Chadstone East Malvern News


Thank you Bill Hall for 46 years Rotary Service

We had a fabulous evening to celebrate Bill Hall's 46 years of service with Rotary Chadstone/East Malvern.


Congratulations BusyFeet on 10 years of dancing

It was back in 2011 when the idea of BusyFeet was born by the late Lin Hughes. 10 years on there are now five BusyFeet dances scattered throughout Melbourne and Rotary Clubs continue to show great interest in starting up even more BusyFeet dances. 

This is Catherine who has been with BusyFeet since 2012



'The Market' - Opportunity for Stallholders

We hold Markets at Phoenix Park and Ashburton-a-Fair throughout the year. Interested in joining us? Please email 


Rotary SleepOut for the Homeless - raises $12,000+

SleepOut in Central Park raised over $12,000! That will buy food packs for the Homeless this festive season.  Thank you to all who made a donation. Your kindness made a difference!


$12,000+ Cheque for the Homeless

It was so great to have a combined meeting with the members from Rotary Malvern to present the funds raised from our Rotary SleepOut for the Homeless to the Avalon Centre. 


We need your plastic Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

We are collecting plastic Bread Tags that will raise money for 'Wheelchairs for Kids'. Can you help? Please ask your friends to save them for you as well. And bring them to our meeting and give them to Tania or Michele.


Congratulations Rosemary Johnston

Rosemary was the winner of one of three Stonnington Volunteer Community Service Awards which covers: Recognising volunteer activities which support community members and promote inclusion, respect and equity. Examples may include: participation in local groups, involvement with charity and non-profit organisations, fundraising, advocating for change and being a mentor or positive role model for others.

"Most highly contested category. Great speech by Rosemary. It was Inclusion personified. 👍 WELL DONE ROSEMARY. !!!!🥇"  President Michael Hayes

Photo: Rosemary Johnston with Mayor Cr Kate Hely outside the Malvern Town Hall


Every Project Needs a Passionate Champion

Our NexGen member Rushdi is passionate about leading a project in Sri Lanka with support from a couple of old heads at Rotary Chadstone/East Malvern.


5 most common recycling questions explained

Planet Ark provide answers to the most common recycling questions.

QUESTION 1: What are ‘soft plastics’ and why can’t I recycle them at home?


Cambodia Life Changing Water Project

More that 5000 people in Cambodia accessing drinking water thank you to Six Rotary Clubs, six Rotary Districts, District 9800 World of Difference Program one other Rotary organisation and the Rotary Foundation.


Winners are......Rotary Spring Raffle

Our Spring Raffle has been drawn. Congratulations to our winners:
1st Prize: $500 Bunnings Voucher - Lyle Chasemore 👏
2nd Prize: $250 Bunnings Voucher - Michael Hayes 👏
3rd Prize: Seasol Pack - Emily Osborne 👏


What a fabulous event. We had a great turn, fabulous stalls with some really great feedback. The weather was ideal. And so many Rotarians volunteered their time to make the day such a success.


Community Service Update

The Community Team have been busy planning and excited to activate now that we have some freedom.

  • SleepOut for the Homeless
  • Revamp George Pepperell Gazebo and....

Walk or Sponsor us to End Polio

31st October Stats:
  •    Team of 8 x Walkers
  •    $$ raised to date: $3,126
  •    Sitting 9th on Ladder out of 36
   To sponsor us, go to: Walk with Us - Chaddy Chatters

EPS pollutes Yarra River

Summary of a presentation by the Yarra Riverkeeper Dr. Karin Tragear to Environmental Sustainability - Rotary Action Group (ESRAG):

During research undertaken by Yarra Riverkeepers in September-October 2019 and checked in January 2020, they have identified that polystyrene particularly EPS is the predominant polluter in the Yarra with both large pieces and microplastics.


SAFE Families

Guest Speaker topic: SAFE Families: Stopping Abuse in Families Everywhere

Wednesday 6th October. 6:30pm. Via Zoom.

Drinking Water to School Children in Vanuatu

Another highly successful International project that is almost complete - the provision of drinking water for schools in Vanuatu thanks Rotary Chadstone/East Malvern.


Mock Interviews Online - Ashwood High School

It was all systems go on Monday 26th July as RCEM members supported Ashwood High School and gave Year 10 students an opportunity to hone their job application, interview and presentation skills.  


Drinking Water for over 5,000 people

In collaboration with the Rotary Clubs of Upper Northern Beaches (Sydney) and Paddington (Brisbane), Chadstone/East Malvern are about to embark on installing 60 water bores across six villages in Cambodia to provide drinking water to over 5000 people. People who currently drink water from infected ponds or roadside rain pools.


Congratulations to our Royce Abbey Awardees

Congratulations to our latest Royce Abbey Awardees in Kathryn O'Connor and Michele Kennedy. They join many worthy recipients.


Rotary Theme 2021-22 - 'Serve to Change Lives'

Incoming Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta urged 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.

Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group

Two main events to highlight in the coming weeks are the Melbourne Pollinator
Corridor Walk by Emma Cutting which has been deferred to a date to be advised, due
to the current lockdown, and, the celebration of Environment Day with an
‘Environment Area of Focus Launch’ on 4 June 2021 as detailed in this newsletter.


Mobility Aids heading for DIK

Club members Louise, Kathryn and Paul collected a range of mobility aids that were donated by a family.  It turned out that the family member, Janis, was a Rotaractor many years ago – the Rotary contacts live on!!