President’s Note

In his book, Sapiens, historian Yuval Harare, argues that so-called human civilisation has not led to progressively better lives for humankind. As our species transitioned from hunter-gatherers to farmers to city-dwelling jet-setting twenty-first centurions, he claims that, contrary to common belief, we have not become better off. If you’ve not read the book, I highly recommend it.
Year 12 biology students in Victoria study, albeit briefly, the cultural evolution of humans.  They also study the way humans have altered and continue to alter almost every aspect of the environment, to the extent that we are now shaping, mainly by accident, current and future biological evolution. While ‘natural’ events such as asteroid impacts have led to previous mass biological extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, it is we humans that are the cause of the current rapid global decline in species numbers, often referred to as the Anthropocene extinction.
In a matter of 200,000 – 300,000 years, a mere moment in evolutionary time, we have moved from small bands of a few families wandering the land following the seasonal availability of food, to massive populations crammed into bustling cities, where, in spite of the numbers, people seem to feel more lonely and isolated than ever. The pressures we experience are different from our ancient relatives, but they are nevertheless real and ever-present in our communities.  According to the WHO, Australia ranks second with the USA to Ukraine with the highest level of depressive disorders in the world. 
It is curious how much of the work confronting these global and human problems falls to volunteer groups.  Environmental organisation, such as Green Peace and the WWF, battle against species extinction, and to keep the global temperature from rising a level predicted to cause catastrophic climate change, sea level rise and ecological carnage. At a community level, it is also volunteers that do much of the heavy lifting. Earlier in the year, we made a modest contribution by planting 2000 trees. 
This week the CHANCES selection panel met to allocate scholarships to some of the many children in our community whose financial circumstances cause them to struggle to participate in their schooling fully. Surprisingly the CHANCES volunteers battle to raise the modest amount of money needed to achieve the level of support required by all the children living in one of the most affluent municipalities in the world. 
Finally, at the Club meeting this week we heard from our guest speaker, Barrie Dempster, about the extraordinarily valuable work done by the teams of volunteers at LifeLine.  All day, every day, sad and lonely people reach out by telephone to well-trained counsellors who skillfully help these people change direction and experience some relief and see some small glimmer of hope for the future. The motivating factor for so many of these volunteer organisations is to do good in the world.  We Rotarians share this purpose. Let us at Hawthorn not lose sight of our mission.
Ian Bentley
President Rotary Club of Hawthorn

Lifeline........Behind The Telephone

Guest speaker Barrie Dempster told us of his experiences as a volunteer for Lifeline. He has been a Counsellor with Lifeline for many years. Lifeline was founded in 1963 by the late Reverend Dr. Sir Alan Walker, when he took a call from a distressed man who later took his own life. Determined not to let isolation and lack of support be the cause of more deaths, Sir Alan launched a 24-hour crisis support line. In it first 24 hours, 100 calls were answered. The service spread to other capital cities, and after an article in “Time”  Magazine, to the world under several differing names. 
The service is particularly busy on Mother’s Day and at Christmas. There was an unexpected rise in calls from dairy farmers when the retail price of milk was cut. 
A crisis is someone’s personal reaction to an event or experience in their life they find hard to cope with. This service (13 11 14) now answers around 1,800 calls each day, with around 50 calls from people at high risk of suicide.
Lifeline’s services are now made possible through the efforts of around 1,000 staff and 11,000 volunteers, operating from over 60 locations nationwide. Trainee volunteers bear the cost of a series of weekly lectures and role playing, and earn a certificate in counselling. 
Barry described how emergency telephones have been installed at several suicide “hot spots”: The Gap in Sydney, Storey Bridge in Brisbane and the Tasman Bridge in Hobart. 
Lifeline not only deals with preventing suicide, but gives advice and support for mental illness and depression, domestic and family violence, financial and gambling problems, lonliness, isolation, loss and grief, and substance abuse and addiction. 
This service of the Wesley Mission receives 30 million dollars from the Federal Government, and donations from community groups and individuals.  Dr John Carre-Riddell thanked Barry for his enlightening description of Lifeline and his experiences as a volunteer. 
Images: Barrie Dempster (above)    Reverend Dr. Sir Alan Walker (right)

Top award for District 9800 Rotaractor

Ludovic Grosjean aged 29, of the Melbourne City Rotaract Club, is one of only six young innovators worldwide to win the 2018 “Rotary’s People of Action” award. This award is for humanitarian work involving cutting-edge technology and community collaboration.
Rotary International President Barry Rassin picked the winners personally.  Ludovic receives the honor at the United Nation’s Rotary Day in Nairobi on November 9th.
Ludovic founded engineering consultancy OceanX Group, with eight people in Washington DC, France and Australia. The anti-pollution work includes combining artificial intelligence with sensors and drones. A local example: adding designing electronics for the Yarra’s 30-year-old litter traps and bins, so pollution can be identified and arrested in real time. Ludovic cameto Australia in 2013 and tested his anti-pollution know-how against our huge variety of coastlines. His expertise includes amphibious drones that cope with winds, waves and corrosion. 
Ludovic with members of Melbourne City Rotaract at the Clean Up the Yarra Day. Ludovic is 2nd from the right.  
Ludovic’s club (15 members and 100 helpers and volunteers) launched the Yarra clean-up project involving a dozen Rotary clubs, environment groups and authorities. “My team could fish out three dumped O-Bikes a day but there’s hundreds left,” he says. “Plastics in waterways is a massive global threat. We have to stop it at source for the sake of humanity itself.” 
“Nearly 95% of ocean plastic-pollution arrives via ten great rivers,” he says. “But I don’t refer to any, it’s not just “third world developing countries” pollution problem, because we set up the export industries there. We should now take responsibility. Our designers should understand the entire sourcing and life-cycle of the products. We ourselves need to urge less packaging and more local consumption. It’s real social change that aligns with all our Rotary values.
“When my engineer grandfather Maurice was nearing his time, he asked me,
‘What will you do to make this world a better place?’. So I’m I am using amazing technology for healthier water-ways to save our oceans, and communicating to everyone why it matters.”

Australian Rotary Health

In May 1981, Professor Alan Williams, a well known research and Chief Pathologist at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital,  was interviewed on a late-night commercial radio station. He discussed the dreaded phenomenon of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) also known as ‘Cot Death’. A listener to that broadcast was Ian Scott, a member of the Rotary Club of Mornington, Victoria, who was so moved by the interview that he resolved to take action.
At the next meeting of his Rotary Club, Ian proposed the establishment of a national Rotary research foundation, with an aim of raising $2 million for research beginning in Cot Death. On … May, 1981, ‘The Australian Rotary Health Research Fund’ was established. In 1985, The Board allocated its first grant into the causes of SIDS. Parents around the world now know to place babies on their backs at night, greatly reducing the impact of SIDS.
As Australian Rotary Health grew, so did its broad vision of a healthier Australia through research, awareness and education. Supported by Rotarians Australian wide, Australian Rotary Health was soon in a position to sponsor research in a range of medical and health areas that do not readily attract funding.
You can read more or watch ARH Chairman, PDG Greg Ross, telling the ARH Story at
Photo: Ian Scott 

How to watch Rotary’s World Polio Day 

You don’t have to travel to Philadelphia to take part in Rotary’s World Polio Day event on 24 October. You can watch a livestream of the proceedings from your computer or smartphone starting at 18:30 Philadelphia time.  A recording will be available shortly after the event on
Rotary will also stream the event in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. 
This year’s event will be livestreamed from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, known as the birthplace of American medicine. It is one of the oldest professional medical organizations in the United States.
Global health experts and Rotary’s celebrity polio ambassadors will discuss our remarkable progress toward a polio-free world. Patience Asiimwe, the protagonist of Rotary’s upcoming virtual reality film “Two Drops of Patience,” will introduce the movie. A sneak peek from Rotary’s documentary “Drop to Zero” will also be featured. Jeffrey Kluger, senior editor for Time magazine, will discuss his experience traveling to Nigeria with Rotary to report on polio eradication. And we’ll celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Ths Shadow Knows!
Hats everywhere, but why?  To support Australian Rotary Health, of course. It is  a national, not-for-profit organisation which funds health research and provides community education about health in Australia. The organisation supports work on a broad range of health problems, but specialises in mental health. 
On Hat Day, those who didn’t wear a hat, got a fine. But Rotary is so egalitarian: those who did wear a hat also got the opportunity to contribute to ARH. 
There were some smashing hats, and the ladies certainly showed up the men. The Shadow thought that Charlotte England and Katrina Flinn looked particularly chic, and Charles Morrison deserved a prize for his panache.
President Ian Bentley wore a jester’s cap, but he didn’t see the funny side of things when he inadvertantly deleted all his e-mails, in-box, out-box, the whole box and dice. That’s no joke.   Dennis Shore, Sheridan Brown and Ian Macfarlane all looked the part.
Next week: the most important meeting of the year? Of course! Club Secretary Richard Logan has notified us that our Annual General Meeetingwill be held at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club on Tuesday October 23rd 2018 at 1.00pm. A Club Forum will give everyone a chance to put forward new ideas.
Don't forget to order some Christmas Fare!
Phil Stewart and Richard Logan are back on the job again,  with our major fundraising project: Triple Smoked Leg Ham and Oven Roasted Turkey Breast., not to mention Chocolates, Rotary Plum Pudding and Whisky Cake.  So far NO ORDERS!

Upcoming Speakers

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.
Oct. 23rd  -  Club Forum, AGM    
This is your chance to contribute, listen, learn, network and chat!   
Chair:  President Ian Bentley
Oct 30, 2018  Ken Linnett  From Zero To Hero

Ken Linnett is the author of 'Tulloch'...

'This is the remarkable story of Tulloch, the virtually unwanted yearling who rose to greatness with the support of Australia’s most flamboyant trainer and a contrasting dogged owner, who often clashed about what was best for their horse.

It’s a story about the characters behind the scenes—his trainer, the legendary Tommy Smith, his owner Evelyn Haley, the jockeys, such as George Moore and Neville Sellwood, who rode him and the his strapper and track rider, Lem Bann, a song ’n dance man who whistled his way into Tulloch’s heart'

Chair: David Rush

Coming Events

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.
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.
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.

Club Roster 

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