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Ashburton-a-Fair - Another wonderful Market day

What an absolutely splendid day it turned out to be for our market at the September Ashburton-a-Fair.

The sense of community that these markets foster is truly heart warming. Our dedicated team of stallholders couldn't have been more thrilled with the warm and helpful Rotarians who were there bright and early to assist them in transporting their goods to their stalls. And let's not forget the complimentary cup of tea, biscuits, and the sausage sizzle discount our stallholders enjoyed, along with the invaluable help they received at the end of the day to load their wares back into their cars. Seasoned market-goers have often told us that these thoughtful touches are a major reason they keep coming back for more.



We have received news that the City of Stonnington is once again making a difference with support through its Community Grants Program.

Rotary Chadstone/East Malvern receive two grants:

  1. in kind support with the use of the Phoenix Park Community Centre to conduct our BusyFeet program on forty occasions during 2023/24 plus a cash grant of $1,000; and
  2. in kind support with the use of the Phoenix Park Community Centre to conduct our Market on four occasions during 2023/24.

Rotary's Impactful Day with Year 10 Students

On Tuesday, August 22nd, Rotarians from Chadstone/East Malvern and Malvern clubs came together at Ashwood High School. What were they up to? 

Well, they were there for the Year 10 Mock Interviews. Over four hours, around 140 students faced these Rotarians. This event aimed to prepare them for the job market. However, it was also a test for the Rotarians themselves, who were impressed by the maturity and confidence displayed by most of the students.


Volunteering with Rotary

What is Volunteering?

Volunteering is often described as a voluntary act of an individual or group freely giving time and labour for community service. I am intrigued by this definition because of its purely from a financial perspective. It blatantly misses the huge non-financial benefits of volunteering.


Annual Sleeping out Rough Night

To our partners, sponsors, donors, sleepers and supporters a very big thank you. We have raised $18,390.50 to date. WomenCan, Ashburton Country Women's Association and Avalon Centre partner with our club for this event.


BusyFeet perform at International Convention

A quote from a BusyFeet parent …"It was just the best!!  We are so proud to be a part of Busy Feet. I wish we could bottle this feeling that our incredible children provide.  They really are amazing – hard task for anyone to be up there performing as they did. So lovely that the crowd enjoyed the wonder of Busy Feet too!!

Thank you so much for providing our kids with such a wonderful experiences, friendships and lifelong memories."

 Watch one of the videos via:


Dementia Australia Fundraiser Luncheon

You are invited to this special fundraiser, raising money to fight the horrible debilitating disease - Dementia.

Sunday 16th July, 12:30pm - 5:00pm

Freccia Azzurra Club, Braeside

Price $8.00 for 3 Course Meal

Bookings via: 



Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes to create our successful markets? This time we are glimpsing the Ashburton a-Fair and the wonderful team effort involved.

The fair runs in conjunction with Ashburton Community Centre (ACC). ACC set the dates, usually the first Saturday in the school holidays.


Thank You Centennial Living

A massive thank you goes out to Centennial Living as a MAJOR sponsor in this years Sleeping out Rough Night.


Building a Community Ashburton-a-Fair

When Rotary does something, we are building a community; whether it be a hands-on project like planting trees along Gardeners’ Creek or selling snags at Bunnings – we are always connecting people.

In this article about the Ashburton-a-Fair on Saturday 1st April we bought many facets of our wider community together and this story is just around this event. We could cast our minds wider and think of all the people in the wider community that will benefit from the fund raising.


and International Convention, here we come.

In November 2022 BusyFeet celebrated 10 years since this wonderful program began thanks to Lin Hughes (dec.)

We celebrated the milestone at our Annual Concert with a fabulous performance by the children and a big cake. 

And now we are looking forward to performing at the Rotary International Convention on Saturday 27th May 2023.


Camberwell Market – Why we do it

The Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market started back in 1976 and today it continues to be a wonderful source of funds for Rotary Clubs to do great projects.

The Camberwell Market is conducted by Rotary Balwyn. Rotary Chadstone/East Malvern provides volunteers for one market per month and some clubs provide volunteers every week.  

And we need more volunteers to help out on the last Sunday of each month.


RECYCLE REGATTA - Sunday 19th March

Rotary Brighton North have a big GOAL. Their aim is to provide a TEEN MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM  to every secondary student in Victoria.  

To facilitate this program we are organising an event named the RECYCLE REGATTA.


'Smart Alternatives to Single-Use Packaging'

This month's ESRAG Newsletter features the article 'Smart Alternatives to Single-Use Packaging'. 

ESRAG Newsletter January 2023

First RIMERN Newsletter Jan '23

Welcome to RIMERN's first newsletter.

"It’s taken us 18 months but it’s been a very busy time since June 2021 when we opened our doors and we’re so grateful for your support, whether by donating great furniture, appliances or homewares for us to rehome to our clients needing support, by volunteering with us at the warehouse or remotely or for your vital cash donations."

Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network is grateful for the mentorship of our partners at Eastern Emergency Relief Network (EERN - Mitcham) and Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN – Ravenhall) in helping us get started, and to the fifteen Melbourne Rotary Clubs who have joined this exciting and impactful
community service project.

RIMERN Newsletter January 2023


Rotary International Convention, Melbourne. 27-31 May 2023

Last chance to attend the Rotary International Convention that will start Saturday 27th May and run till 31st May. 

BusyFeet will be performing on Satuday 27th May in the House of Friendship. For anyone not booked to attend convention, you can buy a ticket to attend the House of Friendship on the Saturday.  You can also attend the House of Friendship Monday to Wednesday for free. There will be so many Rotary projects on display that it is not to be missed.  We hope you can attend on one of the days.

Attendees from the club going so far are: Rosemary Johnston, Cheryl Jenkins, Lyle Chasemore, Sandi Fulcher, Frank Warner, Paul Rake, Louise Matthews

To find out more go to:

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How's this for great feedback from our Market Stallholders

"Meant to write to thank you & your team for yet another great market at Phoenix Park on 19 Nov. I had a great day – thank you. As I said after my first Ashburton-a-Fair, I’ve never seen markets so well organised as your Rotary ones. 

The publicity before the day (that draws a crowd of people prepared to buy), along with the care your team takes of us stallholders on the day is simply marvelous. The willing help to unload, a free coffee, high visibility of the team continuously throughout the day … & more … creates a vibe of friendliness, care, kindness  

& community spirit that sends ripples of goodwill throughout. Very special.

Thank you to you & your team for all your help & support – very much appreciated." PW 😀

"I always love the markets and appreciate all the hard work that goes into them. I really love the fact that they support such great causes and help so many communities." RB 😀

A big shout out to the Market organising team for the amount of work you do prior to the events to ensure we have an event full of wonderful stallholders.  Tracey Farnsworth and Janet Massie in particular with the amazing work of Paul Rake on the day. The above message is a credit to each of you and to the rest of the members that help out. 😀

Donations from The Market raffle going to SAFE Families

'The Market' Raffle held on Saturday raised $642 for SAFE Families. 

Thank you to the many people who bought tickets and congratulations to our winners.  1st and 2nd prizes were won by two of our Stallholders and 3rd prize was won by our very own Andrea. 

We also want to thank the many stallholders who very kindly donated product to go into the three mega prizes.  The generosity and support shown when we put out the call is just wonderful and very much appreciated. You too are making a difference!

SAFE Families - Stopping Abuse in Families Everywhere

Simply apply the Rotary "3RRR's" of prevention of abuse to anyone, anytime, anywhere:

  1. Recognise what abuse looks like (become informed of the signs)
  2. Raise your concerns "safely" with the victim (Read Guide: "Prevention of Abuse in Australia" see Resources tab on website)
  3. Refer the victim to 000 (if emergency) or any of the many support agencies:  Lifeline, 1800RESPECT etc.  

          OR Make the call yourself to be informed in the best way and have the right dialogue to help safely.


The Skin - Why Protect It & Simple Wound Care

Did you know that as we age:

  • Dermis loses 80% of its original thickness
  • 40% less collagen
  • Sebum and sweat production is reduced
  • Epidermal layer separates more easily from the dermis
  • Elastin fibres decrease in number but increase in size, thus making the skin stiff
  • Decrease in Langerhan cells-thus the immune system functions
  • Small blood vessels diminish by 40%
  • ⇓ vitamin D, collagen and moisture
  • ⇓ migration of capillary epithelial cells
  • ⇓ epidermal turnover
  • ⇓ ­fragility of capillaries

 RCEM Changeover

Join us as on Zoom for chain of office hand over from President Tania to President Elect Frank


Date From : Wed Jun 24, 2020 : 17:45
Date To : Wed Jun 24, 2020 : 19:00


Cabrini acknowledges Lyle with Painting

"Retirement gave Lyle Chasemore the opportunity to use business skills as a volunteer and help community organisations. Cabrini is his local hospital and he holds it in very high regard. He has been featured in a medical training video and helped conduct patient surveys. He says these experiences have given him a greater understanding of a patient’s experience and empathy for all involved, including patients, their families, doctors, nurses and hospital staff.  Lyle says; “I feel part of a community that is making a difference to patients and their families”.

This portrait was painted by Jeffrey Kelson, an artist who survived three heart attacks and was treated at Cabrini Malvern.  Jeffrey has painted the portraits of 18 Cabrini volunteers who brightened his stay in hospital. We will feature one volunteer each week in the Cabrini Weekly Bulletin.

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Community Service Committee - Update 7th July 2021

1. Toorak Community Garden   ** Saturday 17 July 9am start (Paul supplying morning Tea).  Volunteers needed.

2. George Pepperell Pavilion Painting   ** Lyle is contacting Council to lock in a date and see what they require e.g. public liability, zone off area etc.

3. Sleeping Rough   ** Contacted Council to lock in Central Park or Phoenix Park. They have come back to Michele wanting to know estimated numbers. Advised approx. 50 people. Advised District will be proposing to lodge for a grant.

4. Tree Planting Day   ** 1 August 10am – 12.30pm Basil St Playground and BBQ area Darling Park, Malvern East. We need to provide volunteer team leaders, BBQ and our RCEM marquee

Welcome home Tim - The Avalon Centre

With 11,000km on pushbike under his belt, Tim arrives back to Avalon Centre to wonderous applause.


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