President's Note

'Sharpen the saw', counsels Stephen Covey in his best-selling book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  By this he means for a person to remain effective in business and life, time needs to be spent looking after the 'tool' that does the work: the person him or herself. For the individual, it is to remain healthy and fit: physically, mentally and spiritually.  It is not a huge leap to extend Covey’s seven habits to an organisation such as Rotary.  An effective Rotary Club will be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand and then be understood. And finally, just like the individual, to continue to be effective Rotary will need to 'sharpen the saw'. 
The Rotary organisation is the 'tool' of Rotary action, and it is easy to see in many Clubs; especially in the developed world, that this 'tool' is showing signs of wear.  Rotary membership is declining, and the average age of members is increasing: the 'tool' is no longer as sharp as it has been.  For all the great things that Rotary still does, it is time for some maintenance. If Rotary is to continue to serve future generations, it will need to spend time taking care of itself.  Rotary and Rotarians need to take time out and expend some effort to 'sharpen the saw'.
In part, care for the organisation involves replacing our ageing membership with a new generation of service-minded younger professionals; of welcoming them into our clubs and providing them with fulfilling experiences, leadership opportunities and the support they will need to lead Rotary into the future.  Those of us who have been in Rotary for a long time may need to get used to seeing a Rotary that is different from that of the past.  
The Rotary Club of Hawthorn is making some proactive moves through the implementation of its monthly Thursday evening group; designed to cater for a different group of members and address the needs of the current time-poor and, in some cases, less affluent generation. This initiative has been driven almost exclusively by Noel Halford.  It is time for us to move beyond the passive support we have been giving his efforts and to engage actively in helping him make this initiative a great success.
Also, as mentioned last week, the thorny issue of Rotary membership is being addressed at the Cluster level with the assistance of the Swinburne University think-tank, the Design Factory Melbourne. This project is, however, in its early days.
Finally, on the theme of membership, Katrina Flinn this week encouraged us to replace ourselves in the Club.  With a little effort, it should not be hard to find someone from our vocation to introduce to Rotary. Let us make it a goal for every member to bring another person from their vocation to a Club meeting in the next six months.
Membership, however, is not the only strategy that will rejuvenate the Rotary Club of Hawthorn. We need to energise ourselves through more fellowship activities, to enthusiastically engage in these activities, to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. An organisation that plays together stays together. So, let's spend some time playing. We're never too old for that. You can begin by signing up for the 65th Anniversary party planned for 24 August. Have a great week in Rotary.
Ian Bentley
Rotary Club of Hawthorn

PDG Neville John

Our speaker this week was PDG Neville John, well known to the club as our District Governor in 2016-17.
PP Katrina Flinn, President Ian Bentley, and PDG Neville John.

Neville described membership in Rotary as a product, and specified that young leaders would have different expectations from those of the newly retired. 
He described opportunities to engage in constructive projects and mentioned some of the “baits” for attracting new members. 
He challenged us with some questions, such as how to replace ourseles in the club, and what we would like our club to look like in three  years. 
The meeting split up to workshop these, and some interesting and constructive thoughte were elicited. Membership chairman Katrina Flinn collected the results for analysis: she will surely glean some new ideas.

PDG Neville was thanked for his enthusiastic presentation. 

Australian Rotary Health

Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia. 
They provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community. Their broad vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.
Donors who contribute $5,000 or over to Australian Rotary Health are eligible to become a Companion. 
ARH Chairman, PDG Greg Ross, presented Charles Morrison with a pin and certificate, recognising him as a Companion of ARH. 


The Fritsch Holzer Park Project was a joint venture project based on the Commonwealth Government New Work Opportunities program, between Rotary Hawthorn, DEET (Federal Government Department of Education, Employment & Training) and the new City of Boroondara that had just been created by the amalgamation of Hawthorn, Kew and Camberwell. 
Rotary Hawthorn applied to DEET to undertake this project in February 1995, and after proceeding through the primary and secondary phases of the application process, funds were awarded to Rotary Hawthorn in May 1995. 
The project site was the old Hawthorn municipal tip, re-zoned as public open space, then filled and sealed in a landform ready for landscaping and development as parkland. A joint venture between Council and Melbourne Water was also to utilize the area as a retarding basin to minimise flooding to downstream private property. 
The park had to be a staged development due to funding limitations, and local residents were consulted to determine priorities. 
The new development was ultimately to include: 
• Landscaping; planting, grassed areas, playing fields; 
• Multi-use pathways; including pedestrian, cycle, and fun and fitness tracks; 
• Picnic areas with barbecue facilities; 
• Children’s playgrounds;
• Public amenities;
• Wetland conservation area;
• On-site historical display of area history (old quarry etc); 
• Public lighting and irrigation systems.
The landscaping, planting, pathways, fun and fitness track, and irrigation were included in the first phase of the project to be completed under the Rotary Hawthorn/DEET scheme. Other items were to be future stages. 
The Role of the Rotary Club of Hawthorn 
Charles Morrison first identified the community value of this project and had committed $45,000 towards the pathways (fun and fitness tracks) when he was club President. Project management as "services in kind" was provided by Ian Warren (Warren & Rowe) and recognised as an added contribution attracting subsidy by DEET and added to the Rotary Club of Hawthorn contribution. 
The Club funding application to DEET raised a further $141,740 towards the project, conditional upon the club providing work training for 12 long-term (4 year plus) unemployed project for 6 months under the 'Working Nation" New Work Opportunities program. 
The funding application was made with the support of the City of Boroondara. When that was successful, Ian Warren met with the City's then Chief Commissioner and convinced him to commit a further $165,000 towards the project. That Council commitment provided full-time site supervision and other resources and materials for the works within their contribution limit. 
So, the $45,000 Rotary Club of Hawthorn contribution resulted in a $350,000 community project, a funding leverage of almost 8 times the basic Rotary contribution - and all achieved through the initiative and management of Rotary Hawthorn!
Charles Morrison (President 1988-89) and Ian Warren (President 11996-97)
Because of the club’s role initiating this project, Ian Warren was also invited to represent Rotary on a special community committee whose charter is to oversee the development of the park. Through that committee, Rotary Hawthorn was publicly acknowledged as being responsible for mobilising this project and creating the financial capacity and management arrangements, and which would not have proceeded for some years had it not been for the Club's involvement. 
The DEET Participants 
The project was to engage 12 long term unemployed on the project for 6 months and provide both work and skills training during that time. In June 1995 a number of potential participants were interviewed by the Club, and on 30 June the 12 selected candidates commenced work. 
Unfortunately, one participant dropped out in the first week, and a second had his engagement terminated after only a few weeks. The remaining 10 participants continued as a close-knit, productive team, and all 10 continued until the project completion at Christmas 1995. 
The social interaction and skills of the participants were carefully monitored, and the benefits to them were clearly evident. Some were natural leaders, and could be left in charge of the group, others were hard physical workers, and others performed particularly well in their training course assessments. Two had fairly serious literacy problems. 
The Training Program 
Federal funding conditions required that participants receive formal training for at least 25% of the time. To this end Ian Warren negotiated with Burnley Horticultural College in nearby Richmond to provide an appropriate formal training program. This course was formally structured and provided credits to participants to further their studies through a TAFE Certificate of Studies in Horticulture. 
The course content included units such as Introduction to Horticulture, Landscape Construction, Garden Management, Plant Identification and Use, all with excursions to nurseries and other parks and gardens. Some units included assessment programs, although there was no pressure for participants to "pass an exam". 
Rotary Hawthorn also provided other vocational training, including job interview skills, preparation of personal resumes, and motivational programs. Council also provided on-site training in subjects such as machinery operation, and occupational health and safety. 
The Results 
The first phase of the Fritsch Holzer Park project was completed at Christmas, 1995. In the latter weeks of the program, Rotary Hawthorn presented a series of on-site talks to participants to provide direction and incentive for their impending return to the workforce. Club President Noel McInnes gave a motivational address, and a representative of the Camberwell Job Club presented with advice and hints on job seeking, interview techniques, and so on. All participants were provided with a "job seekers kit” with an individual reference from the City of Boroondara and Warren & Rowe (as project managers), and a personal curriculum vitae. 
The success of this project was not only measured by the completion of new urban infrastructure. More importantly, it was measured in the context of 10 people who had a new purpose in life, a reason to get out of bed in the morning, a rekindling of their dignity and self-esteem, and a new sense of financial self-sufficiency and independence.
The Timor Rotary Consortium
Vijay Susarla reported on The Timor Rotary Consortium, which consists of thefollowing Clubs:- Camberwell (lead Club), Chadstone/East Malvern, Glenferrie, Hawthorn, Malvern, and Prahran.
The Rotary Foundation released funds (Global Grant) for our project a total of $62,994.74 
Six Volunteers have confirmed their participation in Team 2, to visit Timor Leste in October. Team 1 took a number of measurements for Water Tanks and Toilets at various schools during their recent visit.  The exact locations where Team 2 will work during the upcoming visit will be identified when John Walmsley returns from his  trip in couple of weeks.
PDG Don Jago is planning to send a container of 'goodies' (from DIK) to a School located south of Dili very soon.  It appears that the 40 foot container will have some space available for sending goods from DIK to the Baguia region where we are implementing our Consortium project.   
Leopoldina (our project coordinator in Baguia) sent a wish-list comprising: school furniture, school uniforms, book shelves, stationery, mattresses. We will be sending some of these items to fill the space available.
Toorak Primary School has donated 25 chairs, 20 tables and 4 large book shelves to Buawa Laveteri Primary School in Baguia.  Team 1 installed a Water Tank at this school which was sponsored by Toorak Primary School.  
The container will be packed on Sat. 11th Aug.'18 from 9AM.  You are welcome to spend a couple of hours at DIK to pack the container. Please let me know if you are available to give us a hand.
Vijay Susarla.

In celebration of Membership Month

RI President Barry Rassin focuses on the need to make changes in our organization, and the importance of public image, in his video message for Membership Month. "To serve our communities well, we need to represent our communities in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, and background. We need to start reaching out to people who may not know about Rotary." 
Watch Rassin's message to learn more about how you can help build Rotary's membership so we can be more effective People of Action.
Ths Shadow Knows!
At the recent tree planting day at the Fritsch Holzer Park, The Shadow became aware that many newer members have no idea about how the Rotary Club of Hawthorn was a key mover in the construction of the Fritsch Holzer Park.  We therefore thank PP Ian Warren for his concise history of the project in this edition. 
The Shadow has been impressed by the quality of some submissions to The Bulletin, from Rotarians Geoff Wright and Noel Halford. President Ian doesn’t do a bad job either ;-)
Now who will send in the next article for publication in The Bulletin?
Vijay Susarla reported above on The Timor Rotary Consortium.  Its OUR project too: who can help pack the container? The container will be packed at DIK on Sat. 11th Aug  from 9AM.  Please let Vijay  know if you are available to give us a hand.
Or are you already occupied?
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.

Club Roster 

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


14th August

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 Front Desk

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P Stewart

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B Reid

 Set & Clear Up  


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 G Cheyne

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Lunch Speakers
Aug 14, 2018
UPDATE: The Cambodia Project
UPDATE: The Cambodia Project

Come and hear an inspiring update from our member, Peter Lugg regarding what Rotary Hawthorn's work in sending goods has meant to Cambodian hospitals.

You will recall that 'Peter has a particular interest in the people of Cambodia and assists in alleviating their medical conditions where possible, and to quote him ‘Cambodia is beguiling and feels like home’.  He finds time to be in Cambodia every 5 to 8 weeks.  

Peter’s work is primarily with the poorest Cambodians (approx. 30% of the population) who generally cannot access any medical advice as they just don’t have the means to pay.  Most of it revolves around orthopaedics and hip replacements'.

Chair:  Gordon Cheyne

Aug 21, 2018
Please Note
Aug 28, 2018
Women in the Middle East
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Club Events
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
Katrina Flinn
August 20
Anne Scott
August 22
Pamela Robilliard
August 30
Spouse Birthdays
Gigi O'Donoghue
August 7
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
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