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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
Jan 24, 2017
First meeting after Christmas
Katrina Flinn
Feb 07, 2017
Our Club's Future
Cluster Dinner
Feb 22, 2017
Aurora Hotel
Kristin Gill
Feb 28, 2017
Indigenous Literacy
Charles Henry
Mar 07, 2017
The Tupperware Party
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What is Reclink
An address by Peter McGrath from SalvoCare-Eastern on one aspect of it, that by which the Salvation Army participates namely sponsorship of the SalvoHawks AFL footy team was informative.  In telling of his personal experiences and observations  with this team we got an broader insight into Reclink. 
Reclink organises sport and art programs for disadvantaged Australians to create socially inclusive, life-changing opportunities.  It centers on those with past and current issues with substance abuse, mental illness and isolation, in short giving rehabilitation and recovery opportunities.
In conjunction with more than 200 community organisations, Reclink Australia's programs create pathways to improved health and well being, education and employment outcomes for all participants.  It is partnered by the Federal and State governments and agencies, the cities of Sydney and Melbourne and supported in specific pursuits by sporting and cultural bodies. 
At a comparative low cost to taxpayers, Reclink Australia is a proven model with extensive reach.  It's a framework by which governments, the community and the corporate sector can be part of a cost-effective solution to the provision of recovery/rehabilitation opportunities for the disadvantaged.
Bob Slater is president at Kew Rotary.  His told of his observations on aspects of ethics, and the interplay with leadership.  Ethical Leadership he termed it.  That's Bob above rejecting the podium to talk from the floor.
Bob has a background in the military, and engineering and the management of charitable foundations.  He recalled his interest in the topic arose when interacting with some year 12 students.  The issue was to guide them with options to combat unethical behavior and pressure from others to do something less than the "right thing".
Thus he took us through a series of historical commentaries and definitions on this highly philosophical area and left us realizing that there is no unique correct approach.
PDG Julie Mason flanked by IPP Lawrence Reddaway and PAG Gabe Hau .
Rotary Foundation started with $26.50 in 1917 and since then has provided aid worldwide in excess of $3 Billion.  PDG Julie Mason and now District chair for Foundation's Vocational Training Team made a special visit to

Last guest speaker was Gabe Hau.  That's him at left in a happy snap from his AG visit to us a little while back.  He was always heavily involved in Rotary, working in, leading and promoting its projects and obviously still is.

Currently District Foundation Co-Coordinator among other things, he showed  a much more sober and serious side in his address.  No smiles here as he talked to us on the statistics, and efforts in Australia and Rotary to combat, Family Violence.  sad




21 years old Khurram Khan is currently a Bachelor of Bio-medicine student at the University of Melbourne.

Born in Pakistan, he enjoys volunteering and community service.  Prior to his arrival in Australia in 2013 he had been active in progressing scholarships for girls with limited education options in that country.

Coming to Australia he has sustained that commitment to the community.  He commented that by so being it has greatly assisted his integration into our society.  That remark undersells a ready observation of an intrinsic drive and capacity to help people far beyond that stated purpose of integration.



It was great that we were able to coincide our active acknowledgement of the current topical initiative of the Rotary Health Board,  namely its  "Lift the Lid" campaign and its next few years focus on fund raising to combat mental illness in Australia with a topical and great address by Sandy Jeffs.
DG Neville John joined Central Melbourne Sunrise in 1995 and since then has been a heavily involved Rotarian with many club and District roles.
He was first known to most in our club as AG some years ago and warmly welcomed back by some old friends.
When one thinks of how during the year the DG visits each club in the district, there are more than 70, sincerely enjoys each meeting and then delivers an inspirational 20 minute speech on the current messages and themes of Rotary, and the District, tempered with his own personal thoughts, and without any suggestion of staleness, it is remarkable.  Neville's fresh enthusiastic address was great, his messages and passion clear and cleverly tailored to our own club context.
Jane Pennington from North Balwyn RC originally joined Rotary in 1997 in Puna India.  Jane a long time associate of the Girl Guide movement and a recent President at North Balwyn Rotary has been a serious contributor to the community.
As guest speaker she explained that that clubs membership is predominantly men (sounds familiar) and there was a drive by the partners to identify a special project in which they could be directly involved.
Politics unworkable?  Government dysfunctional?  People alienated from the political process?

John Pesutto is our new (2016) Rotary Hawthorn member,


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