Speaker Date Topic
Several Speakers Feb 27, 2018
Quo Vadis

**Note Meeting At Auburn Bowls Club**

Fun, fellowship,idea generator........a  casual meeting

Geoff Carr Mar 06, 2018
Cosmologist, Writer, Owner Of Star Safaris, Darwin Tour Leader
Cosmologist, Writer, Owner Of Star Safaris,  Darwin Tour Leader
'Geoff is a Cartographer by profession, with a borderline obsessive interest in astronomy history.
He operates a Darwin based Stargazing tourism business to regularly unleash his passion.
A writer of over 300 weekly articles, and regular radio appearances, he describes himself as the most general generalist in his field.
Astronomy nourishes his inquisitive and insatiably curious mind and he is fascinated and in awe of the eccentrics, oddballs and geniuses in the astronomical world.
He is feels honoured to be asked speak to  Rotary'.
Chair:  TBA
Sam Coffa AM JP Mar 13, 2018
The 2018 Commonwealth Games
The 2018 Commonwealth Games
Deputy Chairman, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation; President, Australian Commonwealth Games Association; Executive Board Member, Commonwealth Games Federation

Sam Coffa has served Australia for more than 40 years as an outstanding athlete and sports administrator.

As a weightlifter, Sam represented Australia at the 1964 World Championships, the 1962 Commonwealth Games (then British Empire and Commonwealth Games) in Perth and the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.

He was also Victorian Champion from 1959 to 1969 and a six-time Australian Champion.

He was Deputy Chairman of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Bid Committee and 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

Sam was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his service to sport, particularly weightlifting, youth and the community.

Across a distinguished career as a sports administrator, Sam has held almost every leadership or administrative-level position within his chosen sport and the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.

Chair: Anne Scott

(Photo Credit:  Gold Coast Bulletin)

Paul Devereux Mar 20, 2018

Paul Devereux is the Chief Financial Officer for StartMesh, which is 'a Global Technology Venture Catalyst supporting the commercialisation of startups post the idea validation stage through to sustainable profitability or a liquidity event'. He has more than 30 years’ experience working across large international corporates, private equity-backed companies and startups, a career that has armed him with an inherent ability to quickly assess where a business is positioned and where value can be added.

Paul is an expert at upgrading and realigning business systems and processes, including the integration of a number of businesses into a global network; having been an instrumental player in several large-scale corporate reorganizations such as the successful launch and rollout of Australia’s largest fuel and convenience retailer (Coles Express) that brought together six privately owned and disparate franchises which controlled approximately 600 sites and 6,000 employees.

Paul is also the son of Rotary Hawthorn member Joe Devereux.


Historical Walk, Followed By Lunch Mar 27, 2018
Note: Not Meeting At Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
Note: Not Meeting At Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
A historical walk through the original Hawthorn Village (now West Hawthorn) conducted by Libby Love of Hawthorn Historical Society.
The plan is to walk for around 1 hour (from 12 noon), & then go for lunch at the Beehive Hotel from 1pm 
Numbers for the walk limited to 25 ($10 per person for the walk only).
Members who can't join us for the walk are very welcome to join us for lunch
TBC Apr 10, 2018

Follow up from prev. mtgs

Dai Mason Apr 10, 2018
Malaria Vaccine Project
Malaria Vaccine Project

Dai is a member of the Rotary e-ClubNextGen (District 9640),  Past District Governor 2012-2013 (D9600)  and an 'Ambassador Coordinator - Malaria Vaccine Project (D9640).

Chair: Dennis Shore

(Photo Credit:  Malaria Vaccine Project)


Dr Robert Webster OAM Note: Night Meeting Apr 17, 2018
State Victorian President Of The RSL
State Victorian President Of The RSL

This is a joint night meeting with Rotary Glenferrie

More details to follow.


Rosemary Johns Apr 24, 2018
As Told By The Boys Who Fed Me Apples
As Told By The Boys Who Fed Me Apples

This is a true story ‘about Sandy, a horse that hauled bricks in Tallangatta before becoming a warhorse and the favourite of Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges in Egypt. Sandy was the only horse, out of 136,000 that left Australia, to finally be returned home at the end of the war. Bridges was the only soldier whose body was repatriated.

The horses were loved. Those still alive at war’s end were sold, abandoned, or shot. All except one.  Sandy spent his final days in the Maribyrnong remount depot.

Rosemary Johns is a playwright/performer  Rosemary's work has been presented in Cape Town, Stockholm and Mumbai, and her plays have been produced in New Zealand, Athens and Germany. Her political thriller Black Box 149 was part of DFAT’s Australia now Germany program 2017. It was the first time the Staatstheater Nürnberg has ever produced a play by any Australian playwright. As Told by the Boys Who Fed Me Apples (selected for the VCE Drama Playlist) was nominated for an AWGIE (Australian Writers' Guild Award)

Chair:  Chris Hanson

Photo Credit: Booktopia




Dr Harry Blutstein Jun 05, 2018
The Cold War Games
The Cold War Games

Over the last three years, Dr Harry Blutstein has been combing through ASIO files and archives from Hungary, Russia and the US.  From declassified documents Dr Blutstein tells previously unknown Cold War stories about the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, showing that show they were anything but 'friendly.' As well as these, Dr Blutstein re-tells the 'Blood in the Water' semi-final between the USSR and Hungary, showing how the violence was politically motivated.

His book on these events, Cold War Games, was described by The Age as "highly informed and entertaining, capturing the subterranean tensions running through the Games."

Dr Blutstein is an adjunct professor at RMIT University and has a BSc, BA in history and a PhD. Since 1972, he has worked on and off as a freelance journalist, with feature articles and opinion pieces appearing in Australian newspapers and magazines '.

Chair:  TBA