24th February 2021




   There are no President's Remarks this week. 
Barry Halpern President 2020-21
Dear friends,
Many many thanks for braving the heat and assisting in today’s fundraising activity at Bunnings Nunawading. It was a very successful event, helping the club to raise $1,100 net profit on the day. This could not have been possible without the generous help from each and every one of you.
Thanking you all again.
Yours In Rotary Service 

Sohrab Bhopti (fundraising chair)
Rotary Club of Doncaster

Chinese New Year and Footy Tipping

In a further update to the meetings to be held next week , the cluster  footy tipping launch on Monday 22nd February will now be moved to be incorporated in the Lunar New Year celebration dinner on Wednesday 24th February at the Wealth Kitchen Restaurant 866 Doncaster Rd Doncaster East.
Due to COVID spacing requirements, the restaurant can only accomodate a maximum of 80 people in our group. Numbers have to be in by this Friday evening. The RSVP date in the previous email sent has now changed to allow the restaurant to cater for increased numbers.
If you have not booked, please do so by Friday evening on TRY booking site :
Book now  at  www.trybooking.com/BOPPS   Cost is only $40 pp for an 8 course meal -  there is NO CORKAGE for BYO 
We will be starting off with a Chinese New Year theme  and then finish off with the Footy tipping  launch .   You do not have to wear Footy gear for this  event.
There will be plenty of surprises during the night to keep you entertained.
Happy Chinese New Year to everyone - Gong Hei Fat Choy


Manningham Public Art

Inconspicuous to the eyes of locals, large and looming to those unfamiliar with the work. The City of Manningham’s ‘Sentinel’ sculpture is a resident icon, standing proud at the western gateway to the City nestled amongst the native grassland at the Doncaster Road exit of the Eastern Freeway.

This extraordinary form, measuring 13 metres tall and weighing a paltry 12 tonnes, was the first of three sculptures commissioned by Manningham Council to mark major gateways to the City. Its purpose – to enhance the amenity and identity of the municipality.

The sculpture itself is a mastery of contemporary abstract art, a towering blue, red and black figure which encourages entrants to the City to guess what it represents – a depiction of human, of animal or both? In fact, its curved shape symbolises the intersection of the two main creeks found in the municipality – the Mullum Mullum and Koonung creeks, which enclose the blue oval form at the crown, representing the City of Manningham.

Sentinel was constructed by world-renowned artist Inge King and was installed on 18 September 2000. Formed of steel, the monument took Inge around 4 months to fabricate, with the artist, a long-term Warrandyte resident, gifting her fee to the City.

King, who has since passed on – not long after reaching her 100th year – is today recognised as a leading Australian sculptor, an artist synonymous with her public works erected in parks and next to freeways across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Inge was born in Berlin in 1915 and educated at Berlin Academy of Fine Arts and Glasgow School of Art. Her emigration to Australia in 1951 is said to have enriched “Australian cultural life as she introduced contemporary ideas, encouraged her peers to experiment and educated the community to accept the innovative, intellectually challenging forms of modern sculpture,” writes Judith Trimble in her hardcover ‘Inge King Sculptor’, Art & Australia, Craftsman House, 1996.

The sculptor is quoted to have been intensely inspired by the vastness of the Australian land in a 2011 article by Jenny Brown, writing for Domain. “The landscape grips my imagination. I try to measure my work against the vast space of this country.”

The erection of the Sentinel and other such monuments, which were commissioned as part of Manningham’s Public Art Collection, reflects the Council’s long-founded dedication and pursuit of innovative links between art, culture, heritage and environment through works in the public sphere. Public art contributes to a strong local identity and ‘sense of place’ for the City, with the Sentinel, as its name suggests, steely marking its territory and casting a watchful eye over the borough.

David Rosenwax attended the Manningham Rotaract Meeting and produced a report. If you would like a copy please ask David
Feb 24, 2021
Chinese New Year + Cluster Footy Tipping
Mar 03, 2021
Member Behind the Badge
Mar 10, 2021
The Rotary Club of Northcote Tree Planting Project and my 60 years in Rotary
Mar 17, 2021
Aboriginal History in Manniningham
Mar 24, 2021
Getting to know you
Mar 31, 2021
He and Graeme from Aussie Action Abroad will speak on their work in Nepal.
Apr 07, 2021
Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Victoria Parliament
Apr 14, 2021
Challenge to Lead
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