President's Note

Sixty-five years ago, on the 24 August 1953, The Rotary Club of Hawthorn received its charter from RI, becoming the tenth Rotary Club in Melbourne.  The decision to form more suburban Clubs followed more progressive thinking and changes in policy of the Rotary Club of Melbourne board, which had been reluctant to cede territory from which it could draw its own members. The conservatives arguing that Rotary would be better served by one strong club of members with great influence in the community.  However, in early 1953 the decision was made to form a Rotary Club in Hawthorn, taking in the cities of Hawthorn, Camberwell and Kew.
The eventual formation of the Club followed the selection of its founding members through the painstaking work of the Governor’s Special Representative and former District Governor, Horace Bedggood.  Horace identified and interviewed many influential people from the community. The authors of A History of the Rotary Club of Hawthorn1claimed that Horace chose the initial twenty-six members well. “Our charter members included ‘racehorses’ and ‘Clydesdales’; both are vital in a club that will be confronted by short burst projects and those involving long heavy and hard hauls. If all other things are equal, we select the person with the record in community service. Rotary needs people who are leaders in their vocations but who have sufficient milk of human kindness to make their time and talent available to serve other. Moreover, we have no right to take the time of leaders in our community if we do not use it well in relevant programs.” (p.8)
Those members who made up the Club in the early days “found that they could work well in teams, accomplishing infinitely more than each member could have working alone. With each achievement came a deep sense of pride and accomplishment in working together and encouraging one another, and the satisfaction of knowing that others were being helped by their actions” (p.11)
These sentiments apply as much today as they did then. The mark of a strong Rotary Club rests in the quality of the projects it undertakes and the generous team spirit of its members: salutary lessons for our Club in 2018.
Ian Bentley
  1. Bill Johnstone, Stuart Hickman, Bern Hames, Bruce Smith & Geoff Stevens. A History of the Rotary Club of Hawthorn. The first 40 years: 1953 – 1993. (Rotary Club of Hawthorn Inc., 1993)  
Ian Bentley
Rotary Club of Hawthorn

Birthday Party

An informal get-together was planned to celebrate the 65thAnniversary of the Charter of the Rotary Club of Hawthorn.
President Ian Bentley welcomed members and guests, and entertained us with a concise history of the club, before calling on the band to take us on a musical trip down Memory Lane. 
When asked if they had a name for the band, they replied “Not really”, so “Not Really” was good enough for us. The melodies certainly evoked some memories: just hearing “I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter”brought a smile to some faces as they recalled the delightful couplet:
“A lot of kisses on the bottom,
“I’ll be glad I got ‘em”
Anne Scott and Denbigh Richards showed their talents with some fine vocalising, before Lorraine and Noel, those fabulous McInnesses, did some high stepping on the dance floor. 
The evening was certainly informal as members mixed and chatted: it was enjoyed by all who attended. 

No Mere Nuisance

The great science writer Isaac Asimov was stumped by the mosquito. “Human beings can easily destroy every elephant on earth, but we are helpless against the mosquito,” he wrote. Indeed, the minuscule bloodsuckers kill hundreds of thousands of humans each year, earning the notorious distinction of being the deadliest animal in the world.
According to the WHO, more than half the world’s population lives in areas where Aedes aegypti, the yellow-fever mosquito, is present. Zika, dengue, chikungunya, West Nile virus: all begin with a bite from these tiny vampires. Others transmit elephantiasis, encephalitis, and malaria.
Humans haven’t mastered this species yet, but the methods we’re trying are increasingly innovatie: Recent weapons range from new vaccines and bednets to emojis and David Beckham. Biologists are even debating whether they ought to deploy a new gene editing technology to rid the planet of mosquitoes altogether.
Rotarians Against Malaria is a volunteer-run organisation working to eliminate malaria. Fifteen years ago, malaria killed a child every 30 seconds. Under the Millennium Development Goals, however, considerable progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing and treating malaria. As a result, deaths have fallen by 60 percent. Now, under the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, they aim to reduce malaria cases and deaths by a further 90 percent by 2030.
Let’s take a swat at the human race’s public enemy number one.  

This Year . . Next Year . . 

Did you miss out on the 2018 Rotary Convention?
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Join Rotary President Barry Rassin at the 110th Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2019. The historic port city of Hamburg offers something for everyone. Germans call it “The Gateway to the World” — and the 2019 convention will be your gateway to the world of Rotary. At the convention, you’ll connect with people of action from across the globe while learning the latest news and strategies for keeping clubs strong. 
As a past convention attendee, you know that every convention is an opportunity to learn. Not only will you be inspired by the energy and enthusiasm that surrounds you, you’ll also make new, unforgettable memories that can last a lifetime. 
Join your Rotary friends in Hamburg at the 2019 Rotary Convention where together, we’ll Capture the Moment. 
Ths Shadow Knows!
The Shadow knows that some passengers nick the cutlery from their overseas trips, or coat-hangers from the hotels. So he was relieved to hear that after our 65th Birthday Party, Tilak was given permission to take the balloons home for the kiddies.
The Shadow is alarmed by the current epidemic of Orthorexia Nervosa, which seems to be sweeping the country.
Orthorexia is the term for a condition that includes symptoms of obsessive behavior in pursuit of a healthy diet. Orthorexia sufferers often display signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders that frequently co-occur with anorexia nervosa or other eating disorders.
A person with orthorexia will be obsessed with defining and maintaining the perfect diet, rather than an ideal weight. She (commonly) will fixate on eating foods that give her a feeling of being pure and healthy.
An orthorexic may avoid numerous foods, including those made with:
  • Artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Pesticides or genetic modification
  • Fat, sugar or salt
  • Animal or dairy products
  • Other ingredients considered to be unhealthy
Have you noticed it?  Even in your own family? More about this distressing ailment at  
The Shadow is more aligned with the thinking of Irish actor and musician Alex Levine, who says: "Only Irish Coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, fat." 

Upcoming Speakers

Vicki MustafaAug 28, 2018

  Women in the Middle East

No Meeting
 Sep 18, 2018

   We are having a "Welcome Dinner' on 16th September.

  Oct 02, 2018
    How You Can Be The Inspiration.
John Botham     Oct 16, 2018
           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.)

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

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