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Tuesday 12.30pm for 1.00pm.
 $35 including lunch.
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
489 Glenferrie Road
Kooyong  Vic  3144
Melbourne Australia.
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Meeting Speakers
Change Over Night
Jun 29, 2017
NB: No Meeting On Tuesday 27th June
NB: No Meeting On Tuesday 27th June

'Late June every year is a time of change in the Rotary world.
At that time of the year, all 34,000 Rotary Clubs around the World conduct a Changeover ceremony which brings new leadership, new ideas, a new theme and renewed vitality to each Club. This changeover of leadership occurs throughout Rotary at Club, District and International level'.

Venue: Green Acres Golf Club
Address:  51 Elm Grove  Kew East, Victoria  3102
Time: 6.30 - 10p.m.



'Late June every year is a time of change in the Rotary world.

At that time of the year, all 34,000 Rotary Clubs around the World conduct a Changeover ceremony which brings NEW leadership, NEW ideas, a NEW theme and renewed vitality to each Club.  

This changeover of leadership occurs throughout Rotary at Club, District and International level'.

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Dr Mike Richards
Jul 04, 2017
"The Hanging of Ronald Ryan: 50 years after the execution that changed the nation."
Visit To Rotary Camberwell Art Show
Jul 11, 2017
At Swinburne University
Reza Shams
Jul 18, 2017
The Welcome Scholarship And Me
Kerry Kornhauser OAM
Jul 25, 2017
End Trachoma 2020
Club Forum
Aug 01, 2017
Update From Dr Peter Lugg, New Projects
Assoc. Professor Steve Macfarlane
Aug 09, 2017
Note This Is A Wednesday Luncheon Meeting
Visit To Tram Museum
Aug 15, 2017
Manny Hendrix Jr
Aug 22, 2017
A Most Compelling and Inspiring Speaker....Note: Meeting At Auburn High School
Lelee Tran
Aug 29, 2017
Behind The Badge
Sep 05, 2017
Sep 26, 2017
Oct 10, 2017
Hat Day
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Welcome to Rotary Hawthorn
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.
President Meredith and Geoff were shown around DIK at the Cocktail Party, (that’s Peter Lugg showing them the medical bay)
Then Bob Glindemann welcomed and thanked supporters and volunteers. 
On the Open Day on Saturday, we enjoyed a sausage sizzle, tea and scones and Eastern Delicacies.
Some famous dogs and people attended:  there was a good feeling at DIK, with most people being amazed at the extent and scope of the goods available
Lots of photos at DIK Cocktail  Party  

Alan Brown expatriate Scot and electrical engineer was guest speaker.   After a brief outline of his travels and work experience in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Australia utilizing his training and management experience in various aspects of relevant heavy industry he told of the “Royal Hua Hin” Rotary club based in Thailand.  Nowadays Alan splits his time between Australia and Thailand.

The club uses the tag “Royal” to distinguish it from others in the region.   The city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand evolved as a retreat for past Thai royalty, and contains several palatial notable royal buildings.   Now it is a seaside resort city.  

 It is popular with Thais, having become quite fashionable as a weekend getaway spot for Bangkok residents, as well with foreigners and as an ex-pat retirement or holiday home location.

The expat influence in the club is very clear.   Formed in 2004 there are 47 members, and the only English speaking club in Thailand it boasts expats from 17 different countries-mainly European.

Dispensing with the origins and placement of the club, Alan’s description of its ongoing projects quickly touched on a thread common to all Rotary clubs.  Its fund raising, efforts predominantly from sponsored golf events, were widely utilized in supporting underprivileged communities in remote parts of Thailand and even nearby Cambodia.   Cognizant of the lack of education for the underprivileged (and there are many) in that part of the world, its major efforts manifest in establishing and supporting schools.  In addition it has acted to provide improved basic services, water supply and sanitation infrastructure, to refugee and rural communities.

Cost structures in Thailand meant much could be done from the clubs limited financial resources.  Also with that was the capacity of many members with local business prominence to facilitate and initiate positive project outcomes. 

Royal Hua Hin Rotary club was wonderful example of a vibrant and effective club contributing to the progress of a country less developed than what we experience at home.

Last guest speaker was Amanda Donohoe the new CEO of Servants Community Housing.  She succeeds Matt Maudlin.  
Amanda has a long history with Servants, recently as Operations manager from 2010 and years before from 1989 -1992 she served as a live-in housekeeper at Carrical House.   In the interim Amanda with her husband resided in the Northern Territory working among indigenous communities in crisis housing, development and education roles.
Amanda’s background and current role meant that she could expertly tell us of the problems of the homeless and their needs. In Booroondara there are over 380 homeless. 
Consistent of the examples of individuals in the many heart rending stories which she described was the fact that mental health issues prevailed.   Often difficult to determine the origins of these conditions, there was the sad fact that they were commonly exacerbated by substance abuse.     Younger people stood a better chance for rehabilitation and a full life.  The older homeless essentially wanted a place to exist.
The mental issue/substance dependency combination drove many people away from regular community and family connections.  Homeless and isolation was an eventual outcome.   Often a personal space in one room of a safe rooming house was refuge.  Servants has three such homes staffed by housekeeping staff and is looking for similar real estate in our area for another, specifically to cater for homeless women.
Amanda noted how connecting with these people (albeit at times difficult and dangerous) was key and very often rewarding.   The typical Servant “house” has trained housekeeping staff, and was centred around a meal area/kitchen---eating meals together developed a connecting experience which could be built upon.   The model was financially self sustaining by drawing on each individuals welfare payments(charging rent) but any expansion and special items needed invariably came through external financial sponsorship----here Rotary as evidenced by our own club was a regular partner.    
There were many questions from the audience before Amanda closed.  Simon O’Donoghue gave a final thank you for the address and took the opportunity to present a cheque for $4000 for Servants to purchase refrigeration facilities at one of its homes. (see photo above).
Developing a Vision for an organisation is a common and formal practice in commerce(and other enterprises).  It seeks to synthesize objectives and ideas of participants in that entity to frame a future goal(s) and establish action plans aimed at achieving that goal.   Although a way of defining focus and targets  it is a dynamic thing and should be regularly reviewed.   
Last Sunday afternoon Hawthorn Rotary undertook such an exercise, all members were invited to attend.   With help from District people, those who attended looked three years forward tossing around ideas on what membership, club administration, service projects, Foundation interaction and HRC public perception would/should look like.    It was an intense productive few hours. 
Any idea was cataloged.  Creative thoughts abounded promoting much discussion.   Thereafter each member's view on the ranking of each, in terms of merit and applicability, was sought.  
Certain key points coalesced on the whiteboards and will provide a basis for a committee to analyze and recommend actions and objectives for the club.
This will be outlined to the broader membership at a usual lunch meeting in late April.
Over 30 members and friends of Hawthorn Rotary took the opportunity last Tuesday to travel to Parkville and indulge in a tour of the Walter and Eliza  Institute, Australia's world renowned medical research laboratory. Currently served by more that 800 scientists its activities today concentrate on cancer, infectious diseases and immune system defects.
W & E hostess Sally Cane looked after us.  She had a concisely defined one hour program.   Thank you Sally.
The facility/building itself was very impressive.  Recent additions hid the fact that the institute has just celebrated its 100 years.  An "anniversary cake" in the foyer and a magnificent  time line along the length of  the entrance corridor highlighting its achievements and that of past personnel dispelled that.
The combination of a short generic promotional film, and then specific presentations by scientists on a couple of examples of the laboratory's current research on insulin/diabetes, and macular degeneration were well received. Later questions from the audience occasionally had personal  thrusts, particularly when  the issue of the role genetics to disease arose!
Most fascinating was a short animated film on one topic cleverly portraying complex human  biochemical  processes.  Our generally non-science oriented audience followed with interest.    
Subsequently we were toured one laboratory.   The technicians were able to ignore us and happily concentrate on their work apparently extracting and cataloging various samples of tissue(?) for testing and examination.   It  was a snapshot to the sheer complexity of their work and the enduring diligence required of medical scientists today. 
Following the visit most walked the 100 metres or so to Naughton's  for a pleasant pub lunch.
With many making photos of the event that are too many to photos to view, so I’ve loaded a set here: .  (Gordon Cheyne)
Charles Henry was young finance graduate with audit roles in the early 1980’s with PriceWaterhouse. He chose to try another role for a couple of years.  This was with the Tupperware organisation.  Come 30+ years later he retires from that group after a long term career with numerous postings outside of Australia. 
It’s fortunate that his links to HRC member and MC Bill Troedel  caused to him to get onto our speaker list and provide the club with a most interesting story of the evolution of the Tupperware business.   Fascinating but little known to the lunch time audience he told of WWII American businessman inventor Earl Elias Tupper and post WWII housewife “Brownie” Wise and how they came together in business.
It’s the stuff of movies, particularly the role of Brownie Wise the woman who approached Tupper in 1948.  She made a lengthy phone call to his office in Massachusetts, during which she explained her extraordinary success selling Tupperware via home parties.
 Employed thereafter in a senior capacity she marketed Tupper’s products in the early 1950’s all with the house party concept.  They were withdrawn from retail stores.   It tapped into, at the time the unemployed, latent work force of house wives.   Tupper’s own earlier attempts to sell via conventional retail outlets had failed.   A forthcoming movie seeks to cast Sandra Bullock as Wise! 
Wise was sacked from the company in the late 1950’s.   At the same time Tupper sold out to Rexall another company and ultimately retired to Costa Rica establishing a significant philanthropic reputation.  To this day there have been several ownership changes at the corporate level but the product and marketing concepts retained.
Charles explained how the marketing model has transgressed the world.    Today the company is very strong but especially so in emerging countries more so than developed ones.  Doubtless the greater opportunity to harness a ready supply of under employed women in those developing countries at “house parties” is part reason.
The product’s genesis goes back to how Tupper used black, inflexible pieces of polyethylene slag, a waste product of the oil refining process given to him by his supervisor at DuPont.  He purified the slag and moulded it to create lightweight, non-breakable containers, cups, bowls, plates, and even gas marks that were used in World War II. He later designed liquid-proof, airtight lids, inspired by the secure seal of paint can lids.   Cleverly Tupper established world wide patents in 1949.


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