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otary<br />

down under.<br />

04<br />

President’s Message<br />

The best you can be<br />

06<br />

News Bulletin<br />

What we’ve been up to<br />

27<br />

Internet versus Intranet<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong>’s <strong>on</strong>line strategy<br />

33<br />

This <strong>Rotary</strong> World<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> projects and initiatives<br />

to feel good about<br />

life & leisure.<br />

42<br />

Educating Gen Wi-Fi<br />

Are our schools keeping up?<br />

50<br />

Healthy Habits<br />

Olwen Anders<strong>on</strong> offers some<br />

simple advice <strong>on</strong> foods to avoid if<br />

you have arthritis<br />

52<br />

Book Club<br />

Win a copy of The Cartographer by<br />

Peter Twohig<br />

traveller.<br />

54<br />

A dark and melky night …<br />

The Austrian village of Melk doesn’t<br />

quite live up to Tim Dawe’s dankly<br />

dark expectati<strong>on</strong>s … but it spun a<br />

good tale n<strong>on</strong>etheless<br />

13<br />

New Club Initiative<br />

Rotarians & Friends @ Work<br />

16<br />

Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s Unite<br />

The story of Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s across five<br />

c<strong>on</strong>tinents<br />

23<br />

Timor Tales<br />

9000 mosquito nets for Timor Leste<br />

46<br />

Diary Dates<br />

What’s happening near you?<br />

48<br />

Using your smarts<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong>’s Graffiti Removal Day<br />

unearths a community champi<strong>on</strong><br />

58<br />

Travel Bitz<br />

An insider’s tour of Champagne with<br />

Australia’s Champagne Dame


Messages from hQ<br />

Sakuji Tanaka<br />

President<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> is an internati<strong>on</strong>al organisati<strong>on</strong> and<br />

when I travel for <strong>Rotary</strong> I usually speak in English. But<br />

it has been a l<strong>on</strong>g time since my last English exam, and<br />

when I am working in Evanst<strong>on</strong>, I always have a Japanese<br />

interpreter. It is important to understand every word of<br />

the meetings and it is important as well that the staff<br />

understand what I am saying.<br />

It was a new experience for me to speak Japanese to a<br />

group and then hear my words spoken in English. Even<br />

now I find it interesting. I hear new ways of expressing<br />

myself in English and I also have a small glimpse of what<br />

it must be like not to speak Japanese.<br />

But perhaps the most interesting moment came early<br />

<strong>on</strong> in my year as President Elect, when I was in a meeting<br />

with <strong>Rotary</strong> staff members. To be sure that we could<br />

communicate well, I had with me a Japanese interpreter.<br />

I spoke in Japanese and she interpreted what I said into<br />

English. We had a pleasant and productive meeting.<br />

After it was over, <strong>on</strong>e member of the staff came up to<br />

me and asked, “There is <strong>on</strong>e word I heard you use many<br />

times in Japanese. I would like to know what it means.<br />

What is the word ichiban?” I told her that ichiban in<br />

Japanese does not c<strong>on</strong>vey any philosophy or complicated<br />

thought. It simply means to be the best.<br />

But it made me think. Of all the words I had used in<br />

The best you can be<br />

Japanese, of all the words she had heard over and over,<br />

this was the word she had heard the most. I did not realise<br />

I had used it so often. But for me, that <strong>on</strong>e word, ichiban,<br />

is essential to how I feel about my job as a Rotarian, and<br />

as President of RI.<br />

For me, <strong>Rotary</strong> service means being ichiban. It means<br />

doing your best, and being the best you can be. It means<br />

working as hard as you can – not for yourself, but for<br />

others. It means achieving as much as you can to make<br />

other people’s lives better.<br />

In the dicti<strong>on</strong>ary, ichiban means “best”. But in <strong>Rotary</strong>,<br />

“best” means something different. It means bringing<br />

Service Above Self into all of your thinking. It means<br />

looking at your own effort, not in terms of what it costs<br />

you, but in terms of what it can give. In this way we are<br />

inspired to do so much more. It is our job to see to it that<br />

our <strong>Rotary</strong> service is ichiban – so that we do the most we<br />

can to build Peace Through Service.<br />

Sakuji Tanaka<br />

President, <strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al •<br />

Wilf Wilkins<strong>on</strong><br />

Chairman,<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Foundati<strong>on</strong><br />

Every Rotarian has<br />

a part to play<br />

When I was RI president, I said <strong>Rotary</strong> is a love story<br />

in which people come together in fellowship, and which<br />

results in doing good in the world. I have witnessed over<br />

and over again how communities and individuals benefit<br />

because of <strong>Rotary</strong> activities. These activities, to a great<br />

extent, result from exchanges about community needs<br />

identified during club meetings.<br />

The m<strong>on</strong>th of April is a perfect example of what Rotarians<br />

and <strong>Rotary</strong> clubs can do to help make a better world.<br />

This m<strong>on</strong>th we celebrate Nati<strong>on</strong>al Volunteer Week, the<br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>al Day of Mine Awareness, World Health Day<br />

and Earth Day, and each of these recogniti<strong>on</strong>s ties in with<br />

<strong>on</strong>e of our six areas of focus. This tells me that every <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

club member has a part to play as an effective volunteer<br />

in these important observances. Furthermore, we owe it to<br />

our community and the world to tell our story, to make the<br />

world aware of our efforts. One way to achieve this is by<br />

supporting your <strong>Rotary</strong> regi<strong>on</strong>al magazine, particularly in<br />

April, which is also Magazine M<strong>on</strong>th.<br />

So how does all this relate to our <strong>Rotary</strong> Foundati<strong>on</strong>?<br />

Well, very few initiatives d<strong>on</strong>’t require funding. Your<br />

Foundati<strong>on</strong> is often able to help, whether it’s with a District<br />

grant or a much larger global grant. Your c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong>s to<br />

the Foundati<strong>on</strong> provide a potential source of funding that<br />

can help a club’s members do good in the world.<br />

My goal this year is to announce at the internati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

c<strong>on</strong>venti<strong>on</strong> that it is estimated that every Rotarian gave<br />

something in the 2012-13 year. Can I count <strong>on</strong> you? •<br />

4 Issue 549. April 2013


Editorial<br />

Mark Wallace<br />

Just between us<br />

Training seminars first taste<br />

of the bigger <strong>Rotary</strong> picture<br />

By the time this column is<br />

complete, I will have attended<br />

President Elect Training Seminars in<br />

three states of Australia and in New<br />

Zealand having addressed Presidents<br />

Elect from around 14 <strong>Rotary</strong> Districts<br />

in Z<strong>on</strong>es 7B and 8.<br />

Having participated twice as a<br />

President Elect myself, I’ve seen what<br />

I believe to be my fair share of these<br />

events and that I’m starting to get the<br />

hang of what such a seminar should be.<br />

Presidents Elect tend to fall into<br />

two categories, those in the role<br />

under duress because nobody else<br />

would volunteer and those who<br />

look to grasp the opportunity to<br />

make their clubs more vibrant, more<br />

relevant in their communities, and<br />

therefore more effective.<br />

When all is said and d<strong>on</strong>e, President<br />

“Death by Powerpoint<br />

is no way for a Rotarian<br />

leader to begin their<br />

year in office.”<br />

Elect training leaders have a difficult<br />

job. No two clubs are the same, so it’s<br />

almost impossible to come up with a<br />

program that will be fully relevant to<br />

all participants.<br />

So if I do have a criticism of what<br />

I’ve seen this year and over the<br />

past 10 years or so, it’s that training<br />

programs try to pack in too much. It’s<br />

a big deal to ask a volunteer who is<br />

reluctant to begin with to spend a day<br />

away from home at the weekend, but<br />

asking them to spend two days away<br />

is really quite a demand. If that’s what<br />

you have in mind, you better make<br />

sure that every speaker is going to<br />

pretty much knock their socks off<br />

with a vibrant, interesting, relevant<br />

and entertaining presentati<strong>on</strong>.<br />

District 9630 had participants<br />

dancing for an hour in a presentati<strong>on</strong><br />

from the leader of the YLead<br />

organisati<strong>on</strong> that was not <strong>on</strong>ly<br />

relevant to the issue of leadership,<br />

but simply transformed obviously<br />

negative attitudes into a frenzy of<br />

positive teamwork and resp<strong>on</strong>sibility.<br />

I’ve not seen anything like it and will<br />

never forget it.<br />

Vibrant, interesting, relevant and<br />

entertaining.<br />

Powerpoint presentati<strong>on</strong>s should<br />

be vetted by training leaders ahead<br />

of time, so that dull, boring, l<strong>on</strong>g or<br />

irrelevant efforts can be sent back for<br />

strict editing. This is what happens at<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong>’s internati<strong>on</strong>al events such<br />

as Assemblies and C<strong>on</strong>venti<strong>on</strong>s,<br />

and there should be no qualms<br />

about doing it at District level.<br />

Time is precious to us all. Death by<br />

Powerpoint is no way for a Rotarian<br />

leader to begin their year in office.<br />

Presenters need to understand<br />

that they are there to perform.<br />

Simply stating a series of facts that<br />

already appear in print in the Club<br />

Presidents Manual is no way to hold<br />

an audience. Passi<strong>on</strong>, humour and<br />

Happy Birthday <strong>Rotary</strong>. District 9630<br />

Presidents Elect celebrate with a cake<br />

during their two-day President Elect<br />

Training Seminar in February.<br />

style are every bit as critical to a<br />

successful presentati<strong>on</strong> as c<strong>on</strong>tent<br />

that can be picked up in a manual or<br />

<strong>on</strong>line at any time.<br />

B<strong>on</strong>ding is a key to success. For<br />

so many Rotarians in their first<br />

leadership role, President Elect<br />

Training is their first exposure to<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al’s big picture.<br />

For the first time they are c<strong>on</strong>fr<strong>on</strong>ted<br />

with a <strong>Rotary</strong> experience bey<strong>on</strong>d<br />

the c<strong>on</strong>fines of their own club’s field<br />

of influence. They’re mixing with<br />

people from all over their regi<strong>on</strong>, in<br />

some cases, from all over their state<br />

or even other countries. It’s just an<br />

appetiser to the feast of what they<br />

will find when they go to their first<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al C<strong>on</strong>venti<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Making friends from all over their<br />

own country and all over the world is<br />

such an important <strong>Rotary</strong> experience<br />

and this first taste can lead to a<br />

whole new life in <strong>Rotary</strong>.<br />

But <strong>on</strong>ly if it is d<strong>on</strong>e well. •<br />

www.rotarydownunder.org 5


News Bulletin<br />

Golf ball drop to raise funds<br />

It’s <strong>on</strong> again! The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Dee Why Warringah’s <strong>Rotary</strong> Golf<br />

Ball Drop. Held at the Collaroy<br />

C<strong>on</strong>venti<strong>on</strong> Centre, Collaroy, NSW,<br />

<strong>on</strong> Saturday, April 6, this fundraising<br />

event is a family day full of mostly<br />

free activities. The $10 entry ticket<br />

will secure you a numbered golf ball,<br />

which will be dropped al<strong>on</strong>gside<br />

3000 others from a helicopter <strong>on</strong> to<br />

the golf course. The closest ball to<br />

the pin wins!<br />

First prize is a wildlife tour to Lake<br />

Eyre and Cooper Basin valued at<br />

$11,560, sec<strong>on</strong>d prize is $1500 cash<br />

and other holidays are up for grabs.<br />

Join in a spot of rock climbing or<br />

laser tag, jump <strong>on</strong> the giant swing<br />

or flying fox, or simply grab a prawn<br />

kebab and relax to the live music.<br />

Tickets can be purchased <strong>on</strong>line at<br />

www.rotarydeewhywarringah.com.au<br />

Is this a record?<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Townsville, Qld, recently achieved a rare distincti<strong>on</strong> in the world of <strong>Rotary</strong>,<br />

when it celebrated the achievement of 50 years of service by six serving members. Special<br />

awards were presented to George Roberts CBE, Max Short, Jack Glees<strong>on</strong> AM, Ian Hastings, Keith<br />

Brazier and Eric Hollamby at a Celebrati<strong>on</strong> Dinner held <strong>on</strong> September 29, 2012.<br />

Club members were joined by Ewen J<strong>on</strong>es MP, Mayor of Townsville Jenny Hill, District<br />

Governor Ian Lomas, DG Elect T<strong>on</strong>y Goddard, PDG Alan Church and PDG Peter Kaye to share in<br />

this w<strong>on</strong>derful achievement by six of Townsville’s leading businessmen.<br />

In praising the six members, Club President Ray Valdeter said, “Each of these men has been<br />

a leader in their chosen field, they have all been extremely successful, yet they are all very<br />

humble people. They have shared their success with their great generosity and service to<br />

the community. Many of the underprivileged of our community have benefited from these<br />

committed Rotarians.<br />

“Over the years they have all been heavily involved in major club projects supporting<br />

ventures such as Reef W<strong>on</strong>derland, The Bush Children’s Health Scheme, The <strong>Rotary</strong> Children’s<br />

Traffic Training Centre and <strong>Rotary</strong> House at James Cook University.<br />

“These members have held many positi<strong>on</strong>s of leadership within the club and their businesses,<br />

but they have also never been afraid to roll up their sleeves and do some of the hard work<br />

required in community service.<br />

“Current members can but look with pride at the achievements of these men and<br />

acknowledge what a privilege it is to be part of the same club as these fine gentlemen. These<br />

men have possessed great visi<strong>on</strong>, innovati<strong>on</strong> and entrepreneurial skills. They are all respected<br />

role models to follow in family life, in business and in service to the community.”<br />

6 Issue 549. April 2013


News Bulletin<br />

Art show a blazing success<br />

Members of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Korumburra, Vic, are very happy<br />

with the results of their annual<br />

art show, c<strong>on</strong>ducted in early<br />

February. Painters, both local and<br />

from all parts of Australia, str<strong>on</strong>gly<br />

supported the exhibiti<strong>on</strong> with 340<br />

paintings representing all mediums.<br />

The club was privileged to have<br />

John Bredl as their judge this year.<br />

John is a self-taught artist who<br />

grew up <strong>on</strong> the Murray River in<br />

Renmark, SA, and now resides <strong>on</strong><br />

the Morningt<strong>on</strong> Peninsula. John is<br />

a highly acclaimed artist and has<br />

been acknowledged with over 250<br />

awards. He shares his expertise and<br />

knowledge as a tutor and mentor<br />

with many aspiring learners. John<br />

commented <strong>on</strong> the high quality of<br />

the exhibiti<strong>on</strong> and inspired every<strong>on</strong>e<br />

to reach their true potential in<br />

whatever their chosen field.<br />

Of course, the art show would not<br />

have been so successful had we not<br />

had such w<strong>on</strong>derful support from<br />

the many sp<strong>on</strong>sors. There was a<br />

total prize pool of nearly $6000.<br />

First prize of $1500 was awarded<br />

to Malcolm Webster for his<br />

watercolour entitled St Peters.<br />

Sec<strong>on</strong>d prize of $1200 was<br />

awarded to Peter Laws<strong>on</strong> for his oil<br />

painting entitled <strong>Under</strong> Cloud.<br />

Both of these paintings were<br />

acquired by the club for exhibiti<strong>on</strong><br />

in local businesses. For the first time<br />

there was a secti<strong>on</strong> of paintings by<br />

artists from the Headway Gippsland<br />

Group, based out of W<strong>on</strong>thaggi.<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Korumburra<br />

would like to thank all of the<br />

sp<strong>on</strong>sors, painters, caterers and<br />

volunteers who helped make the art<br />

show such a success. Profits from<br />

the exhibiti<strong>on</strong> will be distributed to<br />

many worthy causes, with the club<br />

initially deciding to d<strong>on</strong>ate $2000<br />

to Blaze Aid to assist people in rural<br />

areas to rebuild their fences after<br />

the recent devastating bushfires.<br />

The club also sent a team of<br />

volunteers to Blaze Aid in Maffra<br />

in March.<br />

Growing need for student help<br />

On Thursday, February 7, the Batemans Bay Youth<br />

Foundati<strong>on</strong>, NSW, held its 19th annual Grants<br />

Presentati<strong>on</strong> Dinner at the Soldiers Club, attended by<br />

120 guests. Grants were given to 11 deserving students<br />

(pictured), musical presentati<strong>on</strong>s were given by young<br />

musicians, and a guest speaker, a 2012 Grantee, talked<br />

about her first year at university.<br />

The foundati<strong>on</strong> is a <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Batemans Bay<br />

project started in 1994. To date, 131 students have<br />

received grants totalling $350,000. Of that total dollar<br />

amount, 62 per cent has been granted over the last<br />

eight years, indicating the growing need of students<br />

to find financial help for tertiary educati<strong>on</strong>. The<br />

geographic scope of the foundati<strong>on</strong> is the northern part of the Eurobodalla Shire.<br />

Students are selected based <strong>on</strong> three criteria – academic performance at school, perceived compatibility with<br />

tertiary educati<strong>on</strong> and family financial circumstances. The foundati<strong>on</strong> is a registered educati<strong>on</strong>al charity.<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> club invited two partners into the foundati<strong>on</strong>, the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club and the RSL Sub-Branch,<br />

but the <strong>Rotary</strong> club maintains c<strong>on</strong>trol through the organisati<strong>on</strong> of the Management Committee. Funding for the<br />

foundati<strong>on</strong> comes from four sources – the partners, three large universities, community businesses and individuals.<br />

Interested people can view the website at www.bbyf.org.au<br />

your website woes are over ...<br />

see page 11<br />

www.rotarydownunder.org 7


News Bulletin<br />

Z<strong>on</strong>ing Out!<br />

Cheers for Emergency Services: On<br />

February 19 the combined <strong>Rotary</strong> clubs<br />

of Redcliffe, Qld, hosted an Emergency<br />

Services Appreciati<strong>on</strong> Dinner. One<br />

hundred and forty-eight Rotarians,<br />

partners and emergency services<br />

pers<strong>on</strong>nel attended the functi<strong>on</strong>. Each<br />

service group was presented with a<br />

certificate of appreciati<strong>on</strong> and a sixburner<br />

barbecue and accessories,<br />

prominently displaying RI logos.<br />

SA Peace Forum: On February 23,<br />

340 people met at Adelaide Oval to<br />

celebrate Peace in all its forms. One<br />

of the highlights of the afterno<strong>on</strong> was<br />

the processi<strong>on</strong> of young people who<br />

carried Candles for Peace and strings of<br />

Peace Cranes while dressed in traditi<strong>on</strong>al<br />

Japanese dress.<br />

NSW Peace Forum: Rotarians from<br />

Batemans Bay, Narooma and Moruya,<br />

NSW, held their own Peace Forum in<br />

Moruya <strong>on</strong> February 20. MC David<br />

Ashford spoke of the three <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>al Peace Forums being<br />

organised by RI President Sakuji Tanaka<br />

and how each focused <strong>on</strong> a different<br />

meaning of peace.<br />

Calling all trivia buffs<br />

The success of last year’s Port Macquarie <strong>Rotary</strong> trivia night has promoted<br />

the decisi<strong>on</strong> to use the much bigger Port Panthers’ auditorium for this<br />

year’s event. Funds from the night, organised by a committee from the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Port Macquarie, NSW, will go toward Australian <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Health’s research into motor neur<strong>on</strong>e disease.<br />

Last year’s trivia night was a huge success, with several thousand<br />

dollars raised for mental health research.<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Port Macquarie had been closely involved with<br />

motor neur<strong>on</strong>e disease since $60,000 had been raised in Laurie Barber’s<br />

year as District Governor. Australian <strong>Rotary</strong> Health doubled this amount<br />

to provide a total $120,000.<br />

The trivia night will be held <strong>on</strong> Saturday, April 6. For tickets or<br />

more informati<strong>on</strong> c<strong>on</strong>tact Sheila Openshaw <strong>on</strong> 0408 235 870 or email<br />

mentalhealthsupport@hotmail.com<br />

50 Years of Service<br />

Members of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Kippa-Ring, Qld, would like to<br />

c<strong>on</strong>gratulate Reverend Allan Male<br />

AM, MBE, <strong>on</strong> 50 years of service to<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> and wish him and his wife<br />

Kath all the best for the future.<br />

As President of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Brisbane North, Qld, Allan chartered<br />

the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Brisbane<br />

Planetarium as the first breakfast<br />

club in the District and also set in<br />

moti<strong>on</strong> the chartering of the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Club of H<strong>on</strong>iara. During his time as<br />

District Governor in 1985-86, Allan<br />

presented the charter to the Interact<br />

Club of Grace Lutheran College,<br />

sp<strong>on</strong>sored by the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Kippa-Ring, where his s<strong>on</strong> was<br />

Charter President.<br />

Allan then joined the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Club of Kippa-Ring until he retired<br />

in 2012. During his time with the<br />

Kippa-Ring club he was presented<br />

with another Paul Harris Fellow.<br />

Participating <strong>Rotary</strong> Clubs:<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Alice Springs Inc.<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Alice Springs-Mbanuta Inc.<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Stuart Alice Springs Inc.<br />

On Saturday 17 August local, nati<strong>on</strong>al &<br />

internati<strong>on</strong>al spectators will flock to the<br />

shores of the dry Todd River to watch the fun<br />

& mayhem of the <str<strong>on</strong>g>Henley</str<strong>on</strong>g>-<strong>on</strong>-Todd Regatta.<br />

<str<strong>on</strong>g>Henley</str<strong>on</strong>g>-On-Todd Regatta Sat 17 August, 2013<br />

Come Sail with Us<br />

Why not create a <strong>Rotary</strong> challenge<br />

between the clubs in your District?<br />

Rotarians can register <strong>on</strong>line @<br />

www.henley<strong>on</strong><strong>todd</strong>.com.au<br />

Click <strong>on</strong> ‘REGISTRATION’<br />

Come al<strong>on</strong>g and support <strong>Rotary</strong> helping <strong>Rotary</strong>.<br />

SPECIAL OFFER FOR ROTARIANS<br />

VIP private ringside area - $80<br />

includes 5 hrs food & bev package<br />

Spectator Hill - $15<br />

includes competiti<strong>on</strong> fee<br />

Every<strong>on</strong>e can enter any event.<br />

8 Issue 549. April 2013


Editor’s mailbox<br />

Women worth more than their footwear<br />

It was with great disappointment<br />

and ast<strong>on</strong>ishment that we saw<br />

the fr<strong>on</strong>t cover illustrati<strong>on</strong> of the<br />

March issue of RDU. While the<br />

articles c<strong>on</strong>tained therein covering<br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>al Women’s Day and<br />

women in <strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al were<br />

well written and appropriate, the<br />

fr<strong>on</strong>t cover was anything but.<br />

This is not a good illustrati<strong>on</strong> of<br />

women in <strong>Rotary</strong>. I have been in<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> for nearly 20 years and this<br />

illustrati<strong>on</strong> is indicative of what?<br />

Is this gender typing women? In<br />

particular, the use of the capti<strong>on</strong> “a<br />

woman’s worth” juxtaposed with<br />

six inch pink stilettoes implies our<br />

gender’s worth is c<strong>on</strong>nected to our<br />

choice of shoes.<br />

“A woman’s worth” is measured<br />

by her life choices – by her career,<br />

by her involvement in community,<br />

by her family. This measurement is<br />

identical to “a man’s worth”, is it not?<br />

This magazine cover is<br />

objecti<strong>on</strong>able in many respects.<br />

Perhaps <strong>on</strong>e potential use is to<br />

illustrate gender discriminati<strong>on</strong><br />

within the media for my s<strong>on</strong>s’ high<br />

school English curriculum.<br />

In a straw poll of my work place<br />

<strong>on</strong>e comment was “creative and<br />

sexually suggestive, perhaps more<br />

suited to FHM”. Others thought<br />

Cosmopolitan-style fashi<strong>on</strong><br />

magazine.<br />

As a charter member of the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Club of Sumner Park, Qld, I have<br />

met many w<strong>on</strong>derful women within<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> – club members, District<br />

Governors, Paul Harris Fellows, wives<br />

and partners of Rotarians, youth<br />

exchange committee members,<br />

many youth exchange students and<br />

Group Study Exchange candidates,<br />

Peace Scholars and Ambassadorial<br />

Scholars. Their worth is always<br />

measured in what they do for their<br />

families, their communities and their<br />

workplaces.<br />

Their worth is unquesti<strong>on</strong>able. In<br />

our Australian society women are<br />

seen as equal and our worth is not<br />

measured by our footwear or by the<br />

ability to wear stilettoes.<br />

Michelle McDowall<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Sumner Park, Qld<br />

Best I’ve read<br />

I want to c<strong>on</strong>gratulate you <strong>on</strong> the<br />

best issue I have read since I joined<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> four years ago.<br />

Clearly this must help us<br />

women understand that we are<br />

represented in many senior roles<br />

in many clubs across New Zealand<br />

and Australia. We have moved<br />

forward and although we are not<br />

50/50 in most clubs it is also about<br />

the c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong> we make to our<br />

community that really matters.<br />

I am aware of clubs where some<br />

members attend dinner each week,<br />

but do not participate any further. I<br />

am h<strong>on</strong>oured to be President of an<br />

innovative club with 47 very active<br />

members, both men and women, all<br />

making a c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong> to make our<br />

world a better place.<br />

Esther C Murray<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of D<strong>on</strong>caster, Vic<br />

Look from outside the wheel<br />

Having already penned my letter c<strong>on</strong>cerning <strong>Rotary</strong>’s approach of informati<strong>on</strong><br />

reaching the general public, I was interested to read Theo Glockmann’s article<br />

in the February issue of RDU.<br />

Hats off to <strong>Rotary</strong> for <strong>on</strong>e of the best services it performs in creating<br />

crossroad opportunities for our next generati<strong>on</strong> of leaders.<br />

Had 140 Scouts hit town <strong>on</strong> a similar excursi<strong>on</strong> to our Youth Science<br />

Forums, the wider community would have been informed through the media.<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> does a good job of informing its members, however, that’s is not<br />

the marketplace when c<strong>on</strong>sidering new membership, which is the lifeblood<br />

and future survival of our organisati<strong>on</strong>. It is obvious we require a grass roots<br />

publicity pers<strong>on</strong> with current media c<strong>on</strong>tacts and experience, working at<br />

District level. The events and programs initiated by local clubs, Districts and<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al should be for a wider audience than just members.<br />

The public’s knowledge of Rotarians and how they c<strong>on</strong>tribute towards<br />

humanity is poorly communicated. Very few of the public know the truth. A<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Park, a dedicated seat at some vantage point, even the local suburban<br />

or country town insignia gives no insight as to this organisati<strong>on</strong> that has the<br />

power to move mountains when the need arises.<br />

It is time to look at ourselves from outside the wheel for selective change. That<br />

is, assistance towards attracting people who want to be part of what we do.<br />

Malcolm Taylor<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Applecross, WA<br />

a web editor who’s always there<br />

see page 11<br />

www.rotarydownunder.org 9


Editor’s mailbox<br />

A shoe says it well<br />

I am the organiser of the Women In <strong>Rotary</strong>’s Women’s Internati<strong>on</strong>al Day<br />

Breakfast held in Melbourne <strong>on</strong> March 8, 2013.<br />

The event Is It in the Genes was a huge success with over 1000 men and<br />

women all listening attentively to our panel (see www.rotarywomen.org.au).<br />

An event like this needs a big build-up, which we achieved by social<br />

media and print media. I would like to thank you so much for dedicating<br />

RDU in March to the issue of Women in <strong>Rotary</strong>. With <strong>on</strong>ly 17 per cent of all<br />

members being women, we need to address this issue now. The stats reflect<br />

that women are increasing in volunteerism and men declining, so why not<br />

attract an eager market?<br />

The fr<strong>on</strong>t cover was similar to a cover the Bulletin ran a while ago. They,<br />

like RDU, felt the importance to reflect the strength of women, and a shoe<br />

does it just so well!<br />

C<strong>on</strong>gratulati<strong>on</strong>s <strong>on</strong> your March editi<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Kerry Kornhauser<br />

Founder, Women In <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Albert Park, Vic<br />

(Ed: See page 12 for report <strong>on</strong> Inspirati<strong>on</strong>al Women’s Awards in Sydney)<br />

Winning attitude<br />

winning over youth<br />

I would like to thank <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong><br />

<strong>Under</strong> for supporting the “A for<br />

Attitude” Books Project, which<br />

launched in 2010.<br />

At the time, your magazine<br />

published an article that highlighted<br />

this initiative to bring greater<br />

awareness of the power of attitude<br />

to all Year 3 students.<br />

We are most grateful to all <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

clubs who have joined in, and I<br />

would like to make special menti<strong>on</strong><br />

of the excellent collaborati<strong>on</strong><br />

dem<strong>on</strong>strated by three clubs in<br />

Armidale, NSW. In September 2011<br />

Armidale North, Armidale and<br />

Armidale Central Rotarians worked<br />

together and generously provided<br />

A for Attitude books to all Year 3<br />

children in the entire District.<br />

Armidale North Rotarians kindly<br />

hosted during our promoti<strong>on</strong> of<br />

the project. It was a great campaign<br />

with lots of positive support from<br />

local schools and media.<br />

This project offers a win/win<br />

for all. Surely entire communities<br />

benefit when young people are<br />

provided with proven, effective tools<br />

and techniques that can help them<br />

work toward reaching their<br />

full potential.<br />

Clubs who invest in this campaign<br />

can promote their great work by<br />

including a permanent message in<br />

each book. The <strong>Rotary</strong> club name<br />

and missi<strong>on</strong> statement then stays<br />

with that book and reflects up<strong>on</strong><br />

the generosity of the organisati<strong>on</strong><br />

for the life of the book – and we<br />

happen to know that many children<br />

who have received a pers<strong>on</strong>al copy<br />

of A for Attitude over the past 14<br />

years have kept it close and refer<br />

to it often. Sometimes their parents<br />

even read it!<br />

Thanks again RDU for your<br />

support of this project. Any clubs<br />

wishing to join in can find more<br />

about our “2020 visi<strong>on</strong>” at www.<br />

aforattitude.com.au/our-2020-visi<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Julie Davey<br />

Author, Speaker<br />

A for Attitude Producti<strong>on</strong>s<br />

Surely we’ve<br />

come further<br />

than that?<br />

Women have been members<br />

of <strong>Rotary</strong> since 1989. That’s for<br />

34 years. And you still think<br />

it’s appropriate to celebrate<br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>al Women’s Day with a<br />

pink stiletto <strong>on</strong> the cover of <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

<strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong>? Really? That’s how far<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> has come?<br />

Lesley Hewitt<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Daylesford, Vic<br />

Well worth<br />

the read<br />

C<strong>on</strong>gratulati<strong>on</strong>s, Mark, not <strong>on</strong>ly <strong>on</strong><br />

your excellent editorial <strong>on</strong> page<br />

five (March RDU, issue 548), but<br />

also for the many comments by<br />

other <strong>Rotary</strong> women <strong>on</strong> various<br />

pages. It’s hard to believe that<br />

there are still clubs, even in<br />

Australia (<strong>on</strong>e in my own District<br />

9800), that are strictly male.<br />

I had the good fortune when I<br />

was DG in 1992/93 that the first<br />

female members in Australia had<br />

been recently inducted, including<br />

two in D9800.<br />

Issue 548 was, as usual, well<br />

worth reading.<br />

Gord<strong>on</strong> McKern OAM<br />

Past Governor D9800<br />

Correcti<strong>on</strong><br />

Wendy Gaborit is Governor Elect<br />

of District 9520, not Governor, as<br />

stated in the March editi<strong>on</strong> of<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong>.<br />

10 Issue 549. April 2013


Editor’s mailbox<br />

Yes, it’s going to cost us<br />

Guest editorialist! On reading this in the February issue of <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong><br />

<strong>Under</strong> I thought, “Wow, if Mark Wallace is giving away his editorial, this must<br />

be good”.<br />

As some<strong>on</strong>e with some experience <strong>on</strong> District PR committees I read <strong>on</strong><br />

with interest.<br />

There was no surprise in Mal Emery’s forthright message: Rotarians<br />

are hesitant to sell their success and organisati<strong>on</strong>ally <strong>Rotary</strong>’s marketing<br />

is amateurish … in his words it “sucks” (note that marketing differs from<br />

selling). But this gloomy theme went <strong>on</strong> and <strong>on</strong>.<br />

After two and half columns (out of three) finally my interest was piqued<br />

with: “And here’s the sticking point: it’s going to cost m<strong>on</strong>ey”.<br />

Yes, and as Mark Huddlest<strong>on</strong> implies, it’s going to require collaborati<strong>on</strong>,<br />

organisati<strong>on</strong> and professi<strong>on</strong>alism.<br />

Please d<strong>on</strong>’t take away the editorialist’s final message of finding a friend,<br />

or getting a busy Rotarian to provide a freebee. If <strong>Rotary</strong> is to grow in<br />

influence, not just replacing members, to do more good in the world, it<br />

needs to pay successful professi<strong>on</strong>als for an effective marketing campaign –<br />

and that is going to cost us. It’s important; it’s necessary.<br />

Tim Dawe<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of West Perth, WA<br />

Cheap and<br />

offensive<br />

I find the photo of a woman’s red<br />

high heel shoe <strong>on</strong> the fr<strong>on</strong>t page<br />

(March RDU, issue 548) cheap and<br />

offensive. It is out of character<br />

with the role women play in our<br />

organisati<strong>on</strong> and is, indeed, at odds<br />

with the articles inside the editi<strong>on</strong>.<br />

The red high heel shoe belittles<br />

women’s c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong> to our<br />

movement. I suggest it also<br />

expresses a certain amount of<br />

male chauvinism in that their<br />

achievement can be summed up by<br />

a high heel shoe.<br />

I have been a member of <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

for almost 50 years and I have seen<br />

the role that our lady Rotarians<br />

have played in <strong>Rotary</strong> since the<br />

membership base was broadened<br />

to include them.<br />

Neil Dickins, OAM<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Mount Gambier, SA<br />

www.rotarydownunder.org 11


Women in <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

An evening of inspirati<strong>on</strong><br />

Winner of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Inspirati<strong>on</strong>al Women’s Award 2013 Rebecca<br />

Ordish (inset), was unable to attend the award’s cerem<strong>on</strong>y last<br />

m<strong>on</strong>th, however, her father Richard Steele (centre) accepted the<br />

award <strong>on</strong> her behalf from District 9750 Governor Bill Salter and<br />

Olympic Medallist Kerri Pottharst.<br />

Thelowdown>>><br />

• NSW-ACT award w<strong>on</strong> by Rebecca Ordish for<br />

work with disadvantaged children in Nepal<br />

• Awards a combined effort by <strong>Rotary</strong> clubs and<br />

Districts throughout NSW and the ACT<br />

• More than 1000 people attend Women in <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Breakfast in Melbourne<br />

• Planning already underway for 2014 events<br />

C<strong>on</strong>gratulati<strong>on</strong>s to Rebecca Ordish, winner<br />

of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Inspirati<strong>on</strong>al Women’s Award 2013, hosted<br />

by the <strong>Rotary</strong> Districts of NSW and ACT. Due to Rebecca’s<br />

current commitments in Nepal, she was unable to attend<br />

the award’s cerem<strong>on</strong>y. Her father Richard Steele graciously<br />

accepted the award <strong>on</strong> Rebecca’s behalf. Rebecca was<br />

nominated by the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Bathurst Daybreak, NSW.<br />

Rebecca and Adam Ordish founded the Mitrataa<br />

Foundati<strong>on</strong> to provide educati<strong>on</strong> and practical skills to<br />

disadvantaged children in Nepal. To date it funds 150<br />

scholarships for Nepali girls to attend school, provides<br />

four skills training centres in Kathmandu; literacy,<br />

numeracy and business mentoring programs for women<br />

and a model school that trains new teachers. Mitrataa<br />

now manages the Balmandir Naxal Children’s Home that<br />

cares for 250 children aged from a few weeks to 18 years.<br />

Visit www.facebook.com/rotarydownunder for photos<br />

of the evening •<br />

12 Issue 549. April 2013


Club projects<br />

ROTARIANS & FRIENDS @ WORK<br />

Showcasing <strong>Rotary</strong> across the country<br />

In <strong>on</strong>e of the biggest collective <strong>Rotary</strong> initiatives in<br />

Australia and an Australia-first campaign, <strong>Rotary</strong> & Friends<br />

@ Work celebrates <strong>Rotary</strong>’s support and commitment to<br />

local communities.<br />

Teaming up with Bunnings Warehouse stores across<br />

Australia and with the support of Dulux, Selleys and<br />

Yates, this initiative will see <strong>Rotary</strong> clubs from all states<br />

and territories take part in a campaign to reinvigorate a<br />

local garden or building in their community.<br />

It’s all about doing something positive for communities<br />

across Australia, with <strong>Rotary</strong> clubs invited to partner<br />

up with their local Bunnings Warehouse and together<br />

nominate a painting or gardening project to work <strong>on</strong> to<br />

help the community.<br />

Whether it’s beautifying a school or a public housing<br />

estate with a garden project, or brightening up the<br />

community by helping repaint a community hall or a<br />

welfare organisati<strong>on</strong>’s facilities, virtually every <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

club can take up this great opportunity to do something<br />

positive for their community. ><br />

www.rotarydownunder.org 13


Club projects<br />

< All projects will be delivered from April 1-21 and<br />

during that time a public relati<strong>on</strong>s campaign will be<br />

undertaken to showcase the great work undertaken by<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> clubs across Australia. At the end of the campaign,<br />

all <strong>Rotary</strong> clubs will be encouraged to send in their stories<br />

and pictures of the projects so we can showcase our work<br />

throughout the year and highlight the difference that<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> can make to Australian communities.<br />

Each Bunnings store will partner with <strong>on</strong>e <strong>Rotary</strong> club<br />

who will take the lead in coordinating additi<strong>on</strong>al <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

clubs in the local area who would like to join in to work<br />

as a cluster <strong>on</strong> a project. <strong>Rotary</strong> clubs without a nearby<br />

Bunnings Warehouse store can nominate an alternate<br />

community project to work <strong>on</strong> as part of Rotarians &<br />

Friends @ Work.<br />

Numerous clubs across the country have signed up<br />

and nominated a variety of projects from establishing or<br />

tidying up community gardens to painting buildings for<br />

local schools, hospitals, welfare organisati<strong>on</strong>s and housing<br />

projects. Clubs will have registered by mid-March, but if<br />

your club missed out this year, stay tuned for next year’s<br />

opening registrati<strong>on</strong>s in January 2014.<br />

We will bring you stories of what clubs have d<strong>on</strong>e in an<br />

editi<strong>on</strong> of RDU so<strong>on</strong>, or you can go to the website to see<br />

the range of projects undertaken.<br />

This unique initiative was brought to Australia by District<br />

Governor Dennis Shore D9800, who saw this operating in<br />

Districts in America.<br />

For more informati<strong>on</strong> <strong>on</strong> this exciting campaign visit<br />

www.rotariansandfriendsatwork.org.au •<br />

Thelowdown>>><br />

• One of the biggest collective initiatives by<br />

Australian Rotarians<br />

• <strong>Rotary</strong> clubs across Australia teaming up with<br />

Bunnings Warehouse stores, supported by Dulux,<br />

Selleys and Yates<br />

• All projects to be delivered between April 1 and 21<br />

• DG Dennis Shore of Victoria devised the scheme<br />

based <strong>on</strong> a similar American project<br />

14 Issue 549. April 2013


Xxxxxx<br />

ShelterBox Internati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

appoints a new Chief Executive<br />

ShelterBox<br />

with Bob Furner<br />

Chairman ShelterBox Australia<br />

Need never ceases<br />

… there and here!<br />

The Board of ShelterBox<br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>al has announced<br />

that Alis<strong>on</strong> Wallace will take over<br />

as its new Chief Executive from<br />

April 15, 2013. Alis<strong>on</strong> is a New<br />

Zealander, a law and commerce<br />

graduate, and joins ShelterBox from<br />

Amnesty Internati<strong>on</strong>al.<br />

Alis<strong>on</strong> has over 15 years’ experience<br />

in the UK and internati<strong>on</strong>al notfor-profit<br />

sectors, most recently<br />

working for seven years as Director<br />

of Internati<strong>on</strong>al Fundraising at the<br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>al Secretariat of Amnesty<br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>al. She has particular<br />

expertise in fundraising growth<br />

strategies, having delivered Amnesty<br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>al’s first Global Fundraising<br />

Strategy in 2010 and recently<br />

re-launched an ambitious global<br />

major d<strong>on</strong>or fundraising program.<br />

In additi<strong>on</strong> to her extensive<br />

marketing and fundraising experience,<br />

Alis<strong>on</strong> has worked <strong>on</strong> substantial<br />

organisati<strong>on</strong>al change projects at both<br />

Amnesty Internati<strong>on</strong>al and Friends of<br />

the Earth and been a l<strong>on</strong>g serving<br />

member of the Board of Trustees of<br />

the Camden Society.<br />

“I am delighted to be given this<br />

opportunity to lead ShelterBox<br />

and its dedicated team of staff and<br />

volunteers <strong>on</strong> the next stage of its<br />

growth, and to bring shelter, warmth<br />

and dignity to more people more<br />

quickly in times of crisis,” Alis<strong>on</strong><br />

said. “I firmly believe that shelter,<br />

and the dignity it brings after a<br />

major disaster, is key to families and<br />

communities re-building their lives<br />

as so<strong>on</strong> as possible. I am also looking<br />

forward to working with ShelterBox’s<br />

internati<strong>on</strong>al affiliates to spread the<br />

ShelterBox message and increase our<br />

capacity to reach more people.”<br />

Chairman of ShelterBox, Dr Rob<br />

John OBE said, “The Board of Trustees<br />

of ShelterBox were looking for an<br />

outstanding leader who possessed<br />

a track record in fundraising and<br />

strategy development relevant<br />

to our very special charity. I am<br />

delighted that Alis<strong>on</strong> has accepted<br />

our invitati<strong>on</strong> to take ShelterBox<br />

forward as our Chief Executive. She is<br />

an excellent communicator and team<br />

player and we welcome her most<br />

warmly into our ShelterBox family.” •<br />

As a <strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al Project<br />

Partner we want to keep you informed<br />

about our resp<strong>on</strong>se to c<strong>on</strong>flict and<br />

disasters occurring around the world.<br />

Much of our current focus is <strong>on</strong><br />

sheltering Syrian refugees. Uprooted<br />

by violence and fear, a staggering<br />

humanitarian crisis has unfolded as<br />

over 600,000 Syrian families (OCHA,<br />

2013) have fled their country, streaming<br />

into Iraq, Leban<strong>on</strong>, Jordan and Turkey.<br />

Compounding the problem, heavy<br />

snow and freezing temperatures<br />

have brought families to the brink,<br />

struggling to survive the coldest winter<br />

in over 20 years. We c<strong>on</strong>tinue our<br />

efforts to provide winterised shelter,<br />

gloves, hats, blankets, stoves, lights,<br />

etc. – bringing shelter, warmth, and<br />

dignity to the countless families living<br />

<strong>on</strong> the edge, day after day.<br />

ShelterBox collaborates with other<br />

aid agencies and with them is working<br />

in Myanmar (c<strong>on</strong>flict), Solom<strong>on</strong>s<br />

(earthquake) and the Philippines<br />

(flooding).<br />

Disasters also happen at home. Our<br />

resp<strong>on</strong>se team members have been<br />

active after Tasmanian fires (Greg<br />

Moran DGN, Scott and Lynn Jarman)<br />

and Bundaberg floods (Andrew Gauci<br />

and Mike Greenslade).<br />

I received news this morning that<br />

resp<strong>on</strong>se team members are being<br />

deployed; Peter Pearce and Anth<strong>on</strong>y<br />

Keating to Madagascar (floods)<br />

and Mike Greenslade to Leban<strong>on</strong><br />

(Syrian refugees).<br />

John Lawrence, immediate past<br />

Chairman of ShelterBox Australia said,<br />

“Need never ceases”. It is my hope that<br />

every Australian <strong>Rotary</strong> club appoints<br />

an Ambassador for ShelterBox, makes<br />

us a friend <strong>on</strong> Facebook, visits our<br />

website, runs a dedicated fundraising<br />

event for SBA or just remembers us<br />

when it’s time to allocate surplus funds.<br />

The need to give shelter, warmth and<br />

dignity to the dispossessed is always<br />

there (or here!).<br />

www.rotarydownunder.org 15


Hamilt<strong>on</strong>, NZ: Photo courtesy<br />

Xxxxxx of Hamilt<strong>on</strong> City Council<br />

Hamilt<strong>on</strong>, Ontario, Canada:<br />

Photo by R<strong>on</strong> Scheffler<br />

Heart Reef, near Hamilt<strong>on</strong> Island, Qld:<br />

Photo courtesy of Hamilt<strong>on</strong> Island Enterprises<br />

Cincinnati, Capital of Hamilt<strong>on</strong><br />

County, Ohio, US: Photo by D. Jensen<br />

HAMILTONS OF THE WORLD<br />

THE STORY OF HAMILTONS ACROSS FIVE CONTINENTS<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Hamilt<strong>on</strong> East, NZ, were<br />

looking for a major fundraiser and felt there had to be a<br />

way of utilising the other Hamilt<strong>on</strong> <strong>Rotary</strong> clubs around the<br />

world, especially as Hamilt<strong>on</strong>, NZ, is about to celebrate the<br />

150th anniversary of its formati<strong>on</strong> and current name.<br />

When Assistant Governor Tim Brooker, who headed up<br />

the Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s of the World book project, first emailed 17<br />

clubs in 10 Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s, little did he know where the journey<br />

would take him.<br />

Ultimately he located 129 Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s <strong>on</strong> five c<strong>on</strong>tinents<br />

and while some are simply listed at the end of each secti<strong>on</strong><br />

of the book, he has managed, with the help of <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

clubs around the world, to include around 80 Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s<br />

in the main text.<br />

In our regi<strong>on</strong> there are two Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s in NZ (not just the<br />

city in the North Island, but also a small aband<strong>on</strong>ed mining<br />

settlement in Central Otago), while in Australia there is <strong>on</strong>e<br />

in every state as well as Hamilt<strong>on</strong> Island.<br />

Thelowdown>>><br />

• Club exploits town’s anniversary for good cause<br />

• Book <strong>on</strong> the world’s Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s lists why those<br />

places are named Hamilt<strong>on</strong><br />

• 129 Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s <strong>on</strong> five c<strong>on</strong>tinents have<br />

resp<strong>on</strong>ded and will be included<br />

• Discover more at www.hamilt<strong>on</strong>softheworld.com or<br />

c<strong>on</strong>tact Tim Brooker via jeanandtim@hotmail.com<br />

From big cities such as Hamilt<strong>on</strong>, Ontario, to small<br />

communities such as Hamilt<strong>on</strong>, Virginia, and from Hamilt<strong>on</strong>,<br />

the capital of Bermuda to the holiday idyll of Hamilt<strong>on</strong> Island,<br />

Queensland, the book includes some marvellous images.<br />

The book details why each place is called Hamilt<strong>on</strong> and<br />

also tells the reader about the history and present nature<br />

of each place. It also has short biographies of many of the<br />

people called Hamilt<strong>on</strong> after whom towns were named.<br />

What a story Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s of the World turned out to be! The<br />

story has links with the Chattanooga Choo Choo, a Dutch<br />

canal in Sri Lanka, the origins of the game of cricket, western<br />

forts and ghost towns in the US, a mountain in Antarctica, a<br />

group of Korean islands, the 1860 NZ wars, a Bishop in the<br />

Czech Republic and many other interesting tales.<br />

The book is a quality hard backed A4 producti<strong>on</strong> –<br />

236 glossy, full-colour pages. It would make a great<br />

gift for individuals or a corporate gift for Councils and<br />

companies in any of the Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s around the world. It<br />

would be ideal for hotels and recepti<strong>on</strong> areas for lawyers,<br />

accountants, etc., and would also be a marvellous gift for<br />

anybody called Hamilt<strong>on</strong>!<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> clubs in various Hamilt<strong>on</strong>s are acting as our agents<br />

in Australia, USA, Canada and UK, and they can forward<br />

copies. This means that profits are being made by a number<br />

of clubs around the world.<br />

Costs are NZ$45, AU$35, US$35, CA$35 or £22.50 plus<br />

postage for individual copies.<br />

Clubs wishing to purchase 10 or more pay a post-free<br />

charge of NZ$40, AU$28, US$28, CA$28 or £18.<br />

All proceeds from this project will go to <strong>Rotary</strong> charities. •<br />

16 Issue 549. April 2013


Disaster relief<br />

Emergency Resp<strong>on</strong>se<br />

Kits help thousands in<br />

cycl<strong>on</strong>e-ravaged Samoa<br />

By Phaedra Moors<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Apia, Samoa<br />

Following Cycl<strong>on</strong>e Evan,<br />

which struck Samoa <strong>on</strong> December<br />

13, <strong>Rotary</strong> Emergency Resp<strong>on</strong>se Kits<br />

(ERKs) arrived for the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Apia from <strong>Rotary</strong> in New Zealand as<br />

so<strong>on</strong> as flights were allowed back<br />

into Faleolo Airport. Over 200 ERKs<br />

were distributed to the devastated<br />

areas of Upolu, affected by the worst<br />

flooding ever recorded in Samoa’s<br />

history. The first shipment of 100<br />

ERKs was delivered <strong>on</strong> December<br />

22, by volunteers to Ma’agao, Lelata,<br />

Fa’atoia through to Aai o Niue,<br />

Levili and Mo’ataa, where 14 lives<br />

were taken and over 100 homes<br />

destroyed. The sec<strong>on</strong>d shipment of<br />

another 100 ERKs was delivered to<br />

the southern rural regi<strong>on</strong> of Upolu<br />

to Siumu, Maninoa, Mulivai and all<br />

al<strong>on</strong>g the coast.<br />

Each ERK c<strong>on</strong>tained supplies for 10<br />

people and c<strong>on</strong>tained a first aid kit,<br />

Samoa rebuilds with the help of<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Emergency Resp<strong>on</strong>se Kits sent<br />

from New Zealand following Cycl<strong>on</strong>e<br />

Evan in December.<br />

machete, gumboots, large tarpaulin<br />

and rope, set of 10 cups, plates and<br />

cutlery, pots and pans, a birthing kit<br />

with disinfectant, scissors, gloves,<br />

stitching needles and bandages,<br />

waterproof matches and candles,<br />

flash light and batteries, clothing,<br />

soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste,<br />

Panadol, buckets and water purifier<br />

tablets. The empty box stores about<br />

a gall<strong>on</strong> of water.<br />

Almost 2000 people benefited<br />

from the 200 ERKs.<br />

“Samoans are unbreakable,”<br />

reported <strong>on</strong>e Rotarian. “Not a single<br />

pers<strong>on</strong> was wallowing in self-pity or<br />

waiting for help. They just got <strong>on</strong><br />

with cleaning up and clearing trees<br />

to rebuild.”<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Apia has come<br />

a l<strong>on</strong>g way in terms of experience<br />

and skill in dealing with disasters.<br />

The 2009 tsunami saw it mobilising<br />

hundreds of ShelterBoxes to the<br />

southern coast <strong>on</strong>ly two days after it<br />

hit. At that time, <strong>Rotary</strong> immediately<br />

instigated its medical outreach<br />

program, <strong>Rotary</strong> 5000, in partnership<br />

with the Oceania University of<br />

Medicine to provide medical care to<br />

victims.<br />

“When our country is in need,<br />

we’ll be there to help wherever and<br />

however we can,” said Apia President<br />

Toleafoa Douglas Creevey. “This is<br />

what <strong>Rotary</strong> is about – our members<br />

are loyal and motivated because we<br />

provide them the opportunity to<br />

help and give back. There are <strong>on</strong>ly<br />

a few of us and we have a workload<br />

of 100 people, but we strive to get<br />

things d<strong>on</strong>e despite our limitati<strong>on</strong>s.”<br />

Dozens of clubs in New Zealand,<br />

Australia, American Samoa and Fiji<br />

sent Samoa aid and assistance. •<br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

Development<br />

and Disaster<br />

Resp<strong>on</strong>se<br />

Join New Zealand Rotarians<br />

support communities in developing<br />

countries to build capacity thorough<br />

sustainable ec<strong>on</strong>omic and social<br />

development activities.<br />

Provide following a disaster in the<br />

Pacific prepositi<strong>on</strong>ed Emergency<br />

Resp<strong>on</strong>se Kits.<br />

Your d<strong>on</strong>ati<strong>on</strong><br />

to <strong>Rotary</strong> New Zealand World<br />

Community Service projects will<br />

greatly assist our work, and is<br />

tax-deductible in NZ.<br />

See our website<br />

www.rnzwcs.org<br />

for alternative opti<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

www.rotarydownunder.org 17


<strong>Rotary</strong> Projects<br />

State to state<br />

Tasmania helps Queensland<br />

get back <strong>on</strong> its feet<br />

YOUR<br />

GREATEST<br />

gift<br />

A BEQUEST TO<br />

AUSTRALIAN<br />

ROTARY HEALTH<br />

If you would like to make a<br />

significant c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong> to the health<br />

and well-being of future Australians<br />

(very possibly including your own<br />

family and loved <strong>on</strong>es), c<strong>on</strong>sider a<br />

bequest to Australian <strong>Rotary</strong> Health.<br />

Your legal advisor can assist you<br />

in the making of a bequest.<br />

To obtain a free Australian <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Health Bequest Kit, please ph<strong>on</strong>e<br />

Terry Davies <strong>on</strong> (02) 8837 1900 or email:<br />

terrydavies@australianrotaryhealth.org.au<br />

Rotarian Legal Advisors<br />

Can you assist us in the making<br />

of a will? If so please ph<strong>on</strong>e<br />

Terry Davies <strong>on</strong> (02) 8837 1900<br />

In the devastating floods that<br />

inundated Queensland in 2011, no<br />

town suffered more than Murphys<br />

Creek in the Lockyer Valley with a wall<br />

of water sweeping away people and<br />

many homes, buildings and roads and<br />

bridges. The horrific scenes of houses<br />

being washed away by raging waters<br />

are not easily forgotten.<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Tasmania launched a<br />

Queensland Flood Appeal which<br />

received $900,000 in d<strong>on</strong>ati<strong>on</strong>s from<br />

Tasmanian businesses, organisati<strong>on</strong>s<br />

and people. It included a c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong><br />

from the Tasmanian Government of<br />

$165,000.<br />

Tasmanian Past District Governor<br />

Ted Richey commenced discussi<strong>on</strong>s<br />

with <strong>Rotary</strong> in Queensland <strong>on</strong> how<br />

to distribute the funds. The idea<br />

of building a community centre in<br />

Murphys Creek germinated and<br />

the Lockyer Valley Regi<strong>on</strong>al Council<br />

became a str<strong>on</strong>g supporter of the<br />

proposal. Rather than allocate funds<br />

across a series of deserving projects,<br />

funds in <strong>Rotary</strong> Tasmania’s Queensland<br />

Flood Appeal were committed entirely<br />

to meet the c<strong>on</strong>structi<strong>on</strong> costs of the<br />

community centre.<br />

The Lockyer Valley Regi<strong>on</strong>al<br />

Council identified a suitable site in<br />

Murphys Creek, d<strong>on</strong>ated the land and<br />

managed the planning approvals,<br />

design and tendering of the centre.<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Toowoomba<br />

East was co-opted to oversee the<br />

project <strong>on</strong> behalf of <strong>Rotary</strong>. The club<br />

was able to call <strong>on</strong> a number of its<br />

members with experience in the<br />

building industry.<br />

The building c<strong>on</strong>tract was let<br />

to Ivan Johnst<strong>on</strong> C<strong>on</strong>structi<strong>on</strong>s of<br />

Toowoomba and a Sod Turning<br />

Cerem<strong>on</strong>y in August 2012 marked<br />

the start of c<strong>on</strong>structi<strong>on</strong>. The Lockyer<br />

Valley Regi<strong>on</strong>al Council further<br />

dem<strong>on</strong>strated its commitment to the<br />

project by providing landscaping and<br />

parking facilities around the centre.<br />

The centre was opened <strong>on</strong> February<br />

9 by PDG Ted Richey, the Mayor of the<br />

Lockyer Valley Regi<strong>on</strong>al Council, Steve<br />

J<strong>on</strong>es AM and Bob Mann, President of<br />

Murphys Creek Community Centre. It<br />

had been two years and <strong>on</strong>e m<strong>on</strong>th<br />

since the tragedy.<br />

In his address at the opening<br />

cerem<strong>on</strong>y, Steve J<strong>on</strong>es voiced his<br />

opini<strong>on</strong> that partnerships like the <strong>on</strong>e<br />

between <strong>Rotary</strong>, local government<br />

and the local community were going<br />

to be more important in dealing<br />

with disasters in the future. He<br />

noted that building the community<br />

centre involved no Queensland State<br />

Government or Comm<strong>on</strong>wealth<br />

Government financial support.<br />

Building of Murphys Creek<br />

Community Centre is believed to<br />

have set a precedent in <strong>Rotary</strong> in<br />

Australia with <strong>on</strong>e <strong>Rotary</strong> District<br />

completely funding a major project<br />

in another District, 2000 kilometres<br />

away. In recogniti<strong>on</strong> of the generosity<br />

of Tasmanians, Murphys Creek<br />

residents have been collecting for the<br />

Tasmanian <strong>Rotary</strong> Bushfire Appeal. •<br />

PDG Ted Richey from Tasmania, being<br />

interviewed by ABC TV from Brisbane<br />

18 Issue 549. April 2013


Magazine m<strong>on</strong>th<br />

Leader<br />

of the<br />

pack<br />

April is <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>al’s<br />

Magazine M<strong>on</strong>th,<br />

during which we ask<br />

Rotarians and <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

clubs to do whatever<br />

they can to recognise<br />

and promote <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

regi<strong>on</strong>al magazines<br />

– especially this <strong>on</strong>e!<br />

We’re part of a network of 32 <strong>Rotary</strong> magazines<br />

from around the world, printed in 24 languages and this<br />

m<strong>on</strong>th, we’re 48 years old.<br />

That makes us the oldest officially approved regi<strong>on</strong>al<br />

magazine in the <strong>Rotary</strong> world. But when it comes to<br />

embracing the 21 st century and all its technological<br />

challenges, <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> is a world leader.<br />

At more than 2500, <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> leads the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

World Magazine Press in digital subscripti<strong>on</strong>s. We reach<br />

more than 28,000 Rotarians with our e-newsletter every<br />

m<strong>on</strong>th and we have website technology that leads the<br />

world, making our own website (www.rotarydownunder.<br />

org) and those that we host reader friendly regardless of<br />

device – desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile!<br />

Over the past 12 m<strong>on</strong>ths <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> has taken<br />

bold steps to face the challenges of the digital age and<br />

we now publish more informati<strong>on</strong> <strong>on</strong>line than we do in<br />

print, even though our printed magazine is still chock-full<br />

of news, views and informati<strong>on</strong> of <strong>Rotary</strong> activities around<br />

the corner and around the world.<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> has three key commitments around<br />

the migrati<strong>on</strong> to digital publishing:<br />

• We will c<strong>on</strong>tinue to publish a hard-copy editi<strong>on</strong> for as<br />

l<strong>on</strong>g as it is required by Rotarians.<br />

• We will cut the subscripti<strong>on</strong> price for all subscribers<br />

when we reach a critical mass of 15,000 digital<br />

subscribers.<br />

• Clubs whose members all agree to c<strong>on</strong>vert to digital<br />

subscripti<strong>on</strong>s will receive 10 free copies of the printed<br />

magazine each m<strong>on</strong>th for public relati<strong>on</strong>s purposes,<br />

such as gifts to guest speakers, or to drop off in waiting<br />

rooms at doctors’ surgeries, hospitals, libraries etc.<br />

In August we employed Ellissa Nolan in the role of<br />

Digital Producti<strong>on</strong> and Marketing Manager. She has<br />

brought a level of expertise in this field that we could<br />

<strong>on</strong>ly dream of prior to her commencement and her work<br />

in re-launching the <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> website and<br />

preparing our <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> web-hosting service is<br />

testament to her hard work and ability.<br />

In February of 2012, the role of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Regi<strong>on</strong>al<br />

Magazines was recognised by the <strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

Communicati<strong>on</strong>s Committee, when it asked us to work<br />

hard with Rotarians the world over to help Rotarians,<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> clubs and <strong>Rotary</strong> Districts to cope with the<br />

challenges of effective <strong>on</strong>line communicati<strong>on</strong>.<br />

One of the fundamental messages delivered was the<br />

importance of uniform <strong>Rotary</strong> branding in our <strong>on</strong>line<br />

endeavours, as well as the fundamental differentiati<strong>on</strong><br />

between what bel<strong>on</strong>gs <strong>on</strong> a home-page or social media<br />

post, and what bel<strong>on</strong>gs behind the firewall for members’<br />

eyes <strong>on</strong>ly.<br />

www.rotarydownunder.org 19


Magazine m<strong>on</strong>th<br />

In fulfilling that commitment, <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong><br />

representatives have addressed Rotarians at President<br />

Elect Training Seminars in Brisbane, Sydney, Armidale,<br />

Ballarat and Auckland as well as a multi-District Marketing<br />

and Communicati<strong>on</strong>s seminar in Perth, where delegates<br />

from clubs in 16 Australian and New Zealand Districts were<br />

represented. We have also addressed District Governors,<br />

Governors Elect and Governors Nominee from all Districts<br />

in Z<strong>on</strong>es 7B and 8 at their annual <strong>Rotary</strong> Institutes in<br />

Invercargill in October and Adelaide in November <strong>on</strong><br />

these critical issues.<br />

Over the next few m<strong>on</strong>ths, <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> is<br />

rolling out its new web-hosting service, which will meet<br />

all requirements of uniform <strong>Rotary</strong> branding, as well as<br />

helping clubs to meet their community’s needs with a<br />

modern, relevant and effective <strong>on</strong>line profile.<br />

The time has come to stop talking about our future in<br />

the digital age. That future is already here and it’s a fact of<br />

life. Those who do not recognise that fact risk becoming<br />

irrelevant so<strong>on</strong>er rather than later.<br />

As ever, <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> is here to help.<br />

Subscripti<strong>on</strong> compulsory<br />

Subscripti<strong>on</strong> to an official <strong>Rotary</strong> regi<strong>on</strong>al magazine is<br />

mandatory. This is not a rule legislated by <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong><br />

<strong>Under</strong> -- it is a c<strong>on</strong>diti<strong>on</strong> agreed by all Rotarians when they<br />

accept membership. <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> is completely<br />

self-funded. We rely <strong>on</strong> your subscripti<strong>on</strong>s and advertising<br />

and receive no major funding from <strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al.<br />

Indeed, we, like all the other regi<strong>on</strong>al <strong>Rotary</strong> magazines,<br />

pay substantial licensing fees to <strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al.<br />

Other <strong>on</strong>-line resources<br />

Apart from the digital editi<strong>on</strong> of <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong>,<br />

Rotarians can use our website to organise District<br />

C<strong>on</strong>ferences and other events, book and pay for tickets<br />

to those events, promote their business through <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Business Networks, buy photographs taken by <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

<strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> photographers, find guest speakers, get<br />

direct access to <strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al’s image download<br />

library, as well as access informati<strong>on</strong> <strong>on</strong> all matters <strong>Rotary</strong>,<br />

from The <strong>Rotary</strong> Foundati<strong>on</strong> to searching for your nearest<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> club, wherever you may be in Australia, New<br />

Zealand or the South-West Pacific regi<strong>on</strong>. •<br />

How to get<br />

published<br />

By Colin Robins<strong>on</strong><br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of St Johns, NZ<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> New Zealand Office<br />

Every <strong>Rotary</strong> club project is a chance to gain new<br />

members and support for the success of all your<br />

club activities.<br />

By telling the story of your club and its service<br />

successes, you are, in effect, pre-selling your<br />

future projects by showing you are active in your<br />

community with well-run, successful projects.<br />

Every time you write a good article with a<br />

quality photo it can be widely used in your club<br />

bulletin, District newsletter, <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong><br />

magazine, your local newspaper, sp<strong>on</strong>sor and<br />

beneficiary newsletters, <strong>on</strong> your club’s website,<br />

community noticeboards, in club promoti<strong>on</strong>al<br />

material and blogs.<br />

It is quality of words written, not the quantity.<br />

The specificati<strong>on</strong> for articles to <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong><br />

<strong>Under</strong> is similar to most print media:<br />

• No more than 300 words. Attach the text and<br />

picture files separately to the same email – do<br />

not embed a photo in an MS Word document!<br />

• Give us your two best pictures <strong>on</strong>ly. If we want<br />

more, we’ll ask for them.<br />

• Pictures must be at least 300 pixels per inch<br />

and in jpeg format. If you set your camera to<br />

its finest quality setting, the file size should<br />

20 Issue 549. April 2013


Magazine m<strong>on</strong>th<br />

look after itself. If in sending the image by<br />

email, your server asks if you want to reduce<br />

the file to make it easier to email, say NO!<br />

• Include a capti<strong>on</strong> for the photo in the email<br />

and name all people featured<br />

• Make sure you include a c<strong>on</strong>tact for further<br />

informati<strong>on</strong> if required<br />

• In Australia, send it to:<br />

editorial@rotarydownunder.com.au<br />

• In New Zealand and Pacific Islands, send to:<br />

berylrobins<strong>on</strong>@rotarydownunder.co.nz<br />

Some tips:<br />

• Get compelling acti<strong>on</strong> photos – show the<br />

sweat not the cheque presentati<strong>on</strong><br />

• Do not be afraid to pose photos for best effect<br />

• The first sentence should establish the topic<br />

and set the t<strong>on</strong>e – tell the most important<br />

facts – who, what, where, when, why and how<br />

• Include lots of quotes<br />

• Every<strong>on</strong>e holds fundraisers and some<br />

programs are quite run-of-the-mill so take care<br />

to point out what makes the project unusual,<br />

unique or innovative. Just because it is the first<br />

time your clubs has d<strong>on</strong>e something good,<br />

doesn’t mean it is unique am<strong>on</strong>g Australia’s<br />

1143 clubs or New Zealand’s 266 clubs<br />

• C<strong>on</strong>sider how you would view the article as a<br />

reader. Does it inspire you?<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> has a practical applicati<strong>on</strong><br />

in all aspects of <strong>Rotary</strong> and can be easily used to<br />

support club and District objectives, membership,<br />

public image, member educati<strong>on</strong> and more.<br />

It is a superb reference resource that <strong>on</strong> a dayto-day<br />

basis will provide ideas and inspirati<strong>on</strong> for<br />

projects and events. Give copies to all who have<br />

c<strong>on</strong>tact with your club as many know little about<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> – then ask them to join if you think they<br />

would make good members.<br />

Go to www.rotarydownunder.org or www.<br />

rdu.rotarysouthpacific.org for lots more useful<br />

informati<strong>on</strong> or ph<strong>on</strong>e and ask how we can help.<br />

To read the magazine <strong>on</strong>-line go to www.<br />

rotarydownunder.org and include that link in all<br />

your promoti<strong>on</strong>al material.<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> Group Representatives<br />

and District Chairs are available to talk to you<br />

or your club at any time – and especially during<br />

Magazine M<strong>on</strong>th.<br />

RDU Board of Directors<br />

Group 1<br />

Districts 9910 – 9920 – 9930 – 9940 – 9970 – 9980<br />

PDG David Watt<br />

12 Lemnos Avenue, Karori,<br />

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Ph<strong>on</strong>e: +64 4 476 2236 / +64 27 246 6339<br />

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Ph<strong>on</strong>e: +61 3 9337 4308/ 0407 094 220<br />

Fax: + 61 3 9337 9061<br />

Email: d<strong>on</strong>@coxpartners.com.au<br />

Group 3<br />

Districts: 9670 – 9680 – 9690 – 9700 – 9710 – 9750<br />

PDG Jennifer Scott<br />

PO Box 279, Wentworth Falls NSW 2782<br />

Ph<strong>on</strong>e: +61 2 4757 2974 / 0414 367 631<br />

Fax: + 61 2 4757 1450<br />

Email: jennifer@scottadr.com<br />

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Districts: 9550 – 9570 – 9600 – 9630 – 9640 – 9650<br />

PDG Des Laws<strong>on</strong><br />

731 Esplanade, Lota QLD 4179<br />

Ph<strong>on</strong>e: +61 7 3348 6607 / 0418 991 337<br />

Fax: +61 7 3893 0416<br />

Email: deslaws<strong>on</strong>@gmail.com<br />

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Districts: 9500 - 9520<br />

PDG Peter Sandercock<br />

13 Allen Terrace, Glenelg East, SA 5045<br />

Ph<strong>on</strong>e: + 61 8 8295 7734 / 0416 153 577<br />

Email: ppsandy@bigp<strong>on</strong>d.net.au<br />

Group 6<br />

Districts: 9455 - 9465<br />

PDG John Kevan<br />

9 Nort<strong>on</strong> Ridge, Winthrop, WA 6150<br />

Ph<strong>on</strong>e: + 61 8 9332 8808 / 0419 947 862<br />

Fax: + 61 8 9332 8808<br />

Email: john.kevan@naveko.com<br />

www.rotarydownunder.org 21


Magazine m<strong>on</strong>th<br />

Australia<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong><br />

District Chairs 2012-13<br />

District Name Club<br />

9455 PDG Ian Murray Mount Lawley<br />

9465 PDG John Kevan Applecross<br />

9500 Graham Fussen Tea Tree Gully<br />

9520 PDG Peter Sandercock Holdfast Bay<br />

9550 Julie Nichols<strong>on</strong> Darwin Sunrise<br />

9570 M<strong>on</strong>ica Fraser Bundaberg City Daybreak<br />

9600 Barry Clark Bribie Island<br />

9630 John Odlum Jindalee<br />

9640 Harold Busch Broadbeach<br />

9650 Lorraine Coffey Armidale AM<br />

9670 Pam Wellham Wallsend Maryland<br />

9680 PP Mark Wallace Bowral Mittag<strong>on</strong>g<br />

9690 PDG Jennifer Scott Central Blue Mountains<br />

9700 PDG John Egan Wollundry-Wagga Wagga<br />

9710 PDG Bob Greeney Belc<strong>on</strong>nen<br />

9750 Steve Lovis<strong>on</strong> Sydney<br />

9780 Rh<strong>on</strong>da Whitt<strong>on</strong> Hight<strong>on</strong> Kardinia<br />

9790 PP Ian Bushby Bundoora<br />

9800 Chris James Boro<strong>on</strong>dara<br />

9810 Glenda Sherwin-Lane Waverley<br />

9820 Marilyn Cunningt<strong>on</strong> Sorrento<br />

9830 PP Rod Oliver Launcest<strong>on</strong><br />

District Name Club<br />

9910 PP Felicity Anders<strong>on</strong> Takapuna<br />

9920 PDG Leanne Jaggs Manakau City Sunrise<br />

9930 PDG Fergus Cumming Rotorua<br />

9940 PDG David Watt Karori<br />

9970 PDG Rex Morris Nels<strong>on</strong><br />

9980 PDG Trish Boyle Invercargill North<br />

New Zealand<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong><br />

Promoti<strong>on</strong>s Committee<br />

22 Issue 549. April 2013


Rotarians Against Malaria<br />

Timor Tales<br />

By Jess Main<br />

Rotaract Club of Canberra, ACT<br />

I’ve never been so hot as the day I was handing<br />

out l<strong>on</strong>g-lasting insecticidal nets for Rotarians Against<br />

Malaria (RAM) in Manatuto, Timor Leste. All my sweat and<br />

exhausti<strong>on</strong> was forgotten, however, the moment I handed<br />

an elderly lady her first net. She was so excited she kissed<br />

me <strong>on</strong> both cheeks and repeatedly thanked me for it.<br />

After a red eye flight from Canberra I walked into<br />

breakfast with all the nuns at the Carmelite Sisters<br />

C<strong>on</strong>vent. The warmth and kindness provided by the nuns,<br />

and especially waking in the mornings to their marvellous<br />

singing, made every day in Timor extraordinary.<br />

The first week we headed to Manatuto where we<br />

delivered approximately 9000 nets to every man, woman<br />

and child in five villages and six sub villages. During this<br />

time we held two training sessi<strong>on</strong>s; <strong>on</strong>e for all the chiefs<br />

in the regi<strong>on</strong> and another for local volunteers. Each chief<br />

had to select a number of volunteers who would assist<br />

us with the local census. These volunteers were paid a<br />

wage to assist us. They were provided with informati<strong>on</strong><br />

about malaria and how to undertake a census. One of the<br />

amazing aspects of RAM was that it not <strong>on</strong>ly provided<br />

malaria nets, it also provided 20 Manatuto locals with<br />

training and work experience during the project.<br />

In the sec<strong>on</strong>d week our 20 volunteers went house-tohouse<br />

to count every<strong>on</strong>e in the five villages and six sub<br />

villages. We assisted <strong>on</strong> two occasi<strong>on</strong>s with this census.<br />

During this week we also visited the fabulous <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

project in Baucau called East Timor Roofing and their Mini<br />

Silos Project, which assists locals with storing grains from<br />

<strong>on</strong>e harvest to the next.<br />

My third and final week in Timor was the hardest of all.<br />

The six of us worked from dawn ’til dusk each day in the<br />

heat. We were back at the health centre assisting with<br />

calculating the number of nets for each family and writing<br />

the pick-up slips (date, locati<strong>on</strong> and time). It was the first<br />

time in years I can remember having writer’s cramp. We<br />

had six Rotarians, seven Ministry of Health workers and<br />

20 local volunteers all working in this extremely hot room<br />

for two very l<strong>on</strong>g days. One of the volunteers left some<br />

of his census papers back in this home village and had<br />

to walk five hours to pick them up. He got a surprise the<br />

next day when our youngest Rotarian picked him up in<br />

the four wheel drive.<br />

The day before the net distributi<strong>on</strong> all the volunteers<br />

went back to the local communities to hand out the<br />

pick-up slips for the Malaria nets. Rotarians assisted<br />

with driving volunteers from village to village. Two of us<br />

accompanied the Ministry of Health staff to announce<br />

Over 9000 insecticidal nets were handed out in Manatuto,<br />

Timor Leste, recently by Rotarians Against Malaria volunteers.<br />

over a loud speaker that tomorrow was distributi<strong>on</strong> day.<br />

We visited every corner of Manatuto. I was sitting in the<br />

middle seat and jumped out at <strong>on</strong>e point to take photos<br />

of the children listening to the loud speaker message – I<br />

was like a novelty and all the children were coming up to<br />

chat to me.<br />

Distributi<strong>on</strong> day was a bit like Electi<strong>on</strong> Day. It started<br />

at the health centre where we assisted with putting the<br />

bundles of nets into the utes. The six Rotarians broke up<br />

into three groups and went to the District centres. Before<br />

the distributi<strong>on</strong> started all the communities members<br />

heard about how to use the malaria nets and why they<br />

are so important. My co-worker and I handed out over<br />

1000 nets! It was a very hot and emoti<strong>on</strong>al day, but the<br />

resp<strong>on</strong>se from community members receiving the nets<br />

was overwhelming. They were so grateful that Aussies<br />

had helped their small community.<br />

The trip to Timor was a life changing experience for me<br />

and the people receiving the malaria nets. •<br />

Thelowdown>>><br />

• 9000 nets to every man, woman and child in five<br />

villages and six sub-villages in Timor Leste<br />

• 20 volunteers went house to house to get an<br />

accurate count of the populati<strong>on</strong><br />

• For more informati<strong>on</strong> <strong>on</strong> Rotarians Against<br />

Malaria visit www.ramaustralia.org or<br />

www.facebook.com/ram.australia<br />

www.rotarydownunder.org 23


Club projects<br />

Picking up the pace for MS<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Osborne Park, WA, has<br />

created its own fund raising challenge by organising a<br />

team event for runners, walkers or bike riders to compete<br />

in their inaugural 75km endurance event set for early May.<br />

Each team of three will be required to pay an entrance<br />

fee and also to raise a minimum of $1000 for the Multiple<br />

Sclerosis Society of WA (MSWA). The entrance fee will go<br />

to the <strong>Rotary</strong> club to assist with the costs of the event.<br />

Jenny Saibu, Events Coordinator with The Multiple<br />

Sclerosis Society of WA said, “We are very pleased to be<br />

partnering <strong>Rotary</strong> in this inaugural event. It is shaping as<br />

a well organised and fun event for the teams. The funds<br />

raised through the event will be put to good use by the<br />

MS Society in providing its much needed services for<br />

members and families.”<br />

“It is now time to seek out teams to register in earnest,”<br />

said Brian Hancock, challenge organiser. “It’s a great<br />

opportunity for friends and colleagues to establish a<br />

team. It’s a good opportunity for companies to support<br />

participating staff members.”<br />

The participants will start at Northam, follow the Kep<br />

Track to Mt Helena and then the Railway Heritage Track for<br />

the final stretch through the John Forrest Nati<strong>on</strong>al Park to<br />

Participants prepare for The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Osborne Park’s<br />

inaugural 75km endurance event to raise funds for the Multiple<br />

Sclerosis Society of WA<br />

Swan View. Teams of cyclists and runners may complete<br />

the course in <strong>on</strong>e day, while runners and walkers can elect<br />

to camp overnight in Chidlow.<br />

Visit rotaryteamchallenge.org.au to find out more<br />

about the event and register your team. •<br />

Investing in literacy pays<br />

off big for every<strong>on</strong>e<br />

Your literacy project<br />

could win $2,500<br />

Learn more at www.rotary.org/literacyaward<br />

24 Issue 549. April 2013


Nati<strong>on</strong>al Youth Science Forum<br />

Vale to a champi<strong>on</strong><br />

of Nati<strong>on</strong>al Youth<br />

Science Forum<br />

Science forum changing futures<br />

By Shahana Mo<strong>on</strong><br />

Rooty Hill, NSW<br />

Never did I imagine the Nati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

Youth Science Forum (NYSF) would<br />

become such an enriching experience.<br />

My science teachers str<strong>on</strong>gly<br />

recommended the NYSF early <strong>on</strong> last<br />

year. I applied so<strong>on</strong> after, not knowing<br />

what to expect. Selecti<strong>on</strong> for the<br />

forum came in two stages. The first<br />

was an interview with my local <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

club, the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Mount Druitt,<br />

NSW. The District interview was the<br />

sec<strong>on</strong>d stage of the selecti<strong>on</strong> process.<br />

With approximately 50 applicants,<br />

<strong>on</strong>ly 25 were selected to represent<br />

District 9690.<br />

Fifty of us boarded the bus to<br />

Canberra from Sydney <strong>on</strong> January<br />

7, wide-eyed and full of anticipati<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Arriving in Canberra, we were<br />

greeted by the rest of the NYSF at<br />

Burgamann College at the Australian<br />

Nati<strong>on</strong>al University.<br />

A lot is to be learned from such an<br />

extensive program. A broadening of<br />

the mind is most definitely achieved<br />

as I was exposed to such a variety<br />

of scientific fields, research and<br />

perspective. It was encouraging to<br />

see real life applicati<strong>on</strong>s of topics<br />

and c<strong>on</strong>cepts taught at school and<br />

allowed me to fully appreciate the<br />

diversity and applicability of science<br />

in our modern world.<br />

The forum introduced 150<br />

people from around Australia.<br />

With a comm<strong>on</strong> interest in science,<br />

friendships were inevitable. Many<br />

found people sharing their comm<strong>on</strong><br />

interests where those at home<br />

did not. Both staff and students<br />

encouraged each other to pursue<br />

distant goals with gusto. What each<br />

of us gained was more than just a<br />

friend, rather a lifel<strong>on</strong>g compani<strong>on</strong><br />

who has shared the most f<strong>on</strong>dly<br />

remembered experience of our<br />

lives. I cannot recommend the NYSF<br />

enough to any<strong>on</strong>e with even a slight<br />

interest in science. •<br />

Thelowdown>>><br />

• 150 students from around Australia participated<br />

in annual science forum<br />

• PDG Walter Buchanan h<strong>on</strong>oured with Bruce and<br />

Lois Sharp Award<br />

• Students pay tribute with minute’s silence<br />

• Forum’s c<strong>on</strong>tinued success is Walter’s legacy<br />

January may be <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Awareness M<strong>on</strong>th <strong>on</strong> the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

calendar, but for the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Ginninderra, ACT, January is Nati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

Youth Science Forum (NYSF) m<strong>on</strong>th.<br />

Two sessi<strong>on</strong>s of the NYSF take<br />

place in Canberra every January, each<br />

involving upwards of 150 students<br />

from around Australia.<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Ginninderra<br />

c<strong>on</strong>tinued its close involvement<br />

with the Canberra sessi<strong>on</strong>s of NYSF<br />

during January 2013, however, this<br />

year was tinged with sadness for the<br />

club, which h<strong>on</strong>oured <strong>on</strong>e of its Past<br />

Presidents and Past District Governor<br />

of District 9600, Walter Buchanan<br />

and his wife Margaret at the Sessi<strong>on</strong><br />

C dinner <strong>on</strong> January 24.<br />

They were awarded the Bruce and<br />

Lois Sharp Award for outstanding<br />

service to the NYSF over many years.<br />

The award was established by the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Ginninderra to h<strong>on</strong>our<br />

outstanding voluntary c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong>s<br />

to NYSF, and is named after a past<br />

member, the late PDG Bruce Sharp<br />

and his wife Lois.<br />

It was Lois Sharp who received<br />

the award <strong>on</strong> behalf of Walter and<br />

Margaret, as Walter was too ill to<br />

make the journey from Brisbane.<br />

The presentati<strong>on</strong> was very timely,<br />

as Walter passed away in Brisbane<br />

<strong>on</strong> M<strong>on</strong>day, January 28. Tributes<br />

have come from Rotarians in both<br />

Districts 9600 and 9710, and from<br />

others associated with the NYSF over<br />

many years. The NYSF students of<br />

Sessi<strong>on</strong> C 2013 paid their own tribute<br />

by observing a minute’s silence.<br />

While NYSF has lost <strong>on</strong>e of its early<br />

champi<strong>on</strong>s, Walter’s legacy to the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Ginninderra and the<br />

District has c<strong>on</strong>tinued through the<br />

<strong>on</strong>going success of NYSF in Canberra<br />

each January.<br />

M<strong>on</strong>ica Garrett<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Ginninderra, ACT •<br />

www.rotarydownunder.org 25


Club Projects<br />

Set sail for the 52nd <str<strong>on</strong>g>Henley</str<strong>on</strong>g>-On-Todd Regatta<br />

Saturday August 17 is the date to set aside in your<br />

calendar this year. The ic<strong>on</strong>ic <str<strong>on</strong>g>Henley</str<strong>on</strong>g>-On-Todd Regatta, NT, is<br />

the <strong>on</strong>ly boat race in the world that is cancelled if there is<br />

water. In custom-designed bottomless boats, c<strong>on</strong>testants run,<br />

scramble and stumble their way through river sand in a variety<br />

of traditi<strong>on</strong>ally inspired, but novel events. There’s the Bath<br />

Tub Derby, the Oxford Tubs, Sand Skis, Mini and Maxi yachts,<br />

the Boogie Board race and Sand Shovelling, as well as Best<br />

Dressed <strong>on</strong> the Day for those who take time and effort to get<br />

in the spirit. The grand finale is a spectacle of 4WD-powered<br />

Battleboats called Viking, HMAS Courage and Nauteus.<br />

The <str<strong>on</strong>g>Henley</str<strong>on</strong>g>-On-Todd Regatta is the major fundraiser for three<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> clubs in Alice Springs. It is also an important source of<br />

income for a range of charities and n<strong>on</strong>-profit organisati<strong>on</strong>s who sell food and drinks to the hungry and thirsty crowd.<br />

Why not create a <strong>Rotary</strong> challenge between the clubs in your District? Get a crew together, visit the Alice and take<br />

part in the 52nd <str<strong>on</strong>g>Henley</str<strong>on</strong>g>-<strong>on</strong>-Todd. Register <strong>on</strong>line at www.henley<strong>on</strong><strong>todd</strong>.com.au Click <strong>on</strong> ‘REGISTRATION’ come al<strong>on</strong>g<br />

and support <strong>Rotary</strong> helping <strong>Rotary</strong>.<br />

SPECIAL OFFER FOR ROTARIANS<br />

VIP private ringside area: $80 includes five-hour food and drink package | Spectator Hill: $15 includes competiti<strong>on</strong> fee<br />

Every<strong>on</strong>e can enter any event. Come Sail with Us in Alice Springs – the centre of Australia. Who says you need water<br />

for a boat race anyway? •<br />

ROTARY CLUB OF<br />

CARNARVON<br />

50th ANNIVERSARY<br />

7 & 8 JUNE 2013<br />

Please come and help us celebrate.<br />

There will be a Gala Dinner <strong>on</strong> the<br />

Friday evening, at The Woolshed.<br />

On the Saturday morning visitors<br />

will have the opportunity to enjoy<br />

the Carnarv<strong>on</strong> Growers and Craft<br />

Markets followed by a bus tour of<br />

the area and lunch at a cafe <strong>on</strong> the<br />

banks of the mighty Gascoyne River.<br />

If you are interested and require<br />

more informati<strong>on</strong> please call Dennis<br />

or Joy <strong>on</strong> (08) 99985252, or email<br />

dwandjwade01@westnet.com.au<br />

We look forward to your company<br />

and hope you can make the journey<br />

to Carnarv<strong>on</strong> to help us make the<br />

occasi<strong>on</strong> something to remember.<br />

Obama allocates $15m for mental health<br />

On January 16, 2013, Barack Obama resp<strong>on</strong>ded to C<strong>on</strong>necticut’s elementary<br />

school shooting by announcing his Now is the Time plan to curb gun violence<br />

in America. Amid public c<strong>on</strong>versati<strong>on</strong> about mental health, President Obama<br />

will improve access to services by allocating $15 milli<strong>on</strong> to Mental Health First<br />

Aid (MHFA) courses for teachers and youth leaders.<br />

The MHFA course is having practical influence <strong>on</strong> how people with mental<br />

health problems are treated. Australian <strong>Rotary</strong> Health is thrilled to have<br />

supported its development into such a valuable resource.<br />

In 2000, Canberra couple T<strong>on</strong>y Jorm and Better Kitchener launched a sixhour<br />

MHFA course in their local community. By 2005 it had progressed into a<br />

12-hour manual with 300 instructors and had moved overseas. That year T<strong>on</strong>y<br />

and Betty were awarded the Hugh Lydiard Fellowship by Australian <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Health to develop a number of MHFA Standards. With its quick growth, this<br />

study would ensure the course was the standard source of best practice.<br />

“We used the guidelines to completely revise the Mental Health First Aid<br />

curriculum,” says T<strong>on</strong>y.<br />

Australian <strong>Rotary</strong> Health also funded a study to test the effectiveness of an<br />

<strong>on</strong>line MHFA course in 2008-09.<br />

“Australian <strong>Rotary</strong> Health has made a tremendous c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong> to the<br />

mental health of the Australian community through its support of practical<br />

research,” says T<strong>on</strong>y. “We really need the support of <strong>Rotary</strong> and hope that<br />

Australian <strong>Rotary</strong> Health will c<strong>on</strong>tinue its good work.”<br />

“MHFA has become a globally renowned course and we are delighted<br />

to have been part of its journey,” says Joy Gillett OAM, CEO of Australian<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Health. •<br />

26 Issue 549. April 2013


<strong>Rotary</strong> Online<br />

Internet<br />

versus<br />

Intranet<br />

How much<br />

informati<strong>on</strong> is too<br />

much informati<strong>on</strong> for<br />

the general public’s<br />

c<strong>on</strong>sumpti<strong>on</strong>?<br />

By Ellissa Nolan<br />

Digital Producti<strong>on</strong> and Marketing<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong><br />

When searching <strong>on</strong>line <strong>Rotary</strong> c<strong>on</strong>tent, I c<strong>on</strong>stantly<br />

read about the great emphasis placed <strong>on</strong> membership<br />

development and recruitment. I am aware that this kind<br />

of public communicati<strong>on</strong> could be interpreted as brand<br />

desperati<strong>on</strong>, and quite off-putting to potential new<br />

members, business partners and sp<strong>on</strong>sors.<br />

Essentially, n<strong>on</strong>-Rotarian <strong>on</strong>line audiences may ask,<br />

“Why would I want to join a brand that appears to be<br />

dying of members?” When in all truth, <strong>Rotary</strong> is not dying,<br />

it just has not been growing.<br />

From my perspective, the incredible c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong> of<br />

1.2 milli<strong>on</strong> people volunteering their time and energy<br />

provides the opportunity to tell 1.2 milli<strong>on</strong> vibrant stories<br />

<strong>on</strong> the many significant ways <strong>Rotary</strong> is c<strong>on</strong>tributing to<br />

local, nati<strong>on</strong>al and global communities.<br />

For a good story, it doesn’t matter if these people are<br />

young, old or in the middle, just that they are c<strong>on</strong>tributing<br />

in whatever ways they can, to make a positive impact<br />

towards the advancement and survival of humans across<br />

the globe.<br />

On the other hand, when I read of membership<br />

development strategies, in public spaces, I feel disheartened<br />

to join the spirit of the <strong>Rotary</strong> cause. It could be perceived<br />

that I would just be meeting a target in terms of increasing<br />

club numbers, rather than being appreciated for the<br />

pers<strong>on</strong>al value I would or could bring to the organisati<strong>on</strong><br />

working <strong>on</strong> specific humanitarian projects.<br />

So, when thinking about <strong>Rotary</strong>’s <strong>on</strong>line brand, I believe<br />

collectively we could reflect <strong>on</strong> how much informati<strong>on</strong><br />

is too much for the general public’s c<strong>on</strong>sumpti<strong>on</strong>? Are<br />

we writing <strong>on</strong>line for ease of informati<strong>on</strong> disseminati<strong>on</strong><br />

for club members, or are we actually writing to attract<br />

potential new members, sp<strong>on</strong>sors and industry partners?<br />

If it’s the former, it would be best placed <strong>on</strong> an intranet<br />

(with member log-in); if it’s for the latter, then the internet<br />

is a perfect public platform.<br />

So how do people attract people <strong>on</strong> the internet?<br />

• Good quality news stories sharing pers<strong>on</strong>al journeys<br />

and insights<br />

• Profiling inspiring people working <strong>on</strong> and delivering<br />

successful projects<br />

• Profiling people and sharing the story <strong>on</strong> why they<br />

joined <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

• Including quotes from the people or communities who<br />

have been helped<br />

• Including testim<strong>on</strong>ials and good quality photographs<br />

of people who have been helped<br />

• Uploading good quality interesting images of who<br />

received the assistance supported with informati<strong>on</strong> <strong>on</strong><br />

how the fundraising c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong>s were allocated<br />

• Tweeting, tagging and sharing c<strong>on</strong>tent for all to<br />

become visible and viral <strong>on</strong>line: For example: #aid,<br />

#fundraising, #charity, #socialgood, #humanitarian<br />

@rotary, #[localarea] #[communityname]<br />

• Follow RDU <strong>on</strong> Facebook and Twitter so we can follow<br />

you and share your stories am<strong>on</strong>g our networks too.<br />

As a c<strong>on</strong>tent creator, I believe it is a joy to share with<br />

the world the positive vibrancy and diversity of <strong>Rotary</strong>’s<br />

members and club achievements through individual stories.<br />

However, I can also see more opportunities to positi<strong>on</strong> the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> brand as the leader in the successful design and<br />

delivery of sustainable humanitarian projects, which have<br />

significant impact at nati<strong>on</strong>al and internati<strong>on</strong>al levels. The<br />

care is to not make all the good stories get undermined by<br />

publicly fretting over membership development, in fr<strong>on</strong>t of<br />

the very audiences we are trying to appeal to. •<br />

Thelowdown>>><br />

• Much current <strong>on</strong>line c<strong>on</strong>tent could be<br />

interpreted as desperati<strong>on</strong><br />

• How much informati<strong>on</strong> is too much for public<br />

c<strong>on</strong>sumpti<strong>on</strong>?<br />

• Make the distincti<strong>on</strong> between member service<br />

and public image<br />

• Share the vibrancy and diversity of <strong>Rotary</strong>’s<br />

members and club achievements<br />

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End Polio Now!<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> says G’day<br />

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I did not know <strong>Rotary</strong> clubs did that …<br />

… just a couple of the comments received following distributi<strong>on</strong> of Humanity In Moti<strong>on</strong> 2 during 2011/12.<br />

The inspirati<strong>on</strong> of PDG T<strong>on</strong>y Castley, the original Humanity<br />

in Moti<strong>on</strong> volume was produced during his gubernatorial<br />

year of 2008/09, sp<strong>on</strong>sored by <strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al’s<br />

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editi<strong>on</strong> of this superb coffee table book was produced in<br />

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Humanity in Moti<strong>on</strong> # 3 will be a project of the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

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a myriad of outstanding <strong>Rotary</strong> programs and special<br />

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and graphic design – reflecting the professi<strong>on</strong>al skills of<br />

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the RI C<strong>on</strong>venti<strong>on</strong> in Sydney 2014. It will be the perfect gift for club public relati<strong>on</strong>s programs, guest speakers,<br />

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28 Issue 549. April 2013


End Polio Now!<br />

Guinness World<br />

Record attempt<br />

to kick al<strong>on</strong>g<br />

polio program<br />

<strong>Under</strong> the guise of a Guinness World Record attempt,<br />

Brend<strong>on</strong> Walker, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Engadine, NSW, is<br />

gearing up to ride (or rather push) a kick scooter 4128km<br />

from Perth to Sydney to raise funds and awareness for the<br />

fight against polio.<br />

Start Brend<strong>on</strong> off <strong>on</strong> a c<strong>on</strong>versati<strong>on</strong> about End Polio<br />

Now! and he’ll start spouting <strong>on</strong> about how it’s <strong>on</strong>ly<br />

the sec<strong>on</strong>d time in human history that we will eradicate<br />

a disease from the face of the earth. And with recent<br />

valuable support from world Governments, the Bill &<br />

Melinda Gates Foundati<strong>on</strong> and a number of other large<br />

corporates, the fight is almost over.<br />

“Imagine if you had the power to do something to help<br />

… then did that … and then you are a part of history,”<br />

enthuses Brend<strong>on</strong>. “You did what you could to wipe out<br />

a disease.<br />

“Push for Polio is about doing our part. Sure, there’s a<br />

maniac <strong>on</strong> a scooter who needs to make it happen, but<br />

behind all that, it’s a community of people who believe in<br />

the cause. They believe enough to kick in some m<strong>on</strong>ey<br />

that they w<strong>on</strong>’t miss in order to help another human<br />

being less fortunate than they are.”<br />

Brend<strong>on</strong> started riding scooters in June 2012 to save<br />

m<strong>on</strong>ey <strong>on</strong> bus and taxi fares. After a ride home from the<br />

train stati<strong>on</strong> (around 5.4kms) he thought, “I w<strong>on</strong>der how<br />

far some<strong>on</strong>e has ever travelled <strong>on</strong> a scooter?”<br />

A quick search <strong>on</strong> the web revealed a record held by an<br />

Austrian, set in Australia, in 2000.<br />

“Instantly, that was like a challenge. I decided to have<br />

a crack at breaking the world record, because that sort<br />

of stuff seems to get more attenti<strong>on</strong>. And if I can attract<br />

more attenti<strong>on</strong> to this cause, then hopefully that should<br />

translate into more d<strong>on</strong>ati<strong>on</strong>s towards ending polio. I’m<br />

not too c<strong>on</strong>cerned about world records as much as I am<br />

c<strong>on</strong>cerned about helping to wipe polio off the face of the<br />

earth for good.”<br />

After securing his first corporate sp<strong>on</strong>sor, Kickbike<br />

Australia, who have provided him with a scooter to ride,<br />

Brend<strong>on</strong> is now seeking further sp<strong>on</strong>sorship to help with<br />

the project. He is in need of:<br />

A motorhome for support crew and gear and<br />

somewhere to eat and sleep<br />

• Fuel<br />

• Sportswear, skins and joggers<br />

• GPS tracking<br />

• Video cameras<br />

• Technology (storage and SD cards, computer,<br />

race radios)<br />

• Signwriting<br />

• Power bars<br />

• Flights from Sydney to Perth<br />

• A sp<strong>on</strong>sor to bring out a Guinness Adjudicator<br />

(minimum $7000)<br />

• Media promoti<strong>on</strong><br />

• A promoter<br />

• Welcoming committees in each finishing town <strong>on</strong><br />

each day<br />

The 25-day ride is planned for January 2014, an odd<br />

choice of m<strong>on</strong>th to ride from <strong>on</strong>e side of Australia to the<br />

other some might think.<br />

“I chose daylight over heat basically,” says Brend<strong>on</strong>.<br />

“Daylight is what I need the most, so that’s why I’m riding<br />

in January.” •<br />

Thelowdown>>><br />

• World record trek from Perth to Sydney<br />

• Corporate Sp<strong>on</strong>sors sought to join Kickbike<br />

Australia<br />

• Proceeds to support End Polio Now! campaign<br />

• For further informati<strong>on</strong> <strong>on</strong> Push for Polio visit<br />

pushforpolio.com.au or email Brend<strong>on</strong> at<br />

brend<strong>on</strong>@pushforpolio.com.au.<br />

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C<strong>on</strong>tributor Awards<br />

Ken Scheller H<strong>on</strong>ours<br />

1985-86 Jim Robert<strong>on</strong>, Te Awamutu, NZ<br />

1986-87 Arthur Brett-Kelly, PNG<br />

1987-88 Maurice Hawken, Essend<strong>on</strong>, Vic<br />

1988-89 Robert Stewart, Palmerst<strong>on</strong> North, NZ<br />

1989-90 Richard Walker, Salisbury, Qld<br />

1990-91 John Steele, Penrose, NZ<br />

1991-92 Alan Lawrie, Bright<strong>on</strong>, SA<br />

1992-93 R<strong>on</strong> Barnwell, Brisbane, Qld<br />

1993-94 Patrick Colbourne, Mt Druitt, NSW<br />

1994-95 Bob Turner, Mart<strong>on</strong>, NZ<br />

1995-96 Nevell McPhee, Toowoomba, Qld<br />

1996-97 T<strong>on</strong>y Reade, Adelaide, SA<br />

1997-98 Penny Hadley, Adelaide Daybreak, SA<br />

1997-98 Michael Sharp, Penrith, NSW (joint winners)<br />

1998-99 Neill Inkster, Mastert<strong>on</strong>, NZ<br />

1999-00 Jim Huds<strong>on</strong>, Papanui, NZ<br />

2000-01 Brian Yecies, Bundoora, Vic<br />

2001-02 John Wats<strong>on</strong>, Wellingt<strong>on</strong>, NZ<br />

2002-03 Elizabeth Caldicott, Blackwood, SA<br />

2003-04 Gerald Victor, Rockhampt<strong>on</strong> Capricorn, Qld<br />

2004-05 Grattan O’C<strong>on</strong>nell, Auckland East, NZ<br />

2005-06 Graeme Woolacott, Glen Waverley, Vic<br />

2006-07 Elaine White, Yea, Vic<br />

2007-08 Lyn Thorpe, Newcastle Sunrise, NSW<br />

2008-09 Ted Latta, Ashgrove, The Gap, Qld<br />

2009-10 Carolyn Cook, Lower Blue Mts, NSW<br />

2010-11 Denise Curry, Turramurra, NSW<br />

2011-12 Jillian Brown, City Central Hobart, Tas<br />

Judges reward creative ideas<br />

Female Rotarians have dominated the nominati<strong>on</strong>s<br />

for the 2011-12 Ken Scheller Award, with three of the top<br />

four h<strong>on</strong>ours.<br />

The award went to Jillian Brown, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of City Central Hobart, Tas, for her report published in<br />

July 2011, entitled Far-sighted membership drive, which<br />

detailed the Rotababies and Rotakids program instituted<br />

by the City Central Hobart club, when several of its<br />

members became pregnant at around the same time.<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> Award is presented annually to<br />

the author of “a literary c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong> of outstanding merit<br />

which, in the opini<strong>on</strong> of the Committee, best exemplifies<br />

the principles of <strong>Rotary</strong>.”<br />

The award was struck in 1985 and named in h<strong>on</strong>our<br />

of Ken Scheller, who died of cancer in 1984. Born and<br />

educated in Adelaide, Ken was associated with <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

<strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> from its incepti<strong>on</strong>. As <strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

Director and Vice-President, it was his advocacy that led<br />

to the approval of selected regi<strong>on</strong>al magazines as official<br />

regi<strong>on</strong>al magazines of RI. <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> was the first<br />

to gain this status.<br />

The judges specifically looked for c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong>s that<br />

gave readers new, creative and effective methods to<br />

tackle old problems.<br />

“Jillian’s report showed that members aged between 20<br />

and 40 did not have to resign from <strong>Rotary</strong> due to family<br />

commitments if their club was prepared to adapt to<br />

enable them to remain,” <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> Editor Mark<br />

Wallace said.<br />

Three other stories were highly commended. They were:<br />

• <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Crawley: investing in the future, published<br />

in April, 2012, by Rebecca Olsen. Rebecca detailed her<br />

club’s innovative and highly successful approach to<br />

recruitment of young Rotarians through its Corporate<br />

Scholarship program.<br />

• West Perth Rotarian an internati<strong>on</strong>al achiever, published<br />

in September, 2011, by Tim Dawe, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of West Perth, WA. Tim’s cover story reported <strong>on</strong> the<br />

inspiring career of West Perth Rotarian Professor Ralph<br />

Martins and his work to find a cure for Alzheimer’s<br />

Disease.<br />

• Deeds of Rotarians Past, published in November 2011,<br />

by Celeste Rossetto, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Woll<strong>on</strong>g<strong>on</strong>g,<br />

NSW, about a letter written to the club from a woman<br />

who had been afflicted with polio when she was a child<br />

60 years ago. A particularly moving story of the power<br />

of simple gestures of kindness to change lives forever.<br />

H<strong>on</strong>ourable menti<strong>on</strong>s went to:<br />

• Anna Kemble Welch, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Wellingt<strong>on</strong><br />

South, NZ, for her moving account of her work with<br />

underprivileged children in Vietnam suffering from the<br />

rare disfiguring disease Epidermolysis Bullosa.<br />

• Peta Rule, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Crawley, WA, for her<br />

report published in October, 2011, <strong>on</strong> Holly Ransom,<br />

the then 21-year-old President elect of <strong>on</strong>e of the most<br />

innovative and successful new clubs in Australia.<br />

• Kerry Kornhauser, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Albert Park,<br />

Vic, for her three-part series <strong>on</strong> the need to attract<br />

more women into <strong>Rotary</strong>. •<br />

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This rotary world<br />

32 Issue 549. April 2013


This <strong>Rotary</strong> World<br />

Waitangi Day<br />

celebrati<strong>on</strong>s<br />

Members of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Porirua Sundown, NZ, attended<br />

the Waitangi Day celebrati<strong>on</strong> at<br />

Takapuwahia Marae, Porirua, <strong>on</strong><br />

February 6. The group was there<br />

as guests of the Mayor of Porirua<br />

Nick Leggett, who also invited new<br />

migrant families who have moved to<br />

the area from overseas.<br />

The cerem<strong>on</strong>y started with a<br />

welcome (powhiri in Maori) <strong>on</strong><br />

to the marae. Rotarian Pania<br />

Houkamau-Ngaheu began with the<br />

exchange of calls (karanga), which<br />

clears the spiritual pathway for the<br />

ancestors of the host and visitors<br />

to meet.<br />

Guests were then challenged by<br />

a warrior who laid a leaf <strong>on</strong> the<br />

ground. The leader of the menfolk<br />

picked the leaf up to show that we<br />

came in peace. The women were<br />

led into the wharenui (meeting<br />

house) first, followed by the men.<br />

There were a series of speeches and<br />

waiata (s<strong>on</strong>gs) in Maori, followed by<br />

the traditi<strong>on</strong>al greeting (h<strong>on</strong>gi). Then<br />

there was a welcome in English and<br />

a history of the Ngatitoa tribe.<br />

It was a very interesting visit and a<br />

great opportunity to experience the<br />

local Maori culture.<br />

Albury North<br />

turns 50<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Albury North,<br />

NSW, will celebrate the 50th<br />

anniversary of its charter, May 1,<br />

1963, <strong>on</strong> Saturday May 4, 2013, at<br />

the SSA Club, Olive Street, Albury,<br />

NSW, at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Former<br />

members are invited to take part<br />

in these celebrati<strong>on</strong>s. For more<br />

informati<strong>on</strong> please c<strong>on</strong>tact Glenys<br />

Hall <strong>on</strong> 02 6023 6378 or Syd Lukins<br />

<strong>on</strong> 02 6043 2196.<br />

Beecroft supports Aboriginal health<br />

and educati<strong>on</strong> in outback NSW<br />

In his plan for the 2012-13 <strong>Rotary</strong> year, President Dr Geoff Heise outlined<br />

his plan for the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Beecroft, NSW, to become involved with the<br />

health and educati<strong>on</strong>al requirements of an Aboriginal community.<br />

The Currawah Boarding School at G<strong>on</strong>golg<strong>on</strong> in outback NSW, some<br />

750km North West of Sydney near the town of Brewarrina, was identified.<br />

Currently there are 32 year 7-8 indigenous students at the school<br />

ranging in age from 12-16 years. Due to the locati<strong>on</strong> there are gaps in their<br />

healthcare including immunisati<strong>on</strong>s, infectious diseases, nutriti<strong>on</strong>, impaired<br />

visi<strong>on</strong> and hearing resulting in learning difficulties. The objectives are to<br />

meet their needs with regular medical visitati<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

All of the students at the school are a product of the Welfare Dependency<br />

System and there are major gaps in their social and educati<strong>on</strong>al abilities.<br />

The project offered the club a number of project opportunities:<br />

• Health needs being met and <strong>on</strong> par with mainstream society in Australia<br />

• Social behaviour that allows students to make a c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong> to society<br />

• A clean water system that meets the needs of the school<br />

• Literacy that is <strong>on</strong> par with mainstream Australian expectati<strong>on</strong>s<br />

• Numeracy skills that are <strong>on</strong> par with that of mainstream Australian<br />

expectati<strong>on</strong>s<br />

In the first six m<strong>on</strong>ths of the project, a clinic room has been fitted out by<br />

the club where Dr Heise and his team can attend to the medical needs of<br />

the school.<br />

School uniforms to give a sense of uniformity and bel<strong>on</strong>ging were also<br />

seen as an essential project. The club gained partial funding for this project<br />

from The <strong>Rotary</strong> Foundati<strong>on</strong> District Designated Fund.<br />

The club will visit the school four to six times a year to carry out medical<br />

requirements as well as assess other <strong>on</strong>going projects.<br />

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This rotary world<br />

Reuni<strong>on</strong> helps out Blaze Aid<br />

On the weekend of February 8-10, the club Presidents<br />

of 1994-95 in District 9650 and their partners c<strong>on</strong>ducted<br />

their 18th Reuni<strong>on</strong>. Since 1996 they have been meeting<br />

with their Governor of the day, PDG John Barwick and<br />

Dorothy from Tamworth, NSW, <strong>on</strong> the sec<strong>on</strong>d weekend<br />

in February for a program filled with fellowship.<br />

L<strong>on</strong>g before the devastating bush fires, plans were<br />

made to hold this year’s reuni<strong>on</strong> at Co<strong>on</strong>abarabran.<br />

Knowing that the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Co<strong>on</strong>abarabran was<br />

involved with providing food for the 50 members of the<br />

“Blaze Aid” team working in the area, it was decided<br />

that this year’s reuni<strong>on</strong> should involve some community<br />

work and help out in some way. After c<strong>on</strong>tacting local<br />

club member PDG Jo Wilkin, the Past Presidents’ reuni<strong>on</strong><br />

took <strong>on</strong> the duties of preparing and serving Saturday<br />

PDG John Barwick and PDG Barry Hacker with past<br />

Presidents and wives of District 9650 lend a helping hand<br />

to feed 50 members of the Blaze Aid team during their<br />

Presidents’ reuni<strong>on</strong> in fire-ravaged Co<strong>on</strong>abarabran, NSW.<br />

night’s dinner and cleaning up following the meal.<br />

PDG John Barwick and Dorothy enjoy these reuni<strong>on</strong>s<br />

and were very quick to roll up their sleeves to help PDG<br />

Barry Hacker, his wife Br<strong>on</strong>wyn (<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Port<br />

Macquarie West) and other reuni<strong>on</strong> members with the<br />

Blaze Aid food preparati<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Organisers for this year’s reuni<strong>on</strong> were Past President<br />

of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Moree <strong>on</strong> Gwydir Frank O’Neill<br />

and his wife, Ros.<br />

Seeking all past Gladst<strong>on</strong>e Midday members<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Gladst<strong>on</strong>e Midday, Qld, is celebrating its 20th birthday <strong>on</strong> Saturday, May 18, 2013.<br />

Past members are invited to join in the anniversary celebrati<strong>on</strong>s, catch up with old friends and experience the<br />

changes that have occurred in Gladst<strong>on</strong>e over the years.<br />

Past members are spread from Melbourne to Peru, and unfortunately we do not have all their forwarding<br />

addresses, so we are looking to RDU readers to c<strong>on</strong>tact Judie Luce <strong>on</strong> 07 4976 8016, mobile 0403 087 727 or email<br />

jluce.gladst<strong>on</strong>e@ljh.com.au<br />

34 Issue 549. April 2013


This <strong>Rotary</strong> World<br />

Discover Lisb<strong>on</strong><br />

with the locals<br />

The best way to experience another culture is with<br />

a local guide. That’s why Portuguese Rotarians have<br />

planned several events for people attending the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>al C<strong>on</strong>venti<strong>on</strong> in Lisb<strong>on</strong>, June 23-26.<br />

On June 24, immerse yourself in a night of<br />

fado performances at Campo Pequeno, a historic<br />

bullfighting arena that now also serves as a c<strong>on</strong>cert<br />

hall. Singer Carminho will headline the evening. The<br />

platinum-selling artist has gained popularity with<br />

her innovative take <strong>on</strong> traditi<strong>on</strong>al fado, performing<br />

Portuguese folk music with occasi<strong>on</strong>al dips into pop,<br />

rock and jazz. On June 25, more music and culture<br />

will be <strong>on</strong> the menu, al<strong>on</strong>g with course after course<br />

of elegant Portuguese fare, at the Experience Portugal<br />

event, to be held inside C<strong>on</strong>vento do Beato, a 15 th<br />

century m<strong>on</strong>astery.<br />

For those who want to see more of Lisb<strong>on</strong>, Portugal<br />

and Spain, the Host Organisati<strong>on</strong> Committee offers a<br />

variety of sightseeing tours, as well as side trips before<br />

and after the c<strong>on</strong>venti<strong>on</strong>. Purchase tickets at www.<br />

lisboa2013.org/events until June 7.<br />

Register for the C<strong>on</strong>venti<strong>on</strong> at www.ric<strong>on</strong>venti<strong>on</strong>.org<br />

SUPPORT EDUCATION<br />

FUND FOR TIMOR<br />

Governor Ian Lomas has issued a general invitati<strong>on</strong><br />

to any Rotarian or <strong>Rotary</strong> club to make c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong>s<br />

to the District 9550 Timor Vocati<strong>on</strong>al Educati<strong>on</strong> Fund<br />

– to mark the first <strong>Rotary</strong> District C<strong>on</strong>ference in that<br />

developing country during the first week in May, 2013.<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> has organised a <strong>Rotary</strong> Timor<br />

C<strong>on</strong>ference Tour to support the historic event and<br />

some 40-plus Rotarians and partners have booked to<br />

take part. Each participant has been invited to request<br />

their <strong>Rotary</strong> club to d<strong>on</strong>ate $1000 to sp<strong>on</strong>sor special<br />

educati<strong>on</strong> grants for young trades and professi<strong>on</strong>al<br />

people in Timor.<br />

Governor Ian emphasises that d<strong>on</strong>ati<strong>on</strong>s will be<br />

appreciated from any individual or organisati<strong>on</strong><br />

willing to support such a worthwhile and vital cause<br />

to support young people in Timor Leste. RDU Editor<br />

Mark Wallace will lead the c<strong>on</strong>ference tour group and<br />

cheques should be forwarded to <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong><br />

Inc, PO Box 779, Parramatta, NSW, 2124, made out<br />

to ‘RDU Timor Educati<strong>on</strong> Fund’. Mark will present the<br />

cheques to Governor Ian at an appropriate time during<br />

the c<strong>on</strong>ference program.<br />

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to ROTARY CLUBS AND DISTRICTS<br />

Do you need more support for<br />

your club or District projects?<br />

Spread the word to 40,000<br />

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Notices<br />

Called to Higher Service<br />

PDG IAN GEORGE<br />

HUDSON AM<br />

Australia lost a distinguished<br />

Rotarian and a generous benefactor<br />

<strong>on</strong> February 20 with the death of<br />

PDG Ian Huds<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Ian was a charter member of<br />

the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Rydalmere in<br />

1955. He held most club offices,<br />

was president in 1960-61 and,<br />

after service <strong>on</strong> several District<br />

committees, was Governor of<br />

District 268 (9680) in 1966-67,<br />

during which he formed five<br />

new <strong>Rotary</strong> clubs. He was later<br />

given several <strong>Rotary</strong> Internati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

committee appointments.<br />

At his instigati<strong>on</strong> – and insistence<br />

– as Chairman of this magazine’s<br />

management committee in 1970,<br />

the <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> office was<br />

moved from its cramped premises<br />

in Newtown to Parramatta and was<br />

placed <strong>on</strong> a sound financial footing.<br />

For his services to society, Ian<br />

Huds<strong>on</strong> was appointed a Member<br />

of the Order of Australia (AM)<br />

in 1977. A great Rotarian and a true<br />

friend, Ian Huds<strong>on</strong> is sadly missed.<br />

– Paul Henningham<br />

James Ian Dunsmore, QSM<br />

(PHF), initiated what is now known<br />

as the Gisborne Internati<strong>on</strong>al Music<br />

competiti<strong>on</strong>. Run with the backing<br />

of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Gisborne,<br />

NZ, the competiti<strong>on</strong> was a bid<br />

to boost the profile of the city of<br />

Gisborne, <strong>on</strong> the east coast of New<br />

Zealand’s North Island, following<br />

the destructi<strong>on</strong> of Cycl<strong>on</strong>e Bola in<br />

1988. No comparative competiti<strong>on</strong><br />

for emerging players of orchestral<br />

instruments exists in Australasia.<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Windsor,<br />

NSW, regretfully reports the<br />

passing of Past President Bill<br />

Henders<strong>on</strong> (PHF). Bill served his<br />

community for 44 years. He was a<br />

true gentleman.<br />

Past President Glyn J<strong>on</strong>es (PHF),<br />

of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Waiuku, NZ,<br />

and formerly of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Papakura. Glyn will be very much<br />

missed by his Fijian c<strong>on</strong>necti<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

T<strong>on</strong>y Lahood, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of Bomaderry, NSW, formerly of the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Campsie, NSW.<br />

Noelle Michaels<strong>on</strong>, wife of<br />

Paddy Michaels<strong>on</strong>, of the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Club of Bright<strong>on</strong>, Vic.<br />

Vincent Michielin, H<strong>on</strong>orary<br />

Member of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Unley, SA.<br />

The 2012-13 President of the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of North Balwyn,<br />

Vic, Terry Grett<strong>on</strong> passed away<br />

unexpectedly in December. Terry<br />

was well loved in the club and led<br />

by example.<br />

Dr John Green passed away in<br />

late December 2012. He was an<br />

outstanding Rotarian and member<br />

of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Woodend,<br />

Vic, for three years and a l<strong>on</strong>g<br />

standing member of the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Club of Essend<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Past President Trevor Power<br />

(PHF), was a valued member of the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Biloela, Qld. Trevor<br />

supported every facet of <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

work from barbecues to working<br />

bees and practising Service Above<br />

Self in the community for those<br />

less advantaged. A proud supporter<br />

of The <strong>Rotary</strong> Foundati<strong>on</strong>, Trevor<br />

passed away <strong>on</strong> January 10.<br />

Past President Raws<strong>on</strong><br />

Weatherall (PHF Sapphire Pin), of<br />

the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Manilla, NSW,<br />

was called to higher service <strong>on</strong><br />

February 22. His sense of humour<br />

was ever present. He will be sadly<br />

missed.<br />

President Glen Lawrence, of the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Frankt<strong>on</strong>, NZ, was<br />

called to higher service during his<br />

2012-13 year as President. Glen<br />

was a keen supporter of ShelterBox<br />

NZ, so his memory will live <strong>on</strong><br />

in an overseas country when a<br />

disaster hits.<br />

Charter President Mac Williams,<br />

QSO, JP (PHF), of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Henders<strong>on</strong> in Auckland, NZ, sadly<br />

passed away <strong>on</strong> December 19, aged 98.<br />

Past President Mack Butts (PHF),<br />

charter member of the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Club of Henders<strong>on</strong> in Auckland,<br />

NZ, was called to higher service<br />

<strong>on</strong> December 30, at the age of<br />

87. Mack was an accomplished<br />

sportsman in many sports, including<br />

tennis, golf, squash, trout fishing<br />

and his favourite sport soccer.<br />

John Built, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of Howick, NZ, passed away <strong>on</strong><br />

February 18. John was a 43-year<br />

Rotarian. Members miss his sense of<br />

humour, generosity and friendship.<br />

Harry Westbury, past member<br />

and h<strong>on</strong>orary member of the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Club of Hutt City, NZ.<br />

Garth Barnsdale, h<strong>on</strong>orary<br />

member of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Invercargill North, NZ.<br />

Past President Allen Waghorn,<br />

of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Invercargill<br />

South, NZ.<br />

Lady Kay Higgins, wife of Sir<br />

Patrick Higgins, a Past President of<br />

the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Mils<strong>on</strong>, NZ.<br />

Dick Sedd<strong>on</strong>, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of Otumoetai, Tauranga formerly of<br />

Wellingt<strong>on</strong>, NZ. Dick is the former<br />

Prime Minister of NZ Richard John<br />

Sedd<strong>on</strong>’s grands<strong>on</strong>.<br />

36 Issue 549. April 2013


Notices<br />

Ian Papworth (PHF), of the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Club of Pakuranga, in Auckland,<br />

NZ was called to higher service <strong>on</strong><br />

February 19, aged 62. Members<br />

miss Ian’s many years of friendship<br />

and ideals of Service Above Self to<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> and the community.<br />

Charter President Peter Wyatt,<br />

MNZM (PHF), formerly of the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Club of Tauranga Sunrise, NZ, sadly<br />

passed away <strong>on</strong> February 22 after a<br />

l<strong>on</strong>g fight with cancer. Peter was the<br />

Bay of Plenty Times Pers<strong>on</strong> of the<br />

Year in 2012.<br />

Bob Burns, l<strong>on</strong>gstanding member<br />

of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Terrace End, in<br />

Palmerst<strong>on</strong> North, NZ, since 1968.<br />

Past President Merv Brown,<br />

JP (PHF), of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Takapuna, NZ, passed away <strong>on</strong><br />

January 4, aged 92. He served in<br />

the Air Force as a Radio Operator<br />

in WWII and became a hero when<br />

his aircraft crashed in a swamp<br />

<strong>on</strong> Piva Island when he rescued<br />

comrades trapped in the burning<br />

plane wreckage. Merv was an active,<br />

dedicated Rotarian for the past 60<br />

years. He masterminded the 1961<br />

Auckland District C<strong>on</strong>ference and<br />

had three years as District World<br />

Community Service Chair.<br />

Robin Park, former member of<br />

the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Thames, NZ, for<br />

about 30 years, then an h<strong>on</strong>orary<br />

member for the last five years,<br />

passed away <strong>on</strong> December 5.<br />

Jim Lucus (PHF), l<strong>on</strong>gstanding<br />

member of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Upper Hutt, and more recently the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Mastert<strong>on</strong> South, NZ.<br />

Past President Bruce Mansell<br />

(PHF), of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Waikanae, NZ since 1972.<br />

Ray Dowden, l<strong>on</strong>g standing<br />

former member of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of Wellingt<strong>on</strong>, NZ.<br />

Paul Harris Fellows<br />

George Davies, Cedric Davies,<br />

Frank Warner, John Jennings,<br />

John Hawes, John Harvey and<br />

Tito Sciani (Sapphire Pins), of the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Mareeba, Qld.<br />

Brian Allen (Sec<strong>on</strong>d Sapphire Pin)<br />

and Gillian Allen (Sapphire Pin), of<br />

the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Maleny, Qld.<br />

Wendy Andrews, Joan Reed<br />

and Lyndsay England, of the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Unley, SA.<br />

D<strong>on</strong> Armstr<strong>on</strong>g (Sapphire Pin) of<br />

the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Waiuku, NZ.<br />

Ken Ly<strong>on</strong>s, Roy Duncombe,<br />

Jim McMillan and Merv Cross<br />

(Sapphire Pins), of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of Windsor, Vic.<br />

Keiran Slattery (Sapphire Pin), of the<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Wetherill Park, NSW.<br />

Rod Chisholm, of the <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Club of Maryborough, Qld.<br />

Terry Grett<strong>on</strong> (posthumous),<br />

of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of North<br />

Balwyn, Vic.<br />

Matthew and Denise Howard,<br />

presented by the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Maleny, Qld.<br />

PDG Rob Crabtree (Ruby Pin),<br />

of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Howick, NZ,<br />

presented at South Pacific PETS.<br />

PDG Bob Young (Fifth Sapphire<br />

Pin), of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Ellerslie<br />

Sunrise, NZ, presented at South<br />

Pacific PETS.<br />

PDG T<strong>on</strong>y Fortune (Fifth<br />

Sapphire Pin), of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Remuera, NZ presented at South<br />

Pacific PETS.<br />

PDG Leanne Jaggs (Third<br />

Changes<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Point<br />

Gellibrand-Williamstown, Vic,<br />

has moved to the Royal Yacht<br />

Club of Victoria, meetings still<br />

Tuesdays 6:45pm for 7pm.<br />

Sapphire Pin), of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of Manukau City Sunrise, NZ,<br />

presented at South Pacific PETS.<br />

PDG Peter Signal (Sapphire Pin),<br />

of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Otorohanga,<br />

NZ, presented at South Pacific PETS.<br />

Christopher Roberts<strong>on</strong> (Sec<strong>on</strong>d<br />

Sapphire Pin), of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of Port Nichols<strong>on</strong>, NZ presented at<br />

South Pacific PETS.<br />

PDG Neil Reid (Fifth Sapphire<br />

Pin), of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Henders<strong>on</strong>, NZ, presented by<br />

District 9910.<br />

Craig Webber and Reg vinod<br />

Nand, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Hillsborough Lynfield and Mt<br />

Roskill, NZ, presented by District<br />

9910.<br />

David Ross, presented by District<br />

9910, NZ.<br />

Jenn McKenzie, of the Rotaract<br />

Club of Pupuke, NZ, presented by<br />

District 9910.<br />

Lucy C<strong>on</strong>roy, Sally O’Mara and<br />

Jane Blackbourn, presented by<br />

District 9910.<br />

Chris Turland (Sapphire Pin),<br />

of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Bishopdale-<br />

Burnside, NZ.<br />

Wendy Betteridge (Sapphire<br />

Pin), of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of<br />

Plimmert<strong>on</strong>, NZ.<br />

Ken Linscott, of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of Timaru North, NZ.<br />

Dr David Cross (Sapphire Pin), of<br />

the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Warkworth, NZ.<br />

Margaret Cross, presented by<br />

the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Warkworth, NZ.<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Port<br />

Moresby, PNG, will now meet<br />

at the Royal Papua Yacht Club at<br />

no<strong>on</strong> every Tuesday for a lunch<br />

meeting.<br />

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You can now receive each new<br />

editi<strong>on</strong> in a portable format<br />

available to read <strong>on</strong> your desktop,<br />

mobile or iPad. Just c<strong>on</strong>tact us to<br />

have your subscripti<strong>on</strong> transferred<br />

from print to digital.<br />

If your<br />

whole club signs up, we’ll<br />

even send you 10 free hard copies<br />

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use each m<strong>on</strong>th!<br />

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Check out our website at www.pride-of-workmanship.com<br />

or c<strong>on</strong>tact the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Pennant Hills - District 9680<br />

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38 Issue 549. April 2013


It’s comm<strong>on</strong> sense<br />

An American tourist asks an Irishman,<br />

“Why do Scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?”<br />

To which the Irishman replies,<br />

“They have to go backwards.<br />

“If they fell forwards, they’d still be in the boat.”<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Lower Blue Mountains, NSW<br />

Not t<strong>on</strong>ight, dear<br />

Never assume!<br />

Smiles<br />

Our friends James and Florence attend choir practice <strong>on</strong> Wednesday<br />

evenings and often head to a restaurant afterwards with their fellow<br />

choir members.<br />

Florence so<strong>on</strong> noticed that every time she had a glass of wine, it was<br />

followed by a severe migraine headache.<br />

James agreed with her that it might be better if she abstained, and so<br />

she did.<br />

On <strong>on</strong>e post-choir occasi<strong>on</strong>, however, Florence decided, after some<br />

hesitati<strong>on</strong>, to try a different variety of wine. Some time passed with no<br />

c<strong>on</strong>sequence.<br />

She waved happily across the big table where her colleagues all sat<br />

and, while holding up the empty wine glass, announced in a loud<br />

voice, “James! I d<strong>on</strong>’t have a headache t<strong>on</strong>ight!”<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> District 9790, Vic<br />

His request approved, the CNN News photographer quickly used a<br />

cell ph<strong>on</strong>e to call the local airport to charter a flight.<br />

He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at<br />

the airport.<br />

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside<br />

a hangar.<br />

He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted,<br />

“Let’s go”.<br />

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off.<br />

Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, “Fly over the<br />

valley and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires <strong>on</strong><br />

the hillsides”.<br />

“Why?” asked the pilot.<br />

“Because I’m a photographer for CNN,” he resp<strong>on</strong>ded, “and I need to<br />

get some close up shots.”<br />

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment. Finally he stammered,<br />

“So, what you’re telling me, is ... You’re NOT my flight instructor?”<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Lower Blue Mts, NSW<br />

Object of<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong><br />

The Object of <strong>Rotary</strong> is to<br />

encourage and foster the<br />

ideal of service as a basis of<br />

worthy enterprise and, in<br />

particular, to encourage<br />

and foster:<br />

1<br />

The<br />

2<br />

3<br />

The<br />

4<br />

development of<br />

acquaintance as an<br />

opportunity for service;<br />

High ethical standards<br />

in business and<br />

professi<strong>on</strong>s; the<br />

recogniti<strong>on</strong> of the<br />

worthiness of all useful<br />

occupati<strong>on</strong>s; and the<br />

dignifying of each<br />

Rotarian’s occupati<strong>on</strong> as<br />

an opportunity to<br />

serve society;<br />

applicati<strong>on</strong> of the<br />

ideal of service in each<br />

Rotarian’s pers<strong>on</strong>al,<br />

business and<br />

community life;<br />

The advancement<br />

of internati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

understanding, goodwill<br />

and peace through<br />

a world fellowship<br />

of business and<br />

professi<strong>on</strong>al pers<strong>on</strong>s<br />

united in the ideal<br />

of service.<br />

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<strong>Rotary</strong> at a Glance<br />

ROTARY internati<strong>on</strong>al z<strong>on</strong>es 7B & 8<br />

TIMOR L ESTE<br />

9455<br />

9465<br />

9550<br />

9500<br />

A U STR ALI A<br />

R O TA R Y INTERNATIO N AL Z O NE 8<br />

PA P U A<br />

NEW GUINEA<br />

9520<br />

9780<br />

9570<br />

9630<br />

9640<br />

9650<br />

9670<br />

9700<br />

9820<br />

9830<br />

9600<br />

9685<br />

9675<br />

9710<br />

9790<br />

9800<br />

9810<br />

S OLOMON<br />

ISL A N D S<br />

N A U R U<br />

VAN U AT U<br />

F IJI<br />

NEW CALE DONIA<br />

N O R FOLK ISL A N D<br />

9910<br />

KIRIB AT I<br />

S AMOA<br />

AMERICAN<br />

S AMOA<br />

COOK<br />

T O N G A<br />

ISL A N D S<br />

9920<br />

9930<br />

9940<br />

NEW ZEA L A N D<br />

9970 R O TA R Y INTERNATIO N AL Z O NE 7B<br />

9980<br />

F RENC H<br />

P O LY NESIA<br />

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42 Issue 549. April 2013


gen wi-fi<br />

Educating<br />

The term “real world” is often<br />

thrown around by educators<br />

to ensure students and<br />

parents alike that the material<br />

they’re learning will be applicable in<br />

their everyday lives. But even after<br />

the dawn of the digital age, some<br />

schoolrooms still resist embracing the<br />

increasingly multimedia culture we<br />

live in. Greg Whitby, Executive Director<br />

of the Catholic Schools Diocese of<br />

Parramatta and author of Educating<br />

Gen Wi-Fi: How to Make Schools<br />

Relevant for 21 st Century Learners,<br />

thinks it’s about time schools utilised<br />

the vast array of tools students are<br />

adept at using to create a more<br />

meaningful and dynamic learning<br />

experience that mirrors society today.<br />

Technology and informati<strong>on</strong> are<br />

c<strong>on</strong>stantly changing, yet the idea of<br />

<strong>on</strong>e teacher being the channel of<br />

data for 30 students has remained<br />

fundamentally the same.<br />

I-FI<br />

Technology and<br />

informati<strong>on</strong> are c<strong>on</strong>stantly<br />

changing, but are our<br />

schools changing rapidly<br />

enough to keep up with it?<br />

Words: Libby Wright<br />

“The issue is not the teachers,<br />

their role is critical,” explains Greg.<br />

“It’s that students are becoming<br />

deeply frustrated and increasingly<br />

disengaged because the classroom<br />

is very different to the world they live<br />

and socialise in. We need talented<br />

teachers to mediate the learning,<br />

to teach students how to navigate<br />

today’s technology and help make<br />

the learning experience more<br />

representative of modern society.”<br />

In Educating Gen Wi-Fi, Greg<br />

discusses making the learning<br />

envir<strong>on</strong>ment more collaborative by<br />

having students working in smaller,<br />

pers<strong>on</strong>alised groups that reflect the<br />

open-plan, teamwork orientated<br />

workplaces of today.<br />

“There’s no <strong>on</strong>e size fits all when it<br />

comes to educati<strong>on</strong> anymore,” says<br />

Greg. “We need to know how each<br />

child learns and what they know, and<br />

group them together so they support<br />

<strong>on</strong>e another and not get held back.”<br />

There’s no denying that although<br />

the dramatic rise in everyday<br />

technology is powering al<strong>on</strong>g, it is<br />

still somewhat in its infancy. Just a<br />

generati<strong>on</strong> ago, devices like the iPad<br />

and Kindle were almost other worldly,<br />

but at the current rate they quickly<br />

become outdated, sometimes over<br />

the course of just a year. Greg wants<br />

to get schools trained to embrace this<br />

shift and be prepared to meet the<br />

demands of the future.<br />

“It’s not going to happen overnight,<br />

but eventually we’ll be laughing at the<br />

crude technology we have today and<br />

w<strong>on</strong>der how we got by. Half the jobs<br />

that exist now didn’t exist 20/30 years<br />

ago, and we need children trained to<br />

utilise these ever-changing array of<br />

tools and situati<strong>on</strong>s.”<br />

So why haven’t our schools stayed<br />

abreast of this issue?<br />

“It’s certainly been slower than I<br />

would like, but I think the better term<br />

is cautious,” explains Greg. “We’re very<br />

c<strong>on</strong>cerned when it comes to children<br />

and shaping the way we teach, but<br />

this is about bringing to bear the best<br />

we know about educati<strong>on</strong> and slowly<br />

and carefully implementing it.” ><br />

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gen wi-fi<br />

< The reas<strong>on</strong> for the slow uptake lies<br />

partially with parents and facilitators<br />

rejecting a school experience that<br />

differs too significantly from their own<br />

and diss<strong>on</strong>ance between generati<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

“If you ask a Baby Boomer or<br />

Generati<strong>on</strong> X which search engine<br />

Generati<strong>on</strong> Y used most, they’ll tell<br />

you it’s Google, when in fact it’s<br />

YouTube,” Greg reveals.<br />

This discord between teachers,<br />

caregivers and the students is a clear<br />

example that something is amiss.<br />

While Educating Gen Wi-Fi calls for<br />

a more multimedia classroom, there’s<br />

no need to start tearing down libraries<br />

and throwing away pens.<br />

“Of course there are facets of the<br />

current teaching method that need to<br />

be preserved,” says Greg. “We want the<br />

best of both worlds; we want students<br />

to be high tech users, but books are<br />

to remain integral. Gross motor skills<br />

and eye-hand coordinati<strong>on</strong> that<br />

come with writing are critical. A good<br />

teacher finds a balance and many are<br />

beginning to rise to the challenge.”<br />

The acquisiti<strong>on</strong> of social skills and<br />

resp<strong>on</strong>sibilities is another crucial part<br />

of the school experience that w<strong>on</strong>’t<br />

be left by the wayside. In his book,<br />

Greg acknowledges that students<br />

and parents alike would be horrified<br />

if schooling involved sitting at a<br />

computer <strong>on</strong> their own all day, and<br />

for good reas<strong>on</strong>.<br />

“Children need to learn how to<br />

interact effectively with <strong>on</strong>e another.<br />

Office spaces are so flexible now, you<br />

can be working as part of a large<br />

team or aut<strong>on</strong>omously, but either<br />

way children must learn how to<br />

functi<strong>on</strong> in these envir<strong>on</strong>ments, and<br />

socialising plays a big part in that.<br />

Their classrooms should reflect the<br />

real world,” says Greg.<br />

For all the advantages of a<br />

multimedia classroom, there’s bound<br />

to be parental c<strong>on</strong>cern, and the<br />

hot butt<strong>on</strong> issue of cyber bullying<br />

w<strong>on</strong>’t go unmenti<strong>on</strong>ed. Doesn’t<br />

an increasingly wired-in classroom<br />

create opportunities for bullying and<br />

a potential gateway for predators?<br />

“Cyber safety is nothing new,”<br />

says Greg. “But parents need to<br />

understand the sophisticati<strong>on</strong> of<br />

the networks being c<strong>on</strong>nected in<br />

schools. They’re powerful tools that<br />

can track and m<strong>on</strong>itor usage. We can<br />

find a pers<strong>on</strong> where they stand and<br />

have a better chance of stamping it<br />

out now more than ever.”<br />

As the triumphs of the technological<br />

revoluti<strong>on</strong> mount ever higher, children<br />

now have access to more informati<strong>on</strong><br />

in their formative years than their<br />

grandparents did their entire lives, yet<br />

some schools c<strong>on</strong>tinue to ban mobile<br />

ph<strong>on</strong>es and handheld devices during<br />

school hours.<br />

“D<strong>on</strong>’t ban the technology, that<br />

just adds to the frustrati<strong>on</strong>,” says<br />

Greg. “You can never keep up with<br />

the technology they have, so why<br />

not embrace it and help create a<br />

seamless interface between the<br />

world of school and the world they<br />

live in?”<br />

Educating Gen Wi-Fi is available <strong>on</strong>line<br />

and from ABC stores. •<br />

44 Issue 549. April 2013


It’s just not cricket<br />

Words: Max Crus<br />

“Struth, Patto, it’s just not cricket,” Johnno lamented over his 13th<br />

beer at the Hyderabad Hilt<strong>on</strong> – after all it was getting late … in the<br />

afterno<strong>on</strong>. “We‘ve never had to explain ourselves.”<br />

“And wattabout those performance reviews, Watto? Just look at<br />

the replays. It’s obvious we were hopeless.”<br />

“Yeh, what’s this ’bout homework?” quizzed Khawaja, who was<br />

also feeling aggrieved because his nickname didn’t end in ‘O’.<br />

“Geez, it’s like having to lodge an OH&S form every time<br />

we want a lucrative government c<strong>on</strong>tract. We‘ve earnt our<br />

lucrative government c<strong>on</strong>tract by years at the fully funded,<br />

debt-free, tax-free Cricket Institute.”<br />

“What can we say? ‘I regret playing that shot off the back<br />

foot and will be mindful in future of the hurt such rash<br />

decisi<strong>on</strong>s may cause my teammates, my family and my<br />

country, and I offer a full and unreserved apology to them<br />

all and future generati<strong>on</strong>s moving forward’.”<br />

“Anyway, shouldn’t the coach be telling us what went<br />

wr<strong>on</strong>g, rather than the other way around?”<br />

“And these namby-pamby team b<strong>on</strong>ding sessi<strong>on</strong>s,<br />

what’s wr<strong>on</strong>g with 37 scho<strong>on</strong>ers at the Beefsteak and<br />

Burgundy and a good punch-up? Look at Punter.”<br />

“And those life-training sessi<strong>on</strong>s? For crying out<br />

loud, you d<strong>on</strong>’t get rehearsals in life, you’re in it<br />

from the word go. Anyway, 55 cans <strong>on</strong> a flight<br />

to L<strong>on</strong>d<strong>on</strong> is all the life training cricketers need.”<br />

“Mate, I’m stumped,” Watto lamented.<br />

“Nah, mate, Clarkey was stumped, you were<br />

caught for nine. Better have another Singha.”<br />

“Can’t, mate, VB are sp<strong>on</strong>sors remember.”<br />

Cricket is a different game all right, ever<br />

since Clarkey chose a night at home with a<br />

bl<strong>on</strong>de instead of swilling 22 more victory<br />

VBs in the rooms with the boys. Actually,<br />

he might have a case had it not been<br />

Lara, although surely that’s irrelevant?<br />

So now, instead of being dropped<br />

because you dropped your guard, you<br />

get dropped for not handing in your<br />

performance reviews, no doubt full<br />

of boxes to tick, KPIs and WBPs.<br />

It’s a w<strong>on</strong>der VB are still<br />

sp<strong>on</strong>sors, surely a nice, soft<br />

Pinot would suit the<br />

current bunch of “soft<br />

corks”? Imagine<br />

55 of those <strong>on</strong><br />

a flight to<br />

L<strong>on</strong>d<strong>on</strong>?<br />

1<br />

Grape Expectati<strong>on</strong>s<br />

Delatite Pinot Noir, 2010 – $30<br />

Like the Aussie test team, Pinot can get swamped <strong>on</strong> a<br />

table full of hearty red lovers, but we persevered. 8.6/10<br />

2<br />

Mandala Pinot Noir, 2011 – $28<br />

Leaner than a kangaroo in drought, that would nevertheless<br />

be a good accompaniment. 8.2/10<br />

3<br />

Mitolo Jester Shiraz, 2010 – $25<br />

No joke(’r‘), this is big (15.2) and needs food (and friends)<br />

to make it friendly enough for a Friday night. 8.5/10<br />

4<br />

Toolangi Yarra Valley Paul’s Lane Shiraz, 2011 – $12<br />

Every<strong>on</strong>e aspires to this sort of wine; a bit thinner than<br />

most, but quite sophisticated. 8.5/10<br />

5<br />

McLaren Vale Associates Giant Squid Ink Reserve Shiraz,<br />

2010 – $150<br />

This is more like it, 16 per cent-ish and voted best red wine in<br />

the world. Alas, not appropriate for Aussie cricketers. 9.1/10<br />

6<br />

Prest<strong>on</strong> Peak (Granite Belt) Serisier Pinot Noir<br />

Chard<strong>on</strong>nay, 2006 – $22<br />

If you must tighten your belt and can’t afford Krug, put <strong>on</strong><br />

a granite belt and celebrate with this.<br />

Great stuff, great price. 9/10<br />

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Xxxx<br />

The guide<br />

to what’s<br />

happening<br />

near you<br />

What’s what and what’s<br />

hot throughout Australia,<br />

New Zealand and the<br />

Pacific Islands this<br />

April-May<br />

17-26<br />

May<br />

Argyle Diam<strong>on</strong>ds<br />

Ord Valley Muster<br />

This ic<strong>on</strong>ic West Australian event will feature an<br />

outstanding line-up of c<strong>on</strong>certs and activities.<br />

The highlight will be the internati<strong>on</strong>ally acclaimed<br />

Airnorth Kimberley Mo<strong>on</strong> Experience at the Jim<br />

Hughes Amphitheatre <strong>on</strong> the banks of the majestic<br />

Ord River. www.ordvalleymuster.com.au<br />

New South Wales<br />

Queensland<br />

Tasmania<br />

Northern Territory<br />

South Australia<br />

Victoria<br />

6<br />

May<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong><br />

Bangtail<br />

Muster<br />

The <strong>Rotary</strong> Bangtail Muster<br />

Parade has been part of the<br />

community of Alice Springs<br />

since 1959. It’s a fun-filled<br />

parade that celebrates what<br />

makes Central Australia<br />

different and provides<br />

an ideal opportunity to<br />

promote different themes<br />

that bring the community<br />

together. The story behind<br />

the Muster goes back to<br />

when stockmen would cut<br />

off the ends of the tails to<br />

record the number of cattle<br />

mustered.<br />

www.alicespringsrotary.org<br />

4-5<br />

MAY<br />

Narooma Oyster<br />

Festival<br />

Celebrate local oysters, local produce and the NSW far south<br />

coast’s culinary and artistic talents. Saturday’s Naturally Gourmet<br />

beside stunning Wag<strong>on</strong>ga Inlet features MasterChef Julie Goodwin,<br />

cooking dem<strong>on</strong>strati<strong>on</strong>s by master chefs, the Ultimate Oyster<br />

Experience, oyster opening competiti<strong>on</strong>, food and craft stalls, live<br />

music and other family activities. www.naroomaoysterfestival.com<br />

Western Australia<br />

Australian Capital Territory<br />

New Zealand<br />

24-26<br />

May<br />

37th Historic Wint<strong>on</strong><br />

Historic Wint<strong>on</strong>, Australia’s largest and most popular all-historic motor race meeting, presents a<br />

weekend of n<strong>on</strong>stop racing featuring over 400 historic racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s to the<br />

1980s. This year’s highlights will include Shann<strong>on</strong>s Classic Car Park, spectator access to the competiti<strong>on</strong><br />

paddock, a selecti<strong>on</strong> of Minervas and veteran and vintage cycle-cars. www.historicwint<strong>on</strong>.org<br />

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Diary Dates<br />

18-20<br />

April<br />

Lee<br />

Kernaghan<br />

Since barnstorming his way<br />

<strong>on</strong> to the country music<br />

charts with the mega hit<br />

“Boys From The Bush” Lee<br />

Kernaghan has notched up<br />

31 number <strong>on</strong>e hits <strong>on</strong> the<br />

Australian Country Charts.<br />

In 2012 he headed back<br />

to the studio to record his<br />

10th studio album, Beautiful<br />

Noise. On his Tassie tour Lee<br />

will visit Burnie, Launcest<strong>on</strong><br />

and Hobart.<br />

www.leekernaghan.com<br />

18<br />

May<br />

An Evening with<br />

Julie Andrews<br />

12-14<br />

APRIL<br />

Woolgoolga<br />

Curryfest<br />

Woolgoolga’s annual Curryfest is a signature event<br />

celebrating the cultural diversity of this beautiful part<br />

of the Coffs Coast and particularly the unique Punjabi<br />

and Sikh heritage of Woolgoolga itself. Enjoy art<br />

exhibiti<strong>on</strong>s, a Bollywood movie <strong>on</strong> the beach, lots of<br />

curries and other ethnic food stalls as well as music,<br />

dancing and entertainment. The Sikh Vaisakhi parade<br />

will wind its way through town, making its way to<br />

Temple. Wind down the weekend with an afterno<strong>on</strong><br />

cricket match <strong>on</strong> the oval. www.curryfest.com.au<br />

12-14<br />

April<br />

V8 Supercars<br />

– ITM 400<br />

Auckland<br />

The new era of V8 Supercars<br />

is racing <strong>on</strong> New Zealand<br />

soil for the first time.<br />

Anticipati<strong>on</strong> is building as<br />

the V8 Supercars teams<br />

bring the Car of the Future<br />

to the upgraded Pukekohe<br />

circuit. www.ticketek.co.nz<br />

Take an incredible journey through the life and career of <strong>on</strong>e of<br />

the world’s most popular ic<strong>on</strong>s. From her L<strong>on</strong>d<strong>on</strong> stage debut at<br />

the age of 12 to her defining roles in Mary Poppins, The Sound of<br />

Music and The Princess Diaries. www.julieandrewslive.com<br />

25-30<br />

April<br />

Kangaroo Island<br />

Feastival<br />

The Kangaroo Island Feastival offers a feast of events, including<br />

over 15 exclusive dining and wine events. Taste what George<br />

Calombaris creates from the island’s geese, abal<strong>on</strong>e and sheeps’<br />

cheeses, or join Maggie Beer for a Romanesque banquet. Immerse<br />

yourself in the island’s culture, food, wine, art and entertainment <strong>on</strong><br />

the main day featuring a Tourism Kangaroo Island signature dish<br />

competiti<strong>on</strong> judged by Maggie Beer. Feastival also includes pop-up<br />

events like table surfing! www.tourkangarooisland.com.au<br />

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Xxxxxx<br />

Using your<br />

Ted Smart with wife Alis<strong>on</strong>, left, RDU chairman<br />

Des Laws<strong>on</strong> and RDU Treasurer D<strong>on</strong> Cox.<br />

smarts<br />

ROTARY’S GRAFFITI REMOVAL DAY<br />

UNEARTHS A COMMUNITY CHAMPION!<br />

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Xxxxxx<br />

Many <strong>Rotary</strong> projects unearth champi<strong>on</strong>s and<br />

Graffiti Removal Day 2013 in NSW was no excepti<strong>on</strong>.<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Down</strong> <strong>Under</strong> w<strong>on</strong> the NSW Government tender<br />

to organise and c<strong>on</strong>duct the day, which was held <strong>on</strong><br />

September 23. Support from major sp<strong>on</strong>sors Dulux, Rokset<br />

and Smart Distributi<strong>on</strong> Services was nothing short of<br />

magnificent and all are worthy of editorial praise.<br />

However, the story of Smart Industries is quite unique<br />

… a w<strong>on</strong>derful story of <strong>on</strong>e man’s business intuiti<strong>on</strong> that<br />

resulted in another outstanding Australian business success.<br />

With many years spent running a maintenance business<br />

with 16,000 rental properties <strong>on</strong> the books, Ted Smart had<br />

first-hand experience dealing with graffiti.<br />

After Ted sold his business he took a break and, looking<br />

for a new venture, so<strong>on</strong> settled <strong>on</strong> graffiti. Ted identified<br />

the need for a n<strong>on</strong>-hazardous graffiti removal product that<br />

really worked, but was also cheap and reliable. While there<br />

were countless products <strong>on</strong> the market, Ted believed that<br />

very few, if any, were really effective. After teaming up with<br />

some industrial chemists and undertaking research and<br />

development, he came up with some answers.<br />

As graffiti comes in many forms, there is not <strong>on</strong>e product<br />

that can tackle all problems. So Ted and his team produced<br />

several products to tackle specific graffiti problems. The<br />

Smart Elite product tackles graffiti <strong>on</strong> bare or painted brick,<br />

c<strong>on</strong>crete or timber. It is sprayed, painted or brushed <strong>on</strong> the<br />

affected area and then washed off after about a minute<br />

using a high-pressure hose. The Smart Metal Safe can be<br />

used <strong>on</strong> metal objects, such as metallic road signs and metal<br />

or plastic playground equipment.<br />

Other Smart products were tailored for specific graffiti<br />

problems. For instance, <strong>on</strong>e cleaner is used in schools to<br />

remove Texta from lockers and cabinets. Another is used<br />

to remove graffiti from marble, while another has been<br />

developed for use <strong>on</strong> surfaces where l<strong>on</strong>g-term protecti<strong>on</strong><br />

from graffiti is required.<br />

Things were running al<strong>on</strong>g smoothly and Ted’s products<br />

were (and still are) being used by numerous government<br />

departments and most local councils throughout Australia.<br />

Then, in 2004, an American man visiting Melbourne<br />

happened to read a story about the Smart Graffiti products<br />

in a Melbourne newspaper. He took the article back to the US<br />

and showed it to his friend, a multimilli<strong>on</strong>aire businessman.<br />

After making some enquiries and doing his homework, the<br />

US businessman realised that, of the 15 products available in<br />

the US at that time, n<strong>on</strong>e of the competitors’ products came<br />

anywhere near the Smart products.<br />

Smart Graffiti products are now distributed in the US and<br />

Canada, South America, the United Kingdom and Ireland.<br />

You will find this proudly Aussie-made product cleaning<br />

graffiti from L<strong>on</strong>d<strong>on</strong> buses, the Metro <strong>Under</strong>ground and<br />

numerous graffiti-covered buildings in Dublin. The products<br />

are sold in over 24,000 stores in the US.<br />

What a great Aussie champi<strong>on</strong>!<br />

Even after his success, Ted is modest about his<br />

achievements and remains passi<strong>on</strong>ate and proud that Smart<br />

products c<strong>on</strong>tinue to be made in Australia using <strong>on</strong>ly local<br />

materials. Ted plans to hand the running of the business<br />

over to his s<strong>on</strong> over the next few years and we are sure the<br />

business will c<strong>on</strong>tinue to thrive. •<br />

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Healthy Habits<br />

arthritis<br />

to<br />

Foods<br />

AVOID<br />

Arthritic pain can have an<br />

immense impact <strong>on</strong> your life.<br />

Olwen Anders<strong>on</strong> offers some<br />

simple dietary adjustments<br />

to help you move better and<br />

enjoy life more.<br />

Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid<br />

arthritis, gouty arthritis, or any sort of<br />

chr<strong>on</strong>ic joint inflammati<strong>on</strong>, is at the<br />

very least a painful nuisance, and at<br />

the worst completely debilitating, with<br />

an immense negative impact <strong>on</strong> your<br />

quality of life. But what you choose to<br />

eat can make a positive difference in<br />

the amount of pain you’ll experience.<br />

Rheumatoid arthritis:<br />

When it’s easier to just<br />

keep moving<br />

When you get out of bed in the<br />

morning and your feet hit the ground,<br />

how do your joints feel? Stiff? Painful?<br />

Do they feel better after you’ve been<br />

moving around for a while?<br />

Joints with rheumatoid arthritis<br />

feel better the more you move them<br />

and get stiff after a period of being<br />

still. That’s because your immune<br />

system has mistaken your joint cells<br />

for invaders, so it attacks them. A<br />

focused immune attack like this<br />

produces lots of toxic waste materials<br />

that cause pain when they come into<br />

c<strong>on</strong>tact with nerve endings. When<br />

your limbs have been still for a while,<br />

like overnight, the circulati<strong>on</strong> to your<br />

joints (which would have removed a<br />

lot of the inflammatory material) has<br />

pooled in the joint. So in the morning<br />

your joints are likely to feel at best stiff<br />

and at worst extremely painful until<br />

you’ve been moving for a while and<br />

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Health Habits<br />

If you have osteoarthritis,<br />

you may be sensitive to<br />

vegetable members of the<br />

“deadly nightshade family.<br />

“<br />

the waste products of that immune<br />

attack have been flushed away.<br />

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you<br />

want to eat less of the foods that can<br />

amplify inflammati<strong>on</strong> in your system.<br />

Generally speaking, that’s foods high<br />

in saturated fat and sugar, or highly<br />

processed foods: butter, high fat dairy,<br />

deep fried food, pastries, cakes, etc.<br />

There are also foods that actively<br />

fight inflammati<strong>on</strong>: Oily fish like<br />

tuna salm<strong>on</strong> and sardines, fresh<br />

vegetables, especially leafy greens,<br />

and fresh fruit.<br />

If you want to t<strong>on</strong>e down the<br />

inflammati<strong>on</strong> in your joints, plan<br />

your menu with these foods in mind:<br />

Sardines and tomato <strong>on</strong> toast for<br />

breakfast, a large salad for lunch and<br />

an evening meal that includes lots of<br />

fresh, lightly steamed vegetables.<br />

Osteoarthritis: When it<br />

hurts to move<br />

Osteoarthritic joints also c<strong>on</strong>tain<br />

an inflammatory process, but for a<br />

different reas<strong>on</strong>. Here, the protective<br />

layer of cartilage that covers the end<br />

of your b<strong>on</strong>es has been worn away<br />

and not rebuilt. As unprotected bits of<br />

b<strong>on</strong>e grind together, you will feel pain.<br />

This is why osteoarthritic joints tend to<br />

feel worse the more you move.<br />

If you have osteoarthritis, you<br />

may be sensitive to vegetable<br />

members of the deadly nightshade<br />

family (although not every<strong>on</strong>e is).<br />

That’s potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant,<br />

capsicum and chilli. Also, foods that<br />

have an acid-forming effect <strong>on</strong> your<br />

body pH may make your symptoms<br />

worse; that’s tea, bread, biscuits, cakes<br />

and dairy food.<br />

The meal plan of a pers<strong>on</strong> with<br />

osteoarthritis should c<strong>on</strong>tain lots of<br />

anti-inflammatory foods like oily fish<br />

and unprocessed vegetables; just give<br />

the deadly nightshade family a miss if<br />

you’re sensitive to them.<br />

Gouty arthritis: When your<br />

toes bite back<br />

Gouty joints can deliver excruciating<br />

pain because of dysfuncti<strong>on</strong>al<br />

biochemistry. Gout is often inherited,<br />

with an inborn metabolic defect in<br />

processing purines in some kinds of<br />

food. What happens as a result is that<br />

the unprocessed molecules can form<br />

crystals when they gather in large<br />

enough c<strong>on</strong>centrati<strong>on</strong>. The smaller<br />

blood vessels in areas where there<br />

is naturally low circulati<strong>on</strong>, like your<br />

feet, are where the crystals are likely<br />

to form. Crystals have sharp edges;<br />

hence the pain.<br />

For people with gouty arthritis,<br />

avoiding foods high in purines is a<br />

top priority. High purine foods are<br />

salty seafood, stock cubes, offal (like<br />

liver and kidneys), alcohol, coffee and<br />

black tea.<br />

Helping your joints stay<br />

healthy<br />

If you’re blessed with healthy joints,<br />

there are some foods that will actively<br />

help them stay that way. The general<br />

rule of thumb is to choose foods<br />

that are as unprocessed as possible,<br />

like high-quality protein from eggs,<br />

fish, chicken and other meats, fresh<br />

vegetables eaten raw or lightly<br />

cooked, raw nuts, some legumes and<br />

fresh fruit. If you focus <strong>on</strong> deliberately<br />

including these foods in your diet,<br />

there will be just a little room left for<br />

the foods that you d<strong>on</strong>’t need much<br />

of (like sugar and pastries).<br />

Test and measure<br />

If you’d like to experiment to find out<br />

what effect a particular food group<br />

could be having <strong>on</strong> your joint pain,<br />

the best way to do this is to keep a<br />

written record of your pain levels over<br />

a week, al<strong>on</strong>g with what you ate, while<br />

maintaining your usual diet. Then<br />

exclude <strong>on</strong>e potentially problematic<br />

food group from your diet for two<br />

weeks, while you keep the record<br />

keeping going.<br />

Finally, reintroduce the suspect<br />

food group and keep records for<br />

another week. You might uncover<br />

some interesting results.<br />

Olwen Anders<strong>on</strong> is a naturopathic<br />

nutriti<strong>on</strong>ist.<br />

Visit olwenanders<strong>on</strong>.com.au •<br />

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Book Club<br />

The Cartographer<br />

Peter Twohig | HarperCollins | RRP: $19.99<br />

Winner of the Ned Kelly Award 2012 for Best First Ficti<strong>on</strong> and shortlisted for<br />

Indie Award 2013 Debut Ficti<strong>on</strong>.<br />

The back streets of Richm<strong>on</strong>d, Melbourne, in 1959 are full of dangers and<br />

w<strong>on</strong>ders if you’re a boy who inhabits the role of superhero – <strong>on</strong>e with an<br />

absent father, a grief-stricken mother who can barely look at him, and the <strong>on</strong>ly<br />

adult who listens to him being a petty-criminal grandfather.<br />

Having seen his twin brother Tom die in a tragic accident, he wanders his<br />

suburb aimlessly, exploring and taking advantage of open doors (and closed<br />

<strong>on</strong>es), climbing fences and spying into windows. On <strong>on</strong>e of his nocturnal<br />

adventures he witnesses a vicious murder – and the killer sees him watching.<br />

From then <strong>on</strong>, the boy is both drawn back to the house, while trying to avoid<br />

the places where he has seen the murderer.<br />

To this end he draws a map and takes <strong>on</strong> the role of The Cartographer,<br />

leading him to more mysteries as he observes Richm<strong>on</strong>d’s underlife. His<br />

acute observati<strong>on</strong>s are tempered<br />

by his innocence, and the reader<br />

understands more than he does.<br />

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.<br />

The language is grounded in the<br />

vernacular of the time and is highly<br />

entertaining, but there is a thread<br />

of sorrow and darkness beneath the<br />

exuberance.<br />

Review by Lindy J<strong>on</strong>es<br />

Abbey’s Bookshop | abbeys.com.au<br />

WIN<br />

For your chance to win a copy of The Cartographer email<br />

editor@rotarianlifeandleisure.com or write to Editor, Life & Leisure,<br />

2/3 Fleay Court, Burleigh Heads, Queensland, 4220, with your answer to the<br />

following questi<strong>on</strong>. ‘What 2012 award did The Cartographer win?’ Please include<br />

‘The Cartographer Giveaway’ in the subject line and postal address details in the<br />

body of the email (or within the letter).<br />

Village Cinemas Friendship Fridays a hit with seniors<br />

More than 120 representatives of<br />

Seniors organisati<strong>on</strong>s such as Probus,<br />

U3A (University of the Third Age) and<br />

Life Activities Clubs, as well as local<br />

council officers, gathered <strong>on</strong> February<br />

21 at the Rivoli Cinema, Camberwell,<br />

Vic, to launch Village Cinemas Silver<br />

Screens’ new community program,<br />

Friendship Fridays.<br />

On the first Friday of every m<strong>on</strong>th,<br />

over 60s will be able to meet local<br />

group representatives, find out<br />

what’s <strong>on</strong>, enjoy free refreshments,<br />

meet up with friends and then see a<br />

movie, all for $7 <strong>on</strong> presentati<strong>on</strong> of a<br />

valid senior’s card.<br />

Over tea and muffins, the group<br />

met their local Village Cinema<br />

Managers, networked with seniors<br />

groups and were treated to the<br />

acti<strong>on</strong>-packed movie, The Impossible.<br />

Sally Mas<strong>on</strong>, Village Cinemas Local<br />

Area Marketing and Communities<br />

Coordinator, welcomed every<strong>on</strong>e to<br />

the launch and gave an overview<br />

of the Friendship Fridays campaign,<br />

encouraging community groups to<br />

get involved.<br />

“Programs such as Village Cinemas<br />

Friendship Fridays are another way of<br />

supporting and enhancing the Probus<br />

maxims of Friendship, Fellowship, and<br />

Fun – so important for active retirees,”<br />

said John Brown, Vice-President,<br />

Probus Associati<strong>on</strong> Victoria.<br />

The next Friendship Friday will take<br />

place <strong>on</strong> April 5 and will be available<br />

at participating Village Cinemas in<br />

Victoria and Tasmania. Tickets are<br />

available <strong>on</strong>line at villagecinemas.<br />

com.au, the Village Cinemas c<strong>on</strong>tact<br />

centre <strong>on</strong> 1300 555 400, or your local<br />

Village Cinema ticket box. •<br />

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traveller.<br />

tim dawe discovers austria’s melk abbey . a royal enfield ride through india


Traveller<br />

On a dark &<br />

Melky<br />

Words & Photography: Tim Dawe<br />

The Austrian village of Melk didn’t quite live<br />

up to Tim Dawe’s dankly dark expectati<strong>on</strong>s …<br />

but it spun a good tale n<strong>on</strong>etheless.<br />

On starting my cycle tour al<strong>on</strong>g the Danube I discover it takes me past the<br />

Austrian village of Melk. There’s a friss<strong>on</strong> of excitement at the prospect. That’s<br />

because it’s central to <strong>on</strong>e of my favourite novels, the dankly dark, medieval murder<br />

mystery The Name of the Rose.<br />

Later I realise this story of an abbey with a scriptorium of priceless manuscripts<br />

is set in northern Italy and its narrator is Adso of Melk. When travelling, it’s easy to<br />

c<strong>on</strong>fuse fact with ficti<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Viewing the massive bulk of Melk Abbey, it’s anything but my brooding imaginings.<br />

It’s layered in yellow-ochre and cream like a delicious Viennese cake. It’s light, bright<br />

and … baroque!<br />

Day-trippers to Melk Abbey (Stift Melk in German) arrive from Vienna by river<br />

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Traveller<br />

boat, less a vessel than an el<strong>on</strong>gated<br />

viewing platform, to trudge 700m over<br />

river flats. The size of the abbey means<br />

these boat people see the towering<br />

domes well before their arrival – as<br />

others have for centuries.<br />

I arrive by bike; it’s very different.<br />

Riding al<strong>on</strong>g the shaded riverside path I<br />

see nothing but overhanging trees until,<br />

whoomph, suddenly I’m looking up at<br />

the rounded rear of the abbey, framed<br />

by trees and moat. A few metres more,<br />

over a little footbridge, I pop up in the<br />

main street of town. On a bike there<br />

is no approach, no traffic or signposts.<br />

Melk’s pretty and peaceful.<br />

Given its strategic setting high <strong>on</strong><br />

a rocky outcrop with a commanding<br />

view of the Danube, Melk Abbey has<br />

some serious history. The Romans built<br />

a garris<strong>on</strong> in the first century, then in<br />

976 the Babenberg kings made it their<br />

seat from which to rule Austria. In 1089<br />

Leopold II of Babenberg gave his castle<br />

to the Benedictine m<strong>on</strong>ks to endow<br />

a m<strong>on</strong>astery. The current building,<br />

designed by Jakob Prandtauer, was built<br />

from 1702-1736.<br />

Today, Viennese residents <strong>on</strong> a<br />

Sunday outing stroll around, join town<br />

folk in window shopping or a l<strong>on</strong>g, late<br />

lunch. I join them at Café zum Fürsten<br />

for coffee and Linzertorte.<br />

I walk up the main street of the<br />

village that is literally defined by the<br />

m<strong>on</strong>astery’s l<strong>on</strong>g rocky foundati<strong>on</strong>.<br />

With no possibility of crossroads, the<br />

entire village is spread out al<strong>on</strong>g the<br />

wall. I deviate up the steep and staired<br />

Steingasse passage to the entrance, and<br />

an extraordinary plateau in the sky. A<br />

sign invites visitors to wander through<br />

the abbey’s extensive formal gardens.<br />

Saints Peter and Paul welcome me<br />

as I enter and cross Prelates Court to<br />

a modern ticket office. There’s nothing<br />

medieval in this modern, high-tech<br />

museum, with mood lighting, special<br />

exhibits, whirring and purring and lots<br />

of interactivity. It’s a little inc<strong>on</strong>gruous.<br />

Parallel to this ultra-modern exhibiti<strong>on</strong><br />

arcade is the uncrowded, 200m-l<strong>on</strong>g<br />

Imperial Corridor and a traditi<strong>on</strong>al line<br />

of Hapsburg portraits.<br />

I enter the Marble Hall. It’s beautiful,<br />

made more so with shafting golden<br />

sunlight. For a while I have the<br />

room to myself. It is a formal, yet<br />

not overwhelming, space for special<br />

occasi<strong>on</strong>s, perhaps to receive a pope or<br />

a potentate.<br />

It’s spare. There are large wooden<br />

cabinets at each doorway and pilasters<br />

in red marble, but overhead is wow and<br />

w<strong>on</strong>derment. The fresco by Paul Troger<br />

(1731), cunningly c<strong>on</strong>trived to make<br />

the flat ceiling curved, is a baroque<br />

masterpiece. Its allegorical centrepiece<br />

features St Benedict ascending to<br />

Heaven. This room may be sublime, but<br />

most visitors c<strong>on</strong>tinue interacting with<br />

museum machines.<br />

With <strong>on</strong>e step I’m outside <strong>on</strong> the<br />

rounded rear balc<strong>on</strong>y - <strong>on</strong> top of the<br />

world. <strong>Down</strong> there are towns, fields, the<br />

Melk River and, crossing it <strong>on</strong> a small<br />

bridge, dark ant-shapes: first-glimpse<br />

cyclists, like me.<br />

“The library is this way.” I follow. It<br />

takes two steps just to get through the<br />

doorway.<br />

This is more like it; books stacked to<br />

the ceiling … another Troger ceiling.<br />

Books in aged brown line every wall<br />

and glass-topped cases display special<br />

books, maps and manuscripts. It’s a<br />

reminder that for hundreds of years,<br />

l<strong>on</strong>g before schools, universities and the<br />

World Wide Web, all knowledge resided<br />

in m<strong>on</strong>asteries.<br />

If knowledge was power, that made<br />

m<strong>on</strong>asteries, particularly worldrenowned<br />

Melk, very powerful indeed.<br />

In alcoves there are globes of the<br />

known world at various centuries.<br />

There are more than 80,000 volumes<br />

held <strong>on</strong> 10 floors, two available to<br />

the public.<br />

The lateness of the day precludes<br />

me from ascending the spiral<br />

staircase to the sec<strong>on</strong>d. Dubbed<br />

the staircase to God, it is stunning.<br />

Viewed from underneath it resembles<br />

a giant luminescent seashell.<br />

My self-guided tour brings me to<br />

a highlight: Melk Church. Fittingly,<br />

light descends from above through<br />

a large cupola spreading over the<br />

brown and burnished-gold altar.<br />

Here I meet Peter and Paul again, this<br />

time bidding each other farewell. It<br />

is ast<strong>on</strong>ishing; perfect proporti<strong>on</strong>s<br />

designed to inspire with awe.<br />

Exploratory instincts take me<br />

to niches al<strong>on</strong>g the sides. In glass<br />

cases abbots and other important<br />

figures down the ages rest, not in<br />

st<strong>on</strong>e or plaster, but as skelet<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

One suggestively leans <strong>on</strong> a former<br />

elbow; all are “dressed” in their<br />

official clothing. It’s a reminder how<br />

customs and sensibilities change.<br />

Having finally sorted fact from<br />

ficti<strong>on</strong>, I reflect <strong>on</strong> this memorable<br />

visit of architectural and religious<br />

history presented through 21st<br />

century technology. My imagined<br />

medieval m<strong>on</strong>astic traditi<strong>on</strong>s remain:<br />

Melk Abbey today is a thriving<br />

community of Benedictine m<strong>on</strong>ks<br />

and scholars.<br />

Just without the murders. •<br />

56 Issue 549. April 2013


Traveller<br />

Champagne tour with<br />

Dame of Champagne<br />

Australian champagne lovers are invited to<br />

France to join a unique ‘Insider’s Tour’ of the Champagne-<br />

Ardenne regi<strong>on</strong> where they will meet and dine with the<br />

winemakers and owners of some of the world’s most<br />

prestigious champagne houses, normally closed to<br />

the public.<br />

Described as a “true c<strong>on</strong>noisseur’s peak” into the world<br />

of champagne and hosted by <strong>on</strong>e of Australia’s foremost<br />

experts <strong>on</strong> champagne, Kyla Kirkpatrick, the five-star<br />

tour includes a stay at a grand 17th century chateau and<br />

private visits to champagne houses, or mais<strong>on</strong>s, where<br />

guests can sample more than 70 types of champagne,<br />

including secret, “high end” cuvees reserved in cellars for<br />

VIPs and not available to the rest of the world.<br />

Known as the “Champagne Dame”, Kyla Kirkpatrick<br />

has spent more than a decade living in and travelling<br />

to Champagne, where she has befriended some of the<br />

world’s top champagne makers, and regularly hosts<br />

champagne master classes in Australia and overseas.<br />

“This will be an intimate, red carpet sojourn that will<br />

enable fellow champagne lovers to enjoy indulgent<br />

soirees with the owners and winemakers of the world’s<br />

most exquisite champagne brands whose estates are<br />

normally closed to tourists, so it’s a special experience<br />

m<strong>on</strong>ey simply can’t buy,” said Ms Kirkpatrick, who has<br />

worked for the Louis Vuitt<strong>on</strong> Moët Hennessy group<br />

promoting Krug, Dom Perign<strong>on</strong>, Moët and Chand<strong>on</strong> and<br />

Veuve Clicquot.<br />

Places are now available for the 2014 tour running<br />

from June 8-13. For bookings call 0403 149 809 or visit<br />

www.thechampagnedame.com •<br />

A Royal Enfield ride through India<br />

Motorcycle tour operator, Extreme Bike Tours,<br />

has introduced new luxury rides in India.<br />

The tours will take adventure seekers through Rajasthan<br />

in November, 2013, and also November, 2014, and<br />

through South India in February, 2014, with guests riding<br />

India’s classic Royal Enfield 500cc motorbikes.<br />

The 14-day Rajasthan tour, covering 2000km of roads,<br />

takes in ic<strong>on</strong>ic sights such as the Taj Mahal, and the<br />

City of Lakes – Udaipur – with riders visiting ancient<br />

forts, lavish palaces and bustling bazaars and throttling<br />

across the vast Thar Desert with its camel caravans and<br />

wandering nomads. Riders will also take a safari through<br />

Ranthambore Nati<strong>on</strong>al Park to find tigers, elephants<br />

and crocodiles.<br />

Meanwhile, the 12-day luxury South India tour includes<br />

1600km of riding al<strong>on</strong>g some of the quietest roads in<br />

India, with motorcyclists starting in the ancient spice<br />

capital of Cochin and travelling to the beaches of Goa via<br />

vast tea plantati<strong>on</strong>s, the spectacular palaces and temples<br />

of Mysore, the ancient city of Hassan and the jungles<br />

of Mudumalai Nati<strong>on</strong>al Park where rides will stay in a<br />

luxurious jungle retreat and search for tigers.<br />

On both tours, groups are limited to just 10 bikes<br />

and open to licensed motorcyclists, although pilli<strong>on</strong><br />

passengers are also welcome.<br />

The five-star Rajasthan tour is available from US$3930<br />

per rider. The five-star South India tour is available from<br />

US$4450 per rider.<br />

Featured <strong>on</strong>, Top Gear, Extreme Bike Tours is based in<br />

India and owned by former Englishman and adrenalin<br />

junkie, Zander Combe. Up to 80 per cent of riders are<br />

from Australia.<br />

For bookings visit www.extremebiketours.com or call<br />

+ 91 96653 77344. •<br />

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Traveller<br />

Top Western Australian winemaker<br />

Larry Cherubino goes bush<br />

Internati<strong>on</strong>ally acclaimed Western Australian<br />

winemaker Larry Cherubino will visit <strong>on</strong>e of the world’s<br />

most isolated settings to host a four-day wine tasting<br />

event – Wine in the Wilderness at Faraway Bay in the far<br />

north Kimberley, from July 29 to August 2.<br />

A maximum of 16 guests will share Larry’s intimate<br />

winemaking secrets while indulging in tastings of his<br />

finest drops, including vertical and regi<strong>on</strong>al tastings, fine<br />

wine and food matching, and more.<br />

When not talking and tasting wine with Larry, or<br />

dining <strong>on</strong> freshly prepared gourmet meals, you can<br />

immerse yourself in Faraway Bay’s spectacular scenery<br />

and tempting array of activities. Overlook the Timor Sea<br />

while bathing in a spring-fed rock pool, enjoy spectacular<br />

fishing, explore Ice Age rock art, and a boat cruise to<br />

Western Australia’s largest waterfall – the ic<strong>on</strong>ic twin King<br />

George Falls.<br />

Revered by wine critics and collectors, Larry Cherubino<br />

has w<strong>on</strong> more awards than any other c<strong>on</strong>temporary<br />

winemaker working in Australia today – some 100 trophies<br />

and 400 gold medals, and counting. Larry Cherubino<br />

Wines was James Halliday’s 2011 Winery of the Year and<br />

in the 2013 James Halliday Wine Compani<strong>on</strong>, and scored<br />

more 94+ point ratings than any other Australian winery.<br />

Larry describes the trip as the ultimate dream holiday<br />

for wine, food and travel c<strong>on</strong>noisseurs.<br />

“Faraway Bay is <strong>on</strong>e of Australia’s hidden gems and<br />

if you love wine, then you’ll be in good company. I’m<br />

looking forward to sharing some of my favourites, and<br />

what an amazing setting to do it in.”<br />

The fully inclusive Wine in the Wilderness package is<br />

$5540 per pers<strong>on</strong>. For bookings or further details visit<br />

farawaybay.com.au or ph<strong>on</strong>e 0419 918 953. •<br />

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Self catering Villa/apartments in historical hamlet.<br />

Ideal locati<strong>on</strong> for relaxing and visit all places of<br />

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Traveller<br />

100 ROTARIANS AND PARTNERS<br />

TO COMMEMORATE<br />

<strong>on</strong> a exclusively designed<br />

2015<br />

tour for Rotarians<br />

The Centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 2015 will be an important moment in the history of Australia, New<br />

Zealand and Turkey. It was the events of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915 that ultimately helped shape our nati<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

The 2015 tour is a project of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Balwyn and District 9800 with the APT Travel Group appointed to<br />

handle all travel arrangements. Only Rotarians and their Partners from Australia and NZ will participate in this tour.<br />

APT is recognized as a leading tour operator in Australia and with its internati<strong>on</strong>al partners they are able to offer tour<br />

participants the exclusive use of the MS Island Sky, a boutique luxury cruiser with capacity for 114 passengers. Her<br />

boutique size means she can manoeuvre into small docks and squeeze into bays off limits to large cruise ships<br />

The ANZAC Centennial tour package will include 14 nights with the first 7 days spent discovering modern and<br />

ancient Turkey. <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Goksu will be arranging special events including a dinner cruise al<strong>on</strong>g the Bosphorus,<br />

the historic strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia, and an official <strong>Rotary</strong> meeting between<br />

the Clubs of District 2420 and 9800. Following <strong>on</strong>, a 7 night cruise has been arranged from Istanbul to Athens.<br />

Accompanying us will be Hugh Dolan an Australian historian and former RAAF intelligence officer who will provide us<br />

with his unique perspective.<br />

The Gallipoli campaign was a maritime campaign. The landing of soldiers <strong>on</strong> the Gallipoli peninsula was a means to<br />

get the navy through the Dardanelles and <strong>on</strong>to Istanbul. The peninsula remains a protected reserve with its battlefields<br />

<strong>on</strong>ly metres from the sea. Men from Australia, France, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, Britain, India and Africa<br />

landed from across the seas to fight their way inland. Likewise Turkey’s brave defenders attempted to push the<br />

invaders back down the slopes to the beaches below. Just about every cemetery, certainly at ANZAC, has a view<br />

across the water to the island of Imbros and Cape Kephalo. It is a beautiful setting for a most terrible struggle.<br />

For Australia the beaches across the cove and under the 400 plateau are loaded with meaning. Australians fought<br />

in aircraft based <strong>on</strong> Imbros and in a submarine to win through the Narrows. Perhaps the clearest picture of the<br />

campaign can <strong>on</strong>ly be gained from the sea. L<strong>on</strong>e Pine, The Nek, Hill 60, Embarkati<strong>on</strong> Pier, Ari Burnu, and Gaba Tepe<br />

are all coastal features. We will visit these places before the cerem<strong>on</strong>y and see where all Australians and New<br />

Zealanders served. We will visit the resting place of Australia’s submarine AE2 in the Sea of Marmora and cruise past<br />

the 35 Turkish forts that lined the Narrows. We will sail up past Cape Helles and the British bloodbaths of V, W, X<br />

beaches where the River Clyde was grounded. And finally we arrive at ANZAC Cove. During the centenary we will<br />

be out to sea in the exact place where the transports waited for the dawn, between Cape Kephalo and Gaba Tepe.<br />

Rotarians, who have been successful in the ballot, will have the opti<strong>on</strong> to either attend the ANZAC Service at ANZAC<br />

Cove or stay <strong>on</strong> board and experience the ANZAC Service via a live telecast.<br />

For further informati<strong>on</strong> see the advertisement <strong>on</strong> the back page of RDU and those wishing to register an expressi<strong>on</strong><br />

of interest can c<strong>on</strong>tact APT <strong>on</strong> Australia 1800 655 440 or New Zealand 0800 278 687. 2015 will be the 7th<br />

commemorative tour to Gallipoli arranged by the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Balwyn.<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of Balwyn &<br />

District 9800<br />

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PRE REGISTER<br />

YOUR INTEREST<br />

NOW<br />

Traveller<br />

DISTRICT 9800<br />

CENTENNIAL TOUR GALLIPOLI 2015<br />

EXCLUSIVE TO ROTARIANS, PARTNERS & FRIENDS^<br />

ANZAC ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS<br />

Stay 7 nights in a luxury hotel exploring Istanbul and Ankara<br />

Spend 7 nights <strong>on</strong> board a boutique ocean cruise ship MS Island Sky<br />

– max. 114 guests<br />

Fully escorted tour with services of an APT Tour Director & <strong>on</strong>board historian<br />

Dinner cruise al<strong>on</strong>g the stunning Bosphorus with Turkish Rotarians<br />

Tour Istanbul’s Old Town and see the Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia<br />

Joint Club meeting with members of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Göksu<br />

Travel to Gallipoli Nati<strong>on</strong>al Park for a tour of the war memorials,<br />

in company with Turkish Rotarians<br />

Participati<strong>on</strong> in Turkish Nati<strong>on</strong>al Sovereignty & Children’s day in the town<br />

of Gallipoli: Hosted by Mayor of Gallipoli<br />

ANZAC Dawn Service <strong>on</strong> the Gallipoli Peninsula<br />

Cruise the Greek Islands and end in Athens<br />

A project of the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Balwyn in c<strong>on</strong>juncti<strong>on</strong> with<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> District 9800 Australia & the <strong>Rotary</strong> Club of Göksu,<br />

Istanbul & <strong>Rotary</strong> District 2420 Turkey<br />

Rotarians and Partners from Australia and New Zealand are invited to<br />

register your interest in participating in this special event. The 2015<br />

Centennial Tour will comprise a 14 night package of 7 nights in Istanbul<br />

discovering modern and ancient Turkey followed by 7 night luxury cruise<br />

participating in ANZAC celebrati<strong>on</strong>s and visiting the Greek Islands.<br />

To avoid disappointment you can secure your place today by paying<br />

a fully refundable deposit of <strong>on</strong>ly $250 per pers<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Please email us at: Groupsadmin@aptouring.com.au<br />

or mail to: P.O. Box 118, Hampt<strong>on</strong>, Vic. 3188.<br />

For more informati<strong>on</strong> Call APT Groups <strong>on</strong>:<br />

Australia 1800 655 440 New Zealand 0800 278 687<br />

www.balwynrotary.org.au<br />

ANZAC CENTENNIAL TOUR<br />

14 Days from $7,990*<br />

Ask about combining your<br />

14 Days ANZAC experience<br />

with an APT European River Cruise from<br />

Budapest to Amsterdam<br />

For bookings and more informati<strong>on</strong><br />

Ph<strong>on</strong>e: AU 1800 655 440 NZ 0800 278 687<br />

Email: groupsadmin@aptouring.com.au<br />

www.balwynrotary.org.au<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> Club<br />

of Balwyn<br />

C<strong>on</strong>diti<strong>on</strong>s: Please c<strong>on</strong>tact APT Groups department <strong>on</strong> 1800 655 440 (AU) or 0800 278 687 (NZ) or email us at groupsadmin@aptouring.com.au. *Prices c<strong>on</strong>tained within this flyer are a guide <strong>on</strong>ly, and are<br />

subject to change due to unknown factors such as fluctuating exchange rates and CPI in Turkey. A guaranteed price, al<strong>on</strong>g with full terms and c<strong>on</strong>diti<strong>on</strong>s will be available approximately 18 m<strong>on</strong>ths prior to departure.<br />

Airfares & taxes are additi<strong>on</strong>al. Price is based <strong>on</strong> lead in category cabin and does not include cabin upgrades. Deposit of $250 per pers<strong>on</strong> is required to pre-register interest. This deposit remains fully refundable<br />

until a guaranteed price is advised. Once guaranteed pricing is released, clients will be required to pay n<strong>on</strong>-refundable deposit of $1,000 per pers<strong>on</strong> (additi<strong>on</strong>al $750 pp) within 7 days to secure their positi<strong>on</strong>.<br />

All Itinerary Highlights are subject to availability and c<strong>on</strong>firmati<strong>on</strong>. MS Island Sky is subject to final deployment c<strong>on</strong>firmati<strong>on</strong>. Anzac Day commemorative services including the Dawn Service are held within the<br />

Gallipoli Historical Nati<strong>on</strong>al Park. All services are open to the public. The Park is subject to Turkish governmental regulati<strong>on</strong>s in keeping with its status as a Nati<strong>on</strong>al Park. Turkish authorities may restrict some<br />

access for 2015, full details will be advised as known. The New Zealand and Australian Governments, al<strong>on</strong>g with counterparts in Turkey have commenced discussi<strong>on</strong>s about strategies for attendance at Gallipoli<br />

60 Issue 549. April 2013<br />

for ANZAC Day 2015. As planning is still in its infancy, we are not able to guarantee how the commemorati<strong>on</strong>s will be operated. Therefore the ANZAC itinerary is subject to change until further official informati<strong>on</strong><br />

is received. ^Subject to achieving minimum numbers. Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd ABN 44 004 684 619 Lic. No. 30112 MKT10587

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