President's Note

 Another good meeting with an interesting address from speaker Geoff Carr.  Astronomy clearly can be fun.  Thanks to all for coming and Sgt Simon O'Donoghue for keeping the meeting going along with those fines.

The Commonwealth Games are coming up in April on the Gold Coast.  I note that the publicity about  them has been described as modest so far but next weeks guest Sam Coffa will doubtless remedy that with us.

Remember its our usual meeting at Kooyong next week. See you there


Geoff Carr ...Astronomy in the Bush
Geoff Carr runs a series of "Star Safraris" in the Northern Territory.    The business is built around three portable telescopes (11 inch) and Geoff's enthusiasm for and knowledge of astronomy especially our Solar System.   The audience gained an appreciation of both and his skill to entertain a wide range of people with simple lay knowledge of the stars with a cleverly designed program.
Geoff who entered university at the age of 34 and embraced astronomical science at 40 told of his journey into this field.  His exploits extend to writing regular items on the topic in local NT newspapers under the caption the "Territory Stargazer".   A big part of his repertoire is the history of astronomy and here we learnt about early Greek astronomers who seemed to have a fair understanding of the facts, through the lesser Middle age periods of inactivity to the revolutionaries of Kepler and Galileo in reformation times.
Geoff's stated approach to imparting knowledge to his audience and doubtless many safari participants is to focus on "beauty and fun".   It came through in a very enjoyable presentation.   
At the VRC Races

President Katrina’s husband Mick (that's him holding the cup in front of an interested Phar Lap) and his friends enjoying a day at Flemington races as part of a  special prize donated by VRC which included a behind the scenes tour and holding the 2018 Melbourne Cup. 

Thanks to all our members and guests in purchasing tickets at meeting on 20th February at which Amanda Elliott, Chairman of the VRC  was the guest speaker.  Thanks to Amanda Elliott and VRC for donation of this special prize.

The funds raised from the special prize draw have been contributed  towards the purchase of acrylic mirrors for the APY lands in remote northwestern South Australia as part of the project “mirrors in all homes” which part of broader Rotary project of End Trachoma by 2020 project . 

Thanks from Cambodia
Members are well aware of Peter Lugg's efforts along with Gordon Cheyne in harnessing DIK to provide various pieces of superceded ex-Australian hospital equipment to needy establishments in Cambodia.   It is appreciated.
Russell House 93 Years Strong

In 2008 long term Hawthorn Rotarian,  Russell House was presented with a Paul Harris award.  Recall these are given to members for recent past very significant service to the club and Rotary.  He was 83 years!   What an effort.  Still even today Russell is going strong at 93 years.  Although no longer a member and choosing not to attend  our meetings he follows our activities with interest.


Most of us remember his cheery endeavours and fellowship and are invited to rekindle contact.  CONTACT NUMBER  0406 410 559


At the direction to the editor by one member to alert members to Russell's contact details and write something relevant a Google search initially uncovered the following    "Russell House, the oldest residence in Melbourne’s CBD".  On examination it does not relate to our past colleague but Russell House or The Old Corner  Shop, as it is often called.


The Shadow

  John Carre-Riddell is still getting around, despite his numerically advanced age.  Well, to be more precise, his photographic portrait has moved.  Our favourite double-barrelled member is part of a collection of sensitive portrayals of local residents who have strong or long links with Melbourne.  This collection has been hung in the Ashburton Community Centre for a few years; but The Shadow recently saw the photos – including John - at the Boroondara Village Festival held on 4 March at the Hawthorn Arts Centre (traditionally known to The Shadow as the Old Hawthorn Town Hall).  Alas, no acknowledgment of John’s distinguished connection to Rotary Hawthorn!


Noted that Rotary Hawthorn is having its inaugural Great All Aussie Trivia Night on Thursday 22 March; and no doubt it will be a fun evening.  The Shadow suggests that we should all attend this – not least in order to limber up for Rotary Hawthorn’s defence of the Winning of the even bigger Friends of Baguia Trivia Night on 4 May. Eh? Well, The Shadow reminds us that, much to his surprise, two years ago, our very own Lawrence Reddaway was the overall champion at this really fun-filled evening!

Thursday Evening Meeting...Trivial Pursuit
Hawthorn Rotary's concept for an occasional but special Thursday evening meeting to involve those Rotary friends who find it difficult to attend day time meetings is prospering. 
Next on the list is a meeting built around a Trivial Pursuit contest.   It's on the 22nd March at Auburn Bowls  at 7.00 pm and reports are that the questions are appropriate to the age and gender of our members.    Not sure, but could that mean the music and entertainment questions are biased toward current rock bands  OR instead the 1950's?      The cost is $20 per head for supper.
The flyer is attached below.
Friends of Baguia.....Trivia Quiz Evening
David Pisterman is organizing a table for our Hawthorn Rotary members.
Member Health Check
Reports are that Joe Devereux is in Cabrini Rehab in Glenhuntly Road as talkative as ever and should be back home in a week or two.

Gordon Cheyne rang Joe  recently:   "I am in Cabrini rehab with “a bit of colitis” - a souvenir of  days in the jungle in 1945." 

Joe says all his mates with the same problem are long gone, and he puts his survival down to a regular glass of red wine: the best medicine of all!


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.

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Lunch Speakers
Mar 13, 2018
The 2018 Commonwealth Games
The 2018 Commonwealth Games
Deputy Chairman, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation; President, Australian Commonwealth Games Association; Executive Board Member, Commonwealth Games Federation

Sam Coffa has served Australia for more than 40 years as an outstanding athlete and sports administrator.

As a weightlifter, Sam represented Australia at the 1964 World Championships, the 1962 Commonwealth Games (then British Empire and Commonwealth Games) in Perth and the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.

He was also Victorian Champion from 1959 to 1969 and a six-time Australian Champion.

He was Deputy Chairman of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Bid Committee and 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

Sam was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his service to sport, particularly weightlifting, youth and the community.

Across a distinguished career as a sports administrator, Sam has held almost every leadership or administrative-level position within his chosen sport and the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.

Chair: Anne Scott

(Photo Credit:  Gold Coast Bulletin)

Mar 20, 2018
Mar 27, 2018
Note: Not Meeting At Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
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Club Events
Rotary District 9800 annual conference
Mar 16, 2018 – Mar 18, 2018
The Great All Aussie Trivia Night
Auburn Bowls Club
Mar 22, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Trivia Night: Friends of Baguia
Malvern Town Hall
May 04, 2018 7:00 PM
Member Birthdays
Gordon Cheyne
March 11
Ian Macfarlane
March 31
Spouse Birthdays
March 1
Lisette Bamford
March 28
Susan Wright
March 29
Club Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Club Services Director
Community Service Director
Youth & Vocational Director
International Service Director
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