President’s Note

Have you heard of the Baader-Meinhof effect or the frequency illusion? You've almost certainly experienced it. It's a common psychological phenomenon where something that has recently come to your attention seems to appear again and again with improbable frequency. For example, you've bought a new car, a red Subaru. Then as you're driving around in your shiny new car, you see all the red Subarus on the road you'd never noticed before. 
I had a minor Baader-Meinhof experience yesterday.  Immediately before the Club meeting, a group of us had been preparing for our upcoming 'Design Jam' workshop in which we will be applying 'design thinking' principles to the problem of Rotary membership.  The idea of different ways of thinking was fresh in my head. Then as our guest, Judy Carruthers, spoke about community change and the role of the International Women's Day Breakfast, up on the screen in her presentation appeared this quote from Albert Einstein: "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking."
Changing Rotary thinking is at the same time essential, a challenge and a conundrum. It is a conundrum because there are many current members of Rotary who are personally happy the way things are.  They enjoy the fellowship and projects that have become part of the rhythm of their lives.  For those who are satisfied with the way things are, it seems the advocates of change are trying to fix something that isn't broken.  It is essential that any plans for change pay due respect to long-serving happy Rotarians.
On the other hand, there are plenty of indicators that warn that changes in Rotary and Rotary thinking are vital if it is to survive. To ignore the need to accommodate the rapidly changing world is to invite the Kodak effect. 
On a less philosophical note, it was a delight at this week’s meeting to welcome back to the Club former Rotary Exchange student Irene Pendolin. Rotary Youth Exchange is a fabulous scheme that sadly seems to have diminished in recent years.
Finally, I remind members we are in for a Ripper presentation from our own Dennis Shore at next week's Club meeting as he shares his experiences of being the 'RIPR'. Looking forward to seeing a big crowd.
Ian Bentley

International Women’s Day Breakfast

PP Katrina Flinn introduced Judy Carruthers of Brighton North Rotary Club, who told us about Women in Rotary’s International Women’s Day Breakfast at the Palladium on Thursday 7thMarch.
“Let’s work together, celebrating difference” is their motto. Judy promised us an exciting bacon-and-egg breakfast, and interesting soeakers: e.g. Josh Bornstein who is a Director of Maurice Blackburn and the National Practice Leader of both its Social Justice Group and its Employment and Industrial Relations Group, and Kristen Hilton who was appointed as Victoria’s Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commissioner in 2016.
A gender balanced world is now expected. Everyone has a part to play- all the time, everywhere. Join us to celebrate the achievements and be reminded of its absence. Take away ideas to help create more balance. Start the day at the Palladium for a scrumptious breakfast, network with clients and colleagues and hear from those who lead the way on gender balance and equity in Australia.
Judy invited us to attend this great event, and to please invite non Rotarians and family members.
 The cost is $80 per person.  If members would like to attend on the Rotary Hawthorn table, just make this notation when booking Online

Australia Day Honours

A 22-year-old woman who invested her last $200 in Nepal is among the winners of the Order of Australia medal this year. (Members will recall Stephanie Woollard as a Rotary Peace Scholar at the Rotary 2013 District Conference in Albury.) 
When Melbourne resident Stephanie Woollard visited Nepal for the first time in 2004, the then 22-year-old decided to invest her last remaining $200 of her holiday money in helping seven disabled Nepali women.
The money helped to give those women additional skills that Woollard hoped would help them lead a dignified life, away from the discrimination they experienced in their marginalised communities.
In 2006, Ms Woollard started a company called Seven Women in the Nepali capital Kathmandu. Her goal was to help the women produce items that could be sold locally and internationally.
After 13 years, the project is said to have helped more than 5,000 Nepali women, and Ms Woollard has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the general division, for her service to the international community through humanitarian aid.
Speaking to SBS Nepali, Stephanie Woollard said the award would give her an opportunity to share Seven Women’s success story with a broader audience.
“The award is a fantastic way to show what we’ve been able to create in Nepal and the (positive) impact on some of the most marginalised women’s lives in the country.”
In 2016, Ms Woollard was awarded the Inaugural International Responsible Business Award at the United Nations headquarters in the US.
“The work has led me to places I’d never imagined going, to share our model of sustainable development,” she says. “I never imagined when I first met the women, [the] seven initial women, who were operating out of a tiny tin-shed in Kathmandu that it would grow to this extent.”

5 ways to use your District Designated Funds

If you had $50,000 in the bank and your child or spouse needed money for a lifesaving operation, would you leave the account untouched? Of course not. Yet every year, a large amount of District Designated Funds (DDFs) go unused. That’s money that could be used to improve communities and even save lives around the world. 

These funds never expire. But by not using them, your district misses out on opportunities to involve members in the life-changing work of The Rotary Foundation and use your donors’ money to do good in the world.

The DDFs available to your district are based primarily on the amount that district members have contributed to the Annual Fund-SHARE over the past three years.

Here are five excellent ways to use your DDFs to make a difference:

1.    District grants: District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs identified by clubs in your district. Each year, your district may request up to half of your DDF money in a lump-sum grant to be used for district grants. These grants are flexible. They can be used for activities that don’t align with one of Rotary’s areas of focus but that still fulfill the Foundation’s mission. 

2.    Global grants: Did you know that you can also use DDFs to support global grants? These large-scale projects combine DDFs or cash raised by sponsoring Rotary clubs and districts with matching funds from the Foundation. The DDFs you give to these grants is matched 100 percent by the World Fund, so Global Grants are a powerful way to make the most of your DDFs.

3.    Donations to PolioPlus: Every dollar of DDFs that your district contributes to PolioPlus is matched 50 percent by the World Fund, up to $5 million. In addition, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication, up to $50 million a year, is matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. So that’s an even bigger return on your DDFs. 

4.    Contributions to the Rotary Peace Centers: Your district can become a Peacebuilder District by allocating a minimum of $25,000 in DDFs to the Rotary Peace Centers each year. Donations fund up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellowships each year. 

5.    Support of the Endowment: Rotary’s Endowment ensures that future Rotarians will have the resources to design and implement sustainable projects year after year. When you give DDFs toward one of the six areas of focus, Rotary preserves and invests your initial contribution while spending a portion of its earnings. This strategy supports Rotary’s causes today and generates funds to further that important work in the future.

Rotary Club of Flemington  Parkinson's Fundraiser

Vance Anthony Hilton OAM, KSJ, PHF dedicated his life to Rotary serving over 35 years at Club.  He was District Governor in 1999-2000.   Vance lost he battle with Parkinson’s disease on 29 September 2018.
It was Vance's wish  that we would raffle this Limited addition "Flags of the World"  tie which was purchased  at the Centenary  Convention in Chicago and is beautifully presented in a display box.
 The Inscription on the back reads: Rotary International  -  A world of opportunity to make lives better
The money raised is going to Parkinson's Research with the hope  that we can make lives better for those living with Parkinson's.
To support this cause Flemington RC seeks your club's assist by:
  • Selling raffle tickets to members.  Books of 10 Raffle tickets are $5.00 a ticket.  
    (Please note that the closing date for the raffle is 28 February 2019)
  • Making a donation to Parkinson’s research
The Club bank account for depositing Donations is
      BSB                       633 – 000   
      Account number    151262821 
     Reference -      Parkinson's Donations/ Vance  and your Club name
   The Club bank account for depositing money when all tickets in a book have been sold is
   BSB                       633 – 000   
  Account number    151262821 
   Reference - ticket numbers and you club name 
Ths Shadow Knows!
The Shadow was delighted to see so many Rotarians in rude good health after the summer break, sporting sun tans from the golf course and the beach. And more than a few carrying a pound or two of extra weight: all that good cheer and plum pudding obviously hit the spot.
President Ian Bentley welcomed us back, and we went straight into announcements: PDG Dennis Shore alerting us to the Rotary Peace Through Service Forum on Friday February 15th, as a kick-off for the Multi-District Conference. During the 2017-18 Rotary Year, RI President Ian Riseley convened six very successful Presidential Conferences in cities around the world, to show how Rotary can work with others to prevent and resolve conflict from international and local perspectives. This year he has an impressive panel which is sure to provide some stimulating discussion. 
Vocational Service Chairman, Dr. Kevin Rose reminded us that January is Vocational Service Month. He gave us a gentle nudge: can we recall the Four-way Test? 
Club Service Chairman Noel Halford gave an update on the Wednesday group, our fundraising, and outlined our projects that require support.
Some new fundraising ideas are needed, and Noel floated a few: 1) a duck race on the Yarra at Moomba, 2) Sale of first-aid kits, 3) re-usable coffee cups, 4) lunar new year event and 5) a swap meet.
The Shadow was thrilled to see our old friend Stephanie Woollard recognised in the Australia Day Honours list, so we include a little about her “Seven Women” project in this issue.
The Shadow also congratulates PDG Don Jago and Peter Allen of Camberwell RC,  Jill Forsyth of Kew RC, and John Hudson of Glenferrie RC on their well-deserved recognition. 
It was a treat to see our former exchange student Irene Pandoline from Finland on a visit back after twenty-odd years. She has re-visited her host families, and is seen here with Henry Drury, Bill Troedel, Cheryl and David Pisterman.  Another Rotary Student Exchange success story!
The Shadow always strives to be politically correct, in order not to hurt the tender  feelings of our readers.
Accordingly he presents an appropriate Xmas Lunch for those at risk:

Upcoming Speakers

Dennis Shore    Feb 05, 2019
Did you know that Rotary Hawthorn member (and Past District Governor of District 9800) Dennis Shore has been a Rotary International President’s Personal Representative (a 'RIPR') at TWO District Conferences?
One  conference was in Australia, and the other one was in India, where he had an enormous welcome and great hospitality.
What is a 'RIPR'?
What experiences did Dennis have as a 'RIPR'!?
Come and listen to the 'RIPR' experiences of Dennis!
Chair: Ian Bentley
Vijay Susarla, John Walmsley    Feb 12, 2019
Timor Leste 'WASH' Program 
More to come
Chair: Gordon Cheyne
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
May 20th, 2019
Stewart Kreltszheim, Expedition Coordinator
No Roads Health
Chair: Helen Kavnoudias

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 

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