When is a Men's Shed Not?
The concept of a Men’s Shed is simple: Men –and especially the lonely or those with a mental condition - get together for company, and to make new stuff, and   to repair old stuff.  They like to “Go home and feel they had done something useful”.
At lunch this week, we were lucky to hear from David Mee, co-ordinator of the Hawthorn Men’s Shed which was founded a few years ago with assistance from Uniting AgeWell and from Glenferrie Rotary (one of our daughter clubs.)  We heard about  
* inherently dangerous power tools and the associated safety issues;
* opening hours are restricted by a shortage of volunteers;  
* two types of volunteers are needed: technically qualified, and socially adept;
* the NDIS is causing upheaval for some clients;  and
* although the program is aimed at men, it is also open to women – and hence the title of this report: “When is a Men’s Shed Not?
Review of Activities
At lunch on 1 May, we had a lightning overview of most of our current activities, and here's a summary of that summary:
*  Thursday Evening Group and Boab Health Project
*  Friends of Baguia (Timor Leste)
*  Philippines Project
*  Hospital beds for Cambodia and Java
*  Timor Rotary Consortium - 29 Water tanks + 5 Toilet Buildings Rotary Global Grant
*  Auburn High School - mock interviews
* New Rotary Hawthorn polo shirts
*  Supporting Salvo Hawks football team
Star Carnivale - Sun 29 April

On the initiative of Rotary Albert Park, a Carnivale night out at the Melbourne Star was promoted for Rotarians to both enjoy and raise funds for the Rotary Foundation. Our attendance, when factored up by District funds, contributed some $1,500 to the cause of Polio Plus.
On the night, the Star was especially illuminated in the Rotary blue and yellow colours; but, regrettably, probably only Rotarians would realise the significance. However, it looked great!
Sunday 22 April was the date and we provided half a pod of 10 - made up of: President Katrina who accompanied our newest member Jane Tisdall, Ian and Jane Bentley, PDG Dennis Shore and Lynda, Henry and Jane Drury with PDG Ian Knight and Genny.
The curtain raiser for the evening was a 40 minute talk by astrophysicist Dr Rachel Livermore on “How big is the Universe”? A broad subject to say the least but starting with the ancient Greeks, through Copernicus, Kepler and others and ending with descriptions of cutting edge radio astronomy. There are billions of galaxies out there and surely there must be “life” other than ours lurking as yet unfound?
It was an amazingly informative and humorous presentation pitched at a level that even your correspondent could understand with relish.
The night was windless and cloudless so the views were clear, and we all greatly enjoyed the experience.
The Hawthornites then rounded out the evening with the always enjoyable cheap and cheerful fare at café Decco in Camberwell Road.
Salvo Hawks - Diary Dates for Home Matches
Please put the following important dates into your diary - now!

Wednesday April  18  

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
Trivia Night - Boab Footwear 
On 22 March the Thursday Evening Group had a Trivia night, which was not only a lot fun but we raised important funds for our new Boab Footwear project. In April we continued the project by assembling the footcare packs to be shipped to Broome and distributed to the remote communities in the Kimberley.
A special thanks to our speaker Margie Ware who explained to us the challenges of living and working in the area ​as well as providing  health ​services to the residents in the isolated  communities and why the footcare packs are so important.
Projects are important as they not only make a difference to the recipients (in this case the residents of remote WA) but also to the participants (members and friends) that gain the satisfaction of making the world a slightly better place and all the while forging new friendships . 
Thanks to everyone that came along and a special thanks to Noel Halford who identified the project and has lead the project team. Thanks also to the support of the Auburn Bowls Club who provided the space for us. 
Would you like to know more about our Thursday evening group? If so don’t hesitate to be in touch with Noel Halford (Club Service Director) at or Katrina Flinn (President) at .
Simulated Job Interviews at Auburn HS
Dates for the diary.  Wednesday 20 June and Wednesday 25 July.
The club will help Auburn High School as in previous years by participating in that schools Simulated Job Interviews program.  
We will require on each of the above mornings 9 am to 11.30 am about 20 willing interviewers to act as prospective employers.   Geoff Wright will be soon approaching potential interviewers to populate a roster.
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.

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Guest Editor's Apology
Sorry, no photos this week.  (My computer insists on inserting all photos upside down!  If there are any IT guru with sane, relevant, advice : please let me know.)
David Owen should be back in the seat next week - hooray!
Lunch Speakers
May 08, 2018
Purple Cloak
Purple Cloak

Matt  Maudlin has created a new housing concept for folks living in rooming houses. He writes: 'Many people find themselves in rooming houses through a series of unfortunate events. Such people are able to live independently within the community .... with a little bit of community support. 

We will operate The Purple Cloak projects. This housing venture is completely dependent upon the community getting behind it; we are NOT seeking any levels of Government support. My belief is that an issue as hideous as homelessness will only end when we as a community stand up and say 'enough!'

Chair:  Charlotte England

May 15, 2018
Chairman, Board of Directors, Rec Link
May 22, 2018
May 29, 2018
Charles Troedel: From Stone to Print
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Club Events
Thursday group
Auburn Bowls Club
May 24, 2018
6:15 PM – 8:30 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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