BULLETIN 11052022
25 May 2022

Home of Past District 9810 Governors
Bill Tierney (1986-1987)
Russell Gurney (2018-2019)
Alma Reynolds (2020-2021)

 

Meeting Wed 25 May 2022

Bret Mifsud is a very well-known "treeologist". Bret goes out into the Australia’s forests spotting special trees, climbing them, recording their heights and girth, naming them for protection for the National Register. His pictures of old growth trees are amazing and one’s  to be seen. Do not miss his inspiring talk.
Details for the Zoom meeting are 
Joady Barnes is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Rotary Weekly Meeting
Time: 
        May 25, 2022 06:30 PM
        Jun 1, 2022 06:30 PM
        Jun 8, 2022 06:30 PM
        Jun 15, 2022 06:30 PM
        Jun 22, 2022 06:30 PM
        Jun 29, 2022 06:30 PM
Meeting ID: 858 8284 1077
Passcode: 779783

 

Passing of Natalie Anderson

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Hi - it’s Kitty here, (Rotary Kitty) and my partner’s daughter passed away last week that was a recipient of your generosity for Prader Willi Syndrome. Her funeral is Friday and I was hoping to have those involved present.
 
Hi all
This is very sad news.
Around the years 2012-2014 RCD, with the financial assistance of The Thomas Trust, was able to purchase and distribute more than 60 iPads to children with PWS.
At this time this was revolutionary learning therapy for these kids
In my opinion this was one of the most impactful of our direct community involvements over the last decade.
The impact by RCD was profound, and this impact is still ongoing.
Please don’t forget that our support of a decade ago still has a major benefit on children who are now 10 years older.
If you think that may be overstating our involvement just ask the parents whose families benefited from our actions.
This was a “community” activity and thanks also go to all who Members (present and past) were involved.
It was truly “Rotary in Action”.
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Our connection with the Prader Willi Syndrome Association of Victoria has unfortunately been lost over the last few years.
However, it has been renewed because of two major projects supported by RC Box Hill Central and the Bendigo Bank of Blackburn South.
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My personal connection with the PWSAV has been through 96.5 InnerFM.
Every two months I interview the president and other members of PWSAV in a segment called “PWS Awareness”.
I have rang and left a message to get more information.
Yours in Rotary
GREG KING
The 17th Century Was A Truly Terrible Time To Be A Human
The Black Death of the 1300s would have been an undeniably sucky time to live, the year 563 CE was pretty dire, and the first half of the 20th century saw more than its fair share of misery.
However, when looking at terrible times to be a human, the dreadfulness of the 17th century is often underappreciated. Wealth blossomed for some and the world became increasingly connected, but it was simultaneously riddled with war, political upheaval, inflation, and climate change chaos. Sound familiar? 
Historians often call this period “The General Crisis”, an era defined by widespread conflict and instability that unfolded from the early 17th century until the early 18th century, most notably in Europe but also in significant parts of Asia. 
As a sign of how tough things were around this century, it’s believed to be the last time the global human population dropped. The main driver of this decline was the ungodly number of wars that took place in the 1600s: the English Civil War, the Fronde civil wars in France, the Eighty Years' War, the Franco-Spanish War, the First Anglo-Dutch War, the Mughal-Maratha Wars in India, and the collapse of the Ming dynasty in China to name just a few. 
The cherry on top was the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), one of the most destructive wars in European history that was responsible for up to 8 million deaths. 
 Like any historical event, it can’t be simply explained by a single factor, and scholars have debated the source of the crisis for decades. However, it is clear that much of the turmoil can be linked back to the Little Ice Age that occurred around this time.
According to NASA, this freakishly cold period lasted from about 1550 CE to 1850 CE in Europe, North America, and Asia, with the first peak occurring right in the middle of the 17th century. The cause of the Little Ice Age is not known for certain, but one of the most trusted explanations says increased volcanic activity around this era played a prominent role. 
Just to make this century of bloodshed even more unpleasant, the weather was awful. If you take a look at European paintings from this century, you’ll notice that many of them feature snowcapped landscapes. This is likely not a coincidence – temperatures in many parts of Western Europe cooled by 2°C.
From 1608 onwards, it was so cold in London that “Frost Fairs” were held on the Thames where locals would build markets, play games, and party on top of the frozen-over river. By the 19th century, great freezes of the Rivers Thames started to become less frequent, and now they scarcely occur. 
It wasn’t all snowballs and festivals, however. 
A 2011 study argued that the Little Ice Age had a drastic impact on agricultural production. In turn, this led to food shortages, economic turmoil, angry populations across Europe – and ultimately, a hell of a lot of wars, rebellions, and revolts. 
By comparing climate data with other variables – including population sizes, wars, social disturbances, agricultural production, grain prices, and wages – the researchers concluded that the General Crisis was causally linked to global cooling between 1560 and 1660.
It's clear that people in the 17th century were well aware of how grim their era was. A 1641 document from China reportedly reads: “Among all the strange occurrences of disaster and rebellion, there had never been anything worse than this.” Two years later, a pamphlet from Spain explained: "This seems to be one of the epochs in which every nation is turned upside down, leading some great minds to suspect that we are approaching the end of the world."
It's often said that we too are living in the end times: the climate crisis is deepening, dreadful diseases are wreaking havoc, pollution is rife, and geopolitical tensions are red hot. Perhaps when contemplating our own doom, we should look back to the 17th century to remember that all crises do eventually pass (and fresh crises will inevitably emerge).
 
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Welfare
While we’re getting on with the business of helping others, let’s take a moment to remember our fellow Members, Partners and Friends of the Club, who may be doing it a little tough.
We’re also thinking of our long-term absent Members whom we don’t see often enough.
I’m sure all of us know an absent or ex Member who would love to have a call from any one of us as Members of the Rotary Club of Doncaster.
If you do know anyone who is unwell, or is going through challenging times, or even if you’re up against it yourself, contact our Welfare Officer, PP Frank Evans on 9337 8493, or email frank.evans1@bigpond.com.
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