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24th  May 2022

  • NEXT MEETING

  • FROM THE LAST MEETING - 17th May

  • YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE

  • A TASTE OF AFRICA

  • NGSE IS STARTING AGAIN - HOSTS NEEDED!

  • GARDEN DESIGNFEST - ROARING BACK TO LIFE
  • MAY IS YOUTH SERVICE MONTH

  • CLUB FUNDRAISING - HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • GALLERY

NEXT MEETING  24th May

The 'RCM' Meeting on the 24th of May will be a face-to-face meeting at the RACV Club in the CBD.

The meeting will commence at 7:40am and conclude no later than 8:45.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:  

Des Benjamin

 
TOPIC:  “Waste Plastic Becoming a Resource”
 

Throughout his extensive career, Des has been involved in many industries – manufacturing, import-export as well as import trade finance.  His career has also covered retailing, education, automotive industries, international trade, and business development consulting in the USA, Britain, Japan, South Korea, and Australia.

Des has also been active in community services for many years.  In Rotary, he was three times Rotary Club President (Toorak and South Yarra).  Outside of Rotary, he was chair of Life Education and treasurer Red Cross branch, and a TAFE lecturer in five TAFEs.  He was Deputy Chair RMIT Graduate School of Business and Chair, Victorian Save the Children, and held office for many other not-for-profit organisations.

Des joined Rotary Central Melbourne in 2008.

Des is currently Chairman of Repeat Plastics Australia Pty Ltd and represents British Trade Financier, Alexander Fraser.

NGSE IS STARTING AGAIN - HOSTS NEEDED!
After a two-year COVID imposed break we are resuming where we left off with the New Generations Service Exchange program. You might remember Lotta Rink, the talented young Bassoonist who had to go home early thanks to the pandemic.
 
Nevertheless, in July this year two young Australian opera singers, Louise Keast and Michael Dimovski, will be heading off to Bavaria where they will be hosted by German Rotary families for around 6 weeks. They will be participating in the Bayreuth Young Artist’s Festival, attending master classes, and in Michael’s case, performing at the D1950 District Conference.
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FROM THE LAST MEETING - 17th May
Rotary 17 May 2022 meeting report
 
President Elias opened the meeting with a respectful acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land where we meet. He then handed over to Chairman Peter Duras to raise a toast to Rotary International.
 
Guest Speaker - David Parkin, OAM
 
Chair Peter Duras gave special welcome to guest speaker David Parkin who has been involved with Australian Football at the elite level since 1961, as a player, coach, fitness adviser, administrator, and media commentator. 
 
A parallel career in education saw him teach in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions from 1962 to the present. A prostate cancer survivor, he has written extensively on the topics of children in sport, men’s health, coaching, leadership, motivation, and teams. Currently, David is the Patron of the Male Bag Foundation, which is a group of men and women, who ride ex Australia Post motorbikes all over Australia, to raise money to purchase prostate cancer diagnostic machines, for rural and regional hospitals.
 
David reflected on his history with Rotary and two members of our club in particular having raced bikes around the Eastern suburbs with Peter Duras and Peter's father, and spent many days with Warwick Cavell at the Cavell family home. David's talk and subsequent conversation covered a range of topics surrounding the theme of leadership. Key takeaways from the discussion:
 
1. Leadership must be adaptive to the situation: David retold how he had to learn to move away from an authoritarian leadership to enable the Carlton football team to thrive through self-directed leadership before later having to become more hands-on as members of his team shifted over time
 
2. Be clear and immediate in performance feedback: David discussed performance reviews with every player after every game and how he would be clear on how well they performed and supported it with a written up performance report and ongoing support to build required skills, competencies and knowledge
 
3. Know your strengths and build teams to support your weaknesses: Repeatedly David presented examples of the value in being clear on what leaders' strengths are to bring to bear in their roles and the importance of building teams around the development areas. He did this himself when bringing support to get upwards feedback on his leadership and coaching at Carlton and sees it increasingly today with the increasing size and scale of AFL leadership and coaching teams
 
Group questions and discussions covered a range of topics including the unsustainability at times of David’s approach to both coaching and lecturing, books he has authored, the increasing burden of leadership in increasingly volatile environments, and some inside stories from his career.
 
Importantly, David also spoke about his work with the Male Bag Foundation which has managed to raise $1.9M to purchase prostate cancer diagnostics machines for rural and regional hospitals supporting early diagnostics for locals who would otherwise have to commute to a metro location.
 
He is inspired by the support the foundation has received from individuals and corporates making special mention to Honda for funding without expectations in return and Australia Post for providing the motorbikes. Discussions could have continued all morning. Chair Peter Duras and President Elias thanked David for such an engaging and informative talk.
 
Peter Duras, Rebecca John, Sue Duras and David Parkin, OAM
 
Member Milestones
 
Member Birthdays
Neville Taylor 23rd May
 
Partner Birthdays
NIL
 
Wedding Anniversaries
NIL
 
Date Joined Rotary
Suvam Ganguli 23rd May 2017 5 years 
 
 
General announcements 
1. Maria Groner from Travellers Aid presented Incoming President Rohan with a cheque for RCM's share of the revenue from the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
 
Maria Groner - presenting the cheque to Rohan Williams
 
2. Roger Thornton reminded members of the upcoming Garden Designfest on 12/13 November for Metro sites and 19/20 November for regional sites with three opportunities to support:
- Volunteer to support operations on the days particularly 19th & 20th of November  at regional sites 
- Provide Roger with any advertising leads to be included in the booklets (key revenue stream from the event)
- Share flyers for the event with family and friends (Roger distributed flyers to the group)
 
3. Kevin Love reminded members about the impact this month's raffle funds will make. Funds from this month's raffle go to support the Bernie Gerlinger Hope for the Future Scholarship program. This program provides support for young people at primary and secondary level to attend school by meeting some of their material needs and providing mentoring and guidance support with significant success in recent times.
 
4. Allan Driver reminded members about the new RACV club agreement to use TryBooking in advance to purchase meeting tickets
 
5. Therese Robinson formally presented Paul Harris Foundation badges to Warwick Cavell and Anne King as it was the first time with all three in a room since her Presidency. Therese thanked them again for their support and guidance during her year.
 
PP Therese Robinson presents PHF badges to Anne King and Warwick Cavell 
 
New member induction
President Elias formally inducted Steve Turner into the club representing the vocation of aerospace engineering and mentored by Herb Greenwood.
 
 
Steve grew up in a community-orientated Rotary family and has always admired the work Rotary does. Having recently retired and finding himself with more time on his hands, Steve is eager to give back as a Member of Rotary Central Melbourne. He kept his introductions short and is looking forward to getting actively involved in upcoming club activities.
 
President's announcements and close
- Elias reminded members to reach out if they want to attend any upcoming board meetings (noting next meeting is 18 May)
- Des Benjamin will be guest speaker next week discussing his work in plastics and the circular economy
- Elias also shared with members the upcoming launch of the MentorMatch program to support international students with cultural integration and assimilation. Next program will launch with a complimentary evening event on 26 May at the State Library, where Nelson Mandela’s grandson (from the Mandela Foundation) will be keynote speaker. Members to reach out to Warwick Cavell with questions.
Chair Peter Duras closed the meeting at 8.45am
 
 
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE
GARDEN DESIGNFEST - ROARING BACK TO LIFE
GLEN EIRA - END OF THE ROAD
Hello to all our friends,
 
Sadly the Glen Eira Rotary Club will cease all activities and retire our Rotary Charter at the end of the financial year. 
 
After many years of service to our local community and internationally through Rotary  International, we want to leave on a high note, so we will be celebrating the club and remembering all the good times and probably a few not so good times with our members and friends. 
 
It would be wonderful if you could joins us.
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SECOND BITE - ENDING FOOD WASTE
 
ENDING FOOD WASTE IS KEY TO OUR FUTURE
Rotary Food Waste & the Environment - Luncheon
Rotary with its partners, the Sofitel & the City of Melbourne, are proud to promote awareness of and positive outcomes for our environment.  “The Environment” has recently been adopted as an area of focus by Rotary International.
 
As a club of action in advocating for environmental stewardship, the Rotary Club of Melbourne has worked closely with the non-profit food rescue organisation - SecondBite - in the fight against food waste. The issue of reducing food waste  has been brought into even sharper focus by the Covid-19 pandemic, with statistics showing that roughly one-third of the food produced globally is either lost or wasted every year.
 
You and your colleagues are warmly invited to attend a fundraiser for SecondBite hosted by the Rotary Club of Melbourne with its partners the Sofitel – Melbourne and the City of Melbourne.  This event features a celebrity panel discussion to raise awareness of how we can reduce food waste to benefit the environment. A portion of the ticket price plus the proceeds of the raffle will support the vital work of SecondBite.  Purchase tickets HERE.
 
About Rotary Club of Melbourne
Rotary Club of Melbourne members leverage their networks and create partnerships to help build a better world. As a club, this means using the skills and passions of members to make a positive difference in local, national and international communities. The club meets for lunch weekly on Wednesdays at 12.30pm at No35 Sofitel on Collins and at monthly evening meetings at The Lyceum Club. We would love to have you join us!
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MAY IS YOUTH SERVICE MONTH

CLUB FUND RAISING - How You Can Help

Voluntary contributions

To everyone that has made or intends to make a donation towards club projects, thank you!

If you are in a position to make a donation or even a series of weekly donations please

arrange to transfer those funds directly to the club bank account with the reference “Donation”.

Bank Account Details:

BSB 033-000:  Account number: 791085

Thank you for your support!

GALLERY

Guest Speaker - David Parkin, OAM
 
Chair - Herb Greenwood
 
President Elias inducts new RCM Member Steve Turner
 
Maria Groner from Travellers Aid
 

Meeting Responsibilities

Chair
JOHN, Neville
 
Greeter/Zoom Host
DRIVER, Allan
 
Reporter
DHILLON, Sonia
 
Photographer
THORNTON, Roger
 
Door
JOHN, Rebecca
 
Bulletin Editor
INCHAUSTI, Ignacio
 
Social Media
LIM, Daniel
 
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