eBulletin Volume 35 - Issue 5- 31 July 2020
President - Tony Laycock 0432769837
Club Information
Welcome to our Club
Service Above Self
We meet Mondays at 6:00 PM
Canterbury Centre
2 Rochester Road
Canterbury, VIC  3126
0418 444 274
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Last Week's Meeting - 27 July 2020
It was great to see many members embrace the Xmas in July theme by dressing up in their best Xmas attire
President Tony tried a different approach to our breakout team rooms where members were asked to discuss the topic -  how Canterbury RC can improve its community engagement. contacts, projects etc.
Many great suggestions came out  of the team room discussions - thanks everyone for participating.
Lili-Ann advised that the Club and the Wheen Foundation are working to incorporate bee friendly activities and the waggle dance in a Bee Keepers Day event on 17 August in NSW.
Last Week's Speakers Pam Brown and Norman Bay
Our guest speakers on Monday were Norman Bay and Pam Brown from the Rotary Club of Melbourne. They gave an excellent but very thought provoking presentation on the difficult subject of Trauma recovery (“Healing the heart from Disaster to Recovery”). This subject was even more pertinent and relevant in current COVID environment and post bushfire - so easy for our club and members to relate due to our involvement with Gippsland and Bairnsdale communities in particular.
Norman first joined Rotary in Hong Kong in 1984, moved to Australia seven years later and has been a very active and highly respected Rotarian at East Sydney, Balwyn and now Melbourne clubs. He is founder and Chair of the Rotary Action Group for Family Safety, working very effectively with professionals and specialist partner organizations to create awareness and support in the huge and growing issue of family violence.  Pam is a clinical psychologist who originally joined Rotary with the fantastic Hall Club in ACT before moving to Melbourne and joining Rotary Club of Melbourne in 2015. She has been on Norman’s RAG for some years and is currently Vice President Elect at Melbourne.
Pam presented statistics and trauma related information sourced from Trauma Recovery Network Australia. Historically, data and case studies have been compiled from major trauma events including WW1 where it was known as “shell shock”, WW2 where it was described as “battle fatigue”, and is generally today known as PTSD (Post Trauma Stress Disorder). Typical symptoms include flashbacks, intrusive memories and regular nightmares leading to withdrawal, avoiding people and social events, feeling irritable, jumpy, anxious and shut down. There is significant research data available from the Diagnostic Statistics Manuel but Pam explained that memories occur when brain neurons connect and she showed images of EMDR brainscans as part of a comprehensive medical explanation and illustration.
According to Pam, many people (probably most people) have memories of a trauma from early or late childhood (or in adulthood such as first responders to accidents, health crises or of course bushfire fighters}. Statistics and medical records show that four or more such trauma memories may lead to substance abuse or depression. Six or more may tragically lead to suicide or mental illness.
The pleasing news is that many people recover from traumatic experience and Trauma Recovery Network Australia has programs to treat and cure PTSD. They have 18 Therapists at Foundation House in Brunswick and provide discussion sessions, workshops, ongoing treatment to assist people with this condition. This includes currently many people in rural communities post bushfires and frontline health professionals during the current COVID crisis in Victoria.
Ted Waghorne has played a leading role for our Canterbury Club in this area and can pass on contact information for Pam and Norman if members would like to discuss private circumstances.
We thank Norman and Pam for a particularly important and relevant presentation  of  this very heartfelt and real world contemporary issue in our community.
Next Week's Speaker - Molly Xiao

Molly Xiao, our speaker for next Monday's Club meeting, is the  founder of Breakthrough Media and Orient, an Australian media company with a client pool of over 250 clients. As a social media influencer Molly has over 150,000 followers on various social media platforms – most notably Instagram (100K).

Molly has assisted a range of companies from South East Asia and China with access to the Australian Market. Molly has an intimate understanding of the cultural sensitivities and unique perspective on messaging to Asians in Australia.

Molly holds a Commerce Degree from the University of Melbourne with majors in finance and marketing.

In her spare time, Molly enjoys playing a competitive game of badminton and creating viral content on social media. 

Thank You
The Club received a beautiful thank you from  Elise Hill which is reproduced below:
Hello, I was very fortunate to receive one of your beautiful bushfire packs you sent to the Corryong area and I just wanted to express my gratitude for your kindness at what has been a very difficult time for us. We have a dairy farm and were burnt out in the fires, but we were able to save our house, some cattle and sheds. Your kindness makes a difference to all of us in this community. Thanks so very much Elise Hill
Presentation on Homelessness
Detailed below is information about the  first quarterly combined meeting for this new Rotary year of the Stonnington Cluster rotary Clubs.  Susie Cole, President of Prahran RC, hopes that this  big meeting using ZOOM,  other cluster Rotarians will drop by too.
Anyone concerned about homelessness in Victoria should join us for this timely meeting as Covid-19 is raging and the subject of how to house disadvantaged Australians is top of mind for so many.
Date: Wednesday 12th August, 7pm
Guest Speaker: Bevan Warner, CEO of Launch Housing, one of Victoria's largest providers of housing and homeless support services, reaching over 18,000 Victorians each year.
Scheduled Zoom meeting:
Topic: Stonnington Cluster Quarterly Meeting - August
Time: Aug 12, 2020 07:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
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Meeting ID: 834 8343 4367
Passcode: 186827
Thanks & see you soon,
Kind regards,      
Susie Cole
President Rotary Prahran
District 9800 Royce Abbey Champion of Change 2018
Presenter Rotary & Community Service Radio Show 94.1fm
Rotary Prahran Homework Club Coordinator
0414 907 263
Helpful Links
Below are a number of links to websites that may be useful references.
Birthdays & Anniversaries (if your birthday is not recorded it is because the Club does not have it on our system)
Member Birthdays
Bob Lambert
November 5
Edda Williams
November 5
Pat Poynton
November 30
Join Date
David Shave
November 1, 1998
22 years
John Pocock
November 1, 1997
23 years
Kyle Wightman
November 1, 1993
27 years
Camela Dimasi
November 14, 2016
4 years
Austin King
November 19, 2018
2 years
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