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Fitzroy Rotary June Bulletin 2018

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Bulletin June 2018

Rotary Fellowship Month




Thanks to Claire, Menka and Denise, the happy gardeners above who represented Fitzroy Rotary at the tree planting occasion on Sunday May 13th.


May 7th Meeting

Speaker Fiona Patten MLC

‘Voluntary Assisted Dying Law’

Fiona spoke on the passage of the ‘Assisted Dying Legislation’ in the Victorian Parliament in 2017. Not long after entering Parliament one of her major aims was to do everything she could to achieve this goal. A Parliamentary inquiry was set up and she also was part of a group of parliamentarians who travelled to Canada, Switzerland, America and the Netherlands to investigate assisted dying laws in these countries. After 98 hours of debate and 40 amendments, the Bill was finally passed on the 28th November 2017. Members of Parliament were able to vote with their conscience. The Bill comes into law on June 19th 2019.

Thanks to Fiona for providing us with a very interesting and detailed account of the complex process that took place to enable this Bill to become law. We are very appreciative of her coming to speak at our Club.


May 21st Meeting

Joint cluster clubs meeting at Richmond Rotary

A number of Fitzroy Rotary members attended Richmond Rotary Club for a combined Heritage cluster meeting.


May 27th

Bunnings BBQ

Special thanks to Jonathon and his helpers at this BBQ. Due to a few unforeseen circumstances the day did not start that well but eventually all was underway. We appreciate your persistence Jonathon.


May 28th Meeting

Phil Hill and Kim, ‘Solar Smiles’ Update

Kim and Phil provided us with a detailed description of the dental work they are doing and the places they are doing it in East Timor. Phil and Kim work in schools in the sub-district of Maubisse which is a very remote village with very few facilities. They aimed to work with 1000 children but it is more like 1400. There are some dental nurses who have had some training but they are actually not qualified to do the prescribed work so Phil and Kim are mentoring and training them while they work. Phil provided us with an energetic demonstration of how he works, and how time consuming it is without knowledgeable volunteers. This was to emphasize the need, and to encourage Rotary members to volunteer to come over to East Timor. They can assist with minor and administrative tasks. Phil and Kim are also trying to teach the children about preventative dental health care and volunteers could assist with this also. The added help would be a great support and enable Phil to work more efficiently doing his dental procedures. Phil and Kim are doing a great job.


June 2nd Footy Lunch Fundraiser

Thanks to all the Rotarians who brought along family and friends to this fundraiser. We also thank Dave O’Neill who volunteered his services and entertained the crowd. It was a most enjoyable day. Also thanks to Peter Hille for doing a great job as MC on the day.


As it is the last month of the Rotary year we would like to say, ‘congratulations and thanks’ to Joy for a very successful and enjoyable year during her Presidency in 2017-2018.


Club Program and Calendar


June 2018

Rotary Fellowship Month

   2 Jun                 Footy Lunch fundraiser at the Brunswick St Oval

                             Dave O’Neill and John Harms

   4 Jun                 Fellowship meeting Derby Hotel

11 Jun                 No meeting Public holiday

18 Jun                 Speaker Lucy recipient of a Rotary Peace Scholarship

Menka to interview Bowls Club

23 Jun                 Fundraising Progressive Dinner McKean St. Fitzroy North. Starters at 70 Fenwick St Clifton Hill. Please let Joy know asap to book a place.

25 Jun                 Joint Board Meeting – Terminus hotel. No official meeting for members.




   2 Jul                 Sports Scholarship Dinner   Bowls Club

   9 Jul                 Fellowship night

16 Jul                 Christmas in July at Bowls Club



  • ·        Can you please send Steve any Club photos you have that captures past and present events so as he can put together a rolling display on August 8th at our 50th birthday celebrations.
  • ·        Progressive Dinner Fundraiser 23rd June. Book in with Joy.
  • ·        On August 8th we will celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Fitzroy Rotary Club, so keep the date free. The venue is the Latrobe Golf Club in Alphington. Cost will be $88 pp. Further details to follow.
  • ·        Pat will be back for our next Rotary meeting on 18th June.



Board Members


Joy Millen


Phil Hill


Pat Morton

Past President

Denise Charman

Humanitarian Services

Sue Moses-Critchley


Website & Social Media

Barrie Morton

Membership Strengthening

Peter Hille

Foundation & Fundraising

Jonathan Thick


Ann Haynes

Community Service/President Elect


Steve Earl


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