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Rotary Hawthorn Details
Visit Rotary Hawthorn
Tuesday 12.30pm for 1.00pm.
Enjoy a light lunch for $30.
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
489 Glenferrie Road
Kooyong  Vic  3144
Melbourne Australia.
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Meeting Speakers
Aug 30, 2016
PDG Dennis Shore
Rotary Foundations
Sep 06, 2016
John Pesutto MP
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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.  Jill provided a photo of David with headphones and microphone, but the Club's best brains have not managed to persuade ClubRunner to include it here!  Maybe next week? - Ed)
 . . . .ooooops!  Maybe it will appear if we all cross our fingers . . . 


“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!

Tony Atkinson is an older man with an extraordinary early life. Lyn Smailes has worked with Tony to jointly tell that story, and the result is the recently published book A Prescribed Life.
We were lucky to have them at lunch to tell us a selection of the stories from the book.  No brief article can do justice to this book or to the presentation that we enjoyed.
It was much travelled and multilingual new member Hans Carlborg who told of his work experiences and long term passions, for golf, snow skiing, and Rotary in his "Behind the Member" address. That old cliche is still correct..our home grown speakers have wonderful and interesting tales to tell.  
That's Ngaire Cannon examining the three top awarded items....the winning entry is in the center. 
For those members who braved the miserable cold weather and attended the Camberwell Art Show as our regular weekly meeting they were not disappointed. It was great and warm inside.
The Show has been an event for 51 years and often the venue by which some of the world’s most renowned and capable “water colour”  artists (many of whom reside in Melbourne evidently) exhibit  and regularly share in the prizes and awards. Again there were several water colours on show, but equally there were oils, pastels and various other types.
John Lane’s life is bound up with music. As member behind the badge he gave a fluent and interesting account of his travels in life and brought along a wonderful prop being an elaborate decorated guitar which apparently is his most prized possession. 
Our (Hawthorn Rotary’s) regular lunch time meeting on June 14 was one of the highlights of the year.
Firstly, it was exciting as it invoked the use of internet technology (Skype) to connect a speaker live in Adelaide with the audience in suburban Hawthorn, Melbourne.
It’s a great skill to be able to take the microphone and ....


Why join the Hawthorn Rotary? Do you know about Rotary, what it does, how it works? Read on - there is nothing more fulfilling, more fun, and more relevant in today's world than contributing to your communities - local, national and international - by joining Rotary. Here are 10 of the most basic reasons.



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