President's Note

It was great to be hosted by Rotary Club of Kew today at Kooyong in our first "reverse meeting" and to see so many members of both clubs attending to hear from our guest speaker Mary Galea

My message today is a reminder regarding:

-next week's meeting! The speaker is Mrs Amanda Elliott, Chairman of the VRC (Flemington).

We have booked the double room in anticipation of a good turn out.  Please help promote this event to friends and family.  It is a partner and friends meeting -  bring friends, family, colleagues, your Rotary friends from other clubs near and far.

​The cost of $40 includes and ticket in the prize draw for an excellent and ​generous ​prize donated by the VRC​, with ​funds being donated to Rotary's End Trachoma by 2020 

​Please help me fill the room !!​

Members as usual should send RSVPs to Lawrence Reddaway on 

However as a demonstration of our clubs growing technical skills one can also acknowledge and pay for friends planning to attend on this Try Booking link.


See you next Tuesday


Joint Meeting with Kew RC
There were many new faces at Hawthorn Rotary's last lunch time meeting, being all Rotarians and Friends of fellow cluster club Kew RC.   The meeting was a buzz with conservation as members from the two clubs mingled-even at the same table!  Technically the meeting was under the formal direction of  Kew RC with President Carl Zammit at the helm as Prof Mary Galea addressed the joint gathering.(see below)    It was most egalitarian however as Hawthron Rotary president Katrina Flinn got in her say too from time to time. 
One highlight was the presentation of $1000 from Kew to Hawthorn for services rendered in support of Kew's op shop which has relocated from Camberwell Junction to 630 High Street Kew.   Primarily those services came from two Hawthorn stalwarts David Pisterman, who regularly gives up days serving at the shop and Gordon Cheyne who sourced many goods for sale at the shop from DIK.
Our photographer (he must have an apprentice?) was there too and captured the two presidents enjoying the moment either side of David & Gordon.   Other photos can be seen via the link
Professor Mary Galea....Physio-Neuro Interactions
Professor Mary Galea guest speaker is a distinguished medical academic currently with the Department of Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  Her CV is extensive with awards and patronage and support for organizations addressing in particular rehabilitation matters associated with brain and nervous system damage. 
Her topic broadly covered that concept of "Neuro Plasticity".   Skillfully using language and explanations aimed at the audience's level  she gave a most interesting and informative account of her and other research on aspects of the brain development and recovery from trauma.  Notwithstanding what came across as simple following Mary's clever descriptions the audience was taken back with the ability of medicine today to comprehend amazingly complex matters of the brain's functioning and employ rapidly advancing technology to improve it.
We learnt some things. First neuro plasticity is that concept that the brain can continually throughout life create new pathways within the nervous system and brain.    "Use it or loss it" is fact.    Continual stimulation can improve performance.   New learnings are good.   Mary explained that using "habitual pathways" is fine but do not develop the brain whereas creating new or alternate ones does.   This is important in stroke victims where lost functionality can be restored in part by such stimulation.  
Mary told of how much research is invoking external physical stimuli (rehab), and or electrical and magnetic ones to activate the brain to improve performance.  Her current given work concerns the use of the links to the brain via the tongue!  Electrical stimulation via this route has have some success in improving the "balance" of stroke patients.  
Coming Up


First To Night

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. 


DIK Open Day Sat 24 Feb

Donations In Kind  – Open Day 2018 – join us to formally open Shed 39

Saturday 24th February is the date set for this year’s OPEN DAY at Donations in Kind Store at 400 Somerville Road, West Footscray.

As everyone is aware we have moved from Shed 40 to Shed 39 and given lots of work by many people, the store is looking terrific.

The Open Day is a great opportunity to showcase the store but more importantly show you the many opportunities for you to use the store to assist your Community and International projects. We will take the opportunity to use the day as the “Official Opening” for the new location and will have the ribbon cutting ceremony at 1.00pm.  

The day will run from 10.00am to 3.00 pm with tea and coffee throughout the day and a traditional sausage sizzle for lunch.

The Open Day gives every Rotarian the chance to see the store – many for the first time and particularly for new Rotarians to see some easy “hands on” opportunities.

The move gave us the opportunity for a big “spring clean” and enabled us to put in place a better layout for the store. It also gave us the opportunity to provide better facilities for our volunteers and for Clubs to use the store for their meetings.

It was not all easy as we had a big surprise when we were advised that some of our existing racking could not be reinstalled as it was no longer of the “approved” type. Consequently we had to purchase quite a few new “approved” uprights so we could provide at least the same volume of racking capacity.

This unforeseen expense has given our available funds a significant “hit” so we are using the Open Day as an opportunity to ask for your financial assistance.

You can help us by “buying” a full bay of racking for $1,500 or a double pallet space for $150. Our objective is to replenish the coffers with the $10,000 that this additional racking cost us.

We would love to close the day with the knowledge that we had achieved this.

So mark the date in your calendar and join us at Shed 39 on Saturday 24th February.

Please RSVP for catering purposes to  Laurie Fisher 0428 550 574

Rotray 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






(A soft copy of this form can be obtained from  There is also a copy in Club Runner under the View Club Documents tag.
Members can gets to this on Club Runner under
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"Get"  appropriate file  and save to own computer location for printing etc
Regular monthly via bank debits can be arranged to accumulated $100pa and so become able to carry the Centurion tag.
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
Feb 20, 2018
Chairman Victoria Racing Club
Chairman  Victoria Racing Club


'Amanda Elliott was elected to the VRC Committee in 2002, the second female committee member in 140 years.  In 2011 she became Vice Chairman making her the first  female executive office holder at the VRC. She has served as VRC representative of the Australian Stud Book and Director of Australian Genetics Testing, and is currently in charge of the Design Group for the proposed new Club Stand, as well as a member of the Masterplan sub-committee, Grounds and Gardens, and Disciplinary committees.  Amanda is a Director of a family pastoral company.

Amanda has a B.A. from the University of Melbourne, and extensive experience in sport, business and politics. She comes from a family with a long history of thoroughbred racing, breeding and administration.  Her father was also Vice Chairman of the VRC, and a long standing Committeeman of the Club. Her respect for the heritage, history and traditions of the VRC is extremely important to her'.

Chair: David Rush

Feb 27, 2018
Quo Vadis
Mar 06, 2018
Cosmologist, Writer, Astronomic Darwin Tour Leader
Mar 13, 2018
The 2018 Commonwealth Games
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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
Hawthorn Rotary P.O. Box 33, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia.