President's Note

Good to be back and see such a large turn up for our first formal lunch of the year.   Neil Cole's address was great despite his early morning wake up call (4 am..!) to conduct a radio interview.   Thanks Neil for coming along.
Personally I find it most satisfying to see a new member inducted and it was my privilege to welcome Helen Kavfoudais to the group.    Helen has a medical research background, is very community oriented and we hope will enjoy her time with our club.  That's Helen in the middle with sponsor member Hans Carlborg.
Remember next week here at Kooyong (usual lunch time) is a joint session with Kew Rotary Club.   Should be fun and yet another occasion of something different.
Coming Up

Upcoming meetings


Tues 13th February

A special meeting Rotary Club of Kew are coming to us!

Speaker: Professor Mary Galea

Topic: medical breakthroughs for stroke survivors


Thursday 15th February (monthly Thursday group)

Venue: Auburn Hotel (upstairs) at 6.15pm

Focus: Project workshop on new projects

Members support is required as mentors


Tues 20th February

Speaker : Mrs Amanda Elliott, Chairman of VRC  (see special item below) 

Please invite partners & friends, colleagues, we would like to fill the double meeting room!


27th February, 12.00 noon for 12.30pm (30 minutes earlier than usual)

Venue: Auburn Bowls club

Topic: Quo Vadis:

A more casual meeting ….but nevertheless  very important. 


Neil Cole...Stability in Mind..

It was a delight to have Neil Cole as guest speaker.    Over his allotted 20 minutes we had a smorgasbord of fascinating insights, facts and topics covered.  These touched on his personal experiences, revelations of the drivers of historical WW1 figures, aspects of creativity, characteristics of and differences between various mental illness conditions all interwoven into Neil’s own story of his highly successful career whilst living with a bipolar condition.  As a former State politician in 1980-0’s his observations on the increased focus in the community on mental illness and the interplay of various interested parties was refreshing (“Its become an industry”)

 His ongoing studies of the schizophrenic condition conducted with interviews and case work with sufferers are significant.  He is an Associate Professor at Monash (Medical School), and member of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health.  

He is an Albert Park Rotarian also.

Today Neil is an active author/ playwright too.  Since leaving politics, he has written over twelve plays, most of them performed by La Mama Theatre. His first play, Alive at Williamstown Pier, won the Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting in 1999. In 2001, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and literature.

Cole's debut novel, Colonel Surry's Insanity, was published in 2010. The novel, about a fictional soldier (John Surry) who pleads not guilty to a charge of theft on the grounds of insanity, was based on interviews with twenty sufferers of manic depression, as well as his own perspective.

A wonderful and interesting address. 

His memoirs “Stability in Mind” doubtless would be a very interesting read.


Update...  End Trachoma 20 Project

We are delighted to announce that the Rotary Hawthorn board this week approved funding in support of the Mirrors in all Home project as part of the broader End Trachoma 2020 project.

 The funds will be used to supply acrylic mirrors to trachoma affected in the APY lands , which are in the far north west corner of South Australia. 

 This will be partially funded by our special prize draw at our lunch time meeting on 20th February (more details below).

More information on End Trachoma 2020

In February 2018, a series of live Facebook videos will run on the EndTrachoma Facebook page to help explain the problem and outline opportunities of service for clubs.   I encourage you to view these videos so as to better understand trachoma and the project.  They are on Facebook each day 19th February to 26 February at 5.15 each day.

A line-up of international and specialist speakers have been arranged, including RI President Ian Riseley. Each video will run for only 10 minutes or so, and will also be available for viewing after the session on the EndTrachoma by 2020 Facebook page. Questions are welcome before, during and after each video; the project team will endeavor to respond as quickly as possible.

Generally the  best way to stay informed about the project is to subscribe to the website, and ‘LIKE’ and ‘FOLLOW’ their Facebook page


Special Lunch Meeting 20th Feb
International Womens Day Breakfast

The Women in Rotary annual International Women's day breakfast is on again this year on Wednesday 7th March at Crown Palladium.

Many of you have attended the Women in Rotary, International Women's Day Breakfast before and know what a fabulous event that it is.

For those that have not been. The event is for both men and women . For those male Rotarians with daughters, why not consider attending with your daughter!

You can always book your own table of friends/colleagues or customers (if you are in business).   Chris Hanson is coordinating bookings for club attendees.  We  have already nominated Rotary Hawthorn for a table..   Also Tickets can be booked directly via the following link.



As the  Early Bird special price of $65 expires this Sunday don't forget to book your tickets straight away.


I look forward to seeing you there!

Cakes and Puddings.


20  PUDDINGS . (Best before 30th dec 2018)

27  CHRISTMAS CAKES . (Best Before 30th June 2018)



PHILIP STEWART (I like capitals)

(A soft copy of this form can be obtained from  There is also a copy in Club Runner under the Club Documents tag.
Regular monthly via bank debits can be arranged to accumulated $100pa and so become able to carry the Centurion tag.
The Shadow
Last week The Shadow noted stories of a couple of members turning up one week early.   It has been learnt that "couple" was a most understated number! The Shadow won't name the extras but suffice to say is planning to give many an interactive diary for Christmas. We are creatures of habit even the most multi-saphired of us.
Delightful address from speaker Neil Cole.    The Shadow was however saddened by the expression on the face of Churchill fanantic Chris Hanson by the view that the said famous man's faux pas re Gallipoli was probably related to manic behavior. 
Make-ups and Apologies

Lawrence Reddaway always seeks to finalize numbers by Sunday 10pm by collating  responses to attendance at the next meeting.   So please try the electronic response (or phone) or even carrier pidgeon!    Forewarn of any guests at the same time.   This minimizes catering costs. 

Geoff Wright collates the attendance information.  He needs to know of  "make up " events.

Club Roster 

If you cannot perform your duty, please find a replacement or contact Charles Morrison


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Lunch Speakers
Feb 13, 2018
Medical Breakthrough For Stroke Survivors
Medical Breakthrough For Stroke Survivors

**Note: Rotary Kew are visiting us and they will be conducting the meeting**

Professor Mary Galea, Academic Director, Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre, will  talk about her recent breakthrough in achieving greater balance for stroke survivors. Mary is a supporter of the Rotary Life After Stroke program.

'Professor Galea is Professor of Clinical Physiotherapy in the University of Melbourne. She is a physiotherapist and neuroscientist whose research program includes both laboratory-based and clinical projects with the overall theme of control of voluntary movement by the brain, and factors that promote recovery following nervous system damage'.

Chair:  Bob Slater (Rotary Kew)

(Photo: courtesy:  Herald Sun)



Feb 20, 2018
Chairman Victoria Racing Club
Feb 27, 2018
Quo Vadis
Mar 06, 2018
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Club Events
Rotary District 9800 annual conference
Mar 16, 2018 – Mar 18, 2018
Member Birthdays
Stephen Bowtell
February 3
Hans Carlborg
February 16
Richard Logan
February 19
Helen Kavnoudias
February 22
David Rosback
February 26
Spouse Birthdays
February 10
Marjorie Halford
February 13
Helen Corrigan
February 16
Pru Logan
February 19
Jenni Warren
February 24
Club Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Club Services Director
Community Service Director
Youth & Vocational Director
International Service Director
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