Behind the Badge
Tuesday 18th September 6:15 pm for 6:30 start
Green Acres Golf Club
51 Elm Grove, Kew East, VIC
Behind the badge presentations are a great way to learn more about our members. On this evening an interview style behind the badge will feature Jim Hopper, Judith Lahey and Ed Frost.
- Melbourne Indigenous Transition School – Edward Tutor
Tue 4th Dec
Every family wants the very best education for their children. For some Indigenous families in remote and regional communities, this may mean moving away from home to school in a big city; making that step can be hugely difficult. The Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) seeks to empower Indigenous students to make this step providing unique educational support. Ed Tutor is the founding executive director of the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School, The Melbourne Indigenous Transition School is a residential transition school for Indigenous students from remote Top End and regional Victorian communities. Each year, 22 Indigenous boys and girls (around Year Seven age) come to live at the MITS campus in the Vaucluse, Richmond. Each day they go school inside the Richmond Football Club, where they study an intensive curriculum focused on numeracy and literacy. MITS provides a warm home-style environment that celebrates culture and understands the challenges of transitioning from remote community to big city. At the end of their MITS year, the students move into scholarship positions at high-performing Melbourne Partner Schools. Throughout their MITS year, every student is involved in extra-curricular activities at Partner Schools, providing genuine transitional learning for both student and school.
- Carol Rosehain – The Man Who Managed the Nations Grief
Tue 9th Oct
Carol Rosenhain is a Melbourne writer and historian. Educated at Monash University, she has been a passionate teacher of English and History at senior secondary level for many years. Carol was recently the recipient of a prize in the Box Hill RSL Centenary of WW1 Short Story Competition. The Man who Carried the Nation's Grief describes the extraordinary work of James Lean, whose office at times received over 100 letters a day from distressed families. The letters selected by author Carol Rosenhain are quoted verbatim in all their rawness, the grief, anger and disbelief of the writer signifying wounds that would take years to heal while others never would.
- Bronwyn Stevens – District Governor
Tue 2nd Oct
Rotary for Bronwyn allows a person to take an idea to help another person, a community or the whole world…and for like minded people to join them to make it happen. This is especially exciting in the role of District Governor with its connectivity potential. Bronwyn joined her club Melbourne South in 2008 and served as President in 2009-2010. Her father Trevor Harris was President of the Club 2008-2009 and both inducted her into Rotary and passed the Presidential chain of office to her – perhaps a first in Rotary! Her involvement at District level has been servicing as Assistant Governor, Stonnington Cluster 2013-2016 and Community Service Chair 2016-2017. She has Chaired District Managed project “World of Difference” for 6 years and been the Vocational Training Team Leader for two teams to Cambodia in January 2016 and January 2017, where they provide training workshops for teachers. Mark is equally passionate about Rotary and is a member of RC Brighton North. He was District 9800 Secretary for PDG Julie Mason in 2015 and is currently District Foundation Grants Chair and Multi District Conference Chair. Bronwyn is a Royce Abbey Awardee and a Paul Harris Fellow recipient, as is Mark. They are both members of the Paul Harris Society. Bronwyn’s parents were both Rotarians in the Melbourne South club. Bronwyn’s mum Esme died 10 years ago but she was a Paul Harris Fellow and highly respected in her club. Dad, Trevor, was twice President of Melbourne South and a Paul Harris Fellow. He continues to be a much loved and respected mentor for Bronwyn and Mark. Bronwyn is a retired nurse. In her career she explored various specialties: Accident and Emergency, Cardiac Care, Remote Island Nursing and Day Surgery. During her career, she volunteered on two major peak bodies in healthcare, the Australian Council of Hospital Standards as a Surveyor and Australian Credentialed Gastroenterology Nurses reprocessing Educator, Surveyor and Board member. Bronwyn and Mark have 3 adult children: Jane, a school teacher in Adelaide, Kate, a nurse in Queensland and Will, an environmental and chemical engineer. Will, though not a Rotarian, has led two World of Difference Schoolies alternative tours to Cambodia. Bronwyn loves everything about Rotary. Her favourite day of the week is Tuesdays when she sorts books at “Donations in Kind” warehouse.