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Nick Pane
Jul 24, 2018
Assistant District Governor 9800
Assistant District Governor 9800

You may think you know about Rotary Assistant District Governors....

However, you may not have heard about our own Nick Pane!

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Chair: Noel Halford

John Millington OAM
Jul 31, 2018
The Inspiring Story Of The Karen People And Nhill
Please Note
Aug 21, 2018
No Meeting
Vicki Mustafa
Aug 28, 2018
Women in the Middle East
District Governor Bronwyn Stephens
Oct 02, 2018
How You Can Be The Inspiration.
John Botham
Oct 16, 2018
Captain ‘Old King’ Cole: from Port Phillip Pioneer to Victorian Patriarch
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Reef revisited

A giant artificial reef in the shape of a Rotary wheel restores marine life and protects the livelihood of several fishing villages in the

Laura Bush addresses Rotarians

Former first lady of the United States speaks at

International Inspiration

A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady join 25,000 in Toronto to celebrate Rotary’s good work and plan more of

Canada a champion in polio eradication

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepts polio eradication award

The Australasian Birth Trauma Association was established in 2016 to support women and their families who are suffering postnatally from physical and /or psychological trauma resulting from the birth process, as well as the education and support for the range of health professionals who work with pre and postnatal women.
They define birth trauma as physically damaging birth processes which result in life-changing psychological and social difficulties, and psychological problems arising from the circumstances of the delivery or the process. This includes an ‘uneventful’ or satisfactory delivery from the professional point of view, but traumatising for the woman, who may feel unsupported or even misunderstood by the health professionals.
In Australia, one in three women identify their birth as traumatic. This forum was held to raise awareness of the impact of birth trauma – and the importance of detection, prevention, support and treatment.
At our meeting on 17th July, President Ian Bentley introduced the ABTA team, after welcoming DG Bronwyn Stephens and numerous visitors and guests.
Any Dawes told us about her difficult birth experience and the following prolapse, then about how she helped start the Assosciation.
She was followed by April Hogan, who told of her experience of epidural anaesthesia, forceps delivery with tear and post-partum haemorrhage, followed by a lack of recognition of her symptoms of prolapse and a long delay and being told all was normal, before a final diagnosis. 
Midwife Rachael Haywood told us about how the Assosciation was creating BT Care,  a mentoring programme to assist women who had unsatisfactory physical or psychological outcomes, with various avenues of peer support. It involves dissseminating information to the public, partners, hospital staff and health care workers, and increasing ante-natal information. 
President Ian closed the meeting at 2.00pm, and conducted a workshop with the ABTA Team and others interested, about what assistance is required, and how Rotary can be involved. 
Photo:  Dr Jessica Caudwell-Hall, Dr Oliver Daly, Amy Dawes, Rachael Haywood, Lana Sussman and April Hogan.
Subsequently President Ian commented:  “After listening to the personal experiences of young mothers, it would be hard to argue that there is not a need in our community to provide more support for women through the process of pregnancy and birth and especially to those who carry physical or psychological damage into life after the birth of their children.  The antenatal, clinical and postnatal issues are complex and there are no 'one size fits all' solutions.  There is, however, room for improvement in many areas and it behoves us to do what we can to encourage those trying to make a difference whether it is minimising birth trauma or maximising support if it is sustained.”
Project Origination: Club Service Director, Noel Halford, had a vision of a project that would benefit remote aboriginal communities. Noel arranged a Skype meeting last year with the then CEO of Boab Health services Margie Ware, and it was determined that the greatest unfunded need is for podiatry footcare packs.
Late last year, the Club had started an alternate meeting time of  once a month on Thursday evenings. It was decided that this project would be perfect for this group of people.
Project Benefits: Treatment of chronic footwear conditions does not currently have Government funding, and supports best practice in the management of foot wounds and ulcers with the aim of preventing unnecessary hospitalisation and loss of limbs. 
The delivery of the Project involved liaising with Boab Health care to verify and determine needs. Products were obtained from various suppliers, including a significant donation from Rotary  Donations-in-Kind.
A fundraising event was held in the form of a Trivia night, attended by members, partners and friends as well as prospective members, and on 26th April there was a presentation by Margie Ware to our members. This presentation was an important step to engage members in the project and to understand the challenges of the area. Following the presentation, the group worked together to pack the 40 podiatry kits, and we shared the final task of arranging transport to Broome at a subsidised rate.
Via a contact of one of our newest members, Coles agreed to add our boxes of footcare kits to their regular delivery to Broome for nil cost to the Club, with no other conditions other than we needed to deliver the packs to Coles Distribution centre in Melbourne and then collect them in Broome (arranged by Boab health). 
The Project had the following attributes:
  • It had a clear objective in fulfilling a health need in a remote indigenous area, 
  • The collaboration with Boab Health Services was critical 
  • It was a manageable project for our project in terms of time required.
  • The project had a clear endpoint and the opportunity to repeat in future years. 
  • We were able to engage and involve members and prospective members in the Project.
We subsequently inducted four new members, and also solidified the relationship with two of our newest members. Everyone involved expressed satisfaction in being part of the project. 
The Salvo Hawks were shocked when the Geelong side scored the first goal of the game within 30 seconds.
Showing no signs of panic, the Salvo Hawks responded and led at quarter time by 22 points.
They then showed complete dominance which unfortunately was not reflected on the scoreboard, due to inaccurate kicking for goal.
Following some impressive running football with strong defensive skills, their lead at half time increased to 27 points.

 The Hawks they entered the final term with a  commanding lead of 48 points but Geelong fought back valiantly in the last quarter at one stage scoring four goals to nil. In the end it was all too late with the Salvo Hawks responding to run away winners by 30 points at the final siren.
A special thanks to the Hawthorn Rotarians Ian Bentley, Lawrence Reddaway, Kim D'Arcy, Geoff Wright, Noel Halford, Mick Flinn and other friends and family who made the event so successful.
Photos:- The Salvo Hawks in action, and Belinda who was Best on Ground and Patrick sharing the inaugural Michael Page Cup Trophy, which will be played for whenever the Salvo Hawks and the Geelong Kardinia Cats meet.
Whilst we have your attention, we must share the great news from Governor Peter Freuh and his Rotary Foundation Chair, Dennis Shore, in District 9800.
DG Peter has just announced that 9800 will donate US$38,000 to the Polio Eradication Program, from unused District Designated Funds this Rotary year!
Now, if my maths are correct (and remember I’m a writer not a mathematician), that US$38,000 is matched 50% by The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund, AND … that total of US$57,000 is then matched 2 for 1 by the Gates Foundation for a final total of US$171,000!!!
Congratulations Governor Peter, TRF Chair Dennis and the entire District 9800 team. That is a magnificent effort – and if it does not provide the necessary inspiration for ALL Districts to immediately get to work and dispatch unused District Designated Funds, I don’t know what will?
PDG Bob Aitken AM JP, RI END POLIO NOW Coordinator, Zones 7B/8, 2017/18
The Welcome Dinner Project is coming to Hawthorn on 16th September 2018!
The event is a collaboration between Rotary Hawthorn and NFP Joining the Dots. 
Some members will recall the presentation by Lauren Plant from Joining the Dots on the Welcome Dinner project that we had at our Thursday evening meeting. The dinner (or in this case a lunch) is a Community Lunch whereby we connect existing residents with newly arrived residents (up to 5 years in Australia). It is a way to build connections across various communities.
 Everyone brings a plate to share from their own cultural background. In the case of a Community dinner, it is more a series of lunches with each table sharing the dishes, with the opportunity to mingle and taste leftovers afterwards.  
Would you like to know more about the Welcome Dinner Project ?
or you can check out their Promo Video
What do I need from you?
1. if you know anyone that is new to the area and/or Australia, invite them to our lunch (flyer is attached). Do you have any new neighbours? (Please let me know if you would like any hard copy printouts and I can bring them to a meeting )
2. we need Rotarians to participate in the lunch , as part of the quota of existing residents. This event is a chance to put your social and networking skills to use and to showcase & be an ambassador for Rotary and our Club.
 If you would like to be a part of this Event please get onto Eventbrite via the link and register. 
The broader community is also being invited to attend, so it would be a shame if Club members are not well represented, so we do need to Book asap.
The link to view the Eventbrite bookings page is
3. volunteer to personally present the opportunity to a couple of select groups such as the Conversational English group held at the various Boroondara libraries (let Katrina know if you can assist). Nothing beats a personal approach!
Please let me know if you have any queries
Regards Katrina
RI President Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is asking Rotarians to Be the Inspiration this Rotary year. In addressing the closing session of the 2018 Convention in Toronto, Rassin encouraged Rotarians to take the time to understand the real needs of their communities by talking to people in those communities, and to become agents of change through leading by example. Read more about Rotary’s 2018-19 president:
Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues. 
The campaign is an initiative of PeaceJam Foundation and is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Rigoberta Menchú Tum, with the ambitious goal of inspiring a billion acts of peace by 2020. 
Each year, the campaign picks two finalists in each of six categories for their work to make a measurable impact in one of the 10 areas considered most important by the Nobel laureates. Winners are chosen by people from around the world. 
Rotary and Mercy Corps were the two finalists in the Best Nonprofit Act category. 
Rotary and the five other winners were recognized at a ceremony in Monaco. Betty Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for her advocacy for peace in Northern Ireland, presented the award.
The Timor Leste project is a fabulous project supported by Rotary Hawthorn and has succeeded in obtaining a Global Foundation Matching Grant.
The Timor Rotary Consortium consists of thefollowing Clubs:- Camberwell (lead Club), Chadstone/East Malvern, Glenferrie, Hawthorn, Malvern, and Prahran. ​
One of the very powerful benefits of the project is the fact that it has succeeded in getting so many clubs to come together to make it a reality. I think that very positive contribution, strengthening the bonds between us, is an enormous plus for the project, in addition to the undeniable benefits it brings to the school children of Timor Leste. 
The project is a result of Clubs working together but we would like to acknowledge in particular John Walmsley and Vijay Susaria (from RC of Camberwell) whose leadership, commitment and drive have made this project a reality. 
The first team from the Timor Rotary Consortium comprised John Walmsley (RC Camberwell)  Rod Kenafacke (Pres RC Chadstone/East Malvern) and Abilio from the RC of Dili Lafaek.
With local co-operation the team completed its objectives of installing three Water Tanks at schools in Lebenei and Lavateri and also scoped (measuring and designing) a sufficient number of other schools sites to provide planned projects for at least another two Team visits. 
The Team’s visit also strengthened relationships with:
  • Leo Guterres and the local Baguia community including the Sub-District  Administrator.
  • The president and members of the RC of Dili Lafaek
  • Max Bird and the Western Australian RPTLE group
  • East Timor Roofing and new manager Brother Tomas, business & training advisor Ross Dalton and estimator & customer service Eugenio Belo.  
It is not possible to overstate the co-operation and assistance that we receive form Leopoldina Guterres in connection with this program and without her very generous support and co-ordination work it would be extremely difficult for us to carry out this project.
Thanks are also due to the Member Clubs of the Consortium without whose generous financial support this program would not have become a Major Project and it is only because of this support that we finally secured the Global Grant form the Rotary Foundation on the 1st June 2018.
The full report is available on the Club Website under Documents – Baguia, and photos can be seen at: 

Last guest speaker Harry Blutstein is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. As a freelance journalist he has published feature articles in op-eds in major Australian newspapers on a wide variety of topics.    His address to us concerned the Melbourne Olympics but a side of that which was not commonly known.   Indeed his research into aspects of them are the subject of his book "The Cold War Games".   HRC was delighted to get an informal outline of that.

Table talk during Harry's address centred on personal recollections by members who attended events at the various venues in 1956.  Sure we recall Kuts from the CCCP as the headliner but also wonderful memories of the Aussie stars on the track and in the pool.

Harry explained that the background to the focus of his book, namely the undercurrent Cold War activity between the West and Russia(CCCP at the time) was at a high with the tension in Hungary and prospect of revolt against the Russian friendly regime.   In the course of the games it materialized and the fate of Hungarian athletes and other (Eastern Block) countries was uncertain-defection to the USA was one prospect and so Harry noted that intelligence officers from both blocks were clandestinely operative in Melbourne in support of or against that possibility!  Ultimately there were 46 defectors to the USA.

 Harry related many stories of   the USSR and US exploiting the Melbourne Olympic Games for propaganda.  Much of his material had been sourced from his research into old files and even newspaper articles from/about security forces(eg ASIO, CIA and KGB) at the time.

A classic portrayal of the time was the bloody semi-final water polo match between the USSR and Hungary and stories of the motives behind some of the actions of those players.


Dr Amanda Scardamaglia is the Department Chair of the Swinburne Law School. Amanda’s area of research is intellectual property law with a special focus on empirical and historical studies in trade mark law, branding, advertising and the consumer.  As guest speaker she gave us a preview of her second book, Charles Troedel: From Stone to Print, which will be published by Melbourne Books in 2019, in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria.

One notes that Charles Troedel a German-born lithographic printer prominent in Melbourne in the late 19th century bears the same surname of HRC member Bill hence the presence of many “Troedels” and friends of at the meeting.  Charles was apprenticed to his father at the age 13 and at the age of 24, emigrated to Melbourne in 1860 and was the founder of a printing firm which ultimately evolved to that modern unit with which Bill was involved.

Amanda’s address quickly demonstrated the brilliant and complex artistic aspects of the early lithographic and printing business.  To most in the audience it seemed so on viewing early colored posters and obvious acknowledgement that the firm at various times had employees with names such as “Streeton” and “Roberts”.   Amanda described the processes involved as shown in the linked video

 Equally interesting was Amanda’s demonstration of how these posters gave an historical picture of society at the time.   Focused on advertising some product related to say leisure, fashion, medicine and food for example one saw how times have changed and yet also human behavior has not---many ads were plagiarizing and asserting/implying false facts.


Second Bite is a well established community service in Melbourne. Its mission is food recycling; that is, using food that would otherwise be wasted. It's about giving good, fresh ingredients new life in a commercial kitchen and, with a bit of creativity, turning them into healthy, hearty meals for people in need.

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