President's Note

 There was a significant but modest turn up at our last meeting being the first after Easter and yet still in the midst of the school holiday period.    Thanks to those who attended.   The highlights were special for me.  

First there was new member Jane Tisdall.  I get great personal satisfaction in conducting these inductions and the chance to welcome a new member.    Then speaker Dai Mason talked on a malaria vaccine project between some Queensland Rotary clubs and Griffith University.   It sounded to be at the preliminary stage of its fund raising and evolution but fascinating for me to think how such a project might progress, maybe one day matching Rotary's Rid Polio campaign.

Finally remember no lunch meeting next week but rather the Cluster Anzac event for the same evening at Kooyong 6.30pm for 7.00 pm.   There is still time to enroll but I understand the deadline is this Friday pm.   Hope to see lots of you there.



Cluster Meeting for ANZAC Event
 This is a Cluster event on Tuesday evening the 17th at Kooyong.   Hawthorn Rotary's usual Tuesday lunch meeting is not on that day.
The event has been planned for some big attendances  at the occasion,  let's see if Hawthorn Rotary can outdo those three other local rotary clubs.  Friends and partners are especially welcome BUT for catering we need to know by late this Friday.
The Salvo Hawks.
They are back.  The Salvo Hawks, the local football team which Hawthorn Rotary helps sponsor with uniforms.
They need more, they need our presence at the games too.  The social aspect (and Pizza lunch) is key to the support which they need. 

Salvo Hawks – Diary Dates 

Wednesday April  18   Please try to be there for the season opener!

Wednesday May  -

Wednesday June 13, 27

Wednesday July 11

Wednesday August 8


Typically on these Wednesdays we will need at least 3 Rotary Hawthorn people:

·         1 person on scoreboard 11.45 – 2.00

·         At least 2 people mingling and organising pizzas say 12.15 – 2.15


Could everyone please put these dates in their diaries now?



Dai Mason  ....Malaria Vaccine Project
Dai Mason is a civil engineer with experience overseas in construction and consulting projects.   He continues with aspects of this work in is own business in Australia.  He is an E-Club Rotarian and with contacts to District 9640.
Notably his overseas activities in places in the tropics such as Indonesia and Papua New Guinea have been in many Malaria prone areas.  That connection touched him so that he is now Ambassador for an exciting project borne on the Gold Coast, namely the research into a unique Malaria Vaccine.   The lead scientist is at Griffith University, being Professor Michael Cook.  Cook's groups is linked into the Gold Coast Hospital.
The project is at the stage where human trials of a developed vaccine are to begin.   As always in these things funds are required and several Qld Rotary clubs via the broader RAM( Rotarians against Malaria) are partners in progressing the funding and project.   The link below provides a mechanism to get involved.
In the course of his address Dai told of some key facts.
  there are 214M cases of Malaria worldwide
  400,000 die each year
  Malaria is a parasite with capacity to manifest/change into various form.
  Thus far vaccines have limited success
The thrust of the Griffith team is for a vaccine to stimulate the body's own immune system to eliminate any/all phase of the parasite's presence in the human body.   Their test vaccine has thus far proved effective with animals and hence now the planned human trials on appropriately selected volunteers.   The next stage requires funds of  about $600, 000 much of which has already been acquired from many donation sources.

Jane Tisdall ..New Member
New member Jane Tisdall (centre) was officially introduced last meeting.
Jane has other community interests too.  She is Treasurer for Friends of the Auburn Tower, taking over from Ken Scott.


The Auburn Tower is part of the Uniting Church building the corner of Hepburn Street and Oxley Road in Hawthorn. The association, however, is non-denominational and not connected with the Church. The association’s primary focus is to protect and preserve its unique design and architectural significance.


The Friends of the Auburn Tower are  holding an event on Thursday 19th April to raise funds to help restore the tower. Julie Dod​ds-Streeton is the key speaker. Julie is a historian and former judge in the Federal Court. Julie’s husband is the grandson of the late Sir Arthur Streeton. Julie will present an illustrated talk based on her research of Sir Arthur’s experience as a war artist in World War I.  The event will be held at the Tower.

 I intend to book and go along, I hope a few members can join me.



Foundation fun raiser on the "Eye"
Global Grant Scholarship

I am very pleased to report that the Rotary Club of Hawthorn is sponsoring an applicant for this scholarship to District.

The student is Scott Bolton and our first contact with him was in January this year.

Since then we have been in touch regularly and after reviewing all the criteria of the Foundation for this scholarship, it was considered that Scott came within the eligibility requirements and we invited him to make formal application

His application and accompanying essay was most impressive and following that we have a "Zoom" international hook up for an interview

Henry Drury and Ian Bentley have been assisting and joined in the conference.     We were all most impressed.

Scott is seeking the scholarship to enable to undertake a Masters of Education( School Leadership) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

His goal is to work in the Australian public education school system with the aim to  become a Principal to advance educationally disadvantaged public schools and in the longer term to drive reforms and new initiatives

Scott has his District interview this week and we wish him all the best

With thanks to Henry and  Ian and also to District Chair Keith Ryall for their assistance

David Rush


DIK  Fun at that Working Bee
A thank you note from the convening group of the working bee:- 

Thank you all so, so much for assisting us with getting heaps sorted at
DIK last Saturday.
We achieved so much. How long it would have taken us to sort all those
instruments, dressings & so much more on those many pallets without a
large team to assist us.
At the same time I believe we all had fun & we can thank DIK for us all
leaving a lot more dirty & tired than we started the day.


We had many of you asking if we could have more of this fun again,
obviously everyone loves getting dirty!!.
After most people had left, Sue Gray, Deb Sloggett & I decided to pencil
in another working bee for
Saturday, 2 JUNE (TBC by Bob & Laurie of
course). Stay tuned for a date confirmation.

Many, many thanks again everyone. Please pass this email onto anyone that
on Saturday but I do not have email address for.

Kind Regards
Jenny Foster
The Rotary Club of Essendon Inc
President 2017/2018

Some Hawthorn regulars were there too..............   
The younger is Eddie -grandson of Gordon - perhaps a future Rotarian?
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.
Future Date Camberwell Art Show
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.

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Apr 17, 2018
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