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489 Glenferrie Road
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Meeting Speakers
Amanda Donohoe
Mar 28, 2017
Servants Community in 2017
Servants Community in 2017
Amanda Donohoe is the new CEO of Servants Community Housing. 

Amanda brings a deep experience and commitment to working with vulnerable people. She spent thirteen years working among Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory in crisis housing, development and education roles.
She has had two periods of employment with Servants. From 1989 -1992 she served as a live-in housekeeper at Carrical House. She returned to serve at Carrical in 2010 before being appointed Servants’ Operations Manager later that year. 
Amanda has acted as Servants’ CEO on a number of occasions, has a Graduate Degree in Housing Management and is a Certified Housing Professional.


M.C. Sheridan Brown

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
Dr John Basarin OAM
Apr 18, 2017
'Gallipoli story: from the other side of the trenches'
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
Corrie Perkin
May 16, 2017
Committee Day (No Speaker)
May 23, 2017
Fellowship Meeting
At Rotary Kew
Jun 15, 2017
Note Date Change....Happy 50th Birthday 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
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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 molded 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.
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?

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


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