Tuesday 19th November 6:15 pm for 6:45 start
Green Acres Golf Club
51 Elm Grove, Kew East, VIC
Tom Bamforth—former Rotary Peace Ambassador proposed by the Rotary Club of Balwyn—is an Australian professional humanitarian aid worker who has worked in many of the hot spots of the world, including Sudan, Pakistan’s North West Frontier, Kashmir and Afghanistan dealing with the humanitarian catastrophes caused by both war and natural disasters.
His latest book The Rising Tide: among the islands and atolls of the Pacific Ocean is based on his extensive travels in the Pacific. He shows us the people of the islands, their cultures and their lives. From uprisings in New Caledonia to tsunamis in Tonga, this is a book about interaction, race, colonisation, climate change, nuclear testing, resistance, cultural preservation, urban life, the tastiness of well roasted pig and the pleasures of canoeing at dusk. The Rising Tide masterfully weaves together stories of Pacific peoples and politics at the forefront of global change.
He is the author of Deep Field: dispatches from the frontlines of humanitarian aid relief. Deep Field is a UN term for humanitarian operations that take place in extremis and the book describes his efforts responding to the challenges of delivering humanitarian aid under extreme circumstances to some of the most dangerous and difficult regions of the world.
Tom has written widely on humanitarian topics for The Age, Arena, Granta as well as academic journals. His academic work has been used by the UN, UK Parliament, US Council for Foreign Relations. Via his field work he has worked with a range of media including ABC, BBC, CNN, and The Guardian.
- Inside the dark and secret world of female gambling-Dr Cally Berryman
Tue 26th Nov
Dr Cally Berryman sheds light on the dark world of female problem gambling. Female gambling in Australia is on the rise, and Dr Berryman, drugs, alcohol and gambling counsellor and author of fictional novel The accidental gambler doesn't believe that problem gambling is a sign of weakness, she believes that pokies are designed to hook people.
- Celebration of Pollinator Week
Tue 12th Nov
A big multi-club night celebrating all things bee related. Guest Speakers include: Dr James Fitzsimons and Martin Hanigan—Nature Conservancy Pollination Pathways & Greening Melbourne's Suburbs Jane and Peter Dyer—Backyard Honey The Joys & Challenges of Beekeeping Claire Moore—Winner of 2019 Victorian Rural Women's Award Varroa Resistant Queen Breeding & Beekeeping Certificate Courses Q&A Session, Bee Related Products & Other Surprises
- Kevin Love – Phillip Island Recreational Reserve
Tue 29th Oct
Phillip Island Nature Parks was created by the State Government of Victoria in 1996 and comprises over 1,805 hectares of Crown Land set aside under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 “for the conservation of areas of natural interest or beauty or of scientific, historic or archaeological interest.” The Nature Parks is a not for profit organisation and is overseen by a Board of Management appointed by the Victorian Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water. The Nature Parks reports to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Kevin Love operates his own advisory business, specialising in project management, policy advice and governance. For over 20 years he worked at the Department of Agriculture in regional Victoria, including 12 years at Leongatha. He also worked with the Department of Premier and Cabinet as the executive with principal responsibility for advising Premiers Kennett and Bracks on policies, programs and major projects related to resources and infrastructure. In late 2002 he moved to the Department of Sustainability and Environment as Deputy Secretary, and led significant institutional and organisational reform, had responsibility for the State’s public land estate and assets and established himself as a national leader in natural resource and marine and coastal management policy. Board Member from 9 August 2013.