eBulletin Volume 35 - Issue 29- 12 March 2021
President - Tony Laycock 0432769837
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We meet Mondays at 6:00 PM
Canterbury Centre
2 Rochester Road
Canterbury, VIC  3126
0418 444 274
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Last Meeting - 1 March 2021
Another lively meeting on 1 March with a great speaker in Dr Jim Donaldson.
Several matters of interest were raised at the meeting including:
  • Val advised that a number of schools have signed on to hold FORaMEAL packing events and there is a possible cluster packing event coming up at the Amora Hotel.
  • Ted was pleased to inform members that the Lucas Mill mobile tree machine has had it first outing last week down in the Gippsland  bushfire affected area and was used to  make fence posts from fallen trees. Funds were contributed by the Club towards the cost of the machine.
  • Rosemary indicated that at the upcoming International Women's day event a number of students will be sponsored by the Club to attend the event.
  • Tony indicated letters of appreciation had been received from students at Camberwell HS who had received assistance through the Club's funding package.
  • Tony also mentioned a letter of appreciation received from the Royal Children's Hospital which was very pleased  to receive some of the "crocs" which had been distributed via the Club from DIK
Although very belatedly, President Tony distributed Club membership certificates to a number of newer members who had not been able to receive them in person during the period when the Club was meeting via Zoom. Well done to John Pocock, Ken Maher, Rose Stewart, David Chivers and David Shave.
A couple of weeks ago great fanfare was made of Doug Hawley for winning the paper plane making and throwing competition. It has come to the attention  of the Bulletin Editor that this fanfare was not justified.  After scrutiny by the highest level of plane throwing competition judges, it has been realised that while Doug was close to having the best throw, he had been out thrown on the night by a former Club plane throwing winner in Roger Taylor.
Congratulations to Roger and sincere apologies for the publication error. Hopefully the need for a Royal Commission has been averted, procedures will be reviewed prior to any future paper plane events and the Bulletin Editor has acknowledged the need to be more attentive and not loose interest when his paper plane fails to fly.
Last Week's Speaker - Dr Jim Donaldson

This week, we were blessed to receive a sermon from a true raconteur, who also happens to be an academic, an author, a pastor, a beef and sheep farm worker, all the while being an emigrant from Edinburgh, Scotland, so we were doubly blessed by his traces of brogue.

Jim opened by explaining that whilst the fate of the Murray Darling has been hotly debated in recent years, so has it  been almost since Captain Cook planted a flag and staff in the ground on Possession Island in 1770, claiming the East Coast of Australia for Britain.

We learned all the rivers east of the Blue Mountains flowed into the Pacific, (Roger probably knew) but on the other side, the mountain streams grew huge (in good seasons) and then muddled into a big swamp  - the Murray Darling Basin as discovered after several failed attempts by Oxley, Blaxland and Wentworth. They cleverly names rivers after governors- Lachlan and Macquarie (they weren’t stupid). In 1817, John Oxley saw noble rivers, but the area was parched by the time Sturt and Darling followed in his path.

In the early days, Sydney’s poor soil could hardly sustain its 1100  British settlers, but convicts  had to see the taboo of escape attempts, so there were frightening stories about the risk of absconding over the Blue Mountains - ferocious aborigines, lack of fresh water and no food- most of them true.

Once settlers came with beef and sheep, it was much easier to trek the fleeces and animals to Melbourne and Adelaide to send “home” rather than struggle back across the mountains to Sydney. Even then they were often away from home for four months, returning with supplies from the south, waiting up to eighteen months for payment once the goods had been sold in England. Aborigines defended their flora and fauna resources being destroyed by new landholders with awful consequences. Queensland prices skyrocketed, as tropical rains powered the Darling and the Snowy mountain snow melted to fill the Murrumbidgee. Sydney was not happy they were missing out on the profits diverted to other states, South Australia mastered the paddle steamers towing barges more efficiently down the river more effectively than carts, and were then superseded by the railway, which Victoria developed much faster than NSW. Water has always been jealously guarded, some farmers destroying dams upstream to reclaim their supply, and so it is fought over today, where people without land can buy water rights.

Jim spoke without  even a note or a slide, but created such word visions, I was there with George Evans when he first viewed the lush  western plains, or bumped along on a bullock dray over the shallow part of the Murrumbidgee River that soon housed the town of Gundagai, or lost my stock on the hard cracked dry beds that should have been the Lachlan  River.

Thank you so much for an illuminating story,  Jim, and I look forward to reading your books that we purchased.


Next Week's Speaker - Olivia Howarth
Olivia Howarth has been an Advanced Life Support Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria since 2010.  She is the appointed Team Manager of Kew Branch which services the Boroondara Local Government Area and surrounding suburbs.  Normally she manage 35-40 staff in varying stages of their ambulance career however of the past 12 months she hase been actively involved in Ambulance Victoria’s Emergency Management Unit supporting and focusing from an ambulance perspective on the COVID-19 response.  Her interest lies in emergency management and Olivia is currently completing her Masters in Disaster and Emergency Response at Edith Cowan University.  Prior to ambulance, she was a Registered Nurse working at the Alfred Hospital in the Emergency and Trauma Centre.
Olivia enjoys long walks with my  husband and two dogs and she is always up for a coffee and good chat.  Along with her husband  they involved and support an organisation called Amari Community Development which provides education to vulnerable children in the Buliisa District – north west of Uganda.  They have had the opportunity to volunteer at the school and hope to one day get back there to see how things have progressed. Olivia looks forward to sharing with us her experience and involvement in the Rotary/AV Mentor Leadership Program.
Canterbury Rotary Lunch Group - Week Commencing  15 March 2021
Wed 24 Mar
Lady Dan
Burwood Rd Hawthorn
Wed 7 AprBox Hill RSLNelson Rd Box Hill
Wed 21 AprHooking High Street East Kew
Wed 5 MayShort BlackBurke Rd Camberwell
Wed 19 MayHarp Hotel636 High Street East Kew
The Canterbury Rotary Club lunch usually meets bi-weekly for a meal and some fun.
David Zrna looks after the reservations for the lunch group. Please contact David at  or on 0467033092 to advise that you will be coming to a lunch.
Peace Symposium
In this centenary year for Rotary Down Under, it is worth reflecting that for 100 years Rotarians in Australia and New Zealand have promoted the advancement of international, goodwill and peace through numerous humanitarian aid and education programs.
This centenary of peacebuilding is a source of pride for Rotarians and is worthy of celebration. More importantly, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on what we can do in the future. The Future of Peace Leadership symposium will bring together leaders in peace and conflict resolution to provide perspectives on challenging global and domestic issues and they will discuss how we can all contribute towards building a more peaceful world.  The symposium will be held on April 21 and 22. It will appeal to Rotarians, peace practitioners, students and others.  
Key points:
  • Title: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩
  • The event will run over two half days the afternoon of 21st and the morning of 22nd April 2021.
  • Registrations are now available online via the conference website: .
  • Only $66.00 per person for the two days
  • An incredible line-up of leaders in peace and conflict resolution will provide their perspectives on challenging global and domestic issues.
  • Speakers will include RI President Holger Knaack, Chair of the Rotary Foundation, PRIP Ravi Ravindran, PRIP Ian Riseley,  Nobel laureates Jose Ramos-Horta and  Tilman Ruff
  • Journalist Ali Moore has agreed to facilitate a thought provoking  panel discussion titled  “ How can we reverse the Doomsday Clock?”
  • Optional sessions on:
  1. Indigenous reconciliation  2.  Family violence  3.  Economics and peace 4. Humanity & humanitarian aid    5.   Business & human rights law    6.   Peacebuilding projects. 
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Helpful Links
Below are a number of links to websites that may be useful references.
Upcoming Events
Club Meeting - Harmony Day
Canterbury Centre
Mar 22, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
FORaMEAL Multi Club Packing Event
Amora Hotel
Mar 31, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries (if your birthday is not recorded it is because the Club does not have it on our system)
Member Birthdays
Cathie Macmillan
March 9
John McCaskill
March 25
Join Date
Edward Waghorne
March 1, 1996
25 years
Nora Ley
March 4, 1997
24 years
Rob Simpson
March 11, 2008
13 years
Rose Stewart
March 16, 2020
1 year
Jennifer Nankervis
March 18, 2014
7 years
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