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Jul 17, 2018
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Oct 02, 2018
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Last guest speaker Harry Blutstein is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. As a freelance journalist he has published feature articles in op-eds in major Australian newspapers on a wide variety of topics.    His address to us concerned the Melbourne Olympics but a side of that which was not commonly known.   Indeed his research into aspects of them are the subject of his book "The Cold War Games".   HRC was delighted to get an informal outline of that.

Table talk during Harry's address centred on personal recollections by members who attended events at the various venues in 1956.  Sure we recall Kuts from the CCCP as the headliner but also wonderful memories of the Aussie stars on the track and in the pool.

Harry explained that the background to the focus of his book, namely the undercurrent Cold War activity between the West and Russia(CCCP at the time) was at a high with the tension in Hungary and prospect of revolt against the Russian friendly regime.   In the course of the games it materialized and the fate of Hungarian athletes and other (Eastern Block) countries was uncertain-defection to the USA was one prospect and so Harry noted that intelligence officers from both blocks were clandestinely operative in Melbourne in support of or against that possibility!  Ultimately there were 46 defectors to the USA.

 Harry related many stories of   the USSR and US exploiting the Melbourne Olympic Games for propaganda.  Much of his material had been sourced from his research into old files and even newspaper articles from/about security forces(eg ASIO, CIA and KGB) at the time.

A classic portrayal of the time was the bloody semi-final water polo match between the USSR and Hungary and stories of the motives behind some of the actions of those players.


Dr Amanda Scardamaglia is the Department Chair of the Swinburne Law School. Amanda’s area of research is intellectual property law with a special focus on empirical and historical studies in trade mark law, branding, advertising and the consumer.  As guest speaker she gave us a preview of her second book, Charles Troedel: From Stone to Print, which will be published by Melbourne Books in 2019, in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria.

One notes that Charles Troedel a German-born lithographic printer prominent in Melbourne in the late 19th century bears the same surname of HRC member Bill hence the presence of many “Troedels” and friends of at the meeting.  Charles was apprenticed to his father at the age 13 and at the age of 24, emigrated to Melbourne in 1860 and was the founder of a printing firm which ultimately evolved to that modern unit with which Bill was involved.

Amanda’s address quickly demonstrated the brilliant and complex artistic aspects of the early lithographic and printing business.  To most in the audience it seemed so on viewing early colored posters and obvious acknowledgement that the firm at various times had employees with names such as “Streeton” and “Roberts”.   Amanda described the processes involved as shown in the linked video

 Equally interesting was Amanda’s demonstration of how these posters gave an historical picture of society at the time.   Focused on advertising some product related to say leisure, fashion, medicine and food for example one saw how times have changed and yet also human behavior has not---many ads were plagiarizing and asserting/implying false facts.

One can read that "Husna Pasha is a Melbourne based business woman, author, media personality, stand-up comedian and public speaker"
As a recent guest to our lunch meeting we got an insight into her story, her thinking and her drive.  Beneath that comedic and self deprecating persona Husna gave an highly entertaining and yet thought provoking account of her experiences and her philosophy on life.
The title "Escapee from a Corporate World" hints at how she has evolved from a regulated conventional life plan to one where she does her own thing all driven by a desire for a happy (yet far from selfish) life style.

We heard that she is an Indian Australian, who was raised in the small city/town New Norfolk in Tasmania by her well educated and hard working and family oriented parents--employed in the health industry.   

After an early but unhappy adult period following the conventional norm of early marriage in anticipation of a regular wife role, Kusna entered the corporate world after studying occupational therapy.   She is a mother of two, a wife and a Muslim woman.

After  18 years of corporate focus Kusna's entreprenueral flair saw her start her own live on stage talk show in 2015.  Her underlying aim is to empower people to have a happy life.

She has been  a Guest Host on The Project,  and appeared numerous times in the media due to an initiative called 'Speed date a Muslim'.  Her profile is such that she is successfully now speaking at many events to motivate and inspire people to take the right step forward in their lives.  Listening to her short address made many of us question our own goals.

Many in the audience could relate to Kusna's experiences and observations about present days issues re diversity, feminism and equality and society's and the media's pressure for "political correctness" .

"Alisha's Café Collective" at 313 Lygon St in East Brunswick run by Kusna is a vegetarian café with a difference.  It provides a forum for exhibitions and discussion events.

Hawthorn Rotary’s connection with Reclink Australia comes from its support of the Salvo Hawks football team.     Recent guest speaker David O’Halloran is the current CEO of Reclink having spent many years with that group He has a long list of other worthwhile community activities including efforts in co-founding the “Choir of Hard Knocks” and Salvo-Hawks, two such entities now in the Reclink stable. 

Reclink is an Australia wide volunteer organization which aims to help “disadvantaged people” (not necessarily disabled) to regain a meaningful place in society.   Hence those who it helps are typically in need of or seeking rehabilitation from drug abuse. alcoholism, past criminal or stressed circumstances.   Such individuals are perceived to be in need of a purpose and/or have a sense of belonging.   It provides this with numerous arts and sporting programs in which the disadvantaged can participate (for free).   The individuals gain from regular commitment to these pursuits.

The Reclink group which has evolved and grown to an annual budget of near $7 Million (it enjoys significant State and Federal government support).    It has 110 staff and had 105,000 participants last year.

Essentially an umbrella organization. it ties together other volunteer and community groups (as Rotary) with its structure to contribute to the overall cause.   HRC’s direct part funding and participation (on the sidelines!) with the Salvo Hawks players each football match is a classic example of the Reclink approach.   

David’s address on Reclink was inspiring.   Adding flesh to the presentation we had his colleagues Peter and Tehan (the latter is the captain coach of the Salvo-Hawks) giving accounts of their story, and of course most of all displaying that football sweater.   One got the feeling that there will several more HRC observers at the next Salvo Hawks match.

Matt Maudlin spent many years with Servants Community Housing eventually being CEO there.

In that time he developed a deep understanding about the issue of homelessness.  He related a simple but powerful story of how when he was in Sydney he was attracted to a homeless street person and took the opportunity to converse with him for a time.  It struck him that passers-by noted the two together and many gave financial support to that individual.  What confounded Matt that once he (Matt) moved on he observed that the passing public seemed uncomfortable about or didn’t know how to help. They rarely did.


Matt concluded Governments alone cannot resolve the homeless issue with cash grants, etc but the community could.  So Matt and his colleague Peter Barber are working with the community to put up a collective hand to say ‘STOP. ENOUGH’.  They believe that most people care about the homeless folk on our streets,  but need guidance on how to assist.  Hence their Purple Cloak project.


We heard that it aims to take people who are ready to exit tertiary homelessness settings (boarding houses etc) and reintegrate into mainstream society by providing them with decent leased housing options, and also COMMUNITY SUPPORT with a ‘Cloak’ of committed community members to share their skills, networks and experiences to help individuals realise their potential.  Perpetual support is not envisaged-there would a three year review/goal.


The Purple Cloak is an NGO, it does not look for financial support from Government.  In their view this entire project will survive and prosper on the generosity of the community (financial and otherwise).  They perceive that flow on impacts of rehousing just a few can be significant.  The Purple Cloak will be housing its first 2 clients in the very early part of 2018.

The concept of a Men’s Shed is simple: Men –and especially the lonely or those with a mental condition - get together for company, and to make new stuff, and   to repair old stuff.  They like to “Go home and feel they had done something useful”.
At lunch this week, we were lucky to hear from David Mee, co-ordinator of the Hawthorn Men’s Shed which was founded a few years ago with assistance from Uniting AgeWell and from Glenferrie Rotary (one of our daughter clubs.)  We heard about  
* inherently dangerous power tools and the associated safety issues;
* opening hours are restricted by a shortage of volunteers;  
* two types of volunteers are needed: technically qualified, and socially adept;
* the NDIS is causing upheaval for some clients;  and
* although the program is aimed at men, it is also open to women – and hence the title of this report: “When is a Men’s Shed Not?

Andrew Joseph, great nephew of General Sir John Monash has written an insightful play Monash in Love, and war - the private life of John Monash. And it’s currently being produced by our lunch time speaker Neil Cole.  (At Chapel Off Chapel 24 Aug – 6 May.)
We all know something about John Monash; and, following Neil’s fascinating discourse, each of us now knows more.  Monash’s amazing talents and activities have given rise to substantial biographies; so I will record only the best of the stuff that was, from Neil's talk, new to me:
  • Monash was a huge self-promoter, personally sending news straight to Australian newspapers.
  • This self-promotion set him at odds with both Charles Bean (official war correspondent) and Keith Murdoch (newspaper proprietor and reporter).
  • Bean and Murdoch lobbied the Australian Government to back Brindle White rather than Monash for promotion; but Billy Hughes backed Monash.
  • Monash, himself a Jew, had a wife to whom he wrote a torrent of detailed, fascinating letters.  But he had ongoing affairs with a non-Jewish woman, and with his wife’s best friend!
  • In 1931 was Monash overlooked to become Governor General by virtue of his Jewishness?  Surely not, because it was another Jew – Isaac Isaacs – who got the gig. 
  • One very current political issue is “let’s retrospectively promote Monash to the rank of Field Marshall.”  So why did this not happen at the end of WW1?  Inevitably, there’s no single, clear answer!
The Villiers-Bretonneux battle in WWI is historic for Australian involvement.   A classic Australian pincer ploy involving  the 15th and 13 th AIF Brigades  around the German occupied French village proved successful.  
It was characterized by some heroic hand to hand (bayonet charged) night fighting and unfortunately  high causalities. 
In the context of WWI it was seen as a significant turning point and source of Australian pride.   It was a striking coincidence that many of the soldiers had seen service at Gallipoli and doubtless been aware of the April 25th date as they charged forward.
Pursuant to that event 100 years ago (April 24-25 1918) an enduring relationship between the people of that French village and Australia has established.   It is the site of classic memorials and picturesque cemetery(s) and according to guest speaker Dr Robert Webster OAM , President RSL Victoria, the foremost location(behind Gallipoli) for present day Anzac Day services in Europe.
Robert gave an extended address to Hawthorn Rotary and its  three cluster clubs at a special evening meeting.  Although the address  focused on the above battle Robert (himself a Vietnam vet and long term RSL advocate) gave a dramatic account of the war as seen by the common Australian combatant.   The audience became regularly hushed and pensive for periods as he told of casualty rates, fighting conditions , and the problems of integrating returned soldiers back home.  We were reminded and astounded  of the disruption to Australian society, to the outcome that about  10% of the population enlisted that being  40% of an eligible age group!
Thank Robert for such an interesting and moving account of another aspect of the Anzac Day occasion.
Dai Mason is a civil engineer with experience overseas in construction and consulting projects.   He continues with aspects of this work in is own business in Australia.  He is an E-Club Rotarian and with contacts to District 9640.
Notably his overseas activities in places in the tropics such as Indonesia and Papua New Guinea have been in many Malaria prone areas.  That connection touched him so that he is now Ambassador for an exciting project borne on the Gold Coast, namely the research into a unique Malaria Vaccine.   The lead scientist is at Griffith University, being Professor Michael Cook.  Cook's groups is linked into the Gold Coast Hospital.
The project is at the stage where human trials of a developed vaccine are to begin.   As always in these things funds are required and several Qld Rotary clubs via the broader RAM( Rotarians against Malaria) are partners in progressing the funding and project.   The link below provides a mechanism to get involved.
In the course of his address Dai told of some key facts.
  there are 214M cases of Malaria worldwide
  400,000 die each year
  Malaria is a parasite with capacity to manifest/change into various form.
  Thus far vaccines have limited success
The thrust of the Griffith team is for a vaccine to stimulate the body's own immune system to eliminate any/all phase of the parasite's presence in the human body.   Their test vaccine has thus far proved effective with animals and hence now the planned human trials on appropriately selected volunteers.   The next stage requires funds of  about $600, 000 much of which has already been acquired from many donation sources.


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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