President’s Note

Much has happened since our last Bulletin. Although it has only been just a week, the Paris to Provence parking fundraiser seems to have already receded into the distant past.  The club was required to supervise more aspects of the parking area and for longer periods than in previous years, making it a huge effort for a small number of members.  Thanks to those who spent time parking cars and supervising crossings. Special thanks to Noel Halford for his tireless effort organising the event. Disappointingly, in spite of the extra workload, the financial return was less than anticipated. 
The Board met last Monday and the recurring challenges of fundraising, member raising, and major project identification once again dominated the discussion. Confronting these challenges will be a priority over the coming six months.
Thursday evening saw our club host the 2018 RYLA Dinner at Mt Evelyn. Thank you to the Hawthorn Rotarians who made the trip to the Camp Oasis to support the RYLArians, the RYLA alumni who run the program and the District youth leaders. The proceedings were ably directed by MC Charlotte England. Guest speaker Susie Cole painted an attractive picture of the opportunities for travel, fellowship and service in Rotary. Attendance was slightly down on previous years, but the crowd was large enough to generate a celebratory mood.  
Photos show DG Bronwyn Stephens presenting RYLA Certificates, and the Yellow Team with their certificates. 
For those who attended the dinner and the later presentation by the RYLArians, the energy and passion were palpable. Increased self-reflection, awareness of others and pushing personal boundaries were evident in the RYLArians presentations. Many of us were left wondering if there isn't something in the camp's water supply.
On Friday, preparations for next weekend's Community Christmas Lunch began in earnest as gift bags were prepared and materials brought out of storage.
Our duties as RYLA Host Club wound up on Saturday with the traditional final day BBQ. Anne, Gordon, Noel, Jane B, Katrina and yours truly chopped and fried and served and cleaned.
Again, thanks to all those members of the club who have contributed in many ways to various club activities this week.  
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!
The Shadow was recently in north-east Victoria, and of course dropped in to sample the local brew in Bright, where Bright Brewery has been announced as the Gold Awardwinner for Tourism Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries in the 2018 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards, backing up its 2017 win in the same category.
Scott Brandon founded Bright Brewery in 2005 with his late wife Fiona Reddaway and their friends David and Julia. Not a bad drop at all, with a special connection to the club.
Car Parking at "Paris to Provence"
Some photos from the weekend:
1) “Nice wheels”.  -  Ian Bentley and Simon O’Donoghue ensure Glenferrie RC President Charles Tran parks properly. 
2) Old and new Rotarians: Jane Tisdall, Charles Morrison, Pamm Robilliard and Denbigh Richards, manning the gate and counting the takings. 
3) We hd all sorts of weather: Lawrence Reddaway and Charlotte England  came well-prepared.
Noel Halford reports a rather disappointing financial result for all the hours worked: around $2,200 for the three days. On the bright side, we waved the Rotary banner and had some good interaction with the public. 
Richard Logansends us  an urgent reminder that the orders for Hams, Turkey, Chocolates, Plum Puddings and Christmas Cakes should be in by Wednesday 12th or risk the possibility of missing out. This project is a major fundraiser for the Club and we encourage you all to spread this opportunity to your friends, associates and family and make the project a record year.
The Shadow notes that his old friend Tony Thomas from Melbourne Central Rotary Club is improving in health, and is still stirring the possum, with his recent article in “Quadrant”.
"The original Children’s Crusade, if it actually happened, didn’t end well for the pre-pubescent zealots, who are said to have ended up as slaves. Today’s kids would know as much if their brainwashers, also known as ‘teachers’, focused on fact rather than getting them into the streets to demonstrate against nasty weather.
"I avoid driving locally from 3.30 to 4pm weekdays. That’s because parents chauffeuring kids home from school create congestion equal to evening peak hour. 
"Kids today are a pampered lot. With their forays into climate-strike activism last week, these same kids have become truly insufferable, posing as climate martyrs and lionised by the Fairfax/ABC media and renewables lobbyists. 
"Kids unwilling to unstack the dishwasher after dinner are now condemning their parents for  climate criminality.
"Five-year-olds are exhorted by adult trainers to dump pre-school and go on strike to combat the global warming that began 150 years ago, following the Little Ice Age. Older kids can skive off for a week with a clear conscience."
Members will recall the agitated response from members when Tony addressed the club on “Climate Change”.  ;-)
The Shadow agrees with and gives the last word to Brendan O'Neill, of Spiked :  "Woke" as far as I’m concerned, is the most annoying word of the 21st century so far. So when I say I’m anti-woke I basically mean hopefully that I’m a bit more chilled out than those people. A bit more willing to be offended and give offence and not so uptight about every single issue.

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

Dec 11, 2018 - Angel Flight
Angel Flight is a charity which co-ordinates non-emergency flights to assist country people to access specialist medical treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them because of vast distance and high travel costs.  All flights are free and may involve travel to medical facilities anywhere in Australia.
Warren Sparrow retired from a career in Air Traffic Control in 2008 and immediately volunteered with Angel Flight as a driver or Earth Angel. Warren has done over 300 missions for Angel Flight.
Christmas Party At Night
 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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If you cannot perform your duty, please find a replacement or contact Charles Morrison


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