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Event - Celebrating Women in Australian Rules Football - Charity Breakfast

In Celebration of this exciting time for Women’s Football, The Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation SAMRF in conjunction with The Rotary Club of Brighton will be holding this wonderful “Celebrating Women in Australian Rules Football” breakfast on Friday 2 September at 7am in the Members Dining Room at the MCG.

This breakfast is a special occasion, as it is the inaugural annual event, to be held in the home of Australian Football.

The event will host a panel of “who’s who” in Women’s football and give the guests an insight into all things football in particular a preview of the 2017 AFL Women’s season.

Net proceeds will be donated equally to Victoria University for an Aspiring Elite scholarship(s) for a woman in the sporting field who would otherwise not have had the opportunity, together with Ardoch Youth Foundation Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths program ”STEM” to be taught by volunteers in early childhood centres in disadvantaged communities in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs.


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Event - 'A Night of Knights' - The 37th Annual Charity Sportsman's Night

'A Night of Knights' -

The Rotary Club of Brighton's 37th Annual Charity Sportsman's Night

Wednesday 25 March, 2015 at Brighton International, 81 Bay Street, Brighton

Great entertainment, great food and drinks at a wonderful venue. Book a corporate table or one with your mates. Don't miss this fun packed night organised to coincide with the ICC World Cup 2015.

Featuring Sir Ian Botham and Sir Richard Hadlee with Rodney Hogg, MC Michael Roberts & Don McQueen, Australian Bush Poet.

Corporate Table Bookings:
$2500* for 12 people
General Tickets - $160* per person
Corporate Package Enquiries:
Graeme Watson 0419 717 171 -
Paul Nicholson 0416 222 325 -
Brett Parkin 0418 363 164 -

General Bookings Enquiries:
Roger Fairlam 0418 363 077 -

*GST free Event


Dress code: Jacket

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Event - Swimland Great Australia Day Swim 2015

It will be GREAT on Australia Day 26 January 2015

For the sixth year, the Rotary Club of Brighton will be celebrating Australia Day in Bayside at The Swimland Great Australia Day Swim. The event is held at Middle Brighton Pier on Monday January 26.


Over 1,000 swimmers will participate in Open Water events around the Pier, Breakwater and Marina, which provides a spectacular vantage point for spectators. Again, there will be live entertainment and food stalls on the concourse in front of the Middle Brighton Baths.


This year, 200 juniors from Swim Schools will expand their swimming skills by progressing from swimming pools to the Open Water in the Swimland Junior Dash alongside the Pier.


For the first time the event will conclude with The Brighton Challenge Invitation Relay and features teams from major swimming clubs.


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Event - Golf Day 2014

Be among the first golfers to enjoy the stunning new club house at the Huntingdale Golf Club - home of many Australian championships and famous for a $1Million hole-in one.

All golfers can enjoy free pre-game coaching from teaching professionals.

Format: Ambrose

Registration: 10:00 am - light lunch provided

Golf Clinic: 10:00 am - 12:30 noon

Tee Off: 1:00 pm (shotgun start)

Gourmet Dinner/Presentations: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm or later

Fee: $175.  Please note that there are NO member discounts available.

This is a GST Free Function

Player co-ordinator: Roger Fairlam 0418 363 717

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Event - Brighton Lunch 2014

Celebrating Indigeneous AFL Week

You've seen them on TV, you've read about them in the news.  Now is your opportunity to see and hear them in person - some of Australia's most successful and influential business and sporting personalities.

Dr Susan Alberti, AM, AO

Susan has long been active in diabetes research, having received her Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her services to the communnity and Diabetes research.

In 2004 Susan became a Board Member of the Western Bulldogs Football Club. For the past ten seasons Susan Alberti has been the Patron of the Western Bulldogs Football Club and founding Co-chair of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation. In December 2012 she became Vice President of the Club and was re-elected to the Board in December 2013.

For more information, refer to Susan's Wikipedia biography.

Beverley Knight

Beverly Knight has been a trail blazer in indigenous sport especially AFL. She has been the guardian mother of six young indigenous boys and girls from the Northern Territory and Tiwi Islands over the past 25 years, enabling them to be educated in Melbourne and support their interest in sport.

Beverly Knight was a director of the Essendon Football club 1993 – 2010, retiring in December 2010 after 17 years. In 2010 she also chaired the Nomination and Governance Committee resulting in her leading the way stepping down, allowing the appointed Directors from a wide range of possible candidates to take their place on the Board in a strategic manner over the next 3 years and beyond.

Brian Ward, OAM

Brian Ward has an unbroken 40 year history as a senior legal practitioner in Australia. He is the Founder and Managing Director of a successful corporate law firm in the Melbourne CBD representing local, national and international clients. His practice has a reputation beyond its size for leadership and innovation and he is known as a trusted advisor to his commercial clients.

Brian’s involvement in sport over the years extends to various board appointments, including Director of Melbourne 2002 World Master Games Ltd, Chairman of Strategic Sport & Recreation Pty Ltd and Director of 1997 World Track Cycling Championships Limited.

Most recently Brian was appointed by the Federal Cabinet as Chairman of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Advisory Group (ASADA).

In 2008 Brain was awarded the Medal of Order of Australia for services to the community and in particular, the Australian Red Cross.

Kevin Sheedy

Sporting icon, AFL legend and a member of the AFL Hall of Fame.

Sheedy is also noted for his quirky antics, outspoken nature and wry sense of humour. For example, before a game against West Coast Eagles at Essendon's former home ground, Windy Hill in 1991, he tied the windsock down on the School End outer terrace so the opposition would not know which way the wind was blowing. He is also fond of talking about how Martians cost his side the game in post-match press conferences, an oblique reference to the umpires, as AFL rules forbid coaches from criticising umpiring decisions. Such stories perpetuate the eccentric Sheedy myth and enigma to trial anything for success.

Another of his most memorable stunts came in 1993. In his excitement at winning a close match, with ruckman and forward Paul Salmon kicking a goal 30 seconds before the final siren against the West Coast Eagles, he waved his jacket in the air as he came rushing from the coaches box. To this day, the supporters of the winning club wave their jackets in the air after the game when the two teams play. The moment is captured in Jamie Cooper's painting the Game That Made Australia, commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport, with Sheedy shown waving a red, black and yellow jacket rather than a red and black jacket, to reflect Sheedy's support of indigenous footballers.

For more information, refer to Kevin's Wikipedia biography.

James Reyne, OAM

James Reyne is one of Australia's most loved singer songwriters. In addition to recording platinum albums and performing live across the country, James has worked on a diverse range of projects, including hosting the first series of Dig TV on ABC 2 and recording material for two Children's books - Mr Froggy Went A Courtin' and Save the Bones for Harry Jones.

Jame's song-writing, coupled with his idiosyncratic vocal style, has enabled him to transcend the disposability of music industry fashion and carve his place in the musical landscape of Australia. He is regarded as one of the country's more unique, witty, thoughtful and challenging singer songwriters.

James is also a listed celebrity speaker - here are more of James' achievements.

Cathy Freeman, OAM

Cathy is our special guest, representing the Cathy Freeman Foundation which aims to close the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

In 1990, Freeman was chosen as a member of Australia's 4 × 100 m relay team for the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand. The team won the gold medal, making Freeman the first ever Aboriginal Commonwealth Games gold medallist, as well as one of the youngest, at 16 years old. She moved to Melbourne in 1990 after the Auckland Commonwealth Games. Shortly after moving to Melbourne Nic Bideau, her manager, introduced Freeman to athletics coach Peter Fortune, who would become Freeman's coach for the rest of her career. She was then selected to represent Australia at the 1990 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. There, she reached the semi-finals of the 100 m and placed fifth in the final of the 400 m.

Fast forward to the moment that all Australians remember.  Freeman won the Olympic title in a time of 49.11 seconds, becoming only the second Australian Aboriginal Olympic champion (the first was Freeman's 4x400 teammate Nova Peris-Kneebone who won for field hockey 4 years earlier in Atlanta). After the race, Freeman took a victory lap, carrying both the Aboriginal and Australian flags. This was despite the fact that unofficial flags are banned at the Olympic Games and the Aboriginal flag, while recognized as official in Australia, is not a national flag, nor recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

Topics: community,  sport,  indigenous afl week


Content Item - Charity Golf Day at Huntingdale

Ivan Vojlay gave a report on the Charity Golf Day played at Huntingdale on 30 September.

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Committee - Golf Day

Golf Day is a major fundraiser in often September whereby individuals pay a registration fee to be part of the day’s competition which provides a professional’s input, fun, and ends with a free gourmet BBQ meal while collecting prizes

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Committee - Great Australia Day Swim

The Great Australia Day Swim is a major fundraiser in January involving mass participation of swimmers in a variety of events and age groups

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Committee - Night of Stars

Night of Stars: Is a Major Fundraiser usually in March which celebrate sporting and other stars while providing full catering and entertainment for guests

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Content Item - Moonah Links & St Andrews weekend - 2013

In accordance with custom we played the Legends course at Moonah Links on the last Friday in February, then St Andrews on the Saturday morning. This was followed by the usual event dinner Friday night in Peppers Restaurant.

Topics: golf,  sport