President’s Note

Pride may be the deadliest of the seven deadly sins, but I was proud to note that about a third of the volunteers at the DIK working bee last Saturday were Hawthorn Rotarians. Well-done colleagues.  We made a great impact sorting the many pallets of miscellaneous medical equipment that confronted us on our arrival. 
I was also delighted to observe 20 Hawthorn Rotarians and partners giving freely of their time and expertise in simulated job interviews at Auburn HS yesterday. Many of the students had never had a job and most have never formally applied for one.  The tasks of writing an application letter, constructing a resumé and negotiating a job interview (albeit imaginary) with constructive feedback afterwards provided the students with valuable experience for their futures.
One Rotarian was heard to say afterwards, "Gee that was fun.  I really enjoyed that".  What is it that gives us pleasure in the things we Rotarians do for others?  What is it that keeps us coming back?  Perhaps there is something in the human spirit or altruistic act that generates personal reward and pleasure. John Bunyan may have nailed it when he wrote: “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”   
Such a view of life seems common to humanity and not exclusive of any race or culture. Heather Ellis, the intrepid motorcyclist, traveller and author who spoke to us on Tuesday declared that whilst travelling through seemingly the most dangerous and inhospitable places in the world was always warmly welcomed and generously supported by the people she met along the way.
See you at the Jazz Museum next Tuesday.
Ian Bentley

Journey From Africa To The Silk Road

Our guest speaker on May 07, 2019 was Heather Ellis.  Heather is an Australian author, journalist, public speaker and motorcycle road safety advocate who 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'.
Her story is best told in her two books: “Ubuntu: One woman's motorcycle odyssey across Africa” and “Timeless On The Silk Road”.
Ubuntu: 'As you travel Africa, you will find the way of ubuntu - the universal bond that connects all of humanity as one.'

At the age of twenty-eight, while sitting in a friend's backyard in the remote mining township of Jabiru, Heather Ellis had a light-bulb moment- she decided to ride a motorcycle across Africa. The idea just felt right - no matter that she'd never done any long-distance motorcycle travelling before, and had never even set foot on the African continent. Twelve months later, Heather unloaded her Yamaha TT600 at the docks in Durban, South Africa, and her adventure began. 

Her travels took her to the dizzying heights of Mt Kilimanjaro and the Rwenzori Mountains, to the deserts of northern Kenya where she was befriended by armed bandits and rescued by Turkana fishermen, to a stand-off with four Ugandan men intent on harm, and to a voyage on a 'floating village' on the mighty Zaire River. Everywhere she went Heather was aided by locals and travellers alike, who took her into their homes and hearts, helping her to truly understand the spirit of ubuntu - a Bantu word meaning 'I am because you are'.

Ubuntu is the extraordinary story of a young woman who, alone and against all odds, rode a motorcycle to some of the world's most remote, beautiful and dangerous places.
After riding her motorcycle across Africa, Heather Ellis became ill, and worked for a while as a courier in London. Timeless On The Silk Road is the story of what happened next: a journey of courage, hardship and immense natural beauty as she rode along the fabled Silk Roads of antiquity to Australia. Believing this is her last adventure, her one last search for meaning, Heather’s journey ultimately became one of destiny. 
Heather traveled into Central Asia after the fall of the Soviet Union where she crossed deserts and was touched by the ancient world of Islam. She rode into the land of the heavenly mountains and discovered the ancient traditions of the nomads. 
She ventured into the vastness of Siberia’s Altai mountains where she was welcomed into the homes of Kazakhs and Russians alike. And in China, she was repeatedly told there will soon be a new world order. 
From China she went to Hanoi, and then home to her family in Australia. 
For the technically minded:
The Yamaha TT600R is an enduro motorcycle from Yamaha Motor Company closely related to the XT series of air-cooled single cylinder engines. It is no longer offered in its present form.
The TT600R's engine was basically a XT600 3TB engine. The TT600R had a reduced engine width by 30 mm, a lightened flywheel and crankshaft, and larger diameter Teikei YDIS carburettors and intake tracts. The 8-litre airbox with quick-release foam filter was also larger than the XT. The TT600R accelerated from 0-100 in 5,5 seconds and had a top speed of 155 km/h. The acceleration was almost a full second faster than the XT600, which was due to the lower weight and lower gearing.
The TT600R model was kick-start only and was further equipped with fully adjustable 46 mm Paioli conventional front forks and a Öhlins rear shock. It also came standard with Takasago aluminium alloy rims, Brembo disc brakes with steel-braided brake lines, Deltabox aluminium swingarm, Tomaselli handlebar and Domino clutch/brake mounts.

Mock Job Interviews

Once again the Mock Job Interviews at Auburn High School were well received and enjoyed by everyone involved. 
The program was organised by Careers Pathways and Transitions Manager Deb Martis, with Geoff Wright and David Owen.
Eighty-five pupils had the opportunity of a simulated job interview in a non-threatening environment, followed by feed-back on their introductory letters, CVs and personal presentation. Several students interviewed extremely well, and all thanked the interviewers. Many expressed a wish to return for a re-run next year. 
Twenty Rotarians and partners were involved, including Jane Bentley, Holly Reid, Libby Owen and Ralph Treloar: it was especially nice to see David Owen, Bill Troedal and Ken McNamara making the trip to participate.
The school provided a luxurious morning tea-break, and Principal Maria Karvouni thanked the club for supporting this highly successful program.

Working Bee at DIK

Every second month, Jenny Foster of Essendon RC organises a working bee at the Donations-in-Kind store in West Footscray. So on the first Saturday in May, we had many volunteers helping sort the donated goods in the medical aisles. 

“Whatever do they use that for?”  and "Would you like a hand with that?" were two of the commonest questions we heard, but there were enough nurses around to keep everyone informed. 
Out of date goods were consigned to the rubbish bins, and lots of goodies were packaged for sending to needy countries. 

Jenny had an orientation tour of the shed for new volunteers, and an information session over the morning tea break.
Around a dozen pallets were broken down and sorted, now we need clubs to commit to sending the goods overseas. 

Special thanks to our Hawthorn members who worked so hard: Jane and Ian Bentley, Katrina Flinn, Denbigh Richards and Tilak Dissanayake. 


The human body is an amazing thing. It is capable of creating life, surviving horrible diseases and accidents, and tasting all kinds of good (and equally bad) food). But human bodies are also susceptible to great tragedies, from freak accidents to medical mysteries. Understanding your body and how it works is vital to not only surviving, but also to live longer.
 “A person who is not very active can start by making small changes, such as replacing soft drinks with water and adding a 10-minute walk to a daily routine,” Carly Schuna writes for And understanding your body and the benefits of good health are vital for thriving communities as well. “Better health is central to human happiness and well-being,” the World Health Organization’s website reports. “It also makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more.”
So how much do you know about your body? What you don’t know will surprise you, like how 50 percent of your hand’s strength lives in your little finger. Well, if you want to know about your body (and why wouldn’t you?), we have you covered.
Here are 50 facts about your body that you probably aren’t aware of, but should be:
Twenty-five percent of bones in an adult are in the foot. Even more of a reason to get those sensible shoes.
The body’s largest muscle is the gluteus maximus a.k.a. your booty a.k.a. your twerking muscle.
You will likely eat 100,000 pounds of food in your lifetime. Set a goal to make 25,000 pounds of that food pizza.
The only part of your body with zero blood flow is the cornea of eye. It only requires oxygen.
If you think you have big ears or a big nose, there’s a reason for that: both parts of your body never stop growing.
More than 278 different types of bacteria are exchanged when two people kiss. 95 percent of them aren’t harmful.
Ths Shadow Knows!
President Ian had challenged us to come up with an “elevator statement” i.e. telling someone about  what Rotary is, before the elevator door opens and ends the conversation.  Noel Halford  was declared the winner for his comment, but The Shadow had a few up his sleeve just in case:
"Rotary is the world's oldest and most important service organization.  It provides clean water to those without it, feeds the hungry, battles crippling, debilitating and disfiguring diseases and helps people learn to read and write so they can compete in the modern workplace."
“Rotarians are business and professional leaders who aspire to the highest ethical standards in their vocations and who not only help those in need in their own communities but who also seek to advance the cause of peace, understanding and goodwill worldwide through scholarships, youth and adult exchanges and humanitarian projects."
“Rotary is a worldwide community of business and professional men and women whose focus on health, hunger, clean water and literacy spans over 100 years.  
“With over 1.2 million members, over 30,000 clubs in over 200 counties, Rotarians are committed to making a difference in the lives of people around the world.
“We promote the ideals of peace, understanding and goodwill for all.”  
Wasn’t it nice having Helen Woodhouse-Herrick of Nhill Rotary Club drop in and deliver several copies of The Nhill Free Press, with a record of our visit to Nhill on page 3?  Helen was our bus driver on our tour of Nhill, but she had speedier transport for her visit to Melbourne.  Unfortunately she had several appointments in town, and couldn’t stay for lunch. Our photo shows Helen and the newspaper with Noel Halford and Katrina Flinnn.
Sergeant-at-Arms Phil Stewart entertained us with his reminisences of lunch at Buck House, and challenged us to equal his experience with the rich and famous. Several members took the bait, almost equalling “I danced with a man who’d danced with a girl, who’d danced with the Prince of Wales”.  However no-one came near Phil’s lunch with Prince Charles.  The Shadow just wants it recorded that he has rubbed ears with former Prime Minister Billy McMahon, while inspecting the porcelain in the men’s room at the Southern Cross Hotel.

Jest for a Laugh

Upcoming Speakers

Stewart Kreltszheim, May 21st 20119
Black Saturday - 10 Years On  Ten years after the Black Saturday bushfires people in the tight-knit community of Marysville are set to return to the oval where they sheltered from the inferno.
Chair: Helen Kavnoudias
Kim D'arcy      May 28, 2019
Behind The Badge: 

Come and listen to Kim's Behind The Badge talk.

Not to Be Missed!

Katie Wilford, Ambassadorial Scholar
Jun 11, 2019
The Power Of Rotary:  Katie Wilford is an Iowa native in the land Down Under studying at the University of Melbourne for her Master of Education. When she is not writing assessments or doing research, you can find her cooking snags at Rotary barbies, volunteering at DIK and Missionaries of Charity, providing free mathematics tutoring at Epping Secondary, exploring Melbourne, and travelling throughout Australia (she has two states to go!). Australia has been Katie’s home for the past nine months and when asked about going “home” (back to Iowa) she often says, “I’m not done with Melbourne yet!”

As a Rotary Global Scholar, she is an investment to Rotary with the drive to fulfil three big dreams: to teach, to feed, and to help.

Rotary Hawthorn Changeover
Jun 20, 2019
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club

Forthcoming Events

District Training Assembly
May 26, 2019  Tabcorp Park, 2 Ferris Road, Melton, VIC
The purpose of the District Assembly is to prepare incoming club leaders for their year in office and to build their leadership team.  It also gives the incoming District Governor, and the incoming Assistant Governors and District Team the opportunity to motivate club leadership teams and build their working relationship.
It is essential that eacImage result for training imageh club send the relevant Director or Avenue of Service Chair to the Assembly for the entire day. We should ensure that someone attends each session whether or not there is a specific person with that responsibility in our club.

The day is structured to give individual members the chance to learn more about their portfolio as well as networking with others in similar positions in other Clubs. 

A session for new members is extra special, and this will show them the scope of Rotary within the District and beyond.

This day will be held on Sunday 26 May at Tabcorp Park in Melton with registration between 8.15am - 9.00am. The day concludes with lunch at 1.30pm. The cost of attendance for the day is $16, which will be covered by the Club.  Lunch is optional, with a cost of $25  (Chicken Maryland, Mash & Vegies  or  Fish, Chips & tartare sauce) which should be paid by members upon registration.
Please indicate to me within a week if you are able to attend, with your choice of meal, and I shall complete the registration process.
Gordon Cheyne
0417 583 803
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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