President’s Note

The Boroondara Volunteer Expo, held last Wednesday, convinced me that voluntarism and community service are alive and well in our municipality.  Nearly 50 volunteer organisations from Access Health to the YMCA set up stalls in the Hawthorn Arts Centre (Hawthorn Town Hall) displaying services and support available to the young, to the disadvantaged, isolated, disabled, elderly and those afflicted with debilitating diseases. 
Then there were those groups whose passion it is to protect our parks and natural environment and others whose focus is on the preservation of our heritage and built environment. A passion shared by Helen Botham, our guest speaker at this week’s meeting, whose fascinating, extraordinarily well-researched and skilfully presented talk on Charles La Trobe’s cottage is described below in this edition of the Bulletin.
I was interested to learn at the Expoof the work of the Friends of Same, whose undertakings in Timor Leste bear remarkable similarities to those of the Friends of Baguia to which Rotary Hawthorn continues to give financial assistance.  
In the evening of the same day, I had the privilege to attend the Hawthorn Community Chest President's Cocktail Party where President, Andrew Tait, extolled the significant achievements of his organisation and acknowledged the efforts and generosity of his committee members and local businesses.  The overlap between the work done by the Community Chest, that of Rotary and the many organisations present at the Volunteers Expo led me to wonder at the efficiency of having so many small organisations working in the same space and whether efficiencies of size could not be achieved by combining forces. 
With so many voluntary organisations in the community, where does Rotary fit?  Where is Rotary's point of difference?  What is Rotary's distinctive role?  Clearly, Rotary's size and global reach set it apart from smaller organisations, but the average local Rotary Club sees itself in direct competition, for want of a better term, with these other groups for both volunteers and charity dollars.  Could Rotary become the organisation around which many of these smaller groups could coalesce, or position itself to support and coordinate the work of the many groups working for a similar cause?
Ian Bentley

La Trobe's Jolimont

Tuesday’s speaker, Helen Botham has carried out research into garden history for the National Trust and the Australian Garden History Society. Being also a member of the La Trobe Society, and founding chair of the Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage, she has a particular interest in the garden La Trobe created at Jolimont.

Charles Joseph La Trobe, was appointed in 1839 superintendent of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales and, after the establishment in 1851 of the colony of Victoria, he became its first lieutenant-governor, although he had little managerial and administrative experience. 

Soon after separation gold was discovered at several locations in Victoria and La Trobe had to deal with the mass exodus of the population of Melbourne to the gold fields.

Though Latrobe was not a great administrator, the values he upheld and maintained as the Governor, left an influence that helped shape this great city. It was La Trobe’s visionary oversight that made Melbourne a garden city. Against all the opposition from many quarters, he was particular about leaving reserves for gardens and parks.

He submitted his resignation in December 1852 but had to wait until 1854 when a replacement, Charles Hotham, could take his place. His wife Sophie La Trobe was in ill health during their last years in Victoria and preceded her husband to Europe, where she died at her family home on 30 January 1854.

His residence in Melbourne was a prefabricated building, having been shipped from Britain and erected in 1839. The quaint cottage was first sited in Jolimont, close to where the Melbourne Cricket Ground now stands. The dining room added by La Trobe is believed to be Melbourne's oldest surviving structure.

Helen described how he designed a garden in Jolimont, and added imported plants, stables, toolshed, hayshed, greenhouse, kitchen and servants wing.  She brought her talk to life with illustrations by Edward La Trobe Bateman, many of which feature in her book. 

After La Trobe retired, the land was sold and let out, then subdivided in 1931. The remains of the cottage were demolished, except for the dining room, which was taken over by the National Trust.  It was relocated to the Botanical Gardens in 1939 (where the Children’s Garden is now located) and finally in 1998 to its present site in Kings Domain on a rise near the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine.

Helen described the present cottage, and available tours of the Cottage and Government House, before fielding questions from an enthralled audience. Thank-you Helen, for this interesting glimpse into Melbourne’s past. 

There are still a few copies of Helen’s book “La Trobe's Jolimont : a walk round my garden” available: You can order it at

Celebrating Women in Rotary on International Women's Day

Rotarians celebrated International Women's Day last week at Crown Palladium, where a full house event was attended by Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, students and guests from all walks of life.

It was the seventh annual breakfast which started in 2012, which also celebrates Women in Rotary. Rotary International made a constitutional change at the 1989 Council on Legislation, eliminating the male only provision for all of Rotary - exactly thirty years ago!

Jenny Foster from the Rotary Club of Essendon received the Royce Abbey Change Champion Award for her dedication in making this world a better place for everyone. She was absolutely delighted and honoured to receive the award, and felt that having it presented by PRIP Ian Riseley was an added bonus.

Jenny also supervises the medical aisle at DIK, keeps us all on our toes, and organises frequent working bees to keep the goods moving.

Photo: Jenny Foster with PDG Julie Mason and DG Bronwyn Stephens.

Rotary Foundation Update
The recent call for donations for Foundation and End Polio has resulted in $1,500 being donated by Club members, which combined with the $4,900 from Club Charitable funds will mean a donation to The Rotary Foundation by the Club and its members of  $6400. This includes an amount of $305 raised by Gordon and Sheila Cheyne from their pre-District conference soiree. Thanks Gordon & Sheila, it was a fun night and a great start to Conference!

This contribution to Foundation is, of course, in addition to the regular donations by many of our members under Centurion Program and Paul Harris Society. We will have several members that  will qualify as Centurions (donation of $100 plus), that did not contribute to Foundation last year. By the end of the year we anticipate that we will have almost 50% of members contributing to Foundation.

We have also had some more members express interest in joining the Paul Harris Society (contributing to The Rotary Foundation of US1,000pa), thereby joining the 7 club members that are currently PHS members .

If you have not yet contributed to Foundation this Rotary year and would like to do so, a donation to Foundation can be made at the front desk at a Club meeting. (we will complete the Contribution form for you and transfer the funds!) 
Image: :Erik Blome, a 1991-92 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, works in his studio in Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA, on a bronze cast for a bust of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, founder of Chicago. Blome will donate the bust to a school in DuSable's native Haiti.
Photo: Alyce Henson© Rotary International
Ths Shadow Knows!
There’s lots being written about women in Rotary nowadays, but how many members know who our own “first lady” is?
Ngaire Cannon, of course, inducted into the club a mere twenty-five years ago. She was Club President in 2012-13, and has been a tower of strength ever since.  Well done, Ngaire, you’re a “bottler”!
What do you know about Samaritans? Last week, we heard on the TV news about two separate instances of “Good Samaritans” in Melbourne. The Shadow wondered how many of these could be in town.
According to  Benyamim (Benny) Tsedaka, a scholar, historian and ambassador-at-large for the Israelite Samaritans, in the 6th Century CE, the Israelite Samaritans numbered 1,500,000. They were persecuted and killed for practicing their ancient faith by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Mamluks and Ottomans. By 1919, there were only 141 Samaritans left. Today they number more than 800, with half living in Holon (south of Tel Aviv) and the other half on the mountain. They’re one of the world’s oldest and smallest religious groups and their songs are among the most ancient in the world. 
Could some of these have been tourists in Melbourne, and became prominent on our TV news?   :-)
Photo:  Mount Gerizim is home to the Samaritan village of Kiryat Luza  (Credit: Hanan Isachar/Alamy)
The Salvo Hawks
The fixtures for the Reclink Football Competition have just been announced, and The Salvo Hawks are raring to go.
Home games are May 1st and 27th, and August 7th and 21st.
We hope that (with our support) they do well again this season.

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

Jeffrey Tan  -  Mar 26, 2019
Ignite Your Passion- Cooking For Charity
Jeffrey is a well known celebrity chef in Asia and Australia, he insists he is just a humble, inspiring and competent cook. He has raised some $1.8m for charities and is now a multi-award winning chef.
Mark Thomas   Apr 02, 2019
Code 9 Foundation: You Are Never Alone
The Code 9 Foundation provides peer to peer support for Emergency Services Workers suffering from PTSD, depression and anxiety.
Code 9 has now expanded to a membership of over 2,700 emergency response personnel, including police, fire, ambulance and dispatchers within the group.
Mugshots 3
In the third book in the best-selling series, Mugshots 3 takes the reader inside the sinister world of Australian crime and reveals the truth behind the stories that shocked a nation.
Chairman: David Rush
Katrina Flinn, Rob Hines
Apr 16, 2019
Our Very Recent World of Difference Tour to Cambodia & Laos
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'.

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

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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.)

From this week, invitations to Tuesday Club meetings will look slightly different.  Also, to indicate your attendance or apologies will not require you 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. 

Geoff Wright collates the attendance information.  He needs to know of  "make up " events.

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