More News Ian Bentley 2019-02-09 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Reddaway
“Let’s appoint a religious atheist, who is an Aussie Rules agnostic, to write up this week’s speaker.”  Your editor handballed it to me – what a fine sense of mischief!
Our speaker was Ray Wilson, who played Aussie Rules Footy for various clubs in the 1960s, including Hawthorn, and including a grand final or two.  He shared a magnificent repertoire of anecdotes about players, coaches and officials who were all well known by repute to almost every person in the room. (Indeed, even I, the curmudgeon with the working pen, had heard of quite a few of them.)  But I won’t waste time trying to report any of the anecdotes –I would surely get at least one detail wrong!

The blurry B&W video of a final from way back in 1971 showed much that was the same as we are seeing in the current finals series:  Skills, fitness, strength, and excessive aggression.  It also showed a deplorable amount of waste paper flying around – at least we seem to have left that deplorable habit behind, thank goodness!

Photo:  Ray Wilson's "bump" on Carl Ditterich in the 1971 Grand Final.
So, in what light do I see the cult of Aussie Rules?  It is spectacular to watch.  But the rates of injury and conflict seem to be grossly excessive.  Maybe the matches are echoes of gladiatorial ‘games’ and of public executions?   Today’s vast crowds are wondrous to behold; and let us rejoice that crowd violence seems to be much less than in many other sports.
Footy provides a real sense of community, and of belonging, to thousands of fans of particular clubs. It raises hopes and expectations – sometimes to be realised, and other times as false hopes.  For how many fans does Footy provide a weekly escape from otherwise ordinary lives?
The fact that every newspaper devotes many pages every day to Aussie Rules is presumably evidence of the huge love of the populace for this feature of our lives.  If our society can afford so many huge temples (footy grounds) and so many very highly paid bureaucrats and stars, then surely we should be able to afford more generous treatment of the poor in our midst?  Surely, also, the passionate allegiance of some individuals, and some families, to a particular team, and regular attendance, can be seen as a form of religious devotion?
Enough, lest I be drummed out of Rotary for discussing religion!
The URL for the 1971 Grand Final is:  
President Ian has put the clip of Ray’s “bump” on Ditterich in Dropbox:  
Aussie Rules – Sport or Religion? Lawrence Reddaway 2018-09-24 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Noel Halford
The Rotary Club of Hawthorn conducted its first Welcome Dinner on Sunday 16th September at the Auburn Bowls Club.
Our guests represented a wide range of communities and it was evident to the organisers that there was a genuine welcoming atmosphere as we discovered new friends, new cuisines and and new interests.
The event was very capably coordinated by our Rotary club which was well represented and the Join the Dots organisation who provided facilitators to ensure everything went smoothly.
From reports received our guests, some of whom had only been Australia for a short time, were delighted with the warmth of the welcome extended to them and their families. This was a small but significant step towards building positive relations across all our diverse community groups.
Special thanks to Katrina Flinn who initiated this event, President Ian Bentley, our local member John Persutto and the Hawthorn Rotarians who participated so enthusiastically.
We also acknowledge the generosity of the Auburn Bowls Club for providing the venue.
Welcome Dinner Noel Halford 2018-09-17 14:00:00Z 0
President Charlotte and Peter England hosted a lovely President’s Party on Sunday, which was enjoyed by all.
The company, conversation, drinks and food quickly took our minds off the discouraging weather. The conversation went from football and Rotary to brickmaking and philosophy: while we didn’t solve the world’s problems, we gave them a good shake.
Simon O’Donoghue was a bit critical of the photographer, and took over the camera. 
Now he has retired from the world of Real Estate, could he have a new career ahead?  You can see his photos at:
Thanks Charlotte and Peter, for a most enjoyable afternoon.
That evening, the Shadow spotted one attendee (left) who had decided to celebrate Bastille Day (and her birthday) in the appropriate French manner.
Some announcements from the Tuesday meeting:  Geoff Wright announced that the Mock Job Interviews at Auburn High School would be deferred to Wednesday 32st June. Please let him know if you can assist as an interviewer.
Denbigh Richards updated us on the Collaborative Forum, with Swinburne University and the Cluster Group. There will possibly be a working bee at Romana House, on Saturday 3rd August, assisting Servants Community Housing. Details to follow.
Noel Halford announced the next Wednesday evening meeting would be on 21st August, at Grace Park Tennis Club. No doubt Noel will arrange another engaging speaker, so watch this space.
Ths Shadow Knows! 2018-09-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Pisterman
Toronto is a wonderful city with lots of tall buildings, culture and sport. It hosts plenty of conventions. RI President 2017-2018, Australia’s own Ian Riseley, held his in Toronto late in June with warm balmy days and long evenings. 
Dennis and Lynda Shore, Cheryl and David Pisterman with Steve Aquilina (Southbank RC) at the Toronto Rotary Convention.
Photo credit– D9800 Foundation newsletter Spring 2018.
The opening ceremony, held at the Air Canada Centre (home of the Maple Leafs), began colourfully with many attendees waving their country flags against a noisy background of music. That was until the music changed to “I am, you are, we are Australian” introducing Ian and Juliet Riseley. At the first bars, the Aussies scattered amongst the 12,550 attending the first opening session (total registration was just over 25,000) all burst into song – very emotional. At least 30 of us added to the colour of the occasion in our End Polio Tees – we were definitely seen and heard. 
In his opening address Ian spoke to the theme People of Action and announced that his wish that every Rotarian plant a tree had exceeded all expectations with approx 2,500,000 planted around the world. 
The first official social function I attended was the “Jazz at the Aquarium” and amid 2,500 excited Rotarians from all over, we queued to get in, queued to get a drink, and waited and wondered if we would get the food. However when the crush eased it was an amazing venue with attendees enjoying the exhibits of fish and other marine creatures including our PDG Murray Verso. 
The 80 or so of us from District 9800 had a great time together as well as meeting other Rotary friends from all around the world. A highlight was the Down-under Breakfast held just before the first opening ceremony where approx. 600 Australians and New Zealanders heard RI President Ian and Juliet in a relaxed and comfortable setting recount some of his memories of the past year. 
World Convention Toronto 2018 David Pisterman 2018-09-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Reddaway
Team Gathering at Sophia’s
Prizes were handed out at the Salvo Hawks team gathering at Sophia’s Pizza and Pasta Restaurant. Rotary Hawthorn got an honourable mention, but no trophy (thank goodness – where would we have kept it?!)
Katrina and I attended; and I said a few words to express our gladness at being able to help out, and to thank everyone for making us so welcome.  I think I also said how proud we were that we (essentially Mick and Katrina) had got the scoreboard working.  That thought was spoiled by the fact that, at the last home game, we simply could not get it to work.  Mick and Katrina have bravely taken on the task of cajoling the Boroondara Council to improve the system before next footy season!
Grand Final Series
This was not a customary grand final. Over the course of three consecutive days, each team plays one match.  And every player of every team gets a medallion.  This is in line with the ethos of the RecLink League – it’s about the triumph of motivating oneself to participate; to play special-rules footy; and (in many cases) to celebrate another day of holding an addiction at bay.
The match between the Salvo Hawks and a new team from Melton started at 10.30, under sunny conditions.  Casey Radio broadcast from its caravan. Rotary Sunbury provided catering from their special trailer.  Katrina and I cheered as our Salvo Hawks trotted out onto the field – what a range of ages, stages and statures!  A pleasant time was had chatting with other hangers-on, as our Rotary Hawthorn hi-viz vests promoted who we were, and watching the play when it came up our end of the field.
Alas, the Melton Lions won.  But, being new, they weren’t much acquainted with the special rules – for which they were duly penalised. For example, I saw a big Lion gently hustle a small female Hawk, forgetting that touching females is forbidden; so ‘our Katey’ was advanced to the very mouth of the goal, from which she duly kicked a goal – just!
I’m looking forward to Rotary Hawthorn continuing our good work with the Salvo Hawks next season (presumably starting in April as usual.)  And I ask every member to try to attend at least one Home Match!
Salvo Hawks – Season Ends – Roll on 2019! Lawrence Reddaway 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0
Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia. 
They provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community. Their broad vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.
Donors who contribute $5,000 or over to Australian Rotary Health are eligible to become a Companion. 
ARH Chairman, PDG Greg Ross, presented Charles Morrison with a pin and certificate, recognising him as a Companion of ARH. 
Australian Rotary Health 2018-08-06 14:00:00Z 0
Our speaker this week was PDG Neville John, well known to the club as our District Governor in 2016-17.
PP Katrina Flinn, President Ian Bentley, and PDG Neville John.

Neville described membership in Rotary as a product, and specified that young leaders would have different expectations from those of the newly retired. 
He described opportunities to engage in constructive projects and mentioned some of the “baits” for attracting new members. 
He challenged us with some questions, such as how to replace ourseles in the club, and what we would like our club to look like in three  years. 
The meeting split up to workshop these, and some interesting and constructive thoughte were elicited. Membership chairman Katrina Flinn collected the results for analysis: she will surely glean some new ideas.

PDG Neville was thanked for his enthusiastic presentation. 
PDG Neville John 2018-08-06 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne

Hawthorn Rotarians braved a cold and windy Sunday to celebrate the 21stbirthday of the Ftritsch Holzer Park.

The park was named after Augustus Fritsch and the Holzer brothers who formed the Upper Hawthorn Brick Company in 1883. The factory employed around 50 people and produced 250,000 bricks a week, which were used throughout Victoria.

Council bought the area in 1972 and used it as a landfill site until 1986, then as a temporary waste transfer station until 1989. In the years that followed the site was left empty to allow the landfill to stabilise.

Council, together with the Federal and Victorian Governments, and the Rotary Club of Hawthorn, reconstructed the area into a park in 1995.

Boroondara Council had arranged dozens of grass and shrubs to add to the planted areas, and dozens of volunteers turned up to help. Starting at 10am, they planted 2,000 trees/shrubs/grasses and had the job completed by noon: great work! 

Hawthorn Rotary’s barbecue and a coffee stall were kept busy serving refreshmants: many stayed on for a chat, and to hear the presentation. Even the Honorable Josh Frydenberg MP made an appearance, (to assist with the quality control  ;-) 

President Ian Bentley introduced Mayor Jim Parke, who gave a brief summary of the history of the brickworks, and how local government had joined with Hawthorn Rotary to establish the park, with Federal Government funding.

Our member for Hawthorn, John Pesutto included some young volunteers to assist in his energetic presentation.

President Ian thanked the volunteers for their contribution to the improvement of this wonderful amenity, and PP Katrina Flinn for  organising the event.


Girl Guides at work in the shrubbery

A happy group of community volunteers

Hawthorn Rotary Barbecue, with sampler Josh Frydenberg MHR

Cutting the cake: John Pesutto MP, Cr Coral Ross, Mayor Jim Parke, and President Ian Bentley.


Tree Planting Day Gordon Cheyne 2018-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Jul 31, 2018
John Millington of Nhill Rotary Club waa  our guest speaker on 31stJuly. Thirty-two years in Rotary, Club President twice and once an Assistant Governor, John was General Manager of Luv-a-Duck in Nhill before he retired a few years ago. The company was producing 100,000 ducks weekly, and were using 457 visas to obtain suitable workers. John told the story of how 160 Karen refugees have been relocated to Nhill, and over 100 of these are now in full-time employment. 
The Karen province in southern Myanmar is near the Thai border, and the mainly Christian population sided with the British during the Second World War. Other Burmese groups sided with the Japanese, and reprisals against the Karen have continued since then. Many have fled across the border to Thailand, where there are currently 43,000 refugees in the main camp. 
John Millington heard of two refugee families in Werribeee, and attended a meeting to find out more. A PowerPoint presentation about Luv-a-Duck was enthusiastically viewed by 120 refugees, some of whom were invited too Nhill to meet the local community. Five refugees started work in 2010, and they were accommodated in the former Doctor’s residence. This building has become the base for the current Karen community. 
Now in 2018, the Karen people are part on the Nhill scene: fifty work for Luv-a-Duck and fifty for other companies: the 24thKaren family has bought a house. Others have started businesses, such as the Paw Po Company which sells sewing products, a flower shop and an Asian food shop. 
The Karen are keen to become involved in community activities, to thank and give back to the Nhill people. They have demonstrated this in their New Year and Water Festivals, and by joining in the Anzac Parade.
Local people are happy to see an increase in population, a reliable work force, more volunteers, and improving infrastructure. On the other hand, the Karen people have found hope, happiness, peace and freedom. 
It is hard to imagine a better win-win project. 
Photos:  John and Margaret Millington
Paw Po Weaving
Karen Refugees in Nhill Gordon Cheyne 2018-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff Wright
One Hawthorn Rotary program that invariably gives those members and members spouses who participate great satisfaction, is the mock interviews that we conduct each year with Year 9 and Year 10 students at Auburn High School.

Regardless of the capacity and preparedness of the student being interviewed, we are left with the feeling that they have benefited from the process and from the feedback we give them. We have fulfilled the objective of giving the student more confidence than he would otherwise have when it comes to the real thing, and in so doing have played a significant role in their career planning, awareness of the world of work and job readiness.
Photo:Tiaan being interviewed by Ian Macfarlane and Libby Owen.

On Wednesday morning, July 25, twenty members and spouses met at Auburn High School to conduct mock job interviews with Year 10 students. This followed Year 9 interviews on June 20, and comprises part of the school's 'Learning For Life' program. It is the fourth year that we have assisted with the program at Auburn High School.

As the culmination to their studies, the students apply for one of 13 positions and submit a written application and resume in support of this application. This is the forwarded to the two Rotary interviewers scheduled to interview that applicant, and we do this for 10 minutes, followed by 3 minutes of feedback on what the student did well, and where they can improve. In addition a scoresheet is forwarded to the students teacher.

Our thanks to all who participated in this much appreciated program.
Mock Interview Program Geoff Wright 2018-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Halford Noel
On Tuesday 24thJuly we completed a four week course designed to equip students and graduates in the skills of presentation and public speaking. This the third year we have undertaken this project which was initially started by David Rush in 2016.
Each year it has been subjected to some refinements and over the last two years the participating students have benefited from the leadership of Charlotte England and Ngaire Cannon who were supported by David Rush and Noel Halford.
We were delighted to have ten graduates, the majority of whom have come from overseas, complete the program. The development in confidence and presentation skills was most impressive particularly when the majority have English as their second language. Certificates were presented to all who completed the four-week program.
Elena Verzub, Associate Director, Learning and Academic Skills Centre, thanked our Rotarians for providing their experience and skills in making the course possible.
This was a valuable project for our Rotary Club and it clearly ignited interest in Rotary from a most impressive group of students a number of whom have already indicated they would like to be involved in some of our forthcoming projects.  We expect to continue the public speaking project next year.
Swinburne Effective Public Speaking Program Halford Noel 2018-07-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Noel Halford
Our Rotary Club of Hawthorn’s meeting on the 31st July will have John Millington OA speak on the positives resulting from an initiative to attract refugees to the town and its surrounding area.
He will describe how he, the Rotary Club of Nhill and the town provided an opportunity for the formerly oppressed Karen people from Burma to be employed and ultimately become a positive influence in the town.
The town of Nhill in Victoria’s Wimmera region has led the way and shown how very positive results can come from those who are new to Australia and are able to assimilate with the support of their fellow Australians.
The success story was featured in the weekend Australian:
John Millington is President of the Rotary Club of Nhill and plans are underway for the Rotary Club of Hawthorn members to visit the town in the near future to enjoy the town’s hospitality with Nhill Rotarians and meet members of the Karen community.
Should you or your friends wish to attend this meeting please call Noel Halford Mob 0419 018901
John and Margaret Millington. Picture: Julian Kingma
Karen women at the Paw Po shop. Picture: Julian Kingma
How the Town of Nhill Reached out to Refugees. Noel Halford 2018-07-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Noel Halford
On a cold night we were delighted to welcome some new members to our group.
It was great to welcome Silas Arrrowsmith and Jahad Navaseri from our Public speaking Training Group at Swinburne. We also welcomed Evodia Alaterou who contacted us through Nabo, a local social media site.
President Ian Bentley provided a summary of activities undertaken in the last year and also we advised and provided updates on forthcoming events:
  • Tree Planting  on the 29th July has already seen over 200 citizens nominating to help plant trees at Fritsch Holzer Park.
  • Our Rotary Club will be involved and also provide a BBQ for those attending on the day.
  • Our welcome dinner for new citizens scheduled for 16th September has been well supported.
Following President Ian’s address we formed discussion groups to identify projects that could be undertaken by the Thursday Group or the larger club.
Rotary Club leaders were delighted with the enthusiasm and several imaginative suggestions for new projects, which will be considered by working groups to be appointed.
Photo: The recent formal Rotary Induction of three new members at the Thursday Group: Denbigh Richards, Pamm Robilliard and Paul Dipnall, with their sponsor Noel Halford and President Katrina Flinn.
Thanks to the Hawthorn Rotarians who helped make the meeting so productive.
Third Thursday Evening Meeting Report. Noel Halford 2018-07-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Glindemann
I believe that everyone was aware that this was a big task and I can safely say that it went off like clockwork, on Saturday 7thApril at Box Hill Hospital.
I am not sure how many people we had across the day with the various comings and goings but something in the order of 50+ was probably near the figure. Importantly they came from 16 different Rotary Clubs. We also had a couple of people from the Marsh Foundation who presented this opportunity to us along with one of their vans.
The container arrived at the appointed time and you could see that this in itself was quite a challenging task. So with a good team to start the removals, a team at the container to start the bed loading we were under way. We only had two lifts instead of three but with the usual Rotary organisation we soon had the beds, chairs, bedside lockers and over bed tables flowing to the loading dock.
By 10.15am – the container loading team had 60 beds and mattresses loaded and the doors closed – a really sterling effort. We had also despatched two van loads of lockers, over bed tables and chairs back to the Donations-in-Kind store where the second group swung into action.
In all seven van loads of equipment went back to the store – the last one with the doors tied back as we could not get the very last bed completely into the van. It arrived safely and thankfully did not draw any attention from any of the “powers that be!”
The DIK crew had by then stowed everything in the designated spots in the store and by about 2.30 or thereabouts all was done. That means 27 high back chairs, 84 bedside lockers and 60 over bed tables plus about 26 beds including 3 beds for several local needs.
The side loader arrived at the hospital to collect the container at 2pm and 15 minutes later was on its way back to the store ahead of delivery to the wharf next week and the eventual shipment to the Khmer–Soviet Friendship Hospital in Cambodia. The balance of the beds is destined for a hospital in Java and for several of the other “wish lists” we have on the go.
So to everyone who assisted today either at the hospital or at the DIK Store – thank you for giving up a lot of your Saturday to contribute to a great result for this big uplift project. We could never have done it without your help. Again – many thanks.
Box Hill Hospital Bed Collection Bob Glindemann 2018-07-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 17, 2018
The Australasian Birth Trauma Association was established in 2016 to support women and their families who are suffering postnatally from physical and /or psychological trauma resulting from the birth process, as well as the education and support for the range of health professionals who work with pre and postnatal women.
They define birth trauma as physically damaging birth processes which result in life-changing psychological and social difficulties, and psychological problems arising from the circumstances of the delivery or the process. This includes an ‘uneventful’ or satisfactory delivery from the professional point of view, but traumatising for the woman, who may feel unsupported or even misunderstood by the health professionals.
In Australia, one in three women identify their birth as traumatic. This forum was held to raise awareness of the impact of birth trauma – and the importance of detection, prevention, support and treatment.
At our meeting on 17th July, President Ian Bentley introduced the ABTA team, after welcoming DG Bronwyn Stephens and numerous visitors and guests.
Any Dawes told us about her difficult birth experience and the following prolapse, then about how she helped start the Assosciation.
She was followed by April Hogan, who told of her experience of epidural anaesthesia, forceps delivery with tear and post-partum haemorrhage, followed by a lack of recognition of her symptoms of prolapse and a long delay and being told all was normal, before a final diagnosis. 
Midwife Rachael Haywood told us about how the Assosciation was creating BT Care,  a mentoring programme to assist women who had unsatisfactory physical or psychological outcomes, with various avenues of peer support. It involves dissseminating information to the public, partners, hospital staff and health care workers, and increasing ante-natal information. 
President Ian closed the meeting at 2.00pm, and conducted a workshop with the ABTA Team and others interested, about what assistance is required, and how Rotary can be involved. 
Photo:  Dr Jessica Caudwell-Hall, Dr Oliver Daly, Amy Dawes, Rachael Haywood, Lana Sussman and April Hogan.
Subsequently President Ian commented:  “After listening to the personal experiences of young mothers, it would be hard to argue that there is not a need in our community to provide more support for women through the process of pregnancy and birth and especially to those who carry physical or psychological damage into life after the birth of their children.  The antenatal, clinical and postnatal issues are complex and there are no 'one size fits all' solutions.  There is, however, room for improvement in many areas and it behoves us to do what we can to encourage those trying to make a difference whether it is minimising birth trauma or maximising support if it is sustained.”
The Australasian Birth Trauma Association 2018-07-16 14:00:00Z 0
Reclink Football Grand Final Series
Come and cheer on our Salvo Hawks football team!
Tuesday 28 August at 10.00 am.
JL Murphy Reserve, Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne (Melway 56K1)

The Salvo Hawks Noel Halford 2018-07-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2018
Project Origination: Club Service Director, Noel Halford, had a vision of a project that would benefit remote aboriginal communities. Noel arranged a Skype meeting last year with the then CEO of Boab Health services Margie Ware, and it was determined that the greatest unfunded need is for podiatry footcare packs.
Late last year, the Club had started an alternate meeting time of  once a month on Thursday evenings. It was decided that this project would be perfect for this group of people.
Project Benefits: Treatment of chronic footwear conditions does not currently have Government funding, and supports best practice in the management of foot wounds and ulcers with the aim of preventing unnecessary hospitalisation and loss of limbs. 
The delivery of the Project involved liaising with Boab Health care to verify and determine needs. Products were obtained from various suppliers, including a significant donation from Rotary  Donations-in-Kind.
A fundraising event was held in the form of a Trivia night, attended by members, partners and friends as well as prospective members, and on 26th April there was a presentation by Margie Ware to our members. This presentation was an important step to engage members in the project and to understand the challenges of the area. Following the presentation, the group worked together to pack the 40 podiatry kits, and we shared the final task of arranging transport to Broome at a subsidised rate.
Via a contact of one of our newest members, Coles agreed to add our boxes of footcare kits to their regular delivery to Broome for nil cost to the Club, with no other conditions other than we needed to deliver the packs to Coles Distribution centre in Melbourne and then collect them in Broome (arranged by Boab health). 
The Project had the following attributes:
  • It had a clear objective in fulfilling a health need in a remote indigenous area, 
  • The collaboration with Boab Health Services was critical 
  • It was a manageable project for our project in terms of time required.
  • The project had a clear endpoint and the opportunity to repeat in future years. 
  • We were able to engage and involve members and prospective members in the Project.
We subsequently inducted four new members, and also solidified the relationship with two of our newest members. Everyone involved expressed satisfaction in being part of the project. 
BOAB FOOTCARE PROJECT Katrina Flinn and Noel Halford 2018-07-15 14:00:00Z 0
Whilst we have your attention, we must share the great news from Governor Peter Freuh and his Rotary Foundation Chair, Dennis Shore, in District 9800.
DG Peter has just announced that 9800 will donate US$38,000 to the Polio Eradication Program, from unused District Designated Funds this Rotary year!
Now, if my maths are correct (and remember I’m a writer not a mathematician), that US$38,000 is matched 50% by The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund, AND … that total of US$57,000 is then matched 2 for 1 by the Gates Foundation for a final total of US$171,000!!!
Congratulations Governor Peter, TRF Chair Dennis and the entire District 9800 team. That is a magnificent effort – and if it does not provide the necessary inspiration for ALL Districts to immediately get to work and dispatch unused District Designated Funds, I don’t know what will?
PDG Bob Aitken AM JP, RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, Zones 7B/8, 2017/18
End Polio Now! 2018-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
INTERNATIONAL Free Hugs Day is nearly here. From 
Also known a July 1, 2018, the start of the new financial year brings with it the usual raft of changes to fees, charges, taxes, rules, regulations and laws.
Here’s what you need to know:
Do you REALLY want to know? 
All the changes coming from July 1 2018-07-10 14:00:00Z 0
RI President Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is asking Rotarians to Be the Inspiration this Rotary year. In addressing the closing session of the 2018 Convention in Toronto, Rassin encouraged Rotarians to take the time to understand the real needs of their communities by talking to people in those communities, and to become agents of change through leading by example. Read more about Rotary’s 2018-19 president:
Meet RI President Barry Rassin 2018-07-09 14:00:00Z 0
A princess, three prime ministers, and a former first lady joined 25,000 in Toronto June 23-27 to celebrate Rotary’s good work and plan more of it. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, thanked Rotarians for their work in fighting polio and for all the good they do in their communities. She noted Rotary’s “astonishing global reach” and “endearing habit of leaving (their) egos at the door” in overcoming all the obstacles of polio immunization to bring the world to the brink of eradicating the disease.
Revisit all the convention coverage: 
Rotary Convention in Toronto 2018-07-09 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne
Not that the Queen is dead, but Katrina Flinn looked positively delighted when President Ian handed her a “Past President” Rotary pin. 
Thanks Katrina, from us all, for your wonderful year in office. It has been a delight to be in the club with you. 
. . . . . .Long live the King! Gordon Cheyne 2018-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katrina Flinn
The Timor Leste project is a fabulous project supported by Rotary Hawthorn and has succeeded in obtaining a Global Foundation Matching Grant.
The Timor Rotary Consortium consists of the following Clubs:- Camberwell (lead Club), Chadstone/East Malvern, Glenferrie, Hawthorn, Malvern, and Prahran.
One of the very powerful benefits of the project is the fact that it has succeeded in getting so many clubs to come together to make it a reality. I think that very positive contribution, strengthening the bonds between us, is an enormous plus for the project, in addition to the undeniable benefits it brings to the school children of Timor Leste. 
The project is a result of Clubs working together but we would like to acknowledge in particular John Walmsley and Vijay Susaria (from RC of Camberwell) whose leadership, commitment and drive have made this project a reality. 
The first team from the Timor Rotary Consortium comprised John Walmsley (RC Camberwell)  Rod Kenafacke (Pres RC Chadstone/East Malvern) and Abilio from the RC of Dili Lafaek.
With local co-operation the team completed its objectives of installing three Water Tanks at schools in Lebenei and Lavateri and also scoped (measuring and designing) a sufficient number of other schools sites to provide planned projects for at least another two Team visits. 
The Team’s visit also strengthened relationships with:
  • Leo Guterres and the local Baguia community including the Sub-District  Administrator.
  • The president and members of the RC of Dili Lafaek
  • Max Bird and the Western Australian RPTLE group
It is not possible to overstate the co-operation and assistance that we receive from Leopoldina Guterres in connection with this program and without her very generous support and co-ordination work it would be extremely difficult for us to carry out this project.
Thanks are also due to the Member Clubs of the Consortium without whose generous financial support this program would not have become a Major Project and it is only because of this support that we finally secured the Global Grant form the Rotary Foundation on the 1st June 2018.
The full report is available on the Club Website under Documents – Baguia, and photos can be seen at: 
The Timor Leste Project Katrina Flinn 2018-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2018
Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues. 
The campaign is an initiative of PeaceJam Foundation and is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Rigoberta Menchú Tum, with the ambitious goal of inspiring a billion acts of peace by 2020. 
Each year, the campaign picks two finalists in each of six categories for their work to make a measurable impact in one of the 10 areas considered most important by the Nobel laureates. Winners are chosen by people from around the world. 
Rotary and Mercy Corps were the two finalists in the Best Nonprofit Act category. 
Rotary and the five other winners were recognized at a ceremony in Monaco. Betty Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for her advocacy for peace in Northern Ireland, presented the award.
Posted by Gordon Cheyne
A large group of Rotarians, family, friends and sponsors attended this year’s District Changeover at The International in Brighton on Sunday June 3rd. We were all there of course to see the ‘passing of the baton’ from District Governor Peter Frueh to incoming DG Bronwyn Stephens. 
As is traditional at these events, the District Governor makes some awards and this was no exception.
Past District Governor Dennis Shore was awarded a Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service in acknowledgement of his many years work for TRF. 
In addition, Past District Governor Ian Knight OAM was acknowledged as a PolioPlus Pioneer for his efforts in initiating and promoting Rotary’s efforts in eradicating Polio. This includes the outstanding fundraising he achieved during his year as District Governor and his continued efforts. 
Our friends Marjorie and Bernie Gerlinger were presented with their 3rd Outstanding Service Award for their work at District, and Kerry Kornhauser OAM was named as the latest Royce Abbey Champion of Change for her work on Women in Rotary and the End Trachoma 2020 program. 
More about the Changeover in The Networker:
District 9800 Changeover Gordon Cheyne 2018-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne
We received a nice note of thanks from Paul A. Netzel, Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2017-18
Thank you for making a difference by giving to The Rotary Foundation. It is because of your support that Rotarians are empowered to create lasting, meaningful change. Because of your gift, Rotarians are hard at work leading service projects that improve lives both close to home and around the world.
Together, we can continue to make a difference and create a more peaceful future.
Thank you for your dedication and continued support of The Rotary Foundation.
T​​​​​​The Rotary Foundation Gordon Cheyne 2018-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ian Bentley on Jul 03, 2018


The speakers for the meeting on the 17th of July are Amy Dawes and Rachel Haywood from the Australasian Birth Trauma Association.  

In Australia, one in three women identify their birth as traumatic. This forum is being held to raise awareness of the impact of birth trauma – and the importance of detection, prevention, support and treatment.

 I passionately believe in the value of the work being done by the Australasian Birth Trauma Association and allied organisations to assist our daughters, our wives and our mothers who have been unfortunate enough to experience birth trauma.  Rotary is in a position to support their work. I would like to see Hawthorn identify a project that is distinctively ours.  Perhaps our Club can take the lead in this area. We can only make this decision if we are all well informed.

Ian Bentley

Rotary Club of Hawthorn
President's Note Ian Bentley 2018-07-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2018
Please put the following important dates into your diary - now!    Remember a key aspect of HRC's support is the provision of communal interaction not just funds.
       Next Home Game  Wednesday 8th August

Typically on these Wednesdays we will need at least 3 (preferably 5) Rotary Hawthorn people:

  •  1 or 2 people on scoreboard 11.45 – 2.00
  •  At least 2 people mingling and organising pizzas say 12.15 – 2.15
Salvo Hawks - Diary Dates for Home Matches 2018-06-27 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2018
On 22 March the Thursday Evening Group had a Trivia night, which was not only a lot fun but we raised important funds for our new Boab Footwear project. In April we continued the project by assembling the footcare packs to be shipped to Broome and distributed to the remote communities in the Kimberley.
A special thanks to our speaker Margie Ware who explained to us the challenges of living and working in the area ​as well as providing  health ​services to the residents in the isolated  communities and why the footcare packs are so important.
Projects are important as they not only make a difference to the recipients (in this case the residents of remote WA) but also to the participants (members and friends) that gain the satisfaction of making the world a slightly better place and all the while forging new friendships . 
Thanks to everyone that came along and a special thanks to Noel Halford who identified the project and has lead the project team. Thanks also to the support of the Auburn Bowls Club who provided the space for us. 
Would you like to know more about our Thursday evening group? If so don’t hesitate to be in touch with Noel Halford (Club Service Director) at or Katrina Flinn (President) at .
Trivia Night - Boab Footwear Katrina Flinn 2018-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Reddaway
At lunch on 1 May, we had a lightning overview of most of our current activities, and here's a summary of that summary:
*  Thursday Evening Group and Boab Health Project
*  Friends of Baguia (Timor Leste)
*  Philippines Project
*  Hospital beds for Cambodia and Java
*  Timor Rotary Consortium - 29 Water tanks + 5 Toilet Buildings Rotary Global Grant
*  Auburn High School - mock interviews
* New Rotary Hawthorn polo shirts
*  Supporting Salvo Hawks football team
Review of Activities Lawrence Reddaway 2018-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Henry Drury

On the initiative of Rotary Albert Park, a Carnivale night out at the Melbourne Star was promoted for Rotarians to both enjoy and raise funds for the Rotary Foundation. Our attendance, when factored up by District funds, contributed some $1,500 to the cause of Polio Plus.
On the night, the Star was especially illuminated in the Rotary blue and yellow colours; but, regrettably, probably only Rotarians would realise the significance. However, it looked great!
Sunday 22 April was the date and we provided half a pod of 10 - made up of: President Katrina who accompanied our newest member Jane Tisdall, Ian and Jane Bentley, PDG Dennis Shore and Lynda, Henry and Jane Drury with PDG Ian Knight and Genny.
The curtain raiser for the evening was a 40 minute talk by astrophysicist Dr Rachel Livermore on “How big is the Universe”? A broad subject to say the least but starting with the ancient Greeks, through Copernicus, Kepler and others and ending with descriptions of cutting edge radio astronomy. There are billions of galaxies out there and surely there must be “life” other than ours lurking as yet unfound?
It was an amazingly informative and humorous presentation pitched at a level that even your correspondent could understand with relish.
The night was windless and cloudless so the views were clear, and we all greatly enjoyed the experience.
The Hawthornites then rounded out the evening with the always enjoyable cheap and cheerful fare at café Decco in Camberwell Road.
Star Carnivale - Sun 29 April Henry Drury 2018-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Reddaway
Sorry, no photos this week.  (My computer insists on inserting all photos upside down!  If there are any IT guru with sane, relevant, advice : please let me know.)
David Owen should be back in the seat next week - hooray!
Guest Editor's Apology Lawrence Reddaway 2018-04-30 14:00:00Z 0
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Posted on Apr 24, 2018

Andrew Joseph, great nephew of General Sir John Monash has written an insightful play Monash in Love, and war - the private life of John Monash. And it’s currently being produced by our lunch time speaker Neil Cole.  (At Chapel Off Chapel 24 Aug – 6 May.)
We all know something about John Monash; and, following Neil’s fascinating discourse, each of us now knows more.  Monash’s amazing talents and activities have given rise to substantial biographies; so I will record only the best of the stuff that was, from Neil's talk, new to me:
  • Monash was a huge self-promoter, personally sending news straight to Australian newspapers.
  • This self-promotion set him at odds with both Charles Bean (official war correspondent) and Keith Murdoch (newspaper proprietor and reporter).
  • Bean and Murdoch lobbied the Australian Government to back Brindle White rather than Monash for promotion; but Billy Hughes backed Monash.
  • Monash, himself a Jew, had a wife to whom he wrote a torrent of detailed, fascinating letters.  But he had ongoing affairs with a non-Jewish woman, and with his wife’s best friend!
  • In 1931 was Monash overlooked to become Governor General by virtue of his Jewishness?  Surely not, because it was another Jew – Isaac Isaacs – who got the gig. 
  • One very current political issue is “let’s retrospectively promote Monash to the rank of Field Marshall.”  So why did this not happen at the end of WW1?  Inevitably, there’s no single, clear answer!
MONASH in Love and War  Lawrence Reddaway 2018-04-23 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlotte England
Community Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through sharing their professional skills gained over many years with the wider community.
Rotarians are governed by the Four Way Test:
Of the things we think, do and say:
  1. Is it the TRUTH
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Visiting local universities, schools, councils and charitable organisations increases our knowledge and helps to build our network so that we can best assist and support people in our local community.
Our community services initiates have proved popular with our members and usually include some lively fellowship. In the past few years we have been involved with many local organisations such as:
  1. Swinburne University
  2. Servants Community Housing
  3. Auburn High School
  4. Salvation Army through the Salvo Hawks Football
  5. Boroondara Council
Rotary Club of Hawthorn has developed a strong partnership with Swinburne University, coordinating Public Speaking Programs and introducing students to our monthly evening membership night held at the Auburn Hotel which has been a great success for younger members of the community.
Each year Hawthorn Rotary holds a Christmas Lunch for the socially disadvantaged at the Camberwell High School on the weekend prior to Christmas.  This event is a key Club initiative that helps those in our community who are disadvantaged.  In 2016 over 200 people arrived for a full Christmas lunch, gifts, an appearance by Santa and a truly festive afternoon.
In conjunction with several other local Rotary Clubs, we have been involved in Tree Planting at Hays Paddock plus organising Tree Planting at Fritz Holzer Park July 2018. Also in 2018 Hawthorn Rotary is proposing a New Citizens Dinner at the Auburn Bowls Club in February and an Art Show to coincide with Harmony Day on the 21st March.
Community Service Charlotte England 2017-11-09 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 03, 2017
A fine day and a good crowd of members greeted District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne for their official visit to the club.
Photo: DG Peter and Anne with President Katrina. Note the Maremma dog.
DG Peter’s earlier informal chat with the board had been constructive and relaxed, and following lunch Peter was generous in his praise of Hawthorn Rotary and our accomplishments. In particular he mentioned Hawthorn’s five Past District Governors, three of whom are still active members. He also thanked several members who are active at District level, and the club for our support of Donations-in-Kind and The Rotary Foundation. He acknowledged our recent efforts to increase club membership.
Photo: DG Peter Frueh with our three PDGs: Dennis Shore, Bernie Walshe and David Rosback.
Peter’s relaxed story-telling mode held our attention as he related how one Rotarian’s initiative had generated $300,000 worth of linen, when the fly-in-fly-out hostels in north-west WA were closed, and the donated goods were transferred to DIK in Perth and Footscray.
As a lead up to the District Conference in Warrnambool in March, he told us how a local chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, suggested Maremma guardian dogs could be used to protect the endangered penguins on an island just off Warrnambool. Swampy had successfully used Maremmas to help protect his free range chickens. The penguins are now thriving.
Thanks DG Peter for a relaxed lunchtime chat: we look forward to seeing you at the District Conference next March.
DG Peter Frueh pays a visit Gordon Cheyne 2017-10-02 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2017
 Reza Shams ("Reza from Reservoir will do") guest speaker last week is a refugee originally from Afghanistan via Pakistan.  Reza explained that his cultural background is that of the ethnic group Hazaras. (see below)
He told of how he arrived alone in Christmas Island  in 2012 from Pakistan, via Sri Lanka, Malaysia and then by boat from Indonesia.
Now a young man of 20 years he is currently studying psychology science at Swinburne courtesy of that university's new and unique scholarship program for refugees in Australia subject to  bridging and temporary protection visas.  This gives students an opportunity to gain a university qualification, without the financial burden of tuition fees.  These Welcome Scholarships were announced in 2016 to support refugee and asylum seeker students who are ineligible for government funding for higher education programs.
Reza demonstrated a resilience in pursuing, and a drive for, an education.  Educated to year 11 back in Pakistan he told how ultimately he gained acceptance to study year 12 in Australia after countless approaches to various schools.  Pursuing a tertiary course was equally difficult.  The Swinburne route was a one off.
Coupled with Reza's push for education were efforts to participate in community activity.  His use of the word "humanity"  summed up two aspects.  First, his own development in Australia has been advanced from support by many individuals in the community (for instance he lives with a family in Reservoir) and second his participation in various "volunteering" roles for the benefit of others is very important to him.  He regularly talks to groups on refugee issues.
Reza happily responded to audience questions and discussions on his experiences and refugee matters with openness and maturity.  Notwithstanding that he is subject to an eventual need for an extended visa to stay in Australia, and necessarily uncertain of his future for that reason,  Reza displayed a positive and contributory outlook.  One could imagine him being an asset to, and successful in any society.
Reza Shams.....A Refugee's Perspective of Australia 2017-07-17 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 04, 2017
Dr Mike Richards (PhD in Political Science) is a long term social campaigner and most notable for his part in the eventual repeal of capital punishment in Australia.  With an accomplished career in the media, academia and adviser to governments it was a  privilege for the club to have him as guest speaker.
 His address centred around his extensive research into Australia's last hanged convicted criminal Ronald Ryan and the impact which that event has had since that day in 1967 on all of those directly and indirectly involved.    At the time it was a highly political event, only proceeding after the Victorian Government of the day chose not commute the death sentence.   This year was the 50th anniversary.
Expanding upon the material in his award winning book  The Hanged Man ..the life and death of Ronald Ryan, he related his observations gained from  interviews with, and research of  various players including the trial judge and counsels,  relatives of victims of the underlying crime,  government officials, media reps and witnesses to the execution.    There was a common theme of a traumatic aftermath and questioning re the role of capital punishment.
The address was a catalyst to  open up vibrant discussion on some  related issues today namely about the merits of different punishments and deterrents for modern day atrocious crimes (e.g. terror driven massacres).    Topically the aspects of granting bail and parole were broached too.   
Mike explained how capital punishment has become less prominent in Western cultures in recent years  but still persisted in other regions especially Asia.   His long term view was that generally it will decline.
The Ronald Ryan Story ....Dr Mike Richards David Owen 2017-07-03 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 06, 2017
Disaster Aid Australia ("DAA")is a project of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills, Victoria Australia.  DAA is affiliated with Disaster Aid international.

Guest speaker John O'Reilly gave a brief description of the overall Australian project and in that highlighted the outstanding success and repute of one of its most successful and known products namely the SkyHydrant water purification unit.

John with a background in finance, followed by years running his own fashion label business and now semi-retired? is Treasurer for DAA. 

His address aptly titled "A Child Not Having Drinking Water is a Disaster" included a succinct description of the device and some detail of its use in the near neighbor countries.  These were ones which had experienced recent disastrous storm damage and disruption.  

A particular example of its application was as part of efforts of the Disaster Aid Team in the north eastern region of the Philippines subsequent to their extreme monsoonal conditions last year.    John showed photos of many happy childhood  faces holding cups of "fresh" water.

Picture Below: President Meredith Hayes, MC David Corrigan and John embracing the SkyHydrant. 

Disaster Aid Australia ...John O'Reilly David Owen 2017-06-05 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ngaire Cannon on Dec 22, 2016
Our efforts at the recent GardenDesign Fest where we helped host several gardens was a pleasant interlude for many although at times we were overstaffed at some locations.   Our Charity Fund prospered by $4000, and as always all of it will be consumed in the various Rotary community projects in which we participate.
Garden Design Fest ...aftermath Ngaire Cannon 2016-12-21 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Dec 22, 2016
Often its not what you know but who you know, that gets the job done.  Peter Lugg had obtained a couple of Image Intensifiers to include in his projected container to Cambodia, and we wondered if they were in safe working order: these X-Ray machines generate a whole lot of radiation, but who would know how much leaks out?
The story of the all who came to the help is a wonderful Christmas Story in itself.
A Happy Christmas Story Gordon Cheyne 2016-12-21 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Logan on Dec 22, 2016
Early morning at the Kooyong Tennis Club car park was a hive of activity last Wednesday.   It was collection time for all those hams, cakes and chocolates which our club has sold in the past few weeks.     Chief ham Phil Stewart and his numbers man Richard Logan had a band of helpers from our club.
It was too early for our regular photographers but another stepped in.    Richard reported that "The sales went smoothly with no queues so no bulk numbers in photos. Hope they are up to scratch".    Yes they are, and we have uncovered a good reserve.
Action at the Hams Delivery Richard Logan 2016-12-21 13:00:00Z 0
Carols at Carrical Sheridan Brown 2016-12-07 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 06, 2016
What is Reclink
An address by Peter McGrath from SalvoCare-Eastern on one aspect of it, that by which the Salvation Army participates namely sponsorship of the SalvoHawks AFL footy team was informative.  In telling of his personal experiences and observations  with this team we got an broader insight into Reclink. 
Reclink organises sport and art programs for disadvantaged Australians to create socially inclusive, life-changing opportunities.  It centers on those with past and current issues with substance abuse, mental illness and isolation, in short giving rehabilitation and recovery opportunities.
In conjunction with more than 200 community organisations, Reclink Australia's programs create pathways to improved health and well being, education and employment outcomes for all participants.  It is partnered by the Federal and State governments and agencies, the cities of Sydney and Melbourne and supported in specific pursuits by sporting and cultural bodies. 
At a comparative low cost to taxpayers, Reclink Australia is a proven model with extensive reach.  It's a framework by which governments, the community and the corporate sector can be part of a cost-effective solution to the provision of recovery/rehabilitation opportunities for the disadvantaged.
Salvos and RECLINK...Peter McGrath David Owen 2016-12-05 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Geoff Wright on Dec 01, 2016
Delighted to have firmed contact with Auburn High School re their student development program for mock interviews to give students experience in applying for jobs.
They have allocated two days Wednesday March 15 and Wednesday May 24 and invited Hawthorn Rotary members to act as interviewers for an hour or so.
Keep those mornings free if you consider yourself suitable.  
Geoff Wright
Auburn High School ..Mock Interviews Geoff Wright 2016-11-30 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Noel Halford on Dec 01, 2016
 Remember our Christmas Lunch function for some special people in the Boroondara Community is on Sunday 18 December.    
Still developing the roster for,  the food prep on the Saturday before (the 17th), and the roles on the day helping out in the kitchen, serving and transporting people.
Slowly filling the spots, more hands always welcome.
Noel Halford
Christmas Lunch for Boroondara Community Noel Halford 2016-11-30 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 22, 2016
Bob Slater is president at Kew Rotary.  His told of his observations on aspects of ethics, and the interplay with leadership.  Ethical Leadership he termed it.  That's Bob above rejecting the podium to talk from the floor.
Bob has a background in the military, and engineering and the management of charitable foundations.  He recalled his interest in the topic arose when interacting with some year 12 students.  The issue was to guide them with options to combat unethical behavior and pressure from others to do something less than the "right thing".
Thus he took us through a series of historical commentaries and definitions on this highly philosophical area and left us realizing that there is no unique correct approach.
Bob Slater....Ethical Leadership David Owen 2016-11-21 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Owen on Nov 17, 2016
MLC, Kew offers various international excursions.  One open to year 10 girls is the trip to Tanzania …The School of St Jude Tour.   
Students Emily, Charlotte ad Ella with help from MLC staff member Lisa Gatliff, addressed us on their experiences and observations on the trip.  
Centred on the northern regions of Tanzania where the Maasai people live, the girls told of Testigo–Africa projects (recall the Tracey Sawyer presentation on permaculture initiatives), and the education system. 
Tanzania..MLC Trip....Testigo & St Judes David Owen 2016-11-16 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 17, 2016
Surely it must make one feel old when one's offspring celebrates 60 years.     
Several Hawthorn Rotarians joined Camberwell RC to celebrate their 60th Anniversary at Hawthorn Town Hall recently.
Camberwell acknowledged the role of Hawthorn RC in establishing their Club 60 years ago, with the Art Show as a project.  President Meredith offered a toast to the club, and we all enjoyed the fellowship and entertainment.
No evidence of regret although member David Pisterman seems shocked.
A 60th Birthday Bash .. Camberwell RC 2016-11-16 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 08, 2016
PDG Julie Mason flanked by IPP Lawrence Reddaway and PAG Gabe Hau .
Rotary Foundation started with $26.50 in 1917 and since then has provided aid worldwide in excess of $3 Billion.  PDG Julie Mason and now District chair for Foundation's Vocational Training Team made a special visit to
Julie Mason......Rotary Foundation 2016-11-07 13:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2016

Last guest speaker was Gabe Hau.  That's him at left in a happy snap from his AG visit to us a little while back.  He was always heavily involved in Rotary, working in, leading and promoting its projects and obviously still is.

Currently District Foundation Co-Coordinator among other things, he showed  a much more sober and serious side in his address.  No smiles here as he talked to us on the statistics, and efforts in Australia and Rotary to combat, Family Violence.  sad




Violence Free Families.....Gabe Hau David Owen 2016-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Sep 09, 2016
On Thursday our keen DIK team loaded medical material from a container in Warranwood, into the DIK truck. Theatre operating lights, a wheeled hospital dispensing cabinet and an Ultrasound machine were the heaviest components, followed by boxes of surgical drills and tools. To finish off, we loaded some children’s toys, bicycles and books. 
The truck then went across town to the DIK Store in West Footscray, where we unloaded the goods. I suspect that to comply with the bill of lading, we will need to do some sorting out and re-packing the boxes, before we add them to the growing pallets intended for Cambodia. More fun for next week!
Our photo, taken by DIK stalwart Alan Fryday, show the neatly loaded truck, with myself, Andy the driver, Peter Lugg and Ian Macfarlane
We give a special thanks to them, and to Lawrence Reddaway and Richard Logan, who had offered to help but were deemed “not required” at the last minute. 
Trucking from Warranwood to DIK Gordon Cheyne 2016-09-08 14:00:00Z 0
John Pesutto – Our Thoughtful Politician Lawrence Reddaway 2016-09-05 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jill Weeks on Sep 01, 2016

David Rush was a guest on the 'Rotary In Action' program on 96.5 Inner FM.  He was interviewed about several programs of Rotary Hawthorn including the Swinburne Public Speaking course and the Auburn High School Mock Job Interviews.
(Our very own Jill Weeks is a presenter with Rotary in Action.  Here's the photo that we couldn't load in last week - Ed)
'Rotary Radio' Co-Host Jill Weeks 2016-08-31 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2016
It could have been boring.
But it wasn’t, thanks to the presentation by our very own Dennis Shore – with
  • pictures as well as words;
  • anecdotes as well as facts; and
  • insights into our club and District, rather than just generalities.
Dennis was telling us about the Rotary International Council on Legislation
  • Every 3 years
  • Held in Chicago
  • 10 – 15 April 2016
  • 700 attendees from 535 Rotary Districts around the world
  • RI top brass present, but not allowed to vote!
  • 15 months in preparation
  • 117 enactments (constitutional changes) and Resolutions (recommendations) submitted for consideration
With terabytes of electronics, huge screens, coloured cards to show, and tons of paper (the paperwork – on top of the electronic stuff - was a fat lever arch file!), there was still a role for lots of old fashioned speaking. 
Indeed, Dennis (on behalf of our District 9800) proposed a seemingly minor proposal to adjust the punctuation to render a current rule intelligible.  That passed (even though 40 voted against it – but why?) and – along the way – sparked useful discussion on a wider topic.
Dennis highlighted two major changes that could affect any Club directly:
  • Can now meet fortnightly
  • Can now have rules to allow exotic types of membership.
Here was the huge backroom of Rotary at work. Thanks, Dennis, for showing us something of the process.
Rotary Rules! Dennis shows us the future Lawrence Reddaway 2016-08-29 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 23, 2016
“Can an autobiography, or even a biography, be more than just vanity?”  This could have been a question lurking behind the fascinating talk by Gillian Ednie from the Your Biography enterprise.  And, through her examples, she says “Absolutely YES”.  She told stories of clients whom she had interviewed at length, as she wrote their biography. 
Sometimes a biography project can give an older person a renewed zest for living.  Sometimes, indeed, it was the biography project that gave them the reason to fight to stay alive. 
Gillian pointed out the many modern alternatives to simple print, like audio recordings, video recordings, picture books, websites, ebooks, legacy letters to offspring (in which one sets out the guidance that you wish to pass on).
Gillian assured us that the process of preparing whatever form of biography, for example,
  • is enjoyable;
  • provides an opportunity to set down your views on your terms; and
  • provides opportunities for (mainly pleasurable) reliving of joys and challenges from yesteryear.
Gillian drew us in with well-pitched relevant questions such as
  • What were the defining moments in our lives?
  • Who had already started research that could lead to some form of biography?
It seems that many of us are involved in some way already.
We all greatly enjoyed her talk.  Some of us may even join her biography-writing course!
Yes – Write a Biography! Lawrence Reddaway 2016-08-22 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lawrence Reddaway
Last week I reported on the talk (Royalty, Romance and Remedies) by Tony Atkinson; and it seems I may have made some errors of fact – dates were self-contradictory etc.  Those all-too-rare occasions (shame, shame) that a reader responds to the Bulletin always pleases the Editor (whoever he or she is): At least someone reads the bulletin! So, thank you Phil Stewart for raising good questions.  Alas I cannot answer them.  But I still think Tony had some really good yarns!
Your Editor Confesses Lawrence Reddaway 2016-08-16 14:00:00Z 0
Ph. D. Student Tom Burns..Brain Research David Owen 2016-05-30 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2015
Nopporn Ganthavee the young Australian who recently shared the honour of Young Citizen of the Year in Boroondara (that's her receiving the award) was introduced by chairman Geoff Dumayne.  Born in Malaysia of Thai parents she proceeded to humble us all as she told of her seemingly endless pursuits in various personal endeavours and within action groups (often which she has set up)  in support of those less fortunate in our community.
One consistent theme flowed and that is neatly summarised in the title of her address, ie "Sharing the Path".  Her efforts starting from a simple excursion to play piano to entertain some home bound residents have all sought to interact with those socially isolated be they the elderly, sick, refugees, or language bound migrants.  The goal is always to encourage these people to connect with the broader society.
The opening experience might be some ordinary thing, such as showing one how to observe society through the internet, or tutor someone, or create a forum for people of different backgrounds to mix, or give free legal  advice.
Nopporn demonstrated  a passion for social justice and inclusion.  Elements of a list of her pursuits, a volunteer at St George’s Aged Care Hospital, and Prague House - a residential facility for Boroondara residents who otherwise may be homeless, and Auburn House - an aged psychiatry facility in Hawthorn East are typical.

She has multiple volunteer roles including playing the piano for patients and residents as well as being an integral part of the ‘Broadband for Seniors’ program, helping residents learn and use the internet.

Nopporn is participating in the ‘Boroondara Inner East Primary Care Opening Doors Project’. Her focus is how we can ensure refugees feel valued and included within our community through volunteering.

She has  managed all this volunteering while completing her fifth year of Arts/Law at La Trobe University and a Diploma of Language (she speaks English, Mandarin, Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian).

In 2013 she attended the Australia/China Student Forum, exploring strategies and programs on the ageing population.

Nopporn is also an active volunteer with the Commission of Inquiry Now, advocating for policy and legal reform for child abuse victims seeking justice.

She introduced us to "Humans in New York" a web based service which shows how the plight of homeless or troubled youth can relate experiences with others and so grow. 

Question time was interesting.  When asked of any specific focus for her ambition beyond exploiting her Arts/Law qualifications and ongoing community work, she indicated a inkling for the public service in government departments which matched her passion for enhancing  social inclusiveness in society.    Quizzed further she told of a dream to become involved in the judicial process as a means to diminish unfairness in communities here and overseas.  One can think that with her drive, skill, passion for the underdog, and doubtless accumulated wisdom her dream is very achievable.
Sharing the Path - Nopporn Ganthavee David Owen 2015-07-06 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 16, 2015
Anne Scott Chairman for the day introduced us to Kathy Havers.
Kathy is a financial planner through her own practice Catalyst.  Her address was far off conventional finance matters.  Instead we learnt how with friend and client Rhonda Renwick the two were key in forming the Kindred Spirit Foundation(“KSF”) in 2008.
Arising from the founders common selfless philanthropic drive,-- Kathy’s Catalyst has many pro bona pursuits “We have a philanthropic focus and are proactive and passionate in giving our time, professional knowledge and our support to those in need of our assistance”, and Rhonda’s many years involvement with disadvantaged aboriginals in Alice Springs---the two set KSF’s agenda.
KSF of course procures financial support for indigenous projects, but more importantly aims to mentor, guide and provide (through Kathy) business strategies to indigenous communities to establish self-sustaining and self-managed businesses.
In the Northern Territory KSF support Wadeye (pronounced Wad-air); a town in the Northern Territory that is home to Australia’s largest Aboriginal community.  There it gives ongoing help to the Palngun Wurnangat Association a women’s organisation.  We saw pictures and heard how PWA oversee a range of community-based projects designed to preserve and promote indigenous culture and tradition, while fostering self-sustaining organisations run by and for indigenous people.  Their success stories include mentoring, employment, an art workshop, takeaway, community hub, cafe, laundromat, and IT services.  The PWA also provides a much needed safe place for women and their babies.
The Kakudu Plumb is a fruit very high in Vitamin C (and other natural attributes) and there is a project based on it centred around Barunga NT.  It is managed and operated by the local people, they harvest the fruit, dry them, and encapsulate and market the resultant powder as a mineral supplement-via links with well known industry players.  Kathy’s business experience (as recognised in a Community Financial Planner’s award) is inputted.
There are educational programs aimed at the aboriginals too, namely scholarships for aboriginal youths at Bright Secondary School, and training on kidney health matters including a travelling dialysis bus.  These and others all seek to make a difference to communities by addressing those little things.
It was heartening to hear of KSF’s successful approach in dealing with aboriginal people, and the importance of listening as equals.  Ultimately we reflected on Kathy’s final remark “you haven’t truly lived until you have done something wonderful for someone who can never possibly repay you”.
Kindred Spirits Foundation...Kathy Havers David Owen 2015-06-15 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2015
David Goldstone AO is a well known philanthropist from Perth WA and was the driving force behind the formation of a new and different rotary club, Crawley.  In his introduction Chairman David Pisterman only hinted at David's life long efforts and recognitions for "making a difference in the community".
Let's expand that a bit.  Rotary, first in East Perth, then Matilda Bay, and now Crawley has been at the forefront with highly significant and executive roles in all, and special involvement in other projects:

• Active Member, World Polio Eradication Program, since 1986.
• Founding Member, ‘Pennies for Polio’ Polio Eradication Campaign, since 1999.
• Chair, WA Committee, PolioPlus, over 10 years; Fundraiser, PolioPlus, District 9450 (now District 9455), 2002-2003.
• Ambassador, Australian Employment Covenant.
• Ambassador, St John of God Lighthouse Foundation; Board & Management Committee, 2002-2004; Teen Challenge Foundation.
• Fundraiser, Bendat Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Subiaco.
• Assisted with major fundraising for a range of Perth charities.
• Obtained sponsorship for a VIP Private Studio in Perth Arena for the exclusive use of young adults with disabilities and their carers.

Lead in by the "Queen" song "We will ROC you", certainly most apt for a Rotary Club driven and managed by young people (mostly under 30 years), David told of his efforts to set up a Rotary group attractive to the younger generation.

With 40 years service in Rotary, and observations of the difficulty in recruiting and maintaining young members, but yet still with a passion to get them on board, in 2009 he decided to set up this new style club aimed at that group.  ROC of Crawley, the end product, was chartered in 6 weeks with 74 such members (mostly 20-25 years old) and expanded to 120 in 6 months.
Some conventional Rotary practices were changed but the its values and ethos upheld.  The running process for the club was left to these members.
A critical point was its breakfast club nature ("lunches and evenings are unattractive to that age group").  Meetings designed by members had short speeches, short video clips and large slabs of time for networking (fellowship?)  There was no head table, nor fines, nor committees only teams and leaders.  The last point highlights the efforts to change language and style and its impact.
David’s mentoring was important.  These ambitious but yet community minded individuals were eager to learn, get life experience, and self-motivated by tackling management and promotional tasks themselves.  Financial sponsors were important, and here it was left to young members to make face-to-face approaches to businessmen, senior executives and politicians and afterwards give regular direct personal feedback on contributions made.
Question time touched on the contrast with Rotarac, the value of mentoring and self-motivation, style changes, focus and location ( would it work at Swinburne Uni?) and the targeted membership of a club. The success of the ROC of Crawley is outstanding and its members are to be applauded, but so too is the wonderful kick start given to it, by our speaker David Goldstone.
David Goldstone & Crawley ROC David Owen 2015-06-01 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2015
CEO Heather Pickard keeping the audience in touch as she explains the part SHARC plays in combating problem alcohol and drug use.
Chairman of the day was Geoff Wright, himself a regular telephone volunteer on the Family Drug Help line--a program under of SHARC.  He introduced Heather Pickard the CEO of that organization.  From her address we got an inspiring and wonderful snapshot of SHARC's activities and philosophy in its support to those touched by problems of alcohol and drug use.
One revelation was the simple statistic that about 7-8% of the population is severely impacted, such a high number arises from the flow on effect of the addict's connection with family circles and the disruption to that.
So SHARC  or Self Help Addiction Resource Centre is a volunteer based non-profit organization operating to support families of, and addicts, in their own efforts to combat and reclaim their lives from the traumas of drug addiction.  Somewhat apparently “flying under the radar”, at least to our member audience, we learnt from Heather that SHARC has a significant presence and proud record in community based rehabilitation work in the aftermath of problem alcohol and drug use.
Commensurate with her role, we learnt that Heather’s background is in nursing with Post Graduate studies in both organizational management and addiction studies.  Her professional background over the last 15 years is in managing drug and alcohol programs including the hospital liaison team (now addiction medicine) and the community based Primary Health Care Clinic for drug users. 
In 2004 she established a program for nurses experiencing substance disorders and mental health issues (VNHP), including support for their families.  Heather became the CEO of this organization in 2006.  Heather has had strong links with SHARC over many years, including being a Board Director and consultant.  She became the CEO of SHARC in 2009, and believes this opportunity perfectly brings together her lived experience and professional training and experience.
There are several thrusts to the groups efforts.
Family Drug Help (FDH) provides a specialist service to support family members and friends who are concerned about a loved one’s alcohol and other drug use.  Family Drug Help aims to strengthen client’s physical and mental health and their ability to cope with a very difficult situation.
The Association of Participating Service Users (APSU) is a Victorian consumer representative body of the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre.  APSU believes that people who use drug and alcohol services have a wealth of knowledge and experience.   Established meetings, events and lectures provide the means to spread that among the the community especially those being impacted by the addiction.

Most interesting was the housing program run for rehabilitating addicts.   With about 70 "recovery focus homes" (of many bedrooms) at its disposal the group offers an experience of normal living for recovering addicts.  Some are especially for women.   These are not detox units, but rental accommodation involving community living, with rules,  and a means to regain confidence  under the guidance of professional helpers to lead a self sustainable life.

Heather explained that this was an example of SHARC's place in the "stages of change" which an addict may transgress.

The classic path is from pre-contemplation (friends aware but addict not), contemplation (possible problem), preparation (acknowledgement of problem), action (doing something about it), maintenance (sustaining result of positive action) and lapse/relapse (alas reversion).  SHARC focuses its efforts on the maintenance aspect.

Problem Alcohol & Drug Use...SHARC & Heather Pickard David Owen 2015-05-25 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2015
 At left, the face of the interrogator, and right the man!
Geoff Dumayne who was chosen to chair what proved a fascinating address by an ex homicide cop Charlie Bezzina pondered on why him, he had never met the man.  Maybe it was those serial driving fines or that one off occasion as a victim to an armed robbery that swayed the choice.  Whatever, Geoff, rightly extended question time, and was enthralled like all of us as Charlie who has probably seen more than his fair share of life and death than most people after having spent 17 years in the homicide squad during a 38-year career with Victoria Police told of some of his experiences. He had received three commendations as an investigator.
He retired in 2009, then wrote his best-selling autobiography “The Job”.  Subsequent development ensured as a media consultant and columnist.  Coupled with continuing activity as a private investigator and general security adviser his experiences and observations of policing and crime prevention are regularly sought.  For instance he has an ambassadorial role as the face of security systems company.  Here Charlie reflected on the old days pre CCTV and how such cameras and devices now serve to inhibit crime but equally (when operable and not just for show!) provide invaluable evidence to apprehending a criminal----the most recent example being the Meagher case.
His easy raw style came through as he told of times as an undercover drug squad cop and his involvement in many high profile homicide investigations including the society murders of Margaret and Paul Wales-King, and brutal exploits of random serial killer Paul Denyer.
Some insights and observations were especially noteworthy.
The need for pains-taking attention to detail, working around the clock and having little or no sleep to gather evidence to make an arrest.
Our “Innocent to Proven Guilty” basis of law, and new demands of privacy legislation are heavily biased against the investigating police in establishing evidence that will survive a court hearing involving highly skilled defense advocates.  Society’s (as evidenced in jury and court discounts to penalties and charges) propensity to give a criminal “a chance” and the media’s tendency to publicize the vocal minority view is distracting.  All can be daunting at first for young policemen.
Nevertheless the investigative process must be conducted to rigid standards to avoid evidence being ineligible.
Modern technology with cameras, listening devices, DNA and other forensic tests help, and will eventually bring about the resolution of many unsolved cases (there are many whereby a strong suspect exists but evidential proof lacking).
The contrast between a focus on “peaceful policing” and an “operational approach” and maintaining a balance creates problems.  Governments and senior police who promote policy one way or the other can impact here.  Policies to stop a singular police presence, gun carrying requirements, and crowd dispersion powers can manifest as seemingly contrary outcomes.
A wonderful an interesting address and cause for us to reflect on President Chris Hanson’s closing remarks and quote from Winston Churchhill “People Sleep Peacefully in Their Beds at Night Only Because Rough Men Stand Ready to Do Violence on Their Behalf”.
A Homicide Cop's Fight Against Crime...Charlie Bezzina David Owen 2015-05-18 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2015
Chairman Bill Troedel with old school mate Tony Walker.
Tony receiving some advice?
Chairman Bill Troedel introduced Tony Walker long term foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, financial/political analyst-editor and overall supremo journalist with various leading newspapers in Australia and overseas.   There was mentioned a spell when he was in charge of editing tape recordings removing "ums" and "ahs' from interviews!   That of course was 45 years back when he first started out in the journalist business.... as a cadet with the ABC.
With such a wide choice of topics available, complete with journalistic awards, it might be a task to focus on one 20 minute address.  Still Tony was cleverly able to give the audience a great impression of his journey overall, commenting  as an observer and on stints overseas in Beijing, Cairo and Washington at several crucial times in the countries' developments-- especially the first two, China and Egypt. 
Interspersed with that we got some personal views, first  of his family's reaction to his career choice and of his own thoughts on career movements and of one to one interactions with senior leaders in the newspaper business, bureaucrats and even prime ministers.  
As to "why Journalism" Tony joked of his aim to irritate people, and make them think.  That maybe but one noted a keen analytical approach, concern for conveying facts and a general desire to be where things happen and enjoy the adventure of being there.  His account of the dramatic changes in China in the last 20 plus years underlined that passion.
Overrunning the allotted time questions from the audience provided great discussion and comment on Egypt and the Middle East, journalists and opinion-making, freedom of speech, the role of the ABC, and most of all the changing position of newspapers as advertising revenues were challenged by other forms of news communication.
This was all fascinating.  Tony too, contributed his opinions, doubtless developed from his experiences and objective analysis.
Experiences of a Foreign Correspondent....Tony Walker David Owen 2015-05-11 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2015
That's Bruce at left, and above with a couple of young future retirees.
Stand in Chairman Noel Halford introduced us to an address by Bruce Manners on the subject of being "Retirement Ready".
Bruce who has  at various times been a professional fisherman, pastor (in Broken Hill) and editor for a church newspaper told of his concern three years ago re his impending retirement.   Having only a generic idea of the needs and issues Bruce decided to research the matter.   So much so that his focus on the topic manifest as a goal to write a book on the subject outlining the findings of his research studies.    We were privileged to get an overview in his 20 minute address of the key thrusts of the book.  It sounds a wonderful readable summary of what matters in retirement.
One can imagine that in line with the easy listening style and the informative content of his address the book will be a pleasant read.
The key point is the need for a Whole-of-Life-Approach by the retiree.   That is consider a range of factors, they all interact in balance.  One noted in his slide on this point words among others such as money, family, interest, community involvement, sex (yes but no elaboration in the address), health, part time work and attitude.
There were three particularly important ones.
1  Money
Typically one can save while working in superannuation funds, consume that in retirement and if need be invoke the safety net of the pension.  It is a very complex area and Bruce implored us to have a plan and seek appropriate financial advice in forming that!   
Ongoing work, if health permits, is to be encouraged.   Bruce felt despite successive governments pushing this idea,  that the reality is that it will be limited and so he could not envisage at present any great extension to the likely "age of retirement".   He referred to a convenient web site on how to understand the financial factors at play.
2 Health
This is more important than the financial issue.   Without continuing good health and or appropriate management of the aging body could not enjoy retirement no matter what one's financial state.   His research had firmed his thinking that...Good Eating...Regular Exercise...Emotional well being...Regular Medical review (Especially for men) and ....Awareness of Family History ...were important.
3 Attitude
This is the most critical and moreover unlike money and health is under our own control!
Citing research studies of the longevity of population samples Bruce told how a "positive" outlook had marked effects.   One study noted an extra seven years life expectancy.
Putting some meaning into that hackneyed phrase, ie Positive Attitude,  Bruce cited work by psychologist Seligman and summarized it with five words Positive.....Engagement.....Relationships.....Meaning.....Achievement.
Audience interest was high,with many questions.   Alas Bruce thought "golf" was a highly stressful sport and contrary to retirement well being--although it must be conceded that golf tragics spent an eternity trying to better their handicap so maybe it does extend ones life.
Thanks Bruce for an enjoyable address,  we offer our best wishes for the book.
Retirement Ready....Bruce Manners David Owen 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2015
The prospect of a talk on “Drones”  was thought provoking.   Noel McInnes introduced two principals from Cine Bird , Darren Eger and Marcus Macquire and opened up a fascinating session on small Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Systems and their evolving use.
The two took us through the options, from the top end full scale military planes to match boxed sized units used by infantry to check out the contents of say some hostile room.  A common trait of all is that they are airborne camera carrying devices by which a remote pilot can position the “aircraft” to observe selected areas.  The nature of the camera payload can be varied, it can be Infra Red sensitive to identify heat emitting live items (people, crops) or high resolution optical units for surveillance work , or in the case of the prime focus of Cine Reid movie cameras for film and TV reporting activities.
We were introduced to “aircraft” designed to be carried in a suit case and moreover moderately priced perhaps $10,000 (compare with a helicopter!)   It is rotor (multiple) driven with a lithium battery power source and current flight time up to about 30 minutes.  The unit on show (see pic above) attracted the audience (especially our aviation enthusiasts) as at worst a wonderful toy.  Most however saw its highly functional nature as a camera carrying device, and this was evident and amplified as we watched a video clip of some fly over scenery and events which Cine Bird had assembled for demonstration.
These units have an onboard programmable GPS system for location, gyroscopic stability and orientation guidance and a control system which developed from the practices first used in those TV hobby games.  There a player could remotely maneuver an image on the TV screen with a hand held controller. One communicated with the screen by relevant electromagnetic  transmissions.
The many advantages for film work , namely cost effective, safe, transportable, and flexibility has seen their widespread use. As is common with new technology obligations and rules have needed to be developed too.   Under the governance of the Civil Aviation authorities, there are line of sight demands,  altitude and regional limits.
Applications have extended to commercial applications in agriculture, construction, and transport; the law enforcement and emergency service agencies, and of course the paparazzi!   The latter doubtless has prompted issues of ethical standards, privacy and legal considerations.
Cine Bird ....Remote Piloted Aircraft David Owen 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2015
ANZAC Day this year has been subject to much publicity in recognition of course of the 100 years passing since that fateful landing of Commonwealth troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.  The exploits and suffering of the Australian and New Zealand contingent following their landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915 was legendary and has become a symbol for national commemoration for that campaign and others of subsequent military engagements in which Australia has been involved.
The extensive current media coverage, VIP and celebrity involvement, radio, film and television dramatisation is fine.  Still it was wonderful to hear our own Dr John Carre-Riddell's pride and feelings come through in his highly personal story of ANZAC Day 1915 as experienced by his father.
John's father studied mining engineering and science at Melbourne prior to the first war.  Following the declaration of war on 4 August 1914 and Australia's support for Britain, Victoria contributed 6,800 men of 20,000 assembled by December 1914 for a promised division.  Consett Carre-Riddell was one of those.  The plan for a second front eventuated and so the Gallipoli and the Anzac landing at which John's father was present.
We learnt of how initially injured and evacuated, Consett Carr-Riddell returned and employed his mining background to fabricate tunnels to penetrate the Turkish lines.
The nature of the terrain and fighting at Gallipoli is well known, but letters from John's father describing aspects of it were fascinating and poignant.  So was the observation that of six student mates at Melbourne only Consett Carr-Riddell returned from the Great War.
We were reminded of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign but highly successful final evacuation but mostly of the horrible statistics.  Of 80,000 Australians, 18,000 were wounded and 8,500 killed.  The British contingent was much larger with similar relative losses.  The impact of the now recognised, overall bad plan, poor preparation (one doctor for 800 patients) and generally inferior strategic and on field management was borne by all there.  The skill and tenacity of the enemy was recalled too.
Thank you John for the opportunity to share in your personal reflection of ANZAC Day.  It will provide a fitting backdrop for members celebration of it.
To add to the occasion John and others notably David Corrigan brought along some memorabilia, medals, commendations etc, of relatives war time deeds.
Here we see two members, Charles Morrison and Sheridan Browne, studying the material.
ANZAC ..Personalised by John Carre-Riddell David Owen 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2015
With the last minute unavailability of a scheduled speaker four  members  Robert Ball, Sheridan Browne, Gordon Cheyne and Anne Scott stepped in marvellously to each give a 5 minute story/presentation about some unusual item which they had.
In retrospect titled “Fantasy Fun” the near impromptu session complete with a show of their items was a great diversion from the usual formal address.  Only on completion was the audience alerted that two of the stories were “fiction”, although one must acknowledge there was a certain scepticism within the audience  generated along the way by a couple.  Those readers not present will have to use their own skill and knowledge of the integrity of each speaker to determine the truth.
Anne kicked off with a tale of a visit to a remote African village and how tribesmen had presented her with “hat” and a “sari” type cloth which Anne assured us was used by the local women for a multitude of tasks, ranging from child care to shopping bag to body covering.
Sheridan introduced three items from his antique collection, supposedly a light bulb spanner, tobacco cutter and cue stick (billiards) sharpener.
Robert elaborated on a tour to China with David Rush and the joy he experienced in first watching David eat goose liver on rice, and then jointly purchasing at a “flea market” an old RACV badge – complete with red Australian Ensign image for about $15 and then finding out it was rare and perhaps worth about $1,800 in Australia.  Indeed, on inspection we saw it was old and solid brass.
How a Scot could end up owning an Irish shillelagh once held by a "Sean O’Shane" is in itself fascinating.  Gordon told of how such an item was gifted to a relative in New York in the early 20th century by the Irish community there and subsequently left to him via family links.  The wooden stick was very old, and had that characteristic knob being that feature of the shillelagh most prominent and important for use by Irish to settle some dispute in their renowned “gentlemanly” manner.
Fantasy Fun ..Show And Tell Day David Owen 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 07, 2015
"FOOTY'S4ALL - Starting Local Going Global"
That's the statement on the brochure we were given at lunch to introduce our guest speaker Michael Gallus.

How do you summarise and do justice to a presentation so full of energy and enthusiasm about the positive good brought about by giving disadvantaged, under-privileged and/or socially displaced children around Australia and across the world the opportunity to "play ball" so to speak.

Michael cited the Nelson Mandela noted quote, "Sport has the power to change the world". That quote in full goes on to say "Sport can create hope where once there was only despair...... It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination".
Michael's day job is as a teacher at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. Three years ago and with obvious passion, he developed the desire to make a positive change to the world in some way that revolved around sport and education. This vision to help kids in need led to the establishment of the "FOOTY's4ALL Foundation" to distribute balls from all codes (football, basketball, soccer etc) free of charge to those kids.
The Foundation is funded by donation - $10.00 buys a ball. It is  enthusiastically supported by such groups as TNT, Nissan Essendon and Ross Faulkner sporting goods to name but a few and boasts a list of ambassadors that includes Michael Long, Professor Pat McGorry and Terry Wallace - the list goes on.
 The State Government is in discussion with Michael about lending its support.

All work in visiting schools, Youth Institutions, remote indigenous communities and wherever else is necessary is done by volunteers. One such volunteer is Eleanore Banadinovich who was with us for lunch and spoke briefly about her passion for helping Michael in this cause.                                                         
Eleanore is also the proud Mum of Eric Bana, the actor who portrayed
"Chopper" in the film of the same name.
If we were to summarise Michael's philosophy it can be part explained in the question that he raised himself at our meeting - "why do we do what we do?" Answer, "because it is the right thing to do!"

Michael finished his presentation by presenting a basketball to Jill Weeks and a Faulkner football to President Chris together with various printed works - the balls were then successfully auctioned by Simon O'Donoghue as treasured mementos of the meeting.
FOOTY'S4ALL - Starting Local Going Global Henry Drury 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2015
National Youth Science Forum attendee Izzy Dean addressed the club on Tuesday. She told us how her interest in Physics led her to apply, and how much she enjoyed the scientific and social events. She admits to a new excitement about Science, and at the same time a calmness in her approach to her coming school exams.
Izzy wrote a comprehensive report on the NYSF which appears in the April "Networker". It begins thus:
Before I set off to Canberra for the National Youth Science Forum, it would be a huge understatement to say I was apprehensive.  There was no article I could read of other students’ experiences and the people that I knew had attended were no help, telling me only to have fun.  Consequently, I had no expectations for the NYSF, other than not knowing what to expect!
Although I had studied Units 3/4 Physics at school, the science that NYSF exposed me to was out of this world.  I had six lab visits, focussing on physics.  On the third day of camp, I had my first lab at ANU, where we saw a particle accelerator and played with the radioactivity of different objects such as black salt and smoke alarms.  Our second lab for the day was basically playing with lasers and other cool experiments.  My favourite two experiments from this lab were when we recreated the Photo Phone invented by Alexander Graham Bell, where we attached a radio to a membrane that vibrated from the sound waves.  This membrane then connected to a mirror that reflected sunlight onto a receiving dish.  I got to see, with my own eyes, light transporting information like music.  My second favourite experiment was when we had six metronomes on a plank of wood, all starting at different times.  We then lifted the plank of wood on to two coke cans, and soon enough, they were all clicking in time.
Photo: Izzy (second from left) dressed up with three friends as Earth, Water, Fire and Air.
Read Izzy Dean's full article from "The Networker" at
Izzy Dean: Nationsl Youth Science Forum Gordon Cheyne 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2015
At left, Ann Sathasiwan  taking us through the Freedom Partnership initiative of the Salvation Army and above with President Chris Hanson acknowledging the clubs appreciation.
Last year the Salvation Army launched an initiative, the Freedom Partnership, designed to equip Australians with the information and knowledge to identify slavery and slave-like practices which currently exist in the Australian community and thereby helping to bring to an end this exploitative system in society.
Guest speaker Ann Sathasiwan from that organisation brought to our attention the aspects of modern slavery existing today even in Australia.  We think of the horrible stories in the sex trade which from to time to time emerge but don’t contemplate that there are issues re slavery other areas, e.g. in the cleaning, construction, beauty, domestic service, hospitality and retail industries.  This is quite apart from aspects of forced and slave like marriages.  Of course there is a continuous spectrum from what we think of as overt slavery to simple exploitation of the vulnerable.  World wide huge profits are derived with estimates of over 100 million people (mainly women and children) suffering overt slavery.
Features of low wages, bonded employment with debt hooks, one way relocations, low cost raw supply arrangements all trap the vulnerable person who initially sees the “job” prospect as a way to a better life. Doubtless for some the alternative is worse but still…..
Ann stressed that the Freedom Partnership is aimed at alerting and making Australians aware of the problem broadly and to question direct situations in Australia; and consider the underlying source of imported cheap goods and why there are low costs in the supply chain.  Many products can ultimately trace back to low cost input labour or raw material supplies in countries where slavery/exploitation is rife.
Questions from the audience noted the blurred continuum of “slavery”.  We concluded that there some basic actions which we could employ, i.e. product purchase preferences, gift selections, learn and discuss and above all check websites.

We were pointed to detail about modern slavery, and to gain more information about the Freedom Partnership initiative, on the website

It was a most interesting but sobering presentation, thanks Ann.

Ann Sathasiwan ..The.Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery... David Owen 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2015
Left Fr Christian Fini, above with David Rush, and Right, background image of St Eugene.
Recent guest speaker Father Christian Fini is soon to be principal at Mazennod College in Mulgrave.  Christian is a member of the French originating Roman Catholic Order of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  He explained how about 200 years ago the Order evolved from the exploits of the son, Eugene de Mazenod, of a French nobleman.  Ultimately St Eugene, he devoted his life to the poor.  Contact with impoverished youth and prisoners of war inspired St Eugene to devote himself to work with forgotten people.
Expressed in modern terms the Order seeks to preserve the “dignity of the human person” in the course of its benevolent work with poor and disadvantaged.  Although small in number say 4,000 it has missions and a presence Australia wide, and worldwide.  Christian’s past roles in administering aspects of the Order’s charitable work were explained.  A remarkable point was that the sheer leanness and efficiency of such roles meant that about 90% of any charity dollar received was directly employed.
The recently established missions in China, first in Hong Kong and from the year 2000 Beijing, are relevant to us.  Mingled with fascinating stories of the Chinese Government’s pragmatic tolerance of underground churches of all denominations working in parallel with the official church, we heard of the problems China faced with the mass uncontrolled internal migration of adult workers to the cities and the effective part, or full, “orphaning” of their young children.
The Oblates had responded by working with baby and child care homes.  They have recently created a school facility in Beijing.  Christian's address centred on a connection which two HRC members David Rush and Robert Ball had initiated for our club’s support of one arm of the Order’s mission in China, namely a specific school project in Beijing.  Christian, and David told of, and showed photos of the school and its operation, complete with some delightful young Chinese.
Robert Ball has collated material, including images of David and himself actually on site in China at the school. 

{Link to David’s element of the presentation.   Click here. }


Audience questions noted that HRC commenced its support in 2014, up to 40 children attend the school, and there are an amazing 250 plus million of such “internal migrants ” in China.
Father Christian Fini....Oblates at Work David Owen 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2015
Chairman John Carre-Riddlell in his introduction to guest speaker Dr Richard Potter, a dedicated proponent for not only solar energy but generally the efficient use of energy, reminded us of that famous quote often attributed to Mark Twain or colleague. "Every one complains about the weather but no one does anything about it".  Such a charge could not be levied at Richard.
Initially a Senior Research Scientist at ARCO Solar in California USA and, since returning to Australia 20 years ago, Richard has been a leader in the development of Australian solar system design, installation and product development.  He is an active member of both the EL-42 Australian Standards Committee for Renewable Energy and the Clean Energy Council.

At the personal level Richard's dedication and commitment to Renewable Energy is exemplified by his own home.  It is one of the most energy efficient homes in Australia utilizing solar electricity, solar hot water, energy efficient design and rainwater capture.  This home has won four state and national awards of which Richard is proud. 
Richards address took us through how the energy efficient home embraces and optimizes the interaction of many factors.  In sequence he explained them.

The prime "Solar Efficient Design" contemplates a buildings orientation to the sun, weather and local geography of its site, whereas the choice of building materials employed and in which part of a building these are used to complement that.
We heard of "Thermal Mass" that attribute of matter to absorb heat and maintain temperature.  Of course the role of Solar Energy to produce electricity is crucial albeit temporal variations across the year or even a day must be managed.  A simple but most controllable factor is the use of energy efficient lighting--LED devices now offer enormous savings in energy and costs are declining.  Solar hot water systems, double glazing of windows, prudent ventilation coupled with and minimization of auxiliary heating and cooling all impact.
Richard demonstrated with graphical data, anecdotes, and photographs of his own home how all the these features can be architecturally and sensitively balanced in a building and produce a very attractive house.
Question time was great.  The receptive audience quickly overran its time as Richard responded clearly and objectively to a host of questions for more information.  A key one was the monetary cost beyond that incurred in a standard house.  Clearly there was some significant up front premium but long term paybacks were available and improving especially if such energy saving actions were employed at the inception of construction.  It was easy to picture future communities, at least in the developed world, routinely centred on these energy efficient practices.
Ed {One wonders if Twain's quip "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes" was Melbourne inspired?}
Dr Richard Potter ....Energy Efficient Homes David Owen 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 10, 2015
That's Ian Crawford, with Chairman Lawrence Reddaway, and the audience at Athelstan.
Last lunch time meeting was something different in line with the Board’s policy to invoke some diversity from time to time.    The location was a nice one-off departure from our usual site, and guest speaker Ian Crawford of “Crawford Productions” fame took us through a nostalgic journey of bygone Australian TV drama, complete with fascinating, revealing, but especially mostly humorous, anecdotes of the personalities behind and in front of the TV cameras at the time.
Chairman of the day Lawrence Reddaway had organised access to the restaurant, and the hospitality of Athelstan House -- a superior retirement village in Camberwell.   To observe the complex was interesting in itself.
We learnt how Crawford Productions successfully transitioned from radio drama production pre 1956 to become the dominant TV production company in Australia until it departed the scene in the late 1980’s.  During this time it sold drama series to all TV networks and was responsible for most of the iconic shows of the time.   Think of “Consider Your Verdict”, Homicide, The Sullivans , Matloch, Division 4, Number 96 among many others,  the list is extensive!
Recall the two names of brother and sister Hector & Dorothy Crawford.  Ian explained how these two blended skills to produce and market all the shows.  Ian continues the family bloodline.   Most interesting was the story of the early stresses and efforts to actually break into the TV business in 1956/57 with a small unit of a few staff and very little production capacity.  That they did with “Consider Your Verdict” a resounding commercial  success, is history and gave the firm the basis to expand relentlessly. 
Later their foresight in establishing an acting academy to provide the manpower for the various shows was important, not only did it suffice with necessary people  at the time it boosted the industry and reversed a “brain drain trend” whereby previously budding Australian actors had invariably been lost to the UK or USA.
It was amazing also to hear of a colluded effort by the three TV networks to seek to break the perceived monopolistic role which the firm had in producing drama for TV in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Many of the stories which Ian recounted in mostly humorous fashion of the people in the TV business were entertaining, and yet insightful of their human quality.
Thank you Ian for a wonderful address and memory jog.
Ian Crawford on Crawford Productions & Dramas of Early TV David Owen 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 03, 2015
Our club has the "Member Behind the Badge" series where a new member when once settled in is invited to tell us a bit about him/her self as a way of getting to know each other.
Stephen Bowtell who has just been inducted (see the above left fresh photo of him receiving his pin) came to the rescue when a scheduled speaker had to cancel at the last moment.  It was surely a record for him to address us literally following induction!
We always expect the usual "Behind the Badge" family/work history, and most times also our members surprise with some hidden background or skill thus providing a wonderful diversity within the club.  Stephen was no exception, indeed his surprise was amazing.
Outlining early schooling at the Arts driven Eltham College, and a passion gained for music (guitar) as a young child he described how he has an intrinsic commitment and single-mindedness to strive to master a task or do a job.  So this quality saw him self master the blues guitar (over 10,000 hours development).  Indeed he left school at 16 and toured Australia for many years performing blues guitar with the support of a small band.  This manifest as lead in prelude roles to top headline acts, and his own regular shows at various venues all over Australia. 
Contrasting the missed education with the life skills gained (eg management, problem solving) and above all the confidence and experience in doing, Stephen remarked that it provided a great base from which to start another business---alas the music industry pays poorly for all but those one in a million who crack it!
To dispel members doubts about his expertise we watched the following clip.



{ Ed: By the way, for the smarty who asked how long it would take to play like that, here is an instructional video }

Now Stephen has established a significant computer business, repairing and selling lap top computers.  Starting solo from a few a week he has progressed to sales of over 1,000 per month including exports and now manages 14 sales staff.  We wish him well in this, but welcome him to the club and look forward to his involvement in Rotary.
Thanks for a great address especially more so because of the last minute stand-in. 
Stephen Bowtell...newest member to the resuce David Owen 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Owen on Jan 22, 2015
Guest speaker was Dr Justin Boddey from the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research.
With a speech title as “Malaria, Modern Tactics to Combat an Ancient and Devastating Disease” there was no doubt of his topic, and in delivering it we learnt so much more about a highly complex parasitic organism and the ingenious means by which it infects people.  Over one million deaths per year are observed worldwide and about 300 Million infected.
First though what do we really know of the Walter & Eliza Hall institute?   Justin told of how in the late 19th century an English immigrant Walter and wife Eliza had great prosperity in the Mount Morgan gold mine in Queensland.    They enjoyed their wealth, however there were  strong philanthropic undertones to their interaction with the public and employees.
Subsequently on Walter’s death, Eliza  settled a Trust in 1911 with One Million Pounds, a huge sum at the time.  This was the genesis of the present well known medical, and still public funded Walter & Eliza Hall Institute we know of in Royal Parade near the university.   Famous for some past high profile directors Macfarlane Burnett and Gustav Nossal  and wonderful medical research findings Justin explained the importance to it still, of public financial contributions.
In a rapid fire and passionate overview of malaria Justin demonstrated why his CV is cluttered with research awards and honours despite his young years.  The sheer enthusiasm and evident scientific skill of himself and doubtless fellow workers in W&E explain much of its success.
What did we learn of the malaria parasite?  Alas there are several strains and even different mosquito carriers.  Much research is done in understanding the life cycle of the parasite.   A major thrust of the research is to see the mechanisms by which the disease progresses and how to literally place road blocks via key enzymes in its path.  Justin outlined an amazing world of complex cellular and chemical interactions between the parasite and man. 
After a fascinating and extremely interesting address we  realized just why malaria is such a problem, invoking much research effort , and still far from beaten and likely to be with us for some decades yet.
Dr Justin Boddey on Malaria and the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute David Owen 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 16, 2014
The last meeting for 2014 and in keeping with the festive season and potential for over indulgence of wine in the days to come was suitably addressed by Greg Baker.  Greg perhaps a come lately wine buff displayed his passion for " La Bourgogne et ses cinq vignobles".
Introduced by long term friend and chairman Bill Troedel we heard of how Greg had recently retired from an IT career in the education industry.  He was at Scotch College for more than 20 years.
While on a visit to the Chablis region of France  a few years back with friends it was explained that he was captivated by it and its wines.  Thus came the decision to import and market wine from that region to Australia.  So, now he and his wife have a well established marketing operation in Melbourne and extensive accumulated knowledge about French wines from the Burgundy region.  In an interesting address we learnt of the geography, villages and people of the five sub regions being
Chablis & Grand Auxerrois,
Cote de Nuits,
Cote de Beaune,
Cote Chalonnaise, and
Blended with stories of the French rules for grape production and winemaking "Appellation Controlee", were insights into the French wine industry.  It  covered three thrusts,  the large merchants (blenders of purchased product), the cooperatives and the single estate producers.  Among the latter one can find the grand names and very expensive wines.   Hints about favourable vintage years (2009 great) and advice to purchase from the best winemakers in leaner years gave an insight into the vagaries and quality variations from micro locations, distinctions came from rows of vines.  
Greg suggested that French winemakers were among the most experienced and knowledgeable of their own patch, after all many vineyards have been producing for centuries under one family and it followed that the better wines from there surpassed all others.  Tradition still dominated many operations (corks still favoured...albeit top quality corking) but there were inroads developing in the use of the Australian screw top.   
One contemplated that  Greg's genuine passion for these French wines from Chablis would foster his wine business which is appropriately named WISDOM & WINE.  So far it is based on direct sales to clubs and restaurants.
Greg Baker on Wisdom & Wine David Owen 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 02, 2014
What does a baby boomer know of social media?  Matt English guest speaker to our last meeting has made it his recent study and subject of a recent book.
Chairman Noel McInnes described Matt as an independent business commentator, public speaker, and strategist with a bachelor of commerce from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.    Consistent with the age of  a "baby boomer" he has over four decades’ industry experience, including senior roles as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM.
Recorded as a specialist in the development, publication, and presentation of innovative thought leadership, and supporter to management in matters of organizational change and the reshaping of business models the audience of baby boomers and even earlier generations had reason to listen to the positive yet critical analysis by Matt of social media today.
Rebutting thoughts of it being a passing fad we explored the topic under three headings, social or business change, a "push" factor and a continuing journey.  In Matt's view its has promulgated the biggest social change in a generation. Always society has been concerned with connections, communities and collaboration.   Previously written and or spoken means have prevailed to spread a message.  Today with social media there is instant coverage, and more important from one person to many! 
Business to community interaction has changed.   Whereas previously business was driving products and ideas to the community, nowadays the consumer through  social media is driving business.   
Knowledge once pooled in libraries etc is now pushed into the social media channels and is "free".  With this of course comes the downside of the integrity of such "knowledge".   The debate from the audience contrasted the positives of the abundance of information, with the problems and ease by which propaganda and false material can be dispersed globally.   
It was concluded social media is here to stay but newcomers to it have to shape their involvement by their needs and establish a comfortable degree of a participation.  Matt encouraged us to "give it a go", but be selective and get a mentor to guide us through it.
Thanks Matt for a great presentation and leading us through some very interesting discussions.
Matt English on Grasping Social Media David Owen 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne
Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit fusion word Dīpāvali, formed from dīpa ("light" or "lamp") and āvalī ( "series, line, row"). Dīpāvali or Deepavali thus meant a "row" or "series of lights". 

The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.
You will remember Dr Mugda Phadke, a member of the Indian GSE Team who visited us a couple of years ago. Mugda and her husband Sandip have sent us this lovely greeting.
Happy Deepawali !!!! Gordon Cheyne 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor ROBERT DOYLE
“Melbourne: Safety. Liveability. Planning for Growth.”
TUESDAY 18th November 2014
Tickets: $60 per head or $580 for a table of ten (incl. GST)
RACV Club, Level 17, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne
7.15am for 7.30 till 9.00am
The Paul Harris Breakfast celebrates Paul Harris Fellow Recognition recipients and Foundation Alumni in Rotary District 9800.
All Paul Harris Breakfast proceeds go towards Rotary Foundation programs.
Rotary Foundation - Paul Harris Breakfast 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Earlier in 2014, District 9800 introduced a series of seminars to improve our club members’ level of knowledge and understanding of Rotary.  Knowing something about Rotary’s history, the philosophies that underpin it and our programs and policies helps Rotarians to engage more with our great organization.  Engaged members are more likely to become long term Rotarians.
The New Leaders Seminars and the Future Club Leaders Seminars devised by Bronwyn Scarffe and David Bennett have been extremely successful.  They have been well attended and the feedback from participants has been extremely positive.
  • The New Member Seminar is an interactive 2 hour seminar giving new Rotarians a better understanding of Rotary‘s Philosophies, Core Values, Avenues of Service, Priorities and Goals.
  • The Future Club Leaders Seminar is another interactive 2 hour seminar designed to give potential club leaders some understanding of leadership in general, how Rotary trains and supports its leaders and how you can lead a club committee or the club itself.
You will find these seminars  to be enjoyable and thought provoking. You will meet with people from clubs other than your own, share your knowledge and experiences and learn from each other in a convivial environment.
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Posted on Aug 05, 2014
This map exemplifies the limited infrastructure in Timor Lests.  The lines are the only significant roads.  
The Baguia area of which  Leopoldina spoke is inland South East from Baucau, the 2nd largest city of 16,000 people.
The progress of development in Timor Leste is heart rending.   The presence of the delightful and always smiling Leopoldina ( "Leo") Guterres from the Baguia region of Baucau District of that country added to our recent meeting.  She talked to us on her experiences as a teacher and mother in that region.  
She is the Principal of five catholic schools in the sub-district of Baguia.  She was born in the area.  Following all the past trials of the Portuguese colony, the Indonesian annexation, independence struggles and eventual self sovereignty she is committed to building sustainable local communities in which her children can live.
She was highly thankful for the support of the "Friends of Baguia" and Rotary in providing financial and materials to facilitate educational and community advances, but clearly that must be continued.  She has 6 of her own children but has an extended family of 18!   These extras come from rural  neighborhoods which are too distant for daily school journeys (many other children indeed do travel up to 2 hours each way each day to school) and so reside with her.
Leo told of the limited transport options (one truck offered a 3 to 4 hour trip to the main coastal city of Baucau), basic living conditions for families (daily collected firewood provided the cooking base) and  under resourced schools.   There were 8 schools in the area, many of the feeder/subsidiary ones utilised basic bamboo furniture on earthen floors in buildings in need of repair.   
Ever grateful of help from external sources,  Leo explained that high construction and transport costs and a policy of sharing meant that for example a container load of donated materials arriving in say a large city bound for Baguia incurred significant distribution expenses and moreover were thinly spread.    The audience discussed the problem of how to effectively locate a critical mass of support and materials. 
It was an interesting insight to Timor Leste and heightened the drive for us to get that next shipment out of DIK to Baguia.  Leo explained that mattresses were especially welcome.
Leopoldina Guterres..Timor-Leste Rural Schools & Families David Owen 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 22, 2014
Tom Trumble who has lived his whole life in Melbourne, and has worked in journalism, policy development, copywriting and book retailing. He has studied music, history and journalism, and is the author of Rescue at 2100 Hours and Unholy Pilgrims.
Chairman David Bradshaw introduced Tom Trumble.
We got a hands on insight into Tom's research and passion in uncovering the facts behind the true story of the former book. 
Tom's grandfather was Bryan Rofe who at the time of World War 2 in early 1942 was a young Air Force flying officer with prime duties as a meteorologist in Dutch Timor ( the western part of the island) at the key airport of Penfui.  With the Japanese advance and bombing of Darwin and Broome, most  units were withdrawn from the airport, but a small group of 29 Australian air force men were left to maintain its operative capacity to the last.   Bryan Rofe was the senior man.   The planned evacuation of those men was thwarted when Australian based aircraft assigned to pick them up were destroyed in the bombing raids.   Thus the 29 men were left to their own resources.  Japanese paratroopers invaded Timor.   What followed was the tortuous journey for the 29 as they fled from the invaders to spots in the north where they hoped various escape options might prevail (for example one hope centred on rafts).    

The foresight to keep and carry a radio with them across the perilous trek was key. A message came through from Darwin asking if they had a way to shine a light out to sea. The light was needed to signal the crew of the USS Searaven, a Sargo-class submarine that displaced 2,350 tonnes and could reach speeds of up to 21 knots.  Eventually after a couple of failed attempts they were retrieved by that submarine and liberated to Freemantle.
This was not an adventure.  The books describes the immense stress and horrors suffered.  All lost massive amounts of weight. Tom talked of 90 Kg down to 38 Kg.  One died from snakebite.  Bryan Rofe at 24 was one of the eldest  and with limited experience in leading men in warfare.  Tom proudly told of his grandfathers thoughts along the way....Bryan Rofe was a prolific diary writer.   It was fascinating to hear of the interaction and personal aspects of the young men.   Tom explained that recent  interviews with four survivors of the party supplemented his direct research including travel to the locations in Timor.   He spent two years gaining the material.
The audience were kept intrigued.   A common reflection was that there must be many many untold like stories of similar heroic and arduous exploits of young men and women in war.  The Chairman remarked the book to be "a good read".
TomTrumble...Rescue at 2100 Hours David Owen 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ngaire Cannon on Jul 10, 2014
The Young Entrepreneurs Mentoring Project is designed to leverage the vocational skills and business experience of Rotarians to benefit mentees.
Yarra Bend Rotary and the Rotary Club of Hawthorn has developed a 6 month program that encourages eligible mentees to develop an objective mentoring relationship with a Rotarian that may:
 1. Assist a small business owner in identifying risks and opportunities in their business/ idea
 2. Work together to dissect individual challenges and issues the Mentee is facing 
 3. Be a sounding board to facilitate self-discovery, and
 4. Build confidence in their decisions and actions they may take.
 Applications close 1 August 2014 and the application form available here.
 For further details please contact Justin Wibrow, Vocational Services Chair, Yarra Bend Rotary or Ngaire Cannon, Hawthorn Rotary.
Rotary Young Entrepreneurs Mentoring Ngaire Cannon 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2014
Don Cullen was a multiple visitor to Tibet for many years in his mountaineering and trekking adventures to the remote Himalayas and Everest regions of the Third World.  Always impressed by the Tibetan's friendliness and yet observing the poverty of their life style and the country, he pondered the concept of helping them to help themselves.  As a result in the past nine or so years Don has made many visits to the country with fellow travelers providing physical and financial support to the locals to learn, and  develop community assets themselves. 
Thus, under the banner of the so-named Tibetan Village Project Australia Inc. ("TVPA"), the organization,  which he is the current chairperson of, does remarkable things in for example, teacher funding, and medical clinic expansion and creation  activities. These all aim at getting local professionals to care for the essentially rural based inhabitants.  Orphanages were established.
Further Don told of how he implemented various hostel style work houses for many isolated and deprived individuals.  He would pay them a wage while they learnt artisan skills over a two year stay.    The slides which he showed of many of these people now running stores and producing and selling craft works must engender an amazing satisfaction to him and his colleagues.   
There were other entrepreneurial initiatives promoted and kicked off by Don.  We heard of animal renting, and the collective development of green houses and subsequent vegetable gardens.
Noting that Tibet (via China) does not embrace or permit  Rotary or NGO's of any kind then the impact of TVPA has been,and is continuing to be remarkable.   The audience was captured. 
In the course of his address Don told of the culture, history and mountainous beauty of Tibet.   For instance we learnt that until 1985 Westerners were formally closed out of Tibet,  for the past 1000 years there had been no contact.    There were a few English lead expeditions or tours starting from India from 1916, and contained historic names as "Young Husband, Finch, and the unfortunate George Mallory.  He is thought by many to have been the first to climb Everest in a tragic one way effort decades before Hillary & co, and was only recovered from the ice near the summit in 1998.    
The role of the Yak and Buddha to the largely nomadic rural based population were explained. 
So teased with shots of the beautiful country and people and selfless efforts of TVPA it is tempting to take up Don's perennial invitation,  "Why not plan to join us on one or our trips?  I can guarantee a journey that will remain with you for life."
Don Cullen.. Tibetan Village Project Australia Inc. David Owen 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2014
Rotary International Convention - Sydney 2014  June 1 - 4
The Sydney RI Convention is an opportunity to meet up with Rotarians from around the world.  To help make your experience all the more fun,  our District are organising several opportunities to associate with other D9800 Rotarians.
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Convention Goers and District Governor Ross Butterworth invite the Rotarians from DISTRICT 9800 to kick off the 2014 Sydney Convention with a spectacular evening of fireworks, festival lights, fun and fellowship while cruising Sydney Harbour aboard the Captain Cook Cruise Line’s Flagship 'Sydney 2000'
For more information:
Sydney 2014 Host Organising Committee:
- See more at:
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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Apr 10, 2014
Remember the following event.   RCH is looking to fill a table (10) and not yet there.   So please consider. 
Café International will be held on
Saturday, 10 May 2014, at
International House,
241 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC 3052
Dress Code: Dress to impress, cultural clothing encouraged 
Café International 2014
The Orient Express
An annual event , it's a great night.  Students will provide an evening of entertainment and fine dining. Don’t miss out on the wonderful showcase of this year’s talented students!   30% of the profits generated from this year’s Café will be donated to End Polio Now, with the remainder going towards the International House Student Club.
Call me on 95002359 to book early.
Cafe International May 10 Gordon Cheyne 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Apr 10, 2014
Our Graduate Scholarship Candidate, Victoria Hammond, was spotted getting some hands-on Rotary experience at Camberwell Market, collecting food for the Second Bite program.  Victoria tells us she has been accepted as a Graduate Student at Oxford University for a MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration, beginning 6 October 2014.
We now hope she is successful at the District interview to gain a Rotary Foundation grant for her course.
Second Bite Experience ...leads to great things? Gordon Cheyne 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Noel Halford on Apr 03, 2014

The proceeds net of that portion to the winners will be shared between the nominated charities and the Hawthorn Rotary Club to use in our own programs.    

Over to the prospective entrants.....probably last chance before recovering lost ground from default selections.  Just go to  

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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Apr 03, 2014


Tuesday’s Speaker Robin de Crespigny was well-received by her audience: her thought-provoking book “The People Smuggler” produced some feed-back from members: “Just a quick note to say what a great speaker Robin was today.  Really enjoyed having a thought provoking topic and presenter.”
Although I'm a card-carrying member of the Australian Skeptics, I bought a book for further information about Ali Al Jenabi’s  flight from Saddam Hussein's torture chambers, and his further trials and tribulations.  We wish Robin every success in her plans to have a movie produced on the subject.
Julie Walker of PaperCut Software joined us for lunch. Julie confesses to long-standing and fond ties with Rotary, having been lucky enough to be a Rotary exchange student in 1986 through the Rotary Club of Bayswater. She says it was a pivotal point in both her career and personal life choices. We hope Julie visits again soon.
Café International is always a fun evening, with a great show produced by the students at International House. Profits from their “Orient Express” this year will go towards “End Polio Now”.  I feel I deserve a night out after all that hard work at Romana: after Rotarians at Work, let’s have Rotarians at Play! Tell me ASAP if you wish to join us, as tickets usually go quickly.
15th April: do they call the day after Easter Monday “Easter Tuesday”?  In any case, if you are going to be away, please inform Noel Halford, so he can keep sweet with the caterers. We may have a less formal than usual meeting.
How do you like the new-look Bulletin?  Robert Ball has been upgrading to the latest version of ClubRunner, so we should have more functionality and fewer glitches. Check out changes to the website at  Thanks Robert for all your efforts behind the scenes.
Next week's speakers are Bronwyn Stephens (RC Melbourne South) and Rithy Lay: we heard Bronwyn and Rithy speak at the District Conference, on their fantastic success with Volunteering in Cambodia. Chair:  Meredith Hayes
My thought for the week is from Russell Baker:
 “Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories;
 those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.”


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Posted on Mar 27, 2014

Geoff Dumayne introduced Associate Professor Geoff Sussman by outlining a wonderful and extensive CV of research, education and clinical activity in the area of wound management and skin health.  Presently linked to Auckland and Monash Universities plus some past stints at St Annes in Oxford, Geoff has had key roles in many medical societies across his areas of expertise and interest. He was awarded at OAM in 2006 for his efforts.  Despite a passionate and still highly active role in his work at 77 years, Geoff has found time to be a Rotarian, and be involved in gymnastics and  diving as personal pursuits!

His address at the meeting was on the care of the skin.   So we learnt of the basic structure of that organ, many facts about it and hints and his observations for maintaining skin health.  Perhaps simply catalogued under the following four captions this summary attempts to condense the full presentation which is available on our web link.

SKIN pH   In brief the skin has an intrinsic acidic state.  So Geoff's view is that it is essential to ensure as the skin ages that appropriate measures are taken such as not using soap or other alkaline pH products that will increase the drying and therefore cracking of the skin.  Contrary to conventional soaps which are alkaline, pH neutral cleaners  include Dove, Cetaphil Bar, QV Bar and Dermabeen.                      

SKIN MOISTURE   A dry skin is to be avoided. While stressing the need to keep the skin moist with appropriate creams etc, Geoff pointed out that one needs to understand the components within them and the marketing behind such lists of contents. Products from Ego, Hamilton, Dermatech and Nivea are examples of simple products with few preservatives and few ingredients but which offer beneficial  moisturising of the skin.   Common aqueous based items provide little.

SUN DAMAGE  UV protection creams (stronger is better) are important but care is needed to ensure that they are regularly reapplied as they wash off  and on all areas of exposed skin.

THE USE OF  SKIN ADHESIVES  was a particular focus in Geoff's analysis of simple wound care as may prompt one to access the '"First Aid Kit".   With updated knowledge of the damage which perceived old popular remedies such band-aids, and old-fashioned antiseptics can do especially to the skin of older people, Geoff recast the content of our "First Aid Kit" by introducing a range of modern products which posses the characteristics to encourage healing with little or no detrimental impact on the skin.                 

The audience was kept fascinated and interested by the magnificent blend of simply described medical technicalities and Geoff's skill in keeping the common touch to his address.  See Geoff's presentation, click here.


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Posted by Ian Macfarlane on Mar 27, 2014

We are closely associated to the Camberwell Salvation Army and mostly and especially through Norman Gale and our Second Bite food collections each Saturday afternoon.  Norman has alerted us to opportunity to help them see below.

We are now in a bidding battle to amass as many votes as we can for our community project along with others which have been submitted.

Our project involves providing weekly gentle exercise classes for people from low income groups - for those who are familiar - typically people who attend our lunch program.

If you are willing to vote for our program please go to the following link:
Select the centre as " Stockland Tooronga"  and then scroll down in the "organisation" field to find Camberwell Salvation Army.   Be sure to put nor name and contact as indicated by the * and then Submit.
We appreciate your support
Norman Gale
Director, Community Engagement | Camberwell Corps | Eastern Victoria Division
The Salvation Army | Australia Southern Territory
7-11 Bowen Street, Camberwell, 3124 | PO Box 323, Camberwell, 3124
T (03) 9889 2468 | M 0416178598 | F (03) 9889 5186 |
Salvation Army Voting Ian Macfarlane 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Mar 27, 2014

How lovely to welcome PP Bill Mack and Sue from the Rotary Club of Chicago Lakes, Minnesota, who presented us with a lovely banner as a memento of their visit to Melbourne. 


I’m sure they enjoyed Associate Professor Geoff Sussman’s talk on skin and wound healing: we all learned something, and wished he could continue for longer.  When Geoff mentioned surgeons packing wounds, I had an olfactory flash-back to my student days, to the smell of BIPP, (Bismuth Iodoform and Paraffin Paste).  Once experienced, never forgotten.  Thanks Geoff for your instructive talk: where do you find the energy?  I’m sure local sales of hand sanitizer and moisturising cream will increase this month.


I heard at the District Conference that PDG Jack Ings has joined the e-club of Melbourne, so I e-mailed him to rejoice.

He replied to my note:



Yes, I am in the Club but don't know much about it yet.  This Sunday we are holding a Club Visioning seminar.  So I hope to come away from that with a much better idea of how I can contribute.  I am sorry I cannot go so far as attending Conferences but maybe in the future. Who knows? Nice to hear from you.




You can contact him at 


Rotarians at Work: last week, about twenty Rotarians started preparing for the renovations at the Romana Centre (Servants Community Housing) Henry Drury, Ngaire and Ralph, and I all chipped away at the bathroom tiles, which Camberwell Rotarian Peter Allen had described as “falling off the walls”.  Boy, were we suckered in!  Nevertheless, we had lovely tea and lunch breaks to make up for our efforts. 


Next work sessions for this Boroondara Cares project will be on Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th March and Wednesday 2nd April: check with me to get on the roster.  BYO tools and gloves.


Don’t feel bad if you can’t make to the Romana Centre to help: there are lots of opportunities to help at Donations-in-Kind at Footscray: Tuesdays and Thursdays, occasionally Saturdays. Can we organise another working bee?


Relay for Life:  David Rush reports on his team’s efforts: members came along at various times during the day to do their laps as suited their other commitments, and so far have raised $1,375 for a skin cancer research project named after Neil RobertsAndrew Donald holds the Club record for the most completed laps, so well done everybody!


The Board has adopted a Project Evaluation Policy, which describes how projects should be with community based  non profit, arts, cultural, educational, recreational, volunteer, public service or Rotary approved social service organisations.  Consideration cannot be given to those applications for projects which have a primary purpose to promote sponsorship of a specific religious, social, political or economic view.


The Board also adopted Conflict of Interest Guidelines for Directors, Trustees and Committee Members relating to Community Grants and International Grants Committees.


Details of these policies shall be circulated to all members, and are available from Secretary Brian Reid.


Next week's speaker is Robyn de Crespigny, who is coming from Sydney on a speaking tour. (Film maker, author etc.).  She has spoken at other Rotary clubs... who say that she is excellent.  Her biography is on the RCH website.


After Professor Geoff’s talk on our skin, I couldn’t resist closing with a quote from General Douglas MacArthur:  “Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.”

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Rush on Mar 27, 2014

Many thanks to all the members who supported this event.   To date we have raised $1,375.


As we had mentioned in our emails to members, we had a special goal to raise $5,000 to have the Cancer Council name a particular research project after Neil Roberts.  So with the club contribution of $2,000 we are presently $1,625 short of our target.

We also contributed to Relay for Life by supporting the effort of the RFL committee in providing lunch and afternoon teas.

Special thanks to those members who made sandwiches, cakes which were all very well received.  The head organiser Graham Jacobs was very grateful for our efforts on this front.  Thanks to members Drury, Scott, Morrison, Rush, Ball, O’Donoghue, Cheyne and Halford (friend of Rotary Denbigh Richards) who all brought along delicious delicacies.


It was also good to see our former members Judy Hassett and Suzanne Dunlop who have been introduced to RFL through the club, now volunteer annually to assist the event.

Members came along at various times during the day to do their laps as suited their other commitments.   So we had a presence at the opening ceremony at 4.00 pm, and the very moving candle lighting ceremony at 8.00 pm just on the fall of darkness and at the conclusion on Sunday.

Special mention to Andrew Donald who walked many laps when the rest of us were all horizontal.

The whole effort would not happen without enthusiasm and commitment of Noel Halford who delivered, installed and then dismounted the marquis we borrowed gratefully from Glenferrie and the tables, chairs etc.

As a preliminary thought for next year, we should consider making RFL into a more structured fellowship event and perhaps having our own BBQ etc. as a focus.



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Posted by David Owen on Mar 20, 2014

Last meeting introduced yet another opportunity to learn of the interests and foibles of members.  Dr John Carr-Riddell lead a “Show and Tell” session where in sequence he, Ian Warren, Ngaire Cannon, Bernie Walshe and Vic Burns each in a five minute presentation mimicked the old primary school practice where a “prop” is the basis of a short talk.

 Although not as revealing of the inner self as our “Behind the Badge” series it was extremely enjoyable and interesting-and worthy of another like session in the future. Within each there were thought provoking lessons and even poignant moments mixed in with the fun and interest.

John Carre-Riddell using props from his military father’s involvement in World War 1 (a photo and extracts from letters) described the process by which the combatants at Gallipoli tunneled beneath opposing trench lines to gain advantage (with gunpowder bombs). It was a sobering reminder of the features of war one hundred years ago.

Ian Warren duplicated the actual Show and Tell (with one exception to reality) which he gave as a seven year old to his school.   Way back then the prop was a pet possum, today it was cut out images of that possum named Percy.  Ian told of how the animal would seek the highest point on his head, most times without concern but in the school demo invoked bladder problems.   It was a fascinating account of the bond between a small boy and pet.

Ngaire Cannon recounted her early experience as a teacher and especially of when she was confronted with the need to handle “preppy”  classes despite training which was aimed at high school level students.  Seated on her look alike school-mom chair prop and voicing the same instructions which she gave the “preppys” without success, Ngaire recounted the instructions which the head mistress gave to successfully achieve the same desired outcome. The latter’s were a series of spaced but sequential simple one off instructions.  They worked.   Ngaire’s example which she holds to this day provided an amusing but great lesson for us all in how to direct people and ensure that any directions are consistent with the occasion and recipients. 

Bernie Walshe’s story reminded husbands in the audience of the difficulties faced in early marriage of purchasing a present (especially clothes) for a spouse. Seeking to do the correct thing after a business trip to the USA Bernie’s choice of Hawaiian gear (a highly colorful muu- muu for spouse) and matching shirt for himself proved less popular than he expected.  It was a surprise that he still had access to these items to show the audience, although they did look to be  in pristine unused condition.

Vic Burns described how the demand for his skill in making stain glass windows blossomed from the first effort for a chapel; that was a window 12inches by 8inches all with 1 inch thick colored glass.  There followed by word of mouth connections assignments for over 90 churches or chapels each with individually themed stain glass windows.  Vic showed a few slides of his wonderful artistry with most famously the work at St Ignatius, Richmond involving images of Mary McKillop and Caroline Chisholm and a child resplendent in a Tigers jumper with a football!

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A Show and Tell Meeting David Owen 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 20, 2014

 Statement of Cultural Heritage Significance

What is significant?

The house designed by architect James Earle in 1965 for property developer Reg Harris at 28 Centre Avenue, Eildon.  The trees surrounding the house contribute to its setting.

How is it Significant?

The house at 28 Centre Avenue,Eildon is of local historic and aesthetic significance to Murrindindi Shire.

Why is it Significant?

Historically , for its association with property developer Reg Harris.  It is significant as a largely intact work of James Earle who ran an architectural practice in Hawthorn from the early 1960's.  James Earle is well known for his work within the Royal Australian Institute of Architects over a long period of time.

Aesthetically, for its use of stone in the end walls, and a window wall running the entire length of the house.   As a stylish representation of modern architecture in a rural shire, the house is rare in the municipality. It is also increasingly rare as an intact architect-designed house for the 1960's since many of these in the metropolitan area have been altered or demolished. 

Reg Harris House--a Heritage by Jim Earle 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Owen on Mar 20, 2014

Vic Burns who recently turned 90 was honored at the recent meeting for such an achievement but also supposedly being Irish (with the impishness of leprechaun) provided a wonderful reason for a few of our members and potential glee club members to join him in a Irish sing-a-long ("Cockles & Mussels" ).  

With our meeting being immediately one day after St. Patricks Day  it was hard to deny them and the accompanying mood or Irish flavor which purveyed the meeting.   Sergeant David Corrigan kicked it off with his green hat as did Vic, and even President Gordon Cheyne talked in  a confused Irish-Scottish brogue. 

For those innocents one can read :-

On St Patrick's Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the "wearing of the green").Image

St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.[13][14] This story first appears in writing in 1726, though it may be older. In pagan Ireland, three was a significant number and the Irish had many triple deities.[15] The triple spiral symbol appears at many ancient megalithic sites in Ireland.

The Irish glee-club in action below.   At left O'Devereux (evidently Irish-French) acting as leader, Katrina Flinn,  Walshe, O'Beirne, O'Donoghue and Rush with Vic seated.

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St. Patrick's Day Shenangens David Owen 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bernie Walshe on Mar 20, 2014

The Paul Harris Society of D9800 has its next lunch scheduled for  4 April at the RACV club.    Bernie Walshe explained that this is an arm of Rotary in which members are characterised by their annual donation of US$1000 to the Foundation--in fact it was noted  that this society (world wide) contributes 35% of the funding of the Foundation.

HRC members are invited to contemplate joining it and welcome to attend  the lunch in April to learn more about it.

The Society is named after the founder of Rotary International: it recognises friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus and other approved Foundation grant activities. Society contributions count toward Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member, Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and Major Donor Recognition.

The Paul Harris Society is a district-administered recognition program. Each year the Society holds a special luncheon at which time new Society members are inducted and a keynote speaker is invited to address the gathering. - See more at:

The Paul Harris Society Bernie Walshe 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Mar 20, 2014

Saint Patrick set the tone for the day, with out Hawthorn Irish Choir celebrating Vic  Burns’ 90th.

Dr John Carre-Riddell introduced a “Show and Tell” session, starting with some  family photos.

Ian Warren, Ngaire Cannon, Bernie Walshe and Vic Burns all  surprised us with some thoughtful and sometimes hilarious revelations. I suspect we  will have requests for a further “Show and Tell”.

John Carr-Ridell and I attended the 20th Probus Club on 14th   he had some lovely reminiscences. The club has Imageflourished since its foundation, and   they try to limit membership to under 100 members. Nearly 100 people attended the  celebration, when four members were presented with 20-year pins.   Probus Clubs seem to have a way of attracting members!   (My photo shows Alister Rowe – Club President 2014-15, Peter Milburn of Malvern Rotary Club who is District 9800 Probus Chairman, and Dr John Carre-Riddell.)


Bernie Walshe did his best to de-mystify the Paul Harris Society: Bernie founded the first PHS in Australia when he was District Governor: The PHS of District 9800 now  has 51 members, who each donate US$1,000 annually to the Rotary Foundation. I was  surprised to learn that PHS members’ contributions represent 35% of all annual giving   to the Rotary Foundation, and that many Rotary Grants are largely funded by these   contributions. Anyone wishing to learn more, or to attend the PHS lunch at the RACV  on Friday, 4th

Rotarians at Work: we have a team clearing up the new Servants Community Housing  residence at A’Beckett St, Kew, on Wednesday. By the time you read this, we will   probably all be treating out blisters.

We all wish the participants in Relay for Life   a happy time but no blisters at all: I look forward to the afternoon tea, but not the   exercise . . . .

A District 9800 news Flash: District Governor Designate for 2016-17 is Neville John, to follow Julie Mason in Imageoffice. Neville was a popular Assistant Governor for   the Yarra Cluster a few years ago, and we wish him and Rebecca to a great year in   Rotary. Congratulations, Neville!

Next week, Associate Professor Geoff Sussman OAM will tell us about “Your Skin   and You”. Geoff is a Glen Eira Rotarian, and I have heard him speak quite hilariously   on “Everything you know about your skin is wrong!” I can promise you will be   informed and amused.  

Thought for the week: “Show and Tell” is a common classroom activity at Primary   School. It is used to teach young children the skills of public speaking. Our speakers   clearly showed they need no further tuition. However the Hawthorn Irish Choir could do with some work . . . . .  

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2014


While many of the HRC members enjoyed the benefits of the long weekend over the Labour Day holiday in Melbourne there were those devoted  few who braved the Gold Coast and the District Conference.   In view of the following images one can guess that they did not suffer too much.   The Shadow applauds their efforts in upholding the RCH name.



At left, handing over the conference banner to the future host. 



Some, notorious past celebrities. Can you recognise our recent and less recent  PDG's and current president? Maybe one in disguise bottom right? 



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Posted by Brian Reid on Mar 13, 2014


Story is Brian Reid was encouraged to the following trip by that Hawthorn travel group.   Interesting, but one cannot imagine it being a top seller.

Brian recants:-

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. 

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often. 

I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm. 

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older. 

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get! 

Brian Reid's Travel Experience Brian Reid 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Link to Swinburne Lawrence Reddaway 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Mar 13, 2014

Jason Henderson presented an interesting talk on 'Lost Melbourne' which certainly brought back some memories. Jason also mentioned his other passion: collecting First-Aid Kits! Chairman of the day Chris Hanson kept order and ensured we finished on time: a great piece of timing for our next President.

Chris of course, had just got back from the District 9800 Conference in Queensland. Also attending were PDG Bernie Walshe and Margaret, PDG Dennis Shore and Lynda, Sheila and myself: we all had an enjoyable and informative Conference, renewing many friendships from the Welcome Pool Party to the Farewell Dinner Dance.

As you can see from my happy snaps, MC John Blackman was again in full flight. authkey=Gv1sRgCM6kkvC98LPHIQ

We held the Yarra Cluster Dinner on the Saturday evening at “Redentor”, a Brazilian Restaurant in Broadbeach. The Kew, Glenferrie and North Balwyn attendees who joined us enjoyed abundant barbecued meats and excellent service from the happy staff. I think I gained a couple of Kilos, and have posted these photos separately at: https:/ / authkey=Gv1sRgCKu_9MfEl4CYoAE

Golf: The Conference Ladies Cup was not contested at the Broadbeach Conference this year. Therefore the current holders, Pru Troedel, Pru Logan, Gigi O’Donoghue and Andi Lambert get to keep the trophy for a further 12 months. Please keep it polished ladies: I had to shine it up, ready to present, before I learned it wasn’t needed!

I eventually found the elusive Conference Club Banner at the foot of the cupboard in Kooyong Tennis Club, and conveyed it safely to Broadbeach. It was presented to the Rotary Club of Williamstown in preparation for next year’s conference in Hobart, where DGE Murray Verso promises a nautical theme.

Rotarians at Work: We have a team ready to go at the Romana Centre, 11 A’Beckett St, Kew on Wednesday 19th March, removing tiles and preparing for painting. Anyone wishing to join in, please let me know.

More Rotarians at Work, involving the community: Trevor Jones had a number of clients along for cocktails and nibbles (aka information session) and each was invited to make a gold coin donation. As a result, he had a nice envelope to pass on to Treasurer Robert Ball. Now THAT’S what I call Rotarians at Work!

Norman Gale, of the Salvation Army (who we support through “Second Bite”) tells us that they have been shortlisted to the top 10 finalists for the Stockland Community Grants Program. The top 5 finalists that receive the most votes online receive a $1000 grant each. The Salvo’s project involves providing weekly gentle exercise classes for people from low income groups - typically people who attend their lunch program. If you are willing to vote for this program please go to the following link: Select the centre as " Stockland Tooronga" and then scroll down in the "organisation" field to find Camberwell Salvation Army. Be sure to put nor name and contact as indicated by the * and then Submit. Voting lines are now open and close Friday 14th March at 5pm.

Next week: Dr John's “Show And Tell”. Whatever will they bring along? I’ll see you then!

Gordon Cheyne

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 11, 2014



Under the chairmanship of Chris Hanson,  Jason Henderson an ex Queenslander who moved to Melbourne in 2006 shamed us all with his passion and enthusiasm for uncovering old images and facts about Melbourne.  As one who gains great enjoyment in researching local history, Jason explained that Lost Brisbane a reasonably established Facebook site which invites contributors to forward old photos and stories about Brisbane was the prompt in him setting up the Lost Melbourne Facebook site. 

Jason,a BMW motorcycle parts coordinators forgotten past. It started as a hobby, but Jason has been overwhelmed with the interest shown (over 34,000 people visiting his site).

Set up in late 2012 this new site coordinates the efforts of Jason and range of like minded colleagues each with relevant special skills but varied backgrounds (for example a retail store manager, historian/meteorologist, a photo researcher, social media player, librarian, emigrant focused contributor).  Already the site has a fascinating collection of old photos and inputs from the public about these photos.

In the course of his address Jason showed a sample of material. It was more than shots of old buildings but images which provided a jog to memories of past citizens, events, and life style.

Alas a lot of the audience was able to relate to buildings long since demolished, dated practices,and old promotions (the Little Bourke-William streets corner,the corner grocer, biscuit labels).  Jason’s snapshot into the Lost Melbourne site was fascinating and we can understand the galloping interest and increasing contributions to it.

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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Mar 06, 2014

Following Bob Glindemann's recent address most were taken back as to the effectiveness of simple labour support to DIK and the actual value reward which it creates.  Economic rationalists would have a tough time finding a more efficient use of effort.

And so as the photos show a couple of members have been giving their time.  Richard Logan's singular effort can't be matched with an official photo but note reward for helping could manifest as a poster character (see below).    There is still a great need for labour support, I refer to the the Donations-in-Kind meeting on 20th February:

The store operations report was presented. A very busy time over Christmas was reported with 2x40 containers to The Philippines, 2x40 of hospital beds to Chile and The Philippines and 2x40 completed for East Timor with 2x40 currently being completed.

 We have also received almost 100 pallets of new clothing including 40+ of new school clothing. We know that we have another 110 beds available in mid to late March and these are also destined for The Philippines and Chile.

 There is an immediate need for more assistance at the store. Despite being officially open Tuesdays and Thursdays, the store is effectively a 5 day and often 6 day a week operation and this simply cannot continue. There is an immediate and pressing need for more participation in the day to day store operations. Every DIK Inc Club is asked to appeal for some support from their members to assist. This can be for any period BUT it needs to be a continuing activity not an occasional thing. 

As members of DIK Inc, Hawthorn Rotary Club contributes to the rent at the DIK store.  Several of our members have contributed to working bees at the store, whereas many have never visited the site, which is an eye-opening experience. Who would like to join me on a Thursday, for a half or whole day’s easy work?  The regular volunteers there are struggling to keep up.

Call me on 9500 2359, and join me for a once-off or recurrent job.  Gordon Cheyne.

DIK ...RCH Involvement and Continuing Urgent Needs Gordon Cheyne 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 06, 2014

The Rotary Club of Canterbury invites you  to attend a  farewell  function  to wish bon voyage  to  the  visiting GSE team from District 1860, Mannheim SW Germany.

Venue:  Amora Hotel, 649 Bridge Road Richmond 3121(near where Bridge Rd crosses the Yarra River)

Date: Friday 21 March 2014  

Cost: $25 per person (finger food and drinks at bar prices)  

Contact John Braine at Canterbury for detail or via David Bennett at District

Mob: 0412 388 823


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Posted by Noel Halford on Mar 06, 2014

The Rotary Club of Hawthorn has for the last seven years been a strong supporter of the annual Cancer Council Relay for Life held in the City of Boroondara. This year the Board is promoting a very special effort.

As you are aware, one of our most respected citizens and a member of the Rotary Club of  Hawthorn, Neil Roberts, lost his battle with cancer a few weeks ago.   In recognition of Neil’s service to the club and other community areas, the Rotary Club of  Hawthorn is entering a ‘team’ in this year’s Relay for Life event.  The Rotary Club of Hawthorn has already committed to donate $2,000 to this very worthy cause. If you cannot attend but would like to help us reach our target of $5,000 and go for the donation option complete the relevant  form but indicate after the Payment Details section “Unable to Attend, Donation Only”.

Teams that raise $5,000 or more can choose a cancer research project for funds to support, name it in memory of Neil Roberts and be acknowledged in Cancer Council Victoria's Annual Review.   We have chosen skin cancer (non-melanoma) as the research area to which we would like   to direct the proceeds from our fundraising.   Not surprisingly, Neil was actively involved and led our club in the Relay for Life event which consisted of walking a nominated distance around an oval to raise the necessary funds for research.   Clearly this year is significant, and, as someone who knew Neil we are inviting you to join us at the John Gardiner Reserve in Auburn Road, East Hawthorn where we will remember and honour him in the company of the many others who are committed to finding a cure for  cancer.

As per the next item you can attend at any time between 4pm on Saturday 22 March to 9.30am Sunday  23 March.   If you would like to be part of this special event, please complete the  registration form (Team Name - Neil Robert’s Hawthorn Heroes ) and forward it to:   David Rush, Relay for Life Coordinator   P.O. Box 33   Hawthorn Vic 3122.  


Should you require any further information you are invited to contact me on 03 9889 1519 or mobile 0419 018 901.

Relay for Life..Special RCH effort for Neil Roberts Noel Halford 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 06, 2014

The opportunity for less experienced members to understand the inner workings and programs of Rotary could be enhanced by attendance at the following.   The District has asked that we point this out to members. David Bennett the relevant contact writes:-

My reason for writing is to ask you to encourage members to consider undertaking the RLI Program which has been revamped and altered to align with the priorities of Rotary and is now a program that will engage and involve all who attend.

 There are two Part 1 Programs coming up in Melbourne at the Continuing Education Centre in South Melbourne on 16th March and 13th April and we still have vacancies for people to attend on both programs.

 If we help people to become more knowledgeable about Rotary and its programs, perhaps we will encourage more people to take on leadership roles in our Clubs. We are extremely reluctant to cancel programs, however a minimum attendance is needed to make them viable Your support to encourage attendance will be greatly appreciated.

Regards,   David Bennett District Secretary 2013-14 Rotary Leadership Institute Faculty Leader

Rotary Club of Brimbank Central Rotary District 9800, Victoria, Australia Mob: 0412 388 823     Email:

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Posted by Anne Scott on Mar 06, 2014


 Eighty people participated in the seminar including stroke survivors, carers, health workers and  Rotarians.  Bob Slater introduced Andrea Coote MLC who opened the event with Keith Ryall as   facilitator and Justin Wibrow taking a leading role.

Topics such as Employment and education, family and friends and social networking were discussed in groups. Some of the issues were -

The gap after discharge from Rehab,

The need for mentors in hospital working with the health workers.

The use of ipads which are easier than computers to assist in communication and also information but people to help set up the ipad who are sensitive to the  needs and ability of the person.   Friends are often afraid – ‘that they are not what they were’.

Emotional support/social support can be from stroke survivors who visit hospitals. The carers are  also in need of understanding and support.

The government is on side with funds and this pilot  project is expected to go State wide and is a partnership of Rotary, The Stroke Association of Victoria  and the Victorian Government.    I hope Hawthorn Rotary will get involved.

Anne (Scott)

Life after Stroke ...a report Anne Scott 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Mar 06, 2014

How nice to have a visit from Melbourne Rotary Club, with President Keith McNeill and half a dozen members attending to hear Sheridan Brown’s talk on Antiques and Restorations. My guest, Sheila, certainly enjoyed Sheridan’s enlightening dissertation, and she took the opportunity to pick his brains after the meeting closed.

It was good to see PP Vic Burns back again, hale and hearty, to celebrate his 90th birthday. No restoration needed on this antique!

Tuesday was a busy morning, with several events to keep us busy. Some reports to follow:

1) Super Tuesday Bike Count: Brian Reid, Lawrence Reddaway, David Pisterman and myself each earned $50 for the club, counting bikes from 7.00- 9.00 a.m.

2) Women in Rotary Breakfast: Katrina Flinn took a group from NAB to this event.

3) Life After Stroke Forum: Anne Scott attended this with the Hon Andrea Coote and Yarra Cluster Clubs.

4) Donations-in-Kind: Richard Logan picked up 20 cartons of children’s books from Ivanhoe Grammar School and delivered them at DIK, Footscray.

The On-to-Conference Club Banner had gone missing, ever since Ngaire handed it to the Melton Valley President at the closing of the Albury Conference last year. We assumed it had been gracing the rostrum at Melton Valley since then, but I eventually ran it to ground at the foot of the cupboard. (Glenferrie’s section) I’ll take it to Broadbeach for the next hand-over!

Yes, several of us are off-to-Conference in sunny Queensland, although the weather couldn’t be better than what we have today. We are pledged to have fun: I’ve arranged to have the Saturday Club Dinner with our friends at Glenferrie and Kew at Redentor Brasilian BBQ and Bar: we have 18 starters for “You sit down and we will keep on bringing meat to your table until you say stop” Weight-Watchers, anyone?

Thought for the week, from Fred Allen: “A conference is a gathering of people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.”

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 04, 2014


One of the great practices which the Rotary Club of Hawthorn employs is it's "member behind the badge series" where a newer member will address the meeting.   Cleverly aimed at members learning more about their new colleague one can reflect with amazement the range of skills, backgrounds and passions hiding behind our lot.  Always we learn of the individual in the recount of their story notwithstanding an often  chosen technical theme.    It was Sheridan Brown's turn after being introduced by the chairman.

With references to "before" and "after" and word of mouth stories of a restoration expert Sheridan quickly removed any ambiguity of thought by talking on the inanimate and the world of antiques.   The fascinating account of antique furniture and the means and fine care and detail  by which old pieces are rejuvenated was highly informative.   Complete with samples to demonstrate and by no means were these small pocket items (see photos below), the address promoted a lot of personal interest as evidenced by questions  and most significantly those after the meeting congregations.   No doubt this aspect will see Sheridan conducting many one-to-one casual conversations with members in the near future  {The Editor unashamedly admits to a hall clock of unknown character which may enter conversation across the table at future meetings}

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Posted on Feb 27, 2014

 ImageFirst , it was  a delight to see Amy Campbell at our meeting.    Amy who was our RYLA candidate late last year called in say thanks to the club and so the chairman took the opportunity (limited to two minutes)  to hear of her key observations and experiences at the Mt Evelyn camp. 

President Gordon Cheyne thanked Amy for her reflections, and wished her well for a forthcoming interview for employment in a community based multicultural organisation.  Amy is welcome to call in to our meetings anytime.

 Victoria Hammond who also attended the meeting (along with her father Phil Hammond) is an applicant which our club has put forward to the District's Rotary Oxford Fellowship.  Good luck to her. It's a highly competitive process well worthy of the experience, let own the absolute possible prize of a time of post graduate study at Oxford University.  Image


 That's Victoria at left, with our member Ian Macfarlane (not her father!)

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Posted on Feb 27, 2014


Following the recent impromptu account of member Gerry Cantwell's chase of a burglar all over Hawthorn which ultimately lead to said offenders arrest The Shadow especially applauds GC's bravery and persistence.

Despite rejecting joining forces with GC  he was actioned to look up the definition of "vigilante" following rumours of approaches by an anonymous committee to Gerry.  Fascinating  .....

a person who tries in an unofficial way to prevent crime, or to catch and punish someone who has committed a crime, especially because they do not think that official organizations, such as the police, are controlling crime effectively. Vigilantes usually join together to form groups.

A vigilante is a person who ignores due process of law and enacts their own form of justice in response to a perception of insufficient response by the authorities. Several groups and individuals have been labeled as vigilantes by various historians and media. Vigilantes have been central to several creative fictional works and are often depicted as being heroes and retaliatory against wrongdoers.


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Posted on Feb 27, 2014

From: Thornburgh, Zoe [mailto:

Subject: Millionaire Hot Seat Ticket Giveaway

Good Morning,

I am contacting you on behalf of Channel Nine’s game show Millionaire Hot Seat! We would like to offer the rotary clubs of Victoria a chance to take part in the live studio audience.   See Eddie in action as he changes the lives of ordinary people. Experience the thrill of watching Australia’s favourite game show come to life!

A great day out for family & friends, full of laughs and entertainment!   Records place at our studios in Docklands, Victoria from 12.00pm until approx 5.30pm


{Ed: An unsolicited invitation with contact as above- one for the magpie mob or BT?}

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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Feb 27, 2014

Mates for Inmates”  was the title of Mandy Baxter’s address on Tuesday: a wonderful program to help prisoners on their way to rehabilitation which held our interest throughout.

We had some lovely guests in attendance: Amy Campbell told us of her inspiring week at RYLA, and how she made 90 friends in one day. Amy confirmed our belief that his Rotary Youth program is worthy of continuing support.

Victoria Hammond, our nominee for a Rotary Postgraduate Scholarship, attended with her father, Dr Phil Hammond. We believe Victoria is an excellent candidate, and hope she is selected for the scholarship, to enable her to continue her studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at Oxford University.

We note the passing of PRIP Royce Abbey with sadness. Royce was well-loved and respected, a truly devoted Rotarian. The Memorial Service will be at Melbourne Town Hall on Friday at 2.30 pm.

Last week I attended a meeting of DIK Inc. at Footscray. Bob Glindemann and his team are making movie to present at the District Assembly. The store is so overcrowded  with goods that they have acquired extra space for the overflow. Much of this, such as medical aids, are distributed locally. The work has become 5 days a week, so they urgently need more volunteers.  Who can join Henry Drury and myself on Thursday morning to help clear the backlog?  

Boroondara Cares met earlier this week: Peter Allen gave an update on the steering committee for a major building program, and the formation of the Boroondara Cares Foundation. Mat Maudlin told us of changes at Servants Community Housing: we have an opportunity to do some decorating at the new Romana Centre for Rotarians at Work month. Bob Lambert reported on the “pop-up” shop, Rob Hogan on Glenferrie’s Men’s Shed, and Ngaire Cannon on the Swinburne University Volunteers Program. DG Ross Butterworth was delighted to see a Rotary Cluster Group functioning so well.

Group Study Exchange: PDG Dennis and Lynda, along with Sheila and myself, represented the club at a welcome dinner for the German GSE Team. They presented a spirited slide-show about their home, and entertained us with some singing. Also present were the outgoing team, who joined in the fun, posing for the weary photographer. Photos of the evening are at

Gerry Cantwell assures me that neither his Maori friend nor himself has been offered a rugby contract (so far)  

Next week, we will catch a glimpse of the man behind the badge: Sheridan Brown. I look forward to his dissertation on Antique Furniture.

After Mandy’s talk on dogs, I couldn’t resist ending with a quote from Winston Churchill: “I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals”   

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 25, 2014

Katrina Flinn as chair for the day introduced us to Mandy Baxter from the Melbourne City Mission.


Mandy explained that this charitable group ( funded by donation) has a series of programs linked under the broad scope of its activities.  It states that  "From children living with a disability, or young people with nowhere to call home, to people who need assistance into education or employment, we’ll be there, working alongside them, so they can build a better future for themselves. We help people find their own path to independence, providing them with the support they need along the way."

"Mates for Inmates" is a new venture under its Justice Programs.  It centres on the restoration of current prison serving offenders-presently only women.  It has a second aim too, to rehabilitate homeless dogs.  Mandy described how these two aims were combined in short by introducing stray dogs to the prison environment where they are cared  for and trained by the prisoners supported by regular dog handlers.  Once trained the dog does not become a prison fixture but instead finds an external owner/home.

Mandy mentioned  the web site    That's "Amber" one of the current mates.Image



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Posted on Feb 20, 2014

The Committed Rotarian

Early in September 1985, Neil Roberts, Warren Newman, Chris Rologas and perhaps two others met in the upstairs bar area of the Seven Brothers Restaurant, to discuss the possibility of forming a third Rotary Club in Armidale.   

About 10 days later the small group together with a few new recruits reconvened and formulated a plan of action. About two weeks the “Club” to be known as The Rotary Club of Armidale Central met for lunch, upstairs in the Tattersall’s Hotel in Beardy Street. 

Neil was the inaugural President of the above club, but first joined Rotary in Tamworth in 1972.  He joined our club in 1985.

The Entertainer  A sample at the District Conference in 2013.


We didn’t really believe it, but they wowed us on the day. “Rotary’s Got Talent” was the brain-child of Neil Roberts. A talent quest was just the right fit for an event with John Blackman: the only things missing were Red Symonds and his gong.

Rotarians came out of the woodwork, to survive the auditions. At the finals in Albury, recitals, songs and a spoof Rotary meeting had us enthralled, and the only act to be booed from the stage was “The DEE-Gees”!  Some more work required, fellows!

RIPR David Harilela (affectionally called“The Ripper”) came close to a win with “Pretty Woman”, using the Youth Exchange girls as background dancers.  Neil Roberts himself had the audience singing along with “I Still Call Australia Home"....

His Love of, and Integrity for Work

The Scotch Family mourns the loss of Neil Roberts, respected Bursar from 1985 - 2005. Neil contributed significantly to Scotch College during this time in many ways, including his significant involvement in the extensive building programme that Scotch undertook during his tenure. Generations of boys have benefited, and will continue to benefit, from his commitment to, and passion for, the School. 

 His Passing

The President and members of the Rotary Club of Hawthorn are saddened at the passing of their Past President (Neil Roberts) and Paul Harris Fellow who was a warm personal friend to all. He was also Charter President of the Rotary Club of Armidale Central NSW. His contribution was enormous and we will miss his entertaining ways and great courage shown during his heroic struggle.

 Gordon Cheyne



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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Feb 20, 2014

Dr Simone Taffe and four graduate students, Luci Colman, Fiona Lewis, Beth Fernon and Jane Roberts from the Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, told us about their research based design project "BREAK" , which won the Hawthorn Rotary Club Design Innovation Award. 

 “BREAK” is a wristband, widget and app, developed to track people’s movements, helping monitor and improve their actions. It reduces the negative impacts of long term sedentary behaviour. During the presentation, we were subjected to some light exercise, (standing up and sitting down) which made me wonder if Christians live longer than atheists . . . .  Altogether, it was an interesting and well thought out presentation, spiced up with some sixties rock music:  Shake, Rattle and Roll!

It was my pleasure to present the students with  cheques totalling $1,000 for the Design Innovation Award.

Next week: Mandy Baxter will address us on "Mates For Inmates", a pilot program currently taking place in a women's prison in Victoria.  Should I ring Kooyong and ask if I can bring Wee Jock as my guest?

The Sergeant will focus on “End Polio Now”, so have some loose change handy.

After hearing a team of award-winning design ladies, I couldn’t resist a paradigm gear-change for a closing quote from the TV show, Designing Women:-

“I've learned one thing in my life; never fry chicken when you are naked”. - Carlene Frazier Dobber.

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Posted on Feb 20, 2014


On the week commencing Sunday 23 February 2014 the plan is for every club to hold a breakfast or lunch or dinner ( it could be your usual weekly meeting) and during the meal dig deeper than usual during the sergeants session and all of the proceeds go to the End Polio Now program.  

We will use the "Fines" session on the 25th February for this purpose--so bring along all that loose change.

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Posted by David Rush on Feb 20, 2014


This annual event is in aid of the anti cancer efforts in our community.

Recall it takes the form of day long vigil as attendees walk laps. It is highlighted by a moving candle display at dusk.  It starts at 4pm Saturday and concludes 10am Sunday.

Location: John Gardiner Reserve
View Map 423 Auburn Road
Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123

We have the opportunity to participate in this significant community event and I will prepare a list so that each member can indicate how they can contribute.

The priority is for members / partners and any members of family to register for the event. There is a registration form available on our the Relay For Life website . Most registrants will then attend the event in the evening and meet up with friends and join in the continuous relay.

For our members, this will be followed by at Fellowship function at Deco.

We have committed to the organizers to assist with the following:

  • Set up in the morning. This will take place between 11 am and 2 pm.

  • Provide lunches for the set up volunteers, primarily sandwiches.

  • Provide afternoon tea to the survivors and carers-this includes sandwiches, cakes and muffins.

So we need to have our members prepare sandwiches and even make cakes! and for a few to assist in the serving lunch and afternoon tea.

So to help the Rotary For Life team, I need to be able to report to them just what we will be providing and the number of personnel to assist.

This is a major RCH community service activity.

Could every Club member please click below to let me know if you can attend or provide some food.

Attend or Decline

In the comments section please indicate if you can:

  1. Help setup on Saturday morning

  2. Provide sandwiches for lunch

  3. Provide afternoon tea (sandwiches, cakes or muffins)

Thank you
For Rotary Club of Hawthorn
David Rush (Event Chair)

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Posted on Feb 18, 2014




The Winners                        Dr Simone Taffe

As part of the clubs recent efforts to build the relationship with Swinburne University (Hawthorn Campus) it provides an award for design innovation.  Chairman Bill Troedel introduced Swinburne staff member Dr Simone Taffe who advised that Swinburne's Design School  has about 2,500 students. 

Thence it was that the winners Luci Colman, Beth Fernon, Fiona Lewis and Jane Roberts along with Simone attended our recent meeting to receive their award.  With such a large pool of entrants possible it was no surprise that their winning project was of extremely high quality.  President Gordon Cheyne presented each their share of the award.

Based on cross disciplines in IT, Business and Design and a team approach utilising research techniques we were given a presentation of their winning "Break" project.  Aimed at blending technology with social change "Break" arose from studies on health in the work place and the frightening observations obtained from the girls' review of answers to questionnaires given to a range of employees. 


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Posted by Anne Scott on Feb 13, 2014

WHEN Tuesday, March 4th, 9:30am-1:30pm

WHERE 397 Barkers Road Kew, VIC

The Forum will be held in the Function Room at Melbourne Cricket Club - Kew Sports Club.  Stroke survivors, carers and professionals who are interested in vocational/ employment matters are invited to take part. The forum is free of charge and a light lunch will be provided on the day.

Opening Address: Hon. Andrea Coote MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Families

Anne Scott is the link from our club

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Posted by David Owen on Feb 13, 2014

Again this year our club sponsored a young person to attend the Lord Somers Camp and Power House in late January ( it coincided with Melbourne's record 4 hot days). 

Maree Webb (Programs administrator ) wrote and thanked the club.   Our support was for student Ayel Akot from Fitzroy who as a Sudanese refugee, would not have been able to attend without this help.  Ayel wrote a letter to the organisers and Maree passed that on.  Ayel remarked   " I really wanted  to say thank you  so so so much for letting me come to Big Camp. I have made so much friends.  I never thought that I would be able to see myself as a beautiful unique and gifted woman.  Thank you for that........................."

Our Sponsorship at Lord Somers Camp David Owen 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 13, 2014


The 2014 International Golfing Fellowship of Rotary will be held in Adelaide from the 18th to the 24th of May. This event is organized by the Rotary Club of Adelaide and promises to be a spectacular week with plenty of Golf, Fellowship and great excursions to all the great South Australian destinations within easy reach from this splendid city.

If you are interested in participating in this event we urge you to register an account on IGFR website so that we can keep you informed with all the latest news in relation to this event. Once your registration is approved you will receive access to the members area of this web site that gives you access to a variety of great services including the opportunity to keep in touch with other fellow Rotarians coming to Adelaide from all over the world!

Great Golfing. We have chosen the best two courses in South Australia; Royal Adelaide and Kooyonga. Both are ranked among the top 20 in Australia. Each course has hosted the Australian Open and many other championships over the recent years. They will be in top condition for the IGFR tour as we will be in the middle of the Pennant Season, the premier competition for the best golfers in Adelaide.We are proud to be hosting the 51st IGFR, only the fourth to be held in Australia and we very much look forward to welcoming you to Adelaide in 2014.

Contact for further details:

Robert Motteram IGFR 20149

Moore Street Fullarton SA 5063 Australia

+61 8 8338 3122

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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Feb 13, 2014

G. CheyneWe started Tuesday’s meeting with some reminiscences on Neil Roberts from PDG Bernie Walshe. Neil was a much-loved and respected member, who will be sorely missed. His funeral will be at 2.30 on Friday at St Columb’s Church.

Following some wise-cracks from Sergeant David Corrigan on dogs, our guest speaker Dr Elaine Saunders continued in the same vein, to give us all some “Sound Advice”.  Her description of advances in hearing-aid technology caught the interest of members, leading to several questions and requests for further information.

Following speakers Bob Glindemann and  Dr Elaine Saunders from Melbourne Rotary Club, we look forward to a Club Visit  by Melbourne Rotary Club on 4th March

At the board meeting on Tuesday, we discussed the possibility of us having some extra money to distribute.  (Treasurer Robert Ball is SO efficient!)

Your suggestions are welcome: the best answer earns a kiss at the Xmas Party. Send me your ideas, please.

Rotarians at Work Day is in April: who will please volunteer to co-ordinate with our cluster clubs? Call me anytime, on 9500 2359

End Polio Now: on Tuesday25th February, our sergeant will be focussing on “End Polio Now”, and any fines will go towards this long-standing Rotary programme.  Be sure you have plenty loose change in your pockets.

Next week, Dr Simone Taffe and students: (Luci Coleman, Fiona Lewis, Beth Fernon, Jane Roberts)  from the Faculty of Design Swinburne University of Technology will present their Award-winning project for us to enjoy.

Despite Cochlear (COH) shares falling by 9% on the stock market, my thought for the week is some more Sound Advice from poet FRANKLIN P ADAMS:

Dear Mrs. Ibycus, accept a little sound advice,

Your manners and your speech are overbold;

To chase around the sporty way you do is far from nice;

Believe me, darling, you are growing old.

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Posted on Feb 11, 2014


Phil Stewart introduced us to the address by Dr Elaine Saunders.  His introduction and description of Elaine’s CV’s hinted at a passionate drive by the speaker sustained over many years even from childhood times to combat hearing deficiencies and help impacted individuals.

This was correct.    Elaine is now a principal at Blamey & Saunders Hearing in Melbourne.  It adapts technology developed for the bionic ear to produce custom-made hearing aids at a fraction of the price offered by competitors. The business aims to provide affordable hearing solutions to Australians and those internationally.  Providing non chargeable internet help it can be reached on

Elaine told of her academic research into paediatric audiology back in the UK (pre 1984).  She is presently a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne and Chair of its Health Issues Committee.    She freely delivers talks on listening & communication in conjunction with groups such as U3A, COTA, Probus, Rotary, Lions, Better Hearing Australia, and Veterans Affairs.  


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Posted on Feb 09, 2014



The Rotary Club of Hawthorn is proud to be a member of DIK Inc., the major sponsor of Donations In Kind (DIK) West Footscray.   The members of this group pay the rent and contribute the majority of the $50,000 pas great success stories.  It recycles quality donated goods and gives them to people in genuine need for free.

The results from 2000 – 2013 are spectacular:

  • $2,100,000  -  raised to pay for freight
  • $3,200,000  -  the value of the volunteering allocated as overseas aid
  • $34,300,000  -  of top quality material given to people overseas who deserve our help
  • $39,600,000  -  the combined total of overseas
  • 21,300 m3  -  of goods recycled, much of which would have ended up as landfill
  • 1,500%  -  return on investment $2.1 million in freight: $34.3 million shipped
  • 387  -  containers shipped to 21 countries.
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Posted on Feb 06, 2014
David Corrigan, Richard Logan, Trevor Jones, Geoff Dumayne, Bernie Walshe, John Higgins, David Rush, Simon O'Donoghue, Katrina Flinn
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Posted by David Owen on Feb 06, 2014

Last meetings guest speaker was architect author Dr Derham Groves an architecture lecturer at Melbourne University.

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The title of his address "When Hoppy Met Skippy : Hopalong Cassidy in Australia" is in fact that of a recent book which he has written.   Derham explained (tried to) that he is more than a grown-up kid at heart  hankering for the days of the 1950's when kids played cowboys attired  in a black and silvered outfit complete with pearl handled pistols.  {This was the outfit worn in the "Hopalong Cassidy" films by legendary actor William Boyd.}     

What followed was a nostalgic trip through the 1954 tour of that actor to Australia but cleverly woven in by Derham with a fascinating but gentle look at the popular culture of that period in Australia.  Indeed the audience soon appreciated that the speakers prime interest (as portrayed in several earlier books ) is very much that of an observer and commentator on the evolution of popular culture.   It was explained that as a teaching architect he challenged and encouraged  students to consider aspects of everyday life and design in their work.  Previous foci on the visits Anna May Wong(1939), the Mouseketeers (1959) and Arthur Conan Doyle(1920)  had provided the basis of past publications by Derham on popular culture of the time.

We learnt that :-

  •  There were huge and often hysterical  crowds of all ages to meet "Hoppy"at the airports and other sightings
  • "Hoppy's" pistols were delayed entry by Customs
  • In Darwin the aboriginal community were his greatest fans
  • In the NT curfew rules meant the indigenous people could only attend theatres on Wed nights
  • Boyd was an astute businessman who acquired licences for myriads of "Hoppy" badged goods, most of which sold great quantities.  This ranged beyond character outfits to foods and everyday items.
  • "Hoppy" was a clean living film hero, and Boyd apparently often lived that line too (He wouldn't grant rights to those he thought unworthy).  {Ed  Interesting to note he was married 5 times}
  • Australian quarantine rules precluded his horse "Topper" from joining him.
  • Pre the TV era (1956+) radio-serials and comics were equally popular to the Saturday afternoon "B" cowboy movies.

It was a fascinating and subtly thought provoking address on the Australian community's behaviour and rules in 1954 and a wonderful memory jog to those members who proudly wore their Hopalong Cassidy gear and followed his adventures in film, radio and comics in the early 1950's.  Several admissions were heard as members left. 

Dr Derham Groves...Hopalong Cassidy in Australia David Owen 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 06, 2014

Anne Scott was our representative at the Yarra Cluster's "Life After Stroke" meeting on 4th Feb 2014 at St Georges Health Services.  Mary WoolridgeMinister for Mental Health, Women's Affairs and Community Services. presented a cheque in support of the programme. 

PDG Keith Ryall will be the  facilitator at the Victorian Stroke Clinical Network on 4th March, where discussions will be held on:


Employment and Training


Community based Recreation

Retirement Planning


Photo shows AG Bob Slater, Minister Mary Woolridge, Llyod Knight,  Justin Wybrow (RC Kew-on-Yarra) Jill Forsythe and George Grant (RC Kew) and Anne Scott



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Posted on Feb 06, 2014

The Probus club, Hawthorn-Glen Combined Probus Club, which our Hawthorn Rotary Club promoted/sponsored into formation is celebrating its 20th anniversary at a gathering on the 14th March.  

RCH "office bearers" are invited to attend.  President Gordon is planning to go, and I guess should a couple of others of us wish to join him he is happy to coordinate.

20th year Celebration
Date     :  Friday 14th march 2014
Time    :  11.00am
Venue  :  Camberwell Uniting Church Hall, 314 Camberwell Road, Camberwell
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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Feb 06, 2014

Dr Derham Groves entertaining talk on “Hopalong Cassidy in Australia" certainly held our attention: I could have listened to his yarns all afternoon, as I had often wondered how Hopalong got his nickname. Actor Bill Boyd certainly had a good business head, securing the rights to the Hopalong franchise. 

Cassidy character, books and films. But he had a less than stable love-life, leading to five marriages. Thanks, Derham, for a stimulating lunch-time.

Former member Richard Groom was my guest for the lunch, which included reminders from Noel Halford on Footy Tips and notifying absences from meetings, and Ian Macfarlane on the Second Bite roster, where our assistance is still much appreciated.

Anne Scott attended a “Life After Stroke” meeting: this cluster project may become significant.

The  Hawthorn Rotary Club was the sponsor of Hawthorn Glen Combined Probus Club in 1994, when the late Ian Cathels was our President. They will celebrate their 20th Year on Friday 14th March. Anyone wishing to attend, please give me a call on 95002359.

Next week, Dr Elaine Saunders will give us some "Sound Advice"

As members are now mostly back at work, I had selected two disparate quotations on “work” to close the meeting:

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day. -  Robert Frost

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. - Confucius

However the opportunity to tell the yarn about the two famous singing cowboys, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry was too good to pass up. I could tell by your groans that you really enjoyed it.     ;-)

President Gordon

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Owen on Jan 30, 2014


Natalie Durkovic on 5000 years of Chinese Cultural history?   Some task.

Introduced by Chairman David Rush we wondered how Natalie Durkovic would cover such a subject in 20 minutes. Natalie a Monash graduate with strong interests in human rights issues with recent employment in public relation roles, notably and recently with SBS, soon demonstrated her support and love for Chinese culture.

In fact rather than be treated to a dry history lesson we were opened up to the wonderful and little known phenomenon of  "Shen Yun" the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company.  Enhanced by video clips of moments of performance of this group  we learnt that Shen Yun is a New York based non-profit organisation composed of often Chinese ethnic dancers sourced from around the world. Their mission through the medium of dance is to preserve and revive aspects of Chinese culture back to even  Confucian times and teachings.. 

This organisation now has 4 troops of dancers each together with a modern orchestra complete with key Chinese instruments that traverse the globe giving highly colourful and skilled dance performances on aspects of long past Chinese cultural history.   The dancers spend many years studying the dance form –quite different to ballet but equally or more disciplined . Training & learning is a full time occupation   Three aspects are stressed, technical skill, bearing and form.

As Natalie explained perhaps somewhat like Russia over the past century modern China has been driven by governments which have emphasised modern development and downplayed even discouraged activities which highlighted past culture and artistic achievements.   Even today there are conflicts between Shen Yun and the Chinese Government –indeed Shen Yun is not able to visit or perform in China.

It was a wonderful introduction to Shen Yun and doubtless many of us will seek to learn more by attending the show to be held in the Melbourne Arts Centre between 27 and 30 March this year.


Natalie Durkovic on SHEN YUN David Owen 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 30, 2014

Following on from Bob Glindemann's address last week on DIK at last the opportunity to collect "those beds" came.   If one reflects on the cost of such beds as several thousand dollars each, albeit those picked up were by some non-critical measures lightly tarnished or dated, the value gained and delivered by DIK is in excess of $100,000.  

Here is President Gordon's report(first  below) complete with snaps, and a thank you note from Bob.

Plenty of volunteers showed up at Braeside to load a container of ex-St Vincent's Hospital beds for Donations in Kind.

They are to be sent to Chile, a project of Port Melbourne Rotary Club, who shouted all the volunteers a sandwich lunch.

Present was Diego Velasco von Pilgrimm, Consul for Chile and several Chilean volunteers. Diego thanked Rotarians for their efforts, after describing the needs in Chile following bushfires similar to those in Australia. He told us of the success of a previous consignment, where the good quality beds allowed an upgrade in the status of the hospital where they were delivered. The upgrade led to a government grant to provide a dialysis unit for the area. 


Photos show Rotarians relaxing while waiting for the container to be delivered.


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A quick follow up from today’s activities.


We had some additional hospital gear to put in the Canterbury container for the Philippines and the team from Canterbury completed this in the morning and the container should by now be on the way to the wharf.


The team for Chile started by cleaning all of the beds and mattresses in the store and then the whole team started to repack this container.


By 4.30 the job was complete with 58beds and mattresses and only a small amount of space for completion.


This means that there will be two units under way by next week.


A terrific job completed with great Rotary spirit .

Many thanks to all who assisted at both locations.


Remember – the store is open each Tuesday and Thursday and helpers are always welcome.


There is always heaps to do and we have the jug ready for a cuppa at all times.

Again – many thanks




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Posted on Jan 30, 2014

Part of the pleasure of being a Rotarian is the feeling of family and membership within it even and particularly the presence of visitors from foreign clubs.  Perhaps in part originating from the "make up" practice for attendance clearly now it is driven by simple fellowship desires.    Our resident photographers seem to pick the best moments with the biggest and most cheerful smiles to snap these visitors.  

Again this week there were two, Lucy Liu from Docklands, and John Minhinik (another Scot)  who was well versed in the unique and old hierarchy of rotary clubs in (surprise ?) Great Britain and Ireland  Readers are invited to Google "RIBI".

Left: Sgt Higgins, Lucy, Joe Devereux                Right: John, Denis Shore, Meredith Hayes & Jim Earle    

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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Jan 30, 2014

Shen Yun 2014: This week Natalie Durkovic told us about 5,000 years of Chinese music and dance in one night. Shen Yun has had standing ovations around the world, and packed houses have made it an international phenomenon. Natalie’s talk and video certainly stirred our interest: what a great Valentines Day present a couple of tickets would make, or we could plan a group visit to the Arts Centre at the end of March?  Please let me know your thoughts.


Visitors to brighten our day were Lucy Liu, now from RC Docklands, and John Minhinik, former head of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, who told us a little of how his organisation came about.


As we return from holiday mode, keep an eye on the upcoming events which may interest you:

GSE Welcome Dinner, 25th Feb (Support the Rotary Foundation: join me at Brighton Beach)

Bicycle Count, 4th March (a nice little earner)

Rotary Womens Day Breakfast 4th March (support Women in Rotary, see Anne Scott)


But most of all, Footy Tips are here again! (See Noel Halford. You’ve got to be in it to win it!)


Next week: Dr Derham Groves "When Hoppy Met Skippy: Hopalong Cassidy in Australia"

Chairman Geoff Wright.  Don’t skip this meeting . . . .


Finally, my thought for the week:

 “Holidays are an expensive trial of strength. The only satisfaction comes from survival.”  -  Jonathan Miller

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Owen on Jan 23, 2014


Chairman Ken MacNamara introduced long term ( >40 years) Rotarian Bob Glindemann.   As Ken gave a run-down of Bob’s CV we were reminded of all those roles which he has undertaken on various community and Rotary programs –the list went on and on.  Not surprising that he received well deserved and special Rotary recognition at the past District 9800 convention in Albury.   Having a long term management career in the petroleum industry he has transported those skills across many areas and relevant to his address at our meeting is the Donation in Kind (DIK) “business”.

Hawthorn RC supports DIK by contribution to warehouse rent at one of the two sites West Footscray-there is a second at Geelong.  That much we knew but we were less familiar with the DIK operations.

It was aptly summarised that DIK’s goal is to store and distribute good quality surplus materials worldwide to less advantaged peoples and regions.   Bob explained that end destinations covered more than the usual Pacific Rim countries although East Timor is a major beneficiary, but includes Africa and even Belarus. 

Since 2001 385 containers of materials worth about $39 Million has been distributed.  All labour is volunteered and amounts to 105,000 hours!   

It was stressed that DIK wants good quality surpluses it is not an alternate site for a junk tip.  Here we were taken back by practices in our throw-away consumer society as Bob described and showed us examples of the “surpluses” which were donated to DIK.  Perfect and unused clothing with out of date logos were abundant.  Barely used items such as special medical beds, wheel chairs, computers and redundant stationery were all collected and stored for subsequent distribution by DIK.  In this regard the recent acquisition of a van by DIK has been rewarding. 

DIK’s biggest external cost is freight and that is always the budget focus.   Otherwise it enjoys support from many well-known commercial entities, hospitals, and service providers and the ongoing supply of materials is not the concern.   

Thanks Bob for an interesting and complete address on DIK.

Bob Glindemann on DIK David Owen 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 23, 2014

Even though we just celebrated our Diamond Jubilee last year it is useful to remember that it was the much older  Melbourne Rotary Club which sponsored our formation years ago.  As such it is always great to have guests from them attend our weekly meeting.  Here is a great shot of the three who attended last week, in sequence L-R we have Phillip Endersbee, Marion McLeod and speaker Bob Glindemann.   


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Posted on Jan 23, 2014
Register as a Super Tuesday counter 
Super Tuesday counter registrations are now open. Get in early to snag a count site near you. By volunteering for Super Tuesday you can raise $50 for a non-profit organisation* of your choice or put $50 towards your Bicycle Network membership.

We will also send you a count sheet and a Super Tuesday t-shirt. It’s that easy. 

Date: Tuesday 4 March 2014
Time: 7am – 9am
Where: Australia wide

How to get involved:

Register online

  1. Pick a location
  2. Complete the count on the day


For more information, visit our website or contact Ji Ae via email or by calling 03 8376 8815.

* A non-profit organisation includes Bicycle Network, any Bicycle User Group (BUG), cycling club, association, school, community based club or not-for-profit organisation that you nominate.  
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Posted on Jan 23, 2014
The Group Study Exchange program is alive and well in District 9800 as we exchange with District 1860 in the Mannheim area of Germany in 2014.  

The German team led by Beate Holzwarth are arriving in Melbourne late February and on behalf of the Rotary Club of Brighton Beach you are all invited  to attend the Welcome Dinner on Tuesday 25th February at 6.30 for 7.00pm at Milanos Hotel The Esplanade in Brighton.

The cost is $48 per head for a two course meal including canapes and drinks on arrival.

I encourage you to book a table for your club and make this night a special occasion in District 9800.
John Wigley
District Foundation Director

David Bennett
Community Fun Day 2014 Administrator
District Secretary 2013-14
Rotary Leadership Institute Faculty Leader
Rotary Club of Brimbank Central
Rotary District 9800, Victoria, Australia
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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Jan 23, 2014

Bob Glindemann, AM spoke on the topic: Donations In Kind – A Well Kept Secret. Bob’s relevations on the extent of DIK’s operations were a surprise to most members. The scope of the activities and distribution of goods to the needy, both overseas and in Australia, are something about which he can justifiably be proud. Chairman Ken McNamara thanked Bob with a small gift, and several of us shall be loading hospital beds to go to Chile later in the week. 

Other visitors from RC Melbourne were Marion McLeod, who told us about the International Women’s Day Breakfast on 4th March (details elsewhere) and Philip Endersbee, who swopped lies with Gery Cantwell about their experiences in the Sydney-Hobart Ocean Race. Sheila Cheyne completed the list of visitors. 

RI Convention in Sydney: David Pisterman requests that each attending couple to pay $480 to the Club via credit card, cash or EFT as soon as possible, so that Treasurer Robert Ball can complete payment of the room deposits. Deposits are DUE NOW! 

Noel Halford reported on the Boroondara Foundation Xmas Lunch, when we served Xmas lunch to around 260 socially disadvantaged or isolated residents of Boroondara. This was a great co-ordinated effort between the Boroondara Foundation and our club, with enthusiastic assistance from Camberwell High School: well done, Noel and team! 

Another great effort over the holiday break was the car-parking at Kooyong for the AAMI Tennis Classic. Thanks to Ken McNamara for liason with the council, day-captains David Bradshaw, Chris Hanson and Ian McFarlane, Swinburne University Volunteers, and all who assisted. Bagman Philip Slobom collected the money daily, and by the end of the tournament he had banked $5,235.00 

What could be better than a fairy-tale with a beautiful princess and a happy ending, but a true story? You may remember that last year, under the leadership of President Ngaire Cannon, that Hawthorn RC became a Corporate Sponsor of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and that shortly afterwards District 9800 did the same. Anne Scott invited several members to have dinner with and to meet HRH Princess Azizah Iskandar, Patron of the Friends of Asia Pacific WAGGGS when she visited Melbourne. Our exchange student Anemone Kirk was especially delighted to meet Princess Azizah, as she is a Girl Scout in Denmark. Discussions were carried on behind the scenes about training Girl Guide leaders in Myanmar, involving District 9800, WAGGS and the Myanmar administration.   Image

 DG Ross Butterworth has continued these discussions, and can now reveal that the Rotary Clubs of Hawthorn and Melton Valley will be involved in a District Grant of $15,000 for training Girl Guide leaders in Myanmar within a few months. This exciting breakthrough may lead to further Rotary involvement and perhaps the eventual founding of a Rotary Club in Myanmar: it is gratifying to think we have been a part of this small step towards world peace and understanding. Many thanks to Anne Scott and PDG Dennis Shore for instigating the idea. Yes, that IS better than a fairy-tale! 

Next week: Natalie Djurkovic: 5,000 years of Chinese Culture.  Chairman to be David Rush  

Quote for the week: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” -Colin Powell

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 23, 2014


 Recall David Pisterman had registered a table for this. He advises that the table is now complete but others can still do their own thing.

 Here is an extract from the flyer on the event


Join us for a Spectacular evening of Fireworks, Festival Lights and Fellowship as we Cruise Sydney Harbor Aboard the Captain Cook Cruise Line Flagship, the "Sydney 2000" 

The International Fellowship of Rotarian Convention Goers invites you to join us for the 2014 Annual Reunion in Sydney Australia.  This is our fourth year hosting this event for the Convention Goers Fellowship, the Devlyn Amigos, the RAG for Blindness Prevention and our entire extended Rotary family.  
Sydney's premiere cruise line, Captain Cook Cruises, has reserved their flagship vessel the Sydney 2000 for our annual celebration which will be held during Sydney's "Vivid Festival" (May 24-June 10).  Captain Cook has booked the entire Club Deck on the Sydney 2000 (Maximum capacity=280) and their Rotarian owners have given us an incredibly reduced price thereby making this annual fellowship celebration highly affordable for convention attendees. 

This is an all inclusive ticket.  From the time you board until you disembark everything is covered.  

  • The cruise (3 1/2 hours in length)
  •  Complimentary hors d'ourves (see menu)
  •  Open Bar with complimentary Australian wines and beers, soft drinks and fruit juices (distilled spirits and mixed drinks are not included but can be purchased separately.)
  •  Captain Phillip Gourmet Buffet (see menu)  
  •  Gourmet Dessert Selection
  •  All taxes and gratuities for the event
  •  1 raffle ticket which enters you in the Opal Necklace drawing

Boarding: Rotarians will board the Sydney 2000

  •  Between 6:45 and 7:00 PM at Darling Harbor
    Circular Quay, #6 Jetty, Boarding Gate 6B
  •  We will disembark at the same location at 10:30 PM after cruising Sydney Harbor for 3 1/2 hours.

Dress:  "Evening Cocktail" for ladies, Coats and Ties for gentlemen. 

 Saturday May 31, 2014 
Board at 6:45-7:00 PM 
(Darling Harbor, Circular Quay)
#6 Jetty. Gate 6B only)
7:00-8:00 PM- Reception (
Open Bar)
8:00 PM-Captain Phillip Buffet Dinner
9:00 PM  Brief Program
10:30 PM-Disembark at Circular Quay
Register Early - Maximum 280 Seating
Once we are sold out, there will be no more tickets available.
Online Registration ONLY . . . 
No Checks Accepted 


$95.00/EA = Early Registration Price 
Early Registration Discount Deadline = Midnight March 15, 2014
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Posted on Jan 23, 2014

 We heard last meeting from guest Marion McLeod from Melbourne Rotary on the International Women's Day Breakfast.   It is on again this year on 4th March and hoping to surpass the great  success of last year's event  in fund raising and programs supported .  


This time under the direction of moderator Fabian Dattner and MC Jean Kittson the six panellists who will discuss/argue the topic are William Mcinnes, Helen Kapalos, Justice Lex Lasry, Libi Gorr, Bernard Salt and Prof Christine Kilpatrick.   Sounds a great morning.





Details etc. about the event can be gained by contacting Kerry Kornhauser (of Albert Park RC. ).    Bookings are now open at   

m: 0411 597 690  e:

PS  The District is strongly behind this event and urgently needs more locations for advertising boards

It advises that :- widely advertising the event is critical to its success – gaining more interest in Rotary and what we do translating into increased membership

WEEK beginning 20th January - can you as please remind your Club members that we urgently require locations for the erection of real estate boards advertising the event

Great locations are:

·        High traffic areas

·        Locations with a brick or timber fence – private homes; businesses; medical centres; club and gym sites etc

 Boards to be erected for 3-4 weeks prior to the event on March 4

PLEASE ask interested members (including members’ business associates and friends) to call JUDY on 95764127 / 0419 501 631 for further information

Rotary Womens Day Breakfast 4th March 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 16, 2014
ImageMay all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.  ~Joey Adams
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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Jan 16, 2014

What an amazing event this was, a production worthy of an Oscar, by Foundation Boroondara and Hawthorn Rotary Club!


From the food preparers, cooks and servers, entertainers and their “roadies”, right down to the cleaner-uppers, and bus and car drivers, events went smoothly and the meal and entertainment were enjoyed by around 250 residents of Boroondara, from many community groups, some of whom are socially isolated.


MC Elida Brereton welcomed Mayor Coral Ross and Councillor Steve Hurd, and carols from Camberwell Girls Grammar Group got the afternoon off to a great start.  Traditional turkey and Xmas pudding were consumed with enthusiasm by all attendees, volunteers included, before Santa Claus made his welcome appearance, to hand out gifts all round.  Santa certainly charmed the ladies, young and old, as he skillfully worked the room.


Swinburne Rotaractors and schoolchildren were invaluable as waiters, and coffee was served by Starbucks volunteer staff. Their efficiency and enthusiasm was truly amazing.


Before closing, CEO Foundation Boroondara Suzie White, thanked the following

  • MC Elida Brereton, former Principal of Camberwell High School
  • Artists  - CAGGS Choir members, Sponsors – Starbucks
  • Second Bite and Camberwell Market donors
  • Rotarians who have made specific donations covering costs
  • City of Boroondara in particular for the Community Buses
  • Camberwell Girls Grammar School for the buses
  • Foundation Boroondara staff, Wayne and Helen Worlidge and Board Members of Foundation Boroondara
  • Rotarian volunteers and friends
  • Rosaleen Falkiner ( Our wonderful chef)
  • Camberwell High School for their generous support
  • A year 12 Camberwell High School student for his outstanding work on the sound and lighting

The inaugural Chairman of Foundation Boroondara, the late Ben Bodna  A.M. had a dream that our  community would become a caring community in which all groups understood and cared for each other within. This Christmas Lunch for the socially isolated was a significant step towards the realization of his dream. Our special  thanks go to Noel Halford and his wonderful team, and to Foundation Boroondara for sharing this activity with us. Noel is very happy with a great team effort, particularly from Di Gillies, Susie White ,  Pat Feehan and Denbigh Richards, who were outstanding.

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Photos of the lunch can be seen at

The Boroondara Community Christmas Party Gordon Cheyne 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 16, 2014

From Wednesday the 8th January to Saturday 11th those residual  hardy band of Hawthorn members not on summer leave could be seen waving cars into the designated parking area opposite the Kooyong Tennis Courts.  Suitably decked out in yellow hazard jackets and white wide brimmed hats they directed cars to that area under the freeway and in pockets of space along and near the bicycle track. 

Aside from the occasional (but rare) grumpy driver objecting to the $10 fee the biggest concerns were the dust & heat,  and keeping the perennial flow of cyclists safe from the incoming cars.   Reports from the organisers (Bradshaw, Cannon)  were good,  there were no causalities of any sort , be they member , cyclist or motorist and over the 4 days $5235 was collected (in sequence $1460, $1270, $1455 and $1050).

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Posted by David Owen on Jan 16, 2014

HRC members are invited to join us to celebrate Australia Day and Terry Rolleston’s year as Boroondara’s Citizen of the Year 2013

Tuesday, 21st January, 2014 6pm for 6.30pm Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club 489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong

RSVP: 14 January, 2014 PP Robert Hogan  9858 2290

Cost $35.00pp Cheques payable to: Rotary Club of Glenferrie Inc. PO Box 2135, Hawthorn 3122 or Direct Deposit (preferred) BSB: 633000 Account: 144713757

Glenferrie RC

Citizen of the Year... Jan 21 event David Owen 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Morrison on Jan 16, 2014

The following paragraph is from the club 1994-95 annual report re the Fritsch Holzer Park Project.



This was previously known as the Rose St. Park  project, and thanks to the initiative of The Rotary Club of Hawthorn in setting up a “DEET New Work Opportunities” scheme to engage 12 unemployed persons on the project work commenced on 30th. June 1995.    Hawthorn Rotary were the project sponsors, contracted to DEET and were responsible for the scheme. The project is essentially a “joint venture” with the city of Boroondara.    We raised $141,000 as a grant from DEET, and are contributing a further $45,000 in cash and $5000 in services in kind.  The city is funding $165,000 towards the works, all as a result of representations made to the council by the club. 

When the work was finished a handsome plaque acknowledged the contribution made by our club. 







This plaque was destroyed by vandals and no records of the design are available so we had to start from scratch with a new design. The proposed design is shown.

The council have generously agreed to fund a bronze replacement at an estimated cost of $800.


The Fritsch-Holzer Park Project Charles Morrison 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Owen on Jan 16, 2014
Rotarians and friends of Disaster Aid Australia
Some points on our ongoing work in the Philippines
Stage 1. The rebuilding of 500 homes will be complete by the end of December
Stage 2. The rebuilding of an additional 500 homes will commence in January
2 Skyhydrant water purification systems are up and running.
10 Skyhydrant water systems are on their way to Malaysia lead by DART Keith Robbins.
We hope to rebuild 2000 plus homes and install 30 Skyhydrant water systems in the Philippines by end of February.
Your continued support will make this happen.
Please give if you can.
Thank you.
Bob Powell

Chairman Disaster Aid Australia

It good to see  how the $5000 which we contributed is being harnessed.

President Gordon

Disaster Aid..update David Owen 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Jan 16, 2014
In this age of political correctness, even "Merry Christmas" may offend someone.  It is a little late for some but this list may help.  

Julie CroftActing Director, Employment Equity and Diversity, University of Wollongong writes:

Subject: Diversity

We all know that Christmas and the traditional Christian celebrations (which have not been fully detailed here) are approaching. But, there are other occasions and festivities happening in December and January, that you may not know about.  I have forwarded the list below so that you can appreciate just some of this diversity and be mindful and respectiful of the customs of all peoples in our community.  If I have missed any religious or other days of special note I apologise in advance.

21 December – Summer Solstice (Pagan)
26 December – Zarathosht Diso (Zoroastrian)
1  January – Feast of St Basil (Orthodox Christian)& Gantan-sai (shinto)
6 January – Feast of Theophany (Orthodox Christian)
7 January – Christmas Day (Orthodox Christian & Etheopian Rastafari)
13 January – Milan un Nabi (Islam) & Maghi (Sikh)
14 January – Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
15 January – Seijin Shiki (Shinto)
16-19 January – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) & 16 Jan Tu B’Shevat (Jewish)
20 January – Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
31 January – Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

I hope you all enjoy time with family and friends on your special days.

Ed {Alas in my brief manner some I have offended with "Xmas" }

So Many Christmas Greetings Gordon Cheyne 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Jan 16, 2014

Both the All Ordinaries Index and the thermometer going up were surely good omens for the holiday break.  Johnny and June Carter Cash certainly livened up our Christmas Party at Kooyong Tennis Club.  Even Robert Ball was hitting the low notes: “Papa sang bass .  . . “ to send the evening swinging.  PDG Dennis Shore dexterously kept the running sheet on time, and Kooyong served delicious Traditional Christmas fare: Roast Turkey and Xmas Pudding.  Most Rotarians were just loosening up on the dance floor, when the evening ended, all too soon. It was the first Hawthorn RC Xmas Party for recent recruits Sheridan Brown and Lindsay, Katrina Flinn and Mick, and David Bradshaw and Lynne: we hope they enjoyed the party as much as we enjoyed their company. Thanks to John Christoffelsz for arranging this lovely fellowship evening, despite the corny Xmas Cracker Jokes.



We were delighted to see Foundation Chairman Richard Logan pin a Paul Harris Sapphire badge on John Christoffelsz, in recognition of John’s annual contributions to the Rotary Foundation which have taken him to the next level.  Well done John, and thanks for supporting the Foundation through the “Every Rotarian, Every Year” (Centurions) Program.



On your behalf, I presented Ken Scott with a nice aged “Chivas Regal” in appreciation of his help as Auditor for the past year. Ken has undertaken this work for several years, despite the complication of GST being added to our book-keeping. Ken’s assistance has been especially appreciated over the three years that included the Conference in Albury.



You can see lots of photos of members enjoying themselves at:



“The Hamsters” were all up early the next morning: distributing hams, shortbread and wine in the Kooyong TC Car Park. Phil Stewart and his merry fundraising team unloaded the truck and gave out the goods before it got too hot.



The occasion called for one last corny cracker joke:

Q: If it takes a man one hour to eat a ham, how long would it take for him to eat a hammer?

A: It depends on whether he is a professional or a “hammerchewer”!


Earlier I helped out at Donations-in-Kind at Footscray, packing clothes to go to the Philippines. They have so much “stuff” to distribute that they have overflowed into Woolshed 41, so we were trying to clear that out. And it gets hot in those sheds in summer!  I look forward to Bob Glindemann of Melbourne Rotary Club updating us on DIK’s activities when we resume normal meetings in January.


Unfortunate news that Kooyong have to increase meal costs to $35.


Kooyong have held meal costs since 2011, and unfortunately rising costs dictate that charges be increased to $35 in the New Year. The board tried to negotiate this downwards, or to have a lesser meal, but to no avail. I still believe the lovely surroundings and meal quality give us fair value.


Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 16, 2014

ImageStop Stop Press

Beds for DIK now probably to be on 23 and 24th January.

The new contact address of Barry Murphy'" <>  is best for members who may be able to help?

Barry asks :  Could you let me know of your availability for the 23rd and/or 24th January 

Recall the previous update from Bob Glindemann

"Thank you to those of you who have volunteered for this task on 30th December. I have been gratified by the responses.

I hope that you will all respond again for the task which has once again been delayed.


It appears that some doubt exists as to the arrival date of the beds and this will be unclear for some days yet. As a consequence the delivery to St Vincent’s will be delayed and it appears that we will have the task sometime in mid January.

Once again we have been given the opportunity to take delivery of 100 hospital beds in excellent condition from St Vincent’s Hospital.  We have identified recipients for all of these beds in Chile and The Philippines where two of our clubs have established projects.

Can you assist deliver this great opportunity. Please advise Bob Glindemann at or 0418 102 702  or Barry Murphy (see above)that you are available to provide some time .   At Hawthorn RC President Gordon Cheyne is the link man if unable to deal directly with these two.

The patients in Chile and The Philippines will be very grateful”


- See more at:

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Posted by David Owen on Dec 12, 2013


Long-time member Anne Scott OAM was introduced by chairman PDG Denis Shore.  Denis only gave a brief synopsis of Anne’s CV but that was sufficient for us to be reminded of Anne’s understated approach to the vast contribution which she has made to communities worldwide and especially in underdeveloped regions.  Her prime focus has been on improving the situation of women through her involvement with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

Anne described her many experiences overseas.  There are 5 regions of WAGGS, the Western Hemisphere, Asia Pacific, Arab, Africa and Europe and it seems that although her major contributions have been in Africa she had stories to tell in relation to all.

What was most fascinating was the strong participation and support which WAGGGS and related institutions enjoyed from various royal patrons and dignitaries.   Starting with Princess Benedikte of Denmark , then Princess Azizah of Malaysia and Princess Basma of Jordan we saw evidence of their efforts from a collection of snap shots (often featuring Anne) taken at various international locations and conferences.  These all aimed at furthering the causes of and providing direct hands on support for underprivileged women and children in many locations.

We heard of Nyeri in Kenya and the history of the Baden Powell duo (spouse was Olave) and monument to them and their burial site. The renowned Outspan Hotel in Nairobi featured.

Anne told of the Olave Baden Powell Society a separate but linked foundation and how funds contributed to that by joining members were utilised.  Almost embarrassed to acknowledge the name of another foundation (“Anne Scott Foundation”) which was sourced from excess funds in the former one we heard of its recent annual programs in underdeveloped countries. , for example, stop violence against women” and improve child mortality rates.

It was absorbing reflection of Anne’s experiences in the Girl Guide movement and reminder of the still difficult plight of millions of women and children in the world.  Those of us in Australia and the West often overlook them.

Anne Scott and her WAGGGS Experiences David Owen 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Owen on Dec 12, 2013

Tuesday 17th December no formal meeting

Thursday 19th December evening at Kooyong Christmas Function

Sunday 22nd December Xmas Lunch for socially isolated at Camberwell High

Wed Jan 8 to Sat Jan 11 Car parking at Kooyong

Tuesday 14th Jan informal BBQ at location to be arranged,  to commence New Year meetings

Tuesday January 21 usual formal lunch meeting at Kooyong

Future Events over Xmas Period David Owen 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
District Conference Early Booking Closing 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Shore on Dec 12, 2013


Last week the Rotary Club of Hawthorn and Rotary lost a valued member and the world lost a thoroughly decent human being – a man of compassion and integrity.


Ian had a rough trot over the past year or so but faced it with a dignity and resolve that serves as a lesson to us all. In fact Ian had health problems for the last decade but was always positive. He would say that he had a good innings because he had much to be positive about.


Ian was husband to Winsome for just short of 63 years and father to three children (Hugh, Neil and Bronwyn) and their Families with 7 Grandchildren.


Ian joined our club in 1983 at start of our fourth decade, with the classification of Past Service but he had joined Rotary at Geebung in Brisbane in 1970 and subsequently joined Melbourne South in 1972.


He was our 42nd President in 1994-95. It was not planned for him to be President that year but fate saw our President Elect Ken McNamara required for state duties and Ian agreed to step up. And step up he did. As President he led the club in the support of David Rosback as District Governor for that year and the magnificent Darling Harbour Conference. We embraced the Employ Australia program, placing 73 people directly in jobs. This was the year we commenced our redevelopment of Fritsch Holzer Park, contributing $50,000 but importantly contributed to training and jobs for long term unemployed. The annual report for that year shows a long list of achievements and an energised club. Ian was twice recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Club.


This capacity to step up and excel is pretty much what Ian did in his working life. Looking back, you can see he was the “go to man” when things needed sorting out. Ian was a modest man in many ways, almost self deprecating – but that belied what he had achieved in his life. Many members might not know about the senior level at which Ian worked in the company that is now Amcor but then Australian Paper Manufacturers. Ian was at different times Manager of 2 paper mills, Divisional GM for Administration, Divisional GM Forestry & Building Materials Division, Corporate Development GM, Corporate Technical GM and finally Divisional GM of the Pulp & paper Division, from which he retired.


For much of his working life Ian was responsible for technology and complex manufacturing and the paradox was that later in life he refused to have a home computer or a mobile phone. And he got by quite nicely without them!


The most fitting tribute we have for Ian is that there was never a bad word said about him (except perhaps a begrudging acknowledgment of his canny skills as a tennis player when he was still able to play tennis).


So we say a wistful goodbye to Ian Edmund James Cathels – whose presence will be with us in spirit for many years to come.



 { Ed: Earlier this year (see above)  Ian was seen responding to the club on receiving an award for his magnificent long service in Rotary.}


Vale Ian Cathels Dennis Shore 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Dec 12, 2013

Last week we heard the sad news of Ian Cathels’ passing, and we started our meeting with some reminiscences from PDG Dennis Shore. All agree that Ian was one of the finest Rotarians and gentlemen we have met. There will be a celebration of his life at Royal South Yarra Tennis Club on Wednesday at 4.000 pm. 

Our speaker this week was our own PP Anne Scott, OAM, DSJ. We all know that Anne has a Medal of the Order of Australia, but few realize she is also a Member of The Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. Her address on the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and the Olave Baden-Powell Society showed us once again that many of our members have hidden depths, and we only know a little about their lives. Thanks Anne, for sharing your experiences. 

It certainly gets busy at this time of year: last week we had a most enjoyable visit to Paspaley Pearls, followed by a lovely supper at “The Italian” in Flinders Lane. Thanks to Noel Halford, our ever-efficient organizer. Any late payments to Noel for the evening are now well overdue. While we were at Paspaley, Phil Stewart and Joe Devereux led an informal lunch at Kooyong, for those unable to join us in the city. 

The weekend was a profitable one for the club’s fundraising coffers: Ian Macfarlane and his sizzling team raised $1,723.70 (net)  assisted by volunteers from Swinburne University and Terry from Victoria Police. Left over food was gratefully received at Servants Community Housing. 

We now have lots to look forward to: Christmas Party next Thursday at Kooyong, with a famous star to entertain us. 

Back to work for the Boroondara Lunch on Sunday 22nd December. Make sure Noel Halford has you on his roster for this annual Merry Christmas for the community event. Peeling spuds or waiting at tables, whichever you are best at. 

Bed changeover at St Vincents, alas no longer on Monday 30th December date later in January. 

In the New Year we have Car Parking at the Kooyong Classic, 8th to 11th January.  Ken McNamara has done a ton of work organizing this, so be sure David Bradshaw has you on the roster.  

Busy, busy, busy! But we have a truly great Rotary Club, and it is a great pleasure for me to be this year’s President. Make sure you have a refreshing break, for there’s half the year gone already: our first meeting of 2014 is a barbecue at Rocket Park, and the first formal meeting is back at Kooyong on 21st January to hear Bob Glindemann on Donations-in-Kind.  

For our last formal meeting of 2013, I love this quote from Eugene Field:   For Christmas, with its lots an' lots of candies, cakes an' toys, Was made, they say, for proper kids an' not for naughty boys;  

President Gordon

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Dec 05, 2013

Our club visit to Paspaley Pearls certainly was an eye-opener for us all, as Marilyn told us about the history of her family business, and showed us some of Paspaley’s creations. We were intrigued to learn about how the company works with nature to produce merchandise which certainly lives up to the claim:  “The most beautiful pearls in the world”


Those who missed the evening can see examples of the pearls at , where they can also read some of the history:

“One pearler emerged from the harsh early days of natural pearl diving to create a glittering future. As a refugee, the late Nicholas Paspaley MBE crossed the world’s oceans on a tramp steamer from a tiny island in Greece to reach his destiny on the remote northern coast of Australia, where rich pearl beds teemed with life and hidden treasures.”


As the photos showed, members and friends enjoyed wearing the pearls as we sipped champagne and sampled “pearl meat”.  Later, Marilyn and Greg were able to join us at “The Italian” in Flinders Lane for a lovely supper. Thanks to Noel Halford for organising this lovely evening.



{Ed : the following three extracts from the wonderful range of photos are worthy of a caption or two.  Try your hand......}


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Success!   Just a few dollars!  Buy me that black one!
Presidential Prattlings at Paspaley Pearls Gordon Cheyne 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 05, 2013
Inner Wheel

Mary Soppitt is a member of the Inner Wheel Club of Williamstown, and she wrote to PDG Dennis Shore:  

Your name was given to me by a lady from the Box Hill Inner Wheel Club. She mentioned that some of the ladies (wives, partners, friends) of your Rotary Club may be interested to hear about Inner Wheel & what we do. Perhaps they might like to attend our monthly meeting or listen to a talk. We are primarily a friendship group but do extensive work in our local community, mainly concerning women & children’s needs. We also conduct National & International Projects.

Thankyou for your interest,


Mary Soppitt.


You can read about Inner Wheel of District 9800 at
Please contact Mary on if you wish to hear more details.
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Posted by David Owen on Dec 05, 2013

I journeyed to Camp Oasis at the finale of the RYLA week to see our rep Amy Campbell and chauffeur her.  It was amazing to see the energy and camaraderie there among the attendees.  All seemed invigorated and very satisfied even the more reticent individuals had seem stretched.

Amy thanked the club most sincerely and followed up with this short note. 

"Just wanted to let you know that I had the most amazing time at RYLA and am very grateful for Hawthorn for sponsoring me.

They said to expect the unexpected and RYLA was just that. A week full of surprises; making eighty friends in one day, discovering my passions and sharing them with strangers, and being challenged each and every day.

 Thank you so much for your sponsorship, it was one of the most intense but amazing experiences I have ever had." 

Thanks again,

 Amy Campbell 

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Posted by Ian Macfarlane on Dec 05, 2013
The Bunnings BBQ can get hectic for the "staff" so help appreciated.    Always welcome another , give Ian a ring.
Next BBQ Bunnings 8th December Ian Macfarlane 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Owen on Nov 28, 2013

As mentioned by President Gordon we received a letter (see later)  and the drawings below from our sponsored lad Rigzen Namgyal in Ladakh, at the northern extremities of India.   Maybe one can detect a surreal style (akin to Dali? ) in some of the composite animals.  

The tri-lingual skills exhibited in the report at top right are humbling.

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Drawings by Rigzen Namgyal David Owen 2013-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 28, 2013


The club tackled new ground in its fund raising efforts last weekend by organising the cark parking near Como House for those attending the French promotion of Paris to Provence.   This was a change from the experiences and sites for the Kooyong Tennis Classic.   The parking was centred on that ground north of Como opposite the river and the coffee shop.   David Bradshaw with help from Ken MacNamara and Noel Halford lead the band of rostered members  over the past weekend in directing cars where to park and successfully collected over $4000.  

  The Shadow loitered around and applauded the practical approach espoused by one member characterised by this overheard muttered remark " Collect the money, and then just wave your hands around they will sort themselves out".

The boys in action below. 




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Posted on Nov 28, 2013


Justin Giddings is the CEO of Avalon Airport.  He addressed the meeting on the features of Avalon today and on the Master Plan for its development.  He told of  recent experiences and presentations to various Asian airlines which he has targeted as potential major tenants for a future Avalon set up for international carriers.  The audience viewed a generic promotional video clip which pictorially displayed the various elements of the Master Plan.   This included the Government committed train link with a Singapore style internal network to link multiple terminals, a state of the art modern terminal conglomerate, an associated Business Centre and a DFO retail complex. 


Introduced by chairman Ian Warren, Justin described how his first work role after school was as an aircraft cleaner.  Sticking with the aviation industry he has combined natural work progression, for example from aircraft maintenance to operations management at Essendon, with appropriate under, and post-graduate academic business qualifications.  Since 2008 he has been the CEO for Avalon within the Fox Group of companies.


Since commencing as CEO, Avalon has undertaken a significant infrastructure expansion program, including an increase of aircraft parking bays from 2 to 7, a tripling of jet fuel storage capacity, and the reconfiguration of the terminal including the expansion of the food and beverage outlet.  He also secured the Australian International Air Show until 2025 and successfully negotiated with Air Services to remove obstacles relating to the Air Traffic Control and Fire Service charging structure.


Despite the long term focus consistent with the recent endorsement by the Commonwealth and State Government’s for Avalon to be Victoria’s next international airport, Justin pointed out that Avalon today is a highly viable option for domestic flights from the Melbourne.  He noted that with more convenient car parking and passenger access, it complemented Tullamarine rather than be secondary to it, in many cases for Melburnians travelling to certain interstate destinations. 


The meeting thanked Justin for a very enlightening talk on Avalon. 

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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Nov 28, 2013

The winners of the Rotary Club of Hawthorn Award for Excellence in Design Innovation are Jane Roberts, Beth Farnham, Fiona Lewis and Lucinda Colman.


Bill Troedel, Ian Macfarlane and I (President Gordon Cheyne) attended the Swinburne University of Technology Awards evening at the NAB this past Wednesday evening, and invited them to attend on 28th January to present to the club and to receive the prize of $1000. Their project is called "MOVE, SHAKE, BREAK IT DOWN NOW!"

{Ed Seems the opportunity to include some photos of young people was too much to resist and so the average age of subjects in this week's bulletin is far lower than usual!}

Swinburne Design Awards Gordon Cheyne 2013-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 28, 2013

2013 Annual Kooyong Christmas Giving Tree

The club  received this advice from local MHR Josh Frydenberg on the continuance of a great new initiative which kicked off last year.

Dear Gordon

I am delighted to once again support the locally based organisation, Servants Community Housing, with proceeds from the 2013 Kooyong Christmas Giving Tree.

Servants Community Housing is a local organisation in Hawthorn and Kew that provides affordable accommodation and safe housing for vulnerable individuals, many of whom suffer from long-term mental illnesses.
Last year, when I launched the inaugural Kooyong Christmas Giving Tree, I was overwhelmed by the generous support of Kooyong residents and community organisations who donated non-perishable items for the residents of Servants in Hawthorn including packaged food, clothing, gift cards, toiletries, cushions, pillows and blankets.
This year’s official launch will take place at Servants Community Housing in Hawthorn on 26 November 2013 where I will plant a special tree with a commemorative plaque in honour of the late Terry Gretton who died suddenly last year when the inaugural Kooyong Christmas Giving tree program was launched.  Terry was the President of Balwyn North Rotary and he was a great supporter of Servants Community Housing. I will be joined by Terry’s wife, Jessica Gretton, on this occasion.
If you, your family or community organisation can make a contribution to this year’s Kooyong Christmas Giving Tree please deliver your donation to my office at 695 Burke Road, Camberwell by 5pm on Wednesday 18 December, 2013.
Thank you in advance for your support and my very best wishes for the festive season.

Yours sincerely

Josh Frydenberg

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Posted by David Owen on Nov 28, 2013


Rigzen Namgyal is a young lad in Ladakh , Northern India.  We (the club) has  "adopted" him via some sponsorship.  He has acknowledged this with the delightful letter above.    


Word from our "god son" in Ladakh David Owen 2013-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Nov 28, 2013

Thanks to everyone for turning up early on Tuesday, so we could get the AGM over and get on with our normal business. Special thanks to Ngaire Cannon for her presentation on the past year, which you all had the opportunity to read at leisure.


Simon O’Donoghue and John Higgins reported on the healthy state of the Survey Street Trust, and in the absence of Treasurer Robert Ball, Secretary Brian Reid presented the financial results.  Many thanks to Robert for finalising this, and we are indebted to Ken Scott for the Auditor’s Report. It only remains to show the healthy profit made by the Conference Committee, and for the incoming board to be revealed at our Xmas Dinner.


After a break for a chat, we were back in business, with an illuminating talk by Justin Giddings, CEO of Avalon Airport. We were amazed by Justin’s career part, starting as a cleaner, and becoming CEO. He has certainly tempted us to use Avalon for next year’s Rotary Conferences, in Sydney and Broadbeach.


David Bradshaw reported on the car-parking at Como Park North for the Paris to Provence Festival. I had originally asked David to arrange the duty-roster, and he became thoroughly involved from start to finish. With the guidance of Ken McNamara and Noel Halford, the team of energetic parkers raised $4,145.50 over the weekend. (The odd $5.00 came from an Irishman who came in as we were packing up: we agreed that $5.00 was a fair deal for all, the Four-Way Test in action! But I’ve no idea how the odd 50c came from)  Well done, everybody, a great demonstration of how we can all muck in and help.


We received a lovely letter from Rigzen Namgyal, the student in Northern India who we  have been supporting for several years. With any luck, David will be able to reproduce some of his drawings for you.


The Bunnings Barbecue on 8th December is sure to be busy, so let Ian Macfarlane know when you are able to assist. No great culinary skills are required for this nice little earner.     And don’t forget the working bee at St Vincent’s Hospital on 30th December, if you are going to be in town over the New Year. Please give me a call if you are able to join David Pisterman and myself to help changeover the new beds.


Next week, a visit to Paspaley Pearls on Tuesday evening is sure to be a winner, and for those unable to attend, Phil Stewart and Joe Devareux will arrange lunch in the Members area.  Be sure to contact Phil if you wish to join them.


Following our AGM, my quote of the week from Winston Churchill is directed at treasures everywhere: ‘If you can’t explain it to the tea lady, you don’t fully understand it yourself’

President Gordon Cheyne

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2013-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Nov 21, 2013
Next weeks meeting is proposed to be in two parts.   Whereas the usual speaker driven element will proceed at the same time as always, the first part will be the forum for the Annual General Meeting. This is a critical requirement for governance and club processes and so it is important that we have the requisite quorum.   To facilitate this members are requested to come 30 minutes earlier than usual say at NOON.
Next Meeting Early Start Gordon Cheyne 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 21, 2013


Introduced by chairman Henry Drury we heard a fascinating account of the highlights of the career of  photojournalism from Bruce Postle, one of the best in his field in our country last century.   

First starting in Brisbane, he later moved to Melbourne.   In the course of that journey he worked for the top newspapers initially for Queensland Country Life, then the Brisbane Courier-Mail and the Melbourne Age.  He has been an inspiration to the many who have followed in his footsteps.   Bruce has  captured some of the Age’s most iconic images.   He had his first long range camera at nine years and was a deft hand at dark room technology at about the same time.   Now unashamed to admit that he thought silver nitrate would never be surpassed by electronic gadgets, his current camera boasts 68 Mega pixels.

Bruce's address was a great demonstration of the skill, eye, and resourcefulness needed for a successful press photojournalist.   Recently publishing a collection of 466 shots and stories of his works in a book titled "Image Maker" he chose about 10 of these sets, and gave us a display of the photos mingled with the story associated with each.   It was remarkable to note that by capturing a changing but related scene in sequential photos and speaker commentary,  the impact and story behind them came across much more dramatically and powerfully than one could have imagined in a movie clip.   

We were treated to the stories behind photos of Sammy Davis Jnr, Tommy Woodcock, horse racing (Weather at Warrnambool & Flemington, the emotion of Makybe Diva triumphs), rock fishing drama, tennis odd spots, funny Communion happenings and above all the charm and patience of an exhausted cattle dog.  All were examples of the key points which Bruce reiterated, namely one doesn't know where the next picture will come from but be ready, and always keep an eye out for a different perspective to produce that interesting and iconic photograph. 

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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Nov 21, 2013

Recently, Past Presidents Ngaire Cannon and Ian Macfarlane joined me (Pres Gordon Cheyne) at Swinburne University of Technology for the annual presentation of Swinburne Leadership and Volunteer Awards. We were amazed to learn how many students are involved in volunteering for different community events, and that some students contribute up to 300 hours of volunteering in a year.

We welcomed this opportunity to chat with students and administrators, and to establish contacts for future events. At our last Masters Barbecue, we had two Swinburne students, Jenni and Yungh lending a helpful hand, so we hope to build upon this mutually beneficial relationship.

Photos show:

Ngaire, Ian and myself with student administrators Paul Kneebone and Carla Torney

Volunteers with their Award Certificates

Relaxing with canapes and bubbly afterwards

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Expanding Links with Swinburne University Gordon Cheyne 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Owen on Nov 21, 2013

 Rotary is clearly embracing the 21st Century and associated modern techniques for communication. Here is a newer one "Rotary Webinar".

Members who are not deterred from venturing into the unknown may find these two offerings interesting.

Please register for Rotary - Connecting to the Community on Dec 2, 2013 8:00 AM EST at:

Rotary Public Image Coordinators Philip Archer & Howard Tong and Ellissa Nolan Marketing & Digital Media Manager from Rotary Down Under will be conducting this webinar. This webinar will help clubs to both improve and increase their awareness and image in the community. A clubs public image can influence people to join Rotary - find out how with this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

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Please register for Rotary - Connecting to the Community on Dec 2, 2013 6:00 PM EST at:

Rotary Public Image Coordinators Philip Archer & Howard Tong and Ellissa Nolan Marketing & Digital Media Manager from Rotary Down Under will be conducting this webinar. This webinar will help clubs to both improve and increase their awareness and image in the community. A clubs public image can influence people to join Rotary - find out how with this webinar

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Posted by David Owen on Nov 21, 2013

Last weeks meeting saw the guest appearance of  friend and past member Richard Groom who coincidentally had the privilege of being the guide at the MCG to the tour with our Tasmanian Exchange students.

We published a note from Richard Groom with his photo, but unfortunately omitted a suitable descriptor. As you know, Richard is a keen member of  the Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians: he has sent us a much better photo and a comment.


Quote "It is our regular practice at the start of Rotary cricket matches in Australia for the teams to line up, introduce themselves by name and Rotary club and speak very briefly about their previous involvement in Rotary cricket before all having a small sip of port or whisky" 
Cricket and Richard Groom David Owen 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Nov 21, 2013

This week we were thoroughly entertained by Bruce Postle, “The Image Maker” . Bruce’s relaxed yarns that accompanied some of his magnificent photographs held us in thrall: I certainly could have listened to him all afternoon. Even the hobby photographers among us learned from his story. Bruce was accompanied by his wife Helen Duffy, who assisted in the production of his book, “The Image Maker”.  I was fortunate to obtain one of the remaining copies, and have been engrossed in it since. The photographs are truly wonderful, each with an accompanying story, so if you wish to buy one, please contact me.

Susie White, Executive Officer of Foundation Boroondara was presented with a $3,000 cheque by PP Ngaire Cannon, to assist with their invaluable community work. This money was derived from Hawthorn Rotary Club’s Survey Street Trust. In thanking the club, Susie told us a little about preparations for the Annual Christmas Lunch at Camberwell High School. So keep Sunday 22nd December 2013 free, as we will need all hands on deck.

Anne Scott introduced her friend Jan Croucher, and Henry Drury his delightful wife Jane: we hope they enjoyed Bruce’s talk and lunch with us.

Jill Weeks continues her run of great speakers by inviting the CEO of Avalon Airport, Justin Giddings to the club, for some insight into the running of the airport. But we need to have the AGM squeezed in somewhere, so please help us out with numbers for a quorum at 12 Noon before assembling for the normal lunchtime meeting.

Looking further ahead, we visit Paspaley Pearls on Tuesday evening, 3rd December, and will need to let Kooyong know how many would like to attend for an informal lunch that day. Can we have an indication next week, please? 

And while you are in planning mode, please let John Christoffelsz know if you can attend the Christmas Party on December 19th. The year is flying past, isn’t it?

After such a revealing talk by photographer Bruce Postle, my thought of the week is from Berenice Abbott: “What the human eye observes causally and incuriously, the eye of the camera notes with relentless fidelity.”

President Gordon Cheyne

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Posted by David Owen on Nov 14, 2013


As mentioned by President Gordon in his above Stop Press remark the club has proposed a contribution to the relief fund.

Here is some detail on that and a link to the relevant site.

Disaster Aid Australia DART Response Teams, already working in the Philippines after the devastating earthquake on Bohol island, are in Leyte today with the Balay Mindanaw team to perform assessments and assist the sourcing and effective delivery of aid working alongside local government authorities.

Team Leader Ed Cox who was deployed to Indonesia after the 2004 Tsunami described the devastation on Leyte as, "far greater than what I witnessed in my 10 years as an aid worker.  I was in Bandah Aceh, Indonesia in 2004, what I have seen today is far worse than that, almost every home has been destroyed and thousands are missing: families are absolutely devastated.

”Everything that Disaster Aid Australia has in its warehouse will be sent to the Philippines.  This disaster will need more ... and then more ... 

Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief David Owen 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 14, 2013


The meeting of 12 November was a Forum day.   It involved a quick overview of the various activities being undertaken in the club, recent past , present and near future.

With so much detail there is no space to list all the doings, plans and points, but clearly the club is very active.  In fact the diversity of projects  was frightening and demonstrative of the challenges/opportunities in actually efficiently harnessing members' efforts in the various pursuits.  

Resident photographer Henry Drury was on his toes too and provided the following collection of shots-he was heard to remark one individual looked very majestic!  Who?   A challenge is issued to the newer members.  Can you put a name to each and moreover can you rank them in age, eldest to youngest? (Privately unless one wishes to embrace a defamation case).    Of course exclude from that exercise the last pic at bottom right showing Past DG Dennis Shore, member David Pisterman and DG Elect Murray Verso.

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Posted on Nov 14, 2013
 Image  The Shadow has received from an anonymous contributor in the wilds of Western Australian this landmark of,  and evidence to,  the far reaching infiltration of a certain Scottish clan in Australia.    Talk about boat people , surely this demonstrates an even greater need for a review of our immigration policy.



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Posted by David Owen on Nov 14, 2013

The aftermath of the visit to Melbourne in October by the four students from Campbell Town is creating some news to pass on to our members.

First of all is the following thank you and report from Stephen Plowright the coordinating teacher at Campbell Town High. 

"Hi Craig and David,

This is a note to let you know how the exchange went from our point of view.

Firstly the CT students had a great week in Melbourne. At the Evandale Rotary meeting last week I asked them to pick out highlights. They were Edward going on trains, Tristian speaking with the host family , Toni – going to Sovereign Hill and Jess speaking with the VET. Without doubt they got a lot from the whole experience. Their confidence is probably the biggest gain for our students. Many students who have been selected for the exchange have used it as a springboard for other activities that have been hugely beneficial to their lives.  I think trying to link their future careers to what they experience in Melbourne can work really well for our students.

The four Hawthorn students went well over here.

My thanks to both the Rotary Clubs for their great work and commitment.

Best wishes, Steve "

In the course of the week in Melbourne the four, plus four HSC counterpart students had a tour of the MCG.     Who was their guide?   None other than...............?


I went into the MCG today to do my regular rostered walkup tour at 9.45am.   One of the first things I always do on the tour is to ask everyone to tell me where they are from.  After a few locals and UK folks I got around to a group of 8 young people.  The first one said he was from Hawthorn Secondary College.   OK, I thought – that’s fairly close to home.  Then the next one.   Where are you from?   Campbell Town in Tasmania.   Well, what a surprise and coincidence.    I mentioned my long membership of RCH to them.
I had just read yesterday about this regular visit in the Hawthorn bulletin so I recognised some of these young visitors (specially the tall, heavily built redhead girl) from the bulletin photo.
It is a small world.   Kind regards to you and all at RCH.
Richard" (Groom)


Thanks from Tasmania David Owen 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Nov 14, 2013

DG Ross Butterworth has written to the club and referred to this item on training available in Rotary.  

[Ed:  To progress and register etc. the reader needs to click on the third  line "  Lifecycle of a............."}


Dear Presidents and Secretaries,

Rotary International has developed further Training opportunities for you and your Club members through online webinar sessions. The next opportunity is to understand the lifecycle of a service project.

Lifecycle of a Service Project (Part 2): Planning and Organizing

Tue, 19-Nov-2013 10:00 am (60 min)

Level: Beginner

Please note that the time of the webinar is shown in US Central Time. Please use the World Clock Meeting Planner to determine the time the webinar will take place in your area:

We recommend that you join the webinar 10-15 minutes prior to the start time to ensure you are able to connect.

Rotary International is pleased to present this five-part webinar series to support the Rotary family in producing sustainable service projects.

The series will highlight different strategies, best practices, and Rotary resources available to help clubs and districts undertake successful, sustainable service initiatives, using real-life examples from Rotarians.

In this webinar (part 2 in the series):

• Learn how to conduct a community needs assessment, and how to select a service project

• Evaluate how the service project ties into your club or district’s goal

• Understand the importance of building measurement, evaluation, and sustainability into your service project

Space is limited to 500 attendees, so register today!


Warm Regards,


Ross Butterworth
Rotary International District 9800
District Governor 2013-2014

On Line Rotary Training Available Gordon Cheyne 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Nov 14, 2013

Stop Press

Although around twenty typhoons strike the Phillipines in a year, Typhoon Haiyan caused particular devastation by striking a densely populated area with flimsy structures, and was followed by a storm surge which drowned many people.


On Tuesday, your Board decided to donate $5000.00 on your behalf to Disaster Aid Australia, to assist their Rapid Response Disaster Relief. Members are welcome to add to this amount, or to donate through District 9800’s links with Rotary District 3860’s Disaster Fund.  We hope relief efforts can provide fresh water, and prevent disease and further loss of life.


It is good to be back after the Melbourne Cup break: I hope members enjoyed some profitable investment, and that you found Tuesday’s Club Forum informative. I personally am delighted by the involvement of our members, and the smooth running of the club under the watchful eye of Noel Halford. Ngaire Cannon was thrown into the deep end, just back from India and being required to report on her portfolio of “Rotary Cares”. Ngaire skilfully got David Owen, Geoff Wright and Ken McNamara to update us on the progress in areas of Youth, Vocational and Community Services. Fundraising was described by Chris Hanson, and Simon O’Donoghue explained how the Survey Street Trust contributes to our community fundraising.


In all, it was a worthwhile exercise, giving members the opportunity to understand and question the club’s programmes.


We have several Travellers Tales yet to be heard: for example David Rush negotiating the Great Wall of China, and Ngaire the Himalaya passes, once we can find time. Today was just too busy, but it was a pleasure to welcome DG Elect Murray Verso and Richard Groom back for a visit and a chat.





  Earlier in the week I attended a Civic Reception at Camberwell  Town Hall to welcome the new Mayor, Coral Ross. Retiring Mayor Jack Wegman was thanked for his record of five terms in office. 


My iPhone’s photo shows Camcare CEO Jane Broomhead with Mayor Coral Ross, and Glenferrie RC President Jan Twite, Helen and Terry Rolleston. Terry is the Boroondada Citizen of the Year.


President Gordon



Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 31, 2013


Jill Weeks Chair for the day introduced her long time friend and neighbour to address us on the role of Racing Analytical Services Ltd in combating the use of performance enhancing drugs in the horse and greyhound racing industries in Australia.   Key is of course the timely detection of the presence of a drug. 

Professor Jock McLean, veterinarian, both in practice and academia,  and a founder of  Racing Analytical Services,  has had years of experience with 'all creatures great and small’.   With first, training and qualification as veterinary scientist,  and later Ph. D in bio-medicine, he proved not only to be very knowledgeable but entertaining as he lead us through the topic suitably titled  "Speeding Them Up or Slowing Them Down-From Poisons to Peptides".

Race horse owners (as a show of hands of the relevant members present concurred) have always had that intrinsic desire to get that edge to make their animal go faster.   Noting that 95 % of thoroughbred gallopers all stem from one stallion Daley Arabian and hence the same genes, perhaps it is not surprising that over the years other means have been exploited.  The use of stimulants has a long history--it starts with chariot races in Roman Days.   Early 20th century practices involved "tonics" containing poisons such arsenic, strychnine and even snake venom.  Sophistication follows with time and now-a-days highly complex organic molecules, such as proteins and protein fragments are available, hence the peptide reference in the title.    

The integrity of the horse racing and greyhound industries is critical.  So too is the welfare of the animals.  Hence it is important to eradicate the use of these performance altering drugs.  Key is the detection.  The audience was taken back to hear that stimulants at the milligram level and lower can enhance performance---actually not faster but just greater endurance.   

Today Analytical Services is one of the leading relevant laboratories/organisations in the world with its own library of 350,000 substances earmarked, and access to data bases containing 2 Million.  Set up in 1986, it now has a wide range of complex expensive instrumentation and detector units, e.g. mass spectrometers, and which Jock noted provide extremely high detection sensitivities.   The use of his example "fraction of a drop in a swimming pool" highlighted this point.    Sterile sampling and handling systems becomes important.

Therapeutic drugs are permitted, but also tested for, as their use is restricted to given pre race periods.   The prospect of genetic manipulation has been considered, already racehorse DNA's are catalogued.

The extent to which complex scientific technologies are now key in sport was illuminating.   Skilled scientists were needed.  As in other aspects of our community,  Jock perceived that there was a shortage of trained science based technicians and a limited focus on science subjects at the school level.  This was a concern. 

Professor Jock McLean on Drugs in Horse Racing... 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 31, 2013

The clubs meeting on the 29th October brought an abundance of guests.   

Recognising the many years of support by Jellis Craig to our annual Xmas ham and cake drive, Richard Earle senior director of JC and son of member Jim Earle and wife Joan, was the recipient of a thank you to that group from Hawthorn RC. ( Suitable vintages).

Jock McLean's  address  prompted the presence of friends Sue and Roger Hollingsworth along together with Owen Weeks (member Jill's other half). 








 Left - Right: Richard, Jock and PDG Dennis Shore, Richard in thought,  Roger, Bill Troedel, Sue & Owen.

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Posted on Oct 31, 2013


Rotary in NSW donated to our call for help in February 2009 following the Bush Fires on Black Saturday.  Now we should return that help as best we can. D9800 Disaster Relief Committee has been charged with the task of running an Appeal following the turmoil in the Blue Mountains region.

We know that money is hard to come by these days and therefore a modest target is being set for the D9800 effort.    It does not seem unreasonable to aim for an average donation of $15 per Member in the District, that’s only the cost of three cups of coffee!   We would of course be delighted to receive more generous donations than the target average.   Please dig deep to help ensure that D9800 can demonstrate its genuine concern and support to our Rotary colleagues in New South Wales and the affected communities they serve.

Our District has two methods through which donations to the Appeal can be made:

1.    Donations without tax deductibility.

Donations by cheque should be sent to the District Treasurer at the following address:


Rotary District 9800

208 Elgin Street


Victoria 3053.

Cheques should be made payable to Rotary District 9800 Australian Disaster Appeal.

Donations by electronic funds transfer can be made using the following details:

Account name: Rotary District 9800 Australian Disaster Appeal

BSB: 033 181

Account number: 377982

2.    Tax deductible donations.

The Rotary International District 9800 Australian Bushfire Recovery Fund 2013 is operated by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).   All donations over $2 to that Fund will be tax deductible.

FRRR has provided D9800 with an online gateway and also a printable donation form via which tax deductible donations can be made.

The online gateway can be accessed via the .    Please note the drop down box titled “FRRR hosted donation accounts (for community groups)” on the right hand side of the page.   Select the RI District 9800 Australian Bushfire Recovery Fund option.

Donations by cheque or credit card can be made by downloading a printable form from .    Complete the form for donation to the RI District 9800 Australian Bushfire Recovery Fund.    The page contains all the necessary instructions.   The completed form and cheque (if appropriate) should be sent to the FRRR postal address provided on the form.

Please help!

Clubs and all Rotarians are asked to do as much as they can to make the Appeal a success.   Clubs can arrange “collective action” for their members or if individuals wish to proceed independently they are encouraged to do so.   Please note that all donations to the FRRR administered  Account must be made by individuals or any other parties seeking tax deductibility as they will have to receive tax invoices from FRRR.


Mev Connell – Chairman Disaster Relief Committee.

21 October 2013

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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Oct 31, 2013

On Tuesday, Phil Stewart alerted us to the proximity of Xmas, describing his wares of hams, cakes and chocolates, and encouraging us to get our orders in early.  Phil also acknowledged the support of Jellis Craig in this project, and presented  Richard Earle with two fine wines with thanks.


It was a pleasure to welcome Joan Earle to the meeting, and Jill Weeks’ guests Owen Weeks, Sue and Roger Hollingsworth.  Sue and Roger came especially to hear Professor Jock McLean’s presentation on the racing industry. Professor McLean gave us an interesting insight into testing for drugs in this sport, and some of the tricks that have been used over the years.


Noel Halford reminded us about “Gypsy” and the forthcoming visit to Paspaley Pearls: this is a great opportunity to earn some brownie points: invite your partner along, and pick a nice Xmas pressie!


“Paris to Provence” means we will organise the parking at Como Park North on 22nd to 24th November: David Bradshaw will be arranging a roster, so help him out by keeping the weekend as clear as possible . . . .


On Tuesday evening I attended a reception at Camberwell Town Hall. Mayor Jack Wegman thanked the Rotary Clubs of the Boroondara area for their co-operation and contribution to the community, especially in regard to Boroondara Cares and Foundation Boroondara. PDG Dennis Shore replied on behalf of Rotary, and we all enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with councillors and fellow Rotarians. District-Governor Elect Murray Verso was impressed at the co-operation that exists between Boroondara Council, Rotary, and welfare groups.


My thought of the week came from Will Rogers: The best doctor in the world is a veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter - he's got to just know.” 


No meeting next week due to the Melbourne Cup. I like to boast that I do better than the average punter, just by abstaining. In any case, may your winnings overtake your losses, and let’s hope for nice weather.

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Noel Halford on Oct 31, 2013


1. Club Christmas Dinner Meeting   This is scheduled for the evening of Thursday 19 December.

2. Boroondara Community Christmas Luncheon

Our annual Christmas Luncheon for the socially isolated is currently being organised with our friends from Foundation Boroondara.

This years event will be held once again  at the Camberwell High School on Sunday 22nd December.

It is the largest community event of its type in Boroondara and we look forward to your involvement with  friends and family members..

More details as we go, already Ian Macfarlane has volunteered to organise the buses and drivers which will convey some of our guests to the event.

Please keep  in mind and let us know if you are available to assist with the various roles at the Luncheon, the rosters will start being populated soon.

Noel Halford

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Posted by Noel Halford on Oct 31, 2013


A  Visit to Paspaley Pearls 

On Tuesday 3rd December we have a accepted an invitation from Paspaley Pearls to attend a specially organised visit to their shop where we will have a glass of champagne and enjoy a light hearted  interactive insight into the fascinating and beautiful world of Australian South Sea Pearls.

All aspect of the industry will be explained during this entertaining evening 

Paspaley have been wonderful supporters of Rotary and we  can acknowledge them by ensuring we have a full attendance to this event. Feel free to invite your family, loved ones and friends to this special evening.

This is in lieu of our lunch time meeting for the 3 December.  So instead we can be at , from 6.30 to 8 pm,  this Paspaley Pearl flagship boutique at 123 Collins Street, in the Hyatt complex.  Worse for the male members of our club, Jill Weekes threatens that spouses are going to be personally invited to the "Pearl Discovery" evening.  The aim is for a relaxed fun time, with the champagne and even tastes of  "Pearl Meat" .    Opportunity to viewing and trying on various wonderful strands is proposed. 

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Posted by Noel Halford on Oct 31, 2013

Tickets are still available for the final season performance of  Gypsy - The Musical,  which will be held on Sunday 10th November at 2.00 p.m..

The venue is the excellent Whitehorse Community  Centre in Nunawading which has excellent car parking facilities close to the theatre 

This is a production by the highly professional  Nova Music Group and judging by their recent success with " Ännie" ,   is a show not to be missed .

Payment ASAP thank you.


Noel Halford

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Posted by David Owen on Oct 24, 2013


Walking into the lunch meeting with the residual projected image  "Sense of Adventure" showing,  I thought maybe by mistake this was some sports club meeting -not the Hawthorn Rotary Club lunch.   Not so, Katrina Flinn a recently joined member was about to shame us all with tales of her past energetic pursuits all wrapped into her "Member behind the Badge" address.

Somewhere hiding behind a series of overseas adventures was the conservative banker of 20 + years experience.  To the pleasure of everyone stories of the adventure trails prevailed (albeit there was a promise to come back again with stories of her banking experiences).   In succession we heard of ballooning, white water rafting, safaris in the Okovango delta( beware the elephants , extortionists and knife wielding robbers), hiking in China, Japan, Italy, jet skiing, and a couple of minor basic physical challenges.  There was the 100 kilometre walk  and even as late as early this year the 20 kilometre obstacle course with her work team--highlighted by the "Arctic Enema Mud Bath" obstacle.  The reader should translate this as a freezing mud pit perhaps one plus metres deep, and several metres long which the player must traverse, and moreover submerse themselves to get through a waste high barrier---fun.   Portrayed in one slide was the joy? on Katrina's face as she progressed this.  

Katrina explained that all her life these exciting adventures had  given her underlying personal development benefits , namely facing a challenge out of one's  comfort zone and becoming a team player to collectively carry out some task.   

Member behind the Badge ..Katrina Flinn David Owen 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Owen on Oct 24, 2013


Chairman Gerry Cantwell also introduced the second speaker and new member David Bradshaw.   We heard that David was a local North Balwyn kid who explored all the creeks and paths in the days when the housing estates were less dense.  School was at Carey from grade 1 on, ( to ensure close post school supervision from nearby grandparents) and continued until venturing in to the stock broking game as a "Chalkie".   Stated to be a great job in boom times but boring when the recession hit, David left and entered the family  Service Station -distributorship business in Mailing Road.   

He received no favours and learnt all aspects of the business bottom up ( took 20 minutes to learn how to open the bonnet of one car) ultimately owning in partnership  and managing a similar operation on Wattle Valley Road.    Listening to his experiences in that business took us back in time with mention of "COR" sites, Austin and Morris distributorships, and the real hands-on approach to mechanical repairs and inspection.    David's joining of Rotary in Ashburton in the 1980's was in part, he explained, for fellowship reasons to establish peer relationships outside of work.   

Not all work, he has two daughters, the family holidayed mostly on the Mornington Peninsula, but belatedly passports were sought (well after the daughters) and he embarked on the standard UK driving trips and the Trafalgar Bus Tours.  The story of the surly fellow tourist ( he was a "narcotics cop") was a reminder to all to be wary of first appearances.  

One wonders about David's perception of the accountants in our member numbers.  His 2 son-in-laws are both accountants (but" nice accountants" ).   Now retired David is back in Rotary rejecting full time existence on the golf course.   As a past Paul Harris Fellow and club president at Ashburton the club has gained an experienced Rotarian.

Member Behind the Badge..David Bradshaw David Owen 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Owen on Oct 24, 2013

Each year at this time Hawthorn Rotary Club and Evandale Rotary Club in Tasmania participate with Hawthorn Secondary College and Campbell Town High School in an exchange of four students from each school.   The four Tasmanian visitors spend a week in Melbourne experiencing the large city environment and the four students from HSC travel to and reside in Campbell Town - a rural community of about 1000 people midway between Hobart and Launceston.  They also spend 2 to 3 days in the Port Arthur, at a holiday house close to the historic prison.

At the past HRC lunch meeting President Gordon Cheyne welcomed the 4 Tasmanian students, and 2 of the HSC travellers, they go to Campbell Town next week, and Craig MacPherson a senior staff member and regular exchange coordinator from HSC.   A short interview by David Owen with the four, heard of interests in careers as an architect , as an electrician, and in agricultural pursuits possibly as an equine vet.  

Our club has joined with HSC is showing the Tasmanian student some experiences of Melbourne this week. ( Did I hear Bill Troedel talking of Chaddy and a look at Caulfield ?)

Anne Scott the originator of the program some years ago explained that the idea was to give  students the opportunity of an overseas trip and a range of new experiences.   It had to be Tasmania to create the airport experience, not a bus to some location on the mainland.

 Image  From L_R,President Gordon, Craig MacPherson, Toni Watson, Edward KingGrey, Jessica Burdell & Gabriel Taylor (HSC), Tristain Blair and Jessica Crowden


The Tasmanian Exchange Students David Owen 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2013


The Shadow was shocked by the line from the automotive section of the meeting.   "Did Chairman Cantwell and speaker David Bradshaw have the same mother or father?"   Still on reflection maybe there is something to that.Image


Doubtless prompted by the reference to the forthcoming "Pearl" evening The Shadow overhead one member not resist boasting of his experiences with "Miss Universe" at a Pearl farm near Broome a few years back. 

Seems gent spied this highly attractive lass accompanied by professional photographer wandering around the shop and adjacent area of the farm.   Ultimately worked out she was the beauty contest winner on a promotional photo shoot at the site.  Patronising to the last he posed for the photographer as a model to test the lighting for the planned photos of the girl, thus sustaining forever his boast to be a stand in for Miss Universe.  Spouse was busy buying pearls!!

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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Oct 24, 2013

“The Member Behind the Badge” is always a popular topic: it is lovely to hear more about our members, and today Katrina Flinn and David Bradshaw gave us some insights into their lives, from their childhood to their current careers. As PDG Dennis attests, Rotarians are amazing!


It was also a pleasure to welcome Craig McPherson from Hawthorn Secondary College: Craig introduced students involved in the Student Exchange: outgoing students from HSC, and incoming students from Campbell Town in central Tasmania. Thanks to David Owen for managing the program for this extremely successful and ongoing student exchange. After the meeting, Joe Devereux took the students on a guided tour of Kooyong Tennis Club.


Other members of Hawthorn Rotary Club continue to amaze me: I mentioned the possibility of managing the car-parking at Como Park for the French “Paris to Provence” festival to Ken McNamara. Within a few days, Ken had met with the organisers, squared everything with the Stonnington Council, and prepared a template for parking 322 cars on the site!  Remember to mark 22-24th November in your diary for this nice little earner!


Ken also informs us that we will have a large area under the freeway for parking at the Kooyong Classic in January, and his preparations for this event are well under way.  Thanks Ken: I dips me lid!


As we are now in the Spring Racing Carnival, I’m looking forward to hearing Jock Mclean, Professor of Veterinary Science speak next week. Professor McLean recently retired as Chairman of the drug testing laboratory for racing animals in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. We hope he will tell us about some of the dodges in the industry.  After that, you may not feel like giving your money to the bookies, so consider a donation for bushfire relief instead.


I sought a suitable quote to follow our members Katrina and David, but the one I liked and selected has no bearing on our Rotary Club:


A committee can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members.   -  David Coblitz

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2013


District governor, Ross Butterworth has selected Jupiter’s Gold Coast for this very exciting and fun conference scheduled over the weekend 7-9 March, 2014 after an interval of 16 years.

The conference committee, chaired by past president Paul Perrottet, have been very active in planning for the conference. John Blackman has again been secured as MC. There is an outstanding list of key note speakers being engaged, including Lieutenant General David Morrison, head of the Australian Army and Nigel Chamier, Chairman of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Committee.

- See more at:
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Posted by David Owen on Oct 17, 2013

It was woImagenderful  to have DG Ross Butterworth attend our meeting as part of his and wife Annette's busy schedule in meeting all of the District clubs over his year of governorship.   The membership  turn-up was strong and Ross responded appropriately with his easy but polished and personal address. 

 Ross first outlined the background and reasons for own involvement with Rotary via the Melton Valley Club.   Ross used that story to highlight his observation that Rotary (especially at the individual member level)  to its detriment does not always tell stories of it successes and so does not get full worth from those stories  by way of enhanced membership, influence, and public recognition. 

Joining Rotary with the thought for some community involvement and  a simple weekly escape with some fellowship over a meeting meal , Ross told of the subsequent and evolving pleasure and fulfilment in an International Service project in which eye operations (cataract alleviation)  on Indian village communities at a minimal cost per head had so many far reaching and flow-on effects to others in those communities.  Looking back he reflected on how he has changed and developed as a person through that and many other Rotary projects and experiences.

Like all DG's,  Ross undertook a Rotary  DG  training week in the USA.   From that he reiterated three noteworthy points about Rotary in the current times.

1 Polio Plus.  The amazing success of this project, which kicked off in 1988, has seen $1.2Billion directly contributed by Rotary and another $9Billion in partnership efforts with various NCO's.    The drop in the number of polio cases to almost the point whereby the disease has been eradicated-there being only a about 100+ cases this year confined to the Somalia-Keneya region-was a wonderful effort and a driving reason behinds Rotary's current goal to get it "Finished" . 

2. Membership.  We hear of flagging membership but in reality the recruitment is fine, it is the problem of retention at the heart of the issue.  Ross commented that clubs need to aware of this and establish processes to provide  opportunities for newer members in projects and direction from the older hands.

3. Public Image   This was important.   Instead of emphasising a new image in promotions, publicity campaigns and like, the key was get the World to understand what Rotary is and does.     There is a concerted Australian national level campaign ( agreed by all clubs) underway taking advantage of  Rotary's  capacity to invoke its networking skills in a way that will see a highly efficient use of advertising dollars spent.    Appropriate modern characteristics, such as the nature of the  "electronic profile"  were important.

 Image  Ross receiving as DG for the District  an award  presentation from member Anne Scott representing the Girl Guides pursuant to common participation in the  "Friends of Asia/Pacific" forum.


DG Ross Butterworth's Visit & Address David Owen 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 17, 2013



Dear President and Rotary Foundation Director


We are informed by our International PolioPlus committee that a very important event in Rotary history: World Polio day: Making History, will take place on World Polio Day, 24th October, 2013.


The event will be marked by a worldwide global update on the fight to end polio- poised to be only the second human disease ever eradicated. As you are aware, the eradication of polio has been a long and difficult Rotary program, but when we finish the job, we will have achieved something wonderful --- And Lasting.


Together with UNICEF, WHO and CDC, we have achieved a great deal. We have immunised over two billion children, many time in very difficult circumstances. The result is that today only two countries remain endemic, Afghanistan and Pakistan. India has been declared polio free, and this dreaded virus now stalks only limited areas of Nigeria.


We are in the home stretch, but we are not there yet. We cannot afford to relax, we must keep up the momentum, the energy and the awareness.  We cannot afford to lose all we have strived for over so many years.


May we request your Club marks this day in your program in the week of October 21st. May we further suggest you make this event more notable and meaningful by making a contribution to End Polio Now.


Thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, your contribution will be matched two for one, a wonderful way to further extend the impact of your gift. We promised the children of the world that we would eradicate polio, and ROTARIANS KEEP THEIR WORD.


We are this close, and getting ever closer, thanks to you as Rotarians.





Don Jago

PDG Don Jago.

Chair, D9800 End Polio Now committee

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Posted on Oct 17, 2013

ImageIn this time of significant and highly publicized controversies on economic theories, understanding of climate drivers, conflicts of faith and so on, it seems President Gordon could revert to Socrates for relief through his reading of this extract from a "skeptoid" group.

Let's hope he does not come in wearing a toga.   Notwithstanding The Shadow  found the material interesting and recommends it to readers, but to Pres Gordon please stick to the kilt.


Of all the possible perspectives, beliefs, theories, ideologies, and conclusions in this world, which of them are beyond question? None of them. And neither should be any person who holds one of those positions. People believe all sorts of strange things, and even though they might be passionate about them, most will still admit that questioning their belief is an appropriate undertaking.   We can always encourage believers in the strange to revisit their beliefs.

Despite the fact that we may lack professional expertise in the subject at hand, we can still plant the seeds of an uprising of logic within the mind of the believer. One way to do this is through the application of Socratic questioning.

Named (quite obviously) for Socrates — the ancient Greek philosopher (also quite obviously) — the Socratic questions are primarily teaching tools. Socratic questioning helps people to take a second, closer look at their own beliefs, and to apply critical thinking even when they least expect it.

There are six commonly described categories of Socratic questions, and they're all good. You can read

about them at:

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Posted on Oct 10, 2013

Instead of the usual lunch meeting, on 8 October a group of about 25 members including spouses undertook a visit to the Immigration Museum.   The event started with a pleasant sandwich lunch at the old and charming Rendezvous Hotel (formerly the Commercial Travellers Club) in Flinders Street. 

Noel Halford’s planning of this, yet another external function was again superb.

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Four of our immigrant members provided impromptu presentations over lunch each worthy of a full formal speaking engagement of their early experiences as a newcomer to Australia. Starting with Trevor Jones (he wasn’t even a $10 man albeit his parents were) we heard of the joys? of the 6 week plus sea voyage in 1966 from the UK to Australia.

President Gordon disenchanted with the UK National Health in 1965 told of his journey to Burnie and stay in Tasmania   Gordon recalls that while he was there the local Rugby Union Club was barred  for some  boisterous behaviour…mmm.

Joe Deveruex talked of an earlier time in 1950 when he travelled by ship to Western Australia, and how he became the “entertainment coordinator”  on board, and the sheer pleasure in having a steak on arrival in Fremantle.  

Brain Reid a later arrival in 1970 came via his own finances on a 707 flight under a tourist visa and stayed. This was clearly not as arduous as the 3 long sea voyages, but Brian lamented that the flight involved 4 or 5 refuelling stops on route!

Thanks guys, it was a great prelude to the tour and fascinating to hear of your first observations of Australia, the classless society, the range of foods and perceived opportunities.

Then followed the main show.   First there was an introductory talk of about 20 minutes by one of the Museum staff.  He gave an interesting overview of the various galleries in the Museum and the history of it.

Whereas the site has been an immigration museum for only 10-20 years, its previous history as a Custom House. dates back to the mid-19th century. Our guide gave a wonderful outline of the history of it and its place in Melbourne life from that early time.   Consistent with the prevailing geography of the Yarra and surrounds at the time it is the spot which Batman opined “this is the place for a village”. 

Subsequent to the introduction, members were free to walk around and observe the range of memorabilia and old photographs of aspects of past waves of immigration.   There was a reference library made for those seeking to delve into their ancestry.  The catalogued names on the external walls, and the symbolic flow of water across the related ground placements were thought provoking and even moving.    All in all it was most informative and enjoyable ---many could readily spend a day there without being bored.   

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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Oct 10, 2013
The visit to the Immigration Museum was interesting, but a lot is left unsaid.
What did the Pommy Migrants bring with themselves?
See: The Anglosphere miracle

by Daniel Hannan   at

There are few words which are used more loosely than the word “Civilization.” What does it mean? It means a society based upon the opinion of civilians. It means that violence, the rule of warriors and despotic chiefs, the conditions of camps and warfare, of riot and tyranny, give place to parliaments where laws are made, and independent courts of justice in which over long periods those laws are maintained. That is Civilization—and in its soil grow continually freedom, comfort, and culture. When Civilization reigns, in any country, a wider and less harassed life is afforded to the masses of the people. The traditions of the past are cherished, and the inheritance bequeathed to us by former wise or valiant men becomes a rich estate to be enjoyed and used by all.
—Winston Churchill, 1938

What, after all, do we mean by Western civilization? What was Churchill driving at in his definition, quoted above? There are three irreducible elements. First, the rule of law. The government of the day doesn’t get to set the rules. Those rules exist on a higher plane, and are interpreted by independent magistrates. The law, in other words, is not an instrument of state control, but a mechanism open to any individual seeking redress.

Second, personal liberty: freedom to say what you like, to assemble in any configuration you choose with your fellow citizens, to buy and sell without hindrance, to dispose as you wish of your assets, to work for whom you please and, conversely, to hire and fire as you will.

Third, representative government. Laws should not be passed, nor taxes levied, except by elected legislators who are answerable to the rest of us.

Some Deep Presidential Thoughts on Immigration Gordon Cheyne 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 10, 2013

Using your vocation to mentor students

Students take part in a field trip as part of the Pathfinders program, a project of the Rotary Club of Rappahannock Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA.

Students take part in a field trip as part of the Pathfinders program, a project of the Rotary Club of Rappahannock-Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA.

By R. Scott Lyons, a member of the Rotary Club of Rappahannock-Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA 

How can you use your vocational skills to help students prepare for life after graduation? Three years ago, our club set out to answer that question with the help of Germanna Community College, the Spotsylvania Education Foundation, and our local high school. Here’s what we discovered.

Under our Rotary club’s leadership, the group created the Pathfinders program, a project that offered field trips, in-school presentations and mentoring to students who needed a boost to achieve their full potential.

While the program’s emphasis is on helping young people prepare for productive and satisfying careers, it also seeks to broaden their horizons. Growing up in rural Virginia, many students have never ventured far from their home county. So Pathfinder field trips include not only tours of workplaces and colleges, but also experiences visiting museums and attending professional theatrical productions.

In-school presentations feature Rotarians discussing their occupations, as well as programs on choosing a college and applying for financial aid. The key to the program’s success is mentoring. Almost 20 members of our club work with students individually to give them in-depth knowledge of particular careers and encourage them to take the steps necessary to succeed.

This year we have expanded the Pathfinders effort by partnering with the College’s Career Coaching program. This will allow us to help a larger number of students by supplementing the work the career coach does with virtually every one of the school’s seniors.

While the focus of Pathfinders is helping students prepare for the future, participating Rotary members also derive great satisfaction from seeing the impact they have on individual students’ lives. In the future, we hope to work with other Rotary clubs to adopt schools of their own.


{Ed: extracted from the external Rotary reference... interesting in view of our efforts to mentoring and the Hawthorn Secondary College kickoff}

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Posted by Gordon Cheyne on Oct 10, 2013

Another busy week in Rotary, with a fun and fellowship barbecue at Masters in Tooronga. Ian Macfarlane and his team of willing workers needed to be on their toes to cope with the windy day, as napkins and bread threatened to take off at any time. A profit of $671 was made, and we could have earned more if the barbies were hotter and able to cook sausages faster. Well done, team, under difficult conditions.


Ideally, all those preparing and serving food should be aware of the health requirements: Food-handler’s Certificates are available on-line, at varying costs. The Victorian Department of Health has a free certificate available at


We had another “away” fixture on Tuesday, with lunch at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel, a lovely remnant of Melbourne’s prosperous past, featuring a magnificent grand vestibule. Four of our “Ten Quid Tourists” told us of their trials and tribulations as Pommy Migrants, as we enjoyed an informal lunch.

Then on to the Immigration Museum in Flinders Street: located in the Old Customs House in the heart of the city, the museum re-creates the real-life stories of coming to Australia with a rich mix of moving images, personal and community voices, memories and memorabilia.

Once again Noel Halford gave us great value for money (free entry for Seniors Card holders) and an entertaining and informative guided tour of the Museum. Most of the attending members expressed a wish to return at leisure to examine more of the Museum.


The Board met on Tuesday evening, and received reports of the various behind-the-scenes activities.


Vocational Service: Geoff Wright’s team of four Student Advisors have started a pilot course at Hawthorn Secondary College under Headmaster Steve Kimonides: initial reports are encouraging.


Youth: David Owen reported on the progress of the Tasmanian Youth Exchange, RYLA, and support for a student to attend Lord Somers Camp


Community: Ken McNamara reported that planning for the Christmas Luncheon for the needy is now underway.


Fund Raising Activities proceeding involving sausage sales at Masters and Bunnings.

Parking at Kooyong Classic and “Paris to Provence” at Como are in the pipeline. Pencil in 22-24th November to assist at the latter.

Ham and wins sales, and Footy Tipping are still on the program before Xmas.


You may be envying the enthusiasm with which  the Labor Party’s Leadership is contested. Will we have such a keen contest to find a successor to President-Elect Chris Hanson? Who can come up with the biggest promises?  Have a think on the role you would like for the Rotary year 2015-16.  Wouldn’t you like to be President?


DG Ross Butterworth visits the club next week. I look forward to hearing of the activities at District level, and telling him how well our club is progressing. 

Presidential Prattlings Gordon Cheyne 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 03, 2013


Genghis Khan the historic warrior leader of the Monguls over 1000 years ago is still the most revered Mongolian personality in that country, so Alex Hall reminded us in the recent lunch address.  

Alex was part of a small group of 16 students who raised over $25,000 to attend a community service trip to Mongolia. Funds raised by the group ‘went a long way in helping a boarding school located in the remote Mongolian community of Khovd’ in the North West of that country.   There the group carried out some local construction work for the school-concrete paths were paved, shelters and fences built.

Alex delivered a well constructed and interesting account of his trip and observations of Mongolia today.  As a new lad (just 17 years old) to the public speaking game there was no suggestion of "newness" as he described the cities (Ulaan Bator is the capital ) as  basic and derived from pre independence Russian influences.   Coal power stations are immersed and highly visible within the city of older grey concrete blocks!

In contrast the countryside , the community villages of gurs for the nomads, the snow capped mountains and green treeless plains (the steppes) have been the same for centuries, unspoiled by modern development but yet consistent with very basic living in the rural areas.   The food was mainly meat, boiled mutton chunks usually, and fermented goats and sheep's milk products (very bitter and not too tasty according to Alex).   Vegetables and fruit were rare.  

Overall Alex found ‘the contrast between the privileges we enjoy here in Australia to the poverty in Mongolia, striking’, but talked fondly of the friendliness of the people, and the teams interactions with them.    It sounded like a great trip and many of the older ones in the audience contrasted it sadly with their school experiences.
A heart-warming and inspirational story from a compassionate and enthusiastic 17 year old  (and son of our own club member, Norman Hall).  Thank you Alex, especially for the fashion parade aspect of the standard Mongolian outfit.


Alex Hall..In the Steppes of Genghis Khan 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 03, 2013

Last weeks meeting saw the return of Andrew Donald as a member.   Andrew was re-inducted (is that the word) to the club by President Gordon Cheyne and Noel Halford.

In reality although Andrew left the club some years back he  has been always been there as a "friend' helping with tasks where possible-I recall his expertise in driving a bus and delivering guests to our Christmas function in the Hawthorn Town Hall.    See below the great photograph of the occasion.


Welcome Back Andrew Donald 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0