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Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian In the seven days from 7 through 13 March, I took precisely 84,250 steps. This amounted to 39.85 miles. I also climbed 288 floors and burned 22,055 calories. I’m fairly certain that you, gentle readers, could not care less about those statistics. Unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of gentle readers who have joined America’s fitness self-surveillance movement by strapping a tracking device to your wrist. In which case, you are probably pretty darned impressed by my stats. I should therefore add a few crucial caveats. Caveat No. 1: That week...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
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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.  Our techno team headed by friend Robert Ball and members Noel Halford and Jill Weeks had been preparing for the event for some time.  It all went smoothly.  {Perhaps it was a waste to have a pre-recorded version on hand just in case the telecommunications world had another black-out ?}.
Second, for this event there could not have been a better nor more appropriate speaker than Kirsty Stark, an absolute Rotary stalwart starting from when she was 6 years when her father together with the family undertook a Rotary Group Study tour to Japan.  Kirsty’s CV  re Rotary and participation in it is prolific and continuous, first as an exchange student at 15, subsequent exchange/study stints to Colorado, and Sweden, to member of the McGill-Sunrise Rotary Club  in Adelaide.  A Flinders University graduate (in Film Production) in 2007 this young woman will be President of the club in 2016/17.
Kirsty’s topic was the story of her progress and passion towards her present and most recent high in the art of cinema photography and film production, namely as producer for the currently circulating Australian movie “ A Month of Sundays”.  Here is a link to its trailer:-
We heard how this journey started by making amateur films as a 15 year old, and  later opportunity in film making classes at a USA high school, then  persistent immersion as a volunteer into various film festivals, university study, and a first real paying job as a production assistant on the set in “Beautiful Kate” an Australian movie with Rachael Ward and Bryan Brown.  She followed that with like roles in later and other South Australian based films including “Snowtown”.  It was fascinating to hear how a 4 week production of one given feature was based on generating 7 minutes of material each day.
Then a step change,  in which with a colleague she a set up a film company (first as the silent investors too) and a year or so later tackling the onerous role of procuring finance from external sources including government (State and Federal) film institutes.  This culminated in recent times with “A Month of Sundays” now successfully showing at many theatres around Australia.
There was some prompt feedback from Kirsty re the Skype experience and her pleasure in being involved and of course details about showings of “Sundays”.   
Thanks so much for having me to your meeting today!  It was great to speak to everyone, and I enjoyed seeing a glimpse of the room and having so many questions to answer.
I have included a link below to the list of cinemas that are currently playing A Month of Sundays.
Kirsty's talent and persistence will be invaluable to the Australian film industry although one must wonder how long before the lure of an overseas production role takes hold.

It’s a great skill to be able to take the microphone and proceed apparently effortlessly to entertain and inform an audience with an interesting discourse of a range of subjects.  Such is the skill of a top public broadcaster.  Tim Lane fits that bill.  That's him above between the two Rush's.
Last week as guest speaker, the well known and enduring sports caller, after a brief introduction from Chairman David Rush took us through 44 years of his commentating career and observations in sport.  Aside from perhaps the hint of bias toward the exploits of one particular AFL team (albeit countered by the Chairman’s bias to another) his observations were very insightful.
Tim moved to Melbourne from Tasmania in 1979.  Foremost known for his association with Australian Rules (at last count he'd broadcast 31 VFL/AFL Grand Finals) he has a far broader broadcasting capacity, gained during three decades with the ABC, broadcasting international cricket for 15 years and covering five Olympics Games.
His address started with a timely review of the career and life of recently passed boxing great Muhammad Ali.
Then we learnt of how Tim got into the business years ago after a chance meeting at a pub with a local Tasmanian football broadcaster and an attitude to have a go and grab the opportunity.  “One never knows where these things lead” is the thrust of his current advice to young people seeking a career.
Forty-four years were summarised with some memorable key points.  In 1972 there was black and white TV, the Munich Games and terrorism, and in 1977 colour TV and the start of TV’s intrusion and influence via rights payments into directing sports.  Taking us up to the present he reflected on, successive Olympic boycotts, the West Indies Cricket dominance, then Australia’s, drugs in sport, match fixing, and the changing style of AFL in recent years and the general demise of "innocence'' and sport for pleasures sake.  He noted now in the AFL it is often characterised by one dominant team playing positive football and rest all focusing on defensive football to catch up.  Only the former is attractive notwithstanding the element of tension does exist for the fans in many low scoring contests.
In cricket, again there has been a dramatic change in the game arising from the T20 format and inherent predictable style it creates.
Tim expressed some personal views that not all of these changes have been welcomed by him, and in so doing quickly resonated with the older audience.  A poignant recall was of the senior umpire in the early 1980's seeking to halve free kicks from 80 per match (today its about 20!) to keep the game moving.  One on one skill contests prevailed at the time.  He wondered if this trend had given rise to the rugby like roving maul of today's game and questioned its merit.
Branching into print, Tim contributes regularly to The Sunday Age and recently, with co- author Elliot Cartledge, wrote his first book.  Titled 'Chasing Shadows', the book is an account of the life and death of cricket writer and broadcaster, Peter Roebuck'.  It should be an easy-to-read flowing account, in the manner of his wonderful address to us.

Tom Burns is the grandson of long term past member Vic Burns.  It was a family occasion for the “Burns” with Vic’s son Greg, and spouse Betty, guests to the address by Tom on bioethics and neuroscience.  Vic not present, was fondly toasted and thought of in his late life battle with age.  Chairman David Rosback led the way.
We learnt that Tom is a PhD student in the Physiology unit of the medical science/science faculty(s) at Monash University, and conducting research into the brain activity of rats (we were assured with some parallel to understanding the human neuron functions).  All this was done by recording and analysing the rats electrical brain activity and the impact of external stimuli as detected by the pickup of signals on electrodes inserted into the brain.  For instance it was fascinating to note the different record of such activity in response to a picture of the Mona Lisa as against aboriginal art.
The address was far from that of a narrow scientific researcher.  Tom is not that.  Only 24 he has gained a Young Achievers Award from Melbourne Rotary, is president of a group for Students of Brain Research, was a Bioethics Fellow at the World Health Organization (UN linked) and travelled to conferences on bioethics overseas, and above all very aware  of the importance of networking within the science community.
Very personable and open Tom if his pursues his natural career course/goals (post doctoral roles at Oxford and or Japan with ultimate academic leadership at an appropriate university) will be one of those rare scientists who can take the public along with them.
An example of this latter quality was Tom’s presentation of some old family snaps (including containing Vic..see below) in his address as a way to engage with the audience on a very technical subject, the mix was perfect.
A young Tom is in the middle front row with the dark shirt, and Vic in the second row left.  How time flys.

That's Jamin Heppell and Kat Stevenson delivering an enthusiastic and refreshing address on the origins and drive of Game Changers Australia.
To the sporting minded the term "Game Changers Australia"  usually conjures up thoughts of critical moments in some sporting contest whereby the end result is critically determined by some minute action at a given moment on the sports field.
This concept is correct but Jamin Heppell from "Game Changers Australia" has taken it more broadly to that of a young individuals level of personal development.   Along with colleague Kat Stevenson (both pictured above) we were delighted by their  energetic and  passionate address embracing stories of both their personal journeys and how that lead to the Game Changers organization and its goals and processes.

Jamin comes from Leongatha.   As a youth (not long ago) he noted how central the local football club was to the social glue for the community and connected with all age groups.   More important was the observation that lack of wholesome and skilled leadership could be detrimental to the community and the young adults.   Certain behaviors of players, racist slurs,  homophobic and politically incorrect actions, heavy drinking all infected his football club and flowed through to the community.

So this important link between sport and community leadership and participation, was at the forefront of his ideas on how to help develop positive leadership skills, and these evolved further with his attendance at YMCA camps and RYLA (yes the Rotary Program). 

He decided to set up a leadership program for young leaders from many football clubs across the region and formed Captain’s Club. He visited 56 clubs, addressed the Boards and got them to nominate attendees for the camps.  Getting these sporting leaders on-board was seen as an entry to the broader community'.

From this start Game Changers was founded in 2012.  One question sums up its aim  "How do we engage young people?"

Combining sports psychology, physical conditioning, leadership studies, resilience training , nutrition and effective communication training Game Changers, a non-profit group supported by the YMCA and the Vic Government, provides the opportunity for potential sporting-community leaders to come together in camps and learn and share experiences.

Anne Scott (no stranger to the movement) chaired our last meeting and the address by Brendan Watson, Scouts Victoria Chief Commissioner.
Brendan also principal at the Catholic Regional College in Sydenham is a long term scout and educator.  Joining the Scouts as young lad he has contributed much to that organization in leadership and representational roles especially.
A very enthusiastic supporter of the organization and the life experience benefits and training which it can deliver to participants, his address told of initiatives in Victoria to combat the often observed stagnation and membership pressures in mature volunteer organizations like the Scouts.
An advocate for thinking differently and invoking change consistent with modern demographics, Brendan talked about the increasing membership of the past recent several years (now approaching 20,000 in Victoria) and how Victoria is being observed world-wide by the scouts movement as a model in which Scouting activity can lead to educational certification and accreditation for subjects in say the VCE.
Several stories about the scouts, complete with selected snap shots of the relevant individuals gave a wonderful idea of the extent of the impact of scouting in Victoria.   These ranged from the sad story of the death of Luke Batty and organized counseling for scouts (an ongoing service), of how the King of Sweden (and honorary worldwide leader) was chaperoned (without adult intervention) on a visit to Victoria by scouts (from young adults to "joeys"),  the Big Day Scout event central Melbourne, and the efforts/horrific yet uplifting stories of two ex Syrian brothers (scouts first in their home country) now firmly entrenched in the Victorian set.
Brendan reminded us of the community focus of scouting and that "scarf" worn by all members.  The scarf is symbolic of the geographic origin of a scout, and here in Victoria the new design is a wonderful combination of Victorian and scouting icons.
At the end, after a slight overrun in time (the audience did not notice) chairman Anne and President Lawrence thanked Brendan for a great address.

Appropriately our own medical club member Tilak Dissanayake introduced and chaired the address/discussion presented by Professor Clive May. 
Clive is a research professor at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and Head of the Neuro-cardiovascular laboratory.  Originally from the UK with a BSc and PhD from Southampton University, and a mix of medical research experience in industry and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London, about 20 years ago he joined the Howard Florey Institute.   Clive commented that he was attracted by that institutes reputation for being one of the world leaders in medical research (and he noted it still is) and opportunity to participate.
Nowadays his major research interest is how the brain and nervous system interacts with the cardiovascular system. 
We got a quick lesson and example in how the brain controls heart rhythms, and  where a damaged heart (after a heart attack say) can be over stimulated in response to the brains role to sustain blood flow to other organs and be further damaged.  Intervention at the brain level, be it by electrical means or creating impeding lesions on key nerves can reduce this over stimulation.
It opened the way to two other topics invoking  research linking instrumentation to the body.  Clive joked that many thought of him as a hybrid medico/electronic engineer.
Cleverly keeping the address at a high level to not lose the audience we learnt of research into establishing bio-markers (looking at oxygen levels in the kidneys)  to identify the early onset of septic shock (a major issue after surgery …at present 30% mortality) and then the use of electrodes in the brain by which paralyzed  individuals may control external aids.  A new advance here involved “stentrodes” a means of inserting electrodes into the blood vessels of the brain thus overcoming the brains usual  response to ultimately scar and block an electrode.
After answering the usual personal medical queries from the audience, Clive discussed how such research needs huge funding to go beyond  the conceptual stage and so often by necessity leads  to overseas relationships (mostly the USA) and  the devolution of Australian  property rights.   The audience was left pondering on the Australian attitude to research, and how its  research dollars are allocated.



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