President's Note  3rd September 2019

Peter Lugg gave an exceptional talk on his work in Cambodia which really gave a true picture of what he faces on his many trips to that part of the world.  It was good to get a much better understanding of the plight of the Cambodians and the condition that medical people have to work in. 
Thank you Peter for helping Club Members to understand what you do and where the DIK container's contents go to and what a difference you make to people with real orthopedic issues.
Today's meeting was well attended with 4 guests, Sheila Cheyne, Jenny Foster from District, Cheryl Pisterman and Peter England plus 25 members.  It was good to acknowledge Father's Day which was on Sunday and enjoy the Fellowship that our Club does so well.  
Charlotte England
President & Membership Director 2019-2020

Cambodia Update

Peter Lugg gave us an insight into how he spends his time on a typical visit to Cambodia.
 His presentation started with a musical theme, before showing two of his adopted daughters, Emily (3) frolicking in the rain, and Sophia (12) who he took on a shopping expedition. Both have recovered from Dengue Fever, and always give him an enthusiastic welcome.

His time was divided between socialising, operating, medical meetings and arranging a conference, and his work is mainly in the Kossamak Hospital (formerly a monks’ hospital, left) which performs most of the trauma surgery in Phnom Penh, and the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital (right). They are both public hospitals, worthy of support, and reasonably well-managed.
Peter’s photographs showed some of the goods we sent being unloaded and distributed. Any unrequired goods were passed on to smaller and rural hospitals, and the container sold for US$1,500 which will provide working capital for future transport needs.

He described how hospitals get built, but have no beds or equipment, so the containers we sent were received with much gratitude. The drills, saws and operating tables (above, left) were especially treasured, as they are expensive to buy. The Image Intensifier we previously sent was in constant use in the treatment of fractures, and Peter treated us to some views of the complicated cases he was treating. (Hamstring graft, right)
He described the need for a trauma unit at Kampong Speu, as road accident victims are taken to Phnom Penk, and a family member has to take time off work to provide them with food and care while recovering in hospital. Families already on the poverty line find this very difficult, and treatment nearer home would be a real improvement. (Surgical wing at Kampong Speu, left)

He hopes to send a container with equipment to make this possible, and encouraged members to join a “World of Difference” tour next year to help get the idea off the ground.
Peter described the prices and available accommodation, from "Grand Hotel" to Bed and Breakfast: something for everyone. 

Disaster Aid Australia

“I wonder what Grandpa does at those Rotary meetings”, mused Geoff Wright’s ten-year-old grand-daughter, Gabby Norman.
In response, one of the things her grandmother Susan mentioned was the Sky Hydrant, which she had seen presented at one of our events at Auburn Bowls Club. Gabby who is 10, attends Carey Grammar School: she was so moved by this that she approached her teacher and asked if she could make a presentation on clean water at a Junior School Assembly, and try to raise some funds.
In due course this was approved and when Geoff heard about it, he asked Gabby if she would like him to ask if Disaster Aid would assist. Gabby agreed to this and Brian Ashton, one of the Directors of Disaster Aid advised that he would be happy to help. The presentation took place on August 9th, with Gabby making introductory remarks about the plight of communities without clean water, followed by Brian making a Powerpoint presentation and showing a Sky Hydrant.
Gabby then explained that she planned to raise money for Rotary and Disaster Aid through students paying $2.00 to guess the number of lollies in a jar, with the closest winning the jar, and this took place over the following two weeks. Gabby raised $238.00 for Disaster Aid, which Geoff and Susan will round up to $300.
Well done, the Wright family. Obviously, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 

Swinburne Cloud Innovation Centre

I was invited to attend the opening of the Swinburne Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) on 23rd August.  It is only one of 7 around the world (There are 3-4 in the US and a couple within Europe). This is certainly a true testament to the significant profile our partner - Swinburne - has earned in relation to applied technological research and the very special way in which the Swinburne leaders reach out to the community and industry to leverage their ability to affect social impact.
The Cloud Innovation Centre has the aim to exploit "Data for Social Good".
The stated aims of the Swinburne Data for Social Good will be to:
    - Identify, and prepare for, Australia's new and biggest data -driven citizen services
    - Use applied research to develop publicly available data science driven solutions
    - Bring together the best researchers , industry partners and students to provide valuable solutions and meaningful learning opportunities.   
As Rotarians, I suggest this is closely aligned to our aim in Principle. Engaging with the Centre at a local or better still at an international level could support Australian Community Support Programs as well as Rotary's International support initiatives. The potential is only limited by our imagination as Rotarians as the invitation has been formally extended to identify opportunities of "Social Good" for the CIC to evaluate and possibly pursue.
Currently the Swinburne CIC 's focus is related to Diabetes type 2 in collaboration with Northern Health. Most interesting consulting type engagements are being undertaking to establish the framework for "Big Data" collection with close interaction with diabetic Clients. The aim being to develop new approaches in prevention and treatment as the current medical support program is unsustainable, according to medical specialists.  
I think this is indeed a most exiting development and one I would very much like to see that we follow and even better alert Rotary International to explore.  
The centre – which is located in Swinburne’s Innovation Precinct, (a redeveloped fire station at its Hawthorn campus) is backed by Amazon Web Services. It will focus primarily on health, social innovation, and smart cities, and will leverage the capabilities of the university’s Data Science Research Institute, Health Innovation Research Institute and Social Innovation Research Institute.

The forecast: yet another sunny day for the planet

Most people on the planet wake up each day thinking things are getting worse. It is little wonder, given what they routinely read in newspapers or see on television. But this gloomy mood is a problem because it feeds into scare stories about how climate change will end in Armageddon.
The fact is that the world is mostly getting better. For starters, average global life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900 and is now more than 70 years. Because the increase has been particularly marked among the poor, health inequality hined massively. Moreover, the world is more literate, child labour is decreasing and we are living in one of the most peaceful times in history.
In addition, people are better off economically. During the past 30 years, average global per capita income has almost doubled, leading to widespread reductions in poverty. In 1990, almost four in 10 people were poor; today, that’s less than one in 10. That has helped to transform the way people live. Between 1990 and 2015, for example, the proportion of the world’s population practising open defecation halved to 15 per cent. And in the same period, 2.6 billion people gained access to improved water sources, bringing the global share up to 91 per cent.
These changes also have improved the environment. Globally, the risk of death from air pollution — by far the biggest environmental killer — has declined substantially; in low-income countries, it has almost halved since 1990.
Doom and gloom distort our world view and can lead to bad policies. The future is bright and we need smart decisions to keep it so.
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg is president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School. He has been named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. His numerous books include The Skeptical Environmentalist, Cool It, and How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place.
The Shadow Knows!  
Fun and Fellowship were the order of the day. President Charlotte set the tone of the day with complementary drinks and chocolates for members. (Just in case anyone was overlooked on Sunday, Fathers day)  
She presented Geoff Wright with a Certificate of Appreciation for his amazing grand-daughter Gabby Norman. (see Disaster Aid story in this bulletin)
Geoff Wright continued with the football theme, telling us about the Salvo Hawks awards night following the finals, and how the friendships and comoraderie generated was leading to the recovery and rehabilitation of the participants.
The success of the Salvo Hawks program was endorsed by Peter Lugg, who described how one of his sons had benefited by playing with the team, and was now working in Darwin as a Para-medic.
Sue Zidziunas followed up, presenting a Hawthorn football jumper to be raffled at the forthcoming ”Hat Day” in October.
Sergeant-at-Arms Ian Gillies completed the football theme, ensuring that supporters of winning and losing teams all contributed to his takings. Ouch!

Jest for a Laugh


Upcoming Speakers

Sep 10, 2019
Daryl Steer  Cambodia Clean Water & Toilet Project

My introduction to Cambodia came with a family visit to Siem Reap in early 2015 to see the temples.  We were exposed to the plight of a people that have experienced so much tragedy in recent years and were literally re-building their country from scratch. The land mine victims were the obvious casualties, the less obvious were those in the villages in the rural areas. Clean water and sanitary toilets are essential for health. It is in this area of health and hygiene with clean water and sanitary toilets that I believe we can make a significant change in the lives of village families. To date, we have installed 234 Septic Tank Toilets and 86 Clean Water Bores.

Sep 24, 2019
Adjunct Associate Professor Rob Hess
The Forgotten Story of ... the Chinese Goldfields Aussie Rules leagues

Adjunct Associate Professor Rob Hess is an historian and a former staff member in the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University.  He has a long-standing interest in the social history of sport and his PhD was the first ever doctoral study of the history of Australian Rules football. 


Oct 01, 2019
Lindsay Cox     -    The Limelight Department and the World's First Feature Film

From 1897 to 1909 The Salvation Army in Melbourne were leading motion picture pioneers world-wide, and were the only major producer of life-model magic lantern slides in Australia.  Operating from 1897 to 1910, The Salvation Army Limelight Department was Australia’s first film production company. Among its many achievements, The Limelight Department is credited with producing the world’s first multimedia presentation using the moving picture film technology of the day. The film, ‘Soldiers of the Cross’, was produced during 1900 and the Limelight Department also recorded the birth of the nation at Federation in 1901.

Lindsay Cox is the Salvation Army's Territorial Archivist.

Forthcoming Events

DIK Working Bee Sat 7th September.
If we are to help set of a up a new trauma ward in Kampong Spue, Cambodia, we will find that volunteering at DIK has a number of benefits, the best being the opportunity to use donated goods for our projects. Much of the medical goods we have been sorting out over the past months is being earmarked for our next container. 
Your next opportunity is Saturday 7th September, from 9.00 am onwards: there are several pallets of donated goods yet to be sorted. It is nice light work (we let the fork-lifts do the heavy stuff). We can order in for lunch if you wish, or just bring a biscuit or two for the tea-breaks. Come and join us on Saturday at Shed 39, 400 Somerville Road, West Footscray. 
Bees Under Threat   -   The Unsung Heroes Ensuring the Worlds Food Supply
In our busy world we often fail to see the wood for the trees and nowhere is that more evident than in in the case of Bees.
Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their laborious work ethic, we owe many thanks to this amazing yet often under appreciated insect. Our lives – and the world as a whole would be a much different place if bees didn’t exist.
Did you know bees are responsible for pollinating about one sixth of the flowering plant species world wide, and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant? Without the pollination efforts of bees to sustain our modern food system we could not exist. Sadly the number of bees is declining due to the changing environmental conditions.
Without bees and other pollinators much of the world’s food supply would end, so it’s literally a matter of life or death that these essential tiny links in our global food chain are supported. We believe that Rotary through its global reach is in a unique position to make valuable contribution but it needs your support.
On the 18th September we are delighted to welcome Rotarian John McCaskill to speak on this important and fascinating topic. John represents a group of Rotarians who are very worried about the dangerous decline in bee and other pollinator populations world wide and is taking action to help reverse this trend.
Please RSVP Noel Halford no later than 5.00 p.m. Tuesday 17th September.
$15.00  (students $10.00) for a light supper and complimentary drink.
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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