DG Peter and wife Anne with Pres. Katrina. Note the Maremma dog. 'As a lead up to the District Conference in Warrnambool in March, he told us how a local chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, suggested Maremma guardian dogs could be used to protect the endangered penguins on an island just off Warrnambool. Swampy had successfully used Maremmas to help protect his free range chickens. The penguins are now thriving'.
Suzanne is now chair of the Boroondara wide unit & with her small team described how Neighborhood Watch is now working. Suzanne told of the unit’s ongoing good relationship with local police. Publicity campaigns at local festivals & pamphlet drops by volunteers are being pursued to remind Boroondara residents of the still active program & attract or alert younger generations to it.
Don Farrands is a commercial lawyer, accountant & trombone player. His topic was driven by his own personal connection to WW1 veteran & grandfather Nelson Ferguson. This interest had invoked his research into old documents of Nelson & in particular his stretcher bearer role on the Western Front & aspects of battles such as the Somme, Bullecourt, Ypres & Villers-Bretonneux. It has culminated in Don’s authorship of 'The Glass Soldier' a fascinating & incisive book on WW1.
Lien holds a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Melbourne, Master of Optometry from the University of NSW, and Master of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Lien is currently engaged by the Rotary Club of Melbourne to coordinate their End Trachoma by 2020 campaign and provide that technical expertise necessary.
Bryan Martin, well known race caller, was guest speaker appropriately just prior to the Melbourne Cup. It was an entertaining & informative talk enjoyed by all, & a special delight to those with horse racing awareness.
Hawthorn born, and persistent resident Ian Bentley is president Elect despite being relatively new to the club. Well done. However there is a past Rotarian ethos there. The warning was unnecessary as the audience got a wonderful polished account of Ian's drivers and his experiences in, and thoughts of educational practice now and in the past few decades.
Thierry is from Rotary Carlton. He introduced his parents Josie and Pierre, both French Rotarians, and then told us a little about differences between life in France and Australia, before adding some facts about his own club.
Senior Constable Jo Pokiri with Victoria Police is presently the Boorondara Crime Prevention Officer. She kept the lunch meeting fully involved with her talk on policing practices in our district and some common-sense crime prevention tips. The audience lapped it up and happily took advantage of her hospitality to go beyond time in answering many questions.
Following lunch Peter Frueh was generous in his praise of Hawthorn Rotary & accomplishments: Hawthorn’s 5 Past District Govs, 3 of whom are still active in the club He also thanked several members who are active at District level. Peter related how one Rotarian’s initiative had generated $300,000 worth of linen, when the fly-in-fly-out hostels in n-w W.A. were closed, & the donated goods were transferred to Donations In Kind in Perth & Footscray'
Brian Morley intrigued the club with his memories of a fifty-year career in Journalism and Broadcasting. He is an experienced journalist and public relations practitioner He worked as a journalist at The Age, was also News Editor, current affairs & sports commentator at 3AW Melbourne and 2GB Sydney, and on television. As a sports commentator at 3AW, he called AFL football with the legendary Harry Beitzel.
Because it's there!" Supposedly the words of early 20th century mountain climber: famous & tragic George Mallory according to guest speaker Steve Bell on why one seeks to climb a mountain. Now retired from mountain climbing Steve Bell gave an insight to the drive & experiences of a front line mountain climber. He became one of Britain's top young mountaineers, climbing the North FaceMatterhorn when he was 18, & the infamous Eiger two years later. Expeditions to Alaska & the Himalaya also.
Peter Fenwick expounded on the philosophy of John Locke and Adam Smith, the ideals of subsidiarity, libertarianism and taking responsibility for ourselves, our families, and our society. Peter is the author of Liberty at Risk and The Fragility of Freedom.
Manny Hendrix Jnr a high-rated US basketball player, Dunk Contest Champion, Coach, Mentor and Inspiration was guest speaker at a joint Auburn High School-Hawthorn Rotary occasion- in effect the clubs regular Tuesday lunch meeting. His Bachelors degree in Communication hints at but clearly is only a secondary driver to his inherent and wonderful capacity to relate to people, especially youth. Manny is not just a top basketballer, he also puts back into the community.
Derarca O’Mahoney of “Friends of Baguia” was our guest speaker. She gave us an illuminating update on the progress of our ten sponsored students in Timor. The scholarships are allocated and managed by the Friends of Baguia with the co-operation of headmistress Leopoldina Guterres in Baguia. The scholarships are distributed through primary, secondary and tertiary education, and Derarca described how much they are appreciated by this impoverished community.
Margie is a Victorian who hankered for both that outdoor life & chance to help remote Australian communities in dealing with their health issues. Seven years ago she spent time in North Queensland then moved to the Kimberley. She joined Boab Health & is situated at the first of its two centres Broome, the other is in Kununurra. Boab Health Services is a not-for-profit accredited primary health care organisation servicing communities across the Kimberley region.
Assoc. Prof. Stephen Macfarlane spoke on treatment approaches to #Alzheimer's. With such interest in this topic and Stephen's well known roles as an #aging/Alzheimers researcher and radio/TV communicator there was a large attendance. The audience was lead through a very complex technical topic in expert fashion. Cleverly breaking down the subject into various apparently simple blocks appropriate to a number of different approaches of treatment and or prevention, Stephen's address flowed.