President's Note


   It was a good turn up at our last meeting and guest Sam Coffa gave a interesting story of the admin side to the forthcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.  His own life story from migrant child to sportsman, community leader and world wide sports administrator was equally compelling.

Remember its our usual meeting at Kooyong next week, then a couple of different days with the Hawthorn Walk and informal Easter Tuesday lunch for those who need to met. 

Next weeks speaker is  Paul Devereux from StartMesh which operates in that market where businesses seek to transition to something larger. 


Thursday Evening Meeting...Trivial Pursuit
Please help with next Thursdays Trivial Pursuit contest we need some more quiz goers.  We seek limited(?) skill but offer but lots of fun and potential one-upmanship opportunities.   It's on the 22nd March at Auburn Bowls  at 7.00  and part of the clubs plan to provide an occasional evening alternative for prospective Rotarians and friends of Rotarians.          The cost is $20 per head for supper.
The flyer is attached below.
The Gold Coast Games ...Sam Coffa

Guest speaker at the last meeting Sam Coffa has served Australia for more than 40 years as an outstanding athlete and sports administrator.  He arrived in Australia as a 12 year old lad in 1957.

Sam referred to a couple of his simple philosophies “ any job do it well” and keep an “open mind”  as always uppermost in any of his endeavours.   It showed in his reflections as he highlighted aspects of the current Commonwealth Games

One notes that he 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 as a weightlifter.

Most relevant to us he is a long term Hawthorn citizen and instrumental in many Community initiative including city councillor and two times mayor.

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.  In more recent times he was Deputy Chairman of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Bid Committee and 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. 

Now as Deputy Chair of the present committee for the Gold Coast games we got an insight into their extent.   Alas Sam was a bit guarded about any predictions of gold medals (“it’s tough on the athletes and they all strive for their best”)

They run from 4 April until 15 April.   Events are intermingled for regular and para athletes

18 Sports will be contested. 71 Nations will be represented ranging from Nauru pop 10,000 to India pop 1.2 Billion

Equal numbers of events for men and women. Queensland has funded upgrading venues  by  $320M

The tourism industry is dramatically enhanced.  Still 160,000 tickets of over one million issues are available

6500  athletes and officials will be involved

After listening to Sam one was assured that the Commonwealth Games are still very relevant to this world.  The critical element is the athletes and their exploits, personal stories and interactions. It will overshadow any of the perceived political disharmonies in the world. 
The Shadow

 Some of our members are wonderful at making their message amazingly unambiguous.  One member (who does not need to be named), responding to the email about attending Tuesday lunch,  sent an email on Tuesday morning:  “Am in Cambodia at present” he wrote. Then, beyond the call of the necessary, helpfully added “Will NOT be attending”.

The Shadow understands that Lawrence Reddaway just loves such super clarity; and wishes that every single member would copy the dedication in responding to these weekly emails!

Simulated Job Interviews at Auburn HS
Dates for the diary.  Wednesday 20 June and Wednesday 25 July.
Following the strong response by members to update and or obtain Working with Children Certificates the club is able to indicate to Auburn High School that as in previous years it can participate in that schools Simulated Job Interviews program.   Thank you to all.
We will require on each of the above mornings 9 am to 11.30 am about 20 willing interviewers to act as prospective employers.   Last year we had a few friends or family members who helped too,  of course we will tap into that pool again subject of course to their own WWC Certificates.   More detail to follow nearer the time.
Friends of Baguia.....Trivia Quiz Evening
David Pisterman is organizing a table for our Hawthorn Rotary members.
Make-ups and Apologies

Lawrence Reddaway always seeks to finalize numbers by Sunday 10pm by collating  responses to attendance at the next meeting.   So please try the electronic response (or phone) or even carrier pidgeon!    Forewarn of any guests at the same time.   This minimizes catering costs. 

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

Club Roster 

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Lunch Speakers
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.


Mar 27, 2018
Note: Not Meeting At Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
Apr 10, 2018
Malaria Vaccine Project
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Club Events
Rotary District 9800 annual conference
Mar 16, 2018 – Mar 18, 2018
The Great All Aussie Trivia Night
Auburn Bowls Club
Mar 22, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Trivia Night: Friends of Baguia
Malvern Town Hall
May 04, 2018 7:00 PM
Member Birthdays
Gordon Cheyne
March 11
Ian Macfarlane
March 31
Spouse Birthdays
March 1
Lisette Bamford
March 28
Susan Wright
March 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.