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President's Note

As I listened to Helen Kavnoudias deliver her member behind the badge speech at this week’s meeting, I couldn’t help but see the parallels between science and Rotary, and in Helen’s situation, an intersection between the two. In each case, advancement results because those of us today are “standing on the shoulders of giants”. The scientific breakthroughs that Helen and her colleagues make as medical researchers are possible because of the previous work of scientists and their discoveries. From the accumulated knowledge we have of living cells, cellular structure, of biochemistry and biotechnology bequeathed to us by both great and humble scientists of the past, Helen’s team is able to treat cancers that would otherwise be untreatable. 
 
Today Rotarians around the world can achieve humanitarian outcomes that would not have been possible without the giants who preceded us. Paul Harris’s inspiration to form Rotary founded an organisation within which Arch Klumph established the Rotary Foundation. The organisation and the foundation have provided platforms upon which have been built projects as history-making as Polio Plus and Global Grants, to the establishment in Australia of initiatives such as RAWCS, ROMAC, RYLA and Australian Rotary Health. Of course, Rotary also provides a vehicle that enables the humbler, but nonetheless worthwhile projects we do at club level to occur; the cumulative effect of which is enormous. Like each scientist who beavers away in a lab each day contributes to the steady advancement of science, so does each individual Rotarian’s effort at club level add to the accumulated good that Rotary does in the world. Now and then a giant emerges that takes each of these endeavours to a new level.
 
A final parallel that is exemplified in Helen's story is that one scientist's work or one Rotarian’s actions can have long-term positive and unexpected consequences.  One Rotarian had an idea to advertise Rotary scholarships in a local newspaper and acted upon it. That ad was seen by Helen; that led to her studying at St Andrews University in Scotland; and that, many years later, led to a new and innovative treatment for cancer. I am sure that the unknown Rotarian who placed the ad in the newspaper could not have imagined the impact of his actions. The cancer treatment Helen’s team has developed makes use of a technique that was discovered during attempts to transform bacteria to make human proteins such as insulin.  The scientists who worked on the bacteria could not have anticipated that the techniques they developed would someday be used to treat cancer.  Each day Rotarians and scientists have ideas; some of them lead to actions that have remarkable unforeseen outcomes.
 
Ian Bentley
President
Rotary Club of Hawthorn

The Woman Behind the Badge

This week it was the turn of Dr. Helen Kavnoudias to tell us a little about herself and her vocation. Our photo shows her relaxing with President Ian before her talk.

She grew up in Collingwood and Dandenong, the daughter of Greek immigrants, and related stories of hardships that the family had endured in their native Lemnos, and of the relevance of Lemnos in the First World War. She paid tribute to her grandmother, who taught her independence and the work ethic, and to A.B. Facey’s “A Fortunate Life” which she found to be inspirational. As an aside, she mentioned her family’s restaurant “Pastroudis” in Alexandria, which was famous for its cakes and sweets. 
 
She originally had a Medical Science Degree,  and her life was changed in 1983 when she became a Rotary Foundation Scholar at St Andrews University to undertake a PhD on myeloid leukaemia.
 
She also met her husband Dimitrios, who was a student there. Interaction with other post-graduate students and staff broadened her horizons and stimulated her interests. She spoke highly of the support she received from Rotary and the families involved. 
 
Helen has worked at the Alfred Hospital for 16 years, and is currently Director of the Radiology Research Unit, where radiological treatment of malignant tumors is undertaken. Ablative therapy is used to kill off malignant cells in the pancreas and prostate, in cases unsuitable for surgery, using voltages up  to 2,000 volts. Placement of the electrodes is critical, so that surrounding tissue is not damaged. Results are gradually improving as the technology slowly advances. 
 
She fielded some technological questions from the floor, and rounded of her talk by treating us each to a Greek Baklava, to complement our coffee. 
 
Thanks Helen for your enlightening exposé: we all feel we now know you a bit better. And how gratifying it is for us to see the positive results of Rotary Foundation Scholarships!
 
Dr Helen Kavnoudias  •Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 1986–1989 Dept of Biology and Medical Sciences University of St Andrews, Scotland   •Bachelor of Medical Science 1979–1982  Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology/University of Melbourne 

Salvo Hawks – Season Ends – Roll on 2019!

Team Gathering at Sophia’s
 
Prizes were handed out at the Salvo Hawks team gathering at Sophia’s Pizza and Pasta Restaurant. Rotary Hawthorn got an honourable mention, but no trophy (thank goodness – where would we have kept it?!)
 
Katrina and I attended; and I said a few words to express our gladness at being able to help out, and to thank everyone for making us so welcome.  I think I also said how proud we were that we (essentially Mick and Katrina) had got the scoreboard working.  That thought was spoiled by the fact that, at the last home game, we simply could not get it to work.  Mick and Katrina have bravely taken on the task of cajoling the Boroondara Council to improve the system before next footy season!
 
 
Grand Final Series
 
This was not a customary grand final. Over the course of three consecutive days, each team plays one match.  And every player of every team gets a medallion.  This is in line with the ethos of the RecLink League – it’s about the triumph of motivating oneself to participate; to play special-rules footy; and (in many cases) to celebrate another day of holding an addiction at bay.
 
The match between the Salvo Hawks and a new team from Melton started at 10.30, under sunny conditions.  Casey Radio broadcast from its caravan. Rotary Sunbury provided catering from their special trailer.  Katrina and I cheered as our Salvo Hawks trotted out onto the field – what a range of ages, stages and statures!  A pleasant time was had chatting with other hangers-on, as our Rotary Hawthorn hi-viz vests promoted who we were, and watching the play when it came up our end of the field.
 
Alas, the Melton Lions won.  But, being new, they weren’t much acquainted with the special rules – for which they were duly penalised. For example, I saw a big Lion gently hustle a small female Hawk, forgetting that touching females is forbidden; so ‘our Katey’ was advanced to the very mouth of the goal, from which she duly kicked a goal – just!
 
I’m looking forward to Rotary Hawthorn continuing our good work with the Salvo Hawks next season (presumably starting in April as usual.)  And I ask every member to try to attend at least one Home Match!

 

Servanta Community Housing
I was thrilled to visit Servants Community Housing yesterday to see first-hand the wonderful work that volunteers have done to create a new womens only rooming house in Kooyong.
 
This is the first womens only house for Servants which runs three other residences for homeless men and women in Hawthorn and Kew.
 

 
Josh Frydenberg and Hans Carlborg were among staff and supporters at the official opening of the new Servants Women's House. 

This project was made possible with Federal Government start-up funding of $300,000 which I committed to at the last election. With the assistance of local volunteers, the funds have been used to renovate a house and turn it into a welcoming and comfortable accommodation for up to seven women. 
 
Importantly, this facility will provide a respectful and caring environment for women who need support at a difficult time in their life. The refurbishment of this house will provide a pathway out of homelessness for traumatised and vulnerable women.
 
I congratulate Amanda and the Servants team for establishing such a vital service with such limited resources. 
 
The opportunity now exists for local residents and community organisations to assist with the donation of the last few items.
 
Funds are needed to purchase appliances such as an iron, kettle, clothes dryer and a small fridge for each room. Store cards from Coles and Woolworths or IKEA vouchers and donations of toiletries would be appreciated. Please note that for health and safety reasons only new items can be accepted. 
 
If you can assist, please deliver your donation to 695 Burke Road, Camberwell. If you have any questions please contact Maria in my office on 9882 3677.

RI District 9800 Foundation Newsletter 

 
2016-17 was a huge year for The Rotary Foundation, a year in which we celebrated the centennial of our Foundation. 
 
Coming off The Foundation Centennial year, which was capped with our memorable Foundation dinner function on 31 May, we knew that we would still be looking back perhaps more than we were looking ahead so the challenge was to keep the momentum going. An additional challenge was the lower amount of District Designated Funds (DDF) that was available as a consequence of lower club and personal contributions three years earlier. 
 
Nevertheless it was a very positive year for Foundation related activities in D9800. Within the funding available we completed slightly fewer District grants but they were stronger and of higher impact. A new schools’ scholarship program was very popular and effective.   Five significant Global Grants were approved as well as two Global Grant Scholarships.
 
D9800 returned to its status as a PeaceBuilder District with a DDF contribution of US$25,000 to the Rotary Peace program. Importantly, our “Black Caviar” status was retained with 4 successful nominations to the Peace and Conflict Resolution program. 
 
Photo: District 9800 Foundation Chairman, PDG Dennis Shore, celebrating another great year for The Rotary Foundation.
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World Convention Toronto 2018

Toronto is a wonderful city with lots of tall buildings, culture and sport. It hosts plenty of conventions. RI President 2017-2018, Australia’s own Ian Riseley, held his in Toronto late in June with warm balmy days and long evenings. 
 
 
Dennis and Lynda Shore, Cheryl and David Pisterman with Steve Aquilina (Southbank RC) at the Toronto Rotary Convention.
Photo credit– D9800 Foundation newsletter Spring 2018.
 
The opening ceremony, held at the Air Canada Centre (home of the Maple Leafs), began colourfully with many attendees waving their country flags against a noisy background of music. That was until the music changed to “I am, you are, we are Australian” introducing Ian and Juliet Riseley. At the first bars, the Aussies scattered amongst the 12,550 attending the first opening session (total registration was just over 25,000) all burst into song – very emotional. At least 30 of us added to the colour of the occasion in our End Polio Tees – we were definitely seen and heard. 
 
In his opening address Ian spoke to the theme People of Action and announced that his wish that every Rotarian plant a tree had exceeded all expectations with approx 2,500,000 planted around the world. 
The first official social function I attended was the “Jazz at the Aquarium” and amid 2,500 excited Rotarians from all over, we queued to get in, queued to get a drink, and waited and wondered if we would get the food. However when the crush eased it was an amazing venue with attendees enjoying the exhibits of fish and other marine creatures including our PDG Murray Verso. 
 
The 80 or so of us from District 9800 had a great time together as well as meeting other Rotary friends from all around the world. A highlight was the Down-under Breakfast held just before the first opening ceremony where approx. 600 Australians and New Zealanders heard RI President Ian and Juliet in a relaxed and comfortable setting recount some of his memories of the past year. 
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RI PRESIDENT BARRY RASSIN’S MESSAGE 

 
One year ago, your Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new vision statement, reflecting our aspirations for our organization and its future.
 
It reads:  “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” 

That simple sentence distils so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after our involvement has ended — across the globe and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves — not just building a better world around us but becoming better people ourselves.
Ths Shadow Knows!
How nice it is when members send in articles relevant to our projects, and we thank Josh Frydenberg MP for his contribution and photo on the opening of Servants Community Housing’s new Women’s House.  Following the clearing up of the garden, our members will obviously continue support for this great local amenity.
 
 
 
 
 
We also appreciate Lawrence Reddaway’s contributions over the footy season, keeping us up-to-date on The Salvo Hawks. As a former bulletin editor, Lawrence has obviously found  it easy to slip into the role of roving reporter.  Thanks Lawrence!
 
 
 
 
Our team of volunteers at Donations-in-Kind had an unexpected day off last week, as the whole area was cordoned off because of the fire in West Footscray. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The fire was quite near to the DIK store, on the next street corner and adjacent to the block of woolsheds. Store manager Laurie Fisher was obviously concerned for the safety of our stored goods.
 
However the Shadow’s candid photo reveals Laurie may have found a way of overcoming workplace stress. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It is sad to receive a resignation from PP Geoff Dumayne, who has been unable to attend the club much over the past year.  Fortunately Jenny’s health has improved a little recently, and they are able to spend more time out together.  We wish them both well, and thank Geoff sincerely for his years of service to Rotary, and especially to the Rotary Club of Hawthorn.
 
 
 
Who will forget Dennis Shore’s  District Conference in Albury, in 2013?  And how wonderful John Blackman was as MC?  Rotarians left every session with smiles on their faces, prompted by John’s wisecracks and video clips from “Hey Hey, it’s Saturday”.  He has been a good friend of the club, hosting our Christmas Dinner for the Socially Isolated, changeovers  and other events.
 
Not only did John have a brain tumour (meningioma) removed in 2007 in six-hour operation at the Alfred Hospital, but he has recently had a ten-hour removal of his lower jaw and reconstruction for an invasive skin cancer.  Apparently a BCC, which is rarely invasive, but which also afflicted the late Neil Roberts. (Neil, by coincidence, was also one of the stars of that 2013 Rotary District Conference.)
 
During an interview on “A Current Affair” (shown Tuesday) John suggested we all have our skin regularly checked by a dermatologist.
 
We wish John a speedy recovery from this serious setback. 

Upcoming Speakers

Sep 18, 2018     -       No Meeting
We are having a "Welcome Dinner' on 16th September.
 
 
Oct 02, 2018     -   District Governor Bronwyn Stephens
How You Can Be The Inspiration.
 
 
Oct 16, 2018   -    John Botham
Captain ‘Old King’ Cole: from Port Phillip Pioneer to Victorian Patriarch

Coming Events

 
Borrondara 2018 Chances Golf Day 
Following great support last year we will once again invite our fellow Rotary Clubs and others to participate in sponsoring a hole ($250.00) and prizes. 
Any assistance you can offer in this area will be greatly appreciated
 
Competition Format: Ambrose
Monday  29thOctober 2018 from 11.30 a.m
Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill
 
$95.00 per person that includes a light lunch and a dinner following the event.
 
This year we have simplified the payment process by using Trybooking.
Proceed to www.trybooking.comand find the event, Boroondara Chances Golf Day 2018 and follow the prompts.
 
The funds raised will support the Chances Scholarship Program which is  a major Boroondara Cares initiative supporting students in the area who are financially or socially disadvantaged.
 
 
 
 
 
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.) kimcco@tpg.com.au

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

Club Roster 

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

 

11th September

   18th September

 25th September

     

 2nd October

 

 Greeting/Badges      

  

 Earliest Arrival

  

 No meeting

Earliest Arrival

 Earliest Arrival

 Front Desk

   B Walshe

 No meeting

  M Christoffelsz

H Drury

 Credit Cards

  S Brown

 No meeting

 I Gillies

H Kavnoudias

 Set & Clear Up  

   P.Stewart

   No meeting

P.Stewart

P.Stewart

 MC        

   TBA

    No meeting

   TBA

 I Bentley

 

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