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We seek out speakers to bring interest of all kinds to our members and guests. Some reminding us of our duties as Rotarians, others telling us what they have done with their lives, including those who are doing something about the problems they, and all of us, face. Because we meet online, speakers do not have to be in Melbourne. To date we have had speakers from all over Australia as well as India, England, Cambodia and the Philippines. Anyone is welcome to join our meetings to listen to our guest presenters.


3rd October


“THIS WILL BE THE PLACE FOR A VILLAGE…”- but probably not quite the place that John Batman had in mind!

Jill Hauser is a volunteer Greeter with Tourism Melbourne and a Melbourne Town Hall Tour Guide.She loves researching early Melbourne history and has put together a series of talks with Power Point presentations.

Learn about the early history of Melbourne from 1835 with the first Tasmanian graziers coming across to Port Phillip, the frantic gold rush days of the 1850s, thru to Marvellous Melbourne of the 1880s.

Within 45 years from the arrival of the first European settlers, Melbourne had turned from grass, gumtrees, kangaroos and aboriginal tribes hunting and fishing to a fully built and prosperous city with a Parliament House and Treasury Building, Town Hall, University and Lawcourts, grand churches, steam railways and developing suburbs.

Discover why Melbourne truly earned the title of “Marvellous Melbourne” in the 1880s.

17th October


Why is it so hard to cure Alzheimer’s Disease?

Dr. Tony will give us a brief introduction to dementia in general and Alzheimer’s Disease in particular is outlined, followed by the challenges of diagnosis and treatment. The nature of the neuron and what goes wrong is canvased. The related motor neuron disease and the involvement of Melbourne scientists in new treatments is mentioned. He will discuss the importance of differentiating between normal signs of ageing and symptoms of dementia.


7th November


Di was born in Auckland and completed her nursing training at Thames Hospital in New Zealand. She subsequently worked in hospitals in Melbourne and London before returning to settle in Melbourne where she raised 3 children, now young adults.

She has been involved in numerous Not-For-Profit organisations over the last 20 years, and held a variety of positions of community service ranging from 10 years as School Council President, to Board, Grants assessment panels and Advisory Committee positions.

She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Balwyn in roles such as current President elect, Mentor to an Indigenous student, Donations In Kind, Youth Services Director and, although she’s not really sure how it happened, also 2018 D9800 Conference Committee Chair.

Di took up the position of Rotarian Co-ordinator at Interplast early 2014, a role which involves supporting and co-ordinating advocates and Chairs for Interplast across all the Districts of Australia and New Zealand. She feels extremely proud and privileged to be involved with the work of Interplast and to have the opportunity to tell you about it.