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Volunteers needed now for RIMERN

Since we moved into our warehouse at 32-34 Lincoln Street, East Brunswick we’ve been operating under difficult conditions with no lift, lockdown after lockdown and learning as we go, but in spite of the challenges, thanks to all our member Clubs’ support and the mentorship of EERN & WERN, we’re now ready to start rostering volunteers, for the Authorised Work (with Permits issued) required to get our stock sorted, the warehouse functioning and orders flowing out the door to our welfare agency clients.

Our milestones include:

  • We have fully Deductible Gift Recipient status and all donations are fully tax deductible!

  • We have an almost fully stocked warehouse, with furniture, appliances, linen and homewares!

  • We have 8 welfare agencies signed up as members and we’ve already supplied 8 client orders (with an average second hand value of $1,200 each!)

  • Our lift is now working so all our space is usable.

  • We have relationships with several commercial donors of furniture and homewares that are supplying significant quantities of high quality goods
  • Our facebook page has over 300 followers (please ‘like’ it yourself & invite all your friends & family to do likewise as we are getting offers of donations & volunteers via this page!)

  • Canard Solutions is proving to be the best ever sub-tenant as they’re helping with shelving, labour and even pick up of donations (when they’re not busy with paid jobs) as well as the obvious help with rent and overheads

  • We are now 13 member Clubs, with more considering membership every month!

Prahran, Albert Park, North Melbourne, Carlton, Canterbury, Camberwell, Balwyn, North Balwyn, Chadstone/East Malvern, Central Melbourne, Flemington/Kensington, Pascoe Vale & Melbourne are current members, and all reps are actively supporting the project. 

NB, to be covid safe, all volunteers must be fully vaccinated, wear a mask while on duty, check in on arrival with our QR code, enter their details on the time sheet on arrival and departure and only volunteer on one designated day per fortnight. Our space will allow for social distancing in each work area, we have hand sanitiser available on site and all volunteers will be issued with Authorised Work Permits as our category of “End of lease furniture removal/Domestic & Commercial Waste/resource recovery service” is permissible and the Care of people exiting homelessness et al cannot happen without the collection of goods.

Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 

Morning Shift: 9.30 – 12.30

Afternoon Shift: 12.30 – 3.30

Warehouse Volunteers Required (X 2 people per job per shift):

Warehouse :
Tasks sorting donated furniture, moving stock (with trolleys, dolleys & pallet jack)

Assembling client orders, steam cleaning sofas, wiping down appliances, sorting waste metal, other tasks as required.

If possible the warehouse volunteers might also double as truck driver & jockey for donation collection.

Linen Lads or Lassies

Tasks: sorting, sizing, folding, packing & labelling the mountains of doonas, blankets, mattress protectors and other bedding into size lots,

Sorting the linen room into some sort of workable order, collate client orders.

Kitchen Kit Kids

Unpacking, washing, sorting, stacking then repacking all the donations of kitchen goods, we set up packs for 4 & 6 so that orders can be supplied with prepacks.

Also sorting donations of electrical appliances ready for test & tag (ably coordinated by Rob Head & Steve Clarke).

Volunteers working from home

Donated Goods Coordinator(s)

We need one or two people to coordinate goods donations, not an onerous task but vital.

It entails:

  • Understanding what we do & don’t accept (& why)
  • Speaking with the potential donors & finding out what they want to donate (size, age, condition etc), where it’s located & when it must be collected by.
    Request they send photos if not sure about the acceptability.
  • Adding the goods to the collection list/spreadsheet OR arrange for donor to deliver (NB someone must greet donor & they may not bring other goods without approval. Our warehouse staff reserves the right to reject goods that are unsuitable as it costs us $$ to dispose of junk).

  • Organising pick up with the collections driver(s) & jockeys, advising the warehouse managers when the goods will be delivered so that space is available & stock can be put away not dumped. We plan to have a regular mid-week collection day & 2 Saturdays a month.

Other jobs will emerge as time goes on, but if you can help with the tasks above, please send your details, including full name, DOB & home address (for permit info) and task/day/shift preference to Rohan Williams asap?

Any questions re tasks, please contact or 0414 907 263. 

Soon we hope to be able to organise Club working bees, to get small teams from member clubs involved, there’s lots to do, it’s fun to work together and our clients are so grateful for the goods we provide, thanks everyone!


Celebrating Diversity and Strengthening Community

At the North Carlton Railway Neighbourhood House we aim to strengthen community connections and enrich community life by bringing together a diverse range of people to learn, socialise and connect with one another.



ROMAC is a Rotary initiative providing surgical treatment for children in Australia and New Zealand from developing countries from our Pacific region in the form of life giving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country.


Become a Member

Who are we?

Members of a Rotary Club are part of a diverse group of professional leaders working to address community and international service needs and to promote peace and understanding throughout the world.


Rotary Foundation- Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation and Clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthroprists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study.


EndTrachoma by 2020

The World Health Organisation has a global to eliminate trachoma by 2020. Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that can be prevented


Rotary Club of Carlton Vocational Award

The Rotary Club of Carlton recognises the outstanding work of these dedicated leaders:

2017-2018       Mary Galea, Dept of Medicine, RMH, Melb Uni.

Rotary Peace Fellowships



Rotary is now accepting applications for the world competitive Rotary Peace Fellowships program. The application deadline for submissions through local rotary clubs in District 9800.
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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

Rotary walk with us for Polio

Rotary Walk with Us to End Polio

Following a very successful event in 2020 Rotarians, friends and the community are encouraged once again to take action from October 1st to 31st to raise awareness, funds, and support to end poliomyelitis, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens the children of the world today.  

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary worldwide has helped to reduce polio cases from an average of 1000 cases per day in 1987 to a total of only 140 cases in 2020, a 99.9% reduction.

It is crucial to eliminate polio from Afghanistan and Pakistan, the last two countries where it remains endemic. We must also keep all other countries polio-free. If eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyse as many as 200,000 children each year.

Rotary and its partners are committed to eliminating poliomyelitis completely from the world. Smallpox is the only other disease ever completely eradicated. Funds are still needed to continue immunization and surveillance efforts.  

The Rotary Walk With Us campaign throughout October is a fun way to raise awareness and funds to End Polio Now. 

Using Rotary’s friendly website (, you can register to walk and set distance and fundraising goals. Alternatively, you can donate to someone who is walking. For the walkers the total distance you have set for the month is accumulated over the entire month of October. So, you can walk when, where and with whom you want in a COVID safe way. Each walk is logged on the website along with all donations. It’s easy.

All donations through Rotary will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who are partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductable. Individuals, teams and Rotary clubs will be recognised and credited for their donations by The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust.

The results of the 2020 event exceeded all expectations. People registered from across Australia and the world. This resulted in raising over $122,000 for the End Polio campaign. The added benefit was the positive effect on physical and mental health by providing a focus for those living with COVID restrictions.

Register to walk and donate at   

This website has more information on the event and the global program to eradicate Polio.

Donate today and be a part of the countdown to history. With your help we can end Polio for good.


Diversity Equity and Inclusion Workshops

Help Build a Better Rotary
The workshops are for Rotary Club DEI Champions or Rotarians who have an interest in creating change and ensuring their Rotary club is more inclusive and supportive of the community.
The FREE workshops led by 'Courage to Care’ will explore:
• Creating awareness of the dangers of prejudice, racism and discrimination
• Educating to challenge attitudes and behaviours
• Demonstrating that every individual can make a difference
• Transforming “bystander” behaviour to “upstander”
Each Workshop is funded by D9800 and will conclude with a light lunch.
Sunday 19th Setember -Melbourne 9.30am-1pm
Sunday 26th Setember – Woodend 9.30am -1pm

Speakers Program

Tony Broughton


After over 32 months living and working in London, in September 1970. I left Earls Court in a 52 seat Sundowners bus. It was an old bus. It did not have power steering and, at Dover,we had to push-start it to get it on the ferry. This seemed to happened now and again
We were a happy group of 40 young people from Aus and NZ : 30 young women and 10 men including the 2 driver/couriers
.At 30 I was the oldest on the bus. It wasn't my first bus trip that year as I had already done two 8-week European bus camping tours for Continental Coach Tours (CCT) as a driver/courier in Ford Transit mini-buses and in the previous year I had spent 4 months going around Europe in my own van. So the London -Greece/European Turkey route wasn't new to me.

As my last European trip was driving a bus hired from Sundowners, by CCT, the boss of Sundowners allowed me take my own small 2-man tent, plus my collapsible stretcher, with me on the bus, on the basis that I would be a kind of non-driving third courier. ( Every body had to have a sleeping bag, and would sleep on provided inflatable rubber mattresses ("li-lo"] in the company tents. There was a strict limit  on what luggage the camping passengers were allowed -only  one suitcase and an overnight bag each. (No back packs were allowed).

Going down through Europe we stayed in the normal camps and sometimes in the odd building that the drivers knew of, for example school halls, church facilities and the odd ski village.
We travelled down through Europe, seeing all the sights again, in Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and down through what was then Yugoslavia, along the magnificent Dalmatian Coast, to Greece, and then to Istanbul. After some days in the markets in Istanbul, and seeing  Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia again, we crossed to the Gallipoli Peninsula,

After strolling along the deserted, wide, beaches of Gallipoli , we headed eastward. On the main road out  of Cannakole, we were stopped  by a long column of military vehicles: trucks filled with soldiers,and armoured cars and tanks. The column stretched out of sight down the road. The officers in the lead truck got out and came across to us.  Did we know where they were? Could we help them ? Bob and Woody, our two drivers called me across, "Bring your maps, Tony?" I dug out the right map from my collection, and joined the group. The British major seemed to only have a small map of Turkey torn from a kid's school atlas!  These people were apparently on NATO exercises!!  We helped this small army on its way. In return, they did offer us some advice: "be careful of a pack of rabid dogs, in this area!". We were able to reassure them that just the previous night, most of us had slept under stars, on a sports oval we had found (with facilities), and the only  things that attacked us were a few mosquitos.

So we started on our route, which took us along the Mediterranean (Asia Minor) coast of Turkey   towards north of Lebanon.To me, this was, by far, the best and most spectacular part of the Mediterranean, with interesting places to see: Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, with a string of offshore Greek and other islands. Along this Turkish coast, next to some magnificent, but  mostly deserted, beaches, there were a series  of top class camping grounds, set up by BP. These had little restaurants with reasonable food and general supplies. With sun and clear skies, we would set up camp and stay for a few days,swimming and sun baking. This was a stark contrast to the rugged, cold, mountainous country we were to encounter on our further trip inland to the Iranian border.

At that time, the Iran we encountered  seemed a fairly well developed, modern country, compared with that part of Turkey we had just left. Iran, still under the Shah's control, was certainly heavily under US influence, seeing all their American vehicles, And Teheran seemed a vibrant modern city. We all stayed in a reasonable hotel, with all facilities. The markets were great, and the Teheran  CBD with its fine tree-lined streets with elegant shops, reminded me of the east end of Collins Street!. Greater Teheran had huge wide roads, with many lanes, which changed traffic direction depending on the time of the day. You could be in the middle of a main road, in a lane going one way, with the traffic in lanes on either side of you going, at great speed, in the opposite direction. Disconcerting. But our large bus trundled on regardless!. We saw a fair bit of Iran, tavelling south to stay at Isfahan, a beautiful place. and then going further south to Persepolis. a magnificent ruin!
Then, after retracing our way back to Teheran, we set off, over desert-type country, to our favourite place, Afghanistan.
Along this main road, hundreds of miles from anywhere,  the bus pulled off the road next to a dilapidated sort of arab"road-stop"..
From out of the darkness under this nondescript canvas structure, a  robed character emerged. and walked across to our driver  Bob  and said "Ah,"Mr. Bob, you are on time..." Bob said "Naturally, Abdullah ,now, how about some Chai? " I was outside the bus, in the sun standing next to Bob, listening to this unlikely conversation! Eventually, everyone was off the bus, looking for toilets, getting some tea and food, and mingling with some friendly camels.
The Afghanistan  border process was gentle and slow. Driver Bob woke up the Afghan border official, carefully placing  the pile of our 40 passports on a little wobbly steel table, in the sun and the dust. The Afghan official slowly looked at each passport. A few of them fell off the table. Bob picked them up again, Now and then  one was stamped, and put into another pile,,,,,and so the process went on..and.. on, The official fell asleep; Bob or Woody woke him up again. A carton of cigarettes was offered and accepted,,,,and the process continued.This sort of thing often happened at other borders in the area. It was like this at the Pakistan-India border. There it took us the best part of a day to get through, but it was worth it , with all the other amazing goings on to watch.

Once into Afghanistan our first stop was the northern frontier city of Herat. Our hotel was a fairly new, one level place, somewhat casually finished- some windows had not been fully glazed, there were no locks to doors, some rooms had no doors, just curtains. We were told that there was no need for locks - everyone was honest, and this proved to be the case while in Afghanistan. This hotel seemed  freshly painted and clean . And the staff were very friendly and helpful. Outside, the streets were very wide and dusty. We soon saw why! Large herds of animals of all types were being driven along the town's main roads, mixing with a variety vehicles, of all shapes and sizes. Mostly old trucks and overloaded buses, with passengers and luggage on their roofs.
Near our hotel there was a major roundabout, with a fellow , in the middle, standing on a box, directing traffic.As we watched, this fellow started to get a bit agitated. In the distance we could see an approaching dust storm. The man on point duty frantically stopped the traffic in every direction, camel trains, herds of cattle and sheep, the trucks and buses and cycle traffic. And into the roundabout  came this fellow on a horse, galloping at high speed. As he came around the roundabout, in front of us, he was standing up in his stirrups, leaning out over the head of his horse, his multiple layers of clothing streaming out behind him, with a rifle across his back. and his loaded ammunition belt strapped around him. Once around the roundabout, he galloped off into the distance in a cloud of dust! He was obviously someone important in a hurry.
We walked into the centre of Herat, which all seemed to be single level construction, The sandy colour of the buildings merged with the roads, and the shops which appeared  as dark holes in a continuous sandy facade. As we walked down these Herat streets, the shop owners would quietly beckon us to come into their shops to inspect their goods. It was a delight to walk around Herat, where we were met with shy smiles and friendliness, compared with the country towns we had encountered between European Turkey and Afghanistan where we were regular grabbed and molested by the local menfolk.This happened to both the men and women on our trip, but not here in Afghanistan. We enjoyed  a pleasant afternoon trip, in a horse and cart, out into the countryside which was flat farming land around Herat.
Our next stop was Kandahar, again a very pleasant and friendly place, There are great memories of Afghan restaurants. One in Kandahar was very memorable, The dining area was plain and simple. The kitchen was a dark place only lit by the oven fire. We couldn't see the food: ended up with  the usual- something like mincemeat on a plate with spaghetti.  The meal was simple and tasty. We were entertained by a cat chasing a large rat across the restaurant, The wild chase was in and out of the tables and chairs- we thought that the rat was probably live cafe produce for the next meal!! The checkout was the usual - a local man, in his robes, sitting cross-legged on a table next to an abacus, which only had 2 beads. These were clicked, backwards and forwards, somehow producing a monetary result!!
Next, on to the capital, Kabul, a grey-brown sprawling town, in a  rugged  rocky valley, We found, after hours of price-bargaining, a "newish"  6-storey hotel, supposedly having normal hotel rooms, with ensuites. In fact these ensuites were  not usable because there was no running water. I slept in my sleeping bag, on my trusty stretcher, because the bed sheets appeared to have never been changed and washed! But Kabul was also a very friendly place!!
The story of Afghanistan was told to us when we crossed the Khyber pass, on our way to Pakistan. On the stone walls of the Khyber Pass, there were dozens and dozens of memorial plaques, dating backs hundreds of years, all recognizing the demise of various armies. This was evidence of the failure of every country which tried to make any future in Afghanistan. All failed, and continue, to fail to this day, in this very mountainous country.
At the border, there seemed to be only one commercial outlet. This was the military weapons bazaar. the size of Vic. Market, where one could buy everything from live grenades, old 303 rifles, light machine guns to tanks and heavy armaments. There  were little children aged 10 and older, armed with bandoliers  filled with ammunition.
Once across the border, we found Pakistan a very rough place, compared with the peacefulness and friendliness of  lovable Afghanistan.
I think everyone on our trip home, in 1970, believed that  Afghanistan was our favourite country.
Tony Broughton

David Percival

Conscription and the Vietnam War

One of the thing for which I am most grateful is the fact that I was born in the second half of 1946.  With the end of World War II in 1945, and men returning from overseas, the second half of 1946 saw the start of a population explosion.  But to know the reason for which I am most grateful we must fast forward 18 years. 

In 1964, the Menzies government supported the United States in its actions in Vietnam.  We talk about large demonstrations against Government policy today, but these pale into insignificance compared with those against our involvement in the Vietnam War.  Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in all capital cities and major regional centres to convey to government their disagreement with this decision. It has been the only occasion that I have marched to demonstrate my disagreement with government policy.   On 5 November 1964 (the anniversary of Guy Fawkes attempt to blow up the British Houses of Parliament) conscription was introduced.  I had resolved myself to comply with conscription, although I did not agree with Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

In January 1965, 20 year old males were required to register if their birth day occurred in the first six months of the year.  Similarly in July registration was required for those turning 20 in the last half of the year.  Conscription lasted for 8 years; a total of 16 ballots 

The ballot was conducted based on birth dates.  For the first half yearly ballot, 181 marbles were placed into a container.  For the second half yearly ballot, there were 184 marbles.   Each marble represented two birthdays.  Marbles were extracted until a quota was obtained.

For the first three ballots (those born during 1945 and the first half of 1946) more than half the marbles were extracted in order to get the quota.  But for the fourth ballot only 30 marbles were needed to get the quota.  None of the subsequent ballots had such a low number of birth dates.

Over the 8 years there were 16 ballots.  804,000 twenty year old males registered for National Service.  69,000 were conscripted, and 16,000 served in Vietnam.

It is for this reason that I am grateful for having been born in the second half of 1946.

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?"