President's Note 23/7/19
Orange Sky is an unusual name but it certainly sparked the interests of members today with an excellent presentation of this quite unique and innovative charity started by two young men wanting to make a significant social impact.  This impact became more apparent as Chrisoula Alisandratos and Mark Gowans delivered their presentation on how the concept of Orange Sky eventuated and how a specially modified VW van was developed to fit a washing machine and dryer which could offer facilities to those in our community who are unfortunate enough to be homeless.  As importantly, Orange Sky is now able to help the homeless find their self respect, sometimes a job, a community of friends and a future.  It was also great to see cross generational volunteering obviously working for the benefit of those in our community who need support.  The development of Orange Sky in Australia and now New Zealand over the past 6 years is quite remarkable and the significant financial award given by Google to Orange Sky to further their charitable work is really breathtaking. You can only congratulate the founders and all the volunteers who work tirelessly to bring an everyday luxury to those in real need. Their innovative concept has been an incredible success.
Last Wednesday Noel Halford organised the first Wednesday meeting for this Rotary Year.  It was a real success with many Club members attending and a good group of potential members coming to see what Rotary was all about.  Dale Hoy, District Governor Nominee and member of the Rotary Club of Brighton gave a presentation on Entrepreneurship which was well received by the group with many questions and broad discussion to follow.  The feedback has been very valuable so I encourage members to come and join the group when it is moved to Grace Park Tennis Club on 21st August.  
On the 22nd July I was privileged to represent our Club at the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Hawthorn Glen Combined Probus Club held at Rylands in Riversdale Road, Hawthorn East.  Just over 60 members of their Club attended and the celebration was superbly run with an amazing attention to detail.  The Probus Club was so welcoming and many members remember John Carre Riddell, Charles Morrison and Gordon Cheyne.  They expressed their thanks and gratitude for the support in starting their Club and for our on going support over the years.
Photo: Charlotte England, Claire Hanrahan Founding Member and Past President, Liz Ollquist President 2019, and Jill Vaughan Past President and Events Organiser
Charlotte England
President 2019-2020

Orange Sky Australia

Helen Kavnoudias introduced Chrisoula Alisandratos and Mark Gowans, who gave us a lively tag-team presentation on Orange Sky, which is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness.
The idea was founded in a Brisbane garage by two 20-year-old mates, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett. In late 2014, they installed a couple of washing machines and dryers in the back of their old van and visited parks around Brisbane to wash and dry clothes for free. What started as an idea to improve hygiene standards and restore dignity to people doing it tough has evolved into something much bigger and more powerful, with operatives in major cities and one in New Zealand.
There’s no doubt that clean clothes make all of us feel better about ourselves, but the major impact of Orange Sky does not rely on washers spinning or dryers tumbling. It happens through the hours of conversation that take place on our six orange chairs, which are pulled out at every one of our shift locations. Each week, all over Australia, 1600 of volunteers put other parts of their life aside for a few hours to positively connect with their friends on the street through genuine and non-judgemental conversation.
They always partner with service providers such as food vans or drop-in centres, and make sure that they set up at locations where their friends feel most comfortable. The Orange Sky community is made up of people who treat others how they want to be treated. Customers are regarded as “friends” rather than “clients”.
Orange Sky has 29 operating vans including hydrovans which include a shower, Each van costs around $250,000.
Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett won the Young Australian of the Year Award in 2016 . The name Orange Sky Laundry comes from a song they both liked at high school, Orange Sky by British singer Alexi Murdoch. He gave them permission to use it.
More about Orange Sky at

Wednesday Group

Noel Halford introduced guest speaker Dale Hoy to the Wednesday Group, for our fifth meeting of the month. Around twenty Rotarians and guests attended.

Dale told us about his background in Accounting and Financial Services, and after working with Price Waterhouse Cooper for a couple of years he moved to Indonesia and started a business providing financial planning and superannuation for senior Australian executives. Most of these executives hoped to eventually return to Australia.

After ten years in Indonesia he has branches in Hong Kong, Singapore, Jersey and Aukland. He has also produced a book: “Seven Financial Strategies for Australian Senior Executives”.
Dale fielded several questions from the audience before being thanked by Noel.

Dale Hoy is a member of the Rotary Club of Brighton, and is Assistant District Governor for the Batman Cluster. 

Meet the 2019-20 RI President

For nearly 40 years, Mark Daniel Maloney and his family have demonstrated that Rotary connects the world. Now the self-described 'cheerful traveler' embarks on the next phase of his life's journey: serving as Rotary International's new President.
Mark Daniel Maloney was born on 14 May 1955. By then, the family farm, situated outside the small town of Ridgway, had grown to 1,200 acres. For decades the family had raised beef cattle and grown cattle feed, but Patrick Maloney (Mark's father) and his two brothers shifted the focus to growing corn, wheat, and soybeans. They also more than doubled the farm's size when they bought an additional 1,500 acres across the Ohio River in Kentucky.
This was the environment in which Mark Maloney grew up, though it quickly became obvious he was not destined for a career in agriculture. At 4-H competitions, the proving ground for future farmers, he would walk away with top honours — for public speaking. His 1966 speech, "A Dream Becomes a Goal," won the blue ribbon at the Illinois State Fair. Two years later, he won the county spelling bee by properly spelling "bludgeon"; two years after that, he was president of the Gallatin County 4-H Federation. And then there was the achievement against which all others paled: In 1962, Maloney and his five-year-old sister, Kristi, won the Hawaiian-themed costume contest at Ridgway's annual Popcorn Day.
In Ridgway, the self-proclaimed Popcorn Capital of the World, there was no grander occasion than Popcorn Day, held each year on the second Saturday in September. "Popcorn Day was the town's annual highlight," says former Ridgway resident Rick Rotramel, a member of the Rotary Club of Danville, Illinois. Following a free movie at the Strand and a parade, children gathered at the bandstand for popcorn-eating, bubblegum-blowing, and frog-jumping contests. Winners took home a silver dollar.
Collage: Clockwise from top left: Mark on the family farm circa mid-1960s, with his mother, Doreen, his father, Patrick, and his two sisters, Kristi (left) and Erin; Mark and Gay in 1980, the year he joined Rotary; the Ridgway High valedictorian, 1972; Mark and Gay, still smiling, 2019 (photograph by Cary Norton); the Maloneys with their daughters, Margaret (left) and Phyllis, at the 1990 International Assembly in Dallas; the farm remains in the Maloney family after 180 years.

Friends of Baguia

On behalf of the Friends of Baguia, I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Hawthorn for this very generous donation of $2,500. The community and students in Baguia will greatly appreciate the support we can provide to them through your donation.
The five Senior High school students will again receive Rotary scholarships in 2019, and Americo de Fatima Pinheiro will use the Technical scholarship to study Automotive Mechanics at Don Bosco Training College.
If you have any questions about Friends of Baguia or our programs in Timor Leste please do not hesitate to contact myself or check the Friends of Baguia website ( or our Facebook page at
Yours sincerely

Andrew Lowe,
Friends of Baguia
Photo: Baguia Junior High School students

The Shadow Knows!   23/7/19

Members will recall Global Scholar  Katie Wilford addressing the club. Sadly her time in Australia is coming to an end, and she will be giving a valedictory address to the Rotary Club of Melbourne regarding her time as Global Scholar in Australia.  It will be on Wednesday 24 July at 12:30 for 12:50 start, 35th floor of the Sofitel Hotel on Collins St. If anyone from Hawthorn is able to attend, please contact Jo (03 9654 7242) for catering purposes.  Katie hopes to see you (and others) there!
The Shadow is always happy to see Rotarians doing practical things in the community, and you will have lots of opportunities in the next couple of weeks.
Geoff Wright could do with a few more interviewers for the Mock Job Interviews at Auburn High School on Wednesday 31st July. This is a friendly “back-to-school” day for us, and the pupils enjoy playing the roles of job applicants. It gives them the opportunity to present themselves in a non-threatening environment, and many express appreciation of the feedback they receive. Even the interviewers gain from the experience!  Ring Geoff on 98173542
Sheridan Brown needs gardeners to help out at Servants Community Housing on Saturday 3rd August: no hard yards to hoe (unless you’d really like to) but general tidying up is the plan. Let’s hope for a sunny day: ring Sheridan on 00408891056
The Donations-in-Kind team are having a working bee (again) on Saturday 3rd August: this time you can choose to help load a container for Timor, or help with the sorting of goods. All ages and types of body-build are welcome. Ring Gordon Cheyne on 0417583803
T’was nice to see Bill Troedel come up to town: he took the time to swap a few lies with Noel McInnes, and to go out on the balcony to view the building works at Kooyong LTC. Bill and Prue are enjoying life in Ocean Grove. 

Jest for a Laugh


Upcoming Speakers

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
Aug 20, 2019
Yimba Uganda
Emmanuel (Emma) Sserwanga & Anne-Marie Reddan

Emmanuel was born and raised in the largest slum located in the capital of Uganda. His wife, Anne-Marie Reddan, is originally from Healesville.

Their story is amazing. This inspiring couple have established 3 amazing programs. Emma is Uganda's most recognised Gospel singer, specializing in reggae and dancehall music and reputation presents as a positive role model for those interested in music.   He has gone on to win many prestigious awards and continues to do so.


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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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