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President’s Note

Hawthorn Rotarians could not have been anything but impressed by the extraordinary job being done by the 60 volunteers of the Australian Jazz Museum whose hospitality we enjoyed during this week’s visit. This Jazz Museum receives no ongoing funding, relying solely on occasional grants, but thanks to the volunteers does an invaluable job conserving the history of jazz in Australia.  Thanks to Noel McInnes for organising this very enjoyable and educational event.
 
Observing the industrious Jazz Museum volunteers at work, piqued my curiosity about the extent of volunteerism in Victoria and Australia. A quick internet search surfaced some interesting facts.  A 2018 publication by Volunteering Victoria, reports that in the vicinity of eighteen percent of Melbournians engage in some kind of voluntary work each year, running second to the twenty-four percent of country Victorians who donate their time.  While the level of commitment obviously varies greatly, on average, these volunteers each contribute a little over 55 hours per year. Similar statistics apply Australia-wide. 
 
Volunteering is estimated to be worth about 30 billion dollars a year to the Victorian economy.  Add to this the nearly one billion dollars a year Victorians donate to a wide variety of causes (Philanthropy Australia), and we gain a perspective on the generosity of our fellow Victorians and the value of volunteerism and philanthropy to society. 
 
 
It goes without saying that Rotarians are significant contributors to volunteerism and philanthropic activity in our community.  Exemplifying this is the District 9800 "Renew Rotary House" Cancer Centre project.  In a recent letter, DG Bronwyn Stephens and PDG Gordon McKern reported on the steady progress being made with this project. The ‘renewed’ Rotary House will expand the accommodation available to families from country Victoria and interstate who need to spend time in Melbourne while their children undergo cancer treatment at hospitals in Parkville.  Ways in which Rotary Hawthorn and individual Hawthorn Rotarians can contribute will be shared at future meetings.
 
 
Ian Bentley
President
 
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The Australian Jazz Museum

Noel McInnes led a group of 25 Rotarians and friends on a tour of The Australian Jazz Museum in Wantirna. 
 
Live Jazz has been around in Australia since the 1920s, and the Australian Jazz Museum has in their vaults the largest collection of memorabilia in Australia. 
Since 1966 they have been archiving 78s, vinyl records, photographs, posters, videos, radio interviews, even some wax cylinders – everything that tells the story of Australian Jazz.
 
They are a not-for-profit team of enthusiastic volunteers, sharing and preserving this vital part of cultural heritage  to internationally accredited standards. The collection in excess of 25,000 items gets larger every week. 
 
Their ambition is to be able to prresent these stories to a world-class standard to inform, educate and entertain anyone interested in Jazz in Australia, about the people, places and the music stored in the archives. 
 

The Museum Jazz experts are cataloging over 25,000 items into the database and library. Those historical and current items will then be accessible to the global community in a search-able format, for the dissemination of Australian jazz music and materials to jazz lovers, musicians, historians, researchers, educators and students. 
 
Their Audio Team plays a crucial role in digitalising existing cassettes, vinyl and videos, preserving them for future generations. It’s a labour of love, as each original recording needs to be played, optimised snd catslogued as it is transferred into digital audio format. Original album artwork is also scanned and stored. 
 
To preserve the quality of the growing Australian jazz collection, they are seeking to shift, expand and enhance the collection space from four shipping containers to an improved archival storage environment. 
 
Following the tour of the museum, we were served lunch and entertained by a quintet, led by saxophonist Barry Boyes and featuring singer Annie Smith, Graham Taylor (piano) Doug Kuhn (bass) and Allan Smith (drums).  We went from  “Don’t get around much anymore” to “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, and ended up joining in on “Bye Bye Blackbird”. 
 
President Ian Bentley thanked Museum the volunteers and  musicians, and Noel McInnes for arranging the visit. 

Small Talk

It can be awkward or effervescent, mindless or laborious—a quickly forgotten exchange, or the beginning of something big. Small talk passes time and fills silences. It establishes connections without crossing boundaries, and gives new acquaintances a chance to safely feel out if they share interests—including or possibly more significant than their host’s appetizer selection.
 
The rules and subjects of polite chatter vary across time and culture, but the desire to connect does not. Anthropologists believe that the urge to engage in small talk is rooted in our deepest natures as social creatures, and that these seemingly inconsequential exchanges have tremendous value. Small talk is the conversational glue that holds societies together.
 
There’s no reliable alternative yet for the relief that comes when an awkward silence is gracefully broken. So, how about that local footy team?
 
BY THE DIGITS
2: Average length, in seconds, of each speaker’s “turn” in a conversation
200: Average length, in milliseconds, of the pause between speakers in conversation, a number remarkably consistent across cultures
4: Maximum number of people who can hold a conversation at once, according to a recent study into a phenomenon known as “the dinner party problem”
94%: Proportion of British respondents in a 2010 survey who had discussed the weather at some point in the previous six hours
 
Small talk is perhaps best defined as the words we utter when we’re more interested in the act of talking with another person than in the subject of the talk itself. 
 
BRIEF HISTORY
1650: The phrase “small talk” was recorded for the first time, in a year that also aive the English language “tyrannicide” and “footloose.”
1776: Merchants chatting about deadbeat clients in London coffee houses realized the value of sharing this information more widely. They started the credit rating industry.
1859: The Victorian etiquette guide The Habits of Good Society offers explicit instructions on the dos and dont’s of small talk. When acquaintances of the opposite gender pass in the street, for example, “no man may stop to speak to a lady until she stops to speak to him. The lady, in short, has the right in all cases to be friendly or distant. Women have not many rights; let us grace-fully concede the few that they possess.”
1922: Etiquette maven Emily Post published her classic guide to small talk and social graces, which included this perceptive observation: “Nearly all the faults or mistakes in conversation are caused by not thinking.” 
1991: A stranger approached Oprah Winfrey in an airport and asked why she wasn’t acting as friendly as she does on TV. To avoid further unwanted small talk, Winfrey purchased a private jet.
2016: Disheartened by the lack of conversation on the Tube, an American expat in London handed out “Tube chat” badges to be worn by people open to talking to strangers on public transit. Londoners were horrified.
 
“I am worn out with civility. I have been talking incessantly all night, and with nothing to say. But with you there may be peace. You will not want to be talked to. Let us have the luxury of silence.” —Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
Ths Shadow Knows!
What a trip down Memory Lane we had on Tuesday, with a visit to the Australian Jazz Museum: most of us never knew of its existance. But what memories were brought back! The Shadow first heard Lou Silberisen’s Double B-flat Brass Bass in the fifties, and Lazy Ade Monsborough’s Late Hour Boys a few years later. Whatever will our programmers dream up for us next?
 
 
 
 
 
It was a treat to see Dorothy Carlborg at the Museum, out and about again. Long may the improvement continue.  However Dr John reports that Charles Morrison is back in Box Hill Hospital for further investigation. We wish good health and happiness for all.
 
 
 
Are you all preparing for the Changeover Dinner?  Evening dress, with a touch of tartan. Do you need help?  
Go Wiki: “Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns.”  The Shadow hopes that helps. 

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

 
Kim D'arcy      May 28, 2019
Behind The Badge: 

Come and listen to Kim's Behind The Badge talk.

Not to Be Missed!

 
Katie Wilford, Ambassadorial Scholar
Jun 11, 2019
The Power Of Rotary:  Katie Wilford is an Iowa native in the land Down Under studying at the University of Melbourne for her Master of Education. When she is not writing assessments or doing research, you can find her cooking snags at Rotary barbies, volunteering at DIK and Missionaries of Charity, providing free mathematics tutoring at Epping Secondary, exploring Melbourne, and travelling throughout Australia (she has two states to go!). Australia has been Katie’s home for the past nine months and when asked about going “home” (back to Iowa) she often says, “I’m not done with Melbourne yet!”

As a Rotary Global Scholar, she is an investment to Rotary with the drive to fulfil three big dreams: to teach, to feed, and to help.

Rotary Hawthorn Changeover
Jun 20, 2019
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club

Forthcoming Events

District Training Assembly
May 26, 2019  Tabcorp Park, 2 Ferris Road, Melton, VIC
 
The purpose of the District Assembly is to prepare incoming club leaders for their year in office and to build their leadership team.  It also gives the incoming District Governor, and the incoming Assistant Governors and District Team the opportunity to motivate club leadership teams and build their working relationship.
 
It is essential that eacImage result for training imageh club send the relevant Director or Avenue of Service Chair to the Assembly for the entire day. We should ensure that someone attends each session whether or not there is a specific person with that responsibility in our club.

The day is structured to give individual members the chance to learn more about their portfolio as well as networking with others in similar positions in other Clubs. 
 
 


A session for new members is extra special, and this will show them the scope of Rotary within the District and beyond.

This day will be held on Sunday 26 May at Tabcorp Park in Melton with registration between 8.15am - 9.00am. The day concludes with lunch at 1.30pm. The cost of attendance for the day is $16, which will be covered by the Club.  Lunch is optional, with a cost of $25  (Chicken Maryland, Mash & Vegies  or  Fish, Chips & tartare sauce) which should be paid by members upon registration.
 
Please indicate to me within a week if you are able to attend, with your choice of meal, and I shall complete the registration process.
 
Gordon Cheyne
0417 583 803
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

Club Roster 

CLUB MEETING DUTIES      
If you cannot perform your duty, please find a replacement or contact Charles Morrison

 

28th May

 4th June

11th June

 20th June

 Greeting/Badges    

      TBA

     TBA

     TBA

   CHANGEOVER

 Front Desk

      N McInnes

 L Reddaway

    D Rush

   DINNER

 Credit Cards

       S Brown

 D Richards

   C England

     

 Set & Clear Up  

      P.Stewart

  P.Stewart

   P.Stewart

      

 MC        

  TBA

   TBA

      G Wright

 

 

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