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2018 Rotary Club of Southbank Changeover

A new year brings a new President and a new Leadership Team.  Join the Rotary Club of Southbank as we celebrate in Bollywood style.

Date: Saturday 7th July, 2018, 12pm - 3.30pm.

Outgoing Preseident: Liam Jones

Incoming President: Amrit Singh

Cost: $55 per head

Theme: Bollywood

Dress code: Traditional Indian Costume or Smart Business Casual

LOCATION: Belgian Beef Cafe, 5 Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC 3006


Yoga for Southbank

Tuesday 24th April, 2018

Belgian Beer Café, 5 Riverside Quay, Southbank 3006

6pm for 6.30pm start

Beishen runs a weekly Yoga class at the Boyd Community Hub and is looking to partner with the Rotary Club of Southbank to deliver her program.  At this week's meeting, she will update us on what her project offers the community of Southbank and how we can get involved in further connecting our community.


Warrior Momz Walk across America

Southbank Rotary member Kay Ledson is currently walking across America. From LA to Washington DC.

This is her story - and that of her son Josh.

Seventeen years ago (2000) Kay’s son Josh was involved in a horrific accident while snowboarding on Mt Buller. Josh was left a complete quadriplegic C5 / T1 with less than 3% chance of any recovery. With his doctors “mending him” to Kay’s horror “the healing” of Josh would be up to her.


North Melbourne Rotary provides awards to local community volunteers at Annual Phonse Tobin Awards

Southbank members and friends turned up in force to our neighbouring club North Melbourne when they ran their Annual Phonse Tobin Awards on 12th October, 2017. This annual award recognises people in the community who volunteer to help make their communities better.


Horses For Causes

You will not believe this is Melbourne!!!

Sitting up high in a multistorey building with great views is one of Melbourne’s best-kept secrets.  A converted storage space has been magnificently transformed into a Manhattan-style gallery, as you would expect to see in the Arts district in New York.

Housed in this space are 39 life size sculptures – painted horses by some of Australia’s leading artists. The original artists included Ivan Durrant, Penelope Gibson, Eleanor Hart, Pamela Irving, Ellen Jose, Daniel Moynihan, Victor Rubin and Wayne Tindall.

And on 15th November, 2017 they will be up for sale.


2017 Annual Club Changeover

Outgoing President Stuart Cardell and Incoming President Liam Jones invite you to the upcoming Changeover Dinner

11th July, 2017

Belgian Beer Cafe, 5 Riverside Quay Southbank

Cost: $40

Book online on Trybooking


Southbank meeting in Docklands this week

As a preview to our club’s hosting of the Rotary Centennial Dinner on 31st May, our club meeting on 23rd May will be moved from our usual venue to Peninsula Docklands.

Venue: Mama Ramuuan Middle Eastern Canteen

(no meeting on 30th May)


Rotary B-Long - Guest Speaker Tony Jackson

9th May, 2017


Imagine a place where you could go to find out everything that is going on in your community, be it Local, International or just focussed on a common theme. Somewhere that you could share your events, your news and immediately connect with those in your extended community who want to take action to help make it happen.

Now imagine that all this was available in the palm of your hand from an app installed on your phone.

At our club meeting on 9th May, learn about the development of a new mobile app – “Rotary B-Long” that will do just that.


  Club Project Working Night

2nd May, 2017

Be a part of a club planning session and learn about upcoming projects that the Rotary Club of Southbank are undertaking.

Add your support for these projects or share your own ideas.


Date From : Tue May 2, 2017 : 18:00
Date To : Tue May 2, 2017 : 19:30


Model United Nations Assembly

M.U.N.A. simulates the workings of the U.N. assembly by having teams of two students represent a particular U.N. country. Topics are debated on matters of world political and social concern. It is held over a week-end to give sufficient time for all participants to become involved. The main aim is to develop an awareness of the United Nations in students as well as international situations of other countries and to encourage students to study topics from another country’s perspective.

The objective is to encourage young people to learn respect and tolerance for people of all races, religions and nationalities. They do this by debating U.N. topics from their given countries perspectives.

To learn more about MUNA, visit the website or contact our club for further details.


Rotary Membership in the 21st Century - Noel Trevaskis - RI DIrector

18th April 2017

Straight Talking RI Director Noel Trevaskis, fresh from his District 9800 Conference speaking engagement in Shepparton, tells it like it is when it comes to the future of Rotary.  He will be engaging, tough, thought provoking and inspiring.  This is a must attend speaking engagement at the Rotary Club of Southbank for Rotarians and Friends for Victoria.


31st January '17 - Change of Meeting Venue

Tuesday’s meeting will feature a short working bee to tidy up our club’s equipment in the container at Boyd following by a fellowship dinner at the Maori Chief Hotel

Boyd: 207 City Road, Southbank (next to Kings Way Overpass)

Time: 5.30pm – 6.15pm

Maori Chief: 117 Moray Street (Corner of Moray and York Streets) – just the other side of the Overpass.

Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm


Southbank Does Okotober Fest

Back for the 3rd year, Southbank Rotary will be celebrating Oktoberfest at our now permanent home of Belgain Beer Cafe.

Date: 18th October, 2016

Host Nick Claus will discuss Belgian Beers

Sample Three different beers and indulge in German Food including Mini Beef Pies, Bratwurst and Cheese Nibbles in an informal stand-up style cocktail party.


Bringing the Light

Bringing the light is a documentary about the hope and courage of women in Nepal who due to the status as a women and their disabilities, are often denied to the opportunity to make a living and mark their own mark on society.

Special Screening: Tuesday 11th October, 2016, Como Centre, Toorak Road, Toorak

Guests Arrive: 5.45pm / Film Starts 6.30pm. Cost: $39

This event will replace the Rotary Southbank meeting scheduled for 11th October.


Building and Realising Mentor Capability

30th August, 2016

Belgian Beer Cafe, 6pm for 6.30pm

Our guest speakers at this week's Rotary meeting will be Justin Wibrow and John Orr from the Rotary Club of Yarra Bend.

In 2011 the Rotary Club of Kew on Yarra (now RC Yarra Bend) commenced a project to mobilise its Members to meet and fulfill the ever present demand for Mentoring in the community. It was the Club’s position that if this project was to succeed Members would need to be ‘mentor ready’.   To ensure Members were ‘Mentor ready and capable’ the Realising and Building Mentor Capability program was developed. 

The aim of this program is to introduce Mentoring within a framework that allows Members, that in most cases possess extensive informal mentoring experience, to formalise their knowledge whilst providing them with an opportunity to develop an informed position on how mentoring will operate both in terms of Governance and Approach for their relevant projects, it Members and the Club.


Y-House - A future for Young People with disabilities

Georgia Rettalick to speak to the Rotary Club of Southbank

23rd August, 2016

Venue: Belgian Beer Café @ Eureka, 5 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006. - 6pm for 6.30pm. Visitors welcome!

Truly an inspirational young lady, Georgia Retallick at the age of 18 started her own charity dedicated to creating the very first house for providing accommodation, care and rehabilitation options for young people with serious brain and spinal injuries and degenerative diseases.


Annual General Meeting

Congratulations on our most recent appointments to next Year's Board (2014-2015) at our AGM on 12th November.

President Elect: Stuart McArthur

Vice President: Nick Kane

Director of Service Projects: Steven Aquilina

Treasurer: Amrita Ranchod

Director of Club Operations: Areli Avendano


For current officers, please view our list here:

Rotary International Convention - Sydney 2014

With Rotary International bringing the Annual world convention to Sydney this year, the opportunities to meet up with Rotarians from across the world and share experiences will be like no other.

Combining everything from world renouned speakers, an Aussie BBQ and mixing with leadership from across the globe will bring with it an opportunity to share ideas, develop lifelong frienships and open up possibilties you never thought possible.


Southbank Rotary adapts to new home at Boyd.

Back for the new year, Rotary Club of Southbank now meets every Tuesday night at the Boyd Community Centre. Continuing on with our aim of creating a closer connection with the community of Southbank, Boyd represents an opportunity to meet with and interact with residents and visitors to Southbank and learn of the opportunities for developing and enhancing project opportunities with the people who care most about our local community.


Brave Malala’s Rotary connection

Lead Article - Rotary Down Under

Malala Yousafzai became a celebrated global icon after she was shot for defying the Taliban by speaking out for girls' education. She also comes from a family of dedicated Rotarians who campaigned for the rights of villagers in the young activist’s homeland in Pakistan.


Turning Conversations into Actions

The new Conversations to Actions marketing campaign has now been launched with the Introduction of a membership brochure and print and radio advertising across Australia, a revisted Zone website and a Facebook page.


National Stroke Foundation

April 8, 2014

The National Stroke Foundation is pleased to be attending Rotary Southbank on April 8th to let you know about their work, how they fundraise to support what they do – and how Rotary can become involved.

Special Guests: Terry Thomas and Samantha Ramsden


Andrew MacLeod - Emergency aid coordination in conflict and natural disaster

1st April, 2014

Guest Speaker - Andrew MacLeod

Andrew MacLeod (Ba/LLB (Tas), LLM (Soton), GDip International Law (Melb), GAICD) is a well-respected business leader and former high level UN official responsible for emergency aid coordination in conflict and natural disaster settings. He will speak to the club about his involvement with communities in Africa and his role with the investment banking sector in the past with the UN.

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Rotary District 9800 Changeover

29th June, 2014, 12.00 pm for 12.30 pm (concluding 3.00 pm)

THE PENINSULA ROOM, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Vic 3008

Join District Governor Ross Butterworth and incoming District Governor Murray Verso in an afternoon of fun, fellowship and entertainment at the Annual District Changeover and the Club Awards Celebration. RSVP 16 June 2014


Bali Update

At our club meeting on 6th May 2014, President Elect Wendy updated the club on the completion of our club's recent water project in Bulian Village, Bali.  This project is one of a number of projects that the club has undertaken in Bali since the Bali Bombings in 2002 which also includes sponsoring a Womens Medical Clinic.

View some Photos here:


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