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President’s Note

Much has happened since our last Bulletin. Although it has only been just a week, the Paris to Provence parking fundraiser seems to have already receded into the distant past.  The club was required to supervise more aspects of the parking area and for longer periods than in previous years, making it a huge effort for a small number of members.  Thanks to those who spent time parking cars and supervising crossings. Special thanks to Noel Halford for his tireless effort organising the event. Disappointingly, in spite of the extra workload, the financial return was less than anticipated. 
 
The Board met last Monday and the recurring challenges of fundraising, member raising, and major project identification once again dominated the discussion. Confronting these challenges will be a priority over the coming six months.
 
Thursday evening saw our club host the 2018 RYLA Dinner at Mt Evelyn. Thank you to the Hawthorn Rotarians who made the trip to the Camp Oasis to support the RYLArians, the RYLA alumni who run the program and the District youth leaders. The proceedings were ably directed by MC Charlotte England. Guest speaker Susie Cole painted an attractive picture of the opportunities for travel, fellowship and service in Rotary. Attendance was slightly down on previous years, but the crowd was large enough to generate a celebratory mood.  
Photos show DG Bronwyn Stephens presenting RYLA Certificates, and the Yellow Team with their certificates. 
 
For those who attended the dinner and the later presentation by the RYLArians, the energy and passion were palpable. Increased self-reflection, awareness of others and pushing personal boundaries were evident in the RYLArians presentations. Many of us were left wondering if there isn't something in the camp's water supply.
 
On Friday, preparations for next weekend's Community Christmas Lunch began in earnest as gift bags were prepared and materials brought out of storage.
 
Our duties as RYLA Host Club wound up on Saturday with the traditional final day BBQ. Anne, Gordon, Noel, Jane B, Katrina and yours truly chopped and fried and served and cleaned.
 
Again, thanks to all those members of the club who have contributed in many ways to various club activities this week.  
 
Ian Bentley
President
 
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RYLA Dinner at Camp Oasis

The RYLA Dinner at Camp Oasis in Mt Evelyn was a wonderful showcase of a Rotary Youth initiative.  This year our Club took the lead in our District to support the event.
 
On a very warm evening many club members made the trek to Mt Evelyn to celebrate with RYLA participants who had spent several days involved in this worthwhile leadership and personal development programme.  It was enlightening to see so many young people who had experienced so much personal growth and wanted to share it.
 
Susie Cole, from End Polio Now, gave an uplifting talk about Rotary's role in ending Polio and the value of visiting overseas locations to see how Rotary's support in is this important area is playing a large part in eradicating such a crippling disease. Her encouragement to the RYLA students to look at their 'next step' in the Rotary world was well received and gave the participants much food for thought!
 
 
 
 
President Ian's comprehensive presentation about our Club showed the many and varied activities that we are involved in at so many levels.  It certainly encapsulated our ethos and, the wide variety of support we give to our local community and overseas initiatives.
 
The final part of the evening was a broad and entertaining show involving all participants and the audience at times.  A fitting finale to a great evening!
 
 
 
 
 
Our photos show 1) Susie Cole with President Ian, 2) Katrina Flinn, Richard Logan, Joanna Benhamou, Lawrence and Virginia Reddaway and 3) the joint is jumpin'
 
 
 
 
 
And yet some more photos from the Sunday break-up barbecue at Camp Oasis. First we have the chefs making sure the sausages are done to a "T", while the salad-makes chop and chop some more.
Jane Bentley and Anne Scott received some unsolicited advice from a local resident, who was rewarded with some tit-bits. Lucky fellow!

Older and Lonely in the Suburbs

Every day, I drive down the suburban streets where I live. Sometimes I walk. Overall, cars far outnumber walkers – even if I consider the multitudes of people who are out with their dogs. Making my way down a street by car or on foot is a lovely experience. There is a variety of house styles from many eras. I see single and multiple family dwellings. Some places are in good shape and others are not. It is an interesting environment for reflection – especially if I am walking.
 
I can look at architectural styles and contemplate the shape of doorways, the placement of windows, or the structure of chimneys. There is a fascinating history lesson just by noticing the design of houses. I could stop for a moment and wonder what is behind a façade that I see from the street. What is happening inside just a few feet away and hidden from my sight?
 
In at least forty percent of the homes in my city there is someone who is age 60 and over. That means that almost every other house holds a senior. Right now there are more people age 60+ than there are kids in the schools, and this will be the case forever. We will never again be a community where young people outnumber older people. In 2020, 27 percent, and in 2030, 31 percent of residents will be elders. These numbers are from my city but this is happening all over the country.
 
In 2014, 43 percent of people age 80 and over were living alone. In a recent survey of older residents, 15 percent said they didn’t feel as if they belonged to the community; nine percent said they had no one to assist them if they needed help. Although a few thousand people are a small proportion of our 88,000 population the problem is very big.
 
In listening sessions and interviews, our Department of Senior Services and Council on Aging are hearing over and over about loneliness and isolation. Residents are identifying it as a major issue for themselves and loved ones. City Departments like Fire, Police, Parks and Recreation, and the Library, along with veteran, provider, and housing manager groups, are observing it also, and they see it increasing. The question is how to deal with it.
 
I live in a great place to live that offers so many opportunities to be involved out in the community – concerts, art events, fitness programs, civic involvement, and educational options – the list seems endless. There are programs, like the Library’s book delivery program, for those who are home-bound. Many of us take advantage of these wonderful things, but many don’t.
 
For those who can’t or don’t get out of their houses the risks for loneliness and isolation are great. There are reasons why older people stay at home alone and they include lack of transportation, physical or mental disabilities, financial constraints, confusion about what to do, or even deep-seated fear of not knowing what is on the other side of the door. A massive barrier to getting connected is that individuals don’t know what is available and, even if they do know, they have trouble acting.
 
We know that about 33 percent of elders in my city won’t ask for help if they need it. The desire to remain independent and in control is a formidable force that keeps people from acknowledging that they could be at risk by not reaching out. I envision myself standing on a sidewalk and looking at a door from the outside. There is someone in a room facing me, and neither of us knows the other is there. Most people, like me, are willing to help out, but there are lots of people who won’t ask. There is a serious gap between the existence of a significant need and the lack of a link to those who want to help.
 
I keep reminding myself that seniors living alone in these houses didn’t just recently float in. Chances are they have been there for a very long time. They arrived in migrations of families with young children and developed close friendships. Over decades, old-time neighbors left and new ones moved in. Without the common bond of kids, aging people lost close-by, intimate contacts. They became alone and lonely just by the simple process of aging in their homes.
 
There may be many ways to counter this isolation – from big community efforts to modest one-to-one caring. I like to start small with the “one” approach. It may be difficult to find a reason to attempt a relationship with someone and take a first step through someone’s entryway. But, there may be clues to a problem inside that may prompt a response. Newspapers are accumulating. Sidewalks are not shoveled. Trash barrels are still in the yard. Write a note and slip it under the door. “I noticed your papers are outside, can I bring them in for you?”
 
One simple action could reduce – by one – the number of people who are sitting behind that door feeling alone and isolated, and who have nobody to call when they need help.
Ths Shadow Knows!
The Shadow was recently in north-east Victoria, and of course dropped in to sample the local brew in Bright, where Bright Brewery has been announced as the Gold Awardwinner for Tourism Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries in the 2018 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards, backing up its 2017 win in the same category.
Scott Brandon founded Bright Brewery in 2005 with his late wife Fiona Reddaway and their friends David and Julia. Not a bad drop at all, with a special connection to the club.
 
Car Parking at "Paris to Provence"
 
Some photos from the weekend:
1) “Nice wheels”.  -  Ian Bentley and Simon O’Donoghue ensure Glenferrie RC President Charles Tran parks properly. 
2) Old and new Rotarians: Jane Tisdall, Charles Morrison, Pamm Robilliard and Denbigh Richards, manning the gate and counting the takings. 
3) We hd all sorts of weather: Lawrence Reddaway and Charlotte England  came well-prepared.
 
Noel Halford reports a rather disappointing financial result for all the hours worked: around $2,200 for the three days. On the bright side, we waved the Rotary banner and had some good interaction with the public. 
 
 
Richard Logansends us  an urgent reminder that the orders for Hams, Turkey, Chocolates, Plum Puddings and Christmas Cakes should be in by Wednesday 12th or risk the possibility of missing out. This project is a major fundraiser for the Club and we encourage you all to spread this opportunity to your friends, associates and family and make the project a record year.
 
 
 
 
The Shadow notes that his old friend Tony Thomas from Melbourne Central Rotary Club is improving in health, and is still stirring the possum, with his recent article in “Quadrant”.  https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2018/12/young-minds-filled-with-toxic-green-mush/
"The original Children’s Crusade, if it actually happened, didn’t end well for the pre-pubescent zealots, who are said to have ended up as slaves. Today’s kids would know as much if their brainwashers, also known as ‘teachers’, focused on fact rather than getting them into the streets to demonstrate against nasty weather.
"I avoid driving locally from 3.30 to 4pm weekdays. That’s because parents chauffeuring kids home from school create congestion equal to evening peak hour. 
"Kids today are a pampered lot. With their forays into climate-strike activism last week, these same kids have become truly insufferable, posing as climate martyrs and lionised by the Fairfax/ABC media and renewables lobbyists. 
"Kids unwilling to unstack the dishwasher after dinner are now condemning their parents for  climate criminality.
"Five-year-olds are exhorted by adult trainers to dump pre-school and go on strike to combat the global warming that began 150 years ago, following the Little Ice Age. Older kids can skive off for a week with a clear conscience."
 
Members will recall the agitated response from members when Tony addressed the club on “Climate Change”.  ;-)
 
The Shadow agrees with and gives the last word to Brendan O'Neill, of Spiked :  "Woke" as far as I’m concerned, is the most annoying word of the 21st century so far. So when I say I’m anti-woke I basically mean hopefully that I’m a bit more chilled out than those people. A bit more willing to be offended and give offence and not so uptight about every single issue.

Jest for laughs

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Speakers

Christmas Party   -   Evening meeting
 Dec 18, 2018   6:30 PM
Celebrate With Rotary Glenferrie At Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
 

Coming Events

 Rotary Boroondara Christmas Luncheon.  15-16th December
 
We are now entering our twelfth year and once again we are inviting you to support us through volunteering to make this a memorable day for our guests.
There are many in our community who may not have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas and the joy it brings without your involvement.
We welcome younger members of our caring Boroondara community to participate but due to Child Protection regulations, they must be in the company of a parent or teacher at all times.
Please notify  noelhalford@gmail.com  showing your name, the names any of your friends and in the case of minors, the name of the responsible parent accompanying them.
We expect to have up 250 guests from a range of community groups and other local citizens.
We look forward to hearing from you.
 
 
 
 
 
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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

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

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