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Newsletter 12 3-2012

  1. 1. Rotary Club of Parramatta City COMMUNITY NETWORKER ROTARY CLUB OF PARRAMATTA CITY AUSTRALIA PRESIDENT MESSAGE MEDIC ALERT FOUNDATION On Tuesday this past week David Ross and the District GSECommittee welcomed the arrival of the Group Study Exchange teamfrom Finland at Rotary Down Under House. Then on Wednesday at theAlumni Dinner, the inbound team from Finland made their firstpresentation with an interesting insight into their professions and their MedicAlert® is one of the largest non-amazing country. The outbound team led by Liz MacIntosh gave what I profit organisations in the world with over 4 million members worldwide.thought a very professional presentation and they ran on time. Andrew Protecting and saving livesCoss the member of the team sponsored by our Club was very for over 38+ years, it is Australias leading 24hr Personal Emergencyimpressive, so said our club members who were present on the night. Medical Information and Identification Service with over 280,000 Australians I would also like the club to show their appreciation on the supreme registered. MedicAlert® provides a customisedeffort David Ross has put into District, in firstly being the Chairman of the trademarked engraved bracelet orGSE committee, but also organizing the evening, the inbound teams necklet with a member’s medical information, special needs or request,itinerary and home hosting for their entire visit. It’s time for everyone to a member ID Number and the 24hr Telephone Hotline Number. Thegive David a pat on the back. member’s information is stored on the If you would like to follow the outbound team to Finland go to their Confidential National Registry and is attended by trained healthcareblogsite and mark it as a professionals. For additional protection, members receive a 24hrfavourite on your browser. It would be great for members to drop a line Emergency Assist Membership Card that lists medications, doctorsof support to Andrew while he is away. details and next of kin emergency There is a Club Board meeting on 21st March and if members would contact details. Leading medical organisations suchlike anything put on the agenda for discussion, please inform Joy. as Australian Medical Association, Australian Society of Anaesthetists, On the Calendar of events we have Michael Crosslands speaking Royal Australian College of Generalon Monday week, he is a very impressive public speaker and here is an Practitioners, The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, and the Royalopportunity for members to bring some guests along, you will not be Australian College of Physicians, officially endorse the vital roledisappointed. MedicAlert plays within the President Elect John Ching has notified the 2012-2013 Board emergency healthcare sector. The Foundation was launched inmembers of the District Assembly and the need to attend, unprepared Australia by District 250 in 1971 and regularly at Rotary Institutes has beenand untrained will not make your job easy. Also if there are any recommended as a Community Service Project. As a non-profitmembers of committees who would like to attend please advise John organisation the Foundation isof your interest, as these Assemblies are not just for Board members but classified as a Public Benevolent Institution with income taxalso for future board members. If you are unable to attend send a deductibility for donations $2.00 and over. The National Board ofreplacement. Management is volunteer based. MedicAlert® seeks the support of District Governors, and District Barry Antees Committee Service Chairman to encourage clubs to support MedicAlert®, by participating in the Annual Rotary Club Supporter Program by paying $5.00 per member per year. Dinner plaque stickers are allocated in recognition of Clubs who support this vital Community Serv ice Project. 1800 882222
  2. 2. Rotary Club of Parramatta CityCALENDAR OF EVENTS March 12 Ralph Cadman- Parramatta High-Mentorship 19 Michael Crosslands- Ignite the fire within 23-25 District Conference- Penrith April 2 John Watters 13 ARH- Golf Day at Riverside 29 District Assembly 30 Pride of Workmanship May 6-9 International Convention-Bangkok 14 Australian Rotary Health- PHD Scholars night July 6 Club ChangeoverGUEST SPEAKER –RALPH CADMAN Past President Ralph Cadman will be speaking on how we can use our vocations and our passion forassisting our communities. In many ways, there are a number of our club members who share passions outsideof our Rotary programs and projects but we are still furthering the objects of Rotary at the same time.DAVID’S PEARLSForgiveness The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. - Mahatma Gandhi Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. - Paul Boese He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass. - George Herbert Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. - Oscar WildeSISTER CLUB-RAMON MAGSAYSAYHope everything and everyone is fine. Last week was a busy weekend. The club hosted the RotaryLeadership Institute (RLI) Training Seminar last Saturday at the Aloha Hotel. It started at 7:00 am till 7:00pm. Afterwards, a first ever reunion for the RLI graduates was conducted. It lasted till about 11:00 pm. Afterabout 4 hours of rest and sleep, 4 RCRM members namely; PP Ramil, PP Cris, PE Larry and me started to pack
  3. 3. Rotary Club of Parramatta Cityup for our Mindoro Trip. We were able to leave Manila at around 4:00 am Sunday and was able to reach theBatangas Port by 6:00 am. There, we met up with PP Romy and his wife Merly. All 6 of us were able to boardthe vessel around 7:00 am and reached Mindoro at around 10:00 am. Upon our arrival, we could not find thevan of Sister Valenton who was suppose to pick us up, so we decided to take a tricycle going to the house ofPP Ramils mother. There we readied the things we needed and decided to go to the market for a last minutepurchase of some things that we will need for the installation of the solar panels and other equipments. Insummary, we brought the following:1 unit "24 inches Hyundai LED TV1 unit Pioneer DVD player1 unit 50 watts Solar Panel1 unit Inverter/Charge Controller1 unit Motolite Solar Master Battery1 unit 7 watts LED bulbAsstd Solar Cables, connectors and bracketsAll of these were to be used for Project no. 1 which is the Solar E-Learning project. This project was prioritizedin view of the fact that there is no electricity in the Mangyan Village. We were picked up from PP Ramilshouse by Sis. Valentons driver and proceeded to pick Sis Valenton up on our way to the Mangyan Village.We reached the Mangyan Village at around 1:30 pm. Primarily, the installation of the LED TV and DVD was forthe schooling of the Mangyan Children since we set it up inside the Classroom, but we decided to likewiseallow the elderly (for rest and recreation) to watch at specified time periods which is in total; 3 times a day,not to exceed 1 hour and 30 minutes per viewing.We likewise installed an LED light bulb inside the classroom to be able to illuminate it at night. Also we asked 2people to be the only authorized persons to operate the equipments and taught them the basic knowledgein operating and trouble shooting the equipment. This was made clear during a meeting we had in front ofSis. Valenton and the Elderly tribesmen and women. Furthermore, we said that if they will take good care ofthe equipments, we, RCRM and RC Paramatta City would strive to give them more.The people most especially the kids were excited as some of them never had the chance to be able towatch a movie in their lives. The first movie that we played was BARNEY. Not surprisingly, nobody knewBarney at all.Once the movie was played, everyone was mesmerized as everyone keep silent all through out. This gave usthe chance to be able to talk with Elderly people outside the classroom.For Project no. 2, we gave out 500 pcs. of preschool writing notebooks. We hope that this will be enough forat least 2 years. The notebook was authored by Diwata. I attached a copy of the cover on theattachments. This should be a good supplement for the education of the children.For Project no. 3, I propose a livelihood project with Sis. Valenton. The idea developed after having adialogue with Diwata before I left for Mindoro. She made me realize that we had to teach them how to fishinstead of giving them one. And so, I asked Sis. Valenton if this is possible and she answered yes. I took thechance to talk with the elderly and ask them what their sources of income was. They said that a good
  4. 4. Rotary Club of Parramatta Citymajority of them knows how to weave and make baskets. They sell this to tourists for about P120 each. Iasked them if they can make other products other than the ones I bought and they said yes. They said thatall they needed was a sample to copy from and that they can easily make one. I asked them if they canmake more baskets so that we can market it in Manila, and their answer was a resounding yes. We (RCRMmembers) assured them that we shall exert all effort to market them and make it a sustainable livelihoodproject. We vowed that any and all proceeds of the sale shall go to projects that will benefit them in theend. We said that families who produces more products shall be given priority in terms of future projects as ameans of enticing them to focus and further develop this backyard industry. Thus, we needed a seed moneyto be use to pay them upfront for their products upon delivery. We shall then market the products at a higherprice. The profit will go back to them in terms of livelihood development and assistance. Maybe in the futurewe can develop a manufacturing station for them. hopefully, all goes well according to plan. As this is still apart of our JOINT Project, I shall be briefing you from time to time. I shall expect the first batch of finishproducts hopefully within a month. I took a photo of their product. I shall send it to you later.We left Mindoro at around 6:00 pm and reached Manila at around 12 midnight. Although it was a truly tiringtrip, it was all worth it. The pictures that I sent to you have not yet been arranged. I shall again send you acopy of report proper once I submit it to the district.In view of your active participation and continued support for the LEARNS project in Mindoro, I and in behalfof the members of the RCRM would like to express to you our sincerest gratitude. We look forward to the daywhen you can again visit the Mangyans with us.Yours to Serve,CmP JouieIAG RY 11-12FORMER SCHOLAR HELPS SCORE BREAKTHROUGH DISCOVERYIN PHYSICSRotary International News -- 7 March 2012 As a research scientist at TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics inVancouver, former Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar Makoto Fujiwara has helped lead aninternational team of researchers to a groundbreaking discovery in antimatter. According to the big bang theory, matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts when theuniverse was born. However, virtually no antimatter remains, a phenomenon that science has been unable toexplain. In 2002, Fujiwara and his team successfully produced antimatter atoms artificially in a lab. In 2010, theytrapped antimatter for the first time – a major feat, because as soon as matter and antimatter meet, they
  5. 5. Rotary Club of Parramatta Cityannihilate each other. Last year, the team contained antimatter long enough to begin studying its properties“to see if there is any difference between matter and antimatter that might explain why antimatterdisappeared,” says Fujiwara, who studied physics as a 1992-93 Rotary Scholar at the University of BritishColumbia in Vancouver, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kofu South, Yamanashi, Japan. “Now that we have trapped antimatter, there are so many things we can do with it,” says Fujiwara. Longbefore Makoto Fujiwara began trapping antimatter, he was a timid Rotary Foundation AmbassadorialScholar whose primary concern was passing his classes. The Rotary Club of Kofu South, Japan, had sponsoredhim to study physics at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. Fujiwara, who had found outabout the Ambassadorial Scholarships program as a Rotaractor, landed on Canadian soil in the summer of1992. In spite of his fears, he ended the year with the highest marks in his class. And he abandoned his planto return to Tokyo to work as an engineer, instead finishing a two-year master’s program and going onto earn a doctorate in physics at UBC. Though he accepted a postdoctoral position through theUniversity of Tokyo, at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, hereturned to Canada in 2004. As a research scientist at TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory forparticle and nuclear physics in Vancouver, he has since helped lead an international team of researchersto a groundbreaking discovery in antimatter – a breakthrough that has propelled him to the forefront ofparticle physics research. “Sometimes I wonder what kind of life I would have had if I had gone into industry,” says Fujiwara,who is also an adjunct professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Calgary. “So far I can’tcomplain.” When he came to Vancouver as an Ambassadorial Scholar, one of the first Rotarians Fujiwara metwas Jane LePorte, of the Rotary Club of Burnaby-Deer Lake, B.C. She gave him some household items,including a quilt for his bed, and connected him with other scholars and Rotarians. Affectionatelycharacterizing him as an “absent-minded professor,” she notes that the shy young man she met nowspeaks confidently at conferences around the world. “Rotary deserves a lot of credit for helping himcome to a new country and blossom,” she says. Fujiwara describes himself as an inquisitive kid who was fascinated by science fiction and whooccasionally watched Star Trek. He liked making radios in elementary school, an interest triggered byuncles who were amateur radio enthusiasts. Now, his attention is focused on antimatter, a mystery of modern physics. According to the big bangtheory, matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts when the universe was born. However,virtually no antimatter remains, a phenomenon that science has been unable to explain. “Our approach isto produce antimatter atoms artificially in a lab and then study their properties, to see if there is anydifference between matter and antimatter that might explain why antimatter disappeared,” Fujiwara says.
  6. 6. Rotary Club of Parramatta City “Makoto is an exceptionally smart scientist,” says Nigel Lockyer,director of TRIUMF. “All scientists are smart at some level, but he combines it with a great deal ofenergy and drive.” This combination enabled Fujiwara to secure funding for his research and to recruit about 15Canadian scientists to study the issue. He and his team spend six months of the year at CERN, using itsparticle accelerator to run experiments. Their first breakthrough in antimatter occurred at CERN in 2002, when they created large quantitiesof antimatter atoms. Then, in November 2010 at TRIUMF, Fujiwara and his team trapped antimatter forthe first time – a major feat, because as soon as matter and antimatter meet, they annihilate each other.This past June, the team built on its achievement by containing antimatter for more than 16 minutes,long enough to begin studying its properties. “Now that we have trapped antimatter, there are so many things we can do with it,” Fujiwara says.“It’s impossible to stop now. It’s this whole new field of science opening up in front of me.” Looking back, Fujiwara credits Rotary with opening the doors that led to his success. “I wouldn’thave studied physics if I hadn’t come to Canada as a scholar,” he says. “It was the start of everything forme.”PRESIDENT’S WANT LIST WANT No 1. We are a vocational based service organization. Our members all have a business background and oneof the major survival technics in businesses is succession planning. If we want our business to survive we needto know that if anything happens to me, who understands my business and can step up to the plate.Therefore my No 1 “want” is all members put into practice what they already do in business, but this time it isa session plan for their membership of our club. That is, who will replace me when I leave the Rotary Club ofParramatta City. We need to have in place a club survival practice of succession membership I want everymember to identify a successor for themselves by October 2012 being our vocational month. By this date youwill advise the membership Director who your successor is.
  7. 7. Rotary Club of Parramatta City WANT No 2.Knowledge is a wonderful gift and my second want is I would like all members to adopt a program or projectas their Rotary knowledge base as to be able to speak on the subject when-ever called upon to do so. Thismay be at a meeting, at one of our projects or just when doing business. If you need resources read yourRotary Down Under magazine or use the online version of the programs of Rotary at or go to the Rotary International websitehttp://www.rotary.orgFACEBOOK We have now available for the club a new facebook page the shortcut is Please visit, make comments, open discussions and for your initial visit please hit the “like button”. Thereason is the more members who like the page, we receive additional features. The Facebook page is not asubstitute for our website, but more of an additional way to reach our audience.