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Tuesday 12.30pm for 1.00pm.
 $37 including lunch.
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
489 Glenferrie Road
Kooyong  Vic  3144
Melbourne Australia.
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Meeting Speakers
Ian Bentley
Oct 24, 2017

Behind The Badge talks are always interesting.

Come and hear Ian Bentley's presentation.

Chair: Lawrence Reddaway

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
Nov 28, 2017
Lst Spkr...note
Dec 05, 2017
Christmas Party
Dec 12, 2017
Fun Night
Dec 19, 2017
Auburn Bowls Club
New Citizens Night/ Harmony
Feb 07, 2018
To Be Held At Auburn Bowls Club
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Feb 13, 2018
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Senior Constable Jo Pokiri with Victoria Police is presently the Boorondara Crime Prevention Officer.  With a delightful Irish brogue, she kept the lunch meeting fully involved with her talk on policing practices in our district and some common-sense crime prevention tips.   The audience lapped it up and happily took advantage of her hospitality to go beyond time in answering many questions.
Joe’s outgoing and friendly style is well suited to her representation role.   One wonders how with 4 children how she maintains that outlook!   Still as she explained after joining the force in 2010 she has had a variety of assignments, starting with general duties and then a Family Violence focus.   Here her interaction with victims, and helping them understand their rights etc. gave her a lot of satisfaction.   It is understandable that there was a natural path flowing to her current representation role. Today she regularly makes presentations on home security and personal safety.
In the course of her talk some sobering facts were evidenced.    Family violence is widespread-elder abuse is one often disregarded but an important element of that---the majority of calls for police attendance in our district comes from family disturbance issues.
The major thrust of the address was about home security and here the audience attention was high.
Burglaries and their prevention was key.    Jo noted most could be prevented by application of simple common-sense practices by the home owner.   Open windows and unlocked doors and cars abound!  So, called Security doors are not made for purpose.  
The whole point of any burglar deterrent should be to slow the offender down.  Opportunistic thieves (which most cases involve) seeking ready cash generally for drug use, want easy targets and to be and out in a few minutes.   A good noisy dog and simple security devices which stall intruder entrance help.
On a different note Jo stressed the importance of community participation.   Hence one should not be  fearful of getting involved by reporting to police some unusual behavior or alarm sounds---the police are far more sympathetic to a false call than no call at all.  
Jo summed it up  in two phrases.     “Slow them down"  and "Advise or Report”
Lift the Lid” on is the Australian Rotary Health quip for raising awareness of mental illness.  Unfortunately our speaker, Neil Cole had to call off at the last minute because of family matters.  We hope he can visit us later.

Our stand-in sergeant Kevin Rose did a marvellous job to fill in the program, raising some cash by testing our spelling, as well as raising awareness for ARH.

President Katrina dispersed several prizes for the funny hat brigade, with Sheridan Brown winning the most spectacular and David Pisterman the most debonair.

Visiting Carlton Rotarian Thierry Dismathieu helped fill the program, firstly by introducing his parents Josie and Pierre, both French Rotarians, and then telling us a little about differences between life in France and Australia, before adding some facts about his own club.

These visitors were presented with Hawthorn Rotary banners, as were visitors David and Toni Thomas from Hong Kong South RC.

We all enjoyed this informal and relaxing lunchtime meeting.
The fascinating ladies at their best: Anne Scott, Ngaire Cannon and Charlotte England.
Hans Carlborg (fined for having no hat) David Pisterman (most elegant) Trevor Jones (the Safari Kid) and Simon O'Donoghue (just back from France)
President Katrina exchanging banners with Pierre and Josie Dismathieu
Fill-in Speaker Thierry Dismathieu from Carlton RC.
We joined with several of our cluster clubs to participate in a tree-planting day at Hays Paddock in Kew, as inspired by RI President Ian Riseley.
Many volunteers turned up and fortunately we had Peter from Parks and Gardens to keep us right.  Down and dirty we got, and planted a couple of hundred Poa labillardierei and a couple of other species whose names escaped me.  
But basically that tussocky native grass, that golfers like Richard Logan hate, for some obscure reason. Athough not exactly trees, the planting provides undergrowth to maintain the soil and appearance of the native garden.
President Katrina produced a lovely barbecue which we all enjoyed. (especially the dogs, who had worked so hard to water the freshly planted tussocks).
Well done team: a lovely relaxing “hands-on” Rotary event.
Just watch those "Men at work"!
A fine day and a good crowd of members greeted District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne for their official visit to the club.
Photo: DG Peter and Anne with President Katrina. Note the Maremma dog.
DG Peter’s earlier informal chat with the board had been constructive and relaxed, and following lunch Peter was generous in his praise of Hawthorn Rotary and our accomplishments. In particular he mentioned Hawthorn’s five Past District Governors, three of whom are still active members. He also thanked several members who are active at District level, and the club for our support of Donations-in-Kind and The Rotary Foundation. He acknowledged our recent efforts to increase club membership.
Photo: DG Peter Frueh with our three PDGs: Dennis Shore, Bernie Walshe and David Rosback.
Peter’s relaxed story-telling mode held our attention as he related how one Rotarian’s initiative had generated $300,000 worth of linen, when the fly-in-fly-out hostels in north-west WA were closed, and the donated goods were transferred to DIK in Perth and Footscray.
As a lead up to the District Conference in Warrnambool in March, he told us how a local chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, suggested Maremma guardian dogs could be used to protect the endangered penguins on an island just off Warrnambool. Swampy had successfully used Maremmas to help protect his free range chickens. The penguins are now thriving.
Thanks DG Peter for a relaxed lunchtime chat: we look forward to seeing you at the District Conference next March.
Brian Morley intrigued the club with his memories of a fifty-year career in Journalism and Broadcasting.
Isn’t it great to be alive in Melbourne in Grand Final week!  The atmosphere; public holiday; anticipation of the game,
It brings memories of football years past – when football was more of  a sport than a profession; when players held down a proper job and trained Tuesdays and Thursdays, ready for the game on Saturday
And it brings memories of some great grand finals – and some fascinating events around Grand Finals.
Memories like this …
1935 – Star South Melbourne full forward Bob Pratt was forced to withdraw from the grand final after he was hit by a truck in trying to cross the road the day before the game. Pratt had booted 362 in three seasons. Without him the Swans lost to Collingwood by 20 points, despite having as many scoring shots as the Magpies.
1951 - Essendon's last match of the home-and-away season, Carlton fullback Harry Caspar and Essendon full forward John Coleman each reported for punching and each suspended for four weeks. It was confirmed by two umpires that Coleman had retaliated to punches by Caspar, but this did not sway the Tribunal. Thus Coleman missed the finals including the Grand Final which was won by Geelong by 11 points.
1964 – The famous game in which Collingwood big man Ray Gabelich scored a goal in the dying minutes. With five minutes to go, the ball had been passed to Gabelich by Des Tuddenham. Gabelich then ran awkwardly towards the Collingwood goal, struggling to control the ball, and bouncing the ball four times in a run of, at least fifty yards and, then, kicking a goal that put Collingwood in front. However, a minute later, Melbourne defender Neil Crompton kicked a goal, putting Melbourne in front by four points. Collingwood were unable to score again.
1966 – St Kilda won their first premiership in 69 years of competition, defeating Collingwood by a solitary point. With only moments left, the two sides were locked level. Finally, Barry Breen snapped the point that gave the club its first and to date only premiership in its history. Every young footballer’s dream –
to beat Collingwood by a point in the Grand Final! A pity we couldn’t repeat the dose in 2010 …
My football experiences were centred on the 1960s and 70s. I was a journalist in the 3AW Newsroom with football/sport as an extra-curricula activity.
My journalistic experiences are the subject of other discussions – starting at The Age in Collins Street in 1956, moving to 3AW in 1960, a stint at Channel 0 when it opened, then back to 3AW.
My time in the 3AW newsroom experienced some of the biggest stories of the 60s and 70s.
I covered all the major stories of the era:
 the execution of Ronald Ryan, the last man hanged in Australia. I was one of the official witnesses at the execution. It was an event that haunts me to this day.
 the collapse of West Gate Bridge and prior to that, the collapse of the King Street Bridge
 the disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt
 the assassinations of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King
 the start of the ‘space race’ between the US and USSR
 man’s first landing on the Moon
 the Vietnam War rallies on the streets of Melbourne – and of course the Vietnam war
 the Beatles visit to Melbourne
 a Royal Tour to Australia
 Bart Cummings’ first Melbourne Cup win
 the “It’s Time” election victory of Gough Whitlam and the ALP
Extraordinary times and extraordinary stories.
In the midst of all that came football!
Being selected to call the football with Harry Beitzel was one of the biggest thrills of my life. He was one of the “true voices of football” in Melbourne. And of course with Harry Beitzel came one of the great characters of the football world – “Turkey” Tom Lahiff.  They were inseparable when it came to football broadcasting.
The Macquarie Radio Network decided to go national with its news service – with its HQ based in Sydney.
I was offered the opportunity to go to Sydney to be the National News Editor and quite frankly as a journalist, it was an offer not to be refused. So in June 1972 I moved to Sydney with my family.
The implications for the football broadcasts were quite significant. I was needed for the call – and there was really only one solution: fly down to Melbourne on Saturday morning, call the game, and fly back to Sydney on Saturday evening.
A postscript to this part of my working life was that when I decided to return to Melbourne to live and work in the middle of 1973, 3AW asked me to do the studio anchoring job for Saturday afternoons in the football season.
After a career in Broadcasting, Brian Morley became a Public Relationship Representative, representing Alcoa, the SEC, CityLink and the Royal Melbourne Show.  He remained active in football broadcasting
What a great team of willing workers we had at the Donations-in-Kind warehouse in West Footscray on Saturday.  
Head storeman Laurie Fisher had opened the store for us at 8am, and by 9am we had goods lining up beside the container. Thanks to the packing skills of Bob Glindemann and fork-lift expert Andy, we soon had the job on the run, filling every nook and cranny. You are no doubt aware that freight charges are by the square foot, not the weight. 
Two X-Ray, one Ultarsound, two anaesthesia machines and an operating table were fixed in place and protective padding in the form of mattresses wedged beside them.  Boxes of drapes, gloves, gowns, caps, surgical dressings, masks and bootees, lead aprons, operating microscope, endoscope with light source, orthotic boots, drills, saws and other surgical goods, a couple of cots, arthroscopic shavers, controls, foot pedals, surgical tourniquets, hygiene pads: you name it and we probably loaded it.
So who were these dedicated labourers?  President Katrina Flinn led the way for Ian Macfarlane, Sheridan Brown, Charles Morrison, Lawrence Reddaway, Ian Hamilton, Hans Carlborg, Geoff Wright, Chris Hanson, Peter Lugg and myself to follow.
The ladies fortunately were taken under the wing of Essendon’s Jenny Foster, who gave them some lighter sorting of donated medical goods to do. So we owe special thanks to Jane Drury, Ginia Reddaway, Jan Macfarlane and Susi White for their assistance.
Nurse Debra Sloggett of Essendon was a pillar of strength, keeping track of the goods as we loaded, and continuously amending Peter Lugg’s inventory with some creative calls. Being a container of medical goods, “physiotherapy exercise modules” covered bicycles, and “bed-linen production and repair” covered a couple of commercial sewing machines and bolts of cloth.
The container held more than we expected, so some goods we had considered for a future container were added.  By 1.45 pm we had the container fully loaded and the doors closed.  Peter Lugg took the final photo with a sigh of satisfaction. Bob, Hans, myself and Andy: tired but happy.
Well done, team: now we look forward to hearing how our container is received at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh. 
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!


Second Bite is a well established community service in Melbourne. Its mission is food recycling; that is, using food that would otherwise be wasted. It's about giving good, fresh ingredients new life in a commercial kitchen and, with a bit of creativity, turning them into healthy, hearty meals for people in need.

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