Posted by Andrew Crockett
Greetings to all our members and friends.
 
Member Milestones
Many happy returns to Rashi Kapoor who celebrated her birthday on 13 September.  
Two members have Club anniversaries this week.  September 16th marks Simon O’Donoghue’s 35th anniversary of joining the Club and Julie Clark’s 2nd anniversary falls on 17 September.  
 
 
 
How effective are the Covid 19 vaccines?  What’s the difference between the effectiveness of AZ, Pfizer and Moderna?  What are the side-effects? How long will immunity last?
Join the Club’s current affairs group, The Fixers, on Monday 4 October and learn the facts about the vaccines.  Hear from our inhouse expert Dr Tilak Dissanayake about his experience in vaccinating patients and dealing with vaccine concerns.
This is a discussion you can’t miss.  You can participate in the discussion or just observe it. Either way you’ll see why our monthly sessions of current affairs are so addictive.  At each meeting we learn new facts, clarify misconceptions, explore differences of opinion, and enjoy the fellowship of other Club members. 
The Fixers, and the Club’s other special interest group, the Bookworms, meet on the same evening each month.  We start the meeting with both groups enjoy inga catch-up together for 15 minutes before we move to our separate breakout rooms at 6:00 pm.
If you are interested to find about more about The Fixers please contact me at andpam@bigpond.com or 0411 297 873.  
 
What are the Bookworms reading this month?
If current affairs doesn’t appeal, why not try the Bookworms?
This month the Bookworms are reading John Mortimer’s comic masterpiece Paradise Postponed. The story centres on ultraliberal clergyman, Simeon Simcox, rector of the village of Rapstone Fanner, who leaves his entire fortune to Leslie Titmuss, a social-climbing conservative politician. As Mortimer recounts the gossip and dastardly goings-on in Rapstone Fanner, he creates a wickedly funny, totally absorbing portrait of British life from the austerity of World War II to the dubious prosperity of the eighties. This delightful social comedy was adapted by Mortimer into an eleven-part TV series.
You don’t even need to have read the book to join in the Bookworm’s discussion.  Why not watch some of the 11-part TV series which is available on YouTube?  
Or just come along and join in the fun as the Bookworms engage in a lively and respectful (of each other, not necessarily the book) discussion.
 
Forthcoming events
Two events scheduled for September have been postponed due to Covid restrictions.
  • Mock interviews at Auburn High School will now be held on Wednesday 20 October.
  • The opening of Rotary Centenary Park Playground has been postponed to Sunday 21 November.
The International Men’s Day lunch scheduled for 19 November has been cancelled due to uncertainty about the Covid situation. Instead, the Club’s main fundraising activity this year will be a ‘Lift the Lid’ for Mental Health Lunch on Friday 18 March 2022.  Please note the date in your calendar.
 
End Polio Now Walk in October
Don’t forget to sign up for ‘The Hawkers’, the Club’s End Polio Now walking and cycling team and get into training for October.  
 
Next meeting
Our next Club meeting on 21 September is a special treat for those members who dream of a Demons’ win in the Grand Final on 25 September.  Our speaker is Don McLardy, a former President of Melbourne Football Club and a strong supporter of many community initiatives.
 
Until we meet next week, stay safe and well.
 
Thought for the Week
This week’s reflection on morality and happiness comes from Immanuel Kant, one of the most influential thinkers of the 18thcentury.
 
Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but of how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
 
One of Kant’s greatest contributions to philosophy was his moral theory, deontology, which judges actions according to whether they adhere to a valid rule rather than the outcome of the action. Kant believed that morality was ultimately based on one rule he called the categorical imperative - ‘act only according to a maxim [rule] by which you can at the same time will that it shall become a general law’. 
 
If you can’t rationally require everyone to act in accordance with a particular rule (such as ‘don’t lie’), then acting in accordance with that rule is morally wrong.