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Rotary Christmas Cakes and Puddings

Delicious traditional Rum and Brandy Fruit Cake, 1Kg traditional Steamed Pudding, and Traditional Baked Puddings all available to order now to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation


The World Next Door, showcasing the amazing work of asylum seeker Naser Moradi

The Mercy Hub are thrilled to announce the new dates for our art exhibition 'The World Next Door', showcasing the amazing work of asylum seeker Naser Moradi.

Opening night will have guest speakers including comedian and refugee advocate Tom Ballard, as well as canapés and live music. Bookings required for Opening Night only.  Bookings - ​

Postcards of Naser's work will be available for purchase throughout the event.
We can not wait to welcome you down at The Hub!

Rev Max Griffiths MBE - Gentle Remembrance

It is a fitting tribute to our club member, the late Rev Max Griffiths on his passing on 13th September 2021, that we quote from his own book on death, divorce, disease and other life challenges, "How to Say Goodbye"; first published in 2003. 

"Life has led Max Griffiths into a wide range of experiences, from labouring in an engineering factory, to confronting the devastation of Darwin caused by Cyclone Tracy, to tackling the problems of people living in isolation of outback Australia.  A graduate of Melbourne University in Commerce, Arts and Divinity, he was a minister in the Presbyterian and Uniting Churches for almost 40 years, for eleven of them as superintendent of the Australian Inland Mission. In 1978 he was awarded the MBE for services to the outback...”

“At many times in our lives we have to say goodbye to people, to places, to phases we pass through.  Often this is a painful experience, sometimes seemingly impossible.  At other times we say goodbye with relief.

“Both in his personal and professional life Max Griffiths has been confronted with death, divorce, job loss, parting with children, and similar crises.  In How to Say Goodbye Griffiths tells how he and people he knows have managed to say goodbye and yet retain the legacy of a gentle remembrance."

Ever gracious, Max had omitted from his book that even throughout his many challenges he had continued serving the community in many humanitarian capacities. He was councillor of Ormond College, Morongo College, Geelong College and Rossbourne House, and on the board of the Austin Hospital as well as being chairman of the Austin Hospital Human Ethics and Medical Research Committee. He also sat on the boards of the Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s and Freemasons Hospitals Ethics Committees. Max was also advisor to the Commonwealth Gene Technology Regulator, and Chairman of Norwon Association.  

In Papua New Guinea, Max and his wife Merrilyn, pioneered a mobile health and educational unit for 20 villages. They supported five girls financially to attend universities, put four girls through secondary education and sixty children from a village located on a rubbish tip through primary school.

Rotarian Max has left a lasting gentle remembrance of all he was and has done in living a life devoted to his calling and purpose.  

He was truly a Rotarian who exemplified our Rotary mottos of Service Above Self and in Doing Good in the World wherever his faith led him.

Goodbye Max. We will ever gently remember. 


Presidents Message

President's Message 2021-22

The Rotary Club of Carlton has been serving the community since 1985. We have many service activities that benefit the Carlton community, as well as national and international projects. We are often called the ‘friendly club’, as our club promotes friendship among our members and builds relationships through service in our immediate community and across the world. If you would like to join us as a member or as a volunteer, you will find a warm welcome. 

From July 1 2021, In Person Lunch Meetings will be held at Graduate House on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month with a Zoom Meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month-all subject to COVID19 regulations. 

Club Events

Pop Up Bookshop Now Open

Our Pop up Bookshop at 332 Lygon Street is now open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 24th December.  Put your name down to volunteer a shift and tell all your friends about it.  We are located right next door to DOC Deli some come in and have a browse while you are picking up your Festive Season supplies.

Speakers Program

Roy Hardcastle

What is Rotary

-  World Wide organisation.  Crosses National borders.. Rotary Clubs in every country with men and women members.

How can we Join?

-Roy spoke of his experiences with Rotary before Harold became the Founding President of Carlton and he was finally asked to join.

District Activity

-  Roy spoke of his involvement in the Science Summer School, as an Assistant Governor for other clubs.

Carlton Club

-  Caring for locals


-  Linked with new work patterns

-  zoom and getting together as a group

-  Reduction of Costs

Keith Ryall

Reflections based on Keith Ryall’s perceptions of a Ben ( Mojo ) Crowe Masterclass in Personal Leadership.

He talked about 3 Key Mindsets….

  1. The Connection Mindset-connect with ourselves before we connect with the outside world. ( The only person I can control 100% of the time is myself.) Beware the FOOPO syndrome….the Fear of Other Person’s Opinions. Think….””I don’t care what people think about me but I do care about what I think of them.”” So let go of other people’s views….Stop Doing and Start Being….write a To Be list, as well as a To Do list.  ( e.g., Be Grateful, Be Kind etc )
  2. Develop a Purpose Mindset-what do I want in life? The 2 most important days in your life…the day you were born and the day you find out Why!   What is my Why? What is it that excites me about helping others?   What do we really stand for? What will be my own personal Legacy?  Move from I thinking to We; from Resume to Eulogy? 
  3. Develop a Performance Mindset….life itself is a Performance but we get so distracted by what we can’t control. Accept that there are things we can’t control so focus on the things we can control. As Viktor Frankl wisely said in his book, Mans Search for Meaning….The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s own reaction , regardless of circumstances.

There are many free You Tube clips of Ben Crowe’s thoughts on Personal Leadership; just do any Google Search and they should pop up. Some are called Mojospresso and are in many Episodes-most are short and punchy; e.g., Episode 13-Finding Purpose runs for 11 minutes.

Rotary Club of Carlton

Tuesday at 12:30pm for 1:00 pm

Graduate House,
University of Melbourne,
220 Leicester Street Carlton 3053

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DG Dale Hoy

Rotarians worldwide are inspired by the Rotary theme of “Service Above Self” and are guided by reference to ‘The Four-Way Test’. In particular, ‘The Four-Way Test’ challenges Rotarians, in everything they do, to ask of themselves:

“Of the things we think say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"