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Good evening, Team,

I hope you all had a wonderful week.

Last week's meeting was truly fabulous. Alana Begg and Fiona's talk was incredibly inspiring, and I trust you all found ways to get involved with their amazing initiative. If you’d like to learn more about their work, please click on the provided link. About Us - Ecology & Restoration Australia (

It was also fantastic to hear from our AOS chairs about their plans for the upcoming weeks.

This weekend, Chris McLeod, Kerith Cummins, Carol Cain, and Vicki Van Den Bergen have generously volunteered to help with donation collection for the Salvation Army outside the Bakery in Emerald. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello to our wonderful club members as they do good work on behalf of our club. Well done, ladies. We appreciate your efforts.

Did you know? The most remote Rotary Club is in Papeete, Tahiti, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Serve as if no one is watching and love as if your breath depends on it.

Have a fabulous weekend!

President Sangeeta

In order to confirm numbers for meetings at the pub, please ensure that you communicate the following to PP PHF Lorna:
  • notify if NOT attending by 12 noon on the MONDAY before the meeting
  • and notify if bringing guests or visitor
  • notify at any time about future absences and holidays.
Thank You!

Club Meeting - 28 May 2024

President Sangeeta's Introduction

Announcement of upcoming birthdays - 25th May Tracey Bannister (Happy Birthday for today!), and Tracey was also the chairperson of the meeting.
Sangeeta welcomed Alana and Fiona - the meeting's guest speakers.
Sangeeta also invited members to participate in an event on 5th June for Monash Health. There are five spots available, so please reach out to Sangeeta so she can confirm attendance.

Chairperson's Introduction to Guest Speaker Alana Begg (from Ecology & Restoration Australia) who presented with Fiona.

For information go to below links:
Summary of presentation:
  • The organisation provides habitat for species. They identify native species, monitor them and also assist with habitats such as nest boxes.
  • Flora surveys and weed mapping and management are undertaken as well as well as habitat for birds such as hollows in trees.
  • The important issue is biodiversity.
  • ERA partner with Eco Warriors Australia to train and educate people as well as school children and get them involved.  Projects that are great to get involved with include:
    • Nest Box monitoring field days
    • Planting and seed programs they especially work with the traditional owners for the project to teach cultural heritage
    • Wildlife canopy rope bridge workshops 500 – 600 mtrs of bridge in VIC at the moment and more is being established each week for animals to cross between trees
  • You can gett involved by: Volunteering, Working with Eco Warriors, and through Sponsorship and Partnership Opportunities. For further information contact: Alana Begg 0431 551 987.

Committee Reports

Community Service - PP PHF Emma Clark

  • Stationery appeal on to end of May
  • DEI Committee – 11 members – all welcome and will update in the near future
  • Would like to thank only author of the Annual Report to Paula and Tracey J

Talkin It Up - PP PHF Gloria Hargreaves

  • Interview on 3MDR took place this week and it went well
  • Can we have your support to volunteer on the day and let Gloria know if you are coming and let her know the job on the night please go to and register if you are attending

Rotary Club of Emerald & District Market: 8th June 2024 - PP PHF Catherine Elfick

  • Please spread the news via social
  • Let us know of stall holders

Kids Fun Run with Puffing Billy - Allan Douglas

  • Meeting with Puffing Billy – working through a potential another run - things are ramping up
  • Goal to raise $60k for Cancer Research for Children at the Monash Children’s Centre
Meeting Close: Sangeeta thanked everyone for their input to the meeting.

Other Information

Out and about

Some of our lovely Rotarian members were out and about this week attending the 2024 Cardinia Shire Mayor's Volunteer Receptions - Looking lovely ladies!


Social Event - Hita's invitation to celebrate

Hita has invited you all to help her celebrate her birthday on Saturday, 1 June 2024 12:00 pm at the 
Matsumura Blues Festival.  Here is her invitation:
To our wonderful club, I’m turning another year older soon so a great excuse to go dancing. I would love if you were able to come… there’s a few of us going to this gig on Saturday 1st June….please get tickets if you’re can join 🥳  - 

Rotary Activities - RORP (Rotary Overseas Relocated Playgrounds Project) Container Loading

For those interested and available, please note that the next container loading for RORP at Kilsyth will be on Saturday 15 June. Please contact Marcus if you're able to assist.  

MND Fundraising - RSL's Peter Maloney Request

Would you like to support the RSL's Peter Maloney in his quest to raise $5,000 for research into Motor Neurone Disease, also referred to as The Beast? If so, please see link: 
Peter has been nominated to do the “Ice Slide” for MND at the Paradise Hotel on June 2nd. Local resident, Matt Stickland, got MND 8 years ago with a 2 year life diagnosis. Matt is co-ordinating the Ice Slide day. Matt spoke to the RSL Club last recently about his life with MND. It was very emotional.
Peter's aim is to raise $5000 for Matt and the MND research project - with $800 already raised.

General Interest - Ray Adams

Catherine came across the information about Ray Adams presented in the picture below. Ray was a former member of our club and was a DG (& he was Greg Adams’ Dad).

General Interest - Driving Rules

Roy thought the following information would be of interest to members.
Club Notices
New EVA Newsletter CLICK HERE
Other Items
The new Emerald Village Association Newsletter is out with an article, as usual penned by PP PHF Shalini Penny - click HERE to view.
Upcoming Events
Guest Speaker - Barbara Lawrence - RC Lilydale
May 28, 2024
Pat Armstrong - Environ and Sustainability
Jun. 04, 2024
Club Assembly - Lorna Shaw
Jun. 11, 2024
Samantha-Jane Potter - Extended Families
Jun. 18, 2024
Club Changeover - Cowboy Theme - Venue TBC
Jun. 23, 2024
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker - Nicole Lane - Echo Program
Jun. 25, 2024
View entire list
May 28, 2024
RC Lilydale - care packs for Mental health patients at Maroondah Hospital
Jun 04, 2024
District Rotary Environmental and Sustsinability
Jun 11, 2024
Behind the Badge
Jun 18, 2024
Extended Families
Jun 25, 2024
Echo programs - St Marks
View entire list

Vision Statement

Thriving and resilient local
and global communities

Mission Statement

Working together to create positive change

in the well-being of our community and beyond

Rotary Invocation

For good food, good fellowship and the opportunity for service through Rotary we give thanks

Rotary Toast

To Australia and the people of Australia (toast) To Rotary International (toast)

4 Way Test

Of the things we think say and do

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?



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Duty Roster
Duty Roster 28 May 2024
Marnock, Russell
Van Den Bergen, Vicki
Beckwith, Lyn
Mistry, Hita
Guest Minder
Wakefield, Ian
Duty Roster 4 June 2024
Penny, Shalini
Douglas, Allan
Adams, Marcus
Shaw, John
Guest Minder
Henderson, John
Duty Roster 11 June 2024
Umesh, Sid
McAllister, Kelly
Wakefield, Ian
Duty Roster 18 June 2024
Wilson, Susi
McAllister, Andrew
Moulday, Melinda
Henderson, John
Guest Minder
Ritchie, John
Duty Roster 25 June 2024
McInerney, Tina
Cain, Carol
Jones, Paula
Ritchie, John
Guest Minder
Shaw, John
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Susi Wilson
May 2
Gayle Barrot
May 9
Tracey-Lee Bannister
May 25
Hita Mistry
May 30
Spouse Birthdays
Henk van den Bergen
May 12
Christine McLeod
May 31
Join Date
Vicki Van Den Bergen
May 5, 2014
10 years
Gayle Barrot
May 30, 2000
24 years
Linda Culell
May 30, 2023
1 year
Rowan French
May 30, 2023
1 year
Christine McLeod
May 31, 2022
2 years
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Community Notices


We are regularly asked to share information on other Rotary Club or community group events.  Rather than list all of them in Sparkle, please check out them out HERE

Emerald Village Community

Emerald Village Community update can be  found HERE
PP PHF Shalini Penny adds a regular paragraph about Rotary in this newsletter.

Rotary Club of Emerald & District Committees

ABN: 82 067 243 051 Registration No: A0020847W              Chartered 28 March 1980

PO Box 46, Emerald VIC 3782   Tel:  0408 769 491