Last Week's Meeting Wednesday 26 July 2023

Rotary Melbourne 4th Meeting meeting of the Rotary year, and our 4,995th Club meeting in our one hundred and second year on Wednesday 26 July 23, was busy with the Guest Speaker Dr Rod Irwin CEO, Author, speaker, Founder of Get Wired for Success P/L who’s topic was How to wire you brain for success. We received an update on progress toward eradicating Viral Hepatitis in Australia by 2030 from LiverWELL CEO, Elaine Montegriffo and shared the pleasure of inducting Robert Anthony, who holds the position of Managing Director and will have the classification of Finacial Services - Advisor, and will join the Kew - North Balwyn Group.  His mentor will be David Carruthers, District 9800 Treasurer.

The meeting Master of Ceremonies was Bernie McIntosh and the week’s reflection was presented by Trevor Nink, on behalf of Ruth Carlos Martinez.  Ruth was unable to attend the meeting due to an injury that has impaired her mobility. A copy of the reflection is included in a separate article in this bulletin. The recording of the full meeting can be viewed by following this link: 

President Chris welcomed and exchanged club banners with Jørgen Stølsgård, from Rotary Ringsted, Denmark.

LiverWELL CEO, Elaine Montegriffo was introduced by Trevor Nink who has master minded the Rotary Melbourne and LiverWELL partnership to End Hepatitis Now.  Elaine delivered a compelling update on the practical opportunity already available to eradicate Viral Hepatitis.  She reflected on the community reach of Rotary that could be harnessed to eradicate Hepatitis Globally and this message lingers in the minds of those present.  

At the conclusion of Elaine’s mini speaker presentation, End Hepatitis project team member, Deb Yin Foo came to the podium and thanked Elaine.  Deb also invited Rotary Melbourne Members to join the End Hepatitis project team to help mobilise Rotary globally in addressing the achievable goal to end Hepatitis. 

Rotarian Nina Hunter then came to the podium to introduce guest speaker Dr. Rod Irwin, Rod spoke of the brain’s ability to change for the better.  He reinforced that when people focus on the present and future it liberates them from scripts of our past and useless baggage.

Rod presented some data from Global Gallup Workplace report found in Australia, only 23% of employees are actively engaged at work. 47% experienced stress the previous day. 11% experienced anger. 

These statistics show that people are quietly quitting or actively disengaged, which means less productivity, decreased performance and poor mental health.  The video featuring Dr Irwin’s presentation is accessible by clicking:  



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