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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.

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Rotary Convention Kicks off in Sydney

After 5 years of planning, the Rotary Convention in Sydney has kicked off with a world record Bridge Climb, an announcement by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott of a donation of $100 Million from the Australian Government towards Polio eradication and a celebration of Australian aboriginal heritage.


Rotary Club of Southbank Changeover

6.00PM for 6.30PM Saturday 27th June, 2014

The Annual Changeover Ceremony of the Rotary Club of Southbank will be held at Feddish Café/Bar and Restaurant (our new permanent weekly venue from June 3) at Federation Square..

Cost: $60.00 including first drink (Beer, wine, softdrink) RSVP 25th June

Book online via Trybooking


Together Let's Light Up Rotary!

Rotary International International President Gary Huang

As we begin a new Rotary year, I would like to tell you that I’m honored to be your Rotary International president and to stand with you as Rotary members.

Being a Rotarian is about a way of approaching the world and its challenges. There are many people in this world who need help and many changes that need to be made. It can be overwhelming.

Confucius and Rotary share similar ideas, and one idea from Confucius is that “It is better to light one single candle than to sit and curse the dark.” To me, this means that we shouldn’t lose hope and do nothing.


Why the Rotary year begins 1 July

Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.

Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.


New Southbank Rotary President - Wendy Bennett

Welcome to our new Rotary year, with the theme of “Light up Rotary”, I am very honoured to be President again of Southbank, we have been through periods of great change over the past couple of years and we have survived as we are truly a wonderful Rotary Club with some solid members …


New Members & Future Leaders Seminars

Inspired by the opportunity of serving your club and community better?

These two seminars run by district provide opportunities for you to learn more about the Rresources and opportunities in Rotary and how to connect.

18th August - New Members Seminar

25th August - Future Leaders Seminar



Southbank Farmers Market and Community Connection

Tuesday 22nd July, 2014

Feddish Cafe / Restaurant @ Federation Square

At our next club meeting this Tuesday 22nd July, we will hear from Shirley Billing, the organiser of the Southbank market from MFM who will share with us some interesting insights into the popularity of farmers' markets in the community and the sustainablity ethos behind farmers markets.


How do you invite someone to join Rotary? Just ask

By Bill Wittich, past president of the Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise, Elk Grove, California, USA

Those who know me call me the Starbucks Guy! That is because I spend way too much time and money in my local Starbucks. But the truth is Starbucks is my best location for attracting new Rotary members.


The Value of Books in the Community

Weekly Club Meeting

Tuesday 2nd September 2014

6 for 6:30pm - Feddish @ Fed Square

Join Southbank Rotary for an informative conversation with Michael Mackenzie, Librarian and Local Historian at Boyd. Michael will share with us his passion for books and explore opportunities with the club to improve literacy in our community focusing on young children and their families. BOOK NOW

Middle East Peace Dinner - The Humanitarian Situation in Syria

WHEN: Tuesday 9th September 2014 - 6 pm for a 6:30 start.

WHERE: Feddish Restaurant, Federation Square, Melbourne

COST: $25 per head (includes a dinner meal and a glass of wine, beer or soft drink)

Southbank Rotary is privileged to be hosting a special peace dinner club meeting on Tuesday 9th September 2014 with a focus on Peace in the Middle East and the humanitarian situation in Syria. Bashar Baghdadi is a professional international humanitarian with a passion for peace who will be sharing his personal insights into the humanitarian situation in the Middle East, with a focus on Syria and his home country, Jordan.

Please book online to secure your seat


David Finn Trust Fund - As featured on A Current Affair

It's the senseless attack that left a hard-working grandfather in hospital for six long months.

Since the news of David Finn aired on 'A Current Affair' last night (10 September), Rotary has established a trust fund to support David which as of this morning had raised in excess of $40,000 to support him in his hospital treatment.  Stay tuned for a further update on tonight's program.


No meeting 23rd September

Please note that due to Grand Final Eve Breakfast on Friday 27th September, there will no regular meeting of Rotary Club of Southbank on 23rd September.

For bookings for the breakfast, visit:

Next week's meeting (30th September) will also feature the District Governor Murray Verso who will make his official visit to the club.

Oskar finds music opens doors

Article by Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise

Up and down Australia’s east coast, Rotary Clubs in August - September had an unusual visitor, a blond-haired 18 year old from Arnbruck in Bavaria.

He then asks politely if members would like to hear a waltz, march or jig on a traditional Button Accordion? He drags a chair to the podium and launches a   tune thick with counterpoint and harmonics.


Southbank Rotary Tonight - Jim Studebaker

Tuesday 28th October, 2014

Guest Speaker: Jim Studebaker

Feddish Cafe/Bar & Restaurant, Federation Square 6pm for 6.30pm start.

This week, we will welcome Jim Studebaker, Past District Governor of District 9800 and recently appointed Rotary Foundation Endowment and Major Gift Advisor for Part of Rotary Zone 8 (Australia) and Zone 7b (New Zealand and the Pacific Islands) to update us on what is new in the Rotary Foundation.


Roger Antochi – Guest Speaker from White Lion

Tuesday 25th November 2014

Roger Antochi has something unique to offer the disengaged and disconnected young people he currently works with…. he doesn’t have to try and “walk in their shoes” to understand them – Roger has first-hand experience of what it’s like to be young, unsupported by parents, homeless, addicted to drugs, depressed and living behind prison bars.


Success Redefined - Larry Keslin - When Wants become needs

3rd February, 2015 - Guest Speaker: Larry Keslin from the USA

Popular wisdom accepts that people want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, to have a purpose that gives meaning to their lives.

Larry Kesslin takes popular wisdom a step further. Purpose, he says, is only the beginning.

Sharing your life’s purpose, connecting deeply with others—on a purpose level, not a surface level—is the key to unlocking the deepest joy in life.



Paint your Picture of Southbank

Following on from the huge developments of the last couple of decades, Southbank Melbourne is now well known for its buildings, its fiery waterfront, its arts and its dining.

However for the residents who live here, the challenges of high rise apartment living, our walled communities, our transient population and our diverse range of people, the call for extra efforts to break down the barriers that prevent the Southbank community from truly engaging with each other have been heard and Rotary is joining with the community to do something about it.


Polio Fundraising Night - The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!

Date: 2nd March, 2015

Venue: Como Cinemas, South Yarra

In lieu of our meeting on 3rd March, you are invited to join us for a viewing of the latest movie 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!'

Funds raised from this special screening of the film will go towards Rotary's goal of Ending Polio Worldwide.

There will no meeting at Feddish on Tuesday 3rd March. This will be a great opportunity to go visit another Rotary Club who meets at a Tuesday night.


My reason for being in Rotary

By Past President, Richard Shortt

I was reminded today of why I needed to go to Rotary tonight.

Two work colleagues, two conversations, one talking of the depression drugs he was taking, in part due to unnecessary pressures at work, the other moving house next week with his wife who is heavily pregnant, wondering if he had enough help.

It reminded me of what we have in Rotary - a support network, a group of friends, a family, a strength of unity of passion and purpose.


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