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Speaker Date Topic
Ian Bentley Oct 24, 2017

Behind The Badge talks are always interesting.

Come and hear Ian Bentley's presentation.

Chair: Lawrence Reddaway

Bryan Martin OAM Oct 31, 2017

The legendary Bryan Martin is a race caller on Radio Sen 1116, a presenter @yourracinglife  and a Corporate Speaker and  Managing Director of BMR.

Chair: David Rush

(Photo: courtesy Bryan Martin twitter @bmracingclub  )

Melbourne Cup Day Nov 07, 2017
No Meeting
No Meeting

‘Melbourne Cup Day is Australia’s best known horse racing event. Since 1861 it has been held on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. It is an annual public holiday in the state of Victoria. This event, popularly dubbed as “the race that stops the nation”, is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over, is said to be the richest ‘two-mile’ handicap in the world and is one of the richest turf races.  More than 100,000 people usually attend Flemington Racecourse, and the race is televised live to an audience of about 650 million people worldwide'.

Did you know? The 1875 winner, Wollomai, came from Phillip Island?, (which is located around 135 kilometres south-east of Melbourne and is better known for its penguin colonies). In earlier days, prior to a ferry service between Phillip Island and San Remo, animals were swum across to the Narrows.

It was thought that Wollomai had very little chance of winning, but jockey Bob Batty rode the horse to success, in a time of three minutes and thirty eight seconds, before a crowd of 70,000 people.

The owner, John Cleeland, returned to Cape Woolomai  with £22,000 pounds, having given the jockey and trainer £500 each.

Lien Trinh Nov 14, 2017

Lien Trinh wants to live in a world where avoidable forms of vision impairment don’t exist, where individuals are empowered, and human diversity is celebrated.  

She is one of 6 children; her parents were refugees who fled Vietnam by boat in the early 80s and founded a new life in Australia.

Lien holds a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Melbourne, Master of Optometry from the University of NSW, and was awarded the D9800 inaugural Global Grant to study a Master of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has experience working in low-income settings internationally (Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea) as well as throughout Australia and in remote Indigenous communities, where she has provided eye-care services and built local eye personnel capacity through teaching, research and evaluation. 

She is the Project Coordinator of EndTrachoma by 2020, a project endorsed by RI President Ian Riseley and Zone Coordinator Noel Trevaskis, that engages the collective efforts of Rotary clubs nationwide.  The project aims to improve the well being of our own Indigenous Australians by working to eliminate the avoidable, infectious, potentially blinding disease, trachoma from Australia. Shamefully, we are the world's last developed country where this disease still persists

Chair: David Rush

Don Farands Nov 21, 2017
The Glass Soldier
The Glass Soldier

'Don Farrands is the grandson of the Glass Soldier, NH Ferguson.  Don is a commercial lawyer, chartered accountant, and director.  He has significant and varied experience in law, commerce, the arts, and community organisations including in the disability sector.  He lives in Melbourne.

This is the true story of a young Australian soldier whose life of opportunity was challenged by trauma and salvaged by strength.

Nelson Ferguson, from Ballarat, was a stretcher-bearer on the Western Front in France in World War I. He survived the dangers of stretcher-bearing in some of Australias most horrific battles: the Somme, Bullecourt, Ypres and Villers-Bretonneux. In April 1918, at Villers-Bretonneux, he was severely gassed. His eyes were traumatised, his lungs damaged.

Upon his return home, he met and married Madeline, the love of his life, started a family, and resumed his career teaching art. But eventually the effects of the mustard gas claimed his eyesight, ending his career. Courageously enduring this consequence of war, he continued contributing to society by assisting his son and son-in-law in their stained-glass window business. Advances in medicine finally restored his sight in 1968, allowing him to yet again appreciate the beauty around him, before his death in 1976.

The story of this Anzac will stir your soul. It is a story of war and bravery, pain and strength, hope and miracles'.

Chairman: Geoff Dumayne

TBC Nov 28, 2017


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Lst Spkr...note Dec 05, 2017

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Christmas Party Dec 12, 2017


A combined evening with Rotary Glenferrie.

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Fun Night Dec 19, 2017
Auburn Bowls Club


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BBQ With Rotary Glenferrie Jan 23, 2018
New Citizens Night/ Harmony Feb 07, 2018
To Be Held At Auburn Bowls Club


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TBA By Rotary Kew Feb 13, 2018
Rotary Kew Are Coming To Us.......
Rotary Kew Are Coming To Us.......

....And they will organise the speaker and run the meeting.

More details to come.

Mrs Amanda Elliott Feb 20, 2018
Chairman Victorian Racing Club


'Amanda Elliott was elected to the VRC Committee in 2002, the second female committee member in 140 years.  In 2011 she became Vice Chairman making her the first  female executive office holder at the VRC. She has served as VRC representative of the Australian Stud Book and Director of Australian Genetics Testing, and is currently in charge of the Design Group for the proposed new Club Stand, as well as a member of the Masterplan sub-committee, Grounds and Gardens, and Disciplinary committees.  Amanda is a Director of a family pastoral company.

Amanda has a B.A. from the University of Melbourne, and extensive experience in sport, business and politics. She comes from a family with a long history of thoroughbred racing, breeding and administration.  Her father was also Vice Chairman of the VRC, and a long standing Committeeman of the Club. Her respect for the heritage, history and traditions of the VRC is extremely important to her'.

Chair: David Rush