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The President's Note  -  24th September 2019

The depth of the historical connection of the Chinese community both in the Bush and in Melbourne during the late 19th Century with respect to AFL Football was a fascinating story that Rob Hess presented to the Members today. The photographs of the Chinese community AFL football teams and the history of the development of the sport in Ballarat, Bendigo and Melbourne post the Gold Rush held everyone's attention.  It was obvious that no-one had any real knowledge on this subject at all.  How refreshing to have a topic of such cultural value.
 
Peter Lugg, gave us a short talk about his most recent trip to Cambodia.  He also confirmed that he has sold the container we had in Cambodia. Thank you Peter for being able to do this. 
 
Paris to Provence have invited the Club to run the Car Parking for the Festival.  We took a democratic vote as to whether we would take this on again.  It was a definite yes from all concerned.  Thanks to goes to Noel Halford who has been in discussion with the new Festival owners.  
 
Kind regards,
Charlotte England
President & Membership Director 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Hawthorn
 
Photo: President Charlotte and Sheridan Brown showing  our new promotional banner. 

The Forgotten Story of Chinese Goldfields Aussie Rules

Professor Rob Hess gave us an interesting historical and sociological review of Chinese footballers in the goldfields of Victoria.
 
Australian Rules Football was codified in 1859 with just ten rules, and in 1915, the first women’s match was played in Perth. In 2017 a routine match was played in China, sponsored by Tourism Australia, to promote the game there.
 
Rob filled in some of the gaps between those dates with details of Chinese footballers, mainly played by miners, laundrymen and gardeners. The game of football assisted the integration of the Chinese into the broader Australian community.
 
He described how in 1892, two Cantonese Chinese teams, the Miners and the Gardeners, assembled in their stockings in front of the Red Lion and were transported in a six-car procession with the townspeople cheering them down the dusty streets.
 
The Miners were captained by Quong Tart, an extraordinary historical character who straddled the east-west cultural divide with class. Today he is immortalised in bronze outside Ashfield Station in Sydney. Quong Tart spoke English with a thick Scottish accent and introduced café society to Australia through his chain of teahouses. Tart was the quintessential multicultural man, comfortable in a Kilt or Chinese robes, a bagpipe player and an honorary Mandarin of the fourth degree. Philanthropist, merchant, freemason, president of the NSW Victorian Football Club, it’s fitting that Quong Tart kicked off the Chinese Australian Rules tradition.
 
Professor Hess related how Chinese footballers raised money for charity in the goldfields and later in Melbourne, and that several Chinese footballers went on to play in the VFL.
 
 
Photos:
The first Melbourne Chinese Australian Rules Football Team in 1899, St Vincent’s Hospital Charity Game. Photograph: Newspapers Collection, State Library of Victoria
 
 Portrait of Quong Tart (Artist Unknown). Tart was a philanthropist, merchant, freemason and president of the NSW Victorian Football Club in Australia. Photograph: State Library of NSW
 
Les Kew Ming “The Fighting Footballer”. Ming was one of the early Australian Rules players who were Chinese. Photograph: North Melbourne Football Club
 
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.  Rob is a past president of the Australian Society for Sports History and he currently serves as a regional academic editor for the International Journal of the History of Sport.  He is also a member of the Australian Football Heritage Group, an honorary heritage consultant with Netball Victoria and a Board member of the History Council of Victoria.  His most recent book (co-written with Brunette Lenkić) is "Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football," published in 2016.

Rotarians for Bees

Our fifth meeting of the month at Grace Park Club was well-attended, and the audience was informed and entertained by John McCaskill of Canterbury Rotary.
 
John’s interest in bees started with a David Attenborough program, which highlighted the decline in bee population and the impact a decline in bees and other pollinators would have on our food production and security, and consequently, our economy. 
 
John has engaged an enthusiastic group of Rotarians, beekeepers, and others in a committee under the banner: ‘Rotarians for Bees’.  This group is now recognised as part of ESRAG, the environmental sustainable Rotary action group. https://www.esrag.org/rotarians-bees
 
John described how honey bee populations worldwide are declining under the combined impact of disease (the varroa mite carries a disease that destroys hives and bees), pesticides, climate change, and habitat loss. This poses a huge threat to human food security. While we are all familiar with the honey bee, there are 1,500 types on native bees in Australia, and other pollinators include bats, cockroaches and butterflies.
 
Rotarians can assist with research and education programmes, as well as hands-on projects such as tree-planting.  John encouraged Rotarians to either keep bees and join a bee club, or to have a “bee hotel”.
 
The Rotarians for Bees Committee is preparing a strategic action plan including appropriate messages for the community, using social media, contact with clubs, articles in RDU, a speakers’ bank, and developing a plan for contacting unregistered beekeepers and investigating training for unregistered beekeepers. World Bee Day is 29th March, and John described plans to raise awareness in Canberra, and  a Rotary meeting on 12th November at Greenacres Golf Club to spread information on the topic. Information on this to follow.
 
We thank John McCaskill for his informative talk, which included a demonstration of the “waggle dance”, when bees dance to show other bees where the nectar is situated. 

It's easier being green

Pythagoras believed that souls passed from being to being, and that eating animals was a kind of violence. Buddha and the Jain spiritual teacher Mahavira held similar beliefs, which led to robust vegetarian traditions in Asia. In the 19th century both health and spiritual movements held that meat was overly stimulating to the digestive system and led to immoral behavior. And there’s a long tradition of vegetarianism rooted in the rejection of human dominion over other creatures.
 
More recently there’s been a rise in a new inspiration for the diet, as a way to take action against climate change. As studies suggest a relationship between eating meat and climate catastrophe, more people are changing the way they eat, but this environmentally-friendly diet isn’t necessarily all or nothing. Whether you identify as a part-time vegan, climatarian, flexitarian, reducetarian, or a plant-forward omnivore, beans and greens are very much in the spotlight.
 
“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.… It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car.”
—Joseph Poore of the University of Oxford, lead researcher on ”Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers”
 
The Shadow Knows!
First, some dinky club announcements: President Charlotte took a quick poll to find that members are keen to manage the car-parking for Paris to Provence again this year: provided we don’t have to supervise the pedestrian crossing, that is. Let’s hope for nice weather and a good turnout, ne’est-ce-pas?
 
Chris Hanson, fresh from a mid-west golfing holiday where he had visited the grave of gunslinger Doc Holliday, was in fine form as Sergeant-at-Arms, fining all the doctors in the club. Holliday was actually a dentist, but that’s near enough to merit a fine. So was wearing anything remotely “Colorado Casual” – checked shirt, jeans or brown shoes. Chris also told us about ski resort Aspen, where you can get a home for 20 million dollars, for two people to spend two weeks every year. What a life!
 
Peter Lugg has also been a busy lad. Just back from Cambodia, he gave us a brief political update, and reported on the sale of our container for US$1,500, which will go towards local projects. Peter had left Melbourne last Wednesday, performed three major operations in Phnom Penh on Thursday, two on Friday, one on Saturday, and came back home on Sunday. That’s one way to fill the weekend, I suppose. What? No golf?
 
Some of The Shadow’s less politically correct friends had a sneak peek at the article on Vegans in this bulletin, and bombarded him with comments. Some of those fit to be reproduced here, are: 
 
“If God didn't want us eating cows, he wouldn't have made them out of steaks.”   
 
“The cow eats grass, and makes steaks out of it; then we eat the cow. If we could survive directly on grass, we wouldn't need cows. It's God's plan to keep cows from going extinct.”
 
“I'm a greenie. I don't believe in raising cattle and letting them fart and butchering them and all that. So I buy my steaks at the supermarket. I wish everyone would do that and save the planet. Sad ...”
 
Sad indeed!
The Shadow enjoyed John McCaskill’s talk on bees at Grace Park Club: so much so that he followed up by checking the Rotarians for Bees website at https://www.esrag.org/rotarians-bees .  The site contains the bald statement: “Climate change is having an enormous effect, leading to a decline in pollinators and honey production world-wide.” 
If the Shadow were to ask for an explanation of this statement, or some evidence to back it up, would it make him a climate change denier?  
 
Our friend Tony Thomas once again writes in Quadrant, this week on “Angry Clowns of the Climate Circus”. Perhaps Tim Flannery’s alleged lack of rain is killing the bees? Or could it be the rising sea-level?
 
Panics about warming have a long reach. The BBC once panicked Scots with a report that warming threatens haggis, because sheep lungs – the tasty base – will get more parasites. Warming will give Kansas people painful kidney stones, because they’ll sweat more and pee less. Easter Island statues are to topple as climate seas erode their platforms.
 
Charles Mackay was a Scottish poet, journalist, author, anthologist, novelist, and songwriter remembered mainly for his book 'Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds', which is a study on crowd psychology and is extremely relevant to the present day, despite being written back in 1841. It explores how easily we can be misled and how illogically we can think when popular opinion influences us.
 
Mackay’s central theme in the book is that the tendency of humans to develop a herd mentality leads to individuals in the herd to act and react to various stimuli. The reactions are very similar and predictable and this “madness” leads to a downward spiral with undesirable effects. His book highlights several stories from history of various manias that took place. 
 
Fortunately, the science is settled.  Tony Heller shows how to use software as a scientific tool at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8455KEDitpU
 
 A Century Of Climate Crisis   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCvVPPO1rnE

Jest for a Laugh

   

Upcoming Speakers

 
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. 
 
Oct 15, 2019
Tamara Cannon   -   Lille Fro: An Update
"Lille Fro is non-religious and non-political. We are small and hands on. 
Our aim is to help break the cycle of generational poverty for the lowest income groups living in extreme conditions in some of the remotest parts of the world through education.  Our projects have now touched the lives of thousands. Reaching some of the remotest corners of the globe ".  
 
Oct 22, 2019
Visit Of District Governor Grant Hocking
Grant Hocking joined Woodend Rotary in 2004 and has been President in 2007- 2008 and again in 2015-16, as well as Vice President, Community Service Chair, Foundation Chair and Bulletin Editor for many years. Grant is a Clinical Manager (MICA Paramedic) with Ambulance Victoria where he has worked for 33 years in most operational areas of the organisation. He has an interest in clinical quality and was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) in the 2014 Australia Day recognitions for development of Clinical Quality Improvement processes.

Forthcoming Events

 
 
 
 

Rotary Walk to End Polio Saturday 19 October 

Following the success of the event in 2018, it confirmed that Rotarians and Friends will again be walking 5km around Albert Park Lake. 

Last year 42 people (and numerous dogs) took part – this year they are aiming for 100. Registration is $10.00 and you can “Walk Your Way” with the option of purchasing one of the special limited edition D9800 End Polio Tee $30.00. Register at https://Rotarywalk.raisely.com 

 

 

 

 

World Polio Day – Taking the Public Transport to End Polio Thursday 24 October 

Ride the train or hop a tram to the City where we’ll meet at Fed Square in all our Red Glory at Transport Bar for celebratory food and drinks. That’s right: Transport Bar has opened the Glasshouse for exclusive use by all Rotarians (and friends) who terminate the journey at Fed Square. A free drink on arrival and food platters will help quench the appetites after the journey. Entry online is free for this event. Register at https://laststopforpolio.raisely.com/      

All donations over $30 are eligible for a limited edition D9800 End Polio Now Tee. 

In 1988 Rotary made a commitment to eradicate polio from the world, and so this October let’s Walk, Run, Tram or Ride with us until the end – we’re this close! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.) kimcco@tpg.com.au

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.  geoffbwright@bigpond.com

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