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Tuesday 12.30pm for 1.00pm.
 $35 including lunch.
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
489 Glenferrie Road
Kooyong  Vic  3144
Melbourne Australia.
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Apr 25, 2017
Public Holiday (No Meeting)
Public Holiday (No Meeting)


'Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service. The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity'.

(Australian War Memorial)



Steve Dennis
May 02, 2017
Detective Inspector In Charge Of The Missing Person's Squad
Charlotte England
May 09, 2017
Behind The Badge
Lorraine and Noel McInnes
May 16, 2017
“24 Hours inside Cyclone Debbie”
Committee Day (No Speaker)
May 23, 2017
Fellowship Meeting
Corrie Perkin
May 30, 2017
At Rotary Kew
Jun 16, 2017
Note Date (FRIDAY) Change....The 50th Anniversary of the Charter of Rotary Kew
Committee Day (No Speaker)
Jun 20, 2017
Fellowship Meeting
Change Over Night
Jun 29, 2017
NB: No Meeting On Tuesday 27th June
Dr Mike Richards
Jul 04, 2017
"The hanging of Ronald Ryan: 50 years after the execution that changed the nation."
Visit To Rotary Camberwell Art Show
Jul 11, 2017
At Swinburne University
Reza Shams
Jul 18, 2017
The Welcome Scholarship And Me
Kerry Kornhauser
Jul 25, 2017
End Trachoma 2020
Club Forum
Aug 01, 2017
Special Event
Aug 09, 2017
TBA: Note This Is A Wednesday Luncheon Meeting
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With no meeting on ANZAC day this year the club was fortunate to have an address from Dr John Basarin on Gallipoli and the peace initiatives (Rotary’s part too) that have evolved in the 100 years since.
John is certainly suited to the task, moreover history gives him a “foot in both camps”.   Born in Istanbul, Turkey, but based in Australia since 1973 he trained as a chemical engineer.  Working in the offshore oil industry he has lived and worked in Norway, USA, Brazil, Germany and the UK.  Personally aware of the value of international travel and friendships he persistently encourages young people to embrace through the Rotary Youth Foundation and Friends of Gallipoli.   He is a long term Rotarian, and recipient of various peace awards.   
Further his research of the first ANZAC campaign has been prolific and learned.   He has been awarded a PhD by Deakin University.  His thesis, entitled Battlefield Tourism: Anzac Day Commemorations at Gallipoli is the culmination of a life-long interest in Gallipoli.   He co-authored 6 books on the topic in Turkish and English.
John’s address had two thrusts, the history of Gallipoli and the present day organization Friends of Gallopoli.
 The latter provides opportunities for young students to go to Gallipoli and attend the ANZAC Day Dawn and Lone Pine Ceremonies. It initiates learning programs and Youth Tours that give young people the chance to explore their mutual ties to Gallipoli.     Australian and Turkish youths explore a shared history and the rich and rewarding bounty of international friendship.  The relationship today is quite contrary to the battlefield 100 years ago.     
The audience’s interest was high.    Many wondered how a unique a strong relationship could develop between Australia and Turkey---there is no parallel in the world for one country to positively host a celebration by a foreigners commemorating a previous invasion attempt.
Re the history of Gallipoli John’s thesis as per his latest book was that the allied invasion attempt had a myriad of strategic factors behind it, not the least of which was the British Empires concern about future oil needs. 
This stimulated discussion.    In a fascinating presentation we were reminded of “the need for a second front”, “access to the Black Sea to preserve wheat sources”, and even the naive thoughts of senior Allied leaders conducting 20th century wars with 19th century tactics!.    We were reminded of a bit of history about the Sykes-Picot line which was drawn up (literally a simple line on a map) post WW1 to split up the residue of the Ottoman Empire to the control of three European countries.   
Thanks John it was an appropriate ANZAC prelude combining aspects of history with positive reinforcement for the peace process in which Rotary is heavily involved with its current 1000+ peace scholars.
President Meredith and Geoff were shown around DIK at the Cocktail Party, (that’s Peter Lugg showing them the medical bay)
Then Bob Glindemann welcomed and thanked supporters and volunteers. 
On the Open Day on Saturday, we enjoyed a sausage sizzle, tea and scones and Eastern Delicacies.
Some famous dogs and people attended:  there was a good feeling at DIK, with most people being amazed at the extent and scope of the goods available
Lots of photos at DIK Cocktail  Party  

Alan Brown expatriate Scot and electrical engineer was guest speaker.   After a brief outline of his travels and work experience in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Australia utilizing his training and management experience in various aspects of relevant heavy industry he told of the “Royal Hua Hin” Rotary club based in Thailand.  Nowadays Alan splits his time between Australia and Thailand.

The club uses the tag “Royal” to distinguish it from others in the region.   The city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand evolved as a retreat for past Thai royalty, and contains several palatial notable royal buildings.   Now it is a seaside resort city.  

 It is popular with Thais, having become quite fashionable as a weekend getaway spot for Bangkok residents, as well with foreigners and as an ex-pat retirement or holiday home location.

The expat influence in the club is very clear.   Formed in 2004 there are 47 members, and the only English speaking club in Thailand it boasts expats from 17 different countries-mainly European.

Dispensing with the origins and placement of the club, Alan’s description of its ongoing projects quickly touched on a thread common to all Rotary clubs.  Its fund raising, efforts predominantly from sponsored golf events, were widely utilized in supporting underprivileged communities in remote parts of Thailand and even nearby Cambodia.   Cognizant of the lack of education for the underprivileged (and there are many) in that part of the world, its major efforts manifest in establishing and supporting schools.  In addition it has acted to provide improved basic services, water supply and sanitation infrastructure, to refugee and rural communities.

Cost structures in Thailand meant much could be done from the clubs limited financial resources.  Also with that was the capacity of many members with local business prominence to facilitate and initiate positive project outcomes. 

Royal Hua Hin Rotary club was wonderful example of a vibrant and effective club contributing to the progress of a country less developed than what we experience at home.

Last guest speaker was Amanda Donohoe the new CEO of Servants Community Housing.  She succeeds Matt Maudlin.  
Amanda has a long history with Servants, recently as Operations manager from 2010 and years before from 1989 -1992 she served as a live-in housekeeper at Carrical House.   In the interim Amanda with her husband resided in the Northern Territory working among indigenous communities in crisis housing, development and education roles.
Amanda’s background and current role meant that she could expertly tell us of the problems of the homeless and their needs. In Booroondara there are over 380 homeless. 
Consistent of the examples of individuals in the many heart rending stories which she described was the fact that mental health issues prevailed.   Often difficult to determine the origins of these conditions, there was the sad fact that they were commonly exacerbated by substance abuse.     Younger people stood a better chance for rehabilitation and a full life.  The older homeless essentially wanted a place to exist.
The mental issue/substance dependency combination drove many people away from regular community and family connections.  Homeless and isolation was an eventual outcome.   Often a personal space in one room of a safe rooming house was refuge.  Servants has three such homes staffed by housekeeping staff and is looking for similar real estate in our area for another, specifically to cater for homeless women.
Amanda noted how connecting with these people (albeit at times difficult and dangerous) was key and very often rewarding.   The typical Servant “house” has trained housekeeping staff, and was centred around a meal area/kitchen---eating meals together developed a connecting experience which could be built upon.   The model was financially self sustaining by drawing on each individuals welfare payments(charging rent) but any expansion and special items needed invariably came through external financial sponsorship----here Rotary as evidenced by our own club was a regular partner.    
There were many questions from the audience before Amanda closed.  Simon O’Donoghue gave a final thank you for the address and took the opportunity to present a cheque for $4000 for Servants to purchase refrigeration facilities at one of its homes. (see photo above).
Developing a Vision for an organisation is a common and formal practice in commerce(and other enterprises).  It seeks to synthesize objectives and ideas of participants in that entity to frame a future goal(s) and establish action plans aimed at achieving that goal.   Although a way of defining focus and targets  it is a dynamic thing and should be regularly reviewed.   
Last Sunday afternoon Hawthorn Rotary undertook such an exercise, all members were invited to attend.   With help from District people, those who attended looked three years forward tossing around ideas on what membership, club administration, service projects, Foundation interaction and HRC public perception would/should look like.    It was an intense productive few hours. 
Any idea was cataloged.  Creative thoughts abounded promoting much discussion.   Thereafter each member's view on the ranking of each, in terms of merit and applicability, was sought.  
Certain key points coalesced on the whiteboards and will provide a basis for a committee to analyze and recommend actions and objectives for the club.
This will be outlined to the broader membership at a usual lunch meeting in late April.
Over 30 members and friends of Hawthorn Rotary took the opportunity last Tuesday to travel to Parkville and indulge in a tour of the Walter and Eliza  Institute, Australia's world renowned medical research laboratory. Currently served by more that 800 scientists its activities today concentrate on cancer, infectious diseases and immune system defects.
W & E hostess Sally Cane looked after us.  She had a concisely defined one hour program.   Thank you Sally.
The facility/building itself was very impressive.  Recent additions hid the fact that the institute has just celebrated its 100 years.  An "anniversary cake" in the foyer and a magnificent  time line along the length of  the entrance corridor highlighting its achievements and that of past personnel dispelled that.
The combination of a short generic promotional film, and then specific presentations by scientists on a couple of examples of the laboratory's current research on insulin/diabetes, and macular degeneration were well received. Later questions from the audience occasionally had personal  thrusts, particularly when  the issue of the role genetics to disease arose!
Most fascinating was a short animated film on one topic cleverly portraying complex human  biochemical  processes.  Our generally non-science oriented audience followed with interest.    
Subsequently we were toured one laboratory.   The technicians were able to ignore us and happily concentrate on their work apparently extracting and cataloging various samples of tissue(?) for testing and examination.   It  was a snapshot to the sheer complexity of their work and the enduring diligence required of medical scientists today. 
Following the visit most walked the 100 metres or so to Naughton's  for a pleasant pub lunch.
With many making photos of the event that are too many to photos to view, so I’ve loaded a set here: .  (Gordon Cheyne)
Charles Henry was young finance graduate with audit roles in the early 1980’s with PriceWaterhouse. He chose to try another role for a couple of years.  This was with the Tupperware organisation.  Come 30+ years later he retires from that group after a long term career with numerous postings outside of Australia. 
It’s fortunate that his links to HRC member and MC Bill Troedel  caused to him to get onto our speaker list and provide the club with a most interesting story of the evolution of the Tupperware business.   Fascinating but little known to the lunch time audience he told of WWII American businessman inventor Earl Elias Tupper and post WWII housewife “Brownie” Wise and how they came together in business.
It’s the stuff of movies, particularly the role of Brownie Wise the woman who approached Tupper in 1948.  She made a lengthy phone call to his office in Massachusetts, during which she explained her extraordinary success selling Tupperware via home parties.
 Employed thereafter in a senior capacity she marketed Tupper’s products in the early 1950’s all with the house party concept.  They were withdrawn from retail stores.   It tapped into, at the time the unemployed, latent work force of house wives.   Tupper’s own earlier attempts to sell via conventional retail outlets had failed.   A forthcoming movie seeks to cast Sandra Bullock as Wise! 
Wise was sacked from the company in the late 1950’s.   At the same time Tupper sold out to Rexall another company and ultimately retired to Costa Rica establishing a significant philanthropic reputation.  To this day there have been several ownership changes at the corporate level but the product and marketing concepts retained.
Charles explained how the marketing model has transgressed the world.    Today the company is very strong but especially so in emerging countries more so than developed ones.  Doubtless the greater opportunity to harness a ready supply of under employed women in those developing countries at “house parties” is part reason.
The product’s genesis goes back to how Tupper used black, inflexible pieces of polyethylene slag, a waste product of the oil refining process given to him by his supervisor at DuPont.  He purified the slag and moulded it to create lightweight, non-breakable containers, cups, bowls, plates, and even gas marks that were used in World War II. He later designed liquid-proof, airtight lids, inspired by the secure seal of paint can lids.   Cleverly Tupper established world wide patents in 1949.
Kristin Gill an experienced educator and publisher was an appropriate person to tell the club about another of those effective but low profile non profit organisations which act to make a difference to the underprivileged in Australia.   
The title of Indigenous Literacy Foundation sums it up.   The Foundation gifts new books and literacy resources to indigenous kids and families in remote communities. 
Its stated goal is “To level the playing field so that all Australian children have the same opportunities to develop a lifelong love of reading”.
Kristin explained that in remote areas indigenous children first learn their native language (verbally only) and ultimately only become exposed to English as second or third language when first at school.   Reading material is foreign and rare for them and so without proactive external intervention illiteracy will persist in their communities.
The foundation has been established for several years, budgets about $1M pa, travels widely through Australia and for example plans to distribute 65,000 books to 230 remote areas in 2017.    The map right highlights these places.
All books are new, and carefully selected to be relevant, have an indigenous link and tailored to the community in question.   Thus randomly collected old books are not favored, and hence the ongoing help from many generous publishers.
Kirstin told of a policy, and examples whereby a story told by a given community is written up and published.   Photos of children from that community posing with the book were wonderful.
It was Katrina Flinn (President Elect & recent Paul Harris Society inductee) who sneakily spread her address to the club over an extended time, before and after lunch.
While eating each member was faced with a prompting and thought provoking questionnaire about his/her motives for being in Rotary.  Answering succinctly to the common theme behind questions such as: - Why do you come to Rotary each week?, Why is it important?, Why does it matter to you?, and so why are you part of Rotary? proved difficult and made one think about oneself.
Those intellectual answers touched on personal development, and altruistic contributions to society while others were more direct citing fun with friends and the camaraderie of doing something worthwhile with mates.
The main body of Katrina’s address started with a wonderful analogy from nature about teamwork.  Flying geese evidently congregate so that each enjoys some uplift from those around it, somewhat like the drag effect which cyclists employ in the “peloton” formation.  Energy savings can approach 40%.  Also the continual “honking” of the geese  is perceived to be giving encouragement to each other.
These two features teamwork and support are keys to health in a volunteer club environment.
Touching on next Rotary year Katrina talked about membership, reviews of our existing and possible new projects, and fund raising developments as obvious foci.  Each will be addressed in a concentrated manner at different but limited periods so as to preclude any perpetual diversion.
Cognizant of the roles to be filled and individual members capacity Katrina told how she was in the midst of framing next year's team and each members part.  We were reminded of that remark of DG Neville John to “give whatever time you have free however small...that will do”.  Good luck Katrina all past presidents especially understand the task.


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