President’s Note

What a memorable Melbourne Cup Day. Beginning with torrential rain, gutters overflowing and streets running like rivers. Joy for those wanting their water tanks filled and deep soaking water for gardens and street trees, but disappointment for racegoers. Fortunately, the weather cleared as the day progressed.
Congratulations to anyone who picked the winner, although I have yet to meet a person who backed Cross Counter.  Having jockey Kevin McEvoy aboard must have given the more experienced punters pause for thought.
While the nation, the rain, and Tuesday's weekly Rotary meeting stopped for the Cup, there has been plenty ticking along in the background at Hawthorn Rotary. Preparations for the RYLA Dinner, the Christmas Community Lunch, the Garden Design Fest and the Paris to Provence Parking fundraiser have been occupying the minds of many of our members. Also, dscussions with Swinburne have been progressing about some exciting joint projects. 
A special thanks again to Ngaire Cannon for securing our gardens for the Garden Design Fest and for organising the rosters. Please check your shift and lock it into your diary.
Please, also signup on Trybooking for the Cluster Dinner on 27 November, and the RYLA Dinner on 6 December​  and let me know if you can help with the RYLA BBQ lunch.
Also, sign up online for the MultiDistrict Conference  (early bird registrations close a the end of November) and Paul Harris breakfast  28 November RSVP 13 November
The current Board meets next Monday and with the 2019/20 Board now named, planning will not only focus on the coming weeks and months but on the club's development into the future.
Finally, best wishes to PDG David Rosback as he recovers from a health setback.  We all wish him a speedy recovery.
Ian Bentley
President Rotary Club of Hawthorn

World Polio Day

World Polio Day, Wednesday 24th October this year, was a very special day in Melbourne this year.  Many clubs found unique ways to share the day and many clubs made special efforts for fund raisng to support Rotary’s effforts to end polio. 

For some Rotarians and their partners it was a very special day indeed as they had the opportunity to participate in a very special function at Level 89 in Eureka Tower with Past Rotary International Vice President, Jennifer Jones, who travelled from Canada for this event. In case you are wondering, the trip took 39 hours and it was not at the front of the plane, so we are deeply indebted to Jennifer for making this trip. She was home-hosted by DG Bronwyn and Mark for her stay.

Guests at this function came from most Victorian Districts and were invited because of their previous generosity in supporting The Rotary Foundation and because of their influence and passion to keep supporting “fighting polio to the finish”.

Whilst the ticket price was in keeping with the elevation of the 89th floor, all those attending agreed it was worth every penny and they were treated to an outstanding address by Jennifer Jones. She has an amazing capacity for sharing her message and reminding us why we need to keep fighting the fight.

The Eureka Tower function was not the end of Polio Day acknowledgment and about half of those at the function made their way to Melbourne Town Hall, which had been specially lit up for the occasion, for what has become an iconic photo opportunity that has been a big hit on social media.

Not everyone who would have like to have been at the Eureka Tower function could be there so Jennifer also met a number of those Rotarians at other smaller functions. No visit to Melbourne would be complete without a visit to DIK and Jennifer gladly obliged. She also visited Baden Powell College where she met Interactors and Teachers who all had their pinkies painted purple for the occasion. 

Rotary Youth Leadership Award 

RYLA is a week long residential program conducted annually for 18 to 25 year olds and is aimed at encouraging and developing leadership, personal development and social skills, so that awardees can more effectively contribute to their communities in a practical manner. RYLA provides opportunities for young people to come together to gain a better understanding of their own strengths and the unique qualities and abilities of others.The program aims to empower and encourage participants to return to their communities and make a positive contribution.
Each Rotary club is invited to nominate, sponsor or part-sponsor a potential young leader and provide practical support and encouragement. We encourage sponsor clubs to meet their participants prior to the seminar and to invite them to report back after its conclusion.
During the RYLA program there is a formal dinner on Thursday 6th December 2018 (hosted by Hawthorn Rotary) so participants can relate their experiences to sponsoring club members and learn more about Rotary. All Rotarians and guests are invited to join us at 6:00pm for 6:30pm, for light-hearted evening of fun with young leaders of the future.
Camp Oasis   66-72 Monbulk Rd, , Mount Evelyn, VIC 3796
Hawthorn Rotary -
Ths Shadow Knows!
The Shadow wonders how you did at the races. 
As always, The Shadow is ahead of the pack, with a solidly thought-out racing policy: “Quit while you’re ahead”. 
By not betting at all, he’s already doing better than the average punter. 
When averaged out across the entire adult population, Australians bet almost $11,000 per person, making us far and away the biggest betting nation on the planet.
We bet. But, more importantly, we lose.
Australians wagered $657 million over the course of the four-day Melbourne Cup carnival in 2016. About $350 million of that was spent betting on Cup day itself.
That's enough money to crowd-fund the annual wages of 5385 registered nurses.
But it's still a drop in the ocean of the total money wagered on racing annually in Australia. Which itself is a fraction of the amount gambled each year on the pokies.
In fact, roughly $372 million - more than our estimated Melbourne Cup day total - is gambled on the pokies every single day.
The Shadow hopes you came out ahead of the pack. (and had your money on Cross Counter)
What a bunch of busy bees we are at Hawthorn Rotary: the schedule for the coming months gave The Shadow quite a fright:
Garden Design Fest: 17-18thNovember
Fifth Meeting of the Month 21 Nov at 7pm. (Andrew Gillies on “Weights for Mates” and Jenny Kitchen with an update on the BOAB foot-care program)
Ted Bailleau at Cluster Dinner – 27thNov
Paris to Provence (car parking) 30thNov – 2ndDec
RYLA Dinner 6.30-9pm (at Monbulk Oasis Camp)   Thursday 6th December
RYLA BBQ  Lunch Saturday 8th December   10:30/11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Oasis Camp
Selling Xmas Hams and Cakes NOW
Xmas Dinner for socially isolated – 16 Dec
Club Xmas Party- date pending
Then you may have a well-deserved break to get ready for car-parking at the Kooyong Classic Tennis, 9-12thJan.

Upcoming Speakers

Nov 13, 2018 - Rosemary Johns 
As Told by the Boys Who Fed Me Apples:     Sandy was the only Australian War Horse to return home from World War I. This is his poignant and fragmented war story. Through Sandy we experience the lives of three men who fought in the war.
The West Gate Tunnel Project is a $6.7 billon city shaping project that will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, provide quicker and safer journeys, and remove thousands of trucks off residential streets.      Chair:  Noel McInnes

 Nov 27, 2018 - The Hon Ted Bailleau

Sir John Monash - His Life And Legacy      *NOTE: Dinner Meeting
Thursday 6th December, -  Evening Meeting
 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Dinner 
 Where?  RYLA Camp at Camp Oasis, 66-72 Monbulk Rd, Mount Evelyn VIC 3796

Coming 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.)

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

Club Roster 

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


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