President's Note   -   1st October, 2019

The Member Behind the Badge lunch meeting is a great opportunity to hear about a new member's life, who they are, what they are interested in, their career and often why Rotary has become part of their life. 
Andrew Crockett (right) delivered a wonderful presentation today. His arrival in Australia as a child, his home life, education, career, family and interests. There were many light moments which we all enjoyed too. 
One of the hardest presentations to make is to your peers and on behalf of the Club 'thank you' Andrew for allowing us into your world!
Next week is the Hat Day Lunch in the Ballroom at Kooyong.  Don't forget to wear a Hat (there are prizes) come and enjoy the day of fellowship and fun while raising money for Australian Rotary Health and for our Club's projects.  Thank you to all the donors and for the wonderful support from the Club to make this happen.
Charlotte England
President & Membership Director 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Hawthorn
The Man Behind the Badge

Andrew Crockett entertained us with a humorous and at times self-deprecating description of his life, education and career. 

Born in London in 1947, he showed us some early family photographs, before his parents and two brothers became “ten-quid tourists” to arrive in Australia. His father worked in real estate in Sydney and later Melbourne, where Andrew went to Haileybury College. He described lack-lustre academic and sporting performances, failing English Expression, and a hilarious performance in “The Mikado” as his voice was breaking.  

He was aiming for a career in Theology, but a crisis in faith made him divert towards the Law. However he must have been doing something right, as he was awarded a scholarship to Melbourne University. He described himself as “not a star pupil”, but nevertheless he enjoyed drumming in the Pipe and Drum Band. Enrolment in the CMF meant he missed conscription.

After graduation in 1970 he was a law Intern, and met Pamela who he married in 1971.

After discovering he was unsuited to be a barrister, he joined the Legal Aid Office, later becoming Director. 

He had a stint at Monash University 1996-2006, lecturing in Ethics and Succession Law, and gained a masters degree and Certificate in Higher Education. 

Pam and he spent 2006 to 1014 in ACT, as he worked in the Legal Aid Department, modernizing the service. 

Pamela is very involved in the Countrywomen’s Association, and they both enjoy opera and classical music. Andrew gave up jogging for cycling as a means of staying fit, and spends some time in retirement tutoring English in migrant programmes. 

Pam and Andrew have two children and three grand-children. 

Our photos show the young Andrew, and Pam and Andrew enjoying a pre-dinner drink with Anne Scott.


Andrew’s own description of his career is very low-key. An internet search reveals a nice summary of it:

“Andrew Crockett was CEO of the Legal Aid Commission of the ACT from 2006 until the end of 2013. Prior to that he taught professional legal skills and ethics at Monash University and worked in the Faculty of Law’s clinical program. Earlier he worked in legal aid, initially in the Australian Legal Aid Office and then in what is now Victoria Legal Aid. He was Director of Legal Aid in Victoria from 1989 to 1995.

“Andrew now works part-time, teaching in ANU’s Legal Workshop and undertaking legal aid projects. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to the law, particularly to legal aid services, to education, and to the community.”


Baguia Scholarship Program

Derarca O'Mahony 0f Friends of Baguia visited Timor in September, and reported on the Baguia Scholarship Program.

She talked with Leopoldina regarding the students that our funds have supported in 2019. They are all going well in their studies.

Americio will finish his mechanical course in December and we will then choose another technical applicant to replace him in 2020.

Martino Pinto has moved to a school at Hera, on the outskirts of Dili.

Laurenco Alves is now 17 and in Class 10. He says he would like to go onto university to study to be a doctor.  

Patricio Guterres is also in Class 10 and is now 18years old. He says his favourite subject at School is maths. 

Photos of Laurenco and Patricio, the two students who are studying in Baguia.

The Shadow Knows!

Sergeant-at-Arms Phil Stewart drew our attention to the facts that on 1st October, the Model T Ford was launched in 1908, the “Thriller in Manilla” was fought in 1975, and that it is the “Day of Older People”. That gave him enough ammunition to fine everyone.  Nice work, Phil.


LGBTI campaigners are in shock because the British High Court has made a ruling that they find repulsive and even oppressive.

The High Court ruled last week that a woman who gave birth to a child is the mother of that child, not the father. It said that a woman who was delivered of a child in the normal way is a mum, not a dad.

The woman wanted to be called the child’s father, because she identifies as male. But the court said: Nope, sorry. In this society – in the realm of reason – if you get pregnant, carry a child to term, and then give birth to it, you are a mother, not a father.

Whatever is the world coming to?


World of Difference Tour of Cambodia 

Bookings are now open for a World of Difference Tour: January 27 to Feb 9 – 14 Days 

Cost $3,500 (including $500 Tax deductible donation) 

The tour cost is on an almost all-inclusive basis (airfares, meals, accommodation on a twin share basis, transport and most excursions).  All World of Difference participants are covered by the Rotary Australia National Insurance Policy.

The itinerary is subject to change as we work out the “hands on” or humanitarian aspect of the tour as well as some other fun stuff.  The donation of $500 per person allows us to spend money on our humanitarian activities whilst on tour. The tour will be a blend of responsible tourism and humanitarian activities.

We will include a visit with Peter Lugg to the Russian Friendship hospital in Phnom Penh (the beneficiary of our containers of hospital equipment) as well as the hospital in the provincial town Kampong Speu which is where we propose to build a surgical wing . We will also be participating in a  project with Dunny Darrell.

To see the full itinerary, booking form and secure your spot on this tour, please contact Katrina Flinn: 0417 475 415 

Details also available at 


Jest for a Laugh


Upcoming Speakers

Oct 08, 2019
Leigh Woodgate  -  7 Steps To Overcoming Anything
A fearless horsewoman who grew up just down the road from the Snowy, who beat the men at their own game. They breed them tough in those mountains, and Leigh Woodgate’s experiences have been epic. 
Oct 15, 2019
Tamara Cannon   -   Lille Fro: An Update
"Lille Fro is non-religious and non-political. We are small and hands on. 
Our aim is to help break the cycle of generational poverty for the lowest income groups living in extreme conditions in some of the remotest parts of the world through education.  Our projects have now touched the lives of thousands. Reaching some of the remotest corners of the globe ".  
Oct 22, 2019
Visit Of District Governor Grant Hocking
Grant Hocking joined Woodend Rotary in 2004 and has been President in 2007- 2008 and again in 2015-16, as well as Vice President, Community Service Chair, Foundation Chair and Bulletin Editor for many years. Grant is a Clinical Manager (MICA Paramedic) with Ambulance Victoria where he has worked for 33 years in most operational areas of the organisation. He has an interest in clinical quality and was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) in the 2014 Australia Day recognitions for development of Clinical Quality Improvement processes.
Oct 29, 2019
Father Joe Giacobbe    Melbourne Cup Theme

Fr Joe Giacobbe has been a Catholic Priest for 45 years and currently works in the Western Suburbs – St Augustine’s parish, Yarraville. 

In 1972 with the help of many friends in the Racing Industry the Doxa Youth Foundation was launched for the purpose of establishing a residential complex at Malmsbury to provide educational and recreational programs for children who struggle in the mainstream school system..

Forthcoming Events


Rotary Walk to End Polio Saturday 19 October 

Following the success of the event in 2018, it confirmed that Rotarians and Friends will again be walking 5km around Albert Park Lake. 

Last year 42 people (and numerous dogs) took part – this year they are aiming for 100. Registration is $10.00 and you can “Walk Your Way” with the option of purchasing one of the special limited edition D9800 End Polio Tee $30.00. Register at 





World Polio Day – Taking the Public Transport to End Polio Thursday 24 October 

Ride the train or hop a tram to the City where we’ll meet at Fed Square in all our Red Glory at Transport Bar for celebratory food and drinks. That’s right: Transport Bar has opened the Glasshouse for exclusive use by all Rotarians (and friends) who terminate the journey at Fed Square. A free drink on arrival and food platters will help quench the appetites after the journey. Entry online is free for this event. Register at      

All donations over $30 are eligible for a limited edition D9800 End Polio Now Tee. 

In 1988 Rotary made a commitment to eradicate polio from the world, and so this October let’s Walk, Run, Tram or Ride with us until the end – we’re this close! 

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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