President's Note

It was a delight this morning to see a keen group of Swinburne students enthusiastically embracing their final session of Public Speaking Training under the expert tutelage of Ngaire Cannon - clearly in her element - with judges Noel Halford and David Rush offering sage and encouraging advice. The pleasure continued with AG Nick Pane's visit to the Club meeting where he shared his life story as the son of Italian migrants.  Nick seems to have the secrets of a happy and fulfilling retirement well sorted out.  I was taking notes.
At the risk of repeating myself, there is much happening in the Club and much planned for the months ahead.  The fun continues on Sunday at Fritsch Holzer Park, beginning at 11:00 am. It will be all-hands-on-deck hosting 200 community guests as we together plant 2000 ‘trees’ to celebrate ‘Tree Day’. At the same time, we will mark the 21st Anniversary of the opening of the park and the significant role played by the Rotary Club of Hawthorn in its construction.  Come along ready to turn a sod or a sausage on the BBQ.
Next week’s speaker, John Millington OAM from the Rotary Club of Nhill will tell the inspirational story of the way refugees from Myanmar have settled in this small Wimmera town.  John’s visit promises to be the beginning of a close relationship between our two clubs. Be sure to be at the meeting and bring a friend. Whet your appetite by reading the story ‘How refugees saved a town’ in The Weekend Australian Magazinefrom last weekend.
Finally, a reminder to block out the evening of Friday 24 August in your diaries for the 65th Anniversary of Charter dinner.  More details will be released soon.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Ian Bentley
Rotary Club of Hawthorn

Our AG Nick Pane

It was a pleasure to have Nick Pane as our guest speaker.

Nick’s parents came from Sorrento in Italy in 1957, and Nick was born soon after in Camberwell. He and his wife Angela have three sons and a daughter. 

After leaving school in 1973, he worked for Brambles, mainly on Bass Strait shipping. His life changed in 2000 when he saw Simon O’Donoghue’s advertisment for “Ethics in Real Estate”, and following interviews and training he worked in this industry until 2016.
He joined the Rotary Club of Camberwell in 2000, was President in 2016-17, and is currently Assistant District Governor for the Riverside cluster of clubs.  
AG Nick Pane, flanked by Ngaire Cannon and Lawrence Reddaway

Now in retirement, Nick is a keen wine-maker and sausage producer: his wines have won several awards. His sporting activities include cycling and swimming, even competing in the Pier-to-Pub event. 
Nick presented us with a bottle of wine to raffle (instead of the usual sergeant’s session).  David Corrigan was the lucky winner. 
Thanks Nick for an interesting and entertaining talk: we look forward for a great year in Rotary with your assistance as AG.

How the Town of Nhill Reached out to Refugees.

Our Rotary Club of Hawthorn’s meeting on the 31st July will have John Millington OA speak on the positives resulting from an initiative to attract refugees to the town and its surrounding area.
He will describe how he, the Rotary Club of Nhill and the town provided an opportunity for the formerly oppressed Karen people from Burma to be employed and ultimately become a positive influence in the town.
The town of Nhill in Victoria’s Wimmera region has led the way and shown how very positive results can come from those who are new to Australia and are able to assimilate with the support of their fellow Australians.
The success story was featured in the weekend Australian:
John Millington is President of the Rotary Club of Nhill and plans are underway for the Rotary Club of Hawthorn members to visit the town in the near future to enjoy the town’s hospitality with Nhill Rotarians and meet members of the Karen community.
Should you or your friends wish to attend this meeting please call Noel Halford Mob 0419 018901
John and Margaret Millington. Picture: Julian Kingma
Karen women at the Paw Po shop. Picture: Julian Kingma

Third Thursday Evening Meeting Report.

On a cold night we were delighted to welcome some new members to our group.
It was great to welcome Silas Arrrowsmith and Jahad Navaseri from our Public speaking Training Group at Swinburne. We also welcomed Evodia Alaterou who contacted us through Nabo, a local social media site.
President Ian Bentley provided a summary of activities undertaken in the last year and also we advised and provided updates on forthcoming events:
  • Tree Planting  on the 29th July has already seen over 200 citizens nominating to help plant trees at Fritsch Holzer Park.
  • Our Rotary Club will be involved and also provide a BBQ for those attending on the day.
  • Our welcome dinner for new citizens scheduled for 16th September has been well supported.
Following President Ian’s address we formed discussion groups to identify projects that could be undertaken by the Thursday Group or the larger club.
Rotary Club leaders were delighted with the enthusiasm and several imaginative suggestions for new projects, which will be considered by working groups to be appointed.
Photo: The recent formal Rotary Induction of three new members at the Thursday Group: Denbigh Richards, Pamm Robilliard and Paul Dipnall, with their sponsor Noel Halford and President Katrina Flinn.
Thanks to the Hawthorn Rotarians who helped make the meeting so productive.

Box Hill Hospital Bed Collection 

I believe that everyone was aware that this was a big task and I can safely say that it went off like clockwork, on Saturday 7thApril at Box Hill Hospital.
I am not sure how many people we had across the day with the various comings and goings but something in the order of 50+ was probably near the figure. Importantly they came from 16 different Rotary Clubs. We also had a couple of people from the Marsh Foundation who presented this opportunity to us along with one of their vans.
The container arrived at the appointed time and you could see that this in itself was quite a challenging task. So with a good team to start the removals, a team at the container to start the bed loading we were under way. We only had two lifts instead of three but with the usual Rotary organisation we soon had the beds, chairs, bedside lockers and over bed tables flowing to the loading dock.
By 10.15am – the container loading team had 60 beds and mattresses loaded and the doors closed – a really sterling effort. We had also despatched two van loads of lockers, over bed tables and chairs back to the Donations-in-Kind store where the second group swung into action.
In all seven van loads of equipment went back to the store – the last one with the doors tied back as we could not get the very last bed completely into the van. It arrived safely and thankfully did not draw any attention from any of the “powers that be!”
The DIK crew had by then stowed everything in the designated spots in the store and by about 2.30 or thereabouts all was done. That means 27 high back chairs, 84 bedside lockers and 60 over bed tables plus about 26 beds including 3 beds for several local needs.
The side loader arrived at the hospital to collect the container at 2pm and 15 minutes later was on its way back to the store ahead of delivery to the wharf next week and the eventual shipment to the Khmer–Soviet Friendship Hospital in Cambodia. The balance of the beds is destined for a hospital in Java and for several of the other “wish lists” we have on the go.
So to everyone who assisted today either at the hospital or at the DIK Store – thank you for giving up a lot of your Saturday to contribute to a great result for this big uplift project. We could never have done it without your help. Again – many thanks.
Ths Shadow Knows!
Football Update
Fanatic Demons supporter Noel Halford was noted to be carrying some injuries following their recent defeat by those nasty Cats. You know the game with the brawl in the stands: nothing like a bit of biffo at the footy, eh?

But Noel denies even being at the ground: he claims his extensive injuries resulted from attempted violence on his TV set. It is mounted high on the wall, and beyond the reach of his flying kick.
Noel only admits to an injured back, stubbed toe and wounded pride.
Girlguiding for Beginners
As always, the Shadow has his ear to the ground:  In the most “revolutionary” overhaul in the organisation’s history, Girlguiding UK has consigned traditional badges to history in favour of new skills preparing girls to “take on the world”, many of which are unabashedly political.

To obtain the ‘protesting’ badge, girls are first introduced to boycotting as a peaceful form of protest before looking at personal safety at large demonstrations, which are described as “exciting and uplifting”.

On the other hand:  Girlguide leaders are pushing back against rules allowing boys and young men to “identify” as female and share showers with girls. 
Where will it all end?

Rotary Leadership Institute

An opportunity awaits for you to learn more about Rotary with like-minded people. 
The Rotary Leadership Institute is a four part program where you will learn a little more about Rotary, the early history, traditions, the Rotary Foundation, and its relevance in the world today. You will make new friends in an enjoyable environment. 
This program is perfect for members who have joined Rotary in the last 12 months and indeed people who may be interested in becoming involved in Rotary activities. 
Montague School , Montague Street, South Melbourne 
Sunday August 12th and 19th from 9:30 am to 2:30pm 
No cost to you or your Club 
A response is needed by Wednesday the 8th of August 
For further information (including a registration form) or to email completed registration forms, please email the District 9800 RLI Administrator: PP Vicki Teschke  call Vicki0412 525 055 or President Ian Bentley on 0416 292 869
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.
       Next Home Game  Wednesday 8th August

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

Coming Events

Make-ups and Apologies

Kim D'Arcy 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.

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Lunch Speakers
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!

Come and listen to the incredile story of Nick!

Chair: Noel Halford

Jul 31, 2018
The Inspiring Story Of The Karen People And Nhill
Aug 21, 2018
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Club Events
Mock Interviews-Auburn High School
Auburn High School
Jul 25, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Plant a Tree: for Fritsch Holzer Park's 21st
Fritsch Holzer park
Jul 29, 2018
Salvo Hawks home game
Victoria Road Reserve
Aug 08, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Rotary Hawthorn 65th Anniversary
Aug 24, 2018
Welcome Dinner for New Residents
Auburn Bowls Club
Sep 16, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Chances Golf Day: You're Invited
Box Hill Golf Club
Oct 29, 2018
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Garden Design Fest
Nov 17, 2018 – Nov 18, 2018
Member Birthdays
Ian Warren
July 1
Bernie Walshe
July 5
Ian Bentley
July 17
Josh Frydenberg
July 17
Spouse Birthdays
Ginia Reddaway
July 2
Jane Drury
July 7
Ken Scott
July 14
Sheila Cheyne
July 14
Club Directors
Vice President
Club Services Director
Community Service Director
Youth & Vocational Director
International Service Director
President Elect
Past President
Youth Service
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations
President Nominee
Protection / Governance
Hawthorn Rotary P.O. Box 33, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia.