President’s Note

A valuable lesson once learned and never forgotten from a take-home exam.  
How very odd.  An examination done at home. For me examinations had always been gruelling three-hour exercises done in halls, sitting in rows, in silence, dumping swotted knowledge on paper.
The take-home exam was a single question collected in a sealed envelope on Friday afternoon with the solution to be submitted Monday morning. On first reading, the problem seemed impossible. For hours and hours and hours, the entire weekend, I sat at my desk following one line of reasoning down a blind alley and then starting again and again and again. But eventually eureka!  The solution materialised. The enormous relief and sheer satisfaction of finding a solution was in itself a wonderful experience. 
But the critical life-lesson learned. All problems have a solution. Some problems just take longer and more effort to solve than others.   
As Kipling wrote:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
And Churchill said, ‘never surrender’.
As Rotarians we must never surrender; we must hold on. Resilience, perseverance and tenaciousness are essential as we pursue solutions to club, community and international challenges. It is these qualities that make Rotarians the INSPIRATION. 
Finally, I commend to you this video on YouTube ‘ Grit: the power of passion and perseverance’: a TED Talk in which Angela Lee Duckworth argues that research shows that ‘grit’ more than any other quality is the key to success.
Ian Bentley
President Rotary Club of Hawthorn

DG Bronwyn Stephens Visit

District Governor Bronwyn Stephens blew in to the club today like a breath of fresh air. 
After acknowledging previous DGs of District 9800, she described how she became involved in water and education programmes in Cambodia and the difference that Rotary projects can make to people’s lives. Her Rotary journey is around making good things happen.
She encouraged members to describe some of our own projects: for example the Timor cluster project to provide water tanks for schools, scholarships, and our containers from Rotary Donations-in-Kind to Cambodian Hospitals.

Pointing out the need to showcase Rotary, she showed how one person’s idea had led to the drought appeal for affected farmers, and how ageing projects like Rotary House for the Bone Marrow Donor Instittute would benefit from a re-visit. 
District Rotary Foundation Chairman PDG Dennis Shore told us how the incidence of wild polio cases had dropped to 22 last year, but there have been 18 cases already this year, so there is still work to be done. To this end, he presented the Smarties Jar idea, requiring a $2 coin donation, and described the multiplier effect that District Grants and a two-for-one contribution from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation can make to our contributions. Believe it or not, your two dollar contribution becomes fifteen dollars!
District Conference Chairman Mark Stephens described how the multi-district conference would proceed this year, with inspiring speakers and some surprises. Conference cost will be $175, and the optional dinner $110. Some sessions will be open to the public to showcase Rotary projects, and a separate Peace Forum will be held. (See posters elsewhere in this bulletin)
DG Bronwyn fielded questions, ending on the optimistic note that Melbourne was a possible venue for the Rotary International Conference in 2023.
She is clearly our inspiration for this Rotary Year!
Photos:  DG Bronwyn Stephens with the DG's Chain of Office, and with former DGs Shore, Walshe and Rosback.

The Timor Rotary Consortium

A team comprising a total of six Volunteers will be visiting project sites in Baguia in Timor Leste.  It will depart on 07th Oct.'18 from Melbourne and return on 23rd Oct.'18.  The Volunteers are: Paul Lom (Malvern) Alick  and Henry Osborne (Chadstone / East Malvern) Kerry Ann Frost, Patrick Docherty and   Vijay Susarla (Camberwell)
 Photo: A main street in Baguia
The work will consist of 
  1.  Installation of five Water Tanks.
  2. Construction of one 3 Cubicle Toilet building, with a Wash Basin in Bobuha Primary School.
  3. Installation of four toilet doors and a Wash Basin at Lebenei Primary School 
  4. Taking measurements of roofs, to identify locations for Water Tanks and Toilets at other schools and communities, and to assist in the planning for scope of works for Team 3 (May 2019).
  5. Providing WASH (Water And Sanitation & Hygiene) training by Timor Foundation and Scope-Asia based organisations in Timor.  
We have placed a Purchase Order for five Water Tanks, one 3 Cubicle toilet (flat pack) and four toilet doors, on East Timor Roofing Company. We have also purchased from Bunnings in Melbourne, hardware items that we may not be able to get easily in Timor Leste and which are probably of better quality compared to what is available in Timor Leste.
PDG Don Jago organised a 40 foot container from DIK destined to Timor Leste.  As there was some space available in the container, Don kindly agreed loading some materials such as : fabric material, school uniforms, sporting gear etc. from DIK and furniture such as tables, chairs and book shelves- donated by Toorak Primary School, destined to schools in Baguia region.  The Container was sponsored by Camberwell Rotary.  
Our sincere thanks to Camberwell Rotary for the Container and Malvern Rotary for coordinating  the transfer of the furniture to DIK  from Toorak Primary, and to DIK  for all their efforts.
Photo: Sorting goods at Rotary Donations-in-Kind, West Footscray.

VALE Past District Governor Vance Hilton, OAM. 

Vance, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Flemington, passed away on 29th September at the Royal Freemasons home in Bacchus Marsh where he had been in palliative care. His wife Olga and her daughter Tracy were with him and he was at peace. 

Vance was District Governor 1999-2000 and was chairman of Rotary Down Under. He was awarded an O.A.M. in 2006. 

Vance was a gentleman and will be missed by the whole of the Rotary community. 

The funeral is at 1.00pm on October 8th at Overnewton Castle, Old Calder Highway, Keilor.

Seven false things you've heard about sleep
Getting enough shut-eye is one of the best things we can do for our health. 
But many of us struggle with sleep, with more than a third of Australian adults not getting the sleep they need and a staggering 77.9 per cent of Australian women saying they had trouble falling or staying asleep over the past several nights.
When it comes to advice on how to sleep well, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting information out there. 
To help you cut through the noise, we asked the experts to break down what you need to know — and what you can ignore — when it comes to getting to sleep, staying asleep, and getting better-quality sleep.
Myth 1: Waking up early is always best
Myth 2: Switching off screens just before bed will solve sleep problems
Myth 3: Waking during the night always equals a bad night's sleep
Myth 4: Get your bedtime right, and the rest will follow
Myth 5: You can train yourself to need less sleep
Myth 6: A few minutes of mindfulness before bed is the only stress buster you need
Myth 7: Caffeine is your main culprit.
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Ths Shadow Knows!
Work experience is the short term placement of secondary school students, generally from Years 9 and 10, with employers to provide insights into the industry and the workplace in which they are located. It provides students with the valuable opportunity to:
  • develop employability skills
  • explore possible career options
  • understand employer expectations, and
  • increase their self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.
Students are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which require extensive training or expertise.
Helen Kavnoudias brought along a work experience student from the Radiology Research Unit at the Alfred Hospital to our Rotary meeting.
Student Georgina Cheyne was put to work on the reception desk: she is seen here between Helen and Henry Drury.  Georgina confided in The Shadow that she was having a lot of fun at the hospital.
Its meant to be hard yakker, Georgie, not fun!
Christmas Fare
Phil Stewart and Richard Logan are back on the job again,  with our major fundraising project: Triple Smoked Leg Ham and Oven Roasted Turkey Breast., not to mention Chocolates, Rotary Plum Pudding and Whisky Cake
Get your orders in for a Merry Christmas!

Upcoming Speakers

Oct 09, 2018
‘Lifeline, Behind The Telephone"  - Barrie Dempster 
Barrie has been a Counsellor with Lifeline for many years.  He has many stories and experiences to relate .
This is also ‘Hat Day’.  Remember how much fun last year's Hat Day Was!?  We are helping Australian Rotary Health to 'Lift the Lid on Mental Illness'  by hosting a Hat Day. Wear a hat...can be outrageous, simple, entertaining, home made or bought.
Oct 16, 2018   -    John Botham
Captain ‘Old King’ Cole: from Port Phillip Pioneer to Victorian Patriarch
Captain George Ward Cole arrived in Melbourne in 1840 following a career in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, including the sacking of Washington, and in the merchant marine.
The illustrated talk tells the story of the building of Cole's Wharf, his Napoleonic War exploits, his life in early Melbourne, his entrepreneurial activities and work as a respected politician.
Oct. 23rd  -  Club Forum, AGM    
This is your chance to contribute, listen, learn, network and chat!   
Chair:  President Ian Bentley
Oct 30, 2018  Ken Linnett  From Zero To Hero

Ken Linnett is the author of 'Tulloch'...

'This is the remarkable story of Tulloch, the virtually unwanted yearling who rose to greatness with the support of Australia’s most flamboyant trainer and a contrasting dogged owner, who often clashed about what was best for their horse.

It’s a story about the characters behind the scenes—his trainer, the legendary Tommy Smith, his owner Evelyn Haley, the jockeys, such as George Moore and Neville Sellwood, who rode him and the his strapper and track rider, Lem Bann, a song ’n dance man who whistled his way into Tulloch’s heart'

Chair: David Rush

Coming Events

Home Hosting
It’s on again - our favourite fellowship event …. Put this date in your diary, now …
       Date:        Saturday October 13th 
       Time:        7pm until the stories and wine run out 
       Venue:     Determined by your envelope choice
Home Hosting is one of the best fellowship functions of the year and you’re all invited ….  
We’re looking for, a) hosts and b) guests to attend our 2018 Rotary Hawthorn Home Hosting – it’s most members’ favourite fellowship event and usually voted the best of the year …
Please ask your partner whether you are able to host a group of four or six fun-loving, wine-drinking, story-telling Rotarians for a night of conviviality and fellowship.  The hosts provide the main course, guests are asked to bring either hors d’oeuvres, entrée or dessert, and a bottle from the cellar … 
Please let me know you’re coming, and whether as a host or a guest … Obviously, the evening can only progress if we have enough hosts for the number of guests.  I’ll need to know by Tuesday September 25th - by email or 0419 313 981 … 
Envelopes advising venue and the course to bring will be distributed at Rotary on Tuesdays October 2nd and 9th, or details will be advised by email to our Thursday Rotarians ...
Home Hosting is such a fun evening - do hope to hear you are coming . . . . .   Ngaire Cannon
Fifth Monthly Meeting
The Wednesday evening group will meet on Wednesday 17thOctober at 7.00 pm.
Please note the new venue: Vision Australia (across the road fron Kooyong LTC)
Our former member Andrew Donald will speak on “Trade and Careeer Opportunities in China”
Borrondara 2018 Chances Golf Day 
Following great support last year we will once again invite our fellow Rotary Clubs and others to participate in sponsoring a hole ($250.00) and prizes. 
Any assistance you can offer in this area will be greatly appreciated
Competition Format: Ambrose
Monday  29thOctober 2018 from 11.30 a.m
Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill
$95.00 per person that includes a light lunch and a dinner following the event.
This year we have simplified the payment process by using Trybooking.
The funds raised will support the Chances Scholarship Program which is  a major Boroondara Cares initiative supporting students in the area who are financially or socially disadvantaged.
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.

Club Roster 

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