President’s Note

Did you grow up in a family where work was the norm?  Did your father, and even possibly your mother, go to work each day?  Was a natural topic of conversation in your family about the career you would pursue?  I bet for most Rotarians the answer to these questions is 'yes'. 
For many in our community, however, this is not the answer they would give. Work is not part of their family life and experience. Not their parents, nor their grandparents, nor their siblings may have had a job, nor have the expectation of one.  Locked in an ongoing battle with authorities responsible for implementing the government policy of the time, these people complete applications for jobs and attend training with no expectation that these activities will result in employment. They merely go through the motions to ensure that they receive their next pension payment.
It is easy to label such people as lazy or 'dole bludgers', but such judgement arises from a lack of understanding of the causes of intergenerational unemployment and what is needed to break the cycle.
It is also easy to blame the education system, but the culture of school is so often not the culture of home.  Drawing on their own negative experiences, many chronically unemployed parents are often dismissive or even openly hostile to the value of school education.  Without support from home schools struggle to make headway with a child’s education.
Research shows that educational achievement is more closely correlated with residential postcode than with almost any other variable. 
A fascinating finding from some American research showed that the gap in educational achievement between those from different social backgrounds widens during vacations.  Children from low SES backgrounds mark-time or even regress during holiday periods, while those children from higher SES backgrounds continue to advance in literacy, numeracy and general knowledge.
French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu (right) wrote in the 1970s about different forms of capital; namely cultural, social, symbolic and economic capital. Those young people caught up in intergenerational unemployment usually lack at least three, and usually all four, of these forms of capital.  Growing up in families reliant on pensions, they obviously lack economic capital. Money is a constant worry and distraction. These children come to school with low cultural capital that negatively impacts their educational achievement.  They step into a world outside with where their low cultural, social and usually symbolic capital, means that they lack the knowledge, norms and networks necessary to find work. They are often law-abiding young people who live harmoniously with their families, but lacking direction, become disengaged, develop low self-esteem and may descend into a life of alcohol or drug abuse and crime.
Earlier this week, through RCH member Jane Tisdall, I had the honour to meet and discuss the Mission Engage program ( with Fr James Grant (Chaplains without Borders and the Father James Grant Foundation) and Jodi Mills (Director of Mission Engage).  Mission Engage partners with large and medium-sized corporates such as Crown, Myer and Southern Cross Station to provide a 14-day intensive training program for 18 to 22-year-old disengaged unemployed youth. With 65% of participants entering the workforce following the program, Mission Engage changes lives.  It would be wonderful to find a way for Rotary to provide ongoing support for this fabulous program.
Ian Bentley

Wot?  No Speaker?

We expected to hear Loretta Smith, telling us the tale of  “A Spanner in the Works”, the extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and her all female garage on the corner of Cotham Road and Charles Street in Kew. Opening 100 years ago in 1919, Alice was the first woman to own and manage her own garage in Australia, employing female mechanics and drivers who also provided a chauffeur service.
Nevertheless members welcomed the chance for informal chatter, interspersed with club announcements.
President Ian Bentley started the ball rolling by telling us about his discussions with Dr Jill Bamforth at Swinburne Business School on the subject of “Work Integrated learning”.  Fortunately he was able to expand on how fundraising activities could be generated and evaluated, before too many eyes glazed over, and how the club could possibly have an award for the best idea.  As a digital marketing project, students could compose a new website and link it through social media to our existing site. 
Noel McInnes reminded members about the visit to the Australian jazz Museum on 14th May, and that registrations would close on 7th May.  Contact him if you’d like a lift, or for car pooling arrangements.
Lawrence Reddaway reminded us of the Salvo Hawks match on Wednesday, and Geoff Wright nudged our memories about the mock interviews at Suburn High School on 8th May. He will send out details soon.
Anne Scott demonstrated some fine purple beanies, knitted by Prue Logan as part of the bullying prevention program being run by the Allanah and Madeline Foundation.
Finally, there is a Working Bee at DIK on Saturday, 3rd May from 9.30 omwards.  No heavy lifting, just sorting stuff into baskets.  Come and have fun, guessing what they do with those pointy instruments.
Guest speaker? Who has time for a guest speaker?  Our program was pretty full, despite everything.

Salvo Hawks – first home game

What a treat!  The rain was displaced by beautiful sun before the game began. 
The Salvo Hawks were playing the Airport West Eagles; but the Eagles were short of players.  So some Hawks were re-branded as Eagles; and some spectators were drafted as players – including our illustrious Katrina Flynn who made her formerly-footy-playing husband Mick proud (as he helped with the scoring) by scoring a goal in her first ever game of footy!  Cheers all round from the Rotary Hawthorn cheer squad!
(Readers will recall that the rules in this league have an ingenious special rule: Women and men play in the one team.  Women wear a high-viz vest.  If a high-viz vest person is touched, a free kick ensues.  If a high-viz person touches the ball, she gets a free kick.  It’s an excellent set of rules that allows for both genders to genuinely play together.)
Readers may also recall that one task for Rotary Hawthorn is to make the bl**dy scoreboard work.  Frustration was replaced with triumph when President Ian realised that we had to plug two cables into the laptop.  Just look at the picture:  The Hawks won, after a game in which the lead changed several times!
Our second task is to provide 20 pizzas at the end of the game.  Ian Bentley and Geoff Wright reprised this role from last year with aplomb.  (How can Dominos provide 20 pizzas for $100?)
And our main task is to be seen in our high viz jackets, showing support for the players and the hangers-on.  And this was very enjoyably provided by Lawrence R, Geoff W, Mick & Katrina (& Bella their dog), Ian & Jane B, Ngaire C & Ralph, Ian Mac, Noel H, and Charlotte & Peter E.
Our next home game is on Wednesday 29 May.  It should be in your diary already, but why not check?  And why not come and enjoy the fun at that game, whilst doing a bit of gentle good work?

Baguia Scholarships

The Year 7 students selected in 2016 for these scholarships have remained the same five students for the last three years and in 2018 they were in Year 9 - their final year at St Joseph’s Junior High School.
4. Flaviano Mariz is from Rufaguia. When his father died his oldest brother was forced to quit university in Dili and come back to Baguia to support the family in a subsistence lifestyle. The oldest sister also stopped attending Senior High. The youngest girl attends primary school up the mountain in Rufaguia, while two stay with extended family members in Baguia to attend the Government Junior High, and Flaviano stays with another family. Flavanio is 19 years old and really enjoys sport! He hopes to have the chance to continue his education at the Senior High in Baguia as he would like to become a teacher when he is older.
5. Martinho Pinto is from Hae Coni. Both his parents are alive, but he comes from a large family with 8 brothers and sisters. He has one brother and sister who stay at home to work the subsistence agriculture that the family depend on. His younger brothers and sisters are still attending school. Martino is 18 years old and his favourite subject at school is maths. He hopes he can go on to study at the Senior High in Baguia as he would like to become a doctor.

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Unless you’re in the redaction business, correction fluid might seem like an anachronistic office supply. Whether you call it by the generic colloquial “white-out,” or one of the many big brand names it’s synonymous with—Wite-Out, Tipp-Ex, or the o.g. Liquid Paper—aren’t the practical use cases of a physical paint to conceal typos somewhat opaque these days?
Not according to the numbers. The correction fluid market has stayed resilient even as paper sales decline, the Atlantic reports, with Wite-Out brand sales increasing 10% in 2017 after a 7% slump the year before. Despite our well-documented digital inclinations, correction tape sales and the US stationery market as a whole also manage to remain flat. The industry is even innovating: Wite-Out is releasing a range of colored dispensers, and Adweek reports that painters are using the fluid as paint. 
But make no mistake, correction fluid is about more than eye-catching packaging and artistic potential. Let’s reveal why:
$217 billion: Size of the global office stationary and supply market in 2019, according to Technavio 
9%: Share of the global stationery market that correction products accounted for in 2017, up from 6% the year prior, according to Bic Corporation 
$47.5 million: Amount the original correction fluid company, Liquid Paper, sold to Gillette for in 1979 (about $166 million today
500: Bottles of correction fluid Liquid Paper could produce a minute in 1975
21.7 million: Number of Americans aged 12 and older who said they’ve used inhalants at least once
$5 million: Amount a Hong Kong city official managed to embezzle by using correction fluid to alter invoices
Necessity is the mother of invention
In 1954, Bette Nesmith Graham was a divorced single mother working as a secretary at Texas Bank & Trust. At the time, a new model of typewriters suddenly had very sensitive keypads and carbon ribbons instead of fabric ones, meaning erasers that worked before now smudged carbon across the page—a nightmare for secretaries like Graham. 
Drawing from her experience as an artist, Graham decided to create a solution to simply paint over mistakes as she would on a canvas. She mixed fast-drying white tempera paint with water and brought the concoction to the office along with a watercolor brush to discreetly cover up her typos. Soon, other secretaries at the bank were asking for the makeshift correction fluid, which Graham called “Mistake Out.” She would stay up all night to meet demand, eventually paying her son and his friends $1/hour to help bottle the liquid.
(Party fact: Graham’s son, Michael Nesmith, would later find fame as a member of the pop rock band The Monkees.) 
In 1958, Graham was reportedly fired when she slipped up and signed a bank letter with the name of her still-secret company. But this would turn out to be a blessing. She renamed her venture the Liquid Paper Company, applied for a patent, and turned her attention to it full time. Business boomed in the ‘60s, bolstered by bulk orders from corporations such as IBM and General Electric. By 1975, the company was producing 25 million bottles a year and competitors, such as Wite-Out, had emerged. 
Graham’s new wealth allowed her to afford luxuries like a Rolls Royce, as well as set up foundations that supported female artists and entrepreneurs. And despite the best efforts of Graham’s second husband to take over the company and shut her out from royalties, she wrestled back full control before her death in 1980.
Why hasn’t white-out wiped out?
Even though people are buying less paper, the luxury stationery market is thriving and, according to the National Retail Foundation, so is the greeting card industry. Bullet journaling is a popular and aesthetically pleasing trend, while handwritten thank-you notes remain a kind, and smart, gesture. All this means that there are plenty of opportunities to write something by hand, make a mistake, and reach for some good ol’ white-out. 
But there’s also something nostalgic about correction fluid, and nostalgia sells. In his story for the Atlantic, David Graham arguesthat the attraction to white-out also has to do with the physical act of concealing a mistake, which is more gratifying than hitting backspace to delete it instantly. (And perhaps more foolproof.) 
“There’s also a poignancy to a screwed generation gravitating toward Wite-Out,” Graham writes. Perhaps what’s important is not just covering up mistakes and pretending it didn’t happen, as Graham posits, but also the chance to start fresh and create something new.
Ths Shadow Knows!
The Shadow is delighted to hear that Ken and Lois McNamara are maintaining reasonable health. Ken tells us that Lois's condition varies very much on a day to day basis and she has no problem remembering friends who visit her. The care at Mercy Care Fernhill Sandringham is good and Lois is accepting of why she is accommodated there. She goes home for dinner a couple of times per week and Ken calls in each day for a chat. Ken’s cardiologist claims to have fixed up his irregular heart beat issue, so hopefully his golf will improve. He misses Rotary and hopes to get back as an attendee.
Are you all buzzed up for the visit to the Jazz Museum on 14th MayNoel McInnes tells us that registrations close on Tuesday, so be sure to log on and check in.  Noel has arranged some car-pooling, to meet at Kooyong and travel together. If you want to join them, give Noel a call on 0418310007.
Visitor Maurice Pitard and Charlotte England found themselves sitting next to each other at lunch on Tuesday, and very quickly discovered that they will both be in Epworth Hospital next week for the fitting of some spare parts.  We wish them both a speedy recovery and return to normal functionality.  Perhaps they were hoping to hear some helpful tips from Loretta Smith, who was due to  speak on “A Spanner in the Works”. However the gremlins had invaded the system and Loretta’s talk was cancelled.  Maurice is a past-president of Toorak Rotary Club, and he lives just across the road from Kooyong LTC.
Some readers were amused last week by Humpty Dumpty’s comment: “When I use a word,” it means  just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”  And recently the word Curmudgeon” (noun) cropped up.  The dictionary describes it as: a bad-tempered person, especially an old one, with synonyms: bad-tempered person; crank, a bear with a sore head; crosspatch, sourpuss, old trout; kvetch, sorehead.
The Shadow invites you to nominate the Club’s best (or worst) Curmudgeon for this Rotary Year. Laurie Fisher, the Store Manager at DIK makes no bones about being grumpy. Come along to our Working Bee on Saturday, when you will no doubt see him in fine form.

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

May 07, 2019    Heather Ellis
Journey From Africa To The Silk Road

Heather Ellis is an Australian author, journalist, public speaker and motorcycle road safety advocate who 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'.

One of Heather's books,  details Heather's epic journey over 15 months and 19 countries riding 42,000 kilometres from south to north Africa during 1993 to 1994. It has been described as Ted Simon’s Jupiter’s Travels meets James Redfield’s The Celestine Prophecy with a touch of Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. 

Chair: Tilak Dissanayake          Photo Credit:  Kyle Glenn

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

Forthcoming Events

Visit to the Australian Jazz Museum with Tour, Lunch and Live Jazz  
Tuesday 14thMay at 12:30pm       🎼      🎹    🎷    🎺     🎸   🥁
The Australian Jazz Museum (AJM), in Wantirna, founded in 1996, is one of Melbourne’s biggest secrets and greatest treasures with world renowned musician, James Morrison, as Patron.
The AJM is the home of the largest Australian Jazz Collection and is fully staffed and operated by a dedicated band of volunteers. 
It is funded primarily by donations, memberships, tours, jazz workshops and CD sales.   
We have organized a Rotary visit to the Museum for Tuesday 14thMay at 12:30pm.
The Visit includes:-
  • An extensive tour of the Museum - 45 mins
  • Live Jazz with refreshments, tea and coffee- 45 mins
The cost is $25 per head and limited to 35 people maximum. Book early and consider bringing a guest who likes music/jazz.
This visit will open your eyes and your ears! Do not miss out.
The Museum is at Koomba Park, 15 Mountain Hwy, Wantirna VIC 3152. It is on the corner of Burwood Highway and Mountain Highway and also just off East link. Ample Car parking is available.
Route 1- Drive straight out Toorak Road which becomes Burwood Highway, turn left at Mountain Highway and first on left is into Koomba Park. 26km and 29 minutes.
Route 2Via Monash and East link exiting left at Burwood Highway. 30.6km and 26 minutes.
RSVP to Noel McInnes on 0418 310 007 or  (for the numbers) and accept and pay on-line as always.
Check out the AJM extensive web site on
District Training Assembly
May 26, 2019  Tabcorp Park, 2 Ferris Road, Melton, VIC
The purpose of the District Assembly is to prepare incoming club leaders for their year in office and to build their leadership team.  It also gives the incoming District Governor, and the incoming Assistant Governors and District Team the opportunity to motivate club leadership teams and build their working relationship.
It is essential that eacImage result for training imageh club send the relevant Director or Avenue of Service Chair to the Assembly for the entire day. We should ensure that someone attends each session whether or not there is a specific person with that responsibility in our club.

The day is structured to give individual members the chance to learn more about their portfolio as well as networking with others in similar positions in other Clubs. 

A session for new members is extra special, and this will show them the scope of Rotary within the District and beyond.

This day will be held on Sunday 26 May at Tabcorp Park in Melton with registration between 8.15am - 9.00am. The day concludes with lunch at 1.30pm. The cost of attendance for the day is $16, which will be covered by the Club.  Lunch is optional, with a cost of $25  (Chicken Maryland, Mash & Vegies  or  Fish, Chips & tartare sauce) which should be paid by members upon registration.
Please indicate to me within a week if you are able to attend, with your choice of meal, and I shall complete the registration process.
Gordon Cheyne
0417 583 803
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.

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


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