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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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Meeting Speakers
Kristin Gill
Feb 28, 2017
Reading Opens Doors – delivering programs 2 enhance literacy levels in remote Aboriginal communities
Reading Opens Doors – delivering programs 2 enhance literacy levels in remote Aboriginal communities

Kristin Gill is currently the Head of Product – Children’s Books for Penguin Random House Australia and Ambassador Coordinator for ILF. 
She has previously worked as a secondary school music and English teacher and has worked in the Australian book industry now for the last 30 years.

Kristin is passionate about ensuring all children in Australia have the same access to books and positive literacy outcomes and her work with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, where she was a board member between 2010 – 2014 enables her to assist in finding opportunities to make this a reality.

MC: David Corrigan

Charles Henry
Mar 07, 2017
The Tupperware Party
No Speaker
Mar 21, 2017
Fellowship Meeting
Amanda Donohoe
Mar 28, 2017
Servants Community in 2017
Alan Brown
Apr 04, 2017
From Richmond to Thailand: Successful, Inspiring Stories You May Not Know About
Katrina Flinn
Apr 11, 2017
Fellowship / Feedback From The Sunday Forum
Apr 18, 2017
Apr 25, 2017
Public Holiday
Steve Dennis
May 02, 2017
Detective Inspector In Charge Of The Missing Person's Squad
Charlotte England
May 09, 2017
Behind The Badge
No Speaker
May 23, 2017
Fellowship Meeting
At Rotary Kew
Jun 15, 2017
Note Date Change....Happy 50th Birthday Rotary Kew!!
No Speaker
Jun 20, 2017
Fellowship Meeting
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Welcome to Rotary Hawthorn
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.
Amanda Argyros is being sponsored by Hawthorn Rotary in her participation in the forthcoming Group Vocation Exchange between our District 9800 and District D3820.
The four person team from D9800 together with leader Michael Lapina are due to visit that area south of Luzor in The Philippines which is the domain of D3820.  This will occur soon in mid February for 4 weeks.
The incoming four (plus leader) from D3820 will arrive in Melbourne in anticipation of a parallel stay.  A welcome/bon voyage BBQ for both teams is set for 12 February locally.
It was a privilege to hear from Amanda and Michael at our lunch meeting on their plans for the trip and some facts about The Philippines and the projects in that country in which they will study and participate.
We were reminded that these Rotary exchanges are "vocational" with the goal to learn, contribute and bring back ideas to the home country.  In fact in D9800 terminology they are the renamed "study" exchanges.
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?

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