The ongoing humanitarian disaster & destruction of Ukraine is wreaking havoc, and great trauma to that country. Many Rotarian Clubs, as is our club  are getting behind Ukraine, and actively supporting them with financial & material aid.
For more information to donate:
Every little bit helps! 

INVITATION to The Rotary Club of Preston 2022 - 2023 Changeover Dinner

Wednesday 6 July 2022
Celebration of President, Chris Shields 2021 - 2022 Rotary Year Induction of Incoming President, Ruth McCall 2022 - 2023


The RYLA ( Rotary Youth Leadership Award) will be back this year – the first since 2019. RYLA is an intensive program for people 18-30 years old and will be held for the week 20th-26th November at the Doxa Youth Foundation Camp Site in Malmsbury.

        Rotary Preston is keen to support & sponsor applicants, and assist in transport to the Kilmore, where participants are then taken by bus to Malmsbury.
      RYLA gives participants the invaluable space to reflect on themselves,  to develop leadership skills, & develop self confidence  The program brings together a selection of experts in their fields to deliver topics and interactive sessions. It’s an opportunity to make connections with others, and have fun!
      Formal and technical skills are only part of the requirements for modern employees. RYLA works to develop ‘soft skills’ and personal attributes that are shown to be just as important to success. The values of these soft skills are outlined I a recent report by Deloitte Access Economics & Deakin Co.
    RYLA gives young leaders and emerging leaders the opportunity to serving their own communities and beyond.
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Another busy month for our club, and its been great to welcome some visitors to meetings.
Reservoir Neighbourhood House Foodbank support continues, with Rotarians assisting with the fortnightly delivery of much needed food. Angie Fay, CEO of RNH described demand for assistance with food & hygiene products as being “overwhelming”. For the month of March alone, over 1300 families were assisted with food donations.



RIMERN  ( Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network )

Volunteers from Rotary Preston will be lending a hand at the Brunswick East Warehouse in the coming week. A wonderful outreach to assist those in crisis in setting up home with a large range of good quality donated goods.
Donations of goods & $$ for RIMERN are very welcome!



Rotary Preston deeply values contributions by First Nations Peoples, and encourages their membership.  Member Gerry Lyons, GM of Indigenous Radio Station 3 KND continues to give us great insights into the challenges, resilience and creativity that makes up  Indigenous communities. As a club we proudly endorse our First Nations Statement, recently ratified by club members.


RIMERN: Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network

Desperately need to purchase a Van to pick up and deliver goods to clients. How 'bout purchasing some "Van Rouge" or " Van Blanc"- what a terrific fundraiser for a totally "Volunteer- driven" cause! 
& YES! ROTARY PRESTON are joining forces with RIMERN helping with much needed funds, and a willing team of Rotarians assisting in this great outreach. More info coming soon! 


April has been a busy time for Rotary Preston. Members, Elaine Price, Police Convenor for Rotary, and Geoff McIlvenna, attended the official opening of the Reservoir Police Station.

As our club is very proud of our tradition of sponsoring the Annual Police Awards and Service to Community, this was an occasion close to Elaine & Geoff’s hearts!

Reservoir Police Station has moved from its old Edward Street site, to Mahoney’s Road.

It is a new, purpose- built facility, carefully designed to accommodate the complex and diverse requirements of contempory policing.

Elaine noted, “ the facility gives Police and those detained, greater separation for safety, and it’s a great environment to work as Police Officers, and the community members with which they serve.”

The Sallyport area, which is a safe & secure area to transport suspects into custody, and private areas in which to meet members of the community, along with high quality staff facilities are impressive.

This is Police Station designed to meet future growth. It houses the Reservoir Uniform branch, Family Violence Investigation Unit, Victim Support Service Areas, & Darebin Taskforce Team.

Special Guests to the Opening included, Wurundjeri Elder, Norman Terrick, Police Chief Commissioner, Shane Patton, State Police Minister Lisa Neville, Federal MP for Cooper, Ged Kearney and Senior Sergeant Mark Van Rooyen.




Last year Chairperson of RIMERN, Susie Cole, spoke to our club about this Rotary initiative which re- homes donated household furniture, and goods to people in desperate need. This includes folk who have been recently released from prison who are being re- housed, families escaping domestic violence, - you name it! Referrals come far & wide, - mostly from agencies, such as Neighbourhood Houses, Salvo's Vinnies, etc. The warehouse is located in East Brunswick, and Rotarians pay to  rent the warehouse, and put in numerous hours to sort donated gear. It is all highly organised, and RIMERN is doing an AMAZING job. 
Rotarian Ruth McCall was contacted last Wednesday by fellow Rotarian, Gerry Lyons from Radio 3 KND. A newly arrived team- member from N.T. - due to unforseen circumstances, required furniture and household items ASAP. RIMERN was contacted, and immediately responded. A team from Rotary Preston were at the Warehouse Thursday morning, the client was invited to tour the facility and select everything she required. A Rotary truck was sourced from the Rotary DIK ( Donations in Kind warehouse in Footscray) by the ever- resourceful, and dedicated, Geoff Mcilvenna, and Preston Rotarians loaded up the truck and literally moved & helped to set up the person's new home that day. Great outcome, and inspiring effort. Shows what Rotary can do! 



Angie Dickinson, CEO of Reservoir Neighbourhood House is no stranger to our club. Angie recently briefed the club on the latest news regarding the incredible outreach the RNH provides to the community of East Reservoir. With demand for food assistance soaring during this protracted Covid Pandemic, RNH distribute 2 tonnes of fresh fruit and Veges to the community per month, together with 12
pallets of food from Foodbank. This has been actively supported by Preston Rotary in a very hands- on way.

Angie highlighted a number of other initiatives aimed to support community, such as the Rezza Nu Du Hairdressing services for folk on low incomes; Orange Sky Mobile Washing & drying services for people sleeping rough;they host ITAG- an interactive Activity Group for mentally unwell people; there is a Tab Tech for young folk on the Autism spectrum… the listgoes on.

The Community Services Committee were very happy to donate $500 towards the RNH excellent work.


Rotary Preston were delighted to welcome & induct our newest member, Natalie Au.
Natalie comes to us with a big heart, and shared values around contributing to a more just & equitable world.
Great to have you with us Natalie!

District 9790 Annual Conference: March 18, 19, 2022.

Preston Rotarians were well represented at this years District Conference held in Marysville.
The theme “Embracing Change” was augmented by a great range of speakers and topics, providing much inspiration and education for all.
Hilarity & fellowship ensued as the club got together each evening at the Duck Inn for some cheer!
- A proud moment also for the club was the Preston Rotary Club’s nominee and
- Awardee for the 2021 Peter Toomey Community Police Award. Catherine Morgan was awarded the District Award in recognition of her excellence.
And…. Our club was recognised for being the 3 rd highest contributor in the District towards the Rotary Foundation Charity Annual Fund for 2020-2021.


A humanitarian, and environmentally savvy program involves the recycling of Play equipment.
The program known as RORP- Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds is a wonderful way to re- purpose play equipment which would otherwise go into landfill. Play equipment is
dismantled, all parts coded, and sent to countries in need. RORP Chairperson, and driver of this multi- district Rotarian effort, Peter Cribb writes, “it’s a win- win… It’s also an
opportunity for the local community to see their local Rotary Club engaged in recycling and benefiting less fortunate children at no cost,:
Recently Rotarians, including Preston’s Peter Peyton and Julie Morris put in hard yakka to dismantle play equipment in Sunshine. This is the 150 th such unit Rotary clubs have pulled apart, and the Sunshine unit is destined for East Timor. Great work!!


It's great to welcome new people into our Rotary family, & the year has started off with great energy & enthusiasm.
There is no doubt that Rotary expands one's horizons, and in the few short weeks we have reconvened, we have heard from Esther Boateng from Ghana, Bruce, from Benalla, representing ROMAC- 'Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children', & we hosted the 10th Community Police Awards!! Plus, members & visitors alike, are enjoying the Preston Rotary Vibe!!!
Lots more to come in the near future!!!


Club meetings are held each Wednesday 1230 for 1245 at Darebin RSL, lunch followed by Guest Speaker.
Coming Up: 
- 9th March Exciting Plans for Reservoir Neighbourhood House - with the delightful Angie Fay.
- 16th March: 'International Needs Australia.'


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.



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!!


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.!