President’s Note

Our first lunchtime meeting at Kooyong was supported well by Club Members.  27 attendees which included Julie Clark as a guest of Suzy Zidsiunas (our newest member), our guest speaker Craig Whiteford,  the Melbourne Zoo's Wildlife and Conservation Manager and Wayne Worlage from Boroondara Cares Foundation. It was wonderful to see so many members at a time of year when warmer climes beckon and school holidays are a part of so many lucky grandparent's lives.  
Craig Whiteford gave a fascinating talk about the depth and diversity of Melbourne Zoos which sparked considerable interest within the Club. I think many attendees were on a re-education path by the end of the talk which covered the complexities and breadth of where the Melbourne Zoos are heading.  It was also enlightening to see the leadership that is being shown in the area of conservation not only in Australia but, also in other areas of the world. It is no wonder that the general public obviously count the Zoos as special places to visit regardless of your age and interest.
Thanks also goes to Wayne Worlage for taking the time to come and speak briefly about Boroondara Cares Foundation and the Breakfast that is being held at Kooyong on the 7th August with Sally Capp, the Lord Mayor, as the guest speaker.  I encourage members to support this initiative and hope that we, as a Club, will be able to put together a couple of tables. Please let me know if you are interested.
The photo of the young men from the Scotch College Pipe Band is a wonderful reminder that Scottish music is alive and well in Melbourne.  Ngaire Cannon was able to share the results of the Band's performances at the 2019 European Pipes and Bands Competition in Inverness, Scotland with us.  What a fantastic achievement for these young men. A moment in life that they will not forget.
Thanks goes to Simon O'Donoghue for multi tasking,  helping to run the front desk and then also being the Sergeant for the day.  I don't think anyone avoided a fine of some sort and the collection certainly goes a long way to helping the Club. 
Sunday afternoon should be a good opportunity for the Club to come, relax and have fun at the President's Drinks Party.  Peter and I welcome everyone to our home and look forward seeing members who can come along from 3.30 p.m.
Kind regards,
Charlotte England
President 2019-2020

Zoo Based Conservation

Craig Whiteford,Threatened Species, Wildlife Conservation & Science Mannager at Zoos Victoria was introduced by Chairman-of the-day Sheridan Brown.  
He described Melbourne Zoo as Australia's oldest, modeled on London Zoo. The zoo was opened on 6 October 1862 at the Royal Park site on land donated by the City of Melbourne. Before this, animals were housed at the botanical gardens in Melbourne.
Initially the zoo was important for the acclimatisation of domestic animals recovering from their long trip to Australia. After 1870 more exotic animals were procured for public display, and the gardens and picnic areas were developed.
Visitors can see historical cages including the heritage listed Elephant House, which has been renovated and adapted for use for customers paying to sleep overnight in tents at the zoo in popular Roar and Snore evenings. 
It constitutes three great zoos, at Royal Park, Werribee and Healesville. With 1.6 million visitors per year, and 900 volunteers, Melbourne Zoo is a significant business. 
Zoos Victoria employ environmentally sustainable practices throughout their workplace and activities, and provide for the wellbeing of all animals in their care. They support major capital projects and native threatened species programs through philanthropic gifts and corporate partnerships.
Craig described in more detail the twenty year strategy of fighting extinction and “cages to conservation” process.
We were saddened to hear the last recorded sounds of the Christmas Island bat, but Craig related encouraging stories of how animals need to survive in the wild, of frogs being rediscovered,  birds introduced, and how the Helmeted Honeyeater (right) is recovering.
Fron guardian and detection dogs, to the zoo’s overseas programs in Africa, Philippines and New Guinea, Craig informed and entertained us, before answering several questions. 
Sheridan thanked Craig and presented him with an Australian Rotary Health Certificate in appreciation of his visit.

Working Bee @ DIK

On Saturday we had a fun working bee at the Donations-in-Kind store in West Footscray, with over twenty volunteers helping out. Fortunately a fair number of them were trained nurses, who kept the rest of us on our toes. I had taken the Hoover over the two medical aisles earlier, so we didn’t have any complaints about the dirty floor. 
But confusion? “What do they use this pointy thing for?”  “Where does this go?”  “Are these the same stuff as that?”
But fantastic teamwork won out in the end: we had boxes filled and labelled, and about ten pallets of backlog cleared. We can now try to put things in the right place – with some help from the fork-lift drivers, of course. And maybe even start an inventory of goods: David Dippie of Keilor Rotary came up with the idea of photographing the instruments etc, to get over any language problems. 
So by the time the next working bee comes along, we hope it will all be easier. When will the bee be? First Saturday in September: that's the 7th. You can safely pencil it in, in your diaries. 
Jenny Foster and Debbie Sloggett join me in thanking all the happy volunteers who turned up, especially the lovely lady who brought the home-made rock cakes!
Our photo shows the Hawthorn contingent: Denbigh Richards, Faye Christoffelsz, Peter Lugg, Sue Zidziunas and David Pisterman. (of course with myself, Gordon Cheyne, behind the camera)
Meanwhile Bob Glindemann tells about some busy activity over the next month where we will appreciate some assistance. Please let us know if you can help:

We have containers for Timor Leste and Chile scheduled for July and one for the Solomons scheduled for August. There are two more likely during this period.

We are packing the Timor container on Tuesday 16th July and will complete it on Thursday 18th July if needed for sailing on 25th July.

We are packing the Chile container - all beds -  on Tuesday 30th July, after a big day of mattress cleaning on Thursday 24th July which we need to do ahead of the loading with the ship departing on August 6th.

We are packing the Solomons Container also with some beds on Thursday 15th August for sailing on August 24th.

So we are looking for some extra hands on Tuesday July 16th,
Thursday July 24th, Tuesday July 30th and Thursday August 15th.

Your assistance in getting the store some additional volunteers will be very much appreciated .

Please let me know if you and/or some members are able to assist.



A Beloved Character

“Visually, the ampersand is a loner. Thanks to its convoluted development, it has no relatives among any of the letters. And it has a strange brief to satisfy, operating on the same scale as letters but never being mistaken for one…. In the end, the ampersand is a beautiful and uncooperative creature, one we’re lucky to have inherited.”  Tobias Frere-Jones
The ampersand dutifully substitutes for the word “and,” without pretension or pomp. It’s the epitome of a team player, virtually unnoticed but subtly adding pizzazz to the written word. As a logogram—a symbol that represents a word—the ampersand has indiscriminately tunneled its way into hipster hearts and corporate collectives.
It’s not rhythm and blues—it’s R&B. It’s not Dungeons and Dragons—it’s D&D. Perhaps you’ve shopped at H&M or snacked on M&Ms, and maybe you’ve forgotten to pay AT&T because you were too busy watching Mork & Mindy.
The ampersand is also a survivor. It began life as a shortcut for scribes and proved just as useful for early typesetters, eventually working its way into the English alphabet as the 27th letter. We collectively dropped it from the ABCs, and the decline of handwriting and manual typesetting made it less useful. But its flexibility and grace have kept it on our business cards and movie posters.
79 AD: The year Vesuvius erupted, an anonymous graffiti artistleft his mark (&) on a Pompeii wall.
820: The calligraphic standard script Carolingian minuscule included the ampersand.
1011: Byrhtferth of Ramsey’s Manual included the ampersand in an Old English character set.
1440: An ampersand reportedly appeared on Johannes Gutenberg’s first printing press.
1732: William Caslon, whose namesake typeface is used in the Declaration of Independence, designed “the finest ampersand.”
1795: The first modern usage of “ampersand,” according to Merriam-Webster.
1830s: The word “ampersand” appeared in The Clockmaker, the fictional adventures of Sam Slick—and soon after in English dictionaries.
1899: In the Concise Manual of Typography, the ampersand was defined as “a sign interchangeable with the conjunction ‘and.’”
1931: Legendary designer Eric Gill (of Gill Sans fame) argued for the widespread use of the ampersand in An Essay on Typography.
1953: Designer and typographer Jan Tschichold published A Brief History of the Ampersand.
Do you really need to know more about the ampersand?  Then go to
Ths Shadow Knows!
How nice to have Wayne Worlage visit the club, and as Sergeant-at-Arms Simon O’Donoghue would have it, to be the Guest Speaker Number Two. Wayne thanked the club for supporting the Boroondara Chances Program, and gave us an update: the scholarships support needy children in Boroondara, and last year provided $180,000 in assistance. He also reminded us of the fundraising breakfast with Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp on 7thAugust – see flyer elsewhere in this newsletter. Our photo shows Wayne with the REALGuest Speaker, Craig Whiteford.

  Sergeant-at-Arms Simon O’Donoghue also thanked Guest Speaker Number Three, Ngaire Cannon, who gave us an update on "piper Jack White and the Scotch College Pipe Band, which played in Glasgow, at Stirling Castle and at Culloden Moor. They competed in the 2019 European Pipe and Band Championship at Inverness, where they gained 1st in Pipes, 1st in Ensemble, 6th in Drums - overall 1st. They are the only Juvenile Australian Pipe and Drum Band to ever win a major Championship…."
Other announcements were from Noel Halford who reminded us of the Wednesday Group’s meeting on Wednesday 17thJuly, when Dale Hoy will talk on  "The importance of the entrepreneur in society".
And Geoff Wright is seeking interviewers for Mock Job Interviews at Auburn High School on Wednesday 24thJuly. It is fun, and much appreciated by teachers and students alike.  Please give Geoff a call if you can help: 9817 3101 or  
Here’e Geoff swapping lies with Lawrence Reddaway, who is feeling and looking well (with a brand new hairstyle) and is heading off soon for a well-deserved cruise with Ginia.
Finally we have a photo of President Charlotte England with Suzanne Zidziunas, finally receiving her “Welcome to Rotary” folder. Enjoy your bedtime reading, Suzy!
We look forward to seeing you all at the President’s Party on Sunday: now that WILL be fun!

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

Jul 16, 2019

Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), which is a scientific research organisation based at Monash University in Clayton; the organisation is doing investigative and ground-breaking research on a variety of medical fields, using regeneration of human tissue and organs to address various  illnesses and diseases.

ARMI is a medical research centre based at the Clayton Campus of Monash University. Boasting 18 research groups studying a variety of regenerative approaches, ARMI is one of the largest regenerative medicine and stem cell research hubs in the world.

Chair: Dr Tilak Dissanayake

Jul 23, 2019
Orange Sky Australia

In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, and wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett founded Orange Sky Laundry – a world-first, free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. 

Every week, Orange Sky completes over six tonnes of washing, but more importantly, fosters more than 1,200 hours of genuine and non-judgmental conversation. With 29 laundry, shower and hybrid vans in operation around the country, Orange Sky Australia aims to positively connect communities.

Chair: Helen Kavnoudias


Jul 30, 2019
'The Good, The Bad & The Extraordinary'
Cathy is a Rotarian and primary school teacher in Bundaberg, Queensland, still working full time in her profession and continuing to create something extraordinary in Kenya for orphaned and vulnerable children who have no future prior to coming to be part of the Umoja Tribe.


Forthcoming Events

The first evening meeting in President Charlotte's year will be held on Wednesday 17th July from 7.00 p.m. where we will address the subject of "The importance of the entrepreneur in society".
Our Guest Speaker is Dale Hoy, a Rotarian, who has an impressive international career in accounting and financial services.
He has established a very successful financial planning and advisory service for expatriates who have worked in Singapore, Indonesia, and the wider region.
His professional background makes him eminently qualified to speak on many aspects of the entrepreneurship process.
This topic will be of great interest to those considering enterprise ventures where ideas need to be developed, creation of initial public offerings (IPO’s) understanding startups and the identification of steps taken through to successful implementation.
As members are aware our meetings are informal and interactive.
This is an ideal opportunity to bring a friend who may be interested in this subject or seeks to learn more about Rotary. 
 A light supper will be served.
$15.00 Members and guests. $10.00 Students
The Venue: Vision Australia Training Room
454 Glenferrie Road,
RSVP  Noel Halford Mobile 0419 018901 
I am sure you will find the topic most interesting and I look forward to seeing you there.
Noel Halford
Coordinator -  Monthly Evening Group
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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