President’s Note

This Thursday Charlotte England, Katrina Flinn, Noel Halford and I will be attending the Design Jam workshop mentioned previously.  In preparation for the workshop, we have been interviewed past, current, and prospective members, as well as people who we believe would make good Rotarians, but until the interview, had not even heard of Rotary. These interviews are aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of our 'customers'.  At the workshop, we will be using the interview findings to feed into the design thinking process. Our challenge is to identify a strategy to attract new future Rotary leaders to our club to follow in the footsteps of our three Past District Governors and the many members who have been leaders at Club and District levels. Even before the workshop, the interviews have uncovered intriguing insights which will inform future planning and action. 
The Wednesday evening meetings remain a key plank in our strategy for membership raising and I would encourage members to attend these meetings from time to time. Next Wednesday's (20 February) speaker, Marc Rusic, promises to be exceptionally stimulating.  
As you have heard, serious planning is underway to develop new fundraising projects. When moving to the next stages of planning and implementation we will need all members to provide their time and expertise to the degree they are able. As details of these projects please give thought to how you may be able to contribute.  Every little bit helps.
Of course, the end of this week sees the Peace Forum and Multidistrict Conference at Jeff's Shed.  Conferences, like all events, vary in standard, but I have never attended a conference where I have not enjoyed socialising with fellow participants, have not learnt something valuable, nor been inspired by the words and work of others. I am looking forward to the company of other Hawthorn Rotarians and Rotarians from across Victoria as together we reflect on the important issues of today and share our strategies for making a difference at home and abroad.
Ian Bentley

Timor Rotary Consortium

Camberwell Rotarians Vijay Susarla and John Walmsley of the Timor Rotary Consortium reported on the progress of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project in Timor. 
Photos: The tag team of  John Walmsley and Vijay Susula,  and what John looks like when in Timor.
Vijay started by describing the finances of the project, and how The Rotary Foundation has supported Camberwell, Chadstone/East Malvern, Glenferrie, Hawthorn, Malvern and Prahran Rotary Clubs with a Global Grant.  John followed by some description of the “hands on” activity, and the simplicity of installing roof guttering to collect rainwater into tanks, to be uesd for toilets and hygeine. 

The current state of the project, and plans are as follows: One  3 cubicle Toilet has been completed at Bobuha Primary school and a total of 8 Water Tanks have been installed at six locations around the Baguai region.
This work was carried out respectively by Team 1 and Team 2 in May and October 2018. Whilst both these Teams carried out "hands on" work their prime role was to act as "facilitators" and to provide local schools and community groups with the skills needed to build Toilets and to install Water Tanks.  
We are pleased to report that the local communities have responded enthusiastically to this approach and now have the ability to carry out much of this work themselves with minimal supervision.
The first WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Training program was carried out by Scope Asia / "Timor Foundation" at Bobuha Primary School just prior to Christmas last year.
Photos: Betumutu Primary School water tank,  and interaction at Baguia Primary School.
You will recall that it was a condition of the Rotary Foundation (TRF) Global Grant that WASH Training be incorporated into our Consortium's project and Scope Asia in Dili was commissioned by us to carry out this training following the successful completion and commissioning of the 3 cubicle Toilet at Bobuha Primary School in October 2018 by Team 2.
This training took place over a period of 4 days in slightly adverse conditions as the electricity supply to the region had been cut by very strong wind storms and remained "off" for a period of 2 weeks over the Christmas period which made communication extremely difficult.
Discussions are currently taking place with Ms Leopoldina Guterres, who is our principal contact in Baguia, for Vijay Susarla and John Walmsley to pay a further visit as Team 3 to the Baguia region in late March 2019 to carry out further site location and scoping work for more Toilets and  Water Tanks.
Several potential Toilet and Wash Basin sites were identified by Team 1 last year and it is proposed that these will be re-visited and orders placed for the delivery of materials to these and other sites for local Timorese to carry out construction of Toilets and Water Tanks during the coming Dry Season. 
It is also proposed to meet with local builders to investigate the possibility of constructing future toilet buildings using locally manufactured cement blocks for internal and external walls in place of the metal framed corrugated Colorbond walls used previously.It is hoped that this will be more cost effective and also put more money into the local Baguia region economy.
There is still a need to send additional Teams to the Baguia region to supervise the project and to participate in "hands on" work and also to perhaps review WASH (Water Sanitation & Hygiene) Training delivered by Scope Asia / Timor Foundation where Toilets have been constructed by our Consortium.
To this end we would welcome hearing from anyone (male or female, young or old!) who would like to participate in a Team visit around May 2019 and/or a Team visit around October 2019. We would particularly like to hear from any previous Team members who are prepared to act as a Team Leader on either of the above proposed Team visits dates mentioned above. 
Your participation in a Team would be greatly appreciated by the local Timorese and you will find it a most rewarding experience.It is also a great opportunity to put into practice Rotary's tenet of 'Building International Goodwill and Understanding'.
Vijay and John thanked the Consortium Member Clubs for their continued support of this great project. 

A Surfeit of Silliness

Is the world getting crazier? It seems so, but maybe I’m just more aware of the silliness. Here are just a few of the outlandish things I’ve run across recently.
Divination by Asparagus
TheMirror and several other news sources reported in January 2019 that a woman in Bath, England, named Jemima Packington can predict the future using asparagus. She is the world’s only “asparamancer.” She tosses spears of asparagus into the air and interprets how they land and claims to have made dozens of accurate predictions. She predicted two royal babies this year when the spears fell in the shape of a crown and two smaller spears pointed towards the crown. She explains, “My great aunt read tea leaves and I inherited her gift.” One wonders how the tea-leaf-reading genes managed to mutate into asparagus-reading genes.
In a follow-up article, the Mirror describes other wacky ways of divining your fortune, such as observing your cat (ailuromancy), examining old shoes, observing egg whites in boiling water (oomancy), navel gazing, opening a book to a random page, looking at the sediment in a glass of wine (oinomancy), studying the size of bubbles in urine (uromancy), and more. One of my favorites is rumpology, practiced by Sylvester Stallone’s astrologer mother, who reads buttocks by sight, touch, or bottom prints.
Divination has a long and venerable history. The Urim and the Thummim, mentioned in the Bible, were used in divination. In ancient China, yarrow stalks were used to generate numbers for the I Ching, and turtle plastrons were heated so the resulting cracks could be examined and interpreted. In ancient Rome, the haruspex examined entrails. If you want to know more, a Wikipedia article catalogs hundreds of methods of divinationin an alphabetical listing. There are forty-one entries under the letter A alone. It is quite entertaining to read through the list. Spiders? Frogs? Thunder? Dominos? Rainwater? Rose petals? Speaking to the dead? Human ingenuity is endless. With so many methods to choose from, how could you decide which one to use? Don’t bother looking for controlled studies comparing the accuracy of different methods; there aren’t any. But they might be fun to do.
Of course, these methods are all just superstition. You might wonder how so many people came to believe in them. It’s not hard to understand. In the first place, the diviners use common sense; they have an idea which answers are desired and which are plausible. When something a diviner foretells comes to pass, it has a powerful impact. People remember the hits and forget the misses. Or they find excuses for why the prediction failed. A few successes are enough to outweigh many failures; they motivate people to keep coming back. And often the predictions are vague enough that the customers can identify something in their life that seems to fit. Two royal babies this year? Which country? What constitutes royal? How far down in the line of succession? If you look diligently enough, you’ll manage to find a couple of “royal” births this year. Or maybe she meant two babies born to families with the surname Royal. If you really want to believe, you’ll find a way to activate confirmation bias.
More Silliness
You can get a snake venom facialin Beverly Hills in lieu of Botox. And of course, there’s vampire facials, which I wrote about recently. I’ve also written about drinking bat bloodcow therapy,peatbras and tampons, vaginal quackery,train tracktherapy, turpentinetreatments, and the doctor who treats AIDS with goat milk.
There’s no end to the silliness, and nothing that people can’t be persuaded to try. But there’s a silver lining: all this silliness is highly entertaining. Just remember to laugh at the ideas, not at the people. Have empathy for the individuals who were doing the best they could but were the victims of misinformation and lacked education in critical thinking.
Harriet Hall, MD, a retired Air Force physician and flight surgeon, writes and educates about pseudoscientific and so-called alternative medicine. She is a contributing editor and frequent contributor to the Skeptical Inquirer and contributes to the blog Science-Based Medicine. She is author of Women Aren’t Supposed to Fly: Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon and coauthor of the 2012 textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions.
Photo By Marco Verch
Ths Shadow Knows!
 The proceeds Golf Day on Friday  29th  March, at Ivanhoe Golf Club, will go towards the eradication of Trachoma. What do you know about this ancient disease? 
Trachoma is an infectious disease caused by bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. The infection causes a roughening of the inner surface of the eyelids. This roughening can lead to pain in the eyes, breakdown of the outer surface or cornea of the eyes, and eventual blindness.  
The world is a much better place today than most of us realise and continues to improve every day. That’s a key message most readers will take away from Factfulness—a remarkable work written by Hans Rosling,  an inspiring man whose life, sadly, was cut short by pancreatic cancer.  
‘Factfulness’ is Rosling’s own neologism, which he defines as “the stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts”.
While you’re on TED Talks, its worth having a look at Hans Rosling:
It is with great excitement that Rotary Club of Melbourne announces Melbourne as the host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, attracting over 20,000 delegates and the largest Conference secured this century for Victoria. It is thirty years since Melbourne hosted the same international event.
This is now a Multi-District project initiated by RC Melbourne and D9800. A vital part of hosting is to have an engaged and energised volunteer team to assist all visitors during the Convention.

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

  Feb 19, 2019
The Man Behind The Badge
Come and listen to Denbigh Richards - 
Chair: Noel Halford
February 26th, 2019
Catch  up!
Chairman: Ian Bentley
Mugshots 3
In the third book in the best-selling series, Mugshots 3 takes the reader inside the sinister world of Australian crime and reveals the truth behind the stories that shocked a nation.
Chairman: David Rush
May 20th, 2019
Stewart Kreltszheim, Expedition Coordinator
No Roads Health
Chair: Helen Kavnoudias

Coming Events

Working Bee at DIK: Saturday 2nd March from 9.00 am.
Do you remember how much fun you had at our last DIK Working Bee?  
Come along and do some easy sorting of our accumulated medical goods: we have 12 pallets eagerly awaiting your attention. We can’t send the goods anywhere until we actually see what is in the boxes.
Bring a biscuit or two for morning tea, and enjoy our jovial company. 
Tell Gordon Cheyne you are coming: 0417 583 803
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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