President’s Note

Welcome to the New Rotary Year.  On behalf of the Club I would like to thank Ian Bentley and his wife Jane for all their dedication and hard work over the past year and wish them well for a slightly more relaxed year ahead.  
Camberwell Art Show provided a wonderful venue for the Club's first meeting.  30 Rotarians and partners met at Caffe on Uni for a convivial light lunch and, a good conversation was had by all. The decibels would have given any university student group fair competition!
Then it was off to the Art Show.  Our thanks to Anne Murphy for helping to set up our visit and to Brenda Innes from the Rotary Club of Camberwell who gave us a comprehensive overview of the art on display. She also helped us to better understand the significant club effort in putting together a Show of this quality.
Members were then able to take in the vast variety of artwork work which was incredibly varied and interesting. The Swinburne location is very accommodating with its light and airy auditorium and large windows which makes it a great venue to display artwork.  
The Art Show certainly sets the tone for the coming year.  I look forward to welcoming all Members each Tuesday to our lunch at Kooyong.  Jill Weeks has many excellent speakers in store for us.  Next week Craig Whiteford, General Manager, Zoo Based Conservation Organisation, Zoos Victoria will be speaking about  the Zoo's Fighting Extinction Program and their Community Conservation Initiatives which I am sure will be of great interest to the Club at large.
The Board of the Club will be meeting on 9th July.  Many committees have been put together and initiatives/projects are starting.  If you would like to be involved and don't have a place on a committee or project please don't hesitate to speak to me.  
Our Charity Lunch on 8th October will be a good project to be a part of and volunteers are being sought as we need to 'get the ball rolling' for this major fundraiser. Please get in touch with me directly either by email or phone.
I trust that all members of our Club will enjoy their Rotary year.
Kind regards,
Charlotte England
President 2019-2020


Rotary is built on connection. When Paul Harris came to Chicago as a young lawyer, he formed Rotary for one compelling reason: to help him connect to others in a new city.
More than a century later, we have at our disposal countless ways to form friendships  and networks, most of which Paul Harris never dreamed. Yet Rotary’s ability to connect us remains unique — and unrivaled.
Through its distinct mission and structure, Rotary International provides a way to connect to our communities, to network professionally, and to build strong and lasting relationships. Our membership connects us to a global community through our countless projects and programs, our leadership in polio eradication, and our work with and through the United Nations. Our service connects us to people who share our values, who want to take action for a better world; it connects us to people we would never otherwise meet, who are more like us than we could have imagined; and it connects us to people who need our help, allowing us to change lives in communities around the world.
As a new decade begins, we are shaping Rotary’s future. In 2019-2020, Rotary will implement its new strategic plan, respond to the innovation of the Council on Legislation, and serve in our revitalized areas of focus. But the real work of shaping Rotary’s future lies in our clubs, where our organization must do the most to adapt to today’s changing realities.
While the club remains the core of the Rotary experience, we are now far more creative and flexible in deciding what a club can be, how it can meet, and even what can be considered a Rotary meeting. We need to be organized, strategic, and innovative in how we approach membership, forging wider and deeper connections to our communities and forming new club models to attract and engage more — and more diverse — members.
Rotary is indeed a family. Yet too often, the structure of membership or the demands of leadership seem to place Rotary out of reach for today’s younger professionals. Rotary can and should be an experience that complements our families instead of competing with them. When our Rotary clubs are warm, welcoming places where service and family go hand in hand, we give family-oriented young professionals the opportunity to embrace Rotary service and model positive civic engagement. And when we make the expectations of Rotary offices realistic and manageable for busy professionals, we develop the skills and networks of a new generation of Rotarians — who will become Rotary leaders.
In 2019-2020, it will be our challenge to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

Container Update

Can you recall the fun we had, loading a container for Cambodia before Xmas?
And the months of frustration since, waiting for the customs compliance, bill of lading, and acceptance at the other end?  Thanks to Peter Lugg and the DIK Team’s tireless efforts, we finally got the “all clear”.
We can finally breathe a sigh of relief, now it is on its way, headed to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Just to remind you, here’s what we loaded:

A "Thank-you" from The Rotary Foundation

Dear Hawthorn Rotary Club,

When you donate to The Rotary Foundation, your gift makes a difference in communities that need our help most. It is because of you that Rotarians are empowered to create lasting, meaningful change. Because of your gift, Rotarians are hard at work leading service projects that support education, fight disease, provide clean water, and promote peace around the world. 

Thank you, Hawthorn Rotary Club,for your dedication and continued support of The Rotary Foundation.

Brenda Cressey
Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2018-19
Ths Shadow Knows!
Royce Abbey Champions of Change 
This very well deserved award recognises two stalwarts of Rotary, Laurie Fisher and Bob Glindeman of Donations-in-Kind. Their unwavering efforts, support for clubs and projects, and total commitment to supporting communities is a pillar of our international work. 
More from DIK
 Following changes to the availability of the Royce Abbey meeting room at International House, the District 9800 Board decided to relocate this portrait of PRIP Royce Abbey to the Board room at Donations-in-Kind. David Abbey, a member of the Rotary Club of Essendon and former member of the Rotary Club of Shepparton Central gave a great eulogy for his father.
Our photo shows: Past District Governor Lawrence Atley, District Governor Bronwyn Stephens, David Abbey, District Governor Elect Grant Hocking with Past District Governors Dennis Shore, Don Jago and Murray Verso. 
Rotary and ShelterBox Renew Partnership 
Rotary has renewed a three-year partnership with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. 
For almost 20 years, this unique humanitarian alliance has supported families with a place to call home after disaster. ShelterBox provides emergency shelters and other essential items to support families who have lost their homes in disaster. 
Read a story about what it takes to train for a ShelterBox Response team.
Fame at last!
Look who made the ‘Social Pages’ in the Progress Leader This Week! Charlotte England and Ian Bentley at our recent changeover!
And yes, we have more changeover photos HERE
This is a timely reminder of all the work our unsung heroine Jill Weeks does behind the scenes: publicity, radio talk-back, speaker programme, (includ
ing the District 9800 Speaker Bank) and web page expert. Is there nothing she can’t do? Thanks Jill, for all your time and effort. 
Who is that surfie?
At the Camberwell Rotary Art Show, some members remarked on the likeness to one of the paintings to Ralph Treloar, and someone
took this nice photo of the two together. Was Ralph a surfie in his younger days?  Ngaire says the picture was only painted a few years ago, but The Shadow remains a skeptic. What do YOU think?
Several members were spotted leaving the Art Show with relieved expressions. Could it be that their spouses had  nearly purchased paintings?  Or were they just happy after a lovely Rotary function?

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

Zoo Based Conservation Organisation, Zoos Victoria
Jul 09, 2019
Craig Whiteford, General Manager - Threatened Species, Wildlife Conservation & Science at Zoos Victoria
Jul 16, 2019

Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), which 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.

ARMI is a medical research centre based at the Clayton Campus of Monash University. Boasting 18 research groups studying a variety of regenerative approaches, ARMI is one of the largest regenerative medicine and stem cell research hubs in the world.

Chair: Dr Tilak Dissanayake

Jul 23, 2019
Orange Sky Australia
Jul 30, 2019
'The Good, The Bad & The Extraordinary'


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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