President’s Note

My Tuesday started with the Swinburne Collaborative Forum, opened by Swinburne's impressive vice-chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson, who described some of the many significant partnership projects currently operating between the University and Rotary. The list is extensive. While we at Hawthorn have our links with Swinburne, we are by no means alone. There are many Rotary clubs involved with Swinburne.  Some of the collaborative projects are designed to impact many students from the broad university population, others target particular groups and yet others provide opportunities for just one or two.
Student, Annie Oates, spoke of her life-changing experience travelling to the Philippines with a medical mission group from Canterbury Rotary. Her task was to complete a work experience media project.  She documented with photographs and video, the truly inspirational work this club is doing and the impact it is having on disadvantaged Filipino people. Lily-Ann Kriegler from Canterbury briefly outlined their FORaMEAL project and their recent club meeting at which the average age of attendees was less than 30. Now there's a challenge for us.  
Our own Hans Carlborg then spoke passionately and eloquently of a proposed project allied with CHANCES, designed to support those students at Swinburne who are refugees and asylum seekers; who as a result of tragic circumstances and government regulations, find themselves lost in a foreign country, in a citizenship 'no man's land' and with an uncertain future.  Swinburne is providing them with an education, but they need help to develop conversational English and to navigate, what is for them, the mystifying general and work culture of Australia. 
Later, at the Club meeting, we all heard from a passionate Declan Negus, who was sponsored by Hawthorn to attend RYLA last year.  He described the significant impact the RYLA experience has had on his life. Here is a young man who impresses me as a Rotarian of the future. 
Our guest speaker, playwright Rosemary Johns, sketched the story behind her writing and presenting a stage-play based on the story of Sandy, the only Australian horse returned to Australia of the 130,000 Australian horses sent overseas for World War I. Rosemary commented about how the play about Sandy 'found her' rather than her 'finding' a play to write.  A little reflection of our own life experiences and of those around us would suggest that much of our lives, and the paths they take, 'find us' rather than being the result of our own purposeful action. All we can do is be prepared to respond to the opportunities and circumstances when they present themselves. As Rotarians, there are many good causes 'looking for us'; requiring our attention, our time, our talents, and often our compassion. Are we open to being found?
Photo: Sandy, with General Sir William Bridges.
Just a final word - we are about to hit the 'silly season' where, on top of the normal Christmas mayhem, we Hawthorn Rotarians will be asked to support our major fundraising efforts and attend functions into which our colleagues have invested many planning hours.  We will all be busy, but I ask that we pull together, that we step-up and show that each of us is a proud, supportive and inspirational member of our club.
Ian Bentley
President Rotary Club of Hawthorn

As Told by the Boys Who Fed Me Apples 

Playwright and performer Rosemary Johns told us how she came to write the play “As Told by the Boys Who Fed Me Apples “.
After seeing the performance of “War Horse” in 2002, she became aware that out of the 136,000 Australian horses sent to World War 11, only one returned home.  
Her play is based on the life of Sandy, who started as a brickyard workhorse in Talangatta, and had the great good fortune to have been chosen for his gentle nature by Major General Sir William Bridges, Commander of the 1st Australian Division, as his favourite charger.
Bridges was fatally shot at Gallipoli, and his dying wish was for his horse to be returned to Duntroon. Sandy never got there, but lived out his days after the war at Maribyrnong in Melbourne's west, around the place named Remount Hill, where many thousands of horses bound for war, including Sandy, had earlier begun their long one-way journey.
Rosemary spoke about the challenge of writing this play, and having an actor play the part of a horse.

The Rotary Foundation 

Play golf with legend Jack Nicklaus
Twelve generous supporters of Rotary's polio eradication efforts will have the opportunity to play golf with legend Jack Nicklaus, a Rotary ambassador for polio eradication.
Nicklaus plans to thank the next 12 individuals who make a new donation of $250,000 or more to the PolioPlus Fund by inviting them to play golf with him at the Bear's Club in Jupiter, Florida, USA, on 12 March 2019. There, donors will be divided into three groups of four, and each group will play 18 holes of golf – six with Nicklaus. Donors who prefer not to golf may allow one friend or family member to golf in their place.
Space is limited to the first 12 donors. To qualify, donors need to complete a gift intent formand make the full donation by 22 January 2019. Contact Harvey Newcomb III, director of principal gifts at The Rotary Foundation, for more information. 
If they wish, the donors will also be inducted into the Arch Klumph Societyin recognition of their support for Rotary's polio eradication efforts.
For the 11th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized,” says Foundation Trustee Chair Ron Burton. “It represents the hard work and dedication of countless Rotarians throughout the world.  They know their gifts will be used for the purpose for which they were given and that they will, indeed, make a real difference.”
The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.
The nonprofit Midwives for Haiti’s new off-road vehicle makes its way through the countryside for its first mobile prenatal clinic, which will reach expectant mothers in remote areas. Customizing and delivering the vehicle cost more than $70,000. 
Photo:Alyce Henson© Rotary International
Thanks from the Rotary Foundation
Eric Schmelling, chief philanthropy officer, The Rotary Foundation added a note of thanks to TRF  supporters:
As Rotary staff members, we can never take enough time in our daily responsibilities to fully express our gratitude to you, our generous donors, who make the work of The Rotary Foundation possible.
In my 20 plus year career with Rotary, I have been privileged to work with philanthropists from around the world who have displayed enormous commitment to Rotary’s ideals through a contribution to our Foundation. On behalf of all Rotary staff, today we salute your generosity by taking a few minutes to say thank you.

How to Tell If Someone Is Manipulating You

If you’ve ever felt like something is off in a close relationship or casual encounter—you’re being pressured, controlled or even feel like you’re questioning yourself more than usual—it could be manipulation.
“Manipulation is an emotionally unhealthy psychological strategy used by people who are incapable of asking for what they want and need in a direct way,” says Sharie Stines, a California-based therapist who specializes in abuse and toxic relationships. “People who are trying to manipulate others are trying to control others.”
There are many different forms of manipulation, ranging from a pushy salesperson to an emotionally abusive partner—and some behaviors are easier to spot than others.

You feel fear, obligation and guilt

Manipulative behavior involves three factors, according to Stines: fear, obligation and guilt. “When you are being manipulated by someone you are being psychologically coerced into doing something you probably don’t really want to do,” she says. You might feel scared to do it, obligated to do it, or guilty about not doing it.

You’re questioning yourself

The term “gaslighting” is often used to identify manipulation that gets people to question themselves, their reality, memory or thoughts. A manipulative person might twist what you say and make it about them, hijack the conversation or make you feel like you’ve done something wrong when you’re not quite sure you have, according to Stines.

There are strings attached

“If a favor is not done for you just because, then it isn’t ‘for fun and for free,’” says Stines. “If there are strings attached, then manipulation is occurring.”

You notice the ‘foot-in-the-door’ and ‘door-in-the-face’techniques

Often, manipulators try one of two tactics, says Olson. The first is the foot-in-the-door technique, in which someone starts with a small and reasonable request—like, do you have the time?—which then leads into a larger request—like I need $10 for a taxi. “This is commonly used in street scams,” Olson says.

What to do if you think you’re being manipulated

How you react to manipulation depends in large part on what kind of manipulation you’re facing.
In a manipulative situation, it can also help to delay your response. For example, refrain from signing a contract at first glance, don’t make a large purchase without thinking it through and avoid making major relationship decisions the first time they’re brought up, he suggests. ’Sleeping on it’ is often the best solution to avoid being manipulated.
Ths Shadow Knows!
A welcome guest was Declan Negus, who told us of his experience at RYLA last year. He said the challenge to values and opportunities to compare ideas were invaluable, and he learned a lot from the experience. His presentation and public speaking ability confirmed this. He has been invited back to participate in RYLA 2018, so we shall see him at Monbulk in early December. 
How did our famous golfers fare at the Golf Day? Well done Chris Hanson,won the prize for the straightest drive. But the others clearly need some tuition: The Shadow isn’t holding his breath to see who will offer to join Jack Nicklausfor a few holes. Oh yes, and donate US$250,000 to the Rotary Foundaation to become an Arch Klumph Fellow at the same time. Just form a queiue over there, golfers. 
Five Medical Practitioners sitting together? It must have made the others at the table feel squeamish. Perhaps the good doctors wee discussing how to make an infusion of digitalis, or some other cutting edge medical research.  Peter Lugg, Gordon Cheyne, Kevin Rose, Tilak Dissanayake and John Carre-Riddell, be prepared for a fine. 
But they could have been discussing the Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon Award,  into the world of social media health 'influencers'.
This year’s Spoon award went to Sarah Stevenson, aka Sarah’s Day, for spreading misinformation about health via her online following of over 1 million people, made up largely of young women.
 Stevenson has no qualifications in health, but promotes herself as “a holistic health and fitness youtuber” via a YouTube channel, blog and podcast.
This was an important award, with implications way beyond the remit of the Skeptics – the potential for serious negative health consequences for the social media audience.
60 Minutes has now covered a similar situation, investigating the “clean living” movement, particularly Loni Jane, described as “Australia’s Wellness Queen”.
Still on the medical front, Noel McInnes phoned David Rosbackto enquire how he was feeling. David was in the gym at Epworth Camberwell Rehab, working hard on his rehabilitation. With dedication like that, we should see him back at Rotary soon. 
Our other “sickie” Joe Devereaux, continues as always across the road from Kooyong Tennis Club: Doctors  John Carre-Riddell and Tilak Dissanayake visited him after the meeting: Joe is cheerful and talkative (what else?) but fairly housebound. Hang in there, Joe!

Jest for laughs

Upcoming Speakers

The West Gate Tunnel Project is a $6.7 billon city shaping project that will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, provide quicker and safer journeys, and remove thousands of trucks off residential streets.      Chair:  Noel McInnes

 Nov 27, 2018 - The Hon Ted Bailleau

Sir John Monash - His Life And Legacy      *NOTE: Dinner Meeting
Thursday 6th December, -  Evening Meeting
 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Dinner 
 Where?  RYLA Camp at Camp Oasis, 66-72 Monbulk Rd, Mount Evelyn VIC 3796

Coming 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.)

Geoff Wright collates the attendance information.  He needs to know of  "make up " events.

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