Kananook Primary School Chook House and Fencing Project

Frankston North Rotary were approached in mid 2019 to assist in building with parents and teachers a Chook House and Fencing (fox proof) of the area at Kananook Primary School, project proceeded with an MOU as a shared project with the school, an application for a $2000 district Grant has been applied for and granted.

The area will be maintained by Students and Parents with rosters being set up for maintenance and the daily release of chooks from the hen house and the return to house at night. It will be educational for the students learning about how to care and handle for chooks, as well as being used as a petting area for students with some seats being installed.

Many working bees were held over a 2 month period, including teachers, parents and students to clear the area, install Chook House, fences and fox proofing, grand opening was held at school on 13th December 2019,Cutting of ribbon done by FNR President David and Kananook PS School Council President Jim.

International Women’s Day March 2019

A leading Australian soprano and a high-profile lawyer and human rights advocate were the two keynote speakers at the Rotary International Women’s Day Breakfast at Mornington Racecourse on Wednesday, March 6 with the theme for 2019 is “Balance for Better”.

Tania deJong

Soprano Tania de Jong is an inspirational speaker and storyteller, social entrepreneur and creative innovation catalyst. Tania is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators, having developed five businesses and two charities over three decades. She is a global authority on creativity, innovation and collaboration and is an agent for change. Her keynotes and workshops, combined with the power of song, are transformational, and her work and knowledge span the business, public, creative and community sectors.

Lawyer Prue Gilbert co-founded Grace Papers to challenge traditional stereotypes, drive gender equity and empower working parents and their employers, winning an Australian Human Rights Business Award for this work in 2014. Last year, Prue was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence. She volunteers for the legal steering committee of NOW Australia and has been influential in driving gender equality through her role as an advisory board member of the AFL Players Association for the AFLW.

Prue Gilbert

Co-organised by Frankston North Rotary with the Rotary Clubs of Frankston and Mount Eliza, the Rotary International Women’s Day Breakfast is entering its fifth year and is attracting interest from a diverse range of professional men and women who are inspired by incredible women every day, women who are raising kids and building businesses and transforming communities.

Abbeyfield House Frankston

Abbeyfield Australia is a national not-for-profit community housing provider that represents 26 independent Abbeyfield Societies in towns and suburbs across Australia. Abbeyfield House Frankston opened in 1991, offering disadvantaged elderly people a safe place to live. Residents who have a limited income can feel safe in a familiar environment with access to companionship and support. The house, a purpose built two-storey residence on land provided by local government, operates on the sole income from the residents who are in receipt of a full government pension.

The success of the Abbeyfield Frankston relies on the good will, expertise and effort of a locally based volunteer Committee of Management. Input from these volunteers has ensured the concept is cost effective and sensitive to day-to-day management. Emphasis is also placed on forming partnerships with other volunteers and resources to help with the work, and a long-standing relationship has been developed with Frankston North Rotary.

Abbeyfield rooms


In recent years, it became evident that the house was in need of some major maintenance that would absorb a substantial amount of its financial resources to pay for the labour and cost of materials. This is where Frankston North Rotary was able to help. Members have performed a number of voluntary labour activities that have greatly helped Abbeyfield. In 2017 the club was successful in a District grant application that provided substantial funds to undertake major maintenance to the internal and external fabric of the property.



With these funds, and the hands-on labour contribution from Rotarians, two residents’ rooms and bathrooms have been refurbished, balcony floors replaced, and the balcony at the top of the stairwell replaced. Next is the upgrade to the residents garden area.