President’s Note

Changeover marks the close of one chapter of a Rotary Club's story and opens the page on a new one. In preparation for this week's Rotary Hawthorn Changeover dinner, I had cause to reflect on the year that has been. One only has to look back through previous Bulletins, to see it has been a year of continuous activity spread across the areas of youth, community, humanitarian and club service. Regular Club meetings have been enjoyable events set in the comfortable environs of Kooyong. For the constant flow of entertaining and engaging speakers, I thank Jill Weeks.  What a great asset she is to the Club.

Led by the Board, many individuals have stepped up at different times of the year to contribute to the broad range of projects in which the Club has been involved.  It has been a team effort: the sign of a healthy Club.

There have been, of course, standout leaders and those who have been consistent and reliable contributors. Noel Halford and Katrina Flinn, co-recipients of the 2018-19 President's Shield, have given me exceptional assistance in my year as President and I could not be more grateful for their tireless support. Noel and Katrina have also been the drivers behind many of the Club's activities, for which the Club owes them a debt of gratitude. There have also been members who have been consistently reliable participants and among those, I would like to acknowledge Anne Scott and Gordon Cheyne. They have always been there.

I believe the past year has a been a time of consolidation; building on foundations laid by PP Katrina Flinn in the preceding year. There have also been new beginnings and new directions.  The fledgling Wednesday night meeting continues and needs further support.  Various Club procedures have been improved.  More use will be made of ClubRunner and our digital presence and marketing will become more coordinated and refined.

I still believe the Club needs a signature cause to draw us together and to clarify our identity. To fund this signature cause and the other projects we have traditionally supported, the Club needs a new fundraising initiative or needs to grow ones that we have currently. Some challenges for the new team.

It has been sad to hear of the decline in Charles Morrison's health.  His 50 years of active contribution to the Club, and Rotary more broadly, means he is a worthy recipient of the status of Club Legend and Honorary membership. We wish him a return to health over the coming weeks.

In spite of his recent time in hospital and having undergone comparatively radical medical treatment that would have knocked most mere mortals off their feet, it was an absolute delight to see Lawrence Reddaway at Changeover looking as cheerful as ever.  Perhaps it's time to follow Lawrence's lead; put away the car and get out the bicycle for your daily commute.

Changeover gave us a taste of the year ahead. There is the promise of an organised program of fun and fellowship that will underpin a year of Rotary achievement.  A team that plays together stays together.  I am very much looking forward to the 2019-20 year under the leadership of Charlotte England and Ngaire Cannon. I wish President Charlotte and the Club leadership the very best as they write the next chapter in the story of the Rotary Club of Hawthorn.
Ian Bentley
Photos: President Ian with Noel Halford and the President's Shield. (Katrina Flinn is overseas)
Club Legend Charles Morrison in happier times.
President Ian just about to pass the Chain of Office to Charlotte England.
​​​​​​​More Changeover photos at

The Next Rotary Year

It has been a great honour to accept the position of President
Sometimes in life you meet people by chance who change your world for the better. I would like to thank Ian Macfarlane for introducing me to Rotary and supporting me over the past 3  years.  I am very fortunate to be following in the footsteps of Ian Bentley who has worked tirelessly on behalf of our Club over the past year.
The vision I have for the year is Fellowship, Fun and Fundraising. Equally flying in formation to lead this Club so that all comers feel welcome, valued and included.  For me this is an essential part Leadership.
We are a skills based club and certainly we utilise our skills within our community both at home and overseas.  I am keen to continue this practice via the Community Lunch, Servants Housing, Salvo Hawks, Mock Interviews, Purple Beanies, Swinburne Projects, Boab Project in WA, Donations-in-Kind, Peter Lugg's Cambodian Orthopaedic work, Timor Leste, the Phillipines, and Youth projects.
We must not forget the enormous volume of hours that are donated for the public good: Fundraising through selling Christmas Fare, Car parking, Miss Piggy and the weekly Raffle and of course the Foundation. For me it has all been an eye opener.
A full Fellowship Programme has been developed plus themed lunches to encourage partners, business associates and friends to come along and join us.
Jill Weeks tireless work in providing excellent speakers needs to be acknowledged by the Club.
A Major Charity Lunch has been scheduled for the 8th October to raise funds for Mental Health Awareness and club projects. The speaker is Leigh Woodgate, The Woman from Snowy River who appeared on Australian Story. A great way to celebrate Hat Day and the Racing Season
The first meeting will be at the Camberwell Art Show on 2nd July.
President's Drinks Party on Sunday 14th July will be a great afternoon of Fellowship. Thank you to Ngaire Cannon for all her organisation and hard work.
I hope that the coming year will be enjoyed by all members. Thank you for attending the Changeover Dinner.
The incoming board: Charlotte England, (President  and Membership)  Denbigh Richards (Community Service)  Kevin Rose (Youth Services)  David Pisterman (Rotary Foundation)  Kim D’Arcy (Club Service)   Jane Tisdall (Secretary /Public Officer) Ngaire Cannon (Vice President) and Ian Bentley (Vocational Service) 
Currently overseas: Katrina Flinn (International Service) and Tilak Dissanayake (President Elect)    

Welcome New Members

At the Club Changeover, President Ian Bentley inducted new member Sue Zidziunas (Classification Nursing) Our photo shows District Governor Bronwyn Stephens applying her new Rotary Pin. 
We also show President Ian introducing Delphine Genin to the Club: Delphine had been inducted at a recent Wednesday evening meeting, with the classification Fashion/Design.
Ths Shadow Knows!
We all have our moments of glory, and times of tragic  frustration: the clipboard in ClubRunner, for instance sometimes goes into "automatic pilot" mode. It will copy and paste appropriately, and the Bulletin article will appear perfect on the pre-publishing preview. But behind the scenes, the clipboard is plotting: previously added images will adopt the new image on the clipboard, and when sent out, the Bulletin may have some images that do not fit the description. So bear with us please, while we wrestle with this IT eccentricity.
The Shadow was saddened to hear Trevor Jones is leaving the club: although he is under enormous business pressure, he took the time to tell us how much he had gained from his experience with Rotary and to thank the club for their support. He thanked Ian Hamilton for inrtroducing him to the club in 1988, and for the self-confidence and public speaking ability he had acquired. These had led to advancement in his career, and to business opportunities. He hopes to move into his new premises early next year, so we wish him all the best for the future, and that he will be able to visit us from time to time. 
Meanwhile, it's that time of year again: Changeover, when all Rotary roles are up for grabs. We all congratulate President Ian Bentley on his year in office: a sterling performance indeed. In line with many Past Presidents, Ian has certainly left the Club in better shape than when he took office. His weekly contributions to The Bulletin have been erudite and challenging. Thank-you Ian, for your year in office: it has been a pleasure working with you.
Past Presidents in the club will be especially aware  of the support you have had from Jane: in the background but always there nevertheless. So we also think you Jane for your contribution to our year in Rotary: you can not relax and enjoy our future events. 
The other side of the coin: welcome Incoming President Charlotte England: we look forward with confidence to an exciting year in Rotary under your stewardship. We just KNOW you will shine! 

RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

Download 2019-20 theme logo and materials

Download the 2019-20 Presidential Theme and Rotary Citation brochure

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Upcoming Speakers

Visit To The Rotary Camberwell Art Show
Jul 02, 2019
The 2019 Camberwell Art Show is Australia's largest art show. It celebrates 54 years as one of Australia’s leading art events where the cream of Australia's artist elect to exhibit.
Zoo Based Conservation Organisation, Zoos Victoria
Jul 09, 2019
Craig Whiteford, General Manager - Threatened Species, Wildlife Conservation & Science at Zoos Victoria
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

Forthcoming 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.)

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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