President’s Note

It was a wonderful start to the week when 41 Club Members braved the cold, wind and rain to attend the President’s Drinks Party.  It was a relaxed and friendly afternoon where Members got the time to socialise and enjoy each other’s company. Thank you to everyone who was able to be a part of this Fellowship event. The camaraderie was great to see and the assistance by so many members making sandwiches, serving drinks and food plus cleaning up at the end was much appreciated!!
Kevin Rose our Chairman this week introduced Dr. Alasdair Wood, from the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, who delivered a most informative and interesting talk about the research and development that is being made at ARMI. 
It was fascinating to hear the areas that the Institute is working on particularly the interrelationship between science and medicine. Dr. Wood’s explanation, accompanied by such a detailed presentation, with respect to the ongoing development in the area of regenerative medicine gave Members a much better understanding on how the human body is able to repairs itself.  It was refreshing to hear how ARMI is able to share its knowledge with other entities across the world and be a leader in its field.  The level of integrity and recognition of the very high standards in research, development and safety that are achieved can only assist in garnering the very best researchers to be a part of this world leading Institution.
There was certainly not enough time for the many and varied questions at the end so the Club hopes to be able to accept the Institute’s kind invitation to run a Club meeting at the Institute itself with a tour to see for ourselves the breadth and depth of the valuable work that is being done.
Our lunchtime numbers continue to grow with 31 attendees this week including 5 guests.  Ian Gillies kept everyone on their toes during the Sergeant’s session which along with the raffle helps the Club.  July is often a time when many Members head to the sunshine in some part of the world so it is heartening to see or lunchtime numbers on the increase.  Thanks must go to Jill Weeks for organising such excellent speakers.
Our evening meeting on the 17th July at 7 p.m. continues to gain support from Club Members and members of the public.  23 attendees are registered to meet at the Vision Eye Institute.  I encourage Members to come along to this informal meeting that Noel Halford organises.
Kind regards,
Charlotte England
President 2019-2020

The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute

Research Fellow Dr Alasdair Wood spoke on how we are now living longer, there is more awareness on how our cells replace and restore themselves, and how the body has a potential to heal itself.
The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute is a scientific research organisation based at Monash University in Clayton; the organisation is doing investigative and ground-breaking research on a variety of medical fields, using regeneration of human tissue and organs to address various illnesses and diseases. It is one of the largest regenerative medicine and stem cell research hubs in the world.
 The aim of ARMI is to create the technology and therapies that will be able to prevent, halt and reverse damage to organs and tissues due to disease, injury and genetic conditions. This will provide treatments for conditions such as neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune diseases, diabetes type 1, musculo-skeletal conditions and cardiovascular diseases.
Alasdair’s research takes several cues from nature:
  • how the starfish can regenerate a limb
  • how Alexolotl can regenerate limbs and digits
  • how lizards can regenerate tails.
He described how human heart, brain and stem cells can regenerate, and about the exciting new organ engineering programmes.
Alasdair is part of the Currie group, which studies the biological mechanisms of the zebrafish, a fresh water fish that is native to South East Asia. Zebrafish are being used to study the effects of muscular dystrophy, and the extent to which muscles can heal themselves.
He also told us about the upcoming open day at the research laboratory on Tuesday 6th August, which is sure to interest several members: The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute officially opened on April 2009. It is a $153 million medical research centre based at the Monash University Clayton Campus. 
The Rotary Foundation
Residents of Nan Sema on the island of La Gonave, Haiti, arrive at the Kominote clinic.
With Rotary Foundation Matching Grant 73919, Rotarians from District 7260, 7250, and 7020 and Haitian Rotarians staffed the weeklong medical clinic, installed a laptop and satellite to be used for telemedicine, and converted the community center's power source to solar energy. After the 2010 earthquake, Port-au-Prince residents fled to the island, increasing its population by 30 percent.
Photo:: Alyce Henson© Rotary International
The Hawthorn Rotary Bulletin publishes occasional articles about the great things Rotarians do around the world, with the assistance of the Rotary Foundation.
This article raises the questions:
Why don't they use mules for transport in Timor Leste?  
Wouldn't they be ideal for the terrain?  - Ed.
Alternate meanings for common words
The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.
And the winners are:

1. Coffee , n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted , adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. Abdicate , v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade , v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly , adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent , adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph , v. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle , n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence , n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash , n. A rapidly receding hairline..
11. Testicle , n. A humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude , n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Oyster , n a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
14. Frisbeetarianism , n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
15.  Circumvent , n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.
Ths Shadow Knows!
President Charlotte and Peter England hosted a lovely President’s Party on Sunday, which was enjoyed by all.
The company, conversation, drinks and food quickly took our minds off the discouraging weather. The conversation went from football and Rotary to brickmaking and philosophy: while we didn’t solve the world’s problems, we gave them a good shake.
Simon O’Donoghue was a bit critical of the photographer, and took over the camera. 
Now he has retired from the world of Real Estate, could he have a new career ahead?  You can see his photos at:
Thanks Charlotte and Peter, for a most enjoyable afternoon.
That evening, the Shadow spotted one attendee (left) who had decided to celebrate Bastille Day (and her birthday) in the appropriate French manner.
Some announcements from the Tuesday meeting:  Geoff Wright announced that the Mock Job Interviews at Auburn High School would be deferred to Wednesday 32st June. Please let him know if you can assist as an interviewer.
Denbigh Richards updated us on the Collaborative Forum, with Swinburne University and the Cluster Group. There will possibly be a working bee at Romana House, on Saturday 3rd August, assisting Servants Community Housing. Details to follow.
Noel Halford announced the next Wednesday evening meeting would be on 21st August, at Grace Park Tennis Club. No doubt Noel will arrange another engaging speaker, so watch this space.

Jest for a Laugh


Upcoming Speakers

Jul 23, 2019
Orange Sky Australia

In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, and wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett founded Orange Sky Laundry – a world-first, free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. 

Every week, Orange Sky completes over six tonnes of washing, but more importantly, fosters more than 1,200 hours of genuine and non-judgmental conversation. With 29 laundry, shower and hybrid vans in operation around the country, Orange Sky Australia aims to positively connect communities.

Chair: Helen Kavnoudias


Jul 30, 2019
'The Good, The Bad & The Extraordinary'
Cathy is a Rotarian and primary school teacher in Bundaberg, Queensland, still working full time in her profession and continuing to create something extraordinary in Kenya for orphaned and vulnerable children who have no future prior to coming to be part of the Umoja Tribe.


Aug 06, 2019
Club Forum
Various Speakers

Forthcoming Events

The first evening meeting in President Charlotte's year will be held on Wednesday 17th July from 7.00 p.m. where we will address the subject of "The importance of the entrepreneur in society".
Our Guest Speaker is Dale Hoy, a Rotarian, who has an impressive international career in accounting and financial services.
He has established a very successful financial planning and advisory service for expatriates who have worked in Singapore, Indonesia, and the wider region.
His professional background makes him eminently qualified to speak on many aspects of the entrepreneurship process.
This topic will be of great interest to those considering enterprise ventures where ideas need to be developed, creation of initial public offerings (IPO’s) understanding startups and the identification of steps taken through to successful implementation.
As members are aware our meetings are informal and interactive.
This is an ideal opportunity to bring a friend who may be interested in this subject or seeks to learn more about Rotary. 
 A light supper will be served.
$15.00 Members and guests. $10.00 Students
The Venue: Vision Australia Training Room
454 Glenferrie Road,
RSVP  Noel Halford Mobile 0419 018901 
I am sure you will find the topic most interesting and I look forward to seeing you there.
Noel Halford
Coordinator -  Monthly Evening Group
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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