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Brian Morley
Sep 26, 2017
Reflections of a  Footy Broadcaster
Reflections of a Footy Broadcaster

Brian Morley is an experienced journalist and public relations practitioner  He worked as a journalist at The Age, was also News Editor, current affairs & sports commentator at 3AW Melbourne and 2GB Sydney, and on television. As a sports commentator at 3AW, he called AFL football with the legendary Harry Beitzel.

Chair:  Chris Hanson

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Neil Cole
Oct 10, 2017
Rotary Hat Day: 'Stability In Mind'
Senior Constable Jo Pokiri
Oct 17, 2017
Security, Crime In Boroondara
Ian Bentley
Oct 24, 2017
Behind The Badge
Bryan Martin OAM
Oct 31, 2017
Melbourne Cup Day
Nov 07, 2017
No Meeting
Lien Trinh
Nov 14, 2017
Don Farands
Nov 21, 2017
The Glass Soldier
Auburn High School Students
Nov 28, 2017
Public Speaking Prog
Lst Spkr...note
Dec 05, 2017
Christmas Party
Dec 12, 2017
Fun Night
Dec 19, 2017
Auburn Bowls Club
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We recently advised all Boroondara Cares Rotary Clubs that a Golf Day on 23rd October at the Box Hill Golf Club is being organised to raise funds to assist the Chances program.
The Chances Scholarship program is unique in that it supports financially disadvantaged, talented and motivated young people between 12 to 25 years who live or study in Boroondara.
The Rotary club of Hawthorn is playing a significant role in organising the event but it needs your support.
We know golf is a very popular pastime among Rotarians in our community and we invite you to support our event by seeking the involvement of your members on the day.
We are limited to 126 participants and we would hope that each of the eight clubs in Boroondara would provide at least eight players players for the event.
I stress this is not restricted to Rotarians so there is the opportunity to bring friends.
We believe our golf day is exceptional value at $95.00 per head that covers the round of golf, refreshments prior to and a Dinner following, to celebrate the day.
We would hope to grow this event in the future so any help regarding sponsorship or other assistance in the form of prizes would be would be greatly appreciated.
To ensure the success of the day we invited each Rotary Club in Boroondara to sponsor a hole at a cost of $200. We thank those clubs and sponsors who have already pledged their support.
We look forward to seeing you on the day.
Sport often has a unique capacity to provide a positive focus for youth.
Manny Hendrix Jnr  a high-rated US basketball player, Dunk Contest Champion, Coach, Mentor and Inspiration was guest speaker at a joint Auburn High School-Hawthorn Rotary occasion- in effect the clubs regular Tuesday lunch meeting this time chaired by Simon O'Donoghue. A sandwich lunch which followed for HR members, Manny, a friend and a mentor provided for further but informal discussion.
Manny's basketball credits are numerous with scholarships to several  colleges in Arizona, and universities in Texas, Indiana and Utah and playing experiences against NBA names.  A few years back he came to Australia and has played for Southern Peninsula Basketball Association, the Western Port Basketball Association and is now with the Collingwood Basketball Association.
His Bachelors degree in Communication hints at but clearly is only a secondary driver to his inherent and wonderful capacity to relate to people, especially youth. 
Manny is not just a top basketballer, he also puts back into the community.
Although humbly undersold in his address one learnt that he has :
·Run coaching clinics and mentored coaches,
·Designed, recorded and edited an online TV series called “Manny’s Aussie Adventures”
·       Organised and ran Aussie Hoops programs
·       Implemented marketing and sponsorship programs for local businesses
·       Started a reading/mentoring program at local schools to encourage students to read books.
·       Organised sponsorship and prizes, that have been recognised/ publicised by Big V League
.       Runs a homework club for kids from Collingwood
Manny's address was singularly aimed at demonstrating to the year 9 and 10 students (HRC members present were most happily swept along) how commitment and a positive approach can overcome roadblocks in life.   He told of some issues in the course of his own experiences at school, primary and secondary, and college.
There were some memorable but simple messages.   "Work hard" indeed out-work your opposition to gain an advantage, and so be prepared for any opportunity in life.  ( Manny's presence in Australia arose from a call at a time when an NBA basketball career was remote).    Try something, in fact dedicate ones self to an undertaking  for one year and "see what happens" is a message which he himself got from a mentor some years back and now advocates to others.
A responsive audience asked many questions, touching on Manny's personal training habits and even aspects of racism ( ignore ...learn to deal with distractions).  
Thanks for a fine address, that's Manny in the middle with a couple of long past students.

Isn't technology wonderful?   Hawthorns Rotary's last lunch time speaker was several thousand kilometers away in Broome.  

CEO of Boab Health Services Margie Ware indulged us all by sitting on a phone exposed to some internet style hook up, coping with both limited telecom capacity and a couple of diligent but trainee techos in Kevin Rose 

and Noel Halford  to tell us of the operations of that group  in the Broome-Kununurra region. 


The audience got a taste of just how communication technology has evolved and what's to come.   That's the scene below.

 Margie is a Victorian who hankered for both that outdoor life and a chance to help remote Australian communities in dealing with their health issues.   Seven years ago she spent time in North Queensland and perhaps finding that insufficiently remote moved to the Kimberleys.  She joined Boab Health and is situated at the first of its two centres Broome, the other is in Kununurra. 

Boab Health Services is a not-for-profit accredited primary health care organisation servicing communities across the Kimberley region. Services provided include allied health, mental health, and a ‘Closing the Gap’ team.

The Allied Health team consists of podiatrists, diabetes educators, dietitians and a pediatric nutritionist whilst the mental health team has members from a variety of disciplines including mental health nurses, psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. The ‘Closing the Gap’ team provide care coordination and service access to Aboriginal people with chronic health conditions in the Kimberley.

Margie noted that the above-mentioned health issues on which they focus are heavily interconnected with the social issues of the communities.  Each time on seeing the conditions under which many in that region lived was a challenge to the Boab people  and always mostly overwhelming particularly to the newer ones.   Staff numbers have increased from 4 in 1998 to 47 now, and key relationships with 34 remote communities established with long term connections with their leaders cemented.  With that more effective interventions and treatments have developed.

In retrospect it was a always a highlight for Margie and colleagues to observe how their efforts have made a difference to one let alone many.

The clinical and program staff are supported by a corporate team including finance, payroll, HR and health administration. The organisation is a proprietary limited company governed by a board of directors. Boab Health programs are funded by the WA Primary Health Alliance and the Commonwealth Government.

Professor Stephen Macfarlane was the central speaker at last Wednesdays special meeting where he spoke on treatment approaches to Alzheimers.   With such interest in this topic and Stephen's well known roles as an aging/Alzheimers researcher and radio/TV communicator there was a large attendance.   Guests outnumbered members  and expanded facilities at Kooyong were required.
Following Chairman David Rosback's introduction the audience was lead through a very complex technical topic in expert fashion.   Cleverly breaking down the subject into various apparently simple blocks appropriate to a number of different approaches of treatment and or prevention  Stephen's  address flowed.  The audience followed all with interest and a self belief of clear understanding.   Well done Stephen.
In the course of the address there were some sobering observations.   First age is the predominant risk factor (by the age of 90 years,  50% will be impacted).    Projections of the prevalence of the disease in contrast with previous years were startling  (see below the three graphs on the screen on which the audience is focused).   The top right one is an iconic reminder that as the world's population ages Alzheimers will be a huge problem both socially and financially unless checked. 
Some detailed explanation of the role of those protein "plaques" and "tangles" which kill brain cells was most interesting.  To the technical minded Amyloid plaques build up on the cell, and are culprits which absorb metals in the body.  These can be oxidised and liberate those oft spoke of damaging free radicals---.   A good diet full of anti-oxidants may indeed counteract the effects as will other good health practices such as regular physical and mental exercise, blood pressure  and weight control.   
Stephen noted that there have been very many drug trials (100+) necessarily funded by drug companies with only a handful having gone all the way to be used clinically.  It's a difficult and varied area for research.   Recent trials with Anavex 2-73 has gained some publicity here.
Finally audience questions clarified several common concerns.   For instance dementia is a broader description for various brain degradation processes, e.g "vascular".....  results from sustained periods of reduced blood flow to the brain.    Alas, we have an excess (well some of us do!)  of brain cells and brain degradation can go undetected for many years while we simply use that reserve--until the time that it is exhausted and then symptoms manifest.  
Wonderfully Stephen explained that those "Senior Moments" was not an indicator of concern but just natural aging.
What is Trachoma?  We used to call trachoma sandy blight (the eyes feel gritty, as if full of sand).
Evidently the  world’s prime cause of infectious blindness, it is due to  the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.  We heard from guest speaker Robert McGuirk that it  leads to eyelid swelling and eventual scarring which in turn causes the eyelashes to turn inward and scratch the eye. Untreated this scratching clouds the cornea and the person incurs irreversible blindness.
Robert is a Melbourne Rotarian (VP) and chair of their Indigenous Committee.  A trained lawyer who in recent times has turned to technology with his own company in the IT game (and especially security), he noted how in search of a worthwhile project he was inspired by the WHO goal  to eliminate trachoma by 2020.  As with such projects one needs a long term champion(s) to sustain efforts and Robert is clearly heavily involved.   Oddly Australia is unique in that it is the only developed country with the problem, it being prevalent in our dryer inland areas among indigenous citizens.  The dry conditions and lacking basic hygienic practices, such as regular face washing allow the condition to develop.
A joint Australian project embraces this 2020-21 goal for Australia too.  Many organisations including governments, commerce, community bodies and Rotary  interact (see website ). Robert explained the structure of the project and how key in addition to the provision of specialist optometry skill, funding seeks to establish ongoing relationships with local indigenous communities and maintain efforts to encourage impacted communities to for instance ensure clean water supplies and good hygiene.
 Reza Shams ("Reza from Reservoir will do") guest speaker last week is a refugee originally from Afghanistan via Pakistan.  Reza explained that his cultural background is that of the ethnic group Hazaras. (see below)
He told of how he arrived alone in Christmas Island  in 2012 from Pakistan, via Sri Lanka, Malaysia and then by boat from Indonesia.
Now a young man of 20 years he is currently studying psychology science at Swinburne courtesy of that university's new and unique scholarship program for refugees in Australia subject to  bridging and temporary protection visas.  This gives students an opportunity to gain a university qualification, without the financial burden of tuition fees.  These Welcome Scholarships were announced in 2016 to support refugee and asylum seeker students who are ineligible for government funding for higher education programs.
Reza demonstrated a resilience in pursuing, and a drive for, an education.  Educated to year 11 back in Pakistan he told how ultimately he gained acceptance to study year 12 in Australia after countless approaches to various schools.  Pursuing a tertiary course was equally difficult.  The Swinburne route was a one off.
Coupled with Reza's push for education were efforts to participate in community activity.  His use of the word "humanity"  summed up two aspects.  First, his own development in Australia has been advanced from support by many individuals in the community (for instance he lives with a family in Reservoir) and second his participation in various "volunteering" roles for the benefit of others is very important to him.  He regularly talks to groups on refugee issues.
Reza happily responded to audience questions and discussions on his experiences and refugee matters with openness and maturity.  Notwithstanding that he is subject to an eventual need for an extended visa to stay in Australia, and necessarily uncertain of his future for that reason,  Reza displayed a positive and contributory outlook.  One could imagine him being an asset to, and successful in any society.
Dr Mike Richards (PhD in Political Science) is a long term social campaigner and most notable for his part in the eventual repeal of capital punishment in Australia.  With an accomplished career in the media, academia and adviser to governments it was a  privilege for the club to have him as guest speaker.
 His address centred around his extensive research into Australia's last hanged convicted criminal Ronald Ryan and the impact which that event has had since that day in 1967 on all of those directly and indirectly involved.    At the time it was a highly political event, only proceeding after the Victorian Government of the day chose not commute the death sentence.   This year was the 50th anniversary.
Expanding upon the material in his award winning book  The Hanged Man ..the life and death of Ronald Ryan, he related his observations gained from  interviews with, and research of  various players including the trial judge and counsels,  relatives of victims of the underlying crime,  government officials, media reps and witnesses to the execution.    There was a common theme of a traumatic aftermath and questioning re the role of capital punishment.
The address was a catalyst to  open up vibrant discussion on some  related issues today namely about the merits of different punishments and deterrents for modern day atrocious crimes (e.g. terror driven massacres).    Topically the aspects of granting bail and parole were broached too.   
Mike explained how capital punishment has become less prominent in Western cultures in recent years  but still persisted in other regions especially Asia.   His long term view was that generally it will decline.
Disaster Aid Australia ("DAA")is a project of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills, Victoria Australia.  DAA is affiliated with Disaster Aid international.

Guest speaker John O'Reilly gave a brief description of the overall Australian project and in that highlighted the outstanding success and repute of one of its most successful and known products namely the SkyHydrant water purification unit.

John with a background in finance, followed by years running his own fashion label business and now semi-retired? is Treasurer for DAA. 

His address aptly titled "A Child Not Having Drinking Water is a Disaster" included a succinct description of the device and some detail of its use in the near neighbor countries.  These were ones which had experienced recent disastrous storm damage and disruption.  

A particular example of its application was as part of efforts of the Disaster Aid Team in the north eastern region of the Philippines subsequent to their extreme monsoonal conditions last year.    John showed photos of many happy childhood  faces holding cups of "fresh" water.

Picture Below: President Meredith Hayes, MC David Corrigan and John embracing the SkyHydrant. 

Corrie Perkin was  the first woman journalist to cover AFL and the first female editor of Football Record.  Beyond football she has been an editor of Good Weekend magazine, contributing editor and columnist, writer at The Australian and Melbourne editor of Harper’s Bazaar.  There have been complimentary roles in the arts, for instance with the National Gallery of Victoria.

Focusing on her topic for the day, i.e. AFL football, Corrie noted how the Aussie Rules industry has embraced women.  She went back to her first assignment as a VFL reporter  in the 1970's where she was excluded from a post match review in the club room because she was a woman.  Now there is a women's game, women umpires and women in senior roles in the clubs and governing body.   

With such an extensive career in the media, especially the print medium, and a fascinating backlog of stories and gossip gained in her role as a trail blazer in the Aussie Rules game and an open style, Corrie's address was never going to be dull.   

She gave us an insight into some of the more controversial moments of media interplay and the evolving acceptance of women's rights in that.   Her observations of that issue as exemplified in the sports game paralleled much of what has occurred in other areas of Australian society.   

Corrie is also a successful local businesswoman.  As an avid supporter of the impact and power of the "written word' it is not surprising  that her current business concerns the "My Bookshop" brand with two retail stores, in Hawksburn and Toorak.   There is clearly a genuine underlying purpose, namely to support the book printing industry with its authors, and sellers.   Much of the time at these stores is devoted to open forums for book lovers and writers.     

Finally a question from the audience sought her view on the pressures facing the newspaper media and its journalists.  She noted that nowadays time pressure to release a story or article was a major problem.   This acted  to limit editorial review and thorough research of a topic, and the resultant degradation of authenticity and even integrity were predictable.

How to summarise a woman as active, as varied, as engaging as our very own Charlotte England?  These notes can only scratch the surface of an address that kept us all enthralled.
Charlotte was born in England.  At age 8, her mother died, a great aunt entered her life, and she went to boarding school – where she adored everything: uniform, piano, singing, sport and friends who became friends for life.  She played piano for the Women’s Institute afternoon teas, and walked over the fells.
After her school years, her father would not let her go to university, so she went to the London College of Secretaries, where her piano playing helped her typing, and her shorthand (allegedly) harmed her handwriting.  At the same time, she worked 4 nights a week in a pub, and had her own antiques business in the famous Portobello Road market.
Then Charlotte got the travel bug: flew to Los Angeles, and got a job in the British Consulate; then in the Washington Embassy. And then to Sydney where she found that “Australia was a wonderful place that ticked all the boxes”.  She met and married the delightful Peter England, thereby acquiring similarly delightful parents-in-law, and producing two boys (now aged 30 and 28).
Charlotte’s jobs in marketing, sales, HR and teaching business topics, have been numerous and impressive. They include significant stints with Village Roadshow, Palace Entertainment, Dale Carnegie Training, Chifley Business School, and - her own company – Business Learning Exchange, which she will close on 30 June.
After 37 years in Australia, it’s wonderful to hear from someone who is happy and satisfied with life, and looking forward keenly to the next phase – active retirement.
Charlotte, we, your Rotary colleagues, salute you!
Detective-Inspector Steve Dennis ( that's him dealing with the Press last year) is a career policeman.   He was recently put in charge of  that division of Victoria Police concerned with sustaining its standards after a significant time as leader of the Missing Persons unit.
As guest speaker we enjoyed his reminisces of, and appreciated his sincere expressed gratitude for, his GSE experience with Rotary on a exchange visit to South Carolina in 1993.   It was amusing to hear of how he was selected for the place, after taking advice to learn something of the USA to impress the Australian selection panel of Rotarians.   He laughed that his detailed gained knowledge of the US civil war was of limited conversational value in South Carolina where the locals closed off any discussion with a comment about "northern invasion".
Steve's more serious take was on the nature of Missing Persons policing. It was very informative.   In any year there are about 10,000 reported cases with as few as near 20 unresolved.   Sadly homicide is involved but limited (only a handful), yet the reasons behind most was still of concern to society. 
Mental illness, personal stress  and the need to escape from violent relationships were common drivers behind someone going missing.  He observed that the residual family or friend network of a missing person suffer.   Unlike that of say a confirmed death report there is never closure.    Interestingly the investigating police effort is also more difficult as there is nothing or little physical evidence to focus upon and can mean resolving cases is painstaking.  Steve has high praise for the diligence of the relevant officers.
It was noted finally that today with help from the Media (sometimes) and various web based sites, and modern forensic technology the investigating police has more tools to employ than in the past. 
With no meeting on ANZAC day this year the club was fortunate to have an address from Dr John Basarin on Gallipoli and the peace initiatives (Rotary’s part too) that have evolved in the 100 years since.
John is certainly suited to the task, moreover history gives him a “foot in both camps”.   Born in Istanbul, Turkey, but based in Australia since 1973 he trained as a chemical engineer.  Working in the offshore oil industry he has lived and worked in Norway, USA, Brazil, Germany and the UK.  Personally aware of the value of international travel and friendships he persistently encourages young people to embrace through the Rotary Youth Foundation and Friends of Gallipoli.   He is a long term Rotarian, and recipient of various peace awards.   
Further his research of the first ANZAC campaign has been prolific and learned.   He has been awarded a PhD by Deakin University.  His thesis, entitled Battlefield Tourism: Anzac Day Commemorations at Gallipoli is the culmination of a life-long interest in Gallipoli.   He co-authored 6 books on the topic in Turkish and English.
John’s address had two thrusts, the history of Gallipoli and the present day organization Friends of Gallopoli.
 The latter provides opportunities for young students to go to Gallipoli and attend the ANZAC Day Dawn and Lone Pine Ceremonies. It initiates learning programs and Youth Tours that give young people the chance to explore their mutual ties to Gallipoli.     Australian and Turkish youths explore a shared history and the rich and rewarding bounty of international friendship.  The relationship today is quite contrary to the battlefield 100 years ago.     
The audience’s interest was high.    Many wondered how a unique a strong relationship could develop between Australia and Turkey---there is no parallel in the world for one country to positively host a celebration by a foreigners commemorating a previous invasion attempt.
Re the history of Gallipoli John’s thesis as per his latest book was that the allied invasion attempt had a myriad of strategic factors behind it, not the least of which was the British Empires concern about future oil needs. 
This stimulated discussion.    In a fascinating presentation we were reminded of “the need for a second front”, “access to the Black Sea to preserve wheat sources”, and even the naive thoughts of senior Allied leaders conducting 20th century wars with 19th century tactics!.    We were reminded of a bit of history about the Sykes-Picot line which was drawn up (literally a simple line on a map) post WW1 to split up the residue of the Ottoman Empire to the control of three European countries.   
Thanks John it was an appropriate ANZAC prelude combining aspects of history with positive reinforcement for the peace process in which Rotary is heavily involved with its current 1000+ peace scholars.


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