President’s Note

Our Bulletin editor, and long-time active Rotarian, Gordon Cheyne, has been in the spotlight this past week.  Firstly, featuring fleetingly in a Channel 9 news item, and then as the guest speaker at our weekly meeting. See Henry Drury's article in this edition.
The Channel 9 news report depicted Rotarians at work, and play, at DIK, and highlighted news of the 2023 Rotary International Conference that will bring 20,000 plus Rotarians from around the world to Melbourne, adding $88 million to the local economy.  For those who missed the news item, you can see the clip at
The RI Conference is sure to provide Rotary in Victoria with much-needed publicity. I trust, when the time arrives, the media will move beyond the conference itself and the economic advantages for Melbourne and focus, in more detail, on the life-change and world-changing work that Rotary does.  As we were reminded at the recent Multidistrict Conference and Peace Summit, Rotary not only contributes to the economic development of communities measured by GDP but to Gross National Happiness (GNH).
GNH, made famous by the fourth King of Bhutan, includes nine domains, all of which are directly or indirectly addressed by the work of Rotary.
1.   Psychological wellbeing
2.   Health
3.   Education
4.   Time use
5.   Cultural diversity and resilience
6.   Good governance
7.   Community vitality
8.   Ecological diversity and resilience
9.   Living standards
Aiding Rotary's work to improve GNH through the provision of health services to disadvantaged communities, the irrepressible Gordon, Peter Lugg and your President joined a small band of Rotarians from across the District to brave Saturday's extreme heat at the DIK's bimonthly working bee.  DIK receives a constant flow of medical materials from hospitals resulting in the accumulation of large stockpiles to sort and pack. Many more hands at future working bees would be a great help.
Ian Bentley

Your Fellow Rotarians

President Ian Bentley led the discussion in Tuesday’s Club Forum, with some philosophical thoughts about our programmes, and which should be  desirable, feasible and viable. 
Kevin Rose reported on the Youth and Vocational areas, praising the school mock interviews run by Geoff Wright and Hans Carlborg’s work in the mentoring area, with eight Rotary Clubs heading towards a feasibility study into a project at Swinburne University. 
Noel Halford addressed the issues of membership and fundraising, with a duck race, recycled coffee cups and first aid kits being considered. 
Charlotte England spoke on a special event to involve the busisness community, and about the club changeover on 20thJune.  
Several members added constructive ideas, and time ran out as these were investigated. In all, it was a productive and informative forum.

What a wonderful world!

To say that Sir David Attenborough is just a television personality in the UK is like saying Ron Barassi is just a guy who appeared in some TV commercials. 
Attenborough is a national treasure, dazzling audiences for decades with his absorbing wildlife documentaries and his intoxicating voice. Sadly, he’s soon to retire from television.
UK ad agency RKCR/Y&R has created this mash-up in tribute, pairing Attenborough’s voice with Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World.” Set to footage of his documentaries, this may make you well-up a little.
It really is Magic.  
David Attenborough does it again.

Take a virtual tour of Room 711

Each year, thousands of visitors to Rotary headquarters experience Room 711, a recreation of the office where, on 23 February 1905, Paul Harris met with three acquaintances to start a club based on “mutual cooperation and informal friendship.”

The original office was located in the former Unity Building on Dearborn Street in downtown Chicago. In 1980, local Rotary members rented it and gathered period furnishings and fixtures to re-create the look and feel of an early 20th century office. Later, they organized the Paul Harris 711 Club to continue supporting the room and the story it tells. When the Unity Building was set to be demolished in 1989, they dismantled the room and arranged to rebuild it later at Rotary world headquarters.

The room was initially recreated on the 16th floor of One Rotary Center. We relocated it to the first floor as part of a remodeling in 2014, improving access for visitors who come to Evanston.

We wanted to give our members around the world an opportunity to experience the room without traveling to Evanston so we created a virtual tour.

Virtual visitors can guide themselves through the room and click on select items to learn about them and about Chicago during the era when Paul Harris moved to Chicago and started Rotary. The interactive tour isn’t just for people who can’t come to Evanston. It offers elements not available onsite, such as audio recordings of Paul Harris (hint: click on the phone). Armchair travel is encouraged!

This year, 23 February, marks the 114th anniversary of RotaryRead more about Room 711 and take the virtual tour:

Electroconvulsive therapy: a complicated legacy 

I was intrigued to read this article recently in Quartz Obsession, which sent me on a trip down “Memory Lane”:
Starting in the 1930s in Italy, doctors started offering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for patients who suffered from depression and bipolar disorder. The idea was that the shock would induce a seizure, a sudden electrical storm in the brain, that could relieve some of the symptoms. The effects were longer-lasting than the drugs that existed at the time. Doctors weren’t sure why it worked, but they found that it helped a number of patients feel better. 
By the 1950s, ECT was common practice at mental hospitals worldwide, but was quickly becoming controversial; critics said it was misused on non-consenting patients, or misapplied, such as when patients were “treated” for homosexuality. It could be risky because the voltage of the shock wasn’t standardized; memory loss was (and still is) a common side effect. Grisly depictions of ECT in films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and novels like The Bell Jar fed rising pushback against the authority of psychiatrists, which fueled the burgeoning anti-psychiatry movement, according to The Conversation. ECT’s fall from fashion put it on the back burner for decades.
Today, it’s much safer and more widely accepted (although the issue of involuntary ECT has not disappeared). It also doesn’t cause convulsions anymore, thanks to the use of muscle relaxants. In 2012, about a million patients worldwide were estimated to receive it every year. Scientists are still not totally sure why it works, though they now know that the shock can alter a patient’s blood flow, chemical balance, and connectivity in the brain.
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My first foray into the world of psychiatry and anaesthesia was in the fifties, when I was a medical student, standing in for the resident house-doctor in a psychiatric unit. We had six patients lined up for ECT one afternoon, but the anaesthetist rostered for the job didn’t show up.
“You can give the anaesthetics, and I’ll give them the ECT”, said the registrar, my immediate superior. 
“O.K.” said I, “what do I do?”
“Just give them about this much Pentothal” he said, holding thumb and forefinger apart, “and this much relaxant”, again with a demmo. After I zap them, blow in some oxygen until they start breathing again, and leave them on their side.”  (Some time later, I learned the appropriate doses of thiopentone and suxamethonium, and the hazards of cholinesterase deficiency.) 
I recall the ECT machine was made in Germany, with the bright logo “Konvulsator” on the front. Our patients showed remarkable resilience, in that they all survived. Some even improved.
ECT was originally performed under anaesthesia without muscle relaxation, which occasionally resulted in fractures from the violent muscle contractions. After muscle relaxants were introduced, the convulsions were abolished. 
But I was impressed by ECT as a therapy for endogenous depression, before the introduction of effective anti-depression medication. Patients who were suicidal or totally incapacitated by their illness reverted to normal lives. 
The most spectacular “cure” I  saw was of a catatonic schizophrenic, who was totally rigid and uncommunicatative, who became rational and mobile after treatment. 
As the article says, nobody knows how it worked, but it has  helped millions of patients. With over 100,000 Australian children now on antidepressants, I wonder where the world is heading. 
Ths Shadow Knows!
 The Shadow certainly knows it was hot on Saturday, the day scheduled for a working bee at the Donations-in-Kind store in West Footscray. And yes, it got hot in the woolshed. Despite that, we managed to sort tonnes of donated goods: yes tonnes, as in ten big pallets.
We finally nailed Peter Lugg to the floor, to get him to make a decision on a dozen or so operating packs: our photo shows him discussing their suitability with a colleague in Cambodia.  Yes, they can be added to the next consignment. President Ian Bentley and Jane bravely worked their way through some pretty confusing dressings and appliances, but the highlight of the day was morning tea-break, when we happily found the fridge had been stocked with cool drinks. 
Jenny Foster of Essendon RC thanked the attendees: Rotarians and enthusiastic  volunteers, several with medical or nursing backgrounds.  The result of the working bee will be that we now have space to move around, and can get down to making an inventory, so clubs can access the goods they wish to send to those who need them. 
Next working bee? First Saturday in May. It should be a little cooler. At least we hope so.
Did I say ten pallets? Do you ever wonder why we use pallets at DIK?  
Quartz Obsession has some ideas:  "What’s the most important object in the global economy? The classic answer for logistics nerds is the shipping container, which carries just about every type of object you can think of through the arteries and veins of global trade. 
"But let’s drill down a little further. How do those grapedruit and puffer jackets get into the containers in the first place, and then get offloaded at their destinations? The answer, most commonly, is an even more humble and ubiquitous technology: The pallet.
“The magic of these pallets is the magic of abstraction,” writes Jacob Hodes. “Take any object you like, pile it onto a pallet, and it becomes, simply, a ‘unit load’—standardized, cubical, and ideally suited to being scooped up by the tines of a forklift. This allows your Cheerios and your oysters to be whisked through the supply chain with great efficiency.”
"But this simple tool, precisely because of its essential role in the global supply chain, comes with unexpectedly complex logistics. Just last week, the UK’s plan to leave the European Union hit an unexpected snag when panicked British ministers realized the country does not have enough pallets to send exports to the EU, since it uses pallets with very slightly different dimensions. 
"The pallet and forklift are the chicken and egg of modern commerce: Goods are packaged onto pallets specifically so they can be conveyed via forklifts, which have followed their own parallel technological development. Pallets basically exist to give forklifts somewhere to insert their tines."
You can read about the pallet wars when the US abandoned millions of pallets in Australia, after World War I1 here:

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Upcoming Speakers

Helen Botham
Mar 12, 2019
La Trobe's Jolimont - a walk around my garden.  Partners are particularly welcome to come and hear this talk. 

Helen's book, published in 2006, ‘La Trobe’s Jolimont – A Walk Around My Garden’ uses the illustrations of Edward La Trobe Bateman to give an insight into La Trobe’s Jolimont estate and the people who lived there.  Chair:  Gordon Cheyne   Photo Credit:

Tony Stokes
Mar 19, 2019
Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery
Jeffrey Tan  -  Mar 26, 2019

Cooking a Dream

Mugshots 3
In the third book in the best-selling series, Mugshots 3 takes the reader inside the sinister world of Australian crime and reveals the truth behind the stories that shocked a nation.
Chairman: David Rush
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'.

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

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