President’s Note

We have all been saddened this week by the passing of our dear friend and Hawthorn Rotary club member of 29 years Joe Devereux.  An audiologist, tireless supporter of tennis in Australia, President of Kooyong Tennis Club, an active member of the Rotary Golf Fellowship and above all, loving family man.   In my last conversation with Joe, over a glass of red of course, he enthusiastically and adamantly acclaimed that he had lived a wonderful life and was immensely grateful. Our sincere sympathy is extended to Marie and Joe's family.
On another sad note, I received an email from Past President Meredith Hayes informing me that her father died a week ago.  His funeral is in Sydney tomorrow 5 April.
On the Rotary front, my week as president seems to have had a vocational theme. The theme started with our guest speaker Mark Thomas who alerted us to the stresses faced daily by those whose vocation puts them in the position of 'first responders' - the police, ambulance officers, firefighters and '000' operators. Mark told us of the work he and fellow members of his support group, Code 9, are doing to assist those with PTSD and other mental health issues that arise from the execution of their duties.
Tuesday night I attended a Camberwell Business 'Supernetworking' meeting with fellow member Jane Tisdall. The meeting provided an opportunity to meet and network with many people running a wide variety of businesses in our municipality. For me, this was a chance to share the story and ideals of Rotary with many whose knowledge of Rotary ranged from limited to non-existent.  The challenge of briefly communicating the nature of Rotary with the view to attracting future members, reminded me of the challenge issued by the RIPR to delegates at the 2018 District Conference in Warrnambool. His challenge, you may recall, was to formulate an 'elevator speech' or 'elevator pitch' that truly encapsulated Rotary and raised sufficient interest in the listener for them to want to find out more. So often when I tell people about Rotary, they respond with words to the effect that they did not know such an organisation existed. Some people 'glaze over' as if the concept is either so foreign as to 'not compute' or of no interest to them. It is rare that the response is 'That's fantastic; where do I sign up?" So, my challenge to you again, is to compose the perfect 'elevator pitch' that we can all use when we are telling people about our wonderful organisation. Please send me your ideas regarding the ideal Rotary 'elevator pitch'. 
Your ideas will come in handy when I speak to twenty-five digital advertising/marketing students at Swinburne next week to encourage them to take on the project of devising strategies to assist us with promoting our club and its many activities online. 
Finally, it was good to welcome Katrina Flinn back from her "World of Difference Tour" to Cambodia.  We look forward to hearing the details of Katrina's trip and related projects arising from her experiences; especially in Kampong Speu. We wish Simon  O'Donoghue safe travels as he heads off to the US Masters for some golf lessons.
Remember to think about that Rotary elevator pitch. We may just have a little competition at the next meeting to find the best pitch - "Rotary in 60 seconds".
Ian Bentley

Code 9

Policeman Mark Thomas related his experiences as a “first responder” at overdoses, suicides, motor car accidents and violent events, and how badly he was affected psychologically by a suicide by hanging in 2003. He failed to recognise and heed the subsequent warning signs, and nearly a decade later, the situation came to a head and he was hospitalised. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Whilst in hospital, Mark felt intensely alone.
Mark’s resultant psychological damage was significant. He felt a catastrophic loss of self and his feeling of loneliness soared. During the gradual recovery from his acute phase, Mark spent much time thinking about his stay in the hospital and the impact that debilitating sense of loneliness had on his wellbeing.
Mark set himself the goal of creating a PTSD support group that would show to others in the same situation that they are not alone.  From the small beginnings of a Facebook group with 30 members, Code 9 has now expanded to a membership of over 2,700 emergency response personnel, including police, fire, ambulance and dispatchers within the group.
With the amazing help of some highly dedicated people to administer Code 9, it has transitioned from a small single group of people meeting in Melbourne at Anzac House, to multiple groups in regional and rural Victoria that meets in numerous locations, supporting hundreds of emergency services members.
Code 9 provides a place of support for those members who live with PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions that result from their service to the community.  Mark noted that the suicide rate in Victoria amongst emergency services personnel is up to 20 times greater than that of the general community.
After meeting Jimmy, a trained Assistance Dog, he started a charity to raise money to train more of these: they take 18 months and cost $3,500 to train, but they perform marvellously. 
Photos show CFA first responders, and Mark Thomas with chairman Charlotte England and Geoff Wright.
And of course, an Assistance Dog with friends.

Vale Joe Devereux

President Ian sadly announced that Joe Devereux passed away peacefully on March 28, 2019, aged 93 years. He had been a member of Hawthorn Rotary Club since1990, a Paul Harris Fellow, and always contributed to the club with good humour and wit.  
As President of the Lawn Tennis Assosciation of Victoria 1984-89 he worked hard to have Melbourne accepted as a major tennis venue. He was a driving force in the creation of the annual Kooyong Classic and partly as a result of his efforts, the Australian Open Tennis Tournament in Melbourne is one of the four “Grand Slam” tournaments in the world. He was also President of Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club 1989-90. 
We will always have him in our hearts, and smiling at us from his portrait in The President’s Room at Kooyong. 
Joe certainly knew how to win our hearts: our photo shows him with District Governor Julie Mason in happier days. We pass our condolonces to Marie and her family. 

Ivanhoe Golf Day

Charlotte England reports on a really fun afternoon at Ivanhoe Golf Course, with Rotarians and friends enjoying the fresh air and exercise, followed by refreshments in the 19thHole. A reported $1,475 was raised for club-supported charities. 
Sixty-five players competed, and the prize winners were: Peter Howe, Sarah Shan, Ruth Tenance and Ros Davitt. (see photo)
As for the others: don’t they look like they are enjoying the event?

Mensa Invitational

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2. Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3.Intaxication : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately,  shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
9  Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra Credit.) 
11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all - These really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and  it's like, a serious bummer.
12. Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
13. Glibido: All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
15 Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
16. Beelzebug (n.) : Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor ( n): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.
Ths Shadow Knows!
The Shadow’s friend Fred Smith (the name has been changed to protect his reputation) had a nasty experience the other morning: his daughter Sophie, currently a Rotary Exchange Student in USA, rang him in tears at 1.00 a.m.  “Can you help me, Dad? I’ve run away from the horrrible foster parents I had in Boston. They were SO oppressive! I’m now in New York, and have only a couple of dollars left! I want to get back home.”  
Struggling to wake up and grasp the situation, poor Fred tried to solve the problem, and rescue his daughter. 
Sophie let him flounder around for a bit, then hit him with “April Fool!  This is payback for all the years you tricked me on 1stApril!”  One a.m. was obviously a good time to call, and Sophie is still enjoying her Rotary Exchange.
Were you caught out by anyone this year?
On the left: Sheridan Brown, and on the right: an infamous weed. The contest at the garden of Servants Community Housing resulted in a well-deserved victory for Sheridan. Well done! But the weeds will no doubt be back, so keep an eye open for Sheridan’s next working bee.
Geoff Wright announced that with the assistance of David Owen, we will again be running Mock Job Interviews at Auburn High School. So pencil in the date: May 8th

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

Mugshots 3
In the third book in the best-selling series, Mugshots 3 takes the reader inside the sinister world of Australian crime and reveals the truth behind the stories that shocked a nation.
Chairman: David Rush
Katrina Flinn, Rob Hines
Apr 16, 2019
Our Very Recent World of Difference Tour to Cambodia & Laos
May 07, 2019    Heather Ellis
Journey From Africa To The Silk Road
Heather rode her Yamaha TT600 from south to north Africa, and from London where she worked as a motorcycle courier, to Vietnam via Central Asia on the 'Silk Road'.

Stewart Kreltszheim, Expedition Coordinator.  May 20th 20119
No Roads Health
Chair: Helen Kavnoudias
Kim D'arcy      May 28, 2019
Behind The Badge
Rotary Hawthorn Changeover
Jun 20, 2019
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
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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