President's Note

My comments this week do not so much fit around a theme but signal the close of one phase of the year and the beginning of another. The Club has been busy with a constant flow of events. Now several projects have been completed we begin to look forward to the second quarter of the 2018-19 Rotary year.
The Welcome Dinner last Sunday was a great success thanks to the efforts of Katrina Flinn and other members. It was a fitting way to finish my multicultural week, which also, at the last-minute, featured attendance at the local Vietnamese community’s Autumn Festival celebration.  The Vietnamese hospitability was typically warm and of course, accompanied by a delicious meal. Ironically, Noel Halford and I spent quite some time speaking with several delightful representatives of the Indonesian community. 
While the sporting world around Melbourne is working itself into a finals frenzy over the next ten days, it’s a slightly quieter time around Hawthorn Rotary. However, I do encourage everyone to come along next Tuesday at lunchtime and get into the finals spirit as we have our grand final week meeting and hear about what goes on behind the scenes in Aussie Rules football from someone who has spent a lifetime in football; first playing the game and then in administration. Bring a guest and remember to wear your team’s colours.
Beyond the footy finals, there is much to be done at Hawthorn.  The CHANCES goal day needs each member’s active support as will the organisation of our fundraising events in November and December. Please also support Ngaire Cannon as she organises our upcoming Home Hosting fellowship evenings. 
Remember to put Thursday evening 6th December into your calendar as Hawthorn Rotary hosts the official RYLA dinner meeting. At the same time, you can add the Special Cluster evening meeting on Tuesday, November 27th featuring speaker Former Premier Ted Baillieu and special guest, Dr Robert Webster OAM, President, Returned and Services League of Australia, Victorian Branch.
Into the future, we need to be putting our collective minds to the task of building the Club’s member-raising, fundraising and project development efforts to strengthen and sustain our Club into the future. More on this in the weeks ahead.
Ian Bentley
Rotary Club of Hawthorn

Welcome Dinner

The Rotary Club of Hawthorn conducted its first Welcome Dinner on Sunday 16th September at the Auburn Bowls Club.
Our guests represented a wide range of communities and it was evident to the organisers that there was a genuine welcoming atmosphere as we discovered new friends, new cuisines and and new interests.
The event was very capably coordinated by our Rotary club which was well represented and the Join the Dots organisation who provided facilitators to ensure everything went smoothly.
From reports received our guests, some of whom had only been Australia for a short time, were delighted with the warmth of the welcome extended to them and their families. This was a small but significant step towards building positive relations across all our diverse community groups.
Special thanks to Katrina Flinn who initiated this event, President Ian Bentley, our local member John Persutto and the Hawthorn Rotarians who participated so enthusiastically.
We also acknowledge the generosity of the Auburn Bowls Club for providing the venue.

Frank Talk - Building Win-win Situations

Hola Amigos,
I want to thank you all for your comments on my video series Frank Talk! 
I really appreciate all your feedback and messages you've sent as I'm considering to create new messages on topics you suggest.

You can watch my Frank Talk video #4 here:
Frank Devlyn, 
RI President 2000-2001 
Ths Shadow Knows!
The Shadow wonders where all the golfers are hiding:  Poor Noel Halford can’t sleep for worrying about the numbers for the Golf Day on 28th October.  
Rotarians are slow enough to commit to anything, but apparently Rotarian golfers are even worse.
Help Noel get some sleep, by telling him how many golfers you will bring along. PLEASE! 
Not only is Noel organising the Golf Day, he wrote a nice report on "The Welcome Dinner" for your bulletin, and he has organised to have our former member Andrew Donald speak at the monthly evening meeting. Andrew is now back from China, and members will no doubt be keen to hear about the opportunities he found there. 
So, well done Noel: take a lolly from the jar!
And great work, Ngaire Cannon, for planning more home hosting dinners:  these can be great fun, and they build lasting friendships.
What a great opportunity to get to know some of our new members better. 
And for those newer members, we include a photo of what Hawthorn Rotary Club meeting looked like, 'way back in the fifties. 

Upcoming Speakers

Tuesday 25thSeptember  (Grand Final Week)
We are delighted to announce that Ray Wilson, a previous Hawthorn Football Club player will be our guest speaker.
Wilson, a wingman, made his debut for Hawthorn in 1966 and won that season's  best and fairest award. He played on the interchange bench in Hawthorn's 1971 win over St Kilda.
Before being recruited by Hawthorn he captained the University Blacks. His son, Tony Wilson, is a writer, broadcaster and compere.
This is also the day to wear your footy scarves and beanies to get into the Grand Final spirit!
Bookings essential:  Noel - 0419 018 901
Oct 02, 2018     -   District Governor Bronwyn Stephens
How You Can Be The Inspiration.
Oct 16, 2018   -    John Botham
Captain ‘Old King’ Cole: from Port Phillip Pioneer to Victorian Patriarch
Captain George Ward Cole arrived in Melbourne in 1840 following a career in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, including the sacking of Washington, and in the merchant marine.
The illustrated talk tells the story of the building of Cole's Wharf, his Napoleonic War exploits, his life in early Melbourne, his entrepreneurial activities and work as a respected politician.

Coming Events

Home Hosting
It’s on again - our favourite fellowship event …. Put this date in your diary, now …
       Date:        Saturday October 13th 
       Time:        7pm until the stories and wine run out 
       Venue:     Determined by your envelope choice
Home Hosting is one of the best fellowship functions of the year and you’re all invited ….  
We’re looking for, a) hosts and b) guests to attend our 2018 Rotary Hawthorn Home Hosting – it’s most members’ favourite fellowship event and usually voted the best of the year …
Please ask your partner whether you are able to host a group of four or six fun-loving, wine-drinking, story-telling Rotarians for a night of conviviality and fellowship.  The hosts provide the main course, guests are asked to bring either hors d’oeuvres, entrée or dessert, and a bottle from the cellar … 
Please let me know you’re coming, and whether as a host or a guest … Obviously, the evening can only progress if we have enough hosts for the number of guests.  I’ll need to know by Tuesday September 25th - by email or 0419 313 981 … 
Envelopes advising venue and the course to bring will be distributed at Rotary on Tuesdays October 2nd and 9th, or details will be advised by email to our Thursday Rotarians ...
Home Hosting is such a fun evening - do hope to hear you are coming . . . . .   Ngaire Cannon
Fifth Monthly Meeting
The Wednesday evening group will meet on Wednesday 17thOctober at 7.00 pm.
Please note the new venue: Vision Australia (across the road fron Kooyong LTC)
Our former member Andrew Donald will speak on “Trade and Careeer Opportunities in China”
Borrondara 2018 Chances Golf Day 
Following great support last year we will once again invite our fellow Rotary Clubs and others to participate in sponsoring a hole ($250.00) and prizes. 
Any assistance you can offer in this area will be greatly appreciated
Competition Format: Ambrose
Monday  29thOctober 2018 from 11.30 a.m
Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill
$95.00 per person that includes a light lunch and a dinner following the event.
This year we have simplified the payment process by using Trybooking.
Proceed to www.trybooking.comand find the event, Boroondara Chances Golf Day 2018 and follow the prompts.
The funds raised will support the Chances Scholarship Program which is  a major Boroondara Cares initiative supporting students in the area who are financially or socially disadvantaged.
Drop Anchor in Hamburg
Situated on the Elbe River, Hamburg, Germany, is the third-largest port in Europe, a thriving hub of global trade. The city will host the 2019 Rotary International Convention 1-5 June. Local Rotarians are hard at work planning activities that will help you capture the moment. In the September issue of The Rotarian, you will learn more about what you can expect during your visit to Germany's gateway to the world. 
Register by 15 December to take advantage of the early registration discount. 
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.)

Geoff Wright collates the attendance information.  He needs to know of  "make up " events.

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