President’s Note

Tuesday’s meeting ran smoothly as Vice-President Anne Scott ran the show in President Ian’s temporary absence. 
Anne invited several members to make announcements:
PDG Dennis Shore introduced Alex Gomez who he met while leading a GSE Teram in USA. Alex explained that he is a Rotaractor, and will soon be returning to USA after completing his studies here.
Ngaire Cannon thanked the volunteers who helped at the garden DesignFest last weekend. Profits may be less this year, as there were fewer gardens open to the public than in previous years.
Noel Halford alerted us to a busy programme ahead: Car-parking at Paris to Provence, Xmas lunch for the socially isolated on December 16th,  and Wednesday’s evening meeting. 
Katrina Flinn announced the Xmas Party (with Glenferrie Rotary) on 18th December, at $60/head.
Kevin Rose gave a brief update on Youth and Vocational programmes, and David Pisterman reminded us that November is Rotary Foundation month. 
But the best news of all was to see PDG David Rosback back at the club following his recent illness. Our intrepid photographer caught PDGs David and Bernie Walshe comparing cardiac notes.  
May you all stay well and prosper!
Gordon Cheyne – Editor.

West Gate Tunnel Project

Speakers Jack Herbert, (Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager) and Christopher McKenna, (Senior Project Engineer), presented an update on the  West Gate Tunnel Project.  Their role is primarily community consultation and to keep the public informed.
The West Gate Tunnel Project is a $6.7 billon city shaping project that will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, provide quicker and safer journeys, and remove thousands of trucks off residential streets.
As part of the project:
  • The West Gate Freeway will be widened and include express lanes between the M80 and the West Gate Bridge, reducing weaving and merging that leads to traffic congestion.
  • A tunnel from the West Gate Freeway to the Maribyrnong River and the Port of Melbourne will take motorists and trucks underground and off residential streets, providing a more efficient freight route.
  • A bridge over the Maribyrnong River, linking to an elevated road along Footscray Road will get people to where they need to go in the CBD north.
  • State-of-the-art smart technology will be installed across the length of the project linking it to other freeway management systems across the city.
Planning approvals were granted in December 217 and construction started in January 2018. The road will open to traffic in 2022.
Works to improve access to Webb Dock are now complete and the Monash Freeway Upgrade is on track to finish in 2018.
For more information visit the West Gate Tunnel Project site.

Garden DesignFest 2018

Garden DesignFest 2018 provides garden lovers with the opportunity to visit professionally designed private gardens in Victoria over two weekends in November. 
The key distinguishing feature of Garden DesignFest is that all the gardens on display are designed by professional garden designers. 

To add to the visual pleasure of visiting the gardens, visitors have the opportunity to personally meet the designers at each garden and to discuss their work and how they handled the challenges the site presented.
Garden DesignFest is organised by Rotary to raise funds for charity. The main charity to benefit from this year's Garden DesignFest is End Trachoma by 2020. 
Since the event began in 2004, more than $500,000 has been donated to charity.
Hawthorn Rotary were given the task of minding two gardens at Alphington and East Doncaster. 
Designer Ross Goodman – Alphington
The Modern Japanese Tea House was created with timber decking seats, planter boxes and a modern shade structure with elements of ‘Zen’ in the Japanese Culture.
The garden has a sense of tranquility, privacy and calm. The tranquility is created from the shade of the Eucalyptus tree and from the modern shade structure that is painted a black colour with Black butt timber slats, timber is commonly used in Japanese style gardens.  The privacy screen conceals rain water tank which harvests rainwater from the roof and re used in the house for sustainability. The calmness of the garden is created with the plants located under the dappled light of the shade structure in the in built planter boxes located behind the seats.The living room sliding doors open into this private place that can be entertained in and used for a place of relaxation, even to read a book.
Designer Christian Jenkins - East Doncaster
The client brief was to create a Japanese inspired garden.
Working with a sloping rear garden and 20 year old Elm tree in the middle to the garden the transformation was underway.
Large granite boulders were placed into position combined with River sand mulch creating a light refreshing feel to the garden.
Framing this large internal space is recycled Iron Bark sleepers creating a post and beam fence running along the perimeter of the garden with cream colored shade cloth symbolizing rice paper walls combined with bamboo poles.
Floating decked landings connect the garden from the house down the slope through the garden.

Let’s end awkward greetings and ban the peck on the cheek

One of the more confusing and awkward aspects of business life – of life in general to be honest, but especially in business – is the matter of the greeting: when to do the peck on the cheek, the air kiss, and when to shake hands.
With a man-on-man greeting, it’s clear: handshake always, except perhaps if it’s someone you know really well and haven’t seen for a while, in which case a manly hug may be order. Friend or colleague, acquaintance or stranger, men shake hands. Simple.
But with woman-on-woman and man-on-woman, it’s unclear and fraught: to peck, air kiss or shake hands?
Photo: Then French president Nicolas Sarkozy receives a kiss of greeting from German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris in 2011.
Far better, I think, if we all just shook hands, at least at work. Save hugs and kisses for family and close friends.  (although there I reckon it would be better if the greetings were standardised, non-gender specific, with men hugging each other as well as the women).
So here is my call to everyone in business and politics: ban the peck. Let’s shake on it.
Ths Shadow Knows!
What a magnificent fundraiser Kew Rotary has in its Garden DesignFest. The Shadow was delighted to see Big Mike Macfarlane (right) involved in the administration again. Thereby hangs a tale . . .  Geat work Ngaire Cannon, in fixing up our roster, and a pat on the back to all who contributed. 
The bulk of the profits from the two weekends will be directed towards the “End Trachoma” project, an initiative started by PRIP Ian Riseley. 

President Ian sent a lovely photo of three wise monkeys hard at work at the East Doncaster garden, with the suggested caption of  “Melbourne will win the Grand Final next year.”  Obviously the trio at Doncaster were not overworked at the time, and were having a phioosophical discourse.  Suggested alterations to the caption are welcome. 

As Xmas parties and office break-ups appear on the calendar, The Shadow always wonders when to shake hands or embrace and kiss.

Alan Kohler, Publisher of The Constant Investor and Business Editor at Large of The Australian, had an interesting article for us all this week: Let’s end awkward greetings and ban the peck on the cheek”.

What do our readers think?  Tell Alan Kohler to get lost, then kiss and make up?



We end on a sad note, with this letter from Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club: 

Hi Jill and Ian,

I am sorry to report that following today’s lunch and during our bump out of your room the ceramic ‘pig’ money box has taken a fall and is no longer with us. 
I am hoping you may be able to provide a substitute for further meetings which again we can store here at Kooyong.
 I do apologise for the accident and the inconvenience.

 Kind regards,
 Rachael Whitelaw, Functions Manager.

Jest for laughs

Upcoming Speakers

 Nov 27, 2018 - The Hon Ted Bailleau
Sir John Monash - His Life And Legacy      *NOTE: Dinner Meeting
Thursday 6th December, -  Evening Meeting
 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Dinner 
 Where?  RYLA Camp at Camp Oasis, 66-72 Monbulk Rd, Mount Evelyn VIC 3796

Coming Events

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.

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


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