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DG Amanda Wendt (Cluster Meeting)

DG Visit to Heritage Cluster Clubs

Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne, Wednesday 10 August, 6.30 for 6.45 pm (This will be in place of our normal lunchtime meeting on 9 August)

RSVP Maureen O’Dwyer by Thursday 4 August.  Partners welcome

Ian Ada - Club Planning

Casey Tan

Casey expanded on insights from 3 global thought leaders. 
1. William Gibson
“The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed.”
2. Gordon Moore on Moore’s Law
“…the number of transistors on a dense integrated circuit doubles about every two years.”  
Impact on:
A.  Reduction in prices and increased quality of microprocessors. 
B. Increase in memory capacity.
C. Improvements in sensors
D. Density of pixels in digital camera. 
3.  Ray Dalio
“The times ahead will be radically different from those we’ve experienced in our life times.”
He concluded that we are living in an exciting time and that it’s great to be alive in this epoch in history. 

Antonia Kent

Global Grant Scholar

Changeover Dinner

Robert Moore - The Parkville Association

Key points in the presentation:
Parkville would be having its 150th anniversary in 2023.
There are 3 major land marks in Parkville - Zoo, University High School, and University of Melbourne. 
Parkville Association (PA) was formed in 1967. 
Parkville Gardens was established following the Commonwealth Games in 2000.
South Parkville was the first classified Metropolitan area in Australia
PA was formed with 58 members focusing mainly on planning.  
Now over 200 members focusing on community social events, council relationships and planning, homelessness, Ozanam House, COVID group and traffic, CRG and Police committee participation plus Lord Mayor’s Group, welfare looking after elderly and needy.
Very tight community and the best place to live!!

PDG Don Jago

Myeloma Outreach Program

Daniel Clark

GM Graduate House

Tim Lennie

My reflection concerned the issue that is on the front of everyone’s mind these days; the war in Ukraine. Over the centuries the world has been ruled by sheer force, with invading armies conquering their neighbours and brushing aside diplomatic efforts to prevent conflict. In more recent times we have seen the human destruction created by tyrants such as Hitler and Stalin, terrorising their citizens as well as their enemies. Today the Russians are engaging in an unprovoked invasion of their peaceful neighbour, Ukraine, and shocking the civilised world. The media have covered the attack in detail so the world’s population  can see the evidence as it is beamed into our homes.  Our civilisation has made great progress in the last century but force still overrules international law. One wonders when we will ever learn?

Saint Sheikh

Somali Womens Development Association

Mary Barry - RICON 2023 Melbourne

Kerrii Cavanagh - Community Partnerships Manager Melbourne Uni

Dr Suresh Marcandan

Australian Rotary Health Chair

Roy Hardcastle

What is Rotary

-  World Wide organisation.  Crosses National borders.. Rotary Clubs in every country with men and women members.

How can we Join?

-Roy spoke of his experiences with Rotary before Harold became the Founding President of Carlton and he was finally asked to join.

District Activity

-  Roy spoke of his involvement in the Science Summer School, as an Assistant Governor for other clubs.

Carlton Club

-  Caring for locals


-  Linked with new work patterns

-  zoom and getting together as a group

-  Reduction of Costs

Keith Ryall

Reflections based on Keith Ryall’s perceptions of a Ben ( Mojo ) Crowe Masterclass in Personal Leadership.

He talked about 3 Key Mindsets….

  1. The Connection Mindset-connect with ourselves before we connect with the outside world. ( The only person I can control 100% of the time is myself.) Beware the FOOPO syndrome….the Fear of Other Person’s Opinions. Think….””I don’t care what people think about me but I do care about what I think of them.”” So let go of other people’s views….Stop Doing and Start Being….write a To Be list, as well as a To Do list.  ( e.g., Be Grateful, Be Kind etc )
  2. Develop a Purpose Mindset-what do I want in life? The 2 most important days in your life…the day you were born and the day you find out Why!   What is my Why? What is it that excites me about helping others?   What do we really stand for? What will be my own personal Legacy?  Move from I thinking to We; from Resume to Eulogy? 
  3. Develop a Performance Mindset….life itself is a Performance but we get so distracted by what we can’t control. Accept that there are things we can’t control so focus on the things we can control. As Viktor Frankl wisely said in his book, Mans Search for Meaning….The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s own reaction , regardless of circumstances.

There are many free You Tube clips of Ben Crowe’s thoughts on Personal Leadership; just do any Google Search and they should pop up. Some are called Mojospresso and are in many Episodes-most are short and punchy; e.g., Episode 13-Finding Purpose runs for 11 minutes.

Victor Perton

The Centre of Optimism

Jeff Atkinson

Jeff is the president of the Carlton Community History group and a researcher at Melbourne University

He leads historical walks in Carlton and advises on heritage


Topic today is “Crime in Carlton – a snapshot”

The 1850s saw gold discovered in Victoria. All types of people were attracted to Carlton from interstate and overseas as people headed to the Ballarat and Bendigo goldfields. Many left jobs to search for gold even members of the Police force. South Carlton with less police attracted many law breakers. The St Kilda Convict Centre released prisoners and many former prisoners from Tasmania also made their way to the area.

In the mid 1880s Carlton saw poverty and hardship conditions. Prostitution thrived in the laneways and alleys, parlours, hotels and boarding houses. Larrikins (both young men and women) were attracted to the Gangs where pickets and chairs were used as weapons in battle. Disturbances, drunkenness and violence were rampant keeping police active.

In the 1920s police cars were fitted with wirelesses helping alleviate some crime – this was the time of Squizzy Taylor and his associa

Professor Mary Galea AM

I regret that I cannot be available for any of the sessions, as I am assisting in a COVID-19 Surveillance Clinic at that time, because nurses are in short supply and are exhausted. This, as well as my academic responsibilities have prevented me from attending any Rotary function and I am not sure when I will be able to do so again.
For me, the pandemic has highlighted a lot of anxiety in my students due to the suspension of any clinical research apart from COVID-related research. It has also had a huge impact on the delivery of rehabilitation for those with stroke and spinal cord injury, as well as many others, with many rehab beds being reduced to accommodate other patients. A program called Rehabilitation in the Home has been initiated, but while this is welcome, it is not nearly as intensive as necessary early after injury. So these are the issues that have been pre-occupying me.
Could you please make my apologies to the group?
Kind regards,

Dr Tania Miletic

Watch Tania's presentation at our meeting here:

Passcode: 67p?DPSv

Michael Elligate - Book Review

Amongst the most interesting books to hit Melbourne book shops over this past lockdown weekend, is a  delightful paperback entitled FunkyTown, written by ABC sports journalist and up and coming  announcer Paul Kennedy.

The book is set in The Pines Housing Estate in between Carrum and Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula.  Paul Kennedy brilliantly describes growing up in a steady family where the four children were given warm encouragement.

The housing commission street was full of hard working families where money was fairly tight.

Paul honestly describes the restlessness he often felt as he grew from the days of being a likeable kid to being a bit of a rebel.  In fact until the last page of the compelling personal story the reader  is not sure if  the young growing lad will emerge as an achiever or a loser.

The gift of the author is honesty and the ability to recognise the better influences in his most engageing life, alongside the influence of some  rebels who attracted him.

The book is an ideal read for grandparents, parents and teachers alike who have to let go of their children as they move out into life. It names the tensions, mistakes and renewed hopes within a growing family who worry about the demands and challenges thrown at their young ones today.

The book is onsle at most bookshops for around $30

Mental Health Hat Day

Why do wear hats and caps of all descriptions for Australian Rotary Health’s ( ARH ) Hat Day each October?  Hat Day was started by the CEO of ARH, as a fund raising event to correspond with World Mental Health Day, which was Sunday October 10 this year. It’s been going for well over a decade and we invite Rotarians to donate $30 ( in lieu of normal meal costs ) to ARH through Treasurer David Percival. The Lift the Lid campaign was started by PDG Greg Ross ( North Balwyn RC ) when he was Chair of the ARH Board about 5 years ago. Unlike Hat Day, it was not confined to a single day with a hat theme.

Special Presidents Award:  Congratulations Charter Member Peter Golden for wearing the most imaginative Hat and for Tony Jorm for the best Virtual Visual Hat.

Dr Murray Verso

The Rotary Foundation

Anne Phefley

Royal Park Protection Group

Log Snr Constable Nick Parissis - Community Policing

Elaine Pratley

Cultural Intelligence.

Elaine gave an overview of cultural values and drew on her experiences working and growing up in seven countries to emphasize the importance for everyone to have a cultural 'lense' / cultural intelligence / CQ.


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