President's Note 10th September 2019

The week started with a group of 17 members and partners attending the Q&A ABC programme.  We were collected from Kooyong and travelled by bus into the Southbank studios to be a part of the live audience for the evening.  The group seemed to enjoy the lively discussion by the panel although no-one from our group got the opportunity to ask a question! Certainly a different type of Club event and very interesting to go to the ABC studios.
Our guest speaker this week was Darryl Steer (right) from the Cambodian Clean Water and Toilet Project.  His presentation certainly showed us the reality of Cambodian village life and struck a significant cord with the members who were there.  The photographs he presented to us gave a clear picture of the environment Cambodian villagers have to survive in which is basic at best.  It was good to see how his project was enabling villagers to have a safer, healthier and cleaner life due to his hard work and bringing clean water to them. 
Katrina, who was Chairman for the day, gave us an overview of the World of a Difference Tours to Cambodia.  Hopefully members will take the opportunity to go and see first hand the work that Darryl is doing there and be able to not only have a holiday but also work on some projects at the same time. 
Please let Katrina know if you would like to be a part of this very worthwhile trip.
Charlotte England
President & Membership Director 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Hawthorn

 Cambodia Clean Water and Toilet Project

Darrel Steer is a retired professional who went to Cambodia in 2015 for a holiday; he has not yet moved back home!  While there, he witnessed the poor standard of living and poverty throughout the rural villages.  He observed that there was no access to clean water creating unsanitary living conditions and illness. 
There is no need so basic as having clean water to drink, but over half the population of Cambodian does not have access to clean water.  In the countryside, most people rely on water from rivers, streams and ponds. This water is often polluted and is a major cause of health issues in children. Also, the lack of sanitary toilets exacerbates the water problems: people use the bush as their toilet.
The Cambodia Clean Water and Toilet Project is a 'grassroots' organisation founded by Darrel Steer in response to the needs seen in a rural village near Siem Reap in early 2015.  With support from village leaders, Darrel took action to raise the standard of health and hygiene for these village families by installing water bores with pumps and sanitary toilets.
The project provides the means for very poor villagers to improve their health, save the money that would be spent on medicines, re-focus on their children's schooling and give them hope for their future. 
The installation costs are $350 for a clean water bore with casing to protect the actual bore pipe, plus a cast iron pump and concrete base. For the installation of a septic tank toilet and building, it costs $610.
The project team normally insists on the family making some contribution, usually by helping with the drilling or digging and providing the sand and sometimes the cement. 
Their contribution helps maintain the family's dignity and provides a sense of ownership.  Ownership is a critical factor for ongoing hygiene and maintenance.
Darrel humorously described his own career path since his retirement as an industrial chemist to a financial planner and later to a bricklayer. During his visit to Melbourne he has been delighted by the opportunity to network with Rotarians and the co-operation he received from World of Difference Tours and Donations-in-Kind.

World of Difference

Working Bee @DIK
We had a good turn-out at DIK on Saturday, sorting through heaps of “stuff”. In other words, we re-packaged several pallets of assorted medical goods.  
It was a bit like opening the Christmas presents: we were never sure what we would find. Some boxes were nicely packed with a single product, and others were a real mixture. 
10% of our club turned out, and two fourth-year Medical Students from Monash University who had come along to see what DIK was all about, stayed on to help. Fortunately several nurses and midwives were there to keep us correct, both medically and politically.
We were basically putting stuff that looks alike into basins: “What’s this thing for? What’s the difference between triangular bandages and the others, and why do we separate them?  It’s a catheter, isn’t it: cardiac or foley’s.  So what?”  Yes, we worked it out.
The morning tea-break was an opportunity to network with the new Passport Rotary Club, and to discuss opportunities with Rotarians from other clubs who had come to see a presentation on Cambodia by PDG Bronwyn Stephens and District International Chair Jenny Foster.  Daryl Steer, next Tuesday’s speaker on Clean Water for Cambodia, and Dr Peter Gray of Phnom Penh Rotary Club added constructive ideas.
As we settle into Shed 39 in West Footscray, we are gradually getting things into order.  Moving from Shed 40 before Xmas meant taking down and re-assembling all the shelving, and re-stacking the pallets. In the rush, things were put wherever they could fit in our two medical aisles. We have nearly cleared the back-log of donated goods, and now can see what we have on the floor and shelving. Can we now start making a list what we have?
Because Hawthorn Rotary contributes to the rent at DIK, and help out regularly, we have access to the goods for sending. There is an abundance of beds and other goods ready to fill another container, and over the past few months we have been carefully setting some aside. Show us the money and we will send a container to Cambodia for a new surgical wing at Kampong Speu.
Thanks to Andrew Crockett, Katrina Flinn, Peter Lugg and Noel Halford for your enthusiastic assistance.  
Next Working Bee?  First Saturday in November! Alternatively, come along any Tuesday or Thursday.
Our photos show Peter Lugg with a publicity poster, and one of our busiest Working Bees, when a class of school children turned up to help.

Something Different For Your Cup Weekend

I am arranging a trip for the Melbourne Cup Weekend to the Nhill Air Show which is actively supported by our friends at the Rotary Club Nhill.
The attached flyer explains the event however if you need more information please contact me on 0419 018 901 or
You may be interested to know that Nhill was the halfway refuelling stop for the first flights from Melbourne to Adelaide.
During WW11, the Nhill Aerodrome played an important role in training pilots for overseas duty.
I have tentatively booked some rooms at the Little Desert  Nature Lodge just 16 km out of Nhill for Saturday 2nd of November but I can only hold these for a limited time.
Could you please let me know if you are interested in joining us for what promises to be a great weekend when we can meet up again with the friends we made from our last trip. 
Although there are a number of us who will drive there is an option to travel on a DC3 aircraft that has been arranged especially for the event
2019 Nhill Airshow
The Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre will celebrate the Centenary of Aviation in Nhill with another fantastic Air Show on Saturday 2 November 2019.
In 1919 a de Havilland DH6 aircraft landed at the Nhill racecourse marking the beginning of a century of aviation in Nhill.
In 1941 Nhill welcomed the RAAF to use the Nhill aerodrome as a WWII training base. It is one of only a few still laid out as it was in 1945.
The Nhill Airshow 2019 will include a full flying program throughout the day featuring a wide range of aircraft. Ground displays will include classic cars, military vehicles and much more. View our photographic displays. Learn about our aviation history and be amazed by the Wirraway and the restoration of the Avro Anson. RV Camping is available on site by donation. Joy flights can be arranged in advance.
For more information visit

When the ATMs run dry

Villages like Lossiemouth, Scotland and Itta Bena, Mississippi, have at least one thing in common. They’re cash deserts—places from which banks have fled and where cash machines routinely run dry.
Cash payments are on the decline in a growing number of countries. In South Korea, 89% of consumer payments are cashless. Paper money is becoming an oddity in Chinese cities, and cash hasn’t been king in the UK since 2017. And Japan, a paper-money stalwart, hopes to go digital by using tax breaks to encourage businesses to offer cashless payment options in advance of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Sometimes though, the shift to digital happens too quickly. Sweden is looking at ways to re-introduce cash, or at least keep the underpinnings from collapsing entirely. India, seeking to flush out the underground economy and move towards a cashless system, suddenly removed high-value banknotes from circulation in 2016. But the effort in many ways flopped. There are few indications that it cut down illegal assets and the amount of cash in circulation rebounded.
A small but growing number of towns are unintentionally running out of bank notes and coins, part of a broader, global trend of bank branch closures. Some 2,000 or more US towns that had a bank in 2010 no longer have one. Britain’s ATM network has been in a tailspin, inspiring the UK government to pledge to protect the availability of physical money. It’s time to check the balances.
The end of the bank branch manager?
When it comes to bank branch closures, the UK is something of a laboratory for the rest of the world. The country has embraced newer payment technologies, and its banking system is more concentrated among a smaller number of financial institutions. It also lacks certain regulations, like the Community Reinvestment Act in the US, that are designed to make sure that banks provide services and disclose data about their activities in vulnerable communities. These days Britain has fewer than 8,000 bank branches, down from nearly 18,000 in 1989
The shift is reaching a critical point, but it’s been underway for decades. Branch managers who worked in the provinces were a big deal in their communities in the 1970s. As credit scoring models caught on, much of their power and influence was relocated back to bank headquarters, in cities like London. Bank branches, over time, became little more than sales outposts.
The advent of online banking has turbocharged this shift. Around 1,500 previously banked towns in the UK no longer have a single branch.
But a growing stack of research also shows that robot lenders aren’t a full substitute for the traditional bank branch. Some consumers still like to do their banking in person and end up commuting to the nearest branch. They tend to do the rest of their errands at the same time, dragging commerce away from the smallest villages. Research published last year (pdf) by professors at the London School of Economics and University of Edinburgh Business School found that the closer a small business is located to a bank branch, the more likely it is to get financing for things like start-up costs, improvements, and expansion. “Our results suggest that, despite rapid technological change, local banking markets still matter,” they wrote.
The Shadow Knows!  10/09/19
It’s not just Steve Smith’s batting that has got the English cricket establishment hot under the collar — a new report by senior British academics suggests the game may have to adapt some of its long-held traditions because of the looming threat of climate change.
Warm weather has already rattled the English — upending convention at the home of cricket. When the mercury spiked at Marylebone Cricket Club last summer, members were allowed to enter the pavilion at Lord’s without a jacket due to “abnormally warm temperatures”.
But a new report — called Hit for Six — authored by professors from universities in Leeds and Portsmouth for the British Association for Sustainable Sport, suggests climate change will cause further upheaval.
The report, backed by the MCC and Lord’s, suggests for example it is only a matter of time before players start wearing short trousers.  The Shadow is aghast at the thought!
After fining attendees at the ABC’s recent Q&A broadcast, Sergeant-at-Arms Simon O’Donoghue ensured that everyone left the room just a little bit lighter. Those who missed the program can catch up at 
Dr John Carre-Riddell reported that Charles Morrison is still far from well, and is in Regis Aged Care, 40 Central Road, Blackburn. While suffering from epilepsy and delirium, he can converse adequately. If you wish to visit him, please contact Jacqui Weir first on 0408331568 or 95507935
Simon O’Donoghue sadly announced that Trevor Jones is suffering from a recurrence of a melanoma removed 10 years ago.
We all wish Charles and Trevor a speedy recovery.
Glenferrie Rotary Trivia Night: Those of you who have met Glenferrie’s Ian Salek (right) know he is a fun guy: he is also the brains behind their Music and Film Trivia Night. If you can join us at their meeting on Tuesday 24th September, be on the lookout for quirky questions.

Jest for a Laugh


Upcoming Speakers

Sep 17, 2019
Kevin Love  -  The New $58m Visitor Centre at Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade
In July this year a new visitor centre was opened at Phillip Island Nature Park’s Penguin Parade. Kevin Love will talk about the reasons for the project; the business case; the design and how the project met its objectives.
Sep 24, 2019
Adjunct Associate Professor Rob Hess
The Forgotten Story of ... the Chinese Goldfields Aussie Rules leagues

Adjunct Associate Professor Rob Hess is an historian and a former staff member in the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University.  He has a long-standing interest in the social history of sport and his PhD was the first ever doctoral study of the history of Australian Rules football. 

Oct 1, 2019
Andrew Crockett   -   Behind The Badge
Our own Andrew Crockett will give us some insight about himself, his family and his vocation. 
Oct 08, 2019
Leigh Woodgate  -  7 Steps To Overcoming Anything
A fearless horsewoman who grew up just down the road from the Snowy, who beat the men at their own game. They breed them tough in those mountains, and Leigh Woodgate’s experiences have been epic. 

Forthcoming Events

Bees Under Threat   -   The Unsung Heroes Ensuring the Worlds Food Supply
In our busy world we often fail to see the wood for the trees and nowhere is that more evident than in in the case of Bees.
Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their laborious work ethic, we owe many thanks to this amazing yet often under appreciated insect. Our lives – and the world as a whole would be a much different place if bees didn’t exist.
Did you know bees are responsible for pollinating about one sixth of the flowering plant species world wide, and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant? Without the pollination efforts of bees to sustain our modern food system we could not exist. Sadly the number of bees is declining due to the changing environmental conditions.
Without bees and other pollinators much of the world’s food supply would end, so it’s literally a matter of life or death that these essential tiny links in our global food chain are supported. We believe that Rotary through its global reach is in a unique position to make valuable contribution but it needs your support.
On the 18th September we are delighted to welcome Rotarian John McCaskill to speak on this important and fascinating topic. John represents a group of Rotarians who are very worried about the dangerous decline in bee and other pollinator populations world wide and is taking action to help reverse this trend.
Please RSVP Noel Halford no later than 5.00 p.m. Tuesday 17th September.
$15.00  (students $10.00) for a light supper and complimentary drink.
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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