President’s Note

British philosopher, Alain de Botton, began the School of Lifein 2008.  In the organisation's online book, The Book of Life, a section entitled, The Wonders of an Ordinary Life,begins with these words "We live in an age with a high regard for extraordinary lives – that is, lives that the vast majority of us will never lead. Our heroes have made outsized fortunes, appeared on gigantic screens and demonstrated unique virtue and talent. Their achievements are both dazzling and continuously, in the background, humiliating."(1) The article proceeds to explain how the artist Vermeer changed artists' and people's focus from the extraordinary aristocratic, military and religious feats of life and myth to the ordinary activities of everyday living.
"Today – in modern versions of epic, aristocratic, or divine art – adverts and movies continually explain to us the appeal of things like sports cars, tropical island holidays, fame, first-class air travel and expansive limestone kitchens. The attractions are often perfectly real. But the cumulative effect is to instil in us the idea that a good life is built around elements that almost no one can afford. The conclusion we too easily draw is that our lives are close to worthless."(1)
But worth, heroism and inspiration are present in the relatively ordinary.  
Our club's visit last weekend to Nhill exposed us to extraordinary people whose undeniable extraordinariness, heroism and inspiration are bound up in the ordinary. In welcoming strangers into their homes and lives, in driving a bus, in teaching, in sewing, in weaving, in growing vegetables, in cooking and serving food, in traditional dance, in having breakfast together on the side of a lake.
If you want to see Rotary's motto 'Be the Inspiration' in action, go no further than the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Nhill. It was indeed a privilege and inspiration to spend time with President John Millington, the Nhill Rotarians and the Karen refugees who are making a new life in the town and in so doing, giving Nhill a new life.
Ian Bentley
1) The Wonders of and Ordinary Life, The Book of Life
PhotosVermeer's - The Lacemaker
Jane Bentley with Ma Pane (Karen skilled weaver)  with the meticulously sewn garment she made and soon to be worn by our granddaughter Henrietta.

Cooking for Charity

Chef De Cuisine Jeffrey Tan is especially well-known as a Guest Celebrity Chef in Asia and Australia. He is an Executive Chef Member of Les Toques Blanches, and has cooked for world famous Chefs and Royalties.
He came to Australia in 1981, and noted the evolution of culture driving the evoultion of the cuisine: his food can be described as International cuisine with an exotic Asian twist and showcases fresh local produce.
Jeffrey heads IPF Culinary Consultancy Services, a Cooking for Charity Initiative. He started this initiative in 2006 and has raised over $4.3 million for various charities including Australian Rotary Foundation Trust, Prostate Cancer of Victoria, Variety Club of Victoria, Spastic Children Centre of Malaysia, Dementia Australia, The Otis Foundation, Tibetan Disaster Relief Fund and the Manan Foundation of Indonesia.
He is internationally recognised as a master-blender of cuisines. His culinary creation has been described as a blend of new and traditional cooking techniques, fresh ingredients and simplicity in its creation and presentation. 

Jeffrey believes that the most important ingredient in any culinary creation is quality. He selects only the finest premium Australian products for his gourmet meals. 
He described how he is booked a year ahead for banquets and private culinary events, raising money for The Rotary Foundation, Dementia Australia and the Otis Foundtion. His book, “Cooking for Charity”  was produced by the Rotary Club of Manningham, and all profits go to these charities. It can be obtained from the website:
The Rotary Foundation
Haiti has the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality in the western hemisphere. 91% of women deliver at home. With the help of a Rotary Foundation Grant, Rotary members provided a fully equipped medical jeep carrying up to 12 volunteers to any region in Haiti.
The jeep allows mobile clinics to be run in hard to reach places to provide health services to expecting mothers. Watch the video below about this project.

Eric Schmelling, chief philanthropy officer, The Rotary Foundation, writes:

"As Rotary staff members, we can never take enough time in our daily responsibilities to fully express our gratitude to you, our generous donors, who make the work of The Rotary Foundation possible.

"We understand the multitude of demands on your time and resources. Our donors’ commitment and willingness to join Rotary in making the world a better place is truly appreciated."


Imagine having fun with 50 or so volunteers while you work together to assemble 15,000 emergency meals in just two hours. This happens when you join us with others to combine nutritious sachets of essential vitamins along with cereals such as oats, lentils and rice into packs, enough to feed a family of six. The packs are then shipped overseas and held by a local Rotary District (to make sure they don't fall into the wrong hands) in anticipation of a time of need such as earthquake, typhoon, uprising etc. Often this is the only food available for displaced families. A great way to meet people and contribute to the world.
Over the past 18 months momentum has been growing regarding Canterbury Rotary Club's FORaMEAL project. There have been a number of emergency meal packing events with the largest being at the recent Multi District Conference in February 2019 where more than 100 members, friends, rotarians and volunteers, some who registered through the Meetup app, came together to fill emergency meal  packs that will provide approximately 35000 meals.
A new dedicated FORaMEAL website has now been developed to provide information and assist in the development of the project. Please have a look at the website at
Following the success of the Multi-District Conference Packing Event we have produced this fun video clip.  Some of your members may appear in there somewhere. Enjoy!
Canrerbury RC have been decided to host a Multi-Club Event: 
TUESDAY, 11 JUNE, 2019  6.30—8.30 PM
$1,000 per table of 11 participants, covers the cost of all materials and a contribution towards shipping. 
Venue will be decided upon once we have final numbers, but it will be in our local area. 
If your Club or organisation would like to organise a FORaMEAL packaging event, please contact Val Cunniffe at

Footy for Beginners

You will all be aware that the footy season has resumed. Some quotes from famous players may give you an insight into the finer points of the game. 
"I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father."
(Shane Wakelin).

"Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
(Mick Malthouse - Collingwood).

"I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes."
(Peter Bell- Fremantle - on his University Law studies).

"You guys line up alphabetically by height." and "You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle."
(Barry Hall Sydney Captain at training).

Brock Maclean (Melbourne) on whether he had visited the Pyramids during his visit to Egypt:
"I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to."

"He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning regardless of what time it is."
(Kevin Sheedy on James Hird).

Jonathan Brown, on night Grand Finals vs Day Games
"It's basically the same, just darker."

Ron Barassitalking about Gary Cowton
"I told him, 'Son, what is it with you. Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, "Barass, I don't know and I don't care."

Barry Hall (Sydney) when asked about the upcoming season:
"I want to kick 70 or 80 goals this season, whichever comes first."

"Luke Hodge - the 21 year old, who turned 22 a few weeks ago"
(Dermott Brereton).

"Chad had done a bit of mental arithmetic with a calculator."
(Mark Williams).

"We actually got the winning goal three minutes from the end but then they scored."
(Ben Cousins, West Coast Eagles).

"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body."
(Luke Darcy).

"That kick was absolutely unique, except for the one before it which was identical."
(Dermott Brereton).

"Sure there have been injuries and deaths in football - but none of them serious."
(Adrian Anderson).

"If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.
(Andrew Demetriou).

"I would not say he (Chris Judd) is the best centreman in the AFL but there are none better."
(Dermott Brereton).

"I never comment on umpires and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat." (Terry Wallace).

Garry Lyon: "Have you ever thought of writing your autobiography?"
David Swartz: "On what?"

"Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw."
(Dermott Brereton).

"Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer."
(Dermott Brereton).
Ths Shadow Knows!
Have you recovered from the trip to Nhill? Wasn’t it a great wekend away, incorporating all the things we like about Rotary?
The Shadow overheard one skeptic suggest the town’s name was chosen because it’s the last five letters of the word “downhill”. However a plaque by the lake tells us that as a result of the first meeting on 4thJanuary, 1845 between the Wotjobaluk people and Europeans, the place was named Nhill, meaning “the abode of  spirits”.  This was signified by the mist rising over water.  So now you know.
One table held all the aces at the dinner in Nhill – or rather all the winning raffle tickets: they just couldn’t go wrong!  Guilty parties: Henry Drury, Denbigh Richards, Geoff Wright and Anne Scott. We enjoyed seeing Sergeant-at-Arms Chris Hanson getting a kick-back today. 
Noel Halford had an announcement about the Wednesday evening group: no meeting in April, but pencil in the next one: 22ndMay at Vision Australia. 
Beanies, not Meanies:  Anne Scott announced the knitting campaign to knit purple beanies against bullying. Profits will go th the Alanah and Madeline Foundation. Details at
Visitor Tai Rahen, Captain of The Salvo Hawks(seen here with Geoff Wright and Lawrence Reddaway) told us that the team are well into preparations for their 20th footy season. He told us Belinda’s story, about how her involvement with the team had helped her to get her life back on track. Lawrence, of course, will be reminding us of the playing dates. 
Elevator speech: President Ian Bentley has challenged us to produce an elevator speech, i.e. presenting Rotary in a nutshell.  Something like: “Rotary is made up of people around the world working together to clean the environment, end polio, improve our communities, and accomplish manyextraordinary things every single day.”
Noel Halford is in line for the prize, but with a seriously longer statement:  The Shadow is sure the elevator doors would open and allow his audience to escape before he finished. Who can come up with anything to challenge him for the prize?
PDG Joe Dino has a good one at
Raffle:  Lucky winner Berrnie Walshe was overjoyed to win a bottle of wine, seeing he had produced a bottle for the prize the previous week. Fortunately today’s bottle is a much better vintage: good one, Bernie!
David Pisterman was just as lucky, winning a copy of "Mugshots 3" donated by Keith Moor.

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

Katrina Flinn, Rob Hines     Apr 16, 2019
Our Very Recent World of Difference Tour to Cambodia & Laos

World of Difference is a District 9800 endorsed project that powerfully portrays the work of Rotary in developing countries.  

The tours visit well resourced and well run Rotary supported projects, contrasting them with villages and schools in need of Rotary support and identifying opportunities for both donations and volunteering.  Each tour builds on the last to provide ongoing dental hygiene checks, English language, knitting and craft classes.

Come and hear about Katrina’s experiences and learn more about the successes and opportunities created through World of Difference. 

The Power of RotaryApril 23, 2019
The Power of Rotary -
As a Rotary Global Scholar, she is an investment to Rotary with the drive to fulfil three big dreams: to teach, to feed, and to help.
Apr 30, 2019
A Spanner In The Works  - '
A Spanner in the Works is the extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and her all female garage on the corner of Cotham Road and Charles Street in Kew.
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'.
May 14, 2019  Noel McInnes - Tour Guide
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
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.

Club Roster 

If you cannot perform your duty, please find a replacement or contact Charles Morrison


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