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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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Angel Flight

The unique and outstanding Angel Flight organisation was established by a Brisbane business man Bill Biristow in 2003.The   headquarters are in Brisbane but the free service is Australia wide.
Since then the organisation has grown rapidly. 
 
Last year more than 23,000 flights had occurred since 2003 carrying passengers from remote outback areas needing urgent specialist medical and or counselling services which could only be provided in major city centres such as Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. They typically average 20 flights per day with volunteer drivers collecting patients and taking them to their destination from local airports such as Essendon & Moorabbin.

Our speaker Warren Sparrow (right, with Chairman Katrina Flinn) gave several examples of how the service works and why it has been so successful: a Child from Balranald in NSW was air lifted  to Essendon Airport by a volunteer pilot and then taken to Monash Hospital by one of 400 volunteer drivers such as Warren.The success of the service is the saving of time from the patient's home to where they need to go. A trip from outback Queensland to Brisbane could take days whereas a flight can have the patient to their destination in just hours.

The request to receive this service comes from a local GP who is registered with Angel Flights. The costs to provide this free service to patients comes from private corporations there is no government funding. Outback communities who have appreciated this service raise funds and donations received include;  The Birdsville Races and the Stony Creek Mini Muster which raised $21,000 last year.The biggest expense about 85% of total costs is aviation fuel and associated aviation costs. The registered owner pilots provide their service free of charge.
 
The founder Bill Bristow was made Queensland Australian of the year 2005 and received an Order of Australia in 2009.
 

WHY HAVE WE STOPPED ROTATING?

As we well know, the first Rotary Club was formed when Paul Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, at his friend Gustave Loehr's office on February 23, 1905.  In addition to Harris and Loehr, Silvester Schiele and Hiram E. Shorey were the other two who attended this first meeting. The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated weekly club meetings around each other's offices.
 
Gustavus Loehr, Sylvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey and Paul Harris

Within a year though, the Chicago club had become so large it became necessary to adopt the practice of a regular meeting place. And for the next 112 years, that’s pretty much what we as Rotarians have been doing – meeting every week at the same venue, and generally using the same meeting format each week.
 
So, what happened to the Rotary in Rotary? How come we became fixed to one meeting spot? Perhaps we should more appropriately be called Stationary, rather than Rotary?
 
Doesn’t quite have the same ring about it though, does it.
 
Rotarian Mark Huddleston often says that we’ve become a very meeting-centric organisation – and he’s exactly right. Many of us know of Rotary Clubs (not our own Club of course) whose main purpose and main activity seems to be to hold the weekly meeting. Mark has estimated that we spend perhaps as much as 75% of the valuable time we invest in Rotary attending our weekly Club meetings. So, in many cases we’ve become social clubs, rather than service clubs. Nothing wrong with being social, but if that’s all that we’re achieving then I think we have a problem.
Rotary’s recently-adopted vision statement tells us that. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
 
If we’re spending three quarters of our Rotary time enjoying dinner, being fined by the sergeant, and listening to a guest speaker, then chances are that we’re not as actively engaged in pursuit of Rotary’s vision as we perhaps could be.
 
So, what to do? The 2016 Council on Legislation gave Rotary Clubs the mandate to change things up a bit – it’s no longer compulsory to meet every week, doing work on projects can constitute a meeting, and there isn’t the same emphasis on attendance that there once was – a Rotarian’s level of engagement is much more important than just turning up to a meeting every week.
 
Post the 2016 Council on Legislation, we’re increasingly seeing Clubs changing the way they operate, and they’re finding as a result that they’re getting much more out of their Rotary experience. Many Clubs now are holding “traditional” meetings perhaps twice a month, and then in the weeks when they’re not having a traditional meeting they’re getting up to all sorts of things – perhaps spending their time on a project, or visiting a member’s workplace (shades of Rotary 1905 all over again), or visiting projects that they’ve been asked to donate money to, thus getting a first-hand view of the project and the people involved, rather than remotely writing a cheque.
 
Not only do these excursions create added interest for members, thus helping to retain their interest and therefore their membership, and lead to more time and energy being placed on projects rather than meetings, but they also afford priceless marketing opportunities for the Club – rather than being sequestered away having dinner in an invisible restaurant or hotel, by getting out and about people actually see Rotarians in action.
 
And they might quite like to join us.
 
Photo:- Bernard “Barney” Arntzen referees and Harry Ruggles watches as Paul Harris and Montague “Monty” Bear pretend to have a boxing match during a reunion of the earliest members of the first Rotary Club, held at Harris’ home on Longwood Drive in Chicago, 1942
Peace and Conflict Resolution

 

Do you know a suitable applicant who can attend an international university to study Peace and Conflict Resolution?
 


Our Rotary District 9800 continues to select some amazing young people to study Peace and Conflict Resolution. 
Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 year.  
There are suitable applicants in our community - it is just a matter of asking them.

Click  HERE to access the PDF which gives you all the relevant details.
 



Cheryl Pisterman (for Rob Helme)
 Rotary District 9800 Foundation Committee
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

Club Roster 

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18th December

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   29th January

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 Credit Cards

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 Evening Meeting

  

  

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