Club Officers 2014-15
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- First key-note speaker, Peter Walsh, shared some tales from his sports commentating career, paid tribute to Richie Benaud and bemoaned the decline in the language used on air.
- By far the most outstanding speaker was Noel Pearson. How Stephen Baker (responsible for the speaker's programme) managed to engage him I can't even surmise. Noel spoke at length on the poor literacy amongst his peoples and the ineffective teaching protocols used by young qualified primary-school teachers. As he was running short on time, he briefly mentioned his stance on indigenous recognition in Australia's Constitution and his vision for his people's enlightenment and culture. Not surprisingly he earned a standing ovation.
- My mother was profoundly deaf from early childhood and I can empathise with Elaine Saunders, whose father was so afflicted. This motivated her to develop improved hearing devices for the hard of hearing. She helped in the development of cochlear implants and now runs a hearing clinic in Melbourne. She spoke of the development of hearing aids and their rapid improvement in recent years. She also described her business model to reduce the cost and improve the delivery of health services; her clinic operates entirely on-line. This includes testing of clients, adjustment and monitoring of appliances, and advice on courses of action. Her costs are ~20% below the industry norm.
- Unley's Policeman of the Year was John Illingworth (Rotarian). His interest is road safety and he spoke engagingly and pointedly about community misconceptions. One amusing exercise he ran involved the audience. He divided drivers into 5 categories: bad, slightly worse than average, average, somewhat better than average, and very good. He asked the assembly who considered themselves 'bad drivers'. I didn't see a hand go up. He then asked who considered themselves somewhat better than the average; about 80% put their hands up. Then he countered with the great leveler: "How can more than 50% be somewhat better than average?" The point was well made. He finished with he statistic that in the 16-24 yo age group, the fatality rate has fallen dramatically with speed cameras, radar and breathalysers and now matches those in the 60+ range, which, whilst low, hasn't changed over the same time. Watch out for the other driver's mistakes, but it isn't always the other driver.
- Jane Pirkis has been funded by the ARHRF/ARH for research into Mental Illness, in particular suicide. She described her work on the link between media reporting of suicide and it's prevalence. The frequency and the way it is reported do influence the taking of one's life. Her work has led to workshops and publications for journalists advising on how to report suicide and what not to say. Leave out details of the method used, being one plea. Thankfully these suggestions have been taken up voluntarily world wide and despite the number of reports increasing in the past decade, suicide incidence has declined.
- Some may have heard White Ribbon Ambassador, Joseph Masaka, speaking at the Soroptomist march (against domestic violence) along North Terrace last year. This time he talked about the high death rate during childbirth and post-natal in developing countries. Australia's rate of 5/100.000 births is the world's best and well ahead of Germany, US, and other 1st world countries. He contrasted this with African nations: Nigeria-800, Tanzania-400, PNG-200, Sierra Leone-1000, but topped by Afghanistan at 1,200/100,000. He urged Rotarians to partner with others to help with ante- and post-natal care in such places.
- Nick Farr was in the news a couple of years ago and castigated for not doing more to help his climbing companion when in 2010 they were caught in a 5-day blizzard high in the Himalayas. Only Nick survived. He spoke of the trauma of loosing his friend and the difficult journey back to eventually scaling the world's highest. Very motivational and ... great photos.
- The final keynote speaker was also featured on the cover of RDU (Rotary Down Under) as the youngest Rotary Club President (of a Perth Club). In 2010 she was among the Financial Review's '100 Most Influential Australian Women" and in 2014 chaired the G20 Youth Summit, amongst many other claims to fame. She is passionate about driving innovative and sustainable change in the Not-For-Profit and corporate worlds. When Rotary started, there were few if any NPOs, now there are 67,000 in Australia alone. No wonder it is difficult to attract new and young members - the landscape has changed. WE MUST CHANGE TOO. Enable volunteers to assist in projects, but not necessarily to become members; 'what makes new-comers uncomfortable at meetings?', Act on change, and don't delay like Kodak did over the advent of digital cameras, even if the need is clear; speakers should appeal to young business people and professionals and cover such topics as: personal development, leadership, be motivational, improve networking. Before meetings allow adequate time for and encourage 'networking'. Keep meetings concise and to time as time is valuable for young professionals.
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