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President’s Note

From pagan festivals to events that populate religious and secular calendars, renewal underpins many human rituals and celebrations.  And so it is with Rotary Changeovers. Over the past week it has been a pleasure for me to enjoy the fellowship and share Changeovers with Rotarians from our cluster clubs; to hear of their achievements through the past year and of fresh hopes for the future. 
 
It has been humbling and inspirational to realise just how much has been achieved within our small cluster of clubs.  When, in my mind, I scale these achievements up by 8000 times to encompass the output of the 33,000 Rotary clubs across the globe, the immensity of Rotary's impact becomes even more evident. It is sobering to think how much worse off the world would be without Rotary. 
 
But ponder for a moment what could be done if instead of 1.2 million members, there were twice as many Rotarians. Such a thought shifts the ongoing membership drive from the somewhat negative perspective of trying to ensure Rotary's survival, to the enormous potential that might be realised through the combined human effort of 2 million or even 3 million Rotarians. The mind boggles.
 
Ringing out at the end of each Changeover this year have been the words and the theme of incoming World President, Mark Maloney, "Rotary Connects the World".  It is clearly evident that Rotary connects people everywhere and at many different levels. At the club level, individual connections occur between people with different backgrounds, skills, talents, motivations and aspirations. From these connections evolve the projects of Rotary; both great and small.  Of course, Mark Maloney is thinking big and emphasising the enormous good that arises from connections between communities and nations. It is through these connections that world peace is possible. A truly inspirational theme.
 
It is also worth remembering the mutual benefit arising from these connections. At the individual level, the mere act of connection satisfies a deep human need. Moreover, Rotary's community service and humanitarian activities facilitate giving from those who have, to those who need, but it is not only the recipients of Rotary charity who benefit, it is also those who give. "Giving liberates the soul of the giver"- (Maya Angelou).
 
On other levels, the rewards of Rotary membership for the individual can be profound. As we heard from departing member, Trevor Jones at this week's Club meeting, and also from District Governor Nominee, Philip Archer, at the Glenferrie Changeover, for many Rotarians the benefits of Rotary membership manifest in the acquisition of skills and confidence that accelerate careers and take people to places they had never considered or dreamt possible.
 
It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve the Club as President this year. The vitality evident at last Tuesday's Club meeting and the plans for the year ahead give me great hope that Rotary Hawthorn will continue to make a difference by connecting and serving individuals and communities for years to come. 
 
My thanks again to the members of the Board and to all the members of the Club for the support Ihave receivedthis year.  I am very much looking forward to the next chapter in my life in Rotary at Hawthorn under the leadership of Charlotte England. I extend to her my best wishes as she takes over the reins.
 
But for now, that's it from me as President, signing off, over and out.
 
Ian Bentley
President
 
 
 
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Prevention: Anxiety, Depression, Other Mental Health Conditions

Dr Kevin Rose introduced guest speaker Dr Stephen Carbone, who is Chair of Prevention United.  Prevention United is a new mental health charity with big ambitions, who believe mental health conditions are not inevitable. Their mission is to join forces with individuals, families, organisations and communities to prevent mental health conditions by fostering strengths and reducing risks.
 
Dr Carbone has also experienced first hand the impact of mental health conditions on people’s lives through his support of those close to him. He pointed out that there are many types of mental illnesses, and that one in five of the population is affected, and one in two will have an episode sometime in their life. We all know someone who is affected by these distressing and potentially disabling illnesses, which can lead to self-harm and suicide. 
 
Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and other serious conditions are common and exact a heavy toll on affected individuals, their loved ones and society more broadly. While treatments are available, not everyone has access and regrettably many people still experience relapses or persistent difficulties despite treatment.
 
While efforts to provide better treatments and services are vital, there is more that we can do. Mental health conditions are not inevitable and there is now good scientific evidence to show many conditions can be prevented. The problem is we are just not using this knowledge effectively.
 
Despite improvements in treatment and drugs, and increased expenditure, the incidence of mental illness has remained the same since 1992, as has the incidence of death and suicide. 
 
Dr Carbone stressed the need to increase awareness, access, the quality of treatment and more research. There is a need for simultaneous programmes for prevrntion and treatment, and he described an integrated approach with partnerships, research and innovations.
 
His talk was followed by extensive questions from the enthralled  audience. 
 
More about Prevention United here: https://preventionunited.org.au  
 
Photo: Two Hawthorn Rotary doctors, Kevin Rose and Tilak Dissanayake, with Stephen Carbone.
 
Dr Stephen Carbone BA, BSW, Postgrad Dip Psych, MBBS, MPH, is a former general practitioner turned public health expert who has a passion for promoting people’s mental wellbeing. Stephen worked as a medical officer in Victoria’s specialist mental health services and as a general practitioner in Melbourne for many years before moving into the area of mental health promotion where he has focused on promotion, prevention and early intervention. He has held public health positions in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and in non-government organisations such as Orygen Youth Health, headspace, VicHealth and Beyond Blue.

Rotary-Swinburne Mentoring Program

I am pleased to share the following status of the Rotary-Swinburne mentoring program.
 
    - To date three formal and one end of semester mentoring sessions have successfully been conducted for 15 mature foreign students, many of them having tertiary qualifications form overseas. They are attending Swinburne courses to improve their English with aim to be accepted for other tertiary studies, gain professional employment and/or start a business in Australia.
    - The students come from a variety of countries and circumstances and have quite different outlook, ambitions and vocational perspectives.
 
    - 5 Rotarians ( Anne Scott, Di Gilles, Ian Bentley, Michael Hills, myself ) + two community representatives ( Andreas Sederof - Architect/Engineer/small businessman and Colin Hackett - Industrial Chemist/Businessman) have been the mentors.
 
    - The last session took place this Tuesday with a celebration where the students where responsible for the organisation; including the catering which was superbly representing many different culinary favorites and much enjoyed by everyone. 
 
    - The feedback at present is encouraging from the students, mentors and the Swinburne teachers. All seeing value in the mentoring continuing.
 
    - The students and teachers now have a two week break and the plan is then to have a series of discussions to explore and recommend how we in  collaboration can transform the pilot into a longer term and perhaps an extension in scope and number of students and Rotarians. 
 
    - Considering the unique profile of  Rotarians and their basic belief in the value of youth support its my conviction there is a natural value proposition which can and ought to be realised through an initial commitment by a few Rotary clubs.  

New Rotary Club Models

Rotary’s new strategic plan is underpinned by four key priorities – to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The emergence of new club models is evidence that Rotary clubs and districts are working actively to advance these priorities.
 
 
 
 
 
Munkhtuul Nyamdorf, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, checks out the four priorities of Rotary’s new strategic plan in the Future of Rotary Booth during the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Photo by Monika Lozinska/Rotary International
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
These new club models represent an opportunity to connect with a more diverse group of individuals – particularly those who are unable or unwilling to join our traditional clubs. While new club models have been emerging for some time, the 2016 Council on Legislation decision to promote flexibility and innovation has arguably accelerated their development.
 
At the present time, it’s possible to recognize at least seven different types of clubs:
  • Traditional clubs – at the heart of Rotary: a group of professionals and aspiring leaders who meet regularly for service, connections and personal growth
  • Satellite clubs – sponsored by a traditional club, but with their own meetings, projects, bylaws and board
  • E-Clubs – that meet exclusively online
  • Passport clubs – that allow members to attend other Rotary club meetings and service projects, so long as they attend a specified number of meetings in their own club
  • Corporate clubs – whose members are employed by the same employer, but who have different roles in their workplace
  • Cause-based clubs – whose members share a passion for a particular cause and whose service projects and activities center around that cause, and
  • Rotaract clubs – sponsored by Rotary clubs, whose members are aged between 18 and 30 and who meet together for service, friendship, and connections
 
Amid this landscape there are also hybrids of these types – adding further to the diversity of Rotary, and there can be little doubt that new club models will continue to emerge – including the possibility of a model of participation which is not club-based.
 
Development of new club models and new ways to engage with Rotary is a healthy sign – indeed some would say a critical ingredient – of our ongoing sustainability and success. Our challenge is to continue to evolve – to meet the needs of our members and our communities and to ensure Rotary stays relevant, innovative,and engaging long into the future.
 
Jessie Harman is chair of the Rotary International Membership Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast, Victoria, Australia
Index Funds - 

A wealth of simplicity

Vanguard founder Jack Bogle died January 16 at age 89. He built it into an investing colossus, with more than $5 trillion (with a t) under management. But his most lasting impact will likely be his evangelization of the humble index fund—a low-fee alternative to pricey mutual funds that revolutionized finance and made millions of Americans measurably richer (and Wall Street poorer). In doing so he probably did more social good than anyone in his industry.
 
Index funds are a simple concept with powerful implications. Instead of trusting a financial analyst to purchase a bundle of stocks in a mutual fund—carefully threading the needle to assemble the perfect mix of safety and growth—shares in an index fund are held in proportion to their size in the stock market. An S&P 500 fund, for example, will hold shares of the 500 biggest companies in the stock market, from Microsoft to News. Corp., weighted by their market capitalizations.
 
By owning all the stocks in the index, investors got diversification without the cost of hand-picked mutual funds; it’s even been theorized that indexing may offer the best combination of risk and reward.
 
As Bogle put it: “Don’t look for the needle in the haystack. Just buy the haystack!”
 
 
Photo: John C. Bogle, who founded the Vanguard Group of Investment Companies in 1974 and built it into a giant mutual fund company, with $4.9 trillion in assets under management today, died January 2019 at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He was 89.
Ths Shadow Knows!
We all have our moments of glory, and times of tragic  frustration: the clipboard in ClubRunner, for instance sometimes goes into "automatic pilot" mode. It will copy and paste appropriately, and the Bulletin article will appear perfect on the pre-publishing preview. But behind the scenes, the clipboard is plotting: previously added images will adopt the new image on the clipboard, and when sent out, the Bulletin may have some images that do not fit the description. So bear with us please, while we wrestle with this IT eccentricity.
 
The Shadow was saddened to hear Trevor Jones is leaving the club: although he is under enormous business pressure, he took the time to tell us how much he had gained from his experience with Rotary and to thank the club for their support. He thanked Ian Hamilton for inrtroducing him to the club in 1988, and for the self-confidence and public speaking ability he had acquired. These had led to advancement in his career, and to business opportunities. He hopes to move into his new premises early next year, so we wish him all the best for the future, and that he will be able to visit us from time to time. 
 
Meanwhile, it's that time of year again: Changeover, when all Rotary roles are up for grabs. We all congratulate President Ian Bentley on his year in office: a sterling performance indeed. In line with many Past Presidents, Ian has certainly left the Club in better shape than when he took office. His weekly contributions to The Bulletin have been erudite and challenging. Thank-you Ian, for your year in office: it has been a pleasure working with you.
 
Past Presidents in the club will be especially aware  of the support you have had from Jane: in the background but always there nevertheless. So we also think you Jane for your contribution to our year in Rotary: you can not relax and enjoy our future events. 
 
The other side of the coin: welcome Incoming President Charlotte England: we look forward with confidence to an exciting year in Rotary under your stewardship. We just KNOW you will shine! 
 

RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

Download 2019-20 theme logo and materials

Download the 2019-20 Presidential Theme and Rotary Citation brochure

 
Donations-in-Kind Update!
What's new at DIK?  Have a look at the lovely photo: lots of empty space where our container used to sit!
 
Yes, it is finally on the high seas, en route to the Khmer-Russian Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh. You may recall loading it before Xmas, with over 100 hospital beds, theatre operating table, examination couches, boxes full of surgical instruments, drapes, make and gowns, dressings, and so on. Everything from bedpans to wheelchairs, in fact.
 
Unfortunately the importation and shipping compliance took ages, but we will be keen to hear how it is received. Watch this space . . . 
 
 
The Shadow makes no apology for a topical cartoon:
 
 

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

Visit To The Rotary Camberwell Art Show
Jul 02, 2019
The 2019 Camberwell Art Show is Australia's largest art show. It celebrates 54 years as one of Australia’s leading art events where the cream of Australia's artist elect to exhibit.
 
Zoo Based Conservation Organisation, Zoos Victoria
Jul 09, 2019
Craig Whiteford, General Manager - Threatened Species, Wildlife Conservation & Science at Zoos Victoria
 
Jul 16, 2019

Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), which is a scientific research organisation based at Monash University in Clayton; the organisation is doing investigative and ground-breaking research on a variety of medical fields, using regeneration of human tissue and organs to address various  illnesses and diseases.

ARMI is a medical research centre based at the Clayton Campus of Monash University. Boasting 18 research groups studying a variety of regenerative approaches, ARMI is one of the largest regenerative medicine and stem cell research hubs in the world.

Chair: Dr Tilak Dissanayake

Forthcoming Events

 
 
 
 
 
 
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.) kimcco@tpg.com.au

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.  geoffbwright@bigpond.com

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