Capture a shadow, dance with the wind,

stand in a rainbow, begin at the end.

Mary Anne Radmacher


Who knows what's going on behind the scenes?  The Shadow Knows!


Chris Hanson will surely have attracted The Sergeant-at-Arms’ attention, with his new-found fame as a music critic. Did you read his “Rotary in Harmony” report in D9800’s “Networker”?—classical-a-review/

We show Chris in full Churchillian mode, no doubt tapping his feet to “Rule Britannia” or "Land of Hope and Glory".

Well done Chris, with a sensitive and insightful review. 


And get ready to Rock ’n’ Roll at the next Rotary in Harmony event, on Sunday 25th October. 

Noel and Lorraine McInnes can show you how its done: do you think he still has those blue suede shoes? 





One member (who must remain nameless) rang in to say he liked the Shadow’s comment  “keep your anti-social distance”.

He added that keeping a social distance was what caused his offspring!



Hotel Quarantine Explained:

The Shadow has finally worked out the story of the hotel quarantine  bungle in Victoria. 


There were four people responsible named Everybody,  Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. 

There was an important job to be done and Everybody  was sure Somebody would do it. 

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. 

Somebody got angry about that, because it was  Everybody’s job. 

Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody  realised that Everybody wouldn’t do it. 

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when  Nobody did what Anybody could have. 


Aren’t you glad he cleared that up for you? 



All this old stuff about what the club did years ago!

Thanks to Club Historian Dennis Shore for doing some forensic digging: we now have 23 past Annual Reports available on ClubRunner. 

In the Member Area, go to Club Documents - Annual reports by Presidents. It will take you as far back as 1993-94

Take a bow, Dennis!

A brief history of the club can also be found at  




David Pisterman was sitting on his front porch, pondering the meaning of life, and he came up with this erudite piece of Philosophy:



On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past.  For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."

The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"

And God saw it was good.


On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."

The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"

And God, again saw it was good.


On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."

The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"

And God agreed it was good.


On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."

But the human said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?

"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."


So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves.

For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.

For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. 

And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.


Life has now been explained to you.

There is no need to thank David for this valuable information.

He’s doing it as a public service.

If you are looking for him, he will be on the front porch...





The report that two Rotarians have been arrested for attempting to flee Victoria, by paddling across the Murray River, is just more FAKE NEWS. 

This photo of Noel McInnes and Dennis Shore was taken just after the Albury Rotary Conference, in 2013.





Meanwhile Melbourne Cup Day approaches, and our thoughts turn to the Club Sweepstake. Have you got your tickets yet? 

If The Shadow knows which horse will win, he certainly won’t tell anyone!