President's Note, 13th August 2019

We had a vibrant and convivial Club Lunch today with seven guests: Sheila Cheyne, Ann Hyams, Ken Scott, Owen Brown, Wendy Garland, Nick Pane our Assistant District Governor  and Tony Hyams our speaker for today along with 26 Club Members.  David Corrigan ran a terrific Sergeant's session with much humour that created a fun and relaxed lunch. ADG Nick Pane generously donated two bottles of his red wine to our raffle and we thank him for his contribution to the Club and for coming to join us today.
Tony Hyams gave us an enlightening talk "My Lungs, Your Lungs" which was about his unexpected journey with lung disease and his remarkable road to recovery.  It highlighted how close it is between an active full life to facing life itself in a chronic and incurable environment.  Tony's journey through a double lung transplant was a real eye-opener and I am sure that Club Members will acknowledge Tony's bravery and tenacity in coming through such an enormous ordeal.  Tony's work in promoting a better understanding of lung disease and the need to seriously consider organ donation is something that we should all think about very carefully.  It was also good to see Members staying after the meeting to continue speaking with Tony and asking many questions about his recovery.  
Charlotte England
President & Membership Director 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Hawthorn

Your Lungs, My Lungs

Tony Hyams AM was born in Melbourne and was educated at Melbourne Grammar School and Melbourne University. He graduated in 1969 from with degrees in Law and Commerce.   After a short stint in the legal profession Tony turned to international banking and finance becoming head of Credit Suisse in Australia for most of his career. He was introduced by David Pisterman, who happens to be his brother-in-law.
In recent years he has been a professional director of many companies including the Melbourne Airport, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, New Zealand’s largest printing company, the Military Superannuation Fund and as Chairman of the Commonwealth Government’s now $40 billion employee superannuation fund. He was involved with the World Economic Forum as a member of the Long-Term Investment Council and of the Role of Business Council and at annual meetings in Davos.
All of these activities stopped abruptly when in 2009 he was diagnosed with a rare incurable lung disease.  In his terms “a science fiction health adventure”.
Tony described that although most of us never think about our lungs, one in four will be affected by pulmonary disease in one form or another. He described how he noticed shortness of breath, a dry cough and weight loss, but no explanation could be found. As his symptoms got worse, investigation and biopsy revealed he had Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. This disease, of no known cause, affects 5 million people world-wide, is progressive and as there is no cure, is usually fatal within four years.
Tony sought advice and treatment overseas, but eventually fornd the Alfred Hospital to be a leading centre for its treatment. He suffered steady deterioration, finding difficulty crossing a road, and requiring oxygen support. His prognosis was so grim, he even had a family farewell party in Fiji.
However he was eventually listed for double lung transplant, and finally had this operation when a suitable donor was found. The rehabilitation was extremely hard and demanding, with immune-suppressive drugs necessary and the possibility of rejection always present.
Tony’s hero is his wife Anne: he described her psychological nightmare of living with a dying husband, and how her strength and compassion helped him to survive.
He described how research for pulmonary disease receives little funding, and sufferers often feel stigmatised or suffer guilt. One third of Australians blame the afflicted, and 90% wrongfully believe it is caused by smoking.
Tony now spends time with pulmonary disease sufferers, answering their questions and helping to allay their fears.
He closed with a summary of his thoughts:
  1. Go to for a two-minute lung health test.
  2. If you have a cough or breathlessness, see your GP.
  3. It is never too late to stop smoking
  4. Stay strong, stay fit, eat well and stay positive
  5. Consider organ donation:
Since 2009 organ donors have increased by 106%, and recipients by 75% but there are still 1400 patients on waiting lists for donors. 

Boroondara Cares Foundation Breakfast

Rotary Hawthorn was well represented at this breakfast in support of the Chances Scholarship program.  The event on Wednesday 7th August was booked out with 230 people enjoying a hearty Kooyong breakfast and a lively and engaging address by Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp.
Rotary Hawthorn’s table included Assistant District Governor Nick Pane, President Charlotte and Peter, PDG David Rosback, Ngaire Cannon, Hans Carlborg, David Pisterman (with Cheryl close by at the Glenferrie table), and Katrina Flinn.  Ian and Jan McFarlane also attended and Noel Halford nobly turned up early to assist putting his considerable parking organizational skills to work even though he couldn’t stay for the breakfast.
Boroondara Cares Foundation  Chair, Elida Brereton, expressed appreciation  for the support shown. The event raised over $6000 which will be used to support selected secondary or tertiary students from Boroondara who are experiencing financial hardship.
The Boroondara Cares Foundation is a charitable organisation created by the 8 Rotary Clubs within the Borders of Boroondara. It is of concern that the “leafy streets” of Boroondara hide some serious community issues.
The arbitrary lines of Council borders do not automatically convey a comfortable lifestyle.
  • There are 17 neighbourhoods in Boroondara where the average income is below the poverty level.
  • There are approximately 400 homeless people in Boroondara
  • There are an estimated 10,000 lonely and isolated people in Boroondara
  • Our population is ageing and 6,400 residents need help with their disability
  • Young Families are struggling to cope with the pressures of raising young children
  • Children of struggling families suffer from low self- esteem at school when their peers are from wealthier families
  • To external organisations these problems are ‘invisible”. Securing their help is therefore very difficult.

Container to Cambodia

The Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital, or the Russian Hospital as it is commonly known, is a public hospital managed by the Ministry of Health in Cambodia.
It was built back in the very late 50’s, completed by 1960, and handed over to the Cambodians with great ceremony.
It was the biggest government hospital by surface area and number of beds, with the greatest number of specialties in both medicine and surgery. The Director is a very likeable and very efficient administrator, an ophthalmologist by the name of Dr Ngy Meng.
The government hospital in Cambodia charges patients according to their ability to pay. Most wealthy Cambodians would not go to a government hospital because they don’t want to mix their health with the poor masses, but have recently used the Russian Hospital because it has really lifted its game under the leadership of Dr Meng and I think the care offered there is as good as pretty much anywhere in Cambodia.  Hence my support of this hospital.  In short, it does the most work of any hospital, and with little help does it pretty well. 
This container was in the port of Sihanoukville until a few days before I arrived in Cambodia on 27th July. It had been taken up to the hospital, and the unpacking had been done. By the time I went to the hospital on 29th July, most of the goods had been distributed.
It remains for me to contact the Safe Haven Charity for them to pick up their wheelchairs and hygiene kits from the hospital.
The first photo I show has the container just newly opened in the grounds of the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital, commonly known as the Russian Hospital, in Phnom Penh.  There is an examination table which has already been removed from the container. The second photo shows the still virtually full container with a second examination table about to be removed.
The next 2 photos show an ultrasound machine just about to be taken out of the container and one of the operating tables already unloaded.
The 2 remaining photos show equipment being packed under cover at the hospital, plus some boxes in another photo which are partly wheelchairs and partly hygiene packs for girls, which are destined for the Safe Haven Charity in Siem Reap.

Lille Fro: Planting the Seed

Lille Fro is an Australian charity founded in 2008 by Sydney based lawyer, Tamara Cannon. 
On one climbing trip in the north of India, Tamara met a little girl living in destitute circumstances. Like many children in her village, this child had never been to school. Tamara decided to pay for her education.
Seeing first hand the difference she had made to this child's life through the simple gesture of sponsorship, Tamara realised she could not turn her back on other children in similar circumstances. The seed had been planted and Lille Fro had begun.
The Himalayan region of Ladakh in northern India is one of the most spectacular and remote regions on the planet. At 11,500 feet, it is also one of the highest and driest habitable places on earth.  Isolation has preserved a unique culture. It has also meant remote communities sometimes lack access to basic needs such as education and health care.
In the mountain villages of Ladakh the delivery of education is still a challenge, due to geography, remoteness and harsh climate.
For half the year, many villages are cut off by long freezing winters. Hunger and malnutrition are a constant challenge. As the growing season lasts only 4 months, low-income families have a poor diet and insufficient food to last them through the winters. What food they do have often lacks the nutrients required to be healthy.
This is where Lille Fro works.
Richard Logan is Project Manager for the Rotary (Australia) World Community Service Program, facilitating transactions to support the Lille Fro Foundation in  North India, which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hawthorn several years ago. The project description is "Providing sponsorship for children's education and support through Lille Fro Foundation. Creation of jobs, food supplies and empowering women in Jammu-Kashmir State, India."
Rotary Hawthorn is proud to be a supporting partner of Lille Fro’s wonderful projects.
Much more about Lille Fro here:

District 9800 Conference, 2020

Bendigo’s Shamrock Hotel   A great place to quench a thirst!
Bendigo is the venue for next Year’s District Conference to be held over the 27th - 29th Weekend of March 2020
DG Grant‘s theme for the Conference is, Conversation, Connection, Collaboration and Celebration
The venue again will be The ULUMBARRA Theatre where any seat is a good one.
The registration for the conference is now open and the fees this year are the best we have had for a while only $300 and for first time attendees only $250
This fee covers the welcome drinks on Friday night coffee and morning and afternoon teas as well as the dinner on the Saturday evening. Its great value.
On the Sunday after lunch there will be a hands on function for all attendees to get involved.
I have made contact with the Jasper Hill Winery, to have a snack and some wine tasting on the way up to our hotel The Quest (The old Schaller Studio) where we were last time.
I have booked 25 rooms at $155 per night. (Excluding breakfast) and I will be asking members to give me confirmations over the next weeks so I can confirm numbers to the hotel and winery.
As usual we will have a weekend of Fun and Laughter,

The Shadow Knows!  13th August 2019

Our incorrigible Sergeant-at-Arms David Corrigan was in fine form on Tuesday, using Octavian´s victory over the Dalmatian tribes on August 13, 29 BC. as an excuse to fine all dog owners.
He went on to give some reasons “Why Some Men Have Dogs And Not Wives”:
1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.
2. Dogs don’t notice if you call them by another dog’s name.
3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.
4. A dog’s parents never visit.
5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.
6. You never have to wait for a dog; they’re ready to go 24 hours a day.
7. Dogs find you amusing when you’re drunk.
8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.
9. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, “If I died, would you get another dog?”
10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.
11. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.
12. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don’t get mad. They just think it’s interesting.
13. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.
And last but not least:
14. If a dog leaves, it won’t take half of your stuff.
To test his theory, David suggested:  Lock your wife and your dog in the garage for an hour. Then open it and see who’s happy to see you.
It was nice to have AG Nick Pane (left) drop in: he addressed the club on membership, adding that although Yarra Bend Rotary Club was handing back its charter, several members would continue at the Rotary Club of Canterbury. Nick followed his announcement with a nice “Behind the Badge” cameo. 
Noel McInnes introduced Owen Brown, the drummer in his Rhythm and Blues Band, who is also a survivor of double lung transplant for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Our photo (right) shows Owen comparing notes with speaker Tony Hyams. 
Other announcements: Noel Halford reminded us about the 5th meeting of the month on Wednesday 21st August, adding that the “Coffee Cup” project is still a possibility.
President Charlotte England drew our attention to the “Hat Day” meeting on 8th October: be sure to invite some friends!  (See flyers elsewhere in the bulletin)

Jest for a Laugh


Upcoming Speakers

Aug 13, 2019
Aug 20, 2019
Yimba Uganda
Emmanuel (Emma) Sserwanga & Anne-Marie Reddan

Emmanuel was born and raised in the largest slum located in the capital of Uganda. His wife, Anne-Marie Reddan, is originally from Healesville.

Their story is amazing. This inspiring couple have established 3 amazing programs. Emma is Uganda's most recognised Gospel singer, specializing in reggae and dancehall music and reputation presents as a positive role model for those interested in music.   He has gone on to win many prestigious awards and continues to do so.

Aug 27, 2019
Benjamin Lindner
Waltzing Matilda: A Forensic History

This song that started as an accidental collaboration in outback Queensland in 1895 caused the death of a seven-year relationship and went on to inspire a nation during World War II, following Banjo Paterson’s death in 1941. The facts about the swagman, the contribution of Christina Macpherson and Sarah Riley and the timing and the place of the composition are all revealed.


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.

Forthcoming Events

The Power of Microfinance and how it can impact on Social Enterprise
We are delighted to announce that this month's Wednesday Group Meeting on 21st August will feature as its speaker, Janet Hay, who has extensive experience in the subject of enhancing community development through humanitarian aid.
Janet has worked with Asylum seekers who have arrived at Christmas Island, Nauru and Manus Island.
Since this time she has completed a Masters Degree in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid and is well qualified to speak on the subject of microfinance and social business.
Her address will challenge current thinking about charitable giving and will be of interest to Aid Agencies, Corporates, and other Charitable organisations
Please note we now have a new venue at the Grace Park Tennis Club.
This meeting is open to all those interested in this subject and would seek to learn more about Rotary and its role in serving local and global communities
It would be most helpful if you could confirm your attendance or otherwise no later than Tuesday 20th August.
A light supper with refreshments is provided
Admission:  $15.00 per person. ( Students $10.00)
Noel Halford
Monthly Meeting Coordinator  Mob 0419 018 901
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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