President’s Note

We are all too aware that across the developed world Rotary membership is in decline. At Hawthorn too, the problem of membership raising is a regular topic of discussion. 
Last Thursday RI conducted a worldwide webinar on 'new' membership models and structures that clubs might adopt with the aim to build membership. In the very different world of 2018, traditional Rotary clubs have lost their appeal and are impractical for many younger business and professional leaders. What hasn't changed is the desire these young people have to volunteer and to do good in the world.  Practical structures and engaging value propositions are needed to attract young people into Rotary.  Lunchtime meetings appeal to a decreasing number of mostly self-employed people and retirees. Attendance at evening meetings, too, is difficult for many whose workdays extend beyond 7:00 pm. Together with time constraints, the cost of Rotary membership can be an inhibiting factor. 
The webinar presenters suggested alternative membership categories such as family membership, corporate membership, associate membership, and 'friend of Rotary' membership.  Most of the ideas suggested in the webinar have been considered by Hawthorn in the past and there was little discussed that was completely new.  A point worth noting though is that all of the ideas suggested have been successfully implemented by clubs in different parts of the world. The problem, therefore, is not in the ideas themselves, but in their implementation.  Perhaps it is worth seriously revisiting some of the ideas we have previously considered and dismissed.
We already have the 'Fifth Meeting of the Month' in place as an alternative to our lunchtime meetings.  This is not a satellite club, or a different club but an integral part of Hawthorn Rotary and it needs the full support of the membership.  It is a major plank in our strategy for ensuring the future of our club.
Given the time-poor nature of young people and their desire to engage in charitable works, project-oriented meetings are more attractive than our traditional meeting structure. We need to apply our minds to projects that new members can become involved in immediately they come to the club.  The fellowship dimension of Rotary for young people arises out of working alongside others in the provision of community service.
I encourage members to enthusiastically support the 'Fifth Meeting' initiative and become actively engaged in identifying and planning projects to engage new members.
Ian Bentley

Sir John Monash: his Life and Legacy

At a dinner of the Riverside Cluster of Rotary Clubs, Dr Robert Webster, OAM, President of the Victorian RSL introduced The Honorable Ted Bailleau, former Premier of Victoria, with a resumé of the First World War.
Ted Bailleau is of course known to us all as a member of Glenferrie Rotary Club: he is also Chairman, the Victorian Anzac Centenary Committee. He studied architecture at Melbourne University and throughout his public life has retained a keen interest in planning. Before entering Parliament, Ted was a Director of Knight Frank for 20 years; a Trustee of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Trust; a Board Member of Tourism Victoria, and a Partner with Mayne & Baillieu Architects. He has also served as a Board Member of the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.
His topic was  “Sir John Monash: his life and legacy”
“In my mind,” he said, “Sir John Monash is the greatest Australian of all time. I say that not just for his military service, but for civic service as well, and intellectual service. He was an artist, a writer, a military man, engineer, lawyer, aesthete, designer and a leader. A leader amongst leaders.”
As this is Rotary Foundation Month, and “Peace” is an area of focus, Ted focussed his dissertation on the ending of the First World War, and the peace process that followed. 
This process actually took longer than the war: from early 1918 to 1923!  Although Germany signed the Armistice on 11thNovember 1918, a Peace Conference was held in Paris in January 1919 and the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919. Later Treaties were signed with Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Turkey, but unrest continued in Germany, with civil war in Ireland and Russia. There were frontier conflicts between Greece and Turkey, Russia and Poland.
Agreements such at the San Remo Declaration (1920), Balfour Declaration (1917), The British Mandate of Mesopotamia (1921) The British Mandate for Palestine (1922) The resulting unrest from these imperfect treaties would continue until the Second World War broke out in 1939..
Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes was noted as being disruptive at peace conferences, seeking to maximise reparations from Germany, preserving the “White Australia Policy” and mistrusting Japan, controlling Australia’s gateways, and being against Woodrow Wilson’s concept of a “League of Nations”.
Rather than directing Monash to the peace proocess, Hughes appointed him as General Director of Repatriation.  There were 160,000 Australian troops to be returned, and 151,738 of these were returned on 16 troop ships by September 1919. To counter the boredom on the trip, there were 29 courses available: in History, Politics, Economics, Latin, Fruit and Irrigation,  Wheat and Sheep, Safe Opertion of Railways.
On 12 August 1918, at Château de Bertangles, Monash was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath on the battlefield by King George V, the first time a British monarch had honoured a commander in such a way in 200 years. He also received numerous foreign honours – the French appointed him a Grand Officer of the Légion d'honneur and awarded him the Croix de Guerre, the Belgians appointed him a Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown and awarded him the Croix de Guerre, and the United States awarded him the Distinguished Service Medal.
He had faced many prejudices in his life: some personal but including that he was a “Colonial”, Jewish with German parents, and an intellectual, speaaking four languages and had degrees in Arts, Law and Engineering. 
There were 300,000 mourners at his State Funeral in 1931.
Much has already been written on Monash’s life: you can read some at:   
Some photos of the Cluster Dinner are at:

Five ways to impress everyone you meet

  • A good first impression goesa long way in terms of success, whether you’re broadening your network of contacts, trying to nail a job interview, or persuading investors.
  • Understanding the timeframe of a first impression, making eye contact, and leading with a firm handshake will help you impress whoever you’re meeting.
  • Here are five ways to impress everyone you meet.
It pays to make a good impression wherever you go, regardless of your field or where you are in your career. Seeming friendlier and more professional can help you nail a job interview, successfully persuade potential investors, or simply broaden your network of contacts.
John Rampton, entrepreneur and contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, knows a thing or two about making a good first impression. He is a regular speaker at professional networking events: here are his five ways to be more memorable that anyone can implement:
1. Understand the timeframe of a first impression
2. Lead with a firm handshake
3. Allow space in your first conversation
4. Make eye contact
5. Mirror them
And now, make it a habit: practice turns first good impressions into an effortless habit.
The real secret is turning these actions and behaviors into habits.  Once they become second nature to you, you won’t have to think about them as much, and you’ll effortlessly impress the people you meet in your day-to-day life.
Read more at 
Ths Shadow Knows!
While some people are always struggling to get their job finished on time, The Shadow considers himself as fortunate as Santa Claus, who has all those little elfin helpers. Our thanks go to Noel Halford, Lawrence Reddaway, Charlotte England and Ian Macfarlane, who have all submitted reports on assorted events this Rotary year. That’s the nature of a club, of course, everybody mucks in and helps.
And the helpers are appreciated, of course, as The Shadow noted at the DIK Xmas lunch for the Volunteers.  Store Manager Laurie Fisher was generous in  thanking them, and he expressed pride in beating his predecessor Bill Dagg’s record: Laurie said it took Bill seven years to become a grumpy old man, and he (Laurie) had achieved the same result in only four years.  He also noted that the store’s output had increased by 70% over the previous year: a fantastic result by all.
In proposing a toast to Laurie, DG Bronwyn Stephens agreed that he was a grumpy old man, but at least he is OUR grumpy old man!  And one of the unsung heroes of Rotary. 
The Shadow remembers everything – even from 4 and 5 years ago.  So the lunch address about Angel Flights reminded The Shadow that Fiona Reddaway, living in Bright and suffering Stage 4 Stomach Cancer (‘treatable but not curable’), was helped on several occasions by Angel Flights to fly from the grass air strip at Porepunkah to Essendon Airport, and thence to treatment at the Austin Hospital.  And, of course, home again.  One problem was to avoid using the airstrip when there might be dew on the grass!  The advantage was just one hour of uncomfortable travel by air, rather than four hours of uncomfortable travel by road.  Peter-the-Pilot became (and remains) a family friend of the Brandon family.
The Shadow knows how hard Noel Halford works in our club: he is currently seeking help to fill the car-parking roster for  the Kooyong Classic Tennis Tournament on 8th to 10th January. This is one of our major fund-raisers, and we can't do community projects without the funds. 
So please give Noel a call on 0419 018 901 or e-mail and tell him you can give a few hours.

Letters to the Editor

We receive so few letters from readers, that we have to glean some from other publications. - Ed.

Jest for laughs


Upcoming Speakers

Christmas Party   -   Evening meeting
 Dec 18, 2018   6:30 PM
Celebrate With Rotary Glenferrie At Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club

Coming Events

 Rotary Boroondara Christmas Luncheon.  15-16th December
We are now entering our twelfth year and once again we are inviting you to support us through volunteering to make this a memorable day for our guests.
There are many in our community who may not have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas and the joy it brings without your involvement.
We welcome younger members of our caring Boroondara community to participate but due to Child Protection regulations, they must be in the company of a parent or teacher at all times.
Please notify  showing your name, the names any of your friends and in the case of minors, the name of the responsible parent accompanying them.
We expect to have up 250 guests from a range of community groups and other local citizens.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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.)

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

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