President's Note

 Another nice lunch meeting.  Thanks to those who came.  Many apologies from our travelers enjoying their OS trip they missed a different but interesting account of the Melbourne Olympics (from guest speaker Harry Blustein).

Good to have Mark Anderson as guest and his impromptu account of Rotary in the Pacific region and the formal funding processes in Australia.

Remember NO MEETING next Tuesday at Kooyoing....Changeover is on Thursday at Greenacres.    See you there.


The Cold War Games

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.


Joint Board Meeting

The outgoing and incoming boards had a combined meeting at Deco on Tuesday evening.

We got through a lot of heavy Rotary work, then enjoyed a lighthearted meal.

Networking, they call it.  Good fun, but it helps the transition from one team to another. 

Some photos here:

PS  Anne Scott made lime butter with limes from David Pisterman’s garden, and had a sample jar for everyone.

Thanks Anne and David, what a lovely gesture.

Work and Fun at DIK
The drive to attend the DIK working bees is what?   Is it the noble feeling in working to help others or the fun and company?  Both it would seem.
  The work?

Yes, we had a working bee at DIK last Saturday.   We worked hard, had a tea-break, and worked again.

Thanks to Peter Lugg, David Rush and Charles Morrison for your good-humoured assistance. Were you confused?  Join the club!

The company.
Rotary Australia Fund Raising...Mark Anderson
The special guest at our last meeting was Mark Anderson, one of a dozen employees (there are about 700 worldwide) of Rotary International here in Australia.  Mark is based at Parramatta and his prime function is that of a professional fund raising manager for Rotary Australia and some Pacific countries.
In a brief series of comments to the meeting Mark highlighted some interesting facts
        The Philippines has just surpassed Australia re its numbers of Rotarians
 The average Australian charity per head is $318pa, reasonably constant and competitive.
 One should think of "Foundation" as each individual Rotarian's own charity.
 Best think of and publicize Foundation in terms of its current major causes, polio eradication and the six areas of focus, not as generic fund.  Now personal contributions surpass club contributions.(It is not a club responsibility alone) 
Salvo Hawks - Diary Dates for Home Matches
Please put the following important dates into your diary - now!    Remember a key aspect of HRC's support is the provision of communal interaction not just funds.
        Wednesday June 13
        Wednesday June 27

        Wednesday July 11

        Wednesday August 8

Typically on these Wednesdays we will need at least 3 (preferably 5) Rotary Hawthorn people:

  •  1 or 2 people on scoreboard 11.45 – 2.00
  •  At least 2 people mingling and organising pizzas say 12.15 – 2.15
Progress..Simulated Job Interviews at Auburn HS
Remember   Wednesday 20 June and Wednesday 25 July.
Always pleased to get a  couple more interviewers
This is our annual event whereby we help Auburn High School that schools Simulated Job Interviews program.  
Sessions operate on each of of the above mornings 9 am to 11.30 am, based on  about 20  interviewers to act as prospective employers.   Geoff Wright has populated interviewers to  a roster.    Will lessen the burden for each if we get a few more  so please contact Geoff(or in his absence David Owen).   Remember friends and spouses are welcome subject to having that Working With Children certification.
Lists will be sent around soon to those who have volunteered.
Make-ups and Apologies

Helen Kavnoudias (in the absence of Lawrence Reddaway) always seeks to finalize numbers by Monday 8.30am by collating  responses about attendance at the next meeting.   So please try to email back to her by that time; and, at the same time, forewarn of any guests.   Predicting our numbers as closely as possible helps to minimize our catering costs.) 


Geoff Wright collates the attendance information.  He needs to know of  "make up " events.

Club Roster 

If you cannot perform your duty, please find a replacement or contact Charles Morrison


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Lunch Speakers
Jun 12, 2018
Changeover On Thursday 14th June (Night Meeting)

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Jun 19, 2018
Various TBA
Jun 26, 2018
Jul 03, 2018
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Club Events
Salvo Hawks Home game
Victoria Road Reserve (Hawthorn Citz ground)
Jun 13, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Cluster Networking Cocktail event
Amora Hotel Riverwalk
Jul 25, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:06 PM
Salvo Hawks home game
Victoria Road Reserve
Aug 08, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Member Birthdays
Henry Drury
June 14
Brian Reid
June 18
Trevor Jones
June 18
Joe Devereux
June 19
Geoff Wright
June 20
Bill Troedel
June 23
Ian Hamilton
June 26
Spouse Birthdays
Lorraine McInnes
June 12
Prue Troedel
June 14
Holly Reid
June 19
Margaret Walshe
June 23
Jane Rose
June 24
Wendy Stewart
June 29
Club Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Club Services Director
Community Service Director
Youth & Vocational Director
International Service Director
Hawthorn Rotary P.O. Box 33, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia.