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President’s Note

Following the church and hotel bombings, our thoughts are with the people of Sri Lanka. They are also with the Port Campbell community, and especially the family and loved ones of the father and son surf lifesavers who lost their lives saving another.  These events all the more tragic against the backdrop of Easter.    
 
Closer to home, the Easter traffic around town has been pleasantly quiet for those of us who have mostly stayed around Melbourne. Rotary activities have also been unusually quiet too, although things continue to tick over in the background. 
 
A reminder that with a number of members still away overseas or enjoying an extended Easter with family and friends, there is no meeting this Tuesday (23 April).
 
Our next Tuesday meeting will be on the last day of April, and then we launch into a busy May with the DIK Working bee on Saturday week (4 May), the  Simulated Job Interviews at Auburn HS (8 May) and the visit to the Australian Jazz Museum (14 May - remember to register, and if possible, pay online).
 
Wishing you all a safe, healthy and relaxing week.
 
Ian Bentley
President
 
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Baguia Scholarships

Hawthorn Rotary has continued sponsorship of students in Baguia, Timor Leste. 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.
 
Left to right: Students Lourenco Alves, Patricio Guterres and Rosita Aparicio with teacher Leopoldina Guterres (September 2018).
 
1. Lourenco Alves is from Alua Kraik. Both his parents are alive but his father went to jail for 14 months under suspicion of colluding with the rebels. Lourenco was chosen for this scholarship shortly after his father was sent to jail, as he has 5 sisters and 3 brothers. None of the girls are attending school, but the other boys are attending the government school in Baguia.
 
Lourencois now 16 years old and his favourite subject at school is Science. He hopes he can get the opportunity to continue next year into Senior High School in Baguia, as he would like to go on to be a doctor.
 
2. Patricio Guterres is from Hae Coni. While both his parents are alive, his mother is partially blind and suffers from poor health and so can’t work. He has 8 brothers and a sister. One brother is at University and two are at the senior high school in Baguia. The two younger brothers are still in primary school and his eldest sister stays home to help run the household.
 
Patricio is 17 years old and his best subject at school is Mathematics. He wants to go to Senior High School in Baguia next year, as he is very keen to become a teacher. 
 
3. Rosita Aparicio is a girl from the village of Samalari. Her father died a few years ago and her mother has 6 children. The eldest is a labourer making bricks, one is at university and the rest are no longer attending school. Even the youngest boy stopped going to school once the father died. 
 
Rosita is 18 years old and enjoys studying English language at school. She hopes she can obtain a scholarship to attend Senior High School in Dili, so that she can then get high enough marks to get into Medicine and become a doctor.

Council elevates Rotaract

 
The 2019 Council on Legislation may not have made as many dramatic changes as the Council three years ago did, (when they granted clubs greater flexibility in meeting and membership) but it made several decisions that will shape the future of Rotary.

Among the most important, the Council elevated the status of Rotaract clubs.  The change broadens the definition of membership in Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs. The change is intended to increase the support that Rotaract clubs receive from RI and to enhance their ability to serve.

“We need to be an inspiration to our young partners, so they will continue doing the great service that they do,” said RI President Barry Rassin when he presented the measure. “This sends a strong message that they are truly our partners in service.”

In many ways, the Rotaract experience will not change. Rotary clubs will still charter and sponsor Rotaract clubs. Rotaract clubs will still have their own standard constitution and their own unique club experience. Members of a Rotaract club will not be called Rotarians. And Rotaract clubs will not immediately pay dues or receive other benefits, such as the official magazine that Rotary members receive. The Board will determine a dues structure over time.

The measure simply expands the definition of membership in Rotary International to include both Rotary and Rotaract clubs. 

PDG Dennis Shore represented D9800 at the Council, which is made up of representatives from each Rotary district, and meets every three years in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to review the rules that govern the organization.
 

Paul Harris: Rotary’s Founder 

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul P. Harris. 
 
Harris  was born on 19 April 1868 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA. At age 3, he moved to Wallingford, Vermont, where he grew up in the care of his paternal grandparents. He attended the University of Vermont and Princeton University and received his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1891.
 
In 1896, Harris settled in Chicago and opened a law practice. Four years later, he met fellow attorney Bob Frank for dinner on Chicago’s North Side. They walked around the area, stopping at shops along the way. Harris was impressed that Frank was friendly with many of the shopkeepers. He had not seen this kind of camaraderie among businessmen since moving to Chicago and wondered if there was a way to channel it, because it reminded him of growing up in Wallingford.  “The thought persisted that I was experiencing only what had happened to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of others in the great city. ... I was sure that there must be many other young men who had come from farms and small villages to establish themselves in Chicago. ... Why not bring them together? If others were longing for fellowship as I was, something would come of it.”
 
Harris eventually persuaded several business associates to discuss the idea of forming an organization for local professionals. On 23 February 1905, Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in downtown Chicago for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.
 
In February 1907, Harris was elected the third president of the Rotary Club of Chicago. Toward the end of his presidency, he worked to expand Rotary beyond the city. Some club members resisted, not wanting to take on the additional financial burden. But Harris persisted, and by 1910, Rotary had expanded to several other major U.S. cities.
 
Harris recognized the need to form a national association with an executive board of directors. In August 1910, Rotarians held their first national convention in Chicago, where the 16 existing clubs unified as the National Association of Rotary Clubs (now Rotary International). The new association unanimously elected Harris as its president. At the end of his second term as Rotary president, Harris resigned, citing ill health and the demands of his professional practice and personal life. He was elected president emeritus by convention action, a title he held until his death.
 
In  the mid-1920s, Harris became actively involved in Rotary again, serving as the public face of the organization. To promote membership and service, he attended conventions and visited clubs throughout the world, often accompanied by his wife, Jean.
 
Harris died on 27 January 1947 in Chicago at age 78, after a prolonged illness. Before his death, he made it known that he preferred contributions to The Rotary Foundation in lieu of flowers. By coincidence, days before he died, Rotary leaders had committed to a major fundraising effort for the Foundation. 
 
Upon  news of his death, Rotary created the Paul Harris Memorial Fund as a way to solicit these donations. Rotarians were encouraged to commemorate the late founder of Rotary by contributing to the fund, which would be used for purposes dear to Harris’ heart. In the 18 months following his death, The Rotary Foundation received $1.3 million, which helped support the Foundation’s first program — scholarships for graduate study abroad. 
 
Photo:  Jean and Paul Harris board a ship after visiting Rotary members in Bermuda, 1925.

Frog poison healers banned from providing kambo treatments

Two healers who use an Amazonian tree frog poison, which is under investigation following a woman's death, have been banned from operating in Victoria and South Australia while an inquiry is underway.

South Australians Carlie Angel and Brad Williams, who trade as Two Wolves - One Body, have been ordered to immediately stop providing their kambo-based treatments.

Kambo is a name for the skin secretion of the giant green monkey tree frog, which is found in South America's Amazon rainforest.

It is used in "cleansing rituals" and has become popular as an alternative medicine, spawning a growing underground community of users.
Ths Shadow Knows!
The Shadow strives to keep the grammar and semantics up to scratch in “The Bulletin”. However confusion can arise when new words crop up, or old words arere-used in a new context. “Redacted” and "progressive"  for instance.  Rather than resorting to Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage, the Shadow finds Humpty Dumpty gives more encouraging advice: 
 
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means  just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” 
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” 
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that's all.”
 
Some Easter Quotes:
 
‘There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter.’ – Gordon P. Hinckley 
 
‘Easter is the only time of year when it is safe to put all your eggs in one basket.’ – Evan Esar 
 
‘A true friend is someone who thinks you’re a good egg, even if you’re cracked.’ – Anon ‘
 
You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.’ – Pablo Neruda 
 
 ‘There are always flowers for those who want to see them.’ – Henri Matisse 
 
‘April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.’ – William Shakespeare 
 
‘The great gift of Easter is hope.’ – Basil Hume 

Happy Easter (Picture: Getty) 
Hopefully you had more for breakfast than chocolate eggs. 
 
When he was District Governor, Colin Muir referred to Vocational Service as “the forgotten avenue of Rotary Service”.  We include an brief story about the Amazonian Tree Frog, to show the importance of ethical standards in our vocations. It might be funny, if it weren’t so serious.
 

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

Loretta Smith  -  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. 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.

Author Loretta Smith, began her journey to uncover Alice’s life when one of her aged care clients mentioned her mother worked as a driver and mechanic for Alice Anderson. So began Loretta’s amazing journey in researching and writing about Alice Anderson's exceptional legacy'.

 
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

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 noelmci@openwindows.com.au  (for the numbers) and accept and pay on-line as always.
 
Check out the AJM extensive web site on http://www.ajm.org.au
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

Club Roster 

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

 

30th April

 7th May

14th May

 21st May

 Greeting/Badges    

  TBA

     TBA

     TBA

     TBA

 Front Desk

     K D'Arcy

     M Christoffelsz

  H Drury

   C Hanson

 Credit Cards

       G Wright

  H Kavnoudias

 D Pisterman

 G Wright

 Set & Clear Up  

      P.Stewart

  P.Stewart

   P.Stewart

       P.Stewart

 MC        

       K Flinn

TBA

   N McInnes

       H Kavnoudias

 

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Web:  www.hawthornrotary.org.au