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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, the USA and the Philippines. Anyone is welcome to join our meetings to listen to our guest presenters.


15th July

Welcome to the new Rotary Year! We roll up our sleeves to begin our service, launch ambitious projects, and laugh ourselves senseless together… wait, what? That’s right! This week, join us for a social evening, where our Rotarians will joust our wits under the watch of our gamemaster, Stephen. Want a hint? Picture a trivia night, crossed with an old fashioned Rotary fines session. Except, unlike Trivia, you don’t need to bring any knowledge, unlike a fines session, it’ll be… you know, actually witty and funny. 

5th AugustCharles Allen APM

Charles is the Director of Partnerships with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The partners are strategic and grass roots inclusive of governments, non-government organisations, education organisations, civil society organisations, service groups and other institutes. Through partnerships he is activating IEP’s Positive Peace framework globally. Charles manages IEP’s strategic partnership with Rotary International. In his previous role with Victoria Police, Australia, he led strategic and operational change shifting policing to better adopt community engagement. His policing career including many years of operation service in general duties, investigations then senior change management roles. Outside of policing and IEP he is an experienced director with not for profits and experienced in hands on peace building at project and strategic levels. His immediate past board position was Deputy Chair with Uniting Care Life Assist a medium sized organisation where he served an 8-year tenure.  He is the Vice President of the Rotary Club of Sydney. He is a Master in Leadership, Organisation and Change. He also studied Peace and Conflict Resolution as a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn Rotary Peace Centre in 2010. He has undertaken regular development for governance and leadership. Charlie is the Vice President of the Rotary Club of Sydney. Outside of his club leadership responsibilities he is active in the club’s Peace Group and the Foundation Committee. Prior to the Rotary Club of Sydney he was a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne. He actively recruits Rotary Peace Fellows. He is well respected among peace builders for his pioneering work in resilience, and equally respected within policing for his community centre approach to police management. He was recently award the Australian Police Medal, a Division of the Order of Australia for his service to the community of Victoria, Australia.