Tony Nicholls, Founder and Director of Good Talent Media

"What’s crisis media and why is it on the rise?"

The digital age has irreversibly changed the media landscape. With a proliferation of media outlets and platforms, and the rise of citizen journalism, there are literally billions of ways that a brand or organisation can be damaged, sometimes irreparably. Crisis media planning has grown in response to this new world of threats and opportunities to help prepare organisations for crises and how to respond. Crisis Media Consultant and former journalist with ABC, SBS, and Ten, will explain how crisis media works.

Tony Nicholls, is an accomplished journalist with more than ten years’ experience with the ABC, SBS and Network Ten; covering thousands of news stories across Victoria, Australia and the international media.

Tony has seen the rise of digital media transform communications and the news cycle forever; making new demands of journalists, politicians and media spokespeople. Riding the wave of change, Tony understands old-fashioned news values as well as what drives the new digital media landscape.

Tony has had the privilege of interviewing Australia’s movers and shakers – the people who have shaped news bulletins. Most importantly, Tony understands what a story needs to make it to air or print.

As Director of Good Talent Media, Tony conducts all media training personally; he knows what interview questions you’ll be asked, what the media wants, and how best to deliver an impactful message.

GUEST SPEAKER 3rd March 2020-02-26 13:00:00Z 0

GUEST SPEAKER 25th February


Greg Fordam, Managing Director Airbiz

"A Specialist Australian Aviation Team's Global Success"

Greg will provide an overview of how a specialist team of airport and aviation consultants has been successful in the global market. Having people spread across the world in 10 locations creates a challenge for effective teamwork. The community volunteer days that Airbiz does twice a year play a significant role in creating a successful team.

Greg is Managing Director of Airbiz and an internationally sought advisor, futurist and thought leader in airport planning development concepts and trends. He is a global evangelist and facilitator of conceptual planning and implementation strategies for ’Airports of the Future’ and ’Fast Travel’ initiatives, as well as a frequent speaker at international industry conferences.

He has developed a truly global team, with resources and projects spread throughout the Asia/Pacific region, Europe, and North America.

He is a current Board member of ACI Asia-Pacific and former Chairman of the ACI World Business Partners Advisory Board.  Greg also sits on the Advisory Board for the aviation courses at Swinburne University. 

He has been recognised as one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers.

GUEST SPEAKER 25th February 2020-02-21 13:00:00Z 0


Posted by Frank O'BRIEN
Hi Everyone
What a great day at Collingwood.......after the heatwave of 20 December 2019
With terrific support from Bunnings customers, we were able to take in $1312.70 plus a fantastic $239.65 in donations for Bushfire Relief (about 90% more than normal). After allowing for $230.70 in costs, $1321.65 will go to the Bairnsdale Rotary Club Bushfire Appeal.Thank you so much to you “diehards” for all your efforts, a really great team effort throughout the day. That means that between Peter’s Port Melbourne SS on 3 January and our Collingwood SS today, almost $ 2800 will go towards East Gippsland Fire Relief from our Club.
‘Sausage Team Port Melbourne’ has 4 more dates scheduled this Rotary Year.
  • Saturday    15th February
  • Friday         20th March
  • Sunday       5th April
  • Friday         26th June
Peter is keen to hear from anyone who can assist on any of these dates at Port Melbourne. [15th February morning shifts have been filled.]
BBQ FUND RAISING SUCCESS Frank O'BRIEN 2020-01-05 13:00:00Z 0


Messages from District Governor Grant Hocking.
Over the past week, as the situation develops, D G Grant has issued two messages, via Facebook, for our clubs. Below are extracts from latest statement dated 7th Jan.
To read Grant's full statements please click on 'Read More' at the foot of this item.
7th January
Bushfire update No 2 - extracts:
"Our district Bushfire Response committee met yesterday and again tonight to establish the district response to the Bushfire crisis. Donation details below.

As mentioned previously the emergency phase is still in operation with lots of supporting agencies in place. Experience has shown us that Rotary efforts are best focused in the Recovery phase.

For those clubs that have asked already and those that will want to support our District efforts I can let you know that our District Disaster account is available to receive donations from clubs and individuals where a tax deduction is not required.

We have established an account with Bendigo Bank for receipt of funds where a tax deduction is required which will suit some individuals or businesses. Unlike other funds Bendigo Bank has waived all fees. Details will be published tomorrow.

In the immediate response arena we have definite knowledge that the following items are required. It would be great If you can support them.
  • Fodder donations and offers of agistment: Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), 1300 882 833 or
  • Food donations - contact Food Bank
  • Offers of free Accommodation; Find a Bed on 02 7202 6588
The committee is working on several projects to support communities and fundraising efforts. I know that Rotarians will rise to the challenge.
Thanks for your support so far.
We will make a difference.
DG Grant"
For full copies of DG Grant's statements please click on   Read More     -->   
DISTRICT 9800  BUSHFIRE ACTION 2020-01-05 13:00:00Z 0


Congratulations to Pauline and Frank who celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this month.
Pauline and Frank were married 10th January 1970, 
St Roch's Church, Burke Road, Glen Iris, 
and soon to enjoy their honeymoon on Norfolk Island.


Posted by Roger THORNTON

The Christmas meeting:


Our specially selected choir,  Tom, Peter, Stuart and Kevin ably led by Gerard


Sixty-one members and family enjoying the festivities


Behind the scenes......Nev II and Alison assisted by two of Alison's neighbours 


Youngest family member attending was Nathanael ['Nate'] Soros, with help from his father Rob. 

Representatives of the recipients, Ann Mitchell from Steps Outreach [left] at her 18th annual meeting and  Andi Jones [right] from Lentara at her second annual meeting with Rohan and Alison


Leonie helping marshall the red bags.

Quiz person Mary with Chair for the day Herb.


Casual Santa Brett, with his elves Gerard and Therese.

GALLERY Roger THORNTON 2019-12-28 13:00:00Z 0


Posted by Rob SOROS
Meeting was opened by President Warwick at 7.30am, ably assisted by a specially selected choir under the baton of Gerard. 
Sixty one members, family and friends in attendance
Chair Herb Greenwood toasted to Rotary International
  • Roger Thornton reminded everyone to respond with RSVP re family BBQ by 4th February
  • Peter Duras thanked all for BBQ fund raiser efforts to date with a new record over $1100 raised on Sunday at Collingwood. Five more dates are coming at Collingwood so stay tuned for more details and please volunteer quickly.
President's announcements:
  • An informal meeting will be held 7 January with first official meeting in 2020 on 14 January
  • Birthdays, wedding anniversaries and Rotary anniversaries were acknowledged with special mention to Tom and Ann Callander [18 Dec], and Pauline and Frank O'Brien [10 Jan] for their Golden Wedding anniversaries
Christmas Hamper Project:
Rohan Williams formally presented hampers to Lentara Uniting Asylum Seeker Program and Steps Outreach for Youth with thanks given by representatives of both organisations and acknowledging our club's continuing support over the past 18 years.
Rohan also thanked members for their contribution of hampers, with special mention of Alison who assisted with cost savings for donors and coordination of the project.  [Editor:  You will have to count the hampers in GALLERY below] 
Christmas celebrations and good fellowship:
  • Australian themed songs and Christmas carols sung by all
  • Santa visited in casual attire with helper Elves 
  • Mary Voice produced a testing and wide-ranging quiz questions for all tables.
President Warwick closed the meeting at 8.50am.
MEETING REPORT 17th DECEMBER Rob SOROS 2019-12-28 13:00:00Z 0


Posted by Tony THOMAS
Our club is sponsoring and launching Melbourne Bearbrass Probus at the Dock Library, Docklands, at 10am on Wednesday February 12.
It’s the first Probus Club launched within District 9800 for four years, and the first new Probus Club for inner-Melbourne since RCM launched Melbourne Sunrise Probus in 2011. That club is now full with about 120 members.
We’ll shortly provide our members who live in city towers with flyers for the launch, in the hope they can arrange to get the flyers onto their tower noticeboard. Meanwhile could every member please pass the news about the new club to any active senior or retiree who may want to join?  [Not restricted to Docklands dwellers]
Please help spread the news to prospective seniors. Inquiries:
President Warwick and Tony Thomas will brief members on the Bearbrass project at our January 21 meeting. (In case you’re wondering, “Bearbrass” was a suggested name for the settlement that became “Melbourne”. There’s also a Bearbrass Restaurant in Southbank).
The venture is enthusiastically backed by Probus headquarters in Sydney, which coordinates more than 1500 Australasian clubs and 125,000 members.
Probus Headquarters is paying for display ads in local city newspapers, and providing other marketing. Robert Renshaw of District 9810 is giving us his substantial expertise and will manage the launch meeting. Robert has launched eight Probus clubs in the past three years and currently is helping five potential Probus Clubs get started.
Probus Clubs are for active retirees who want to extend their friendship networks and enjoy stimulating monthly speakers. Interest groups include dining, theatre, films, arts, sports, books, walks, and local and overseas expeditions.
More  - please click on Read More -->
RCM LAUNCHES NEW PROBUS CLUB  Tony THOMAS 2019-12-28 13:00:00Z 0


The club is on Christmas/New Year holiday break at present.  The next meetings are:
  •   7th January         Informal meeting,  7.30am  RACV Bistro - breakfast available.
  No booking required, just turn up and ask for the Rotary Central Melbourne group.
  No duty roster. 
  • 14th January        Regular weekly meetings recommence.  Duty roster is in right column.


Posted by John HINRICHS
Chair for the Day; Campbell Chambers
President:  Neville John, standing in for Warwick.
  • Alison - Hampers
  • Gerard Hogan called for Choir singers to step up and be heard. Reminded everyone that the Christmas Party will be held Tuesday 17 December.
  • Peter Duras called out for more volunteers for the Bunnings Sausage Sizzles at Port Melbourne and Collingwood.
  • Roger Thornton reminded members of the Peninsular Party to be held 9 February 2019
Guest Speaker. 
Gabe Denemark, Community Ambassador for NBNCo
"NBN Progress Update"
NBN Co is a Government Business Enterprise, a wholesaler who own and operate the network.  Customers are the Retail Service Providers.
Now in the final stages of the rollout and are on course to be complete by June 2020. In Victoria, over 2.5m homes and businesses can currently connect to the NBN Access Network.
Connection process:
  • Check how you use the internet between 7pm and 11pm, including how many devices are in use and how they are being used
  • Select the right plan with the help of your phone and internet provider. Find a full list of providers in your area at
  • Connect to an nbn™ powered plan and get set up with the help of your provider who can provide tips on where to put your modem
Gabe suggested the ACCC web site provides an unbiased report on the various ISP’s to choose from:
Some devices and equipment may be impacted when switching to the nbn  e.g. monitored security alarms, fax machines and medical alarms.  Check it will work over the nbn or whether there is an alternative solution.
Different business sites have various voice and data need.  It is important to select the right retail solution from a service provider to keep your business moving.  There is an online tool designed to help businesses access voice and data needs, including programs used and levels of service support.
Household cables and WiFi setup can affect the speeds you receive.  Tips to help you improve the connection in your house, apartment or office can be located at
MEETING NOTES  10th DECEMBER John HINRICHS 2019-12-12 13:00:00Z 0


Posted by Gerard HOGAN
Please note our holiday schedule;
  • 24th December    No meeting
  •  31st December   No meeting
  •   7th January         Informal meeting,  7.30am  RACV Bistro.
  No booking required, just turn up and ask for the Rotary Central Melbourne group 
  • 14th January        Regular weekly meetings recommence.
END OF YEAR/ NEW YEAR MEETINGS Gerard HOGAN 2019-12-12 13:00:00Z 0


Posted by Neville JOHN
"Three of us attended the Docklands Community Christmas event at Library At The Dock last night. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with residents and other community organisations so we will be busy following up people who want to talk to us.
Cheers Nev1"


Posted by Gerard HOGAN




For catering purposes this is a pre-booked meeting. 


If you have not booked and wish to attend please call Gerard [tel. 0408 511 060] promptly 


Gerard is looking for volunteers for the choir, please let him know asap.         


Our gifts for Christmas are the hampers for Lentara Asylum Seeker Project and Steps Outreach Service for Youth in the city.  

Alison is organising the Christmas hampers, please see her note in the Bulletin.
Bring your hamper  on Tuesday 17th Dec.  They will be distributed to the recipient organisations at the meeting.


It will be a hot breakfast with added Christmas delights along with some entertainment, gifts, lucky prize winners and if we’re lucky, a very special guest.


NEXT MEETING 17th DECEMBER 2019 Gerard HOGAN 2019-12-10 13:00:00Z 0


Posted by Peter DURAS
Sustainable fund raising activity -
Help to lighten the load on the regulars, become a Sausage Team Member.
If you have not yet volunteered for this highly successful fund raising activity you are especially welcome to get your name on the list.  
Two locations, to suit your domicile:
 Port Melbourne[call Peter Duras]
Collingwood, [call Frank O'Brien].
Peter's machine on advertising duty in the car park
"Not our smoke Sir" - false alarm in Bunnings brought 2 red machines
BBQ SAUSAGE SEASON Peter DURAS 2019-12-05 13:00:00Z 0
SOCIAL EVENT  PENINSULA BBQ  9th February Roger THORNTON 2019-12-03 13:00:00Z 0

GUEST SPEAKER 10th December

Posted by Bruce HERON
Gabe Denemark – Community Ambassador for NBN Co.
"NBN Progress Update – what it means for you"
Gabe Denemark is part of the NBN local Community Affairs team in Melbourne. His role is to meet with local community and residential groups to help educate them about NBN and what it means for them.
Gabe will be speaking on the progress and status of NBN, what it means for our members and important information like tips and tricks on how to choose the right plan, how nbn affects existing devices, landlines, medical alarms etc. and how to protect yourself from scams.
A commerce graduate from University of Western Australia in 2017, majoring in marketing, Gabe has been extremely active in engaging the community on behalf of NBN to help us understand the significance of the new infrastructure, what it means for us and helping all to get the most out of the new infrastructure.
GUEST SPEAKER 10th December Bruce HERON 2019-12-03 13:00:00Z 0


Posted by Neville JOHN

Thirty members, partners and friends of Rotary Central Melbourne and the Docklands Branch enjoyed a social afternoon the home of Rebecca and Neville John.

The weather was wonderful, particularly given the forecast was not looking good, which made for a wonderful opportunity to catch up in a social setting, chatting about life, each other and of course a little about Rotary. Peter Duras even allowed us to share his birthday so we couldn’t let the occasion pass with a little reminder of cake and the happy birthday song.

DOCKLANDS BRANCH - JOINT BBQ REPORT Neville JOHN 2019-12-03 13:00:00Z 0


Rotary Club of Central Melbourne-Sunrise had a lot to do with six youngsters from Botswana and Malawi who came to Melbourne for the Global AIDS conference in July. All six, aged 16-21, acquired AIDS at birth.
Member Alan Seale took three to the zoo, and afterwards asked them what they liked best. One replied, “The kangaroos were nice but I liked your car best.”
Alan: “Why?”
Youngster: “Because it’s clean and there are no (he groped for the English word ‘insects’ but couldn’t recall it) beetles in it.”
Alan also took them to Healesville Sanctuary where they admired the open-for-viewing animal hospital there. “It’s a much better hospital than we have,” a youngster remarked.
Member George Mackey visited the group at the “Global Village” of about 100 AIDS display stalls at the Convention Centre. While there, he asked one lad, “What do you want to do in your life?” expecting to learn about their career goals.
The lad replied, “I want to live till I’m 40.” The lad then looked at George appraisingly and added, “Maybe older.”  George, who’s nearing 64, felt the lad was thinking, “But not as old as you, thanks!”
The club hosted the lads on request from Ed Pettitt, from Houston Skyline Rotary Club, Texas. Ed coordinates AIDS projects in Botswana. His club sponsored Global Scholar Michelle Heard to Melbourne, and RCCMS is hosting Michelle here.  Ed was our guest speaker two weeks ago.
WISDOM FROM YOUNG AFRICANS 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0


The Grand Garrett Gourmet Gastrofest was attended by Greg & Chantelle Cuthbert, Rob & Tess Hines, John & Raylee Ilott, Frank & Pauline O’Brien, Roger & Pippa Thornton. 
Hosts were Roy & Annie. 
The theme was Asian Fusion & Annie cooked up a storm!  Gravelax with green mango salad, beef fillet with sweet potato and  minted green vegetables,  black sticky rice with mango and ice cream.  The conversation flowed at high volume.  Much laughter, good wine (but some, like the host, getting on a bit).  A sufficient amount of Rotary business was done but not to excess. 
A total of $1,200 was donated for our Laos school projects.   It’s nice to raise money for a good cause in such a totally enjoyable way!


President Roy Garrett invited Chair of the day, Anne King to give a toast to Rotary International. Roy then welcomed AG Ian Salek, Global Scholar Michelle Heard, guest of Tony Thomas, David Cray, guest speaker Ed Pettitt II, and club members to the meeting.
AG for the Batman Cluster, Ian Salek addressed the meeting and spoke of the clubs comprising the Batman cluster (Melbourne, Melbourne South, Southbank, North Melbourne and CMS), and in particular the excellent programs conducted by RCCMS, such as Community Village and Police Mentoring. Ian also outlined the need for clubs to continue their membership development and retention activities.
Vocational Service Director, David Jones outlined the plans for the year, including participation in the Shine On Awards, Member behind the badge, job talks and at least three onsite vocational visits during the year. 
President Roy announced that the club has been invited to participate in the nomination of a Rotary International Director if they had someone in mind.
Sergeant’s Session
Bernie Gerlinger took members through a very testing knowledge tour of the Rotary Acronyms and collected plenty of fines in the process.
Guest Speaker – Ed Pettit II – Building a Brighter Future for Children & Adolescents with HIV/AIDS
George Mackey introduced Ed Pettitt II, a Rotarian with the Houston Skyline Rotary Club and a visiting Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Gaborone, in Botswana, where he is currently working as a Senior Project Coordinator for the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative. Ed is attending the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, and began his presentation with a request for a period of silent reflection in honour of those delegates who had lost their lives in a plane mishap en-route to the conference.
Ed oversees the world's largest network of peer support programs for adolescents living with HIV and is also helping to launch a pediatric genomic research imitative in sub-Saharan Africa. Ed has also served as a HIV/AIDS technical expert for the World Health Organization and UNICEF and is co-founder of the Houston Global Health Collaborative.
Ed advised that BIPAI’s first African clinical centre of excellence (COE), in Botswana, now treats over 4,000 children, most of who are now surviving into adolescence. It is expected that the number of HIV positive adolescents enrolled in care will double by 2015. Despite this nationwide trend, there is a paucity of psychosocial support programs addressing adolescents’ specific issues, which led the Botswana-Baylor COE to partner with the Rotary Club of Gaborone, along with a network of Rotary Clubs in the U.S. and beyond via a Global Grant, to build and equip an adolescent HIV/AIDS centre. First of its kind in Botswana and the African continent, the Phatsimong Adolescent Center is a safe and welcoming place where adolescents receive life skills education and health counseling, leading to improved clinical and mental health outcomes as well as a healthy transition into adulthood.
Following questions, the Chair thanked Ed for his fascinating presentation. President Roy closed the meeting after thanking the visitors attending and reminded all members to 'Light Up Rotary’.
MEETING REPORT 22ND JULY 2014 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0


George wishes to publicly thank the members who responded to the call for help with visitors from Botswana, in Melbourne for the World AIDS Conference.  
The visiting group comprised six young people, each with HIV AIDS, and Ed Pettitt, who was our guest speaker last Tuesday.
Neville and Suzette Taylor and George and Julie Mackey offered accommodation and a team of Alan Seale, Doug Robertson.Richard Stone, Tony Thomas and David Jones made up the RCCMS Transport Corps, on standby for help around the city and of course a compulsory trip to Healesville.
Alongside the thanks from George it is appropriate for the club to give an even larger thank-you to George and Julie. The organisation and contact with the group pre conference, all undertaken by George, was 'not inconsiderable' and when coupled with visitors' missing connections, one leader not being able to make the trip [ = a further three young people in the equation], a visitor's mobile phone not working and one young person 'lost' in Melbourne you will gain an idea of how George and Julie spent last weekend. Basil Fawlty comes to mind.  Great to see you smiling and your usual unfazed self last Tuesday George. 
RCCMS TRANSPORT CORPS 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0


Last year District 9800 entered into a Corporate Partnership with Girl Guides Victoria
For over 100 years “Guides” have been providing fantastic opportunities for girls and women to meet personal challenges, learn team building, develop confidence, self-reliance, leadership skills and make new friends.
We are very pleased to partner with a like-minded organization such as Girl Guides Victoria and would like to take the relationship further on a local level encouraging both Rotary Clubs and Guide Units locally to explore what programme's and activities can be shared to enhance both organisations’ service to our communities.
At a State and National level this partnership has already seen Rotary giving financial assistance to further develop Girl Guiding in Myanmar. This assistance is
continuing as Guiding re-establishes itself and Myanmar works towards membership of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Our Youth Committee is the epicentre for developing this relationship. If you see any opportunity where RCCMS may become involved with a Guide group please contact George Mackey or a member of the Youth committee.
DID YOU KNOW? 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Roger Thornton
Iftar Dinner in conjunction with the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS).
Instead of our regular Tuesday breakfast meeting, nearly 30 RCCMS members joined about 60 guests at 5:45pm to partake of Iftar, the breaking of the Muslim daily fast during Ramadan, in the office of the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS).
Guests included dignitaries, such as Dr Peter Hollingsworth, former Governor General of Australia, Kerem Birinci and Selahattin Tumer, from the Turkish Consulate, and Frank McGuire, State Member of Parliament for Broadmeadows.  Rotary was represented by D9800 District Governor, Dr Murray Verso and President Roy Garrett, while AIS was represented by Ahmet Polat, its Executive Director.
Andrew Crisp, Assistant Commissioner of Police for Northwest Metropolitan Region, was the MC for a very tightly timed and busy evening’s program, designed both to educate attendees about Ramadan and to share in a celebratory meal.
Guests started arriving at 4:45pm, sufficient time to enjoy some pre dinner fellowship. Andrew invited Roy Garrett and then Ahmet Polat to welcome their guests.  President Roy said this was a breakthrough evening for RCCMS, an essentially monocultural club but one that recognises the need to diversify its membership and better appreciate other cultures.  Ahmet Polat said that AIS has been arranging Iftars, both large and small, for the past 15 years with the aim of increasing community understanding, strengthening social cohesion and contributing to a better society.
At 5:25pm Andrew stated that in mosques around the world the call to the early evening prayer signals the end of the fast and the beginning of the Iftar dinner.  He called on Ali Gurdag, Sergeant at Melbourne East Police Station, to make the Arabic call to prayer or azan.  After the prayer dinner commenced with the traditional dates and water followed by a delicious Turkish meal, including a lamb stew hünkar beĝendi (“the Sultan’s delight”).
After dinner Mustafa Kadioglu, who teaches Religion and Values at Sirius College, recited from the Holy Quran, Chapter 55: Ar-Rahman, Verses 1-25, whilst a translation was projected onto a screen.
The first speaker of the evening was Omer Atilla Ergi, the General Coordinator of the Serenity Islamic Research Academy, whose topic was the significance of Ramadan.  He said that Ramadan is the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar when all Muslims, above the age of puberty, fast from sun up to sun down.  Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and an obligatory act of worship.  He explained there are three aspects to fasting: physical, spiritual and social.  Fasting is good physically because it leads to detoxification and spiritually because it curbs carnal desire and allows the worshipper to focus on spiritual matters.  Its social importance is that it leads to the tradition, initiated by Abraham, of sharing food which helps to build bridges and develop strong friendships.
Guests were then entertained with a performance by a whirling dervish.  His dance is an act of meditation done by Sufi Muslims.  By revolving from right to left around the heart the dancer, or semazen, embraces all humanity with love.  He was accompanied on the lute by Zakir Yildirim, President of the Istanbul Arts and Culture Centre, and Burak Kula on the guitar.
The second keynote speaker for the evening was Murray Verso, who gave a succinct explanation of Rotary, its origins, history, philosophy and major projects.  He said that right from the beginning Paul Harris identified friendship as the motive power of Rotary.  Murray explained that the Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service, based on four principles: development of friendships, high ethics, advancement of international understanding and service above self.
As a sign of appreciation, speakers and organisers of the evening’s event were then presented with gifts, because Prophet Muhammad once said “he who does not thank people does not thank God”.
Following the presentation of gifts Frank McGuire spoke and said that his electorate of Broadmeadows has the highest Muslim and Turkish population of any electorate in Victoria.  He recalled the words of Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Attatürk who in 1934 wrote a tribute to the Anzacs who died at Gallipoli and said “there is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now”.  Frank said the Johnnies and Mehmets live side by side in Broadmeadows today.
A vote of thanks was presented by Teresa de Fazio, Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission, who continued the theme of friendship and building bridges.  She thanked the speakers and said their talks provided a lens through which we could see how powerful such fellowship can be.
Concluding remarks were provided by Ergun Kirmaci, AIS President, before the meeting ended at 7:40pm.
NO 'IF' ABOUT IT - IFTAR MEETING A GREAT SUCCESS Roger Thornton 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z 0


Honorary Member, Lou Butterfield
Update from John Meehan
Further to previous update, Lou has recently been transferred from hospital to high-care at “Ranelagh Gardens Nursing Home” situated at 1, St John’s Lane, Mt Eliza 3930 (on corner of Nepean Highway and Mt Eliza Way). He is dressed and out of bed daily and states that he is quite comfortable. He is receiving physiotherapy weekly but not yet able to walk freely.
The Home can be found on website:  He has no access to emails at present but Lou has invited his Rotary friends to visit him at any time or simply phone his private number- 9775 4891 to say hello. He is an avid reader and would welcome any books of any kind. In the meantime Pat is residing with her son Geoff in South Frankston and is well.
MEMBER NEWS 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z 0


A Message from District Governor.
We would like to let you know that the World Health Organisation has just declared the situation with the fight against polio an international public health emergency.  This reflects the dramatic increase in the number of cases of polio in the first quarter of 2014, compared to Q1 of 2013, particularly in Pakistan (up from 6 to 54 YTD). 
We hope and expect that the declaration of the international public health emergency will see the application of additional resources to the vaccination programs in these areas.  The situation underscores the importance of Rotary continuing our fundraising efforts and our advocacy.  Rotary has 1.2 million voices and it would make a real difference if members in your club were to continue to use their influence in your community and highlight this new and dangerous situation.


Registration for the 2015 District 9800 Conference is now open.  The conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania at the Wrest Point Casino and Hotel.
Accommodation at discount rates is available, but in short supply.
Groups Tasmania has prepared pre and post Conference tours so that you may enjoy the company of other Rotarians before and after the conference. A great way to meet other like minded people from neighbouring Rotary Clubs and a wonderful opportunity to create some friendships that may blossom not only for your stay in Hobart, but continuing on when you return to Melbourne.
Day tours are also available for you and your partner.  Several surprise activities are planned and will be announced in future Conference Newsletters.
To book now please click HERE. 
DISTRICT CONFERENCE, MARCH 2015 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
IFTAR DINNER - Photos 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0


Rotary International District 9800 Learning, Leading and Development Pathways
Free District sponsored seminars for
New Members & Future Club Leaders
The New Member Seminar, [Monday 18th August 6.30pm] is an interactive 2 hour seminar giving new Rotarians a better understanding of Rotary‘s Philosophies, Core Values, Avenues of Service, Priorities and Goals. 
The Future Club Leaders Seminar [Monday 1st September 6.30pm] is another interactive 2 hour seminar designed to give potential club leaders some understanding of leadership in general, how Rotary trains and supports its leaders and how you can lead a club committee or the club itself.
NEW MEMBERS - FUTURE CLUB LEADERS 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0


Members were deeply saddened by the sudden passing of John this week.
John has been an active and valued member of our club since his induction in April 2013. He quickly became in involved in club activities, known for his incisive questioning of guest speakers and his enquiring mind. He will be much missed.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Cathy and family.
John's funeral will be held at the Jewish Memorial Gardens at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery on Sunday, 6th July at 1.30pm.  No flowers by request.
PASSING OF MEMBER JOHN PRICE 2014-07-04 00:00:00Z 0


A few notes on the year to come from my “President’s Message”
  • No special missions but may our club continue to be friendly, diverse, active and interesting. Members should enjoy being members, get a buzz and be proud of what we do.
  • I want to get membership up.  Diversity is important.
  • Hopefully resolve the everlasting need for sustainable funding.
  • Focus on the big projects (without discarding the little ones).
  • Promote in the CBD, so we are known.
  • Continue to grow our e-presence.
Other than that what can I say?  We have a great board & executive.  How can we lose?
ROY'S NEW YEAR 2014-06-29 00:00:00Z 0


President Doug's review of the past year.
“D G Ross and Annette, D G Nominee Designate Neville and Rebecca, A G Ian and Heather, P E Roy and Annie, Charter President Terry, members, honorary members, partners and friends, it is with pleasure that I present this report for the year now ending.
Firstly, I would like to welcome new members who joined our Club during the year: Stuart Ellis (Jo), Sat Mishra (Jaisuree), Rob Hines (Tess) and Stella Avramopolous (Con Matsamakis).  I trust all new members have a long and fulfilling time with the Club and their partners also enjoy that association.  I also want to welcome Peter Duras and Sue.  Peter will be joining the Club in a week or so, having been a member of RC Essendon for 41 years. 
A significant and first event in our Club’s 28 years occurred in the latter part of the year, when our nomination of Neville John for District Governor in 2016/2017, was accepted by District.  All members, partners and friends, wish Neville and Rebecca a great and successful journey over the next two years.
In looking at the year, I believe the extent and content of our projects and activities undertaken, illustrate that members of our Club have “Engaged Rotary and Changed Lives”.  Certainly in my view, our voluntary efforts have been well planned, and executed in an effective and energetic manner.  I hope you will agree with me.  
CHANGE-OVER EVENING 2014-06-28 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Tony THOMAS
Welcome to Palermo but don't mention the M.fia!
We, being laden-down and confused tourists, arrived at Palermo Central Station on a quiet Thursday evening. We found the taxi rank and a helpful concierge there directed us to a taxi in the middle, a small surprise. We showed our apartment address and the driver got under way while chatting on his mobile. The route seemed very circuitous and the bill came to 17 Euro. Giving the driver the benefit of the doubt, I tipped him one Euro. We found next day that the direct route was a mere 3km, in fact we walked it later. The taxi concierge had directed us to his pal as specially plump victims. The driver also turbocharged his meter.
It's small-scale stuff but part of the culture here: ‘if it's a tourist, fleece it’. On the grand scale, the local mafia has dominated the place for a century, except for a bloody interlude in the 1980s when intruders from Corleone killed 1000 city rivals.
The mafia's hey-day was 1950-80, when it literally ran the place, selling parklands, school sites, clinics etc to builders of shoddy apartments. There was the sack of Rome by the Visigoths in 410AD and locals here refer to the mafia's  'sack of Palermo'.
Mussolini saw the mafiosi as rivals and imprisoned hordes of them. The arrestees persuaded the invading Americans that they were the cruelly-treated anti-Fascist resistance, and were rewarded with government posts and mayordoms.
Lately, the Mafia has been tapping funding from the European Commission. Robbing ratepayers is naughty but who is the victim if a few billion Euros of EC and World Bank funding vaguely dissolves in half-assed Palermo projects? The Italian Foreign Ministry estimated this year that total Italian mafia turnover is Euro 200bn p.a. compared with the EU budget of Euro 140bn. I have an image of the Mafia as Danae, naked and with legs akimbo, being impregnated with showers of gold from the EC, playing Zeus.
LETTER FROM PALERMO Tony THOMAS 2014-06-28 00:00:00Z 0


Justine Murphy
My ultra-marathon experience

Justine Murphy recently finished the Blue Mountains 100km “Ultra-Marathon” in 19 hours 55 minutes.

Justine will discuss her experience, including: why she did it, her preparation, the run itself and ‘what’s next’.

Justine is a member of the RC of Central Melbourne – Sunrise. She started swimming at 30 years of age to get healthy and lose weight. She added strength and cardio classes within a few years and then took tentative steps to start running at 35. Her addiction to running soon took hold and she ran her first half marathon for her 40th birthday and then, most recently the NorthFace100 Ultra Marathon for her 45th birthday.

Although she has not yet won the ‘health’ battle, she has successfully achieved her weight loss goals, weighing more than 20kg less than when she started her journey 15 years ago.


GUEST SPEAKER TUESDAY 1st JULY Marjorie GERLINGER 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Tony THOMAS
Yesterday I was returning to our nice flat in a very run-down part of Naples near Garibaldi Square, after half a day at the Naples National Archaeology Museum. I decided to detour to Montesanto on the subway line, because my map showed some nice palaces there. This detour was a damp squid because the palaces had disappeared centuries ago, although the names stayed there.
I eventually got to the right platform on Montesanto for the trip home, packed with waiting commuters as it was about 5pm and the subway trains are not at all frequent, e.g. every 20 minutes. The platforms both sides were in clean condition, but unusually, youths were using my platform edge as seating, dangling their legs above the tracks. After a while one of them, about 18-20 with red hair, pale skin, a New York University sweater and baggy pants, got up and joined two mates. One was thin but very tall, the other swarthy and clad in pseudo camouflage top.
They were all only a metre or two from me. The redhead was clutching some tubes, about half the size of a runner's baton. One tube was giving him trouble and he was trying to do something with the lid. I noticed a wad of cotton fall to the platform and he put it back in the tube (I had initially thought there was something edible in the tubes).
I was standing against the light green perspex/glassy wall of the station. There were dozens of others alongside me, some standing and others filling seats against the wall. Still struggling with the cap, the redhead moved to a rubbish bin 50cms from me and ground the top of the tube against it. He looked pleased when something blue came out of the tube onto the rail of the bin. He took two steps towards the wall, between the bin and the first row of seated men and women commuters.  This was a wall gap of only a metre.
With practised movements, he waved his arm at the wall (I couldn't quite see what he was doing), stepped back, admired the wall, and took a few steps left to rejoin his two friends.  They all seemed quite merry and animated.
Someone moved and I could see the wall. On it now -- it was previously pristine for the whole length of the platform -- was one of those mindless 'tags', the scribbled letters P, W and C, in a squiggly pattern about half a metre square.
I now saw that at least two of the three youths were carrying handfuls of these tubes, king-sized textas. The swarthy youth had a red, blue and empty tube, and the redhead had his own bunch. They were making no attempt to conceal them. I wondered what function these tubes had, other than for graffitists.
I looked at the commuters to see how they were reacting to the wall being defaced at peak-hour right next to them. They would all be fully aware of what had happened but they studiously minded their own business, and acted as though the trio of graffitists was invisible. Surely, I thought, some of those studying their smartphone's would tap out an alert to the station police? Obviously this wasn't happening.
The trio were clearly on their graffiti mission. I'd say they'd been active for an hour or two.
At that moment the train arrived and those still sitting on the platform edge pulled their legs up.
I found myself sandwiched among the three youths as we boarded. Thankfully they moved down-carriage a bit. From there they kept up a loud banter. I tried unsuccessfully to work out from their talk if they were native Napoli citizens or some outsider group. I did make out some variant on 'chi uccede' - croaker, killer, zaps or some other unpleasant jargon. 
When I stood up to get out at Central Station, once again I was sandwiched among the trio. They ignored me and formed a knot in the crowds heading for the stairs.
Even now, at Naples main train station, they flourished their graffiti tools of trade in their hands. They moved purposefully, I guessed to some other line where they would continue their evening's fun. Whatever police or officialdom was present, the trio obviously had no fear of them.
I wonder about it all. They did not seem particularly tough or threatening. That's not to say the other train-goers weren't intimidated by them: who knows what else besides giant textas they were armed with? Or were train-goers utterly indifferent to vandalism on their subway, in broad daylight among crowds?
Melbourne has its train graffiti vandals too, painting their horrid tags on platforms and carriages and rigorously scratching train windows into an opaque mess. I recall a case a year or two ago where three were caught and prosecuted -- they had come from Adelaide on a spree and in a week or two, had vandalised hundreds of places on our train system. They had operated late at night.
Let's hope Melbourne never gets to the pass where graffiti vandals do their work openly.
GRAFFITI FROM NAPLES Tony THOMAS 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0


Members should note there will NOT be a regular Tuesday meeting on 24th June, owing to our Change-over celebration being held on Friday 27th June.
Any members who have not yet booked for the Change-over should do so immediately as bookings close early in the week -contact Neville Taylor or Marjorie.
NEXT MEETING 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0


Vic Police Leaders Mentoring Graduation.
Chairman:     President Doug Robertson
Reporter;      David Jones            Photographer:  Anne King
Attendance ;  126 guests and members
        Rotary District Governor D9800, Ross Butterworth
Victoria Police Leaders:  
  Assistant Commissioner- People Development Command, Kevin Casey
  Assistant Commissioner – Southern Metro Region Luke Cornelius
  Assistant Commissioner – North West Metro Region, Andrew Crisp
  Assistant Commissioner – Western Region, Jack Blayney
  Assistant Commissioner – Transit & Public Safety Command, Chris O’Neill
  Assistant Commissioner – Road Policing Command Robert Hill
  Assistant Commissioner –Eastern Region Emmett Dunne
  Acting Assistant Commissioner Crime Command - Tess Walsh
  Commander – Southern Metro Region Doug Fryer
         Director Public Support Services - Eileen Armato
  Director Media & Corporate Communications - Merita Tabain
Representatives from Victoria Police Legacy:  Chairman Roger Schranz and Executive Director Kay Miller
District Governors from the other Victorian Districts:
D9820, Tim Moore,  D9810 Merv Ericson,  D9790 Philip Clancy, and  D9780 Ken McInerney   
District 9800:DG Elect  - Dr. Murray Verso, DG Nominee - Julie Mason and DG Nominee Designate Neville John
Rotary International Global Grant Scholar from Texas, USA – Michelle Heard
Rotary Club Presidents, Mentors and Representatives, from: Sale, Canterbury, Keilor East, Swan Hill, Ballarat South, Brighton, Essendon, Footscray, Chadstone East Malvern, Mordialloc, Kew, Brighton North, Balwyn, Melbourne, Wangaratta, Hawthorn, Brimbank Central, Camberwell, Balwyn North and Carlton. 
Police Mentees
Business Mentors
Members of the Steering Committee & LMP Syndicate Support Leaders
Visiting Rotarians, Guests of members & our own Club members
Honorary Members John and Lorraine Meehan
President Doug welcomed members and guests and proposed the toast to Rotary International.
Dist Governor 9800 Ross Butterworth gave an overview of the mentoring programme [7th Year] on behalf of the Victorian Rotary Districts. 
He acknowledged;
  • the contributions of Rotarians form 21 participating clubs and commented on the close relationships established within the programme.
  • the evolving and greater enriching nature of the programme through the excellent work of the Steering Committee
  • the diversity being achieved in police officers selected for the programme
  • the number of Police Officers who have partaken on other Rotary programmes
  • the commitment of Police Chief Ken Lay and the Rotary leaders.
Ross concluded by congratulating RC Melbourne Central Sunrise for their initiative in starting and continuing to be principal club for the programme.
Commander Fryer was introduced and in his comments noted;
  • 140 police members have taken part in the programme to date, including himself.
  • that Rotary’s involvement is seen as a pathway for further community involvement and a catalyst to assist social change in our communities.
  • Rotary is the engine behind the Steering Committee
  • He acknowledged the value of the programme to Vic Police and said it is critical to developing their leaders.
  • He praised the highly valued partnership between Rotary and the business leaders.
  • The inspirational special speakers accessed through the year and the strategic associations.
Business Mentor Lisbeth Long, Managing Director of Silent Range Estate, spoke next.
Lisbeth commented that;
  • In all her business career she had never seen such a beneficial programme of this nature.
  • her mentoree  was an exceptional young woman who demonstrated excellent values and community leadership
  • much of her mentorees actions were not written in the job description, a situation she suspects applies to  many of the Vic Police members.
  • she saw evidence of excellent support for the mentoree by Vic Police.
  • she acknowledged the hard ask on mentorees to become involved when outcomes were not easily seen at the beginning of the year
  • that the mentors gain as much or more from the programme as the mentorees.
Police Mentoree Senior Sergeant Jenny Wilson was introduced by President Doug.
Jenny noted that;
  • Her first thoughts about the programme were “why me?” And likened the beginning to a first date with two strangers!
  • She wanted the experience to be positive and she was happy to open up to the two strangers – in return the mentors were both great.
  • She was challenged by the mentors to step into the unknown and to take up more activities and leadership with outcome of greater self confidence.
  • She learnt the value of forward planning, access to her leaders and having respect for your leader, knowing when to act and how to better identify issues.
  • She now has a much widened view of life and realises more the value of her own skills to the community.
Commander Fryer and Ross Butterworth presented the graduates, business mentors and Rotary mentors with their certificates of achievement.
The raffle raised approximately $1300, to be shared between Vic Police Legacy and the Rotary Club.
President Doug closed the meeting.
MEETING REPORT 17th JUNE 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0


Saturday morning,14 June 2014, saw 8 members from our Club make up half of a hard working contingent of Rotarians who collected and loaded 28 beds from a disused wing of the hospital into a 40 foot container. Those attending were Pres Doug, PE Roy, Bernie Gerlinger, Rob Hines, Bruce Heron, Russell Rolls, John Price and Frank O’Brien plus other Rotarians including former member Peter Lake, now with RC of Melbourne, and two who had travelled from Rochester. Two hours later and job done... followed by a well earned coffee break.

MANY HANDS MAKE [DIK] LIGHT WORK Frank O'BRIEN 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0


Chair – Gerard Hogan | Sergeant – Michael Bromby
Reporter – Neville John | Photographer – John Price
Visitors:   Visiting Rotarians from the RC of Melbourne President, Keith McNeil, Marion Macleod, John Peberty and proposed new member Stella Avramopoulos.
Guest Speakers:  Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp and Sergeant Ali Gurdag from Victoria Police.
Induction of new member:  President Doug inducted Stella Avramopoulos as a member of the club with the vocational classification of Community Service. Stella’s mentor is Neville John and she will serve on the Community Service committee chaired by Neville Taylor. Stella is CEO of Kildonan Uniting Care, mother of two boys and is married to Con Matsamakis, a serving member of Victoria Police. 
    Our newest member Stella Avaramopoulos.
  • Frank O’Brien - a call for volunteers for the next DIK project, Saturday 14th June at the Alfred Hospital.
  • Neville Taylor – Club changeover on Friday 27 June at the Athenaeum Club. [Editor, Register NOW please.]
  • Neville John – Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Program 2013/14 Closing event 17 June. Event is booked out.
  • President Doug advised with regret of the resignation of Brian Downie from the club. Brian was present at the meeting and received warm acclamation for his service to the club over many years.
Sergeant’s Session:
The Sergeant’s session revealed to everyone’s interest (not), that Donald Duck turned 80 years old today. The feature was a recap of “the epic poem”, which thankfully came to a close this morning with the final contribution from Yanpu Zhang. Who would have thought that a cad like Darcy could ever have become a Paul Harris Fellow. (I’m handing mine back).
Guest speakers:
Andrew and Ali talked about the Melbourne Muslim communities and the importance of support, leadership and structure. In particular they talked about the importance of Iftar.
Muslims fast for 30 consecutive days during Ramadan, from dawn until sunset. Iftar is the special meal prepared daily at the end of the day when the fast finishes. Muslims are encouraged to reach out, to build bridges and to work with colleagues and neighbours around them who are not Muslim, to share their faith and build on their shared values. The Iftar meal is a special time of day, as this is when Muslims open their fast and give thanks for the food they are eating.
Victoria Police have been hosting Iftar dinners for six years and this has helped develop a positive relationship with the Muslim community. The dinners are even broadcast back to Turkey.
Ali spoke about the success the ‘adopt a cop’ initiative which had developed from the Iftar dinners and has further positive impact.
Alan Seale advised that our club is hosting an Iftar dinner for the Australian Intercultural Society (Turkish community) at their venue is St.Kilda Road on 15 July 2014. This initiative is also aiming to develop a strong relationship between Rotary and the Muslim community.
Ali kindly offered to provided the club with a guide of etiquette relating to Iftar that he has developed through his experience.
The Chairman presented Ali and Andrew with the usual token of our thanks and the meeting was closed by President Doug.
The relevance of Iftar in Melbourne.
MEETING REPORT 10th JUNE 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0


Last Saturday a team of  eight volunteers from our club, organised by Frank O'Brien, helped the Donations In Kind ['DIK'] scheme to take delivery of 28 hospital beds from The Alfred Hospital.  These beds will be added to others and  a full container will be shipped to the Philippines within a week.  
Our team of volunteers. Thanks guys.
      Definitely men's work Frank.
DONATIONS IN KIND - WORKING BEE 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Doug ROBERTSON
Nine members and partners from our club joined 18,000 rotarians from over 150 countries in attending the 105th  Rotary International Convention in Sydney.
The convention was officially opened on Sunday 1st June, closing Wednesday 4th at Olympic Park, Homebush.  Those attending did not have an issue in travelling out to Homebush.  Courtesy of the NSW Government participants were able to use their Convention badges to obtain free use of Sydney’s public transport system; indeed express trains from Central Station to  Homebush took only 20 minutes.  
On the Saturday evening prior to the opening, our Club hosted 6 members and partners from our sister club RC Osaka Midosuji-Hommachi, Japan.  We took them on a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour, enjoying the annual  Vivid Sydney light festival as a bonus. We have been thanked by RC Osaka Midosuji-Hommachi for our hospitality and invited to join them as they celebrate their first anniversary as a combined club on 11th December.  Airfares at the moment to Osaka are extremely cheap!
The opening plenary session of the convention included a welcome from the Premier of NSW and a welcome address  from the Prime Minister, during which he advised that the Government will contribute $100,000,000 towards the End Polio Now Campaign.  This quite caught attendees by surprise.  Entertainment included a full concert by Human Nature followed by official speeches and presentation of flags from the 191 countries in which Rotary is represented.  All in all a very impressive and enjoyable opening to the convention.
Days 2, 3 and 4 all commenced with plenary sessions followed by breakout sessions.  The speakers from around the world were outstanding, inspiring and motivating. 
We should all be proud of the story of Professor Martin Silink AM Past President of the International Diabetes Federation located in Brussels and a member of the RC of Lane Cove NSW.  He related the story of how, with the support of the Rotary International Ambassador to the United Nations, he was able to lead the IDF to persuade the United Nations, against great inertia in the developed world,  to pass a resolution recognising type 2 diabetes as an epidemic to be addressed. 
Some of the other speakers included Mwila Chigaga, a Senior Regional Gender Specialist with the International Labour Organisation taking on the might of those in power on the African continent who do not see equality of woman as a priority.  Ade Adepitan MBE now a broadcaster and Paralympics medallist told the story of his survival as a child born in Nigeria, contracting polio at 18 months of age but sent to England where he was educated against the odds and became a paralympian.  At the Sydney Paralympics in 2000 he played basketball in the Allphones arena from where he was now addressing the plenary session.  One of his great achievements may have been leading a march, with none of the participants actually able to march, of polio sufferers from Nigeria on the palace of the President.  They demanded better treatment and for something to be done about vaccination.  As a broadcaster he was able to muster the presence of the media. Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director General of the World Health Organisation spoke of the developments in polio eradication. In particular it seemed pertinent when he reported that for the first 5 months of the year only 3 cases of polio had been reported in Nigeria.  One could sense from his presentation that the strategies now being utilised and the tenaciousness with which they are being applied polio eradication from the world is ever so much closer.
Members from our club split up and attended different break-out sessions, all providing challenges, opportunities and inspiration.
Finally the closing plenary not only included the official matters but entertainment provided by Marina Prior and the Ten Tenors. 
Next year’s Convention is in Sao Paulo.  Is anyone planning a South American Holiday?
You never know who you might meet at a convention. President Doug, whilst queuing for lunch, turned to say hello to fellow Rotarians only to meet a member from the Kynton Rotary Club that he had not seen for 27 years. The previous time was a graduation dinner following completion of their MBA studies. 
An even more unlikely chance for acquaintance occurred on the opening day. Alan Seale was waiting for President Doug to emerge from the queue at the BBQ lunch when he was “accosted” by a young lady and her husband from the RC Esk Valley near Edinburgh in Scotland mentioning that her maiden name was Seale.  By the time President Doug joined the conversation, it was clear they had some common ancestry.  She then proceeded to take out her phone and bring up the family tree complete with photos.  They were able to identify some relatives and then Alan exclaimed: “That is my Grandfather and I have the original photo framed on the wall at home” and almost in the same breath, with his finger jabbing at the phone: “That’s my Father!”.
Spot the family likeness?  [Blue tops].
Our convention goers and Japanese sister club members.      


A note from Honorary Member, Past President John Meehan
Past President and Honorary Member, Dr. Lou Butterfield was admitted to Bay Hospital in Mornington last week to enable control of his sugar levels and for a general health assessment. 
Lou, who was a Charter Member of our Club in 1987, has also been unable to walk without assistance and is expecting to be moved to a rehabilitation centre Frankston for a few weeks to recover his mobility and strength. In the meantime his wife Pat, also a former Club member, has moved to her son Jeff, and his partner Elaine’s, home in South Frankston whilst Lou is recovering.
The best wishes of all Club members are extended to Lou and Pat.
Past President John was pleased to announce that daughter, and past member, Kathy and her husband Colin have produced another offspring.
Baby Jack Edwin Pollard, 7lb 5oz was born just after our club meeting on 3rd June.
Proud grandmother Raylee and Jack Pollard.             
Editor. We did not publish a photo of Granddad John owing space and fact that Jack currently has many similarities in appearance.
  Mietta, Kathy and Jack
MEMBER NEWS 2014-06-14 00:00:00Z 0


 Herb Greenwood
 Bernie Gerlinger
 Allan Driver
 Tony Fritsche
 Kevin Love
 Richard Mitchell
 Director Report - Foundation   
 Doug Robertson
 Bulletin Editor
 David Jones
DUTY ROSTER 28th OCTOBER 2014 DWJ 2014-06-07 00:00:00Z 0


Members are reminded there will be a Special General Meeting convened during the regular club meeting on Tuesday 10th June -purpose to adopt changes to Club Rules from recent RI Council of Legislation decisions.
Formal notice of this meeting was circulated to all members on May 12th.
SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING 10th June 2014 Bruce McBAIN 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z 0


  • Do you [or spouse] have little free time between 17 July and 25 July 2014? 
  • Are you up for a little driving (a day or half day) around our beautiful city in support of a visiting Rotarian from Houston?
  • Would you like to contribute to the hospitality being offered to three young people visiting the 20th International Aids Conference being held in Melbourne?
If so, then please read on…..
The 20th International Aids Conference ( is being held in Melbourne from 20th to 25th July 2014. We’ve had a request for support from RC Houston Skyline, to help between 17th and 25th July 2014. This is Michelle Heard’s sponsoring RC - Michelle is the Global Peace Scholar we are currently hosting.   There are three young people from Botswana involved, and we’ve been asked if we could provide hoc transport and logistics support around the city.
If we can supply names to populate a roster for a day/half day each that would be good.
Who’s up for this one?  
Please contact George Mackey, asap.   
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK George MACKEY 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z 0


District 9800 is looking for two new leaders to help with key District programmes.
 1. A volunteer Rotarian to coordinate Rotary Australia Benevolent Society [“RABS”] activities in 2014/2015.
Position brief;
Rotary clubs may apply for registration and gain tax deductibility for projects that arouse the compassion of the community and will provide direct relief to people in need in local communities.  
The Coordinator will report to the District Chair of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) and will be required to:
• review RABS applications for their suitability for registration
• attend bi-monthly RAWCS Committee meetings 
• submit a brief monthly summary of RABS activities.
 2. Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) is inviting applications for a Chairperson for District 9800 for 2014/2015.
Position brief;
ROMAC assists children aged fifteen years or younger, by bringing them to Australia or New Zealand for lifesaving or dignity restoring procedures to improve their quality of life.  Cases are accepted only when the required medical treatment is not available to them in their own country.  Patients come from developing countries in South East Asia and the Pacific Islands.
The ROMAC District Chair is appointed by the District Governor. Primary responsibilities will focus on:
  • Awareness of ROMAC within the District and its Rotary Clubs
  • Fundraising and promotion
  • Care and support of ROMAC patients and their parents/guardian.
A background in the health sector is desirable but not essential.  Applicants should have sound administration skills.  You will not be expected to do all of this on your own; you will be assisted and supported by others within the ROMAC “family”.  There are also guidelines and procedures available in the ROMAC Manual of Procedures to guide activities.  A hand-over by the experienced incumbent will also be arranged.
Any member who is interested in either of these positions please contact President Elect Roy. 
POSITIONS VACANT Roy Garrett 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z 0


Chair:                    Sat Mishra
Visiting Rotarian:  Welcome again to Peter Duras
Announcement:     George Mackey advised the club has sponsored Alek Hillas as a candidate for the Rotary Peace Scholarship.
Community Service Report:  Report by Alan Seale, standing in for Roger Thornton. 
On July 15 there will be an Iftar Dinner held in conjunction with the Australian Intercultural Society.  Iftar is Arabic for “breakfast” and refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast at sunset during the Islamic month of Ramadan.  The Australian Intercultural Society will allow the Club the use of their venue in St Kilda Road for this function.  There will be no cost to the Club for the venue.  There is an expectation that we will have some 100 attendees – there will be no regular Tuesday morning breakfast that week.  This is an important Club initiative to promote intercultural understanding.
The Club has donated $1,800 to the Lentara “Mentoring for Asylum Seekers” project.  District 9800 has matched this donation.  Allan Driver and Kevin Love will pilot the programme, which is aimed at assisting asylum seekers to prepare for the difficult task of seeking employment in their new cultural environment.
President’s Announcements:     Jillian Cavanagh has resigned from the Club.  Jillian’s research activities are increasingly taking up her time and she feels that she can no longer give priority to RCCMS activities.
The new, modern banner now adorns the lectern
Sergeant’s Session: Michael Bromby advised that there were only two members who had yet to contribute to the “Epic Poem”.  These contributions will be made over the next couple of meetings.  The filming of members’ “two lines” is nearly finished.
Michael then highlighted some significant events that had occurred on May 27 and went on [and on] to use his time telling us that also on this day the “sins” of the American tele-evangelist Jimmy Bakker entered the public domain.  Bakker’s sordid behaviour and his ability to attract millions of dollars in donations, essentially for his private benefit, became an international scandal.  Bakker was succeeded as the leader of the “Praise the Lord” movement by Jerry Falwell, another famous tele-evangelist.  Falwell is reputed to have said of Bakker that he was “a liar, an embezzler, a sexual deviant and the greatest scab and cancer on the face of Christianity in 2,000 years of church history".  Quite a recommendation!!!
Guest Speaker:      Sat. introduced Professor Nick Bisley who spoke on “North Korea and its Nuclear Ambitions”.
North Korea is somewhat of a conundrum as it is generally considered to be a “dark spot” with a lack of publicly available information.  However, Professor Bisley advanced the contrary view that quite a lot was known about the country and the ruling regime.
In August 1945 the two Korea’s were established with agreement between the USA and the Soviet Union, the “38th Parallel” being the dividing line.  The Korean War started in 1950 with North Korea invading South Korea.  Some 3 million combatants and civilians were killed during the war at the conclusion of which nothing had really been achieved.  The Korean War is generally considered to be “the most futile war” in modern times.  The War effectively ended following the intervention of China but there was then and still remains, no peace treaty.  Therefore, both Korea’s remain officially “at war”. 
The Demilitarised Zone is only one hour’s travel from Seoul, has some 750,000 troops concentrated in the area and remains a particularly tense environment.
Under successive regimes, North Korea can be described as a military state at war with the world.
Summarising Professor Bisley’s main points about the country:
  • In 1950, North Korea was the “rich” part of the country as it had been industrialised under Japanese colonial rule.
  • North Korea is still in the 1950’s, being a Stalinist command economy.
  • It is governed through a cult of personality centred on the ruling “Kim” family.
  • There is much internal propaganda that is deeply racist, emphasising the supremacy of the North Korean people.  It has much in common with the Fascist states of the 1930’s.
  • The break-up of the Soviet Union caused a major economic crisis in North Korea when Soviet subsidiaries were withdrawn.
  • As a consequence, there was widespread famine with some 2-3 million people dying of starvation.
  • Militarisation has priority over all sectors of the economy.
  • Kim Jong-un is “cut from the same mad cloth” as his father and grandfather.
  • The economy is heavily dependent upon coal and mineral exports to China and South Korea.
  • An “illegal” economy built around the export of counterfeit US currency, methamphetamine production and export and the export of short-range missile technology in critical to the country.
  • There is significant drug addiction amongst the population.
  • Poor farming techniques necessitate importation of food staples.
Turning to the nuclear question:
  • The development of nuclear technology started in the early 1990’s.
  • By 1994 there was an “International Framework” agreed that stopped nuclear weapon development in return for foreign aid.
  • This framework was really a case of “bad behavior gets rewarded” but it did curtail the country’s nuclear ambitions.
  • However, by the early 2000’s North Korea felt that it needed more foreign aid so it recommenced its “bad behavior”.
  • This was a particularly dangerous development with 3 nuclear tests being conducted.
  • New, Six Party Talks were initiated as the international community considered it preferable not to continue the policy of rewarding bad behavior.  These talks aim to find a peaceful resolution to the security concerns as a result of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.
  • Today, North Korea has a stockpile of nuclear material that would allow the building of 4 to 10 weapons.
  • However, it probably is incapable of deploying a nuclear weapon as it lacks the three enabling technologies, viz – the ability to initiate the explosion, the ability to miniaturise the warhead and the delivery platform
  • Why does North Korea persist with nuclear weapon development?  Essentially for security reasons and for international prestige.
  • North Korea is most unlikely to hand over its nuclear weapons to an international “monitor”.  So, there are two options – “wipe it out” or “live with it”.
In Professor Bisley’s opinion time will solve the problem and North Korea will ultimately go the way of other totalitarian regimes.
Question time was grasped with enthusiasm by several members.
President Doug closed the meeting.
       Sat. Mishra, Nick Bisley, Doug Robertson and the new banner.
MEETING REPORT 27th MAY Russell Rolls 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z 0


Mr Gordon Morrison
"Scotland’s contribution to the early European settlement of Australia"

The Art Gallery of Ballarat has opened its biggest exhibition – For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation. A total of 350 works are displayed, effectively offering a march through time of over 130 years.

GUEST SPEAKER TUESDAY 3rd JUNE 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0


Date:           29 June 2014 
Venue:         The Peninsula Room,Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands 
Time:           12.00 pm for 12.30 pm (concluding 3.00 pm) 
Dress:          Lounge suit / equivalent
Cost:            $75.00pp This all inclusive price includes beer, wine, main course, dessert and entertainment.) 
Entertainment will be provided by the Williamstown Pipe Band and the Joe Bonnano Band. 
Come and thank Ross for Engaging Rotary and Changing Lives and show your support for Murray as he begins to Light up Rotary. 
  • Central location with excellent access to tram and train transport. 
  • Plenty of parking opposite at Ethiad Stadium and other nearby car parks. 
Any Club members and partners planning to attend should notify Roy as he will do one booking for the Club.
RSVP to Roy by 10th June please, to enable him to make the booking and avoid the late booking surcharge  [+25%].
DG Elect Murray Verso and DG Ross Butterworth.
DISTRICT 9800 CHANGEOVER LUNCHEON 2014 Roy Garrett 2014-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting Report 20th May 2014

Attendance: 30
Chair: George Mackey
Visiting Rotarian, Dawn Colston, Rotary Club of Kent, Washington
Leonie Greenwood
Club Announcements
  • Club Almoner, Richard Mitchell provided an update on Pamela Robertson who has been unwell recently  
  • Administration Director Neville Taylor reminded members of the necessity of booking for the Police Leadership Mentoring Program breakfast on 17 June.
  • President Doug reported on District Assembly which had been attended by 460 Rotarians including a delegation of 12 CMS members. Alan Seale and Anne King had presented an excellent vocational workshop in the absence of Vocational Director, Justine Murphy who was at the time completing a 100km run in the Blue Mountains in the satisfying time of 19 hours.
  • Members were encouraged to support the Steam Rally, Country Kitchen over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend. The Steam Rally which is the major fundraising event of our Sister Club Echuca Moama has been supported by CMS for over 10 years and is a great weekend of fellowship and hard work baking 2-3,000 scones and brewing gallons of vegetable and pumpkin soup. Normally we would have 10-12 members assisting but a combination of events has resulted in only 2 members being able to attend this year, so if you haven’t enjoyed the fun of the Steam Rally and would like to know more contact Roy Garrett or Alan Driver
Directors Report Foundation
It was a rather confusing morning for Herb Greenwood, firstly he had bought Leonie along to what he thought was the PLMP breakfast and then proceeded to confuse the Chair by delivering his Directors Report during Club announcements.
Herb was proud to report some excellent numbers, re the distribution of funds raised from the PHF Breakfast held in November 2013
  • Rotary Foundation. $5,500, this exceed the recommended target of $100 per member
  • Royce Abbey Award $1,195
  • Polio Plus $3150, this will be augmented by a 2 for 1 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of $6,300
  • Herb then reported planning was well in hand for the 2014 Paul Harris Breakfast.
Sergeants Session
Michael Bromby began in a determined attempt to unseat Club Comedian Gerard Hogan with a joke which threaded together a theme of golf, Jesus and St Peter where almost as miraculous a walking on water, Jesus converted a terrible slice into a hole in one.
Michael then announced that the Epic Poem was drawing to its close with the dastardly Darcy’s new found status as a “pillar”? of Rotary. Over recent weeks members may have noticed Yanpu putting the saga to film and it is confidently expected that Fund Raising Director Greg Cuthbert will shortly announce a film deal and also a rumoured TV mini-series.
Visiting Rotarian
Dawn Colston who owns an employment service company is President elect of Kent Rotary Club and is in Australia to attend the Sydney Congress. Kent is due east of Seattle in an industrial area with major industries including Boeing and the Star Bucks Roasting Plant, Seattle Airport is nearby. The Club has 70 members of whom 40% are female. The membership age range is 25-90 years. Fund raising is focused on one major event, a dinner auction which this year had raised $US 120,000
Guest Speaker, Professor John Polesel, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.
Professor John presented an analysis of what had happened to the 45,000 student who had completed year 12 in 2013. Key statistics indicated that the major direction was to University 53% while 8% had begun Certificate programs. Of the others, 7% had entered traineeships or apprenticeships, 12% had entered employment, 5% were unemployed and 1% was inactive. Employment figures had masked underemployment and jobs which didn’t offer a growth pathway.
84% of year 7 starters ultimately make it to University, however girls are more likely to enter University as many males are drawn towards apprenticeships.
Of those that enter employment straight from school, a high proportion, mainly female will engage in part time lower paid work with no oblivious growth pathway. 40% of part time workers are in low paid casual job which offer no skill development. The situation for school leavers is made worst by the fact that those applicants compete against university students and those seeking part time after school jobs. 
Deferment is critical in rural areas; this is attributed to affordability and maturity which limits opportunity to move to the City. Research has shown that deferment by rural students often results in their not going on to tertiary studies.
Although overall 53% of school leavers enter university, only 40% of lower socio economic students will enter university and these will usually be red brick rather than the sandstone universities and the dropout rate will be much higher than norm, this suggests the need for a more diverse University sector distinguishing the sandstone research group of 8 from new style Polytechnics which will prepare students for the workforce.
The low esteem attached to VET vocations as an academic pathway had made it essential to refocus VET in schools as pathways to Cert 1V qualifications and not directly to work. There was a need to better link VET pathways with the TAFE sector, industry and employees and to focus on non university pathways in career education, this also would require better funding of TAFE’s. The refocus needed to be coupled with developing better support structures for those school leavers who do not go on to further education 
The Chair thanked Professor Polesel and presented him with a gift of soap pointing out that this supported cottage industries and the Aloha Foundation in Timor Leste.
President Doug then formally closed the meeting, inviting members and guests to adjourn for coffee.
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Dawn and Pres. Doug.            Speaker John Polesel and George.
Meeting Report 20th May 2014 Bruce McBain 2014-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

RI Convention 2015 São Paulo

While preparing for the RI Convention 2014 in Sydney you might also want to think about the 2015 convention and register for São Paulo!

If you are going to Sydney then look for the 2015 Convention Promotion Booth at the Billabong House of Friendship, Sydney Showground, The Dome and Exhibition Halls or join the “On to São Paulo” luncheon, Wednesday 4 June at 12:30pm Sydney Showground, Exhibition Hall 6. Check for ticket availability at the RI Ticket Sales Booth in Exhibition Hall 5

Otherwise register via your ‘My Rotary account’ at

RI Convention 2015 São Paulo D Robertson 2014-05-25 00:00:00Z 0


Professor Nick Bisley

North Korea and its Nuclear Ambitions

La Trobe University has established La Trobe Asia which is a strategic initiative of the University to strengthen and deepen its relationship with Asia. Staff and students will be encouraged to work and study in the region and the university will systematically integrate the study of Asian languages, societies and cultures across the undergraduate curriculum and to improve the contribution to public debate in and about Asia.

La Trobe Asia runs a series of public events with recent sessions including:

  • Japan’s role in a changing Asia
  • Previewing the upcoming Indian and Indonesian elections
  • Making Peace in South Asia

Forthcoming sessions will look at: North Korea; social trust in Asia; and Reproductive Tourism in Asia – legal and anthropological perspectives.

GUEST SPEAKER TUESDAY 27th MAY 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0

Roy Garrett proposes another great tour of Laos

Letter from Roy Garrett
Members will be aware that our club has run three successful school projects in Laos over the last two years and that a fourth project is nearing completion this year.  It is a small primary school in a very small and isolated village, Houay Thao, out of Luang Prabang in the north of the country.
Previous years, we have taken groups to Thailand, Laos and Viet Nam and our groups have attended the very moving and unforgettable ceremonies to conclude each project.  The Lao people need and appreciate our work and show this at the "official" day.  If there were to be no RCCMS representation at this year's ceremony, it would be a great pity.
I am prepared to take another group this year.  Because of commitments to our club I have shortened it somewhat and have left out the Viet Nam component, replacing it with a couple of days in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The trip goes for 13 days and is expected to come in at a little over $5,000 per person.  This includes all airfares, boat fares, accommodation and meals, plus a donation of $600 to our projects via RAWCS.
If you are interested in this tour and would like an itinerary, please let me know within the next two weeks.  If it is going to happen, there is a lot to do.

Roy Garrett proposes another great tour of Laos THO 2014-05-17 00:00:00Z 0

Fabulous Fire Evening at East Melbourne

A dozen members gathered at Stuart Ellis’ Emergency Services office in East Melbourne last Monday 12/5/14 before their trip to the nearby No 1 Metropolitan Fire Brigade Station to see how our fire protection service works. Stuart had thoughtfully laid out a table full of marginally alcoholic beverages.
He explained that fire trucks worked to a 7.7 minute response time, which is about the time it takes for a kitchen fire to spread to the next room.  (Ambulances have a 15-minute response time). The city towers are well engineered against fires but the risk remains for homes. His office looks at fire issues on a national basis, including aerial assets and federal state coordination.
The MFB have been doing emergency medical work for ten years as they are often on the scene before an ambulance, as ambulances are often busy with routine patient transfers.
We learnt a lot about how the fire service operates and is administered, and any notions we had that fireys spent a lot of time in their bunks were dispelled.
At the station itself we watched the shift changeover with briefings and task allocation for the 6pm shift. There were about seven 10-20 tonne trucks ready to roll with a 90 second response time, usually with a second truck from another station routed in in case traffic snarls delayed one truck.  About 80% of calls are false alarms.
Fire trucks are increasingly automated for fire reactions, the officer was explaining, when a few minutes later an alarm call came in. With quiet efficiency, a truck filled up with firemen, stepping into boots and fire-suits and red braces. Our president Doug, carried away, slid dramatically down the traditional fireys' pole.
We had explained to us the judgement needed by drivers rushing to a fire – they can run red lights but woe betide them if they cause an accident. Fireys are also subject to worksafe rules. They are not allowed on top of trucks because it is higher than 2m, and a remote-controlled water cannon is used instead.
In most house fires fireys have to get on the roof to lift tiles and get access and this is another issue of worksafe practices. House fires are always potentially dangerous because you never know what a person has stored in his shed, for example, such as explosive chemicals. Drug cookers also cause a lot of fires.
We were excited to get inside the huge communications bus, and talk to its driver Frances, a diminutive female driver. The truck goes to large fires as a management centre and can expand to double its normal width as a conference centre. It is too high at 4.3m to go under various city bridges. Top officials in the bus run logistics such as meals and coordination.
The station gets 3600 calls a year – equal to 10 per shift. Australia is among the highest performers in the world in terms of containing fires to their point of origin, but good detection systems also create a high false-alarm rate.
As we were being briefed, there was an alarm callout of the big HQ bus to a chemical fire at Coolaroo, and it moved out smoothly festooned with alarm lights and warnings. Then we were shown equipment and procedures for heart attacks.
The service gets 10,000 calls a year for medical responses and the survival rate of patients  is very high.
We were finally shown around the “Brontosaurus” – the biggest truck, 24 tonnes, with ladders able to reach 12 floors high or 37m, and also capable of traversing 15m below ground level.
We all gave big thanks to the station and Stuart for such a great briefing, and wasted the rest of the evening drinking Merlot and eating gourmet pizzas etc at Duca restaurant on Wellington Parade. #
Fabulous Fire Evening at East Melbourne THO 2014-05-16 00:00:00Z 0

This week's speaker: Professor John Polesel - Vocational Training

Professor John Polesel ----Australian and international approaches to the technical and vocational training of young people Technical and vocational education and training have a long history in Victorian schools, but have also been subject to continual review and reform. Finding the balance between meeting the broader educational needs of young people and the need for a skilled technologically literate workforce has created many tensions in the design and delivery of vocational education in schools. This presentation examines the evidence for the efficacy of current approaches in an historical and international framework. - 
This week's speaker: Professor John Polesel - Vocational Training Tho 2014-05-16 00:00:00Z 0


An RCCMS party had a delightful morning on February 26 being shown over Australia Post’s stamp manufacturing and distribution business at its new Rowville complex.

Australia Post moved in only half a year ago, transferring from three sites in  Knoxfield to a single state of the art complex. It produces about 1.2m gummed and 2.5m self-sticking stamps a day, and has about 90 workers. It also mails coin packs, collectibles and express and registered post product packs for sale across Australia.



Reporter, Allan Driver.
Meeting opened with President Doug Robertson welcoming everyone, including
• Gary Jungwirth, RC Greenvale
• Ms Peggy O’Neal, President Richmond Football Club.
Chair, Bruce McBain invited everyone to toast Rotary International and all breakfast clubs throughout the world. 
• Kevin Love reminded members about the opportunity to assist with the sausage sizzle at Moomba on Monday 10 March 2014. 10 volunteers required to cover 2 shifts.
• Frank O’Brien reminded members about the opportunity to assist Donations in Kind [DIK] activities in the near future. The first activity is to assist with packing a container for East Timor, and also sorting/packing clothes, at the DIK warehouse (rear Shed 40, 400 Somerville Road, West Footscray) on this coming Thursday, 20 February from 9.00am or any time thereafter. Absolute finish is 4.00pm. Other opportunities will exist in the future and members will be advised.
• President Doug mentioned that the 40 members, partners and friends who attended the very successful BBQ at the Meehan’s last Sunday were well rewarded with great weather and a very relaxing afternoon. Many thanks to the organisers. The club will provide a suitable memento to John and Lorraine in the near future. Doug encouraged members to attend the latest fundraising function at the Tarra Warra winery on Sunday 16th March, 2014.
• Time: Starting at 12.30pm.
• Address: TarraWarra Estate, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775
• Cost: $125pp with all funds raised going to our Club’s Fundraising efforts.
• RSVP: or Tel. 0402 346 032 • Places are quite limited Greg is considering arranging a bus from the City to the winery and returning back to the city after lunch – if this is of interest please let Greg know when you RSVP.
Doug further mentioned the important work carried out over the years through Donations in Kind. Some statistics are:
$ 2.0M raised to pay for freight
$ 3.0M value of the volunteering allocated as Overseas Aid
$32.0M value of materials donated overseas
   3.7kilometres – length of containers if stacked end on end
20,000m3 of goods recycled –much of which might have ended up as landfill.
Vocation Talk.
Marjorie Gerlinger broke her duck and presented her first job talk to the club. “How Times Have Changed”
“I started at Baird Publications 25 years ago. It was a niche market family business publishing commercial marine industry magazines and until last year also running exhibitions and conferences for the industry. When I started, my role was office administration and accounting.”
Marjorie told us of the technology changes over the years and how her firm was one of the first to adopt Mac computers and associated publishing equipment, at a huge cost premium over similar equipment today. Her role changed to Production Manager which required her to carry the can for everything that went out the doors – plus managing the company web site. Latterly the accounting activity has returned to her care again, along with the production role.
“During the years, we have rationalized the number of magazines produced monthly. Currently there are no plans to make the magazines totally digital as our readership prefers hard copy, although we do make them available online 3 months after the cover date.”
“I have been able to translate a lot of vocational skills I’ve acquired over the years to my Rotary life. This has enabled me to take up a variety of District roles, something I can highly recommend to anyone wanting to serve Rotary at the next level. There are many roles available from being a member of District committee, committee chairs, District Leadership Team roles and the District Board to mention a few.”
As a final note, the middle son of the owner, who was six when Marjorie started with Baird Publications, is now her boss. 
Sergeant’s session
Michael kicked off with a joke to celebrate the years of great jokes by Gerard.
Michael then asked Frank to be the subject of the “Would I lie to You” segment. Frank had about 80% of the members convinced he was being truthful –wrong!
Allan Driver presented his four lines for the epic poem which were:
"At last, salvation and dreams afoot, in bed prone on one hip,
Drifting to lands far away on an old wooden ship,
As a boy, he had stood on the burning deck,
After that he could not remember much more by heck."
Guest Speaker; Peggy O’Neal, President of the Richmond Football Club.
Guest speaker Peggy O'Neil with some tiger cubs.
Peggy commenced her address by indicating that people have been following Richmond for many years with the emphasis on “following”.
Prior to becoming the first female President of an AFL club, Peggy has spent 8 years on the Richmond Board and 4 years involved in the Tigers Community Foundation. Over that time a new administration building was erected together with a new training ground and the foundation received a Federal Government grant to assist the Wurundjeri people, in particular with pre-employment training.
Peggy covered the following points:
• The plans for Richmond have been developed by the Board and this has held the FC in good stead, particularly as there have been some good decisions made over the past 5 years.
• These decisions have been conservative e.g. income budgeting is based on the past 5 year average game attendance.
• There is constant monitoring of the budget performance.
• The club is looking at its strategic direction through to 2018, being mindful of the FC’s constituents and with the 2014 strategy about to end in October 2014.
• Players, new and existing, executive and CEO are assessed as to whether they meet the club’s values.
• A holistic technology upgrade is required and an assessment is currently underway.
• Non-football revenue streams are always a challenge including the question of where does gambling fit. Alternatives to gambling are welcome, however, the FC does not have assets other than the training ground. As such, increase in membership is vital as well as increased attendance at games.
• The AFL system gives all teams a chance to win a premiership through the equalisation policy.
• While Richmond may have not taken advantage of opportunities in the past, that has now changed. The Board members may be passionate about Richmond winning games, however, their job is to work as a management Board and keep the FC on an even keel; and
• Engagement of women at the FC is increasing and is seen to be essential. Aspirational goal is to have 30% women on the Board and as members. It is understandable why women are not in the FC, however over time this has improved with women in human resource roles and indigenous affairs. It is now normal to have women around the club. There were no surprises when Peggy was appointed a Board Chair and recently an additional woman, Ms Kerry Ryan, has been appointed to the Board.
Peggy was asked questions about the AFL Equalisation policy and how the rich club/poor club gaps can be overcome, the NFL system in the USA, the players in general and the dilemma about players complying with the club values and the AFL Players Association and Occupational Health and Safety issues.
Bruce thanked Peggy on behalf of the members.
Meeting closed by President Doug.
MEETING REPORT 18th FEBRUARY 2014 Allan DRIVER 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0


Bank boffin b----s off.
Veteran club member Frank O’Brien 69, finally bit the bullet and retired from Bendigo Bank in January.  He had been manager of trustee services there for 17 years and before then with National Australia Bank Trustees, which he helped set up in the early 1990s.
Frank says his main activity now is a ‘property developer’. He’s rebuilding a holiday place at Pt. Fairy and just completed a major renovation at his daughter and son-in-law’s place at North Balwyn. He plans a similar big renovation of his and Pauline’s own home later this year. Herb Greenwood is assisting with architectural flourishes.
Frank also continues his interest in share investments. He manages the charitable trust at his local church St Bede’s in North Balwyn, which despite its conservative bent, managed a 20% return in the strong market last year. Personally, his favourite stock has been ANZ which he has ridden up from under $3 in 1987 to about $33 today, plus dividends en route.
He keeps fit(ter) at the Kew YMCA thrice weekly where he often bumps into Roger Thornton.
He has two offspring and three grandchildren in Melbourne.
Frank says, “I went out from Bendigo Bank on my own terms, they were happy for me to stay there as long as I like. I can’t speak highly enough of their professionalism and considerateness.”
Pauline says of Frank’s retirement and omnipresence 24/7: “I’m just surviving. Dinner is OK but lunch is an issue.”
Club Reporter Thomas.
"WELL FRANKLY" Tony THOMAS 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0


Robbers hit a friend of the club.
Jeanette Lynch of Keilor Rotary Club, has been a stalwart on District level on Friendship Exchanges, and has facilitated some great exchanges for our own club’s members.
She now reports a rotten experience for herself and husband Michael in Barcelona on Saturday Feb. 15.
“At 10.30am we leave the hotel and walk up to the Hop On - Hop Off bus, this time it is a 15min walk.
Splat bird droppings on us...or so we thought...then in all the confusion a man appears, starts wiping it off and you would think that we would have been switched on and told him where to go, in no time we realize he has removed my bag from across my body and ran off...I yell "Police" a lady comes with her phone and rings the Police, they arrive within minutes. Luckily one spoke good English. We went back to the hotel to clean up. My hotel key was in my bag, so we quickly had new ones reissued.  Poor Michael had his never worn, Ralph Lauren shirt on, pale yellow, turns out the thief had thrown a mixture of chocolate over us.
So no photos today as my camera was in my new Hedgren bag, along with my brand new Sennheiser Head phones,  a couple of lipsticks, medicine etc  The mongrel tried to pull my ring off my finger, rings will now stay in the hotel safe.
We then walked to the Police station, 30 mins away. They told us there was a 90 min wait until we can lodge our report. They have asked us to come back at 10am in the morning...more wasted time.
We got on the bus and did a circuit and came back to the hotel.  We did not want to be out as evening was rapidly approaching. Michael’s brand new shirt back from cleaning, but the chocolate has set a permanent stain by the looks, all down the back.  Will see if they can have another go.  It was $15 to get it washed.  $45 to get 2 shirts and a pair of cargo pants washed.
We are so cross with ourselves for getting caught out, as we know that this is one of their ploys. I think that we were just so relaxed and maybe because we have never encountered anything like this before, we were lulled into a false sense of security. Apparently the crimes against tourists are extremely high here. Looking forward to leaving Barcelona in 3 days time.
It could have been worse as the guy did not use violence.   Also I did not have my wallet so he did not get any cash, cards or passports.  Mind you we had eyes in the back of our heads on the way back to the hotel.
Some people we were with in Barcelona 18 months ago were robbed of money, passports and credit cards from a small bag the guy had on his chest. Another friend who I worked with goes to Barcelona each year to a mobile engineering conference has been subjected to an attempted robbery by the same person two years in a row!
Apparently another scam is puncturing tyres of cars with foreign plates...keeping our fingers crossed as we have French plates on our lease car.   If you have a look at trip adviser warnings, you would never come to Spain...we cannot wait to get out of here on Tues...worst part is that apparently the warnings are also for Seville and Valencia and that is where we are heading.
We are both feeling rather nervous...and we are such seasoned travellers. Guess we have just been so lucky in the past....lulls you into a false sense of security
Keep your fingers crossed for us!”
Another Rotarian, commiserating with Jeanette, wrote to her:
“Barcelona is a beautiful place but dangerous. I friend of mine was on the up escalator from the subway when thieves tried to grab his camera. When he resisted they pushed him backwards and he broke his spine.” 
TRAVELLERS BE WARNED Tony THOMAS 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0


Profile your club to your business world - invite a friend who is in business to hear;
Peter Wilson AM
Tuesday 11th March 2014
“Mentoring – Origins and its Value to Modern Leadership”
Now there’s a topic that is appropriate to many business sectors, with one of Australia’s most qualified to present the topic.
Peter is our exceptional guest speaker on March 11th – usual time and place PLUS cooked breakfast. $28.00pax
Please let Neville Taylor know of your guests ASAP but by Friday 7th March at latest.
LOOKING AHEAD - ACTION NOW PLEASE David JONES 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z 0


Reporter:  Roy Garrett
Chair:  Roger Thornton
Visiting Rotarians:  Terry Valentine, RC Dandenong South East
                            Gabriel Hau, RC Southbank
Guests:                  Pamela Robertson, guest of Doug Robertson
                             Kerrin Howard, guest of Gabriel Hau
                             Stella Avramopoulos, guest of Neville John
Guest Speaker:       Dr Elizabeth Pittman
    Neil Salvano:      
City of Melbourne White Nights event, Rotary Rest Centre (Community Village location), Sat 22nd Feb.  Needing volunteers for 2 shifts: 6:30pm – 12:30; 12:30 – 07:00am
    Bernie Gerlinger:
1)  Working Bee, McAuley House, assisting with tree pruning.  22nd March, 08:30 – 3:00pm.  Volunteers needed
2)  Camp Getaway, 9th -11th May.  Volunteers needed
    David Jones:       
Morning Meeting of 11th March, guest speaker is Peter Wilson, Chair of Australian HR.  An excellent speaker and topic to bring a friend / business colleague.  Topic is “Mentoring, its Origins and Value to Today’s Leadership”
    Greg Cuthbert:    
RCCMS are manning a barbeque Moomba Monday, 10th March.  Two shifts:  10:00 – 15:00 and 15:00 – 20:00.  Volunteers needed.
    Kevin Walklate:
Vocational visit to Australia Post’s stamp manufacturing operation in Rowville is on 6th Feb, 0800.  Interested attendees please let Kevin know.
      Sgt. Session:        Sgt Michael Bromby alluded to a possible fundraising competition for Selfies and demonstrated how good a selfie can be by putting up a pic of daughter, son-in-law and baguette, all                                      on bikes and in Paris.  All members agreed that Michael’s daughter looks vastly better than he does and also that it was indeed a good selfie – and a RCCMS contest sounds very                                            interesting.
Michael then introduced Richard Stone and a “Would I lie to You” scenario wherein Richard confessed to us all that when bank managing in Normanton, FNQ, he arrested the local police sergeant.  He did too.  And we (nearly) all believed him.
Finally, Michael added two more stanzas via Alan Seale and Neil Salvano to the Tangled Tawdry Tale of lurid love, lust and lies.  This literary masterpiece is headed for an interesting conclusion – maybe in 2014?
"Would I Lie to You"  Richard trying to tell a lie. A study in Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Guest Speaker, Dr Elizabeth Pittman:  “Medical Charlatans and Frauds”
In a fascinating address, Dr Pittman started with some discussion on definitions.  A charlatan is a dishonest or unprincipled person.  A fraud is someone who takes people down, for money – money overcomes ethics.
She illustrated some of history’s medical scoundrels:
Dr Goddard was a 17th century doctor who claimed he could cure pretty well everything.  His potion seems to have been mostly ammonium carbonate – smelling salts.  Charles II, a sovereign of certain tastes (ie 11 mistresses), believed Dr Goddard had a winner and bought the recipe (for £6,000!) so he could manufacture in his own laboratory.  Charles duly had a stroke, was bled, purged bowels, took his Goddard potion and died.
Dr Perkins was an 18th century respected surgeon who took to the new-fangled product – electricity - and invented “tractors”.  These were sort-of mini chopsticks made of gold and silver which would be drawn across the body to remove electrical malaises and would cure pain “everywhere”
He had followers in the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the President, but was expelled from the Medical Society of Connecticut – not because of malpractice, but because he was a patentee – a manufacturer of things.
He developed a “cure” for yellow fever which at that time was rampant in New York.  There, he caught the disease and died.  His son went on to found the Perkinean Association in England from where he returned to the USA £10,000 better off!
Richard Wallace had a medical degree and took on a great many more initials. He served in the British Army, in Prahran, St Kilda and then Sydney where he tablished the Freeman & Wallace Electro-medical Institute.  He believed a great many medical interventions could be undertaken using electricity.  His book “Rescued at Last” contained “naughty” drawings and was withdrawn.  He also produced the “Electric Invigorator Belt” although from this time, 2014, one cannot imagine where the electricity came from.  There was one for men, one for ladies.  RCCMS members were impressed.
Then there was Dr Jukes, who thought that water enemas were such a good idea that he had one himself, daily and invented a very disquieting portable model.  Some RCCMS members blanched at the photograph of this apparatus!  Dr Jukes claimed that “French people had a water enema daily, after dinner”.  More blanching.
And there was Dr Cotton who thought surgical removal of infected organs was a sure-fire cure for psychosis.  Maybe the high death rate from these procedures could be taken as a cure of the psychosis?  In some instances, many organs were removed.  Whether this was because more infected organs were located or the psychosis had not gone is uncertain.  Dr Cotton was discredited after a two year investigation but the investigation went unreported for a long time to preserve the reputation of John Hopkins Hospital, with which he was associated.
Last, but not least and still current and still having followers is Dr Wakefield, who promulgated the absolutely false claim that MMR vaccinations could lead to autism.  Some countries which abandoned MMR vaccination actually showed an increase in autism.  “There are still quite a number of adherents to this foolishness today!”
 Aologies for the long-winded report, but Dr Pittman’s presentation was indeed fascinating.  Roy.
President Doug with two of our three visitors, Kerrin Howard [left] and Stella Avramopoulos
The third visitor was Pam Robertson!
MEETING REPORT 11th FEBRUARY 2014 Roy GARRETT 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0


Taliban drive sees return of polio
THE first polio case in Kabul since the 2001 fall of the Taliban has been discovered in a three-year-old girl living with her nomadic family on the fringes of the Afghan capital, highlighting the devastating impact of Pakistani militants’ violent campaign against vaccinations across the border.
The virus strain, believed to be identical to that still ravaging the northwest border areas of Pakistan, where up to 300,000 children remain unvaccinated, was discovered after the girl became paralysed and her father sought help.
The discovery has triggered a public health alarm and vaccination drive across Kabul, with hundreds of volunteer vaccinators fanning out to its poorest extremities where many Kuchi (nomadic) families live in tents and temporary structures.
But Health Minister Soraya Dalil said yesterday the Pakistani Taliban’s violent opposition to polio vaccination was “undermining efforts” in Afghanistan to eradicate the childhood disease.
Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the last three countries where polio remains endemic, though last year the Pakistan strain was also discovered in 17 Syrian children, raising concerns over the potential for the disease to be carried by jihadists into trouble spots across Africa and the Middle East.
India was declared polio free this year and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was due last night to attend a ceremony in New Delhi to celebrate the significant achievement.
Afghanistan has made great strides towards eradicating polio since the Afghan Taliban leadership withdrew its objections several years ago to vaccinations. Only 80 new cases were detected in 2011, and just 14 last year.
The Afghan government also has polio vaccinators stationed at border posts between Pakistan and Afghanistan. As many as 1.5 million people cross between the two countries annually, though many do so outside formal border posts and so are not captured by the vaccination campaign.
But Taliban militants continue to target polio health workers in Pakistan, who they accuse of being part of a western plot to sterilise Muslims. More than 30 health volunteers have been killed since July 2012.
This week the Imran Khan-led provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkwa Province, an area bordering Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, boasted it had vaccinated half a million children in a two-week long polio eradication drive.
Aziz Memon, chairman of Rotary Pakistan’s Polio Program — a partner in the campaign — says vaccination clinics are held on Sundays when security forces are free to provide protection.
“We’re getting very positive results and if we can continue we should be able to halt transmission in KPK,” Mr Memon told The Australian yesterday.
“But the problem remains in FATA where 300,000 children are trapped (either by Pakistani militants or the army) without access to health services. 


Tony Thomas’s youngest daughter Sara, a horse lover, and her newly-wed husband Brad bought a property of about 10 hectares at Kilmore East six months ago with a big paddock out front where she could run her two nags.
For the past week she and her husband Brad have been close to the epicentre of the Kilmore bush fires. They evacuated early last week for a night, spending time in a car park before lodging with Brad’s parents. The horses refused to go in the float and they left the gates open instead.
Next morning they returned, only to find the fire alerts suddenly becoming more ominous. The horses had stayed put.
For every day since there has been a see-saw of alerts rising and falling as the fires stopped and advanced across a 40km front. However, the fires were virtually all west of the Kilmore road and would have consumed Kilmore itself before reaching the little East Kilmore settlement near the railway station a few kilometres east of the main town.
About 200 fire trucks and 19 aircraft were in the battle to protect Kilmore, a significant town stretching along a couple of kilometres of the main road.
The fires’ progress could be mapped throughout on the FireReady app, making all the Thomas’s feel they were virtually on the spot. Their phones and iPads kept up a constant pinging as new alerts came in. The stay-or-go decision for Sara and Brad was constantly a live one, with serious consequences.
Whereas Sara and Brad’s property is not thickly treed, her neighbours’ houses down in the valley were tucked amid thick bushland. Those homes would not have had a chance.
Fortunately the big fires never got closer than 4km (at time of writing) but it was touch and go.
One of Sara’s best horsey friends on the west side of Kilmore lost a lot of fencing in the fires. 
DADDY CAN I HAVE A PONY PLEASE? Tony THOMAS 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0


Chair; Justine Murphy
Reporter; John Price
Tony Wells, Assistant Governor, Batman Cluster
Bob Nield from Canberra Sunrise.  Note Canberra Sunrise currently meets at the Deck at Regatta Point on Thursday mornings 7.15 am.
Kevin Walklate said there would be a vocational visit to a facility in Fern Tree Gully on 26 February, details of which would be published soon.
President Doug; 
  • The membership project.  One plan is to encourage members to bring visitors to the breakfast meetings.  In particular he suggested looking at the list of upcoming talks and asking people who may be interested in the topics.
  • The Community Village.   This had been successfully organised by Neil Salvano for this season and grants had been received to ensure the continuation of the project for the next two years.  Information provided by Neil lists grants from the City of Melbourne, Victoria Police, BHP Billiton Matched Giving program and individuals to nearly $8000.00 for the future budget.
  • The police mentoring program has received the endorsement of the Rotary district.
Richard Stone made a presentation about the Rotary Foundation which is a means of turning donations into projects (see Web sites).  The key projects of the foundation are the program to eradicate polio and a Future Vision plan which includes programs such as peace and conflict prevention, education and community development.  Richard described some of the donation programs. The presentation has been circulated to members.
Dr Margaret Simons  "Change in the News"
Dr Simons is director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism and coordinator of the Master of Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She is an award-winning freelance journalist and author whose recent publications include Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story and an edited collection of stories entitled What’s Next in Journalism?  Dr Simons is the media commentator for the online news outlet Crikey and blogs on journalism and the media at The Content Makers.
Dr Simons gave a nostalgic look at her early time at The Age at a time when the building in Spencer Street smelt of ink and warm paper, where the walls vibrated when the presses started up at night.  Outside the building, cars and crowds waited for the first papers at midnight so that they could be the first to apply for the jobs advertised in the thick pages of classifieds.
But all is different now.  The business models that have supported journalism since the birth of newspapers are broken. Within the next few years, many of our newspapers will cease to exist in hard copy form. Yet at the same time new digital media start-ups are emerging and the successful ones are growing fast, offering unprecedented opportunities for spreading news and information.  Are we entering a new dark age of myth and misinformation, or a new enlightenment? There are great threats and opportunities in all of these changes.
Dr Margaret Simons argued that we may be living through an era of social change at least as great as that sparked by the invention of the printing press and the democratisation of information that that produced. She suggested we all have become occasional journalists; that the future of journalism is about people exercising their citizenship responsibly.
MEETING REPORT 4th FEBRUARY 2014 John PRICE 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0

DISASTER AID AUSTRALIA Newsletter 26th January 2014

NEWS UPDATE 26 January 2014
Rebuilding communities in the Philippines goes on ... and on
Right on the heel of a horrendous October earthquake, the Philippines was ravaged the following month by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the "deadliest Philippines Typhoon on record" that killed over 6,000 with bodies still being found.
And, Disaster Aid Australia ('DAA'), a Rotary Club project and part of Disaster Aid International ('DAI') has been on the ground since, with volunteer DARTs (Disaster Aid Response Team members) working with respected local NGO, Balay Mindanaw Foundation ('BMF') in the Bohol Island region that was devastated by these unprecedented events.
Disaster Aid International chairman, PP David Langworthy (RC Endeavour Hills, D9820 Vic.) visited the Philippines earlier this month and brief extracts of his report are in this update.
It makes compelling reading and once again demonstrates the ongoing, direct and selfless involvement of so many Rotarian volunteers.

1 Latest report from the Philippines
1.1 DAI has now provided shelter and assisted more than 10,000 families, and is actively engaged in providing vital Home Repair Kits – more than 1,000 so far delivered, AND installed. That is in response to the question we asked at the outset, "please tell us, what do you need most?" The materials for those kits – lumber, tools, nails, tarps, galvanised iron and so on – are in the main sourced within the area.
And that is providing jobs and other local economic stimulus.
1.2 Along with our Home Repair Kits, Australian-designed SkyHydrant™ water filtration systems are being installed in Barangays (villages) and schools on Panay Island working with the Rotary Club of Metro Iloilo; and on Mindanao Island with BMF assisting in the installation and operation of SkyHydrants™.
1.3 Disaster Aid is in the Philippines "for the long haul" to assist local communities rebuild and provide clean water to those on Bohol, Panay and Mindanao. And in that connection, two Rotarians from the RC Metro Iloilo and three members of BMF might soon be trained in installation and operation of the water filtration system at the SkyJuice Foundation's facility in Queensland.
1.4 The responses to these disasters and our work with BMF, government and other agencies (and ongoing cooperation with Rotary clubs) has seen changes. We have learned much and adapted quickly to how we respond, work with the affected community, deliver our aid and, importantly, stay on to help rebuild and increasingly provide the equipment needed to ensure a reliable supply of clean drinking water.
And the latter is becoming an increasingly vital imperative. Disaster Aid's association with the SkyJuice Foundation ( provides strong and sustainable water solutions for us in disaster affected (or prone) regions.
Here are some more photographs taken in the Philippines earlier this month ...
2 DAI Chairman in a 'flying visit' to the Philippines
2.1 David Langworthy was met by DAA Deployment Manager and leader of the DART teams, Rotarian Ed Cox (who has been with DAI in the Philippines since October) and spent seven days in the affected areas this month, meeting with government officials, Rotarians, DARTs and BMF colleagues.
"We are assisting people on seven (of 7,000) islands and the logistics really are a nightmare. As Rotarians, we can all be proud of the work done by Disaster Aid. We are delivering to world's best practice, working with and meeting the needs of those affected by these calamitous events – unimaginable in the minds of most Australians."

2.2 David attended a meeting of the RC of Iloilo Metro whose members have been very supportive of DAI, including delivery of the Home Repair Kits and even providing drivers and cars for him and Ed at no cost.
Speaking at the club meeting, David not only thanked them for that vital assistance but also presented a challenge ... to bring clean potable water to the Barangays (villages) of Panay Island.
It has a population of 4 million, and children are dying because of no regular supply of clean drinking water.
He said it could be a long term project as a partnership between DAI and the RC of Metro Iloilo, perhaps involving other Rotary Clubs on the Island. This is where the possibility of flying two members to Australia for training and installation of SkyHydrants™ was first raised.

"If a child does not have potable water, that is more than an issue beyond natural disasters ... it is a disaster in itself." ... 
DISASTER AID AUSTRALIA Newsletter 26th January 2014 Bruce McBAIN 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0

MEETING REPORT 28th January 2014

Chair:  Gerard Hogan
Reporter:  Neil Salvano
Photographer:  Roger Thornton
President Doug welcomed all present, following which the toast to Rotary International was proposed by Gerard Hogan.
Visiting Rotarians:
Devendra Shastri – RC Surat West (north of Mumbai, India).  48 years Rotary service, including three times as District Governor.
Philip Rowell – RC Brighton North
Sat Mishra – guest of George Mackey (for the final time, since Sat was inducted during the meeting)
Laura Hartman – guest of Philip Rowell and Neville John
Ernest Stater
Attendance:  32, including visitors and guests.
Induction of New Member
The first item of business during the meeting was that most pleasant duty for a Rotary Club President – the induction of a new member.  Mr Sat Mishra is an IT entrepreneur and, in that role, came to know George Mackey - who introduced him to the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne-Sunrise.  Sat is married with two young children, so unfortunately his wife was unable to join him at the breakfast induction.  However, Sat and his family will be attending the Club BBQ function on Feb 16th, giving members a chance to meet them then.
President Doug Robertson formally inducted Sat as a member of the Club and presented him with his certificate and badge, after which he was welcomed by members with the customary acclamation.
President Doug noted that it was a great pleasure that Rotarian Devendra Shastri was able to attend Sat’s induction, since the two of them had known each other in India, prior to Sat’s migration to Australia ten years ago.
Roger Thornton has agreed to mentor Sat for his first six months in the Club.  Sat will join the Youth Services Committee (nee “New Generations”) under the chairmanship of George Mackey.
There were no announcements from the floor.
President Doug announced that it had been decided that the Club would sponsor a table at the “Women in Rotary” breakfast on Tuesday 4th March, to which it would invite eight young women from the two secondary colleges with which we work, hosted by two members of RC CMS.  The usual RC CMS breakfast meeting that morning would proceed as scheduled with the RACV Club at the beginning of the 2013-14 Rotary year.
Fundraising Committee Report:
Greg Cuthbert reported that a Committee meeting would be held within a week, to progress activities during the second half of the Rotary year.
Another of the very popular and successful fundraising dinners was planned for mid-late March.  Early bird bookings are now open with Greg.
The Committee has also started planning for fundraising activities during the 2014-15 Rotary year.
Sergeant’s Session:
First up was the contribution from Stuart Ellis to our epic poem. 
In that, our gallant investigators received a SMS from Sophia just in time to prevent them imbibing the arsenic-laced drinks pro-offered by Darcy. 
When challenged by member of the audience about the professional propriety of introducing this “emergency warning” message, Stuart called on precedent for his defence, noting that it was a member of Her Majesty’s constabulary who had placed those investigators in the epic tale.
Sergeant Michael Bromby then decided to build on the success of the previous week with his favourite TV show: Would I Lie to You ?
George Mackey assured us that “I am addicted to chocolate, I must have some every day.  I hide it in secret places, so my wife won’t find it.”
Following searching questions, most members of the audience thought that George was lying in his statement.  However, George assured us that he was, indeed, very fond of chocolate.
Then it was Bernie Gerlinger’s turn:  “When I was a kid, I got into trouble with my grandfather because I let all the chooks out of the shed.”
The jury was fairly evenly split, was a slight majority in favour of the proposition that Bernie was lying (perhaps because of doubts that chickens were called “chooks” in Germany ?).  However, Bernie assured us that the proposition was mainly correct – he had got into trouble with his grandfather after getting up to mischief when he was young.
Guest Speaker:
Stuart Ellis AM – CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Council.
Stuart commenced with an amusing anecdote from his SAS selection training and a subtle comment on how those in leadership positions – whether in business, government or the military – can be perceived as “precise, correct and unhelpful” by those whom they seek to lead.
The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Council is an incorporated non-government body of emergency services agencies across Australia and New Zealand.  Its objectives include to develop national standards and accreditation, promote research on relevant topics and facilitate collaborative tendering for capital equipment.  Two Co-operative Research Centres are sponsored by the AFEMSC – the Bushfire CRC and the Hazards CRC – involving about twenty universities and research institutes across Australia and New Zealand.
Stuart noted that, among the member agencies of the Council, only the ambulance service in the ACT and the MFB in Victoria were engaged in medical emergency response as part of their official duties.  In all other States and Territories and in NZ, emergency medical response was a responsibility of the relevant Health Department.
Stuart also observed that “professionalism is a state of mind, not a state of pay”, with the Council including emergency service agencies with a majority of volunteer personnel (eg: the CFA and the State Emergency Service organizations), as well as the major metropolitan fire brigades (with mainly full time employees).
Member agencies of the Council had an annual expenditure of A$4 billion, with approximately 37,000 full time and 6,000 part time paid staff, together with 100,000 active volunteers.  In addition, were another 150,000 ‘inactive’ volunteers on the books.
An important challenge facing the emergency services agencies was the need to manage public expectations – particularly that not all emergencies can be prevented, so there also needs to be emphasis on emergency response, community resilience and recovery.   Stuart illustrated this point with some photos and comments on benefits of the “student army” organized by young people following the devastating Christchurch earthquake.  He also observed the great resilience of the Australian bush in recovering from fire, especially from ‘cool’ fires such as those produced by periodic fuel reduction burning.
Emergency services can also be wedded to tradition, even when the reasons which gave rise to those traditional practices have changed due to technology.  Eg: Thanks to the widespread installation of effective automatic fire sprinkler systems in Australian buildings, there are very few major structure fires now in this country.  Hence the need to have fire fighters in action on the scene within seven minutes (the typical time required for a fire to “flash over” and fully involve its room of origin) has reduced.    In the UK now, upon receipt of an automatic fire alarm signal, the fire brigade rings to confirm the occurrence of a fire before despatching fire trucks in response, thus reducing the attendant risk to the public of large trucks speeding through crowded streets, as well as the cost of wear and tear on those vehicles of responding to “false alarms”.  (If no response is received to the phone call, then the fire brigade will respond to the scene, of course.)
Another example of a changed model of supplying emergency services to the community is  Germany.  There, with a population of 60+ million, there are now only 5,000 full time fire fighters, supplemented by approximately 1 million part time paid and volunteer fire fighters – all well trained and equipped.  Ie: If the fire brigade turns out to a fire in Germany, the members are most likely to be volunteers.  As governments face increasing budgetary pressures, this is the kind of question which will need to be addressed in terms of affordability and community preparedness to pay.
Stuart also touched on the challenges of climate change – which is occurring, whatever the cause(s).  He observed that Prof Tim Flannery had drawn his attention to the fact that increasing surface temperatures not only increased the bush fire hazard through drying the vegetation, but that the increased evaporation rate also meant that there was more moisture in the atmosphere – increasing atmospheric instability and leading to more frequent and more severe storms (with lightning being a major source of ignition for non-structural fires).
An interesting, challenging and thought-provoking presentation.
MEETING REPORT 28th January 2014 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z 0


Each week the Sergeant selects a member to add a further two lines to the poem.
The iambic metre wse are striving for is;
dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH
dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH dah DAH 
The story so far ..…
This berk is running away from something, and comes upon a highly emotional woman – who he realizes is the love of his life
She challenges him with an unspecified surprise
Then tries to calm him down
But the fair couple lurch off and are confronted by 6 medieval warriors with an out of control caravan – our hero gives them a right hiding but a wheel careers off the caravan and unfortunately kills the poor lass
Rendered impotent by her sad demise, and as he’s postulating about where to bury the poor girl, her ghost rises up and implores him to revenge her tragic departure
Now he finds himself in a tricky position – as he’s telling the good lady’s ghost that he can hardly take revenge on an errant wheel, it becomes painfully apparent that our hero not only permitted the 6 medieval warriors to loosen the caravan’s wheel ~ possibly with the sole objective of fatally injuring her, but also he allowed the tort-feasing warriors to make their getaway.
Anon, he spies a nearby tavern – time for sustenance and reflection, and for new female company? But the new wench he spies, strikingly similar to his deceased beloved, his none other than her jealous twin who has, in an act of vengeful jealousy, procured the tragic  death through the agency of the escaped warriors, of her good sister.
Our hero, confronted with an alluring twin, briefly considers, then ditches,  a spiritual dilemma, choosing in preference the carnal option. 
And here it is;
Members’ epic poem – 2013 / 2014
He rushed around the corner – like an Afghan hound
And saw it all before him, a sight so utterly profound                          [M Bromby]
He held her hand, she tried to speak
Her emotion was high, her voice was weak                                        [B Downie]
She looked him hard into his eyes
And said: “I hope you like surprise”.                                                   [R Garrett]
Enough! Enough! Soothed she; he rushed around again  
As wobbly wheels and caravan defeated six strong men                       [T Callander]
A wheel shot off, the girl expired, 
He said: "from love I have retired                                                       [G Cuthbert]
Despite his urge to leave her side,
her resting place he must decide.                                                       [P Barry}
But her ghost arose forthwith, and said with a frown
My murderers you must seek, and shoot them down!                            [A King]
His reply to her ghost, his beloved one, he uttered most forthright
Murdered you were not, my dear - the errant wheel was the culprit that caused your horrendous plight,             [M Bromby] 
Yet, in shading the truth, words espoused could not disguise his frightful gape
For his scared face approved the scoundrels who loosened the wheel and then made their escape                 [J Cavanagh]
“Hark, what’s that there? An inn! A drink!
New wench, may be? I need to think.”                            [J Ilott]
The wench she doth appear the same as lady now departed
Whose secret was a twin, who jealous and cold hearted               [R Stevens]
Tore apart their love as sisters through vengeful act of spite
To hire the warriors to loose the wheel that killed
her twin outright                                                          [K Stevens]
Is it face or form that does excite?
Or do two souls with love unite?
Our man with ne’re a thought for trust.
Decides instead to opt for lust                                             [K Love}
Her hot lips responded as bidden
Darcy she whispered no longer need our love be hidden
Sophia my love, you are mine
This thing we have done, let's celebrate with wine.                     [B McBain]
In the corner of the Inn was hidden
A witness to this kiss forbidden,
Their tainted love had been detected
With consequences unexpected                                             [N John]
The mean and nasty kitchen maid
Was taking a quick nap near the fire.
She thought: How dare that Sophia get laid
When everyone knows she’s such a liar?                                          [G Mackey]
So a plan the maid hatched, ’twas most heinous and nasty
A pox on Sophia and a blood curse on Darcy                                     [F O’Brien]     
The pox on Sophia was really quite easy for Darcy's past was very sleazy
Pursuit of pleasure was his mania, so next stop Transylvania, for a pleasey
                                                                                                            [H Greenwood]
Because documents and visas were needed to go
Taking Sophia would cause the journey to be too slow                               Bernie Gerlinger
He therefore took leave of the inn without a sound
To disappear into the night hoping never again to be found               Marjorie Gerlinger
Sophia though was more than his match and meant to stop him leaving this patch
She did not like being treated as crap instead she lured him into a trap  (D Jones)
Darcy thought he was in the clear never to be troubled again
But Sophia had other ideas and a passion that was truly insane        [R Mitchell]
For he would now rue the day on which against her he did mock
As he let them through the door, they introduced themselves as Watson and Sherlock                         [N Taylor]
A flustered Darcy scrambled for time to think, Aha! 'Good sirs, may I pour you a drink?'
Plotting more than to make them sick, the libations, gallantly proffered, contained arsenic                                          [K Harvey]
But before they drank, Sophia texted Darson
My ears are on fire, and I have thoughts of arson                                [Stuart Ellis]
Great Sherlock avoided both poison and flame
But with Darcy and Watson took the London bound train                    [J Price]
To Darcy’s dismay twas to Old Bailey to stay
As arsenic stained fingers gave him away”                                          [A Seale]
Tortured by sores and fever, in his prison cell does Darcy languish
Confinement with pederasts, murderers and thieves intensifies
 his anguish                                                                                         [N Salvano]
At last, salvation and dreams afoot, in bed prone on one hip,
Drifting to lands far away on an old wooden ship,
As a boy, he had stood on the burning deck,
After that he could not remember much more by heck.              [A Driver]
Time passes, thoughts wander, inner peace never comes.  But wait!!  Ronnie Biggs, Darcy’s hero
Planning, scheming, what chance of success?  Moonlight streaming, over the wall, Darcy go                                   [Russell Rolls]
He flees in the night, through London’s lane ways he hastens
And 2 months later, Darcy resurfaces - a security guard with Fortnum & Masons                           [Wolfgang Jacobs]
Darcy's a hit, the jobs a great fit, no more Sophia  to cause dismay
He gets a  choice of promotion, mens hand lotion, or lay bys in lingerie                   [Gerard Hogan]
SERGEANT': MEMBER'S EPIC POEM 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0


"Improving Quality of Life and Sporting Performance Through Movement"
In today’s society we are largely sedentary, work long hours and find it hard to fit in “me time” due to family commitments and busy schedules.  We may be stressed, make poor nutritional choices and do not get enough restful sleep which can lead to health problems, weight gain, poor posture and affects our relationships, self esteem and mental state.
Richard will talk about wellness from a holistic approach with pointers on how to improve your quality of life, give you a spring in your step and regain balance in your life. Richard will also talk on improving your movement for better daily function as well as for golf performance
Richard was born overseas, has lived in five countries and holds an honours degree in Business and Sports Studies.  
GUEST SPEAKER 17th SEPTEMBER 2013 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0


By Tom Callander

Mel Moorfield was one of our original 39 charter members on Charter night 1 May 1987 (although the actual Charter certificate is dated 3 April 1987). 

Mel’s first “official” Club position of office was as Director of the Club Service Committee (and President Elect) in our third year, under President Herb Greenwood. Under Mel’s directorship, Club Service Committee led the move to amend our constitution to allow for the admission of women.

Mel’s year as our fourth President commenced on 1 July 1990.  He was a dynamic Club leader with numerous achievements being accomplished. 
In the area of membership, the net membership increased from 39 to 51 (a record) and he inducted our first five female members.  Noteworthy is also that he inducted our current members, Bernie Gerlinger and Alan Seale as members.  

In Mel’s year, several new programs were initiated including our continuing relationship with Shirley Osborn and her “Steps Ministry” looking after street kids. The long running Vocational Service Program “Operation Livewire” commenced, which continued until 2005 (Mel was a judge in that first year).  Our first fundraising “Supper Auction” was held.   Mel’s spouse Elizabeth commenced occasional “Partners’ Lunches” as a means of increasing involvement and fellowship for partners of members, particularly new members. Another first was sending our first youth exchange student, Melissa Gilmore, to Brazil.   

In the following year (John Meehan’s presidency) our first Paul Harris Fellow Breakfast was held in November 1991. Establishing the very successfully running PHF Breakfast was Mel’s brainchild.

Mel’s engagement with Rotary went beyond the club level as he was very active at the 9800 District level.  He was appointed as a District Governor’s Representative for 1991-1992.  He was a member of Foundation-Promotion/Information 1992-1993, Director Community Service 1993-1994 and 1994-1995.  He received a District “Special Service Award” for his co-organising of the Repair and Painting Volunteers (including many from our Club) after the Benalla floods of 1993.  

During our eighth year Mel resigned from our Club, as he no longer worked in the city and he joined the Rotary Club of Croydon.  In that year, our Club presented Mel with a “Sapphire” additional Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.  

Our Club benefitted greatly from Mel’s membership during the Club’s first eight years.  Our sympathy is extended to Elizabeth and Mel’s family.

IN MEMORY OF MEL MOORFIELD Tom Callander 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
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REPORT OF LAST MEETING - 18 June 2013 (Police Mentoring Graduation Breakfast) Robin STEVENS 2013-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
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RYPEN Camp a Hit in March

Posted by Tony THOMAS on Mar 27, 2013


It was a delight during March 22-24 to see 47 students aged between 14 and 17 from 23 secondary schools bonding and having their boundaries stretched at the RYPEN camp at Weekaway near Lancefield.

Our club had 13 members taking part, including Allan Driver, Tom Callander, Kevin Walklate, Michael Wells, George Mackey, Tony Thomas, Tom Boyle, Robin and Kay Stevens, Gerard Hogan, Marjorie and Bernie Gerlinger, and Neville John in his District capacity.

We sponsored four students from Mt Alexander College, Flemington. They were   Hiba Abdikadir, Fartun Ibrahim,  and Shi (“Samantha”) Ming Bong (females), and Maslah Gore (male).

The twice-yearly Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment camps have been running for more than 25 years. Our club previously handled a RYPEN camp a decade ago.

The March camp was run by a dozen youth leaders from Rotaract and RYLA with help during meals from RCCMS. Three District New Generations committee members also attended full-time.



RYPEN Camp a Hit in March Tony THOMAS 2013-03-27 00:00:00Z 0

First Class Treatment

Posted by Kevin LOVE on Nov 22, 2011
On Friday November 18th, approximately 20 members, partners and friends of the Club undertook a vocational visit to the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee. 
Run by Melbourne Water, the Western Treatment Plant treats about 60% of Melbourne's sewage, (about 160 billion litres a year). It serves about 1.6 million people in the central, northern and western suburbs.
The plant has evolved from a low tech land and pasture based treatment system to a highly sophisticated operation. At the same time. automation and contracting out has meant that only 6 staff are required to now operate the plant compared to the hundreds of earlier decades.
Melbourne has two important pieces of infrastructure put in place in the 19th century and still crucial today – our system of closed catchments for water supply in the mountains to its east and the sewerage system. The Western Treatment plant’s origins can be traced back to 1888 when a Royal Commission into Melbourne's public health led to a proposal for the development of a sewage farm to treat Melbourne’s waste. Previously, Melbourne's sewage was collected in open drains and discharged into the Yarra River and Hobsons Bay.
A major upgrade of the plant (completed in 2005) has significantly reduced the amount of nitrogen in the treated effluent that is discharged to Port Phillip Bay and significantly increased the amount of high quality recycled water available. It has also improved the ability to capture biogas to generate electricity, markedly reducing greenhouse gas and odour emissions in the process.  The tour group saw new works to enhance this system.
The plant is about 10,500 hectares in area and supports a thriving agricultural enterprise using recycled water from the plant. A large part of the area is now managed for conservation purposes – it is a haven for tens of thousands of birds many of whom migrate each year from the northern hemisphere – from as far away as Siberia. The plant is regarded as an internationally significant wetland.
The tour was able to see at first hand the range of bird life, including large groups of Pelicans as well as experiencing a spectacular lightning show from across Corio Bay and the You Yangs.
The visit was organized for the Vocational Committee by Frank O’Brien who was given a vote of thanks from all those attending for putting together a great day which enabled us to see parts of the plant not usually available to the public.
First Class Treatment Kevin LOVE 2011-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

Donation to Disaster Aid Australia

Posted by Allan DRIVER on Sep 12, 2011

Our club has donated $1,600 to Disaster Aid Australia for the supply of two Family Survival Kits.

Disaster Aid Australia continues to assist those refugees in the Horn of Africa especially the most at risk at a new camp site in Kambioos.

Ed Cox, Disaster Aid International head of Training and Deployment reports that the Family Survival boxes are the highest quality tents available within the region.

Donation to Disaster Aid Australia Allan DRIVER 2011-09-12 00:00:00Z 0

STOP PRESS: RCCMS Knight in silver hair rescues Eritrean family

Posted by David JONES on Aug 26, 2011


Rescued from $300.00 bill.

The story so far:

A year or two ago our former member Roger Thornton kindly donated an HP laptop and printer to an Eritrean family living in immigrant flats at Ascot Vale, so they could talk on Skype to their family who are living in Khartoum.

This was all successful.

 But, as told to our reporter by our intrepid traveller and helper of people around Ascot Vale [also noted for helping Rhino helpers and listening to Ombudsman talks];

"A fortnight ago we got a call from Amira (the mother) to say they had got an excess usage charge from Optus of $300, because they had exceeded their 7 gig per month plan in July by 2 gigs. They couldn’t believe this bill was correct.

Their laptop by now was doubtless full of viruses as they had not kept up their anti-virus protection. For this or other reasons, the laptop was crushingly slow and took about 1 minute to load just one page of the internet, so we knew there was no way they could have used up 9 gigs (9000MB) in a month.

On checking their usage history, we found the whole 9 gigs had been run up in 3 days in early July. Their normal usage is about 1 gig or less per month (largely emailing).

We called Optus (Mumbai call-centre) and after prolonged negotiation, got their bill cut to $150 but no further.  We then aired the topic on-line with  our computer user group and were advised to push the fight further to the Telecom's Ombudsman, which we did.

Today we got the happy news from the Eritreans that Optus had called them to say the bill would now be cancelled altogether, ie zero excess usage charge.


 And that's not all;

 Meanwhile we had appealed to the user group to find someone with an unwanted iMac computer. In no time someone had offered one and we also got further offers of a wireless router and a printer. The iMac is now installed at their flat and is a 1000% improvement on the old laptop.

Despite much labour, we didn’t succeed in getting the wireless router set up correctly but the iMac is running happily on ADSL wiring.

We are delighted to have ‘made a difference’ in this way to two hard-working and ambitious Eritreans. All they need now is a 3-bedroom house if any RCCMS has one to donate"

 Editor's note. We have respected our bashful  'Knight in silver hair'  request for anonymity.

Photo. One happy Amira and son Yamen.  


STOP PRESS: RCCMS Knight in silver hair rescues Eritrean family David JONES 2011-08-26 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellowship Exchange ['RFE']

Posted by Tony THOMAS on Aug 25, 2011
 The following are the outgoing RFE exchanges that will be happening 2011 - 2012


11 – 25 May 2012 to D 5520 Texas / New Mexico

Will be advertised once the incoming exchange is over.  First preference is always given to host families, then host clubs.


2 – 16th June 2012 to D1070 England

There are still 3 vacancies for this exchange. Five members from our club are booked for this trip.


24 June -14 July 2012 to Alberta Canada D5360

There is one vacancy for this trip.  RC Kangaroo Flat  have eleven members travelling.


An exchange with Turkey is being worked on and at this stage will be 2012 – 2013

Rotary Fellowship Exchange ['RFE'] Tony THOMAS 2011-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

Disaster Aid Australia - Update

Posted by Allan DRIVER on Aug 05, 2011
 "The United Nations now estimates that more than 12 million people desperately need housing, water and food in the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nairobi, South Sudan, Mogadishu) – the mortality rate continues to rise to epidemic levels. 


Disaster Aid Australia and its international partners Canada, USA and UK & Ireland are proud to advise they have formed an alliance with Hope Without Borders, a not-for-profit charity working in the Kenya region since the early 80’s and founded by Rotarians Lance and Julie Parve of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 


“This alliance means once again, we as Rotarians are delivering the aid so desperately needed with fellow Rotarians – side by side,” Jenni Heenan, CEO of Disaster Aid Australia said." 


More - go to 

Disaster Aid Australia - Update Allan DRIVER 2011-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

Our speaker for July 26 was the world-famous ‘rhino girl’.

Posted by Tony THOMAS on Jul 12, 2011

Our club had an amazing speaker for our Tuesday July 26 morning meeting – Charlene “Charlie” Hewat, the world-leading activist for rhino conservation.

Rhino poaching (killing for their horns) is rampant and these (usually) gentle giants are in danger of rapid extinction in the wild. It is thanks to the dedication of individuals like Charlene Hewat who remain on the ‘front lines’ that these magnificent creatures can be saved.

Her early experiences of growing up on a farm in Zimbabwe instilled a deep love of nature and out of this was born her passion for the environment.  Whilst out on a walk in the bush some 27 years ago, she came across the carcass of a poached rhino and it was this traumatic experience that started her on the path to where she is today. She decided something needed to be done to raise awareness and to raise funds for rhino conservation in Zimbabwe. So in 1987, together with a friend, Julie Edwards, she completed a 22,000km bicycle ride which took them from the UK across Europe and Africa back to Zimbabwe. This journey was recorded and published in a book ‘Extinction is Forever’ and Charlene is still affectionately known and recognised today, as one of the ‘The Rhino Girls’.

She met many dignitaries during this time including the Pope, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Prince Phillip and had the rare privilege of spending a few months living in the bush with George Adamson (the Lion man).

She has won many awards over the years for her work, the most notable being in 1995 when she was awarded the Junior Chambers International Award for The Most Outstanding Young Persons of the World in the category of Environmental Leadership. Previous recipients of this prestigious internationally recognized award have been Orson Wells and the late John F Kennedy to name a few.

Charlene is touring Australasia to share her personal experiences of her conservation work in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa as CEO of the organisation she founded in 2000, Environment Africa.  Donations welcome!

Our speaker for July 26 was the world-famous ‘rhino girl’. Tony THOMAS 2011-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

Zimbabwe’s Rotary Clubs have a tough struggle

Posted by Tony THOMAS on Jun 28, 2011

The ten-person outbound Rotary Friendship Exchange group from District 9800 to Africa’s D9210 has had some surprises during its three-day hosting in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls is a relatively prosperous part of Zimbabwe, only a kilometre from the cataract and attracting hordes of hard-currency tourists.

The town is so closely linked to the surrounding national game park that elephants often wander into the suburbs knocking down walls to get at garden trees. Packs of warthogs, tails lifted at 90 degrees,  scurry down the sidestreets without attracting a second glance.

District 9210 covers Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Our team expected depressed conditions inside Zimbabwe. Instead, it discovered a thriving tourist town and a local Rotary Club kicking goals (with some difficulty) on significant charity projects.

A sign of the country’s previous crises is the souvenirs sold to tourists in Victoria Falls by street hawkers – 50 and 100 trillion (yes, trillion!) dollar ex-official banknotes.

One of our hosts was Barbara Murasiranwa, past Assistant Governor of D9210 and a stalwart of RC Victoria Falls. Barbara was until June 2011 managing director of a thriving tourist operator in Victoria Falls, Shearwater Adventures, which pioneered   white water rafting, helicopter rides, canoeing adventures, jet boating and bungy jumping from Livingstone Bridge by the falls (this is a joint and hair-raising Zimbabwe-Zambian business). Barbara now runs her own wholesale travel company and can afford  to devote more time to the Rotary club.

Zimbabwe’s recent economic turnaround – based partly on a switch to US dollar and Rand currency - has led to a revival in Rotary membership.

Zimbabwe’s Rotary Clubs have a tough struggle Tony THOMAS 2011-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

D9800 Friendship Exchange: Letter from Zambia

Posted by Tony THOMAS on Jun 12, 2011

The ten-member Friendship Exchange from District 9800 to Africa is now being overwhelmed by Zambian hospitality. While Zambian clubs are keen to show us their projects, they are also giving us unforgettable experiences, all involving this country’s magnificent animals and the “Smoke that Thunders” – the local name for Victoria Falls. 

Try this for a diary for one day:
7 am: Most of us pile into a mini bus for a short drive to the safari lodge of Livingstone Rotary Club members Sue and Mike Welch. This is on a hilltop overlooking a swathe of thorny scrub and savannah.

After wake-up coffee, we each climb aboard an African elephant for a high-level tour of the park. These beasts are nothing like the small Indian variety you see in Melbourne Zoo. My elephant, “First-Born”, was a huge male teenager, dwarfing the females who ranged from the matriarch to youngest daughters. They are so used to the company of their African guides, we are told, that they would panic if left on their own for longer than 20 minutes, day or night.
My guide Jonas explains that whereas Indian work-elephants are trained largely by negative feedback, this herd has known nothing but positive reinforcement.

Jonas speaks softly to First-Born who lurches down the path. First-Born loves the expedition because he is allowed to wander off the path whenever a nice tree is available. He grabs the top of the tree and with a snap of his trunk, and an almighty ‘crack’, he tears down a thick limb, strips the leaves and continues with the branch in his mouth, grinding off the bark. Jonas keeps up a brilliant running commentary  as an ‘elephant whisperer’.

The track narrows and begins a steep descent. We are all sitting at 45-degrees and can hardly believe it as our mounts with dainty steps descend their huge tonnage into the valley. We are told they are almost unerring with their steps – one exception being a wild elephant who was crossing the Zambesi recently at low water, from stone to stone. He slipped and was captured on video tumbling down the 100m Victoria Falls. In a thoroughly jolted state, I clumsily dismount and discover that my month-old ‘gammy right leg’, from a pinched nerve, is now miraculously cured.
D9800 Friendship Exchange: Letter from Zambia Tony THOMAS 2011-06-12 00:00:00Z 0

More from Tony - An exceptional recycling project in South Africa

Posted by Tony THOMAS on Jun 03, 2011

The “JBay Recycling Swop Shop” -  Innovation in aid
Black townships in South Africa:  crowded, stricken with AIDS and unemployment, and carpeted with rubbish.
All newcomers to South Africa are startled to find these townships are only a few kilometres from mostly white suburbs of big affluent homes.
In Jeffreys Bay, home to the Billabong Surfing Competition, 80km south of Port Elizabeth, a wave of goodwill, compassion and mindfulness is gathering momentum.
Here, a group of like-minded people are following a brilliantly simple plan in which children collect recyclables like plastic, glass, tins and cardboard;  deliver it to a central collection point, get paid in tokens (mulas) which they can spend at the ‘kids  only’  swop-shop on the same premises, offering anything from new bicycles (350 mulas) to  a bar of soap or marbles.
This project, co-ordinated by Carina de Flamingh and enthusiastically backed by the whole community, gives the kids a goal and a taste for ‘work’. Instead of hand-outs, they learn the idea of ‘value for value’.
The whole operation involves about nil working capital but needs 15-20 adult volunteers for each Monday. The stock for the shop is all donated by individuals, traders and institutions. The Jeffrey’s Bay Rotary Club keeps the accounts and members throw their weight behind the volunteering.
This low-cost style creates a remarkable package of benefits - cleaner towns, paid jobs for kids, educating kids about budgets and shopping, and material benefits for families.

More from Tony - An exceptional recycling project in South Africa Tony THOMAS 2011-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

Our intrepid travellers Tony and Margaret Thomas report on their Rotary Friendship Exchange

Posted by Tony THOMAS on May 27, 2011
Our 10-person Rotary Friendship Exchange party from District 9800 to District 9320 South Africa spent May 23 visiting operations of the Ready 4  Life charity group at Port Elizabeth on the south coast.
Outer suburbs include swathes of black townships, thousands of tiny houses with rudimentary sanitation and electricity, and populations bedevilled by a 40% unemployment rate. Most tragically, bare fields around are churned up from the roadside to far into the distance. By what? By new-dug graves for AIDS victims. We were told that one such field was barely 18 months old.
Our first visit was to a high school to see a class where about 30 unemployed  people aged from 18 to 40 were being given skills in elementary computer operations, personal development and administration-style English.  Our host was Ready 4 Life rep Jacco Wolters, a Dutch specialist in finance and IT.
The goal was to make these students ready to apply for clerical jobs. Without computer skills, they would be back of the queue.
The lesson that day was on word processing – how to cut, paste, save and lay out their work, add pictures, and insert bullet point lists. There was only one laptop in the class but it was connected to a projector so everyone could follow the lesson on-screen.
In fact, there are half a dozen laptops forthe class, which are taken home at the end of each day. The reason relates to another issue: this school is barricaded like a fortress against thieves. Doors  and windows incorporate heavy steel screens, and  there is a formidable perimeter fence. Nonetheless if any valuable gear such as desktop PCs were left in the school overnight, break-ins would occur.
We were impressed by the eagerness of the adult class to learn. Everyone was well-dressed for study and their faces shone with enthusiasm.  There seemed equal numbers of men and women, and average age looked like about 20-25.

Our intrepid travellers Tony and Margaret Thomas report on their Rotary Friendship Exchange Tony THOMAS 2011-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
A Thank You from the Loreto School in Vietnam Michael LAPINA 2011-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary - Humanity in motion Michael Lapina 2010-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
A team of Central Melbourne - Sunrise members painting the Ban Houai Yen school in Laos 0

How to get sworn at – and not mind – Steps Outreach Service

Posted by Tony THOMAS

Anne Mitchell is a charity worker who doesn’t mind being shouted and sworn at. For the past 15 years she’s made a weekly visit to the Flinders Street Station steps. She gets to know the homeless youngsters there so that she can help them.

Volunteers who go with her can find it a bit daunting. On her first night, one of them got heaps of abuse from a homeless girl. The volunteer backed away, scared. The next night, Anne told her to do the opposite. If the girl abused her, she said, move forward and give her a hug and say ‘Hi!’. This worked. “Kids have a hard shell and want to ‘test you out’ by making you angry,” Anne says.

“I say that every day is a new day. Look for something good in a kid, not judge them on what happened yesterday. We praise them for anything good they do. If a young person gets a job and gets fired after a week, it’s still a step forward. Maybe in their next job they’ll last a month.”

How to get sworn at – and not mind – Steps Outreach Service Tony THOMAS 0

Working bee at Camp Getaway

Posted by Roger THORNTON

Rotary Camp Getaway is an exciting project providing a camp/nature retreat for community based groups to use. Located in Axedale, near Bendigo, in Victoria, the camp provides a highly accessible, quality recreational facility that caters for those of all abilities and mobility, provides a meeting place for support groups, and offers those who need it most a sanctuary away from their daily struggles.


Camp Getaway is owned and maintained by the Rotary clubs in Rotary District 9800. Ten RCCMS volunteers, over the weekend of August 3rd to 5th,  participated in a working bee weekend at the camp. Various tasks were completed, ranging from gardening to painting and repairing water damaged walls.  The main task involved the complete re-painting and redecoration of the girls shower and toilet block. Years worth of grime had to be cleaned off before walls, ceiling and stalls were painted a pale cream colour. As a finishing touch, new bright blue shower curtains added a touch of colour.

When the team headed home on Sunday afternoon, they left with a sense of satisfaction that they had made a worthwhile contribution to Camp Getaway, whilst having lots of fun in the process. There’s always a long list of tasks to maintain a place like Camp Getaway in good stead. Hopefully, RCCMS volunteers will be back there in 2013 to continue the work.

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Garden re-development at McAuley House

Posted by Robin STEVENS
McAuley House, located in Flemington Road, North Melbourne provides accommodation and support to women aged between 25 and 55, unaccompanied by children, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and/or have a mental illness. The unique community and residential setting – including garden areas – offers women a safe environment in which to live that promotes respect and values the dignity and worth of each person.
Funding constraints have led to the McAuley House gardens becoming run down over the past few years.

Club activities have included:

• garden de-development in 2010 with work on the chapel garden.
• another working bee held in July 2012 when nine RCCMS volunteers, together with McAuley House personnel worked in the kitchen garden area; work included a general clean up, weeding, putting in garden edging, shifting and spreading granitic sand, (replacing unattractive thinly-grassed areas), pruning bushes and trees, and putting in supports for an espalier apple tree.  

Given the need for further garden re-development, an application was made for a Rotary Foundation District Grant to provide funding for materials – particularly timber for the making of garden furniture, but also garden mulch, soil and gravel, garden edging, plants. All this is aimed at improving the amenity of the gardens.

Now that the grant application has been approved by District 9800, members of the Community Service Committee will liaise with the Carlton Men’s Shed to build sturdy bespoke furniture for the chapel garden. Further garden re-development work will be undertaken with an additional working bee planned for early 2013 for additional work on establishing and re-developing garden areas at the rear and side of the property.  

Photo shows volunteers at the July 7th working bee
Garden re-development at McAuley House Robin STEVENS 0


The Rotary Community Village is a program led by the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise Inc with support from Victoria Police, the City of Melbourne, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The program addresses anti-social street behaviour in the Melbourne CBD late at night through the presence of Rotary volunteers and the provision of a welcoming place where visitors can take a break, get free refreshments, and maybe wait for transport home. The target demographic includes those groups typically found in the Swanston Street precinct in the early hours of the morning, often young and sometimes under the weather, backpackers and the homeless.  The response is almost always very thankful and surprised that Rotary does this sort of thing.

The hours are a bit tough but the Rotary volunteers who have participated have really enjoyed the spectacle of the CBD at night.

So far the Rotary Community Village has operated on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm to 4am through December in the run up to Christmas and has been staffed by Central Melbourne Sunrise members.  Our ambition is to open up the program to other clubs and extend the operation to other peak times – the GrandPrix, AFL Grand Final week, and other major events.

Our club is a strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation.

Posted by Anne KING
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

In 1985, Rotary International created PolioPlus – a program to immunize all the world’s children against polio. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. Over 25 years our club has contributed a significant amount to the Foundation through the organisation of our Annual Paul Harris Fellow Breakfast. This year was no exception.

In the first six months of this year the main function of the Foundation committee in our club was the organisation of the breakfast. This year’s breakfast was attended by just over 280 Rotarians and friends from our district and we raised a record amount of $8,479. The guest speaker was Professor Patrick McGorry AO and his talk was on a 21st Century Approach to Mental Health Care.

The foundation committee has also been active in the Group Study Exchange Program. This is a vocational and cultural exchange between countries. Young professionals between the ages of 25 and 42 participate in a visit to an overseas Rotary district to get to understand how their vocation is different in a different country and at the same time become ambassadors for their own country. This Rotary year our club hosted a team from district 5230 (Orange Country in California) and also sponsored a participant in an exchange back to that district.
Our club is a strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation. Anne KING 0

Club Administration half yearly activity summary

Posted by Kay STEVENS

RCCM-S Club Administration has had a successful first half year due to the invaluable efforts of the eleven team members. The first half year culminated in a joyous Christmas Party on 20 December 2011 at the RACV club. The smooth operation of this meeting and of all breakfast meetings during the year has been due to the input from many club members as well as a positive relationship with our hosts, the RACV Club. The weekly speaker program has been excellent in terms of speaker quality and scheduling arrangements, and some new, as well as old, sergeants have kept spirits high with the sergeant’s financial progress running according to budget.

Four monthly duty rosters have been established (which include greeters) with duty notes available on the RCCM-S website. The RCCM-S website has had some front page design modifications and there has been an education session on accessing event registration areas. A Google Cloud drop box has been established for the scheduled photographers to deposit event photographs that can then be accessed for club-related publications and the Club Bulletin has been distributed electronically each week with unfailing regularity.

The social program has included a BBQ and tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Cranbourne, an exhibition tour at the National Art Gallery, and a Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner evening.

On to Conference promotion of the District Conference was successful with many members registered as early birds for the March 2012 event.

The three activities of membership, mentoring and recruitment have been clearly delineated and the requirements of each area given due recognition. The almoner responses have been handled with awareness and respect. Working With Children Checks registrations have been audited and encouragement and support given to those yet to register. More club banners have been ordered as well as speaker gifts of soap and notebooks from Timor Leste.

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Posted by Kevin LOVE

Forget about "Underbelly" and "CSI"!

Come and hear real stories about criminal investigation from the Detectives that ran the cases.

Inside Story lets you hear first hand how the Detectives solved the crimes.

Funds raised from the evening will go to the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Silk Miller scholarship, its Community Village project and other projects.

Friday, 21st October 2011 at 6.15pm.

Cost $40 per head with light refreshments served during the event.

The venue, Melbourne City Conference Centre, is on the cnr of Swanston and Little Lonsdale Streets, opposite the State Library.

Download the flyer/booking form


Trivia/Music Night

Posted by Kevin LOVE

RCCMS supports Royal Talbot through our working bees in the Sensory Garden.  Here is another chance to support it by coming along to the fundraiser being organised by the RC of Boroondarra for Oct 23. It looks a great night. Anyone interested in forming a table from the club should contact Kevin Love. For more information download flyer

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Interested in Rotary?

Posted by Michael LAPINA
View the video to see what Rotary is all about.

This was the movie President Anne presented at the Club Forum meeting (13 Jul 2010)
Interested in Rotary? Michael LAPINA 0
Lending a Hand. Echuca Steam Rally Allan DRIVER 0