Upcoming Events
Working Bee for the PMPC at Hillview Community Res
May 14, 2016
8:09 AM – 1:10 PM
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Rick Hayllar
May 27
Spouse Birthdays
Ginny McMillan
May 4
Freda Donaldson
May 5
May 30
Roger McMillan
Ginny McMillan
May 31
Join Date
Mark Long
May 14, 2015
1 year
Last Meeting
Our Guest Speaker Jim Poulter, Carol Hayllar, Libby Wilson, PE Rosebud-Rye
Chris Booth, Collin Byatt, Rod Troutbeck,Merv Prosser
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
We meet Thursdays at 6:15 PM
Old Shire Office.
Point Nepean Rd
Dromana, VIC  3936
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President's Message
Tyrrell McGeever
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President Tyrrell’s Tales
A good evening last Thursday, an interesting guest speaker who gave us thoughts as to how we could help with his project.  As I said on the evening there is a possibly of our Cluster getting together to assist with a “Camino” type walk on the peninsula. We have an advantage in that we have the geography to have a three sided walk through beautiful natural topography which only needs basic accommodation/shelter huts wherein walkers can camp/shelter, or take advantage of B&Bs available in the area.
Anzac Day takes place this Monday and PE Ross and I will be attending the Dawn Service.  I will also be attending the 9am March and laying a wreath on behalf of the members, past and present, of the Club.
Thursday will be the last meeting I attend for a couple of weeks as Maggie and I will be attending the Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotary in Williamtown, NSW for a week next week. I only hope I can represent the Club as well as PE Ross represented us at the recent International Fellowship of Skiing.
See you all Thursday evening
President Tyrrell
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting set up
Anderson, Pete
Meeting set up 2
Jarman, David
Lewis, Lyn
Booth, Christopher
Fitzgerald, Greg
Barnard-Brown, Elaine
Cashier 2
Buchanan, David

It is not always that we get a speaker with such an interesting background. But Jim Poulter in one.Jim is well placed not only academically also because of his family background to talk about the history of European settlers' interaction with the original inhabitants of Australia.

JIm gave us in insight into the tradition skills of the aboriginal people, the attempt by the early settlers to kill off them off by introducing smallpox into there population.  He also talked about their inherent language skills that was commonplace.

Jim story it itself quite fascinating to here is his brief history. To find out more about Jim Click HERE

I was born in 1941 and grew up in the in the near Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe in the context of the wartime and post-war years. I was educated at East Ivanhoe Primary and Scotch College. I then moved to the outer suburban fringe of Templestowe when I married Barbara in 1962. We have lived there since and raised four children, Joanne, Cameron, Samantha and Rick.

After leaving school I worked for six years in administration and finance control, but then found my vocation and entered the welfare field in 1965. Having been an average student at best while at school I now found a purpose in learning. I continued to work full time whilst rearing my family and studying. In succession I completed my matriculation, a certificate in youth work, a graduate diploma in social work, a postgraduate diploma of criminology, a social work honours degree, a master’s degree, and finally a doctorate in 2001 at the age of sixty. My full formal qualifications are therefore: (Dr.) Jim Poulter PhD (Monash 2001) M.S.W. (Monash 1983) Dip Crim (Melbourne 1973) Dip. Soc. Stud. (Melbourne 1971) M.A.A.S.W. (Acc).

As a Social Worker I have worked mainly in forensic fields and indigenous affairs. Throughout my forty year career in direct practice I have been a pioneer both in the development of new services and in case to cause advocacy. Together with clients and client groups I have frequently been able to directly influence governmental service delivery policy as well as legislative reform and case law precedent. I have thus frequently been able to redress the disadvantages experienced by many Australians in the delivery of social services.

I also have had a lifetime of involvement in my professional association, having been a Victorian president both of the Australian Association of Social Workers and the Australian Social Welfare Union. I am a past chair of the Victorian Branch Ethics Committee and past secretary of the Victorian Branch Ethics Group. I was a long serving member of the AASW Victorian Branch Management Committee and of the National Regulation Committee of the AASW, having relinquished both these positions in 2012. I was subsequently in 2013 awarded Life Membership of the AASW for my lifetime of contributions to the profession.

In my private life I have also been a lifetime contributor to my local community in the City of Manningham. This is a dormitory suburb of Melbourne in the Yarra Valley, where my forebears first settled in 1840 and established close relationships with the Aboriginal community. My civic contributions having been:

  • Founding member of the local Doncare welfare agency in 1969
  • Former councillor of the City of Manningham from 1982-85
  • Founding member of Manningham Community Health Centre in 1993
  • Former chair of the District Health Council (Ministerial appointment)
  • Former State Chair of the District Health Council Program (Ministerial appointment)
  • Former chair of the Friends of Pontville historical group
  • Former chair of a local Neighbourhood Watch area.
  • Co-editor for eight years of the Templestowe Community Newsletter
  • Former committee member of the Doncaster Athletic Club
  • Secretary and newsletter editor of Sector 3 Neighbourhood Watch
  • Secretary of Reconciliation Manningham.

It was gratifying that these civic contributions were recognised on Australia Day 2012 (otherwise known as Survival Day) when I was named as ‘City of Manningham Citizen of the Year’ by the Manningham Council.

In between my civic and professional commitments I have since the mid 1980’s pursued an alternate career as an author and self-publisher. Not being able to find a publisher I decided to self-publish and seeing I had to do everything myself, have fittingly called my company Red Hen. Having now written and published some 18 books with total sales of more than 60,000 books I have been told that I am probably the most successful self-publisher in Australia. Not because I have made any money, but because I haven't lost any.

I am an eclectic writer covering areas including local history, Aboriginal history and heritage, illustrated children’s books, children’s novels, adult novels and academic texts. Through my family’s trans-generational involvement with the Aboriginal community and the knowledge I have been privy to, a number of my books have been of Aboriginal theme. Iconic Elders such as Banjo Clarke, Reg Saunders, Reg Blow and Bill Nicholson have assisted me, and given their names and blessings to my books and documentaries.

In my private life I have also continued with the interclub athletics I began as a teenager. I have now competed in interclub athletics for over fifty-five years, My pet event being the pole vault. I have won many State and National titles and am still the Victorian record holder in the over 55 age group for the triple jump and decathlon events.

None of these achievements would have been possible without my wife Barbara. In truth I had no motivation to make anything of my life before I met and married her.

Meetings held weekly at Old Shire Offices, Point Nepean Road, Dromana.

Arrive 6:00 pm        Meeting Starts 6:30 pm    Ends 8:00 pm
If you cannot attend the meeting,
then please send your apologies to Elaine Barnard-Brown - - before the Tuesday preceding the meeting.
Catering for meals is expensive if you do not turn up and your meal has be paid for.