10 March 2021

President Barry's Message

This week saw the second Doncaster Hill Rotary Market for the year it was a challenge as it was a long weekend and people went away and stall holders were reluctant to commit however we had some 37 stalls attend and there was a steady flow of customers coming through. Next month is the same as it is the Easter weekend. 
Guest Speaker Kevin O’Donnell Behind the Badge
Kevin was Born and raised in Perth and educated by the nuns and Christian Brothers. Kevin graduated from UWA with Honours in Chemistry.
Kevin applied for jobs in Sydney and Melbourne as job prospects were no great in WA.
He was offered a job at Australian Synthetic Rubber in Melbourne and arrived flat broke.
He took at flat in Brunswick next to the Albert Street tip but soon upgraded to better accommodation in Fairfield.
Kevin married Pat in 1974. They spent 4 years in Sydney 1977 to 1980 and built their first home on return to Melbourne.
After six years as chief chemist they were transferred to Tokyo providing specialist technical service to tyre companies from Pakistan to New Zealand. 
On retirement Kevin ran two small businesses from home coupled with annual trips to Port Douglas. He suffered a cardiac arrest in 2013 and Prostrate Cancer in 2014. To improve his health he began daily bike riding in 2016 participating in Cairns to Cooktown Cardiac Challenge in 2017. Thyroid Cancer struck in 2020. But Kevin with his interest in Irish music is still here.
 Hope you have all had a good long weekend stay safe and well
 Barry Halpern, President
Our youngest stall holders, the Slime Girls
The Market was on last weekend
One of the craft stall holders
The Challenge to Lead Program 6th7th May 2021
  1. What is the Challenge to Lead leadership program?
The Challenge to Lead program is a 2 day residential leadership program presented by the Rotary Club of Doncaster using professional facilitators with wide industry, organisation and academic experience who donate their time pro bono. It has been the Club’s major fund raiser foe the past 6 years.
  1. Who are participants in the Challenge to Lead program?
Participants are normally managers and supervisors who wish to improve their leadership skills or professionals with potential to become leaders in their organisation or in society. They come from a board range of industry sectors, from international businesses, SMEs, not for profits, government agencies and local councils.
  1. What can you do as a Club Member?
Do you know anyone whether in your own business, your customers, friends or contacts such as financial planners or insurance brokers who you could recommend or nominate to attend or send someone?
For more details:
For endorsements see this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YnqYuml29o
For more details or to register see the website – www.challengetolead.com.au
If you have any questions, please contact either Kevin O’Donnell on 0434 674228 or David Grieve on 0488 480402

Neanderthals were capable of human speech

The closest ancestor to modern humans – Neanderthals – were capable of understanding and producing human speech, according to a new study published by an international team in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.

“This is one of the most important studies I have been involved in during my career,” says anthropologist Rolf Quam, of Binghamton University, US. “The results are solid and clearly show the Neanderthals had the capacity to perceive and produce human speech.

“This is one of the very few current, ongoing research lines relying on fossil evidence to study the evolution of language, a notoriously tricky subject in anthropology.”

The evolution of language, and the linguistic capacities in Neanderthals in particular, is a long-standing question in human evolution. The new study has reconstructed how Neanderthals heard to draw some inferences about how they may have communicated.

The study relied on high-resolution CT scans to create virtual 3D models of the ear structures in Homo sapiens and Neanderthals. Data collected on the 3D models were entered into a software-based model to estimate hearing abilities up to 5 kHz, which encompasses most of the frequency range of modern human speech sounds.

Compared with fossils from the Atapuerca archaeological site in Spain that represent earlier ancestors of the Neanderthals, the Neanderthals showed slightly better hearing between 4–5 kHz, thus more closely resembling modern humans’ capabilities.

In addition, the researchers were able to calculate the frequency range of maximum sensitivity, technically known as the occupied bandwidth, in each species. The Neanderthals show a wider bandwidth compared with their ancestors from Atapuerca, again more closely resembling modern humans in this regard.

“This really is the key,” says study lead author Mercedes Conde-Valverde, of the Universidad de Alcalá, Spain. “The presence of similar hearing abilities, particularly the bandwidth, demonstrates that the Neanderthals possessed a communication system that was as complex and efficient as modern human speech.”

The team behind the study has been developing this research line for nearly two decades, and is continuing work with other collaborators to extend the analyses to additional fossil species. For the moment, however, they’re soaking up the pleasure of their new findings.

“These results are particularly gratifying,” says Ignacio Martinez, also from Universidad de Alcalá. “We believe, after more than a century of research into this question, that we have provided a conclusive answer to the question of Neanderthal speech capacities.

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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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