Posted by Noel Halford
1. Monthly Wednesday Evening meeting
Our next monthly Evening Meeting will be held on Wednesday 20thFebruary  commencing 7.00 p.m.
The venue will be once again be the Training Room at Vision Australia, 454 Glenferrie Road Kooyong
This is an ideal opportunity to introduce friends or acquaintances that may be interested in knowing more about Rotary and its programs.
This month the topic will be “Your Life Challenge – How to realise your true potential.
Our speaker, Mark  Rusic graduated as a mechanical engineer, worked as a missionary, became a prominent Melbourne artist, written poetry and published two successful books, Iconic Melbourne and Iconic Animals of Australia.
Making major career decisions, relocating or changing one’s lifestyle is challenging for anyone.
Mark has been there and done that and we can look forward to an inspiring address on a subject that inevitably affects us at some stage of our lives.
A modest charge of $15.00 ( $10.00 for students) will be requested to cover refreshments and a light supper.
Please confirm your attendance or otherwise by advising Noel Halford or Katrina Flinn.
2. The Road to Nhill  - 6thand 7thApril
Following Rotary Club of Nhill, President, John Millington’s address on the success of the Karen community integration into the Nhill we have been invited to visit the town and enjoy the Rotary Club of Nhill’s hospitality. 
Karen Community is providing a special dinner for Hawthorn members and this will provide us with a unique cultural experience as we learn how this group of refugees from South east Burma have been able to successfully enter into Australian society.
I am preparing an itinerary which is based on members driving their own cars .
You may wish to car pool with some of your friends who may share the driving load for the estimated 4-hour 30-minute journey.
It is some time since we have had a weekend - away social event and judging by the response so far I estimate we will have at least twenty registrations.
Your early advice would be appreciated, as we require numbers to finalise accommodation
Our hosts, The Rotary Club of Nhill is preparing a program of activities for the weekend.
Further details, including an itinerary and accommodation options will be forward to members via club runner in the next few days.
Contact Noel Halford for further information.
Photos:  -  Top: Mark Rusic
Lower: Finding meaningful work for refugees: John and Margaret Millington.