Posted by Tilak Dissanayake
Back to Zoom again with 28 members and guests joining to listen to the brilliant work from Prof. Paul Mulvaney who is Laureate Professor of Chemistry in the School of chemistry at the University of Melbourne.
He has served as the Chair of RACI colloid Chemistry division and various chair positions in in National committees for Chemistry and is currently the Director of ARC centre of Excellence and Exciton Science.
 
Paul gave us insight into how Australia could be an energy superpower exporting energy to the rest of World. He highlighted the energy challenges and energy consumption has grown from 1800 to 2000 exponentially which has contributed to high Co2 emissions and global warming over the last 150 yrs.
 
He also highlighted the conventional energy resources are so limited, that we will be forced to investigate renewable energy sources such as solar, winds, geothermal, tides, hydro, and biomass, with the fast-depleting fossil fuel, Natural gas and even Nuclear (Uranium).  Australia's 400km2 region in Northern territory has a potential to produce World’s energy need from Solar panels, He described various forms of solar panels including roofs, side walls etc.
 
Club matters.
  • Change over dinner at Kooyong Tennis club on 26th June 2021 with many distinguished guests including the Mayor of Boroondara Cr. Garry Thompson, Cr. Di Gillies, DG Phillip Archer, DGE Dale Hoy and the assistant governors. If you have not booked, please buy tickets.
  • District change over dinner at Hyatt, Essendon on the 27th of June 2021 and Rotary Club of Hawthorn has a table to join. Please contact Andrew Crockett.
  • Last breakfast with DG Phillip Archer, who has made tremendous progress during his time and appreciate your participation this Saturday 19th June 2021 from 10 am to 11.30 am via zoom.
  • We have had second Zoom meeting with Patong Beach Rotary club of Thailand and currently ibn discussion to help a rural hospital with medical equipment’s to be despatched from DIK.
  • RCH Fundraising men’s health will be held on the 19th of November 2021 and speaker will be announced shortly.
The celebration of 100 years of Rotary Service in Australia has been hampered by the unexpected, lockdowns,
·       Rotary Centenary Park opening (club lead- Denbigh) – 8th August 2021 – 12pm to 3pm.
·       Business Breakfast; Has been cancelled, not from lack of trying from our exhausted club presidents. Hopefully will be rolled over to incoming management teams of the clubs.
·       End Polio walk (club lead – Charlotte) – Date TBA
 
At this stage with the hope restrictions will be lifted we will meet at Kooyong Tennis Club on Tuesday 22nd June 2021 at Kooyong, or the more likely zoom meeting. Either way we will be joined by guest speaker, Peter Kuruvita (right). An English born, internationally renowned chef, TV presenter, restaurateur and author who is from Noosa, Sunshine coast. 
 
It will be my last Tuesday as the President of Hawthorn Rotary club and please join me, next Tuesday 22nd June 2021.
 
Keep safe everyone and please get vaccinated. Have a great week.
 
Dr Tilak Dissanayake,
Centenary President Hawthorn Rotary Club