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Warrior Mum completes 7 million steps walking across America.

Rotary Club of Southbank member Kay Ledson has completed the journey of a lifetime – to walk the entire breadth of America from Carlsbad, California to Washington DC, A total of 7 million Steps.


Melbourne Square Development in Southbank Update

Melbourne Square is one of Melbourne’s largest mixed-use projects, with six towers consisting of four luxury apartment buildings, a commercial tower and a hotel, as well as several community amenities including a large public park spanning more than 3,700 square metres.

The development will transform a former carpark bounded by the Westgate Freeway and Kavanagh, Balston and Power Streets into one of the city’s largest combined residential, commercial, hotel and retail hubs.


Being an Immigrant in Australia

Guest Speaker - Bashar Baghdadi

10th April, 2018 - Belgian Beer Cafe

Born and raised in Jordan, having mixed origin parents (Lebanese father, Circassian mother), Bazz’ multiculturalism continued when he went to a Christian school (being a Muslim himself). Learning the true proper fundamentals of both religions, he started living the motto of "Service above self" before he knew Rotary existed by doing voluntary work from the age of sixteen.


A little Ray of Giving

As we near the holiday break, it's important to remember that for some - it's a very lonely time of year.  More than 22,000 young Victorians will experience Xmas with no family and no home. It is a heartbreaking statistic that has only gotten worse over the years.


Southbank Rotarian and Mom Kay Ledson walking across America for Spinal Cord Injury – 7 Million steps to raise awareness for Activity Based Recovery

When Kay’s son Josh was injured in a snowboarding accident in June 2000, doctors said that he would never walk again.  What has transpired since, through sheer persistence, determination and incredible passion from his “warrior mom” is that Josh is not only able to walk again, but continues to inspire others to pursue activity based rehabilitation for people who face similar debilitating lives.


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.


Southbank Millennial Board Opportunity

Born in the 80’s & 90’s – Want to really make a difference in your community?

Rotary Club of Southbank are looking to recruit people who were born in the 80’s and 90’s to join a new millennial board of 9-15 people to develop two initiatives that will benefit the community of Southbank under the leadership and support of member James Piplios who is an alumni of the Williamson group. James is experienced in training people to become board members and directors.


Southbank Sunday Streets

12th November, 2017

12pm - 5.45pm.

Boyd Community Hub will be hosting a Sunday Streets Community Day on Sunday 12th November. Part of Kavanagh Street will be blocked off to create an opportunity for residents to mix and connect with others with a variety of games and creative activities for children, great coffee and lots of information from community groups.

And Learn about Rotary at the BBQ hosted by Southbank Rotary


George Coppin - Entrepreneur Extraordinaire in Colonial Victoria.

Bob Slater from Rotary Club of Kew presented a talk on the 17th October on the Life and Times of George Coppin.

George Coppin was one of the great characters of 19th Century Victoria.

His first love was the Stage, and he was proud to describe himself as a Comedian. But he was much, much more than that.

In all respects he was an entrepreneur, and he displayed this characteristic as a politician (both colonial and municipal government), in sport, in the arts, in entertainment, in Freemasonry, and in philanthropy.


Rotary Foundation Centennial Gala Dinner

May 31, 2017, The Atlantic, Central Pier, Docklands.

Since the Rotary Foundation was established in 1917, the foundation has spent more than US$3 billion on Programs and Projects to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide.

With 100 years of service to the community, it's time to celebrate and bring members of the community together with Rotarians from right across Australia wide for a Gala Fundraising Dinner, held right here in Melbourne (the home of the 1st Rotary Club in Australia - Rotary Club of Melbourne).

The Rotary Club of Southbank is proud to host this Centennial Foundation Dinner and auction and along with corporate sponsors and the Australian Rotary Districts have set the challenge of raising AU$1,000,000 in contributions and bequests which will help set up the foundation for an even more exciting 100 years and beyond.


Can violent men change? The signs are positive, research finds

Published in the Age, by Miki Perkins, Social Affairs

Can a violent man change? Can he stop the assaults on those he is supposed to cherish, and reduce his psychological games?   

Yes - to some extent - according to optimistic new research that looks at the effectiveness of men's behaviour change programs in Australia.


Hat's Off in support of Violence Free Families

If you're looking for something to do on 17 May, why not attend Brighton Theatre Company's production of 'Hats Off!' in support of a fabulous Rotary charity, Violence Free Families.

Brighton Theatre Company Present

Charity Night - 17th May in Support of Violence Free Families

Commencing 8pm Sharp

For further information, please contact Kate Strain ( or visit



RCMP Birthing Kit Assembly Day

29 April 2017

Location: Melbourne Grammar School

Back for the 2nd Year, Rotary Club of Melbourne Park are hosting their Birthing Kit Assembly Day.  Amrit represented our club last year and welcomes you to join him again this year.

To learn more visit Rotary Club of Melbourne Park's Event Page or the Birthing kit Foundation

Join Rotary Club of Southbank and attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service

25th April, 2017

All members of Rotary Club of Southbank, Family & Friends are welcome to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service this Tuesday Morning followed by a traditional Gunfire Breakfast at the Victoria Barracks for other 5000 members of the public.

This gathering replaces our regular meeting on this day and thanks to our resident Defence Force member Steven Kidziak who is coordinating the event on behalf of the club, will be an opportunity to learn more about the role that our Defence Force plays in protecting our country and allow us to honour those who have served in the past.

6am - 7am      Dawn Service (It is recommended to be in place for 5.45am for the pre-amble address)

7am – 9am     Gun Fire Breakfast at the Victoria Barracks

9am – 1pm     Anzac Day March


Buy your Xmas Tree from Rotary!

Southbank & Carlton Rotary Xmas Pop-up Shop

Xmas Tree Sale @ Lygon Court, Carlton

380 Lygon Street (Cinema Nova Complex)

24th November to 22nd December 2012

Come and visit us in Carlton


Order online HERE

In the spirit of Social Inclusion Week and the Christmas Festive Season, Carlton and Southbank Rotary Clubs are selling fresh Xmas Trees with procedes going towards Rotary community projects by our two clubs.

We are also providing a Christmas gift giving tree for people wanting to donate presents to those in our community who are less fortunate than us. SWAGS for Homeless, our community partner, will also be launching their new DELUXE retail camping model of the award winning, innovative Backpack Bed(TM) and also collecting donations to provide dignified shelter for those sleeping on the streets this Christmas. We welcome your support in the spirit of Christmas and Social Inclusion Week.

Call for Volunteers -


Open Day at Donations in Kind

8 April, 2017

Donations in Kind are currently celebrating the milestone of shipping 500 containers this century of donated goods overseas and to mark the milestone, they are holding an Open Day at the Donations in Kind Store.


Rotary Peace Fellowships

Do you have a PASSION for PEACE?


Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.


Y-House 2016 Ball - Creating Options for Young People living in Aged Care

Saturday October 15th, 2016, 7pm - midnight

Level 17, RACV City Club

3-course meal, drinks, live & silent auctions & entertainment with funds raised going to the development of a transistional care facility for young people with disablities among people their own age, rather than the alternative of moving into an aged care facility.

Learn about Y-House

Bookings now open



iLearn: Tech Wednesdays at Boyd

Don't know much about computers?  Come to the Tech Wednesdays sessions to learn new skills and make new friends.  All sessions are free but registration is essential.  You can learn about the Internet, use of iPads and use of social media.

Introduction to Social Media

Wednesday 14 September 2016 - 6pm - 8pm

Internet Basics

Wednesday 12 October 2016 - 6pm - 8pm



Tenacious Arrives in Melbourne

Following a 9 Month voyage from the UK, Tall Ship Tenacious has finally arrived in Melbourne, which will become a base as it gives opportunities for people of all abilities (including blind people and those in Wheelchairs) to learn to sail in equal partnership with abler bodied crew.

Journeys will be taken between Melbourne and Geelong, Hobart, Adelaide, Sydney.


Days for Girls Sew-athon

20th August, 2016, 7 Bridge Street, Hampton, VIC

What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school? Days of isolation?

Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find...but  still miss up to 2 months of education and opportunity every year. It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world. 

Club members Steven Aquilina and Steven Kidziak have been instrumental in our club in supporting the work of Days for Girls in Nepal and this week will be making more kits in association with Sunday Assembly.



Rotarians Against Malaria Annual Australian Conference

Rotarians Against Malaria Annual Australian Conference

20th - 21st August, 2016 - Ciloms Airport Lodge, Tullamarine

Rotarians Against Malaria, a division of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) will hold its annual conference in 2016 in Melbourne where you are invited to hear from a wide range of speakers on the developments and work being undertaken by clubs from across Australia and beyond.



Trivia Night to support work in Afghanistan

Keen to try your hand at Trivia?

The Afghan Australian Development Organisation (AADO) is running a Trivia Night to support their ongoing efforts with their Life Skills Programs, Trade Programs and their Master Science Teacher Programs in Afganhistan.

15th September, 2016 @ 7pm

Fitzroy Victoria Bowling & Sports Club

Afghanistan is of particular interest to Rotarians worldwide given that this country is likely to be the location of the last case of Polio worldwide after Rotary's 30 year program of eradication of the disease.

To learn more about the AADO, plese visit the AADO Website.

To learn more about Rotary's campaign to End Polio now, visit


Pope Welcomes Rotary to Jubilee Audience

As invited guests of Pope Francis, nearly 9,000 Rotary members from around the world attended a special Jubilee celebration in Rome, where peace, polio eradication, and the refugee crisis were highlighted.


Tall Ship Tenacious coming to Melbourne – Reimagining Capability

Tenacious and its sister ship The Lord Nelson are no ordinary sailing ships.  They have been designed with the vision that if disabled people could sail alongside able-bodied people as part of the crew, it would help break down the prejudices and misunderstandings between people with different circumstances in life.

And on August 27, Tenacious will be arriving in Melbourne ahead of a year of sailing opportunities in a series of voyages from day sailings as well as journeys between different cities around Australia.


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