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Our club was chartered in 1987 and merged with the Rotary Club of North Camberwell in 2005. North Camberwell was chartered in 1984 and was the fifth Rotary club to be chartered in Camberwell.
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Canterbury Rotary Lunchers
Another full house on Monday…. and another equally full program. It was a pleasure to again welcome Brian and Anne Young down from Sydney and also Warwick Stott, a visitor from Forest Hill Rotary Club. Lili-Ann Kriegler (future member and our Guest Speaker next week) again joined us and it was great to see Gail Mastrowicz and Judy May.
Our Guest Speaker was Steve Zanon talking about the science of Brain Plasticity, another most impressive and knowledgeable person in his subject. He is a highly articulate person with the skill to explain a complex subject with humour, engagement and common sense.
Steve is involved in the Sharp Brains Global Innovation Council (Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research) and Melbourne University think tanks in Studies of the Mind. After an early career in IT with Burrows and a corporate business life in Project Management, Steve found himself lacking in intellectual stimulation and reinvented himself after reading the iconic book “The Brain that Changed Itself” by Dr Norman Doidge. This is a book on neuroplasticity which features numerous case studies of patients with neurological disorders and how in each case the brain adapts to compensate, often in unusual and unexpected ways. This led Steve down the path of neuroplasticity at the Florey Institute studying Early Learning Disorders and Dementia. This coincided with a time of significant technical research by scientists in the study of the brain using methods involving MRI and Transcranial Magnetic and Current Stimulation.
Steve’s studies focused on the basic anatomy of the human brain and included working with schools and assisting children with learning difficulties. He showed us numerous visual images showing the complex hierarchy of networks in the human brain. Some Club members had seen the recent fascinating ABC Television three part series by Todd Sampson called ’Redesign My Brain’ on the revolutionary new science of brain plasticity. This series showed methods we can employ to retrain and change our brain to adjust and adapt to stimulus in different forms (neural networks redirected through pursuits like juggling or memory and peripheral vision exercises).
Dementia and Alzheimer’s was a leading cause of death in senior age groups in 2009 and the research findings by Steve and others have heightened our understanding and ability to address and reverse that trend…. it is that important. We were told about mental and physical activities to help counteract mental decline… not just Sudoku and crossword puzzles but diet and mental cognitive training are essential elements.
Steve closed by sharing with us one of his favorite parables about the black wolf and the white wolf living and competing in the brain of us all. The question is which wolf will win and the answer is… the one that you feed each day. We again thank Steve for a most stimulating (pardon the pun) presentation and hope to get him back again to further explore some specific areas of particular relevance to our Club.
This most important subject presentation coincided with another health message forwarded to me by Bob Falconer concerning the recognition of symptoms of a stroke…. F.A.S.T.
* FACE - check their face, has their mouth dropped?
* ARM - can they lift both arms?
* SPEECH - is the speech slurred? Do they understand you?
* TIME - time is critical, call 000 if you see any of these signs.
Another simple test is to get them to stick their tongue out - a tongue that is not straight is a sign of a stroke. If any of those basic tests fail, ensure they get to hospital within three hours to maximize the chance of full recovery.
A final three points in closing…. Firstly, please come along to hear Lili-Ann’s message about Early Learning next Monday… a night to invite family and guests particularly with young children or grandchildren or professional involvement in this field. Secondly, I want to thank Graham Bishop for his excellent work in organizing The Monuments Men theatre night… the movie was entertaining and the result for Rotary Polio Plus donation was excellent. Thirdly, I want to thank John Braine for his outstanding work with the incoming Group Study Exchange Group from Germany…. and thanks to all in our Club who are supporting with hosting or vocational visits.
Enjoy the rest of the week… see you all next Monday.
Club Bulletin - 27 Feb 2014
Guest Speaker Calendar
Monday March 03 - "The Heart, the Science and the Art of Early Childhood Education” Speaker: Lili-Ann Kriegler (Independent Schools Victoria), Chair: Val Cunniffe
Monday March 10 - Labour Day - no meeting
Monday March 17 - "TBA”
Monday March 24 - "A Retrospective view of the many shared things between Chile and Australia since 1810 and visual comparison of both countries - from sport to port producing vineyards” Speaker: Diego Velasco-von Pilgrimm (Consul-General of Chile in Melbourne)
2 Rochester Road, Canterbury
Every Monday - Dinner meeting
6:00pm for 6:30pm
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The Next Speaker - Lili-Ann Kriegler
Lili-Ann is the Coordinator-Early Years Services at Independent Schools Victoria. She has been an educator at pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary levels. She spent a decade at Fintona Girls’ School as Director of the coeducational Early Learning Centre (ELC) within a highly motivated team. Her practice is inspired by the pedagogy of the Reggio Emilia Schools in northern Italy and she attended study tours there in 2000 and 2010. She is fully conversant with the National Quality Framework which came into effect on 1 January 2012 and which has regulatory, curricular and rating implications for all Early Childhood Education and Care services. She has worked with the IBO’s Primary Years Program and is knowledgeable about theories relating to the Early Years. Lili-Ann holds an M.Ed from Monash University specialising in leadership and early years education.
The title of Lili-Ann’s presentation is ‘The Heart, the Science and the Art of Early Childhood Education’. The presentation will address the motivation to work with young children, the scientific basis of its importance and the outline of a long term project undertaken with 4-5 year old children entitled: ‘The Line Dance Project’.
Coming Events The Canterbury Rotary Lunchers
The next lunch will be on Wednesday 12th March at the usual time of 12:30. David Zrna has taken over the organization of the fairly regular lunch gatherings from Mal Short. The venue is Jazz Ria, 228 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn and David would welcome other suggestions from Club members. The venue notification will have to be by email as there will be no Bulletin next week. People interested in attending should email David Zrna email@example.com if they are not already on the Canterbury Rotary Lunchers email circulation list.
Hawthorn (Boroondara) Relay For Life 2014: Canterbury Rotary Team
Starts: Saturday 22nd March, 4pm - Until: Sunday 23rd March, 10am
John Gardener Reserve - Auburn Road, Hawthorn
Every five minutes, another Australian is diagnosed with cancer. While survival rates are improving every day, cancer remains a leading cause of death. That’s why it’s so important that we raise funds to fight cancer. In 2013 53 teams and over 730 registered participants raised more than $113,000 for Cancer Councils Victoria’s cancer research, prevention and support programs!
We will be sharing the Rotary trackside facilities with Balwyn and Hawthorn Rotary Clubs. Around 8:30pm there will be a Candlelight Ceremony and as a public event anyone can enter the relay grounds for this Ceremony. Our Honorary Club Member Josh Frydenberg will be there for the Closing Ceremony at 9:30am Sunday.
To join the Canterbury Rotary Team follow the instruction on the sheet attached to the Bulletin and register by Friday 14 March.
Group Study Exchange
The GSE visitors from Germany are in Victoria from 23 February until 23 March and are with the Rotary Club of Canterbury from 19 to 23 March.