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Tuesday 12.30pm for 1.00pm.
 $36 including lunch.
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
489 Glenferrie Road
Kooyong  Vic  3144
Melbourne Australia.
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Meeting Speakers
Bernie Walshe
Nov 28, 2017
Doing Good In The World
Doing Good In The World
So what does Rotary do?  Who is assisted with the endeavours of Rotarians?  Where does Rotary operate?  What difference does Rotary make?  What has been achieved? What does the future hold?  Why are we Rotarians?  The ethos of Rotary will be examined by our very own member PP, PDG and PHF  Bernie Walshe
Chair:  TBC
Suzanne Dunlop, Chair
Dec 05, 2017
Boroondara Neighbourhood Watch
Fun Night
Dec 19, 2017
Auburn Bowls Club
First Meeting Of 2018
Feb 06, 2018
New Citizens Night/ Harmony
Feb 07, 2018
To Be Held At Auburn Bowls Club
TBA By Rotary Kew
Feb 13, 2018
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Mrs Amanda Elliott
Feb 20, 2018
Chairman Victorian Racing Club
BBQ on the Terrace @ Kooyong
Mar 06, 2018
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Mar 13, 2018
Sam Coffa
Mar 13, 2018
The Commonwealth Games 2018
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Don Farrands, commercial lawyer, accountant, trombone player and past and current holder of board style roles on various community driven groups was introduced by Chair of the day Geoff Dumayne.

His topic was driven by his own personal connection to World War 1 veteran and grandfather Nelson Ferguson.    This interest had invoked his research into old documents of Nelson and in particular his stretcher bearer role on the Western Front and aspects of battles such as the Somme, Bullecourt, Ypres and Villers-Bretonneux.  

It has culminated in Don’s authorship of “The Glass Soldier” a fascinating and incisive book on WW1.  Don gave the audience an overview of the book complete with some outstanding pictorial aspects of the time and conflict.    Nelson, the essential focus of the book had been a well-educated young man employed as an Art Teacher in the Ballarat area before enlisting and several of his drawings of events were shown. 

The book extends beyond the conventional WW1 events to track Nelson’s life thereafter and consider themes on the British-Australian interaction, religion, mate-ship and the role of the broader community at the time.   On a philosophical note Don explained that concepts of “virtue” and “morality” at the time and subsequently during the times of Nelson’s long life are explored.

There was outstanding point of the book and a wonderful end.    In April 1918 at the third battle at Ypres, Nelson was exposed to enemy bombardments of mustard gas laced shells and like many soldiers suffered physically.   In particular he was sight impaired with eye/cornea damage and albeit later employable at RMIT (Workers College) as a disabled art teacher was severally handicapped throughout his life, eventually reaching the status of legally blind.   After a happy marriage and three children, in his twilight years, about 1960 Nelson “out of the blue” receives a simple letter from the Government informing him that because of his past war service he has access to one free cornea transplant!

Checking this out with an eye specialist at the time leads nowhere in view of his perceived frailty.  Several years later in 1969, a link to another eye specialist, a  Dr Hardy-Smith was explored.   Success!   A cornea transplant restored his vision.   Amazing after so many years.

Don explained that any royalties from his book go to the Fred Hollows Foundation that now well-known group which worldwide conducts operations to relieve cataracts and restore sight to individuals in underdeveloped countries. 

Back in July this year Robert MacGuirk - a lawyer by training -  gave us an administrative perspective of the Australia wide project  (involving many organisations including Rotary) seeking to eradicate the eye disease trachoma in indigenous and remote Australian communities.

Lien Trinh was our last guest speaker.  She holds a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Melbourne, Master of Optometry from the University of NSW, and Master of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She has experience working in a variety of low-income settings internationally and throughout Australia, providing eye-care services as well as building local eye personnel capacity through teaching, research and evaluation.


There are quotes of her personal driver that she "wants to live in a world where avoidable forms of vision impairment don’t exist, where individuals are empowered, and human diversity is celebrated".  


Appropriately then Lien is currently engaged by the Rotary Club of Melbourne to coordinate their End Trachoma by 2020 campaign and provide that technical expertise necessary.  As such her address gave an account of that and some experiences and issues which have arisen.  This project is personally endorsed by RI President Ian Riseley.


She also works with the Welcome Dinner Project; an initiative connecting those newly arrived to Australia with established Australians.  In and around Melbourne, this  project  aims to improve social cohesion and strengthen the community by providing an opportunity for newly arrived people to Australia and established Australians to meet, understand and know each other.  Liens coordination role invokes  liaising with networks, and organising events within the community, with new migrant groups, city councils, community centres and the local media.  In some small way Hawthorn Rotary's annual Christmas Dinner for the socially isolated touches on this.     


Bryan Martin, well known race caller, was guest speaker appropriately just prior to the Melbourne Cup.  Neither he nor David Rush chairman/support speaker left us with any worthy tip for the race.  They did however give an entertaining and interesting insight into the “journey of a race commentator” and an unique perspective of past race horse greats.
Bryan could remember as a 6 year old listening to the Melbourne Cup on radio.  This was the catalyst to a wonderful career in radio racing calling which took him all over the world and an iconic presence on Melbourne radio for decades.   A cynic might say that this evolved because he had the winning horse “Evening Peel” in a sweep and won “two bob”, but not so.  His fascination with that call persisted to shape his life.   
First, he and his brother as youngsters would regularly conduct mock races complete with colours for the jockeys and call them.  At the age of 14 years Bryan took serious steps by attending Radio School in Melbourne.  This touched on aspects of voice production and projection and in his case practice  race calling.  Success on the radio show “Radio Editions” (three gongs! ) with a mock race call was noticed so began a career in radio first as a mail boy.   Always keen to learn Bryan sought and got from old hands comments on tape recordings he had made of his practice calls. 
A move to Adelaide led to his first professional race-call in 1970. He got twenty dollars for the day.  Bryan recalled fond memories as a young lad of this day at Mindarie-Halidon a remote SA town in the Murray-Mallee region.  This exposure lead to an offer as an understudy at a Melbourne Radio Station and natural progression to lead roles at that and other competitor stations.
The audience was then treated to a number of film clips with fascinating race calls of some memorable races.  The role of the commentator in providing an accurate description but an interesting and most entertaining occasion came through.
Bryan commented on some of the top horses which he had seen.  It was a list of past well known racehorse names.   When asked that deft question of how does one compare today’s best, say “Winx” , with past champions, Bryan reiterated a common view that one cannot as conditions and times change.   When however he did note that probably the four best Australian performed horses in the past twenty years were mares, audience conjecture discussed weight advantages and hormone generation capacity!
It was an entertaining and informative talk enjoyed by all, and a special delight to those with horse racing awareness.
Hawthorn born, and persistent resident Ian Bentley is president  elect despite being relatively new to the club.   Well done.   However there is a past Rotarian ethos there.   At the outset of his member behind the badge address he noted that this was the third occasion on which he has told his story and failing to retrieve those past two scripts warned of a fresh one.    The warning was unnecessary as the audience got a wonderful polished account of Ian's drivers and his experiences in, and thoughts of educational practice now and in the past few decades.
Ian's outlined a career as an educator but more than that.   The "teacher" element was only a small part of his work,  at various times he has eagerly embraced those extra circular and administrative roles which many teachers avoid.    Roles ranging from athletic master, sports coach to science teachers association leader are typical of the many related areas in which he has  been very heavily involved.  
In reliving his career Ian touched on a philosophical note about how key moments (akin to the "Sliding Door" concept) determined his path.   First as a bio-science graduate a choice was made to pursue a career in education rather than post graduate research.    Then a simple prompt from one of his colleagues at his first college appointment lead him to apply for a science master role at Carey Grammar.   
Ian spent 22 years at Carey in various roles , including an exchange year in the Cotswolds and gave us an insight into his personal development(learning as he put it) as a person and educator.   Ian's enthusiasm for education came through.   His connection with students did too---photos of past students triggered stories of their subsequent achievements .   One got the impression that there were very few that Ian could not personally recall.
Always keen to face new  challenges, there was a  senior role at Kingswood College for six years.   Retirement after that was short-lived.  A casual part time Science Education lectureship became permanent and even now similar activity at Deakin University is followed.
Ian and Jane (that's them above after 44 years married) have three adult children all successfully pursuing careers one in finance, one in law and the other is psychology.   There was an amusing contrast by Ian of the athletic iron-man son with the more sedate daughters.  Ian openly (tactfully?) attributed a lot of his happiness, and past achievements to support from Jane.    One feels that the club will be in good presidential hands next year with the Bentley team.
Senior Constable Jo Pokiri with Victoria Police is presently the Boorondara Crime Prevention Officer.  With a delightful Irish brogue, she kept the lunch meeting fully involved with her talk on policing practices in our district and some common-sense crime prevention tips.   The audience lapped it up and happily took advantage of her hospitality to go beyond time in answering many questions.
Joe’s outgoing and friendly style is well suited to her representation role.   One wonders how with 4 children how she maintains that outlook!   Still as she explained after joining the force in 2010 she has had a variety of assignments, starting with general duties and then a Family Violence focus.   Here her interaction with victims, and helping them understand their rights etc. gave her a lot of satisfaction.   It is understandable that there was a natural path flowing to her current representation role. Today she regularly makes presentations on home security and personal safety.
In the course of her talk some sobering facts were evidenced.    Family violence is widespread-elder abuse is one often disregarded but an important element of that---the majority of calls for police attendance in our district comes from family disturbance issues.
The major thrust of the address was about home security and here the audience attention was high.
Burglaries and their prevention was key.    Jo noted most could be prevented by application of simple common-sense practices by the home owner.   Open windows and unlocked doors and cars abound!  So, called Security doors are not made for purpose.  
The whole point of any burglar deterrent should be to slow the offender down.  Opportunistic thieves (which most cases involve) seeking ready cash generally for drug use, want easy targets and to be and out in a few minutes.   A good noisy dog and simple security devices which stall intruder entrance help.
On a different note Jo stressed the importance of community participation.   Hence one should not be  fearful of getting involved by reporting to police some unusual behaviour or alarm sounds---the police are far more sympathetic to a false call than no call at all.  
Jo summed it up  in two phrases.     “Slow them down"  and "Advise or Report”
A fine day and a good crowd of members greeted District Governor Peter Frueh and Anne for their official visit to the club.
Photo: DG Peter and Anne with President Katrina. Note the Maremma dog.
DG Peter’s earlier informal chat with the board had been constructive and relaxed, and following lunch Peter was generous in his praise of Hawthorn Rotary and our accomplishments. In particular he mentioned Hawthorn’s five Past District Governors, three of whom are still active members. He also thanked several members who are active at District level, and the club for our support of Donations-in-Kind and The Rotary Foundation. He acknowledged our recent efforts to increase club membership.
Photo: DG Peter Frueh with our three PDGs: Dennis Shore, Bernie Walshe and David Rosback.
Peter’s relaxed story-telling mode held our attention as he related how one Rotarian’s initiative had generated $300,000 worth of linen, when the fly-in-fly-out hostels in north-west WA were closed, and the donated goods were transferred to DIK in Perth and Footscray.
As a lead up to the District Conference in Warrnambool in March, he told us how a local chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, suggested Maremma guardian dogs could be used to protect the endangered penguins on an island just off Warrnambool. Swampy had successfully used Maremmas to help protect his free range chickens. The penguins are now thriving.
Thanks DG Peter for a relaxed lunchtime chat: we look forward to seeing you at the District Conference next March.
Brian Morley intrigued the club with his memories of a fifty-year career in Journalism and Broadcasting.
Isn’t it great to be alive in Melbourne in Grand Final week!  The atmosphere; public holiday; anticipation of the game,
It brings memories of football years past – when football was more of  a sport than a profession; when players held down a proper job and trained Tuesdays and Thursdays, ready for the game on Saturday
And it brings memories of some great grand finals – and some fascinating events around Grand Finals.
Memories like this …
1935 – Star South Melbourne full forward Bob Pratt was forced to withdraw from the grand final after he was hit by a truck in trying to cross the road the day before the game. Pratt had booted 362 in three seasons. Without him the Swans lost to Collingwood by 20 points, despite having as many scoring shots as the Magpies.
1951 - Essendon's last match of the home-and-away season, Carlton fullback Harry Caspar and Essendon full forward John Coleman each reported for punching and each suspended for four weeks. It was confirmed by two umpires that Coleman had retaliated to punches by Caspar, but this did not sway the Tribunal. Thus Coleman missed the finals including the Grand Final which was won by Geelong by 11 points.
1964 – The famous game in which Collingwood big man Ray Gabelich scored a goal in the dying minutes. With five minutes to go, the ball had been passed to Gabelich by Des Tuddenham. Gabelich then ran awkwardly towards the Collingwood goal, struggling to control the ball, and bouncing the ball four times in a run of, at least fifty yards and, then, kicking a goal that put Collingwood in front. However, a minute later, Melbourne defender Neil Crompton kicked a goal, putting Melbourne in front by four points. Collingwood were unable to score again.
1966 – St Kilda won their first premiership in 69 years of competition, defeating Collingwood by a solitary point. With only moments left, the two sides were locked level. Finally, Barry Breen snapped the point that gave the club its first and to date only premiership in its history. Every young footballer’s dream –
to beat Collingwood by a point in the Grand Final! A pity we couldn’t repeat the dose in 2010 …
My football experiences were centred on the 1960s and 70s. I was a journalist in the 3AW Newsroom with football/sport as an extra-curricula activity.
My journalistic experiences are the subject of other discussions – starting at The Age in Collins Street in 1956, moving to 3AW in 1960, a stint at Channel 0 when it opened, then back to 3AW.
My time in the 3AW newsroom experienced some of the biggest stories of the 60s and 70s.
I covered all the major stories of the era:
 the execution of Ronald Ryan, the last man hanged in Australia. I was one of the official witnesses at the execution. It was an event that haunts me to this day.
 the collapse of West Gate Bridge and prior to that, the collapse of the King Street Bridge
 the disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt
 the assassinations of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King
 the start of the ‘space race’ between the US and USSR
 man’s first landing on the Moon
 the Vietnam War rallies on the streets of Melbourne – and of course the Vietnam war
 the Beatles visit to Melbourne
 a Royal Tour to Australia
 Bart Cummings’ first Melbourne Cup win
 the “It’s Time” election victory of Gough Whitlam and the ALP
Extraordinary times and extraordinary stories.
In the midst of all that came football!
Being selected to call the football with Harry Beitzel was one of the biggest thrills of my life. He was one of the “true voices of football” in Melbourne. And of course with Harry Beitzel came one of the great characters of the football world – “Turkey” Tom Lahiff.  They were inseparable when it came to football broadcasting.
The Macquarie Radio Network decided to go national with its news service – with its HQ based in Sydney.
I was offered the opportunity to go to Sydney to be the National News Editor and quite frankly as a journalist, it was an offer not to be refused. So in June 1972 I moved to Sydney with my family.
The implications for the football broadcasts were quite significant. I was needed for the call – and there was really only one solution: fly down to Melbourne on Saturday morning, call the game, and fly back to Sydney on Saturday evening.
A postscript to this part of my working life was that when I decided to return to Melbourne to live and work in the middle of 1973, 3AW asked me to do the studio anchoring job for Saturday afternoons in the football season.
After a career in Broadcasting, Brian Morley became a Public Relationship Representative, representing Alcoa, the SEC, CityLink and the Royal Melbourne Show.  He remained active in football broadcasting


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