President's Note  -  6th August 2019
The meeting today was well represented with 26 club members attending our first Club Forum.  It was good to see what was happening around the Club and the initiatives that were being planned and worked on over the first half of the Rotary year. We certainly are a busy Club with many members engaged in multiple activities.

Our Sergeant for the day, Chris Hanson, made quite sure that non of us escaped the Fines session and with Simon O’Donoghue’s masterly auction techniques extracting further donations from the ‘Lemon Auction’ we ended the day with a handsome amount towards the charity account!! We are all now looking forward to Anne Scott’s delicious lemon butter made from the auctioned lemons!!
Charlotte England
President, Hawthorn Rotary.

Club Forum

In introducing the Club Forum, President Charlotte praised members for their increasing attendance at lunchtime meetings, and their efforts to increase membership numbers.
Youth:  Kevin Rose (right) acknowledged the work of Geoff Wright and David Owen in the mock job interviews, and Hans Carlborg for the Swinburne University mentoring. The club continues support for the Model UN Assembly.
Katrina Flinn doubled up to report first as Treasurer and International Chairman, describing fundraising efforts and distribution of funds to local and international needs:  assistance to Cambodia through containers and Donations-in-Kind, Australian Rotary Health, Swinburne University public speaking and the Salvo Hawks. She mooted the possibility of a club visit to one of our projects in Timor or Cambodia, and added that Dick Smith had added another million dollars to the available charitable funds.  Katrina made the point that the club’s contribution to the community could not be measured financially.
The Rotary Foundation was described by David Pisterman, who described the US$384 million distributed to the needy. Our club has six Paul Harris Society members and several Centurions, who support the Foundation with annual donations, raising our club contribution over $10,000 annually.  David described a Foundation Dinner to be held in November with Glenferrie RC, with speaker PRIP Ravi Ravindran, who is Chairman-elect of the Rotary Foundation.
Club Service was described by Noel Halford, and he included Ian Bentley’s Vocational Portfolio. The Coffee Cup project is being considered by Swinburne University marketing students. The speaker program features career development, and will include a vocational visit to the medical regeneration laboratory. Noel described the visit to Nhill, and how their nominated student Muh Yeh is delighted to be accepted for the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra.  Christmas lunch for the socially isolated continues to be one of our better community projects. Membership is slowly increasing, and the Wednesday evening meetings have interesting speakers. (See the notice later in this bulletin) Fundraising through the sale of Xmas fare and car-parking continues.
Well done, all the presenters: Hawthorn Rotary is travelling very nicely. 

Romana Working Bee

The Working Bee at Romana House on Saturday was a great success.
Here are a few photos to show some of the activities:  
1. Denbigh half way up a lemon tree that he and Sheridan decided needed a 'good prune'
2. Sheridan with Di Gillies making quite sure that the lemon tree made it into the bin
3. Katrina and Sheridan cooking up a storm on the BBQ with the delicious sausages kindly provided by Di Gillies
Actually Di Gillies provided a lovely picnic lunch for all the workers.  Good fun was had by all the volunteers and the gardens look a lot better for our effort.
Anne from Romana House was delighted with the work done and it was terrific to see some of the residents working along side Rotarians.

Good News Desk!

Hawthorn Rotarians will be pleased to learn that following our visit earlier this year to the Rotary club of Nhill new friendships were made with lasting results.
We enjoyed the privilege of meeting many of the Karen people from Myanmar community who have migrated to Nhill over recent years
With the support of the Rotary Club of Nhill they have made a major contribution to the town and it was clearly a wonderful example of how different cultures coming together can contribute so much to the wider community.
Our Rotary Club agreed to support a most impressive young Karen student attending the Nhill P12 College.
Muh Yeh, who spoke to us about his dream of being accepted as a participant in the forthcoming National Youth Science Forum in Canberra impressed everyone when he outlined his hopes and ambitions
His personal application succeeded and with this acceptance he will now participate with support from the Rotary Club of Nhill and the Rotary club Hawthorn.
Congratulations to Mu Yeh, The Rotary Club of Nhill and  Rotary Hawthorn.
All parties can take pride in achieving, another positive step for Rotary and the community it serves.
Why the Rotary Foundation?


Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition is given in appreciation to anyone who contributes, outright or cumulatively – or in whose name is contributed – a gift of US$1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation. 

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow recognition is extended at subsequent $1,000 levels (e.g., $2,000, $3,000). Recognition consists of a pin with additional stones corresponding to the recipient’s recognition amount level. The Club also awards a number of PHF each year (this is not in cash but from points accumulated from the Club’s giving to  The Rotary Foundation. The Club also from time to give PHF awards to non-members recognising their service. 

The colour coding of PHF badges is no secret:  

The Ruby is essentially the original Paul Harris +6 is a mixture of my own giving as well as giving by the Club, for service.  This last one is from my own giving. 

Most of our Club members consider this to be a private contribution and whilst they wear their Pin/medallion with pride they do not elect to receive the Pin formally. I chose to receive the PIN publicly (although I do find it a bit embarrassing), so as to inspire other members to join me in giving what they can afford to the Rotary Foundation.


In my third year in Rotary, I joined the Paul Harris Society, which is a district-administered recognition for those who elect to personally contribute US$1,000 or more each year to the Rotary Foundation. The Paul Harris Society of District 9800 is the first to be established in Australia.  It was founded in 2006-7 under the watchful eye of or own past DG Bernie Walshe. 

So to back-track a bit: Why the Rotary Foundation?

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, lives can be made better in your community and around the world.

At the 1917 Rotary Convention, outgoing Rotary President Arch C. Klumph (right) proposed setting up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” That one idea, and an initial contribution of $26.50, set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe.

Two years ago under the leadership of our own past DG Dennis Shore, we celebrated 100 years of Rotary Foundation, doing good in the world and we saw first-hand what the publicity of our cause met to the level of donations.

We do need to shout from the rooftops what we do!

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

  • •    For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • •    $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • •    $500 can launch an anti-bullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

But we can do more together, wouldn’t it be wonderful if out Club could join other Clubs as EVERY ROTARIAN, EVERY YEAR CLUB.  This banner is awarded to clubs that achieve a minimum US$100 per capita and 100 percent participation with every active member contributing some amount to the Annual Programs Fund during the Rotary year. 

So to a personal level, why do I give?

I feel lucky to have been bought up in middle class Australia by two hard working parents. My Dad started his own business when we had tough economic times so my mother went back to work as a school teacher to put me through private school, they had a dream for me to be the first female in our family to go to University. Even we money was tight they still found the money for charitable donations and helped out in  the community.

For me it is an important part of the trilogy of the 3 T’s of charitable giving, which Rotary excels at, i.e. our Time, our Talent and our Treasure. 

Why the Foundation?

As a proud Rotarian it is our Charity, it has the highest rating possible by Charity Navigator.

We also have the opportunity to see what we have given, and to put it to good use, when it is returned as District or Global Grants.

The Shadow Knows - 6/7/19
Sargeant-at-Arms Chris Hanson had a field day with fines, finding all sorts of reasons for fining members because of Australia’s victory over England in the first Ashes Test Match. Unfortunately President Charlotte England was his first victim, merely because of her name. Irish, Scots, no-one was safe from Chris’ devious fine-finding.

Further fundraising by Auctioneer Simon O’Donoghue saw the lemons pruned off the tree at Romana House last Saturday being auctioned off. Simon’s skill at pulling bids from the air, and boosting their value had us dumbfounded. The lucky winning bidders are sure to enjoy the challenge of cooking up some lemon tarts.
One of the few to come out ahead today was Tilak Dissanayake, (right) who won the wine raffle.
Smarties! You will recall that DG Bronwyn Stephens distributed jars of Smarties to members, and invited them to substitute a two-dollar coin for each Smartie.
Many Rotarians did this with enthusiasm: so much so that with Microsoft’s Bill Gates’ added contribution, she raised over a million dollars.

The Shadow Knows that several members have half-filled Smarties jars at home: bring them along now, and give them to David Pisterman or Katrina Flinn, so the coins can be added to the End Polio Fund. 

Jest for a Laugh


Upcoming Speakers

Aug 13, 2019
Tony Hyams AM   Your Lungs, My Lungs

In recent years he has been a professional director of many companies including the Melbourne Airport, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, New Zealand’s largest printing company, the Military Superannuation Fund and as Chairman of the Commonwealth Government’s now $40 billion employee superannuation fund. He was involved with the World Economic Forum as a member of the Long-Term Investment Council and of the Role of Business Council and at annual meetings in Davos. All of these activities stopped abruptly when in 2009 he was diagnosed with a rare incurable lung disease.  In his terms “a science fiction health adventure”.


Aug 20, 2019
Yimba Uganda
Emmanuel (Emma) Sserwanga & Anne-Marie Reddan

Emmanuel was born and raised in the largest slum located in the capital of Uganda. His wife, Anne-Marie Reddan, is originally from Healesville.

Their story is amazing. This inspiring couple have established 3 amazing programs. Emma is Uganda's most recognised Gospel singer, specializing in reggae and dancehall music and reputation presents as a positive role model for those interested in music.   He has gone on to win many prestigious awards and continues to do so.

Aug 27, 2019
Benjamin Lindner
Waltzing Matilda: A Forensic History

This song that started as an accidental collaboration in outback Queensland in 1895 caused the death of a seven-year relationship and went on to inspire a nation during World War II, following Banjo Paterson’s death in 1941. The facts about the swagman, the contribution of Christina Macpherson and Sarah Riley and the timing and the place of the composition are all revealed.

Forthcoming Events

The Power of Microfinance and how it can impact on Social Enterprise
We are delighted to announce that this month's Wednesday Group Meeting on 21st August will feature as its speaker, Janet Hay, who has extensive experience in the subject of enhancing community development through humanitarian aid.
Janet has worked with Asylum seekers who have arrived at Christmas Island, Nauru and Manus Island.
Since this time she has completed a Masters Degree in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid and is well qualified to speak on the subject of microfinance and social business.
Her address will challenge current thinking about charitable giving and will be of interest to Aid Agencies, Corporates, and other Charitable organisations
Please note we now have a new venue at the Grace Park Tennis Club.
This meeting is open to all those interested in this subject and would seek to learn more about Rotary and its role in serving local and global communities
It would be most helpful if you could confirm your attendance or otherwise no later than Tuesday 20th August.
A light supper with refreshments is provided
Admission:  $15.00 per person. ( Students $10.00)
Noel Halford
Monthly Meeting Coordinator  Mob 0419 018 901
Make-ups and Apologies

Kim D'Arcy always seeks to finalize numbers by Monday 8.30am by collating  responses about attendance at the next meeting.   So please try to email back to her by that time; and, at the same time, forewarn of any guests.   (Predicting our numbers as closely as possible helps to minimize our catering costs.)

Invitations to Tuesday Club meetings now look slightly different.  To indicate your attendance or apologies, you will not be required to write an email to Kim.  You will simply need to click on the link attached to your name and follow a couple of simple steps. You can pay for your meal on the site.

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

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