Speaker Date Topic
Nick Pane Jul 24, 2018
Assistant District Governor 9800
Assistant District Governor 9800

You may think you know about Rotary Assistant District Governors....

However, you may not have heard about our own Nick Pane!

Come and listen to the incredile story of Nick!

Chair: Noel Halford

John Millington OAM Jul 31, 2018
The Inspiring Story Of The Karen People And Nhill
The Inspiring Story Of The Karen People And Nhill

Come and listen to the inspiring story of the  Karen refugees and Nhill.

John and Margaret Millington OAMs (that's them in the attached photo) are community trail blazers.  They also have been a driving force in settling Karen refugees in Nhill.

One report said that.... 'an impact study has found the resettlement program has added $40 million to the town's economy, and led to the creation of 70 full-time jobs'.

You may have seen the story on SBS, or in other media. It's a truly inspirational story.

Chair: Noel Halford

Photo Credit: The Weekly Advertiser


Please Note Aug 21, 2018
No Meeting
Vicki Mustafa Aug 28, 2018
Women in the Middle East


Chair: TBA

District Governor Bronwyn Stephens Oct 02, 2018
How You Can Be The Inspiration.
How You Can Be The Inspiration.

Bronwyn joined the Rotary Club of Melbourne South in 2008.   After undertaking Rotary Leadership Institute and President Elect Training she was Club President in 2009-2010

Since then she has served the Club in various capacities including Bulletin Editor, Secretary and Treasurer.  She has chaired the World of Difference project for her Club.

Other involvement at District level includes Assistant Governor Stonnington Cluster 2013-2016.   Leading a Vocational Training Tour of 4 teachers to Cambodia in January 2016, where they provided two four day workshops for 160 Cambodian teachers, was a highlight.  She was the  Community Services District Chair 2016-2017.

Bronwyn is a Royce Abbey Awardee and a Paul Harris Fellow recipient, as is her husband Mark.  They are both members of the Paul Harris Society.

Bronwyn is a retired nurse. In her career she enjoyed exploring various specialties – Accident and Emergency, Cardiac Care, Remote Island Nursing and Day Surgery.      

Bronwyn volunteered during her career on 2 major peak bodies in healthcare.   Australian Council of Hospital Standards (ACHS) surveyor and Australian Credentialed Gastroenterology Nurses  (COGEN) reprocessing educator, surveyor and board member.

Chair:  President 2018/2019 Ian Bentley

John Botham Oct 16, 2018
Captain ‘Old King’ Cole: from Port Phillip Pioneer to Victorian Patriarch
Captain ‘Old King’ Cole: from Port Phillip Pioneer to Victorian Patriarch


Captain George Ward Cole arrived in Melbourne in 1840 following a career in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, including the sacking of Washington, and in the merchant marine. He was prominent in early Melbourne society, marrying into the McCrae family and building one of the first houses in Brighton, St Ninian's. Cole built the first private wharf on the bank of the Yarra, known as Cole’s Wharf, and developed shipping facilities in Port Phillip, providing sea transport both locally and to other colonies. He served on the Legislative Council for 20 years.

The illustrated talk tells the story of the building of Cole's Wharf, his Napoleonic War exploits, his life in early Melbourne, his entrepreneurial activities and work as a respected politician.

Photo Credit: Picture Victoria

Chair: Gordon Cheyne