President’s Note

Numbers were swelled at the regular Tuesday meeting this week with visitors from a number of clubs who had come to hear Katrina Flinn share her World of Differencetravel experiences in Cambodia and Laos. More later in this Bulletin. 
It was a delight to once again have as our guest District Governorand World of Difference Committee Chair, Bronwyn Stephens (RC Melbourne South). It was also a pleasure to welcome Jenny Foster (RC Essendon), Barry Hickman (RC Brighton), Joy Millen (RC Fitzroy) and Bronwen Foley (RC Upper Yarra) who, by the way, runs frequent trips for school students to Cambodia.  What a fabulous educational experience for the students. Also, with us was Katrina's brother James. The number of visitors compensated for the unusual number of members who are away, are unwell or have had family members to look after.
Among the late withdrawals from Tuesday's meeting was Noel McInnes, whose car became sick on the way to the club meeting and had to be nursed to the nearest BMW dealer.
Among the travellers is Peter Lugg who, while we were talking about Cambodia in Hawthorn, had travelled there to celebrate the Cambodian New Year (Choul Chnam Thmey).
I notice later in this Bulletin, the Shadow has commented on other travellers, Simon O'Donoghue and Dennis Shore, who have been in the US. At Augusta, Simon witnessed history as Tiger Woods finally returned to form to win the US Masters; his first major win since 2008. Dennis, on the other hand, after freezing in Chicago and attending what I am sure was the riveting RI Council of Legislation meeting, has more recently been enjoying the warmth and culture of New Orleans.
Other recently returned travellers include Kevin and Jane Rose, who have been in Sri Lanka, while Phil and Wendy Stewart have recently returned from the UK where they dropped in on Phil's 'old mate' Charles for dinner.
While the travellers have been gallivanting around the world, some of us have travelled little further than Hawthorn.  Sheridan Brown recently returned to one of the Servant's community houses to complete the weeding we had started a couple of weeks ago. Noel H and I went to Swinburne to talk to Digital Advertising students about upgrading the look of our web site and social media presence.
Looking to the future, a reminder that there is no meeting next Tuesday (23 April) with many members away or with grandparenting duties during school holidays. Also, a reminder to book online on the web site under ‘Upcoming Events’ for the visit to the Australian Jazz Museum on 14 May.  Noel McInnes tells me that this is no ordinary museum with static displays, but an active place where historical recordings are being digitised and music archived.  This should be a fascinating event. Invite your music-loving friends.
Finally, I wish you and your families a very pleasant and restful Easter break.
Ian Bentley

Mugshots 3

Tuesday’s guest speaker Keith Moor is Insight Editor of the Herald Sun. He studied journalism at the West Australian Institute of Technology before starting a cadetship with the Perth Daily News in 1979.
Keith won Australia’s top journalism award, the Walkley Award for news reporting, in 1986. He won the coveted award for his coverage of the kidnap of two Victorian aid workers in Pakistan. Keith had travelled into war-torn Afghanistan to find the couple.
 He became the Herald Sun’s first Chief of Staff when the paper was formed in 1990, later progressing to become its News Editor and then Managing Editor (News) in 1995. Keith is the head of the Herald Sun’s investigative unit, having been appointed Insight Editor in November 1996.
Our photo (right) shows Keith with Chairman-of-the-day Noel McInnes.
His third book, “Mugshots 3”, is a thrilling collection of true crime stories.  Cases covered include the Hoddle Street killer, Julian Knight, the tragic murder of Kylie Maybury, and the terror cell formed by Muslim cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika.
Keith started by telling us how he was affected by the sight of the lifeless body of murder/rape victim, six-year-old Kylie Maybury iin 1984. Keith told us the devestating effect the murder had on Kylie’s mother Julie, who he kept in touch with until the case was eventually solved.  Keith kept the story alive over the years, and after numerous false leads and DNA studies had been followed,, the brother of Gregory Keith Davies suggested to police that he should be investigated.  As compelling DNA evidence was available, Davies pleaded guilty, and was imprisoned for life in 2017.  Keith still visits Julie Maybury.
Keith also told us how he wrote to Julian Knight in Pentridge Prison, and was able to visit and interview him there.  Although Knight is highly intelligent, he was kicked out of Duntroon Military College, and has shown no remorse for the murders he committed.  He blamed his military training for teaching him how to kill, but in fact he expressed excitement when describing the events to Keith. 
Keith’s book, “Mugshots 3” contains numerous other anecdotes which he gathered over the years on the crime beat. I look forward to reading it. 
The Road to Nhill
A group of twenty-eight Rotarians and partners spent the weekend representing the Rotary Club of Hawthorn (and don’t forget Glenferrie and Endeavour Hills!) on a club visit to the Rotary Club of Nhill. This was a follow-up to Nhill Rotarian John Millington’s talk to the club, when he told us about the Karen Community in Nhill.
The town of Nhill is now home to 200 Karen refugees from Myanmar. Far from dividing locals, the huge influx of newcomers – many of whom arrived traumatised, unfamiliar with western society – has brought new life to the community.
What an extraordinary couple John and Margaret Millington are: for those who missed John’s talk, the story is beautifully told as “The Karen road to Nhill”:
The Rotary Club of Nhill proved to be wonderful hosts, bussing us from venue to venue, showing us the various interesting sites, and feeding us frequently.  
After morning coffee in Beaufort and lunch in Horsham, the group had barely time to settle in at the Zero Inn at Nhill before being taken to the Paw Po Centre, one of the previously closed up shops in the main street. It is now full of chatter as the women weave, sew and work their way through the complexities of erecting Ikea flat packs. They have called the business Paw Po, meaning “little flower” in Karen. The window is full of handmade products using traditional fabrics. There are cushions, oven gloves, mats and little rope baskets. They also produce beautiful flower arrangements. Several members bought souvenirs and gifts to take home. 
Those who missed out on the trip can still buy their products by visiting the Paw Po website:
Then on to Nhill Aerodrome, which had been a refuelling stop-over on early flights between Adelaide and Melbourne, and a training facility during World War 11. It was difficult to imagine the bare paddocks with 2,000 troops stationed there. We received an interesting talk in The Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre , which is home to four aircraft; an  Avro Anson (almost completely rebuilt), a fully rebuilt Wirraway, a flying Tiger Moth and an operating Link Trainer (flight simulator).  Their website is also worth a visit:
Adjacent to the Aerodrome is the Ambulance Patient Transfer Station, the first in Victoria, which was designed and built by Rotarians. Patients have a safe controlled atmosphere while waiting to be transferred to and from air and land ambulances.  Another fine Rotary and Community story: 
We passed The Luv-a-Duck Farm on the way to The Community Garden, where we heard how the Karen people have developed their own food production, with considerable assistance from The Luv-a-Duck Farm in the form of duck manure.
After a short break, we were driven to Nhill Lake for pre-dinner drinks and to meet more Nhill Rotarians, and then (after a brief stop at the IGA  to purchase essential supplies) to St Partick’s for dinner and entertainment.  
The dancers were skilled and enthralling, and the audience showed their apprecition of the time and effort they had put in for their performance.  We also heard from a RYLA attendee, and a student who hopes to go the the National Youth Science Forum, before studying medicine as a career. 
But it wouldn’t be Rotary without a raffle, and those on a certain table are sure to be fined heavily at the next Sergeant’s session.
The following morning we were picked up at 8.15 am for  a walk on the boardwalk on the swamp, before breakfast on the lake. Once again Nhill Rotarians produced the goods: bacon and egg for brekkie!
Then on to church, where the service was enchanting with a strong Karen culture to it.
After a few more sights around town, to Olivers Café for lunch:  Olivers is essentially a community house but also an interesting concept as it provides training for the locals in hospitality. CEO Annette Creek told us the story of the rebirth of Olivers as a “Social Enterprise“ and her other programs with the Karen community.
Before we finally hit the road for home, tired but happy, President Ian Bentley acknowledged the work of Noel Halford and John Millington in making the visit such an enjoyable event. 
Photos from the weekend are at:

Supporting Salvo Hawks

The new RecLink Footy season is about to start, and our Salvo Hawks team will play just four home games:
  • Wednesday 1 May
  • Wednesday 29 May
  • Wednesday 7 August
  • Wednesday 21 August
  • Approx 12noon – 2.15pm
Rotary Hawthorn has undertaken to provide
  • a significant support group (members, friends, spouses etc); and
  • an operator of the electronic scoreboard; and
  • pizzas after the game is over
at each of these home games.
  • write these dates into your diary now; and
  • prioritize the Salvo Hawks over your normal Wednesday activity on at least one game this season – even if it’s only for 30 minutes.
  1. The Supporting Salvo Hawks project is about friendship: we simply want to provide friendship with the personnel of the Salvo Hawks footy team. We do this by wearing Rotary gear (such as hi—viz vests) and hanging around and chatting.
  2. Home ground is Victoria Reserve, Victoria Rd, Hawthorn (Mel 45G10) – opposite Auburn Station. 
  3. I look forward to seeing each of you there during the season!
Ths Shadow Knows!
The Shadow has noticed two of our prominent members are hard at work for Rotary.  
PDG Dennis Shore reprts from the Council of Legislation in Chicago:
Delegates arrived into a very bleak Chicago for the commencement of the 2019 Council on Legislation. In fact not all have arrived due to the weather and many arrived much later than they expected to.
Our first session was to familiarise Delegates with process and procedure and, importantly, to practice working with the voting machines. It was also an opportunity to ask questions and to clarify matters about the Council. We also confirmed rules of procedure, and agreed on the order in which we would deal with enactments.
To set the scene for the Council deliberations, the session opened with an address from RI President Barry Rassin who challenged delegates to ensure that we provide future Rotarians with a voice. 
Stephanie Urchick, who was RIPPR at our recent Multi-District Conference provided delegates with a progress report on the RI Strategic Plan as a context for consideration of legislation. 
RID Peter Iblher, RI’s Treasurer presented the updated 5 Year financial report to assist delegates to evaluate legislation proposing annual dues over the next 3 -year period, as well as other legislation, which might have a financial impact. The report also included updates about the success of recent capital expenditure. 
The Council’s work begins in earnest tomorrow morning, Monday Chicago time.
The RI blog, which is regularly updated through the day, can be accessed at…/live-updates-council-legislation-2…
Dennis adds a photo, with a taciturn comment:  “I’ll try to find a view that demonstrates more diversity. Normal business attire is the guideline.”
You can follow PDG Dennis on Facebook:
On the other hand, our “Minister for Having A Good Time” has coped rather well at the U.S . Masters. The Masters Tournament (usually referred to as simply The Masters, or the U.S. Masters outside of North America is one of the four major championships in professional golf. Scheduled for the first full week of April, the Masters is the first major of the year, and unlike the others, it is always held at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club, a private course in the southeastern United States, in the city of Augusta, Georgia.
He reports: Well, the Masters is over. What an event? Aussies could have, should have, but didn't. Tiger was amazing. Deserved his win. Lifetime experience. Met Gigi in San Fran. Very happy. Great day at Alcatraz, Pier 39, and the city. 
Simon O’Donoghue is certainly in line for a Sergeant’s fine, on his return.
As a general election has been declared, The Shadow thinks it appropriate to include a comment from H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956):  “Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.” 
Finally,  The Shadow wishes you a happy and holy weekend:  "Did you know that Easter was originally a pagan festival dedicated to Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, whose consort was a hare, the forerunner of our Easter bunny? ... Bede explains that the lunar month of Eosturmonath "was once called after a goddess... named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated."

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

April 23rd - NO MEETING
Loretta Smith  -  Apr 30, 2019
A Spanner In The Works  - '

'A Spanner in the Works is the extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and her all female garage on the corner of Cotham Road and Charles Street in Kew. Opening 100 years ago in 1919, Alice was the first woman to own and manage her own garage in Australia, employing female mechanics and drivers who also provided a chauffeur service.

Author Loretta Smith, began her journey to uncover Alice’s life when one of her aged care clients mentioned her mother worked as a driver and mechanic for Alice Anderson. So began Loretta’s amazing journey in researching and writing about Alice Anderson's exceptional legacy'.

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'.
May 14, 2019  Noel McInnes - Tour Guide
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

Forthcoming Events

Visit to the Australian Jazz Museum with Tour, Lunch and Live Jazz  
Tuesday 14thMay at 12:30pm       🎼      🎹    🎷    🎺     🎸   🥁
The Australian Jazz Museum (AJM), in Wantirna, founded in 1996, is one of Melbourne’s biggest secrets and greatest treasures with world renowned musician, James Morrison, as Patron.
The AJM is the home of the largest Australian Jazz Collection and is fully staffed and operated by a dedicated band of volunteers. 
It is funded primarily by donations, memberships, tours, jazz workshops and CD sales.   
We have organized a Rotary visit to the Museum for Tuesday 14thMay at 12:30pm.
The Visit includes:-
  • An extensive tour of the Museum - 45 mins
  • Live Jazz with refreshments, tea and coffee- 45 mins
The cost is $25 per head and limited to 35 people maximum. Book early and consider bringing a guest who likes music/jazz.
This visit will open your eyes and your ears! Do not miss out.
The Museum is at Koomba Park, 15 Mountain Hwy, Wantirna VIC 3152. It is on the corner of Burwood Highway and Mountain Highway and also just off East link. Ample Car parking is available.
Route 1- Drive straight out Toorak Road which becomes Burwood Highway, turn left at Mountain Highway and first on left is into Koomba Park. 26km and 29 minutes.
Route 2Via Monash and East link exiting left at Burwood Highway. 30.6km and 26 minutes.
RSVP to Noel McInnes on 0418 310 007 or  (for the numbers) and accept and pay on-line as always.
Check out the AJM extensive web site on
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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If you cannot perform your duty, please find a replacement or contact Charles Morrison


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