CLUB MEETINGS

Club meetings will re- convene Feb 2nd for our usual lunchtime meetings, friendship & fellowhship. 
On behalf of our club we wish all a very safe, happy & Blessed Christmas. 
 

FAREWELL TO A GREAT BLOKE!

It was with great sadness we said "adieu" to Rotarian, Peter McGuiggan.
 
Peter has been with our club for 3 years, and as a wonderful Salvation Army Officer, he brought with him compassion, warmth and empathy,values all congruent with Rotary. Peter moves to Sydney shortly. It was great to have Peter as Chairperson of the newly established Environment & Sustainability Committee, with  the encouragement  & support from P.P Lisa Defazio. Peter leaves a big imprint on our club. We wish him & his family our very best wishes.
 
    
 

Friends of Merri Creek Labyrinth

Rotarians, Lisa & Ruth recently assisted the Friends of Merri Creek Labyrinth in some serious weeding." This beautiful Labyrinth - the only one in Melbourne situated in parklands is located along the bike/walking path in Clifton Hill. It is a community resource built by the community for the community 20 years ago.
 
Rotary Preston is keen to get involved in Environmental Projects locally & more broadly. Enhancing our environment is in everyone's best interest, and gives such pleasure.
 
Great to meet some dedicated volunteers through Friends of Merri Creek Labyrinth!
 
  
 
 

early Christmas Lunch

Hosting an early Christmas Lunch for some of the Darebin RSL committee & auxillary was a delight. Great to all be in one room together, sharing a meal and some laughs.

Rotarians were in full- flight!

    

    

      

    

 

The Melbourne Awards’

The city of Melbourne’s highest accolade, ‘The Melbourne Awards’ now in its 19th year recognises and celebrates 8 key areas identified to reflect the way in which programs and organisations contribute to Melbourne as a thriving, forward thinking capital city.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp stated, “ we were thrilled to recognise and celebrate the inspirational people who make a valuable contribution to our city. Award finalists are a testament to our passionate and innovative community.” 

The Rotary Club of Preston congratulate ‘the TORCH’ – this years winners of the Melbourne Aboriginal 2021 Awards, “Kommargee Ketherba” (Rise up Together)

“The Torch provide art, cultural and arts industry support to Indigenous offenders and ex- offenders in Vic. The aim is to reduce the rate of reoffending by encouraging the exploration of identity and culture through arts programs to define new pathways upon release.” 

 
Rotary Club of Preston were also thrilled to learn that Indigenous Radio Station 3 KND, – well known to our Rotary Family were finalists. Both amazing organisations that help to make our world a better place.

  
 

PAUL HARRIS AWARD

Congratulations also to Preston  Rotarian, & Vocational Service Director  Tim Weir on being awarded the Rotary International  Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Tim’s generous contribution to Foundation, the hallmark Rotary Charity will be of enormous benefit, and we thank Tim for all that he contributes to our club and the broader Rotary community.

 
 

Celebrating a special Birthday

We always enjoy helping the team at Reservoir Neighbourhood House with the regular foodbank delivery. Recently we had the extra bonus of celebrating a special birthday of Rotarian Joe Morris. Joe's wife Julie insisted we all wear party - hats, and after a prolonged period of lockdown, it was great to enjoy one another's company, lovely cake, and excellent Barrista- made coffee from the Birds & Beans Cafe @RNH. Congrats Joe!!
 
 
 

LIFT THE LID: MENTAL HEALTH DAY

A Great day to walk in the local neighbourhood with our "Lift the Lid" Mental Health Awareness week T- shirts- raising awareness for Mental Health Week.  Great to combine our "silent- auction" fundraising efforts with a great walk in our 'hood.!