President's Note

 A great week.  First  last Thursday evenings meeting at Auburn bowls had a fine outline of the Welcome Dinner campaign and.... we inducted three new members.

Then Tuesday an account of  one of our long term member's  family printing and lithography business. It started in the mid 19th century with the migration of Charles Troedel.  Speaker and legal researcher Amanda Scardamaglia from Swinburne previewed the outcome of her research into that business and its many wonderful archives (now preserved in the State library).  We await the publication of her book on it next year. 

I was delighted to acknowledge another Foundation awardee in Anne Scott. 

See you next week. Looking forward to the "cold war games" address.   Supposedly historical, about the Melbourne games it will test the childhood memories of some of our members--I was too young of course!


Thursday Evening Concept Develops
Hawthorn Rotary's trialing of a once a month Thursday evening meeting to facilitate the attendance of Rotary supporters who find lunch time attendance difficult is proceeding well.   There was a healthy yet still limited (members are invited to come along from time to time) attendance. The meeting was highlighted by a fine address about "Welcome Dinners" an Australia wide project group seeking to help new arrivals to our country, and the induction of three new members into our club.
DIK Working Bee 2nd June


Come and join us, as we sort out the contents of nine pallets.

No heavy lifting, and if you can tell a bedpan from a syringe, you have all the skills we require. 

Remember: we have ways of making you enjoy yourself. 

Shed 39, 400 Somerville Road, West Footscray. 9.30 am onwards

Stones to Print....Amanda Scardamaglia

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.

Family Guest Gathering
The Troedel guest numbers swelled in anticipation of the guest speaker's address about a forebear.
Probus Plug
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 

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Lunch Speakers
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:  Dennis Shore

Jun 12, 2018
Changeover On Thursday 14th June (Night Meeting)
Jun 19, 2018
Various TBA
Jun 26, 2018
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Club Events
DIK Working bee
Donations in Kind
Jun 02, 2018
Changeover Lunch D9800
The International of Brighton
Jun 03, 2018
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cluster Networking Cocktail event
Amora Hotel
Jul 25, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:06 PM
Member Birthdays
John Carre-Riddell
May 1
Mark Christoffelsz
May 20
Charlotte England
May 21
Peter Lugg
May 27
Spouse Birthdays
Judi Rosback
May 26
Cheryl Pisterman
May 30
Joy Gillies
May 30
Club Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Club Services Director
Community Service Director
Youth & Vocational Director
International Service Director
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