BULLETIN 7th December 2016
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Weekly Bulletin 7th December 2016

Rotary Club of Melbourne
Meeting No 4680 in the Club's 94th year

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Dear <<First Name>>,

THIS WEEK'S MEETING, Wednesday 7th December 2016

Paul McCrory is a consultant neurologist, internist and a sports & exercise physician.  He is both an academic researcher and clinician based at the Florey Institutes of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia.
He is the form
er editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, former associate editor of Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine and serves on five other editorial boards. He is past-president of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, is a Board member for the Institute of Sports and Exercise Medicine in the UK, and is a Member of the NINDS Concussion/Mild TBI Subgroup for the US National Institutes of Health. He is chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Centre for the Study of Concussion and Head Injury based in London. He is the founding Chair of the International Concussion in Sport Consensus Group.
After a career as team doctor for Collingwood Football Club for 15 years as well as working with F1 racing, professional boxing, equestrian sports, soccer football, rugby, Olympics and other gladiatorial sporting contests, he now consults on medical policy issues for a range of national and international organisations.
 He is a world expert in sport-related neurological injury. He has an extensive research record in the field of brain injury and sports neurology with over 450 publications and 6 textbooks, has an ongoing professional interest in eHealth, and is currently involved in the design and production of medical software for medical and allied health practice. He has also published extensively in the area of social media.
In addition to numerous research awards, he received the 2010 Duke of Edinburgh Prize (presented by the Institute of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) which is awarded for an outstanding contribution to clinical and/or research work in the field of sports medicine. It has been awarded just twice since its inception in 1990.
14 Dec  2016 Christmas Meeting - Partners Day - limited places book your guests with Jo in the Rotary Office
21 Dec - 11 Jan Holiday Break
18 Jan  First Meeting 2017
25 Jan  Mack Horton, Olympic Champion, Rio Olympics
 1Feb  Lucinda Nolan (Former CEO CFA)
Professor Malcolm Sim who was selected from a short list of 19 finalists 30 years ago to be Rotary Foundation Scholar demonstrated the value of his Scholarship as he described his 30-year journey to improve worker health. Studying at the internationally renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he graduated as equal top student in Public Health Policy that he has applied in a remarkably diverse career. He established the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health at Monash University, which has trained hundreds of Australian & International students in Occupational Health. He has led work on the Fiskville fire retardant problem, asbestos illness, cancer at the ABC in Brisbane, health of war veterans, and Black lung problem in Queensland coal miners. His skills have led to his appointment to the Board of International Commission on Occupational Health. His examples of work and international recognition showed the investment in a Rotary Foundation Scholarship 30 years ago has developed a world leader devoted to improving the health of workers.as well as training others in Australia and ASEAN countries to develop diagnostic criteria for occupational diseases in those countries as well as seeing to remedial action.


John Peberdy was presented with his Paul Harris Fellow certificate for his financial support to the Rotary Foundation.  Members can join by becoming  Every Rotarian Every Year subscribers.                             Donations are tax deductible and Sue McCarthy can supply more information. 

The Victorian ‘Saluting Monash Council’ was formally launched on the 6th. November 2016 with the sole objective of achieving the posthumous promotion of General Sir John Monash GCMG KCB VD to the rank of Field Marshal, by 11 November 2018. General Sir John Monash was an outstanding senior soldier of WW1 who had all the qualities of a fine military leader. He had a sharp innate intelligence, a keen analytical mind and a meticulous attention to detail. Professor and renowned Monash biographer, Roland Perry OAM has agreed to spearhead the new Salute Monash Council by becoming its Patron. The former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Tim Fischer AC is the SMC National Chairman together with Michael Headberry, Garry Spencer AM and your scribe. Recently the Chairman, Tim Fischer wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Monash requesting the Council appoint past councillor and Deputy Mayor Peter McCall OAM as its representative on the Salute Monash Council Victorian Division. The City of Monash at its meeting last Tuesday, the 29th. November voted unanimously appointing your scribe as requested. I am also delighted and honoured to have the support and agreement of President Quin to represent our club on the Salute Monash Council being a Past President as was Sir John Monash.  As a little aside, Sir John and I share the same birth date, 27th. June, albeit 76 years apart. A regular report will be furnished to both Council and our Club on the progress being made and will be included in the Bulletin. It is pleasing to report that a number of significant national organisations already are in total support of our endeavours but there is still work to be done to convince a small group who are, at this stage, opposed. The Rotary Clubs and Victorian Local Government campaign will commence early in the New Year with national support sought from the Australian Local Government Association as well.


The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a residential camp unlike any other. Over seven days, participants are immersed in a program centered around four key themes: Challenge by choice, diversity, community and time out. Young people aged 18-25 have the opportunity to step away from the distractions of their busy lives and provide the space to think about what is important to them.

The RC Melbourne recently sponsored Mona Chandra, Emily Dao and Jennifer Mitchell to take part in the unique discovery and leadership program held at Oasis camp in Mt Evelyn.

This is the time of the year when our minds start to focus on the list of gifts and presents that we like to exchange with our family and friends. There is nothing more enjoyable than the look of feigned surprise and the squeal of confected delight from those who receive a gift but do not have one to give in exchange. The sharp inhalation of breath at the same time as making the comment, “Oh, aren’t you so sweet, but you really shouldn’t have. You are so naughty” is really an experience to observe and enjoy whilst consuming a ‘coldie’. Perhaps the time used shopping for presents could be reduced and the time saved spent on making a number of telephone calls or even better, paying a visit to a Rotary colleague or two who for one reason or another cannot make our weekly lunches.  Some, but not all of  the news goes out each week by way of this bulletin but nothing can take the place of sharing time, on-to-one, via a personal visit or by telephone. Isolation is cruel and debilitating, fellowship is food for the soul and there is no better time leading up to the Christmas Season than to share some happiness with our fellow members. Pick up the phone and renew a friendship. Knock on a door and enjoy a cuppa and a tasty mince tart with a Rotary friend. Make their Christmas a happy experience as they will certainly make yours.

Thought for the Day
When you start giving, instead of getting, you make a difference. You can always give a warm smile, a sincere hello, a positive vibe… your attention, your time, your love, and kindness to those around you.
Happy Birthday this week to Ian Ferguson, Reg Smith, Jeffrey Teele.
Guests of Club  Malcolm Sim, Lien Trinh, Dennis Shore.
Visiting Australian Rotarians  Di Gillies (Balwyn).
Guests of Members  Deb Hallmark (Rob Nethercote), Martin Rajsp (Ian Evans).
On Duty CH, DH, DD, LL, Gerald Ashman (Photos), Rob Helme (Wine).