and is spread far and wide throughout Australia. We catch up as often as possible and any family gathering is a major event. At an early age I was introduced to primary industry via the family dairy farm and this eventually led me to Marketing and Leadership positions in the equine industry. An interesting and fruitful occupation that has given me the opportunity to travel and work at most of the major horse racing centres throughout the world.




Wednesday 9/11/22



Member of the Rotary Club of Cheltenham


Analytics Lead, data engineer, data management consultant, men’s coach, Smith Family iTrack youth mentor and dad’s group volunteer






In this Men’s Health and wellbeing podcast from A Newsman and His Music, Richard Chan looks at the benefits of volunteering in your community. Richard also has some advice on maintaining a positive outlook in a world full of negative news:




Wednesday 6/9/22


Helen Wragg – Memories of Fiji


Helen will talk about her experiences working in Fiji building nurses accommodation, arranging and managing the scholarship program together with late husband Greg.






Wednesday 14/9/22


Royal Hua Hin Rotary Club Thailand

Update & Current Projects




A Special International Opportunity
Presented by PP Napa & Rtn Alan




Wednesday 24/8/22

Andrew Rouse – Youth Exchange (2004), RYLA 9810 (2010) & RYLA Oceania (2020) participant alumni, all sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cheltenham.



During the day Andrew is the Director of Programs of the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre, the University of Melbourne’s home of innovation activities. It was here that Andrew met his fellow cofounders and made his debut in research entrepreneurship with ReCubit, developing a robotic device that will enable stroke survivors the world over to have access to affordable upper limb rehabilitation.





Wednesday 10/8/22

Linda O’Brien


We all thought that the second world war involved a couple of mini submarines drowning in Sydney and a few hundred bombs landing on Darwin.
But no! It was a hot bed of war at Albert Park Lake and Linda O’Brien has researched the involvement of some of those who supported the war effort in Melbourne.


Wednesday 11/5/22


Cheltenham Rotary welcomes back Emma Kusarira & Anne-Marie ReddanYimba Uganda

Emmanuel and Anne-Marie will address the Club on “The Power of a Rotary Global Grant and our Yimba Uganda project.”

Emmanuel Kusarira and Anne-Marie Reddan are the founders and Directors of Yimba Uganda, a Non-Government Organisation based in Kampala, Uganda that provides practical skills and training courses to the poor and vulnerable, in order to help them step out of poverty and become financially independent. Since they started the organisation in 2013, Yimba Uganda has gone on to train and empower hundreds of Ugandan youth across a variety of industries, including Tailoring Fashion and Design, Music, Agriculture and Hair and Beauty. In 2021 Yimba Uganda partnered with the Rotary Club of Brighton on a Global grant and together successfully trained and helped establish businesses for 20 musicians, 20 Tailors and provided reusable menstrual hygiene pads and education to 1,200 Ugandan school girls. A secondary benefit of the global grant, meant that Anne-Marie and Emmanuel were able to spend less time fundraising for their courses and were able to focus their time and energy in growing the organisation. In 2021 Yimba Uganda purchased 13 acres of land in a rural community on the Nile River and are currently fundraising for the construction of a Vocational Training school that will provide training to thousands of vulnerable young Ugandans from across the entire country in a multitude of trades including new courses such as carpentry, metal fabrication, baking and catering, plumbing, automotive, and more.


Wednesday 26/4/22


Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the future liveability, productivity and  connectivity of Melbourne.


The 90km rail line will link every major rail line from the Frankston Line to the Werribee Line via Melbourne Airport, better connecting Victorians to jobs, retail, education, health services and each other. Three transport super hubs at Clayton, Broadmeadows and Sunshine will connect regional services, so passengers outside Melbourne won’t have to travel through the CBD to get to employment, world-class hospitals and universities in the suburbs. The new station at Cheltenham will be the southern gateway to the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) network, providing faster and more convenient public transport to key destinations across Melbourne’s suburbs.


Brenton Shaughnessy
Deputy Director, Engagement – Cheltenham and Stabling
Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Joseph Macula
Senior Project Manager (Stations)
Suburban Rail Loop Authority


Liam Morkham
Engagement Advisor, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
Suburban Rail Loop Authority




Moorabbin Proactive Policing Unit

Senior Constable Caroll Runnalls and Tanya Stacey will be coming to talk to us about their Proactive Policing Unit based in Moorabbin.

What we do:
• Engagement with at-risk youth and youth requiring early intervention
• Providing education and support to students, teachers and parents within SD2 includes cyber-safety and harm minimisation
• Support victims of crime including vulnerable and elderly
• Engage with local community groups, councils and other agencies to educate on CP and personal safety
• Crime prevention and community reassurance messaging
through social media and community events
• The unit are very community focused and appreciate we can’t do it all on our own. We encourage a multi-agency approach that can meet the diverse needs of our community. We would be delighted to work with Rotary in any capacity that facilitates inclusion and growth within our wider community.


23/2/22 Planning for the

Brighton Car Show

Plus  keep on up to date with activities at Yimba Uganda




Team Sports 4 All assist families who are going through financial and/or social hardship and identified as a family who would benefit from being involved in community team sport. Families are referred via community services organisations and schools. We pay for their registration fees and uniform costs but more importantly offer ongoing support via our volunteer sports mentors to encourage long term involvement in sport.

Cameron Dare


– TS4A Director – His primary responsibility with TS4A is Fundraising but is involved in many operational facets of TS4A including the Management Board.

Fiona Gathercole


-TS4A Director – She works closely with referred families and volunteers along with managing operations and assisting with growth planning and execution.


10 November 2021


Dr Daryl Moran


Some 600 young Australians served with the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during the Great War, many losing their lives. One young fighter-pilot from Melbourne who gave his life was 2nd Lt Lyle Buntine MC, the son of the Principal of Caulfield Grammar School. Lyle’s tragic accidental death, following gallant service as a fighter pilot during the Battle of the Somme, was notable in that his family preserved every letter, newspaper article, photograph and artefact associated with his life and active service. His extensive correspondence, which has never before been published, provides the basis for this book, which follows his life from his school days to active service in the fledgling RFC and to his untimely death. Lyle’s letters trace his voyage to and travels around England, his life as an officer in the British Army, his training adventures on primitive RFC aircraft and his combat experiences on the Western Front, including surviving being shot down six times! These letters bring to us a forgotten voice from the past resounding with humility and humour, coupled with absolute fear.






Dr Dorice Livingston


I finished my medical school September 3rd and on October 13th I did board examination called pre-internship examination whereby after results those who passed will be allowed to apply for internship. I plan to do my internship in Mwanza, it’s a lake zone region, where Lake Victoria which is one among the largest lakes in Africa is located. I will apply in the hospital where I studied because over there, there are lots of diseases compared to other regions of the country and there are also a lot of complications, diseases and many other complications concerning women.





SHANNON The Life and Times of an Exchange Student

Shannon Maloney, a former exchange student with the Rotary Club of Sandringham. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise (district 5160) in 1990 at the age of 17, Shannon will share with us her experiences with Rotary in the lead up to her exchange, her time as an exchange student living in the bay area of San Francisco and how this has shaped her career and life to now. Shannon is the daughter of past president Peter Maloney of the Rotary Club of Cheltenham.

Interested in joining in? Email







Roger & Carol Ward…

Micro Loans

all the way from Leeds in England.

They will talk and demonstrate Micro Loans using Kiva and the success of this helping in poor communities.

The have just celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary during lockdown.

Both worked at the University of Leeds and in early retirement decided to spend half their time in Thailand.

After being introduced to the Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin by Frank Anderson from Canada, a visiting Rotarian they were inducted into the Rotary Club of Aireborough in the Leeds Bradford area of the UK in 2018.

They will talk and demonstrate Micro Loans using Kiva and the success of this helping in poor communities.







The Official Visit

District Governor Dr Daryl and

Jenny Moran

Rotary InternationalPresident Shekhar Mehta is urging members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live, because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.

Jenny’s DG Partner Project in 2021-22 will be to advocate for and support Days For Girls. Both Jenny and I are looking forward to working with you and serving Rotary in this District and beyond.


Colleen D’Offayfromthe Rotary Club of Brighton will show us why public speaking for secondary students is important.

BAYSPEAK is a youth public speaking competition for secondary school students around the Bayside region of Victoria run by the Rotary Clubs of Brighton, Brighton North and Sandringham.

It is designed for secondary school students who:•

Want to improve their public speaking skills;•

Want to test their public speaking ability against students from other schools in the Bayside area;•

Want to win cash prizes for the best speakers.

28th July 2021


Sacha Arthur

2013 was a formative year for me as I was sponsored by Cheltenham Rotary to participate in RYLA.

It was an inspiring, invigorating and educational week for me that lead me to take up any opportunity that came my way.

Throughout my studies, I received a scholarship from Cheltenham Rotary to participate in student exchange in Malaysia and also did a professional placement in Malaysia.

I have been to Vietnam on an International Sustainability Project and done an internship in Germany.

14th July 2021


Nicole Lewis-Jacobs

Nicole … The Soup Angel

The Soup Angel was started with the sole aim of reaching out to some of the most vulnerable people during the Covid Lockdown.

As the director of this organisation, she is a powerhouse who wants to spread the message of love and hope far and wide.

When she is not making warm bowls of hope and love for those who need it the most, she is busy being the mum of two lovely boys and a teacher in school.

30th June 2021


Rebecca Thwaites–

2014 RYLA graduate sponsoredby Cheltenham.Agirl from Leongatha who stayed at Newman college so she could study a Bachelorof Science in Chemistry at Melbourne University.

She is now a doctor.In 2014 she went toBrazil and helped renovate a school for the deaf. She tutored Somali children in Flemington. She is a dancer at heart.

As a researcher, Rebecca has collaboratedon some serious technical papers:Prenatal valproate exposure and adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes: Does sex matter?and The importance of adequate referrals for chronic kidney disease.

14th April 2021


Yimba Uganda’s tailoring classes.

These have stopped for the time being due to Covid-19, but some of the students have been making face masks and selling them to make an income.

A couple of weeks ago they had a huge order to supply masks for a factory and the girls worked hard to fulfil the order. They made over 1 month’s salary in 2 days for their efforts.

10 June 2020



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