MONASH in Love and War

Andrew Joseph, great nephew of General Sir John Monash has written an insightful play Monash in Love, and war - the private life of John Monash. And it’s currently being produced by our lunch time speaker Neil Cole.  (At Chapel Off Chapel 24 Aug – 6 May.)
We all know something about John Monash; and, following Neil’s fascinating discourse, each of us now knows more.  Monash’s amazing talents and activities have given rise to substantial biographies; so I will record only the best of the stuff that was, from Neil's talk, new to me:
  • Monash was a huge self-promoter, personally sending news straight to Australian newspapers.
  • This self-promotion set him at odds with both Charles Bean (official war correspondent) and Keith Murdoch (newspaper proprietor and reporter).
  • Bean and Murdoch lobbied the Australian Government to back Brindle White rather than Monash for promotion; but Billy Hughes backed Monash.
  • Monash, himself a Jew, had a wife to whom he wrote a torrent of detailed, fascinating letters.  But he had ongoing affairs with a non-Jewish woman, and with his wife’s best friend!
  • In 1931 was Monash overlooked to become Governor General by virtue of his Jewishness?  Surely not, because it was another Jew – Isaac Isaacs – who got the gig. 
  • One very current political issue is “let’s retrospectively promote Monash to the rank of Field Marshall.”  So why did this not happen at the end of WW1?  Inevitably, there’s no single, clear answer!
The Salvo Hawks.
The Salvo Hawks start their season in style.
On 18 April the RecLink footy season started, in glorious weather and fine conditions at the Victoria Reserve (just North of Auburn Station) and the event was enjoyed by seven Rotarians (plus two dogs - very good for starting conversations!)  We enjoyed wearing our HiViz vests, and chatting with hangers-on like the big sister of one player who was still a recovering drug addict.
The Salvo Hawks triumphed mightily over the Wynbay Bulldogs.
And for Rotary Hawthorn, there were two landmarks:
  • *  We got the scoreboard to work - quite a saga, and many thanks to Katrina and Mick;
*  We successfully ordered and collected 20 pizzas - thanks especially to Ian Bentley, Geoff Wright, Lawrence Reddaway and Ngaire Cannon.

(Thanks to Henry Drury for photos)

Salvo Hawks – Diary Dates for Home Matches

Wednesday April  18  

Wednesday May  nil

Wednesday June 13, 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


The Shadow
General Sir John Monash
It’s ANZAC day, and thoughts of many Australian military heroes abound.  One of these, of course, would be Sir John MonashThe Shadow can now reveal a link between one of our members and this general, by virtue of the member having won (a long time ago, whilst at university) the Sir John Monash Medal.  Our member’s name?  Dennis Shore
Google advises that “Recipients of the Sir John Monash Medal must have a minimum of a Distinction average grade . . .  (and) . . . made an outstanding contribution to advancing the University's goals of social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment.”  So, no surprise that Dennis would have won that medal!
Let’s read our emails!
Remember last week?  When we had an evening meeting in place of our lunch meeting?  And the email that should have been a reminder? “Next Tuesday (17 April) Rotary Hawthorn will not be holding any lunch. Instead, members and friends are encouraged to attend a special dinner: . . . ” Despite this, The Shadow understands that at least one member arrived at Kooyong at lunch time! (No – the name is withheld: The Shadow is a softy this week.)
Star Carnivale
The Shadow has heard a whisper that the fundraiser event at the Star Carnivale big wheel in Docklands was a remarkable and highly successful event.  Now that's good news.  (But anyone with more extensive news, could kindly write to the editor!)
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Make-ups and Apologies

Lawrence Reddaway always seeks to finalize numbers by Monday 8.30am 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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Chair:  Sheridan Brown

(Photo Credit:  Australian Men's Shed Association).

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April 3
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April 13
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April 19
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April 25
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April 26
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